When “One Life to Live” went off the air just over a year ago it was my favorite daily drama and it had been for quite some time. So, while the show’s ratings were rising, it was quite a shock to learn it had been canceled in 2011. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous with the series coming back, but this time without executive producer Frank Valentini and head writer Ron Carlivati.
Last night at the Z100 relaunch party celebrating the returns of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” at the iHeart Radio Theater, fans were treated to a Q&A session and meet and greet with “AMC’s” Thorsten Kaye (Zach Slater) and Cady McClain (Dixie Cooney) as well as “OLTL’s” Melissa Archer (Natalie Buchanan), Corbin Bleu (Jeffrey King) and Erika Slezak (Victoria Lord).
As evidenced by the first episode of “One Life to Live,” life in Llanview has continued long after the soap ended its ABC run in January 2012. No, we don’t mean that the soap has jumped ahead five years as sister soap “All My Children” has done in order to progress its storylines, we mean characters didn’t just walk upstairs to the attic and kept silent and still while the millions of fans mourned their reported last breaths. Scheduled to re-launch on Monday, April 29 via Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes, the soap is about to take things higher with the opening of Blair’s new night club, Shelter, as the backdrop to getting things moving once more.
ABC has announced that “All My Children’s” Vincent Irizarry (David Hayward) and Thorsten Kaye (Zach Slater) along with “One Life to Live’s” Erika Slezak (Victoria Lord) will appear on the Thursday, April 25 edition of the networks “The View.”
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.
Florencia Lozano‘s Tea Delgado is given the honor of saying the first curse word in the newly released “First Day of School” behind the scenes video by The OnLine Network, set to music by Raphael Lake/Ben Fisher with their song “Light It Up,” which was recently uploaded as an iTunes exclusive. In character, Lozano yells at Robert Gorrie‘s Matthew Buchanan on why he let her daughter do…
On April 14, 2011, ABC sent shockwaves throughout the daytime industry when it announced it had decided to cancel both “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” after 41 and 43 years on the air, respectively. Now two years to the day since that announcement, both soaps are in the process of not only returning to television but also to the world wide web courtesy of Prospect Park’s The OnLine Network. With just two weeks to go before launch, we hope you’re ready for a new kind of soap and a new way to watch soaps.
UPDATE 4/7/13: While it is the same duration in length, TOLN has released a revised version of the “One Life to Live” recap video. The revised video removes usage of Little Richard singing and playing the piano during Bo and Nora’s 1995 wedding. To accomodate, fans are able to see an additional second or two of the wedding as the duo walks up the aisle.
PREVIOUS 4/4/13: For more than 43 years ABC’s “One Life to Live” entertained millions of viewers each and every weekday, week after week, year after year. Sadly, the network canceled the soap in 2011 and the series aired its then final episode in January 2012. Now, in anticipation of its return on Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes on Monday, April 29, The OnLine Network has released a recap of the series as hosted by Erika Slezak (Victoria Lord Buchanan).
Nearly 8 minutes in length, Slezak covers the trials and tribulations faced by the youth of Llanview, including the birth of Destiny Evans and Matthew Buchanan’s (previously played by Shenell Edmonds and Eddie Alderson) child, The Tale of Todd, Blair and Tea (Roger Howarth, Kassie DePaiva and Florencia Lozano) and the whole Manning clan – including Victor Lord, Jr. (Trevor St. John)!
Since it was first announced that Prospect Park’s The OnLine Network was looking to once again revive “All My Children” and “One Life to Live,” after they were canceled by ABC in 2011, it has been said that the company planned to take the shows into a sexier and edgier environment. In a recent teaser released by iTunes for its launch of the two soaps, Erika Slezak (Victoria Lord, “OLTL”) is heard saying, “My agent said, ‘What do you want in this contract?’ I said, ‘No nudity!” Fans shouldn’t expect anything too racy on either show as Prospect Park co-founder Rich Frank admitted to Michael Maloney, Contributing Editor at Bauer Publishing for Soaps In Depth, in an interview with Variety. ”We are going to be a little hotter and sexier,” said Frank. He added, “That doesn’t mean we’ll be doing anything that’s offensive. We’re trying to be contemporary and have storylines that are relevant to people’s lives.”
When “One Life to Live” returns next month, things won’t exactly be going well for at least one longtime Llanview resident. According to “OLTL” Co-Head Writer Thom Racina, technology and tough economic times may have finally caught up with the town’s matriarch Victoria Lord (Erika Slezak) and her family’s newspaper The Banner.