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( – Soap Opera Network first reported that Sarah Michelle Gellar was interested in returning to her roots for a guest appearance in May. Today, the same day that film-star Josh Duhamel first aired on “All My Children” in his return stint as Leo du Pres, it was announced that Gellar’s interest had come to fruition. Early this afternoon, Soap Opera Digest broke the news that he 34-year-old actress will appear on “AMC” for one episode before the September 23 finale on ABC.

Gellar, who has been a fan of the 41-year-old ABC soap almost her entire life, is also a fan of the actress that with much success took over the role of Erica Kane’s first born in 2002, Alicia Minshew. On that note, the actress will not be returning to reprise the role of Kendall Hart. Gellar originated the role in 1993. Of her successor, Minshew, Gellar says, “[it's her] role now. She has made that beyond her own. She’s amazing.” Who will Gellar be playing? She has no idea, yet. The actress tells Digest she is open to playing any role, from a bar patron to the long-missing Bobby Martin’s new ski-bunny wife, as long as she gets to bid the soap that started her career a respectful adieu.

The Daytime Emmy Award winner, who became a mainstream star for her seven season run (1997 to 2003) on the cult-classic and critically acclaimed “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” is set to star on the CW drama-thriller “Ringer” which debuts in the 2011-2012 prime-time season. Speaking of “AMC” and “Ringer,” Justin Bruening (who is also returning to “AMC” as Tad Martin’s (Michael E. Knight) son for a short stint this summer) will be joining the cast of “Ringer” as a potential love interest for Gellar’s character. The role is recurring. (Bruening had originally been set to star on an NBC reboot of “Wonder Woman” for the 2011-2012 prime-time season; the production was dropped due to expense.) Gellar adds that she believes she is coincidentally set to tape at “AMC” on the same day her new co-star, Bruening, returns to tape his episodes. Update (8/6): Gellar will air on Wednesday, September 21.

Check out the August 23 issue of Digest for more from Gellar pertaining to her return to “AMC.”

( — Beginning on Monday, September 12 look for John O’Hurley to debut in the role of film producer Kit Sterling on “All My Children.” Mr. Sterling will approach Pine Valley’s leading lady Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) in an effort to convince her to turn her new book, “Erica Kane: Uncensored,” into a big-screen production. O’Hurley is best known for the recurring role of Elaine’s (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) boss John Peterman on the former NBC mega-hit series “Seinfeld” and his stint on the first season of ABC’s hit reality series “Dancing with the Stars.” He also hosted the popular syndicated game show “Family Fued.”

O’Hurley is very familiar to the world of daytime television. He was married to “AMC” star Eva LaRue, who is among the many returning actors to “AMC” this summer, from 1992 to 1994. The actor appeared on ABC’s “Loving” and “General Hospital,” CBS’s “As the World Turns” and “The Young and The Restless” and NBC’s “Santa Barbara.” The dancing champion has also guest-starred on numerous series and with a distinctive tone has found success doing voice-over work, as well.

Look for O’Hurley to appear in several episodes of the 41-year-old daytime drama this September. “AMC” last airs on ABC on Friday, September 23. Production company Prospect Park has licensed “AMC” and “One Life to Live” from ABC. Following their extinction on ABC, new episodes of both soaps are expected to be available to fans again in some form at some point in 2012.

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( — A look at what’s happening on “One Life to Live” during the week of August 1, 2011.


My View of Llanview: July 30 Edition

My View of Llanview: July 30 Edition

( — “One Life to Live” does what it does best – comedy. And even if the storyline is absurd and vulgar, the show still manages to give fans a chuckle and poke fun at itself, all without skipping a beat.

I’ll be the first to admit that this whole Nate and Deanna do porn storyline idiotic, nasty, and just downright stupid. I have routinely shaken my head and sighed each and every time it has been mentioned on screen these past few months, and taking notes on the inconsistencies in the story and holes in the plot. For instance, why does a porno movie producer live and tape movies out of the same motel room, or why was we so desperate to convince those two in particular to star in one of his movies, going as far as to show up at Nate’s high school graduation to try and get him to sign off on the project. And just how stupid are Nate and Deanna exactly? I realize that Rick was blackmailing them, but come on….there are/were other directions this storyline could have gone…so why did the writers take this route in particular?

