(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Just days following Soaps In Depth reporting that Debbi Morgan was close to signing a deal to join “The Young and the Restless,” today a CBS spokesperson confirmed to TV Guide’s Michael Logan that a deal was indeed signed between Morgan and “Y&R” on Thursday. Morgan will begin taping at the number one soap in America once taping at “All My Children” concludes for the time being at the end of August. As reported on Thursday, due to a last minute licensing agreement, “AMC” and “One Life to Live” are due to go on in the internet format. Despite the deal to revive the two soaps, multiple sources confirm that all of the actors from “AMC” are free agents come September 1, which explains why Morgan already filled her calender. This of course means the internet version of the 41-year-old daytime drama could end up looking very different from the ABC version when all the pieces come together.
Daytime Emmy Award Winner Morgan started her daytime career on “AMC” in 1982 as Dr. Angela Hubbard. She remained on the show until 1990. She returned to the role for her current run in January 2008. In between her “AMC” stints she also spent 1993 thru 1998 on the ABC Daytime drama’s “Loving,” “The City” and “Port Charles.” She played Dr. Hubbard on both “Loving” and The City.” Alongside Daytime Emmy Award Winner Darnell Williams, Morgan created daytime’s first African American super-couple in the form of Jesse and Angie Hubbard. Morgan’s daytime career has also extended outside of ABC Daytime. From 1990 to 1991, Morgan moved on to NBC’s “Generations” and then to CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” from October 2006 to June 2007. The two-time Image Award Winner has also had a successful career outside of daytime. She has appeared on numerous prime-time series and films.
ABC Soaps In Depth reports Morgan is slated to work in story alongside long-time “Y&R” star Kristoff St. John (Neil) and Julia Pace Mitchell (Sofia) once she settles in Genoa City.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A look at what’s happening on “All My Children” during the week of July 11, 2011.
THIS WEEK ON: ALL MY CHILDREN
Griffin & Kendall both agree they want to give romance a shot on Monday, July 11, and the pair share their first kiss. Despite her happiness, it’s clear Zach is still very much in Kendall’s heart as her eyes set upon his picture. Tad continues to struggle with the state of his marriage and contemplates if he’ll ever find the kind of love he had with Dixie again. Dixie struggles to come out of her slumber. Amanda bristles at JR’s insensitive reaction to her health news. On Tuesday, July 12, Amanda breaks under the pressure of her secrets and comes clean to Jake. She is surprised by his reaction. Tad & Jake have a heart to heart. Angie & David’s uneasy truce moves forward as her treatment progresses. David continues to open up to an affected Angie on Friday, July 15. Jesse admits to Brot that the prospect of Angie getting her sight back terrifies him. At her wits’ end with Mookie, Maya re-approaches Frankie about the job with his parents.
The Inside Story: Little Boy Blue
JR does not receive the response he is expecting after sharing his dream with Marissa. After ripping JR a new one, Marissa admits to Scott that she doesn’t really blame anybody but herself for running scared into JR’s bed. JR is hit hard by Scott’s words. Bianca changes the topic when Scott questions what’s going on between her and Marissa but they do both agree that Marissa is better off without JR. JR dumps the liquor he was on the verge of drowning his sorrows in after talking to AJ. Marissa runs into Bianca in the park. She admits she has missed her and then kisses her on Wednesday, July 13. Bianca turns to Kendall for advice after tearing away from Marissa. JR ditches his AA meeting after encountering David & Tad. Sitting at a bar, JR wrestles with not being able to live up to the ideals of being either Dixie’s child or Adam’s. Dixie at the same time remembers talking to JR about his mother and father and cries out for Tad to save her baby. Tad finds JR about to take a drink and talks him down. JR confronts Marissa. Marissa admits to JR that her heart is with somebody else but it’s not Scott, it’s Bianca. JR is completely disbelieving but can’t ignore what he sees as Bianca & Marissa lock eyes after her confession. Marissa stops JR from lashing out at Bianca. JR kicks an apologetic Marissa out and alone succumbs to his alcoholism. Tad tries to reach out to JR after getting the truth out of Maya.
