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

 
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Become an ABC Soap Star For a Day

Become an ABC Soap Star For a Day

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Here’s your chance to appear in a scene in your favorite ABC soap — if the price is right. The network is once again auctioning off walk on roles on “All My Children,” “One Life to Live,” and “General Hospital,” to help raise money for charity as part of the “Grand Finale Celebration” for ABC Daytime & SOAPnet Salute Broadway Cares AIDS fundraising event.

The winning bidder for each soap will receive a non-speaking role in one or more scenes, preparation by that show’s wardrobe department, photos with the cast taping that day, an autographed script from that particular show, and an unsigned ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares 2011 poster.

But don’t expect a day in Pine Valley, Llanview, or Port Charles to come cheap. As of midnight EST on March 3, the bidding ranged from $1,800 for “AMC,” to $2,100 for “GH,” to $2,800 for “OLTL.” Bidding closes at 2:30 pm ET on Wednesday, March 9, 2011. To place a bid to appear on your favorite ABC soap and view the term and conditions, click on the respective amount above.

Click here to view the long list of other ABC Daytime items to be auctioned off which include tickets and meet and greet with the ladies of “The View,” a hour private acting lesson with “One Life to Live’s” Florencia Lozano (Téa) and Ted King (Tomas), autographed scrubs from “General Hospital,” customized ringtones from Anthony Geary (Luke, “GH”) and Cameron Mathison (Ryan, “AMC”), and VIP tickets to Broadway Cares and cast party, as well as an opportunity to appear in a skit during the show with your favorite daytime soap stars.

You can also participate in “The ABC Daytime Soap-a-thon Showdown” to help raise money and vote for your favorite ABC Daytime soap duo.

This year’s ABC Daytime & SOAPnet Broadway Cares event will be held on Sunday, March 13 at 8:00 pm ET at Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street in New York City. Visit the event website for for more information, and for a list of those ABC soaps stars scheduled to attend.

  • All My Children
  • One Life to Live
  • SOAPnet
  • ABC
  • General Hospital
  • Anthony Geary
  • Ted King
  • The View
  • ABC Daytime
  • Florencia Lozano
  • Cameron Mathison
  • ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
  • The ABC Daytime Soapathon Showdown


    NAACP Image Awards to Broadcast Daytime Categories Live

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has announced that for the first time in its history, the NAACP Image Awards will honor its daytime drama acting categories during the live annual awards broadcast scheduled for Friday, March 4 at 8/7c on FOX.

    Since introducing the daytime drama categories in 1994, "The Young and the Restless" had consistently dominated the Outstanding Actor and Actress in a Daytime Drama Series with the exception of "Passions" actress Tracey Ross, who won for her role as Eve Russell in 2007. In 2010, "All My Children's" Debbi Morgan (Angie Hubbard) and Cornelius Smith Jr. (Frankie Hubbard) took home the honors as mother and son.

    The 2011 nominees are as follows:

    Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series

    · Debbi Morgan – "All My Children" (ABC)
    · Julia Pace Mitchell – "The Young and the Restless" (CBS)
    · Tatyana Ali – "The Young and the Restless" (CBS)
    · Tonya Lee Williams – "The Young and the Restless" (CBS)
    · Yvette Freeman – "The Bold and the Beautiful" (CBS)

    Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series
    · Aaron D. Spears – "The Bold and the Beautiful" (CBS)
    · Cornelius Smith, Jr. – "All My Children" (ABC)
    · Darnell Williams – "All My Children" (ABC)
    · Rodney Saulsberry – "The Bold and the Beautiful" (CBS)

    "Let's Make a Deal's" Wayne Brady and "The Talk's" Holly Robinson Peete will host the "42nd Annual NAACP Image Awards"

