(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — After recently signing four of “One Life to Live’s” most prominent cast members, including long-time veteran Erika Slezak (Viki) to continue with the show when it moves to online-only distribution early next year, Prospect Park takes the next step in their commitment to make for a smooth transition for the show. According to Deadline Hollywood, the production company has hired “One Life” Executive Producer Frank Valentini to remain in his current post with the show, along with becoming Vice President of Serial Dramas.
“Frank’s successful track record both creatively and producorially with ‘One Life to Live’ has been stellar and we are honored that he has also agreed to take on more responsibilities at our new network,” states Prospect Park executives Jeff Kwatinetz and Rich Frank, whom Valentini will work closely with in his VP capacity to help relauch “OLTL” and sister soap “All My Children” with the company after each leaves ABC.
Serving as “One Life” Executive Producer since 2006, Valentini is known for running a tight ship and helping keep the show regularly under budget. He has also served as producer, director, stage manager, and music composer for the soap. And in 2010 he directed ABC.com’s “What If…” series, where characters from “All My Children,” “One Life to Live,” and “General Hospital” met one another in a series of short webisodes.
Valentini expressed his excitement in remaining with the show, saying “I am thrilled to join the Prospect Park team continuing my role as the Executive Producer of ‘One Life to Live.’ As we enter this new chapter, I must extend a very big, heartfelt thank you to the show’s creator Agnes Nixon who has always been generous with her support of our vision of her creation, ABC for affording me an incomparable experience for the past 26 years at ‘One Life to Live’ and the fans with their unwavering passion determined not to let their shows go away. The cast and crew is my family and I am very proud to have this opportunity to continue working with this talented and dedicated team. And finally, I must extend a huge thanks to Rich Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz of Prospect Park whose pioneering innovation is giving us more life to live.”
With Valentini staying on with “OLTL,” fans may be wondering where this leaves the show’s current Head Writer Ron Carlvati. After it was announced earlier this year that he would be joining the writing staff of “General Hospital” after “OLTL” finishes its network run, and ABC spokesperson would only tell Soap Opera Network last month that plans for Carlivati’s move to “GH” are still in place “as far as [they] know.” You may recall it was announced in September 2010 that both Valentini and Carlivati had been signed to new long-term contracts with ABC for two and three years, respectively.
After wrapping production on its television run in November, “One Life to Live” is scheduled to broadcast its final episode on ABC on Friday, January 13, 2012.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A look at what’s happening on “One Life to Live” during the week of September 19, 2011.
THIS WEEK ON: ONE LIFE TO LIVE
Cutter freaks out when the gun turns up missing on Monday, September 19. Kim puts the screws to Echo. Rex leaves for Kentucky. Kim tells her friend that now has the key to getting what they want. Kim tries to keep Rex away from the hospital room. Echo considers forging her son’s name. Cutter learns Kim now has the gun on Wednesday, September 21. And Kim tries to make a pact with her brother. Elsewhere in Llanview, Baz tries to convince Starr to allow Rick to producer their single. Despite James’ objections, Starr finally relents. On Thursday, September 22, Nate and James are there for Dani and Starr, while Ford comforts Jessica. And several Llanview residents dream of hidden hopes, fears, and suspicions on Friday, September 23.
The Inside Story: Suspicious Minds
Thanks to Jack, Todd is placed under arrest on Monday, September 19. Jack visits Victor’s grave. Dani tells a troubled Téa of Jack’s claim. Todd is placed in a cell next to Irene, where she makes a surprising admission to him. John thinks Jack is lying. Bo stands up for Rex when John questions his motives for wanting Victor dead. Shane asks Jack how it feels to lose someone you care about and realizes he isn’t telling the truth. Dani surprises Todd with a visit on Wednesday, September 21, but he asks her to leave when Irene tries to bond with her granddaughter. Irene tries to cut a deal with her son. Tomas tells Téa he’s sorry for missing Victor’s funeral. Téa is suspicious of Jack’s story. Irene is cagey when John questions her. Starr learns of her father’s arrest. Blair takes Jack’s side. Téa isn’t pleased to learn of Dani’s visit to Todd’s jail cell. By Friday, September 23, Blair comes up with a plan to get the truth out Jack. Téa makes an interesting discovery while searching Victor’s belongings. Jack stands by his story. And Todd has an unexpected visitor.
