Saturday, April 25, 2009 6:33 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

alt (SoapOperaNetwork.com) –  She isn’t a soap star, but life’s a soap opera – right? Sherri Shepherd of ABC Daytime’s “The View” will appear on “Friday Night SmackDown” along-side WWE Superstar MVP.

Since appearing on “The View,” MVP has become fast friends with Shepherd and invited her to appear on his turf on the Friday, May 1 episode of the program. The episode airs at 8:00 PM ET (check local listings).

Will Shepherd head into the ring and lay the SmackDown on a Superstar? Tune in to find out.

Among Shepherd’s duties as co-host of “The View,” the actress/talk show host consistently takes viewers behind the scenes of daytime and primetime’s biggest shows, more recently she took a look behind the scenes of ABC’s ”Dancing with the Stars.” She also routinely hosts ABC Daytime initiatives including “The 35th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards” in June 2008 with “All My Children’s” Cameron Mathison (Ryan Lavery). In November 2008, Shepherd re-teamed with Mathison as co-host of the final Super Soap Weekend at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida.

Outside of “The View,” Shepherd is returning to her acting roots via a primetime sitcom pilot for Lifetime in which she’ll play a character loosely based on herself. In the series, she’ll play a woman who invites her husband’s mistress and her illegitimate child to move into her house. The series was originally developed for The CW Television Network, but was passed over. If picked up, the series will likely join the Lifetime comedy hit “Rita Rocks” and reruns of “Reba” during the networks Monday night comedy block.

“The View” airs Weekdays on ABC. Anytime on ABC.com. Check local listings.
“Friday Night SmackDown” airs Fridays on MyNetworkTV. Check local listings.


Discussion: ‘The View’s’ Sherri Shepherd on ‘SmackDown’


  • Sherri Shepherd
  • MVP
  • The View Friday Night SmackDown
  • Rita Rocks
  • Reba

    Friday, April 24, 2009 8:00 AM EST | By Angela Rosa

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Haunted by the past.

    THIS WEEK ON: ALL MY CHILDREN

    Opal is shaken by a vision of a bloodied Tad. Amanda is overcome with emotion after seeing a sonogram of her unborn son. Colby is shaken and confused by Adam’s behavior and calls Erica. Erica completes a 180 turn on Tuesday, April 28 when she advises Adam to keep his children in the dark about his illness. Krystal tries to mask her discomfort after learning David invited Marissa to move in with them on Wednesday, April 29. Adam pits JR and Scott against each other with the prize for saving Chandler Enterprises being control of the business at the end of the year. Scott rushes ahead with his plans to test the heart valve as soon as possible despite JR’s objections. Faced with the finalization of the adoption, on Thursday, April 30, Amanda tells Jake that she just can’t do it. Krystal overreacts when she sees Marissa giving David a massage. Frankie’s family learns his convey was ambushed in Iraq. A plagued Opal is certain something awful is about to happen.

    The Inside Story: Choices
    Erica urges Reese to go to Paris and fight for Bianca. Realizing that they have no idea Bianca has returned, a spiteful Kendall tells Reese she should act on Erica’s advice immediately. Kendall and Bianca have an emotional talk on Monday, April 27. Kendall calls Zach for help in setting up a meeting between Bianca and Reese. Reese pours out her heart to Bianca who remains distant. Bianca relents some and invites Reese over to visit the kids. Back at the park, the distance between Zach and Kendall remains in tact as Zach questions Kendall’s motives. Miranda tells Reese that Bianca has been sad a lot. Reese is overjoyed when Bianca tells her that she’s willing to give their relationship another shot but cautions Reese that the road ahead will be long. Reese, Bianca and the girls happily head back to Paris. Ryan’s arrival puts a quick end to the Slater’s moment of closeness. Kendall puts Ryan’s reservations about their relationship to rest. Zach is affected when he remembers the deep love he and Kendall shared. Ryan and Kendall go public. Zach and Liza are mutually intrigued by one another. Liza once again leaves Zach without a proper introduction.

