'The View' to salute Llanview in a special episode
It's official: Llanview has left the building. The "One Life to Live" ABC finale will air on Jan. 13, but that episode has already been taped and today, Dec. 9, was the cast's final day to clear out their dressing rooms. With production wrapped, however, comes renewed hope for an after-life on the internet, along with news that "The View" will salute "One Life to Live" in a special episode just hours before the finale.
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“I am awake and dreading today," Hillary B. Smith tweeted Thursday. "It is the day I move the last of my stuff from the dressing room and say good by to my family. I will roll my stuff unaided through the audience waiting in line to see The View like a discarded lover when she has been all used up. After 20 years of caring and bleeding for this show. I feel dismissed. Like we are all being told, 'Move along. Nothing to see here.'”
Smith softened the blow with a Llanview ladies' night, meeting up with costars Kassie DePaiva, Kristen Alderson and Florencia Lozano, show publicist Lauri Hogan and costume designer Susan Gammie on Wednesday. The love-fest seemed to give them all a boost.
"These women carried me for 18 years during my time at OLTL," tweeted DePaiva, pictured hugging onscreen daughter Alderson. "Their love and friendship shaped my everyday existence. I treasure each them and cherish my memories!"
Alderson, who grew up on the show, tweeted out the goodbye photos from the ladies' night, while her brother and costar Eddie tweeted out the above twitpic of the empty stages when the sibs packed up their dressing rooms earlier that day.
Will 'One Life to Live' make it to the net?
Soap fans were heartbroken when Prospect Park announced they were "suspending aspirations" to bring "One Life to Live" and "All My Children" back to life on the internet. Just this week, however, Variety reported that the production company that bought digital rights to the canceled ABC sudsers is meeting with potential partners.
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Erika Slezak (Viki Lord) will serve as guest host for an episode that promises never-before seen footage of the final taping; interviews with special guest stars and returning cast members; surprise appearances; an exclusive sneak peek clip of the final show and the cast and crew uniting for their final group photo. Creator Agnes Nixon will also stop by and fans can of course expect a "One Life to Live" montage of memorable moments.
Those who wish to be studio audience members can email their request ASAP to: TheViewSalutesOLTL@gmail.com.
"One Life to Live" airs weekdays on ABC, until Jan. 13. "The View" airs weekdays on ABC
Wrestling icon-turned-life coach Tweets about possible reality show
The former 'Daily Show' staffer gets a promotion from CBS
Nearly all former "Daily Show" reporters, from Steve Carell and Ed Helms to Rachael Harris and Olivia Munn, have gone on to more substantial fame and recognition. So why not the same for egghead Mo Rocca?
As it happens, the bespectacled funnyman has been contributing to Charles Osgood-hosted "CBS Sunday Morning News" as a columnist for the past five years. But the network has announced that Rocca's been promoted to full-time correspondent, meaning he's arguably the only "Daily Show" alum to move on and become an authentic mainstream journalist.
Did 'GMA' ambush him with Kim questions?
Kris Humphries is reportedly "livid" with "Good Morning America," on which he broke his five-week silence Friday morning about his being married for 72 days to whatshernameagain.
According to unnamed sources cited in this TMZ report, the NBA player and future ex-Mr. Kardashian says he was promised that the interview would not focus on the only reason anyone is still interested in him.
During a cookie-baking segment with his mother, Debra, Humphries was asked, point-blank, about his annulment filing and whether he still loved Kim Kardashian. A pre-written banner under his image read: "KRIS HUMPHRIES SPEAKS OUT: HIS LIFE WITH KIM."
Humphries deflected with banal statements such as: "I'm focused on just what I can control, which is being ready to play ball and supporting my mom and her cookie baking."
Check out how uncomfortable he appears in the footage:
The closest thing to a direct response "GMA" got was when the show asked if being followed by E! cameras 24/7 contributed to the split.
"I can't say for sure," Humphries replied. "It's the only time I've been married."
An ABC rep responded to TMZ, denying that this morning's show had any ground rules.
"Good Morning America" airs weekday mornings on ABC.
NBC considers life after Matt Lauer
Bing: More about Ryan Seacrest
"I have a long-term deal with NBC News," Lauer said in a press conference last May. "I'm going to be here for a while. You're going to get sick of me."
This assurance came after Meredith Vieira confirmed her June exit from "Today" and Katie Couric left CBS to pursue her new daytime talker, "Katie," due out in 2012. With Couric pitching a new talk show, many speculated she would lure in her former cohost Matt Lauer, but he was quick to quash those rumors.
It turns out, however, that Lauer's exit might not be as far off as he intimated. His "long term" contract only goes through the end of 2012.
With that in mind, NBC execs wined and dined Seacrest on Tuesday to discuss his joining the "Today" team, according to "The Wall Street Journal" (see clip above).
Seacrest, who has parlayed his "American Idol" hosting gig into being a Hollywood player, also had his name bandied about after Regis Philbin announced he was leaving "Live! with Kelly." That rumor's been quashed (for now?), but this round of rumors reflect a different set of circumstances. As co-host at E! News and exec producer for all things Kardashian, Seacrest is already part of the NBCUniversal team.
Even if Lauer decides to stay put, the popular Seacrest would be a get for "Today." At the same time, as mentioned in the video above, with Lauer's contract set to come up, this fresh buzz could all just be a negotiating tactic.
At this point, no one from NBC, Seacrest or Lauer camp is talking. Stay tuned for more on this story as it unfolds.
"Today" airs weekday mornings on NBC
The 'Scream' starlet strikes development deal with Lifetime, announces first big project
Harry Morgan's best 'M*A*S*H' moments
Funnily enough, the first sight of Morgan's character in 1975 disappointed many "M*A*S*H" loyalists. To replace McLean Stevenson's bungling, I'd-rather-be-golfing Col. Henry Blake with a humorless, regulation Army honcho seemed some sort of cruel joke.
Slowly, however, Sherman T. Potter revealed his secret soft side, and many quirks, and proved that the series could maintain with a genuine authority figure in charge.
Morgan first appeared on "M*A*S*H" in another role, as Major General Bartford Hamilton Steele, in 1974. His Emmy-nominated performance impressed producers of the show so much that they asked him to play Potter.
Here are a few of our favorite Harry Morgan moments, courtesy of YouTube:
Col. Potter's impassioned anti-war tirade:Col. Potter's embarrassing shower moment:
Col. Potter dresses down Col. Flagg:
Col. Potter ignites a catchphrase 30 years ahead of Steve Carell: