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Paolo Seganti, Ron Raines & Marnie Schulenberg Coming To One Life to Live!

Photo Credit: Sue Coflin/Max Photos

Photo Credit: Sue Coflin/Max Photos

The Online Network (TOLN) has revealed that three popular performers from CBS P&G Soaps, As the World Turns and Guiding Light, are joining One Life to Live!  The exciting new additions will arrive thoughout the summer episodes of the series!

Paolo Seganti (Ex- Damian Grimaldi, ATWT ) joins OLTL as the suave and sexy Arturo Bandini. The character is said to be influential in the art world. 

Marnie Schulenberg (Ex- Alison Stewart, ATWT) will be one of the new faces in Llanview. Schulenburg’s joins the cast as TV producer Jo Sullivan, who is working on a new reality show with David Vickers played by Tuc Watkins.

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Finally, Ron Raines beloved in the role of Alan Spaulding on Guiding Light joins the cast of One Life to Live as a permanent cast member in the role of Carl Peterson, a distinguished and influential business man, who has been Jeffrey King’s (Corbin Bleu) long time mentor.  Seganti will have his One Life to Live debut on the Thursday June 27th episode, Schulenberg pops up on the Thursday July 23rd episode, and Ron Raines comes to Llanview on the August 30th episode!

So what do you think of the news of these soap favorites in particular, Ron Raines and Paolo Seganti coming to Llanview? How do you think their new characters will affect the canvas?  Are you thumbs up on the casting decisions?  Let us know!

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Daisy
Daisy

TERRIBLE NEWS, WHY NOT BRING BACK CHARACTERS WE KNOW AND LOVE.!

Mark Y
Mark Y

Why is this terrible news?

Delainey
Delainey

Thank you Daisy! I totally agree. Are the OLTL execs that loyal to their old show like GH headwriters. gheesh. This is annoying when new execs take over. I thought PP wanted to reinstate the jobs (most) from abc canceling. They all need to figure out which show they’re gonna air. It seems like it is a brand new show. They should have made it that way then skipped titling it oltl.

Melanie
Melanie

Guys, these actors lost their jobs, too when their soaps were cancelled. They have all been out of work even longer! I’m sure that if PP and TOLN were able to strike deals with the actors who were on the ABC OLTL then they would have. Maybe some have moved on or aren’t available right now? Guiding Light is my all-time favorite soap and I’m SOOO happy I get to see Ron Raines again. He’s a phenomenal actor as is Paolo Seganti. Let’s give these guys a chance. 🙂

carla
carla

I only started to watch because no amc episode on tues and thurs. I look at it this way stop complaining and enjoy the opportunity to watch our soaps period

BTripp
BTripp

Yay for Paolo and Ron but why Marnie? I never cared for her on ATWT and if they really wanted to get someone from ATWT my first pick would have been the fabulous Julie Pinson!

TnT 2.0 Forever
TnT 2.0 Forever

I love Julie Pinson!

BTripp
BTripp

I think we need to write in to get Julie Pinson on the show! She would have been good as that Jane character on AMC too (if they ever give her anything to do besides poor coffee). You would think they could come up with better names for these ladies too Jane and now Jo on OLTL.

jimh
jimh

I dont care too much for Shelter but id love to see Julie play the bartendar instead of that cant act reality star Jcow!

BTripp
BTripp

I’m assuming that Paolo’s character could be paired with Tea or Blair if Todd and Victor are both off the show.

TnT 2.0 Forever
TnT 2.0 Forever

I like Paolo Seganti a lot and I’m glad to have him on OLTL, but Victor is coming back so he can be paired with Blair.

BTripp
BTripp

Is Victor coming back? I hope he is but we don’t get any of that information. We still don’t know if Roger Howarth will be doing both shows for sure. It’s like it’s a big secret.

Kayla
Kayla

I read a interview saying TSJ is returning as Victor down the road. Also Todd is not leaving OLTL, he just has iun his 2 contracts he cannot be on screen on days he films for the other role and show

Don
Don

I think Roger can be on both shows now, since he is not playing Todd on GH. What is he supposed to do on his 5 weeks off when OLTL isn’t filming?

