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Roy Phillips Auditions for ‘OLTL’

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Thursday, February 4, 2010 9:32 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — The aspiring actor uploads his recent “One Life to Live” audition for the role of ‘Glenn’ to Youtube. 

The 25-year-old Phillips has appeared in a number of small films including “Rockin Romeo & Juliet,” “Fool,” “Count on Me,” and “Red Bulls.”  In addition, he has appeared in several commercial ads for companies such as Clear Channel Radio and Dimension Clothing.  He has also done some theater and modeling work as well. 

As for the part he auditioned for, SON first told you on Tuesday of this week about “OLTL’s” most recent casting call for the role of “Glenn.”  To read a summary of the audition script, click here.

You can view Phillips’ audition video below:

To learn more about Roy Phillips, click here to visit his official website.

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

Woods Re-Ups with ‘OLTL’

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010 9:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — Robert S. Woods signs a new deal with “One Life to Live” to keep Bo Buchanan in Llanview through 2014.

The 61-year-old Woods has portrayed the middle son of oil tycoon Asa Buchanan since 1979 (minus a two year stint from 1986-88). He also briefly took on the role or Patrick London on the show in 1988. In addition, he appeared as Bo on “Rosanne,” alongside his then-”One Life” co-stars Clint Ritchie (ex-Clint Buchanan) and John Loprieno (ex-Cord Roberts) in the 1994 episode titled “Isn’t it Romantic?.” And the actor took the character to Pine Valley for a handful of episodes of “All My Children” in 2005, as part of a completed baby switch storyline involving both soaps.

Outside of “One Life to Live,” Woods portrayed Paul Stewart on “Days of Our Lives” from 1986-87. Other television credits include guest appearances on “Newhart,” “The Waltons,” “War & Remembrance,” and the “CBS Summer Playhouse.”

A veteran of the Vietnam War, he was instrumental in convincing the soap to make Bo a veteran as well. Woods has received six Daytime Emmy nominations in the leading actor category, winning in 1983. He has also garnered numerous Soap Opera Digest Award nominations, and picked up four MVP trophies from Soap Opera Update.

Woods’ wife Loyita Chapel has appeared on “OLTL” in several roles, the most recent of which was Dallas Jones in 2008. And his son Tanner Woods appeared as a young Bo in 1968 flashbacks scenes, also in 2008.

With the news of Woods’ inking a new four-year deal with “One Life to Live,” it would appear as if rumors of the show’s impending cancellation may have been greatly exaggerated.

In other news…

Floanne Ankah will portray a French Maid on Thursday, February 18th.

And Kristen Alderson (Starr) and Brittany Underwood (Langston) have posted a funny Youtube video of themselves as they prepare to begin packing up their dressing room for the big studio move.

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‘OLTL’ February Casting Updates

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

( — February promises to bring along some changes and excitement to “One Life to Live.”

Given that her elaborate web of lies will begin to be exposed in the coming weeks, Stacy Morasco (Crystal Hunt) will soon find herself skating on thin ice, both literally and figuratively. Following the birth of her baby, the new mother soon ventures out into the woods where she plunges to a watery grave. Viewers will last see the former Vegas pole dancer alive on Tuesday, February 16th.

Although it hasn’t been announced who has been cast in the role, look for the character of Emile to first air on Friday, February 12th. Expect the “handsome stranger” to send Kelly and Adriana glasses of champagne as the cousins get re-acquainted while dining at a Paris café. The following week, the suave businessman persuades Adriana to leave with him. Meanwhile, Kelly receives a call from Cassie warning her that Dorian’s claim that one of her “girls” may be in danger, just might be true after all. But which one? And, after Kelly runs into David Vickers while in Paris, the search is on for Dorian’s youngest born.

Is Kevin O’Rourke about to exit as Stanley Lowell for a second time? On Tuesday, February 16th, Viki forces Dorian to correct at least one of her mayoral mistakes by removing the corrupt politician from office.

