(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — After recently signing four of “One Life to Live’s” most prominent cast members, including long-time veteran Erika Slezak (Viki) to continue with the show when it moves to online-only distribution early next year, Prospect Park takes the next step in their commitment to make for a smooth transition for the show. According to Deadline Hollywood, the production company has hired “One Life” Executive Producer Frank Valentini to remain in his current post with the show, along with becoming Vice President of Serial Dramas.
“Frank’s successful track record both creatively and producorially with ‘One Life to Live’ has been stellar and we are honored that he has also agreed to take on more responsibilities at our new network,” states Prospect Park executives Jeff Kwatinetz and Rich Frank, whom Valentini will work closely with in his VP capacity to help relauch “OLTL” and sister soap “All My Children” with the company after each leaves ABC.
Serving as “One Life” Executive Producer since 2006, Valentini is known for running a tight ship and helping keep the show regularly under budget. He has also served as producer, director, stage manager, and music composer for the soap. And in 2010 he directed ABC.com’s “What If…” series, where characters from “All My Children,” “One Life to Live,” and “General Hospital” met one another in a series of short webisodes.
Valentini expressed his excitement in remaining with the show, saying “I am thrilled to join the Prospect Park team continuing my role as the Executive Producer of ‘One Life to Live.’ As we enter this new chapter, I must extend a very big, heartfelt thank you to the show’s creator Agnes Nixon who has always been generous with her support of our vision of her creation, ABC for affording me an incomparable experience for the past 26 years at ‘One Life to Live’ and the fans with their unwavering passion determined not to let their shows go away. The cast and crew is my family and I am very proud to have this opportunity to continue working with this talented and dedicated team. And finally, I must extend a huge thanks to Rich Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz of Prospect Park whose pioneering innovation is giving us more life to live.”
With Valentini staying on with “OLTL,” fans may be wondering where this leaves the show’s current Head Writer Ron Carlvati. After it was announced earlier this year that he would be joining the writing staff of “General Hospital” after “OLTL” finishes its network run, and ABC spokesperson would only tell Soap Opera Network last month that plans for Carlivati’s move to “GH” are still in place “as far as [they] know.” You may recall it was announced in September 2010 that both Valentini and Carlivati had been signed to new long-term contracts with ABC for two and three years, respectively.
After wrapping production on its television run in November, “One Life to Live” is scheduled to broadcast its final episode on ABC on Friday, January 13, 2012.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A look at what’s happening on “One Life to Live” during the week of September 19, 2011.
THIS WEEK ON: ONE LIFE TO LIVE
Cutter freaks out when the gun turns up missing on Monday, September 19. Kim puts the screws to Echo. Rex leaves for Kentucky. Kim tells her friend that now has the key to getting what they want. Kim tries to keep Rex away from the hospital room. Echo considers forging her son’s name. Cutter learns Kim now has the gun on Wednesday, September 21. And Kim tries to make a pact with her brother. Elsewhere in Llanview, Baz tries to convince Starr to allow Rick to producer their single. Despite James’ objections, Starr finally relents. On Thursday, September 22, Nate and James are there for Dani and Starr, while Ford comforts Jessica. And several Llanview residents dream of hidden hopes, fears, and suspicions on Friday, September 23.
The Inside Story: Suspicious Minds
Thanks to Jack, Todd is placed under arrest on Monday, September 19. Jack visits Victor’s grave. Dani tells a troubled Téa of Jack’s claim. Todd is placed in a cell next to Irene, where she makes a surprising admission to him. John thinks Jack is lying. Bo stands up for Rex when John questions his motives for wanting Victor dead. Shane asks Jack how it feels to lose someone you care about and realizes he isn’t telling the truth. Dani surprises Todd with a visit on Wednesday, September 21, but he asks her to leave when Irene tries to bond with her granddaughter. Irene tries to cut a deal with her son. Tomas tells Téa he’s sorry for missing Victor’s funeral. Téa is suspicious of Jack’s story. Irene is cagey when John questions her. Starr learns of her father’s arrest. Blair takes Jack’s side. Téa isn’t pleased to learn of Dani’s visit to Todd’s jail cell. By Friday, September 23, Blair comes up with a plan to get the truth out Jack. Téa makes an interesting discovery while searching Victor’s belongings. Jack stands by his story. And Todd has an unexpected visitor.
A Closer Look: He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not
On Monday, September 19, Brody seems relieved following Todd’s arrest, and shares a warm moment with Natalie and Liam. Brody asks Natalie to marry him. Natalie makes something clear to Brody, and gives him her answer. Roxy presses John about Todd’s arrest. When he refuses to open up, she questions him about his feelings for Natalie, but doesn’t believe what he tells her on Thursday, September 22. Natalie shares the news with Rex. Jessica gives Brody back something that belongs to him. Brody tells Jessica he asked Natalie to marry him. Natalie has a change of heart. On Friday, September 23, Bo gives John some food for thought. And Natalie has a dream about the paternity test results, which she decides to talk over with John.
