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Llanview Casting Gossip: January 29 Edition

Llanview Casting Gossip: January 29 Edition

( — "One Life to Live" casting insights and other news.

With Bo Buchanan (Robert S. Woods) just beginning to uncover his big brother Clint's (Jerry verDorn) tangled web of lies and deception, one would suspect that it would only be a matter of time before Bo's oldest son David Vickers (Tuc Watkins) re-enters the picture. When we last saw David a few weeks ago, he was in the midst of desperate, feeble attempt to escape and return to his beloved Dorian (Robin Strasser). Now Soap Opera Network has learned that Watkins will return to the set in the coming weeks to tape additional scenes from his Moroccan prison cell with his prison guards Amir-Rashad (Alex Tavis) and Kahid (Donnie Keshawaz), which will likely air sometime in March. Could a jailbreak be in his future? Uncle Clint better watch his back…

In related news, "One Life to Live" recently released a new audition script for the role of a "Warden." Remember that "OLTL" changes character names in these scripts to try and confuse viewers, however in this case, it appears to involve David Vickers. The scene opens with him asking "Chris" if he was the American who wished to speak to him. Chris says yes, and that he understands he is holding a fellow American cistern by the name of Tyler Marks captive. The Warden responds that there was a misunderstanding, and that he has no prisoner by that name. Chris tells him that Mr. Marks may have been imprisoned under another name, and show him a photo of him. Undeterred, the warden maintains that he does not recognize him. Presenting him a large sum of cash, Chris asks if it changes his mind and that it is nearly the same amount of money that was given to him by his sister Lucy. The Warden is offended at that someone thinks he would take a bribe and orders Chris and his friend to leave. Angry, Chris says the man with him is not his friend, and that he's not leaving without Tyler. The scene ends with the Warden calling for "Hassen," one of his guards to escort the men out.

And on a hilarious note, Kristen Alderson (Starr) tweeted Thursday that "this made me laugh 2day….me-'The snow is SO crazy right now!' OLTL publicist-'Blame Clint.Clint is behind everything evil.' LOL But all jokes aside, we love Clint ; ) he's just a little upset at the moment….with the he'll get better..we hope."

In other news…

"One Life to Live" is looking for an Asian, Hispanic, or African-American woman in her late 20s or early 30s for the dayplayer role of Skye, who is described as a "porn star, trashy, and well endowed."  Skye is said to be a "'famous' porn star, or so she thinks she is."  This casting call seems to tie in with a similar audition script released last week for the role of "Zoe."

John Herrera played Reverend Dennis on Friday, January 28, in the baby christening scenes.

David A. Gregory (Ford) lists his February airdates on his Facebook page as the 3, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 25, and 28. 

Tonja Walker (Alex) commented on a photo of Aubrey (Terri Conn) on the "One Life to Live" Facebook page, saying that "She looks like me.  Daughter?  This Aubrey looks a little like me.  hmmmm."

Mandy Evans booked another "Under 5" role on "OLTL" on January 17, and taped her scenes three days later, according to her website.

Brittany Underwood (Langston), who was recently fired from the show, thanked her fans, saying that "You guys are the best, really and truly, thank you for all of the support through the years, it has really meant a lot to me. Some of her current and former co-stars also sent her warm wishes. Kristen Alderson (Starr), tweeted "Thanks to all of the fans for your kind words about Brittany .This is a tough time4us all but she'll be my sister no matter what <3." And John Wesley Shipp (ex-Eddie) writes "Brittany is the brightest and the best, I always knew that if I looked her way, scripted or not, she would give me something spicy. She will thrive. I believe it is the show's loss." Click here to check out some of Underwood's on and off-set videos on her Youtube page.

In case you missed it…

Matt Walton (ex-Elijah Clarke) is co-host of a new comedic sports show on Comedy Central called "Onion SportsDome," which debuted on January 11. Walton, whose "One Life" run ended when his character was killed off last fall, has also appeared in recent months in various Old Navy commericals.

