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Wednesday, June 24, 2009 3:51 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Sean Kanan is heading to CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” as Deacon Sharpe is resurrected on daytime’s number one drama series.

Soap Opera Network has learned that Kanan, last seen as Adam McNeil in the independent movie “Jack Rio” in 2008, is returning to daytime television beginning Friday, July 10 when he brings his character Deacon Sharpe from CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” to Genoa City and “Y&R.” The actor last appeared as Deacon in 2005 on “B&B.”

According to sources, Kanan’s first scenes are with Amelia Heinle, who portrays Victoria Newman on the drama series.

At this time it is unclear if the actor has signed a contract with the soap or if the character is returning as part of the Art Heist storyline that is about to heat up during the summer months.

With Deacon in town, what does this all mean for Amber Moore (Adrienne Frantz)? Deacon and Amber have a history dating back to 2000 on “B&B” while Amber was married to Rick Forrester (then played by Justin Torkildsen). Tune in to find out!

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


Discussion: Sean Kanan Lands in Genoa City


  • The Bold and the Beautiful
  • The Young and the Restless
  • Sean Kanan
  • Adrienne Frantz
  • Amelia Heinle


    Tuesday, June 23, 2009 10:57 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — When he’s not rubbing elbows with “Desperate Housewives” or enjoying his “One Life to Live,” Tuc Watkins turns to the popular website “Funny or Die” for help releasing his comedic talents.

    Founded in 2007 by Adam McKay and “Saturday Night Live” alum Will Ferrell, “Funny or Die” has become a highly successful comedy video website, with material from a wide-range of Hollywood celebrities.

    “One Life to Live” vet Tuc Watkins (David Vickers) can now be added to the long list of stars, such as Judd Apatow and James Franco, who have posted videos to the website.

    “The Sentimentalist,” pokes fun at the recent wave of oddball primetime detectives such as “Monk” and “The Mentalist.” Watkins’ character has a rather difficult time separating his emotions from his work. Co-staring in the video is Brooke Dillman, of “Blue Collar TV,” “The Wayne Brady Show,” and “Good Morning, Miami” fame. Directed by Jeff Drake, the dialouge was written by Tuc Watkins and Molyneux.

    The hilarous video can be viewed here, but be advised that it does contain some adult language. For those of you who just can’t get enough of the the actor, click here to revisit the classic “Have a Seat” commerical featuring his David Vickers persona. And don’t miss Watkins’ return to Llanview next month, when David bonds with his newfound family, the Buchanans.


    Discussion: Tuc Watkins Shows His ‘Sentimental’ Side



    ‘OLTL’ July Casting Report

    Tuesday, June 23, 2009 1:35 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — With summer upon us, here are a few casting tidbits for “One Life to Live.”

    Chris Stack (Michael McBain) appears to be heading back the hallways and operating rooms of Llanview Hospital later since summer, albeit briefly.  The actor only last Wednesday departed “One Life” with co-star and onscreen wife Kathy Brier (Marcie McBain) at his side. However, the actor reveals a bit of juicy storyline gossip with Soap Opera Digest.

    In a recent interview with the soap magazine, Stack reports that he “taped more episodes recently,” and that it “had to do with Shane’s stem-cell transplant and Gigi, Stacy and Rex’s storyline.”  So, while it appears that the good doctor may be briefly returning to help wrap up the plot later this summer, his better half will remain off-camera. 

    Kim Sullivan returns as Judge Runyon on Monday, July 6th when John asks him for a favor regarding Cole.  Doesn’t anyone in Llanview pay for their crimes anymore? 

    Despite the fact that a nasty rumor continues to circulate in certain circles concerning “OLTL” toying with the idea of not returning Erika Slezak‘s contract later this year, there remains no evidence to indicate the 38-year vet. may soon be on her way out of Llanview. 

    Speaking of rumors, some Internet sites are speculating that Paul Satterfield (ex-Spencer Truman) and/or Roscoe Born (ex-Mitch Laurence) may soon be popping up again on “One Life” with regards to the on and off again storyline involving the true identity of Rex Balsom’s biological father.  But, here again, there is no concrete evidence to support either claim.

    Even though all indications point toward Motown crooner Lionel Richie‘s stop in Llanview being a one episode deal, some media outlets seem to be indicating that “he won’t just sing and go.” However, don’t look for Richie to become a “One Life” regular.  Although he may act in a few scenes in addition to singing his hit single “Just Go,” similar to what other recent musical acts on “OLTL” have done.  Richie’s scenes are set to air sometime in July.