    On the web: http://www.naacpimageawards.net

    • All My Children
    • Cornelius Smith Jr.
    • The Young and the Restless
    • Debbi Morgan
    • Tatyana Ali
    • The Bold and the Beautiful
    • Darnell Williams
    • Julie Pace Mitchell
    • Tonya Lee Williams
    • Yvette Freeman
    • Aaron D. Spears
    • Rodney Saulsberry
    • NAACP Image Awards
    • Holly Robinson Peete
    • Waybe Brady
    • Awards


      Sonya Eddy Taken Off Contract at 'GH'

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — It was only a matter of time before word broke that actors from "General Hospital" would begin receiving notice of their contract cycle not being renewed when the soap re-hired Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth Webber) after firing her in late January citing "storyline dictated" reasons. The first cut is with actress Sonya Eddy, who has portrayed the role of Epiphany Johnson on both "GH" and short-lived spin-off "General Hospital: Night Shift" since 2006. The actress was upped to contract status in August 2007.

      In a posting on her facebook page, Eddy answered the question that has been on the minds of her fans for quite awhile. "So, the question has been asked. Here's the answer…. It is true, I have been taken off contract at GH. And so it goes…," Eddy's post said. At this time it remains unclear  whether Eddy will remain on the soap in a recurring capacity.

      An ABC representative was unavailable for comment at press time.

      • General Hospital
      • Sonya Eddy
      • General Hospital: Night Shift
      • Recurring
      • Contracts


        Morgan Set to Return to 'AMC'

        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Debbi Morgan returns to “All My Children” this March.

        The time has come for fans of the Hubbard clan to rejoice. Monday, March 14 will mark Debbi Morgan’s first full episode back as Jesse Hubbard’s (Darnell Williams) very pregnant wife, Dr. Angela Hubbard, on “All My Children”.

        Suffering from the long-term effects of Lyme disease, the accomplished 54-year old actress has been on a personal leave since late last year. Morgan reportedly ended her leave and returned to the set of “AMC” to resume taping during the second week of February.

        Pine Valley’s favorite doctor will also make a brief appearance on the Tuesday, March 8 episode of “AMC”.

        • All My Children
        • Debbi Morgan
        • Angie


          Tonja Walker’s ‘One Life’ Return Set

          Tonja Walker's 'One Life' Return Set

          (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Tonja Walker may be returning to “One Life to Live,” but don’t look for Alex to be coming back to Llanview anytime soon.  On Tuesday, March 15, she receives two familiar visitors, while still living it up in the life of luxury on Asa’s tropical island paradise, St. Blaze’s.

          As we previously reported, Bo learns the truth from Rex that Clint had David (Tuc Watkins, who also resurfaces the week of March 14) thrown in a Moroccan prison and left for dead.  The pair then reluctantly head for the desert nation to find the elusive Buchanan heir.  However, once there things don’t go as smoothly as planned, and their search soon takes them elsewhere — to a more tropical climate, after receiving an important clue on Friday, March 11.

          Enter Alex Olanov, whom you may recall accepted the island resort from Nigel (who inherited it from Asa), in exchange for her silence after learning that David Vickers was really a Buchanan.  But will Alex welcome her guests with open arms, or has she been cavorting with the enemy?

          Either way, don’t look for Walker or Alex to stick around for very long.  The actress noted last month on Facebook that she was only returning for two episodes, although she would be open to more if the show would make her an offer.

          On a related note, expect to see more the Buchanan’s trusty butler Nigel (Peter Bartlett) in the coming weeks as he learns some details of his his boss’ antics, which could place him in a precarious situation.

          In other news…

          If you think you have seen the last of Beth (Aitana Rinab) and Brad (Frank Dolce), the two obnoxious teens helping Jack bully Shane, guess again.  The pint-sized thugs will return again by mid-March.

