Friday, April 17, 2009 1:23 AM ET | By Scotty Gore


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The CW signs on the dotted line and brings the best of daytime to their primetime schedule by agreeing to air the “36th Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards.”

In an update to a story that SON first brought you last month, this year’s “Daytime Emmy® Awards” are set to air on a network other than one of the Big Three (ABC, NBC, and CBS) for the first time in the ceremony’s history. While news of negotiations between The CW and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (which oversees the awards) to air the telecast were leaked last month, the deal was only finalized a few days ago.

In an announcement released on April 7th by the NATAS, the “36th Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards” will air Sunday, August 30th at 8:00 pm et on The CW, live from the Orpheum Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. The broadcast will be produced by Associated Television International (ATI), with MGM Worldwide Television as the U.S. distributor, according to Variety. The awards ceremony will result in the pre-emption of The CW’s regular Sunday night schedule, which features an MGM-distributed movie (which explains the studio’s involvement in the awards).

“The ‘Daytime Emmy® Awards’ are one of the cornerstones of our business,” Frank Radice, President & Chief Marketing Officer, NATAS, said in a press release. “There wouldn’t be a television awards season without them. From the extravagant red carpet to the great entertainment, the viewer will experience the show through new approaches which will make this year’s show more robust and relevant than ever before.”

Jim Packer, Co-President of MGM Worldwide Television, stated: “MGM is always looking at creative ways to work with our partners in bringing compelling product to the marketplace and this is clear example of executing that strategy.”

Jim Romanovich, ATI’s President of Worldwide Media and Entertainment, comments that “We are thrilled to be working with NATAS, MGM and The CW on this year’s special presentation. As the producers of many special events, and as fans of the daytime genre, it is our quest to make this a fast paced, full-filled entertainment special that celebrates the best of daytime.” Romanovich went on to say that “We are close to naming a host and chances are it will be one person. We have a short list of about six people.” ATI president and Emmy® award winning producer David McKenzie has been named executive producer of this year’s telecast, along with Paul Sharratt.

Variety also reports that speculation swirls that The CW has found a loophole that exempts the network from having to pay the standard license fee for the awards, due in part to “an unusual advertising arrangement with NATAS, ATI and MGM.” Dawn Ostroff, entertainment president for The CW reports that, like the network, the telecast has a “core female following,” and will be used to help jumpstart the fledgling network’s upcoming fall line-up. “We’re pleased to have the prestigious franchise on our network. It is not only a terrifically entertaining show with a core female following to our own, but will also give us a promotional platform as we launch our Fall 2009 schedule.”

The recent announcement came as a saving grace to many soap fans who feared that this year’s ceremony would go unaired after CBS announced they were scrapping plans to air this or any future “Daytime Emmy®” telecast due to the record low ratings garnered by the 2008 broadcast on ABC. Last year’s ceremony attracted only 5.4 millions viewers and received a 1.2 rating/4 share in adults 18-49, making it the lowest rated broadcast in the nearly four decade history of the “Daytime Emmy® Awards.” In recent years, the telecast has rotated between the Big Three networks before NBC opted out in 2004 and CBS earlier this year. Following the dismissal by CBS, the NATAS had looked into other possible options, including an afternoon telecast, a webcast, or a move to a cable network.

While the audience following for the “Daytime Emmy® Awards” is somewhat more mature then The CW’s target demographic, it is still likely to give the upstart network a boost, considering the telecast attracts a mainly female audience, and that it will air only weeks before the unveiling of The CW’s revamped fall schedule. However, the ceremony will be facing stiff competition this year, as the schedule change (the 2008 awards aired in June) will pit it up against one of its primetime counterparts. The “2009 Primetime Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards,” administered by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the west coast equivalent of the NATAS), will air only one day before the “Daytime Emmy® Awards” on Saturday, August 30th–sitting up the historic possibility that two major Emmy® ceremonies would take place within only 24 hours of one another. “The L.A. Area Awards” are currently scheduled to be broadcast from the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood, California. In addition, the “Primetime Emmy® Creative Arts Awards” will air on September 12th, while the “61st Annual Primetime Emmy® Awards” will be broadcast September 20th on CBS.

