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OLTL's Underwood Strikes GOLD!

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ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Brittany Underwood (Langston) breaks out the big hair and the spandex for an upcoming guest spot on ABC's THE GOLDBERGS. And Soaps In Depth has the scoop on the actress' time warp back to the '80s!

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OLTL Star Engaged!

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Congratulations to ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Corbin Bleu (Jeffrey), who is now engaged to marry girlfriend Sasha Nicole Clements. People Magazine is reporting that the young actor proposed to her on Wednesday, October 15, in front of Cinderella's Castle in Walt Disney World. Right before the park's fireworks began, Bleu popped the question with a ring he'd put in a glass slipper. How romantic! Best wishes to the happy couple, who seem poised to live happily ever after!

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Stars Strike Out Child Abuse

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Jen Lilley (Theresa, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Maxie, GENERAL HOSPITAL) is hosting a star-studded bowling tournament to benefit Childhelp, America's largest and longest-running nonprofit dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect. The event will be held on Sunday, October 19, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at PINZ Bowling in Studio City, CA.

Amongst the celebrity guests are daytime stars like Chrishell Stause (Jordan, DAYS; Amanda, ALL MY CHILDREN), Kelly Sullivan (Sage, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; ex-Connie, GH), Patrika Darbo (ex-Nancy, DAYS), Ian Buchanan (Duke, GH), Finola Hughes (Anna, GH), Billy Flynn (Chad, DAYS), Judi Evans (Adrienne, DAYS), Casey Moss (JJ, DAYS), Kassie DePaiva (Eve, DAYS; Blair, ONE LIFE TO LIVE), Kristian Alfonso (Hope, DAYS), Robert Scott Wilson (Ben, DAYS; Pete, ALL MY CHILDREN), Camila Banus (ex-Gabi, DAYS), True O'Brien (Paige, DAYS) and Lauren Koslow (Kate, DAYS). "Jen is so nice -- she extended the invitation out to all the cast of DAYS and other people," Banus relates. "I'm so excited to be a part of it, to help spread awareness, to be able to be part of a great cause, and also have fun!"

For more details about the event, order tickets or simply contribute to the cause, click here.

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Another OLTL Star To DAYS

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Another fan-favorite actress from ONE LIFE TO LIVE is about to join DAYS OF OUR LIVES! Melissa Archer (Natalie) has been cast on the NBC sudser, and is reportedly already filming and should air in the fall.

Her former OLTL castmate Kassie DePaiva (Blair; now DAYS' Eve) gushed about the news on Twitter, posting a photo of the two of them together and writing "Welcome to Salem! Good times coming!"

UPDATE: Our friends over at TV Line have learned that Archer will be making her first appearance in Salem on Friday, December 5, as Serena. The character may be new, but she reportedly has ties to someone in Salem. Who do you think she's connected to?

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Real-Life Soap Couple Welcomes Daughter

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It's a girl! ABC Daytime alums Terrell Tilford (Greg, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) and wife Victoria Platt (Corinne, ALL MY CHILDREN) are parents! "She arrived... Our baby girl, Marley, was born Sunday eve, 24 August," the proud pop, who currently plays THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Barton, shared in a Twitter announcement complete with an adorable photo.

The couple met on the set of GUIDING LIGHT -- he played David and she played Vicky -- and married on September 29, 2001, in New Orleans in a ceremony that was documented for the TLC series A WEDDING STORY. Congratulations to the new parents!

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OLTL's Kelly Returns To War!

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In the new Universal Studios Home Entertainment release, Jarhead 2: Field Of Fire, Josh Kelly (Cutter, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) stars in a role he was made for. The son of a Naval officer and himself a former Army Ranger who served three tours in Afghanistan and one in Iraq prior to becoming an actor, Kelly plays the team leader for a group of supply Marines that get put into a challenging combat situation.

"The movie is about Marines banding together, relying on their training, and discovering purpose behind war," he says of the sequel to the popular 2005 film based on Anthony Swofford's similarly titled book about his pre-Desert Storm experiences in the Persian Gulf. "This one takes place in Afghanistan in modern time. It has a lot to do with the Taliban and restricting women's rights... it's pretty topical."

Although it's been a decade since Kelly was a man in uniform himself, he says that his own experience doing combat operations proved useful. "It was interesting — I found my brain reverting back into team leader mode. I was becoming a lot more tactical as we were pretending to be tactical," he reveals of playing Corporal Chris Merrimette in the action-adventure film. "I pretty much became the tech advisor [on set] and made sure that everyone maintained tactical awareness."

Still being "in theater" is tough on everyone, even those who initially thought that they wanted to be in the thick of it. "Merrimette is a middle American, good guy who's got a pregnant wife at home. He's questioning whether or not he should be in the war and whether or not he's going to stay," Kelly previews. " So he is, I guess, kind of what I would've been like had I not wanted to become an actor and stayed in the military."

