(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — As we previously reported, after nearly a decade since departing “One Life to Live,” Erin Torpey is returning to the fictional town of Llanview to shake things up with one of her former characters childhood lovers.
On Thursday, September 8, Torpey, who is best known for her portrayal of Jessica Buchanan (now played by Bree Williamson) from 1990-2003 , has a life-changing encounter with one of Jessica’s old flames that will forever alter that person’s life. Unfortunately, however, don’t expect the actress to interact with her former onscreen mom Erika Slezak (Victoria Lord) this time around. Torpey last returned to “One Life” in honor of the show’s 40th anniversary as the adult spirit of Jessica’s stillborn daughter Megan, who escorted Viki to heaven back in 2008.
“I grew up on ‘OLTL,’ and I am happy to make one last cameo as the show prepares to end its run. ‘OLTL’ was a second family to me, and it will always hold a very special place in my life,” she noted in a statement last month. Torpey taped her scenes on June 29.
It is understood the old flame is Cristian Vega, portrayed by David Fumero. Torpey’s appearance is said to coincide with the actors exit from the soap.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — One of the first high-profile returns announced following news of the cancellation of “All My Children” on ABC this past April was that of Carol Burnett as Verla Grubbs. Soap Opera Network has learned Burnett will mark her re-entrance into Pine Valley society on Tuesday, September 6. The comedic legend started taping her scenes this past Friday, August 12. Burnett is expected to appear in several episodes of the soap.
The 78-year-old actress originated the role of Langley Wallingford’s (Louis Edmonds) long-lost daughter in 1983. Burnett is a vocal fan and long-time viewer of “All My Children.” Along with her 1983 debut, Burnett reprised the role of Verla on the soap in 1995 to celebrate its 25th Anniversary and again in 2005 to celebrate its 35th Anniversary. In 1995, Burnett also hosted a prime-time special on ABC to honor her favorite daytime drama on it’s silver Anniversary.
Burnett is one of the most famous comedians of any gender of all-time. She starred on the successful CBS comedy variety show “The Carol Burnett Show” from 1967 to 1978. Burnett has guest appeared on numerous series including older favorites like “Mad About You,” “The Larry Sanders Show” and “The Gary Moore Show” to newer series like NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU,” ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” and FOX’s “Glee” She was also the first celebrity to air on a little PBS program called “Sesame Street” in 1969. The television, stage and movie actress who has earned nearly every prestigious honor available for a legend has also earned six Prime-time Emmy Awards as a performer and a producer and no less than five Golden Globe Awards as a performer.
Look for Verla to hit the Pine Valley scene with her unique sense of humor just as Erica (Susan Lucci) finds herself in the unique position of having to help deal with Opal’s (Jill Larson) man trouble.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Monday, August 15, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
John arrives with the key to the mystery. Téa and Blair compare notes as they try to puzzle out the mystery of the two Todds. Blair lets Téa know that the man with Todd’s original face kissed her. Téa’s a little jealous, but that’s nothing compared to how she feels when Blair tells her that she also kissed Todd. A fight ensues, which Tomas interrupts with shocking news that will help solve the mystery of who is the real Todd Manning.
Starr and Baz meet. Baz is stunned about everything that’s happened since he was away visiting his mother. He’s learning more and more about his own dad, while Starr is torn between two fathers. They rehearse some music and are excited by the results.
Destiny reveals to Dani that she decided against the abortion after thinking long and hard about what Matthew’s mom said. She doesn’t know if she’ll give the baby to Nora and Bo. Dani’s supportive, filling her in about the two Todds. They are both grateful for their mothers. Mrs. Evans confronts Nora about Destiny. After a raging argument, Nora apologizes. She offers an olive branch which Mrs. Evans doesn’t quite accept.
On the Next One Life to Live…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Monday, August 15, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Jason calls Carly for an update on Josslyn, he has a seizure.
Sonny faces off with Jax in the Drake living room. A scuffle ensues, Robin tries to stop the men – and Sonny shoots. Dante arrests Sonny as Jax tries to leave Port Charles on his plane. Carly gets much needed help from Shawn.
Maxie is jealous of all the attention Jackal, P.I., is paying Lulu.
On the Next General Hospital…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Monday, August 15, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Tad tells Cara she didn’t have to move out but she believes he and Dixie won’t be able to figure things out if she’s living at the house. JR lashes out at Dixie. Dixie announces that she’s moving in with JR and Tad thinks it’s a bad idea but she says her son needs help.
