My View of Llanview: July 15 Edition

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 12:35 AM ET | By Scotty Gore


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A look to both the past and the future.

One of the best things about posting this bi-monthly column on the 15th and 30th of each month, is that it presents me with a unique opportunity every July 15th to pay homage to the soap I grew up with on its anniversary.

Without getting into the whole history of the show as I have done in past columns (and will soon delve into again with the re-posting of an article I wrote for SON in honor of the show’s 39th anniversary back in 2007), I would like to take a moment to recall the rich and endearing legacy that is Llanview and “One Life to Live.”

What began in the mid-1960s as an alternative plan for creator Agnes Nixon following the original rejection of the concept that would later become “All My Children,” “One Life to Live” was born and premiered on ABC on July 15, 1968. Considering the ‘Life’ the show has led in the 41 years that have followed, I can only image what the show would have been like had Nixon been allowed to keep her original title of “Between Heaven and Hell.”

It is difficult to comprehend just how many characters and actors (contract, recurring, dayplayers, extras, and special guests) have graced the “One Life to Live” studios during the past four decades. Some were more memorable than others, but all hold a special place in the hearts and minds of the more ardent “OLTL” fans. So, congratulations “One Life to Live” on 41 spectacular years, and here’s to many more years to come. Happy anniversary “OLTL!”

Speaking of the countless characters who have called Llanview home over the years, one of the best known is Dorian Cramer Lord, perhaps the second most recognizable character on the show (after, of course, Erika Slezak’s Victoria “Viki” Lord Davidson). Although she is one of five actresses who have tackled the role of the dastardly town villainess since the character first arrived in Llanview in 1973, Robin Strasser has become the most identifiable to many current and long-time “One Life” fans.

The evolution of the character known as Dorian began nearly five years after “OLTL’s” premiere, in April of 1973. First portrayed by Nancy Pinkerton, Dorian took a job as a doctor at Llanview Hospital, and almost immediately began having an affair with one of her married colleagues, Dr. Mark Toland. But it would be a few years before the character really took off when, in an attempt to get back at Viki (whom she blamed for helping to get her relieved of her duties at the hospital following the accidental death of one of her patients and the ensuing cover-up), Dorian married and became the personal nurse of Viki’s powerful father, Victor Lord. Following his death in 1976, Viki accused her new step-mother of murdering her father, and would continue to do so for nearly twenty years until the truth (or was it?) was finally revealed that Tori, one of Viki’s six alternate personalities, actually did the deed.

This and many other plot twists and turn over the years has given Dorian countless numbers of storyline opportunities, which added layers upon layers of depth to the character, who has developed into the exact opposite of the ultra sweet Viki (in a sense, the anti-Viki). The relationship has led much of the drama on “One Life” for decades. In 1974, Dixie Carter (best known as Julia Sugarbaker on the 1990s sitcom “Designing Women”), stepped into the role of Dorian for several months while Nancy Pinkerton was on maternity leave. After leaving the show in 1977, Pinkerton was replaced by actress Claire Milas. Strasser then took over the role 1979 and remained until 1987, when she was replaced by her erie look-alive Elaine Princi two years later. Strasser later returned to “One Life” in 1993, and left again in 2000, before returning the latest time in 2003.

Despite Strasser’s long tenure with the show, which has spanned roughly half of “OLTL’s” 41-year run, she apparently isn’t immune to getting the shaft by soap and network executives. In recent weeks, the actress has been imbattled in a no-win situation with her employers. In an era where ‘younger is better’ has become the industry norm, the 64-year Strasser, who has always had a flare for the dramatic, feels that she is being squeezed out. ABC has reportedly offered her a new ‘take-it-or-leave-it’ contract complete with a huge paycut. As a result, the soap vet has been taking a time out to mull over the offer, before announcing her decision to her legion of fans and supporters on her hotline.

