Brian Kerwin Returns to ‘OLTL’

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( — When “One Life” fans last saw Charlie Banks (Brian Kerwin) earlier this year, he was leaving town in disgrace after his love affair with Echo DiSavoy (Kim Zimmer) was exposed, ending his marriage to Viki Lord (Erika Slezak). However that isn’t stopping him from creeping his way back into Llanview.

The November 8 print editions of both Soap Opera Digest and Soap Opera Weekly are reporting that Kerwin, who last aired on May 11 after nearly four years on the show, will be returning to the show later this year. While it is unclear what brings Charlie back to Llanview, Kerwin’s scenes are expected to air sometime in December.

In other news…

It looks like Brody (Mark Lawson) may be about to have a little more family joining him in Llanview, as there are reports that Kate Miller will be reprising her role as Brody’s sister Nadine Lovett for a couple of episodes later this fall. Nadine was last seen in 2009 when she was forced to hold her brother hostage under the direction of an unknown man, who turned out to be Mitch Laurence (Roscoe Born).

OLTL PreVUE: Week of October 31 Edition

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( — A look at what’s happening on “One Life to Live” during the week of October 31, 2011.


Cord and Tina give in to temptation on Monday, October 31. Rex gets more than he bargained for at the Buchanan stables.  Cord confides in Clint, and thinks his father still has eyes for Viki. Tina thinks Cord should be Brody’s best man. Natalie nearly overhears Roxy talking to John on Thursday, November 3. Tina tells Natalie how she almost married the wrong man once. Roxy confides in Tina about John. Natalie tells Tina she’s sorry.  On Friday, November 4, John sees Natalie in her wedding dress while Brody has a few choice words for John. Elsewhere in Llanview, Nora eases Destiny’s fears about being a single mother. And Ford appears to be falling in love with Jessica.

The Inside Story: Happy Halloween
Sam asks Todd to go trick-or-treating with him and Blair on Monday, October 31. Todd considers confessing his feelings to Blair. Viki and Todd grill one another about Blair and Clint. Blair tells Starr she’s torn between Tomas and Todd. Tomas vows to use his CIA training to find Victor’s murderer. On Wednesday, November 2, the judge in the case makes a shocking decision regarding Victor’s will. Blair and Tomas argue over Todd. Nora isn’t convinced Todd is innocent. Jack is enraged to find Todd at The Sun on Thursday, November 3. Later he encounters Vimal’s little sister Neela. Dani is concerned about her mother’s health. Téa encourages Dani to get to know Todd. On Friday, November 4, Todd encounters Louie and offers to make a deal with him. Téa worries she may be pregnant. And Neela follows Jack, while Rama and Vimal search for the missing girl.

A Closer Look: A Case of Mistaken Identity?
Cutter and Stacy show up in costume at Natalie and Brody’s party on Monday, October 31. Tina identifies the woman she saw at Llanfair. Natalie leaves  Aubrey with a warning. Shane unknowingly bumps into Stacy. Cutter whisks his lady friend away. Rex attempts to uncover the identity of Kim’s friend. Bree inadvertently misplaces something of Clint’s. On Tuesday, November 1, Aubrey and Rex inch closer. Stacy makes an admission about Rex. Rex arrives at the Minuteman Motel. Nigel has important news for Clint, who contemplates continuing his search for Kim. Cutter puts the next phase of his plan in motion. Stacy hides from Rex, who gives the unknown woman an earful on Thursday, November 3. Cutter confides in Rama. And Stacy has second thoughts about helping Cutter.


  • Natalie and Jessica’s relationship takes another hit.
  • A fire breaks out at The Sun.
  • Todd watches Tomas and Blair kiss.
  • Bo and Nora brush up on their dancing skills.
  • Shaun is surprised by Vivian’s views on marriage.

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( — A look at what’s happening on “General Hospital” during the week of October 31, 2011.


