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Monday, December 15, 2008 1:13 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — You know how a daytime newcomer by the name of Brett Claywell was supposed to join ABC’s “One Life to Live” in the contract role of Schuyler? Yeah, he isn’t. Scott Clifton apparently can act better.

Clifton, best known for his role as Dillon Quartermaine on ABC’s “General Hospital” from 2003-2007, is joining the show in the now re-contracted role of Schuyler (pronounced “sky-lar”) beginning January 9. Schuyler is a Llanview High School Teacher, who mixes it up with the resident teen set and their parents in the upcoming months. He is also the son of recently deceased Dr. Joplin, who had a severe drug problem.

“One Life to Live” reconceived the character of Schuyler shortly after casting Mr. Claywell, who will instead join the show as a member of the Llanview PD. A first airdate has not been announced.

Claywell, 30, is best known for his portrayal of Tim Smith on the CW’s “One Tree Hill.” He appeared in the drama series off-and-on for the shows first three seasons as the best friend of Nathan Scott (portrayed by James Lafferty). The character re-appeared in the shows fifth season as a pizza delivery boy. He will next appear in the horror film “Babysitter Wanted” along-side “Kyle XY’s” Matt Dallas. The film is set for release in the United Kingdom on February 23, 2009.

On the Web: Scott Clifton Official Website

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




‘AMC’s’ Egglesfield Is History

Wednesday, December 10, 2008 3:18 PM EST | By Angela Rosa


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” aborts Josh Madden.

Colin Egglesfield has been let go from “All My Children.”

Always hopeful about a return to the soap, a now clearly disappointed Egglesfield tells ABC Soaps In Depth that the decision “doesn’t add up to [him].” Egglesfield joined “AMC” in September 2005, replacing Scott Kinworthy in the role of Josh Madden. Egglesfield was dropped to recurring status in the early fall of 2008. Sources close to “AMC” tell the magazine that following a brief return in January the character “is definitely gone for good.” Speculation is that Josh will be killed off allowing his heart to be given to his sister, Kendall Hart (Alicia Minshew), who is currently in a coma and battling a failing heart.

The role of Josh Madden has long been covered in a cloud of controversy due to the fact that the character, thanks to the wackiness of daytime, is the one-time fetus that Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) aborted in 1973; daytime’s first legal abortion.

As previously reported by Soap Opera Network, Egglesfield will appear in at least several episodes starting in January.

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


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    ‘OLTL’ December Casting Report

    Wednesday, December 3, 2008 1:15 AM EST | By Scotty Gore



    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Who’s coming? Who’s returning? Who’s going? Who’s staying?

    Who’s Coming?

    • Brett Claywell joins the cast of “One Life to Live.”

      The 30-year-old actor, best known as Tim Smith on the CW’s “One Tree Hill,” joins the cast in January as a sauve high school teacher named Schuyler.

      Claywell beat out several other actors for the role, including Scott Clifton (ex-Dillon, “General Hospital”). In addition to “One Tree Hill,” Claywell has also appeared in several movies, including “20 Funerals,” “The Final Season,” “Senior Skip Day,” and “Babysitter Wanted.” Claywell also guest starred on “Dawson’s Creek.” No first airdate has been announced, however look for Claywell to debut in the contract role sometime in January.

    • “OLTL” is currently casting the contract role of Talia’s younger sister Stacy, who is decribed as a rebellious teenager.
    • Stephanie Schmahl takes over the role of Bree Brennan the week of December 8th.

    Who’s Returning?

    • Tari Signor briefly returns as Margaret’s ghost when she taunts a jailed Todd Manning the week of December 15th.
    • Tonja Walker will return as Alex Olanov sometime in the next couple months after hearing of ex-husband David Vickers’ recently claimed inheritance. No first airdate has yet been announced for Walker, however her return is expected to be only short-term. Walker has portrayed Alex on and off since 1997.
    • Tuc Watkins returns as David Vickers during the week of December 22nd.
    • Phil Carey pays another visit to Llanview in spirit form in late December. Carey portrayed Asa Buchanan from 1979 until 2007; he returned earlier this year as Asa’s ghost.