A Closer Look: Crazy For You
Jack tells “Erica” she needs to deal with the past before they can start their future. She insists to Jack that running the hospital is all the help she needs and then leaves in search of David. Jane is not pleased to find David with Madison. Greenlee can’t ignore the clues as she follows Erica’s trail straight to David. Griffin purposely misleads Ryan concerning David. Kendall tells Bianca about her and Griffin but admits things aren’t going smoothly. Jane informs David that if he doesn’t embrace her as his future he will run into problems. David turns on the charm with Jane after his attempt at blackmail fails miserably. Convinced he’s keeping something significant from her, in her frustration Kendall calls Griffin out on acting like Zach. Greenlee catches David & “Erica” coming out of his room and blasts them about their affair. On Thursday, July 14, David worries that Ryan is getting too close to the truth after Griffin alerts him to Greenlee’s memory returning. Jack, Opal, Greenlee, Bianca & Kendall confront “Erica” about David. “Erica” scoffs at Jack & Greenlee passing judgment on her, tells Kendall & Bianca they’re adults and don’t need a mother, tells Opal she doesn’t want to be her friend & declares her love for David in front of everybody just as he arrives. Hurt and feeling the fool, Jack takes his leave. David proposes to “Erica” in front of everybody. Ben listens intently as Erica recounts how the ghost of her father has controlled her entire life.
All My Children News and Headlines:
AMC ALERTS: WEEK OF JULY 18, 2011
- Maya is deeply affected by her first interaction with Lucy.
- Tad receives something personal that belonged to Dixie; meanwhile, Dixie returns to the living in a big way.
- Marissa opens up to Krystal about everything.
- Greenlee starts on a mission to get the truth after having a nightmare she believes may actually be a memory.
- Through will and some luck Erica inches closer to regaining her freedom.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A look at what’s happening on “One Life to Live” during the week of July 11, 2011.
THIS WEEK ON: ONE LIFE TO LIVE
Jessica slaps Natalie in front of Viki on Monday, July 11. Jessica learns Bree witnessed the altercation. Brody hand over the tape recorder to John, but there’s a problem with it. Natalie begins to recall her fight with Marty. On Tuesday, July 12, Brody gets defensive with Natalie, which alerts John’s suspicions. James and Starr have a romantic interlude. Rick gains leverage over Deanna. Meanwhile, Deanna’s meeting with her lawyer doesn’t go as planned. Nora is determined to find out who hurt Matthew. Bo and Nora discover a clue. Vivian’s words hit too close to home for Destiny. Shaun assumes his sister is just worried about Matthew. Vivian has a talk with Destiny. Ford and Jessica bond. Dani makes a promise to Destiny. Deanna and Nate are out of options. Destiny overhears a conversation between Deanna and Nate. Dani arrives just as Rick is about to film his latest movie. Viki suspects Echo had a hand in David and Dorian’s problems on Friday, July 15. Meanwhile, Echo can’t keep her mouth shut while talking to Dorian, and is forced to take drastic action.
The Inside Story: Who Am I?
The man with the scar watches Viki and Todd interact at Llanfair on Monday, July 11. Jack and Todd bond over the secret of Liam’s true paternity. Todd asks his son to investigate Origami Cogs, the company which stole his business plan. Echo overhears Rex plotting revenge against the Mannings. Rex attempts to distract Echo by pointing out that Origami Cogs is really an anagram for Gigi Morasco. Starr clues Blair in about Sam’s odd behavior. Téa is taken back to learn that Sam’s “imaginary” friend has a line on his face. Dorian holds David at gunpoint, however their argument comes to a halt after making a grizzly discovery. David calls the cops. On Tuesday, July 12, the man with Todd’s old face is interrupted while searching Todd’s office. Jack is knocked out. Todd thinks he knows who attacked his son. And Bo asks Rex about his decision to give Gigi’s heart to Clint.
