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More Ghostly Encounters in Llanview?

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010 10:11 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — Natalie Banks once again has visions of the dead.

When John McBain is arrested by Police Commissioner Lowell’s inept men in blue for allowing Brody to flee the scene of the crime after attacking Mitch (so he could attempt to rescue his beloved Jessica from certain doom), Natalie is frantic as the former cult leader continues to terrorize her family and friends.

However, she refuses to simply set back and allow her former lover take the rap. Instead, she catches John off guard by driving the getaway car when Brody comes to bust the him out of jail. But their run of good luck comes to an abrupt end when their car is inadvertently forced off the road by two other vehicles, one of which is being driven by someone with murderous intentions.

With their car stuck in a ravine, Natalie finds herself in grave danger. Trapped in the driver’s seat, she soon begins to lose touch with reality, and envisions herself kissing her recently deceased husband Jared. Meanwhile, John works to free his old flame, while Brody takes off in search of Jessica and Mitch.

But will viewers really Jared’s spirit again, or will it all be nothing more than a figment of Natalie’s imagination as John pulls her from the car?  If so, it would be the latest in a serious of ghostly visits from John Brotherton, who was fired last fall by “One Life to Live” after just over two years with the soap. Either way, look for the scenes to air on Monday, February 8th.

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Monday, January 18, 2010 8:10 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — “One Life to Live” releases a new audition script for teenage versions of two of the soap’s most popular characters, Jessica Buchanan and Cristian Vega.

In an update to a story we first brought you yesterday, SON can now give you more insight into the contents of the script, which was released last Friday.

The scene begins with teen Jessica telling teen Cristian that he doesn’t look or act like the group of jocks he has been hanging around with. Cris responds that the only thing that he really has in common with them is that he is good at soccer. Jessica tells him that she hasn’t seen much of him lately, and asks Cris if he has been avoiding her. He states that he has been dodging her, but it’s not because he doesn’t like her. Instead he tells her that he wants to see her more often, but thinks that they have about as much in common as he and his teammates do. Jessica asks Cristian if he thinks it’s because he’s from Angel Square, to which he responds yes, and because she lives in a house that has a name. He goes on to say that her mother is the richest woman in Llanview, while his mom is only a rich woman’s maid, not to mention the fact that his brother is currently in jail. Jessica fires back that, just because her family is wealthy, it does not mean that they do not have their share of problems. Being sarcastic, Cristian is like what, did the chauffeur took the day off? Jessica replies that her parents are divorced and that her mother is very ill. Cris apologizes and offers his condolences. As the scene ends, Jessica confesses that they have more in common than he wants to admit. Cris says he it’s time to go to work.

The scene appears to be in a flashback had by Jessica and/or Cristian, and should air sometime this spring. SON will keep you posted.

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‘OLTL’ Mid-January Casting Notes

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Monday, January 17, 2010 1:21 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — The latest comings and going for “One Life to Live.”

Late last week the soap issued another casting call, this time for the roles of “young Jessica” and “young Cristian.”  Details are sketchy but apparently, Cristian and/or Jessica flashback to their childhoods.  Jessica mentions that her mom [Viki] is very ill.  She has the feeling that there is something else she should remember, however she is unable to recall what it is.  SON will keep you updated.

Mike Emery has returned to “One Life.”  Last November, the actor portrayed one of the Seattle cops that arrested former cult leader Mitch Laurence.  This go around, Emery will portray an EMT.  Although an airdate for his scenes (which were taped on January 13th) has not been announced, they are expected to air sometime in late February or early March.  Wonder which Llanview resident will be in need of medical attention this time?

First airdates have been announced for Melissa Fumero (Adriana) and Laura Bonarrigo (Cassie), both of whom recently inked deals with the sudser to reprise their roles for a handful of episodes.  According to ABC Soaps in Depth, Fumero will first appear on February 12th, the same day as her on-screen cousin Kelly (Gina Tognoni).  Meanwhile, Bonarrigo is set return on February 15th.  It remains to be seen exactly when Dan Gauthier will return as Kevin Buchanan.

