On Saturday, July 23, 2011, “General Hospital” held its annual fan club weekend event at the Sportmen’s Lodge Event Center. Incidentally, in the year that followed many were left wondering if the 2012 event would ever come to be amidst all the drama and rumors surrounding the cancellation, reincarnation (through the Disney/ABC Television Group/Prospect Park Productions deal that wasn’t) and ultimate demise of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” and the possible effect it would have on “GH” itself. On July 21, 2012, “GH” did indeed holds its annual fan event – again at the Sportsmen’s Lodge Event Center – with a renewed focus and much hope for the future.
“General Hospital” cast members Steve Burton (Jason Morgan), Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth Webber), Kelly Sullivan (Kate Howard/Connie Falconeri), Scott Reeves (Steve Webber), Lisa LoCicero (Olivia Falconeri), Jason Thompson (Patrick Drake), Dominic Zamprogna (Dominic Falconeri), Chad Duell (Michael Corinthos), Jen Lilley (soon-to-be ex-Maxie Jones), Drew Cheetwood (Milo Giambetti), Rebekah Montoya (Delores Padilla), Brandon Barash (Johnny Zacchara), Bradford Anderson (Damien Spinelli), Sean Blakemore (Shawn Butler), Laura Wright (Carly Jacks), Julie Marie Berman (Lulu Spencer-Falconeri), Haley Pulos (Molly Lansing), Erik Valedez (Trey Mitchell), Robin Mattson (Heather Webber), Nathin Butler (Ewen Keenan), Lindsey Morgan (Kristina Corinthos) and Richard Steinmetz (Joe Skully Jr.), were joined by “One Life to Live” turned “GH” stars Kristen Alderson (Starr Manning) and Michael Easton (John McBain), along with the soaps new executive producer Frank Valentini, on the stage as they greeted some of the soaps biggest fans.
For more than half an hour they all took fan questions, while Erik Valdez created a running joke within their answers alluding to shirts coming off. Of course, it couldn’t be helped as Valentini revealed a new boxing set had been built similar to the steam room set seen frequently on “OLTL.” Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos) arrived late and was only on hand for the fan autograph signing sessions that took place immediately afterward.
Before Bradford Anderson took the reigns from “GH” Fan Club President Debbie Morris, Valentini was asked if he wanted to say a few words to the audience gathered. While he kept his responses short and sweet, he did reveal that he had arrived late to the party due to an important commitment. “I was at the Director’s Guild meeting this morning with some of the directors from daytime,” he said referring to the Director’s Guild of America (DGA), which is the union that represents directors in movie and television productions – despite being an executive producer, Valentini frequently directs episodes of his soap operas. “This is my first fan club event. I’m really excited about the show and I’m excited about this cast and I think it’ a great day for celebration, so don’t let me get in the middle. Let me share it with you,” Valentini concluded.
Despite receiving pre-prepared questions, Anderson decided to take the unusual approach of giving the fans the chance to ask their own. He walked around the room and had each person he chose say their name and ask their question of a “GH” cast member. The first question asked was how much time the cast have off each year. While the question was directed at the entire cast it was agreed, in particular by Burton and Zamprogna, that Bradford should be the one to answer it for them. “As you guys know, we have a new episode practically everyday. So that means we have to make a new episode practically everyday, and what we’re doing now is we’re trying to do more in less time so that we can save money to keep our fare show on the air for all of you,” the actor answered.
Thanks to the presence of Valentini some of the questions directed at the cast ended up being directed at him instead – in part due to Burton’s insistence on Valentini answering one particular question that referenced the timeslot change for the soap. The exact question was “Do you think the change in the timeslot for ‘GH’ is gonna screw up the ratings?” Burton, deciding it wasn’t something he could answer, immediately jumped up and over the legs of his co-stars to hand the microphone over to his boss who was all the way across the other side of the stage. As fans and cast members laughed over Burton’s gesture, Anderson joked “Aren’t you glad you showed up Frank?” Always the trooper, Valentini said “I think there is always risks in having a timeslot change, but I believe that our audience is loyal enough, but more importantly smart enough, to say ‘okay, now we have to watch GH at 2 so we’ll take our naps at 2, we’ll take our lunch at 2, we’ll take our breaks at 2.’ Here on the west coast it’s at 1 o’clock and I think that’ll be better. I actually think on the west coast it’ll be better for us than on the east coast, where it’ll be more of a challenge.”
