Soap Opera Network has learned exclusively that “One Life to Live’s” Kassie DePaiva (Blair Manning) took to song yesterday during scenes filmed on the Stamford, CT set of the drama series as cast members were left in awe of the power in her voice. DePaiva sang her hit single, “No Regrets,” from her 2004 CD of the same name.
In the emotional scene, Blair takes to song in her new nightclub, Shelter, after things hit a snag for the new establishment. Todd Manning (Roger Howarth) insists Blair entertain the crowd until things can be returned to normal. “No Regrets” features lyrics that are a subtle hint to Todd that Blair’s not over him.
As noted yesterday for “All My Children,” Hulu and TOLN have also released a billboard for “One Life to Live.” With the tag, “Who Says You’ve Only Got One Life to Live?” fans out of the loop will surely be in for a surprise when they see their favorite characters from Llanview have returned.
As previously reported, departing “General Hospital” star Brandon Barash (Johhny Zacchara) will appear in the Monday, April 15 episode of FOX’s “Bones,” entitled “The Party in the Pants.” Now you can get your first look as Barash’s character appears scared for his life…or is he?
In the episode, Barash portrays a good-looking yet aging exotic dancer named Storm (how appropriate), who previously helped the episode’s victim get into stripping. In addition to a little skin from the sexy stud, the episode also features a guest appearance from Joanna Cassidy (“Body of Proof,” “Six Feet Under”), who’s revealed as Booth’s (David Boreanaz) mom.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of ABC’s “General Hospital,” Jason Thompson (Patrick Drake) and Finola Hughes (Anna Devanne) worked together and just missed taking home $500,000 for their charity, The Art of Elysium (http://www.theartofelysium.org), a non-profit organization that works closely with actors, artists and musicians, encouraging them to volunteer their time and talent to children battling serious medical conditions, on Disney/ABC Domestic Television’s “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.” After appearing on the Monday, April 1 and Tuesday, April 2 episodes, the duo walked away with the guaranteed bank of $250,000.
The promotion began with the Hulu teaser trailer, continued with the iTunes teaser and now today, as noted by “All My Children” star Denyse Tontz (Miranda Montgomery), we can now add actual billboards to the promotion of “AMC” on Hulu! The actress shared an image of a billboard advertisement for the soap which says, “You Took My Children I Want Them Back!” The reference of course relates the return of “All My Children,” which premieres Monday, April 29 on Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes. Per Tontze, she spotted the billboard on the corner of Laurel Canyon and Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles, CA.
On Tuesday, April 9, NBC premieres the new supersized “Bachelor”-esque reality series “Ready for Love,” and NBC’s daytime superstars Alison Sweeney (Sami Brady) and James Scott (EJ DiMera) from “Days of our Lives” are giving you a sneak peek of what NBC hopes to be it’s next reality hit, but first…it’s time for “The Tonight Show.”
According to NBC, the two will appear in a skit in tonight’s edition of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” which Sweeney says will not only make you laugh, but you can also spot Scott in a robe. Now we know you ladies (and some men) will definitely be tuning in after hearing that!
On Thursday, March 28, when news first broke on the hiring of Jenni ‘JWOWW’ Farley (“Jersey Shore” and “Snooki & JWOWW”) on “One Life to Live” in the recurring role of Nikki, Prospect Park’s The OnLine Network noted, “JWOWW got some acting tips from Josh Kelly, who plays con man Cutter Wentworth. Things got out of control after Kelly showed JWOWW how to do a ‘pretend’ slap. After a brief demonstration, Kelly asked JWOWW to slap, and she really did!” That slap is now available for viewing as MTV takes you being the scenes of JWOWW’s first day on the set of the iconic soap. Also included in the video is Kelly discussing “showmances,” where co-stars find romance off-screen.
In a report by Variety, Michael Maloney talks with “General Hospital’s” leading man, Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer), who explains that the renewed success of the soap can be directly credited to its head writer and executive producer.
“Our 50th year could have come and gone with a (simple) ‘Wow,’” said Geary. “But Frank [Valentini, EP] and Ron [Carlivati, HW] have been determined to make it something special for the audience. The ratings are showing that they’ve already decided to achieve that.”
Since it was first announced that Prospect Park’s The OnLine Network was looking to once again revive “All My Children” and “One Life to Live,” after they were canceled by ABC in 2011, it has been said that the company planned to take the shows into a sexier and edgier environment. In a recent teaser released by iTunes for its launch of the two soaps, Erika Slezak (Victoria Lord, “OLTL”) is heard saying, “My agent said, ‘What do you want in this contract?’ I said, ‘No nudity!” Fans shouldn’t expect anything too racy on either show as Prospect Park co-founder Rich Frank admitted to Michael Maloney, Contributing Editor at Bauer Publishing for Soaps In Depth, in an interview with Variety. ”We are going to be a little hotter and sexier,” said Frank. He added, “That doesn’t mean we’ll be doing anything that’s offensive. We’re trying to be contemporary and have storylines that are relevant to people’s lives.”
Looking at how daytime television has become the pre-primtime of the entertainment landscape in more ways than one, Variety.com, now part of Penske Business Media, LLC (owners of Deadline.com and TVLine.com), has highlighted several of daytime’s biggest stars in front of and behind the scenes who help make the daily drama, the fun & games and the topics of discussion millions of viewers tune into each and every weekday. Those featured in the article include Angelica McDaniel (Senior Vice President, CBS Daytime), Frank Valentini (Executive Producer, “General Hospital”) Kelly Ripa (Tak Show Host, “Live with Kelly and Michael”; ex-Hayley Vaughan Santos, “All My Children”), Heather Tom (Katie Spencer, “The Bold and the Beautiful”), Katie Couric (Talk Show Host, “Katie”), Judge Judy Sheindlin (Judge, “Judge Judy”), Carla Hall and Clinton Kelly (Co-Hosts, “The Chew”) and many more.