Thursday, November 11, 2010 at 2:30 AM ET by Scotty Gore
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Could “One Life to Live” be on the verge of getting a new opening? Erika Slezak (Viki) discusses the possibility in her latest online fan club newsletter.
In the November edition of her newsletter Slezak was asked by her fan club president Walter Miller if she had shot any new pictures for “OLTL’s” opening sequence, which hasn’t been overhauled since 2004. Although the longtime vet stated that she hadn’t, she did hint at the fact that a new or updated opening may be in the offing for the ABC soap.
According to Slezak, “I think Frank [Valentini] is doing a new opening, but I’m not sure whether he is going to replace pictures. You know what? It all costs money.”
So perhaps “OLTL” will go the “General Hospital” route and get a somewhat revamped opening sequence (updated graphics and pictures with the same music). Or at the very least it appears that, if nothing else, we can expect an updated opening with new contract cast members added and the removal of those no longer on the show.
On a related note, the six-time Daytime Emmy winner reveals that Valentini is apparently finally making good on his promise to film new bumpers for every contract cast member, stating that, while she hasn’t taped one yet, “we’re going to be shooting those.”
In addition, Slezak also notes that her co-star Brian Kerwin (Charlie) will be taking a hiatus from “One Life to Live” from mid-December through the end of January to perform in a play in San Diego. However, Charlie fans shouldn’t fear because Slezak notes that he will pre-tape additional scenes before he leaves for the West Coast, as well as post-tape scenes when he returns to the set.
Lastly, she confirms that she recently had a pre-cancerous lesion removed from her forehead, hence Viki’s explanation to Dorian in a recent scene on the show about why she had a band-aid over her eye.
To read more of Slezak’s latest newsletter, including her comments on some of her upcoming storylines, click here.
In other news…
James Saito plays Judge Lee on January 3rd and 4th.
Upcoming airdates for Josh Wesley Shipp (Eddie) in the coming weeks include November 24th, 29th, and 30th, as well as December 1st, 2nd, 7th, 8th, 10th, 13th, 14th, 15th, and 17th. Also look for Nic Robuck (James) on November 24th and 30th as well as December 1st and 2nd, among other dates.
Kassie DePaiva (Blair) had nothing but good things to do about her day working with Kourtney Kardashian on set, tweeting “Kourtney is really sweet…and she is beautiful too! David [Fumero] and I had a good time working with Kourtney. She worked really hard and I think her fans will love her debut as a daytime diva. She was a delight.”
“OLTL” Music Director Paul Glass tweets that the song Kelley Missal (Dani) sung during the November 11th episode “is not commercially available.”
And Brittany Underwood (Langston) comments that she was on set Thursday, as were David A. Gregory (Ford) and Nic Robuck (James), and posted this picture of the guys relaxing in her and co-star Kristen Alderson‘s (Starr) dressing room.
“One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on ABC.com and SOAPnet.com. Check local listings.