‘Young & the Restless’ & More Sizzling Soaps to Check Out This Summer (PHOTOS)

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The Young and the Restless

CBS, weekdays, check local listings

Lovebirds Kyle Abbott (Michael Mealor) and Lola Rosales (Sasha Calle) decide to cohabit — which infuriates his wife of convenience, Summer (Hunter King). (He only married her so she’d give Lola part of her liver!) Summer “will do her best to make waves,” teases head writer/co–exec producer Josh Griffith. Fresh off a busted engagement, club owner Abby Newman (Melissa Ordway) starts dating compassionate Dr. Nate Hastings (Sean Dominic). Watch for a few more appearances by Ashley Abbott (fan fave Eileen Davidson), who, shockingly, tables her battle with brother Jack (Peter Bergman) over the family cosmetics empire. “There is a threat to Jabot from outside,” Griffith reveals. Could it be fashion designer and con artist Chelsea Lawson (Melissa Claire Egan), who returns to Genoa City after skipping town last year? Bonus: She’s not alone!


General Hospital

ABC, weekdays, check local listings

Beloved Guiding Light vet Cynthia Watros takes over the role of editor Nina Reeves from Michelle Stafford. Reengaged to Valentin (James Patrick Stuart), Nina will be “faced with a new challenge that threatens to put their marriage on hold,” says head writer Shelly Altman. Deceitful Hayden Barnes (Rebecca Budig) comes back to Port Charles, which throws ex-fiancé Finn (Michael Easton) for a loop. (Will the baby she told him she lost be with her?)Expect another blast-from-the-past character whose return will impact businessman Jasper “Jax” Jacks (Ingo Rademacher) and many others. Mob enforcer Jason Morgan (Steve Burton) and PI Samantha McCall (Kelly Monaco) get their relationship back on track (yes!). But, says Altman, they are soon “launched into another adventure.”


The Bold and the Beautiful

CBS, weekdays, check local listings

The switched-baby story heats up as tensions mount among those who know that the presumed-dead daughter of Hope Spencer (Annika Noelle) was unwittingly adopted by rival Steffy Forrester (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood). Before mom and child are reunited, the saga “is going to take a dark turn,” says head writer–executive producer Bradley Bell. (Is he hinting at a death he reveals will take place?) Forrester heir Thomas (Matthew Atkinson), though still mourning the loss of Caroline, ups his plan to snag his son a new mom: Hope! Thomas believes they “could be king and queen of the Forrester fashion empire,” says Bell. Plus, the cast will shoot scenes on location, possibly overseas. Vows Bell: “It’s going to be a glamorous summer.”


Days of our Lives

NBC, weekdays, check local listings

A shocking reveal about Nicole Walker (Arianne Zucker) may make a reunion with her toddler daughter Holly, supposedly killed in a van explosion (but really kidnapped by Paul Telfer’s bad boy Xander), near impossible. Xander, meanwhile, does something heroic to win over unlucky-in-love Sarah Horton (Linsey Godfrey). But it will take a while for him to be “someone we desire to see with Sarah,” says executive producer Ken Corday. On the romantic front, star-crossed Rafe Hernandez (Galen Gering) and Hope Brady (Kristian Alfonso) try to make their way back together. Sami Brady (Alison Sweeney) and Lucas Horton (Bryan Dattilo) visit to help their son, Will (Chandler Massey), through a health crisis. And the town mourns Caroline Brady, whose portrayer, Peggy McCay, died last fall. Says Corday, “Peggy was a huge part of the family.”

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High temps mean even hotter daytime drama — and these juicy storylines!

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