July 25, 2008By Mara Levinsky Posted: Jul 25, 2008
Greetings, readers! Last week, I had a blast visiting the set on a day that several cast newbies were slated to have their ABC portraits taken. Alicia Minshew (Kendall) was there, beaming with happiness while sharing details of her upcoming wedding, greatly refreshed from a quick vacation to New Hampshire. Daddy-to-be Jacob Young (JR) was also in great spirits; wife Christen is due in November and they're busy getting the house ready, collaborating on a Winnie the Pooh-themed nursery. He's also got a cabaret act in the works that will pair him with — drumroll, please! — Joan Collins. Stay tuned for further details! Surely the highlight of the trip was being present as Alicia gave Thorsten Kaye (Zach) a gift she'd picked out for him while on a stroll with her fiancé/his pal, Richie: A retro-looking Red Wings T-shirt. He absolutely loved the shirt but it was a bit snug (I got to be there when he took off his shirt to try it on... But he made me look the other way, darn it!) — okay, more than a bit snug. A good-natured debate ensued about whether the shirt made Thorsten look gay (not that there's anything wrong with that). For those keeping score at home: Beth Ehlers (Taylor) thought it did; Cameron Mathison (Ryan) insisted it did not. I got pulled away to do an interview before I found out whether the shirt had been deemed a keeper or not, but it was most definitely the thought that counted, right?