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As ‘Life’ Goes On: Llanview Casting Gossip

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 12:08 AM ET | By Scotty Gore (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- "One Life to Live" casting tidbits for the month of May and beyond. Despite rumors to the contrary, Erika Slezak, the matriarch of Llanview, still has 'Life to Live.' In recent months, rumors have surfaced claiming that the 38-year vet had been unceremoniously and abruptly fired from "OLTL." However, a spokesperson for the show assures us that neither Ms. Slezak nor Viki is going anywhere anytime soon, and that she will play a major part in the…

Y&R Casting Report: May Checking In

Tuesday, April 28, 2009 11:41 AM ET | By Errol Lewis (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- As May Sweeps heats up "The Young and the Restles" goes all out.Although she's been dead for the last  four years, Cassie Newman is returning to "The Young and the Restless" on Wednesday, May 6 as actress Camryn Grimes reprises the role during a dream sequence that finds Sharon (Sharon Case) guided by Cassie on what life would be like for Nicholas (Joshua Morrow) and her (think ghost from Christmas past). Will Cassie lead Sharon back to Nicholas,…

Martha Byrne Heading to Port Charles

Sunday, April 27, 2009 4:48 PM ET | By Errol Lewis (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- After playing the role of Lily Snyder on CBS' "As The World Turns" off-and-on for 23 years, actress Martha Byrne is now heading to Port Charles to play along-side John Bolger as the wife of Mayor Floyd (Bolger) reports SOAPnet.com. Over the weekend buzz was growing that Byrne would be heading to "GH" in a then unknown role. SOAPnet spoke with Jason Thompson during the ABC Daytime/SOAPnet sponsored Stagecoach, and he shared his thoughts on the…

Bonner Leaves Llanview for Springfield

Sunday, April 26, 2009 2:45 PM ET | By Scotty Gore (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Only two days after she made her final appearance on "One Life to Live," BethAnn Bonner lands a role on the recently canceled "Guiding Light." Bonner, who debuted in Llanview on December 21, 2006 as Officer Talia Sahid, was recently fired by "OLTL," in what appears to be a cost cutting move which also involved co-stars Chris Stack and Kathy Brier (Michael and Marcie Walsh McBain), along with Camila Banus and A. Martinez (Lola and Ray Montez).…

‘The View’s’ Sherri Shepherd on ‘SmackDown’

Saturday, April 25, 2009 6:33 PM ET | By Errol Lewis (SoapOperaNetwork.com) --  She isn't a soap star, but life's a soap opera - right? Sherri Shepherd of ABC Daytime's "The View" will appear on "Friday Night SmackDown" along-side WWE Superstar MVP. Since appearing on "The View," MVP has become fast friends with Shepherd and invited her to appear on his turf on the Friday, May 1 episode of the program. The episode airs at 8:00 PM ET (check local listings). Will Shepherd head into the ring and…

Wes Ramsey Joins ‘DAYS’

Wednesday, April 22, 2009 8:27 PM ET | By Errol Lewis (SoapOperaNetwork.com) --  In early March it was announced that "Guiding Light" veteran Wes Ramsey would be joining the cast of NBC's "Days of our Lives," now Soap Opera Network has learned when you can expect to start seeing Ramsey on your screens. While his character is still being kept under wraps, Ramsey's first airdate on the daytime drama series is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, May 12, when he enters the scene along-side James Scott's EJ Wells…

ABC and SOAPnet Confirm Stagecoach Schedule

Wednesday, April 22, 2009 7:27 PM ET | By Errol Lewis (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- As previously reported, ABC Daytime and SOAPnet have signed on as presenting sponsors of Stagecoach - California's Country Music Festival taking place on Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. Now the networks have confirmed talent and talent schedules for autograph sessions for fans to meet and greet their favorite stars from "All My Children," "General Hospital" and "One Life to Live." On…

Fans Gear Up for ‘SoapFest’

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 10:54 PM ET | By Scotty Gore (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- ABC and CBS soap fans will have a chance to meet and greet their favorite daytime stars at the 11th Annual SoapFest in Marco Island, Florida. For more than a decade, SoapFest has been a major fundraiser for many southwestern Florida charities, including Eden, Florida's Eimerman Center, an educational outreach service for children with autism. Since 1998, the annual event has hosted more than 60 soap stars, including Kim Zimmer, Robert Newman,…

‘OLTL’ Nixes Previews — Again

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 9:29 PM ET | By Scotty Gore (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Wondering what happened to the "One Life to Live" next day previews at the end of each episode? Well, SON may have the answer.After years of showing next day previews at the end of each episode for all three of their soaps, ABC suddenly discontinued the practice last summer. While the network gave no specific reason for the change, several sources cited money as the contributing factor to the previews being dropped. Apparently, editing together the…

A ‘Lord’ and His Accomplice Return to ‘One Life’

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 7:15 PM ET | By Scotty Gore (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- "One Life to Live" brings the past into the present with the returns of Powell Lord III and Rebecca Lewis. In 1993, Powell Lord III (first cousin to Viki and Todd), reluctantly raped Marty Saybrooke along with frat buddies Todd Manning and Zach Rosen. However, after receiving a lesser sentence then his two accomplices, he was soon released for good behavior. Powell soon fell in love with Rebecca Lewis, an unsuspecting young lady who had been…

More Soap Stars Play Ball for Charity

Monday, April 20, 2009 11:47 PM ET | By Scotty Gore (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- More soap stars from "All My Children," "As the World Turns," and "One Life to Live" sign up for this year's Tammy Rubin Rice Charity Softball Game. Now in its eleventh year, the Tammy Rubin Rice Celebrity Softball Game, whose namesake died of breast cancer, is sponsored by the Shorefront Friends for Hospice. The voluntary organization offers supportive health services for terminally ill patients. Here is a list of soap stars scheduled to attend…

‘OLTL’ Late April Casting News

Monday, April 20, 2009 10:12 PM ET | By Scotty Gore (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- The latest casting news for "One Life to Live."Stacy is confronted by her past on May 6th, when Eric Martin Brown arrives in Llanview as Stan, the former call girl's boss from her Vegas show days. Stan, who was last seen in February, is looking to settle a debt with his former employee. Ken Schwarz appears as "Gravedigger #1" on May 15th, as one particular recent storyline comes to a climax. "OLTL" has recently released a casting call for the roles…