(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — With the Prospect Park era about to begin for “One Life to Live,” the show appears to be in better shape than its sister soap “All My Children.”
“OLTL” fans have reason to be optimistic about the show’s future after it leaves the ABC Daytime line-up in January. Ratings for the show continue to be solid and holding steady above “AMC” and “General Hospital.” Casting wise, the soap is an upswing. Hot on the heels of Roger Howarth‘s return to Llanview, comes word that several others, including Andrea Evans (Tina), John Loprieno (Cord), Kathy Brier (Marcie), Chris Stack (Michael), and possibly Tonja Walker (Alex) are on their way back as well. Rumors are flying that Prospect Park may be focusing more on “OLTL” than “AMC,” something which “One Life” never really experienced under ABC. And four of the show’s leading stars, including grand dame Erika Slezak (Viki), have already agreed to remain with the show when it transitions to the online distribution company in a few months (the others being Kassie DePaiva [Blair], Ted King [Tomas], and Michael Easton [John]).
Meanwhile, “All My Children’s” future seems less certain. Aside from strained negotiations between Prospect Park and “AMC” leading lady Susan Lucci (Erica Kane), there have thus far been no confirmed reports of any members of the show’s cast either being in serious talks with the company or signing on the dotted line to continue with the show. Furthermore, it appears increasingly more apparent that “AMC” may get the same treatment from Prospect Park that “OLTL” has gotten for years now from ABC.
Speculation on the matter was fueled last week by two separate incidents. First, Deadline Hollywood‘s Nellie Andreeva reported that “I hear that Prospect Park may reevaluate its short-term strategy for the two soaps and put its muscle behind the higher-rated ‘OLTL,’ while moving ‘AMC’ to the back burner.” That was followed up by a Soaps.com interview with “All My Children’s” Vincent Irizarry (David) who commented that “As far as I know, no, there hasn’t been. I’ve spoken to numerous actors from the show over the last few days and nobody from our show has been in contact with them. Except for Susan [Lucci, Erica], which we all assumed that awhile ago. So, that’s basically it. They’re moving [forward] with ‘One Life to Live’ right now and that’s certainly their right. That’s what they’re doing and for whatever reason that’s how it happened.”
Furthermore, unlike “One Life to Live,” “All My Children” will have a nearly four month gap between the airing of its last episode on ABC and its first episode of Prospect Park. “One Life” on the other hand, is said to be debuting on Prospect Park the Monday after its airs its final ABC episode on Friday, January 13, therefore maintaining the status quo for “OLTL,” while leaving “All My Children” fans in suspense and impatiently waiting for weeks for their show to return.
Personally, I find all of this extremely interesting, especially since there seems to have been a complete role reversal between the two shows. “One Life to Live” has always reminded me of “The Little Engine That Could,” endlessly trying to make its way up the hill to the top of the mountain (i.e. ratings), while all the more powerful engines (or in this case, the better known soap operas) just keep passing them by until one day when the little engine finally made it to the top after years of chanting “I think I can.” In a sense, it is uncharted waters for many “One Life” fans who aren’t used to their show doing so well. It makes me proud of the soap I have grown up watching for more than two decades now.
However, its one thing to get to the top, but it is quite another thing to stay there. And with the show’s writing, production, and directing crews under Prospect Park still up in the air, it leaves me feeling somewhat concerned, especially given the fact that current head writer Ron Carlivati still seems on track to join the writing staff of “General Hospital” once “OLTL” up production of its TV run in November. Granted, Carlivati isn’t exactly daytime’s best scribe considering “OLTL’s” overabundance of useless characters in idiotic storylines (e.g. the Nate/Deanna/Rick porn plot), and treatment of women characters, but he must be doing something right for the show to be climbing in the ratings as it has been. But like him or not, he does bring stability to the show and often draws upon the soap’s rather rich history (even if he usually twists it to fit his own agenda) when penning tales. Throwing in someone new, especially if they are not very familiar with the show could cause problems. The same can be said for Executive Producer Frank Valentini. For several years now, he has managed to keep “OLTL” under budget while running a tight ship. Finding a suitable replacement may prove difficult.