While not giving anything away, Valentini did reveal that “we have a really great story that’s gearing up for the fall and we’re going to get a lot of promotion from the the network,” which according to the producer includes the recent blurbs popping up that reminds viewers of the change just before the end of each episode of the soap.
- “I would love to play Johnny [Brandon Barash] because I love how he mixes his bad boy with his charm and sexiness and then he gets to flirt with all the girls in the cast,” said Rebekah Montoya, who was asked which character she would love to play other than her own. Bradford Anderson responded with a joke that it could also be that Barash has “phenomenal chest hair.”
- Although he was hosting the Q&A, Bradford Anderson couldn’t hide from another question from a fan. This time the actor was asked which version of Spinelli does he prefer portraying on the soap, “Do I like geek Spinelli or like just ridiculously weird Spinelli? The Jackal P.I. storyline was fun just because it was a challenge for me and I got to wear clothes that fit, so that was cool. It’s fun to go off in a different direction, but it’s always nice to come back home to my geeky self.”
- New to the cast, Erik Valedez was asked about playing a such a sleaze! “It’s a lot of fun to play a sleaze because I’m really not that guy in real life, I promise you,” the actor joked. “It really is a lot of fun to come in and play such a jerk. With that said, stay tuned! There’s going to be a lot more revealed about this jerk/sleaze bag Trey and I think I take my shirt off a time or two, so maybe you guy’s should keep watching.” Thanks to Valdez, more shirtless responses would soon follow.
- Kristen Alderson was asked about leaving the east coast and no longer working with her brother (Eddie Alderson, who portrayed Matthew Buchanan on “OLTL”). “Well, I still live with my brother so I see him every day,” Alderson said in a joking manner. “I grew up on ‘One Life to Live,’ and that was an amazing experience. It was definitely a big move in my life but L.A. couldn’t be any better than it already is. I love the weather, and I love this cast and crew. They’ve been so welcoming to me.”
- Next up was Robin Mattson, who was asked how much fun she was having with playing crazy Heather Webber. “It’s pretty fun!” Mattson said enthusiastically. “Well let’s see, I get to work with Roger Howarth and Tony Geary. That’s especially fun, in addition to having a wonderful son [Mattson said referring to Scott Reeves as Steven Lars] and his lovely girlfriend, who have been so gracious and generous with themselves in real-life to me, so I made some new friends and it’s been great to join some old friends and enjoy good times again.”
- Fans may have noticed an absent Sean Blakemore on the “GH” canvas, but it’s not because they don’t want to use him – he’s just an in demand actor! Blakemore was asked about his disappearance from the soap and let Valentini, like Burton before him, answer the question. “Just so you know, even before I started on the show, I got a call from Sean’s agent asking to let Sean go and do a movie. I said, ‘you know what, you got to let people do things and spread their wings’ and it wasn’t for a long period of time, but he went and shot a movie. He went and had a great time. As you know it takes time to build things and right now we’re in the process of building something that I think you’ll really like,” said Valentini to the pleased audience. ”What Frank said is absolutely true. You guy’s are going to be very pleased. There’s a lot of fun stuff coming up…interesting and I think I may have a shirt off? You guys will be excited. There’s a lot of funs tuff coming up in the fall,” said Blakemore adding to Valentini’s statement. “Sounds like everyone’s having a shirtless scene…I’m not! I subscribe the the Steve Burton method. I won’t take my shirt off,” Anderson jokingly said afterward.
- I was sitting in the dressing room and I was thinking ‘I can’t do this,’ and then the news broke that I booked it [the role of Maxie] so I was like ‘god I got to go upstairs and do this, I can’t give it away!’ and everyone was so kind and so welcoming and no one ever made me feel awkward in an awkward circumstance,” said Jen Lilley when asked about what was going through her head as she was about to take on the role of Maxie Jones from Kirsten Storms, who had gone on medical leave at the time.
