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One Life to Live Icon Erika Slezak To Appear In Upcoming Episode Of CBS’ ‘Blue Bloods’

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For all of us who have missed Erika Slezak following her enduring run on One Life to Live as Viki, over the last year, Slezak has been back in action and on our screens again appearing in primetime episodics and feature films.

Now comes word that Erika just completed filming an episode of the hit CBS drama Blue Bloods starring Tom Selleck.

According to her website, ErikaSlezak.com, the actress will appear on the upcoming Friday. May 3rd episode.

On the experience of working on Blue Bloods, Slezak released this statement: “I worked with Len Cariou, who plays retired NYC Commissioner Henry Reagan on the series and Tana Sirois, a wonderful young actress and a dream to work with. Tana plays my granddaughter (not a regular series character). It was a long but wonderful day and the entire crew, director, John Behring, and the writer, Daniel Truly, were all so terrific and easy and helpful. Just the nicest crew, made me feel so welcome and happy. It was as if I had been back with our lovely people at OLTL, the best ever.”

A touching post from Slezak, who gives a shout-out to all her former colleagues at One Life to Live.

Blue Bloods airs Friday nights at 10PMET/PT.

So, will you be watching for Erika’s upcoming TV role? Let us know via the comment section below.

 

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Rodd
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Rodd

Yes, just because she’ll be on.

JLH
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JLH

I’m totally tuning in for this. Erika is awesome!

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I can’t miss the opportunity to see the marvelous Erika Slezak again. Just marked my calendar and I’ll be watching. How I want our beloved One Life to Live back on the air.

Lori Casales (Guest
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Lori Casales (Guest

Me too Llanviewer717, me too! Best soap ever.

boes
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boes

I love this woman. Class act, all the way, all the time.

LIla
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LIla

Yes , I will, I love the OLTL cast , especially Erika Slezak!

Michael
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Michael

It’s great that’s she getting more work.

Stephen
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Stephen

I’m thrilled that Erika will be guest starring on Blue Bloods! While it’s too bad the current daytime shows haven’t found a way to bring Erika into our homes on a more regular basis, it’s awesome to see her getting some roles on prime time and film!

LinesofLove
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LinesofLove

What a gracious lady! So happy that she is now working on diverse projects, here’s to Ms. Slezak’s continued resurgence!

Debra Jo Portz
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Debra Jo Portz

Yes I will watch….

Debra Jo Portz
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Debra Jo Portz

I will watch miss all the actors from o.l.t.l.

Debra Jo Portz
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Debra Jo Portz

Yeap will watch

Liz
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Liz

CAN’T wait to see her… Loved her on OLTL…

]terry Souder
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]terry Souder

Yes love Blue Bloods and Erica

Mary
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Mary

I hope both the script and story do justice to the wonderful Erika Slezak.

Nancy
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Nancy

Cant wait to see erika miss her so much she was the best we need our show back

Fran
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Fran

yes , I will watch will probably have to record it will be at work still .

Sherri Grant Murdock
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Sherri Grant Murdock

I wish that AMC and OLTL were back on come back where it left off

su000
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su000

hi Sherri..
the actors of those soaps are probably dead, failing, or simply retired..
And without the original actors, those two soaps would be meaningless/unrecognizable.

carl roberts
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carl roberts

only ONE PERSON FRON OLTL PASSED AWAY. everyone ELSE IS DOING WELL AND MOST ARE STILL ACTING.IT WILL BE NICE SEEING YOU AGAIN ERICA. MY WIFE AND I WATCHED OLTOL FOR YEARS. BEST OF LUCK .WE WILL BE WATCHING.

Celia
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Celia

I never miss an episode of BLUE BLOODS —-Ms Slezak’s presence will be an added bonus. So good to finally see her ‘about’!!

Greta Sher
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Greta Sher

Blue Bloods is not a show I watch; however with Erika Slezak as a guest star, I most definitely will!

Pattt
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Pattt

I love watching Erika and hope she will become a regular on the show or at the very least a recurring character perhaps a live interest for Henry.

Cindy
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Cindy

Erika was great she should be on all the time.She would make a great live interest for Henry. Awesome show last night

Joanie
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Joanie

Being a fan of OLTL many years ago, I was surprised to see Erika in a role on Blue Bloods. She was fantastic in her role and it only took a few minutes to recognize her. (Haven’t been able to watch daytime soaps for 20+ years) Great chemistry with Henry, so I do hope she gets to return in more episodes!

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As the World Turns and Guiding Light Favorite, Lisa Brown, Passes Away at 67

(UPDATED) In just more heartbreaking news in the soap world in 2021, we have lost another beloved performer.  Lisa Brown, who was so noteworthy for her spunky and emotional turns as Guiding Light’s Nola Reardon from 1980-1985, and later as Iva Snyder on As the World Turns from 1986-1994, has died.

