Kassie DePaiva, Roger Howarth, Michael Easton and Kristen Alderson find new homes
With only three more episodes of "One Life to Live" set to air on ABC, former exec producer Frank Valentini has come in to save the future of four Llanview players. Kassie DePaiva, Roger Howarth, Michael Easton and Kristen Alderson will bring their “One Life to Live” characters to Valentini's new show, “General Hospital."
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“We have a very exciting story planned for the citizens of Port Charles, with Sonny Corinthos at the center of it,” said Valentini. "I am confident viewers and fans alike will be excited for the arrival of John (Easton), Starr (Alderson), Blair (DePaiva) and Todd (Howarth). Incorporating characters from ‘One Life to Live’ continue the legacy of the show as we weave them into ‘General Hospital.’”
The quartet clocks into their new Los Angeles digs in late January 2012.
UPDATE: The Actors Speak Out
Now that the news has broken, the incoming actors can talk, and Alderson and DePaiva are clearly excited.
"Yay! Everyone can know now! Pinch me. Starr Manning is moving to Port Charles! So excited to work with the cast of #GeneralHospital," tweeted Alderson.
"Wow... I can't believe it is official," DePaiva posted on Facebook. "Just when I thought Blair had to hang her hat up for good she is pulling out a suitcase and heading west. I'm thrilled to be joining Roger, Kristen, and Michael in Port Charles were all the big boys and girls play. They have an awesome cast and I can't wait to work with them. Someone needs to warn Carly about the windows!!! LOL... I'm so happy a little piece of the fabulous OLTL will live on at GH. Thank you Ron and Frank!!!! I'm ready to Rock and Roll!!!!"
"General Hospital" airs weekdays on ABC. The "One Life to Live" finale airs Friday.
McDreamy wants to come back, as long as he can still race
Cookin' in daytime through 2014
Oprah Winfrey fave turned two-time Emmy winner Rachael Ray has scored two more years in daytime. "The Rachael Ray Show" has been picked up for the 2013-2014 season across the entire country.
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"Rachael Ray has been a solid performer in stations' lineups and has had a recent surge in ratings. We're thrilled to be taking the show through eight seasons," Joe DiSalvo, President of Sales for CBS Television Distribution, said in a statement.
The syndicated talker has already been picked up by ABC Owned Television Stations, CBS Television Station, Gannett Broadcasting, Cox Television, Meredith Broadcasting, Media General, Post-Newsweek, Hearst Television, Allbritton Communications, LIN Television Corporation, Scripps Media and more.
"The Rachael Ray Show" airs weekdays in syndication.
ABC head hedges the question
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"I don’t know whether we’re going to make a decision on that," Lee told the press on Tuesday. "We will have to make a decision at some point... I have to say, I started my life in soap operas [and] I’m a fan of 'General Hospital,' but we have not made a decision, and don’t really have a time frame for it either."
It's unclear what the net is waiting for or what he's so busy with, but fans are sure to take this delay as an opportunity to campaign, and "General Hospital" star Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) is ready to lead the charge.
"Watch General Hospital every day and send Kate to College," tweeted Grahn, adding, "Now might be the time to twitter about how much you like General Hospital and that you think Mr. Paul lee is very handsome. I know that I do."
Get active and stay tuned.
"General Hospital" airs weekdays on ABC.
Little FX cartoon breaking big
All at once, Hollywood has discovered a little FX cartoon about a big idiot. According to this Huffington Post report, the two-part finale to "Archer's" upcoming third season will guest star the hugely breaking Bryan Cranston.
"Breaking Bad's" Walter White will travel to space to investigate the benefits of manufacturing blue meth in zero gravity.
Just kidding. Cranston will play Commander Drake, an "earnest, conscientious astronaut" attempting to thwart a mutiny aboard the International Space Station, according to series creator Adam Reed.
If you're later to the bandwagon than even Hollywood, "Archer" is a hilariously politically incorrect comedy about a thick, selfish and womanizing secret agent with mommy issues, who will do whatever it takes to get the job done except work.
In addition to Cranston, Reed told HuffPo the upcoming season will also feature "30 Rock's" smiley-faced Jack McBrayer ,"The Walking Dead's" zombiephobic Michael Rooker and the indescribable Burt Reynolds, who voices himself in "Archer's" season premiere.
Season 3 of "Archer" premieres Thursday, Jan. 19, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX.
'Mad Men' network is retooling classic mob flick as possible weekly drama
FOX's breakout comedy got scheduled for later viewing more than any show last season
In laymen's terms, the achievement can be looked at in one of two ways: Either "New Girl" fans have a unilaterally crowded social schedule on Tuesday nights, or it doesn't resonate as "appointment viewing" -- à la prestigious (but generally less eyeballed) critical darlings like "Breaking Bad" and "Parks and Recreation." Either way, a lot of people are watching, regardless of when they find time in their schedules.
