Thursday, October 9, 2008 3:34 PM EST | By Angela Rosa


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” loses one of the greats.

Eileen Herlie, a legend, passed away yesterday, October 8, 2008, at the age of 90.

Herlie was born on March 8, 1918, in Glasgow, Scotland. Before starting her career on television, Herlie was an accomplished theatre and film actress. Herlie starred opposite Laurence Olivier in his 1948 film adaption of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” and later reprised her role of Hamlet’s mother, Queen Gertrude, opposite Richard Burton on Broadway. Other plays Herlie appeared in include “The Matchmaker,” which was an early adaptation of “Hello Dolly,” and “Take Me Along,” opposite Jackie Gleason, which earned her a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical in 1960.

Herlie made the move to television in 1976 on the ABC daytime drama “All My Children,” where she played the irreplaceable Myrtle Fargate. The talented actress earned three Daytime Emmy nominations for the role and in the years to follow briefly crossed the role over to two other ABC soaps, “Loving” and “One Life to Live.” Myrtle was the ultimate mother figure and the voice of reason for many of the personalities that passed through the fictional Pennsylvania town; Ms. Fargate also gave many of these eccentric characters a place to live with her famous boarding house and a place to shop with her famous boutique. Herlie last appeared on “AMC” on May 23, 2008.

Eileen Herlie married once but leaves behind no children. Herlie’s beloved character, Myrtle, will be greatly missed by her fictional friends and family, and the exceptional Herlie will be greatly missed by legions of “AMC” fans, her co-stars, and of course by her friends and family. Rest in Peace, Eileen.

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


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    Latest “OLTL” Casting News

    Thursday, October 9, 2008 2:28 AM EDT | By Scotty Gore



    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Who’s in and who’s out of Llanview this October.

    THE IN’S

    • Robert Krimmer returns to Llanview for a couple of episodes this fall as Rev. Andrew Carpenter. Krimmer has portrayed the role off and on since 1992.
    • Rumors are circulated that his return may be tied to the potential nuptials of Todd Manning and Marty Saybrooke. No first airdate has yet been announced.

    • Christopher Cousins returns to “OLTL” on October 10th when Cain Rogan confronts Tina Roberts about the Mendorran Crown Jewels. Cain was last seen in July jumping out of an airplane with what he thought were the real jewels.
    • Erika Slezak returns on Friday, October 13 as Viki Davidson, following her annual summer vacation. Viki’s sudden return to Llanfair could spell trouble for Tess’ plan to destroy Jared and Natalie.
    • Despite the fact that her character Natalie Buchanan is currently trapped in a secret room, Melissa Archer has signed a new contract with “OLTL.” Archer joined the soap in 2001.
    • Greg Kachejian returns as Dr. Brewster on Friday, October 3rd after being assigned Rex Balsom as a patient. Look for him to also air on October 9th and 10th
    • John Rue and January LaVoy will be returning again this fall as Bon Jour Café owner Moe Stubbs and his waitress/fiancé Noelle Ortiz. Both were first seen in the fall of 2007 when Viki Davidson started a new life by working at the Paris, Texas café. Both Rue and LaVoy were spotted outside the “OLTL” studios on October 3rd.

    THE OUT’S

    • The speculation has been confirmed, A. Martinez is on his way out as Llanview at end of his five-week contract with “OLTL.”
    • Martinez began his soap career as a grape picker on “Falcon Crest” in 1982. In 1984 he debuted in daytime on “Santa Barbara” as Cruz Castillo. After winning a Daytime Emmy for the role, he left “SB” in 1992. From 1999 until 2002, Martinez portrayed FBI informant Roy DiLucca. The role netted Martinez three consecutive ALMA Awards in 2000, 2001, and 2002.

      After debuting on September 10th as Langston Wilde’s uncle Ray Montez, Martinez will leave “OLTL” in late October. But will his character Ray leave town voluntarily or in a body bag?

    AND EVERYTHING ELSE!

