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The ‘Gossip’ is True: Amanda Setton Returns to ‘OLTL’

As we first reported last night, thanks to a tweet from a "One Life to Live" crew member, it was looking as if Amanda Setton, who currently plays Penelope Shafai on "Gossip Girl," was making her way back to Llanview as the former stripper and Buchanan wife Kimberly Andrews. This afternoon, both Soap Opera Digest and ABC Soaps in Depth confirmed the news, stating that the actress was indeed returning to Llanview.

The Big Talk: Has ABC Declined Offers for All My Children and One Life to Live?

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Daytime's biggest night was Sunday, June 19, but before the star studded "Daytime Emmy Awards" got underway there was talk around the Hilton that ABC had received offers from multiple unnamed production companies seeking to purchase the rights to "All My Children" and/or "One Life to Live" from the Walt Disney owned television network nearly three months since it canceled the dramas. This despite the network making it clear there was no longer a wide enough…

DePaiva Reflects on Her Time in Llanview

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Kassie DePaiva has spent nearly two decades on "One Life to Live" in the role of Blair Cramer. Earlier this month, the Kentucky native sat down with a local newspaper to talk about the show's cancellation and the next step in her career. The Union County, KY native (whose hometown is roughly 130 miles from that of yours truly), told the Evansville (Indiana) Courier Press on June 13  what it was like when he first took over the role of Blair from Asian-American actress Mia Korf back in 1993,…

Nationwide EAS Test Scheduled During ‘One Life to Live’ Timeslot

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — This is only a test. Repeat, this is only a test. On Wednesday, November 9, the Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, is scheduled to have its first ever nationwide test of the fourteen year old Emergency Alert System. The planned time for the test is 2:00 pm ET, which will leave many soap fans, especially those of "One Life to Live," feeling a sense of déjà vu. The system, which has existed in its current form since 1997, has most recently been used by the National Weather Service, state and…

Is a Buchanan Bride on Her Way Back to Llanview?

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — More than a year after her character divorced Clint Buchanan (Jerry verDorn) and was blackmailed into leaving town by David Vickers (Tuc Watkins), could "Gossip Girl" actress Amanda Setton be returning to "One Life to Live" as the jilted Kimberly Andrews? While the speculation has yet to be confirmed, its source lies with one particular "OLTL" crew member. Julia Davis (of Julia Jovone Beauty), who has been a make-up artist on "OLTL" since October 2005, tweeted on June 13 that she had "Just finished…

‘One Life’ July Comings and Goings

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — "One Life to Live" issues a new casting call, and other casting changes for the month of July. "One Life to Live" has released a new audition script for the small role of "Colleen." The scene opens with "Lisa" saying that she is "Billy's" sister. Colleen tells her that is she is really is sister, then she wouldn't have a problem with her giving Billy a private lap dance in the Champagne Room. Billy asks what her name is, to which she responds that it is Colleen with two e's. Lisa states that she is…

‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ Dominates at 38th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- On Sunday, June 19, the Daytime community celebrated the work of many of the men and women who work both in front of the camera and behind the scenes writing and directing the various programming on daytime television. The 38th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards Gala was held at the Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas, Nevada and was hosted by Wayne Brady, host of the game show "Let's Make a Deal." It was broadcast live on CBS from 8:00-10:01 pm ET, except on the West Coast, where it was recorded.…

Mark Derwin Gets ‘Hot in Cleveland’

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Veteran actor and soap star Mark Derwin will guest star on this week's episode of the popular TV Land sitcom "Hot in Cleveland," entitled "How I Met My Mother." Derwin, who most recently appeared on ABC Family's "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," will play Victoria's (Wendy Malick) pen pal, who was just released from prison and is looking to met up with her. The episode also features Matthew McMillian, who will appear as Joy's (Jane Leeves) long-lost son. From 1999-2002, and again briefly…

Erika Slezak Talks About Life After ‘Life’

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Columnist Liz Smith of the website wowOwow (The Women on the Web) sets down with "One Life to Live" matriarch and six-time Dayime Emmy Winner Erika Slezak to find out what the future holds for both her and the legendary Victoria Lord. Slezak, who recently celebrated her 40th anniversary on the show, which had not quite been on the air three years when she joined the cast on St. Patrick's Day, 1971, becoming the third actress to take on the role of Viki. When asked what it has been like playing the…

ABC Daytime Sets Fourth of July Schedule

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- On July 4th, 2011, the United State of America will celebrate the 235th Anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in which the United States officially declared its independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Like on Memorial Day, to deflect bad ratings due to the thousands of people out enjoying the federal holiday, ABC Daytime has chosen to air encore presentations. This is despite the fact "All My Children" is going off the air on ABC in September, and "One Life to Live"…

Inside The Writers Room: June Edition

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- On May 19, 2011, Dena Higley was fired as head writer of "Days of our Lives" and was replaced by Darrell Ray Thomas, Jr. and Marlene McPherson.   So in June's edition of "Inside The Writers Room," I have a few items to report.  Jeanne Marie Ford moves from the breakdown writer to script editor replacing Fran Myers.   Breakdown writer Lisa Seidman was also let go from the show.  So taking Ford and Seidman's spot on the breakdown writing team are Nancy Williams Watt and Elizabeth Snyder.  Lastly,…

Tam Fuels Speculation That He and Underwood May Be Returning to ‘OLTL’

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Jason Tam reveals on Twitter that both he and Brittany Underwood may be returning to "One Life to Live" as former lovebirds Markko Rivera and Langston Wilde before the show is scheduled to wrap production in November. Tam was asked by a fan if there "Is any chance that Markko and Langston will make a return to Llanview BEFORE 'OLTL' ends?!?," to which the actor responded simply "You bet!" The response was short, but enough to give fans of both actors reason to hope that they may step foot in…