How WATCH ABC Changes Will Affect Viewing of 'GH,' 'The View' and 'The Chew'; Shows Also on Hulu Plus

How WATCH ABC Changes Will Affect Viewing of ‘GH,’ ‘The View’ and ‘The Chew’; Shows Also on Hulu Plus


Bonner Leaves Llanview for Springfield

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

( — 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 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

    Saturday, April 25, 2009 6:33 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

    alt ( –  She isn’t a soap star, but life’s a soap opera – right? Sherri Shepherd of ABC Daytime’s “The View” will appear on “Friday Night SmackDown” along-side WWE Superstar MVP.

    Since appearing on “The View,” MVP has become fast friends with Shepherd and invited her to appear on his turf on the Friday, May 1 episode of the program. The episode airs at 8:00 PM ET (check local listings).

    Will Shepherd head into the ring and lay the SmackDown on a Superstar? Tune in to find out.

    Among Shepherd’s duties as co-host of “The View,” the actress/talk show host consistently takes viewers behind the scenes of daytime and primetime’s biggest shows, more recently she took a look behind the scenes of ABC’s ”Dancing with the Stars.” She also routinely hosts ABC Daytime initiatives including “The 35th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards” in June 2008 with “All My Children’s” Cameron Mathison (Ryan Lavery). In November 2008, Shepherd re-teamed with Mathison as co-host of the final Super Soap Weekend at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida.

    Outside of “The View,” Shepherd is returning to her acting roots via a primetime sitcom pilot for Lifetime in which she’ll play a character loosely based on herself. In the series, she’ll play a woman who invites her husband’s mistress and her illegitimate child to move into her house. The series was originally developed for The CW Television Network, but was passed over. If picked up, the series will likely join the Lifetime comedy hit “Rita Rocks” and reruns of “Reba” during the networks Monday night comedy block.

    “The View” airs Weekdays on ABC. Anytime on Check local listings.
    “Friday Night SmackDown” airs Fridays on MyNetworkTV. Check local listings.

    Discussion: ‘The View’s’ Sherri Shepherd on ‘SmackDown’

    • Sherri Shepherd
    • MVP
    • The View Friday Night SmackDown
    • Rita Rocks
    • Reba

      Wednesday, April 22, 2009 8:27 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

      alt ( –  In early March it was announced that “Guiding Light” veteran Wes Ramsey would be joining the cast of NBC’s “Days of our Lives,” now Soap Opera Network has learned when you can expect to start seeing Ramsey on your screens.

      While his character is still being kept under wraps, Ramsey’s first airdate on the daytime drama series is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, May 12, when he enters the scene along-side James Scott’s EJ Wells and Jay Kenneth Johnson’s Phllip Kiriakis, according to sources.

      A “Days of our Lives” spokeswoman was unable to confirm character details or a first airdate as we went to press.

      Before joining “DAYS,” Ramsey got his start in television in 2001 when he joined the cast of CBS’ “Guiding Light” as Sam Spencer. In 2008, he made a brief return to the soap as Sam stood by sister Olivia’s (Crystal Chappell) side during her time of need.

      The actor has since made his way to primetime with a recurring role in the CBS drama series “CSI: Miami,” where he plays Dave Benton at the Miami Dade Crime Lab. Dave sorts through images found in the surrounding area of a crime scene and analyzes the data, which greatly helps the CSI team solve cases. Former “All My Children” star Eva LaRue (ex-Maria Santos) also stars in the series as CSI Natalia Boa Vista. Ramsey appeared in The WB drama series “Charmed” in a number of episodes as Wyatt Halliwell from 2003 to 2006.

      In addition to his TV work, Ramsey starred in the 2003 gay cult-classic “Latter Days” along-side Steve Sandvoss. In the film he portrayed a gay playboy by the nameof Christian Markelli. Christian found himself falling in love with, in the closet mormon, Elder Aaron Davis (Sandvoss).  In 2008, he played Bram Stoker in the film “Dracula’s Guest.”

