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Erika Slezak Discusses ‘One Life’s’ Cancellation & 40 Years in Llanview

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — In her first fan club newsletter following ABC's cancellation of "One Life to Live," Erika Slezak reflects on her 40 years on the show and previews what may lie ahead for both her and Viki. Just hours after ABC announced they were pulling the plug on "OLTL" as of January 2012, Slezak released a statement to her fans, describing her sorrow that the soap will be coming to an end after more than 43 years on the air, which read "Please tell all our fans how deeply sorry I am to be losing this wonderful…

OLTL First Look: The Tale of Two Todd’s Hits Llanview

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- If you've been living under a rock, you may not have known that Roger Howarth was returning to ABC's "One Life to Live" beginning Friday, May 13. The only question was whether or not he'd be playing the role of Todd Manning or some new character that just happens to look like Todd pre-2003, when Trevor St. John took over the role after it was revealed his initial role as Walker Laurence was really Todd with a face lift. In "The Tale of Two Todd's," Howarth…

ABC Daytime Sets Memorial Day Schedule

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- On the last Monday of every May, a date officially known as Memorial Day, the people of the United States of America remember and celebrate U.S. soldiers who died while in military service. Over the past several years, ABC Daytime has rested new programming on Memorial Day - the unofficial start of summer - and aired encore presentations in their place. Despite two of the three ABC soaps set to cease production in the next several months, 2011 will be no different. The following is a list of the…

Y&R First Look: Genie Francis as Genevieve Atkinson and Daniel Goddard as NOT Cane

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- After CBS posted your first look at Genie Francis as Genevieve Atkinson on the networks daytime drama "The Young and the Restless," while she conducted a photo shoot with on-screen son and co-star Daniel Goddard, publications are now giving you the opportunity to see the actress in her first scenes! The question that has everyone wondering, however, is what is Goddard doing in the image? After all, his character, Ethan 'Cane' Ashby, was murdered in February and his wife has been…

Soap Opera Network Joins ‘One Life’s’ Matt Cavenaugh For Fan Event, You Coming?

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Soap fans may remember Matt Cavenaugh from his stint as Mark Soloman, the secret lover of Daniel Colson (Mark Dobies), on ABC's "One Life to Live," but you may not have known that the actor is one of Broadway's biggest stars and will be hosting an intimate event with fans in New York City on Monday, May 16. Soap Opera Network has joined together with Cavenaugh in providing discount tickets to those wishing to attend. Interested? Before he joined "One Life to Live" in…

‘GH’ Recasts Elizabeth Webber With Martha Madison

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- A "General Hospital" representative has informed Soap Opera Network that due to illness, actress Rebecca Herbst, who portrays the role of Elizabeth Webber, is on a temporary leave of absence. As her character is currently involved in the shows big storyline leading into summer, the ABC soap was forced to recast the role with former "Days of our Lives" starlet Martha Madison (ex-Belle Black). Madison currently stars in the popular online soap, "The Bay." Madison first…

ABC Might Get Couric, So What Happens to ‘GH?’

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Katie Couric announced last week that she would be leaving her post as anchor of the "CBS Evening News" after five years with the network. The former "Today" show co-host plans to launch a daytime talk show in the fall of 2012. Word has it that ABC is in serious discussions to bring the well known personality to the Disney/ABC Television Group fold, but what does that mean for ABC's "General Hospital" now that it's former lead-ins "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" are being replaced with…

‘One Life’ May Casting Updates

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The latest comings and goings for Llanview, Pennsylvania for the month of May and beyond. "One Life to Live" has put out an audition script for the recurring role of "Ionia," whom we previously reported was described in a recent casting breakdown as a Caucasian woman in her 40s or 50s and a "beautiful, sexy, and confident actress hired to play Dorian Lord in a major movie." The scene opens with Ionia telling "Esther" that she is glad that she made it, because she was afraid that people were about to…

ABC.com Previews Tomorrow’s Soaps Tonight for May Sweeps

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — With May sweeps underway, ABC is taking a page from its February sweeps notebook, and bringing back a popular online feature for fans of "All My Children," "One Life to Live," and "General Hospital." During the month of May, fans can catch the first few minutes of the next day's episode of each soap before they air on ABC. The sneak peeks at the next day's episodes of "AMC," "OLTL," and "GH" will be posted each weeknight at 7:00 PM ET on abc.com. You can watch the first few moments of the ABC soaps…

Shameless Tess Turns to Wes for Llanview’s Ladies

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — After more than 40 years on the air, you would think that "One Life to Live" had done nearly every storyline imaginable, no matter how outrageous, idiotic, or bizarre. But you would be wrong. Starting Wednesday, May 11, D.I.D. patient Jessica Brennan (Bree Williamson) displays an entirely new side to her personality. Fans are already familiar with party girl and wild child Tess and the refined, cold-blooded, methodical Bess, but Jessica's latest alternate personality will leave a lot to be desired…

Celebrate Mother’s Day on SOAPnet With Billionth Rerun of ‘90210’

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- I'm sure you have better things to do with your life on Mother's Day than spending four hours with the teens at "Beverly Hills, 90210" from 20 years ago, but SOAPnet is airing the billionth marathon of the show on your mom's most important day (besides her own birth and the day you kicked yourself out of her). According to the departing cable network, viewers will be treated to four hours of programming featuring some of the most beloved (and not so beloved) mothers from…

ABC Confirms Postponed Demise of SOAPnet

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- As we reported back on April 25, SOAPnet will not be handing over its valuable cable/satellite space to Disney Junior as soon as expected after a scathing report by Deadline.com revealed the incompetence of numerous Disney executives. Now an ABC representative has confirmed to Soaps in Depth that Deadline was in fact correct in their report, although they didn't touch the poor management issue. Instead of launching in January 2012 as originally thought, SOAPnet Disney Junior is now expected to…