How WATCH ABC Changes Will Affect Viewing of 'GH,' 'The View' and 'The Chew'; Shows Also on Hulu Plus

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One Life to Live

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — It appears that not even death can keep Gigi Morasco (Farah Fath) away from Llanview and her beloved Rex (John-Paul Lavoisier). Fath revealed recently that, even after her character’s demise, “I can’t say that I’m 100% done with the show.”  True to her word, the actress brings Gigi back to “Life” in the coming weeks when Rex needs her the most. But is it really her spirit that is seeing, or simply a product of his grieving, overactive imagination?

When viewers last saw Gigi she was brain dead and lying in a coma after suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning as a result of Jack Manning (Andrew Trischitta) and his friends Brad (Frank Dolce) and Hayley’s (Gaby Leyner) actions. Later Rex made a bargain with Clint (Jerry verDorn) to give the Buchanan family patriarch Gigi’s heart. Now with Clint on the mend, Rex is focusing his full attention on seeking revenge on Jack and his millionaire publisher father Todd Manning (Trevor St. John).

The week of August 1, Rex makes an important decision and later receives a visit from beyond the grave. However, things aren’t always what they seem, which leads Echo (Kim Zimmer) to become concerned about her son’s state of mind. But just how far will Rex go to try and prove that what he thinks he is seeing is real? And what will it mean for his family? Tune in to find out!

In other news…

Patrick Allen Cole says on website that he will be returning to “One Life to Live” in September as Rodi’s Manager/Bartender Jeff, and notes on Facebook that he will be taping the episode in August. Fans may recall that in his last two appearances on the show earlier this year, Jeff contacted Viki after finding a passed out Charlie, and shared scenes with Tomas and Téa.

Barret Helms (Baz) tweets that Monday (July 18) was a long day for him on the set, telling a fan that “I wrapped at 7:00 (pm). Long day for me. I saw u out the window but then u were gone when I went out..”

And for those speculating that Austin Peck (Rick), Terri Conn (Aubrey), and Josh Kelly (Cutter) will be leaving “One Life” in the near future, think again. The trio were still taping scenes as of July 12, when Peck tweeted that “On set ‘OLTL.’ Finished my set, now watching Aubrey and Cutter, minuteman hotel.”



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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — As we previously reported, Robin Strasser (Dorian) is leaving “One Life to Live” before the show wraps up on its television run on ABC due to reports that she was contemplating having back surgery. Having taped her last scenes on Friday, June 24, we now know when Llanview’s grand dame will make her final appearance on the show.

According to TV Guide, Strasser (and presumably co-star Tuc Watkins [David], although that has not been confirmed), will last appear on screen on Thursday, August 25. Barring an unforeseen return to “One Life” once production moves to the Internet early next year, Strasser’s exit marks the end of era for the show and its fans, since Strasser has played Dorian on and off for nearly twenty-five years (1979-1987; 1993-2000; and 2003-2011).

There is some good news, however. Look for Strasser’s airtime to increase somewhat in the weeks leading up to her exit as Dorian gets caught up in quite a bit of drama. Later this month, she will be saved from Echo’s clutches by a pint-sized superhero and walk the red carpet at the premiere of David’s movie “Vicker Man.” And in August, she will share some emotional farewell scenes with her Cramer girls and her long-time frienemy Viki (Erika Slezak).



‘One Life’ Mid-July Casting Notes

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” releases a new audition script for the contract role of “Lily” and other casting odd and ends and behind-the-scenes summer tidbits.

The scene opens with “Lily” and “Josh” at odds. He asks for an answer to the deal he proposed to her earlier. Angry, she reminds him that all he did was leave her with a lot of settlement ideas which favored his client, and tells him to go to hell. Josh responds that he would really like for them to work together on this. When she asks him why, he claims it is because they both like to win and make money. Turned off by his answer, he reminds him that he is already rich, so he doesn’t need more money. Josh fires back that he spends most of his time thinking about winning and her. Lily informs him that she is not settling the case or siding with him. As the scene ends, Lily tells Josh she has never noticed him flirting with her, and that she doesn’t even really care for him. However, Josh refuses to give up easily and tells her that she, like him, is an acquired test, and takes some time to warm up to. Remember that with these audition scripts, the show frequently changes character names to try and throw off viewers.

Look for a couple of seldom used recurring characters and actors to appear again soon:

Saundra Santiago (Carlotta) noted on Facebook on July 14 that she “Ran into Whoopi @ the ABC Studios today while shooting some scenes on ‘One Life.’ Like, I literally almost ran into her, and she was so cool. I love people from the Bronx!”

And, according to a fan who has his picture taken with several “One Life” cast members outside the studios last week, Patricia Elliott (Renee) was on the set taping scenes recently. The fan noted that “Patricia was unfortunately only at the studio to get her haircut. But, she did say that she filmed scenes with Bo last week. So hopefully we’ll see her in the upcoming weeks.” Click here to read more of his comments on meeting the stars of “One Life to Live.”

In other news…

Click here and here to see some pictures from last Friday’s “One Life to Live” 43rd Anniversary Block Party. You can also see some here.

Remember the “Nurse Judy” audition script that was released late last month? Well one of the characters mentioned in it was Dr. Lawless, who was first seen last week in scenes with Bo and Nora when he told the devastated parents that Matthew would need to be relocated to a medical facility better equipped to handle his condition. The character is played by Nathan Hinton.

