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

( — “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.

Discussion: ‘One Life’ Expands African American Family

‘OLTL’ Late Summer Casting Notes

Tuesday, August 4, 2009 1:50 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — What do Russian gangsters, physics, and corrupted politicians have in common? They’re all heading to Llanview in the weeks and months ahead.

Jonathan Phillips tells the Greenwich Gazette, in an interview dated July 31st, that his was recently hired by “One Life to Live” to play an upcoming role. “I’m playing a Russian mobster. I spoke Russian in my audition. I still speak it fluently, as I studied it for years and years, first at Andover and then at University of Michigan,” he explains.

Phillips goes on to reveal that “We’ve shot one episode. We’re shooting another on Tuesday.” The aspiring actor is the nephew of “Gone With the Wind” actress Barbara O’Neil (who portrayed the mother of Scarlett O’Hara). For more about Phillips’ theater and television career, click here to read the full article.

Rumors claim that the Cole’s undercover mission to take down Llanview’s drug ring may result in the kidnapping of Starr and baby Hope by Russian mobsters in an act of vengeance. However, it remains little more than speculation at this time. Although, a hint at what may lie ahead can be found in “OLTL’s” recently released audition script for the role of Phylicia Evans (mother to Destiny, Shaun, and Greg). From the tone of the script, it appears that Shaun is injured while attempting to save Starr and Hope from danger. It remains to be seen how any of this will play out on camera, given the fact that it will likely not air until sometime in late September or early October, considering “OLTL’s” advanced production schedule.

In related news, it appears that “OLTL” is looking to cast a Shaun ‘body double’ for an upcoming episode.

Michael Lowry first airs as Ross Rayburn on Friday, August 28th, when he his tracked down by Blair.

Patrick Allen Cole returns as Rodi’s Manager Jeff on Monday, August 17th. According to his website, he has also recently taped another episode set to air in later summer/early fall.

Anthony Bradford portrays an ICU Orderly on Thursday and Friday, September 10th and 11th.  Bradford’s other soap credits include appears on “All My Children” as a Yacht Club Member on “As the World Turns” as an Old Town Shopper. 

“One Life to Live” seems to have developed a fetish for introducing the parents of characters who are/were on canvas. Already this year the soap has cast the parents of Markko Rivera, Oliver Fish, and the dearly departed Nash Brennan. Now the show is preparing to welcome in not only the Evans’ siblings mother (as noted above), but also their father Richard, as indicated in a new audition script released just like week. The ever-expanding Evans clan also includes the past characters of cousin Tyrone (Destiny’s original prom date) and Grandpa Fred (whom Shaun introduced during 2007′s ‘One Pure People’ storyline).

Is Llanview Mayor Stan Lowell (Kevin O’Rourke) somehow connected to the city’s drug problems? That may be the question many of the town’s leading citizens find themselves asking later this month as the shady politician begins to raise more than a few eyebrows. Look for Llanview’s commander-in-chief to have more of a presence later this month. After causing a stink at a Llanview Hospital on Wednesday, August 12th, Mayor Lowell returns on Friday, August 24th to take part in some unethical dealings. According to SOAPnet, this will be the beginning of a promising storyline for both Viki Banks (Erika Slezak) and Dorian Lord (Robin Strasser), as Viki ponders taking a second run at the Llanview’s highest office. Hopefully, this plot won’t prove reminiscent of Viki’s last stint as mayor back in 1990 when she was shot by the corrupted then-Police Commissioner Harding, and suffered a subsequent stroke.

Lea DeLaria is back once more as Madame Delphina on Wednesday, August 20th when Jessica enlists the much-in-demand medium to try to summon Nash’s spirit.

Nicholas Rodriquez debuts as Nick (the character was originally named Griffin) on Tuesday, August 18th, who begins to take a shine to Kyle, which makes Fish a little hot under the collar.