Look for more dayplayer roles on February 16th and 26th.

Film and Irish theatre star, and “One Life” alum, Donal Donnelly passed away on January 4th, at the age of 78, following a bout with cancer.  Ardant soap fans may remember Donnelly for his late 1980s stint in Llanview as Lord Henry Leighton, the father of Roma Downey‘s character Lady Joanna (during the Patrick London/Bo Buchanan storyline).  Donnelly is also known for his roles in “The Dead” and “The Godfather Part III.”

“OLTL” Supervising Music Producer Paul S. Glass tweets that the song playing in the background of the January 8th episode as Gigi walks out of the diner after her talk with Rex, “is called ‘Only In My Dreams’…an ABC original so unfortunately not available. sorry…”

And, if you thought Mayor Dorian Cramer Lord’s assistant James looked familiar, you were right.  Portraying the recurring role of James is Andrew Ridings, best known for briefly portraying J.R. Chandler on “All My Children” in 2003.  Ridings also portrayed John in the 2007 film “Hearts Unarmored,” and has various art director and sound crew credits on his resume. 

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Slezak Takes Leave from ‘One Life’

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Friday, January 15, 2010 12:37 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — “One Life to Live’s” longest running castmember, and six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Erika Slezak is set to take a medical leave from the show in order to have back surgery.  Slezak portrays the soap’s only remaining original character Viki [Banks].

The president of Slezak’s fan club, made the announcement late yesterday on the actress’ official website stating “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.”

No word on if the 63-year-old Slezak will pre-tape any scenes before taking her leave.  The show has also not revealed a final airdate prior to her surgery. Slezak joined “OLTL” on March 17, 1971, and has portrayed Viki for almost 39 years.  

SON will continue to follow this story and bring you more details as they develop.

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Friday, January 15, 2010 2:31 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

( — It appears that “All My Children” star Rebecca Budig and her husband of almost five years could be heading to divorce court.

People Magazine is reporting that reputable sources have indicated that “All My Children” star Rebecca Budig and her husband Bob Guiney have decided to call it splits.

Bob Guiney climbed to fame on the first season of the reality-series “The Bachelorette,” where he was rejected by the series star Trista Rehn (Stutter). Following the rejection, the popular contestant was offered the bachelor position on season four of “The Bachelor.” Instead of marrying the woman he proposed to at the end of the series in 2003, Estella Gardinier, he ended up finding romance with established soap star Budig. Budig and Guiney met in early 2003 while Budig began hosting “The Bachelor XYZ” (repeats of the original series) on the ABC Family network. Guiney and Budig married on July 13, 2004. The marriage marked Budig’s second. Budig married Daniel Geller on June 1, 2001, the marriage ended in divorce four months later.

In a joint-statement given to People Magazine, the pair simply states: “We love each other very much. We are best friends and don’t know what the future holds.”

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    My View of Llanview: January 15 Edition

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    Friday, January 15, 2010 12:01 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

    ( — Are changes afoot behind the scenes at “One Life to Live?”

    Contradicting information, bizarre omissions and lazy writing have some left “One Life” wondering what the hell is going on in Llanview in recent weeks and months.

    God may be all knowing and powerful, however, Mitch Laurence is a close second. The former cult leader and self-proclaimed man of the cloth seemingly has his pulse on anything and everything related to anyone who is anyone in Llanview. He knew about the souring of Rex and Gigi’s relationship, and even that Danielle was really Todd Manning’s biological daughter. But yet, he has no clue that Stacy’s baby’s father isn’t even Rex. Which makes his claim that the baby will be his “blank slate” all the more ludicrous. Granted, Mitch does have minions strategically placed all over town to feed him much of the confidential information, but that doesn’t change the fact that he is clueless when it comes to his own “grandchild.” How realistic is that? About as much as Danielle suddenly being older that her half-brother Jack, who was born before she was, I suppose.

