My View of Llanview: July 15 Edition

Saturday, July 26, 2008 1:25 AM | By Scotty Gore


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A review of “One Life to Live’s” 40th anniversary tribute.

Aloha everyone. It seems I just keep getting later and later with these columns, doesn’t it? I just get so wrapped up with everything going on around me, that I forget things, like this column. And I find it so difficult just to set down and write very much when there is so much to do outside this time of year. Also, I wanted to wait until after the two special 40th anniversary episodes of “OLTL” aired earlier this week before I wrote my column. But my apologizes for this being so late. There are just never enough hours in the day to do anything. Anyway, here are my thoughts on “One Life to Live’s” 40th anniversary celebration…

The Top Five reasons why I liked the two “OLTL” 40th anniversary episodes:

5. In theory at least, I appreciate the fact that “OLTL” decided to retell three past storylines to celebrate their 40th anniversary. I like the idea because it involves past characters and cast members. It is also a nice nod to the show’s history. That being said, I do have some issues with the storylines they chose, but I’ll get into that a little later. In an era when most other soaps celebrate major anniversaries and milestones with a montage of old clips and sound bites, you have to give “OLTL” credit for celebrating their past.

4. Say what you well about Agnes Nixon playing favorites with “OLTL” over “AMC,” but having her play God during VIki’s latest visit to heaven was brilliant. She was the perfect choice to place the omniscience Creator. And it was only fitting that Erika Slezak, “OLTL’s” longest running cast member, interact with her. And the nod to Erika’s tenure as Viki’s with Nixon’s comment that she had watching her 38 years was touching. And icing on the cake came at the end of the second of the two anniversary episodes when both Agnes and Erika looked into the camera, said that without the fans there would be no Llanview, and then wish “OLTL” a happy 40th anniversary. With Nixon’s two or three appearances on “All My Children” over the years, it was about time that she finally appeared on the only other remaining soap currently on the air that she created. It may have taken 40 years, but Agnes finally made a cameo ABC’s so-called redheaded stepsister.

3. Erin Torpey. To me she will always be Jessica. I wish there was a way the show could bring her back. I grew up watching her grow up on “OLTL.” Erin is so cute and has a certain child like innocence about her. Ron Carlivati is a genius for his quick thinking of getting her to play Viki’s guardian angel when Jessica Tuck had to pull out because of a scheduling conflict. And what makes it even more amazing is that all of this happened only a few days before they began filming the episodes. The sudden change literally occurred overnight. Now I have to admit that when heard, however, that Erin was going be playing her former character’s stillborn baby, I was rather skeptic as to how “OLTL” was going to pull it off. I mean think about it, how is a 27-year-old woman supposed to play the spirit of a baby who would only be about ten or eleven years old had she still been alive. But then I saw Viki asking the very same questions, and was satisfied by Megan Victoria’s line that “time moves differently for some of us here.” That makes sense. It’s heaven, and God is in heaven, and with him all things are possible. Plus it is important to keep in mind that the primary job of a soap opera is to entertain. It is not real life, but is instead an escape from reality. And it is important to remember that when you turn on the television. It’s not some reality show, or even Jerry Springer…. it’s a fictional scripted drama, similar to professional wrestling. But you didn’t hear that from me, ha ha.

2. Phil Carey and Stephen Markle. Asa has always been one of my favorite characters and I always considered Mel to be one of Dorian’s two true loves–with Herb Callison being the other. Although I find it a little strange that Asa ended up in heaven rather than in a hotter climate, it is always a treat seeing Phil Carey on my TV screen. While I’m not usually a fan of soaps using dead characters returning as ghosts to haunt the living (such as Paul Cramer, Margaret Cochran, Spencer Truman, and arrogantly smug Nash Brennan), I would gladly make an exception as far as Asa and Mel are concerned. Better yet, why not just reveal that Asa faked his death once more and that Bo and Viki’s visions of him were mere hallucinations brought on by grief from missing the old coot. And I could be mistaken, but as I recall when Mel’s plane went down several years ago they never found his body. So they could easily bring them both back. But until they do, I will set happily by and enjoy each and every time with are treated with their presence. And two thumbs up to the touching Dorian/Mel and Asa/Viki scenes we were treated to. Who could ask for anything more?

1. When I first heard that “OLTL” was planning two special episodes to honor their 40th anniversary, one of the first questions that popped in my mind was concerning the opening for the special shows. I thought to myself how neat it would be if they used the original fireplace opening (which ran from 1968-1975) to open the 40th anniversary episodes with. But the more I thought about it, the more I began to suspect that they would probably just continue to use the same old crappy opening which has not been updated since January. But imagine my surprise on Monday when, after Bo and Rex realized that had been transported back in time to 1968, the original theme music began to play and then we saw the burning flames from a fireplace with the words “One Life to Live” floating across the screen. It was the original opening, and I could not believe it. My joy was short-lived, however, as the old opening returned the following day. But still, I thought it was a nice touch.

