Reporting by Scotty Gore and Errol Lewis
With “All My Children” completing its first round of filming last Friday and “One Life to Live” set to begin filming next week, soap fans have been anxiously awaiting the much anticipated returns of their beloved Agnes Nixon daytime dramas. After months of speculation, Prospect Park has finally revealed that both series will debut on Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes on Monday, April 29 at noon ET, with fans getting their first glimpse of the new Pine Valley and Llanview.
Viewers keeping up with the latest “All My Children” comings and goings news know that Daytime Emmy Award nominated actress Alicia Minshew has been in discussions to return to the internet revival of the soap opera, which she starred on from 2002 to 2011. TVLine broke the news on Thursday afternoon that the return of the eldest child of Erica Kane (Susan Lucci), Kendall Hart, as portrayed by Minshew is now a done deal. Minshew will make her return sooner than expected; she tapes scenes opposite Eden Riegel, who plays Kendall’s little sister Bianca Montgomery, later today as “AMC” wraps up its first round of taping. Seconds before TVLine put up the news bulletin, Minshew took to Twitter to exclaim to fans her impending plans: “Guess who is popping into Pine Valley for the day?…um me! Excited to see the gang tomorrow! Gonna wear Kendall’s sassy shoes!!”
Soap Opera Network has learned that during the week of March 18, ABC’s “General Hospital” will be departing the “One Life to Live” characters consisting of Starr Manning (Kristen Alderson), Todd Manning (Roger Howarth) and John McBain (Michael Easton). As previously reported, ABC Daytime and Prospect Park have been in a dispute over the characters and their appearance on “GH” vs “One Life to Live,” which Prospect Park is rebooting for the web along with “All My Children” later this spring. The actors are under contract to ABC, while Prospect Park holds the license rights to the characters.
With “All My Children” currently filming its second weeks worth of shows and “One Life to Live” scheduled to begin filming on Monday, March 18, Soap Opera Network has learned new information about the studio NEP Broadcasting had been constructing for both soaps at the Connecticut Film Center (CFC) in Stamford, which previously housed production for the TBS sitcom “Are We There Yet?”
On Tuesday, February 26, just one day after resuming production on “All My Children” after more than a year a half since ending its ABC run, the cast of the soap got together on set to perform “The Harlem Shake” for the TOLN Extras YouTube channel, where fans can get up close and personal with their favorite TOLN stars. Earlier today TOLN released the performance of “Harlem Shake,” while also announcing that soap fans will soon learn THIS WEEK when “AMC” will premiere on Hulu, Hulu Plus, and iTunes. Previously, the network only noted that “AMC” and sister soap “One Life to Live” would premiere this spring.
EXCLUSIVE: Despite an earlier report stating otherwise, based on information from Robin Strasser’s (Dorian Lord) telephone hotline, a senior level Prospect Park insider tells Soap Opera Network, “production has NOT been pushed back. This has been long planned to make way for a piece of the storyline that involves new sets and use of certain characters and not others.”
It is understood that the new sets “and certain characters” revolves around the storyline surrounding Roger Howarth‘s return as Todd Manning. Howarth will begin filming at the “OLTL” studio in Stamford, CT beginning Monday, March 18, for four weeks before returning to “General Hospital.”
Michael Easton (John McBain) posted an update for fans wanting to know where he currently stands in the dispute between ABC’s “General Hospital” and TOLN’s “One Life to Live.” In a Facebook message, the actor said, “THANK YOU…your kind words of support mean the world to me. No word yet on when we might return to work but the fridge is stocked, the bills are paid, and I get to spend lots of precious time with my little girl.”
According to Robin Strasser (Dorian Lord) via her fan hotline (212-414-5300), ”One Life to Live” will now begin filming new episodes for Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes on Monday, March 18. Previously, the series was scheduled to commence filming on Monday, March 11. The actress brought the news to light despite being unwell at the time. Early this morning Strasser tweeted, “What a difference a week makes when you’re feeling weak (lol) not sick of word play-just saying.”
Prospect Park’s “All My Children” and “One Life To Live” aren’t set to take the Internet world by storm until April, when they debut on The OnLine Network, iTunes, Hulu and Hulu Plus, but the soaps’ exciting launch is already off to a great start.
“Prospect Park is very progressive and creative,” says Josh Kelly, who plays “OLTL’s” Cutter. “They have a lot of interesting ideas.”
“This… is going to be kick ass,” adds Jordi Vilasuso, who plays “AMC’s” Griffin, of the shows’ reboot and transition to an online format. “This is where media is going, so I think it’s a very positive resurrection. And we’ll see how the fans react.”
But guess what? You don’t have to wait until April to start giving your opinion!
As we previously reported, The Online Network (TOLN) has tapped “The Price is Right” male model Robert Scott Wilson to join the production company’s online revival of “All My Children” as a recast Pete Cortlandt.
The news, which was first broke by “AMC” co-star Jill Larson (Opal Cortlandt), who recently tweeted, “Are you following my ‘son’ “Petey?” @MrRobertScott #AMC.”
Earlier this afternoon, Prospect Park confirmed the casting announcement by issuing an official press release regarding Wilson’s joining the cast of “All My Children.”