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All My Children

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — On Monday, it was revealed that “All My Children” alumna Denise Vasi is set to fill the void that the departure of Stacey Dash is due to leave on the second season of VH1′s “Single Ladies.” Dash, who remains breathtaking at 45 years-old and who is best known for her role in the 1995 hit-film “Clueless” opposite Alicia Silverstone and Brittany Murphy, recently cited her family being based on the opposite coast of  where the series films as the reason for her early departure. The rumor mill has cited there’s more to the story and notes unconfirmed friction between the actress and the show producers which includes most notably Queen Latifah. Pertaining to the casting of Vasi, Latifah notes that the actress “is the perfect addition to the cast … She is bringing a fun, new element to the show.”

In its first season, the dramedy series followed the life and relationships between friends Val (Dash), Keisha (LisaRaye McCoy) and April (Charity Shea). Beginning next season, Vasi will portray the role of Keisha’s close friend, Raquel. Raquel is described as “a savvy business woman from a prominent Southern family on a quest to discover passion.” As of right now, there is no word on how “Single Ladies” will address the departure of Dash’s character. “Single Ladies” averaged 2.8 million viewers for the eleven original episodes that aired last summer.

Before landing the role of hooker with a heart of gold Randi Hubbard on “AMC” in 2008, Vasi was best known as the drop-dead gorgeous model that Def Jam Recordings mogul Russell Simmons was showing off on his arm in 2006 – just months before the official announcement that his marriage to Kimora Lee was reaching it’s denouncement. In terms of Vasi’s acting career, recently, the 28-year old actress could be seen on the big screen in a minor role in the film “What’s Your Number?” She also recently completed filming a minor role on a Steve Soderbergh (“Traffic,” “Ocean’s Eleven,” etc.) comedy, “Magic Mike,” which is set to be released in 2012. The actress is currently filming the Charles Murray (Murray has produced multiple episodes for series including “V,” “Castle” and “Criminal Minds”) drama “Things Never Said.”

“Single Ladies” begins taping its second season this January in Atlanta, Georgia. The second season of the series will debut in May of 2012 on VH1.



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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” alumna Chrishell Stause recently chatted with TV Line about a multitude of topics including her guest-role on ABC’s “Body of Proof” slated to air tonight. The bodacious actress also discussed some past regrets and her future plans.

Several weeks ago, Stause applauded co-star Susan Lucci on Twitter when daytime’s biggest name made the surprising revelation that she had made a counteroffer to Prospect Park in early September but had not been contacted since. The statement was made following months of sources indicating difficult negotiations between [Lucci] and the production company were the reason for “AMC’s” production stall. Stause elaborated on her original sentiment to TV Line, adding “to be honest with you, that Prospect Park thing was such a disaster. They came to people and gave one offer, and when it came time to renegotiate they never came back to the table. It wasn’t the actors that weren’t trying to make something work.” Stause is sorry fans didn’t get to see the original ending creator Agnes Nixon and head writer Lorraine Broderick penned. The actress adds, “we all had these vignettes that were beautiful and really great.” She affirms that at least part of that episode was filmed – before the script was changed to comply with an impending online future – including scenes with her and her on-screen mother played by Kate Collins.

Currently on the plate for Stause is preparation for pilot season which officially begins in January. In pilot season, which lasts through April, new dramas and sitcoms begin filming pilot episodes in hopes of being picked up for the following season of programming on the networks and cable. The actress just completed a course at the Groundlings which has helped launch the careers of comedians Phil Hartman, Lisa Kudrow and Jon Lovitz. Stause also will begin taping the second season of the intense psychological thriller “Luke 11:17″ in February. She also appeared in the first season of the web series that debuted in 2009.



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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Ratings Report for the Week of November 21-25, 2011

NOTE: Please do not copy and paste the entire ratings.  Thank you.