OLTL ALERTS: WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 26, 2011
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — At least one “One Life to Live” cast member may not be making the transition with the show when it moves to online-only distribution with Prospect Park early next year. Josh Kelly (Cutter Wentworth) has been tapped to play one of the leads in a new MTV pilot “Dumb Girls,” a new comedy series from “Awkward” producer Lauren Iungerich.
According to Deadline Hollywood, Kelly will be part of an ensemble cast which will also feature Christine Evangelista of “The Joneses,” Xosha Roquemore, and Nico Evers Swindell, who played Prince William in film “William & Kate.” The show will be produced by MTV and will focus on a group of twentysomethings. Iungerich is the executive producer for the pilot, and work alongside Robyn Meisinger and Kim Fleary. Production is slated to begin next month.
Deadline also reports that Kelly, who joined the cast of “One Life” on December 29, 2010, “has not been approached yet about continuing on the show when it moves online, though that is considered likely.” “OLTL” wraps production on its television run in November, and will air its final ABC episode on January 13, 2012. It is expected to resume online with Prospect Park the following week.
Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings
(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)
NOTE: Please do not copy and paste the entire ratings. Thank you.
NOTE: B&B and Y&R did not air on Monday and Friday due to US Open Tennis. All soaps did not air on Monday.
1. Y&R 4,631,000 (+206,000/-486,000)
2. B&B 2,991,000 (+264,000/-260,000)
3. OLTL 2,816,000 (+92,000/+359,000)
4. AMC 2,703,000 (+223,000/+235,000)
5. GH 2,495,000 (+9,000/-247,000)
6. DAYS 2,357,000 (-6,000/-137,000)
1. Y&R 3.4/11 (+.1/-.1)
2. B&B 2.2/7 (+.1/-.1)
3. OLTL 2.1/7 (+.1/+.3)
4. AMC 2.0/7 (+.2/+.1)
5. GH 1.9/6 (+.1/-.1)
6. DAYS 1.8/6 (same/same)
Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 916,000 (+85,000/-192,000)
2. GH 729,000 (+1,000/-237,000)
3. OLTL 690,000 (-32,000/-24,000)
4. DAYS 571,000 (-73,000/-135,000)
5. AMC 557,000 (-36,000/-42,000)
6. B&B 552,000 (+20,000/-159,000)
Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.4/10 (+.1/-.3)
2. GH 1.1/7 (same/-.4)
2. OLTL 1.1/7 (same/same)
4. B&B 0.9/6 (+.1/-.2)
4. AMC 0.9/6 (same/same)
4. DAYS 0.9/6 (-.1/-.2) <—– ties low rating
Girls 12-17 Viewers
1. Y&R 58,000 (-12,000/+10,000)
2. OLTL 37,000 (-33,000/-9,000)
3. DAYS 20,000 (+1,000/+3,000)
4. B&B 19,000 (-17,000/-5,000)
5. GH 15,000 (-22,000/-35,000)
6. AMC 13,000 (-15,000/-14,000)
Women 18-34 Rating
1. Y&R 0.7/5 (+.1/-.3)
1. OLTL 0.7/4 (same/same)
3. AMC 0.6/4 (same/+.1)
3. GH 0.6/4 (same/-.4)
3. DAYS 0.6/4 (same/-.2)
6. B&B 0.4/3 (+.1/-.3)
Men 18+ Viewers
1. Y&R 1,011,000 (-34,000/-174,000)
2. B&B 651,000 (+74,000/-68,000)
3. OLTL 589,000 (+91,000/+145,000)
4. AMC 583,000 (+111,000/+84,000)
5. DAYS 531,000 (+19,000/-18,000)
6. GH 462,000 (+46,000/-33,000)
Day-To-Day Ratings – HH/Total Viewers
For the SEASON September 20, 2010 through September 11, 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) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Thursday, September 15, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Téa can’t get dressed but Blair pulls her together and helps her get ready. At the church, James helps Sam cope and Starr admires him. Meanwhile Jack calls the LPD to find out if Todd has been arrested. Shaun hears him. He pulls Dani aside and tries to get her on his side about Todd. Jessica helps with Sam. Téa sees a man in a suit looking at Victor’s picture and believes it is him.
Rex tells Echo about the Gigi sighting and the messages she gave Delphina. Echo wonders if the message from Gigi means that Rex should try to forge a relationship with Clint.
Viki hears Clint on the phone making an inquiry about Kim’s hospitalized friend and Viki is concerned that he is getting involved in illegal business for Kim. But mostly she doesn’t want him to get hurt. They share a close moment. Clint calls the hospital again but is interrupted.
