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A Soldier’s Story

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 10:03 PM EST | By Angela Rosa


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Can Taylor handle the truth?

As Soap Opera Network previously reported, the role of Taylor’s not so dead fiancé has been cast. Iraq war veteran JR Martinez has been cast in the role of Brot Monroe.

“All My Children” put out a casting call for a real-life war veteran to take on the role of Taylor Thompson’s (played by Beth Ehlers) fiancé in September. As pre-scripted from the beginning, the storyline involves Brot having led Taylor to believe he was dead due to the severity of the injury he acquired in Iraq. Brot’s injury depended on who “AMC” ultimately cast in the role; 25 year old JR Martinez is a burn victim.

Soon after arriving for his tour of duty in Iraq, in April of 2003, JR Martinez was severely burned when the Humvee he was driving hit a landmine. More than 40 percent of Martinez’s body was burned in the accident and he would undergo 32 surgeries in the three years that followed. Martinez now serves as the national spokesperson for the Coalition to Salute America’s Hero’s, a coalition that promotes the support of programs that aim to help wounded service members.

Martinez first airs on Friday, November 7 and for his first few weeks will air predominantly with Colby Chandler (Brianne Moncrief) and Frankie Hubbard (Cornelis Smith Jr.). On Thursday, November 6, Tad Martin (Michael E. Knight) follows the lead on who has hired him to investigate Taylor to a VA Hospital. In the same episode “AMC” will follow in the footsteps of their 2007 transgender storyline and show us a group of real-life Iraq war veterans discussing their journeys in unscripted scenes.

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


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    Friday, October 24, 2008 11:49 AM EST | By Angela Rosa



    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Who’s heading to Pine Valley in the latter section of Fall 2008?

    • Frank Runyeon has been cast in the recurring role of Forrest Williams on “All My Children.” Forrest is the disapproving father of Bianca’s (Eden Riegel) fiancé, Reese Williams (Tamara Braun).

      Runyeon is a veteran to daytime television; his defining daytime roles were on CBS’s “As the World Turns” and on NBC’s “Santa Barbara.” The 55 year old actor began his career on “ATWT” in 1980, where he played Steve Andropoulos, half of the super couple of Steve and Betsy (Meg Ryan). In 1988, Runyeon moved on to “SB” where he played Michael Donnelly until 1991. The actor has also appeared on NBC’s “Another World” and ABC’s “General Hospital.” Runyeon’s prime-time credits include guest-star stints on FOX’s “Melrose Place,” NBC’s “L.A. Law” and CBS’s “Falcon Crest.”

      Runyeon begins taping in mid-November which should bring Forrest on-screen in mid-December.

    • Heather Kenzie will take over the role of Di Henry beginning on the week of November 10. Di, the half-sister of Dixie Cooney Martin (Cady McClain), was last played by Kelli Giddish from 2005-2007. Kenzie will appear on several episodes of the ABC drama as Di finds herself mixed up in a big mess courtesy of her old friend, Annie Lavery (Melissa Claire Egan).
    • The character of Brot has been cast and will also begin airing during the week of November 10. In September, “AMC” put out a casting call for a real-life Iraq war veteran to play the role of Army Lt. Taylor Thompson’s (Beth Ehler) not-so-deceased fiancé. We’ll first see Brot in a V.A. hospital; the injured character who has allowed Taylor to believe he’s dead because of his unwillingness “to involve her in his suffering” will circle around for a while until he finally comes face-to-face with his lady love. Expect interactions with Tad (Michael E. Knight) and Colby (Brianne Moncrief), early on.
    • “AMC” creator Agnes Nixon will make an appearance on the soaps 10,000th episode on Wednesday, November 12. Agnes will play an original settler of the town of Pine Valley; Aggie the ghost (Nixon) will come to the residents of Pine Valley in their time of need following the disastrous and deadly twisters of October 2008.

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


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      Thursday, October 23, 2008 2:22 PM ET | By Errol Lewis


      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Alison Sweeney, who portrays Samantha Brady on NBC “Days of our Lives,” is on the hunt for the shows biggest fan for talk show “The Bonnie Hunt Show.”

