Y&R PreVUE: Week of February 16 Edition

Sunday, February 15, 2009 11:58 AM ET | By Venus Stone

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — History repeats itself…


Karen gets an eyeful,Wednesday, February 18 when she sees Neil and Tyra getting down with some serious lip-locking. Jill and Amber get into it over the DNA results. Victor gives Ashley the opportunity to sit on the board at Newman Enterprises but she instantly becomes wary. Victor isn’t the only thing that is troubling Ashley; Brad’s will is read on Thursday, February 19, and who is left in charge of Abby’s trust has Ashley flabbergasted.

The Inside Story: Whisked Away
Not wanting to be out-witted by who he believes is Marge, Clint decides to kidnap Katherine to eliminate the competition for Kay’s millions. The minute Kay sees her abductor face-to-face, the memories of Clint come flooding back. Katherine immediately tells Clint she knows who he is and what he did but unfortunately for her, Clint doesn’t believe it, continuing to believe she’s Marge. Meanwhile, Michael gets the results of the DNA test he had done on Katherine and the results are damaging; there is no proof that Jill is biologically connected to Katherine. Jill immediately flaunts that she knew that Marge was running a scam on everyone. Her mouth sets off Amber who instantly gets in Jill’s face, telling her that Katherine is really alive. Roger, hearing the news, instantly contacts Clint, who berates her for ‘lying’ and will take care of her instantly. Things don’t bode well for Clint when Roger comes back with news that Esther is stalling on getting married to him. Clint goes into a tissy which sparks a vital memory from Katherine. When Katherine relays it to Clint, it leaves him shaken to the core.

A Closer Look: And Baby Makes Five
After admitting to Lily that he is the father of Chloe’s baby, Chloe shows up at the cabin, where Lily lashes out at her for all her schemes, which pushes Chloe into labor. Unable to leave the cabin because of the storm Lily quickly calls Olivia. Over the phone Olivia instructs Billy on what to do to deliver the baby. Once the baby is delivered, Billy and Lily have to put asside their argument and get Chloe to the hospital. Using a sled they use it to take Chloe to Cane who is waiting with an ambulance. The minute the baby, Chloe and Cane arrive at the hospital, the doctors report back that there were complications and that both she and the baby are in danger. Meanwhile, alone, Lily tells Billy he needs to step up and tell Cane that he’s the father. That however doesn’t go as planned when Billy goes to the bar to drink away his problem. He’s not alone when he finds a new drinking buddy; Sharon, who is also there to drink away her sorrow. The two soon start talking and then later leave…together. Back at the hospital, Chloe, who is feeling pangs of guilt debates on telling Cane the truth.

What To Watch

  • Nikki is not pleased to learn that Ashley’s getting a cushy seat at Newman
  • Esther decides to fly the coop with Roger
  • Sharon continues to have strange behavior

The Young and the Restless News and Headlines

  • Chris Engen, who hasn’t been seen on The Young and the Restless as Adam Wilson, is in fact still with the show and will be shown February 18 when Victor pays his son a visit in jail.
  • Tonya Lee Williams will return as Dr. Olivia Winters when Lily calls her for help in the birth of Chloe’s baby
  • Judith Chapman appears in the current issue of Soap Opera Digest discussing the behind the scenes of her latest storyline of Gloria being a jailbird
  • Tammin Sursok who plays Colleen Carlton also appears in Soap Opera Digest discussing her new Nickolodeon dance movie ‘Spectacular’ which airs Monday, February 16
  • Stacy Haiduk is slated to portray a possible love interest for Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman)
  • Marcia Wallace will appear on the soap as Annie Wilkes, one of Katherine’s kidnappers who’s in cahoots with Cliff. Her first airdate will be the week of February 16
  • Fans can ‘get restless’ by participating in the Get Restless in Jamaica Sweepstakes. A fan could win their chance of a lifetime to have a 4 day/3 night vacation. Those interested can visit Get Restless in Jamaica
  • SON Top 10: Who was the best of the best on “Y&R” during the week of February 9 – 13, 2009? You decide! The SON Top 10 is back! Voting begins Friday’s at 4:00 PM, EST.


  • Trouble continues to swirl around Katherine.

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ATWT PreVUE: Week of February 16 Edition

Sunday, February 15, 2009 10:51 AM ET | By Venus Stone

alt (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — So long, farewell….


Luke and Noah go on a witch hunt when they begin searching for evidence to nail Elwood for the death of Reg on Thursday, February 19. When Kevin pushes some vital information about Elwood, they begin working harder to trap him. Matt continues to get closer to Alison, to the disappointment of Casey. Liberty and Parker take Johnny on a special Valentine’s Day trip when they read stories to him featuring some of Oakdale’s citizens.