Expect to see more of Mr. Baker (Jonathan Earl Peck) in the coming weeks as the ‘Tale of Two Todds’ storyline begins to heat up.

Shenaz Treasuryvala (Rama) writes on Facebook that “For all those in New York- Monday, 18th July at the AMC theatre on 42nd street at 7:30; I’m going with a lot of people from ‘OLTL’ to watch ‘DELHI BELLY’ (my latest film) in the theatre and would love to see you there.” Click here to buy your tickets.

Carlos Gonzalez, who recently played Officer Garcia, posted this picture of himself on Facebook on June 8 reading over a script before taping more scenes.

Kristen Alderson (Starr) tweeted last Thursday that “I can’t even tell you how many times we had to film the last two group scenes on today’s episode that aired.We laughed SO HARD..” The scenes to which is referring to were the ones involving Sam’s Spiderman-themed birthday party. On July 10 she tweeted that “We’re taping a little out of order but we’ve already filmed scenes that’ll air at the end of August.”

Lenny Platt (Nate) tells a fan who asks him about his character’s recent porn storyline by tweeting that “There’s (imo) a big comedic payoff. Stay tuned. Nate will keep doing what he does best: getting himself into trouble…” He also gives fans a link to a site to help them come up with their own porn name.

It doesn’t appear as if Barrett Helms (Baz) may be taping a headshot for the show’s opening sequence, despite the fact that he is on contract with “OLTL.” The same looks to be true of Andrew Trischitta (Jack) was well, who admits he hasn’t taped anything for the opening yet either.

Always the comedian, Bree Williamson (Jessica) talks about Jess’ bitch slap of Natalie last week saying that “About Jessica’s punch: A) Lover not a fighter. B) The only punch I’d ever give MA [Melissa Archer] has rum in it and C) I practiced on my hubby for days!”

Nick Choksi (Vimal) continues to give fans a chuckle with his latest Facebook posts (from the past several weeks) regarding his character’s onscreen antics. Click here to check them out.

“OLTL” Music Director Paul S. Glass is asking his fellow soap fans to help out singer Rachael Yamagata‘s (who appeared on the show in 2009) new project. Click here to see how you can help. He also says that “Her song ‘I’ll Find a Way’ which I used for the montage when Jenn died still haunts me! She is amazing!”

Michael Eilbaum will be credited as the director of the August 11 and 12 episodes of “OLTL.”

Gaby Leyner played Head Cheerleader Hayley, the girl with Jack and Brad, when they lured Gigi (mistakenly thinking it was Shane) to an abandoned old house on June 13 (She also appeared on March 31 and April 1). On July 12 she tweeted that “Still can’t believe I was involved in the killing of Gigi Morasco!”

Austin Peck (Rick) posted this cartoon of Kim Zimmer (Echo) from his “OLTL” dressing room wall, on his Twitter page, and this photo of some fans outside the show’s studios in honor of “One Life’s” 43rd anniversary last Friday. Peck also made several other interesting tweets recently including “Stay the f— out of my way. It’s pizza day on set!!” (on July 13), “On set ‘OLTL.’ Finished my set, now watching Aubrey (Terri Conn) and Cutter (Josh Kelly), minuteman hotel.” (on July 12), and “Going to work early tomorrow. Yaahn!!” (on July 11). And on July 8 he tweeted to Kristen Alderson (Starr) that he was “looking forward to next week…moohaha!!!”

And “OLTL” Make up artist Julia Davis tweeted on July that she was “Back to Llanview. Happy Tuesday! Humming Ledisi ‘Alright’ on set. Love this song.”



'One Life to Live' Celebrates 43 Years

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” celebrates 43 years of delivering drama, passion, and romance to millions of viewers.

Editors Note: I first wrote the following article in celebration of “One Life to Live’s” 39th anniversary in 2007. I am re-posting it again this year, in honor of the show’s 43rd anniversary. Only slight revisions to the article have been made since it was first posted four years ago.

Forty-three years ago today, a new soap named “One Life to Live” debuted on ABC. On July 15, 1968, the mythical town of Llanview, Pennsylvania was born as ABC Daytime brought millions of viewers a drama centered around the culturally diverse suburb of Philadelphia. Romance, adventure, racial relations, interracial marriage, AIDS, gang violence, child abuse, split personalities, mental disorders, homosexuality, rape, heart disease, breast cancer, and more have been featured as the soap gained many loyal viewers and fans. Over the decades, “One Life to Live” has become one of Daytime television’s highest rated drama series, and many of its characters household names.

During its nearly four decades on the air, “One Life to Live” has been nominated as Outstanding Daytime Serial four times (1983, 2000, 2002, and 2007), and won once (in 2002). The soap has also gone on to win numerous technical and acting Daytime Emmys and Soap Opera Digest Awards over the years. In 2005, “One Life to Live” veteran Erika Slezak won her record breaking sixth Daytime Emmy as Outstanding Lead Actress. Slezak is also the recipient of a Soap Opera Digest Award for Best Daytime Couple, which she shares with her former co-star Mark Derwin.

