Monday, December 15, 2008 12:11 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

 (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The economy is a bust and we’re in a recession. Advertisers are pulling ad dollars from network television and have instead decided to spend less and fire thousands. With daytime’s audience trending down for more than a decade, 2008 will forever be remembered as the year the daypart finally received its reality check.

So, instead of bringing you a what’s up and what’s down ratings report, we at Soap Opera Network have decided to launch a new feature where we pit soap against soap in the Nielsen Ratings. No, not who is doing better on a week to week basis, but who is the best-of-the-best, only day-by-day.

Without further adieu…

What remains the strory of the year is how low CBS’ “Guiding Light” can fall as it fights to survive and retain its title as broadcasting’s longest running program. With numbers so low (a 1.4 HH rating on Thursday), it would make “Port Charles” look like a ratings winner. Sadly, “Port Charles” was cancelled in 2003 with higher ratings than this despite airing in the wee-hours of the night. While NBC’s “Days of our Lives” loses 40% of its budget in the upcoming year and a loss of its two stars (Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn), three out of its five weekly episodes (Friday, Tuesday, and Monday) outranked every episode of ABC’s “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.” The highest episode was its Friday broadcast with 2.9 million viewers. For the week, “DAYS” averaged 2.7 million viewers. “DAYS” is also the only soap to increase viewers year-over-year, gaining 120,000 viewers from the same point last year. “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” remain daytime’s most watched programs as they hold the 1-5 and 6-10 positions. “Restless,” however has lost the most audience year-over-year with a decline of 630,000 viewers. It’s Women 18-49 ranking, however, remains on par with its year-ago and up a point week-to-week.

After losing the most viewers collectively year-over-year in the early months of ’08, ABC has handed the title off to CBS (207,000 viewers vs 2.1 million  viewers). While the minor loss might not be so bad to one just seeing the numbers, it should  be noted that the network had already lost millions of viewers by mid-2007. More severe losses would have cost a show its cast and crew.


 Daytime Ratings:
Week of December 1, 2008
(in order of Households)

 Rank  Network Show
Households
(Rating/Share;
change vs last week/last year)
 Total Viewers
(in millions;
change vs last
week/last year)
Women 18-49
(Rating/Share;
change vs last week/last year)
 1  CBS Y&R  3.6/13
(same/-.4)
 5,016,000 (-93,000/-630,000)  1.7/11
(+.1/-.1)
 2  CBS B&B  2.7/9
(+.1/-.2)
 3,597,000
(-225,000/-451,000)
 1.3/8
(+.1/-.2)
 3  ABC GH  2.2/7
(same/-.1)
2,853,000
(-100,000/-115,000)
1.4/8
(+.1/same)
 4  CBS ATWT  2.0/7
(+.1/-.3)
 2,694,000 (-121,000/-434,000)  1.1/7
(+.1/-.1)
 5  NBC DAYS 2.0/7
(same/-.1)
 2,736,000 (+5,000/+120,000)  (+.1/same)
 6  ABC OLTL  2.0/7
(-.1/-.1)
2,618,000
(-142,000/-43,000)
 1.2/7
(same/-.1)
 7  ABC AMC  1.9/7
(-.1/-.1)
2,541,000 (-217,000/-49,000)  1.2/7
(same/+.1)
 8  CBS  GL  1.5/5
(same/-.4)
 2,011,000 (-181,000/-569,000)  0.9/5
(+.1/-.2)

Source: NTI Live+SD


 Soap Opera Episode Rankings:
Week of December 1, 2008
(in order of Total Viewers)

