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The Stars of OLTL Reminisce On The Greatest Moments of their Characters – Watch the Video!

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As we head into tomorrow’s final episode of One Life to Live, ABC.com has released a great video package chatting with members of the cast complete with cutting to some memorable clips for each of their characters high drama over the past decades!

Check out what Robert S. Woods and Hillary B. Smith, Michael Easton and Melissa Archer, Bree Williamson, Erika Slezak, Kristen Alderson, Kassie DePaiva, and John-Paul Lavoisier and Farah Fath had to say as they take us down memory lane and bring some tears to our eyes at the same time.

After the jump, view the video package, and then let us what you think were the greatest on-screen moments for:  Bo, Nora, John, Natalie, Jessica, Viki, Starr, Blair, Rex or Gigi?

 

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Barb
Barb

Thank you Michael! I am never going to get over the loss of OLTL! Heartbreaking! I am still in disbelief and the thought of going through this again in September. I wish the best for all involved with OLTL! They have been awesome! I am really going to miss them so much! They have been a part of my life since the 60’s. Reality will really set in on Monday the 16th! UNBELIEVABLE!

barbara t
barbara t

All of this is so sad, Today on one life to live when vicki was talking during the end of fraternity row,I cried ,erika slezak has made me cry so many times I will miss her ,all the wonderful stories ,the insane stories, the love ,the hate, the fighting ,This is not going to be easy,saying goodbye never is,the thought of never seeing this cast together in this wonderful place called landview ,Im at a loss for words,to explain how I feel.Its like your reading a good book then it comes to the end and you feel a little sad,that its over,this book in landview with so many pages has been open for 43 years,I still cant believe that tomorrow at this time ,the book closes,its over ,the end.

gloria
gloria

Did you know Erika Slezak herself said recently that a soap is like a good book that you never finish? It never ends & that is so true-every day is a new exciting chapter to look forward too. Haven’t we all slowed down at the end of a good book & clasped the book to our chests after the final page, feeling the emotion of it all? Why is our good book of OLTL ending tomorrow? WHY?

Helen McCarthy(Geary)
Helen McCarthy(Geary)

I can’t begin to tell you how sad I am that the show is ending I have been there from the beginning, and for it to end this way is so upsetting not only for myself, the fans, the cast, and crew members. With so many people losing their jobs this is just another example of the mighty dollar winning. I want to thank of you for the great job you have done over the years Erika Selezak you are a great actress and will be missed, and far as Michael you are one of the lucky ones to go onto GH (I already watch that show my cousin Tony Geary is on it) Best of luck to all the cast and crew.

Carol Painter
Carol Painter

I’m extremly sad as well, Mad too…….This is sooooooooo wrong. IMO the most horriffic thing ever done to Television…To destroy a program, that, Imo, happens to be the Best Soap on. I haven’t watched GH since They made every single show about Sonny..
Tony Geary was The best Actor on that Program..Love when he is on..But can’t stand the same ole Sonny, Jason Mob Garbage.. I just can’t. Same Looks, same storyline..YUK.
I think Geary Should have had never been off of that show..When he left..I did too.
I know he came back…and caught some of those episodes, But ALL ABOUT SONNY…enough……
The Last Show of OLTL is about 15 hours away…VERY VERY SAD.
I HATE FRONS AND DISNEY.

gloria
gloria

Agree 100%

Linda Dowell
Linda Dowell

I’m shocked at how very sad I am…..I’m losing family…….DAMNIT.

gloria
gloria

I know it. Me too, exactly.

heidi
heidi

Thanks Michael!!! They could do hours of those kind of moments. It’s really sad and the end is too close. OLTL will be missed!

Maybe the next time Jeanne Cooper is out ill… Erika S could fill in for her… she would be great in that role. I do not wish any illness on Ms Cooper… just think it would be interesting.

gloria
gloria

While I feel your pain of not seeing the one of a kind dearly loved Erika Slezak every day on OLTL-girl, she is only 65 years old! Jeanne Cooper is 80! Lord, Erika is WAY too young to play Katherine. But I thought Michael Learned did a great job recently replacing Jeanne temporarily. I guess the next oldest women on Y&R would be Jill, Gloria, Niki-they are late 50s to early 60s? There is not really that many women on that show of Erika’s age.

