(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Last week, interviews released by The Hollywood Reporter had Alicia Minshew, one of ‘All My Children’s” most popular stars, directly quoted as saying she was “ready to move on” when asked about continuing with the 41-year old soap as it goes online. In the same interview, Minshew did concede she would be open to continuing with the show with a reduced schedule but that Prospect Park had yet to contact her to begin discussing terms. On Tuesday, the actress revealed to Soap Opera Digest that she is now in talks with the production company that licensed “AMC” and things are looking “really promising” for her to continue with the soap opera that put her on the map.
Talking with Digest, Minshew clarifies that she has never had any intention of just walking away from “AMC” which she feels appeared to get lost in the translation of the interview released last week. The 37-year old actress is married to a New York based restauranteur, Richie Herschenfeld, and notes at that some point she will have to return to the East Coast. The mother of a soon-to-be 2-year-old daughter, Willow, says for her it comes down to what is best for her and her family. She is hopeful something can be worked out, noting the people she is communicating with from Prospect Park “are really nice and really smart and they get it. They understand about family, which I love.”
Minshew debuted in the role of Kendall Hart in January 2002. The role was, of course, originated by Sarah Michelle Gellar from 1993 to 1995. (Gellar, who has moved on to prime-time television success, will make a brief cameo appearance on the Wednesday, September 21 episode of “AMC.”) Minshew has earned two Daytime Emmy nominations for her work as Erica Kane’s (Susan Lucci) oft-time rebellious first-born; a Supporting Actress nomination in 2009 and she landed in the prestigious Lead Actress category for her work in 2010. The actress reportedly recently turned down an offer to star on, as of 2012, one of the four remaining network soap operas.
Minshew is scheduled to appear with several of her co-stars on a special edition of “The View” on Friday, September 23. “AMC” last airs on ABC Daytime later that same afternoon.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “The Young and the Restless” Episode Recap – Monday, September 19, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Abby went to Victor to tell him the latest drama she created for herself. She shared with him how she wore a wire for Malloy in an effort to catch Tucker admitting he killed Diane Jenkins. She told Victor how she instead Malloy overheard her conversation with Ashley about the night she was in the park. Victor told Abby to stop confiding in others, but do so with family. He assured her he would take care of everything.
Ashley was still upset that Abby wore a microphone. Tucker asked how she responded to being found out, but Ashley shared that Abby took off before they could talk. He guessed that she was scared about something other than being lectured. He gave Ashley a heads up on Ronan trying to get in contact with her. Just then the phone rang. She told him she was going to go see him, while he kept a eye out on if Abby returned or not. When she reached the police station, Ronan played her ‘confession’ for her. He wanted to know what if she called Nick in order for him to help her get rid of Diane’s body. When she refused to answer him, he pulled the bloody rock out of drawer, placing it in her hand. He wanted to know how many times she hit Diane over the head with the rock until she was dead.
Kevin lectured Billy for sneaking out to see Delia. He warned Billy that by doing it would only make things worse for Delia, especially if he’s trying not to be found out by anyone. When Billy agreed, Kevin started to wonder what he could possibly be up to. Billy didn’t hide his frustration at not being able to see his daughter. Kevin wanted to know what Victor had on Billy, but Billy kept quiet. Back at the hospital, Chloe read to Delia, who complained of a headache. The nurse comes in to take her vitals. She has a slight fever. While Delia is resting, Chloe calls Kevin, leaving him a message.
Jill was having a drink, when she pulled out the note that Genevieve wrote. Still miffed that Colin ran off with his ex, Jill set the note on fire and tossed into the ashtray. As for Colin, he was still locked in the wine cellar with Gloria. Colin slowly learned that Genevieve purposely set him up in order to keep him and Jill apart. A tipsy Gloria babbled about how everyone seemed to focus on Jill. Both questioned the other on who would be looking for them. When Colin went over to a section of the wine cellar, he unwittingly stumbled upon a hidden craps table that lowered down. They realize that there is another hidden area. The go inside, in hopes to see if they can find a way out. Unfortunately, they come up short.