Roxy showing up at Cutter’s room demanding he give her Morris. Kim hides in the bathroom and Roxy tries to persuade Cutter to give her the porcupine, but Cutter holds out. Kim thinks Cutter should blackmail Rex but he is trying to keep his promise to Aubrey. Kim tries to get him to drop that idea but he won’t. He goes and Kim breaks into his room. Echo shows up.
On the Next One Life to Live…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — When the 15th annual Prism Awards are handed out later this month in Los Angeles, two of daytime’s leading drama series will be honored for recent storylines involving drug abuse and lung cancer. Both “One Life to Live” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” will be recognized at this year’s ceremony for the awards, which “honors the creative community for accurate portrayals of substance abuse, addiction and mental health in entertainment programming.”
“One Life to Live” beat out “Days of Our Lives” and sister soap “All My Children” in the category of Daytime Drama Series Storyline. While the “DAYS” storyline submitted was not listed on the official Prism Award website, “AMC” received a nod for its J.R. (Jacob Young) alcoholism storyline. “One Life ” won with its “Paying It Forward” storyline, which featured Cole Thornhart (Brandon Buddy) saving Hannah O’Connor’s (Meghann Fahy) life after she overdosed on pills last fall, and then proceeded to help her kick her drug habit.
“The Bold and the Beautiful” was given the organization’s Inaugural PRISM LUNGevity Award for accurate depictions of lung cancer, in recognition of Stephanie’s (Susan Flannery) battle with the deadly disease. According to a statement, “The new award was created in partnership with LUNGevity Foundation to encourage accurate depictions of lung cancer – its diagnosis, symptoms, effects, and treatment – in movies and television programs. In 2010, ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ introduced a continuing storyline dealing with the character of Stephanie who is diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer, despite being a non-smoker, and is undergoing treatments.”
The awards will be handed out in a nationally televised ceremony on Sunday, September 25 at 4:00 pm ET on FX. The broadcast will then re-air on a number of other cable/satellite networks through Wednesday, September 28, and will be available on Video On-Demand through the end of October. Click here for a complete schedule and listing of winners in other television and film categories.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” DVR Alerts for the Week of September 19, 2011.
ONE LIFE TO LIVE: DVR ALERTS
(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) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Wednesday, September 14, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Rex visits Gigi’s grave where she is once again interred and her date of death has been replaced on the headstone. Despite the evidence that she’s truly gone, Rex still has trouble saying goodbye, especially when Gigi again appears to him. Rex later asks Delphina what Gigi is trying to say.
Clint calls Kim to him with a solution to the problem with her sick friend. Although he has no money, he has connections at Llanview Hospital and could arrange to have the friend moved here for treatment. After Kim leaves, Clint remains determined to do something for Kim and takes it upon himself to call the Kentucky hospital.
Roxy meets with Delphina in a desperate effort to find Morris and the gun hidden inside him, fearing it can be linked to Rex. Cutter assures Aubrey he turned the gun over to the police, but privately reveals he still has it hidden in Morris. When Aubrey leaves, Kim shows up and tells Cutter she had to turn down Clint’s generous offer. Still desperate to help her friend, Kim asks if Cutter has some idea how she can get money.
Tomas is concerned about Téa, who has yet to come out of her room. Blair presents Tomas with another issue; she knows Baz was suspicious about him and that he was questioned by John. Tomas admits to his initial lie about his whereabouts the night of the shooting.
Wanting to comfort Dani at her time of need, Nate decides to break his agreement to stay away from her. James similarly comforts Starr.
Starr also shares the good news that a producer wants to record her song … but the bad news is that the producer is Rick Powers. Unbeknownst to them, however, Baz speaks with Rick on the phone and promises to work on Starr.
On the Next One Life to Live…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — John Loprieno brings Cord Roberts back to Llanview just as the Buchanan clan needs him most. But just how accepting will he be of his new kinfolk?
Clint Buchanan (Jerry verDorn) may be broke, under house arrest, living in his ex-wife’s home, and recovering from heart transplant surgery, but on Wednesday, September 28, he finally gets a bit of good news when his eldest son Cord leaves the family’s London compound to visit him at Llanfair.
However, Cord’s visit isn’t entirely a social call, as he vents his frustrations regarding his little brother Rex’s (John-Paul Lavoisier) handling of the family company, Buchanan Enterprises, among other things.
But that’s not all. Look for Cord to also cross paths with his two time ex-wife Tina (Andrea Evans) while in town. But will the old flames pick up where they left off, or is there still too much bad blood between them for the pair to be anything more than friends? Tune in to find out!
Cord was last seen in Llanview in August of 2008 after blaming Tina for endangering the life of their daughter Sarah in one of her many schemes.