In other news…

“OLTL” has recycled the audition script (released in March) for ‘Veronica,’ changed a few names, and re-released it for the role of ‘Dakota.’ As the scene opens, ‘Dakota’ talks about how she used to run through fountains in the buff while living in Paris, prompting ‘Matt’ to ask her if she is telling the truth. She tells him that people in Paris are not prudes like those in Llanview. Matt asks what her date thought of her behavior, to which she responds that followed her lead, danced nude in the fountain with her, and then drew her into a hot, steamy kiss. However, when she claims they returned to hotel room afterward for an evening of romance, Matt cuts her off. Claiming her tales sound more like romance novels than real life, Matt has serious doubts about the validity of what she is saying. When Dakota asks him if he believes her, he confesses that no, he does not. He also says that he didn’t want to hurt her feelings, and wants to know more about her — the real her. As the scene comes to a close, Dakota chimes in that just because it didn’t actually happen, doesn’t necessarily mean that it couldn’t, and that if he had been stuck in a boarding school as she had been, that he too would have developed a very vivid imagination. Be advised that “OLTL” frequently changes the names in these audition scripts in an attempt to confuse viewers.

A second script is for the role of ‘Tom,’ who is a school bully that is tormenting ‘Sarah.’ Tom advises Sarah against making empty threats, to which she claims she can make good on. Tom tells her that, when you are the daughter of a man who attempted to kill your baby brother, that it’s best to try to blend in with the crowd and not stand out. Sarah exclaims that her father is not a murderer, to which Tom says sure, and that he bets her mother isn’t the biggest slut in Llanview either. Tom warns Sarah that she should be very afraid of him, when she tells him that she’s not. Sarah advises Tom to shut up or risk his father cutting off his trust fund. Tom blasts back that his father hates snobby, whiny little girls just as much as he does. Taunting him, Sarah asks him what’s wrong, and that it looks like he’s going to cry. Tom quips that they’re not in Algebra, and that Sarah is no match for him. As the scene closes, Sarah screams that she is going home, but Tom says that first she must pay for crossing his path. As with the first script, this too appears to be a reworded version of one from several years ago for a different role.

The final audition script (which also appears recycled from another old script) released last week is for the role of a ‘Headmistress.’ The seen begins with her telling ‘Liz Cohen,’ one of the teachers, that she has heard good things about her from her students and fellow faculty members, which places a smile on Liz’s face. However, the headmistress reminds her that she must uphold the school policy that personal matters should not be brought into the classroom. Liz responds that she just finished informing one of her pupils of that very thing. Nonetheless, the headmistress instructs her that it never should have even brought up in the first place, and regrets to inform Liz that, until the custody matter is resolved, she can no longer allow her to teach at the school. Shocked, Liz cannot believe that she has just been fired. As the headmistress places her on leave until the matter is concluded, Liz states that nothing that has happened has been her fault and that she loves all her students. The headmistress tells Liz to look around at her empty classroom, and ask herself if she would be letting her students down by staying. As the scene ends, Liz asks for a moment to gather her personal belongings before leaving.

Odds and Ends…

Salsa sensation Frankie Negrón brings his band with him when he perform on “OLTL” on Wednesday, August 5th.

As of July 31st, Jack Rovello (Justin) is no longer listed in the closing credits…could this be the end for Matthew’s occasional bully and his crush Becca (Dina Sipovich)? One can only hope.

Scott Clifton tweeted on July 29th that he was on yet another location shoot for “OLTL,” this time in New Jersey, and on August 3rd that he had a ton of lines to learn for the following day’s episode taping.

Kristen Alderson tweets that she “Can’t wait for everyone to see my dress for the Emmys. it’s def. a statement. lol”

Kassie DePaiva reveals on Twitter that she returned Monday (August 3rd) from a family vacation in North Carolina and “Had location shoot with ‘OLTL’ at 6:30 am.”

According to IMDb, Zetna Fuentes will direct episode #10534 of “OLTL,” which should air sometime on or before Tuesday, October 6th.

Just how adorable were the two gray kittens during “OLTL’s” tribute to “Grey Gardens” on Monday, August 3rd? One can only hope that we will get to see more of them, along with the equally adorable Tallulah Bean (Aziza).