    A Closer Look: Demons
    A stunned Ryan receives a manuscript from Alexander Cambias Sr. detailing the Satin Slayer murders. Tad is affected when Ryan informs him that Alexander takes credit for all of the murders except Dixie’s in the book. Ryan goes against Tad’s advice and visits Alexander at the psychiatric facility. Alexander insists to Ryan that there’s still a killer on the loose. Tad reluctantly tells JR about Alexander’s claim. No longer cogent of that fact that Babe was the intended target anyways, JR deduces that if Alexander didn’t kill Dixie that Babe was most likely the intended target. Ryan tells Zach about his visit with Alexander. Tad is determined to find out who really killed Dixie. Stuart tells Tad and Jesse that he remembers seeing Adam with a satin ribbon on the day of Dixie’s death. Stuart becomes increasingly troubled when he remembers more about Adam’s behavior on that day. Adam suffers a seizure as an aggressive JR lays into him, demanding to know whether or not he killed his mother. Adam makes a startling confession to Erica on Friday, May 1.

    All My Children News and Headlines:

    SON ALERTS: 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.



    Friday, April 24, 2009 8:00 AM EST | By Angela Rosa

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Difficult choices.

    THIS WEEK ON: GENERAL HOSPITAL

    Ethan refuses when Luke asks him to take a DNA test to determine whether they’re father and son. Tracy warns Luke that he’s playing right into Ethan’s hands. Lulu and Maxie make an effort to get past their recent differences. Elizabeth and Nikolas are bothered by Lucky and Rebecca closeness. Nikolas and Lucky clash over Rebecca and Elizabeth on Thursday, April 30. Lucky and Rebecca walk in on an intoxicated Nikolas and Elizabeth sharing a real kiss at Jake’s. Maxie comes up with a plan to try and get Spinelli back. Ethan has a change of heart and agrees to take the DNA test. Elizabeth admits to Nikolas that she’s conflicted over her feelings for Lucky. Nikolas walks in on Lucky and Rebecca in a compromising position. Maxie finds herself in danger when her scheme backfires on Friday, May 1.

    The Inside Story: High Risks
    On Monday, April 27, Jax begins to have second thoughts about Carly’s pregnancy after overhearing her discussing the risks with Jason. Carly refuses to consider terminating her pregnancy. Olivia accuses Claudia of having ulterior motives for getting pregnant. Carly is shaken when Sonny informs her that Dr. Hensen believes time is running out for Michael to recover. Claudia fears that the attempted hit on Jerry could end up being traced back to her. Jason becomes convinced of Claudia’s guilt after questioning her about the car explosion. After talking to Diane, Jason comes to the conclusion that he can’t tell Sonny about Claudia for the sake of the unborn child involved. Sonny insists Carly terminate the pregnancy after he learns the risks she’s facing by carrying the child. Jax and Sonny come to blows on Wednesday, April 29. Jax vows to prevent Sonny from sticking his nose into his and Carly’s marriage. Claudia questions Sonny’s true feelings about Carly. Jax implores both Sonny and Jason to back off of getting revenge on Jerry for the time being for Carly’s sake. Ric continues to menace Claudia. Jax goes to Claudia with a proposition. Sonny finds Jax and Claudia together.

    A Closer Look: End of the Road
    Patrick rescues Emma as she’s about falls down the stairs. Emma’s dad takes drastic measures to get Robin the help she needs after learning she stopped taking her medication. Patrick, Maxie, Mac, Kelly, Elizabeth, Matt and Dr. Brown gather and stage an intervention for Robin on Tuesday, April 28. A cornered Robin launches into a vicious attack against Maxie. Robin is forced to accept that she needs help and agrees to get in patient treatment at Kelly’s urging. Matt tells an overwhelmed Patrick that he’s moving in to help him with Emma but soon ends up overwhelmed himself. Patrick misses Robin. Ingrid and Robin find themselves well matched when Jax asks Patrick to consult on Michael’s case.