The Inside Story: Ce la Vie
A defeated Paul facing kidnapping charges decides to plead guilty for his crime. As he waits for the verdict Dusty approaches Meg and stresses she should speak out against Paul to sway the judge’s decision in giving out a stiffer sentence. Unfortuately for Dusty, Meg feels that she doesn’t need to do that. To everyone’s chagrin Josie goes before the judge and gives him a reason to decide to suspend not only Paul’s sentence but give him supervised visitations to Eliza. Dusty fumes upon the news and shuns Josie when she goes over to the farm to explain why she did what she did. Barbara realizing that Josie could be the person to be there for her troubled son and asks Josie if she’s willing to do that. Josie later pays a visit to Paul and the moment becomes tense when he kisses her, which stuns her. At the farmhouse meantime, papers are delivered to Meg informing her that all of Paul’s assests belong to her. Dusty retrieves and hides the papers rather than inform Meg. He then heads to Fairwinds and spies a close moment between Paul and Josie. He soon jabs at Paul telling him that Meg no longer wants any part if him in her life. The minute Dusty departs Josie tells Paul that she believes it is time for her to leave Oakdale for good. After leaving Fairwinds, Josie goes to find Dusty, who isn’t all that thrilled to see her. She tells him that it is time for her to move on and that she hopes he finds true happiness.

A Closer Look: Back in Business
Still sore by Carly’s rejection of him, Craig goes to Lily’s and tells her that Carly never came up with the idea of Midnight Sun, but rather it was his concept. Lily becomes upset that she’s once again falling for Carly’s schemes but quickly remembers that Craig isn’t always on the level either and dismisses what he says. After talking to Carly, Lily meets up with Henry and they devise a plan on how to get the inspector to focus on making a deal with Carly only. Unfortunately their scheme falls apart when Craig catches wind of it. Carly reluctantly agrees to work with Craig but Lily says that if she ever needs her help, she’ll be there for her.

What To Watch

  • Jack digs into Carly’s business
  • Brad continues to be clouded by Katie’s plan
  • Dusty’s warnings of Paul fall on deaf ears

As the World Turns News and Headlines

  • Alex Charak, who was the winner of 1st season’s INTURN returned as Elwood to stir up trouble during Casey’s birthday party will have another appearance as Luke and Noah tries to prove his guilt in the death of Reg
  • ‘As the World Turns’ fans will want to take advantage of seeing some of their favorite stars when they host the ATWT Annual Fan Club Luncheon 2009 on April 18 from 12:00 Noon until 4:00 PM at the Marriot Marquis located at 1535 Broadway, New York, NY. Those interested are required to pay a $25.00 non-refundable deposit per person in order to reserve seating. Those who are current fan club members pay $125 and non-fan club members pay $135 For more information regarding the event, please visit ATWT Fan Club
  • SON Top 10: Who was the best of the best on “ATWT” during the week of February 9 – 13, 2009? You decide! The SON Top 10 is back! Voting begins Friday’s at 4:00 PM, EST.


  • Janet and Carly keep something quiet.
  • Alison comes to Matt’s aid.
  • Vienna blows Katie away with her suggestion.

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Diary of a ‘One Life’ Extra

Sunday, February 15, 2009 12:55 AM EST | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — An aspiring actor describes his day in Llanview, and offers a glimpse into an upcoming storyline.


Wayne Chang, an acting major who is awaiting his big break into show business, recently (February 11th) paid a visit to the “One Life to Live” studios, where he made his soap debut as a Llanview Hospital orderly. In the February 12th entry in his blog, Chang takes fans through a hectic day on the set of the long-running daytime drama.


Arriving shortly before his 1:00 pm call time, Chang spent the afternoon on the set taking in the soap experience and chatting with a fellow extra named Steven. After introducing himself to Chang, Steven tells him that he played a butler in a episode of “OLTL” before. This go around, Steven is taping at least two episodes as a doctor at Llanview Hospital, the first of which coincides with Chang’s day on the set.


While waiting for his name to be called, Chang describes the drama playing out in the episode being filmed that particular day. Featured in the episode are the characters of Rex, Gigi, Stacy, Schuyler, and Roxy, in scenes at Llanview Hospital. First, Schuyler and Stacy share a couple of scenes, with Roxy making an appearance toward the end. Then Stacy and Gigi have a small confrontation. Lastly Rex attempts to comfort an emotional Gigi whose mind is elsewhere. It appears that Gigi has become disconnected from Rex. Following their emotional scenes, Stacy comes barging in with some sort of news.


It also appears from Chang’s blog entry that viewers will soon be getting a glimpse of inside of Schuyler Joplin’s home. Chang states that “We [he and Steven] walked through a small double door…[on their way to the hospital set] Then as if I walked into a giant Cubical office space. Each giant Cubical is a set. I see a Ktichen… Skyler’s Room… A beautiful Victorian style living room… Then the Llanview Hospital Lobby. It was a very tiny set… Smaller than the usual Starbucks Coffee Shop.”


