ABC Previews Independence Day

Saturday, June 13, 2009 11:45 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — As America celebrates its independence next month with cookouts, fireworks, and family vacations, ABC Daytime isn’t letting the fact that the 4th of July falls on a Saturday this year keeping them from airing encore episodes of your favorite daytime dramas. 

On Friday, July 3, instead of showing first-run episodes of your favorite ABC Daytime dramas like “All My Children,” “General Hospital” or “One Life to Live,” the network has opted to air repeat episodes of the soaps. These episodes are said to be important moments in each soap’s current storylines.

  • “All My Children” Episode #10125 (original air date 5/15/09) — Adam’s a marked man as several Pine Valley residents want to see him pay for his sins. JR spirals out of control but Tad manages to stop him from making a terrible mistake and shooting his father. JR comes across a gun wielding Annie inside the mansion. Krystal encounters Tad after almost shooting Adam. Aidan frees himself from Annie’s restraints and heads to Adam’s. David is out for revenge and heads to the Chandler Mansion with a gun. Tad sees Zach inside the mansion, armed with a gun. Jake and Angie work valiantly to get Ian’s heart beating again and do so, but by the time they save him, Kendall and Zach believe their son is dead and have headed to the Chandlers for revenge. Unaware that Ian is still alive, Kendall wants vengeance for the child she thinks she’s lost and aims a gun at Adam. A mystery woman enters the Chandler Mansion. At the end of the day, Kendall, Zach, David and unknown others have guns pointed at Adam. A shot is fire and Adam falls to the floor, seemingly dead.


  • “One Life to Live” Episode #10394 ‘No One Said It Would Be This Hard’ (original air date 3/18/09) — Emotions run wild as Marty and Nora have it out over who is to blame for Matthew’s paralysis. Cole goes to Matthew for some kind of resolution or understanding. Neither of these things comes easily to any of them. Cole is handcuffed and led off to jail. Jack tells his father Todd to stop ending up in jail and come home and be a father. John gets Téa to admit she didn’t stab Lee Halpern and admits she did it to protect Todd. But she also states that she still believes Todd is innocent. John calls her on her feelings for Todd and she admits as much, to a point. Viki sends Todd the cavalry. Todd decides he wants custody of his kids back. Rex finds Bo praying and learns that Matthew is permanently paralyzed. Rex breaks down and tells Bo that Shane has leukemia. Brody learns the truth about Shane from Gigi and does all he can to help.


  • “General Hospital” Episode #11809 (original air date 5/18/09) — Michael wakes up to find Lulu at his side and wonders what’s happened to him. Unable to reach Carly because she’s turned her phones off, Lulu finally contacts Sonny with the good news about Michael. Sonny shares an emotional reunion with his son and sends Jason to let Carly know what’s going on. Michael questions why neither Sonny nor Carly were with him when he woke up, and he doesn’t remember the shooting. Carly races to Michael’s side and doesn’t pick up on the fact that he’s slightly cool towards her. Claudia worries that Michael will remember her confessing her guilt during the visits she paid him. Holly evades Luke’s questions about Ethan. Tracy sees red when she finds Holly with Luke. Ethan stuns Lulu when he tells her he might be her brother. Holly arrives on Patrick’s doorstep looking for a place to stay. Alexis grills Rebecca about the time she spent in Greece, still certain that she’s working with Helena. Rebecca gives Alexis two weeks to dig up any dirt on her, saying she’ll keep her hands off Nikolas during that period.

Original episodes of your favorite ABC soaps return Monday, July 6.

“All My Children,” “General Hospital,” and “One Life to Live” air Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

Discussion: ABC Previews Independence Day

Saturday, June 13, 2009 11:09 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — Amanda Setton, best known as badgirl Penelope Shafai in the primetime drama “Gossip Girl,” lands the contract role of ‘Summer’ on “One Life to Live.”