Look for the ensemble film, which also stars Stephen Lang (SALEM), Cole Hauser (ROGUE) and Esai Morales (CRIMINAL MINDS), to release direct to Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD on Tuesday, August 19, and watch a trailer by clicking here.

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Elaine Stritch Passes

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Elaine Stritch, legend of stage and screen, has passed away at the age of 89. Best known for her work on Broadway in shows like Company and Show Boat, she earned many Tony nominations and even took home an Emmy for her more recent work on 30 ROCK as the mother of Alec Baldwin's character.

But daytime audiences might remember Stritch's turn as ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Wilma, mother to Thom Christopher's Mortimer and Carlo. When Alex tried to turn Carlo look-alike Mortimer into a passible version of her late husband to keep control of his empire, Wilma arrived in Llanview to find her son. In the end, Carlo was revealed to be alive, and Wilma admitted that she'd had twins and given up Carlo because she couldn't take care of them both.

Our sympathies go out to the friends and family of this show business icon.

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2014 Daytime Emmy Award Winners!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS was the big winner at last night's Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony, but the on-line reboot of ONE LIFE TO LIVE pulled off a victory for Outstanding Directing! And VENICE THE SERIES, from OLTL alums Crystal Chappell (Maggie) and Hillary B. Smith (OLTL) won the first-ever Emmy for New Approaches - Drama! Make the jump for a full list of winners, including the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which were handed out on Friday, June 20!

Did your favorites take home the gold? Sound off in the comments!

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Daytime Emmy Awards Preview!

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Fans have lots of questions now that it's been announced that the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards are going to be broadcast not on a network or cable outlet, but rather streamed via the Internet at www.daytimeemmys.net beginning at 5:00 p.m. PST on Sunday, June 22. Soaps In Depth spoke to David Michaels, Senior Executive Director, Daytime Emmy Awards for The National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences, about what viewers can expect on the big day!

Soaps In Depth: Will the format be different? Will the show have a time limit?
David Michaels: As I understand it, the plan is for the show to go straight through — there will be no commercial breaks. We're treating it like a live show. It'll run for two hours.

In Depth: There tend to be fewer rules on the Internet about what people can do. Might we see more of a party atmosphere for this show?
Michaels: I'm not sure. It's the same setting room and people, the same party. I don't know if people will feel that they can take advantage of the "no-holds-barred" rules of the Internet or not.

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Daytime Emmys To Stream On-line

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Although the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will not be broadcast on a television network, that doesn't mean that you won't be able to watch live and cheer on your favorite stars as the trophies are handed out. This year, the ceremony will be streamed live over the Internet, reports Deadline Hollywood!

You will be able to watch the show direct from the Beverly Hilton Hotel at www.daytimeemmys.net beginning at 5:00 p.m. PST on Sunday, June 22. Don't miss it!

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OLTL Alums Welcome Twins!

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Congratulations to THE FOSTERS star Sherri Saum (Keri, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) and husband Kamar de los Reyes (Antonio, OLTL)! US Weekly is reporting that she delivered twin boys on Tuesday, May 13. John weighed in at 5 lbs, 7 oz and Michael was 5 lbs, 15 oz. "Everyone is healthy and strong," a rep for the actress says. "Sherri and Kamar are over the moon!" Best wishes to the happy family!

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OLTL Star Takes The Stage!

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ONE LIFE TO LIVE alum David Gregory (Ford) will be starring in the Tony Award-winning play Vanya And Sonia And Masha And Spike at the Hartford Stage in Hartford, CT, from Thursday, May 22, to Sunday, June 22. In the farce about a self-absorbed movie star who visits her family with her boy toy in tow, Gregory will be playing the role of said boy toy, Spike. (A role played on Broadway by AS THE WORLD TURNS' Billy Magnussen (Casey)!)

Tickets range from $20 to $85. You can find more information about the production and purchase tickets by clicking here!

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Daytime Emmy Nominations Announced!

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The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, in cooperation with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, have announced the nominees for the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. Sadly, GENERAL HOSPITAL was shut out of the Best Show, Writing and Directing categories, but it earned some well-deserved acting nods. In better news, the short-lived online reboots of ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE were recognized with some nominations. AMC's were technical, but OLTL is up for Best Drama!

For the full list of the major nominations, read on! Who do you think will take home the trophies on Sunday, June 22?

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Daytime Emmys Are In June

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The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be held Sunday, June 22, at the Beverly Hilton. However, a broadcast deal has yet to be struck, so while the ceremony has aired on HLN for the last two years, there's no word on which network might air this ceremony yet. Still, the National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences are confident a deal will be reached.

The Creative Arts portion of the Daytime Emmys are scheduled to be handed out on Friday, June 20, at the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles.

