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Errol Lewis is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of Soap Opera Network.

‘One Life to Live’ Breaks Down a New Kind of Destiny

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013 10:22 PM EDT
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As you may, or may not know, Prospect Park's reboot of "One Life to Live" is currently recasting the roles of Matthew Buchanan and Destiny Evans, last played by actors Eddie Alderson and Shenell Edmonds on the ABC version of the soap. According to a character breakdown Soap Opera Network readers had been discussing ad nauseam over the weekend, it looks as though Prospect Park may be taking the title of the soap a little more seriously as it gets ready to transition into its new online format. According to a summarized breakdown, the soap appears to be including profane words and apparently is portraying Matthew as a deadbeat father.
Prospect Park today announced an initial listing of writers, producers and cast members who have signed on for the online reboots of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live." The company has formally announced Susie Bedsow Horgan and Thom Racina as head writers of "OLTL." Thorsten Kaye and Jill Larson bring the "AMC" cast count to 7 stars signed. "OLTL" adds Erika Slezak, Tuc Watkins, Kassie DePaiva, Florencia Lozano, Melissa Archer, Hillary B. Smith, Kelley Missal, Josh Kelly and Andrew Trischitta, who join previously signed Robert S. Woods, Robin Strasser and Jerry verDorn. With the exception of Strasser, Woods, Smith and Watkins, Prospect Park has secured most of the actors signed on during the first round of plans to reboot the soaps back in 2011.
On Monday, January 21, if you are wondering what happened to your favorite daytime dramas ("The Bold and the Beautiful," "Days of our Lives," "General Hospital," and "The Young and the Restless") or looking for someone to blame for their not airing, you can thank none other than President Barack H. Obama. On this day, President Obama will be publicly inaugurated for the second and final time after winning against former Governor Mitt Romney in last November's hotly debated presidential election.
As expected, ABC has issued an official statement on the matter of Starr Manning, Todd Manning and John McBain, characters currently being seen on the network's "General Hospital," as it pertains to the license of the characters originally from the soon to be rebooted "One Life to Live."
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According to a report by Daytime Confidential, ABC's "General Hospital" will be temporarily losing the characters of Starr Manning, Todd Manning and John McBain as Prospect Park has exercised its right to utilize the characters for its online reboot from the agreement the production company signed with the Disney/ABC Domestic Television Group, part of the Walt Disney Company, back in July 2011.
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In a follow up to our report on Farah Fath commenting to her followers, "you won’t get any Prospect Park answers out of me. I’ll believe it when I see it,” the actress has revealed that she won't be appearing on "One Life to Live" when it moves to the web later this year.

Actress Launches Twitter Spat with Co-Star

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Monday, January 14, 2013 11:33 PM EDT
Despite appearing in an episode of "Castle" last Monday, even if they didn't share any scenes together, actress Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis Davis) took on the topic of Jack Wagner while chatting it up with fans on Twitter during last nights "Golden Globe" Awards broadcast on NBC. The actress talked herself into a Twitter controversy courtesy of a tweet she made in regards to Wagner when she said, "Does anyone else think Bon Jovi looks like a less drunk Jack Wagner?" The tweet has since been removed from her page.

‘Chew’ Staffer Murdered in New York City

Monday, January 14, 2013 11:20 PM EDT
According to a report by NBC New York and Gothamist.com, a staff member of ABC's "The Chew" was murdered on Thursday, January 10 after being shot in the stomach near Macon Street and Throop Avenue in the Bed Stuy section of Brooklyn. Identified as Ivan Giovanettina, 41, the prop supervisor for the daytime talk show was taken to Kings County Hospital and pronounced dead. A recording of the suspected shooters was posted on YouTube in hopes of someone being able to help identify the perpetrators. The recording took place a few blocks away at Tompkins Avenue and Halsey Street. An arrest has yet to be made.

‘Coronation Street’ Heading to Hulu and Hulu Plus

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Monday, January 14, 2013 9:10 PM EDT
The world's longest-running current soap opera, ITV's "Coronation Street," is finally heading to America, Soap Opera Network has learned. The program, which began broadcasting on December 9, 1960, will begin airing recent episodes via Hulu and Hulu Plus effective tomorrow, January 15 at 6:00 AM EST. Fans will have access to eleven episodes from the current season plus two "Christmas Special" bonus episodes - packed full of weddings, birthdays, affairs, and betrayals.
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According to published reports, Thom Racina and Susan Bedsow Horgan have been named Co-Head Writers of Prospect Park's re-boot of "One Life to Live," which is slated to hit the company's The Online Network (TOLN) later this year. While Racina appears to be a newbie when it comes to the town of Llanview and its citizens, Bedsow Horgan is more familiar as she served as an Associate Head Writer and later Executive Producer of the series in the 1990's.