Could "The Story of Soaps" lead to a soap opera resurgence? Big ratings for ABC primetime special may help wake up network executives.
"One Life to Live" alum Erika Slezak updates fans on "The Story of Soaps" and hopes "we come out of this in one piece," referring to the COVID-19 pandemic.
ABC and PEOPLE present "The Story of Us," a two-hour primetime special airing Tuesday, May 19 at 8:00 p.m. EDT/PDT on ABC.
Your first look at Erika Slezak ("One Life to Live") as she appears in the Friday, May 3 episode of CBS' "Blue Bloods."
"One Life to Live" actress Rebecca Schaeffer to be featured in two-hour "20/20" documentary as the news program analyzes how her death at the hands of her stalker helped changed the laws in Hollywood for celebrities and their safety forever.
"In the immortal words of <strong>Cher</strong>, you better sit down, kids," wrote soap columnist <strong>Carolyn Hinsey</strong>, who has penned her final "It's Only My Opinion" for <em>Soap Opera Digest</em> magazine, which appears in the January 5, 2015 issue. "I've taken another job, which means I have to give up this column and I am really sorry about that."
As we reported yesterday, Prospect Park Networks — the company behind the online re-launch of soaps “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” — has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. And as news of the latest PPN vs. ABC twist spread, further details were revealed: The production company reportedly owes ABC $1.7 million, and it also owes some big name actors large sums of money, as well!
Two years ago today the final television broadcast of "One Life to Live" aired on ABC. While the show would go on to have an additional forty episodes in 2013 via Prospect Park's The OnLine Network, this day marks the end of a 43 year run on ABC.
Out of all the talent behind "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," the one voice missing after news that neither series would be moving forward with new episodes was that of Daytime Emmy Award winning actress Erika Slezak (ex-Victoria Lord, "OLTL"). On her official website, Slezak has broken her silence via her 2013 Holiday Letter for fans. In it, Slezak says, "I loved being back at 'OLTL'; I loved being back with all my friends on the show and we had a wonderful time although it was short lived. Still, I am very grateful for that brief opportunity to have played Viki once more."
According to The New York Post, "One Life to Live's" Erika Slezak (ex-Victoria Buchanan) has put her two-bedroom, two-bathroom co-op on the market for $1.82 million. Located in the eight-story, 60-unit brick-and-terracotta Musician's Building in the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City, the property includes built-in bookcases in a large living room, an eat-in kitchen with wine refrigerator and all-in-one washer/dryer, and a wood-burning fireplace.
In the new book, "Llanview in the Afternoon: An Oral History of One Life to Live," actress Ellen Holly (ex-Clara "Carla" Hall) accused former co-star Erika Slezak (Viki Lord Buchanan) of getting her fired off of the ABC soap back in the 1980's. The actress says Slezak used the words, "Get those two black bitches out of my face," in reference to Holly and Lillian Hayman (Sadie Gray) during an anniversary party for the show in 1983. Until now, Slezak had not commented on the matter since the book hit Amazon and other outlets in early September.
As previously reported, "One Life to Live" has become an apparent (albeit possibly temporarily) casualty of the lawsuit between Prospect Park and the ABC Television Network, which the latter canceled in April 2011 after opting to restructure its daytime lineup. Erika Slezak, who has portrayed Victoria Lord on the drama series on both the ABC incarnation and the current Prospect Park/The OnLine Network version for more than 40 years, has released a statement on Prospect's decision to halt production on the soap pending the resolution to its lawsuit against ABC.