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Morgan and Kane Leave ‘AMC’

Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 5:00 PM ET by Angela Rosa

Photo: Steve Fenn/ABC

( – “All My Children’s” Hubbard clan set to lose a few good women.

Debbi Morgan’s on-screen personal leave from “All My Children” began last Friday with Dr. Angela “Angie” Hubbard making plans to visit her daughter, Cassandra, in California. On that same day, the Emmy winning took to the radio waves on the Tom Joyner Morning Show to discuss when she would be back at “AMC.”  Morgan announced that she’s slated to return to tape at “AMC” on February 2. When Soap Opera Network contacted “AMC” earlier this week, a spokesperson concurred Morgan’s statement adding that the actress “will be [back] on air [regularly] in March.” Look for Jesse and Angie’s baby daughter to be born in Hubbard style when Angie returns to our screens.

The forever youthful appearing 54-year old actress also announced to Joyner that her personal leave is due to health issues. The actress revealed that she has been suffering from Lyme disease for sixteen years. Lyme disease is an inflammatory disease usually initially  spread through a tick bite. The most prominent features of the disease are a persistent lethargic feeling and muscle pains. Complications that can arise from the disease include memory and sleep disorders, nerve damage, Lyme arthritis, as well as heart rhythm and vision problems.

Morgan began her daytime career on “AMC” in 1982 and quickly became one half of one of “AMC’s” most popular couples ever & also daytime’s first African-American super couple, Jesse (Darnell Williams) and Angie. Her daytime career would take her to five other daytime dramas including NBC’s “Generations,” ABC’s “Loving,” “The City,” and “Port Charles,” as well as CBS’s “The Bold and the Beautiful.” Included in Morgan’s impressive body of work on television and film was a starring role along side Samuel L. Jackson and Lynn Whitfield in the film “Eve’s Bayou” in 1997.

SON wishes Morgan the best as she faces the challenges of her current health status.

Dr. Hubbard’s step-daughter, Natalia, is going away, too. Shannon Kane joined the cast of the ABC daytime drama as Jesse Hubbard’s surprise daughter in October 2008 and will last air on-contract on February 4. The talented actress who seems to be on the cusp of film stardom recently enjoyed a critically acclaimed turn as a prostitute in the Richard Gere vehicle “Brooklyn’s Finest.” As for Natalia’s departure, look for Brot (JR Martinez) and Natalia’s romance to continue long-distance for the time being. Natalia will be moving to a neighboring police department. “AMC” writers are hoping Kane will return for visits so they can keep Natalia’s presence alive in both Brot and the Hubbard’s stories.

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‘All My Children’ Gets Real

Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 5:00 PM ET by Angela Rosa

Photo: Bob D’Amico/ABC

( – Real Andrews is joining the cast of “All My Children” this February.

Real Andrews is heading back to ABC Daytime. Beginning in February, Andrews will be playing Agent Trumbull on ABC’s “All My Children.” The actor revealed to We Love Soaps TV that he started taping this past week and that his character will be interacting with Jake (Ricky Paull Goldin) and Amanda (Chrishell Stause). Andrews is slated to appear in at least seven episodes. An AMC representative tells Soap Opera Network that the sexy actor will debut on Friday, February 18.

Andrews is best known for his work from 1998 through 2003 on “General Hospital” as Officer Marcus Taggert. The actor has also appeared on ABC’s “Port Charles,” CBS’s “As the World Turns,” and briefly on NBC’s “Days of Our Lives.” Andrews has racked up tons of guest-star appearances on past and present prime-time television series including “Law & Order,” “21 Jump Street” and “Nash Bridges.” Most recently, the 47-year old has been appearing on the internet Web soap “The Bay.”

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    Photo: CBS Daytime leads the way with 6 NAACP Image Award nominations, compared with only 3 for ABC.

    Sunday, January 16, 2011 5:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

    ( — ABC and CBS serials compete for top honors at the 42nd Annual NAACP Image Awards.

    The NAACP Image Awards were established in 1967 to recognize the outstanding achievements of specifically African-American’s in all aspects of the entertainment industry from literature to recordings to film. The NAACP will officially reward these talented actors, writers, musicians and directors for the 42nd time on March 4, 2011 in a live ceremony to be aired on FOX at 8PM ET.

