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One Life to Live

Carlivati & Valentini Given New Lease on ‘Life’

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — ABC renews its commitment to keep “One Life to Live” on the air and a part of their daytime schedule through at least 2014.

Last Saturday, a story by the Denver Post left fans of the show feeling a sense of hope and confusion, stating that “ABC owns its soaps, unlike the CBS relationship with P&G. ABC’s ‘One Life to Live’ is soon to announce a deal to live two more years.”

Since the network does maintain ownership of all three of its daytime serials, an announcement that they they were planning to “renew” “One Life” for at least two more years does not and would not apply.

However, TVGuide‘s Michael Logan attempted to clarify the story Wednesday by reporting that he has learned from sources at the network that ABC’s commitment to “One Life to Live” has more to do with behind-the-scenes actions involving the show’s staff.

According to Logan, “OLTL” Executive Producer Frank Valentini, who celebrated his 25th anniversary with the show just yesterday (September 28th) has signed a new two-year contract to remain with the soap, while Head Writer Ron Carlivati, who has been with the show for 14 years (including the last three in his current position – with the exception of roughly three months in 2008 due to a writer’s strike) has penned a new three-deal to remain with the show.

Before replacing Gary Tomlin as Executive Producer in 2003, Valentini had worked in several positions on the show including stage manager, producer, and music composer. During his tenure with the show, “OLTL” has been either won or been nominated for several Daytime Emmy Awards, including nods for Directing, Outstanding Drama (which it won in 2002), and Best Original Song. The show has also been earned GLAAD Awards in 2005 and 2010.

Carlivati held the positions of writer’s assistant, script writer, breakdown writer, and co-Head Writer before assuming sole head writing duties in 2007. Carlivati and the rest of the “OLTL” scribes won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Daytime Drama in 2008. They were nominated in the same category in 2002 and 2006. In addition, the writing staff was also nominated for WGA (Writer’s Guild of America) Awards in 2003 and 2006.

Look for a post-deal interview with both Carlivati and Valentini to be posted on TVGuide‘s website sometime next week.

“One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Anytime on ABC.com.



Monday, September 6, 2010 at 8:07 PM ET by Errol Lewis


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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — What did you do today? I'm sure since your favorite soap didn't air today due to pre-emptions or you were stuck with repeats of episodes you probably didn't want to watch again, you had a very productive day. Well, rest assured that you're favorite soaps return to the airwaves beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, September 7 with original episodes.

ALL MY CHILDREN
Things unfold as a dead body is discovered and suspects begin to pile up. Liza Colby makes it her mission to prosecute the culprit to the fullest extent of the law as Pine Valley's interim acting district attorney. JR is suspicious of Asher and someone gets arrested on Friday, September 10.

For More: AMC PreVUE / AMC Alerts

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AS THE WORLD TURNS
After heading to Bay City to try and help out his friend, Chris, who is in dire need of a new heart, Reid gets into an accident and is brought to Memorial Hospital, where his wounds are too severe for him to survive. Hoping to make a last sacrifice, Reid signs power of attorney over to Luke with the understanding that his heart is to go to Chris. Reid and Luke share a final kiss before Reid is declared brain dead. Soon afterward, word comes that Reid's heart is a match for Chris. Luke and Katie console each other.

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL
After giving birth to a newborn baby boy, Owen and Bridget return to share the happy news with family and friends. Liam and Hope get cozy on the beach. Meanwhile, Rick and Jackie start plotting together.

DAYS OF OUR LIVES
Not much time has gone by since Sami was to wed EJ, but Sami is already engaged to wed Rafe. Thankfully, good old Kate is waiting in the wings to warn Sami. Chloe and Carly agree to make amends for Daniel's sake.

For More: DAYS PreVUE / DAYS Teasers

GENERAL HOSPITAL
Sonny and Brenda finally come face to face after seven years, but Brenda's life is in danger. Can Sonny save his one and only this time around? Nikolas and Brook Lynn learn more about each other, despite Lulu's wishes for him to stay away from the girl. Jason suspects that Ronnie set up Sonny. Steve suspends Robin after she reaches her boiling point where Lisa is concerned.

For More: GH PreVUE / GH Alerts

ONE LIFE TO LIVE
Babies and their daddies. As neither Jessica or Natalie knows exactly who fathered their unborn children, the two see to it that they admit the truth to the men in their lives. Of course one never takes news such as this lightly. Ford has a change of heart regarding his career asperations. Todd and Marty have a heart to heart.

