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Scott Clifton Exits ‘OLTL’

Photo: Yolanda Perez/ABC

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



Photo: CBS

Tuesday, March 9, 2010 2:00 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Reaction to former “All My Children” star Eden Riegel’s move to the “The Young and the Restless.”

Several days after Soaps ln Depth confirmed the surprising news that Eden Riegel had signed on to join “The Young in the Restless” in the role of Heather Stevens, a role currently played by Vail Bloom, reaction from the involved parties has come in.

Soap Opera Digest is reporting that an insider close to “All My Children,” Riegel’s home for close to a decade off and on, has told them that the show intends to recast the role of Bianca. The insider indicates that Riegel pretty much made it clear that “she was done playing the role of Erica’s daughter.” Riegel and the insider both indicate that there was discussion concerning the actress rejoining the soap going on as recently as in January.

In a recent TV Guide interview, Riegel stressed that the decision to turn away from on “AMC” was not easy but it ultimately came down to the fact that there were no guarantees that the writer’s would not further ruin her memories of the character and it just “worries [her] too much.” Although “AMC” has long skirted around giving the character of Bianca a real lesbian romance it’s more than likely Riegel’s last long-term return to the show that left her with this reflection: “I felt like I didn’t know my character anymore…There is a lot of hurt.” In that four month arc, maligned former Head Writer Charles Pratt, Jr., revealed that Bianca conspired to have a child with her sister’s husband behind her back with no logical explanation behind it, and Bianca was made a distant third wheel in her romance with her fiancé (played by popular “General Hospital” alum Tamara Braun) who spent months growing closer to Bianca’s baby-daddy; the mess cumulated in daytime’s first gay wedding being a farce. The popular actress is very excited about having a fresh start at “Y&R” and hopes her fans will be too. “I can only hope they’ll support me in this next chapter of my life. This is a huge, huge step for me,” exclaims the actress. Riegel debuts on “Y&R” this April.

Bloom, who has played the role of Heather on “Y&R” for approximately three years, spoke out through her publicist in an attempt to shut down rumors that she was let go after the show acquired Riegel. The publicist for Bloom insists that “Vail left the show on her own. She was not fired or let go. She was a non-contract player on Y&R and it was ultimately her choice to leave. She has had to turn down outside projects presented to her in the past and now wants to be able to pursue other opportunities.” Whatever the case, Bloom clearly harbors no hard feelings, the actress call her time at “Y&R” an “incredible experience.”

“The Young and the Restless” airs Weekdays on CBS. “All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Both air Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


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    Sean Gordon Tries Out for ‘OLTL’

    Photo: ABC

    Thursday, March 4, 2010 11:30 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The young actor uploads his audition script for the role of “Glenn” to Youtube. 

    Sean Gordon has a number of television credits, including “Just Shoot Me!,” “Boston Public,” “Andy Ritcher Controls the Universe,” and “Malcom in the Middle.”  In addition, he has also appeared in the films “Wasteland,” “Bowling Alley,” and “Extinction,” which is set to be released in 2012. 

    Last month Roy Phillips also uploaded his audition tape for the same role.  To read a summary of the audition script, click here.

    You can view Gordon’s audition video, which was uploaded to Youtube on February 26th, below:

    To learn more about Sean Gordon, click here.

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



    Staten Island Infants Make Llanview Debut

    Photo: ABC

    Thursday, March 4, 2010 2:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Twins Sophia and Audrina Miscione tackle the recurring role of Sierra Rose on “One Life to Live.”

    The five-month-old infants made their television premiere last month as the premature daughter of the late pole-dancer Stacy Morasco (Crystal Hunt).

    According to an interview with Tevah Platt of the Staten Island Advance, the role came as a surprise to the Miscione family. A cousin of the babies mother Denise, was registering her son at the Tottenville, New York based management agency Tribune Talent, when she discovered that the company was lookig for a set of identical twin infants.

    A few times a week, Sophia and Audrina and their family head for the “OLTL” set from their home in Oakwood. While at the studios, the infants are under the careful care of the mother and a staff nurse.

    “It’s great, actually, it’s like having a second family,” Denise Miscione tells the paper. “The twins are very nosy and they love people, and they get so much attention over there.”

    The family plans on saving the infants income, by placing the money into a trust fund to help them pay for college. “We were thinking of their future. There will be college and cars, and we’ll have two that will be the same age and it’s not like you get a break,” comments Mrs. Miscione, who admits to be being a fan of “One Life to Live” since she was a teenager.

    The family also includes husband Pete, and an 11-year-old son Brandon.

    Using twin babies is nothing new for soaps, since it allows producers to continue to sidetrack child labor laws, which limit a kid’s screen time to twenty-minutes intervals.

    To read the full interview and see a picture of the adorable infants, click here.

