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Wednesday, July 16, 2009 7:11 PM ET | By Scotty Gore


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) – “One Life to Live’s” resident physic returns when a certain widow asks the clairvoyant to contact the spirit of her dead husband.

As the Buchanan family gathers round at Asa’s lodge on Monday, July 27th in celebration of the upcoming nuptials of two of the town’s leading couples Renee, sensing the presence of her late husband and ruthless family patriarch Asa Buchanan, turns to Madame Delphina (Lea DeLaria) for help in contacting his restless spirit. However, things don’t go quite as planned, when the physic receives some strange vibes while trying to reach the old coot from the other side.

Fans may recall that DeLaria first appeared as Delphina back in 1999, when she was hired by Dorian Lord to communicate with the spirit of her presumed dead husband Mel Hayes, following the crash of an airplane which he was aboard. There meetings cumulated in an onscreen kiss between Dorian and Delphina, who was possessed with Mel’s spirit at the time. The character was resurrected last year when Delphina was brought in to help locate Rex Balsom and Bo Buchanan after the pair were struck by lightning and transported back in time 40 years to 1968, where she performed double duty by also portraying Delphina’s male equivalent, Dr. Del Fina, who worked to help Bo and Rex return to the year 2008. In addition, Madame Delphina also attempted to help Dorian find David earlier this year before he learned of his true paternity, sensed danger for Starr’s unborn baby, and provided Langston Wilde with a cryptic message concerning her family, among other things.

Further spooking the clan is the fact that it appears that someone is lurking about just outside the lodge. While the mystery man has yet to be identified, Jessica is sure that it is the ghost of her deceased husband Nash Brennan, following a series of bizarre coincidences, one of which even involves her daughter Bree. But is she right, or is her mind simply playing tricks on her as her heart continues to grieve for the husband and child she lost? And, if the man is more than just a figment of her imagination, is he from the world of the living, or from the realm of the dead?

As his brother’s wedding to his ex-wife draws nearer, Bo Buchanan begins to wonder if he’s crazy for harboring lingering feelings for Nora. As he ponders his dilemma, he decides to pay a visit to the one person who despises her more than life itself. But upon arriving at Statesville Prison on Friday, July 31st, will Lindsay (Catherine Hickland) be able to give Bo the reassurance he needs, or will his feelings for his ex become clear as mud?

And finally, Evan Joiner is back as Asher, the teenage pill pusher, beginning Wednesday, July 29th, as Cole and John’s undercover sting to bring down Llanview’s drug dealers gets underway.

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


Discussion: Lea DeLaria Takes Llanview to the After ‘Life’




Thursday, July 16, 2009 11:30 AM PT | By Errol Lewis

Airtel Plaza Hotel (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — So you’ve been coming to “General Hospital” Fan Club Weekend at the Sportsmen’s Lodge for years and are leery of change. You’re not sure what a new venue will be like and feel this may be your last year attending the biggest soap fan weekend in the world. I have a question to ask? What’s to worry about?

Like many of you, I’ve been coming to the “GH” Fan Club Weekend for years. This will be my fourth year. When it was announced during the 2008 Fan gathering that it would be our last at the Sportsmen’s due to the lodge’s then impending closure, many of us thought the event itself was over. With the hard work and dedication of Debbie Morris, President, General Hospital Fan Club, and all the important individual’s that work closely with her in planning these fan events, we got word in late 2008 that not only would the events continue, but they’d be taking place at a new location. Enter Airtel Plaza Hotel.

Airtel Plaza Hotel

The Airtel Plaza Hotel is located in Van Nuys, CA. It is about 20 minutes away from the Sportsmen’s Lodge. At face value, there is nothing special about the hotel. But it is what’s on the inside that counts. Interestingly, the Airtel Plaza Hotel is located right next door to the Van Nuys Airport, hence “Air”tel. The hotel is for private planes only, so don’t go kicking yourself for booking your arrival at LAX or Burbank.