    • ESPN Fantasy Sports expert Matthew Perry, will make a brief appearance in two episodes of “OLTL” beginning November 5th. Perry portrays a jewelry appraiser named Neil.
    • Fans may recall that in February of this year, ESPN and ABC teamed up to promote their “Endless Drama” campaign by taping fantasy sequences involving “OLTL” cast members.
      Perry was such a hit at the taping with the soap’s cast and crew that he was asked back to tape an appearance on “OLTL.”

    • Gary Hilborn portrays a Llanview Airport Security Officer in a few episodes beginning October 17th when chaos erupts at the airport.
    • Orlando S. Columbus returns as Officer Greenly on November 4th. Columbus appeared in a handful of episodes of “OLTL” in 2002, and from 2004-2007.
    • Columbus has also had day player roles on “All My Children” and “As the World Turns.”

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



    Soap Opera Network Celebrates Seven Years

    Wednesday, October 8, 2008 11:31 PM EDT | By Scotty Gore


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Soap Opera Network, an online magazine celebrating the world of the daytime drama, celebrates their seventh anniversary.

    Launched on October 8th, 2001, Soap Opera Network, or SON, was a joint venture by two ardent soap fans, with dreams of providing accurate, reliable, and timely soap news and information to the genre’s loyal and dedicated fans. Since that time, Soap Opera Network has grown to become one of the foremost sources of soap news, previews, interviews, and ratings information on the Internet.

    Based in New York City, Soap Opera Network became a division of the privately held firm Manti Incorporated in April 2005. Monthly circulation regularly surpasses 80,000 hits. Popular features include the “One Life to Live” column “My View of Llanview,” mySON TV™, a forum dedicated to online soaps and fan fiction writers, and a special section containing the latest news on your favorite primetime dramas. Popular past features include the SON Top 10 and SON Awards, celebrating the best of daytime. Earlier this year, SON became affiliated with several popular social networking websites, including MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and Wikipedia.

    Present SON staff includes Errol Lewis (Editor-in-Chief), Xavier Toups (Co-Founder), and staff writers Scotty Gore, Angela Rosa, and Venus Stone-Cutter.

    On behalf of the staff and management of Soap Opera Network, thank you for trusting us as your number one source for soap opera news and information during the last seven years, and may the best be yet to come.


    OLTL PreVUE: Week of October 13 Edition

    Wednesday, October 8, 2008 5:16 PM | By Scotty Gore


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The ties that bind.

    THIS WEEK ON: ONE LIFE TO LIVE

    Dorian and Markko bond over Langston. Ray demands Clint pay up. Doing Clint’s dirty work, Ray informs Langston they are now leaving for Columbia. Dorian orders Jackie McNaughton to carry out their agreement. Cristian contacts Antonio, but the connection is terrible. As Antonio, Talia, and Sarah make arrangements to leave for Columbia, Cristian, Vanessa, and Lola leave for Llanview. Dorian, Addie, Blair, Starr, Cole, and Markko are heartbroken over Langston’s imminent departure. Following a failed assassination attempt, Ray arrives at La Boulaie to escort Langston to the airport. Meanwhile, Clint remains confident that Dorian will cave at the last minute. Despite the fact that Clint and Nora have a difference of opinion about his plans, they soon make up. Jackie assures Dorian that everything will work out as planned. Addie tips off John and Blair about Dorian’s deal with Jackie. Langston’s loved ones say good-bye to her at the airport. Dorian has second thoughts after an encounter with “Mel.” But is it too late for her to stop the events she has already set in motion? Also, Antonio, Talia, and Sarah are floored to see Cristian at the airport with Vanessa and Lola. Renee gives Nora love advice. And all hell breaks lose at the Llanview Airport when several groups bump into one another.

