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Kassie DePaiva and Kristen Alderson Interview – One Life to Live Farewell

In their final video interview with On-Air On-Soaps as cast members of One Life to Live (taped at the series final press junket) an emotional Kassie DePaiva (Blair) & Kristen Alderson (Starr) discuss playing the popular on-screen mother/daughter duo in the dysfunctional Manning family. In addition, they share their thoughts on working with Trevor St. John (Todd/Victor Jr.), and what the amazing fans of OLTL have meant to them personally and professionally.

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lorraine
lorraine

I am going to miss this show especially Vick and Clint. I always come home to see my favorite show and which that one day i can be a guest. Love you all guys and sorry to see it end.

Leslie Scott
Leslie Scott

I cannot tell you how it saddens me to see my favorite soap go off the air.i have gotten to know and love the cast of oltl for over 20 years and have watch the show for over 30 years.the cast and crew of oltl have become a family to me especially since i was diagnoised with stomach cancer.i breaks my heart to see the show end.

linda otey
linda otey

they are playing some of the episodes on soapnet (until soapnet goes off the air, I have heard) early in the morning 2am cst if you would like to watch them and this week in texas it will be on tues wed thurs and fri-hope that helps. Also don’t forget about 4 of the actors going to General Hospital in February, john,star todd and blair, hopefully maybe more as it continues. and nora is going to be on bold and beautiful. maybe that will help you some, and I wish the very best for you with your diagnosis. Linda Parris Otey

Mary
Mary

I’m going to miss OLTL too. I love the Mannings, especially Todd and Blair. ABC, don’t you see what a huge error you’ve made?!?!

Tammy Grzenia
Tammy Grzenia

omg i was smiling just so happy to see them in the interview ,also with tears running down my face . today broke me to pieces. today i just started screaming out i hate you abc so much how could you do this to everyone.we love this show and amc .this is not fair .

Debra
Debra

Totally agree!

gloria
gloria

Oh, me too. ABC is making such a big mistake. Why can they not SEE THAT??

Susan M.
Susan M.

Because thet have a thick head… One thing failed with Prospect Park… They refuse to try again….. ABC won’t lift a finger to help OLTL!!! Tey will be SORRY!! The interview is sad to me because you will never see these people again!! I’m recording the last five episodes on dvd this week… Again ABC will be SORRY!!1 THE REVOLUTION will BOMB !!! I mean this statememt!!! Another show I will never watch!!!!!! Only reason I watched ABC all these years was because of ONE LIFE TO LIVE!! THAT’s the only reason.. Now I have no reason to watch ABC!!! YOU STINK ABC in a BIG WAY!!!! No wonder CBS is #1…

MEG
MEG

I WILL MISS THEM SO MUCH, I’M SO HAPPY TO HEAR WHAT THEY SAID ABOUT TREVOR,

karen irvin
karen irvin

I am so sad to have to say goodbye to yet another one of my favorite shows. you were a huge part of my life for the past 40 some years. I’m 58 and I can’t remember a time when I didn’t watch One Life and All My Children. I actually mourned the loss and I’m sure I’m not alone. I wish the best to all the talented actors and especially to Kristin with her beautiful voice. Loved her song today of “One Life To Live”.

Debbie
Debbie

totally agree, I have watched OLTL from the first airing with Vicky, Meredith Larry Vince, Karen . It has been part of my life for 40 years, I am also 58 and I can’t remember a time when i didn’t watch OLTL and General Hospital. I started watching with my Grandma. The only show left to watch on ABC is GH.after that I will not watch ABC anymore, there is no reason, they have removed anything worth watching. Who needs more reality shows there is way too much information already. We are on information overload.
I have vcr and dvr the shows for years and watched at night when I came home from work.. I am so sad , the cast of OLTL has been an extended family and will be greatly missed. Thank you, cast of OLTL for your dedication to your fans and your great work.. you will all be greatly missed.

gloria
gloria

Agree, I am 51 & remember when OLTL first started. My mother watched & one day I got in trouble & put in the corner & remember sneaking down the hall & peeking into the living room when I heard OLTL coming on! I was 8 or 9. I too have gone to great lengths to keep up with all of my shows over the years. I’d be recording CBS on one VCR & ABC on another & trying to watch NBC live on a little black & white tv I had stuck under my desk at work! You said it-information overload is right & guess what? There is never any NEW information is there? Do I want to listen to an ob-gyn on January 16? What the hell is she gonna tell me that I need to hear?

Debbie
Debbie

That is exactly the way I feel.. Hasn’t all of this already been covered on OPRAH. DR OZ, Dr. Phil.. and all the other talk shows, enough talking……. been there done that..
Give us back our show.. OLTL..or bring it to primtime.
and get rid of some of the junk that is on.

Alice Angelis
Alice Angelis

It is so sad and depressing to see our favorite soaps to be going off the air, and being replaced with more talk shows and cooking , I watched these shows for over 40 years, its very sad , its like loosing my best friends, even though its just TV, it was my daily getaway to watch my favoite soaps…… I hope they have the show on the internet. or another channel,

Shauna
Shauna

OLTL’s cancellation is a major blunder by ABC. I must thank the cast and crew for one of the finest hours of entertainment in television. Kassie and Kristen are huge talents and I only hope they will find new ‘life’ on a TV or movie screen very soon!

hummingbird
hummingbird

Michael, I think it is FANTASTIC that like us OLTL fans, OLTL is your favorite soap as well. It’s comforting to know in OLTL’s final hours your grieving right along with us. Thank you so much for going out of your way, to cover OLTL with honor & praise the best way you knew how. Thank you! I enjoyed all your interviews especially your latest with Kristen & Kassie.
Long live the Manning’s!

audrey
audrey

I watched One Life to Live for years and can’t believe they canceled it.The cast will live on in my memory.There is some many ways they could have written it.I just hope they can get it on the internet with all the original casts that are currently with the show but I know better than to hold my breathe.I’d like to thank them for intertaining me all these years,it was a blast.Good Bye to all the cast and thank you for being so good at what you do.

Tonja Walker
Tonja Walker

Great Job…

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

To one of the genre MOST BEAUTIFUL women…been watching you since GH., breathtaking. Paying Homorage. Ok:

This is what WE as a soap community is doing about it. First of all (Lucille- see below on site) that is a valid point and GOOD suggestions you made about getting RID of comcast, to make sure you have NO DISNEY CHANNELS. YOU NEED TO COPY/PASTE THAT ALL OVER THIS SITE, and at abc.com. (We really have to take a stand and live up to the CONVICTIONS of it.)
SECONDLY: JOIN US….. We are sending soap bars to ABC studio’s. PASS IT ONTO…this site and abc.com’s blog and post on Facebook, and ALL the other soap sites you know of. Send soap bars to abc studio’s in nyc so the new shows and abc willl be BOMBARDED with soap from peeps all acorss the united states. Do this: And PASS THIS ON
AND DON’T FORGET YOUR BRILLIANT IDEA to POST on sites too: Cancel Cable (that means Disney) and get a DISH instead. Brilliant!!!!!

krktoday
krktoday

In the past two year’s every show I love has gone. I watched ATWT’s and GL from the 50’s. I watched AMC and OLTL for all these year’s. Oprah, Desperate Housewive’s, Joy Behar, Regis, Larry King. I watched all these every time they were on. I practically dont even need a tv anymore. I will continue to watch GH but that will be the only show left on ABC worth tuning in to. I hope Cassie pop’s up on GH next. I wll really miss her. Roger too. Blair and Todd were by far my favorite’s on OLTL. Next Friday will be a very sad day for so many people ranging from us sitting home watching to the actor’s who will be out of work. HATE ABC

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

What we have to is:
We are sending soap bars to ABC studio’s, (JOIN US)PASS IT ONTO…this site and abc.com’s blog and post on Facebook, Send soap bars to abc studio’s in nyc so the new shows and abc willl be BOMBARDED with soap from peeps all acorss the united states.

krktoday
krktoday

What is a soap bar?

barbara t
barbara t

Thats funny ,I hope you are kidding and you know what a bar of soap is.It can come in liquid form to ,And I will say what 1loveabcsoaps ,go to the dollar store and you can get a few bars DIRT CHEEP.

