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DePaiva Reflects on Her Time in Llanview

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 2:04 AM EDT
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Kassie DePaiva has spent nearly two decades on "One Life to Live" in the role of Blair Cramer. Earlier this month, the Kentucky native sat down with a local newspaper to talk about the show's cancellation and the next step in her career. The Union County, KY native (whose hometown is roughly 130 miles from that of yours truly), told the Evansville (Indiana) Courier Press on June 13  what it was like when he first took over the role of Blair from Asian-American actress Mia Korf back in 1993, commenting that "When I did get the part I was thrilled, but also a little bit shocked because I didn't think that I looked the part." Now, nearly twenty years later, DePaiva admits that she has grown to love the role and working on "One Life to Live," and that she will be depressed to see it all end later...
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — This is only a test. Repeat, this is only a test. On Wednesday, November 9, the Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, is scheduled to have its first ever nationwide test of the fourteen year old Emergency Alert System. The planned time for the test is 2:00 pm ET, which will leave many soap fans, especially those of "One Life to Live," feeling a sense of déjà vu. The system, which has existed in its current form since 1997, has most recently been used by the National Weather Service, state and local governments, and law enforcement agencies to relay information to the public regarding natural and man-made disasters, severe weather warnings, and Amber Alerts. The nationwide test will be similar to those currently used by television and radio stations around the country, and is intended as a way to get all of the kinks out of the system. According to...

Is a Buchanan Bride on Her Way Back to Llanview?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 11:17 PM EDT
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — More than a year after her character divorced Clint Buchanan (Jerry verDorn) and was blackmailed into leaving town by David Vickers (Tuc Watkins), could "Gossip Girl" actress Amanda Setton be returning to "One Life to Live" as the jilted Kimberly Andrews? While the speculation has yet to be confirmed, its source lies with one particular "OLTL" crew member. Julia Davis (of Julia Jovone Beauty), who has been a make-up artist on "OLTL" since October 2005, tweeted on June 13 that she had "Just finished getting @amandasetton into character for 'One Life to Live.' Love her features." Setton, however, hasn't commented on a possible "OLTL" return on her Twitter page. Setton made her "One Life" debut as Kimberly Andrews on August 14, 2009. She left the role on April 2, 2010 after rejecting an offer by the show to place her on contract, in order to return to her primetime...

‘One Life’ July Comings and Goings

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 4:44 PM EDT
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — "One Life to Live" issues a new casting call, and other casting changes for the month of July. "One Life to Live" has released a new audition script for the small role of "Colleen." The scene opens with "Lisa" saying that she is "Billy's" sister. Colleen tells her that is she is really is sister, then she wouldn't have a problem with her giving Billy a private lap dance in the Champagne Room. Billy asks what her name is, to which she responds that it is Colleen with two e's. Lisa states that she is confident that he isn't supposed to be getting a lap dance from her. Offended, Colleen fires back and tells Billy that the two of them can still have a little fun right after she is finished with her act. Peeking out on stage, she notices that very few people are in the audience....
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- On Sunday, June 19, the Daytime community celebrated the work of many of the men and women who work both in front of the camera and behind the scenes writing and directing the various programming on daytime television. The 38th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards Gala was held at the Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas, Nevada and was hosted by Wayne Brady, host of the game show "Let's Make a Deal." It was broadcast live on CBS from 8:00-10:01 pm ET, except on the West Coast, where it was recorded. CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful" won 4 of the 7 nominations they earned at the 38th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards. "The Young and the Restless" and "General Hospital" came in second, each winning 2 of the 9 nominations they had earned ("Y&R" and "B&B" each won the Drama Series Directing Category, the result of a...

