One Life to Live celebrates its 45th anniversary Monday, and is also celebrating a new beginning. New episodes will premiere as scheduled on Hulu and iTunes, and the show will also begin its limited 10-week run on OWN.
"I'm just glad that we can actually have an anniversary, that we're not having a funeral," star Kassie DePaiva, who plays Blair Cramer on the long-running soap, tells TVGuide.com. "Hopefully 45 years from now, somebody else will still be talking about One Life to Live."
Along with DePaiva, TVGuide.com chats with cast members Melissa Archer, Jerry verDorn, Erika Slezak and Tuc Watkins about their most beloved and most despised story lines over the course of the show's history. Here is a chronological breakdown of those moments:
Now this is a superstar. Erika Slezak, winner of an unprecedented six best actress Emmys as Victoria Lord (Gordon Riley Burke Riley Buchanan Buchanan Carpenter Davidson Banks!) on One Life to Live, will celebrate her 40th anniversary with the soap on March 17. (The show airs an hour-long homage to this grandest of grande dames April 26.) TV Guide Magazine sat down for a chat with Slezak about all things Viki — the men, the magic, the memories.
Clint Ritchie, best known for his work as cowboy Clint Buchanan on One Life to Live, has died after a brief illness, according to the actor's website. He was 70.
Ritchie died Saturday in Roseville, Calif., and details were not released. He retired in 1998 from the role he had played more than 20 years on the ABC soap, but he also made occasional guest appearances up until 2004.
"We are deeply saddened by the death of our dear friend Clint Ritchie," the show's executive producer Frank Valentini said in a statement."He will always ...
Laura Wright (Cassie) isn't the only Guiding Light star jumping ship to an ABC soap. One Life to Live confirms that Jerry verDorn has won the coveted role of Viki's ex-husband, Clint Buchanan. He last airs on GL Oct. 13 and makes his debut on OLTL Oct. 25. Clint Ritchie, who played Clint for more than 20 years before retiring to his ranch in Northern California, reportedly was not approached to reprise the role.
As for verDorn, the soap vet was GL's longest-running cast member, having played Springfield attorney Ross Marler for 26 years. He was among the stars bumped from contract to recurring status after CBS slashed the sudser's budget earlier this year. Fortunately, his street cred in the small world of daytime TV meant it wasn't long before another soap snapped him up.