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,532,000 (-38,000/-405,000)
2. B&B 3,188,000 (+136,000/+74,000)
3. OLTL 2,817,000 (+167,000/+460,000)
4. DAYS 2,537,000 (+84,000/+75,000)
5. GH 2,457,000 (+83,000/+35,000)

Households
1. Y&R 3.4/11 (same/same)
2. B&B 2.4/7 (+.1/+.3)
3. OLTL 2.1/6 (+.1/+.3)
4. DAYS 1.9/6 (+.1/+.1)
4. GH 1.9/5 (+.1/+.1)

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 879,000 (-24,000/-168,000)
2. DAYS 703,000 (+109,000/+11,000)
3. OLTL 683,000 (+15,000/+58,000)
4. GH 616,000 (-19,000/-105,000)
5. B&B 559,000 (-89,000/-52,000)

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.4/9 (same/-.2)
2. DAYS 1.1/7 (+.2/+.1)
2. OLTL 1.1/7 (+.1/+.2)
4. GH 1.0/6 (same/-.1)
5. B&B 0.9/5 (-.1/same)

Girls 12-17 Viewers
1. OLTL 50,000 (+14,000/+27,000)
2. B&B 39,000 (+26,000/+3,000)
3. Y&R 35,000 (+5,000/-30,000)
4. GH 33,000 (+18,000/+16,000)
5. DAYS 20,000 (+8,000/-5,000)

Women 18-34 Rating
1. DAYS 0.8/5 (+.2/+.1)
2. Y&R 0.6/4 (-.1/-.4)
2. OLTL 0.6/4 (same/+.1)
4. GH 0.4/3 (-.1/-.2)
4. B&B 0.4/2 (-.1/-.2)

Men 18+ Viewers
1. Y&R 986,000 (-67,000/-189,000)
2. B&B 717,000 (+54,000/+12,000)
3. DAYS 530,000 (-21,000/-50,000)
4. OLTL 524,000 (+17,000/+92,000)
5. GH 464,000 (+24,000/-3,000)

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Day-To-Day Ratings – HH/Total Viewers

B&B
Monday: 2.4/3,209,000
Tuesday: 2.4/3,238,000
Wednesday: 2.4/3,119,000
Thursday:
Friday:

DAYS
Monday: 1.9/2,554,000
Tuesday: 1.9/2,537,000
Wednesday: 1.9/2,520,000
Thursday:
Friday:

GH
Monday: 1.8/2,419,000
Tuesday: 1.9/2,513,000
Wednesday: 1.9/2,438,000
Thursday: 0.5/681,000 (repeat – did not count)
Friday:

OLTL
Monday: 2.1/2,870,000
Tuesday: 2.0/2,630,000
Wednesday: 2.2/2,950,000
Thursday: 0.6/726,000 (repeat – did not count)
Friday:

Y&R
Monday: 3.5/4,445,000
Tuesday: 3.5/4,643,000
Wednesday: 3.4/4,508,000
Thursday: 1.3/1,937,000 (repeat – did not count)
Friday: 2.0/2,996,000 (repeat – did not count)

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For the SEASON September 19, 2011 through November 27, 2011

Households
1. Y&R 3.5
2. B&B 2.4
3. OLTL 2.1
4. GH 1.9
4. DAYS 1.9

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.5
2. DAYS 1.1
2. GH 1.1
2. OLTL 1.1
5. B&B 1.0

 

Ratings Archive

 



My View of Llanview: November 30 Edition

Soap Opera Network

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” gets ‘canceled’ for the second time in seven months as Prospect Park breaks the hearts of the show’s loyal fanbase.

What a roller coaster ride of emotions for “OLTL” fans in the past month. First the show tapes its final episode for its television run on Friday, November 18 in preparation for its move online with Prospect Park, only to be told five days later via a press release that the upstart production company was scrapping plans to transition “One Life” and its sister soap “All My Children” to the Internet due to a lack of funding.

This was an especially hard pill for many “One Life to Live” viewers to swallow, given that the news came only four months after it was announced that Prospect Park had licensed the rights to “OLTL” and “AMC” from ABC after the network unceremoniously axed the soaps in April after 43 and 41 years on the air, respectively.

Further adding salt to the wounds of ticked off fans was that the announcement to dump “One Life to Live” came only weeks after it was revealed that the company had decided to focus solely on the soap while keeping “All My Children” on the back burner for the foreseeable future. Add to this the fact that Prospect Park had reached agreements in the past few months with 13 “OLTL” cast members, along with the show’s head writer and executive producer to continue the show after it left ABC.

