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Kim Zimmer Talks About Her New ‘Life’

Monday, August 30, 2010 at 1:00 AM ET by Scotty Gore

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( — She may have just started taping scenes for her big “One Life to Live” comeback as Echo DiSavoy, but Kim Zimmer is already dishing a little dirt on her upcoming storyline.

In an interview with the New Jersey Star-Ledger about playing the lead role of Christine in the new play “Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods” (which is set to begin its three week run on Thursday, September 2nd), Zimmer reveals that shortly after accepting the role, she received official confirmation from ABC that she would be returning to “OLTL.” “What’s better for an actor than doing a soap by day and a play by night,” she asks.

Zimmer, who was last on “OLTL” in 1983, says of her return, “I’ll be with my old friends Robin Strasser [Dorian] and Erika Slezak [Viki] from when I was first on the show. Not that the scripts will have me and Erika [Viki] as friends. Now that Echo’s back in Springfield, having finished with being a faux-countess, she’s there to stir up trouble — taking an interest in Erika’s [Viki's] husband.” Despite Zimmer’s faux pas in confusing her former “Guiding Light” hometown of Springfield with “OLTL’s’ Llanview, it appears that Echo will not only interact with familiar faces like Clint, Dorian, and Viki, but with Charlie as well, much to Viki’s dismay.

Speaking of Slezak, the long-time “One Life” actress issued the following statement on her website on August 21st “Kim Zimmer has joined us at ‘One Life to Live.’ She comes back as the same character she played 27 years ago, Echo Di Savoy and Echo is here to make trouble. It will be lots and lots of fun and good story. I worked with her Friday, she was awesome as usual. I love her and am so happy to have her back. It will be story for so many of the older characters.”

As for the demise of “Guiding Light” (which was cancelled last year), where Zimmer portrayed Reva Shane on and off for more than two decades, she admits that “I was so angry that the show went downhill. After it ended, I started writing my memoir, and my co-writer Laura Morton had to let me spew about everything for a month. She was a genuine shrink in the way she was able to calm me down. It was real therapy writing that book. For the moment, it [the title] is ‘I’m Just Sayin.’ Because I did say a lot in it.” It is expected to be released by Penguin Books next spring.

You can read more of her comments, as well as learn more about the play “Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods,” here.

Look for Zimmer, who started taping her scenes on August 19th, to first air on Friday, October 1st.

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( — Just days before next cycle’s “Dancing with the Stars” cast is announced during Monday’s episode of ABC’s “Bachelor Pad,” comes word that actor Jack Wagner, who portrays Nick Marone on CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful,” is rumored to be joining the cast in the upcoming 11th season of the hit ABC reality-competition series.

While ABC has had soap stars from the past and present appear on the series over the years, it was always someone from within the ABC/Disney family including the likes of “All My Children’s” Susan Lucci and Cameron Mathison, along with Aiden Turner who appeared in this past spring’s 10th season just after being fired from the ABC soap. “General Hospital’s” Kelly Monaco won it all in the first season of the program in the summer of 2005. Another notable alum is former “SoapTalk” (which aired on Disney cable network SOAPnet) co-host Lisa Rinna. When pressed for a response an ABC spokesman reminds us that the “network does not respond to casting rumors.”

While Jack Wagner portrayed the role of Frisco Jones on ABC’s “General Hospital” from 1983-1988, 1989-1991, 1994 and 1995, it is highly unlikely that the network would be willing to help promote a rivals competing series, so the chances of him appearing are slim. Meanwhile, Mario Lopez was the closest a daytime soap star from another network has ever come to appearing on the show as he had just completed a brief stint on “B&B” just before “Dancing’s” second season premiere in 2006. He finished second with partner Karina Smirnoff.

The official cast of “Dancing with the Stars’” 11th season will be made on Monday, August 30 during ABC’s “Bachelor Pad.”

Stay tuned to Soap Opera Network and for all the latest developments relating to this story.

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( — First he has leaving, then he was staying after the actor stated that someone had hacked into his Twitter account. Well now Brandon Buddy really is leaving “One Life to Live,” according to published reports.

Daytime Confidential is reporting that they have learned from setside sources that the 24-year-old actor, who has portrayed Cole Thornhart since October 10, 2006, is leaving town “alive, but not exactly well” sometime this fall when his contract is up. According to an ABC representative, however, the network “does not comment on rumors.”

