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‘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…

Brian Frons: The Ball is in Your Court

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- This is not an April Fool's Day joke. After weeks of rumors and more rumors, TV Guide Magazine's Michael Logan is now reporting that both "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" are in danger of being canceled by ABC. According to Logan's sources, the decision to cancel both series will be made in the coming days in order to replace them with a talk show and a reality show. Jori Peterson, Vice President, Media Relations, ABC Daytime and SOAPnet, tells Logan that…

Genie Francis Joins Tristan Rogers at ‘The Young and the Restless’

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Just when you thought you'd seen the last of Genie Francis on soaps, "The Young and the Restless" wisely stepped in and snapped the actress up for a contract role on the CBS daytime drama series. According to an exclusive report by Entertainment Weekly's Lynette Rice, Francis is set to play mother to Daniel Goddard's Ethan 'Cane' Ashby. As we all remember, Cane "died" in early February after he was savagely murdered. Even so, Goddard recently began…

Susan Lucci Spends April Fool’s Day with Rachael Ray

On Monday, March 28, Susan Lucci visited ABC's "Good Morning America" and spoke with co-host Robin Roberts to discuss her new autobiography, "All My Life," which was released on Tuesday, March 29. In addition to her appearance on "GMA," ABC's "Nightline" aired a taped segment with the actress that same night where Lucci was followed in and around her Long Island home by ABC News correspondent Juju Chang. On the day of her books release, Lucci found time to chat with Lisa…