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OLTL's Roger Howarth & Trevor St. John named "Power Performances of the Week"

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Who would have ever thought soap fans would live to see the day that two of the most prolific daytime actors of all-time, both hugely popular, both unique in their own way, would end up finally sharing screen time together in a tale that could only be told and made plausible on the soaps.  And in doing so giving the genre, and most of all the fans of One Life to Live, some of the greatest dramatic must-see moments in recent memory. After all, who wasn’t clamoring to find out which one of these guys was the real Todd after so many false starts?

Now, we know, we know, that the convoluted plot and explanation via psycho-momma-baddie, Irene Manning was a little far-fetched, and also hard to follow, but c’mon.  We are soap fans, we get it. How on earth were we going to get around to why we have two Todd Mannings? And, how could everyone in Llanview not know Todd was Todd, plus he had another face altogether? Well, as the tale of what went down via Irene to her two twin sons, Todd and Victor Jr., was revealed, we were so upset to learn that Victor Jr. had his face sliced thanks to mom, and then reconstructed, thanks again to mom, to look like Walker Laurence! And, how upset we also had been finding out that the original Todd had been kept in captivity for 8 years away from all the people he loves.  And that is just scratching the surface here!

But all of this story repositioning has given way to amazing performances this past week from Trevor St. John (Victor) and Roger Howarth (Todd).  And so… On-Air On-Soaps is proud to name Trevor and Roger this week’s Power Performances of the Week! From the moment of Irene’s reveal, the subtlety, anger, horror, disbelief and sadness, and relief (in the case of Howarth’s Todd) portrayed was watching two actors at the very top of their game. We don’t think we will ever forget, Howarth’s Todd asking his sister, Viki for a hug after they realize they are true brother and sister, and that he had been so isolated from everyone he loves for so long…a truly beautiful moment.  Subsequently, when Todd goes to see Starr after the bombshell and they reunite, and then he sees his granddaughter Hope for the first time, this is the stuff that soaps are made of and it was played to perfection.

And then on the flip side: there is St. John’s, Victor Jr. completely destroyed, lying to this family that has come to know him as Todd, that he is still Todd, till the gig is up thanks to Starr. What followed was an amazing moment when all of Todd’s children tell Victor Jr. they still love him no matter what. St. John played every moment of this, and the desperation to get out of town to perfection, and we can’t wait for Victor and Tea to have their emotional showdown.

In our book, Howarth and St. John are true originals; they played magnificently off of each other and made creative, daring and exciting acting choices along the way with the material given to them. All we can say is, it has been a pleasure to watch. More please!  For now, watch some of the clips below of the moments over the last few airshows we have discussed, and tell us your thoughts on the performances and the story.

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I’m from South Africa the show does not air here but thanks 2 youtube I can see why people love Trevor he is an excellent actor I give him all the props for making this role his own I wish him much success. I love watching Roger because I’ve been interested him since my country just brought ATWT here I love how he makes a character his own u felt all the emotion he had with Blair, Starr and little Hope it was a reunion of a family. I wish the Daytime Awards can. Nominate Trevor Roger Michael(Adam) Daniel (Cane ) characters and actors like this are so unappreciated yet so talented

Michael, you are so right on your power performances picks. These two actors are simply the best of the best. All I can say is Bravo,,Bravo…The writing is so imaginative and clever, making the story about two Todds and how they became who they really are, top notch and dynamic. I don’t remember when I have seen better writing and better acting. Everyone of all the family members also played their parts very well. I can’t wait for Monday’s episode Kudos to you Michael, for recognizing true quality actors with different styles at their best…..

One word….BRAVO!!

The BEST scenes of RH & TSJ together were the scenes with David!

I recorded all the episodes but I saved the ones from this week. I love both Todds and when I watched Fridays episode, I cried and laughed. Trevor is an excellent actor and so is Roger. I wish the show will continue becuz OLTL is the best, hands down!

Bravo to both gentlemen for knocking it out of the park this week.
I always knew in my heart of hearts that Roger was the true Todd…..and now to find out all these years and under these circumstances that he has a twin brother.
And Trevor (Victor ) at first trying to maintain that he is Todd….
it didn’t matter to Todd’s children that he is in fact their uncle – they love him anyway.
And then there’s the evil Irene – I feel for her sons ,she sacrificed both of them….but her cryptic message upon leaving Llanfair…..”If you think this is the end,think again”….
One can’t help but feel there is major fallout still to come…..fasten your seats fans…..it’s gonna be a bumpy ride.