      Sweeney has teamed with the Warner Bros. distributed daily talk show to find “DAYS’” biggest fan. Said fan will serve a a special correspondent to the “Bonnie Hunt Show” during the “Days of Days” event at Universal Studios Hollywood CityWalk on November 1. The event includes a Meet & Greet, Q&A and other activities with “Days of our Lives” cast members.

      Those interested in participating are asked to tell the show in 100 words or less why you should be picked to interview all of your favorite “Days of our Lives” stars. You are to include a photo of yourself and, if interested, you will be able to upload a video. To Enter: http://www.bonniehunt.com/show/respond/?PlugID=79

      A winner will be selected by October 27.

      Stars expected to attend(*) the “Days of Days” event include Kristian Alfonso, John Aniston, Blake Berris, Nadia Bjorlin, Darin Brooks, Molly Burnett, Shawn Christian, Bryan Dattilo, Kevin DObson, Mary Beth Evans, Galen Gering, Deidre Hall, Shelley Hennig, Leann Hunley, Drake Hogestyn, Jay Kenneth Johnson, Renee Jones, Lauren Koslow, Eric Martsolf, Joseph Mascolo, Peggy McCray, Rachel Melvin, Stephen Nichols, Thaao Penghlis, Terrell Ransom, Jr., Peter Reckell, James Reynolds, Suzanne Rogers, James Scott, Alison Sweeney, Arianne Zuker.

      What: “Days of Days” Meet & Greet, Q&A with Cast Members

      When: Saturday, November 1, 2008 | 10:00 AM

      Where: CityWalk at Universal Studios Hollywood
      1000 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

      Price: Free Admission

      *subject to change

      “The Bonnie Hunt Show” airs Weekdays in Syndication. Check local listings.

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




      You can always come home again…
      Monday, October 13, 2008 1:57 AM | By Venus Stone

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Dr. Olivia Barber Winters and Danny Romalotti make their way home to Genoa City.

      In recent weeks “Young and the Restless” characters have been making their way back home to Genoa City. Two weeks ago, Eileen Davidson’s character of Ashley Abbott returned home, along side the return of Billy Abbott. This time around, fans will be happy to see the returns of Tonya Lee Williams and Michael Damien.

      Williams reprises her role of Dr. Olivia Barber Winters Thursday, October 23rd. No word yet as to how long the Daytime Emmy nominated actress will stay on the show or as to what exactly brings her character back to Genoa City, but it is evident that Williams is excited about her return.

      Williams admits to reaching out to the soap in hopes of one day returning and Maria Arena Bell soon offered up the invitation to return as the beloved doctor. Viewers may remember seeing Olivia at Drucilla’s memorial service in the spring of 2007.

      As mentioned earlier, Damien, who also had a brief return to Genoa City as Danny Romalotti earlier this year, will begin taping scenes October 20. His scenes will air sometime in November.

      At a recent charity event in Massachusettes, Damien spilled the beans on his return, but at that time wasn’t sure as to how long he would be staying or if he would once again be paired with Michelle Stafford’s Phyllis Newman. No word yet as to when in November his official airdate will begin.

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

      Pictured: The Young and the Restless logo courtesy Sony Television Pictures



      Budig Says Good-bye Again

      Friday, October 10, 2008 8:40 AM EST | By Angela Rosa


      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Aidan and Ryan’s (Aiden Turner and Cameron Mathison) favorite lady checks out.

      Rebecca Budig has elected to do what many suspected she would do from the start of her return and leave “All My Children” when her one-year contract expires in January.

      Budig, of course, plays Greenlee Smythe on “AMC.” The Emmy nominated actress originated the role on August 11, 1999 and played the role until November 30, 2005. Budig elected to return to the soap with a one year contract on the heels of the 2007-2008 writers’ strike and made her “AMC” return on January 16, 2008 as “the real Greenlee” (noting ABC’s controversial promotional onslaught for the return of the popular actress). Sabine Singh played the second incarnation of Greenlee from April 2007 until the episode before Budig’s return.

      During her two years away from “AMC,” Budig guest starred on CBS’s “CSI” and starred on a Lifetime movie titled “The Perfect Child;” she also had her hand on one or two prime-time pilots that failed to be picked up. Budig started her daytime career on CBS’s “Guiding Light,” as Michelle Bauer (1995 to 1998). The 35-year old actress is married to Bob Guiney, of ABC’s “The Bachelor” fame.