- A fan of Jason and Sam wanted some intel on where the cards land in the couple’s future, but Steve Burton stated “We have been advised by Frank Valentini not to answer those questions, so if you want to tweet him please feel free. He does respond every now and then. He’s very interactive socially on the networks also.”
- The ultimate question fans have been asking about since 2001, when it was last seen, was whether or not the show plans on bringing back the uber popular Nurse’s Ball event. The question was of course directed at Frank Valentini. “I’ll just say this, I love music and I love Nurses.”
On a posting on the Official “General Hospital” fan club web site, Debbie Morris revealed that “Yes, we are already working on plans for a fabulous 50th Anniversary Fan Club Weekend, like no other….so stay tuned!” If you were unable to attend this year’s festivities, make sure to keep one weekend in July 2013 (TBD) on your radar so you can go next time.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Four stars of “One Life To Live” will be joining the cast of joining “General Hospital.” It was announced today that the characters of Blair (Kassie DePaiva), Starr (Kristen Alderson), Todd (Roger Howarth), and John (Michael Easton) will move from Llanview to Port-Charles.
ABC Press Release:
EMMY NOMINATED KASSIE DEPAIVA AND EMMY WINNER ROGER HOWARTH,
ALONG WITH FAN FAVORITES MICHAEL EASTON AND KRISTEN ALDERSON,
JOIN THE CAST OF ABC’S “GENERAL HOSPITAL”
Frank Valentini, executive producer of “General Hospital,” announced today that Emmy Award-nominated Kassie DePaiva and Emmy winner Roger Howarth, along with fan favorites Michael Easton and Kristen Alderson, will reprise their “One Life to Live” characters and head to “General Hospital” as part of a new storyline for the multi-Emmy Award-winning daytime drama. Production begins late January 2012 in Los Angeles.
“We have a very exciting story planned for the citizens of Port Charles, with Sonny Corinthos at the center of it! I am confident viewers and fans alike will be excited for the arrival of John (Easton), Starr (Alderson), Blair (DePaiva) and Todd (Howarth),” said Valentini. “Incorporating characters from ‘One Life to Live’ continue the legacy of the show as we weave them into ‘General Hospital.’”
With many television, film and stage credits to her name, DePaiva played the role of beautiful Blair Cramer on “One Life to Live” since December 1993. In addition, she played good-girl Chelsea Reardon on the daytime drama “Guiding Light.” Horwath returned to portray Todd Manning on “One Life to Live” in 2011, a role he originated from a day-player to a compelling long-term character. Performing at many prestigious regional theater centers, he has many theater credits to his name, and in addition appeared in the television series “Prey” and in the primetime teen drama “Dawson’s Creek,” as well as the daytime drama “As the World Turns.”
Easton joined the cast of ABC’s long-running “One Life to Live” in 2003 as John McBain.
A published poet, he also played vampire Caleb Morley on the ABC daytime drama “Port Charles,” among many other television and film credits. As for Alderson, she continuously played the role of Starr Manning on multi award-winning “One Life to Live” since March 1998, the precocious young daughter of Blair Cramer and Todd Manning.
Garnering eight Daytime Emmys in 2011, “General Hospital” airs at 3:00 p.m., ET, 2:00 p.m., PT on the ABC Television Network, and on SOAPnet at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Winner of a record-setting 10 Emmys for Outstanding Daytime Drama, the program celebrates 49 years of broadcasting on April 1, 2012, and is the longest-running dramatic serial on ABC, having aired close to 12,500 episodes. The show is produced by Time Square Studios for ABC Daytime.
“General Hospital” was created by Frank and Doris Hursley. Frank Valentini is the executive producer. Mary O’Leary, Mercer Barrows and Michelle Henry are producers. Ron Carlivati is the head writer. Full episodes of “General Hospital” are available on ABC.com immediately following its air on the network for users to watch online.
(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.”
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A collection of Twitter and Facebook posts from current and former cast and crew members of “One Life to Live” during and following the show’s final days of production on its ABC Daytime run, which wrapped production last Friday.
