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Friday, August 7, 2009 6:19 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

Guiding Light
Photo: John Paschal/JPI

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — While “Guiding Light’s” last episode doesn’t air until Friday, September 18, 2009, Soap Opera Network has your last look at the cast as a group before the final curtain call.

“Guiding Light” airs Weekdays on CBS. Anytime on CBS.com. Check local listings.


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    ‘One Life’ Casting Updates

    Friday, August 7, 2009 8:05 PM ET | By Scotty Gore


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — An update to some “One Life to Live” casting information recently posted on Soap Opera Network.

    ABC Soaps in Depth is reporting that the role of Ross Rayburn, who was last seen stranded on a deserted island with Todd Manning and Téa Delgado in 2002, is recurring. According to a source, Michael Lowry (ex-Jake, “All My Children”) was originally brought on to “OLTL” for a limited three month run. However, it is hinted that he remain on canvas for an extended period of time. His first airdate is Friday, August 28th.

    Matt Walton, who’s character Elijah Clarke debuts Friday, August 7th and will cause problems for Téa, is also on recurring status with the show (not contract status as was earlier speculated). A spokesperson for “OLTL” tells ABC SID to look for Elijah to remain in Llanview for forseeable future given that the character has “no end date.”

    Rumors continue to swirl that “One Life to Live” is looking to cast a young lady that could be the secret love child of Todd and Téa. Perhaps this relates to the recently released audition script for the role of “Dakota.” However, casting the role as a teenager makes little sense, given that the soap has announced repeatedly since Lozano’s return to the canvas last December, that it had only been six years since she and Todd last made love, back on that deserted isle.

    Upcoming airdates for Patrick Allen Cole’s recurring character Jeff the Rodi’s Manager have been revised. Fans can now expect to see him on Friday, August 21st and again on Monday, September 28th.

    Look for Chris Kies to portray a ‘Movie Man,’ according to IMDb.com, in some upcoming episodes involving David Vickers Buchanan and his reality show.  Wonder if his character’s name will be Ford, and will be David’s show’s producer? 

    Tuc Watkins tells Soap Opera Digest that “he’s going back and forth from ‘OLTL’ and ‘Desperate Houswives’ and so far it’s working out so hopefully he can continue to do that. He says he hopes that he can go to one of John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex) poker games while he’s New York City because whenever Lavioisier has them, it’s on a night he’s not available. He says he still wants to see his $4,000 poker table but hasn’t had the privilege yet.”

    Nicholas Rodriguez’s upcoming short-term character’s name has officially been changed form ‘Griffin’ to ‘Nick’ by “OLTL.” Reportedly, actors Agim Kaba and Nicholas Galbraith were rumored to have auditioned for the role. Rodriguez will first air as Nick on Friday, August 14th. Look for Kyle to use him in an attempt to make Fish jealous.

    Kristen Alderson tweets that both she and co-star Brandon Buddy will be among the presenters representing “OLTL” at the Daytime Emmy Awards on August 30th.

    And Robin Strasser has posted the following message on her hotline, after announcing that she had just signed a new contract with “OLTL” following a month of tense negotations. “Yes. A contract is going to be coming over. I took what they offered. You know I can fight. I don’t lack the feistiness or resentment or energy or jet fuel, but I have not the inclination, not a bit. Because I’m doing a certain kind of very positive inner work and I can use that energy for other things and I choose to go toward love.”  To read more of what Strasser had to say, along with a comment by “OLTL” Executive Producer Frank Valentini on the show’s move to “All My Children’s” soon-to-be-vacated studios and the transition to HD, click here

    Thorsten Kaye (Zach Slater, “AMC”), husband of “OLTL” star Susan Haskell (Marty Saybrooke) tells Carolyn Hinsey that “They’ve given us one week to decide. I’m not sure what I’m going to do. I’m not the kind of dad who wants to be 3,000 miles away from my kids. And it’s not exactly the best time to sell real estate. I think the move shows that ABC has a lot of belief in ‘AMC’ and wants to keep it going.” Perhaps a return to Llanview as Patrick Thornhart may be in his future then.

