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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” DVR Alerts for the Week of September 5, 2011.

ALL MY CHILDREN: DVR ALERTS

  • Monday: (Encore Presentation; OAD 8/5/11) Bianca and Kendall are surprised to find Erica on their doorstep with Dixie, Janet and Marian. Leo and Greenlee talk about the past and the present. Greenlee wakes up and finds an unconscious Zach in the locked room with her.
  • Tuesday: Ryan thinks David is banking on people forgiving him for all he’s done by bringing back their loved ones. Erica remembers working with Mike Roy on her first book. Carol Burnet reprises her role as Verla Grubbs.
  • Wednesday: Bloodied and bruised, Ryan and Zach are hauled down to the police station. David says two of his patients are well enough to be revealed soon. Opal plans on meeting her old flame Sam with Dixie and Krystal by her side.
  • Thursday: JR faces a foreclosure on his home. Marissa offers JR legal help. Madison apologizes to Scott for shutting him out.
  • Friday: Jesse wants Ryan to drop his vendetta against David. Zach warns Ryan not to mess with something he doesn’t understand. Cara is shocked by the results of her test.

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Friday, September 23, 2011 may be the final airdate for “All My Children” on ABC, but Wednesday, August 31, 2011 marked the last date an actor was under contract with the drama series since the filming of the soaps pilot episode in late 1969.

Although “One Life to Live” debuted nearly two years before it, “All My Children” was actually the first soap opera created by Agnes Nixon that was geared towards the ABC Television Network’s daytime audience. Initially, ABC thought the idea of “AMC” was too much for daytime television, especially with an untested series creator (Nixon), so the network asked the scribe to conceive a totally different soap opera (“OLTL”). With the success of “One Life,” Nixon was given the go ahead to move forward with “All My Children,” which takes place in the fictional town of Pine Valley, Pennsylvania. The series debuted as a half-hour program and was owned by Nixon’s Creative Horizons, Inc. before being sold to ABC outright in 1975. “AMC” was expanded to an hour long serial beginning in 1977.

After more than 10,700 episodes and 41-years on television, “All My Children” will end its broadcast run on ABC on Friday, September 23, 2011. In its final week and leading to its final moments, “All My Children” will celebrate the rich history and legacy of Pine Valley’s favorite families including the Kane family, the Hubbard family, the Martin family and the Chandlers. Nixon has promised a cliffhanger ending that will have the audience excited for the next chapter of her 41-year old sudser. Susan Lucci, who portrays matriarch Erica Kane, will have been the only original cast member from the first season of “AMC” that has remained with the show without interruption since its debut on January 5, 1970.

At this time it is unclear as to who will be returning to the soap when “All My Children” resumes production later this fall/early winter in order to make its grand return when it moves to an online format beginning in January 2012 when Prospect Park takes over production from the Disney/ABC Television Group.


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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — If you watched yesterday’s (August 30) episode of “One Life to Live” you likely heard Kristen Alderson‘s (Starr) singing during the montage at the end of the episode where Victor Lord, Jr. (Trevor St. John) was gunned down by an unknown assailant. And if you liked the song you are in luck, it will soon be available for fans to download.

The catchy tune, which includes the show’s name as part of the lyrics, was recently recorded at the “OLTL” studios by Alderson on August 4, after it was “written” by her character Starr and her soon-to-be former co-star Barret Helms (Baz).

Alderson thanked her fans for their support following the episode, tweeting, “I’m so glad everyone liked Starr’s ‘One Life To Live’ song that aired today! All of your compliments mean the world. <3″ She went on to say that the show’s Music Director Paul S. Glass “is working on getting the song available for download for you guys asap. xoxoxo”

The actress also complimented Glass on the song, tweeting “Thank you @oltlmusic !! You and Dave are the BEST. The song fit so perfectly with the episode. =)” Glass responded in kind saying “Thanks! I loved how it worked out and so glad at the response! You were awesome!”

This was not the first time music from “One Life to Live” has been made commercially available for fans.  Back on Valentine’s Day, “The Sound of a Kiss” is the third “OLTL” album to be released on iTunes, and featured songs performed by Alderson and several of her “OLTL” co-stars. The show released “Prom Night: The Musical” in 2007 and “Starr X’d Lovers: The Musical” in 2010. “One Life to Live” also released the CD “One Life, Many Voices” to help with Hurricane Katrina and Rita clean-up efforts in 2006. And different songs by various artists featured in past episodes have also been made available by “OLTL” on iTunes.

In case you missed the part of Tuesday’s episode featuring the song, you can watch it here starting at the six minute mark.


AMC Recap: Wednesday, August 31, 2011

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Wednesday, August 31, 2011.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

Tad tells Cara they can’t put off the interview otherwise she could be deported. “All My Children” creator Agnes Nixon makes a special guest appearance.

Tad admits that seeing Dixie with David reminded him all over again how David convinced her to leave town while pregnant with their baby.

Marissa tells Bianca that JR is making trouble for her.

Angie reels off the loss of her baby and asks Jesse to tell her about their little girl.

On the Next All My Children

  • Jesse tells Brot he doesn’t want him to risk his badge or relationship with Natalia due to him.
  • Jackson tells Erica her new book is creating good buzz and her publisher wants to put her on a talk show in LA.
  • Erica gets a message from Mona.

GH Recap: Wednesday, August 31, 2011

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Wednesday, August 31, 2011.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

Maxie arrives with the engagement ring – but even Sam is not permitted to see Jason. Anthony makes plans to “visit” Jason Morgan at the hospital.

Kristina and Michael fight over Sonny’s culpability and a future in the mob. Carly and Alexis discuss Jax and Sonny, and it gets nasty.

