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Thursday, June 4, 2009 9:58 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — “One Life to Live” is now confirming that Tuc Watkins will reprise the role of David Vickers this summer, and interact with “several of the show’s core families.” 

In an update to a story SON first brought you on Wednesday, Tuc Watkins will make yet another of his brief returns to Llanview in the coming months. Since originating the role of David Vickers in 1994, Watkins has returned to his “One Life” roots on ten separate occassions. 

Both Soap Opera Digest and SOAPnet are reporting that, while the exact length of Watkins’ latest stint remains uncertain, it appears that he will be back long enough for David to spend some time bonding with his newfound kinfolk, chat with best friend Viki, and drop in on ex-wife Dorian.  This marks Watkins second return to Llanview since discovering he was the biological son of Bo Buchanan, a member of one of the town’s wealthiest families (in April he breezed through Llanview to confront his lady love after she sent him a picture of her kissing Ray Montez, before returning to Hollywood as spokesman for Have-a-Seat hemorrhoid creme). 

No first airdate has yet been announced, however look for Watkins to return to “OLTL” some time this summer for a limited engagement. SON will continue to follow this story, and update as conditions warrant.     

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

Discussion: It’s Official: Tuc Watkins Returning to Llanview


( — Mark Hapka marks his steamy debut on Wednesday, June 17 as Nathan Jannings on NBC’s “Days of our Lives.” In this photo released by JPI Studios, Hapka gives actress Molly Burnett and her character Melanie Layton a welcoming surprise after the two meet under unusual circumstances.

SOAPnet Audience Continues to Grow

Thursday, June 4, 2009 2:37 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — Primetime viewership for SOAPnet, the network for soaps, increased in May for the fourth straight month, and reached a new high in several key demos.

In a press release issued Tuesday by the upstart cable/satellite network dedicated to the daytime drama, viewership for the month of May reached record highs in total viewers and the all important women aged 18-49 demographic. Also, viewership for the channel increased for the fourth consecutive month. Below are a few highlights from the press release.   

Record or near-record viewership for “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” on SOAPnet gave the network their most watched May ever in the women 18-49 demo. in the channel’s nine year history.  Ratings in the category for May 2009 increased 27% over one year ago, with an average of 142,000 viewers. Additionally, last month also marked SOAPnet’s most watched month ever in terms of total viewership, with an average of 361,000 viewers tuning in, a 15% increase over the same time last year. 

“All My Children,” which airs weeknights at 8:00 et, experienced their second highest rating ever on SOAPnet in the women 18-49 demo., falling only 8,000 viewers short of February 2005′s record of 201,000.  Also, May 2009 was “AMC’s” highest rated month ever on SOAPnet, and the fifth highest in terms of overall viewership with 464,000 people tuning in to watch the latest happenings in Pine Valley.  And, thus far in the 2008-09 season, “AMC” has experienced its five highest consecutive months in terms of SOAPnet viewership, which reached a record high 500,000 viewers back in March.  Even more impressive is the fact that “All My Children” is up 72% in the total viewers and 80% in terms of women 18-49, versus last year.   

“One Life to Live,” which airs weeknights at 9:00 et, also saw significant gains in viewers and demos for the month of May on SOAPnet.  The primetime audience for “OLTL” increased for the fifth straight month, giving May 2009 the soap’s highest rating in the women 18-49 category, with 179,000 viewers, an increase of 33% over last year.  Also, since the beginning of the 2008-09 season, “OLTL” has notched their three highest rated months on SOAPnet in total viewers.  And it marked “One Life to Live’s” largest ever May audience on the network, and third highest overall, with 392,000 total viewers, creating an increase of 14%.

SOAPnet, a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Corporation, airs same-day repeats of soaps “All My Children,” “Days of Our Lives,” “General Hospital,” “One Life to Live,” and “The Young and the Restless,” along with classic soaps such as “Ryan’s Hope.”  In recent years, the network’s programming schedule has expanded to include primetime dramas “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “One Tree Hill,” “The O.C.,” and “Gilmore Girls,” combined with original programming such as “MVP,” “1 Day With…,” “Soapography,” and “Southern Bells: Louisville.”

