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( — Casey Deidrick portrays Chad DiMera on the popular NBC daytime drama series “Days of our Lives” and he’s grateful to be in the company of some fine actors. Soap Opera Network spoke with Deidrick on the red carpet at the “38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards” on Sunday, June 19 and the actor shared some interesting information about the parties being held during Emmy weekend, the upcoming gay storyline hitting “DAYS” and the rumors surrounding co-star Chandler Massey, whose character, Will Horton, is said to play a major role in it.

“They don’t tell us actors much,” said Deidrick when asked about the gay storyline hitting the show. “I do know there is something in the works. I’m not sure if it is Chandler Massey or another character, but I’m really looking forward to it and I think it’s going to be a great storyline.”

For more from Deidrick, tune into our Soap Opera Network: On the Red Carpet interview below.

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( — Six years of “Passions” prepared “Days of our Lives” star Eric Martsolf (Brady Black) well when it came to expecting the unexpected, so when the NBC daytime drama series decided to make some drastic changes recently with new head writers and new producers, it was only natural that the “Passion” side kept all things positive. In his Soap Opera Network: On the Red Carpet interview, the actor shares what it has been like to work with former “Passions” writers Marlene McPherson and Darrell Thomasnow at the helm at “DAYS” and what fans can expect from the long-running drama series.While rumors abound that numerous stars from “DAYS” past will be returning to Salem when the show resets itself this September executives at the drama series have been keeping mum on announcing who will be returning, but that hasn’t stopped actors from giving us a little hint. “We’re bringing back some of the yester-years and some of the old characters that have been beloved for decades. I can’t believe I can say that, but yeah decades. I’m excited, I’m excited,” said Martsolf. As for what he’s wearing, watch the hilarous video and see him describing his “black suit,” which turns out to be from Hugo Boss, the most worn line of clothing for men on the Emmy red carpet.

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( — On “All My Children” for less than two years, Brittany Allen (ex-Marissa Tasker) managed to win her first Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series after receiving her first nomination earlier this year. The actress spoke with Soap Opera Network: Backstage at the Daytime Emmy Awards about her time on “AMC,” being forced to move to Los Angeles when the show moved production from New York and where her future lies.

“I’ve been working my whole life in this industry and I put a lot of work and love into the show and it just…it feels really, really nice to be recognized for it,” said Allen on her Emmy win. As for what she’s been up to since leaving “AMC” in late 2010, Allen stated “I found myself living in LA, where I had always dreamed of living and completely available and prepared to audition for a variety of shows and movies. It’s had its ups and its down and its definitely been a transition, but for the most part it was a blessing when it came into my life and it was a blessing to have the opportunity to move onto something new as well.”

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( — For twenty years Laura Wright has entertained daytime viewers with such popular characters as Ally Rescott Bowman on “Loving” and “The City,” and Cassie Layne Winslow on “Guiding Light,” but it was her 2005 debut on “General Hospital” as the ferocious Carly Jacks that has garnered her the attention she rightfully deserved. At the “38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards” on Sunday, June 19, Wright received her first Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, which also marked the first time she had ever been nominated for an Emmy. So what was going through her head that night? The actress spoke to Soap Opera Network right after her win and shared some interesting information.

Speaking about the piece she put together as her Emmy reel, Wright said “I love working with Steve Burton, that was my first day working with Chad [Duell]. We worked really hard and this feels really good.” But for more on what she had to say and where she’s spending her vacation now that “General Hospital” is dark (not currently in production), watch our Soap Opera Network: Backstage at the Daytime Emmy Awards interview below.

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( — It’s hard to believe that Scott Clifton had never won a Daytime Emmy Award for his portrayal of humorous and interesting characters on “General Hospital” and “One Life to Live,” which is not to say he hadn’t tried. For three consecutive years (2004-2006), Clifton was nominated for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Dillion Quartermaine on “GH” and he was nominated for the fourth time in the same category in 2010 for his role as Schuyler Joplin on “OLTL,” but in 2011 the actor finally took home Emmy gold for his work as Liam Cooper on “The Bold and the Beautiful” during CBS’ telecast of the “38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards” on Sunday, June 19. Interestingly enough, this was the actors final chance to be nominated in this category as he turned 26-years-old on October 31, 2010.

Note: Emmy rules stipulate that in order to be eligible for the Younger Actor/Actress categories, an actor must be 25-years-old and younger, which thankfully gave Clifton enough material to use for his Emmy reel submission.

