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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — ABC’s first successful crime procedural in years enjoyed its highest rated episode ever with an appearance by daytime star Sarah Brown (Sandy Sommers, “The Bold and the Beautiful”).

The Monday, January 25 episode of the series entitled “The Third Man,” garnered a 7.4/12 in Households and a series high performance iin Adults 18-49 with a 3.1/8. According to ABC the series also achieved series highs in Adults 18-34, Men 18-34 and Men 18-49. In total, the episode was seen by 10.5 million viewers. Ratings information is based on Live+SD (Soure: Nielsen Media Research).

In the episode, Brown portrayed the role of Amanda Livingston, who found herself in an awkward position while on a date with novelist Rick Castle (Nathan Fillion, ex-Joey Buchanan, “One Life to Live”), who paid more attention to a case he was working on with Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) then he did on Amanda. In the end, Amanda found herself clicking with another man!

“Castle” is a production of ABC Studios and Beacon Pictures.


OLTL Recap: Friday, January 29, 2010

Friday, January 29, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Friday, January 29, 2010.

IT HAPPENED TODAY “Kill the Messenger”…

John and Brody embark on their risky mission to break John out of jail but it appears as though their plan may have taken an unexpected turn. Mitch has no reservations about resorting to heinous measures to get what he wants from Jessica. Dorian tells Charlie they’re going to use Stacy to get to Mitch.

Danielle continues to refuse to have anything to do with Todd. Téa goes to see Danielle and tells her she’s made arrangements to enroll her at Llanview High.

Stacy fakes going into labor after making some headway with Rex when she wonders if there’s any chance there could ever be anything more between them.

On the Next One Life to Live…

  • Brody helps John bust out of jail.
  • Schuyler has second thoughts about helping Stacy.
  • Jessica fights a losing battle.

“One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on ABC.com and SOAPnet.com. Check local listings.



Friday, January 29, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Friday, January 29, 2010.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

Damon swears to Colby that he isn’t responsible for the latest break-in attempt at the mansion and claims he was knocked out from behind when he tried to chase the guy who really did set off the alarm.

Erica’s uncharacteristically flustered when the reporters bombard her with questions about her and Ryan. Ryan tries to ease Erica’s fears about them going public with their relationship. Greenlee sets out on a mission to track down Ryan after not finding him at his penthouse.

Jesse and Angie both realize their marriage has hit a rough patch.

Liza confronts Adam after Colby tells her about the stipulations in his merit trust.

Liza’s frustrated by Tad’s continued closeness to Krystal.

On the Next All My Children…

  • Greenlee gets and unexpected surprise when she finally finds Ryan.
  • Erica goes public with her and Ryan’s relationship.
  • Tad assures Liza there’s nothing going on between him and Krystal.

“All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.



GH Recap: Friday, January 29, 2010

Friday, January 29, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Friday, January 29, 2010.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

Everyone gathers for Josslyn’s christening. Dominic makes a bold move when he realizes Sonny is planning on having him meet an untimely demise and their confrontation takes a tragic turn.

Lucky admits to Jason he isn’t sure if he’ll be able to be a good father to Jake. Robin advises Nikolas to keep his distance from Elizabeth.

On the Next General Hospital…

  • Sonny’s horrified by his actions.
  • Jason receives a final message from Franco.
  • Lucky struggles to cope in the wake of his break up with Elizabeth.

“General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.



Slezak on the Mend Following Surgery

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Friday, January 29, 2010 12:33 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The veteran “One Life to Live” actress, and six-time Daytime Emmy winner, is recovering following back surgery. 

“We are pleased to share with you that Erika’s surgery was successful and she is doing fine. On behalf of Erika, thank you all for your well wishes,” wrote her fan club president on the actress’ official website earlier this morning.

SON first broke the news a few weeks ago that Slezak, who has portrayed Viki on “OLTL” since 1971, was taking some time off from the show to have the painful operation.  “Erika shared that she will be having back surgery at the end of January, and in Llanview, Viki will take a trip to London to cover Erika’s absence. The surgery will correspond with the ‘OLTL’ studio move, and Erika hopes to return to the new studio within a month. We will keep you posted on her progress and wish her a safe and speedy recovery,” commented the head of her fan club on January 14th.

SON wishes Ms. Slezak a speedy recovery and hopes she will be able to retun to “One Life to Live” and Llanview very soon. 

