Watkins Reports Back to Work on ‘OLTL’

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Tuc Watkins returns to “One Life to Live” once again as David Vickers Buchanan, becoming the latest in a series of former cast members returning to the show before it leaves ABC Daytime.

Despite the fact that his character left town locked arm in arm with Dorian Lord (Robin Strasser) back in August, David has already found his way back to Llanview. According to Watkins’ “One Life” co-star Sean Ringgold (Shaun), the actor is back on set taping scenes this week. However, like most of David’s stints in Llanview, expect this most recent one to likely only last a few episodes.

Ringgold also noted another “return” to the canvas in the coming weeks. Radio personality Carolina Bermudez has also resumed filming for her recurring role of Llaview’s WVL-TV investigative reporter Blanca Morales. The news was also confirmed by Julia Davis, “OLTL’s” make-up artist, who tweeted that she “Had an Awesome day on set with Z100’s Carolina Bermudez. She’s rocking all @Juliajovone Eyes and lips. Makeup by Me.”

“Hey guys just finished up here at the studio . I had some really funny scenes with Carolina Bermudez from z100 she’s did a Really great job :-) also Tuc Walkins , Shenell [Edmonds] , Ilene [Kristen] . I hope and pray everyone is going Hard and finishing up this week with your goals accomplished,” Ringgold posted on his Facebook page Wednesday.

A first airdate for either actor has yet to be announced.


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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Since we reported an update to ABC’s decision to hand over the “General Hospital” timeslot in September 2012 back to its affiliates in the Disney/ABC Television Groups plan to launch a new talk show hosted by Katie Couric, fans have been up in arms over the possible demise of a daytime institution (on top of the demises of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live”) after a number of them started calling their local ABC affiliates and reportedly were told that the network had informed them they would be pulling “GH” off the ABC Daytime schedule as early as June 2012. Now an ABC Daytime representative tells Soap Opera Network that those rumors are just “not true.”

“This is not true…our ABC stations have not been told that the ‘General Hospital’ time slot will end in June. The confusion probably lies in giving back the ‘GH’ ‘Time Period’ to the stations come September 2012,” said the rep who reminds us of the following statement issued back in June of this year:

“The announcement does not mean the inevitable cancellation of ‘General Hospital.’ Rather it means that in September 2012 we will program our daytime block with our three strongest shows.  We’ll have options for the Daytime daypart just like we do each year with Primetime.  We believe in all of our shows and the ones that our viewers want, will be the ones that continue. There are MANY options that could happen…only time will tell…we are simply giving ourselves options for the future, which is a smart way to do business.  The best way to ensure a favorite show stays on the air is to watch it.”


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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Although a “Days of our Lives” representative was unavailable for comment to Soap Opera Network, Soap Opera Digest is reporting what The Huffington Post originally reported, which is Lisa Rinna is returning to the NBC soap in the role of Billie Reed. The actress originated the role in 1992, nearly twenty years ago.

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“‘Days Of Our Lives’ has a great new team behind it, and they are determined to make sure the show not only survives but thrives,” an insider tells me. “Part of the strategy is bringing out the big guns, which includes bringing back Lisa Rinna and Billie Reed.”

“Lisa is doing a James Franco,” the source says, referencing Franco’s recent guest role on “General Hospital.” “There is something full circle about bringing her back to the role that made her famous and now harnessing her celebrity to secure the future of the show.”

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Per the Post, Rinna’s supposed scripts are being kept under wraps and anyone involved in her storyline are being told to keep quiet after learning they’ll be working with her. The site states she’ll begin shooting her episodes in December, which would place her first airdate as early as March per the current filming schedule the soap is under.

Rinna previously returned to “DAYS” in 2002 during the soaps failed attempt to recapture the novelty of her character. Although at no fault to the actress herself, the soap wrote her character as a cop at the Salem Police Department, which incensed fans – particularly fans of Bo (Peter Reckell) and Hope (Kristian Alfonso) Brady.


