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Wednesday, April 1, 2009 1:02 AM EDT | By Scotty Gore


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” has announced that Marcie and Michael McBain will be soon be riding off into the sunset together, as Kathy Brier and Chris Stack prepare to say goodbye to Llanview.

The writing has long been on the wall, but the news remains shocking nonetheless. According to Soap Opera Digest, “OLTL” has decided not to renew the contracts of Kathy Brier and Chris Stack. Mostly backburnerd during the past few years, Marcie and Michael have had relatively little story of their own. Outside of holding baby Tommy hostage after discovering that he was really Todd Manning’s son, and agreeing to adopt Todd’s pregnant daughter Starr’s baby girl, Marcie has rarely been seen other than occasional visits to her friends to dispense advice and exchange pleasantries. Much the same can be also be said for Michael, whose primary duties seem to be limited to interacting with patients at Llanview Hospital. Marcie and Michael even had to compete with a tornado and the revelation of who killed Michael and his brother John’s police officer father on their wedding day, leaving the newlyweds treated as second class citizens on what should have been the happiest day of their lives.

Brier has portrayed author/teacher Marcie Walsh McBain since creating the role in 2002; although the character was originally slated for two episodes . In 2004, she received a Daytime Emmy nomination for best supporting actress. Marcie marked Brier’s first television role. From 2003-2004 Brier appeared on Broadway as Tracy in “Hairspray.” She is also the voice of Babalulu on the animated Playhouse Disney children’s program “Jo Jo’s Circus,” and Rosamond in “Nate the Great” on PBS. In addition, Brier has also performed in numerous regional and off-Broadway theater productions, including “Bat Boy: the Musical,” “The Prince and the Pauper,” “Funny Girl,” “Cinderella,” and “Grease.” An accomplished singer, Brier has released a album entitled “Heartbreaker,” recorded a song for the “One Life, Many Voices” CD to benefit victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma, and performed several songs on “OLTL” in recent years. And in 2003, Brier garnered attention following a rather unflattering comment by then-ABC Daytime President Brian Frons, in which he stated that “Kathy Brier, a marvelous actress, […] has an incredible voice and is not beautiful, is overweight and the audience has just embraced her, because she is not perfect like everybody else.”

Stack took over the role of Dr. Michael McBain in December 2007 following the dismissal of Nathaniel Marston from the role, becoming the fourth actor to take over the character (the others being R. Brandon Johnson from 2003-2004 and Robert Harte as a temporary replacement for a handful of episodes in 2007). Before joining the cast of “One Life to Live,” Stack made appearances as Walt on “As the World Turns” in 2006. In 2003, Stack had a minor role on “OLTL” as drug dealer Brad White. Other acting credits include “Conviction,” “Third Watch,” and “The Education of Max Bickford,” along with the films “School of Rock” and “Roger Dodger.”

SOD is reporting that both actors were let go by the soap last week, which Kathy Brier confirmed in the following message, posted Tuesday afternoon (March 31st) at 3:48 pm edt on her official MySpace page. “Last week after seven years on OLTL I was told by the powers that be at ABC that my contract was not going to be renewed at the end of my current cycle (May 31st). I was told that they don’t know what else to write for Marcie. Obviously I don’t agree with that statement. I think Marcie has so many layers still left to explore. That being said I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for being the most loyal fans I will probably ever have in my entire career. Over the years I have received countless emails and letters expressing how much Marcie has given hope to and inspired you but I want you all to know that you have done the same for me. You welcomed Marcie in a medium where she was never expected to flourish and helped me to break boundaries that my fellow voluptuous thespians (hollah Chandra Wilson, Melissa McCarthy) continue to break down. I hope to have your support as I enter this new adventure in my life and career and I hope, you have enjoyed the life and times of Marcie Walsh McBain as much as I have. Kathy.” However, a set side source leaked to SOD that “There could have been more story for Michael and Marcie, but that’s just not the direction they decided to take it. It’s the nature of the business.”

News of the exits of Brier and Stack comes on the heels of several other actors who have recently parted ways with “One Life to Live,” including Justis Bolding, Jacqueline Hendy, Kamar de los Reyes and BethAnn Bonner. While it remains to be seen if Marcie and Michael will be written off the show or if they will simply fade out of existence the way of forgotten characters like Miles Laurence have done, viewers will still be seeing them around Llanview for several more weeks. The McBains will be a part of baby Chloe’s christening in mid-April, and Michael will likely still be seen making his rounds at Llanview Hospital. And, although no final airdate has yet been announced, both Marcie and Michael could potentially continue to air until at least June or July, given that Brier’s contract expires on May 31st, and that “One Life” regularly tapes approximately four to six weeks in advance.

“One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


Discussion: Brier and Stack’s ‘Life’ Comes to an End in Llanview




Monday, March 30, 2009 12:53 AM EST | By Angela Rosa


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — From daytime to primetime.

Congratulations to Colin Egglesfield. The actor whose controversial character, Josh Madden, was permanently aborted from the “All My Children” scene earlier this year, has been cast in a leading role on the CW’s updated version of “Melrose Place.” The series that originally aired on FOX is centered around a group of driven and attractive young people who live in the same apartment courtyard complex and who end up getting way too involved in each other’s trials and tribulations.