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


    Discussion: ‘One Life’ Casting Updates




    Friday, August 7, 2009 3:26 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

    Rebecca Budig, Eden Riegel
    Photo: Yolanda Perez/ABC

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — We have it on good authority that you can expect to see Rebecca Budig (ex-Greenlee Smythe) and Eden Riegel (ex-Bianca Montgomery) back on “All My Children” when the show moves to the West Coast in the new year. After all, the commute to New York was the only reason the two departed the soap earlier this year. Did we forget to mention? Greenlee isn’t dead!

    Riegel recently Tweeted her happiness about the move the day the news broke:

    Amazing news! AMC moving to LA!!! Can’t wait! http://bit.ly/iXYmV But, I am concerned this means makeup/hair/wardrobe depts will change. :(

    - Eden Riegel

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


    Discussion: Rebecca Budig and Eden Riegel Return?


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      Friday, August 7, 2009 3:16 AM ET | By Scotty Gore


      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live’s” popular husband and wife duo team up to star in an infomercial for TimeLife’s the “Power of Love” ultimate CD collection.

      In a message posted Wednesday afternoon on her Twitter page, Kassie DePaiva revealed that she and her husband were in the process of shooting a new infomercial for TimeLife. The eight CD compilation, called the “Power of Love,” is set to be released sometime in October, and will feature classic love songs from the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s.

      Kassie DePaiva has portrayed Blair Cramer on “One Life to Live” since 1993, when she replaced Asian-American actress Mia Korf. Prior to her stint in Llanview, she Chelsea Reardon on “Guiding Light” from 1986-1991.

      James DePaiva played Max Holden on “OLTL” from 1987-1990 and again from 1991-2003. He returned briefly in August of 2007, for the soap’s 10,000th episode. In addition, he has also directed episodes of “One Life to Live” and “As the World Turns.”

      Married since 1996, the DePaiva’s have one son, James Quentin (JQ) DePaiva, who was born hearing impaired and had implants before his first birthday. In 2007, JQ appeared in an episode of “All My Children” as a guest on Erica Kane’s talk show, in hopes it would convince her daughter Kendall to comes to terms with her son Spike’s hearing loss. James DePaiva also has a daughter from a previous marriage.

      Founded in 1961 as the book division of Time Inc., TimeLife is among the world’s largest distributors of books, CDs, DVDs, and various other multimedia products. In 2003 the company was purchased by Direct Holdings US Corp. TimeLife takes it name from Time Inc.’s two most popular magazines Time and Life. For more information about TimeLife, click here.

      The “Power of Love” TimeLife infomercial featuring the DePaivas will air beginning in October on television stations around the country. Check your local listings for the time and channel in your area.

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


      Discussion: James & Kassie DePaiva Promote the ‘Power of Love’




      Wednesday, August 5, 2009 7:01 PM ET | By Errol Lewis and Scotty Gore

      One Life to Live

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — With “All My Children” heading to the West Coast, “One Life to Live” will inherit “AMC’s” soon-to-be-old studio space. Also, both soaps are expected to begin broadcasting in HD early next year.

      “ABC Daytime announced today that it would move production of ‘All My Children’ from New York to Los Angeles and that ‘One Life to Live’ would move into ‘All My Children’s’ former New York space, giving both shows facility upgrades and streamlined production models,” states an ABC press release issued yesterday afternoon. “‘All My Children’ will begin taping episodes in Los Angeles the week of Jan. 4, 2010. The move of ‘One Life To Live’ to its new home takes place soon after ‘All My Children’ relocates.”

      According to ABC Daytime President Brian Frons, “The move to Los Angeles enables both ‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life to Live’ to dramatically improve the series production models and achieve significant efficiencies while enhancing each show. We had to examine every option on the table to combat the current economic realities, and rising costs of production, and we are doing it in a way that makes each of our shows stronger.”

      “One Life to Live’s” current, smaller studio will be converted into office space by the network. The move to “All My Children’s” soon-to-be-vacated studios will give “OLTL” at least 30% additional space for sets and props.