Final nominees in all categories are set to be announced on Thursday, May 1. Based off the pre-nominations that have been revealed, who are you hoping gets a nod?

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Party With The Stars!

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If you don't yet have plans for Memorial Day weekend, we present you with this: The 15th Annual SoapFest Charity Weekend on Marco Island, FL! More than a dozen daytime actors are scheduled to attend the festival, taking place Saturday, May 24, through Monday, May 26. Stars scheduled to appear include GENERAL HOSPITAL's Kristen Alderson (Kiki), Chad Duell (Michael), Bryan Craig (Morgan) and Kelly Thiebaud (Britt); and ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Melissa Archer (Natalie).

SoapFest events include the intimate A Night Of Stars dinner; Cruizin' Boozin' & Schmoozin' With The Stars on the Marco Island Princess yacht; Celebrity Karaoke Bar Bash and VIP Brunch With The Boys Of Daytime.

Tickets are now on sale for the annual SoapFest weekend, which will raise funds for Camp Able (a program for local special needs children), the Island Theater Company Kids Program and other local organizations. For a complete schedule and description of events, ticket packages, and additional updates, visit www.SoapFest.com.

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OLTL Alum Goes Through The Wringer!

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Meghann Fahy (Hanna, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) is guest-starring in tonight's episode of LAW & ORDER: SVU, and the role should prove to be a powerful one!

"Meghann plays Jenny Asch, a mother and victim of domestic violence," previews show running Warren Leight, "who, when charged with reckless endangerment of her daughter, is forced to confront long-repressed memories of how she was sexually exploited as a young girl herself."

He also admits that the role of Jenny was one of the most challenging guest spots of the entire season, but Fahy stepped up to the plate and knocked it out of the park. "At first, her character seems to be acting out for reasons unknown," Leight explains. "As the story progresses, she becomes aware of the horrible exploitation she suffered as a child. It was emotionally as draining a part as any actress has been called upon to deliver.

"Meghan was fierce one moment, near breakdown the next and made every transition believable and moving," he adds. "Everyone on set was buzzing about her from day one."

You can see for yourself what all the fuss is about when the episode "Downloaded Child" airs tonight at 9:00 p.m. EST on NBC.

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ABC Files Suit Against Prospect Park

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And the ABC/Prospect Park drama continues! Deadline reports that on March 7, ABC filed a countersuit against Prospect Park Networks (PPN) for failure to pay the licensing fees owed for the rights to ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE. "ABC sues to recover all unpaid Series Fees owned up to and through the date of the trial of this action as a result of Prospect Park's failure to pay in breach of the License Agreement," reads the filing.

In their Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing earlier this week, PPN claimed that they owed ABC $1.7 million, but the network says that the fees arrangement for multi-seasons series entitles them to more than $145 million, and that they were only paid a portion of the $4.5 million Season 1 fee owed for AMC, and the $4 million owed for OLTL.

For the full story from Deadline, click here.

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Watch Soap Life

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Daytime dramas have seen an uptick in ratings, but in recent years have gone through quite a bit of turmoil. And over those years, the documentary Soap Life examined the plight of the American soap opera. Now, Soap Life is being released worldwide today on a host of platforms like iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and Vudu. The feature features interviews from fans, directors, producers and actors like Rick Hearst (Ric, GENERAL HOSPITAL), Bobbie Eakes (Krystal, ALL MY CHILDREN) and more!

For a preview, you can watch the trailer below!

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Prospect Park Files For Bankruptcy

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In a move that should come as no surprise, Prospect Park Networks has announced that it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. After ceasing production on the on-line versions of ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE last summer, PPN entered into a lawsuit with ABC regarding the rights to the soaps, but in a statement they declared "The Chapter 11 filing in no way impacts PPN's litigation against the American Broadcasting Companies, Inc." So it would seem this continuing drama isn't quite over yet.

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Soap Stars Sing!

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You already know that many of your favorite stars have talents that go far beyond their acting abilities, and a half dozen of them are preparing to wow you with their vocal stylings with Soap Stars Sing!

The event will showcase the talent of Anthony Geary (Luke, GENERAL HOSPITAL), Bobbie Eakes (Krystal, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Macy, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL), Ronn Moss (ex-Ridge, B&B), Eden Riegel (Bianca, AMC), Kristen Alderson (Kiki, GH) and Vincent Irizarry (David, AMC), with more talent to be announced as the show grows closer.

Soap Stars Sing will be held on Friday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fred Kavli Theater in Thousand Oaks, CA. Tickets are currently available on-line at varying price points, including a VIP Package that includes a post-show meet-and-greet and photo op with the actors. For more information and to order tickets, visit the show's Web site by clicking here!

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Dano's Got Heart!