Click here to read the press release in its entirety.

“All My Chilren” airs weekdays on ABC.  Weeknights on SOAPnet.  Check local listings.

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

Discussion: SOAPnet Audience Continues to Grow

Thursday, June 4, 2009 1:28 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — In 2005, drama teacher Lisa Glide appeared on the verge of a promising acting career, with small roles on “Dawson’s Creek” and the ABC soaps “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.” However all that changed this week, when she plead guilty to having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student.

In an article posted on the New Jersey On-Line News Website, which first broke the story, the 35-year old Glide was accussed of engaging in a four month sexual relationship with one of her male students last year.  The Howell Township, New Jersey resident, and teacher at Old Bridge High School, admitted on Wednesday to New Brunswick Superior Court Judge Frederick De Vesa, that she and the student had sexual encounters on two separate occassions, neither of which were reportedly on school property. 

Pleading guilty to endangering the welfare of a child in the fourth degree, Glide could be sentenced up to 364 days in the Middlesex County Jail.  Formal sentencing will be held in August.  In addition, she has also agreed to forfeit her teaching certificate and recuse herself from re-applying for certification at any New Jersey public school.  And, as per her plea agreement, Glide is to be place on probation for five years, receive counseling, and have only supervised contact with males under the age of 18.   

Since Glide pleaded guilty to the charges, Christie Bevacqua, the Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor, stated the state went with the lesser endangering charge of the fourth degree rather than the third, and dropped the second-degree sexual assualt charge, all because “the victim wanted to be spared having to testify.”  The student, who was 17 at the time of his affair with Glide, graduated from the school last June and is said to be “fine with this plea agreement.” 

As the school’s drama teacher, Glide was frequently in charge of organizing plays and rehearsels.  Last December, she was arrested, and later suspended, after details of the relationship leaked out.  Glide had been a teacher at the high school since 2004.  The sexual rendezous with her student were believed to have taken place between February and May of last year. 

Glide embarked on her career in education in 1999 as a substitute teacher in Weehawken, New Jersey.  In 2000, she was employed by Jersey City schools, and by the Marlboro Township School District the following year.  Majoring in theater at Montclair State University, she studied acting at Lee Strasberg Theater Institute, Glide earned $50,943 annually as a teacher at Old Bridge High School.   

In a 2005 interview with the Old Bridge newspaper “The Suburban,” Glide discussed her budding acting career, which included bit parts on the daytime dramas “All My Children” and “One Life to Live,” along with a guest shot on “Dawson’s Creek.”  The interview was conducted following Glide’s directing of the high school’s production of Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite.” 

To read the full New Jersery On-line report, click here

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 3:00 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

( — Chrishell Stause has made her (final?) decision.

Chrishell Stause made quite a few “All My Children” fans very happy on Tuesday evening. That’s when the actress reported on her Twitter page that she’ll be staying with “All My Children” through the end of the year.

Stause joined the cast of “AMC” in May of 2005 as the sexy, grown-up version of Amanda Dillon. Since April, the actress has extended her contract twice; the previous extension was reportedly through September 2009. On Monday afternoon the actress left her fans a curious note saying that she was on the cusp of making an important decision – that decision clearly being to extend her stay on the show through 2009. Co-star Ricky Paull Goldin (Dr. Jake Martin) reports that he’s so “excited that [his] TV girl is staying on AMC for a little more love.”

The next seven months should be full of heavy baby drama for the character or Amanda.

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

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    ‘AMC’s’ June Casting Notes

    Wednesday, June 3, 2009 3:00 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

    ( — “All My Children’s” June 2009 casting news.

    Cornelius Smith Jr. returns to the role of Frankie Hubbard on Friday, June 5. The character was last seen on April 24. According to “All My Children” head writer Charles Pratt Jr. the Emmy nominated actor, who joined the show in the fall of 2007, has supposedly been in contract talks that left him with no other choice but to make the good doctor disappear for a while. Frankie won’t just have a life altering injury to deal with when his wife’s (Denise Vasi) past becomes very present later this summer.

