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BETTER BREAKING NEWS: Slezak, Easton, DePaiva, King confirmed with OLTL when it moves online!

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Great news today for One Life to Live fans!  The best of the best, Erika Slezak (Viki), the 40 year star of the series has agreed to stay with the series when its launched online via Prospect Park in 2012!  According to Deadline.com, in addition to Slezak, two other fan favorites, Michael Easton (John) and Kassie DePaivia (Blair) have also agreed to be part of the new venture.  And relative newbie to Llanview, but not to soaps, Ted King (Tomas) is also reportedly in!

Prospect Park issued this statement below on the deal with the first quartet of actors to come with the show when it heads to the web:

Official Statement: “Pending a final agreement with AFTRA, Prospect Park has confirmed that One Life to Live cast members Ted King (Tomas Delgado), Michael Easton (John McBain), Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer) and star of stars Erika Slezak who plays Lord family matriarch Victoria Lord, have agreed to deals to join the company’s new production of One Life to Live. This marks the first confirmation of cast members since Prospect Park began planning for the soap production to live on the new online network beyond its finale January televised date on ABC.”

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The importance by the way of Prospect Park closing a deal for the actors with American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, is it will then enable the studio to sell a second window of One Life to Life to cable network.

Clearly with Erika Slezak in place, the shows high-ratings, the purchase of the sets ( as we have already reported via Jerry verDorn) and some of these other key members signing on, there should be not much doubt that One Life will be given a great opportunity to succeed on online!

On-Air On-Soaps will also continue with key updates on this developing story!

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Susan Hoffman
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Susan Hoffman

Now all they need is the fantabulous Robin Strasser!!! :o)

David
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David

YES!

cher62
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cher62

Very happy to hear that PP has gotten several OLTL returns. We need Strasser back!

Danielle
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Danielle

They need Robin Strasser, Jerry Verdorn, Florencia Lozano, Kim Zimmer, Tuc Watkins, Illene Kristen, Bob Woods, and Hilary B Smith AND They NEED AND DESERVE TO BE ON CABLE TV!!!

Torrey
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Torrey

Amen!! I think most will follow, now that they have The Star of the show, Ms. Slezak….and I hope that OLTL ends up on Cable Tv. It so deserves the opportunity.

lipstickcat
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lipstickcat

Erika Slezak is a team player! Not like Susan Lucci who won’t be going with AMC because of all her demands! Now all we need is a cable channel to pick it up!

kay killgore
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kay killgore

I hope it works for OLTL fans I just won’t be watching I just cannot sit in front of a computer for an hour so hopefully you guys who can will keep me up to date!! Good Luck OLTL!!!

Ceridwyn2
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Ceridwyn2

This is fantastic news! All the best for the OLTL actors, crews, production teams! I WILL be watching when they and AMC go online in January.

Brian Greene
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Brian Greene

Thank goodness they’re staying with the show! 🙂

Harrry
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Harrry

Without a cable deal it is all a waste of time and money.

Blake
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Blake

I hope it goes to cable also. But I agree that Strasser needs to be on there. I hope Tuc Watkins and Kim Zimmer go on there also. I also think the actors who play Natalie, Brody, Todd, Tea, Dani, Starr, Jack, Sam come also. I’d like to see Kelly come back (with better story)

Rob
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Rob

Class acts. Fans went to a lot of trouble to keep these people employed and these guys deserve a round of applause, unlike Susan Lucci.

Ellen
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Ellen

Glad to hear that some of my favorites have already signed on, hopefully that is the start of many more to come. I look forward to remaining an avid fan of OLTL!!!! Thank you Prospect Park, and I hope this is something Brian Frons will end up regretting letting go of, something tells me he will.

jp
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jp

Great news. I think alot of other actors who play Clint, Bo, Nora, Rex, Jessica, Natalie,Todd and Tea will hopefully follow and continue on. I believe they will get picked up by cable if loyal viewers follow to the online version. Robin Strasser and Gina Toginoni need to come back too.

Margie
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Margie

So glad that Kassie and Erika are the first ladies of Llanview. They are the heart of the show. I hope RH, Robin, and all of the Buchs , Cramers and Mannings sign on next.

david
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david

Such a wonderful contrast compared to the report concerning Susan Lucci. This is a great start, but please Prospect Park, continue to resign the other significant actors to reunite the entertaining ensemble that makes OLTL. Thank you–Slezak, DePaiva, Easton, King–for agreeing to return.

