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Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 1:30 AM ET by Angela Rosa


Photo: Lou Rocco/ABC

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Popular duo returns to Pine Valley this August.

Kendall Hart returns to “All My Children” full-time beginning on Monday, August 9. Alicia Minshew, who debuted in the role of Erica Kane’s (Susan Lucci) first born on January 2002, has been on maternity leave since last November after giving birth to daughter, Willow Lenora. The popular actress has relocated with her family, including Manhattan based restaurateur and husband Richie Herschenfeld, to Los Angeles. Look for Minshew to remain with the ABC daytime drama well into 2011.

Exactly one week later, on August 16, Minshew’s co-star Thorsten Kaye returns for a limited run as Kendall’s husband, Zach Slater. Kaye, who joined the soap in 2004, and “AMC” parted ways late last year correlating with the soaps production move west. Kaye’s partner Susan Haskell currently plays Marty Saybrooke on “One Life to Live.” Although the Emmy-winner is enjoying some serious time on Llanview’s back-burner, Haskell recently re-signed with the New York based soap. Despite that fact and the tag “limited run,” Kaye’s status with “AMC” appears to be up in the air. Soap Opera Digest recently reported that ABC has reached out to the actor concerning a deal to keep him in Pine Valley.

Following the Slater’s December 2009 exit, Kaye and Minshew brought the bruised and battered couple back to “AMC” briefly last April.

While there aren’t many story specifics out at the moment, we can tell you that upon her return Kendall will immediately find herself in the middle of some Ryan, Greenlee, and David (Cameron Mathison, Rebecca Budig, and Vincent Irizarry) drama, as usual (at least the Ryan and Greenlee part). Also look for some enlightening personal details to come out when sister’s Kendall and Bianca (Christina Bennett Lind) come face to face in Pine Valley.

“All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. “AMC” also airs 24/7 online at ABC.com.



Llanview Casting Gossip: July 27 Edition

Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 1:00 AM ET by Scotty Gore


Photo: Donna Svennevik/ABC

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The latest comings and goings for “One Life to Live.”

Sabine Singh fans will be happy to learn that she will be making another appearance on “OLTL” as Wendy the Happy Hooker on Wednesday, August 6th, when she is called upon by David. Look for the two “friends with benefits” to go out on a double-date with Dorian and her faux beau Clint.

It appears that Janet Hubert‘s latest stint as Lisa Williamson will come to an end the week of July 26th, when she agrees with Layla to take Evangeline off of life support.

Erika Slezak and Brian Kerwin bring Viki and Charlie back to Llanview on Wednesday, August 11th.

Llanview newcomer Max Tapper commented on his Facebook page on July 15th that “For all my ‘One Life to Live’ fans, Det Price has more in store. it’s gonna get fun!” He has also posted a pic. of himself in his dressing room at “One Life” getting ready to tape a steam room scene on July 19th. You can see the picture here.

Terrell Tilford announced Monday on his Twitter page Monday (July 26th) that he would have an “Announcement: a few days away…” Could he be on his way out of Llanview soon? In the meantime, get ready for more Greg Evans. Tilford tweeted Thursday (July 22nd) that “4 scenes down…11 scenes to go… Whew! Just got in, exhausted, but rejuvenated! 21 scenes tomorrow…I’ve got to study my lines, omg! We shall do this!” Then on Friday he commented that “One hour from now, scene 1 of, well! 21… This is gonna be fun! just got home… today was a terrible day of shooting for me.. simply exhausted. but i give myself an hour to beat myself up, then i’m done.” Tilford also taped scenes on July 19th; his next airdate is August 5th. Hmmm…could these scenes possibly involve Téa’s condition taking a turn for the worse? Only time will tell.

David A. Gregory (Ford) commented on his Facebook page that he is “working every day this week!” on “One Life to Live.”

ABC Soaps in Depth states that a setside source tells them that viewers may not have seen the last of Kelly Cramer’s former London beau Reed Wagner (Gavin Alexander Hammon).

Michael J. Burg has been cast as the “Conseiller Municipal,” who is rumored to be performing a marriage ceremony for someone. Burg’s airdates include August 27th and 30th. Burg appeared in a handful of episodes on “OLTL” in 2005, as a “Mystery Person/Killing Club Killer.”

According to listings at IMDb.com, upcoming airdates for Billy Warlock (as a recast Ross Rayburn) include Friday and Monday, August 27th and 30th. It is speculated that Ross’ return to the canvas and the “Conseiller Municipal” character, who is rumored to marry Blair and Eli, are connected.

The site also lists Nic Robuck (James) as appearing in the August 23rd episode, as well as Mary Ryan as the Director of the August 27th episode.

