(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Tuesday, October 4, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Tomas claims he pulled the trigger, but John isn’t buying it. Wounded Todd takes refuge in Viki’s cabin, but he isn’t alone: He’s visited by a hallucination of a taunting Irene. Blair and Téa worry about Todd’s fate and confer over what to do about Starr.
Starr is jailed and then visited by James. John hails Tomas into the police station, where Blair and Téa learn he claims to have shot Irene on the docks. Tomas tells Blair and Téa that they must help Todd.
Natalie receives a visit from Jessica, who wields Liam’s paternity test result. Jessica volunteers to babysit Liam when Natalie called away on police business. Jessica holds the fates of Natalie, John and Brody in her hands.
James tells Starr that there’s still no word on Todd. John arrives on the docks, where Natalie has found a second pool of blood. Blair arrives at the cabin and finds Todd. Is she too late?
On the Next One Life to Live…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Talk about mommy issues. On Monday, October 3, Todd Manning (Roger Howarth) shot and killed his mother Irene (Barbara Rhoades) in cold blood after she threatened to blow up his family. But even death can’t stop Irene from making her son’s life miserable.
With Irene now six feet under, her reign of terror on the citizens looks to be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean that Todd will be living happily ever after. Beginning today, and lasting off and on through the coming weeks, the not so dearly departed will continue live on in her son’s mind as she continues to taunt and tease Todd in his fractured state of mind.
But will Todd be able to overcome his mother’s hold on him? Tune in to “One Life to Live” to find out!
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A quick peek into what’s happening in Llanview this October.
ONE LIFE TO LIVE: OCTOBER PREVIEW
Kim’s friend awakens from her coma and encounters a familiar face.
Bo’s job is on the line after he and Mayor Finn mince words.
Téa tries to cut a deal with Bo regarding Todd, but will Nora stand in the way?
Shane threatens Jack, but will he succeed in getting an admission of guilt?
Victor’s murderer is finally revealed. But just who pulled the trigger?
Viki is forced to play referee for a bickering Tina and Todd.
(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) — Former “One Life to Live” star Brian Kerwin (ex-Charlie) has returned to his theater roots. Now through November 6, the actor will star in L.A. premiere of “The Tragedy of the Commons.”
The play, which was written by Stephen Metcalfe, who also penned the screenplay for “Pretty Woman,” is presented by the Ruskin Group Theatre Company Kerwin portrays Dakin Adams, a man “whose loving, longstanding relationship with his wife appears increasingly fragile. The problems are exacerbated by the couple’s fear of their home losing its much-cherished ocean view.” It is directed by Dave Florek.
Regular performances run from September 30 through November 6, with showtimes of 8:00pm PT (11:00 pm ET) on Friday and Saturday evenings and 2:00pm PT (5:00pm ET) on Sunday evenings, at the Ruskin Theatre located at 3000 Airport Ave. in Santa Monica, CA 90405-6139. For more information and to order tickets, which are $25.00 each, click here. You can also call the theater at 310-397-3244. Office hours are 10:00 am to 6:00 pm PT Mondays through Fridays, and by appointment.
Nominated for three Daytime Emmy Awards, Kerwin portrayed Charlie Banks on “OLTL” from 2007-2011.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Monday, October 3, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Natalie discusses her upcoming wedding with Viki. Viki worries that her daughter is marrying Brody only because he is Liam’s father. Meanwhile, Jessica discovers the copy of Liam’s original paternity test naming John as the father. At EOD, Jessica arrives at Natalie’s loft.
Mayor Finn continues to hound the LPD about Todd’s escape. Meanwhile, at Todd’s House, Bo saves the lives of Blair, Starr, and Téa. Tomas arrives at the scene and learns of Irene’s release. Bo regretfully informs Starr that he has to arrest her.
Before Starr is brought down to the station, she tells Blair that Irene wanted to meet Todd at the docks. Blair begs Tomas to do something about Todd and Irene. Deep down, Tomas can see that Todd still means something to Blair. Tomas kisses Blair, unsure if it will be their last. Tomas arrives at docks for the tail end of Todd and Irene’s final confrontation. Todd shoots Irene. As the sirens approach, Tomas tells Todd to run.
