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.

OLTL PreVUE: Week of February 9 Edition

Monday, February 9, 2009 2:00 AM EST | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — ‘Life’s’ a ball.


Two couples are wed, the Go Red Ball begins, a mysterious woman arrives in Llanview, and an interesting discovery is made.

The Inside Story: Family Matters

Rex and Gigi encounter the wrong couple at the altar while in Sin City. A James Brown impersonator weds Moe and Noelle. Dorian and David enter into wedlock through a traditional Buddhist ceremony. A mysterious woman follows Rex and Gigi back to Llanview. Rex remains on the Buchanans pay roll, despite his recent actions. Gigi is flattered when Rex presents her with a new red dress for the Go Red Ball. Dorian urges David to keep mum about their nuptials. Beaver Calhoun returns to Llanview in search of David. Dorian stops Roxy from spilling the beans to Beaver, but says that he can find David at the Go Red Ball. The mysterious woman steals Gigi’s new dress and ticket to the ball. As the Go Red Ball begins, Dorian taunts Bo, Clint, and Nora. Beaver Calhoun arrives at the ball. Gigi barges into the party, only to see another woman wearing her new dress. David is overjoyed to finally have a family, and orders Dorian to confess. Gigi can’t believe her eyes.

A Closer Look: All’s Fair in Love and War

Blair drags Marty down with her, as the two continue to bicker. Later, Blair confronts John and storms off. John meanwhile probes Wes about his relation to Lee. Tea confesses to Lola, who shares some intriguing information with her. Starr informs Schuyler that Todd omitted his mother’s name in court. Schuyler believes now they will both be able to heal from their wounds. Starr confesses that she enjoyed holding Chloe, and is ecstatic when Schuyler asks her to be his teaching assistant while he earns his Master’s degree. Seeing Cole talking to Asher again, Starr just walks away. John manages to persuade Blair to attend the ball with him. Tea insists that Todd accompany her to the ball. The atmosphere becomes more tense when Marty and Wes arrive at the ball. Tea teases Todd and Blair by dancing with John, who asks her about the night Lee was murdered. Todd and Blair share a dance, as do Wes and Marty. Wes believes that Marty is using him to get at John. Todd and Wes have a smack down while on the dance floor.

What to Watch

  • Viki is shocked to learn of Moe and Noelle’s recent fortunes.
  • Shane uses Rex as a model for his new haircut.
  • Jessica and Brody miss one another.
  • Matthew is forced to tattle on Cole.
  • Jessica feels no connection to Chloe.
  • Jared and Natalie make a disturbing discovery while searching Jessica’s wallet.
  • With friends watching, Matthew lies to his parents.
  • Bo and Nora debate military school for their son.
  • Michael and Marcie get intimate.

SON ALERTS: WEEK OF February 16, 2009

  • Monday: The fallout of the Go Red Ball reverberates throughout Llanview; Marty makes a gruesome discovery; David must make a choice.

  • Tuesday: Blair and Todd make strange bedfellows; David surprises Bo and Clint; Marty makes a confession.

  • Wednesday: Blair causes Marty trouble; David and Dorian take delight in throwing out the Buchanans; Brody acts suspiciously.

  • Thursday: Tea places Blair in the hot seat; Jessica calms Brody; Natalie is determined to uncover the truth.

  • Friday: John can’t get past Blair’s actions; Marty is in too deep; Cristian stands by Vanessa.

Clint Ritchie Dies, ‘One Life’ Mourns

Monday, February 9, 2009 12:22 AM EST | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Clint Ritchie, “One Life to Live’s” original Clint Buchanan, has passed away in Roseville, California following a brief illness, according to ABC spokeswoman Lauri Hogan. He was 70-years-old.

When cowboy Clinton “Clint” Buchanan first rode in Llanview in 1979, America had “Dallas” fever, brought on by the popular CBS primetime sudser featuring the wealthy and scandalous oil loving Ewing class. Cashing in on the success of “Dallas,” “One Life to Live” created the Buchanan family. Headed up by wealthy oil tycoon Asa, the family also included Clint’s younger brother Bo. In 1979, the Buchanans left Texas, moving their multimillion-dollar empire to Llanview, where they remain a central focus of the show to this day. The role often allowed Ritchie to display his rugged persona, but none so much as when the character of Clint Buchanan was transported back in time to the old west town of Buchanan City in 1888. The out of this world storyline played out in the imagination of the elder Buchanan brother following a blow to the head.

