The Lie that Rocked Daytime

Wednesday, August 5, 2009 2:35 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Last week rumors began circulating that ABC Daytime was looking to move their daytime soap “All My Children” to the West Coast in an effort to avoid cancellation. Unfortunately, a network spokeswoman opted to lie to the industry in an effort to break the news to the dramas cast and crew “first.” The cast learned they’d have to make the difficult choice of whether to head out West to Los Angeles,California or lose their jobs on Tuesday, August 4.

“This rumor has been in the zeitgeist for years,” said the spokeswoman in an official statement. “If there is ever something official to announce, you will hear it from me.”

All we can say is, we’re waiting…

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


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    Tuesday, August 4, 2009 11:14 PM ET | By Scotty Gore


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — In a shocking chain of events, ABC announces that it plans to move production of “All My Children” to the West Coast, and relocate “One Life to Live” into “AMC’s” soon-to-be vacated New York studios.

    Despite repeated denials from ABC in recent weeks to persistent online rumors at Daytime Confidential that plans were already in the works to move the broadcaster’s youngest soap cross country, the network did a complete 180 today by dropping a bombshell on the set of the daytime drama “All My Children.”

    According to reports, ABC Daytime President Brian Frons gathered the soap’s cast and crew together this afternoon to inform them that “AMC” would be shifting production from New York City to Los Angeles beginning sometime in December in an attempt to cut costs during the current economic downturn.

    “ABC Daytime announced today that it would move production of ‘All My Children’ from New York to Los Angeles and that ‘One Life to Live’ would move into ‘All My Children’s’ former New York space, giving both shows facility upgrades and streamlined production models,” states a network press release.
     
    “‘All My Children’ will begin taping episodes in Los Angeles the week of Jan. 4, 2010, and will begin airing in HD in February. The move of ‘One Life To Live’ to its new home takes place soon after ‘All My Children’ relocates.” “One Life to Live” will transition to HD early next year as well. “AMC’s” first tape date in L.A. comes only one day before the long-running sudser marks it 40th anniversary.

    “‘All My Children’ is one of the most recognizable brands in television, and we are committed to continue telling and enhancing the stories of the residents of Pine Valley. The move to Los Angeles enables both ‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life to Live’ to dramatically improve the series production models and achieve significant efficiencies while enhancing each show. We had to examine every option on the table to combat the current economic realities, and rising costs of production, and we are doing it in a way that makes each of our shows stronger,” Frons laments.

    “AMC’s” new L.A. based studio is said to be twice the size of their one in New York, and will include two sound stages that will allow them to keep more sets assembled and standing between episode tapings.

    “OLTL” will experience 30% additional space when the soap moves in to “AMC’s” current home, and will receive several facility upgrades. Furthermore, ABC is seriously considering turning “One Life to Live’s” rather cramped current home into much needed office space for the network.

    Agnes Nixon, creator of both “All My Children” and “One Life to Live,” attempted to place a positive spin on the move by commenting that “I am so grateful for the wonderful commitment from ABC to ‘All My Children.’ While I will miss being able to run over to the show … it feels a little like I am sending one of my children off to be married. … I am glad the network is making moves that will enable the team to continue telling stories about Pine Valley. … There are many more secrets to be revealed.”

    One of those secrets will be just how many of “All My Children’s” current cast and crew may be willing to remain with the show and relocate nearly 2500 miles away from the Big Apple, most notably the iconic Susan Lucci (Erica Kane), one of the soap’s two remaining original cast members.

    Los Angeles City Council president Eric Garcetti informs Variety that “AMC” will be filming in the city’s Glassell Park neighborhood. “We have been working hard to bring production back and this is great,” he says.

    “Children” will join ABC’s signature soap “General Hospital” as the network’s only West Coast based daytime dramas. “GH” underwent significant changes earlier this year, which included building a new hospital set and transitioning the show to High-Definition, a move which set ABC back an estimated $3 million.

    Needless to say, the move has some soaps fans more than a little shaken up, given the recent cancellation of two other daytime soaps within the past year. In August of 2008, “Passions” was cancelled after only nine years on the air. And in April of this year, CBS announced that the industry’s longest-running daytime serial “Guiding Light” would be airing its final episode on September 18th, after more than 72 years on television and radio. To further add to the uneasiness, speculation persists that ABC is planning to launch a new talk starring Aisha Taylor, which could find its way onto the Alphabet Network’s already crowded daytime schedule, despite repeated assertions by ABC that the show is being geared toward syndication.