Look for Chang and Steven’s scenes to air around mid-March. But be sure to look close; Chang points out that he “speed-walked” through his scenes. To read Chang’s entire blog entry about his day ‘On the Set of “OLTL,”‘ click here. Also, be sure to visit his offical website, with a complete listing of his other acting credits, by clicking here.


In other minor casting news….


Mellini Kantayya portrays a nurse on March 17th. The actresses has appeared in a handful of episodes of “OLTL” between 2006-2008, and has had various dayplayer roles on “All My Children” and “As the World Turns” in recent years.


Michael Shimkin plays a process server on March 20th. Shimkin has portrayed the same role in two episodes in 2008, and appeared as ‘Rex’s contact’ in a 2006 episode of “OLTL.”


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

Samuel Leaves Harmony For Llanview

Thursday, February 12, 2009 2:41 AM EST | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” hires former Playboy centerfold Daphnée Duplaix Samuel as the next Rachel Gannon.

Less than a month after “OLTL” releashed a casting call for Hank and Nora’s bi-racial daughter Rachel, the long-running ABC daytime drama has found their woman.
Daphnée Duplaix Samuel, ex-Hugh Heffner model and July 1997 Playboy Playmate, has become the fourth actress to tackle the reformed character, whose teenage years
were consumed with sex, drugs, and murder. Ellen Bethea portrayed Rachel when she was last seen in Llanview in 2006, checking in on her comatose mother Nora Hanen.

The 32-year-old Samuel is no stranger to Daytime, having spent nearly four years (2004-2008) portraying the hermaphrodite Valerie Davis on “Passions.” The actress has also guest starred on such series as “Dharma & Greg,” “Just Shoot Me!,” “My Wife and Kids,” “Felicity,” and “The District.” And in 2001, she entered the game show world as the card dealer in the pilot for “Card Sharks;” however she was replaced with Tami Anderson in subsequent episodes.

Look for Samuel to first air as Rachel on April 2nd, one day after her father Hank returns to Llanview.

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

OLTL PreVUE: Week of February 16 Edition

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 5:00 PM EST | By Scotty Gore

 (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — ‘Till Death Do Us Part.


Stacy tells Gigi that their parents died in a tragic car accident. Starr reacts impulsively to Cole’s news regarding Llanview University on Wednesday, February 18. Stacy keeps her one night stand with Fish a secret. Natalie and Jared continue their quest to uncover the details of the night Chloe was born. On Thursday, February 19, Markko decides not to tell Langston that he’s been accepted to UCLA. Lola confronts Vanessa. Cristian stands behind his woman. Ray escapes from prison and heads for Llanview. Cristian suffers a blow to the head. Stacy gets comfortable with Rex, Gigi, and Shane. Starr confides in Schuyler, and ponders his past.

The Inside Story: Can’t We All Just Get Along?
Dorian comes clean to David on Monday, February 16. about why she married him. David finds himself at a crossroads, and ends up sleeping with the enemy. Enjoying their final night in Asa’s mansion, the Buchanans have a wild night. David returns to his old self, with Dorian by his side. On Tuesday, February 17, Bo, Clint, Nora, Renee, and Nigel all wake up with one hell of a hangover and are shocked by what happened the night before. David and Dorian prepare to claim what is theirs. Bo and Nora awake next to one another.  David reminds his newfound family that revenge is a dish best served cold. A boastful Dorian claims David now owns the Palace as well, thanks to a loophole in Asa’s will. As Dorian and David order the Buchanans to vacate the property immediately, Bo swipes one of David’s hairs for a DNA test.

A Closer Look: Strange Bedfellows
Wes kicks Todd’s behind, thus ending their brawl. Not to be outdone, Marty and Blair also have a confrontation. Wes pulls a knife on Todd. Antonio and Talia bust up the rucus. John is vocal in his belief that Wes killed Lee Halpern, and continues to anger Blair. Meanwhile, Wes tells Marty that he is fed up with her childish behavior just before she passes out. Come sunrise the following morning, several of the Go Red Ball attendees wake up to surrprises in their beds. On Tuesday, February 17, John races toward Marty’s room when she screams bloody murder. Across town, Todd explains to a relieved Blair how she found her way to his bed. Marty has blood on her hands, and Wes’ dead body next to her. Blair plans to extend an olive branch to John, who is confident that Marty is not a murderer. Infuriated by what she sees, Blair tips off Antonio and Talia on Wednesday, February 18. However, while working the crime scene, the duo discover more questions than answers. Shadows of guilt and suspicion are cast upon both Todd and Marty. Cole and Starr are horrifed to learn of their parents actions. Afterward, Cole confesses that he visited Marty the previous night, only to leave when he heard Wes’ voice. At St. Ann’s, Brody confesses to Jessica that he spent the preceeding night out walking and thinking. Tea struggles to control her jealousy of Todd and Blair. As the news of Wes’ murder begins to spread around Llanview, several people exhibit strange behavior. Marty is interrogated by Talia, while Tea takes Todd to the police station. Jessica calms Brody’s fears. Tea challenges Blair, who is forced to publicly admit that she spent the night with Todd. Antonio puts the cuffs on Marty after her fingerprints are found on the murder weapon on Friday, February 20. And John is too concerned about Marty to listen to Blair’s explanation.