As “One Life to Live” viewers anxiously await her decision, it provides a chance to examine if and how Llanview could survive without the character of Dorian Cramer Lord. Despite the fact that Dorian has become what some may call a ‘legacy character,’ one who has a long history with a particular show and has developed countless ties and connections to various other characters within the show, “OLTL” could (and has) survive without the head of the Cramer family on canvas. ‘Life’ would go on, with the other veteran cast members and characters picking up the slack, as was the case in both 1987 and 2000.

However, that certainly does not mean that Dorian’s absence would go unnoticed. Llanview without Dorian Lord would create a huge void that would be difficult to fill. What would become of her family (Blair, Starr, Addie, Langston, etc…)? Who would Viki have to spar with? In short, what would become of the countless others Dorian has interacted with throughout Llanview? Dorian is a historic character and would be a tremendous lose to the show, much like when Asa Buchanan was written off. Even nearly two years after the show killed off the character, his absence is still strongly felt while watching the show. Removing Dorian from “OLTL” would have the same impact. It’s not like disposing of characters who have only called for a couple of years. Instead, a stupid move like this could cause a ripple effect that could result in the dismissal of other veteran castmembers and characters as well.

I’m by no means a television executive or insider, but it’s seems common sense to me that having a nice balance between younger and more mature castmembers on a show makes it more watchable and enjoyable, then if the cast was made up of nothing but pimple-faced teenagers and attractive young adults who couldn’t act themselves out of a paper bag. It’s often the older castmates that become the voice of reason on a show, and create a sense of stability. And, despite what the network brass may tell you, younger people actually enjoy watching older, more established actors on a show as much, if not more so, then people their own age. Take a close look at the weekly soap ratings sometime, and you will notice that on days when veteran castmembers are featured, the ratings tend to go up. I suppose one could say the bump was simply the result of more older viewers tuning in to see characters they actually recognize, but I have my doubts. It is more likely a combination of the two. And the powers that be should rejoice when the ratings go up for their shows, regardless of the reason. But, in reality, they’re not because all they care about is the young 18-34 year old demographic. Even though I myself fall into that particular age range (I’ll be 30 in December), I do not consider myself a part of specific demographic, mainly because I detest most of what advertisers and television programmers think I want to see. Perhaps I’m just different from others my age, or maybe (just maybe) these idoits have the wrong idea about what young people want. Either way, I enjoy seeing characters such as Dorian, Viki, Bo, Nora, Clint, Addie, Nigel, and Renee much more than Stacy, Rex, Gigi, Starr, and Cole. There are a few exceptions however. I adore Langston and Markko, as well as Marcie and Michael (damn “OLTL” for getting rid of them). However, in general, I prefer to watch the older actors and characters, and wish the sudser would bring back more faces from the past, especially those who called Llanview home back before I was born. I would pay good money to see that.

Well, it appears I have drifted off topic, instead finding a soap box and climbing atop it to spout my latest incoherent ramblings about things that grind my gears right now on “One Life to Live.” I tend to do that a lot as I get older, concerning just about anything in life that makes me mad. I suppose it’s just a sign that I’m becoming more set in my ways as I advance in years. I have found that I can be as stubborn and hard-headed as ever as I approach thirtysomething. At any rate, please just look over my madness and ignore me as I’m sure most of you often do anyway. Ha ha

In conclusion, I believe that “One Life to Live” has become somewhat stable in the weeks since my last column. It hasn’t gotten much better, but it also hasn’t gotten much worse. Even so, I take some solace (and a great deal of enjoyment) in the news that “OLTL” has been ABC’s top rated daytime drama for two straight weeks. I bet Brian Frons nearly crapped his pants when he saw that ABCD’s red-headed stepchild passed up the baby (“All My Children”) and the crown jewel (“General Hospital”) on the faltering network’s daytime line-up. Looks like that $3 million investment to broadcast “GH” in HD really paid off. Ha! I just hope “OLTL” can keep it up. Shame that the main reason it is highest of the three is because it sucks less than the other two, and not because the quality is so much better.

