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Alison Goodman Named Casting Director For One Life to Live & All My Children!

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Prospect Park has confirmed to Backstage the acting tradepaper and their online platform, that Alison Goodman has been named the Casting Director for One Life to Live and All My Children.  However, the company declined to comment any further.

With productions ramping up for a projected start in February in the soap operas new studios in Stamford Connecticut, Goodman is geographically desirable as an east coast based casting director with offices in New York City.

Some of the series Goodman has held casting duties have included: Suits, Guiding Light, Third Watch, and Law & Order Special Victims Unit.

So as the casting director for the upcoming One Life to Live and All My Children reboot’s, who would you like to see Alison cast on the soaps?  What do you think of the news of an official casting director being named by Prospect Park? Let us know your thoughts!

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Turbo
Turbo

I would love to see Martha Byrne cast on either OLTL or AMC. Martha is a 2 time Emmy winner and I think she would be a great addition to either show. Prospect Park needs as much support as they can get and Martha would bring alot of the P&G soap fanbase with her to Prospect Park. Cast Martha Byrne!

Enrique Buenrostro
Enrique Buenrostro

I think Martha and some other ATWT/GL actors would be great on AMC and OLTL, but of course let’s wait until we get the core characters on each soap

Turbo
Turbo

I agree Enrique! I hope they get as many of the original cast back for both shows as they can. I just thing Martha Byrne would be a great addition to either cast as maybe a new character or to take the place of someone they can’t sign. The shows wouldn’t be the same without the same actors but I think adding some from ATWT and GL would bring in a whole new set of viewers!

BTripp
BTripp

Martha could be a recast Cecily Davidson Brent and come back with Charlie and their 20something child. Charlie could be cast with Jon Hensley if he’s not on B&B still or even the guy who played Jack on ATWT.

Andrea
Andrea

I want Hillary B Smith, Robert S Woods, Kassie DePaiva, and Erika Slezak!

Gustave Faubert
Gustave Faubert

Andrea, you nailed it with those you listed. Absolutely, we need all four back!

Ellen
Ellen

Andrea, I totally agree with your choices!! Isn’t Hillary on B&B??

Robert Coplin
Robert Coplin

Hillary was on the B&B but her character has not been on the show for months.

susan M.
susan M.

Double Ditto!!!!

Cheryl
Cheryl

Michael Easton as John McBain And Melissa Archer as Natalie

Gail Keefe
Gail Keefe

I want Susan Lucci and Walt Willey on AMC!

Matt Borlenghi
Matt Borlenghi

Think the diehard viewers would like to see my character Brian Bodine on the AMC canvas?

Enrique Buenrostro
Enrique Buenrostro

I know I would!!!! Since I know GH won’t bring Valentin Cassadine to the canvas

Becky Zee
Becky Zee

I would LOVE to see you and any of the other actors from way back when make a come back. The more the merrier!

dana stabler
dana stabler

I agree prevoius comments I just miss pinevalley and lainview. …

Jeffrey Jonas Moree
Jeffrey Jonas Moree

I think Cythia Watros would be a good Tina on one life to live!

MikeT
MikeT

I think Cythia Watros is a great actress and would love to see her on OLTL but not as Tina–Andrea Evans is and forever will be Tina Lord Roberts!!!Would love to see her return!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I agree with Mike T…Andrea Evans as Tina all the way!

Enrique Buenrostro
Enrique Buenrostro

I would love to see Andrew Trischitta, Kassie DePaiva, James DePaiva, Laura Koffman, Gina Tognoni back on OLTL. I wouldn’t mind seeing some old GL and ATWT actors on both soaps as either new characters or recasts of old characters

April
April

I would love to see some of the GL & ATWT actors get on board.

MikeT
MikeT

I would love to see Andrea Evans(Tina) ,James Depiava (Max) and Fiona Hutchison(Gabrielle) return to OLTL

susan M.
susan M.

