According to a post on Carolyn Hinsey's facebook page, Terri Columbino is soon to be joining OLTL.
Terri Colombino in at OLTL
The casting trend continues at OLTL. Soap Opera Digest can confirm that ATWT alum, Terri Colombino (ex-Katie), has been tapped to play the contract role of OLTL's Aubrey. A casting notice that went out a few weeks ago described the character as, "a beautiful, sexy, Caucasian in her mid-20s-30s. Aubrey's proper breeding masks her free-spirited nature." She will first air in November. Hmm, so will Tom Degnan's (ex-Adam, ATWT) Joey....
Months after ABC Daytime announced they would be cutting down on original episodes from their soaps "All My Children," "General Hospital" and "One Life to Live" each year, despite no official deal with the Writer's Guild of America (WGA) allowing this, the network has confirmed that they will begin airing encore episodes of the dramas beginning Wednesday, October 27, which marks the first non-holiday or unanticipated repeat airing for any daytime soap(s).
As always, the repeat airings are being used to "enhance current story and give fans the opportunity to see episodes they really loved and have wanted to see again," the network said.
The network is expected to air upwards of 20 repeat episodes of each drama series through out the year including those already airing on or around major holidays.
ONE LIFE TO LIVE
Episode #10415 (original air date 4/16/09) --Todd and Tea have sex all over his house while saying they hate each other. Tea tells Todd she never intended to help him get custody of his kids. Natalie and Jared hide the truth about Chloe while the family gathers for Chloe's baptism. At Nash's grave, Jessica tells Brody they can't be friends right now. Starr and Cole discuss her attraction to Schuyler, realize Hope didn't die because of RH disease. Markko tells Langston he helped Cole fake his drug test.
Notables: Jared was played by John Brotherton. The character died at the end of 2009. Jessica and Brody are having a baby together or are they? Jason Tam who plays Markko was just fired.
As reported exclusively here last week, ABC Daytime has made a break with corporate tradition and confirmed new multi-year deals with One Life to Live's executive producer Frank Valentini and head writer Ron Carlivati. This is an obvious effort to quell the cancellation rumors that have plagued OLTL for months. Valentini, now in his eighth year as showrunner, has re-upped for two more. Carlivati has signed for three years. Because ABC owns its soaps, this is the closest it comes to a show pickup. But is it truly a reason to rejoice? TV Guide Magazine corralled Valentini and Carlivati to find out.
TV Guide Magazine: What do the contract renewals for you two really mean? Is this news tantamount to ABC saying OLTL will be around at least a couple more years?
Valentini: You don't renew deals with cast and production staff and you don't continue to take out money on advertising if you don't think a show is going to be around for awhile. You can never say a show will be here forever. But we can say to our audience that our network has faith in us and wants us on the air. We're here. We're going to continue telling good stories and turning out the best show we can.
TV Guide Magazine: As a rule, ABC Daytime will not discuss talent or exec deals but that's clearly changed in light of the cancellation buzz.
Valentini: In our minds, the show was never going off the air. There was this ugly rumor that got started somehow in some way, but we were not worried about cancellation.
TV Guide Magazine: Really? Given the recent loss of major soaps and the general precariousness of daytime TV, shouldn't everyone be concerned at this point?
Carlivati: I think that everyone should be, of course, but [the cancellation] of Guiding Light and As the World Turns was a different situation, what with them being owned by a sponsor rather than a network. The loss of those shows doesn't mean the rest are dropping like flies.
Valentini: We are continuing to grow OLTL and build the cast in a way that satisfies all the demands and needs in daytime — which means having new characters that shake up the canvas and telling stories with the veterans and the fan favorites that the audience can get excited about. We're now thinking about our next milestone in the history of OLTL — the 45th anniversary [in 2013], and, hopefully, we'll even have a 50th!
TV Guide Magazine: So more of the same as you move ahead? Or will you approach OLTL differently, considering these tough times in the soap business?