For those of you unable to figure out the answers to the trivia questions from my last column, here they are (correct answers in bold): Question #1: Back in 1988, Ursula Blackwell rigged something to blow up on Tina Lord when she remarried Cord Roberts. But what was it? a) the church, b) the bouquet, c) the wedding cake, or d) the horse-drawn carriage. Question #2: What were the names of the two warring gangs in Angel Square in 1996? a) The Arrows and the Prides, b) The Bullets and the Hawks, c) The Cutters and the Wolves, or d) The Diehards and the Falcons. Question #3: How did Margaret Cochran blackmail Todd into sleeping with her back in 2005? a) She threatened to kill Blair, b) She had kidnapped his children, c) She threatened to set fire to the bed in which he was tied, and d) She threatened to turn evidence against him over to the police. And Question #4: In 1976, what sport was Brad Vernon a professional in? a) baseball, b) football, c) tennis, or d) golf.

Hope you enjoyed those questions, and that they didn’t prove too difficult for you. Now time for this week’s trivia challenge: Question #1: In 1998, which supposedly deceased villain was Dorian Lord’s guide during her trip to hell? a) Mitch Laurence, b) Marco Dane, c) Carlo Hesser, or d) Victor Lord. Question #2: In 2001, Max Holden interrupted Asa’s marriage to Gabrielle Medina, mistakenly beleiving that he was marrying which one of his many ex-wives? a) Alex, b) Blair, c) Becky Lee, or d) Delila. Question #3: How much money did Todd Manning promise to give his lawyer Téa Delgado is she married him in 1997? a) Half a million dollars, b) $1 million, c) $5 million, or d) $10 million. And Question #4: What political office was Kevin Buchanan elected to back in 2004? a) mayor of Llanview, b) lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania, c) state senator, or d) district attorney. I’ll have the answers in the July 15th edition of the column. But if you are stumped and can’t wait, you may want to consult a copy of The One Life to Live 40th Anniversary Trivia Book by Gerry Waggett. Just a suggestion…. but one you might find useful (except when trying to figure out first question, which I came up with myself. However the answer to it can be found elsewhere in this column).

That concludes yet another installment of “My View of Llanview.” Hope you enjoyed reading this latest installment of my column. Have a great summer, and I hope you will join me again on July 30 for more thoughts and opinions on Llanview.

And until next time remember, we only have “One Life to Live”…

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


Discussion: My View of Llanview: July 15 Edition



Tuesday, July 14, 2009 6:30 PM ET | By Scotty Gore


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live’s” latest musical guest helps the citizens of Llanview understand what it takes to keep “Holding on to Love.”

On Tuesday, August 4th, 22-year old Grammy nominated Latin musician Frankie Negrón will appear on “One Life to Live,” serenading lovers Todd Manning and Téa Delgado with a rather unique version of his signature love song, performing it in both English and Spanish on a secluded rooftop.

According to Paul Glass, “One Life’s” Supervising Muscial Director,
“I am very excited to welcome a unique artist like Frankie Negrón to ‘One Life to Live.’ The multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated Latin artist is the perfect fit for the intimate performance we have planned. His romantic ballad, ‘Holding on to Love,’ is a wonderful complement to the live music we have featured on the show.”

Negrón, whose appearance on “OLTL,” marks his soap debut, tells SOAPnet that “It’s exciting. ‘One Life to Live’ has been around forever, and there have been some great singers and actors who’ve appeared on the show over the years. It’s an honor to be among them, but I think my wife and mother are more excited than I am. They’ve been fans of the show forever, they’re really getting a kick out of it.”

Singing primarily in Spanish, Negrón has experienced widespread success with his brand of salsa music, earning two Golden Album awards, and having nine of his songs rank on the Billboard Top 40 Hot Latin charts. Although a native of New Jersey, his parents hail from Puerto Rico. Negrón has released a total of eight albums during his twelve year career. On stage, he had a supporting role in the 1998 Neil Simon Broadway flop “The Capeman.” In addition, he had a starring role as a struggling artist living in the South Bronx in the independent film “Boricua’s Blood.”

