How WATCH ABC Changes Will Affect Viewing of 'GH,' 'The View' and 'The Chew'; Shows Also on Hulu Plus

How WATCH ABC Changes Will Affect Viewing of ‘GH,’ ‘The View’ and ‘The Chew’; Shows Also on Hulu Plus

Second Look: Kourtney Kardashian on 'OLTL'

( — As we previously reported, Kourtney Kardashian makes her presence known in Llanview, when she appears as lawyer Kassanda Kavanaugh on Monday, March 28.  Now Soap Opera Network gives you another sneak peek at her day on the set.

From punching a creep at Serenity Springs, to kissing one of the show's leading men, to finding herself in handcuffs, the reality television socialite will certainly leave a lasting imprint on the sleepy Pennsylvania hamlet when she breezes through town early next week. "I just loved to be handcuffed!," Kardashian tweets.

In an earlier press release, Kardashian noted that she was a fan of "OLTL," commenting "I grew up watching 'One Life to Live.' This may be my acting debut but the Kardashians know a thing or two about drama."

And on Friday, Kardashian posted the following message on her website: "This was such a fun experience.  I've always been a huge fan of 'One Life to Live' so it was so surreal actually starring in it and playing a really fun character.  I can't wait for you guys to see it."

  • One Life to Live
  • Soap Opera Network
  • Kourtney Kardashian
  • Comings & Goings

    Erika Slezak Honored by 'One Life to Live'

    ( — On March 17, 1971, Erika Slezak made her “One Life to Live” debut as the third actress to step into the role of Victoria Davidson.  Flash forward four decades and Slezak remains the rock at the center of the Llanview universe.  In honor of the the six-time Daytime Emmy winner’s 40th anniversary with the show, “One Life to Live” cast and crew, along with a few other special guests, surprised the actress with a party on the set earlier this week.  Soap Opera Network has your exclusive first look at the celebration honoring “One Life’s” longest-running cast member.

    It was an event four decades in the making, but one that Slezak told TVGuide‘s Michael Logan in an interview last month, that she “was kind of hoping it would all go by unnoticed.  I came to this show without a fuss — I crept in rather quietly — and when I leave I want to go out that way, too. I don’t like fuss. It’s a little embarrassing.”

    Slezak’s “One Life to Live” co-stars payed homage to the show’s matriarch on St. Patrick’s Day by wearing shirts saying “Erika” when she arrived on the set, for what she thought was going to be a simple celebration honoring the popular Irish holiday.  Also in attendance were members of Slezak’s family, along with “OLTL” Head Writer and Executive Producer Ron Carlivati and Frank Valentini.  Appearing in the video tribute to Slezak were  “Castle” star Nathan Fillion (who portrayed Viki’s youngest son Joey from 1994-97 and again briefly in 2007), the co-hosts of “The View,” “General Hospital” star Tony Geary (Luke Spencer), and “One Life” creator Agnes Nixon.

    “One Life to Live’s” Music Director Paul Glass was among the members of the cast and crew sending their well-wishes, tweeting “Happy 40th Anniversary to the incredible Erika Slezak! Such a gracious, generous, beautiful person and amazing, inspiring actress…”

    The soap will celebrate Slezak’s 40th anniversary on screen with a special episode dedicated to Viki, scheduled to air on Tuesday, April 26.

    Overwhelmed by the gesture from her friends and co-stars, which also included a highlight reel of some of Viki’s more memorable moments over the years, Slezak told Soap Opera Digest that “I’ve been here for 40 years because I love it. I’m so grateful for the job and to you, my family. It’s been just magical.”  And your fans thank you Ms. Slezak for all the memories you have given us from the 40 years.  Congratulations on reaching such an important milestone and may you have many years of “Life” left to live in Llanview.

    • One Life to Live
    • Agnes Nixon
    • General Hospital
    • 40th anniversary
    • Anthony Geary
    • TV Guide
    • Michael Logan
    • Soap Opera Network
    • Soap Opera Digest
    • The View
    • Frank Valentini
    • Erika Slezak
    • Ron Carlivati
    • Nathan Fillion
    • Paul Glass
    • Anthony Geary
    • St. Patrick’s Day

      'One Life' Casting New Minor Character

      ( — “One Life to Live” releases another audition script for an upcoming role featuring a member of the show’s younger set of characters.

      The scene opens with “Dr. Pryor” informing the parents of a little boy named “Darren” that the outlook is bleak.  He tells them that their son has experienced severe trauma to his brain, as a result to a blow to the head, which has caused significant bleeding.  The CT confirmed that Darren’s slurred speech, confusion, headaches, and vomiting are a result of a Acute Subdural Hematoma.  He also states that the aspirin he has been taking for his headaches have only made matters worse.  Upset, Darren’s father “Scott,” admits that he is one who had been giving his son the aspirin.  Dr. Pryor tries to calm Scott’s nerves, reminding him that he had know way of knowing the severity of Darren’s injuries.  He then says that they must operate immediately if there is any hope of saving him, and if they succeed, he will likely never be the same again.  The scene ends as Darren is prepped for surgery.  Remember that, as usual with these audition scripts, “One Life to Live” changes names in an attempt to throw off viewers.

