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Two ‘OLTL’ Alums Pass Away

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010 3:00 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — In a little over a month, “One Life to Live” has lost two actresses that once portrayed one of Llanview’s most recognizable characters.

On March 4th, Nancy Pinkerton Peabody died at the age of 69, as a result of congestive heart failure. Joining the cast of “One Life” in 1973, Peabody (then credited as just Nancy Pinkerton), originated the role of Dr. Dorian Cramer Lord (currently played by Robin Strasser). She would leave the show just four years later, however her legacy still lives on today. It was during Peabody’s stint as Dorian that the long-standing rivalry between the character and Victoria “Viki” Lord (Erika Slezak) began.

Prior to joining “OLTL,” she played Beth Moon Anderson Barnes on “The Edge of Night” from 1963-67, and Karen MacMillan on “Somerset” from 1970-72. After leaving Llanview, she went on to portray Viveca Strand on “The Doctors” (1979-81), Dorothy Connors on “As the World Turns” (1983-84), and Helen Kennedy on “Guiding Light” (1985). In addition, she appeared on the celebrity game show “Hollywood Squares” in 1979. In recent years, she found work as a real estate agent and photographer.

Peabody is survived by her sister, along with a half-brother and sister, and her life partner Fred Nagel. Cremation was chosen. A memorial service is being planned for May 7th, which would have been been her 70th birthday. You can read her full obituary from The East Hampton (New York) Star here.

Then on April 10th, celebrated actress Dixie Carter died at the age of 70. According to her husband (and fellow actor) Hal Holbrook, the cause of death was complications from endometrial cancer, which was diagnosed earlier this year. Carter briefly stepped into the role of Dorian for a few months in 1974 while Peabody was on maternity leave.

Perhaps best remembered for her portrayal as the outspoken Southern Bell Julia Sugarbaker on the popular CBS sitcom “Designing Women” (1986-93), Carter made her acting debut in a Memphis stage production of “Carsoul” in 1960. After Peabody returned to the role of Dorian, Carter played Oivia Brandeis “Brandy” Henderson on “The Edge of Night” from 1974-76. Upon relocating to Los Angeles, she landed the role of Maggie McKinney on “Diff’rent Strokes” from 1984-85, before joining “Designing Women.”

Following the conclusion of that show, Carter was a cast in a number of small roles, before returning to primetime as Randi King on “Family Law” from 1999-2002. In 2004 she guest-starred on “Law & Order: SVU.” She also continued to pursue her Broadway career.

From 2006-07, she was cast as mentally disturbed Gloria Hodge, mother of Bree Van de Kamp’s (Marcia Cross) husband Orson Hodge (Kyle MacLachlan) on “Desperate Housewives.” The role earned Carter an Emmy Award nomination in the category of Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. Her final television project was 2008′s “That Evening Sun,” which she and Holbrook filmed in east Tennessee.

In addition to her husband, Cater is survived by two daughters from a previous marriage, along with one sister, and several nieces and nephews.

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



Llanview Welcomes Two New Faces

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Friday, April 9, 2010 4:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” casts roles for the upcoming musical, ‘Starr X’d Lovers.’

Lenny Platt will make his return to Llanview (he appeared as James in a 2008 episode of “OLTL”) starting Monday, April 12th at Nate Sallinger, the teen chosen to play Cole Thornhart in Langston’s play about her best friend Starr’s turbulent life. The role is recurring and expected to last through the spring.

Also cast in the musical, in an unknown role is Tramaine Montell Ford. The past several days the actor has made numerous posts on his Twitter page concerning the taping of the big event on the “One Life” set. Ford states this will appear on screen from “April through May.” You can also view a video of him sharing a cab ride through New York City with Kristen Alderson (Starr), in which they talk about the show. In addition, Alderson talks more about the taping and recording of songs for the big musical number on her Twitter page. A first airdate for Ford has not been announced.