Johnny turns to Steve for help. Claudia weighs on the mind of the Zacchara men. On Monday, October 31, a determined Ethan returns to Wyndemere. Elsewhere, Ethan’s brother remains as determined on his search for answers. Lucky faces a surprising outcome. Luke is spotted at an unexpected place. Later, Luke butt heads with another family member. Everybody but the person she most wants to remembers Maxie’s special day. Maxie lashes out at Spinelli. Can Matt save Elizabeth’s life on Tuesday, November 1? Carly finds Shawn on an apparent date with another woman on Thursday, November 3. The dramatics are on as Carly reacts to Shawn’s “betrayal.” Patrick and Robin put together something special for Emma. Sam and Jason make the most of their last day in paradise. Where exactly does Jason Morgan end up on Friday, November 4?

The Inside Story: The Last Supper, of Sorts
Kristina begins to have second thoughts as time ticks down to her leaving her friends and family behind for Yale. Sonny invites Kate to a family dinner he’s throwing in honor of his daughter. Dante and Lulu consider announcing their engagement at the dinner but will Lulu’s fears end the engagement before the main course? Later, will Diane’s update unhinge Dante’s father? Kristina, Michael, Abby, Olivia, Dante, Lulu and Alexis arrive for the big dinner celebration on Wednesday, November 2. Olivia has another worrisome spell. Molly helps Kristina as she packs for Yale. The Davis women share a heartfelt moment. Sonny appears to be at peace. Kate interrupts the dinner. Dante and Michael go at it again about the warehouse. Lulu confronts Olivia. Sonny and Kristina have a heart to heart. Ethan pleasantly surprises Kristina before she takes off for Yale.


  • Jason receives a belated wedding gift from Franco.
  • Steve makes a surprising discovery.
  • A new doctor arrives at General Hospital.
  • Johnny lends Kate a hand; meanwhile, Sonny worries about Olivia.
  • Elizabeth is the recipient of a surprising visitor.


( — “Good Morning America” will pay tribute to the canceled daytime drama “One Life to Live” before the show leaves ABC Daytime for Prospect Park.

“All My Children” star Cameron Mathison (Ryan), who has served as a contributor for the popular morning show since 2009, made the announcement earlier this afternoon on his Twitter page, tweeting “I had the privilege of interviewing actors at ‘One Life To Live’ for a ‘GMA’ piece we are doing. GREAT stuff. I’ll let you know air date.”

“Good Morning America” aired a similar send-off to “One Life’s” sister soap “All My Children” on September 15, one week before that show aired its final episode on the network.

ABC will broadcast its final episode of “One Life to Live” on Friday, January 13, at which point it will begin airing on Prospect Park’s new Online Network, alongside “All My Children.”

“One Life to Live” and “Dirty Soap” star John-Paul Lavoisier guest stars in tonight’s all new episode of CBS’ “The Mentalist.”

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Henry Thomas Guest Stars as Tommy,

Lisbon’s Younger Brother

“Where in the World is Carmine O’Brien” — When the CBI team travels to a resort town to find out who murdered a police chief, Lisbon crosses paths with her brother Tommy, now a bounty hunter, who’s tracking a bail jumper, on THE MENTALIST, Thursday, Oct. 27 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Henry Thomas (“ET: The Extra-Terrestrial”) guest stars as Tommy, Lisbon’s younger brother.

Lavoisier will portray the character Chad Carmichael

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( — On Friday, September 30, Prospect Park officially announced actors Melissa Archer (Natalie Buchanan Banks), Kelley Missal (Danielle Rayburn), Sean Ringgold (Shaun Evans),Andrew Trischitta (Jack Manning) and Jerry VerDorn (Clint Buchanan) will be joining already signed Ted King (Thomas Delgado), Michael Easton (John McBain), Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer) and Erika Slezak (Viki Banks) when “One Life to Live” is transitioned over from ABC to the web beginning in January 2012. Since the announcement, Soap Opera Network has reached out to a number of the signed stars and today Missal explains why she signed on.