Front Desk Check-in
Checking into the Airtel is simple. Like many hotels you enter the lobby and head straight to the front desk to confirm your reservation. Unlike many hotels, the Airtel’s staff doesn’t pretend to care about your needs, they just do. They answer all of your questions, no matter how tedious they might seem. They give you straight answers, not the run around. When do they stop serving dinner? What time does the bar close? The pool? The gym? What’s the nightly parking rates? Just some of the questions I asked when I checked into the hotel after 7:00 PM on Wednesday. For reference, the dinning room closes at 10:00 PM, the bar closes at about 1:00 AM (depending on the day of the week), the pool closes at 8:00 PM, the gym is open 24/7 and parking is $10 a night. One neat feature upon checking into the Airtel, at least during Fan Club Weekend, is the hotel has specially designed guest room keys to promote their appreciation that the events are being held at their hotel. The keys read “Airtel Plaza Hotel Welcomes 2009 ‘General Hospital’ Fan Club Weekend July 16th – 20th.”

Dining
Dining at the Airtel is expensive if you are used to the prices at Jerry’s (there is no late night diner that I’m aware of at this time that you can go to as a hangout place). I had a meal with light portions for $17. While good, proportionally the cost does not compare to what you can get for the same price at an Applebee’s, TGI Friday’s or Dallas BBQ’s, but this is a hotel after all. Nothing comes cheap. My waiter answered all my questions and provided me with a second helping of their tasty bread. Not sure what’s in it, but something about it gives it a unique taste.The restaurant itself feels like you are in another world (pardon the pun). The setting is almost the equivalent of a private club if they dimmed the lights a little more. Though, it is better off the way it is as you can take in the scenery.

Pool
While I have yet to actually get in the pool, from what I have seen there isn’t much to see. The pool is really tiny. If you are looking to swim laps, the pool is angled in such a way that it makes things difficult. Unless you want a cool down, I wouldn’t recommend this as part of your To-Do List.

Hotel Room
Some of you may have a different room setting to go by, but my room compromises of a King Size bed with a couch, cable TV (including HBO), a complimentary fridge with a sink to wash dishes, room for a cot (if desired) that doesn’t force your roomate to walk around your sleeping form, and a bathroom that is broken into two sections. All together, the hotel room is grander than a studio apartment that could run you thousands a month, not including assorted building and maintenence fees. The bed is very comfortable. In fact, if I were not writing this piece, I’d probably still be enjoying said comfort.

Expectations
All in all, the Airtel has so far exceeded my expectations. There are still a few days left of my stay here, but I forsee nothing of note that could change my view on this hotel. For those of you coming for the weekend’s events and are staying outside of the Airtel, you do not know what you are missing.

Kickoff Party

Tonight is the kickoff party for the “General Hospital” Fan Club Weekend, but while I won’t be attending the event, i’m sure those of you who will, will have lots of stories to tell. Have fun, drink up, but keep the hangover elsewhere. We want you returning to your home’s safe and sound and again next year.


Discussion: Kicking off a ‘GH’ Fan Club Weekend


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    ‘One Life to Live’ Celebrates 41 Years

    Wednesday, July 15, 2009 2:47 PM ET | By Scotty Gore


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” celebrates 41 years of delivering drama, passion, and romance to millions of viewers.

    Editors Note: I first wrote the following article in celebration of “One Life to Live’s” 39th anniversary in 2007. I am re-posting it again this year, in honor of the show’s 41st anniversary. Only slight revisions to the original article have been made, mainly in the last paragraph, to reflect events during which occurred during the past two years, including “OLTL’s” 40th anniversary last July, at which time SON posted several special articles commerating the event.

    Forty-one years ago today, a new soap named “One Life to Live” debuted on ABC. On July 15, 1968, the mythical town of Llanview, Pennsylvania was born as ABC Daytime brought millions of viewers a drama centered around the culturally diverse suburb of Philadelphia. Romance, adventure, racial relations, interracial marriage, AIDS, gang violence, child abuse, split personalities, mental disorders, homosexuality, rape, heart disease, breast cancer, and more have been featured as the soap gained many loyal viewers and fans. Over the decades, “One Life to Live” has become one of Daytime television’s highest rated drama series, and many of its characters household names.

    During its nearly four decades on the air, “One Life to Live” has been nominated as Outstanding Daytime Serial four times (1983, 2000, 2002, and 2007), and won once (in 2002). The soap has also gone on to win numerous technical and acting Daytime Emmys and Soap Opera Digest Awards over the years. In 2005, “One Life to Live” veteran Erika Slezak won her record breaking sixth Daytime Emmy as Outstanding Lead Actress. Slezak is also the recipient of a Soap Opera Digest Award for Best Daytime Couple, which she shares with her former co-star Mark Derwin.