For his Soap Opera Network: Backstage at the Daytime Emmy Awards interview, Clifton had fun with our mini-quiz, showed his well mannered side when he called me “sir” numerous times, although I am only just a few months older than him, and shared his appreciation for those that have stood by him through out his career and what it means to now be eligible in the Outstanding Supporting Actor category.

To view the interview, click on the play button below.

On the Red Carpet: Peter Reckell and Kristian Alfonso Welcome Fans 'Home'

( — "Days of our Lives" stars Peter Reckell and Kristian Alfonso portray Bo and Hope Brady, arguably one of the most popular pairings ever seen on television or in movies. Recently, it was announced that the NBC daytime drama series would be going through creative changes both in front of and behind the camera with the ouster of head writer Dena Higley and co-executive producer Gary Tomlin along with several actors including Crystal Chappell (Carly Manning), Louise Sorel (Vivian Alamain), Bren Foster (Quinn Hudson), Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe Lane), Tamara Braun (Taylor Walker), and Francisco San Martin (Dario Hernandez). Now with former "Passions" scribes Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas in as co-head writers, what can fans expect for their favorite duo?

"Let's just say the Bo and Hope the fans are used to…they're back! And recognizable again. We're so excited because we really missed playing those characters," said Alfonso in an interview with Soap Opera Network, while on the red carpet of the "38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards." Reckell echoed Alfonso's comments with "the two of us have been through a lot of regime changes…producers and head writers, and I think this is the first time where we feel like home."

For more on what the stars have to say about the new "DAYS," check out our Soap Opera Network: On the Red Carpet interview below.

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    Melody Thomas Scott: In Her Own Words

    ( — Talk of being fired from CBS' "The Young and the Restless" and rumors of her making more money than Eric Braeden has created quite the controversy for Melody Thomas Scott, so the actress spoke with Soap Opera Network to set the record straight!

    Backstage during the "38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards," Scott, wearing a Tadashi Shoji dress and jewelry by Mark Lash, dished on her new book, shared her congrats to husband Ed Scott and his team at "The Bold and the Beautiful" on their big wins for the third consecutive year, and how "Y&R" has shown her disrespect after portraying the role of Nikki Newman for 32 years.

    What are your thoughts on Scott's perspective?

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      Austin and Terri: How 'World Turns' Made 'Life' Happen

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      ( — Austin Peck and Terri Conn recently joined the cast of "One Life to Live." Conn in the winter and Peck in today's episode. Before getting hired on at the ABC soap, the two veteran soap stars starred on CBS' "As The World Turns" as on screen husband and wife Brad Snyder (Peck) and Katie Peretti-Snyder (Conn). In an interview with Soap Opera Network conducted at the after party for ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS earlier this month, the two talk about the differences of working on "World Turns" to that of "One Life" and delve into their new characters' backgrounds.

      While "As The World Turns" ended its run in September 2010, actress Terri Conn quickly nabbed the role of Aubrey Wentworth, the conniving wife of Joey Buchanan (Tom Degnan), who is the new bad girl in Llanview. Meanwhile, not much was known at the time of Austin Peck's new character, Rick, other than his storyline was a mystery. Before we get into their stories on "One Life to Live," we thought we would start things off with the question of what sets their new soap apart from their old one. "Same zoo, different animal," Peck said getting straight to the point. Conn elaborated on that by saying, "It's nice because most of it is so familiar. We have all kind of known each other from just this little world of ours. It is familiar in that way, but there are little differences. It's just getting to know a new group of people and the different ways that we work. They ['OLTL' and 'ATWT'] are both fast. I would definitely say there are different vibes, but it's been pretty similar and everyone's so cool and very appreciative to be where they are. It's just a nice work environment."

      While they played husband and wife on "As The World Turns" and have oodles of chemistry on and off screen, does the two now working again on the same show mean that fans will get the chance of seeing their characters in scenes together? "Not yet," said Conn. "Not right now, I mean I don't know if there is any plans for it," Peck said. "Maybe in the future, because you don't know what is gonna happen, but right now I'm involved with a new character, Deanna, played by Nafeesa Williams. I'm excited, It is definitely very different from anything anybody has seen me do," Peck said of his character Rick. While at the time no one knew the specifics behind his characters dealings in Llanview, when it was announced in January that the actor would be joining "One Life to Live," it was recently revealed on today's episode that Rick was a porn producer, but that was not the role many had pegged him to play. "People think you're going to be a gay character," Conn told Peck. "Really? That would be cool," he replied. Of course, we can can now cross that off the list. "Yeah, cross that off the list," said Conn. "Well, you never know," she continued. "You never know," Peck echoed.