What could have been…

Want to check out some aspiring actors who read for the parts of Joey of Aubrey?

Click here and here to see videos of two men auditioning for the role of Joey.

To see the Aubrey audition, click here.

And to see an audition for the role of Glenn, the script for which was released last year, here.

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    Former ‘DAYS’ Star Joins ‘OLTL’

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    ( — Best known for his roles on "Days our Our Lives" and "As the World Turns," controversial daytime heartthrob Austin Peck lands a role on "One Life to Live."

    Soap Opera Digest is reporting that the soap vet, who was abruptly fired from "ATWT" in 2009 amid rumors he was having an affair with a co-star, has joined the cast of "OLTL" is an undisclosed role.

    Scheduled to begin taping scenes on Monday, January 31, Peck tells SOD that "In a lot of ways, it's a compliment that they feel I can play this character. I don't know what kind of legs this character will have; hopefully, he'll have strong ones. It all depends on how they write him and what I do with what they give me. No matter what, I am going to do my best to bring it alive and have fun."

    The move allows Peck and Terri Conn (Aubrey), who are currently dating, the chance to work together again. "We both lamented over the past year how much we miss working with each other. Who knows whether our characters will have any interaction, but the fact that we'll be on the same set on some of the same days is quite a consolation."

    Peck made his daytime debut as Austin Reed on "Days of our Lives" in 1992. After leaving the show in 2002, he returned from 2005-2006, and again briefly in 2010. From 2007-2009 he played Brad Snyder on "As the World Turns." Other television and film credits include "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," "Charmed," "Dating Games People Play," and "The Blue Tooth Virgin." In addition, he has also appeared in Playgirl and YM. Peck and former "DAYS" co-star Christie Clark (Carrie) received a Soap Opera Digest Award for Hottest Romance in 1997.

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      ( — By day Ilene Kristen plays Llanview's lovable eccentric, alcoholic hair dresser Roxy Balsom. And by night she returns to her theater roots — this time in the off-Broadway production of "My Big Gay Italian Wedding."

      Beginning Thursday, February 3, and running for a limited engagement through Saturday, March 12, Kristen will play the role of Aunt Toniann (which is currently portrayed by Carla Marie Mercun) in the production at St. Luke's Theatre in New York City.

      "My Big Gay Italian Wedding" focuses on the lives of two gay men as they plan their wedding with their family and friends. A press release offers the following description of the play: "Planning a wedding can be hell… or a hell of a lot of fun! Two handsome grooms, one overbearing Italian mother, a jealous ex-boyfriend, the wedding planner from Hell, and an assortment of kooky family and friends all gather together for Off-Broadway's newest laugh-out-loud comedy with a heart."

      The production is directed by "One Life to Live" Associate Director Teresa A. Cicala, and stars an all-star cast including: Anthony J. Wilkinson, Gregg Baker, Eric Carpenter, Brett Douglas, Liz Gerecitano, Leah Gerstel, Randi Kaplan, Chad Kessler, Carla-marie Mercun, Marissa Perry, Meagan Robar, Joe Scanio, Adam Shorsten, Billy Yoder and Adam Zelasko.

      Kristen has an extensive theater background, which includes "Henry, Sweet Henry," "Grease," and "Mayor." In addition to her recurring role on "One Life to Live" (which she joined in 2001), she also played Delia Reid on "Ryan's Hope" (1975–1979, 1982–1983, 1986–1989), had minor roles on "Loving" and "Another World," and has appeared in films such as "Preacherman," "Tinseltown," "Signs of the Cross," and "Lady in Red." And her primetime credits include "The Sopranos," "Law & Order," and "Third Watch." She was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for her work on "OLTL" in 2004 and 2005.


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      Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 6:00 PM ET by Scotty Gore

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      ( — She may not have been the first actress to step into the character of Victoria Lord on ABC’s “One Life to Live,” but on March 17 Erika Slezak will mark four decades in the role of the daytime drama’s sole remaining original character. And, with the milestone anniversary less than two months away, fans have the opportunity to send the actress their congratulations and share their favorite Viki moments from the past forty years.

