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Nathan Fillion Talks His Time On OLTL Working With Robin Strasser & Erika Slezak On LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN!

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Former Castle star, Nathan Fillion chatted about his time as Joey Buchanan on One Life to Live this week on Live with Kelly and Ryan when he was a guest on their Niagara Falls episodes.

While talking about his start in soaps, and playing an on-screen romance with an older woman, Dorian, played by Robin Strasser, he noted that because of that storyline he was hit on as a young man by older women via letters sent to him at the OLTL studios.

Fillion, not only made mention of Strasser, but his OLTL mom, Erika Slezak (Viki) during his segment.

Robin Strasser, who saw Fillion’s appearance on Live with Kelly and Ryan tweeted: “Nathan Fillion If I only have one life to live, I’m so grateful-I got to work with him! He’s a VERY special man-Star Quality/Quality Star.”

Watch Nathan talk about his remembrances working on OLTL after the jump.  Then let us know, do you remember the Dorian/Joey romance and affair, and how upset Viki was over it? Comment below!

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I Miss Him…

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I’m so happy Nathan mentioned his start at One Life to Live. Nathan did a great job as Joey. He’s so right. Working with Erika Slezak and Robin Strasser, if you’ve got an ounce of smarts, how could you possibly fail?

I loved the Joey and Dorian storyline. It was shocking when it started. My reaction was the same as Viki’s in the beginning. As the story evolved, Joe grew into adulthood and Dorian grew to genuinely care for Joe. There was mutual care and respect between them for the rest of the series.

fginaspy
fginaspy

Nathan Fillion is the only actor I have ever heard be so honestly appreciative of his soap background. I applaud his gratefulness and openness to talk freely of his OLTL experience.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Hey, maybe he’s talking now because he wants to come on another soap.
BTW, what’s he doing now that his primetime show is gone–and gone, perhaps, if we are to believe ANY of the leaked gossip about the in-fighting of the two stars (one of them, notably, Fillion himself), because he was a prime reason why it is gone. Too bad that egos can destroy such a beloved show. Professionals should be able to work together for the success of the show and to reward the loyal fans of the show. Look out for what you wish for; it might just happen and suddenly you are a persona non grata with no show

fginaspy
fginaspy

Personally, I didn’t watch his prime time show “Castle” because I didn’t find his co-star likable. Nor did I see the chemistry between their characters. I’ve always thought maybe she was the problem star. I based my earlier comments on other interviews he has done in print and on TV. He got along with his previous co-stars. After all his “Firefly” and OLTL co-stars even appeared on “Castle.”

rose
rose

I have liked Nathan in everything he has been in starting with Joey on OLTL. I don’t even know if they were using the term cougar yet back then. But especially Firefly, Serenity and a really bad guy, Preacher, in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The there is Castle. One thing I really liked about Castle is that there were guest appearances of actors from his previous shows, including the soaps…with Susan Sullivan (Another World) playing his mother Martha Rogers. What a wise mom, diva flair she had.

And as I mentioned under the Kassie return to Days story, maybe current soaps could take a page from soaps when they had more fun, romance, lightness, and adventure to them than the constant dreary, depressing stuff we are seeing now on shows like GH.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I love Susan Sullivan–have since she was on the soaps. She, unlike others I could mention, seems the consummate professional. And now she no longer has a job on the primetime show we loved so much.

Bruce
Bruce

I loved this and Nathan has always shown his respect for OLTL and I love that.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Wish he had shown more respect for his own show. (Sigh!) Egos CAN and DO get out of hand, don’t they?

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Does this ego thing seem like deja vu? Shall I again refer to ugly happenings by another “star,” namely one who left GH about a year or so ago–and who left other people’s egos on the floor–where he stomped on them with his petty tantrums. But Genie is thriving and looking more relaxed and radiant than ever with her fan base intact and her ego firmly in check. Brava, Genie!

Lisa Z
Lisa Z

He was awesome as Joey especially when his mom, Viki, was having one of her breakdowns. He was also very good in the movie, “Waitress”. He seems like such a nice guy.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

What I remember most about that storyline is the way Dorian would lovingly (lustfully?) say, “Joe,” when everyone else was calling him “Joey.” I get it: she saw him as a man and wanted to use the more formal version of his name. But the relationship between Dorian and Joe brought out a tenderness in Dorian, giving her shades of grey — was it 50 shades of grey?!

dmr
dmr

YES! YES! YES! & she always somehow elongated “Joe…”

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Hey dmr!

