Wednesday, August 5, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Wednesday, August 5, 2009.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

Jesse alerts Zach to the fact that Kendall is insisting on making a full confession. In front of Liza and Jesse, Kendall unburdens herself by confessing to having killed Stuart in a taped statement. Stuart’s ghost appears in front of Kendall, telling her they can all be at peace now.

Natalia accuses Jesse of stepping outside the law in trying to protect Kendall and later shares her feelings with Frankie and Randi. Randi continues to be plagued with guilt thinking she killed North.

Marissa’s concerned for JR when she finds him after he collapses in an alley but he truthfully claims he hasn’t been drinking and dismisses the incident as being nothing. Back at the mansion, JR struggles to contain his anger and disgust when Adam announces Annie agreed to marry him.

On the Next All My Children…

  • JR challenges Annie to admit she really doesn’t love Adam.
  • Zach begs the court for leniency for Kendall.
  • Angie shares her suspicions about Jesse with Frankie.

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



OLTL Recap: Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Wednesday, August 5, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Wednesday, August 5, 2009.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

“Broken Flowers”

Stacy receives devastating news. Rex is furious when Gigi confesses she offered Stacy money to have an abortion. The tension mounts between Rex and Gigi when he admits he won’t abandon his child but they eventually end up in each other’s arms, resolved to the fact they have a long road ahead of them.

In front of Blair, Todd declares that he wants to be with Téa and only Téa. Blair’s miserable watching Todd and Téa go off together. Todd arranges a special surprise for Téa at UltraViolet.

Nora locks eyes with Bo while sharing a last dance with Clint.

Charlie and Viki share a private dance at the diner and are blissfully happy to have found each other.

Greg thinks he has Rachel all figured out.

On the Next One Life to Live…

  • Stacy hides her miscarriage from Rex.
  • Cristian spots Kyle and Fish in an intimate moment.
  • Charlie’s suggestion surprises Viki.

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



GH Recap: Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Wednesday, August 5, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Wednesday, August 5, 2009.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

Sonny decides to take things one step at a time with Claudia.

Johnny tells Claudia he wants nothing more to do with her after catching her on the phone with Jerry. Sam is hot on Michael and Kristina’s trail in Mexico.

Olivia and Dominic are both mortified when he walks in on her and Johnny in a compromising position. Olivia doesn’t reveal to either Johnny or Sonny that Dominic is her son.

Robin hopes she’s one step closer to proving Alexis’ innocence when she realizes Brianna’s killer was right-handed and Alexis is not.

Ethan tells Rebecca he needs her in his life but she rebuffs his advances, stating she wants to see where things might lead with Nikolas.

On the Next General Hospital…

  • Jerry stays one step ahead of Sam.
  • Michael and Kristina walk into danger.
  • Diane warns Alexis that the cards are stacked against her.

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



Wednesday, August 5, 2009 3:36 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

Brandon Beemer

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Seems “The Bold and the Beautiful” will continue to hold its title as the naughtiest soap in daytime. Soap Opera Network has learned that Owen Knight (Brandon Beemer) and wife Jackie Marone (Lesley-Anne Downe) will be up to some kinky sex scenes this month. Expect to see scenes so racy, they probably won’t make it to the airwaves.

“The Bold and the Beautiful” airs Weekdays on CBS. Anytime on CBS.com. Check local listings.


Discussion: ‘B&B’ Getting Kinky Again


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  • Lesley-Anne Downe
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    Wednesday, August 5, 2009 2:44 AM ET | By Scotty Gore


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — After more than a month of rather vocal tug-of-war negotiations with ABC, “One Life to Live’s” Robin Strasser tells her fans to “Picture me on your TV. I’m signing the contract, yay for me. I will be with you for years to come.”

    Despite recently being offered a “take-it-or-leave-it” contract by ABC, which included a hefty 63% paycut for the popular soap vet, Strasser announced earlier this evening on her telephone hotline
    “Screw the pay cut. Full steam ahead. It doesn’t matter. Life has been very good to me. I have been very blessed. I’ve been diligent, I’ve been careful, I’ve been many, many things, [but] not ever the highest paid.”

    “My dear friends, a heart attack has been averted. It is my pleasure to announce that I’ve said yes. Yes! What did I say affirmatively yes to? The whole deal of continuing to play Dorian. I can’t allow it to be about money. It’s paycut time. Daytime is hanging on a thread… I believe that; I get it,” the actress cheerfully proclaimed to fans.

    Strasser’s new deal was nearly overshadowed by ABC’s afternoon press release indicating that “All My Children” was moving production to Los Angeles at year’s end, and that “One Life to Live” would be taking over its sister soap’s soon-to-be-vacated New York City studios.

    Commenting on the move, Strasser noted just how much larger the “AMC” studios are compared to those of “OLTL.” “When I did crossover and appearances on ‘AMC,’ I was ravaged with jealousy. Their real estate is so superior. Their big building. Everybody has big dressing rooms. The hallways have windows with views of the river…”

    Futhermore, Strasser tells Soap Opera Digest that “I will say for the record that I called Frank [Valentini, 'OLTL' executive producer] at about 3:15 yesterday. I said, “Frank, Frank, I hope you’re happy to hear this but I can’t, I can’t…I have to say ‘yes’. Whatever ABC wants to pay me is okay, I just love what I do and I can’t continue in this holding pattern. ‘Yes, I’m in, I’m in. Send me a contract, I’ll sign it.’ He said, ‘Okay. That’s great. I’ll call legal and we’ll close this up.’ And then I said, ‘So what about the rumors?’ He said, ‘Well, it’s a secret until 5 o’clock today.’ ” Now this was at 3:15. He said, ‘All My Children’ will move to L.A. and ‘One Life to Live’ will move into their studio.” I almost screamed into the telephone bursting an eardrum on the man. I’m trusting and wishing the best for ‘All My Children.’ They’ve got some great real estate they’re moving to in LA. And there’s a lot of great opportunities for renting and buying the personal residences. And then our show apparently is going to get at least 30-50 percent more studio space so that our big concept productions and efficiency can be ramped up. Frank has found better and better ways to make a great show but does it cost effectively because if we don’t do it that way we’ll be joining ‘Guiding Light.’ I’m so proud to be part of that solution.”

    Strasser, a Daytime Emmy Winner and two time Soap Opera Digest Award recipient, has portrayed Dorian Cramer Lord on and off since 1979. In 2000, she was fired from “OLTL” after suffering a major falling out with then Executive Producer Jill Farren Phelps, and did not return to Llanview until 2003, once Phelps had left the show. In addition, Strasser took the character of Dorian to “AMC’s” Pine Valley in a handful of episodes between 2003 and 2005. Other soaps credits include Iris Ocasek on “The Secret Storm” (1964-66), Rachel Davis Matthews on “Another World” (1967-72) and “Somerset” (1970), Dr. Christina Karras on “All My Children” (1976-79), and the 300-year-old witch Hecuba on “Passions” from 2001-2002.

    To listen to Strasser’s full message on her hotline, call (212) 414-5300.

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


    Discussion: Robin Strasser Re-Signs with ‘One Life to Live’



    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.


    Discussion: The Lie that Rocked Daytime


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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.