    Despite the changes in production and relocation of two of the network’s three daytime dramas, ABC insists that their three hour weekday afternoon soap block will remain unchanged with “All My Children,” “One Life to Live,” and “General Hospital” continuing to air in the same order they have been since 1978.

    SON will continue to follow this breaking story and bring you more details as they develop.

    “All My Children, “One Life to Live,” and “General Hospital” air Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


    Discussion: Breaking News: ‘AMC’ Moves to L.A., ‘OLTL’ Switches Studios



    OLTL Recap: Tuesday, August 4, 2009

    Tuesday, August 4, 2009 6:40 PM ET | By Scotty Gore


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Tuesday, August 4, 2009.

    IT HAPPENED TODAY…

    “I Deux”

    Blair and Dorian make drunken fools of themselves when they crash the double wedding, causing Bo to lose his chance to voice his objections.

    Todd has his hands full dealing with Blair and Téa. Téa is miffed that Blair always seems to come between her and Todd.

    Bo and Nora dance around their feelings.

    At the reception, Téa catches Nora’s bouquet while Blair intercepts Viki’s.

    Gigi offers Stacy money to get an abortion. Stacy accuses Gigi of being afraid that Rex will end up leaving her once the baby is born. Alone, Stacy collapses in pain after her and Gigi’s heated confrontation.

    Jessica thinks she’s seeing Nash when she catches another glimpse of the mysterious stranger.

    On the Next One Life to Live…

    • Stacy’s fantasy world comes crashing down around her.
    • Todd has a very special surprise for Téa.
    • Charlie and Viki are truly happy and in love.

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



    Tuesday, August 4, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Tuesday, August 4, 2009.

    IT HAPPENED TODAY…

    Zach and Ryan convince a reluctant Kendall to stick to the plan and make a run for it just moments before the cops descend on the warehouse. After making it to the marina, Kendall ultimately has a change of heart and turns herself in to Natalia, who arrests her. Jesse doesn’t press the issue when Kendall claims she acted alone in her escape attempt and doesn’t implicate Zach or Ryan. Kendall’s emotions get the best of her while alone in her jail cell.

    Natalia begins to suspect Jesse is hiding something.

    Krystal’s curiosity is piqued when she overhears Tad and Taylor mentioning a baby but they do their best to throw her off track. Krystal casually mentions Tad’s baby reference to David.

    After asking Scott to move into the mansion, Adam proposes to Annie. JR opens up to Marissa but lashes out at Scott after learning Adam asked him to move in.

    On the Next All My Children…

    • Natalia accuses Jesse of not being on the up and up.
    • Kendall gets a visit from Stuart’s ghost.
    • Marissa comes to JR’s aid.

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



    Tuesday, August 4, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Tuesday, August 4, 2009.

    IT HAPPENED TODAY…

    Sonny admits to Claudia that he’s still conflicted about how he feels about her because of the fact she might have played a role in Michael getting shot. Claudia continues to maintain her innocence, believing she and Sonny might be able to come together in their shared grief over losing their son. Sonny tells Claudia he wants her to come home with him once she’s released from the hospital.

    Lulu can’t help but be charmed by Dominic but doesn’t give into his advances.

    Alexis is arrested for the murder of Brianna Hughes. Robin’s convinced Alexis wasn’t involved in Brianna’s murder and sets out to prove her innocence.

    Dominic is shocked when he walks in on Olivia and Johnny in a compromising position.

    Edward forbids Nikolas from spending the night with Rebecca. Nikolas and Elizabeth start to loosen up while sharing shots of tequila at Jake’s.

    On the Next General Hospital…

    • Sam’s one step closer to finding Michael and Kristina.
    • Robin’s on a mission to clear Alexis’ name.
    • Dominic is horrified to find Johnny and Olivia together.

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



    Tuesday, August 4, 2009 2:25 PM ET | By Scotty Gore


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” adds more diversity to its rather large cast with the addition of Phylicia and Richard Evans.

    What started out with Shaun, then a bodyguard to tough guy Vincent Jones back in 2007, eventually developed into the ever-growing Evans family, complete with siblings Destiny and Greg. Now we can add their mother and father to that list.

