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Real Life Takes Cue from Llanview

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Sunday, April 25, 2010 1:00 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A state senate race in Pennsylvania shares similarities with a recent storyline on “One Life to Live.”

Who says that what happens on a soap opera couldn’t possibly occur in real life? Last fall, Llanview mayoral candidate Dorian Cramer Lord (Robin Strasser) pretended to be a homosexual in order to win the town’s gay vote and defeat her archival Viki Banks (Erika Slezak) in the election.

Sounds outlandish, right? Well, before you answer, check this out. Earlier this month, Incumbent State Representative Babette Josephs accused her opponent Gregg Kravitz in the upcoming Pennsylvania Democratic primary of lying about being a bi-sexual in a attempt to win the local LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) vote bloc. In addition, the 70-year-old Joesphs, who is a widow, has also called the 29-year-old Kravitz a “trust fund baby.”

“That kind of taunting is going to make it more difficult for closeted members of the LGBT community to be comfortable with themselves” Kravitz told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “It’s damaging.”

Josephs, who has served the district since 1984, shocked those in attendance at a recent campaign event when she commented that “I outed him as a straight person. This guy’s a gem. There will be cheating if he can get away with it, because he already has tried to lie to people about a whole bunch of stuff, including his sexuality.” According to Josephs, Kravitz told her he was gay, and then later introduced her to a woman claimed he was currently dating.

Kravitz fired back at Josephs, telling the Associated Press that he didn’t remember telling people that he liked to “swing both ways” and that “My point was that in 2010, a person’s sexuality is not an issue; the issue is record of achievement. I am extraordinarily proud of my record of achievement on the LGBT community, which I do for the sake of good public policy and because it’s right.” Kravitz has worked on Wall Street and has been a staffer for other political campaigns.

Philadelphia’s LGBT ‘Liberty City Democrats’ has endorsed Josephs. She has voted against a proposed ban on gay marriage and helped get sexual orientation added to the state’s hate crimes law.

The heated race in is the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s 182nd State House District, which serves the portion of Philadelphia locals refer to as ‘Gayborhood.’ The district is near the area which Agnes Nixon used as a backdrop for her daytime dramas “All My Children,” “One Life to Live,” and “Loving.”

“We’ve hit a new high point when candidates are accused of pretending to be gay to win a seat. I’ve been doing this for 40 years, and I never have heard of this kind of charge in any race in the nation. I take that as flattery. It shows how far we’ve come,” gay rights advocate and editor of the Philadelphia Gay News, Mark Segal tells the Philadelphia Inquirer. Apparently Mr. Segal is not a fan of “One Life to Live.”

Pennsylvanians will head to the polls on May 18th to vote in the primary election. You can read more about the story here.

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



CBS to Air 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

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Friday, April 23, 2010 11:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — In a surprising move, CBS announces plans to air this year’s Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony live from Sin City.     

Despite recently cancelling television’s two longest-running daytime dramas and announcing last year that they were no longer interested in carrying the telecast on their network, CBS seems to have had a change of heart. The decision is even more shocking considering the fact that last’s year’s broadcast resulted in record low ratings. Roughly 2.7 million people tuned in to watch the 2009 ceremony, compared with 5.4 million in 2008, resulting in a 0.6 rating and a 2 share among adults aged 18-49.

“Daytime series have a loyal and passionate following,” comments CBS’ Jack Sussman, executive VP of specials, music and live events.  Even so, that following has eroded significantly in recent years.

After years of alternating between ABC and CBS (NBC opted out in 2004), the 2009 awards ceremony looked as if it would go unaired for the first time in twenty-five years, following word that both broadcasters had scrapped plans for any current and future Daytime Emmy Award telecasts.  The news sent execs scrambling to find a new home for the ceremony, which was eventually picked up by the CW. 

According to Herb Granath, chairman of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, “The Daytime Emmy Awards are one of the cornerstones of our business and we are thrilled to be back on CBS.  Last year’s show was one of the most entertaining events in our history, and this year’s Las Vegas-based broadcast promises to be even more exciting.” 

Associated Television International will produce the ceremony for the second straight, with the group’s president David McKenzie serving as executive producer. 

The 37th Annual Daytimne Emmy Awards will air on CBS on Sunday, June 27th, from 9:00-11:00 PM ET from the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel.  Nominees will be announced on May 12th. 

