Monthly Archives: February 2013

“General Hospital” legendary star Genie Francis makes her grand return to the famed soap opera, which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this April. Francis (@geniefrancis #GH50) will be live tweeting on Monday, February 11, from 2:00-3:00 p.m., ET in celebration of her return.

Prospect Park announced today that it will begin production on Monday, February 25 on both "All My Children" and "One Life to Live." Principal production for both programs will take place in Stamford, Connecticut as expected. The company did not release additional casting notices, despite Cady McClain announcing she had signed on for the "AMC" reboot. The company expects to release additional casting notices in the coming days and weeks.

You can now add Cady McClain to the already confirmed list of stars returning to "All My Children." The actress announced via her official website that she has been contacted by Prospect Park for their "AMC" reboot, which is set to premiere sometime this spring (likely April) via Hulu and iTunes. "I am very excited about the possibilities for the show in this medium and want to help give it every chance at success," the actress said in a statement. "As you probably know by now, I am fascinated with all the many possibilities for creative expression that the Internet has to offer. I have a feeling the show will find many new opportunities for connecting with fans and I look forward to being a part of that as well," she added.

Ratings Report for the Week of January 28 - February 1, 2013

Prospect Park's much anticipated online revivals of long-running soaps "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" continue to inch closer to reality as both shows are scheduled to go into production in the coming weeks ahead of their excepted launch dates on Hulu (and iTunes) sometime in April.

Millions of viewers were shocked when the power went out during tonights Super Bowl XLVII (or Super Bowl 47 for those not up-to-date with their Roman numerals) game between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. CBS issued a statement on the matter, but has sadly remained mum on its decision to ignore viewers of CBS Daytime programming, which remains #1 in its daypart via "The Young and the Restless," "The Price is Right," "Let's Make a Deal," "The Bold and the Beautiful" and "The Talk."

A year after canceling "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," and a year that saw millions of dissatisfied viewers tuning out of a new daytime "Revolution," Advertiser Perceptions has named ABC Daytime #1 in sales knowledge and customer service for calendar year 2012, reports AdAge.com. The website says that the network as a whole ranked first in advertiser satisfaction in the category of broadcast television. The network was the highest-rated overall media company in 2011, but has now been unseated by Google during the most recent update. Meredith Corp., publisher of Ladies' Home Journal magazine, won the coveted position in 2010.

During tonight's 65th Annual DGA Awards Dinner, held at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles, "One Life to Live's" Jill Mitwell beat out "General Hospital's" Larry Carpenter, Scott McKinsey and William Ludel and "Days of our Live's" director Albert Alarr in the category of Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Daytime Serials. Mitwell won for her direction of the episode "Between Heaven and Hell," which aired during "OLTL's" final week on television (week of January 9, 2012). Coincidently, the title of the episode is based on the fact that prior to its 43-year run on ABC, which began July 15, 1968, “One Life to Live” was initially titled “Between Heaven and Hell.”

It was on Friday, January 25, when Soap Opera Network first reported that Prospect Park's "All My Children" was looking to recast the role of Cassandra Foster, the adopted daughter of Angela Hubbard (Debbi Morgan), who the good doctor found abandoned in a dumpster during her run on ABC’s “The City” back in the mid-1990′s. The character returned as an 18 year-old seeking comfort from mommy dearest in 2008 as played by actress YaYa DaCosta. Since then, the production company has now officially issued a casting call for the role. According to the casting call, the role is for an African-American in her early-mid 20's, "gorgeous with an air of sophistication." The character spent the majority of her time in Paris, France, which has helped her become "worldly, independent and a force to be reckoned with." The role is contract.

Deadline is reporting that "Revenge" star Emily VanCamp has landed the female lead role in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," the sequel to the 2011 blockbuster film starring hearthrob Chris Evans as the title character. This would will mark VanCamp's first major motion picture since 2005's "The Ring Two." Marvel Studios, part of the Walt Disney Company, has slated April 4, 2014 as a release date, but production has yet to begin. The film is being directed by Joe and Anthony Russ. Scarlett Johansson is expected to reprise her role of Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow from "The Avengers," which became the third biggest film after grossing over $1.5 billion in worldwide box-office in 2012.
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