Each week Soap Opera Network publishes ratings reports that break down the highs and lows of the four remaining daytime soap operas - "The Bold and the Beautiful," "Days of our Lives," "General Hospital" and "The Young and the Restless" - in total viewers and the all important key women sales demos (Women 18-34, Women 18-49 and Women 25-54). Today, with both ABC and CBS noting the success of "GH" and "Y&R," respectively, TheWrap has published a piece entitled, "If Soaps Are ‘Dead,’ Why Are Their Audiences Growing?" In its report, the publication notes that each of the soaps are up season-to-date in all key ratings categories. Meanwhile, some of the replacements for the canceled ABC versions of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," specifically talk shows, have all "come and gone like, um, sands through the hourglass."
Nathan Fillion is best known to soap opera fans for his portrayal of Joey Buchanan on ABC's "One Life to Live," but the actor has made a name for himself in the mainstream world via the networks primetime hit "Castle." Sadly, according to Deadline Hollywood, the actor is currently embroiled in a contract dispute with ABC Studios, which produces the drama series.
Cancelled primetime dramas "666 Park Avenue" and "Zero Hour" may no longer be in production but fans will get closer to a conclusion to their epic tales as Deadline is reporting that ABC plans to burn off the remaining episodes of both series starting in June. In its report, Deadline says that "Zero Hour" will begin airing its final episodes on Saturday, June 15 from 8:00 - 10:00 PM ET/PT. Then, on Saturday, June 22, "Hour" will continue airing from 8:00 - 9:00 PM ET/PT as it leads into "666 Park Avenue," which begins airing from 9:00 - 10:00 PM ET/PT that night.
According to a report by Deadline Hollywood, Prospect Park's The OnLine Network has opted to reduce the yearly episode orders of both "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" from 168 to 110. In addition, new episodes of "AMC" will now be made available on Mondays and Wednesdays, while new episodes of "One Life to Live" will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays via Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes. The "MORE" recap shows will continue to be provided on Fridays. The change goes into effect beginning Monday, May 20.
People Magazine is reporting that Kristin Chenoweth, who was scheduled to appear in a recurring role on the new season of CBS' "The Good Wife" as a political reporter, will not be returning to the series.
At least one "One Life to Live" cast member may not be making the transition with the show when it moves to online-only distribution with Prospect Park early next year. Josh Kelly(Cutter Wentworth) has been tapped to play one of the leads in a new MTV pilot "Dumb Girls," a new comedy series from "Awkward" producer Lauren Iungerich.
With the Prospect Park era about to begin for "One Life to Live," the show appears to be in better shape than its sister soap "All My Children."
"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.
Could the incompetence of a network executive get any uglier? Why yes, it can! The latest in a series of blunders by Brian Frons, President, Daytime, Disney/ABC Television Group, since the announcement that he has decided to "evolve" ABC Daytime by canceling "All My Children and "One Life to Live" by replacing them with "The Chew" and "The Revolution," while sticking his foot in his mouth in interview (Deadline.com), after interview (Entertainment Weekly), after interview (The Wrap), comes a scathing report by another Disney Insider that paints Frons as an executive without much imagineers (Disney speak for imagination).
Following months of speculation, the announcement has finally been made official today. ABC has announced plans to cancel two-thirds of their daytime soap line-up. According to reports, "All My Children" will last air in September, while "One Life to Live" will leave the air in January 2012. The move will leave "General Hospital" as the network's only remaining daytime drama.