I like to laugh as much as the next person and have always enjoyed “One Life to Live’s” brand of humor. The show has never been one to take itself too seriously. From inside jokes, to nods to the audience, to humorous observations, over the years “OLTL” has often been at its best when it has tried to be funny – even if the storylines were rather campy and over the top. However, I don’t ever recall (please feel free to correct me if I am wrong) so much of the humor being so forced and consisting of such sexual overtones. In addition, many of the jokes recently have come at the expense of gay people. Furthermore, this bawdy and risqué dialogue has turned away some fans and left others wondering if the writers aren’t trying to convey some sort of deeper meaning with these types of jokes and one-liners about wieners, sexual innuendos, and men joking around about “flirting” with one another. I know it has left me somewhat concerned. And, while I’m not gay myself, I can sympathy with those who are that have found those sorts of comments to be offensive.

That being said, I rather enjoyed the “Vicker Man” movie premiere scenes on Thursday and Friday. Both episodes were hilarious, albeit a little cheesy and over done. The many references to the show’s past made me appreciate the scenes that much more. There was the mention of “Fraternity Row,” “OLTL’s” former soap-within-a-soap, as well as the screen credit at the start of the film, revealing it was produced by Melador Studios (a nod to the cosmetics company formed back in the early 90s by Blair Cramer, and named in honor of her aunts Dorian and Melinda, and mother Addie), and that it was a “Vickeroshi” Production, a reminder of David’s time of enlightenment a few years ago when he was a Buddhist monk.

But the most hilarious nod to the past involved Blair and her portrayer Kassie DePaiva. First there was brief scene on the red carpet where she was being interviewed by reporter Blanca Morales (Carolina Bermudez), when she asked Blair something to the extent of how she felt about an Asian-American actress playing her in “Vicker Man,” to which she replied that it was the “magic of Hollywood.” Later, as the movie was beginning, the opening credits listed “Mia Korf as Blair Cramer,” followed by a strange look from Blair herself. To me that was the most exciting of the nods to long-time fans of the show. And it also reminded me of the last time “OLTL” made an inside joke of Blair’s transformation from a black-haired Asian-American to a blonde American woman with a southern accent (DePaiva is from Kentucky – as is yours truly). It was in 2001, when Asa Buchanan faked his death and all his living ex-wives showed up to pay their respects. Scenes from each ex-wife’s time with Asa were shown, including scenes of Blair and Asa not long after the character first came to Llanview and was played by Mia Korf. After the flashback, Blair looked at herself in the mirror of her compact, and let out a sigh of relief. These types of scenes are prime examples of why I think “OLTL” could make it as a comedy, or at least as a comedy-drama. As long as they lay off the sex jokes for awhile, I think they concept could really work.

Also worth mentioning from the movie premiere episodes is how “OLTL” honors and pokes fun at its own and manages to throw in lines relating to current events and issues. For example, Dorian and Starr announced on the red carpet that their dresses were designed by Gammie and Lesser, who are “One Life’s” Emmy Award winning Head and Associate Costume Designers. And, while not part of the “Vicker Man” episodes themselves, as recently as a couple of weeks ago David, who is played by Tuc Watkins, told some of his loved ones that he wanted to get Tuc Watkins to play him in the movie but he was asking for too much money. On a separate note, the show has also been homage to Shenaz Treasury’s (Rama) new Bollywood film “Delhi Belly,” by coming up with a drink with the same name. And last year, Rama kept reminding everyone that Cristian (David Fumero) had been voted Llanview’s “Best Arms,” referencing Fumero winning the title at the 2010 Awards. Check out some pictures of some of the fashion’s from the premiere on the official “OLTL” Facebook page.

