(SoapOperaNetwork.com) – Finola Hughes, who has portrayed Anna Devane on “All My Children,” “General Hospital” and its spin-off “General Hospital: Night Shift” over the course of nearly thirty years, has been bumped to contract status at “GH” according to executive producer Frank Valentini, who made the announcement via Twitter.
“I am so excited to announce the lovely @finolahughes is now on contract!” Valentini said. Hughes followed up the producers tweet shortly afterward when she said “@valentinifrank And I am so happy to be there xxxx.”
Hughes returned to the ABC daytime soap in early 2012 and has appeared in numerous television programs in between her appearances as Ms. Devane including roles on such series as NBC’s “Blossom,” FOX’ “Pacific Palisades,” The WB’s “Charmed,” and NBC daytime’s “Sunset Beach.” In addition to television, Hughes has provided voice talents to the films “Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World” and “Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur.”
In 1991, Hughes appeared in a faux Daytime Emmy reel for the fictionalized soap opera “All My Trials” as part of the film “Soapdish” starring Sally Field as Celeste Talbert – a spoof character of Susan Lucci‘s Erica Kane from “All My Children.” From 1999-2003, Hughes transplanted Anna Devane and her twin sister Alex Devane Marick to “All My Children” in one of ABC’s first attempts to provide cross-over character appeal to its daytime soaps.
In 1984, the legendary star received two Razzie Awards nominations for her role in “Staying Alive, the sequel to John Travolta‘s “Saturday Night Fever.” She won for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series at “The 18th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards” for her role on “GH.”
Renee Jones has made one of the most daring decisions of her life. The “Days of our Lives” actress has decided to quit acting and leave the NBC daytime soap after a 20-year career that has spawned one of the longest and most successful pairings in daytime with her character Lexi Carver and James Reynolds‘ Abe Carver.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” has cast actor Blake Hood in the contract role of Kyle Jenkins Abbott, the son of Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman) and Diane Jenkins (last played by Maura West). The character left the canvas shortly after the murder of his mother last year in the soaps yearly whodunit storyline.
In its reporting, The Hollywood Reporter stated “Kyle was originally believed to be the child of Victor Newman (Eric Braeden), but once the truth came out that he was Jack’s son, a custody battle ensued. After the death of his mother, Kyle struggled with anger toward his father and eventually departed for boarding school. It’s unclear which family he’ll return home to when he arrives in Genoa City.” In actuality Kyle and his father left on good terms, but it is likely that the show has changed the storyline around in order to accomodate the SORASing of the character (Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome to soap fans wondering) who is now inline with the age of Abby Newman (Marcy Rylan).
Hood, best known for his portrayal of Mark Driscoll during the second season of the CW’s “90210,” recently appeared in an episode of CBS’ “2 Broke Girls.” The actor has also appeared in ABC’s “Desperate Housewives,” FOX’s “‘Til Death,” and NBC’s “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.” In 2010, he appeared as Kennedy Peters-Booth in the box-office hit “Easy A” starring Emma Stone.
Hood is scheduled to mark his “Y&R” debut on Friday, April 27.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — December may bring the first signs of the winter season, but as the month begins things will be heating up on “One Life to Live” when several familiar faces return to the canvas as the show’s ABC run prepares to come to an end.
The week begins on Monday, December 5 when Matthew Conlon next appears as Tomas’ (Ted King) acquaintance M. Claude Calmar, when John McBain (Michael Easton) becomes suspicious of what the shifty Frenchman has to say.
On Tuesday, December 6, January LaVoy reprises her role as the pie-totting waitress Noelle when she and Moe (John Rue) have a special surprise for Shane (Austin Williams). In the same episode, after taking a brief hiatus from “OLTL,” Amanda Setton reappears as an incarcerated Kimberly Andrews (aka Aubrey Wentworth) when the character receives a visit from some unexpected guests. Meanwhile, Nigel (Peter Barlett) gets an earful from Clint (Jerry verDorn) about the women in his life.
Brian Kerwin returns as Viki’s most recent ex-husband Charlie Banks on Monday, December 12, when he encounters someone from his past while at the Bon Jour Café in Paris, Texas.
Tuc Watkins is back yet again as David Vickers Buchanan on Tuesday, December 13 when he pays a surprise visit to his family. Once in town, however, he is quickly sought out by Roxy (Ilene Kristen), who has an usual request for him when she asks him to help save something very important to her.
All this…plus as the residents of Llanview settle in to watch their favorite soap “Fraternity Row,” will fans receive a special treat? Tune in to find out!
In Other News…
Brittany Underwood (Langston) reportedly shot scenes on “OLTL’s” final ABC tape date (Friday, November 18) alongside her onscreen beau Jason Tam (Markko).
David A. Gregory (Ford) has posted on Facebook that his upcoming [tentative] airdates include November 23, December 13 and 19, and January 5, 6, 9, and 10.