      In other news…

      Bianca Jamotte will appear again on “OLTL” in a minor role on Wednesday, April 27.  Jamotte’s last appearance on the show was January 17.

      Robert King, who recently appeared on “OLTL” in a dayplayer role, states in an interview with the East Brunswick, New Jersey Sentinel that he hopes to continue making appearances on the long-running daytime drama, noting that being on the show was rewarding and helped him grow as an actor.  With regards to the “One Life” cast, King commented that “There’s a lot to learn from them.”

      And Dike Uzoukwu, who announced on his website on February 4 that he had just “booked and shot is first appearance on ‘One Life to Live’ (ABC Daytime),” had his role upgraded from “Under 5″ to “Dayplayer.”  His scenes should air sometime this month.

      • One Life to Live
      • ABC Daytime
      • audition scripts
      • Comings & Goings
      • Dike Uzoukwu
      • Robert King
      • East Brunswick, New Jersey
      • Sentinel
      • Bianca Jomette

        'GH' Head Writer Robert Guza Jr. Leaving? Not True According to Insiders

        ( – UPDATE: Soap Opera Digest has updated their report on their website citing comment from an ABC representative indicating that Guza is in fact not leaving "GH."

        PREVIOUS: Soap Opera Digest is reporting on their website that "General Hospital" Head Writer Robert Guza Jr. is on his way out as the soaps Head Writer. According to network insiders however, the report is "not true" and "absolutely false." Under normal circumstances, when a rumor is denied or not confirmed by the network we'd receive a standard "no comment," which did not happen in this case thus giving credence to the possibility that Soap Opera Digest is reporting false mistaken news on their website.

        Digest Report:

        Guza's Future at GH in Question
        We're hearing that Robert Guza, Jr. is on his way out as GENERAL HOSPITAL's head writer. ABC Daytime doesn't comment on rumors, but an insider tells us there's a good chance it's true.

        Guza returned to the ABC soap in April 2002 when he was named co-head writer alongside Charles Pratt Jr. He took over sole head writing duties in early 2006 after it was announced that Pratt had decided to leave the drama series. Under Guza's current reign, "General Hospital" won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team in 2003 and 2009. The series won for Outstanding Drama Series in 2005, 2006 and 2008.

        • General Hospital
        • Soap Opera Digest
        • Robert Guza Jr.
        • Charles Pratt Jr.

          Jason Tam Returns to 'One Life to Live' for Brief Stint

          ( — With his former on-screen girlfriend Brittany Underwood (Langston Wilde) about to leave the canvas, Jason Tam makes a brief return to Llanview as Markko Rivera early next month, according to ABC Soaps in Depth.  While the show is keeping mum on the storyline details, it seems a safe bet that Markko and Langston’s paths will cross once again before she leaves town.

          Underwood, who exits Llanview on Friday, April 8, when budding author Langston is offered a movie deal, told ABC SID in an recent interview that “If Markko comes back, that would amazing.”  Jason Tam originated the role of Markko on May 21, 2007.  He took a hiatus from “One Life” last summer before returning in the fall to wrap up his character’s storyline.  He was last seen back on November 10th.

          Look for Tam to appear briefly during the week of April 4th.

          • One Life to Live
          • Jason Tam
          • ABC Soaps in Depth
          • Brittany Underwood

            CBS Bumps Soaps for Basketball

            CBS Bumps Soaps for Basketball

            ( — It’s that time of year again.  The time when people all across the United States call in sick, stayed glued to their television screens, and fill out brackets with who they feel is deserving of a national championship.  That’s right….March Madness has invaded the country once more.  The second round of the 2011 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament begins today on the CBS and its family of networks.  As a result, “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” will be pre-empted both today and tomorrow, Thursday and Friday, March 17 & 18.  Both shows will return on Monday at their regular times and no episodes will be missed.  So set back, enjoy a day full of college basketball and cheer on your favorite team. 

            • The Bold and the Beautiful
            • The Young and the Restless
            • CBS
            • college basketball
            • NCAA Tournament

              First Look: Us and E! Cover Kourtney on 'One Life'

              ( — As we previously reported, media socialite Kourtney Kardashian will make her "One Life to Live" debut as attorney Kassandra Kavanaugh on the Monday, March 28 episode of the ABC Daytime soap. Recently Us Weekly and E! Online took a behind-the-scenes look at Kourtney on the set as she punched a man out (day player played by Brandon Corey Knox), and found herself kissing and handcuffed to one of Llanview's hottest men (Cristian Vega, played by David Fumero), while one of the town's most prominent residents looks on (Blair Cramer, played by Kassie DePaiva).