Ooh-what if she replaced Stephanie on B&B??? Not wishing illness of her either-but give Erika a chance to play a real “B”? She could pull if off! Funny to think about. And I am desperate for something funny to think about right now.

heidi
heidi

Forgot to say… thank you Michael for the best soapy site! While we are sad to see our stories go… this is the best place to come and find content and share with like minded people who love the genre and it all starts with you and your love and care of the genre and your fab site! Thanks again Michael!!! This has to be one of your biggest weeks for hits!

heidi
heidi

Michael… why don’t you do your favorite OLTL moments over the 40+ years you have been watching? That would be fun for all of us. Why doesn’t ABC ask the fans their favorite moments and make a DVD of them for us to have and remember? A DVD of more of the casts favorite moments and then the fans favorites would be great. I’d pay for that! Soapnet could put out the request and compile the list and they could run those episodes on Soapnet and then make some compilations of clips.

Carol Painter
Carol Painter

I just read that after all of the Damage Brian Frons Has done, He is Leaving abc Disney…This Month!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

What he has done to Millions of Viewers, thousands of Actors, writers, etc with these shows..at a great Financial Loss to Those people..Many from AMC sold their homes, relocated to L.A..Then Cancelled The show.

He has destryed the Lives of many from OLTL..
I hope KARMA GETS HIM.

Donna Westlund
Donna Westlund

Do you have an address or emails where I could send a fan letter to Erika Slezak and Jerry Ver Dorn? As they’re no longer at ABC Studios I can’t send it there. Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated, Thanks much!

Patti Johnson
Patti Johnson

I have dreaded this day and want time to stand still. I don’t know how I’e made it through the last two weeks, watching the final shows. I want to see the end but yet I don’t because if I don’t it won’t happen, which of course is ludicrous. I feel so bad for the people who will lose their jobs, and wish I could tell each one how sorry I am. I will miss the show so much, wil miss the characters who I have grown to love: Vickie, Clint, Bo, especially, but all the others too. God bless them all and my b est wishes go out to these wonderful actors. Thank you for they years of enjoyment you have given us all.

tws952
tws952

In one of these comments, Carol Painter said that the perpetrator of this dastardly deed is leaving ABC soon. If that is true, I hope Brian Frons is unable to ever find another job and is forced to live under a bridge and eat roadkill!

Just remember “Slick”, Karma is a bitch!!!

Torrey
Torrey

Remember on Monday, don’t even turn you TV to ABC! I know some might get curious about how bad the new show will be, but the best way to really stick it to the network is not to watch at all. Let’s show ABC, just how big of a mistake they made by canceling OLTL!!!

barbara t
barbara t

yes,and thats the way to do it ,no more abc ,unless its general hospital.and there is no way anyone can be curious,The commercials said it all ,dumb dumb and dumber thats how the lineup on abc will be ,the only break from that cheap programing will be general hospital,well not now ,but in feb.and thats right around the corner .one life to live will continue in port charles.very happy victor is alive ,todd is not a killer.let this all play out on general hospital.dont watch abc anymore ,only general hospital.

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‘Edge of Night’ Mainstay Forrest Compton Dies Following Complications From COVID-19

Sad news to report this Monday.  The longtime star of CBS’ and then ABC’s The Edge of Night, Forrest Compton. has passed away due to complications from COVID-19. Forrest died on Sunday at the age of 94.

His death was reported and confirmed by Compton’s friends and an article in the Shelter Island Reporter.

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As Edge of Night and longtime daytime fans know, Forrest played Monticello’s district attorney, Mike Karr.  He played this key role from 1971 until the show’s cancellation in 1984.  The show was originally titled “The Edge of Night” and eventually just became “Edge of Night”.   The soap which was steeped in murder mysteries ran on CBS from 1956–1975 and on ABC from 1975–1984,   In addition, Forrest along with his on-screen wife, Ann Flood (Nancy Karr) were one of the most popular duos in daytime.

Not only did Compton appear on EON, but he also had soap roles on As the World Turns, One Life to Live and All My Children.   In primetime, Forrest was best known for his role on Gomer Pyle: USMC opposite  Jim Nabors and Frank Sutton as Lieutenant Colonel Edward Gray.

In a heartwarming story where fan meets actor and helps him out (according to the Shelter Island Reporter) Compton was only slated to appear in two episodes a week for the next 13 weeks on The Edge of Night, when he needed an apartment in New York City near the studio, so when he heard about a one-bedroom on East 72nd he went to see Al, the super.  Forrest later learned that Al was such a devotee of  The Edge of Night that he locked his office door every day at 2 p.m. to watch uninterrupted. When Forrest mentioned that he had just been hired to play Mike Karr, the super said, “You’re getting that apartment.”’

