In a report outlining the tremendous turnaround daytime soap operas have experienced in recent months, following five years of consistent cancellations, which found numerous soaps ending their runs starting with “Passions” in 2008, “Guiding Light” in 2009, “As The World Turns” in 2010, “All My Children” in 2011 and “One Life to Live” in 2012, Deadline is reporting that CBS and ABC are about to forgo another year of fan heartbreak. According to the sites sources, the networks are expected to continue production of “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “General Hospital” for the foreseeable future. This news would follow in line with NBC’s recent announcement that it had renewed “Days of our Lives” through the next television season (2013-2014).
Earlier today we reported on word that Prospect Park would not be airing online episodes of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” on TOLN/The OnLine Network, as had originally been expected, following today’s announcement by the company that Hulu, the green internet hub owned by The Walt Disney Company, Comcast and News Corp., had acquired digital distribution rights to both series via Hulu’s subscription and free-to-view platforms. In a posting on its Tumblr page, Hulu clarified that news report.
As previously reported, actor Jimmy Deshler has joined the cast of “General Hospital” in the role of Rafe, who is believed to be the son of Alison Barrington and Caleb Morley – as a result of their sexual encounter occurring towards the end of ABC’s long canceled “Port Charles.”
Deshler debuts on the Wednesday, January 30 episode, which is also the same day Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom) returns to Port Charles to try and appeal to his wife, Lucy Coe (Lynn Herring), over her belief in vampires.
Per recent comments made by TV Line‘s Matt Webb Mitovich, it looks like Prospect Park’s plans to air new episodes of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” via its pending TOLN.com and TheOnLineNetwork.com web portal may not be happening after all. This is apparently as a result of today’s announcement that Hulu and its Hulu Plus subdivision, along with Apple’s iTunes, will be the digital places to be plugged (or unplugged if you have wireless capabilities) into for fans of the soap operas. It was initially expected that with the Hulu and Apple deals in place, TOLN.com and TheOnLineNetwork.com would be used for additional viewing opportunities as was done with the shows when they aired on ABC.com and Hulu.com.
“Days of our Lives,” which recently celebrated its 12,000th episode and a surprise renewal through September 2014 from NBC, hit a 21-week high in the key sales demographic of Women 18-49. The series matched its highest rating in the measure (1.0/6) in nearly 14 months, while attracting its largest overall weekly audience in nearly two years. An average of 2.8 million viewers tuned into “DAYS” during the week of January 14-18, 2013. The series tied for third place about among all broadcast daytime series (soaps, talk, game shows) in both women 18-49 and women 18-34, where it rated a 0.6 demo point.
As previously reported, Jack Wagner is returning to ABC’s “General Hospital” to reprise his role as Frisco Jones on the daytime drama series. Soap Opera Network first reported on word of Wagner’s return to the set on Monday, January 14, following a now squashed Twitter controversy surrounding the actor and now co-star Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis Davis). The two appeared separately in the Monday, January 7 episode of “Castle,” which also happens to air on ABC.
For those who utilize Hulu for their online television viewing habits, or its equivalent Hulu Plus for addtional viewing opportunities on your Xbox 360, PS3, iPhone, iPad, Roku or Android capable devises, you’ll be pleased to know that Prospect Park has announced that “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” will premiere on the digital platforms along with Apple’s iTunes digital store. If you own an Apple product such as an Apple TV, you’ll be able to view the shows on your large screen TV’s as well without being limited to your small sized computer screens.
The company issued a press release outlining its plans just a short time ago. Of note, word that “AMC” and “OLTL” will premiere in the spring, as we previously noted. The shows will be 30-minutes in length each weekday. Additionally, the sentence most interesting is the one that says, “Prospect Park and TOLN plan to blend new themes, fresh stars and youthful energy with the familiar actors and writers who made these shows must-watch afternoon viewing for legions of loyal fans.”
Hulu will manage advertising for both shows as it promotes the soaps across its subscription and free-to-view platforms. The addition of Hulu and iTunes broadens the reach of the shows to millions of internet equipped viewers.
NBC’s “Days of our Lives” is continuing its nationwide fan event tour this February when cast members of the series gather throughout Universal Orlando Restort in Florida, including a meet and greet with fans at the parks Universal CityWalk. Cast members scheduled to attend are John Aniston, Camila Banus, Shawn Christian, Casey Deidrick, Galen Gering, Kate Mansi, Eric Martsolf, Peggy McCay, James Scott and Arianne Zucker. The event will be held on Saturday, February 23.
With Lynn Herring returning last month as the ever spectacular Lucy Coe, now head of CoeCoe Cosmetics, many were left wondering if her return would solely be for the purpose of resurrecting the Nurse’s Ball on ABC’s “General Hospital.” Thanks to the creative writing of head writer Ron Carlivati and his team, that doesn’t appear to be the case. In a welcome twist of fate it looks as though Lucy’s return has actually helped open up a string of storylines tied to ABC’s canceled “General Hospital” spin-off “Port Charles.”
On Thursday, January 24, former “All My Children” star Christina Bennett Lind (ex-Bianca Montgomery) began appearing in the role of Susy Hendrix, a blind woman who finds herself opening doors to a psychopathic game of deceit and murder, in the John W. Engeman Theater Production of “Wait Until Dark.”
The story begins with Susy’s husband, Sam (portrayed by Steven Alan O’Brien), who’s persuaded by a strange woman to transport a doll across the Canadian border not knowing he is smuggling illicit drugs into the United States at the same time. Shortly afterward, Susy becomes the target of three-con men, headed by Roat (portrayed by actor Michael Sharon), who are on the hunt for the drugs and will go about any means necessary to get what they want. Even if that includes murder!
The 1967 film version of the Broadway play starred actress Audrey Hepburn in the role of Susy.