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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- It was only a matter of time before speculation began about the the possibility of Roger Howarth returning to his "One Life to Live" roots soon after word broke late last year that CBS' "As The World Turns" would be ending its 54-year run on television. Now nine months later, Soap Opera Network has learned exclusively that Howarth will indeed be returning to the ABC soap in the near future.

"You thought the tease a couple weeks back with Tea proclaiming this isn’t Todd as she pointed to a picture of Roger Howarth was not the start of something bigger? Think again," says a setside source.

Speaking of Tea [Delgado], rumors have been running rampant that portrayer Florencia Lozano is out now that her character looks to be on death's door. When pressed for comment, an ABC spokesperson would only say "tune in tomorrow for Tea's fate."

A first airdate for Howarth has not been set, but we've been told to expect him on screen as early as December or January. But what does news of Howarth's return mean for Trevor St. John? It wouldn't be much of a stretch for the actor to have been playing an impostor after all this time as he originally joined the cast in May 2003 in the role of Walker Laurence, only to be revealed to be Todd Manning albeit with plastic surgery in August of that same year. We've been assured, however, that the actor's job is not in any danger.

Earlier this week there was a big deal made out of a "One Life to Live" cast meeting, which took place earlier today at the shows Manhattan studio. Could Howarth's return have been on the agenda at the big meeting? Will he be the real Todd Manning or will "One Life to Live" pull a "General Hospital" and have Howarth return as a new character leaving St. John in the role of Todd ala how "GH" handled the return of Sarah Joy Brown, who originated the role of Carly Corinthos only to find Laura Wright occupying the role? Stay tuned to find out.

"One Life to Live" airs Weekdays on ABC. Anytime on ABC.com."


Via Daytime Confidential:

Starr-Crossed No More. Don't be surprised if you see Cole Thornhart heading out of Llanview soon. Sources say Brandon Buddy really is exiting the sudser. Word is, Buddy's tweet in June about leaving One Life to Live was the real deal all along, however the brass "encouraged" him to recant the social networking slippage. You may remember, Buddy claimed a hacker broke into his account and posted that he was quitting his J-O-B. SPOILER ALERT: Look for Cole to exit alive, but not exactly well.


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Fall begins to heat up in Llanview.

Kearran Giovanni returns as Dr. Vivian Wright on Thursday, September 2nd, when the doc and her colleague and former lover Greg each vie to become Llanview Hospital's new Chief of Staff. Also look for Vivian to give Jessica some medical advice. The character was last seen in February when she accompanied her current boyfriend (and Greg's brother) Shaun to watch Snoop Dogg's performance at Capricorn.

Remember the audition script that was released last month for a Tahiti Cop? While the name of the actor cast in the bit part is unknown, expect the scenes to play out on screen starting on September 2nd as well. Watch for John to arrive in Tahiti after learning that Eli has been taken into custody on the tropic Pacific island, only to discover that the man under arrest is really Eli's brother Ross.

Kassie DePaiva reveals that she recently taped a bunch of scenes, tweeting on Monday (August 16th) that she was "Coming off work week where I shot 14 episodes" before going on vacation. DePaiva also states that gets "Do a little fundraising 4 CHC & write beautiful song (hopefully 4 'OLTL') with great songwriter Victoria Shaw."

Jerry verDorn revealed last week in his fan club newsletter that "What a storyline we just started for 'OLTL'/Clint. Family in-fighting, dirty play, a new romance and a new employee at Buchanan Enterprises. Plus some bombshell castings news." While the casting part of his statement remains a mystery at this time, we can tell you that Clint wants to groom a certain member of the next generation of the Buchanan clan for a future at BE. His decision will be met with resistance from family and friends, however, who feel that the youngster is crossing over to the "dark side." Also, Clint meets and takes a shine to a certain young lady who shares a connection to another member of his family.

And Matt Walton and his wife Alecia have become parents for a second time. On August 4th, they welcomed baby boy Greyson James into the world. Walton commented to Soap Opera Digest shortly before the birth that "It's been wild. Everything's been falling into place." The Waltons also have another son, Ava, who is five.

"One Life to Live" airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on ABC.com and SOAPnet.com. Check local listings.


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Less than a week after news broke that longtime "Guiding Light" star Kim Zimmer was returning to "One Life to Live" to reprise the role of Echo DiSavory (which she last played in 1983), comes word that she has already begun taping scenes for her October 1st return to Llanview.

Zimmer posted the following message on her fan site last week "Hi all! Yes it's true I will be re-visiting the halls of One Life To Live starting this week on Thurs. [August 19th]. I'm very excited to be working with old friends and new ones. I believe Oct. 1st is my first air date."

In addition, her new co-star Melissa Archer (Natalie) tweeted on the same day that "I had a great morning working with Erika Slezak, Brian Kerwin, & KIM ZIMMER!!!!" Archer then proceeded to embrace Zimmer, tweeting "Welcome to 'OLTL!!' Great working with you today!!"

