Thursday, April 30, 2009 7:08 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

( — “All My Children” VCR Alerts for the Week of May 4, 2009.


  • Monday: Krystal is desperate to keep her secret from Tad. David sees red when Marissa sides with JR. Zach and Kendall face another crisis with Ian.
  • Tuesday: Erica wants Ryan to back off of Kendall. Adam tortures Krystal when he threatens to expose her secret. Angie, Jesse and Randi get news about Frankie.
  • Wednesday: David wonders what Adam is holding over Krystal. Jake declares his love for Amanda. Adam wants to make a deal with David.
  • Thursday: JR is furious with Adam for using Little Adam as a bargaining chip. Zach tries to ease Kendall’s fears. Krystal reveals her secret to Tad.
  • Friday: Scott makes a disturbing discovery. David is up to no good. Annie is closer than Aidan realizes.

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

My View of Llanview: April 30 Edition

Thursday, April 30, 2009 12:05 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — The journey through our “One Life to Live” has been filled with plotholes lately.

It was Chuck Palahniuk, author of Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories who once said that “a good story should make you laugh, and a moment later break your heart.” I can recall storylines on “One Life to Live” that have actually made me feel that exact way over the years. However, none of those storylines include the ones presently playing out on our television screens.

A story is said to only be as good as the person (or people) writing it, which explains a lot given the current state of “OLTL.” I realize that soaps come with the caveat that we suspend belief and check reality at the door until the hour has passed. Soaps are designed to entertain us and, like many other television series, works of fiction. Fans have adopted this realization over the years, and have developed a high level of tolerance to daytime dramas who have grown accustomed to having characters return from the dead, spirits of the deceased who communicate with the living, children who age several years overnight, and history that is revised and rewritten on a recurring basis.

Even so, if written well, many soap fans don’t seem to mind the glaring improbabilities created by any given storyline. However, when a particular storyline is overwrought with loose ends and unexplained twists and turns, the viewer often times begins to tune out. Which brings me back to my earlier quote. I do not cry or set spellbound on the edge of my seat while watching “OLTL” these days. Nor do I laugh at what is playing out on my screen, unless it is at something that was not meant to be humorous in the first place. My heart does break on occasion while watching the show, but it is not because of any certain storyline. It breaks when I remember how good “OLTL” used to be before it headed down its present slippery slope. More often than not, I find myself simply shaking my head and looking at my watch, waiting impatiently for the show to be over.

As noted above, glaring plotholes are the main reasons for the problems with many of “OLTL’s” current storylines. First, let’s explain La Boulaie. Remember when Dorian signed her entire estate over to her cook Moe Stubbs? If you recall, she did that to prove to David (during his monk stage) that material possessions no longer mattered to her. Of course, Dorian was secretly aware that David was a Buchanan and that by tricking him into marrying her, she would gain control of the vast Buchanan fortune. Well, things don’t always work out as planned. When it was revealed that David was Bo’s son, not Asa’s, and that he was not entitled to the inheritance promised to the old coot’s supposed long lost son, Dorian was left out in the cold. When she tried to convince Moe to give her back her home, he refused saying that he had his lawyers draw up an iron clad agreement. However, he would allow Dorian and her family to live there until they found a new home. But this is where the storyline drops off. Dorian runs around La Boulaie these days like she lord of the manor again, while Moe (or Noelle for that matter), are anywhere to be seen. Dorian appears to be spending money that she no longer has, while living in someone else’s home.

Another obvious plothole involves changing characters identities for no good reason. Why make David Vickers a Buchanan, if Tuc Watkins is only able to commit to the show for a few weeks at a time? Why make Talia Sahid the daughter of Carlo Hesser, only to fire BethAnn Bonner and kill off the character? Why bring Lee Halpern back to the canvas after twenty years only to kill off the character once more? And have Hank Gannon return to Llanview if we is only given about ten lines of dialouge and then promptly disappears again? It makes no sense. As in the case of David, “OLTL” spend months having him run around Llanview like a monk before revealing his true paternity and giving him only one or two scenes with new father Bo Buchanan before high-tailing it out of Llanview. Talk about anti-climatic. Much the way that Dorian agreed to return Buchanan Enterprises to Nora (off-camera, I might add), after the rather dramatic way she stole the company from them, which resulted in Nash Brennan’s death.

Very little in Llanview makes sense at the moment. How can Roxy, an alcoholic that can barely string two thought together, find the brain cells to research life support systems on the Internet while knowing the exact make and model of the one at the clinic, print out the manual, and then override thealarms on the machine and successfully turn it off? Even I wouldn’t think to do something like that. My reaction would probably be the same as any other person with an ounce of common sense–just start pressing buttons, turning knobs, and unplugging electrical cords until the machine went off. And since when do supposedly comatose patients have the option of telling the nurse that they died and not to call the police? In the real world, if someone committed a crime like that, the cops would investigate by dusting for fingerprints, monitoring surveillance cameras, interviewing nurses and janitors, etc…. But then again, this is Llanview, not the real world where there are consequences for every action. Llanview’s motto must be crime doesn’t pay.

