Friday, August 14, 2009 4:49 PM ET | By Scotty Gore


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Kathy Brier announces on her website that she is “in talks to return to ‘One Life to Live’ for a few episodes” as Marcie McBain, only two months after her character packed up and moved with husband Michael from Llanview to Seattle.

Viewers last saw Marcie on June 17th as she was helping Michael box up their personal belongings in their less-than-luxurious Angel Square apartment in preparation of the couple’s move to Seattle, where Michael had been offered a job at a prestigious hospital. Just before leaving town Marcie also got her storybook ending by learning that, after two aborted adoption attempts, she was finally pregnant with a baby of her own.

Portraying Marcie McBain (née Walsh) since 2002 Brier, along with her onscreen hubby Michael (Chris Stack) were informed by “One Life to Live” earlier this year that the soap had no plans to keep them in Llanview once their contracts reached their expiration dates in June, citing lack of storyline possibilities as the reason for the popular couple’s termination.

While Stack briefly reprised the role of Dr. Michael McBain for three episodes last month to help wrap up the Shane Morasco stem cells storyline, Brier and Marcie were nowhere to be seen.

While the exact nature of Brier’s upcoming “OLTL” return have yet to be announced, her latest stint is expected to be short-term. It also remains to be seen exactly which characters Marcie will share scenes with, and if her husband Michael will be returning as well. No first airdate has been revealed, however given the fact that both parties are still hammering out the details and that “OLTL” routinely tapes approximately 4-6 weeks in advance, it would likely be sometime this fall before fans can expect to see Marcie back in Llanview.

SON will keep you informed as this story continues to develop.

In other news…

Soap Opera Weekly is reporting that Eloise Mumford has been cast as Loretta Hogan, a witness called to the stand by Téa to testify in Matthew’s defense on Thursday, September 3rd. The character’s name is a play on that of “OLTL’s” publicist, Lauri Hogan.

An ABC spokesperson tells Carolyn Hinsey of the New York Daily News that “The rumor that ‘One Life to Live’ and ‘All My Children’ will become two half-hour shows is incorrect.” Hmmm…wonder if that is the same spokesperson that told SON about a month ago that “All My Children” was NOT shifting production from New York City to Los Angeles.

Hinsey also reports that, with regards to Thorsten Kaye (Zach “AMC,” ex-Patrick “OLTL”), a network rep. comments that “Our primary focus right now is ‘AMC.’ We hope Thorsten comes to L.A. to continue as Zach. We can’t think of other options until we know Thorsten’s decision.” Meanwhile, rumors continue to swirl that Kaye may opt out of following “AMC” to the West Coast and instead remain in New York City and return to “OLTL,” where his wife Susan Haskell portrays Marty Saybrooke.

From the Twitter files…

Kristen Alderson (Starr Manning) reveals that her younger brother Eddie Alderson (Matthew Buchanan) broke his wrist two weeks ago. Poor Matthew….paralyzed from the waist down and suffering from a broken wrist…can’t the kid ever catch a break?

Alderson also provides some behind-the-scenes insight by answering a fan question about who exactly writes the notes that Starr leaves for Cole. “They [the show] wrote the note that was on the last show [Wednesday].. I usually write the notes…but they did this one for some reason. lol”

And, when asked by a fan if he would consider reprising the role of Antonio Vega, Kamar de los Reyes tweets that “I never like to say never but in this case it’s highly unlikely that I will ever go back to ‘OLTL.'” The actor left the sudser earlier this year when he contract was up, stating that he believed “Antonio is longer the central figure I believe he deserves to be,” and that “over the years, he has become less and less valued.” Yeah…right. No offense to the guy, but when one thinks of the great “OLTL” characters from the past 41 years (Carla Gray, Ed Hall, Victor Lord, Karen Wolek, Asa Buchanan, Victoria Lord, Todd Manning, Dorian Cramer Lord, etc…), Antonio Vega just does not come to mind.

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


Discussion: Brier Revisits Her Old ‘Life’ in Llanview



Friday, August 14, 2009 8:00 AM ET | By Angela Rosa


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — To tell the truth.

THIS WEEK ON: ALL MY CHILDREN

Krystal tries to get Marissa to ease up to JR on Monday, August 17. Tad keeps a close eye on David who reaches out to Liza on Wednesday, August 19. Liza is stunned when Tad confesses that Amanda and David aren’t her son’s parents. Tad tries to convince Liza to cozy up to David in order to find out the truth about Trevor. Jake and Amanda follow the trail of David’s mysterious calls to Massachusetts where they find Nurse Gayle on Friday, August, 21. Liza begins to warm to David. Scott confronts Annie about the games she’s playing. Erica gets off to a rocky start in Africa on Thursday, August 20.