    Furthermore, why did Mitch have no reaction to seeing Todd face-to-face for the first time is returning to Llanview? After all, Todd did have plastic surgery back in 2003 to make him look exactly like Mitch’s brother Walker. And along those same lines, why is Roxy so afraid of Mitch now when she was more than ready to jump the bones of his other brother Miles, just a few short years ago? I mean, it’s not like Roxy didn’t know that Miles and Mitch were brothers or that Mitch was a psychopath. She seemed to have no problem whatsoever with it. Now all of a sudden she is extremely frightened to even hear his name. Apparently, the fact that Miles and Walker even existed has either been forgotten by the writer’s or disregarded by them. Either way, it leaves a rather large plot hole in this particular storyline.

    First it was reported that he had signed a new contract with “OLTL.” Then we were told that he was only returning for five episodes. But just how long is Dan Gauthier really back for as Kevin Buchanan? Are the writers even sure at this point? Who knows? But one thing that I am sure of is the fact that they will more than likely screw it up, just as they have all the other recent returns of(minor and major) past characters to Llanview in the past three years. I dare anyone to name even one return that was even a little successful….go ahead. I dare you.

    Moving on, what has happened to the episode titles that have set “One Life to Live” apart from all other daytime dramas? For more than a year now, we have been treated to the unique, creative, and amusing titles following the soap’s opening credits. However, as of this week, they have mysteriously disappeared. Even so, they continue to be used for various functions at, including day-to-day sneak peeks, episode recaps, and when each day’s full episode of “OLTL” is uploaded to the site. They seem to be appearing everywhere but in the actual episodes themselves. While I’m not sure exactly what is going on with regards to the missing titles, I (along with many “OLTL” fans) have grown somewhat fond of their quirkiness and hope that they will soon return.

    As if the sudden termination of the episode titles wasn’t strange enough, here are a few other things to consider. Despite the fact that the “More Life to Live” episode bumper can still be seen at the mid-point of each episode, no new deleted scenes or behind-the-scenes footage have been uploaded to in more than two months, aside from the partial reposting of how Cristian Vega’s artwork is created and Hillary B. Smith seeking advice from the show’s costume department on what to wear to a Christmas party. “One Life to Live” and ABC had been fairly consistent with posting a brand new batch of bonus scenes on a bi-weekly basis, with style reports and other special features filling in the gaps on the off-weeks. However, all of that has changed as of late, even though the special feature is still being promoted both on the website and during each episode of “One Life to Live.” Huh?

    Furthermore, when was the last time ABC updated any of the information on the “OLTL” homepage at their MediaNet website? Although the network has always been slower than molasses with regards to adding the biographies of new cast members to the page, they got even lazier during 2009. So, just how far behind are they? Well, here’s a good example. Jason Tam joined “One Life” as Markko Rivera in May of 2007, and he is still not listed on the website. In all, about half of the current cast isn’t even listed on the page. Along the same lines, there have been no new photo shoot images of the cast posted (with the exception of the couples shots of Brett Claywell and Scott Evans), since October of 2008. And spoiler images of upcoming scenes have not been been uploaded in months. Instead, ABC/”OLTL” appear to have gotten into the habit of posting images of scenes that have already aired instead. To make matters worse, “All My Children” and “General Hospital” continue to upload images of upcoming scenes on their MediaNet pages on a regular basis. What is up with that?

    But perhaps the biggest question mark recently regards ABC’s decision NOT to broadcast “OLTL” in HD at this time, and their delay in moving the soap into “AMC’s” vacated New York City studios. Many fans have considered these two decisions as proof that the network is letting “One Life to Live” die a slow and painful death by not investing in the show’s future. Although ABC claims that they have to wait until their contract with the “AMC” crew expires before they can move “One Life,” the delay is nonetheless aggravating. Although it is a plausible explanation, is in an accurate one? Or is the network simply trying to use it as a smoke screen to distract fans from what is really going on? With ABC one can never be certain. And, as far as I’m concerned, their decision to upload full episodes of “AMC” and “OLTL” to, while a nice gesture, doesn’t amount to a hill of beans considering everything else that has transpired in the past six months.