A Closer Look: He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not
On Monday, September 19, Brody seems relieved following Todd’s arrest, and shares a warm moment with Natalie and Liam. Brody asks Natalie to marry him. Natalie makes something clear to Brody, and gives him her answer. Roxy presses John about Todd’s arrest. When he refuses to open up, she questions him about his feelings for Natalie, but doesn’t believe what he tells her on Thursday, September 22. Natalie shares the news with Rex. Jessica gives Brody back something that belongs to him. Brody tells Jessica he asked Natalie to marry him. Natalie has a change of heart. On Friday, September 23, Bo gives John some food for thought. And Natalie has a dream about the paternity test results, which she decides to talk over with John.
OLTL ALERTS: WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 26, 2011
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — At least one “One Life to Live” cast member may not be making the transition with the show when it moves to online-only distribution with Prospect Park early next year. Josh Kelly (Cutter Wentworth) has been tapped to play one of the leads in a new MTV pilot “Dumb Girls,” a new comedy series from “Awkward” producer Lauren Iungerich.
According to Deadline Hollywood, Kelly will be part of an ensemble cast which will also feature Christine Evangelista of “The Joneses,” Xosha Roquemore, and Nico Evers Swindell, who played Prince William in film “William & Kate.” The show will be produced by MTV and will focus on a group of twentysomethings. Iungerich is the executive producer for the pilot, and work alongside Robyn Meisinger and Kim Fleary. Production is slated to begin next month.
Deadline also reports that Kelly, who joined the cast of “One Life” on December 29, 2010, “has not been approached yet about continuing on the show when it moves online, though that is considered likely.” “OLTL” wraps production on its television run in November, and will air its final ABC episode on January 13, 2012. It is expected to resume online with Prospect Park the following week.
Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings
(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)
NOTE: Please do not copy and paste the entire ratings. Thank you.
NOTE: B&B and Y&R did not air on Monday and Friday due to US Open Tennis. All soaps did not air on Monday.
1. Y&R 4,631,000 (+206,000/-486,000)
2. B&B 2,991,000 (+264,000/-260,000)
3. OLTL 2,816,000 (+92,000/+359,000)
4. AMC 2,703,000 (+223,000/+235,000)
5. GH 2,495,000 (+9,000/-247,000)
6. DAYS 2,357,000 (-6,000/-137,000)
1. Y&R 3.4/11 (+.1/-.1)
2. B&B 2.2/7 (+.1/-.1)
3. OLTL 2.1/7 (+.1/+.3)
4. AMC 2.0/7 (+.2/+.1)
5. GH 1.9/6 (+.1/-.1)
6. DAYS 1.8/6 (same/same)
Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 916,000 (+85,000/-192,000)
2. GH 729,000 (+1,000/-237,000)
3. OLTL 690,000 (-32,000/-24,000)
4. DAYS 571,000 (-73,000/-135,000)
5. AMC 557,000 (-36,000/-42,000)
6. B&B 552,000 (+20,000/-159,000)
Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.4/10 (+.1/-.3)
2. GH 1.1/7 (same/-.4)
2. OLTL 1.1/7 (same/same)
4. B&B 0.9/6 (+.1/-.2)
4. AMC 0.9/6 (same/same)
4. DAYS 0.9/6 (-.1/-.2) <—– ties low rating
Girls 12-17 Viewers
1. Y&R 58,000 (-12,000/+10,000)
2. OLTL 37,000 (-33,000/-9,000)
3. DAYS 20,000 (+1,000/+3,000)
4. B&B 19,000 (-17,000/-5,000)
5. GH 15,000 (-22,000/-35,000)
6. AMC 13,000 (-15,000/-14,000)
Women 18-34 Rating
1. Y&R 0.7/5 (+.1/-.3)
1. OLTL 0.7/4 (same/same)
3. AMC 0.6/4 (same/+.1)
3. GH 0.6/4 (same/-.4)
3. DAYS 0.6/4 (same/-.2)
6. B&B 0.4/3 (+.1/-.3)
Men 18+ Viewers
1. Y&R 1,011,000 (-34,000/-174,000)
