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News for the week of 29-Jul-2013

by Carol Banks Weber

SoapTown USA’s Ted Wilkinson asked Erika Slezak (Viki) and Kassie DePaiva (Blair) about the “most surprising thing” they experienced returning to OLTL since its 2011 ABC Daytime cancellation. Slezak—who took the time off catching up on sleep and hanging more with her family—was surprised at how it only felt like a long weekend. “You know, I went back to work and my husband said, ‘Gee I hope you remember how to do this.’ And I thought, ‘I hope I do remember how to do this.’ And at the end of the first day I thought it’s like we were never away.”

DePaiva got used to the long hours real quick. But that’s because she was so happy to be back on OLTL. Despite feeling incredibly tired, up at 1 a.m. working on the Shelter set at one point, DePaiva said she “wouldn’t want to be any place else.” DePaiva and Slezak participated last week in a media conference call interview for the show’s 45th anniversary.

Kassie DePaiva’s (Blair) husband James (ex-Max), Ilene Kristen (ex-Roxy), and Tonja Walker (ex-Alex) will all join the upcoming web dramedy, Tainted Dreams. James DePaiva will take on the character of Eddy Parish, a New York cop with a bigwig network exec for a wife. Kristen’s going to be Vivian Park, mom to a soap star named Liza, played by Natalia Livingston (ex-Emily, GH)—Vivian and Liza do not get along. And Walker is Parish’s butt-kicking sister-in-law, a big deal lawyer, Tina Scott. The web series starts July 29.

Gossip for the week of 29-Jul-2013

by Carol Banks Weber

Will Todd and Blair get hitched on Monday, for a greater purpose?

Moving AMC and OLTL to Oprah Winfrey’s OWN has been a boost for viewers not feelin’ the online platform. But not all viewers own OWN. What then?

The Online Network promised 108 total episodes. But what if it can only deliver 40?

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