Clint Ritchie spent nearly two decades on “One Life to Live,” most of which were spent at the side of his two-time onscreen wife Erika Slezak (Viki Davidson). Viki was first introduced to Clint by her dying husband Joe Riley, who had handpicked Clint to take his place as Editor of ‘The Banner,’ owned by Viki’s father Victor Lord. Originally, the character of Clint Buchanan was to be named Chris Logan (later changed to Buchanan). However, once Ritchie landed the role, he had one small suggestion for the casting director. Ritchie didn’t think the name ‘Chris’ sounded like a good cowboy name, and offered his own name instead. And the rest is Llanview history.

Known affectingly as ‘Bucky’ by his “One Life” co-stars, Ritchie was often described as a prankster on the set. Co-star Robert S. Woods, who portrayed younger brother Bo Buchanan, affectionately recalled his first days on the set with Ritchie. “Bucky really acted like he was my older brother. We had so much fun on the set. At the time, whenever our characters drank beer they gave us the real thing. That ended when we were having too much fun on the set.”

Born on August 9th, 1938, Clinton C.A. “Clint” Ritchie was raised on a farm in Grafton, North Dakota. At the age of seven his family moved to Washington State. During his teenage years Rtichie moved to California, where he enrolled in acting classes.

His early acting roles were sparse throughout the 1960s and ’70s, landing guest spots on programs such as “The Wild, Wild West,” “Batman,” and “Thunder,” along with numerous bit parts in feature films, including the Oscar-winning George C. Scott film “Patton.” In the 1980s, Ritchie, along with co-stars Robert S. Woods (Bo Buchanan) and John Loprieno (Cord Roberts), appeared as their “One Life” characters in a fantasy sequence on the popular sitcom “Roseanne.”

Ritchie was an experienced horseman and strong proponent of animal rights. He rescued countless animals throughout his life. Ritchie won the 100M Silver Buckle in 1982, after competing in the Tevis Cup 100M Endurance Ride. A lover of the outdoors, he participated in numerous fifty-mile endurance rides during his lifetime. Ritchie was also a member of AFTRA/SAG.

Years before his retirement from “One Life to Live” in December 1998, Ritchie told soap reporter Lynda Hirsch that was growing tired of his onscreen persona, and that he had devised a way to write out the character of Clint permanetly. “I have a great way for Clint to be written out: He cannot stand life anymore. He takes one of his dad’s shotguns and points it at his head. The blood splatters everywhere. That is the end of Clint; we see his blood all over the wall.”

Following his departure from “OLTL,” Ritchie returned briefly in 1999, 2003, and 2004. The role was then recast with “Guiding Light” long time veteran Jerry ver Dorn on October 25, 2005.

On May 10, 1993, Ritchie was critically wounded when he was pinned under his John Deere tractor while working on his northern California ranch. The tractor hit a tree stump, throwing Ritchie into a pasture. Before he could get out of the way, the tractor ran him over. Following a prolonged recovery from his wounds, Ritchie returned to the “One Life” set. The injuries Ritchie sustained in the accident were so severe that the actor reported that he could ‘hear his own ribs cracking.’ Ritchie’s injuries included a broken collarbone, shoulder blade and ribs, along with a collapsed lung. In an interview with “People” magazine later that year, Ritchie commented, “It took forever. I heard and felt bones breaking like toothpicks.”

When news of Ritchie’s accident first broke, his “One Life” co-star Erika Slezak approached then “OLTL” Executive Producer Linda Gottlieb, urging her not to recast the role while Ritchie recovered from his wounds.Clint Buchanan’s onscreen absence was explained by having the character become injured in an off-screen plane crash, and needing time to recuperate at his ‘Happy Horse Ranch.’ The fictional retreat was named after Ritchie’s own ranch in Grass Valley, California near Sacramento.

Ritchie returned to “OLTL” following his recovery, but ultimately left the show in December 1998, claiming that the long-running daytime drama had ruined the character of Clint Buchanan. He blamed Clint’s wife Viki’s 1992 affair with Sloan Carpenter as the downfall of his character. “I never got hate mail in my life until they changed Clint Buchanan,” he often explained as the character of Clint was turned from a loving family man to an angry homophobe. The love triangle proved to be the final nail in the coffin for Clint and Viki, resulting in viewer outage at the break-up of one of “OLTL’s” longest running ‘super couples.’