    As SON first reported, “OLTL” recently released audition scripts for the roles of Mr. and Mrs. Evans, both of which are said to become recurring characters on the show’s canvas this fall.

    Now, roughly a week after the casting calls were first announced, Soap Opera Digest is reporting that both roles have been cast. Set to portray Greg, Shaun, and Destiny’s mother Phylicia is actress Tonye Patano. She is best known for her role as Heyila James on the Showtime series “Weeds” from 2005-2007. In addition, the actress has appeared in a number of primetime series, including “Eli Stone,” Law & Order: SVU,” “Monk,” and “Now and Again.”

    Playing father Richard Evans will be veteran actor Frankie Faison, who portrayed Frank Dawson on “All My Children” from 1998-99. Faison’s other credits include “True Colors,” “The Silence of the Lambs,” “The Wire,” “Maximum Overdrive,” and Tyler Perry’s “Meet the Brows.”

    Look for Patano and Faison to first air as Phylicia and Richard Evans on Tuesday, September 10th.

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


    Discussion: ‘One Life’ Expands African American Family



    ‘OLTL’ Late Summer Casting Notes

    Tuesday, August 4, 2009 1:50 AM ET | By Scotty Gore


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — What do Russian gangsters, physics, and corrupted politicians have in common? They’re all heading to Llanview in the weeks and months ahead.

    Jonathan Phillips tells the Greenwich Gazette, in an interview dated July 31st, that his was recently hired by “One Life to Live” to play an upcoming role. “I’m playing a Russian mobster. I spoke Russian in my audition. I still speak it fluently, as I studied it for years and years, first at Andover and then at University of Michigan,” he explains.

    Phillips goes on to reveal that “We’ve shot one episode. We’re shooting another on Tuesday.” The aspiring actor is the nephew of “Gone With the Wind” actress Barbara O’Neil (who portrayed the mother of Scarlett O’Hara). For more about Phillips’ theater and television career, click here to read the full article.

    Rumors claim that the Cole’s undercover mission to take down Llanview’s drug ring may result in the kidnapping of Starr and baby Hope by Russian mobsters in an act of vengeance. However, it remains little more than speculation at this time. Although, a hint at what may lie ahead can be found in “OLTL’s” recently released audition script for the role of Phylicia Evans (mother to Destiny, Shaun, and Greg). From the tone of the script, it appears that Shaun is injured while attempting to save Starr and Hope from danger. It remains to be seen how any of this will play out on camera, given the fact that it will likely not air until sometime in late September or early October, considering “OLTL’s” advanced production schedule.

    In related news, it appears that “OLTL” is looking to cast a Shaun ‘body double’ for an upcoming episode.

    Michael Lowry first airs as Ross Rayburn on Friday, August 28th, when he his tracked down by Blair.

    Patrick Allen Cole returns as Rodi’s Manager Jeff on Monday, August 17th. According to his website, he has also recently taped another episode set to air in later summer/early fall.

    Anthony Bradford portrays an ICU Orderly on Thursday and Friday, September 10th and 11th.  Bradford’s other soap credits include appears on “All My Children” as a Yacht Club Member on “As the World Turns” as an Old Town Shopper. 

    “One Life to Live” seems to have developed a fetish for introducing the parents of characters who are/were on canvas. Already this year the soap has cast the parents of Markko Rivera, Oliver Fish, and the dearly departed Nash Brennan. Now the show is preparing to welcome in not only the Evans’ siblings mother (as noted above), but also their father Richard, as indicated in a new audition script released just like week. The ever-expanding Evans clan also includes the past characters of cousin Tyrone (Destiny’s original prom date) and Grandpa Fred (whom Shaun introduced during 2007′s ‘One Pure People’ storyline).

    Is Llanview Mayor Stan Lowell (Kevin O’Rourke) somehow connected to the city’s drug problems? That may be the question many of the town’s leading citizens find themselves asking later this month as the shady politician begins to raise more than a few eyebrows. Look for Llanview’s commander-in-chief to have more of a presence later this month. After causing a stink at a Llanview Hospital on Wednesday, August 12th, Mayor Lowell returns on Friday, August 24th to take part in some unethical dealings. According to SOAPnet, this will be the beginning of a promising storyline for both Viki Banks (Erika Slezak) and Dorian Lord (Robin Strasser), as Viki ponders taking a second run at the Llanview’s highest office. Hopefully, this plot won’t prove reminiscent of Viki’s last stint as mayor back in 1990 when she was shot by the corrupted then-Police Commissioner Harding, and suffered a subsequent stroke.

