Erik Slezak by Heidi Gutman/ABC
Everyone in Llanview thinks Viki Davidson is in Paris. And she is. Just not the one in France. The wealthy One Life to Live doyenne played by six-time Emmy champ Erika Slezak was last seen Aug. 17 emotionally frazzled and asking for a ticket on the first flight out of town. Since then, she's been sending e-mails back home, intimating she's in Gay Paree. But in the Oct. 19 cliff-hanger, it's revealed that Viki is working as a waitress at the Bonjour Diner in Paris, Texas. "And she's loving every minute of it," Slezak says. "Her new family at the diner has no idea who she is, what she's running from or that she has money. She has none of the problems and responsibilities of home. I think the fans will enjoy this doesn't everybody have that wish to get away from it all?" Slezak, who has a stellar track record when it comes to romantic chemistry on OLTL, is getting a new love interest the always terrific Brian Kerwin. He joins the cast Oct. 25 as Charl...
Nathaniel Marston by Yolanda Perez/ABC
One Life to Live's Nathaniel Marston (Michael) was charged with felony assault, reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a weapon and resisting arrest after allegedly attacking three men with a crate breaking one guy's leg in the wee hours of Sunday morning in New York City's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood. According to the New York Daily News, Marston flailed his arms and kicked at police officers as they tried to arrest him. He later was taken to Bellevue, where he was labeled "emotionally disturbed" and then released. Police say that Marston appeared to be under the influence of narcotics (possibly cocaine) at the time of the melee. Asked to comment on how this might affect Marston's status on the show, an ABC rep would only tell TVGuide.com, "We are aware of the incident and are reviewing the details."It is not known what triggered the assault, but Marston reportedly had been on edge all week and recently blew up on the OLTL set. "He's got a split personality," a...
Tuc Watkins and Kevin Rahm by Ron Tom/ABC
by Michael LoganTwo gay guys are about to shake up Wisteria Lane, but it's not their sexuality that's the issue it's their bad taste in art! On October 21, Desperate Housewives (Sundays at 9 pm/ET, ABC) will introduce newbie neighbors Bob and Lee played by Tuc Watkins (One Life to Live) and Kevin Rahm (Judging Amy) and they'll quickly get tiffy with Susan (Teri Hatcher)...read more
Maurice Benard by Scott Garfield/ABC
SOAPnet's Sunday schedule revamp, effective Oct. 14, finds the One Life to Live marathon moved to noon to 5 pm/ET, where it will be followed by the General Hospital marathon. Then, from 10 pm to midnight, the cabler will offer up "Relax & Relapse," a new programming block offering up what is described as "essential, historical" GH episodes featuring "pivotal characters and key episodes." Asked to elaborate, a SOAPnet rep cites the train crash, Brenda's return, and other memorable episodes that, more likely than not, will have relevance to a current GH storyline.The Days of our Lives marathon then follows, from midnight to 5 am.
Nazanin Boniadi and Jason Thompson in GH: Night Shift by Adam Larkey/SOAPnet
New View cohost Sherri Shepherd has joined the lineup for the 12th-annual ABC Super Soap Weekend, to be held Nov. 10-11 at Disney-MGM Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The complete list of talent includes these stars from your fave ABC shows: All My ChildrenSusan Lucci, Cameron Mathison, David Canary, Bobbie Eakes, Melissa Claire Egan, Thorsten Kaye, Michael E. Knight, Alicia Minshew, Aiden Turner and Jacob YoungGeneral HospitalBradford Anderson, Julie Berman, Tyler Christopher, Josh Duhon, Sonya Eddy, Rebecca Herbst, Kimberly McCullough, Kelly Monaco and Laura WrightGeneral Hospital: Night ShiftNazanin Boniadi, Dominic Rains, and Kent King will join GH regulars Thompson, McCullough, Anderson, and EddyOne Life to LiveKristen Alderson, Kathy Brier, Brandon Buddy, Kamar de los Reyes, Kassie DePaiva, Michael Easton, Forbes March, Erika Slezak, Trevor St. John, Tika Sumpter and Bree Williamson
Timbaland by Steve Granitz/WireImage.com
it just might be enough to lead Sarah "Flash" Roberts out of retirement. (Perish the thought.) On Oct. 9, Timothy "Timbaland" Mosley will appear as himself on ABC's One Life to Live. Timbaland will be joined by recording artist Keri Hilson, who will perform "The Way I Are" from the Grammy Award-winning producer's second solo album, Timbaland Presents Shock Value, which reached No. 4 on Billboard's Top 100. One Republic will also appear in the episode to perform "Apologize," the latest single from the same album. "I am very excited to have been afforded this opportunity on One Life to Live," says Timbaland. "This is a new experience for me. I am looking forward to having a great time and sharing my music!"