Talk about a feeling of déjà vu. My first reaction to the news about Prospect Park dumping “OLTL” was “not again.” Only recently had I begun to work my way out of the five stages of grief over the loss of my favorite soap opera, which I have grown up watching since I was a little kid. I had nearly come to terms with the cancelation and was coping with the fact that although the soap wouldn’t continue that my “Life” (no pun intended) would go on. Then came the news that Prospect Park was swooping in to save the day. After being skeptical at first, I slowly became lulled into a false sense of security, excited about “OLTL” getting another chance. I was thrilled at the possibility of still being able to see characters like Viki and Blair, who have become like a part of my family over the years. I was intrigued that the thought of actually setting down in front of my computer on a regular basis to watch “OLTL” and other shows. And most of all I was optimistic that the show would thrive online and continue to enjoy its current level of success (so to speak).

Then the rugged was pulled out from me…again. Going through the emotions again, I still hold out a small glimmer of hope that another miracle will take place, saving my favorite soap once more. However, this time around I am also becoming more rational in my understanding that “One Life to Live,” like all other things in life, must eventually come to an end. Nothing lasts forever, no matter how much we hope they will. Just like losing a beloved family member, pet, or possession, we have to learn when and how to let go of something that we have loved and cherished for so very long. And, while it may be painful, time will eventually heal those wounds.

“One Life to Live” may be “only a television show” but to myself and millions of other fans out there, it has and always will hold a special place in our hearts. The characters are like family, and Llanview is like our second hometown. Throughout the years, we have laughed, cried, hurt, and mourned alongside the residents of the fictional Philadelphia suburb. We rallied around Viki when she had breast cancer, encouraged the Cramer girls as they tried to stay sane in a family with a history of mental illness, sympathized with Shane when he was being bullied, and learned about intolerance as Llanview was torn apart over homosexuality. We cried when Megan died, became depressed when Asa passed on, and smiled when each baby was born. We became Llanview and Llanview became us. So, while to many it may be only a TV show, to us it is part of the family. That’s why the 2:00 pm ET hour (1:00 pm for me) will never be the same.

And, like family, “OLTL” fans need to come together to celebrate the show’s long history, and allow it to bow out gracefully and not needlessly suffer through frivolous lawsuits, ineffective boycotts, threats of violence, and harassing letters, phone calls, and e-mails to ABC, Prospect Park, and others. Let’s show everyone what soap fans are really like and give “One Life to Live” a proper sendoff like Viki and the rest of Llanview deserve. That is the least we can do for four decades of memories. Sure we’re angry, but those types of things will get you nowhere. And at the end of the day, it will all be for naught as “OLTL” will still be canceled.

Let’s make these last seven weeks that “One Life to Live” is on the air the highest rated the show has seen in years and show ABC that they were wrong in canceling it and Prospect Park wrong in thinking that there aren’t people out there willing to help fund its continuation online. That is the least we can do for “One Life” for all that it has given us. I know that’s what I’m going to do anyway. And I hope you will do the same.

As with the show itself, my “One Life to Live” reporting duties here at Soap Opera Network will also soon be coming to an end, which includes this column. Barring any last minute changes, look for the final edition of “My View of Llanview” on January 30, just over two weeks after “OLTL” airs its final ABC episode. Thank you to all my faithful readers over the years, who have endured all my incessant ramblings and opinions. It has been one hell of a ride to say the least.

Moving on, no one guessed (either correctly or incorrectly) the answers to the trivia questions from the previous column. So I’m going to give you a second chance. Here are the questions again: 1. What role on “OLTL” did Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan, “AMC”) once audition for? Before taking over the character of Cristian Vega, what small role did David Fumero play? 3. What did Jerry verDorn wear to his audition for the role of Clint Buchanan that disappeared before his first episode aired?  I’ll have the answers in the December 15 edition of My View of Llanview.

Now, before I wrap up this column, I’m going to look into my crystal ball and give you a quick sneak peek at a few things coming up a few weeks down the road. One man is forced to make a tough choice. Someone sees things from a whole new prospective. More than one secret is revealed. And one Llanview family spends Christmas with someone unexpected.

Well that’s concludes yet another column. Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Stay safe and warm.

Take care, and until next time remember, we only have “One Life to Live”…



Donna Svennevik/ABC

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A compilation of Twitter and Facebook posts from the cast of “One Life to Live” following word that Prospect Park was dropping plans to resurrect the show online only five days after the soap wrapped production on its ABC run.

