GH Recap: Monday, October 3, 2011

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Monday, October 3, 2011.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

Jason and Sam happily enjoy their honeymoon in Hawaii. Franco chooses a special wedding gift for them.

Sexual tension rising in the panic room, Carly needles Shawn, who refuses to open up about his past. Michael sees Carly and Shawn emerge – hot and sweaty.

Sonny breaks down about Dante when Kate tries to comfort him despite herself. Sonny and Olivia go to visit Dante, leaving Kate an outsider.

Michael and Abby argue over his desire to protect his father, and later, Michael tells Max he is in charge of what happens next with the warehouse.

Lulu goes to see Dante. Later, she returns home and she takes a drink.

On the Next General Hospital

  • Lulu visits Dante.
  • Michael tells Sonny something important.
  • Tracy gets three surprise visitors.

OLTL Recap: Monday, October 3, 2011

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Monday, October 3, 2011.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

Natalie discusses her upcoming wedding with Viki. Viki worries that her daughter is marrying Brody only because he is Liam’s father. Meanwhile, Jessica discovers the copy of Liam’s original paternity test naming John as the father. At EOD, Jessica arrives at Natalie’s loft.

Mayor Finn continues to hound the LPD about Todd’s escape. Meanwhile, at Todd’s House, Bo saves the lives of Blair, Starr, and Téa. Tomas arrives at the scene and learns of Irene’s release. Bo regretfully informs Starr that he has to arrest her.

Before Starr is brought down to the station, she tells Blair that Irene wanted to meet Todd at the docks. Blair begs Tomas to do something about Todd and Irene. Deep down, Tomas can see that Todd still means something to Blair. Tomas kisses Blair, unsure if it will be their last. Tomas arrives at docks for the tail end of Todd and Irene’s final confrontation. Todd shoots Irene. As the sirens approach, Tomas tells Todd to run.

On the Next One Life to Live

  • John is suspicious of Tomas’ claim.
  • Jessica offers to babysit baby Liam.
  • Blair locates a wounded Todd.

Smith Talks About Her ‘Life’ After ABC

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — With nine of her co-stars already signed on to continue with “One Life to Live” when it moves to online production with Prospect Park early next year, fans have been wondering if Hillary B. Smith (Nora) might follow suit. However, the “One Life” vet notes that “things are up in the air” regarding her future with the soap.

In a new interview with TheaterMania, Smith, who will be appearing on stage in Bruce Graham‘s “Any Given Monday” beginning Thursday, October 6, talks about the show and teases about what is coming up for Bo and Nora.

“I can say that Nora and Bo (played by Robert S. Woods) will be leaving together when we stop taping on ABC, and that makes me very happy. As for the online venture, I am very excited that the show’s fans will have another venue, and I am sorry for ABC that they made this decision. But I don’t know what’s in store for me after Thanksgiving, when I stop shooting ‘One Life.’ Things are up in the air.”

As for what is next for Smith, the actress laments that “I am continuing to work on this Internet series, ‘Venice,’ which shoots in Los Angeles. I would love to do more stage work. And I have to admit it’s both liberating and scary not to know what’s next. Like a lot of actors, I actually love change and love reinventing myself.”

Click here to read the full interview, including Smith’s thoughts on how the character of Nora has changed since she joined the show in 1992.


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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) – - A look at what’s happening on “The Bold and the Beautiful” during the week of October 3, 2011.

THIS WEEK ON: THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

Brooke and Katie make it their goal to put an end to Steffy and Liam’s engagement. Bill sends Liam and Steffy to Aspen. After helping Hope track down Liam and Steffy, Rick asks an old friend to find Liam and deliver a message to him. Liam thinks about his relationships with Steffy and Hope. Steffy anxiously tries to get Bill to keep Hope away. Ridge is forced to choose sides between Brooke and Taylor yet again.