The NATAS press release also states “Through the use of innovative programming from social networking sites, audiences will be availed of unprecedented interactivity between the program and audience. Westwood One Radio, the official radio partner of the event will also be offering a wide range of exciting participatory contests for their listeners.”

Nominations for the “36th Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards” will be announced May 14th by Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, during the fourth hour of the top-rated NBC morning news/informational program “Today” at 10:00 am et. The complete list will be available that evening at a nominating event at the Hearst Tower, in Manhattan, home of the official print partner of the “Daytime Emmy® Awards,” Good Housekeeping Magazine. A multi-page insert dedicated to the “Daytime Emmy® Awards” and the nominees will appear in the September issue of Good Housekeeping.

In addition to the regular award categories for best Daytime Entertainment Drama Series, Talk & Morning Shows, Variety, Cooking, Animation, and Courtroom Drama, the long-running PBS children’s educational program “Sesame Street” will be honored with this year’s this year’s lifetime achievement award in celebration of the program’s 40th anniversary. This year’s telecast is also expected to pay homage to “Guiding Light,” the septuagenarian daytime drama that was cancelled by CBS on April 1st.

All balloting for the “36th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards” will be compiled by the independent accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP. American Airlines is the official airline of the “Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards.”

According to the NATAS website, “The ‘Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards’ has been honoring excellence in all fields of daytime Broadcast production for 36 years. The Emmy® is awarded in 68 categories, including acknowledgments for series, performers and all other technical and creative areas. The ‘Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards’ season culminates with a televised show that pays tribute to the exceptional work of daytime broadcasting’s elite. The ‘Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards’ recognize outstanding achievement in all fields of daytime television production and are presented to individuals and programs broadcast from 2:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. et during the 2008 calendar year. The ’36th Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards’ is a presentation of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in cooperation with the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.”

The CW Network was launched in 2006 as a joint venture between the CBS Corporation and Warner Brothers. It is the successor of the now-defunct WB and UPN networks. The CW airs programming specifically geared toward the 18-34 year old demographic, such as “Gossip Girl,” “American’s Next Top Model,” “90210,” and “Smallville.” It is one of seven broadcast networks in the United States, which includes ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, ION Television, and MyNetworkTV. The CW covers more than 95% of television homes in the U.S., and has affiliates or transmitters in 99 of the top 100 television markets in the nation, according to Nielsen Media. The network’s current slogan is “Every Night is Good.”

Soap fans can follow this year’s “Daytime Emmy® Awards” by connecting to ceremony’s official Twitter page by clicking here. You can also check out the official “Daytime Emmy®” website here.


Discussion: It’s Official: The CW to Air Daytime Emmys



Thursday, April 16, 2009 6:40 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) —  On the Friday, April 17 edition of the CBS morning news program “The Early Show,” look for “Guiding Light” co-stars, and real-life celebrity couple, Mandy Bruno, 27, and Robert Bogue, 44, to appear as featured guests.

The actors will discuss their future as a real-life couple and discuss the cancellation of the soap on CBS. At least as much as CBS will let them.

On “Guiding Light,” Bruno portrays Marina Cooper who wed Bogue’s A.C. Mallet in December 2008. The two are engaged in real-life and are set to wed in the Spring of 2010. In a recent interview with CBS Soaps in Depth, Bruno stated that she is marrying the “love of [her] life.” She also noted that “one of the more special things about our relationship is that we’ve been such good friends for so long.”

Mandy Bruno joined the cast of “Guiding Light” in May 2004 and is the sixth actress to portray the role of Marina Cooper. The character debuted on the soap in 1993. Robert Bogue took over the role of A.C. Mallet in 2005. Soap veteran Mark Derwin (“Days of our Lives,” “One Life to Live” and “The Young and the Restless”) originated the role in July 1990. He left the soap in September 1993.