Farah Fath (Stacy/Gigi) reveals on Twitter that the “First scene I ever taped on #OLTL was w/ the queen Erika Slezak. Last scene I will ever tape was w/ Erika Slezak.”
Nick Choksi (Vimal) states that “there’s about 10 more episodes of ‘OLTL’ that I am in between now and the 13th of Jan when it all come to a close.”
Peter Austin Noir who, as we previously reported, will play Statesville Prison Johnny Rocket in January, has posted more information about his upcoming “OLTL” appearance on his website. The actor writes that the show contacted him on October 26 and that he taped his scenes on November 10. Look for him to appear on screen on Tuesday, January 3.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — As “One Life to Live” gets ready to conclude its run on ABC in January 2012, the soap continues with more comings and goings. What follows are the latest comings and goings as the calendar changes from November to December.
Alyssa Rose, daughter of New York Mets announcer Howie Rose, returns as Tracy, a secretary at the Sun starting Thursday, December 1. When Tracy was last seen back in October she told Natalie (Melissa Archer) that she overheard Brody (Mark Lawson) threatening her former boss, Victor Lord Jr. (Trevor St. John), only days before his murder. This time around look for Tracy to have a run-in with her new employer, Todd Manning (Roger Howarth). Rose made her “OLTL” debut in July, when she appeared as a “patient representative” in an episode, before returning as Tracy in August.
Tonye Patano and Frankie Faison return as Phylicia and Richard Evans just in time for the holidays. On Monday, November 28, Mrs. Evans is less than pleased to learn of Vivian’s (Kearran Giovanni), Shaun’s girlfriend (Sean Ringgold), stance on marriage.
Mellini Kantayya is reprising her role as dayplayer nurse Michelle Vayle. The actress posted a picture of her Llanview Hospital ID tag on her Facebook page and said that her scenes, which were taped on November 11 and 15, would air in early January.
And, for those wondering, “One Life to Live” Music Director Paul S. Glass tweets that the song used in this week’s promo is Josh Auer‘s “Everything.” He also notes that, while it is an ABC original and not commercially available, he will work on getting the song uploaded to iTunes.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Tonja Walker brings popular villainess Alex Olanov back to “One Life to Live” for four episodes that began on Thursday, November 17, when it was revealed that she has a shocking connection to another Llanview resident, Cutter Wentworth (Josh Kelly). Walker’s other airdates include November 18, 21, and 22.
via Press Release
FAN FAVORITE TONJA WALKER DAVIDSON TO RETURN TO ABC DAYTIME’S “ONE LIFE TO LIVE” IN NOVEMBER
Fan favorite Tonja Walker Davidson will return to play the character fans love to hate, Alex Olanov on ABC’s “One Life to Live” on NOVEMBER 17. Ms. Davidson received a Daytime Emmy® Award nomination for the role of Alex Olanov which she originated in 1990 and played until 1997. She was last seen as Alex in March of this year.
“For years I have been asked to bring the notorious Alex Olanov back to ‘One Life to Live,” where she usually finds herself in the middle of a sinister plot,” said Ms. Davidson. “I relish the opportunity to bring Alex back to OLTL with surprises that even shocked me.”
Currently, Ms. Davidson hosts her own radio show, Straight Talk Live! With Tonja Walker in Fairfield, CT. She has also just starred in two indie films due out in 2012, Excuse Me for Living with Wayne Knight, Jerry Stiller and Christopher Lloyd, and My Dog the Space Traveler, with Chris Lemmon. Some of her other enterprises include becoming a National Internet Safety Advocate thru non-profit Project Love®/Purple America® and uKnowKids™. Project love is a non-profit character education organization that empowers children to examine their choices, and learn how their choices impact others. Tonja’s tenacity and talent have served her well and continue to do so as she rounds things up at OLTL for its eminent farewell.
Following her time on OLTL, created the Tonja Walker’s Professional Performing Arts Studio as well as forming Tonja Walker Productions in 2005 which has successfully produced feature films. Her other ventures include writing children’s books, creating TV shows, starring in numerous pilots for TV, mini-series, film, starring in a one woman show in NY, LA and Vegas and Associate Producing for the Tony nominated play Enchanted April. Her talents and ambitions have reached far and wide as she has also taken on the role of being Miss Maryland in the Miss USA pageant and has gone on to tour the country as an opening act for national recording artists.
Married to Cleveland entrepreneur Edward Davidson since 1997, Ms. Davidson is the proud mother of two beautiful girls and three step-children.
Emmy Award-winning “One Life to Live,” created by Agnes Nixon, was launched July 15, 1968. Frank Valentini executive-produces. Ron Carlivati is the headwriter. The popular drama consistently ranks among the top five in the key demographic of Women 18-49. “One Life to Live” airs MONDAY-FRIDAY (2:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Jason Tam returns to “One Life to Live” as Markko Rivera the same day the show wraps production on its ABC Daytime run.
