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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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B&B’s Matthew Atkinson On Gaining Custody of Douglas: “Thomas Just Wants to Take His Rightful Place”

On The Bold and the Beautiful, Thomas (Matthew Atkinson) wants to be more of an active father to his son, Douglas (Django Ferri), who has been living with Hope (Annika Noelle) and Liam (Scott Clifton).

When confronted with this news, Hope is not too happy, because she could lose being mother to the little boy, who she has come to love as her own.

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In the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest (on newsstands now), Atkinson shared on the story: “Thomas just wants to take his rightful place. He’s not saying they are no longer a family. It’s just the opposite.  He’s not prying Douglas away from Hope.  He knows Douglas has bonded with Hope, Liam and Beth, and he believes they can all make it work.”

The question is, will Thomas resort to extreme measures as he has in the past to get what he wants, or will he work this out with Hope and Liam?

Check out the latest promo for this week’s action on B&B below.

Now let us know, do you want Thomas to have more of a relationship with his son, Douglas? Should the boy live between all three ‘parents’? Should Douglas fight for solo custody? Comment below.

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AW and OLTL Alum, Robyn Griggs Dead at 49

In more heartbreaking soap news this weekend, Robyn Griggs had lost her battle with cancer.  The actress, best-known to daytime viewers as Stephanie on One Life to Live and Maggie on Another World, passed away at age 49.

The news came on Saturday via Griggs’ official Facebook posted, where in a statement it noted: “Hi everyone, With a heavy heart, I am saddened to announce Robyn’s passing. However, she is no longer suffering and would want us to remember that and the good memories. I will never forget how open she was to telling her story, and accepting of me helping her tell it. She wanted to help people and spread the word of her story to do it. I was honored to do so. RIP my friend, I love you and smile when I think of you.”

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From 1991-1992, Griggs found her first soap success playing the part of One Life’s Stephanie Hobart.  Later, in 1993-1995, she played AW’s Maggie Cory.  Robyn was also a singer and signed a recording deal with RCA Records.

Robyn had been battling stage 4 Endocervical Adeno cancer.  Back on July 7th, Griggs had taken a turn for the worse, sharing on Facebook, “Unfortunately, I have 4 new tumors …2 new tumors on my liver, one on the abdominal muscle, and a large one on the right side lymph node.” On August 11th, her father shared Robyn was put into hospice care.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Robyn Griggs Riley and her loved ones in the comment section below.

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Anne Heche, ‘Another World’ Alum and TV and Film Star, Dead at 53

Following a catastrophic brain injury from crashing her car into a home last week and suffering severe burns, actress Anne Heche has been declared brain-dead at the age of 53.

In a statement from a rep for Heche’s friends and family, they expressed: “Today we lost a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend.  Anne will be deeply missed but she lives on through her beautiful sons, her iconic body of work, and her passionate advocacy. Her bravery for always standing in her truth, spreading her message of love and acceptance, will continue to have a lasting impact.”

Heche is legally dead according to California law, although her heart is still beating she has not been taken off life support in order to allow for organ donations to take place and to find the right recipients.

 

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Anne’s eldest son, Homer 20, said in a statement to PEOPLE on his mom’s passing:  “My brother Atlas and I lost our Mom. After six days of almost unbelievable emotional swings, I am left with a deep, wordless sadness. Hopefully my mom is free from pain and beginning to explore what I like to imagine as her eternal freedom. Over those six days, thousands of friends, family, and fans made their hearts known to me. I am grateful for their love, as I am for the support of my Dad, Coley, and my stepmom Alexi who continue to be my rock during this time. Rest In Peace Mom, I love you.”

The talented actress is best-known to soap opera fans for her Daytime Emmy-winning dual roles as twins, Vicky and Marley Hudson on Another World.  She had two sons, Homer with her ex Coley Laffoon and Atlas, 13, with actor James Tupper.

Throughout her career Heche appeared on TV shows and films includingL Men in Trees, If These Walls Could TalkDonnie BrascoI Know What You Did Last SummerSix Days, Seven Nights, and Gus Van Zant’s 1998 remake of Psycho. Back in 2020, Anne became a celebrity contestant on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

Heche’s stormy relationship with Ellen DeGeneres made headlines throughout her career, and today, DeGeneres shared: “This is a sad day. I’m sending Anne’s children, family and friends all of my love.”

Michael Fairman chatted with Anne back in 2020, in a memorable conversation for You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel touching upon her career start on Another World, being a champion for the LGBTQ community, her relationship with DeGeneres, the ups and down in her career, and her demons and childhood past.

You can watch the conversation below.

Now, share your thoughts, condolences, and remembrances for Anne Heche via the comment section.

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