If you thought Alicia Minshew brought some serious drama as “All My Children’s” Kendall Hart Slater, you haven’t seen anything yet! The petite actress has served up quite a large performance as Aunt Toniann in Broadway’s “My Big Gay Italian Wedding,” and there’s only one more chance to catch it!
Followed by a previous performance last weekend, this Saturday, May 11, marks the final time the actress will be appearing in the production, which is presented by Bianco Productions (a company helmed by former “One Life to Live” and “As the World Turns” director, and current “All My Children” supervising producer, Sonia Blangiardo).
News that “The Young and the Restless’” Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor) passed away this morning has rocked the entertainment community, and the beloved actress’ colleagues have responded with an outpour of memories, loving words and final farewells via Twitter. Soap Opera Network has rounded up all of the sentiments written so far, which include kind words from her “Y&R” co-stars and beyond.
With the returns of Roger Howarth, Kristen Alderson and Michael Easton (as new characters whose names are currently unconfirmed by ABC, although at present we’re hearing the character name “Jordan” for Alderson) to the Port Charles canvas and the debut of Maura West as Ava Jerome (first airdate scheduled for Wednesday, May 8), the drama is only getting hotter on ABC’s “General Hospital” this week.
Before “One Life to Live” returned on Monday, April 29 via Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes, we last saw Cutter Wentworth on a phone call while in prison on the ABC incarnation back in January 2012. So how did he get out and get some Shelter at Blair Cramer’s (Kassie DePaiva) new nightclub? “You mean in a TV show people can’t come back from things worse than jail?” jokingly said Cutter’s portrayer, Josh Kelly, during a recent interview with Soap Opera Network. “A lot of people get out of prison, and on a TV show it can happen even easier. People come back from the dead!” the actor noted.
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.
The OnLine Network released the following breakdown showing how popular “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” were during their debut week on Hulu and iTunes.
The OnLine Network Previews Week Four of “One Life to Live,” which premieres with new episodes weekdays on Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes, and FX Canada for Canadian viewers.
“Another World” and “Sunset Beach” were canceled in 1999, “Port Charles” in 2003, and “Passions” in 2007 (NBC version) and again in 2008 (DirecTV version). In 2009, “Guiding Light” got turned off and in 2010 “As The World Turns” just stopped. 2011 then brought the double cancellations of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.” As a result of 8 soap operas being cancelled within a 12 year span, one would have expected 2012 to end with another soap saying goodbye. Thankfully, the year came and went without a single soap cancellation for the first time in five years. Now with the 2013 resurrection of “AMC” and “OLTL,” soaps are no longer “dying” and the genre is finally thriving once more. But, if you’re like us, you never forget your soap opera history. Enter “Soap Life,” a documentary that follows the rise and fall of American soap operas before the genres recent re-birth.
Fans have seen Trevor St. John do many things over the years as his “One Life to Live” characters Todd Manning and Victor Lord Jr., both of which are rather dark roles that helped keep the actor fairly shrouded in mystery. And considering his soap experience, we’ll bet in a million years most fans would never have guessed where the actor would end up next: Co-starring in GMC TV’s family film, “Finding Normal,” alongside former “Full House” starlet Candace Cameron Bure!
“It’s such a great opportunity for people to see how good these actors can be and that the genre isn’t a silly little genre. It’s actually a very valid form of storytelling where actors are really doing amazing work,” says “All My Children” actress Cady McClain (Dixie Martin) in the newest Hulu video promoting the returns to Pine Valley and Llanview (“One Life to Live”), entitled “100 Pages a Day.”