      “Days of our Lives” airs Weekdays on NBC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

      Discussion: Wes Ramsey Joins ‘DAYS’

      • All My Children
      • Days of our Lives
      • CSI: Miami
      • Wes Ramsey
      • Charmed
      • James Scott
      • Jay Kenneth Johnson
      • Crystal Chappell
      • Eva LaRue
      • Steve Sandvoss
      • Guiding Light
      • Latter Days
      • Dracula’s Guest

        Wednesday, April 22, 2009 7:27 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

        alt ( — As previously reported, ABC Daytime and SOAPnet have signed on as presenting sponsors of Stagecoach – California’s Country Music Festival taking place on Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. Now the networks have confirmed talent and talent schedules for autograph sessions for fans to meet and greet their favorite stars from “All My Children,” “General Hospital” and “One Life to Live.”

        On Saturday, April 25, from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, “GH’s” Jason Thompson (Dr. Patrick Drake) and Laura Wright (Carly Jacks) kick things off with help from “OLTL’s” Bree Williamson (Jessica Buchanan Brennan). 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM is your chance to meet “AMC’s” Melissa Claire Egan (Annie Lavery) and Bobbie Eakes (Krystal Martin) and “GH’s” Steve Burton (Jason Morgan). Williamson returns along-side “GH’s” Brandon Barash (Johnny Zacchara) and Kirsten Storms (Maxie Jones) from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Burton, Eakes and Thompson hold down the fort, this time with “GH’s” Rebecca Herbst (who will remain signing autographs until 7:00 PM) by their side, from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM, . Barash, Egan, Storms and Wright return from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM to close out the night.

        Unfortunately, on Sunday, April 26, Steve Burton sits things out, but co-stars Jason Thompson and Brandon Barash are ready to fill the void as they jump start the festivities with Bobbie Eakes and Melissa Claire Egan from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. Rebecca Herbst and Laura Wright join Bree Williamson from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM and again from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM, when Egan comes back from a long break. Brandon Barash and Kirsten Storms are there with Eakes and Thompson from 3:00 to 4:00 PM. There are no autograph sessions scheduled between 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

        All times are subject to change.


        Saturday, April 25 (subject to change)
        2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Jason Thompson General Hospital
        Bree Williamson One Life to Live
        Laura Wright General Hospital
        3:00 PM to 4:00 PM Steve Burton General Hospital
        Bobbie Eakes All My Children
        Melissa Claire Egan All My Children
        4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Brandon Barash General Hospital
        Kirsten Storms General Hospital
        Bree Williamson One Life to Live
        5:00 PM to 6:00 PM Steve Burton General Hospital
        Bobbie Eakes All My Children
        Rebecca Herbst General Hospital
        Jason Thompson General Hospital
        6:00 PM to 7:00 PM Brandon Barash General Hospital
        Melissa Claire Egan All My Children
        Kirsten Storms General Hospital
        Laura Wright General Hospital

        Sunday, April 26 (subject to change)
        1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Brandon Barash General Hospital
        Bobbie Eakes All My Children
        Melissa Claire Egan General Hospital
        Jason Thompson All My Children
        2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Rebecca Herbst General Hospital
        Bree Williamson One Life to Live
        Laura Wright General Hospital
        3:00 PM to 4:00 PM Brandon Barash General Hospital
        Bobbie Eakes All My Children
        Kirsten Storms General Hospital
        Jason Thompson General Hospital
        5:00 PM to 6:00 PM Rebecca Herbst General Hospital
        Melissa Claire Egan All My Children
        Bree Williamson One Life to Live
        Laura Wright General Hospital

        “All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.
        “General Hospital” 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: ABC and SOAPnet Confirm Stagecoach Schedule

        • All My Children
        • One Life to Live
        • Bobbie Eakes
        • General Hospital
        • Kirsten Storms
        • Laura Wright
        • Steve Burton
        • Jason Thompson
        • Brandon Barash
        • Rebecca Herbst
        • Bree Williamson
        • Melissa Claire Egan

          Fans Gear Up for ‘SoapFest’

          Tuesday, April 21, 2009 10:54 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

          ( — ABC and CBS soap fans will have a chance to meet and greet their favorite daytime stars at the 11th Annual SoapFest in Marco Island, Florida.

          For more than a decade, SoapFest has been a major fundraiser for many southwestern Florida charities, including Eden, Florida’s Eimerman Center, an educational outreach service for children with autism. Since 1998, the annual event has hosted more than 60 soap stars, including Kim Zimmer, Robert Newman, Jordan Clarke, Walt Willey, Jon and Kelley Hensley, Broadway’s Laura Bell Bundy and film actresses Brittany Snow and Hayden Panettiere.