    The Daytime Drama Series Nominees for Outstanding Achievement in Acting Performances at the 42nd Annual NAACP Image Awards are as follows:


    • Aaron D. Spears – Justin Barber on “The Bold and The Beautiful” (CBS)
    • Cornelius Smith, Jr. – Frankie Hubbard on “All My Children” (ABC)
    • Darnell Williams – Jesse Hubbard on “All My Children” (ABC)
    • Rodney Saulsberry – Anthony on “The Bold and the Beautiful” (CBS)



    • Debbi Morgan – Angela Hubbard on “All My Children” (ABC)
    • Julia Pace Mitchell – Sofia Dupre on “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)
    • Tatyana Ali – Roxanne on “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)
    • Tonya Lee Williams – Olivia Winters on “The Young and The Restless” (CBS)
    • Yvette Freeman – Dr. Lewis on “The Bold and the Beautiful” (CBS)

    Last year, “All My Children’s” Debbi Morgan and Cornelius Smith, Jr. walked away with top honors in the daytime category. Who will win this year?

    For the complete list of Image Award nominees visit!

    “All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Young and the Restless” airs Weekdays on CBS. Check local listings.

    Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 3:15 AM ET by Scotty Gore

    Photo: FOX

    ( — Unlike most former daytime actors, Nathan Fillion is embracing his daytime roots, which is good news for fans of ABC daytime and primetime.

    At least twice in recent weeks, the long-running ABC daytime sudser has paid homage to its former star, who played Joey Buchanan from 1994-97 (and again briefly in 2007), by alluding to his hit primetime show “Castle” in different lines of dialouge.

    In December, it was abusive father Eddie Ford (John Wesley Shipp) who told cops after being arrested that “No, no! This isn’t ‘Traffic.’ I know how this goes, I watch ‘Castle!’” Then there was last week when Fillion’s former on-screen love interest Kelly Cramer (Gina Tognoni) picked up a copy of his primetime alter ego Richard Castle’s book “Naked Heat” (which had his picture on the back of it) at a newsstand, and asked the cashier if he looked familiar to him.

    Now it’s “Castle’s” turn to give a shout out to the show’s loyal daytime fanbase. The show’s Executive Producer Laurie Zaks tells Entertainment Weekly that “OLTL” fans can look forward to a March episode of “Castle” titled “One Life to Lose,” which will feature the murder of a very prominent fictional soap star.

    As for Fillion, he claims in a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter that “I would also love to go back to ‘One Life,’” despite the fact that the soap recently recast the role with Tom Degnan. “They just got a new Joey, the character I played, so I would love to go back and just do a walk-on where Joey’s in the middle of something super-serious, [acts out bumping into him] and says, ‘Oh, hey. Sorry,’ and then just keep waking. I would love to do that… Not even say anything, just an ‘Excuse me.’ And then him go, ‘Wait, was that? No…’ I always think those are hoots.” It is unknown, however, if “One Life to Live” will grant his request.

    ABC announced on January 11 that they were renewing “Castle” for a fourth season, which will begin this fall. Debuting in March 2009, “Castle” also stars Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Molly Quinn, Jon Huertas, Seamus Dever, Tamala Jones, and Rueben Santiago-Hudson. It airs Monday nights at 10:01 PM ET/9:01 PM CT on ABC.

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

    Ted King Stops by ‘The View’

    Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 1:00 AM ET by Scotty Gore

    Photo: ABC

    ( — The veteran soap star talks with the ladies of the daytime gabfest about his upcoming role on “One Life to Live.”

    On Wednesday, January 19 (just two days before making his “OLTL” debut), Ted King is scheduled to talk about his new character Tomas, and give fans a sneak peek into his upcoming Llanview storyline.

    King began his daytime career as Danny Roberts on “Loving” from 1995-97. From there he appeared on “General Hospital” as Luis Alcazar from 2002-2003, and as his twin brother Lorenzo Alcazar from 2003-2007, for which he won a Soap Opera Digest Award for Favorite Villain in 2005. He has also appeared in shows such as “Dawson’s Creek,” “Charmed,” “JAG,” “Sex & the City,” “Fraiser,” and “Prison Break.”

    In other news…

    The soap community continues to mourn for one of their own, Jacqueline Courtney, who passed away back on December 20.  Courtney, who died of metastatic melanoma, appeared on six different soaps between 1958 and 1989, including “The Edge of Night,” “The Doctors,” “Our Five Daughters,” and “Loving.”  But it was her portrayals of Alice Matthew on “Another World (1964-1975, and again briefly in 1984 and 1989) and Pat Ashley, along with her evil sister Maggie, on “One Life to Live” (1975-83) that helped make her a household name in daytime circles.  She was 64-years-old.  

