(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — October 8, 2011 marks the tenth anniversary of Soap Opera Network, an online magazine celebrating the world of soaps past, present and future.
Soap Opera Network began as an online message board on the then popular ezBoard (now called Yuki) platform by two individuals that wanted to start a more industry based discussion forum for fans of the soap opera genre with the idea that not only could one discuss the comings, the goings or the general news of the day, but have the opportunity to learn more about the names, the faces and the minds of the people that help make daily dramatic serials happen year in and year out. At launch, soap operas “All My Children, “As The World Turns,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Days of our Lives,” “General Hospital,” “Guiding Light,” “One Life to Live,” “Passions,” “Port Charles,” and “The Young and the Restless” were on the schedules of television networks ABC, CBS and NBC.
In November 2002, Soap Opera Network left ezBoard and became its own .com service.
Thanks to elaborate databases such as a ratings archive (how soaps rated over the years), episode count archive (who appeared in episodes of a soap opera each and every month and year), its end credit archive (who wrote, directed or produced each episode), including a listing of episode writers and directors along with profile pieces on more than 80% of the writers, producers and directors, Soap Opera Network has cornered the market on information surrounding the inner workings of the soap opera format.
Over the course of its ten years, Soap Opera Network has interviewed a number of daytime’s biggest stars and behind the scenes personnel including Susan Lucci, Erika Slezak, Melody Thomas Scott, Maurice Benard, Steve Burton, Sarah Brown, Hillary B. Smith, Robert S. Woods, Ilene Kristen, Ken Corday, Cameron Mathison, Cady McClain, Eden Riegel, Judith Light, Bradley P. Bell, Brian Frons, Maria Arena Bell, Sherri Shepherd, Daniel Goddard, Greg Meng, Marlene McPherson, Darrell Ray Thomas, Nancy Curlee, Melissa Archer, Kristen Alderson, Julie Pinson, Ron Carlivati, Frank Valentini, Linda Dano and many more.
Current Soap Opera Network staff is as follows:
Xavier Toups, Co-Founder
Errol Lewis, Editor in Chief; General Hospital Editor; Days of our Lives Editor
Angela Rosa, Managing Editor; All My Children Editor
Scotty Gore, Managing Editor; One Life to Live Editor
Venus Stone-Cutter, The Young and the Restless Editor
Gehrig Burnett Jr., The Bold and the Beautiful Editor
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — On Saturday, October 1, the National Board of Directors of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) met for the final time in 2011, as previously reported. One of the topics of discussion was Prospect Park and its transitioning of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” to the web in January 2012. While exact details of the meeting are still unknown in that respect, a representative speaks to Soap Opera Network exclusively on where things stand at this time between the actors union and Prospect Park.
It has been nearly three months since Prospect Park announced that they had licensed the rights to “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” from the Disney/ABC Television Group with the intention of transitioning the soaps to the web beginning in January 2012. Since that time, AFTRA, better known as the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists union, has been relatively silent on how the transition would be possible, until now. Soap Opera Network has learned exclusively that despite a number of actors from both “AMC” and “OLTL” signing on for the 2.0 versions of the soaps, talks between Prospect Park and AFTRA are still ongoing and that a deal between the actors union and the production company has yet to be signed.
Although “One Life to Live’s” Melissa Archer (Natalie Buchanan Banks), Kelley Missal (Danielle Rayburn), Sean Ringgold (Shaun Evans), Andrew Trischitta (Jack Manning) and Jerry VerDorn (Clint Buchanan), Ted King (Thomas Delgado), Michael Easton (John McBain), Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer) and Erika Slezak (Viki Banks) and “All My Children’s” Cameron Mathison (Ryan Lavery) and Lindsay Hartley (Cara Castillo) have already signed on despite no official deal between AFTRA and Prospect Park, an AFTRA rep tells Soap Opera Network “we are still in negotiations with Prospect Park. There is no agreement as of yet, but we are in discussion and when there is something final to announce we will announce it.”