Mark Derwin Gets ‘Hot in Cleveland’

Monday, June 20, 2011 11:55 PM EDT
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Veteran actor and soap star Mark Derwin will guest star on this week's episode of the popular TV Land sitcom "Hot in Cleveland," entitled "How I Met My Mother." Derwin, who most recently appeared on ABC Family's "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," will play Victoria's (Wendy Malick) pen pal, who was just released from prison and is looking to met up with her. The episode also features Matthew McMillian, who will appear as Joy's (Jane Leeves) long-lost son. From 1999-2002, and again briefly in 2004 and 2008, Derwin portrayed Ben Davidson on "One Life to Live." He also played Jeremiah Brown on "Day of our Lives" in 1988, Adrian Hunter on "The Young and the Restless from 1989-1990, and A.C. Mallet on "Guiding Light" from 1990-1993. In primetime, he appeared opposite Bonnie Hunt in "Life with Bonnie" from 2002-2004, and in "The Secret Life of an American Teenager"...

Erika Slezak Talks About Life After ‘Life’

Monday, June 20, 2011 9:21 PM EDT
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Columnist Liz Smith of the website wowOwow (The Women on the Web) sets down with "One Life to Live" matriarch and six-time Dayime Emmy Winner Erika Slezak to find out what the future holds for both her and the legendary Victoria Lord. Slezak, who recently celebrated her 40th anniversary on the show, which had not quite been on the air three years when she joined the cast on St. Patrick's Day, 1971, becoming the third actress to take on the role of Viki. When asked what it has been like playing the same character for four decades, Slezak tells Smith that "You know, nobody has ever asked me that before! I know Viki very well. She is so familiar to me. The minute I get to the soundstage, I go into Viki mode. She's not like me at all, but I love her. She's a wonderful, flawed woman, who...

ABC Daytime Sets Fourth of July Schedule

Monday, June 20, 2011 4:02 PM EDT
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- On July 4th, 2011, the United State of America will celebrate the 235th Anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in which the United States officially declared its independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Like on Memorial Day, to deflect bad ratings due to the thousands of people out enjoying the federal holiday, ABC Daytime has chosen to air encore presentations. This is despite the fact "All My Children" is going off the air on ABC in September, and "One Life to Live" is going off the air on ABC in January 2012. Fittingly, ABC Daytime will use this particular day of celebration better known as "Independence Day" to reflect back on some major ABC Daytime characters declaring themselves free from certain constraints. The following is a list of the encore presentations chosen to...

Inside The Writers Room: June Edition

Monday, June 20, 2011 11:20 AM EDT
    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- On May 19, 2011, Dena Higley was fired as head writer of "Days of our Lives" and was replaced by Darrell Ray Thomas, Jr. and Marlene McPherson.   So in June's edition of "Inside The Writers Room," I have a few items to report.  Jeanne Marie Ford moves from the breakdown writer to script editor replacing Fran Myers.   Breakdown writer Lisa Seidman was also let go from the show.  So taking Ford and Seidman's spot on the breakdown writing team are Nancy Williams Watt and Elizabeth Snyder.  Lastly, David A. Levinson joins as a script writer. Note: These changes were made before Gary Tomlin's firing. In other news, Ron Carlivati will be joining "General Hospital" as a script writer once he's finished writing the end of "One Life To Live."  And at "All My Children," the final scripts will be written in mid-July.   For discussion, join us in the Writers/Directors...
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Jason Tam reveals on Twitter that both he and Brittany Underwood may be returning to "One Life to Live" as former lovebirds Markko Rivera and Langston Wilde before the show is scheduled to wrap production in November. Tam was asked by a fan if there "Is any chance that Markko and Langston will make a return to Llanview BEFORE 'OLTL' ends?!?," to which the actor responded simply "You bet!" The response was short, but enough to give fans of both actors reason to hope that they may step foot in Llanview at least once more before the fictional soap town fades into daytime history. Underwood, meanwhile, has remained silent on the possible return to "One Life" on her Twitter page. Brittany Underwood originated the role of Langston in in 2006. She exited the role on April 12 of this year after the show chose not to renew her contract....