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



    Riegel Replaces Bloom on ‘Y&R’

    Photo: Yolanda Perez/ABC

    Thursday, March 4, 2010 12:59 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Former “All My Children” star Eden Riegel lands role on “The Young and the Restless.”

    Soaps In Depth has confirmed the news that Daytime Confidential has been having a particularly difficult time not officially spilling on the morning of Thursday, March 4, Eden Riegel has landed a role on the number one soap in the nation, “The Young and the Restless.” Riegel will replace Vail Bloom as assistant district attorney Heather Stevens on the CBS sudser.

    Bloom has played the role of Heather since July of 2007 and earned a Daytime Emmy nomination for her portrayal in 2008. Riegel is of course famous for the role of Bianca Montgomery on ABC’s All My Children.” Riegel played daytime’s premiere lesbian, and daughter of Erica Kane (Susan Lucci), from July 2000 to February 2005. The Emmy-winning actress has returned to Pine Valley for return engagements lasting anywhere from an episode to six months on numerous occasions since. She last appeared on the soap on January 5, 2010 for the soaps 40th Anniversary episode. The actress has also been enjoying success on “Imaginary Bitches,” a web series created by her husband, Andrew Miller.

    “Y&R” has quite a history of snatching up former “AMC” stars. One of the CBS soaps biggest stars, Peter Bergman, had played Pine Valley’s popular Cliff Warner for years before butting heads with Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) as Jack Abbott. In recent years, “Y&R” has also picked up Amelia Heinle (from Mia to Victoria), Elizabeth Hendrickson (from Maggie to Chloe) who played the other half of Riegel’s most popular pairing on “AMC,” Billy Miller (from Richie to Billy), Stacy Haiduk (from Hannah to Patty), Vincent Irizarry (from Hayward to Chow back to Hayward), and now Riegel is added to the list.

    There is no news currently out on the reason behind the abrupt recasting. Soap Opera Network will keep you updated as the story develops.

    “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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      ‘OLTL’ March Casting Updates

      Photo: ABC

      Wednesday, March 3, 2010 11:45 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — March ushers in a few casting surprises for fans of “One Life to Live.”

      Alice Barrett, best known for her portrayal of psychic P.I. Frankie Frame Wintrhop on “Another World,” will make her Llanview return later this month. Look for Barrett to play a doctor who treats a certain individual at Llanview Hospital. A first airdate has been announced for the actress, however expect her “OLTL” stint to be brief.  Barrett played Dr. Morrison on “One Life” in a handful of episodes in 2008, when Dorian, mistakenly thinking her daughter Langston was pregnant, wanted her to get an abortion. 

      SON can now provide an airdate for Erin Cronican‘s upcoming appearance on “One Life to Live” as a social worker. On Friday, March 19th, Eli arranges for someone from Child Services to pay Schuyler a visit. However, Allison manages to ‘take care’ of the woman and later turns up the med student’s door under false pretenses. This is Cronican’s second appearance on “One Life;” last fall she played Dorian’s stylist.

      On March 1st Graham Bunn, boyfriend of “All My Children” star Chrishell Stause (Amanda Dillon), tweeted that “My boy just booked a 4 yr deal on 1 Life!!!!!!!!!! Good news and vibes are in the air everyone!!!!!!” However, it remains to be seen if Bunn is referring to his good friend (and ex-”AMC”) star Aiden Turner, who was just revealed as one of the contestants for this fall’s “Dancing with the Stars,” or if it is another of his guy pals. SON is continuing to follow this story.

      And “One Life to Live” has released two casting calls this week. The first is for the role of “Reed.” The scene opens with Reed enjoying his dinner at the Palace, when “Katherine” approaches. As she nears his table she tells herself that it was a mistake coming here. However, before she can leave, Reed looks up at her and says “Katherine Mackenzie.” Katherine approaches him and says “Reed Wagner. Long time, no see.” As he has a drink, Reed comments that it is great to see her again, and asks if she got his message. Katherine responds that it’s the reason she came to see him. Reed then calls her out, stating that she was about to walk out a few minutes ago. Katherine quips that she was looking for a waiter with some water. So Reed calls the waiter and requests some water for their table. As Katherine thanks him, Reed says that he thought she might be trying to run away again. Although she replies that she doesn’t run, he reminds that she did exactly that last time around in order to avoid what was going on between the two of them. Katherine claims it was nothing, but Reed reminds her of the night they spent in London. She says that it was a harmless celebration regarding the launch of a new wine. Reed says that she all she talked about was the vineyard, to which she replies that he owned stock in the venture and was just trying to make conversation with him. He then reminds her of some of the specifics about grapes and wine making that she told him about, to which she responds that anyone could know that stuff. As the scene ends, Katherine says that she can’t make any promises when Reed asks her not to run away again.

