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Nathan Fillion Talks His Start On OLTL On ‘The View’ With Whoopi Goldberg

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On Thursday’s episode of ABC’s The View, Nathan Fillion visited the show promoting his series, The Rookie.  But during the beginning of his conversation with Whoopi Goldberg, he talked about what he learned from his humble beginnings in show business as Joey Buchanan on the beloved One Life to Live.

Of course, OLTL fans recall that Nathan was involved in a romantic storyline with Llanview icon, Robin Strasser (Dorian) and played the on-screen son to another icon, Erika Slezak (Viki).

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Fillion shared about this time on One Life: “Everything I did and everything I do I learned on that show.  I never speak poorly on daytime … it was such a warm kind place to be.   I learned everything there.  I don’t know where an actor can go and work with people that have worked in the business for 25, 35, 40 years, and I had no idea what i’m doing …and they said, ‘no problem here is what you do’.  So, it was very good people.”

Goldberg also alluded to that she “missed the soaps” meaning All My Children and One Life to Live that shot right where they are in New York City at the ABC studios on 66th and 67th street.

Watch Nathan talk his early career and more with the ladies of The View below.  Then, let us know what you think about the sentiments he share from his time at One Life to Live via the comment section.

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Momo
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Momo

I loved that storyline with Joey and Dorian together. One of my faves. Not just on OLTL.

Jimh
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We miss New York soaps too…but thats a bygone era and doubt they will come back…All My Children was far too gone when it ended…OLTL was good and ratings up when it ended…Prospect Park showed promise but like the Variety Show daytime soaps are a thing of the past-hold on to the last four as long as you can…hopefully prime time can revive them one day again…Peyton Place return would be nice…i can see Chloe Lanier as Allison Mckensie!!!///Knots Landing i miss too!!!

Kay
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Kay

He was the best Joey they never had a recast that was as good.

Momo
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Momo

So true.

Doniece Lacy
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Doniece Lacy

Joy made a mistake. She said “there are a couple of soaps left on other networks.” I guess she forgot General Hospital.

aria
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aria

so here’s what I got out of Nathan Fillion interview today on the view, whoopi claimed to miss the soaps, she didn’t specify which one and I guess doesn’t realize theres still 4 on network tv. Then Joy added to whoopi comment by saying theres still some “on other networks”. hello! maybe someone should let these two know that GH is on abc its the networks longest running show, now joy doesn’t come across as a soap fan but whoopi made herself sound real fake by saying plural I miss the soaps especially when 4 are still on the air,… Read more »

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Yeah, aria, I agree those remarks weren’t really thought out. Whoopi probably meant she misses the “golden era of soaps” as many of us do. But Joy seemed a bit dismissive, as if soaps are still there for the fools who can find them. I’d like to see her try and memorize umpteen pages of dialogue every day to do ONE TAKE on most scenes, working often in little corners of a studio posing as big rooms. Hats off to soap actors: the BEST IN THE BUSINESS. I’d like to see Ryan Gosling or some spoiled starlet pull it off.… Read more »

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Lol let’s face it folk’s, The Rookies got Nathan, it doesn’t need to be promoted on The View. Nathan was there to bump ratings for The View. Good to see folks are noticing how mediocre and ignorant Joy and Whoopie are…finally!

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brian

I wish ABC would try to re-boot OLTL. There are enough actors from the show ( I would think ) that could be on the show to get it going again….

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Llanviewer717

Kudos to Nathan for speaking so highly of his daytime roots. He is so right. The New York soaps were such a fertile training ground for young actors.

I loved Nathan as Joey. He and Robin Strasser were great together. He is truly a very talented man to have worked so well with such seasoned icons as Robin and Erika Slezak.

Rodd
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Rodd

I always admire an actor who has made in in prime time or films and still talks with such fondness about their daytime roots. They are a truly classy breed. Nathan Fillion is one class act.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Maybe Whoopie meant that she missed the soaps as you would miss someone, or missed them, as not seeing them? Never the less, it was her loss. Nothing lasts forever, and we still have four left that I enjoy. I am glad M.F appreciates what he learned from them, as countless others have. Some people have always looked down their noses at the soaps and I’ve had friends and family over the years ask me if I’m still watching that stuff, to put it nicely. Just hope they last as long as I do.