    General Hospital News and Headlines:

    SON ALERTS: WEEK OF MAY 4, 2009

    • Monday: Jason confides his dilemma to Sam. Lucky and Elizabeth reach a new understanding. Rebecca wants to set the record straight with Nikolas.
    • Tuesday: Claudia fears she’s losing the baby. Tracy remains convinced that Ethan is pulling a con on Luke. Rebecca finds herself at Wyndemere.
    • Wednesday: Jason has alrming news for Carly. Rebecca and Nikolas grow closer. Spinelli is reluctant to come to Maxie’s rescue.
    • Thursday: Sonny and Carly make a decision about Michael. Things heat up between Nikolas and Rebecca. Luke and Ethan learn whether or not they’re father and son.
    • Friday: Sonny and Carly are on pins and needles during Michael”s surgery. Alexis grows more suspicious of Rebecca. Maxie gets hot and heavy with Spinelli.

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



    OLTL PreVUE: Week of April 27 Edition

    Friday, April 24, 2009 8:00 AM ET | By Scotty Gore


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — No one knows what goes on behind closed doors.

    THIS WEEK ON: ONE LIFE TO LIVE

    Langston and Markko decide to their lose their virginity on prom night. Dorian confides to Ray that she has a bad side, following a run-in with Viki and Charlie at the Palace. However, the admission does not discourage Mr. Montez. Bo and Nora are filled with remorse as they watch Matthew return to school for the time since the accident. Concerned for their son, they hide out in Bo’s car as Matthew walks through the front door of Llanview High on Thursday, April 30. While in the car, Bo and Nora grow even closer, but later agree to let the past stay buried. At the same time, Matthew lashes out at Destiny when she tells him the real reason that Becca is suddenly his friend. However, he soon sees the error of his ways. And Marcie lends Bo and Nora some good advice concerning Matthew.

    The Inside Story: The Mind is Always the First to Go
    Marty promises Cole that she will soon return to him. Téa gives Todd the cold shoulder, and goes on a date with RJ on Tuesday, April 28. Not to be outdone, Todd follows them and soon makes Téa jealous by openly flirting with another woman. Following her date, Téa finds Todd waiting for her when she returns home. The following day, as they prepare to face off in court, Todd and Téa give into their animal lust once more. Later, Dorian is horrified when Todd announces he has been awarded custody and demands to see his children. Meanwhile, John and Marty arrive at in Rochester, New York, where he explains to her that the only logical suspect left is Powell Lord III. They soon formulate a plan to pass themselves off as Kevin and Jessica in order to pay Powell a visit at the Sitwell Institute for the criminally insane. On Thursday, April 30, Powell appears not to remember Marty, while John makes a shocking find in his file. Reassuring Marty that she is no murderer, John tries to figure out who could be visiting Powell and using Marty’s name. John begins to get an idea after calling Viki for insight into her cousin’s state of mind. Powell gets yet another visitor, as Marty and John learn that their motel room has only one bed. Meanwhile, Starr fumes with anger after finding more pills in Cole’s jacket. Making an emotional confession, a guilty Cole admits to Starr that he can’t stop doing drugs. On Tuesday, April 28, Cole tosses the pills into the river, while Starr promises to help him. Hoping to aid him in defeating his addiction, Starr sneaks Cole into La Boulaie. Later, Nora continues to argue with Rachel over her handling of Cole’s case, which Matthew admits he has no issues with. Starr begins to panic on Thursday, April 30 when Todd demands she move back to his house with him and her brothers. Forced to leave Cole in his hour of need, Starr promises him that she will return soon. And on Friday, May 1, Cole begins to suffer from withdrawal.

    A Closer Look: Secret Love
    Stacy rebuffs Schuyler’s claims, and finds a cheerleader in Rex. Nevertheless, Stacy soon finds herself homeless after Schuyler kicks her out. Gigi encourages Brody to confide in a very understanding Jessica. Rex thinks Gigi has been intimate with Brody again. Meanwhile, Jessica accepts Brody’s apology and the two lock lips. Rex tells Gigi that Shane deserves to know the truth. Roxy nonchalantly pulls the plug on Rex’s father’s life support system on Monday, April 27, and later receives word that he passed away. However, the old coot remains very much alive. Jessica and Brody take their relationship to a whole new level on Tuesday, April 28, and promise to keep their budding romance a secret. Gigi considers confessing to Rex, but a passing conversation with a priest reminds her of the pact she made with God. Shane learns the truth about his parents on Tuesday, April 28. And on Friday, May 1, Viki walks in on Brody and Jessica, only to find them kissing.