          • One Life to Live
          • Facebook
          • Tonja Walker
          • Tuc Watkins
          • Llanview
          • Peter Bartlett
          • Frank Dolce
          • Aitana Rinab


            'One Life to Live' Celebrates Erika Slezak's 40th Anniversary with Special Episode

            (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The long-running ABC soap pays tribute to six-time Daytime Emmy winner Erika Slezak in celebration of her 40th anniversary of playing Llanview’s matriarch Victoria Lord with a special episode dedicated to her on Tuesday, April 26.  “I was so touched I started to cry [when I found out]. It’s so sweet. But I was kind of hoping it would all go by unnoticed,” the actress tells TVGuide‘s Michael Logan.

            Slezak became the third actress to play Viki, who was originated by Gillian Spencer, on March 17, 1971.  She remains “One Life to Live’s” longest-running cast member, while Viki is the show’s only remaining original character.  But, despite spending four decades in Llanview, Slezak laments that she doesn’t think that reaching this milestone is all that special.  “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.” Even so, she confesses to Logan that “I think it’s just so darling that they want to do this special show for me, and I am deeply honored. I only have one concern — that I do it justice.”  She reveals she was informed about the decision by the show’s Executive Producer Frank Valentini, who told her that “We’re writing a show for you.”

            As for details of special episode, she admits “I haven’t seen the script yet but I think it’s going to include a lot of me. [Laughs] No flashbacks or anything. I think they’re going to dredge up a lot of what’s going on in Viki’s life right now and how she’s dealing with it.”

            Slezak also addresses the persistent cancellation rumors regarding “One Life to Live” and sister soap “All My Children,” noting that “If we get canceled, we get canceled. What can you do? I’ve had 40 years — that’s 38 more than I thought I was going to have. I can’t complain. And I did what my father said. [Laughs] I saved my money!”

            To read the full interview, which also includes her reflections on a number of other topics, including working with Kim Zimmer and Robin Strasser, her memories of the late Phil Carey and Clint Ritchie, and auditioning for the role of Viki with “One Life” creator Agnes Nixon, click here.

             

            • One Life to Live
            • Agnes Nixon
            • Gillian Spencer
            • Kim Zimmer
            • Michael Logan
            • Phil Carey
            • Frank Valentini
            • Robin Strasser
            • TVGuide
            • Clint Ritchie


              The 2010 Daytime Airhog Awards

              ABC

              ABC

              Who hogged the most airtime in all of 2010? Steve Burton slips out of the number one slot due to competition from a relatively new co-star’s record-breaking year.

              As the year 2010 came to a close, so did a years worth of tracking appearances of contract and recurring actors on daytime’s remaining soap operas. “General Hospital’s” Dominic Zamprogna (Dante Falconeri) and Steve Burton (Jason Morgan) top the list of appearances in 2010 as the male duo from the ABC soap respectively appeared in 234 and 224 out of 249 episodes. Those totals denote a noticeable rise from the amount of episodes 2009′s leaders Burton (208) & “Days of Our Lives” Arianne Zucker (Nicole Walker; 207) appeared in. In 2010, airing in 234 episodes, Zamprogna also beat the record formerly held by “All My Children’s” Alicia Minshew (Kendall Hart Slater) and Lindsay Hartley (as Theresa Lopez-Fitzgerald on NBC’s “Passions”) for most appearances in a year; Hartley appeared in 233 episodes in 2006 and Minshew appeared in the same amount of episodes in 2007. Enjoying an eight month long maternity leave in 2010, Minshew missed the list this year. Meanwhile, swapping from NBC to ABC and the time off in-between kept Hartley off the 2010 list, as well. ABC, CBS and NBC produced between 249 and 252 episodes of soap opera hours for each soap (except for the canceled CBS sudser “As the World Turns”) last year.

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              The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Pre-Nominations Announced

              (SoapOperaNetwork)  –  Daytime moves one step closer to announcing the 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Award nominees.

              On Wednesday, February 9, TV Guide.ca released the initial list of nominees for the 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. That initial list was a compilation of every actor on every show who submitted their name for a nomination. The list also revealed which category each actor submitted in for their 2010 performances. The step that proceeded this was in-house voting for the final nominees for each soap opera. If there were more than two actors listed in any category for any specific soap opera the two actors with the most votes moved on to get a Pre-Nomination unless their was a tie – in that case three or more actors are allowed to move on in the process. That voting came to conclusion and the 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Pre-Nominees were announced on Friday, February 25.