Joshua
Joshua

Trevor St. John will not be coming back as Victor, Jr. or anybody else for that matter.

Max
Max

Love Ron, but I agree where is Jessica & Gigi & Rex

Conni
Conni

Haven’t heard anything about the actress who played Jessica, but the actors who played Rex and Gigi have turned it down.

Jules
Jules

I thought Farrah Fath tweeted P&P never contacted her about reprising her role on OLTL…..?

Conni
Conni

I read that both she was asked through twitter if she was coming back and she gave a flat no for an answer, and JP said on this page that he would not be showing back up in Llanview either. I googled it to double check…

scott
scott

God no gigi please….roxie , tina, jessica, yes

cegee05
cegee05

i agree no gigi!!!

jess roxie n rex r needed!

boes
boes

NO GIGI – ever. Rex only if he’s now a widower and Gigi was cremated. Twice.

jimh
jimh

Im not a big Gigi fan but id prefer her over that awful reality star JW that they use as a bartendar at shelter.

susan M.
susan M.

I like GiGi ,Rex, Roxie ,Jessica……I have alway’s like GiGi. It has to be the full
Package.. It can’t be Rex without GiGi & they have their son! They left together rememeber..

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Agreed.

Tali ( not Smith)
Tali ( not Smith)

Love the new talent! And of a certain age for everyone who whinged on about all the youngsters.

Jules
Jules

Of them all, I’m excited to see Ron Raines back on my screen. He’s been so successful on the Great White Way, but nice to see him returning to his roots in anytime (aka the new daytime).

I admit I see people’s points about wanting more of their favourites back, but these additions doesn’t mean we won’t get them. We’ll always want more than we have, so for the time being, just enjoy the show.

Kayla
Kayla

I would love to see them pair Ron up with either Vicki or Dorian, then David, like his portrayer can come out that he is gay!!!! lol

jimh
jimh

Could Rons character come between Viki and Clint or be a new love interest for Dorian or maybe Blair…could Poalos character be connected to T’homas who was an artist when we first seen him? Or secretly connected to the people who held Victor? just curious but show needs to bring back a few more of its own familiar faces and Carlottas diner…it was one of my favorite sets and reminds me of those roadside diners i like to eat in. The mall they show looks like a bunch of sheds thrown together!

Delainey
Delainey

I’m already tired of the Todd’s storyline. But I agree with you about the mall and bringing Carlotta’s diner back. I don’t really like the airport looking cafe

jimh
jimh

I dont like that cafe myself…Carlottas Diner looked more realistic and homey…a place id like to meet my friends for lunch and a chat.

Rod
Rod

Stupid. OLTL has to many new people and not enough of the old people I CARED ABOUT!!! David Vickers and the reality crap bores me it’s so dumb!!! Rama and whoever REALLY?? Very bored of the OLTL REBOOT!!!

Todd Bennett
Todd Bennett

Rod, I agree. They have made David Vickers silly and just ridiculous. I now FF past his scenes as well as past scenes in Shelter (and JWow) and the Matthew, Dani, Reporter crap. Pretty much all I find interesting is Dorian, Viki, Clint and the “tattoo mystery” with Victor.
Makes me wonder if anyone from the show even monitor this stuff as a gauge of what’s clicking with the audience and what isn’t?

Rod
Rod

OMG I so FF most of the little time we get!!! Dorian is boring me too but seems that story might be getting better. Only care about Viki & that’s boring too. Love Todd which that character has been destroyed now by PP & ABC and Tea & Victor. Love Dani but not so much anymore. They don’t care about soap fans as far as what we feel about story LOL

gloria
gloria

Wow, I thought it was just me. I have been embarrassed to express my real feelings about OLTL because I lost sleep, whined, cried, mourned so much over losing the show. Now that it’s back something is just missing for me & I can’t love it anymore. I understand that everyone could not/would not come back but I just don’t like the new kids & the club scene or David & even Dorian gets on my nerves. I wish they could have literally picked up from the last episode (when Destiny had the baby, among many other great things) & kept going forward from THAT day-forget the months off air. My other problem is I got hooked on Days while OLTL was gone-now I watch Days, Y&R, GH & B&B plus I work so it is hard to keep up with what I watch now much less adding anything else. OLTL would have to be what it was before I would give up any shows I watch now.

