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‘One Life to Live’ Wins GLAAD Award

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Sunday, March 14, 2010 3:00 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — In an ironic twist, the ABC soap is named “Best Daily Drama” by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation organization the same week the show fired the actors who portray Llanview’s only on-screen same-sex couple. 

On Wednesday news broke that Brett Claywell and Scott Evans were being let go by “One Life to Live” and that their characters Kyle Lewis and Oliver Fish (known affectionally as ‘Kish’), were being written off the canvas.  The decision resulted in a backlash that forced the soap to issue a statement thanking fans for supporting ‘Kish’ and saying that they “understand the fans’ disappointment now that it [the storyline] has concluded.”

Evans and Claywell accepted the award alongside “OLTL” Head Writer Ron Carlivati at the 21st Annual GLAAD Media Awards Ceremony in New York City on Saturday night. The show beat out “All My Children,” “As the World Turns,” and “Guiding Light” for the honor. 

“The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives,” according to the organization’s website.  “The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.”

Click here to see a picture of the group accepting the award.  Fans can also visit Brett Claywell’s and Scott Evans’ Twitter pages for commentary by both actors as they prepared to the awards show. 

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



Photo: Donna Svennevik/ABC

Friday, March 12, 2010 10:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Two days after firing their only on-screen same-sex couple, the ABC soap responds to outraged fans of the popular duo.

In a statement given to Soap Opera Network earlier this evening, a “One Life” spokesperson comments that “The groundbreaking Kyle/Fish relationship on ‘One Life to Live’ was embraced by fans both as a great story and a fair and honest reflection of the LGBT community. We’re glad their story resonated with the audience, and understand the fans’ disappointment now that it has concluded. The show has a history of bringing LGBT stories to the screen – earning two GLAAD awards in the process – as well as returning popular characters when they serve the ongoing story. These great characters remain in Llanview, and while there are no immediate plans to advance their story, the door is always open for their return.”

On Wednesday,TV Guide’s Michael Logan broke the news that “One Life to Live” had decided to axe cast members Brett Claywell (Kyle Lewis) and Scott Evans (Oliver Fish), whose characters are affectionately referred to as ‘Kish’ by “One Life” fans.

The decision has been met with backlash from angry fans and gay rights groups, including GLAAD (The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), which said in a press release Friday that “Last summer, ‘One Life to Live’ brought a ground-breaking relationship into the homes of millions with Kyle and Fish’s story, one that built acceptance and understanding of gay people. While we understand that the close of storylines is a frequent occurrence on daytime dramas, canceling this story just as it gains momentum is a step backward in ABC Daytime’s representation of the lives of gay Americans. When news reports broke yesterday, GLAAD spoke to ABC Daytime to voice concerns over the cancellation and advocate that the storyline continue. We remain disappointed that ABC Daytime has chosen to stop sharing this powerful story with viewers of ‘One Life to Live.’ GLAAD will continue to advocate that in the near future producers and writers at ABC Daytime incorporate gay and transgender characters in their programming.”

Both Claywell and Evans are expected to last air sometime in mid-April.

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



Photo: Donna Svennevik/ABC

Friday, March 12, 2010 5:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live’s” Tika Sumpter reportedly requests to be placed on recurring status with the soap.

According to The Suds Report the actress, who has portrayed Layla Williamson on the ABC sudser since 2005, has asked the “OLTL” brass to be taken on off contract.  It is speculated that decision had to do with Sumpter’s budding film and music career. 

The actress recently wrapped filming on the movie “Stop the Yard 2: Homecoming,” and is currently working on an album, that is scheduled to be released in the near future.  Additionally, she will join fellow actors Adrien Brody and Keanu Reeves in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Pro/Celebrity Race on April 17th.  Sumpter will drive a “high-performance” Toyota Scion tC in the race. 

In other news…

Rumors are swirling that nearly all of the Evans’ family may be phased out of Llanview in the coming months.  Currently Shenell Edmonds (Destiny), Sean Ringgold (Shaun), Tonye Patano (Phylicia), and Frankie Faison (Richard) are all on recurring status with “One Life to Live.”  This would leave only Terrell Tilford (Greg) on canvas.   

