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


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).


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

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!!!

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

So true.

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

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, just saying.

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. At least James Franco had the class to be in awe of daytime actors.

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!

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….

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.

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.

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.

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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Matt Bomer Reveals After Exiting ‘Guiding Light’ He Lost the Role of ‘Superman’ Due to His Sexuality

During the June 10th edition of the Hollywood Reporter Awards Chatter Podcast, former Guiding Light star, Matt Bomer (ex-Ben Reade) revealed the role that got away, and how his exit from the CBS soap opera was precipitated to accommodate his burgeoning movie career, only to have his sexuality wind up costing him the part.

Bomer was seemingly set to play the Man of Steel, Superman, in a motion picture version in the early 2000’s, and as he tells it to Scott Feinberg during the podcast, things went awry.

“I went in on a cattle call for Superman, and then it turned into a month-long audition experience where I was auditioning again and again and again, and flying out to New York and doing chemistry reads, an flying out to LA doing chemistry reads, flying back to New York, flying back to LA to do a screen-test,” recalled Bomer. “And it looked like I was the director’s choice for the role. This is a very early iteration of Superman, written by JJ Abrams called Superman Flyby and it never came to light.”

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While Matt was going through the Superman audition process he was still under contract at Guiding Light. Bomer described how he was let go from the soap: “Concurrently on Guiding Light, there was a killer in town, and so I think they needed somebody to pin it all on someone. So, I think the executive producer very kindly wanted to free me up just in case this job came through and said, ‘Hey, you’re gonna be the killer. We’re writing you off the show. Go with my blessing.’ I guess, I basically got fired, but in a generous way.”

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Bomer had good reason to believe he was on his way, and the role of Superman was his after he had signed a three picture deal with Warner Brothers. As to why the part of Superman never came to pass, Bomer believes it was due to his sexuality (Later, Matt would come out publicly in 2012).

During the podcast, Matt explained, “Yeah, that’s my understanding That was a time in the industry when something like that could still really be weaponized against you. How and why and who I don’t know. But yeah, that’s my understanding.”

While Matt has not yet played Superman, he has done stellar work in major projects including: Fellow Travelers, Magic Mike, White CollarIn Time, The Normal Heart to name but a few.

What do you think of Guiding Light making Ben that killer in order to free up Bomer to leave the CBS soap to go and become a star in Hollywood and potentially play Superman, only for his sexuality to take the role away from him by the powers-that-be? Comment below.

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Jason George Returning to ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Main Cast for Upcoming Season

Soap opera alum Jason George (ex-Michael Bourne, Sunset Beach) is rejoining Grey’s Anatomy as a series regular for its upcoming 21st season.

According to Deadline, Jason will reprise his signature role of Ben Warren. Previously, the actor played Ben since season 6 of the ABC medical drama. Later, George became a series regular for seasons 12-14 before departing to join the ‘Grey’s’ spinoff, Station 19.

With Station 19 now canceled, it paved the way for George to bring Ben back to Seattle Grey’s Sloan. Over the past seven years, Jason was a mainstay on the firefighter drama and would make appearances and crossover to “Grey’s’.  Both series are produced by Shondaland and ABC signature.

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In story, the seventh season of Station 19 had Ben tapping leaning into his medical skills while questioning his future as a firefighter in light of his shoulder injury. Then, in the Station 19 series finale, Ben told Captain Herrera that he was going back to finish his surgical residency. The story all fits together because when Ben was a fifth year resident at Grey Sloan, he found a way to pursue his other dream as a firefighter without jeopardizing his chances to return to the hospital and medicine one day.

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George was featured on NBC’s Sunset Beach from 1997-1999 as lifeguard Michael Bourne and his love interest, Vanessa was played by Sherri Saum (ex-Keri, One Life to Live) who is also the wife of the late Kamar de los Reyes (ex-Antonio, One Life to Live)

In a post on X, following the story of his rejoining Grey’s Anatomy, George posted a video with the music from “Welcome Back Kotter” and the words “Well … it WAS kind of hush-hush. But now it’s official. Where my scrubs at?”

So, glad to hear Jason George is returning as a series regular to Grey’s Anatomy? Comment below.

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Bryan Craig Teases ‘Who Could It Be’ in Response to General Hospital’s Returning Mystery Man

Since General Hospital’s executive producer, Frank Valentini dropped a major bombshell of what’s to come on the long-running daytime drama at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, the guessing games have begun of just what former GH actor is returning to the cast this summer.

Speaking with ABC’s On The Red Carpet, as previously reported, Valentini shared, “A former cast member is coming back. And I think that the audience will go crazy for HIM.”

That has led to major online speculation that it could be anyone from: Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky), Greg Vaughn (ex-Lucky), Ted King (ex-Lorenzo Alcazar), Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer), and Bryan Craig (ex-Morgan) among others, that might be the gentlemen being referenced.

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On Wednesday, responding to a post on the subject from Soap Opera Digest, Bryan Craig commented, “Who could it be ….”  Now, clearly he can just be having some fun with the situation to throw fans off-track, or he might be giving us a tease of what’s to come.

Before exiting GH, the actor won two Daytime Emmys for his performances as Morgan Corinthos in 2016 and 2017.  Craig appeared on GH from 2013-2016 and made a return in 2018. Since departing GH, Bryan has appeared most recently in Freeform’s Good Trouble and ABC’s Grand Hotel, plus several independent films.

The character of Morgan was killed-off the show when Olivia Jerome set a bomb that exploded in the car that Morgan got into, but was meant to kill Olivia’s brother Julian Jerome. Morgan’s death caused a huge split in the relationship of Carly and Sonny.

So, do you think Bryan Craig is just having fun with the audience, or do you think it’s possible he is the big return Frank Valentini is talking about? Comment below.

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