Saturday, July 11, 2009 6:01 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

As The World Turns (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Further confirming that “Guiding Light” will truly come to an end when it last airs on Friday, September 18 on CBS, TeleNext Media, producers of the soap, announced on Wednesday, July 8 that “Guiding Light” Head Writer David Kreizman will join the writing team of “As The World Turns” along-side Head Writer Jean Passanante, thereby forming a New Headwriting team for the soap. The announcement was made by “As The World Turns” Executive Producer, Christopher Goutman.

“I am thrilled that Dave and Jean will make up the new headwriting team for ‘As The World Turns,’” said Goutman. “Both writers have an incredible respect for the show’s rich history and I am confident this partnership will generate the exciting, character-based stories for which ‘As The World Turns’ is known for.”

Before joining the writing team of “Guiding Light” in 1997, Kreizman was a Production Intern with the soap in 1995 and served as a Production Coordinator and an Associate Producer. In 2004, he was named Headwriter for which he won a 2007 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing Team in a Drama Series. In 2001, Kreizman was part of the writing team of MTV’s “Spyder Games,” the short-lived soap opera that spawned a large cult-following upon its cancellation.

Jean Passanante was named Head Writer of “As The World Turns” in 2005, following the departure of Hogan Sheffer, who now serves as a Co-Head Writer on CBS’ “The Young and the Restless.”

“As The World Turns” airs Weekdays on CBS. Anytime on CBS.com. Check local listings.


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    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — After months of speculation that Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) was getting the shaft by CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” and its producer Sony Pictures Television, TV Guide Magazine‘s Michael Logan sat down with the actress who confirms that she has signed a new deal with the soap after contract negotiations hit a stand-still.

    “Negotiations are a necessary evil and are always very bizarre. I guess maybe with me more so than other actors. I don’t know why that is. It’s the nature of the world I’ve chosen to live in,” said Scott.

    “It’s always the same scenario. First, contact is initiated. The protectors of both sides chat and everything is fine. Things go back and forth in a fairly friendly manner. Time marches on. And eventually there’s a moment—with seemingly no forewarning—when everything changes in the flick of an eye and both sides instinctively know that the dreaded cone of silence has suddenly descended and there will be no more talk and you have to shut down. It’s maddening. But I guess that’s showbiz.”

    Things got so bad that the show was forced to write the character off the canvas despite its plans to eventually work something out with the actress. This resulted in some much needed vacation time for Thomas Scott and a huge storyline plot for “Y&R.”

    “I’m going to take advantage of this overdue breather and have a little “me” time, travel a little bit, get reacquainted with my family and friends. I finished shooting just last Thursday [July 2]. And I really have to hand it to the writers. Nobody knew how this [contract situation] was going to end so they very cleverly figured out a way to get me off the show.”

    Since joining “Y&R” in 1979, Thomas Scott has enjoyed a wonderful and thrilling life. She met future husband Edward J. Scott, former executive producer of the soap, and the two have three daughters, Elizabeth, Alexandra and Jennifer. She was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Daytime Emmy for her work on “The Young and the Restless” in 1999.

    Coming Soon to Y&R: Melody Thomas Scott’s daughter Elizabeth Scott to appear as a background player on the Friday, July 24 episode of the soap.

    For more on Melody’s interview with TV Guide Magazine, head on over to the mag’s website.

    “The Young and the Restless” airs Weekdays on CBS. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


    Saturday, July 11, 2009 4:03 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

    Greg Vaughan (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The rarely seen Greg Vaughan (Lucky Spencer) of ABC’s “General Hospital” addresses rumors of his being dropped to recurring status by the soap and his desire to hear what his fan’s think should happen on the drama series.

    On Wednesday, July 8, Vaughan took to his Twitter page in order to squash those pesky rumors that he’s been hearing for the last couple of months. Though he spoke in third person.