 Rank Network
 Show

 Households

 Total Viewers
(in millions/rounded)
 Airdate
 1  CBS  The Young and the Restless
 3.8  5,227 (5.2)  Tuesday
 2  CBS  The Young and the Restless  3.6  5,080 (5.1)  Thursday
3  CBS  The Young and the Restless  3.7 5,010 (5.0)  Friday
 4  CBS  The Young and the Restless  3.5  4,889 (4.9)  Monday
 5  CBS  The Young and the Restless 3.5  4,874 (4.9)  Wednesday
 6  CBS  The Bold and the Beautiful
2.8
3,704 (3.7) Friday
 7  CBS  The Bold and the Beautiful  2.6  3,602 (3.6) Thursday
 8  CBS  The Bold and the Beautiful  2.6  3,593 (3.6)  Monday
 9  CBS  The Bold and the Beautiful  2.6  3,563 (3.6) Tuesday
 10  CBS  The Bold and the Beautiful  2.6 3.523 (3.5) Wednesday
11  ABC  General Hospital
 2.3 3,124 (3.1)
Tuesday
 12  ABC  General Hospital  2.3  3,035 (3.0) Monday
 13  NBC  Days of our Lives
2.1
2,880 (2.9)
Friday
 14  NBC  Days of our Lives 2.1  2,806 (2.8) Tuesday
 15 CBS
 As The World Turns  2.1 2,787 (2.8)
Wednesday
 16 ABC General Hospital 2.2 2,768 (2.8)   Friday
 17  CBS  As The World Turns 2.0 2,756 (2.8)  Monday
 17  ABC  General Hospital  2.2  2,756 (2.8)  Wednesday
 19  NBC  Days of our Lives 2.0 2,730 (2.7) Monday
20
 ABC  One Life to Live
 2.0 2,719 (2.7)
 Tuesday
 21  ABC  All My Children
 2.1  2,714 (2.7)  Monday
 22  CBS  As The World Turns 2.0 2,711 (2.7) Tuesday
 23  ABC  All My Children  2.0  2,696 (2.7) Tuesday
 24  ABC  One Life to Live 2.0  2,687 (2.7) Friday
 25  CBS  As The World Turns  2.0 2,684 (2.7)  Thursday
 26  NBC  Days of our Lives  1.9  2,633 (2.6) Thursday
 27  NBC  Days of our Lives  1.9  2,630 (2.6) Wednesday
 28  ABC  One Life to Live  2.0 2,620 (2.6) Wednesday
 29  ABC  One Life to Live  2.0 2,602 (2.6)  Monday
 30  ABC  General Hospital  2.0 2,584 (2.6)  Thursday
 31  CBS  As The World Turns 2.0  2,533 (2.5) Thursday
 32  ABC  All My Children  1.9 2,494 (2.5) Wednesday
 33  ABC  One Life to Live  1.9 2,463 (2.5) Thursday
 34  ABC  All My Children  1.8 2,409 (2.4) Friday
 35  ABC  All My Children 1.9 2,393 (2.4) Thursday
 36  CBS  Guiding Light 1.5
2,147(2.1) Monday
 37  CBS  Guiding Light 1.5 2,091 (2.1)  Tuesday
 38  CBS  Guiding Light  1.5 2,024 (2.0)  Friday
 39  CBS  Guiding Light  1.4 1,997 (2.0) Wednesday
40  CBS  Guiding Light  1.4  1,839 (1.8)  Thursday
           
   Legend:  Most Watched Episode
   Least Watched Episode

Source: NTI Live+SD

For more ratings data:  Ratings for the week December 1-5, 2008


‘AMC’s’ Egglesfield Is History

Wednesday, December 10, 2008 3:18 PM EST | By Angela Rosa


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” aborts Josh Madden.

Colin Egglesfield has been let go from “All My Children.”

Always hopeful about a return to the soap, a now clearly disappointed Egglesfield tells ABC Soaps In Depth that the decision “doesn’t add up to [him].” Egglesfield joined “AMC” in September 2005, replacing Scott Kinworthy in the role of Josh Madden. Egglesfield was dropped to recurring status in the early fall of 2008. Sources close to “AMC” tell the magazine that following a brief return in January the character “is definitely gone for good.” Speculation is that Josh will be killed off allowing his heart to be given to his sister, Kendall Hart (Alicia Minshew), who is currently in a coma and battling a failing heart.

The role of Josh Madden has long been covered in a cloud of controversy due to the fact that the character, thanks to the wackiness of daytime, is the one-time fetus that Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) aborted in 1973; daytime’s first legal abortion.

As previously reported by Soap Opera Network, Egglesfield will appear in at least several episodes starting in January.

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


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    AMC PreVUE: Week of December 15 Edition

    Wednesday, December 10, 2008 5:00 PM | By Angela Rosa


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) – The tribute.

