HomeTVOne Life to LiveOne Life to Live Puts Kibosh on Ver Dorn Doing GL Finale Jamey Giddens July 24, 2009 36 Comments Don’t look for C. Blake Marler to get her happily ever after on Guiding Light. In her latest column for New York Daily News, Carolyn Hinsey reveals One Life to Live wouldn’t allow Jerry Ver Dorn (Clint) to reprise the role of Blake’s presumed dead husband Ross Marler to help wrap up GL. Now OLTL, y’all know you are wrong for that! Y’all could have let Ver Dorn traipse off to Peapack for a day so one of my favorite GL couples could reunite! I know a way you can make it up to me. Hire the phenomenal Kiefer as a new love interest for Clint. Hmm, fiery red head, already based in New York, perhaps she could play Tina Lord? 36 Responses appleridge July 24, 2009 That sucks but not all that surprising Log in to Reply Revafan001 July 24, 2009 OLTL know they wrong for not letting JVD to return for a day or two! And I would Love LZ as Tina!! Log in to Reply troymcclure July 24, 2009 I’m happy OLTL prevented jerry from returning. Seeing the state that GL is currently in, they would have Ross on screen just to polish The Great and Holy Jeffrey’s shoes. You are better off, Jerry!!! Log in to Reply At50 July 24, 2009 I think they should have just let him go to GL. It’s not like there is any chance of GL snatching him up as a regular. And when OLTL inevitably gets cancelled CBS might think twice about letting any former ABC stars make appearances for the finale. Log in to Reply season1217 July 24, 2009 Why would that man want to sweat his balls off in Peapack when he can work in the luxury of central air conditioning?! Log in to Reply siomonstuart2003 July 24, 2009 This is Brian Frons doing. I don;t know why he just can let them do it. It wouldn’t hold OLTL. It is payback for Barbara. Log in to Reply Desertrose July 24, 2009 Petty. That’s all I can say. Just very petty. Not like JVD has the option to stay on at GL. We have petty children running the networks it seems. Hmmm, ever hear of trying to work together, kids? Obviously not. Log in to Reply EricasEvilTwin July 24, 2009 Color me crazy, but ABCD should have played hardball. why not let JVD go back for even a week in exchange for the option to bring back someone like Stuart Damon or even Ric Hearst for a week. Thats what a shrewd businessman would have done. Log in to Reply Llanview76 July 24, 2009 First of all…daytime is a community that needs to be a little more united in helping the genre as a whole out…Whomever is in charge needs to realize Ross Marler was Jerry Ver Dorn’s signature role and that it would be a respectful thing in letting him appear on the last episode of the show he dedicated a brunt of his talent to. Conversely, OLTL paid Michael Zaslow the same respect when GL seem to let him go after his illness worsened, isn’t there somebody on the show that believes in a “two way street”? Lastly, I think it would be great to reunite Keifer with Ver Dorn on OLTL. Have her play Connie O’Neill…it would be fitting as it is another nod to a character from the show’s rich history. Erik Log in to Reply TV Gord July 24, 2009 I can’t believe these responses. This is why so many soap fans set themselves up with so much false hope! It’s a BUSINESS! Do you think ANY of the networks, production companies or shows would let their talent cross the street to work at the competition? Of course not. Log in to Reply Jamey Giddens July 24, 2009 I can’t believe these responses. This is why so many soap fans set themselves up with so much false hope! It’s a BUSINESS! Do you think ANY of the networks, production companies or shows would let their talent cross the street to work at the competition? Of course not. *** Days loaned Lauren Koslow to B&B in exchange for Joe Mascolo several years ago, but Joe didn’t end up going back to Days to fulfill his part. Log in to Reply Columbus July 24, 2009 This is a unique situation: the end of the longest running drama on television. Surely the loaner show would come out smelling like a rose if they lent an actor for an appearance on the last episode. This is not normal business. Log in to Reply TV Gord July 24, 2009 Okay, out of all of the shows that have gone off the air over the years…how many of them had actors who were currently working on another