(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) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Wednesday, September 14, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
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.
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(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.”
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Tuesday, September 13, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Restless in thoughts about the past, present and future, many of Pine Valley’s denizens are unable to sleep as one day ends and a new day dawns.
Natalia questions what’s going on when she realizes Brot is writing his resignation from the police department. Brot reveals some of his demons to a supportive Natalia. Brot releases a sigh of relief when Natalia thanks him for being there for her father after he confesses his part in the situation with Angie, Jesse and Lucy. Natalia and Brot make love.
Krystal insists to Tad that she needs to move out of his place for her own good. At Krystal’s, Liza and Krystal have a heart to heart about the current state of their lives. Later, Krystal looks longingly at a picture of Babe. Tad arrives and asserts to Krystal that they are family and she’s coming home with him.
Scott reaches out to Colby who reels over the current state of her family while packing her things. Scott and Colby have a heart to heart about family. Colby turns to Liza and allows her to comfort her.
Ryan and Jake have a heart to heart about where they’ve been in life and how that’s made them who they are. Ryan gets perspective on his desire to always rescue people. An excited Greenlee tells Kendall her new idea for Fusion. Kendall realizes something is bothering Greenlee. Greenlee confides her fears. Kendall reassures Greenlee and the women share an emotional moment. Ryan arrives and the two head home together, both with an apparent weight off their chests.
Ryan informs a disappointed Kendall that Zach is still at the police station. Later, alone, Kendall’s emotions spill over as she waits for Zach to return.
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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Monday, September 12, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Cara tells a shocked Kendall that she’s pregnant with David’s baby. Kendall tells Cara she really needs to think about what comes next as they discuss the many sides of Dr. Hayward. She promises to keep her mouth shut about Cara’s condition.
Zach refuses to let David treat Ryan. He asserts that he will take care of anybody who gets in the way of Project Orpheus. David is appalled as Zach prepares to shoot an antagonistic Greenlee and ends up incriminating himself in his anger at the apparent madman. David reveals that he partnered with the casino owners for funding and was privileged to their plans to murder Zach to enable their continued laundering of money from the casinos. Later, after learning Greenlee could be a potential passenger on the plane [David] headed to the location to make sure that wouldn’t be the case putting him in the position to find Zach right after the crash. Ryan and Griffin get up as Greenlee plays David’s confession. Zach reveals he heard David talking while he was unconscious and never could wrap his head around David just happening to be there when his plane crashed. He has been plotting his demise since with some help. Kendall, Cara and Jesse arrive on the scene after getting texts. Cara explains to David that Kendall filled her in on everything. David defends everything he’s done for P.O. and accuses everybody else of succumbing to pettiness. David refuses to reveal who his two other patients are.
Maya realizes Angie still doesn’t trust her not to just up and leave with Lucy. Frankie explains to Maya that he doesn’t believe his mother could survive losing another child. The air is thick between Angie and Jesse as they wait to see the doctor. Angie gets some things off her chest. The tension seems to dissipate a bit after the Hubbard’s waiting room discussion.
Film producer Kit Sterling (John O’Hurley) has a thought provoking discussion with Erica.
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Supervising Producer for “All My Children” on September 11, 2001
I was producing at “AMC” at the time. The morning was perfect. I remember walking down West End Avenue and thinking ‘this is the most perfect day’. The sky was the most beautiful blue and the temperature perfect for New York in September. I was in my office with the ABC feed on when the first plane hit. I remember thinking it was a horrible accident when one of our PA’s came in and said “that was no accident.” I went up to the control room to start taping and was sitting there, talking with the Technical Director about the plane that went into the first tower when the second one hit. That’s when everything went haywire. People refused to keep working — they had loved ones down there and couldn’t focus. My Executive Producer was away on a rare vacation and because I was in the booth that day, I was in charge of the day. I called everyone to the floor and saw fear — felt it myself — and I suggested we join hands in prayer. I don’t remember what was said in that vein. I know there were tears and people were shaking. But we were together. I told everyone not to leave the building as we didn’t know what was waiting for any of us outside.
So we hunkered down and by around 5-6pm, we decided it was safe for everyone to start heading home — everyone from the city, that is — as the roads out of Manhattan were all closed. I seem to remember having a few people stay at my apartment and everyone who lived in the city offered their sofas/floors/rooms to those not living in the city as well. But since we’d all been through such a trying day, I thought it would be a good idea not to hide in our apartments but to be, as many put it during that time, New Yorkers — meaning that we wouldn’t shrink from this but instead would join together and find comfort in being out among our neighbors. A group of us did just that by having dinner at Isabella’s up on Columbus Avenue — and the place was packed. Eating and talking and laughing and being together — all of us — not just from “All My Children” — but New Yorkers, refusing to let this horrible tragedy keep us down. It was a day and night I will never forget.