“One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on ABC.com and SOAPnet.com. Check local listings.


OLTL PreVUE: Week of February 1 Edition

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Friday, January 29, 2010 at 8:00 AM ET by Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Pure as the driven snow.

THIS WEEK ON: ONE LIFE TO LIVE

Happy to see each other again, Matthew and Danielle kiss on Tuesday, February 2. Elsewhere in Llanview, while looking for Markko, Langston bumps into Ford. Langston adamantly denies Ford’s accusation that she was really looking for him. Even so, she accepts his offer of using his office to do her writing. And Kyle breaks the news to Roxy on Friday, February 5, that she is not going to be a grandmother again anytime soon.

The Inside Story: Traffic Jam

John and Brody execute their plan to bust the rogue cop out of jail on Monday, February 1. After busting out, John is surprised to find Natalie driving their getaway car. As the trio is fleeing the scene, Marty bumps into Lowell, who arrests her for aiding and abetting a criminal. Meanwhile, Jessica steals Nurse Charles’ cell phone, but is stopped by Mitch before she can speak with Brody. Mitch prepares to erase his daughter’s memories, while Brody remains certain that call came from Jessica. On Tuesday, February 2, the fugitives successfully allude the authorities. John and Brody get a lead on Mitch’s location using computer equipment Fish set up for them, determining he is using the abandoned observatory atop Llantano Mountain as his bunker. As the snow begins to fall, they head off toward the mountain, unaware that they are on a collision course with several other Llanview residents on Wednesday, February 3. Their car is soon inadvertently ran off the road and into a ravine by Dorian and Charlie. John and Brody manage to escape injury, however Natalie isn’t for fortunate. Brody sets out on foot in a raging blizzard to rescue Jessica, while John works to free Natalie from the wreckage.

A Closer Look: We Can Rebuild Her

Rex, believing that Stacy is really in labor, escorts her and Kim to the hospital on Monday, February 1. Schuyler is all set to administer the oxytocin to Stacy, but has a change of heart at the last minute. By Tuesday, February 2, Schuyler decides to put his faith in Gigi, and pray that she will be able to forgive him. Meanwhile, Rex and Gigi share a bittersweet moment as she watches him bring Stacy into the hospital. Although he is still heartbroken, Rex puts on a brave face when Gigi tells him she’s in love with Schuyler. Mitch gets news that Stacy is about to give birth, and sends Nurse Charles to kidnap her. After searching for Stacy to use as bait to get to Mitch, Dorian and Charlie find her at the hospital on Wednesday, February 3. But as they are about to take her away, they are confronted by a gun-welding Nurse Charles, who drags Stacy out to her car. As they flee the scene, Dorian and Charlie are in hot pursuit. At the same time, Rex discovers Stacy missing, and he and Kim soon realize that she is grave danger. As the snow begins to pick up, Dorian and Charlie soon find themselves on a crash course with Nurse Charles and Stacy, as well as John, Brody, and Natalie. Following the accident, they proceed on foot, unaware that John, Brody, and Natalie were in the car that they ran off the roadway. At Mitch’s hideout, Stacy encounters a zombie-like Jessica, and begins to panic. Hoping to squirm her way out of a difficult situation, Stacy doesn’t realize that she is sealing her fate when he confesses all to Mitch. Furious that she is not caring his grandchild, Mitch tosses Stacy out into the blizzard on Thursday, February 4. Meanwhile, Schuyler crashes his car when he attempts to drive to Viki’s cabin to hook up with Gigi. Rex and Fish set out in search of Stacy, and soon discover Schuyler and Dorian’s wrecked cars. Dorian and Charlie are surprised to see Gigi when they seek refuge at the cabin on Friday, February 5. Mitch comes up with his most perverted plot yet. Schuyler is on his own as he faces the elements. Charlie searches for Jessica, while Gigi looks for Schuyler. And Rex makes an interesting discovery when he locates Schuyler’s backpack.

One Life to Live News and Headlines:

OLTL ALERTS: WEEK OF FEBRUARY 8, 2009

“One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on ABC.com and SOAPnet.com. Check local listings.

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Friday, January 29, 2009 at 8:00 AM ET by Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Hell hath no fury….