    Kieran Campion premiered in the recurring role of D.A. Henry North on Friday, May 22. Randi’s aforementioned dirty little secret is directly tied to the new District Attorney. North’s wife, Madison (played by GL alum Stephanie Gatschet), will premiere on Friday, June 19. Madison’s considerable issues could prove to be advantageous to the Slater’s as the young ladies ambitious husband refuses to even phantom looking at any other suspect after getting the daughter of Pine Valley’s most high-profile resident, Erica Kane (Susan Lucci), on his hook. Both roles are recurring and should last throughout the summer.

    Amanda Baker, as previously reported, will be back on “AMC” as the ghost of Babe Carey on Thursday, June 4 and then again on Monday, June 29. Her first appearance will be opposite her shattered father, David (Vincent Irizarry); her next appearance will be opposite Babe’s baby’s father, JR (Jacob Young).

    Beth Ehlers, who plays Taylor, and JR Martinez, who plays Brot, will be seen more in June. Unfortunately, it will just be for a little bit more than the three episodes each appeared on in May. Brot will be involved in Frankie’s story, and look for Taylor to have a few more interactions with Tad Martin (Michael E. Knight). Watch for Brot and Taylor’s romance to hit a major snag. Walt Willey’s rotation will increase in June, when Jackson takes on the new D.A. as Kendall’s (Alicia Minshew) attorney.

    In day-player news, Anna Koonin’s love-sick Nurse Gayle will make at least one more appearance on “AMC” in June. Meredith Patterson will begin to reappear in the role of casino assistant Francesca starting in mid-June.

    Various reliable sources have reported that the rumors of Spike Hart Lavery, the biological son of Kendall Hart and Ryan Lavery (Cameron Mathison), being recast and aged are false. Alexander, Benjamin and Caleb Eckstein began playing Spike in July 2007. Spike, who has been absent recently, will be seen more regularly in June.

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

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      Tuesday, June 2, 2009 11:25 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

      ( — Arizona Diamondbacks left fielder Conor Jackson will portray Michael’s physical therapist on the Wednesday, June 3 episode of the soap. More on Conor’s appearance on the show will appear in the June 29 issue of ESPN Magazine, on newsstands June 19.


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

      Discussion: Baller Conor Jackson on ‘General Hospital’

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        ‘One Life’ Summer Casting Notes

        Wednesday, June 3, 2009 1:35 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

        ( — As we prepare to head into the lazy days of summer, here are a few casting tidbits for “One Life to Live.”

        Is Tuc Watkins headed back to Llanview for another of his signature brief stints as David Vickers Buchanan on the ABC soap?  While not yet confirmed by either the soap or the network, several media outlets are reporting that the popular daytime actor will show up in Llanview at some point this summer and will interact with several familiar Llanview residents.  Among them are paw Bo (Robert S. Woods), little brother Matthew (Eddie Alderson), former stepmother Nora (Hillary B. Smith), best friend Viki (Erika Slezak), and estranged wife Dorian (Robin Strasser), each in their respective storylines.  Hmmm…wonder if that means he will also interact with uncle Clint (Jerry VerDorn), step-grandmother Renee (Patricia Elliott), and trusted family servant Nigel (Peter Bartlett)?  SON will keep you posted on the details. 

        A first airdate has been announced for Catherine Hickland‘s return to “One Life to Live.”  Look for Hickland’s on-air persona Lindsay Rappaport to potentially throw a monkey wrench into Clint and Nora’s engagment beginning Friday, June 9th, according to Toby Goldstein of Tribune Media Sevice’s The Soap Scene. On her Twitter page, Hickland alerted fans last Friday that she was “Back in New York City! Just read the scripts for ONE LIFE TO LIVE for next week. My scripts are GOOD! Hallelujah!” The actress also commented that it will be difficult for Lindasy to cause too much trouble considering that she was still incarcerated in Statesville Prison, and that she would be posting her upcoming “OLTL” airdates as soon as they were available. 