On Friday, February 26th, Mitch receives an unexpected visitor while in his jail cell. But is it Allison (Barbara Garrick), who is expected to return in the near future, or someone else?

Steph Garcia announced last month on her website that her “2nd Under-5 on ‘One Life to Live’ airs Jan 15th and filmed third Under-5 as the Buenos Dias Waitress to air March 12th!”

Look for another dayplayer role to air on Thursday, February 11th.

There is a RUMOR floating around that viewers may soon meet Amelia Bennett’s (Tia Hodge) family. However, that cannot be confirmed at this time. Remember that Amelia was Dorian’s wife/campaign manager last fall.

And “One Life to Live” has released another casting call, this time for the role of “Glenn.” The scene begins with “Glenn” and “Danielle” sitting together in what could be the Lord Library at Llanfair. Danielle sets beside Glenn and asks him if everything is fine. When he replies no, she asks him if everything will be alight. Glenn says that he has been doing a lot of thinking recently, and that he had always assumed that his father would write or call him. But instead, he never even got a birthday card or a baseball glove or anything. After awhile, he just got over it and moved on with his life.

However, when his mother died a few years ago, he came across a bunch of stuff in the basement. So he decided to visit Llanview to meet his father, who pretended as if he didn’t even know him. He goes on to explain to Danielle that, according to his father, his mother told him that he was dead, and that he never had a reason not to believe that she wasn’t telling the truth. Then he said that his father talked about how “David Vickers” would show up and trick people and that’s when he decided to investigate the matter further.

Danielle tries to reassure Glenn that once his father has him checked out, things will be better. However, he tells her that his father doesn’t deserve a second chance, and would appreciate it if they could just drop the subject. Danielle says sure, and that’s it’s fine with her, as long as they don’t start talking about her mother.

As the scene ends, he embraces Danielle, whom he thinks is a good match for him. He begins to feel sorry for himself, but starts to feel sorry for Danielle when he realizes that she is more screwed up than he is. Danielle says that the nuns always told her that she was good for something, but she never knew what it was until now. Glenn agrees with her when she claims that being alone sucks, and assures her that they will make it through this somehow. She then rests her head on his shoulder.

Remember that “OLTL” routinely changes the names in these audition scripts to try to throw off viewers, so “Danielle” and “David Vickers” may not even be involved with “Glenn,” and might only be code names for different characters.

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

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Monday, February 1, 2010 12:30 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — “One Life to Live” prepares to move into “All My Children’s” vacated New York City studios.

The ABC soap will begin moving the week of February 8th, and will start taping in their new home on Monday, February 16th. However, given the show’s production schedule, episodes shot at the new studios are not expected to air around early April.

After “All My Children” left the Big Apple for Los Angeles on December 11th, there had been some speculation as to the fate of “OLTL” when it was announced that the show would not immediately move into to their sister soap’s old digs. However, the reason for the delay was reported to be due to a contractual issue between “AMC” union crew members and ABC. The network is said to be considering turning “OLTL’s” current studios into offices.

Word of the impending move was leaked recently when Erika Slezak (Viki) announced she was taking a month off from the show to have back surgery in late January and that when she returned the show would have already moved into the new studios. Also, Scott Clifton (Schuyler) tweeted on January 29th that “Today was my last day of work before ‘OLTL’ makes it’s move. It’s been a pleasure, Studio 17! Wish I knew you longer.”

With the move, “One Life” will become the only regularly scheduled ABC Daytime program not to be broadcast in high-definition. That announcement came late last year, and was blamed on a sagging economy. “All My Children’s” new studios in L.A. have already been outfitted with HD cameras and other equipment. “General Hospital” began broadcasting in HD last April, and “The View” made the transition in 2006. ABC says it hopes to convert “OLTL” to HD sometime in 2011.

The old “AMC” studios will give “OLTL” roughly 30% additional studio space and individual dressing rooms for the cast. They will also get several facility upgrades, including fresh paint jobs and better cameras.