Wasn’t Gabrielle’s character killed off OLTL… If you saw the episodes Between Heaven and Hell.. Megan, Luna, Gabrielle were in heaven…And Bo met up with Gabrielle in heaven…

Skater Boy
Skater Boy

I would love to see Opal, Erica, Jackson, Kendall on AMC. I don’t think as pretty as Cara is that she is a core player and David needs some strong characters. AMC has to cut some characters and I would say sadly the police officers, Krystal, Michael Nouri’s characters, some of the peripheral Hubbard friends and family should be writen out to save money. Someone has to o sadly.

Lesley
Lesley

I agree, but I want Tadd Martin. The show needs at least one member of the Martin family and also the Tadd and Opal dynamic. is enduring.

d.w.
d.w.

Casting coup i’d love to see: now that Robin Strasser will be back as Dorian…and we know via General Hospital that there are plans for a Vickerman II, they should actually bring on Mia Korf (as Vickerman’s Blair Cramer) as herself!

Great opportunity for Dan Gauthier to be back as Kevin as well as other actors that fans love but Frons/ABC had issues with like Cat Hickland, all the Gannons, James De Paiva, Laura Koffman, Brett Claywell and Scott Evans. I feel Joey should be back and i’d be okay if it was Tom Degnan (i thought the actor himself was decent enough but the writing/stories for Joey in his last return was what fizzled) but i’d be even more thrilled if they brought back Chris McKenna. I also wouldn’t mind seeing Erin Torpey reclaim Jess if Bree Williamson couldn’t do it. I also would like David Chisum back as Miles Laurence; it was way too odd that Miles wasn’t even REFERENCED at all during Mitch’s last returns and he could fill in some blanks.

I kind of envisioned the debut episode using the narrative of Viki writing a letter to an old friend filling them in on everything that’s been going on in Llanview as of late – and perhaps that may be a great opportunity for a cameo from Marilyn Chris as Wanda Wolek or Michael Storms as Larry Wolek.

As for new roles: Max and Luna’s children and CJ Roberts.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I loved Dan Gauthier’s Kevin Buchanan. I would also LOVE to have Tuc Watkins. David Vickers Buchanan is pretty much tied to every major character in some way.

bob
bob

i want to see slezak as viki woods as bo smith as nora archer as natalie depaiva as blair watkins as david alderson kids as starr and matthew easton as john mcbain howarth as todd all back on oltl….

David H
David H

We need Erika Slezak and Susan Lucci on these shows. Loyal as they are to Agnes Nixon I hope she can get therm back onboard. They ARE these two shows.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I agree.

Kathy
Kathy

I would like to see Tad,Erika, J.R.,Adam, Brooke, the original Bianca,Opal,Annie,…….I want everyone back in Pine Valley!!!!!!!

Pat in FL
Pat in FL

It won’t be OLTL without Erika Slezak. Hope to see Trevor St. John, Florencia Lozano, Kassie DePaiva, Melissa Archer, Bree Williamson, Sean Ringgold, Shenell Edmonds, Robert Woods, Please just bring back everyone who was on the show when it ended!

su0000
su0000

I love them all … but
They are old senior citizens and if they looking for new viewers they will need young cast members, also..
The casting has to be for people from this generation along with the older or grabbing new viewers, the ones who use on-line to view their shows etc they will need younger actors..

Tina Angelo
Tina Angelo

I loved Alex. She was mean and funny and more interesting than anybody else. I watched her with my mom into my twenties. She needs to be back on.

Grandma
Grandma

I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE BIGGEST SHARE OF THE ACTORS THAT WERE ON THE SHOW BEFORE COME BACK ON. START WHERE THEY LEFT OFF,

Mary Fergen
Mary Fergen

I say, please cast original actors from all the core families of AMC and OLTL. That means Martins, Kanes, Hubbards, and Buchanans,Lords, and Cramers!

BradF
BradF

Re: AMC – Bring back the core families for starters – the Martins, the Chandlers, the Kane women – and I will come. Make the writing and the story telling rich, keep it character-centered and keep the characters consistent, bring in new characters when it will enhance the plot, not dilute it….and I will stay.