The 36-year old hottie, named one of People Magazine’s “Sexiest Men Alive” in 2005, will play Auggie Kirtpatrick. Auggie is an avid surfer and a ambition sous-chef at one of Los Angeles’ hottest restaurants. Other actors cast as “MP” residents include Michael Rady who will play filmmaker Jonah Miller (think Billy); Katie Cassidy who will play Ella Flynn, sharp-tongued publicist (think Amanda); Ashlee Simpson-Wentz who will play Violet Foster, a small town girl who comes to L.A. with a secret (think Sydney); Jessica Lucas will play wealthy and beautiful elementary school teacher Riley Richmond; and Stephanie Jacobsen who will play Lauren Bishop, a medical student by day, a high-end call girl by night. The series is a go for the 2009 fall season. “Smallville” producers Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer will produce the pilot episode and will continue on the series as executive producers.

The original “Melrose Place” was created by Darren Star and executive produced by the late Aaron Spelling; current “AMC” head-writer Charles Pratt Jr. The original cast included Thomas Calabro (Michael Mancini), Josie Bissett (Jane Mancini), Andrew Shue (Billy Campbell), Courtney Thorne-Smith (Alison Parker), Grant Show (Jake Hanson), Doug Savant (Matt Fielding), Marcia Cross (Kimberly Shaw), Daphne Zuniga (Jo Reynolds), Vanessa Williams (Rhonda Blair), Amy Locane (Sandy Harling). In a move to energize the series in it’s first season, Heather Locklear joined the cast as Amanda Woodward. The series lasted seven seasons (1992-1999).

Egglesfield is not the only “AMC” alum hitting prime-time, Rebecca Budig (who played “the real Greenlee” Smythe off and on from 1999-2009) recently booked a guest star appearance on the hit CBS comedy-series “How I Met Your Mother.” Budig will play Holly, a girlfriend of Ted’s (Josh Radnor), in one of the final episodes of the season.

“All My Children” air Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. “Melrose Place” will air on The CW in the Fall of 2009. “How I Met Your Mother” airs on CBS on Monday nights. Check local listings.




Sunday, March 29, 2009 6:05 PM ET | By Venus Stone


alt (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Putting trust in the devil…

THIS WEEK ON: AS THE WORLD TURNS

Luke and Noah make new friends, Thursday, April 2. Casey gets some much needed guidance from Allyson on Monday, March 30. Lucy gives Dusty information that Paul is using her to get even with him. Holden doesn’t trust Damien as far as he can throw him and begins to suspect that he’s the cause for Luke’s accident; while Damien on the other hand tries to persuade Noah to get Luke on his side.

The Inside Story: Reversal Decision


After her night with Craig, Carly wonders what Jack must think of her after walking in on the two of them in bed together. She immediately goes over to clear the air but Jack dismisses her. Janet later explains to Carly that Jack was about to make amends with Parker but changed his mind after seeing her with Craig. Craig in the meantime gives Parker and Liberty reassurance that he’s on their side but points out that Parker shouldn’t strive to gain his trust fund simply to spite and get even with his parents. Back at the police station, Margo tells Jack that he should put aside his pride and offer the olive branch to Carly for Parker’s sake. Jack heads to Milltown and finds Carly at home. The two of them talk things out and head to the hearing together. When they arrive, Jack steps up by defending Carly’s character to the judge when he starts talking about all her past crimes. When the judge returns with his decision, he tells Parker that he will not give him emancipation, let alone control over his trust; but he will give him the opportunity to choose who he wants to be trustee over it. Parker tells the judge that he wants Craig to oversee his trust fund. Jack flips out and quickly points the finger at Carly, saying she’s the cause of everything. While Carly is giving Craig a stern warning, Parker on the other hand becomes smug, thinking that Craig will let him have his way with everything. Jack, still seething at what has taken place tries to demand that Craig step down as Parker’s trustee, but Craig refuses, Janet, on the other hand is trying to talk some sense into Lliberty and when it looks as if it might work, Parker’s arrival has Liberty changing her mind. Parker and Liberty head to go apartment hunting and find one but when it comes time to get the money from his trust fund, Craig tells the young man no. Carly comes up with another solution; move into the house with her. The teens reluctantly agreee. That evening, Carly has a drink to celebrate her trust in Craig.

A Closer Look: Vienna’s Second Chance
Shortly after discovering that the insemination procedure didn’t go through, Vienna and Henry learn that Vienna is in fact pregnant; this time with Henry’s baby. Viennna insists that they continue through with making Brad and Katie’s dream come true by passing off their actual baby as theirs. Henry tells her that it is wrong for them to hide the fact that Brad’s not the baby’s father, but Vienna points out to Henry that he was the one that said he never wanted to be a father and plans on holding true to her promise to their best friends. Meanwhile back home, Brad and Katie begin to wonder if there is something that the duo are keepign from them. When Katie approaches Vienna on it, she assures her that all is fine. Henry in the meantime begins to develop feelings of what it feels like to have Vienna carrying his baby instead of Brad’s. Later that day,Vienna and Henry are approached by Katie with an opportunity: move in with her and Brad so they all can share in the joy of the baby’s progress.