Amazing—both of them

THEY ARE SUCH FOOLS LETTING TREVOR GO ,WITH THEM BOTH THEY HAVE THE BEST ON DAYTIME AND PRIMETIME!!

I couldn’t agree more, Michael! Bravo to the both of them. Awesome TV! I

Trevor has a more difficult task…..and is doing it so well. There is so much going in Victor Jrs mind and Trevor has been playing perfectly with all the paranoia, self-doubt, and fear of losing his family. I hate that OLTL is losing Trevor, but he wanted out of his contract. He wanted to stay on only after learning it was cancelled for an additional 4 months. The show did not get rid of him….they just honored his wishes. As long as either Todd makes it to OLTL v. 2 then I will be watching.

They were both awesome… All I have to say is, I hope to God that TPTB see the special dynamic that they have with these two actors, and make the smart decision to bring TSJ back. It would be lunacy to not have these two men to play off of each other. That alone is Daytime Gold.

This story has been one of my favourites of late and has me glued to my seat when I watch them (either live or in time delayed recording). I loved the scenes with the then two Todds & David, and then RHTodd’s reunion with Starr and Hope, then with Blair walking in on Todd playing with Hope on the floor. Just brilliant!

I hope they keep the door open for a possible return for Trevor. While Roger Howarth will always be Todd to perfection, Trevor St.John is a very good actor and the two work very well together. OLTL has a cast that has no equal.

I became a fan of Roger Howarth during his time on ATWT and agree that he is an amazing actor.

Trevor St. John is absolutely brilliant (as the Brits would say). He is hands down superlative!! I can’t think of a good enough way to describe my appreciation… But it is vast.

If there is even half a brain amongst the executives at Prospect Park they will realize that they need to do whatever it takes to bring TSJ back to the OLTL fold. There is no excuse for letting go of a superb talent!

I agree with the comments about Trevor. He is and will always be Todd Manning as far as I’m concerned. Trevor always delivers stellar performances. He is phenomenal in the role and he’s made it his own. As for the twin thing, in my mind, RH is Victor Jr. It’s the only way the story could work and even then it is a bit much. But Trevor is a true pro, a true joy to watch. Once he leaves, I’ll be watching him on my tapes. I never tire of watching TSJ as Todd! He always draws me in! TPTB are out of their minds if they let Trevor St. John go. Here’s hoping prime time gets him on my favorite show there! TSJ would be great there too and he really is a gold mine of talent. If the people running the online version of OLTL are clever, they will do everything possible to get Trevor–AS TODD!

Their performances were fabulous! I even thought they played the twin thing to perfection before Irene arrived. It was very subtle but there. I wish that TSJ was staying they have such an opportunity to do fun things with the two of them being Todd. I think we must also give huge credit to the performances that Vicki, Tea, Blair and Starr gave supporting the Todds. It was a great week! Please keep TSJ!!!

Maybe the Emmy gods will revise their convoluted misdirected awards process so top-drawer acting and storytelling gets some deserved love. Can Howarth and TSJ be nommed as a set? OLTL has had some dynamite peformances in recent years and these are the latest and greatest. Wow!

I love watching these two todd I hope they work together in oltl online hopeful someone rehired Trevor

TSJ is finally acting after walking through his scenes for the past few years. I am so thrilled to see Roger. The one and only Todd.

i am most sadden to see trevor st john leave the show.;he was fantastic. i really wish the producers could have kept the twins on the show. i am so hurt to see trevor die. i know it is just on the show, but i looked forward to seeing him every day. he will be greatly missed. please bring him back!

I think it is a shame that they are leading everyone to think that Todd killed Victor. Why did Victoro have to die? Seems there could have been lots of juicie stuff there. I hate to see St. John go.

I have watched OLTL my entire life. I remember when RH left, and I did not think there was an actor out there that could come in and take his place PLUS win me over. I have never been a fan of recasting characters. I usually spend half the time wishing the original actor would just come back already. That is not true in this case! TSJ came in and found a way to take over AND make this VERY complex character his own. Years ago when I faithfully watched RH I would not have believed I would ever think of anyone else as Todd Manning,BUT I have to say in all honestly I was NOT happy to hear he was coming back if it meant replacing TSJ. If I HAD to choose between them I choose TSJ HANDS DOWN!!!. Truthfully, I am only interested in RH on the scene if he is an addition and plays off of TSJ. Now THAT is great tv! Ok keep RH if you want to..but…BRING TSJ BACK NOW PLEASE!!!!!