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rose

I watched Nathan on The View. Nice to see him. Surprised they didn’t bring up “Castle” that featured other soap actors throughout the years making cameos on episodes. And besides OLTL, there were also my other favourites he was in…”Firefly”and as the not so friendly Preacher in “Buffy.”

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‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem’ Chapter Two Trailer Unveiled

On Tuesday, Peacock has released the first look trailer for the highly-anticipated, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem Chapter Two streaming series that will drop on July 11th.

In the upcoming five episode event through July 15th, look for the returns of fan favorites: Kristian Alfonso (Hope), Peter Reckell (Bo), Eileen Davidson (Kristen), Christopher Sean (Paul) plus Steve Burton making a DAYS return in his first-ever soap role as Harris Michaels.

In story, an action-packed tale that spans the entire globe, from Monte Carlo to Hong Kong, beloved characters from Days of our Lives once again go “Beyond Salem!” as they trade the comforts of home for an adventure of a lifetime! Supercouple Steve and Kayla make a surprise visit to their children in Seattle, while private eye John Black travels to San Francisco to see his son, Paul. Meanwhile, new parents Ben and Ciara drop anchor in Montreal – where they are greeted by a much-missed Hope! Over the course of five thrilling episodes, heartwarming family reunions take a dangerous turn as a mysterious adversary wreaks havoc on their lives.

The next chapter of Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem is story full of larger-than-life romance, jaw-dropping twists, and high-stakes drama – and it all connects back to a plot that long-time fans of Days of our Lives will surely remember.

The cast also includes: Deidre Hall as Dr. Marlena EvansDrake Hogestyn as John Black, Stephen Nichols as Steve “Patch” Johnson, Mary Beth Evans as Kayla Brady Johnson, Lucas Adams as Tripp Johnson, Camila Banus as Gabi Hernandez, Victoria Konefal as Ciara Brady,Robert Scott Wilson as Ben Weston, Loretta Devine as Angela, Vince Van Patten as Phil Hellworth, Tanner Stine as Joey Johnson, Abigail Klein as Stephanie Johnson, Colton Little as Andrew Donovan, Victoria Grace as Wendy Shin, and Remington Hoffman as Li Shin.

Watch the trailer below, then let us know if you are exciting to see the upcoming streaming series via the comment section.

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OLTL Favorite Susan Batten to Guest-Star on General Hospital

A very familiar face to the town of Llanview and the beloved One Life to Live, will be appearing on your screens this week on General Hospital.

Susan Batten (Ex-Luna Moody, OLTL) will make a few guest appearances in scenes with Sasha played by Sofia Mattsson.

According to the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstand now, Batten will play the role of home shopping-star Flora Gardens!

Batten former boss, Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) called Susan and said about the role: , “Okay, there’s this character named Flora Gardens.”  To which Susan responded, “Does she have teeth?”   After the two shared a laugh, Susan said “yes’ to the role.

OLTL fans will remember Luna’s torrid relationship with Max Holden (James DePaiva).

The actress/writer/producer reported that she was a ‘still very nervous’ acting on soap again (she last appeared on One Life in 2012), but said once she got into the rhythm of the shooting and delivering the lines it was all good.

So, looking forward to seeing Susan on GH? Comment below. But first, take a moment to stroll down memory lane in this clip from OLTL, when Max proposes to Luna.

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49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Winners Circle (Photos)

Friday night at the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, the night’s big winners in daytime drama, talk shows and more, shared their first moments of their victories in the press room where they were greeted by the paparazzi, journalists and electronic media outlets from around the country.

Getting their first snaps with Emmy gold were General Hospital winners: Frank Valentini (Drama Series), Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Younger Performer), Jeff Kober (Supporting Actor), Kelly Thiebaud (Supporting Actress) along with Allison Reames Smith and Phideaux Xavier (Directing Drama Series).

Days of our Lives was represented with a win for Ron Carlivati and his writing team, while The Bold and the Beautiful long-running cast member, John McCook finally received the Lead Actor top prize, while The Young and the Restless’ Mishael Morgan made Daytime Emmy-history taking home the gold in the Lead Actress category.  Talk show host, Tamron Hall celebrated her win as well.

Take a look at some of those moments in our ‘Winners Circle’ Photo gallery below.

Now, let us know, which of these winners were you most happy to see receive a gold statuette? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

Photos: JPI

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