The Daytime Creative Arts and Entertainment Emmy Awards will be given out on Friday, June 25th, at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Las Vegas. 



Carmen LoPorto Cast in ‘Torture Chamber’

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010 11:05 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The pint-sized “One Life to Live” star lands a role in a feature film.

Since stepping into the recurring role of Jack Manning, the son of sociopath Todd Manning on “OLTL” in 2007, the 13-year-old LoPorto has has become a fan favorite. In mid-May he begins taping his scenes in the upcoming movie “Torture Chamber,” which was written and directed by Dante Tomaselli.

Shot in various locations throughout New York and New Jersey, the film also stars “Sopranos” castmember Vincent Pastore (who played Arthur ‘Rack em Up’ Ross on “OLTL” from 2003-04, and Maximus Giambetti on “General Hospital” in 2008) and Ed Neil, best known for his role in the movie “Texas Chain Saw Massacre.” Lynn Lowry, Marilyn Burns, and Christie Sanford round out the main cast.

LoPorto plays Jimmy, “a demonically possessed 13-year-old boy escapes from an asylum and discovers an old abandoned castle with a secret passageway to a cobwebbed torture chamber,” according to the website HorrorMovies.ca.

Tomaselli tells the site that “In terms of outright fear, I want to push the envelope right off the table. Religious fanaticism… eternal damnation. This is a film about peeling back layers of pain and guilt buried in the unconscious mind. At the core, there’s a family in deep psychic pain. It’s the first serious independent horror film in a long time that’s in the vein of  ‘The Exorcist.’ ‘Torture Chamber’ aims to be one of the scariest horror movies of recent years.”

A theatrical release date for “Torture Chamber” has not been announced. 

This isn’t the first big screen role for LoPorto. He played Francis Tierney III in 2008 Gavin O’Conner directed crime drama “Pride and Glory,” in which he appeared alongside Edward Norton, Collin Farrell, John Voight, and Noah Emmerich. LoPorto has also appeared in four short films, and has a handful of other acting credits on his resume.

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



ABC is ‘Spelling’ Out Daytime Plans

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010 2:30 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the Alphabet network is currently in the planning stages for a new daytime talk show featuring Tori Spelling.

Apparently not learning from the Aisha Tyler fiasco last year, ABC is said to be “in the very early stages of development, would feature Spelling and a male co-host who would basically serve as Spelling’s best friend forever. The network is looking for a ‘Will & Grace’ vibe between Spelling and her as-yet-undiscovered BFF.”

Spelling, the daughter of legendary television producer Aaron Spelling, stars in the the Oxygen reality show “Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood,” alongside her husband Dean McDermott. The show is currently in its fifth season. She became a household name after being cast as Donna Martin in the ’90s primetime drama “Beverly Hills 90210.”

As for a potential time slot for the new talk show, should it eventually make it to air, there could be as many as three possibilities. Since the network already broadcast three hour long daytime dramas, along with “The View,” the network could ask their local affiliates across the country to give up an extra hour of programming, possibly in the late afternoon, where many ABC stations presently air “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” But with Winfrey ending her daytime chat fest in September of 2011, the majority of ABC affiliates, even those owned by the network itself, may be reluctant to hand over that hour, since many have already announced plans to use the extra hour to expand their local newscasts.

Or ABC may opt to shop the show around to cable outlets or try to syndicate it to local stations. Lastly, they could cancel one of their three soaps (“All My Children,” “General Hospital,” or “One Life to Live”) in order to make room on their daytime line-up.

But soap fans shouldn’t panic, at least yet anyway. Even if the show survives the planning stages, there is no guarantee that it would make it out off the ground. A year ago, ABC dropped plans to continue with a proposed Aisha Tyler talk show after an un-aired pilot tested poorly when screened for focus groups.

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



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Tuesday, April 20, 2010 2:30 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Tuc Watkins finds himself back in Llanview once more, and this time he plans to hang around for awhile.

The last time viewers saw David Vickers Buchanan he was blackmailing Kim to walk on his uncle Clint. Now comes word that he will back in town again in the near future, as Watkins has signed a new contract with the ABC sudser.

Watkins has been portraying the popular conman on and off since 1994. After leaving the show in 1997, he has returned for several short stints on a yearly basis since 2001, including being on contract again from 2003-06. Before coming to Llanview he played Dr. Pierce Dorman on “General Hospital” from 1996-97. And since 2007 he has portrayed Bob Hunter, one half of Wisteria Lane’s only gay couple, on “Desperate Housewives.”