    “Rumors, Rumors, Rumors…what should a ‘GH’ fan believe? Better yet, what should a Greg Vaughan fan believe? Rumors have said the actor was put on recurring status months ago despite some saying that simply wasn’t true,” said the actor.

    “Now we’re seeing rumors that Lucky may be heading out of Port Charles. Is this to help his ‘brother’ Ethan [Nathan Parsons] find their wayward father Luke?”

    Anthony Geary, who portrays Luke Spencer on “GH,” recently went on vacation and according to “rumors,” Luke is being held captive somewhere outside of Port Charles and his kids will work together to try and rescue him. It was revealed in late May/early June that Luke was also the father of Ethan via a rewritten rendezvous with Holly (Emma Samms).

    Despite Vaughan’s initial tweeting in third person, he eventually made it clear that his job is secure with the soap.

    “I have not been put on recurring status!!! But, it feels like it!”

    If you are a fan of Vaughan or his character Lucky Spencer, the actor wants to hear from you on what you want to see happen on “GH” and with his character.

    “Please! Speak your mind! It’s your privelege as dedicated fans, right? Let me hear your voice, and what you would like to see happen,” Vaughan said to his fans.

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


    Discussion: Greg Vaughan Discusses Rumors and Fans


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      Saturday, July 11, 2009 1:06 AM ET | By Scotty Gore


      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — After being asked to take a huge paycut, Robin Strasser delays making a “big announcement” on her hotline concerning her future with “One Life to Live,” in the role of Dr. Dorian Cramer Lord.

      “Just in case my paranoia is correct and somebody might leak something [...] before I tell you on the hotline, which is what I promised, I was assured, ‘Please wait 24 hours,’ [before making any announcement],” Strasser’s recorded message told fans who called the actress’s telephone hotline Thursday afternoon.

      “Of course it has to do with offers from ABC to continue playing Dorian. It’s not a negotiation. The first figure they gave me was exactly the same six weeks later after I spent a fortune having a lawyer talk for me,” she added.

      Strasser’s message comes weeks after her bosses at ABC, refusing to negotiate, reportedly offered the star a “take it or leave it” contract, complete with an unusually large paycut. The actress, insulted by the low offer, claims she cannot be a “partner to devaluing her own self.” After contemplating the offer for several days, Strasser promised fans a decision on her status with the show around 5:00 pm et Friday afternoon.

      However, as the time for her “big announcement” drew near, Strasser recorded the following message for her hotline. “What I am able to say right now is I have been asked to make no announcement, to say nothing. I’ve been asked to take a time out, to wait until Brian Frons [head of ABC Daytime] gets back from his vacation. That would be another eight days. Already I waited while the warrior came back from her vacation. I waited six weeks to see if the first offer they made me would get negotiated to something better, only to find out six weeks later, and a lot of money spent on a lawyer, nothing has changed. It’s the same offer. I know that it is a bigger paycut than other actors have been asked to take. And anybody who has been asked to take a larger paycut was making two or three times as much as I was. In 2002, when Frank Valentini ["One Life to Live" Executive Producer] broke the blacklist and got me back on the show, that necessitated me taking a 63% paycut. What I am seeing is something that feels disrespectful, something that feels inequitable, I know it to be inequitable, and makes me feel discriminated against.” The actress turned 64 on May 7th.

      The ‘blacklist’ to which Strasser is referring dates back to 2000, when contract negotiations between the actress and then ABC Daytime President Angela Shapiro came to a standstill. “I had a great contract all the way through when Jill Farren Phelps was the executive producer and the negotiations went toxic… and I was sent away. I heard from one West Coast producer and one East Coast producer that they wanted to cast me but they were told, ‘No,’ not while Angela Shapiro was the head of [ABC] Daytime. I know this for a fact.” The exile was lifted three years later, when Strasser made her triumph return to “OLTL.”