jimh
jimh

There is a lot of us like you out there Gloria…hope the new writers make changes for the better…ill give them time…i was so happy by the return…hate to loose it again…but if i dont see some improvement soon im done with the show for good. PP was too desperate to attract new fans that they completely forgotten its already fan base and why we used to love the show. With that useless Shelter and adding reality star Jcow they seemed to want Jersy Shore and not OLTL!

gloria
gloria

Thanks jimh. I was reluctant to post my feelings because I was so desperate to get OLTL back-then to get it back & not love it like before has been hard. The thing I love about this site (one of so many things I love) is that you always have a “friend” or two who agrees with you & you don’t feel so bad! Thanks again.

Nikki
Nikki

I love all of these actors, but shouldn’t the “show” focus on bringing back actual OLTL characters?

B.J.
B.J.

This is great news about Ron Raines! I was afraid we GL fans would never see him again.

Glad he’s connected with Jeffrey too. 🙂

lenafreed
lenafreed

Ron Raines is one of the most talented actors ever to play on a soap. I am so glad he is coming to OL. I hope Robert Newman is next and Kim Zimmer was delightful as Echo. I would also love to see Ilene Kristen return.

Tima
Tima

I’m all for it. They may pull in As the World Turns and Guiding Light fans that may not be watching as of now. More viewers equals a better chance of getting 4+ episodes back and maybe a TV deal down the line and I’m all for that.

Also with them coming hopefully that alleviates the complaints about there being too many younger stars.

Patrick
Patrick

Ron Raines, ex-Guiding LIGHT…

I loved you… I love you….

could this be… the love interest for Dorian? heck… even… mix it up for Vicki.

i will always salute GL.

such a debonair, sexy Man it up.

Mark Y
Mark Y

It’s great to see these three actors are coming back. There are many ex-daytime players out there to reprise roles and play new characters!

JJ
JJ

They’re unnecessary. Let’s use the people we have before adding more…

Kayla
Kayla

What is the problem? These actors are available, the old ones either are not available or simply did not want to return…………

Chris
Chris

Please NOT Julie Pinson. She was horrible on ATWT. All she did was act with her boobs.

They need new characters on OLTL. Not many actors came back. They either need to add new characters or recast some old one. I was Roxy came back.

RICKIE
RICKIE

I loved Marnie’s Alison MUCH better than Jessica Dunphy, whose delivery always seemed off somehow. And Ron Raines is definitely a feather in any cast’s cap! So nice to see East Coast-based actors get work again.

Jim
Jim

The whole David Vickers reality show thing is ridiculous and a waste of air time. David’s character, originally conceived as some sort of grifter a long time ago, has been reduced to a clueless boob and the jokes have long worn thin. I love Tuc, but either give him stuff that gives him something interesting to do or write him off the show.

Delainey
Delainey

Yep. I don’t get why we are watching his reality tv show. It’s absurd and it’s a drama not sitcom

Jen
Jen

Love hearing about Paolo Seganti and Ron Raines. The show is lacking in viable male characters . I hope Ron Raines’ character has been cast as a love interest for Dorian. It is about time for Dorian to have a man in her life.

RLeternal
RLeternal

Why can’t they bring back ATWT like they did with AMC and OLTL. The only thing that should never happen If ATWT ever comes back on screen, is that, CG and JP should never be associated with it. ATWT may sink within 6-months of re-airing. And, I hope CG and JP never, never think of venturing into gay or lesbian SLs for any soap or show. After witnessing the horror in which they botched up completely, Luke-Reid-Noah on ATWT; it would be terrible to watch another gay/lesbian SL destroyed by them.

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