Although a spokesperson confirmed the news to Soap Opera Digest, there is no word on the length of Watkins’ new contract or when his first airdate will be. However, on Monday, May 3rd, Kelly’s old flame Reed Wagner eases Dorian’s suspicions about him when he mentions that he knew David while he was staying in London.

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



‘OLTL’ May 2010 Casting Notes

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010 3:00 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” uses the sound of music to usher in the month of May.

Is Viki and Clint’s prodigal son Kevin (Dan Gauthier) on his way back to the canvas? It appears so (albeit briefly) since Kevin and his little sis Natalie sympathize with one another over the sorry state of their love lives on Friday, May 7th.

Tramaine Montell Ford, who has recently been tweeting about his days taping on the “OLTL” set, has announced on his website that fans can see him on air during the musical on May 14th, 17th, and 18th.

Meredith Collins recently shot “back to back” episodes of “One Life.”

Cole’s arraignment begins on Wednesday, May 5th, when the teen goes before a rather strict Judge.

More new faces are heading for Llanview as the calendar changes from April to May, however it is unclear exactly who will playing the new minor characters at this time. Look for Penny and Otto to make debuts when Rex and Gigi travel to Sante Fe, New Mexico after getting a lead on the locket Nurse Wojohowitz gave him that belonged to his birth parents on Friday, May 7th. You can read a summary of the audition scripts for both roles here.

Also on May 7th, Danielle accepts Matthew’s prom invite after seeing Nate asking Whitney (Erin Moriarty – but no relation to the “48 Hours” correspondent of the same name) to go the dance. We first saw Whitney last week when she was selling prom tickets to Cristian Vega.

A day earlier, Darren returns and manages to convince Destiny to escort him to the prom. Darren was last seen on March 23rd, when he was Cristian’s one man stage crew for the upcoming musical.

You can read about “One Life” fan Megan Gerth‘s in-depth account (including pictures with the show’s cast) concerning her visit to the studios earlier this month at her blog. Among the things discussed in her blog is a blurb about a guy named Matt, who will playing a Rodi’s Bartender in an upcoming episode.

Shenell Edmonds’ (Destiny) fan club manager has released a statement mentioning the teen star’s upcoming 16th birthday, and the expanding of her character on “One Life to Live.”

And, as for the progress of the impending musical “Starr X-d Lovers,” “OLTL” Music Director Paul Glass tweeted Monday that “we’re more than halfway done…just one more week of taping musical segments when we get back. Thanks!” He also reports that the “Studio is dark this week..much needed rest from a crazy couple musical weeks!!”

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



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Tuesday, April 20, 2010 2:00 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Pine Valley bids adieu to three major forces this week.

“All My Children” says goodbye to Palmer Cortlandt on today’s episode. The episode will feature flashbacks of some of Palmer’s most memorable moments along with unaired footage of James Mitchell portraying Palmer (the footage was taped at the actors California home for the soaps 40th Anniversary episode earlier this year). Gillian Spencer, who played Palmer’s most memorable ex-wife Daisy, Taylor Miller, who played Palmer’s daughter Nina, and Alicia Minshew, who plays one of the Kane women the tycoon had a special affinity for, will make guest appearances on the tribute episode. Mitchell passed away on January 22 at the age of 89.

David Canary puts in his last appearance as Stuart Chandler on Wednesday, April 21, when Adam shares heartwarming scenes with his deceased brother’s spirit.

On Friday, April 23, Canary wraps up nearly three decades of playing the undeniable force that is Adam Chandler. Look for the heart-sick character to reunite with the love of his life, Brooke English, and take off for a stress-free happily ever after. Of course, this means that the Emmy darling is taking Julia Barr, the actress who has portrayed Brooke from 1976 to 2006 and since February, off-screen with him. Barr returned to the soap specifically for this story. In another nice nod to “AMC” history, look for Susan Lucci’s Erica to play a big roll in Brooke and Adam’s exit episodes. Although the retiring, east-coast based Canary has said that he’s open to returning for stints, it appears more likely that we’ll see Barr on-screen as Adam’s surrogate from time to time in the future.

Make sure not to miss a moment of “AMC” this week!

“All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings. “AMC” now also airs online at ABC.com and SOAPnet.com which can be accessed 24/7.


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