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

Discussion: ‘OLTL’ Late Summer Casting News

Out! Cosgrove Rebuffs ‘OLTL’

Monday, August 3, 2009 8:38 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — Despite numerous reports in recent weeks seeming to indicate that “Guiding Light” star Daniel Cosgrove was likely headed to “One Life to Live” this fall as a recasted Joey Buchanan, it now appears that a move from Springfield to Llanview is not on his itinerary.

In a move eerily similar to “OLTL’s” recent negotations to lure alum Gina Tognoni (Dinah, “GL”) back to Llanview as Kelly Cramer, a source close to the show reveals to Soap Opera Digest that “Despite all the buzz that Daniel Cosgrove (Bill, ‘GL’) will be ‘One Life to Live’s’ next Joey Buchanan, it’s not happening. A setsider says Cosgrove will not be joining the ABC soap.”

This comes only weeks after several media outlets were claiming that a deal between the actor and “OLTL” was thisclose to being finalized. It remains to be seen is the two sides are still discussing the possibility, or if talks have completely broken off.

The youngest son of Viki Davidson and the late Joe Riley (and adopted son of Clint Buchanan), Joey Buchanan has been one of the most recasted characters in “One Life to Live’s” history, with seven different actors tackling the role over the years.

In addition to his time on “Guiding Light,” the 38-year-old Cosgrove portrayed Scott Chandler on “All My Children” from 1996-98. Primetime credits include stints on “Beverly Hills 90210″ and “Dirty Sexy Money.”

SON will keep you posted on any further developments.

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

Discussion: Out! Cosgrove Rebuffs ‘OLTL’

Tuesday, July 28, 2009 10:50 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — The former “Gossip Girl” splashes down in Llanview on Friday, August 14th, just in time to assist her best friend Stacy Morasco (Crystal Hunt) in cooking up her latest scheme.

With her first airdate finally announced by “One Life to Live,” fans can look for the younger Morasco sister’s BFF, Kimberly (Kim) Andrews, to take a break from her lucrative pole dancing career in Las Vegas to move to Llanview to make things just that much sluttier for the residents of the fictional Pennsylvania town.

After filling her best bud in on the details of what became of her once delicate situation and explaining how the truth must stay buried, Kim offers Stacy a simple solution to her problem. But one question remains…sending the stripper sisters off looking for a sucker they can lure into their trap to ensure that Ms. Morasco gets what she wants, rather than what she deserves.

Best known for portraying Penelope Shafai on the hit CW primetime drama “Gossip Girl,” “OLTL” marks the first soap role for Setton. Her character, which was originally named Summer, will interact with Stacy, Rex, and Gigi, as well as a few other characters in Llanview. It is a contract role.

In other news…

Kevin O’Rourke reprises his recurring role of Llanview Mayor Stan Lowell on Wednesday, August 12th when he butts heads with a few of the town’s leading ladies on the Llanview Hospital Board of Directors. To make matters worse for the commander-in-chief, John McBain begins to grow suspicious of the public offical with questionable integrity.

Lea DeLaria appears again as Madame Delphina on Wednesday, August 20th, when the physic issues an ominous warning to one particular Llanview widow.

Tuc Watkins returns as David Vickers Buchanan on Monday, August 10th with an interesting proposition for each of the two women in his life. But will they agree to his terms, or will he be forced to try to persuade his newfound family to agree to his point-of-view?

An already spooked Jessica Brenan mistakenly accuses Ford, one of David’s new associates, for being the person stalking her and rattling her nerves. Meanwhile the real culprit remains at large. While the identity of the actor cast in the minor role of Ford is unknown, look for him to accompany Mr. Vickers back to town. For more insight into the role of Ford, click here to read SON‘s report on the original audition script for the character.

Kearra Giovanni returns as Dr. Vivian Wright, the co-worker and occasional date of wondersurgeon Greg Evans on Thursday, August 13th. From the way it sounds, this is one lady doc who is good at detecting chemistry…and we’re not talking test tubes and Bunsen burners.