    One Life to Live News and Headlines

    SON ALERTS: WEEK OF MAY 4, 2009

    • Monday: Blair is released from the hospital and ready to face off against Todd. Starr finds Cole in a rough state. John and Marty are affected by their close quarters.
    • Tuesday: Cole makes a confession to Rachel. Cristian and Layla paint. Schuyler vows to uncover Stacy’s evil plot. Starr and Schuyler make amends.
    • Wednesday: Gigi is shattered when Rex brushes her off. Starr and Cole receive interesting news about their baby. Lola is up to no good. Stan and Stacy have a debt to settle.
    • Thursday: John bites off more than he can chew when he visits Powell, who plots his next move with his accomplice. Téa has Todd on her brain. Kyle blackmails Jared and Natalie after learning the truth about baby Chloe. Blair and Jack see more of Téa than they bargained for.
    • Friday: Marty is in grave danger. Todd, Téa, and Blair are at the mercy of the KAD killer. Lola rats out Langston and Markko to Dorian.

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


    Discussion: OLTL PreVUE: Week of April 27 Edition


     


    Wes Ramsey Joins ‘DAYS’

    Wednesday, April 22, 2009 8:27 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

    alt (SoapOperaNetwork.com) –  In early March it was announced that “Guiding Light” veteran Wes Ramsey would be joining the cast of NBC’s “Days of our Lives,” now Soap Opera Network has learned when you can expect to start seeing Ramsey on your screens.

    While his character is still being kept under wraps, Ramsey’s first airdate on the daytime drama series is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, May 12, when he enters the scene along-side James Scott’s EJ Wells and Jay Kenneth Johnson’s Phllip Kiriakis, according to sources.

    A “Days of our Lives” spokeswoman was unable to confirm character details or a first airdate as we went to press.

    Before joining “DAYS,” Ramsey got his start in television in 2001 when he joined the cast of CBS’ “Guiding Light” as Sam Spencer. In 2008, he made a brief return to the soap as Sam stood by sister Olivia’s (Crystal Chappell) side during her time of need.

    The actor has since made his way to primetime with a recurring role in the CBS drama series “CSI: Miami,” where he plays Dave Benton at the Miami Dade Crime Lab. Dave sorts through images found in the surrounding area of a crime scene and analyzes the data, which greatly helps the CSI team solve cases. Former “All My Children” star Eva LaRue (ex-Maria Santos) also stars in the series as CSI Natalia Boa Vista. Ramsey appeared in The WB drama series “Charmed” in a number of episodes as Wyatt Halliwell from 2003 to 2006.

    In addition to his TV work, Ramsey starred in the 2003 gay cult-classic “Latter Days” along-side Steve Sandvoss. In the film he portrayed a gay playboy by the nameof Christian Markelli. Christian found himself falling in love with, in the closet mormon, Elder Aaron Davis (Sandvoss).  In 2008, he played Bram Stoker in the film “Dracula’s Guest.”

    “Days of our Lives” airs Weekdays on NBC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


    Discussion: Wes Ramsey Joins ‘DAYS’


    • All My Children
    • Days of our Lives
    • CSI: Miami
    • Wes Ramsey
    • Charmed
    • James Scott
    • Jay Kenneth Johnson
    • Crystal Chappell
    • Eva LaRue
    • Steve Sandvoss
    • Guiding Light
    • Latter Days
    • Dracula’s Guest

      Wednesday, April 22, 2009 7:27 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

      alt (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — As previously reported, ABC Daytime and SOAPnet have signed on as presenting sponsors of Stagecoach – California’s Country Music Festival taking place on Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. Now the networks have confirmed talent and talent schedules for autograph sessions for fans to meet and greet their favorite stars from “All My Children,” “General Hospital” and “One Life to Live.”