And for more behind-the-scenes information about “One Life to Live,” check out the Twitter page of Megan Gerth, who visited the set this week with one of her friends. Gerth has made dozens of tweets about the taping of the musical, meeting the cast members, dayplayers and extras, and her trip to the Big Apple. Some highlights include Gerth discussing how Brandon Buddy (Cole) wasn’t around during some of the taping of the musical, listening to an extra bash the soap and how it would probably get cancelled, and mentioning that Shaun Ringgold (Sean) was taping some more scenes.

In other news…

Alice Barrett returns as Dr. Morrison again on Monday, April 19th, when she shares some interesting news with Marty following her accident.

“One Life to Live” has released a new audition script for the role of a “Wedding Singer.” Could this mean that a Bo and Nora wedding in the future? There is also a new script out for “Murray.” Information on both casting calls is sketchy at this time, however, SON will bring you updates as more information becomes available.

Bree Williamson (Jessica) tweeted on Monday that “Whoa! Long day at One Life today!!! Super tired… Going home to lay on the couch!” And on Thursday she said that “We have been shooting the musical all week at One Life! I wish I could tell you what my song is but I can’t Cher that info yet!”

Music Director Paul Glass writes that it was “Another huge day working on the musical! We have been going day and night for a couple of weeks….really excited how it’s coming together!”

And look for more dayplayer roles in upcoming episodes, including April 13th and 16th, as well as May 3rd and 11th.

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



The Search Is Over at ‘AMC’

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Thursday, April 8, 2010 11:07 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Erica Kane’s next love interest is cast on “All My Children.”

Michael Nouri is joining the cast of “All My Children” this May as Erica Kane’s newest romantic interest, Caleb McGraw. The soap has been trying to find the perfect actor for the contract role for since this past winter. Susan Lucci, who plays the legendary diva, is reportedly “over the moon” with the casting decision.

Th 64-year old actor is probably best known for the role of Nick Hurley in the 1983 film “Flashdance.” The movie which spawned an extremely popular soundtrack (that included the tracks “What a Feeling” and “Maniac”) starred Nouri and Jennifer Beals. The actor has kept busy through the years with numerous guest and recurring roles in a number of television series – ABC’s “Brothers & Sisters,” CBS’s “Cold Case” and “CSI: NY,” FOX’s “The O.C.” and FX’s “Damages” to name a few – television movies and has also starred on Broadway. In recent times, Nouri could be spotted in the Sandra Bullock hit-film “The Proposal” and in the recurring role of Eli David, the father of series regular Ziva David played by Cote de Pablo, on CBS’s “NCIS.” This is not Nouri’s first venture into daytime, he starred on “Search for Tomorrow,” “Somerset,” and in 2004 landed on CBS’s “The Young and the Restless.”

Despite a romantic future that appears to be written in the stars, don’t expect Caleb to hit it off with Pine Valley’s favorite diva. Understandably, the rugged mountaineer will not be happy to meet Ms. Kane after she quite literally crashes into the life. Nouri first airs in the role of Caleb on Monday, May 24.

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


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    Passanante Joins ‘OLTL’ Writing Staff

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    Friday, April 2, 2010 11:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “As the World Turns” Head Writer Jean Passanante returns to her Llanview roots. 

    Soap Opera Network‘s Xavier Toups broke the news that the scribe would soon be re-joining the “One Life to Live” writing staff earlier this week.  Now SOAPnet.com is confirming the report.  Passanante is expected to make the move from Oakdale to Llanview sometime later this year when the recently cancelled “ATWT” wraps production this summer. 

    Head Writer of “As the World Turns” since 2005 (and Co-Head Writer from 2001 to 2005 and 2009-10), Passanante got her start in daytime as an associate head writer on “One Life to Live” in 1993.  She remained at the soap for the next five years (including a stint as Co-Head Writer with Peggy Sloane from 1996-97).  After leaving “OLTL,” she became the Co-Head Writer of “Another World” from 1998-99.  Then she moved to “All My Children,” and served as Co-Head Writer (and later briefly as sole Head Writer) from 1999-2001, before ending up on “As the World Turns.”

    As a member of the writing teams of four different soaps in the past two decades, Passanante and her fellow scribes have been nominated for several Daytime Emmy and WGA Awards (several of which they one) over the years.     