One Life to Live News and Headlines:


  • Monday: Bo and Clint have a few tricks up their sleeves. Jared and Natalie are on a mission. Vanessa has a confession to make.
  • Tuesday: Natalie is more determined than ever. David and Dorian refuse to go quietly. Cristian is betrayed by the woman he loves.
  • Wednesday: David’s paternity is again in doubt. Stacy’s behavior worries Gigi. Rex demands the truth from Roxy.
  • Thursday: The Buchanans receive some shocking news. Blair confronts John. Lola has a secret.
  • Friday: Viki gives David some food for thought. Starr ends her relationship with her father. Gigi continues to be troubled by her sister’s actions. Thinking Starr told Schuyler about his drue use, Cole fumes with anger.

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

AMC PreVUE: Week of February 16 Edition

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 5:00 PM EST | By Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Fallout.


JR takes notice of how jumpy Amanda seems in front of Frankie, Jake and Randi whenever he’s around. A lucid Annie finally comes to grips with the finality of her and Ryan’s relationship and vows to get better for her daughter on Monday, February 16. David continues to put the pressure on Amanda. Aidan turns the tables on Sinclair, who angrily confronts Annie. Aidan comes to Annie’s rescue just in time and promises to always protect her. Sure she’s dying, Sinclair confesses all to Jesse on Thursday, February 19. David orders Joe to bed rest after he suffers chest pains; Joe tells his boys that it’s up to them to continue the fight against David.

The Inside Story: Cliff Notes
Kendall loses control of the car while arguing with Zach and ends up on the wrong side of the road just as Greenlee’s motorcycle approaches. Zach tells Kendall that he’s going to take the blame for the accident after finding what’s left of Greenlee’s mangled bike near the riverbank. Ryan arrives on the scene and jumps into the freezing water in a desperate attempt to find Greenlee. Kendall admits to Ryan that she and Zach were arguing in the car before the accident which prompts Lavery to bring up Reese and Zach’s earlier encounter. Ryan attacks Zach. Zach and Kendall arrive back at Bianca and Reese’s reception with news of the accident. Ryan refuses to give up hope but soon receives damning evidence of Greenlee’s fate. David and Aidan blame Zach for Greenlee’s demise. A vision of Greenlee appears before Kendall, telling her that the accident wasn’t her fault or Zach’s. Erica reaches out to a heartbroken Jack. Aidan works to disprove Sinclair’s claim that Annie tampered with the brakes on Greenlee’s bike. Aidan blames Ryan for Greenlee’s death. Jesse breaks up Aidan and Ryan’s fight. Alone, Ryan breaks down into sobs. Ryan arrives at Zach’s empty casino and informs him that he is going to pay for taking Greenlee from him. Zach squares off with Ryan on Thursday, February 19. Kendall takes Ryan back to his penthouse. Ryan and Kendall face the heartbreaking task of telling Emma about Greenlee. Kendall struggles to live with her lie. Ryan warns Erica that he is going to destroy Zach and that it’s her responsibility to make sure Kendall isn’t hurt in the fallout.

A Closer Look: The Kiss Off
At the chapel, Kendall seethes at the sight of Reese and then collapses after clutching her chest. Ryan tells a crushed Bianca about Reese and Zach’s embrace. At the hospital, Zach admits to Kendall that he did kiss Reese but claims there’s nothing between them and tries to explain their relationship to her. Kendall shuts down on Zach. Bianca doesn’t fare much better with Kendall and heads out to confront Reese. Reese begs Bianca for her forgiveness. Reese is rocked to the core when Bianca takes the kids and walks out on her. Bianca accuses Reese of only wanting Gabrielle because it keeps her connected to Zach. Erica’s heart breaks for Bianca. Kendall doesn’t want Zach anywhere near her. Erica urges Kendall not to throw her marriage away and later tells Zach that he has to make things right. Mrs. Slater returns home and kicks Reese out on Wednesday, February 18; meanwhile, Mr. Slater arrives at the casino where he kicks everybody out and begins drinking. Bianca stuns Reese with annulment papers. Reese makes it clear to Bianca that she’s not giving up Gabrielle without a fight. Erica allows Reese to hold Gabrielle but tells Reese she only has herself to blame for the mess she’s in. Bianca lashes out at Zach and warns him that he’ll never have any contact with Gabrielle on Friday, February 20. Bianca turns to Kendall, who refuses to help her in her fight against Reese. Reese, meanwhile, turns to Zach for help in stopping Bianca from taking Gabrielle.