That being said, I think the show is in good hands with Prospect Park, and believe that it will continue to do rather well. Even so, I am well aware of the potential risks involved in moving an established 43-year-old soap opera from a television slot it has held for more than 30 years to the uncharted waters of online-only distribution. If it works, then wonderful, soaps will have found a new way to live on. If it fails, then at least soap fans can say they tried, and “OLTL” and “AMC” will be remembered for going where no other soaps have gone. Either way, it gives new hope for the daytime serial genre, proving that there may still be some life in the old “stories” yet.
Moving on, congratulations to “CBRVA83,” who correctly guessed the answers to my trivia questions from last time. In case you missed the clues, here they are, along with the answers: 1. What current “OLTL” cast member was the youngest soap star ever placed on contract with a daytime drama back in 2001? Answer: Kristen Alderson. 2. In college, what subject did Ted King get his undergraduate degree in and from what school? Answer: Business from UC-Santa Barbara. 3. What foreign language did Erika Slezak grow up speaking before learning English at five-years-old? Answer: German.
Now it’s time to shake things up a bit and do some more trivia. See if you know the answers to these questions about some of the current and former cast members of “One Life to Live.” 1. Kassie DePaiva (Blair) appeared on what game show before joining “OLTL” and who was the daytime celebrity (and future co-star) was she paired up with? 2. What two wars did the late Phil Carey (Asa) serve in? 3. What is John-Paul Lavoisier‘s (Rex) real last name? I’ll have the answers in the September 30 edition of My View of Llanview.
Now, before I wrap up this column, I’m going to look into my crystal ball and give you a quick sneak peek at a few things coming up a few weeks down the road. Someone turns up dead. One man risks his life to save others. An unlikely person is put in jail. And one sister makes a shocking discovery about her sibling.
Well that’s concludes yet another column. Have a great week everyone! Stay safe!
Take care, and until next time remember, we only have “One Life to Live”…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Wednesday, September 14, 2011.
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Rex visits Gigi’s grave where she is once again interred and her date of death has been replaced on the headstone. Despite the evidence that she’s truly gone, Rex still has trouble saying goodbye, especially when Gigi again appears to him. Rex later asks Delphina what Gigi is trying to say.
Clint calls Kim to him with a solution to the problem with her sick friend. Although he has no money, he has connections at Llanview Hospital and could arrange to have the friend moved here for treatment. After Kim leaves, Clint remains determined to do something for Kim and takes it upon himself to call the Kentucky hospital.
Roxy meets with Delphina in a desperate effort to find Morris and the gun hidden inside him, fearing it can be linked to Rex. Cutter assures Aubrey he turned the gun over to the police, but privately reveals he still has it hidden in Morris. When Aubrey leaves, Kim shows up and tells Cutter she had to turn down Clint’s generous offer. Still desperate to help her friend, Kim asks if Cutter has some idea how she can get money.
Tomas is concerned about Téa, who has yet to come out of her room. Blair presents Tomas with another issue; she knows Baz was suspicious about him and that he was questioned by John. Tomas admits to his initial lie about his whereabouts the night of the shooting.
Wanting to comfort Dani at her time of need, Nate decides to break his agreement to stay away from her. James similarly comforts Starr.
Starr also shares the good news that a producer wants to record her song … but the bad news is that the producer is Rick Powers. Unbeknownst to them, however, Baz speaks with Rick on the phone and promises to work on Starr.
On the Next One Life to Live…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Wednesday, September 14, 2011.
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Colby tells Maya she needs to make a decision about Lucy sooner than later. She reflects on her and her mother losing baby Stuart. Not wanting to prolong the inevitable and in turn cause the Hubbard’s more pain, Maya makes a difficult decision. Angie supports a grateful Maya when she arrives to take Lucy and move out. Colby asks Liza if Maya can move in with them. Liza runs into a broken Jesse at Ellie’s grave.
Caleb tells Liza he’s interested in her and wonders if the feeling is mutual. He apologizes for his forwardness and blames Asher. Liza gives Caleb the answer he wants.