    ABC approached “Another World” writer Agnes Nixon in the mid-1960s about creating a new daytime drama for the network. A short time later “One Life to Live” premiered on ABC as a half hour soap opera on Monday, July 15, 1968 at 3:30 pm et. Unlike other soaps of its day, “One Life to Live” featured a diverse cast of characters representing a number of ethnic, social and religious backgrounds. Groundbreaking storylines such as a black woman trying to pass herself off as being white proved quite relevant during the turbulence of late 1960s America. The early days of Llanview featured daytime’s first Jewish family in the Siegels, as well as the middle class Rileys and Woleks and wealthy Lords. Other families introduced over the years have included the Buchanans, Cramers, Vegas, Walshs, McBain, Vegas, and Rappaports. Since the show’s inception, the character of Victoria Lord has been the focal point of Llanview and “One Life to Live.” Originally portrayed by Gillian Spencer, Viki has been played by the legendary Erika Slezak since March 17, 1971.

    “One Life to Live” served as a replacement for the short-lived game show “The Baby Game,” and was part of a scheduling shuffle with “Dark Shadows” and “The Dating Game.” The new soap overcame stiff competition early on from “The Edge of Night” on CBS and the successful game show “You Don’t Say” on NBC. “One Life to Live” expanded to forty-five minutes and moved to 2:30 pm et on July 26, 1976. On January 16, 1978 it would expand to one hour and moved into its present time slot. “One Life to Live” has often been referred to as “the most peculiarly American of soap operas: the first serial to present a vast array of ethnic types, broad comic situations, a constant emphasis on social issues, and strong male characters.”

    Nixon’s original title for “One Life to Live” was “Between Heaven and Hell,” but the name was scrapped at the last minute due to fears by sponsors that the name was too controversial. Nonetheless, the first opening sequence for “One Life to Live” featured a close up image of flames in a fireplace with the words “One Life to Live” hovering above it. The Colgate-Palmolive Company was the original sponsor of the new ABC Daytime Drama. Nixon maintained ownership of the show until it was purchased by the network in 1974.

    Over the years, “One Life to Live” has tackled many controversial storylines. For its efforts in bringing relevant social issues to the forefront, “One Life to Live” has been rewarded with several awards and honors. In 1992, it became the first soap to show the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, as part of a critically acclaimed homophobia storyline. In 2000, “One Life to Live” received the CDC Sentinel for Health Award for Viki’s breast cancer storyline. That same storyline also featured First Lady Laura Bush appearing on “One Life to Live” in Public Service Announcements concerning the disease.

    “One Life to Live” has also been responsible for many “first” in Daytime television over the years. In 1970, it became the first regularly scheduled television program to adhere to a White House request to use commercial airtime to alert the American public about the dangers of drugs. The soap broadcast actual group therapy sessions of teenage drug addicts at Odyssey House in New York City. The storyline featured Dr. Jim Craig taking his daughter Cathy to Odyssey House after she stole her father’s prescription pads, and forged his signature to buy drugs to support her addiction. The idea behind the storyline belonged to none other than Agnes Nixon, who called it “a natural outgrowth of our program.”

    “One Life to Live” also traveled to exotic destinations in South America and Europe over the years. The show transported viewers to the Old West, sent them to Heaven, and gave them a glimpse of life down below in the underground city of Eterna. “One Life to Live” has brought us the many marriages of Asa Buchanan and Viki Davidson, as well as numerous unforgettable characters and storylines. “One Life to Live” has also fantasized about the middle ages, amused us with special Trading Places and Babes Behind Bars episodes, and entertained us with a weeklong high school prom musical. In 2005, the sudser tackled cross promotion, when Marcie Walsh (Kathy Brier) “wrote” a book called “The Killing Club.” The book, which cracked the New York Times Bestseller list, was actually written by former “One Life to Live” Head Writer Michael Malone. The soap treated viewers to another Daytime first in 2002 with a week of live episodes, each of which featured a cameo appearance by a former cast member.