KESM
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KESM

I think it’s great Sleazak is giving Prospect Park a shot. But even with several key members of the cast, who is going to write the show? OLTL head writer is with GH now. We all know the actors can’t do it alone. It depends what you do with the cast. I haven’t seen anything about who the write or produce the show. Doesn’t that count to?

Cheryl
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Cheryl

I am ecstatic to hear that MY faves will be joining PP! Thank you, Prospect Park, for purchasing our soaps and thank you Michael, Kassie, Ted and Erika for joining PP! Now all I need is MA(Melissa Archer) to join Michael and PP so my Jolie can still be seen!!

linda otey
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linda otey

is there any chance this show can still be saved by internet,cable, or another network,and is not is there any chance we can ever buy the episodes on dvd. thank you linda otey

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Exec Prod Frank Valentini On GH’s Return with New Episodes: “There is a Bang and a Surprise and a Twist”

Monday, General Hospital will finally be airing a new episode – the first in months due to COVID-19 – which had previously shut down production of the show.  Now with safety protocols in place, GH will become the first ABC network show back on TV with original installments.

GH’s executive producer, Frank Valentini spoke to ABC 7 Los Angeles’ entertainment guru George Pennacchio on the legacy soap opera’s return and picking up the story where things left off.

Valentini offered up for Monday’s episode: “The very first few seconds of the show, I think, will blow a lot of the audience’s mind because there’s a big surprise that we inserted in.”

Meanwhile, viewers know that their is a major custody case going on for Wiley/Jonah, and that Mike’s (Max Gail) battle with Alzheimer’s could wrap in the coming months if the story continues as it had before the shut down.

However, Valentini shared that fans have some very exciting things to look forward to on GH: “There is a bang and a surprise and a twist and it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

In addition, Pennacchio reports that the GH Nurses’ Ball will return sometime in August, which usually airs in May, but didn’t, because of COVID-19 this past spring.

As to how GH will handle the love scenes, the kisses, and the intimate moments between characters which are a staple of the genre during the health crisis, Frank expressed:”Physical intimacy is limited.  We’re going to leave a lot more to the imagination.”

So, what surprises do you think are in store as previewed by Valentini when GH returns with new episodes? Comment below.

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MONDAY: Melody Thomas Scott On ‘The Talk’ To Discuss Her Memoir, ‘Always Young and Restless’

The Young and the Restless iconic Melody Thomas Scott will be virtually visiting the ladies of CBS’ The Talk this coming Monday, August 3rd (2PM ET/1PM PT).

Melody, who plays Genoa City’s one and only Nikki Newman, will be promoting the release of her upcoming memoir, Always Young and Restless: My Life On and Off America’s #1 Daytime Drama which is due out on August 18th.

Last year, the actress celebrated her 40th year on Y&R.

Now below, check out the promo for Monday’s episode of The Talk with Melody.

Then let us know, are you looking forward to reading Melody’s memoir? Comment below.

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Breaking News

Lindsay Hartley On Temporarily Replacing GH’s Kelly Monaco: “Some Big Shoes To Fill … Precious Too.”

When General Hospital returned to shooting new episodes amid the coronavirus pandemic, Sam McCall looked a bit different temporarily and that’s because the role was played for a bit by soap veteran Lindsay Korman-Hartley (Ex-Passions, All My Children, and Days of our Lives).

Hartley has been subbing for series star, Kelly Monaco (Sam) and according to Daytime Confidential is filling in only for a few weeks in the role,

Lindsay tweeted when the news broke: “Some big shoes to fill…precious too. I hope you enjoy watching Sam as much as I have enjoyed playing her, temporarily.”

In addition on Friday, Monaco’s mom, took to Twitter and informed a fan of Kelly’s the status of her daughter’s health which was good news that she will be back (as it looks as of now) on Monday to tape new episodes of GH,

Carmina Monaco shared:”Kelly is great and should be back on set Monday. 14 day quarantine after a breathing problem with mask 1st day back. 3 negative Covid test, I’d say she is better than great. Thank you for all of the love,”

GH fans are eagerly awaiting new episodes of the long-running ABC daytime drama series to begin airing, and they won’t have to wait much longer as this coming Monday, August 3rd, the story picks back up.

We look forward to Kelly’s return to the series in the role she made soap-famous, while Lindsay takes over to keep the character present in the storylines.

So, what do you think of Lindsay being the temp recast for Kelly? Glad to know Kelly is doing OK? Share your thoughts below.

 

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