Matt Walton first airs as hotshot lawyer Elijah Clarke on Friday, August 7th. Even though he will be brought to town by the Buchanans, the overconfident attorney will soon become involved with Téa Delgado and all those in her orbit.

Look for more dayplayer in upcoming episodes, including Thursday and Friday, September 10th and 11th.

For a couple of other small upcoming casting notes, click here to get caught up.

And a once popular character (whose original portrayer is now on another soap), may or may not appear in flashback form (in terms of scenes from a past “One Life” episode) in a certain episode airing next month, when a mysterious package is believer to a pair of equally mystified recipients.

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

Discussion: Llanview ‘Gossip’: Amanda Setton Makes ‘OLTL’ Debut

Tallulah Bean Leads a Dog’s ‘Life’

Tuesday, July 28, 2009 3:44 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — “One Life to Live” fans were first introduced to the precocious pooch Tallulah Bean just over a year ago. Nicknamed David Vickers by her owner Tina Lord Roberts (Andrea Evans), the pair left town last fall. Now Tallulah returns to Llanview, however not as the canine version of the comedic conman, but as one of her pups.

Fans may recall that doggie David Vickers became a mother late last year, shortly before leaving town with her caregiver Tina, who let her daughter Sarah have the pick of the litter. However, when Sarah too decided to leave town a few months later to become a band promoter, the pup (then named Cristian Vega) was left with her roommate Layla Williamson, who renamed it Aziza.

As Aziza started to grow, viewers began to notice that the pup bore an uncanny resemblance to her mother David Vickers, and with good reason given that Aziza is also portrayed by Tallulah Bean. In a storyline that would confuse and befuddle even her human counterparts, Tallulah is now playing the daughter of the character she originated only last summer.

One thing is sure, however, the adorable shih tzu manages to steal every scene she is in. And given that “One Life to Live” recently began introducing a gay storyline involving Layla’s boyfriend and roommate Oliver Fish, it should provide more opportunities in the near future for Miss Tallulah to capture the hearts of “OLTL” fans. Now, if her only her two-legged co-stars could do the same.

In human casting news…

A first airdate has been announced for Michael Lowry, who will portray Ross Rayburn, a character last scene in 2002 stranded on a deserted isle with Todd Manning and Téa Delgado. Look for the former “All My Children” star to make his “OLTL” debut on Monday, August 31st.

Richard Topol portrays the rabbi in charge of marrying Clint Buchanan and Nora Hanen beginning Thursday, August 6th. David Forsyth (ex-John Hudson, “Another World”) will also be on hand for the double ceremony, as the priest who pronounces Viki Davidson and Charlie Banks husband and wife. Forsyth joined the cast of “OLTL” earlier this year in the recurring role of a man of the cloth.

David Vadim portrays Serge (or Sergei, according to Soap Opera Weekly), head of Llanview’s drug ring, and the supplier of pill-popping teen Asher Garnett (Evan Joiner). Expect Serge to try to cause problems for Cole beginning Thursday, August 6th. Vadim portrayed a boxer on “One Life to Live” back in 2007.

So much for being neighborly. The brass at “OLTL” are refusing to let Jerry verDorn (Clint Buchanan) return to the fading soap “Guiding Light” as the presumed dead Ross Marler for the long-running soap’s final episodes, according to Carolyn Hinsey. That’s show biz.

The Suds Report reveals that Billy Warlock (ex-AJ, “General Hospital”) was recently spotted hanging around the “One Life” studios. But instead of auditioning for a role, it appears Warlock was there to visit his good friends John-Paul Laviosier and Farah Fath (Rex Balsom and Gigi Morasco), who have become rather chummy with the actor and his wife, Julie Pinson (Janet, “As the World Turns”).

Is “OLTL” looking to cast the role of “Dakota?” According to one website, the daytime drama has released a script that appears eerily similar to one for “Veronica,” which SON first told you about back in March. The main difference between the two scripts is the replacing of the names “Veronica” and “Bobby” with “Matt” and “Dakota.”  Otherwise they are nearly identical, with only some rewording. However, it remains to be seen if the updated script is indeed valid. A spokesperson for “OLTL” had no comment.