      Meanwhile, Budig’s long time co-star and friend, Alicia Minshew (who plays Kendall Hart Slater), has re-signed with the soap. Minshew has been with “AMC” since January 8, 2002. Minshew will be taking time off from the soap (two months) later this fall when she marries her long-time boyfriend, Richie Herschenfeld.

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


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        Thursday, October 9, 2008 3:34 PM EST | By Angela Rosa


        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” loses one of the greats.

        Eileen Herlie, a legend, passed away yesterday, October 8, 2008, at the age of 90.

        Herlie was born on March 8, 1918, in Glasgow, Scotland. Before starting her career on television, Herlie was an accomplished theatre and film actress. Herlie starred opposite Laurence Olivier in his 1948 film adaption of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” and later reprised her role of Hamlet’s mother, Queen Gertrude, opposite Richard Burton on Broadway. Other plays Herlie appeared in include “The Matchmaker,” which was an early adaptation of “Hello Dolly,” and “Take Me Along,” opposite Jackie Gleason, which earned her a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical in 1960.

        Herlie made the move to television in 1976 on the ABC daytime drama “All My Children,” where she played the irreplaceable Myrtle Fargate. The talented actress earned three Daytime Emmy nominations for the role and in the years to follow briefly crossed the role over to two other ABC soaps, “Loving” and “One Life to Live.” Myrtle was the ultimate mother figure and the voice of reason for many of the personalities that passed through the fictional Pennsylvania town; Ms. Fargate also gave many of these eccentric characters a place to live with her famous boarding house and a place to shop with her famous boutique. Herlie last appeared on “AMC” on May 23, 2008.

        Eileen Herlie married once but leaves behind no children. Herlie’s beloved character, Myrtle, will be greatly missed by her fictional friends and family, and the exceptional Herlie will be greatly missed by legions of “AMC” fans, her co-stars, and of course by her friends and family. Rest in Peace, Eileen.

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


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          Latest “OLTL” Casting News

          Thursday, October 9, 2008 2:28 AM EDT | By Scotty Gore



          (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Who’s in and who’s out of Llanview this October.

          THE IN’S

          • Robert Krimmer returns to Llanview for a couple of episodes this fall as Rev. Andrew Carpenter. Krimmer has portrayed the role off and on since 1992.
          • Rumors are circulated that his return may be tied to the potential nuptials of Todd Manning and Marty Saybrooke. No first airdate has yet been announced.

          • Christopher Cousins returns to “OLTL” on October 10th when Cain Rogan confronts Tina Roberts about the Mendorran Crown Jewels. Cain was last seen in July jumping out of an airplane with what he thought were the real jewels.
          • Erika Slezak returns on Friday, October 13 as Viki Davidson, following her annual summer vacation. Viki’s sudden return to Llanfair could spell trouble for Tess’ plan to destroy Jared and Natalie.
          • Despite the fact that her character Natalie Buchanan is currently trapped in a secret room, Melissa Archer has signed a new contract with “OLTL.” Archer joined the soap in 2001.
          • Greg Kachejian returns as Dr. Brewster on Friday, October 3rd after being assigned Rex Balsom as a patient. Look for him to also air on October 9th and 10th
          • John Rue and January LaVoy will be returning again this fall as Bon Jour Café owner Moe Stubbs and his waitress/fiancé Noelle Ortiz. Both were first seen in the fall of 2007 when Viki Davidson started a new life by working at the Paris, Texas café. Both Rue and LaVoy were spotted outside the “OLTL” studios on October 3rd.

          THE OUT’S

          • The speculation has been confirmed, A. Martinez is on his way out as Llanview at end of his five-week contract with “OLTL.”
          • Martinez began his soap career as a grape picker on “Falcon Crest” in 1982. In 1984 he debuted in daytime on “Santa Barbara” as Cruz Castillo. After winning a Daytime Emmy for the role, he left “SB” in 1992. From 1999 until 2002, Martinez portrayed FBI informant Roy DiLucca. The role netted Martinez three consecutive ALMA Awards in 2000, 2001, and 2002.