        With the baby Chloe/Hope storyline beginning to draw to a close, viewers may be left wondering what the future holds for Tess, Maddie, and Molly Sullivan, the triplets who portray Starr Manning’s (Kristen Alderson) adorable baby girl.  Well wonder no more.  Alderson posted a picture Tuesday on her Twitter page of her holding one of the three infants who portray her alter ego’s daughter.  Since “OLTL” regularly tapes approximately 4-6 weeks in advance, look for these scenes sometime in July.  In addition, Alderson also used her Twitter page to dispel rumors that she may soon be leaving Llanview by commenting that she was “def. not leaving one life. they would have to throw me out haha”

        TVGuide Canada is reporting that “a major star from the past will be returning to the soap ['OLTL'] this fall.”

        Dayplayer soap actor Matt Drago will be popping up again soon in Llanview.  The actor, whose previous appearance in the fictional soap town was as a Rodi’s parton, proves that he likes variety by taping scenes as a Buenos Dias Cafe Patron for episode #10,469, which should air around July 1st.  Earlier this year Drago portrayed a Company Patron in two episodes of “Guiding Light,” and a Boyfriend in a 2005 episode of “As the World Turns.” 

        Erin Torpey (ex-Jessica Buchanan) married finance Hamilton von Watts (of the TBS comedy “10 Items of Less”) on April 18th on a California beach in front of the Malibu Beach Inn.  To see exclusive photos from before, during, and after the ceremony, click here.  

        And Renee Elise Goldsberry (ex-Evangeline Williamson) gave birth to her first child, a son named Benjamin, on May 19th. According to a family spokesperson, “Both mom and baby are doing great. Their family is overjoyed, and they are praising God for this perfect miracle. Renee thanks all of you for your support and constant encouragement. In lieu of cards or gifts, she asks for your continued prayers and well wishes. They truly work wonders because Benjamin is a dream come true!”

        In other news…

        Several new casting calls have been released in recent days for “One Life to Live.”  Among them is one for the role of “Ford.”  Remember that the soap frequently switches character names in these scripts to confuse viewers.  As the scene opens, “Ford apparently plants herself on “Nancy’s” doorstep with a camera crew, prompting Nancy to ask if ther are on the air at that very moment. Ford informs Nancy that she hopes that they can do a reality show together called “The Real Ladies of Llanview,” which does not appear to be greenlighted as of yet by the network.  Nancy, however, has no idea what exactly Ford is talking about.  After confronting her, Ford tells her that a pilot for the show is being filmed, and that the network has decided to go live for the season finale.  Ford goes on to tell Nancy that she wants to make her the star of the show.  Having her doubts however, Nancy accuses Ford of only wanting to exploit her and her family for her own benefit.  Ford assures her that it will be nothing more than a camera crew following Nancy and her family around and recording their everyday activities.  Nancy fires back that she will not allow her family to become a laughingstock and that the concept has the network’s fingerprints all over it.  Afterward, she abruptly kicks Ford to the curb as the scene draws to a close. 

        Other recently released audition scripts include a “Rabbi,” who may or may not be marrying Nora and Clint; “Elijah Kent,” who is a new Llanview lawyer, and for the role of “Summer.”  SON will bring you more details of these casting calls as they become available. 

        And, in things that make you go hmmm…, here are a few Twitter Tweets from the “OLTL” cast.  On May 29th, Kassie DePaiva reported that she was “Working at Oltl… Doing fun Manning mania.” Also, she announced that ABC Daytime will be in Nashville later this month at the hosting a Block Party on the same day that the “Divas of Daytime TV” (DePaiva, along with Bobbie Eakes and Kathy Brier) will performing at the CMA MusicFest.  And that she shot new SOAPnet promos on May 20th, and filmed on May 15th and 20th. 

        Scott Clifton tweeted that he filmed some shirtless scenes on May 21st, and on May 14th that “I’m being taken downtown in a fancy Lincoln for a “music video” promo for ABC. I have to sing a Grease song. I WILL suck at this.”

