Jerry ver Dorn

Why One Life to Live Deserves to be The Last ABC Soap Standing

The best argument the soap opera genre can make in favor of its own survival airs at 2pm EST on ABC/ 9pm EST on  SOAPnet. Its name is One Life to Live.

OLTL's fictional town of Llanview, PA. is a town rich in history, overflowing with talent, boisterous in personality and uninhibited by an addiction to one or two characters.

Monday’s nod to Grey Gardens–acted out by the fantastic foursome of Robin Strasser, Kassie DePaiva, Trevor St. John and Florencia Lozano–and the seamlessness with which it was woven into the double wedding ceremony of Viki  to Charlie and Nora to Clint is one of many examples of why OLTL has surpassed The Young and the Restless as the genre’s most well-written soap opera.  READ MORE

One Life to Live Puts Kibosh on Ver Dorn Doing GL Finale

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?

Ver Dorn Still On Contract; Episode Guarantee Reduced?

Earlier this week, we reported that Jerry ver Dorn was bumped to recurring on One Life to Live. According to New York Daily News' Carolyn Hinsey, that isn't the case. The actor is still on contract.  From what we're hearing the actor's episode guarantee with the show has been reduced, which one mole leaked to us as Ver Dorn being bumped.

"ABC is playing fast and loose with what it means to be 'on contract' these days," says a source. "At one show people are being told they will remain in the opening credits and still appear on contract, although they will really be on recurring status, as long as this doesn't leak to the press, they will be safe."

From what we are hearing, Brian Frons simply doesn't want to see much of the Guiding Light veteran, who assumed the role of Clint in 2005, onscreen.

Jerry Ver Dorn Bumped to Recurring at OLTL?; Should Ross Return for Blake on GL?

We're hearing rumblings that Jerry Ver Dorn has been taken off contract at One Life to Live.  We can't say this surprises us. We've been hearing for months that a Bo and Nora redux is a "done deal"—thank you Soap Gods— and Viki already has Charlie. It's too bad OLTL decided to bust up Clint and Dorian, since Robin Strasser and Ver Dorn had amazing chemistry. I would much rather watch a full-on Clint/Dorian/Cruz Castillo, er Ray Montez love triangle than see Ver Dorn and Hillary B. Smith put me to sleep in their scenes. But to be completely honest, what I really want to see is Ver Dorn reprise his role as Ross Marler on Guiding Light. Now I don't know how smart it would actually be to give up a recurring gig at a soap that is on steadier footing to return to the role you made famous, but a boy can Wishfully Cast, can't he?

If, and I say if, what TV Week is reporting is true, and GL's writers may soon be needing to wrap up storylines, I would like nothing better than for it to be revealed that Edmund or Alan was holding Ross hostage in some foreign prison. Dinah (Gina Tognoni) and Phillip (Grant Aleksander) team up to rescue him, with Beth (Beth Chamberlin) and Shayne (Jeff Branson) along for the ride, with tons of romance and adventure along the way. They don't tell Blake (Liz Kiefer) what they're doing, because they don't want to get her hopes up.

Imagine, the ferocity of emotion the brazilliant Tognoni would display as Dinah discovers a beaten and broken Ross is indeed still alive. Just think of the scenes where they spirit him back to Springfield on the Spaulding Jet, where he then reunites with his beloved Blake and their kids.

GL could then bring back Fletcher (Jay Hammer), Ed (Peter Simon) and Holly (Maureen Garrett) to celebrate in Ross's return and a double wedding for Bill and Lizzie and Phillip and Beth. Okay, enough fan fic. What do you think, should Ver Dorn be happy to stick it out on recurring on a surer bet like OLTL, or return to help salvage and/or wrap up Guiding Light?

Guiding Light: Alex Blasts Roger At The Country Club

Giving the Devil his due. In honor of Beverlee McKinsey’s memory I searched through countless You Tube clips to find one that best summarized her tremendous strength as an actress. This clip is famous for Guiding Light fans, as it is where Springfield's grand dame Alexandra Spaulding makes a mockery of her cheating, thieving husband Roger Thorpe played with equal brilliance by the late Michael Zaslow. Alex also makes amends to her loved ones for believing in Roger over them. 

The clip is almost painful to watch as it evokes memories of Guiding Light and the daytime soap opera at its best. One thing that amazes me is that most of the actors in this storyline, Alex, Roger, Fletcher (Jay Hammer), Holly (Maureen Garrett), Vanessa (Maeve Kinkead), Ross (Jerry ver Dorn), Henry (William Roerick, Ed (Peter Simon) and Maureen (Ellen Parker) were over 40.  READ MORE

Guiding Light: Should Bad Girl Blake Write Herself Into Coop and Ashlee's Romance?

For someone who started watching Guiding Light in the early 90's it is such a treat to see bad girl Christina "Blake" Marler (Liz Kiefer) back and sharing screen time with John Driscoll's Coop!

So far the storyline has corporate shark-turned-romance novelist Blake helping her one time best pal Harley's little brother with his budding writing career. But is it just us, or is Blake flirting with the young Shakespeare-in-training in those scenes? 

This storyline definitely reminds us of the Blake of yesteryear. The woman made an artform out of screwing around on the love of her life Ross with the likes of Alan-Michael, Rick and even Ross's own half brother Ben (Hunt Block), while never letting us forget that it was always Ross who was Blake's soulmate. Ever since GL made the rash decision to let the wonderful Jerry Ver Dorn (ex-Ross, GL/Clint, One Life to Live) go, Blake has barely been used. 

What better way to get Blake back in the action than by putting her in a story that ties to her rich history (both her publishing career and her connection to the Coopers) and letting her test the chemical waters with Coop? But what does this mean for Coop's blossoming relationship with Ashlee (Caitlin Van Zandt)? Will sultry older woman Blake make Ashlee even more insecure, or will Coop resist temptation by keeping it strictly business with Blake and stay true to Ashlee? Welcome home Mrs. Robinson, er Marler!