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Tuesday, March 24, 2009 11:15 PM EDT | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — ‘The Pussycat Dolls’ prepare to turn up the heat at Llanview High.

In what has seemingly become a recurring theme for the New York based daytime drama “One Life to Live” in recent years, the suder has booked yet another high profile musical artist. ABC announced today in a press release that The Pussycat Dolls will soon be rocking the halls of Llanview High School on prom night. Performing their hit single “You Are My Destiny’ (the English version of the Oscar®–winning A. R. Rahman song “Jai Ho”), the ‘Dolls’ will also take time out to mingle with a few of the citizens of Llanview. In particular, lead singer Nicole Scherzinger will share scenes with the Eddie Alderson’s character Matthew Buchanan. The group is currently comprised of Nicole Scherzinger, Melody Thornton, Jessica Sutta, Ashley Roberts, and Kimberly Wyatt.

The Pussycat Dolls debut album, “PCD,” peaked at the number five spot on the charts in 2005. The album was comprised of five blockbuster hits for the group, including “Don’t Cha,” “Beep,” “Buttons,” “Wait a Minute,” and “Stickwitu,” which received a Grammy® nomination. In addition, “PCD” also won numerous other honors, including two Billboard Awards and an MTV Award. The CD proved so successful that the group released a follow-up album, “Doll Domination,” in 2008. Debuting at number four on the U.S. charts, it broke the Top 10 in sixteen countries. “When I Grow Up,” one of two breakout hits from the album, gave the group their second MTV Award. Futhermore, the ‘Dolls’ recently returned from a sold out tour of Europe, and are currently featured on Britney Spears’ “The Circus Tour.” “One Life to Live” Executive Producer Frank Valentini states “The Pussycat Dolls are unmatched in terms of their success as a girl group. We are thrilled to have them on ‘One Life to Live’ to make the prom a truly memorable event for the teens in Llanview.”

In addition to their musical success, The Pussycat Dolls have also experienced some luck on television as well. In 2007, they hosted “Pussycat Dolls Presents” on The CW. They also re-recorded “Don’t Cha” for the “Sims 2: Pets” video game, and appeared as themselves in the “Asphalt: Urban GT 2″ computer program. The ‘Dolls’ are also rumored to be in negotiations with IGN to create a video game about their group, are affiliated with the online virtual world website vSide, and have endorsed a line of merchandise which includes clothing, shoes, lingerie, and Estée Lauder cosmetics. And in 2008, ‘Dolls’ lead singer Nicole Scherzinger openly joked that Republican Vice-Presidential nominee Sarah Palin could join their group if her bid was unsuccessful. Scherzinger commented, “She [Palin] seems like a headstrong woman, a tough chick. And she’s hot.”

The Pussycat Dolls are the latest in a long line of musical heavyweights who have appeared on “One Life to Live” in recent years. The impressive list includes The Plain White T’s, Simply Red, Snoop Dogg (who recorded his own version of the “OLTL” opening theme for his two-stint in Llanview), Mary J. Blige, Nelly Furtado, Lifehouse, Puddle of Mudd, Timbaland with Keri Hilson and One Republic, Chris Botti, Erykah Badu, Rachael Yamataga, Tito Puente, Jr., and Jeannie Ortega. However, “One Life’s” ability to lure popular musicians to Llanview extends far beyond the past decade. Throughout the soap’s 40 year history, countless other musicians have appeared on the show, including Little Richard, The Beach Boys, Bill Anderson, Sammy Davis Jr., Reba McEntire, Bill Medley, Darlene Love, Kurtis Blow, Kortney Kayle, Paul Taylor, Hazel Scott, and Peabo Bryson who recorded the lyrics for the 1987-1991 “One Life to Live” opening and closing credits.

According to the press release issued by ABC, the students of Llanview High are rewarded with a concert featuring The Pussycat Dolls after winning a radio contest. Also, the evening becomes even more magical as estranged lovers Starr and Cole reunite. Look for The Pussycat Dolls, who taped their scenes on March 23rd, to take the stage on May 13th.

For more information about The Pussycat Dolls, visit their official website by clicking here.

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


Discussion: ‘Pussycat Dolls’ Find Their ‘Destiny’ in Llanview




‘OLTL’s’ Spring Casting Notes

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 3:12 AM EDT | By Scotty Gore


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

When Kamar de los Reyes exits the role of Antonio Vega on March 25th, he will be leaving a small reminder of his former ‘Life’ behind. ABC Soaps in Depth reports that, although de los Reyes has left “One Life,” his onscreen daughter Jamie Vega, portrayed by the adorable Saoirse Scott will be sticking around. One could suppose that her father’s departure will force Jamie to spend more time uncle Cristian, mamaw Carlotta, and papaw R.J. Gannon, given that Timothy D. Stickney is set to reprise the reformed gangster in late April. De los Reyes will briefly return as Antonio to escort girlfriend Talia Sahid (BethAnn Bonner) out of town later this spring. R.J.’s big brother Hank Gannon returns on April 1st with a surprise for ex-wife Nora, when their daughter Rachel returns the following Monday, much to her mother’s delight.