Ronan continued his interrogation, asking Ashley was there to witness Diane’s last breath after taking her life. Ashley told him that she didn’t do anything to Diane. Ronan tossed in that he’s aware that she was angry that Diane was fooling around with Tucker. It’s then that Ashley tells the detective that their conversation is done. As she was heading out, Ronan brought up how Kyle must be wondering who would hurt is mother. He then jabs her with her thinking about her daughter and how hurt she could be. The minute she walks out, he calls to have a police detail tail her. Shortly after placing the tail on Ashley, Victor arrived and told Ronan to leave his family alone. Outside of Ronan’s office, Victor received the call to let him know that the blood work for Billy came in.
Tucker shows up at the Athletic Club and takes a seat across from Jill. Jill shares that Colin took off with Genevieve. Tucker offers a little sympathy. Jill mentions how Tucker not once tried to warn her about what she was getting into when she was set to marry Colin. She bemoans how Katherine will be all over her when she learns what has happened. Tucker doesn’t mince his dislike for Katherine, calling her a ‘busybody’. During their talk, Jill lets slip that Katherine has managed to give Devon a job in the music industry. Tucker can’t believe what he is hearing. Meanwhile, Devon walked into Gloworm and spotted Abby. The minute he approached her, she started in on how she felt about Tucker. Devon changes gears and shares his news about his job.
In Billy’s trailer, Victor arrived to tell Billy that he is a match to save Delia. He then instructs Kevin to head to the hospital to inform Chloe that he matched after all. As for Chloe, she gets a visit from Ronan. She admits that if she weren’t with him in his hotel room, she might have been able to be there for her daughter sooner. She also admits that if she hadn’t fought Billy for custody, he’d still be in town and be there to help his daughter.
Outside of the police station, Ashley hurriedly rips up the photos that were taken of her and Diane, tossing them into the dumpster. While Ashley was hiding incriminating photos against her, Tucker was at Gloworm approaching Devon, curious to know about his job from Katherine.
Billy was overjoyed that he was a match for his daughter, but a cold Victor told him that once she was fully in the clear, he was to leave town. He said both Victoria and Delia would be better off without him in town at all. Meanwhile, at the hospital, Kevin gave Chloe the news that he was a ‘match’ for Delia.
Ronan returned back to the police station and was being briefed on Ashley and her whereabouts. The police officer handed him a Zip-loc bag with the shredded photographs. Back at the apartment, Abby waited for Ashley, who wanted to know if she was there to apologize.
On the Next The Young and the Restless…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Tuesday, September 20, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Kendall and Bianca are upset after reading the detailed manuscript to Erica’s new book. Kit (John O’Hurley) presses Erica to give him even more insight on her relationships with her daughters and the men in her life. The diva gives Kit generic answers but privately reflects on her relationships both with Kendall and Bianca. The discussion turns to Jackson and his part in Erica losing custody of Bianca. Zach and Jackson both privately reflect on the Kane women. Bianca and Kendall confront Erica. Ryan, Zach and Jack try to keep the peace. The women end up making up and the Kane family – including the Montgomery’s, Slater’s and Lavery’s – gather together for family portraits.
Griffin insists to JR the patient in the room is not Babe. JR and Griffin get into a scuffle. Griffin is forced to knock JR out with drugs to keep him from uncovering the patient. David bristles as JR bad-mouths Marissa and reminds the young man he’s talking about his daughter. JR tries to choke David. David taunts JR. JR threatens Marissa and Bianca again and then proceeds to follow them back to Kendall’s house. He enters the house after everybody scatters and gets his hands on AJ. Erica finds JR with AJ and tells him to leave. JR refuses to abide until the men return to the room. He returns to the mansion where he once again strokes the gun he took from Adam’s belongings. JR is shocked when Babe (Alexa Havins) suddenly appears.
On the Next All My Children…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Tuesday, September 20, 2011.
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Sam catches Jason as he practices walking down the aisle. Maxie jumps straight back into wedding preparations – without the ring (again). Franco is in his gallery, none too pleased that he never received an invitation to Jason and Sam’s wedding.