Amanda doesn’t wake up right away after surgery as Jake stirs. Jake is relieved when Amanda finally opens her eyes. Amanda tells him she knows she’s cancer-free and tells him about the wonderful place she visited while she was asleep. She tells him something wonderful is coming for them and their loved ones. Cara confirms that Amanda is indeed cancer-free.
Jackson and Erica are in the south of France, spending some much needed time together. The couple talks about all that has gone down since her kidnapping.
Kendall is stunned to see Zach alive. Greenlee and Ryan fill her in on ehwta happened. Kendall, Bianca, Ryan & Greenlee wait for news on Zach. Bianca calls Erica with an update from home. Griffin and David butt heads about Hayward’s ethics, but manage to work together to stabilize Zach. Griffin tells Kendall she can go see see Zach now. An emotional Kendall takes Zach’s hand as he opens his eyes and says her name.
On the Next All My Children…
On Friday, August 12, both Soap Opera Network and Soap Opera Digest reported SOAPnet’s post “All My Children” schedule (Monday, September 26), which included the insertion of “Brothers & Sisters” re-runs and the shuffling of more than 80% of the schedule into different time periods. Other than “Days of our Lives” picking up a primetime spot (8:00 PM ET/PT), nothing caught reader attention more than the network announcing classic episodes of “All My Children,” “General Hospital” and “One Life to Live.” So what is a classic episode according to the network?
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) – Jacob Young is returning to the soap that started his daytime career back in 1997. This fall the Daytime Emmy Award winner will reprise the role of Eric Forrester (John McCook) and Brooke Logan’s (Katherine Kelly Lang) son, Rick Forrester, on the CBS daytime drama “The Bold and the Beautiful.”
Four months after it was announced that “All My Children” would be ending its run on ABC in September and just a month after learning that Prospect Park, a 2-year-old production company, had picked up the show as part of its yet-to-be-named infotainment network set for a January launch, Young (JR Chandler on “AMC”) has become the second actor to bolt the daytime drama series. The first being Debbi Morgan (Angie Hubbard), who is heading to “The Young and the Restless” later this fall.
In an interview with TV Guide Magazine‘s Michael Logan, Young reveals that he will be returning on screen to “B&B” beginning Monday, September 26, which will also mark the first time in 41-years that “All My Children” was not on the regularly scheduled ABC Daytime lineup. “The Chew” replaces “AMC” on this date.
“When I started talking to ‘B&B’ I didn’t think it would happen so fast. But I guess it’s good that way. I was looking forward to wrapping up ‘AMC’ and having a bit of a hiatus, maybe a month or two to travel with my family,” said Young. “As it turns out, I’ll probably have my ‘AMC’ and ‘B&B’ schedules overlapping and be shooting both shows at the same time. I’m like, ‘You guys figure it out and point me in the right direction.’”
Although he hopes the deal with Prospect Park and “AMC” can come together even without him and Morgan, like many of his co-stars Young is concerned about the hiatus between the soap ending on ABC and taking off on the internet. Young thinks a January 16 debut is an optimistic time table for when “AMC” could end up back on the air considering the facts of the situation so far. His advice to his co-stars in the meantime is “to get out there in the business and see what’s crackin’. Anybody with common sense would do that.”
With Prospect Park yet to confirm details of when “AMC” will pick up production due to union issues, the company has been unable to reach out to actors to try and iron out contracts, leaving an actor exodus a strong possibility before the online version of the soap even debuts. Interestingly enough, news of Young heading back to “B&B” comes on the heals of that soap returning from a three week production hiatus.
In an interview with Soap Opera Network during the “All My Children” Fan Club Weekend, Young shared his hopes for fans who would continue with the show online and where he sees his character as the show comes to a close on ABC.
For more from Young’s TV Guide interview where he discusses both “AMC” and “B&B, click here.
About Jacob Young
Young put the character of Rick Forrester on the map on “B&B” from 1997 to 1999. The role was last played by Kyle Lowder (ex-Brady, “Days of Our Lives) in 2011. Young moved on to ABC’s “General Hospital” as Lucky Spencer, the son of Luke and Laura Spencer (Anthony Geary and Genie Francis), from 2000 to 2003. Keeping a track record of playing the son of some of daytime’s most important characters, in 2003, Young landed the role of Adam Chandler (David Canary) and Dixie Cooney’s (Cady McClain) son JR Chandler on “AMC.” That role had previously been played to much acclaim by Jesse McCartney.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Earlier this month, Soap Opera Network reported that Sarah Michelle Gellar would be returning to “All My Children” for a cameo appearance before the Friday, September 23 finale, which is when the soap ends its 41-year run on ABC. Now we’ve learned when she’ll first air!