    Who’s Going?

    • Kamar de lose Reyes hints to ABC Soaps in Depth that he may not renew his contract with “OLTL” when it expires in January. According to de los Reyes, “I realized that after 10 years of being on ‘One Life to Live,’ Antonio is no longer the central figure that I believe he deserves to be. I realize that is not intentional on the show’s part, but over the years, he has become less and less valued. I believe that there is a cut-off point for characters…and I think it may be time to say goodbye.” De los Reyes, who has portrayed gang leader turned cop Antonio Vega on and off since 1995, goes on to mention that “We haven’t talked about what plans they have for Antonio and how they would want to see him go if I decide to leave. I consider my colleagues to be family, and I am forever grateful to the powers that be for the opportunity to be part of the best show in daytime. However, it may be time for me to say, ‘C’est la vie.’” While still in contract negotiations with the daytime drama, de los Reyes reveals that his present contract expires January 5th, which will allow him to continue to appear on screen as Antonio through at least the start of February 2009.
    • Bree Williamson is taking a month long vacation to New Zealand with her husband during this holiday season, which may possibly result in her characters (Jess, Tess, and Bess) taking a brief hiatus. However a spokesperson for “OLTL” refused to comment on how Williamson’s vacation may or may not affect her airtime.
    • Maureen Mueller exits the role of Dr. Joplin on December 5th, when the guilt-ridden Doc kills herself.

    Who’s Staying?

    • Olga Merediz debuted as Sister Mary Clare, a nun at St. Ann’s, on November 26th.
    • Sean J. Cullen began portraying Dr. Levin on November 25th.
    • “One Life to LIve” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.




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




    Who’s Back on ‘AMC’?

    Tuesday, November 25, 2008 10:46 PM EST | By Angela Rosa


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Three familiar faces briefly return to Pine Valley as winter breezes in.

    Soap Opera Network has it on good word that both Agnes Nixon and Francesca James will step into character to pay tribute to the irreplaceable Myrtle Fargate (the character played by Eileen Herlie, who passed away on October 8) on the December 19 episode of “AMC.” Nixon reprises the role of Aggie, which she played on the drama’s 10,000th episode on November 12, while James returns as Myrtle’s surrogate daughter, Kelly Tyler. Nixon is, of course, the creator of “AMC;” James has been a Daytime Emmy winning actor (1972-1980 as Kitty Davis, and then identical twin sister Kelly), an executive producer (1996-1998) and still is an occasional director (2003-ongoing) at “AMC.” James last appeared on the soap in 2005 for Phoebe Tyler Wallingford’s (the late great Ruth Warrick) funeral.

    Nixon and James aren’t the only ones returning. Sources close to Colin Egglesfield have been letting it leak that the actor’s return to the soap as Josh Madden was imminent. Those sources were indeed correct. The banished (and unaborted) son of Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) and Jeff Martin returns to the scene in January for at least several episodes. Egglesfield was last seen in September after being dropped to recurring status.

    In casting news of the non-return sort, the role of Simon has been cast on “AMC.” On the week of December 29, Reese William’s (Tamara Braun) former fiance will come face-to-face with Reese’s current fiance, Bianca Montgomery (Eden Riegel). The name of the actor and his status with the show has not been revealed yet. SON will keep you updated on any further developments.

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


    • All My Children
    • Colin Egglesfield
    • Agnes Nixon
    • Francesca James


      ‘OLTL’s’ Latest Casting News

      Monday, November 24, 2008 11:17 PM EST | By Scotty Gore



      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Who’s returning? Who’s staying? Who’s going? Who’s coming?

      Who’s Returning?

      • Tuc Watkins returns to the cast of “One Life to Live.”

