(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Never one to mince words when it comes to voicing her opinions on the behind-the-scenes antics of both Llanview and ABC, “One Life to Live” leading lady Erika Slezak (Viki) speaks out against her soon-to-be-ex boss Brian Frons and notes her optimism at the soap’s future with Prospect Park.
Slezak is among a number of daytime stars, producers, executives, and journalists who share their thoughts on “the rise, fall, and possible resurrection of an American institution” in the September/October edition of the magazine Mental Floss, in an special article entitled “Sex & Death in the Afternoon: An Oral History of the American Soap Opera.”
In the final section of the article, titled “Daytime Turns to Twilight (2000-Present),” the six-time Daytime Emmy winner takes a parting shot at the network’s head honcho, saying “I think that Brian Frons, the head of ABC Daytime, doesn’t believe in the genre. He never believed they could last. My biggest objection is ABC saying people don’t want entertainment anymore; they want information. That’s ridiculous. People always want entertainment.”
Earlier this week it was announced that the actress, who celebrated 40 years with “One Life to Live” in March and plays the show’s only surviving original character, would be remaining with the soap when it moves to online-only production with Prospect Park early next year. In a statement released on her official website, Slezak commented that “I am very happy to be going on with ‘OLTL’ and look forward to working with our new production company, Prospect Park. It’s very exciting to be moving into a new medium and I sincerely hope that our wonderful viewers will follow us there.”
Slezak also talked about the loss of long-time “OLTL” Director David Pressman, who died on August 29 at the age of 97, stating “Please express my great sadness at David’s passing. He was totally instrumental in my getting this job and more than that, he taught me everything about working on TV. I owe him such a lot and will never be able to thank him properly, or repay him. Aside from that, David was a wonderful and talented man and I will miss him and always think of him.” Pressman directed episodes of “One Life” from 1970-1998.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A look at what’s happening on “One Life to Live” during the week of September 12, 2011.
THIS WEEK ON: ONE LIFE TO LIVE
Phylicia seeks legal advice from Téa, while Dani and Destiny support one another. Tensions between Phylicia and Nora begin to thaw on Tuesday, September 13. Rex and Shane learn Destiny is pregnant. By Friday, September 16, Destiny tells Shaun she went to visit Greg at Statesville to ask him about Matthew’s prognosis. Elsewhere, Starr isn’t pleased that Rick wants to produce her song. At the same time, Baz promises Rick that he will get Starr to change her mind.
The Inside Story: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Todd tells Natalie he wants to clear his name, and uncle and niece have a warm moment on Monday, September 12. Natalie tells Todd about his son’s involvement in Gigi’s death. Shaun has John listen to his voicemail from Victor. Natalie tells Brody she has doubts concerning her uncle’s guilt. Jack overhears Shaun talking to Starr and blames Todd for Victor’s murder. Todd confides in Blair. Téa remains despondent. Tomas makes a confession to Blair. Nate gives Dani his support, as does James with Starr. Blair helps Téa get ready for Victor’s funeral on Thursday, September 15. James helps Sam come to terms with his father’s death. Shaun overhears Jack calling the LPD. Jessica keeps an eye on Sam. Téa imagines she sees Victor and later bumps into Todd after leaving the cemetery. Jack tries to convince Dani to share his point-of-view. Mayor Finn orders the LPD to make an arrest in Victor’s murder case on Friday, September 16. And Todd’s attempt to get through to his son backfires.
A Closer Look: Gun Shy
Echo and Roxy search for Rex’s gun. Cutter holds his ground with Brody. Roxy reports the disappearance of Morris the porcupine. Rex questions Shaun. Cutter is concerned to see Kim with Aubrey. Bo and Nora interrupt Rex and Shane’s conversation about Jack on Tuesday, September 13. Cutter and Aubrey have a difference of opinion after finding a gun. By Wednesday, September 14, Rex receives another visit from Gigi, and seeks out Deplphina’s help. Clint offers to help Kim’s friend. Roxy contacts Delphina. Cutter lies to Aubrey. Echo thinks Rex should bond with Clint. Viki worries Clint will do something illegal for Kim, and the two share a close moment. Cutter refuses to go along with Kim’s ploy. Roxy confronts Cutter. Kim and Echo bump into one another on Friday, September 16, and realize they have something in common — Clint. Echo and Kim reach a deal regarding the gun. Rex overhears Clint on the phone, and thinks he knows what Gigi has been trying to tell him. And father and son team up to get information about Kim’s friend.