          This year’s talented rooster includes a number of stars from “All My Children,” “As the World Turns,” “Guiding Light,” and “One Life to Live.” In all, 17 soap stars will be attending this year’s charity event. Representing “AMC” will be Bobbie Eakes (Krystal Martin), Beth Ehlers (Taylor Thompson), Thorsten Kaye (Zach Slater), and Walt Willey (Jackson Montgomery), who will also be the master of ceremonies. From “ATWT,” Ewa da Cruz (Vienna Hyatt), Trent Dawson (Henry Coleman), Van Hansis (Luke Snyder), Billy Magnussen (Casey Hughes), Austin Peck (Brad Snyder) and Jake Silberman (Noah Mayer) are all scheduled to be in attendance. Grant Aleksander (Philip Spaulding), Jeff Branson (Shayne Lewis), John Driscoll, (Henry Bradshaw Cooper), Michael O’Leary (Dr. Rick Bauer), and Caitlin VanZandt (Ashlee Wolfe) will represent “Guiding Light,” and Susan Haskell (Marty Saybrooke) and Crystal Hunt (Stacy Morasco) will attend on behalf of “One Life to Live.”

          The 11th annual SoapFest kicks off on Saturday, May 2nd at 6:00 pm with a “A Night of Stars” at Bistro Soleil, located in the historic Olde Marco Inn at 100 Palm Street, on Marco Island. During this event, soap fans can chat one-on-one with their favorite stars from Pine Valley, Oakdale, Springfield, and Llanview. Included in this event are autograph and Q & A sessions with the stars, photo opportunities, auctions, and much more. Tickets for the event, which feature a full bar and catered buffet meal by one of the region’s top chefs, are $100 and are expected to sell out quickly. A limited number of VIP tickets, which include guaranteed seating with the soap stars, can be purchased for $150. Additional special ticket packages are also available.

          Next on the agenda is the “Off the Hook” Celebrity Bartenders Bash held at A’lmost Famouse Mel’s at 657 South Collier Boulevard. At this event, which features a celebrity Karaoke contest, the featured soap stars will be making and serving drinks with proceeds going to charity. New to this year’s bash is the popular “Grab the Bottle” game. Tickets are $40. However, discounted tickets are available when combined with tickets to the “Night of Stars” event. This event will be held at 10 pm on Saturday, May 2nd.

          Sunday, May 3rd starts off with a bang as fans can enjoy an afternoon of “Cruisin’ Boozin’ & Schmoozin’” with their favorite soaps stars aboard the luxurious Marco Island Princess, from 11:30 am until 3 pm. Fans can chat with the actors and actresses as they take a sightseeing tour of the island, providing an opportune time for autographs, photographs, games, raffle prizes and auction items. Tickets, which are expected to quickly sell out, are $75 per person. A buffet lunch and entertainment are included in the boat ride. Board the Marco Island Princess at 951 Bald Eagle Drive.

          This year’s SoapFest wraps up later that afternoon with one final event, “Golfing with the Stars.” Golfers can sign-up to play one-on-one with one of their favorite soap stars. However space is limited, and only ‘serious golfers’ are encouraged to register. Those interested should click here to register.

          In addition, auctions will be held throughout the weekend, giving interested fans the opportunity to purchase such as items as original artwork by actors, private studio tours on sets usually closed to the public, ticket packages to the “36th Annual Emmy® Awards,” and lunch with your favorite star. All bidding must be in person as items will be offered and auctioned off during each event.

          The celebrity artwork will be created by the soap stars during the Art 4 Autism SoapFest event, which teams up daytime actors with children and young adults to create a variety of canvases to be auctioned off for charity.

          Pat Berry, director of the Marco Island SoapFest, states that “Ninety percent of SoapFest ticket sales originate from fans all across the country and Canada. Soap fans are a dedicated collection of people who support their TV families.”

          All event times are eastern, and subject to change. For information on the 11th Annual SoapFest, fans can visit the festival’s official website by clicking here.

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

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

          “Guiding Light” airs Weekdays on CBS. Anytime on Check local listings.

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

          Discussion: Fans Gear Up for ‘SoapFest’

          ‘OLTL’ Nixes Previews — Again

          Tuesday, April 21, 2009 9:29 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

          ( — Wondering what happened to the “One Life to Live” next day previews at the end of each episode? Well, SON may have the answer.