The Top Five reasons why I did not like the two “OLTL” 40th anniversary episodes:

5. Ben Davidson. Although I thought it was nice that they were able to get Mark Derwin back along with all the other recent returns, I never have and never will like the character. I never did buy into the tripe that Ben was supposedly the great love of Viki’s life. Give me a break. Were the writers on crack when they came up with that one back in the final decade of the 20th century? Did these people ever watch the show before this character was created? Great love of Viki’s life, my fannie. What about Joe Riley, Steve Burke, Clint Buchanan, and even Sloan Carpenter? Ben Davidson does not even begin to compare with these greater, more developed characters. Ben has never been one of my favorite characters and I’m glad they killed him off. Good riddance. And the writer who first coined Viki’s nickname Blondie should be shot. I don’t mean to offend Ben and Viki fans here, but he does not even belong on the same stage with several of Viki’s other husbands, in my opinion. And to compound matters, I’ve always thought of Joe Riley as Viki’s one true love anyway. Too bad Lee Patterson is no longer with us, or they could have brought him back once more. I’d take that any day over Ben Davidson.

4. Tina, Sarah, and the waterfall. First, I have to admit that I have always loved Tina Roberts and Andrea Evans, revisiting the storyline where Tina was tied to a boat and sent sailing to her doom over the Iguazú Falls was not the best of ideas. Although I was only about eight years old when the original storyline involving Tina first aired, it was in the midst of one of the campest periods in “OLTL” history. It was during the same time period as the Old West storyline, the underground city of Eterna, Viki’s original trip to heaven, and the exploding wedding cake. While this time period did produce many memorable characters such as Tina, Cord, Max, and Gabrielle, it was also very different from the original concept of “OLTL,” which included socially relevant storylines featuring class and race relations, drug use, and mental illness. And even the supreme acting talents of Andrea Evans and Thom Christopher are not enough to save this storyline the second time around. David Fumero couldn’t act his way out of a paper bag, and would probably even be unable to emit emotion if his pants were on fire. This was one of the big let downs for me during the 40th anniversary episodes.

3. Dorian Lord. I’ll be the first to admit that Dorian has done some evil, slimy, vile, lowdown things in her life, but I have a difficult time believing that she would just leave Viki to die. Sure the pair have been feuding for over thirty years, but I’ve always felt that deep down, despite their hatred for one another, that neither would ever wish the other one dead. That doesn’t mean they would not want one another to suffer, however. But as for wishing death on each other seems a little far-fetched. In my opinion, deep down each of them actually respects the other, which shines through in the event of a crisis. Granted it is suppressed deep down, below levels and levels of hatred, jealousy, and envy. But it’s there. That’s why making David have to beg and plead with Dorian to save Viki’s life is low, even for Dorian. It makes her look even more despicable than she really is, which is saying a lot. Oh sure, she is having a guilty conscience about it afterward, but it doesn’t change the fact that she almost didn’t save Viki’s life. And to make things even worse, it appears, at least for the time being anyway, that Dorian is going to get away scott free with drugging Charlie. It seems like Dorian escapes punishment more and more as the years go by. Talk about justice being blind.

2. The return of the “OLTL” opening from hell. Well maybe not…I’ve always hated the satin sheets opening of 1992-1995 more than the present opening, but it comes in at a close second. The theme itself is okay; it’s the grainy pictures and flashing “OLTL” logos that seem poorly done and out of sync with the music. I think a teenager could do a better job on Microsoft Paint. That’s right…it’s that bad. After being treated to the original “OLTL” opening on Monday, I was wishing, hoping, and praying that Tuesday would bring a completely new opening for the soap’s 40th anniversary. But those hopes were quickly shattered when the same old crappy opening began to play. Newsflash to whoever at ABC is in charge of updating the “OLTL” opening…Nash is dead, Lalya and Vincent haven’t been seen in two months, and Miles hasn’t been around since April (unless you count the Memorial Day repeat of one of the “Prom Night: The Musical” episodes). I’d give my left arm (I’m left-handed) for a new “OLTL” opening. Imagine if you will a new opening that would encompass images from past openings such as the roaring fire and sunrise accompanied by a revamping of Peabo Bryson’s famous lyrics with all new actor shots from the various homes and businesses around Llanview. Just about anything though would be preferable to what we have now. Maybe one day soon “OLTL” will finally get a new opening sequence.