It was fun stuff on OLTL! Good times… Take care, Friend!

dmr
dmr

Love Nathan. He has always spoken so highly of his start in daytime. I remember when Dorian and Joey had their affair. WOW! That was before it was hot to be a “cougar.” Now, that was some great daytime, lunchtime television and storytelling. I miss those days, those stories. On another note, can’t stand Kelly Ripa. Sorry, just can’t. So fake.

Patricio
Patricio

I saw that episode and it was great that such a talented actor gave credit to his OLTL roots! He also had a small part in SAVING PRIVATE RYAN at that time also credited hid soap roots enabling him to cry on que!

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One Life to Live Alum Tuc Watkins Joins Cast Of Showtime’s ‘Black Monday’

Intriguing casting news involving the former David Vickers of Llanview.  Tuc Watkins (Ex-OLTL and Desperate Housewives) is set for a season-long guest-star arc on the second season of Showtime’s 1980’s Wall Street comedy Black Monday, which stars and is executive produced by Don Cheadle.

In it, Watkins will take on the role of Congressman Harris, who said to be “a Republican and leader of the Moral Majority.”

According to Deadline who broke the casting news, “Black Monday takes viewers back to October 19, 1987 dubbed Black Monday.   t’s the fictional story of how a group of outsiders took on the blueblood, old-boys club of Wall Street and ended up crashing the world’s largest financial system, a Lamborghini limousine, and the glass ceiling.”

Andrew Rannells, Regina Hall and Paul Scheer also star in the series.

This marks the return of Watkins to the premium cable network where he last played the role of Malcolm Laffley on Beggars and Choosers.  In addition, Tuc has been working on the upcoming Netflix film adaptation of Boys in the Band from Ryan Murphy.  Tuc appeared in the that show on Broadway.

The 10-episode upcoming season of Black Monday will bow next year.

Excited to see Tuc in a new role? Comment below!

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Mishael Morgan Returns To The Young and the Restless And Shares: “I Hope To Create Something New But Just As Special As That Girl You All Loved To Hate”

Big news was shared today as Daytime Emmy nominee, Mishael Morgan is back on CBS’ The Young and the Restless!

Morgan, who played the role of Hilary Curtis from 2013-2018 ,and then was killed-off the show is now back in Genoa City in a new role.  As fans of Y&R know, Mishael along with Bryton James (Devon) became part of the very popular duo known as “Hevon”.

Back in April of this year, Mishael reappeared on Y&R as a special guest in several episodes where she played Hilary’s ghost.  Since, Hilary was killed, Devon has begun a relationship with Elena (Brytni Sarpy).

In a post today via social media, Y&R announced the return of Morgan to the daytime drama series in a brand new role. (See below)

On her Instagram account, Morgan shared: “That’s right… I’m back!! This has been the hardest secret to keep! I am so happy & honoured to return to #YR. The time off was such a welcomed blessing, as I learned to juggle life, family & career, but I am so happy to be home! I want to take a second and thank all you diehard fans out there, who supported me so fiercely. This opportunity only came about because of YOU. I am so excited to be back home, doing what I love, with all of you cheering me on. I look forward to this new adventure and I hope to create something new but just as special as that girl you all loved to hate. Cheers to this new chapter, with old friends. Now let’s do the damn thing!

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Check out the announcement of Mishael being back on Y&R.  Then, let us know if you are excited that she has returned to the series, but this time in a new role via the comment section below.

 

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GH Head Writers: Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor Reveal More Details On Michael E. Knight’s New Soap Role

When daytime favorite Michael E. Knight debuts on General Hospital on September 30th, he will not be coming to Port Charles as his former All My Children alter-ego Tad Martin; but instead will be playing a different character.

EW.com has first look photo of Knight in his new role and spoke directly to General Hospital co-head writers, Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor for the scoop on the ever-popular Knight’s return to ABC.  On GH. Michael will indeed play a new role.

According to the scribes: “There are a number of people in Port Charles who are in trouble and his character will have an impact on how their stories are solved or further complicated.”

Both Van Etten and O’Connor shared: “As we were writing his character, we found out that oh, we have even more use for him! It’s helpful to know who the actors are in this situation. We have lots of ideas on how we can expand his character and cross-pollinate his character.”

As to how long Knight will be sticking around Port Charles, that was not offered-up, but what was is that Michael’s new character will mix it up with Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) with whom Knight worked with on All My Children when James played Will Cortlandt.

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Because ABC now has the rights back in their possession to use the characters from One Life to Live and All My Children, Van Etten expressed: “We have conversations when we have these actors come back about whether it’s more useful or not to resurrect their characters. “=We’ll continue to have these as the opportunity arises.”

So, what do you think Michael E. Knight’s role will be based on these tidbits from the GH scribe? Share your theories via the comment section below.

 

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