A Closer Look: Incognito
Starr is considered about Jack’s friend. Dorian kicks David to the curb. Blair decides its time to have a talk with Sam. David blames Viki for his problems. By Wednesday, July 13, things remain tense between Todd and Téa. Tomas gets angry after seeing Todd manhandling her. Baz eavesdrops as the two men argue. Thinking Sam’s friend was the now dead, Blair takes him to the police station. However, he soon tells her differently, leaving Blair shocked by what he has to say. Todd tell Téa he’s sorry. Baz and Starr exchange information on their fathers. Sam’s family gathers for his birthday party on Thursday, July 14. “Todd” arrives at the party in a costume, where he interacts with the unsuspecting Mannings and Delgados on Friday, July 15. However, Sam soon turns up missing. And John makes a shocking discovery.
One Life to Live News and Headlines:
OLTL ALERTS: WEEK OF JULY 18, 2011
- The two Todds comes face-to-face.
- Dorian has a surprising hero.
- Brody bullies Vimal into keeping quiet.
- Joey and Kelly get closer.
- Will Dorian and David reunite?
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A look at what’s happening on “General Hospital” during the week of July 11, 2011.
THIS WEEK ON: GENERAL HOSPITAL
At General Hospital, Patrick tries to adjust to life with his strict new boss, Robin. Siobhan questions if Elizabeth was trying to get rid of the competition on Monday, July 11. Lucky makes a loving plea to Siobhan. The tension between Elizabeth & Siobhan remains thick despite Lucky’s best efforts. Spinelli informs a concerned Maxie he’s not just happy to see her, he’s packing a gun to confronts his nemesis, Anthony. Maxie leads Jason down a surprising path on Wednesday, July 13. Asher tries to stir the pot at ELQ. Ethan’s strategic change to put distance between himself and Kristina only enhances her interest in remaining close to him on Friday, July 15.
The Inside Story: The Last Straw?
Sonny does his best to counter Brenda’s testimony in court. He appeals to the judge to rule for joint custody. The judge hands down a ruling. Sonny learns the court-appointed mediator is in Jax’s pocket. He blackmails the mediator to do quite a bit more than turn on Jax. On Thursday, July 14, Alexis reaches out to Carly and gives her some advice. As Jax plays right into Sonny’s hands; the mobster and an oblivious Brenda reconcile. Jax is arrested. Brenda is horrified when she realizes Sonny framed Jax for the assault and drugs. Carly barely has a moment to react to the news before receiving a ransom note for Josslyn supposedly from Anthony. Molly & Morgan hope their set up will lead Cary & Jax to stop fighting and reconcile over their daughter.
A Closer Look: Playing with Fire
Javier’s attention is drawn when Dante eagerly jumps in to get Lulu away from an overeager patron. Lupe sees Dante’s badge. She warns Lulu that Dante is a cop. Lulu come clean. Dante and Lulu mull over their next move unaware them a dangerous Javier is listening to their conversation. Javier kills Lupe for deceiving her about Dante and Lulu. After taking care of Dante on Friday, July 15, Javier pays Lulu a personal visit.
General Hospital News and Headlines:
GH ALERTS: WEEK OF JULY 18, 2011
- Carly, Kristina and Ethan set out to find the children.
- Lucky and Elizabeth come together for Aiden’s birthday.
- Jax makes plans to leave Port Charles; meanwhile, Sonny struggles to make things right with Brenda.
- Lulu and Dante work to overcome some major obstacles.
- Jason picks out an engagement ring for Sam.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — It has been three months since we’ve learned that “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” have been canceled and would no longer be seen weekday afternoons on the ABC Television Network or weeknights on SOAPnet. It has been a truly unique period for this industry that has seen fans rallying together to try and help save shows that have become part of their everyday lives. Whispers, rumors and reports were trickling in at a record pace, often times we would find our heads spinning. Weeding through the information that we received here at Soap Opera Network, we aimed to report what we felt had the most backing or we were able to verify through various other sources. Turns out we may have had a big inside source all along.