      On the topic of Aubrey and her dealings with the Buchanan clan, Conn enthusiastically shared that "Aubrey has gotten herself into a bit of a pickle, because I think she really likes Llanview and she really is in love with Joey and that wasn't her intention." Of course, being a soap, a bad girl always has to have a trick or two up her sleeve, not to mention a boy or two on the side. So what about Aubrey's dealings with Cutter (Josh Kelly), who is now having an affair with Dorian (Robin Strasser)? "He's gonna make his rounds," said Conn. But does that mean Cutter is becoming the town whore? "Yeah, basically," the actress laughed.

      Check back soon for an interview with Tom Degnan and Josh Kelly, who talk about the Joey switch and friendship.

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        Frank Valentini: The Man Behind 'Life' on ABC

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        ( — Frank Valentini is the "Wizard of Oz" of ABC Daytime. Not only does he serve as Executive Producer of "One Life to Live," but he is also the go to man for when the network needs oversight of some of their biggest side projects. In 2008, Valentini directed the ESPN commissioned "Endless Drama" campaign in which "All My Children" actors Cameron Mathison (Ryan Lavery) and Rebecca Budig (Greenlee Smythe) and "One Life to Live's" John Paul Lavoiser (Rex Balsom), David Fumero (Cristian Vega), Bree Williamson (Jessica Buchanan) and John Brotherton (ex-Jared Banks) all appeared in a series of commercials depicting the drama brought to fantasy baseball. In 2010, Valentini directed's "What If…" series which asked the question of what would happen if you're favorite characters from all of the ABC soaps were put together in situations unlike they've ever seen in their respective towns of Port Charles, Pine Valley and Llanview? In an exclusive interview with Soap Opera Network, Valentini shares his "Life" experience, provides insight in the audition process he follows for incoming actors, clears up talk of a new opening for his soap and where he sees the soap headed in the next six months.

        Before taking on executive producer duties at "One Life to Live" eight and a half years ago, Frank Valentini had held numerous positions at the drama series including that of stage manager, associate producer and lead director. While being escalated to the top job of one of daytime's longest running soaps would be a dream come true for many people, Valentini took on the position with the understanding that he'd continue to do the thing he loved most – directing. "I've always loved directing. It is something I didn't want to give up," said Valentini. "I've directed all the auditions on the show for the past 17 years. I still believe that it is important for the executive producer to direct the auditions to see what the actors can really do. Sometimes people can do a good test and then not necessarily deliver. Directing in general is just really fun. It is a great creative outlet and it also helps me stay in touch with the actors and the crew and even get my hands dirty."

        With the help of head writer Ron Carlivati, "One Life to Live" has finally founds its voice. The Buchanan clan lead by Clint Buchanan (Jerry verDorn) and Viki Banks (Erika Slezak) have once again been put in the forefront with storylines that rivals that of the Ewing family in the primetime soap "Dallas." The soap opera has aired groundbreaking storylines including that of same sex marriages/parenting, breast cancer and currently bullying in schools. The change in direction has brought in a new generation of fans to the long running soap opera and a clear message of where the show is going. So what was the turning point? What element can be credited for bringing out "One Life's" many voices? "It's interesting because I think the voice came from the fans," Valentini shared. "I think we really listened to the fans. I have a terrific head writer [Ron Carlivati] and a wonderful team of writers that are sensitive and emotional, intelligent and crafty, and are great storytellers. But I think we just listened to the audience. They told us what they wanted. They told us who they wanted to see. Of course the Buchanan's are a big part of 'One Life to Live' and always will be. The new generation is coming in and we're also balancing the Buchanan's out with other families by providing a show that reflects life in a much more realistic way. We're representing people who are not necessarily rich like the Buchanan's are and representing people who've had different kinds of challenges because I think that's our responsibility to mirror society," he continued.

        In 2012 the Walt Disney Company will cease operations of SOAPnet which launched in January 2000 as the home to watch soaps at night, so what does Valentini think will happen when the channel becomes Disney Junior and SOAPnet's "One Life" fans are left without their favorite program? "I think we will all have to wait and see what happens in January, but it could potentially be great because we'll get that audience to come back. Even if they don't watch the show at 2 o'clock [when the show airs in the eastern time zone] or 1 o'clock [central and pacific time], they can DVR it, like they would sometimes DVR it on SOAPnet. It could really be a good thing," Valentini said while giving insight into the time frame left for the cable network.

