Monday, July 13, 2009 8:41 AM ET | By Venus Stone

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Alison thinks Hunter should meet his new family on Monday, July 13. Noah gets some help from the new professor, Wednesday, July 15. Henry’s actions is the last straw for Vienna.

The Inside Story: Revenge Gone Bad

Meg learns from Lily that Paul was the one that set up both Damian and Dusty. Furious at his actions Meg blasts Paul in front of Barbara. Dusty and Damian on the other hand are already huddled together to pay Paul back. Damian passes over information to Dusty on contacting a guy who deals with demolitions. Damian believes that if they frame Paul for placing a bomb in one of his warehouses, where it will cause Dusty’s ‘death’. Dusty, meanwhile arranges for Paul to come to the warehouse, while Damian is to appear with the authorities before the bomb’s detonation. Damian however backs out and confesses all to Meg and they both soon frantically try to get to the warehouse to stop Dusty. Unfortunately they are unable to disarm the bomb and Paul takes off with it to try to get rid of it but it explodes. When the dust settles, Damian quickly deflects the blame off of himself by telling Margo he knew nothing about what was going on. Dusty is furious by Damian’s deceit and it only mounts when the demolition man that Damian hired tells Margo he never heard of him before. Back at the hospital Bob announces while working on Paul he discovered some form of chip in his brain and that the chip could have been used to control him. Barbara instantly thinks of James as being the possible one to do something like that. The minute Paul wakes up, Barbara is there to see if he’s alright; unfortunately he doesn’t recognize her.

A Closer Look: The End of the Line
Carly, who continues to deny that she has a drinking problem, is confronted by Rosanna, Craig and Jack. They insist she gets professional help for her addiction; however Carly says she doesn’t need to see a professional, she just needs to go away for a bit. Craig agrees and takes her to a cabin. While Craig is gone, Carly beigins to prepare dinner but finds herself drinking a bottle of wine. Craig returns to the cabin to find that Carly is not there. He soon finds her passed out and decides to take her back to Milltown where her family tells her she needs to get some help; to which she finally relents to.

What To Watch

  • Hunter gets too protective of Alison
  • Casey and Riley get into another argument
  • Katie calls Henry out on his actions

As the World Turns News and Headlines

  • Congratulations to Maura West (‘Carly’) and husband Scott DeFreitas newest edition to the family. Birdie West DeFreitas arrived, Tuesday, June 16 at 5:33 PM, weighing 7 lbs 13 oz. Maura is currently on maternity leave
  • Vanessa Ray will come to the show as ‘Teri Ciccone’, Janet’s sister. She will arrive on the show at the end of July
  • Lynn Herring will join the show as ‘Henry Coleman’s’ mom, Audrey. Herring’s first airdate is Friday, July 24
  • Michael Woods will appear on the show as ‘Jay’, the boyfriend of ‘Audrey’. His first airdate on teh show will be Friday, July 31
  • Austin Peck and Julie Pinson will join other daytime stars as they set sail on Soap Cruise, The Third Voyage on Thursday, January 28 throughMonday, February 1, 2010. Please visit Soap Cruise or call 1-888-381-4654 for more detailed information.
  • SON Top 10: Who was the best of the best on “ATWT” during the week of July 6, 2009? You decide! The SON Top 10 is back! Voting begins Friday’s at 4:00 PM, EST.


  • Someone from Henry’s past comes to Oakdale
  • Meg gets an eyeful of Paul
  • Sage takes off

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Discussion: ATWT PreVUE: Week of July 13 Edition

Saturday, July 11, 2009 10:17 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

SON Top 10 ( — Offline for nearly seven months, only two weeks of data posted, fanbases at war, board members angered. What the heck happened to my SON Top 10? Your questions answered.

What is It?

Soap Opera Network‘s Top 10 Chart (SON Top 10 for short) was a poll created for fans of daytime’s best actors and actresses to vote on who they thought was the best performing talent during a given week. The poll included the best couples and the best soaps. Nearly two years after its demise, it was brought back for members of our SON Community and readers of Unfortunately, certain fanbases stuffed the ballots to such an extent that counting votes made it universally impossible to accurately report the results without either disqualifying said fanbase from participation or hurting the integrity of the Soap Opera Network staff.

Solution and Requirements

After being offline and seemingly banished from the website for nearly seven months, Soap Opera Network‘s staff has worked together on ways they think the polling system could be brought back without causing much harm or drama.

The SON Top 10 will return to the world wide web on Friday, July 17, 2009. Votes can be cast for actors and actresses who appeared on “All My Children,” “As The World Turns,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Days of our Lives,” “General Hospital,” “Guiding Light,” “One Life to Live,” and “The Young and the Restless” during the week of July 13, 2009. An actor or actress must have appeared on the soap during the polling week in order to qualify for that week’s poll. Votes cast for actors or actresses not appearing during the given timeframe will not count.

In order to cast a vote for the SON Top 10, you MUST be a registered member of the SON Community. We will no longer be accepting votes from non-members. You will not be able to vote without being a registered member, so don’t waste your time. We will no longer be featuring the couples category (or the PC “duos”) in the SON Top 10. We will debut a new poll for couples in August.

To Register: SON Community Registration

If you have any questions or concerns about the new SON Top 10, please send your inquiries to [email protected]

Discussion: SON Top 10: One More Go, One More Shot

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    Saturday, July 11, 2009 7:21 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

    Michael Jackson ( — The memorial service for Michael “The King of Pop” Jackson on Tuesday, July 7 resulted in six of the remaining eight soap operas not airing, which has pushed five soaps behind schedule and one canceled soap airless.

    ABC’s “All My Children,” “General Hospital” and “One Life to Live,” CBS’ “As The World Turns” and NBC’s “Days of our Lives” are currently airing one day behind, which has pushed airdates for new and returning characters to the soaps back. CBS’ “Guiding Light” aired in parts of the east coast as the soap airs at 10:00 AM in some cities, however, the soap was pre-empted in much of the country despite CBS’ anticipation of airing the show in progress. Jackson’s memorial service was originally scheduled to air from 1:00 to 2:30 PM on the East Coast and 10:00 to 11:30 AM on the West Coast, but it did not end until 4:00 PM Eastern and 1:00 PM Pacific time. CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” were the only soaps to air original episodes nationally without interruption as the network pushed the shows’ airings to earlier timeslots.

    What follows are updated notes on comings and goings from some of your favorite daytime soap operas:

    Lynn Herring Heads to Oakdale- now airs Monday, July 27.
    March ‘Comes Out’ for ‘World Turns’ – now airs Wednesday, July 15.

    Former ‘GH’ Actor Returns to ‘DAYS’ – airdate tentatively re-scheduled for Tuesday, August 11.

    Who Needs Kate? Lisa LoCicero Placed on Contract – Re: Megan Ward; now airs Thursday, July 16.
    Who’s That Boy? ‘GH’s’ Christian Alexander – now airs Wednesday, July 15.
    Sebastian Roche Brings Evil Back to Port Charles – re-scheduled; airdate unconfirmed at this time.
    Bruce Weitz Brings Anthony Back to ‘GH’ – now airs Monday, July 13.
    Ronnie Marmo Brings Fun to ‘GH’ – aired on Friday, July 10.

    All other casting notes are currently on schedule, but still subject to change.


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

      As The World Turns ( — 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 Check local listings.

      Discussion: David Kreizman Joins ‘World Turns’ Writing Team

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        ( — 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 ( — 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

          ( — 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.

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

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

          ( — A look at what you didn’t see the past few weeks on “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.


          OLTL Teasers: Week of July 13 Edition

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

          ( — “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

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


          “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.