With regards to current issues, Dorian threatened Ionia to go ahead and call SAG and AFTRA (actors unions) when she had her thrown out of the premiere, noting that it wouldn’t do any good. This was in reference to both groups’ appeals to ABC back in April when the network cancelled the show, which fell on deaf ears. Robin Strasser tweeted that the line was actually not part of the script and that “I made up the SAG line-glad it aired, thought they’d cut it.”

I also thought that the movie premiere served as the perfect backdrop for all the other stories revolving around it. As much as I hate to admit it, it tied in rather well with the revelation of Nate’s porn debut. It also provided for some lighter moments involving Rama, Vimal, and her parents (although the Cristian and Shaun scenes were unnecessary), including the scene where the toothpicks popped Rama’s baby balloon. And having all the Mannings together helped build suspense for Rex to put his revenge plot in motion and for the ultimate of Friday cliffhangers to take place – with the man with Todd’s old face revealing himself to Todd’s family as he looked on in disbelief.

Moving on, congratulations to “CBRVA83,” who correctly answered all three trivia questions from my July 15 column. In case you missed the clues, here they are, along with the answers: 1. What is Robin Strasser‘s (Dorian) middle name? Answer: Victory in Europe. 2. For what Disney show did Brittany Underwood (ex-Langston) audition for before joining “OLTL?” Answer: Underwood tried out for the starring role on “Hannah Montana,” which ultimately went to Miley Cyrus. 3. What was Sean Ringgold‘s (Shaun) occupation before becoming an actor? Answer: Bodyguard.

Now it’s time to shake things up a bit and do some more trivia. See if you know the answers to these questions about some of the current and former cast members of “One Life to Live.” 1. What connection did Lee Patterson (ex-Joe Riley and Tom Dennison) have to legendary comedian Jack Benny? 2. Tonja Walker is cousins with what famous country music star? 3. James DePaiva (ex-Max) is a descendant of what former U.S. President? I’ll have the answers in the August 15 edition of My View of Llanview.

Now, before I wrap up this column, I’m going to look into my crystal ball and give you a quick sneak peek at a few things coming up a few weeks down the road. These are for the week of August 15th. A schemer sets their sites on a new target. One woman tries to make peace with another. Several people are confronted over their actions. And someone requests to see a key piece of evidence.

Well that’s concludes yet another column. I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer and staying cool. Take care, and until next time remember, we only have “One Life to Live”…

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    ( — With Dorian Lord (Robin Strasser) about to exit the Office of Mayor to reportedly move on to become a Senator, Llanview gets a new commander-in-chief this fall when Wendy Moniz debuts in the recurring role of Mayor Finn, according to Soap Opera Digest.

    Moniz is best known for her portrayal of Dinah Marler on “Guiding Light” from 1995-99, and again briefly in 2000 and 2002, for which she picked up two Soap Opera Digest Award nominations. The role was later taken over by fellow “One Life” co-star Gina Tognoni (Kelly) from 2004-09. In addition to “GL,” Moniz also had recurring roles in “Nash Bridges,” “The Guardian,” “Damages,” and “Battery Park.”

    While a first airdate has not been announced, Moniz has also begun taping scenes and is expected to first air sometime in September. Meanwhile, the Mayor’s office will become vacant Dorian resigns from her post in late August (Strasser’s final airdate is August 25).


    ( — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Friday, July 29, 2011.


    Dixie is sedated in her cell and cries out, No David. Tad shows up at Oak Haven to get Opal. Both he and Dixie sense something while he stands outside her cell, clueless to the fact she is alive. When Tad takes Opal home he asks if she noticed anyone unusual there.

    Griffin tells Cara that he and Kendall broke up because he’s working with David and says David has done a lot for the both of them. Cara points out how every time he tries to protect her he winds up sacrificing something for him and this time she won’t let him do it. Cara says he must choose between work and his personal life. Cara asks David what he is doing with Griffin. Before he can answer, Griffin shows up and says he’s quitting. David says he’s giving up a chance to bring people back to life for a picnic with Kendall. Griffin asks who else is a part of the project and David wonders if Griffin is worried the answer may cost him Kendall and admits it could.