Johnny takes care of his father’s mess – and we see a new side to the mob prince. Lucky briefs Mac on the Luzetta drug case – and Siobhan’s murder, but Dante worries Lucky will incriminate himself despite Elizabeth’s support. Matt treats Elizabeth for her injuries. Maxie is twinged when she sees their closeness.
Carly and Shawn run into each other.
Kate has a heart-to-heart with Kristina, and Sonny tries to make peace with his daughter.
On the Next General Hospital…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Tuesday, September 20, 2011.
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Todd and Irene are face to face in their cells. She is responsible for concealing Louie and the gun that will clear him. But she’ll produce it and get him off the hook, if Todd will give her what she wants..
John admits to Bo that he thinks Jack is lying about Todd’s guilt in Victor’s murder. John runs through possible suspects, specifically Rex. Bo sticks up for him. Then John proposes another suspect.
Shane appears at the cemetery and needles Jack subtly about what it feels like to lose someone he loves. Jack tells Shane he was an eyewitness to the murder and that his father hit him on the head before going in and shooting Victor. When Jack leaves, Shane goes to Gigi’s grave and tells her that Jack is lying.
Kim diverts Rex from seeing her friend in the hospital room and comes up with a plan to prevent Rex from ever seeing the person in the bed.
Natalie gives Brody an answer to his marriage proposal making it clear that their relationship has nothing to do with John. Brody tells her he loves her.
Baz and Rick find Starr and James at Capricorn. Baz has reconsidered and wants Rick to produce their single. He works to convince her, despite James’s objections, that Rick will be a good producer. Starr feels finally that she should follow her dream and agrees to let Rick produce it.
On the Next One Life to Live…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” issues casting calls for a pair of new minor characters.
The first script is for the recurring role of Dr. Fascinella. The script is a recycled version of the script for Dr. Pryor, which was released back in March. As you may recall, that script revolved around Bo (Robert S. Woods) and Nora (Hillary B. Smith)Buchanan finding out that their son Matthew (Eddie Alderson) was suffering from severe brain trauma. So who do you think is in need of medical assistance this time around?
The second script is for the dayplayer role of a Receptionist. The scene opens with “Ted” tells a receptionist at an office in Brazil that he has been called in to take care of a bed bug infestation. Horrified and disgusted, the woman tells him that he must be mistaken. However Ted, who claims to be from Winnipeg, tells her that he received a complaint from a woman who encountered the pests while staying at the facility recently. When he asks to speak with the doctor in charge, she tells him that Dr. Fascinella is unavailable because he is with a patient. Ted says that is okay, because the bed bug infestation was confined mainly to the reception area. As the woman screams and runs off, Ted steals some files from his desk. As the scene ends, he states that the infestation must have been a false alarm. Remember that “OLTL” often tries to throw viewers off by changing character names in these scripts.
In other news…
David A. Gregory (Ford) responded to a fan on his Facebook page asking him when “OLTL’s” last television tape date was, saying “we don’t know yet.” He also answers a question about why everyone in Llanview refers to his character only by his last name, commenting “When I first came on the show in 2009, the character was known only as Ford. When they brought the character back at the end of the year, they gave him a first name. Most people in Llandview know him as Ford. His family knows him as Robert/Bobby. My theory is he hates Bobby because it reminds him of his bad childhood and it sounds like a little kid’s name. ‘Ford’ is more mysterious, adult, and masculine.” And he previews Wednesday’s (September 21) episode of “One Life,” teasing that “Wed. on OLTL: All 3 Ford boys are back at one of their favorite places…”
Farah Fath (Gigi) tweeted Monday that it was “Back to OLTL tomorrow..cant wait for JP [John-Paul Lavoisier] to get here Wed.”
And Kristen Alderson (Starr) tweeted on Monday “SO MUCH FUN at work today!!! Hahaha” And then later with, “Can’t stop thinking about how fun my “job”was today.Thank u all for your support! I wouldn’t be able to do what I LOVE if it weren’t for u.”
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Daytime Confidential reports that long-time “All My Children” casting director Judy Blye Wilson has decided to move on to CBS’ “The Young and the Restless.” The report indicates that Wilson had hoped to remain on the soap she has spent twenty years casting but the production company that licensed “AMC,” Prospect Park, failed to reach out to her.
