Friday, August 7, 2009 6:52 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

Kevin Schmidt
Photo: Howard Wise/JPI

( — “The Young and the Restless” star Kevin Schmidt (Noah Newman) has booked the lead role in the Cartoon Network pilot “Unnatural History.”

“History” tells the story of Henry Griffin (Schmidt), a teenager who has acquired exceptional skills during his travels around the world with his anthropologist parents. He faces his greatest challenge when he returns to the United States to attend High School. Rounding out the cast will be Jordan Gavaris (“Degrassi: The Next Generation”) and Italia Ricci (“Greek”). According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gavaris will play Jasper, Henry’s cousin, and Ricci will play Maggie, a classmate of Henry’s. Production will begin later this month in Toronto. The script was penned by Mike Werb (“The Mask”). Warner Horizon TV will produce the project.

At this time it is unclear if Schmidt will depart “Y&R” if the show receives a series order from Cartoon Network. Most recently the actor appeared in the Disney Channel original movie “Princess Protection Program” along-side tween superstar Selena Gomez.

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    Friday, August 7, 2009 6:34 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

    Lara Spencer
    Photo: Craig Barritt/JPI

    ( — The Insider‘s Lara Spencer and Entertainment Tonight‘s Kevin Frazier will host The CW’s presentation of “Live from the Red Carpet” Daytime Emmy Award’s Pre-Show. The show will air live on Sunday, August 30 from 7:00-8:00 PM ET from the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles, CA.

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      GL: The Final Cast Shot

      Friday, August 7, 2009 6:19 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

      Guiding Light
      Photo: John Paschal/JPI

      ( — While “Guiding Light’s” last episode doesn’t air until Friday, September 18, 2009, Soap Opera Network has your last look at the cast as a group before the final curtain call.

      “Guiding Light” airs Weekdays on CBS. Anytime on Check local listings.

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        ‘One Life’ Casting Updates

        Friday, August 7, 2009 8:05 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

        ( — An update to some “One Life to Live” casting information recently posted on Soap Opera Network.

        ABC Soaps in Depth is reporting that the role of Ross Rayburn, who was last seen stranded on a deserted island with Todd Manning and Téa Delgado in 2002, is recurring. According to a source, Michael Lowry (ex-Jake, “All My Children”) was originally brought on to “OLTL” for a limited three month run. However, it is hinted that he remain on canvas for an extended period of time. His first airdate is Friday, August 28th.

        Matt Walton, who’s character Elijah Clarke debuts Friday, August 7th and will cause problems for Téa, is also on recurring status with the show (not contract status as was earlier speculated). A spokesperson for “OLTL” tells ABC SID to look for Elijah to remain in Llanview for forseeable future given that the character has “no end date.”

        Rumors continue to swirl that “One Life to Live” is looking to cast a young lady that could be the secret love child of Todd and Téa. Perhaps this relates to the recently released audition script for the role of “Dakota.” However, casting the role as a teenager makes little sense, given that the soap has announced repeatedly since Lozano’s return to the canvas last December, that it had only been six years since she and Todd last made love, back on that deserted isle.

        Upcoming airdates for Patrick Allen Cole’s recurring character Jeff the Rodi’s Manager have been revised. Fans can now expect to see him on Friday, August 21st and again on Monday, September 28th.

        Look for Chris Kies to portray a ‘Movie Man,’ according to, in some upcoming episodes involving David Vickers Buchanan and his reality show.  Wonder if his character’s name will be Ford, and will be David’s show’s producer? 

        Tuc Watkins tells Soap Opera Digest that “he’s going back and forth from ‘OLTL’ and ‘Desperate Houswives’ and so far it’s working out so hopefully he can continue to do that. He says he hopes that he can go to one of John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex) poker games while he’s New York City because whenever Lavioisier has them, it’s on a night he’s not available. He says he still wants to see his $4,000 poker table but hasn’t had the privilege yet.”