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



Former ‘One Life’ Star Sentenced in Brawl

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Thursday, March 11, 2010 10:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Nathaniel Marston pleads guilty to the misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest in a Manhattan courtroom.

Martson, a former “One Life to Live” cast member, was arrested in the early morning hours of October 21, 2007, following a fist fight with three New York City cab drivers at a 10th Avenue gas station near Hell’s Kitchen. The scuffle originated when one of the cabbies accidentally drove into him, claims the 34-year-old amateur boxer turned soap star. He also reportedly lunged at the men with a metal crate and began kicking at police officers, one of which ended up with with a leg wound, while another was bruised.

However, the actor now admits to hitting a police officer who tried to break up the fight, although he remains adamant that he was not high on cocaine when the incident took place. Even so, the story made front page headlines, and led to his firing from “One Life to Live,” and left it difficult for him to find additional work.

“I couldn’t get a job as a dishwasher because I was all over The [New York] Post,” the author jokes to the newspaper. As part of his deal, Marston was ordered to complete three months of anger management classes. He is not expected to serve any jail time, and will not be placed on probation. A spokesperson fro “OLTL’ had no comment.

Marston took over the role of Al Holden on “One Life” in 2001. Fired in 2003, he was re-hired as a different character (Michael McBain, since the show had already killed off Al) the following year due to a huge fan backlash. He remained with the show until his second firing in 2007. Prior to his time in Llanview, Marston played Eddie Silva on “As the World Turns” from 1998 to 2000. The role earned him a Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for “Outstanding Male Newcomer.” Other television credits include “Educating Matt Waters,” “Law & Order: SVU,” and “White Collar.” And he has appeared in the films “The Craft,” “Ordinary Sinner,” “Monday Night Mayhem,” and “Ciao, America,” and had a leading role the short film “The Paw,” and opposite Angelina Jolie in “Love is All There Is.”

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



Shawn Parsons Auditions for ‘OLTL’

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Thursday, March 11, 2010 1:40 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The 32-year-old actor posts his “One Life to Live” audition for the role of “Reed Wagner” to Youtube. 

Shawn Parsons has appeared in films such as “Nickey’s Game” and “Just Like the Son” (both of which he also co-produced), as well as “Deleted: the Game,” “In the Darkness,” “She’s Gone,” and “30 Beats.”

To read a summary of the audition script for the role of “Reed,” click here.

You can view Parsons’ audition video, which was uploaded to Youtube on March 8th, below:

You can learn more about the actor by visiting his official website.

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



Photo: Donna Svennevik/ABC

Wednesday, March 10, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” writes its only same-sex couple off into the sunset.

TV Guide’s Michael Logan is reporting that the ABC sudser has decided to axe cast members Brett Claywell (Kyle Lewis) and Scott Evans (Oliver Fish), whose characters are affectionately referred to as ‘Kish’ by “One Life” fans.

The news comes on the heels of several other recent cast firings, including Crystal Hunt (Stacy), Daphnee Duplaix (Rachel), and Scott Clifton (Schuyler). In addition, Amanda Setton (Kim) chose not to renew her contract, and Austin Williams (Shane) was bumped from contract to recurring status.

“OLTL” Executive Producer Frank Valentini comments that “We are concluding the story that we set out to tell with Kyle and Fish. We are very proud to have broken new ground with a same-sex couple on daytime.” However, it is rumored that the decision wasn’t an easy one for the show.

According to Logan, “Kish has been a big success with the media and the show’s gay fans, and gay-advocacy groups have showered OLTL with awards for creating the trail-blazing couple. But sources at the network say the duo failed to resonate with the mainstream audience. Ratings for the ABC soap were particularly dismal in late 2009 during the weeks that Fish came out of the closet and he and Kyle officially became a couple.”

Even though both characters are essentially being written out, they aren’t expected to completely leave the canvas. Instead, they will continue to reside in Llanview (albeit off-camera), in much the same way other several other characters (such as Larry Wolek, Andrew Carpenter, Miles Laurence) have faded into the background over the years. However, the soap hints at the possiblity that Evans may pop-up occassionally in the future, since Oliver Fish is a Llanview police officer, however, a spokesperson for the “One Life to Live” couldn’t make any guarentees.

Claywell and Evans are expected to air until mid-April. In the meantime, look for their story to climate beginning March 29th when Fish receives definite proof that Sierra Rose is his daughter, and he and Kyle are awarded full custody of the baby.

Scott Evans began his recurring role as Oliver Fish on January 15th, 2008.  Brett Claywell originated the contract role of Kyle Lewis on February 24th, 2009. 

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



Llanview Gossip: March 10 Edition

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010 1:00 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Roscoe Born makes a brief return, Scott Evans squashes rumors that he is leaving “One Life,” Scott Clifton comments on his recent firing, Brandon Buddy gets injured on the set, Kristen Alderson talks about what’s next for Starr, David Vickers returns, and two dayplayer roles play important parts in upcoming storylines, all in this and more in this edition of Llanview Gossip.

Although Roscoe Born may have only recently wrapped up his latest short-term stint on “One Life to Live” as cult leader Mitch Laurence, at least one report has him back at the studio’s taping additional scenes. According to The Suds Report, the actor was back at “One Life” a couple of weeks ago to help wrap up the Mitch storyline.

Scott Evans‘ Twitter comments left many fans wondering if the popular actor, who portrays Oliver Fish, was planning on leaving Llanview in the near future. On March 1st Evans tweeted that “I have some pretty big decisions to make. Things are definitely gonna change.” He clarified the matter a few days later, assuring fans that “I have no plans to leave OLTL everyone. It’s not even really in my hands!” In addition, there is speculation that Evans, who is on recurring status with “OLTL,” recently auditioned for the CBS television pilot “Reagan’s Law,” while on a recent trip to Los Angeles.

As SON told you yesterday, Scott Clifton (Schuyler) was released from his contract by “One Life.” Soon after the story broke, Clifton took to his Twitter page. Responding to the news, he told fans that “Hey guys, just want to let you know the rumors are true: I killed JFK. (Oh, wait, the OTHER rumor? Yeah that’s true too. ‘OLTL’ let me go.) Had a blast working on the show, with a KILLER conclusion. I really hope you guys keep watching ’cause I did some work I’m really proud of. So, a lot of questions about returning to ‘GH’ as ‘Dillon.’ I honestly think that’s up to them, but I’d be open to it. They’re like family. Otherwise, it’s gonna be about going back to my roots: Move to LA and audition my ass off. That’s where it’s at, man. Life’s a gamble.”

Brandon Buddy (Cole) suffered a minor injury to his right hand while taping scenes with Trevor St. John (Todd) on Tuesday, which left one of his knuckles rather swollen. Co-star Kristen Alderson (Starr) tweets that “haha that’s what’cha get after a todd&cole scene.” She also posted a picture of Buddy’s injured hand: http://twitgoo.com/k2nio

Alderson also previews what’s next for Starr, saying that “I’m really excited.. my scripts this week are really fun ; ) Starr’s striking back baby lol”

For those of you who just can’t get enough of Tuc Watkins (David Vickers Buchanan), the funny man returns once again on Wednesday, April 1st, and will interact with his uncle’s new bride.

Look for two important dayplayer roles the last full week of March. First, on Monday, March 22nd, a pizza delivery girl innocently tips off Starr that she saw Cole studying with Hannah in her dorm room. And on Friday, March 26th, look for Todd to attempt to bribe a prison guard, so that he and Kelly can question Mitch about her mother’s death.

In other news…

Saundra Santiago and Crystal Hunt were back as Carlotta Vega and Stacy Morasco’s spirit, respectively, on March 9th.

Look for Taylor Gildersleeve and Rachelle Wintzen to make their “OLTL” debuts as Kim’s stripper friends Leah and Laudine on Wednesday, March 10th.

Terrell Tilford (Greg) tweeted on March 5th that he just “Did an interview this am with S-O-D, should be out in a few weeks… In dressing room, shooting in abt 2 hrs.”

And “OLTL” Music Director Paul Glass tweets that “JARED LEE ‘Who Am I’ finally up on itunes!! Sorry for the delay.. ” The song was featured at the end of January 26th episode.