    “One Life to Live” is looking for a thirty-something Asian or Hispanic male to play the dayplayer part of a “Sexy Goth Las Vegas Justice of the Peace,” whose wedding chapel has a “vampire theme.” This ties with a recent audition script for the bit part of an “Assistant,” which was released late last week.  The Justice of the Peace script opens with a wedding ceremony at a Las Vegas chapel called “Dracula’s Castle.”  The JoP tells the couple that no one understands eternal love like a vampire does.  He then says that everyone is gathered to witness the wedding of “Chad Tims” and “Sara Reet,” as the scene ends.

    Broadway performer Wesley Taylor, who taped scenes as a “Creeper” on January 12, has posted some pictures of his day on the set on his Facebook page.

    Shenell Edmonds (Destiny) has noted that her next airdate is Monday, January 24.

    Alex Tavis, who plays Moroccan guard Amir Rashad, has posted a picture of himself his “OLTL’s” character’s uniform on his Facebook page.

    Brittany Underwood (Langston) gives her fans a little insight to “One Life’s” upcoming Valentine’s Day episode, tweeting that “I definitely had about 50 candy hearts on set the other day for valentine’s day scenes, curse you awesome prop food! Lol time for a work out.”

    Kassie DePaiva (Blair) comments that “My sister Sara and her husband Brad are visiting us this weekend. Looking forward to some skiing and fun after a long week at ‘OLTL.’”

    Tonja Walker (Alex) writes on Facebook that “I lost 5 pounds in 7 days with this Isagenix thing… BUT I have 13 to go to get back to what I was when I left the show… Pre-babies… Can she do it folks…???”

    And for those fans who have been asking if Starr gave James’ new friend Michelle “the finger” at the end of the January 13, Kristen Alderson (Starr) tweets that “hahah I know!it totally looks like I gave Michelle the finger!LOL I didn’t though, it was my pointer finger. so funny.” And here is an interesting picture on Facebook.

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    Friday, January 14, 2011 at 5:00 PM ET by Angela Rosa

    Photo: TeleNext Media

    ( — ABC Daytime continues to reduce their annual daytime output with special encore presentations.

    Last summer, word went out that ABC Daytime was looking to cut costs by reducing their output by about 10% a year. The plan was to do this by cutting up to twenty episodes from each daytime soap and replace them with re-airings. Although the Writer's Guild of America opposed the change, ABC Daytime has been filling their schedule with random encore presentations since October 2010. Continuing that pattern, on Wednesday, January 19, "All My Children," "One Life to Live," and "General Hospital" will celebrate the sexy men of their line-up with the repeats (see list below). Following that, on Friday, February 11, the three soaps will re-air some of their most popular weddings from the past.

    Fans may want to pay extra attention to the "One Life to Live's" February 11 encore that features the wedding of Blair Cramer and Todd Manning as played by Emmy winner Roger Howarth. ABC hints that Howarth's appearance in this re-aring may be a bit more than coincidental. The network reports that this is a "tease of the upcoming story with Ted King [Tomas; debuts on January 21] and a photograph featuring Howarth's Todd!" In August, Soap Opera Network's man-in-charge Errol Lewis broke news to our readers that "OLTL" was brokering a deal to bring back Howarth. Does ABC's tease concerning the popular actor play into that report? For right now ABC is keeping mum.

    Hot Men of ABC Daytime: Wednesday, January 19 Encore Presentations…

    "All My Children" will go back to February 12, 2003. This fantasy episode, dictated by fans, focuses on Tad "the Cad" Martin preparing to marry Erica Kane in a unique way. Sub-plots include Adam working a minimum wage job and Kendall and Bianca trading places in Erica's life. This episode features many beloved characters that have since departed including Adam Chandler and Myrtle Fargate.

    "One Life to Live" will go back to February 26, 2006. In this episode, John McBain and Todd Manning try to land a plane safely. Natalie tries to convince Cristian to end his boxing career. Rex makes Adriana mad by flirting with a group of models. Tess and Jessica do battle.

    "General Hospital" will go back to May 27, 1996. In this episode, Sonny Cortinthos finally decides that he's going to follow his heart and prepares himself to dump his wife, Lily, for Brenda. Jason Morgan meanwhile turns to Carly (then played by Sarah Brown) for comfort after an encounter with Robin.