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


Discussion: Real-Life ‘GL’ Couple Wake Up ‘Early’


  • One Life to Live
  • The Young and the Restless
  • Days of our Lives
  • Guiding Light
  • Mandy Bruno
  • Robert Bogue
  • Mark Derwin
  • The Early Show

    Soap Stars Play Ball for Charity

    Thursday, April 16, 2009 1:37 AM EDT | By Scotty Gore


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Actors from “As the World Turns,” “Guiding Light,” and “One Life to Live” sign up to attend celebrity softball tournament.

    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.

    Scheduled to represent ABC at this year’s game are the following cast members from “One Life to Live”: Eddie Alderson (Matthew Buchanan), Kristen Alderson (Starr Manning), Brandon Buddy (Cole Thornhart), Scott Clifton (Schuyler Joplin), 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 Billy Magnussen (Casey Hughes) and Marnie Schulenburg (Alison Stewart) from “As the World Turns” and Bonnie Dennison (Daisy Lemay) and Caitlin van Zandt (Ashlee Wolfe) from “Guiding Light.”

    The 11th Annual Tammy Rubin Rice Celebrity Softball Game will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2009 at the Midwood High School softball field in Brooklyn, New York, located at Avenue K and East 16th Street. The gates open at 11:00 am edt, with the game beginning at 11:30 am edt. 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.

    “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: Soap Stars Play Ball for Charity



    Wednesday, April 15, 2009 11:15 PM ET | By Scotty Gore


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — SOAPnet invites you to spend Mother’s Day with Blair Cramer and Starr Manning.

    It has been one hell of a ride the past two years for Llanview’s popular mother-daughter duo, who have dealt with everything from teen pregnancy and losing a child, to being stabbed by a serial killer and held hostage by a convicted rapist. But, just in case you missed any of the drama, SOAPnet is offering fans a chance to relive some of Starr and Blair’s most memorable moments from the past two years, while celebrating their unique relationship.

    On Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 10th), the network for soaps will host a three-hour “One Life to Live” marathon highlighting the strength of Starr and Blair’s relationship, beginning at 3:00 pm ET/PT. In the first episode (#9955, original airdate 06/17/07), Blair goes into overdrive to help make Starr’s prom a magical experience when her daughter receives an invitation at the last minute. The second episode (#10191, original airdate 05/20/08), features Starr being treated at the hospital after falling down a flight of stairs, and ultimately being forced to admit to her mother that she is pregnant. And in the final episode (#10309, original airdate 11/10/08), Starr and Blair grow closer as they wait to see the baby after Starr gives birth.

    SOAPnet owns the world of character-driven soapy drama, from daytime and primetime dramas to reality shows and movies. The network features same-day episodes of popular daytime dramas including “All My Children,” “Days of our Lives,” “One Life to Live,” “General Hospital” and “The Young and the Restless”; favorite primetime series “The O.C.,” “One Tree Hill” and “Beverly Hills 90210″; and original programs including “Greg Behrendt’s “Wake Up Call,” “Being Erica,” “MVP” and “General Hospital: Night Shift.” Wrapped in a 24-hour environment, SOAPnet is the one destination for stories focused on real emotions and revealing truths about intriguing, yet flawed characters.

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


    Discussion: SOAPnet Celebrates ‘Starr-Crossed’ Mothers


    • One Life to Live
    • Kassie DePaiva
    • Kristen Alderson

      My View of Llanivew: April 15 Edition

      Wednesday, April 15, 2009 2:07 AM EDT | By Scotty Gore

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A critical look back at the successes and failures of recent Llanview returns.