    Over the years Llanview has been home to many cast members and guest stars that have gone on to become celebrities. Among them are Judith Light, Laurence Fishburne, Phylicia Rahsad, Roma Downey, Tommy Lee Jones, Marcia Cross, Ivana Trump, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Yasmine Bleeth, Dixie Carter, Faith Ford, Ryan Phillippe, and Brandon Routh, just to name a few. “One Life to Live” has also entertained a long list of musicians over the years covering a variety of genres from country, to rap, to hip-hop, to rock and roll. The list includes Bill Anderson, Sammy Davis Jr., The Beach Boys, Peabo Bryson, Darlene Love, Little Richard, Erykah Badu, Reba McEntire, Mary J. Blige, Lifehouse, and Nelly Furtado, among others. Other celebrity guests appearing on “One Life to Live” in recent years have been “Good Morning America Weekend” anchor Marysol Castro, talk show hosts Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa, and author Peter Straub. And in 1994, three of the soap’s leading men, John Loprieno, Robert S. Woods, and Clint Ritchie appeared as their “One Life to Live” characters Cord, Bo, and Clint on an episode of the primetime ABC sitcom “Roseanne,” whose star is a longtime fan of the soap.

    On August 17, 2007, “One Life to Live” celebrated the airing of their 10,000th episode. The milestone made “One Life to Live” only the fifth of the nine present daytime dramas to reach the coveted achievement. Furthermore, “OLTL” marked their 40th anniversary on July 15, 2008, by revisiting several classic storylines from the show’s four deacde run, including Viki’s trip to heaven, Tina’s horrific fall over the terrifying Iguazu Falls, and Bo and Rex going forty years back to time to the Buchanan ranch of 1968. The show also paid homage to creator Agnes Nixon, by inviting her to appear as herself in the special two-part anniversary episodes, in addition to bringing back several past castmembers and characters for the event.

    Over the past 41 years, “One Life to Live” has brought drama, passion, and romance to millions of loyal viewers five days a week, and they will continue to be rewarded for their hard work, dedication, and loyalty to the daytime genre.

    ”One Life to Live”, an Agnes Nixon creation, can be seen weekdays at 2:00 pm ET on the ABC Television Network. Taped in New York City, Ron Carlivati is the Head Writer and Frank Valentini the Executive Producer. For more information on “One Live to Live,” visit abc.com.

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


    Discussion: ‘One Life to Live’ Celebrates 41 Years




    Tuesday, July 14, 2009 6:30 PM ET | By Scotty Gore


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live’s” latest musical guest helps the citizens of Llanview understand what it takes to keep “Holding on to Love.”

    On Tuesday, August 4th, 22-year old Grammy nominated Latin musician Frankie Negrón will appear on “One Life to Live,” serenading lovers Todd Manning and Téa Delgado with a rather unique version of his signature love song, performing it in both English and Spanish on a secluded rooftop.

    According to Paul Glass, “One Life’s” Supervising Muscial Director,
    “I am very excited to welcome a unique artist like Frankie Negrón to ‘One Life to Live.’ The multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated Latin artist is the perfect fit for the intimate performance we have planned. His romantic ballad, ‘Holding on to Love,’ is a wonderful complement to the live music we have featured on the show.”

    Negrón, whose appearance on “OLTL,” marks his soap debut, tells SOAPnet that “It’s exciting. ‘One Life to Live’ has been around forever, and there have been some great singers and actors who’ve appeared on the show over the years. It’s an honor to be among them, but I think my wife and mother are more excited than I am. They’ve been fans of the show forever, they’re really getting a kick out of it.”

    Singing primarily in Spanish, Negrón has experienced widespread success with his brand of salsa music, earning two Golden Album awards, and having nine of his songs rank on the Billboard Top 40 Hot Latin charts. Although a native of New Jersey, his parents hail from Puerto Rico. Negrón has released a total of eight albums during his twelve year career. On stage, he had a supporting role in the 1998 Neil Simon Broadway flop “The Capeman.” In addition, he had a starring role as a struggling artist living in the South Bronx in the independent film “Boricua’s Blood.”

    “Holding on to Love” was co-written by Negrón, and is featured on his hit album “Independence Day.”  His latest release is scheduled to land in stores on September 23rd.