    ABC Daytime's Classic Weddings: Friday, February 11 Encore Presentations…

    "All My Children" will go back to May 24, 2005. This episode features Erica Kane and Jackson Montgomery's banyan treen wedding in Boca Raton, Florida. This episode features just Erica, Jackson, Kendall, Bianca, Greenlee, Reggie and Lily also known as the Kane-Montgomery clan (at the time).

    "One Life to Live" will go way back to November 14, 1995. This episode features Blair Cramer's and Todd Manning (then played by Howarth) wedding cumulating in a shower of golden balloons. The sub-plots in this episode include Patrick and Marty making love in Ireland after he reveals who he really is; Kelly, meanwhile, is eager to lose her virginity to Joey Buchanan; Alex runs for mayor of Llanview.

    "General Hospital" will go back to December 29, 2008. This episode features Robin Scorpio and Patrick Drake's Christmas-time wedding. The sub-plots in this episode include Sonny request to Jason to end his alliance with the Zacchara organization; and Carly and Sonny visiting a comatose Michael.

    Viewers will not miss any new episodes of their favorites ABC daytime dramas. These are pre-scheduled national pre-emptions. All three soaps will pick up from their previous first-time presentation episode the weekday following the encore presentation.

    "All My Children," "One Life to Live," and "General Hospital" airs Weekdays on ABC. Check local listings. "AMC," "OLTL," and "GH" also airs 24/7 online at

    Walker Brings Alex Back to ‘Life’

    Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 6:35 PM ET by Scotty Gore

    Photo: IMDb

    ( — Tonya Walker returns to “One Life to Live” as fan favorite Alex Olanov.

    The actress, who has played the lovable villainess off and on since 1990 is making her way back to Llanview. Walker announced this evening on her Facebook page that “Yes it is true! I have been asked back to ‘One Life to Live’ for One Day or One Week! Who knows? Who Cares?! I am just thrilled and grateful. But now I have to get ready to go back in front of the camera again… I am thinking of starting to video tape that journey tomorrow. Would anyone watch it? Let me know ok? 30 days til ‘One Life’ Could start tomorrow…”

    She also said Ok so 30 days til one life… I had my Isagenix shake,took the youngest to school worked with her school theatre group on their musical til 8,got coffee, was SO tempted by muffins at the coffee shop. had asmall bite and I am leaving the others in the car. I have to workout. There is no time to go to class so workout here, Then PYP meeting then we will see if we can get this hair in shape…and eat just a little!   I am dieting to get back to work. I want to post a video of all this prep. Just trying to decide where. I guess my website? You tube?”

    Walker, who originated the role of Alex in 1990, left the show in 1997. She returned again for brief stints in 2001, 2002, 2007, and 2009. She also played Lizbeth Bachman on “Capitol” from 1982-86, and Marine Green on “Guiding Light” from 2003-2004. A former Miss Teen All-American and Miss Maryland USA, Walker also produced the 2007 award winning family film “The Derby Stallion,” which co-starred Zach Efron.

    No word yet on what brings Alex back to Llanview or exactly when viewers can expect to begin seeing her onscreen. SON will continue to follow the story and bring you further details as they develop.

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    ‘One Life to Live’ Casting Odds & Ends

    Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 4:00 PM ET by Scotty Gore

    Photo: Yolanda Perez/ABC

    ( — More casting updates for “One Life to Live.”

    In the aftermath of Cristian (David Fumero) and Layla’s break-up when Tika Sumper briefly returns later this month, Cristian receives some much needed comfort in the arms of a very familiar face before leaving Paris. On Tuesday, January 25, look for him to be consoled by his cousin (and Fumero’s real-life wife) Adriana Cramer (Melissa Fumero).

    Looks like payback really is hell. After Ford tells cops the truth, Clint (Jerry verDorn) arranges for Llanview University’s Dean McKenzie (Kristine Sutherland) to cast suspicion upon Ford (David A. Gregory) for his father’s murder to the police on Wednesday, January 26.

    Things in Llanview are about to get a little creepy. Broadway performer Wesley Taylor, who can currently be seen in the stage rendition of “The Addams Family,” posted on his Facebook page that he was “Out of the matinee and perhaps the evening show tomorrow. Shooting ‘One Life to Live.’ Playing a creeper.” The 24-year-old Taylor taped his scenes on Wednesday, January 12. Neither his airdate, nor the person(s) he’ll be “creeping around,” have been announced.