1. Perhaps my biggest complaint about “OLTL’s” recent anniversary tribute is that Ron Carlivati treated it as the 20th anniversary instead of the 40th anniversary. Two of the three storylines he chose to revisit (Viki’s trip to heaven and Tina going over the falls) occurred in the late 1980s. The third (Buchanans going back in time) also occurred in the late 1980s, and created a storyline one hundred years in the past. However, the sequel transported Bo and Rex back into 1968, when the show first premiered. However, it is focusing on events that happened more than a decade before the Buchanan family was even introduced to “OLTL” viewers. What I’m getting at is this…why were no storylines from 1968-1987 revisited? Those were some of the greatest years in “OLTL” history. It was during those years that we had the ‘death’ of Victor Lord and the first emergence of Niki Smith, Karen Wolek breaking down on the witness stand and proclaiming herself a hooker, Carla Grey passing herself off as a white woman and kissing a black doctor, Cathy Craig being treated for drug abuse at Odyssey House with real-life drug addicted teenagers, and the romance of Larry Wolek and Meredith Lord, among others. But instead there was not a single mention or even a flashback concerning any of them. It’s almost as if those first twenty years didn’t even exist. I realize that a lot of those early episodes no longer exist thanks to ABC’s policy at the time of erasing the tapes so they could be reused, but that doesn’t mean that homage could not be paid to those storylines. Characters from the first 20 years could have been brought back during the celebration. But instead everything they decided to include focused on the last twenty years. But even with that, a lot was left out. What about Wanda Wolek, the Gannon family, CJ Roberts, Mitch Laurence, Alex Olanov, Bo’s dead wife Sarah, and other former characters from the past dozen years? They too were strangely MIA. I realize that Ron Carlivati fell in love with the “OLTL” of the 1980s, which are also around the same time that my earliest memories of the soap began, but it is only one four decades in which “OLTL” has been on the air. And it’s not fair to celebrate one, and not the other three. “OLTL” was already an established soap with twenty years of history by the late 1980s, and that those years should be remembered as well, and not swept under the rug. Even so, I am at least grateful that the show even recognized any of their history. They could have easily gone the “General Hospital” route (i.e., their recent 45th anniversary), and simply stuck together a sixty-second montage of memorable characters and storylines. At least “OLTL” appears to honor its past, even though their memory is rather selective. And for that, I have to at least give them the benefit of the doubt.

Well, that’s all for this edition of the column. I hope you enjoyed this edition of the column. Enjoy the remainder of the summer. Take care and see you next time on July 30th.

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


‘GH’ Casting Updates

Friday, July 25, 2008 11:20 AM EST | By Errol Lewis



(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — When characters return from the great beyond, or prison, people get to wondering what their purpose is in life and how long they can expect to be seen.

Beginning with the Monday, July 21 episode of ABC’s “General Hospital,” viewers were shocked to learn that Cody Paul as played by actor Graham Shiels, had returned to the canvas with a major storyline involving the mob and Jason Morgan. With the consistent violence on the soap, it was only a matter of time that viewers questioned when Cody would be killed off!

According to a show rep, “Graham will be on the canvas for the foreseeable future on a recurring basis.”

IN RELATED NEWS

Rumors around the net that “GH” was looking to recast the role of Lucas Jones (last played by Ben Hogestyn in 2006) have proven to be false. There are “no immediate plans to bring back Lucas,” confirms ABC.

Florian Klein joins the cast of “GH” on August 6 as a mystery character involved with the Russian Mafia and its dealings in Port Charles.

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



Friday, July 25, 2008 10:50 AM EST | By Errol Lewis



(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — In January, Soap Opera Network first reported that ABC’s “General Hospital” would not be getting a new opening sequence (see story), but now comes word that things have changed.

According to a “General Hospital” representative, “a new opening sequence is in the works.”

It was not clear as to whether or not this opening will be an updated version of the current opening or a completely new opening that will include new graphics and images of the actors. However, we have been told that whatever opening it may be it will definitely include new contract players such as Brandon Barash (Johnny Zacchara), Nazanin Boniadi (Leyla Mir), Sarah Joy Brown (Claudia Zacchara), Claire Coffee (Nurse Nadine Crowell), Jason Cook (Dr. Matt Hunter) and Sonya Eddy (Epiphany Johnson), among others.

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



OLTL PreVUE: Week of July 28 Edition

Thursday, July 24, 2008 10:43 PM | By Scotty Gore


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Rex and Bo work to make sure history repeats itself.

