Details are slowly trickling in from Prospect Park, the new production company that will be handling production and distribution of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” once both series complete their runs on ABC.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — According to Gina Tognoni during Saturday’s “Girl’s Night Out” event during the “One Life to Live” Fan Club Weekend, her character Kelly Cramer will be departing Llanview on Wednesday, August 24, when Kelly decides to return to London to be closer to her son Zane. Meanwhile, Tom Degnan‘s Joey Buchanan may not be far behind.
In a soon to be published interview with Soap Opera Network, Degnan explains that Joey finally has the woman he loves in his life and he doesn’t plan on giving her up this time, which is why Joey leaves town to be with his lady.
Before Kelly leaves town, however, look for her, Joey, and the rest of the Buchanan clan pay tribute to Asa (played by the late Phil Carey) on the four year anniversary of his death. In addition, look for her to help her fellow Cramer girls give Dorian (Robin Strasser) a proper sendoff as she exits Llanview to launch her Senate campaign.
Tognoni was honored by “One Life to Live” Executive Producer Frank Valentini and show cast and crew as she taped her final scenes on the ABC soap back on June 24.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Tuesday, August 16, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Viki and the two possible Todds are stunned to see John arrive with someone from the past who can unlock the mystery of who is the real Todd Manning. At EOD, Viki and the two possible Todds anxiously wait to hear the rest of the story, and especially to find out which man is actually Todd.
John follows up on the DNA test. He and Brody have an awkward moment when Brody is caring for Liam, but John remains stoic and accepts that Liam is not his son. Later, Brody tells Liam he needs to neutralize Todd, who knows the truth about Liam’s paternity, and then his future creating a family with Natalie will be secure.
Meanwhile, Natalie asks John if she can have the blank tape held in evidence in the Gigi’s death; she wants to give it to Delphina so the psychic can tell her more about t he cryptic statements she keeps making to Natalie about the father of her child.
Rex runs a search on “Spotted Pony,” the words Delphina received from Gigi. Unable to find anything that makes sense, Rex again sees Gigi, this time at Capricorn. He follows her and bumps into David, who sees he’s researching Spotted Pony and knows what it means. At Cutter’s urging, Aubrey makes a play for newly wealthy Rex, but Rex is nowhere near ready to move on. Aubrey mentions to Cutter that Rex is researching something called Spotted Pony and Cutter has an odd reaction.
Kelly tells Joey she needs to return to London to be closer to her son. Joey wants to go with her.
Dorian and David’s discussion of their past crimes leads to lovemaking and their repeated vow to be together forever. When David is called away for a meeting with his manager, Dorian receives a mysterious phone call.
On the Next One Life to Live…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — As we previously reported, after nearly a decade since departing “One Life to Live,” Erin Torpey is returning to the fictional town of Llanview to shake things up with one of her former characters childhood lovers.
On Thursday, September 8, Torpey, who is best known for her portrayal of Jessica Buchanan (now played by Bree Williamson) from 1990-2003 , has a life-changing encounter with one of Jessica’s old flames that will forever alter that person’s life. Unfortunately, however, don’t expect the actress to interact with her former onscreen mom Erika Slezak (Victoria Lord) this time around. Torpey last returned to “One Life” in honor of the show’s 40th anniversary as the adult spirit of Jessica’s stillborn daughter Megan, who escorted Viki to heaven back in 2008.
“I grew up on ‘OLTL,’ and I am happy to make one last cameo as the show prepares to end its run. ‘OLTL’ was a second family to me, and it will always hold a very special place in my life,” she noted in a statement last month. Torpey taped her scenes on June 29.
It is understood the old flame is Cristian Vega, portrayed by David Fumero. Torpey’s appearance is said to coincide with the actors exit from the soap.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Monday, August 15, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
John arrives with the key to the mystery. Téa and Blair compare notes as they try to puzzle out the mystery of the two Todds. Blair lets Téa know that the man with Todd’s original face kissed her. Téa’s a little jealous, but that’s nothing compared to how she feels when Blair tells her that she also kissed Todd. A fight ensues, which Tomas interrupts with shocking news that will help solve the mystery of who is the real Todd Manning.