Terrell Tilford (Greg), who worked with Zimmer on "Guiding Light" from 1998-2001, also welcomed her to the set saying that he was "thrilled Kim Zimmer is joining 'OLTL' ... one of the absolutely most down-to-earth people in this crazy business. Her whole family is great! Can't wait to kiss her face! Just had the most incredible moment with Erika Slezak and Kim Zimmer...Icons! And so down to earth...love 'em! Great to see all the fans outside of ABC/NY studio...wow!!! Heading to set...let's get 'em... Yeah? But who?" And Matt Walton (Eli) wrote that "Kim Zimmer in da house!!!!!!"

The 55-year-old Zimmer has won four Daytime Emmys, in addition to several Soap Opera Digest Awards and Soap Opera Update MVP trophies.

In other news...

Andrea Sooch has been cast in the dayplayer role of Dorian's Secretary and will air on Monday, August 23rd. The actress appeared as Lena in two episodes of "All My Children" in 2007, and as Alice Henry in a 2007 episode of "Guiding Light." She has also guest starred in "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" and "The Shield."

Jason Tam (Markko) will be returning to "OLTL" this fall according to SOAPnet.com, despite rumors that the actor, who took the summer off from his day job to participate in a Shakespeare theater program, was leaving the show.

It appears that the stars of "OLTL" aren't the only ones pimping the show these days. Late last week Laura Wright (Carly) tweeted that "I heard from. Really good source to watch One Life to Live this week!!!!! It's gonna be GREAT!!!! Watch it and tell me what u think!!! Don't forget to watch One Life to Live. Crazy great week!!!"

The song "Talk Like the Streets" by Imaginary Friends, which was played during the Todd/Téa New York City 'bucket list' scenes, is now available for purchase on iTunes.

From the Twitter file...

Melissa Archer hints that there are some John and Natalie scenes ahead in the coming weeks, tweeting that she "Had so much fun working with Michael Easton today [August 17]!! Maternity clothes are pretty cute these days, maybe I should by a pillow & hang out in the expecting stores...thoughts? Had a great day [August 18th] working with Mr. Easton again!! I love this forensics stuff!" Also look some more scenes featuring Natalie, Jessica, and Brody tweeting to co-star Bree Williamson that "it was so nice working with you & Mark [Lawson] today [August 20th]!! I miss you!" And on August 17th she wrote that "I had fun working with Hillary [B. Smith] and Bobby [S. Woods] yesterday!! Have an awesome week beautiful!!"

Kassie DePaiva (Blair) tweeted on August 18th that she "Worked all day with Trevor [St. John], Billy [Warlock], Matt [Walton], & Michael [Easton]. Home relaxing with glass of wine. Jimmy took JQ to Jonas Brother's Camp Rock 2 Premiere."

And Lenny Platt (Nate) commented on August 17th that he had a "Great day. Had my first scenes with Michael Easton. Been looking forward to working with him since I started."

"One Life to Live" airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on ABC.com and SOAPnet.com. Check local listings.


Spoilers and Previews -- Week of 8/30


On Monday, August 30, Cristian and Layla are offered opportunities that could separate them. "Anything could happen at this point," shrugs David Fumero (Cristian).... On Tuesday, August 31, Starr and Langston sign up for a writing class and learn that Ford will be their teacher.

OLTL After Dark

When Blair discovers that her dream has turned into a nightmare, she and Eli end up wrestling for a gun.

Jessica spins a web of lies when Viki catches her in a tight spot.

Todd wants to pay tribute to Tea.

Starr continues to be attracted to James and Cole has feelings for Hannah.

Natalie worries that John will find out that the child she is carrying might not be his.

Starr and Langston are surprised to see that Ford is now teaching at Llanview University.

Cristian and Layla find themselves pulled in different directions.

Starr and Langston learn Ford will be teaching their writing class.

Natalie remains concerned that John will uncover the truth.

Will Blair and Eli get married?

A fire starts in Tahiti.

Starr tells Todd she's planning a memorial service for Téa.

Ford and James reach an understanding.

Jessica lies when Viki sees her at the hospital.

Blair and Eli fight for the gun.

John heads for Tahiti.

John, Kelly, and Rex learn Ross is alive and well.

Starr discovers her mom is in extreme danger.

Clint plays with Dorian's emotions.