The Inside Story: The Twisted Web We Weave
Natalia is stunned to find Randi in a Pine Cone room with baby Trevor on Tuesday, August 18. Randi pleads her case. Jesse answers Madison’s threats with a few of his own. Madison taunts Frankie about his wife and her husband. Angie demands that Jesse confirm the awful truth about North. Jesse tells Frankie and Angie everything on Wednesday, August 19. Angie struggles to understand what Jesse has done and wonders when all the lies will stop. Natalia agrees to let an emotional Randi keep the baby for the time being. Natalia privately worries about Randi’s mental health. On Thursday, August 20, Frankie surprises Randi when he agrees that they shouldn’t tell Jesse and Angie about the baby and decides that maybe they could keep the little boy. Angie face’s off with Madison on Friday, August 21. A conflicted Angie lies to the D.C. police. Mother Hubbard comes to the conclusion that she’s doing the right thing for her family. Natalia tells Frankie that he and Randi cannot keep the baby.

A Closer Look: The Young and the Restless
Spike drops an interesting tidbit to his mother’s mother who arrives at the Slater compound unannounced on Monday, August 18. Erica buys Zach’s explanation. Zach, with Liza in tow, convinces Adam to give him a loan, much to Annie’s chagrin. Kendall prepares a surprise for Zach. The Slater’s romantic dinner is cut short when their amorous attorney makes another one of her all too frequent visits. Liza bolts out after Zach is forced to make a scene to prevent her from discovering his secret. Zach finds an upset Liza outside the house. On Thursday, August 20, Zach doesn’t rub to being the focus of the new book Kendall’s started to work on. Kendall accuses Zach of keeping her prisoner to get revenge for her being unfaithful to him after listening in on his argument with Ryan. Ryan shares his suspicions with Liza. Kendall begins to suffer chest pains while alone in the secret room. Recovering from the episode, Kendall takes stock of just how grateful she is to be able to be with Zach and her boys and makes peace with her situation.

All My Children News and Headlines:

AMC ALERTS: WEEK OF AUGUST 24, 2009

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



Friday, August 14, 2009 8:00 AM ET | By Angela Rosa


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Through the darkness.

THIS WEEK ON: GENERAL HOSPITAL

Michael finds himself attracted to a girl that he’s not related to on Monday, August 17. Sam tends to a struggling Jason at the abandoned church. Jerry returns to the scene of the crime on Tuesday, August 18. Sam confesses her love to a feverish Jason who believes they’re back in Hawaii. On Wednesday, August 19, Patrick warns a determined Robin that Andrea is dangerous. Andrea is keeping an eye on Robin. Alexis admits to Sonny that Kristina was the one behind Claudia’s accident. Molly turns to Nikolas for help with Alexis. Matt comes to Lulu’s rescue when she accidentally glues her hands to her hair on Thursday, August 20. On Friday, August 21, Sonny tries to comfort Claudia after finding her alone with the furniture she ordered for their baby.

The Inside Story: Foul Plays
Nikolas rips into Rebecca for her lies. Rebecca confronts Monica and Edward with the truth on Monday, August 17. Elizabeth finds Nikolas in a drunken rage in the turret at Wyndemere. Lucky has no pity for Rebecca. Dominic takes a drunken Rebecca back to his place where she passes out before anything can happen. On Tuesday, August 18, Nikolas responds to Elizabeth’s challenge with a passionate kiss. Lucky just misses seeing the clinch. Elizabeth remains uneasy when she and Lucky return home. Rebecca faces off with Alexis and Nikolas. Monica reassures Rebecca of her place in the Quartermaine fold. Nikolas and Elizabeth agree that Lucky must never find out about their kiss. Keeping their attraction under wraps may prove to be the more difficult task for the pair when they end up in close proximity once again on Friday, August 21.

A Closer Look: Tight-Rope
Dominic explains why he took the fall for Johnny to Sonny. Sonny and Olivia’s mutual attraction doesn’t go unnoticed by an unsettled Dominic. In front of Dominic, on Tuesday, August 18, Olivia once again sets Sonny straight about their romantic future. Kate and Olivia’s latest clash leads to Jax getting an interesting earful on Thursday, August 20. Jax confronts Olivia with the knowledge that Sonny is the father of her son. Dominic continues to gain Johnny’s trust. Carly sees Olivia with Ronnie, Dominic’s undercover partner. Dominic loses his cool and decks Johnny after he makes a remark about sleeping with Olivia. Olivia convinces Jax to keep her secret on Friday, August 21.


General Hospital News and Headlines:

GH ALERTS: WEEK OF AUGUST 24, 2009

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



OLTL PreVUE: Week of August 17 Edition

Friday, August 14, 2009 8:00 AM ET | By Scotty Gore


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Lights, camera, action!