Heather
Heather

A bar of soap

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

A (soap bar) is a bar of soap. I would get on you for that BUT since we are in this same quest together, and the stress of the matter, I’m going to show some love behind it. LOL
Get them at the dollar store if you dont have any extra’s in the house OR favorite brands of yours that you dont want to send off. That way (at the dollar store) you can send ANY OLD KIND- and send more than 1 since you can get up to 3 for dollar. I sent 6 bar’s. $2. Lol Let abc use them to CLEAN up the mess they have made with peoples jobs, and our hearts. : ( I bet abc. studio’s wont like a BIT being BOMBARDED with soap coming in across the United States anc Canada.

sheila
sheila

i am so sorry but i think they are so wrong for taking our shows from us this is all we have to watch i am a stay home mom and this was no where right to do this they need to put this show back on now what am i going to do with my day now nothing bc they took it
sheila

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

What we have to is:
We are sending soap bars to ABC studio’s, (JOIN US)PASS IT ONTO…this site and abc.com’s blog and post on Facebook, Send soap bars to abc studio’s in nyc so the new shows and abc willl be BOMBARDED with soap from peeps all acorss the united states. Do this: And PASS THIS ON

iluvssw
iluvssw

All I have to say is Thank You, Michael, Kassie and Kristen!

lucille mason
lucille mason

since the soaps will soon be gone,there will be no reason to watch abc or soapnet anymore.for christmas we have boycotted all disney products, since we have new baby now, thats quite of bit of money we spent elsewhere. and we are seriously thinking of getting rid of comcast. thats another 165 month,can get dish alot cheaper, we don’t need any disney channels now.

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

First of all Lucille, that is a valid point and GOOD suggestions you made about getting RID of comcast, to make sure you have NO DISNEY CHANNELS. YOU NEED TO COPY/PASTE THAT ALL OVER THIS SITE, and at abc.com. (We really have to talk a stand and live up to the CONVICTIONS of it.)
SECONDLY: JOIN US….. We are sending soap bars to ABC studio’s. PASS IT ONTO…this site and abc.com’s blog and post on Facebook, and ALL the other soap sites you know of. Send soap bars to abc studio’s in nyc so the new shows and abc willl be BOMBARDED with soap from peeps all acorss the united states. Do this: And PASS THIS ON
AND DON’T FORGET YOUR BRILLIANT IDEA to POST on sites too: Cancel Cable (that means Disney) and get a DISH instead. Brilliant!!!!!

Julie
Julie

I’m a nurse and mother of two. I looked forward everyday to watching OLTL. I DVRd it and watched it every evening. This will be a big void. No more ABC for me

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

Julie, go above your comment (and the one above that one) in THIS reply and read what Lucille decided to do and what ” WE” as a soap community is doing about it……

cloakes
cloakes

Can anyone tell me how to get a copy of the song that Kristen sang today. I thought it was absolutely wonderful. I have tried looking on Amazon but have had no luck. I thought it was titled OLTL. Thank you to everyone for the 40 + years I will miss the show greatly.

Nancy
Nancy

I thought OLTL would be seen on the internet, where and when??? I do not want to miss a single episode!!!

M
M

Unfortunately, One Life To Live will not be continuing on the Internet. The company couldn’t raise enough money to do it.

Heather
Heather

It’s not happening anymore. That interview was probably made before Prospect Park scrapped the project in November.

Lisa Boring
Lisa Boring

I am soo sad. OLTL never got old. It was the high light of my day, every day. I’m in a wheelchair & at home all the time. I get very bored. Now I have nothing to look forward too. I have been watching OLTL for so many years. I remember when Vickie had a sister named Meredith. I think the show was in black & white! I hate reality shows. ABC sold out for the almighty $$. I thought Soaps would be around forever. I thought someday if I ended up in a nursing home at least I’d have my Soaps. I also watched AMC. I remember when Erica was a virgin!! So this is very upsetting for me. Goodbye my friends……

Heather
Heather

OLTL is the best soap out there. I do regurarly watch the other four soaps because I don’t want them to suffer the same fate as OLTL, but it’s just not the same as OLTL.

RIP OLTL (1968-2012)

gloria
gloria

I thought soaps would be around forever too. You are so right-about someday maybe being in a nursing home but at least having your soaps. That’s the thing about soaps, they are (were) constant, always there day in & day out-you could count on that. I don’t have a large family anymore. My older relatives have died & the younger ones are scattered around. I particularly enjoy the holiday episodes on all the shows, it give you the chance to experience family holidays that you might not have anymore! So upsetting for me too.

Brian Greene
Brian Greene

Thanks So Much, Kassie & Kristen!! 😀 😀

BARBARA J
BARBARA J

Wow Kassie I am sure gonna miss watchin you on the show.Who would have ever thought as you were in the high school play Passionella that you would end up on a soap opera.Congradulations on a great career and your fans in Union County Ky look forward to see where you go next! Best wishes.

Lisa
Lisa

I will miss Pne Life to Live !I am deeply saddling that the show is coming to an end and deeply disappointed that the channel that has carried the show for years is canceling the show .Will miss you all kassie

Susan
Susan

I’m still in disbelief that OLTL only has 5 more episodes. I am 51 and I’ve been watching since I was 17 yrs old. I used to tape it on VHS and now I DVR it everyday. Theses people are like my second family, how do you say goodbye to them? I am in mourning already. ABC made a huge, huge mistake! I give these crap replacement shows less than one to be cancelled. I vow NEVER to watch anything on ABC ever again, including primetime. Boy did they get this wrong thinking we don’t want entertainment. I am a college educated woman who works in the software industry, but ABC thinks only stay-at-home moms or seniors watch the soaps. WRONG!!!! Goodbye to Llanview and all the exceptional actors & actresses whom shall live in my heart forever.

gloria
gloria

Gosh Susan-agree with every word! I am 51 too & could have written your post. My sentiments exactly. I manage a law firm but also manage to keep up with my soaps. They keep me sane!

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

Go Gloria, you are a POWER woman!

candace bigleman
candace bigleman

Love our Daytime!

barbara t
barbara t

This is so sad,abc let alot of people down,Looks like you watched these soaps for as long as I have,tuning into the abc soaps have been a very big part of my life,every day 5 days a week,started watching with general hospital,from the beginning ,do you think we can sue abc for mental distress?because loosing one life to live will be the hardest to let go of.abc put alot of people out of work ,that means more families going without.Never would I believe that abc would screw the soap fans and all the people involved with the soaps over money with cheep programing ,crap tv that I wouldnt want to be caught watching,and never will be caught watching ,except for general hospital goodbye abc.

gloria
gloria

Mental distress is right. I have been just sick over this since Nov. 23 when the announcement came that the show was not going online. I have had trouble sleeping & just feel very angry at ABC & SO resentful of these awful replacement shows. I cannot stand to see the promos for them. On New Year’s Eve I was sitting there enjoying OLTL with tears in my eyes one minute, laughing out loud the next when suddenly in the corner of the screen it says “Coming January 16, The Revolution” I nearly died. Does ABC actually think that ANYONE who is watching & loving OLTL would effing look forward to January 16 & that crap? They just pile it on, insult to injury every day. ABC hates soaps & I hate them.

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

As someone stated aboves on this site, get rid of your cable (that takes care of paying for any Disney Channels stu), and get a Dish to get your channels., and send bar’s of soap tp the ABC studio’s in NYC, and let abc be BOMBARDED with soap coming in from all over across the U. S. They will surelly get the part. We are all doing it. Join us, and pass this along across any and all soap opera web sites, especially abc,com comment/blog area after the OLTL commentary. This had to be a JOINT effort.

Lisa H
Lisa H

I’m still in denial that OLTL is going off the air in one more week. I’ve watched all the ABC soaps off and on for about 40 years (since I was a little girl watching with my mom), and OLTL has always been my very favorite. I cannot believe that another station or cable network hasn’t snapped up OLTL and AMC. I’m still hoping and praying that one will come to its senses and that our beloved “friends” will come back to us… because that’s what the soap characters are to me… friends whose lives I’ve followed for most of my own.

Susan
Susan

Ditto, except I’ve never stopped watching OLTL. I gave up GH a long time ago (early 80’s) and AMC about 10 yrs ago but I’ve NEVER stopped watching OLTL. To me it has always been the best of the 3 and always the one thats been so under rated compared to the others. I am also holding onto a glimmer of hope that someone can save OLTL. I call it denial, because I have read the executive producer Frank Valentini has been asked to go to GH and he has already accepted that offer.

amy cornell
amy cornell

Kassie & Kristen, I will so miss you both. I wish you both all the best. i’m so sad OLTL is ending. I’ve been wathcing it for years.

Angela Riddell
Angela Riddell

What a beautiful interview! Michael, thank you for the interviews you’ve conducted with the fabulous actors from One Life To Live. Kassie and Kristen, I will be following your future endeavors as you are both brilliant! Bar none, OLTL has the most talented cast ever. ABC has lost many, many viewers as of Jan. 16, 2012, excepting General Hospital. What a huge mistake they made…thank you all for the years in Llanview…

mary jane berry
mary jane berry

This is truely killing me that the show is going off, I have watched oltl since day one.I have been to see them every year in florida for the soaps fest and now i feel like i am losing my family, they are not just characters to me they are friends and not to beable to tune in and see how their day is going is going to be very sad to me…. as for Abc i will never watch these new shows.. it’s not like we needed another reality show and the chew it wont last… shame shame on ABC they have ruined so many lives…………….r R I P One Life To Live

Dawn Gamboa-Nappi
Dawn Gamboa-Nappi

I also have been watching for 40 yrs. I am 53. i love cooking shows but will not watch the CHEW. At this time , when I watch my SOAPS, It is complete mind vacation from my day. I tune out everything else & this is MY time. I truly do not know what I am going to do. Thank you writers, producers & cast for giving my mind a vacation everyday for the last 40 yrs. I will miss you so…..

