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


‘OLTL’ December Casting Updates

Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at 7:00 AM ET by Scotty Gore

Photo: ABC

( — The latest comings and goings for the month of December and beyond.

The Llanview PD is about to have another murder mystery on their hands when Eddie Ford (John Wesley Shipp) meets a grizzly fate on Tuesday, December 14. The long list of suspects includes his next of kin, his ex-wife, and yes, even Llanview’s perennial suspect Todd Manning (Trevor St. John). But only one of them actually pulled the trigger. But which one?

Carolyn Hinsey wrote on her Facebook page on Monday that “Did you guys notice that ‘coming attractions’ are back on ‘OLTL?’ Look for a new open, new credits and a few new bumpers this week, too. Llanview is alive and well!” On a related note, the previews for the following episode returned with Monday’s show (in addition to a few other changes) and the opening credits were updated to include Nic Robuck (James), along with Lenny Platt (Nate) and Sean Ringgold (Shaun), both of whom were recently upgraded from recurring to contract status with “One Life to Live,” as well as a few new background graphics. The soap also began broadcasting in “digital widescreen” format on Monday.

Kourtney Kardashian‘s upcoming lawyer character now has a name — Kassandra Kavanaugh. Look for her scenes to air sometime in March.

Destiny’s (Shenell Edmonds) adoring boyrfiend Darren (J.J. Singleton) is back on Monday, December 27, when he arranges a little surprise for his lady love.

Get ready to see some more of Detective Theo Price. Max Tapper noted on his Facebook page on December 3 that he was “On my way in to the set. Late day today. Shooting scenes with Todd Manning, its gonna be goooood!”

Nick Choksi is back as Clint’s (Jerry verDorn) hired hand Vimal Patal (who was last seen carrying out his orders in the DNA lab at Llanview Hospital) in scenes airing in the coming weeks.

Speaking of verDorn, he has posted some pictures on his website of how the fictional town of Llanview will be celebrating the Christmas holiday in upcoming episodes of “One Life to Live.”  Click here and here to check them out.

Upcoming airdates for David A. Gregory (Ford) include December 7, 9, 10, 13, 14, 20, 22, and 29.

“One Life to Live” has released four new audition scripts. The first, which is a “wide release,” is for the role of “Barton.” The scene opens with him him asking “Lily” what a nice girl like her is doing all alone on Valentine’s Day. When she responds that she is waiting for her date to arrive, Barton suggests that he could be her date instead. She tells him no and to leave her alone. However, he asks Lily how long she intends to wait for her date, to which she responds that her date is on her way to meet her. Barton tells her that didn’t realize she was a gay and apologizes. Then he asks her again where her date is. Lily says that he is not there yet. Confused Barton asks her if she is with a guy now. Lily responds that she only told him that she was dating a woman to get rid of him. As the scene ends, Barton seems relieved that she is not really a lesbian and Lily impatiently asks if there is anything at all that she can say to get rid of him permanently.

The next script is for the role of Repo, which is also a “wide release.” The scene opens with him telling “Kelly” that his old lady is away so they can talk now. Kelly asks if they know one another. He responds that just a moment ago she was ready to shack up with him to get under her boyfriend’s skin, and states that he is more than willing to help her out. Kelly informs him that she’ll pass on the proposition, claiming that she is no slut. She also tells Repo that his girlfriend should dump him. Ticked off, he asks her what the hell her problem is. She fires back that he obviously has no respect for women. Repo orders her to shut up before he does something he might regret. He then tells her that her boyfriend needs to learn how to keep her in line. Kelly reminds him that she’s not somebody’s trained dog. As the scene ends, Repo asks her boyfriend what kind of a man he is, that he would let his woman dominate their relationship. He goes on to say that she has probably flirted or cheated on him before, perhaps even right in front of him, and asks him to tell him if he is telling the truth or not.

The third script is for the role of “Kris.” The scene opens with her yelling at “Emma” and calling her a slut. Emma asks if she is talking to her. Kris says yeah, and demands that she stop batting her eyes at her boyfriend. Emma tries to calm her down, claiming that she has no interest at all in him. Growing upset, Kris asks why, is he not good enough for her or something. Emma says that maybe she should do like “he” did and fall head over heels with the first person she meets, and marry him. Kris shouts that he’s already married. Emma responds that he’s only getting what he deserves. Kris then confronts her man, and asks him if he tried to hook up with this slut the moment her head was turned. Emma then reminds Kris that she is no slut, and urges her to end the relationship, telling her that sometimes your man just isn’t all that into you. As the scene ends, Kris fires back, telling Emma that she doesn’t know who the hell she thinks she is, but that she just needs to keep her eyes off of her man for good.