While on the topic of law enforcement and security, how is it that John McBain is able to just leisurely stroll out of his jail cell and into the night with no the wiser until after he has already escaped? While I have never been in prison myself, nor have I ever had to visit anyone behind bars, I find it difficult to believe that a cell door could be opened with a small key that looks suspiciously like the one I use to unlock my own back door. Correct if if I’m wrong here, but I am under the impression that most jail cell keys are significantly larger than the common house shown in the episode in question. Also, aren’t most cell doors opened and closed electronically these days as well? Furthermore, where the security guards, survelliance cameras, and screams from other inmates that someone is escaping? John just casually walked down the hall and out the front door. Apparently everyone in the busy Llanview Police Station was just a little too wrapped up in their work to notice him walking out the door only hours after being arrested. Give me a break.

Surely I wasn’t the only one who laughed when Nora told Rachel that her being Cole’s drug counselor was a conflict of interest and that she should excuse herself from the case. I couldn’t believe she said that. Apparently it wasn’t a conflict of interest for her to prosecute Cole for driving under the influence and causing a car accident that partially paralyzed her son. How is one any different from the other? Nora is guilty of the same thing she accused her daughter of. It’s no different than Téasleeping with Todd only to argue later the same day in court that he should not be granted custody of his children. Llanview is full of nothing but hypocrites and idiots.

I see stupid people…and their names are Rex Balsom and Gigi Morasco. Rex has been dumbed down more than half of Llanview was while Tess was running amuck, holding Natalie and Jared hostage, blackmailing Todd and threatening Tina. No one even gave it the idea that the stress of Nash’s death just might have been more then Jessica could handle a second thought. In similar fashion, Rex considers Stacy to be an angel sent from heaven. Yeah, he thinks she saved Shane’s life by donating her bone marrow…I get that. I understand why he would be grateful to her for something he believes she did. But I don’t get him placing her on a pedastal. He must have forgotten that this is the same girl who drugged him and tried to sleep with him just a few short months ago. Maybe he just has selected amnesia. Like he’s probably also forgotten that he is a private investigator. He should have placed the pieces to the puzzle together weeks ago, and figured out the real reason for Gigi’s 180 degree sudden change in personality. Come on Rex…one minute she loves you unconditionally, and the next she is supposedly hopping into bed with Brody Lovett? Just think about that for a moment. Love doesn’t turn off and on like a light switch. There must be a reason for Gigi’s sudden change of heart…some ulterior motive. Something or someone that is forcing her to pretend she doesn’t love you anymore…..hmmm Maybe it’s her sister. You know, the same one who drugged and attempted to seduce you? Come on Rex….not even you are this stupid. A much more believable storyline would have been for Rex to quickly see through Gigi’s lies, confront her, and formulate a plan to turn the tables on her and beat Stacy at her own game. But we can’t have that, can we? It makes too much sense. Therefore it is crazy talk, and must be scrapped.

As if that storyline isn’t moronic enough, how about having Schuyler Joplin running around town with a bag of Stacy’s blood trying to convince people that she’s up to no good. Why would anyone even take him seriously? It makes him look crazy. Honestly, who would want to carry on a civil conversation with a guy waving around a bag of his ex-girlfriend’s blood? That plot is as much of a joke as Cole’s rehab. I mean, really….is that the best “OLTL” can do? Coming and going as he pleases, no one standing over him while he gives a urine sample for his drug test, allowing the sister of the boy he paralyzed in a car accident while driving under the influence to be his counselor? Monkeys with a typewriter could do better than that. And so much for Marty winning any Mother of the Year Awards anytime soon. Wasn’t it just last month when Nora forced Marty to either be a mother to Cole or face charges connected to Wes’ murder? How quickly we forget. Apparently, Marty figures it is more important to track down a killer with her ex-cop former boyfriend, than to stay in Llanview and help her only child kick his drug habit. The same for John….he marries Blair so that she can keep her kids away from Todd, only to flee town a few weeks later to find the KAD killer. If I were Blair, I would kick his behind from Llanview to Canada for that bonehead move.

Even the small things on “OLTL” right now leave me shaking my head. For instance, didn’t Sarah take Cristian Vega the dog with her when she left Llanview back in January? Maybe I’m mistaken, but I seemed to recall the dog being in her arms as she walked away in her final scene. But last week it was revealed that the dog has been living in the apartment with Layla and Talia. How’d that happen? It’s just yet another loose end…one of many. Like, who’s running Foxy Roxy’s, Craze, Capricorn, UltraViolet, and The Banner right now? We see Todd at The Sun, but those other establishments seem to be running themselves. Just more sloppy writing.