    THIS WEEK ON: ALL MY CHILDREN

    • David wants payback. Erica convinces Adam to let David spend a few moments with Little A. David comes home to Amanda…and Krystal. David spins a tale to Krystal and takes her into an embrace. David gives Joe an ultimatum: hand over the Chief of Staff position or watch Jake’s career end. A drugged Krystal goes on a dangerous car ride.
    • Taylor is affected as Brot explains that it was her love for him that kept him alive through everything. Brot pulls away from Taylor’s touch. Frankie and Brot help Taylor move into her new place. Jake heads to Taylor’s place after a military officer confronts him about Brot. Brot decides it’s time to face the consequences of his actions.
    • Jake and Greenlee drown their sorrows. Jake gives Ryan some advice. Ryan spots Greenlee but walks away before she sees him. Greenlee saves the day at Emma’s dance recital. Annie attacks Ryan when he stops by to leave a photo of Emma for her. Aidan tries to turn Annie against Ryan. Someone is secretly video taping Annie.
    • Adam grins and bears it when Erica brings Fusion to the mansion. Angie walks in on Frankie and Randi in a very intimate moment. Randi’s day goes from bad to worse after Greenlee informs Erica of pornographic pictures of the new face of Fusion on the web. Frankie is more troubled by Randi’s porn past than he lets on.
    • Ryan thinks Kendall could be waking up when she has a spasm while he’s sitting with her. David insists to Zach that Kendall’s movement was involuntarily and her diagnosis remains the same. Zach clashes with Ryan.
    • Bianca confronts Reese with Forrest’s claim that she was engaged to a man. Reese insists to Bianca that she never felt alive until the day she met her. Bianca questions Reese about her past relationships with men. Reese’s tries to ease Bianca’s fears. An upset Bianca demands to know what Reese and Zach are hiding from her.
    • On Friday, December 19 Pine Valley gathers to pay tribute to Myrtle. Angie, Jesse, Greenlee, Ryan, Amanda and Kelly Tyler share memories of Myrtle at the boarding house. Zach, Opal, Erica and Bianca all receive gifts from Myrtle that hold special significance to each of them. Zach dedicates the “Fargate Carnival Room” at the casino in honor of Myrtle.

    SON ALERTS: WEEK OF DECEMBER 22, 2008

    • Monday: Ryan’s impressed by Greenlee’s kindness. Taylor gives Brot a dose of tough love. Zach hopes for a miracle.

    • Tuesday: Ryan and Greenlee act on their feelings. Amanda sets out to get JR to fall off the wagon. Krystal realizes that David has been drugging her.

    • Wednesday: Encore presentation of the October 20 episode of “All My Children.”

    • Thursday: Encore presentation of the October 21 episode of “All My Children.”

    • Friday: Ryan and Greenlee can’t deny what they feel. Annie escapes from Oak Haven. A guilt ridden Amanda pushes JR to drink.


    Monday, December 8, 2008 3:40 PM | By Angela Rosa


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) – New beginnings.

    THIS WEEK ON: GUIDING LIGHT

    • Josh is floored when Reva tells him the truth about her condition. Reva tells Josh that talking to a happy Shayne is just what she needed. Jeffrey admits his fears to Olivia who urges him to be honest with Reva. Jeffrey gives Reva hope. Josh calls Reva with the news about Shayne. Reva is shocked to see her son in a wheelchair.
    • Beth gives Alan a warning. Alan senses that there’s something different about Beth. Beth tells Coop she doesn’t want to be alone. Beth is shaken to realize she spent the entire night with Coop. Buzz tries to keep his cool when Alan comes over looking for Beth. Coop and Alan, separately, make plays to keep Beth by their side.
    • Christina tells Remy all she really wants is a divorce after he gives her Mel’s MCAT study guides. Mel tells Remy and Christina that she can’t help them with their divorce and suggests they talk things out. Mel makes a confession to her mother – she lied to Remy and Christina because she thinks they’re made for each other.

    A Closer Look: The Ex Test

    Mallet tells Dinah that he loved her but they just weren’t good for each other. Shayne spies Marina and Mallet’s closeness and later starts an argument with Mallet who has no idea who the soldier is. A determined Frank goes against Marina’s wishes and makes sure she has the wedding of her dreams. Dinah wonders who she’s really talking to when she runs into Shayne at the wedding. Mallet runs into Dinah while chasing after an upset Daisy. Marina is shocked to run into Shayne who expresses his bitter take on love to his ex. Marina spies Mallet holding an upset Dinah. Marina and Mallet proceed with their wedding without mentioning their encounters but the wedding scene disintegrates as Shayne barges in with Dinah. Josh is shocked to see Shayne’s condition. Frank arrests Dinah and Shayne. Marina defends Shayne to Mallet and brings up his encounter with Dinah. The couple calls it a night without getting married. Marina secretly bails Dinah out after finding her all alone in the cell. Dinah reveals to Marina that it was all Shayne’s idea to bust up the wedding. Mallet passionately declares his love to Marina and sweeps her into the courtroom, filled with her family, for their wedding. A heartbroken Dinah watches as Mallet and Marina marry.



