One Life to Live has cast Brandon Victor Dixon as Daryl, Dorian Lord's (Robin Strasser) new assistant at Craze magazine. The actor, who first airs March 13, will be doing double duty as Harpo in Broadway's The Color Purple. Incidentally, Daytime Emmy nominee Renee Goldsberry (Evangeline) was part of that same production's original cast, in which she played Nettie.
Anthony Geary, General Hospital
It's easy to grouse about the annual Daytime Emmy nominations: "One Life to Live's Robin Strasser was robbed! Why is Passions treated like the stepchild of soaps? And who voted for that so-so star(let)?" But nobody could object to the outstanding-lead-actor nod for General Hospital's talented Anthony Geary. In this exclusive interview, TVGuide.com asks the most recognizable man in daytime TV about Emmy, the return of Holly and Robert Scorpio, and those endless Genie Francis rumors.
TVGuide.com: Congrats on your eighth Emmy nom! You've won four times. Are you still surprised at this point?
Anthony Geary: Thank you. I'm always surprised.
TVGuide.com: What did you submit for your prenomination reel?
Geary: I used the
Renee Elise Goldsberry, One Life to Live and Tracey E. Bregman, Young and the Restless
All of soapdom was buzzing on Wednesday when the Daytime Emmy nominations were announced. Here's how your sudsy faves reacted to all the big news....
First-time nominee Renee Goldsberry (Evangeline) had a mixed reaction to being One Life to Live's lone acting anointee. "It's bittersweet because I saw some great work on my show last year," the supporting-actress contender told TVGuide.com. "I don't want to single anybody out, but I can't help it: Bree [Williamson, Jess/Tess], I thought was absolutely wonderful, [as were] John-Paul [Lavoisier, Rex], Robin Strasser (Dorian)... I also thought that Tari [Signor, Margaret], who was [pre]nominated in [my] category, was really, really great. Michael Easton (John) should get a little shout-out as well, because you're only as good as your partner."
"It was shocking that I was even nominated," said
Robin Strasser, One Life to Live
Soap fans who ring Robin Strasser's recorded hotline at (212) 414-5300 are regularly treated to very colorful chatter from the One Life to Live star. Last week, Dorian Lord's feisty portrayer gave us the 411 on her current status at her ABC sudser.
"I just had a meltdown," Strasser told callers. "I was so upset because I thought that my new ABC contract would be signable, and then I open it and read it and it's not what I was told I could have.... I can live with the enormous pay cut I took in order to return to the show [in 2003]. I cannot seem to get any significant improvement, so I'm making half of what I did in 1999. But still, it's a living and it's work I love."
In short, the diva will stay on, even if she's duly grumpy about the budgetary belt-tightening soap vets are facing today. In happier news, La Strasser and her fellow OLTL costars — many of whom are talented singers with Broadway cred — have joined forces to make a hurricane-relief CD
Today through Sept. 9, stars from ABC's All My Children, General Hospital and One Life to Live will unite on The View in "Operation: Soap Hope," a fundraiser for victims of Hurricane Katrina. ABC Daytimers thus far confirmed to take turns fielding phoned-in donations during the live broadcasts (11 am to noon ET) include AMC's Susan Lucci (Erica) and Aiden Turner (Aidan); OLTL's Kathy Brier (Marcie), Kamar de los Reyes (Antonio), Michael Easton (John), Erika Slezak (Viki), Hillary B. Smith (Nora), Robin Strasser (Dorian), Robert S. Woods (Bo), Trevor St. John (Todd) and Bree Williamson (Jessica/Tess); and GH's Kelly Monaco (Sam).