Leila
Leila

I can’t wait to watch AMC and OLTL again. I have 1 concern, will it be available to Canadians?

GHFan
GHFan

Todd, John, Starr, and et al need to go back to Llanview!! OLTL will not be the same without them….

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

My list of who I don’t want to see is probably shorter. But, I really need to have Erika Slezak, Kassie DePaiva, Melissa Archer, Michael Easton, Bree Williamson, Robert S. Woods, Hillary B. Smith….Oh , heck the list goes on and on. I’m just excited to see who signs on 🙂

My short list for AMC; Michael E. Knight, David Canary, Walt Willey, Susan Lucci, Ricky Paul-Goldin…on & on.

Rodd
Rodd

There have been so many wonderful actors on various soaps over the years, but I want to see the actors who were on these shows when they went off the air back first and foremost. IF there are gaps, then I would want to see others added. It takes time to establish a show (or in this case, re-establish) and I’d hate to see a lot of new faces distract from us getting to find out what has happened to our favorites in the year+ they were off the air. ~ I am so looking forward to this!!!

Annick
Annick

I agree with you 100%. This has to happen IMO for this venture to be successful.

Bobby
Bobby

I can’t wait!! My list is so long but here it goes….first, Erika Slezak, Robin Strasser,Kassie DePaiva, Melissa Archer,Bree Williamson, Robert S Woods,Trevor St. John, and of course Florencia Lozano. Just bring all the families back. I miss them all.

Erica
Erica

Trevor St John…absolutely love him!!!! Definitely need him back on OLTL…there is no one eke who could be cast as Victor Lord!

Lesley
Lesley

For AMC as many of the ones that were there when they aired the final episode..and would like to see some old charactors from the past come back such as Gloria, Dimetre. Any way to bring Jillian and Edmund back to life. Also, Aiden Devane.

Tad
Tad

I know we all have our fan favourites but realisticall the cast has to be cut. They are only half hour shows no plus the budget is slashed to probably less than half. So sadly it is not realistic to bring back past characters who weren’t on at the end – there is no money or time.. David Canary has retired so at best he should be a guest character for AMC. I would suggest the casting director should really think carefully about who they ask back – their history, relationship with other charactes and such. Cara would not be one of my first for AMC. Yes, her and her brother are amazing looking but that isn’t everything. They don’t have a real rich history on AMC. Tad and Erica are kind of the anchors for AMC as is Vicki, Dorian and Clint for OLTL. Yes, you want new viewers but they are such strong characters you’d think they would at the least be supporting characters. Sleazak and Lucci are really key. They may be “old” but they are special – a rarity on any show. Lucci in particular and they truly are the roots of the show and brand. I hope the producers realize this. And not to be rude, who do you think the media will pick up interest on Lindsey Hartly (not to be disrespectful to the actress) or Susan Lucci or Erika Sleazak. Lucci is oddly enough for a daytime star big enough to garner attention even for Deadly Affairs and Devious Maids.

su0000
su0000

You said;
”I know we all have our fan favourites but realisticall the cast has to be cut. They are only half hour shows no plus the budget is slashed to probably less than half. So sadly it is not realistic to bring back past characters who weren’t on at the end – there is no money or time.. ”
…………

The run time of the soaps is now around 30 minutes..
It is all the network commercials (that are not on the web) that make the time one hour..
I watch my soaps on line and running time is about 36 mins and that includes the web commercials.

Tad
Tad

Another side point, interesting that there is more interest on these forums with the “more mature” characters in general. Tad and heck even Jake and them aren’t necessarily the super young starlets and studs like on BB or DOOL. Even Cameron Mathison isn’t super young.

su0000
su0000

Most coming back are older senior citizens and if they looking for new viewers they will need young cast members, also..
This generation of on-line watchers, are younger people and both soaps will need at least half the cast younger people. if PP is to get the newer gen intrested.