2. B&B 651,000 (+74,000/-68,000)
3. OLTL 589,000 (+91,000/+145,000)
4. AMC 583,000 (+111,000/+84,000)
5. DAYS 531,000 (+19,000/-18,000)
6. GH 462,000 (+46,000/-33,000)
Day-To-Day Ratings – HH/Total Viewers
For the SEASON September 20, 2010 through September 11, 2011
1. Y&R 3.6
2. B&B 2.2
3. GH 2.1
4. DAYS 2.0
4. OLTL 2.0
6. AMC 1.9
Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.6
2. GH 1.4
3. DAYS 1.2
4. OLTL 1.1
5. B&B 0.9
5. AMC 0.9
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Thursday, September 15, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Téa can’t get dressed but Blair pulls her together and helps her get ready. At the church, James helps Sam cope and Starr admires him. Meanwhile Jack calls the LPD to find out if Todd has been arrested. Shaun hears him. He pulls Dani aside and tries to get her on his side about Todd. Jessica helps with Sam. Téa sees a man in a suit looking at Victor’s picture and believes it is him.
Rex tells Echo about the Gigi sighting and the messages she gave Delphina. Echo wonders if the message from Gigi means that Rex should try to forge a relationship with Clint.
Viki hears Clint on the phone making an inquiry about Kim’s hospitalized friend and Viki is concerned that he is getting involved in illegal business for Kim. But mostly she doesn’t want him to get hurt. They share a close moment. Clint calls the hospital again but is interrupted.
Roxy showing up at Cutter’s room demanding he give her Morris. Kim hides in the bathroom and Roxy tries to persuade Cutter to give her the porcupine, but Cutter holds out. Kim thinks Cutter should blackmail Rex but he is trying to keep his promise to Aubrey. Kim tries to get him to drop that idea but he won’t. He goes and Kim breaks into his room. Echo shows up.
On the Next One Life to Live…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Thursday, September 15, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Johnny pays Kristina a visit, and Sonny loses it when Kristina sends her father away.
Spinelli visits a recovering Jason with news of Luzetta’s and the engagement ring! Later, Jason asks Spinelli an important question.
Patrick and Matt discuss surgery and have a negative run-in with Anthony.
Carly stumbles in on Shawn, just out of the shower.
Kate and Olivia discuss their Falconeri past and Sonny Corinthos. Will Sonny and Kate cross paths again?
On the Next General Hospital…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Thursday, September 15, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Liza reaches out to a self-loathing Jesse at Ellie’s grave. She tells him that if Maya isn’t ready to be a mother to Lucy she’ll encourage her to take a second look at her decision. Tad advises Jesse not to give up on Angie. Jesse assures Tad he won’t. Frankie and Randi run into Lucy and Maya at Krystal’s. Liza finds Maya struggling with taking care of Lucy while attending school and working. Maya drops out of school. Frankie picks Angie up from the station and takes her back to the loft. Angie is shocked as she begins to literally see light again.
Angie reaches out to David on an emotional level and pleads with him to be the good man she knows he is under all the pain and scars. She tells him to stop playing God for fun and reveal who else he has saved because it’s the right thing to do. David is affected. Cara and Griffin discuss her relationship with David. Cara reveals she’s pregnant with David’s baby and has every intention of keeping the child. Griffin advises Cara not to tell David about this development. Cara visits David in jail to say goodbye … and reveals that she is pregnant with his child.