        The 42-year-old actor returns to his old stopping ground in December as lovable conman David Vickers, a role Watkins has played on and off since 1994.

        When viewers last saw David in July he had divorced Addie Cramer and let ten million dollars slip through his fingers. Next month, fans will discover just what Mr. Vickers has been up to in the five months since he left Llanview. This go around it is expected that David Vickers, who has reportedly become a Buddhist Monk, will learn that he is the late Asa Buchanan’s long lost son, much to the dismay of newfound brothers Clint and Bo. No word on the length of Watkins’ latest stint on “OLTL.”

      • Phil Carey will pay yet another otherworldly visit to Llanview as the spirit of deceased oil tycoon Asa Buchanan in early December, coinciding with Tuc Watkins’ return as David Vickers.
      • Wortham Krimmer reprises his recurring role as Rev. Andrew Carpenter on December 10th and 11th. After presiding over the funeral for Starr’s dead baby, Andrew will offer Marty Saybrooke some insight into her life before the accident.
      • Florencia Lozano brings Téa Delgado back to Llanview on December 5th when she vows to help Todd whether he likes it or not. After originating the role in 1997, Lozano left “OLTL” in 2000. She returned briefly in 2002. It is speculated that her latest stint in Llanview will last approximately five to six weeks.
      • Jeb Brown returns on December 3rd as Jessica Buchanan’s shrink Dr. Bonner.

      Who’s Staying?

      • Melissa Archer recently inked a new contract with “OLTL” to remain in the role of Natalie Buchanan. Archer originated the role in 2001.
      • John Rue and January LaVoy return as Moe Stubbs and Noelle Ortiz on December 1st. The Bon Jour Cafe owner and his waitress fiancé will leave Paris, Texas behind as they pack up and move to Llanview, Pennsylvania. Look for Moe to secure employment with one of Llanview’s leading ladies.
      • Although he recently wrapped up a five week stint on “OLTL,” viewers can expect A. Martiez to resurface sometime in the near future as Langston Wilde’s uncle Ray Montez.
      • Tia Hodge will be making several more appearances throughout the upcoming holiday season as “Mel.”
      • Triplets Tess, Madeline and Molly Sullivan will continue to portray Jessica’s daughter Chloe which, in reality is Starr’s baby Hope. The triplets will also portray other babies in hospital nursery scenes.

      Who’s Going?

      • Andrea Evans leaves “OLTL” on November 25th when Tina Roberts bids Llanview farewell. Evans has cited her refusal to relocate from Los Angeles to New York City for the role as her reasoning for exiting the role. Evans returned to “OLTL” in June following an eighteen-year absence from the daytime drama. According to a statment released by “OLTL,” “ABC and ‘OLTL’ were thrilled to have Andrea Evans reprise the role of Tina Lord after 18 years. Her return was made possible with the understanding that it would be short term as Ms. Evans life, family, and home are on the West Coast. ‘OLTL’ did not ask that she move across the country in order for her return to the show.” As for the future, “OLTL” Executive Producer Frank Valentini states that the door is always open for Evans to return to the soap, and that “The role of Tina is a very important part of the ‘OLTL’ canvas and when there is an opportunity to have her (Tina and Andrea) return at a future date, the show would be happy to explore it.”
      • Justis Bolding has been released from contract with “OLTL.” Bolding joined the soap as Tina and Cord Roberts’ daughter Sarah in 2007. The 25-year-old actress will last air as Sarah sometime in the coming months. No final airdate has yet been announced.
      • Christopher Cousins has left “OLTL” for the second time this year as conman Cain Rogan. He last aired in early November.

      Who’s Coming?