And expect to see more dayplayer roles in some upcoming episodes.

Gossip Mill…

Expect to see Llanview’s blushing brides Viki Davidson (Erika Slezak) and Nora Hanen (Hillary B. Smith) dressed to perfection during their upcoming double wedding ceremony the first week of August. According to The Suds Report, Viki’s dress was designed by Rose Taft, while Nora’s was created by Pilar Rossi. To get a sneak peak a couple of scenes from the ceremony, click here.

Kristen Alderson reveals on her Twitter page that the “OLTL” episode where Cole and Starr had sex for the first time since giving birth to baby Hope, did not include the first half of the teens love scene. “Don’t worry though, they’ll probably show the beginning on ‘More Life To Live’ on They show cut scenes =),” assures Alderson. “More Life to Live” deleted scenes are posted every other Friday on and, with August 7th being the date in which they will be available for viewing.

In other Tweets, Alderson remarks that “‘OLTL’s’ executive producer [Frank Valentini] came up to me today and said ‘WOW, you have some AMAZING/LOYAL Starr and Cole fans!’ THANKS YOU GUYS XO!” Also, “oh & Brittany [Underwood] & I re-did the dressing room! They painted it friday & it’s VERY PINK haha but it looks awesome. SO GIRLY NOW!” She confesses that “OLTL” gets most of their clothing from Bloomingdale’s, and accessories and jewelry from Urban Outfitters and Lucky. And she gives an explanation to her fans: “They cut the part where Starr & Cole go on the bed but it squeaks,so they go on the floor instead. I know, it was unclear =(”

Kassie DePaiva reminds fans that “The Divas [of Daytime TV] really want to show ABC we have strong fan support in the Dallas /Fort Worth area. So if You can get to Billy Bob’s on August 22 for s free concert we would be thrilled to sing for You!!!!”

And finally, time for a shameless plug for my own new Twitter page dedicated to everything “One Life to Live” related on Soap Opera Network. As a starting goal, it would great to reach 100 followers by Saturday, August 1st. So sign up if you haven’t already. I will try to update the page on a daily basis with trivia, links to articles about “OLTL” at SON, breaking news, and much more. Be sure to check it out!

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

Discussion: Tallulah Bean Leads a Dog’s ‘Life’

Monday, July 27, 2009 6:13 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

Walt Willey ( — Find out who’s in and who’s out on “All My Children” this August.

In their latest issue, Soap Opera Digest reports that Walt Willey’s character, Jackson Montgomery will be heading off to Europe. The trip will be off-screen and for an undisclosed amount of time. Willey will air just once in August (during the week of Aug. 17th). Many fans feel this is ominous news for the 20 year “All My Children” veteran who was recently pulled into the show’s consuming murder-mystery storyline after a long period in the backburner cafe. ABC assures that “this is just the way the storyline is going now, nothing more.” Willey is currently performing in a one week tour of a community production of “The Odd Couple” in Ottawa, Illonois, alongside “AMC’s” Jill Larson

Stuart Chandler, played by the great David Canary, will make at least one more appearance on the soap. Stuart, who last paid a “helpful” visit to the prime suspect in his murder, Kendall (Alicia Minshew), on Friday, July 24, will appear to Mrs. Slater again on Wednesday, August 5.

Stuart’s wife’s next hiatus from “AMC” could very well be a long one as Marian Colby Chandler is carted off to a psychiatric facility after she shoots one of Pine Valley’s citizens. Jennifer Bassey’s Marian takes aim on Friday, August 7.

In other “AMC” casting news, Anna Koonin returns as David Hayward’s (Vincent Irizarry) loyal personal nurse, Gayle, for a couple of episodes beginning on the week of August 24. Lorenzo Pisoni, who has played A.D.A. Andrew Willis since Friday, July 10, and Stephanie Gatschet, who has played the Madison North since Friday, June 19, will continue to air on “AMC” throughout the summer. Look for Joel Fabiani to put in a few appearances as Adam’s favorite attorney of the past decade, Barry Shire, beginning on the week of August 17. Shannon Kane will have a big August as Jesse Hubbard’s (Darnell Williams) headstrong daughter from another mother, Natalia Fowler. Jill Larson’s frequent airings came to an abrupt halt in July – but don’t worry, Opal Cortlandt will be seen a lot more in August. On the opposite end of the spectrum, J.R. Martinez’s Brot Monroe all but disappears for the month.

