May sweeps are a month away, but it looks like the upcoming onscreen drama won’t be able to hold a candle to the real-life drama brewing between Prospect Park’s “One Life to Live” and ABC’s “General Hospital.”
After Prospect Park’s plans to reboot both “OLTL” and “All My Children” for the web fell through in November 2011, the company was approached by ABC who was interested in transplanting the characters of Todd Manning, Starr Manning and John McBain to Port Charles as portrayed by their originators Roger Howarth, Kristen Alderson and Michael Easton. The understanding at the time between ABC and Prospect Park was that the characters would be utilized on “GH” until plans to reboot “OLTL” came back into play as Prospect Park didn’t want to hold the Llanview 3 from working. Since their debuts in Port Charles in early 2012, the characters have tested very high with both viewers and focus groups and have played a large role in the overall audience growth for “GH” compared to its 2011 performance in the Nielsen ratings. Unfortunately, things behind the scenes weren’t looking as good.
If you’ve caught “The Young and the Restless’” Thom Bierdz (ex-Phillip Chancellor III) and “General Hospital’s” Ian Buchanan (Duke Lavery) in the web comedy “Old Dogs & New Tricks,” then you know just how much fun it is to see the pair intermingle with middle-aged gay characters in West Hollywood. If you haven’t seen the pair, you’ve been missing out on all of the fun!
As first reported by Soap Opera Network on our Twitter page on Tuesday, March 19, “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of ABC’s “General Hospital” on Monday, April 1 and Tuesday, April 2. “GH” stars Finola Hughes (Anna Devanne) and Jason Thompson (Dr. Patrick Drake) served as contestants on the special episodes and will donate their BIG money winnings to The Art of Elysium (http://www.theartofelysium.org), a non-profit organization that works closely with actors, artists and musicians, encouraging them to volunteer their time and talent to children battling serious medical conditions.
In a message posted on her Facebook page, Lindsey Morgan has announced her departure from ABC’s “General Hospital.” The actress joined the cast of the series last April as the daughter of Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) and Alexis Davis (Nancy Lee Grahn), although she didn’t begin airing as Kristina Davis until the week of May 21, 2012.
Based on the wording of Morgan’s message, one can only wonder if the soap plans on recasting the role once more. Previously, Morgan took over from actress Lexi Ainsworth.
In a new interview with Carolyn Hinsey‘s “Tainted Dreams” blog, Kassie DePavia reveals her excitement on the return of “One Life to Live” and previews fans on what they can expect from the show now that it is being produced by Prospect Park.
“My whole body just shook with happiness. I am so glad to be doing this again. There is a really good energy there. So many of the people that I had grown to love at ‘One Life to Live’ are there, and I had a complete flashback to P&G [Procter & Gamble] with all the people working there that I know from ‘Guiding Light,’” says DePavia, who began her daytime career on “GL” as Chelsea Reardon from 1986-1991 before taking over the role of Blair on “One Life” in 1993.
With just over one month to go until “One Life to Live” makes its online debut, more storyline details and behind-the-scenes pictures are slowly beginning to emerge. However, it isn’t only the regular cast and crew that are spilling secrets and posting photos. Several of the show’s dayplayers and extras have also started talking about their recent set-side experiences.
‘One Life’ On Set
Ok, all you Roger Howarth (Todd Manning) fans: There may be a lot of brouhaha surrounding the beloved soap star’s status with “General Hospital” at the moment, but you can breath a sigh of relief when it comes to “One Life to Live”: He’s definitely making an appearance in Llanview, and here are the new photos to prove it!
50 Years, 51 Episodes, 50 Hours
As previously reported, beginning Friday, March 29 at 10:00 PM ET/PT and running through Monday, April 1 at 12:00 AM ET/PT (Sunday night/Monday morning), SOAPnet will be airing a 50-hour marathon of 51 classic episodes from the 50 years of ABC’s “General Hospital.”
The marathon is kicked off with the very first episode of the drama series, which aired on April 1, 1963. Episodes from every decade the show has been on the air will be featured.
It’s only been a few weeks since Brandon Barash announced that he was ending his six-year stint on ABC’s “General Hospital” as Johnny Zacchara and the actor already has a primetime role in the works: He’ll be playing a stripper on FOX’s crime comedy-drama, “Bones”!
A rep confirms to Soap Opera Network that in the episode (appropriately titled “The Party in the Pants”), Barash portrays a good-looking yet aging exotic dancer who previously helped the episode’s victim get into stripping. Read More >>
Nobody does shockers better than daytime dramas, and today’s episode of “General Hospital” is going to prove it! In light of the soap’s 50th Anniversary celebration, headwriter Ron Carlivati teases that fans better hold onto their seats, because four huge surprises are on the way!