Returning to “OLTL” for three short stints following his retirement from the soap, Ritchie made it clear that, while he was more than happy to bring Clint back to Llanview for brief engagements, he had absolutely no desire to return to “One Life,” acting, or New York City, on a full-term basis. In one of Ritchie’s final “OLTL” appearances, Clint met his daughter Natalie for the first time. After leaving “One Life,” Ritchie, a life-long bachelor, returned to his sixty acre ranch, surrounded by his pets (numerous dogs and cats and his beloved horses).

Ritchie enjoyed his life out of the public spotlight at his ranch until a few weeks ago. In late January, he underwent successful surgery to have a pacemaker inserted in his chest following a heart attack. However, shortly thereafter, a blood clot dislodged and traveled to Ritchie’s brain, resulting in a massive stroke. After lingering near death for several days, Ritchie died around 4:00 am Pacific Time on January 31st, 2009 at the age of 70. According to his close friend and bookkeeper Linda Honore, “[Ritchie] had been sick for awhile. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.”

As news of the tragedy reached his “One Life” family, Ritchie’s former cast and crewmembers recalled their fallen colleague. “We are deeply saddened by the death of our dear friend Clint Ritchie. He will always have a special place in our hearts and ‘One Life to Live’s’ legacy,” “OLTL” Executive Producer Frank Valentini lamented. ” With his creation of the role of Clint Buchanan, he helped to bring to life one of the most memorable families in the show’s history. The ‘OLTL’ family will always hold dear the memories of the man we fondly referred to as ‘Bucky.’ Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.”

Catherine Hickland, whose “OLTL” character Lindsay Rappaport was once briefly married to Clint Buchanan, dedicated a recent blog entry to Ritchie, praising her former co-star.
Visit http://catherinehickland.com/blog/2009/02/carry-on-clint-ritchie_03.html to read the entry entitled “Carry on Clint Ritchie….”

Hillary B. Smith (Nora, “OLTL”) released this statement: “I am saddened by the news of Clint Ritchie’s passing. I had the honor of working with him long after I became a die-hard fan of his work. He was a tenderhearted soul wrapped up in a tough cowboy exterior. He smiled with a naughty twinkle, would pass you in the hall with a wink and a pinch and lived his life with an uncontained passion. What a guy! Here’s to you, Clint! It is amazing to lose Clint Ritchie 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.”

Robin Strasser (Dorian, “OLTL”), who worked alongside Ritchie for many years, has left a message on her hotline in memory of her former co-star. In reference to both Clint 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.

And Ritchie’s long-time onscreen love interest Erika Slezak also recalled her time working with Ritchie on “OLTL” for twenty years. “I was incredibly sad to learn that my colleague and friend, Clint Ritchie, passed away on January 31. Clint and I worked together for nearly twenty years, and shared some wonderful stories together. Clint will be missed by me and his family here at ‘One Life to Live.’”

Although Ritchie, who was often quoted as saying “Hey, I may live on a ranch, but I did not just fall off a turnip truck,” once dated Candice Earley (ex-Donna, “All My Children”), the actor was never married and had no children. He is survived by two sisters, Darlys Patton and Marge Virgil, one brother, Roger Ritchie, and countless friends and fans. He was predeceased in death by his parents, J.C. and Charlotte Ritchie and one sister, Charlyne. The Chapel of the Angels Mortuary in Grass Valley, California is handling the funeral arrangements. A memorial service is presently being planned and will be announced at a later date.

Fans may pay their respects by visiting Clint Ritchie’s official website/fan club headquarters at http://www.clintritchie.com/.

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

ATWT PreVUE: Week of February 9 Edition

Saturday, February 7, 2009 2:45 AM ET | By Venus Stone

alt (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Sleeping with the enemy…


Carly and Henry get together to go over the books for Metro when they discover they need to come up with an idea to get more money into Metro. Craig, who arrives puts his two cents in by telling the business partners that they need to focus on the big picture in order to make the bar profitable. Craig soon pitches the idea of creating a label for vodka; as long as he’s running the business side of things while Carly focuses on handling the creativity portion. Brad is hesitant in trying again with Katie to have a baby. Unbeknownst to him, Katie is no longer on birth control. During a double date with Henry and Vienna, Katie confesses what she did to Vienna, prompting Vienna to trick Henry into getting her pregnant. Later that night she punches holes in a condom and is about to work on another when Henry walks in.