OLTL ALERTS: WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 19, 2011
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Thursday, September 8, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Erin Torpey returns for a very special encounter that will change someone’s life.
Natalie chooses to keep information about Brody from John.
Téa gives Todd her answer. Todd goes to Starr and begs her to believe that he’s innocent.
Baz reveals to Starr that his father’s whereabouts during the shooting is questionable. He is interrupted with news about his and Starr’s music. Tomas gets a cryptic phone call about Victor and Todd.
Tomas comforts Blair. Blair is there for Téa and Téa breaks down.
Jessica reveals to Ford what happened between her and Cristian. He reveals that he’s been hallucinating Tess. They come to an understanding. Cristian talks to his mother about his future.
On the Next One Life to Live…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” DVR Alerts for the Week of September 12, 2011.
ONE LIFE TO LIVE: DVR ALERTS
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Wednesday, September 7, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Téa confronts Todd and slaps him. He accuses her of falling in love with a fake.
John, Brody and Natalie go over the forensics report on the gun. It was a 9 mm, which, John points out, even Brody carries. John sends Brody off to check out Todd’s story about Louie and the gun. John sympathizes with Natalie over her loss.
John interrupts Téa and Todd and tells Todd they weren’t able to check out his gun story because Louie is MIA. Todd had better get a lawyer. Todd to Téa: How about you?
Victor’s secretary tells Natalie that she has information and it’s about a cop: Brody Lovett.
Echo confronts Rex with the gun. He insists he didn’t use it. even if he was tempted. He tells her about digging up Gigi. Shane overhears Echo and Rex talking about the gun and the shooting. Echo checks the gun and realizes it has been fired, despite what Rex said.
Cris and Jessica pull out of their kiss and admit that a spark is still there. Cris shows her a love letter he wrote to her that she gave back. Meanwhile Ford fantasizes about Tess. Tess rails at him for not fighting for her. He returns to Jessica to give it another shot and sees her kissing Cris. Ford wants to know what’s up with her and Cris. Cris goes to the BD and gets an important message that surprises him.
On the Next One Life to Live…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — As Soap Opera Network reported late last week, Susan Lucci has added a scathing new chapter to “All My Life” scheduled to be included in the paperback release of her memoir on September 13. In the new epilogue, the actress who is known for being too well-mannered uncharacteristically blasts ABC Daytime Chief Brian Frons for what she feels is his mismanagement of ABC Daytime and his general arrogance. Following a weekend of book leaks, ABC released what could only be construed as a biting statement about Lucci’s book addition and conduct. On Tuesday – coincidentally or not – after getting information from an unnamed source, a Deadline.com article held back few jabs after revealing the actress turned down the offer to continue with “All My Children” online.
An epilogue is defined as a piece of writing usually included to conclude a body of work. On Saturday, September 3, as aforementioned, the New York Post not only revealed more juicy tidbits from Lucci’s new memoir epilogue detailing her feelings about the cancellation of the soap she put on the map in 1970, they also included a response from ABC in regard to it. An ABC Daytime spokesperson told the Post “we have all the respect in the world for Susan, and are sorry she felt the need to write this epilogue to an otherwise incredible career.” The negative connotation that statement ends on is hard to miss. Coincidentally on Tuesday, September 6, Deadline.com announced that Lucci officially turned down Prospect Park’s more than fair offer to remain with the show due to trying to “gouge the producers for more money.” According to the article, Lucci was offered the same pay she currently receives at ABC Daytime but demanded a raise and perks including more time off. The article implies that the future of “AMC” is now in jeopardy and “One Life to Live” will become the focus of the new venture due to Lucci’s lack of cooperation with the company that has licensed “AMC” and “OLTL” from ABC. In the same article it was also announced that the production company had secured several “OLTL” stars to continue post-ABC Daytime including Llanview’s main leading lady Erika Slezak.