      On March 17, 1971, Slezak became the third actress to portray Viki, who over the years as become the matriarch of Llanview. Gillian Spencer, who would later achieve fame as Daisy Cortlandt on sister soap “All My Children,” originated the role of Viki when “One Life to Live” premiered on July 15, 1968, and was replaced by Joanne Dorian when she left the show in 1970. And a few other actresses have briefly filled in as Viki over the years in flashbacks and while Slezak was on maternity leave for for a time in the 1980s. But it is Slezak, a six-time Daytime Emmy winner, who has become synonymous with Viki, and vice versa.

      Now, on the eve of her 40th anniversary with “One Life to Live,” fans can visit the actress’ official website, click on the link at the bottom of the page, and leave their warm wishes and congratulatory remarks in the guest book section.

      And so, on behalf of the staff and management of Soap Opera Network, we congratulate Ms. Slezak on 40th anniversary with “OLTL,” thank her for all the wonderful memories and for sharing her “Life” with us for the past four decades. Again, congratulations and may you have many more years in Llanview.

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      Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 4:30 PM ET by Scotty Gore

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      ( — Cast members from the long-running ABC soap record a new Valentine’s Day album for iTunes.

      While details on the new album are scarce, David A. Gregory (Ford) announced on January 18 on his Facebook page that he had “recorded a song for ‘OLTL’s’ Valentine’s Day Album with Ms. Underwood (soon to be on iTunes!) Good times. Its not a musical but the album is called ‘The Sound of a Kiss’ released next month…”

      Gregory’s recently fired co-star Brittany Underwood (Langston) confirmed the news only days before her ouster from the show on her Twitter page, stating that “yes me and David recorded a duet for ‘OLTL’s’ Valentine’s Day album it is such a beautiful original song, gonna be avail on iTunes!”

      It is not known how many other members of the “One Life to Live” cast will be taking part in the project, however, it is not the first time that the folks from Llanview have lent their voices to an album. In 2006, “One Life” cast mates put together a CD entitled “One Life, Many Voices” to raise money for Hurricane Katrina clean-up efforts. Later that same year, the cast joined with their “All My Children” and “General Hospital” co-stars on the Christmas album “ABC Daytime Presents A Holiday Affair.” And in 2007, the soundtrack to the “OLTL’s” infamous “Prom Night: The Musical” three-episode special event was released, followed by the sequel “Starr X’d Lovers: The Musical” in 2010.

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      Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 4:30 PM ET by Angela Rosa

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      ( – SOAPnet celebrates Valentine’s Day by revisiting old vows from ABC Daytime.

      ABC Daytime has taken to heart the most romantic day of the year with their Valentine Day’s weekend. On Sunday, February 13, in a block entitled the “Valentine Vows Marathon”, SOAPnet will air repeats of “All My Children”, “One Life to Live” and “General Hospital” from 3PM to 7PM ET. In addition to that, ABC will air a classic wedding episode from each soap – Jack and Erica for “AMC”, original-Todd and Blair for “OLTL” and Patrick and Robin for “GH” – in the place of first run episodes on the ABC Network on Friday, February 11. Right before and closely following Valentine’s Day, “AMC”, “OLTL” and “GH” will air major first-run wedding related arcs on each soap.

      The following is a list of the four “AMC”, “OLTL” and “GH” episodes that will air on the SOAPnet “Valentine Vows Marathon:

      3PM to 4PM ET: (Encore Presentation of May 21, 2008 “AMC” Episode) Jesse and Angie bewcome man and wife again in front of family and friends. Special musical guest Ne-Yo performs.

      4PM to 5PM ET: (Encore Presentation of May 23, 2008 “AMC” Episode) Jesse will stop at nothing to save his bride when she is abducted during their wedding reception.

      5PM to 6PM ET: (Encore Presentation of November 13, 2003 “OLTL” Episode) “Walker” and Blair prepare to exchange vows. Will Viki and Kevin’s revelation about the grooms true identity (Todd Manning) stop the wedding?