Matt and Elizabeth discuss the additional missing drugs – who took them? Meanwhile, Lucky and Lulu have an emotional fight about his addiction. Lulu is hurt that Dante lied to her about Lucky – and she makes an important decision.

Patrick’s ego crosses with Robin, and he fights with Matt. Later, we realize Matt has a big professional project in the works.

On the Next General Hospital

  • Robin and Patrick fight over his attitude since she became chief of staff.
  • Carly and Shawn grow closer.
  • Something’s not quite right with Kristina.

OLTL Recap: Wednesday, August 31, 2011

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Wednesday, August 31, 2011.

The police are called to the scene of the shooting. Brody, remaining enigmatic, finds a keychain by the front door, with the inscription “You Don’t Know Jack.” Téa IDs them as Jack’s. Starr returns home to Blair’s frantic news that Jack is missing.

Starr learns that Todd has taken Blair’s gun. Brody, staring at his gun, comes into the LPD after supposedly searching for the shooter.

At the Buenos Dias, Mrs. Evans is still bitter about Nora’s wanting Destiny to have the baby and let her raise it, Bo and Nora enter and it’s tense. Nora inadvertently makes things worse by offering to draw up a legal agreement about the grandchild.

Dani leaves and the situation goes from bad to worse, with Mrs. Evans telling Bo/Nora that she only wants to communicate with them through their lawyers.

On the Next One Life to Live

  • Blanca goes after Brody looking for a scoop.
  • Rex and Shane each act rather suspicious.
  • Baz has his doubts about his father’s claim.

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Daytime Emmy Award winning television and stage director, actor, and teacher David Pressman died of natural causes on Monday in New York City at the age of 97. Pressman is best remembered by soap fans for his three decades of directing daytime dramas, including “Another World” and “One Life to Live.”

According to Variety, Pressman began his long career as child after receiving a scholarship to the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater, where he studied acting alongside Sanford Mesiner. It was during this time that Pressman made his acting debut in 1941 in a stage production of “Brooklyn, U.S.A.” He later also appeared on stage in “The Eve of St. Mark” and “Dream Girl.”

After graduating, Mesiner asked him to return as his teaching assistant, where he mentored several young actors, including Marlon Brando, Gregory Peck and Tony Randall.

After serving in World War II, where he earned two Purple Hearts, Pressman pursued a career in the new medium of television. In the early 1950s he won a Peabody for his work directing a live action “Actors Studio” TV program. Before directing the series, Pressman starred in the first episode opposite Jessica Tandy, in an adaptation of the Tennessee Williams play “Portrait of a Madonna.” He then earned widespread recognition for his work directing Molnar’s “The Swan” as a segment on “Studio One in Hollywood” starring Grace Kelly in 1951, which later remade into a feature film.

Blacklisted during the 1950s for being a member of the Communist Party, the Soviet-born Pressman founded the acting department at Boston University, where he a number of future Hollywood stars, including Olympia Dukakis. From there, he moved to Broadway, where he directed a number of stage productions, including “The Disenchanted,” “Roman Candle,” and “Summertree.” He then returned to the Neighborhood Playhouse, where he took over the school for the next decade.

By the 1960s, Pressman returned to television, and directed episodes of the primetime dramas “The Defenders,” “The Doctors and the Nurses,” and “N.Y.P.D.,” including a 1968 episode featuring future Hollywood icons Al Pacino and Jill Claybaugh. After a stint of directing on the NBC soap “Another World,” Pressman joined rival ABC soap “One Life to Live”  in 1970 at the request of then Executive Producer Doris Quinlin. After directing countless episodes of “OLTL” during the next twenty-eight years, and earning several Daytime Emmy nominations (winning in 1976, 1983, and 1984), Pressman retired from the show in 1998. However, he was soon asked to return for a time to help train the soap’s younger actors.

Also in 1998, Pressman returned to his acting roots when he played the  Shakespeare-quoting homeless man Bernie Hopper on “OLTL.” He later reprised the role in 2003. In 2004 he was interviewed as part of the Archive of American Television’s TV Legends Series, which you can watch here.

Pressman is survived by his wife, two sons, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.


General Hospital: September PreVUE

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A quick peek into what’s happening in Port Charles this September.

GENERAL HOSPITAL: SEPTEMBER PREVIEW

The road to Sam and Jason’s wedding is paved with both minor and major challenges.

Shawn and Carly find themselves in a sexy situation.

Lucky fights to get his life together and fix the huge mess he’s created.

Kristina’s family and friends struggle to cope in the wake her diagnosis.

Two Port Charles residents make their long-awaited returns.


One Life to Live: September PreVUE

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A quick peek into what’s happening in Llanview this September.

ONE LIFE TO LIVE: SEPTEMBER PREVIEW

Clint thinks he has the answer to Kim’s troubles.

An arrest is made in Victor’s murder, but is the right person behind bars?

Todd tries to reach out to Jack, only to be shocked by his actions.

Aubrey and Cutter make a surprising discovery regarding a murder suspect.

Rex’s two moms go to great lengths to protect their son, but will their efforts be in vain?


All My Children: September PreVUE

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A quick peek into what’s happening in Pine Valley this September.

ALL MY CHILDREN: SEPTEMBER PREVIEW

JR hits rock bottom. Can anybody save him from himself?

Erica decides whether or not to pursue her past or leave it buried.

Jake and Amanda make a profound decision about their future.

Cara shocks David.

Angie and Maya both make difficult decisions that could forever change their future.

Zach surprises Kendall.

On it’s final week on ABC (September 19 to 23), look for many returns as “All My Children” celebrates the rich history and legacy of Pine Valley’s favorite families including the Kane family, the Hubbard family, the Martin family and the Chandlers.  Creator Agnes Nixon promises a cliffhanger ending that will have the audience excited for the next chapter of her 41-year old sudser.