All I can say is that ABC made a big mistake when they let Trevor St John go. He is a GREAT actor. It is a real shame. I have no reason to watch anymore. I do hope they try and bring him back……

When I first started watching OLTL many years ago and Roger Howarth was Todd Manning then, I admired his acting skills when Todd was a really bad guy (the rape of Marty Sayebrook and harrassing Nora Gannon when she was blind) but then he left OLTL and they brought in this amazing Trevor St. John as Walker Laurence and I think he was responsible for Mitch Laurence’s death. Anyway, even though both are excellent actors, my heart goes with Trevor St. John. Trevor has that Jack Nicholson spark about him… I recorded the last two weeks when Victor Lord, Jr. was murdered and I have written to Executive Producer Frank Valentini hoping he will recast Trevor St. John. The ratings for those last two weeks should have been off the charts! After all, The Young and the Restless still has its Victor, and Days Of Our Lives has their Victor, and now, OLTL needs its Victor Lord, Jr. back!!! I bothers me that OLTL is canceled after January 2012. I felt it was only canceled because it came on after All My Children, whose cast was moved to California and it still got canceled. All of the other TV soaps are now filmed out of California except One Life To Live…

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Michele Val Jean Gives Update on Daytime’s Newest Soap: “The Team for ‘The Gates’ is Coming Together and It’s Fire”

CBS daytime’s newest soap opera, The Gates, is set to bow in January of 2025.  Until now, not much has been known of who else behind the scenes or in front of the camera might be coming on to the show.

However, The Gates writer, and co-executive producer, Michele Val Jean, shared an update on the series ,which has as its premise and epicenter, the story of a wealthy black family living in a gated community.

Now, Val Jean has taken to her Instagram account to share an update on the show.  Michele expressed, “You guys! The team for #TheGates is coming together and it’s 🔥🔥🔥. I couldn’t be happier. Exciting announcements coming soon. Stay tuned!”

Previously, Michele attended last weekend’s 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Award ceremony where she also shared on her IG, these sentiments: “Had a great time at the #daytimeemmys tonight. I so love this community of such colossally talented and genuinely nice people. I’m humbled to be adding to the legacy with ‘The Gates’. Shout out to my #boldandbeautiful peeps. You guys are the best.”

Val Jean has been a writer for The Bold & The Beautiful, Generations, Santa Barbara, General Hospital, and Port Charles throughout her daytime career, and she has won Daytime Emmys for her work on B&B and GH.

Now the question becomes, who would you like to see cast on ‘The Gates’? What kind of roles might be available? Who could be helping steer other creative elements behind the scenes? Stay tuned. Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

 

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GH’s Mark Teschner Tells Casting Stories of Johnny Wactor, Giovanni Mazza, Rebecca Herbst & Nicholas Chavez

This week during a very informative and insightful conversation, General Hospital’s 11-time Emmy-winning casting director and now a Daytime Emmy Silver Circle honoree, Mark Teschner spoke on finding the talent for specific roles on the ABC daytime drama series throughout his near three and half decades with the show.

During a livestream chat on the Michael Fairman Channel, Teschner recalled some of the behind the scenes casting stories that brought many beloved favorites to the GH family including the late Johnny Wactor (ex-Brando), the newly-arrived, Giovanni Mazza (Gio), longtime fan favorite, Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth), and rising star, Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer) to name but a few.

When speaking with sadness over the loss of Wactor, who was shot and killed back on May 25th, and what he brought to the character of Brando, Teschner recalled, “With Johnny, what you see is what you get. You see the most kind decent, standup guy, and that’s innately who he is. So, that quality comes through in his work and with the character.”

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Mark explained, “Brando was a raw kind of hothead, troubled kind of character, and Johnny was able to go there. He had a real intensity that he was able to bring to the role, but at the same time, the character of Brando had to have this depth and this giant heart that he doesn’t necessarily reveal when you first see him. Well, Johnny had the biggest heart of anyone you’ll ever meet. So that essence was already there, and then his acting and his skill played the character. Johnny brought so much of who he was to the character, and there was something so authentic about him.”