‘One Life’ November Casting Updates

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Casting changes for “One Life to Live” for the month of November.

As we previously reported, Tonja Walker is returning to “OLTL” as Alex Olanov. Yesterday the actress posted her upcoming airdates on her Twitter page. Fans can be expect to see her on November 17, 18, 21, and 22, and for Alex to have a surprising connection to Cutter (Josh Kelly).

Kathy Brier has posted a few of her upcoming airdates as Marcie McBain on Facebook. Look for her again on November 1, 3, and 8.

Looks like he’s not dead after all. On Friday, November 4, homeless man Louie (Helmar Augustus Cooper) has an encounter with Todd (Roger Howarth) after having escaped from Irene’s hired goons, who have been holding him prisoner.

Speaking of Irene (Barbara Rhoades), look for Todd to have another vision of his dead mother on Thursday, November 10 when she pushes him to do something drastic.

Matthew Conlon is back as Tomas’ (Ted King) friend art dealer M. Claude Calmar on Tuesday, November 8 when the two have a visit.

Patrick Gibbons, Jr. and Stephanie Schmahl next appear as Sam Manning and Bree Brennan on Monday, October 31.

Although she has been MIA recently, Destiny (Shenell Edmonds) returns next week.

Kearran Giovanni appears again as Dr. Vivian Wright on Friday, November 11 when she and Sean (Shaun Ringgold) have a difference of opinion regarding their future together.

Peter Barlett will be making at least a couple of appearances as Nigel next month, including Tuesday, November 1, when he relays an important message to Clint (Jerry verDorn). On a related note, verDorn talks about Prospect Park’s takeover of “One Life” in a recent interview with Soap Opera Weekly.

Kristen Alderson (Starr) and David A. Gregory (Ford) are reportedly in negotiations with Prospect Park about continuing with the show after it leaves ABC.

Doggie David Vickers (Tallulah Bean) will continue to play a role in an important storyline in the coming weeks.

And check out this cute picture of Andrew Trischitta (Jack) helping Patrick Gibbons, Jr. (Sam) out with his math homework during a break on set, and this one of Roger Howarth (Todd) posing with “OLTL’s” Make-Up Artist Julia Davis.


Strasser’s Future Doesn’t Include Dorian

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Much to the dismay of many “One Life” fans hoping for her to return when the show begins production with Prospect Park at year’s end, it appears as if Robin Strasser (Dorian) won’t be coming back to Llanview any time soon.

Strasser, who has played the feisty Dr. Dorian Cramer Lord on an off since 1979 left “OLTL” in August amidst reports that the actress was suffering from severe back problems and contemplating surgery. Even so, fans were still hopeful that Strasser might either make a final appearance on the show before it wraps taping on its ABC run next month or be approached by Prospect Park with a deal to bring Dorian back to the canvas when the show moves online.

Those hopes were crushed earlier this week by Strasser herself who tweeted “It’s DEF! moving to LA soon. NO ‘prospect’ in NY, so I’m heading West:) where I have a real pretty house. NO pity pot- it’s pool party time!”

However, even without Strasser back on screen look for Dorian’s name to continue to be mentioned from time to time in the coming weeks, including on Friday, November 11 when someone receives a very important letter Llanview’s newest U.S. Senator.


Conn’s ‘Life’ Ends with Prospect Park

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Even though nearly a dozen “One Life to Live” cast members have already signed on to remain with the show when it moves to online production with Prospect Park in the coming months, at least one actress won’t be sticking around to make the transition. Terri Conn (Aubrey/Christine) tells Soap Opera Weekly that “I’m not going to stay.”

In an interview with the actress in the latest edition of the magazine Conn, who joined the cast of “OLTL” in 2010, admits to basing her decision on her age (she is 36), saying “I’ve made the very hard decision because I’m not getting any younger and if I’m going to do it I’ve got to do it now to see if there is anything else out there for me that might have longer longevity. I don’t have any plans to move [to L.A.]; I would prefer to be in New York. The types of shows that are here I’m really excited about.”