      • Stephanie Schmahl has taken over the role of Jessica Buchanan’s toddler daughter Bree from twins Brooke and Kiley Liddell.
      • Llanview will be rocking in 2009 as the alternative band Puddle of Mudd performs at Ultra Violet. The group will perform their hit single “We Don’t Have to Look Back Now.”
      • “OLTL” pads its musical resume as yet another rock group visits Llanview. On January 21st, the Plain White T’s make a stop in town, much to the delight of their number one fan Gigi Morasco (Farah Fath). The group will be promoting their latest album, “Big Bad World,” which features the Grammy-nominated single “Hey There Delilah.” The Plain White T’s were recently featured in an episode of the hit Nickelodeon sitcom “iCarly,” entitled “iRue the Day.”

      • “OLTL” is currently in the process of casting the role of a 28-year-old male teacher, who is described as “cool,” and loved by students but hated by parents.
      • “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.




      More ‘DAYS’ … For a Price!

      Tuesday, November 18, 2008 5:38 PM EST | By Angela Rosa


      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The first cut is the deepest.

      “Days of Our Lives” contract with NBC was due to expire in March of 2009, and negotiations between the long-running drama and NBC have never been easy. That noted, NBC recently agreed to renew the 43-year-old soap through September 2010 – with an option to pick it up for another year at that point; the renewal comes with a price. The price, as “DAYS” Executive Producer Ken Corday explains to Soap Opera Digest, is about a 40 percent cut in the daytime drama’s budget, a budget that had already taken a hit in 2003 to enable a 5-year contract renewal. Slicing the show’s budget nearly in half will of course mean a lot of backstage turmoil, and the turmoil started immediately.

      One week after the news of the renewal came out, SOD confirmed that Drake Hogestyn and Deidre Hall, widely noted as daytime’s most renowned diva after “All My Children’s” Susan Lucci, are leaving the show. Hall has been with “DAYS” off and on, as Dr. Marlena Evans, since 1976. Hogestyn, who plays John Black, has been with the show since 1986. Like is the case with many “DAYS” actors, this is not Hogestyn’s first firing from the NBC soap which has taken the concept of firings to more of a stunt tactic than a serious reality. Corday’s straight-talk, this time around, seems to note a strong twinge of honesty as he shows his cards and tells the magazine that “there is never an end when a couple leaves happily … they’re (Hogestyn and Hall’s characters) not dead. Characters have left and come back [before].”

      Rumors are swirling that the popular and talented Jay Kenneth Johnson, who plays Philip Kiriakis, is out as well. True or not, Corday reports that the cast and the production are going to take more hits and predicts a rough winter ahead. Corday tells SOD that he would prefer to economically downsize (pay cuts) but if actors don’t co-operate “that it will be a physical downsize or a recast.” Describing “DAYS” economic state as having taken a dive down to “dismal,” the beleaguered and ridiculed executive takes a harsh tone as he points out that “no one is above recasting.” In the long-term, Corday predicts “‘DAYS’ will come out better.”

      The full interview with Ken Corday can be found in the December 2, 2008 issue of Digest with “DAYS” Hogestyn and Hall on the cover.

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


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      • Drake Hogestyn


        ‘AMC’s’ Latest Casting News

        Tuesday, November 18, 2008 12:20 PM EST | By Angela Rosa



        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Who’s coming? Who’s staying? Who’s going?

        Who’s Coming?

        • McKenzie Westmore has joined the cast of “All My Children.”

          The 31-year old actress is best known for her role on the cancelled daytime drama “Passions.” Westmore played Sheridan Crane, one half of “Passions” first super couple, Sheridan and Luis (Galen Gering), from the drama’s inception in 1999 until it’s cancellation in 2008. On the change of venue from the very fanciful “Passions” to the more serious “AMC, the actress chuckles, “no witches or demons this time around … but I will be with Annie.” Westmore will be playing crazy Annie Lavery’s (Melissa Claire Egan) psychiatrist, Dr. Sinclair, in Pine Valley’s famed mental institution Oak Haven.