    Wedding bells ringing…
    Monday, December 8, 2008 10:49 AM | By Venus Stone

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — It’s another wedding for Jack…

    THIS WEEK ON: AS THE WORLD TURNS

    Dusty needs Emily’s help when it comes to pleading self-defense in Paul’s shooting. Tired of being turned away by him, Emily turns her back on him. Barbara refuses to believe Dusty’s story of how Paul hired Josie. Emily is later confronted by Paul, who tells her to remain on his side. While Craig is in a meeting with Dani, he overhears the conversation with Emily and Paul, which prompts him to go to Dusty offering his help. Dusty quickly refuses. Luke tries to dig up information about Brian by going to the office of his ex-wife. When Carolyn balks at giving what he wants, he leaves. Luke is soon confronted by Brian and Noah, seeing the incident, comforts Luke. Alison gets a new patient assigned to her and is upset to learn that it’s Mark. Unable to find a substitute, Alison has no choice but to take responsibility for his care. When Alison goes to check on him she finds that he is missing. Casey, who is also working at the hospital, finds Mark on the roof and talks him out of taking a jump. After getting Mark back into his room, Alison tells Casey how much she appreciates his help.

    ANOTHER WALK DOWN THE AISLE

    Carly gets upset when Jack informs her that he wants to take out a second mortgage to pay for his wedding to Janet. An upset Janet begins to have second thoughts about the wedding. When Jack tells Janet that he didn’t get approval on the mortgage. She lets him know that they should get married at City Hall. When Liberty informs Parker about how upset her mother is becoming about the snags in getting married to Jack, Parker decides to be a good son by forging Carly’s signature on his trust fund to fund the wedding. Carly hits the roof and puts the blame on Jack and Janet for what Parker did. Janet, however, recoups the money, which forces Carly to apologize. Jack later rubs it in Carly’s face that regardless, he’s getting married and she best get used to it.

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    OLTL PreVUE: Week of December 8 Edition

    Sunday, December 7, 2008 10:11 PM EST | By Scotty Gore


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Those living in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

    THIS WEEK ON: ONE LIFE TO LIVE

    Viki gives Charlie a second chance; Tea vows to help Todd whether he likes it or not; Andrew presides over baby Hope’s funeral; Marty and Cole grow closer; Vaness and Cristian lock lips; Lola seeks Langston’s aide; Jessica apologizes to Brody; and Jack throws a tantrum.

    The Inside Story: Second Chances

    Natalie urges Viki to give Charlie a second chance. Afterward, Viki arrives at a decision and visits the Buenos Dias Cafe looking for Charlie. Excited, Charlie listens as Viki informs him that she never stopped loving him. As the snow begins to fall in Angel Square, Viki and Charlie share a kiss as they drive off into the night together. Sarah seeks Viki’s advice on her relationship with Cristian. Brody is a complete gentleman when Jessica apolgizies for Tess making a pass at him. Several Llanview citizens gather to watch the movie “Christina Comes Home for Christmas.” John and Blair watch the movie in bed. Sarah, Cristian, and Vanessa watch the flick as well, as do Brody and Jessica.