    The Inside Story: Misery Loves Company

    Jared works in vain to break the security code and free Natalie from the secret room. Working together they discover the password, only to be confronted by Tess, who locks them both in the room together. Meanwhile, Viki’s return to Llanfair could spell trouble for Tess. At the same time, Tina is confronted by Cain who accuses of her of double-crossing him, and demands she hand over the Mendorran Crown Jewels. With her back against the wall, Tina pretends to try to open the safe, aware that Tess has changed the combination. Fortunately for Tina, however, Cain passes out after eating Tess’ drugged dip. As Jared and Natalie pray that Viki will find them, Jared is able to call Viki with his cell phone. However, the line goes dead before he can tell Viki where they are. Meanwhile, Tess and Tina hide Cain’s body from Viki, only to discover it missing a short time later. Tess overhears Bo voice his concerns about Jessica to Viki. Deciding to get out while she can, Tess leaves Llanview with Bree, leaving Jared and Natalie to fend for themselves. Tina is shocked to learn that Cain has kidnapped doggie David Vickers.

    A Closer Look: Passed The Point Of No Return?

    Armed with new ammunition, John interrogates Janet by threatening to reveal her secret past, if she refuses to tell him what he wants to know. John reminds Janet of how she lived in Llanview twenty years ago under the names Lee Halpern, Lee Sanders, and Carol Dennison, and begins to list her misdeeds. Meanwhile, Marty decides to start a journal detailing her blossoming feelings for Todd. Dr. Joplin gives Todd an earful by warning that, if he doesn’t drop his agenda for Starr’s baby that he’ll pass the point of no return in terms of redemption. In addition, she urges him to reconsider his plan to raise Starr’s baby, while at the same time making Starr believe her baby died. Nearby, Starr suffers abdominal pains after attending Lamaze class. After getting the call, Dr. Joplin heads to the hospital with Todd in hot pursuit. Todd becomes emotional after eavesdropping on Starr. Blair and Marcie are relieved when Starr’s pains are deemed a false alarm. Marty’s excitement grows over the prospect of raising a child. Janet only confesses to John that if someone where to be living with Todd, they’re not being held against their will.

    What to Watch

    • Bo asks Adriana if Rex informed her of his last wishes.
    • Roxy and Adriana butt heads.
    • Bo threatens to use his connections to allow Gigi to see Rex.
    • Shane opens up to Gigi about his feelings for Rex and Brody.
    • Gigi figures out she may not have a legal right to see Rex, but that Shane does.
    • Adriana has Rex removed from Llanview Hospital.
    • Adriana informs Gigi that she will never see Rex again.
    • Gigi levels the playing field by punching Adriana.

    SON ALERTS: WEEK OF October 20, 2008

    • Monday: John demands answers from Dorian; Antonio is suspicious of Vanessa; Gigi asks Marcie to help her find Rex.
    • Tuesday: Tess gains more leverage over Todd; Bo and Viki are unsure of what to do with “Jessica” once they find her; Cain pressures Tina.
    • Wednesday: Marcie aides Gigi in sneaking into La Boulaie; Marty has a memory of her past; Viki and Charlie bond over their missing children.
    • Thursday: Michael saves Gigi from bumping into Adriana; Tina devises an explosive new scheme–literally; Brody is horrified to learn of his actions.

    • Friday: Love brings Gigi and Rex back together; Tess and Tina are at an impasse; Starr and Blair look forward to the birth of the baby.


    Wednesday, October 8, 2008 4:30 PM | By Angela Rosa


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The wind of change blows through Pine Valley.

    THIS WEEK ON: ALL MY CHILDREN

    Adam forces Colby and Pete to do his bidding. Erica and Carmen have a honest and long overdue discussion on the topic of Jackson. Kendall has a change of heart after realizing Zach is helping Annie for Emma’s sake. Zach and Kendall make love. Adam gets what he wants when his subpoena forces JR, Babe and Little Adam back home. Kendall tells a disappointed Zach that she wants them to wait to have another baby. Colby warns Adam that there will be consequences if he turns on Pete. Annie fears the stalker will go after Emma. Jesse continues to deceive his family about Natalia. Adam and Erica make a surprising discovery in the Chandler tunnels.

    The Inside Story: The Pangs of Love

    Realizing the truth about her feelings for Ryan, Aidan walks out on his devastated wife. Aidan destroys the house he was building for him and Greenlee and then confronts Ryan at gun point. Greenlee confesses to Ryan that she never stopped loving him but, unable to reason with the pain they’ve caused everyone, insists that they can’t ever be together and leaves him. Greenlee confesses her dilemma to Jackson. Kendall finds a sobbing Greenlee outside of her door. Ryan spots Greenlee at “their” gazebo.