              The following is a list of all the submitted names for each daytime soap opera. The actors who were voted on to the official Pre-Nomination list for the 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards are listed in bold:

              ALL MY CHILDREN

              LEAD ACTRESS
              Rebecca Budig (Greenlee Smythe) • Susan Lucci (Erica Kane) • Alicia Minshew (Kendall Hart Slater) Debbi Morgan (Dr. Angela Hubbard)

              LEAD ACTOR
              • David Canary (ex-Adam Chandler) • Ricky Paull Goldin (Dr. Jake Martin) • Vincent Irizarry (David Hayward) • Michael E. Knight (Tad Martin) • Michael Nouri (Caleb Cortlandt) • Walt Willey (Jackson Montgomery) • Darnell Williams (Jesse Hubbard)

              SUPPORTING ACTRESS
              • Julia Barr (Brooke English) • Christina Bennett Lind (Bianca Montgomery) • Melissa Claire Egan (Annie Chandler) • Lindsay Hartley (Dr. Cara Castillo) • Jill Larson (Opal Cortlandt) • Jamie Luner (Liza Colby) • Cady McClain (Dixie Martin) • Chrishell Stause (Amanda Martin)

              SUPPORTING ACTOR
              • Trent Garrett (Asher Pike)  • Cornelius Smith, Jr. (Dr. Franklin Hubbard) Jacob Young (JR Chandler)

              YOUNGER ACTRESS
              Brittany Allen (Marissa Tasker) Natalie Hall (Colby Chandler)

              YOUNGER ACTOR
              Finn Wittrock (Damon Miller)

              AS THE WORLD TURNS

              LEAD ACTRESS
              • Maura West (Carly Snyder) • Colleen Zenk (Barbara Ryan)

              LEAD ACTOR
              Jon Lindstrom (Craig Montgomery) Michael Park (Jack Snyder)

              SUPPORTING ACTRESS
              Terri Conn Colombino (Katie Snyder) Lesli Kay (Molly Conlan) Julie Pinson (Janet Ciccone)

              SUPPORTING ACTOR
              Trent Dawson (Henry Coleman) Eric Sheffer Stevens (Dr. Reid Oliver)

              YOUNGER ACTOR
              Mick Hazen (Parker Snyder)

              THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

              LEAD ACTRESS
              Susan Flannery (Stephanie Forrester) Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke Logan Forrester) • Hunter Tylo (Dr. Taylor Hayes-Jones)

              LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
              Don Diamont (Bill Spencer) Jack Wagner (Nick Marone)

              SUPPORTING ACTRESS
              • Lesley-Anne Down (Jackie Knight) • Adrienne Frantz (Amber Moore) • Jennifer Gareis (Donna Logan) • Robin Riker (Beth Logan) Heather Tom (Katie Logan-Spencer)

              SUPPORTING ACTOR
              Patrick Duffy (Stephen Logan) Rick Hearst (Whip Jones) • Rodney Saulsberry (Anthony) • Aaron D. Spears (Justin Barber)

              YOUNGER ACTRESS
              • Kristolyn Lloyd (Dayzee Leigh) • Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy Forrester)Kim Matula (Hope Logan)

              YOUNGER ACTOR
              Scott Clifton (Liam Spencer)Zack Conroy (Oliver Jones)

              DAYS OF OUR LIVES

              LEAD ACTRESS
              Kristian Alfonso (Hope Brady) • Lauren Koslow (Kate Dimera) • Crystal Chappell (Dr. Carly Manning) • Alison Sweeney (Samantha Brady)

              LEAD ACTOR
              • John Aniston (Victor Kiriakis) • Galen Gering (Rafe Hernandez) • Peter Reckell (Bo Brady)James Scott (EJ Dimera)