The Inside Story: Drunken Hook-Up
Matt lands a job at Yo’s bartending and decides to invite Casey and Alison to show up. Realizing that Alison isn going he quickly backs out until Jade convinces him to go. When they arrive, Casey finds himself walking into his surprise birthday party Feeling in the celebrating mood, Casey downs a few drinks. Unfortunately for him his alcohol consumption prompts him to be nasty toward Alison. When Elwood arrives making lewd comments to Alison about her past, Casey decks him. Jade quickly takes charge by whisking Casey out of his party and back to his place. Back at Yo’s their friend Reg collapses. When he’s rushed to the hospital he is soon pronounced dead from a drug overdose. Luke later discovers drugs in Reg’s jacket and quickly points the finger at Elwood. When Luke grabs Elwood demanding answers, Meanwhile, Matt, who can tell that Alison is upset about Casey advises her to make amends. She agrees to make peace and heads over to the Hughes house. When she gets there, she gets an eyeful of Jade and Casey having sex on the couch.

A Closer Look: Catch Me If You Can
Dusty, upon discovering that Josie’s car has been impounded in New York, makes plans to head there to confront Paul and get Eliza back. Unfortunately Meg gets the news from a phone call from Paul that Eliza is missing. A fearful Meg tells Dusty not to get involved. Once she is gone, Dusty gets his jet and takes off for New York, not knowing that Meg also has ideas of heading there to get her baby. Everyone soon are in New York trying to find the car thief that has Eliza. Meg and Josie try to get Paul to see if he has a vision of where Eliza could be and when he mentions seeing an animal clock, Dusty realizes that Paul is talking about the Central Park Children’s Zoo. When they arrive they spot a couple that was in Paul’s vision standing there. Paul diverts the couple while Dusty and Meg take their place. When the thief arrives Dusty pays him a down payment and the guy tells Dusty and Meg that he will hand over the baby. When the thief meets up with his partner he tells him that they should give the baby to someone else because he doesn’t trust Dusty. When Josie shows up they grab her and take her with them. At the zoo Dusty realize that the thug has gone back on his word and everyone begins to search for where he could be. They are back in Brooklyn and soon find the thug’s location. Meg hears the cries of Eliza and when the thugs spot everyone outside, Dusty and Paul go into fight mode. Meg gets Eliza back as the cops arrive ton not only cart off the thugs but Paul as well.

What To Watch

  • Carly finds that being with Craig gets her ‘intoxicated’
  • Sage begins to take a shine to Janet
  • Parker and Liberty give Johnny his own special Valentine’s Day

As the World Turns News and Headlines

  • Alex Charak, who was the winner of 1st season’s INTURN returns as Elwood to stir up trouble during Casey’s birthday party
  • Mark Sullivan who plays Casey’s friend Reg will bite the dust on the night of Casey’s birthday bash
  • Julie Pinson (Janet), Michael Park (Jack) and Austin Peck (Brad) will be participating in Soap Opera Mania–On Tour. The event is this Saturday in Macon, Georgia February 7. Visit Soap Opera Mania or call (866) 364-0330
  • ‘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 2 – 6, 2009? You decide! The SON Top 10 is back! Voting begins Friday’s at 4:00 PM, EST.


  • Oakdale get into the romantic spirit.
  • Things go from bad to worse for Casey.
  • Meg and Dusty work hard on their feelings.

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    Discussion: ATWT PreVUE: Week of February 9 Edition

Y&R PreVUE: Week of February 9 Edition

Friday, February 6, 2009 11:28 PM ET | By Venus Stone

alt (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Bitter farewell…


Jill could be the thorn in a smitten Esther’s side on Wednesday, February 11, when Roger tries to convince Esther to run away and elope with him. Sharon and Nick discuss Phyllis’ ‘sudden’ change in attitude.

The Inside Story: A Chaotic Farewell
Colleen and Abby are still dealing with the ramifications of learning that their father, Brad has died after saving Noah’s life. Abby lashes out at Eden, placing the blame on her for coaxing Noah into going ice skating on the frozen but fragile ice. Billy, with Lily’s help tries his best to be there for both ladies. Brad’s daughters, however, aren’t the only ones that are feeling the effects of Brad’s death. Sharon breaks down, remembering her last words with Brad that fateful night. Noah is also wrecked with guilt because his actions with Eden led to Brad’s un-timely demise.Traci, hearing about Brad’s death, returns home to be there to say her farewells, as well as being there for Colleen. Things however, take a nasty turn when all attend the funeral. When Victor approaches Abby on wanting to give her money to use towards a charity in Brad’s name, Colleen overhearing the conversation flips out and lashes out in front of everyone about how nasty and cold he’s always been toward Brad. Witnessing the outburst Ashley and Victoria both take Victor aside and tell him for the sake of Colleen and everyone else who are their to pay their repects, he should depart.