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Giovanni Mazza recently debuted on GH as “Gio”, so what was his road to landing in Port Charles? Teschner shared, “I was casting a recurring role for a 15-year-old on the show, but when I’m doing the audition, sometimes I’ll open it up because we try to cast true to age, really within a year or so.  If you think about it, all the kids in our show are the exact age of the characters that they’re playing. Because if you have somebody that’s older playing younger, it sticks out because they’re not going to blend age-wise. But I did read a number of actors that were older just because they looked interesting. Gio’s audition came in. I was viewing this through self tapes, and there was just something about him. It wasn’t just that he was a great-looking kid, it was just there’s something very soulful about him and something very compelling, and he draws you in. ”

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Mark continued, “So with the group of the 15-year-olds that I sent to Frank Valeintini (EP, GH), I said, ‘Hey, I’m including this kid, Giovanni Mazza. I’m well aware he’s too old, but I just want you to see him.’

After having him come into audition, two weeks later, Frank called Mark and told him they were putting Gio under contract. Teschner added, “So, that was an example where it was his first week in LA, it was his first and ever audition. So we got  before anybody else.  I think he’s really gonna develop into, you know, quite a young actor.”

Becky Herbst has been beloved as Elizabeth for decades, and Teschner recounted her audition process and how she came to the role of Elizabeth. “She (originally) auditioned for the role of Sarah Webber. But the role of Elizabeth was created for Becky. While the character of Sarah did not last long, here we are with Becky 30 years later.”

Teschner cited Becky’s casting as a great example. “I always tell actors when they come into audition, you lay it out, you put it all out there, you bring everything you have to that role. You may not get the role, but if you do good work, you get remembered. And it’s so true.”

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Nicholas Chavez popped in the role of Spencer Cassadine before exiting the series. Teschner tells how Chavez came onto the GH casting radar. “Nicholas sent his self tape in from Florida and the rest is history. He had a meteoric impact on the show.” Mark added, “You always have an expectation and the hope that they’re (the actor) going to nail it and run with it. But sure, there are actors, you think, ‘They’re gonna be awesome,’ and then all of a sudden it goes to another level. With Nicholas Chavez, we knew he’d be amazing, but you know, who knew? Well, we did.”

Watch the full conversation with Mark Teschner below where he talks about even more of the casting stories behind some of your GH favorites, then and now.

What you think of the Teschner’s eye for talent casting the characters of General Hospital? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Y&R’s Melissa Claire Egan Previews “Amazing, Juicy, Fun” Summer Storyline

The Young and the Restless, Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea) has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy seven-times throughout her career for her work on both All My Children and the CBS soap opera. Now viewers are wondering what’s next for the talented Egan in story?

Many are sensing that perhaps Chelsea might get back together with Adam (Mark Grossman) over their connection to their son, Connor and more, while others are rooting for Sally (Courtney Hope) and Adam, who have currently found their way back to one another.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Egan on the red carpet at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards where she teased some major story to come. When asked if she felt Adam and Chelsea might get back together, Egan couldn’t give a direct answer, but she did tease a major story to put on Y&R viewers radar.

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Egan revealed, “There’s an amazing, juicy, fun storyline happening this summer. Stay tuned, everybody. Chelsea’s involved in something and it has been so much fun to play. I am like, thinking about my words before I speak because I don’t wanna ruin it. It’s so fun and juicy and you guys (the audience) are gonna love it, or,  even if you don’t love it, you’re gonna feel passionate about it.”

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Now a mom of two, Melissa spends her time at the studio taping all-new episodes of Y&R and juggling the daily lives of two young children, Jake and Caden. “I have a baby and a toddler, a 10-month old and a two and a half-year old,” she shares. “They’re exhausting, but they’re so amazing and they’re such sweet. They’re a dream come true. Jake has had me up at 4:30 in the morning a lot lately, and then I have to go to work by 6:30am. You know, it’s just a juggling act. But you just do it. You look at these little faces and you’re just obsessed and it’s all good. It’s all blessings.”

Check out our chat with Missy below.

Now let us know, do you want Chelsea with Adam? What storyline do you think is coming this summer involving her character? Weigh-in via the comment section below.

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