(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — On Saturday, October 1, the National Board of Directors of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) met for the final time in 2011, as previously reported. One of the topics of discussion was Prospect Park and its transitioning of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” to the web in January 2012. While exact details of the meeting are still unknown in that respect, a representative speaks to Soap Opera Network exclusively on where things stand at this time between the actors union and Prospect Park.
It has been nearly three months since Prospect Park announced that they had licensed the rights to “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” from the Disney/ABC Television Group with the intention of transitioning the soaps to the web beginning in January 2012. Since that time, AFTRA, better known as the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists union, has been relatively silent on how the transition would be possible, until now. Soap Opera Network has learned exclusively that despite a number of actors from both “AMC” and “OLTL” signing on for the 2.0 versions of the soaps, talks between Prospect Park and AFTRA are still ongoing and that a deal between the actors union and the production company has yet to be signed.
Although “One Life to Live’s” Melissa Archer (Natalie Buchanan Banks), Kelley Missal (Danielle Rayburn), Sean Ringgold (Shaun Evans), Andrew Trischitta (Jack Manning) and Jerry VerDorn (Clint Buchanan), Ted King (Thomas Delgado), Michael Easton (John McBain), Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer) and Erika Slezak (Viki Banks) and “All My Children’s” Cameron Mathison (Ryan Lavery) and Lindsay Hartley (Cara Castillo) have already signed on despite no official deal between AFTRA and Prospect Park, an AFTRA rep tells Soap Opera Network “we are still in negotiations with Prospect Park. There is no agreement as of yet, but we are in discussion and when there is something final to announce we will announce it.”
Many of you have wondered why more cast members from “One Life to Live” have signed on to the web version of their show, pending a Prospect Park/AFTRA contract agreement, while not as many have signed on from the “All My Children” cast, but the AFTRA rep assures us that “we’ve been keeping the cast members of both shows advised as to the terms of the progress and the status of the discussions with Prospect Park.”
Actors from “All My Children,” which ended its television run on September 23, 2011, are left in limbo in the interim of a deal between AFTRA and Prospect Park, leaving many to seek new soap roles (Debbi Morgan, ex-Dr. Angie Hubbard now on “The Young and the Restless”), return to the soap that launched their careers (Jacob Young, ex-JR Chandler returned to “The Bold and the Beautiful”), or just deciding to take a much needed break (Michael E. Knight, ex-Tad Martin).
Nelson Branco, best known as the writer of the popular Suds Report column for website TV Guide Canada and for his contributions to magazine Hello! Canada is back! This time he’s Uncensored.
With Soap Opera: Uncensored, fans of Branco will notice the same writing style from his Suds Report, which includes an interview, translated comments on daytime moves, a breakdown of what’s happening on each soap and his uber-popular Blind Items.
For just $1.99 per issue, readers will receive 60 pages of news, notes and even an interview from “Venice: The Series” star Crystal Chappell where she explains why her online web soap is recasting roles played by Gina Tognoni (ex-Kelly Cramer, “One Life to Live”) and Wes Ramsey (ex-Sam Spencer, “Guiding Light”).
Snippet from Chappell Interview…
Despite winning an Emmy for Venice, Chappell still has to deal with the cruel realities of show business. But hey, what’s a soap without cast changes? My boyfriend Eric Martsolf has joined the Sapphic web serial as a recast. The ‘DAYS’ hunk will be replacing Wes Ramsey, who is currently in New York City shooting ‘The Playboy Club.’ “Eric’s wonderful in this,” compliments Chappell. “Eric’s always been supportive of the show. I had to shoot this character with or without Wes, so I sent the script to Eric, and luckily he agreed to do it. It was so much fun to see actors I love and respect in different parts. And you can talk to Eric about this — but this was a part he was born to play!” Also, don’t expect Gina Tognoni back as Sami. “She can’t do it,” sighs Chappell. “So I have to recast the role. I have someone in mind, but I can’t say who.”
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If that wasn’t enough to get you interested, here are this weeks blind items from Soap Opera: Uncensored (as written by Nelson Branco):
—Which boring character is headed back to his old stomping grounds?
—Which super villainess is returning to her old show with a new-ish face?
—Expect some major firings very soon!