The final script is for a “Priest.” The scene opens with him announcing that everyone is gathered for the christening of two children. He asks one of the mothers if she is ready to present her child. After she responds in the affirmative, he asks who will be responsible for helping the children lead a moral and faithful life. The mom responds that “we will, with God’s help.” The Priest then asks everyone to pray for the infants, and leads the group in a prayer. The mom asks the Lord to please hear their prayer. The Priest then proceeds to baptize them. Later, he congratulates the grandparents on the christening, telling the grandmother that it must be a happy day for them. The grandmother asks if it really shows that much. The grandfather responds that her ear-to-ear grin gave her away her joy. As the scene ends, the Priest tells her that he sees a lot of those and wishes the family the best of luck. The grandmother thanks him and says that it was a rather lovely ceremony. The Priest states that it was his pleasure as he starts to walk away.

Bianca (last name unknown) commented on the casting website The Agency that she was “Doing another Under 5 on One Life to Live on Monday (December 6)! YAY!”

Karen Viola was recently cast in an “Under 5″ role on “One Life.”

Carmen Lamar plays “Maid #2″ on Tuesday, December 14.

Mellini Kantayya is back as a Llanview Hospital Nurse on Wednesday, December 15.

Melissa House plays a Cop on Wednesday, December 8 and again on Wednesday, January 12.

James Saito returns as Judge Lee on Wednesday and Thursday, January 5 and 6.

Alex Tavis portrays “Amir” on Wednesday, January 12.

And Floanne Ankah and Franie Dumaurier were the voices of the French female and male in the November 30 episode.

From the Twitter files…

Bree Williamson (Jessica) wrote on December 3 that “OMG!!! What a week! There’s great scenes coming up but TGIF!!!!!!”

And “OLTL” music director Paul Glass states that he is working on getting the song that Dani sang to her parents in the November 11th episode available for purchase commercially. He also hints that another musical group may be performing on the show sometime early next year.

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

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  • Jerry verDorn
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  • Sean Ringgold
  • Paul Glass
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  • John Wesley Shipp
  • Eddie Ford
  • James Saito
  • Judge Lee
  • Nick Choksi
  • Maid #2
  • Llanview Hospital Nurse
  • Todd Manning
  • Carolyn Hinsey
  • Shaun
  • Kassandra Kavanaugh
  • Darren
  • J.J. Singleton
  • Detective Theo Price
  • audition scripts
  • Barton
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  • Kris
  • Emma
  • Priest
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  • Bianca
  • The Agency
  • Karen Viola
  • Carmen Lamar
  • Melissa House
  • Alex Tavis
  • Amir
  • Floanne Ankah
  • Franie Dumaurier
  • French female
  • French male
  • voices
  • Vimal Patal

    Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at 3:00 AM ET by Angela Rosa

    Photo: ABC

    ( – Explosions, gunshots and deaths fill out ABC Daytime’s schedule of re-airings for the 2010 holiday season.

    ABC Daytime will not be showing original episodes of “All My Children,” “One Life to Live” and “General Hospital” on Thursday, December 23, Friday, December 24, Thursday, December 30 and on Friday, December 31, as usual. Re-airings of past episodes from all three soaps will air on each of the aforementioned days. Don’t expect to get romantic and joyous episodes to go along with your Christmas presents and New Year’s Eve embraces. Look for an end of year scoop for each ABC soap following the description of the re-airings.

    “All My Children’s” scheduled re-airings focus on the villainous David Hayward. On December 23 and 24 look for re-airings of the November 22 and 23, 2010 episodes of “AMC” respectively. In these episodes, David returns from the not so dead after his wife Greenlee is sentenced to life in prison for his murder. On December 30 and 31 look for re-airings of the November 29 and 30 episodes of “AMC” respectively. In these episodes, an armed David escapes from custody and confronts Ryan Lavery on the roof of his building with murder on his mind but the former doctor is the one who ends up taking a bullet in the back courtesy of Erica Kane. The other plot in these episodes surrounds Kendall Hart learning she’s now a widow and her children learning they’ve lost their father. End of Year Scoop: Will Erica Kane be charged with the attempted murder or the murder of David Hayward?

