In a report by BroadcastEngineering.com, “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” will both begin production on Monday, February 25 for their online incarnations, which are set to premiere sometime in April exclusively on Hulu. NEP Broadcasting, LLC is currently constructing studio space for both series in an old factory in Connecticut, the website says. This would indicate that despite reports stating otherwise, neither show will be filming at the Stamford Media Center, where “Maury” is filmed.
Reporting by Errol Lewis and Angela Rosa
With “All My Children” set to begin production on all-new episodes in Stamford, CT next month, Soap Opera Network has learned that the series is looking to add three characters to its canvas. The series is seeking to cast the roles of “Ben,” “Charlotte” and “Luke.” While the names may sound foreign to long-time fans of “AMC,” they may actually be code for characters already seen on the canvas.
Although her name was among fifteen “One Life” cast members listed in a press release last week from Prospect Park as joining the online version of “OLTL,” Erika Slezak (Viki) confirmed the news today with a statement on her official website. Telling fans that she is “pleased” to join the upcoming online version of the show when production begins “near the middle of March,” the six-time Daytime Emmy winner says the new show will be “an exciting and groundbreaking adventure” and that she hopes fans will tune in.
Prospect Park’s plan to blend “new themes, fresh stars and youthful energy” along with the familiar actors and writers of yesteryear for its version of Agnes Nixon‘s “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” is beginning to settle in. According to a newly released audition script, the company is looking for a brand new “face” for the “One Life” canvas as the show’s original title “Between Heaven and Hell” becomes all the more real.
Cleveland is getting hotter as TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland” brings in soap stars Cameron Mathison (“All My Children”) and a returning Jack Wagner (“General Hospital,” “Melrose Place”) for guest stints.
On the Wednesday, January 30 episode of the hit series, entitled “The Anger Games,” Mathison will portray Bill, the buddy of Melanie’s (Valerie Bertinelli) boyfriend, Alec (Jay Harrington), who is set up with Joy (Jane Leeves). Meanwhile, Elka (Betty White) tries her hand at being Victoria’s (Wendie Malick) agent. In the end, gossip and secrets circulate among the group of women as things come to a head at their monthly game night.
What a difference a year makes, huh “One Life to Live” fans? Looking back through the Soap Opera Network archives, I happened upon the last column that I had written. It was November 30, 2011, nearly two weeks after Prospect Park made the now infamous decision to scrap their plans to revive “OLTL” online, just five days after the soap wrapped production on its ABC run. And now here we are just over a year later, with that plan seemingly resurrected and “One Life,” along with sister soap “All My Children,” a month away from resuming production for new episodes on the internet.
Soap Opera Socialite Productions posted a video on their YouTube page from “All My Children’s” Jill Larson (Opal Cortlandt), who shared her excitement in returning to the world of Pine Valley after nearly a two year absence. “We’re all very excited about the possibilites that await all of us, and getting together again and dusting off our old beloved characters and telling new stories that Agnes has been dreaming up since we’ve been off the air,” said the actress.
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.
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.
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.