What To Watch

  • Damien collapses in front of Noah
  • Dusty and Lucy ‘give’ Paul what he wants
  • Jack tells Carly Craig wants something she has

As the World Turns News and Headlines

  • Nicholas Galbraith and Melinda Sullivan will come on the show as Zac and Zoe Finn on Wednesday, April 1 to help Luke with the foundation; but could they actually stir up some trouble?
  • John Hillner plays a dean that gives Casey a second change,Thursday, April 2
  • Adam LeFevre will play a judge that will determine Parker’s fate, Monday, March 30
  • Rose Courtney plays a social worker who finds herself falling into one of Paul’s traps, Monday, April 6
  • Word is that Cady McClain will be returning back to Oakdale as Rosanna Cabot. Cabot’s airdate has been slated for May 20
  • Chauntee Schuylere, who plays ‘Bonnie McKeechnie’ originally opted to depart from the role after relocating to the West Coast with her husband. News is that she will be staying right where she is and commute back and forth to shoot her scenes.
  • Ewa da Cruz (‘Vienna’), Trent Dawson (‘Henry’) and Billy Magnussen (‘Casey’) will be attending the 11th Annual Southwest Florida SoapFest, an event that returns the best of daytime television’s soap opera stars to Marco Island, May 2 and May 3 to raise money for local children’s charities. Those interested in ticket and sponsorship information go online to SopaFest or call 239-394-4559
  • ‘As the World Turns’ fans have an opportunity to bring out their charitable side in them by joining Kelley Menighan Hensley, Jon Hensley, Michael Park and Martha Byrne at the Inaugural Angels for Hope Gala Friday. May 29. The event begins from 7 PM to 11 PM at the Estate at Florentine Gardens, located at 97 Rivervale Road in River Vale, NJ. Angels of Hope is the first major fundraiser event that is held on behalf of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Bergen County. Those in attendence will have the opportunity to enjoy a night of fine dining, cocktails, music and dancing along with a silent auction. Tickets are $200.00 each with limited seating. Please visit Angels for Hope or call (212) 239-3239 to reserve.
  • ‘As the World Turns’ fans will want to take advantage of seeing some of their favorite stars when they host the ATWT Annual Fan Club Luncheon 2009 on April 18 from 12:00 Noon until 4:00 PM at the Marriot Marquis located at 1535 Broadway, New York, NY. Those interested are required to pay a $25.00 non-refundable deposit per person in order to reserve seating. Those who are current fan club members pay $125 and non-fan club members pay $135 For more information regarding the event, please visit ATWT Fan Club
  • SON Top 10: Who was the best of the best on “ATWT” during the week of March 23 – 27, 2009? You decide! The SON Top 10 is back! Voting begins Friday’s at 4:00 PM, EST.

SON ALERTS: WEEK OF APRIL 6, 2009

  • Carly ignores the warning signs of her constant drinking.
  • Meg comes to a decision.
  • Liberty begins to wonder about her marriage.

    “As the World Turns” airs Weekdays on CBS. Check local listings.



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    Discussion: ATWT PreVUE: Week of March 30 Edition




Sunday, March 29, 2009 11:43 AM ET | By Venus Stone


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Who’s your mama…

THIS WEEK ON: THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS

Amber comes to the realization that something is seriously wrong with Kevin on Wednesday, April 1. Victor gives Adam something to think about when his words make an impact on Thursday, April 2.

The Inside Story: Unrelated
After Katherine stuns Jill with the news that they are not mother and daughter, Jill lashes out accusing Kay of pulling out another con job. Katherine, tired of Jill’s turning of a blind eye to the fact that all three tests were legitimate, leaves. Shortly after, Nikki arrives at Jill’s office and snaps into her about her constant doubts. Jill sneers at her that she will never believe the DNA test is correct. Nikki hits a nerve when she tells Jill that she doesn’t even know who she belongs to and that if she feels the need to be right, to choose a lab of her own to conduct the test. Without realizing it Jill blurts out that Nikki best contact Brock to return to Genoa City to coduct a final DNA test. Taking her advice, Nikki does exactly that and calls Brock with the news that Katherine is still alive and is needed back home. Afterwards she shares the news with Katherine who instantly begins to worry but Nikki assures her that Brock will know who she is. As the women are talking, Katherine admits that she has grown to love Jill as her ‘daughter’. Meanwhile, Brock who is at the coffeehouse meets with Nikki who asks him if he’s ready to see Katherine. When they head to Murphy’s trailer Brock is overcome with emotions and hugs his mother. Katherine, happy to have someone else believe her, tells Brock about her memory lapses. A concerned Brock tells Katherine that she should be tested for Lyme Disease. Still with Katherine, Brock calls Jill to persuade her to come see Kay but she furiously refuses. Later that day, Katherine, who is at the doctor’s office for her tests gets the confirmation that she in fact does have Lyme Disease. Jill, having second thoughts shows up at the trailer and Katherine is stunned to see her. Things start off cordially between the two women until Katherine tells her about her diagnosis. Jill quickly points the finger at Katherine telling her that it’s nothing more than another con. Fed up with Jill’s accusations, Katherine tears into her and midway through her tongue lashing Jill realizes that she truly is Katherine. Unable to handle the truth it becomes Jill’s turn to lash out warning Katherine to stay away from Billy and Chloe’s wedding. Katherine dismisses her warnings and tells her that she will be attending that wedding whether she likes it or not.