              SUPPORTING ACTRESS
              Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe Lane) • Peggy McCay (Caroline Brady) • Suzanne Rogers (Maggie Horton)  • Louise Sorel (Vivian Alamain)  • Arianne Zucker (Nicole Walker)

              SUPPORTING ACTOR
              Shawn Christian (Dr. Daniel Jonas) • Mark Hapka (Nathan Horton) • Jay Johnson (Phillip Kiriakis) • Eric Martsolf (Brady Black)

              YOUNGER ACTRESS
              • Camila Banus (Gabi Hernandez)  • Molly Burnett (Melanie Layton) • Shelley Hennig (Stephanie Johnson) • Taylor Spreitler (Mia McCormick)

              YOUNGER ACTOR
              Casey Deidrick (Chad Dimera)Chandler Massey (Will Horton)

              GENERAL HOSPITAL

              LEAD ACTRESS
              Kelly Monaco (Sam McCall) Laura Wright (Carly Jacks)

              LEAD ACTOR
              Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos)Steve Burton (Jason Morgan)

              SUPPORTING ACTRESS
              Julie Marie Berman (Lulu Spencer) • Brianna Brown (Dr. Lisa Niles) • Jane Elliot (Tracy Quartermaine)  • Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis Davis) • Kimberly McCullough (Robin Scorpio Drake)

              SUPPORTING ACTOR
              Jonathan Jackson (Lucky Spencer)Jason Thompson (Dr. Patrick Drake) • Dominic Zamprogna (Dante Falconari)

              YOUNGER ACTRESS
              Lexi Ainsworth (Kristina Davis)Haley Pullos (Molly Lansing-David)

              YOUNGER ACTOR
              Chad Duell (Michael Corinthos)Nathan Parsons (Ethan Lovett) • Aaron Sanders (Morgan Corinthos)

              ONE LIFE TO LIVE

              LEAD ACTRESS
              Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer) • Susan Haskell (Dr. Marty Saybrooke)  • Florencia Lozano (Tea Delgado) • Erika Slezak (Victoria Lord) • Gina Tognoni (Kelly Cramer)

              LEAD ACTOR
              Jerry verDorn (Clint Buchanan) Robert S. Woods (Bo Buchanan)

              SUPPORTING ACTRESS
              • Melissa Archer (Natalie Buchanan)  • Ilene Kristen (Roxy Balsom) • Hillary B. Smith (Nora Buchanan)  • Robin Strasser (Dorian Lord) Bree Williamson (Jessica Buchanan)

              SUPPORTING ACTOR
              Brian Kerwin (Charlie Banks)Mark Lawson (Brody Lovett) • Sean Ringgold (Shaun Evans)

              YOUNGER ACTRESS
              Kristen Alderson (Starr Manning) • Shenell Edmonds (Destiny Evans) • Farah Fath (Gigi Morasco) • Kelley Missal (Danielle Rayburn) • Brittany Underwood (Langston Wilde)

              YOUNGER ACTOR
              Edward Alderson (Matthew Buchanan)David A. Gregory (Robert Ford) • Nic Robuck (James Ford)

              THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS

              LEAD ACTRESS
              Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor) • Stacy Haiduk (Dr. Emily Peterson & Patty Williams)  • Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Newman) • Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman)

              LEAD ACTOR
              Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott) • Eric Braeden (Victor Newman) • Christian LeBlanc (Michael Baldwin) • Tristan Rogers (Colin Atkinson)

              SUPPORTING ACTRESS
              • Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren Fenmore Baldwin & Sarah Smythe) • Tricia Cast (Nina Webster)Amelia Heinle (Victoria Abbott) Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe Mitchell) • Julia Pace Mitchell (Sofia Dupre) • Eden Riegel (Heather Stevens) • Marcy Rylan (Abby Newman) • Laura Stone (Skye Newman) • Sean Young (Meggie Mclaine)

