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‘OLTL’ Late Summer Casting Notes

Tuesday, August 4, 2009 1:50 AM ET | By Scotty Gore (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- What do Russian gangsters, physics, and corrupted politicians have in common? They're all heading to Llanview in the weeks and months ahead. Jonathan Phillips tells the Greenwich Gazette, in an interview dated July 31st, that his was recently hired by "One Life to Live" to play an upcoming role. "I'm playing a Russian mobster. I spoke Russian in my audition. I still speak it fluently, as I studied it for years and years, first at Andover and then…

Out! Cosgrove Rebuffs ‘OLTL’

Monday, August 3, 2009 8:38 PM ET | By Scotty Gore (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Despite numerous reports in recent weeks seeming to indicate that "Guiding Light" star Daniel Cosgrove was likely headed to "One Life to Live" this fall as a recasted Joey Buchanan, it now appears that a move from Springfield to Llanview is not on his itinerary. In a move eerily similar to "OLTL's" recent negotations to lure alum Gina Tognoni (Dinah, "GL") back to Llanview as Kelly Cramer, a source close to the show reveals to Soap Opera Digest…

Llanview ‘Gossip’: Amanda Setton Makes ‘OLTL’ Debut

Tuesday, July 28, 2009 10:50 PM ET | By Scotty Gore (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- The former "Gossip Girl" splashes down in Llanview on Friday, August 14th, just in time to assist her best friend Stacy Morasco (Crystal Hunt) in cooking up her latest scheme. With her first airdate finally announced by "One Life to Live," fans can look for the younger Morasco sister's BFF, Kimberly (Kim) Andrews, to take a break from her lucrative pole dancing career in Las Vegas to move to Llanview to make things just that much sluttier for the…

Tallulah Bean Leads a Dog’s ‘Life’

Tuesday, July 28, 2009 3:44 AM ET | By Scotty Gore (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- "One Life to Live" fans were first introduced to the precocious pooch Tallulah Bean just over a year ago. Nicknamed David Vickers by her owner Tina Lord Roberts (Andrea Evans), the pair left town last fall. Now Tallulah returns to Llanview, however not as the canine version of the comedic conman, but as one of her pups. Fans may recall that doggie David Vickers became a mother late last year, shortly before leaving town with her caregiver Tina, who…

‘AMC’s’ August Casting Notes

Monday, July 27, 2009 6:13 PM ET | By Angela Rosa (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Find out who's in and who's out on "All My Children" this August. In their latest issue, Soap Opera Digest reports that Walt Willey's character, Jackson Montgomery will be heading off to Europe. The trip will be off-screen and for an undisclosed amount of time. Willey will air just once in August (during the week of Aug. 17th). Many fans feel this is ominous news for the 20 year "All My Children" veteran who was recently pulled into the show's…

Tamara Braun Does ‘Saving Grace’

Sunday, July 26, 2009 5:07 PM PT | By Errol Lewis (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Former "All My Children" and "General Hospital" starlet Tamara Braun lands a prominent role on hit TNT drama series "Saving Grace" starring Holly Hunter. Braun will play the recurring role of Renee Ellen, who sparks an immediate attraction with Detective Ham Dewey (Kenny Johnson). Detective Dewey is the on-screen love interest of the shows main character Grace Hanadarko (Hunter). According to TV Guide.com, Braun will appear in at least two episodes…

Nikolas Cassadine Gets a New Heir

Friday, July 24, 2009 2:23 PM PT | By Errol Lewis (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Spencer Cassadine is changing faces for the fifth time in three years when newcomer Davin Ransom takes over the role beginning next month on ABC's "General Hospital." Ransom, who is rumored to be portraying the role of a Young Tony Stark in the sequel to the 2008 blockbuster "Iron Man," first airs on Thursday, August 13. Earlier this year the actor appeared in an episode of the defunct ABC comedy "In the Motherhood." The series starred Megan…

‘One Life’ Casts Mama and Papa ‘Fish’

Thursday, July 23, 2009 10:37 PM ET | By Scotty Gore (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- With "One Life to Live's" much anticipated gay storyline about to take flight, the soap casts the parents of one of the characters involved, but with a suprising twist. Soap Opera Digest broke the news earlier this evening that "OLTL" has cast the recurring roles of Barbara and George, the mother and father of Officer Oliver Fish (Scott Evans), who shares a past relationship with Kyle Lewis (Brett Claywell). While George Fish will be potrayed by…

‘More Life to Live’: Fashion Report

Thursday, July 23, 2009 2:56 AM ET | By Scotty Gore (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- "One Life to Live" takes advantage of the popularity of their bi-monthly "More Life to Live" bonus scenes video clips, to take viewers behind the scenes of the popular ABC soap during the online segment's off weeks. This week, Hillary B. Smith (Nora Hanen) chats with "OLTL's" Daytime Emmy winning (and presently nominated) design team to see what's hot in terms of summer fashions. For nearly a month, the official "One Life to Live" page at abc.com…

‘Ryan’s Hope’ Co-Creator Paul Avila Mayer Dies

Thursday, July 23, 2009 1:58 AM ET | By Scotty Gore (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Creating the now-defunct ABC daytime drama "Ryan's Hope" with Claire Labine in 1975, Mayer also served as the show's co-head writer and executive producer (1975-81) for much of the soap's nearly 14-year run. Paul Avila Mayer passed away on July 10th, as the result of a brain tumor. In addition to overseeing "Ryan's Hope," Mayer was also active elsewhere in the soap world. From 1970-71 he served as writer for "Where the Heart Is," and as co-head…

Lindsay Hartley’s ‘Passion’ is with ‘Days’

Wednesday, July 22, 2009 4:47 PM PT | By Errol Lewis (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Can chemistry strike twice for Lindsay Hartley (ex-Theresa Lopez-Fitzgerald, "Passions") and Eric Martsolf (ex-Ethan Crane, "Passions")? "Days of our Lives" seems to think so as the soap has hired Hartley to replace Felisha Terrell in the contract role of Arianna Hernandez, Brady Black's (Martsolf) love interest on the soap. According to Soap Opera Digest, Hartley begins filming on Thursday, July 23. No word on what caused the soap to make the…

Another Baby For Greg Vaughan

Wednesday, July 20, 2009 2:50 PM PT | By Errol Lewis (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- The talk of the "General Hospital" Fan Club Weekend wasn't what is going to happen next on the ABC soap, but news that Greg Vaughan, who portrays Lucky Spencer, is expecting his second child with wife Touriya Haoud. The couples first child, Jathan James Vaughan, was born in May 2007. The actor tweeted the happy news on Monday, July 20. "As I lay in bed, adoring my beautiful family! My son slowly closes his eyes, & my beautiful wife caresses…