Since 1991, Wilson has acted as the casting director for “AMC.” Along with other high-level executives at the soap, that means she has had an influential hand in the hiring of cast members ranging from current A-listers Sarah Michelle Gellar and Josh Duhamel to rising prime-time television and movie stars Micheal B. Jordan, Eva la Rue, Shannon Kane, Kelli Giddish and Leven Rambin. She also played a hand in discovering most of “Y&R’s” current cast – including Billy Miller, Jeff Branson and Eden Riegel (“Y&R” also recently acquired Debbi Morgan who is not a Wilson find) – and that may be part of the reason the number one soap in the U.S.A. extended the award-winning casting director an offer.
Before joining “AMC,” Wilson acted as the casting director of “Ryan’s Hope” from 1981 to 1987 and held the same position at “One Life to Live” from 1988 to 1991. She won three consecutive Daytime Emmy’s for her casting on “AMC” extending from 2001 thru 2004. She has been awarded ten Artios Awards from the Casting Society of America for her casting work on “AMC” (1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008). She may add another Artios Award to her shelf this November.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Late last week, on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” an excited Cameron Mathison (Ryan) announced that the production company that licensed “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” from ABC this summer, Prospect Park, had started to contact actors from his show to negotiate. Today, Prospect Park revealed to the press that they have come to terms with not only Mathison but his co-star Lindsay Hartley (Cara) to continue with the 41-year old daytime drama online.
Mathison joined the cast of “AMC” in December 1997 as con-artist and resident hunk Ryan Lavery. The Emmy-nominee, “Dancing with the Stars” contestant and entertainment show correspondent remained on the show for nearly the entire time since. He took a one year break from July 2002 to July 2003 to try other things. Hartley began her daytime career on NBC Daytime’s “Passions” as Theresa Lopez-Fitzgerald in 1999. She remained on the show until its cancellation in 2008. In 2009, she joined the cast of NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” as Arianna Hernandez. The actress joined the cast of “AMC” as Dr. Cara Castillo in December 2010 after an early dismissal from “DAYS.” Hartley is married to former “Smallville” star Justin Hartley.
The deals with Mathison, Hartley and “OLTL’s” Erika Slezak (Viki), Michael Easton (John), Kassie DePaiva (Blair) and Ted King (Tomas) are not official as can be, yet. Prospect Park and the actor’s union, AFTRA, have to come to official terms before anything can be made official. It appears to be just a matter of time before that happens.
Prospect Park also announced today that they will release “AMC’s” first day of production for the 2012 season in the next few weeks. “AMC” last airs on ABC on Friday, September 23.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Monday, September 19, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Dante and Lulu have a moment of genuine longing over a wedding dress.
Entrapped at dinner with Anthony, Tracy is unaware that Luke is watching her. Later, Luke and Skye cross again on the Quartermaine jet.
Both Elizabeth and Maxie are separately in danger. Spinelli channels Jackal, P.I. for a heroic moment – but a mysterious someone “helps.” Meanwhile, Lucky comes to Elizabeth’s rescue, and yet his drug demons continue to haunt him.
Kate eggs Sonny on, arguing Sonny is his own worst enemy.
On the Next General Hospital…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Monday, September 19, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Todd is arrested and Jack reveals he’s the eyewitness. Nervous Jack is forced to lie to Todd’s face about having seen him at the crime scene. Todd calls Téa to ask for her help. Jack swears to Victor’s grave that he did what he had to do to get Victor justice. Dani tells Téa about Jack’s eyewitness account. Téa’s troubled by the information, and by Todd’s arrest.
When Brody hears about the arrest, he appears to be relieved. He and Natalie, with Liam, marvel at the turn their relationship ending up taking. Brody proposes to Natalie.
Cutter’s shocked to discover the gun is missing from Morris. Cutter threatens Kim. Echo, under pressure from Kim, tries to convince Rex to give everything back to Clint. He takes off for the hospital in Kentucky. Kim reveals to her “friend” that she has the gun Rex used to kill Victor. It’s the key to them getting everything they want. At EOD, Kim finds Rex about to discover her secret patient.
On the Next One Life to Live…