(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Never one to mince words when it comes to voicing her opinions on the behind-the-scenes antics of both Llanview and ABC, “One Life to Live” leading lady Erika Slezak (Viki) speaks out against her soon-to-be-ex boss Brian Frons and notes her optimism at the soap’s future with Prospect Park.
Slezak is among a number of daytime stars, producers, executives, and journalists who share their thoughts on “the rise, fall, and possible resurrection of an American institution” in the September/October edition of the magazine Mental Floss, in an special article entitled “Sex & Death in the Afternoon: An Oral History of the American Soap Opera.”
In the final section of the article, titled “Daytime Turns to Twilight (2000-Present),” the six-time Daytime Emmy winner takes a parting shot at the network’s head honcho, saying “I think that Brian Frons, the head of ABC Daytime, doesn’t believe in the genre. He never believed they could last. My biggest objection is ABC saying people don’t want entertainment anymore; they want information. That’s ridiculous. People always want entertainment.”
Earlier this week it was announced that the actress, who celebrated 40 years with “One Life to Live” in March and plays the show’s only surviving original character, would be remaining with the soap when it moves to online-only production with Prospect Park early next year. In a statement released on her official website, Slezak commented that “I am very happy to be going on with ‘OLTL’ and look forward to working with our new production company, Prospect Park. It’s very exciting to be moving into a new medium and I sincerely hope that our wonderful viewers will follow us there.”
Slezak also talked about the loss of long-time “OLTL” Director David Pressman, who died on August 29 at the age of 97, stating “Please express my great sadness at David’s passing. He was totally instrumental in my getting this job and more than that, he taught me everything about working on TV. I owe him such a lot and will never be able to thank him properly, or repay him. Aside from that, David was a wonderful and talented man and I will miss him and always think of him.” Pressman directed episodes of “One Life” from 1970-1998.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A look at what’s happening on “General Hospital” during the week of September 12, 2011.
THIS WEEK ON: GENERAL HOSPITAL
Skye exposes Tracy on Monday, September 12. Anthony has Tracy right where he wants her. Lucky and Dante discuss Lulu. Skye challenges Luke. Lucky and Lulu discuss Luke’s addiction. Luke watches as Lulu and Ethan share a conversation about life sans him. Patrick and Robin enjoy the pleasures of making-up on Tuesday, September 13. Matt and Patrick face off with Anthony. Shawn gets between Carly and Sonny. Carly has a very revealing encounter with Shawn. On Thursday, September 15, Jason makes a touching request of Spinelli. Sam’s wedding dress arrives.
The Inside Story: Love Lock-down
Spinelli is back but after ending up at the wrong place at the wrong time Maxie soon finds herself in need of his alter-ego’s brand of intellect. Lucky realizes what Siobhan’s clue means. He makes contact with Dante and Spinelli and together they search for a missing Elizabeth and Maxie. Dante questions Anthony and Johnny about Luzetta’s. Anthony sees a new side of Johnny. Spinelli updates Jason on the investigation. While Lucky and Spinelli follow separate leads on Friday, September 16, Elizabeth and Maxie plot their escape.
A Closer Look: Ain’t No Sunshine
Sonny overhears the cause of Kristina’s condition. An upset Sonny takes out his anger on Johnny. Olivia lays into Sonny after preventing him from committing murder. Kate gets reacquainted with Olivia and the conversation soon turns to the lure and pitfalls of loving Sonny Corinthos. On Wednesday, September 14, Molly freaks out when Kristina takes a turn for the worse. Shawn reaches out to Molly. Kristina is receptive to Johnny’s visit, but continues to reject Sonny. Sonny reels. Dante and Sonny face off. The topic of Sonny once again proves prominent for Kate and Olivia. Sonny and Kate come face to face.
GH ALERTS: WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 19, 2011
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A look at what’s happening on “One Life to Live” during the week of September 12, 2011.
THIS WEEK ON: ONE LIFE TO LIVE
Phylicia seeks legal advice from Téa, while Dani and Destiny support one another. Tensions between Phylicia and Nora begin to thaw on Tuesday, September 13. Rex and Shane learn Destiny is pregnant. By Friday, September 16, Destiny tells Shaun she went to visit Greg at Statesville to ask him about Matthew’s prognosis. Elsewhere, Starr isn’t pleased that Rick wants to produce her song. At the same time, Baz promises Rick that he will get Starr to change her mind.
The Inside Story: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Todd tells Natalie he wants to clear his name, and uncle and niece have a warm moment on Monday, September 12. Natalie tells Todd about his son’s involvement in Gigi’s death. Shaun has John listen to his voicemail from Victor. Natalie tells Brody she has doubts concerning her uncle’s guilt. Jack overhears Shaun talking to Starr and blames Todd for Victor’s murder. Todd confides in Blair. Téa remains despondent. Tomas makes a confession to Blair. Nate gives Dani his support, as does James with Starr. Blair helps Téa get ready for Victor’s funeral on Thursday, September 15. James helps Sam come to terms with his father’s death. Shaun overhears Jack calling the LPD. Jessica keeps an eye on Sam. Téa imagines she sees Victor and later bumps into Todd after leaving the cemetery. Jack tries to convince Dani to share his point-of-view. Mayor Finn orders the LPD to make an arrest in Victor’s murder case on Friday, September 16. And Todd’s attempt to get through to his son backfires.