Kristen Alderson (Starr): “Tomorrow [Friday] is the big day #LastdayofOLTL VERY strange feeling, harder than I could’ve ever imagined. Can’t wait for the wrap party though. Eddie [Alderson], Hillary [Nora], and Bob [Woods] last day today. So blessed to be with them today for it. It’s heartbreaking but so special. I want to thank all of our AMAZING/LOYAL fans for being so extremely supportive through all of the years&for today! Our cast partied their butts off until 4AM last night!…going to be hard falling asleep earlier now…lol”
Brittany Underwood (Langston): “Listening to OLTL musicals all morning. can’t believe the last day of OLTL as we know it has arrived :-/ thanks for all the memories. Just wanted to apologize to everyone who waited outside the studio for us. Couldn’t bear 2 say goodbye. Way 2 emotional 2day. Love you all. Yesterday was perfect. I got to be a part of something so amazing for 5 years and to be there for the end was truly special. So blessed 2 have worked with such amazing people.”
Jason Tam (ex-Markko): “Going over my lines for tomorrow [Friday]. So proud to have been a part of OLTL and can’t wait to be in the studio one last time.”
Eddie Alderson (Matthew): “Tomorrow [Friday] is my last day of filming of #OLTL..this is going to be one of the hardest days I’ve ever had. So thankful for all the years though. Wow..thank you so much everyone! You all have been more than amazing to my family over the years, we appreciate you all and will forever! ‘Don’t be sad it’s over, smile because it happened.’ That was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to go through..so upsetting. Every new beginning comes from another beginnings end. Wrap party time. Let’s go. After party bitchezzz. Well I guess you could say we went out with a bang.”
Bree Williamson (Jessica): “Today last day….. Tomorrow first day. Thanks so much for all of your thoughtful tweets!! They mean so so much. Jerry verDorn [Clint] told me he loved me today during taping and I lost it. To all the fans outside, thank you for your support! I am so sorry I had to run. I was trying to get home to be a mom before party time. Ouch……. Dear new York, thank you for giving me perfect days like these before I have to leave you.”
Melissa Archer (Natalie): “I just want to take a moment to thank all of you. Your support means so much. 10 wonderful years!! When one door closes another opens…”
Lenny Platt (Nate): “Last day heading into #OLTL. I’m grateful to have learned so much in my short tenure. Honor to have been part of it. Thanks to the fans. At least now i can keep my shirt on and don’t have to spend 2 hours in the makeup chair getting my extra nipples covered… So much change today. Also Regis‘s [Philbin] last day. Now where am I gonna go to get a lovable little man yelling at me 1st thing in the morning?”
Hillary B. Smith (Nora): “My emotions are over flowing!!! This is getting really sad. It’s our last few days of taping on ABC. We will be together again!! Hard to know when you have a cold if your eyes are running because you are sick or you are sad! I m here 4 my last tape day on OLTL for ABC. Last night we wewre told that we must remove all of our belongings from the dressing rooms. I have all this fan memoribilia, pictures of me with the bo and Nora Fans, jello shot girls, animals, cast mates, presents from fans. How? I love you all, you crazy people!!! You have kept me sane. Is it possible for insanity to bring clarity? thank you for 20 years of YOU! All I ask is that you watch us to the end. There is really good stuff. And then you can turn your sets off or turn the channel. Hey! Good Morning my tweets! It is Saturday morning and I am officially unemployed! Wow! Had a gr8 send off last night! Danced like a fool with my peeps. Cried like a fool, but laughed as well! Great party! You must keep watching OLTL. fantastic all the way thru to end! So good! Nora is not gone, she is out in the yard gardening… Okay ordering the gardner around. I can’t bear the idea that she might b gone. someone has to water the plants on the roof garden. Oh yea…. There is a huge roof garden.”
Shenell Edmonds (Destiny): “Tomorrow [Friday] is my last day on OLTL with the most amazing cast and crew I have ever worked with! I am so grateful the time I have had with them! Wow. I just started crying, realizing that this is my last day of taping until I move on w/ #PP . I really didnt think it would be this hard. thank u guys for the amazing support u have given, not just me but the entire show. U guy are awesome an we will never forget. Omg. Emotions r running high today. So happy an grateful to hav the opportunity to be part of this family!!!”
