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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.

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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
Susan Hoffman

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

David
David

YES!

cher62
cher62

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

Danielle
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
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
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
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
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
Brian Greene

Thank goodness they’re staying with the show! 🙂

Harrry
Harrry

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

Blake
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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