Setton, has also guest starred in episodes of “Sex and the City” and “All the World’s a Stage,” as well as the film “What Happens in Vegas.  In addition, she has also appeared in advertisments for ‘,’ a moblie gourmet shoppe for the tasty treat in New York City.  Setton will make her Llanview debut as Summer,(appropriately enough) in August, and will be close buds with no one’s favorite badgirl Stacy Morasco (Crystal Hunt).   

SON will continue to follow this story and bring you more details as they develop.

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

Discussion: ‘Gossip Girl’ Brings ‘Summer’ to Llanview

‘DAYS’ Snags a Major Return

Saturday, June 13, 2009 7:06 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

( — Crystal Chappell returns to “Days of Our Lives.”

On Thursday, June 11, TV Guide Magazine broke the news that Daytime Emmy Award winner Crystal Chappell has inked a deal to return to the daytime drama that put her on the map, NBC’s “Days of Our Lives.”

On “DAYS,” Chappell played popular heroine Dr. Carly Manning from June 1990 to October 1993. Carly enjoyed a major romance with former-widower Bo Brady (played by both Peter Reckell and Robert Kelker-Kelly), a not so happy marriage to Bo’s father Victor Kiriakis (John Aniston) and an unusual relationship with Lawrence Alamain (played by real life husband Michael Sabatino), the father of her son Nicholas Alamain. In 1993, former “DAYS” Head Writer James E. Reilly penned a storyline that found Chappell’s character buried alive by Lawrence’s disapproving and not quite sane aunt, Vivian Alamain (Louise Sorel). The storyline was so popular and daring that “DAYS” ratings rose from a 4.6 to a phenomenol 6.4 in the matter of just several weeks. In a shocking move, just months after that story came into play, the NBC soap decided they no longer needed the actress and she was shown the door. Probably the most visually stunning actress on daytime television at the time, Chappell earned a 1993 Soap Opera Digest Award for Hottest Female Actress.

Chappell has enjoyed roles on ABC’s” All My Children,” “One Life to Live” and NBC’s “Santa Barbara,” but it was “DAYS” that made her a daytime superstar and CBS’ “Guiding Light” that gave the one-time underrated actress respect for her contribution to the craft of acting.

On “Guiding Light” Chappell has played anti-heroine Olivia Spencer Lewis since July 1999. The character has gone through a lot of the shows top men, but it’s the loss of her current romance with Natalia Rivera Aitoro (Jessica Leccia) that will break the hearts of a lot of “GL” fans. For her part, in her TV Guide Magazine interview with Michael Logan, Chappell reports that she was completely open to moving over to “GL’s” sister-soap “As the World Turns” to carry on the love-story but nobody who could have gotten it done showed any interest in getting it done.

The actress has earned four Emmy nominations for her work on “Guiding Light” – two for Lead Actress and two for Supporting Actress, Chappell took home the Supporting Actress trophy in 2002.

The 43-year old actress will bring Dr. Carly Manning back to Salem in October, one month after the current daytime drama she’s on, “GL,” goes off the air.

“Days of our Lives” airs Weekdays on NBC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. “Guiding Light” aires Weeksdays on CBS.Check local listings.

Discussion: ‘DAYS’ Snags a Major Return

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    Saturday, June 13, 2009 2:44 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

    ( — SOAPnet launches a new feature called “More Life to Live,” giving fans of the soap “One Life to Live” the opportunity to view deleted scenes from recent episodes. 

    Sometimes the best scenes end up on the cutting room floor, never to be seen by again.  Fortunately for fans of “One Life to Live” that is no longer the case.  SOAPnet, the self-proclaimed network for soaps, has launched a new weekly online video clip highlighting selected scenes from previous week’s episodes which failed to make it to our television screens.  The videos are hosted by a member of the cast, include a snazzy new logo (at right), and a slightly revamped rendition of the “One Life to Live” theme music. 

    John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex Balsom) hosts the premiere edition of “More Life to Live,” which features three bonus scenes from episodes aired earlier this month.  Included are Starr and Cole discussing why she hasn’t signed the adoption papers, Michael and Marcie proclaiming their love for one another and discussing what baby Hope’s arrival will mean for their lives, and Stacy attempting to teach Rex how to dance. 