    “General Hospital’s” scheduled re-airings focus on the explosive Metro Court saga that took up nearly a month of screen-time in February 2007. On December 23 and 24 look for re-airings of the February 1 and 2 episodes of “GH” respectively. These episodes deal with Hour 12 and Hour 11 of the Metro Court saga. Craig’s mercenaries storm the Metro Court and take everybody hostage; and to show everybody they mean business shoot Dr. Robin Scorpio. Alcazar holds the key to saving everybody’s life but is hindered by a life-threatening medical condition. Can the rest of the Port Charles sexy mobsters save the day? On December 30 and 31 look for re-airings of the February 16 and 19 episodes of “GH” respectively. These are the last two hours of the Metro Court saga. Alan Quartermaine struggles to stay alive following his ordeal at Metro Court; meanwhile, more lives are taken and threatened as time literally ticks down at the Metro Court. End of Year Scoop: Brenda and Dante’s big secret will finally be revealed (for real)!

    “One Life to Live” will spin a slightly less dark tale as it takes out episodes from this past October that deal with the final days of two villains reign of terror on Llanview. On December 23 and 24 look for re-airings of the October 22 and 25 episodes of “OLTL” respectively. In these episodes, the citizens of Llanview slowly begin to learn that Tea Delgado is indeed alive and Tea’s life, along with many others, is at risk when a maniacal Eli sets off his bomb. A crazed Hannah, meanwhile, holds Starr and James hostage. Cole shoots Eli dead incorrectly believing that he’s lost everything due to the madman. On December 30 and 31 look for re-airings of the October 28 and 29 episodes of “OLTL” respectively. In these episodes, Tea, Blair, Todd and John dig themselves out of the rubble, while James and Starr try to escape Hannah’s mad burial plot. In the end, everybody is reunited with their loved ones but with their lives having forever been changed. The other plots in these episodes include Destiny learning her real origins and Rex searching for his. End of Year Scoop: Marty Saybrooke prepares to blow up Natalie’s life on one of the happiest days of her life.

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

    ‘One Life’ Recasts Young Role

    Monday, December 6, 2010 at 10:30 PM ET by Scotty Gore

    Photo: Donna Svennevik/ABC

    ( – Todd Manning’s youngest son Sam gets a new face just in time for Chrismtas.

    The Philidelphia Enquirer is reporting that Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania five-year-old Patrick Gibbons, Jr. has been hired by producers at “One Life to Live” to take over the recurring role beginning Wednesday, December 22nd. 

    The kindergartener replaces twins Jacob and Luke Clodfelter who had played Sam since 2007 (the role was originated by another set of twins, Zachary and Daniel Frisch, in 2006).  The casting shake-up also ages the character – but only slightly — since Sam’s fifth birthday wasn’t supposed to be until February 6th.  Also oft referred to throughout the past year, Sam hasn’t been seen onscreen since January.  Sam Manning is the son of Todd Manning and the late Margaret Cochran.

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

    • OLTL
    • One Life
    • Sam
    • Todd Manning
    • Sam Manning
    • The Philadelphia Enquirer
    • Plymouth Meeting
    • Pennsylvania
    • One Life to Life
    • Jacob and Luke Clodfelter
    • Zachary and Daniel Frisch
    • Margaret Cochran

      Llanview Casting Gossip: November 17 Edition

      Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 12:00 AM ET by Scotty Gore

      Photo: Donna Svennevik/ABC

      ( — Several minor characters will help provide major drama for some of Llanview’s leading citizens in the weeks ahead.

      Actor and Minnesota native Tim Turner is set to play a trainer at Rourke’s Gym when Cristian Vega returns to his boxing roots on Thursday, December 9th. However, this time around don’t look for the tortured artist to be stepping back into the ring. Instead, he will be giving lessons to the eldest of the Ford brothers, who decides that it is time to brush up on his self-defense skills.

      Nick Choksi first airs in the recurring role of Vimal on Friday, November 19th. Expect Vimal to be under the thumb of Clint Buchanan.

      Rufus Collins debuts as a DNA Lab Technician starting Tuesday, November 16th.

      Carman Lamar will be returning to Llanview in the coming weeks as “Maid #2.” Lamar has previously played a nurse and a crash victim on “OLTL.”

      Get ready for some more medical drama when Mellini Kantayya returns as a Llanview Hospital Nurse on Wednesday, December 15th.