      Going to bat for Strasser and defending her to the network brass is a “a very heroic [but unidentified] figure on the horizon whom I love and respect,” who asked her to not make a decision until he evaluated her situation to ‘see what he could do’ to help her out. Proving that she is a team player, Strasser goes on to say that she likes her job and is willing and ready to negotiate should the network choose to do so, and that she would likely only leave “One Life to Live” again if she felt she was being treated very unfairly.

      Strasser became the third actress to step into the role of Dorian back in 1979. After leaving Llanview in 1987, she would reprise the role from 1983-2000. She began her latest stint on the soap in 2003. In addition, the soap vet portrayed Iris Ocasek on”The Secret Storm” from 1964-66, Rachel Davis Matthews on “Another World” from 1967-72 (and the spin-off “Somerset” in 1970), Dr. Christina Karras Martin on “All My Children” from 1976-79, and the 300-year-old witch Hecuba on “Passions” from 2001-2002. Strasser returned to Pine Valley for a handful of episodes between 2003 and 2005 bringing Dorian Lord to Llanview’s sister city during the convoluted baby switch storyline that played out between the two sudsers. Primetime credits include guest appearances on such shows as “Coach,” “China Beach,” “Muder, She Wrote,” “Dear John…,” “Murphy Brown,” “MacGyver,” and “Dharma & Greg.”

      In 1982, she won a Daytime Emmy Award in the ‘Outstanding Actress’ category for the role of Dorian, and was nominated in the same category in 1981, 1983, and 1985. Strasser also picked up Soap Opera Digest Award nominations in various categories in each of the following years: 1986, 1988, 1994, 1995, and 2005, winning in 1996 (“Outstanding Lead Actress”) and 2001 (“Outstanding Female Scene Stealer”).

      “I took a huge pay cut six years ago, so I don’t think anyone should whine,” Strasser told TVGuide Canada in an interview earlier this year. “I took a healthy pay cut, and I was happy to be taking one for the team. Listen, I get it -— times have changed. It’s survival time. Let’s not have a pity party. I would hate to see the cameramen, the teamsters, and our security guards out of work because the headliners didn’t want to do the right thing. We all need to display some judgment and think about the big picture.”

      To listen to Robin Strasser’s hotline messages, fans may call (212)-414-5300.

      SON will continue to follow this story and bring you additional developments as they happen.

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


      Discussion: Robin Strasser Ponders if Her ‘Life’ is Worth Living



      Friday, July 10, 2009 8:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore


      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A look at what you didn’t see the past few weeks on “One Life to Live.”

      BONUS SCENES: ONE LIFE TO LIVE

      As the Cramer girls prepare for Starr’s wedding, Addie squirts the girl with perfume, the scent of which she says is ‘lemon blossoms from the rain forest.’ As Blair, Starr, and Langston try to catch their breath from the overwhelming aroma, Blair regrets that she didn’t get her daughter a veil for her wedding dress. Starr tells her that it’s okay, and reminds her mother that they only had twelve hours to prepare for her wedding to Cole. The girls decide that Starr at least needs a bouquet of flowers to accent her dress.

      Jessica relates to Brody at the cemetery how much she hates leaving Chloe there all alone. As they set in front of the baby’s grave, Jessica shares that she is keeps a sleeping bag in her car just in case there comes a time when she can’t bring herself to leave the graveyard. When Brody asks her if that has ever happened before, Jessica says no and that even the thought of spending the night in a cemetery is just too scary. She goes on to explain that she knows in her heart that Chloe isn’t really in the grave, but is instead always with her wherever she goes. Brody offers to take Jessica home, gives her his hand. As they stand up, Brody caresses Jessica’s hair. As he begins to walk to the gate, she bends down and kisses Chloe’s headstone. Crying, she again takes Brody’s hand and they walk out of the cemetery, all the while looking back at where her infant daughter’s final resting place.

      To view the scenes, click here.

      Next Week on One Life to Live…

      • Téa can’t believe what she sees when she walks in on Todd and Blair.
      • Rex has Stacy right where he wants her.
      • Markko finds himself without a home after defying his father’s orders.
      • Cristian doesn’t like what he hears about Fish.