It’s no April Fool’s joke when Doc Dougherty resurfaces as hit man Jackie McNaughton on April 1st. It appears that Jackie takes care of some business for Todd, and somehow becomes caught up in Dorian’s scheme to get under the skin of someone she once tried to have taken out. To make matters worse for Dorian, she is less than thrilled by David’s latest career choice when Tuc Watkins returns on April 7th. Following that, Todd learns that you just can’t escape the past no matter how hard you try, as someone with ties to both Marty and Todd returns to Llanview on April 2nd with a score to settle. That person turns out to be none other than Zach Rosen (Josh Philip Weinstein), Todd’s old frat buddy and one of the three guys who gang raped Marty Saybrooke (Todd and Powell Lord being the others). But is Zach the serial killer, or is he just seeking what he feel he’s due? Weinstein portrayed the unrepentant Zach Rosen from 1992-1994.

Even though fans have seen little of One Tree Hill alum Brett Claywell since his February debut as LPD lab tech Kyle Lewis, they needn’t worry. Kyle becomes swept up in the Llanview Hospital drama starting in April. Speaking of hospitals, look for Rob Bradford to be appear as an orderly on May 14th. When songstress Rachael Yamagata stops by Capricorn to sing her hit single “Elephants” on April 2nd, several Llanview residents will start to feel a little misty eyed. Shots of Yamagata’s live performance will be intermingled with emotional footage of several Llanview couples and characters. According to “OLTL” Executive Producer Frank Valentini, “it’s an episode you won’t want to miss and this is something we’ve wanted to try since live week in 2002.” The special themed episode is the brainchild of longtime “One Life” music director Paul Glass, and will feature Cristian and Layla, Todd and Téa, and Rex and Gigi, among others. Yamagata’s musical interlude will end the that particular episode.

Calling All Actors: “One Life” has released two new audition scripts. The first script is for the roles of ‘Cindy” and ‘Phil.’ When ‘Morgan’ drops by to visit Cindy she apologizes for stopping by unannounced. Cindy then asks ‘Phil’ to come to the door so that he can meet ‘Josh’s’ wife Morgan. She then tells Phil that the baby Morgan is holding is Josh’s son, and their grandchild. Phil asks Morgan if their son Josh is with them, and is shocked by Morgan’s reply that he recently passed away. Morgan attempts to comfort a horrified Cindy, and tells her that Josh was in a terrible accident more than a year ago, and that she thought it would soften the blow if she told Cindy and Phil the news in person. Cindy then informs Morgan that she and Phil received a letter from Josh shortly before his death talking about how much he loved his wife and son, and that he was searching for them [his parents]. Cindy goes on to say that the letter was the last correspondence they had with their son, and just assumed that he had changed his mind about visiting them. Morgan responds by stating that Josh died in a horrible accident not long after he mailed the letter, and that she was too upset and distraught to inform them of what had happened. Cindy sympathizes with Morgan and tells her that they hadn’t seen Josh since he was about the age of her baby, who Morgan reveals is named ‘Scott.’ Morgan informs Cindy that Josh wanted to get to know them again, to which Cindy agrees from his letter. As the scene draws to a close, Cindy recounts that Josh’s letter gave them hope and that, until they received it, both she and Phil had assumed that Josh hated and resented them.

The final script is for the dayplayer role of an ‘ER Doctor.’ In the scene, ‘Lee’ is a nervous wreck and asks the doctor if ‘Jessie’s’ body could possibly be rejecting his medicine and wonders if he will be okay. The doctor responds that he won’t know more until the test results are in. He then uses his charm to ask Jessie to recall everything he did earlier in the evening. Jessie states that he and his buddies saw a cool movie and ate junk food. Taking Lee aside, the doctor informs him that everything looks good, but he swears that something was wrong with Jessie before they came to the hospital. The doctor responds by saying that he thinks that Jessie just ate too much junk food while out with his friends–nothing more than an upset tummy and being slightly dehydrated. Lee apologizes to the doctor, saying that he is sorry for overreacting, to which the doctor understands given just how sick Jessie has been lately. The scene then draws to a close as the doctor cautions Jessie to ease up on the junk food.