    A Closer Look: Ready, Set, Natural Disaster

    Fleeing from Adam, JR takes his family to the Comeback, where an overwhelmed Opal soon suffers a heart attack. Jesse allows Tad to take Opal to the hospital but orders everyone else to stay put. Unaware of the weather situation, Zach leaves Kendall and the boys at the beach house to run a quick errand. Ryan and Greenlee take shelter in a nearby shed as one tornado after another begins to spin through Pine Valley. Zach cheats death. JR and Babe distract the scared kids with an impromptu wedding. Tragedy strikes at the Comeback. Zach is surprised to find Bianca while frantically searching for Kendall in the rubble of the beach house. Another twister suddenly hits as Aidan spies on the intimacy between Ryan and Greenlee. Erica and Adam’s route to escape and air supply is sealed off by a collapsed wall. Colby saves Pete.

    SON ALERTS: WEEK OF OCTOBER 20, 2008

    • Monday: Kendall fights for her life at the hospital. Bianca is full of unexpected surprises. JR is forced to make an impossible decision.
    • Tuesday: Jake has dire news about Kendall. Zach comes through for Bianca. Jesse shocks Angie with the truth about Natalia.
    • Wednesday: Jake warns Zach that time is running out for Kendall. Angie has surprising news for Frankie. Ryan and Annie are desperate to find a missing Emma.
    • Thursday: Babe admits to JR she knows what’s really going on. Bianca and Zach swear Greenlee to secrecy. Ryan comes to Adam and Erica’s rescue.

    • Friday: Ryan and Annie get chilling news about Emma. Angie wants the truth from Jesse. Zach blames Jake for Kendall’s condition.


    Téa Delgado Returns to Llanview

    Wednesday, October 8, 2008 3:23 AM CDT | By Scotty Gore


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Téa Delgado returns to Llanview just when Todd Manning needs her most.

    When viewers last saw Téa six years ago, she was rescued after being shipwrecked on a deserted island. But this winter she returns to town to help Todd out of his latest predicament, which will prove diffiult given Todd’s latest deplorable actions.

    Florencia Lozano originated the role of no-nonsense attorney Téa Delgado in January of 1997. After leaving the role in 2000, she would briefly return again in 2002. Since leaving “OLTL,” Lozano has made guest appearances on a number of prime-time dramas including “Lipstick Jungle,” “Gossip Girl,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” and most recently in the “Ugly Betty” episode “Fitting for the Enemy” (which aired October 2, 2008). In addition, she has also appeared in movies such as “Perfect Stranger,” “The Ministers,” and “Bittersweet Place.” When asked once about the possibility of returning to “OLTL,” Lozano stated, “I will never close any door, especially not a door that has been so wonderful for me to walk through.”

    She has been named one of “Daytime’s Hardest Working Women” by the website About.com, and listed as one of daytime’s “Most Beautiful Women” by “Soap Opera Update” magazine.

    During her stint in Llanview, Lazano’s character Téa was described as a “tough-talking, yet soft-hearted attorney.” Not long after her arrival in Llanview, Todd Manning had an irresistible proposition to the hard-nosed attorney. The offer was five million dollars if Téa would agree to be his wife. Unbeknownst to anyone else, however, the ‘wedding’ was nothing more than a business deal to help ensure Todd received custody of his daughter Starr. Todd’s motivation was based on events which transpired soon after his “return from the dead,” when he observed his ex-wife Blair having sex with Patrick Thornhart on the floor of their penthouse. Months later, Téa and Blair’s feud got so heated that Blair pushed her out a window at the Palace Restaurant. As time went by, Todd and Téa’s love/hate relationship began to take an abusive turn. On one occasion Téa hit Todd with a shovel after he punched her when Téa told him that he would probably just rape her the same way he did Marty Saybrooke.