      Which leaves us with several million dollar questions. Will the move to L.A. help or hurt “AMC” in the long-run, and will “OLTL” wither on the vine as the only remaining ABC soap left in the Big Apple, or will it provide a much needed boost the sagging sudser? And if the move is successful for “AMC,” will “OLTL” soon follow suit and head West as well?

      So many questions, so few answers.

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


      Discussion: ‘One Life to Live’ Gets New Studio Space


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        Wednesday, August 5, 2009 6:21 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

        Susan Lucci (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The shake-ups begin at “All My Children.”

        On the heels of the jarring news that production of “All My Children” will be relocating from New York, New York, their home for 40 years, to Los Angeles, California is of course big behind-the-scenes news about the fate of many of the popular soaps cast and crew.

        Daytime Confidential, the website that broke the news of “AMC’s” impending move, is also reporting that all of the soaps contract players have been invited to make the move to L.A., where the show will begin production on January 4, 2010. Despite the time remaining on their existing deals with the show, those actors who do not wish to make the 3,000 mile move will be let out of their contracts. While most of the “AMC” actors are reportedly still in shock over the news, an excited Ricky Paull Goldin (who plays Dr. Jake Martin) posted on his Twitter site this afternoon and seems to be onboard with the big move.

        Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like Walt Willey is among the contract players given the opportunity to choose his fate. The actor who has played Jackson Montgomery since 1987 is now reported to be officially off-contract according to DC. The news isn’t surprising. Willey’s Jackson has been severely back-burned under Head Writer Charles Pratt Jr.’s reign and had been scheduled to be sent off-screen indefinitely after one more appearance later this month.

        Despite speculation to the contrary, “AMC” Executive Producer Julie Hanan Carruthers is staying put for the move to L.A. DC reports Carruthers, who has been with the soap since the fall of 2003, has just inked a new contract.

        Susan Lucci, who plays the legendary Erica Kane on “AMC,” will appear on ABC’s “Regis and Kelly” this Friday at 9 a.m EST. Tune in to hear what she has to say about the stunning news; will daytime’s number one diva make the move west?

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


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          Wednesday, August 5, 2009 2:44 AM ET | By Scotty Gore


          (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — After more than a month of rather vocal tug-of-war negotiations with ABC, “One Life to Live’s” Robin Strasser tells her fans to “Picture me on your TV. I’m signing the contract, yay for me. I will be with you for years to come.”

          Despite recently being offered a “take-it-or-leave-it” contract by ABC, which included a hefty 63% paycut for the popular soap vet, Strasser announced earlier this evening on her telephone hotline
          “Screw the pay cut. Full steam ahead. It doesn’t matter. Life has been very good to me. I have been very blessed. I’ve been diligent, I’ve been careful, I’ve been many, many things, [but] not ever the highest paid.”

          “My dear friends, a heart attack has been averted. It is my pleasure to announce that I’ve said yes. Yes! What did I say affirmatively yes to? The whole deal of continuing to play Dorian. I can’t allow it to be about money. It’s paycut time. Daytime is hanging on a thread… I believe that; I get it,” the actress cheerfully proclaimed to fans.

          Strasser’s new deal was nearly overshadowed by ABC’s afternoon press release indicating that “All My Children” was moving production to Los Angeles at year’s end, and that “One Life to Live” would be taking over its sister soap’s soon-to-be-vacated New York City studios.

          Commenting on the move, Strasser noted just how much larger the “AMC” studios are compared to those of “OLTL.” “When I did crossover and appearances on ‘AMC,’ I was ravaged with jealousy. Their real estate is so superior. Their big building. Everybody has big dressing rooms. The hallways have windows with views of the river…”