    During her previous stint on “OLTL,” Passanante worked alongside current Head Writer Ron Carlivati, who was a writer’s assitant on the soap from 1996-98 before being elevated to Script Writer.  Passanante will serve as an Associate Head Writer, however, Carlivati is expected to retain his current position. 

    “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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    Friday, April 2, 2010 10:00 PM ET by Scotty Gore

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A backstage look at the new and improved “One Life to Live.”

    BEHIND THE SCENES: ONE LIFE TO LIVE

    Kristen Alderson (Starr Manning) and Brittany Underwood (Langston Wilde Cramer) take fans behind the scenes at their new studios in New York City in the latest edition of “More Life to Live.”  From their dressing room, to the hair and make-up area, to the studio floor, they provide a glimpse at the show’s new home. 

    You can view the video clip by clicking here.

    Next Week on One Life to Live…

    • Bo fights for his life.
    • Roxy learns the identity of her real son.
    • Danielle and Destiny compete for the lead in the musical.
    • Gigi has a decision to make.
    • Fish takes his daughter home.
    • Kelly asks John to help investigate her mother’s death.
    • Starr hates keeping Langston’s secret.
    • The custody hearing for Sierra Rose begins.

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



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    Friday, April 2, 2010 3:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Amanda Setton’s final airdate, two new roles are cast, a familiar face returns, and other minor casting news in this edition of Llanview Casting Gossip.

    Amanda Setton‘s days in Llanview as the pole dancer turned millionaire wife Kim Andrews come to an end on Friday, April 2nd.  Setton recently turned down a pay raise and a new contract in favor of exploring other options outside of “One Life to Live.” 

    Gavin Alexander Hammon has been cast in the role of Reed, who will interact with Kelly Cramer beginning Friday, April 30th.  Reed is described as “a sexy, good looking suave financial hot shot, and is self assured, charming and confident.”  To read a summary of the audition script, click here.  The role is ‘heavey recurring.’

    Lenny Platt debuts as Nate, the boy cast as Cole Thornhart in Langston’s high school musical, on Monday, April 12th. 

    Michael Lowry will return as Ross Rayburn later this month, and will “be Todd’s worst nightmare,” according to Soap Opera Weekly.

    Matthew Jared will play a Rodi’s Bartendar on Tuesday, April 6th. 

    Mellini Kantayya returns as a Nurse on Thursday, April 29th. 

    Daniel Passaro recently began the recurring role of Llanview High’s drama teacher Mr. G. 

    In other news…

    Kristen Alderson (Starr) tweeted on Tuesday that ”  I read the three episode musical for One Life today. It’s AMAZING, I can’t wait to film it! You guys are gonna love it <3.”

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



    Erica Kane Gets ‘Lost’

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    Thursday, March 30, 2010 5:15 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — ABC takes one of their most well-known daytime heroines and plants her on one of their primetime dramas. 

    In an announcement made this morning on their website, the network said that Lucci would soon be appearing on “Lost” as her Erica Kane persona in a special crossover event, which would leave her stranded on the same island as the passangers of Oceanic Flight 815.  Further details concerning the crossover are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.   

    Lucci is the last remaining original castmember on “All My Children,” and has been with the show since its 1970 debut. 

    You can view a sneak peek below:

    Lastly, both ABC and Soap Opera Network wish you a happy April Fool’s Day. Have a great afternoon!

    “All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on ABC.com and SOAPnet.com. Check local listings.



    ‘One Life to Live’ April Casting Notes

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    Thursday, March 30, 2010 11:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The spring season brings several new characters to Llanview.

    Just when you thought the “OLTL” canvas wasn’t crowded enough, several new and familiar faces will share some screentime during the month of April.

    Erika Slezak will bring Viki Banks back to Llanview in the coming weeks. On Friday, April 16th, she arrives at the Palace restaurant, only to misinterpret what she sees between Charlie and Dorian.

    Carmen LoPorto returns Tuesday, April 12th, when the pint-sized Jack Manning blames his dad’s rotten mood on the fact that he misses Téa.