THIS WEEK ON: ONE LIFE TO LIVE

John and Blair’s makeout session on the roof of the Angel Square Hotel in interrupted by a shower, causing them to take their lust to the bedroom. Finding comfort in one another’s arms, the pair make passionate love. Meanwhile, across town, Marty questions Todd on what became of the three men who raped her. Without revealing his role in the ordeal, Todd assures her that all three men are paying their debt to society. An unknowing Marty informs Todd that he is not to blame for what happened to her, which leaves him covered with guilt. Agreeing to remain friends, Blair and John don’t regret their night of ecstasy. Marty continues to become more comfortable around Todd, all the while clueless as to their past history together. Todd discovers that Blair slept with John, and later has a nasty confrontation with them. Todd covers his jealousy in front of Blair by taunting her with his new “lady friend.” Todd fumes with rage while watching Blair kiss John good-bye. Nora promises Cole that she will always be there for him. Cole, meanwhile, agrees to give into Starr’s demands, but with strings attached. Starr and Cole realize that their love isn’t stronger then their present dilemma. Todd continues to make himself the victim in front of Marty. Cole’s actions catch Todd by surprise. Marcie won’t give up in her quest to adopt Starr and Cole’s baby.

The Inside Story: A Grieving Mother

A despondent Tina tearfully informs Antonio and Cain that Carlo ordered Sarah and Cristian over the falls and that both are likely dead. Meanwhile, Carlo demands that Jonas kill Antonio. With her protests falling on deaf ears, Carlo forces Talia to marry Jonas. Antonio is stabbed by Jonas, who leaves him for dead; fortunately, Cristian rides to his brother’s rescue. Cristian fears that Sarah surely perished in the fall. Talia and Jonas become husband and wife.

A Closer Look: Back to the Past

Bo and Rex realize that they are trapped in 1968. With everyone still thinking that he is Asa, Bo has a run in with his mother Olympia, who bears a striking resemblance to Lindsay. A horrified Rex receives word that he has drafted to serve in Vietnam. Chuck Wilson Sr. (who looks like Nigel), informs Rex and Bo that they found some strange object near where they were struck by lightning. In reality the object is really Rex’s cell phone, which he attempts to use to contact Gigi back in 2008. Although he manages to successfully make a long distance phone call 40 years into the future, the connection is so terrible that Gigi is unable to make out any of what Rex says. Meanwhile, Bo and Rex decide to follow the advice Madame Delphina gave Rex and head for the Bon Jour Cafe. However, along their way to “follow the pie,” they soon discover that the Bon Jour Cafe of 1968 was a very different place then it is today. Rex believes that Emma, who looks identical to Gigi, could be the missing piece they need in returning to 2008. Bo receives the cold shoulder from a woman at the diner. Back in 2008, Clint receives a visit from his old flame Dallas, while back in 1968; Bo and Rex meet a younger Renee, who is the spitting image of Dallas. Thinking that Bo is Asa, Renee confronts him over his treatment of Emma. After chatting with a young Spencer, Rex realizes that, even at an early age, he was nothing but trouble. Bo lets Emma down gently, while Rex grows closer to her. And back in 2008, David ponders whether he and Spencer would have been better people had they had a more loving father.

What to Watch

  • Dorian gloats to David that his free ride has come to a screeching halt.
  • While at the diner, David is forced to tell Addie that he had their marriage annulled.
  • David sets fire to Clint’s check.
  • Charlie is mortified to learn that for a time Viki was technically dead.
  • Viki tells Charlie that she misses him.
  • Brody promises Gigi that he won’t come on to her again; Gigi is left with conflicting emotions.
  • A solemn Carlotta sifts through the charred remains of the diner.
  • Although he promises to keep Brody’s secrets, Charlie can’t help but wonder if Brody is making the right choice.
  • Viki accepts an offer to travel worldwide to promote organ donation, and says good-bye to Charlie.
  • Dorian, Blair, and Starr throw David out.
  • Addie throws a monkey wrench into David’s plans.

SON ALERTS: WEEK OF August 4, 2008

  • Monday: Antonio and Cristian form a plan to save Tina and Talia; Bo realizes he can’t change the past; David attempts to con Clint out of his money.
  • Tuesday: Blair finds a clue after bumping into Todd; Dorian blasts Todd for Starr’s troubles; Talia reaches a comprise with Carlo to spare Antonio; Tess throws a going away party for Viki.
  • Wednesday: Cain refuses to give up the crown jewels; David is shocked by what he doesn’t see in the mirror; David Vickers the Dog joins the nuns at St. Ann’s; Tina and Viki are reunited.
  • Thursday: Bo and Rex fear they are stuck in the past; Tess continues her quest for revenge and is unhappy that Aunt Tina is too close for comfort; Todd and Blair have a showdown.

  • Friday: Bo ensures that history repeats itself; Gigi and Madame Delphina work to find Rex; Professor Del Fina warns Bo and Rex that their time is almost up; John receives a temporary promotion.