      On Saturday, April 25, from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, “GH’s” Jason Thompson (Dr. Patrick Drake) and Laura Wright (Carly Jacks) kick things off with help from “OLTL’s” Bree Williamson (Jessica Buchanan Brennan). 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM is your chance to meet “AMC’s” Melissa Claire Egan (Annie Lavery) and Bobbie Eakes (Krystal Martin) and “GH’s” Steve Burton (Jason Morgan). Williamson returns along-side “GH’s” Brandon Barash (Johnny Zacchara) and Kirsten Storms (Maxie Jones) from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Burton, Eakes and Thompson hold down the fort, this time with “GH’s” Rebecca Herbst (who will remain signing autographs until 7:00 PM) by their side, from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM, . Barash, Egan, Storms and Wright return from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM to close out the night.

      Unfortunately, on Sunday, April 26, Steve Burton sits things out, but co-stars Jason Thompson and Brandon Barash are ready to fill the void as they jump start the festivities with Bobbie Eakes and Melissa Claire Egan from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. Rebecca Herbst and Laura Wright join Bree Williamson from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM and again from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM, when Egan comes back from a long break. Brandon Barash and Kirsten Storms are there with Eakes and Thompson from 3:00 to 4:00 PM. There are no autograph sessions scheduled between 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

      All times are subject to change.

      SCHEDULE

      Saturday, April 25 (subject to change)
      TIME
      ACTORS SOAP
      2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Jason Thompson General Hospital
      Bree Williamson One Life to Live
      Laura Wright General Hospital
      3:00 PM to 4:00 PM Steve Burton General Hospital
      Bobbie Eakes All My Children
      Melissa Claire Egan All My Children
      4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Brandon Barash General Hospital
      Kirsten Storms General Hospital
      Bree Williamson One Life to Live
      5:00 PM to 6:00 PM Steve Burton General Hospital
      Bobbie Eakes All My Children
      Rebecca Herbst General Hospital
      Jason Thompson General Hospital
      6:00 PM to 7:00 PM Brandon Barash General Hospital
      Melissa Claire Egan All My Children
      Kirsten Storms General Hospital
      Laura Wright General Hospital

      Sunday, April 26 (subject to change)
      TIME
      ACTORS SOAP
      1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Brandon Barash General Hospital
      Bobbie Eakes All My Children
      Melissa Claire Egan General Hospital
      Jason Thompson All My Children
      2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Rebecca Herbst General Hospital
      Bree Williamson One Life to Live
      Laura Wright General Hospital
      3:00 PM to 4:00 PM Brandon Barash General Hospital
      Bobbie Eakes All My Children
      Kirsten Storms General Hospital
      Jason Thompson General Hospital
      5:00 PM to 6:00 PM Rebecca Herbst General Hospital
      Melissa Claire Egan All My Children
      Bree Williamson One Life to Live
      Laura Wright General Hospital

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


      Discussion: ABC and SOAPnet Confirm Stagecoach Schedule


      • All My Children
      • One Life to Live
      • Bobbie Eakes
      • General Hospital
      • Kirsten Storms
      • Laura Wright
      • Steve Burton
      • Jason Thompson
      • Brandon Barash
      • Rebecca Herbst
      • Bree Williamson
      • Melissa Claire Egan

        Fans Gear Up for ‘SoapFest’

        Tuesday, April 21, 2009 10:54 PM ET | By Scotty Gore


        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — ABC and CBS soap fans will have a chance to meet and greet their favorite daytime stars at the 11th Annual SoapFest in Marco Island, Florida.

        For more than a decade, SoapFest has been a major fundraiser for many southwestern Florida charities, including Eden, Florida’s Eimerman Center, an educational outreach service for children with autism. Since 1998, the annual event has hosted more than 60 soap stars, including Kim Zimmer, Robert Newman, Jordan Clarke, Walt Willey, Jon and Kelley Hensley, Broadway’s Laura Bell Bundy and film actresses Brittany Snow and Hayden Panettiere.