Vicki
Vicki

Great interview with Kassie & Kristen. They truly are like mother and daughter. I watched Starr grow up, and it is so nice that Kristen played the role from when she was 6 till the end. She is a talented actress and I wish her well, and will miss her as Starr. Kassie is amazing as Blair. She has chemistry with every actor she has worked with. When Roger came back as Todd, the chemistry was explosive. They were perfect together. I am looking forward to seeing Kassie at Loving Llanview on Jan. 21.

todd
todd

I just want to thank Kassie for all the entertainment she has provided for us for the last 19 years. Year after year she has delivered amazing performances…..that have largely gone unnoticed. I look forward to see what great things Kassie will be involved with next. Any project will be lucky to have her.

Beverly Salhany
Beverly Salhany

PLEASE COME BACK OLTL

Sarah Lindsay
Sarah Lindsay

All I can say is Lawd Lawd.What is wrong with ABC.I will never understand how you can take away something good and replace it with slop.

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

Someone on here requested the where abouts of this song, just found it, posted below.

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Heather Juarez
Heather Juarez

Wow I’m so shocked why is the show leaving I luv one life to live ,please don’t go if I wake up tomorrow will u still be here.

Doe
Doe

Michael, I loved the interview with Kristen and Cassie. They have represented a loving mother, daughter relationship so well on OLTL. And yes, Starr grew up fast because she had to. We all love Starr. And Kristen and Cassie are so talented . They should really put an act together They both are singers and could go on the road. The fans would go crazy for them. And they could play off each other and also make money at the same time. How about Vegas?..I say, go girls….

Robin625
Robin625

Saddest day approaching. Only soap fans can relate to the feelings of…what am I going to watch now? Why am I losing my friends? These brilliant people have had me on the edge of my seat every day for over 30 years. Change is good, but not this kind of change. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it! This show was not broken, the people behind the people are. They’ve made a huge mistake and they will be kicking themselves real soon. Hit me up on twitter @Robin625!

debbie
debbie

I am done with ABC

PattyJean
PattyJean

So very sad tonight about the lost of good-ol’ American entertainment; some of our SOAPS: Said goodbye to AMC, am in mourning for OLTL, stung by the end of SoapNet (come March), and hurt by the possibility of GH “going out of business” in the Fall . Today, I pledge my presidential vote to the candidate who brings back the Soap Opera to daytime TV, (particularly to ABC-Disney) !!! And I’m only halfway joking about that, Mr. Obama, etc. Maybe, Sir, Oprah could bring her forceful presence back to weekdays as Secretary Of Soaps, eh ?! AMEN.

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

Patty, loved………loved your comment. Very creative. Uh, “your presidential vote, Oprah’s forceful presense back to weekdays as Secretary Of Soaps”. Now that is creative, BUT makes ALOT of sense. Oprah NEEDS the viewership on her NETWORK, which maybe failiing BC people are TIRED OF REALITY TELEVISON. Patty Jean, STROLL down 4 places on this page, see Heather’s name AND my reply and JOIN our movement in fighting back. IMPORTANT.

barbara t
barbara t

GOOD IDEA, but she was already asked to take the soaps ,I think she should have taken the soaps and ran with them,would have improved her ratings,so im sorry, but if she wasnt bright enough to save the soaps the first time ,how can she become the secretary of soaps ?however Im sure there is someone out there,who we can trust and have obama appoint them as the top soap zar,Is that how zar is spelled?

barbara t
barbara t

OOPS its czar.

Rebecca
Rebecca

The soaps are a part of our tv history..Been watching since the 1950’s..Like saying good bye to an old friend..I wonder how long GH and The Bold and the Beautiful will last..I expect they all will be taken off eventually..

dominicsmythe
dominicsmythe

what?!! the saddest part of this interview is that kassie says blair is a “perennial loser at love”…. this SUCKS!!!!!!!!

Heather Juarez
Heather Juarez

I’m so upset ryt now I don’t want the show go off air, I have watching the show for 4 yrs now and it’s the best show on abc , I think days of our lives now that show is stupid but I know that comes on nbc I growed up with days of our lives bcuz my family liked it nd I did to at one point but it just don’t make since but I went on my own way and found my own show that I like and I reall y love the hot guy’s that are in one life to five rex, ford those are the two are mmmmm to me, and my son say’s mommy is one life to live is on he loves to to watch that show u are making a big mistkate I really falled in luv with this show, now what am I going to watch nothing is on like one life to live. I am crying bcuz I won’t see my cute men any more and jessica, starr, dani, blair, john,bo, nora, naty, ford, rex, gigi, james, nate, vicki, clint, todd if I left any one out srry I luv u all I hope u will neaver will the show I hate 2012 it’s not bringing me luck it’s bringging me back luck bcuz my show is going off the air . Like starr was singing u only have one life to live, please don’t let this one life to live go off air can u please think about it hard bcuz u already have a lot people don’t want the show go off the air thanks a lot Heather ps: I just had to say what’s on my mind u only have one life to live that’s true don’t mess this up for all the fans who watches the show and I’m one of them.

angela
angela

This is such a debacle that there are no words to express what abc has done. I am a faithful 41 year viewer and the void that I will feel come Jan 16 is overwhelmning. The first thing abc should have learned from this mess that the rating system needs a MAJOR overhaul. True not many people watch the show at 2:OO BUT they dvr it, record it, watch the many chances to catch that days episode on soapnet. There is hulu and abc.com. This show has many many viewers that just were not counted. Frons is gone? Big deal, too little to late. I think that abc may continue to suffer the consequences of their actions. It would be great if they would clean the egg off their faces, admit they made a HUGE mistake and reverse the cancelation. But we all know that the almighty money machine that is know as Disney would never admit to anything, much less a mistake. I think it’s ironic that the name of the show to replce our beloved oltl is called the revolution. Because the fans will have their revolution when all those tv’s go off at that time and abc suffers an even greater finanical loss then they claimed producing these shows cost them.

PattyJean
PattyJean

Our show DESERVES more than only ONE Life To Live !!!

meary
meary

glad starr and blair and todd(rh) are going to gh!!! taping at the end of this month!!! yayyyyy!!!

bree
bree

another network needs to pick it up and slightly rename it :ONE MORE LIFE TO LIVE

Susie
Susie

Today is one of the worst days in television EVER and one of the worst days in my life !! I have been watching for 37 years… OLTL is and always will be my favorite show. I’m devestated, disgusted and sick at heart… even the news of the GH crossover is not enough to keep my heart from breaking today!

Patricia Marino
Patricia Marino

I miss OLTL so much they were like a family to me I will never watch the crap that ABC chose to put on.

Judi
Judi

I still miss OLTL and it has been a long time now but watching Star and Todd and John McBain on GH,, I keep thinking about the great story lines on OLTL and how great it was! Shame on ABC for cancelling and not listening to the viewers. We all tweeted, fb, emailed, called to ABC,, to no avail… Kassie! ( Blair) I am so sad and angry that you did not go to GH, I know you were excited about it! The first scene with Carly and you having a drink to the men.. omg, I thought what a great story line beginning either cat fights or bff! would have been great…Alot of fans let ABC CEO’s know exactly how they feel about the cancelation of OLTL and then Blair not going to GH!! Thank you and Star for a long journey that I loved everyday!! I use to tape the shows, then DVR came out,,I am in my 40’s and for years I would run home after work and watch OLTL,, and call my friends family,and co-workers we would talk on the phone for hours about OLTL and who did what,, and it was like family.. I wish you The Best and hope and pray that soon, some network will wake up and bring back OLTL.. I mean we have 1000 channels! If any network out there was smart they would bring back the soaps! we don’t even have soapnet anymore it is Disney jr!! There is an out pour for OLTL.. if a network wants to make some money!! I miss you and wish you well, and have not given up on seeing you Blair (Kassie) on GH!! what a story that would be.. better yet.. OLTL back with all the actors I loved for years!! God Bless!

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Dominic Zamprogna Speaks Out On His Decision To Leave GH, His Final Scenes With Emme Rylan & How Dante Exited The Canvas

A few weeks ago, General Hospital fans watched as one of the series beloved stars, Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) exited the show in scenes opposite his longtime on-screen love interest, Emme Rylan (Lulu).  For nine years, Zamprogna brought authenticity, emotion, and heart to the son of Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) and Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero) to life.  While Dante’s journey started out with a bang, literally (thanks, Sonny!), over the years it appeared he was taking a backseat in meatier storylines.  All the while, Dante and Lulu remained one of the more popular duos with the viewers.