Thursday, July 24, 2008 1:13 PM | By Angela Rosa


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — More than meets the eye.

THIS WEEK ON: ALL MY CHILDREN

Randi worries about the consequences for Frankie if Fletcher dies and admits to the doctor that she doesn’t want to lose him. Frankie pulls back from having sex with Randi, letting her know that she doesn’t owe him anything. Babe turns down JR’s offer to take over Fusion and put her in charge. Babe likes the changes she sees in JR and believes they can have a happy future together. Erica and Samuel enjoy spending time alone together at BJ’s. Erica encourages Samuel not to give up on trying to build a relationship with his son. JR anticipates taking Chandler Enterprises away from Adam. Jake gives Frankie sound advice about his situation with Randi. Aidan and Greenlee design their dream house on the computer.

The Inside Story: Mind Games

Kendall does damage control when Greenlee presses her about the comment she made about Ryan. Ryan accuses Annie of wanting to nail Colby, Cassandra and Dre for Richie’s murder and admits to her that he’s having a difficult time believing anything that’s coming out of her mouth. Ryan puts his guard down when a manipulative Annie brings up their baby. Ryan desperately wants to tell Greenlee that he’s in love with her but holds back from doing so. Greenlee wishes Ryan all the happiness in the world with Annie. Aidan grows suspicious of Annie after questioning her. Annie spies Greenlee and Ryan together at ConFusion. Zach goes to see Annie, who is haunted by visions of Richie. Zach suggests Annie and Ryan take a vacation and stay at his casino in Las Vegas. Kendall tells Ryan that Annie isn’t the same person she used to be. Annie, meanwhile, stages a horrific car crash as part of her twisted scheme. Kendall and Ryan discover a key hidden in a framed photo on Annie’s desk at Fusion.

A Closer Look: Game Over

Angie is upset that Jesse didn’t confide in her about his suspicions of Cassandra’s involvement in Richie’s death. Krystal reaches out to Colby and admits that Adam told her everything. Colby breaks down in Krystal’s arms. Colby insists that no one can ever know the truth when Krystal encourages her to tell Jesse what happened. Colby continues to drink. Angie’s attempt to get Cassandra to open up to her fails. Stuart accuses Adam of wanting Colby indebted to him in order to control her. Colby believes she’s found the solution for her, Cassandra and Dre’s dilemma. Jesse gives Angie the bad news that he has evidence linking the kids to Richie’s murder. Krystal warns Adam that Colby is in a bad way and urges him to reach out to her. Jesse is forced to take drastic action when Colby, Dre and Cassandra band together to stonewall him.

What to Watch

  • On Tuesday, July 29, Jesse confronts Frankie about Fletcher’s beating and is left unnerved by what his son has to say.
  • The situation grows increasingly awkward when Erica, Samuel, Zach and Kendall run into Jack and Carmen at the Valley Inn on Wednesday, July 30.
  • JR gets the rug pulled out from right under him when Adam surprises him at the Chandler Enterprises board meeting on Friday, August 1.

SON ALERTS: WEEK OF AUGUST 4, 2008

  • Monday: Dre takes responsibility for running Richie over with Colby’s car. A guilty Ryan tells Aidan to stop investigating Annie. Adam faces the music for his latest misdeeds.
  • Tuesday: Tad accuses Krystal of lying for Adam at the expense of their own family. JR takes action when he finds Colby drinking again. Frankie asks Randi out on a date.
  • Wednesday: JR and Babe convince Colby that she needs help. Adam accuses Erica of trying to get Samuel into her bed. Frankie realizes what Angie is up to.
  • Thursday: Ryan can’t keep Greenlee out of his thoughts. Fletcher has an offer for Frankie. A new woman catches Jake’s eye.

  • Friday: Tad grows suspicious of Annie. Zach admits to Kendall he thinks Annie is hiding something. Greenlee pops the question to a surprised Aidan.


Saturday, July 26, 2008 1:41 AM EST | By Angela Rosa



(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — What’s happening inside and outside of Pine Valley.

THE INSIDE STORY:

  • Lieutenant Taylor Thompson, formerly named Taylor McBride (the name of Lisa Rinna’s character on “Melrose Place,” where Pratt served as a writer and executive producer), played by the Emmy nominated Beth Ehlers premiered on “All My Children” on Thursday, July 24. Ehlers first scenes had her literally running into Dr. Jake Martin played by Ricky Paull Goldin. Pratt along with other ABC Daytime executives are not being subtle about their desire to see lightning strike twice between the actors who played the very popular Gus and Harley on CBS’s “Guiding Light.” Foretelling the future direction of the story, Pratt tells TV Guide, that “like many great romances, this one will be born of conflict.” Having seen the disastrous results of war in Darfur, Jake is a liberal adamantly against the war, conservative Taylor, on the other hand, has just returned from a tour of duty in Iraq and in gung-ho on the merits of serving your country.