    Lastly, will “One Life to Live’s” record low ratings prove to be the final nail in their coffin? The last several weeks, the soap has been dead last in both Households and Total Viewers (even lower than the recently cancelled “As the World Turns”). As bad as that is however (and believe me, it is reason for concern), there is some light at the end of the tunnel. “OLTL” still manages to to hold its ground in several key demo groups, which television executives tend to focus more than the total number of people watching their shows. Even so, “OLTL” needs a huge ratings boost and quick. But at least fans can take some solace in the fact that “General Hospital,” ABC Daytime’s crown jewel, isn’t doing much better than “OLTL” lately either. I know that makes me feel better anyway. And don’t even get me started on what is going on with “All My Children’s” ratings recently.

    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.

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    Thanks to some renovations with the SON website, no one was able to guess the identity of last time’s mystery character from “Llanview Who Am I?” (or read my last column for that matter). For that reason, I am giving you guys and gals a second chance at it. Here goes…

    In 2000, this grandson of a former long-time, well respected police captian, 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.

    So who is this mystery man from the past? I’ll have the answer in the January 30th edition of “My View of Llanview.” Extra credit will be given if you tell me the identity of the mystery character’s grandparents and how they are tied into one of “OLTL’s” very first storylines. 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 1st. Schuyler decides to set the record straight. Stacy is desperate. Mitch decides that a certain person is expendable. Jessica fights back. Dorian and Charlie’s plan hits a roadblock. And trouble brews high atop Llantano Mountain.

    Well that’s concludes yet another edition of the column. Thanks for putting up with my insentient ramblings and rants once more. I hope that everyone is having a great start to the year and that the best is yet to come. Take care and God bless.

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

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    Wednesday, January 13, 2010 9:36 PM ET | By Xavier Toups

    ( — “All My Children” names their new head-writing team.

    Soap Opera Network has learned that David Kreizman and Donna Swajeski are the new Co-Head Writers at “All My Children.”

    “AMC” has been without an official Head Writer ever since the firing of Charles Pratt Jr. in November 2009.

    There is no word yet on what will happen to Lorraine Broderick, who was brought in as an “Associate Head Writer” to help with the transition. Broderick served as a member of “AMC’s” writing staff from 1979 thru 1991 and was the head scribe at the ABC soap from October 1995 to December 1997.

    This will be Kreizman’s third tenure as a Head Writer or Co-Head Writer. He was HW/Co-HW at CBS’s “Guiding Light” from 2004 until the show’s final episode on September 18, 2009. Kreizman had served on the “GL” writing team for about seven years prior to the promotion.  When “GL” ended, Kreizman joined “As The World Turns” as Co-Head Writer. In December of 2009, it was announced that “ATWT” will end in September 2010.

    Swajeski will be reunited with Kreizman, whom she worked with at “GL” as his Co-Head Writer from 2003 to 2008. Swajeski’s other Head Writing tenure was at “Another World” from 1988 to 1992. She’s been writing scripts for “The Bold and The Beautiful” before joining “AMC.”

    Both won a Daytime Emmy (Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team) in 2007 and a Writers Guild Award (Daytime Serials) in 2004.

    Stay tuned to SON as more information becomes available.

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      Wednesday, January 13, 2010 4:19 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

      ( — “All My Children” will be whistling Dixie this March.

      On the heels of the fabulous news that Julia Barr is returning to “All My Children” for a three-month story arc, which will begin airing on February 23, as Brooke English, is the equally fabulous news that Cady McClain will also be returning to the ABC sudser in 2010 “for a short run.” ABC Daytime President Brian Frons made the announcement that the actress and “AMC” had “just made a deal” during the ABC panel at the Television Critics Association Press Tour on Tuesday, January 12. The only storyline detail that has been revealed so far is that Dixie, McClain’s character, will share story with her true love Tad Martin, played by Michael E. Knight.