Kristen Alderson (Starr): “Extremely sad sad news… No #prospectpark deal for AMC or OLTL. So many lives affected by this… #RIPoltl”

Hillary B. Smith (Nora): “I want to b careful what I say right now. I am so sad for the fans. I am so sad for all of us who were robbed of the 7 months to plan. I wish there had been more communication. This was not about AFTRA! The guilds and unions were talking. The endings were changed to accomodate the move. I wish they would have left us alone. So sad!!!! no, I believe they did what they could, just had no idea what a soap cost. Don’t hate them for ignorance. Endings were changed! So unprofessional. You will al still be satisfied. The ride to the end is still worth it!!! I promise. Meanwhile, LONG LIVE VENICE!!! no but ABC chose this deal. It was on the interrnet. I still feel that ABC will regret this decision. I love you all! I m sorry! But the show is worth the ride. Enjoy through January!!!

Mark Lawson (Brody): “Sorry to hear Prospect Park was unable to pull it off. A sad day today for all the fans. A sad day for all of us who were part of the One Life family. But I know we all brought our best these last few months and can be proud of how we finished the game. Thanks OLTL for all you taught me.”

Michael Easton (John McBain): “I’m sorry to say it’s done. Still Much to be thankful for. Happy Thansgiving. I love you all. MY THOUGHTS ARE WITH ALL OF YOU TONIGHT…I know how disappointing this news is to many of you. We tried to fight the good fight, we fought to the end to get the ratings up, but it wasn’t enough. We’re sorry we let you down. I just wanted to thank you all for the years of kindness, love and support you’ve shown me and my family. If you get a chance at some point, maybe say a prayer for the wonderful crew members of “One Life To Live”, many of whom are supporting large families, that they may find work soon. God Bless. Happy Thanksgiving.”

David A. Gregory (Ford): “So sad to hear. Again, thank you everyone for all your support… Keep watching! Its gonna be a great finale week starting January 9th.”

Robin Strasser (ex-Dorian): “I know NOTHING about Prospect Park’s purported pick-up-or- drop out of #OLTL-I depend on SOD+SID+other postings. If I knew-I’d tell YOU. I’m rooting Prospect Park finds the funding, even if I was not picked to be a start-up contract player. Hoping good things happen for ALL. Sad+disappointed-tho not surprised. Statement sounds a bit blame game- Actors/Directors/Writers terminated by ABC were amped 2 rock 4 PP! I believe OLTL actors who accepted PP offer from git-go would’ve knocked it out of ballpark right through last tape day-even without that. #OLTL cast: talented, smart, great looking, edgy, uniquely+singularly creative. How much do I admire and miss them?-let me count the ways.”

Shenaz Treasury (Rama): “OLTL ended, Im so bummed. Now I may really need to be in LA.”

Jerry verDorn (Clint): “Hello everybody.Thank you all for your kind birthday wishes. I enjoyed the day prepping for the Thanksgiving Feast. Much to be thankful for and a little something to grumble about. Don’t blame Prospect Park but rather blame the economy. They lost some financing that was too hard to replace. Start-up money is near impossible to find these days. Who knows what may happen. I guess my birthday present this year is retirement. Love to all.”

Kelley Missal (Dani): “Just saw the news that #OLTL won’t be moving on to the Internet after all. so sad but at least they gave it the chance it deserved!!”

Matt Walton (ex-Eli): “My heart goes out to my #AMC and #OLTL alumni. What a backwards world we live in right now. A bold response is coming soon.”



Donna Svennevik/ABC

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Hillary B. Smith (Nora) opens up to Entertainment Weekly about the decision by Prospect Park not to proceed with previous plans to relaunch “One Life to Live” online after it ends its ABC Daytime run on January 13, 2012, and what the future would have held for her alter ego.

“It was a noble attempt and I believe they really wanted to do this,” the actress tells EW, and admits that she believed the production company was “biting off a lot” by planning continue “OLTL” and sister soap “All My Children” on the Internet. “I’m just sad for the fans. I think this was a very ambitious project for a company with no history of the technology. I do wish there had been more communication between the company and those who’d signed on. We were finding out a lot in the press.”

Smith also revealed that she had previously reached a tentative deal with Prospect Park to continue with the show, alongside 13 of her “One Life” co-stars, during the soap’s transition and that she and onscreen husband Robert S. Woods (Bo) filmed different ending for their characters. “I can’t say [if it'll be satisfying enough if there's no continuation]. I don’t know exactly the whole ending. I want to be able to watch it myself. I know that they shot a couple of different endings for Bo and I. I have an idea which they’ll use. But I don’t know the ending for the show,” she adds.