It is important to remember that “One Life to Live” frequently changes character names and characteristics when issuing audition scripts in an attempt to throw viewers off. Furthermore, while the ‘Cindy’ and ‘Phil’ script appears vague, the one for the ‘ER Doctor’ seems to involve Gigi (or Rex) and Shane.

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


Discussion: ‘OLTL’s’ Spring Casting Notes




Leading Lady to Stay in Llanview

Monday, March 23, 2009 11:43 PM EDT | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — What started out as a short-term gig has apparently turned into a full-time job.

Florencia Lozano may have returned to “One Life to Live” with only a thirteen-week contract in mind, but it now appears that she is putting down roots at her old stomping ground. “Internet rumors claim that Florencia Lozano (Téa Delgado) is wrapping up her stint on the show in April but she is actually here to stay. There’s still plenty of story for Téa,” a “One Life” spokesperson tells ABC Soaps in Depth.

Lozano brought the tough as nails attorney Téa Delgado back to Llanview last December to help her former client and lover Todd Manning win his latest legal battle with a back-from-the-dead Marty Saybrooke, and to secretly help Ray Montez prove his innocence regarding the death of his first wife. She originated the role of Téa in 1997 and left three years later, only to briefly return in 2002.

In addition to her stints in Llanview, Lozano has also ventured into prime time, appearing in “Ugly Betty,” “Lipstick Jungle,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” and “Gossip Girl.” Film roles include “Bittersweet Place,” “Perfect Stranger,” “The Ministers,” and “Veronika Decides to Die.” Lozano has also appeared in several off Broadway productions and is an accomplished dancer.

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


Discussion: Leading Lady to Stay in Llanview




‘GH’ Vet Coming to Llanview?

Monday, March 23, 2009 10:25 PM EDT | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Veteran soap actor Réal Andrews informs fans that he has auditioned for a role on “One Life to Live.”

With a quick message on the actor’s Twitter page on March 18th, Andrews revealed to his fans that he was “Going to New York with Son to audition for “one life to live.” The message was followed later the same day by this comment “All done with the audition thanks for your well wishes in Ggos hands now on my way home oh by the way the best part is time with my son.” Andrews is best known to soap audiences as tedious cop Marcus Taggert on “General Hospital” (2003-2004) and “Port Charles” (1998).

In additions to his days in Port Charles, Andrews has had several other soap roles. He portrayed Danny Guerra on “Santa Barbara” (1992), Robert Perry on “Days of Our Lives” (1995), and Dr. Walker Daniels on “As the World Turns” (2003-2004). He has made appearances in several prime time series including “Lonesome Dove,” “Nash Bridges,” “Law & Order,” “21 Jump Street,” and “China Beach.” In addition, Andrews has also performed stunt work in movies such as “Short Circuits 2,” “City of Shadows,” “Renegade,” and the third and fourth installments of the popular ’80s movie series “Police Academy.”

As for the role in which Andrews auditioned for at “One Life,” it is unknown at this time. However, there is speculation it could have been for one of two potential roles–either as a new cop to replace Antonio Vega on the Llanview Police force, or as a possible love interest for the soon to be returning Rachel Gannon. Again, given that the soap has not recently issued any casting calls for roles fitting either description, the exact character for which Andrews auditioned remains speculative at this time. And to further complicate matters, some are reporting that the “OLTL” studios were dark for the past couple of weeks, due to the show taking a breather after taping episodes several weeks in advance. Stay with SON for further developments on this story.

For more information about Réal Andrews, visit his official website by clicking here, and follow the links to connect to his Twitter page.

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


Discussion: ‘GH’ Vet Coming to Llanview?


 



Monday, March 23, 2009 8:44 PM EST | By Venus Stone

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — ‘Young and the Restless’ fans will have an opportunity to make their dreams come true, when they sign up for the most extravagant contest ever: A Las Vegas Wedding of a Lifetime.

The #1 daytime drama partnered up with Las Vegas Convention and Visitor’s Autority and MGM Grand Las Vegas to offer one lucky couple a wedding, vow renewal or commitment ceremony that will be witnessed by “Y&R’s” Christian Jules LeBlanc (‘Michael Baldwin’) and Tracey E. Bregman (‘Lauren Fenmore Baldwin’).

The contest runs from March 9th through April 13, and those interested in participating can log on to Wedding of a Lifetime and submit a photograph and answer a question about their relationship. Twenty-five semi-finalists will then be chosen by a third party judge, contacted on April 17th and announced on the Wedding of a Lifetime website on April 20th. Once selected the semi-finalists will be instructed to film a video response sharing their most romantic moment together.