    A Closer Look: Unsolited Advice

    Todd is taken aback when Tea visits him in jail. As they reminisce about the past, Tea is rocked to learn that Todd truly did fall for Marty. Taking the high road, Todd turns down Tea’s offer to represent him, claiming that he is ready to pay for his actions. John surprises Blair by claiming he still wants to be with her and then kissing her. Dorian and Starr are horrified to learn of Dr. Joplin’s suicide. Cole and Starr continue to bond. Marty goes online to research Todd as she begins her quest for revenge. Starr’s friends and loved ones gather for baby Hope’s funeral. Hoping for time alone, Starr arrives at St. James early, where she encounters Andrew. A heartbroken Cole understands Marty’s decision to skip the funeral. Andrew officiates the baby’s funeral. Cole gives Marty the copy of “Jabberwocky” she gave him as a child; later he is pleasantly surprised when Marty drops by the cemetery and holds his hand. Nora urges Todd to enter a guilty plea, and is sickened when Todd once more confesses his love for Marty. Upon leaving the cemetery, Marty bumps in to Andrew at St. James. Jessica confesses to Brody that she feels as if her own daughter died, and says a prayer for baby Hope. Blair is beyond angry at Todd and deals with a fussy Jack. Marty is out for blood. John gives Cole a shoulder to lean on. Carlotta and Antonio are overjoyed to see Tea. Antonio is appalled that Tea wants to defend Todd. Todd is stuck between a rock and a hard place when Blair and Jack come to visit. John and Cole keep Marty away from the reporters at Todd’s arraignment. Nora presents a laundry list of charges against Todd, who nearly utters his plea when Tea arrives at the courthouse. Starr and Dorian have a long talk before leaving for Todd’s hearing.

    What to Watch

    • Vanessa quickly apologizes to Cristian for kissing him.
    • Natalie and Jared have their hands full with Bree and Chole.
    • Rex, Gigi, and Shane mail Christmas cards with a family photo.
    • Rex and Shane make a special card for Brody.
    • Rex and Gigi make love.
    • Sarah makes her hatred of Vanessa known.
    • Lola asks Langston to hide her to avoid deportation.
    • Tea explains that Vanessa couldn’t be deported if she married an American citizen.
    • Crisitan has a proposal for Vanessa.

    SON ALERTS: WEEK OF December 15, 2008

    • Monday: Tea causes a ruckus in the courtroom; Brody accidentally prompts Tess to re-emerge; Rex has money problems.

    • Tuesday: Tea is a thorn in Nora’s side; Tess attempts to talk Brody into doing her dirty work; Cristian makes a shocking announcement.

    • Wednesday: Brody outsmarts Tess; Tea is on a mission; Bo brings some Christmas spirit to Angel Square.

    • Thursday: Marty and Tea go head to head; John’s interest in Marty has Blair’s attention; Moe prompts Dorian to do some soul searching.

    • Friday: Tea goes after Marty on the witness stand; Cole makes a threat on Todd’s life; Sarah confronts Cristian.


    AMC PreVUE: Week of December 8 Edition

    Wednesday, December 3, 2008 5:00 PM | By Angela Rosa


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) – The sound of goodbye.

    THIS WEEK ON: ALL MY CHILDREN

    • Jesse stops Annie from strangling Aidan to death. Aidan passes Jesse’s polygraph test. Jack shares his observation with Ryan. Jake and Greenlee commiserate. Ryan learns Annie is being moved to Oak Haven. Ryan is shaken as he sees the extent of Annie’s mental deterioration. Annie and Ryan share an emotional goodbye at Oak Haven. Aidan moves into Oak Haven as a patient.
    • A sick Brot is taken to to the hospital. Jake’s heart breaks as he listens to Taylor’s words of love for Brot. Taylor challenges Brot to tell her he doesn’t love her to her face after finding the engagement ring he claimed he never bought. Jake challenges Brot to not run from his feelings. Brot makes a decision.
    • Rebecca loses consciousness. Jesse and Natalia beg Angie to resuscitate Rebecca. David confronts Angie on disregarding Rebecca’s DNR form. Natalia lashes out at Angie when she tells her that Rebecca will have to be taken off life support. A miracle occurs in the midst of Natalia, Jesse, Angie and Frankie saying their goodbyes to Rebecca.
    • Reese and Zach end up stranded together in a cabin in the woods. Zach and Reese continue to keep the truth from Bianca. Zach insists that David perform a miracle after an unfortunate mix-up mistakenly leads Zach to believe that Kendall woke up. Zach pleads with Kendall to come back to him. Reese confronts Bianca after a disastrous visit from her father.

    A Closer Look: Bad Medicine

    David puts suggestions into a drugged Krystal’s mind. Krystal lies to Tad. Bianca, Krystal and David end up stranded together at Wildwind. David manipulates the situation after accidentally knocking out Bianca with the drink he prepared for Krystal. David easily finagles Tad into going on a wild goose chase in the Congo. Krystal’s SOS call to David leads to her being plied with drug laced milk once again. Kathy gets to David. Krystal checks up on David and ends up pulling him into a kiss. Krystal and JR disagree about David.