ABC approached “Another World” writer Agnes Nixon in the mid-1960s about creating a new daytime drama for the network. A short time later “One Life to Live” premiered on ABC as a half hour soap opera on Monday, July 15, 1968 at 3:30 pm ET. Unlike other soaps of its day, “One Life to Live” featured a diverse cast of characters representing a number of ethnic, social and religious backgrounds. Groundbreaking storylines such as a black woman trying to pass herself off as being white proved quite relevant during the turbulence of late 1960s America. The early days of Llanview featured daytime’s first Jewish family in the Siegels, as well as the middle class Rileys and Woleks and wealthy Lords. Other families introduced over the years have included the Buchanans, Cramers, Vegas, Walshs, McBain, Vegas, and Rappaports. Since the show’s inception, the character of Victoria Lord has been the focal point of Llanview and “One Life to Live.” Originally portrayed by Gillian Spencer, Viki has been played by the legendary Erika Slezak since March 17, 1971.

“One Life to Live” served as a replacement for the short-lived game show “The Baby Game,” and was part of a scheduling shuffle with “Dark Shadows” and “The Dating Game.” The new soap overcame stiff competition early on from “The Edge of Night” on CBS and the successful game show “You Don’t Say” on NBC. “One Life to Live” expanded to forty-five minutes and moved to 2:30 pm et on July 26, 1976. On January 16, 1978 it would expand to one hour and moved into its present time slot. “One Life to Live” has often been referred to as “the most peculiarly American of soap operas: the first serial to present a vast array of ethnic types, broad comic situations, a constant emphasis on social issues, and strong male characters.”

Nixon’s original title for “One Life to Live” was “Between Heaven and Hell,” but the name was scrapped at the last minute due to fears by sponsors that the name was too controversial. Nonetheless, the first opening sequence for “One Life to Live” featured a close up image of flames in a fireplace with the words “One Life to Live” hovering above it. In fact, the fireplace was shown in the first scene of the first episode, followed by the death of Dr. Ted Hale, who fell down a flight of stairs following an altercation with Dr. Larry Wolek. The Colgate-Palmolive Company was the original sponsor of the new ABC Daytime Drama. Nixon maintained ownership of the show until it was purchased by the network in 1974.

Over the years, “One Life to Live” has tackled many controversial storylines. For its efforts in bringing relevant social issues to the forefront, “One Life to Live” has been rewarded with several awards and honors. In 1992, it became the first soap to show the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, as part of a critically acclaimed homophobia storyline. In 2000, “One Life to Live” received the CDC Sentinel for Health Award for Viki’s breast cancer storyline. That same storyline also featured First Lady Laura Bush appearing on “One Life to Live” in Public Service Announcements concerning the disease.

“One Life to Live” has also been responsible for many “first” in Daytime television over the years. In 1970, it became the first regularly scheduled television program to adhere to a White House request to use commercial airtime to alert the American public about the dangers of drugs. The soap broadcast actual group therapy sessions of teenage drug addicts at Odyssey House in New York City. The storyline featured Dr. Jim Craig taking his daughter Cathy to Odyssey House after she stole her father’s prescription pads, and forged his signature to buy drugs to support her growing addiction. The idea behind the storyline belonged to none other than Agnes Nixon, who called it “a natural outgrowth of our program.”

“One Life to Live” also traveled to exotic destinations in South America and Europe over the years. The show transported viewers to the Old West, sent them to Heaven, and gave them a glimpse of life down below in the underground city of Eterna. “One Life to Live” has brought us the many marriages of Asa Buchanan and Viki Davidson, as well as numerous unforgettable characters and storylines. “One Life to Live” has also fantasized about the middle ages, amused us with special Trading Places and Babes Behind Bars episodes, and entertained us with a week long high school prom musical. In 2005, the sudser tackled cross promotion, when Marcie Walsh (Kathy Brier) “wrote” a book called “The Killing Club.” The book, which cracked the New York Times Bestseller list, was actually written by former “One Life to Live” Head Writer Michael Malone. The soap treated viewers to another Daytime first in 2002 with a week of live episodes, each of which featured a cameo appearance by a former cast member.

Over the years Llanview has been home to many cast members and guest stars that have gone on to become celebrities. Among them are Judith Light, Laurence Fishburne, Phylicia Rahsad, Roma Downey, Tommy Lee Jones, Marcia Cross, Ivana Trump, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Yasmine Bleeth, Dixie Carter, Faith Ford, Ryan Phillippe, and Brandon Routh, just to name a few. “One Life to Live” has also entertained a long list of musicians over the years covering a variety of genres from country, to rap, to hip-hop, to rock and roll. The list includes Bill Anderson, Sammy Davis Jr., The Beach Boys, Peabo Bryson, Darlene Love, Little Richard, Erykah Badu, Reba McEntire, Mary J. Blige, Lifehouse, Nelly Furtado, and Snoop Dogg, among others. Other celebrity guests appearing on “One Life to Live” in recent years have been “Good Morning America Weekend” anchor Marysol Castro, talk show hosts Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa, author Peter Straub, Entertainment Weekly contributor Abby West, WCVB-TV Boston reporter Shayna Seymour, former “World News Now” co-anchor Vinita Nair, radio personality Carolina Bermudez, talk show host Wendy Williams, and heiress and socialite Kourtney Kardashian. And in 1994, three of the soap’s leading men, John Loprieno, Robert S. Woods, and the late Clint Ritchie appeared as their “One Life to Live” characters Cord, Bo, and Clint on an episode of the primetime ABC sitcom “Roseanne,” whose star is a longtime fan of the soap.