“I felt very blessed to be asked in the first place,” said Missal earlier this month when Soap Opera Network caught up with the actress outside of the “7th Annual Rock Show for Charity” event held at the Soho Playhouse theater in New York City. On making the decision to continue with the soap online, “Obviously you have to go through a bunch of decisions and a lot of factors come in, but ultimately I love ‘One Life to Live’. I love the people that I work with and I really wanted to be part of this new project going into this new era of TV on the internet. I was just really excited that I was asked and I’m really excited to be part of it now.”

With only nine actors signed on so far for the online version of “One Life to Live,” and some stars coming forward with news that they do not plan on staying with the show when it is transitioned to the web, Missal wishes everyone well. “I wish the best of luck to everyone who is staying on and everyone who is going. I just want to say that I’m very blessed and very thankful.”

( — Ratings Report for the Week of October 17-21, 2011

NOTE: Please do not copy and paste the entire ratings.  Thank you.

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,479,000 (-12,000/-383,000)
2. B&B 3,067,000 (+78,000/-120,000)
3. OLTL 2,593,000 (+13,000/+239,000)
4. DAYS 2,393,000 (+50,000/-138,000)
5. GH 2,317,000 (-31,000/-63,000)

1. Y&R 3.3/11 (-.1/-.1)
2. B&B 2.3/8 (same/same)
3. OLTL 1.9/6 (same/+.2)
4. DAYS 1.8/6 (+.1/-.1)
4. GH 1.8/5 (same/same)

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 906,000 (-47,000/-105,000)
2. OLTL 608,000 (-7,000/-17,000)
3. GH 597,000 (-18,000/-145,000)
4. B&B 583,000 (-37,000/-49,000)
5. DAYS 580,000 (-31,000/-72,000)

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.4/9 (-.1/-.1)
2. B&B 0.9/6 (-.1/-.1)
2. OLTL 0.9/6 (-.1/same)
2. GH 0.9/6 (-.1/-.2) <—–— ties low
2. DAYS 0.9/6 (-.1/-.1) <—–— ties low

Girls 12-17 Viewers
1. Y&R 43,000 (-14,000/-2,000)
2. OLTL 41,000 (-4,000/+22,000)
3. B&B 28,000 (-2,000/-8,000)
4. DAYS 25,000 (+6,000/-18,000)
5. GH 12,000 (-11,000/-12,000)

Women 18-34 Rating
1. Y&R 0.7/5 (same/-.1)
2. OLTL 0.6/3 (same/+.1)
3. DAYS 0.5/3 (-.1/-.2)
3. B&B 0.5/3 (same/same)
5. GH 0.4/3 (-.1/-.2) <—–— ties low

Men 18+ Viewers
1. Y&R 1,045,000 (+13,000/-114,000)
2. B&B 679,000 (+52,000/+7,000)
3. OLTL 530,000 (+22,000/+91,000)
4. DAYS 517,000 (-16,000/-83,000)
5. GH 440,000 (-28,000/-21,000)


Day-To-Day Ratings – HH/Total Viewers

Monday: 2.4/2,927,000
Tuesday: 2.3/3,100,000
Wednesday: 2.4/3,072,000
Thursday: 2.3/3,115,000
Friday: 2.4/3,120,000

Monday: 1.8/2,362,000
Tuesday: 1.7/2,342,000
Wednesday: 1.9/2,685,000
Thursday: 1.8/2,458,000
Friday: 1.6/2,129,000

Monday: 1.8/2,380,000
Tuesday: 1.9/2,537,000
Wednesday: 1.8/2,393,000
Thursday: 1.7/2,204,000
Friday: 1.5/2,072,000

Monday: 2.0/2,769,000
Tuesday: 2.0/2,631,000
Wednesday: 2.0/2,721,000
Thursday: 1.9/2,518,000
Friday: 1.7/2,313,000

Monday: 3.4/4,505,000
Tuesday: 3.3/4,671,000
Wednesday: 3.4/4,458,000
Thursday: 3.2/4,333,000
Friday: 3.2/4,368,000


For the SEASON September 19, 2011 through October 23, 2011

1. Y&R 3.4
2. B&B 2.3
3. OLTL 2.0
4. GH 1.9
4. DAYS 1.9

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.5
2. GH 1.1
2. DAYS 1.1
4. OLTL 1.0
5. B&B 0.9


Ratings Archive

OLTL Recap: Thursday, October 27, 2011

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( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Thursday, October 27, 2011.