“Holding on to Love” was co-written by Negrón, and is featured on his hit album “Independence Day.”  His latest release is scheduled to land in stores on September 23rd.

To learn more about the talented musician, click here to visit his official website.

Negrón becomes the latest in a long list of musical artists who have paraded through Llanview already this year. Since New Year’s Eve alone, Puddle of Mudd, the Plain White T’s, Rachel Yamagata, and the Pussycat Dolls have all appeared on “One Life,” with Lionel Richie and Jeremih set to perform in late September. Other musicians to perform in Llanview in recent years have included Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Nelly Furtado, Simply Red, Timbaland with Keri Hilson and OneRepublic, Lifehouse, Tito Puente Jr., and Jeannie Ortega.

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


Discussion: Frankie Negrón Salsas His Way into Llanview



Tuesday, July 14, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Tuesday, July 14, 2009.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

Randi feels the weight of recent events. Zach subtly clues Jesse in to the fact he knows the truth about North’s death, believing Randi killed him. Madison lets Jesse know she watched the hotel surveillance tapes and saw Randi entering North’s room. Madison knows Jesse covered up North’s murder but tells him she destroyed the surveillance tapes, much to his relief. Angie suspects Jesse is keeping something from her. Madison introduces herself to Randi, realizing she was the great love of her husband’s life.

David and Amanda both admit they feel a special connection to Liza’s baby. David gets the results of the DNA test he had conducted on baby Stuart. Amanda asks Jake point blank if he gave her baby to Liza.

Zach and Kendall’s heated argument ends in a kiss.

Taylor has an awkward encounter with Brot when she gives him back some of his things. Tad and Taylor try to be optimistic about the future.

On the Next All My Children…

  • Jesse squares off with Madison.
  • Kendall tells Zach that she loves him.
  • Marissa gives David an ultimatum.

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



Tuesday, July 14, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Tuesday, July 14, 2009.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

Sonny knows he’s gotten under Olivia’s skin when she responds to his kiss. Olivia protests a bit too much, insisting to Sonny she’ll never sleep with him. Claudia’s temper flares when she notices Olivia’s lipstick on Sonny’s shirt collar.

Olivia asks Dominic to leave Port Charles. Dominic pitches that he and Claudia should team up but she turns him down. After speaking with one of his Zacchara cohorts, Dominic gives Sonny inside information to prove his loyalty.

Jason and Sam end up in close proximity when he asks her to run a background check on Dominic and she twists her ankle while going up the stairs.

After a disastrous start, Spinelli finds his voice and sweeps Maxie off her feet when he takes the stage at Jake’s. Maxie and Spinelli return to his room and make love.

Ethan threatens to tell Nikolas everything unless Rebecca comes up with ten thousand dollars sooner rather than later.

On the Next General Hospital…

  • Dominic tries to get Jason to trust him.
  • Maxie’s blindsided by Spinelli.
  • Ethan takes his con game in a new direction.

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



OLTL Recap: Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Tuesday, July 14, 2009 6:03 PM ET | By Scotty Gore


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Tuesday, July 14, 2009.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

“The Deep End”

Todd and Blair’s pleasant breakfast with the kids comes to a screeching halt when Téa drops by. Téa fuels Blair’s jealousy by planting a big kiss on Todd. Blair hires a hunky swimming teacher for Sam and flaunts him in front of Todd to get even with him for throwing Téa in her face.

Gigi tells Brody about her and Rex’s plan to nail Stacy. Rex and Shane scramble to keep the plan alive when Stacy arrives unexpectedly. Gigi returns home with Michael just as a suspicious Stacy insists she and Rex take Shane to the hospital.

Rachel has reservations about Cole going undercover but agrees to help out. John tells Marty he’d like to pick up where they left off the night Cole was arrested and they come together in a kiss. Cole tries to ease Starr’s worries about his safety. Schuyler’s troubled when he realizes Rex lied to Gigi about sleeping with Stacy.

