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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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    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



    Jeremih Joins Lionel Richie in Llanview

    Monday, June 15, 2009 1:15 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Jeremih (Felton), whose recently released debut single “Birthday Sex” has climbed to the top of the charts, teams up with Lionel Richie when the Motown legend makes his “One Life to Live” debut late next month.

    In an update to a story SON first brought you last Thursday, the R&B newcomer taped scenes with the crooner on “OLTL’s” UltraViolet set last Friday, which are set to air sometime in July, according to an ABC press release. 

    Says “OLTL” Executive Producer Frank Valentini, “We are proud to have hosted a tremendously talented group of musicians on ‘One Life to Live.’ We welcome the enduring talents of such an accomplished musician as Lionel Richie and the creativity of a new artist like Jeremih. We look forward to bringing our fans a first time collaboration between these two very talented musicians.”

    “Chicago sensation Jeremih boasts the unique accomplishment of achieving the No. 1 MySpace song for more than three weeks with 60 million plays and counting for his song “Birthday Sex.” The 21-year-old singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumental musician also has achieved the No. 1 spot on Urban Radio for the past four weeks, No. 2 at Rhythm radio, the No. 1 most added at Pop radio last week. He is currently holding the No. 4 position on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and No. 1 on Billboard’s Ringmasters chart. His self-titled debut album, “Jeremih,” is set to be released on June 30th,” the statement goes on to say.  

    Jeremih will accompy Richie during a performance of the Oscar®, Golden Globe and five-time Grammy Award winner’s latest hit single “Just Go,” from his album of the same title.

    To learn more about Jeremih, check out his official MySpace page.

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


    Discussion: Jeremih Joins Lionel Richie in Llanview



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    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — While many fans are sure to be mourning the loss of Chad Michael Murray (ex-Lucas Scott) and Hilarie Burton (ex-Peyton Sawyer Scott), “One Tree Hill” is not about to let them go without a fight.

    Best known for his roles on MyNetworkTV’s “Fashion House” and NBC’s “Lipstick Jungle,” Robert Buckley has signed on as a series regular beginning this fall when “Tree Hill” returns for its seventh season on the The CW.

    According to the Hollywood Reporter, Buckley will be portraying the role of Clayton – “a brash young sports agent who represents Nathan Scott (James Lafferty) and has become a close friend, ally, business partner and advisor to him while also enjoying the spoils that come from being a wealthy, handsome single guy.” Originally, the role of Clayton was meant for Brian Austin Green (ex-David Silver, “Beverly Hills, 90210″), but a deal could not be hashed out with the actor.

    It is being reported that the show will once again jump ahead into the future to advance storylines, this time by one year. In addition to his work on “House” and “Jungle,” Buckley has also made guest appearances on “Ghost Whisper” and on the CW’s “Privileged.” In 2008, he starred in “Flirting with Forty” along-side soap vixen Heather Locklear (“Melrose Place” and “Dynasty”).

    “One Tree Hill” airs Mondays at 9:00 ET/PT on The CW. Check local listings.



    ABC Previews Independence Day

    Saturday, June 13, 2009 11:45 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — As America celebrates its independence next month with cookouts, fireworks, and family vacations, ABC Daytime isn’t letting the fact that the 4th of July falls on a Saturday this year keeping them from airing encore episodes of your favorite daytime dramas. 

    On Friday, July 3, instead of showing first-run episodes of your favorite ABC Daytime dramas like “All My Children,” “General Hospital” or “One Life to Live,” the network has opted to air repeat episodes of the soaps. These episodes are said to be important moments in each soap’s current storylines.

    • “All My Children” Episode #10125 (original air date 5/15/09) — Adam’s a marked man as several Pine Valley residents want to see him pay for his sins. JR spirals out of control but Tad manages to stop him from making a terrible mistake and shooting his father. JR comes across a gun wielding Annie inside the mansion. Krystal encounters Tad after almost shooting Adam. Aidan frees himself from Annie’s restraints and heads to Adam’s. David is out for revenge and heads to the Chandler Mansion with a gun. Tad sees Zach inside the mansion, armed with a gun. Jake and Angie work valiantly to get Ian’s heart beating again and do so, but by the time they save him, Kendall and Zach believe their son is dead and have headed to the Chandlers for revenge. Unaware that Ian is still alive, Kendall wants vengeance for the child she thinks she’s lost and aims a gun at Adam. A mystery woman enters the Chandler Mansion. At the end of the day, Kendall, Zach, David and unknown others have guns pointed at Adam. A shot is fire and Adam falls to the floor, seemingly dead.

     

    • “One Life to Live” Episode #10394 ‘No One Said It Would Be This Hard’ (original air date 3/18/09) — Emotions run wild as Marty and Nora have it out over who is to blame for Matthew’s paralysis. Cole goes to Matthew for some kind of resolution or understanding. Neither of these things comes easily to any of them. Cole is handcuffed and led off to jail. Jack tells his father Todd to stop ending up in jail and come home and be a father. John gets Téa to admit she didn’t stab Lee Halpern and admits she did it to protect Todd. But she also states that she still believes Todd is innocent. John calls her on her feelings for Todd and she admits as much, to a point. Viki sends Todd the cavalry. Todd decides he wants custody of his kids back. Rex finds Bo praying and learns that Matthew is permanently paralyzed. Rex breaks down and tells Bo that Shane has leukemia. Brody learns the truth about Shane from Gigi and does all he can to help.

