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OLTL's Erika Slezak chats on her 40th Anniversary homage episode & more!

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It is hard to believe, but come this March 17th Erika Slezak will have played the indomitable Viki Lord Gordon Riley Burke Riley Buchanan Buchanan Carpenter Davidson Banks for 40 years on One Life to Live. And, as the centerpiece of Llanview, the series is planning a very special homage to Erika and Viki on April 26th!

TV Guide spoke to Erika Slezak to get her thoughts on the upcoming episode, working on soaps for decades, OLTL’s cancellations rumors, the addition of Kim Zimmer to the mix in Llanview, and the men in Viki’s life.  Here are a few excerpts below:

Slezak on the scoop on the 40th Anniversary episode: “I haven’t seen the script yet but I think it’s going to include a lot of me. [Laughs] No flashbacks or anything. I think they’re going to dredge up a lot of what’s going on in Viki’s life right now and how she’s dealing with it. When Frank said, “We’re writing a show for you,” I was so touched I started to cry. It’s so sweet. But I was kind of hoping it would all go by unnoticed.”

Slezak on the men in Viki’s life: “I’ve been fortunate in that they’ve given me partners who were willing to share. Not every actor is unselfish. A lot of them are very selfish indeed and it’s always all about them. Fortunately, I’ve never had that kind of guy. Even Clint Ritchie (Clint), who wasn’t necessarily the best actor in the world, was so wonderfully natural and pure and touching that we made a great pair. They used to call us The Cowboy and the Lady. I’m not saying Clint was a bad actor. He was a real-life cowboy. He wasn’t used to acting, and television. But we found something that worked. Viki brought out a sweetness in him.”

Slezak on if it was true that Robin Strasser was indeed freaked that Kim Zimmer was rejoining OLTL: “Kim coming back to the show was a freakin’ brilliant opportunity. Robin was indeed concerned. She came to me and said, “Erika, I just don’t know about this.” But I told her this could only be good for our characters and the show. Bringing back Echo delved into our history and brought up all that old animosity. It’s just fabulous! And Kim is such a joy.”

So now we ask, “What is your favorite Viki moment from the past 40 years?”  Let us know.

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Todd
Todd

I am happy they are doing an episode for her. She is the heart of the show. My neice used to say at 2:00 every day…”it is time for the Viki show”.

Chip
Chip

Ms. Slezak is a class act…a gracious lady and a brilliant actress. Happy anniversary to her! I hope she and OLTL enjoy 40 more years of success!

Brian Greene
Brian Greene

Miss Erika is the greatest! 🙂

Brianna
Brianna

I liked it when she told Clint that Cord Roberts was his son. Not to mention that Natalie was Jessica’s twin sister and also her daughter. Plus the way that she stood up to Roxy when she started to trash Natalie . That was completely awesome. But then riding into save Natalie’s life against her own father. Now that says something about a mother’s love. Natalie’s and Viki’s love has truly evolved. Plus , the way that she adores Rex . Even though , she didn’t know anything about him. Now, finding out that Rex is actually biologically Clint’s and Echo’s son , she doesn’t seem to care. Natalie is still protective of him. And loves him . All and all, Viki will do anything to protect and be there for her children.

Derek
Derek

Favorite Viki moment? Gosh, there are too many to even begin to count! LOL One of my first memories of Viki actually was back in 1985 when she turned into Niki Smith on the witness stand at Tina’s trial for the murder of Harry O’ Neill. I remember just being mesmerized by the whole thing!! And shouting at the TV “Leave her alone! She’s not Viki. She’s Niki!” LOL From that moment on I was a HUGE Viki and Erika Slezak fan. Viki going to heaven, Gabrielle Medina leading Viki into Eterna and Viki remembering more about Eterna, Viki going back to 1888 in time to stop Clint’s wedding to Miss Ginny, and the stroke storyline are also all favorites of mine. And of course anytime she is Niki Smith or pretending to be Niki it is freakin’ hilarious!! And I love all of her alters! So, congratulations Ms. Slezak on 40 years! Here’s to 40 more (and more Emmy’s)!! You deserve it all!

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Brandon Barash Talks Stefan & Those Stabi Sex Scenes; Plus Freddie Smith & Acting Coach Maria O’Brien On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

On an all-new episode of NBC’s Inside Salem: Days of our Live Podcast, Brandon Barash is the special guest for the first time since taking over the role of Stefan DiMera, originally played by Tyler Christopher.