          Futhermore, Strasser tells Soap Opera Digest that “I will say for the record that I called Frank [Valentini, 'OLTL' executive producer] at about 3:15 yesterday. I said, “Frank, Frank, I hope you’re happy to hear this but I can’t, I can’t…I have to say ‘yes’. Whatever ABC wants to pay me is okay, I just love what I do and I can’t continue in this holding pattern. ‘Yes, I’m in, I’m in. Send me a contract, I’ll sign it.’ He said, ‘Okay. That’s great. I’ll call legal and we’ll close this up.’ And then I said, ‘So what about the rumors?’ He said, ‘Well, it’s a secret until 5 o’clock today.’ ” Now this was at 3:15. He said, ‘All My Children’ will move to L.A. and ‘One Life to Live’ will move into their studio.” I almost screamed into the telephone bursting an eardrum on the man. I’m trusting and wishing the best for ‘All My Children.’ They’ve got some great real estate they’re moving to in LA. And there’s a lot of great opportunities for renting and buying the personal residences. And then our show apparently is going to get at least 30-50 percent more studio space so that our big concept productions and efficiency can be ramped up. Frank has found better and better ways to make a great show but does it cost effectively because if we don’t do it that way we’ll be joining ‘Guiding Light.’ I’m so proud to be part of that solution.”

          Strasser, a Daytime Emmy Winner and two time Soap Opera Digest Award recipient, has portrayed Dorian Cramer Lord on and off since 1979. In 2000, she was fired from “OLTL” after suffering a major falling out with then Executive Producer Jill Farren Phelps, and did not return to Llanview until 2003, once Phelps had left the show. In addition, Strasser took the character of Dorian to “AMC’s” Pine Valley in a handful of episodes between 2003 and 2005. Other soaps credits include Iris Ocasek on “The Secret Storm” (1964-66), Rachel Davis Matthews on “Another World” (1967-72) and “Somerset” (1970), Dr. Christina Karras on “All My Children” (1976-79), and the 300-year-old witch Hecuba on “Passions” from 2001-2002.

          To listen to Strasser’s full message on her hotline, call (212) 414-5300.

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


          Discussion: Robin Strasser Re-Signs with ‘One Life to Live’




          Wednesday, August 5, 2009 2:35 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

          (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Last week rumors began circulating that ABC Daytime was looking to move their daytime soap “All My Children” to the West Coast in an effort to avoid cancellation. Unfortunately, a network spokeswoman opted to lie to the industry in an effort to break the news to the dramas cast and crew “first.” The cast learned they’d have to make the difficult choice of whether to head out West to Los Angeles,California or lose their jobs on Tuesday, August 4.

          “This rumor has been in the zeitgeist for years,” said the spokeswoman in an official statement. “If there is ever something official to announce, you will hear it from me.”

          All we can say is, we’re waiting…

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


          Discussion: The Lie that Rocked Daytime


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            Tuesday, August 4, 2009 11:14 PM ET | By Scotty Gore


            (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — In a shocking chain of events, ABC announces that it plans to move production of “All My Children” to the West Coast, and relocate “One Life to Live” into “AMC’s” soon-to-be vacated New York studios.

            Despite repeated denials from ABC in recent weeks to persistent online rumors at Daytime Confidential that plans were already in the works to move the broadcaster’s youngest soap cross country, the network did a complete 180 today by dropping a bombshell on the set of the daytime drama “All My Children.”

            According to reports, ABC Daytime President Brian Frons gathered the soap’s cast and crew together this afternoon to inform them that “AMC” would be shifting production from New York City to Los Angeles beginning sometime in December in an attempt to cut costs during the current economic downturn.

            “ABC Daytime announced today that it would move production of ‘All My Children’ from New York to Los Angeles and that ‘One Life to Live’ would move into ‘All My Children’s’ former New York space, giving both shows facility upgrades and streamlined production models,” states a network press release.
             
            “‘All My Children’ will begin taping episodes in Los Angeles the week of Jan. 4, 2010, and will begin airing in HD in February. The move of ‘One Life To Live’ to its new home takes place soon after ‘All My Children’ relocates.” “One Life to Live” will transition to HD early next year as well. “AMC’s” first tape date in L.A. comes only one day before the long-running sudser marks it 40th anniversary.

            “‘All My Children’ is one of the most recognizable brands in television, and we are committed to continue telling and enhancing the stories of the residents of Pine Valley. The move to Los Angeles enables both ‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life to Live’ to dramatically improve the series production models and achieve significant efficiencies while enhancing each show. We had to examine every option on the table to combat the current economic realities, and rising costs of production, and we are doing it in a way that makes each of our shows stronger,” Frons laments.

