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Saturday, May 2, 2009 11:03 PM ET | Scotty Gore

SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Although he now calls Llanview home, Jerry verDorn hopes “One Life to Live” will allow him to reprise his former “Guiding Light” role one last time before the soap ends its 72-year run on September 18th.

From 1979 until 2005, verDorn portrayed the popular attorney Ross Marler on “Guiding Light,” before the soap dropped him to recurring status following a series of budget cuts.  Less than two weeks after he last aired on “GL,” verDorn made his “OLTL” debut as Clint Buchanan (a role originated by the late Clint Ritchie) on October 25, 2005 and never looked back. 

But with “Guiding Light” set to air its final episode this fall after being canceled last month by CBS, verDorn appears to be getting a little homesick for his old stomping ground.  According to TVGuide Canada, the actor is said to be confessing to friends and “OLTL” co-stars that he wouldn’t hesitate to return to Springfield for “GL’s” final episode.  However, it remains to be seen if his bosses at ABC and “OLTL,” where he remains on contract, would permit him to drop by the competition, even if it is their last episode.

A spokesperson for “OLTL” had no comment. SON will continue to follow this story as it develops.

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


Discussion: verDorn Hopes to Return to Springfield as ‘Light’ Dims



Saturday, May 2, 2009 10:31 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — David Lago is returning to Genoa City and preparing to meet New Billy (Billy Miller), New Mac (Clementine Ford) and Amber Moore (Adrienne Frantz).

After portraying the role of Raul Guittierez on “The Young and the Restless” from August 1999 to August 2004, David Lago is ready to return to his roots as Raul returns home just in time for the first Abbott/Chancellor Memorial Day Weekend fiesta on the Friday, May 22 episode of daytime’s number one drama series.

Look for Raul to meet Chloe Abbott (Elizabeth Hendrickson), Billy’s (Miller) wife and the mother of his newborn baby girl, and Murphy (Michael Fairman), Katherine’s new husband. Also in attendance are Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman), Katherine Chancellor (Jeanne Cooper), Amber Moore (Frantz), Nina Webster (Tricia Cast), Esther Valentine (Kate Linder), and former flame Mackenzie Browning (Ford)

No word on the length of Lago’s stay, but with his invitation to the 36th Annual “Y&R” Anniversary party hosted by head writer Maria Arena Bell in March, it sure is looking like Raul just might be sticking around for awhile.

Since departing “Y&R,” Lago has appeared in a number of films including 2005′s “A Couple of Days and Nights” and the  2006 film “Dead in the Water.” In 2009, he starred in the film “Hollywood Horror,” and will appear in the films “The Commune” and “Deeper and Deeper.”

IN RELATED NEWS

Tricia Cast is sticking around Genoa City for a little while longer as the actress has agreed to appear on a recurring basis on the show as Nina Webster. It was recently announced that the soap has cast former “Guiding Light” hottie John Driscoll as Phillip Chancellor IV, Nina’s son with Phillip Chancellor III. 

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


Discussion:  David Lago’s ‘Y&R’ Return Set


  • Billy Miller
  • The Young and the Restless
  • Elizabeth Hendrickson
  • Peter Bergman
  • Clementine Ford
  • Jeanne Cooper
  • Michael Fairman
  • David Lago
  • Adrienne Frantz
  • Kate Linder
  • A Couple of Days and Nights
  • Dead in the Water
  • Hollywood Horror
  • The Commune
  • Deeper and Deeper


    Saturday, May 2, 2009 10:18 PM ET | Scotty Gore

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) –”Ugly Betty” star Tony Plana informs Entertainment Weekly that his wife has landed a role on “One Life to Live.”

    EW recently caught up with Plana and his “Ugly Betty” co-stars for a panel discussion at New York City’s Paley Center for media, in celebration of ABC’s announcement that it was picking up the primetime telenovela for a fourth season.   

    When Plana, who portays Betty’s (American Ferrera) father Ignacio Suarez, was asked about he personally celebrated the early renewal, he commented that he took his family out to dinner and treated them to “some really expensive wine.”  After stating that he missed the recently canceled primetime dramas “Pushing Daisies” and “Eli Stone,” Plana let it slip that his wife (Ada Maris) just got a job on “One Life to Live” and that “I’m a loyal guy,” when it was noted that all the shows aired on the Alphabet Network.  