Madison asks Scott for a second chance. The former lovers reunite.
Tad and Dixie enjoy being together again.
Colby asks JR for help in going through their father’s belongings. JR takes out a gun from Adam’s collection. Colby once again calls Adam for help with JR. JR manipulates Dixie. Dixie allows JR to see AJ without supervision. AJ reveals to Dixie that JR has plans to take him out of town. Dixie confronts JR and tells him he’s not going anywhere with or without AJ. She reveals to her son that Baby may be alive. Colby reveals to Scott that Adam is returning to Pine Valley soon.
On the Next All My Children…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — When the 15th annual Prism Awards are handed out later this month in Los Angeles, two of daytime’s leading drama series will be honored for recent storylines involving drug abuse and lung cancer. Both “One Life to Live” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” will be recognized at this year’s ceremony for the awards, which “honors the creative community for accurate portrayals of substance abuse, addiction and mental health in entertainment programming.”
“One Life to Live” beat out “Days of Our Lives” and sister soap “All My Children” in the category of Daytime Drama Series Storyline. While the “DAYS” storyline submitted was not listed on the official Prism Award website, “AMC” received a nod for its J.R. (Jacob Young) alcoholism storyline. “One Life ” won with its “Paying It Forward” storyline, which featured Cole Thornhart (Brandon Buddy) saving Hannah O’Connor’s (Meghann Fahy) life after she overdosed on pills last fall, and then proceeded to help her kick her drug habit.
“The Bold and the Beautiful” was given the organization’s Inaugural PRISM LUNGevity Award for accurate depictions of lung cancer, in recognition of Stephanie’s (Susan Flannery) battle with the deadly disease. According to a statement, “The new award was created in partnership with LUNGevity Foundation to encourage accurate depictions of lung cancer – its diagnosis, symptoms, effects, and treatment – in movies and television programs. In 2010, ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ introduced a continuing storyline dealing with the character of Stephanie who is diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer, despite being a non-smoker, and is undergoing treatments.”
The awards will be handed out in a nationally televised ceremony on Sunday, September 25 at 4:00 pm ET on FX. The broadcast will then re-air on a number of other cable/satellite networks through Wednesday, September 28, and will be available on Video On-Demand through the end of October. Click here for a complete schedule and listing of winners in other television and film categories.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — This morning on “Good Morning America,” commentator and long-time “All My Children” cast-member Cameron Mathison (Ryan) announced that production company Prospect Park has officially started approaching the actors on his show with offers to continue on the new version of the 41-year old daytime drama that ends its run on network television on Friday, September 23. Mathison made it apparent that he is eager to commit to the show in whatever format it takes, but are his co-stars on board?
On the same day, Alicia Minshew, who joined the cast of “AMC” in 2002 as Kendall Hart, reported to the The Hollywood Reporter that she would not be able to commit to a contract run to continue as Erica Kane’s (played by daytime icon Susan Lucci) first-born if that was the only offer placed on the table from Prospect Park. The popular actress, who reportedly turned down an offer to star on one of the four remaining network daytime drama’s as of 2012, is open to remaining with “AMC” on recurring status. Like co-star Chrishelle Stause (Amanda), Minshew wants to spend some time dabbling in the different genres of television.
In the same report, the actress reports that as far as she has heard, at this point, the reports of Lucci declining Prospect Park’s offer to continue with “AMC” are accurate. Lucci, who has remained mum about her status with Prospect Park since the initial reports of negotiations falling out, may speak to the matter herself in the coming days. The superstar is scheduled to appear on “CBS Sunday Morning” on Sunday, September 18 to discuss “AMC” and she will co-host an “AMC” tribute on “The View” on Friday, September 23.
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