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Wendy Williams Extends Her ‘Life’ as ‘Access Llanview’s’ Phyllis Rose

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Now that she has been voted off "Dancing with the Stars," could more episodes of "One Life to Live" to be in the future for flamboyant talk show host Wendy Williams and her "Access Llanview" alter ego Phyllis Rose? Last week, when she was asked by ABC Soaps in Depth if she was planning on taking advantage of the break in her hectic schedule to tape more scenes on the long-running ABC soap, Williams responded that "Yes, now that I have time, probably tomorrow ! They've been waiting for me." Wendy…

‘One Life’ April Casting Odds & Ends

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- "One Life to Live" issues a new casting call and other casting tidbits. The new audition script is for the role of "Patty." The scene opens in "Alan's" apartment with him introducing her to his brother "Jeff," referring to her a friend from work. Jeff thinks the name Patty suits her, since she works at a fast food restaurant, which causes Patty to laugh a little. Alan reveals that Patty is currently enrolled in law school and has a bunch a student loans to pay off. Jeff excuses himself to get…

‘One Life to Live’ Casting the ‘Reel’ Dorian Lord

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- For nearly three decades, Robin Strasser has played the role of Llanview's feisty, villainous, over-dramatic Dorian Lord.  However, late last week, the show put out a new casting call for the role.  But there's no cause for concern.  While Stasser will remain the "real" Dorian, "One Life to Live" is looking to cast the character's "reel" life counterpart for David's (Tuc Watkins) upcoming movie "Vicker Man." According to the casting breakdown, the show is looking for a Caucasian woman in her 40s or…

‘One Life’ Puts Erika Slezak in an Alternate State of Mind

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Viki's (Erika Slezak) life is about to go from bad to worse as Tess (Bree Williamson) continues to sabotage her efforts to gain custody of Jessica's baby. But when her plan to expose Viki's cheating husband proves not to be enough to stop her, Tess is forced to take drastic action, which results in her "mother" Niki Smith coming out to play. Deciding to kick Viki while she's down and out to ensure that she get her hands on Ryder's trust fund money, Tess pay her a visit on Monday, April 18, and the…

Tuc Watkins’ ‘Life’ Ends Again

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Here today, gone tomorrow.  Tuc Watkins latest stint in Llanview as David Vickers Buchanan has proven to be like all his others...faster than a New York minute. On Monday, April 11, just as David and his lady love Mayor Dorian Lord (Robin Strasser) settle into married life, they are faced with a tough decision regarding their future together. That's right, after returning to "One Life to Live" on March 15, Watkins already has both feet out the studio door. However, as fans have come to expect with…

Llanview Casting Gossip: April 7 Edition

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- "One Life to Live" minor casting odds and ends for April and beyond. Matthew Conlon returns as Paris art gallery owner M. Claude Calmar on Friday, April 22, when he pays Tomas a visit. John Wesley Shipp appeared in new flashback scenes on Wednesday, April 6, and will again on Tuesday, April 26. Carolina Bermudez, as we previously reported, will play a reporter named Blanca in five episodes of "OLTL" beginning Monday, April 11.  In a new interview, the radio DJ says that "Working on 'One Life to…

Radio Personality Carolina Bermudez Reports from Llanview

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- She may not have the star of Kourtney Kardashian or Wendy Williams, but popular New York City radio emcee Carolina Bermudez will have something in common with the reality TV starlet and flamboyant talk show host when she appears on "One Life to Live" next week. On Monday, April 11, the Z100 Radio "Elvis Duran and the Morning Show" co-host will make her first of five appearances as a reporter named Blanca. In 2009, Bermudez appeared on "One Life" as herself when she introduced the Pussycat Dolls to…

Roger Howarth Returns to ‘One Life to Live’ for Sure This Time

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- "One Life to Live" is finally confirming what Soap Opera Network reported last summer (though due to scheduling conflicts and financials did not happen) that Roger Howarth is returning to the ABC soap this summer, though it isn't clear whether he'll be portraying the role of Todd Manning or the REAL Todd Manning. Despite rumors of "One Life to Live's" pending cancellation, Soap Opera Digest is reporting that Howarth will begin filming scenes on the daytime drama…

ABC Confirms Broderick as ‘AMC’s’ New Head Writer, But Show Not Safe

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- As we reported on Saturday, April 2, ABC has now confirmed to Soap Opera Network that Lorraine Broderick has been named head writer of 41-year-old "All My Children." Broderick replaces David Kreizman and Donna Swajeski, whose contracts were not renewed by the network. Unfortunately, Broderick's escalation to the top writing position does not put a stop to rumors of "AMC's" pending cancellation despite reports to the contrary. In fact, in the rarest of instances, ABC…

‘One Life’s’ Bullying Storyline Takes Ominous Tone

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Jack's (Andrew Trischitta) tormenting of Shane (Austin Williams) takes on a near deadly tone this week as "One Life to Live's" bullying storyline reaches its zenith with Shane prompting suicide in order to escape the pain and humiliation he has been enduring for months. The show recently joined forces with STOMP Out Bullying to help draw attention to the issue, which "One Life" Executive Producer Frank Valentini describes "as so disturbing and far too prominent. Our objective is to shine a light on…

Major Hiring Signals a New Lease on Life for ‘AMC’

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- After two weeks of driving soap fans absolutely out of their minds by neither confirming or denying rumors that "All My Children" was on the chopping block, sources close to ABC and "AMC" have informed both Soaps In Depth and Soap Opera Digest that Lorraine Broderick has signed a multi-year deal to take over Head Writing duties from Donna Swajeski and David Kreizman. Broderick up until recently served as "AMC's" Associate Head Writer. While ABC is still remaining mum on cancellation rumors, the…

Emily O’Brien to Exit ‘Y&R’ After Soap Looks to Concentrate on Core Families

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- According to published reports, CBS' "The Young and the Restless" has let actress Emily O'Brien go. The two time Daytime Emmy Award nominee, who joined the cast of "Y&R" in the then recurring role of Jana Hawkes Fisher, the future wife of Kevin Fisher (Greg Rikaart), on May 11, 2006, was said to have been in shock when she learned the news. O'Brien was upped to contract status with the soap in October 2006. In an interview with Soaps.com, O'Brien revealed…