Catherine Hickland by Lou Rocco/ABC
Catherine Hickland, who's been wowing us with Emmy-worthy work on One Life to Live, will pull out all the stops on Sept. 24. That's when her character, Lindsay, has a mental breakdown in the courtroom after pleading guilty to the murder of Spencer (Paul Satterfield). Lindsay will then get carted off to the local nuthouse, St. Ann's, where she previously spent time after accidentally killing her ex-husband Sam."My room is always waiting," cracks Hickland, who wasn't laughing the day of her mad scene. "I felt sick when I left the studio because my emotions were so wrung out and my eyes were bulging out of my head. But it was the most amazing day of my acting career. This is my big Susan Hayward 'I Want to Live!' moment!" (And if you're too young to get the reference, too bad.)Lindsay will also reveal what she had caught creepy Spencer doing when she stabbed him 10 times. FYI: Hickland, formerly wed to David Hasselhoff and All My Children star Michael E. Knight (Tad), is turning author...
Kassie DePaiva by Yolanda Perez/ABC
One Life to Live star Kassie DePaiva (Blair) is letting her 10-year-old son James Quentin aka JQ do a guest stint on All My Children. "But I'm not pimping out my child here!" she assures us with a laugh. "There were just too many positives about this to say no."JQ, who was born deaf, can hear with the aid of cochlear implants. The three-day role (airing Sept. 20, 21 and 24) ties into a plot that has Kendall (Alicia Minshew) devastated because her little son Spike has lost his hearing in an accident. "Kendall has a conversation with Jason [JQ] backstage at Erica Kane's talk show and thinks he's just an average kid," reports DePaiva. "Later she's shocked to find out hes deaf." Mom can't tout the implants highly enough: "Without them, JQ wouldn't be able to hear a bomb go off. With them, he's just a regular kid having a wonderful life. It's miraculous." Reporting by Michael Logan
Bree Williamson by Steve Fenn/ABC
One Life to Live's Bree Williamson (Jessica) is ready to walk the planks, having scored the role of Corie in a production of Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park, to run Aug. 23 through Sept. 23 at the John W. Engeman Theater in Northport, Long Island, TheaterMania reports.A few other soap-star sightings to keep an eye out for: Florencia Lozano (ex-Téa, OLTL) plays an affluent Manhattan mom in the CW's Gossip Girl (premiering Sept. 19).... Another Llanviewer, Trevor St. John, plays pop to Six Feet Under's Peter Krause in flashbacks in the pilot for ABC's Dirty Sexy Money (airing Sept. 26).... All My Children's Jeff Branson (Jonathan) makes a fleeting (yet hysterical) appearance in the indie film Delirious (now in theaters).
Nathan Fillion by Jeff Vespa/WireImage.com
Unlike some ex-soap stars, Nathan Fillion is not ashamed of his daytime past. The in-demand actor is returning to ABC's One Life to Live to help celebrate its 10,000th episode. He hardly needs the gig: Fillion played Kate's husband on Lost last season, starred in the hit indie film Waitress and will join Desperate Housewives this fall as Susan's new gynecologist. "I guess a lot of actors don't like to admit they once did soaps, but it was important for me to go back to where I got my start," says Fillion, who played star-crossed lover Joey Buchanan from 1994 to 1997 on the ABC drama. "I will never forget what OLTL did for me personally and professionally." Still, the two-day stint (airing Aug. 16 and 17) was "bittersweet," he notes, because he went back to bury his TV grandpa, Asa. The character was played by Phil Carey, the lovable crank who quit the show last spring in a contract tiff. "Phil didn't like everybody but when he liked you, he liked you, and he was very kind to me," Fi...