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



‘One Life’ Actor Taken Off Contract

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Thursday, March 9, 2010 6:55 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Thirteen-year-old Austin Williams is placed on recurring status with “One Life to Live.”

Soap Opera Digest is reporting that the teenage actor, who has portrayed Gigi and Rex’s son Shane Morasco on “OLTL” since October 2007, has been bumped from contract to recurring status with the ABC soap. 

Prior to joining “OLTL,” Williams appeared in as a childhood version of Matt Damon’s character Edward Wilson in “The Good Shepherd,” and was nominated for a Young Artist Award for “Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Actor Age Ten or Younger” in 2007 for his performance as Henry Clayton in the 2007 movie “Michael Clayton.”  He has also received Young Artist Award nominations for his work on “One Life to Live.”

Despite being on contract with “OLTL” since making his debut on the show, Williams has been used sparingly.  In 2009, he appeared in only 54 of the soap’s 250 new episodes that year. 

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



Scott Clifton Exits ‘OLTL’

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Thursday, March 9, 2010 6:05 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The actor’s days in Llanview as Schuyler Joplin draw to a close.

Daytime Confidential broke the story earlier this afternoon that rumors were swirling that Clifton “has taped his last episode of ‘One Life to Live’ and is telling pals he’s been let go from the sudser.”  Now “One Life to Live” Executive Producer Frank Valentini is confirming the news to Soap Opera Digest, stating that “I loved working with Scott Clifton and he is a true gentleman.”

The news comes exactly one month after the former “General Hospital” star tweeted that he and “One Life” co-stars “Went through our orientation at the new studio today. They put me in Susan Lucci’s old dressing room. Moving up in the world!”

According to DC, the show has decided to phase out the character of Schuyler following the conclusion of the Sierra Rose custody storyline. In the meantime, however, fans can expect some more twists and turns in his quest to raise ‘his’ infant daughter in scenes airing later this month. And look for Gigi, Roxy, Allison, Mitch and others in Llanview to mix it up with Mr. J in the coming weeks as well.

Clifton joined the cast of “One Life to Live” on January 9, 2009. Prior to that he portrayed Dillon Quartermaine on “General Hospital” from 2003-2007. He received Daytime Emmy nominations for the role, in the category of ‘Outstanding Younger Actor,’ in 2004, 2005, and 2006. Other television credits include appearances on “Judging Amy,” “Undressed,” and “Roswell.” In addition, he is a singer/songwriter and has released two self-produced albums, “Untitled” and “Unbeautiful.”

No final airdate has been announced.  Soap Opera Network will bring you details as they develop.

“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 9, 2010 4:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Soap Opera Network has your exclusive sneak peek at what what Kimberly Andrews (Amanda Setton) and her bridemaids will be wearing on her big day. 

 

 

 

 

On Thursday, March 11th, Kim will walk down the aisle with the goal of becoming the next Mrs. Clint Buchanan.  And, with her about to wed one of the wealthiest men in Llanview, expect her wedding gown to make a fashion statement.   

When planning the character’s special day, “One Life to Live’s” Emmy Award-winning costume department teamed up with the C.I. Visions, Inc. to help make the plot twist a reality.  

Kimberly’s gown, is  “a slinky and sexy Jovani (Style # 14791) sheath bejeweled and bedazzled with a plunging neckline and slit up to there,” which symbolizes her free spirit in true Vegas style. 

As for her bridesmaids Laudine (Rachelle Wintzen) and Leah (Taylor Gildersleeve), they will be wearing sparkly Jovani cocktail dresses (Styles # 151623 and 152153, respectively).

According to “One Life to Live” Costume Designer Susan Gammie, “It was important to me that all the dresses reflect a fun and sexy sense of style – a sensibility I associate with Jovani.” 

Other celebrities who have worn Jovani dresses include Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Selena Gomez, Brooke Shields, Kim Kardashian, and Hilary Duff.

But will Kim ulitmately say “I do,” or will she have a change of heart at the last moment?  Watch “One Life to Live” this week to find out!

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

Pictured: Amanda Setton (left) & Rachelle Wintzen/Taylor Gildersleeve (right) courtesy ABC









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