    Maris is perhaps best known for the role of Gina Cuevas on the NBC comedy “Nurses” from 1991-94.  The show centered around a hospital in Miami, and was a spin-off “Empty Nest” which, in turn, was a spin-off of “The Golden Girls.”  Following the show’s cancellation, Maris appeared in an episode of “The Cosby Show” as the wife of a community-center director played by musician Tony Orlando.  It was hoped that the episode would serve as the pilot for a new sitcom entitled “Maris and Orlando,” however those plans never materialized.  From 2004-05, Maris portrayed Captian Erika Hernandez on “Star Trek: Enterprise,” and Sonia on “The Brothers Garcia” from 2000-2003.

    The actress has also made numerous guest appearances on such shows as “The District,” “Home Improvement,” “Walker, Texas Ranger,” “Nash Bridges, “Hill Street Blues,” “Knight Rider,” and “Hunter.”  Film credits include “About Last Night…,” “Miracle on Interstate 880,” “My Little Assassian,” “The Egg Plant Lady,” and “Change Your Life!.”

    A spokesperson for “OLTL” would not comment on the news, nor on the undisclosed role Maris will play on the sudser. SON will continue to follow this story as it develops.

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


    Discussion: ‘Ugly Betty’s’ Plana Says Wife is ‘One Life’ Bound



    Tilford to Play Doctor in Llanview

    Saturday, May 2, 2009 9:09 PM ET | Scotty Gore

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Llanview gets a new health care professional as Terrell Tilford joins the cast of “One Life to Live” in the contract role of Dr. Greg Evans.  

    With Michael McBain set to leave town next month with wife Marcie by side and Larry Wolek missing in action in recent years, Llanview Hospital is facing a serious doctor shortage.  But the residents of the fictional Pennsylvania surburb needn’t worry.  On June 23rd, a new doctor will ride into to town just in time to save the day. 

    While “OLTL” is keeping quiet on details of the new doc, it is speculated that he may be the miracle worker brother recently referred to by Shaun and Destiny that may help young Matthew Buchanan regain the use of his legs and walk again.  It also appears that Dr. Evans could prove to be Rachel Gannon’s (Daphnée Duplaix Samuel) supposed boyfriend from Chicago, since both actors are roughly the same age.

    Tilford was offered the role that Réal Andrews (ex-Marcus Taggert, “General Hospital”) is reported to have recently auditioned for.  The 39-year-old Tilford portrayed David Grant on “Guiding Light” from 1998-2001 and Dr. Bob Carrington on “Days of Our Lives” in 2008.  In addition, the actor has a long list of small screen credits including appearances on “Coach,” “My Wife and Kids,” “Shark,” “CSI: NY,” “Bones,” “24,” “Star Trek: Enterprise,” and “Cosby.” And Tilford will portray Detective Williams in the soon to be released feature film “Dark House.”  

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


    Discussion: Tilford to Play Doctor in Llanview



    ‘Nightline’ Talks Soaps and the Economy

    Thursday, April 30, 2009 10:55 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — In an era of economic dowturn, declining viewership, and a dying genre, daytime dramas are being forced to find innovative ways to stay afloat. Tonight, “Nightline” talks to two of ABC Daytime’s biggest stars on what the news means for your favorite soaps.

    While the struggles of the daytime soaps are nothing new to the genre’s casts, crew and fans, it has largely been ignored by the mainstream media. Only recently has the tide begun to change. ABC, producer of longstanding daytime serials “All My Children,” “General Hospital,” and “One Life to Live,” is shedding light on the issue with a candid discussion on its overnight news show “Nightline,” along with an in-depth ABC News article describing the daytime dilema, along with highlighting the precarious predicament soaps have found themselves in.

    Veteran soap characters such as Erica Kane, Victoira Lord Davidson, and Luke Spencer have been subjected to numerous plot twists and turns over the years, ranging from abortion, multiple personalities, and rape. But even those storylines are no match for factors outside of Pine Valley, Llanview, and Port Charles that are slowly influencing the behind-the-scenes operations of today’s daytime dramas.