    To view the bonus scenes, click here.

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

    Discussion: SOAPnet Offers Fans ‘More Life to Live’

    OLTL Recap: Friday, June 12, 2009

    Friday, June 12, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

    ( — One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Friday, June 12, 2009.


    “Pomp & Circumstance”

    Marty takes the stand in Todd and Blair’s custody hearing. Marcie is affected by all the mentions of Hope she overhears and later tells Michael they need to talk.  Cole sees Michael with Hope at the diner.  Starr opens the door to find Marcie there with Hope in her arms.   

    Marty arrives at the school in the nick of time to see Cole graduate.  Cole is disappointed that he won’t get a real diploma until he passes summer school.  Asher approaches Cole on the docks. 

    Dorian’s blood boils when she can’t seem to escape being bombarded by happy couples, which only reminds her of how alone she really is. 

    Renee suggests that Viki and Charlie should have a double wedding with Clint and Nora.   

    On the Next One Life to Live…

    • Marcie’s actions take Starr by surprise. 
    • Dorian makes a fool of herself in public.
    • The judge in Todd and Blair’s custody case renders his ruling. 

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

    Friday, June 12, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

    ( — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Friday, June 12, 2009.


    Liza’s anxious to get in touch with Jake after learning he and Amanda left on their honeymoon. Jake finally returns one of Liza’s many calls and assures her everything is going according to plan. Jake and Amanda head to the hospital in Barbados when she goes into labor unexpectedly. Amanda delivers a healthy baby boy and has Jake place him in her arms despite her earlier claim that she never wanted to see her child. Meanwhile, Marissa appeals to David to not try and snatch Amanda’s baby away from her once he tracks her down. Tad suspects Liza’s up to something.

    Jack presents the Slater’s with an option. Kendall is moved by Zach’s vehemence when he refuses to entertain the idea of her pleading guilty in order to get a lighter sentence. Kendall confronts Zach about the kiss they shared.

    Emma fakes being sick in order to go to the hospital in hopes of seeing Annie. Against Ryan’s wishes, Aidan arranges for Annie spend time with Emma. Annie tells Emma that she has a guardian angel who is going to fix everything.

    On the Next All My Children…

    • Tad figures out what Liza’s really up to.
    • Amanda faces a difficult decision.
    • Krystal and Marissa fear what David will do next.

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

    Friday, June 12, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

    ( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Friday, June 12, 2009.


    Claudia’s vastly relieved when Kelly tells her the baby is still alive but cautions she needs to avoid stress. Claudia rips into Olivia when she finds her telling Sonny that it wouldn’t be that surprising if Ric were the baby’s father. Sonny tells Claudia to feel free to pack her bags and leave if she wants. Sonny, however, witnesses Claudia’s vulnerability when he overhears her privately voicing her love for her unborn baby.

    Michael’s homecoming doesn’t go smoothly. Kristina picks up Michael after he storms out on Carly but their impromptu joyride could end in disaster.

    A defensive Matt spurns Patrick and Robin when they try to reach out to him after his patient dies during surgery. Diane lets Matt, Robin and Patrick know that the family of Brianna Hughes is planning on suing Matt for malpractice.

    Lulu, Maxie and Spinelli discover what’s really going on with Kate.

    On the Next General Hospital…

    • Sonny has a change of heart towards Claudia.
    • Matt continues to push Robin and Patrick away.
    • Sam is in over her head when she takes on a new case.

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

    OLTL Teasers: Week of June 15 Edition

    Friday, June 12, 2009 4:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

    ( — “One Life to Live” Teasers and Episode Titles for the Week of June 15, 2009.

