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OLTL’s Erika Slezak Message To Her Fans During COVID-19: “I Hope Everyone is Well and That We Come Out of This In One Piece”

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The iconic star of One Life to Live and six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki)  who will soon be seen in the ABC special, The Story of Soaps, set to air May 18th (8 p. m. EST), just released a very special message to her fans.

Erika posted an update on her, and her family, during the coronavirus pandemic for her legions of fans via her website.

Slezak shared the following:  “ABC and PEOPLE asked me to participate in this project (The Story of Soaps), and did a very long interview – about 2 hours – out of which they will probably use maybe 5 minutes.  I hope you enjoy watching.  Other than that, we are all doing well here in CT, and managing just as best as we can.  We are lucky in that we have a home and food in the cupboard and the fridge and we are staying in.  I haven’t been to a store in 60 days.

Michael does all the errands like grocery shopping etc., and fortunately he is very careful and staying healthy.  The weather has, for the most part, been totally miserable. We have had maybe two or three really nice days, and it’s been cloudy and rainy all the rest of the time, so there is really no reason to go outside anyway. I’ve been doing lots of reading and cleaning the house and clearing out of cupboards, etc, which keeps us busy.  I hope everyone is well and that we come out of this in one piece.”

So, glad to hear from Erika? Will you be watching her in the upcoming special The Story of Soaps? Post your well-wishes to Erika and her family in the comment section below, as they stay hunkered down like most of us are during COVID-19.

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Rodd
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Rodd

Nice to hear from her and know she is doing well.
I look forward to seeing the soap special. Can barely believe they’re doing it. What a wonderful surprise for us soap fans!

minimo
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minimo

I agree !!

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

It’s always a joy to hear from Erika Slezak. I am so happy to know that she and her family are well as we live through this global public health emergency. Can’t wait to see her on The Story of Soaps special. Please let her know that I miss her and our beloved One Life to Live every single day. Stay well, stay safe and know that you are loved!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jimh
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Jimh

I miss OLTL…i know Days fans like Jaime Lynn Bauer and i do too but i thought she looked more the part as Laura Horton(and Susan Flannery-Laura no 2) and wanted her to do a short story arc with Jerry VerDorn as Bill Horton…then Days killed Bill off camera that was just a filler moment and forgettable…happy to hear she and her family are doing well!!!

Scott Paquin
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Scott Paquin

Love hearing that she is doing well during these difficult times. I look forward to seeing her in the Story of Soaps special. She is a daytime treasure.

Lou-Ann Adams
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Lou-Ann Adams

Love seeing this from Erika!! My all time favorite. Look forward to seeing the special..

Michael Clave
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Michael Clave

I love Erika Slezak! she is my favorite soap actress of all time and OLTL is my favorite soap too! had the great honor of meeting Erika at at fan club luncheon in NYC on May 5,2001. watched OLTL from day one July 15,1968 until it was stupidly cancelled on January 13,2012.. literally grew up watching Erika play “Viki” one of my cats is named Vicky! in honor of her.

Janell
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Janell

Great to hear from you Erika! I sure miss One Life to Live especially in times like this. The great storylines gave us something to look forward to!

Steve
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Steve

Praise the (Victoria) Lord! GH’s cast is large enough, but I’d be happy with a two-week story arc with Viki coming to consult Lulu on how to write for a paper. Maybe throw in a scene of someone resembling Niki at karaoke night at The Rib.

Regardless, still looking forward to seeing Erika on the People special.

Tracy
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Tracy

It is especially wonderful hearing from such an iconic talent.I truly admired her work and I have missed seeing her.I wish that the networks would realize there is a huge audience waiting for the wonderful world of soaps such as my favorite-ONE LIFE TO LIVE-to return along with my favorite actress from daytime tv,Erika Slezak

Tina Gaffney
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Tina Gaffney

“Hi , Erika ! I watched your SUPERBLY practice your Craft on “One Life To Live”for many moons and I used to LOVE your iconic , Legendary battles with Robin Strasser( Dorian Lord!) I would LOVE to see you do ANYTHING in TV , Film , or Stage ; I always hope to be able to work with you one day ; Our industry is So Very , Very Blessed- to have seen your EXCEPTIONAL WORK grace the small screen! Continued Blessings To You and Yours- and a quote that reminds me of you-( J.M. Barrie-author of Peter Pan-) ”… Read more »

Janet Cofiell
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Janet Cofiell

Where can you watch the soap special?

Tammy Kreiss
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Tammy Kreiss

It will air on TV! Great news!

Charles Black
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Charles Black

Great seeing and hearing you are well. We look forward to seeing the special. Stay safe and blessed.

Tammy Kreiss
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Tammy Kreiss

She is so awesome! Became my second mom in CT, as she was concerned to put my jacket on. Glad her and her family are all well, & safe!

Tracy Prochazka
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Tracy Prochazka

So glad to hear from Erika!! Glad to know, they’re doing okay! I’ll will be watching!! Something to look forward to in these rough times!!

minimo
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minimo

I will ABSOLUTELY be watching The Story of Soaps !! Great to see your face, Erika !!

cstolliver
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cstolliver

I would hope that ABC and People are planning to provide lots of online sidebars for their TV special, if they’ve done *that much* reporting.

bonnie delray
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bonnie delray

It was so wonderful to read her message of hope. I still think the world of her and wish I got to enjoy her character each and everyday. I hope her family, as everyone’s, stays healthy in the crisis. Maybe we will all be better for it, having developed more kindness and patience towards others. I’ll be watching and hoping to see and hear more of Erika in the future.