—Which despised star is cleaning up his or her a-hole act? But co-stars are dubious.
–Which soap actress in major trouble physically, mentally, and professionally?
—–Which new actor is as “gay as a handbag,” says one co-star, but the acting novice thinks he’s fooling people into thinking he’s straight?
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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Tuesday, October 4, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Tomas claims he pulled the trigger, but John isn’t buying it. Wounded Todd takes refuge in Viki’s cabin, but he isn’t alone: He’s visited by a hallucination of a taunting Irene. Blair and Téa worry about Todd’s fate and confer over what to do about Starr.
Starr is jailed and then visited by James. John hails Tomas into the police station, where Blair and Téa learn he claims to have shot Irene on the docks. Tomas tells Blair and Téa that they must help Todd.
Natalie receives a visit from Jessica, who wields Liam’s paternity test result. Jessica volunteers to babysit Liam when Natalie called away on police business. Jessica holds the fates of Natalie, John and Brody in her hands.
James tells Starr that there’s still no word on Todd. John arrives on the docks, where Natalie has found a second pool of blood. Blair arrives at the cabin and finds Todd. Is she too late?
On the Next One Life to Live…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Tuesday, October 4, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Delores questions Dante about what happened at the warehouse. Sonny quashes any possibility of Michael getting involved in his mess. Angry at being cut out, Michael tells important news to Sonny.
Lulu visits Dante with Olivia’s urging.
Tracy gets three surprise visitors.
Matt reveals news about his research paper and soon he learns Patrick once again jumped him in surgery rotation.
Maxie plans Robin’s upcoming birthday party. Meanwhile, Spinelli continues to suffer cyber-amnesia.
On the Next General Hospital…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Talk about mommy issues. On Monday, October 3, Todd Manning (Roger Howarth) shot and killed his mother Irene (Barbara Rhoades) in cold blood after she threatened to blow up his family. But even death can’t stop Irene from making her son’s life miserable.
With Irene now six feet under, her reign of terror on the citizens looks to be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean that Todd will be living happily ever after. Beginning today, and lasting off and on through the coming weeks, the not so dearly departed will continue live on in her son’s mind as she continues to taunt and tease Todd in his fractured state of mind.
But will Todd be able to overcome his mother’s hold on him? Tune in to “One Life to Live” to find out!
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A quick peek into what’s happening in Port Charles this October.
GENERAL HOSPITAL: OCTOBER PREVIEW
Olivia begins to realize something or someone is standing between her and Steve.
Kate plants a kiss on a surprising Port Charles resident.
The Zacchara men find themselves in over their heads as hell begins to break lose.
It’s just like old times for Spinelli and Maxie - in both the negative and the positive ways.
Elizabeth faces some tough truths about her past and her future.
Can Sam and Carly learn to peacefully co-exist in Jason’s life?
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A quick peek into what’s happening in Llanview this October.
ONE LIFE TO LIVE: OCTOBER PREVIEW
Kim’s friend awakens from her coma and encounters a familiar face.
Bo’s job is on the line after he and Mayor Finn mince words.
Téa tries to cut a deal with Bo regarding Todd, but will Nora stand in the way?
Shane threatens Jack, but will he succeed in getting an admission of guilt?
Victor’s murderer is finally revealed. But just who pulled the trigger?
Viki is forced to play referee for a bickering Tina and Todd.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A look at what’s happening on “The Young and the Restless” during the week of October 3, 2011.
THIS WEEK ON: THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS
Avery pushes Phyllis to bring Lucy to visit Daisy. Daniel’s words become Avery’s ammunition against his mother. Victoria feels it’s time to move on with her life.