Many of you have wondered why more cast members from “One Life to Live” have signed on to the web version of their show, pending a Prospect Park/AFTRA contract agreement, while not as many have signed on from the “All My Children” cast, but the AFTRA rep assures us that “we’ve been keeping the cast members of both shows advised as to the terms of the progress and the status of the discussions with Prospect Park.”
Actors from “All My Children,” which ended its television run on September 23, 2011, are left in limbo in the interim of a deal between AFTRA and Prospect Park, leaving many to seek new soap roles (Debbi Morgan, ex-Dr. Angie Hubbard now on “The Young and the Restless”), return to the soap that launched their careers (Jacob Young, ex-JR Chandler returned to “The Bold and the Beautiful”), or just deciding to take a much needed break (Michael E. Knight, ex-Tad Martin).
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Two years after they were last seen in Llanview, Kathy Brier and Chris Stack are set to reprise the roles of Marcie and Michael McBain in the coming weeks as “One Life to Live” winds down production on its television run before transitioning to online-only distribution early next year.
As we first reported in August, the duo, who were last seen in November 2009 when Marcie gave birth to a son, Gabriel Thomas, are coming back to town this fall for a few months. Now Soap Opera Network can confirm their first airdate. Look for the husband and wife duo to return to Llanview on Tuesday, October 25, when they surprise Michael’s big brother John McBain (Michael Easton) with a visit.
Once back in town, fans can also expect Marcie to leave her brother-in-law with a little food for thought regarding a certain Llanview resident — and we’re not talking about Natalie (Melissa Archer) either.
Brier gave fans a sneak peek of her return back on August 30 when she tweeted a picture of herself getting into character in the show’s make-up room.
Nominated for a Daytime Emmy for her role on “OLTL,” Brier played Marcie Walsh McBain from 2002-2009. Chris Stack replaced Nathaniel Marston in the role of Michael McBain from 2007-2009.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” isn’t even finished filming its last ABC episodes yet and already the soap has signed deals with “OLTL” head writer Ron Carlivati and several of the soaps cast members. By comparison, Prospect Park has signed far fewer deals with cast members from “All My Children,” which ended its television run on Friday, September 23.
As we reported earlier this morning, Carlivati’s rumored return to “One Life to Live” is now confirmed as Prospect Park made it official in a press release issued just a short time ago. Carlivati joins Frank Valentini, the soaps executive producer, as the second behind the scenes crew member that will move on with the soap when it debuts online in January 2012 on THE Online Network (aka: TOLN). The Emmy award winning writer joined the writing team in 1996 and was named head writer in 2007. The terms of his deal are subject to an agreement between Prospect Park and the Writers Guild of America (WGA). Should it come to pass, it is understood that Carlivati will also be listed as a Consulting Producer for the soap.
For those that know more about what they see on TV than they do behind the scenes, you’ll be pleased to hear that Melissa Archer (Natalie Buchanan Banks), Kelley Missal (Danielle Rayburn), Sean Ringgold (Shaun Evans), Andrew Trischitta (Jack Manning) and Jerry VerDorn (Clint Buchanan) will be joining already signed Ted King (Thomas Delgado), Michael Easton (John McBain), Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer) and Erika Slezak (Viki Banks) when the show is transitioned over from ABC to the web. Ringgold exclusively confirmed his signing to Soap Opera Network earlier this week.
via Press Release
LOS ANGELES, CA – September 30, 2011 – Below is a statement from THE Online Network (TOLN) regarding “One Life to Live.”
Rich Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz of TOLN have confirmed today that a deal is in place for “One Life to Live” Emmy®-winning Head Writer and Consulting Producer Ron Carlivati, subject to a WGA agreement, to continue with the show when it moves online at the beginning of next year. Carlivati has been with the show since 1996 and a head writer since 2007.