    The main culprit is a faltering U.S. economy that has recently found itself in a free-for-all. With unemployment rates skyrocketing, increasing numbers of businesses filing for bankruptcy, and both corporate and household budgets slashed repeatedly, daytime dramas are by no means immune to the increasingly volatile financial market. And, while recession-type storylines have yet to find their way into the plots of many soap plots, the pinch has been felt behind-the-scenes, resulting in severe budget cuts, dwindling ad revenues, and competition from new sources of technology.

    According to Julie Hanan Carruthers, Executive Producer for “All My Children” in a recent interview with ABC News, “It is hitting Pine Valley, we are not unique. The recession has affected everything and obliviously, you know, my big challenge is, how do you tighten a budget and not see it on the air.” Frank Valentini, Hanan Carruthers “One Life to Live” counterpart, states that “I think the biggest for the media is it is so fragmented right now that people are either multi-tasking, surfing the Net, texting, talking on the phone all at once. So, I think to truly capture their attention for the 45 minutes a day, and not just those 45 minutes that day, but for the five days and the following weeks … once a story starts, it has to start with a bang and then go from there.”

    One thing is certain, the world of 2009 is more technologically advanced and offers viewers far more options that those available in 1981, when more than 30 million Americans tuned in to witness the wedding of “General Hospital’s” Luke and Laura Spencer. Nearly thirty years later, that audience has shrunk considerably. In fact, “GH” reached a new low for the week of April 20th-24th, averaging less than 2.5 million viewers….however the sudser is far from being the exception to the rule. These days, soaps are extremely lucky to even surpass the 3 million mark in terms of viewers on any given week, even during the so-called sweeps periods when the daytime dramas pull out all the stops in an attempt to prop up already sagging ratings.

    When asked about the large viewership soaps once had, Hanan Carruthers laments that “I don’t know that we will see that in daytime anymore, those kinds of numbers. There is certainly that kind of committment. There is certainly the interest. But people are recording, or they are reading about it, or they are looking at it streaming online.”

    One way that soaps have attempted to lure viewers to their shows is through creative and innovative approaches. “One Life to Live” routinely books big-name musical guests (such as The Pussycat Dolls, Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg, and Nelly Furtado), and by occasionally putting together entire musical themed episodes such as “Prom Night: The Musica,” “Babes Behind Bars,” or the comical “Trading Places” episode. In addition, “OLTL,” along with “All My Children” and “General Hospital,” team up annually with Campbell’s Soup for a partnership that promotes living a healthy lifestyle, while at the same time conveniently slipping product placements into each of the three soaps. Integrating cutting edge technology and special effects is yet another way soaps have used to entice viewers, as evident recently when “AMC” used CGI computer software to create a tornado and aftermath that rivaled the large Hollywood movie studios.  Futhermore, “General Hospital” and “The Young & The Restless” also hope to gain viewers by broadcasting episodes in high-definition. 

    But that is not always a bad thing, according to Hanan Carruthers, who admits that “One of the things I love is actually using real products, because it validates and authenticates our fictitious Pine Valley. Our challenge, and my goal, is that when we do it, it happens in a very natural and organic way, so that we aren’t going back to the days of holding up the soap box, actually doing a commercial in the middle of the show.”

    Even in these tough economic times, many veteran soap actors, such as “AMC’s” Susan Lucci, have done their part to ensure that their livelihood continues to exist. Lucci, like most of her co-stars recently agreed to a pay cut in order to help her show live on. “Everyone has pitched in,” Lucci recounts. “I’ve felt it in a couple of ways, there’s some missing faces on the studio floor, and that’s sad because we really are an ensemble here, from top to bottom, not just the company of actors but the crew, very much so.” However, the news isn’t all gloom. According to Hanan Carruthers, “It’s actually, in an odd way, getting easier. The economic state of the world kind of made everyone here pull together.”

    “AMC” star Cameron Mathison exhibited the sense of company spirit and teamwork recently to ABC News reporters who toured the set. “This is a typical day here at ‘AMC.’ There are 47 scenes today. Anxiety!” The sentiment is echoed by Valentini who reminds us that “It helps reminds the audience that something is going on. We never have reruns, so you are never going to hear that there is the season premiere of ‘One Life to Live,’ we just continue going on. So it’s good to have something fresh going on.”