      Since becoming Head Writer of “One Life to Live” in 2007, Ron Carlivati has brought back for than his share of former cast members and characters. Ranging from Tina Roberts and the original Marty Saybrooke, to Jackie McNaughton and Madam Delphina, Carlivati has interwoven both major and minor past “OLTL” characters into various storylines. However, not all of those returns were met with widespread success.

      Being able to lure an actor or actress back to their old Llanview home is one thing, but penning a sensible storyline for their character is another issue entirely. Long-time “One Life” fans were amazed and delighted a year ago when news broke that the show had forged a deal with Andrea Evans, to bring the actress back to the show she had fled from eighteen years earlier while being stalked by a crazed fan. We were promised a beautifully written storyline that would make it seem as if the character of Tina hadn’t gone MIA for nearly a dozen years. But that promise and hope, soon turned to bitter disappointment.

      Relegated mainly to interacting with Tess, Natalie, and Jared, Tina was reduced to a bumbling idiot. While she was not always the most intelligent person in Llanview, the Tina of old did have more common sense than this latest incarnation. She was portrayed as overly dramatic, spoiled, and immature. Where was the conniving, hardheaded Tina that fans fell in love with? The one that tried to blackmail Niki Smith (who was pretending to be Viki) into divorcing Clint Buchanan, worked to gain control of the Buchanan fortune by marrying Cord, and passing off Gabrielle’s baby as her own son with Cord? At least, Carlivati did bring back Tina’s old flame and former partner in crime, Cain Rogan, for her to interact with. But still, more scenes with sister Viki and brother Todd would have been nice, as would have been scenes showing Tina going around town visiting with old friends and adversaries, and realizing just how much Llanview had changed while she was away. There was not even one scene with Tina and David Vickers, whom she slept with, while mistakenly believing that he was her half-brother. True, she did have a dog named after him, but still it was not the same as having David and Tina together having a confrontation or, at the very least, a civil conversation. Instead, however, most of Tina’s time was spent either in Llanfair, Cristian’s loft, or in Mendorra, as part of that over-the-top homage to the past during “OLTL’s” 40th anniversary episodes last summer. But on the positive side, at least Tina did interact somewhat with her daughter Sarah, even if another child, her son CJ, was not even referenced. And at least Tina got to share some brief screen time with ex-husband (and quite possibly true love) Cord Roberts. But after six months, Tina was gone almost as quickly as she had arrived, but hopefully it won’t be a dozen more years before she returns.

      On the heels of Evans’ return as Tina, came one of lesser importance–Janet Zarish as Lee Halpern/Janet Ketring. No offense to fans of either the actress or the character, but her place in Llanview history is small compared to heavyweights like Evans, Thom Christopher (Carlo Hesser), Roscoe Born (Mitch Laurence), and James DePaiva (Max Holden). But still, bringing Lee Halpern back was a nice nod to the show’s history. At first, it appeared to be just a coincidence that “OLTL” had brought Zarish back to the canvas as a seemingly unrelated character nearly two decades after exiting Llanview. A few months later, however, it became clear that there was no coincidence, but that she was instead a miraculously returned from the dead Lee Halpern. But why? What purpose did that serve? The writers did have her interact with her old ‘boss’ Renee, who ‘employed’ Lee back in her Nevada brothel days. But the trip down memory lane stopped there. There were no scenes with other characters that she may have interacted with back in the ’80s (Viki, Clint, Dorian, Bo, etc…), nor was there any hint of Max Holden returning to settle the score with his old lover.

      If there is one thing I hate, it is bringing back an old character just to kill them off or have them go insane. They did it with Lee Halpern…murdered by the KAD serial killer. And it looks like they are going to do it to Zach Rosen too. “OLTL” brings back Joshua Phillip Weinstein as Todd’s old frat buddy Zach, who was part of Marty’s gang rape back in the day I might add, only to have him stir up a little trouble and then send him back to jail? Hmmm… ok. That makes perfect sense. No trying to redeem himself (whether genuine or fake) or anything. Zach returns only to demand money from Todd and hold Starr hostage and then gets arrested and disappears into the night? I know, I know. The show is trying to throw viewers off by making them think that he is the serial killer that has been terrorizing Llanview recently, but even that is nothing more than a red herring. Just wait and see, in a few months, Zach Rosen will be nothing more than a footnote again. And that is disheartening, because I hoping that “OLTL” would tell Zach’s story, the way they did for Todd and, to a lesser extent, Powell Lord III (the third rapist). But they ruined that opportunity, in my opinion.

