As we previously reported, former “One Life to Live” actor Josh Kelly (Cutter Wentworth) had landed a starring role in Lifetime’s pilot, “Un-Real,” which has now officially been picked up by the network!
Deadline reports that Lifetime has ordered 10 episodes of the series, which was inspired by the award-winning short “Sequin Raze” and centers around a fictional competitive dating program in which the relationships of the contestants are manipulated to spur major drama and outrageous footage. Kelly plays the role of Jeremy, whose ex-girlfriend (Shiri Appleby) is responsible for the relationship meddling.
Prospect Park and ABC battled it out in court this morning over the $100+ million lawsuit the former launched against the latter over the soaps “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.” And it looks like Prospect Park has won the first round!
According to Deadline Hollywood, ABC was denied its motion to strike the part of Prospect Park’s amended complaint in which the production company asked to have the license agreement for both online shows extended and licensing payments to ABC halted while the breach of contract suit moves forward.
As we previously reported, soap actress Crystal Hunt (Stacy Morasco, “One Life to Live;” Lizzie Spaulding, “Guiding Light”) was arrested back in December for allegedly smashing a glass into another woman’s face. And she’s now officially been charged with the crime, meaning she could face up to four years in prison!
As we previously reported, former “General Hospital” actress Emily Wilson (ex-Ellie Trout) booked a guest stint on the ABC drama “Castle,” and her episode airs tonight!
Previously scheduled for a Monday, January 27 debut but pushed back until tonight, Monday, February 3, the episode will feature Wilson as Grace Jacobs, a young woman that grew up reading Modern Fashion with the dream of working for the ‘zine’s editor, Matilda King (Frances Fisher, Deborah “Red” Saxon, “The Edge of Night;” ex-Gladys Pierce, “Days of our Lives”). When Matilda is found murdered, Castle (Nathan Fillion, ex-Joey Buchanan, “One Life to Live”) and Beckett (Stana Katic) head into the glamorous world of fashion in search of the killer.
Deborah Blackwell, the former general manager of Disney/ABC Cable Network Group’s SOAPnet from 2001-2007, has died at the age of 63, reports Deadline Hollywood. She died yesterday, January 31, after a seven-year battle with Pick’s disease, a rare neurodegenerative disorder. Blackwell was surrounded by family in Virginia at the time of her passing.
It’s official: “Days of Our Lives” is the winner of Parade Magazine’s “Soap Opera Showdown!” As we reported yesterday, Parade held a four-round tournament this week where fans could vote for their favorite soap opera to advance to the next round. “DAYS” defeated “Love of Life,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” and “Guiding Light” to advance to the finals yesterday.
In the final round, “DAYS” defeated “One Life to Live” with 62.37% of the vote to be crowned “The Best Soap Opera of All Time.”
Earlier this week Parade Magazine announced a tournament to determine the greatest soap opera of all time. According to Parade, “We need your help to crown the greatest daytime drama ever with a four-round tournament.” In this “Soap Opera Showdown,” fans are able to vote for their favorite soap to advance to the next round.
The contest began on Sunday, which saw “General Hospital” advance over “The Doctors,” “All My Children” advance over “Passions,” “One Life to Live” advance over “Search for Tomorrow,” “As the World Turns” advance over “The Young and the Restless,” “The Bold and the Beautiful” advance over “The Secret Storm,” “Days of Our Lives” advance over “Love of Life,” “Guiding Light” advance over “The Edge of Night,” and “Ryan’s Hope” advance over “Another World.”
“One Life to Live’s” Robin Strasser (ex-Dorian Lord) is known for being very open on Twitter regarding the cancelation, revival, and then shelving of “OLTL.” While most of the other “One Life” actors have decided to remain more tight-lipped, Strasser has often taken to the social media site to make her feelings known.
Earlier today on Twitter, she revealed that she recently asked Prospect Park Productions to pay out the balance of her one-year contract. According to Strasser, she only worked and was paid for eleven weeks before production was halted, despite signing on for a year. “#PPP sed w/ due respect: NO,” Strasser tweeted. She explained that legally Prospect Park Productions had in their contracts that if the show ceases production, then the company isn’t required to pay out the rest of the agreed-upon salaries. “Ergo: shelved = no dough for many,” Strasser continued.
On Friday, January 24, NBC’s “Days of our Lives” put rumors to rest when it officially announced that former “One Life to Live” actress Kassie DePaiva (ex-Blair Cramer) would be joining its cast in the contract role of Eve Donovan, a role which was originated by actress Charlotte Ross, who congratulated DePaiva on signing onto “DAYS” on Twitter.
Last night marked the 66th annual Directors Guild of America Awards Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles, but none of today’s daytime drama directors received a nomination. Why? Because the “Daytime Serials” category was integrated into the “Dramatic Series” category following a June 22, 2013 DGA National Board meeting that voted on rule changes, which forces daytime and primetime dramas to compete against internet distributed dramas such as “House of Cards,” which essentially leaves daytime itself shut out from ever receiving a nomination as the dynamics of daytime is no where near the likes of 2013 nominees “Breaking Bad” (AMC), “Game of Thrones” (HBO), “Homeland” (Showtime), or even the aforementioned “House of Cards” (Netflix). “Bad” won the award for those wondering.