After much reflection, Zamprogna decided it was time for him to walk away from a place that became his second home.  His desire now shifted to play different characters in different projects, but it was not without taking many things into account with his life-changing decision.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Dominic to glean more insight into: if there was anything GH could have done to make him sign on the dotted line again, what went down to make those final scenes seem so rushed, how it was to say goodbye to his co-workers in front of the camera and behind the scenes, if he would consider a return at some point, and how would he feel if GH now planned on recasting Dante, and much more.

For us; we recall meeting Dominic for the first times just six months into his time at General Hospital for our first interview together.  We were instantly struck by his sincerity, humor, and his eagerness to learn from some of the best in the business.  Now exiting as a “soap vet“, per se, it is a full-circle moment that we had the time to conclude his GH journey with this conversation.  Here’s what Dom had to say about it all.

What were the factors that contributed to your decision to exit GH?  Was there a pivotal moment where you were feeling, and recognizing, that you were underutilized that you felt you needed to make a change? 

DOMINIC:  When you named me the “Most Underutilized Actor of 2017!” (Laughs) Well, my plan was never to stay forever.  But half-way through my second contract,  Emme Rylan (Lulu) and I were approached by our producer on set, who said words to the effect of: you guys have been on the sideline, time to get you into the game.  That led to the Dante cheating storyline, which gave us story for about a year … which was great!  But as that ended, so did any subsequent storylines, it seemed.  In the year that followed, I started entertaining thoughts of leaving.  By the next year, I started talking about it with my wife, Linda, who had started to notice that maybe I wasn’t happy anymore, and I wasn’t.  That’s not a good feeling, especially if you’re bringing that energy home with you.  Then, I made the mistake of going on social media, which is a terrible place to go sometimes.  But fans were saying the same sort of things I was feeling.  Was it all due to story or lack-thereof?  No.  I was starting to crave playing other roles, and that’s hard to do when you’re under contract.

Were discussions even had with Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) and the powers-that-be about your feelings of dissatisfaction over not being utilized more in storylines?

DOMINIC:  The discussions happened late.  Not until the negotiation process, actually.  I’m no squeaky wheel I guess, but I also don’t feel it’s in my job description to be one.  I did put out a few ideas here and there, but they didn’t happen.  I know other actors have tried the same and it didn’t lead to anything for them, either.  I was a creation of Bob Guza (former head writer, GH), and maybe I was spoiled by the amount of great writing I received while he was there.

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There had to be some sadness in walking away from GH.

DOMINIC:  Oh yeah… it was sad.  I built that character, and now here I was walking away from it, and essentially my second family.  That’s been the hardest part.  Lifelong friendships were made, and memories.  However, it’s been over a month and a half since I’ve been at GH and I feel happy.  I’ve been up in Canada shooting Tin Star, which has been a great experience.  I’ve stayed in touch with everybody and I miss everybody, in fact, I just spoke to Mo (Maurice Benard) yesterday, and I’m in class with Emme (she won’t leave me alone).  But, I feel like I made the right choice for me at this moment.

To clarify; were you actually trying to work out a deal to stay put, but both sides just could not hammer things out to a satisfactory conclusion?

DOMINIC:  We did try to work out a deal.  After more talks and conversations, I felt maybe we were going to get things done.  I was being told things would change and maybe shift things in the direction we wanted to go.  But at the end of the day, it’s gotta be in writing.  I feel like I’d been told similar things in the past which hadn’t come to fruition.  I was also reminded that it was me who needed to sign my name on that dotted line and live with that decision, and I chose not to do so.

If someone would have said to you: “We have an “A” story for you, and you are going to be driving it,” would you have been more apt to stay?   

DOMINIC:  There was talk about us sitting down and talking about storylines, but that didn’t end up happening, not sure why.  And even if it did, I don’t know that it would’ve changed my mind about leaving, anyway.   But just to be clear: I have no anger towards anybody.  It’s all a business at the end of the day.  Both sides did what they felt was right.  For me, I just felt this chapter had come to an end.

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When, and how did you tell on-screen scene partner, Emme Rylan that you were leaving?  Was she happy for you and your decision?

DOMINIC:  Emme knew really early on.  Once January rolled around I was like: “I have been thinking for the last six to nine months that I am going to go.”   I wanted her to know, because we have been a couple for five years on the show.  Emme was very happy for me.  I went, “Wait a minute!  Don’t be this happy.  I’m leaving.” (Laughing)  

What happened when you told your on-screen mom, Lisa LoCicero ?

DOMINIC:  She was sad, but she is also said, “You’re in your prime, go see what’s out there!”   I wouldn’t have done this move if I did not get support at home.  My wife is the rock and the one that makes this household go.  Some things outside the show were starting to happen; I had a nice screen-test for a pilot, and then I booked these four episodes of Tin Star.  When you have choices in life; you have power and control over your future.  I think Emme and Lisa as actors realized that.  That’s what made them happy for me … for the future.  The last nine years were exciting.  However, when you can have a little bit more say in what you are doing on a day to day basis, that is empowering.  So, in saying, “no” to something, and saying, “Thank you, but that’s not what I am looking for right now,” that can feel good.

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It was a shame that through all the regimes that they rarely wrote any scenes between Dante and his father, Sonny.  What was Maurice Benard’s reaction when you told him you were leaving?

DOMINIC:  It has been pretty publicized that he and I were dissatisfied at the lack of  storyline, or scenes together.  Maurice asked the powers-that-be, “Why aren’t we working together more?”  We never had a clear answer as to why.  He didn’t know from one day to the next what was happening with my contract talks.  Mo saw me smiling one day and asked, “So does that smile mean you’re staying?”  And I said, “No, that smile is because I’m leaving.” (Laughs)  I said that more to mess with him, and make him sad.  He said, “As long as you are good financially, then I am all for anybody getting out of here and seeing what else is out there.” Really, Mo talks people into leaving so he can get more screen-time. (Laughs)

Let’s talk about the final airshow, and the story that came out of left field to facilitate your exit.  Was that written quickly to accommodate a shooting schedule or contract completion?  It felt rushed to the viewing audience.

DOMINIC:  Left field is right!  I still had a week and a half left of work when they found out I wasn’t going to re-sign, and within twelve hours I had six exit scenes written.  So, it wasn’t done to facilitate anything but a set (Lante’s house), I think.  My final tape date was May 18th, and Emme and I had scenes on the Wednesday or Thursday before that.  I guess they wanted my last scenes that aired to be with Emme, and that might have been the only scheduling day that worked for the set and the actors, and maybe that’s also why it felt so rushed.  All I could assume is that they didn’t think I was really going to leave so they didn’t plan for it, or they chose to protect themselves in this way, by not making a big deal about it.  I had another week of scenes in the PCPD with Chase (Josh Swickard) and Michael (Chad Duell) that was shot afterward.  But they had nothing to do with Dante’s “secret mission!”

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I thought, “Wait!  Is that it?  Is this Dominic’s final show?  Dante doesn’t say goodbye to his mother… his father … or his son, Rocco?

DOMINIC:  Yeah, that was tough for me.  After 9 years you think you’re going to get a little bit better of a send off.   You also, hope they’re going to honor the character.  Dante wouldn’t leave to go to the 7-eleven without saying goodbye to his mother and kids.   Maurice and I talked about that.  He said, “I guess, they don’t want people to feel really sad.  You and me doing some goodbye scenes, people are going to be devastated.”   I agree with that.  However, I also think it’s a soap and that’s what fans want … good, ole drama.  I would have loved to have had scenes with Sonny, Olivia, and Dante’s kids, but when you make a decision like this, how you leave on-air is not up to you.  Both parties are going to handle it how it’s best for them.   I was very grateful they gave Emme and I something to seek our teeth into. 

They were very sad scenes.  You are one of those actors that can take the material and connect with it while delivering it in a very subtle and heartfelt way.  How was Emme after your final scenes?

DOMINIC:  She was kind of crying the whole time, going “Damn you! Damn you.”   I was having fun with it, because I love making Emme cry.  It’s not a very difficult thing to do.  (Laughs).  We were both pretty teary-eyed, actually.  Then, when we finished the scenes and I looked over and I saw how upset the crew was, that’s what really got me.  Barbara, one of the camera operators actually jokingly apologized; suggesting that if my last shot was blurry it was my fault!  As an actor, when you make the crew feel something it kind of gives you some extra good feels. That was always the best feeling, talking to Craig (our stage manager), or Donna (head of makeup department) after a scene to get the honest truth on how you did.  I’ll miss them.