THIS WEEK ON: ALL MY CHILDREN

Adam finds Damon in Colby’s bed. Damon and Bailey don’t see eye to eye. Liza is unsettled by Colby’s interest in Damon. On Tuesday, February 2, Annie manages to convince Adam to allow her to work side by side with Scott, much to Scott’s chagrin. Tad’s easy rapport with Krystal continues to be a source of anxiety for Liza. JR tells a heartbroken Colby the truth about his condition on Thursday, February 4.

The Inside Story: Like a Woman Scorned!
Tad calls Jake after spotting David. Back at Wildwind, Greenlee hides when Tad and Jake suddenly appear at David’s door demanding to know why he’s back. On Tuesday, February 2, the brothers confront David’s pilot for answers after deducing that David didn’t return home alone. Jake manages to intercept the package the pilot is waiting for and finds drugs he believes are for somebody who is undergoing stem cell therapy. Angie and Jake confront David. Tad recruits Marissa’s help. David and Marissa’s confrontation takes an ugly turn on Wednesday, February 3. Amanda’s unnerved by Jake’s determination to get rid of David.

Greenlee deduces that Ryan is with Kendall after David finally reveals that Ryan has moved on with someone. David is upset to find Greenlee gone after he gets rids of Jake and Tad. On Monday, February 1, a stunned Greenlee finds Ryan making love to Erica when she arrives at the penthouse. Greenlee is determined to make Ryan and Erica pay. David heads to Ryan’s penthouse on a mission. Greenlee explains to David that the flash drive he retrieved for her contains a virus that will obliterate Fusion’s software. Ryan and Erica vow to rebuild after digesting just how much damage has been done to Fusion. Jesse heads out to confront David after finding his fingerprints at the crime scene. Ryan rushes to get into Wildwind after hearing the smoke alarms go off, while Greenlee loses consciousness inside. David and Greenlee both manage to get out of tight spots on Thursday, February 4. Greenlee’s vigor for revenge returns with a vengeance after seeing Erica’s press conference. On Friday, February 5, Greenlee presents David with an interesting proposal. Erica sets out to get the truth from David after talking to Ryan and Jesse. Greenlee is nearly caught.

Opal can’t shake the feeling that something wicked is headed everyone’s way.

All My Children News and Headlines:

AMC ALERTS: WEEK OF FEBRUARY 8, 2010

  • Greenlee wants to break Ryan’s heart the same way he broke hers. (Soap Opera Digest)
  • David and Greenlee proceed to put the pieces in place for their plan. (Soap Opera Weekly)
  • Eveyone gathers for David’s (mystery) Valentine’s Day wedding. (National Enquirer)

“All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings. “AMC” also airs online at ABC.com and can be accessed 24/7.



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Friday, January 29, 2010 at 8:00 AM ET by Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The (not so) prodigal son.

THIS WEEK ON: GENERAL HOSPITAL

Carly find a “gift” for Jason from Franco among Josslyn’s christening presents. Robin learns that Patrick has been keeping her in the dark. Michael unburdens himself to Morgan, Kristina and Molly. Jax admits his culpability to Carly on Thursday, February 4. Kiefer and Kristina’s relationship continues in its unsettling spiral. On Friday, February 5, Nikolas is forced to take action after Elizabeth has another meltdown at the hospital. Nikolas appeals to Lucky.

The Inside Story: The First Cut Is The Deepest
On Monday, February 1, OIivia tells a horrified Sonny that he shot his own son. Sonny and Olivia struggle to keep Dante alive as they wait for the paramedics to arrive. Lulu’s fears are validated when she arrives at Sonny’s apartment and sees jarring evidence of Dante’s fate. Sonny tells a barely conscious Dante that he is his father. Olivia lashes out at Sonny. Johnny is there for a wrecked Olivia. Lulu makes sure everybody knows just what Sonny did and then faces off with the mobster. Sonny refuses to leave Dante despite Jason’s warning on Tuesday, February 2, and ends up under arrest for Claudia’s murder. Sam manages to steal vital evidence against Sonny from the police station as Jason fills Carly in on the situation with her ex. Luke, Carly and Ethan do their best to comfort a reeling Lulu. Olivia wishes she had made different decisions. Carly is sympathetic to Olivia’s plight. Lulu is by Dante’s side when he awakes from surgery. Dante is stunned when Lulu confirms that Sonny is indeed his father on Thursday, February 4. Dante rages at Olivia. Carly implores Sonny to leave the country before it’s too late. Mac starts to question Olivia as Lucky begins to take Dante’s statement. Sonny aborts his escape at the last moment, unable to turn his back on Dante. Olivia and Dante both lie to protect Sonny. Sonny arrives at Dante’s hospital room on Friday, February 5.