A DOWNGRADE…

  • Colin Egglesfield, who first aired on “All My Children” on September 20, 2005, has been dropped from contract status to recurring status. The 35 year old actor, named one of People magazine’s “Sexiest Men Alive” in 2005, was hired as a recast of the unaborted fetus of Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) and Jeff Martin, Josh Madden (originally played by Scott Kinworthy). Egglesfield has seen a dramatic decrease in his airtime since his relationship with the character of Babe Carey (then played by Alexa Havins) ended in early 2007; so far in 2008 the actor has only appeared in 22 of 146 episodes.

…AND AN UPGRADE?

  • Expect to see more of Chrishelle Stause on “AMC” in August. With a developing storyline taking shape at Fusion and developing relationships with both Randi (Denise Vasi) and Jake, Stause’s Amanda Dillon will see an upgrade from her current 2008 average of airing on only four episodes a month.

CASTING WRAP-UP:

  • A show representative tells Soap Opera Digest that rumors that Mario Van Peebles is out as Senator Samuel Woods are false. States the show rep, Van Peebles “continues to appear on recurring status and will continue to appear on recurring status.”
  • Melvin Van Peebles, real life father of Mario Van Peebles, will make at least one more appearance as Samuel’s dad, Melvin Woods, on the ABC sudser. The 75 year old actor, director, screenwriter, playwright, novelist and composer first appeared on “AMC” on July 10.
  • James Mitchell’s Palmer comes out to play again in August. During the week of August 11, the seldomn seen Palmer will share an outing with his son Pete (Daniel Kennedy), his frenemy Adam (David Canary) and Adam’s daughter Colby (Brianne Moncrief).
  • Billy Miller continues to visit the “AMC” studios to tape scenes as the deceased Richie Novak. Richie will continue to be both seen and heard haunting his increasingly unhinged sister at least through the month of August.

(IN NON-CASTING NEWS) A TOAST TO…

  • Jacob Young (J.R. Chandler) is expecting his first child on November 19. Young and his wife, Christen, are expecting a son. The couple has already picked out a name: Luke Wayne Young.
  • Susan Lucci is due to be a grandmother again and couldn’t be happier about it. Lucci confirmed to SOD that her daughter, Liza Huber, is expecting her second child with husband Alex Hersterberg.
  • Alicia Minshew (Kendall Hart Slater) has set an October 2008 date for her wedding to fiance Richie Herschenfeld. Minshew tells ABC Soaps In Depth that they’re planning a really simple wedding in New York’s Greenwich Village, with the attendee list scheduled for “like 30 people, tops.”

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


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    A killer is discovered…
    Sunday, July 20, 2008 4:22 PM | By Venus Stone

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The walls close in on a killer…

    THIS WEEK ON:AS THE WORLDS TURNS

    A bracelet from Alison’s father arrives. Putting it on her moods suddenly changes, causing her to not only snapping into Aarron but Chris as well. After the bracelet falls apart, a confused Alison offers her apology to Aaron for her behavior. Tom is set for his case against Emily when Casey once again tries to get him to change his mind about keeping Emily away from Daniel. Emily tries to convince Margo to talk to Tom but Margo refuses to help. Tom’s change of heart delights Emily and Casey, however, infuriates Margo. That night Emily and Casey openly display their relationship regardless of who sees it.

    Lucinda sees red when she learns that Holden cheated on Lily with Carly. Carly, on the other hand has some serious talking to do when Parker blasts her for her actions Holden returns home with Emma and is faced with Lucinda who rails him for hurting Lily. Alone with Emma, Holden admits the truth about being unfaithful. Emma tells him he needs to set things right and try with Lily. Meanwhile, Carly goes to see Lily, insisting she forgive Holden. Lily blasts her and tells her she doesn’t have to do anything.

    COVERING UP BECOMES DEADLY

    Cole, who is jittery, hauls Barbara off to the basement of Old Mill. Barbara immediately realizes that he killed Sophie and complies to his demands to write up a ransom note. Cole finds Mike and gives him the note, saying that if anyone wants to see Barbara alive, they better do as he requests. Making it back to the basement, Cole is stabbed with a needle by Barbara. She quickly calls Paul and when she’s found, is immediately rushed to the hospital. At the hospital, Meg is confronted by Cole who demands the stash of drugs from the supply closet. Cole shoots her when she won’t hand over the stash. Fleeing, Cole is immediately tackled by Mike. Paul discovers Meg and she’s rushed into surgery. Paul contacts Holden telling him what happened and that they are requesting family members to donate blood. Holden soon appears with Emma in tow to see what they can do. Emma becomes angry upon learning that Paul an Meg got married. She quickly tells Paul he’s to blame for what’s happened to Meg. When Meg is out of danger, Paul tells her he has something to do for her and appears on Emma’s doorstep. He offers not only his apology but pleads for her to accept their relationship for her daughter’s benefit. When they return, Paul and Meg prepare to get married again; this time with Emma there to see it.