      I also hate it when writers either make it seem as if recently returned characters are either still in Llanview or simply do not exist any longer. Case in point. Are we to believe that Madame Delphina is still in town, or has the physic moved elsewhere? The same for Jackie McNaughton. I suppose he still calls Llanview home, even though he is only seen one or twice every couple years. And whatever happened to Allison Perkins? Apparently she is still in a coma in a room somewhere at Llanview Hospital, even though no one in town speculates about her “secret” anymore, not even Jessica, who it was supposed to be about. We were told last year that Allison wasn’t expected to live much longer, but it appears that she is still with us. “OLTL” really dropped the ball on that one. I realize that it was largely due to the writer’s strike and Gary Tomlin taking over as head scribe during that time, but still. Even it wasn’t part of Carlivati’s vision, he should have at least came up with a logical ending for the storyline.

      The same can be said for making Talia Sahid the biological daughter of Carlo Hesser. After some initial interaction following Thom Christopher’s brief returns last summer and fall, Talia’s paternity became little more than an interesting side note. Where were the repercussions? There weren’t any. It was more like, okay so we made Talia the daughter of popular villain Carlo Hesser, now what? Unfortunately, “OLTL” never really answered that question. The best we can hope for at this point is that Carlo will return to Llanview to avenge his daughter’s death, after she meets her maker at the hands of the KAD killer next week. Now that would be good. Anytime Thom Christopher is in Llanview, it’s good. Just the sound of his voice still sends shivers up my spine. Carlo Hesser is a classic example of a soap villain; despite the idiotic situation the writers placed him in last fall, making it look like he slept with co-hort Jonas Chamberlin. Carlo is pure evil, and that’s why fans love him. Spencer Truman, Margaret Cochran, and Stacy Morasco are nothing more than very poor imitations of Carlo.

      Hank “The Cannon” Gannon. The name used to carry weight in Llanview. District Attorney, ex-wife of prominent lawyer Nora Hanen, best friend of Police Commissioner Bo Buchanan, brother or career criminal RJ Gannon. But then Hank, much like many other beloved characters over the years (Dr. Larry Wolek, Rev. Andrew Carpenter, Miles Laurence) just faded into the background, making it look as if the guy had never existed. But then, he finally returned. I was elated to hear that “OLTL” was bringing Nathan Purdee back to Llanview as the all-around good guy Hank. But now, not so much. While Hank’s return to town was mainly envisioned to escort daughter Rachel back to visit Nora (just when her mother needed her the most), Carlivati could have at least given Hank scenes with his old pal Bo. And I’m not referring to just “catching up on old times.” Not at all. If the writers were smart, they could have Hank help Bo get inside the head of the KAD killer that is terrorizing Llanview. After all, Hank was there when Marty was viciously gang raped, as well as when Nora defended the culprits in court. Hank is already tied to this storyline in that respect. So it would totally make sense for Hank to offer Bo a fresh perspective on the investigation. Then maybe Hank and Nora could butt heads again, and he could run against her to regain his old position as District Attorney. They would be great since his brother RJ is also returning to town this month. I think it could work, and would be much better than the alternative of portraying John McBain as Llanview’s savior. But then again, what do I know? I’m only a long-time loyal fan of “OLTL.”

