Per recent comments made by TV Line‘s Matt Webb Mitovich, it looks like Prospect Park’s plans to air new episodes of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” via its pending TOLN.com and TheOnLineNetwork.com web portal may not be happening after all. This is apparently as a result of today’s announcement that Hulu and its Hulu Plus subdivision, along with Apple’s iTunes, will be the digital places to be plugged (or unplugged if you have wireless capabilities) into for fans of the soap operas. It was initially expected that with the Hulu and Apple deals in place, TOLN.com and TheOnLineNetwork.com would be used for additional viewing opportunities as was done with the shows when they aired on ABC.com and Hulu.com.
2013 began as a pivotal year for NBC’s “Days of our Lives” as the 47-year old soap was only renewed by the network through September 2013. According to sources, March is the deadline period for Corday Productions and Sony Pictures Television to come to an agreement with NBC that would allow the drama series to remain on the air beyond September. With fans in fear of recent ratings trends and decisions made by other broadcast networks in the past couple of years, it appeared the town of Salem and their future may have been in doubt. Thankfully, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt is the one man of authority that can put fan fears to rest and he may have just done that earlier today.
Despite Soap Opera Digest reporting on Tuesday that she was staying, TV Line is now reporting that Monday’s report by CBS Soaps In Depth was correct when it said actress Susan Flannery had informed producers and writers at “The Bold and the Beautiful” that she planned to leave the series at the end of her contract. To compensate, Flannery agreed to sign a short-term deal that would allow her to wrap up Stephanie Forrester’s 25-year storyline.