On May 6th, the semi-finalists will then be narrowed down to four finalists selected by “Y&R”s Daniel Goddard (‘Cane Ashby’) and Christel Khalil (‘Lily Winters’). The videos of the four finalists will be posted on the ‘Y&R’ wedding website where the viewers will help determine the winner by voting for their favorite couple, who will be contacted on May 31st and announced on the Wedding of a Lifetime on June 1st.

The Grand Prize winners will receive the following:

Travel and Accommodations for Four

  • Roundtrip coach airfare to Las Vegas, hotel accommodations in the luxurious and romantic suites of The Signature at MGM Grand, transportation to/from the Las Vegas airport in MGM Grand limousines and $1,000.00 spending money.

A Wedding Ceremony, Vow Renewal or Commitment Ceremony and Celebration that includes

  • A unique and romantic ceremony poolside at The Signature at MGM Grand.
  • Exquisite floral arrangements from the Forever Grand Wedding chapel at MGM Grand.
  • Ceremony music performed by the musicians of Cirque du Soleil’s “O” at Bellagio- a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
  • Photography package.
  • Dinner for six at Joël Robuchon, the only Michelin three star, Mobil Five-Star, AAA Five Diamond restaurant- the top accolades for each organization.
  • A beautiful and delicious hand-made wedding cake from MGM Grand’s award-winning pastry team.
  • Wedding attire including a wedding dress, bridesmaid dress and two tuxedo rentals.
  • Wedding bands for the couple.

Pampering and Extras

  • Couple’s Dreaming Ritual signature spa treatment in an MGM Grand private spa suite.
  • Custom hair and make-up from Christophe Salon at MGM Grand- For more than 20 years, Christophe has tended to the tresses of rock and celebrity royalty from Beverly Hills to New York City.
  • VIP tickets for four to Cirque du Soleil’s “O” at Bellagio- an aquatic tapestry of artistry, surrealism and theatrical romance in a timeless production.

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

Discussion: ‘Y&R Gives Wedding of a Lifetime




Sunday, March 15, 2009 6:33 PM ET | By Angela Rosa


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The latest casting news for “All My Children.”

The very handsome Adam Mayfield has joined the cast of “All My Children.”

Mayfield will be the forth adult actor to take on the role of Stuart Chandler’s (David Canary) son, Scott. He follows Shane McDermott, Daniel Cosgrove (who currently plays Bill on CBS’s “Guiding Light”) and Forbes March (who most recently portrayed Nash on “One Life to Live”) in the role of the good boy Chandler. Mayfield’s credits include roles on “Girlfriends,” “The Hughleys,” “Just Shoot Me,” “Walker, Texas Ranger,” and “Boston Public.”

The character of Scott was born the biological son of Cindy Parker (Ellen Wheeler). Stuart adopted his wife’s young son prior to her death from AIDS. Scott’s most infamous romantic link was with Greenlee Smythe; the pair hooked up in college and ever the vixen Greenlee made sure Scott paid the price for that. Scott was last seen in the fall of 2000 (played by March). Mayfield first airs on Thursday, April 9.

Scott’s dad, Stuart, returns to the scene as well. David Canary, of course, portrays both Stuart and Adam Chandler. Look for Pine Valley’s favorite set of twins to reappear on a television screen near you during the week of April 6. After almost five weeks off, Emmy-winner David Canary returned to the set to tape this past week.

Thorsten Kaye, who has played casino owner Zach Slater on “AMC” since May 20, 2004, did not opt-out of the contract he re-signed in the spring of 2007. Recent reports detailed stalled negotiations between executives and the former “One Life to Live” and “Port Charles” star but things ironed out and on March 10 the actor gave his official site the go ahead to report that he’s staying with the ABC soap for “a while longer.”

In other casting news, Eden Riegel recently reported to Soap Opera Network that she’d be back on set in a few weeks to wrap up the Reese (Tamara Braun) and Bianca love story, complete with a happy ending. Expect to see Bianca back on-screen by mid-to-late April. Both Braun and Riegel are expected to exit their roles after the story wraps up. Joe Martin will come out of the hospital attic, briefly. The seldom worked Ray MacDonnell appears in his doctor scrubs as April blooms in. Lauren Singerman plays the recurring role of Tori on “AMC;” you first caught a glimpse of the character this past Friday. Following in the footsteps of Dr. Sinclair (McKenzie Westmore), there’s more to this psychology student’s connection to Annie (Melissa Claire Egan) than meets the eye. Annie’s psychologically fit and cute doctor, Dr. Burke, played by John Behlmann will also continue to air on the soap in a recurring capacity. Meredith Patterson plays new casino assistant, Francesca. As Dr. Hayward (Vincent Irizarry) continues to cause trouble and get away with murder, expect to see more of his minions – attorney Jay Stark and Nurse Gayle. Stark is currently played by Drew McVety, and Nurse Gayle is played by Anna Koonin.