    Finally, a “OLTL” spokesperson assures us that there is also no truth to the claim that Florencia Lozano will soon be vacating the role of legal ace Téa Delgado. In fact, the exact opposite appears to be true.  A big, upcoming storyline for Téa is presently in the works. 

    The the more alert “One Life” viewer will recall that, roughly a month ago, the soap released a casting call for a “Justice of the Peace.”  While “OLTL” has yet to reveal the name of the actor portraying the role, we can tell you that he will be interacting in scenes on Monday and Tuesday, July 6th and 7th, as a certain teen couple prepares to tie the knot.  But will they ultimately go through with it?

    While on the subject of audition scripts, the latest (released late last week), involves the character of “Barbara.”  Great — just what this show needs — even more newbies.  Hopefully this will turn out to only be a bit part, although that remains to be seen.  SON will keep you posted.

    Here’s more good news for our “One Life to Live” fans north of the border.  First western Canada’s Sun TV announced plans to pick up the soap this fall.  Now comes word that Joy TV, which serves the Vancouver/Winnipeg areas, will also be adding “OLTL” to their daytime line-up later this year. 

    And Scott Clifton (Schuyler Joplin) spilled last week on his Twitter page that “One Life” is in the process of conducting another photo shoot.  In posts dated June 16th, Clifton reported that “At a location shoot in Brooklyn. Sun setting behind the Statue of Liberty. Really great view. (You won’t see it on TV though),” and that “Okay, so, update on the location shoot: I just learned that this warehouse is where they shot ‘Real World Brooklyn.’ Any fans of that show?”

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


    Discussion: ‘OLTL’ July Casting Report



    The Canadian ‘Sun’ Rises On ‘OLTL’

    Wednesday, June 17, 2009 12:32 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Only two weeks removed from CTV’s decision to drop the long-running ABC soap “One Life to Live” from their fall schedule, another Canadian broadcaster steps up to the plate.

    As we first reported to you back on June 2nd, CTV has announced plans to remove Agnes Nixon created suder from their ‘A’ channel’s line-up come September, and replace it with “ER” reruns. 

    The move left Canadians only option of watching the daily happenings in the town of Llanview, Pennsylvania, being the direct ABC Network feed.  However, luckily for “OLTL” fans north of the border, another network, Sun TV, revealed plans to pick up the daytime drama.

    The Quebecor Media owned network reports that “OLTL” will maintain its 2:00 pm et time slot, in order for Sun TV to simulcast the broadcast from ABC affiliate WKBW in Buffalo, New York. “The network has analog transmitters across Ontario (Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton and London), and is also available on Bell (satellite) and Rogers (digital) throughout the rest of the country,” according to a press release. 

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


    Discussion: ‘OLTL’ Finds the ‘Wright’ Woman for New Role



    Drew Carey Gets ‘Bold and Beautiful’

    Tuesday, June 16, 2009 11:48 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Pam Douglas and Donna Forrester come on down!  You’re the next contestants on “The Price is Right,” as host Drew Carey brings the iconic daytime game show to “The Bold and the Beautiful.” 

    While watching an episode of her favorite daytime game show, “The Price is Right,” Pam Douglas (Alley Mills) has a brillant idea.  She immediately picks up the phone and schedules a meeting with the show’s producers to discuss to the possibility of offering Forrester dresses as prizes on the show.

    Her good friend Donna Forrester (Jennifer Garies) soon gets wind of her latest endevour and decides to join her in traveling to the “Price is Right.”   Unfortunately, Pam turns out to be a slow driver, and causes them to miss their appointment.  Arriving on the set too late, they are promptly turned back by security.  However, they decide to sneak in as audience members to watch the show, only to have their names called to ‘come on down’ and be contestants during a taping of the game.

    In addition to Drew Carey, “Price is Right” announcer Rich Fields will also appear, along with the game show’s prize models Lanisha Cole, Amber Lancaster, and Rachel Reynolds.  And “Price is Right” co-executive producer Mike Richards and his assistant Stan Bilts makes their soap debuts as audience interviewers. The scenes are to set to air this Wednesday and Thursday (June 17th and 18th).   

    “The Bold and the Beautiful” airs weekdays on CBS. Anytime on CBS.com. Check local listings.


    Discussion: Drew Carey Gets ‘Bold and Beautiful’



    Tuesday, June 16, 2009 10:32 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Where were you when daytime’s best kept secret was revealed on the Friday, May 15 episode of “The Young and the Restless?” If you were not watching the CBS soap, it’s time to get out from under your rock as Genoa City is about to be brought to its knees.