Look for more dayplayer roles in the following episodes in August: 4th, 5th, 17th, 18th, 20th, and 24th.

“One Life to Live” Music Director Paul S. Glass tweets that the song during the Todd/Téa montage in the July 22nd episode was an ABC original number entitled “Talks Like the Streets,” and that it’s “not available but should be on itunes in a couple of weeks.”

“OLTL” recently released a new audition script for the role of a “Tahiti Cop,” which will coincide with the upcoming return of Ross Rayburn. The scene begins with “Brad” introducing himself to the cop as “Lt. Brad Daley, Llanview P.D.” The cop replies yeah, from Pennsylvania, and that he spoke to the police commissioner from there earlier on the phone. Brad states that he coming to arrest a fugitive by the name of “Clark Brown.” The cop points to a nearby man, claiming he’s Mr. Brown. However, Brad replies that that is not the person he is looking for. The cop asks who is he then, to which Brad quips that the man is actually “Ray Patterson.” The cop admits that he only did what he was told. He was informed that he could find Clark Brown at this address, and that the man identified himself as such. Annoyed, Brad asks the cop if he or his fellow officers encounted anyone else at the scene, like maybe a skinny blonde woman. The Tahiti Cop replies that they did a search of the area, but it turned up empty. Interested, Brad asks where the search area is, to which the cop replies that it is nearby. Brad says that he must get there right away. Ray, meanwhile, inquires as to if he is a free man now. The cop says, no, because he is wanted by in the U.S. Ray is adamant and replies that it’s Clark, and not him, that they want, and that they have the wrong guy in custody. The cop replies “now you tell us” as the scene ends.

Another new audition script is for the role of Judge Burdett. In this script, the Judge asks “Tim Bright” if his attorney will be joining them in the courtroom today, leading him to admit that he couldn’t afford to hire one. The Judge replies that it shouldn’t be a problem, since the case appears fairly simple and straightforward. He/She goes on to say that the will appears to be in order, since it has been signed and notarized, and rules that Tim is should be granted custody of “Suzy Marsh.” “Patrick” jumps up and states that “Sam Major” is Suzy’s biological father, and not Mr. Bright, giving him the advantage according to the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Judge agrees that there is precedent, and that he/she will hear arguments to that effect. The Judge then asks Tim to proceed, at which point he admits that he has something that should settle the matter….Suzy’s birth certificate naming him as the girl’s father. (The Judge’s last name in this script is the same as that of a woman Executive Producer Frank Valentini encountered while on a recent trip to Costa Rica, in which he promised to name an upcoming minor character after her).

There was also two other scripts released recently for the minor roles of “Mr. Stein” and a “Coach,” however, details on them remain sketchy at this time.

In other news…

Kassie DePaiva tweets that “For those of you looking for photos of my new hair…Buy the June 22 issue date of Soap Opera Weekly for photos. Should be on sale now.”

And Lenny Platt (Nate) tweeted earlier this month that “For reals. Over in a flash. Too bad they didn’t keep the scene of Starr changing shoes mid-shootout.” The scene he is referring to was the shoot-out in the barn with Todd, Bull, Nate, Starr, James, and Dani.

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

  • Sabine Singh
  • One Life to Live
  • Terrell Tilford
  • Kassie DePaiva
  • Frank Valentini
  • Brian Kerwin
  • Erika Slezak
  • Starr
  • James
  • Nate
  • Dani
  • Viki
  • Dorian
  • Clint
  • Janet Hubert
  • David Gregory
  • Eli
  • Ford
  • Ross Rayburn
  • Billy Warlock
  • Wendy
  • David
  • Lisa Williamson
  • Evangeline
  • Layla
  • Charlie
  • Max Tapper
  • Det. Price
  • Greg Evans
  • Téa
  • Michael J. Burg
  • Conseiller Municipal
  • IMDb.com
  • Blair
  • Paul S. Glass
  • Todd
  • Tahiti Cop
  • Llanview
  • Lt. Brad Daley
  • Clark Brown
  • Ray Patterson
  • Judge Burdett
  • Tim Bright
  • Suzy Marsh
  • Sam Major
  • Patrick
  • Mr. Stein
  • Coach
  • dayplayers
  • Soap Opera Weekly
  • Lenny Platt
  • Bull
  • Nic Robuck
  • Mary Ryan
  • Kelly Cramer
  • Reed Wagner
  • Gavin Alexander Hammon
  • ABC Soaps in Depth


    Monday, July 26, 2010 at 12:00 AM ET by Angela Rosa


    Photo: ABC

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Television and stage actor Larry Keith passes away at the age of 79.

