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

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Walker Talks About Her ‘OLTL’ Return

Walker Talks About Her 'OLTL' Return

(SoapOperaNetwork) — As previously reported, Tonja Walker announced earlier this month via her Facebook page that she had been asked to return to “One Life to Live” and reprise the role of con artist Alex Olanov.  Now the she has taken to the social networking site again to reveal just how long her latest stint will last and to request a favor from fans.

According to Walker, who is set to begin taping her scenes around mid-February, she has been been asked to shoot a couple of episodes to date.  She is also encouraging her fans to leave comments on the official “One Life to Live” Facebook page expressing their desire to see more of Alex, stating “Yes I will be commuting…No problem. I would appreciate if you all get a chance to put something upon the ‘One Life to Live’ Page here, just that you are happy about and hope they keep it up. So far it is for 2 shows. I am very grateful but would really like 4 or 6 per month! That would be awesome! But what ever God says goes!”

Alex was last seen in January of 2009, when Dorian (Robin Strasser) arrived at the late Asa Buchanan’s private island St. Blaze’s (unaware it now belonged to Alex), to escape charges that she drugged Viki’s (Erika Slezak) husband Charlie (Brian Kerwin).  While there Dorian ran into Alex, who informed her that David (Tuc Watkins) was really a Buchanan.  Could her sudden reappearance have something to do with David, who has been let to rot in a Moroccan prison by his Uncle Clint, or could she be related to Aubrey (Terri Conn), whom Walker commented about on her Facebook page saying “This Aubrey looks a little like me. hmmmm. She looks like me. Daughter?”  It’s early to tell, but either way, with Alex around, trouble can’t be far behind.  A first airdate has not been announced.

  • One Life to Live
  • Facebook
  • Tonja Walker
  • Brian Kerwin
  • Erika Slezak
  • Viki
  • Tuc Watkins
  • Charlie
  • David Vickers
  • Robin Strasser
  • Aubrey
  • Asa Buchanan
  • Terri Conn
  • Alex Olanov


    ABC Now Selling 'Hot Guys of ABC Daytime' Merchandise

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Just in time for Valentine's day, ABC today announced that it has begun selling merchandise on its website showcasing the "hot guys" of its daytime soaps including Jordi Vilasuso and Trent Garrett at "All My Children," Chad Duell and Brandon Barash at "General Hospital" and John-Paul Lavoisier, David Fumero, Nic Robuck and David Gregory at "One Life to Live." Items vary from posters, postcards, greeting cards, magnets, stickers, gym bags, tote bags, coffee mugs, mouse pads, t-shirts, tank tops and yes ladies (and gentleman), even aprons.

    You can purchase the items exclusively at each shows store page located at ABC.com (links below).

    All My Children | General Hospital | One Life to Live

    • All My Children
    • One Life to Live
    • General Hospital
    • Brandon Barash
    • Chad Duell
    • David Fumero
    • Nic Robuck
    • Jordi Vilasuso
    • Trent Garrett
    • JohnPaul Lavoisier


      Oprah Winfrey Dedicates Upcoming Episode to Daytime Soaps

      (SoapOperaNetwork) — "The Oprah Winfrey Show" is looking for fans of "All My Children," "The Bold and the Beautiful," "Days of our Lives," "General Hospital," "One Life to Live" and "The Young and the Restless" to appear on an upcoming episode devoted to the soap opera genre. The show is also looking for those that were followers of the gone but not forgotten soaps including the more recently canceled "As The World Turns," "Guiding Light," "Passions" and "Port Charles."

      This will be your last chance to see Oprah Winfrey cover the soap genre before her show exits the tv landscape in September.

      Full Press Release

      Are you a devoted soap opera viewer? Do you plan your day around watching soap operas? Do you record the soaps while you are at work and rush home to see what your favorite characters did that day? Do your favorite stars feel like members of the family? Do you live vicariously through their triumphs and struggles? Do you remember where you were when Luke and Laura got married or when Erika Kane walked down the aisle for the tenth time? Who are your favorite characters? Which couples did you desperately want to see together again? Which storylines made you laugh, cry or changed your life? Which soap that is no longer on the air do you miss the most? If you are a fan of the soaps and are willing to share your love of daytime dramas on The Oprah Winfrey Show, we want to hear from you!