However, despite all the negative comments I have presented concerning “One Life to Live” is this particular column, I ultimately love the show. Not necessarily at this very moment…but this is the soap I grew up with and watched religiously for most of my life. I feel a sense of loyalty to “OLTL,” and many of the older characters are like members of my own family. It’s just that I hate what is being done to them in recent years. Being backburnered, acting out of character, being turned into little more than props for many of the newer and overexposed characters such as Stacy, Gigi, John, and others.

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: In 1982, Tony Lord and Bo Buchanan attempted to mine an alternate energy source. Was it a) gravitomite, b) buchanium, c) solarmite, or d) llanvium. Question #2: In 2002, “One Life to Live” aired a special Fourth of July episode featuring musical numbers in a women’s prison. What was the title of that particular episode? Was it a) “Jailhouse Pop,” b) “Babes Behind Bars,” c) “Cell Block Party,” or d) “Stars in Stripes.” Question #3: Al Holden became a radio disc jockey in 2003, and referred to himself on air as the Voice of What? a) Romance, b) Choice, c) the Night, or d) Reason. And Question #4: Back in 1970, Vince “Vinny” Wolek was arrested after trying to transport some illegal cargo over state lines. But just what was it that he was his precious cargo? Was it a) alcohol, b) babies, c) cigarettes, or d) drugs.

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 1983 how did Countess Echo DiSavoy earn her unusual nickname? Was it a) because of her ability to imitate voices over the telephone, b) because of her resemblance to her mother, c) because of her unusually deep singing voice, or d) “Echo” was an acronym hor her full name, Eleanor Claire Helena Olivia. Question #2: Back in 1979 who became the first person who figure out that Dr. Mario Correlli was indeed his presumed dead brother Marco Dane? Was it a) Karen Wolek, b) Larry Wolek, c) Dorian Lord, or d) Edwina Lewis. Question #3: Patrick Thornhart was involved with an Irish terriorist group known as the Men of what? a) 8, b) 13, c) 21, or d) 100. And Question #4: Alex Olanov was assigned to locate the missing Sarah Buchanan in 1990 by what government agency? a) FAB (Federal Anticrime Bureau), b) ISB (International Security Bureau), c) WSB (World Security Bureau), or d) The Triple I (International Intelligence & Investigation. I’ll have the answers in the May 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.

Well that wraps up another edition of “My View in Llanview.” A special thanks to all my faithful readers and just a reminder that, as always, I enjoy hearing your thoughts and opinions on both my column and “OLTL.” Enjoy the late spring weather, and stay and enjoy your “Life” to the fullest. Take care. See you next time. Auf Weidersehen and Gute Nacht my friends!

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: April 30 Edition

‘Another World’ Finds New Life Online

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 3:46 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — A decade after its demise, “Another World” breathes new life on the web.

TeleNext Media, the company that produces “As the World Turns” and the recently canceled “Guiding Light” for Procter & Gamble and CBS, has announced that they will be launching a new website dedicated to the defunct sudser “Another World,” which was canceled in 1999. The site,, will provide fans with insight into what their favorite characters have been up to in the past decade.

The move comes on the heels of better than expected viewership of classic “AW” episodes on According to Alina Adams, creative content producer for TeleNext Media, “People still have warm, nostalgic feelings for the show. ‘AW’ ushered a lot of fans into the world of daytime drama. It was their gateway drug. They miss it and they want more.”

Chapter one of the blog is set to debut on May 4th, the 45th anniversary of “AW’s” premiere, with the presumed dead Grant Harrison returning to town to visit his son. Also, Felicia Grant and her friends Dean and Jenna all mysteriously disappear while visiting New York City. Further chapters are expected to follow on a regular basis.

In addition to reading the latest chapter of “Another World Today,” fans can also read updates on popular “AW” characters, view classic clips from the soap, and vote following the conclusion of each week’s webisode, where they think the storyline should go next. The site also promises that, in the near future, fans will “be able to contribute original story ideas, write dialogue, create (or bring back) characters and win prizes for doing so!”

“Another World” was the brainchild of “Guiding Light” creator Irna Phillips and her one-time scribe William J. Bell, who would go on to create “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful.” “Another World” premiered on May 4th, 1964 on NBC, and enjoyed a long and successful run, before coming to an end on June 25th, 1999. In its 35 year history, the soap tackled a number of controversial storylines, including abortion and having children out of wedlock. Starting out as a thirty minute daytime serial, “AW” expanded to sixty minutes in 1975. However, it briefly converted to an unheard of ninety minutes from 1979-1980, before returning to the more traditional hour long format. The show also spawned two spin-offs, “Somerset” (1970-76) and “Texas” (1980-82). Although “AW” was considered a sister soap to “As the World Turns,” there were no crossovers over references made between the two soaps given the fact that “AW” aired on NBC and “ATWT” on CBS. This was due to the fact that CBS had no room for the start-up soap on their daytime schedule. However a shrewd Phillips managed to sell “AW” to NBC after removing all references to “ATWT” from the new soap’s storylines.

