OUCH! Robin Strasser Tweets, "I Haven't Had Significant Story in Years"; Reveals Tognoni Leaving OLTL Early TooBy Jamey Giddens on May 31, 2011
Soap opera legend Robin Strasser is proving to be just as entertaining on Twitter as she in in the fictional burb of Llanview, PA. One Life to Live's Dorian Lord revealed via Twitter her onscreen niece Gina Tognoni (Kelly) will also be exiting the serial early.
Have no control over how they'll write Dorian/Kelly off by July 1- I haven't had significant story in years-hoping they'll do D. and K.good." READ MORE
Is Sony Pictures TV president Steve Mosko about to pull a serious power move? According to Deadline, he just may. The site is reporting once news of All My Children and One Life To Live's cancellations broke, Mosko started having serious talks with Days of Our Lives executive producer Ken Corday, The Young and the Restless' Bill Bell, Jr. and daytime exec Steve Kent on which ABC stars to poach in order to boost their shows canvas. The names being floated around are: Debbi Morgan (Angie), Jacob Young (JR), Josh Kelly (Cutter) and Gina Tognoni (Kelly). READ MORE
One Life to Live’s Kassie DePaiva, hubby James DePaiva (ex-Max Holden, OLTL) (pictured with their son JQ above) and co-stars Brian Kerwin, Gina Tognoni and Melissa Archer showed their support for the "Hear for the Future" Center for Hearing & Communication Centennial Gala on October 18 at the 583 Park Avenue in New York City. The event, which also featured appearances by American Idol finalist Crystal Bowersox and hitmaker Joey McIntyre, helped raise money to support the Center for Hearing and Communication, which provides hearing health services for people of all ages. See photos and watch a poignant video from the gala after the jump! READ MORE
The last New York City soap opera standing, ABC Daytime's One Life to Live, will be discussed during a panel presented by the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Foundation this Nov. 2 at 7 pm EST. Panelists include: executive producer Frank Valentini and cast members Gina Tognoni, Florencia Lozano, Sean Ringgold, Kristen Alderson, David Gregory, Hillary B. Smith and Kassie DePaiva. The festivities will be held at the Paley Center and will be moderated by Entertainment Weekly's Abby West. One Life to Live has definitely gotten its groove back, so I am glad to see it being celebrated. For more deets on the event, click here.
One Life to Live’s Florencia Lozano celebrated the opening of her new play "underneathmybed" on September 10 at Dublin 6 in New York with OLTL co-stars Gina Tognoni, Matt Walton, Terrell Tilford and Trevor St. John (pictured above). Described as “a passionate and bold work” by Theater Mania, "underneathmybed" runs through October 10 at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. See more photos after the jump!
This Week in Daytime,
I teared up at As the World Turns’ tribute to Nancy Hughes (Helen Wagner). The episode contained so many wonderful flashbacks. I was in the midst of patting myself on the back for not letting it get to me when they began Nancy’s Thanksgiving prayer and I knew I was a goner. Of course, that touching scene was immediately followed by Katie’s (Terri Colombino) flashbacks of Nancy. I know each ATWT fan has their own fond memories, but there are three reasons I fell in love with ATWT and Oakdale. 1) I discovered ATWT because it was where my beloved Another World characters ended up. 2) I couldn’t get enough of Jack (Michael Park) and Carly’s (Maura West) on again/off again relationship 3). Katie and Simon’s (Paul Leyden) romance–nurtured by Nancy–hooked me. Share your favorite Nancy Hughes moments in the comments. We miss you Helen Wagner.