A Closer Look: Cold Feet

Billy begins to feel the wedding day blues when he begins to question if marrying Chloe is the right thng to do. Before he can make any decisions Chloe and Esther inform him that the wedding should be held at the Chancellor Estate, to which Billy goes along with. As Chloe is making wedding plans, Colleen approaches her and lets her know that even if Billy does marry her, he will never be in love with her. Not phased Chloe tells Colleen that she will have a family for her daughter. Meanwhile, Jack puts his two cents in at the rehearsal dinner when he persuades Sharon to be the matron of honor. Meanwhile on the eve of his wedding a nervous Billy heads to a bar to calm his nerves. While there, he finds himself coming face-to-face with Sharon.

What To Watch

  • Cane won’t take Lily’s no for an answer
  • Amber is forced to do what Kevin wants
  • Phyllis and Nick go another round about the ex
  • The cake begins the fly between Kay and Jill

The Young and the Restless News and Headlines

  • Brian Cousins plays Detective Sloan, who’s on the hunt for Kevin Fisher, Tuesday, March 31
  • Roscoe Born will come back to Genoa City to terroize Kevin as the Ghost of Tom, Tuesday March, 31
  • Scott L. Scwartz comes to the show,Monday, March 30 as Amos Slaughter
  • As previously mentioned on SON, Tom Casiello has joined the writing team of Y&R. His first scenes begin airing April 20 and April 28, May 12 and May 19.
  • Clementine Ford will be soon joining the cast as Mackenzie ‘Mac’ Browning beginning April 1.
  • Beau Kazer returns as ‘Brock Reynolds’ Katherine’s son,Wednesday April 1 to prove that Katherine is very much the real deal
  • Fans can ‘get restless’ by participating in the Get Restless in Jamaica Sweepstakes. A fan could win their chance of a lifetime to have a 4 day/3 night vacation. Those interested can visit Get Restless in Jamaica
  • Y&R’ made the pages of the current issues of Soap Opera Digest in ‘Thumbs Up & Down’ regarding the excellent work of having history mixed in the storylines of Katherine and Kevin Also featured in the issue is Jess Walton discussing her hairstyle trends in Buzz Cut.
  • Congratulations to Jeanne Cooper for receiving the Media and Entertainment Excellence Award by the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
  • Daniel Goddard will give fans an opportunity to see him Saturday May 9 at the Georgetown Market Place located at 289 Guelp Street in Georgetown, Ontario and the OLG Casino Brantford, located 40 Icomm Drive at Brantford, Ontario The Georgetown event begins at 11AM, while the Brantford event starts at 2:30 PM Those interested in attending please keep in mind that the casino event is for those 19 years of age and over. For more information, please go to Soap Opera Mania on Tour
  • SON Top 10: Who was the best of the best on “Y&R” during the week of March 23 – 27, 2009? You decide! The SON Top 10 is back! Voting begins Friday’s at 4:00 PM, EST.

SON ALERTS: WEEK OF APRIL 6, 2009

  • Karen gets more information regarding Neil and Tyra.
  • Nick has had his fill of Phyllis.
  • Victor begins the next phase of his revenge.

    “The Young and the Restless” airs Weekdays on CBS. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings .


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    Discussion: Y&R PreVUE: Week of March 30 Edition




Daytime Emmy Awards Find a New Home

Friday, March 27, 2009 1:07 AM EDT | By Scotty Gore


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Will they? Or won’t they? That is the question soap fans have been asking for months following the announcement by CBS that the network had decided not to air the “36th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.” Fortunately however, it now appears that another broadcaster has agreed to step up the plate.

It was supposed to be the Tiffany Network’s turn to air the Daytime Emmy Awards. But following last year’s low rated telecast on ABC, CBS soon began having cold feet, and announced just before Thanksgiving that it intended to scrap its plans for further broadcasts of the awards, which honor the shining stars and top shows of daytime television. For decades, the Daytime Emmy Awards have bounced between the Big Three networks from year to year, before NBC opted out of the rotation in 2004.

Despite heavy promotion and elaborate telecasts, however, ratings have plummeted dramatically for the awards ceremony in recent years. “The 35th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards,” which aired on ABC in June of last year, was the least watched broadcast in the ceremony’s nearly four-decade history. A record low 5.4 million Americans tuned in to watch the awards, which climaxed with ABC’s “General Hospital” picking up a unheard of 10th Outstanding Daytime Drama Award. To add insult to injury, the low ratings resulted in ABC finishing third among the seven broadcast networks for the night.

Fearful of a similar performance with the 2009 telecast, CBS quickly pulled the plug. After other networks, including ABC, NBC, and SOAPnet, passed on airing this year’s ceremony, it appeared that the awards would go untelevisied for the first time since 1983. But, just when all hope seemed lost, news broke that a jumpstart network, The CW, which ironically has no daytime dramas on its programming schedule, was in negotiations to air this year’s ceremony. However, the deal seems far from done, as a spokesperson for The CW Network tells Variety that the “CW confirms that they’re in talks for the Daytime Emmys, but there is no deal yet.”