      Not to leave anyone out, those discussed above are not the only former characters Ron Carlivati has brought back since becoming head writer. Others who returned included Asa Buchanan (following his death from a heart attack), Pamela Stuart (Asa’s 2nd and 6th wife), Dallas Jones (Clint’s old flame from London), Colin McIver (as a game show host in Rex’s dream), Jen Rappaport (also in Rex’s dream), Mararet Cochran (to haunt Todd, even in his dreams), Alex Olanov (who needs to return permanently, in my opinion), Kevin and Joey Buchanan (Viki needs her sons around), Rev. Andrew Carpenter (should be seen more than just weddings and funerals), Max Holden (the two 40th anniversary episodes just weren’t enough), Niki Smith and Jean Randolph (the best of Viki’s six alternate personalities), Mel Hayes (whose body was never found, so he could always return from the dead), Ben Davidson (who needs to stay dead), and Megan Gordon Harrison (even it was just an old flashback). And we can’t forget luring back Susan Haskell as the original Marty Saybrooke after getting rid of the mediocre Christina Chambers, and the genius of casting Erin Torpey as a grown-up version of baby Megan Buchanan. What a treat that was for those of us who grew up watching Torpey grow up on “One Life to Live” as Jessica.

      However, not all the recent returns on “OLTL” have been flops. In fact, at least one has been rather successful. Last December, Florenica Lozano brought Téa Delgado back to Llanview with all the spunk and spitfire that Téa is famous for. Téa has reminded us of her ferociousness in court, passion in matters of the heart, and tenderness when it comes to those she loves. It is the real Téa, and not some watered down version of the character. This is the same Téa who married Todd for $5 million and was pushed out of a window by Todd’s ex-wife Blair. For once, “OLTL” did justice to the character by bringing her back. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for most of the others Ron Carlivati has managed to lure back to Llanview for a visit.

      While I’m feeling somewhat nostalgic, here is a list of other characters I would love to see return to Llanview in the near future (in no particular order). Dr. Larry Wolek, his son Dan, and ex-wife Karen; Herb Callison; Ed Hall; Carla Grey; Cassie Carpenter; Wanda Webb Wolek; Max Holden; Kevin and Joey Buchanan; Kelly Cramer; and Viki’s brother Tony Lord (who’s to say he isn’t still alive somewhere?).

      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: What seasonally named soap actress was Megan Gordon’s main competitor for the fictional Daisy Award for Best Actress in 1989? Was it a) Autumn Days, b) Spring Skye, c) Summer Shade, or d) Silver Winters. Question #2: On Christmas Eve in 1993, Cassie Callison found a newborn baby, which she would later adopt and name River. But where did she first discover the little bundle of joy? Was it: a) at the mall, b) under her tree, c) in the church manger scene, or d) in the backseat of her car. Question #3: In 1978, what type of show did Pat Ashley host on WVLE? Was it: a) advice to the lovelorn, b) beauty makeovers, c) cooking, or d) talk show. And Question #4: In 1981, what was the ominous name of the Llanivew estate where Asa Buchanan had imprisoned his first wife, Olympia? Was it: a) Widow’s Peak, b) Timberdark, c) Ravenwood, or d) Moor Cliffe.

      Hope you enjoyed those questions, and that they didn’t prove to difficult for you. Now, time for this week’s trivia challenge: 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. I’ll have the answers in the April 30th 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.” Many thanks to those who regularly read and comment on my thoughts and ramblings concerning “OLTL.” I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter holiday, and that you have nice weather wherever you are today. Take care and I hope you’re join me again soon for the next installment of this column.

      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 15 Edition



      Tuesday, April 14, 2009 8:33 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) —  Actor Billy Dee Williams joins the cast of ABC’s “General Hospital” later this year, reprising his role on “General Hospital: Night Shift” as Toussaint DuBois.

      Last seen on the SOAPnet original series as a janitor at General Hospital, Toussaint will “return to Port Charles during a tour break with the Saints,” confirms a ‘GH’ spokesman.

      “He’ll want to see Epiphany [Sonya Eddy] and other residents in town.”