“Another World” can claim a long list of big name celebrities as alumni, including Christine Baranski, Faith Ford, Morgan Freeman, Kelsey Grammar, Jackee Harry, Anne Hache, Lindsay Lohan, Rue McClanahan, Ed O’Neal, Luke Perry, Brad Pitt, Kim Rhodes, Ted Shackleford, Susan Sullivan, and Jean Smart. Major guest stars included Dick Cavett, Crystal Gayle, Liberace, Joan Rivers, Al Roker, and Betty White.

New installments of “Another World Today” are scheduled to be broadcast on the website on a weekly basis beginning in May. Visit for more information.

Discussion: ‘Another World’ Finds New Life Online

  • Another World
  • Another World Today

    Wednesday, April 29, 2009 12:08 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

    ( — “One Life to Live” casting tidbits for the month of May and beyond. Despite rumors to the contrary, Erika Slezak, the matriarch of Llanview, still has ‘Life to Live.’ In recent months, rumors have surfaced claiming that the 38-year vet had been unceremoniously and abruptly fired from “OLTL.” However, a spokesperson for the show assures us that neither Ms. Slezak nor Viki is going anywhere anytime soon, and that she will play a major part in the upcoming conclusion to the baby Chloe storyline during May sweeps. In fact, word has it that Viki will be the one to place the baby into the arms of her real mother.

    But will those arms belong to Starr Manning or Marcie McBain? When asked that very question by a fan on her MySpace page, recently terminated “OLTL” actress Kathy Brier responded that “You have to watch to see what happens until about June 10thish……” To further complicate matters, Jen Sullivan, mother of triplets Tess, Molly, and and Madeline Sullivan, who portray baby Chloe Brenan, has listed the several upcoming airdates for the babies on her blog. Those dates are May 20th, 21st, 26th, 28th, and 29th, along with June 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 8th, and 11th. The last date listed is June 12th, which mirrors the suspected final airdates for Brier and her on-screen husband Chris Stack (Michael McBain). Mere coincidence or something more? Only time will tell. In related news, Brier said that she learned of her dismissal from “OLTL” as she was boarding a plane back to the Big Apple following a recent fan event and that she was disappointed but “that’s show business.”

    Robin Strasser is to have recently announced on her hotline (212-414-5300) that if “OLTL” decides to drop her to recurring status when her contract is up in October, that she would leave Llanview in a heartbeat and enjoy some much needed R & R in New Orleans and Paris.

    Kassie DePaiva has returned from her six week personal leave, and is back taping at the “One Life” studios. Look for Mrs. Blair Cramer McBain to become heavily involved in the KAD serial killer storyline during the month of May.

    Don’t look for Timothy D. Sitckney to be sticking around Llanview much longer as RJ Gannon.  The actor is preparing for yet another Canadian Shakespeare festival, which usually run for at least six months at a time.  According to Head Writer Ron Carlivati, “just when I was ready to bring RJ on and give him tons of stuff to do, it turns out he really wasn’t available to us.”  However, he mentions that the door is always open for Stickney to return whenever he is available.  

    “OLTL” is in the process of casting the role of Abraham. Remember that the ABC soap routinely tries to throw off viewers by changing character names in these audition scripts. Anyway, the scene begins when ‘Abraham’ informs ‘Tom Murray’ that he is the proprietor of the club, and that he and Mrs. Murray need to settle their tab. Tom’s wife ‘Barbara’ informs Abraham that he has just interrupted a close moment between her and husband, and asks if they can discuss the issue later. However, Abraham declares that the matter needs to be dealt with immediately, to which Tom responds that their has been some miscommunication. Abraham then goes on to say that he knows that the Murrays do not have a grandson, and blasts the couple for trying to put one over on him. After alerting security, Tom and Barbara are placed in handcuffs on the spot. Barbara asks to take a few clothes with them, but Abraham insists that he will just add it to their tab. He demands the book be thrown at them, and proceeds to read a laundry list of their transgressions, the most serious of which was pretending to be the grandson and granddaughter-in-law of Mr. Murray. Following his ranting, ‘Sam’ (one of the cops), assures Abraham that justice will be served. The role appears to be minor, and likely only recurring or a dayplayer.

    Daytime Talent Manager Michael Bruno has a blurb posted on his website, indicating that one of his clients has screen tested for a role on “One Life to Live,” although he does not reveal the identity of the actor involved.

    Jessica Kaye first airs as Rebecca Lewis on May 1st, despite the fact that IMDb lists the actress as portraying someone named Veronica and having already aired on March 25th and April 24th, 27th, and 28th. Although it does list May 15th as a future airdate.