Colby is delighted when it becomes apparent Asher is still very much interested in a future with her.
Liza tells David she will not defend him in court but offers him some moral support. She hopes that he can eventually become self-aware about the things he’s done. Dixie has a dream about Babe. She believes David has the key to saving JR: Babe. Tad and Dixie arrive at the station to confront David. David tells them there’s no way he would sacrifice his daughter for their son and leaves them hanging. David rages at Tad and Dixie for not defening him against Ryan and Zach. An appalled Dixie sets David straight about his delusions about himself. Angie is determined to make something good come out of everything awful that’s happened and tells Jesse she will get David to spill the truth about Babe.
Tad and Dixie make love.
On the Next All My Children…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Wednesday, September 14, 2011.
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Dante questions Anthony and Johnny about Luzetta’s, only to discover that Sonny is dismantling the peace. Anthony sees a new side to his son while Michael won’t give up on Sonny.
Kristina takes a turn for the worse, and Shawn comforts a distraught Molly outside Kristina’s hospital room.
Luke Spencer returns to Port Charles, only to be met with Skye’s emotional challenge. Meanwhile Lulu and Lucky discuss Luke’s addiction and her relationship with Dante.
On the Next General Hospital…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — During the next week, ABC Daytime will take part in saying goodbye to “All My Children” which has been a part of their line-up since 1970. Following is details on the scheduled events which will include “Good Morning America” dedicating a special segment to the show and “The View” dedicating an entire airing to their former neighbors.
Weeks ago, on Twitter, “Dancing with the Stars” contestant J.R. Martinez (Brot) revealed to fans that Cameron Mathison was taping a special segment of ABC’s “Good Morning America” due to air soon. Today on Twitter, Mathison announced the segment is due to air tomorrow, Thursday, September 15. Look for Mathison to interact with other “AMC” cast members and take fans on a tour through 41-years of Pine Valley history. “Good Morning America” airs on ABC Daytime from 7:00 AM EST to 9:00 AM EST.
On Friday, September 23, “The View” will be co-hosted by daytime drama’s biggest star, “AMC’s” Susan Lucci (Erica), alongside regular co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd. Scheduled guests include “AMC” creator Agnes Nixon, and current stars Mathison, Debbie Morgan (Angie), Darnell Williams (Jesse) Vincent Irizarry (David), Rebecca Budig (Greenlee), Alicia Minshew (Kendall) and Thorsten Kaye (Zach). Expect some blasts from the Pine Valley past as well. It has been revealed that one of those blasts will be the on-screen reunion of one of the soaps premier supercouples: Kim Delaney and Laurence Lau’s Greg and Jenny. The tribute episode will include never-before-seen footage, interviews with the cast members who returned to pay tribute to the show and a sneak peek at the finale. “The View” airs on ABC Daytime from 11:00 AM EST to 12:00 PM EST. (Update: 9/19/2011)
As previously reported, Disney which is ABC’s parent company will also air a tribute to “AMC” on cable channel SOAPnet. The tribute consists of re-airings centered around Erica Kane and Pine Valley’s most romantic couples.
“AMC” last airs on the ABC network on Friday, September 23. The daytime drama was licensed by production company Prospect Park earlier this summer and is slated to begin airing on the internet, with new content, in 2012.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — On September 26, “All My Children” will be replaced on ABC Daytime by a lifestyle program – with a focus on food – titled (arguably in poor taste) “The Chew.” Early this morning, Entertainment Weekly revealed that CBS Daytime reached out to several actors from the cancelled ABC drama to assist them in some interesting counter-programming beginning on September 26.
During the week of September 26, Jacob Young, Michael E. Knight and Ricky Paull Goldin will make appearances on “The Talk” for interviews about the end of “AMC” and to share their favorite recipes in a segment titled “All My Meals.” Young will appear on the Monday, September 26 installment of the talk-show. He also makes his return to CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” as Rick Forrester the same day. Knight will appear on the Wednesday, September 28 installment. Goldin will follow on Thursday, September 29.
