On Monday afternoon, TV Guide Magazine revealed news that “General Hospital” actor Jonathan Jackson has decided to exit the role of Lucky Spencer on the ABC daytime drama. Sources indicate to the magazine that Jackson was denied a lighter schedule following two years of non-stop drama for his beleaguered character and that ultimately played into his decision to get out of Port Charles. Jackson was also apparently disappointed that his character never got the opportunity to properly reunite with his former love interest Elizabeth Webber played by Rebecca Herbst. The four-time Daytime Emmy Award winner will last tape on November 17.
Jackson debuted on “GH” as the first-born child of daytime’s most famous couple, Luke and Laura played by Anthony Geary and Genie Francis, on October 29, 1993 at the tender age of eleven. In 1999, while still filming “GH,” Jackson landed a starring role opposite Michelle Pfeiffer in the film “Deep End of the Ocean.” Jackson excited his role on the popular ABC daytime drama later that year. Other notable film endeavors for the talented actor included starring roles on “Tuck Everlasting” and “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights.” Jackson returned to “GH” in October 2009, controversially replacing Greg Vaughan who played the role from 2003 to 2009. When not acting, the 29-year old actor performs with the band Enation. Their music has been featured on the television series “One Tree Hill.”
Jackson’s last scenes on “GH” will likely air before the close of 2011. TV Guide reports that the actor has already taped his last scenes with his on-screen father. Jackson may see this move as not postponing the inevitable. ABC affiliates are currently lining up new programming to take over the 48-year old soap operas long-standing 3 o’clock time slot across the country for the 2012-2013 season.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — ‘One Life to Live’ updated comings and goings for November and other odds and ends.
Jonathan Earl Peck returns later this month as Agent Malcolm Baker, the hired hand of Todd’s (Roger Howarth) late mother Irene Manning (Barbara Rhoades). Look for Baker to team up with someone unexpected.
Remember the recent audition script for the role of Dr. Fascinella? While the name of the actor cast in the recurring role is unknown, except the plastic surgeon and his receptionist to first appear in mid-November when several Llanview residents head to the doctor’s office in Brazil, where one of them makes a surprising discovery.
Frankie Faison is back again as Richard Evans. On October 13, Sean Ringgold (Shaun) posted a picture of himself with his on-screen father and sister Destiny (Shenell Edmonds), along with the comment “Hey guys about to shoot some scenes with my Family . Heads are going to Roll LoL.”
Did one of those Kentucky cops look a little familiar last month? Isaac Hirotsu Woofter, who played a member of Rick Powers’ (Austin Peck) porn film crew back in April and June, portrayed Cop #1 on October 17. Cop #2 was played by Paul Hickert.
Starr is about to make some more music. Kristen Alderson tweeted Thursday that she “recorded a song with @oltlmusic ['OLTL' Music Director Paul S. Glass],” who tweeted “Great work today Kristen!! Hard to believe all we’ve done over the years! You’ve been a superstar since day 1!!”
Alderson also tweeted back on October 17 that her and her “OLTL” cast mates “Just got our wrap party invite! I’m so f*ing excited for this party! Going to be filled with laughs,tears,& DANCING.” The show ends production on its ABC run on Friday, November 18.
Lenny Platt (Nate) tweeted on October 27 that “Today’s workday may go down as the smartest/weirdest/most meta episode in the genre. #OLTL”
And David A. Gregory (Ford) has posted his November airdates on his Facebook page. Look for him on the 3, 4, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17, and 23, for a total of 8 out of 20 new episodes airing during the month.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — As “One Life to Live” winds down production on its television run, the show has landed the mother of all returns — literally. Agnes Nixon, who created “OLTL” and sister soap “All My Children,” will make an appearance on the show as, what else, a soap opera scribe.
TVGuide‘s Michael Logan is reporting that the 83-year-old Nixon will play Agnes Dixon, creator of “One Life’s” 1980s fictional soap-within-a-soap, “Fraternity Row.”
While the show is keeping mum on the storyline details, Logan writes that Nixon’s character will be interviewed by Llanview’s feisty television reporter Blanca Morales (Carolina Bermudez), and that the former soap parody will again become an integral part of the show’s final weeks on ABC Daytime before airing its final episode on Friday, January 13 and begins online production with Prospect Park.