All My Children News and Headlines:


  • Monday: Kendall tells Bianca the bond they shared is broken forever. Zach refuses to help Reese. David warns Amanda to stick to the plan.
  • Tuesday: Zach won’t tolerate the distance between him and Kendall. Bianca shares an emotional goodbye with Erica and Kendall. Krystal and JR grow suspicious of David and Amanda.
  • Wednesday: Reese lets Zach and Kendall know she’s not going anywhere. David puts the screws to Amanda. Aidan admits to Angie he’s fallen in love with Annie.
  • Thursday: Jake convinces Krystal to keep Amanda’s secret. Reese tells Adam she overheard Kendall’s confession. Ryan plans on stealing the casino away from Zach.
  • Friday: Adam is confident he has the ammunition he needs to take Zach down. Amanda can’t go through with destroying JR. Angie’s shocked to learn what Jake and Frankie did.

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

Will ‘One Life’ Be ‘Born’ Again?

Tuesday, February 10, 2009 11:22 PM EST | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Will Roscoe Born be bringing former cult leader Mitch Laurence back to Llanview?

Is he, or isn’t he? That is the question countless “One Life to Live” fans have been asking themselves in recent weeks. The answer depends on which source you choose to believe.

According to ABC Soaps in Depth, Born will return to “OLTL” for a short stint in the coming months to tie up loose ends to a storyline sidetracked by last year’s writers strike. That storyline involved Allison Perkins stalking Jessica Brennan, all the while claiming that she had possession of a DVD that contained a secret to her past. However, during a struggle at last year’s Go Red Ball, the DVD was destroyed and Allison fell into a coma, and has yet to regain conciseness. The storyline proved bittersweet for “OLTL” Head Writer Ron Carlivati, who was forced to watch the tale he penned play out as envisioned by Gary Tomlin when the sudser fell victim to the industry mandated strike. There has also been lingering speculation that Mitch Laurence may also be Rex Balsom’s long lost father.

However, just when it seemed as if Born’s return to Llanview was a done deal, a “OLTL” spokesperson told TV Guide that, with regards to Born’s rumored comeback, “it’s not happening, but various faces from the past may show up in Llanview this spring. You’ll have to watch to find out.” Hmmm…. Could one of those ‘various faces from the past’ be Andrea Evans? The soap diva returned to “One Life to Live” last June after an 18-year absence to reprise her signature role of Tina Lord Roberts, only to leave again before year’s end. Well, that remains to be seen. Although the actress is rumored to be returning to Llanview again this spring, and her bio. is still up with the rest of the “OLTL” cast at the ABC Medianet website, however talk of Evans returning is not much more than speculation at this point.

As for Born, he placed Llanview under his spell when he premiered as charismatic cult leader Mitch Laurence in 1985. After leaving the show the following year, he returned briefly in 1987, and again from 2002-2003. Could “OLTL” be contemplating a second return from the dead storyline involving Mitch Laurence, or could the villain reach out from the grave to reveal his daughter Jessica’s supposed secret? And what would Mitch’s return mean for his brother Miles who, along with his portrayer David Chisum, seems to have dropped off the face of the earth? So many questions…so few answers. Stay tuned to Soap Opera Network as we continue to follow this developing story.

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

Purdee, Gannons Get New ‘Life’ in Llanview

Tuesday, February 10, 2009 8:05 PM EST | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” brings diversity back to Llanveiw by resurrecting the African-American Gannon family.

Throughout the 1990s, the Gannon’s made quite a splash in Llanview. Patriarch Hank was the ex-husband of the town’s noted Caucasian defense attorney Nora Hanen; creating one of daytime television’s only interracial couples of the time. They also brought along their daughter Rachel and Hank’s brother R.J., whom it was later revealed had once had an affair with Nora while she was married to Hank. Over the years, Rachel would become a murderer and a drug addict, and R.J. a thorne in the side of the Llanview Police Department and his brother Hank, who became the District Attorney following the resignation of Herb Callison. But by the end of the decade, the Gannon’s had faded into the background and were rarely seen or mentioned by the residents of Llanview.

