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    Have you been wondering who has appeared on the most Soap Opera Digest covers for this year? I was, so I downloaded all the cover images and made myself a little spreadsheet to figure it out. Since I have a whole sheet of data, I thought I’d share.

    I went into this thinking that Kristian Alfonso seemed to be on the cover every other week and had to have the most appearances. I was right, with Kristian making 11 cover appearances for 2016 as of the November 14 issue. Not far behind her was Joshua Morrow, with 9 cover appearances, followed by Justin Hartley with 7. I guess it makes sense that Kristian Alfonso and Joshua Morrow were top performers, given that both are decades-long veterans of their shows whose characters are members of the show’s core families and were involved in major storylines with shocking twists during the year.

    This lead is more impressive when you consider that neither KA nor JM was involved in any casting drama, which helped boost quite a few actors’ totals over the year. Justin Hartley had 2 appearances because of his departure from Y&R. I think Brandon Beemer benefited most of casting drama, with all 3 of his cover appearances discussing his departure from or return to DAYS.

    Billy Miller had the most appearances among GH actors, tied at 6 with Drake Hogestyn, Mary Beth Evans, Melody Thomas Scott and Sharon Case. B&B has a harder time getting actors on the cover, with their best representatives being Katherine Kelly Lang, Thorsten Kaye and Jacqueline MacInnes Wood at 3 appearances each, the same number as Susan Lucci, who hasn’t appeared on a daytime soap in years.

    The most appearances by anyone who hasn’t appeared on a soap this year was Alison Sweeney, at 5. This was also the magic number for Peter Reckell, who appeared on, I believe, one episode of DAYS this year; Jason Thompson, who soap-hopped to Y&R in January; Kate Mansi, who left DAYS in June; and Greg Vaughan, who left DAYS in the spring, among others.

    Several actors appeared representing more than one soap. Tristan Rogers is probably the most fun examples of this. He only logged 2 covers all year, both in August, both discussing a return, one to Y&R and one to GH. Others with two soaps were Eileen Davidson (with 1 DAYS photo in addition to her 3 for Y&R) and Austin Peck (1 for ATWT and 1 for his impending DAYS return).

    Among the current soaps, DAYS had the most actors appear in connection with it, at 43 (a lot of comings and goings!), followed by GH at 32, Y&R with 30, and B&B with 16. I have a whole sorted spreadsheet, so if you’re wondering about anyone in particular, feel free to ask!

    Of course, with six covers left for the year, these numbers will change before the close of 2016.

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    Things have really heated up in this covers race over the last month! After making two covers in three weeks, Joshua Morrow had catapulted himself up into a tie with Kristian Alfonso for the lead at 11 covers each. But Kristian got ahead once again with her appearance on the cover of the most recent issue, which features a best and worst of 2016 list (which frankly seems very misguided, naming Hope killing Stefano as “Best Secret” and Billy/Phyllis as “Hottest Affair”) and a collection of stars who fans want to come back to their shows but probably aren’t any time soon, including Alison Sweeney, who is now is a tie for fifth place among cover appearances at six this year, which is six more times than she appeared on a soap during the same timeframe. Jason Thompson and Peter Reckell, both of whom are on this cover, are a part of that fifth place tie as well.

    Just one more 2016 cover to go!

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    Boidiva02
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    LOL I used to always keep track of this sort of thing… It used to seem like Maurice Benard was on the cover of Soap Opera Weekly like every week. If not as the cover story than as one of the mini-photos.

    Back in the day I also used to notice that Vanessa Marcil and Eva LaRue got a lot of covers too, usually as part of a “Will They Come Back To Soaps” feature.

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