If an agreement between the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the organization which oversees the ceremony, and The CW can be reached, the “36th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards” would likely air sometime on or around August 31st from the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles. DVD samples of award nominees’ work has reportedly already been sent to voters for their consideration and evaluation, and official ballots are expected to be mailed out sometime next week with a return date set for April 20th. With only one round of voting again this year for the judges, the final nominees should be determined within the next two to three weeks. Of course, however, the winners will not be announced until the awards ceremony in late August. Additionally, the NATAS has decided to stick with their traditional five nominees per category, while potentially overhauling the pre-nomination system. Under current rules, the cast of each of the eight daytime soaps is required to nominate two cast members per category and present DVD samples of their work to judges for evaluation. The NATAS is exploring ways to altar that format, including the possibility of allowing all daytime actors to place themselves up for nomination and judging.

Final nominees will be announced during the fourth hour of the NBC morning news program “Today” on May 14th, including those contenders for best drama, talk show, and lead actor and actress. Following this presentation, the remaining categories (such as best supporting actor and actress) will be announced later that evening as part of a reception inside New York City’s famed Hearst building.

As for The CW, if they are awarded the rights to air this year’s ceremony, CBS could still have an influence in the telecast given that both networks are under the same corporate umbrella. And, even though The CW airs no daytime dramas, many of their affiliates do air programs that compete in other daytime categories such as talk, game, and children’s shows, as well as educational/informational programming. In addition, the network could use the ceremony to its advantage by promoting their primetime line-up, which features several daytime alumni, and using those actors as presenters for the various award categories.

Before new broke that The CW was interested in airing the awards, many soap fans and insiders were relegated to speculation that the typically primetime ceremony might return to its original daytime format and be forced to air solely on the Internet, raising fears that the Daytime Emmy Awards might never again been seen on television. Now fans can breath a sigh of relief, at least for this year anyway.

The CW Network was launched in 2006 as a joint venture between the CBS Corporation and Warner Brothers. It is the successor of the now-defunct WB and UPN networks. The CW airs programming specifically geared toward the 18-34 year old demographic, such as “Gossip Girl,” “American’s Next Top Model,” “90210,” “One Tree Hill,” and “Smallville.” It is one of seven broadcast networks in the United States, which includes ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, ION, and MyNetworkTV. The CW covers more than 95% of television homes in the U.S., and has affiliates or transmitters in 99 of the top 100 television markets in the nation, according to Nielsen Media. The network’s current slogan is “Every Night is Good.”

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Discussion: Daytime Emmy Awards Find New Home




‘One Life’ Casting New Role

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 11:44 PM EDT | By Scotty Gore


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” releases a new audition script that appears to involve one of the Buchanan boys.

For nearly the fifth time in less then a week, “OLTL” has released another casting call for minor character. This time is script is for the role of ‘Garrett,’ a medical specialist who will soon be summoned to Llanview to help cure one of its recently injured citizens. The role looks to be at best recurring, or even possibly only a dayplayer.

The scene opens with ‘Natalie’ speaking to Garrett in the library of Asa’s mansion. Be advised, however, that “One Life to Live” frequently changes character names in audition scripts in an attempt to throw off fans. That being said, from the tone of the script, it appears to actually involve Rachel Gannon and her younger brother Matthew Buchanan, who of course was recently paralyzed from the waist down following a car accident. ‘Natalie’ voices her concerns to Garrett about her sister ‘Jessica’s’ upcoming surgery, which Garrett has apparently has talked her into having. Garrett replies that all he did was provide information to Jessica in order for her to weigh all of her options her options and make the right decision.

An agitated Natalie fires back and implies that if Jessica didn’t agree to the surgery that she would have went to the end of his list, to which Garrett replies that he sees no reason that the damage to her body cannot be repaired. Worried, Natalie asks him what will happen if he is wrong, and states that Jessica has only recently begun to accept her condition. Afterward, she realizes that Jessica is still her sister and only wants her to be happy. Garrett assures Natalie that Jessica is not happy in her present state. But Natalie remains concerned about her sister, and wants to be sure that she isn’t taken in by a conman. Still she says that their father has contacted numerous specialists and none were able to match his claims, to which Garrett is quick to respond that it looks like they found the right person for the job.

As the scene begins to draw to a close, Natalie worries that Garrett is just out to make a name for himself. However, he assures her of his dedication to his profession and recalls how he studied extra hard in medical school in order to become a better than average doctor. He goes on to say that he only wants to work miracles for his patients and change their lives for the better, which prompts Natalie to claim he only will if paid a large fee. As the scene ends, Garrett warns Natalie that if she wants to play boss that she can have at it but, as for him, he is certain that he and he alone can return Jessica’s life to the normalcy she once enjoyed.

Again, it is important to note that Jessica and Natalie are likely only code names and will not be a part of this scene when it actually airs. Instead it is more probable that it will instead feature Matthew and Rachel.

Although it is impossible to pinpoint an exact air date for this scene, given the role is still in the casting process, but it could possibly air sometime between late spring or early summer.

“One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


Discussion: ‘One Life’ Casting New Role




OLTL PreVUE: Week of March 30 Edition

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 5:00 PM EDT | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Sometimes vengeance and justice go hand in hand.