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For decades, Linda Dano had been beloved by fans for her portrayal of strong women like ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Rae Cummings and ANOTHER WORLDS' Felicia Gallant. However in her personal life, she's long been appreciated for her tender dedication to the work of HeartShare Human Services Of New York, a non-profit organization that serves the needs of children and families affected by autism and other developmental disabilities. "The centers that we maintain are filled with dedicated teachers, volunteers and people who've become passionate about helping those children," offers Dano, who serves on the board of directors.

In honor of HeartShare's 100 years of service to the community, a spring gala and auction will be held on Thursday, March 27, at the New York Marriott Marquis. At the event, past recipients will gather to be honored as a group as part of the centennial celebration. Among them will be familiar faces from daytime TV like Rosie O'Donnell, John Edward, THE VIEW's Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie, ALL MY CHILDREN's Susan Lucci (Erica) and Cameron Mathison (Ryan), GENERAL HOSPITAL's executive producer, Frank Valentini, AS THE WORLD TURNS' Tamara Tunie (Jessica), and ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Robert S. Woods (Bo).

"It's a very exciting night," Dano enthuses. "I'm so looking forward to it!" For information about attending the event, click this link to visit the Web site or call (718) 422-3210.

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Daytime Emmy Pre-Noms Announced!

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The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, in cooperation with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, have announced the pre-nominees in the acting categories for the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. Due to a rule change, the on-line versions of ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE were able to join GENERAL HOSPITAL, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS and DAYS OF OUR LIVES in the broadcast categories; However, they only scored pre-nominations in the younger performer slots.

An on-line ballot featuring all entrants in each of the six categories were sent to judges who viewed clips of their work before selecting their top ten performers in each category. However, due to ties, Outstanding Lead Actress contains 12 performers and Supporting Actor has 13. The candidates who received the highest number of votes will now advance to the blue ribbon screening round set to begin on Wednesday, March 26. This will determine the final nominees and ultimate winner.

The final list on nominees will be announced on Thursday, May 1, but you can find the full list of all the pre-nominations after the break. Did your favorites make the cut? Who would you vote for?

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A Who's Who Guide For BEACON HILL!

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Next Wednesday, March 5, marks the launch of an exciting new Web soap, BEACON HILL! New media pioneer Crystal Chappell (Dani, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL; Olivia, GUIDING LIGHT, etc.) is part of the team behind the drama, which centers on two Boston families at opposite ends of the political spectrum.

With political rivalries, romances gone bad, blackmail and family dysfunction, BEACON HILL has all the makings of a must-see series! In anticipation of the show's premiere, Soaps In Depth chatted up some of the top players in the drama for the scoop!

Alicia Minshew (Sara Preston)
"Sara left the love of her life, Kate, for this reporting job, and the break-up was painful. She's now come back to Beacon Hill for a job and bumps into Kate, so it's reigniting feelings. There are issues with Sara and her grandfather, whom Kate is now working with, and she has a tumultuous relationship with her mother, who is a drinker. She's trying to be a good reporter but stay true to her family. Everything kind of gets mixed up and muddled!"

Sarah Brown (Katherine "Kate" Wesley)
"When Crystal sent me the script, I read all 12 episodes and called her immediately. I originally wanted to play the character of Sara -- I understood where she's coming from. But Katherine ended up being much more of a challenge. I love every bit of this."

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OLTL And GL Alums Star In New Film

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Trevor St. John (Victor, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) and Wendy Moniz (Dinah, GUIDING LIGHT) will starring in the upcoming film The Grief Of Others. According to Variety, the daytime alums are set to join SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE's Rachel Dratch in the adaptation of Leah Hager Cohen's book about a couple (St. John and Moniz) whose baby dies soon after his birth and the parents struggle to put their lives back together. The emotional drama will begin filming in April in Nyack, NY.

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Former SOAPnet Executive Has Died

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Deborah Blackwell, the former general manager of SOAPnet, has passed away at the age of 63, reports Deadline. The television executive, who built the channel for Disney ABC Cable Networks Group and ran SOAPnet from 2001-07, died following a seven-year battle with Pick's disease, a rare neurodegenerative disorder. Under her direction, SOAPnet grew to a network that not only ran same-day episodes of the ABC Daytime dramas, but acquired THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS and DAYS OF OUR LIVES, added a primetime programming slate and launched original series like SOAPOGRAPHY, I WANNA BE A SOAP STAR, the SOAP TALK chatfest and the GENERAL HOSPITAL: NIGHT SHIFT spin-off.

We send our condolences to Blackwell's family.

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Catch Kristen Live On Stage!

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Ilene Kristen (Delia, GENERAL HOSPITAL; Roxie, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) is going to be taking the stage at The Oyster House on Friday, January 31! She'll be performing as a special guest of the Mike Hoffmann Band, singing a few numbers alongside her brother-in-law at his gig.