THIS WEEK ON: ONE LIFE TO LIVE

Kim and Stacy compile a list of potential candidates to get her pregnant again on Monday, August 17, quickly narrowing the list down to three men in particular. Rex makes it clear to Roxy that it’s going to take much more than saying ‘I’m sorry’ for him to forgiver her this time. Schuyler informs Gigi that it would be best if they ended their friendship, and gives her a good-bye hug, which is witnessed by Rex. After Rex blows a gasket on Tuesday, August 18, Schuyler walks away from the woman he loves, not wanting to cause her any additional pain. Rex and Gigi work to rebuild their relationship. Fish tells Kyle that he and Layla had sex and are in a real relationship on Monday, August 17. Although his feelings are hurt, Kyle opts not to tell Cristian the truth. Kyle tells Stacy that her feminine wiles won’t work on him. Fish becomes jealous when he sees another man hitting on Kyle. Schuyler gets in Rex’s face on Thursday, August 20, reminding him he alone will be to blame if things don’t work out with Gigi. Cristian is shocked when he and Layla return to the apartment to find Stacy attempting to seduce Fish. At Rodi’s, Kyle’s date Nick tells him how Fish tried to sabotage their evening. Stacy makes Schuyler her latest target on Friday, August 21. Rex demands Stacy make an appointment with an OB/GYN for a check-up on the baby. Cole and Serge have another meeting. Later, Serge discusses his doubts about Cole with his boss. And Mayor Lowell is clearly up to no good.

The Inside Story: Skeletons in the Closet
Todd rips Rex’s report on Téa away from Blair’s clutches, and demands to know what she is up to. Meanwhile, Elijah issues Téa an ultimatum — either drop the case or risk having her secret exposed on Monday, August 17. As Matthew’s hearing begins, Téa makes an unexpected move. On Tuesday, August 18, Matthew delivers his rather emotional testimony from the witness stand. Upon cross-examination, Ejilah rips into Matthew, questioning his maturity. Téa attempts to salvage the situation on Wednesday, August 19. After he rattles her cage once more, Téa soon discovers that Elijah is secretly working with Ross Rayburn on Friday, August 21. Elijah assures Téa that he will leave her alone if she just gives in to Ross’ demands. Elsewhere, Todd accuses Blair of being jealous of Téa on Tuesday, August 18. Blair plants a kiss on Todd and claims that she can him anytime she desires. The brazen move does not achieve the desired result however, prompting Blair to slap Todd across the face. Stating that he has been reformed, Todd reminds Blair that his heart now belongs to Téa. In response, Blair teases Todd with the dirt Rex dug up on Ms. Delgado, and later orders the P.I. to double his efforts to learn her deep, dark secret. On Friday, August 20, both Marty and Todd are shocked to learn that she has been designated as his court appointed therapist. Over Todd’s objections, Marty decides that it’s time to get Todd out of her head once and for all. Rachel and Greg butt heads. And Bo and Nora still won’t admit their feelings for one another.

A Closer Look: Family Feud
Jared and Natalie show the mysterious DVD to Clint and Brody on Wednesday, August 19. Desperate for answers, Jessica pays a visit to Madame Delphina, who offers to try to contact Nash’s spirit through a séance. David and his film crew arrive at Asa’s mansion. By Thursday, August 20, Brody informs Jared and Natalie that Jessica has a stalker. Meanwhile, Delphina tells Jessica that she is unsure if she reached Nash’s spirit, but that she was hit with an overwhelming feeling that danger lies ahead. In front of his kinfolk, a campy David lets the cameras roll. Clint quickly has enough of David’s antics, and aims his shotgun right between his nephew’s eyes. To add to the drama, David confesses that he is bankrolling Matthew’s lawsuit, prompting Nora to lunge for his throat on Thursday, August 20. Shortly thereafter, Clint throws David and his crew out of the mansion.

One Life to Live News and Headlines

OLTL ALERTS: WEEK OF AUGUST 24, 2009

  • Viki mulls over running for mayor again. (SOAPnet)
  • Marty has her hands full with her own problems and getting inside Todd’s head. (Soap Opera Weekly)

Discussion: OLTL PreVUE: Week of August 17 Edition



OLTL Recap: Thursday, August 13, 2009

Thursday, August 13, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Thursday, August 13, 2009.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

“Lies and Whispers”

Viki shoots down David’s idea of filming his reality show at Llanfair.

Jessica mistakenly accuses Ford, David’s producer, of being the person who’s been stalking her. Brody discovers proof that Jessica’s stalker really does exist.

Cristian demands that Fish come clean with Layla before leaving them alone for their evening together. After a call from his parents, Fish resolves to be the person he thinks he needs to be and begins to make love with Layla.

John eases Marty’s fears about their relationship, saying he’ll give her all the time she needs.

Vivian, Greg’s date, picks up on the chemistry between Greg and Rachel.