      6PM to 7PM ET: (Encore Presentation of February 16, 1999 “GH” Episode) Lucky takes Elizabeth on a romantic date to a church on Valentine’s Day. The pair exchange vows about their feelings and future.

      “All My Children,” “One Life to Live” and “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings for airtime. “AMC,” “OLTL” and “GH” also airs anytime on

      Wendy Williams Extends Her ‘Life’

      Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 12:30 AM ET by Scotty Gore

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      ( — “How you doin’ Llanview?” The energetic talk show host got quite a surprise during the January 24 episode of her self-titled talk show, when she found that that “One Life to Live” wanted her to tape additional scenes on the long-running ABC Daytime soap.

      The added scenes will extend Williams’ guest stint on “OLTL” from two episodes to five. While it is unclear when she will head back to the studio, her original scenes were taped on January 12 and are set to air on Wednesday, March 2 and Monday, March 28.

      The development came as a shock to Williams, who learned of the news during a live broadcast of her talk show on Monday, when a crew member held up a cue card stating simply that “‘One Life to Live’ just called – wants you to do three more shows!”

      As SON first told you two weeks ago, Williams (who has hosted a self-titled BET/syndicated talk show since 2008) will play as Phyllis Rose, emcee of “Access Llanview,” “One Life’s” show-within-a-show. Watch for the character to tackle the dysfunctional Buchanan clan in a special episode of the fictional talk show entitled “The Buchanans, A Family Under Siege.”

      To a view a clip, and read a humorous commentary on the video on E!’s “The Soup Blog,” click here.

      In other news…

      “One Life to Live” has released a new casting call for the role of “Zoe.” The scene opens with Zoe mocking “Reed” for finally showing up. Reed reminds her that he is not her friend, and that his full name is Reed Kelly. Zoe compliments his name and tells Reed that he shouldn’t be nervous because she won’t bite him. A little confused, Zoe asks if they are shooting a porno film. Zoe responds that Reed is a little slow in the head, but that it’s okay, since that’s not what he was hired for anyway. Realizing what is going on, Reed tries to back out. Zoe asks if they take things from the top, because it throws off her concentration and motivation when they shoot out of order. Getting upset, Reed says that he can’t do this and has to leave. On the defensive, Zoe asks him what his problem is, to which he reaffirms that he must go. Zoe tries to reassure him by saying all he has to do is say his lines and then she’ll take it from there. The scene ends with Reed insisting that he wants no part of this, and that they need to find some other guy for the job. Click here for more information.

      And here is a little more information on the audition script for the recurring role of “Repo,” which “OLTL” released last month. The soap is looking for a Caucasian male in his 40s who is an expert in stage combat, for the role which is described as a “wiry, dangerous, and extremely threatening bartender of a seedy bar.”

      “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on and Check local listings.

      Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 5:30 PM ET by Scotty Gore

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      ( — February brings an altered state of reality for one Llanview resident who can never seem to handle her screwed up life.

      Jessica (Bree Williamson) and Natalie (Melissa Archer) may be headed for the altar in the coming weeks but, in typical soap opera fashion, don’t look the nuptials to go off without a hitch. Fans can expect lots of drama, suspense, and heartache.

      However, while most of those involved are able to cope with turn of events in a somewhat more reasonable manner, the same can’t be said for Jessica. That’s right…everyone’s least favorite alternate personality Tess regains control of Jessica’s fragile mental state beginning on Valentine’s Day.

      But just what will Tess do with her newfound freedom, and could Bess (Jessica’s other personality) also make a return appearance? That remains to be seen, but watch out if either Jess or Tess ever reach for a pair of glasses again…

      In other casting news…

      Wesley Taylor‘s “Creeper” character now has a name, and it is one some fans might recognize. The Broadway star, who taped scenes earlier this month, will be playing the bit part of Barton, who strikes out while hitting on a girl. A summary of the casting call, which was released last month, can be read here. An airdate has not been announced.  Taylor is good match with the description of the person the show was looking to cast in the dayplayer role, which was a Caucasian male in his early 20s, that was “overly confident, cocky, smarmy, and thinks he’s ‘hot,’ but is really a nerd.” 