    Marissa visits David in the hospital and tells him about her and Bianca. After having pushed a drunken JR in the pool, Tad helps him get out. JR admits he overheard Tad’s memorial for Dixie and says he isn’t like Tad and he couldn’t take being rejected by Marissa and AJ. When JR goes to get AJ from Marissa, AJ smacks his father with his fists and says he doesn’t want to see him anymore. JR grabs a bottle and leaves. Bianca realizes her keys are missing while JR gets into her car and starts it.

    On the Next All My Children…

    • Brot finds Bianca’s car that was totaled by JR, but no JR?
    • Jackson tells Kendall to give Griffin another chance.
    • Janet gives Erica some advice.

    OLTL Recap: Friday, July 29, 2011

    OLTL Recap: Friday, July 29, 2011

    ( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Friday, July 29, 2011.


    Baker intercepts the man with Todd’s original face before he can get to the Palace. Baker plans to kill him, then ambush Tomas and John at the Palace. But the man with Todd’s original overpowers Baker and takes his tux – and gun.

    At the Palace, John asks Tomas what he knows about Todd. Tomas confesses that during his stint at the CIA he got mixed up with some bad people – bad people for whom Todd has been working. Tomas is prevented from saying more when Dani and Blair interrupt.

    Rex shows up at the Palace bent on avenging Gigi’s death. At EOD Rex (in a concealed position) takes aim at Todd and his family.

    The premiere of “Vicker Man: The David Vickers Buchanan Story” does not go off without a hitch. All are treated to Nate’s stirring performance of a randy grad. Dani is horrified and runs out. Baz takes Dani home. Nate pursues them. At EOD Dani demands an explanation from Nate.

    Rama and Vimal’s deception is uncovered when a mishap occurs with the water balloon uterus. Rama and Vimal come clean with the Patels and also with each other. Vimal and Rama realize the extent to which they were willing to go for each other and reunite.

    David, Dorian and Markko compel Rick to return “Vicker Man.”

    At EOD Tomas is ready to finish his confession in front of Todd’s family.

    On the Next One Life to Live…

    • Todd’s loved ones seek answers.
    • Rex conjures up a vision of Gigi.
    • Bo and Nora hunt for Matthew’s attacker.
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      GH Recap: Friday, July 29, 2011

      ( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Friday, July 29, 2011.


      Elizabeth checks suspicious activity at the hospital, only to be called out on overzealousness. Siobhan witnesses a close moment between Elizabeth and Lucky, and gets hit by a sudden headache and another medical ailment. Meanwhile, Anthony sets drugs in Lucky’s path.

      Carly is stunned when Elizabeth breaks the news that Sam and Jason are engaged.

      Patrick and Carly run into each other as Emma eats breakfast. But tension rises when Robin arrives, and it might be a food fight between the women.

      Sonny looks like hell, mourning the ruin of his marriage.

      Anthony continues to try inroads with Tracy.

      On the Next General Hospital…

      • Lucky suffers emotionally from drug-induced hallucinations.
      • Carly interrupts Jason and Sam, stunned (and unhappy) that they are engaged.
      • Carly is followed by a looming presence.


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        AMC Recap: Thursday, July 28, 2011

        ( — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Thursday, July 28, 2011.


        JR tells Scott he has more important things to worry about than dealing with Chandler Enterprise problems. Like salvaging his family. Scott can’t possibly understand what he’s going through because he doesn’t have a wife and kid. JR says he doesn’t care about anyone besides AJ but Scott points out that he had AJ until he started drinking. JR finds Tad and demands to see AJ. He tries to apologize to Krystal but winds up yelling at her and Marissa instead. AJ admits to Tad he doesn’t want to see JR.

        Scott bumps into Madison at the park and he tells her about the work he’s doing on Stuart’s house and Madison says she would love to see his progress and Scott invites her to come over anytime.

