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  1. German soaps: GZSZ, UU & AWZ

    Some casting news: Oliver Franck has joined the cast of GZSZ in the contract role of Martin Ahrens. He is Nina's (Maria Wedig) husband, Luis's (Maximilian Braun) father and works as lawyer. Wedig and Braun first appeared on August 3rd, 2017, while Franck debuted on August 28th, 2017. The Ahrens family is apparently harboring a dark secret that will slowly unfold. Christina Klein will depart AWZ on October 19, 2017. The 26-year old actress and singer joined the cast in October 2014 as Iva Lukowski. For most of her run, Iva didn't have a major storyline and only appeared as a sidekick to Marie, Michelle and Vanessa. Her biggest storyline involved her being stalked by one of her bandmates. Robert Maaser (Tim Hayer) made his final appearance on AWZ on September 1st, 2017. He only joined the cast this past March. When it was announced that Stefan Bockelmann would depart UU after being on contract for 16 consecutive years, it was speculated that his on-screen partner Ines Kurenbach might also be on her way out. The two actors are indeed leaving the show together on September 18th, 2017, when their characters Malte Winter and Caro Kasper Winter decide to start a new life in South Africa. Kurenbach's Caro entered the scene in August 2014. In turn, Alexander Milo has joined the cast of UU in the new contract role Jakob Huber, Benedikt's (Jens Hajek) younger and much nicer brother. Saskia Weigel (Antonia Michalsky) falls in love with him on first sight. Also on UU, it's very likely that Aaron Koszuta (Valentin Huber) is on his way out. Last month, his agency disclosed that Koszuta is "available for new projects". Meanwhile Andrea Brix (Roswitha Küpper-Pütz) has been placed on contract. She is now listed among the show's stars on the official website. The 80-year old actress first appeared on-screen in July 2015 and had been recurring ever since. Roswitha is Robert's mother, Andrea's grandmother and Valentin's great-grandmother. There also rumors that Conor Weigel will be SORASed soon. The son of Till Weigel and Ute Kiefer Kern Weigel Fink was born in January 2003 and was portrayed by a set of twin child actors until 2010 when Conor was sent to a boarding school. In 2012, he made sporadic guest appearances, now played by a prepubescent child actor. Last month, UU's annual fan event took place on the studio set in Cologne. For the first time, it was organized as a joined event with AWZ as both shows are filmed next to each other. The 2017 Cast of "Unter Uns" Back row: Luca Maric (Robert Küpper), Benjamin Heinrich (Benno "Bambi" Hirschberger), Petra Blossey (Irene Weigel Küpper), Milos Vukovic (Paco Weigel), Andrea Brix (Roswitha Küpper Pütz), Claudelle Deckert (Eva Wagner Weigel), Nora Koppen (Elli Schneider), Stefano Ligorio (Gianni Aurino), Pauline Angert (Katharina "Kay-C" Schneider), Lars Steinhöfel (Ingo "Easy" Winter), Timothy Boldt (Ringo Beckmann), Valea Scalabrino (Sina Uhland Hirschberger), Patrick Müller (Tobias Lassner), Tabea Heynig (Britta Schönfeld), Ramon Ademes (Roger Schmitz) Middle row: Cronis Karakassidis (Nikos Karadimas), Lena Klöber (Sarah Fuchs), Antonia Michalsky (Saskia Weigel), Kai Noll (Rufus Sturm), Isabell Hertel (Ute Kiefer Kern Weigel Fink), Stefan Bockelmann (Malte Winter) Front row: Aaron Koszuta (Valentin Huber), Astrid Leberti (Andrea Huber), Jens Hajek (Benedikt Huber) Absent: Ben Ruedinger (Till Weigel) The 2017 Cast of "Alles was zählt" Back row: Lars Korten (Christoph Lukowski), Dorothee Föllmer (Linda Engels), Jörg Rohde (Ben Steinkamp), Silvan Pierre-Leirich (Richard Steinkamp), Madlen Kaniuth (Brigitte Schnell), Franziska Benz (Michelle Bauer), Daniel Buder (Vincent Thalbach), André Dietz (Ingo Zadek), Kaja Schmidt-Tychsen (Jenny Steinkamp), Ania Niedieck (Isabelle Reichenbach Steinkamp), Cheyenne Pahde (Marie Schmidt) Middle row: Bela Klentze (Ronny Bergmann), Juliette Greco (Lena Bergmann Öztürk) Front row: Sam Eisenstein (Marian Öztürk), Ralf-Maximilian Prack (Alexander von Altenburg Öztürk), Heike Warmuth (Carmen Bauer), Igor Dolgatschew (Deniz Öztürk), Christina Klein (Iva Lukowski), Julia Augustin (Vanessa Steinkamp Lukowski), Ingeborg Brings (Renate Scholz) Absent: Tatjana Clasing (Simone Steinkamp), Tanja Szewczenko (Diana Sommer)
  2. Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kiev