Nixon will tape her scenes on November 17. They will air the week of January 9.
This marks the second time Nixon has appeared on “OLTL.” In 2008, she appeared as “Agnes” when Viki (Erika Slezak) went to heaven as part of the show’s 40th anniversary. She also made cameo appearances on “All My Children” in 2005, 2008, and September of this year.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — With “One Life to Live” nearing the end of its run on ABC Daytime, the list of returning former cast members is increasing. And, while the list is impressive, it is lacking one important ingredient for long-time fans of the soap.
With the exception of Judith Light, who is rumored to be making an appearance as Karen Wolek in the near future (which has yet to be officially confirmed), no one (character or actor) from the first two decades that “One Life to Live” was on the air are said to be on the list of possible returns (and no, Tina’s recent return doesn’t count). But this is hardly a new development. The same thing happened more than years ago when “OLTL” celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2008.
While this decision ignores nearly half of the show’s history and legacy, I can see where the writers are coming from in a sense. Aside from older, long-term fans who have watched the show since almost since its inception, and history buffs who like to research the early goings on in Llanview, the majority of today’s “One Life” fans likely have no connection to characters like Carla Gray, Steve Burke, or Elieen and Julie Dennison. Furthermore, several of the actors who played those characters back in the late 1960s and early and mid 1970s have since passed on. And, many of those characters would either no longer have any friends or family currently residing in Llanview or, if they did, no obvious reason to contact them now when they haven’t do so in twenty or thirty years anyway.
Even so, it would still be a nice way to honor the entire 43 year history of the show, and not just the last 23 years of it, especially considering that “One Life’s” early years were filled with storylines that were deemed rather controversial, ground-breaking, and unheard of it for its time, such as the light-skinned Carla Gray (whom the audience thought was white) kissing a black man. That kiss alone prompted an ABC affiliate in Texas to drop the show from its daytime schedule at one time. Or Cathy Craig, a young girl hooked on drugs, whose counseling sessions took place with real-life drug addicts in New York City’s Odyssey House. Even the soap’s original name “Between Heaven and Hell” was deemed too controversial by the show’s sponsors, prompting creator Agnes Nixon to compromise and go with a more traditional title.
That being said, I realize that the show’s last two decades have also had their fair share of controversial and socially relevant plots like the homophobia/AIDS storyline, Viki’s battle with breast cancer and enduring a heart transplant. But it was the success of those early storylines noted above the paved the way for the show to condition on with similar types of plots years later.
How interesting would it be for several of these characters who were last seen in Llanview twenty-five, thirty, or even thirty-five years ago to suddenly walk back into town? Even if Viki is the only person some of them recognize, what a nice nod to those long-time fans and to the show’s history that would be. It would also be a treat for newer viewers to finally see a character they may have only heard or read about suddenly onscreen interacting with Llanview residents we are more familiar with. I know it would be me, having been born more than a decade after “One Life to Live” aired its first episode, and I’m sure it would be for many others as well.
That’s not to say that I won’t enjoy seeing Gabrielle Medina, Lindsay Rappaport, or Alex Olanov returning once more, or that I haven’t like seeing Tina and Cord back in Llanview again. These were some of the characters I grew up with over the years. But is would certainly be interesting to see some of those I didn’t grow up coming back as well. With Tina, Viki, and Todd all together again, imagine if we got to see their other siblings Meredith and Tony again (even if only in spirit form) for instance. Sadly however, I’m sure that “OLTL” likely won’t even mention the names of many of these older characters in the final months. But even if they don’t much of those first twenty years of Llanview will live on through the “OLTL” anniversary books, Youtube videos, and old photographs. And that is better than nothing for a show that has been a part of my life for more than a quarter of a century now. However, I will be really ticked off if the show doesn’t ask Michael Storm to appear a final time as Dr. Larry Wolek. Just sayin’.