For More: OLTL PreVUE / OLTL Alerts

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THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS
Billy and Victoria are getting married, but you know what they say about a wedding, right? A funeral of course! Chance is shot by brother Ronan while the two are about to make a bust. Meanwhile, Victor isn't too pleased that Victoria is marrying Billy Abbott, brother to his arch rival, Jack Abbott. 

For More: Y&R PreVUE / You Don't Always Get Another Chance on 'Young and the Restless'

Special Note: "The Young and the Restless," "The Bold and the Beautiful" and "As The World Turns" will not air on Friday, September 10 due to CBS coverage of the U.S. Open.

Until next week…

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    Donna Svennevik/ABC

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — While reports were stating Brandon Buddy is set to exit ABC’s “One Life to Live” later this fall when his contract expires, Soap Opera Network was unable to confirm the news through proper channels, but sources have since confirmed that Buddy will in fact be leaving the soap in the coming months.

    Since news of Buddy’s possible exit first broke on Daytime Confidential last week, Soap Opera Network has learned from insiders that Buddy’s exit was a “mutual agreement” between the soap and the actor. This development doesn’t come as a surprise as in June of this year Buddy’s Twitter account reported that he had chosen not to renew his contract with the drama series. While said post was later claimed to have been the workings of a hacker, it took four days for the actor to respond, which had some wondering if there was a hacker at all.

    Buddy joined the cast of “One Life to Live” in October 2006 portraying the role of Cole Thornhart.

    IN RELATED NEWS

    While details are slowly coming through, Soap Opera Network is hearing that Farah Fath might be next to exit the drama series this fall. Fath joined the cast in October 2007 portraying the role of Gigi Morasco.

    “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Anytime on ABC.com.



    Donna Svennevik/ABC

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — First he has leaving, then he was staying after the actor stated that someone had hacked into his Twitter account. Well now Brandon Buddy really is leaving “One Life to Live,” according to published reports.

    Daytime Confidential is reporting that they have learned from setside sources that the 24-year-old actor, who has portrayed Cole Thornhart since October 10, 2006, is leaving town “alive, but not exactly well” sometime this fall when his contract is up. According to an ABC representative, however, the network “does not comment on rumors.”

    On Friday, June 18, the following comment was posted on his Twitter page: “It’s a bitter sweet day :( Today I decided I’m not going to re-sign. No more Llanview… Still lots to come from Starr & Cole though!” Only four days later Buddy tweeted that he “Had a hacker. Doing everything I can to make sure it doesn’t happen again. I’m sorry for upsetting everyone, what they said wasn’t true. I love you guys. I want you guys to be happy, I’m really sorry this happened.

    Despite Buddy’s denials at the time, if the reports are in fact true, it seems as though the original tweet was right all along and that the “hacker” claim were nothing more than an attempt by the powers that be at “One Life to Live” to push Buddy into doing some damage control. Not surprisingly, Buddy’s Twitter page has since become strangely silent regarding this latest development.

    “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on ABC.com and SOAPnet.com. Check local listings.



    Advertisers Mourn Alongside Soap Fans

    As the daytime drama continues its climb up the endangered species list, frustrated soap fans aren’t the only ones starting to panic. A recent report by TheWrap states that advertisers are beginning to grow concerned as well, preferring soap operas to the talk and game shows that are replacing them.

    While the alternatives are cheaper and easier for the networks to produce, soap operas remain more cost-effective for companies and corporations seeking to advertise on TV. “They are even more efficient than much of daytime cable programming. I would be disappointed if all of the soap operas disappeared,” comments an unidentified ad buyer.

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    Buddy’s ‘Life’ Ending News a Hoax?

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    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — News of the actor’s alleged departure from “One Life to Live” takes an odd and unexpected turn.

    In a story first reported late last week by Soap Opera Network and a number of other media outlets, the following message appeared on Brandon Buddy’s official Twitter page on June 18th: “It’s a bitter sweet day :( Today I decided I’m not going to re-sign. No more Llanview…”  The tweet was followed up later by another comment, assuring fans that there was “Still lots to come from Starr & Cole though!”