Right after learning the aforementioned news in April, the actress, who won a Daytime Emmy for her portrayal of Kendall Hart in 1995 as the first-born of Erica Kane (Susan Lucci), began campaigning for a short return stint as a new character. It has been revealed that Gellar will appear on the Wednesday, September 21 episode in scenes opposite another former memorable Pine Valley star and her real-life best friend Eva LaRue.
Gellar appeared on “AMC” from 1993 to 1995. In 1997, the actress, who recently turned 34-years old, landed the lead role on The WB/UPN network primetime series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” The role helped make Gellar a household name, which will come in handy as she’s set to star in the upcoming CW thriller “Ringer, which premieres Tuesday, September 13.
LaRue ‘portrayal as Dr. Maria Santos lasted from 1993 to 1997 and again from 2002 to 2005. Like Gellar, LaRue was immediately interested in a return after hearing about the soaps cancellation. The actress was signed to return for five episodes, two of which already aired in July. The actress is currently filming the 10th season of her CBS series “CSI: Miami.” She landed a regular role on the procedural in 2005.
“AMC” is slated to live-on with the help of the internet and potentially cable. The latest reports indicate that Prospect Park, the production company that has licensed both “AMC” and “One Life to Live,” is planning to debut both programs on their new format on Monday, January 16.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) – - A look at what’s happening on “The Bold and the Beautiful” during the week of August 15, 2011.
THIS WEEK ON: THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL
Bill gets more persuasive with Nick about buying into Jackie M, in hopes that it’ll make things up to Katie. Liam encourages Steffy to move on with her life. Hope is uncomfortable with Liam and Steffy’s “friendship”. Hope fears that her morals could cost her Liam. Hope and Steffy become a source of conflict for Brooke and Ridge.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” is scheduled to last air on ABC on Friday, September 23. Although “AMC” and “One Life to Live” are slated to go on in a different format thanks to a licensing deal between ABC and production company Prospect Park, several events have been organized to assist the actors and viewers in saying good-bye to “AMC” in the format fans have come to know and love it in for the first 41-years of its existence. These events will be held on the East Coast where the soap was produced for four decades before being moved to Los Angeles in January 2010.
The upcoming scheduled events are as follows:
Good Night Pine Valley will be held on Saturday, September 17 from 1:30 PM EST to 4:00 PM EST at Prohibition Restaurant & Outdoor Cafe located at 503 Columbus Avenue in New York City, New York. This event will be hosted by Ricky Paull Goldin (Jake) and Alicia Minshew (Kendall). Expect special guests to drop by as attendees enjoy the company of the hosts, food and an open bar. There will also be a charity auction with prizes that include luxury items and items from “AMC.” Tickets for this event are now sold out.
A Tribute to Pine Valley: A Tribute of the Final Network Broadcast of “All My Children” benefiting A Season of Concern will be held on Friday, September 23 from 11:00 AM CST at Sidetrack Chicago, The Video Bar located at 3349 N Halsted Street in Chicago, Illinois. Attendees will get to watch the last episode of “AMC” with fellow viewers and past and present cast. During the event there will be trivia, a Q & A session and a Meet and Greet. So far the scheduled attendees include Chrishell Stause (Amanda), Terri Ivens (ex-Simone), Jeffrey Carlson (ex-Zarf/Zoey), Brian Gaskill (ex-Bobby), and Matt Borlenghi (ex-Brian), Chris Bruno (ex-Michael). More names to be added in the weeks to come. Talent is subjected to change without notice. Tickets for this event go on sale on August 22. Visit A Season for Concern site, which is linked above, for more details on this event as they are disclosed in the coming weeks.
A Tribute to Pine Valley: Celebrating 41 Years of “All My Children” debuts from Tuesday, October 25 thru Thursday, October 27 at The Town Hall in New York City on Tuesday, the State Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey on Wednesday and The Theatre of Westbury in Long Island, New York on Thursday. Scheduled attendees for this event include Cameron Mathison (Ryan), Michael E. Knight (Tad), Vincent Irizarry (Jesse), Walt Willey (Jack), Julia Barr (Brooke) and Jacob Young (JR). The event will be held in two parts. The first part is called “Live on Stage” where fans will be able to listen to personal stories from the actors and participate in a Q & A session. This event runs from 7:00 PM EST to 9:00 PM EST each night. Tickets for this event range from $45.00 to $85.00. The second part is called an “Up Close & Personal” where you get to meet and talk to the actors in a personal setting. This event runs from 9:30 PM EST to 11:30 PM EST. Tickets to attend both events range from $225.00 to $240.00. Tickets are now available for sale for this event.