Brody and Jessica get the good news that he’s been accepted to the police academy.

On the Next One Life to Live…

  • Stacy begins to fall into Rex’s trap.
  • Fish and Layla decide to keep their relationship secret at the LPD.
  • Jessica apologizes to Starr and Cole.

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



‘OLTL’s’ August Casting Notes

Tuesday, July 14, 2009 1:50 AM ET | By Scotty Gore


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” casting happenings for the month of August.

With the cancellation of “Guiding Light” all but certain come September, it appears that “One Life to Live” may be interested in more than just their former castmember Gina Tognoni. It now appears that the soap is going after yet another of the soon-to-be-defunct CBS sudser’s stars.

According to the New York Daily News’ Carolyn Hinsey, execs at “OLTL” are “wooing” “GL” star, and Daytime Emmy winner, Daniel Cosgrove (Bill Lewis) to come to Llanview and become the seventh actor to tackle the coveted role of Joey Buchanan, son of town matriarch Viki Davidson and the late Joe Riley, and adopted son of Clint Buchanan. The character of Joey was last portrayed by “Castle” star Nathan Fillion, who briefly returned to Llanview in August of 2007 to pay his final respects to grandpa Asa Buchanan. Fillion was Joey Buchanan #4 from 1994-97.

The 38-year-old Cosgrove began his soap career as Scott Chandler on “All My Children” from 1996-98, and later moved on to “Guiding Light” from 2002-2005, and again from 2007 to the present. Primetime credits include “Beverly Hills 90210″ and “Dirty Sexy Money.” The actor also appeared in the movie “Van Wilder.”

In addition to Cosgrove, “One Life” is apparently continuing its efforts to lure back fellow “GL” castmember and Llanview’s original Kelly Cramer, Gina Tognoni. The tug-of-war negotations between both parties during the past few months has appeared to have resulted in a stalemate, at least publicly anyway. After reports that Tognoni was jumping ship before the iconic soap’s final airdate on September 18th, and that she was demanding an ungodly sum of cash from “OLTL” in return for signing a contract with her alma mater, new developments have appeared to haven risen to the surface.

According to Soap Opera Digest, Tognoni has left “Guiding Light,” but not before taping scenes involving her character Dinah Marler interacting with the citizens of Springfield for airing during the daytime drama’s final months on the air. Perhaps Tognoni has inked out a deal with another soap after all. If the actress were to return to Llanview and “OLTL” manages to lure Cosgrove to their side as well, wishful thinking could place old flames Joey and Kelly back together, with two soap stars who played brother and sister on “Guiding Light.” Weird, but stranger things have happened in Llanview. Remember the kissing cousins from a few years back when Sarah (aka Flash) was seen lip-locking with Joey? Awkward.

In addition to Joey, “One Life” is reportedly also interesting in recasting the character of Viki’s other son Kevin Buchanan (last portrayed by Dan Gauthier, 2003-2006; 2007). The character is the most recasted in “One Life to Live’s” 41-year history, having had around a dozen actors tackle the role at one time or another.

Catherine Hickland, who taped her scenes roughly a month ago, returns as the imprisoned Lindsay Rappaport on either July 29th or 30th (due to the July 7th pre-emption), according to ABC Soaps in Depth. Look for Lindsay to stir up trouble and possibly reconnect with a figure from her past during Hickland’s short-term return.

The mother of triplets Molly, Tess, and Madeline Sullivan, who alternate in portraying baby Hope Manning, has released some upcoming “OLTL” airdates for the infants on their official blog. The dates include July 14th, 15th, 21st, and 23rd, as well as August 6th, 7th, 12th, 19th, and 27th. Be advised that some of the aforementioned dates, particularly those listed for July could be off an episode due to the soap’s pre-emption of July 7th.