    On the Friday, July 3 episode of “Y&R,” actor Thom Bierdz marks his grand return to the drama series as Phillip Chancellor III, son of Jill Foster Abbott (Jess Walton) and the late Phillip Chancellor II, at least that’s what it appears to be. According to sources, on that day’s episode viewers can expect to see a stunned Jill to be confronted by her past and a distressed Nina (Tricia Cast) not believing what’s before her eyes.

    Is he Phillip III or Langley?

    When Cane (Daniel Goddard) was on the phone during a flashback sequence dating back to when he hit town in 2007, Bierdz’s was revealed to be a character named “Langley.” But who is that? All we know is that Langley was tending bar in a mysterious location and appeared to be working with Cane in conning Genoa City’s elite.

    Since his departure from “The Young and the Restless,” Bierdz has found his niche in artwork, which ironically plays a significant role in one of the soaps’ current storylines. Does that mean Phillip or Langley will be playing a role in the mystery? “I can’t answer that, but I can tell you that I have some beautiful male nudes on my website, www.thombierdz.com. [Laughs],” Bierdz’s said in a recent interview with soap specialist Michael Fairman for Advocate.com.

    Before discussion of a return began, Bierdz admitted that he would have agreed to return to “Y&R” in an interview that took place years ago if the show could incorporate his being an openly gay man and his passion for artwork into its storylines. “I did say that a couple of years ago. I really don’t know the twists and turns this character is going to take. I’m hoping with a progressive head writer and co-executive producer like ‘Y&R’s’ Maria Arena Bell that all kinds of opportunities are explored here. I think it’s all really encouraging and exciting.”

    Rumors began circulating in late April that Phillip’s son with Nina, Phillip IV, will join his mother in Genoa City as a gay man. Former “Guiding Light” star John Driscoll has signed on to portray Phillip IV, but a first airdate has yet to be revealed.

    Before Bierdz’s return in May, the actor last made an appearance on the soap as the “ghost” of Phillip in July 2004. Bierdz’s was the fourth actor to portray the role since the character hit Genoa City in 1981. He portrayed the role from 1986 to 1989. In 1994 and again in 1995, Bierdz appeared on the popular CBS primetime drama “Murder, She Wrote.” He’s also appeared in such dramas as “Matlock” and “Melrose Place.”


    Discussion: Thom Bierdz Rocks Genoa City


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    • Daniel Goddard
    • Thom Bierdz
    • Jess Walton
    • Tricia Cast


      Tuesday, June 16, 2009 2:39 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” casts a new recurring role and welcomes back a few familiar faces. 

      Daytime newcomer Kearra Giovanni has been cast in the role of Dr. Wright, who will confer with the recently arrived medical whiz Greg Evans (Terrell Tilford) on Matthew’s case.  Look for her to also to spend time with Dr. Evans on a more personal level as well when he takes her out on the town, must to the dismay of his lil’ sis Destiny (Shenell Edmonds). 

      The announement comes more than a month following the release of an audition script for the role. Ginovanni will first air as Dr. Wright on Tuesday, June 30th, one week after the arrival of Terrell Tilford as Dr. Greg Evans.    

      In other news…

      What’s in a name?  Apparently not much.  SOAPnet.com is reporting that “OLTL” has changed the name of former “Gossip Girl” Amanda Setton‘s new character from ‘Summer’ to ‘Kimberly Andrews.’  It seems that, much like her best bud Stacy Morasco, Kimberly will be a stripper and will also interact with Gigi and Rex following her August debut.  Interesting. 

      Can’t get enough of Moe and Noelle Stubbs (John Rue and January LaVoy)?  Well, you’re in luck.  Moe (and perhaps his blushing bride as well) will pop up once again on Tuesday, June 30th and Thursday, July 2nd.

      Pamela Payton-Wright returns as the adorable Addie Cramer on Wednesday, July 2nd when daugther Blair confides in her how she really feels about Todd and Téa’s stormy relationship. 

      Julia Murney reprises her recurring role of Boutet Clinic Nurse Gayle Collins beginning Monday, June 29th, when she has a memorable run-in with Roxy Balsom, and later pays a visit to a certain Llanview resident in order to deliver an unusual present from her new boss. 