The Inside Story: Katherine’s Health Turns Everything on Its Head
The arbitration takes a turn for the worse for Katherine, when Jack testifies on Tucker’s behalf. The judge rules that Jabot will go back to Tucker. After the dust settles, Katherine blasts Jack for betraying her. Her words play on Jack’s guilt. Without warning, Neil catches Katherine as she collapses. She is rushed to the hospital, where word gets back to those in Genoa City, that Katherine has had a stroke. When Tucker tries to go to see Katherine, an angry Neil and Devon prevent him. Tucker does his best to tell her that what he did was merely business. Jill. Meanwhile comes to the hospital to be by Kay’s side. Katherine’s lawyer, Mitchell Sherman arrives, while those around her discuss what Katherine’s views on life support were. Seemingly alone, Jill takes Mitchell aside and questions him regarding Devon’s being in the will. Tucker overhears their conversation and begins to question Jill. She tries to avoid him but he soon figures it out. Tucker heads home, where he calls Sofia. She tells him to tread carefully when it comes to Devon. Sofia’s word make Tucker realize that he doesn’t want history to repeat itself. Meanwhile, as Tucker tries to figure out how Katherine located his son, Devon is blown away by who is biological father is. Meanwhile, Devon’s mother, Yolanda sees his name in the news.
A Closer Look: Billy is Spotted by Cane
When Billy hears the news about Katherine, he leaves the trailer to go to the hospital. He sneaks in and sits beside a comatose Katherine, sharing what has been going on. Cane, meanwhile, is also on his way to the hospital and spots Billy slipping out of her hospital room. Later on, Cane heads to Billy’s trailer, pounding on the door until Billy has no choice but to let him in. Once inside, Cane rip into Billy for not being there when Delia needed him. Billy’s poor attempt at explaining himself clues Cane in to the truth: Billy is the true donor. Billy places Cane is a bad situation when he asks him to keep quiet.
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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “The Young and the Restless” Episode Recap – Friday, September 30, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Detective Mauro was pleased with the progress that Ronan was making on the case. He studied one of the pillows that were in Diane’s suite, wondering if it was a clue of some sort. As he was looking at that, a police officer came to him with a torn page from the diary belonging to Diane. Ronan read the torn page and was quick to make his move on the suspect that was listed from what he read.
Phyllis was at the Athletic Club when Ronan arrived. He purposely shared that he was narrowing his list of suspects and that Nick and Ashley were both on the top o the list. Phyllis argued that many people were in the park that night; not just Ashley and Nick. Ronan, however brought up the telephone calls between the two of them the night Diane was murdered. When Phyllis left in a hurry, Ronan was more than pleased to have rattled her.
Nick was upset to get a ransom note in his mailbox, demanding $50, 000. The first person that he called was Ashley. Together, they both believed that Adam was behind the note. Nick expressed being frustrated by the threats and shared that he was more than determined to keep the phone records from coming out. As the two were talking, Phyllis showed up. She told them that she ran into Ronan, who brought their names up in discussion. Before Phyllis could go on with what she was told, Ashley had to leave when she received a phone call from Abby. Nick told Ashley that he would be telling Phyllis everything that had happened. Once alone, Nick told Phyllis everything, including the threat for money. Phyllis offered to help Nick by setting up a meeting with the cash. She would capture the person behind the threats on a recording. Nick was happy that he opened up to Phyllis. The two shared a steamy kiss before Nick left to go get the ransom money.
Abby went to Victoria’s house. She was surprised to see Victor there. She shared the news that she had planned on going to college. Just then, Victor and Abby received an alert on their phones, while Victoria received the same on her laptop. The alert was a headline about Victor and Abby being questioned about Diane’s murder. Victor deduced that it was Ronan’s doing. Victor gave Abby a warning: don’t let the likes of Ronan get to her.
Ronan, meanwhile, met Adam at the Athletic Club with the information about the diary. Adam didn’t know that she had even written about him in a diary. Ronan pulled out the torn diary page and shared the information that Diane had written about him wanting to kill her. Ronan pointed out that it was after his indictment. Adam placed the blame on Ronan, stating that he was doing whatever he could to frame him. Ronan said he either go with him to the police station willingly or he’d drag him down there himself. When they got there, Adam refused to implicate himself. Just at that moment, Victor stormed into the office, demanding to know why Ronan had leaked information to the papers about him and Abby being questioned for Diane’s murder. Victor told Ronan he was not at the park when Diane was killed; Adam piped in that he wasn’t there either. Not backing down, Ronan played the tape of Adam and Victor. He was confident that the tape could do a lot of damage to them both, but Victor said that that tape was recorded without either of their consent. He threatened to sue the police station and stormed out of the police station. Adam attempted to leave but Ronan threatened to arrest him based on the information found in the torn diary page.