    To learn more about the talented musician, click here to visit his official website.

    Negrón becomes the latest in a long list of musical artists who have paraded through Llanview already this year. Since New Year’s Eve alone, Puddle of Mudd, the Plain White T’s, Rachel Yamagata, and the Pussycat Dolls have all appeared on “One Life,” with Lionel Richie and Jeremih set to perform in late September. Other musicians to perform in Llanview in recent years have included Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Nelly Furtado, Simply Red, Timbaland with Keri Hilson and OneRepublic, Lifehouse, Tito Puente Jr., and Jeannie Ortega.

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


    Discussion: Frankie Negrón Salsas His Way into Llanview




    ‘OLTL’s’ August Casting Notes

    Tuesday, July 14, 2009 1:50 AM ET | By Scotty Gore


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” casting happenings for the month of August.

    With the cancellation of “Guiding Light” all but certain come September, it appears that “One Life to Live” may be interested in more than just their former castmember Gina Tognoni. It now appears that the soap is going after yet another of the soon-to-be-defunct CBS sudser’s stars.

    According to the New York Daily News’ Carolyn Hinsey, execs at “OLTL” are “wooing” “GL” star, and Daytime Emmy winner, Daniel Cosgrove (Bill Lewis) to come to Llanview and become the seventh actor to tackle the coveted role of Joey Buchanan, son of town matriarch Viki Davidson and the late Joe Riley, and adopted son of Clint Buchanan. The character of Joey was last portrayed by “Castle” star Nathan Fillion, who briefly returned to Llanview in August of 2007 to pay his final respects to grandpa Asa Buchanan. Fillion was Joey Buchanan #4 from 1994-97.

    The 38-year-old Cosgrove began his soap career as Scott Chandler on “All My Children” from 1996-98, and later moved on to “Guiding Light” from 2002-2005, and again from 2007 to the present. Primetime credits include “Beverly Hills 90210″ and “Dirty Sexy Money.” The actor also appeared in the movie “Van Wilder.”

    In addition to Cosgrove, “One Life” is apparently continuing its efforts to lure back fellow “GL” castmember and Llanview’s original Kelly Cramer, Gina Tognoni. The tug-of-war negotations between both parties during the past few months has appeared to have resulted in a stalemate, at least publicly anyway. After reports that Tognoni was jumping ship before the iconic soap’s final airdate on September 18th, and that she was demanding an ungodly sum of cash from “OLTL” in return for signing a contract with her alma mater, new developments have appeared to haven risen to the surface.

    According to Soap Opera Digest, Tognoni has left “Guiding Light,” but not before taping scenes involving her character Dinah Marler interacting with the citizens of Springfield for airing during the daytime drama’s final months on the air. Perhaps Tognoni has inked out a deal with another soap after all. If the actress were to return to Llanview and “OLTL” manages to lure Cosgrove to their side as well, wishful thinking could place old flames Joey and Kelly back together, with two soap stars who played brother and sister on “Guiding Light.” Weird, but stranger things have happened in Llanview. Remember the kissing cousins from a few years back when Sarah (aka Flash) was seen lip-locking with Joey? Awkward.

    In addition to Joey, “One Life” is reportedly also interesting in recasting the character of Viki’s other son Kevin Buchanan (last portrayed by Dan Gauthier, 2003-2006; 2007). The character is the most recasted in “One Life to Live’s” 41-year history, having had around a dozen actors tackle the role at one time or another.

    Catherine Hickland, who taped her scenes roughly a month ago, returns as the imprisoned Lindsay Rappaport on either July 29th or 30th (due to the July 7th pre-emption), according to ABC Soaps in Depth. Look for Lindsay to stir up trouble and possibly reconnect with a figure from her past during Hickland’s short-term return.

    The mother of triplets Molly, Tess, and Madeline Sullivan, who alternate in portraying baby Hope Manning, has released some upcoming “OLTL” airdates for the infants on their official blog. The dates include July 14th, 15th, 21st, and 23rd, as well as August 6th, 7th, 12th, 19th, and 27th. Be advised that some of the aforementioned dates, particularly those listed for July could be off an episode due to the soap’s pre-emption of July 7th.