Kim
Kim

I definitely want Christina Bennett Lind (Bianca) and Sarah Glendening (Marissa) back on AMC. Their relationship drove a large segment of people, admittedly lesbian, but others too to AMC toward the end. Plus, Bianca is an integral character to the show. I would also like to see Alicia Minshew (Kendall) and Susan Lucci (Erica) on the show. That family is central to that show.

BTripp
BTripp

OLTL is going to need another leading man since Victor, Todd and John are gone. I say bring back James DePaiva as Max Holden and hook him up with Tea or Blair. Max also has 2 children that would be in their 20’s that could fill the younger void left with Starr gone. Have Dani (Tea’s daughter) dating Max’s son and they meet in college. Matthew can be recast and be with Destiny still and their baby. Also Tonja Walker needs to totally be back as Alex and keep her 2 kids Cutter and “Aubrey” Kim and they could be recast.

Marfa
Marfa

Oh, totally agree, bring back James DePaiva. Also agree with bringing Alex back, she’s a real kick.

jim
jim

OLTL shouldve never been canceled with its ratings rising near the end. It was gaing back an audience which is proof enough people still want these types of shows. Its great the show is returning but being online i hope it works out. It should with so many fans cheering its return. But what if some fans dont like what they see and start tuning back out. Prospect Park might drop AMC and OLTL if it doesnt meet their expectations. I hope they succeed because OLTL had become my favorite series before it left the air.

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8 Years To The Day Of All My Children & One Life to Live Being Canceled; Still Considered By Many Worst Move For Daytime

It’s hard to believe that 8 years ago today on April 14th, 2011, the soap world, its fans, and the cast members, learned of the heartbreaking news that ABC, in one swift move, decimated its daytime line-up when they announced the cancellations of long running series, All My Children (which would end at its 41st year), and One Life to Live (which would ends its run in its 43rd year).

At the time, ABC announced it would move to more lifestyle/entertainment series to replace these dramas.  In its place came The Chew and The Revolution, neither show is still on the air today.  Executives at that time pointed to research saying that times are changing and that their decision was “guided by extensive research into what today’s daytime viewers want,” and blame, in part, “the changing viewing patterns of the audience” for the axing of AMC and OLTL

Then ABC Daytime President, Brian Frons had joked to Deadline about the big announcement that he: “Pre-entered the witness protection program prior to today’s events.”  He added that “The demise of the two venerable soaps was actually a year in the making.  A year ago, we started to look at our projections where the ratings for the soaps would go.  When those projections came in pretty discouraging, the network began to aggressively develop replacement shows, 15 of them.  Four of the 15 were picked up to pilot: The Chew and The Revolution and two others, a talk show and a dating show. Originally, the idea was to cancel only one daytime drama.  The way the ratings developed and the pilots turned out, the ratings developed negatively and pilots developed positively, so we decided to make a bigger shift.”  Of note is that when it went off the air, One Life to Live was in third place among its competitors in the ratings.

The press release that came with the cancellations stated: “To honor the core, passionate audience and their rich history both shows will conclude in a manner that respects their legacies and the longstanding hopes of many of their viewers.”

Following the cancellations daytime reeled. The mainstream was sure it meant the endings of the soaps, period.  However, four shows illustrated that is not true at all.  For Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless all remain, and still whether they are up or down in their numbers/ratings, they remain relevant and important to the enduring daytime viewing audience.

Sadly, as with any shows, the end of ABC’s AMC and OLTL meant loss of jobs for so many working in front of the camera and behind the scenes. One Life was the last soap opera in production in New York at the time.  AMC was already being shot in LA to cut costs to save it.

Still in 2019, if you venture on to social media, especially Twitter, you see fans constantly missing its stars and the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, wanting this wrong rectified.  Although Prospect Park tried to revive the show with their online versions, eventually after legal battles that went on for a few years, ABC now retains the right to these properties,

The good news is that many favorites from AMC and OLTL have found success and been hired on other soap operas, bringing their followings with them, whether it be on-screen, or in the writing, producing, directing or crew departments.