Heather’s arrival messed up Ronan’s attempt in making arrest against Adam. She told him that there wasn’t enough for him to go on in order to make the arrest. Ronan, however, felt that Heather was focusing more on protecting Adam. Ronan had no choice but to let Adam leave the police station.
Ashley went to Victoria’s where she met with Abby. She was shown the online headline about Abby and Victor. Victor returned to Victoria’s and told Victoria and Ashley that they were in fact questioned. Abby was scared that the tape of her confession would be found. Ashley learned that Victoria was already aware of the taped confession. Abby admitted that she was there when Ronan opened the lockbox, thinking that the tape would be in there. She shared with the group that Ronan found Diane’s diary in the box instead.
Nick and Phyllis were at the warehouse. Phyllis was hidden with her phone in hand. Nick called out to the person he was to meet, demanding that they show their face before they got their money. Nick and Phyllis both were floored to see Ronan emerge, along with Det. Mauro and a police officer. Ronan took them down to the police station. There at the station, Ronan read Nick the riot act for trying to hide his cell phone information. Nick, however, refused to talk to him without his attorney. It didn’t matter to Ronan. He revealed that Diane’s found diary could have been motive for them both wanting her dead.
Determined to rattle more cages within the Newman/Abbott household, Ronan called Abby. He requested she put him on speaker phone, aware that she was with Victoria, Victor and Ashley. He told Victor that the paper would place an apology to him for putting his questioning in the newspaper. Ronan then shifted the gears and started to ask Abby what Diane had on her. Before Abby could answer, Victoria spoke up for her. During the phone interrogation, Ronan told Victor that it would be in Abby’s best interest to come clean. He also shared about Ashley admitting to have gotten into an argument with Diane, and Victor being at the park that night. He told Victoria that because of that information about her father, it blew her alibi out of the water. When Ronan failed to get them to confess, he hung up the phone. Victor and Ashley both thought that Ronan didn’t have any solid proof on any of them.
Alone together, Victoria told Victor that she saw Victor with Diane the night she died. Meanwhile at the police station, Ronan went back to the pillows that were at the police station. He soon realized that they were clues about each of the suspects. He placed his focus on the ‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun’ pillow. He tagged that to being about Abby. He soon cut open the pillow and found the memory stick inside.
Adam saw Heather at Crimson Lights, where he thanked for getting him out of staying at the police station. Heather, however, corrected him, pointing out that it was based on the lack of evidence. When Adam brought up the thought that the diary could have been forged, Heather threw it in his face that he did the exact same thing to Victor.
Adam set up a meeting with someone. When he got to the warehouse, he called the person out, telling them that they were getting out of hand. He lectured that trying to set him up for Diane’s murder was a big mistake. He went on to bring up the diary entry. The person in hiding wound up a little toy monkey. Adam walked off.
On the Next The Young and the Restless…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “The Young and the Restless” Episode Recap – Thursday, September 29, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Ashley wanted to continue her discussion with Tucker about being CEO of Jabot. Tucker was reluctant to agree about her taking on the role, afraid of how it would go for Jack, but she was confident that Jack would want to share the role with her. Unable to hide the truth from her, Tucker confessed his deal he made with Jack. Ashley was upset that Tucker once again held information from him, but softened after her explained the importance of keeping marriage separate from business. She realized that e was trying to get Jabot back for her.
Devon and Abby bumped into one another at Crimson Lights. He asked if she was aware that Tucker was suing Katherine to gain control of Jabot. Abby thought that Tucker took great pleasure in bullying people around. Devon mentioned to her about how Tucker warned him about doing business with Katherine, accusing her of using him just to get even with Tucker. When Tucker arrived, Abby and Devon’s mood changed. Tucker approached Abby, telling her to give Ashley a call regarding the message she left for her. After he was done talking to Abby, Tucker wanted to know from Devon if he took his advice to avoid Katherine. Devon told him he wasn’t about to pass up a great chance to do good for himself. Abby soon took Tucker to task in his quest to take the company away from Katherine, but he pointed out it was business and that he was doing it for Ashley. Abby scoffed, telling him he’s all about himself. When he pointed out that he’s changed, she laughed at him and told him she no longer believed that.