show on another network…who went back to wrap things up? It could also be the actor doesn’t want the stank of a cancelled show on their recent résumé. As I said, it’s a business. I think the comment that made my brain short-circuit in a last-straw sort of way (after reading all of the comments) was the one about working out some kind of exchange with Stuart Damon or Rick Hearst. What??! ABC obviously didn’t want either of them enough (certainly not Damon) to keep them around GH. Why would they want to work out some kind of exchange with actors they’ve already dismissed? (I don’t know what Hearst’s situation was, but it was obvious they were DONE with Stuart Damon (the idiots!). Jamey, if an example of quid pro quo (whether it was fully consumated or not) is the only example, that kind of proves my point, doesn’t it? No network–out of the goodness of its heart–is going to waive contract stipulations and all of the stuff fans don’t consider to let an actor cross the street and attract his/her fans to a competing network. Log in to Reply AlistairCrane July 24, 2009 Err, correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t JVD on recurring status? Which means he’s not under contract to OLTL, which means he’s a free agent and could do what he pleases. Susan Seaforth Hayes was appearing as Julie on Days and as Lauren’s mother on Y&R around the same time a couple years back. Log in to Reply RenewGLFF July 24, 2009 No he’s still on contract. I believe it expires in September. I wonder if they’ll dump him to recurring. I hope not, but it’s possible. Now that Guiding Light is canceled, he would most likely agree to stay on the show without a contract. Log in to Reply blake3b July 24, 2009 That is seriously f*cked up! F*ck you Frons and OLTL Log in to Reply lilyredd July 24, 2009 I think they should have let him appear if that is what the actor wanted and what GL wanted. Soaps are dying. A little unity between competitors may help. As to the idea of GL alums landing on OLTL, I hope this is kept to one or two actors, if any. OLTL has a large cast and the best performers -specifically, Robin Strasser and Erika Slezak are NOT given enough airtime. I do not want OLTL become GL-east. Log in to Reply TV Gord July 24, 2009 According to imdb.com, Susan Seaforth Hayes left Y&R in January 2007 and started on DAYS in June, and there didn’t appear to be any overlap. I agree with RenewGLFF. He’s still in the OLTL opening credits, so he’s not down to recurring yet (despite reports earlier this year). Log in to Reply AlistairCrane July 24, 2009 She was on Days for Christmas 06 and on Y&R just a few days later. I never said it was an overlap like last year when Andrea Evans was appearing on both Passions and OLTL, just that she was concurrently playing both roles, since she was still officially on recurring status with Days. Log in to Reply troymcclure July 24, 2009 It could also be the actor doesn’t want the stank of a cancelled show on their recent résumé. As I said, it’s a business. —– Tvgord, I understand what you are trying to say regarding it being business however I don’t quite understand your statement above. How would it hurt Jerry Ver Dorn’s career to appear in a couple of episodes of a cancelled soap? How would working on a cancelled soap “stank” up your résumé if you are an actor?? Log in to Reply At50 July 24, 2009 Soaps are a business but I don’t see how JVR appearing on a cancelled soap hurts or threatens ABC in any way.GL poses no competition. Log in to Reply THEBEST July 25, 2009 Liz Keifer to OLTL as Cassie Kramer! Give me a Cassie/Clint/Dorian triangle NOW!!!!!! Log in to Reply liason4real July 25, 2009 According to Erika Slezak’s latest letter, OLTL should be going dark for one week in August, maybe the actor can tape GL during that time frame? I know OLTL has an aggressive taping schedule, maybe the actor who is currently involved in Bo/Nora/Clint/Matthew storyline is busy taping scenes? How do we know it’s only one day, maybe it’s several days or a week? If the actor is busy with OLTL, how is he going to learn his lines and stuff and tape GL? From a fans perspective, it’s probably something easy, maybe not for the behind the scenes stuff at OLTL….JMO Log in to Reply inspiron July 25, 2009 Wasn’t LK on OLTL in the 90s? Please