    Lea DeLaria is back once more as Madame Delphina on Wednesday, August 20th when Jessica enlists the much-in-demand medium to try to summon Nash’s spirit.

    Nicholas Rodriquez debuts as Nick (the character was originally named Griffin) on Tuesday, August 18th, who begins to take a shine to Kyle, which makes Fish a little hot under the collar.

    In other news…

    “OLTL” has recycled the audition script (released in March) for ‘Veronica,’ changed a few names, and re-released it for the role of ‘Dakota.’ As the scene opens, ‘Dakota’ talks about how she used to run through fountains in the buff while living in Paris, prompting ‘Matt’ to ask her if she is telling the truth. She tells him that people in Paris are not prudes like those in Llanview. Matt asks what her date thought of her behavior, to which she responds that followed her lead, danced nude in the fountain with her, and then drew her into a hot, steamy kiss. However, when she claims they returned to hotel room afterward for an evening of romance, Matt cuts her off. Claiming her tales sound more like romance novels than real life, Matt has serious doubts about the validity of what she is saying. When Dakota asks him if he believes her, he confesses that no, he does not. He also says that he didn’t want to hurt her feelings, and wants to know more about her — the real her. As the scene comes to a close, Dakota chimes in that just because it didn’t actually happen, doesn’t necessarily mean that it couldn’t, and that if he had been stuck in a boarding school as she had been, that he too would have developed a very vivid imagination. Be advised that “OLTL” frequently changes the names in these audition scripts in an attempt to confuse viewers.

    A second script is for the role of ‘Tom,’ who is a school bully that is tormenting ‘Sarah.’ Tom advises Sarah against making empty threats, to which she claims she can make good on. Tom tells her that, when you are the daughter of a man who attempted to kill your baby brother, that it’s best to try to blend in with the crowd and not stand out. Sarah exclaims that her father is not a murderer, to which Tom says sure, and that he bets her mother isn’t the biggest slut in Llanview either. Tom warns Sarah that she should be very afraid of him, when she tells him that she’s not. Sarah advises Tom to shut up or risk his father cutting off his trust fund. Tom blasts back that his father hates snobby, whiny little girls just as much as he does. Taunting him, Sarah asks him what’s wrong, and that it looks like he’s going to cry. Tom quips that they’re not in Algebra, and that Sarah is no match for him. As the scene closes, Sarah screams that she is going home, but Tom says that first she must pay for crossing his path. As with the first script, this too appears to be a reworded version of one from several years ago for a different role.

    The final audition script (which also appears recycled from another old script) released last week is for the role of a ‘Headmistress.’ The seen begins with her telling ‘Liz Cohen,’ one of the teachers, that she has heard good things about her from her students and fellow faculty members, which places a smile on Liz’s face. However, the headmistress reminds her that she must uphold the school policy that personal matters should not be brought into the classroom. Liz responds that she just finished informing one of her pupils of that very thing. Nonetheless, the headmistress instructs her that it never should have even brought up in the first place, and regrets to inform Liz that, until the custody matter is resolved, she can no longer allow her to teach at the school. Shocked, Liz cannot believe that she has just been fired. As the headmistress places her on leave until the matter is concluded, Liz states that nothing that has happened has been her fault and that she loves all her students. The headmistress tells Liz to look around at her empty classroom, and ask herself if she would be letting her students down by staying. As the scene ends, Liz asks for a moment to gather her personal belongings before leaving.

    Odds and Ends…

    Salsa sensation Frankie Negrón brings his band with him when he perform on “OLTL” on Wednesday, August 5th.

    As of July 31st, Jack Rovello (Justin) is no longer listed in the closing credits…could this be the end for Matthew’s occasional bully and his crush Becca (Dina Sipovich)? One can only hope.

    Scott Clifton tweeted on July 29th that he was on yet another location shoot for “OLTL,” this time in New Jersey, and on August 3rd that he had a ton of lines to learn for the following day’s episode taping.