        And Daphnée Duplaix revealed in a message to a fan on her Facebook page that “OLTL” had recently shot footage of her (and presumably other recently added contract cast members) for an updated opening sequence that she stated should air sometime later this month. 

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

        Discussion: ‘One Life’ Summer Casting Notes

        Tuesday, June 2, 2009 10:35 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

        ( — This fall, as American soap fans continue to get their daily dose of Llanview happenings, our neighbors to the north won’t be so lucky, as Canada’s CTVglobemedia network announces plans to stop airing “One Life to Live.” 

        The formal announcement came earlier this afternoon by CTVglobemedia as the network unveiled its upcoming daytime fall schedules for its CTV and ‘A ‘ channels.  Taking the place of “One Life to Live” on the ‘A’ Network at 2:00 pm will be reruns of the popular American primetime hospital drama “ER,” which wrapped up its fifteen year run last month.   The medical sudser will be sandwhiched between “All My Children,” which will remain in it’s current spot at 1:00 pm, and “General Hospital,”  which will move from CTV to ‘A’ and air at 3:00 pm.   CTV, meanwhile, will become a one soap network, with only “The Bold and the Beautiful” airing on its daytime line-up. 

        The release goes on to remind viewers that all scheduling times announced are for the Toronto market, and that other markets will be released at a later date.  And “One Life to Live’s” Canadian fans are reminded that they can still catch their favorite soap on the ABC Network feed. 

        The move comes in a time of economic recession when many television networks and sitcoms are being forced to slash budgets and find new sources of revenue in order to continue to exist.  CTV, like its American counterparts, is no exception.  The decision to cancel “One Life to Live” appears strictly financial, as viewership for the soap has apparently dropped below what the Canadian broadcaster considers an acceptable level, causing the network to lose money on the show, and leading to its removal from the schedule.  While many pundits claim that the move is “not a big deal” since many Canadians are able to receive signals from most American broadcast networks (ABC included), the move does have some long-ranging ramafications.  ABC and parent company Disney, for example, are set to lose some international licensing revenue as a result of the cancellation.  Regardless, “One Life to Live” will continue to air on the ABC Daytime line-up in the same time slot it has held for more than thirty years.  Even so, the announcement comes as little comfort to American soap fans whose memories are still fresh from the fallout surrounding the cancellation of the long-running daytime drama “Guiding Light” by CBS back in April, and how easily their favorite soap could be the next to go in a rapidly decaying daytime genre.     

        Soap Opera Network 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: Breaking News: Canadian Network CTV Cancels ‘OLTL’

        Tuesday, June 2, 2009 12:27 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

        ( — Former ABC soap star Forbes March joins the cast of “As the World Turns” in an unexpected new role.

        Best known for the roles of Scott Chandler on “All My Children” and Nash Brennan on sister soap “One Life to Live,” the seasoned 36-year-old British-Canadian March is no stranger to soap fans. 

        Nonetheless, viewers were shocked by the announcement that the actor was taking up residency in Oakdale as Mason, the homosexual college advisor to Noah Mayer (Jake Silbermann).  Despite the fact the Mason will be revealed to be gay, the show assures fans that the new character will not come between Noah and boyfriend Luke Synder (Van Hansis). 

        March recently told TV Guide Canada that “I am interested in characters who will demand I look at the world through someone else’s eyes and fight for their point of view; so a gay character was interesting to me. I am not phobic of really anything and I certainly am not homophobic. From a Christian point of view, God is love and if you don’t love your fellow man, then you don’t love God. I do not find hate or intolerance, self-righteousness or a lack of humility or compassion to be consistent with my understanding of our philosophy. From a secular point of view, gimme a break! To be homophobic should be as embarrassing as any other ignorant and hateful fear and I hope we are close to that time. I am an actor and I tell stories and love is love.”

        It is said that Mason will portray a college professor at Oakdale University, and will help Noah create a documentary involving his presumed dead father.  Look for March to first air on July 14th.

        “As the World Turns” airs weekdays on CBS. Anytime on Check local listings.

        Discussion: March ‘Comes Out’ for ‘World Turns’

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