Starr and Baz meet. Baz is stunned about everything that’s happened since he was away visiting his mother. He’s learning more and more about his own dad, while Starr is torn between two fathers. They rehearse some music and are excited by the results.
Destiny reveals to Dani that she decided against the abortion after thinking long and hard about what Matthew’s mom said. She doesn’t know if she’ll give the baby to Nora and Bo. Dani’s supportive, filling her in about the two Todds. They are both grateful for their mothers. Mrs. Evans confronts Nora about Destiny. After a raging argument, Nora apologizes. She offers an olive branch which Mrs. Evans doesn’t quite accept.
On the Next One Life to Live…
On Friday, August 12, both Soap Opera Network and Soap Opera Digest reported SOAPnet’s post “All My Children” schedule (Monday, September 26), which included the insertion of “Brothers & Sisters” re-runs and the shuffling of more than 80% of the schedule into different time periods. Other than “Days of our Lives” picking up a primetime spot (8:00 PM ET/PT), nothing caught reader attention more than the network announcing classic episodes of “All My Children,” “General Hospital” and “One Life to Live.” So what is a classic episode according to the network?
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — After nearly a two year absence, Kathy Brier and Chris Stack are set to return to ABC’s “One Life to Live” just before the series ends its run on broadcast television. According to Brier during last nights “Divas” concert at the Triad in New York City, Michael (Stack) and Marcie (Brier) McBain are heading back to Llanview for a few months beginning in October, although the actors have yet to begin filming their first scenes.
The duo join Andrea Evans (Tina Lord) and John Loprieno (Cord Buchanan) as the first set of returning stars to the drama series as it gets closer to its ABC finale on Friday, January 13, 2012.
Also returning is Erin Torpey, who for thirteen years (1990-2003) portrayed the role of Jessica Buchanan (now portrayed by Bree Williamson). Torpey made a return visit to the drama series in 2008 during the shows 40th anniversary episodes that also included an appearance by show creator Agnes Nixon in the role of Agnes, who interacts with Victoria Lord (Erika Slezak) while in heaven. Torpey played Megan Buchanan, Jessica’s miscarried baby with Will Rappaport (portrayed by Jason-Shane Scott), in the episodes. Details of Torpey’s September return have been kept under wraps despite her filming scenes way back on Wednesday, June 29, although it is understood that her return coincides with the departure of David Fumero‘s Cristian Vega (Jessica’s first love on the show). A first air date for Torpey has not been set nor a last air date for Fumero.
Brier and Stack were last seen on the show when Marcie gave birth to her and Michael’s baby boy, Gabriel Thomas McBain, in November 2009.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — What happens when real life interferes with reel life?
The month of August has not been kind to me to say the least. It started off calmly enough, only to leave me bogged down with articles to write and personal issues to deal with. They say that when it rains, it pours, and I have have learned first-hand that the quote is 100% correct. But there is light at the end of the tunnel and brighter days are ahead.
In the last several weeks, I have had the misfortune of dealing with three separate, yet related personal matters involving the family, some for the best, others for the worst. I’ll spare my readers the details, however, be advised that it is for the best. Also, issues with life outside the family have been hectic lately as well, which has added to my frustration and stress levels. And, of course who could forget Errol’s “blink and missed it” (that was one long blink) website and message board update to SON that left me feeling like a fish out of water while writing articles in Word and Notepad to be posted when the site finally came up, and then being forced to relearn a different system when it was finally safe to be posting again.
Needless to say that all of these things have left me derelict in my “One Life to Live” duties here at Soap Opera Network, and for that I apologize. And I ask you to bear with me in the next couple of weeks as I try to regain a foothold on my reporting duties. My goal is to have the July and Year-to-Date “OLTL” episode counts posted this week, resume posting episode recaps again, and for for several news reports to be uploaded in the coming days as well. I thank you for your patience and understanding and appreciate the the concern everyone has shown for me these past few weeks.
