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"High School Musical" Star Cordin Bleu Cast as Jeffrey King on One Life to Live!

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

The Online Network announced today that actor and musician, Corbin Bleu, best known for this role  “Chad Danforth” in the popular Disney film franchise, High School Musical, will join the cast of the beloved serial drama One Life to Live, set to debut on Monday, April 29.

Bleu will join the series as Jeffrey King, friend of Matthew Buchanan (Robert Gorrie) and Danielle Manning (Kelley Missal), a brilliant young reporter who moves to Llanview to work for publisher, Victoria Lord (Erica Slezak) at Llanview’s newspaper, The Banner.

Cordin tweeted the news of his new journey to Llanview, relating:  “I’m very excited about joining the One Life to Live family and beginning a new chapter in the shows long history.  I can’t wait to meet the entire talented cast and crew begin filming @onelifetolive”  Bleu starred in the Emmy-award winning Disney Channel Original Movie High School Musical and its sequel, High School Musical 2 alongside Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, and Ashley Tisdale.  Bleu then reprised his role as ‘Chad’ in High School Musical 3: Senior Year on the big screen. 

“We are absolutely thrilled to have Corbin Bleu join the remarkable cast of One Life to Live. Corbin is multi-talented and we look forward to seeing this dynamic character unfold,” said Jeff Kwatinetz, Chairman and CEO of Prospect Park.

Bleu can next be seen in Nurse 3-D which will be released by Lionsgate Films later this year, and has numerous motion picture, television and stage roles to his impressive resume!

So One Lifers, are you looking forward to seeing Cordin Bleu mix it up in Llanview?  Let us know what you think of the casting decision for Bleu to play Jeffrey King?

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Tali
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Tali

Wonderful!!

Kelly
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Kelly

Now that they have a small number of core veterans in place (i.e. those over 40 years old), you can be sure that the only new casting news will involve 20 year olds. Ugh. Not liking where this is headed.

brian
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brian

Please, give it a change to start airing before writing it off.

jim
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jim

I actually agree with you Brian about giving the show a chance but i also agree with Kelly, maybe not 4 the same thing, in the direction the show is going but im still going to peek first b4 i judge.

Torrey
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Torrey

Agree with you Brian! I get so annoyed with people complaining about the cast announcements, when the first rebooted episode hasn’t even aired yet. I have a feeling that we are not going to be let down, at all…..

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

Don’t worry. The vets can hold their own. I’ve always said OLTL has the strongest cast in daytime television. Considering the list of those vets returning it doesn’t appear that has changed.

susan M.
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susan M.

Ditto!

su0000
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su0000

huh? teens/20yr olds?
Cordin Bleu is 34 ..

Enrique Buenrostro
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Enrique Buenrostro

there are only 5 “teens” the rest are the vets

jim
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jim

Wonder how he is supposed to know Mathew and Dani? But it should be interesting seeing more involvement of the Banner again.

Annick
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Annick

Great news.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

Welcome aboard.

jim
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jim

‘We’re all in this together’..oops im getting a little carried away here. Somehow that song got stuck in my head. lol. Im wondering if there is a certain time a day you watch the original episodes of AMC & OLTL or is it kinda like On Demand where you can watch on your own time.Wellm I do know you can watch anytime but i wondered if online programing is scheduled anything like network and some cable shows where the new episodes have a regular time slot before you can watch any other time. Not feeling well the last few days… Read more »

susan M.
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susan M.

Don’t have an opinion on this new character. Looking forward to seeing my favorite characters on OLTL!!!! Not to interested in the new bee character…Want to see Viki , Bo, Clint, Nora,Etc……………………..

su0000
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su0000

Great !! is sounds like the ”The Banner” will be reporting!! that could be interesting if investigating reporters get into situations etc..

He can act very well and is an awesome decent person ..
looking forward to having him in OLTL ..

Brian Tripp
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Brian Tripp

I am excited about this because he will more than likely bring his fan base with him and boost ratings for OLTL and even AMC. PP is very smart about this and these shows are going to do really well. Do you think he will be in a romance with Dani? Or will there be a quadtrangle with Des/Dani/Matt/Jeffrey?

Joe
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Joe

I saw Corbin on Bway and he is A VERY talented actor! I met him once also and he is the sweetest guy! I am thrilled by this news! And now all my High School Musical stickers double as OLTL now! lol

keily
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keily

The constant complaining about every little thing has become annoying as hell, I know everyone has a right to their opinion, but can you give a rest until the damn shows have aired??

sherry ross
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sherry ross

I can’t wait to see Corbin!! He is such a fabulous actor!! We just love him!!!

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All My Children and Guiding Light Vet, Gil Rogers Passes Away

Gil Rogers, who played one of the all-time most dastardly villains in soaps on All My Children and was the on-screen father to the one and only Reva Shayne (Kim Zimmer) on Guiding Light, has died at age 87.

News came via his daughter, Amanda Rogers on her Facebook page, relating that Gil passed away on March 2nd.

The actor had played Tad (Michael E. Knight) and Jenny’s (Kim Delaney) father, Ray Gardner on All My Children from 1977-1978 making multiple appearance though 2001, then later as Hawk Shayne on Guiding Light from 1985-1992 making multiple appearance through 2009.

Gil also appeared on Another World, Search for Tomorrow and The Doctors.

In her post, Amanda wrote: “Gil Rogers died this morning. As you all know, my dad was awesome. He was my best friend, confidant, mentor and just an awesome dad. He came to pick me and  Charlotte Whitaker Zdanowski up at clubs at 2AM in our teens to keep us safe, and drank bourbon with me every day since moving out here 2 years ago. He was welcoming and kind, funny and gregarious, a shameless flirt and a fierce protector. He loved his dinners with grandkids and endured animated movies and discussions about pokemon. And I miss him so terribly already. He died in his sleep, without pain or fear. I am so grateful to have had such a great father and to have spent these past 2 years with him every day.”