Marcie reminds John of Brody’s history of violence. John poses a theory to Michael: Brody threatened to kill Victor because he threatened to take Liam away. Brody enters at EOD in time to hear Michael ask a pertinent question: Brody always stood to lose Shane, because he was not Brody’s son. But how could Victor take Liam away from Brody, since Liam is Brody’s son?

Roxy confronts Natalie about her engagement to Brody. Roxy argues that John still loves Natalie and is on the verge of telling her everything that John said when they are interrupted by a visit from Brody.

Aubrey confronts Cutter about his scheme to use Gigi’s memory to bilk Rex. Cutter comes up with a way to help insure the success of his plan. Rex and Marcie share a warm reunion.

Rick tries to enlist the Fords in Starr’s music video shoot. Starr and Rick clash over his rules for the shoot.

On the Next One Life to Live

  • Cutter convinces Kim’s friend to go to the costume party.
  • Cord is taken aback to see Tina wearing a wedding dress.
  • Viki offers to stay home and keep Clint company.

GH Recap: Thursday, October 27, 2011


( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Thursday, October 27, 2011.


Something is not adding up for Robin. Anthony and Johnny discuss the consequences of waking up a coma patient.

Carly and Shawn start drinking.

Michael learns that Carly and Shawn have “gone on vacation” in Hawaii. Furious, he takes out his frustration on arriving Abby with her stripper friends.

Brought in by Spinelli, Elizabeth gets medical care from Monica. Later, the mystery man is inside Wyndemere.

On the Next General Hospital

  • Dante questions Michael.
  • Luke surprises Tracy.
  • Jason and Sam discuss his relationship with Carly.

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( — As in previous weeks, ratings for soaps are unavailable at press time but the numbers are out for talk shows including “The Chew,” “The Talk” and “The View.”

Per Marc Berman at TV Media Insights, ABC’s “The Chew” has reached its largest audiences since premiere week (week of September 26-30, 2011) in viewers while remaining flat in Women 25-54, Women 18-49 and Women 18-34 compared to its post premiere week averages.

Ratings for recently introduced ABC daytime talk show The Chew remained consistent from one week earlier, still trailing former occupant All My Children by noticeable proportions.  Based on the Live Plus Same Day data from Nielsen Media Research for the week of Oct. 17 (week four), The Chew averaged 1.94 million viewers, with no change demographically.  One year earlier, long-running scripted serial All My Children averaged 2.31 million viewers, with the demographic breakdown compared to The Chew as follows:

All My Children (ABC) – Week of 10/18/10
Viewers: 2.31 million, Women 25-54: 1.2/ 8, Women 18-49: 0.8/ 6,
Women 18-34: 0.5/ 3

The Chew (ABC) – Week of 10/17/11
Viewers: 1.94 million, Women 25-54: 0.9/ 5, Women 18-49: 0.6/ 4,
Women 18-34: 0.4/ 2

All My Children Advantage
Viewers: + 19 percent, Women 25-54: +33, Women 18-49: +33,
Women 18-34: +25

The Chew, of course, is cheaper to produce than All My Children, hence the programming change.  But sometimes the value of the audience is more important than the raw dollar figures, and the pending departure of One Life to Live for another talker, The Revolution, is also not likely to resonate in a daypart gutted with similar appeal programming.

For more on “The Chew” and how it compares to “The Talk” and “The View,” head on over to TV Media Insights.