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"Castle's" One Life to Lose episode – Preview Photo Gallery!

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In a very special homage to Nathan Fillion’s beginnings as Joey Buchanan on One Life to Live, his hit primetime series Castle has written and produced a very soapalicious episode.  As we previously announced at On-Air On-Soaps the episode title is One Life to Lose!

The set up is that Castle and Beckett will deal with a murder that was committed on the set of fictional soap opera Temptation Lane.  Apparently, the head scribe has been murdered! During their investigation, Castle and Beckett discover that behind the scenes of a soap is just as wild and wholly as the faux soap itself.  The stellar cast list includes: Former Y&R and GH star, Corbin Bernsen, All My Children’s Rebecca Budig and Cameron Mathison, and Jane Seymour, known best for her work in Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman.

Here is a bit more of what we do know: Bernsen plays Lance Buchanan, a rugged self-assured veteran actor on Temptation Lane. Budig is Mandy Branson the gorgeous young diva lead actress and Mathison plays Vince Bowers, director of “TL”.  And, Jane Seymour is the mother of the murder victim. 

Castle’s One Life to Lose soap spectacular will air Monday night March 21st at 10PM on ABC.  Now you can view the preview photo gallery from the episode below. Remember, to see more pics in the slideshow hit the NEXT GROUP button to the right of the + symbol, or just let the slideshow play itself.

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Emmi
Emmi

I’m really excited for the soap-themed episode of Castle, but I think they should have included at least one OLTL star in the episode.

Sunny
Sunny

too bad there’s no OLTL actors in the episode…the addition of Mathison and Budig make me want to skip my fav show 🙁

Chip
Chip

The episode is called One Life to Lose. Nathan Fillion was on One Life to Live. Yet, not a single actor from One Life to Live is featured on this Castle episode. Did Brian Frons cast this episode???????

Todd
Todd

What a wasted opportunity. Robin strasser should have been the jane seymore role. And why not give erika slezak a role. Its het 40th anniversary. I dont want to tune. I cant stand ryan or greenky. Too overexposed and not enough talent.

Ann
Ann

When I heard about this special soap themed episode, I was so
excited to see who would be on it. I thought for sure since Nathan
was from OLTL, they would include OLTL actors on the episode.
Well, then I heard who was going to be on it and I thought oh no,
not one OLTL actor! To me, this is just wrong! Of all the actors
on OLTL surely some should have been cast! I was very
disappointed to see Cameron and Rebecca on this episode.
Corbin Bernsen is fine. Yes, I ‘ll still watch this episode of
Castle. I haven’t missed one yet! But, it’s so disappointing to
know who is on the show and who they passed by that should have
been on!

mmc
mmc

I haven’t seen it, but I would be more inclined to if they put some of the great ATWT actors on.How about Van Hansis, Liz Hubbard, Larry Bryggman , Trent Dawson,Eileen Fulton, Don Hastings….these are actors who really know how to act!

Jillian
Jillian

I’m so glad that Rebecca Budig is in this episode of Castle because I have always thought that she should be seen on primetime shows more often. She’s way too good to be stuck on daytime only. As for Cameron, I like him and don’t mind that he’s on the episode. In fact, I don’t care one way or the other that they didn’t use any actors form OLTL. I’m just excited to see what looks to be quite a funny parody of soaps. And from the looks of the previews, this episode is going to be very entertaining. I, for one, can’t wait to see it! I hope that it leads to more primetime gigs for Rebecca. She’s a natural!

David
David

I was first excited when I heard about the plot but when I heard that Mathison and Budig were chosen to appear, I lost interest.

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8 Years To The Day Of All My Children & One Life to Live Being Canceled; Still Considered By Many Worst Move For Daytime

It’s hard to believe that 8 years ago today on April 14th, 2011, the soap world, its fans, and the cast members, learned of the heartbreaking news that ABC, in one swift move, decimated its daytime line-up when they announced the cancellations of long running series, All My Children (which would end at its 41st year), and One Life to Live (which would ends its run in its 43rd year).

At the time, ABC announced it would move to more lifestyle/entertainment series to replace these dramas.  In its place came The Chew and The Revolution, neither show is still on the air today.  Executives at that time pointed to research saying that times are changing and that their decision was “guided by extensive research into what today’s daytime viewers want,” and blame, in part, “the changing viewing patterns of the audience” for the axing of AMC and OLTL

Then ABC Daytime President, Brian Frons had joked to Deadline about the big announcement that he: “Pre-entered the witness protection program prior to today’s events.”  He added that “The demise of the two venerable soaps was actually a year in the making.  A year ago, we started to look at our projections where the ratings for the soaps would go.  When those projections came in pretty discouraging, the network began to aggressively develop replacement shows, 15 of them.  Four of the 15 were picked up to pilot: The Chew and The Revolution and two others, a talk show and a dating show. Originally, the idea was to cancel only one daytime drama.  The way the ratings developed and the pilots turned out, the ratings developed negatively and pilots developed positively, so we decided to make a bigger shift.”  Of note is that when it went off the air, One Life to Live was in third place among its competitors in the ratings.