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Sharon Gabet who starred as Raven on Edge of Night, posted on Facebook, a tribute and remembrance of her former co-star: “Woody, as he was affectionately known to all of us on The Edge of Night, was a master professional, hilarious, smart, kind and gentle. I spoke with him a couple years ago on his birthday and he was active and happy in his retirement. Rest in peace, Woody, and give hugs and kisses to Larkin, Lois, Dennis, Nick, Joel, Irving and all the other EDGE alumni up there.  THE story about Woody. He was on EON when they were LIVE. It was brutal, but Woody was one of the best “straight face” men in the business. So he is doing a scene with Nancy his wife (the glorious Ann Flood – another “straight face” master). He walks in the kitchen and sits down and his line was supposed to be “Gee, it’s hard to get up in the morning.” as Nancy gave him his coffee. Instead, Mike Karr says on national TV, “Gee it’s hard to get IT up in the morning, Nancy.” There was pandemonium among the crew during the commercial break as you can imagine.”

Now below, watch the opening title sequence fro the The Edge of Night over the years, many of which feature Forrest as Mike Karr at the very opening or at the end as one of the series most well-known and beloved characters.

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Robert Newman Shares Why There Has Not Been a Return to Springfield & ‘Guiding Light’ On-Screen Reunion

Robert Newman, best known to daytime soap fans as Josh Lewis on Guiding Light, sat down earlier this week for a wide-ranging interview on his career with Lauren Van Hemert via her You Tube Channel.

The timing of the posting of the interview as in-line with the date GL was officially canceled back on April 1, 2009.  The series began its historic run on TV from radio back on June 30, 1952, and ultimately aired its final episode on September 18, 2009.

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From 1980 to 2009, Robert was one of the mainstays and key leading men of Springfield, and of course, the Josh and Reva (Kim Zimmer) love story is one of the most popular ever in the annals of daytime drama.

Right off at the top of the interview; Hemert noted that what she was asked most by fans of Newman’s and GL’s, when and if there will ever be a Guiding Light on-screen reunion.

Newman responded to the question: “I get that a lot.  That question is unfortunately in the hands of Procter and Gamble more than anything else … and they made it very clear over the years that they’re just not going to release the characters and copyrights to the show.”

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Robert also added, “In terms of what you are talking about where there might be some sort of production, where there’s an actual reunion, and we see where Josh and Reva are today and that kind of thing (on their probably 15th marriage) … unless Procter and Gamble is somehow willing to shake loose the rights to the show, I don’t see it happening.”

Watch the full interview with the talented Mr. Newman below.

Then let us know, since P&G has made it very clear for the last several years they are out of the soap business completely, do you think its time they just sell the rights so viewers can see some sort of reboot down the line, especially for a show as beloved as Guiding Light? Comment below.

 

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TODAY: John Callahan ‘iHub Radio’ Tribute With AMC Stars: Julia Barr, Walt Willey, Bobbie Eakes and More Guests

Saturday morning at 10amPST/1PMEST on Palm Springs iHub Radio, there will be a special hour tribute to the late soap veteran John Callahan who passed away last week at 66.

Callahan hosted his own show on the station, and to honor him the stations owner John McMullen, along with several of Callahan’s former All My Children co-stars including: Bobbie Eakes (Ex-Krystal), Walt Willey (Ex-Jack) , and Julia Barr (Ex-Brooke)  will also be part of the live broadcast special event, along with LIVE magazine TV host Melissa Neiderman, and other longtime friends and colleagues of Callahan’s.

As some know, John Callahan was a longtime resident of the Coachella Valley. From 2018 on he continued to be a part of the station with his weekly show all the way up until his death.

John’s soap resume was impressive, not only from his time as All My Children;s Edmund Grey, but also as General Hospital’s Leo Russell, Santa Barbara’s Craig Hunt, and Days of our Lives, Dr. Baker, plus his primetime roles including on Falcon Crest.

Following iHub Radio’s special broadcast, the tribute program will be available as an on-demand show via the iHubRadio.com home page.

So, let us know if you will be listening or caught the special broadcast honoring John today in the comment section below.

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