    In the end however, the pair developed genuine feelings for one another. However, luck was not on their side. As Todd struggled with the ghosts of his childhood, seeking revenge on his ex-wife Blair, and destroying the Buchanan family, Téa decided she had had enough and filed for divorce. To avoid jail time for kidnapping Téa and holding 14 people hostage, Todd faked DID by inventing several alternate personalities. As Téa began to fall in love with Todd’s “good altars,” she learned of his duplicity. Téa broke things off with Todd once more. Two years later, Téa returned to Llanview again. Reluctantly agreeing to help Todd kidnap his chidren, the two awere shipwrecked on a deserted island along with Ross, who was one of Todd’s hired hands. After a brief love triangle, Todd and Téa declared their love for one another and made love for the first time. However, Todd was still in love with Blair, which Téa soon discovered. Shortly thereafter, she ggave Todd her blessing for him to reunite with Blair and his children. Todd, meanwhile, built a raft and set sail from the island. After washing ashore in Guam, he soon returned to Llanview and rejoined his family. Téa and Ross are later rescued and promptly never heard from again.

    Look for Lozano to reprise the role of Téa Delgado in December. A first airdate, along with the length of her stay, has not yet been announced.

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



    Latest ‘AMC’ Casting Tidbits

    Wednesday, October 8, 2008 12:30 AM EST | By Angela Rosa



    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Who’s in and who’s out this October.

    THE IN’S

    • Laura Koffman joins the cast of “All My Children” as Rebecca, the ex that Jesse Hubbard (Darnell Williams) kept himself very, very busy with during his twenty long years on the run.

      Koffman is best knows for the role of Cassie Callison, one of the famed Cramer woman, on “One Life to Live.” The actress played the role from March 1991 thru June 1999.

      A medical crisis brings Rebecca to Pine Valley, and face to face with Jesse’s current life and wife, Angie (Debbie Morgan), on Tuesday, October 28.

    • Shannon Kane joined the cast of “AMC” on Friday, October 3 as Natalia, the young woman we’ll soon discover is Jesse and Rebecca’s child. The role is contract.
    • Eden Riegel returns on Friday, October 17 as Bianca Montgomery. Riegel’s seventh return since her 2005 exit marks her second contract length comeback.
    • Also arriving in Pine Valley with a contract is Tamara Braun. Braun hits the Pine Valley scene on Thursday, October 30, as Bianca’s girlfriend, Reese Williams. Braun will bring along Bianca’s daughter, Miranda, who will continue to be played by the adorable Haley Evans.
    • Vincent Irizarry returns as Dr. David Hayward on Thursday, October 23. In the weeks that follow, we’ll find out if the vengeful and heartbroken doctor can pull himself together long enough to save the life of one of the Kane women.

    THE OUT’S

    • The speculation has been confirmed, Amanda Baker is out as Babe Carey.

      Baker began her career in daytime in nighttime, starring as Jolene Crowell in SoapNet’s first season of “General Hospital: Night Shift” in 2007. Baker’s first day on “AMC,” October 8, 2007, was the original Babe’s last day. Alexa Havins originated the role of Babe Carey in the fall of 2003.

    • Babe finally succumbs to death on Thursday, October 23, in heartbreaking scenes with her oft-time husband, JR Chandler (Jacob Young).

    AND EVERYTHING ELSE!

    • Susan Lucci’s partner on ABC’s “Dancing with The Stars,” Tony Dovolani, will make a brief appearance on an episode of the daytime drama later this month. Dovolani portrays a victim of the Pine Valley tornado.
    • Father Clarence (played by Malachy McCourt) closes out the busy casting month of October. Should the “lucky” recipient of his next visit be afraid considering the way the good father handled the Kathy situation?

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


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      My View of Llanview: October 1 Edition

      Tuesday, October 7, 2008 11:01 PM | By Scotty Gore


      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — An old interview with Michael Storm.

      After a nearly two month absence, I am back with my column, and hope to soon return to my in-depth discussions on the current state of “One Life to Live.” Unfortunately, sometimes in life when it rains, it pours. Such has been the case for me lately, with my schedule being extremely full and hectic. Anyhow, here is an old newspaper article about “OLTL.” Enjoy!