The Oyster House is located at 12446 Moorpark St. in Studio City, CA, and the first of two sets by the band starts at 10:00 p.m. If you go to cheer Kristen on, make sure to tell her we said hi!

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DePaiva Speaks Out On DAYS Move

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As we previously reported, Kassie DePaiva (Blair, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) is joining DAYS OF OUR LIVES to take over the role of Eve Donovan, last played by Charlotte Ross back in 1991. And over on her blog, DePaiva has shared her feelings about the big move.

"As sad as it is to say good-bye or put Blair on hold," she writes, "I'm equally as happy to say hello to Eve Donovan. She seems to have a very rich history in Salem with many family members to surround her. I look forward to discovering the character as well as the town.

"I wish the gloriously beautiful and talented Charlotte Ross great success as she starts her new adventure on ABC's NASHVILLE," DePaiva adds. "I know she is greatly loved by the DAYS audience and I have very big shoes to fill. I promise to do my best to live up to everyone's expectations. So all you OLTL watchers... it's time to start watching DAYS now!"

DePavia is scheduled to report to the set soon, and should begin airing as Eve sometime this summer. We'll be sure to report on an official airdate as soon as one is announced. Will you be tuning in?

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OLTL Star To Play DAYS' Eve!

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NBC has confirmed the rumor that Soaps In Depth had already reported: ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Kassie DePaiva (Blair) will be joining DAYS OF OUR LIVES — as the new Eve Donovan, half sister of Jen Lilley's Theresa!

Rumors of DePaiva traveling to Salem started earlier this month when she wrote on her Web site: "Good things are ahead this year and I hope to have more to report very soon." Almost immediately fans began to speculate on what the big news could be, wondering if OLTL could be returning again. But when DePaiva started following and engaging with DAYS actors on Twitter, the whispers shifted to the NBC soap -- and the fire was fueled when TV Guide's Michael Logan tweeted on Wednesday that he'd heard it was official that the actress would be joining the DAYS cast.

The character of teen hooker Eve was originally played by Charlotte Ross from 1987-'91, who tweeted back in December that she'd met with executive producer Greg Meng and headwriter Christopher Whitesell to talk about DAYS. But unfortunately, it was not to be. "I had to pass on reprising my fave role, Eve Donovan," Ross tweeted, "as I'm currently filming three projects." These include the VH1 series HIT THE FLOOR and ABC's NASHVILLE. However, she also tweeted, "I know Kassie will be wonderful!"

"We are excited to welcome Kassie to the DAYS family," co-executive producer Greg Meng said in a statement. "Stay tuned to find out how the return of Eve Donovan shakes things up in Salem!"

As DAYS currently tapes approximately four months in advance, look for DePaiva to make her debut this summer.

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Who Will Air The Daytime Emmys?

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Cable outlet HLN has broadcast the Daytime Emmy Awards for the past two years, but there won't be a third. "It's fairly definite," Albie Hecht, the network's vice president and general manager, tells Soaps In Depth. "I just want to put a pause on everything and figure out what we're doing before we make any commitments. Shows like [the Daytime Emmys] need commitments in advance to plan and I don't think we can make that commitment."

Hecht, who joined HLN a little over three months ago, says that the decision has been made early so that the National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) can make other plans. "It's only fair to let them look around and let them do what they need to do," the HNL chief adds.

This doesn't mean that the Daytime Emmys won't be on television, however. "Having the show on HLN was a wonderful experience for us," says David Michaels, senior executive director of the Daytime Emmy Awards. "We are currently exploring other avenues so that the Daytime Emmys will have a broadcast home."

For her part, THE TALK's Aisha Tyler would love to see the ceremony return to one of the big three networks. "I think it would be great," she says. "CBS is the number one daytime network. It'd be great to have the Daytime Emmys on the number one daytime network. I think that would make perfect sense!"

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Soap Stars Move To BEACON HILL

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A slew of familiar faces are starring in the new Web series BEACON HILL, including Sarah Brown (ex-Claudia, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Agnes, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) Alicia Minshew (Kendall, ALL MY CHILDREN), and Crystal Chappell (Dani, B&B; Olivia, GUIDING LIGHT) The serial, filmed on location in Boston, was co-created by Jessica Hill and her wife Linda, who is the chief executive officer of Bella Books, a publisher of lesbian fiction.

"BEACON HILL is a political drama set in Boston," Jessica tells Soaps In Depth. "Alicia and Sarah are our two leads, and they play the daughters of two political families in Boston. One's Republican and the other is Democrat. Alicia's character, Sara, and Sarah's character, Katherine, were together [romantically] and they broke up. Our story starts six years later when Sara's grandfather, played by Ron Raines [Carl, OLTL; Alan, GL], has a stroke. Sara, who's living in New York, comes back to Boston and you see dynamics between her family and Katherine start to develop."