          After years of showing next day previews at the end of each episode for all three of their soaps, ABC suddenly discontinued the practice last summer. While the network gave no specific reason for the change, several sources cited money as the contributing factor to the previews being dropped. Apparently, editing together the 30-second daily end of episode previews for “All My Children,” “One Life to Live,” and “General Hospital” was costly, and ABC thought the money would be better spent elsewhere. Plus, tightening budgets and a bleak economy were also apparently to blame. However, by axing the previews, the network was able to squeeze in a few extra commercials at the end of each soap (between the final scene and the closing credits), to bring in added revenue. Replacing the end of episode previews were more generic weekly promos for each of the three soaps, which were scheduled to air randomly during the ABC Daytime programming block in an attempt to lure more viewers to the network’s daytime line-up.

          However, the end of episode previews returned to “OLTL” only last fall, just in time for the November sweeps. “We have an amazing story coming in November, and we want the audience to get a sneak preview every day,” announced “One Life” Executive Producer Frank Valentini just a few weeks before the previews were reinstated. But they didn’t end there. Instead the previews continued to air throughout the winter, and through this year’s March sweeps. Beginning with the March 30th episode, the previews were again dropped following the conclusion of the sweeps period. Reading between the lines of Valentini’s statement, it is apparent that the episode previews were only intended to air until the sweeps period was over. It remains anybody’s guess if an when the end-of-episode previews will return to either “OLTL” or her sister soaps “AMC” or “GH.” But for now, “OLTL” fans will have to be content with the weekly promos for their favorite daytime drama.

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

          Discussion: ‘OLTL’ Nixes Previews — Again


          Tuesday, April 21, 2009 7:15 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

          ( — “One Life to Live” brings the past into the present with the returns of Powell Lord III and Rebecca Lewis.

          In 1993, Powell Lord III (first cousin to Viki and Todd), reluctantly raped Marty Saybrooke along with frat buddies Todd Manning and Zach Rosen. However, after receiving a lesser sentence then his two accomplices, he was soon released for good behavior. Powell soon fell in love with Rebecca Lewis, an unsuspecting young lady who had been brainwashed by Angela Holiday, a scam artist in cahoots with conman Cain Rogan. Unfortunately for Powell, however, was that naïve Rebecca was enamored with Todd, and soon began visiting him in jail. After tricking the girl into helping him, Todd attempted to get revenge on Marty for sending him to prison, but accidentally killed boyfriend Suede Pruitt in the process.

          Holding Rebecca hostage, Todd soon fled the scene with Bo and Powell in hot pursuit. Eventually Todd plunged to his ‘death’ in an icy river nearby. With Todd presumed dead, Rebecca began to fall for Powell (who asked her to marry him), unaware that her new beau was actually the culprit of in a rash of sexual assaults involving nurses at Llanview Hospital. Unbeknownst to anyone, Powell’s mind had snapped and that he believed the only way Rebecca would love him was if he were a serial rapist like Todd. Soon, however, Powell’s involvement in the crimes was revealed, and he was committed to a mental institution in 1994, where he resides today. With her fiancé in jail, Rebecca supposedly decided to leave Llanview behind for Texas.

          Flash forward to Llanview 15 years later, as the town is being stalked by a serial killer, identifying himself as a member of the same KAD fraternity which Todd, Zach, and Powell belonged to at the time of Marty’s gang rape. Initial suspects included Todd and recently returned frat buddy Zach, however, recent evidence began to point in a different direction. With suspicion now shifting in the direction of Powell, John McBain soon pays convicted rapist a visit seeking to determine his guilt or innocence in the crime spree.

          On April 30th, Sean Moynihan reprises his role as the psychotic grandnephew of the late Victor Lord. However, he will not return alone. Viewers will soon learn that his old flame Rebecca Lewis has been secretly visiting her old love. In fact, when Rebecca is first seen, she is wearing a hosptial coat and badge sporting the name “Dr. Marty Saybrooke.” On May 1st, Jessica Kaye debuts as Rebecca, a role originated by Reiko Aylesworth. Apparently, Aylesworth was unable to fit “OLTL” into her schedule, which includes a starring role on the ABC primetime drama “Lost.” Kaye has appeared in such films as “The Audition,” “Veronkia Decides to Die,” and “Gargoyle” (which she also helped produce). Moynihan, meanwhile has only had a few small acting roles since leaving “OLTL,” with appearances on “Pacific Blue” and “Sliders,” both of which were in 1996.