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The press release that came with the cancellations stated: “To honor the core, passionate audience and their rich history both shows will conclude in a manner that respects their legacies and the longstanding hopes of many of their viewers.”

Following the cancellations daytime reeled. The mainstream was sure it meant the endings of the soaps, period.  However, four shows illustrated that is not true at all.  For Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless all remain, and still whether they are up or down in their numbers/ratings, they remain relevant and important to the enduring daytime viewing audience.

Sadly, as with any shows, the end of ABC’s AMC and OLTL meant loss of jobs for so many working in front of the camera and behind the scenes. One Life was the last soap opera in production in New York at the time.  AMC was already being shot in LA to cut costs to save it.

Still in 2019, if you venture on to social media, especially Twitter, you see fans constantly missing its stars and the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, wanting this wrong rectified.  Although Prospect Park tried to revive the show with their online versions, eventually after legal battles that went on for a few years, ABC now retains the right to these properties,

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The good news is that many favorites from AMC and OLTL have found success and been hired on other soap operas, bringing their followings with them, whether it be on-screen, or in the writing, producing, directing or crew departments.

So, do you think the loss of AMC and OLTL consolidated daytime and made the remaining shows stronger so they would not be touched or canceled?  Do you think ABC should try to mount a resurrected AMC and OLTL or an amalgamation of the two?  Do you remember where you were when you learned the two soaps were cancelled? Was this the worst misstep of all-time for daytime? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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George R. R. Martin’s “Leak” Of New Hulu Series WILD CARDS Featuring Eden Riegel, Thorsten Kaye. and Greg Rikkart

April Fool’s Day started off with a bang today when Eden Riegel (Ex-Bianca, AMC) posted a photo of herself with Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, B&B) and Greg Rikaart (Ex-Leo, DAYS)  in a very intriguing image.  See above pic!  As it turns out, it’s said to be from behind the scenes from some leaked footage of the upcoming Hulu series, Wild Cards.

The premise of Wild Cards is based on the sci-fi anthology series edited by George R. R, Martin, best known for writing the “Song of Ice and Fire” novels, on which HBO’s Game of Thrones is based.  Riegel’s husband, Andrew Miller is the showrunner attached to the upcoming series.

On Martin’s website he teases the set-up of the “leaked” video clip:  “This was not supposed to go public.. Everybody (Well, everybody that has been paying attention knows that we are developing two Wild Cards as a series for Hulu  Andrew Miller has taken the reins as showrunner, a writing staff has been hired, and they have been hard at work for months.  What was NOT supposed to be known is how far they’ve come.  Not only have some scripts been finished, but the first show has gone into production and has been shooting.  That was supposed to be a deep dark secret, however.   We wanted to surprise the world. It’s hard to keep secrets in Hollyweird, however.  And now it appears that some of the rough footage has been leaked by person or persons unknown”

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Meanwhile, Riegel sent out a series of tweets: “Hooo boy…cat’s out of the bag! Fans, please don’t judge our show based on these leaked videos!! The effects are going to knock your socks off. And my costars, and , are doing the best work of their lives!”  That was followed by, T”hank you for the chance to work with you on your first foray into soaps! I am humbled and honored. We won’t let you down.” And then, “I’m probably not allowed to share this with all the NDAs I signed, but damnit I’m just so proud of the team!  think we are breaking new ground for soaps. So proud to work with you!”

Now below, check out the Wild Cards “leaked footage” and let us know if you think of the …. um … drama! Comment below.  And one more thing … Happy April Fool’s!

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WATCH: All My Children Reunion On Strahan & Sara

On Monday’s episode of ABC’s Strahan & Sara, the show welcomed several stars of the beloved All My Children for a reunion, of sorts. Joining hosts Michael Strahan and Sara Haines were Susan Lucci (Erica), Walt Willey (Jack), Cady McClain (Dixie), Jacob Young (JR) and Jill Larson (Opal).

While it was wonderful to see the stars from Pine Valley again, it was also a painful reminder that this network, ABC, canceled the show, and had put in its place – The Chew, and now Strahan & Sara – since canning the series.   In fact, as you will see on the clips below, many of the crew who work on this talk show were once the crew for All My Children.

During the segment, Susan Lucci was tested to see if she remembered all of Erica Kane’s wedded names.  Later, Walt Willey and Susan re-created the final scene of the ABC version of All My Children between Erica and Jack, where Jack walks out on her.  However, this time, they have Jack changing his mind and coming back to Erica and sealing their relationship with a kiss – a moment of closure that never happened (since the show moved to online via Prospect Park).

In addition, Cady McClain and Jacob Young re-created the infamous Dixie “dying from eating poison pancakes” scene, as JR watches his mother die, only this time she lives.

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It’s always great to see these veteran performers, but Strahan & Sara is trying to capture the soap viewers to put eyeballs on their show by bringing in talent from the show that sadly and wrongly went off the air.

Watch the clips below from the All My Children reunion below.  Then, let us know what you thought of it via the comment section below.

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