  • Monday, October 3 -  Steffy manipulates Hope into questioning her right to Liam’s love; Liam questions his fathers true intentions.
  • Tuesday, October 4 - Bill orders Justin to leak a photo of Steffy wearing Liam’s engagement ring to the public in order to make his point; Ridge walks into a heated argument between Brooke and Taylor.
  • Wednesday, October 5 - Katie calls Bill out on his machinations with Steffy and Liam; Liam and Steffy take a whirlwind trip to a destination known only to Bill.
  • Thursday, October 6 - Steffy and Liam share a romantic kiss in Aspen; Rick shows his brotherly love and sleuthing skills when he assists Hope in tracking down Liam and Steffy.
  • Friday, October 7 - Rick and Bill both use their power of persuasion to manipulate the outcome of the love triangle; Steffy hides the fact that Hope is en route to Aspen from Liam.

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — You can expect to see at least two reality show stars guest this fall on “The Bold and the Beautiful.”

Real life pilot Jake Pavelka, best known as the star of ABC’s 14th season of “The Bachelor” and season two of “Bachelor Pad,” will reprise his role as the pilot of the Forrester private jet in the coming days. Pavelka announced his reprisal via Twitter in late August.

Pavelka taped his scenes on Tuesday, September 1 and Friday, September 2, which are set to air Thursday, October 6, and Tuesday, October 11. The last time he appeared on “B&B” was in November 2010 alongside Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke Forrester) and Adam Gregory (Thomas Forrester). This time the former “Bachelor” will share scenes with Jacob Young (Rick Forrester) and Kim Matula (Hope Logan).

According to TV Guide, Texan model Cassi Colvin, best known for her short run on CBS’ most recent season of “Big Brother,” can be seen this fall on “B&B” when she plays a runway model named Cassi who is involved with Hope Logan’s “Hope for the Future” fashion line. Colvin taped her scenes on September 15, 2011, the day after she appeared on the “Big Brother 13″ finale, and is set to air on Thursday, October 20.

Also look for “Big Brother 13″ winner Rachel Reilly and fiancé/sidekick Brendan Villegas to reprise their drink-serving roles on “B&B” this Halloween in scenes set to air October 28 and 31.


OLTL Teasers: Week of October 3 Edition

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Teasers for the Week of October 3, 2011.

ONE LIFE TO LIVE: TEASERS

  • Monday (Episode #10973): Bo risks his life to dispose of a bomb. A Llanview resident is killed. Jessica gets her hands on some shocking information. (Rated: TVPG V)
  • Tuesday (Episode #10974): Starr is placed under arrest. Tomas’ is thrown in a jail cell. Jessica offers to babysit Liam. (Rated: TVPG)
  • Wednesday (Episode #10975): Jessica contemplates telling Brody what she knows. Natalie makes a discovery on the docks which could affect Todd. Blair tends to Todd. (Rated: TVPG L)
  • Thursday (Episode #10976): Téa delivers some upsetting news to Starr. Blair helps keep Todd alive. Cord and Tina become closer. (Rated: TVPG)
  • Friday (Episode #10977): Blair and Todd remember their long past. Starr attempts to get a confession out of Jack. Tina pleads with Viki to give her another chance. (Rated: TVPG)

GH Teasers: Week of October 3 Edition

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Teasers for the Week of October 3, 2011.

GENERAL HOSPITAL: TEASERS

  • Monday (Episode #12403): Shawn refuses to open up to Carly about his past. Will Jason and Sam have a happy honeymoon? Kate is there for Sonny. (Rated: TVPG L, S, V)
  • Tuesday (Episode #12404): Lulu goes to see Dante. Michael shares some important news with Sonny. Tracy has some unexpected visitors. (Rated: TVPG L, S, V)
  • Wednesday (Episode #12405): Sonny
    arrives at a conclusion. Lulu is beside herself. Johnny puts Anthony in his place. (Rated: TVPG L)
  • Thursday (Episode #12406): Maxie remembers B.J.’s birthday. Michael decides to focus on the future. Lucky reads over Siobhan’s letter. (Rated: TVPG L, S)
  • Friday (Episode #12407): There’s trouble in paradise. Carly receives Josslyn’s present. Michael overhears a conversation between Carly and Shawn. (Rated: TVPG L, S)

Prospect Park

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The final meeting of the year for the National Board of Directors of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) took place today via video conferences in New York and Los Angeles and one of the key topics of discussion effects Prospect Park and television network contracts including those surrounding daytime soaps.

