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One Life to Live Vet Phil Carey Dies at 83

Phil Carey

Phil Carey, who was well-known to daytime television fans for playing One Life to Live's Asa Buchanan, died on February 6, following a battle with lung cancer. He was 83.

Carey took a medical leave from OLTL to undergo treatment after he was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2006. He returned to the role later that year. Though the character of Asa died in his sleep in August 2007, Carey made three subsequent appearances, most recently on ... read more

Former One Life to Live Star Clint Ritchie Dies At 70

Clint Ritchie

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 ... read more

One Life to Live Exit: Tina Won't Be Home for the Holidays

Andrea Evans, One Life to Live

But Andrea Evans will. Six months after her celebrated return to her old stomping grounds, Andrea Evans is calling an end to her cross-country commute and ending her One Life to Live encore.

"There was always an understanding that it would be short-term," the daytime vet ... read more

A Logan Rant: Has OLTL Gone Off Track?

Robert S. Woods and John-Paul Lavoisier by Donna Svennevik/ABC

Were we too quick to proclaim sainthood on Ron Carlivati? I fear so.The lawyer–turned–soap scribe performed a miracle at One Life to Live last year when he transformed the sad-sack serial into an intelligent, romantic, richly emotional delight. Then this summer he trashed the show with goofy gimmicks — Bo and Rex time-traveling to 1968, the political chicanery in mythical Mendorra — and now we’re left wondering about our wonder boy. How can someone so clearly gifted go so wildly off track? — Michael LoganRelated:• One Life Celebrates No. 40 with Blasts from the Past • Michael Logan's Best of 2007: OLTL "Wonder Boy" Ron Carlivati read more

Dates Set for ABC's 13th Annual Super Soap Weekend

Susan Lucci by Steve Fenn/ABC

This just in from ABC:"The 13th annual ABC-SOAPnet Super Soap Weekend will be held November 15-16 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Colgate Total toothpaste will serve as the presenting sponsor of the event for the ninth consecutive year."Throughout the weekend, fans will have the opportunity to meet favorite stars from All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital. Festivities include celebrity motorcades, autograph sessions, game shows, interviews and the chance to purchase one-of-a-kind memorabilia from each of the shows. The Colgate Total Street Jam will close the event each day with live musical performances by some favorite Daytime stars."The Colgate Total sponsorship includes a national sweepstakes, awarding four trips for four to the 13th annual ABC-SOAPnet Super Soap Weekend, or one of many other great prizes. Go to for details and official rules." read more

VIDEO: Will OLTL's Antonio Stick with Carlo's Daughter?

Speaking with at the ABC's TCA press tour party, Kamar de los Reyes reflected on One Life to Live's 40th anniversary and pondered what's ahead for Antonio and Talia now that his love interest's big secret — she's master villain Carlo Hesser's daughter! — is out. Plus: How de los Reyes does his part in real life to improve needy children's lives.More soapy press tour videos:• Can GH's Robin & Patrick Survive a "Glitch"?• Will GH's Jagger Go On a Mission with Scorpio? read more

Who Are Today's Sexiest Soap Stars?

TV Guide Network is looking to tally up and show off today's sexiest soap stars — both the chiseled, six-pack-toting fellas as well as the wavy-haired, born to come-hither femmes.Just to be clear, we are not looking for the prettiest or the most talented. We want sexy.Nominate your favorites here in comments. Just remember to spread the lust, giving kudos to both actors and actresses.Find out where your favorites landed when TV Guide Network counts down Soaps' Sexiest Stars on Sunday, July 13, at 8 pm/ET (the women) and Sunday, July 20, at 8 pm (the men). Ready... set... suggest! read more

Daytime Emmys: One Life Takes Early Lead

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on Friday night handed out this year's Daytime Emmys in the creative arts categories, and ABC's One Life to Live bested all other soaps, with four wins. Here's who won what:Art/Set Direction: As the World Turns, The Young and the Restless (tie)Costume Design: OLTLMulti-Camera Editing: The Bold and the BeautifulHairstyling: Days of Our LivesLighting Direction: OLTLMake-up: ATWTSound Mixing: Guiding LightMusic Direction and Composition: GLTechnical Direction: All My ChildrenOriginal Song: "Chemistry," OLTL; "Little Starr," OLTL (tie) read more

Nipped Tuck: Tweaked OLTL Tale Adds "Original" Jess

Erin Torpey by John Shearer/

What the Tuck? There's already a hitch in those fantastic One Life to Live 40th anniversary plans I revealed earlier this week. Fan fave Jessica Tuck, who was supposed to be seen in a Heaven sequence as her late, great character Megan, had to bow out of the gig yesterday due to a scheduling conflict. (Souces say the conflict is High School Musical 3, but I have no confirmation of that).This is not just a big disappointment for us Tuck-anistas, it's a big headache for the show because her appearance was no mere cameo. OLTL head writer Ron Carlivati had wanted Megan to serve as a celestial guide for her mama Viki (Erika Slezak), who will visit the Great Beyond after dying in a car crash — a major two-day plot twist (airing July 21-22) that riffs on one of the soap's most famous stories from the 1980s. The scenes shoot this coming Monday. The clock is ticking. What to do? Carlivati, who is quite the brain-stormer, quickly picked a different dead Megan to be Viki's guide — th... read more

One Life Celebrates No. 40 with Blasts from the Past

Erika Slezak by Donna Svennevik/ABC

Long before Passions came along, One Life to Live was daytime's wildest soap — especially back in the Reagan era, when Viki (Erika Slezak) had an out-of-body experience during brain surgery and wound up on a space ship to heaven. To celebrate the ABC soap's 40th anniversary next month, OLTL head writer Ron Carlivati will revisit that celestial 1987 plot by having Viki die — just momentarily, of course! — in a car crash. "This time, heaven will be a very modern high-rise — Viki will go up the elevator floor by floor, encountering all sorts of dead characters along the way," said Carlivati. Among the former stars making angelic returns are Phil Carey (Asa), Mark Derwin (Ben), Stephen Markle (Mel) and Jessica Tuck (Megan). OLTL's legendary creator, Agnes Nixon, will also appear in heaven.That's not all. Carlivati will redo the famous '80s plot where Tina (Andrea Evans) survived a plunge over the Iguazú Falls in Argentina, only this time, creepy Carlo (Thom Chri... read more

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Premiered: August 15, 1968, on ABC
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Premise: Agnes Nixon's classic soap about the tempestuous 'burb of Llanview, where secrets abound, mostly about the Lord and Buchanan clans. It premiered July 15, 1968, and was one of the first soaps to feature major black characters, as well as full-blown music and fantasy episodes. In 2005, Erika Slezak won her record sixth Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress for her role as the oft-wed Viki Lord Buchanan. Alums include Tommy Lee Jones, Ryan Phillipe, Roma Downey, Judith Light and Tom Berenger.



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