Exactly thirty days from today, fans all across the world (okay, just America…for now!) will be rejoicing as “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” return with brand spanking new episodes. On their Twitter pages, @allmychildren and @onelifetolive, Cady McClain (Dixie Cooney, “AMC”) and Corbin Bleu (Jeffey King, “OLTL”) are the featured stars counting down to 30 days from the launch of their respective soaps on Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes. Just in case you hate math like I do, that’s Monday, April 29, 2013!
After more than a year since the launch of its official website, The OnLine Network/TOLN has finally revealed a website geared towards an audience! As of today, the newly re-designed website features information and links on how to view both “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” as well as links to each shows social network site via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr in the case of “OLTL.”
Fans have long wondered how they could watch their favorite returning serial dramas “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” since it was revealed in late January that both series would be available for viewing online via Hulu.com, Hulu Plus and iTunes. The OnLine Network released today banner images that summarizes how things will work, but will it be enough to help viewers tune in? We’ll soon find out as “AMC” and “OLTL” premiere Monday, April 29 via the aforementioned video platforms.
May sweeps are a month away, but it looks like the upcoming onscreen drama won’t be able to hold a candle to the real-life drama brewing between Prospect Park’s “One Life to Live” and ABC’s “General Hospital.”
After Prospect Park’s plans to reboot both “OLTL” and “All My Children” for the web fell through in November 2011, the company was approached by ABC who was interested in transplanting the characters of Todd Manning, Starr Manning and John McBain to Port Charles as portrayed by their originators Roger Howarth, Kristen Alderson and Michael Easton. The understanding at the time between ABC and Prospect Park was that the characters would be utilized on “GH” until plans to reboot “OLTL” came back into play as Prospect Park didn’t want to hold the Llanview 3 from working. Since their debuts in Port Charles in early 2012, the characters have tested very high with both viewers and focus groups and have played a large role in the overall audience growth for “GH” compared to its 2011 performance in the Nielsen ratings. Unfortunately, things behind the scenes weren’t looking as good.
Just a week after Soap Opera Network reported that The OnLine Network (TOLN) had revealed a second set of new logos for both “All My Children” and “One Life to Live,” the production company has now revealed even more new logos for each show!
“One Life to Live’s” longest serving cast member Erika Slezak (Viki) has released a new statement on her official website saying that Prospect Park is “working very hard to get everything right” for the online version of the long-running soap and says that cast and crew are “hoping for our former audience to return and continue to enjoy and for our new audience to get to know us.”
As part of their partnership with Universal Music Group, which allows The OnLine Network (TOLN) to “provide compelling recorded music and songs, and artist cross-promotion and integration, to a powerful new audience,” Prospect Park has cast Jessica “Jessie” Malkouti from Jessie and the Toy Boys in a role on “One Life to Live” as, what else, an aspiring musician.
The news was released earlier this afternoon on the official “OLTL” Twitter page, asking fans to “RT to spread the word!” The singer, who is signed with Prospect Park Records, tweeted Monday that she was “Packing for CT… About to film my television acting debut!!”
On Monday, March 18, Soap Opera Network was the first to report that Hulu had released a premiere trailer for TOLN’s “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.” We’ve now since learned that Prospect Park hired Catalano Productions (@TorreCatalano) to produce the pre-launch material with David Jakubovic‘s Mad Machine Films (@MadMachineFilms on Twitter) signed on as the masterminds behind the editing of the “Living in America” themed video.
When the official “One Life to Live” cast photo shoot was unveiled last month Robin Strasser was one of two contract cast members (Hillary B. Smith being the other) not in attendance at the Sleepy Hollow Country Club with the rest of her c0-stars. However, it was pneumonia and not a snub from her new bosses that kept “One Life’s” grand dame from getting her close-up.
Prospect Park continues to channel “One Life to Live’s” original title of “Between Heaven and Hell” in a new audition script, which holds true to their desire to make the online version of the show “edgier” and “fresh.”