          While the lengths of both Moynihan and Kaye’s stints on “One Life to Live” are being kept quiet, viewers can expect the pair to create much drama throughout the month of May, and causes problems for Todd, Téa, Marty, and John in particular. The storyline also looks to involve Viki as well, in that John contacts her for insight into her cousin Powell’s possible state of mind. Also rumored to possibly play a role in the storyline are LPD officer Oliver Fish and Llanview Hospital lab tech Kyle Lewis (who oddly shares a last name with Rebecca), both of which have been revealed to be graduates of the recently reinstated KAD fraternity at Llanview University. However, while both Powell and Rebecca become swept up in the KAD serial killer storyline, it remains to be seen if either (or both) is actually a murderer. Nonetheless, the plot is expected to come to a climax during the upcoming May sweeps.

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

          Discussion: A ‘Lord’ and His Accomplice Return to ‘One Life’




          More Soap Stars Play Ball for Charity

          Monday, April 20, 2009 11:47 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

          ( — More soap stars from “All My Children,” “As the World Turns,” and “One Life to Live” sign up for this year’s Tammy Rubin Rice Charity Softball Game.

          Now in its eleventh year, the Tammy Rubin Rice Celebrity Softball Game, whose namesake died of breast cancer, is sponsored by the Shorefront Friends for Hospice. The voluntary organization offers supportive health services for terminally ill patients.

          Here is a list of soap stars scheduled to attend this year’s game (names in bold are the newest additions). Representing ABC at this year’s game are the following cast members from “One Life to Live”: Eddie Alderson (Matthew Buchanan), Kristen Alderson (Starr Manning), John Brotherton (Jared Banks), Brandon Buddy (Cole Thornhart), Brett Claywell (Kyle Lewis), Scott Clifton (Schuyler Joplin), Shenell Edmonds (Destiny), Scott Evans (Oliver Fish), Farah Fath (Gigi Morasco), John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex Balsom), Sean Ringgold (Shaun), Jason Tam (Markko Rivera), Brittany Underwood (Langston Wilde Cramer), and Austin Williams (Shane Morasco). Representing CBS will be Alex Cole (Hunter), Mick Hazen (Parker Snyder), Billy Magnussen (Casey Hughes) and Marnie Schulenburg (Alison Stewart) from “As the World Turns,” Bonnie Dennison (Daisy Lemay) and Caitlin van Zandt (Ashlee Wolfe) from “Guiding Light,” and Daniel Kennedy (Peter/Petey Cortlandt) from “All My Children.”

          The 11th Annual Tammy Rubin Rice Celebrity Softball Game will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2009 at Midwood High School softball field in Brooklyn, New York, located at Avenue K and East 16th Street. The gates open at 11:00 am et, with the game beginning at 11:30 am et. Tickets cost $25.00 each, and all proceeds go to benefit the charity.

          To order tickets, please send a check or money order, along with a self-addressed stamped envelope, to Shorefront Friends for Hospice (C/o Jodi Waxman), at 61 Bay 35th Street Brooklyn, New York 11214. For more information, click here to e-mail the event organizer.

          “All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.
          “As the World Turns” airs Weekdays on CBS. Anytime on Check local listings.
          “Guiding Light” airs Weekdays on CBS. Anytime on Check local listings.
          “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

          Discussion: More Soap Stars Play Ball for Charity

          • All My Children
          • One Life to Live
          • Billy Magnussen
          • As The World Turns
          • Scott Clifton
          • Guiding Light
          • Austin Williams
          • Farah Fath
          • Kristen Alderson
          • Jason Tam
          • Scott Evans
          • Brett Claywell
          • Brandon Buddy
          • Brittany Underwood
          • Shenell Edmonds
          • Sean Ringgold
          • John-Paul Lavoisier
          • John Brotherton
          • Eddie Alderson
          • Alex Cole
          • Mick Hazen
          • Marnie Schulenburg
          • Bonnie Dennison
          • Caitlin van Zandt
          • Daniel Kennedy

            ‘OLTL’ Late April Casting News

            Monday, April 20, 2009 10:12 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

            ( — The latest casting news for “One Life to Live.”