The rest of the cast — which reads like a Who's Who of daytime — includes Scott Bryce (Craig, ATWT), Ricky Paull Goldin (Jesse, B&B; Gus, GL), Louise Sorel (ex-Vivian, DAYS), Tina Sloan (Lillian, GL), John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex, OLTL), Jessica Morris (Jen, OLTL), and Melissa Archer (Natalie, OLTL). Also in the cast is newcomer Rebecca Mozo.

BEACON HILL is produced by Bella Productions, the sister company of Bella Books, in association with Chappell's production company, Open Book Productions. Goldin and Emmy-winning actress Hillary B. Smith (Nora, OLTL; Margo, ATWT) serve as producers on the show.

Chappell, who has helmed Web series VENICE and THE GROVE, plays Claire, Sara's mother. How did that work, since there's less than a decade between the two actresses? "I age myself," Chappell confides. "I went without makeup and I wear my hair severely — it's in a twist and high up on top. It's a fun character to play. Claire's husband is gone. My feeling is he couldn't tolerate her family.

"BEACON HILL is a very different show," Chappell adds. "It's a political drama with intrigue and romance revolving around two political families. Jessica and Linda are terrific people and writers. I love working with them!"

BEACON HILL begins streaming on Wednesday, March 5. For more info, check out www.beaconhilltheseries.com

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KATIE Is Canceled!

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Well, it's official. ABC and Katie Couric are parting ways with the cancelation of KATIE after the final episode of its second season. Production on the syndicated chat show will continue through June 2014, but there will be no third season.

The news doesn't come as a surprise, as KATIE has been struggling in the ratings, and Couric herself recently signed on with Yahoo News as their "Global Anchor." Disney and ABC reportedly don't yet have a replacement for KATIE, though we imagine there are plenty of soap fans who would love for them to bring either ALL MY CHILDREN, ONE LIFE TO LIVE or both back to the ABC Daytime lineup!

Are you happy about this news? What would you like to see in KATIE's place?

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How Will DEVANITY End?

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The bed-hopping, back-stabbing, lie-telling DeVanity family returns for their final season this February, and we've got a first look at what to expect from the dysfunctional dynasty featured on the popular Web soap.

"Season 4 will give fans all the answers they're dying for," says creator and star Michael Caruso. It will also feature the introduction of a new character with a very familiar face as Andrea Evans (ex-Tawny, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL; ex-Tina, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) joins the cast as Vivian Price.

"She was a dream to work with," says Caruso, whose alter ego, Jason, is Vivian's son. "She was gracious and excited and the kind of actress that any producer would dream to work with! We were all blown away by her talent!"

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Caruso admits that he himself was a little star-struck by the soap vet. "We were clearly dealing with a star, but she acted like the girl next door! We all fell in love with her instantly!"

To check out the trailer for Season 4 (or catch any of the previous episodes), head to DeVanity.com... but be warned, this ain't your grandma's soap. (Translation: The DeVanity's sometimes use bad words!)

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Lozano's New Thriller!

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Catch ONE LIFE TO LIFE's Florencia Lozano (Téa) like you've never seen her before in the new thriller, 7E. Released to VOD and DVD today, the picture is about a New York man (Brendan Sexton III) who looks after his cousin (Natasha Lyonne) following the death of her roommate. But when strangers start inquiring about her well-being, the situation leading up to the roommate's demise becomes suspect. It's a story so chock full of mystery that Lozano was placed on a gag order about how her character, Sadie, plays into it. "I was told to not talk too much about the movie," she confides. "They want it all to remain a surprise."

However, if the trailer is any indication, Lozano will deliver the kind of intense performance that she became known for as Téa, but with a completely different look. "You know, the soap was definitely the glamour side of things, which is a lot of fun," she laughs. "but it is also fun to let that stuff go and play people who aren't glamorous. I love playing wild roles." What part of the truth do the characters learn is real and what part is perceived? You'll have to see the film to find out. For more about what the actress has been up to, check out her Keeping Track feature in an upcoming issue of Soaps In Depth.

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Will OLTL's Corbin Bleu Win DANCING WITH THE STARS?

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Stars from GENERAL HOSPITAL (Kelly Monaco, Sam) and ALL MY CHILDREN (J.R. Martinez, Brot) have won the coveted mirror ball trophy on DANCING WITH THE STARS — is it ONE LIFE TO LIVE's turn tonight? It could happen given that Corbin Bleu (Jeffrey, OTL) and his pro partner Karina Smirnoff performed a spectacular freestyle routine on Monday's show that not only earned a perfect score of 30, but also got a standing ovation from stern judge Len Goodman.

"Any number of things could have gone wrong," Bleu told Soaps In Depth after the show about the intricate Michael Jackson-inspired freestyle routine. "The fact that I could have seriously injured my partner was very scary! Then, we went into the lean, which took tremendous strength to get out of. It was one thing after another. We made it through each one. When it was over, I looked at Karina and said, 'We did it!'"