      And the second script is for “Rodney.” The scene opens with him leaning against the door telling “Alexis” that she can’t go yet. Alexis is in shock, surprised that he can talk. Sounding bashful, Rodney says that he didn’t mean to scare her. Alexis assures him that he didn’t, but says that Mrs. Stevens told her that you hadn’t uttered a single word the entire time you had been lived at the sanitarium. Furthermore, she tells him that he should sit down and rest, since it appears that he has walked a long way. Rodney declares that there is no time to take a break, and that there is something that she needs to know. Sounding a little frightened, Alexis tells Rodney that she’s scaring him and demands to know what is going on. He points to a vase that her mother made, and says “Linda. Before she was murdered.” Shocked, Alexis asks if he was the person who called her asking her to come to the sanitarium. Rodney shakes his head and says that “Linda” was his friend. Alexis questions him about her mother’s alleged murder, asking him if he is telling the truth. As the scene ends, he assures her that he does not make things up.

      Remember that “One Life to Life” frequently changes the names of the characters in audition scripts to attempt to throw off viewers. That being said, while the first script is a little vague, it is apparent that, in the second script, “Alexis” is Kelly, and that Linda is “Melinda.”

      In other news…

      Kristen Alderson (Starr) tweeted Wednesday that “Starr is back to her old ways in the scenes I’m taping now.. look out ; )

      Scott Evans (Fish) writes that “I have some pretty big decisions to make. Things are definitely gonna change.”

      Scott Clifton (Schuyler) reveals that “A couple scenes were cut from today’s [February 25th] episode where Schuyler is praying. Divine intervention, you say? Possibly.”

      And “OLTL” Music Director Paul Glass comments that “Thanks! I really loved it also…he [Snoop Dogg] is amazing! I’m hoping to get some more behind-the-scenes footage out there over the next few weeks.”

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



      Photo: Robert Milazzo/ABC

      Tuesday, March 2, 2010 12:00 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Four years after the “One Life to Live” cast came together to record a CD to benefit those affected by Hurricane Katrina, the gift of music can still be heard along the storm ravaged communities of the U.S. Gulf Coast.

      The One Life, Many Voices Foundation, whose mission statement is “to recover through the arts,” has announced plans to donate three upright pianos to students in southern Mississippi, along with a grand piano to a theater company in New Orleans.

      This week, the Yamaha pianos will be delivered to the following schools in the state of Mississippi: West Marion Primary School in Foxworth, Bay High School in Bay St. Louis, and the Boys and Girls Club in Pass Christian. In addition, a special grand piano, purchased in memory of long-time “One Life to Live” cast member Phil Carey (Asa Buchanan), will be given to the Le Petit Theatre in New Orleans.

      Since first releasing the their hurricane relief CD in January of 2006, the non-profit group has awarded 50 scholarships for middle and high school students in the field of music to the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, or NOCCA), given 1,000 baroque wooden recorders to elementary schools, and donated two additional upright pianos.

      Even though the CD is no longer able for purchase through traditional commercial outlets, copies can still be obtained from the One Life, Many Voices Foundation. According to the group’s producer and project coordinator, and “OLTL” vet, Robin Strasser (Dorian Cramer Lord), they still maintain “a commitment to help and support in any way we can. With an official letter establishing the not-for-profit status of a religious group, school, service organization or other 501 (c)(3) organization, ‘One Life, Many Voices’ will be proud to supply CDs, free of charge, to use as fundraisers for local efforts.”

      Those featured on the “One Life, Many Voices” CD include Melissa Archer (Natalie), Renee Elise Goldsberry (ex-Evangeline), Kathy Brier (ex-Marcie), Matt Metzger (ex-Duke), Erika Slezak (Viki), Tika Sumpter (Layla), Catherine Hickland (ex-Lindsay), Dan Gauthier (Kevin), Ilene Kristen (Roxy), Patricia Elliott (Renee), Bree Williamson (Jessica), Trevor St. John (Todd), Kristen Alderson (Starr), Nathaniel Marston (ex-Michael), Kassie DePaiva (Blair), Timothy D. Stickney (R.J.), Kamar de los Reyes (ex-Antonio), Melissa Fumero (Adriana), Eddie Alderson (Matthew), Paul Satterfield (ex-Spencer), Robert S. Woods (Bo), Robin Strasser (Dorian), and the late Phil Carey (Asa), along with Twise and Johnny Archer.

      For more information and to request CDs, visit the One Life, Many Voice MySpace and Facebook pages or write to:

      Robin Strasser OLTL/ABC 320 West 66th Street New York, NY 10023

      “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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      Will Aiden Turner dance away with your votes on Season 10 of “Dancing With The Stars?”