Farah Fath (Gigi/Stacy): “Sitting in my dressing room on my last day at #OLTL 3 more scenes & thats a wrap! Feeling so very thankful for the time I’ve had here. First scene I ever taped on #OLTL was w/ the queen Erika Slezak [Viki]. Last scene I will ever tape was w/ Erika Slezak. To my fans: From the bottom of my heart, thank you SO much for your support over the years. My 12 years on daytime is because of you all.”
Crystal Hunt (ex-Stacy): “Don’t know if anyone’s popping by the OLTL wrap party tomorrow [Friday], if so, see u there. Btw the wrap party is at Capital, not the studio. Last night was sad but sooo much fun!”
Kassie DePaiva (Blair): “This has been a sad day. I’m truly grateful 4 this awesome journey. I’ve had an amazing time in Llanview….& really hate 2 see it end. But it was great and my life is better because of the lives that have touched mine. Thank you OLTL/Blair fans for 18 years of goodness. It’s because of you that it has lasted this long. Until we meet again… Xoxo”
Andrew Trischitta (Jack): “Thanks to all those fans waiting outside the studio! I could never have done that it was freezing. greeted the fans outside the studio. Starting up the after party.. This is gonna be a long night. What am I going to do now that we stopped filming? Kelly [Missal, Dani] cause I miss you so much I just won’t be able to survive. Haha in a few pictures of me from the wrap party, my tie was obnoxiously long.. Because little Patrick [Gibbons Jr.] (Sam) was pulling it, I didn’t know. not that many cried there. But it was very sad.”
Kelley Missal (Dani): “thank you to all the fans for your incredible support and dedication to #OLTL!!! you mean the world.”
Nick Choksi (Vimal): “Incidentally, today [Thursday] is also my last day of filming! That’s a wrap! Thanks, OLTL, for a fantastic time and a hell of a year! The last day of taping is Friday, we’re all closing out. Today is just my last round, my last dance with the disco king! Thanks, everyone! Clarification: I’ll still be in episodes between now and the big Finale on Jan 13. The taping of it all is finished, they shot the last scenes yesterday and I taped my last scenes on Wednesday! there’s about 10 more episodes of OLTL that I am in between now and the 13th of Jan when it all come to a close. thanks for the good wishes. Happy Thanksgiving, America!”
Shenaz Treasury (Rama): “And it’s a wrap for OLTL. Just walked out of the ABC Studios for the last time [Thursday]. Emotional day for everyone on the show. I was just there a little over a year and I’m a weepy mess. Think about all the people who have been with it for 30 years! So grateful to have been part of such a wonderful team. Thank you for being my family in New York!”
Robin Strasser (ex-Dorian): “Fans couldn’t save AMC/OLTL but they FOUGHT back hard-Taking action-they created a shift in a mis-conceived plan. With LOVE-it’s never over. My heart feels this IS Black-est Friday. My mind-confused by rumors about Prospect Park. My spirit is proud of being part of OLTL’s history. Saw promo 4 a Charity Event-Chicago on LAST OLTL airing ABC Daytime. Zoicks! OMG! Last show is going to be 1/13. YO? that’s Friday the 13th!”
Gina Tognoni (ex-Kelly): “Going to the One Life Wrap Party / follow the show y”all Xx. Today last day of taping for entire One Life cast and crew. Today the last day of taping One Life.The amazing cast and crew god bless / great things ahead for ALL in the new year no doubt!! Going to the wrap party 4 sure.”
David A. Gregory (Ford): “Heading to the studio for the last day of OLTL. Thank you all so much for your support; it means the world. I was only supposed to be around a few episodes and you turned it into a few years. Thank you guys!” Gregory also posted this video thank you to his fans on Facebook.
Mark Lawson (Brody): “Studying for Brody’s last scenes for ABC. I can’t believe it’s here. The last three and a half years have flown by. I’ve learned so much and am so thankful for all the people I’ve been privilaged to work with. Above all, I’m overwhelmed by the support of the fans. Your love of the show, of Brody, and of me as an actor have made this ride worth it. Thank you.”
Carolina Bermudez (Blanca): “Sitting in my makeup chair for the last time [Thursday] at One Life to Live & it’s creator Agnes Nixon is sitting next to me… I’ll never forget this. Headed to the #OLTL wrap party to get my drink on!”