Christian Pedersen, Dorian Cramer Lord’s (Robin Strasser) Swedish butler Swen, recently revealed on his website that “I’m very excited to be back on the show as a recurring character.” Pedersen returned as Sven on July 10th, after making his “OLTL” debut earlier this year.

Tuc Watkins makes his one millionth return (well not really, but it just feels like anyway) to Llanview beginning 8th, according to Hinsey. We here at SON find that particular date somewhat suspicious, given that it falls on a Saturday. More likely Watkins will first air on either Friday, August 7th or more likely on Monday, August 10th, depending on how long it takes “OLTL” to get the bugs out of their production schedule from the July 7th pre-emption for Michael Jackson’s funeral coverage.

Word has it that when the newest Buchanan heir returns to town, he won’t be returning alone. Instead he will bring along a camera crew, who will follow the wealthy family around Llanview, airing their dirty laundry on television, as part of a new reality show. According to Robert S. Woods, who portrays his long-lost father Bo, David’s actions create some hostilities among his family members, including Uncle Clint (Jerry verDorn), who “pulls a gun on him!” As with all of Watkins’ recent returns to Llanview, expect this one as well to be cut criminally short. In addition to “OLTL,” Watkins is expected to return to Wisteria Lane sometime during the third week of July to film more scenes for the upcoming season of “Desperate Housewives.”

TVGuide Canada’s The Suds Report, claims that Patricia Mauceri has seemingly disappeared from public view following her dismissal by “OLTL” as Carlotta Vega for her reported refusal to take part in the show’s upcoming gay storyline between Oliver Fish (Scott Evans) and Kyle Lewis (Brett Claywell). It seems she is busy teaching at an undisclosed location somewhere outside New York City until July 20th, and therefore unavailable for interviews and comments at this time. Meanwhile, Mauceri’s replacement, Sandra Santiago (ex-Isabelle Santi) is expected to first air as Carlotta on or around Wednesday, September 2nd.

On “One Life” her character Gabrielle Medina may have met her death after being drown in a public toilet by a serial killer, but on Thursday, July 29th, Fiona Hutchison pays a heavenly visit to Springfield when she reprises the long-dead Jenna Bradshaw for a spiritual visit on “Guiding Light.”

Finally we have an airdate! Look for Lionel Ritchie and Jeremih, who both filmed their scenes last month, to rock the house at Ultra Violet on Tuesday, September 29th.

Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer) recently posted on her Twitter page that the song “Untangled,” which she performed on the soap on July 1st, will soon be available on ITunes. The song was written by DePaiva’s good friend Jaime Kyle. She also encourages fans to e-mail “OLTL’s” Executive Producer Frank Valentini to let him know if they enjoyed her singing, and thanks SOAPnet for naming her their ‘Performer of the Week.’

Kristen Alderson (Starr Manning) hints at an upcoming storyline in her latest Twitter entry, stating “But on a happier note…I LOVE the new promo for all of the sex scenes on the soaps lol uh oh! Starr and Cole better be more careful!”

Finally, here are the first airdates for several upcoming new/returning characters to Llanview. Be advised that some of these dates may be off by an episode. Matt Walton debuts as lawyer Elijah Kent on August 7th. Nicholas Rodriguez first appears as Nick, a gay man comes between Kyle and Fish on August 14th. Chris Stack returns as Dr. Michael McBain for a handful of episodes beginning July 14th to help Rex and Stacy in their scheme to take down Stacy. Amanda Setton first airs as Stacy Morasco’s BFF Kimberly Andrews sometime in August. And Michael Lowry premieres as Ross Rayburn, who was last seen when Todd and Téa were stranded on that deserted island, in late August or early September.

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


Discussion: ‘OLTL’s’ August Casting Notes



OLTL Recap: Monday, July 13, 2009

Monday, July 13, 2009 9:52 PM ET | By Scotty Gore


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

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

“Aunt Misbehavin’”

Rex and Gigi come clean with Shane, who’s happy to have his family back together again. Gigi and Rex explain how they’re going to turn the tables on Stacy with Shane’s help. Rex lies to Gigi, telling her he and Stacy didn’t sleep together. Stacy is unsettled after a visit from Roxy. Roxy has no clue that the real stem cell donor is still very much alive.