    “One Life to Live” has released four new auditions scripts this so far this week. The first is for the bit part of a “Landlord.” Remember that “OLTL” frequently changes character names in these scripts in an attempt to throw off viewers. The scene starts with “Talia’s” landlord arriving at her doorstep. He is somewhat at a loss for words after she answers the door indicating that she is about to take a shower. He tells her that he is about ready to turn her water off for a little while. Disappointed, Talia states that she was getting ready to undress and hop into a nice, hot shower. The landlord asks her if her husband was there, to which she responds that he has stepped out for a moment. The landlord asks Talia to remind her husband that he has been giving them a break on their rent. Talia seems shocked by his comments, especially when the landlord states that he their rent is now two months behind and that her husband said that they really needed to save his money. Talia asks him to come in and discuss the matter further, and that he can even scrub her back in the shower if he wishes to. However, the landlord is not interested and demands his money. As the scene ends, Talia claims that she thought they had reached an understanding, to which he says that the building needs repairs and that they cost money.

    The second script is for the role of “Jillian,” which is nearly identical to the one released back in November for the role of Michelle, and was cast with “Everwood” star Vivien Cardone (who first aired on January 6). The scene opens with “Jillian” informing “Rich” that she bumped into “Lilly” and “Alex.” Rich states that he wasn’t aware the two even knew each other. Jillian responds that they are in English Lit. class together, and were just formally introduced to one another. She asks Rich what went on with “Dean” in the court room. He tells her that he can’t because he, along with everyone else, was barred from entering. Jillian is surprised by that, considering how he and Dean are family after all. She also states that she is on the planning committee for her sorority’s Valentine’s Day dance at LU and wants to know if Rich will go with her. Rich tells her he will, and a happy Jillian walks off to go to her committee meeting.

    The third script is for the role of “Sister Beatrice,” who asks “Tim” if she can be of any help to him. Tim tells her that he is looking for a patient named “Lisa Sales.” Smelling alcohol on his breath, the nun reminds him that booze is strictly forbidden there. Undeterred, Tim insists on seeing Lisa, claiming it is official business. She agrees to take him to see Lisa, but reminds him of her delicate mental state. Promising to be gentle with her, he asks the Sister if Lisa’s doctor has spoken with her yet. She tells him that she she gave the doctor his message, and that it is out of her hands now. As the scene ends, Tim explains that it is important that he also speak with the doctor face-to-face.

    And the fourth script is for an “Assistant,” and opens with him informing “Trey” that he won’t charge him for fake blood to make extra stains with.  Trey passes on the offer.  The assistant then says that he can there are twelve photos that come with the package he is considering purchasing, and that most copules chose to have their picture taken in front of Dracula’s tomb.  When Trey tells him that it won’t be necessary, he laughs and tells Trey that he must have never been married before now.  Trey then responds to the assistant’s question about his wife by saying that he had left something back in their room and had to go back and get it and will return shortly.  The assistant says that they all they need now is a witness, and that he would be more than happy to step up to the task.  Looking concerned, Trey tells him that will be acceptable.  As the scene ends, he reminds Trey that the charge will be $14.95, and wants to know if Trey has made up his mind, to which he responds in the affirmative. 

    Catherine Hickland (ex-Lindsay Rappaport) dispells rumors that she may be returning to “OLTL” in the near future, in response to a fan who asked her if Lindsay would be “returning to ‘OLTL’ sometime soon and befriending a relatively new character named ‘Inez,’ in jail… can you share if there’s any truth to this rumor??” Hickland’s reaction was that “This is the first I’ve heard of it so I am going to say no it is not true. Sometimes the fans come up with great story lines, which is why I used to love ‘Fan February’ so much.”

    Upcoming airdates for Nic Robuck (James) include (among others )episodes airing on or around the following dates: January 21, 24, 25, and 27, February 15, 21, 22, 24, 25, and March 3 and 4.

    And “One Life” Executive Producer Frank Valenitni is weighing in on outgoing talk show host Wendy Williams‘ upcoming appearance on the show, stating that “If it’s happening in entertainment and pop culture, then Wendy Williams is talking about it and having a good time doing it. She is the perfect person to play Phyllis, and we are looking forward to her bringing the energy and fun that she brings to her own talk show to ‘One Life to Live.’”   Williams is scheduled to discuss her March 2 and 28th “OLTL” appearances on her syndicated/BET talk show today (January 13). In addition, below is an on-set picture she posted from her day on the set on January 12:

    Wendy Williams on the set of “One Life to Live.”

