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OLTL's Erika Slezak on Zimmer, Passanante, her bandage & more!

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The November newsletter is out from One Life to Live’s six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Erika Slezak (Viki Banks) on her website www.erikalslezak.com In it, there is a brand new Q&A with the legendary actresses which addresses many of the changes in front of the camera and behind-the-scenes in recent months at OLTL!    Here are just a few excerpts!

Erika on former ATWT head scribe, Jean Passanante on the OLTL writing team : “Jean has been working since June (I think), which is when “As the World Turns’” production shut down. They had that much in the can when they went off the air in September, because they had finished shooting somewhere at the end of June or early July. So she came to us then, and yes, she has just been wonderful. She is a breakdown writer but she sits in on all of the meetings, and apparently has had some very good ideas. The whole Echo story, which I love, was Ron’s idea. Jean is very, very intelligent and very savvy as to this business. And so she knows how to direct things and where to go. I think she is going to be a great addition, and already has been one to the writing team.”

Erika on working with Kim Zimmer in the reigniting of the Echo/Viki feud: “It is delightful – absolutely delightful. You know, I said to her, “I can’t wait to hear that big ol’ laugh of yours!” She’s just a joy and she is so professional. She knew exactly how to do it and what to do. It was a little different for her because she has spent the last couple of years practically on location. She said, “Oh, it is so nice to have a studio.” And she’s just been wonderful. We have had a lot of scenes together – very fun scenes. She’s been working with Robin a bit and they’re having a great time. The whole thing has just turned out well. She and Brian Kerwin get along brilliantly. Yes, the whole thing is just working out really well. I like the story – I like where it is going. It gets much more complicated, of course, as time goes by, but I like it.”

Erika on the bandage Viki was wearing in recent scenes above her temple: “That was real life. I had a little pre-cancerous thing, and I’m not sure what it is called – a lesion or something. It was a little bump on my right temple that wasn’t going away. I spoke to the dermatologist and he cryogenically tried to remove it – they freeze it with this stuff, and anyone who has gone to a dermatologist knows what it is. If it didn’t go away after freezing, they would have to biopsy it. So, a couple of weeks later, it hadn’t gone away, so they biopsied it and said it was a basil-cell skin cancer, which is a pre-cancerous condition. In order for it not to advance and become cancer, they removed it in what was a very simple procedure.”

Make sure to read the rest of the newsletter with Erika on her thoughts on Terri Colombino coming to Llanview, (Erika screen-tested all of the Aubrey’s) and how she feels that the show is not in danger of cancellation anytime soon, with all the upgrades the show has made in production quality while pairing down the budgets at the same time to ensure its future.

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Someone who calls Jean Passanante intelligent has to be as stupid as JP. JP along with CG destroyed the wonderful LURE love story on ATWT. Let’s see what Erika Selza has to say when JP will ruin OLTL and bring it down just like she did for ATWT.

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ABC Officially Picks Up ‘Roseanne’ Spinoff, ‘The Conners’ With No Roseanne Barr Participation

Word on late Thursday afternoon is that ABC has now officially moved forward and gave a pick-up to the Roseanne spinoff series, The Conners.   

As viewers know, there had been speculation that the series would revolve around Sara Gilbert’s character of Darlene, but now the other concept with the entire family in the title is the direction the new series will go (although it is said to be the “working title” of the series.)

The Conners received a ten episode order and will make the fall TV schedule, and will reside on Tuesday night’s on ABC at 8PM.

Roseanne Barr’s controversial tweets led to the network’s swift decision to cancel her series.

In the new deal, Barr will have no financial or creative involvement in The Conners after reaching a settlement with series producer, Tom Werner.

The Conners will feature the rest of the Roseanne core cast including: John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson, and Michael Fishman.

According to Deadline:  It is unclear how exactly Barr’s character will be written off but ABC describes it as “a sudden turn of events.”  On the new show, after a sudden turn of events, the Conners are forced to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before. This iconic family – Dan, Jackie, Darlene, Becky and D.J. – grapples with parenthood, dating, an unexpected pregnancy, financial pressures, aging and in-laws in working-class America. Through it all, the fights, the coupon cutting, the hand-me-downs, the breakdowns – with love, humor and perseverance, the family prevails.

In a statement ABC commented: “The Conners’ stories demonstrate that families can always find common ground through conversation, laughter and love. The spinoff will continue to portray contemporary issues that are as relevant today as they were 30 years ago.”

A major turning point to greenlight the series came when the fact that the new series does not feature Barr’s character Roseanne Conner, which rights to which she is said to maintain, paved the way for an agreement with no Barr.

So, glad to hear The Conners will continue sans Roseanne? Comment below.

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Eva Longoria Gives Birth To Baby Boy!

Wonderful news for Eva Longoria and her husband Jose “Pepe” Baston.  The duo welcomed into the world their new son on Tuesday named, Santiago Enrique Baston.

The little man he was born at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.  Santiago weighed in at 6 pounds and 13 ounces at birth.

“We are so grateful for this blessing,” Longoria said HOLA! USA, who has exclusive pics of new mom and her son.

This is Longoria’s first child.  Baston has four other children from a previous message.

As many know, the former The Young and the Restless, Desperate Housewives, EP of Devious Maids, and star and creator of the comedy sitcom Telenovela, and the soon to be seen EP of Grand Hotel, married Baston back on May 21, 2016, and announced that they were expecting their first child together in December of last year.

Share your congrats and well-wishes in the comment section below for Eva, Jose, and Santiago,

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B&B Picks Up Its 13th Golden Nymph Award At 58th Monte Carlo Television Festival

In ceremonies held this evening in Monte Carlo, Monaco, The Bold and the Beautiful was once again the recipient of the Golden Nymph Award for its victory in the ‘International TV Audience Award in the Telenovela/Soap Opera category.’

This marks the 13th consecutive time B&B has received this honor at the Monte Carlo Television Festival.

On hand from the series for the 58th annual awards ceremonies were long-running series star, Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke) and Thorsten Kaye (Ridge).

Immediately following Bold’s win, Katherine and Thorsten struck a pose for the paparazzi on hand.

In a post on her Instagram standing next to Princess Charlene and Kaye, Lang related: “Every year we come it never disappoints. Thank you to Prince Albert and Princess Charlene for an amazing week in Monaco! It is always an honor to be here!”

Share your congrats for the most-watched and well-known soap around the globe, The Bold and the Beautiful, via the comment section below.

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