However, all that is about to change as word comes that “One Life to Live” has plans to return the Gannon family to the spotlight. First there was casting call issued last month for the character of Rachel Gannon. The audition script involves Rachel discussing how best to handle her half-brother Matthew’s drug problem with her mother Nora. The scene has added importance given the character’s past drug use. Few other details have been released regarding the recasted role, however it is speculated that Rachel’s latest visit to Llanview may last more than just a few episodes. Ellen Bethea originated the role of Rachel in 1992. After leaving “OLTL” in 1995, she would return for brief stints in 2000, 2001, 2005, and 2006. In Bethea’s absence, Mari Morrow took over the role from 1995-96, and Sandra P. Grant from 1996-98.

With the impending return of his daughter to Llanview, many “OLTL” fans began to wonder if Hank Gannon could be far behind. The wait proved to be short as Soap Opera Digest announced today on their website that Nathan Purdee will be bringing the elder Gannon brother back to Llanview beginning April 1st. The exact length of Purdee’s return to “One Life” in remains unknown at this time, however. Fans may recall that Purdee left “OLTL” in 2003 after eleven years with the show.

During his time in Llanview, Hank Gannon was described an honest and trustworthy kind of guy. He quickly became best friends with his ex-wife’s new husband Bo Buchanan, and two worked side-by-side for years as District Attorney and Police Commissioner. But in 2003, following the bad publicity that surrounded the Mitch Laurence murder investigation, Hank resigned as District Attorney. Quickly fading into the background, Hank promptly disappeared from sight following Purdee’s departure from “OLTL.” Hank, now offscreen, began teaching law at Llanview University. The last mention of the character came from his brother R.J., who stated that Hank had moved back to Chicago to be closer to Rachel, and was now teaching law and coaching college football somewhere in the Windy City.

With Hank and Rachel returning to the canvas, it could potentially mean more airtime for R.J. Gannon and his portrayer Timothy D. Stickeny, who remains on recurring status with “OLTL” despite the fact he was last seen nearly a year ago. However, only time will tell.

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

‘One Life’ February Casting Notes

Tuesday, February 10, 2009 4:45 PM EST | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The latest casting tidbits for “One Life to Live.”

Who’s Coming?

  • Musician Rachael Yamagata comes to Llanview on April 2nd, and will perform a song from her album “Elephants…Teeth Sinking Into Heart” at Capricorn.

    The 31-year-old vocal artist began her solo career in 2002, following a stint with the Chicago funk-fusion band “Bumpus.” In 2004, Yamagata released her first album “Happenstance.” Several of her songs, including “Be Be Your Love,” “Jesus Was a Cross Maker,” and “Reason Why” have been featured in episodes of such hit shows as “The O.C.,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Brothers and Sisters,” “Private Practice,” “One Tree Hill,” “Charmed,” and “Nip/Tuck.” Her music has also been featured in the films “Elizabethtown,” “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” and “Hotel for Dogs.” In addition, Yamagata also made a guest appearance on “The O.C.,” during the show’s second season.

    Artists who have been associated with Yamagata include Ryan Adams, Mandy Moore, Jason Mraz, and Chris Holmes. For more information about Rachael Yamagata, visit her official website by clicking here.

  • Jackie Hoffman will portray Eunice, a ticket taker at the Go Red Ball in one or two episodes beginning February 12th. The stand up comedian/Broadway star is a veteran of Chicago’s “The Second City” improv group, and has appeared in several Jewish themed one-woman shows. Among Hoffman’s many acting credits include appearances on “Strangers with Candy,” “Hope and Faith,” “Ed,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” and “Starved.” Film roles include “Legally Blond 2: Red, White and Blonde,” “A Dirty Shame,” and “Garden State.” Hoffman has also voiced several animated characters including the Water Cooler in “Robots,” Dilmom in “Dilbert,” and ‘Mary Phillips, the Talk Radio host’, in the video game “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.” On stage, the Joseph Jefferson Award winner has appeared in “Hairspray” and “Xanadu.” Hoffman made her soap debut in a 2007 episode of “As the World Turns,” in which she portrayed a character named Miranda.
  • Shenell Edmonds joins the Llanview teen scene on February 27th as Desitny, Matthew’s new friend in gym class. The role is recurring. Other airdates include March 5th, 6th, 25th, and April 7th.
  • Adam Zuniga appears as a DJ on March 6th. Zuniga has appeared in three other episodes of “OLTL.” In 2007 he appeared as “Musician #3″ and later as an “Indie Bassist,” and in 2008 as “Punk #2.” In addition, he also portrayed a Room Service Waiter in a 2008 episode of “All My Children.” And Zuniga co-starred as Mr. Chong/Brainiac in the film “What Happens in Vegas.”
  • “Guiding Light” alum Crystal Hunt debuted as Gigi Morasco’s younger stripper sister Stacy on February 6th.
  • Eric Martin Brown first aired as Stan on February 6th. The character has a connection to Stacy Morasco.

Who’s Returning?