    And here is a similar picture with “OLTL” Head Writer Ron Carlivati setting in the ‘host’s seat’:

    “One Life to Live” Head Writer Ron Carlivati.

    In other news…

    Apparently not all former “OLTL” actors forget their old “Life” when they leave Llanview. John Brotherton (ex-Jared Banks) commented on the show’s Facebook page Thursday that “poor John… he actually thinks that’s his baby. We all know that baby is a Bank$.” His comment was in response to pictures of Natalie (Melissa Archer) and John (Michael Easton) holding their newborn baby.

    “OLTL” Script Writer Scott Sickles that he “was pretty amazed by the great directing and editing in today’s [Monday's] ‘prepping Jessica/Natalie for labor’ montage. Dramatic, suspenseful, artful — beautiful and utterly engaging. I’m especially proud of my show today [Monday]. I wish I had something to do with this episode other than reading the breakdown. And watching it. It’s a pleasure.”

    Lenny Platt (Nate) looks to be a huge fan of co-star Tuc Watkins (David), tweeting recently that he had “Just watched last Tuesday’s [January 4] episode. Every one of Tuc Watkins’ scenes feels like it could be right out of a Howard Hawks film. Genius…”

    And just a reminder that the “One Life to Live” studios will be dark on Monday, January 17 as the cast and crew take the day off in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday.

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

    Monday, January 10, 2011 at 8:35 PM ET by Scotty Gore

    Photo: FOX

    ( — The flamboyant talk show host stops by “One Life to Live” to interview the the most powerful family in Llanview.

    Hot on the heels of news that socialite Kourtney Kardashian would be guest starring on “OLTL” this spring as hotshot lawyer Kassanda Kavanagh, comes word that the flamboyant author and TV talk show host Wendy Williams will also be stopping by Llanview in the coming months.

    According to several sources, Williams (who has hosted a self-titled BET/syndicated talk show since 2008) is set to appear on the soap as Phyllis Rose, emcee of “Access Llanview,” “One Life’s” show-within-a-show. Look for Williams’ character to tackle the dysfunctional Buchanan clan in a special episode of the fictional talk show entitled “The Buchanans, A Family Under Siege.”

    Williams will tape here scenes on Wednesday, January 12, and are scheduled to air on Wednesday, March 2 and Monday, March 28. The second date will also mark Kardashian’s daytime debut.

    The news has undoubtedly generated some much-needed buzz for the lone remaining East Coast produced daytime drama, which will also welcomes ABC World News Now co-anchor Vinita Nair and author Pete Straub, both of whom will guest star in the upcoming episodes, and daytime veteran Ted King, who first airs in the contract role of Tomas beginning Friday, January 21.

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

    Llanview Casting Gossip: January 8 Edition

    Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 2:12 PM ET by Scotty Gore

    Photo: Donna Svennevik/ABC

    ( — “One Life to Live” comings and goings for the month of January and beyond.

    With Cristian’s relationship with Layla (Tika Sumpter) already on shaky ground since he saw her picture in a magazine on the arm of her boss Steffan, don’t expect the couple to have a happy reunion when Sumpter makes her second appearance since going on recurring status nearly six months ago. On Friday, January 21 and Monday, January 24, the two meet up in Paris, where Layla makes a confession to Cristian. Could it be the final nail in the coffin for the long-distance lovebirds? On a related note, be sure to catch Sumpter in her recurring role on the BET series “The Game” beginning Tuesday, January 11, and look for her to make her a guest appearance on the CW’s “Gossip Girl,” on January 24.

    Also on January 21, daytime veteran Ted King makes his “One Life” debut as Tomas, when Blair pays him a visit while in Paris seeking information about the portrait she found in the box Eli left for her.

    Shenaz Treasurywala first airs as Vimal Patal’s (Nick Choksi) wife Rama on Thursday, January 20 when Clint’s lackey, suffering from a guilty conscience, confides in her.

    Andrew Trischitta‘s first airdate as the new Jack Manning will be on Tuesday, February 22. Meanwhile, fans of the Carmen LoPorto (the previous Jack) will be able to see him on TV again soon. He recently taped a Public Service Announcement for First Lady Michelle Obama‘s “Let’s Move!” campaign, which promotes a healthy, physically active lifestyle for the youth of America. No word on exactly when the PSA is expected to begin airing.