On Friday, June 18, the following comment was posted on his Twitter page: “It’s a bitter sweet day :( Today I decided I’m not going to re-sign. No more Llanview… Still lots to come from Starr & Cole though!” Only four days later Buddy tweeted that he “Had a hacker. Doing everything I can to make sure it doesn’t happen again. I’m sorry for upsetting everyone, what they said wasn’t true. I love you guys. I want you guys to be happy, I’m really sorry this happened.

Despite Buddy’s denials at the time, if the reports are in fact true, it seems as though the original tweet was right all along and that the “hacker” claim were nothing more than an attempt by the powers that be at “One Life to Live” to push Buddy into doing some damage control. Not surprisingly, Buddy’s Twitter page has since become strangely silent regarding this latest development.

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Soap Stars Show Their Feminie Sides at Expo

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at 12:30 AM ET by Scotty Gore

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( — Stars from “One Life to Live,” “General Hospital,” and “Days of Our Lives” will stop by the 8th Annual Connecticut Women’s Expo next month to chat with fans. 

This year’s event will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 11th and 12th.  “OLTL’s” John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex) will be in attendance on Saturday from 1-3 PM ET, while “DAYS” Eric Martsolf (Brady) will be on hand from Noon until 5 PM ET on Saturday and Noon until 4:00 PM ET on Sunday.  “GH’s” Jackie Zeman (Bobbie), meanwhile, will be on hand for the entire weekend.  Each fan who stops by will receive a free personalized autographed photos of their favorite soap star.

The Expo is sponsored by Comast and regularly attracts “over 16,000 women that want to shop for the latest products and services in fashion, beauty, health, nutrition, fitness, financial planning, careers, home, education and much more,” according to a press release.  It is located at the Connecticut Expo Center at 265 Reverend Moody Overpass in Hartford.  A portion of the proceeds from the event will be given to the Connecticut chapter of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure foundation.  ABC Daytime and SOAPnet’s Soap Nation tour are co-sponsoring this year’s festitvities.  Click here for more information.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at 11:00 PM ET by Scotty Gore


( — Come one, come all to ‘The Greatest Show on Earth!’” where the two popular “One Life to Live” castmates will visit with fans and play ringmaster at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Illuscination Circus on Coney Island. 

The event, which is sponsored by ABC Daytime, SOAPnet’s Soap Nation Tour, and WABC-TV 7 in New York City, will be held on Saturday, August 28th, at the Coney Island Amusement Park in Brookyln, at the corner of 21st Street and Surf Avenue, off the boardwalk.  Archer and Alderson will be available to sign autographs and take photos with fans from 1:15 – 2:15 PM ET.  Afterward, the pair will be guest ringmasters and open the day’s show at 2:30 PM ET. 

Click here for more information on the Illuscination Circus. 

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at 6:14 PM ET by Errol Lewis

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( — ABC Soaps in Depth is reporting that actress Leslie Charleson, 65, who portrays the role of Monica Quartermaine on ABC's "General Hospital," has been taken off contract and has been placed on recurring status, but I'm more surprised to hear that she was even on contract to begin with considering fans haven't seen Monica on an even semi-regular basis, based on what a contract guarantees an actor. Of course, "GH" did provide the actress with a new contract in 2009, which just came up for renewal and as we can see, the show opted not to do so.

Charleson joined the cast of"GH" in 1977 replacing actress Patsy Rahn, who originated the role. She has been nominated for four Daytime Emmy Awards  and four Soap Opera Digest Awards, but has never won. She has appeared in such primetime shows as "Dharma & Greg" and "Diagnosis Murder." She also brought her character, Monica Quartermaine, over to "GH" spin-off's "Port Charles" and "General Hospital: Night Shift" for multiple appearances.

A typical soap contract guarantees a star financial payment of three episodes or days per week irregardless of whether the show fulfills said guarantee. In Charleson's case, the show was paying her, but refused to use her.

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    Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at 5:15 PM ET by Errol Lewis

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    ( — On Monday, August 23, online websites and social networks were going crazy over news that ABC's "One Life to Live" has called in all of its contract cast members to be at the studio on Thursday, August 26 for what was presumed to be a big meeting to discuss whether or not the show would be A) Moving to the West Coast, B) Getting its budget slashed, again or C) Getting canceled. Fortunately, neither is happening.