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Viewers, watching Dante have this flashback about the guy who was responsible for Lulu going overboard the Haunted Star a few years ago, probably needed a moment to connect the dots.  Some viewers were going, “What?  Dante is going after the guy that tried to drown Lulu from two years ago?”

DOMINIC:  When I read that in the script even I went, “What?” Who’s that?”  I had no idea, either. (Laughs)

Then there was this:  Dante was so hard on Lulu for her pursuing her dream as a journalist and how it inadvertently got Nathan killed.  Then all of a sudden in your final scenes, Dante has a line to Lulu in which he says something to the effect of: I understand now – you got to do, what you got to do.  In story, prior to these scenes it was leaning more towards Dante and Lulu were going to break-up over what had recently transpired.

DOMINIC:  Which, who knows?  If Dante had stayed in Port Charles it could have been the direction they were going in.  It certainly looked like they were building toward conflict, conflict, conflict, but with me leaving it was much sweeter to leave on the note that we left on, instead of Dante leaving, because he can’t deal with being around Lulu. This all leads me to believe that they didn’t want to do anything too permanent to give them time to make the proper decisions.

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What was the last day of shooting like for you?  Was it hard to get through?

DOMINIC:  It felt like a regular day, and my final scenes were up towards the end of the tape day. They had a cake afterwards.  Frank briefly spoke and introduced Maurice; who said a bunch of sweet words.  That meant a lot to me.  I said “goodbye” to everybody and took some photos, and that was it.  I already had my room packed up.  Once you’re ready to go, you’re ready to go.  Afterwards, I went out with Ryan Paevey (Ex-Nathan) and Jeffrey Vincent Parise (Ex-Carlos) for some beers and wings at the bar down the street.  It wasn’t until everybody came back after a two-week break that it felt real, because then I was receiving text messages from people saying, “We’re back.  Why the hell aren’t you here?”

The door has been left open for Dante to return.  Would you ever come back?

DOMINIC:  Of course, at some point.  But it might not be my choice, they might recast.  They told me they won’t, but who knows what’ll be done.  Do I think you can just recast a role?  No, I think it’s always a tough sell, but they’ve done it with bigger names/characters than mine.  I would be a little surprised, only because there hasn’t been much story for Dante in the last three years.  For me, as of now, I’ve moved on, and I’m very happy with my decision and my life.  It’s sad in other respects, don’t get me wrong.  I’ve read things that people have said on Twitter, and I want everyone to know I’ve seen it all and it means a lot to me.  People have been beautiful to me.  I’m truly overwhelmed by the love.  I thought there would be more of, “Who cares?” when fans found out I left.   I must have done something right during the years I was at GH.

Did you think when you made the decision to leave they would kill-off Dante? 

DOMINIC:  No, not at all.  I don’t think killing off Dante would be a good idea, especially after they killed Nathan, and also because of the climate we live in with police involved shootings and violence, in general.  In a perfect world as an actor, you crave the opportunity to have one last moment with the other characters that have been important to your character over the years.  That’s all I would have wanted for myself, and Dante.  I’ll take what I got though.  It was extremely meaningful because of what Emme and I had and built.  I feel we got to the heart and soul of those two characters in a pretty short amount of time in our scenes.

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Speaking of Nathan, I think thus far those funeral scenes, which you were wonderful in, and the story arc revolving around his death, are GH’s best bet for an Emmy in the Drama Series category next year. 

DOMINIC:  I agree.  It was so well-done.  We’d all would like to go out like that!  Tragic, but it made for great TV and great soap.  It was phenomenally well-acted across the board.  Lots of Emmy reel stuff for Michelle Stafford (Nina) and Kirsten Storms (Maxie), and Kathleen Gati (Liesl), and hopefully for our directors and crew, also.  They did an amazing job bringing that to life.

This now leaves Josh Swickard as the lone cop now by default on GH.   he PCPD is notorious for being the worst cop shop in the history of soaps! (Laughs) They can’t ever solve a crime.

DOMINIC: (Laughs) I know!  What is Josh is going to do?   Maybe between Chase and Jordan (Vienssa Antoine) they will solve crimes.  Maybe, they’ll bring on a new cop.  Josh is a great guy and I enjoyed working with him.  At the beginning, we had that contentious relationship between the two guys.  That would’ve been fun if it lasted longer, where they had this continual real dislike for one another.  Who knows?  With Dante gone, maybe they will start solving some crimes! (Laughs) Maybe now the PCPD will be the greatest police unit in the USA.

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Over your nine years at GH, would you still consider that your best storyline was coming on to the show and then having Sonny shoot Dante, only for it to turn out that he just shot his own son?

DOMINIC:  Yes, I think you have to.  That was my intro.  They had this story planned eight months before they even cast the role.  To get to that moment, was a classic soap cliffhanger.  I grew up watching soap operas with my grandparents, and if they had been alive for that scene they would have lost it, because it was something that ‘old school’ soap fans would really dig.  For me, doing that story felt so special.  ABC also pumped it with the promotion, and the promos, and the TV spots, and amped it up.  I didn’t feel it disappointed.  It was actually the audition scene that I had to perform to get the part!  Then six months later you get to say these lines that got you the part, and you hope you don’t whiff on the softball.

While putting together and producing the GH 55th anniversary tribute package for this year’s Daytime Emmys, I included that moment between Sonny and Dante.  I remember watching the complete scene before editing it and the dialog was so good.  It still holds up to this day.

DOMINIC:  My manager was at the Emmys that night, and said what a great moment that was.  I meant to thank you for that, because I really appreciated it being in there.

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Are there any other scenes that come to mind that you are most proud of?

DOMINIC:  I also really loved the scenes with Max Gail (Mike). He is a special guy.  There was so much in our scenes; where Dante finds him with Avery in the stables.  Those moments are going to stick with me for a long time.

On June 28th, the airdate of your last episode, you posted a tweet to the fans that read: “The love you guys have given me over the years and continue to give is overwhelming.  It is I that must thank YOU!”  I thought that was extremely touching and very appreciated by the fans.

DOMINIC:  I was thinking, “Man, I have to thank you, because I would not legitimately be here if you hadn’t liked this guy, Dante.”  It was bringing tears to my eyes reading what people were saying, and seeing how much love I was receiving.

Tell me about your role in the British-Canadian production of Tin Star?

DOMINIC:  It’s a recurring role,  I’ve been working on it since March.  It’s something very different from what I’ve been doing the last 9 years.  Can’t give much away, but I play a hired gun type of guy.  There are some great scenes and moments, and I was lucky enough to work with Christina Hendricks, John Lynch, and the legend, Tim Roth.

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Do you feel now that you have had some time away now from GH, and have been playing another role, that the thought of playing Dante for you at this point is like: “Been there. Done that?”

DOMINIC:  I would never say Dante is done forever.  Right now for me, he is.  They left it open, hopefully they left it open for me, but every actor hopes that.  We want our cake and to eat it too!  I want to leave right now, but I want you to want me to come back some day.  No one wants their role to be recast.  But it’s an important character, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see.  Who knows what the future holds.  I left on good terms.  Just so everyone knows; I didn’t spring something on GH on the last day of my contract.  It’s important that I let people know that I didn’t just wake up one day and say, “See ya”.  This also wasn’t about money.  Sure, we want to be paid what we believe we’re worth.  But this in no way was about me asking for the moon, or I was going to leave.  It was a very, very difficult decision.

So, what do you think about how GH wrapped up Dante’s story for Dominic’s exit? Would you like him to return to GH sooner than later?  Do you think the role of Dante was problematic to write for?  What were your favorite scenes of Dom’s during his time at GH? Let us know via the comment section below.

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Jonathan Jackson Talks Avery’s Love Quandary, Saying Goodbye To ‘Nashville’ & If He Would Return To General Hospital

With just three weeks before the series finale of CMT’s Nashville, Avery Barkley (Jonathan Jackson) finds himself in a major conundrum.  The woman he has loved and had a child with, Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panetierre) has returned home after escaping a cult compound, just as Avery has opened himself up to the start of a new relationship with Alannah (Rainee Blake).  After not hearing from Juliette, added to the many times he felt she abandoned him and their child, will a betrayed and hurt Avery want to find a way to patch up their relationship … or try to keep Alannah by his side?

Michael Fairman TV chatted with five-time Daytime Emmy winner, Jonathan Jackson to get the lowdown on what transpired over the last few episodes and how it may end for Avery, as we inch closer and closer to having to say farewell to the Music City drama.