      Two-time Daytime Emmy-award winner McClain started her daytime career on “AMC” in 1988 as Dixie Cooney, kin of the Cortlandts, she remained with the soap until 1996. The actress returned to the show in 1998 and then left again in 2002. McClain then moved on to CBS’s “As the World Turns” as Rosanna Cabot, where she has enjoyed several long-term and short-term stints – and where she earned an Emmy win for her work. The last time McClain appeared on “All My Children” was in May 2008 for a short stint as ghost Dixie. In early 2007, the character of Dixie was killed off by poisoned peanut-butter pancakes. In current storyline, Dixie’s son, JR (Jacob Young), is battling cancer, while ex-husband Tad is romancing Liza Colby (Jamie Luner), again.

      SOAPnet reports that Dixie will return to Pine Valley in early March. Will Dixie be a ghost or will she return in the flesh (after all the formerly deceased Jesse Hubbard’s (Darnell Williams) organs were donated yet he’s alive and kicking in Pine Valley today)? Stay tuned.

      Update (01/19/10): The length of McClain’s return has been made public, and in this case there is emphasis on the short in short-term story arc. McClain tells Soap Opera Digest that they “only asked me back for a week.”

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        Llanview Casting Gossip: January 12 Edition

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        Tuesday, January 12, 2010 10:26 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

        ( — A shrink returns, a dayplayer reveals her next airdate, a background character is named, and an extra leaks info. on his upcoming scenes, all in this edition of Llanview Casting Gossip.

        The “One Life to Live” comings and goings continue into the month of February with some minor returns and updates.

        Sean J. Cullen reprises the role of Dr. Levin on Wednesday, January 27th. The doc. previously counseled Jessica Brennan following her most recent bout with DID. This go around Marty confesses to her colleague her fear that John and Natalie will rekindle their relationship. Cullen first joined “OLTL” in 2008.

        Erinn Holmes, who periodically appears at Llanview Hospital as a Nurse, states on her website that her next airdate as a medical caregiver will be on Tuesday, February 16th. Hmmm…wonder who gets sick this time?

        Lorna Price‘s upcoming dayplayer cop character now has a name. Look for Price to appear on as Sergeant Lehrman on Friday, January 29th and Monday, February 1st.

        And Christopher Stadulis notes on his website that he will return on Jan. 29th & Feb. 1st as well and that fans will “See me as a Llanview Police Officer [Guard], who guards the entrance to the courtroom.” Stadulis also reveals that “This will be my third time working on the show.” He booked the role on December 3rd.

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        ‘One Life’ Casting ‘Principal’ Role

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        Wednesday, January 9, 2010 3:31 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

        ( — Prepare for more teenage drama and angst around the halls of Llanview High in the coming months, as word comes that “One Life to Live” is looking to fill an important role.

        Late last week the soap released an audition script for the role of a “High School Principal.” While specific details remain sketchy, it is reported that the role will be recurring. The Llanview High principal was last portrayed by Michelle M. Robinson in 2008; Charlotte d’Amboise played Vice Principal Dickinson in 2009.

        In other casting news…

        It is RUMORED that Dan Gauthier‘s upcoming “OLTL” return will only consist of five episodes. 

        Laura Bonarrigo is reportedly back for six episodes as Cassie Carpenter when she briefly returns next month.  Melissa Fumero (Adriana) revealed last month that “I’ll be back for about 4 shows, I think. I believe I’ll mostly be working with Gina T. [Tognoni] who’s coming back as Kelly.”  Gina Tognoni first airs as Kelly on February 12th.  According to her Facebook page, she began filming last Thursday (January 7th). 

        Kristen Alderson (Starr) tweets that “worked with the Cramer women today [January 8th] =) ohh the drama that unfolds on OLTL… you’ll love it”  She also says that she has taped some good scenes with this week with her co-stars Kassie DePaiva (Blair), Brittany Underwood (Langston), and Brandon Buddy (Cole).

        And Luke Sholl posts on his website that he was “Shooting another U/5 on ‘One Life To Live’ as a Cop” on December 8th.  His scenes should air sometime later this month.  Sholl appeared as a dayplayer cop named Officer Joe Bensen at various times throughout 2009.

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