During Barash’s interview with host, Michael Fairman, the actor chats on being a replacement for a role on the soaps which happens many-a-time,  plus why he plays bad boys so well; given that daytime drama fans first were introduced to Brandon from his work as mobster Johnny Zacchara on General Hospital.

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Currently, Brandon is involved in the most steamy story on Days that of Stefan and Gabi’s (Camila Banus) contentious relationship.  While now Gabi has set out her revenge plan on Stefan; which included having sex with him, the tables are turning and these two bad apples are seemingly drawn to each other in more ways than just hitting the tabletops and desktops for a quick romp.  Barash fills the listener in on his take on the #Stabi relationship, and the trouble he has been put in thanks to the lies of Kate (Lauren Koslow) and Ted (Gilles Marini).

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Later in the podcast, Fairman sits down with Freddie Smith (Sonny) and the Days of our Lives on-set acting coach, Maria O’Brien, as the two of them gives listeners insight on how Maria works with the cast to get them ready to hit the soundstage to deliver their lines, their monologues and get to the heart and deep-meaning in their emotional scenes.   Smith and O’Brien delve into some of Sonny’s most emotional scenes, and the rigors of acting in a long-running soap opera which shoots at such a tremendously fast paced.

You can download the episode available now on iTunes here, or head over to NBC.com/Inside Salem and check it out there.

So, are you digging Brandon as Stefan O DiMera? Are you rooting for Gabi and Stefan to wind up together more than just sexually, but in perhaps in a serious relationship? Weigh-in via the comment section below.

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Elizabeth Hendrickson Makes Another Return To Y&R

There will be more drama surrounding Chloe on The Young and the Restless. Elizabeth Hendrickson, who just recently made a return to the CBS Daytime drama series after her year on General Hospital as Margaux Dawson, and who was key to bringing back Adam Newman to the canvas in Genoa City and the story surrounding him, is coming back for another round on the top-rated soap.

Hendrickson posted on her Instagram a throwback photo to her and Y&R’s Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea) with the following words in her post: “Found an oldie but a goodie! Who’s ready for some of this again?! Back at @youngandrestlesscbsand excited for what’s to come.”

In story, Adam (Mark Grossman) had Chloe kidnapped and has her man Kevin (Greg Rikaart) blackmailed to do his bidding in order to keep Chloe safe and from not having to serve time in prison for his attempted murder.

And there is still the unanswered question … if Chloe and Adam can co-exist in the same orbit, or if they will ever be able to get past the horrific moment in both their lives when Adam killed Chloe’s daughter in a hit and run accident?

So, glad to know there will be more Liz on Y&R? Share your thoughts below.

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‘Supernatural’ Stars Emotional At Their Last Comic-Con Panel; Matt Cohen Set To Direct Episode In Final Season

All good things must come to an end, and although the final season of CW’s Supernatural has yet to air, series stars; Jensen Ackles (Ex-Eric, Days, and Dean Winchester, Supernatural), Jared Padalecki (Sam Winchester), Misha Collins (Castiel) and Alexander Calvert (Jack) were overcome with emotion at Sunday’s San Diego Comic-Con Panel as the series is set to wind down after 15 seasons.

Throughout their panel, plenty of nostalgia, tears, and humorous moment ensued. The panel did not focus on spoilers for season 15, but showcased the iconic series for all its glory over its past 14 seasons.

Before the panel came to its conclusion, the cast could no longer contain their emotions and Padalecki even had tissues ready. “We were all backstage promising each other that we weren’t going to cry. And we all knew that we were lying to each other,” Misha Collins and Jared shared.

Ackles thanked the legions of fans in attendance and worldwide: “Thanks for showing up. Without you, we wouldn’t be here. It’s an amazing thing to see. We love you guys very much.”

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In addition to the tears, it was revealed that recurring Supernatural favorite and former General Hospital star, Matt Cohen (Ex-Griffin Munro) will be directing one of the episodes of the series during its final season.  Cohen had previously played a young John Winchester on the sci-fi series.  Jensen Ackles is also set to direct this season, as well.

Supernatural will have its season 15 premiere e on October 10th on the CW.

So, will you miss Supernatural? Comment below.

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