Carlivati: The new contracts don't necessary change the way we do things, but we are conscious of being in this new era. I'm always thinking about how I can move a story a little bit faster, or how a story might grab the audience more. We look to push the envelope and be a little more outrageous, but the flip side is that you don't want to go into panic mode and do things just to shock the audience. The trick is to stay true to your characters and the stories and believe that the audience is going to be engaged without shock value.
TV Guide Magazine: Did your renewals come with a mandate from [ABC Daytime chief] Brian Frons?
Carlivati: It's the same as always. We meet with Brian regularly and he always challenges me to look at certain aspects of the stories, to go deeper on some, to make certain stories more real for the audience. He's always telling us not to lose sight of this or that. He's very analytical and can look at a story and tell you where the flaws are. So that is the mandate he gives me going forward — to find the real emotion, to make the show relatable. I like a certain over-the-topness to stories. I like the bigness of our show. So I must find the balance to making the epic moments both relatable and soapy, so that we still have all those juicy scandals and the big secrets exploding.
Valentini: All our veteran players are under long-term contracts at this point and so all the ducks are in a row. We can use their characters fully for many years to come.
Carlivati: At the same time, our young people are one of our big strengths and we'll continue to move them into new phases of their lives. We've now moved Langston, James and Starr on to college. Dani, Destiny and Matthew still have a couple of years left to go in high school. We're already looking at young characters like Shane and Jack and thinking, "Well, when they're in high school, we can do this, this and this..." We have to keep that optimism. In our minds, the show's going to be on for a hundred years. Natalie and Jessica, Viki's twin daughters, are about to have babies — those are the future characters of the show! We were recently in a story meeting with Brian, where we were discussing a certain secret coming out, and Brian said, "It would be so much better if you held that for five years." And, of course, it's very encouraging to hear him talk that way.
TV Guide Magazine: Don't soaps need to become less simplistic and more mature if they are to succeed with the modern audience? We daytime viewers don't live in a bubble. We also watch the great shows in primetime. We know good writing from bad. We know fresh and bold from been-there-done-that. But those who make the soaps today don't always give us credit for being sophisticated and discriminating.
Carlivati: We certainly want to acknowledge what's going on in other forms of entertainment but at the same time the danger is trying to turn our shows into something they're not, something they shouldn't be. We shouldn't be imitating movies, or other TV shows, or what we see on the internet, because at heart OLTL is a soap opera and that's a form that is unique and special and has its own rules. That's the trick and the balance for us, to keep it soapy — and I don't consider that to be a dirty word. It's what our fans truly do want.
Valentini: Also, we can portray moments you can't do on Grey's Anatomy or Desperate Housewives because we have the luxury of more time and more characters and greater ability to play the nuances.
TV Guide Magazine: We seem to be in an era of relative stability at the top of most soaps. But there was a time when, if the ratings were down or the writing sucked, the executive producers and head writers would come and go so quickly it would make your head spin. Mickey Dwyer Dobbin wielded a very sharp hatchet at the P&G shows. Why don't we see more changes at the top these days, what with the ratings crisis?
Valentini: That's a very interesting question. In our case, we would like to think it's because we've been with this show for a very long time and know it intricately. The network is looking at two people they know can get the job done. Change is not always good for the audience. A new EP can often mean people getting fired. It can mean huge cast changes or huge story changes, and that's always unsettling and upsetting for the audience.
TV Guide Magazine: Care to comment on those in the press and on the message boards who claim to care about soaps but are ravenously eager to spread bad news about OLTL?
Valentini: There's nothing wrong with critiquing a show, or saying that a certain storyline didn't work, or to be extremely passionate about not liking something, but to just tear a show down without any knowledge or any understanding of what's really going on is hard to understand. Is it really worth it to say those things? A lot of information is disseminated through rumor and hearsay and it's unfortunate because it affects a lot of people. Actors will come to me having a panic attack because it says on the internet that they're getting fired — and it's not true. It's so upsetting.