THIS WEEK ON: ONE LIFE TO LIVE

Dorian impulsively slaps Ray for kissing her, but he knows she enjoyed the kiss more then she is willing to admit. Later, Dorian can barely contain her jealousy with Ray asks Téa on a date. On Tuesday, March 31, while awaiting her blind date, Layla encounters Cristian. After arriving however, the poor guy soon retreats after witnessing an intense argument between Cristian and Layla, and claims that the two have unresolved feelings for one another. As they are having drinks at Capricorn, Ray accuses Téa of using him to stick it to Todd. Their discussion is short-lived, however, as Dorian crashes the party. In full view of Ray, Dorian locks lips with Jackie McNaughton. Later, Ray confronts Dorian about using Jackie to make his jealous. Meanwhile, caught up in a seemingly endless argument, Cristian and Layla somehow find themselves locked in a steam room together. Nora continues to distance herself from Clint as the stress of Matthew’s prognosis begins to take its toll. And on Wednesday, April 1, Hank Gannon returns to Llanview to support his old friends Bo and Nora.

The Inside Story: Make Room for Daddy
Téa’s ploy works as the judge awards custody of Starr, Jack, and Sam to newlyweds Blair and John on Monday, March 30. Even worse for Todd, Starr informs that she does not want to live with him, even if her brothers do. Téa is left unnerved after Todd claims that she still has the hots for him, and promises to seek revenge on Blair and John. Meanwhile, Jessica and Marty convince each other to take a chance on the men in their lives. However, Marty soon learns that John is no longer on the market. Alone, Marty breaks down and is unaware that she is being watched. Todd plots to use Téa’s emotions against her. On Wednesday, April 1, Jack gives his new stepfather a hard way to go when he moves into La Boulaie to be with his newfound family. Across town, Jackie McNaughton refuses to do Todd’s dirty work and kill John McBain. Jack, meanwhile, calls Todd, begging him to find a way to be a father to he and Sam again. At the same time, John informs Fish that there are three possible suspects in the murder investigation, including Todd, who is unknowingly being watched by someone. John and Fish soon hone in on Todd’s former frat brother Zach Rosen as their prime suspect. Meanwhile, Zach continues to keep a close eye on Todd. On Friday, April 3, John finds Jack to be a pain, when the youngster sneaks away to the Sun to confront Todd. Later, Todd receives another unexpected visitor. Elsewhere, Cole and Schuyler exchange words, which takes Starr by surprise when Cole answers Schuyler’s phone. Undeterred, Starr attempts to put the moves on Schuyler at week’s end, much to his resistance.

A Closer Look: A Mother’s Love
Stacy visits Shane, and gets the third degree from Rex. Meanwhile, Gigi confesses to Brody about Stacy’s blackmail, and the pair quickly form a plan on Monday, March 30. When Rex tries to call Gigi, Brody informs him that she does not wish to talk to him. The news prompts a suspicious Rex to return home, where he finds the two in bed together. The site of Gigi and Brody in bed leaves Rex nearly speechless. As Gigi struggles to keep her game face on, she tells Rex that Brody was there for her in a moment of weakness. As Brody decides to give Rex and Gigi some time to talk, he discovers that Jessica is coming to pay him a visit. Gathering her courage, Jessica prepares to tell Brody how she truly feels about him on Tuesday, March 31, only to see him in bed with Gigi after Rex storms out of the room. With her tail between her legs, Jessica is forced to make a hasty retreat. Meanwhile, Brody and Gigi give each other a shoulder to lean on, and Gigi understands that it is going to take everything she has to repel Rex. On Thursday, April 2, an emotionally distraught Gigi tells Rex that their relationship is over. At the same time, Brody confronts Stacy, and makes it clear that she will never succeed in making Rex love her in the same way he does Gigi. An angry Stacy becomes more determined than ever to get what she wants. Marty and Jessica swap stories of heartbreak. A wise Viki realizes that there is much more to the story on Friday, April 3, when Gigi confides that she and Rex have broken up. Meanwhile, an equally suspicious Bo has much the same reaction when Rex shares the shocking news with him as well. Stacy, confident that everything will go as planned, rebuffs Schuyler when he tells her that her plan is bound to backfire. And on Friday, April 3, Kyle has doubts when Stacy stops by the hospital and claims to be a match for Shane.

One Life to Live News and Headlines

SON ALERTS: WEEK OF APRIL 6, 2009

  • Monday: Rex begins to think that Gigi is hiding something. Todd’s past can’t seem to stay buried. Schuyler is brutally honest with Starr.
  • Tuesday: Natalie and Jared arrive at a difficult decision. Hank has a pleasant surprise for Nora. Dorian finds David to be a pain in the butt–literally. Destiny asks Shaun for a favor regarding Matthew.
  • Wednesday: Blair reminds Marty that John is her man. Starr opens up to Langston. Ray steps up when Jack attempts to blackmail Dorian.
  • Thursday: Starr is confronted by someone from her father’s past. Todd claims Schuyler took advantage of his daughter. Dorian takes a chance. Viki dispenses advice to Téa.
  • Friday: Starr is held against her will. Gigi is ready to come clean to Jessica. Langston spots Lola putting the moves on Markko.