Moving on, congratulations to”Kelly” and “CBRVA83,” both of whom (for the most part) correctly guessed the answers to the trivia questions from the previous column. In case you missed the clues, here there are again with the answers: 1. What was the name of the episode of “Kate & Allie” that Frankie Faison (Richard Evans) appeared on, and what character did he play? Answer: “The Bad Seed;” a detective. 2. What legendary television star does Melissa Archer (Natalie) consider to be her role model? Anwer: Lucille Ball 3. What U.S. city does Florencia Lozano (Téa) say that she wouldn’t like to live in? Answer: Los Angeles.
Now it’s time to shake things up a bit and do some more trivia. 1. What small role did Peter Bartlett (Nigel) play in the film “Meet the Parents?” 2. To which magazine has Andrea Evans (Tina) served as a contributor? 3. What former “Andy Griffith Show” actor did Barbara Rhoades (Irene) co-star with in a 1968 Western, and what was the name of the movie? I’ll have the answers in the November 15 edition of My View of Llanview.
Now, before I wrap up this column, I’m going to look into my crystal ball and give you a quick sneak peek at a few things coming up a few weeks down the road. Will a wedding go off without a hitch? Someone is discovered passed out. One man’s past catches up with him. And wedding bells ring, but it may or may not be who you think.
Well that’s concludes yet another column. Have a great week everyone! Have a safe and ghoulish Halloween and don’t eat too much candy.
Take care, and until next time remember, we only have “One Life to Live”…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — When “One Life” fans last saw Charlie Banks (Brian Kerwin) earlier this year, he was leaving town in disgrace after his love affair with Echo DiSavoy (Kim Zimmer) was exposed, ending his marriage to Viki Lord (Erika Slezak). However that isn’t stopping him from creeping his way back into Llanview.
The November 8 print editions of both Soap Opera Digest and Soap Opera Weekly are reporting that Kerwin, who last aired on May 11 after nearly four years on the show, will be returning to the show later this year. While it is unclear what brings Charlie back to Llanview, Kerwin’s scenes are expected to air sometime in December.
In other news…
It looks like Brody (Mark Lawson) may be about to have a little more family joining him in Llanview, as there are reports that Kate Miller will be reprising her role as Brody’s sister Nadine Lovett for a couple of episodes later this fall. Nadine was last seen in 2009 when she was forced to hold her brother hostage under the direction of an unknown man, who turned out to be Mitch Laurence (Roscoe Born).
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Tuc Watkins returns to “One Life to Live” once again as David Vickers Buchanan, becoming the latest in a series of former cast members returning to the show before it leaves ABC Daytime.
Despite the fact that his character left town locked arm in arm with Dorian Lord (Robin Strasser) back in August, David has already found his way back to Llanview. According to Watkins’ “One Life” co-star Sean Ringgold (Shaun), the actor is back on set taping scenes this week. However, like most of David’s stints in Llanview, expect this most recent one to likely only last a few episodes.
Ringgold also noted another “return” to the canvas in the coming weeks. Radio personality Carolina Bermudez has also resumed filming for her recurring role of Llaview’s WVL-TV investigative reporter Blanca Morales. The news was also confirmed by Julia Davis, “OLTL’s” make-up artist, who tweeted that she “Had an Awesome day on set with Z100′s Carolina Bermudez. She’s rocking all @Juliajovone Eyes and lips. Makeup by Me.”
“Hey guys just finished up here at the studio . I had some really funny scenes with Carolina Bermudez from z100 she’s did a Really great job also Tuc Walkins , Shenell [Edmonds] , Ilene [Kristen] . I hope and pray everyone is going Hard and finishing up this week with your goals accomplished,” Ringgold posted on his Facebook page Wednesday.
A first airdate for either actor has yet to be announced.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Casting changes for “One Life to Live” for the month of November.
As we previously reported, Tonja Walker is returning to “OLTL” as Alex Olanov. Yesterday the actress posted her upcoming airdates on her Twitter page. Fans can be expect to see her on November 17, 18, 21, and 22, and for Alex to have a surprising connection to Cutter (Josh Kelly).
Kathy Brier has posted a few of her upcoming airdates as Marcie McBain on Facebook. Look for her again on November 1, 3, and 8.
Looks like he’s not dead after all. On Friday, November 4, homeless man Louie (Helmar Augustus Cooper) has an encounter with Todd (Roger Howarth) after having escaped from Irene’s hired goons, who have been holding him prisoner.