      Max Tapper (Det. Theo Price) wrote on Facebook on November 12th that “Price is in the house today. Shooting a scene with Danielle and Star!  Price is done for the day. Would you let me arrest you if i came to your door like this?”

      ABC Soaps in Depth is reporting that Josh Kelly‘s new character will be named “Cutter” and that he will become mixed up in the Joey/Aubrey/Kelly storyline. Expect him to first air near the end of the December.

      Although they won’t actually appear on screen, expect a few former Llanview residents to be mentioned in the coming weeks. On Monday, November 29 John is met at the airport by Natalie after he returns from spending Thanksgiving with Michael and Marcie in Seattle. And on Tuesday, November 30, Todd gives James some advice on how best to deal with an abusive parent by relating his history with his evil step-father Peter Manning, which leaves the young man with some deadly food for thought.

      Richard Lyntton portrayed Jacques, a Paris café waiter on Wednesday, November 10th, sharing scenes with Gigi, Adriana, Cristian, and Layla.

      Carmine Cangialosi played Kelly’s personal trainer Wyatt on Tuesday, November 9th.

      In more Kourtney Kardashian news, the infamous socialite comments on her website that “I acted today on ‘One Life To Live!’ My acting debut…what an experience. One I will never forget. A very interesting day to say the least. I made sure to stir up lots of drama! I got hooked on ‘OLTL’ the summer after 7th grade and used to always pretend to be sick to stay home and watch it. It was so much fun to be on set so many years later and actually be acting with the cast. My scenes were with Cristian and Blair. My episode will air in March so stay tuned!” On a related note, “OLTL” Executive Producer Frank Valentini states that “We are excited to welcome Kourtney to the show. We also look forward to the opportunity for this unique collaboration between the two shows. While Kourtney and Kim take on New York, we are thrilled to have ‘One Live to Live’ take on Kourtney.”

      Kassie DePaiva (Blair) tweeted on Tuesday that she “Shot 3 shows today. Had dinner with my family. Working tomorrow. Hope everyone is doing well.”

      And Kristen Alderson (Starr) tweets that she had an “Easy/fun day (Nov. 16th) at work,” “Refreshed & ready for a long work week (Nov. 14th),” and on Nov. 13th that “I just got a really alarming message. If ANY Sole fans are attacking the Jarr fans on a personal level, this needs to stop NOW.Not cool..” Alderson also states that, as one of the perks of working for Disney, she and her co-stars got copies of “Toy Story 3″ on DVD.

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

      • One Life to Live
      • ABC
      • OLTL
      • Kassie DePaiva
      • Frank Valentini
      • Kristen Alderson
      • Starr
      • James
      • Ford
      • Cristian Vega
      • Layla
      • Max Tapper
      • Blair
      • Todd
      • Llanview
      • ABC Soaps in Depth
      • Natalie
      • Cristian
      • John
      • One Life
      • Gigi
      • Kelly
      • Det. Theo Price
      • Joey
      • Wyatt
      • Marcie
      • Josh Kelly
      • Adriana
      • Aubrey
      • Thanksgiving
      • Clint Buchanan
      • Kourtney Kardashian
      • Mellini Kantayya
      • Nurse
      • Minnesota
      • Tim Turner
      • Rourke’s Gym
      • Nick Choksi
      • Vimal
      • Rufus Collins
      • DNA Lab Technician
      • Carman Lamar
      • Maid #2
      • Crash Victim
      • Llanview Hospital Nurse
      • Cutter
      • Michael
      • Peter Manning
      • Seattle
      • airport
      • Richard Lyntton
      • Jacques
      • Paris café waiter
      • Carmine Cangialosi
      • personal trainer
      • Kourtney
      • Kim
      • New York
      • Executive Producer
      • Disney
      • Toy Story 3
      • Sole
      • Jarr
      • Price
      • Danielle

        ‘Survival of Soap Opera’ Book Goes on Sale

        Sunday, November 14, 2010 at 11:30 PM ET by Scotty Gore

        Photo: Univ. Press of Mississippi

        ( — The Survival of Soap Opera: Transformations for a New Media Era is scheduled to be officially released on Wednesday, December 1st by the University Press of Mississippi. The anthology, which is edited by Sam Ford, Abigail De Kosnik, and C. Lee Harrington, discusses the current and future state of the faltering soap opera genre, along with how the traditional daytime drama format will either reach or lose its audience in the Age of the Internet, and will feature contributions from scholars, critics, industry practitioners and viewers.