Switching gears, I suppose I should actually talk a little bit about “One Life to Live” now, since that is what this column is supposed to be about. So here goes… From what I seen of the show in recent weeks (and again I’ve been in and out do outside issues), it is evident that the “Tale of Two Todds” storyline is really the driving force behind the show right now. That is one of the only storylines I am actually enjoying at the moment. And I felt that revealing a much very alive Irene Manning as the figurehead behind all of this was a nice touch. Sure, I can see the point of those who feel like bringing her back to life as destroying the show’s history, but I don’t necessarily agree with that argument. I think it is a nice plot twist, and actually a good way to use the show’s history to educate newer viewers. If nothing else, it is a way of honoring that history, instead of rewriting it. Granted the writer’s are changing certain details to better fit the current storyline, but overall, I think the major details will or should remain the same.
Outside of the Todd storyline, about the only other thing that is really grabbing my attention at the moment is Destiny’s baby saga. While I am not that emotionally invested in this storyline, I can still sympathize with what she’s going through and feel for her. And I can Nora’s point-of-view, as well as Destiny’s mother, er grandmother. Nora wants to hold on to a part of her son, while Phylicia just wants what is best for Destiny and for the troubled teen to be able to make up her own mind. I can see both sides of the fence on this one, and agree that it would be a tough decision either way.
Moving on, due to the website issues, I don’t think anyone was able to try and answer the three trivia questions from my July 15 column, so I’ll give you a second chance to make your best guesses…
So here are your questions again: 1. What connection did Lee Patterson (ex-Joe Riley and Tom Dennison) have to legendary comedian Jack Benny? 2. Tonja Walker is cousins with what famous country music star? 3. James DePaiva (ex-Max) is a descendant of what former U.S. President? I’ll have the answers in the August 30 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. These are for the week of August 29th. A shocking discovery is made. Someone gets a visit from the past. One Llanview resident is guilty…but who and of what? And two families remain at odds.
Well that’s concludes yet another column. Have a great week and stay safe.
Take care, and until next time remember, we only have “One Life to Live”…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” fans hoping to catch another glimpse of some of their favorite recurring characters before the show wraps production on its TV run in November, can now breath a collective sigh of relief. In the coming weeks, several of Llanview’s “seen, but not heard” characters will be appearing in upcoming episodes.
Ilene Kristen returns as everyone’s favorite drunken hairdresser, Roxy Balsom, on Wednesday, August 17, when she asks Madame Delphina (Lea DeLaria) to help her make contact with Gigi’s (Farah Fath) spirit. But will the ladies succeed in their efforts, or will their actions do more harm than good?
The following week, on Tuesday, August 23, Peter Bartlett is back as Nigel, despite the fact that he was recently relieved of his duties as the Buchanan’s longtime manservant by the family patriarch’s illegitimate son Rex Balsom (John-Paul Lavoisier). This time around, he is tending to a recovering Clint (Jerry verDorn) at Llanfair. Look for Clint to ask a huge favor of his trusty confident on the anniversary of Asa’s death.
Speaking of Asa, look for Clint’s little brother Bo (Robert S. Woods) to pay his respects at his Pa’s grave site that same day, where he runs into Asa’s grieving widow Renee (Patricia Elliott). Check out pictures of Asa and Gigi’s tombstones, along with a few other spoiler images here (the pictures are from two lucky fans’ studio tour with verDorn).
Also next week, Dorian (Robin Strasser) prepares to leave town to launch her Senate campaign, and the Cramers throw a huge farewell party for her. Among those in attendance will be Dorian’s oft mentioned, now mentally stable sister Addie (Pamela Payton-Wright). Look for Addie to also interact with her ex-husband and brother-in-law David Vickers-Buchanan (Tuc Watkins).
And Saundra Santigo will be returning soon as Buenos Dias Café owner Carlotta Vega. The actress posted 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!”
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — As Soap Opera Network first reported on our Twitter page, Prospect Park has quietly confirmed that “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” will premiere online on Monday, January 16, 2012 and “One Life’s” last airdate on ABC will be Friday, January 13, 2012. Previously “One Life” was expected to air its ABC finale on Friday, January 20, 2012, according to sources.
Additionally, it was announced at tonight’s “Girl’s Night Out” event at the Marriott Hotel in New Jersey during the “One Life to Live” Fan Club Weekend that Gina Tognoni‘s last airdate as Kelly Cramer will be Wednesday, August 24. Tognoni wrapped filming in June.