General Hospital News and Headlines:

GH ALERTS: WEEK OF FEBRUARY 8, 2010

“General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings. “GH” also airs online at ABC.com and can be accessed 24/7.



A Storm of Change Affects Llanview

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Friday, January 29, 2010 12:30 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A “Storm of Change” sweeps over Llanview, and no one will ever be the same.

It may not be the same storm that blew through the fictional Pennsylvania hamlet back in 2003, which ushered Michael Malone and Josh Griffith back to the “One Life to Live” writing staff, but it still promises to pack a punch nonetheless.

For starters, nearly half of Llanview sets out to converge on an abandoned observatory atop Llantano Mountain where cult leader Mitch Laurence has dastardly plans for his daughter Jessica and his unborn grandchild. However, things take an unexpected turn when the snow begins to fall on Wednesday, February 3rd.

After Natalie and Brody help John escape from jail, the trio easily manage to allude the authorities. And it isn’t long before they get a lead on Mitch’s location. Meanwhile, Rex takes Stacy to Llanview Hospital when she fakes going into labor. Catching her alone, Charlie and Dorian approach Stacy with intentions of using her as bait to lure Mitch out of hiding. But their plan hits a snag when they are confronted by a gun-toting Nurse Charles.

After dragging the former Vegas pole dancer to her car, the satanic care-giver quickly speeds off into the night, where they are soon followed by Charlie and Dorian. As the snow begins to pick up in intensity, all three parties find themselves on a collision course. But will everyone survive?

Later, the bad nurse takes Stacy to Mitch’s lair, where she spots a disoriented Jessica. Frightened not only for her own life, but for that of her unborn child, Stacy resorts to drastic measures in an attempt to worm her way out of a tight spot…by telling the truth. However, the confession isn’t music to Mitch’s ears, and he soon pulls a Todd Manning and kicks the pregnant woman out into the blizzard (Todd once did something similar to Téa). But it doesn’t end there. With Stacy’s child no longer being the “chosen one,” Mitch hatches his most disgusting scheme yet to assure that his “ministry” will live on to a new generation.

Elsewhere, Schuyler treks to Viki’s lodge after his car slids off the road, but is soon assaulted by a tree branch. Back at the cabin, Gigi grows concerned about her boyfriend, and sets off to find him, only to stumble upon Stacy instead. Gigi and Stacy are soon forced to put their differences aside when the latter goes into labor — for real. But after helping her sister give birth, will Gigi be able to get to help for the premature newborn before it is too late?

Plus, Dorian struggles with a guilty conscience over plotting to kill the cult leader. Charlie accidentally shoots the wrong person when he confronts Mitch. Rex makes a disturbing discovery in Schuyer’s backpack. Jessica has no memory of her loved ones. Natalie dreams of her dead husband. Rex and Fish (and later Kim) search for Stacy, and Marty for John. Greg discovers that a sample of a certain drug is missing from the hospital’s inventory. And much, much more!

To view more exclusive sneak peek photos, click here.

“One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on ABC.com and SOAPnet.com. Check local listings.

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OLTL Recap: Thursday, January 28, 2010

Thursday, January 28, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Thursday, January 28, 2010.

IT HAPPENED TODAY “My Three Dads”…

Jessica, still fighting the influence of the sedatives Mitch has injected her with, reels as Mitch outlines his plans for her and Stacy’s unborn baby. Before once again succumbing to the drugs, Jessica insists she’ll never forget her family or do Mitch’s bidding but he’s not going to take no for an answer.

Schuyler forces Stacy to name him as the baby’s guardian should anything happen to her and insists on administering the oxytocin himself when she fakes going into labor.

Dorian comes up with an idea on how to get to Mitch after an encounter with Rex. Charlie tries to reach out to Viki but the moment is ruined when he suddenly leaves to secretly meet with Dorian.

On the Next One Life to Live…

  • The jailbreak is on.
  • Mitch resorts to drastic measures.
  • Stacy fakes going into labor.

“One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on ABC.com and SOAPnet.com. Check local listings.