As for the last seven weeks of “One Life’s” television run, Smith encourages fans to keep watching until the last episode airs. “We’re still here through January. I want them to enjoy this journey. It’s really going to be fun through the end. It’d be nice if a knight in shining armor came riding up to save us but even if that doesn’t happen, it will be a fun ride to the end.”



Donna Svennevik/ABC

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — On the heels of today’s announcement by Prospect Park that the upstart production company was shelving plans to relaunch canceled ABC soaps “All My Children” and “One Life to Live,” the cast and crew of the sudsers are beginning to speak out. Kassie DePaiva (Blair), who became one of the first “OLTL” stars to sign on back in September to help the show make the transition, has issued a statement regarding the turn of events.

via DePaiva’s website

Words just don’t express how sad I am at hearing that Prospect Park has dropped the deal to move forward with “One Life”. I think what upsets me the most is how this whole deal has been handled from the get go. I wanted more than anything not to have been cancelled by ABC. I find it mind boggling that a company can spend 45 years building the strongest brand in daytime… launch a cable network to support it and then decide to cancel both broadcast and cable airings leaving the beloved fans with no where to turn for that brand. Then PP shows up out of nowhere as the great white hope promising to continue these shows…. I was happy to sign on. I love what I do and I’m proud to go to work everyday. I was asked to take a cut in pay and was happy to do it if it meant our show would go on. That was the first week of September. But other than a very quick speech on the studio floor by PP in late September the company did not give out any information regarding when and where we would be working. Last Wednesday the cast received an email telling us our dressing rooms must be cleared out by the 9th of Dec. or ABC would be tossing things out… and then to hear the official news today via a media report.

The last 2 weeks have been emotional for me. The stories are rocking and show is so good. It is must see TV. Don’t miss a day… don’t miss a scene. My hat goes off to Ron Calivarti…. he has written really powerful stuff and I think the fans are going love it. I especially want to shout out to Frank Valentini… who has fought the hardest to make the transition happen. He has been amazing and I want you fans to know how hard he worked to continue giving you fans the show you deserve. He found out this wasn’t going to happen just like I did…via a media report.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I have so much to be grateful for but I must say I wish things had worked out differently. It’s been the best 18 years of my life. I hope you will continue to watch “One Life” until the bitter sweet end.

Kassie DePaiva



AFTRA/Prospect Park

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — After rumblings for the last two weeks and a shocking report by Deadline Hollywood earlier today, Prospect Park officially pulled the plug on plans for producing online versions of ABC’s “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.” Of the key issues, Prospect Park cited its inability to come to terms with the unions including those representing the actors (AFTRA) and the writers (WGA). Shortly afterward, the various unions began issuing statements in response to the production companies decision.

The Writer’s Guild of America (WGA) issued the following to Soap Opera Network, “We were disappointed to learn that Prospect Park’s financing fell through. Prior to the end of last week, we were close to a fair deal for the writers.”

On Monday, November 14, Soap Opera Network spoke with a rep from the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), who stated they were still in talks with Prospect Park. Unfortunately, as noted in the statement  issued to media outlets today, those talks went no where as the production company wasn’t communicating well with the union.

via Press Release

AFTRA Statement Regarding Prospect Park’s Decision to Suspend Production of “One Life to Live” and “All My Children”

LOS ANGELES (Nov. 23, 2011) — The following is a statement from AFTRA, the union that represents actors on “One Life to Live” and “All My Children”:

“AFTRA was deeply disappointed to read that the executives at Prospect Park have decided to suspend their efforts to produce the long-running and popular daytime serials, One Life to Live’ and ‘All My Children,’ via online distribution.

Despite initial progress in our negotiations with Prospect Park toward resolving a fair agreement to cover the performers appearing on these programs, we were perplexed and disappointed that for the past month Prospect Park has not responded to our repeated inquiries to resume those discussions. We now conclude from the press reports that Prospect Park faced other challenges unrelated to our negotiations, which prevented continuation of those discussions.

We remain hopeful that an opportunity to revive these two popular series will emerge in the future, and remain ready to resume discussions should that opportunity arise.”