    The history of the Eurovision Song Contest in roughly 20 minutes:
  3. Another terrorist attack with a car as weapon

    And now several people were stabbed in the city center of Turku, Finland... just horrible
  4. German soaps: GZSZ, UU & AWZ

    Preview Pictures August 2017 Unter uns 01. While Andrea (Astrid Leberti) has a lucky streak at the casino, Benedikt (Jens Hajek) suspects that his wife has turned to gambling to distract herself from her trauma of shooting a man 02. Easy (Lars Steinhöfel) kisses Finn (Jan-Martin Müller) for the very first time 03. Bambi (Benjamin Heinrich) and Sina (Valea Scalabrino) don't know how to react when their daughter Amelie catches them while they are having sex 04. Streetkid Manu (new series regular Lea Freund) has been disappointed by Schillerallee residents Rufus and Britta and returns to the streets 05. Britta (Tabea Heynig), Rufus (Kai Noll), Irene (Petra Blossey) and Easy take care of Malte (Stefan Bockelmann) who fears that his wife Caro has been killed in a plane accident 06. In prison, Kay-C (Pauline Angert, left) fights with her cellmate 07. Easy has sex with another man for the first time 08. Valentin (Aaron Koszuta) and Benedikt once again have a heated argument 09. Easy, who wants to keep his affair with Finn a secret, gets in trouble when Ringo (Timothy Boldt) gets a hold of his cell phone 10. Till (Ben Ruedinger) and Eva (Claudelle Deckert, right) are shocked when Ute (Isabell Hertel) asks Eva to become Ute and Till's daughter's godmother. The problem is that Ute doesn't know that the babies were switched at the hospital and that she's raising another woman's daughter! Alles was zählt 01. Jenny (Kaja Schmidt-Tychsen) is happy that she's not pregnant, but Deniz is a bit disappointed... 02. Vanessa (Julia Augustin) is shocked when Iva (Christina Klein) suddenly suffers from a sepsis after an operation that Vanessa performed 03. Jenny and Deniz are wondering who Richard's (Silvan-Pierre Leirich) new business partner might be 04. Ben (Jörg Rohde) blames Carmen (Heike Warmuth) for his financial troubles 05. Christoph (Lars Korten) and Vanessa are worried about Iva's condition 06. With the help of the devious Stephanie (Ann-Cathrin Schaible), Vincent (Daniel Buder) tries to sabotage Jenny and Deniz's business 07. Stephanie is responsible for Jenny falling into a lake during a promotional event 08. Michelle (Franziska Benz) breaks things off with Ronny (Bela Klentze) 09. Diana (Tanja Szewczenko) and Ingo (André Dietz) tell Ronny that they are confident that they can stay in their apartment 10. Simone (Tatjana Clasing) calls on Richard to choose between Ben and the family business Gute Zeiten, Schlechte Zeiten 01. While searching for Jasmin, Emily (Anne Menden) gets lost in Venice 02. With Emily and Katrin (Ulrike Frank, right) at her side, Jasmin (Janina Uhse) is ready to take her future in hand [and Janina Uhse departs the show after 9 1/2 years) 03. Nina Ahrens (new series regular Maria Wedig) and her teenage son Luis (new series regular Maximilian Braun) arrive in Berlin 04. Lilly (Iris Mareike Steen) celebrates her birthday with Paul (Niklas Osterloh), Anni (Linda Marlen Runge), Chris (Eric Stehfest) and Tuner (Thomas Drechsel) 05. Jule (Luise von Finckh) is mugged at the café 06. Anni is heartbroken when Katrin tells her that Jasmin has easily settled into her new life without her 07. Jule and Anni try to be there for one another 08. Paul and Emily argue about Emily's business plans 09. Maren (Eva Mona Rodekirchen) asks John (Felix von Jascheroff) to come clean about his illegal money transactions 10. Laura (Chryssanthi Kavazi) tries to get buddy-buddy with Luis and Katrin
  5. Bold and Beautiful: Actor Returns