Fans can write to “One Life to Live’s” at the show’s new address is 320 West 66th Street - New York City, New York 10023.

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My View of Llanview: January 30 Edition

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Saturday, January 30, 2010 12:01 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — One year later and still in the dark.

Two former cast members are still missed, and an anniversary of an event most would rather forget.

I cannot believe it has already been a year since the devastating ice storm that hit much of central Kentucky. I can still vividly remember going nearly a week without electricity or watching “One Life to Live.” I also recall all the news/previews/columns I had to catch up on when I was able to finally return to SON afterwards. There were several news stories that came and went while I was literally and figuratively in the dark. Most were minor, however two continue to leave ripples throughout the canvas one year later. Of course I am referring to the untimely deaths of long-time “One Life” veteran cast members Phil Carey and Clint Ritchie as Asa and Clint Buchanan, respectively.

Llanview is a much different place without Asa. For nearly three decades he was the patriarch of the Buchanan family, and a character that viewers often loved to hate. But like him or not, he was rather respected by viewers. I thought it was very appropriate that the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) paid tribute to him during their recent awards show, especially considering his long television and film history. And I also enjoy how “One Life to Live” is making Asa’s eldest son Clint into his father. As for Clint Ritchie, his presence is still sorely missed as well. Although I do think that Jerry verDorn is doing an excellent job as Clint.

Moving on, here is a small excerpt from my first “My View of Llanview” column following that fateful ice storm: “The VCR and Youtubehave become my best friends in the weeks since the lights came back on following the devastating ice storm. Only this week did I finally get caught up on all the episodes of “OLTL” that I missed due to the ice storm, meetings, and clean-up. Finally having time last week to sit down at the computer and search the Internet, I was shocked by just how much “OLTL” news occurred during my unexpected hiatus from SON. Everything from the deaths of Clint Ritchie and Phil Carey, to Hank and Rachel Gannon returning to Llanview, to rumors of Roscoe Born possibly making a “OLTL” comeback this spring, to everything in between. Ten articles in all, many of which I completed and posted in only a few days time. What are the odds that all hell would break lose in my life during the busiest news week in years for “OLTL?” I’d be willing to take bets on that one, ha ha. “

Furthermore, I think it is an amazing feat that that edition of the column garnered nearly 2,050 hits. Simply amazing. I wish all my columns could get that many hits. Maybe I should start writing twice a month about other topics than “One Life to Live.” Perhaps….just as long as no one makes me write an advice column. LOL

Anyway, back to “OLTL” for a moment (since this is a “One Life” blog after all). Not much has been peaking my interest in Llanview lately, and I have strong reservations about several upcoming storylines for February sweeps, including Mitch giving Jessica electro-shock therapy and another Llanview High music spotlighting Starr and Cole, which is scheduled for May. I mean, seriously, is this show trying to drive viewers away? What’s next, SORASing Hope and making Starr a grandmother? Bringing Victor Lord back from the dead…again? Making Dorian and Danielle sisters? Or how about making Todd a long-lost Gannon brother? I better stop now just in case Ron Carlivati or Frank Valentini are reading this…I don’t want to give them anymore bad ideas.

Switching gears, I wonder what it would take to get “One Life to Live” a brand new opening? Hell to freeze over? Perhaps….or maybe they could have a contest in which viewers can send in their own versions and the show picks the best to use as their next theme. Just about anything beats what we have now.

What bugs you about “One Life to Live” these days? Be sure and drop me a line…I would love to hear from you, and I just might use your comments in an upcoming comment.

A little off-topic, but when asked if the song “Who Am I?” by Jared Lee (which can be heard during the final episode of the January 26th episode of “OLTL”) is available on iTunes, Music Director Paul Glass tweets that “I’m working on it and will let you know when it gets up there…thanks for your interest!”

Check out this new alternate SON logo Errol just created!