    Storylines that stretch the boundaries of reality and logical thinking are commonplace, as soaps have long since encouraged viewers to check their common sense at the door and instead bring along their imaginations. Llanview’s Asa Buchanan was married 14 times to 10 different women (although three of the marriages were later proven to be invalid), while town matriarch Victoria “Viki” Lord Davidson has been married seven times, has six other alternate personalities, and given birth to five children, two of whom she had didn’t remember until they were adults. Over in Pine Valley, Erica Kane has been married ten times.

    Mathison continues to be impressed by the number of hard core soap fans, who stay devoted to their favorite daytime dramas. “We are in their living rooms every single day, it’s an ongoing story. It’s not something you have to tune in every week to find out, it’s right there for an hour every day in your living room, and if you’re home that’s a lot of your life, that’s a lot of consistency.” Along those same lines, Lucci points out that “In a bad economy, that’s when the audience really wants to watch something that really helps. The escape is in some ways instructive, and is also really hopeful, exciting, and fun.”

    Even so, the daytime genre is a dying breed. Earlier this month, CBS canceled “Guiding Light” after an iconic 72-year run. Last November, veteran co-star Deidre Hall was among the casualties when NBC made the move to renew “Days of Our Lives” for a couple of more years, but only at a significantly smaller cost than in years past, resulting in severe budget cuts for the show. And even ABC has announced that it is discontinuing it’s widely successful Super Soap Weekend fan event, in a cost cutting move.

    Tonight, the ABC late night news program “Nightline” examines the current state of daytime television and looks at what the future may hold for the seven remaining soaps, including interviews with “All My Children” stars Susan Lucci and Cameron Mathison. “Nightline” airs weeknights on ABC from 11:35 pm – 12:06 am et.

    To read the full ABC News article Tears in Soap City Starting to Look Real, click here.

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


    Discussion: ‘Nightline’ Talks Soaps and the Economy




    ‘Another World’ Finds New Life Online

    Wednesday, April 29, 2009 3:46 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A decade after its demise, “Another World” breathes new life on the web.

    TeleNext Media, the company that produces “As the World Turns” and the recently canceled “Guiding Light” for Procter & Gamble and CBS, has announced that they will be launching a new website dedicated to the defunct sudser “Another World,” which was canceled in 1999. The site, anotherworldtoday.com, will provide fans with insight into what their favorite characters have been up to in the past decade.

    The move comes on the heels of better than expected viewership of classic “AW” episodes on Hulu.com. According to Alina Adams, creative content producer for TeleNext Media, “People still have warm, nostalgic feelings for the show. ‘AW’ ushered a lot of fans into the world of daytime drama. It was their gateway drug. They miss it and they want more.”

    Chapter one of the blog is set to debut on May 4th, the 45th anniversary of “AW’s” premiere, with the presumed dead Grant Harrison returning to town to visit his son. Also, Felicia Grant and her friends Dean and Jenna all mysteriously disappear while visiting New York City. Further chapters are expected to follow on a regular basis.

    In addition to reading the latest chapter of “Another World Today,” fans can also read updates on popular “AW” characters, view classic clips from the soap, and vote following the conclusion of each week’s webisode, where they think the storyline should go next. The site also promises that, in the near future, fans will “be able to contribute original story ideas, write dialogue, create (or bring back) characters and win prizes for doing so!”

    “Another World” was the brainchild of “Guiding Light” creator Irna Phillips and her one-time scribe William J. Bell, who would go on to create “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful.” “Another World” premiered on May 4th, 1964 on NBC, and enjoyed a long and successful run, before coming to an end on June 25th, 1999. In its 35 year history, the soap tackled a number of controversial storylines, including abortion and having children out of wedlock. Starting out as a thirty minute daytime serial, “AW” expanded to sixty minutes in 1975. However, it briefly converted to an unheard of ninety minutes from 1979-1980, before returning to the more traditional hour long format. The show also spawned two spin-offs, “Somerset” (1970-76) and “Texas” (1980-82). Although “AW” was considered a sister soap to “As the World Turns,” there were no crossovers over references made between the two soaps given the fact that “AW” aired on NBC and “ATWT” on CBS. This was due to the fact that CBS had no room for the start-up soap on their daytime schedule. However a shrewd Phillips managed to sell “AW” to NBC after removing all references to “ATWT” from the new soap’s storylines.