On August 17, 2007, “One Life to Live” celebrated the airing of their 10,000th episode. The milestone made “One Life to Live” only the fifth of the six present daytime dramas to reach the coveted achievement. Furthermore, “OLTL” marked their 40th anniversary on July 15, 2008, by revisiting several classic storylines from the show’s four deacde run, including Viki’s trip to heaven, Tina’s horrific fall over the terrifying Iguazu Falls, and Bo and Rex going forty years back to time to the Buchanan ranch of 1968. The show also paid homage to creator Agnes Nixon, by inviting her to appear as herself in the special two-part anniversary episodes, in addition to bringing back several past cast members and characters for the event. In 2010, the show moved into the vacated studios of sister soap “All My Children” when that show relocated production to near Los Angeles. Also in 2010, “One Life to Live” aired a second prom night musical event entitled “Starr X’d Lovers: The Musical” with much fanfare.

ABC began broadcasting episodes of “One Life to Live” in 16:9 digital widescreen picture format on December 6, 2010.

On April 14, 2011 “One Life to Live,” along with “All My Children,” were canceled by ABC, who stated that its final episode would air on the network on Friday, January 20, 2012. However, on July 7, 2011, ABC announced that they had leased the rights to both shows to upstart production company Prospect Park, who will continue to produce them and begin airing new episodes of both “OLTL” and “AMC” online following their respective final episodes on ABC.

Over the past 43 years, “One Life to Live” has brought drama, passion, and romance to millions of loyal viewers five days a week, and they will continue to be rewarded for their hard work, dedication, and loyalty to the daytime genre.

”One Life to Live”, an Agnes Nixon creation, can be seen weekdays at 2:00 pm ET on the ABC Television Network. Taped in New York City, Ron Carlivati is the Head Writer and Frank Valentini the Executive Producer. For more information on “One Live to Live,” click here.

 

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    OLTL PreVUE: Week of July 18 Edition

    OLTL PreVUE: Week of July 18 Edition

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A look at what’s happening on “One Life to Live” during the week of July 18, 2011.

    THIS WEEK ON: ONE LIFE TO LIVE

    Nate and Deanna are forced to give in to Rick’s demands on Monday, July 18. Rick agrees to hold up his end of the bargain and manages to get rid of an unsuspecting Dani. Later, she and Nate mend fences. Nora tells Destiny about the clue she and Bo found, which results in Destiny nearly making a confession to Nora about the baby. Elsewhere in Llanview, Rama congratulates Vimal on his new job at the Sun. Joey makes up an excuse to spend time with Kelly on Wednesday, July 20. Vimal writes John a letter. Jessica asks Natalie to move out of Llanfair, and leaves Brody with some food for thought. Ford tries to keep the peace between Jessica and Natalie. Brody discovers Vimal’s letter. John notices someone has been at his desk. Jessica takes Ford up on his offer. Vimal asks Rama for a huge favor when his parents arrive in Llanview. Brody pleads with Vimal to keep quiet. And Dorian learns Joey and Kelly have gotten back together on Thursday, July 21.

    The Inside Story: Face Off
    Sam turns up missing on Monday, July 18. Todd and Tomas team up to find the boy. John and Natalie think Sam’s disappearance is related to Agent Kent’s murder. Tomas learns of Sam’s “imaginary” friend. Todd is contacted by the kidnapper. Natalie can’t believe John’s assumption regarding Todd. Meanwhile, the man with the scar reveals himself to Sam, and later comes face-to-face with Todd. On Tuesday, July 19, the man with the scar wants answers. Natalie finds a clue at the crime scene. Tomas rebuffs John’s accusations and reassures Blair. Jack reveals that someone attacked him in Todd’s office. Dani provides John with a lead on Sam’s whereabouts. Echo’s plan goes awry. Viki tries to console David. And a pint-sized hero dressed as Spiderman comes to Dorian’s rescue. On Wednesday, July 20, John finds more clues. At the same time, Todd is held at gunpoint. Agent Baker and one of his cohorts arrive at Todd’s house, and take control of the situation. Baker refuses to answer Todd’s questions. And Téa gets a little too close for comfort.

    A Closer Look: One Todd Too Many
    Baker decides to take care of the situation permanently and makes a cryptic phone call. John continues to examine the mounting evidence, and soon locates Sam, who is hailed as a hero by his family. Natalie tells Viki that Sam’s friend is real. David and Dorian kiss and make up. On Thursday, July 21, Rex demands Echo be released from jail. Bo is caught between a rock and a hard spot.  John wonders how far Rex will go in his quest for revenge. David and Dorian invite their loved ones to the movie premiere, while Cutter and Aubrey plan to crash the party. By Friday, July 22, the man with the scar is rescued. Natalie and John are puzzled by some test results in the kidnapping case. John receives an interesting call for help. Todd and Blair indulge Sam with a special day all his own. Todd asks Sam about his friend. Starr is confused by what her father has to say. Later, Todd heads out in search of the truth. Baz asks Téa about Tomas and Todd. Tomas meets up with Agent Baker. Téa orders her brother to tell her what he’s been hiding. Rex tries to blackmail Dorian, and is enraged to see the Manning’s happy and celebrating Sam’s heroic actions.