A Closer Look: Change in Command
Victor sets Jack’s radar off when Jack spots Victor being chummy with Billy. Later that day, Jill stuns everyone when she names Billy as the new CEO of Jabot Cosmetics, which Cane can’t believe. Ashley suddenly has some reservations when she discusses with Jack and Billy on their roles at Jabot. Back at Newman Enterprises, Victor talks to a mystery woman and informs her that he has some very intriguing plans for her.

What To Watch

  • Kay is granted to take a DNA test
  • Phyllis feels the pangs of guilt at Brad’s grave
  • Nick finds out the real cause of Noah’s accident

The Young and the Restless News and Headlines

  • James Michael Gregary and David Leisure return as Clint and Roger, February 12 to continue their plan to ruin Katherine
  • Beth Maitland, who returned as Traci Abbott Carlton Connelly on February 6 will stick around for her daughter, Colleen February 9 and 10
  • Karen Hensel who plays Sharon’s mom Doris Collins, will appear February 9, when Sharon decides to head back home to pay visit
  • Ted Mattison plays a park ranger that keeps Nick and Sharon from heading out in the storm, Monday, February 2
  • Stacy Haiduk is slated to portray a possible love interest for Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman)
  • Marcia Wallace, who voices the character Miss Krabappel on ‘The Simpsons’ will come to Genoa City to possibly stir up mischief on February 16
  • Joshua Morrow and Michelle Stafford, who play recently estranged couple Nick and Phyllis Newman are featured in the current issue of Soap Opera Digest
  • Christian J. LeBlanc (Michael Baldwin) along with other hot daytime hunks will meet fans at the Soap Stars, Hunks of Daytime TV on Saturday, February 14 at the Silver Springs Nature Park, located at 5656 E. Silver Springs Boulevard, Silver Springs, FL. Those interested can visit Silver Springs or call call (352) 236-2121
  • 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
  • Don Diamont (Brad), Christian J. LeBlanc (Michael), Daniel Goddard (Cane) and Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) will be participating with other soap stars in Soap Opera Mania–On Tour. The event will kick-off this Saturday, February 7 in Macon, Georgia. Please visit Soap Opera Mania or call (866) 364-0330 to find out which city and state these stars will be appearing.
  • SON Top 10: Who was the best of the best on “Y&R” during the week of February 2 – 6, 2009? You decide! The SON Top 10 is back! Voting begins Friday’s at 4:00 PM, EST.


  • Sharon continues to unravel.
  • Trouble continues to swirl around Katherine.
  • Karen witness some serious liplocking.
  • Sharon and Billy share company.

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    Discussion: Y&R PreVUE: Week of February 9 Edition

Over and Out on ‘AMC’

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 4:59 PM EST | By Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Now you seem them, now you don’t.

“All My Children” just continues to break new ground. Immediately following daytime television’s first same-sex marriage between Bianca Montgomery (Eden Riegel) and Reese Williams (Tamara Braun), you may get a front seat to daytime television’s first same-sex marriage annulment. Is the ABC drama also aiming to beat the record for shortest daytime marriage on record?

Eden Riegel exits from the role of Bianca Montgomery on Tuesday, February 24. Riegel returned to “AMC” on October 17, 2008 with a four-month contract. This will be Riegel’s eighth departure from the show. The Emmy-winning actress started in the role of Erica Kane’s (Susan Lucci) youngest child in the summer of 2000.

An embittered Reese will stick around Pine Valley for a while longer.

Dr. Sinclair’s misdeeds will come to light in the not too distant future. McKenzie Westmore’s bitter and vengeful character seems to vanish after getting a taste of her own medicine on Thursday, February 19. Is the not so nice doctor gone for good? Possibly; although the latest issue of ABC Soaps In Depth reports that at press time the “Passions” alum was very close to extending her recurring stint with the show. The 31-year old actress began airing in the role of Annie Lavery’s (Melissa Claire Egan) psychiatrist on December 12, 2008.