    “Another World” can claim a long list of big name celebrities as alumni, including Christine Baranski, Faith Ford, Morgan Freeman, Kelsey Grammar, Jackee Harry, Anne Hache, Lindsay Lohan, Rue McClanahan, Ed O’Neal, Luke Perry, Brad Pitt, Kim Rhodes, Ted Shackleford, Susan Sullivan, and Jean Smart. Major guest stars included Dick Cavett, Crystal Gayle, Liberace, Joan Rivers, Al Roker, and Betty White.

    New installments of “Another World Today” are scheduled to be broadcast on the website on a weekly basis beginning in May. Visit anotherworldtoday.com for more information.


    Discussion: ‘Another World’ Finds New Life Online

    • Another World
    • Another World Today


      Wednesday, April 29, 2009 12:08 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” casting tidbits for the month of May and beyond. Despite rumors to the contrary, Erika Slezak, the matriarch of Llanview, still has ‘Life to Live.’ In recent months, rumors have surfaced claiming that the 38-year vet had been unceremoniously and abruptly fired from “OLTL.” However, a spokesperson for the show assures us that neither Ms. Slezak nor Viki is going anywhere anytime soon, and that she will play a major part in the upcoming conclusion to the baby Chloe storyline during May sweeps. In fact, word has it that Viki will be the one to place the baby into the arms of her real mother.

      But will those arms belong to Starr Manning or Marcie McBain? When asked that very question by a fan on her MySpace page, recently terminated “OLTL” actress Kathy Brier responded that “You have to watch to see what happens until about June 10thish……” To further complicate matters, Jen Sullivan, mother of triplets Tess, Molly, and and Madeline Sullivan, who portray baby Chloe Brenan, has listed the several upcoming airdates for the babies on her blog. Those dates are May 20th, 21st, 26th, 28th, and 29th, along with June 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 8th, and 11th. The last date listed is June 12th, which mirrors the suspected final airdates for Brier and her on-screen husband Chris Stack (Michael McBain). Mere coincidence or something more? Only time will tell. In related news, Brier said that she learned of her dismissal from “OLTL” as she was boarding a plane back to the Big Apple following a recent fan event and that she was disappointed but “that’s show business.”

      Robin Strasser is to have recently announced on her hotline (212-414-5300) that if “OLTL” decides to drop her to recurring status when her contract is up in October, that she would leave Llanview in a heartbeat and enjoy some much needed R & R in New Orleans and Paris.

      Kassie DePaiva has returned from her six week personal leave, and is back taping at the “One Life” studios. Look for Mrs. Blair Cramer McBain to become heavily involved in the KAD serial killer storyline during the month of May.

      Don’t look for Timothy D. Sitckney to be sticking around Llanview much longer as RJ Gannon.  The actor is preparing for yet another Canadian Shakespeare festival, which usually run for at least six months at a time.  According to Head Writer Ron Carlivati, “just when I was ready to bring RJ on and give him tons of stuff to do, it turns out he really wasn’t available to us.”  However, he mentions that the door is always open for Stickney to return whenever he is available.  

      “OLTL” is in the process of casting the role of Abraham. Remember that the ABC soap routinely tries to throw off viewers by changing character names in these audition scripts. Anyway, the scene begins when ‘Abraham’ informs ‘Tom Murray’ that he is the proprietor of the club, and that he and Mrs. Murray need to settle their tab. Tom’s wife ‘Barbara’ informs Abraham that he has just interrupted a close moment between her and husband, and asks if they can discuss the issue later. However, Abraham declares that the matter needs to be dealt with immediately, to which Tom responds that their has been some miscommunication. Abraham then goes on to say that he knows that the Murrays do not have a grandson, and blasts the couple for trying to put one over on him. After alerting security, Tom and Barbara are placed in handcuffs on the spot. Barbara asks to take a few clothes with them, but Abraham insists that he will just add it to their tab. He demands the book be thrown at them, and proceeds to read a laundry list of their transgressions, the most serious of which was pretending to be the grandson and granddaughter-in-law of Mr. Murray. Following his ranting, ‘Sam’ (one of the cops), assures Abraham that justice will be served. The role appears to be minor, and likely only recurring or a dayplayer.

      Daytime Talent Manager Michael Bruno has a blurb posted on his website, indicating that one of his clients has screen tested for a role on “One Life to Live,” although he does not reveal the identity of the actor involved.

