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Erika Slezak Interview – One Life to Live – 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Red Carpet

One Life to Live’s Erika Slezak (Viki Banks) a nominee for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series talks with Michael Fairman on the red carpet at the 39th Annual Daytime Emmys. Erika discusses her nominated work, seeing colleagues again since OLTL’s cancellation, Laura Wright’s Lead Actress nominee luncheon, and what she would say in her acceptance speech, if she won.

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Edna Barefoot
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Erika Slezak is also MY favorite actress. I was glad to see your interview with her. Some reporter(I suppose) was asking her question who I don’t think even knew anything about her. I love your articles & interviews. Erika was so beautiful that night as always a lady. Thank you again Michael for bring this wonderful lady to us on screen.

susan M.
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susan M.

Video doesn’t work…I click on arrow on far left and get nothing…Wantes to listen to the latest interviews… One minute it worked. The next time I tried it didn’t !!!!! HELP

susan M.
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susan M.

Thank you Michael..I tried it again it works….Loved your interview with Erika Slezak…She’s quite a lady…CLASS ACT….Such a talented actress..I hope she visit’s Port Charles…..And visit’s her brother Todd..

susan M.
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susan M.

Lovr her and miss her Terribly!!! I miss OLTL Still!!

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
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barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

Susan m, There are a lot of general hospital fans saying that the One life to live cross overs aren’t working out , I like them, I think they are fitting in good, Did you hear the new opening to general hospital? it goes so fast I heard 12 second of it, I can’t make a comment till I hear more.

susan M.
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susan M.

I think the OLTL cross overs are fitting in okay. I don’t understand why some gh fans are saying that..I don’t see what the problem is..New opening does go very quick..I like the old opening best….When you hear the old opening you know GH is on without a doubt…

david
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david

Would love to have seen you interview Erika after the show to get her take on Lucci and the OLTL tribute. Michael, you should do ALL of your interviews dressed like this. You look so much more professional.

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
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barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

You know what david? She is such a wonderful good person that I don’t think she has a mean bone in her body, I bet she would give Ericka Kane a pass, I just don’t think that Ericka Slezak would say anything, shes that nice and sweet, I miss her so much. Susan Lucci ruined any changes of us seeing how Ericka Slezak has been and because of susan lucci’s self centered behavior the other night we all got robbed. I would love for her do a interview just to see how she is doing.

susan M.
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susan M.

Can’t find the right site but anyway some soap fan said OLTL characters aren’t fitting in on GH….I disagree…That simply isn’t true….That’s what I think….I think they are doing great………I miss OLTL and I enjoy seeing them on GH……………..

susan M.
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susan M.

I didn’t think Ms. Lucci was that way..Stealing the moment away from others…Oh, well……….I alway’s liked Erika Slezak BETTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

susan M.
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susan M.

Erika Slezak is such a lady…A class act….I would like to see her more often not just on the daytime emmy’s..I want Viki to visit Port Charles & see her brother Todd……..And whip Todd into shape….And give him a helping hand & sisterly advice..

Fran
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Fran

I think she would fit in with the mob story with kate/ sonny and mcbain maybe this joe jr family had ties with the lords and was involved in joe Riely car crash in the 70 ‘s he was doing story on the mob and drugs then. or maybe niki link

susan M.
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susan M.

What car crash????????? Joe Riley died because he had a fatal illness….Don’t remember a car crash… Can you clarify that??? What car crash in the 70’s???? I’m puzzled??????? Yes she would fit in….

Fran
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Fran

joe was going a story for the banner about drug dealers around 1970ish in cal and his car went off a cliff and was thought to be dead . that’s when viki married steve but joe was alive. look up olt history it will tell u the whole storyline

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
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barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

And Todd can talk her into staying, She would be a wonderful neighbor for the quartermaines. I miss her.

susan M.
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susan M.

I miss her also!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Erika Slezak was my all in all favorite………………………Such an actress…..I would like to see Viki’s wedding to Clint again….Not think what it would have been like !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Good thing John is going back to Llanview & away from Sam…John made the right deceision & wait till Natalie got back from London with Liam….

kay/kay
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kay/kay

I love this woman their is not an insincere bone in her body!! Thanks Michael for giving us a chance to chat once more!! We miss you Vicki!!!

ethel
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ethel

erika is my all time favorite daytime actress & she is just a class act and very gracious – i loved the interview!
i feel she was definitely robbed of the emmy this year – erika can act circles around all of this years nominee’s – she is the one & only queen of daytime…………………..

Maggie
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Maggie

I simply love Erika! What more can be said about her, she’s just divine, both as an actress and as a person.

emtk
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emtk

I miss OLTL so much!!

susan M.
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susan M.