              SUPPORTING ACTOR
              • Jeff Branson (Ronan Malloy) • Doug Davidson (Paul Williams)Billy Miller (Billy Abbott) • John Driscoll (Chance Chancellor) • Darius McCrary (Malcolm Winters) • Greg Rikaart (Kevin Fisher) • Michael Muhney (Adam Newman)

              YOUNGER ACTRESS
              Emily O'Brien (Jana Hawkes)

              On May 11, the final nominations in each category for the 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be announced. Preceeding the announcement, the pre-nominated actors are required to submit two of their best episodes from 2010 to be watched and judged by their fellow daytime colleagues. The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Award Winners will be announced on June 19 in Las Vegas.

              • All My Children
              • One Life to Live
              • The Young and the Restless
              • Days of our Lives
              • General Hospital
              • Daytime Emmys
              • As The World Turns
              • The Bold and the Beautiful


                Susan Lucci's Memoir Set to be Released this March

                (Soap Opera Network) — The latest news on the release of Susan Lucci’s memoir “All My Life”.

                Last July, Soap Opera Network reported that It Books, an imprint of publisher HarperCollins, had tapped the biggest superstar in daytime drama history, Susan Lucci, to pen her memoir for publication in 2011. Since then, the accomplished actress and entrepreneur who has played the legendary character of Erica Kane on “All My Children” since January 5, 1970 has completed that memoir. “All My Life” is scheduled to hit book stores on Tuesday, March 29. In correlation with the book release, Lucci will spend most of that release week signing copies of her book and meeting fans at various Barnes and Noble and Book Revue locations on the East Coast.

                Scheduled Signing Engagements:

                • Tuesday, March 29, 2011 12:30 PM at Barnes & Noble – Fifth Avenue. New York, NY.
                • Tuesday, March 29, 2011 7:00 PM at BookEnds – East Ridgewood Avenue. Ridgewood, NJ.
                • Wednesday, March 30, 2011 7:00 PM at Book Revue – New York Avenue. Huntington, NY.
                • Friday, April 1, 2011 7:00 PM at Barnes & Noble – Old Orchard Center. Skokie, IL.
                • Saturday, April 2, 2011 at Barnes & Noble – Mall of America. Bloomington, MN.

                The following is a description of some of what fans can find in the 336-page memoir that can be pre-ordered right now at Amazon.com:

                “‘See that moon up there?
                You can reach that high.
                Never be afraid because you can be anything you want to be.’

                Susan Lucci was only five years old when her father shared these encouraging words with her. They inspired the highly imaginative child who loved make-believe to craft one of the most enduring characters in television history, an achievement that would earn her a record twenty-one Emmy nominations—the most for an actor in the award’s history—and the crown as “Leading Lady of Daytime.”

                When Lucci and All My Children were introduced to the world in 1971, American television changed forever. Susan’s character, the beautiful, spirited, and mercurial Erica Kane, was an original—the first vixen viewers loved to hate. But while millions have enjoyed getting to know Erica’s many sides—and have been awed at how this character has continually remade herself—the woman who plays her has remained a mystery.

                In her long-awaited memoir, this very private actress, wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, sister, friend, and entrepreneur pulls back the curtain to reveal her story.

                Susan, like Erica Kane, has undergone a metamorphosis many times. All My Life shares the stories of those transformations: starring in roles on television and stage, where she took Broadway not just by storm but “by tsunami” as one critic raved about her performance in Annie Get Your Gun; mounting successful cabaret acts (solo and with Regis Philbin); bringing art and joy back to New York in the wake of 9/11; conquering the tango with Tony Dovolani on ABC’s hit show Dancing with the Stars; and building a successful career as an entrepreneur with a signature line of products.

                Susan goes beyond her success to talk about the darker moments, too, including the childhood guilt she harbored over the death of her dear grandmother, the car accident that nearly took away her career and her eyesight, her newborn son’s life-threatening illness, coping with her husband’s cancer, and the pain of miscarriage—one of the many parallels between her Erica Kane.