For her part, despite the addition to the book being written before Lucci learned of the licensing deal with Prospect Park, the Emmy Award winner recently told TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan she has no regrets about writing what was on her mind. Just last week, Lucci seemed to be a good bet to continue with Prospect Park. Once again speaking to TV Guide Magazine, she had this to say about the venture at that time: “my heart is there… I think it’s a very, very exciting possibility. I think that Prospect Park, the men involved there, have a wonderful, successful track record.” This leaves fans and the press alike wondering if ABC Daytime’s hurt feelings about Lucci speaking her mind was the real culprit behind this sudden turn of events or at least the negative tone now surrounding her current negotiation stand with Prospect Park. Jamey Giddens, from Daytime Confidential, reports that this may not be the end of talks. “AMC” creator Agnes Nixon is still hoping to help Prospect Park reach an agreement with Lucci.
Whatever the case, on September 23, Lucci is slated to co-host “The View’” for a special tribute to “AMC.” “The View” is a part of ABC Daytime and the talk show’s daily hot topics may become even more heated if any of these topics reach the discussion table.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Tuesday, September 6, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
John questions a suspect, who claims he did not shoot Victor and assumes the unfired gun Louie should have turned in to the police by now will prove his innocence. Unfortunately, the gun has not been turned in, after all. As John goes off to follow up on the claim that he gave the gun to the homeless man, Téa muscles her way in.
Cristian tells Jessica about Rama’s suggestion that one’s first love may be their true love. They discuss their relationship past and present and wonder if there’s still anything between them. They share a kiss.
Cutter is surprised by Kim’s visit and makes a shocking revelation. At EOD, she lets him in on a secret. Aubrey asks Rama about what she knows about Kim. Rama tells her that Kim’s desire to reinvent herself led her to a job at the Spotted Pony in Kentucky, but she stops short at sharing what she knows about something else that went on there.
On the Next One Life to Live…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” fans have reason to celebrate today as a handful of the show’s current cast members, including six-time Daytime Emmy winner Erika Slezak (Viki) have already agreed to make the transition with the show from ABC to online-only distribution with Prospect Park. According to Deadline Hollywood the company, which leased the rights to “OLTL” and sister soap “All My Children” in July, Slezak, along with Kassie DePaiva (Blair), Michael Easton (John), and Ted King (Tomas) will all be remaining with the show after it airs its final ABC episode early next year.
“One Life’s” longest-running cast member, Erika Slezak has been with the soap since 1971. Kassie DePaiva first appeared on the show in 1993. Michael Easton made his “OLTL” debut in 2003, and Ted King joined the show back in February of this year.
According to a statement from Prospect Park, “Pending a final agreement with AFTRA, Prospect Park has confirmed that ‘One Life to Live’ cast members Ted King (Tomas Delgado), Michael Easton (John McBain), Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer) and star of stars Erika Slezak who plays Lord family matriarch Victoria Lord, have agreed to deals to join the company’s new production of ‘One Life to Live.’ This marks the first confirmation of cast members since Prospect Park began planning for the soap production to live on the new online network beyond its finale January televised date on ABC.”
Furthermore, Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva reports 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.”
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Teasers for the Week of September 5, 2011.
ONE LIFE TO LIVE: TEASERS
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Monday, September 5, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY (Encore Presentation; OAD 4/6/11)…
Gigi and Rex talk Shane down from the roof and Rex confronts the high school assistant principal about letting Shane be bullied in school. Starr tells Blair and Jack that everyone at school has seen the video of naked Shane.
Clint tells Natalie that he was released because someone else killed Eddie Ford. Natalie tells Clint that John is sleeping with Kelly and Matthew confesses to Bo and Nora that he killed Eddie.
Viki tells Téa that Charlie cheated on her and he is now in love with Echo.
On the Next One Life to Live…