        This year’s talented rooster includes a number of stars from “All My Children,” “As the World Turns,” “Guiding Light,” and “One Life to Live.” In all, 17 soap stars will be attending this year’s charity event. Representing “AMC” will be Bobbie Eakes (Krystal Martin), Beth Ehlers (Taylor Thompson), Thorsten Kaye (Zach Slater), and Walt Willey (Jackson Montgomery), who will also be the master of ceremonies. From “ATWT,” Ewa da Cruz (Vienna Hyatt), Trent Dawson (Henry Coleman), Van Hansis (Luke Snyder), Billy Magnussen (Casey Hughes), Austin Peck (Brad Snyder) and Jake Silberman (Noah Mayer) are all scheduled to be in attendance. Grant Aleksander (Philip Spaulding), Jeff Branson (Shayne Lewis), John Driscoll, (Henry Bradshaw Cooper), Michael O’Leary (Dr. Rick Bauer), and Caitlin VanZandt (Ashlee Wolfe) will represent “Guiding Light,” and Susan Haskell (Marty Saybrooke) and Crystal Hunt (Stacy Morasco) will attend on behalf of “One Life to Live.”

        The 11th annual SoapFest kicks off on Saturday, May 2nd at 6:00 pm with a “A Night of Stars” at Bistro Soleil, located in the historic Olde Marco Inn at 100 Palm Street, on Marco Island. During this event, soap fans can chat one-on-one with their favorite stars from Pine Valley, Oakdale, Springfield, and Llanview. Included in this event are autograph and Q & A sessions with the stars, photo opportunities, auctions, and much more. Tickets for the event, which feature a full bar and catered buffet meal by one of the region’s top chefs, are $100 and are expected to sell out quickly. A limited number of VIP tickets, which include guaranteed seating with the soap stars, can be purchased for $150. Additional special ticket packages are also available.

        Next on the agenda is the “Off the Hook” Celebrity Bartenders Bash held at A’lmost Famouse Mel’s at 657 South Collier Boulevard. At this event, which features a celebrity Karaoke contest, the featured soap stars will be making and serving drinks with proceeds going to charity. New to this year’s bash is the popular “Grab the Bottle” game. Tickets are $40. However, discounted tickets are available when combined with tickets to the “Night of Stars” event. This event will be held at 10 pm on Saturday, May 2nd.

        Sunday, May 3rd starts off with a bang as fans can enjoy an afternoon of “Cruisin’ Boozin’ & Schmoozin’” with their favorite soaps stars aboard the luxurious Marco Island Princess, from 11:30 am until 3 pm. Fans can chat with the actors and actresses as they take a sightseeing tour of the island, providing an opportune time for autographs, photographs, games, raffle prizes and auction items. Tickets, which are expected to quickly sell out, are $75 per person. A buffet lunch and entertainment are included in the boat ride. Board the Marco Island Princess at 951 Bald Eagle Drive.

        This year’s SoapFest wraps up later that afternoon with one final event, “Golfing with the Stars.” Golfers can sign-up to play one-on-one with one of their favorite soap stars. However space is limited, and only ‘serious golfers’ are encouraged to register. Those interested should click here to register.

        In addition, auctions will be held throughout the weekend, giving interested fans the opportunity to purchase such as items as original artwork by actors, private studio tours on sets usually closed to the public, ticket packages to the “36th Annual Emmy® Awards,” and lunch with your favorite star. All bidding must be in person as items will be offered and auctioned off during each event.

        The celebrity artwork will be created by the soap stars during the Art 4 Autism SoapFest event, which teams up daytime actors with children and young adults to create a variety of canvases to be auctioned off for charity.

        Pat Berry, director of the Marco Island SoapFest, states that “Ninety percent of SoapFest ticket sales originate from fans all across the country and Canada. Soap fans are a dedicated collection of people who support their TV families.”

        All event times are eastern, and subject to change. For information on the 11th Annual SoapFest, fans can visit the festival’s official website by clicking here.

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

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

        “Guiding Light” airs Weekdays on CBS. Anytime on CBS.com. Check local listings.

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


        Discussion: Fans Gear Up for ‘SoapFest’



        ‘OLTL’ Nixes Previews — Again

        Tuesday, April 21, 2009 9:29 PM ET | By Scotty Gore


        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Wondering what happened to the “One Life to Live” next day previews at the end of each episode? Well, SON may have the answer.