              Kardashian admits in an interview posted on the Us Weekly website that locking lips with David Fumero "Made me nervous. But after the kiss, he was like, 'I can't remember my line!'" The E! starlet also shared that "I started watching 'One Life' in seventh grade and got hooked. So to be on the show was so surreal and so much fun," when speaking with E! Online.

              DePaiva had nothing but praise for her co-star for a day, telling Us Weekly that "[She] nailed her lines. She's welcome back anytime!" In addition, DePaiva posted on her Facebook page that "I'm not a pop culture girl…but I'm very thrilled to have met Kourtney and enjoyed her time on the set of 'OLTL' and in the town of Llanview. She was hard working and terrific to work with. I think she had a good time. It's not easy to walk in and do a soap cold. She was a pro. I look forward to seeing the scenes."

              • One Life to Live
              • ABC
              • Facebook
              • Kassie DePaiva
              • David Fumero
              • E!
              • Kourtney Kardashian
              • Comings & Goings
              • Brandon Corey Knox
              • Us Magazine

                Mark Lawson Issues MMA Tourney Challenge

                Mark Lawson Issues MMA Tourney Challenge

                ( — "One Life to Live's" Mark Lawson is ready to prove that he is both a lover and a fighter, telling ESPN that "I want to take part in a celebrity mixed martial arts tournament. UFC president Dana White, let's set this up. I'm a good fighting weight of 175 and I'm ready to take on all comers." However, don't expect Lawson to be quitting his day job anytime soon. "I love acting and singing, but something inside of me wants to get back into the cage."

                In an interview with the sports network's website, the actor reveals to columnist Lynn Hoppes that he has some prior experience, not to mention the fact that he works out nearly every day, is a personal trainer, and runs a strength and conditioning business. White, meanwhile, has responded to Lawson's request, encouraging the soap star to get the event set up. 

                Before joining "One Life" as Brody Lovett in 2008, Lawson participated in an MMA fight in the 'Octagon,' earning a 1-0 record in a semi pro fight.  However, he did not make it through the fight unscathed.  "I did break my jaw in that match, so I'd be a little worried about that.  I think my agent is going to kill me for issuing this challenge," he reveals.

                A Virginia native, the 31-year-old Lawson earned a bachelors' degree in fine arts from the renowned Boston Conservatory.  He is also a graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.  His other acting credits include an appearance on "Cold Case" in 2005, and the comedy short "Breakdown" in 2006.

                • One Life to Live
                • Mark Lawson
                • Breakdown
                • Cold Case
                • MMA
                • UCF
                • Lynn Hoppes
                • ESPN
                • Mixed Martial Arts
                • Dana White
                • Octagon
                • Boston Conservatory
                • London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art

                  James Franco Back for More 'General Hospital'

                  ( — Despite a less than thrilling performance as co-host of the "83rd Annual Academy Awards" on ABC last month, the network has asked actor James Franco to return to "General Hospital" once more as the deadly artist known simply as Franco.

                  According to the network, on Friday, March 25, Franco will again make his presence known to a Port Charles citizen. This time to Carly Jacks (Laura Wright), when Franco gets in touch with the hotel owner with a very important message.

                  To find out what Franco is up to next, tune in to "General Hospital." Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

                  • General Hospital
                  • Laura Wright
                  • James Franco
                  • Oscars
                  • Comings & Goings
                  • Academy Awards

                    A New Face for Baby Emma on 'GH'

                    ( — "General Hospital's" Robin Scorpio (Kimberly McCullough) and Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson) are getting a new face for their baby girl. Not a face lift sillies (who'd do that to a baby anyway?), but a new actress is taking over the role of Emma from departing twins Jessie and Gianna Salvatierra.

                    According to ABC Soaps In Depth, Francesca Cistone will take on the role beginning with the Wednesday, March 23 episode. Cistone is the daughter of Danny Cistone, who recently appeared on the soap as Jules, one of Theo's (Daniel Benzali) men who taunted Sonny (Maurice Benard) on the Thursday, March 10 episode of the soap with a lead on Brenda's (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo) kidnapping.

                    According to In Depth:

                    No explanation has been given for the reason behind replacing the twins, who've been sharing the role since 2009, and setsiders report that Francesca — a fraternal twin herself –4 is just a few months older than Jessie and Gianna.

                    • General Hospital
                    • Francesca Cistone
                    • Jason Thompson
                    • Kimberly McCullough
                    • Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo
                    • ABC Soaps in Depth
                    • Danny Cistone
                    • Gianna Salvatierra
                    • Maurice Benard
                    • Daniel Benzali
                    • Jessie Salvatierra

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