    Setside sources have confirmed to Soap Opera Network that the big meeting taking place at the "One Life to Live" studio is nothing more than updates on what are essentially just house rules and scheduling actor vacations during the holiday season. In fact, these types of meetings happen 3 to 4 times a year for the show as Executive Producer, Frank Valentini, likes to have group discussions with his cast members. Is that so bad? Of course, in the last meeting that took place sometime back, the cast learned that their scripts would be printed as two-sided copies instead of the norm of one-side. The horror!

    While we all are concerned that "One Life to Live" might be the next soap opera to go after the recent cancellations of "As The World Turns" and "Guiding Light," let's all just try to enjoy the show we've been enjoying for the last 42-years instead of speculating on when it will end. In fact, if you are enjoying the show (even if you're not), write into the show and let them know. A letter showing your interest, good or bad, is worth more than you think.

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      Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at 3:23 AM ET by Errol Lewis

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      ( — In the new issue of ABC Soaps in Depth, dated September 6, 2010, actress Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo has set the record straight on the marriage reports that rocked Hollywood blog sites in early July.

      On Wednesday, July 14, Soap Opera Network had reported that Vanessa Marcil had wed longtime love Carmine Giovinazzo ("CSI: NY") in an intimate ceremony attended by close family and friends. The report was based on details provided by US Magazine, which claimed that the mag had heard from a representative of the actress that "They [Marcil and Giovinazzo] were married in New York on Sunday night with family and close friends." With news that the actress had professionally changed her name from Vanessa Marcil to Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo, it only solidified news of the nuptials. Now a month later, the actress has finally spoken out on what has apparently turned out to be nothing more than a blown out of proportion party that was being held in preparation of her upcoming nuptials to Mr. Giovinazzo, which is set to take place this winter.

      Just before taping began for her return to "General Hospital" in late July, the actress informed her employers at Disney/ABC Television that she had recently changed her name, which was done in order to give the company enough notice to update promotional materials in conjuction with her return to "GH." But why did she change her name at all if she isn't married? And why did it take so long to clear up all those reports?

      In her In Depth interview, Marcil Giovinazzo revealed that she changed her name prior to the actual event because "I wanted to use his name professionally" She added, "We have been in love for 11 years. We've always been in each other's lives." As for why it took more than a month to clear things up? "I'm completely unaware, as all my friends and family always like to remind me," she said. "We grew vegetables and we are so living under our own little rock! We don't even have a TV!" Well that explains a lot!

      Now how about when we can report on the REAL wedding? "We're going to have about 10 parties celebrating! But the details of the wedding are just going to be ours."

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        Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at 1:40 AM ET by Errol Lewis

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        ( — Soaps in Depth recently revealed that "General Hospital" is currently actively casting the role of a supposed "supervillian" that will rock the canvas this November. The unnamed character is described as a forty to sixty year old, "ruthless, intense and unmistakable presence," who will be heavily recurring for approximately six months starting in Mid-November. Soap Opera Network has since learned that the storyline kicks off next week with the introduction of a new crime lord who is after Brenda Barrett (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo).

        Sources are confirming that just before Brenda finally comes face-to-face with Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) for the first time in seven years on the Friday, September 3 episode of "General Hospital," Brenda receives a warning that she is being actively pursued by a notorious crime lord who is known simply by the name "The Balkan." While we won't be seeing the characters face for sometime, the mystery man will be providing the soap with much needed drama, action and adventure.

        Can Sonny, Jason Morgan (Steve Burton) and Jasper 'Jax' Jacks (Ingo Rademacher) protect Brenda from danger, or will the "The Balkan" get her first? Tune in to ABC's "General Hospital" to find out.

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          Monday, August 23, 2010 at 11:58 PM ET by Errol Lewis

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          ( — If being all over the soap press and "The View" in preparation of her return to ABC's "General Hospital" earlier this month wasn't enough, actress Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo, who portrays Brenda Barrett, is set to make an appearance on the syndicated talk show "The Doctors" for the programs third season premiere.

          According to Marcil Giovinazzo's official website, the actress will appear as a guest co-host in a "mom-tourage" themed panel of the the daily talk show's Monday, September 13, season premiere. "The segment will feature rotating moms, experts, and celebrities discussing kid’s and women’s issues in a light-hearted way," the site said. "Dr. Lisa Masterson will moderate the discussions ranging from diapers, teething, and other issues facing mothers."

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