        Nicholas Rodriguez’s upcoming short-term character’s name has officially been changed form ‘Griffin’ to ‘Nick’ by “OLTL.” Reportedly, actors Agim Kaba and Nicholas Galbraith were rumored to have auditioned for the role. Rodriguez will first air as Nick on Friday, August 14th. Look for Kyle to use him in an attempt to make Fish jealous.

        Kristen Alderson tweets that both she and co-star Brandon Buddy will be among the presenters representing “OLTL” at the Daytime Emmy Awards on August 30th.

        And Robin Strasser has posted the following message on her hotline, after announcing that she had just signed a new contract with “OLTL” following a month of tense negotations. “Yes. A contract is going to be coming over. I took what they offered. You know I can fight. I don’t lack the feistiness or resentment or energy or jet fuel, but I have not the inclination, not a bit. Because I’m doing a certain kind of very positive inner work and I can use that energy for other things and I choose to go toward love.”  To read more of what Strasser had to say, along with a comment by “OLTL” Executive Producer Frank Valentini on the show’s move to “All My Children’s” soon-to-be-vacated studios and the transition to HD, click here

        Thorsten Kaye (Zach Slater, “AMC”), husband of “OLTL” star Susan Haskell (Marty Saybrooke) tells Carolyn Hinsey that “They’ve given us one week to decide. I’m not sure what I’m going to do. I’m not the kind of dad who wants to be 3,000 miles away from my kids. And it’s not exactly the best time to sell real estate. I think the move shows that ABC has a lot of belief in ‘AMC’ and wants to keep it going.” Perhaps a return to Llanview as Patrick Thornhart may be in his future then.

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

        Discussion: ‘One Life’ Casting Updates

        Friday, August 7, 2009 3:26 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

        Rebecca Budig, Eden Riegel
        Photo: Yolanda Perez/ABC

        ( — We have it on good authority that you can expect to see Rebecca Budig (ex-Greenlee Smythe) and Eden Riegel (ex-Bianca Montgomery) back on “All My Children” when the show moves to the West Coast in the new year. After all, the commute to New York was the only reason the two departed the soap earlier this year. Did we forget to mention? Greenlee isn’t dead!

        Riegel recently Tweeted her happiness about the move the day the news broke:

        Amazing news! AMC moving to LA!!! Can’t wait! But, I am concerned this means makeup/hair/wardrobe depts will change. :(

        - Eden Riegel

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

        Discussion: Rebecca Budig and Eden Riegel Return?

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          Friday, August 7, 2009 3:16 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

          ( — “One Life to Live’s” popular husband and wife duo team up to star in an infomercial for TimeLife’s the “Power of Love” ultimate CD collection.

          In a message posted Wednesday afternoon on her Twitter page, Kassie DePaiva revealed that she and her husband were in the process of shooting a new infomercial for TimeLife. The eight CD compilation, called the “Power of Love,” is set to be released sometime in October, and will feature classic love songs from the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s.

          Kassie DePaiva has portrayed Blair Cramer on “One Life to Live” since 1993, when she replaced Asian-American actress Mia Korf. Prior to her stint in Llanview, she Chelsea Reardon on “Guiding Light” from 1986-1991.

          James DePaiva played Max Holden on “OLTL” from 1987-1990 and again from 1991-2003. He returned briefly in August of 2007, for the soap’s 10,000th episode. In addition, he has also directed episodes of “One Life to Live” and “As the World Turns.”

          Married since 1996, the DePaiva’s have one son, James Quentin (JQ) DePaiva, who was born hearing impaired and had implants before his first birthday. In 2007, JQ appeared in an episode of “All My Children” as a guest on Erica Kane’s talk show, in hopes it would convince her daughter Kendall to comes to terms with her son Spike’s hearing loss. James DePaiva also has a daughter from a previous marriage.

          Founded in 1961 as the book division of Time Inc., TimeLife is among the world’s largest distributors of books, CDs, DVDs, and various other multimedia products. In 2003 the company was purchased by Direct Holdings US Corp. TimeLife takes it name from Time Inc.’s two most popular magazines Time and Life. For more information about TimeLife, click here.