“The Talk” was created by Sara Gilbert and debuted on October 18, 2010 on CBS Daytime replacing another cancelled daytime drama, “As the World Turns.” In its second season, the talk-show which strongly resemble ABC Daytime’s “The View,” is currently hosted by Gilbert, Julie Chen, and Sharon Osbourne. “The Talk” is currently rotating guest hosts and in talks with personalities to fill former hosts Holly Robinson Peete and Leah Remini’s seats. Check TV Listings for channel and time-slot of airings of “The Talk.”
After recently returning from her maternity leave, Eden Riegel has been let go as Heather Stevens on CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” and apparently she was the last to know. In April of 2010, Riegel had taken over the role when Vail Bloom was also let go.
The interesting part of the story started to break yesterday afternoon when Riegel replied to a tweet asking about her exit from Y&R. “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated. I hope” tweeted Riegel at about 2:30 EST. Just a couple of hours later she returned to twitter “It’s not for me to say they’re wrong but I have not been told of my departure. Boy would that be embarrassing!”
Boy was Riegel right, that would be embarrassing and when she returned to twitter an hour later she would confirm what had been circulating around the internet all day. “Oops. I take it back. Apparently my run on Y&R is soon coming to an end. It was a fun ride!” she tweeted with class. The sickening feeling in our stomachs here at Soap Opera Network of how this happened can not compare of what Eden Riegel must have felt when she indeed learned that it was true.
You have to question how they let something like this happen? A total disgrace and an embarrassment to treat their talent like this. With stories breaking on the internet and everyone looking to break exclusive scoops, this sort of thing should not be happening.
As Soap Opera Network was putting together this piece, Eden returned to twitter again stating “I have to say I was a wee bit bummed. But looking at Jack makes it hard to be down about anything.” Eden and family also have something else to look forward to this week as her husband Andrew Miller‘s new show “The Secret Circle” premieres on The CW.
Soap Opera Network wishes Eden Riegel all the best and we have no doubt she will land on her feet. When one is as talented as her, it does not take long to land on your feet.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — John Loprieno brings Cord Roberts back to Llanview just as the Buchanan clan needs him most. But just how accepting will he be of his new kinfolk?
Clint Buchanan (Jerry verDorn) may be broke, under house arrest, living in his ex-wife’s home, and recovering from heart transplant surgery, but on Wednesday, September 28, he finally gets a bit of good news when his eldest son Cord leaves the family’s London compound to visit him at Llanfair.
However, Cord’s visit isn’t entirely a social call, as he vents his frustrations regarding his little brother Rex’s (John-Paul Lavoisier) handling of the family company, Buchanan Enterprises, among other things.
But that’s not all. Look for Cord to also cross paths with his two time ex-wife Tina (Andrea Evans) while in town. But will the old flames pick up where they left off, or is there still too much bad blood between them for the pair to be anything more than friends? Tune in to find out!
Cord was last seen in Llanview in August of 2008 after blaming Tina for endangering the life of their daughter Sarah in one of her many schemes.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Three years after her character uttered the words “Goodbye Llanview, I’m gonna miss you … but you have not seen the last of Tina Lord Roberts, that I promise you,” Andrea Evans returns to “One Life to Live” as Tina attempts to reconcile with her estranged family. However, it isn’t exactly love of family that brings Tina back home.
On Monday, September 26 look for Tina, along with her beloved canine companion David Vickers (presumably still played by Tallulah Bean), to travel back to Llanview, where she arrives just as the estate of her deceased, long-lost brother Victor Lord, Jr. (Trevor St. John) is being settled.
Once back in town, she is reunited with fellow siblings Viki (Erika Slezak) and Todd (Roger Howarth), along with a few other family members. Unfortunately for Tina, however, things don’t go quite as expected for the Lord heiress, who has has a run of bad luck. As for doggie David Vickers, look for him to make an important discovery, which could place several lives in jeopardy, including his own.
But how will Tina take the news, and just how will she react upon learning that her late mother Irene (Barbara Rhoades) is still very much alive? And with Cord (John Loprieno) also returning, will the old flames rekindle their relationship? Tune in to find out!
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “The Young and the Restless” Episode Recap – Tuesday, September 13, 2011.
