Soapside: Advocate's Guide to Daytime

Crystal Chappell returns to Days , signals the end of Otalia; One Life to Live launches gay storyline with Chris Evans's gay brother Scott; All My Children goes cougar with Susan Lucci and Cameron Mathison.

BY Michael Fairman

June 18 2009 12:00 AM ET

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Susan Lucci and Cameron Mathison in Ultimate Cougar Championship!

Last week it was announced through the Associated Press and confirmed on The View that All My Children 's Erica Kane is getting her own "cougar" story line with the much younger Ryan Lavery! ABC Daytime is banking on the huge mainstream success of its two most recognizable names (Susan Lucci and Cameron Mathison, pictured) to garner big ratings and bring in some non-soap viewers by hopping on the "cougar" bandwagon. On-screen, Ryan and Erica have been friends for years, but in an upcoming episode on June 22, things start to shift. As we go through summer, the show promises a burgeoning love story. When asked on The View if Lucci has any hesitation playing out the older woman/younger man romance, Susan stated, "I hate labels. I think it limits people and the way we perceive each other. For me, 'cougar' has a connotation of a Mrs. Robinson." Hopefully this intriguing and popular duo can pull off the romance and make it plausible. It's a bit hard to swallow though. Ryan was just in love with Erica's daughter, Kendall, and Erica is a real man-eater! But it is probably one of the most fascinating ideas AMC has had in a long time, discounting the Eden/Reese same-sex story line. Enough said.

Top 12 Need Your Vote to Survive in Adonis 2009 Competition

Wow, this is getting to be just like American Idol . I hope there's not a shirtless singing competition in various musical genre's for these soap stars. Yeah, I know some of you would like to see that. However…we are down to the 12 finalists for SoapHunks.net 's Adonis 2009 competition. Vote today through June 23. And here are your finalists.

The Bold & the Beautiful 's Brandon Beemer and Don Diamont; General Hospital 's Steve Burton; Days ' James Scott and Shawn Christian; Guiding Light 's Daniel Cosgrove; Y&R 's Daniel Goddard; As the World Turns 's Van Hansis and Jake Silbermann; One Life to Live 's John-Paul Lavoisier and Mark Lawson; and AMC 's Cameron Mathison. Make sure to check out the hilarious yet true analyses of each hunk's chances of capturing the title. Check out Beemer's , for example. Positive: "He is the most frequently shirtless finalist in the category." Negatives: "Has history on this site of barely missing the top prizes!"

So hurry up and vote. The hunk with the lowest number of votes each week will be voted out of the competition. You can only cast one vote a day, so make sure your favorite pecs and abs are not sent packing!

Bid and Win Lunch with Reva Shayne, the Amazing Kim Zimmer of Guiding Light !

Pop music superstar Cyndi Lauper launched a few weeks back the True Colors Fund's Summer Online Auction, which includes celebrity experiences and autographed memorabilia in support of the LGBT and straight ally community. But for soap fans and those who may not be aware, you can also bid on and win a lunch with Guiding Light 's Kim Zimmer! I mean, c'mon -- with Guiding Light about to ends its run in September, this may be your last chance to hang with four-time Daytime Emmy winner La Zimmer! So ante up, peeps! The auction runs until Thursday, June 25. Lauper, who is the cofounder of the True Colors Fund, stated, "There literally is something for everyone. All of the proceeds will go to directly support the True Colors Fund's work to get everyone, especially my fellow straight allies, to do what they can to help make equality a reality for the LGBT community." To view all of the lots and bid on items click here , and to bid directly on Kim Zimmer's item click here !

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