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

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    AMC PreVUE: Week of February 9 Edition

    Wednesday, February 4, 2009 5:00 PM EST | By Angela Rosa

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Women on the edge.


    An insecure Brot avoids getting intimate with Taylor. Tad and Krystal agree that he’ll keep the house and she’ll hold on to the Comeback property. Krystal tells Tad why she didn’t rat him out to David. News of Rebecca’s death spreads at Jesse’s surprise party on Tuesday, February 10. Jesse helps Natalia mourn her mother. Angie and Krystal make up. David gives Krystal a ring. JR and Amanda continue to grow closer. On Friday, February 13, Tad urges his step-son not to rush into marriage. Amanda assures Frankie that she didn’t fill JR in on his malpractice.

    The Inside Story: Alliances
    Ryan is surprised to find “Mr. Stone” at Oak Haven on Monday, February 9. Aidan and Ryan realize that they share the same concerns. Ryan manages to hide before Sinclair finds him with Aidan. Aidan and Ryan agree to work together to get the goods on Sinclair and to get Annie the help she needs. Ryan talks his way out of a close call with Sinclair by badmouthing Annie and defending Richie. Before leaving, Ryan tells Aidan that he found out that the missing years in Sinclair’s records match the time when Richie was in prison. Aidan phones Ryan after hacking into Sinclair’s computer and finding a letter from a Chicago prison admonishing her for improper conduct with an inmate. Sinclair breaks Annie down with a recording of her earlier conversation with Ryan. Aidan tries to hide his concern when Sinclair confronts him with Annie’s taped confession. Sinclair uses Aidan’s departure to further dig into Annie. Greenlee becomes upset after learning that Ryan, Aidan and Tad have been trying to help Annie, who with the help of an unlocked door walks right out of Oak Haven, again. Sinclair agrees to give Aidan 24-hours to find Annie after he threatens to expose her connection to Richie.

    A Closer Look: Damages
    The tension is thick between Reese and Bianca as the reality of their decision begins to seep in. Erica and Greenlee share their concerns for Kendall. Greenlee tries to get Kendall to open up to her. Zach accuses Kendall of punishing him for fathering Gabrielle. Kendall wonders why Zach went ahead and made the choice to father the child knowing that she wouldn’t have wanted him to. On the dawn of the double wedding, Mrs. Slater informs her husband that she has no intention of going to Bianca’s wedding to watch him carry Gabrielle down the aisle – which poses a problem for Bianca who refuses to get married without Kendall there. Kendall tells Bianca she’ll go to her wedding under the condition that she, Reese and Gabrielle leave town following it; elsewhere, Zach suggests the same to Reese. Zach and Kendall discuss the details of their conversations with the brides-to-be. Kendall’s vitriol intensifies at the rehearsal dinner and ends in a scathing toast on Thursday, February 12. Alone, a tipsy Reese tells Zach that she can’t continue denying her feelings for him and draws him into a kiss, which Ryan sees.

    What to Watch: Cliffhangers
    Ryan accuses Zach of having an affair with Reese. Kendall, meanwhile, overhears Reese and Bianca telling a happy Erica that they’ve decided to stay in town after all. Zach jumps in Kendall’s car as she storms off, driving recklessly in her anger. Ryan tells Greenlee about Reese’s indiscretion and convinces Greenlee to postpone their wedding. Greenlee takes off after Zach and ends up on a collision course with Kendall. Fresh from knocking out Aidan, a gun-toting Annie stops Ryan in his tracks. Meanwhile, in the chapel, Reese and Bianca begin reciting their vows.

    All My Children News and Headlines:


    • Monday: Ryan drops a bombshell on Kendall. Greenlee’s life is in jeopardy. Annie experiences a breakthrough.
    • Tuesday: Greenlee’s loved ones fear the worst. Bianca orders Reese to stay away from her. David reminds Amanda that he has her under his thumb.
    • Wednesday: Ryan threatens to destroy Zach. Annie pushes Sinclair too far. Bianca confronts Reese about kissing Zach.
    • Thursday: Annie finds a savior in Aidan. Bianca tells Reese they’re through. Reese blames Ryan for ruining her life.
    • Friday: Bianca wonders about the state of Zach and Kendall’s marriage. Ryan warns Erica he’s going to make Zach pay. Kendall refuses to help Bianca.

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