    Maureen Mueller returned as Dr. Leah Joplin (who committed suicide in December 2008), in new flashback scenes on Tuesday, March 30th, where it was revealed that she was Allison Perkins’ sister.

    Despite hearing that former “Another World” star Alice Barrett would be playing Dr. Townshend in Tuesday’s episode, the show instead decided to reuse the name of the character she briefly portrayed on “OLTL” in a handful of episodes back in 2008. That character’s name was Dr. Morrison.

    Melanie King reprised her recurring role of Judge Avery Henson last week, during the custody hearing for Sierra Rose.

    SON cannot confirm at this time the identities of the actors cast in the following minor roles, which will air during the month of April…

    Pizza delivery girl Karen becomes Ford’s latest conquest. However, not wanting to pass up a good thing, the teaching assistant decides that two women are better than one, and continues his relationship with a naive Langston on Monday, April 12th, all the while sleeping with Karen on the side.

    Also on the 12th, Destiny and Matthew introduce themselves to Nate, the young man who will be playing Cole in Langston’s musical.

    Mrs. Stevens, the administrator at the California mental facility where Kelly’s mother Melinda resided before her death, first airs on Wednesday, April 14th when Ms. Cramer stops by with John McBain to ask her a few questions. Also on that date, Kelly is approached by a patient named Rodney, who claims to have some knowledge concerning her mother’s demise. Last week, viewers heard Rodney’s voice in phone conversations with Kelly.

    And on Friday, April 16th, Rex and Gigi follow up on a tip from Allison and question Nurse Wojohowitz, whom the cult follower claims may be able to give some insight into the day Rex was born.

    Also, “OLTL” released a casting call earlier this week for the role of “Pete.” The scene opens with “Rick” asking Pete what he is doing in his office. Pete wants to know if Rick broke things off with his daughter so he could be with some tramp. Rick claims it’s none of his business, to which Pete asserts that it is as long as continues to work for him. Rick fires back that he has paid off his father’s gambling debt and that he no longer needs to work at Pete’s casino. Nevertheless, Pete says that the debt is paid only when he says it is. He goes on to tell Rick that his daughter loves him and wants to marry him. Rick objects, however Pete reminds him that his daughter gets whatever she wants. Even so, Rick says that he will not marry the girl, and that he doesn’t love her. Pete tells him that he’s a dead man then. He goes on to say that he’ll learn to love her, and makes him set down and write a Dear John letter to his current girlfriend, saying that if he doesn’t, he can’t be responsible for what might happen to his parents. He tells Pete to write “I love her and I never loved you. Don’t try to contact me. I never want to see you or hear from you again.” However, when Rick says that none of it is true, Pete tells him that if it were, then he wouldn’t be telling him what to write. As the scene ends, he makes Rick sign the letter. Remember that “OLTL” frequently changes character names and sometimes tries to recycle parts of old audition scripts in an attempt to throw off viewers.

    And the following actors made their “One Life to Live” debuts last week with the names of the minor characters they portrayed in parentheses. Daniel Passaro (Mr. G), Jarrell Singleton (Darren), and Anthony Thomes (Guard 1).

    In other news…

    Bree Williamson (Jessica) and husband Michael are expecting their first child this fall. A spokesperson for “OLTL” had no comment on whether to soap plans to incorporate Williamson’s pregnancy will be referenced onscreen.

    “OLTL” Music Director Paul Glass tweeted on Monday that “LIFEHOUSE live in the studio today. First performance in new studio…sounded great and absolutely no nicer band in the world!”

    “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, March 30, 2010 1:00 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Soap Opera Network can now confirm when “One Life to Live’s” next high school musical will debut. 

    For weeks “One Life” fans have known that the soap was planning to remind viewers of the turbulent romance of teen lovers Starr Manning (Kristen Alderson) and Cole Thornhart (Brandon Buddy) sometime this spring.  Langston Wilde (Brittany Underwood) wrote the script, and auditions are currently being held.  And now the show prepares to begin filming the big musical number.