Speaking of Irene (Barbara Rhoades), look for Todd to have another vision of his dead mother on Thursday, November 10 when she pushes him to do something drastic.
Matthew Conlon is back as Tomas’ (Ted King) friend art dealer M. Claude Calmar on Tuesday, November 8 when the two have a visit.
Patrick Gibbons, Jr. and Stephanie Schmahl next appear as Sam Manning and Bree Brennan on Monday, October 31.
Although she has been MIA recently, Destiny (Shenell Edmonds) returns next week.
Kearran Giovanni appears again as Dr. Vivian Wright on Friday, November 11 when she and Sean (Shaun Ringgold) have a difference of opinion regarding their future together.
Peter Barlett will be making at least a couple of appearances as Nigel next month, including Tuesday, November 1, when he relays an important message to Clint (Jerry verDorn). On a related note, verDorn talks about Prospect Park’s takeover of “One Life” in a recent interview with Soap Opera Weekly.
Kristen Alderson (Starr) and David A. Gregory (Ford) are reportedly in negotiations with Prospect Park about continuing with the show after it leaves ABC.
Doggie David Vickers (Tallulah Bean) will continue to play a role in an important storyline in the coming weeks.
And check out this cute picture of Andrew Trischitta (Jack) helping Patrick Gibbons, Jr. (Sam) out with his math homework during a break on set, and this one of Roger Howarth (Todd) posing with “OLTL’s” Make-Up Artist Julia Davis.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Even though nearly a dozen “One Life to Live” cast members have already signed on to remain with the show when it moves to online production with Prospect Park in the coming months, at least one actress won’t be sticking around to make the transition. Terri Conn (Aubrey/Christine) tells Soap Opera Weekly that “I’m not going to stay.”
In an interview with the actress in the latest edition of the magazine Conn, who joined the cast of “OLTL” in 2010, admits to basing her decision on her age (she is 36), saying “I’ve made the very hard decision because I’m not getting any younger and if I’m going to do it I’ve got to do it now to see if there is anything else out there for me that might have longer longevity. I don’t have any plans to move [to L.A.]; I would prefer to be in New York. The types of shows that are here I’m really excited about.”
Prior to joining “One Life,” Conn played Katie Peretti on “As the World Turns” from 1998-2010. After more than a decade in daytime, she admits her desire for a career change. “That’s the thing about being in a contract on daytime. It’s such an amazing job but there are all these other opportunities that you can’t necessarily do. They will try to get you out, but you are under a contract with them and that’s your first priority. I’ve been tied to a contract for 13-14 years, so I’m excited to get out and try the other stuff.”
Meanwhile, when asked by a fan about whether or not he would be staying with the show, Conn’s husband and “OLTL” co-star Austin Peck (Rick) tweeted earlier this week that “[I] don’t know yet.” Peck joined “One Life to Live” in the recurring role of porn director turned music producer Rick Powers in March of this year. The couple were married on July 1.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — With the father of her unborn baby still in a coma, a very much pregnant Destiny Evans (Shenell Edmonds) continues to inch closer toward her due date. However, the teenage mother-to-be will soon be going through labor pains as “One Life to Live” is already looking to cast her little bundle of joy.
On Wednesday, CP Talent posted on Facebook that the casting agency was “looking for very lite skin AA [African-American] newborn babies for ‘OLTL.’ email name, dob, ht wt, size and photo to Colette, NO older then 3 months tops! The smaller the better.”
No word on when Destiny will give birth on screen, although it is thought that Matthew Buchanan (Eddie Alderson) will awaken from his coma in time to learn he’s going to be a father.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Buenos Dias Llanview! January LaVoy is reprising her role as Noelle Ortiz Stubbs, diner waitress turned close friend of Victoria Lord (Erika Slezak), according to Soap Opera Digest.
LaVoy originated the role of Noelle as part of “One Life’s” Paris, Texas storyline, in 2007 and was last seen on the show in December of 2009.
There are also rumors that her former onscreen husband John Rue (Moe Stubbs) will be returning as well before the show wraps up production on its television run next month.
The actress has reportedly already returned to the set, however, a first airdate has not been announced.