    ONE LIFE TO LIVE: Teasers

    • Monday: “Mother and  Child Reunion” – Starr and Marcie discuss the future of baby Hope.   
    • Tuesday: “The Blessed and the Busted” – Cole finds himself in trouble with the law when he tries to do the right thing. 
    • Wednesday: “Sweet Child o’ Mine” – Langston is confident Starr will be a great mother.   
    • Thursday: “Hair of the Dogged” — Rex proves old habits are hard to break as he and Stacy sneak into the Llanview Country Club and indulge themselves.
    • Friday: “Where the Kisses are Hers and Hers and His…” — Todd proposes that he, Blair, and Téa become roommates. 

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

    Friday, June 12, 2009 8:00 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

    ( — Playing wicked games.


    A bitter Frankie pushes his family away on Tuesday, June 16. Kendall tells Zach that she wants to re-establish their living arrangement with Ian coming home and later tells Ryan the news. A conflicted Kendall makes a quick exit when Ryan reaches out to her. A mystery person places a call to Ryan, who finds himself deep in thought about Greenlee after a visit from Jack. Taylor and Brot acknowledge their relationship has changed and not for the better on Thursday, June 18. Brot later spies Taylor enjoying herself with Tad. Zach and Kendall bring Ian home from the hospital. Kendall puts a stop to Zach and Ryan’s arguing. Frankie allows Randi to feed him and later agrees to have another surgery for his hands. Marissa opens up to JR about her parents’ death. On Friday, June 19, Zach and Kendall come up with a plan of action against North. North, meanwhile, presses Jesse to get him the evidence to make sure he gets his conviction against Mrs. Slater. JR and Marissa continue to grow closer.

    The Inside Story: Bad Plans
    Unable to explain how her baby bump survived Tad’s game of darts, Liza tells Martin the truth. Tad tells Liza that he believes no parent, even someone like David, should be duped into believing their child has died. Liza pleads her case to Tad. Krystal and Marissa worry about what David will do should he lose another child. Amanda says an emotional goodbye to her son on Monday, June 16 and hands him over to Jake to carry out their plan. David finds a heartbroken Amanda after barging into the Barbados’ clinic room. Jake tells David his son died during labor but is not prepared when Hayward demands to see the body. Liza goes off the deep end when Jake calls her with potentially bad news and takes off to see Zach. Amanda convinces a crushed David that their son died on Tuesday, June 16. Jake calls a pleased Liza with the news that everything’s back on track. Jake’s reassurance about her son’s future does little ease Amanda’s heartache. A drunken David rejects Marissa’s attempt to comfort him but does agree to let an understanding Krystal take him home. David is arrested for DUI after he and Krystal end up in a car accident. Krystal appears to be fine but later collapses in Tad’s arms. David is desperate to get to Krystal. Krystal can see David loves her but resists the urge to be drawn back in on Thursday, June 18.

    A Closer Look: Blind Justice?
    Ryan confronts Aidan after getting the truth from Emma. Aidan denies being Annie’s “guardian angel,” and tells Ryan he believes Annie should be locked up for good. Adam explains to Ryan that he’s going to stand by Annie through thick and thin because she saved his life. Adam rages at Kendall, accusing her of murder. Annie tells Adam she doesn’t believe Kendall killed his brother and pulls him into a surprising kiss on Tuesday, June 16. Liza agrees to act as Annie’s attorney after Adam agrees to assist her with the whole Colby situation. Ryan has it out with Liza after finding out she’s defending Annie. Erica tells Adam in no uncertain terms that she’s going to make sure Annie rots in jail on Wednesday, June 17. Ryan refuses to help Liza build her case for Annie’s defense. Liza proves to be a shark in the courtroom. The judge agrees to sentence Annie to house arrest, and Adam quickly offers up his mansion. On Friday, June 19, Adam tells JR that he and Little Adam will have to find a new place to live since Annie isn’t allowed around any minors until her sentence is completed. Erica and Ryan are outraged by the turn of events.