Rumor Mill: Rumor has it that former star of “Melrose Place,” “Savannah” and “Profiler” Jamie Luner is set to join the cast of “AMC” as a Chandler vixen. Time will tell. Don’t expect Dixie to pull a Jesse (Darnell Williams) anytime soon. Cady McClain is returning to CBS’s “As the World Turns” as Rosanna in May. In her latest blog, McClain tells disappointed “AMC” fans that ABC never contacted her about returning after her short stint in May 2008.

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




ABC Soaps Tackle the Economy

Friday, March 13, 2009 11:40 PM EDT | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — As a recession continues to grip cities and towns across the United States, not even Pine Valley, Llanview, and Port Charles are immune to its effects.

That’s right, all three ABC Daytime Dramas have recently taken a beating behind-the-scenes with salary cuts, layoffs, and status changes…but soon the effects of the our nation’s recent economic slowdown will be felt and seen on camera as well. The Alphabet Network recently announced that all three of their fictional soap towns will soon be delving into reality with upcoming story lines that will mirror the current struggles facing many Americans.

“All My Children,” “One Life to Live,” and “General Hospital” will all devote airtime to story lines involving such topics as corporate slowdowns, layoffs, job hunting, and unemployment issues. According to Craig Tomashoff, executive editor of TV Guide, “Soaps are the most immediate scripted programming and they attract more of a mass audience. They want to reflect that audience. So, as they continue to play out dramas about class, we’ll see the layoffs, the foreclosures, people living paycheck to paycheck. These are natural story lines for them.” Tomashoff went on to suggest that the daytime soap operas were one of the first places on television that fans wanted to see recession-type issues interwoven into upcoming plots and story lines.

In addition to daytime, all four major broadcast networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox) are in the process of developing recession dominated programs and story lines as part of their summer and fall prime time schedules. For more information, click here.

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


Discussion: ABC Soaps Tackle the Economy




‘OLTL’ Mid-March Comings & Goings

Friday, March 13, 2009 4:06 PM EDT | By Scotty Gore

 

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) –The latest “One Life to Live” casting tidbits.

 

Who’s Coming?

  • Soap veteran David Forsyth arrives in Llanview starting April 16th as the priest performing baby Chloe’s christening. The role is recurring.

     

    Soap fans may recall Forsyth from his stints as Hogan McCleary on “Search for Tomorrow” (1983-1986) and Dr. John Hudson on “Another World” (1987-1997). However, the actor has several other soap credits as well. From 1981-1982 Forsyth portrayed T.J. Canfield on “Texas.” Also he appeared in a handful of episodes of “As the World Turns” (Burke Donovan–1983), “All My Children” (Jim/Bob Thomasen–1989), and “Days of Our Lives” (John–2001). From 2002-2006, he also directed several episodes of “General Hospital.” And in 1993, he appeared as his “AW” character in the “Another World Reunion Special.” Forsyth’s other television appearances include “Soap Talk,” “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” “Law & Order,” “Sex and the City,” “The Awakening,” and “30 Rock.”

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  • Tim Hopper first airs as Dr. Shinseki, Matthew’s medical care professional, on March 13th. Hopper’s acting credits include appearances on “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Law & Order,” “Oz,” and “Medium.” In 2006, he appeared in a handful of episodes of “As the World Turns” as Judge Steve Colby. Hopper has also did some voice over work for several programs, including the news program “Frontline.” His “OLTL” role is recurring.
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  • Hadley Delany makes an appearance on “One Life” as Frankie, a young cancer patient whom Shane encounters, on March 19th. Delany, a third grade student in New York City, made her Broadway debut last month as a younger version of lead character Katherine (portrayed by Joan Allen) in the Broadway production of “Impressionism.”
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  • Mandy Gonzalez first appears as drug counselor Lauren Hoffman, a drug treatment center representative, on March 26th. Gonzalez is currently slated to appear in four episodes of “OLTL.” The Broadway star has appeared in numerous stage productions, including “Aida,” “Lennon,” and “Dance of the Vampires.” Gonzalez, along with her co-stars, won an ‘OBIE Award for Performance’ in 2001 for the play “Eli’s Comin’.” For more information on Mandy Gonzalez, visit her official website at clicking here.
  • Look for more dayplayer roles in the March 11th and 13th episodes, as well as the May 6th episode.