      Pete Braust (Peter Straub) offers John (Michael Eaton) some advice concerning the women in his life on Monday, February 7.

      Baby Hope Thornhart (Madeline, Molly, and Tess Sullivan) will be seen again on Tuesday, Feburary 8 when Starr (Kristen Alderson) takes her to Statesville for a (off-screen) visit with her daddy, Cole.

      Expect to see more of Matthew Conlon in the coming days as Paris gallery owner M. Claude Calmar, in scenes with tortured artist Tomas (Ted King), before the latter decides to take a trip to Llanview. Calmar made his “OLTL” debut on Friday, January 21, in scenes with Cristian (David Fumero) and Blair (Kassie DePaiva).

      Harold Plaut returns as Clint’s (Jerry verDorn) thug Mr. Black on Tuesday, February 1. Look for Clint to give him and his other thug Mr. Blue (actor unknown) some further instructions. The goons were last seen in October when Clint ordered them to beat up on Ford (David A. Gregory).

      And other dayplayer character appearing in the coming weeks will be Reverend Dennis, who will officiate the christening of Jessica’s and Natalie’s babies.

      “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on and Check local listings.

      ABC to Preview Soaps Online

      Monday, January 24, 2011 at 4:00 PM ET by Scotty Gore

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      ( — With February sweeps just around the corner, ABC promises to give soap fans a special glimpse into upcoming episodes.

      According to a press release, “Viewers of ABC’s three daytime dramas ‘All My Children,’ ‘One Life to Live,’ and ‘General Hospital’ will get their first-ever opportunity to watch a sneak peek clip of their shows on the award-winning website each weeknight starting at 7:00 p.m., ET before it airs on the network.”

      The online sneak peeks, which will preview the following day’s episodes of “AMC,” “OLTL,” and “GH,” are scheduled to begin on Monday, February 7, and run “throughout the month of February for four consecutive weeks.”

      “All My Children,” “One Life to Live,” and “General Hospital” air Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on and Check local listings.

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      ( – “All My Children” loses one if its most popular stars.

      UPDATE: On January 25, Egan once again took to her message board and Facebook to personally contradict reports that she ceased taping on January 11. She reports that her last air-date is March 21.

      Late on Thursday evening, Melissa Claire Egan announced on her Official Message Board and on her Facebook page that she has made the decision to leave “All My Children” after four and a half years of playing Annie Novak McDermott Lavery Chandler Chandler. When contacted, a spokesperson for “AMC” confirmed the disappointing news.

      The Emmy nominated actress debuted on “AMC” in July 2006 as good-girl Annie. In 2008, it was widely rumored that the character was slated to be killed off after a homicidal run right before former head writer Charles Pratt Jr. took over the reigns. The controversial writer turned Annie into an entertaining albeit still homicidal nut-job and a big fan favorite. Annie’s dysfunctional pairing with JR Chandler (Jacob Young) is currently one of the soaps most popular pairings.

      A source close to the actress inisists that reports that the actress ceased taping on January 11 are inaccurate and she is still taping as of today. “AMC” appears to concur with that source telling Soap Opera Network that a last air-date is not yet available for the actress.

      Look for a mentally unstable Annie to cause more than her fair share of trouble in Pine Valley before exiting. There was no comment on the inquiry of a possible recast for the character.

      Click on one of the links highlighted above to read Egan’s entire statement. Although she’ll miss her “AMC” family a lot, the 29-year old actress appears to be very excited and optimistic about her future.

      Egan joins Shannon Kane and Finn Wittrock on the growing list of actors which “AMC” has let out of their contracts this year. Speculation is that the firings and early departures raining down on ABC Daytime are due to the last several months of lower than usual demographic ratings which translates to less money available to spend on talent and production.


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