    All My Children News and Headlines:


    • On Monday, June 22, Annie lets Aidan know that she no longer has any need for him now that she has Adam. (ABC Soaps In Depth)
    • North and Randi share a very intimate past, one the married D.A. wants desperately to rekindle. (TV Guide Canada)
    • Zach and Kendall put their plan in motion on Tuesday, June 23. (TV Guide Canada)
    • Erica pushes Annie’s buttons with a little help from Ryan; but it’s Annie who may ultimately come up with the upper hand on Wednesday June 24. (ABC Soaps In Depth)

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

    Friday, June 12, 2009 8:00 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

    ( — What’s your secret?


    Maxie, Spinelli and Johnny find themselves in the middle of a reeling Matt’s storm at Jake’s on Monday, June 15. Jason ends up knocking out an undercover cop in his rush to come to Sam’s aid. Ric confronts Sonny with the belief that Claudia is carrying his child. Ethan reminds Rebecca that he’s the boss. Tracy finds Ethan and Rebecca in a suspicious situation. On Thursday, June 18, Claudia once again makes plans for Jason’s elimination; meanwhile, Olivia fears Sonny is planning Johnny’s and turns to Carly for help. Nikolas comes to the conclusion that he has to end things with Rebecca until talking with Monica. Things take a lethal turn as Johnny and Jason head to meet with their associates. Sonny and Claudia’s fight erupts into passion. Johnny holds Jason’s fate in his hands on Friday, June 19.

    The Inside Story: Dirty Politics
    Alexis admits to Diane that Mayor Floyd has asked her to help make the Hughes’ family suit against Matt disappear quickly. After learning about Brianna’s death, Sam informs Jason and Spinelli that she had been hired by the Mayor’s wife to get proof of her husband’s extramarital activities. Patrick finds himself named as a co-defendant in the Hughes’ malpractice suit after making an inadvertent slip in front of Diane on Tuesday, June 16. Diane becomes suspicious and questions Alexis’ true motives when the lawyer once again tries to persuade her to get the suit against Matt and Patrick dropped. On Wednesday, June 17, Robin and Patrick hit the showers to try to figure out how Brianna Hughes really died. Maxie and Spinelli try to find dirt on Mayor Floyd. Mac keeps quiet after spotting Spinelli and Maxie hiding in the Mayor’s office but later sends Robin to give Maxie a warning. Robin is surprised to learn that the Mayor’s wife was pursuing an investigation against him. Patrick, meanwhile, gets a surprise visit from Andrea Floyd (Martha Byrne), the Mayor’s wife. Andrea tells Patrick she wants him to get the malpractice suit settled outside of court in order to avoid scandal.

    A Closer Look: Anger Management
    Carly heads to Sonny’s place after learning Michael is safe and sound there. Michael and Claudia continue to enjoy their easy rapport. The former Mrs. Corinthos insists that Michael needs to be home with her, but Sonny disagrees. In her never-ending game of survival, on Monday, June 15, Claudia takes Carly’s side in the Michael situation in an attempt to score points. Michael agrees to go home with Carly but the air is still thick between mother and son. On Tuesday, June 16, Michael confesses to Kristina that he’s terrified that he’s going to end up hurting someone he loves. Jason, meanwhile, confides his fears about Michael to Sam and asks her to have a talk with Kristina. Michael chooses to go to Jake’s instead of physical therapy and ends up in a bar fight with Kristina’s friend, Kiefer. Kristina is terrified when Kiefer ends up knocking Michael out. Alexis finds the siblings at Jake’s and drags them home. On Friday, June 19, Michael erupts into a violent outburst towards Carly just as Jax walks in.

    General Hospital News and Headlines:

    GH ALERTS: WEEK OF JUNE 22, 2009

    • Carly makes a touch decision after seeing how volatile Michael is first-hand. (Soap Opera Digest)
    • Claudia’s lethal orders once again threaten the life of one of Carly’s children on Monday, June 22. (ABC Soaps In Depth)
    • On Tuesday, June 23. Michael and Carly team up for Morgan’s sake. (ABC Soaps In Depth)
    • Ric and Andrea plot to keep their plan alive on Wednesday, June 24. (TV Guide Canada)
    • Patrick and Robin continue their investigation of Brianna’s death. (Soap Opera Digest)

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