Prospect Park: Who Signed the First Time, But (So Far) Not This Time Around? - Soap Opera Network
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Donna Svennevik/ABC

Prospect Park first announced plans to move “” and “” to the web back in July 2011 after striking a license holding deal with Disney/ABC Domestic Television. Sadly, plans fell through by November 2011 after apparent financing and union discussions fell through. Since that dreadful time period, Prospect Park has resumed work on returning the soaps to your [computer] screens, only this time with financing said to be in place and union deals already signed with the DGA (directors), SAG-AFTRA (actors) and the WGA (writers). With more than a year gone by since “One Life to Live” last aired, we thought it would be a great opportunity to see which stars have (so far) signed on to return to “AMC” and “OLTL” compared to the list circling back in 2011.

In September 2011, Prospect Park had announced that (Cara Martin) and (Ryan Lavery) were the first “All My Children” stars to have signed on to the online reboot of the series during the first go round. (Jesse Hubbard) was said to have also signed on according to a Prospect Park representative, but shortly afterward the company went quiet on signings which included “One Life to Live’s” (Natalie Buchanan Banks), Kelley Missal (Danielle Manning), Sean Ringgold (Shaun Evans), (Jack Manning), Jerry verDorn (Clint Buchanan), (Thomas Delgado), Michael Easton (John McBain), Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer), (Viki Banks), Tuc Watkins (David Vickers), Josh Kelly (Cutter Wentworth), Florencia Lozano (Tea Delgado), and (Destiny Evans). The “AMC” count rested at 2.5 (Williams’ signing was official, then not), while “OLTL” rounded up to 13 stars, a head writer (current “” head writer Ron Carlivati) and an executive producer (current “GH” executive producer Frank Valentini).

ABC

ABC

Now in January 2013, more than a year later, “AMC” has signed 7 stars (and executive producer ), while “OLTL” has signed 12, with 3 additional recurring players bringing the latters count to 15 stars signed on (along with executive producer ). Hartley and Williams are once again returning to Pine Valley, but this time they will be joined by (Dr. Angela Hubbard), (Dr. David Hayward), (Griffin Castillo), (Opal Cortlandt) and Thorsten Kaye (Zach Slater). Only Cameron Mathison has yet to re-sign this go around, although the actor tweeted on January 6th, “4 those asking, I’m not sure if I’ll be part of the new AMC. I’m lucky to be working these days, so I’m working on the scheduling:) Hope so!”

JPI

JPI

The only stars not previously signed on to return to Llanview are (Dorian Lord), (Nora Buchanan), Robert S. Woods (Bo Buchanan) Shenaz Treasury (Rama Patel), and Nick Choksi as Vimal Patel, although the latter two are only signed on in a recurring capacity. Strasser had left the ABC run months prior to the soaps conclusion, while Smith and Woods were said to still be weighing their options as were much of the remaining cast while talks with Prospect Park were ongoing (through at least early November 2011). Not signing on this time around is Shenell Edmonds, whose character is being slightly aged and recast, and Ted King (as of this writing). Michael Easton along with “General Hospital” co-stars (Starr Manning) and (Todd Manning) are stuck in a negotiation period between ABC and Prospect Park, which has resulted in the last remaining ABC Daytime soap to write their characters off the Port Charles canvas pending a deal between both companies which will decide how the characters and actors will be utilized on either series going forward.

To Recap…

IN AGAIN

  • “All My Children” – Darnell Williams as Jesse Hubbard and Lindsay Hartley as Cara Martin.
  • “One Life to Live” - Erika Slezak as Victoria Lord Buchanan, Tuc Watkins as David Vickers, Kassie DePaiva as Blair Cramer, Jerry verDorn as Clint Buchanan, Florencia Lozano as Tea Delgado, Melissa Archer as Natalie Buchanan Banks, Kelley Missal as Danielle Manning, Josh Kelly as Cutter Wentworth, Andrew Trischitta as Jack Manning and Sean Ringgold as Shaun Evans.

NEW JOINER

  • “All My Children” – Debbi Morgan as Dr. Angela Hubbard, Vincent Irizarry as Dr. David Hayward, Jordi Vilasuso as Griffin Castillo, Jill Larson as Opal Cortlandt and Thorsten Kaye as Zach Slater.
  • “One Life to Live” – Robin Strasser as Dorian Lord, Robert S. Woods as Bo Buchanan, Hillary B. Smith as Nora Buchanan, Shenaz Treasury as Rama Patel and Nick Choksi as Vimal Patel.

OUT THIS TIME

  • “One Life to Live” – Shenell Edmonds as Destiny Evans

STATUS UNKNOWN 

  • “All My Children” – Cameron Mathison as Ryan Lavery.
  • “One Life to Live” - Ted King as Thomas Delgado and Michael Easton as John McBain (pending discussion with ABC).

Neither cast list is final. Prospect Park will continue to make casting updates in the days and weeks to follow as we get closer to beginning of production of both series in Stamford, CT.

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  • http://twitter.com/JewellAMCFAN Jewell Margolis

    The show isn’t about Cameron, other status unknown, Alicia Minshew, Bobbie Eakes, Michael Knight, Walt Willey, Susan Lucci. and a few more.

    • http://twitter.com/Lesley6567 Lesley Lloyd

      Walt Willey and Stephanie Gatchet have made it clear they have not heard from Prospect Parker and are interested.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1228128 Jim Fung

      The premise of the article is comparing this year’s signed last so far to last year’s signed list only. It’s not meant to talk about the whole cast, even if more might still sign. That’s why those others aren’t listed as “status unknown.” Cameron Mathison was on last year’s signed list, that’s why he is listed in the comparison.

  • http://twitter.com/Lesley6567 Lesley Lloyd

    Cameron Tweeted today that is he currently working, but could be joining in down the line.

  • SierraSun

    It won’t be AMC without Michael Knight and Susan Lucci.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charles-David-Haskell/1427183336 Charles David Haskell

      I agree with SierraSun about Michael Knight and Susan Lucci. The new actor will have a tough time winning over their fan. It will be interested to see if the writer revival John Paul Lavoisier and Farah Faith’s character or try to used a new actor to revival the old character. Good luck to the future.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1097331707 Deborah Butler

    I think that sites need to stop getting their info from Daytime Confidential as fact. Neither ABC nor PP has given any official response to what will happen to Michael Easton, Kristen Alderson and Roger Howarth who BTW are all under contract now with ABC not PP. The actors are obligated in no way to PP. The hold status of the characters seems to be taken at face value by almost everyone simply because Daytime Confidential posted it. Who are there sources to say this is true or is it conjuncture on their part?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paula-Jane-Pieklo-Byler/633784014 Paula Jane Pieklo-Byler

    What about Tad and Dixie??? They have to be on !!!! Kendall??