Kelly Monaco to GH?
James dePaiva Out at OLTL?
More on AMC's Executive Shift!
Soapdom has learned that Kelly Monaco (Livvie) is confirmed to be joining the cast of General Hospital. Few details have been released about Monaco's character-to-be, but the rep asserts that she will "not be playing Livvie." When we contacted the spokesperson for General Hospital today, however, she declined to comment on any contract status for Monaco and declared that she is not giving interviews at this time.
Meanwhile, Livvie's onscreen love Michael Easton (Caleb) has signed with OLTL. And, perhaps hoping that some change will spark a new fire of creativity and higher ratings, ABC has announced that Julie Hanan Carruthers will assume the executive producer spot on All My Children next month. Carruthers, who is currently executive producer of the soon-to-be-ending ABC soap Port Charles, will replace Jean Dadario Burke, who has served as the show's executive producer since 1998. Click for more!
The decision to change executive producers is the second major behind-the-scenes change at AMC this year. In May, Emmy winning scribe Megan McTavish was re-hired as head writer.
"Julie is an incredibly strong, talented and innovative executive producer," says ABC daytime president Brian Frons in a statement. "Her passion and spirit will be a perfect fit for the ground-breaking hallmark that is All My Children. I am very pleased to be able to keep her part of the ABC Daytime family."
Carruthers, who has previously worked on General Hospital and Santa Barbara, took over PC in 1999, and was instrumental in developing its telenova format. She'll assume the top position at AMC from outgoing EP Jean Dadario Burke. "I had a great run at AMC," shares Burke in a statement. "It was a delightful experience to work with such a fine group of people, [and] I wish Julie Carruthers the best." Carruthers takes over the reigns beginning Sep. 29, 2003.
While AMC seems to be getting it together, OLTL announces the ousting of a long-time favorite. James DePaiva (Max Holden) has confirmed that he has been let go by One Life to Live. In fact, the long-time Llanview fixture tells us that he has already taped his final scenes.
DePaiva joined the cast of One Life to Live in 1987 and, except for a period between 1990 and 1992, has been with the show ever since. DePaiva married co-star Kassie Wesley (Blair Cramer) on May 31st, 1996. The DePaivas have a six-year-old son, James "JQ" Quentin DePaiva.
Rumors have been circulating for months that DePaiva was on his way out and several online petitions have been making the rounds. DePaiva announced his firing at this year's annual One Life to Live fan gathering in New York City. As DePaiva made his statement, wife Kassie was noticeably upset and burst into tears.
According to DePaiva, his final tape date was Friday, August 8th. There is no definite airdate for his final scenes, though the scenes are expected to air in late August or early September. A spokesperson for One Life to Live was unavailable for comment.
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