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


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      OLTL Teasers: Week of July 13 Edition

      Friday, July 10, 2009 7:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore


      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Teasers and Episode Titles for the Week of July 13, 2009.

      ONE LIFE TO LIVE: Teasers (with updated dates due to the pre-emption on Tuesday, July 7th)

      • Monday: “Aunt Misbehavin’” — Christian demands to know why when Kyle tells him that Fish is using Layla as a crutch.  Shane learns the depths of Aunt Stacy’s lies, and helps plot to bring her down. 
      • Tuesday: “The Deep End” – Téa receives an ominous warning about Todd from a jealous Blair.  Todd and Blair push one another’s buttons. 
      • Wednesday: “Heating Up Fast” — Marty has bitter memories of Todd on her mind when she and John start to get intimate.  Todd and Blair get up close and personal.   
      • Thursday: “Red-Handed” — Stacy panics when Michael tells her that Shane needs her stem cells now.  Rex catches Stacy in the act, with the missing bag of blood clutched in her hand. 
      • Friday: “In Cold Blood”– John meets up with Téa, who is shooting at a picture of Todd, at the firing range. Stacy loses her grip on reality. 

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



      OLTL Recap: Friday, July 10, 2009

      Friday, July 10, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore


      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Friday, July 10, 2009.

      IT HAPPENED TODAY…

      “Cocktails at Seven, Dinner at Eight”

      Noelle shames Viki, Charlie, Moe and Shaun into attending Dorian’s conciliatory dinner party with the Riveras. When Mr. Rivera questions the time Dorian poured alcohol down Charlie’s throat, Dorian sees Charlie’s genuine pain and delivers a sincere apology. Dorian fails to sway Mr. Rivera’s opinion of her. Markko stands up to his father as he makes it perfectly clear he has no intention of staying away from Langston and even threatens to go up to her bedroom and have sex with her.

      Rex asks Schuyler to tell him what he thinks Stacy is truly capable of. Stacy gloats to Gigi that she slept with Rex. Gigi asks Rex if Stacy was telling the truth about sleeping with him.

      At the Palace, Fish becomes uncomfortable when Layla points out that the waiter was flirting with him. Cristian questions Kyle about Fish.

      On the Next One Life to Live…

      • Rex and Gigi’s plan to take down Stacy is placed in motion.
      • Markko’s decision angers his father.
      • Cristian seeks answers from Fish.

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



      Friday, July 10, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa


      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Friday, July 10, 2009.

      IT HAPPENED TODAY…

      In D.C., Detective Beckett gives Jesse the evidence found in North’s room, which happens to be Randi’s earring. Jesse assures Randi that no one will ever know she was in North’s room because he has her earring and the hotel surveillance tapes went missing. Kendall wonders if Zach had any involvement in North’s death. Zach and Jesse suspect that each knows more than they’re saying. Madison is seen watching the hotel surveillance tapes. Zach asks Madison point blank if she killed her husband after she offers to give him all the files North compiled to build his case Kendall.

      Jack removes himself as Kendall’s attorney after she inadvertently reveals she was the one driving the car that ran Greenlee off the road.

      David becomes more and more convinced that Liza is passing off his and Amanda’s baby as her own.

      Ryan and Erica enjoy their afternoon together but she ends up soaking wet after a mishap. Kendall arrives at the penthouse to find Erica wearing nothing but Ryan’s shirt.

      On the Next All My Children…

      • Zach blackmails Liza into taking Kendall’s case.
      • David won’t stop till he learns the truth.
      • Kendall finds Erica and Ryan in an awkward moment.

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



      Friday, July 10, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa


      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Friday, July 10, 2009.

      IT HAPPENED TODAY…

      Alexis learns she’s been suspended from her position as District Attorney.

      Jason gets a mysterious call after being released from police custody.