Carlivati: There are some things you let roll off your back but other times it is hurtful and frustrating. You want to get on the internet and say, "That's completely not true!" But I don't because I have bigger things to be worrying about [Laughs]...like who is the father of Jessica and Natalie's babies?
http://www.tvguide.com/News/One-Life-Li ... 24080.aspx
Spoilers from Fan Event; Todd, Tea, Dani, John, Bo & Kevin Buchanan
Trevor St. John gave out a few scoops. They just filmed a love scene on Thursday with Todd & Tea.
Dan Gauthier (Kevin Buchanan) is done filming already (he finished on Friday).
Kelley Missal/Dani will sing an original song soon
Also, John and Todd will be trapped in a hole soon and be rescued by Bo.
http://boards.soapcentral.com/showthrea ... REAT-event!
Spoilers for the Week of Oct 18th
Two loved ones are reunited.
A secret finally sees the light of day.
A confused individual becomes a suspect.
One man makes a shocking confession.
Several people face off with a murderer.
A certain young lady celebrates her birthday.
And a hostage works to free herself and a family member from the clutches of a madman.
http://www.soapoperanetwork.com/soaps/o ... 30-edition
OLTL ALERTS: WEEK OF OCTOBER 18, 2010
Eli injects something into Greg's IV. (National Enquirer)
Téa and Dani are finally reunited. (National Enquirer)
Starr tries to escape. (National Enquirer)
James grows suspicious of Hannah. (National Enquirer)
Roxy and Echo become quick friends. (National Enquirer)
Langston finds Ford and Hannah together. (National Enquirer)
Starr dreams about the the men in her life. (National Enquirer)
Destiny celebrates her birthday. (Cable Guide Spoilers)
Eli sets up a rendezvous point for Todd to bring the ransom money. (Cable Guide Spoilers)
Todd, Blair, John, and Bo have a showdown with Eli. (Cable Guide Spoilers)
Natalie gets a confession out of Greg. (Cable Guide Spoilers)
Greg's secret sees the light of day. (Cable Guide Spoilers)
Blair gets the shock of her life. (Cable Guide Spoilers)
http://www.soapoperanetwork.com/soaps/o ... 11-edition
Eli poisons Greg
Greg makes an admission to Natalie
Starr tries to escape from the attic with Hope
James is certain that Hannah is behind Starr and Hope's disappearance
Roxy and Echo bond as friends
Langston questions why Ford and Hannah are together
Ford tries to question Hannah
John, Todd, Bo, and Blair close in on Eli at the warehouse
Blair makes a surprising discovery in her search for Starr and Hope
Monday: Eli injects drugs into Greg's IV. Dani and Téa share an emotional reunion. Starr tries to escape from Hannah with Hope.
Tuesday: James thinks Hannah is to blame for Starr's disappearance. Rex continues to research Echo's past. Roxy and Echo become fast friends.
Wednesday: Langston is taken by surprise when she spots Ford and Hannah together. Ford pressures Hannah for answers. Starr dreams about both Cole and James.
Thursday: Greg makes another admission to Natalie. Destiny celebrates her birthday. Eli sets up a meeting place for Todd to drop off the ransom at.
Friday: Todd, Blair, John, and Bo have a showdown with Eli. Greg's secret is exposed. While searching for Starr and Hope, Blair bumps into Téa.
http://www.soapoperanetwork.com/soaps/o ... 18-edition
Spoilers for the Week of Oct 25th
National Enquirer Spoilers:
Dani is knocked out and seriously injured from the explosion.
Greg makes a shocking revalation.
Marty is arrested.
Bo leads the search efforts for survivors of the explosion.
Todd and Tea come face to face.
Week of Oct 25th and beyond:
Many are presumed dead after the explosion at Cherryvale, including John.
Jessica has a paternity test done.
Echo's secret shakes things up for three families.