        The book, which SON first told you about back in February, “investigates the causes of their dwindling popularity, describes their impact on TV and new media culture, and gleans lessons from their complex history for twenty-first-century media industries. The book contains reflections from established soap scholars such as Robert C. Allen, Louise Spence, Nancy Baym, and Horace Newcomb, along with essays and interviews by emerging scholars, fans, and website moderators, and by soap opera producers, writers, and actors from ABC’s ‘General Hospital,’ CBS’s ‘The Young and the Restless’ and ‘The Bold and the Beautiful,’ and other shows. This diverse group of voices seeks to intervene in the discussion about the fate of soap operas at a critical juncture and speaks to longtime soap viewers, television studies scholars, and media professionals alike,” according to publisher’s website.

        Although it will technically not be released for a few more weeks, you can purchase a copy (and get a sneak preview) from Amazon now. Approximately 320 pages, the 6 x 9 inch hardcover book is selling for $50.00. So be sure to check it out and add it to your reading list today!

        You can also learn more about the book, as well as each of the editors, by clicking here.

        • ABC
        • General Hospital
        • CBS
        • SON
        • The Survival of Soap Opera: Transformations for a New Media Era
        • University Press of Mississippi
        • Sam Ford
        • Abigail De Kosnik
        • C. Lee Harrington
        • Amazon
        • Robert C. Allen
        • Louise Spence
        • Nancy Baym
        • Horace Newcomb
        • The Young & the Restless
        • The Bold & the Beautiful
        • Internet
        • daytime drama
        • soap opera
        • book

          Kardashian Lays Down the Law in Llanview

          Sunday, November 14, 2010 at 9:45 PM ET by Scotty Gore

          Photo: E! Entertainment

          ( — She may not be a lawyer in real life, however Kourteny Kardashian is about to play one on “One Life to Live.” That’s right, only days after SON first told you that the heiress and socialite was scheduled to make a guest appearance on the ABC soap, details as to the character she will play are revealed.

          The popular celebrity gossip website TMZ is reporting that Kardashian will portray “a sexy attorney who develops a love/hate relationship with a ‘dark-haired guy’ [David Fumero's Cristian Vega] on the show.”

          But don’t expect the role to be a cakewalk for the reality star, who will also reportedly “kiss and punch” one of the show’s male characters.

          Click here to view some exclusive photos of Kardashian outside the “One Life to Live” studios, where she taped her scenes last Thursday (November 11th). Those scenes are expected to air sometime in March.

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

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          • SON
          • David Fumero
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          • Llanview
          • Kourtney Kardashian
          • TMZ

            Thursday, November 11, 2010 at 2:30 AM ET by Scotty Gore

            Photo: ABC

            ( — Could “One Life to Live” be on the verge of getting a new opening? Erika Slezak (Viki) discusses the possibility in her latest online fan club newsletter.

            In the November edition of her newsletter Slezak was asked by her fan club president Walter Miller if she had shot any new pictures for “OLTL’s” opening sequence, which hasn’t been overhauled since 2004. Although the longtime vet stated that she hadn’t, she did hint at the fact that a new or updated opening may be in the offing for the ABC soap.

            According to Slezak, “I think Frank [Valentini] is doing a new opening, but I’m not sure whether he is going to replace pictures. You know what? It all costs money.”

            So perhaps “OLTL” will go the “General Hospital” route and get a somewhat revamped opening sequence (updated graphics and pictures with the same music). Or at the very least it appears that, if nothing else, we can expect an updated opening with new contract cast members added and the removal of those no longer on the show.

            On a related note, the six-time Daytime Emmy winner reveals that Valentini is apparently finally making good on his promise to film new bumpers for every contract cast member, stating that, while she hasn’t taped one yet, “we’re going to be shooting those.”

            In addition, Slezak also notes that her co-star Brian Kerwin (Charlie) will be taking a hiatus from “One Life to Live” from mid-December through the end of January to perform in a play in San Diego. However, Charlie fans shouldn’t fear because Slezak notes that he will pre-tape additional scenes before he leaves for the West Coast, as well as post-tape scenes when he returns to the set.

            Lastly, she confirms that she recently had a pre-cancerous lesion removed from her forehead, hence Viki’s explanation to Dorian in a recent scene on the show about why she had a band-aid over her eye.

            To read more of Slezak’s latest newsletter, including her comments on some of her upcoming storylines, click here.