    Soap Opera Digest is reporting that Evangeline Williamson (last portrayed by Renee Elise Goldsberry) is not returning to Llanview at this time, despite some rather coy remarks by “OLTL” Head Scribe Ron Carlivati earlier this month when asked about a potential roadblock to the Cristian/Layla pairing. Evan Joiner is back as Asher the pill pusher on May 13th, when his actions catch up with with him, but not before he gets mixed up with a certain Llanview teen (and no, it’s not Cole). And Bess, Jessica’s overprotective alternate personality, makes another appearance on May 21st.

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

    Discussion: As ‘Life’ Goes On: Llanview Casting Gossip

    Tuesday, April 28, 2009 1:01 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

    alt ( — Have a question for Tyler Christopher (Nikolas Cassadine, “General Hospital”)? If so, send them our way as Soap Opera Network brings you an upcoming interview with the talented actor.

    We’re working on something special and exclusive for fans of Tyler and his work on “GH” and his many contributions to the entertainment industry and charitable initiatives.

    Questions can be sent to [email protected]. Please have questions sent in no later than Thursday, April 30 at 11:59 PM ET.

    In addition to his work on “GH,” Tyler has appeared in a number of primetime television series including The WB’s “Angel,” “Felicity” and “Charmed.” In 2001, he appeared along-side Michael T. Weiss (ex-Mike Horton, “Days of our Lives”) in NBC’s “The Pretender” as Ethan, half-brother of Jarod (Weiss) and Miss Parker (Andrea Parker).

    Recently he completed filming on the GruntWorks Entertainment film “Raven,” a vampire thriller which is a cross between “Interview with a Vampire” and “The Lost Boys.” The film is currently in post-production and will be ready for distribution this year. Christopher plays the role of Vlad. Also starring in the production is former “GH” co-star and on-screen love interest Alicia Leigh Willis (ex-Courtney Matthews) as Sandra and Tristan Rogers (ex-Robert Scorpio) as the Ancient Priest.

    Also due out this year is “The New York City Kitties,” where Christopher finds himself against four sexy woman fighting evil and protecting New York City from the Handsome Devil aka: Alexander Vander Platt (Christopher).

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

    Discussion: Ask Away: Tyler Christopher

    • General Hospital
    • Tyler Christopher

      Tuesday, April 28, 2009 11:41 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

      alt ( — As May Sweeps heats up “The Young and the Restles” goes all out.

      Although she’s been dead for the last  four years, Cassie Newman is returning to “The Young and the Restless” on Wednesday, May 6 as actress Camryn Grimes reprises the role during a dream sequence that finds Sharon (Sharon Case) guided by Cassie on what life would be like for Nicholas (Joshua Morrow) and her (think ghost from Christmas past). Will Cassie lead Sharon back to Nicholas, or will Jack (Peter Bergman) be waiting in the wings to catch her fall? Tune in to find out!

      As if one ghost/spirit wasn’t enough, on Tuesday, May 5, Jerry Douglas (John Abbot) is back to give life advice to son Billy Abbot (Billy Miller), who recently married Chloe (Elizabeth Hendrickson) and is in the process of rekindling his romance with old flame Mackenzie Browning (Clementine Ford).

      Actor and soap opera veteran James Hendy (“Ryan’s Hope,” “All My Children,” “Melrose Place”) will play the Governor beginning Friday, May 8, when Katherine Chancellor (Jeanne Cooper) makes a request on Kevin (Greg Rikaart) and Amber’s (Adrienne Frantz) behalf.

      On Monday, May 11, stylist and “Y&R” fashion blogger George Kotslopoulos appears as himself as he gives fashion advice to Chloe.

      Nia Peeples returns as Karen Taylor Winters on Thursday, May 14, as Karen serves Neil with divorce papers. How does Neil (Kristoff St. John) celebrate the end of his marriage? Well dancing with Tyra (Eva Marcille) of course as Cane (Daniel Goddard) and Lily (Christel Khalil) share bachelor/bachelorette parties.

      After returning to Genoa City for Katherine and Murphy’s (Michael Fairman) wedding on Friday, May 1, Trisha Cast is back as Nina Webster on Fridy, May 15 for Lily Winters and Cane Ashby’s  wedding as well. Also returning for the “Lane” wedding is former “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” starlet Tatyana Ali as Roxanne.

      Lastly, look for “Touched by an Angel” star Della Reese beginning Monday, May 18 as she joins the cast as Neil’s Aunt Virginia. The role is recurring.