    In 1970, along side such daytime greats as Susan Lucci and Ray MacDonnell, Larry Keith (born Lawrence Jay Korn) debuted as an original cast member of what would become one of daytime’s most popular daytime serials, “All My Children.” Keith, born in Brooklyn on March 4, 1931, passed away at the age of 79. According to Keith’s daughter, Lisa Korn, the talented actor lost his battle with cancer in Manhattan on July 17.

    Keith played the well-dressed restaurateur, as well as father figure and lover of daytime’s most famous character Erica Kane (Susan Lucci), Nick Davis until 1978. The Emmy-nominated actor (1977, 1978 Outstanding Lead Actor) would return to the soap for several short stints over the following two decades. Before, during and after leaving his mark on daytime, Keith was also making a name for himself on Broadway. In 1961, he became the first America actor to land the role of the very British Prof. Henry Higgins in the original Broadway Production of “My Fair Lady.” The trained singer also appeared on Broadway productions of “High Spirits,” “I Had a Ball” (1964), “The Best Laid Plans” (1966), “Gigi” (1973), “Titanic” (1998), “Cabaret” (2001) and last but not least as Mr. Stopnick on “Caroline, or Change.” The actor who found “The Actors Company Theatre,” an Off Broadway repertory company that produces plays, also performed in many, many Off-Broadway productions. Keith’s other television credits include guest-roles on “Law & Order” and “Damages.”

    Funeral Services were held for Keith at the Riverside Memorial Chapel in Manhattan on July 22. Keith, a Brooklyn College graduate and a Korean War veteran (he performed for the troops), is survived by wife, Mina Wagman, daughter, Lisa, a grandchild and his brother Alvin Korn.

    “All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. “AMC” also airs 24/7 online at ABC.com.



    Monday, July 26, 2010 at 12:05 AM ET by Angela Rosa


    Photo: IMDb

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Emma Lavery gets a new face.

    Star-kidz.net is reporting that Emily Alyn Lind is out as “All My Children’s” Emma Lavery. Replacing the young actress will be Danielle Parker. Parker will be the third Emma to air on the ABC soap opera this year.

    Lind first aired on “AMC” in February. Fans of the young actress need not fret, the soap kids site hints that the situation was mutually beneficial. Star-kidz.net will keep fans updated on Lind’s next move, as well as the move of most of daytime’s littlest stars. Lind replaced Lucy Merriam who originated the role of Ryan Lavery (Cameron Mathison) and Annie Chandler (Melissa Claire Egan) daughter in 2006. The ABC soap lost the talented Merriam during the production relocation move west late last year.

    Parker, whose other acting credits include a small role on the NBC soap opera “Days of Our Lives,” debuts as Emma on Monday, August 16.

    “All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. “AMC” also airs 24/7 online at ABC.com.



    Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 2:10 PM ET by Scotty Gore


    Photo: NBC

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The soap veteran joins the cast of “One Life to Live” in the recasted role of Ross Rayburn. 

    According to Soap Opera Digest, Warlock, whose most recent soap stint was as Anthony Blackthorn on “As the World Turns,” began taping his scenes at the “OLTL” studios yesterday, July 19th.  This was after “One Life” learned that Michael Lowry, who portrayed Ross off and on for the past year, was unavailable to reprise the role due to scheduling conflicts.  The role was originated by Shawn Christopher in 2002.

    The actor is no stranger to soaps, having also appeared on “General Hospital,” “Days of Our Lives,” and “The Young & the Restless.”  In addition, he has also been a regular on shows such as “Happy Days” and “Baywatch.” 

    Warlock will be on recurring status with “OLTL,” and his stint is expected to be short-term.  No first airdate has been announced. 

    In other casting news…

    David Henry Coffey reprises his role as an ER Doctor on July 20th, when he informs Natalie that she is pregnant.  Coffey last appeared a few weeks ago when James was admitted to the hospital after being shot.

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

    • One Life to Live
    • Days of our Lives
    • General Hospital
    • Michael Lowry
    • Ross Rayburn
    • Billy Warlock
    • Shawn Christopher
    • Chris Henry Coffey


      Sunday, July 18, 2010 at 8:05 PM ET


      "The Bold and the Beautiful's" Mackenzie Mauzy appears in tonight's episode of Lifetime's "Drop Dead Diva" along-side Candice Accola as sisters who are accused of killing the manager of their pop group "Confetti." Soap Opera Network has a look at the duo singing their song "Begin Again" in a music video inspired by the episode with the same name, which is the sixth to air in "Diva's" second season.

      "Drop Dead Diva" airs Sunday's at 9:00 PM ET/PT on Lifetime.