Neil met with Sofia at The Athletic Club. He wanted to know how she and the baby were doing. She mentioned that she was doing well. Their discussion went from baby to business. Neil thought they should work together to get Tucker and Katherine to settle out of court, but Sofia didn’t agree. She was firmly on Tucker’s side. Neil questioned her integrity, pointing out that not too long ago, Tucker fired her and was all set to have charges pressed against her. Things continued to be awkward for them, and Sofia said that their meeting together was a mistake. She opted to go find Malcolm. Neil commented that it would be the best for everyone if the baby was his brother’s. When Neil left, Malcolm showed up, giving Sofia a pregnancy pillow. He too asked how the baby was. She gave him a sonogram picture to see. She lamented how she wished that the two of them were still together. Malcolm, however, wasn’t ready to take steps in their relationship.
Katherine went to Jabot to see Jack. She talked with him about the lawsuit and asked him if she could count on him for his support in court. Jack, however, was hesitant, due to his deal he already made with Tucker. He commented that he didn’t want to be in the middle of her fight with her son. Katherine brought up how she felt that Jack was more of a son to her than Tucker was. When she pleaded with Jack to help her, he started to feel slightly guilty.
Shortly after Katherine left, Ashley showed up to see Jack, making him aware that she knows about his and Tucker’s agreement. Jack was unsure that he could win against Katherine, but Ashley was confident. Meanwhile, Katherine returned home and saw Neil. He told her that he couldn’t get Sofia to help out. Neil was stunned to learn that Jack wouldn’t be helping Katherine. Katherine wasn’t worried about Jack, feeling that he would still come through for her, but Neil felt she was relying too much on Jack, and cautioned her to be careful. The discussion of Sofia and Malcolm made Katherine think on the revelation that Devon was her flesh and blood.
When Katherine arrived at the court house, she received dagger eyes from Tucker. He headed inside the court room and talked to Ashley, who voiced her concerns regarding Jack’s attitude on whether they had a shot or not. Katherine walked in and told Tucker there was still time for him to back out but he refused. Neil arrived and took his place by Katherine, while Sofia did the same with Tucker. It was Jack’s arrival, however, that caught everyone’s attention. Katherine’s hopes were crushed when she saw Jack going over to Tucker’s side, taking a seat beside him.
At the police station, Paul and Ronan were discussing the latest evidence: Victor’s shoes and Diane’s diary. Handing him to pages of the diary, Paul set off to get information from the manager of the store where Victor donated his shoes. Shortly after leaving, Heather arrived. She and Ronan went at one another over their cases: Ronan making a mean comment regarding Sharon’s plea offer, while Heather criticized his lack of getting an arrest in the murder of Diane.
Adam received a call from Ronan, requesting that he meet him at the police station. When he hung up, Heather arrived. He told her he heard about the plea deal that was offered to Sharon. He fished for details about the murder investigation, wonder what Ronan wanted him for. Heather told him that she couldn’t tell him about the case. He told Heather he didn’t kill Diane. Things became awkward, though between the two of them when Adam mentioned the good times between them.
Victor showed up at the police station and went at Ronan regarding Abby. Ronan told Victor that his daughter was in the clear, but he had something to show him. He showed Victor the shoes that he wore at the park that night. Ronan explained how they located the shoes back to a charity store, even showing Victor the receipt. An annoyed Victor pointed out that anyone could have put on the shoes. He went on to say that Adam could be setting him up for a crime he didn’t commit. When Ronan stepped out o the office, Adam soon arrived, facing off with his father.
Adam and Victor went at one another, accusing the other of the crime. Both were unaware that Ronan had a bug planted in his office. As they continued to lay the blame on one another, Ronan got overly confident that he had evidence against both men. His conversation with Paul was interrupted, however, when Heather showed up. Paul told her that they purposely set Victor and Adam up to see what they would reveal. Back in Ronan’s office, Adam questioned Victor on if he ever wondered what it would have been like for them if things had been different between the two of them. Victor chose to ignore the question and soon huffed out of the office. Adam soon departed and locked eyes with Heather. Both Paul and Ronan noticed the tension. Heather insisted that it was nothing going on. Paul pointedly said there had better not have been.
Ronan went into his office, followed by Heather. Looking at his investigation board, he told her that he was confident that big puzzle to the murder was coming together.
On the Next The Young and the Restless…