            After debuting on September 10th as Langston Wilde’s uncle Ray Montez, Martinez will leave “OLTL” in late October. But will his character Ray leave town voluntarily or in a body bag?

          AND EVERYTHING ELSE!

          • ESPN Fantasy Sports expert Matthew Perry, will make a brief appearance in two episodes of “OLTL” beginning November 5th. Perry portrays a jewelry appraiser named Neil.
          • Fans may recall that in February of this year, ESPN and ABC teamed up to promote their “Endless Drama” campaign by taping fantasy sequences involving “OLTL” cast members.
            Perry was such a hit at the taping with the soap’s cast and crew that he was asked back to tape an appearance on “OLTL.”

          • Gary Hilborn portrays a Llanview Airport Security Officer in a few episodes beginning October 17th when chaos erupts at the airport.
          • Orlando S. Columbus returns as Officer Greenly on November 4th. Columbus appeared in a handful of episodes of “OLTL” in 2002, and from 2004-2007.
          • Columbus has also had day player roles on “All My Children” and “As the World Turns.”

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




          Téa Delgado Returns to Llanview

          Wednesday, October 8, 2008 3:23 AM CDT | By Scotty Gore


          (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Téa Delgado returns to Llanview just when Todd Manning needs her most.

          When viewers last saw Téa six years ago, she was rescued after being shipwrecked on a deserted island. But this winter she returns to town to help Todd out of his latest predicament, which will prove diffiult given Todd’s latest deplorable actions.

          Florencia Lozano originated the role of no-nonsense attorney Téa Delgado in January of 1997. After leaving the role in 2000, she would briefly return again in 2002. Since leaving “OLTL,” Lozano has made guest appearances on a number of prime-time dramas including “Lipstick Jungle,” “Gossip Girl,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” and most recently in the “Ugly Betty” episode “Fitting for the Enemy” (which aired October 2, 2008). In addition, she has also appeared in movies such as “Perfect Stranger,” “The Ministers,” and “Bittersweet Place.” When asked once about the possibility of returning to “OLTL,” Lozano stated, “I will never close any door, especially not a door that has been so wonderful for me to walk through.”

          She has been named one of “Daytime’s Hardest Working Women” by the website About.com, and listed as one of daytime’s “Most Beautiful Women” by “Soap Opera Update” magazine.

          During her stint in Llanview, Lazano’s character Téa was described as a “tough-talking, yet soft-hearted attorney.” Not long after her arrival in Llanview, Todd Manning had an irresistible proposition to the hard-nosed attorney. The offer was five million dollars if Téa would agree to be his wife. Unbeknownst to anyone else, however, the ‘wedding’ was nothing more than a business deal to help ensure Todd received custody of his daughter Starr. Todd’s motivation was based on events which transpired soon after his “return from the dead,” when he observed his ex-wife Blair having sex with Patrick Thornhart on the floor of their penthouse. Months later, Téa and Blair’s feud got so heated that Blair pushed her out a window at the Palace Restaurant. As time went by, Todd and Téa’s love/hate relationship began to take an abusive turn. On one occasion Téa hit Todd with a shovel after he punched her when Téa told him that he would probably just rape her the same way he did Marty Saybrooke.

          In the end however, the pair developed genuine feelings for one another. However, luck was not on their side. As Todd struggled with the ghosts of his childhood, seeking revenge on his ex-wife Blair, and destroying the Buchanan family, Téa decided she had had enough and filed for divorce. To avoid jail time for kidnapping Téa and holding 14 people hostage, Todd faked DID by inventing several alternate personalities. As Téa began to fall in love with Todd’s “good altars,” she learned of his duplicity. Téa broke things off with Todd once more. Two years later, Téa returned to Llanview again. Reluctantly agreeing to help Todd kidnap his chidren, the two awere shipwrecked on a deserted island along with Ross, who was one of Todd’s hired hands. After a brief love triangle, Todd and Téa declared their love for one another and made love for the first time. However, Todd was still in love with Blair, which Téa soon discovered. Shortly thereafter, she ggave Todd her blessing for him to reunite with Blair and his children. Todd, meanwhile, built a raft and set sail from the island. After washing ashore in Guam, he soon returned to Llanview and rejoined his family. Téa and Ross are later rescued and promptly never heard from again.