Who’s Returning?

  • Tuc Watkins is already back and taping more episodes at the “OLTL” studios. Watkins, who has portrayed David Vickers on and off since 1993, left “One Life” in February, and last aired on March 2nd.
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  • Kamar de los Reyes returns to Llanview briefly as Antonio Vega later this spring to help escort his on-screen girlfriend Talia Sahid out of town. De los Reyes left “One Life” in January after deciding not to renew his contract with the soap, last appearing on screen the week of March 23rd.
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  • Sean Ringgold is back as Shaun, the Cramer family bodyguard, on March 23rd.
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  • Mellini Kantayya is back as a Nurse at Llanview Hospital on March 17th. Kantayya portrayed a nurse in several “One Life” episodes between 2005 and 2008. She also portrayed Darcy in a few episodes of “As the World Turns” between 2004 and 2008.
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  • Erinn Holmes again portrays an ICU Nurse on March 10th and 12th. Holmes has portrayed similar roles as a medical assistant on “One Life to Live” (2007-2009) as “As the World Turns” (2007-2008). Also Holmes appeared in two episodes of “Guiding Light” as Sherry (2008) and as an Immigration Agent (2009).
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  • Casey Cipriani appeared again as one of Starr’s high school classmates on March 6th. This made the fourth appearance for Cipriani in the role so far this year, with the other three being in January. The actress had a cameo in the “Bourne Ultimatum” as a girl at a hot dog stand. Other TV appearances include “Haunted Hotels,” “Law & Order,” and the film “Assassination of a High School President.”
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  • Will Schneider plays Cop ‘C’ on March 17th. Schneider has appeared in at least five episodes of “One Life to Live” since 2004, in dayplayer roles such as Gray Grossman, Officer Flynn, and a Security Guard.
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  • Cher Santiago makes two more appearances as Luisa, one of Carlotta’s diner waitresses, on April 24th and 27th.
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Who’s Going?

     

  • Talia Sahid will soon make a dramatic exit from Llanview as former “I Wanna Be a Soap Star” competitor BethAnn Bonner departs “One Life to Live.” Bonner, who was recently released from her contract with the sudser, taped her last scenes on March 2nd. A final airdate has not been announced, but will likely be sometime in April.
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Who’s Staying?

  • It appears that former “One Tree Hill” alum Brett Claywell will be sticking around Llanview as LPD lab technician Kyle Lewis. ABC SID is reporting that the ex-primetime star, has signed a contract with “One Life to Live.” Claywell made his “OLTL” debut in February.
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  • Jack Rovello, who debuted as Matthew’s high school adversary Justin in January, is now listed among the “OLTL” contract cast members in the shows closing credits.

     

 

In other news…

  • Don’t expect Thorsten Kaye to be returning to Llanview as Patrick Thorhart, as the actor has reportedly re-signed with “All My Children.” Kaye, who is married to his former “OLTL” co-star Susan Haskell (Marty Saybrooke), portrayed the Irish poet/professor from 1995-1997. Later, he portrayed Patrick’s doctor brother Ian Thorhart on “Port Charles” from 2000-2003.
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  • “One Life to Live” has recently released a new audition script for the role of a homeless woman. The scene opens with ‘Anna’ telling the homeless woman that she wishes she were awake so that she could tell Anna just how pretty she is. Much to Anna’s horror, however, the woman is actually awake, and insists that Anna looks like a slut, and will need a dollar to tell her more. The woman then informs Anna that she needs to change her appearance and attitude if she is to win the affections of a man that just broke up with his true love. Anna is taken back and shocked that the bum heard her mumbling to herself. The woman points out that she is not deaf, causing Anna to claim that the other woman was not the love of the man’s life, but that he was too good for her. When Anna insists that she could love him more, the homeless woman fires back that she won’t with that attitude. She informs Anna that to win this guy, she needs to play helpless and tell him that he is her knight in shining armor. The scene then ends with the woman telling Anna to move away from her bench and leave her alone. It’s important to remember that “OLTL” frequently changes character names in their audition scripts, so ‘Anna’ is codename for another character, which, from the tone of the script, sounds somewhat like Stacy. The role of the homeless woman appears to be only a dayplayer role.
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  • According to IMDb.com, “OLTL” episodes #10420, #10421, and #10422 (scheduled to air April 23rd, 24th, and 27th), will be directed by longtime “One Life” director Bruce S. Cooperman.
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    “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.




    ‘OLTL’ March Casting News

    Wednesday, February 25, 2009 8:20 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The latest Llanview comings and goings.

    Who’s Returning?