no more recasts on OLTL, Faux Todd is enough Log in to Reply liason4real July 25, 2009 LK played one of the O’Neill sisters (Connie) around 1984. Her sister Didi was married to Bo. Niki Smith’s character was in love with Harry O’Neil…wow, that was a long time ago! Log in to Reply liason4real July 25, 2009 How many ex-GL actors are currently on OLTL? Clint, Stacy, Greg, maybe new Joey and Kelly (if she returns)….I want to see OLTL not OLTL-GL…JMO Log in to Reply soap1234 July 25, 2009 I heard Jerry ver Dorn wanted to return to Guiding Light even if it was for only 1 or 2 episodes. Log in to Reply Jillian Bowe July 25, 2009 Seasons *LOL* AlistairCrane, I hear you with that but remember when Finola Hughes was to head over to Y&R.. She wasn’t on contract with GH but ABC/GH stepped in and you know the rest…. Log in to Reply josser July 25, 2009 Jillian, If ABC didn’t have a contract with Hughes, how could the network put the kabosh on her going to Y&R? Didn’t they just offer her a contract to do some work on GH/NightShift? On Y&R, she was supposed to guest star as Sabrina’s mother. That role turned out to be insignificant. Sabrina’s mother was a pretty awful mom. Maybe Y&R had plans to expand the role but kept it small without a big name? (P.S. I liked the character of Sabrina and the actress who portrayed her. I was sad when she was killed off.) Log in to Reply Dariclone July 25, 2009 This is a horrible decison on the part of eithier OLTL or Brian Frons. Why should it matter if Jerry Ver Dorn went back to his old show if he want too? Good grief! Log in to Reply Doobiekat July 25, 2009 To hell with OLTL I will never ever watch this show again beacuse of this …. Log in to Reply Doobiekat July 25, 2009 To LIASON4REAL you really don’t know what the hell you are talking about…you would only be so lucky to get any GL actor that has won emmys on OLTL !!! GL has more freaking emmy winning actors than any other show out there. Real soap fans know this and would have to agree if they know anything about GL at all after all we are the only soap to ever win 4 major acting emmys in one year – Best Actress Kim Zimmer/Best Supporting Actress Gina Tognoni/ Best supporting Actor Jordan Clarke/Best younger Actor Tom Pelphrey for 2006 and no other show has ever won 4 acting emmys in one year…this dosen’t count the endless acting emmys in previous years GL has won…half the damned actors on this show have won one. I will never ever watch OLTL again if this decision isn’t reversed. Log in to Reply Jillian Bowe July 25, 2009 Josstheguy, if you research it ABC did NOT offer her a contract role on GH or Night Shift.. All they said was Finola was going to play "heavily" in story with Robin that summer on GH. When you fast forward to that moment she wasn’t. From what I heard, Finola was going to have a big part on Y&R. Log in to Reply siomonstuart2003 July 25, 2009 Finola should of toke the Y&R gig. Log in to Reply RenewGLFF July 24, 2009 LOL please give it up with the “sweat balls off in Peapack” comment. Kim was JOKING, not complaining. And I don’t really care, but if it were primetime, they’d let him do it. But it’s daytime, this medium that barely gets any respect but that wants to act all serious and competitive, so they do things the other way. As for poor Liz Keifer, ABC had six years to hire her, I don’t see why they would do it now. I hope she gets to do something good because she’s talented. Log in to Reply josser July 26, 2009 Llanview said, “Conversely, OLTL paid Michael Zaslow the same respect when GL seem to let him go after his illness worsened, isn’t there somebody on the show that believes in a “two way street”?” The then producers of GL were scumbags and discriminated against Mr. Zaslow, firing him because of his illness. OLTL’s producers were AWESOME. They hired Zaslow and wrote his illness into the storyline, providing Zaslow and his family with much needed income and support. How many companies do such wonderful things? Most companies we here about try to screw over employees, not take care of them. ABC deserves credit for how the past regime handled Mr. Zaslow. P.S. I think Zaslow was able to sue or successfully reach a settlement with P&G. Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply You must be logged in to post a comment.