    Yes, Stephanie and James were sort of dating in late 1998/early 1999 after Sheila had left town. However, James last appeared during Rick's wedding to Amber in February 1999 and wasn't mentioned anymore after that.
  6. Old/Classic B&B discussion&articles

    As far as I remember, both Sly and Jasmine worked at the Bikini Bar (after Jasmine had left Spectra). She fell in love with Sly, but he only wanted Jessica – mainly because he wanted to marry into the Forrester dynasty. Jasmine found out about this and told Jessica that Sly was only interested in her family's money. When Jessica showed Sly the cold shoulder, he raped her in disguise. Jessica was able to spot a tattoo on the rapist's groin. A bit later, Jasmine saw the tattoo on Sly's body and was shocked. Sly locked Jessica and Jasmine inside the Bikini Bar and set the place on the fire. While Dylan rescued the two girls, Sly died in the flames. Shortly after, Jasmine was written off the show without explanation, and Jessica and Dylan left town as well at the end of 1996. The only character of that younger mid 90s crowd who survived into 1997 was Dylan's roommate Michael Lai (Lindsay Price). She was actually Grant's first love interest before he married Brooke and later Macy. During that time they also teased Clarke/Brooke and Ridge/Lauren.
  7. B&B - June 2017 Discussion Thread

    Well, he did for a second. Oliver is Whip's (Rick Hearst) cousin, and he also had a sister named Agnes (played by Sarah Brown). They were all dropped from the contract cast in 2011. Oliver remained in a recurring capacity and dated Aly before her death. If they hadn't killed Aly, Oliver could have well married into the Forrester family one day. But but but...
  8. German soaps: GZSZ, UU & AWZ

    Easy's first gay kiss takes place in episode #5657 (airdate: July 27th, 2017) Finn is played by Jan-Martin Müller (http://janmartinmueller.de/). Quite a handsome guy... with and without a beard.
  9. B&B Stephanie Forrester Brooke Logan Ridge Forrester Sally Spectra (the original) Taylor Hayes Sheila Carter It gets tougher after that because there were several strong female characters that dominated storylines for a few years each. Most of the male characters were and are simply boring, though. Bridget Forrester (early 00s) Amber Moore (late 90s/early 00s) Caroline Spencer (late 80s) Macy Alexander (early 90s) Honorable mentions: Eric Forrester, Steffy Forrester, Hope Logan, James Warwick, Clarke Garrison, Deacon Sharpe, Felicia Forrester
  10. German soaps: GZSZ, UU & AWZ

    I've always wondered about this myself, considering that all other soaps, past and present – even some of the short-lived ones that only ran for a year – featured at least one LGBT character long before UU did. But in the same way, German soaps suck at diversity in general. It's all very whitewashed, even though they all take place in cities which have a large percentage of immigrants and are known as gay "hotspots". If you take a look at the current casts of GZSZ http://www.soapsworld.de/gute-zeiten-schlechte-zeiten-gzsz/besetzung, UU http://www.soapsworld.de/unter-uns-uu/besetzung and AWZ http://www.soapsworld.de/alles-was-zaehlt-awz/besetzung, you will see that there's hardly anybody with foreign roots. Until earlier this year, GZSZ had 4 contract roles that were of Turkish origin (Tayfun, Ayla, Selma and Mesut), but they were all written off the show within the span of 6 months. They recently added Greek actress Chryssanthi Kavazi in a new contract role, but her character Laura is supposed to be German. AWZ has Deniz and Marian with Turkish roots (but their portrayers are not Turkish), and UU has Paco who was born in Ecuador (but is half-German). The actor himself is of Serbian descent. And that's it.
  11. German soaps: GZSZ, UU & AWZ