Tonja Walker (Alex): “Fun last night…Fun last night…me Ilene and Jimmy” Ilene [Kristen] and Jimmy [DePaiva].”
Catherine Hickland (ex-Lindsay): “Good morning, Kittens! Today belongs to #OLTL. Sending love to cast, crew, fans & all who supported the show throughout the years! BIG love To all of my brothers and sisters at OLTL. God Speed to the new and improved. Blessings on each cast&crew member. TY Frank V 4all.”
Fiona Hutchison (ex-Gabrielle): “Saying Goodbye. Goodbye One life to Live… We’ll miss you on the network… saying goodbye to One Life to Live on the ABC Network… as well as so much of daytime these past few years.”
January LaVoy (ex-Noelle): “To my friends and colleagues at One Life to Live…all the best. 44 endlessly entertaining years! From my grandmother’s knee to Paris, Texas, I was so fortunate to be a part of that family. Love and congratulations to everyone.”
Thom Christopher (ex-Carlo): “To everyone at “One Life To Live” let it be said that every individual involved in this show, both past and present, have added themselves to the collective memory of millions of viewers. The decades of this show and its’ success speak a million words of praise to everyones creative labor…how proud I am to have been one of its’ laborers. I join in the sadness to see it go dark but look at the greatlight it leaves behind..my love to all and the thanks for the journey.” And from “OLTL” Director Bruce S. Cooperman, “Hi Thom- you were definitely a part of my happy memories at OLTL. I will never forget the great times we had!! All the best to you and Judy. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!!”
Nafessa Williams (ex-Deanna): “OLTL memories. I hear it’s lots of #OLTL supporters outside the studio. Sending my love to everybody from LA;) xoxo.”
Tika Sumpter (ex-Layla): “Goodbye #OLTL , it was nice meeting you and being apart of your T.V. history.”
Erin Torpey (ex-Jessica): “Thinking about my OLTL family today. Love you all.”
Crystal Chappell (ex-Maggie): “I miss One Life already. What a wonderful show! Thinking of everyone there. Enjoy the party tonight! Will toast in your honor.”
Terrell Tilford (ex-Greg): “To All of My ONE LIFE TO LIVE past-castmates, the crew and the entire awesome production team, Congratulations on your great job… Today may be the last day of THIS, but I look forward to the first day of 2.0 for all of you! Keep it movin’!!!”
Paul S. Glass (“OLTL” Music Director): “Thanks so much..I really appreciate it! I’m so proud of all we’ve done & hope to have the chance of doing even more! Can’t say enough about the people in that studio. Great friends, incredible talents and even better people. one family. We did things that people thought we were crazy for even trying and things that were impossible…year after year! So fortunate to have EPs (especially Frank [Valentini]! ) that always wanted to push the music to the limits! Their support made everything possible. Have had such great material and performances to work with! Thanks & thanks 4 you all your support! Nothing like the feeling of putting music 2 video & having it all come together! I still have 26 shows to do before the end of ABC run in January.”
Julia Davis (“OLTL” Make-Up Artist): “Good morning! Headed to Llanview. Today will always be remembered. So many wonderful memories… As we turn the pages of time, we discover hidden mysteries and triumphs in each new chapter. Wow! So many Fans outside. And its officially a Good Night & Good bye to Llanview.”
Bruce S. Cooperman (long-time “OLTL” Director): “This is a sad day in television history. No, not for Regis, who will take his millions and walk away into the sunset, but for all the hard working people at One Life to Live. After spending 30 years working on the show, I made some great friendships along the way. Even though I was tossed out after all that time, I too, would like to say what a great way to spend most of my adult life and I wouldn’t change it for the world. There are only some people that I wish nothing but the best in the future and for the others….well I don’t want to sound bitter but ….. As Bob Hope said, ‘Thanks for the memories.’”
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — As we previously reported, “One Life to Live” was forced to replace Brandon Buddy with Van Hughes in the role of Cole Thornhart just one day after Buddy reprised the role for an upcoming storyline with ex-girlfriend Starr Manning (Kristen Alderson). Now the actor has taken to Twitter to apologize to fans for the sudden turn of events.