    SON ALERTS: WEEK OF DECEMBER 15, 2008

    • Monday: Bianca gets an earful when she drops in on Reese’s father. Taylor opens up to Frankie about her feelings for Brot. Amanda tries to get JR to fall off the wagon.

    • Tuesday: David reminds Erica that she owes him one. Krystal wants to know what David’s up to with Amanda. Annie attacks Ryan when he visits her at Oak Haven.

    • Wednesday: Aidan fills Annie’s head with lies about Ryan. Bianca’s insecurities about her and Reese’s relationship grow stronger. David blackmails Joe to get what he wants.

    • Thursday: Zach and Reese are forced to reveal their secret to Bianca. Jake and Taylor run interference for Brot. Randi’s past catches up to her.

    • Friday: Myrtle’s family and friends remember her with love and affection. All of Pine Valley gathers to pay tribute to Myrtle. Zach ensures that Myrtle will never be forgotten.


    ‘OLTL’ December Casting Report

    Wednesday, December 3, 2008 1:15 AM EST | By Scotty Gore



    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Who’s coming? Who’s returning? Who’s going? Who’s staying?

    Who’s Coming?

    • Brett Claywell joins the cast of “One Life to Live.”

      The 30-year-old actor, best known as Tim Smith on the CW’s “One Tree Hill,” joins the cast in January as a sauve high school teacher named Schuyler.

      Claywell beat out several other actors for the role, including Scott Clifton (ex-Dillon, “General Hospital”). In addition to “One Tree Hill,” Claywell has also appeared in several movies, including “20 Funerals,” “The Final Season,” “Senior Skip Day,” and “Babysitter Wanted.” Claywell also guest starred on “Dawson’s Creek.” No first airdate has been announced, however look for Claywell to debut in the contract role sometime in January.

    • “OLTL” is currently casting the contract role of Talia’s younger sister Stacy, who is decribed as a rebellious teenager.
    • Stephanie Schmahl takes over the role of Bree Brennan the week of December 8th.

    Who’s Returning?

    • Tari Signor briefly returns as Margaret’s ghost when she taunts a jailed Todd Manning the week of December 15th.
    • Tonja Walker will return as Alex Olanov sometime in the next couple months after hearing of ex-husband David Vickers’ recently claimed inheritance. No first airdate has yet been announced for Walker, however her return is expected to be only short-term. Walker has portrayed Alex on and off since 1997.
    • Tuc Watkins returns as David Vickers during the week of December 22nd.
    • Phil Carey pays another visit to Llanview in spirit form in late December. Carey portrayed Asa Buchanan from 1979 until 2007; he returned earlier this year as Asa’s ghost.

    Who’s Going?

    • Kamar de lose Reyes hints to ABC Soaps in Depth that he may not renew his contract with “OLTL” when it expires in January. According to de los Reyes, “I realized that after 10 years of being on ‘One Life to Live,’ Antonio is no longer the central figure that I believe he deserves to be. I realize that is not intentional on the show’s part, but over the years, he has become less and less valued. I believe that there is a cut-off point for characters…and I think it may be time to say goodbye.” De los Reyes, who has portrayed gang leader turned cop Antonio Vega on and off since 1995, goes on to mention that “We haven’t talked about what plans they have for Antonio and how they would want to see him go if I decide to leave. I consider my colleagues to be family, and I am forever grateful to the powers that be for the opportunity to be part of the best show in daytime. However, it may be time for me to say, ‘C’est la vie.’” While still in contract negotiations with the daytime drama, de los Reyes reveals that his present contract expires January 5th, which will allow him to continue to appear on screen as Antonio through at least the start of February 2009.
    • Bree Williamson is taking a month long vacation to New Zealand with her husband during this holiday season, which may possibly result in her characters (Jess, Tess, and Bess) taking a brief hiatus. However a spokesperson for “OLTL” refused to comment on how Williamson’s vacation may or may not affect her airtime.
    • Maureen Mueller exits the role of Dr. Joplin on December 5th, when the guilt-ridden Doc kills herself.

    Who’s Staying?

    • Olga Merediz debuted as Sister Mary Clare, a nun at St. Ann’s, on November 26th.
    • Sean J. Cullen began portraying Dr. Levin on November 25th.
    • “One Life to LIve” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.



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    OLTL PreVUE: Week of December 1 Edition

    Wednesday, November 26, 2008 11:22 PM EST | By Scotty Gore


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Broken dreams, lost memories, and painful secrets.