      The Season 10 cast of “Dancing With The Stars” was announced during this evenings airing of “The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love.” In an interesting casting move, ABC’s hit Primetime reality competition series has tapped former “All My Children” hottie Aiden Turner as one of its eleven celebrity dancers this season. The casting is surprising due to the fact that the former ABC Daytime actor (and new father) was fired from “AMC” after being given the opportunity to decide whether he’d move with production of the soap to Los Angeles from New York – and deciding to make the move - last fall. The 32-year old Turner, who relocated his family to L.A. on his own dime following his firing, debuted on “AMC” in June 2002 in the role of Aidan Devane. He last aired in the role in December 2009. Before joining “AMC,” the model and Emmy-nominated actor (2003) appeared on popular British soap operas “Eastenders” and “Crossroads.” Turner will be paired with professional dancer Edytha Sliwinska, who has yet to not compete on a season of “DWTS” since its premiere. (3/2/10)

      Turner is the third “AMC” star to compete on “DWTS.” The series, which tapes in Los Angeles, that debuted in June 2005 pairs professional dancers with celebrities (actors, comedians, politicians, musicians, athletes, reality series stars, etc.) that have fallen off the A and B lists, or who haven’t quite made it there yet, in an approximately 10-week long dance competition. In Season 5, “AMC” star, as well as “Good Morning America” and “Extra” correspondent, Cameron Mathison was paired with Sliwinska. Mathison finished the competition in fifth place in a season with twelve competitors. Daytime’s biggest star Susan Lucci, who plays the legendary Erica Kane on “AMC,” was paired with Tony Dovolani in Season 7. Lucci finished the competition in sixth place in a season with fourteen competitors. Of course, it was a “General Hospital” star that started the dance competitions love affair with ABC Daytime. Kelly Monaco of “General Hospital” won the inaugural season of “DWTS” with partner Alec Mazo.

      The tenth season of “DWTS” premieres on March 22, 2010 on ABC. The celebrities Turner will be competing against this season include (1) model and actress Pamela Anderson (starred on “Baywatch” which was at one time the most viewed television series in the world; Playboy pin-up), (2) reality-star Kate Gosselin (mother of eight; reality star of TLC’s future reality series “Kate Plus 8″ and prior to a messy divorce co-star of the canceled TLC reality series “Jon and Kate Plus 8″), (3) athlete Chad (Ochocinco) Johnson (wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals football team), (4) actress Shannen Doherty (rose to fame on the original “Beverly Hills, 90210″ series), (5) singer Nicole Scherzinger (lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls), (6) comedian and correspondent Niecy Nash (starred on “Reno 911!”; corresponds on CBS’s “The Insider”), (7) athlete Evan Lysacek (2010 Winter Olympic Gold Medalist in Men’s Figure Skating), (8) astronaut Buzz Aldrin (landed on the moon with Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, and was the second man to walk on the moon), (9) broadcaster Erin Andrews (sideline reporter on ESPN; recently in the spotlight when nude video was taken of her through a hotel peephole without her consent), and (10) “The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love” star Jake Pavelka.

      The stars professional partners will be announced on Tuesday morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

      “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.



      Erika Slezak Returns to ‘One Life’

      Photo: Donna Svennevik/ABC

      Sunday, February 28, 2010 11:30 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) – The six-time Daytime Emmy winner will soon be back at work after undergoing back surgery.

      Slezak’s fan club president informed fans on Sunday that “We spoke with Erika to congratulate her on her [Daytime Emmy] pre-nomination. She is doing well and will return to work at the new studio on March 10. She also sends a sincere and very big thank you to all the people who have sent her such lovely get well cards.”

      The actress, who plays Viki Banks,  took a medical leave from “One Life to Live” in late January to have the procedure.  Portraying the sole suriving original character in Llanview, Slezak joined the cast on March 17, 1971.  During her recent absence, the show moved into the old “All My Children” studios a few blocks away. 

      In addition to her record number of Emmy wins, Slezak also shares a Soap Opera Digest Award for Best Couple (from 2000) with Mark Derwin (ex-Ben Davidson).  In addition, she has also garnered a number of other accolades throughtout the years.  Slezak won the 7th Annual Daytime TV Readers Poll for Best Actress in 1977, Soap Opera Update MVP Awards for Best Actress in 1989 and 1990, and the storyline where Viki was diagnosed with breast cancer won “OLTL” the first annual CBD Sential for Health Award in 2000.

      Although Slezak returns to taping at the “One Life” studios on March 10th, those scenes will likely not air until sometime in April, given the soap’s current production schedule.  Her final scenes taped before her medical leave will air on Friday, March 12th, when Viki announces to Charlie that she is leaving for London with her granddaughter Bree to visit family in the U.K.

      “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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