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    An elegant function ends with lives changed forever…
    Sunday, July 20, 2008 4:13 PM | By Venus Stone

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — An extravagant gala in Genoa City turns into tragedy before the night ends…

    THIS WEEK ON:THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS

    Cane offers his place to Lily as a permanent stay. Jeff continues to play games when he purposely hides the face cream from Gloria. Sabrina gets her first taste of how Victor operates when he informs her he no longer considers Nick and Victoria a part of his family. Things turn grim for Nick and Phyllis when Victor shows up to the tack-house demanding the keys. Adam decides to invite Heather to the gala. Daniel and Amber find themselves looking for advice from Dr. Drew.

    A REGAL GALA MARRED BY LIES AND DANGER

    Paul tells Nikki about David’s true identity. When she confronts him she informs him that they are over. David’s life is in danger when Walter orders out a hit on him. Victor soon discovers just how much David has been hiding when he learns he’s tied to the mob. The news drops the bomb on David’s gambling habits. Meanwhile David devises a plan to keep Nikki from leaving him.

    Ana and Devon make plans on doing a duet together for the gala. Heather and Adam show up to the event and she immediately spots Waler lurking around. Karen realizes there is a serious closeness slowly developing between Neil and Tyra. Jack admits to Victor that he was the responsible party that trashed Sabrina in InStyle Magazine. At the gala, David resorts to drugging Nikki up. Paul rushes to get to Nikki when he learns that David murdered Ji Min. Meanwhile David’s limo skids off the road.

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    OLTL PreVUE: Week of July 21 Edition

    Sunday, July 20, 2008 12:23 AM| By Scotty Gore


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Victoria Lord meets her maker.

    THIS WEEK ON: ONE LIFE TO LIVE

    “One Life to Live” kicks off their 40th anniversary celebration by revisiting three classic storylines. Bo and Rex awaken to find themselves transported to the year 1968 after being struck by lightning. Struggling to make sense of the events unfolding around them, Rex and Bo work to understand what has happened to them.

    The Inside Story: History Repeats Itself

    In Mendorra, Carlo places his dastardly plan in motion. Tina is forced to watch in horror as Carlo sends Sarah sailing toward a deadly waterfall. Fortunately, Cristian is able to overtake the guards in an attempt to rescue Sarah. He manages to swim to her raft in time for he and Sarah to proclaim their love, before plunging to their doom.

    A Closer Look: Viki Comes Face-to-Face with God


    Upon dying in a car crash, Viki is transported to heaven by her Guardian Angel, an adult version of her stillborn granddaughter Megan. While in heaven, Viki is reunited with a number of familiar faces including Niki Smith, Asa, and her beloved Ben. Meanwhile, back on Earth, the late Mel Hayes pays Dorian a visit from beyond the grave. Mel belittles Dorian for what she did to Charlie, and warns her to quit living in Viki’s shadow. Back in heaven, Viki is greeted by God, who looks strangely like “OLTL” creator Agnes Nixon. Later, Viki shares an emotional reunion with Ben, who informs Viki that she still has life left to live, and urges her to give Charlie a second chance. Although heartbroken at the realization that she will have to leave Ben once more, Viki decides to return to her life. Meanwhile, Mel urges Dorian to save Viki’s life. At the same time, David wonders by and promises to divorce Addie if Dorian will save Viki. Dorian, meanwhile, is successful in her attempts to resuscitate Viki. After being taken to the hospital, Michael informs Dorian and David that it appears Viki will make a full recovery. Fearing he may go back on his word, Dorian forces David to sign annulment papers. Dorian wrestles with a guilty conscience, and later makes a confession to Viki. Afterward, the two long-time rivals form a truce.

    What to Watch

    • John talks to Marcie about her decision to adopt Starr’s baby and the impact it’s having on Michael.
    • Clint decides to offer David $10 million to divorce Addie, as part of his plan to return BE to Buchanan control.
    • Markko has his concerns about a Cole/Todd partnership.
    • Starr is short with Langston when she encourages her to talk to Cole.
    • Clint presents David with a tempting offer.
    • Brody wants to be a better man for Gigi and Shane’s sakes.
    • Todd reluctantly informs Marty about being raped the night of the Spring Fling, while carefully leaving out his role in the attack.
    • Blair tells John that she’s tired of being Todd’s doormat.
    • John and Blair are drawn into a kiss.
    • David quickly works to save his assets.