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About AFTRA
The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, AFL-CIO, are the people who entertain and inform America. In 32 Locals across the country, AFTRA members work as actors, broadcasters, singers, dancers, announcers, hosts, comedians, disc jockeys and other performers across the media industries including television, radio, cable, sound recordings, music videos, commercials, audio books, non-broadcast industrials, interactive games, the Internet and other digital media. The 70,000 professional performers, broadcasters and recording artists of AFTRA are working together to protect and improve their jobs, lives and communities in the 21st century. From new art forms to new technology, AFTRA members embrace change in their work and craft to enhance American culture and society. Visit AFTRA online at www.aftra.com.



via Press Release

Prospect Park

After five months of negotiations with various guilds, hundreds of presentations to potential financial and technology partners, and a hope that we could pioneer a new network for the future, it is with great disappointment that we are suspending our aspirations to revive “One Life to Live” and “All My Children” via online distribution.  It is now becoming clear that mounting issues make our ability to meet our deadlines to get OLTL on the air in a reasonable time period following its January 13, 2012 ABC finale impossible.

We believed the timing was right to launch an Online TV Network anchored by these two iconic soap operas, but we always knew it would be an uphill battle to create something historical, and unfortunately we couldn’t ultimately secure the backing and clear all the hurdles in time.  We believe we exhausted all reasonable options apparent to us, but despite enormous personal, as well as financial cost to ourselves, we failed to find a solution.

While we narrowed in on a financial infrastructure, the contractual demands of the guilds, which regulate our industry, coupled with the program’s inherent economic challenges ultimately led to this final decision. In the end, the constraints of the current marketplace, including the evolution and impact of new media on our industry simply proved too great a match for even our passion.

In our opinion, new models like this can only work with the cooperation of many people striving to make them happen, and we would like to thank and praise the numerous people who tried to help and showed us incredible support.  We are extremely grateful to the fans and media who showed great support to us through this process, to ABC who did everything in their control to help, and we are especially grateful for the support and encouragement from many of the Soaps’ cast and crew themselves.

We hope that our efforts are not lost, and that we somehow created a dialogue and movement on the feasibility of first run, network quality content online.

Of special note, we would like to thank Frank Valentini (Executive Producer), Ron Carlivati (Head Writer of OLTL), Agnes Nixon, many of the cast of OLTL including Michael Easton, Ted King, Kelley Missal, Melissa Archer, and of course Erika Slezak all of whom signed on quickly and did all they could to help, as well as our own Christine Sacani.  Cameron Mathison and Lindsay Hartley also get our sincerest thanks for their support.  We feel terrible we couldn’t come through for them and we were very much looking forward to working together.

With appreciation,

 

Rich Frank

Jeffrey Kwatinetz



Rick Rowell/ABC

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Days after being declared one of the Sexiest Men Alive by People Magazine in the Special Double Issue on newsstands right now, J.R. Martinez achieved what many fully expected and took home the mirror ball trophy on “Dancing With the Stars.” Tonight, season thirteen’s most charming – and naturally talented – contestant beat out talk-show host and film actor Ricki Lake and her professional partner Derek Hough as well as reality television personality Rob Kardashian and his professional partner Cheryl Burke to help bring his professional partner Karina Smirnoff her first “DWTS” win in no less than ten attempts.

The former “All My Children” star follows in the footsteps of “General Hospital” star Kelly Monaco (Sam) who won the competition in its inaugural season back in the summer of 2005. Before her winning run with Martinez, professional dancer Smirnoff’s best showing was opposite entertainment personality Mario Lopez in season three of “DWTS.” She finished in second place. On tonight’s edition of the popular dance competition, Martinez and Smirnoff were up against “DWTS” two most successful professional dancers ever. Lake’s partner, Hough, has delivered wins with three partners including current “DWTS” host Brooke Burke, singer Nicole Scherzinger, and actress Jennifer Grey; meanwhile, Kardashian’s partner, Burke has taken singer Drew Lachey and football legend Emmit Smith to the end.

Iraq war veteran, veterans’ issues advocate and motivational speaker Martinez instantly won over millions of new fans after first showing off his impressive dancing skills and equally impressive personality on “DWTS” earlier this fall. Click here for a look at the journey Martinez has taken since then and what’s up next for the fan favorite. In the immediate future look for Martinez and partner Smirnoff to show up on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Wednesday, November 23 at 12:05 AM EST. Martinez and Smirnoff will then join their fellow finalists on “Good Morning America” at 7 AM EST on Wednesday morning. Later that morning, they’ll join runners-up Kardashian and Burke on “The View.”

“DWTS” returns for Season 14 on Monday, March 19, 2012 on ABC.









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