      Sunday, July 17, 2010 at 2:10 PM ET by Scotty Gore


      Photo: Donna Svennevik/ABC

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — In a message to her fans on her Facebook page, the actress reveals that she has asked to be taken off contract with “One Life to Live” because she “decided this because it’s just time to move on…and time to try other things.”

      The news may seem like déjà vu, given that there were rumors to that effect earlier this year that were quickly denied by the Sumpter.  However, this time around the news came straight from the actress herself. 

      In a video message to her fans on Friday, Sumpter explains that her decision to be taken off contract (as of July 30th), was her’s alone, and that she will remain with “OLTL” in a recurring capacity, saying that “Whenever ‘One Life’ needs me to come and stop by and do whatever they need me to do I will be there.” You can watch her entire three mintue clip here.

      It remains unclear as to how her decision will affect her on-screen love interest David Fumero (Cristian Vega), who recently signed a new contract with the show. 

      Sumpter joined the cast of “One Life to Live” as Layla Williamson in 2005.  She has appeared in films such as “Brooklyn’s Finest,” “Whisper Me a Lullaby,” and “Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming.” 

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

      • One Life to Live
      • OLTL
      • Facebook
      • David Fumero
      • Tika Sumpter
      • Layla Williamson
      • Cristian Vega


        Saturday, July 17, 2010 at 1:18 AM ET by Errol Lewis


        Photo: Arlene Richie

        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Jason Castro is set to appear on CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful" at the end of this month when he shares scenes with "B&B" actors Sarah Joy Brown (Agnes Jones), Zack Conroy (Oliver Jones) and Kimberly Matula (Hope Logan).

        The "American Idol" contestant will play himself when he makes his soap debut on the Thursday, July 29 episode of "B&B." Look for the singer to perform the song "Love Uncompromised" off of his self-titled debut album Jason Castro. The album was released in April 2010.

        Ironically, Castro's episode debut coincides with the debut of former "Family Matters" star Reginald velJohnson.

        "The Bold and the Beautiful" airs Weekdays on CBS. Anytime on CBS.com.

        • The Bold and the Beautiful
        • B&B
        • Reginald velJohnson
        • Jason Castro
        • Sarah Joy Brown
        • Zack Conroy
        • Kimberly Matula
        • American Idol
        • AI


          Saturday, July 17, 2010 at 12:20 AM ET by Errol Lewis


          Photo: Wireimage

          (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — For nine seasons, actor Reginald velJohnson portrayed the popular role of Carl Otis Winslow on the ABC/CBS comedy series "Family Matters." Now he's set to appear on CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful" later this month in scenes with actress Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy Forrester) and "B&B" newcomer Scott Clifton (Liam Cooper).

          velJohnson is will be playing the role of Ed and his first airdate is set for Thursday, July 29.

          In 2010, the actor has appeared in episodes of Disney XD's "I'm in the Band" and the online series "Funny or Die Presents…"

          Look for Clifton to make his first appearance on "The Bold and the Beautiful" starting this Monday, July 19.

          "The Bold and the Beautiful" airs Weekdays on CBS. Anytime on CBS.com.

          • The Bold and the Beautiful
          • B&B
          • Jacqueline MacInnes Wood
          • Reginald velJohnson
          • Scott Clifton
          • Family Matters
          • I’m in the Band
          • Funny or Die Presents…


            Friday, July 16, 2010 at 11:53 PM ET by Errol Lewis


            Photo: Craig Sjodin/ABC

            (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — If you thought you couldn't get enough of Brenda Barrett and her portrayers return to ABC's "General Hospital" next month, SOAPnet.com has more Brenda, Brenda, Brenda for those of you who just can't get enough.

            Beginning Saturday, July 17, SOAPnet.com will begin counting down to Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo's return to the soap with "classic and key moments" in Brenda's history each day until her first airdate on Wednesday, August 11. SOAPnet.com's decision to showcase the characters history over the course of 25 days follows in line with corporate sibling ABC Family's annual "25 Days of Christmas."

            "Remember when Sonny busted her with the wire? Or when they went to Puerto Rico? Or when Brenda met Jax? We'll be showing all those moments and more – one new moment added each day," the online portion of the SOAPnet cable network said.

            With SOAPnet on its way out in 2012, it does seem interesting that the network never thought of doing a "25 Days of Classic Soaps" theme at some point during the year to drive up its viewer base as ABC Family had done over the years allowing it to grow into one of the most watched cable networks and a financial success to The Walt Disney Company, who was accused of overspending on the network in the early 2000's from News Corporation (when the channel was then known as FOX Family).

            "General Hospital" airs Weekdays on ABC. Anytime on ABC.com.

            • SOAPnet
            • SOAPnet.com
            • General Hospital
            • GH
            • Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo
            • ABC Family








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