      The following article is entitled “Michael Storm’s Wife is Expecting: Baby is 1st week of April…but please, not on April 1st!” It originally appeared in the April 1970 edition of “Daytime TV.”

      “We expect our baby the first week in April,” says Michael Storm’s wife, Sally. “And I it’s not an April 1st baby. I don’t want the poor child getting joke presents the rest of his life!”

      Sally says people snicker when she signs her name, Mrs. Sally Storm. They think it’s funny like Gale Storm or Tempest Storm.

      “If our baby is a girl, we promise not to name her April Storm …”

      “Especially if it’s a boy,” wisecracks Michael.

      Michael (Dr. Larry Wolek on “One Life to Live”) and Sally are Californians and they’ve been living in a New York apartment since Michael succeeded his brother James in the Wolek role a year ago.

      When James decided to go to Europe, he suggested his brother for the role. Michael had been singing with The Good Time Singers on the Andy Williams Show, but he had some drama training. So he auditioned for the part. “I was afraid,” he admits.

      The writers of “One Life to Live” then eased Michael into the role by letting James become seriously injured in a fire. Then he was shown with his face swathed with bandages, and when the bandages came off, Michael emerged as the new Dr. Wolek. Simple.

      Michael has calmed down. He finds playing Dr. Wolek “no problem” and the “job is fabulous!” He asks “Where else could I make so much money and still have time for Sally?”

      Michael and Sally were raised as neighbors, and knew each other’s family, but hadn’t really me until about a year before they married. Michael (born in Chicago Aug. 9) moved to Pacific Palisades when he was six years old. Sally, born in Cleveland Aug. 2, moved to the same community when she was two.

      They attended the same Episcopalian Church, went to the same grammar school, but didn’t really know each other. Sally recalls she was a skinny kid with braces on her teeth, and at 11, she was enduring her first big crush on an idol – who happened to be the happily-married actor Peter Graves, whom she met in a community theatre.

      Sally and Michael finally met in Burbank at the NBC studios, when a mutual friend brought Sally backstage after the Andy Williams Show. As Sally recalls the event, “When I finally met Michael on purpose, he was such a nice person!” And as Michael recalls it, “It was probably raining when we met. I was impressed by her because she was so bright, and because she digs rain, and I like rain.”

      “I think we got into my Jaguar and it wouldn’t start. In fact, that Jag would never start. I had bought it for $100, adding $800 in repairs, and sold it for $50.”

      The Jag wouldn’t start, but Michael Storm and Sally Beall’s romance started. A year later, when Sally was on her two-week vacation from a video tape company in Hollywood, she visited Michael at Harold’s Club in Reno, Nev., where he was singing – and they decided to marry.

      He didn’t actually propose, but a few weeks after they had met, they knew they were meant for each other.

      “On our wedding night,” recalls Michael, “we played gin … and she won! She hasn’t beaten me in gin again – because I won’t play gin with her anymore! I play scrabble and dominoes with her, and I beat her … ”

      Sally protests, “He’s the worst looser! … He cries! …”

      Michael cut in, “No I don’t … I sulk!”

      Every couple of weeks now, Michael joins Alan Miler (Dave Siegel), Joe Gallison (Tom Edwards) and Doris Belack (Anna Wolek) for a game of poker, and everybody has fun. But he won’t play gin with anybody, especially you-know-who.

      Although both Michael and Sally are Leos, they get along fine. “If anyone says that two Leos can’t make a good marriage … well, it’s not true!” says Michael.

      Sally says she’s happy being a homemaker. “I’m not a career girl. I got it out of my system. I had a responsible job, and after we married, I continued to work; but when we moved to New York, I stayed home. I’m satisfied staying home. Michael is home more than most five days a week working husbands, and we have a lot of fun staying home.”

      When they were living in California, they stumbled into a business. Michael thought he’d revive a childhood hobby and collect salt-water tropical fish. He started with a 10-gallon fish tank, and then brought in more tanks for the young fish, and eventually they had 15 tanks. They thought it would be smart to buy a tropical fish store. But it turned out to be nerve wracking and not worth it, financially. So they just turned it over to an employee and headed for New York and One Life to Live.