      To apply to appear on the show, go to Oprah.com.

      • The Bold and the Beautiful
      • All My Children
      • One Life to Live
      • The Young and the Restless
      • Days of our Lives
      • General Hospital
      • As The World Turns
      • Port Charles
      • Passions
      • Guiding Light
      • Oprah Winfrey
      • The Oprah Winfrey Show


        Jordana Brewster Lands Lead Role in 'Dallas' Pilot for TNT

        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Jordana Brewster is heading to the TNT based "Dallas" reboot according to a report by Nellie Andreeva of Deadline.com/TVLine.com. Andreeva reports that Brewster has joined the cast of the new era of "Dallas," the popular primetime soap that lasted from 1978 to 1991, which was order to pilot in late 2010 by TNT. The actress will play the role of Elena, "the the gorgeous daughter of the ranch's cook who is locked into a love triangle with Christopher and John," the sons of J.R. and Bobby Ewing stuck in a bitter rivalry over who will run the Ewing dynasty.

        The actress will be joined by original cast members Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy (also appearing on "The Bold and the Beautiful" here and there), who have already signed on to reprise their roles as Sue Ellen and Bobby Ewing. Larry Hagman, who portrayed J.R. Ewing in the original, has verbally committed to the series, but has not officially signed a deal with Warner Bros. Television.

        For soap fans, Brewster is best known for her portrayal of Nikki Munson on CBS' "As The World Turns" from 1995 to 2001 and a brief appearance on "All My Children." After leaving the soap world behind, Brewster landed roles in such films as "The Fast the the Furious" franchise and "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning." In 2007, the actress starred in the ABC pilot "Mr. and Mrs. Smith," the TV version of the popular 2005 film of the same name starring Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. Brewster can next be seen in the fifth "Furious" film called "Fast Five," which is due for release in theaters on April 29, 2011.

        Should the pilot be well received by the programming brass at TNT you can expect the series on the network at some point later this year.

        • All My Children
        • As The World Turns
        • Deadline.com
        • Patrick Duffy
        • Jordana Brewster
        • Dallas
        • Larry Hagman
        • Linda Gray
        • Angelina Jolie
        • Brad Pitt
        • Mr. and Mrs. Smith
        • The Fast and the Furious
        • Fast Five
        • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
        • TVLine.com


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          An Apology to Rebecca Herbst and Her Fans

          Two weeks ago ABC's "General Hospital" made the unthinkable decision of firing popular actress Rebecca Herbst after she put in thirteen years of loyal service to the series. Unfortunately, as the General Hospital Editor for Soap Opera Network, I did not report on Herbst's firing nor did I acknowledge anywhere on the website of its occurrence. Meanwhile, during that same week it was announced that Melissa Claire Egan had made the decision to depart "All My Children" and Brittany Underwood had also been fired by "One Life to Live." Those news items did in fact go up on the website.

          While we work as a team here at Soap Opera Network, it was ultimately my responsibility to report on all things relating to "General Hospital" itself, including the ouster of Herbst. Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to Rebecca Herbst, her fans and loyal followers, as well as our readers for not reporting the news when it happened.

          I personally wish Ms. Herbst the best of luck in the future and I hope that includes seeing her on a new series that will see the true talent that she can bring or on the big screen co-starring with Hollywood's top elite.

          • General Hospital
          • Rebecca Herbst
          • Brittany Underwood
          • Melissa Claire Egan
          • Comings & Goings


            'Bold and the Beautiful' Fires Lowder; Actor Told in 'Respectful Way'

            (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — It came as no surprise late last week when word broke that CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful" had fired demoted actor Kyle Lowder who portrayed Rick Forrester on the drama series after four years to recurring status. It was a surprise that it took so long.