      In “Night Shift,” Billy Dee found himself working side-by-side with trained killer Jason Morgan (Steve Burton) and saving lives through crashes, births and other various life threatening matters. This will be the first time the actor has appeared on “GH.” He is one of the few “Night Shift” stars to transition over to the mother soap. Most recently Nazanin Boniadi (ex-Leyla Mir) from season one transitioned to the soap until her character was killed off in January 2009 after parts of General Hospital exploded.

      Williams first airs in June.

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


      Discussion: Billy Dee Williams is Back in Port Charles


      • General Hospital
      • Billy Dee Williams
      • Sonya Eddy
      • General Hospital: Night Shift

        Tuesday, April 14, 2009 6:54 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) —  “The Young and the Restless” bumps young star to recurring status.

        Bryton Eric McClure was born August 17, 1986 to an African American father and a European American mother. He currently portrays the role of Devon Hamilton on the CBS drama series “The Young and the Restless.” He joined the cast in 2004.

        Now known professionally as just Bryton, the actor is said to have been dropped to  recurring status by the CBS drama series.

        According to sources of TV Guide Canada’s Nelson Branco, “Bryton will be asked to go recurring à la Tracey Bregman. He just hasn’t been told yet.” It should be noted that Tracey Bregman, who portrays Lauren Fenmore on the soap, is said to prefer recurring status to a contract. It provides her with more free time to do other things outside of the soap world.

        A “Y&R” spokeswoman had no comment.

        Bryton won the 2007 Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series and the 2009 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series for his work on “The Young and the Restless.” His previous credits include a starring role in the ABC sitcom “Family Matters” from 1990-1997 (the series moved to CBS in 1997). He portrayed the role of Ritchie Crawford on the comedy series.

        In addition to his acting credits, Bryton is also a recording artist. He debuted his first single, “Ooh, The Way I Feel About You,” on the German TV series “Stars 2000″ and has performed live on numerous occasions for an international audience through appearances on television networks including Viva, ZDF 5, Giga TV and Disney Channel. He is an active spokesperson for various charities. In 1996 he founded “RADD (Recording Artists, Actors and Athletes Against Drunk Driving) Kids.” Bryton also was awarded the Michael Landon Award for his charitable contributions in the entertainment community.

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


        Discussion: ‘Y&R’s’ Bryton McClure Bumped to Recurring Status?


        • The Young and the Restless
        • Family Matters
        • Bryton McClure
        • Tracey Bregman

          Monday, April 13, 2009 8:30 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

          (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — As a new Michael is set to join the cast, “General Hospital” is ready to reduce the appearances of two contract players.

          According to published reports, actors Rick Hearst (Ric Lansing) and Megan Ward (Kate Howard) have been bumped to recurring status by the ABC Daytime drama series. Ironically, Hearst recently re-signed a new contract after joining the cast in 2002. Ward joined the cast in May 2007.

          Rumors began circulating last month that five stars from the soap would get the axe following recent budget cuts at ABC Daytime. It is understood that instead of being let go completely, both actors agreed to being placed on recurring status. At press time, an ABC spokesman had no comment.

          In related news, Drew Garrett joins the cast as Michael Corinthos III beginning Thursday, April 24 (first day of May Sweeps). He replaces Dylan Cash, who had consistently played the role from March 2002 through May 2008. Cash last aired on December 29, 2008. Last year, Michael was shot in the head following an ordered hit on his father, Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard). The hit was ordered by Claudia Zacchara (Sarah Joy Brown), Sonny’s wife, but was carried out by Dr. Ian Devlin (Seamus Dever). Currently Claudia is playing cat and mouse with Jerry Jacks (Sebastian Roche), who recently came back from the dead and knows all about Claudia’s involvement in the hit.

          Although Garrett joins the cast in April, don’t look for him to say a word until May, when Michael open’s his eyes for the first time in a year.