    One Life to Live News and Headlines:

    OLTL ALERTS: WEEK OF JULY 25, 2011

    • John works to solve the mystery of the two Todds.
    • David’s move “Vicker Man” premieres.
    • Jack thinks John is still out for his blood.
    • Tomas makes a surprising confession to Téa.
    • Rex remains determined to get revenge against Todd and Jack.
    • One Life to Live
    • PreVUE


      My View of Llanview: July 15 Edition

      My View of Llanview: July 15 Edition

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” gets a last minute reprieve and will continue to air new episodes online. But will it mean that the show’s second life will be as good as its first?

      First of all, it was 43 years ago today that “One Life to Live” made its television debut so Happy Anniversary!

      Nearly three months of protesting, boycotting, and keeping “One Life to Live” and “All My Children” in the forefront of everyone’s minds came to an abrupt end just over a week ago when fans received the shocking news that ABC had agreed to license both show to upstart production company Prospect Park. The deal means that both shows will continue to live on past their final airdates on the network, and relocate exclusively to the Internet.

      In what has been largely been the only piece of official information released by either party thus far, a joint press release from ABC and Prospect Park assured fans that both shows would pick up right where they left off on television, and will continue to be produced in the same quality, format, and length in which they currently air. However, despite the promise, most soap fans have remained skeptical of the promise, believing that their is no way that production company only a few years old would have the money and capability to continue the status quo.

      And with good reason, since producing a soap opera is a multi-million dollar investment, including cast and crew member salaries, technical equipment, sets, and more. Not to mention the fact that Prospect Park will be producing not one, but two soap operas (and, according to some rumors three, if and when ABC cancels “General Hospital” as well). So where will that money come from? According to Soap Opera Network‘s Editor in Chief Errol Lewis, the necessary funding will come from newly implemented government grants for Internet Broadcasting. Even so, would such monies still be enough to cover the cost of producing to hour long drama series five days a week for a much smaller audience?

      Unlike the established television broadcast and cable/satellite networks, the Internet largely remains uncharted territory when it comes to broadcasting. A handful of web soaps such as “Venice” have found moderate success online, however, they receive only a fraction the audience that television shows receive. And that is not even taking into account the huge drop in ratings the soaps have experienced in the past several years.

      For most Americans, the Internet remains simply a place to search for information, connect with friends via e-mail and social networking sites, and watch/look at adult oriented material. And when they do watch television shows online, it is usually episodes missed when they aired on television, behind-the-scenes bonus clips and special features, and Youtube videos of old sitcoms and drama series. For most people, setting down in front of a computer on a regular basis to watch first run episodes of soaps (or any shows for that matter) is just not something we feel very comfortable with doing. I know I don’t. And yes, I realize that there are web-enabled televisions to watch them on, however, that doesn’t make it even more normal to me.

      Furthermore, what about those individuals who either don’t own computers, or aren’t very computer-savvy? What will they do? How will they continue to watch “AMC” and “OLTL?” And do they even realize that both shows have been “uncanceled?” The situation reminds me of my great aunt, who was 94 at the time, and completely unaware last year that her beloved ‘story’ “As the World Turns” was going off the air only a few months later until I broke the news to her. I wonder how many “AMC” and “OLTL” soap fans fit into the same category, either not knowing that ABC canceled both shows or that they will now continue to air online? Those of us who read the soap opera magazines and frequent Internet message boards and chat rooms may be privy to all off screen drama involving these two shows in recent months, but there are many others who do not know or understand what is happening. And I am anxious to see just how Prospect Park tries to attract these “old school” soap fans to tune in and watch.

      There are more questions than answers involving this deal at the moment. Will the online-only episodes feature commercials? Will people have to pay to watch them? Exactly how many cast members from “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” make the move with the shows? Will both “AMC” and “OLTL” continue to tape episodes at their current studios? How will the storylines be impacted? Will the writers, producers, and directors continue with their respective shows, or will they move on to other projects? Will Prospect Park be able to successfully negotiate with the crew members and other behind-the-scenes personnel? When will new episodes of both shows begin to air online? What time of day or night will they air? And how will they be promoted? These are only a few of the many questions that have been running through my mind since the official announcement was made last week.

      Despite all of my reservations about “OLTL” continuing online, however, I remain surprisingly optimistic. Like many of my fellow “One Life” fans I was devastated by ABC’s decision back in April to cancel the show that I had watched for more than twenty years. After going through the various stages of grief, I was finally starting to come to terms with the decision even, strangely enough, getting the point where I was looking forward to getting that hour of my life back each weekday to do other things and no longer having to set at the computer for hours at a time typing up various articles for Soap Opera Network. But don’t misunderstand…that doesn’t mean that I was ready to turn my back on the show or that my loyalties has changed, I just meant that I was ready to move on with my life. What’s done is done, after all…or so I thought anyway.