      Patrick Allen Cole, who occassionaly pops up as Rodi’s Manager Jeff, recently posted on his website that he is “once again recurring his role of Jeff @ Rodi’s Bar on ABC’s ‘One Life To Live.’ Will keep you posted on the air date.”  Fans may remember that Jeff was the one who found a druken Charlie last year, and used his phone to call Viki to come and pick him up.  More recently, he shared scenes Gigi while she was on the clock waiting tables at the popular hangout.

      Is she in or is she out?  The back and forth appears to be continuing between Gina Tognoni and “One Life to Live.”  The latest rumors claim that recent reports that she was demanding an outragous sum of money from the ABC soap were exaggerated and that she is still negotiating with the sudser on the terms of a new contract.  SON will keep you posted on any developments.

      TVGuide Canada speculates that the recently released casting call for ‘Griffin,’ who is supposed to come between Oliver Fish and Kyle Lewis as they attempt to rekindle their past romance, may actually be a decoy for the recasting of Tina and Cord Roberts’ son CJ.  Even though the timing seems off, considering his mom and sister Sarah have already left town, the character still has many ties to the canvas (most notably Aunt Viki and Uncle Todd). For now, however, this remains only speculation. 

      Soap Opera Digest reports that, when new lawyer Elijah Clarke (Matt Walton) arrives in town on August 6th, he will do more than simply share scenes with Téa.  In addition, look for Mr. Clarke to also become involved with the Buchanan clan.  They also report that when Lionel Richie serenades Llanview next month, he will be in scenes with Todd and Téa. 

      And who can resist pictures of a beautiful baby…let alone three?  Check out some of the cute pictures of Mady, Molly, and Tess Sullivan, the beyond cute triplets who portray baby Hope.  Is there anythimg more precious? 

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


      Discussion: ‘OLTL’ Finds the ‘Wright’ Woman for New Role



      Monday, June 15, 2009 4:38 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — As the mystery of Téa Delgado’s mysterious secret begins to unravel, “One Life to Live” works to recast a familiar face from her past.  

      Back in 2002, Todd Manning’s dasterdly plan to steal his children away from ex-wife Blair hit a snag when he, Téa, and Ross Rayburn, one of the goons Todd had hired to assist in the kidnapping, finds themselves shipwrecked on a deserted island.  In the weeks and months that followed, a twisted long triangle developed between the three castaways. 

      After witnessing a kiss between Téa and Ross, Todd is determined to get off the island anyway he can.  As he is about to depart however, he is confronted by Téa, who declares her love for him.  After the couple make love for the first time, Téa discovers a picture of Blair in Todd’s wallet.  Realizing he still carries a torch for his old flame, she painfully urges him to reunite with his family.  After making a homemade raft, Todd paddles himself out to sea, where he eventually washes ashore on the U.S. island territory of Guam.  Some time later, both Téa and Ross are rescued from the island. 

      Viewers were left to speculate as to what exactly happened to Téa in the six years between her island adventure and her return to Llanview last December.  Fans were futher intrigued by the revealtion that the character harbors a deep, dark secret.  Now it appears that the truth may soon be revealed.

      Last week “OLTL” issued a casting call for the role of Ross, which was originally portrayed by Shawn Christian (Daniel Jonas, “Days of Our Lives”).  With Christian (right), spending his ‘Days’ in Salem, the soap is looking to recast the role.  Although some of the names and character traits have been changed in the audition script to try to throw people off, it is clear that Blair has tracked Ross down and that the two of them are talking about Todd,Téa, and John. 

      The scene opens with ‘Ross Raymond (aka Rayburn)’ asking ‘Millie Durgan’ if she is in need of assistance, and quickly recognizing her identity.  Millie informs him that she remembers that he is the scum who helped ‘Rick’ kidnap her kid several years ago.  When he attempts to assure her that he was just following orders, she erupts in anger.  Trying to calm her down, he reminds her the plan was a failure, it was a long time ago, and that she should enjoy her visit to Tahiti.  Still angry, Millie gives him the cold shoulder.

      Ross tells her that’s he sorry, to which Millie tells him that he can keep his sympathy.  She goes on to say that she is actually there to dig up some dirt on ‘Amanda Taylor,’ whom Ross claims he hasn’t seen since they rescued from the island.  Millie fires back by telling him that she had heard that he had a woman living with him last year.  Ross shrugs off her accusations by saying that he is a lady’s man, and that he has been with lots of women. 

      After warning him that he better be telling the truth, Millie starts to call her brother, a cop and former FBI Agent.  Taunting Ross that he would to hear the whereabouts of a fugative, he responds by claiming that the feds can’t touch him since he is on foreign soil.  After warning him that he doesn’t know what her brother is capable of, Ross asks Millie if Amanda has been talking about much much.  Millie replies that Amanda has not said one word about him, but that it is clear that something happened between her time on the island and her return to Llanview last December.