SON Alerts

Cristian and Layla find themselves pulled in different directions. (ABC Soaps in Depth)

Starr and Langston learn Ford will be teaching their writing class. (ABC Soaps in Depth)

Natalie remains concerned that John will uncover the truth. (ABC Soaps in Depth)

Will Blair and Eli get married? (Soap Opera Digest)

A fire starts in Tahiti. (Soap Opera Digest)

Starr tells Todd she's planning a memorial service for Téa. (Soap Opera Digest)

Ford and James reach an understanding. (Soap Opera Digest)

Jessica lies when Viki sees her at the hospital. (Soap Opera Digest)

Blair and Eli fight for the gun. (Cable Guide Spoilers)

John heads for Tahiti. (Cable Guide Spoilers)

John, Kelly, and Rex learn Ross is alive and well. (Cable Guide Spoilers)

Starr discovers her mom is in extreme danger. (Cable Guide Spoilers)

Clint plays with Dorian's emotions. (Cable Guide Spoilers)


Soap Central Tidbits

Layla gets an opportunity that could take her away from Llanview

John, Rex, and Kelly discover that Ross is alive

Langston is stunned to learn that Ford is her new teacher

Blair gets her hands on a gun

Natalie fears that John will know that the baby isn't his

Kelly and Rex find themselves growing closer


Daily Tidbits

Monday, 8/30
Will Blair say “I do” to Eli?
Cristian and Layla are offered opportunities that could separate them.
John, Kelly and Rex figure out that Ross is alive.

Tuesday, 8/31
Ford and James declare a truce.
Starr and Langston sign up for a writing class and learn Ford will be their teacher.
Blair points a gun at Eli.

Wednesday, 9/1
Starr learns that her mother is in danger.
Marty visits Hannah to tell her she knows she wasn’t the one who killed her baby.
Eli and Blair wrestle for a gun.

Thursday, 9/2
John takes off in search of Eli and Blair.
A fire breaks out in Tahiti.
Jessica makes excuses when Viki finds her at the hospital.

Friday, 9/3
Natalie worries John will figure out her baby isn’t his.
Starr tells Todd that she’s going to arrange a memorial service for Tea.
Kelly and Rex grow closer.

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Watch for John to arrive in Tahiti after learning that Eli has been taken into custody on the tropic Pacific island, only to discover that the man under arrest is really Eli's brother Ross. Eli continues to stay one step ahead of John......Kim Zimmer returns to OLTL as Echo DiSavoy in a role she created in 1983. Back then Echo had her sights set on Clint. Despite his marriage to his wife Viki he could not resist Echo. But what Clint didn't know was that Echo had an agenda, destroying his marriage and payback for his suspected role in the long ago death of her mother Gizelle. Echo planned her own death and made it look like Clint pushed her off a bridge. Dorian witnessed this from afar and declared Clint pushed her. Viki and Marco tracked down the very much alive Echo and she finally confessed and Clint was set free and Echo along with her brother Giles moved away. Look for Viki to get the surprise of her life when Echo returns to Llanview.


Fall Preview

-"Viki is going to have big story. Somebody from Viki's past is going to blow into town and shake up her world, " teases head writer Ron Carlivati. And Viki is not the only person who has a connection with her/him."

-"We have a big rivalry with Cole/James/Starr, and Hannah is only complicating matters. Those two forces of Hannah and James are pulling at the couple."

-"Two pregnant girls and three possible fathers. It's a great problem to have."

From SID:
The real reason why Tea has to DIE.

Yep, that's right, folks, OLTL's Tea is movin on, meaning FL is out. RC weighs in on the soaps controversial decision to kill the character off.

When a beloved character acquires cancer, viewers always anticipate a miraculous cure. However, that isn't the case for Tea, who succumbs to cancer this week. Although many consider it a shocking decision to kill off one of the soap's most popular heroines, Carlivati reveals that ultimately it boiled down to presenting an unexpected plot twist that viewers won't forget.

"It was a way to take the story to a new level," the wordsmith tells SID. "For a mother to have to say good bye and leave her child behind is probably one of the most heartbreaking things that someone can go through. We thought it would be a really emotional story and we could tell it from every angle" The plot twist also provided a forum in which Tea and Blair became frienemies, ending their ongoing feud. "It allowed us to really deepen the relationship"

In addition, the headwriter remarks that Tea's fatal diagnosis has also put another aspect of Todd's personality on display, because for once, his money and power weren't enough to save the love of his life. "To have Todd in a situation where he has to realize there's nothing he could do but be there for her shows real growth for the character," RC points out.

As for his own feelings about Tea, who first came to Llanview in 1997, RC doesn't mince words. "I love Tea". However, he admits that the way in which the story was written really left no hope for her to survive. "While there have been successes with a lot of brain tumors, we really set it up as the kind of tumor that is not something you can really recover from," explains RC. "We really did tie our hands in that way, but we really wanted to make it as serious and dire a diagnosis as you can have".

At press time, a rep for OLTL wouldn't release FL's final air date.


I'd take the final part about Tea with a grain of salt, I really dont think she'll die for real. With no final airdate and no exit interviews from FL, it seems fishy to me. Also with spoilers she'll "die" off screen it makes it even more fishy. She could indeed be out but I'm not buying it just yet.
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