        In our everyday lives we are often asked "where do you see yourself in the next five years?" One can never say for certain they will be going from A to B to C during that time, but where does Valentini see "One Life to Live" in say six months? "We've got some great Summer stories going with the kids and a big story this Spring for Bo [Robert S. Woods] and Nora [Hillary B. Smith] and Matthew [Eddie Alderson]. Great stories for Tess and Ford [David A. Gregory] and John [Michael Easton] and Natalie [Melissa Archer], Todd [Trevor St. John], Blair [Kassie DePaiva], etc. All the people everybody wants to see. A lot of great stuff happening," said an enthusiastic Valentini.

        The biggest question that fans have been wanting to know is whether or not "One Life to Live" will join "All My Children" and "General Hospital" in receiving a new opening sequence, so who better to ask than the shows top executive (remember Ron Carlivati told us to ask him)? "Not currently," the producer revealed. "It's not a huge priority. Our priority is to put out the best show that we can and if at some point an idea for an open hits us, that makes sense, then that is what we'll do," said Valentini. Though he did take the time to mention one of the most iconic themes the soap has ever had after being asked about the shows continued respect to its history and music as it did in the past year in original episodes and repeat airings. "People are always excited about the Peabo Bryson version of the open. They [fans] love that song, 'here's what you do when you don't find the rainbows end.' We've had Blair sing it on a couple of shows during the musical. We had Brittany Underwood [Langston Wilde], Jason Tam [Markko Rivera], Kristen Alderson [Starr Manning] and a whole bunch of different people sing it. It's just a fun thing to do. It's an extra treat. We're always trying to surprise and delight the audience."

        Look for Valentini to go behind the camera once more as he revealed that he has recently been in the director's chair for some of the shows upcoming episodes. "I have a couple of episodes coming up that I've directed that are really fun."

        "One Life to Live" airs Weekdays on ABC. Anytime on

        P.S. For fans of the Peabo Bryson theme, below we hope you enjoy Bryson singing the full theme in an episode that aired in the 1980's on the soap.

        (Pictured: Erika Slezak getting direction from Frank Valentini during a break in shooting on the set. Photo: George De Sota/JPI)

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        • Trevor St. John
        • Jerry verDorn
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        • Eddie Alderson
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        • Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

          Brittany Underwood Says Goodbye to Her Fans and 'One Life'

          ( — Brittany Underwood, 22, joined the cast of "One Life to Live" on May 17, 2006 in the role of Langston Wilde. Nearly five years later, the actress is set to make her final appearance on the soap on Friday, April 8 when her character is offered a movie deal. In an interview with Soap Opera Network after last Sunday's grand finale of "ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS" charity event, Underwood dishes on what her fans mean to her, life after "One Life to Live" and the friendships she's created during her time on the ABC soap.

          Underwood's "One Life" exit is said to tie in with the upcoming return of Jason Tam, who portrayed Underwood's on screen love interest Markko Rivera until last fall when his character moved to Los Angeles. While the news of his return came out after this interview took place, the actress made it clear that despite her leaving the show, she remains friends with all of her former co-stars. "I love Jason Tam, he's a great friend of mine – Brandon [Buddy, ex-Cole Thornhart] as well," Underwood said. "I'm going to stay in contact with Kristen Alderson [Starr Manning]. She was my best friend since the beginning and she'll still be my best friend until the end. We have our group of friends and we're a very good tight group of friends"

          As all soap actors past and present have come to realize, soap opera fans are some of the most dedicated and passionate fans that any individual could ever expect to see. So what would Underwood like to say to her fans just before she makes her last appearance on the show? "I would like to say thank you for all the love and support that they have shown me throughout the years. We can't do without the fans and they are so amazing and so supportive," said Underwood. "No where else do you see fans so dedicated to to any genre. Just the fact that they are always willing to be there for you and so supportive is just so amazing. So thank you to them. I hope to see them in the future sometime."

          Before she goes, Underwood took a moment to reveal what kind of storyline she would have liked to see her character play out. "Cole went through so much on the show, especially with the whole drugs storyline and the steroids. I really felt that when my character came on, because they had her so edgy, I really thought she was going to go somewhere with alcohol abuse or drug abuse," Underwood shared. "I think that would have been cool to see Langston go through that especially with her whole abandonment issues and just everything she had to deal with in her life. That would have been a cool thing to explore."

          "One Life to Live" airs Weekdays on ABC. Anytime on Check local listings.

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