    However it now appears as if it was all part of an elaborate hoax from someone who apparently hacked into Buddy’s Twitter account.  Late Tuesday evening, both tweets had been deleted and Buddy informed his fans that he “Had a hacker. Doing everything I can to make sure it doesn’t happen again. I’m sorry for upsetting everyone,what they said wasn’t true. I love you guys. I want you guys to be happy, I’m really sorry this happened.”

    So at least for now anyway, it appears that Buddy, who joined the soap in October of 2006, will remain a part of the “One Life to Live” cast.  SON will continue to monitor this story and bring you updates as coditions warrant. 

    Soap Opera Network will continue to follow this story and bring you further details as they develop.

    “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on ABC.com and SOAPnet.com. Check local listings.



    Buddy’s ‘One Life’ Reaches an End

    Donna Svennevik/ABC

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Brandon Buddy decides not to renew his contract with “One Life to Live.”

    In a message posted on the actor’s official Twitter page Friday evening, Buddy broke the news to his fans that “It’s a bitter sweet day :( Today I decided I’m not going to re-sign. No more Llanview…”

    The 24-year-old Buddy joined “OLTL” as Cole Thornhart, the son of Marty Saybrook (Susan Haskell) and Patrick Thornhart (last played by Thorsten Kaye), on October 10, 2006.  A final airdate has not been determined, although he expected to air throughout the summer. It is unknown if the role will recast.

    Soap Opera Network will continue to follow this story and bring you further details as they develop.

    “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on ABC.com and SOAPnet.com. Check local listings.



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    So you are considered one of daytime’s most popular stars thanks to roles on “Guiding Light” and “One Life to Live,” but what happens when your real life is more of a soap opera than the reel-life you had on one? Crystal Hunt knows what it’s really like as the actress got engaged to Dr. Philippe Spiess – a cancer surgeon on Christmas Eve, 2008. So what could possibly have gone wrong? More than you could imagine.

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    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — ABC’s first successful crime procedural in years enjoyed its highest rated episode ever with an appearance by daytime star Sarah Brown (Sandy Sommers, “The Bold and the Beautiful”).

    The Monday, January 25 episode of the series entitled “The Third Man,” garnered a 7.4/12 in Households and a series high performance iin Adults 18-49 with a 3.1/8. According to ABC the series also achieved series highs in Adults 18-34, Men 18-34 and Men 18-49. In total, the episode was seen by 10.5 million viewers. Ratings information is based on Live+SD (Soure: Nielsen Media Research).

    In the episode, Brown portrayed the role of Amanda Livingston, who found herself in an awkward position while on a date with novelist Rick Castle (Nathan Fillion, ex-Joey Buchanan, “One Life to Live”), who paid more attention to a case he was working on with Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) then he did on Amanda. In the end, Amanda found herself clicking with another man!

    “Castle” is a production of ABC Studios and Beacon Pictures.



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    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Sherri Saum is getting the last laugh after being let go from ABC’s new dramedy “The Deep End” last fall.

    Created by “How I Met Your Mother” Co-Executive Producer David Hemingson, “Deep End” premiered to low ratings on Thursday, January 21 drawing just 7.07 million viewers and a 1.8/5 in Adults 18-49, placing the series 3rd in viewers and 4th in the all important demo. By comparison, the series only beat The CW’s “Vampire Diaries” by  a mere 12.5% (1.8 vs 1.6) in Adults 18-49. “Deep End” was down 25% from what “FlashForward” had averaged in the same time period this season.

    In September, it was announced that Saum would be replaced by “Soul Food” actress Nicole Ari Parker in the role of Susan, the “sexy, smart, steely lioness of the firm’s litigation department whose husband, Clifford Huddle (Billy Zane), is the firm’s new managing partner.”

    The series stars Matt Long (”Jack & Bobby”) as Dylan Hewitt, a young attorney who starts working for the prestigious Los Angeles law firm Sterling, Huddle, Oppenheim & Craft. Former “Desperate Housewives” heart-throb Mehcad Brooks also stars.

    Despite its poor debut numbers, “Deep End is still scheduled to air on Thursday, January 28 at 8/7c on ABC.

    From 2001-2003, Saum portrayed Keri Reynolds on ABC’s “One Life to Live” and Vanessa Hart from 1997-1999 on NBC’s “Sunset Beach.” The actress has had numerous starring roles in such series as Showtime’s “Beggars and Choosers,” HBO’s “In Treatment” and the FX drama “Rescue Me.”









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