          The “Power of Love” TimeLife infomercial featuring the DePaivas will air beginning in October on television stations around the country. Check your local listings for the time and channel in your area.

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

          Discussion: James & Kassie DePaiva Promote the ‘Power of Love’

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

          ( — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Thursday, August 6, 2009.


          Zach gives an impassioned plea for leniency at Kendall’s sentencing hearing. Scott also makes a statement at the hearing, invoking Stuart’s memory as he tells the judge his father wasn’t a vindictive man. At Annie’s urging, Adam asks the judge to go easy on Kendall. Marian lays into Kendall and wants her to pay dearly for killing Stuart. The judge prepares to deliver Kendall’s sentence. Ryan gives a distraught Erica a shoulder to lean on.

          Colby is stunned to learn of Adam’s plan to marry Annie. JR challenges Annie to admit she’s just using Adam and kisses her.

          Angie notices Randi’s quick defense of Jesse after Natalia states she thinks Jesse is involved in a cover up of some sort. Angie admits to Frankie she believes Jesse is hiding something. Madison approaches Randi at the hospital, which Angie sees.

          On the Next All My Children…

          • Kendall learns her fate.
          • Marissa is the unintended victim of Marian’s quest for revenge.
          • Annie knows what JR’s really up to.

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

          GH Recap: Thursday, August 6, 2009

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

          ( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Thursday, August 6, 2009.


          Spinelli decides he needs to ask Mac for Maxie’s hand in marriage.

          Robin remains determined to prove that Andrea Floyd killed Brianna and clear Alexis’ name.

          Jax enlists Morgan and Max’s help in trying to get Carly to remain stress free.

          Jerry stays one step ahead of Sam down in Mexico. Michael and Kristina find themselves in jeopardy. Molly tells Morgan she overheard Alexis saying that Kristina was really the person who caused Claudia’s accident.

          On the Next General Hospital…

          • Dominic is hiding a major secret.
          • Sam’s in for a surprise when she finds Michael and Kristina.
          • Spinelli finally has his say with Mac.

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

          OLTL Recap: Thursday, August 6, 2009

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

          ( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Thursday, August 6, 2009.


          “A Kiss is Just a Kiss”

          Rex and Gigi’s relationship remains strained due to Stacy’s pregnancy. Realizing the baby is the only chance she has to hold onto Rex, Stacy decides not to tell him she suffered a miscarriage. Rex tells Stacy he’d never turn his back on their child but makes it clear that he’s in love with Gigi. Schuyler acts on his feelings for Gigi.

          Asher and his boss, Serge, surprise Cole in his apartment. Serge seems to accept Cole’s cover story but secretly plants a listening device in the apartment. John reveals to fellow cop Mannetti that he also planted a bug outside Cole’s apartment. Cole answers the phone to Starr, unaware of the bug Serge planted.

          Layla defends Fish when Cristian wonders if he’s gay. At the diner, Kyle urges Fish to be honest with himself. Cristian sees Kyle kissing Fish.

          Viki’s thrown for a loop when Charlie suggests expanding their family.

          On the Next One Life to Live…

          • John saves Cole’s neck.
          • Matthew’s court case is about to get underway.
          • Téa receives ammunition against Bo and Nora.

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

          Thursday, August 6, 2009 8:00 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

          ( — “All My Children” VCR Alerts for the Week of August 3, 2009.


          • Monday: Ryan doesn’t buy Annie’s act. Zach is sitting on a major secret. David offers to make a deal with JR.
          • Tuesday: Adam remembers more about the night Stuart was killed. Kendall agrees to go along with Zach’s plan. Ryan realizes what Annie’s been up to.
          • Wednesday: Kendall wants to clear the air with Zach. Zach is determined to make Annie pay for Stuart’s murder. Scott advises JR to stand by Marissa.
          • Thursday: Jake and Amanda’s latest plan hits a snag. Frankie confronts Randi and Jesse with his suspicions. Angie should just leave well enough alone.
          • Friday: 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.