    • Timothy D. Stickney brings R.J. Gannon back to town later this spring to bond with brother Hank and niece Rachel, who are slated to return to Llanview in early April. Stickney has portrayed the gangster R.J. Gannon on and off since originating the role in 1994; he was bumped from contract to recurring status with “OLTL” in 2006. R.J. was last seen in June 2008 following his break-up with girlfriend Lindsay Rappaport. No first airdate has yet been announced.

    • Tuc Watkins leaves Llanview on March 2nd, only to return again the following month. Watkins’, who has left “OLTL” almost as many times as his onscreen grandpa Asa took a new bride, has recently been performing double duty for ABC with recurring roles on both the daytime drama “OLTL” and the primetime sudser “Desperate Housewives.” Watkins’ latest departure comes only weeks after his character David Vickers learned that he was a Buchanan. According to the actor’s co-star and onscreen wife Robin Strasser (Dorian Lord), David heads for Los Angeles, where he will attempt to jump start his acting career, and that Dorian will continue to wear his wedding ring.

    Who’s Going?

    • Former “I Wanna Be a Soap Star” competitor BethAnn Bonner has been fired from “OLTL.” Look for her character, Talia Sahid, to soon exit Llanview in a “dramatic fashion.” The news comes on the heels of Bonner’s co-star and on-screen love interest Kamar de los Reyes (Antonio Vega) announcing that he has chosen not to renew his contract with “One Life.” The soap has given no final airdate for Bonner, but has hinted that de los Reyes, who last airs in early March, may briefly return as Antonio to help escort Talia out of Llanivew. Bonner joined “OLTL” in December 2006.

    • Jacqueline Hendy last airs as Vanessa Montez during the week of February 23rd, when the character is sent to prison for framing her ex-husband Ray for murdering his first wife.

    • Florencia Lozano, whose short-term contract with “OLTL” reportedly expires in April, is rumored to be considering extended her stay in Llanview for a few extra weeks in order to wrap up her storyline. Lozano reprised her role as Téa Delgado last December.

    Who’s Coming?

    • Robert Miles has been cast in a dayplayer role, scheduled to air on March 17th and 20th, according to the website Internet Movie Database. Miles, not to be confused with the musician with the same name, has made his rounds on the daytime circuit, having appeared in bit parts on several of the soaps already this year. According to the IMDb, Miles’ soap credits include “The Young and the Restless,” “As the World Turns,” “Guiding Light,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” and “Emmerdale Farm.” In addition, he has co-starred in several films, including “The Kings of Appletown,” “Soundcheck,” and “17 Again.” Aside from acting, Miles has also explored his talent behind the camera, directing episodes of “As the World Turns” and “Guiding Light,” as well as producing four episodes of “Guiding Light” already this year. Other daytime credits include producing an episode of “As the World Turns” and assisting with continuity for the March 6th, 2009 episode of “One Life to Live.” Miles also appeared as himself in the January 16th edition of “Good Morning America” and provided several of the voices for the 2008 video game “Resident Evil: Degeneration.” IMDb incorrectly lists Miles’ “OLTL” dayplayer character as ‘Eric Lord,’ a role he portrays in upcoming episode of “Guiding Light.” However this is most likely an error, with Miles portraying an entirely different dayplayer role on “OLTL.” For more information on Robert Miles’ filmography, click here.

    • Brett Claywell made his “One Life” debut on February 24th as LPD Lab Technican Kyle Lewis. The role is recurring.

    • Look for another dayplayer role coming up in the April 3rd episode.

    Miscellaneous Information

    • Could Thorsten Kaye be headed back to Llanview as the presumed dead Patrick Thornhart, or perhaps even as his doctor brother Ian, who was last seen in Port Charles? Speculation continues to escalate given Kaye’s recent stalled contract negotiations with “All My Children,” where he has portrayed Zach Slater since 2004. Adding fuel to the fire is the fact that Kaye’s wife Susan Haskell recently reprised the role of Patrick’s wife Marty Saybrooke on “OLTL,” and that a spokesperson for the soap recently stated that someone from Marty’s past would be returning to Llanview this spring. However, at this time, Kaye remains in negotiations with “AMC.”

    • “One Life to Live” is currently in the process of casting two new roles. The first appears to be either a dayplayer or recurring role, while the second looks more like a recurring role. Both casting calls, released earlier this week, continue the sudser’s policy of confusing fans by changing names of the existing characters interacting with the newcomer. The first script is for the role of “Ellen.” In the script, Ellen informs ‘Dan’ that he and his sister ‘Zelda’ will be able to visit ‘Mr. Rosner’ since they are related to him, but that the man has never had any visitors before. Ellen goes on to inform Dan that Ms. Rosner is typically sedated, restrained to the bed, may not respond very well to visitors, and that he may not even be able to remember his two cousins. As the scene ends, Zelda assures her that she and Dan will be careful, and Ellen reminds them that they can only visit them one at a time.