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


          Discussion: GH Casting Report: April Edition


          • General Hospital
          • Rick Hearst
          • Sarah Joy Brown
          • Dylan Cash
          • Maurice Benard
          • Megan Ward
          • Drew Garrett
          • Sebastian Roche

            Monday, April 13, 2009 7:45 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

            (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Legendary soap opera actress, Deidre Hall (ex-Marlena Evans, “Days of our Lives”), to guest-host online radio show “Hollywood CLOUT” during the week of April 13-17, 2009.

            Joining Hall on Monday’s edition (April 13) will be Author, Rory Freedman (“Skinny Bitch”), talking about the “Meatless Monday” campaign on Air America. On Tuesday (April 14), look for Sex and Relationship Expert Alison Armstrong and on Thursday (April 16), look for “Wheel of Fortune” spinner Vanna White. Other guests include Congressman Dennis Kucinich – talking about the dangerous organic farming/genetically modified food bill circulating through Congress, friends of Hall’s from “Days of our Lives,” Holistic Doctor Paul Campbell and boy who does telepathic readings.

            “Hollywood CLOUT” is a national radio talk-show dedicated to “Pollywood,” a combination of Hollywood celebrities, politics, social issues and activism. The show is regularly hosted by personality Richard Greene.

            This isn’t the first time Hall has hosted “CLOUT,” she appeared as a co-host several times over the past year. Previously, the actress started her career as a DJ in Florida.

            On the web: http://www.airamerica.com.

            “Hollywood CLOUT” airs Weekdays at 9:00 PM, ET/6:00 PM PT on AirAmerica Radio or in select cities including New York, Los Angelas, Chicago and Detroit.  Check local listings.


            Discussion: Deidre Hall Guest-Hosts ‘Hollywood CLOUT’

            • Days of our Lives
            • Deidre Hall
            • Hollywood CLOUT
            • Richard Greene

              Monday, April 13, 2009 7:15 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

              (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — On ABC’s “General Hospital,” Dr. Robin Scorpio recently gave birth to a baby girl, but finds herself unable to bond with her. Mother’s across America suffer through the same problem day after day untreated, now the soap has joined together with Postpartum Support International (PSI) to get the word out with the hope of helping mothers everywhere.

              On Thursday, April 16, immediately following that days airing of “General Hospital,” look for an informative Public Service Announcement (PSA) on postpartum depression. The PSA is in conjunction with the ongoing storyline centering on Dr. Robin Scorpio (Kimberly McCullough) and her battle with the illness following the birth of her daughter, Emma, a few months ago. Robin married Emma’s father, Dr. Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson) in December 2008 after three years of courting.

              “As our viewers expect to be entertained each day, they also want to be educated when an important medical issue is integrated into storyline. I am sure some members of our audience are directly affected with postpartum depression or know someone who is, and we believe it is important to direct our audience to the organizations that can help them,” said Jill Farren Phelps, Executive Producer, “General Hospital.”

              During the all important May Sweeps period, Robin will finally come to terms with her affliction and will decide to seek professional help. Later, she will join a support group that will be cast with real-life mothers who had suffered through postpartum depression.

              “PSI is honored that the producers and writers of ‘General Hospital’ felt the topic of postpartum depression was an important one to share with their audience, ” said Birdie Gunyon Meyer, RN, MA, President, PSI. “Millions of women’s lives can be saved by ending the fear and isolation of sufferers and offering access to treatment resources. We are grateful to ABC Daytime [for] following up with a public service announcement and helping to raise awareness of what is truly the most common complication of childbirth.”

              In 1997, Carly Jacks (then played by Sarah Joy Brown) suffered through postpartum depression and went untreated. Many, including Robin Scorpio, didn’t believe that Carly was suffering with the problem and attributed her lack of mothering skills to a newborn Michael Corinthos as Carly being Carly.

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


              Discussion: ‘GH’ Launches PSA on Postpartum Depression

              • General Hospital
              • Jason Thompson
              • Kimberly McCullough