            Stacy is confronted by her past on May 6th, when Eric Martin Brown arrives in Llanview as Stan, the former call girl’s boss from her Vegas show days. Stan, who was last seen in February, is looking to settle a debt with his former employee. Ken Schwarz appears as “Gravedigger #1″ on May 15th, as one particular recent storyline comes to a climax. “OLTL” has recently released a casting call for the roles of Aurelia and Geraldo, which appear to be recurring. And the show is reportedly in the process of casting Rex Balsom’s comatose father, and is looking for a ‘big name actor’ to tackle the role.

            Réal Andrews may soon be calling Llanview home. The actor, best known for his work as the tough-as-nail cop Taggert on “General Hospital,” commented recently that “One Life to Live” was ‘holding’ a role for him (after announcing last month that he had auditioned for the soap). Could it be the rumored miracle doctor Garrett, boyfriend to Rachel Gannon and big brother to Shaun and Destiny, that will help Matthew regain the use of his legs? Only time will tell, but indications are beginning to point in that direction. Also, is Evangeline Williamson (last portrayed by Renee Elise Goldsberry from 2003-2007) returning to Llanview? “OLTL” Head Writer Ron Carlivati recently commented to ABC Soaps in Depth that “Well, Evangeline is Layla’s sister. But you’ve got to give Layla a chance to get her foot in the door with Cris first. If Evangeline does in fact return, don’t be surprised if Layla’s sis is recast.” The character, who has been in a coma since December 2007 following being attacked by white supremacist Tate Harmon.

            And finally, with the KAD serial killer storyline heating up, many fans have begun speculating as to the identity of the murderer. While agreeing to keep the matter hush-hush, SON can tell you that the sudden appearance of two familiar characters next month, may or may not have ties to the killer. But will they look the same, or not? For now, “OLTL” isn’t commenting. Regardless, it will spell bad news for all those involved. As for the identity of the two characters, all we can say is that this pair still have ties to the canvas, despite some time away from Llanview.


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

            Discussion: ‘OLTL’ Late April Casting Report

            Friday, April 17, 2009 1:23 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

            ( — The CW signs on the dotted line and brings the best of daytime to their primetime schedule by agreeing to air the “36th Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards.”

            In an update to a story that SON first brought you last month, this year’s “Daytime Emmy® Awards” are set to air on a network other than one of the Big Three (ABC, NBC, and CBS) for the first time in the ceremony’s history. While news of negotiations between The CW and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (which oversees the awards) to air the telecast were leaked last month, the deal was only finalized a few days ago.

            In an announcement released on April 7th by the NATAS, the “36th Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards” will air Sunday, August 30th at 8:00 pm et on The CW, live from the Orpheum Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. The broadcast will be produced by Associated Television International (ATI), with MGM Worldwide Television as the U.S. distributor, according to Variety. The awards ceremony will result in the pre-emption of The CW’s regular Sunday night schedule, which features an MGM-distributed movie (which explains the studio’s involvement in the awards).

            “The ‘Daytime Emmy® Awards’ are one of the cornerstones of our business,” Frank Radice, President & Chief Marketing Officer, NATAS, said in a press release. “There wouldn’t be a television awards season without them. From the extravagant red carpet to the great entertainment, the viewer will experience the show through new approaches which will make this year’s show more robust and relevant than ever before.”

            Jim Packer, Co-President of MGM Worldwide Television, stated: “MGM is always looking at creative ways to work with our partners in bringing compelling product to the marketplace and this is clear example of executing that strategy.”

            Jim Romanovich, ATI’s President of Worldwide Media and Entertainment, comments that “We are thrilled to be working with NATAS, MGM and The CW on this year’s special presentation. As the producers of many special events, and as fans of the daytime genre, it is our quest to make this a fast paced, full-filled entertainment special that celebrates the best of daytime.” Romanovich went on to say that “We are close to naming a host and chances are it will be one person. We have a short list of about six people.” ATI president and Emmy® award winning producer David McKenzie has been named executive producer of this year’s telecast, along with Paul Sharratt.

            Variety also reports that speculation swirls that The CW has found a loophole that exempts the network from having to pay the standard license fee for the awards, due in part to “an unusual advertising arrangement with NATAS, ATI and MGM.” Dawn Ostroff, entertainment president for The CW reports that, like the network, the telecast has a “core female following,” and will be used to help jumpstart the fledgling network’s upcoming fall line-up. “We’re pleased to have the prestigious franchise on our network. It is not only a terrifically entertaining show with a core female following to our own, but will also give us a promotional platform as we launch our Fall 2009 schedule.”