          In the latest edition of Soap Opera Digest, a delighted Westmore reports that she was planning to come to the City for the holidays but then things fell into place and it turned into a “working vacation.” Although the role is just recurring (through March 2009), Dr. Sinclair is slated for romance – likely in the form of either Aidan Devane (Aiden Turner) or Ryan Lavery (Cameron Mathison). Westmore begins airing on Friday, December 12.

        • Frunk Runyeon premieres in the recurring role of Forrest William’s, the disapproving father of Bianca’s (Eden Riegel) fiancé Reese (Tamara Braun), on Monday, December 15.

        Who’s Staying?

        • Following reportedly rough negotiations, Michael E. Knight has re-signed with “AMC.” The recipient of three Daytime Emmy’s joined the cast of the ABC soap as the charming cad Thaddeus “Tad” Martin in 1982. Knight departed in 1986 but would return in 1988 when he would become one half of one of “AMC’s” most notable super couples ever, Tad and Dixie (Cady McClain). The actor departed again in 1990 but with much fanfare would return to the soap for keeps in 1992.
        • Knight’s co-star Walt Willey has also re-signed with the show. Willey has been on the cast of “AMC” as legal eagle, and on-again, off-again paramour of Erica Kane (Susan Lucci), Jackson Montgomery since 1987.
        • As previously reported, Alicia Minshew (who plays the popular Kendall Hart Slater) has also re-signed with the ABC soap. The actress, who married long-time boyfriend Richie Herschenfeld late last month, is currently enjoying a long vacation.

        Who’s Going?

        • Rebecca Budig has confirmed that she will not take up her option to stay on “AMC” for an additional year. The actress joined the cast of the soap in 1999 as Greenlee Smythe. Budig would take her leave from the show in 2005 to try prime-time but returned during the 2007 writer’s strike. Budig will air until early spring 2009; there are no plans to recast the character.

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


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        • Rebecca Budig
        • Alicia Minshew
        • Michael E. Knight
        • Frank Runyeon
        • McKenzie Westmore
        • Walt Willey


          Tuesday, November 11, 2008 3:28 PM EST | By Angela Rosa


          (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Aleksander puts Springfield back on the map.

          Grant Aleksander is returning to “Guiding Light” as the mega-popular Phillip Spaulding in January.

          The three-time Daytime Emmy nominee cites his close friendship with current “GL” Head Writer Jill Lorie Hurst, who began talking to him about a return late this past summer, as a main element in prompting his return. Aleksander, who has signed a long-term contract with the CBS sudser, tells Soap Opera Digest that his greatest wish is that the storyline opportunities that his return affords will “help the show stick around for a while longer.” Aleksander will find out what his story entails when he starts taping later this year but thinks whatever is coming should be fun considering that Phillip is “either the father or has been married to everybody in town;” the actor also expects his return story to be a long-arc.

          The 49 year old actor started his daytime television career on “GL” in 1982; he remained on the show until 1984. In 1986, Aleksander joined the cast of “Capitol” as DJ Phillips but would return to “GL” later that year. Citing exhaustion, Aleksander would take another leave from the sudser in 1991. He moved on to ABC’s “All My Children” in 1993 as Hayley’s naughty husband, Alec McIntyre. In 1996, Aleksander took his leave from “AMC” and rejoined the cast of “GL” for a third time. He’d remain on the show until 2004 when he was fired under a cloud of controversy.

          Phillip’s daughter is sticking around, too. SOD reports that Marcy Rylan (who plays Phillip’s daughter, Lizzie) has re-upped with the show. The specifics of Rylan’s contract have not been revealed; she has played the role of Lizzie Spaulding since 2006.

          “Guiding Light” airs Weekdays on CBS.


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          • Grant Aleksander
          • Phillip Spaulding
          • Marcy Rylan
          • Lizzie Spaulding


            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.


            • All My Children
            • AMC
            • Beth Ehlers
            • Taylor
            • JR Martinez
            • Brot Monroe








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