In a message on his Twitter page earlier this afternoon, Tam tweeted that he was “Going over my lines for tomorrow. So proud to have been a part of ‘OLTL’ and can’t wait to be in the studio one last time.” While his next airdate is unknown, it will likely be sometime in early January.
After portraying Markko from 2007-2010, Tam briefly reprised the role in April of this year to usher his on-screen girlfriend Langston Wilde (Brittany Underwood) off the canvas.
Markko was last seen in Llanview in July when he attended the premiere of “Vicker Man,” which he directed.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — As we previously reported, “One Life to Live” was forced to replace Brandon Buddy with Van Hughes in the role of Cole Thornhart just one day after Buddy reprised the role for an upcoming storyline with ex-girlfriend Starr Manning (Kristen Alderson). Now the actor has taken to Twitter to apologize to fans for the sudden turn of events.
In a series of tweets dated Thursday, November 10, Buddy explains, “Hi everyone! I wanted to say that I am so sorry that I was unable to make a return to ‘OLTL’ as I intended due to personal family issues. I cherish the time that I had on the show and always will. The fans mean more to me then words can express. I’m devastated about this! Again I am so sorry! Thank you all for your love and support! It really helps me in times like this. Thank you and God bless!”
Buddy’s journey back to the set of “One Life” began in early August when he posted another series of tweets begging fans to help him get back on the show. “I want/need everyone to send in your love for cole! I’m tired of sitting around. Get me back on the the show so I can finish what I started. I love my fans/friends let’s go!!! No more f**ging around!!!!!!!!! Ok!!! Let me think! I hope I don’t get in trouble for this! …..standby! : ),” said the actor at the time.
Although both Buddy and the show are keeping mum on the specific reason as to the need for an emergency recast, Texas public court records from Travis County indicate that an individual with the full name Brandon Robert Buddy, which is the actors full name, along with matching birthday (verified by Soap Opera Network via district clerk), is scheduled to appear before a judge next month on charges of “INJURY CHILD/ELDERLY/DISABLE W/INT SBI/MENTAL,” or allegedly causing harm to a Child/Elderly/Disabled person with the intention to cause serious bodily injury or mental injury.
Buddy was reportedly involved in a traffic accident early last month. On October 8, he tweeted “So check this out! I was headed to Dallas for the Texas OU game yesterday and someone rear ended me going over 60 mph totaling my car. I had to climb out of the window to get out of the car! Craziness!”
While there is no reason to presume that Buddy’s personal family matter is in anyway tied to these reported legal issues, Soap Opera Network wishes Buddy nothing but the best as he works to get things back on track.
Meanwhile, “OLTL” is moving forward with Van Hughes in the role. The Broadway vet, who reshot all of Buddy’s scenes, taped for the first time with Alderson last Tuesday. In fact, she tweeted on Friday (November 11) that “Nic [Robuck],Van, & I have been working extremely hard for the #Jarr & #Sole fans! Having a lot of fun, can’t wait until you guys see what happens!”
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Talk about being two faced! After Stacy (Farah Fath) heads south of the Equator to Brazil this week to have her old plastic surgeon Dr. Fascinella make her look like her old self again, the doc himself finally gets a face of his own.
According to Soap Opera Weekly, Portuguese actor and theater director Pedro Carmo has been cast in the recurring role of the nip and tuck expert. Carmo has appeared in numerous foreign films, shorts, and television series.
He debuts as Dr. Fascinella on Friday, December 2, despite the fact that Stacy, Cutter (Josh Kelly), and then later Rex (John-Paul Lavoisier) and Aubrey (Terri Conn) arrive in his Rio office this week.
And, while there, look for Cutter to encounter a very familiar face in Alex Olanov (Tonja Walker) on Thursday, November 17.
No word yet on the name of the actress cast as Dr. Fascinella’s receptionist, who first airs either late this week or early next week.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) – With several former cast members, whose characters are currently incarcerated in Statesville Prison for various crimes and offenses, many “One Life to Live” fans have been left wondering what the show has planned for them.
As we previously reported, those currently serving out their time at the jailhouse and likely returning to the canvas are Lindsay (Catherine Hickland), Troy (Ty Treadway), Cole (Van Hughes), Hannah (Meghann Fahy), Mitch (Roscoe Born), and Allison (Barbara Garrick).
Peter Austin Noir, who has played various dayplayer characters on the show on and off since 1987, returns in early January, this time as a convict named Johnny Rocket.
In a video the actor uploaded to YouTube, he gives fans a sneak peak at his character’s scenes, which feature him in prison garb, surrounded by other inmates, sporting a bloody, bandaged arm. So could a jailbreak be in order with several of Llanview’s biggest criminals? Tune in to find out!
Noir’s scenes, which were taped Thursday, November 10, will air January 3. Hickland was also back on set taping scenes this week. On Wednesday (November 9) she posted on Facebook “GR8 1st day at ‘OLTL’ today In spite of being gobsmacked by a wicked cold. @hbsguya [Hillary B. Smith, Nora] looked gorgeous! Good2B w/cast& crew!”