      Dominic takes his life into his own hands when he shows up at Sonny’s while Carly’s there to identify him.

      Johnny suspects Olivia still has feelings for Sonny.

      Maxie pressures Spinelli to take the stage at Karaoke Night.

      Rebecca takes Nikolas to Jake’s, where they run into Ethan, Lucky, Lulu and Elizabeth. Ethan becomes angry when he finds out Rebecca refused to take money from Nikolas.

      On the Next General Hospital…

      • Claudia’s troubles continue to mount.
      • Olivia’s actions belie her words.
      • Ethan is growing increasingly jealous of Nikolas.

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



      Friday, July 10, 2009 8:00 AM ET | By Angela Rosa


      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Risky business.

      THIS WEEK ON: ALL MY CHILDREN

      Erica and Ryan are on each other’s mind on Monday, July 13. Brot and Taylor have a very awkward encounter. Tad and Taylor try to look ahead to the future on Tuesday, July 14. Zach clues Jesse in to the fact that he knows what he did last Monday. Madison reiterates her story to Jesse. The chief breathes easier when Madison claims that she destroyed the incriminating surveillance tapes from the hotel. Angie suspects Jesse is hiding something. A venomous Madison introduces herself to Randi. After menacing Randi on Wednesday, July 15, Madison sends Frankie an interesting text message. Madison responds to Jesse’s warning with a very direct threat.

      The Inside Story: The Game-changers
      Marissa offers to help David prove or disprove his theory that Liza is raising his son on Monday, July 13. David successfully gets a DNA sample from baby Stuart. Amanda and David end up talking while David awaits the results; both admit to feeling a strong connection to Liza’s baby. In a symmetric moment of truth, on Tuesday, July 14, Amanda asks Jake if he gave her son to Liza while David gets the results of the DNA test from Liza’s baby. Jake swears to Amanda that he did not give her son to Liza on Wednesday, July 15. Marissa works to convince a stunned David that he is being irrational and points out the negative DNA results as proof. David relents and vows to finally move on. Liza is shocked when David tells her about the results of his shenanigans and assumes Jake worked a miracle. Jake explains to Amanda that he had to make a blackmailing Liza believe she was getting Amanda’s baby. Amanda and Jake arrive at the country cottage where her son is hidden. On Friday, July 17, Amanda shares an emotional reunion with her son, Trevor. Jake explains why things have to remain in tact. Amanda is hard-pressed to be separated from her son any longer.

      A Closer Look: The Laws of Love
      Annie seduces Adam on Monday, July 13. Kendall questions the logic in Liza heading her defense. Zach and Kendall’s heated argument ends in a kiss. Kendall tells Zach that she loves him after he dismisses their embrace as habitual. Zach won’t allow himself to tell Kendall the same. Ryan rejects Kendall when she turns to him for comfort. Liza and Zach go over North’s files and discover that the ace up his sleeve was a child. Emma makes a shocking claim after spying Liza and Ryan entertaining Annie’s possible culpability in Stuart’s murder on Wednesday, July 15. Ryan and Zach take sides after Emma claims she saw Kendall shoot Stuart. On Thursday, July 16, Kendall wants the truth when she asks Zach if he’s starting to have doubts about her innocence. Erica, meanwhile, insists to the new A.D.A., Andrew Willis (Lorenzo Pisoni), that Annie killed Stuart. JR clashes with Annie. Annie maintains her innocence to Willis and voices her love for JR’s daddy. Adam declares his love for Annie in response. Erica accuses Liza of having an ulterior motive. Annie sneaks out to check on Emma, who tells her surprised mother what she’s been up to on Friday, July 17. Annie hides as Ryan approaches Emma’s room. Emma reveals to Ryan and Liza that she never told D.A. North about her claim. The evidence continues to mount against Kendall. Erica promises Zach that she’ll convince Ryan to displace Emma before she can tell anyone else her story. Zach won’t entertain the idea of Kendall taking a plea bargain.

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