For a complete understanding of what took place and how it affects daytime programming, read the press release below (highlights in bold):

LOS ANGELES AND NEW YORK (Oct. 1, 2011) — The National Board of Directors of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, AFL-CIO – a national union of more than 70,000 recording artists, broadcasters and actors – met today by videoconference plenary in Los Angeles and New York, and unanimously voted to authorize the AFTRA Sound Recordings Negotiating Committee to take all actions necessary, up to and including proceeding to a strike authorization vote if needed, to secure an agreement with the major record labels.

Negotiations between AFTRA and representatives from Sony, UMG, Warner, EMI, Disney and most of their subsidiary labels for a successor agreement to the AFTRA National Code of Fair Practice for Sound Recordings, the Union’s second largest national contract, commenced in New York on Aug. 15, with an additional round of bargaining held in Los Angeles the week of Sept. 12-16. An additional bargaining date has been set for Oct. 5 in an effort to resolve outstanding issues. AFTRA National Executive Director Kim Roberts Hedgpeth serves as Chief Negotiator for the Union.

The Sound Recordings Code covers singers, royalty and non-royalty artists, as well as announcers, actors, comedians, narrators and sound effects artists who work on recordings in all new and traditional media and all music formats, in addition to audiobooks, comedy albums and cast albums. The Code generates more than $140 million annually in AFTRA-covered earnings and benefits for both major artists and session singers around the country.

Board members also unanimously approved the appointment of the 2011 AFTRA Network Television Code Negotiating Committee. AFTRA National President Roberta Reardon will chair the 25-member committee and Hedgpeth will serve as Chief Negotiator for the Union. Negotiations with representatives for the four major television broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox) and other producers are scheduled to commence on Nov. 7 in Los Angeles.

The AFTRA Network Television Code is the Union’s largest national collective bargaining agreement, and generates more than $300 million a year in member earnings. The Network Code covers programming in all television day parts, except for primetime dramatic programs on the networks and the CW. This includes dramas in first-run syndication, morning news shows, talk shows, serials (soap operas), variety, reality, contest and sports. Current programs covered by this contract include: “Good Morning America,” “The View,” “The Price is Right,” “General Hospital,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “The Voice,” “Survivor,” “20/20,” “Deal or No Deal,” “Late Show with David Letterman,” among many others.

“The Sound Recordings and Network Television Codes are AFTRA’s two largest and most mature contracts, and for more than 50 years, they have each provided thousands of AFTRA members with strong wages and important benefits,” said Hedgpeth. “But the traditional music, news and entertainment industries are changing rapidly, and the current and upcoming negotiations will provide a critical glimpse into the significant challenges that lie ahead in the 21st century and beyond.

“In order to prevail,” Hedgpeth continued, “professional union talent must stand together and organize themselves through their Union so that together they can secure strong contracts.”

Other business discussed at the Board’s final meeting of the year included a report on the One Union process, and a report on current negotiations with Prospect Park regarding the on-line productions of “One Life to Live” and “All My Children,” slated to commence in late 2011/early 2012.

National Treasurer and Los Angeles member Matthew Kimbrough told the Board that AFTRA has increased its budget for One Union-related expenses by another $115,000 to more than $1.5 million.

In her President’s Report, AFTRA National President Roberta Reardon updated Board members on the progress of One Union discussions with Screen Actors Guild. She observed: “The Labor Movement is facing tremendous challenges all across the country. Union density is declining in both the public and private sectors, and in mature and emerging industries alike. Performers and professionals who work in the entertainment and media industries are not immune from these challenges.

“This is why our work with Screen Actors Guild to build one new union for all of our members is so timely and so important,” continued Reardon. “We are building a bigger, stronger and more expansive union, both in terms of numbers and jurisdiction. The universe of work we cover has changed fundamentally, so this project is not just about our H&R benefits, and not just about two sets of dues. It’s about the industry and the future of the industry and how we stay unionized in the future.”