Brown passed away this week on November 24th at the age of 67 following a brief illness.  The news came via the As the World Turns Facebook Fan Group and Soap Opera Digest.

This comes just two months later following the death of her former on-screen love interest Michael Tylo (Ex-Quinton, Guiding Light), who passed away in late September.

Those that followed Lisa’s career know she also starred in the Broadway Musical 42nd Street, while still playing Nola each and every day on Guiding Light.

She is survived by her children: James “Buddy” Nielsen, and daughter Victoria from her first husband Tom Nielsen (Ex-Floyd, GL) in addition to her two grandchildren, Penelope Ruiz-Nielsen and Brayden Hopf, and her second husband Brian Neary.

 

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Brown’s on-screen ATWT daughter, Martha Byrne  (Ex-Lily) simply tweeted, “My heart is broken.”

On Friday, Lisa’s son, Buddy Nielsen, posted a touching tribute to his mother, where he revealed that she passed away due to cancer.

Buddy shared: “My Mom passed away the day before Thanksgiving after a very quick battle with cancer. This all happened really fast and wasn’t expecting it. I’ve been MIA as I’ve been back and forth between LA and NJ as she has been in and out of the hospital the last couple weeks. This dream we live, we are all subject to the suffering, aging and death. It’s not to be morose but to understand that we have finite time and must take care with what we do and how we do it. To be able to be with someone at their last breath is truly beautiful. We must not fear death as without it we would never be born and experience the 10,000 joys and 10,000 sorrows. Our existence is both small and vast all at the same time. We are tiny but immense. I know she is here but no longer in her physical form, what we do in love we leave in death. My beautiful daughter and unborn son are her legacy.”

Share your condolences to Lisa’s family, and let us know of your remembrances of this wonderful actress who gave us so many memorable moments throughout her career via the comment section below. But first, watch Lisa in some of her classic scenes from ATWT and GL.

 

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Steve Burton Confirms His Exit From General Hospital

Steve Burton has spoken and after so much speculation, the two-time Daytime Emmy-winning star has confirmed he is out as General Hospital’s Jason Morgan.

In his post on his Instagram account on Tuesday, Steve shared that he was let go by the ABC daytime drama series due to their vaccine mandate and that even though he applied for medical and religious exemptions those were denied.  Thus, he has to exit his role.

In story, viewers saw on Monday, that Jason is MIA from being under the rubble of the cave that collapsed in Jason’s attempt to apprehend Peter August (Wes Ramsey).

In his post, Burton shared the following: “I know there has been a lot of rumors and speculations about me and General Hospital and I wanted you to hear it from me, personally. Unfortunately, General Hospital has let me go because of the vaccine mandate. I did apply for my medical and religious exemptions and both of those were denied, which, you know, hurts, but, this is also about personal freedom to me. I don’t think anyone should lose their livelihood over this. But with that being said, you know me. I’ll always be grateful for my time at General Hospital I love it there. I grew up there. I grew up with some of you, so I will always be grateful and I believe when one door closes multiple doors open. That’s always been my perspective, so I am excited to see what the future brings. ”

Steve went on to say, “Maybe one day when these mandates are lifted, I can return and finish my career as Jason Morgan. That would be an honor, and if not, I am going to take this amazing experience, move forward and be forever grateful. I have got to say, that I am forever grateful for your love and your support over the years. It means so much to me. Thank you. I don’t know when my last airdate is. It may have aired or it might be tomorrow or the next day. I am not sure. I want you guys to have an awesome Thanksgiving. I know it is hard, maybe, in this type of situation to be thankful or grateful, but we have so many things to be thankful about. Being grateful really is the key. Love you guys.”

The popular actor began his run as GH’s Jason Quartermaine back in 1991. Later in 1995, after a car accident he had a major personality shift and became Jason Morgan. Burton went to Y&R to play Dylan McAvoy for a four-year stint from 2013-2017, before heading back to his home at GH.

A source close to the show told Deadline that Burton’s last tape date was October 27th.

You can watch Steve’s video announcement below on his GH departure.

So, how do you feel about Steve being let go from GH? Do you hope Steve can return at some point? Share your thoughts via the comment section below,

 

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Alison Sweeney Joins Cast of Peacock’s ‘Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas’

After returning on-air this past Friday as Sami, Alison Sweeney will also be appearing in the upcoming DAYS holiday film, Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas.  PEOPLE broke the casting news.

The Peacock streamer will bow on December 16th.  In it, the story will follow Sami’s son, Will Horton (Chandler Massey), as he works to finish writing a screenplay before his Christmas Eve deadline.  Will’s pic is inspired by his own friends and family. However, as only DAYS can do, this story will have many twists and turns.

There is no intel on just what Sami will be up to during the Christmas special.  However, currently on the daytime version of the long-running NBC soap, viewers found will learn what caused Sami’s disappearance months ago… she was kidnapped.

So, glad Alison is on board for the upcoming DAYS holiday film? Comment below.

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