     

    • “General Hospital” Episode #11809 (original air date 5/18/09) — Michael wakes up to find Lulu at his side and wonders what’s happened to him. Unable to reach Carly because she’s turned her phones off, Lulu finally contacts Sonny with the good news about Michael. Sonny shares an emotional reunion with his son and sends Jason to let Carly know what’s going on. Michael questions why neither Sonny nor Carly were with him when he woke up, and he doesn’t remember the shooting. Carly races to Michael’s side and doesn’t pick up on the fact that he’s slightly cool towards her. Claudia worries that Michael will remember her confessing her guilt during the visits she paid him. Holly evades Luke’s questions about Ethan. Tracy sees red when she finds Holly with Luke. Ethan stuns Lulu when he tells her he might be her brother. Holly arrives on Patrick’s doorstep looking for a place to stay. Alexis grills Rebecca about the time she spent in Greece, still certain that she’s working with Helena. Rebecca gives Alexis two weeks to dig up any dirt on her, saying she’ll keep her hands off Nikolas during that period.

    Original episodes of your favorite ABC soaps return Monday, July 6.

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


    Discussion: ABC Previews Independence Day



    Saturday, June 13, 2009 11:09 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Amanda Setton, best known as badgirl Penelope Shafai in the primetime drama “Gossip Girl,” lands the contract role of ‘Summer’ on “One Life to Live.”

    Setton, has also guest starred in episodes of “Sex and the City” and “All the World’s a Stage,” as well as the film “What Happens in Vegas.  In addition, she has also appeared in advertisments for ‘CupcakeStop.com,’ a moblie gourmet shoppe for the tasty treat in New York City.  Setton will make her Llanview debut as Summer,(appropriately enough) in August, and will be close buds with no one’s favorite badgirl Stacy Morasco (Crystal Hunt).   

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

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


    Discussion: ‘Gossip Girl’ Brings ‘Summer’ to Llanview



    ‘DAYS’ Snags a Major Return

    Saturday, June 13, 2009 7:06 PM ET | By Angela Rosa


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Crystal Chappell returns to “Days of Our Lives.”

    On Thursday, June 11, TV Guide Magazine broke the news that Daytime Emmy Award winner Crystal Chappell has inked a deal to return to the daytime drama that put her on the map, NBC’s “Days of Our Lives.”

    On “DAYS,” Chappell played popular heroine Dr. Carly Manning from June 1990 to October 1993. Carly enjoyed a major romance with former-widower Bo Brady (played by both Peter Reckell and Robert Kelker-Kelly), a not so happy marriage to Bo’s father Victor Kiriakis (John Aniston) and an unusual relationship with Lawrence Alamain (played by real life husband Michael Sabatino), the father of her son Nicholas Alamain. In 1993, former “DAYS” Head Writer James E. Reilly penned a storyline that found Chappell’s character buried alive by Lawrence’s disapproving and not quite sane aunt, Vivian Alamain (Louise Sorel). The storyline was so popular and daring that “DAYS” ratings rose from a 4.6 to a phenomenol 6.4 in the matter of just several weeks. In a shocking move, just months after that story came into play, the NBC soap decided they no longer needed the actress and she was shown the door. Probably the most visually stunning actress on daytime television at the time, Chappell earned a 1993 Soap Opera Digest Award for Hottest Female Actress.

    Chappell has enjoyed roles on ABC’s” All My Children,” “One Life to Live” and NBC’s “Santa Barbara,” but it was “DAYS” that made her a daytime superstar and CBS’ “Guiding Light” that gave the one-time underrated actress respect for her contribution to the craft of acting.

    On “Guiding Light” Chappell has played anti-heroine Olivia Spencer Lewis since July 1999. The character has gone through a lot of the shows top men, but it’s the loss of her current romance with Natalia Rivera Aitoro (Jessica Leccia) that will break the hearts of a lot of “GL” fans. For her part, in her TV Guide Magazine interview with Michael Logan, Chappell reports that she was completely open to moving over to “GL’s” sister-soap “As the World Turns” to carry on the love-story but nobody who could have gotten it done showed any interest in getting it done.

    The actress has earned four Emmy nominations for her work on “Guiding Light” – two for Lead Actress and two for Supporting Actress, Chappell took home the Supporting Actress trophy in 2002.

    The 43-year old actress will bring Dr. Carly Manning back to Salem in October, one month after the current daytime drama she’s on, “GL,” goes off the air.

    “Days of our Lives” airs Weekdays on NBC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. “Guiding Light” aires Weeksdays on CBS.Check local listings.


    Discussion: ‘DAYS’ Snags a Major Return


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