As the body count jumps, the fearful foursome gets one step closer to discovering A's true identity
Last week on “Pretty Little Liars,” the fearful foursome found A’s phone – and that could mean that they’d finally learn who A is. And maybe so would we?
Alas, Monday night’s episode left us hanging. Again. But there was some well-placed intrigue on other fronts.
Despite Hanna’s protestations, the girls rushed to Caleb’s so he could break into the locked phone. After wondering why Emily smelled like mulch, Caleb managed to unlock the evidence, but it’s owner shut it down remotely. Which meant Caleb scored a few files, but they could be corrupted. Foiled again!
Anyway, the girls had a lot of other stuff going on.
Aria’s parents had her on lockdown – even instituting a dress code – after finding out about her and Ezra. Her dad decided to confront him and things got worse, because Ezra wasn’t willing to say he’d never see her again. But mom Ella didn’t want to press charges because she didn’t want to make Aria’s life even harder.
Hanna’s evil step-sister Kate was moving to Rosewood. And now that Caleb was in on the phone business, he wanted to know what the girls were hiding. “So when do I get inducted into the secret society,” Caleb asked her. “Somebody doesn’t trust me.”
Toby wouldn’t let Spencer ditch him – and she had to admit that she really missed him, too. Cue make-out session in the pick up truck. But it was interrupted by Officer Garrett swinging by to see Jenna, but he never got in the front door. Instead, he argued with her, quite loudly, on the phone about the mistake they made by bringing “him” into the situation. Hmmm, mysterious. Could “he” be A?
Spencer thought “he” must be Jason DeLaurentis, who’d been MIA for a few weeks, so she decided to go snoop around his house. She texted Hanna, who was still mad at her, so she figured if Spencer would offer up her lake house for Caleb’s surprise birthday party. Game on.
Emily bailed on a make-up test and had to do extra community service at a crisis hotline, where she ran through a practice call – a transcript of one that came through the night before – with the training coach. It was from someone upset losing something important, something they’d be punished for. Could it have been A? The coach wouldn’t tell Emily anything else about the caller, but she stole the transcript to share it with the girls, who were shocked.
In other news, Caleb cracked one of the files – and it was CREEPY. It was four little dolls, sitting on a shelf. Caleb was still irritated with Hanna for keeping secrets – and he didn’t even know about the surprise party.
Later, at the crisis center, Emily and Spencer – who strategically volunteered to work there – listened in as their stressed out stalker called again and told the counselor there was only one way out. Oddly, the caller sounded very much like Hanna’s pal Lucas. Tun tun tun.
The girls told Hanna, but she wasn’t buying it. “Lucas hated Alison just as much as Jenna did,” Spencer reminded her. But she countered every piece of evidence the girls offered up. “Leave it alone,” she warned them. “He’s too easy of a target.”
Aria called Ezra from a borrowed phone, but he told her not to call him anymore. Could they really be over?
Toby watched his step-sister Jenna get into a town car to head to Boston for an eye operation just as Officer Garrett pulled up. He told Toby that they were on the outs, that Jenna was bailing on him, but that he’d always be there for her.
Party time. Spencer went up to the attic at the lake house to find some tiki torches. But naturally, she found the exact shelf that those dolls were perched on instead. That meant “A” had been up there. And just as she realized that, Lucas showed up, looking for tools. You know, for the party.
Aria’s parents took her out for dinner, and Ezra happened to be at the restaurant, so they forced her to go somewhere else. But then they ran into an old friend and his hottie son, Holden. Perhaps Aria wouldn’t have to mourn her relationship with Ezra for long. But then Aria called Ezra again to tell him that maybe his mom would come around. Not likely Aria. Time to move on.
Just as Emily was about to leave the crisis center for the party, she got the call – it was Lucas, again. He said he’d made a decision. “It’s so hard seeing her face and knowing that I’m about to lose her forever,” he said. Emily raced to the house, where she found Lucas pondering the cake. “Caleb’s a really lucky guy,” he said. She asked him not to do anything he’d regret.
Emily found Spencer to tell her about Lucas, but they were too late. Hanna went with Lucas to the pier across the lake, alone, in a boat, in the dark. He stopped rowing in the middle of the lake, which really freaked Hanna out. Just as he was about to do something creepy, she took a row and knocked him out of the boat and into the lake, then accidentally tipped herself over into it, too.
As partygoers gathered on the lakefront, Hanna swam to shore. But no sign of Lucas. That’s when Caleb finally showed up. Surprise indeed.
Here's a sneak peek from next week's all-new "Pretty Little Liars."
"Pretty Little Liars" airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.