      That being said, I was still holding out a glimmer of hope that the show may somehow still be able to continue in some shape or form. To that extent, I was truly shocked and surprised by last week’s announcement. The news also gave me renewed energy and sense of excitement, along with curiosity for what this new incarnation of “OLTL” might look like. After all, what have we got to loose if this “grand experiment” fails? It’s not like ABC was going to change their minds about canceling the show, or let any of their competitors buy it from them or anything. And I don’t buy into the argument by some that if the online episodes are a disaster that it will ruin the legacy and identity of the show. Anyone how has watched “One Life to Live” any at all for the past years can attest that the damage has already been done thanks to endless waves of unnecessary teen characters, very embarrassing plot lines (such as the current porn storyline involving Rick, Nate, and Deanna), and unpopular newbies (eg., the Ford brothers) constantly being shoved down our throats. So no, in my opinion the move won’t seriously harm the show’s legacy and identity, even it turns out to be a disaster, because you can’t break something that has already been broken. As noted above, the damage has already occurred, so what is there left to lose? At the very least, we would back exactly where we were before ABC reached a deal with Prospect Park,  “OLTL’s” final episode was scheduled to air on January 20, 2012, and the show was about to become a piece of television history. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

      However, as bad as I feel for “All My Children” fans, I must admit that I am relieved that they will be the “guinea pigs” in all of this, and begin airing online-only episodes before “One Life to Live.” Hopefully, all the bugs will worked out and any issues worked out by the time “One Life” makes the move early next year.

      Moving on, congratulations to “Kelly Towry,” who correctly identified last time’s mystery “OLTL” celebrity guest star, which was socialite Ivana Trump, ex-wife of media mogul Donald Trump. In 1991, she appeared as the owner of an Atlantic City casino, where she encountered, among others, Luna Moody and Max Holden, who was suffering from a serious gambling addiction at the time.

      In case you missed the clues, here they are:

      This famous millionaire’s ex-wife played an Atlantic City casino owner in 1991, where she shared scenes with a handful of Llanview residents, including one with a gambling problem.

      Now it’s time to shake things up a bit and do a little 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. What is Robin Strasser‘s (Dorian) middle name? 2. For what Disney show did Brittany Underwood (ex-Langston) audition for before joining “OLTL?” 3. What was Sean Ringgold‘s (Shaun) occupation before becoming an actor? I’ll have the answers in the July 30th 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. These are for the week of August 1st. Someone holds the final piece to a puzzle. One grieving young man receives a very special visitor. A challenge is issued by a loved one. And a sister gets the shock of her life.

      Well that’s concludes yet another column. Have a safe and wonderful weekend. Take care, and until next time remember, we only have “One Life to Live”…

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      • General Hospital
      • As The World Turns
      • Brittany Underwood
      • Youtube
      • Robin Strasser
      • Sean Ringgold
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      • Prospect Park
      • Ivana Trump
      • Donald Trump
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        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — As we reported yesterday, we likely have to thank our federal government for providing the funding necessary for Prospect Park to pick up “All My Children” and “One Life to Live,” which were both canceled by ABC on Thursday, April 14. The announcement that ABC would be licensing the two iconic soaps to Prospect Park was made on Thursday, July 7, but according to sources the financial deal actually came together back in May, just in time for what is said to be the deadline period for the government to hand out grant money to companies looking to invest in New Media. We thought it was crazy too, but we checked and it is definitely true. What we know about this deal is that upon their completion on ABC, “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” will be migrated to an as-yet-to-be-named Hulu-esque internet video service that would allow both daily soap operas to continue their storytelling for millions of online users and “be delivered with the same quality and in the same format and length,” as fans have come to expect for more than forty years, according to the joint press release issued from Disney/ABC and Prospect Park. Translation: One hour per day, five days a week, 52 weeks a year will remain within the realm of reality. What wasn’t clear at the time was after both soaps complete their runs on ABC, they will also conclude on SOAPnet.

        Insiders tell Soap Opera Network that even with the multi-year, multi-platform licensing deal with Prospect Park, the deal does not call for Disney/ABC to air either programs on their owned and operated networks, which includes SOAPnet, despite the channel now expected to remain on cable/satellite systems longer than originally thought due to some minor issues the Walt Disney Company had been having with the launch of its Disney Junior cable network. Additionally, when an ABC representative confirmed to Soaps in Depth back in late April that SOAPnet would “absolutely have programming” after “AMC” and “OLTL” ended their runs, they neglected to name which programming would be in place. Soap Opera Network has confirmed with the same representative that the programming in question will not include “All My Children” or “One Life to Live.” In fact, after yesterday’s announcement was released, the Disney/ABC Television Group made it clear that they are no longer in charge of the day-to-day operations of either of your favorite daytime soaps once their runs are completed on ABC and SOAPnet. If you want to know what’s going to happen next on “All My Children” after it ends on Friday, September 23, don’t call, write or email Brian Frons, President, Daytime, Disney/ABC Television Group. He is not in charge of that show and he will not be in charge of “One Life to Live” either after the series airs its final broadcast on Friday, January 20, 2012. Prospect Park, which at this time has no plans to release any further details surrounding the new venture beyond what was already reported, according to a representative, is in the early stages of what will surely be a drawn out discussion with the people that help make your favorite soaps as well as the unions these individuals belong to as neither union, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) or the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), was prepared for this new business model when they last negotiated their contracts with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), which comprises The Walt Disney Company, among others. AFTRA is the primary union representing on-air talent for daytime soaps.