Since Nashville wrapped its sixth and final season a few months back, General Hospital fans have been wondering and hoping, if now is the time that Jackson would return to his role as the beloved Lucky Spencer, the son of Luke (Tony Geary) and Laura (Genie Francis). Jackson originated the role in 1993 and stayed with the series till 1999.  He next returned in 2009 for a few years, then left again, and was cast on Nashville.  Jonathan made a special return in 2015 to appear in a storyline that reunited him on-screen with Geary one final time, before the soap icon retired from the show.  In this interview, Jackson addresses a return, some of his favorite moments of all-time on GH, what he learned from Tony and Genie, and more.

Those that follow Jackson are aware that his talent knows no bounds.  He is also focused on his music career, and his band Enation, which has been building on its success, playing recent sold out shows in Europe, while Jackson also had been on the final Nashville tour performing with the cast.  So, buckle up!  The next step in Jackson’s career will be one to watch.  Now, check out our insightful and heartfelt conversation below.

Avery is caught in a compromising position by Juliette, when she walks in while Avery is making out with Alannah, who has just has taken her top off.   What goes on in Avery’s mind at that point?  Is it, “Oh, no! I’m busted!” (Laughs)

JONATHAN:  It’s all sorts of things.  There is the visceral reaction, and then in his mind trying to figure what to do.  It’s sort of awkward, because they are in her house and her photos are everywhere (Laughs).  However clumsily and strange it is, he is trying to move on and get a life together with someone, and yet deep down he still has feeling for Juliette, which is mixed with anger and all of that.  He is having all different confusing conflicting emotions, all at the same time, and for Alannah as well.  It’s kind of a mess!

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By the end of this week’s episode, viewers saw Avery and Juliette start to talk, with Avery letting her know just how he feels about her leaving him, and that he has decided to move out.  All Juliette is asking is that he keeps talking to her.  As Nashville moves toward its conclusion, the big question for the character of Avery will be … who is he going to end up with, if anyone?  I would assume many longtime fans would be rooting for Avery and Juliette, because they have gone through so much together.

JONATHAN:  Yes.  However, I have been receiving messages from fans, and talking to fans on tour, and they are slightly conflicted, too.  There is a lot of love for Avery and Juliette, but there is also frustration around the whole thing, and that they want Avery to move on and be happy. 

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Where is Avery at with his relationship with Alannah?  He was getting close to her, and now she is attempting to put distance between them since Juliette resurfaced.

JONATHAN:  It’s difficult to pinpoint where Avery is at right at this moment.  There is a lot going on, and a lot of it is rooted in the fact that he went to Bolivia to try and bring Juliette home, and when she refused him that was so devastating for him.  The Alannah relationship snuck up on him. In some sense his heart is still attached to Juliette, but his mind is telling him it’s over, and that she is gone.  Avery and Alannah are connected to each other on a certain level.  It surprised both of them.  I think he has genuine feelings for her, but it’s also him pushing himself to move on from Juliette, which is something he has not been able to do.

Without Alannah, the band flounders with Gunnar (Sam Palladio) and Avery, and then there is the health situation with Will (Chris Carmack).  Alannah’s presence really put a kink in Gunnar and Avery’s friendship.  She stared out with one guy, and was on her way to being with another.

JONATHAN:  Gunnar and Avery are really good friends and care about each other a lot, and it is certainly an awkward moment in their friendship.   In terms of the band, they lose Will who has been through this health crisis, and then Alannah.  The music components are kind of imploding and they are just trying to hold on to their friendship, and not have that implode along with the band.

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Brad (Jeff Nordling) is making advances towards Alannah, and she originally tells Avery about it.  What does he think of the situation?  Now, she may do whatever Jeff wants her to do to get ahead in the music biz, since Juliette came back into Avery’s life.

JONATHAN:  I think Avery is trying to be supportive of Alannah.  It was a little bit of a blow for her to leave the band, but he generally wants to support her.  Avery has this instinct to be protective, as well.  He kind of has to hold himself back a little bit and not complain too much. He knows Alannah is an independent person, and may not want his help.  With the situation with Brad, Avery is aware of it, but she is walking into that in her own way.  It’s a moment for Avery to sort of step back and trust her that this is how she wants to go about her career.

Did you know Rainee Blake was going to be your potential love interest this season? Did you screen-test with her?

JONATHAN:  We did not screen-test together.  I think relatively earlier on I heard that this might happen, but it is one of those things were you never really know.  Often times, the writers and the producers bide their time and see how things develop as a couple, and how the audience responds to the on-screen chemistry.  You never really know if it’s going to materialize.  I actually did like how Avery and Alannah started to connect on the tour bus several episodes ago. The audience got a tease of a different side of Alannah, and Avery kind of brought that out.  Rainee was great to work with.

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You have gotten the opportunity as Avery to tug on the heartstrings, as a dad raising his little girl, Cadence, all by himself, with a the runaway mother who never shows up.  How was the journey working with Hayden Panetierre?  You two had to battle, bicker, fight, and had to play all these ups and downs together to make the story work over many seasons of Nashville.

JONATHAN:   It was really amazing, and for me that is one of the things I will miss most about working on the show, and that is working with Hayden.  It’s such an interesting thing when you work with people for so many years, and all of the emotional ups and downs that the characters go through.  Often times, we would be doing a lot of intense and emotional scenes, but for whatever reason, we would find a way to have a lot of fun and find the humor when we are doing those.  I have a lot of love and respect for Hayden.  I think she is incredibly talented. We both started off in soap operas (Hayden was Lizzie on Guiding Light) and thus had a certain approach to our work, and our work ethic.  For me, it’s always a highlight in my career when I get to work with somebody that the scene is already great, because of the person you are working with.  We would constantly share ideas back and forth between us.  The thing about working on Nashville was the friendships we developed in the cast, especially going on tour with the cast and to experience all of that with everybody else.

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What happened when you found out that this sixth and final season of Nashville would be its last?  Did you have any idea that this was coming down the pike when you wrapped season 5? 

JONATHAN:  No.  I don’t think anybody knew when we wrapped season 5.  We did not know till right before everybody else that this was going to be the last season.  We were in production maybe halfway through season 6.  I think that it helped having that time to adjust, and it gave us some time for reflection.  It really did help in a sense, because you know other shows they might wrap a month, or two later, and it’s over.  You don’t get to say goodbye, but we really did.  We got to say our goodbyes.

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I can imagine that was heartbreaking.  When you think of the rollercoaster ride you and the cast had been through together which included: the cancellation by ABC, then the show coming back on CMT, only for it to be cancelled again, it’s quite a lot to deal with and not knowing if there is job security.  Do you recall your last day on the set?

JONATHAN:  I do remember it very well.  There were a lot of beautiful moments with people, and having so much love for the crew and so many amazing people that worked on the show.  We wrapped on April 10th and then we flew to the U.K. on the 12th   It was two days later that the tour started.  Even though filming was over, we were on a plane and then on a bus together, which was really good for all of us.  I know it was for me to have another ending.  In some ways, the end of the tour was even more emotional, because that really felt it was the end.

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Do you think there were more stories to tell on Nashville … or, do you think the series is going off the air when it should, as the stories can tend to get repetitive on any long-running series? Do you think this was the right time for Nashville to say goodbye?

JONATHAN:  I don’t know how other people’s perspectives are about it, but I know from my perspective, I think we told the story that was there to be told for these characters.  That is sort of the bittersweet reality of it.  It’s painful to say goodbye to a lot of people that I had become very close to, but at the same time, there was a sense of peace about it.  It really did feel like the right time.

What can you say tease about how Nashville concludes? The series finale airs on July 26.

JONATHAN:  One of the hardest things about being in a long form series; whether it be in the primetime format, or the daytime format, is often times the lack of resolution that takes place. You are pertually in Act 2 and in all the drama.  So, knowing that the show was over, allowed the writers to approach everything from the perspective of the end, and Act 3.  Certain storylines have resolution, and others are left open-ended.  There is a good overall balance from the writers of what the audience is going to experience with the end of the show.

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I produced the General Hospital 55th anniversary tribute package for this year’s Daytime Emmys.  I remember looking at some of your storylines and touching performances all over again that still hold up to this day.  One in particular was Lucky pulling tough love on Luke (Tony Geary) during his father’s intervention.  Lucky is such a valuable character on the canvas.  Would you consider going back to GH? 

JONATHAN:  My perspective on that is; I don’t really put that off the table.  I really don’t have plans to do that, because after coming off six years on a series, that is a lot.  I am definitely looking for other projects that have an Act 1, 2, and 3, that happen a little sooner than Nashville did.  I always have going back to GH on the table, because it’s like a family for me.  I have always said that that even when I left in the 90’s; that GH would be something I would come back to.  But, I am very committed and excited about what is happening with Enation, and excited about some other projects that are out there on the acting front. I don’t see going back to GH in the near future, but I never write it off.

When you last returned you did come back to be part of Tony Geary’s exit.

JONATHAN: Yes, yes, which I was really happy to be a part of.