        After years of showing next day previews at the end of each episode for all three of their soaps, ABC suddenly discontinued the practice last summer. While the network gave no specific reason for the change, several sources cited money as the contributing factor to the previews being dropped. Apparently, editing together the 30-second daily end of episode previews for “All My Children,” “One Life to Live,” and “General Hospital” was costly, and ABC thought the money would be better spent elsewhere. Plus, tightening budgets and a bleak economy were also apparently to blame. However, by axing the previews, the network was able to squeeze in a few extra commercials at the end of each soap (between the final scene and the closing credits), to bring in added revenue. Replacing the end of episode previews were more generic weekly promos for each of the three soaps, which were scheduled to air randomly during the ABC Daytime programming block in an attempt to lure more viewers to the network’s daytime line-up.

        However, the end of episode previews returned to “OLTL” only last fall, just in time for the November sweeps. “We have an amazing story coming in November, and we want the audience to get a sneak preview every day,” announced “One Life” Executive Producer Frank Valentini just a few weeks before the previews were reinstated. But they didn’t end there. Instead the previews continued to air throughout the winter, and through this year’s March sweeps. Beginning with the March 30th episode, the previews were again dropped following the conclusion of the sweeps period. Reading between the lines of Valentini’s statement, it is apparent that the episode previews were only intended to air until the sweeps period was over. It remains anybody’s guess if an when the end-of-episode previews will return to either “OLTL” or her sister soaps “AMC” or “GH.” But for now, “OLTL” fans will have to be content with the weekly promos for their favorite daytime drama.

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


        Discussion: ‘OLTL’ Nixes Previews — Again


         


        Tuesday, April 21, 2009 7:15 PM ET | By Scotty Gore


        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” brings the past into the present with the returns of Powell Lord III and Rebecca Lewis.

        In 1993, Powell Lord III (first cousin to Viki and Todd), reluctantly raped Marty Saybrooke along with frat buddies Todd Manning and Zach Rosen. However, after receiving a lesser sentence then his two accomplices, he was soon released for good behavior. Powell soon fell in love with Rebecca Lewis, an unsuspecting young lady who had been brainwashed by Angela Holiday, a scam artist in cahoots with conman Cain Rogan. Unfortunately for Powell, however, was that naïve Rebecca was enamored with Todd, and soon began visiting him in jail. After tricking the girl into helping him, Todd attempted to get revenge on Marty for sending him to prison, but accidentally killed boyfriend Suede Pruitt in the process.

        Holding Rebecca hostage, Todd soon fled the scene with Bo and Powell in hot pursuit. Eventually Todd plunged to his ‘death’ in an icy river nearby. With Todd presumed dead, Rebecca began to fall for Powell (who asked her to marry him), unaware that her new beau was actually the culprit of in a rash of sexual assaults involving nurses at Llanview Hospital. Unbeknownst to anyone, Powell’s mind had snapped and that he believed the only way Rebecca would love him was if he were a serial rapist like Todd. Soon, however, Powell’s involvement in the crimes was revealed, and he was committed to a mental institution in 1994, where he resides today. With her fiancé in jail, Rebecca supposedly decided to leave Llanview behind for Texas.

        Flash forward to Llanview 15 years later, as the town is being stalked by a serial killer, identifying himself as a member of the same KAD fraternity which Todd, Zach, and Powell belonged to at the time of Marty’s gang rape. Initial suspects included Todd and recently returned frat buddy Zach, however, recent evidence began to point in a different direction. With suspicion now shifting in the direction of Powell, John McBain soon pays convicted rapist a visit seeking to determine his guilt or innocence in the crime spree.

        On April 30th, Sean Moynihan reprises his role as the psychotic grandnephew of the late Victor Lord. However, he will not return alone. Viewers will soon learn that his old flame Rebecca Lewis has been secretly visiting her old love. In fact, when Rebecca is first seen, she is wearing a hosptial coat and badge sporting the name “Dr. Marty Saybrooke.” On May 1st, Jessica Kaye debuts as Rebecca, a role originated by Reiko Aylesworth. Apparently, Aylesworth was unable to fit “OLTL” into her schedule, which includes a starring role on the ABC primetime drama “Lost.” Kaye has appeared in such films as “The Audition,” “Veronkia Decides to Die,” and “Gargoyle” (which she also helped produce). Moynihan, meanwhile has only had a few small acting roles since leaving “OLTL,” with appearances on “Pacific Blue” and “Sliders,” both of which were in 1996.