On the Next One Life to Live…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — With nine of her co-stars already signed on to continue with “One Life to Live” when it moves to online production with Prospect Park early next year, fans have been wondering if Hillary B. Smith (Nora) might follow suit. However, the “One Life” vet notes that “things are up in the air” regarding her future with the soap.
In a new interview with TheaterMania, Smith, who will be appearing on stage in Bruce Graham‘s “Any Given Monday” beginning Thursday, October 6, talks about the show and teases about what is coming up for Bo and Nora.
“I can say that Nora and Bo (played by Robert S. Woods) will be leaving together when we stop taping on ABC, and that makes me very happy. As for the online venture, I am very excited that the show’s fans will have another venue, and I am sorry for ABC that they made this decision. But I don’t know what’s in store for me after Thanksgiving, when I stop shooting ‘One Life.’ Things are up in the air.”
As for what is next for Smith, the actress laments that “I am continuing to work on this Internet series, ‘Venice,’ which shoots in Los Angeles. I would love to do more stage work. And I have to admit it’s both liberating and scary not to know what’s next. Like a lot of actors, I actually love change and love reinventing myself.”
Click here to read the full interview, including Smith’s thoughts on how the character of Nora has changed since she joined the show in 1992.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Teasers for the Week of October 3, 2011.
ONE LIFE TO LIVE: TEASERS
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The final meeting of the year for the National Board of Directors of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) took place today via video conferences in New York and Los Angeles and one of the key topics of discussion effects Prospect Park and television network contracts including those surrounding daytime soaps.
For a complete understanding of what took place and how it affects daytime programming, read the press release below (highlights in bold):
LOS ANGELES AND NEW YORK (Oct. 1, 2011) — The National Board of Directors of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, AFL-CIO – a national union of more than 70,000 recording artists, broadcasters and actors – met today by videoconference plenary in Los Angeles and New York, and unanimously voted to authorize the AFTRA Sound Recordings Negotiating Committee to take all actions necessary, up to and including proceeding to a strike authorization vote if needed, to secure an agreement with the major record labels.
Negotiations between AFTRA and representatives from Sony, UMG, Warner, EMI, Disney and most of their subsidiary labels for a successor agreement to the AFTRA National Code of Fair Practice for Sound Recordings, the Union’s second largest national contract, commenced in New York on Aug. 15, with an additional round of bargaining held in Los Angeles the week of Sept. 12-16. An additional bargaining date has been set for Oct. 5 in an effort to resolve outstanding issues. AFTRA National Executive Director Kim Roberts Hedgpeth serves as Chief Negotiator for the Union.
The Sound Recordings Code covers singers, royalty and non-royalty artists, as well as announcers, actors, comedians, narrators and sound effects artists who work on recordings in all new and traditional media and all music formats, in addition to audiobooks, comedy albums and cast albums. The Code generates more than $140 million annually in AFTRA-covered earnings and benefits for both major artists and session singers around the country.
Board members also unanimously approved the appointment of the 2011 AFTRA Network Television Code Negotiating Committee. AFTRA National President Roberta Reardon will chair the 25-member committee and Hedgpeth will serve as Chief Negotiator for the Union. Negotiations with representatives for the four major television broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox) and other producers are scheduled to commence on Nov. 7 in Los Angeles.
The AFTRA Network Television Code is the Union’s largest national collective bargaining agreement, and generates more than $300 million a year in member earnings. The Network Code covers programming in all television day parts, except for primetime dramatic programs on the networks and the CW. This includes dramas in first-run syndication, morning news shows, talk shows, serials (soap operas), variety, reality, contest and sports. Current programs covered by this contract include: “Good Morning America,” “The View,” “The Price is Right,” “General Hospital,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “The Voice,” “Survivor,” “20/20,” “Deal or No Deal,” “Late Show with David Letterman,” among many others.