NOTE: Please do not copy and paste the entire ratings. Thank you.
Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings
(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)
1. Y&R 4,425,000 (+12,000/-548,000)
2. B&B 2,727,000 (-200,000/-417,000)
3. OLTL 2,724,000 (-19,000/+349,000)
4. GH 2,486,000 (+18,000/-174,000)
5. AMC 2,480,000 (-11,000/+60,000)
6. DAYS 2,363,000 (-77,000/-80,000)
1. Y&R 3.3/11 (+.1/-.2)
2. B&B 2.1/7 (-.1/-.1)
3. OLTL 2.0/6 (+.1/+.3)
4. DAYS 1.8/6 (same/same)
4. AMC 1.8/6 (same/same)
4. GH 1.8/6 (same/-.1)
Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 831,000 (-21,000/-181,000) <—– new low (2nd straight week) *
2. GH 728,000 (+35,000/-153,000)
3. OLTL 722,000 (+10,000/+65,000)
4. DAYS 644,000 (+11,000/-34,000)
5. AMC 593,000 (-1,000/same)
6. B&B 532,000 (-32,000/-105,000)
* Previous low: 852,000 (August 22-26, 2011)
Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.3/9 (same/-.2) <—– ties low (4th straight week)
2. GH 1.1/7 (same/-.2)
2. OLTL 1.1/7 (same/+.1)
4. DAYS 1.0/7 (same/same)
5. AMC 0.9/6 (same/same)
6. B&B 0.8/5 (-.1/-.2) <—– ties low
Girls 12-17 Viewers
1. Y&R 70,000 (+26,000/+21,000)
1. OLTL 70,000 (+31,000/+44,000)
3. GH 37,000 (+9,000/-5,000)
4. B&B 36,000 (+7,000/+3,000)
5. AMC 28,000 (+13,000/+14,000)
6. DAYS 19,000 (-1,000/+10,000)
Women 18-34 Rating
1. OLTL 0.7/4 (same/+.1)
2. Y&R 0.6/4 (+.1/-.3)
2. AMC 0.6/4 (same/+.1)
2. DAYS 0.6/4 (same/-.2)
2. GH 0.6/4 (same/-.3)
6. B&B 0.3/2 (same/-.3) <—– ties low (2nd straight week)
Men 18+ Viewers
1. Y&R 1,045,000 (+55,000/-78,000)
2. B&B 577,000 (-65,000/-96,000)
3. DAYS 512,000 (+46,000/-41,000)
4. OLTL 498,000 (-24,000/+50,000)
5. AMC 472,000 (-6,000/+1,000)
6. GH 416,000 (-41,000/-87,000)
Day-To-Day Ratings – HH/Total Viewers
For the SEASON September 20, 2010 through September 4, 2011
1. Y&R 3.6
2. B&B 2.2
3. GH 2.1
4. DAYS 2.0
4. OLTL 2.0
6. AMC 1.9
Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.6
2. GH 1.4
3. DAYS 1.2
4. OLTL 1.1
5. B&B 0.9
5. AMC 0.9
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Friday, September 9, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Amanda points out how adoption has been harder than she thought and Cara suggests Children of Hope which relocates children orphaned by war and offers to make a call for her. Jake and Amanda take Cara up on her offer. Cara explains to Jake and Amanda why she’s helping them.
A concerned David can’t get his mind off Cara. Cara tells Griffin she misses Griffin. David promises to find out where Griffin is. Cara is shocked by the results of her test. She’s pregnant.
Jesse insists Ryan drop his vendetta against David before releasing him. Jesse tries to keep the peace as Ryan and Zach get into it again. Greenlee questions if it would have been better had Zach remain gone. She confronts David about Zach. Meanwhile, Jesse takes Ryan for a walk to try to get through to him. Ryan knocks Jesse out so he can follow Zach’s trail back to David’s facility. Zach, David, Greenlee all end up at David’s facility where it is revealed that Zach apparently killed Griffin. A flustered David insists he didn’t want this while Zach proclaims his allegiance to David and Project Orpheus. Ryan charges Zach when he takes out a gun and a shot rings out.
Opal and Sam surprise Erica at her book signing. Sam gives Erica a lead on the facility she’s looking for. Erica searches for Mike Roy. David finally tells and irate Erica the truth, Mike is still dead. Erica blasts David. Film-producer Kit Sterling (John O’Hurley) approaches Erica with a convincing argument as to why she should let him bring her life story for the big-screen.
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(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.
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