“One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


Discussion: OLTL PreVUE: Week of March 30 Edition




Liza & Bianca Return to ‘AMC’

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 2:11 AM EST | By Angela Rosa


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The rumors are true.

In a surprising casting move, “All My Children” has cast Jamie Luner in the role of Liza Colby. All along, the speculation was that Luner would be a Chandler vixen recast but most expected the red-head to be a recast of Adam Chandler’s (David Canary) daughter, Skye (most famously played by Robin Christopher), not a recast of Adam’s fifty-ish ex-wife. Luner will be 38 in May.

In 1981, Liza was a high school student and her contemporaries (err…enemies) were Angie (Debbie Morgan), Jesse (Darnell Williams), Greg (Laurence Lau) and Jenny (Kim Delaney). Liza’s list of romantic entanglements include current “AMC” male characters such as the aforementioned Adam (David Canary), who she married multiple times and had a daughter, Colby (Brianne Moncrief), with, and also Tad Martin (Michael E. Knight), a cad who at one time was juggling her and her mother, Jake Martin (now played by Ricky Paull Goldin) and Ryan Lavery (Cameron Mathison). Career wise, a more mature Liza would become the owner of television station WRCW, a co-CEO of Chandler Enterprises and one of the original major investors in Fusion. Through the magic of television, Liza will come back to town with a law degree. Although eager to revive her relationship with her daughter, word on the street is Liza will be back to her original troublemaking roots. According to the New York Daily News, Liza will “get involved with” Zach Slater (Thorsten Kaye).

“AMC” and “Santa Barbara” legend Marcy Walker, of course, most famously played the role of Liza Colby. She last aired in 2005. Luner’s most substantial credits include a starring role as Cindy Lubbock on the short-lived ABC sitcom and “Growing Pains” spin-off “Just the Ten of Us” (1988-1990); the actress then went on to a leading role as vixen Peyton Richards on Aaron Spelling’s mid-season replacement “Savannah” on the WB (1996-1997); following the cancellation of that drama, Spelling cast the actress on his hit prime-time soap opera FOX’s “Melrose Place.” Luner played vixen Lexi Sterling for the show’s last two seasons (1997-1999) which were penned by current “AMC” headwriter Charles Pratt Jr. That role parlayed to the actress taking over the lead role, Agent Rachel Burke, on NBC’s “Profiler” for its last season (1999-2000). The actress also has a slew of guest-star appearances and television movies to her name.

Although Luner has yet to tape, Soap Opera Digest reports that Liza’s first air-date is Friday, April 17.

In other casting news, Eden Riegel will be busy back on the “AMC” set later today. You’ll first see Bianca Montgomery back on-screen on Friday, April 24. Bianca will be bringing along her and brother-in-law Zach’s daughter, Gabrielle, as well as first-born Miranda. Expect the return to wrap up quickly. As Soap Opera Network previously reported, both Tamara Braun and Riegel are expected to exit the soap together after playing Reese and Bianca’s reunion.

“All My Children” air Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.




GH PreVUE: Week of March 30 Edition

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 5:00 PM EST | By Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Desperate measures.

THIS WEEK ON: GENERAL HOSPITAL

Nikolas and Rebecca’s bond grows. On Tuesday, March 31, Lulu’s anxiety rises when it becomes clear that Maxie and Johnny are keeping a major secret from her. Alexis is worried Nikolas is becoming obsessed with Rebecca. A saddened Robin admits to her psychiatrist that maybe she doesn’t want be a mother after all. Robin is resistant to the idea of taking anti-depressants. Sonny gives Robin something to think about on Thursday, April 2. Lulu accepts Ethan’s challenge to a game of poker to try to win back the cash he stole from Crimson. Patrick is frantic to find Robin who ends up in dire straits as her mind starts to play tricks on her on Friday, April 3. Nikolas convinces a scared Rebecca to have the biopsy.

The Inside Story: Child’s Play
Johnny and Maxie rush to Claudia’s rescue. The duo manages to get an unconscious Ric out of the penthouse undetected and drop him off at the hospital. Maxie promises Johnny that he can trust her to keep quiet. Ric vows to make Claudia pay for her latest stunt. Sonny and Jason ponder if Ian Devlin was in cahoots with someone when he shot Michael. Ric continues to put the pressure on Claudia who pushes an incredulous Johnny to join Sonny’s organization as her secret spy. On Wednesday, April 1, Ric pays the consequences for threatening Claudia in front of her brother. Jason realizes Ric is blackmailing Claudia with something. Claudia formulates a new plan to save her behind. Jason questions Maxie in his quest to determine if Ian had a partner is crime.

Jax can barely hide his guilt when he and Carly visit Michael together on Monday, March 30. Carly insists that she saw Michael’s hand twitch. Patrick insists to Carly that Michael’s movement was an involuntary muscle spasm. Carly shares her hopes with Jason, who privately fears his friend is setting herself up for more heartbreak. Jax destroys the DVD Jerry sent him. Not wanting to dash her hopes, Sonny plays along when Carly tells him the latest developments. Olivia advises Jax to keep the secret about Michael’s shooting from Sonny. Olivia encounters a pensive Sonny on the docks. Jax informs Carly that the experimental procedure they’re considering for Michael could end up killing him. Carly is furious when she finds Claudia sitting by Michael’s bedside. Carly’s heckling about her and Sonny’s bond brings Claudia to the conclusion that the only way to hold on to Sonny is to have his child. Jason finds a heartbroken Carly at the abandoned warehouse where Michael was shot a year to the date.