      Ross asks Millie why she is so worried about Amanda.  She tells him to mind his own business and that all he should be worried about his maintaining his freedom.  As the scene draws to a close, Ross tells Amanda that she must have some serious issues with Amanda to travel half-way around the planet to get the goods on her.  Futhermore he questions Millie about what she will do once he tells her what she wants to know, and asks her what will stop her from contacting her brother anyway.

      Since “OLTL” reguarly tapes about 4-6 weeks in advance, and this role is still in the casting process, it will likely be sometime later this summer before it will air.   

      SON will continue to follow this story, and bring you more details as they become available.

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


      Discussion: ‘One Life’ Recasting Former Leading Man



      Monday, June 15, 2009 3:34 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Despite earlier reports that she was ‘thisclose’ to signing a new deal with “One Life to Live” to reprise her signature role of Kelly Cramer, it now appears that Gina Tognoni won’t be returning to Llanview after all. 

      With the demise of “Guiding Light’ all but certain come September, speculation recently began to surface that the actress, who has portrayed Dinah Marler since 2004, might be interested in returning to her old stomping ground of Llanview.  As the rumors persisted, numerous media outlets reported that Tognoni and ABC were in negotiations.  It appeared as if a deal was nearly finalized. 

      All that changed late last week when TVGuide Canada’s The Suds Report broke the news that the two sides had failed to reach an agreement.  Apparently the sticking point appeared to be Tognoni’s salary, should she agree to return to “OLTL” in the role she originated in 1995.  A set-side source revealed to The Suds Report that “She asked for too much money, so ABC passed.”

      Information surfaced recently that Tognoni apparently turned down offers from two west coast soaps (“The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful”) in order to remain in New York City with her new husband.  The Daytime Emmy winner is also reported to have turned down the role of Carly on “General Hospital” (which was originated by Sarah Brown).  That’s leaves “All My Children” and “As the World Turns” as the only potentially viable offers for Tognoni in terms of daytime soaps.  And given that she turned down “GH” and demanded too much money from “OLTL,” it would seem unlikely that ABC would be very eager to offer her a job on “AMC.”  And, as far as “ATWT” goes, its future appears rocky at best.   But, after all, this is daytime television, and stranger things have happened. 

      SON will continue to follow this story, and bring you more details as they become available.

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


      Discussion: Gina Tognoni Finds She Has No New ‘Life to Live’



      Monday, June 15, 2009 3:00 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” reminds viewers that yes, there are gay people in Llanview. 

      In 1992, “OLTL” broke new ground in daytime with the introduction of teen Billy Douglas (Ryan Phillippe), who was later revealed to be gay, and homophobia soon reared its ugly head in Llanview.  In 2005, Nora Hanen learned that her husband, District Attorney Daniel Colson, was leading a double life. Proving appearances can be deceiving, the mild mannered Colson seemed to be a devoted husband and father, when in reality he was involved in a homosexual affair with a trouble young man, and would stop at nothing, even murder, in order to protect his secret. 

      Now comes word that the ABC sudser is penning a new gay storyline, involving two characters already established on the soap’s canvas.  According to sources, fans will soon learn that Officer Oliver Fish (Scott Evans), one of Llanview’s finest men in blue, engaged in a relationship of a sexual nature with hospital lab tech Kyle Lewis (Brett Claywell) back when the two were college frat buddies at LU.  The romance may soon be rekindled, but not before a third man (as revealed in a recently released audition script for the role of ‘Griffin’) comes between them.  However that role is still in the casting process. 

      “One Life to Live” is not alone is featuring homosexual storylines as of late, both “As the World Turns” and “The Young and the Restless” have demonstrated that they are keeping up with reality by showcasing gay plots and characters.  And in February, “All My Children” treated viewers to daytime’s first wedding between two women. 

      Making the upcoming “OLTL” storyline more interesting is the fact that one half of the couple, Scott Evans (Oliver Fish) is openly gay.  Makes one wonder how the soap will explain his character’s romantic interest in new roommate Layla Williamson (Tika Sumpter), and why he was so smitten with Stacy Morasco (Crystal Hunt) following their torrid one night stand.  Just as long as Officer Fish doesn’t go around murdering the citizens of Llanview to hide his alternate lifestyle, the plot sounds promising.

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


      Discussion: ‘One Life to Live’ Comes Out of the Closet









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