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BREAKING NEWS: Frank Valentini signs on to EP OLTL at Prospect Park & named VP Serial Dramas for online venture!

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OK now, here is what we are talking about! Some fantastic news for One Life to Live fans, but more importantly soap viewers everywhere!  According to an exclusive with Deadline.com, Prospect Park has locked in One Life to Live’s executive producer Frank Valentini.  The talented exec has signed a deal with the company to continue with the serial drama when Llanview moves online!

But that is not all folks! Additionally, Valentini has also been named VP Serial Dramas for Prospect Park’s new online network. In this role, Valentini will work closely with Prospect Park partners Jeff Kwatinetz and Rich Frank and their executive team on programming strategies, including the upcoming relaunch of All My Children. “Frank’s successful track record both creatively and produce-orially with One Life to Live has been stellar and we are honored that he has also agreed to take on more responsibilities at our new network. Under Frank Valentini’s stewardship, One Life to Live’s popularity and ratings continue to increase, and his commitment to us is another milestone in our commitment to relaunching One Life to Live with the best possible quality and storylines for audiences everywhere, stated Prospect Park’s, Rich Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz.

Valentini stated, “I am thrilled to join the Prospect Park team continuing my role as the executive producer of One Life to Live. As we enter this new chapter, I must extend a very big, heartfelt thank you to the show’s creator Agnes Nixon who has always been generous with her support of our vision of her creation, ABC for affording me an incomparable experience for the past 26 years at One Life to Live and the fans with their unwavering passion determined not to let their shows go away. The cast and crew is my family and I am very proud to have this opportunity to continue working with this talented and dedicated team. And finally, I must extend a huge thanks to Rich Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz of Prospect Park, whose pioneering innovation is giving us more life to live.”

So what do you think OLTL and AMC fans? This is good and some reassuring news that someone who completely “get’s it” is now coming aboard the new venture!  Congrats to Frank and onward and upward we go!

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Torrey
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Torrey

Yay, Frank!!! Glad to hear this news.

JONNYSBRO
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JONNYSBRO

WOW Prospect Park sure gave Frank Valentini the big promotion. Not only does he continue in his current role but making Vice President of Seriel Dramas is HUGE. I don’t think any executive producer in soap history has added Vice President to their resume and will be involved with all aspects of relaunch, creative control, AMC relaunch and probably future PP seriel projects. Frank got himself a good promotion.

MEG
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MEG

UNLESS HE BRINGS TREVOR ABOARD I WON’T WATCH ,

david
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david

I agree. OLTL is so gutted now I can barely watch. Besides TSJ, Strasser and others have to be resigned or OLTL may sink. I don’t know how confident I am about Frank when he stood by with TSJ and Strasser exiting early. Why hasn’t Florencia Lozano been resigned already? Victor and Tea together are the best (their friendship or fights with Blair are good too).

leah
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leah

tell him to make sure he puts trevor stjohn back in as todd or victor-who ever as long as he is on the show.

todd
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todd

This is amazing news! Now I am convinced OLTL will not only succeed, but thrive online. I know they won’t be able to get the entire cast to sign on, but I feel better knowing that the show will at least “feel” like OLTL when it airs v2.0. Now just looking forward to the next group of names…..Roger, Florencia, Illene Kristen, Bob and Hillary, Jerry, Robin, Kristen Alderson, and hoping for Scott Evans and Brett Claywell. I am ok with losing the characters of the Fords, Carlotta, Rama and Vimal, Aubry or Kristina. I am not committed to Destiny and… Read more »

Brian Greene
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Brian Greene

This is great news for super-handsome Frankie Valentini. Go, Frankie, Go–Whoo, Whoo!! 🙂 🙂

Torrey
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Torrey

Being that Destiny, Sean and their Parents/Grandparents are the only African-American family represented on the show, I hope they continue on with the online series.

Megan Gordon
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Megan Gordon

That is fantastic news! OLTL is by far the best show on ABC daytime… the network made a huge mistake cancelling the show as it’s ratings continue to climb. ABC loss is Prospect Park’s gain. Congrats, Mr. Valentini!

mike
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mike

If ABC had put Frank in charge of Daytime at the network the soaps never would have been cancelled. The people who run Prospect Park are very smart, now they have to sign Ron Carvalati, Roger Howarth, and Robin Strasser.

Brian T
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Brian T

I am so happy! Frank is outstanding and everything the cast has said about the way he treats them says a lot. He should have had Brian Frons position and maybe OLTL and AMC would both still be on ABC. So ABC’s loss is Prospect Parks gain IMO. Good luck Frank and congrats!

D
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D

This is great news! As Cameron Matheson said in his interview with GMA that just as soaps transitioned from radio to TV….now with TV to the Internet….it gives them a whole new life!

Tricia Cimo
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Tricia Cimo

Such a shame. I’ve been a fan of AMC since its first episode. I became a fan of OLTL when I failed to shut my TV off after AMC and have been a fan ever since. Daytime will never be the same. Congrats to Frank V.–at least they got that right!