On the Next One Life to Live…

  • Rex shares his findings with Blair.
  • Elijah has Téa right where he wants her.
  • Christian learns Fish and Layla had sex. 

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



Thursday, August 13, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Thursday, August 13, 2009.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

Angie inadvertently stirs up trouble for Jesse when North’s murder investigation is reopened as a result of her questioning his autopsy report. Jesse clams up when Frankie suspects him of being up to something with Randi. Angie and Frankie are certain Jesse and Randi are keeping secrets.

Jake gets onboard with the plan to stage it so that it will appear as though Opal found baby Trevor abandoned in the ally and then he and Amanda will eventually be able to adopt him. As part of the plan, Tad and Taylor place Trevor in his basket in the ally and wait for Opal to “discover” him. Tad and Taylor are confident everything is going according to plan until Amanda alerts them to the fact that Opal has been waylaid by Joe at the hospital.

On the Next All My Children…

  • Amanda’s baby goes missing.
  • Frankie is no match for Madison.
  • Angie seeks the truth from Jesse.

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



GH Recap: Thursday, August 13, 2009

Thursday, August 13, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Thursday, August 13, 2009.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

Johnny resolves to side against his father and enlists Spinelli’s help.

Olivia once again beseeches Dominic to stop what he’s doing. Dominic rescues Morgan from a menacing Kiefer. Carly has reservations about Morgan going to a baseball game with Dominic. Carly notices the resemblance between Dominic and Morgan. Johnny sees Olivia and Dominic in a heated conversation.

Lucky and Elizabeth debate whether or not they should tell Nikolas the truth about Rebecca. Meanwhile, Nikolas plans a lavish trip to Greece for him and Rebecca.

Robin thinks she’s on the right track in proving Andrea Floyd murdered Brianna Hughes.

On the Next General Hospital…

  • Nikolas is devestated to learn the truth about Rebecca.
  • Olivia goes behind Dominic’s back.
  • Sam finds Jason in the nick of time.

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



Thursday, August 13, 2009 8:00 AM ET | By Angela Rosa


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” VCR Alerts for the Week of August 17, 2009.

ALL MY CHILDREN: VCR ALERTS

  • Monday: Zach begins to work Adam. David pushes Scott in Marissa’s direction. Annie turns to Scott for help.
  • Tuesday: Jesse won’t take Madison’s threats lying down. Liza can’t get Zach off her mind. Angie demands that Jesse be honest with her.
  • Wednesday: Tad tells Liza the truth about her baby. Jesse confesses the truth to Angie. Amanda grows more convinced of David’s guilt.
  • Thursday: Ryan suspects Zach is up to something. Erica gets off to a rocky start in Africa. Scott accuses Annie of going after Adam’s money.
  • Friday: Randi tells Frankie everything about the night of North’s murder. Jesse warns Madison to keep her mouth shut. Kendall comes to terms with her situation.

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



Thursday, August 13, 2009 8:00 AM ET | By Angela Rosa


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” VCR Alerts for the Week of August 17, 2009.

GENERAL HOSPITAL: VCR ALERTS

  • Monday: Nikolas confronts Rebecca with her lies. Sam comes to Jason’s rescue. Sonny wants answers from Dominic.
  • Tuesday: Danger lurks for Sam and Jason. Elizabeth has tough words for Nikolas. Lucky has no sympathy for Rebecca.
  • Wednesday: Alexis admits the truth to Sonny. Jason’s in bad shape. Robin is determined to catch a killer.
  • Thursday: Jax learns Olivia’s secret. Rebecca faces off with both Nikolas and Alexis. Lulu finds herself in a sticky situation.
  • Friday: Olivia pleads with Jax to keep her secret. Sonny makes a decision about his future with Claudia. Jason seeks Sam to help him through his ordeal.

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



OLTL Alerts: Week of August 17 Edition

Thursday, August 13, 2009 8:00 AM ET | By Scotty Gore


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” VCR Alerts for the Week of August 17, 2009.

ONE LIFE TO LIVE: VCR ALERTS

  • Monday: Stacy looks for another man to get her pregnant.  Gigi and Schuyler’s hug is met with anger from Rex.  Greg and Rachel have a showdown.  Bo and Nora continue to repress their feelings for one another.
  • Tuesday: Matthew gives emotional testimony in court as to why he should be allowed to have the surgery.  Todd accuses Blair of being jealous of Téa. Kim and Stacy make a list of potential candidates that could place a bun in her oven.     
  • Wednesday: Elijah taunts Téa.  Jessica is desperate for answers.  David cozies up to the Buchanans.  
  • Thursday: Jared and Natalie ponder who has it in for them.  Madame Delphina has an ominous warning for Jessica.  Fish’s behavior befuddles Cristian.   
  • Friday: Marty and Todd are forced to tolerate one another.  Elijah threatens Téa.  Stacy and Kim target Schuyler. 

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