            In other news…

            James Saito plays Judge Lee on January 3rd and 4th.

            Upcoming airdates for Josh Wesley Shipp (Eddie) in the coming weeks include November 24th, 29th, and 30th, as well as December 1st, 2nd, 7th, 8th, 10th, 13th, 14th, 15th, and 17th. Also look for Nic Robuck (James) on November 24th and 30th as well as December 1st and 2nd, among other dates.

            Kassie DePaiva (Blair) had nothing but good things to do about her day working with Kourtney Kardashian on set, tweeting “Kourtney is really sweet…and she is beautiful too! David [Fumero] and I had a good time working with Kourtney. She worked really hard and I think her fans will love her debut as a daytime diva. She was a delight.”

            “OLTL” Music Director Paul Glass tweets that the song Kelley Missal (Dani) sung during the November 11th episode “is not commercially available.”

            And Brittany Underwood (Langston) comments that she was on set Thursday, as were David A. Gregory (Ford) and Nic Robuck (James), and posted this picture of the guys relaxing in her and co-star Kristen Alderson‘s (Starr) dressing room.

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

            • One Life to Live
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            • OLTL
            • General Hospital
            • Kassie DePaiva
            • Frank Valentini
            • Brian Kerwin
            • Erika Slezak
            • David Fumero
            • Langston
            • James
            • Viki
            • David Gregory
            • Ford
            • Charlie
            • Blair
            • Nic Robuck
            • Brittany Underwood
            • One Life
            • Kelley Missal
            • Eddie
            • Paul Glass
            • Kourtney Kardashian
            • John Wesley Shipp
            • Walter Miller
            • Daytime Emmy
            • San Diego
            • James Saito
            • Judge Lee

              Thursday, November 11, 2010 at 9:15 PM ET by Errol Lewis

              Aiden Turner

              Photo: Yolanda Perez/ABC

              ( — As previously reported, Aiden Turner,  Stephen Amell and Liam McIntyre were up for the role of Spartacus in the Starz original series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" after series star Andy Whitfield was unable to return to work on the shows second season when he learned his cancer had returned. Now is reporting that neither of the actors vying for the part got the role.

              The decision comes as a surprise after the network went through all that trouble in flying all three to New Zealand to screen test and meet with the shows cast and crew. 

              Despite no actor being offered the role, however, Deadline says that Starz has opted to hold onto McIntyre, while releasing Amell and Turner. The networks decision to hold onto McIntyre theoretically means he will eventually land the role, but according to reporter Nellie Andreeva, Starz is still looking into all options including the possibility of ending the series or bringing in someone entirely new.

              Whitfield was diagnosed with Stage 1 non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in early March when "Spartacus" was in pre-production, but was in remission and training hard for the series' second season. In September, Starz announced that the actor was advised by his doctors to immediately resume aggressive treatment for a recurrence of cancer, which caused him to drop out of 'Spartacus.'

              "It's with a deep sense of disappointment that I must step aside from such an exceptional project as 'Spartacus' and all the wonderful people involved. It seems that it is time for myself and my family to embark on another extraordinary journey. Thank you sincerely for the support so far," said Whitfield at the time.

              "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" averaged 980,000 viewers through out the course of its 13 episode first season earlier this year. 

              Turner became a household name in March of this year when he joined the cast of "Dancing with the Stars" for the shows tenth season. He performed alongside Edyta Sliwinska. The duo were eliminated during the shows third week. The actor starred on "All My Children" from June 2002 through December 2009. 

              Stephen Amell portrayed the role of Adam in the first season of the here! series "Dante's Cove." He was replaced in season two with actor Jon Fleming. McIntyre most recently appeared on the HBO series "The Pacific" and is best known for his role in the hit Australian series "Neighbours."

              "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" is scheduled to return to the airwaves with its second season in September 2011. "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena," a prequel to "Blood and Sand" debuts in January 2011.

              • All My Children
              • ABC
              • Aiden Turner
              • HBO
              • Andy Whitfield
              • Stephen Amell
              • Liam McIntyre
              • Edyta Sliwinska
              • Spartacus: Blood and Sand
              • Spartacus: Gods of the Arena
              • Dante’s Cove
              • The Pacific
              • Starz
              • Nellie Andreeva
              • Jon Flemming
              • Neighbours
              • here!