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Devon met up with Roxanne at the Athletic Club. At the same time, Tucker arrived, where Roxanne learned from Devon that Tucker had fired him. Once Tucker departed, Devon showed her an original painting he planned on putting in his office. At that moment Neil arrived, but was less than thrilled at seeing Devon’s new item. While Neil expressed his wanting Devon to succeed, he was worried that he was getting in over his head. Devon, however, took it as a way of Neil saying that he didn’t fully believe in him.
Heather ran into Adam at the courthouse. He told her his surgery was a success and thanked her or letting him go to get the operation. Adam played on Heather’s emotions by bad-mouthing Sharon, expressing her lack of caring about him and his restored vision. Heather told Adam that she was going to call him to the stand as a witness for the prosecution. Meanwhile, Avery was talking to Sharon about how jury selections. While they talked on the preparation for the case, Avery told Sharon that she wanted to use Adam as a witness for case. Sharon wasn’t sure that was such a good idea.
Genevieve complained to Jack about how Jill passed off her business trip to her. Jack told her he was aware of her giving the job to Genevieve and stated that Jill needed to be there for Delia. Genevieve wasn’t too convinced that Delia was the only reason why Jill didn’t want to go Jack reassured her that once he had complete control of Jabot, she wouldn’t have to worry about Jill. Meanwhile, Colin and Jill were getting cozy when she heard Katherine arriving. Refusing to leave through the back, Colin passed by Katherine. Katherine realized that Jill was still hung up on Colin.
Paul was surprised to see his son Ricky. Ricky said he had to get going downtown to meet his boss for his job, but would meet up with Paul and Heather later to get together. Paul later ran into Devon, where he learned about Katherine giving him a job to head up a new record label. He was surprised that Katherine would do something like that. After briefly congratulating him, Paul walked away, a bit concerned about what Katherine was going.
Avery met Adam at his hotel suite, where she tried again to get him to help support Sharon. When she commented that she could have him pulled as a witness, Adam rubbed it in her face that Heather beat her to the punch. Later, she met Sharon at the courthouse where she shared the news with her. Outside the courthouse, Heather ran into Ricky, who was there. He attempted to try to tell her about his job, but she hurriedly had to leave. When he walked into the court room to hand Avery the list of jurors, Heather looked on in confusion. She soon learned that Ricky was working for Avery. Avery, meanwhile learned that Ricky and Heather were brother and sister.
Paul showed up at Katherine to advise her to not let her anger toward Tucker be the thing that keeps her from telling the truth about Devon. He learned that Katherine was afraid that if she told the truth, Tucker would embrace his son; only poisoning him into being a callous person as he is. Paul told Katherine that many people would be hurt by her hiding the truth; not just Tucker and Devon, but Neil, as well.
Tucker again tried to goad Jack into helping him take Jabot away from Katherine, but Jack wasn’t biting. After seeing Jill at the bar, Tucker tried to sweet talk her into siding with him, even offering her a sweeter position than what she had now. Seeing Tucker trying to weasel her, Jack approached and gave her a warning in not trusting him. Jill departed, leaving the two of them alone so she could get ready to meet up with Colin.
Genevieve lured Colin to see her at her place, where she said she had to messages for him from his Australian business partners. When Colin arrived, he began to wonder what she was up to when she couldn’t produce the messages. He was set to call Jill to tell her it would be a bit before she saw her. Genevieve said she wanted to talk to Jill about the trip and she realized that Colin didn’t tell Jill he was going to see Genevieve. Genevieve offered to get a bottle of wine while he talked to Jill but he demanded her to find the written messages while he got the wine for her. When he went downstairs to get the bottle of wine, Genevieve showed up and proceeded to lock the door. Meanwhile, Jill, unaware of where Colin was, was getting ready for a romantic evening.
Neil stopped by Katherine’s where he wanted to talk to her about her job offer to Devon, pointing out that it was interfering in his parenting his son.
Adam ran into Jack at Athletic Club bar. Jack commented on how despite his eyesight being fully repaired, Adam would still have a “a warped and selfish view of the world.”
On the Next The Young and the Restless…