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Still years later, when you think of all the stories you portrayed as Lucky, is there one, or two that stand out to you among the rest?

JONATHAN:   There are many.  There were a lot of stories, and the writers wrote so much material, and that is a double-edged sword.  It’s great to have, but it was so much that I really couldn’t continue. (Laughs)

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I remember saying to you years ago, “You cry so well on camera. They are going to keep expecting you to cry, and they will be throwing scripts like that to you every day!”

JONATHAN:  And that is exactly what happened!   But for me, it’s the moments with the co-stars that I will always carry with me.  There are endless ones in my memory with Tony Geary. “The intervention” was certainly one of those moments.  I had those moments as well with Tyler Christopher (Ex-Nikolas, now Stefan, DAYS), and Becky Herbst (Elizabeth).  I remember having these scenes with Maurice Benard (Sonny) when scenes on the soaps were much longer.  And of course, earlier on, with Genie Francis (Laura) as well.  I feel like as an artist, I was really formed by Tony and Genie’s presence and observing them and watching how they worked.  I asked so many questions to them as I really wanted to learn.  They really protected me in so many ways, and yet gave me the freedom to try to find my own way through a whole process as well.  Those are the things that really jump out at me, as well as working through the scenes prior to filming, especially with Tony.  He and I would go pretty deep with what we were trying to figure out; what the scenes were, and what they were about, and how to approach it.  That part of the process was really memorable to me.  The unique thing I think in this industry for me was that I started at 11-years-old and got to come back to the show in my mid-20’s, and got to have that connection with another actor, and explore this father and son relationship.

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I don’t think, and I really mean this, that there has been a father/son relationship on television like Luke and Lucky’s.   It was so multi-faceted.   Have you stayed in touch with Tony?

JONATHAN:  We definitely stay in touch.  Again, when I left General Hospital, I did not know if anything like that would happen again in my career where I would form sort of long-lasting friendships with people.  Most of the time you do a film and you get to know some people, and you go your separate ways, and that’s just how it is.  So I was really grateful for Nashville, because I feel like we were able to have those long-lasting relationships. I can’t really put into words my relationship with Tony.  It’s just a lot of love and gratitude, and respect that I have for him.

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Meanwhile, your music career is very exciting of late.  Last month, you played the Royal Albert Hall in London with your band, Enation.  How was that experience?

JONATHAN:  It was amazing.  I went overseas with the Nashville tour and then Enation did a couple of shows, and then we opened for Echo & the Bunnymen.  The last gig on that tour was at Royal Albert Hall.  I have loved Echo & the Bunnymen for such a long time, and so this was wonderful for us.

Will Enation be touring more coming up?  

JONATHAN:  We are looking to go back to Europe later this year, or the spring of next year, and are working out those details.  We are going to be touring in the United States later on this year.

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Did your wife Lisa (Ex-Hannah, GH) meet up with you on this recent European tour?

JONATHAN: The Nashville tour ended in Ireland, and then my wife and kids came over for the last two shows there. Then, got to go around Ireland for a couple of weeks and drive around, and it was fun.

Did you notice a difference between the European music fans of Nashville as opposed to those in the U.S.?

JONATHAN:  Yes, and no.  One of the things I have noticed playing over there is that the distinction in musical genres isn’t quite as a sharp as it is in the U.S.  Over there, the radio seems to play a lot different kinds of music.  So, it was a pretty seamless transition for a lot of the people that came to the Nashville show.   We see a slight difference in the music fan base, and it mainly has to do with that they may go to a country show one week, and a couple of weeks later go to a rock concert, and not think twice about the genre.  It’s just they are looking for good music.

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Hard to believe we are turning the page on another great character played by Jonathan Jackson as Nashville heads towards its finale.  What would you like to say to the fans, the #Nashies, who have loved, and have stuck with show every step of the way?

JONATHAN:  Just a heartfelt ‘thank you’ for all the support, especially when the show was cancelled.  CMT saw the enthusiasm and support from the fans here and internationally, and that was a huge part for us to be able to get the last few seasons.  It has really meant a lot to us creatively to write that 3rd act, sort of speak, and have that sense of closure. I also would just say to the fans that have come out to the Nashville concerts as well, that it has meant so much.  We feel like we have had some beautiful moments with everybody, and so I am very grateful for that.

So, what do you think will happen to Avery at the end of Nashville?  Do you want him to end up with Juliette, Alannah, or by himself? Should GH try to lure Jonathan back to the his role as Lucky Spencer? Comment below!

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Y&R’s Peter Bergman Talks On: Jack Finding His True Biological Father, His Co-Stars, And If He Would Like A New Love Interest

On The Young and the Restless turns out Ashley (Eileen Davidson) is not the only child raised as an Abbott; whose father is not John.  As viewers learned back at the end of March, Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman) is not the biological son of the Abbott patriarch, either!  This has sent Jack on a pursuit to find out who he truly is, and who he truly belongs to, because being John Abbott’s (Jerry Douglas) son meant everything to him.

Once again, this story has given multi-Daytime Emmy winner, Peter Bergman an opportunity to play the complex layers of one of daytime’s best characters.  Recently, Jack had gone through his mother Dina’s (Marla Adams) old diary, where there was a key page missing out of it.  He then located a photo, which led him to believe that none other than late Phillip Chancellor II (played by the late Donnelly Rhodes) is his real father.  Is Jack a Chancellor?

Hell-bent on exhuming the body for DNA proof, Jack is getting massive pushback from just about everyone on Genoa City.  It is not helping the situation that Dina is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and her recollections of what transpired years ago when she had an affair, may not be accurate.  Now this week, Jack has a plan that may backfire and ends up involving his son, Kyle (Michael Mealor) in the process.  Will these two work together to get the proof of the truth?

Michael Fairman TV chatted with the actor’s actor, Peter Bergman to get his take on: the surprise story twist he never saw coming, if Jack has the purest of intentions, or if he is just chomping at the bit get his hands on Chancellor Industries, if he would like to see Jack have a new love interest, and more.  It’s always a treat to speak with Peter.  Here is what he had to say about Jack’s latest inner-turmoil.

Jack is not John’s Abbott’s son.  He is searching for the answer of who is his biological father.  Now, Jack believes he has found the answer in the photo he found that included Phillip Chancellor II, and then went to Dina to confirm the answer, even knowing his mother is battling Alzheimer’s disease.  Don’t you think he jumped on this notion of Phillip being his dad all too son?

PETER:  Jack has stumbled upon evidence that this is for real with the photo he found.  He went to Dina on what was a very lucid day for her, and she was pretty damn clear.  So, therefore it wasn’t just the ramblings of a lost woman.  Jack is very eager for an answer.  Could it be argued that he jumped on this as a possibility? Yes, and for a number of reasons.  First, he feels somewhat utter-less and needs to be connected to something, but he also knows his family, and the history of this family, and “Oh, my God” could that be a way out of this untethered feeling that he had.  So he is really grabbing on to this pretty quickly.  Second, it is not lost on Jack that part of inheriting all of Phillip’s traits might also bring him part of the Chancellor estate, which would belong to Jack and perhaps he could pick-up at the corporate level where he left off.  So that is exciting, but certainly not central to his thinking.

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Everyone thinks from Cane (Daniel Goddard) to Jill (Jess Walton), to Billy (Jason Thompson) , that all Jack truly wants is to stake claim as an heir and to try to take control of Chancellor Industries.  Are they that far off from the truth?

PETER:  How honest is Jack being with himself?  We will find out!  He would want to stake his claim … and maybe a little bit more!

What was your reaction when you learned that Jack would be revealed to be the son of Phillip Chancellor II, when for decades you have been playing so much of what drives your character that he is the son of John Abbott?  Were you like, “What!??” (Laughs)

PETER:  I have been doing this much too long, to go “Why?”  I, quite frankly ask, “Where do you want to go with this?  Where do you want to take me?” The things that I have done in the past that I have fought the most have usually been the things that really led me somewhere.  I tell the story all the time of John Abbott dying.  They decided to bring him back as Jack’s conscious, and he would appear in scenes with Jack and talk to him.  I thought “C’mon. This is The Young and the Restless, and I am doing a ‘ghost’ storyline?”  I fought it and I didn’t like it, and I was wrong.  It was fantastic, and it worked great, and the audience liked it.  I learned from it.   I don’t go, “Whaaat?” that much anymore.  There have been a few of those including: the whole doppelganger story, while it confused me at times, and I thought this had gone a few steps too far, but it led us to Billy/Phyllis/Jack story. It was a direct line to that, and one of the most dynamic storylines I have ever been in.  So, I see this current story, and I go, “That is an interesting turn.”  Then, as an actor, I dig into it.

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Jack wants to exhume Phillip’s body and everybody from Jill to Cane is objecting.  Esther (Kate Linder) is worried Mrs. C. will roll over in her grave if he does this move.  As we will see, Jack does not take “no” for answer.