        Now that “One Life” is continuing with a second one under Prospect Park, fans around the world are wondering how does this affect the storylines, how does this affect the cast, the crews, the writers and even the producers? Digging a little further, with last month’s announcement that Ron Carlivati, who currently serves as “One Life to Live’s” head writer, would be transitioning to “General Hospital” as a script writer later this year when the show completes its run on ABC, it really begs the question of what happens next? Not only for that soap, but for “All My Children” as well. “It’s too early to know,” said a ABC insider requesting anonymity. “The details are too fresh on everyone’s minds for it to be determined who will be running these shows, or particularly writing them, after they finish their ABC runs.” The same also holds true for who will be appearing on your favorite soaps as they transition to your computer screens as well, the insider informed us. In fact, according to “All My Children” star JR Martinez (Brot Monroe) in a twitter posting, “I will say this-my current contract was to terminate on August 31st. Now we must see who they want to keep & renegotiate with. Not sure…” It appears as though the termination Martinez is referring to holds true for all current contract cast members at “AMC,” leaving Prospect Park to renegotiate with the cast and even the crews in order to properly transition the series to the web in the “same quality” fans have come to expect. But back to Carlivati. He along with “One Life” Executive Producer Frank Valentini signed new deals with ABC back in September of 2010. The terms of the agreements were not disclosed, but it was understood to last two years for Valentini and three years for Carlivati, so does that mean the two will remain with “One Life” under the guidance of Prospect Park? Or has ABC opted to keep the dynamic duo under its charge leaving new blood to step in and head write and produce the show with the “same quality and in the same format and length” as before? As our insider said before “It’s too early to know.” There is no word on what this development means for “All My Children” Executive Producer Julie Hanan Carruthers or Head Writer Lorraine Broderick.

        However, one of the big questions left unanswered are where will the shows be produced? “All My Children” moved its production to the Andrita studios in Los Angeles, CA back in January of 2010 in a multi-year licensing deal. Will the show remain in that studio? It looks like it will as the cost factor would be too great for Prospect to move the series once more. However, things look a little less certain for “One Life to Live,” which took over “AMC’s” New York studio space housed in the ABC Television Center. With ABC no longer producing the series it is likely the series will be moved to another facility or moved to the West Coast right along with “AMC” in order for Prospect Park to better manage the daily operations of the drama series.



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        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — It has been three months since we’ve learned that “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” have been canceled and would no longer be seen weekday afternoons on the ABC Television Network or weeknights on SOAPnet. It has been a truly unique period for this industry that has seen fans rallying together to try and help save shows that have become part of their everyday lives. Whispers, rumors and reports were trickling in at a record pace, often times we would find our heads spinning. Weeding through the information that we received here at Soap Opera Network, we aimed to report what we felt had the most backing or we were able to verify through various other sources. Turns out we may have had a big inside source all along.

        For the last several months, I’ve had multiple conversations with an individual that claimed to have knowledge of why ABC decided to cancel “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.” This source at one point commented that it had something to do with the government and the Ethics committee in Washington, D.C. Sounded nuts, right? Well, it turns out this same person told me on Tuesday, June 28, that “your soaps were saved. They received the grant money they needed before their deadline,” which according to this person was the end of May. Again, I thought what they were saying sounded just a little too far out there, so I decided to leave our conversation at that. In retrospect, maybe I should have listened a little closer.

        On Thursday, June 30, I had tweeted that I heard from sources that fans should continue to rally in support of “One Life to Live.” To be more precise, I said “got word today that @ABC has in fact been discussing options to keep #OLTL on the air, but it remains in the hands of fans. Don’t give up. The ‘someone’ you keep hearing about is now several people!” At that point “All My Children” wasn’t discussed as the conversation pertained solely in regards of “One Life to Live.” I had intended on reporting on this news on Tuesday, July 5, but unfortunately I caught the flu and had a high fever for several days. Now on Thursday, July 7, nearly three months to the day since ABC canceled “AMC” and “OLTL,” the network announced the shows would live on…only online thanks to Prospect Park, a television and media entertainment production company that was founded in 2009 and is run by Jeffrey Kwatinetz and former Disney Studios honcho Rich Frank, who also serve as executive producers of the hit USA Network original series “Royal Pains.” In retrospect, what the person I had been speaking with said now makes perfect sense when you put all the pieces together. In return for saving our beloved soaps, the government gives a grant for what could be the next big medium, progression of sorts… Radio > TV > Internet Broadcasting.

        Interestingly enough, Prospect Park hired Josh Barry, ABC’s former executive in charge of drama development, back in May to tackle the companies TV division alongside Paul Frank, the son of Rich Frank. According to Barry, his first order of business was “putting together a wide slate of projects.” Could that slate have included the uncanceled soaps?

        On Thursday, June 23, we reported that ABC had indeed turned down offers they received to sell the soaps. Knowing what we know now, and putting the puzzle pieces together, it makes sense that a plan was in the works all a long to save the soaps, while also allowing ABC to retain ownership rights to both soap operas and receive millions of dollars in royalties each year from Prospect Park. Hence, ABC comes out a winner either way in this case. They no longer produce the shows, yet still stand to make money off of them as they move into the future. As opposed to selling them outright and watching another network or medium make money off of them. ABC can’t have asked for a better situation.



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        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” may be ending their four decades’ long run on ABC in September and January respectively, however it won’t be the end of the road for either of the long-running, iconic daytime drama series. In a shocking development, upstart television, film, and music company Prospect Park Studios has purchased the rights from the network, who states that “the multi-year, multi-platform deal enables the soaps to continue beyond their finale dates on ABC.”

        The news comes less that 24 hours after the New York Post first broke the news on their website reporting that ABC had sold the online rights to its recently cancelled shows “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” to the studios, and that “Prospect Park is said to be finalizing its current round of funding for its Hulu-style venture in the next month to 45 days. Other unnamed financial backers are involved.” The article was initally met with much skepticism from soap fans and well as from other media outlets who were claiming the Post article contained numerous factual inaccuracies.

        In a joint press release this afternoon by ABC and Prospect Park, which was founded in 2009 by Jeffrey Kwatinetz and former Disney Studios chief Rich Frank, “We are privileged to continue the legacy of two of the greatest programs to air on daytime television, and are committed to delivering the storylines, characters and quality that audiences have come to love for over 40 years.  ‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life to Live’ are television icons, and we are looking forward to providing anytime, anywhere viewing to their loyal community of millions. Technology changes the way the public can and will view television shows.  Now that there are so many devices available in addition to television sets, viewers are taking advantage of watching shows where ever they are and on any number of devices. The driving force in making the switch and attracting new audiences is to have outstanding programs that people want to watch,” the statement continued. “We believe that by continuing to produce the shows in their current hour format and with the same quality, viewers will follow the show to our new, online network.” Prospect Park is perhaps best known for producing “Royal Pains” for the USA Network and “Wilfred” for FX.

        As part of the deal, which was brokered by the Disney/ABC Domestic Television Group, “Prospect Park will produce and deliver the two long-running programs to consumers via online formats and additional emerging platforms including internet enabled television sets. Under the terms of the arrangement, the programs will continue to be delivered with the same quality and in the same format and length. Additional details of the new productions and tune-in will be forthcoming from Prospect Park.” However, while the statement notes that both shows will continue to exist in their present hour-long formats, it is vague as to the frequency in which new episodes will air.

        “From the time the shift in the daytime strategy was announced, our hope was to find a new home for these treasured shows. We are thrilled to license them to Prospect Park so the stories of life in Pine Valley and Llanview can continue to be told for the passionate and loyal fans that enjoy watching each day,” comments Janice Marinelli, President, Disney/ABC Domestic Television.

        President of the Daytime, Disney/ABC Television Group Brian Frons, who announced the cancellation of “Children” and “One Life” back on April 15 in favor of the less-expensive, unscripted programming such as “The Chew” and “The Revolution,” said in the statement that “‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life to Live’ are iconic pieces of television history that captivated millions of fans since their beginning over 40 years ago. Each of the shows have made an indelible mark on our culture’s history and informed our consciousness in their own way.  We are so glad Prospect Park has assumed the mantel for these shows and that they will continue for the fans.”

        The sentiments were furthered echoed by “AMC” and “OLTL” creator Agnes Nixon, who has been tirelessly searching for new venues for both shows in recent months, saying “I’m just so happy that ABC found a home where the legacies of ‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life To Live’ can continue.  I’m excited for their future with Prospect Park. It takes a lot of living to make a soap opera a serial, and the wonderful teams on both shows have done just that. Together, we are a big family that keeps going, and I’m looking forward to working alongside these wonderful people as we ensure that the shows will continue with all the love and excitement we’ve always had.  I also am so happy for our loyal fans, whom we love so much, and who have been so supportive over the last 40 plus years.”

        “All My Children” will air its final episode on ABC on Friday, September 23, 2011 while “One Life to Live” will last air on the network on Friday, January 20, 2012.

        Soap Opera Network will continue to follow this story and bring you further details as they develop.



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        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — While it remains to be seen if his character is really Todd Manning or an imposter, after nearly a decade in Llanview, Trevor St. John announces on his official blog that he is leaving the show later this summer, stating that “One Life to Live” has chosen not to renew his contract as the show prepares to wind down production this fall.

        In a post earlier today, St. John writes that “I want to let you know that my current contract on ‘One Life to Live’ is coming to an end and my last shooting day on the show will likely come the week of July 18th. Although I expressed an interest in continuing to perform on the show beyond the aforementioned date the producers have decided they’d rather press on without me. I don’t think I can adequately express my gratitude to all of you who have supported me for the last eight years. It’s been my great honor and pleasure to play the character of Todd. And I can only hope that I served you well and that I did you proud. I’ve also enjoyed the pleasure of meeting many of you in person through the years and I hope we have the opportunity to meet again as my career progresses. But to all of you who have been there for me in person or in spirit — I thank you. Your’s truly, Trevor.”

        How this decision will affect the ongoing “Tale of Two Todds” storyline, which also features the recently returned Roger Howarth (who originated the role in 1992), remains to be seen, however fans can expect the storyline to heat up in the coming weeks as the two “Todds” finally come face-to-face.

        A final airdate for St. John is unknown at this time. The actor took over the role of the facially reconstructed Todd Manning in 2003, at which time he also played his double, Walker Laurence, who eventually met with foul play. Or did he?

        Soap Opera Network will continue to follow the story and bring you details as they develop.









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