Prior to joining “One Life,” Conn played Katie Peretti on “As the World Turns” from 1998-2010. After more than a decade in daytime, she admits her desire for a career change. “That’s the thing about being in a contract on daytime. It’s such an amazing job but there are all these other opportunities that you can’t necessarily do. They will try to get you out, but you are under a contract with them and that’s your first priority. I’ve been tied to a contract for 13-14 years, so I’m excited to get out and try the other stuff.”

Meanwhile, when asked by a fan about whether or not he would be staying with the show, Conn’s husband and “OLTL” co-star Austin Peck (Rick) tweeted earlier this week that “[I] don’t know yet.” Peck joined “One Life to Live” in the recurring role of porn director turned music producer Rick Powers in March of this year. The couple were married on July 1.


GH Alerts: Week of October 31 Edition

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” DVR Alerts for the Week of October 31, 2011.

GENERAL HOSPITAL: DVR ALERTS

  • Monday: Sonny plans a family dinner. Kate thinks about her past with Sonny. Kristina questions her future.
  • Tuesday: Diane breaks news of Brenda to Sonny. Johnny works out a deal with Steve for his father. Maxie is upset at Spinelli.
  • Wednesday: Sonny finds momentary peace. Olivia gets lightheaded. Jason and Sam’s last day in paradise.
  • Thursday: Dante and Michael are at odds. At Jake’s, Carly becomes upset at Shawn. Emma’s birthday draws near.
  • Friday: Anthony reminds Johnny about Claudia. Sonny witnesses Carly’s blowup. Jason awakes to a surprise.

OLTL Alerts: Week of October 31 Edition

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” DVR Alerts for the Week of October 31, 2011.

ONE LIFE TO LIVE: DVR ALERTS

  • Monday: Viki and Clint remember their wedding. Cord and Tina are alone in the stables. Sam wants Todd to go trick-or-treating with him and Blair.
  • Tuesday: Blair confides in Starr about the men in her life. Rex searches for information on Cutter’s lady friend. Viki and Todd probe each other about their love lives.
  • Wednesday: Viki, Tina, and Todd are summoned to appear in court. Téa tells Nora that Tomas has a plan to catch Victor’s murderer.
  • Thursday: Roxy tells Tina how John feels about Natalie. Dani is concerned about her mother. Nora tries to boost Destiny’s spirits.
  • Friday: John sees Natalie in her wedding dress. Jessica tells Natalie she has something important to tell her. Téa wonders if she might be pregnant.

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — With production on the show’s television run scheduled to end on Friday, November 18, “One Life to Live” is offering four lucky fans a final opportunity to go behind-the-scenes of the soap’s New York City studios with long-time cast member Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer).

Through 2:00 PM ET on Wednesday, November 2, fans can bid on the set tour on CharityBuzz.com, with proceeds going to benefit the Center for Hearing and Communication. However, touring Llanview doesn’t come cheap; currently the bidding stands at $1,350.00.

The top bidder and three guests will be treated to a meet and greet with DePaiva, as well as tour of the set and a chance to meet other actors working the day of the visit. For more information or to place your bid, click here.


17 and Pregnant, ‘OLTL’ Makes Destiny a Mother

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — With the father of her unborn baby still in a coma, a very much pregnant Destiny Evans (Shenell Edmonds) continues to inch closer toward her due date. However, the teenage mother-to-be will soon be going through labor pains as “One Life to Live” is already looking to cast her little bundle of joy.

On Wednesday, CP Talent posted on Facebook that the casting agency was “looking for very lite skin AA [African-American] newborn babies for ‘OLTL.’ email name, dob, ht wt, size and photo to Colette, NO older then 3 months tops! The smaller the better.”

No word on when Destiny will give birth on screen, although it is thought that Matthew Buchanan (Eddie Alderson) will awaken from his coma in time to learn he’s going to be a father.