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

Discussion: ‘AMC’s’ August Casting Notes

  • All My Children
  • AMC
  • Shannon Kane
  • JR Martinez
  • Brot Monroe
  • Walt Willey
  • David Canary
  • Jennifer Bassey
  • Lorenzo Pisoni
  • Andrew Willis
  • Jackson Montgomery
  • Stuart Chandler
  • Marian Colby
  • Anna Koonin
  • Nurse Gayle
  • Stephanie Gatschet
  • Madison North
  • Natalia Fowler
  • Jill Larson
  • Opal Corlandt

    Sunday, July 26, 2009 5:07 PM PT | By Errol Lewis

    Tamara Braun ( — Former “All My Children” and “General Hospital” starlet Tamara Braun lands a prominent role on hit TNT drama series “Saving Grace” starring Holly Hunter.

    Braun will play the recurring role of Renee Ellen, who sparks an immediate attraction with Detective Ham Dewey (Kenny Johnson). Detective Dewey is the on-screen love interest of the shows main character Grace Hanadarko (Hunter). According to TV, Braun will appear in at least two episodes of the series. Her first airdate is Tuesday, July 28.

    Prior to”Grace,” Braun was last seen as Reese Williams on ABC’s “All My Children.” Reese married Bianca Montgomery (Eden Riegel) in February, marking television’s first lesbian wedding. In 2008, the actress had a story-arc on NBC’s “Days of our Lives” as Ava Vitali, a character that attracted a huge fan following and provided Braun with her second Daytime Emmy Award Nomination. She’s nominated this year in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category. To find out if the actress wins the award, tune into The CW on Sunday, August 30 at 8:00 PM ET/PT for the live telecast of “The 36th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.”

    From 2001-2005, Braun portrayed the role of Carly Corinthos on ABC’s “General Hospital,” a role which garnered her first Daytime Emmy Award nomination in 2004 for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. The actress has also appeared in a number of Jerry Bruckheimer dramas including “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Cold Case” and “Without a Trace.” She enjoyed critical acclaim for her role in the independent film “Little Chenier” in 2006.

    “Saving Grace” airs Tuesdays on TNT. Check local listings.

    Discussion: Tamara Braun Does ‘Saving Grace’

    • All My Children
    • Eden Riegel
    • Tamara Braun
    • Days of our Lives
    • SOAPnet
    • ABC
    • General Hospital
    • Daytime Emmy Award
    • Jerry Bruckheimer
    • Holly Hunter
    • Kenny Johnson
    • Carly Corinthos
    • Renee Ellen
    • Saving Grace
    • TNT
    • Emmy

      Friday, July 24, 2009 2:23 PM PT | By Errol Lewis

      Tyler Christopher ( — Spencer Cassadine is changing faces for the fifth time in three years when newcomer Davin Ransom takes over the role beginning next month on ABC’s “General Hospital.”

      Ransom, who is rumored to be portraying the role of a Young Tony Stark in the sequel to the 2008 blockbuster “Iron Man,” first airs on Thursday, August 13. Earlier this year the actor appeared in an episode of the defunct ABC comedy “In the Motherhood.” The series starred Megan Mullally, Cheryl Hines and Jessica St. Clair.

      Spencer Cassadine is the son of Nikolas Cassadine (Tyler Christopher, pictured) and Courtney Matthews (Alicia Leigh Willis). The child was conceived during an affair the two had while Courtney was married to Jasper ‘Jax’ Jacks (Ingo Rademacher) and Nikolas was involved with Emily Quartermaine (Natalia Livingston). Courtney died while giving birth to Spencer in February 2006. Rami Yousef was the last actor to portray Spencer.