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

      Discussion: Y&R Casting Report: May Checking In

      • All My Children
      • Ryan’s Hope
      • The Young and the Restless
      • Sharon Case
      • Kristoff St. John
      • Joshua Morrow
      • Melrose Place
      • Tatyana Ali
      • Elizabeth Hendrickson
      • Peter Bergman
      • Daniel Goddard
      • Christel Khalil
      • Camryn Grimes
      • George Kotslopoulos
      • James Hendy
      • Nia Peeples
      • Eva Marcille
      • Jeanne Cooper
      • Michael Fairman
      • Trisha Cast
      • Della Reese
      • Touched by an Angel
      • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

        Sunday, April 27, 2009 4:48 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

        alt ( — After playing the role of Lily Snyder on CBS’ “As The World Turns” off-and-on for 23 years, actress Martha Byrne is now heading to Port Charles to play along-side John Bolger as the wife of Mayor Floyd (Bolger) reports

        Over the weekend buzz was growing that Byrne would be heading to “GH” in a then unknown role. SOAPnet spoke with Jason Thompson during the ABC Daytime/SOAPnet sponsored Stagecoach, and he shared his thoughts on the news.

        “I’m really excited, there’s a lot of good stuff coming. I just heard that Martha Byrne is going to be joining the show, which is great. It’s always good to have someone shake things up — and especially when it’s someone who’s had such a distinguished career in daytime,” says Thompson.

        Storyline details are being kept underwraps, but let’s hope that Byrne’s character won’t have to suffer at the hands of Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) and his minions like so many characters who had potential had to.

        Recently, Byrne has been playing her hand as a writer on CBS’  ”The Bold and the Beautiful.” She wrote the April 14 episode of the soap.

        “I sent [head writer] Brad Bell some writing samples to get his feedback, and I got an e-mail saying he loved the material and wanted me to write a spec script for ‘B&B,’” said Byrne to Carolyn Hinsey in the April 10 Edition of the New York Daily News. “Based on that spec, I got a trial deal with the show.”

        It is unclear at this time as to whether Byrne’s role on “GH” will conflict with any future possibilities she may have with “B&B,” but in any case, we’re glad to have the actress/writer back in daytime.

        In 2008, Byrne left “ATWT” after a contract dispute with show producers. Noelle Beck took over the role of Lily Snyder in May 2008.

        In addition to her work on “ATWT,” Byrne has appeared as a guest-star in such series as “Murder, She Wrote” and “Silk Stalkings.” She is also an Executive Producer for the short film “Bye Bye Sally,” which is set for release later this year.

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

        Discussion: Martha Byrne Heading to Port Charles

        • The Bold and the Beautiful
        • General Hospital
        • As The World Turns
        • Martha Byrne
        • John Bolger
        • Noelle Beck
        • Murder
        • She Wrote
        • Silk Stalkings
        • Bye Bye Sally

          Sunday, April 26, 2009 12:41 AM ET | By Venus Stone

          alt ( — Framed…


          Lucinda has a warning for Damien, Thursday, April 30. Vienna and Henry come to odds about keeping Katie and Brad in the dark about the baby.

          The Inside Story: Framed to Take the Fall

          When Carly learns that Parker bought a sports car with the trust money that Craig gave him, she and Jack both hit the roof. Parker, however sweet talks her into taking a ride with him in the car and offers to take her to work. When Carly gets there, Craig is there to buy her out of her their Midnight Sun vodka partnership. Jack, after receiving a call, heads to the docks to investigate the murder of Cesar. He soon discovers that guns were being shipped in the Midnight Sun crates and heads over to arrest Craig and Carly. Down at the police station both Carly and Craig discover that neither one is responsible for the smuggling. During questioning Craig tells Jack that Carly has no idea what is going on and she is later released. Craig, however, is not so lucky and is placed in a holding cell by Margo, who calls Lucy to tell her to keep an eye on Johnny. Lucy becomes uneasy about what is going on and is ready to tell everything but Dusty tells her that she must keep quiet long enough for him to get custody of Johnny. In the meantime, Jack heads over to Carly’s to get her to dig dirt from Craig about the gun smuggling.

          A Closer Look: Saving the Day
          As Noah lays bleeding from his gunshot wound, Luke tries to get Zoe to get medicine to aid him. she reluctantly agrees to go and heads to the hospital to steal supplies. Lily, in the meantime is being pushed by Zac to withdraw the foundation money and place it into a Swiss bank account. When Lily alerts Holden about the situation Zac is scared off. Casey, who wants to help find Noah and Luke with Jade is pursuaded by Alison to stop before someone gets hurt. He however ignores her request and goes off in search for his friends. While gone, Alison spots Zoe and remembers her. Trying to contact the police Zoe spots her and pushes and locks her into a closet. Casey later finds her and they discover receipts from the storage area. They quickly alert Margo on the matter. When Zoe returns to the storage unit, she tries to talk Luke into giving her a true Grimaldi heir. Luke refuses and soon Noah gathers enough strength to attack Zoe. Zac, who is outside holding Damian at gunpoint hears her screams and prepares to go see what’s going on. Damian soon jumps Zac and they wrestle with the gun; Damian getting the upper hand. Margo, meanwhile shows up and takes Zoe and Zac away in cuffs. While at the police station Zoe and Zac finger Damian as being the master mind behind their scheme, to which Holden instantly believes. Luke, however, defends his father and tells Margo that he is innocent. Once Damian is released Holden thanks him but points out it might be wise to leave Oakdale. Noah, realizing the importance of family, stresses that Luke should try to get to know his biological father. Luke later finds Damian preparing to leave and asks him to stay in Oakdale for awhile.