    Christian Pedersen, Dorian Cramer Lord’s (Robin Strasser) Swedish butler Swen, recently revealed on his website that “I’m very excited to be back on the show as a recurring character.” Pedersen returned as Sven on July 10th, after making his “OLTL” debut earlier this year.

    Tuc Watkins makes his one millionth return (well not really, but it just feels like anyway) to Llanview beginning 8th, according to Hinsey. We here at SON find that particular date somewhat suspicious, given that it falls on a Saturday. More likely Watkins will first air on either Friday, August 7th or more likely on Monday, August 10th, depending on how long it takes “OLTL” to get the bugs out of their production schedule from the July 7th pre-emption for Michael Jackson’s funeral coverage.

    Word has it that when the newest Buchanan heir returns to town, he won’t be returning alone. Instead he will bring along a camera crew, who will follow the wealthy family around Llanview, airing their dirty laundry on television, as part of a new reality show. According to Robert S. Woods, who portrays his long-lost father Bo, David’s actions create some hostilities among his family members, including Uncle Clint (Jerry verDorn), who “pulls a gun on him!” As with all of Watkins’ recent returns to Llanview, expect this one as well to be cut criminally short. In addition to “OLTL,” Watkins is expected to return to Wisteria Lane sometime during the third week of July to film more scenes for the upcoming season of “Desperate Housewives.”

    TVGuide Canada’s The Suds Report, claims that Patricia Mauceri has seemingly disappeared from public view following her dismissal by “OLTL” as Carlotta Vega for her reported refusal to take part in the show’s upcoming gay storyline between Oliver Fish (Scott Evans) and Kyle Lewis (Brett Claywell). It seems she is busy teaching at an undisclosed location somewhere outside New York City until July 20th, and therefore unavailable for interviews and comments at this time. Meanwhile, Mauceri’s replacement, Sandra Santiago (ex-Isabelle Santi) is expected to first air as Carlotta on or around Wednesday, September 2nd.

    On “One Life” her character Gabrielle Medina may have met her death after being drown in a public toilet by a serial killer, but on Thursday, July 29th, Fiona Hutchison pays a heavenly visit to Springfield when she reprises the long-dead Jenna Bradshaw for a spiritual visit on “Guiding Light.”

    Finally we have an airdate! Look for Lionel Ritchie and Jeremih, who both filmed their scenes last month, to rock the house at Ultra Violet on Tuesday, September 29th.

    Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer) recently posted on her Twitter page that the song “Untangled,” which she performed on the soap on July 1st, will soon be available on ITunes. The song was written by DePaiva’s good friend Jaime Kyle. She also encourages fans to e-mail “OLTL’s” Executive Producer Frank Valentini to let him know if they enjoyed her singing, and thanks SOAPnet for naming her their ‘Performer of the Week.’

    Kristen Alderson (Starr Manning) hints at an upcoming storyline in her latest Twitter entry, stating “But on a happier note…I LOVE the new promo for all of the sex scenes on the soaps lol uh oh! Starr and Cole better be more careful!”

    Finally, here are the first airdates for several upcoming new/returning characters to Llanview. Be advised that some of these dates may be off by an episode. Matt Walton debuts as lawyer Elijah Kent on August 7th. Nicholas Rodriguez first appears as Nick, a gay man comes between Kyle and Fish on August 14th. Chris Stack returns as Dr. Michael McBain for a handful of episodes beginning July 14th to help Rex and Stacy in their scheme to take down Stacy. Amanda Setton first airs as Stacy Morasco’s BFF Kimberly Andrews sometime in August. And Michael Lowry premieres as Ross Rayburn, who was last seen when Todd and Téa were stranded on that deserted island, in late August or early September.

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


    Discussion: ‘OLTL’s’ August Casting Notes




    Monday, July 13, 2009 4:20 PM ET | By Angela Rosa


    Lorenzo Pisoni (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Casting happenings for the month of July on “All My Children.”

    Now that the District Attorney has been murdered too, look for Assistant District Attorney Andrew Willis to take over Stuart Chandler’s (David Canary) murder investigation and trial. A.D.A. Willis, played by Lorenzo Pisoni, was first seen on Friday, July 10.