Pending a final agreement with AFTRA, additional deals are in place for cast members Melissa Archer (Natalie Buchanan Banks), Kelley Missal (Danielle Rayburn), Sean Ringgold (Shaun Evans), Andrew Trischitta (Jack Manning) and Jerry VerDorn (Clint Buchanan) to join previously announced cast including Ted King, Michael Easton, Kassie DePaiva and Erika Slezak.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — When Rex (John-Paul Lavoisier) and Natalie (Melissa Archer) arrive in Kentucky at the Spotted Pony Strip Club later this week, fans may recognize the face of the man tending bar behind the counter. A.C. Weary, the husband of Kim Zimmer, who returned to the role of Echo Di Savoy last October after a nearly thirty year absence from the show, has been cast in the recurring role of Theo, the club’s manager. But don’t expect husband and wife to be sharing screen time anytime soon, however.
Weary first airs on Friday, August 19, when he gets the wrong impression about the Buchanan heiress and has a run-in with the young Mr. Balsom. But that’s not all, look for Theo to also have a Buchanan ex-wife on the payroll of his shady establishment.
This is not Weary’s first stint on “One Life to Live.” In 1978 (and again briefly in 1983) he played Dick Grant, the producer of Pat Ashley’s (played by the late Jacqueline Courtney) TV talk show “The View on Llanview,” whom she turned to after learning of her new husband Adam Brewster’s (John Mansfield) shady financial dealings. In true soap fashion, the personable Dick became obsessed with Pat, going as far as kidnapping her as well as her twin sister Maggie (also played by Courtney).
In addition to “OLTL,” he has also directed episodes of “Another World” and appeared as a paramedic on “Ryan’s Hope” in 1978 and as Gary Shaw in “The Edge of Night” in 1984. Other television credits include appearances on “L.A. Law,” “Jake and the Fatman,” and “Father Dowling Mysteries.”
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Lea DeLaria returns as Llanview’s resident physic Madame Delphina just as one young man begins to lose his grip on reality.
Even though his fiancé is six feet under, in the coming weeks Rex Balsom (John-Paul Lavoisier) will have several visions of the love of his life from beyond the grave. But are Gigi’s (Farah Fath) spiritual visits real or merely a product of his over active imagination? That is what he sets out to prove. However, as Rex grows obsessed with trying to uncover the truth, those around him become increasingly concerned about his state of mind.
Enter Madame Delphina, who attempts to help Rex bring closure to Gigi’s death beginning Thursday, August 11. But will she succeed in contacting her spirit, or will her otherworldly dealings result in unexpected consequences for several other Llanview residents? Tune in to find out!
Delphina was last seen in June when she attempted to locate Natalie’s (Melissa Archer) missing baby Liam, at the request of Roxy Balsom (Ilene Kristen).
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” releases a new audition script for the contract role of “Lily” and other casting odd and ends and behind-the-scenes summer tidbits.
The scene opens with “Lily” and “Josh” at odds. He asks for an answer to the deal he proposed to her earlier. Angry, she reminds him that all he did was leave her with a lot of settlement ideas which favored his client, and tells him to go to hell. Josh responds that he would really like for them to work together on this. When she asks him why, he claims it is because they both like to win and make money. Turned off by his answer, he reminds him that he is already rich, so he doesn’t need more money. Josh fires back that he spends most of his time thinking about winning and her. Lily informs him that she is not settling the case or siding with him. As the scene ends, Lily tells Josh she has never noticed him flirting with her, and that she doesn’t even really care for him. However, Josh refuses to give up easily and tells her that she, like him, is an acquired test, and takes some time to warm up to. Remember that with these audition scripts, the show frequently changes character names to try and throw off viewers.
Look for a couple of seldom used recurring characters and actors to appear again soon:
Saundra Santiago (Carlotta) noted on Facebook on July 14 that she “Ran into Whoopi @ the ABC Studios today while shooting some scenes on ‘One Life.’ Like, I literally almost ran into her, and she was so cool. I love people from the Bronx!”
And, according to a fan who has his picture taken with several “One Life” cast members outside the studios last week, Patricia Elliott (Renee) was on the set taping scenes recently. The fan noted that “Patricia was unfortunately only at the studio to get her haircut. But, she did say that she filmed scenes with Bo last week. So hopefully we’ll see her in the upcoming weeks.” Click here to read more of his comments on meeting the stars of “One Life to Live.”