          What To Watch

          • Liberty stays true to her word to the dismay of Parker
          • Alison tries to play nice with Jade

          As the World Turns News and Headlines

          • Ed Fry returns to the show as ‘Larry McDermott’ Alison’s wayward father, Monday, May 25
          • Evan Alex Cole comes to the show as ‘Hunter’, Thursday, April 30. ‘Hunter’ will be partners with Emily for the Intruder
          • Ewa da Cruz (‘Vienna’), Trent Dawson (‘Henry’) and Billy Magnussen (‘Casey’) will be attending the 11th Annual Southwest Florida SoapFest, an event that returns the best of daytime television’s soap opera stars to Marco Island, May 2 and May 3 to raise money for local children’s charities. Those interested in ticket and sponsorship information go online to SopaFest or call 239-394-4559
          • ‘As the World Turns’ fans have an opportunity to bring out their charitable side in them by joining Kelley Menighan Hensley, Jon Hensley, Michael Park and Martha Byrne at the Inaugural Angels for Hope Gala Friday. May 29. The event begins from 7 PM to 11 PM at the Estate at Florentine Gardens, located at 97 Rivervale Road in River Vale, NJ. Angels of Hope is the first major fundraiser event that is held on behalf of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Bergen County. Those in attendence will have the opportunity to enjoy a night of fine dining, cocktails, music and dancing along with a silent auction. Tickets are $200.00 each with limited seating. Please visit Angels for Hope or call (212) 239-3239 to reserve.
          • SON Top 10: Who was the best of the best on “ATWT” during the week of April 20 – April 24, 2009? You decide! The SON Top 10 is back! Voting begins Friday’s at 4:00 PM, EST.

          SON ALERTS: WEEK OF MAY 4, 2009

          • Holden continues to fill out of place with Damian in town
          • Hunter becomes smitten with Alison

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            Discussion: ATWT PreVUE: Week of April 27 Edition

          Sunday, April 26, 2009 11:00 PM ET | By Venus Stone

          ( — Cold busted…


          Gloria gets a big dose of ‘brush off’ from Katherine, Monday April 27. That same day, Adam may be basking in the afterglow of love-making with Heather, but Victor’s warnings about making trouble may leave a bitter taste in his mouth. On Tuesday, April 28, Ashley insists she hears the cries of a baby.

          The Inside Story: Down for the Count
          Determined that Sharon goes down stealing, Phyllis continues to talk to Lauren about making sure charges are pressed against her nemesis. While Phyllis is putting the pressure on Lauren, Sharon, on the other hand wants to make things right by doing the right thing. She decides to write out a confession about everything she has taken. Nick, realizing that she’s not changing her mind, tries talking her out of it but her mind is made up. Nick tells Sharon he only wants to help her and make sure she realizes what consequences are in store by her going to the police. Sharon points out that the best thing that he could do for her is to go back to the family he has. Meanwhile, after Nick has left, Sharon begins to get a nagging feeling about what happened to her room and decides to do some sluething. She soon finds herself seeing Phyllis on a survillence tape entering her room on the night that she and Nick were up at the Abbott cabin. She quickly gives the information over to the authorities. At Newman Enterprises, Nick approaches Phyllis about how things have been between them and admits that he wants to be with her. Phyllis is thrilled that Nick is returning to her and they are preparing to head home to make up when the police arrive, ready to arrest Phyllis for breaking and entering. A stunned Nick heads back over to see Sharon and insists she drop the charges against his wife. Heather, who is there to take her statement is not pleased when Nick sidelines her and takes Sharon’s written confession and burns it in the fireplace. Nick reminds Sharon that it is the anniversary of Cassie’s death and that enough has happened already for her to be dealing with more problems in her life. Meanwhile back at the police station Phyllis is approached by Jack who wonders why Nick isn’t there by her side. When Phyllis begins to wonder that herself, Jack tells her it’s time to end the war with Sharon for good. At that same time, Lauren arrives ready to press charges against Sharon but Phyllis convinces her that it’s time to just let it go. When Nick arrives Phyllis lets him know that Lauren won’t be pressing charges after all and he quickly gives the news to Sharon in hopes that she drops her charges against Phyllis. Annoyed that Phyllis is once again coming out the winner of Nick’s heart, Sharon tells him she’ll drop the charges on one condition: he stay out of her life for good.