    Pisoni has appeared in numerous theatre productions, probaby most famously opposite Daniel Radcliffe in the Broadway production of “Equus.” “Equus,” a Peter Shaffer play, is about a young man who has a disturbing fixation on horses and it is of course the play that so famously showcased a nude “Harry Potter.” Pisoni played Nugget, the horse (and stable boy) that Radcliffe rides and comes to see as a godlike presence. The handsome actor is also a talented circus performer. Pisoni spent twenty years working in the family business and has performed in the prestigious Cirque Du Soleil.

    Pisoni will air as A.D.A. Andrew Willis through at least early August.

    Kieran Campion will make one more appearance as the murdered District Attorney Henry North. North was last seen as a rotting corpse on Wednesday, July 8.

    Jennifer Bassey returns to “All My Children” for at least four episodes starting on Tuesday, July 21. Marian will put the pressure on her daughter, Liza (Jamie Luner), and according to Nelson Branco’s Suds Report column she also returns to put some pressure on a gun trigger. Bassey was last seen on “AMC” for a cluster of performances surrounding the death of Marian’s husband, Stuart, in May.

    Speaking of Stuart, David Canary will reprise the role of Adam Chandler’s good-natured twin on Friday, July 24 for a beyond the grave visit to the main suspect in his murder, Kendall Hart Slater (Alicia Minshew).

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


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      Saturday, July 11, 2009 7:21 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

      Michael Jackson (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The memorial service for Michael “The King of Pop” Jackson on Tuesday, July 7 resulted in six of the remaining eight soap operas not airing, which has pushed five soaps behind schedule and one canceled soap airless.

      ABC’s “All My Children,” “General Hospital” and “One Life to Live,” CBS’ “As The World Turns” and NBC’s “Days of our Lives” are currently airing one day behind, which has pushed airdates for new and returning characters to the soaps back. CBS’ “Guiding Light” aired in parts of the east coast as the soap airs at 10:00 AM in some cities, however, the soap was pre-empted in much of the country despite CBS’ anticipation of airing the show in progress. Jackson’s memorial service was originally scheduled to air from 1:00 to 2:30 PM on the East Coast and 10:00 to 11:30 AM on the West Coast, but it did not end until 4:00 PM Eastern and 1:00 PM Pacific time. CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” were the only soaps to air original episodes nationally without interruption as the network pushed the shows’ airings to earlier timeslots.

      What follows are updated notes on comings and goings from some of your favorite daytime soap operas:

      AS THE WORLD TURNS
      Lynn Herring Heads to Oakdale- now airs Monday, July 27.
      March ‘Comes Out’ for ‘World Turns’ – now airs Wednesday, July 15.

      DAYS OF OUR LIVES
      Former ‘GH’ Actor Returns to ‘DAYS’ – airdate tentatively re-scheduled for Tuesday, August 11.

      GENERAL HOSPITAL
      Who Needs Kate? Lisa LoCicero Placed on Contract – Re: Megan Ward; now airs Thursday, July 16.
      Who’s That Boy? ‘GH’s’ Christian Alexander – now airs Wednesday, July 15.
      Sebastian Roche Brings Evil Back to Port Charles – re-scheduled; airdate unconfirmed at this time.
      Bruce Weitz Brings Anthony Back to ‘GH’ – now airs Monday, July 13.
      Ronnie Marmo Brings Fun to ‘GH’ – aired on Friday, July 10.

      All other casting notes are currently on schedule, but still subject to change.


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        Saturday, July 11, 2009 6:01 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

        As The World Turns (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Further confirming that “Guiding Light” will truly come to an end when it last airs on Friday, September 18 on CBS, TeleNext Media, producers of the soap, announced on Wednesday, July 8 that “Guiding Light” Head Writer David Kreizman will join the writing team of “As The World Turns” along-side Head Writer Jean Passanante, thereby forming a New Headwriting team for the soap. The announcement was made by “As The World Turns” Executive Producer, Christopher Goutman.

        “I am thrilled that Dave and Jean will make up the new headwriting team for ‘As The World Turns,’” said Goutman. “Both writers have an incredible respect for the show’s rich history and I am confident this partnership will generate the exciting, character-based stories for which ‘As The World Turns’ is known for.”