                Thursday, November 11, 2010 at 3:00 AM ET by Angela Rosa

                Photo: Lou Rocco/ABC

                ( – “All My Children” is ending November Sweeps with two explosive moments sure to leave a lasting mark on Pine Valley. (Do not continue reading this article if you’re spoiler-free!)

                The November 16, 2010 issue of Soap Opera Digest elaborated on the news Soap Opera Network alluded to in our November PreVUE concerning a flight that ends in tragedy. On Thursday, November 18, viewers will see that the passenger on that ill-fated flight is Zach Slater.

                Slater’s portrayer since April 2004, Thorsten Kaye, has not been able to commit to a return to the Los Angeles based “All My Children.” Kaye’s wife, two-time Daytime Emmy winner Susan Haskell, currently stars on New York based “One Life to Live.” The East coast based couple share two children. Kaye officially exited the role coinciding with “AMC’s” move West late last year but has returned for three short stints since. “AMC” Co-Head Writer Donna Swajeski tells SOD that while the door will always be open for Kaye, whose character’s body will be missing in the ashes of the upcoming disaster, they “had to close it for now.” The writers, who reveal they collaborated with Kaye on the exit, are of the belief that this is the best way to close the door, for now, on the extremely popular Zach and Kendall (Alicia Minshew) romance and open the door to a new chapter in the life and times of Erica Kane’s (Susan Lucci) first born. That future chapter includes a potential romance with Dr. Griffin Castillo; Emmy-winner Jordi Vilasuso debuts in the role of the cardiologist on Tuesday, November 16.

                “Zendall” fans, who have been enjoying some ominous happy moments with their tortured couple, can catch some last glimpses of the pair through this week preceeding the former casino owner heading off on his ill-fated trip to help Ryan and Greenlee (Cameron Mathison and Rebecca Budig) clear their names in the demise of David Hayward (Vincent Irizarry).

                Speaking of David Hayward; the verdict in his murder trial will be announced on Monday, November 22. Swajeski tells SOD that immediately following that announcement the actual (major) character responsible for David’s demise will reveal themselves in court in dramatic fashion. If, as many publications including SON believe, Irizarry’s lethal departure was little more than an elaborate stunt (like “OLTL’s” recent one with Tea Delgado and her portrayer Florencia Lozano) we suspect this is an episode that fans of the very bad David Hayward and the very good Vincent Irizarry won’t want to miss a minute of. Irizarry previously appeared in the role of David on September 24.

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                ‘OLTL’ November Casting Notes

                Thursday, November 11, 2010 at 2:30 AM ET by Scotty Gore

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                ( – The latest “One Life to Live” comings and goings.

                Austin Williams is back on Wednesday, November 24th when Shane begins to bond with his new Granny Echo. But don’t expect Rex’s mum to be quite so friendly to Gigi, however.

                Rumor has it that Christmas holiday will mean a few more appearances for Todd’s sons Jack (Carmen LoPorto) and Sam (Jacob & Luke Clodfelter).

                Terri Colombino‘s new “OLTL” character Aubrey now has a last name — Wentworth. Look for Aubrey, who is Joey Buchanan’s latest squeeze, to first air on Monday, November 29th.

                Terrell Tilford‘s (Greg Evans) days in Llanview are nearly up. Tilford, who joined “OLTL” in 2008 and ran in the New York City Marathon last weekend, mentions on his Facebook page that is last airdate will either be Tuesday, November 16th or Wednesday, November 17th.

                Have viewers seen the last of Meghann Fahy as Hannah O’Conner?  It would appear that way, but you can never say never when it comes to “One Life to Live.”

                Looks like another medical drama may be in the works for the residents of Llanview. Mellini Kantayya, who plays one of “OLTL’s” recurring dayplayer Nurses, has been back on the “One Life” set taping more scenes recently. The actress tells that “I’m always excited to return to my nursing duties at Llanview Hospital. No spoilers here, but the Llanview Hospital set always means exciting episodes are around bend!”

                Richard Chew will play “Lab Tech #3″ on Friday, November 15th. According to, that particular episode was directed by Zeta Fuentes, Mary Ryan, and “OLTL” Executive Producer Frank Valentini, and was produced by John Tumino.

                Andrea Bordeaux posted on her blog on October 27th that she “had an audition for a recurring role on ‘One Life to Live.’ It was rescheduled for November 2nd.” No further information is available at this time.

                John Wesley Shipp (Eddie Ford) wrote (among other things) on his Facebook page Wednesday (November 10th) that “Pleased with today. We all settled in a notch from Monday. Delirious about the reactions I’m getting. So cool. Gnite. (I think next week Dad gets a hooker! far out).”