Check out this vintage scene below from All My Children where Ray played by Rogers blows up the Martin house.

Now share your remembrances of Gil’s performances and along with condolences for his family in the comment section.

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Chris Harrison In First Interview Since ‘Bachelor’ Controversy Says He Wants To Be Back as Host; But GMA’s Michael Strahan Says Apology was a “Surface Response”

Thursday’s Good Morning America featured the highly-publicized first interview with ‘Bachelor’ franchise host and executive producer, Chris Harrison, since he stepped away from the show following his controversial remarks on current Bachelor contestant Rachel Kirkconnell, amid the airing of a season that has seen the first-ever Black male lead of the reality series, Matt James.

Speaking with GMA co-host, Michael Strahan, Harrison spoke of remarks he made during his interview with ex-Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay on Extra that sparked the firestorm.

Harrison admitted the words he spoke to Lindsey were “in a manner that perpetuates racism,” adding “I am an imperfect man I made a mistake and I own that. I believe that mistake doesn’t reflect who I am or what I stand for.”

 

The incident began when photos surfaced on social media of Kirkconnell at an Old South-themed party that she attended back in 2018, along with allegations she “liked” many Instagram posts that were racist in nature, and what many viewed as Harrison coming to her defense in this time of what he then called “cancel culture”.

On GMA, Chris expressed: “Antebellum parties are not OK,  Past, present, future, knowing what that represents is unacceptable.”

He also apologized to Lindsay, who had to shut down her Instagram account because of viral vitriol being sent her way over the incident with Harrison, adding this message to the public, “Anyone who is throwing hate towards Rachel Lindsay, please stop. It’s unacceptable.”

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As to how he is trying to make amends, Harrison shared: “I made a mistake and I own that, Racism, oppression, these are big dynamic problems and they take serious work. I am committed to that work.”  The longtime Bachelor host then announced he is working with race educator Dr. Eric Dyson who has taught him about the idea of “counsel, not cancel”.

Chris says he plans to be back hosting the reality-dating series, expressing:  “I plan to be back. I want to be back.  This interview is not the finish line. There is much more work to be done.”

Following the exclusive, Michael Strahan described his conversation with Chris Harrison stating: “His apology is his apology, but it felt like it got nothing more than a surface response on any of this. Obviously, he is the man who wants to clearly stay on the show, but only time will tell if there is any meaning behind his words.”

So, what do you think of Chris Harrison’s responses during his first interview since the controversy? Should he return to hosting The Bachelor franchise? Comment below. But first check out his GMA exclusive.

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GH’s Wes Ramsey Makes Statement on Criticism, Social Media, and Professionalism

General Hospital’s Wes Ramsey, who portrays polarizing character, Peter August on the ABC daytime drama series, responded to a recent take on his role from cast mate, Tristan Rogers (Scorpio) when a video made its way through social media.

The video was from a Cameo appearance, where Rogers offered an assessment of the Peter August storyline and expressed that while he knows Ramsey is a strong actor, he felt he was “wrong for the character” being that Peter was the son of the evil Faison played by Anders Hove.

Rogers also came to the defense of Ramsey and shared: “Don’t be too hard on Wes Ramsey. He’s got himself into a horrible storyline, and the storyline is the fault of the show. What they’ve literally done is they’ve painted themselves into a corner, and they don’t know how to get out of it.”

Currently, Peter’s story is front and center on GH with his wedding to Maxie (Kirsten Storms), and the fallout from all of the character’s dirty deeds.

Now Ramsey took to his Instagram account to address what transpired and his thoughts on the perils of social media, professionalism and acting, expressing: “Actors are storytellers, shapeshifters, chameleons. We’re also in the business of cultivating trust bc that’s how the best work is brought to life. We have to trust our imaginations, our instincts. We have to trust our fellow actors, because without them, there’s no scene to play. In the collaborative efforts of bringing any show to life, we also have to trust our directors each day to steer the arch of our story (like a conductor with a symphony) & trust our writers who are tasked with composing the symphonies we play out. I came up in a world of classical theater, where trusting the play, text, story is essential to the tightrope balancing act of making magic.  You will never hear me critique (on any public platform) the people responsible for the creative opportunities I enjoy each day. Without the trust of my writers, directors, producers & fellow actors, it would be impossible to live out my dreams. My job (& my only job) is to bring fearlessness, playfulness & passionate conviction to what has been created for me. My aim is to stretch myself (beyond the limits of where I think my boundaries may lye) each time I’m entrusted with material that allows those boundaries to be tested.

 

Every actor must believe they are the right person for their part or they will never achieve their potential, let alone surpass it. I was raised a gentleman & have two wonderful parents to thank for that, however, my polite personality (while rendering me easy to get along with on set) should have little bearing on my caliber of performance nor my castability as a professional.  I am leery of the pitfalls of social media & believe there are advantages to maintaining some mystery (even as a public figure) but I will always defend & protect what I hold dear (my job & my career) when they are publicly challenged, especially by those closest to me, whom I love & respect. Please know I bear no ill will. As a society, we are all still learning the full ramifications of living in an internet dominated culture. To all my many fans out there who offer encouragement & support, I hear you & am grateful for you. I’m having a blast… 🙂. Onward we go.”

Share your thoughts on Wes’ statement on playing the role of Peter August and more via the comment section below.

 

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