In the new book, “Llanview in the Afternoon: An Oral History of One Life to Live,” actress Ellen Holly (ex-Clara “Carla” Hall) accused former co-star Erika Slezak (Viki Lord Buchanan) of getting her fired off of the ABC soap back in the 1980′s. The actress says Slezak used the words, “Get those two black bitches out of my face,” in reference to Holly and Lillian Hayman (Sadie Gray) during an anniversary party for the show in 1983. Until now, Slezak had not commented on the matter since the book hit Amazon and other outlets in early September.
Per her official website, Slezak emailed author Jeff Giles on November 7 to give her side of the story (see below), which will be edited into all new and future editions of the book (both digital and hard copies). “Please know that the quotes attributed to Erika from Ellen Holly are absolutely not true,” Slezak’s website stated.
“One Life to Live” is celebrating the 45th anniversary of its very first episode, which aired on July 15, 1968, and in honor of the special moment, the suder’s ‘MORE’ show has released never-before-seen footage from two of the show’s iconic stars, Robin Strasser (Dorian Lord) and Erika Slezak (Victoria Lord)!
EXCLUSIVE: There seems to be more drama going on behind the scenes over at “All My Children” than there is onscreen these days. But as Vincent Irizarry (David Hayward) tells Soap Opera Network, that will no longer be the case once the material by the sudser’s new headwriters, Lisa Connor and Chip Hayes, takes center stage.
There’d be no Pine Valley and no Llanview if it hadn’t been for “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” creator, Agnes Nixon. The 85-year-old penned both sudsers and consequently is responsible for putting thousands of people to work over the past 40-plus years. She’s received countless awards for her additions to the genre, most recently receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences during the 37th annual Daytime Emmy Awards in 2010. And Vincent Irizarry (David Hayward, “AMC”) thinks the legendary lady is overdue for yet another recognition!
The seemingly never-ending countdown to the premiere of the revived soap operas, “All My Children” and “One Life to Live,” is nearly over: Monday, April 29 is literally just hours away! And to make sure you’re completely, fully and 100 percent ready to see the new Pine Valley and Llanview in all their online glory, The OnLine Network has produced a new video that is guaranteed to make your premiere experience a good one!
The behind-the-scenes drama that’s been brewing since Prospect Park filed a lawsuit against ABC on April 18 is about to get even soapier! According to a story in The Hollywood Reporter, Prospect Park producers wished to buy ad space for “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” during broadcast soaps (“General Hospital,” “Days of our Lives,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” and “The Young and the Restless”), but CBS and NBC allegedly refused to help promote the competition — and in light of the $25 million lawsuit Prospect Park launched against ABC, the alphabet network isn’t willing to run spots for the show, either!
With “All My Children” literally back from the dead as it gears up to re-launch on Monday, April 29 on Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes, Prospect Park’s The OnLine Network has announced that it has joined forces with the Agnes Nixon Playwriting Festival at Northwestern University in order to offer students a chance to hone their craft by providing them with a chance to write a future episode of the iconic soap. As the creator of both “AMC” and “One Life to Live,” Nixon is back to in the game as a creative consultant on the reboots for Prospect Park.
On the back cover of the newest double issue edition of TV Guide Magazine (dated April 22-May 5, 2013), those individuals who have yet to discover that “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” are now back in session will be in for a surprise when they see The OnLine Network’s advertisement in the magazine proclaiming that “America’s Favorite Dramas” premiere with new 30 minute daily episodes that can be viewed whenever they want, however they want and wherever they want via Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes beginning Monday, April 29.
As the old saying goes, a happy employee is a productive employee. And that must be a mantra Prospect Park believes in. According to the actors who have signed on to the serial dramas, “All My Children” and “One Life to Live,” the production company — headed by Jeff Kwatinetz and Richard Frank — has batted a thousand when it comes to being respectfully in charge. And the end result, as the performers preview, is pure magic.
Last week, Soap Opera Network featured a CENTER STAGE interview with “One Life to Live’s” legendary veteran, Erika Slezak (Victoria Lord). She opened up about the future of “OLTL,” working with the fresh, young faces on the show, and what it’s been like to have show creator Agnes Nixon back at the helm. And this week, we’re revealing how she feels about Robin Strasser (Dorian Lord), what it’s like working with Roger Howarth (Todd Manning) versus working with Trevor St. John (Victor Lord), and who she’d like to see return to Llanview!