I would like to pass along my deepest sympathies to the loved ones of Steve Frame, one of the most intellegent and nicest members at the Soap Opera Network message boards.  He and shared many conversations over the years, and were on staff together for a short time.  Even though it has been a few months since his untimely passing, I (and all of us at SON) continue to be in mourning for our good friend and former colleague.  Rest in piece my friend.

Congrats to “manchu” and “OLTLfan” for correctly guessing the identity of last time’s mystery character. The answer was Jared Hall and he was the grandson of Ed and Carla (Gray) Hall. That is important because Carla was part of one of Llanview’s original families when the show premiered in 1968 (Ed Hall was introduced in 1972).

In case you missed the clues, here they are: In 2000, this grandson of a former long-time, well respected police captain, returned to Llanview to follow in his grandmother’s footsteps as Assistant District Attorney. However, his checkered past with the Pennsylvania Bar Association quickly caught up with him. Facing review, his old law school friend Sam Rappaport came to his defense, even calling his friend’s grandfather to take the stand. With his grandson exonerated of all charges, the grandfather promptly disappeared again. The young man would remain in Llanview awhile longer, even flirting for a time with Rachel Gannon, before leaving town as well.

Now it’s time to play another round of “Llanview, Who Am I?,” a new feature where you have to use the clues to figure out the identity of a mystery character from “OLTL’s” past. See if you can figure it out. Good luck!!!

This cousin of a holy man first arrived in Llanview in 1995. A bit of a rebel in her early days, she found religion after reaching adulthood, and decided to become a nun. However, she quickly fell in love, and was torn between her heart and God. It was soon revealed that part of the reason behind her decision to become a nun came from her father, who was a strict, conservative Protestant bishop. But it eventually came to light he was having an affair with a woman other than his wife. Feeling betrayed by her father and her religion, she soon left the church and struck up a relationship with the man she loved. However, he soon betrayed her when he helped sabotage a carnival arts school she was opening to open, and she left town broken-hearted in 1997.

So who is this mystery man from the past? I’ll have the answer in the February 15th edition of “My View of Llanview.” Extra credit will be given if you tell me the identity of the mystery character’s boyfriend. Until then make your best guesses and give me your feedback on the column. Also don’t forget to tell me what bugs you about the show these days. I love hearing from fellow “OLTL” fans. And don’t forget to check out my Twitter page for all the latest OLTL news and information at SON.

Now, before I wrap up this column, I’m going to look into my crystal ball and give you a quick sneak peek at a few things coming up a few weeks down the road. These are for the week of February 15th. Gigi finds herself in danger. Langston’s mind continues to be otherwise occupied. Marty makes a shocking diagnosis of another Llanview resident. Charlie has something to tell Viki. Mitch is more dangerous than ever. And Dorian must deal with the fallout from her recent actions.

Well that’s concludes yet another edition of the column. I hope everyone is staying warm and dry and that everyone is healthy. Have a great day and God bless. Take care.

And until next time remember, we only have “One Life to Live”…

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Friday, January 29, 2010 9:30 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

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( — On Sunday, March 21, ABC Daytime and SOAPnet present the “6th Annual ABC Daytime & SOAPnet Saulte Broadway Cares” charity event from Broadway’s historic Town Hall in New York City.

The event will once again be hosted by “All My Children’s” Cameron Mathison (Ryan Lavery) with appearances by today’s biggest and brightest stars from across the ABC Daytime lineup singing, dancing and providing pure entertainment for attendees.

Scheduled to appear are:

Rebecca Budig (Greenlee Smythe), Melissa Claire Egan (Annie Lavery), Bobbie Eakes (Krystal Martin), Ricky Paull Goldin (Jake Martin), Adam Mayfield (Scott Chandler), Cornelius Smith Jr. (Frankie Hubbard) and Susan Lucci (Erica Kane).

Bradford Anderson (Damian Spinelli), Brandon Barash (Johnny Zacchara), Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer), Jonathan Jackson (Lucky Spencer) and Nathan Parsons (Ethan Lovett).