“The Sound Recordings and Network Television Codes are AFTRA’s two largest and most mature contracts, and for more than 50 years, they have each provided thousands of AFTRA members with strong wages and important benefits,” said Hedgpeth. “But the traditional music, news and entertainment industries are changing rapidly, and the current and upcoming negotiations will provide a critical glimpse into the significant challenges that lie ahead in the 21st century and beyond.
“In order to prevail,” Hedgpeth continued, “professional union talent must stand together and organize themselves through their Union so that together they can secure strong contracts.”
Other business discussed at the Board’s final meeting of the year included a report on the One Union process, and a report on current negotiations with Prospect Park regarding the on-line productions of “One Life to Live” and “All My Children,” slated to commence in late 2011/early 2012.
National Treasurer and Los Angeles member Matthew Kimbrough told the Board that AFTRA has increased its budget for One Union-related expenses by another $115,000 to more than $1.5 million.
In her President’s Report, AFTRA National President Roberta Reardon updated Board members on the progress of One Union discussions with Screen Actors Guild. She observed: “The Labor Movement is facing tremendous challenges all across the country. Union density is declining in both the public and private sectors, and in mature and emerging industries alike. Performers and professionals who work in the entertainment and media industries are not immune from these challenges.
“This is why our work with Screen Actors Guild to build one new union for all of our members is so timely and so important,” continued Reardon. “We are building a bigger, stronger and more expansive union, both in terms of numbers and jurisdiction. The universe of work we cover has changed fundamentally, so this project is not just about our H&R benefits, and not just about two sets of dues. It’s about the industry and the future of the industry and how we stay unionized in the future.”
Phil Denniston, AFTRA National Director of Organizing, advised the Board that the new Organizing Incentive Fund Program, announced at the previous Board meeting in July, is now active and ready to receive applications from Locals. Denniston developed the program to provide AFTRA Locals additional support to continue building organizing programs to increase union density and job opportunities in local markets. A key feature of the program is an annual “matching fund” of $500,000 from the dedicated organizing revenue raised by the 2009 initiation fee increase. The Board today approved an oversight committee of members who will receive, review and approve all applications for matching funds.
Shelby Scott, Union Chair of the Trustees of the AFTRA Health & Retirement Funds and AFTRA National Vice President, reported on the status of the AFTRA H&R Funds. The AFTRA H&R Trustees are next scheduled to meet in New York City next week.
Reardon was unanimously elected by the Board to serve as a Union representative on the AFTRA H&R Board of Trustees. Reardon replaces Kansas City actor Dean Vivian, who was elected as a Trustee at the May 14 meeting of the Board, but who subsequently had to step down due to work conflicts.
Longtime National Board member Mitchell McGuire has resigned from Board service after more than 20 years of service to AFTRA as New York Local and National Treasurer, and on many committees throughout the union. His resignation was accepted by the members of the National Board with expressions of gratitude for his years of dedicated and exemplary service to AFTRA members.
The National Board convened its meeting in the memory of more than 26 members who died since July, including New York recording artist Nick Ashford, newsperson Eleanor Mondale from the Twin Cities Local, Ernie Johnson, a sportscaster from Atlanta, actress Frances Bay from Los Angeles and actor Cliff Robertson from New York.
The AFTRA National Board will next meet by videoconference plenary in Los Angeles and New York on Jan. 21.
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.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — In a statement released via Soap Opera Digest, “One Life to Live” head writer Ron Carlivati says, “I am both excited and honored to remain with ‘One Life to Live’ as Head Writer and Consulting Producer when the show moves online. My heartfelt thanks to Executive Producer Frank Valentini, as well as to Rich Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz of Prospect Park for this incredible opportunity.”
“I would also like to express my very sincere gratitude to everyone at ABC Daytime, especially Jill Phelps at ‘General Hospital,’ for supporting me in this decision.”
Back in June it was announced that Carlivati was expected to report to “GH” as a script writer after the conclusion of “One Life to Live” on ABC. In July it was announced that his canceled soap would live on via Prospect Park’s licensing deal with the Disney/ABC Television Group. It was announced earlier today that the writer would join several of his cast as the soap transitions to the web in January 2012.