Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Old Favorites Returning To One Life To Live

It'll seem like the 1990s all over again as former cast members of "One Life To Live" return to Llanview this summer! On Wednesday June 11th, Andrea Evans (above) is returning to the soap in the role of bad girl Tina Lord. Evans originated the role of Tina in 1978 and played her until 1981. She returned to OLTL in 1985 and stayed with the show until 1990. Since Evans' last departure, the role of Tina has been played by Karen Witter (1990-1994)and Krista Tesreau (1994-1996, 1997).

When last seen, Tina had divorced David Vickers (Tuc Watkins) and left town to start over in Baltimore. Since then, she hasn't kept in close contact with her family. In fact, her daughter Sarah (Justis Bolding) and siblings Viki (Erika Slezak) and Todd (Trevor St. John) don't even know where she is.

According to ABC.com, Tina is coming back with a big secret, a surprising revelation on where she's been, as well as a connection to one of Llanview's most powerful residents. Her return will kick off a major story that also ties in with the upcoming reappearance of ex-husband Cain Rogan. Played by Christopher Cousins (below), Cain was a con-man extraordinaire; using a variety of disguises and phony names during his three-year stint (1991-1994) on the soap. Cousins is set to return sometime in July.

Also returning in July is mobster Carlo Hesser (played by Thom Christopher, below). When last on the show three years ago, the incarcerated Hesser had spearheaded a prison riot that also involved Cristian Vega (David Fumero) and John McBain (Michael Easton). Christopher, who won a Daytime Emmy in 1992 for his portrayal of Carlo Hesser, has played the role off and on since 1990.

The presumed dead Dr. Marty Saybrooke (Susan Haskell, below) is also coming back to Llanview. When last seen in 2007, it was believed that Marty (then played by Christina Chambers) had perished in a van explosion. However, since dead soap characters have a habit of not staying that way, it will soon be revealed that Marty is alive. Over the past couple of weeks, a character whose face hasn't been revealed is shown to be under the care of Lee Ramsey (the crooked commissioner of Llanview). At first, I thought this character was Tina. However, once I read a poster's theory on ABC.com's message board and learned that Susan Haskell was returning to the show, I am inclined to agree that the mysterious patient is none other than Marty Saybrooke. Haskell, who portrayed Marty from 1993 to 1997 and won a Daytime Emmy for the role in 1994, is scheduled to return to OLTL sometime in early June.


Jessica said...

I love OLTL! :) I've been watching off and on for years. I knew Marty would be back. No one is ever REALLY dead. lol David Vickers is awesome. :D

Candy Minx said...

Interesting stuff. Some returns happened last year at AMC too. I think it's pretty cool you have followed this drama.

Malcolm said...

Jessica: Nice to meet another OLTL fan. I have watched the show on and off since 1985. Tina surviving going over a waterfall is one of the more "how in the hells" that I can recall off the top of my head. Tuc Watkins (David Vickers) is one of the best actors on daytime. I have to give credit to the writers too because they definitely play to his skills of delivering comedic lines. I caught the tail end of yesterday's episode last night on SoapNet. It was cool to see Marty and Tina back in the fold.

Candy: The recent return of Angie and Jesse on AMC was huge! It got me to start watching the show again on a somewhat regular basis. It was cool that AMC briefly brought back Greg Nelson to attend the wedding of Jesse and Angie.

pjazzypar said...

I was a fan of both shows from their inception. I did return to "All My Children" when Jesse and Angie showed back up, but I don't know if I will go back to "One Life to Live". We will see.

Malcolm said...

Pjazzy: I hope that the 4 returnees to OLTL sign long-term contracts because the characters they played were among the best. I wish that the show would re-establish the Gannons (Hank, Rachel, and R.J.) as well.

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