PETER:  Jack eventually all but gives up, but then a door opens slightly for him to look at this a different way   Jack reluctantly walks through that door.

Do you think Jack has ever thought of the possibility of: “What if I am the son of someone from the circus … or the former pool boy at the country club?”

PETER:  I have thought it’s amusing when I have met people who have explored their past lives. They have always been a prince or a princess. They were never menial laborers.  I think he looks back and is kind of curious.  I think Jill points it out to him that he is not at all suspicious that he is the pool boy, or the golf pro’s offspring?  He knows the tryst happened at the country club, and so the first person you think of is one of the elite of the country club. 

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It would be such a huge devastating fall for Jack if something like that turned out to be true!  Jack so wants to belong to a family that has wealth and prestige that goes along with their name.  I wonder what it would be like if he had to say, “Yes. It’s true.  I am the pool boy’s son!” (Laughs)

PETER:  I don’t know how that would fit Jack.

How is working with the latest Kyle, you’re on-screen son, played by Michael Mealor? The part had been recast multiple times and the actor didn’t stick.

PETER:  I cannot say enough good things about Michael.  This is an extremely disciplined, very talented, and very professional guy.  I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know him.  I think he is doing a great job.  Michael gets looser every show.  He likes to take big chances and try a lot of things.  We have had a lot of young actors on the show and what they do is try to project that they are cool.  They don’t go outside of the, “I’m going to be cool, and honest, and real.”  They say, “I am going to be solid, and make simple choices.”  Michael takes big chances doing large stuff, and going overboard  That’s scary do to as an actor, but I watch him in scenes with Hunter King (Summer) where he is trying to appear cool, but just her physical prescience gets to him.  You can see it in his performances and it’s wonderful to watch.   It’s lovely to see in a 26-year-old and it’s fantastic.  I have high hopes for Michael.

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This version of Kyle seems to be a bit of a chip-off-the-old-block.  He can play dirty just like his dad!

PETER:  As far as where Kyle is at … he is like Jack Abbott.  He is not a good guy, nor a bad guy.  Kyle is a bit of an opportunist with a heart, who wants to feel a part of things, but he also takes advantage of the situation, in a way that sometimes works against that. 

We saw Jack stumble and drink again as he fights his addiction when learning the news that John is not is biological father.  Do you see him stumbling again, and going back to popping pills and booze, if Phillip Chancellor II were not to wind up being his dad?

PETER:  I don’t know if he will see him spiraling, but it is worth saying for someone who is a constant and has a had guiding light of  ‘what’s right, and what’s wrong” and that now has been taken away from him essentially when John Abbot goes “Jack!”, that is a game-changer.  What we can expect from Jack now may change.  Jack isn’t as bound by “what would dad do” as he once was.

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So, we may be surprised with a turn in attitude from Jack?

PETER:  You may be surprised.  So much of his life, and certainly so much of what I play is that Jack has spent his whole life trying to be like John Abbott, because John Abbott is his father.   Now that is not so. So, how much effort should Jack be putting in to being like John Abbott?

Good point!

PETER:  It will be interesting to see where that goes!

We have seen many actors in the soaps portray drug and alcohol addiction. When Jack’s played itself out originally, it was one of the most harrowing to watch.

PETER:  He got to a dark place very fast.  It was out of control.  It was an important part of the Phyllis (Gina Tognoni) and Jack story, because he honestly did not have the strength to do it by himself, and he had somebody to help him through it   As it turned out, it was a formative experience for Jack and for Phyllis; one that they carry with them for the rest of their lives. They know things about each other that the rest of the world does not know.

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Billy recently read Jack the riot act, when Jack told his brother about being Phillip Chancellor’s son.  Having had it with Jack, Billy threw him out of his office.  Where do you think the relationship stands between the brothers at this point?

PETER:  It’s really hard for Jack.  He is still on the board at Jabot.  He has family ties there, and he still gets the checks, but it feels so weird for him, it really does.  He is trying to be a bigger man and let Billy do what Billy is going to do.  Deep down inside Jack has known Billy for a really long time, and when Billy sort of combusts, boy, does he go! Jack hates that Billy is holding the reins of Jabot, if things fall apart for Billy.

Viewers are seeing Billy turning to gambling again.  What would Jack do if he finds out what is happening to his brother?

PETER:  I don’t know what he could do.  I am not sure what he could do to stop the CEO of the company as things currently stand.  It’s hard for Jack to relax around Billy. It’s not a promising situation.

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Do you think the Jack and Bill will ultimately be there for each other when the chips are down moving forward?

PETER:  Jack has a soft place in his heart for addicts for reasons we both know, and a soft spot for family.  It will be interesting to see how well Jack’s patience holds up, if Billy should go down that particular rabbit hole.

Do you think Jack might visit Chancellor Park and have a chat with the late Katherine about the revelation about Phillip and Dina?

PETER:  I think Jack is really trying to be realistic about all of this.  It could clearly be proven, but he is impatient.  He could wait for Chance and Phillip III to come back from their Himalayan trip, but he does not want to wait.  It’s just so easy if everyone would be practical about this, and get some fragment of Phillip’s remains, and there would be a DNA test.

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Jack’s nemesis, Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) is having a lot of issues, too.  This includes his mysterious health diagnosis …

PETER:  Oh, damn! (Laughs)

How does Jack feel about Victor these days and the plight that he is in?

PETER:  Jack has such contempt for Victor.  However, Jack can occasionally see that Victor is important to some people, but Victor to Jack is everything that is wrong in the world.  As to the fact that he is struggling right now, does Jack wish bad physical health on him, or anybody?  No. However, if things didn’t go easily for Victor, Jack would not lose any sleep over it.

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Don’t you think it’s time for Jack to have a real, honest-to-goodness, love interest?

PETER:  Jack should have a new love interest.  I think the writers and the producers of The Young and the Restless are paying me a lot for half of what I do.

Jack should find true love.  Someone who will be with him and whom he loves with all his heart, and someone who loves him back, flaws and all.  A romance where he is not manipulating her, or she is not manipulating him, for financial or corporate gain.   Do you think at this point that is even possible?

PETER:  I think that would be a swell thing, but that would be a daytime show investing in an actress that is over 40-years-old.  They have done it, but it’s a rare thing.  But yes, I do feel like we are seeing two-thirds of Jack.  There is another third of him that is completely unexplored and that’s a shame.

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We saw those heartbreaking scenes that aired last year where Jack had to admit to Ashley that his mother has Alzheimer’s.  How is he going to continue in his relationship with Dina knowing she has had multiple affairs throughout her life, and when married to John?

PETER:  This is a real difficult place for Jack.  Obviously, he has his mother back in his life in one sense, but his mother has been responsible for pretty much everything that has gone wrong in his life over the last two years.  It’s just one thing after another.  Had his mother been faithful to John, Jack would not be in this situation.  Had his mother not returned, we could have gone on with life as it was, and now all this mess is in part Dina’s doing.  Now, Jack has moved out of the house and so his mother is slipping away by the minute, and Jack is not around for it.  He keeps visiting, and he keeps stopping by, but it just doesn’t feel like it’s enough.  Jack struggles with that a lot.  He should be more in Dina’s life and be around for that, but being around for that means being in the Abbott house.  Everywhere he looks are reminders that he is not who he told himself he is for his entire life.

One of the more endearing moments came at this year’s Daytime Emmys, after Eileen Davidson (Ashley, Y&R) took to the stage to accept her award for Outstanding Lead Actress.  She thanked you while you were in the audience.

PETER:  This is in keeping with my new plan for the Emmys each year,  What I do is: I try to get a nomination so that I can sit in the audience after I have lost and hear the winner for Lead Actress thank me personally. (Laughs)  I am two for two in the last two years! (Laughs) Gina Tognoni had won that category the year prior.  Eileen Davidson is the greatest, and she has been for all intent and purposes my leading lady on Y&R.

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Now, Eileen Davidson has announced, and made the decision to leave her role as Ashley.

PETER:   I can’t say enough things about her.  I adore her … I adored working with her. She is every bit as good as everybody thinks she is.  She comes to work prepared   She never needs hand- holding or spoon-feeding.  Eileen is the real deal; had she been one of Jack’s lovers that would have been over a long time ago.  The fact that she is his sister is fantastic.  Now with her exiting the show, I will miss her terribly.

In closing, viewers should watch for Jack’s next move?

PETER:  Jack is not leaving any stone unturned.  He has to figure out who he is, and desperate times call for desperate measures.

So, do you think Phillip Chancellor II is truly Jack’s biological father?  If not, who do you think is?  What have you thought of Peter Bergman’s performance in the storyline? Would you like to see Jack have a new love interest?  If so, who would you like to see the series bring onto the show to play opposite him? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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