For the last several months, I’ve had multiple conversations with an individual that claimed to have knowledge of why ABC decided to cancel “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.” This source at one point commented that it had something to do with the government and the Ethics committee in Washington, D.C. Sounded nuts, right? Well, it turns out this same person told me on Tuesday, June 28, that “your soaps were saved. They received the grant money they needed before their deadline,” which according to this person was the end of May. Again, I thought what they were saying sounded just a little too far out there, so I decided to leave our conversation at that. In retrospect, maybe I should have listened a little closer.
On Thursday, June 30, I had tweeted that I heard from sources that fans should continue to rally in support of “One Life to Live.” To be more precise, I said “got word today that @ABC has in fact been discussing options to keep #OLTL on the air, but it remains in the hands of fans. Don’t give up. The ‘someone’ you keep hearing about is now several people!” At that point “All My Children” wasn’t discussed as the conversation pertained solely in regards of “One Life to Live.” I had intended on reporting on this news on Tuesday, July 5, but unfortunately I caught the flu and had a high fever for several days. Now on Thursday, July 7, nearly three months to the day since ABC canceled “AMC” and “OLTL,” the network announced the shows would live on…only online thanks to Prospect Park, a television and media entertainment production company that was founded in 2009 and is run by Jeffrey Kwatinetz and former Disney Studios honcho Rich Frank, who also serve as executive producers of the hit USA Network original series “Royal Pains.” In retrospect, what the person I had been speaking with said now makes perfect sense when you put all the pieces together. In return for saving our beloved soaps, the government gives a grant for what could be the next big medium, progression of sorts… Radio > TV > Internet Broadcasting.
Interestingly enough, Prospect Park hired Josh Barry, ABC’s former executive in charge of drama development, back in May to tackle the companies TV division alongside Paul Frank, the son of Rich Frank. According to Barry, his first order of business was “putting together a wide slate of projects.” Could that slate have included the uncanceled soaps?
On Thursday, June 23, we reported that ABC had indeed turned down offers they received to sell the soaps. Knowing what we know now, and putting the puzzle pieces together, it makes sense that a plan was in the works all a long to save the soaps, while also allowing ABC to retain ownership rights to both soap operas and receive millions of dollars in royalties each year from Prospect Park. Hence, ABC comes out a winner either way in this case. They no longer produce the shows, yet still stand to make money off of them as they move into the future. As opposed to selling them outright and watching another network or medium make money off of them. ABC can’t have asked for a better situation.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Thursday, July 7, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Bianca is shocked to hear Erica spent the night with David and is tired of her mother doing things to push Jackson away. Kendall tells Ryan that Bianca’s frustration has nothing to do with Erica. JR reveals to Marissa that Bianca is the one who’s been helping him all along. Scott tells JR that he is restoring the guest house so he can move in. He wants to be close to his family similar to how Adam and Stuart lived there together. Scott tells Marissa he thinks taking JR back would be a mistake. Marissa runs into Bianca at Krystal’s and learns the music box was Bianca’s idea. She wants to know why Bianca helped JR win her back and Bianca admits she did it because she couldn’t. Bianca thinks that for the sake of their friendship they should stay clear of each other for a while.
Tad tells Cara he wants more than gratitude from his relationship with Cara. He says he tried to fight it but he’s started to feel more for her and thinks things changed once she kissed him and started planning dates. Cara asks who said she didn’t want more. Tad asks if she has feelings for him or if her gratitude is forcing her to try and feel something for him. Ryan and Kendall interrupt Tad and Cara with news about Griffin. Tad says he married Cara to keep her safe and it was a marriage in name only and that’s what it has to get back to.
Ryan explains to Kendall that he looked into the manifest because he thought Griffin could help him figure out David’s plan and that’s when he learned Griffin never got on the plane. Ryan wonders if all this has something to do with David. Ryan brings Kendall to her appointment with Griffin’s replacement and as she starts to remember moments with him she begins having heart palpitations. Kendall follows the nurse down the hall and freezes when she sees Griffin.
