Erika Slezak, Jerry Ver Dorn
Monday marks the 45th anniversary of One Life to Live, as well as its debut on the OWN network, but while the actors may have cause for celebration, many of their on-screen counterparts do not.
On Monday's episode, Viki (Erika Slezak) and Clint (Jerry verDorn) are in the middle of another rough patch, with Viki still reeling from a recent financial near-disaster, as well as the knowledge that Clint filed a restraining order on behalf of their daughter Natalie (Melissa Archer) against her on-again, off-again love, John McBain (Michael Easton).
Now, this is a survivor. It was 40 years ago July 13 that an ex-Radio City Rockette with no TV experience auditioned for the role of disabled farm gal Maggie Simmons on NBC's Days of Our Lives. Today that character, wed to Salem badass Victor Kiriakis (John Aniston), is still going gangbusters. And so is Suzanne Rogers, who is now the longest-running contract player currently working in soaps. TV Guide Magazine spoke with the Emmy-winning beauty to reminisce about her remarkable, landmark run.
These are rough times for The Young and the Restless' Jack Abbott. First, the high-strung cosmetics mogul — played by three-time Emmy winner Peter Bergman — was shot during his wedding and paralyzed. Then he got addicted to painkillers. Now he's about to find out ...
Michael E. Knight
Our long national nightmare is over — Michael E. Knight is back on TV! The three-time Emmy winner, best known for his multi-decade run as Tad Martin on All My Children, has landed a juicy guest gig on the July 14 episode of Lifetime's Drop Dead Diva (airing Sundays, 9/8c). He'll play Charles Van Horn, a lawsuit-happy curmudgeon who is representing himself in a court case involving his dog's unplanned pregnancy. TV Guide Magazine had a chat with Knight to score some scoop on his role and, of course, to get his thoughts on the AMC Internet reboot. Will he ever return to Pine Valley?
Anthony Geary, Genie Francis
Sordid secrets, evil twins, mind-blowing returns from the dead and love in the afternoon so lushly romantic it makes our knees buckle. We're talking, of course, about daytime soaps, which have been bubbling over with escapist thrills since 1946. Here, like sands through the hourglass, are the grandest, wildest, most shocking moments of our soap-viewing lives — the ones that made us all tune in tomorrow...
All My Children
The Oprah Winfrey Network has acquired the first 40 episodes of The Online Network's All My Children and One Life to Live, the network announced on Wednesday.
"These shows have proven to be very popular with a significant, loyal fan base, not to mention Oprah herself is a big fan," OWN President Erik Logan said. "Many of our viewers across numerous platforms have expressed their passion for the soaps so we are especially excited to air this limited engagement on OWN."
The Bold and the Beautiful led the way at Sunday's Daytime Emmy Awards, taking home four prizes including Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama for Heather Tom, as well as awards for writing and directing. Days of Our Lives, however, claimed the night's biggest prize, for Outstanding Daytime Drama.
Nancy Lee Grahn
What the hell happened to the Mad Tweeter? General Hospital star Nancy Lee Grahn — she of the whopping 117,000-plus Twitter followers — has barely let out a Tweet in the last couple of weeks, and she's got a damn good reason why: She's writing and producing a series of star-studded comedy bits for the 40th annual Daytime Emmy Awards telecast (airing Sunday, at 8/7c on HLN)! TV Guide Magazine got the scoop from the super-swamped diva.