    THIS WEEK ON: ONE LIFE TO LIVE

    Blessing are counted on Thanksgiving; Viki confronts Todd; Charlie brings a little piece of Paris, Texas to Llanview; Jessica begins therapy; Dr. Joplin can’t handle the guilt; Todd has an unexpected ally; Nora helps Marty make progress; Carlotta keeps the peace; Starr holds her own baby; and Dorian hires a new personal chef.

    The Inside Story: Everything Old Is New Again

    As Llanview celebrates Thanksgiving, Charlie surprises Viki with the new diner he built for Carlotta. Named the Buenos Dias Café, it is an exact replica of the Bon Jour Café in Paris, Texas. The surpise continues when Moe and Noelle join the celebration. Dorian’s homemade Thanksgiving dinner goes up in smoke, however the Cramer family is just happy to be together. Meanwhile, Nora’s holiday dinner also turns into a disaster as the caterer’s van has an accident on the way to the Buchanan mansion. Hungry, both families head to the Buenos Dias Café for a Thanksgiving meal. At St. Ann’s, Dr. Bonner hypnotizes Jessica to draw out Bess. After being stonewalled by Bess, Dr. Bonner speaks to Tess, who asks him what he is going to do about Jessica getting the wrong baby. Tess is certain Viki showed her the wrong baby, and bumps into Brody as she attempts to flee the scene. Bess stops Tess and allows Jessica to return. Dr. Bonner makes a promise to Jessica. Moe gives Dorian feedback on her truffle custard. Roxy gives Noelle a new hairstyle. Moe tells Noelle that he has accepted a job as Dorian’s personal chef and that the two of them are moving to Llanview.

    A Closer Look: A Guilty Conscience

    Blair, Starr, and Sam wish Marcie and Michael a happy Thanksgiving. Later, Starr angrily confronts Todd. Nora helps Marty cope by relating her own experience about being with someone who lied to her about who he was. Todd stumps Starr by admitting that he changed his mind about the baby when he fell in love with Marty. Dr. Joplin feels she made a major misdiagnosis while reading the autopsy report; unaware the dead baby was really Jessica’s. Dr. Joplin prepares to tell Blair, Dorian, Starr, Michael, and Marcie about her discovery. Roxy sticks her nose in John’s love life, and ponders whom he will end up with. Nora and Marty bump into John on their way out to breakfast. Dr. Joplin takes responsibility for what she thinks happened, and is consumed with guilt. Viki has a nasty showdown with Todd, who is unable to defend his actions. As she storms out, Viki warns Todd that she will never forgive him for what he’s done. Marty is in shock as John and Nora delve deeper into Todd’s misdeeds. Blair spots John and Marty sharing a laugh while at breakfast together. Starr holds Jessica’s baby, unaware it is really her own daughter. Viki comforts Starr as she breaks down about Todd and the baby. Dr. Joplin can take the guilt no longer. Todd tries to escape. Dorian adds to a tense moment between John, Blair, and Marty. Dorian defends her actions to Blair. John taunts an incarcerated Todd. Marty pushes John away, unsure of what she will do next. Cole takes Marty to visit her “grave.” Marty vows revenge. Todd has an unexpected visitor as an old ally returns to Llanview.

    What to Watch

    • Shane softens towards Rex.
    • Sarah embarrasses herself in front of the Vegas.
    • Carlotta tries to keep the peace at the Vegas Thanksgiving dinner.
    • Gigi, Rex, and Shane bond.
    • Dorian offers her assistance to Vanessa and Lola.
    • Vanessa believes she and Lola will most likely be deported.

    SON ALERTS: WEEK OF December 8, 2008

    • Monday: Todd turns down Tea’s offer of assistance; Marty is out for blood; Viki reaches a decision concerning Charlie.

    • Tuesday: Rex and Shane grow closer; Brody soothes Jessica; Jared and Natalie are busy babysitting.

    • Wednesday: Rev. Andrew Carpenter presides over Baby Hope’s funeral; Jessica has a reaction to news of the funeral; Marty reaches out to Cole.

    • Thursday: Nora urges Todd to do the right thing; Andrew provides Marty with a glimpse into her past; Lola asks Langston to hide her.

    • Friday: Tea is determined to help Todd; Vanessa has an offer for Cristian; Nora brings down the hammer on Todd.