Scott Evans (Oliver Fish), Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer), Mark Lawson (Brody Lovett), Nicholas Rodriguez (Nick Chavez), Tika Sumpter (Layla Williamson), Jason Tam (Markko Rivera) and Brittany Underwood (Langston Wilde).

Sherri Shepherd (Co-Host)

*Talent participation is subject to change.

Tickets are currently on sale though selling out fast! Prices range from as little as $50 to as much as $500. Click Here to purchase online and get more information.

  • All My Children
  • One Life to Live
  • General Hospital
  • The View
  • Rebecca Budig (Greenlee Smythe)
  • Melissa Claire Egan (Annie Lavery)
  • Bobbie Eakes (Krystal Martin)
  • Ricky Paull Goldin (Jake Martin)
  • Adam Mayfield (Scott Chandler)
  • Cornelius Smith Jr. (Frankie Hubbard) and Susan Lucci (Erica Kane)
  • Bradford Anderson (Damian Spinelli)
  • Brandon Barash (Johnny Zacchara)
  • Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer)
  • Jonathan Jackson (Lucky Spencer) and Nathan Parsons (Ethan Lovett)
  • Scott Evans (Oliver Fish)
  • Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer)
  • Mark Lawson (Brody Lovett)
  • Nicholas Rodriguez (Nick Chavez)
  • Tika Sumpter (Layla Williamson)
  • Jason Tam (Markko Rivera) and Brittany Underwood (Langston Wilde)
  • Sherri Shepherd (Co-Host)
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    ( — ABC’s first successful crime procedural in years enjoyed its highest rated episode ever with an appearance by daytime star Sarah Brown (Sandy Sommers, “The Bold and the Beautiful”).

    The Monday, January 25 episode of the series entitled “The Third Man,” garnered a 7.4/12 in Households and a series high performance iin Adults 18-49 with a 3.1/8. According to ABC the series also achieved series highs in Adults 18-34, Men 18-34 and Men 18-49. In total, the episode was seen by 10.5 million viewers. Ratings information is based on Live+SD (Soure: Nielsen Media Research).

    In the episode, Brown portrayed the role of Amanda Livingston, who found herself in an awkward position while on a date with novelist Rick Castle (Nathan Fillion, ex-Joey Buchanan, “One Life to Live”), who paid more attention to a case he was working on with Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) then he did on Amanda. In the end, Amanda found herself clicking with another man!

    “Castle” is a production of ABC Studios and Beacon Pictures.

    Slezak on the Mend Following Surgery

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    Friday, January 29, 2010 12:33 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

    ( — The veteran “One Life to Live” actress, and six-time Daytime Emmy winner, is recovering following back surgery. 

    “We are pleased to share with you that Erika’s surgery was successful and she is doing fine. On behalf of Erika, thank you all for your well wishes,” wrote her fan club president on the actress’ official website earlier this morning.

    SON first broke the news a few weeks ago that Slezak, who has portrayed Viki on “OLTL” since 1971, was taking some time off from the show to have the painful operation.  “Erika shared that she will be having back surgery at the end of January, and in Llanview, Viki will take a trip to London to cover Erika’s absence. The surgery will correspond with the ‘OLTL’ studio move, and Erika hopes to return to the new studio within a month. We will keep you posted on her progress and wish her a safe and speedy recovery,” commented the head of her fan club on January 14th.

    SON wishes Ms. Slezak a speedy recovery and hopes she will be able to retun to “One Life to Live” and Llanview very soon. 

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

    A Storm of Change Affects Llanview

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    Friday, January 29, 2010 12:30 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

    ( — A “Storm of Change” sweeps over Llanview, and no one will ever be the same.

    It may not be the same storm that blew through the fictional Pennsylvania hamlet back in 2003, which ushered Michael Malone and Josh Griffith back to the “One Life to Live” writing staff, but it still promises to pack a punch nonetheless.