DITTO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Margie Dalton
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Margie Dalton

Thank you so very much. Love your interviews! So much also hearing you on TheSoapSeries! Will repeat you looked dashing!

Karen
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Karen

I still really miss OLTL and all the actors. It was nice to see the interview with Erika Slezak. Thanks Michael and Erika!

Bren
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Bren

Love her!

jp
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jp

What a class act. Erika was robbed of her 7th emmy and OLTL should have been named best daytime drama.

susan M.
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susan M.

I AGREE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
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barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

Agree

Paula Kate Prince-Meserole
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Paula Kate Prince-Meserole

Michael,
After welcoming “One Life to Live into my home since the very first episode, I feel the space that was left after the show’s cancellation everyday. I miss it terribly, as well as all the characters and especially, Erika Slezak’s “Victoria Lord Buchanan. ”

Every time I’ve heard the name “Victoria Lord” mentioned on General Hospital recently it causes me to hope more and more that we will see her on General Hospital soon.

susan M.
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susan M.

Same here !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
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barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

That’s how I feel to, I miss vicki and would love for her to show up at Todds door for a visit, then a permanent stay bringing Clint with her.

maryjolocke
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maryjolocke

i would love to see kate howard be clint and viki daoghter on general hospital she has d.i.d just lile viki she and viki could have great chermisty together

maryjolocke
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maryjolocke

she and viki make great mother and daugther together

Days Of Our Lives

Steve Burton Talks On: ‘Beyond Salem’, His Co-Stars, Dismissal From ‘General Hospital’ Over Vaccine Mandate, and What’s Next

Two-time Daytime Emmy-winning actor and enduring fan favorite, Steve Burton, chats with Michael Fairman in a brand new interview on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel where he chats on his recent role on the streaming series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem Chapter Two, which is continuing to stream on Peacock.

In ‘Beyond Salem’, Burton reprises his first ever DAYS and soap opera role of Harris Michaels. Burton made his daytime TV debut in the part back in 1988.  Throughout the five episode-streamer, Burton shares pivotal scenes and story with longtime DAYS icon, Kristian Alfonso (Hope).

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Burton expressed on taping his initial scenes with Alfonso (which were Harris and Hope’s wedding day): “The greatest thing about her (Kristian) was she has amazing eyes as an actress – eyes I can really connect with and it was an highly-emotional day. She helped me stay anchored – just by looking in her eyes.  She’s probably going, “Why is this weirdo starring at me all the time?’ (Laughs). She was great, gracious and awesome, but she really did help me out and I told her that and I said, ‘You made my job so much easier today, thank you.'”

The actor also revealed that in story, the door was left open that Harris’ bad guy moves in the streaming series, could turn out to be more complicated than on the surface given the character’s interrogation room final scene.

Steve weighed-in on if he would welcome more ‘Beyond Salem’ or chance to jump to the DAYS mothership on NBC. He shared: “If there is another one, if there is an open door on DAYS at some point, and I don’t know this, I’m just saying, I think they wanted to make it like, ‘Hey, this guy is really not a bad guy, and he’s redeemable.”

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In addition, Steve opens up about his decision to not adhere to the ABC/Disney Covid-19 vaccine mandate, which ultimately led to him being fired from his long-running soap opera, and pivotal role on General Hospital as Jason Morgan.

Steve played Jason from 1991 to 2012 and then again from 2017 until the late fall of 2021. When reflecting on if he stands by his decision to not adhere to the ABC/Disney Vaccine Mandate policy, which caused him to be let go, Burton expressed: “I do. There was really no doubt in mind, obviously. It was just something that I believed, and I just could not do it. Look, I always say, you’ve got to follow your gut in life. Anytime I’ve ever gone against my gut instinct or conscious, it’s usually not a good result, and that’s why regret is always a guideline, your conscious is your guideline, and I don’t think I could have really lived with myself if I went against it.”

The longtime daytime star also weighed-in on if he had been concerned that he would not work on another daytime show, given his stance on the vaccine mandate. Steve said, “No, things are changing daily with things all the time. I didn’t really worry about it.  I felt if things change at GH, sure, I could probably go back.  I was on The Young and the Restless, there could be a door open there. I never really thought about DAYS too much, but I do visualization every day and I thought about all four shows. I would go, ‘Hey, if there’s a job there, awesome, bring it.” I’m open to it.  It’s daytime … it’s my home … but t I didn’t think it would be this way (with Beyond Salem) – I had no idea it would work out this way.”

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During the conversation, Burton shares his sentiments on his former GH co-stars including: Kelly Thiebaud (Britt), who just won the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Laura Wright (Carly) and reiterates, how again, Maurice Benard (Sonny) was instrumental in his development as an actor and shares behind-the-scenes details from his younger days as Jason.