          Look for Lozano to reprise the role of Téa Delgado in December. A first airdate, along with the length of her stay, has not yet been announced.

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




          Latest ‘AMC’ Casting Tidbits

          Wednesday, October 8, 2008 12:30 AM EST | By Angela Rosa



          (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Who’s in and who’s out this October.

          THE IN’S

          • Laura Koffman joins the cast of “All My Children” as Rebecca, the ex that Jesse Hubbard (Darnell Williams) kept himself very, very busy with during his twenty long years on the run.

            Koffman is best knows for the role of Cassie Callison, one of the famed Cramer woman, on “One Life to Live.” The actress played the role from March 1991 thru June 1999.

            A medical crisis brings Rebecca to Pine Valley, and face to face with Jesse’s current life and wife, Angie (Debbie Morgan), on Tuesday, October 28.

          • Shannon Kane joined the cast of “AMC” on Friday, October 3 as Natalia, the young woman we’ll soon discover is Jesse and Rebecca’s child. The role is contract.
          • Eden Riegel returns on Friday, October 17 as Bianca Montgomery. Riegel’s seventh return since her 2005 exit marks her second contract length comeback.
          • Also arriving in Pine Valley with a contract is Tamara Braun. Braun hits the Pine Valley scene on Thursday, October 30, as Bianca’s girlfriend, Reese Williams. Braun will bring along Bianca’s daughter, Miranda, who will continue to be played by the adorable Haley Evans.
          • Vincent Irizarry returns as Dr. David Hayward on Thursday, October 23. In the weeks that follow, we’ll find out if the vengeful and heartbroken doctor can pull himself together long enough to save the life of one of the Kane women.

          THE OUT’S

          • The speculation has been confirmed, Amanda Baker is out as Babe Carey.

            Baker began her career in daytime in nighttime, starring as Jolene Crowell in SoapNet’s first season of “General Hospital: Night Shift” in 2007. Baker’s first day on “AMC,” October 8, 2007, was the original Babe’s last day. Alexa Havins originated the role of Babe Carey in the fall of 2003.

          • Babe finally succumbs to death on Thursday, October 23, in heartbreaking scenes with her oft-time husband, JR Chandler (Jacob Young).

          AND EVERYTHING ELSE!

          • Susan Lucci’s partner on ABC’s “Dancing with The Stars,” Tony Dovolani, will make a brief appearance on an episode of the daytime drama later this month. Dovolani portrays a victim of the Pine Valley tornado.
          • Father Clarence (played by Malachy McCourt) closes out the busy casting month of October. Should the “lucky” recipient of his next visit be afraid considering the way the good father handled the Kathy situation?

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


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            ‘Puddle of Mudd’ Rocks Llanview

            Tuesday, October 7, 2008 10:16 PM EDT | By Scotty Gore


            (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Llanview, Pennsylvania will be ringing in 2009 with style, with Puddle of Mudd performing at UltraViolet.

            “One Life to Live,” a daytime drama well known for landing big name musical talents like Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Timbaland, and Nelly Furtado, has added other group to its resume. Kansas City, Missouri based rock group Puddle of Mudd will make their soap debut on “OLTL” at the end of December. The group will perform the hit single “You Don’t Have to Look Back Now,” from their latest album entitled “Famous.”

            The group, which was formed in 1993, has experienced a high turnover of members over the years. Current members include lead singer Wes Scantlin, bass player Doug Ardito, lead guitarist Christian Stone, and drummer Ryan Yerdon. The name originated from the 1993 Missouri River Flood, which left a ‘puddle of mud’ on the band’s practice room floor.

            Puddle of Mudd has released five albums, which have sold a total of seven million copies, along with several singles that have topped the Billboard Top 100. “Control,” from the group’s third album “Come Clean,” was used as the theme song for the World Wrestling Entertainment’s “Survivor Series 2001.” “Famous,” from their album with the same title, became the theme for “WWE One Night Stand” in 2007, and was also used in the video game “WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2008.” In addition, Puddle of Mudd has toured with several other rock groups, including Godsmack, Stone Temple Pilots, Linkin Park, and Staind.

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










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