                David A. Gregory (Ford) has listed his airdates for the remainder of the month of November. They include the 11th, 12th, 15th, 19th, 22nd, 24th, 29th, and 30th.

                Nick Coleman taped more scenes as the dayplayer cop “Officer Coleman” in late September.

                Look for more dayplayer roles in upcoming episodes.

                “One Life to Live” has released three new audition scripts. The first is for the role of “Michelle.” The scene opens with Michelle telling “Rich” that she bumped into “Alex” and “Lilly.” Rich tells her that he wasn’t aware the three of them even knew one other. Michelle says that they are in her English Literature class, but she never officially meet them until now. She then asks Rich how “Dean” is doing, to which he responds that he isn’t sure, due to the fact that everyone has been banished from the courtroom. Michelle thinks it is wrong, since he and Rich are family after all. However, Rich retorts that they can’t fight a court order. Trying to break the tension, Michelle tells Rich that she has to turn the names in the next day of those planning to attend her sorority’s Valentine’s Day dance. She reminds him that she is on the planning committee for the dance, and asks him if he wants to go with her. Rich replies that he would enjoy escorting her to the party. As the scene ends, Michelle assures him that they will have a great time, and that she has a committee meeting to get to but that she will talk to him again later.

                The second script for the role of “Mick.” The scene opens with “Kit” jumping on an exercise bike at the gym that Mick claims is the one he always uses to work out on. Mick orders her to get off of “his machine” and go play on one of the girls’ exercise bikes. “Alex” walks over and points out that Kit was there first. Mick gets angry, and Kit tells Alex thanks, but that she doesn’t need his help. Mick tells him to beat it. Kit explains that she can take care of herself just fine, and that Alex thinks just because he’s a boxer, that he has to be her protector. Confused, Mick asks Alex if he is really a boxer, to which Alex responds yes and proceeds to punch him in the jaw. Mick asks him what the hell is problem is, to which Alex apologizes. Kit then examines Mick and says that it looks like his jaw may be broken and that he should go to the hospital to have it checked out. She then goes on to say that she could get him a hefty six figure check for that. Alex speaks up and says that he doesn’t have that kind of money, however Kit says that the gym would have to pay half of the costs. Mick says it sounds like a good idea to him, despite Alex’s protests. Kit reminds Alex that she can do whatever she wants since she is a personal injury attorney after all. Mick calls her an ambulance chaser and that she is his kind of woman. Kit asks him if he just say what she thought he said. Mick responds that yes, he did call her an ambulance chaser and asks what she is going to do about it. As the scene ends, Kit punches Mick in the jaw as well.

                The final script is for “Nurse #1.” The scene opens with “Sara Stein” telling the Nurse that she needs to find “John” for her. Trying to calm her down, she tells her to try and relax and that the attending doctor will be in momentarily. However, Sara pleads with the Nurse to help her, claiming that someone is trying to steal her baby and asks if she has any children of her own. The Nurse responds that she has a son. Sara asks her how she would feel if someone stole him from her and tried to pass him off as their own child. The Nurse again asks Sara to calm down or else she will have to be sedated. Nonetheless, Sara continues to claim that they’re trying to steal her baby. The Nurse says sorry to hear that but that she will have to stop pushing her. As the scene ends, Sara says she had to because she wouldn’t let her tell about the baby. The Nurse asks Sara one more time to calm down.

                Remember that “One Life to Live” frequently changes character names in audition scripts to try and throw off viewers.

                From the Twitter files…

                Kristen Alderson (Starr) tweeted on Tuesday that she had “EARLY EARLY wake-up time! Shooting something for SOAPnet all day! Pretty excited about it. Such a fun/long day of shooting for SOAPnet. Can’t wait to see the final product.” She also posted this picture of herself and her teenage co-stars during rehearsal for “OLTL” on Monday (Nov. 8th). And on November 4th she wrote that she had a “13 hour day of work today & had an 11 hour day yesterday….lol tomorrow brings a whole new meaning to TGIF. JK I seriously love my job!

                Kassie DePaiva (Blair) writes that “Kristen was so good today [Nov. 10th] on the show. I will miss Starr and Cole.”

                And Melissa Archer (Natalie) commented on Nov. 6th that she was “Having an awesome time staying up all nite at Walgreens shoot!!”

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