        Before joining the writing team of “Guiding Light” in 1997, Kreizman was a Production Intern with the soap in 1995 and served as a Production Coordinator and an Associate Producer. In 2004, he was named Headwriter for which he won a 2007 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing Team in a Drama Series. In 2001, Kreizman was part of the writing team of MTV’s “Spyder Games,” the short-lived soap opera that spawned a large cult-following upon its cancellation.

        Jean Passanante was named Head Writer of “As The World Turns” in 2005, following the departure of Hogan Sheffer, who now serves as a Co-Head Writer on CBS’ “The Young and the Restless.”

        “As The World Turns” airs Weekdays on CBS. Anytime on CBS.com. Check local listings.


        Discussion: David Kreizman Joins ‘World Turns’ Writing Team


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          (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — After months of speculation that Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) was getting the shaft by CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” and its producer Sony Pictures Television, TV Guide Magazine‘s Michael Logan sat down with the actress who confirms that she has signed a new deal with the soap after contract negotiations hit a stand-still.

          “Negotiations are a necessary evil and are always very bizarre. I guess maybe with me more so than other actors. I don’t know why that is. It’s the nature of the world I’ve chosen to live in,” said Scott.

          “It’s always the same scenario. First, contact is initiated. The protectors of both sides chat and everything is fine. Things go back and forth in a fairly friendly manner. Time marches on. And eventually there’s a moment—with seemingly no forewarning—when everything changes in the flick of an eye and both sides instinctively know that the dreaded cone of silence has suddenly descended and there will be no more talk and you have to shut down. It’s maddening. But I guess that’s showbiz.”

          Things got so bad that the show was forced to write the character off the canvas despite its plans to eventually work something out with the actress. This resulted in some much needed vacation time for Thomas Scott and a huge storyline plot for “Y&R.”

          “I’m going to take advantage of this overdue breather and have a little “me” time, travel a little bit, get reacquainted with my family and friends. I finished shooting just last Thursday [July 2]. And I really have to hand it to the writers. Nobody knew how this [contract situation] was going to end so they very cleverly figured out a way to get me off the show.”

          Since joining “Y&R” in 1979, Thomas Scott has enjoyed a wonderful and thrilling life. She met future husband Edward J. Scott, former executive producer of the soap, and the two have three daughters, Elizabeth, Alexandra and Jennifer. She was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Daytime Emmy for her work on “The Young and the Restless” in 1999.

          Coming Soon to Y&R: Melody Thomas Scott’s daughter Elizabeth Scott to appear as a background player on the Friday, July 24 episode of the soap.

          For more on Melody’s interview with TV Guide Magazine, head on over to the mag’s website.

          “The Young and the Restless” airs Weekdays on CBS. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.



          Saturday, July 11, 2009 4:03 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

          Greg Vaughan (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The rarely seen Greg Vaughan (Lucky Spencer) of ABC’s “General Hospital” addresses rumors of his being dropped to recurring status by the soap and his desire to hear what his fan’s think should happen on the drama series.

          On Wednesday, July 8, Vaughan took to his Twitter page in order to squash those pesky rumors that he’s been hearing for the last couple of months. Though he spoke in third person.

          “Rumors, Rumors, Rumors…what should a ‘GH’ fan believe? Better yet, what should a Greg Vaughan fan believe? Rumors have said the actor was put on recurring status months ago despite some saying that simply wasn’t true,” said the actor.

          “Now we’re seeing rumors that Lucky may be heading out of Port Charles. Is this to help his ‘brother’ Ethan [Nathan Parsons] find their wayward father Luke?”

          Anthony Geary, who portrays Luke Spencer on “GH,” recently went on vacation and according to “rumors,” Luke is being held captive somewhere outside of Port Charles and his kids will work together to try and rescue him. It was revealed in late May/early June that Luke was also the father of Ethan via a rewritten rendezvous with Holly (Emma Samms).

          Despite Vaughan’s initial tweeting in third person, he eventually made it clear that his job is secure with the soap.

          “I have not been put on recurring status!!! But, it feels like it!”

          If you are a fan of Vaughan or his character Lucky Spencer, the actor wants to hear from you on what you want to see happen on “GH” and with his character.

          “Please! Speak your mind! It’s your privelege as dedicated fans, right? Let me hear your voice, and what you would like to see happen,” Vaughan said to his fans.

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


          Discussion: Greg Vaughan Discusses Rumors and Fans


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