        While the lengths of both Moynihan and Kaye’s stints on “One Life to Live” are being kept quiet, viewers can expect the pair to create much drama throughout the month of May, and causes problems for Todd, Téa, Marty, and John in particular. The storyline also looks to involve Viki as well, in that John contacts her for insight into her cousin Powell’s possible state of mind. Also rumored to possibly play a role in the storyline are LPD officer Oliver Fish and Llanview Hospital lab tech Kyle Lewis (who oddly shares a last name with Rebecca), both of which have been revealed to be graduates of the recently reinstated KAD fraternity at Llanview University. However, while both Powell and Rebecca become swept up in the KAD serial killer storyline, it remains to be seen if either (or both) is actually a murderer. Nonetheless, the plot is expected to come to a climax during the upcoming May sweeps.

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


        Discussion: A ‘Lord’ and His Accomplice Return to ‘One Life’


         

         

         


        More Soap Stars Play Ball for Charity

        Monday, April 20, 2009 11:47 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — More soap stars from “All My Children,” “As the World Turns,” and “One Life to Live” sign up for this year’s Tammy Rubin Rice Charity Softball Game.

        Now in its eleventh year, the Tammy Rubin Rice Celebrity Softball Game, whose namesake died of breast cancer, is sponsored by the Shorefront Friends for Hospice. The voluntary organization offers supportive health services for terminally ill patients.

        Here is a list of soap stars scheduled to attend this year’s game (names in bold are the newest additions). Representing ABC at this year’s game are the following cast members from “One Life to Live”: Eddie Alderson (Matthew Buchanan), Kristen Alderson (Starr Manning), John Brotherton (Jared Banks), Brandon Buddy (Cole Thornhart), Brett Claywell (Kyle Lewis), Scott Clifton (Schuyler Joplin), Shenell Edmonds (Destiny), Scott Evans (Oliver Fish), Farah Fath (Gigi Morasco), John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex Balsom), Sean Ringgold (Shaun), Jason Tam (Markko Rivera), Brittany Underwood (Langston Wilde Cramer), and Austin Williams (Shane Morasco). Representing CBS will be Alex Cole (Hunter), Mick Hazen (Parker Snyder), Billy Magnussen (Casey Hughes) and Marnie Schulenburg (Alison Stewart) from “As the World Turns,” Bonnie Dennison (Daisy Lemay) and Caitlin van Zandt (Ashlee Wolfe) from “Guiding Light,” and Daniel Kennedy (Peter/Petey Cortlandt) from “All My Children.”

        The 11th Annual Tammy Rubin Rice Celebrity Softball Game will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2009 at Midwood High School softball field in Brooklyn, New York, located at Avenue K and East 16th Street. The gates open at 11:00 am et, with the game beginning at 11:30 am et. Tickets cost $25.00 each, and all proceeds go to benefit the charity.

        To order tickets, please send a check or money order, along with a self-addressed stamped envelope, to Shorefront Friends for Hospice (C/o Jodi Waxman), at 61 Bay 35th Street Brooklyn, New York 11214. For more information, click here to e-mail the event organizer.

        “All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.
        “As the World Turns” airs Weekdays on CBS. Anytime on CBS.com. Check local listings.
        “Guiding Light” airs Weekdays on CBS. Anytime on CBS.com. Check local listings.
        “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


        Discussion: More Soap Stars Play Ball for Charity


        • All My Children
        • One Life to Live
        • Billy Magnussen
        • As The World Turns
        • Scott Clifton
        • Guiding Light
        • Austin Williams
        • Farah Fath
        • Kristen Alderson
        • Jason Tam
        • Scott Evans
        • Brett Claywell
        • Brandon Buddy
        • Brittany Underwood
        • Shenell Edmonds
        • Sean Ringgold
        • John-Paul Lavoisier
        • John Brotherton
        • Eddie Alderson
        • Alex Cole
        • Mick Hazen
        • Marnie Schulenburg
        • Bonnie Dennison
        • Caitlin van Zandt
        • Daniel Kennedy