        Kendall, Greenlee and Madison prepare for the Fierce presentation. Since the breakup Kendall’s thrown herself into work while Greenlee urges her to give Griffin another chance since David is to blame for their breakup. Griffin shows up to ask Kendall to trust him but when he still can’t tell her what’s going on he apologizes for upsetting her and says he’ll leave her alone, hoping one day she will understand and forgive him. He tells David that he broke up with Kendall in order to keep the research confidential and wants to know what’s going on and how he can help. Greenlee comes into David’s room and tells him she doesn’t want him to die because she doesn’t want to die. She tells him that she hasn’t told Ryan he is treating her and won’t until she knows what David did to her and if she is going to die. David agrees to treat her but says he must take her somewhere for treatment.

        Opal has convinced Jackson into believing Erica’s story and along with Tad and Jackson tries to figure out how he can get to Oak Haven to see Erica. Jackson shows up as her attorney and asks Erica to tell him everything right from the beginning. He says they need to find Ben and the plastic surgeon that did Jane’s work. Jackson tells Erica that he believes her and the two embrace, not sure when he’ll be able to visit again. Erica follows Janet to arts and crafts and finds Marian and Annie there. Marian tries to comfort Erica.

        On the Next All My Children…

        • Erica’s shocked when she sees the dead.
        • AJ smacks JR and says he doesn’t want to see him anymore.
        • Marissa visits David in the hospital and tells him about her and Bianca relationship.


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          OLTL Recap: Thursday, July 28, 2011

          OLTL Recap: Thursday, July 28, 2011

          ( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Thursday, July 28, 2011.


          Todd finds John in his office and John covers. Jack interrupts them and after John leaves and is convinced John is still trying to nail him for Gigi’s death. Todd convinces Jack to attend the “Vicker Man” premiere with him.

          The man with Todd’s original face is on the phone with Tomas pretending to be John. Tomas is telling “John” that he was in the CIA and came upon some information about Todd Manning. Baz is listening. All is interrupted by the arrival of Tea and Dani. Tomas and “John” agree to talk later at the gala. John returns to home and where the man with Todd’s original face tells him that he just pretended to be John and committed him to going to the gala.

          Téa gets Tomas to tell Baz and Dani that he was in the CIA and didn’t shoot Todd. Baz still wants to know who did, but they have to go to the premiere. Téa tells Dani she and Todd are working things out.

          Nate is alarmed when he sees Rick has come to the premiere, posing as a respectable filmmaker. Rick taunts Nate about the porno and Ford starts to think Nate worked on that movie.

          Markko returns to Llanview for the premiere and tells Starr that Langston couldn’t come but things are good with them. Markko wants to know about Baz but Starr denies anything’s up.

          Blair is wearing earrings Todd gave her for their first wedding. Tomas and Baz arrive and Tomas recognizes them from the photograph/painting. Todd doesn’t but the man with Todd’s original face does.

          Markko gets to lord it over Ford that Markko’s the big director and Ford’s a waiter.

          Rama cover’s her lie with another: a fake big belly.

          Rex worries about Shane, who is still mourning his mother.

          Meanwhile, Dorian and David gloat on the red carpet when they are interviewed by Blanca. Ionia gets into a fight with Dorian. David escorts her out, with Markko’s help.

          Todd, Jack and family arrive on the red carpet… not realizing they’re being viewed on TV by the man with Todd’s original face and by Rex. John arrives and as everyone is ready to watch the movie, he pulls Tomas aside with a few questions about Todd.

          Rex sees a picture of Gigi and makes a decision. He comes downstairs in black tie and takes a gun out of the safe.

          The movie begins only it’s not “Vicker Man,” it’s “Hold the Diploma” and Nate is naked.

          On the Next One Life to Live…

          • Nate is humiliated in front of all of Llanview.
          • Rama and Vimal’s scam is exposed.
          • The man with the scar prepares to make his move.
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