In other news…
Remember the “Nurse Judy” audition script that was released late last month? Well one of the characters mentioned in it was Dr. Lawless, who was first seen last week in scenes with Bo and Nora when he told the devastated parents that Matthew would need to be relocated to a medical facility better equipped to handle his condition. The character is played by Nathan Hinton.
Expect to see more of Mr. Baker (Jonathan Earl Peck) in the coming weeks as the ‘Tale of Two Todds’ storyline begins to heat up.
Shenaz Treasuryvala (Rama) writes on Facebook that “For all those in New York- Monday, 18th July at the AMC theatre on 42nd street at 7:30; I’m going with a lot of people from ‘OLTL’ to watch ‘DELHI BELLY’ (my latest film) in the theatre and would love to see you there.” Click here to buy your tickets.
Carlos Gonzalez, who recently played Officer Garcia, posted this picture of himself on Facebook on June 8 reading over a script before taping more scenes.
Kristen Alderson (Starr) tweeted last Thursday that “I can’t even tell you how many times we had to film the last two group scenes on today’s episode that aired.We laughed SO HARD..” The scenes to which is referring to were the ones involving Sam’s Spiderman-themed birthday party. On July 10 she tweeted that “We’re taping a little out of order but we’ve already filmed scenes that’ll air at the end of August.”
Lenny Platt (Nate) tells a fan who asks him about his character’s recent porn storyline by tweeting that “There’s (imo) a big comedic payoff. Stay tuned. Nate will keep doing what he does best: getting himself into trouble…” He also gives fans a link to a site to help them come up with their own porn name.
It doesn’t appear as if Barrett Helms (Baz) may be taping a headshot for the show’s opening sequence, despite the fact that he is on contract with “OLTL.” The same looks to be true of Andrew Trischitta (Jack) was well, who admits he hasn’t taped anything for the opening yet either.
Always the comedian, Bree Williamson (Jessica) talks about Jess’ bitch slap of Natalie last week saying that “About Jessica’s punch: A) Lover not a fighter. B) The only punch I’d ever give MA [Melissa Archer] has rum in it and C) I practiced on my hubby for days!”
Nick Choksi (Vimal) continues to give fans a chuckle with his latest Facebook posts (from the past several weeks) regarding his character’s onscreen antics. Click here to check them out.
“OLTL” Music Director Paul S. Glass is asking his fellow soap fans to help out singer Rachael Yamagata‘s (who appeared on the show in 2009) new project. Click here to see how you can help. He also says that “Her song ‘I’ll Find a Way’ which I used for the montage when Jenn died still haunts me! She is amazing!”
Michael Eilbaum will be credited as the director of the August 11 and 12 episodes of “OLTL.”
Gaby Leyner played Head Cheerleader Hayley, the girl with Jack and Brad, when they lured Gigi (mistakenly thinking it was Shane) to an abandoned old house on June 13 (She also appeared on March 31 and April 1). On July 12 she tweeted that “Still can’t believe I was involved in the killing of Gigi Morasco!”
Austin Peck (Rick) posted this cartoon of Kim Zimmer (Echo) from his “OLTL” dressing room wall, on his Twitter page, and this photo of some fans outside the show’s studios in honor of “One Life’s” 43rd anniversary last Friday. Peck also made several other interesting tweets recently including “Stay the f— out of my way. It’s pizza day on set!!” (on July 13), “On set ‘OLTL.’ Finished my set, now watching Aubrey (Terri Conn) and Cutter (Josh Kelly), minuteman hotel.” (on July 12), and “Going to work early tomorrow. Yaahn!!” (on July 11). And on July 8 he tweeted to Kristen Alderson (Starr) that he was “looking forward to next week…moohaha!!!”
And “OLTL” Make up artist Julia Davis tweeted on July that she was “Back to Llanview. Happy Tuesday! Humming Ledisi ‘Alright’ on set. Love this song.”