    SON ALERTS: WEEK OF July 28, 2008

    • Monday: John and Blair get physical; Viki confesses to Charlie that she misses him; Brody agrees to Gigi’s demands; Carlotta’s years of hard work go up in smoke.
    • Tuesday: Rex makes a long distance call 40 years into the future; Todd discovers that John and Blair had sex; Talia has no choice but to do Carlo’s dirty work.
    • Wednesday: Todd fumes as he observes Blair kissing John; Rex and Gigi have their signals crossed; Antonio’s life is on the line.
    • Thursday: Clint receives a visit from an old flame; Cole grants Starr’s wishes; Dorian throws David out.

    • Friday: Cole and Starr end their relationship; Todd continues to badmouth John to Marty; Antonio and Cristian plan their next move.


    Saturday, July 19, 2008 3:00 PM PST | By Errol Lewis


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Fear can bring one down, what is it that you fear?

    THIS WEEK ON: GENERAL HOSPITAL

    Sonny has another meeting with Andre Karpov in order to reset the terms of their business deal. Despite warnings from Nikolas, Nadine agrees to go out on a date with Matt. Maxie informs Claudia that Spinelli will not help her locate Johnny and Lulu. Claudia warns Maxie that if she doesn’t get Spinelli to help, she will reveal their deal where Maxie was to sleep with Johnny for a price. After a fight with Mac, Maxie returns home only to find a shirtless and moved in Matt. Robin admits to renting out Georgie’s room to Matt, who needed a place to stay. Sonny saves Claudia from Anthony’s verbal abuse. Lucky and Elizabeth have a heart-warming discussion. Max and Diane fear for Sonny.

    A Closer Look: Carly’s Life is Destroyed

    Last week, Kate plotted to get Carly out of Jax’s life and on Monday, July 21, she succeeds. Kate made it appear that Carly was given notice of an event that Jax was to attend, but had not passed said information on to her husband. Thinking Carly is trying to sabotage his business dealings, Jax informs Carly that he wants a separation. Hoping to rekindle the flame and change Jax’s mind, Carly tries to seduce her husband, but he won’t budge on the matter. Carly will stop at nothing to salvage her marriage and vows to take down Kate Howard.

    The Inside Story: Johnny and Lulu on the run


    Realizing that Lulu is about to break, Johnny makes a daring move and takes Lulu “hostage” in order to protect her. After breaking out of the PCPD, the duo find themselves in an abandoned apartment in New York City, where Johnny makes a confession to Lulu. Johnny informs her that he has taken her to the now empty apartment of his former piano teacher. Unbeknownst to the two, Anthony Zacchara is plotting Lulu’s demise. Johnny and Lulu are discovered by the piano teacher’s neighbor, Sal, who does not believe Johnny’s story. After getting through to Sal, Johnny agrees to give Sal’s sister, Lourdes, piano lessons free of charge. Fearing for their safety, Lulu once again is on the verge of a breakdown until Johnny is able to calm her and the two make love. Lourdes learns the truth about Johnny and Lulu.

    What To Watch

    • On Thursday, July 24, Scott returns to Port Charles and learns of Logan’s death from Tracy. Look for Scott to seek revenge on Johnny and Lulu.
    • Look for both Carly and Claudia to try and pin Logan’s murder on different individuals.

    GH NEWS AND HEADLINES

    • Ilia Volok joined the cast on Friday, July 18 in the recurring role of Andre Karpov (see story).
    • Rolando Molina and Kristin Herrera join the cast in the recurring roles of Sal and Lourdes beginning Wednesday, July 23 (see story).
    • Genie Francis is returning as Laura Spencer beginning Tuesday, August 26 (see story).

    • Rick Springfield will be performing again later this month (see story).

    SON ALERTS: WEEK OF JULY 28, 2008

    • Monday: Claudia and Ric agree to sexual escapades; Jax does his best to distance himself from a frantic Carly; Scott ignores Lucky and Nikolas’ pleas.
    • Tuesday: Jason is furious with Sonny over his business dealings; Jerry is back to his old ways; Jax refuses Carly’s latest advances.
    • Wednesday: Carly’s new plan backfires; Sam makes inroads while undercover; Ric questions Claudia’s interest in his relationship with Sonny.
    • Thursday: Claudia accuses Sonny of seeking revenge against Jason; Lourdes makes a promise to Johnny; Anna and Noah find each other.

    • Friday: Kate walks in on Sonny during a business meeting with Karpov; Visions of Logan haunt Lulu; Sam is stunned by what she finds while following a lead.


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