  • Peter Brouwer returns as Asa’s lawyer Beaver Calhoun on February 10th, who is in search of David Vickers.
  • A. Martinez finds his way back to Llanview as Ray Montez on February 20th.

Who’s Going?

  • Justin Paul Kahn exits the role of Wes Granger the week of February 16th, when his bloody corpse is discovered in Llanview. Kahn originated the role of Brody Lovett’s old Navy buddy last fall.
  • Looked for a backburnered actor and actress and their characters to quietly fade into the background and then leave Llanview in the coming months.

Who’s Staying?

  • Dana Sipovich premiered as Becca Salzman, a girl Matthew tries repeatedly to impress, on January 21st.
  • Fourteen-year-old Jack Rovello made his “OLTL” debut as Justin, a boy who causes trouble for Matthew, beginning January 23rd. Rovello has appeared in episodes of “Ed,” “Sex in the City,” and “All My Children.”
  • Michael Easton recently signed a new contract with “OLTL.” While the show is keeping mum on the details, look for Easton to remain in Llanview for the foreseeable future. Easton joined “OLTL” as brooding cop John McBain in 2003.
  • Evan Joiner began playing Cole’s pill pushing friend Asher on January 8th.
  • Syam Lafi portrays the Iraqi Boy in Brody Lovett’s disturbing war visions.

Past Casting News…

  • Kyle Klaus appeared in flashback scenes as a Navy Seal on January 19th.
  • James T. Lane portrayed the James Brown impersonator who wed Moe and Noelle on February 9th.
  • “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

‘One Life’ Suffers Another Loss

Tuesday, February 10, 2009 12:43 AM EST | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life” mourns the death of Phil Carey.

Only days after losing long-time cast member Clint Ritchie (ex-Clint Buchanan) following heart surgery, the “One Life to Live” family is hit with yet another shocking loss. On February 6th, Phil Carey lost his hard fought three-year battle with lung cancer. He was 83-years-old.

Phil Carey brought Asa Buchanan and his oil empire to Llanview in January 1980, as “One Life” cashed in on the buzz surrounding the then-popular CBS primetime drama “Dallas,” which featured the powerful Ewing clan of Southfork. In the decades that followed, Asa and the Buchanan family would create much drama, scandal, and deception in Llanview. With Asa at the head of the table, the family would ultimately consist of four sons and a mirarid of wives. In all, the oil tycoon was married 14 times to 10 different women. Carey also took the character of Asa to “All My Children’s” Pine Valley for one episode in 2004, as part of a complicated baby switch storyline involving the two sister soap operas.

After being prominently featured on “One Life to Live” for more than a quarter century, Carey’s airtime diminished considerably following a lung cancer diagnosis in January 2006. While being treated with chemotherapy, he managed to make only a handful of appearances on “OLTL” in 2006 and 2007. In March of that year, news broke that Carey was leaving “One Life to Live” after twenty-seven years with the soap.

The decision stemmed from a tense confrontation between Carey and “One Life” executives in which the show refused to offer him a new contract, and instead asked him to go on recurring status. As a result, writers killed off the character of Asa as part of the “OLTL’s” 10,000th episode storyline on August 16th, 2007. However, Carey would return to “OLTL” for a few episodes in 2008, most notably during “One Life to Live’s” 40th anniversary special episode on July 21st, 2008, when VIki Davidson (Erika Slezak) encountered Asa while visiting Heaven following her “death.” Carey’s final “One Life” appearance was on December 29th, 2008 when the late billionaire announced in a screening of a video will made before Asa’s death, that his entire fortune now belonged to his illegitimate son David Vickers. A portion of Carey’s appearance in that episode was shown again early last month during a conversation between Asa’s two-time wife Renee and trusted manservant Nigel.

Eugene Joseph “Phil” Carey was born in Hackensack, New Jersey on July 15th, 1925. He spent much of his childhood in the communities of Rosedale and Malverne on Long Island in New York. He was a member of the U.S. Marine Corp. during World War II, and was injured when Japanese warships attacked the U.S.S. Franklin in 1945; several hundred of his fellow crewmates were killed. He later saw action in the Korean War.