In a series of tweets dated Thursday, November 10, Buddy explains, “Hi everyone! I wanted to say that I am so sorry that I was unable to make a return to ‘OLTL’ as I intended due to personal family issues. I cherish the time that I had on the show and always will. The fans mean more to me then words can express. I’m devastated about this! Again I am so sorry! Thank you all for your love and support! It really helps me in times like this. Thank you and God bless!”
Buddy’s journey back to the set of “One Life” began in early August when he posted another series of tweets begging fans to help him get back on the show. “I want/need everyone to send in your love for cole! I’m tired of sitting around. Get me back on the the show so I can finish what I started. I love my fans/friends let’s go!!! No more f**ging around!!!!!!!!! Ok!!! Let me think! I hope I don’t get in trouble for this! …..standby! : ),” said the actor at the time.
Although both Buddy and the show are keeping mum on the specific reason as to the need for an emergency recast, Texas public court records from Travis County indicate that an individual with the full name Brandon Robert Buddy, which is the actors full name, along with matching birthday (verified by Soap Opera Network via district clerk), is scheduled to appear before a judge next month on charges of “INJURY CHILD/ELDERLY/DISABLE W/INT SBI/MENTAL,” or allegedly causing harm to a Child/Elderly/Disabled person with the intention to cause serious bodily injury or mental injury.
Buddy was reportedly involved in a traffic accident early last month. On October 8, he tweeted “So check this out! I was headed to Dallas for the Texas OU game yesterday and someone rear ended me going over 60 mph totaling my car. I had to climb out of the window to get out of the car! Craziness!”
While there is no reason to presume that Buddy’s personal family matter is in anyway tied to these reported legal issues, Soap Opera Network wishes Buddy nothing but the best as he works to get things back on track.
Meanwhile, “OLTL” is moving forward with Van Hughes in the role. The Broadway vet, who reshot all of Buddy’s scenes, taped for the first time with Alderson last Tuesday. In fact, she tweeted on Friday (November 11) that “Nic [Robuck],Van, & I have been working extremely hard for the #Jarr & #Sole fans! Having a lot of fun, can’t wait until you guys see what happens!”
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” is forced to recast the character of Cole Thornhart, who is serving a prison sentence for murdering Eli Clarke (Matt Walton) with Broadway star Van Hughes only one day after Brandon Buddy returned to the role.
According to reports, Buddy became unable to continue with the show after taping only one episode, leaving the show’s producers in limbo as they scrambled to find a replacement, claiming it was too late to rewrite the scenes, since the show wraps production on its ABC run next Friday.
“OLTL” is said to have re-shot all of Buddy’s scenes with Van Hughes, who first taped with Kristen Alderson, who plays Cole’s ex-girlfriend and mother of his child, Starr Manning, on Tuesday of this week. No word on the number of episodes the actor will appear in.
This is not Van Hughes’ first time in Llanview. In September 2010, he briefly appeared as preppy art student Simon Ulrich in scenes with Gigi Morasco (Farah Fath) and Cristian Vega (David Fumero). He also had a recurring role on “As the World Turns” as Gil Penn from 2006-07. His first airdate is unknown.
Developing at Soap Opera Network… a number of actors are privately and publicly confirming they will not be joining “One Life to Live” when it goes online via Prospect Park’s Online Network.
Joining Terri Conn, who announced her decision via Soap Opera Digest, are John-Paul Lavoisier, Farah Fath, Nic Robuck, Bree Williamson, David A. Gregory, Kristen Alderson and Eddie Alderson.
More news to come…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — ‘One Life to Live’ updated comings and goings for November and other odds and ends.
Jonathan Earl Peck returns later this month as Agent Malcolm Baker, the hired hand of Todd’s (Roger Howarth) late mother Irene Manning (Barbara Rhoades). Look for Baker to team up with someone unexpected.
Remember the recent audition script for the role of Dr. Fascinella? While the name of the actor cast in the recurring role is unknown, except the plastic surgeon and his receptionist to first appear in mid-November when several Llanview residents head to the doctor’s office in Brazil, where one of them makes a surprising discovery.