            The recent announcement came as a saving grace to many soap fans who feared that this year’s ceremony would go unaired after CBS announced they were scrapping plans to air this or any future “Daytime Emmy®” telecast due to the record low ratings garnered by the 2008 broadcast on ABC. Last year’s ceremony attracted only 5.4 millions viewers and received a 1.2 rating/4 share in adults 18-49, making it the lowest rated broadcast in the nearly four decade history of the “Daytime Emmy® Awards.” In recent years, the telecast has rotated between the Big Three networks before NBC opted out in 2004 and CBS earlier this year. Following the dismissal by CBS, the NATAS had looked into other possible options, including an afternoon telecast, a webcast, or a move to a cable network.

            While the audience following for the “Daytime Emmy® Awards” is somewhat more mature then The CW’s target demographic, it is still likely to give the upstart network a boost, considering the telecast attracts a mainly female audience, and that it will air only weeks before the unveiling of The CW’s revamped fall schedule. However, the ceremony will be facing stiff competition this year, as the schedule change (the 2008 awards aired in June) will pit it up against one of its primetime counterparts. The “2009 Primetime Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards,” administered by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the west coast equivalent of the NATAS), will air only one day before the “Daytime Emmy® Awards” on Saturday, August 30th–sitting up the historic possibility that two major Emmy® ceremonies would take place within only 24 hours of one another. “The L.A. Area Awards” are currently scheduled to be broadcast from the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood, California. In addition, the “Primetime Emmy® Creative Arts Awards” will air on September 12th, while the “61st Annual Primetime Emmy® Awards” will be broadcast September 20th on CBS.

            The NATAS press release also states “Through the use of innovative programming from social networking sites, audiences will be availed of unprecedented interactivity between the program and audience. Westwood One Radio, the official radio partner of the event will also be offering a wide range of exciting participatory contests for their listeners.”

            Nominations for the “36th Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards” will be announced May 14th by Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, during the fourth hour of the top-rated NBC morning news/informational program “Today” at 10:00 am et. The complete list will be available that evening at a nominating event at the Hearst Tower, in Manhattan, home of the official print partner of the “Daytime Emmy® Awards,” Good Housekeeping Magazine. A multi-page insert dedicated to the “Daytime Emmy® Awards” and the nominees will appear in the September issue of Good Housekeeping.

            In addition to the regular award categories for best Daytime Entertainment Drama Series, Talk & Morning Shows, Variety, Cooking, Animation, and Courtroom Drama, the long-running PBS children’s educational program “Sesame Street” will be honored with this year’s this year’s lifetime achievement award in celebration of the program’s 40th anniversary. This year’s telecast is also expected to pay homage to “Guiding Light,” the septuagenarian daytime drama that was cancelled by CBS on April 1st.

            All balloting for the “36th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards” will be compiled by the independent accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP. American Airlines is the official airline of the “Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards.”

            According to the NATAS website, “The ‘Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards’ has been honoring excellence in all fields of daytime Broadcast production for 36 years. The Emmy® is awarded in 68 categories, including acknowledgments for series, performers and all other technical and creative areas. The ‘Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards’ season culminates with a televised show that pays tribute to the exceptional work of daytime broadcasting’s elite. The ‘Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards’ recognize outstanding achievement in all fields of daytime television production and are presented to individuals and programs broadcast from 2:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. et during the 2008 calendar year. The ’36th Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards’ is a presentation of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in cooperation with the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.”

            The CW Network was launched in 2006 as a joint venture between the CBS Corporation and Warner Brothers. It is the successor of the now-defunct WB and UPN networks. The CW airs programming specifically geared toward the 18-34 year old demographic, such as “Gossip Girl,” “American’s Next Top Model,” “90210,” and “Smallville.” It is one of seven broadcast networks in the United States, which includes ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, ION Television, and MyNetworkTV. The CW covers more than 95% of television homes in the U.S., and has affiliates or transmitters in 99 of the top 100 television markets in the nation, according to Nielsen Media. The network’s current slogan is “Every Night is Good.”

            Soap fans can follow this year’s “Daytime Emmy® Awards” by connecting to ceremony’s official Twitter page by clicking here. You can also check out the official “Daytime Emmy®” website here.

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