Mookie gets a job helping Scott and tells Maya that he’s staying in PV. He admits he did it to be closer to her. Mookie sneaks up behind Maya and she flinches. Colby tells Frankie that Asher had to take more pain pills after hitting Mookie. Frankie is familiar with pain pill addiction and reminds Asher he can’t take more than prescribed. Asher’s mad at Colby for making it sound like he can’t control himself but back at the mansion he sneaks the bottle out of her purse and pops two pills.
On the Next All My Children…
- Erica begins to work on her book.
- Ryan sneaks into David’s office.
- David finds Jane clad in lingerie waiting in his room.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Thursday, July 7, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Todd finds Jack at the Carriage House and pre-empts his confession to Rex and Shane about his responsibility for Gigi’s death. Todd covers with condolences and comments about Brad’s ostensible guilt. To everyone’s surprise, Rex welcomes the sympathy and suggests, for Gigi’s sake, that they bury the hatchet and move forward peaceably. After Todd and Jack leave, however, Rex tells Shane he was only pretending to let bygones be bygones in order to take Todd and Jack by surprise when he destroys them for what they did to his family.
Nate and Dani argue about having kept secrets from each other – Dani’s that she knew Matthew had killed Eddie, and Nate’s that he knew Dani knew. Ultimately, they make up, though Nate keeps one more secret, that he was responsible for Matthew’s condition. Bo and Nora agree to send Matthew to an out-of-town rehab center specializing in traumatic brain injury. Destiny takes a pregnancy test and tells unconscious Matthew she’s pregnant. She’s frightened and confused and when Dani asks about the results, she lies and tells her the test was negative.
When Dorian checks on Clint’s condition, Viki blasts her for having left Clint untreated too long. Their friendship is strained, playing right into Echo’s plan to destroy Viki and Dorian. The other part of Echo’s plan is furthered when David gets a surprise poolside visit from Ionia who once again throws herself at him. Unbeknownst to David, Echo covertly snaps seemingly salacious photos. Dorian returns after Ionia leaves and David chooses not to tell her about the actress’s visit. Dorian finds out, however, when the photos hit the Internet.
Blair encounters Tomas and is unable to tell him the truth about Jack’s involvement in Gigi’s death. Tomas suspects she’s keeping a secret and she blasts him about all the secrets he’s keeping from her. Their passionate argument turns into to a passionate kiss.
On the Next One Life to Live…
- Viki nearly bumps in to “Todd.”
- Rex and Shane welcome visitors to the mansion.
- Dorian points a gun at Daivd.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Thursday, July 7, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Sam protests too much against marriage as both Jason and Sam try to figure out each other’s feelings on the topic.
Sonny bursts in on Carly, Jax and Eileen (the mediator), only making Jax’s point clearer that Josslyn is in danger. Sonny threatens Jax. As ordered by Anthony, Brenda and Alec come under gunfire. Carly begs Jason not to escalate a mob war since it would threaten custody of Josslyn. Meanwhile, Sonny asks Brenda not to discuss what happened at the custody hearing. Alexis feels ambivalent about Jax’s case and her involvement and resigns.
On the Next General Hospital…
- Brenda testifies that she and Alec have experienced physical mob violence since she married Sonny.
- Siobhan serves Elizabeth with a hospital malpractice suit.
- Steve resigns as chief of staff and promotes one of the doctors.
Disney/ABC Television Group
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” may be ending their four decades’ long run on ABC in September and January respectively, however it won’t be the end of the road for either of the long-running, iconic daytime drama series. In a shocking development, upstart television, film, and music company Prospect Park Studios has purchased the rights from the network, who states that “the multi-year, multi-platform deal enables the soaps to continue beyond their finale dates on ABC.”
The news comes less that 24 hours after the New York Post first broke the news on their website reporting that ABC had sold the online rights to its recently cancelled shows “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” to the studios, and that “Prospect Park is said to be finalizing its current round of funding for its Hulu-style venture in the next month to 45 days. Other unnamed financial backers are involved.” The article was initally met with much skepticism from soap fans and well as from other media outlets who were claiming the Post article contained numerous factual inaccuracies.