Mr. Rivera kicks Markko out of the house when he refuses to stop seeing Langston.

Cristian is troubled by Kyle’s comments about Fish. Cristian returns home unexpectedly just as things are heating up between Fish and Layla.

On the Next One Life to Live…

  • Todd and Blair plot to make each other jealous.
  • Rachel agrees to assist Cole.
  • Brody and Jessica get good news.

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



Monday, July 13, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa


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

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

Madison tells Zach that the woman North was having a liaison with killed him and that Jesse is also involved. Madison claims to Zach that she destroyed the surveillance tapes from the hotel.

Zach takes the case files Madison offers and later blackmails Liza into representing Kendall.

Marissa offers to help David prove his theory that Liza’s baby is really his and Amanda’s son. David gets a sample of Stuart’s DNA.

Ryan and Aidan wash their hands of Kendall and Annie, respectively.

Erica and Ryan think about the fun time they had together.

Annie continues to work her wiles on Adam.

On the Next All My Children…

  • Zach subtly tells Jesse he knows the truth.
  • Amanda asks Jake if he gave her baby to Liza.
  • Kendall questions why Liza would agree to take her case.

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



Monday, July 13, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa


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

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

Jason pays Anthony Zacchara a visit in prison. Anthony lies to Jason, claiming he has nothing to do with the current strife between Sonny and the Zacchara’s.

Sonny agrees to give Dominic a chance to prove himself. Claudia makes it clear she hates the idea of Dominic being around.

After arguing with Claudia, Sonny slams out and heads to Olivia’s. Sonny and Olivia argument ends with a surprise.

Spinelli is paralyzed with stage fright when he finally takes the stage at Jake’s.

Ethan grows increasingly jealous watching Rebecca and Nikolas together.

Jason is left speechless by the sight of Sam in the sexy outfit she’s wearing for her undercover work.

On the Next General Hospital…

  • Dominic suggests that he and Claudia could help each other.
  • Ethan puts the pressure on Rebecca.
  • Claudia confronts Sonny about being with Olivia.

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



Monday, July 13, 2009 4:20 PM ET | By Angela Rosa


Lorenzo Pisoni (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Casting happenings for the month of July on “All My Children.”

Now that the District Attorney has been murdered too, look for Assistant District Attorney Andrew Willis to take over Stuart Chandler’s (David Canary) murder investigation and trial. A.D.A. Willis, played by Lorenzo Pisoni, was first seen on Friday, July 10.

Pisoni has appeared in numerous theatre productions, probaby most famously opposite Daniel Radcliffe in the Broadway production of “Equus.” “Equus,” a Peter Shaffer play, is about a young man who has a disturbing fixation on horses and it is of course the play that so famously showcased a nude “Harry Potter.” Pisoni played Nugget, the horse (and stable boy) that Radcliffe rides and comes to see as a godlike presence. The handsome actor is also a talented circus performer. Pisoni spent twenty years working in the family business and has performed in the prestigious Cirque Du Soleil.

Pisoni will air as A.D.A. Andrew Willis through at least early August.

Kieran Campion will make one more appearance as the murdered District Attorney Henry North. North was last seen as a rotting corpse on Wednesday, July 8.

Jennifer Bassey returns to “All My Children” for at least four episodes starting on Tuesday, July 21. Marian will put the pressure on her daughter, Liza (Jamie Luner), and according to Nelson Branco’s Suds Report column she also returns to put some pressure on a gun trigger. Bassey was last seen on “AMC” for a cluster of performances surrounding the death of Marian’s husband, Stuart, in May.

Speaking of Stuart, David Canary will reprise the role of Adam Chandler’s good-natured twin on Friday, July 24 for a beyond the grave visit to the main suspect in his murder, Kendall Hart Slater (Alicia Minshew).

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


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