Phil Denniston, AFTRA National Director of Organizing, advised the Board that the new Organizing Incentive Fund Program, announced at the previous Board meeting in July, is now active and ready to receive applications from Locals. Denniston developed the program to provide AFTRA Locals additional support to continue building organizing programs to increase union density and job opportunities in local markets. A key feature of the program is an annual “matching fund” of $500,000 from the dedicated organizing revenue raised by the 2009 initiation fee increase. The Board today approved an oversight committee of members who will receive, review and approve all applications for matching funds.

Shelby Scott, Union Chair of the Trustees of the AFTRA Health & Retirement Funds and AFTRA National Vice President, reported on the status of the AFTRA H&R Funds. The AFTRA H&R Trustees are next scheduled to meet in New York City next week.

Reardon was unanimously elected by the Board to serve as a Union representative on the AFTRA H&R Board of Trustees. Reardon replaces Kansas City actor Dean Vivian, who was elected as a Trustee at the May 14 meeting of the Board, but who subsequently had to step down due to work conflicts.

Longtime National Board member Mitchell McGuire has resigned from Board service after more than 20 years of service to AFTRA as New York Local and National Treasurer, and on many committees throughout the union. His resignation was accepted by the members of the National Board with expressions of gratitude for his years of dedicated and exemplary service to AFTRA members.

The National Board convened its meeting in the memory of more than 26 members who died since July, including New York recording artist Nick Ashford, newsperson Eleanor Mondale from the Twin Cities Local, Ernie Johnson, a sportscaster from Atlanta, actress Frances Bay from Los Angeles and actor Cliff Robertson from New York.

The AFTRA National Board will next meet by videoconference plenary in Los Angeles and New York on Jan. 21.

About AFTRA

The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, AFL-CIO, are the people who entertain and inform America. In 32 Locals across the country, AFTRA members work as actors, broadcasters, singers, dancers, announcers, hosts, comedians, disc jockeys and other performers across the media industries including television, radio, cable, sound recordings, music videos, commercials, audio books, non-broadcast industrials, interactive games, the Internet and other digital media. The 70,000 professional performers, broadcasters and recording artists of AFTRA are working together to protect and improve their jobs, lives and communities in the 21st century. From new art forms to new technology, AFTRA members embrace change in their work and craft to enhance American culture and society. Visit AFTRA online at www.aftra.com.


Sometimes you can’t be two places at once. Thankfully, there are people willing to lend a hand. Professional photographer and sometimes writer Thomas Montalto was on hand for the annual Absolute Eden Riegel fan event last month and helped Soap Opera Network cover the event with pictures (see below) and even an interview. Unfortunately, just after this interview took place we would learn that Riegel was being let go from her contract role as Heather Stevens on “The Young and the Restless” before the actress was even told! Twitter broke the story to the actress before she was told by her bosses. In light of the actress completing filming at the CBS soap on Thursday, September 29, Soap Opera Network presents to you one of Riegel’s last interviews before she marks her grand exit from Genoa City in the coming weeks.

by Thomas Montalto

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During my last trip out west I was able to cover the “Absolutely Eden” fan event for Eden Riegel held at Maggiano’s at The Grove in Los Angeles. The setting was very intimate. It was like I was joining Eden, who was accompanied by her mother Lenore Riegel, at a family dinner where everyone sat around a big table and chatted. “It went very well, I think everyone had a really great time,” Riegel said after the event. “Phyllis and Mary Beth always organize amazing events. We had a lot of very fun conversations and the food was amazing.”

If you have been following Eden on Twitter (@edenriegel), you know she recently became a mom for the first time. “It’s a huge adjustment. Life will never be the same again. It has been a lot of sleepless nights and stress. From the very second he was born, I was just so worried for him all the time, but he’s doing so great. The joy is much bigger than I imagined.”

It is so obvious from her tweets and after talking with her how much she loves experiencing motherhood and savoring every minute. “I am really loving it, I am really really loving it. I feel very lucky. My little guy is so special. I do feel very very lucky that I get to keep him. It’s just so weird, they let you go home with him from the hospital and he is just mine for the rest of his life. I feel so fortunate and so blessed.”