So, do you think the loss of AMC and OLTL consolidated daytime and made the remaining shows stronger so they would not be touched or canceled?  Do you think ABC should try to mount a resurrected AMC and OLTL or an amalgamation of the two?  Do you remember where you were when you learned the two soaps were cancelled? Was this the worst misstep of all-time for daytime? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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George R. R. Martin’s “Leak” Of New Hulu Series WILD CARDS Featuring Eden Riegel, Thorsten Kaye. and Greg Rikkart

April Fool’s Day started off with a bang today when Eden Riegel (Ex-Bianca, AMC) posted a photo of herself with Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, B&B) and Greg Rikaart (Ex-Leo, DAYS)  in a very intriguing image.  See above pic!  As it turns out, it’s said to be from behind the scenes from some leaked footage of the upcoming Hulu series, Wild Cards.

The premise of Wild Cards is based on the sci-fi anthology series edited by George R. R, Martin, best known for writing the “Song of Ice and Fire” novels, on which HBO’s Game of Thrones is based.  Riegel’s husband, Andrew Miller is the showrunner attached to the upcoming series.

On Martin’s website he teases the set-up of the “leaked” video clip:  “This was not supposed to go public.. Everybody (Well, everybody that has been paying attention knows that we are developing two Wild Cards as a series for Hulu  Andrew Miller has taken the reins as showrunner, a writing staff has been hired, and they have been hard at work for months.  What was NOT supposed to be known is how far they’ve come.  Not only have some scripts been finished, but the first show has gone into production and has been shooting.  That was supposed to be a deep dark secret, however.   We wanted to surprise the world. It’s hard to keep secrets in Hollyweird, however.  And now it appears that some of the rough footage has been leaked by person or persons unknown”

Meanwhile, Riegel sent out a series of tweets: “Hooo boy…cat’s out of the bag! Fans, please don’t judge our show based on these leaked videos!! The effects are going to knock your socks off. And my costars, and , are doing the best work of their lives!”  That was followed by, T”hank you for the chance to work with you on your first foray into soaps! I am humbled and honored. We won’t let you down.” And then, “I’m probably not allowed to share this with all the NDAs I signed, but damnit I’m just so proud of the team!  think we are breaking new ground for soaps. So proud to work with you!”

Now below, check out the Wild Cards “leaked footage” and let us know if you think of the …. um … drama! Comment below.  And one more thing … Happy April Fool’s!

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WATCH: All My Children Reunion On Strahan & Sara

On Monday’s episode of ABC’s Strahan & Sara, the show welcomed several stars of the beloved All My Children for a reunion, of sorts. Joining hosts Michael Strahan and Sara Haines were Susan Lucci (Erica), Walt Willey (Jack), Cady McClain (Dixie), Jacob Young (JR) and Jill Larson (Opal).

While it was wonderful to see the stars from Pine Valley again, it was also a painful reminder that this network, ABC, canceled the show, and had put in its place – The Chew, and now Strahan & Sara – since canning the series.   In fact, as you will see on the clips below, many of the crew who work on this talk show were once the crew for All My Children.

During the segment, Susan Lucci was tested to see if she remembered all of Erica Kane’s wedded names.  Later, Walt Willey and Susan re-created the final scene of the ABC version of All My Children between Erica and Jack, where Jack walks out on her.  However, this time, they have Jack changing his mind and coming back to Erica and sealing their relationship with a kiss – a moment of closure that never happened (since the show moved to online via Prospect Park).

In addition, Cady McClain and Jacob Young re-created the infamous Dixie “dying from eating poison pancakes” scene, as JR watches his mother die, only this time she lives.

It’s always great to see these veteran performers, but Strahan & Sara is trying to capture the soap viewers to put eyeballs on their show by bringing in talent from the show that sadly and wrongly went off the air.

Watch the clips below from the All My Children reunion below.  Then, let us know what you thought of it via the comment section below.

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