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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…

In or Out? Is Llanview in Daniel Cosgrove’s Future?

Tuesday, July 21, 2009 3:26 AM ET | By Scotty Gore (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Is "Guiding Light" hunk Daniel Cosgrove headed to "One Life to Live" as the next Joey Buchanan? The answer is yes, according to two popular soap news magazines. Both Soap Opera Weekly and Soap Opera Digest have gone on record as stating that Cosgrove and "OLTL" are thisclose to finalizing a deal to bring him to Llanview as Viki and Clint's youngest son Joey, which SON recently reported on. The character was last portrayed by "Castle" star Nathan…

Saundra Santiago Discusses ‘Life’ as Carlotta Vega

Tuesday, July 21, 2009 12:28 AM ET | By Scotty Gore (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- "One Life to Live's" new Carlotta Vega breaks her silence and speaks publicly for the first time since replacing Patricia Mauceri in the suddenly controversial supporting role, sitting down with TV Guide's Michael Logan for an exclusive interview concerning the daytime drama's upcoming gay storyline. Less than one month after Patricia Mauceri was unceremoniously fired from "One Life" after portraying Carlotta Vega since 1995, new details have…

Alicia Minshew Expecting Her First Child

Monday, July 20, 2009 6:39 PM PT | By Errol Lewis (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Alicia Minshew, who portrays Kendall Hart Slater on ABC's "All My Children" is expecting her first child with husband& Richie Herschenfeld. Their daughter is due in November. "Richie and I are so thrilled," said Minshew in a statement to Soap Opera Digest magazine. "I can't wait to be a mom!" Minshew's pregnancy is not expected to be written into the show as Kendall is currently involved in a murder mystery storyline and the show has no plans to…

‘Angela’s Ashes’ Author Frank McCourt Passes Away

Monday, July 20, 2009 9:55 PM ET | By Scotty Gore (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Frank McCourt, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the best-selling memoir Angela's Ashes, passes away at age 78, following complications associated with melanoma. Editor's note: While we here at SON don't normally report on news outside of the soap world, in this case we decided to make an exception, given Frank McCourt's ties to the daytime drama "One Life to Live." The eldest-born of seven children to poor Irish immigrants, Frank McCourt was…

Erika Slezak’s ‘Life’ Will Go On in Llanview

Saturday, July 18, 2009 3:05 AM ET | By Scotty Gore (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Unlike that of her co-star Robin Strasser, Erika Slezak's future with "One Life to Live" appears secure, at least for now. With reports in recent weeks of Robin Strasser's (Dorian Lord) take-it-or-leave-it contract negotiations with "One Life" and ABC, many fans of the long-running daytime drama have feared that the show's grand dame Erika Slezak (Viki Davidson) might suffer a similar fate. Fortunately however, Slezak assures fans in her June 29th…