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‘OLTL’ Mid-January Casting Notes

‘OLTL’ Mid-January Casting Notes

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Monday, January 17, 2010 1:21 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The latest comings and going for “One Life to Live.”

Late last week the soap issued another casting call, this time for the roles of “young Jessica” and “young Cristian.”  Details are sketchy but apparently, Cristian and/or Jessica flashback to their childhoods.  Jessica mentions that her mom [Viki] is very ill.  She has the feeling that there is something else she should remember, however she is unable to recall what it is.  SON will keep you updated.

Mike Emery has returned to “One Life.”  Last November, the actor portrayed one of the Seattle cops that arrested former cult leader Mitch Laurence.  This go around, Emery will portray an EMT.  Although an airdate for his scenes (which were taped on January 13th) has not been announced, they are expected to air sometime in late February or early March.  Wonder which Llanview resident will be in need of medical attention this time?

First airdates have been announced for Melissa Fumero (Adriana) and Laura Bonarrigo (Cassie), both of whom recently inked deals with the sudser to reprise their roles for a handful of episodes.  According to ABC Soaps in Depth, Fumero will first appear on February 12th, the same day as her on-screen cousin Kelly (Gina Tognoni).  Meanwhile, Bonarrigo is set return on February 15th.  It remains to be seen exactly when Dan Gauthier will return as Kevin Buchanan.

Look for more dayplayer roles on February 16th and 26th.

Film and Irish theatre star, and “One Life” alum, Donal Donnelly passed away on January 4th, at the age of 78, following a bout with cancer.  Ardant soap fans may remember Donnelly for his late 1980s stint in Llanview as Lord Henry Leighton, the father of Roma Downey‘s character Lady Joanna (during the Patrick London/Bo Buchanan storyline).  Donnelly is also known for his roles in “The Dead” and “The Godfather Part III.”

OLTL” Supervising Music Producer Paul S. Glass tweets that the song playing in the background of the January 8th episode as Gigi walks out of the diner after her talk with Rex, “is called ‘Only In My Dreams’…an ABC original so unfortunately not available. sorry…”

And, if you thought Mayor Dorian Cramer Lord’s assistant James looked familiar, you were right.  Portraying the recurring role of James is Andrew Ridings, best known for briefly portraying J.R. Chandler on “All My Children” in 2003.  Ridings also portrayed John in the 2007 film “Hearts Unarmored,” and has various art director and sound crew credits on his resume. 

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