Frankie Faison is back again as Richard Evans. On October 13, Sean Ringgold (Shaun) posted a picture of himself with his on-screen father and sister Destiny (Shenell Edmonds), along with the comment “Hey guys about to shoot some scenes with my Family . Heads are going to Roll LoL.”
Did one of those Kentucky cops look a little familiar last month? Isaac Hirotsu Woofter, who played a member of Rick Powers’ (Austin Peck) porn film crew back in April and June, portrayed Cop #1 on October 17. Cop #2 was played by Paul Hickert.
Starr is about to make some more music. Kristen Alderson tweeted Thursday that she “recorded a song with @oltlmusic ['OLTL' Music Director Paul S. Glass],” who tweeted “Great work today Kristen!! Hard to believe all we’ve done over the years! You’ve been a superstar since day 1!!”
Alderson also tweeted back on October 17 that her and her “OLTL” cast mates “Just got our wrap party invite! I’m so f*ing excited for this party! Going to be filled with laughs,tears,& DANCING.” The show ends production on its ABC run on Friday, November 18.
Lenny Platt (Nate) tweeted on October 27 that “Today’s workday may go down as the smartest/weirdest/most meta episode in the genre. #OLTL”
And David A. Gregory (Ford) has posted his November airdates on his Facebook page. Look for him on the 3, 4, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17, and 23, for a total of 8 out of 20 new episodes airing during the month.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Casting changes for “One Life to Live” for the month of November.
As we previously reported, Tonja Walker is returning to “OLTL” as Alex Olanov. Yesterday the actress posted her upcoming airdates on her Twitter page. Fans can be expect to see her on November 17, 18, 21, and 22, and for Alex to have a surprising connection to Cutter (Josh Kelly).
Kathy Brier has posted a few of her upcoming airdates as Marcie McBain on Facebook. Look for her again on November 1, 3, and 8.
Looks like he’s not dead after all. On Friday, November 4, homeless man Louie (Helmar Augustus Cooper) has an encounter with Todd (Roger Howarth) after having escaped from Irene’s hired goons, who have been holding him prisoner.
Speaking of Irene (Barbara Rhoades), look for Todd to have another vision of his dead mother on Thursday, November 10 when she pushes him to do something drastic.
Matthew Conlon is back as Tomas’ (Ted King) friend art dealer M. Claude Calmar on Tuesday, November 8 when the two have a visit.
Patrick Gibbons, Jr. and Stephanie Schmahl next appear as Sam Manning and Bree Brennan on Monday, October 31.
Although she has been MIA recently, Destiny (Shenell Edmonds) returns next week.
Kearran Giovanni appears again as Dr. Vivian Wright on Friday, November 11 when she and Sean (Shaun Ringgold) have a difference of opinion regarding their future together.
Peter Barlett will be making at least a couple of appearances as Nigel next month, including Tuesday, November 1, when he relays an important message to Clint (Jerry verDorn). On a related note, verDorn talks about Prospect Park’s takeover of “One Life” in a recent interview with Soap Opera Weekly.
Kristen Alderson (Starr) and David A. Gregory (Ford) are reportedly in negotiations with Prospect Park about continuing with the show after it leaves ABC.
Doggie David Vickers (Tallulah Bean) will continue to play a role in an important storyline in the coming weeks.
And check out this cute picture of Andrew Trischitta (Jack) helping Patrick Gibbons, Jr. (Sam) out with his math homework during a break on set, and this one of Roger Howarth (Todd) posing with “OLTL’s” Make-Up Artist Julia Davis.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — With his character Matthew Buchanan in a coma after suffering a severe brain injury, many “One Life to Live” fans have been left wondering if Eddie Alderson was leaving the show. Fortunately they can breathe a little easier now after hearing from the actor himself.
According to Soap Opera Digest, Alderson told fans at a Daytime Stars and Strikes benefit for the American Cancer Society benefit on October 4 that “[Matthew] misses Llanview, he misses being awake and being able to talk,” and that he returns to the studio this week to tape more scenes.
This comes as good news to the father-to-be Matthew, whose girlfriend Destiny (Shenell Edmonds) is pregnant with his baby. Look for his scenes to air sometime in November. Alderson joined “OLTL” in 2001. His older sister Kristen Alderson, has played Starr Manning on the show since 1998.