                As charming, down-to-earth, and compelling as the woman whose story it tells, All My Life shines a spotlight on one of our most popular stars and reminds us of the power of dreams and how we can find the courage and tenacity to make them come true.”

                SON will continue to keep fans updated on future developments concerning Lucci’s book release.

                • All My Children
                • Susan Lucci
                • Erica Kane


                  Is There 'Life' After Death for John Wesley Shipp?

                  (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — After his character was killed off late last year as part of a still unsolved murder mystery, it appears that John Wesley Shipp may be headed back to Llanview as Eddie Ford, the late papa of “One Life to Live’s” infamous trio of Ford brothers.  Shipp made a rather lengthy comment on his Facebook page on February 25 praising the show’s production crew which read in part, “Thrill rides, today.  Highlight:  murder scenes under the—I feel like saying ‘baton’– of Director Jill Mitwell…I’ve experienced this at peak moments working on Broadway, in primetime, on film, and today with the terrific cast and crew of ‘One Life To Live.’”

                  In addition to Mitwell, the actor also compliments other members of “One Life’s” production team in his Facebook post, saying “Many thanks to Director Larry Carpenter for the morning scenes whch were quite a bit lighter (no murders) and Vince Cupone who–in coordinating fights and physical business–incorporates beat and motivation and reality into his process of keeping us safe and saving us from looking ridiculous most of the time unless we want to.”

                  Shipp joined the “One Life” cast on November 5, only to have his character killed off six weeks later.  He last aired as Eddie in a newly created flashback scene with youngest son Nate Salinger (Lenny Platt) in early January.  Nate, along with his siblings James (Nic Robuck) and Robert Ford (David A. Gregory), and the boys’ mother (and Eddie’s ex-wife) Inez Sallinger (Jessica Leccia) have all been considered as suspects in the case. Also under suspicion for the murder is Llanview’s perennial suspect Todd Manning (Trevor St. John), as well as good guy turned bad Clint Buchanan (Jerry verDorn), who hired Eddie to do his dirty work and kidnap and rough up is his ex-wife and sister-in-law Nora (Hillary B. Smith), much to the dismay of little brother Bo (Robert S. Woods). To further complicate matters, look for Joey (Tom Degnan) to accuse someone close to him of murdering the abusive, dead beat dad on Wednesday, March 9.

                  No word on Shipp’s upcoming airdates, or as to when his real murderer will be revealed.  In the meantime though, look for more references to the Eddie’s violent death to surface in the coming weeks.

                  This was Shipp’s second time in Llanview.  In 1989 he played the minor role of Blanchard Lovelace on “One Life to Live.” He is best known for the roles of Kelly Nelson on “Guiding Light” from 1980-84 and Douglas Cummings on “As the World Turns” from 1985-86.  He has also appeared on “Santa Barbara” and “All My Children.”  Shipp earned Daytime Emmy Awards for his work on “ATWT” and “SB.” Other credits include “The Flash,” “Sisters,” and “Dawson’s Creek.”

                  In other news…

                  Zane Akram recently booked an Under 5 role on “OLTL.”  His scenes will air on Tuesday, March 15.

                   

                  • All My Children
                  • One Life to Live
                  • OLTL
                  • Facebook
                  • Guiding Light
                  • Daytime Emmys
                  • Jessica Leccia
                  • As the World Turns
                  • Broadway
                  • Hillary B. Smith
                  • Robert S. Woods
                  • Daytime Emmy Awards
                  • Llanview
                  • Lenny Platt
                  • Nic Robuck
                  • One Life
                  • Trevor St. John
                  • Jerry verDorn
                  • John Wesley Shipp
                  • Eddie Ford
                  • Dawson’s Creek
                  • Sisters
                  • Larry Carpenter
                  • David Gregory
                  • Santa Barbara
                  • Comings & Goings
                  • Jill Mitwell
                  • Vince Cupone
                  • The Flash
                  • Zane Akram








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