After leaving the military, Carey studied drama at the University of Miami. Shortly thereafter, he was contacted by a talent scout from Warner Brothers who offered him an audition for the film “Operation Pacific.” “They flew me out to the coast,” Carey stated in a 1994 interview. “They were going to be seeing several other actors for the part. “I was on the set with these other guys and suddenly I see John Wayne. He took one look at me and said, ‘You look tired . . . Here’s my dressing room — go take a nap.’ I did. After we did the scene, Wayne says to me, ‘You got the part, kid.’ “

With Carey’s career suddenly taking off, he was placed under contract by Warner Brothers and later by Columbia Pictures during the 1950s. Film roles included “I was a Communist for the FBI,” “Springfield Rifle,” “Calamity Jane,” “The Long Gray Line,” “Mister Roberts,” and “This Woman is Dangerous.” From 1956-57 Carey co-starred in the NBC adventure series “Tales of the 77th Bengal Lancers,” which was set in the post-Civil War era. He landed a starring role in the 1959-60 ABC crime drama “Philip Marlowe.” And from 1965-67, Carey co-starred as Texas Ranger Capt. Edward Parmalee in NBC’s “Laredo.” Throughout his film career, Carey worked with such greats as Gary Cooper, Henry Fonda, Joan Crawford, Tyrone Power, Fred MacMurray and Kim Novak.

Despite these early television and film roles, Carey didn’t receive much widespread recognition until becoming the spokesman for the Southern California based ‘Granny Goose Potato Chips.’ Commercials for the popular snack food company featured Carey rescuing a damsel in distress, only to tell her that ‘You may not believe this . . . but my name is Granny Goose.’ “

Throughout his long career, Carey also appeared in a number of television series, including “The Ford Television Theatre,” “The Rifleman,” “Cheyenne,” “The Gallant Men,” “77 Sunset Strip,” “Little House on the Prairie,” “Gunsmoke”, “The Bionic Woman,” “Felony Squad,” and “All in the Family,” where he played an old army buddy of Archie Bunker who revealed that he was gay.

Carey was also an avid golfer, often hitting the green with Dean Martin at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles. And he toured in his several stage plays, including Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons” and “Cyrano de Bergerac.”

As news spread of Carey’s death, several of his “One Life to Live” co-stars recalled the years they spent with their former co-star. Robert S. Woods, who portrayed Carey’s TV son Bo Buchanan, stated that Carey had been like a second father to him over the years. “He was like ‘Pa’ to me. My own father passed away in 1975 and I met Philly in 1979. For those 30 years, he has been like a father to me. I don’t know if I could love him more if he was my dad.”

Hillary B. Smith, whose character Nora was for years married Carey’s onscreen son Bo, expressed her grief over Carey’s death in a post on her official website. “It is with great sadness that I write this: Phil Carey passed away yesterday afternoon after a three-year valiant fight with cancer. He was a light in my life around the studio. A big man, with a big heart that hated the idea that he had such a big heart. It is amazing to lose Clint Richie and Phil Carey in the same week, and yet I don’t think they would have wanted it any other way. I just hope they both end up in the same place or there will be Hell to pay…. literally. Phil’s presence on the show is still palpable and will always be felt. I miss him. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Phil rest; the fight is over; you can go home now. I love you. Hillary”

Timothy D. Stickney (R.J. Gannon, “OLTL”) had this to say about Phil Carey. “He was a very kind and considerate man. Always aware of the others feelings. NOT like Asa at all in that respect, I grew to like him as much as I respected him. A good man from a time when not all were as open and respectful toward others.”

Robin Strasser (Dorian Lord, “OLTL”), who worked alongside Carey for many years, has left a message on her hotline in memory of her former co-star. In reference to both Clint Ritchie and Phil Carey: “They were both great guys. Not easy, not uncomplicated, bigger than life. Clint, I’m sure, is with as many horses as you can possibly be surrounded by and on top of one of them, riding free. It was never simple with women but it was unconditional about horses. Their spirits are set free and I feel so lucky to have known them. I celebrate their legacy. My condolences to their near and dear… Wherever [Clint] is, I hope that he’s on his favorite horse, riding free, getting together for a few good ones with Phil Carey.” Strasser’s entire message can be heard on her hotline by calling (212) 414-5300.

Carey’s former “One Life” daughter-in-law Erika Slezak (Viki Davidson) revealed that she was “incredibly fond” of Phil Carey. “I loved that man very much. He was larger than life like his character of Asa. He was a central figure on the show and to everyone at ‘One Life to Live.’ When Phil was in the building, you knew it. He will be sorely missed. I was so honored to have the privilege to work with him one final time for our 40th Anniversary show.”

And “OLTL” Executive Producer Frank Valentini had this to say: “In a week where we said goodbye to Clint Ritchie (ex-Clint Buchanan), the overwhelming news of Phil Carey’s death was truly a profound loss to the ‘One Life to Live’ family. “His presence will always be a part of ‘One Life to Live.’ The best way to describe Phil was bigger than life. Like Asa, he possessed an undeniable quality that drew you to him, whether he was amusing you with a story or he was just plain ornery. We can only imagine that he and Clint Ritchie are sitting back and having a drink together. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Colleen, and his five children.”

Carey is survived by his wife Colleen Welsh, and their two children Shannon and Sean; and three children with his first wife (Maureen Peppler), Lisa, Linda and Jeff. Three grandchildren also survive.

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