    For starters, nearly half of Llanview sets out to converge on an abandoned observatory atop Llantano Mountain where cult leader Mitch Laurence has dastardly plans for his daughter Jessica and his unborn grandchild. However, things take an unexpected turn when the snow begins to fall on Wednesday, February 3rd.

    After Natalie and Brody help John escape from jail, the trio easily manage to allude the authorities. And it isn’t long before they get a lead on Mitch’s location. Meanwhile, Rex takes Stacy to Llanview Hospital when she fakes going into labor. Catching her alone, Charlie and Dorian approach Stacy with intentions of using her as bait to lure Mitch out of hiding. But their plan hits a snag when they are confronted by a gun-toting Nurse Charles.

    After dragging the former Vegas pole dancer to her car, the satanic care-giver quickly speeds off into the night, where they are soon followed by Charlie and Dorian. As the snow begins to pick up in intensity, all three parties find themselves on a collision course. But will everyone survive?

    Later, the bad nurse takes Stacy to Mitch’s lair, where she spots a disoriented Jessica. Frightened not only for her own life, but for that of her unborn child, Stacy resorts to drastic measures in an attempt to worm her way out of a tight spot…by telling the truth. However, the confession isn’t music to Mitch’s ears, and he soon pulls a Todd Manning and kicks the pregnant woman out into the blizzard (Todd once did something similar to Téa). But it doesn’t end there. With Stacy’s child no longer being the “chosen one,” Mitch hatches his most disgusting scheme yet to assure that his “ministry” will live on to a new generation.

    Elsewhere, Schuyler treks to Viki’s lodge after his car slids off the road, but is soon assaulted by a tree branch. Back at the cabin, Gigi grows concerned about her boyfriend, and sets off to find him, only to stumble upon Stacy instead. Gigi and Stacy are soon forced to put their differences aside when the latter goes into labor — for real. But after helping her sister give birth, will Gigi be able to get to help for the premature newborn before it is too late?

    Plus, Dorian struggles with a guilty conscience over plotting to kill the cult leader. Charlie accidentally shoots the wrong person when he confronts Mitch. Rex makes a disturbing discovery in Schuyer’s backpack. Jessica has no memory of her loved ones. Natalie dreams of her dead husband. Rex and Fish (and later Kim) search for Stacy, and Marty for John. Greg discovers that a sample of a certain drug is missing from the hospital’s inventory. And much, much more!

    To view more exclusive sneak peek photos, click here.

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

    Photo Credit: Heidi Gutman/ABC

    Llanview Gossip: January 28 Edition

    Photo: Kevin P. Casey/AP

    Thursday, January 28, 2010 12:00 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

    ( — Another casting call is issued and a hockey legend stops by for a visit, in this edition of Llanview Gossip.

    The lowdown on the latest behind-the-scenes gossip in Llanview.

    “One Life to Live” released the latest in a series of audition scripts today, this time for a “Warden.”  Apparently, the warden is at Statesville Prison with Bo, whom he calls “Commissioner” (thus making it appear anyway that Bo has his old job back).  They are discussing a hostage situation, in which a medical worker named “Ted” is holding a prisoner hostage.  Further details concerning the script remain sketchy at this time, however SON will continue to follow this story.

    And Scott Clifton (Schuyler) tweeted Wednesday that “Wayne Gretzky visited the set today. C’mon. Who wants to touch me?”  It is unclear as to exactly what the “The Great One” was doing on the “OLTL” set.  Although, according to Gerry Waggett in his “One Life to Live” 40th Anniversary Trivia Book, (2008) “Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky might have guested on ‘One Life to Live’ if he hadn’t had his fill of acting during a one-day stint as a mobster on his other favorite soap, ‘The Young and the Restless.’  Gretzky does, however, count Robert S. Woods (Bo Buchanan) and Michael Storm (Larry Wolek) among his friends; he frequently invited them to his celebrity golf tournaments.”

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

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