    Actually it doesn't make any sense at all and somehow I think that this will put an end to the Ringo/Valentin story. Easy's portrayer Lars Steinhöfel is gay in real life so this might play a factor in the character suddenly turning to men. Besides Ringo's short-lived romance with Yannik in 2013 and him having some one-night-stands with random extras, UU has never featured a "full-on" gay storyline let alone a homosexual contract role. Ringo identifies as bisexual because he's also had relationships with girls. In the show's first year, Armin Franke pretended to be gay so that Corinna, Jennifer and Melanie, who were sick of their ex-boyfriends and of men in general, allowed him to move in with them. But that's it. In 2011/2012, the show featured a storyline where Bine Kern, who was verbally and physically abused by her boyfriend Nils, grew feelings for her best friend Rebecca, who was married to Rufus at that time. The story received a lot of backlash because it came out of nowhere and felt too contrived. The show reacted quickly and put Bine back with Nils, while Rebecca reunited with Rufus. Bine and Nils were sent packing later that year, and Rebecca was brutally murdered by Rolf. Today UU announced that Stefan Bockelmann will be leaving the soap after 16 years. He will last air in September 2017. Bockelmann joined the show in September 2001 as Malte Winter. The character was originally introduced as a small-time criminal, who eventually learned to leave his shady past behind. He has been the owner of the "Schiller" bar for several years. He has also battled alcoholism repeatedly and was married to Rebecca and Britta Schönfeld. Currently Malte's patching his troubled marriage to Caro Kasper, and according to Bockelmann, Malte will receive a happy ending. This probably means that Caro's portrayer Ines Kurenbach is also on her way out.
  12. German soaps: GZSZ, UU & AWZ

    Besides Valentin & Ringo, Unter uns will also feature a second gay storyline in the next weeks involving Easy Winter. Easy, as played by Lars Steinhöfel, first appeared in May 2005 as the rebellious teenage cousin of Björn and Malte Winter. He had to stay with his cousins after his father had been sent to jail. After some time adjusting to his new environment, Easy softened up and became friends with the younger crowd of Schilerallee 10. At first, the character was 15 years old. Over the years, Easy has had relationships with Romy Sturm, Lilli Mattern, Josephine Johlke, Suji Wagner and Fiona Jäger, and he was also briefly married to Charlotte Sommer. Easy turned out to be a talented photographer. Due to his friendship with Valentin and Ringo, he tags along to Cologne's Christopher Street Day parade and meets a guy named Finn. They click instantly and agree to work together on a photoshoot. A bit later Easy realizes that he is attracted to Finn and almost kisses him! This story is about to unfold in mid-July. There's also a new contract role arriving: Paco Weigel (Milos Vukovic) learns that his father Ulrich has died. Shortly after, a young woman named Saskia (Antonia Michalsky) appears and turns out to be Paco's sister whom he has never heard of before. Paco has been on the show since April 2000. Ulrich was a recurring character in 2001 and again in 2007, played by two different actors. In 2007, Paco's evil wife Lara Martensen was found dead in the courtyard. Ulrich was revealed to be the murderer and was sent to prison. Paco himself has been in a wheelchair for 2 years now. GZSZ tweeted a mysterious image today, claiming that a new contract role is about to be revealed. Apparently the new character is linked to Katrin (Ulrike Frank) and Laura (Chryssanthi Kavazi).
  13. German soaps: GZSZ, UU & AWZ

    Even though most of the show is available online, Verbotene Liebe, which ran from 1995 to 2015 on ARD, will be repeated on ONE starting June 19th, 2017. ONE (known as EinsFestival until last year) belongs to the ARD group. They regularly broadcast shows from ARD's vast archive. This youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEg8dmaYzd0X7hu4KNHcuNA/videos has uploaded quite a large number of Marienhof (1992-2011) episodes from 1995, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2011. Another youtube channel with various Marienof episodes and opening themes: https://www.youtube.com/user/masterof1990/videos From 1992 to 1994, Marienhof ran twice a week. In January 1995, it was transformed into a daily soap. This was the first daily episode #170 (original airdate: January 2nd, 1995). Verbotene Liebe premiered on the same day. The final episode #4053 (original airdate: June 15th, 2011)
  14. German soaps: GZSZ, UU & AWZ

    Official GZSZ promo for the next few weeks: "Der Sommer der Entscheidung" ("The Summer of Decisions"). Featuring... Jasmin and Anni are rekindling their romance just as Jasmin is about to leave for New York. Jasmin's final scenes were filmed in Venice, Italy (as seen at the end of the promo). Chris is still kept at the psychiatric ward thanks to his brother Felix. Sunny is torn between her feelings for Felix and Chris. Lilly tries to prove Chris's innocence. The mysterious Laura Weber appears in Berlin and introduces herself to Katrin as an old friend of the late Till. Katrin trusts Laura and offers her a job, but what is Laura really up to? The "Mauerwerk" bar is in danger because John has used illegal money to pay the bills. Now Leon, John and Maren's jobs are on the line.
  15. German soaps: GZSZ, UU & AWZ