      Now they don’t bother with tropical fish, but prefer “to paint, make mobiles and plastic and electronic things.”

      They have adjusted to life in New York. “The now is thrilling, “they admit. “The first time I saw snow, I just couldn’t believe it,” says Sally, who’s a beautiful brunet (five-foot-six, 120 pounds, with dark brown hair and hazel eyes.)

      “The nice thing about the cold New York weather,” says Michael, “is that you’re freezing, and you rush into the nearest coffee shop and get a cup of steaming coffee, and then it revives you! Then you go out and freeze again, and warm up again. It’s great!”

      They enjoy browsing among the city’s gourmet shops, but they deplore the high cost of good beef. “We miss California beef,” says Michael. “Here in New York, there are so many first-rate restaurants that they probably get the fine beef first, and let he poorer beef go into the supermarkets.”

      When Michael finishes on “One Life to Live,” they probably will return to California. “I like to garden,” says Sally, “but Michael only likes to watch flowers. Both of us are accustomed to living in private houses, with space around us. I wouldn’t want to raise a child in a big city.”

      Michael said, wistfully, “Maybe we’ll be rich enough some day to have a New York apartment and a Los Angeles house, and commute.”

      On Feb. 21, they will celebrate their fourth anniversary.

      They remember going to the Justice of the Peace in Reno, and noticing that there was a replica of a bomb right in front of the radiator. It looked like a real bomb and when it began to hiss, Michael and Sally were frozen with fright. But it was only the radiator hissing. It did provide their marriage with an “explosive” start, though!

      Sally’s 2-week vacation from her job turned into a honeymoon, but they didn’t get a real honeymoon until they went to Bermuda last September for a week. They went swimming, sunning, and snorkel diving.

      On the show, Michael, as Dr. Wolek, is involved with Karen Martin (played by Niki Flacks) and Meredith Lord (Lynn Benish). He has romantic scenes, and Sally admits, “I had to get used to watching him romance other girls on TV. But now it doesn’t bother me.”

      Michael, a handsome six-foot-two, 170 pounds with blonde hair and hazel eyes, gets a lot of passionate mail from his fans. But it doesn’t bother Sally, she insists.

      They have a real good relationship. “We know each other,” Sally explains. “We’re friends as well as husband and wife. In the old days, people married each other, and then learned to become friends. But nowadays, the courtship enables you to get to know a lot about each other before marriage. Marriage follows naturally out of a wonderful friendship.”

      “Married people play games with each other. And I’ve tried to take the games out of our marriage. It’s better to confront your mate on a problem than to let it fester. It’s better to straighten out a misunderstanding right away, and get it over with!”

      Michael and Sally’s marriage brings together two old families. Michael’s people are mostly German and French, and his great great grandfather was Edward Adolph Joseph Kashmir Mortier, Napoleon’s chief aide and also the first president of France. “He was supposed to blow up the Kremlin, but he failed,” Michael explains. “His statue stands in Paris and in the palace of the Versailles. He looked just like my father.

      Sally’s ancestors are of English, Scotch and German stock and they came over on the Mayflower.

      Michael’s folks were involved in show business. His father, John Storm, was an actor who quit that work when he married his Margaret, a former child actress. Father became a writer, poet, and playwright. He and Margaret co-authored the cookbook, A Treasure of Fine Desserts. Michael’s grandfather was an actor in silent movies, and his grandmother was a Flora Dora girl.

      Michael’s father died in 1960, When Michael was studying at Berkeley University. His mother now lives in La Jolla Calif.; his sister Martha, a former actress, is now married and living in Cleveland; and his brother James is back in New York and living in a Greenwich Village apartment.

      Sally has two sisters, both married, and one of them has babies.

      Michael and Sally’s baby will be the first grandchild for Michael’s mother, and probably not the last.

      Who knows? Their baby could turn out to be twins. “There are twins on my side of the family,” says Sally, mischievously.