In a joint press release this afternoon by ABC and Prospect Park, which was founded in 2009 by Jeffrey Kwatinetz and former Disney Studios chief Rich Frank, “We are privileged to continue the legacy of two of the greatest programs to air on daytime television, and are committed to delivering the storylines, characters and quality that audiences have come to love for over 40 years. ‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life to Live’ are television icons, and we are looking forward to providing anytime, anywhere viewing to their loyal community of millions. Technology changes the way the public can and will view television shows. Now that there are so many devices available in addition to television sets, viewers are taking advantage of watching shows where ever they are and on any number of devices. The driving force in making the switch and attracting new audiences is to have outstanding programs that people want to watch,” the statement continued. “We believe that by continuing to produce the shows in their current hour format and with the same quality, viewers will follow the show to our new, online network.” Prospect Park is perhaps best known for producing “Royal Pains” for the USA Network and “Wilfred” for FX.
As part of the deal, which was brokered by the Disney/ABC Domestic Television Group, “Prospect Park will produce and deliver the two long-running programs to consumers via online formats and additional emerging platforms including internet enabled television sets. Under the terms of the arrangement, the programs will continue to be delivered with the same quality and in the same format and length. Additional details of the new productions and tune-in will be forthcoming from Prospect Park.” However, while the statement notes that both shows will continue to exist in their present hour-long formats, it is vague as to the frequency in which new episodes will air.
“From the time the shift in the daytime strategy was announced, our hope was to find a new home for these treasured shows. We are thrilled to license them to Prospect Park so the stories of life in Pine Valley and Llanview can continue to be told for the passionate and loyal fans that enjoy watching each day,” comments Janice Marinelli, President, Disney/ABC Domestic Television.
President of the Daytime, Disney/ABC Television Group Brian Frons, who announced the cancellation of “Children” and “One Life” back on April 15 in favor of the less-expensive, unscripted programming such as “The Chew” and “The Revolution,” said in the statement that “‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life to Live’ are iconic pieces of television history that captivated millions of fans since their beginning over 40 years ago. Each of the shows have made an indelible mark on our culture’s history and informed our consciousness in their own way. We are so glad Prospect Park has assumed the mantel for these shows and that they will continue for the fans.”
The sentiments were furthered echoed by “AMC” and “OLTL” creator Agnes Nixon, who has been tirelessly searching for new venues for both shows in recent months, saying “I’m just so happy that ABC found a home where the legacies of ‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life To Live’ can continue. I’m excited for their future with Prospect Park. It takes a lot of living to make a soap opera a serial, and the wonderful teams on both shows have done just that. Together, we are a big family that keeps going, and I’m looking forward to working alongside these wonderful people as we ensure that the shows will continue with all the love and excitement we’ve always had. I also am so happy for our loyal fans, whom we love so much, and who have been so supportive over the last 40 plus years.”
“All My Children” will air its final episode on ABC on Friday, September 23, 2011 while “One Life to Live” will last air on the network on Friday, January 20, 2012.
Soap Opera Network will continue to follow this story and bring you further details as they develop.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — As we first reported last month, Jason Tam (Markko Rivera) left fans wondering if he might be returning to “One Life to Live” before the show wraps production in the fall following a response he made to a fan recently on his Twitter page. Now, the latest issue of ABC Soaps in Depth is reporting that the actor is indeed on his way back to Llanview.
On June 1, Tam was asked by a fan if there “Is any chance that Markko and Langston will make a return to Llanview BEFORE ‘OLTL’ ends?!?,” to which the actor tweeted “You bet!” However, don’t expect Brittany Underwood (Langston Wilde) to be accompanying her former beau back to Llanview. According to Soap Opera Digest, Underwood was unable to return alongside Tam because of scheduling conflicts.
Markko’s return will coincide with the premiere of David’s movie “Vicker Man” later this month. However a first airdate for Tam, who played Markko from 2007-2010 (and again briefly in April of this year) has not been announced, nor is it known how many episodes he will be sticking around for.