A Closer Look: Gun Shy
Echo and Roxy search for Rex’s gun. Cutter holds his ground with Brody. Roxy reports the disappearance of Morris the porcupine. Rex questions Shaun. Cutter is concerned to see Kim with Aubrey. Bo and Nora interrupt Rex and Shane’s conversation about Jack on Tuesday, September 13. Cutter and Aubrey have a difference of opinion after finding a gun. By Wednesday, September 14, Rex receives another visit from Gigi, and seeks out Deplphina’s help. Clint offers to help Kim’s friend. Roxy contacts Delphina. Cutter lies to Aubrey. Echo thinks Rex should bond with Clint. Viki worries Clint will do something illegal for Kim, and the two share a close moment. Cutter refuses to go along with Kim’s ploy. Roxy confronts Cutter. Kim and Echo bump into one another on Friday, September 16, and realize they have something in common — Clint. Echo and Kim reach a deal regarding the gun. Rex overhears Clint on the phone, and thinks he knows what Gigi has been trying to tell him. And father and son team up to get information about Kim’s friend.
OLTL ALERTS: WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 19, 2011
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Thursday, September 8, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Maxie hopes the engaged couple make Spinelli the best man. The Davis ladies get together to show loving support for Sam and Kristina.
Skye gets help from Ethan – what will he do about Anthony?
Both Michael and Abby and Carly and Shawn discuss career paths, and more. Later, Carly visits Jason.
Matt treats Elizabeth to a rooftop picnic and we find out Matt is about to publish major scientific research.
On the Next General Hospital…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Thursday, September 8, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Erin Torpey returns for a very special encounter that will change someone’s life.
Natalie chooses to keep information about Brody from John.
Téa gives Todd her answer. Todd goes to Starr and begs her to believe that he’s innocent.
Baz reveals to Starr that his father’s whereabouts during the shooting is questionable. He is interrupted with news about his and Starr’s music. Tomas gets a cryptic phone call about Victor and Todd.
Tomas comforts Blair. Blair is there for Téa and Téa breaks down.
Jessica reveals to Ford what happened between her and Cristian. He reveals that he’s been hallucinating Tess. They come to an understanding. Cristian talks to his mother about his future.
On the Next One Life to Live…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Thursday, September 8, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Jake abruptly ends a phone call regarding adoption when Amanda shows up. Amanda and Jake enjoy spending time with Trevor and agree that they want to look into adoption seriously.
Dixie’s surprise for Tad goes awry and they pair end up in a jam at the police station. Krystal helps Dixie finally get out of the chicken costume. Tad puts on the chicken costume later and surprises Dixie. Tad tells Dixie what he wants for their future from this moment on. The romantic moment is sealed with a kiss.
Scott tells JR he’s been told the house is in foreclosure. JR admits he lost both the house and the company. JR lashes out at Marissa, Colby and Dixie when they try to offer their help. Colby places a call to Brooke. Brooke puts Adam on the phone. Dixie tells Tad about JR losing the house.
Madison brings Scott a house warming gift. Marissa questions if Scott and Madison are back together.
Cara worries about her test results. David and Cara connection grows as they shere an improptu and light-hearted date at the park.
On the Next All My Children…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” DVR Alerts for the Week of September 12, 2011.
ONE LIFE TO LIVE: DVR ALERTS
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” DVR Alerts for the Week of September 12, 2011.
ALL MY CHILDREN: DVR ALERTS
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” DVR Alerts for the Week of September 12, 2011.
GENERAL HOSPITAL: DVR ALERTS
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Wednesday, September 7, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Angie learns new cells have been implanted and now she must wait to see if they grow. Frankie, Jesse and Angie fear Maya may have left town when they return home and see no sign of her and Lucy. Maya and Lucy return much to the Hubbard’s relief. Maya reassures the Hubbards about their place in her and Lucy’s life.
Dixie hopes she and Tad can work things through. Tad and Jake share a heart to heart about love and lost. Krystal gives Dixie some advice, while Jake does the sane with Tad. Dixie gets an idea on how to bring the levity back into her and Tad’s relationship. Dixie surprises Tad in public in a chicken suit.
Tad points out that if Ruth and Joe never adopted him he would have missed out on having the best brother a man could ask for in Jake.
Dixie tells Krystal about her memory of the woman with a “B” bracelet in the room with her at David’s facility. They discuss the possibility that Babe may be alive. Zach and Ryan are dragged into the police station following their violent run-in. Zach accuses Ryan of breaking into David’s facility. Ryan accuses Zach of kidnapping him with the intent of doing much more. Zach reveals to a surprised David that he storage room at the facility is no longer empty. He eagerly pleads his allegiance to David. David tries to get Zach under control and question what he did to Griffin. David reveals two of his patients are well enough to be revealed very soon. Zach tells David he needs to give him time to handle the situation at the facility.
Verla and Opal face off over Sam Brady. Sam clearly only has eyes for Opal despite Verla’s efforts to diminsh her rivals appeal.
On the Next All My Children…