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
Veteran character actor (and former Screen Actors Guild president) Richard Masur joins All My Children on Jan. 13 as TV network exec Jesse Johnson. He'll get involved with Erica Kane's fictional talk show, New Beginnings.... Julia Barr has announced she'll remain on AMC as Brooke for "at least another year," despite rumors to the contrary.... It's still unknown whether Hillary B. Smith, whose Nora character is currently comatose, will stay at One Life to Live. As previously reported, Smith's contract expires this month.... Sources say Playboy pinup Sung Hi Lee (ex-Sophie, Days of our Lives) recently auditioned to play General Hospital's Dr. Kelly Lee. However, as you read here first,
As the World Turns alum Scott Bryce — who romanced Meg Ryan's Betsy back in the '80s as the original Craig Montgomery — is coming back to daytime. But instead of returning to Oakdale, he's headed for One Life to Live's Llanview as police psychiatrist Ed Crosby. He'll begin counseling broody cop John McBain (Michael Easton) on Jan. 4. Click here for more info from Bryce himself!
One Life to Live's Scott Bryce and Michael Easton team up
As the World Turns alum Scott Bryce — who romanced Meg Ryan's Betsy back in the '80s as the original Craig Montgomery — is coming back to daytime. But instead of returning to Oakdale, he's headed for One Life to Live's Llanview as police shrink Ed Crosby. He'll begin counseling broody cop John McBain (Michael Easton) on Jan. 4. Can't wait 'til 2006 for the details? Just read on....
TVGuide.com: Welcome back to soaps! We sure missed you.
Scott Bryce: Thanks! Well, it's a recurring role, so we'll see how long I'm around. They've scheduled eight episodes for me so far, so I'll be airing into February on OLTL.
TVGuide.com: Before we get to that, Hunt Block is a fine actor, but for many ATWT fans, you're the one and only Craig. His Craig was very different from your more lovable version.
Bryce: Aww... he was playing a different part with the same name. They needed to give him connecti
Does One Life to Live plan to reunite Todd Manning with ex-wife Téa Delgado, last played by the gorgeous Florencia Lozano in 2002? We recently came across an OLTL audition script for a scene between Todd and "Lucia," a woman who sounds a lot like his long-lost Latina legal eagle. So is a recast in the works? A show rep assures TVGuide.com that "there are no plans to bring the character of Téa back to OLTL." If that's true, Todd and Blair fans everywhere can breathe a major sigh of relief.
One Life to Live alum Mark Dobies — who murdered two Llanviewers this year as Nora's closet-case husband, Daniel — hasn't given up his life of TV crime. He guest-stars on CSI: Miami on Nov. 14 as a building contractor with a checkered past. The episode, entitled "Nailed," is a gnarly whodunit about a woman shot to death with a nail gun. Ouch!
All My Children is bringing back fan-fave Kate Collins as "Janet from Another Planet" on Nov. 15. Click here for TVGuide.com's full report…. Kassie DePaiva (Blair) has renewed her contract with One Life to Live for four more years…. General Hospital's Lucas Jones finally confessed his secret — yep, he's gay — this week.