    Kristen Alderson revealed Monday on her Twitter page that the cast had just received copies of the script for the first day of the musical, which is set to begin on episode #10,686 (according to a picture of the cover page of the script posted by Alderson).  Barring any interruptions or pre-emptions of “OLTL” in the coming weeks, viewers can expect “Starr X’d Lovers” to begin on Friday, May 14th. 

    In the meantime, there will be some more scenes involving the Llanview teen scene in preparation for the musical.  On Monday, April 5th, Danielle (Kelley Missal) and Destiny (Shenell Edmonds) vie for the lead role in the play.  However, they soon agree to put their competition on the backburner in order to support Matthew (Eddie Alderson).  On Friday, April 12th, the three teens learn who has been cast in each role.  Matthew and Destiny introduce themselves to Nate, the boy who will be playing Cole on Monday, April 12th. And on Thursday, April 15th, Starr remembers the past while rehearsing scenes for the musical. 

    In 2007, “One Life to Live” featured Prom Night: The Musical, which featured Starr, Cole, Langston, Markko (Jason Tam), Britney Jennings (Portia Reiners) and their teacher Marcie McBain (Kathy Brier).

    “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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    Monday, March 29, 2010 9:28 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” ushers in a month of change.

    Victor Alfieri makes his “All My Children” debut on Monday, April 5. Alfieri will play Ciro a fashion photographer who interacts with the ladies of Fusion. The role is recurring. This is Alfieri’s fourth daytime role; he previously played Franco on “Days of Our Lives,” Gianni on “Passions” and Giovanni on “The Bold and the Beautiful.”

    Alicia Minshew returns to “AMC” on Friday, April 9. The popular actress who has played Kendall Hart since 2002 will return for a five episode stint which finds her ship-bound character playing hostess to a couple of surprise guests. Minshew is currently in the middle of an eight-month long maternity leave that will reportedly put Kendall back on the scene permanently late this coming summer.

    Minshew’s on-screen husband, played by Thorsten Kaye makes his return a couple of episodes later on Tuesday, April 13. The actor is back for three episodes. Kaye spent a little over five and a half years on “AMC” as Zach Slater before parting ways with the soap earlier this year.

    Both actors made their way to Los Angeles earlier this month to tape their scenes.

    With David Hayward’s (Vincent Irizarry) trial getting underway soon, look for Anna Koonin to reprise the role of his scorned henchwoman Nurse Gayle. Koonin will first appear on Friday, April 9. Koonin has been with “AMC” in a recurring capacity since February of 2009. Joining Koonin, during Hayward’s trial arc, will be Robb Derringer, as Pine Valley’s newest District Attorney, and Patrick Pankhurst, as Judge Meyers

    As previously reported, James Mitchell passed away on January 22. Pine Valley will gather to say goodbye to and remember the unforgettable tycoon Mitchell played for over thirty years, Palmer Cortlandt, on Tuesday, April 20. Taylor Miller and Gillian Spencer made their way to the “AMC” studio last week to reprise their popular “AMC” roles for the episode. Spencer, of course, played Daisy Murdoch, Palmer’s ex-wife, and Miller played Nina Cortlandt, Palmer and Daisy’s daughter. Both actors appeared on the show from 1979 to 1989.

    David Canary has opted to retire and will wrap up his twenty-seven year run on “AMC” this April. The loss of the extremely talented actor, who has earned five Emmy wins for Outstanding Lead Actor (and nearly twenty nominations) for playing Adam and Stuart Chandler, will no doubt leave a hole on the canvas and in fans hearts. Look for Adam’s story to start wrapping up beginning with the news of Palmer’s surprise passing, which will be followed by a shocking revelation that is set to rock the Chandler mansion. It has been reported that Julia Barr returned as Brooke in February to usher Adam out that door, ultimately, so are we really losing Ms. English too? That depends on Brooke’s answer to Adam’s question on Friday, April 23.

    In other casting news, Sadie Stratton, will debut in the role of Baby Trevor’s new nanny Jane on Wednesday, March 31.

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










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