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One Life to Live-related news from 2005
It's impossible to keep up with all of the twists and turns from the world of soaps. Luckily, soapcentral.com has done it for you. Our News Archive has a listing of every news story ever posted on our site.
Here are some of the news stories posted on soapcentral.com during 2005 that focus on One Life to Live or past and present OLTL performers. To read any of the articles listed below, simply click on the appropriate link.


To access articles from other years or to review articles with similar themes, please see the News Archive links below this text to access a specific year. Or to view a listing of all years for which news stories are available, simply click here.

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January 2005
One Life to Live has brought in some familiar names to help recently-appointed head writer Dena Higley as she pens the show's future plots and storylines. ABC announced that it has hired the writing team of James Harmon Brown and Barbara Esensten to serve as consultants on One Life to Live.
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January 2005
One Life to Live fans that rejoiced when David Fumero (Cristian Vega) returned to the show in November 2004 may want to take a deep breath before continuing to read this article. A show spokesperson has confirmed that the actor will soon be exiting Llanview again.
Jennifer Morri
February 2005
One Life to Live is about to lose one of its popular, young female stars. soapcentral.com has learned that actress Jessica Morris (Jennifer Rappaport) will be exiting the show later this year.
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February 2005
Contrary to reports on other web sites, Phil Carey (Asa Buchanan) has not officially parted ways with One Life to Live. A show insider tells Soap Opera Central that talks between the actor and network executives are still ongoing.
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February 2005
Recently, a wave of Internet postings claimed that One Life to Live co-stars Michael Easton (John McBain) and Melissa Archer (Natalie Buchanan) so disliked each other that the show's writing team had to limit their scenes together.
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March 2005
As previously reported by soapcentral.com, talk of Phil Carey's (Asa Buchanan) exit from One Life to Live has been greatly exaggerated. Though unconfirmed by the network at "post time," soapcentral.com has learned that Carey and the show have come to terms on a new contract.
What was the biggest OLTL news story of 2005?
 JUN: Kimberlin Brown (Paige) ditches OLTL to return to Y&R.   79% 
 AUG: GL vet Jerry ver Dorn tapped as OLTL's new Clint.   9% 
 NOV: Fans fear Hillary B. Smith (Nora) may leave OLTL.   5% 
 DEC: Hillary B. Smith (Nora) announces new one-year deal with OLTL.   2% 
 MAR: Phil Carey (Asa) contract talks are rocky, but actor re-signs.   2% 
 FEB: Jessica Morris (Jennifer) opts to leave OLTL, Jennifer is killed.   2% 
 Other   1% 
 MAY: Melissa Archer (Natalie) reveals Emmys that she's inked a new contract   0% 
 FEB: Michael Easton (John) lashes out at rumors that he dislikes co-star.   0% 

   
Hogan Sheffe
April 2005
The announcement that three-time Emmy winner Hogan Sheffer was no longer the head writer of CBS's As the World Turns took many by surprise. nd as expected, rival networks are said to already be actively courting the scribe. The most popular rumor hints that ABC wants to hire Sheffer to take over head writing duties for One Life to Live, which, ironically, airs in the same timeslot as As the World Turns.
Melissa Archer
May 2005
There is still an air of uncertainty surrounding Melissa Archer's (Natalie Vega) future with One Life to Live. As of post time, the actress still had not signed her name to a new contract with the ABC soap.
Catherine Hickland
May 2005
Though it had been speculated for many, many months Catherine Hickland (Lindsay Rappaport) has confirmed that she will drop to recurring status when her contract expires later this month.
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May 2005
Good news, Melissa Archer Melissa Archer (Natalie Vega) --- the actress will not be leaving One Life to Live as widely reported by other soap opera web sites. In an exclusive interview with soapcentral.com along the Red Carpet at this year's Daytime Emmys, the actress finally put the exit rumors to rest.
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June 2005
Veteran soap opera actress Kimberlin Brown (Paige Miller) will exit her role as Dr. Miller on One Life to Live this summer. The decision to exit the show is said to be solely that of Brown and the show is considering whether or not to recast the role.
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July 2005
David Fumero (Cristian Vega) has signed on to return to One Life to Live.

Fumero joined the cast of One Life to Live in June 1998 and, despite frequent mention of wanting to exit the show, remained with the ABC soap through October 2003.
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July 2005
It's official - Kimberlin Brown (Sheila Carter) will be reprising her Emmy-nominated role on The Young and the Restless. The actress heads back to Genoa City later this summer.
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July 2005
The search for One Life to Live's new Paige has concluded. Though several daytime vets reportedly auditioned for the role, the show's casting department turned to the Great White Way and offered the role to a Tony Award winner.
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August 2005
As widely speculated, Clint Buchanan will make his return to the One Life to Live canvas later this year as a love interest Victoria Davidson (played by Emmy winner Erika Slezak). Long-time fans may, however, be disappointed that when Clint returns to the show he will not be played by a well-liked performer.
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September 2005
Multiple Emmy winner Jerry ver Dorn (Ross Marler, Guiding Light) will join the cast next month in the role of Clint. Veteran daytime star Clint Ritchie is best known as OLTL's Clint, having been seen in the role from 1979 to December 1998.
Mario Van Peebles
September 2005
As previously reported by soapcentral.com, Jerry ver Dorn (Ross Marler) will exit Guiding Light in October, leaving behind a show that he's called home for 26 years. Fans of the actor, however, will still be able to tune in every day and see the actor on screen: he's found a new role at ABC's One Life to Live.
Shanelle Workman
November 2005
Just seven months after joining the cast of The Bold and the Beautiful, Shanelle Workman (Gabriela Moreno) finds herself without a job. The CBS soap has released the actress from her contract. Workman appeared previously as Sarah Roberts on One Life to Live.
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November 2005
Emmy-nominated Kassie DePaiva (Blair Manning) and ABC executives have come to terms on a new contract, soapcentral.com has learned. DePaiva confirmed the news in a statement on her official web site.
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November 2005
There are rumors about that an old flame from Todd's life may be returning to Llanview to cause some troubles in his love life. If the rumors are true, it could mean trouble ahead for Todd and Blair.
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November 2005
As One Life to Live's Nora lays comatose in her hospital bed, some fans are worried that the character may never awaken - and that actress Hillary B. Smith (Nora Hanen) may be on her way out. For many weeks the rumors of Smith's precarious situation with the show have been the subject of soap magazine articles and Internet speculation.
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December 2005
The ongoing contract talks between Hillary B. Smith (Nora Hanen) and ABC Daytime execs are, well, ongoing. According to a setside source, both sides are still talking, but there has been relatively no progress.
Mario Van Peebles
December 2005
Crystal Chappell (Olivia Spencer) can forget about any plans that she may have had to leave Guiding Light for ABC's One Life to Live. The show's brass informed the star that she would be held to the terms of her recently-signed contract. In short, the higher-ups refused to let the Emmy-winning actress out of her contract.
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December 2005
Robin Strasser (Dorian Lord) has signed a new contract with One Life to Live - and she's not happy about it.
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December 2005
After a lengthy period of negotiation, Emmy winner Hillary B. Smith (Nora Hanen) has inked a new contract that will keep her on One Life to Live. The news will come as a huge relief to fans who watched nervously as talks between Smith and ABC had been tenuous, at best, for many weeks.
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