    Minor casting news: Daniel Brockhaus is departing AWZ on June 14th, 2017. The actor joined the show in January 2015 as Dr. Thomas Brück, the ex-husband of Sonja and father of Leo and Flo Brück. Thomas is the last member of the Brück family to leave the show, as Sonja and Flo were written out in January 2016 and Leo departed in March 2017. Other than being the resident doctor and having an ongoing affair with Isabelle Reichenbach, Thomas didn't really have much to do. Maria Wedig is the latest addition to GZSZ's contract cast. The actress started filming on May 22nd, 2017, and will much likely appear on-screen at the end of July. She plays Nina Ahrens "who comes to Berlin to start a new life" (what else is new?). Wedig is no stranger to soaps, having starred on AWZ as Juli von Altenburg from 2008 to 2009 and having played the lead heroine during the 4th and final cycle of the telenovala "Anna und die Liebe" from 2011 to 2012. Right in time for Janina Uhse's departure on GZSZ, the show is revisiting Jasmin and Anni's lesbian relationship. The two girls were a couple from 2013 to 2015 and are now on the way of getting back together. However, Jasmin receives an unique job offer in Italy. Will Anni eventually let her go? The gay storyline on UU is also heating up, with Ringo and Valentin growing closer and closer. They even have a foursome with two girls which leaves Ringo craving for more. A bit later, Ringo invites Valentin out partying at a gay club where Valentin has a lot of fun. Valentin is also involved in a storyline with his parents Benedikt and Andrea. When one of Benedikt's evil business partners seeks revenge on Benedikt, he threatens to kill Valentin. Andrea, the quiet and oppressed housewife, wants to protect her son and kills the man in self-defense. This will change her life forever. --- And this is GZSZ's new opening which premiered on May 17th, 2017. For the first time in the show's history, there are now 3 different versions rotating every day. From 1992 to 1998, there was just one version. Since 1998, the show has always had two different versions (although briefly in 2002 and from 2008 to 2010, the show only used one heavily edited version that only featured characters who were still on the canvas). This is the first opening to feature Thaddäus Meilinger als Felix, Luise von Finckh as Jule, Niklas Osterloh as Paul, and Chryssanthi Kavazi as Laura. The latter debuts on-screen on June 6th, 2017. Version A: Valentine Pahde as Sunny Richter – Ulrike Frank as Katrin Flemming – Wolfgang Bahro as Dr. Jo Gerner – Berlin, Alexanderplatz – Jörn Schlönvoigt as Dr. Philip Höfer & Felix von Jascheroff as John Bachmann – Thaddäus Meilinger as Felix Lehmann – Brandenburg Gate – Janina Uhse as Jasmin Flemming – Eric Stehfest as Chris Lehmann – Gute Zeiten, Schlechte Zeiten Version B: Eric Stehfest as Chris Lehmann – Wolfgang Bahro as Dr. Jo Gerner – Ulrike Frank as Katrin Flemming – Berlin, Alexanderplatz – Luise von Finckh as Jule Vogt & Iris Mareike Steen as Lilly Seefeld – Chryssanthi Kavazi as Laura Weber – Brandenburg Gate – Linda Marlen Runge as Anni Brehme, Thomas Drechsel as Max "Tuner" Krüger, Luise von Finckh as Jule Vogt & Iris Mareike Steen as Lilly Seefeld – Thomas Drechsel as Max "Tuner" Krüger & Linda Marlen Runge as Anni Brehme – Gute Zeiten, Schlechte Zeiten * When this version debuted on the official GZSZ website, it featured Mustafa Alin as Mesut Yildiz in second position. The tv version features Wolfgang Bahro as Jo Gerner and Ulrike Frank as Katrin Flemming in Alin's place. Alin's status with the show is still unclear, even though the actor has stated that will return during the summer. Version C: Anne Menden as Emily Höfer – Clemens Löhr as Alexander Cöster – Eva Mona Rodekirchen as Maren Seefeld – Berlin, Alexanderplatz – Felix van Deventer as Jonas Seefeld & Niklas Osterloh as Paul Wiedmann – Lea Marlen Woitack as Sophie Lindh Moreno – Brandenburg Gate – Daniel Fehlow as Leon Moreno – Janina Uhse as Jasmin Flemming – Gute Zeiten, Schlechte Zeiten