And Bleu even has a connection to the late King Of Pop! "Yes, I did meet Michael," says Bleu, who's so enthralled by the superstar singer that he still speaks of him in the present tense! "It was probably the highlight of my life. He's such a presence. He's extremely tall and has big ol' hands. He came to the High School Musical Concert in Vegas. When I went and did my bit in the concert, [director] Kenny Ortega, who directed all [Michael's] tours, told me that Michael leaned over to him and said, 'Who's that?' Kenny said, 'That's Corbin Bleu.' Michael said, 'He's good!' I still get goose bumps thinking about that."

Has the actor allowed himself to imagine what it might be like to win the mirror ball trophy? "I'm trying not to even think about that," he says. "We got a perfect score on our freestyle, but I'm already focusing on the fusion dance we're doing [in the next episode]. Then, I'm focused on Thanksgiving and eating — and sleeping! And chill with my family!"

Couples were allowed to select routines for their competitors for the finale tonight. Rather than choose a dance combination that his fellow finalist Jack Osbourne might not be good at, Bleu actually chose one (paso doble/salsa) believing his opponent would do well. Now, that is sportsmanship!

"I love Jack," Bleu says. "I love his improvement throughout this entire time. When he finished his freestyle, I was standing up cheering saying he should get '10's.' He's an incredible person, and so is Cheryl [Burke, his dance pro partner]."

What's up next for the actor? "Right now, I'm working on this anti-bullying film The Day I Died," he says. "I want to get more into producing. Even if I don't win, I'm going to be celebrating because I made it into the top three! This has been an incredible experience!"

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Prospect Park Files New Complaint Against ABC!

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Prospect Park will not comment on the status of ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE, but the company filed additional papers today in Los Angeles in its lawsuit against ABC. The Hollywood Reporter has the new legal documents, which allege that ABC signed OLTL actors to secretive, multi-year contracts without Prospect Park's knowledge, foiling their future returns to OLTL, as well as blocking cast members from appearing on the networks' shows to promote the reboots. With the amended lawsuit, Prospect Park seeks more than $95 million in damages for breach of contract and promissory fraud. They also claim that they should no longer have to pay licensing fees to ABC, but are entitled to an extension of the licensing agreement.

To read the complete story, visit The Hollywood Reporter here.

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Slezak Responds To Accusations Of Racism

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In the recently-published book, Llanview In The Afternoon: An Oral History Of ONE LIFE TO LIVE, actress Ellen Holly (ex-Carla) accusing former castmate Erika Slezak (Viki) of getting her fired off the soap in the '80s. According to Holly, at an anniversary party at Tavern On The Green, Slezak told the soap's creator Agnes Nixon, "Get those two black bitches out of my face," referring to Holly and Lillian Hayman (ex-Sadie).

This past weekend, Slezak posted an update to her official Web site announcing that she had contacted author Jeff Giles to refute the tale and now her response will be edited into future editions of the book.

"Let me begin by saying that never happened," Slezak writes. "I have never, in my entire life, used such language, nor would I have ever said that; especially about two ladies who I greatly admired and respected. I have no idea why Ellen has chosen to blame me for her being let go from One Life to Live. Not only is that an absolute fabrication on her part; it was never in the power of any actor or actress to make such a decision and anyone who has worked on One Life to Live would know that. We were owned and run by ABC; this was their decision alone. Furthermore, I would like to add that Ellen Holly was a wonderful actress, a beautiful woman and an essential and vital character on One Life to Live and there was nothing to be gained by her leaving the show. In fact I felt that her absence was detrimental to the show. Agnes Nixon had put together an amazing, multi-racial cast, which was groundbreaking at the time, and by losing two very important black actors, ABC was robbing the show of its diversity. I am very sorry that she has deluded herself into believing that I was in any way instrumental in her being fired, but more than that, I am appalled that she would accuse me of using racial slurs."

You can purchase your own copy of Llanview In The Afternoon: An Oral History Of ONE LIFE TO LIVE at Amazon.com.

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SOAPnet Switched Off For Good

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How much more bad news can soap fans take? Back in 2011, Disney announced plans to pull SOAPnet from the air and replace it with Disney Junior, a channel aimed at toddlers. That channel launched as planned in early 2012, but many soap fans found that their cable providers were still offering SOAPnet. However, Disney has now notified cable operators that they will no longer provide programming for SOAPnet after December 31. Which means that when 2014 gets underway, soap fans will have to find another way to watch their favorite shows.