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“I spent a couple of months being just a mommy and that was great and I loved it. It was a tough transition to go ‘oh gosh I have to leave him and spend time away from him’ and that made me very nervous,” she said about her recent return to “The Young and the Restless,” where she currently portrays Heather Stevens, a hard ass attorney. “It is nice to have a little time for myself and to do a job that makes me feel capable and to do work that I am proud of. Also to see other grown ups and talk about grown up things and get my hair done and things like that. Then when I go home to Jack, I feel all filled up and I have so much to give to him.”

She also previewed upon her return Heather would be back at the District Attorney’s office involved in the prosecution of a very high level case involving very important people in Genoa City. She’ll also finds herself battling feelings for someone from her past and having to make a decision on how good of an idea it would be to go down that road again.

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As you know, Heather was not Eden’s first role on daytime. It has been over ten years since Eden was cast as Bianca on “All My Children”, the on screen daughter of Susan Lucci. It was no small role either. Bianca would have to deal with being Erica Kane’s daughter and coming out in the spotlight and facing her mothers issues. After Eden decided to move on to “Y&R,” “All My Children” recast the role of Bianca. Christina Bennett Lind would have some mighty big shoes to fill as Eden’s popularity was enormous as she brilliantly portrayed Bianca for the better part of ten years, which involved many groundbreaking storylines.

Although Bianca may no longer be hers to portray, she definitely has kept up with her and has kept a connection to the character and truly admires where Lind has taken the character. “I love her portrayal and I think she is extremely, extremely talented,” said Riegel of Lind’s portrayel of Bianca. “I’m very proud of her, I feel like the character is hers now and she’s doing amazing work. I actually saw the episode where Bianca and Marissa finally make love and I thought it was so beautiful. It actually brought me to tears. I just felt so proud and happy for Bianca, I think they are doing a great job.”

With “All My Children’s” broadcast television run coming to an end soon, Eden did mention she was sad she could not be there to help celebrate the end. “I regret that I could not be part of this big farewell and a lot of my old friends have come back to the show again in the final period of time. I of course would love to be a part of it, but at the same time I’m watching it as a fan and enjoying it in that capacity. It is bittersweet.”

“I am excited that the shows will continue and I think it would be the best for everyone because the fans keep wanting to see more and I think the shows are great and shouldn’t die because there is so much life left in them,” she said of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” moving on to the internet after their runs on broadcast television comes to an end. “There is so much competition on TV now and as long as the shows can continue in any capacity, it is good for everyone. The actors will have work and the fans will get the stories that they love.”

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Eden shared some more exciting news about husband Andrew Miller when she talked about his new series “The Secret Circle,” where he is the executive producer, which joins the The CW lineup this fall. Miller is pictured far left, with the “Secret” cast. “I really hope everybody watches it, it’s a great show,” she said of the series. The premiere date is September 15 and it will air at 9:00pm. So, be sure to tune in to help support Eden’s husband out!

For more information about Eden’s fan club, Absolute Eden, be sure to check out the website http://www.AbsoluteEden.com. You can also follow the fan club on twitter as well at, @AbsoluteEden.

Check out Mr. Montalto’s new website aptly named StupidLittleBlog.com.


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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — In a statement released via Soap Opera Digest, “One Life to Live” head writer Ron Carlivati says, “I am both excited and honored to remain with ‘One Life to Live’ as Head Writer and Consulting Producer when the show moves online. My heartfelt thanks to Executive Producer Frank Valentini, as well as to Rich Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz of Prospect Park for this incredible opportunity.”

“I would also like to express my very sincere gratitude to everyone at ABC Daytime, especially Jill Phelps at ‘General Hospital,’ for supporting me in this decision.”

Back in June it was announced that Carlivati was expected to report to “GH” as a script writer after the conclusion of “One Life to Live” on ABC. In July it was announced that his canceled soap would live on via Prospect Park’s licensing deal with the Disney/ABC Television Group. It was announced earlier today that the writer would join several of his cast as the soap transitions to the web in January 2012.