      At this time it is unclear what role the character will play in future storyline’s involving his father Nikolas, but according to Tyler Christopher at his event during the “GH” Fan Club Weekend, the character of Spencer will remain true to his age, which would lead one to believe that the show might be ready to show Nikolas’ softer side.

      “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

      Discussion: Nikolas Cassadine Gets a New Heir

      • SOAPnet
      • ABC
      • General Hospital
      • GH
      • Ingo Rademacher
      • Natalia Livingston
      • Tyler Christopher
      • Davin Ransom
      • Alicia Leigh Willis
      • Spencer Cassadine

        Thursday, July 23, 2009 10:37 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

        ( — With “One Life to Live’s” much anticipated gay storyline about to take flight, the soap casts the parents of one of the characters involved, but with a suprising twist.

        Soap Opera Digest broke the news earlier this evening that “OLTL” has cast the recurring roles of Barbara and George, the mother and father of Officer Oliver Fish (Scott Evans), who shares a past relationship with Kyle Lewis (Brett Claywell).

        While George Fish will be potrayed by actor J. Tucker Smith (“Law & Order,” “Third Watch,” “Cupid”), “One Life to Live” decided to look a little closer to home when casting Fish’s mother Barbara. Despite releasing an audition script more than a month ago for the role, and auditioning several actresses, “OLTL” Executive Producer Frank Valentini ultimately chose to give the role to Scott Evans’ own mother, Lisa Evans.

        The younger Evans reveals to SOD that, “She came to the set a couple of weeks ago, and I wanted to show her around and she met Frank. My mother is very personable and I’d mentioned to Frank that she was a dancer growing up and we’ve done plays together. When I was a little kid I’d say, ‘Mom, come do this play with me,’ and she’d say, ‘Ok.’ It was easier for her, instead of just driving me to rehearsal, she could be in the show.”

        “She runs a children’s theater, and Frank was like, ‘Would she want to do it?’ She didn’t audition or anything. He put his trust in me, I guess. It’s incredible! I get to work with my mother. We have some really fun scenes coming up where it’s just us two talking and it’s really just us two talking. When I say, ‘Mom’ it’s definitely not acting, it’s absolutely real,” Evans goes on to say.

        Perhaps now “OLTL” will hire Scott Evans actor brother Chris Evans as Oliver Fish’s brother to make it a true family affair. 

        Look for Lisa Evans and J. Tucker Smith to first air as Barbara and George Fish on Wednesday, September 16th.

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

        Discussion: ‘One Life’ Casts Mama and Papa ‘Fish’

        ‘More Life to Live’: Fashion Report

        Thursday, July 23, 2009 2:56 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

        ( — “One Life to Live” takes advantage of the popularity of their bi-monthly “More Life to Live” bonus scenes video clips, to take viewers behind the scenes of the popular ABC soap during the online segment’s off weeks. This week, Hillary B. Smith (Nora Hanen) chats with “OLTL’s” Daytime Emmy winning (and presently nominated) design team to see what’s hot in terms of summer fashions.

        For nearly a month, the official “One Life to Live” page at has given fans the opportunity to view selected deleted scenes that wound up on the cutting room via the “More Life to Live” video feature every other week.

        Due to the positive response of the bonus scenes, it appears that the brass at “OLTL” have decided to make “More Life to Live” a weekly online segment, with special behind-the-scenes interviews and sneak peaks airing in between the never-before-seen clips.

        This week, “More Life to Live” presents a ‘style report,’ in which Hillary B. Smith discusses summer fashions with the “OLTL” design crew. First up in this endlessly mind-numbing video, Smith and Costume Designer Susan Gammie discusses what’s hot and what’s not with regards to scarves. Next, the actress speaks to Assistant Costume Designer David Brooks, who tells her that color to key to men’s fashion trends this summer, with regards to everything from shoes, to belts to sunglasses. Lastly, Associate Costume Designer Sally Lesser takes a look at what’s cool in women’s shoes, revealing that the higher the heel, the more fashionable it appears.

        To view the “More Life to Live, Style Report” video clip, click here.

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

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