      Jessica Kaye first airs as Rebecca Lewis on May 1st, despite the fact that IMDb lists the actress as portraying someone named Veronica and having already aired on March 25th and April 24th, 27th, and 28th. Although it does list May 15th as a future airdate.

      Soap Opera Digest is reporting that Evangeline Williamson (last portrayed by Renee Elise Goldsberry) is not returning to Llanview at this time, despite some rather coy remarks by “OLTL” Head Scribe Ron Carlivati earlier this month when asked about a potential roadblock to the Cristian/Layla pairing. Evan Joiner is back as Asher the pill pusher on May 13th, when his actions catch up with with him, but not before he gets mixed up with a certain Llanview teen (and no, it’s not Cole). And Bess, Jessica’s overprotective alternate personality, makes another appearance on May 21st.


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


      Discussion: As ‘Life’ Goes On: Llanview Casting Gossip




      Tuesday, April 28, 2009 11:41 AM ET | By Errol Lewis


      alt (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — As May Sweeps heats up “The Young and the Restles” goes all out.

      Although she’s been dead for the last  four years, Cassie Newman is returning to “The Young and the Restless” on Wednesday, May 6 as actress Camryn Grimes reprises the role during a dream sequence that finds Sharon (Sharon Case) guided by Cassie on what life would be like for Nicholas (Joshua Morrow) and her (think ghost from Christmas past). Will Cassie lead Sharon back to Nicholas, or will Jack (Peter Bergman) be waiting in the wings to catch her fall? Tune in to find out!

      As if one ghost/spirit wasn’t enough, on Tuesday, May 5, Jerry Douglas (John Abbot) is back to give life advice to son Billy Abbot (Billy Miller), who recently married Chloe (Elizabeth Hendrickson) and is in the process of rekindling his romance with old flame Mackenzie Browning (Clementine Ford).

      Actor and soap opera veteran James Hendy (“Ryan’s Hope,” “All My Children,” “Melrose Place”) will play the Governor beginning Friday, May 8, when Katherine Chancellor (Jeanne Cooper) makes a request on Kevin (Greg Rikaart) and Amber’s (Adrienne Frantz) behalf.

      On Monday, May 11, stylist and “Y&R” fashion blogger George Kotslopoulos appears as himself as he gives fashion advice to Chloe.

      Nia Peeples returns as Karen Taylor Winters on Thursday, May 14, as Karen serves Neil with divorce papers. How does Neil (Kristoff St. John) celebrate the end of his marriage? Well dancing with Tyra (Eva Marcille) of course as Cane (Daniel Goddard) and Lily (Christel Khalil) share bachelor/bachelorette parties.

      After returning to Genoa City for Katherine and Murphy’s (Michael Fairman) wedding on Friday, May 1, Trisha Cast is back as Nina Webster on Fridy, May 15 for Lily Winters and Cane Ashby’s  wedding as well. Also returning for the “Lane” wedding is former “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” starlet Tatyana Ali as Roxanne.

      Lastly, look for “Touched by an Angel” star Della Reese beginning Monday, May 18 as she joins the cast as Neil’s Aunt Virginia. The role is recurring.

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


      Discussion: Y&R Casting Report: May Checking In


      • All My Children
      • Ryan’s Hope
      • The Young and the Restless
      • Sharon Case
      • Kristoff St. John
      • Joshua Morrow
      • Melrose Place
      • Tatyana Ali
      • Elizabeth Hendrickson
      • Peter Bergman
      • Daniel Goddard
      • Christel Khalil
      • Camryn Grimes
      • George Kotslopoulos
      • James Hendy
      • Nia Peeples
      • Eva Marcille
      • Jeanne Cooper
      • Michael Fairman
      • Trisha Cast
      • Della Reese
      • Touched by an Angel
      • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air


        Sunday, April 27, 2009 4:48 PM ET | By Errol Lewis


        alt (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — After playing the role of Lily Snyder on CBS’ “As The World Turns” off-and-on for 23 years, actress Martha Byrne is now heading to Port Charles to play along-side John Bolger as the wife of Mayor Floyd (Bolger) reports SOAPnet.com.

        Over the weekend buzz was growing that Byrne would be heading to “GH” in a then unknown role. SOAPnet spoke with Jason Thompson during the ABC Daytime/SOAPnet sponsored Stagecoach, and he shared his thoughts on the news.