            “AMC’s” new L.A. based studio is said to be twice the size of their one in New York, and will include two sound stages that will allow them to keep more sets assembled and standing between episode tapings.

            “OLTL” will experience 30% additional space when the soap moves in to “AMC’s” current home, and will receive several facility upgrades. Furthermore, ABC is seriously considering turning “One Life to Live’s” rather cramped current home into much needed office space for the network.

            Agnes Nixon, creator of both “All My Children” and “One Life to Live,” attempted to place a positive spin on the move by commenting that “I am so grateful for the wonderful commitment from ABC to ‘All My Children.’ While I will miss being able to run over to the show … it feels a little like I am sending one of my children off to be married. … I am glad the network is making moves that will enable the team to continue telling stories about Pine Valley. … There are many more secrets to be revealed.”

            One of those secrets will be just how many of “All My Children’s” current cast and crew may be willing to remain with the show and relocate nearly 2500 miles away from the Big Apple, most notably the iconic Susan Lucci (Erica Kane), one of the soap’s two remaining original cast members.

            Los Angeles City Council president Eric Garcetti informs Variety that “AMC” will be filming in the city’s Glassell Park neighborhood. “We have been working hard to bring production back and this is great,” he says.

            “Children” will join ABC’s signature soap “General Hospital” as the network’s only West Coast based daytime dramas. “GH” underwent significant changes earlier this year, which included building a new hospital set and transitioning the show to High-Definition, a move which set ABC back an estimated $3 million.

            Needless to say, the move has some soaps fans more than a little shaken up, given the recent cancellation of two other daytime soaps within the past year. In August of 2008, “Passions” was cancelled after only nine years on the air. And in April of this year, CBS announced that the industry’s longest-running daytime serial “Guiding Light” would be airing its final episode on September 18th, after more than 72 years on television and radio. To further add to the uneasiness, speculation persists that ABC is planning to launch a new talk starring Aisha Taylor, which could find its way onto the Alphabet Network’s already crowded daytime schedule, despite repeated assertions by ABC that the show is being geared toward syndication.

            Despite the changes in production and relocation of two of the network’s three daytime dramas, ABC insists that their three hour weekday afternoon soap block will remain unchanged with “All My Children,” “One Life to Live,” and “General Hospital” continuing to air in the same order they have been since 1978.

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

            “All My Children, “One Life to Live,” and “General Hospital” air Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


            Discussion: Breaking News: ‘AMC’ Moves to L.A., ‘OLTL’ Switches Studios




            Tuesday, August 4, 2009 2:25 PM ET | By Scotty Gore


            (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” adds more diversity to its rather large cast with the addition of Phylicia and Richard Evans.

            What started out with Shaun, then a bodyguard to tough guy Vincent Jones back in 2007, eventually developed into the ever-growing Evans family, complete with siblings Destiny and Greg. Now we can add their mother and father to that list.

            As SON first reported, “OLTL” recently released audition scripts for the roles of Mr. and Mrs. Evans, both of which are said to become recurring characters on the show’s canvas this fall.

            Now, roughly a week after the casting calls were first announced, Soap Opera Digest is reporting that both roles have been cast. Set to portray Greg, Shaun, and Destiny’s mother Phylicia is actress Tonye Patano. She is best known for her role as Heyila James on the Showtime series “Weeds” from 2005-2007. In addition, the actress has appeared in a number of primetime series, including “Eli Stone,” Law & Order: SVU,” “Monk,” and “Now and Again.”

            Playing father Richard Evans will be veteran actor Frankie Faison, who portrayed Frank Dawson on “All My Children” from 1998-99. Faison’s other credits include “True Colors,” “The Silence of the Lambs,” “The Wire,” “Maximum Overdrive,” and Tyler Perry’s “Meet the Brows.”

            Look for Patano and Faison to first air as Phylicia and Richard Evans on Tuesday, September 10th.

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


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