This is going to be good! TVLine is reporting former One Life to Live and Ugly Betty star Judith Light has joined the second season of TNT’s hit series Dallas . Reportedly, she’ll portray the recurring role of “an authoritative and controlling battle-ax who will fight to the death to protect the people she loves. And for the people she loves, she uses every psychological trick in the book to make them do what she wants.”
TVLine doesn’t reveal which character Light will portray, but it speculates if she might play Ann Ewing’s (Brenda Strong) mother.
Could this dragon lady be the mother of Brenda Strong’s Ann Ewing? Seems like a safe bet, particularly in light of the imminent arrival of a character we’re guessing will turn out to be Ann’s estranged daughter.
Judith Light may not have agreed to reprise the career-launching role of Karen Wolek before One Life to Live wrapped production, however it appears the actress will find the time in her busy schedule to join ABC's upcoming concilatory send off on The View.
Soaps In Depth is reporting Light will appear on the special episode of the relentlessly-cloned ABC chatfest on Jan. 13. While I'm glad Light will be a part of the hour—which will likely have Whoopi Goldberg trying to stay awake, while Sherri Shepherd does the whole "sassy black girl who loves her stories" schtick yet again—it would have been nice if Light had been able to actually appear on OLTL before the end. I hear it was only for a cameo, and the brass reportedly courted her something serious. Oh well, maybe the producers of Who's The Boss? will have better luck should they ever do a reunion movie. Watch a clip of Karen Wolek on the stand after the jump!
Despite my revealing last June that One Life to Live alum Judith Light had turned down an offer to reprise the role of housewife-turned-hooker Karen Wolek, rumors seem to persist she is coming back. Unfortunately, those rumors are false.
"Judith isn't coming back to One Life to Live," says a source. "She turned the show down numerous times. They had a really fun cameo for her as Karen, but she turned it down repeatedly." READ MORE
Don't expect Karen Wolek to make a return trip to Llanview, PA. before One Life to Live ends next January. According to sources, Judith Light recently declined an offer from the sudser to reprise the career-making role as the housewife hooker she played from 1977-1983.
I'm hearing this isn't the first time Light has turned OLTL down, despite always speaking fondly of her time on the serial in the press. Reportedly the brass wanted Light to appear as Karen for the soap's 40th anniversary back in 2008, but the Who's The Boss? and Ugly Betty star allegedly passed that time as well.
Here's hoping, with seven months left before the finale, TPTB will somehow be able to convince Light to change her mind. Watch a clip of Light as Karen Wolek on the stand after the jump!
For weeks we've been hearing about all the big name stars who or may not pay one, final visit to Pine Valley before All My Children goes off the air this September. Now Tony nominee Judith Light (she's up for Lombardi) is saying she'd welcome the chance to reprise the iconic role of not-so-happy housewife-turned-hooker Karen Wolek on One Life to Live! Says Light to EW.com:
Which of your TV characters would you play again?
Oh, any one of them. I loved them all. I’ve had some incredible roles. I mean, if you’re talking about One Life to Live or Who’s the Boss or Law & Order. There isn’t one that I wouldn’t love to do again. They were written fantastically and I had a great time doing them all. I would happily go back. I was just talking to Vanessa Williams at the Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards [Light won Best Actress in a Play] about how much we miss our Ugly Betty family. It’s so true.
Now this would be hot. I never watched Light on OLTL ( I was 1-year-old in 1978 when her big story was playing out, so yeah...), but have loved her ever since she played a millionaire who had sex with the help. No, she wasn't in The Arnold Schwarzenegger Story, she was publishing tycoon Angela Bower on one of my fave 80's sitcoms, Who's The Boss? I think it would be awesome-tas-mic to see the actress "Light" up Llanview.
I know, Wishful Storytelling: What if Aubrey (Terri Conn) is Karen Wolek's daughter? She could have grown up hearing her Ma talk about her good friend Viki Lord (Erika Slezak) back in Llanview, and created all sorts of fantasies in her head about becoming a member of Viki's fancy pants family.
Aubrey could have never let on to her boyfriend/patner-in-crime Cutter (Josh Kelly) as to the real reason she targeted Dumbo Joey (Tom Degnan). Can't you just see Mama Wolek scolding Aubrey on her sinful ways, only for Daughter Meanest to bring up her mother's past of doing something strange for a piece of change? Meanwhile, Viki stands there all a' hissing and carrying on in one of her trademark fits of righeous indigestion. Come on, Frankie V., get on the horn and make this shiz happen!
Until then, watch the classic clip of Karen Wolek admitting tricks aren't just for kids, they were for turning, after the jump!