        “I’m really excited, there’s a lot of good stuff coming. I just heard that Martha Byrne is going to be joining the show, which is great. It’s always good to have someone shake things up — and especially when it’s someone who’s had such a distinguished career in daytime,” says Thompson.

        Storyline details are being kept underwraps, but let’s hope that Byrne’s character won’t have to suffer at the hands of Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) and his minions like so many characters who had potential had to.

        Recently, Byrne has been playing her hand as a writer on CBS’  ”The Bold and the Beautiful.” She wrote the April 14 episode of the soap.

        “I sent [head writer] Brad Bell some writing samples to get his feedback, and I got an e-mail saying he loved the material and wanted me to write a spec script for ‘B&B,’” said Byrne to Carolyn Hinsey in the April 10 Edition of the New York Daily News. “Based on that spec, I got a trial deal with the show.”

        It is unclear at this time as to whether Byrne’s role on “GH” will conflict with any future possibilities she may have with “B&B,” but in any case, we’re glad to have the actress/writer back in daytime.

        In 2008, Byrne left “ATWT” after a contract dispute with show producers. Noelle Beck took over the role of Lily Snyder in May 2008.

        In addition to her work on “ATWT,” Byrne has appeared as a guest-star in such series as “Murder, She Wrote” and “Silk Stalkings.” She is also an Executive Producer for the short film “Bye Bye Sally,” which is set for release later this year.

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


        Discussion: Martha Byrne Heading to Port Charles


        • The Bold and the Beautiful
        • General Hospital
        • As The World Turns
        • Martha Byrne
        • John Bolger
        • Noelle Beck
        • Murder
        • She Wrote
        • Silk Stalkings
        • Bye Bye Sally


          Bonner Leaves Llanview for Springfield

          Sunday, April 26, 2009 2:45 PM ET | By Scotty Gore


          (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Only two days after she made her final appearance on “One Life to Live,” BethAnn Bonner lands a role on the recently canceled “Guiding Light.”

          Bonner, who debuted in Llanview on December 21, 2006 as Officer Talia Sahid, was recently fired by “OLTL,” in what appears to be a cost cutting move which also involved co-stars Chris Stack and Kathy Brier (Michael and Marcie Walsh McBain), along with Camila Banus and A. Martinez (Lola and Ray Montez). Although her character Talia did not play a major role in many of the show’s storylines, she was involved in several plots during her time in Llanview including investigating the One Pure People white supremacist group and the KAD serial killer, as well named the Princess of Mendorra during one of “OLTL’s” special 40th anniversary storylines last July. In addition, Talia was romantically involved with police detective Antonio Vega and revealed to be the biological daughter of popular villian Carlo Hesser.

          Bonner was offered a role on “OLTL” after competing on SOAPnet’s “I Wanna Be a Soap Star 3″ in the summer of 2006, which afforded the winner of the competition with a thirteen week contract on the show. Although the contest was won by Mikey Jerome (who portrayed Vincent Jones’ hired thug Ted Osborne), producers at “One Life” were so impressed with Bonner that they quickly signed her to a contract as well. In a twist of irony, Bonner outlasted Jerome in Llanview, whose character was quietly killed off in a fire off-camera at the end of conclusion of his thirteen week stint. In addition to her role on “OLTL,” Bonner also appeared as herself in a 2007 episode of “The Fashionista Diaries.”

          On Friday, Soap Opera Digest broke the news that Bonner had signed with “Guiding Light,” which is expected to end its iconic 72-year run on September 18th, to create a new role that has yet to be announced. She is said to debut on “GL” in early June, and share scenes with the recently returned Murray Bartlett, whose character Cyrus Foley comes home to Springfield after searching the globe for his missing brother Grady.

          “Guiding Light” airs Weekdays on CBS. Anytime on CBS.com. Check local listings.
          “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


          Discussion: Bonner Leaves Llanview for Springfield


          • One Life to Live
          • Guiding Light
          • BethAnn Bonner
          • Chris Stack
          • Kathy Brier
          • A. Martinez
          • Camila Banus
          • Mikey Jerome
          • urray Bartlett
          • I Wanna Be a Soap Star
          • The Fashionista Diaries








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