    Kristen Alderson tweets that she “Can’t wait for everyone to see my dress for the Emmys. it’s def. a statement. lol”

    Kassie DePaiva reveals on Twitter that she returned Monday (August 3rd) from a family vacation in North Carolina and “Had location shoot with ‘OLTL’ at 6:30 am.”

    According to IMDb, Zetna Fuentes will direct episode #10534 of “OLTL,” which should air sometime on or before Tuesday, October 6th.

    Just how adorable were the two gray kittens during “OLTL’s” tribute to “Grey Gardens” on Monday, August 3rd? One can only hope that we will get to see more of them, along with the equally adorable Tallulah Bean (Aziza).

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


    Discussion: ‘OLTL’ Late Summer Casting News



    Out! Cosgrove Rebuffs ‘OLTL’

    Monday, August 3, 2009 8:38 PM ET | By Scotty Gore


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Despite numerous reports in recent weeks seeming to indicate that “Guiding Light” star Daniel Cosgrove was likely headed to “One Life to Live” this fall as a recasted Joey Buchanan, it now appears that a move from Springfield to Llanview is not on his itinerary.

    In a move eerily similar to “OLTL’s” recent negotations to lure alum Gina Tognoni (Dinah, “GL”) back to Llanview as Kelly Cramer, a source close to the show reveals to Soap Opera Digest that “Despite all the buzz that Daniel Cosgrove (Bill, ‘GL’) will be ‘One Life to Live’s’ next Joey Buchanan, it’s not happening. A setsider says Cosgrove will not be joining the ABC soap.”

    This comes only weeks after several media outlets were claiming that a deal between the actor and “OLTL” was thisclose to being finalized. It remains to be seen is the two sides are still discussing the possibility, or if talks have completely broken off.

    The youngest son of Viki Davidson and the late Joe Riley (and adopted son of Clint Buchanan), Joey Buchanan has been one of the most recasted characters in “One Life to Live’s” history, with seven different actors tackling the role over the years.

    In addition to his time on “Guiding Light,” the 38-year-old Cosgrove portrayed Scott Chandler on “All My Children” from 1996-98. Primetime credits include stints on “Beverly Hills 90210″ and “Dirty Sexy Money.”

    SON will keep you posted on any further developments.

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


    Discussion: Out! Cosgrove Rebuffs ‘OLTL’



    Monday, August 3, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Monday, August 3, 2009.

    IT HAPPENED TODAY…

    Zach and Ryan orchestrate Kendall’s escape from the courthouse as jury selection for her trial gets underway. Kendall tells Zach and Ryan she won’t go on the run because she couldn’t bear to tear the boys away from Zach.

    Jake and Amanda put their plan in motion by convincing David that Amanda can’t have any more children. Amanda and Jake look forward to being a family once they “adopt” a baby and are able to bring Trevor home.

    Krystal and Taylor talk about Tad. Taylor realizes that Krystal still loves Tad but Krystal states she just wants him to be happy.

    On the Next All My Children…

    • Kendall shares a tearful goodbye with her sons.
    • Annie’s wish comes true.
    • Tad and Taylor spin a story to a suspicious Krystal.

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



    OLTL Recap: Monday, August 3, 2009

    Monday, August 3, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Monday, August 3, 2009.

    IT HAPPENED TODAY…

    “Téa for Two”

    Nora’s in turmoil over her conflicted feelings for Bo as she prepares to marry Clint. Bo tries to tell Clint what happened between him and Nora but gets repeatedly sidelined. Bo and Nora feel the tension when the priest asks if anyone has any objections before the ceremonies become final.

    A mysterious stranger pays a visit to Nash’s grave.

    Dorian and Blair try to drink their sorrows away. Blair decides to take action after imagining a bleak future for herself and Dorian.

    Stacy manipulates Rex into letting her continue to live at his loft by playing the baby card for all it’s worth. Schuyler gives Gigi a shoulder to lean on while covering his real feelings for her. Gigi’s upset to learn that Rex didn’t kick Stacy out of the loft and goes to confront her. Rex warns Schuyler to stay away from Gigi.

    On the Next One Life to Live…

    • Blair and Dorian crash a wedding.
    • Gigi attempts to persuade Stacy to terminate her pregnancy.
    • Viki and Nora throw their bouquets.

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