Steve, who has been in the news of late after filing for divorce from with his wife of over two decades, Sheree Gustin, reveals during the conversation how he has faced a challenging year personally and professionally, and the lessons he has learned to get him get through the hard times.

Currently, Burton continues to travel the country with his former GH co-star, Bradford Anderson (Spinelli) as their comedy show, Stone Cold and the Jackal plays multiple venues and details during the interview, why their creative and business partnership works, plus previews his new Steve Burton fitness app and workout venture and more.

Check out the full interview with Steve below.

Then let us know, do you hope to see Steve land on Days of our Lives and continuing the story of Harris Michaels? Did you enjoy him with Kristian Alfonso on ‘Beyond Salem Chapter 2″? What did you think about the sentiments he shared for his former GH co-stars, Kelly Thiebaud, Laura Wright and Maurice Benard in this interview? Do you hope someday that Jason will return to GH in the form of Burton? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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DAYS Head Writer Ron Carlivati Talks ‘Beyond Salem Chapter 2’, Summer in Salem, Daytime Emmys & OLTL Favorite Moments

If you ever wondered about the thought-process of a head writer of a daytime drama, who also has the task of a creating a limited-streaming series in the same vein, then look no further then Michael Fairman’s latest interview now on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel with DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati.

Coming off his third Daytime Emmy win for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, Carlivati not only shares the high points of his Emmy night, but how the win was made extra-special and emotional because of the passing of DAYS writing team member, Elizabeth Snyder, who was key to the writing of one of the winning episodes.

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Starting on Monday July 11th, Carlivati and team’s latest creation, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem Chapter Two will drop on Peacock with a new episode each day through Friday, July 15th.  During this interview, Ron details how Peter Reckell (Bo), Kristian Alfonso (Hope) and Steve Burton (Harris) all signed on to the project, and how he approached the story for each of their characters, and how at its core this second edition of ‘Beyond Salem’ will be a must-see for any longtime Bope fan.

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Ron also talks on the on-screen debut of Abigail Klein as the new Stephanie Johnson in ‘Beyond Salem” and how she will land on NBC DAYS, and more. He also addresses the recent on-screen exodus on the mothership at Days of our Lives of Marci Miller (Abigail), Lamon Archey (Eli) and Sal Stowers (Lani) and Victoria Konefal (Ciara) and Rob Scott Wilson (Ben).  Though as has been reported and speculated, Wilson will be returning to the soap opera.

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In a DAYS summer preview, Carlivati shares that Abigail’s murder mystery will take many twists and turns, how Sami (Alison Sweeney) and Lucas (Bryan Dattilo) nuptials could all blow up if Sami were to find out the man she is marrying was her kidnapper, plus what will Sami do when she realizes her sister, Belle (Marths Madison) has gotten oh-so-close with her man, EJ (Dan Feuerriegel)?

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The head scribe also teases that another major character will die in the coming months .. .but who will it be?

We wrap up the conversation with some rapid-fire questions for Ron on his favorite soap characters, storylines, etc, which if you are One Life to Live or Knots Landing fan, you will want to find out his answers.

Check out the full interview with Ron below.

Now, let us know, are you looking forward to ‘Beyond Salem: Chapter Two’? What do you think will go down this summer on Days of our Lives? Share your thoughts on this and more from our conversation in the comment section.

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(WATCH) 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Red Carpet Interviews

Last Friday, the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards were broadcast on CBS and streamed on Paramount+, but before the ceremonies many of your favorites from daytime including the stars from: Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful, and The Young and the Restless walked the red carpet and stopped to chat with the press in attendance.

Michael Fairman was on-hand reporting for Michael Fairman TV, and his You Tube channel, The Michael Fairman Channel  and now all of the video interviews can be viewed there.

From the nominees, to the presenters, cast members and executive producers and writers, daytime came together for the first time in-person since the Covid-19 pandemic changed all of our lives and halted live events for over 2 and a half years.

Check out these red carpet interviews and moments by clicking on the hyperlinks below:

General Hospital

Kelly Monaco

Nancy Lee Grahn

Laura Wright

Cynthia Watros

Cameron Mathison

Dominic Zamprogna and Lisa LoCicero

Nicholas Alexander Chavez

Sydney Mikayla

William Lipton

Kelly Thiebaud

Days of our Lives

Deidre Hall and Galen Gering

Greg Vaughan

Eric Martsolf

Ron Carlivati

The Bold and the Beautiful

Kimberlin Brown

Lawrence Saint-Victor

Tanner Novlan

John and Laurette McCook

Naomi Matsuda

Matthew Atkinson

Cassandra Creech

The Young and the Restless

Mishael Morgan

Cait Fairbanks

Elizabeth Hendrickson

Alyvia Alyn Lind

So, who was your favorite person we chatted with on the red carpet at this year’s Daytime Emmys? Let us know in the comment section below.

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