          A Closer Look: Wedding Bells Ring

          Katherine is more than ready to tie the knot with Murphy and is thrilled when Brock and Nina return to help celebrate the nuptials. Amber and Mac busy themselves with wedding arrangements while Nikki, who is Kay’s matron of honor does her best to get Jill to put aside her anger long enough to join in the festivities. Jill tells Nikki that if she were to arrive all there would be is heartache, since she still misses having Katherine as a part of her life. In an effort to get her mind off of everything that has happened between her and Katherine, Jill heads to the Genoa City Athletic Club and makes some surprising newe drinking buddies in that of Gloria and Jeffrey. Later that day, all of Katherine’s family and friends are there awaiting the bride-to-be and groom to take their places as the ceremony gets underway. As Katherine and Murphy get ready to say their vows to one another, they are unaware that Jill has decided to come to wedding after all; fully intoxicated.

          What To Watch

          • Kevin continues to fight his demons
          • Colleen gets under Victor’s skin
          • Olivia has startling news about Ashley

          The Young and the Restless News and Headlines

          • David Leisure and Marcia Wallace come back Thursday, April 30 as ‘Roger’ and Annie Wilkes’
          • Tricia Cast will return as ‘Nina Webster’ to help celebrate ‘Katherine’s’ wedding day Monday, April 20
          • Beau Kayser makes his way back to the show as ‘Brock’ Thursday, April 30, just in time for ‘Katherine and Murphy’s’ wedding
          • As previously mentioned on SON, Tom Casiello has joined the writing team of Y&R. His first scenes began airing April 20 and will continue April 28, May 12 and May 19.
          • Tonya Lee Williams returns as ‘Olivia Barber Winters’ Monday, April 27 through Wednesday, April 28. ‘Olivia’ comes back with some startling news regarding Ashley’s health
          • John Colton and Jonathan Hayalkar appear as ‘Grant Peterson’ and ‘Brandon’ Wednesday, April 28
          • SON Top 10: Who was the best of the best on “Y&R” during the week of April 20 – April 24, 2009? You decide! The SON Top 10 is back! Voting begins Friday’s at 4:00 PM, EST.

          SON ALERTS: WEEK OF MAY 4, 2009

          • A secret falls into the hands of Chloe.
          • Jill can’t help but make a scene.
          • A ‘vision’ appears before Sharon.
          • Ashley is whisked to the hospital.

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            Discussion: Y&R PreVUE: Week of April 27 Edition

          Bonner Leaves Llanview for Springfield

          Sunday, April 26, 2009 2:45 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

          ( — Only two days after she made her final appearance on “One Life to Live,” BethAnn Bonner lands a role on the recently canceled “Guiding Light.”

          Bonner, who debuted in Llanview on December 21, 2006 as Officer Talia Sahid, was recently fired by “OLTL,” in what appears to be a cost cutting move which also involved co-stars Chris Stack and Kathy Brier (Michael and Marcie Walsh McBain), along with Camila Banus and A. Martinez (Lola and Ray Montez). Although her character Talia did not play a major role in many of the show’s storylines, she was involved in several plots during her time in Llanview including investigating the One Pure People white supremacist group and the KAD serial killer, as well named the Princess of Mendorra during one of “OLTL’s” special 40th anniversary storylines last July. In addition, Talia was romantically involved with police detective Antonio Vega and revealed to be the biological daughter of popular villian Carlo Hesser.

          Bonner was offered a role on “OLTL” after competing on SOAPnet’s “I Wanna Be a Soap Star 3″ in the summer of 2006, which afforded the winner of the competition with a thirteen week contract on the show. Although the contest was won by Mikey Jerome (who portrayed Vincent Jones’ hired thug Ted Osborne), producers at “One Life” were so impressed with Bonner that they quickly signed her to a contract as well. In a twist of irony, Bonner outlasted Jerome in Llanview, whose character was quietly killed off in a fire off-camera at the end of conclusion of his thirteen week stint. In addition to her role on “OLTL,” Bonner also appeared as herself in a 2007 episode of “The Fashionista Diaries.”

          On Friday, Soap Opera Digest broke the news that Bonner had signed with “Guiding Light,” which is expected to end its iconic 72-year run on September 18th, to create a new role that has yet to be announced. She is said to debut on “GL” in early June, and share scenes with the recently returned Murray Bartlett, whose character Cyrus Foley comes home to Springfield after searching the globe for his missing brother Grady.

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          Discussion: Bonner Leaves Llanview for Springfield

          • One Life to Live
          • Guiding Light
          • BethAnn Bonner
          • Chris Stack
          • Kathy Brier
          • A. Martinez
          • Camila Banus
          • Mikey Jerome
          • urray Bartlett
          • I Wanna Be a Soap Star
          • The Fashionista Diaries