      “I’m ready for whatever comes,” he says and he means it.

      Well, that’s all for this edition of the column. I hope you enjoyed this edition of the column. See you again on October 15th..

      And until next time remember, we only have “One Life to Live” …..


      ‘Puddle of Mudd’ Rocks Llanview

      Tuesday, October 7, 2008 10:16 PM EDT | By Scotty Gore


      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Llanview, Pennsylvania will be ringing in 2009 with style, with Puddle of Mudd performing at UltraViolet.

      “One Life to Live,” a daytime drama well known for landing big name musical talents like Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Timbaland, and Nelly Furtado, has added other group to its resume. Kansas City, Missouri based rock group Puddle of Mudd will make their soap debut on “OLTL” at the end of December. The group will perform the hit single “You Don’t Have to Look Back Now,” from their latest album entitled “Famous.”

      The group, which was formed in 1993, has experienced a high turnover of members over the years. Current members include lead singer Wes Scantlin, bass player Doug Ardito, lead guitarist Christian Stone, and drummer Ryan Yerdon. The name originated from the 1993 Missouri River Flood, which left a ‘puddle of mud’ on the band’s practice room floor.

      Puddle of Mudd has released five albums, which have sold a total of seven million copies, along with several singles that have topped the Billboard Top 100. “Control,” from the group’s third album “Come Clean,” was used as the theme song for the World Wrestling Entertainment’s “Survivor Series 2001.” “Famous,” from their album with the same title, became the theme for “WWE One Night Stand” in 2007, and was also used in the video game “WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2008.” In addition, Puddle of Mudd has toured with several other rock groups, including Godsmack, Stone Temple Pilots, Linkin Park, and Staind.

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



      Love on the rocks…
      Monday, October 6, 2008 7:24 PM | By Venus Stone

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A newcomer may have eyes on Brad, while a Hughes and a Snyder watch love slowly slip out from underneath them…

      THIS WEEK ON: AS THE WORLD TURNS

      Holden and Lily pay a visit to the police station to see Dusty and overhear Lucinda begging him to keep quiet about her role in helping him fake his death. Lily fumes at Lucinda for keeping her in the dark. Alone with Lucinda, Holden talks to her about her actions, but explodes when he walks in on Lily and Dusty holding hands. Paul continues to be plagued and taunted by the ghost of James. When Bob agrees to his release, Meg is there to care for her husband. Paul soon starts to unravel everytime he sees Dusty with Meg and goes off the deep even further when he learns that James left his estate to Dusty instead of him. After learning that Paul is over his head in debt, Meg goes to Dusty for his help.

      Jack becomes bored due to his not working and Janet, after talking to Vienna, goes to Margo in hopes of getting his job back. Margo immediately begins to shoot her down but Janet informs her that it was she, not Jack that destroyed evidence against Brad. Jack, in the meantime, spends time with Carly and Sage picking apples. Things become cozy for all three of them which irks Janet. When Janet calls Carly on their family ‘bonding’ moment, the ex-wife snaps back for her to deal with the fact that Jack will always be in her life regarding their children. After receiving a call from Margo, Jack learns that she is offering his job back, but he soon suspects that Janet had a play in it all.

      LOVE IN TURMOIL

      When Alison admits that her marriage could already be over, Susan advices her to fight for it. Kim learns that Chris wants to leave Oakdale and take on a position with the World Health Organization that would lead him back to Africa. When Kim questions his reasons for leaving, he admits Alison is the reason. Back at Snyder farm, Aaron tells Holden that he feels that his marriage is over. Holden advises him to work on his marriage if he truly loves Alison. Aaron later calls Alison to meet him at Java. He tells her he wants to be with her and stay married but is instantly crushed when she tells him he deserves much more than her in his life.

      Casey tells Alison that he may have jumped the gun in ending thing with Emily. When he goes to find her to make up, Emily tells him he was right all along and should end their relationship for good. When Casey sees Alison again, he questions why Emily wants out, she tells him that it’s because Dusty is back in town.

      Pictured: Austin Peck courtesy CBS

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