    • The second script is for “Veronica,” who regales ‘Bobby’ with wild tales of her past. Her tall tales include skinny dipping in a fountain in downtown Paris because it was a hot day and then passionately kissing a boy while the water poured over them. Bobby soon grows tired of Veronica’s exaggerated tales, and wishes she would just be herself for once. Veronica fires back at him claiming that it’s not her fault, but is the result of being stuck alone at a boarding school during holidays, while all the other kids visited family and friends. She claims the loneliness forced her to find other outlets for her pain. Bobby reassures Veronica that he could never hate her for making up such lies, but wishes she would promise to quit making up stories and be the girl that he loves.

    • According to IMDb, the production crew for the upcoming March 6th episode of “OLTL” is as follows: amy Boutet (production assistant), Robert Miles (continuity), and Amy Venta (assistant director/production coordinator). Most or all of these crew personal have been working on “OLTL” for some time now.

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


    Discussion: ‘OLTL’ March Casting News




    Tuesday, February 24, 2009 7:35 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — On Tuesday, February 24, The CW Television Network gave the green light to show producers of six of its highest rated series to continue on with production during the 2009-2010 broadcast season.

    The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that The CW has renewed dramas “Gossip Girl,” “One Tree Hill,” “90210,” “Smallville” and “Supernatural,” while adding two more cycles for reality hit “America’s Next Top Model.”

    “As we continue to build The CW Network as a destination for young women, these six shows have clearly contributed to strengthening our schedule and our brand identity,” said Dawn Ostroff, President of Entertainment, The CW.

    ABOUT THE SHOWS

    “Gossip Girl” will enter its third season on the network. The drama surrounds Upper East side Manhattan high school students involved in adult situations. The series stars Blake Lively (“The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”), Leighton Meester (“Tarzan,” “Surface”), Penn Badgley (“The Mountain”), Chace Crawford (“The Covenant”) and Ed Westwick (“Children of Men”). The series currently airs Mondays at 8/7c.

    “One Tree Hill” enters its third season on the CW in the fall. This will be its seventh season overall. Chad Michael Murray (“House of Wax”), James Lafferty (“Once and Again”), Hilarie Burton (“The Secret Lives of Bees”), Bethany Joy Galeotti (“Guiding Light”) and Sophia Bush (“John Tucker Must Die”) star. The series currently airs Mondays at 9/8c.

    “90210,” a spin-off of the popular 90′s drama “Beverly Hills, 90210,” will enter its second season on the network. The series stars Rob Estes (“Melrose Place”), Shenae Grimes (“Degrassi: The Next Generation”), Lori Loughlin (“Summerland”), and Jennie Garth reprising her role as Kelly Taylor from “Hills.” The series currently airs Tuesdays at 8/7c. It moves to Tuesdays at 9/8c beginning March 2. 

    It is understood that “Smallville’s” ninth season renewal came down to locking in star Tom Welling (“Cheaper by the Dozen”). Welling has been playing Clark Kent on the drama series since its debut on The WB in 2001. The series also stars Erica Durance (“The Butterfly Effect 2″) and Allison Mack (“The Ant Bully”). The series currently airs Thursdays at 8/7c.

    Jensen Ackles (“Days of our Lives,” “My Bloody Valentine”) and Jared Padalecki (“Gilmore Girls,” “Friday the 13th”) fans can breathe easy knowing that the Winchester brothers will return for a fifth season of “Supernatural.” The series currently airs Thursdays at 9/8c.

    Tyra Banks hosted “America’s Next Top Model” will present cycles 13 and 14 next season after debuting on UPN in 2003. The series currently airs Wednesdays at 8/7c.


    Discussion: The CW 6: Fall’s Returning Shows

    • 90210
    • America’s Next Top Model
    • Lori Loughlin
    • Smallville
    • Blake Lively
    • Gossip Girl
    • Supernatural
    • One Tree Hill
    • Dawn Ostroff
    • Leighton Meester
    • Penn Badgley
    • Chace Crawford
    • Ed Westwick
    • Chad Michael Murray
    • James Lafferty
    • Hilarie Burton
    • Bethany Joy Galeotti
    • Sophia Bush
    • Rob Estes
    • Shenae Grimes
    • Jennie Garth
    • Tom Welling
    • Erica Durance
    • Allison Mack
    • Jensen Ackles
    • Jared Padalecki
    • Tyra Banks








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