Karen
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Karen

Hi Erika, as I remember you, Vicki. I miss you & everyone else from OLTL still!! I watched from the start, so a long time. It was my ‘mommy down time’ while the kiddies napped! I’ll be watching ‘The Story Of Soaps’, for sure. You & your family be well & healthy!

Glenn
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Glenn

So wonderful to hear from you Erika. I miss you and OLTL immensely. I have been staying in as well and not enjoying the miserable weather very much. Here in CT as well.

Brian A Del Piano
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Brian A Del Piano

Happy Birthday Erika! God Bless and watch over you and your family. I watched with my Mom as a new Vickie came on to OLTL. Been a fan ever since! Thank You for many decades of stories, Dorian! LOL! Watching Erika grow behind the scenes and Vickie grow in front of the scenes was a shear pleasure! Be safe! -Brian.

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Emme Rylan On Her Final GH Scenes: “Laying There Emotionless While My Amazing Costars Cried Over My Comatose Body Was One of the Hardest Acting Challenges EVER!”

If you watched Tuesday’s episode of General Hospital, you witnessed an emotional and heartbreaking episode where friends, family, and loved ones had to say their goodbyes to Lulu Spencer (Emme Rylan) before she is transferred to a long-term care facility to be looked after following her brain injuries and surgery which left her in a coma.

This was to mark the last scenes of Emme Rylan who has exited the series.  In story, viewers watched as Nikolas (Marcus Coloma), Maxie (Kirsten Storms), Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), Tracy (Jane Elliot) and a grief-stricken Laura (Genie Francis) sat by Lulu’s hospital bedside telling her they will be waiting for her to wake up, as the agonize over the gravity of the situation.

On Wednesday, Rylan took to social media to tell her fans how difficult it was for her to tape those scenes, when she expressed: “Laying there emotionless while my amazing costars cried over my comatose body was one of the hardest acting challenges EVER! They don’t exactly have you practice that in acting school (Thank u to everyone that noticed).”

In response former GH star Ryan Paevey (Ex-Nathan) who also went through a similar on-screen situation when his character was killed-off tweeted back to Em: “I 100% agree and understand, haha.”

The episode gave  Genie Francis a fantastic palette to play and reminded everyone why she is one of the greatest icons of the genre.

So, what did you think of Emme’s statement on trying to get through those difficult scenes as played by her co-stars?  Share your thoughts below.

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Brandon Routh Joins Another OLTL Alum, Nathan Fillion, In New Role on ‘The Rookie’

It’s a One Life to Live reunion of sorts coming up on ABC’s The Rookie.  Brandon Routh (Ex-Seth Anderson) is joining the cop drama in a recurring role this season.

After his turn on CW’s Legends of Tomorrow, Routh will be part of the cast along with another OLTL alum, Nathan Fillion (Ex-Joey Buchanan), who plays series lead. John Nolan, the oldest rookie at the Los Angeles Police Department.

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According to Deadline, “Routh will play Doug Stanton, an eleven-year veteran of the LAPD, whose views prove to be polarizing at the Mid-Wilshire station.”

 

Brandon is currently set for four episodes with the possibility of a longer arc.

The new season of The Rookie bows on January 3rd.

So will you be checking  out the new season of The Rookie? Comment below.

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Daytime Emmys To Remain Virtual For Upcoming 2021 Ceremony

With an uncertain situation of when live events can get back to normal, or as they have been in the past prior to the coronavirus pandemic, The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) announced today that it plans on keeping next year’s Daytime Emmys award show virtual, to allow for the 2022 awards cycle to stay on track.

In fact, all of NATAS’s award ceremonies including: the News and Documentary Emmys, Technology & Engineering Emmys and the Sports Emmys will also remain virtual next year.

The Daytime Emmys became the first major award show to air a virtual presentation that others followed back in late June of this year and aired on CBS.

In a statement, NATAS chairman and CEO Adam Sharp expressed on the organization’s decision:“The current timetables articulated by manufacturers project mass availability of vaccinations for the entire U.S. population by mid-summer 2021, potentially permitting a return to more traditional in-person ceremonies later in the fall. However, we have determined that delaying our 2021 events to possibly allow for a compressed calendar of in-person Emmy ceremonies late in the year would result in unacceptable delays to our awards cycle for 2022. Instead, we have decided to remain “virtual” in the format of our ceremonies for 2021 while relying on a substantially pre-COVID awards calendar. In so doing, we believe we will be best-positioned to return to a full, on-time, traditional schedule of in-person ceremonies in 2022.

The dates currently under consideration for the 48th annual Daytime Emmys which would be via two or three nights of presentations are: a combination of dates from Friday, June 25, Saturday, July 17 and/or Sunday, July 18.

For those entering the competition, the entry deadline is February, 17, 2021 with  the nominations not to come till May or June.

So, what do you think about the Daytime Emmys going virtual again for 2021? Comment below.

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