    Author Peter Straub will turn up in Llanview again on Monday, February 7, when John McBain needs some advice from his late father’s old partner Pete Braust. Straub tweeted last month that “At last, I believe I’m beginning to make sense of my lines. This is pretty interesting. Pete Braust carries the scenes!”

    Sean Ringgold appears again as the eldest Evans’ sibling Shaun on Monday, January 24, when Darren (J.J. Singleton) needs his help to keep back in Destiny’s good graces.

    Roxy Balsom (Ilene Kristen) messes with the wrong person when she confronts a mentally unstable Marty on Friday, January 14. Look for Roxy to bite off more than she can chew, which causes her a lot of trouble.

    Austin Williams is back as Shane Morasco later this month, when it is revealed that he has been hiding something school related from his parents — and with good reason.

    Max Tapper will be popping up again soon as Det. Theo Price. The actor commented on his Facebook page just before Christmas that he was “Shooting scenes with big Sean and Natalie today. Should be fun!” In the meantime, fans can catch him on Wednesday, January 12, when Starr and Dani ask a favor of him, and again the following day when he follows up on Todd’s claim that someone framed him for the murder of Eddie Ford.

    Speaking of Fords, upcoming January airdates for Robert Ford (David A. Gregory) include the 13th, 18th, 20th, 26th, and 27th.

    If you thought Michelle, the girl who talked to James at the end of Thursday’s episode, looked familiar, than you were right. The actress behind the recurring character is none other than 17-year-old Vivien Cardone, who played the daughter of Treat Williams‘ character, Dr. Andy Brown, on the 2002-2006 WB primetime drama series “Everwood.” In the weeks to come, look for Starr to grow increasingly jealous of James’ new lady friend, especially when she invites him to an upcoming school function. For more information on the role of Michelle, click here to read a summary of the audition script, which was released back in November. 

    Alex Tavis‘ Moroccan guard character’s full name is Amir-Rashad. Tavis made his “OLTL” debut on Tuesday, January 4. His character is the one who searched David Vickers’ cell for his spoon (not the one who gave David his cell phone), and is expected to appear again soon. As for the other guard, who is named Kahid, he is played by Donnie Keshawaz.  He has appeared as Yusuf Auda on “24″ and Essam Tasir on “Lost,” among others.

    Donna Bullock-Sherman portrays an AA Group Leader on Friday, January 7 and Monday, January 10. The actress has appeared in a number of programs, including “Fraiser,” “Monk,” “Dallas,” “Six Feet Under,” and “Smallville.”

    And, according to reports, Stephanie Mirabella, an 18-year-old senior at East Brunswick (New Jersey) High School, recently was offered a one-year contract to be an extra on the soap opera ‘One Life to Live.’”

    More dayplayer characters will be appearing in upcoming episodes. 

    Around the web…

    Kristen Alderson (Starr) tweeted on January 4th that she “had an amazing day back to work today! ; D lots of exciting things coming up, can’t wait for you to see!”

    John Wesley Shipp reveals that “I was sick the day we filmed the Cramer Thanksgiving….only the scenes at the Mayor’s…which pushed the Nora/Eddie Motel room scenes back, thank God. lol We got to do almost all of them in one day and in sequence…a rare advantage.” To read his Facebook comments about his “One Life” co-star Hillary B. Smith (Nora) and crew members Jill Mitwell (director) and Vince Cupone (stunt coordinator), click here.

    “One Life” Script Writer Scott Sickles says that he “can’t take credit for the pillow person. Though he wishes he could!!! ‘If you’re watching One Life to Live, this will make sense to you.’” The dialogue in question was from a scene from Wednesday’s episode and involved Dorian (Robin Strasser) talking to Blair (Kassie DePaiva) while Cristian (David Fumero) hid under the sheets…which was indeed rather amusing.

    And “OLTL” Music Director Paul Glass comments that, with regards to the Christmas song in the closing credits of the December 22 episode, “it is an ABC orig. we did this year–singer is Anna Johnson. Had a glitch so not up on iTunes yet but will be soon. Sorry, that original underscore music is not available. ” He also states that on December 29 “That ‘Auld Lang Syne’ was by Michael Nappi…it’s available on iTunes.”

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

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