            The actor joined "B&B" in January 2007 and while he enjoyed lead actor status on the soap for sometime, his character had become unnecessary and underutilized for more than a year now, so it was in best the interest of the soap and the actor to part pays. Lowder alluded to that fact in an interview with Soap Opera Digest where he explained that executive producer/head writer Brad Bell "felt terrible that they haven't been able to generate enough story for the character." According to the actor "he [Bell] felt it was in everybody's best interest that we go in different directions."

            "From my standpoint, it's an amicable situation," said Lowder. "Obviously, it's their choice, but at the same time, the story has been slow for over a year-and-a-half and like any professional in any line of work would do, you prepare yourself for the next step. So, it wasn't a surprise that it was going to happen, but it was handled in the most respectful way and I have huge respect for Brad. I had a great four years there and I thank him for the opportunity. And now, onto the next thing."

            According to a show representative via Soaps In Depth, "Kyle is a superb actor and a fine gentleman. Kyle will continue on with the show on a recurring basis."

            • The Bold and the Beautiful
            • Soaps in Depth
            • Soap Opera Digest
            • Kyle Lowder


              'The Sound of a Kiss' iTunes Cover Released

              (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — As previously reported, ABC's "One Life to Live" is set to release an iTunes exclusive album called "The Sound of a Kiss" with recordings by David Gregory (Ford) and Brittany Underwood (soon-to-be ex-Langston), among others. What we know is that the albums theme is love and it will be released on Tuesday, February 8, which is just in time for Valentine's Day.  While details beyond that are scarce at this time, we've been assured, however, that more details on the album are expected this week. In the meantime, here is your first look at the albums cover.

              • One Life to Live
              • David Gregory
              • Brittany Underwood
              • iTunes
              • The Sound of a Kiss


                On January 30, 2011, Soap Opera Network launched its brand new website. The website, literally re-built from the ground up, now houses the latest news, interviews and all business headlines covering the genre of soap operas. Our goal is to not just cover what's happening in front of the camera for both daytime and primetime soaps, but to also inform our readers of what's happening behind the scenes. That isn't to say the "gossip" aspect of behind the scenes drama, but the business perspective.

                We hope you enjoy our new look as well as the types of content we will be providing you with going forward.

                Sincerely,

                Errol Lewis
                Editor-in-Chief,
                Soap Opera Network

                • The Bold and the Beautiful
                • All My Children
                • The Young and the Restless
                • Days of our Lives
                • General Hospital
                • As The World Turns
                • Soap Opera Network


                  Larry Carpenter Wins Fourth DGA Award for 'One Life to Live'

                  (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Last night at the 63rd Annual DGA Awards Dinner at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Los Angeles, veteran "One Life to Live" director Larry Carpenter won his fourth Director's Guild Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievment in Daytime Serials for his work on the ABC daytime drama series in 2010. He won for "Episode #10,687" or commonly known as " 'Starr X'd Lovers: The Musical, Part Two, " which aired on May 17, 2010.

                  Carpenter previously won this award in 2008 for "So You Think You Can Be Shane Morasco's Father," again in 2007 for "Episode #9947," and in 2003 for "Episode #8849." This was the directors seventh nomination in this category and overall as a director. He was previously nominated for "Episode #9686" in 2006, "Episode #9385" in 2005 and "Episode #8655" in 2002.

                  Carpenter's Directorial Team:

                  • Associate Directors: Teresa Anne Cicala, Tracy Casper Lang, Paul S. Glass, Mary Ryan, Jen Pepperman, Barry Gingold
                  • Stage Managers: Alan Needleman, Keith Greer, Brendan Higgins
                  • Production Associates: Kevin Brush, Nathalie Rodriguez
                  • Kristen Alderson
                  • Paul S. Glass
                  • Mary Ryan
                  • Larry Carpenter
                  • Teresa Anne Cicala
                  • Tracy Casper Lang
                  • Jen Pepperman
                  • Barry Gingold








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