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The End Of AMC & OLTL (Again)

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Fans of ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE were on pins and needles last week as rumors were flying that Prospect Park was due to make a big announcement regarding the future of the two soaps. Unfortunately, while there has been no official word from the company, a source close to actors from the shows tells Soaps In Depth, "It's over." Debbi Morgan (Angie, AMC) essentially confirmed as much when she responded to upset fans on Twitter. "Well we're all pretty much sad now for real since we've definitely been told it's a wrap," she posted. "My manager was given the news that we were officially done by PP's lawyer. Yeah, we've been canceled."

Prospect Park originally bought the rights to AMC and OLTL following their cancelations on ABC, but struggled to bring them to air online immediately following their network runs as originally planned. Fans were elated when financing was eventually secured, cast and crew were hired, sets were built in a studio in Stamford, CT and Hulu.com was set to air the episodes. The OnLine Network originally planned to broadcast daily half-hour episodes, but within weeks, that number was cut back to just two episodes of each soap a week, leading to rumors of production difficulties. Still, both AMC and OLTL were regularly among the top ten most-watched shows on Hulu.com, and many viewers were thrilled to watch as many shows as they were willing to broadcast.

However, while fans assumed the soaps would again be ongoing series, Prospect Park announced in August that both AMC and OLTL would instead have season finales after which production would take a break before beginning a second season. Viewers immediately worried the shows would never return, and after production of OLTL was shelved indefinitely due to the ongoing lawsuit with ABC, it seemed those fears were justified.

And now it seems that this grand experiment to bring the soaps back to life online has come to an unfortunate end. And sadly, because there was no notice or time to plan for the grand finales these venerable soaps deserve, this time they will not be ending with a bang, but with a whimper. And despite returns from the dead being commonplace on soaps, another resurrection for AMC and OLTL seems highly unlikely.

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Is AMC Cancelled Again?

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Prospect Park had already shelved ONE LIFE TO LIVE due to the lawsuit with ABC, but had claimed that ALL MY CHILDREN would return for a second season online. But as the months have gone on, the idea that AMC would resume production has seemed less and less likely.

Now we're hearing rumblings from insiders that AMC is also no more, and TV Guide's Michael Logan tweeted "I'm hearing big announcement planned for this Friday."

While we'd love to hope that Prospect Park would be announcing a date to resume production on AMC or OLTL, that seems unlikely. But whatever the announcement is, we'll be sure to bring it to you as soon as they pass the information along!

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AMC & OLTL Eligible For Daytime Emmys!

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The National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences announced today that there would be two new categories added to the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

The first is Entertainment News, which encompasses shows like ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT and EXTRA. But it's the second category that is of the most interest to soap fans! It's called Outstanding New Approaches Drama Series, which will include any drama series with less than 35 original episodes during the calendar year. So Web series like VENICE and THE BAY would be eligible for their own Daytime Emmy.

But more importantly, this means that shows that produced more than 35 episodes can compete in Outstanding Drama series, and that includes the Prospect Park productions of ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE! That's right, AMC and OLTL will still be able to compete against GENERAL HOSPITAL, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS and DAYS OF OUR LIVES! And that includes all of the actors and crafts people!

"I am very pleased to include these new categories in the Daytime Emmy® contest," said David Michaels, Senior Executive Director, Daytime Emmy® Awards. "I strongly believe that every broadcast entity should have a chance to compete for an Emmy® Award in a true peer to peer competition."

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OLTL's Raines Joins Annie!

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The return of ONE LIFE TO LIVE may still be in limbo, but Ron Raines (Carl) has a new gig lined up: he'll be taking over the role of Daddy Warbucks in the Broadway revival of Annie for the final weeks of the musical's production! Raines -- who was recently nominated for a Tony Award for his work in the musical Follies, and has three Daytime Emmy nominations under his belt for his run as GUIDING LIGHT's Alan -- makes his Annie debut on Tuesday, December 10, and will appear until the show's final performance on Sunday, January 15, 2014.

"I'm excited to join this very talented company in one of my favorite shows," the actor tells Soaps In Depth. "I love the story and I love the role of Daddy Warbucks. I can't wait to play him. It's the perfect holiday show for New York City."

Annie is staged at the Palace Theater, 1564 Broadway between 46th and 47th Streets. For tickets and more information, visit www.anniethemusical.com.

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Is Raines A PERSON OF INTEREST?

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Tune in to the CBS drama PERSON OF INTEREST tomorrow night, Tuesday, October 8, and see ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Ron Raines (Carl) guest starring as a somewhat familiar kind of character. "He's a very wealthy businessman who is protecting his family -- his grandson in this situation -- and he's ruthless!" he says of playing real estate magnate Bruce Wellington. "And I really detest my grandson's father because I think he's in a much lower class than my grandson!"

While Raines doesn't want to give too much away about his role in the episode, titled "Lady Killer," he does tease that "I've done something pretty bad! It becomes clear how I did what I did to keep my grandson safe."

PERSON OF INTEREST airs at 10 p.m. EST on CBS.

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