SON ALERTS: WEEK OF APRIL 6, 2009

  • Monday: Jason threatens to kill Ric if he’s withholding information. Patrick fears Robin’s brush with death was no accident. Carly struggles with how to proceed with Michael.
  • Tuesday: Carly is determined to find a way to get Michael back. Lulu tries to turn Matt’s flirtation with Maxie to her advantage. Patrick’s upset when Robin finds comfort in Jason’s arms.
  • Wednesday: Olivia tangles with Claudia. Patrick and Robin can’t seem to connect. Claudia is desperate to have Sonny’s baby.
  • Thursday: Claudia spins a tale for Sonny. Maxie vows to get even with Lulu. An impulsive Nikolas pulls Rebecca in to a kiss.
  • Friday: Ric throws Claudia to the wolves. Lulu and Johnny call it quits. Tracy wants to find out more about Ethan.

“General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.




AMC PreVUE: Week of March 30 Edition

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 5:00 PM EST | By Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Come undone.

THIS WEEK ON: ALL MY CHILDREN

Annie tells Aidan about her recurring nightmare from when she was a little girl. Randi tries to be understanding when Frankie takes off, needing time alone to ponder his thoughts on going back to war. Taylor and Brot give Randi some insight on Frankie’s mindset on Tuesday, March 31. Tori recoils from Annie’s touch after she describes her latest nightmare to her. On Wednesday, April 1, a grateful Amanda confesses to Jake that she wishes he had turned out to be the father of her baby. Convinced she killed someone when she was a little girl, Annie’s grip on reality becomes even more tenuous. Aidan makes a disturbing discovery after digging into Annie’s past. Tad and JR are disturbed by what that discover when they go off in search of a missing Adam on Friday, April 3. Erica is shocked to find the elder Chandler waiting for her in her suite.

The Inside Story: Sudden Impact
Zach challenges Ryan to a game of poker with the stakes being the one thing he loves most: the casino. Reeling from her husband’s assertion, a defiant Kendall throws her support behind Ryan while Erica backs Zach. Zach emerges victorious. Erica tries to convince Ryan to back off of Kendall. Ryan eases Kendall’s doubts about their relationship and the duo end up on the verge of lovemaking until Zach suddenly arrives – with the announcement that he’s moving back in. Zach tells Kendall that he will not allow her to take Ian or Spike should she decide to move in with Ryan. Kendall tells Ryan that she’s not going to move in with him and explains to Spike’s disappointed father why she will not uproot her sons. Ryan accuses Kendall of wanting to get back together with Zach. Zach panics after discovering that Ian isn’t breathing. The EMT’s rush Ian to the hospital where Zach and Kendall are shaken to learn just how serious their son’s condition is on Thursday, April 2. Erica appeals to David. Ryan witnesses the connection between Zach and Kendall as they sit vigil over Ian. Ryan asserts to Erica that he’s going to fight for Kendall. Zach and Kendall give David the go ahead to operate on Ian’s heart and lean on each other for support. Krystal reassures David of his capabilities as memories of Leora threaten to cripple the doctor pre-op.

A Closer Look: Love Hurts
David becomes enraged when Krystal tells him he doesn’t deserve custody of Little Adam in the state that he’s in. Krystal falls during the ensuing tussle with David on Monday, March 30. A shaken Krystal races out to ConFusion where Tad and Opal see the bruise on her face. Tad goes off to confront David. Oblivious to the fact that Little Adam is there, and on an unauthorized play date with JR, David arrives at the Hubbard loft where he subtly offers Jesse a bribe for information on his grandson’s location. Jesse shows David the door. Tad is disgusted by Krystal’s defense of David. Opal cautions Tad that he’s the only one who can save Krystal. Krystal forgives David but remains privately troubled. David realizes his grandson is at the Hubbard’s and snatches the boy from right under Natalia’s nose. JR and Tad receive the brunt of Krystal’s anger. Krystal is stunned when David returns home with Little Adam. Krystal convinces David to let her take the boy back to the Hubbard’s.

All My Children News and Headlines:

SON ALERTS: WEEK OF APRIL 6, 2009

  • Monday: Erica agrees to keep Adam’s secret. Zach and Kendall pray for a miracle. Aidan gives Annie a dose of reality.
  • Tuesday: Aidan helps Annie unlock her memories. Kendall and Ryan share a painful goodbye. Jake has a surprising proposition for Amanda.
  • Wednesday: Krystal is keeping a secret from David. Amanda won’t allow Jake to throw his life away for her. Annie has a breakthrough, thanks to Aidan.
  • Thursday: Zach and Kendall can’t break the bond between them. Erica urges Adam to come clean with JR. Aidan takes action on Annie’s behalf.
  • Friday: Zach and Kendall bring Ian home. Annie is finally able to put the past to rest. David has a plan up his sleeve.

“All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


 









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