Nancy Wizner
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Nancy Wizner

And speaking of AMC, what’s going on with that? It’s a bit to quiet!!!!

Lew
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Lew

Great news!!!!

Scott
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Scott

WORST. NEWS.

He’ll tank AMC. I don’t like his judgement. I’ve hated OLTL for over a year, now I guess I’ll hate AMC now too. Horrible news Prospect Park.

Torrey
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Torrey

AMC needs no help in that department…..they’ve been doing well at tanking themselves, for quite some time now.

Scott
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Scott

I have to disagree. AMC is a much stronger programme than OLTL has been in the past year(s).

He’s going to tank AMC like he’d done OLTL.

Torrey
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Torrey

Then we will have to agree to disagree….because OLTL is far superior to AMC, in my opinion. AMC hasn’t been watchable for at least 4 or 5 years now…. Go back to when they killed off some of the great characters of the show, or at least I thought they were….Dixie, Julia, Edmond, Babe and others I can’t remember right now, but I’m sure they’ll come to me later. Then the whole fiasco with Bianca, Reese, Greenlee, Zach which led to the whole drama with Bianca carrying Zach’s baby & Spike being hurt by Greenlee’s hand…then the whole Ryan/Greenlee takeover… Read more »

Scott
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Scott

AMC has been amazing, OLTL has been the unwatchable one. The writing has been horrific, and the stories have just been dreadful. I’m not surprised ABC canned it, I saw it coming. Should’ve happened before ATWT.

Blake
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Blake

Agree with Torrey, it’s OLTL that’s been on fire for years. AMC has fizzled for years thanks to people like that head writer Chuck Pratt. Hell, even Susan Lucci acknowledges this!!!!

Scott
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Scott

The show has steadily gone uphill since Pratt was fired. OLTL has fizzled. I can’t watch it it’s so horrific.

jp
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jp

OLTL has been awesome. AMC has bored me for years.

aria
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aria

thank god he’s staying at oltl i thought abc would promote him an put him in charge of gh and then turn that show into a show w/ all the guys taking their shirts off, and add silly plot twist and make the characters more stupid like they are on his show. so what a relief i don’t have to worry about a trio of siblings checking in to gh and taking turns showing off their bodies, no silly porno plots, or psycho twins ect..

hope
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hope

Yayyyy! Frank Valentini I am your biggest fan! As of late the man himself has been directing episodes and they have been stellar. I know he is the reason that OLTL is so classy and is the show of the grown and sexy. On the other hand AMC ( I am a fan) feels like its more for co-eds. That’s not a slam either.

tina
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tina

This is the best news!!! I was so afraid the rumors FV was going to GH might be true. I have always thought highly of FV and this just adds to my admiration; he is staying with our best show on TV, OLTL! We have Michael Easton, KDP, ES and Ted King with FV still at the wheel, so that’s a great start right there! Get Roger Howarth and it will be the best of the best! I hope BF eats his heart out over this for canceling OLTL for no reason! Many thanks to FV for taking a chance… Read more »

stacy
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stacy

This makes me sooooooo happy, I have been watching OLTL since I was 12 yrs old, I’m now 33. They are like family, I know that sounds cheesy, but I’m not looking forward to them going off the air. Now all we need is a cable network to pick up the online episodes so we can TIVO them. Again Thank You, Thank You

Jan
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Jan

So do we need a account for this online Soap viewing now?
Yes he’s pretty great because he emailed me once with insurance but then the actor in question decided to leave. But he wants to come back. Brandon Buddy.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

Since Brian Frons is stepping down in Jan. They should reconsider their deceision about OLTL……..Whoever is taking his place should override Brian Frons cancellation of OLTL………..It has provided entertaiment to millions of viewers and provided good employment to dozen of talented, dedicated writers & actors /actresses..Yes! OLTL & AMC have been groundbreaking for DECADES! Let’s Never forget all these two shows have done to raise social consciousness of THE DAYTIME VIEWING AUDIENCE! The emotional content, sentimentality , stock characters,and THE ENTERTAINMEMT! We should NOT GIVE Up……Let’s FIGHT TO KEEP OLTL ON THE TELEVISION ! If not ABC then another CABLE… Read more »

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Kelly Ripa & Ryan Seacrest Remember Regis Philbin on ‘Live’, while Kathie Lee Gifford Recalls Last Moments With Him On ‘Today’

On Monday, Regis Philbin, who passed away at 88-years-old over the weekend, was remembered on morning television where he spent most of his career, by his former co-hosts.  On Live with Kelly and Ryan, an emotional Ripa along with Seacrest honored the man they had come to know

Ryan shared: “It’s been a very difficult and emotional day for all of us at Live. Kelly, I know a tough weekend for you especially because you worked with our dear friend, a friend that passed away over the weekend, Regis Philbin. A legend on television. A best friend to so many of us who didn’t even know him, across the country.”

Ripa, co-hosted Live! with Philbin for 11 years, said mentioned that she and her husband Mark Consuelos were lucky to have their children surrounding them over the weekend when they learned of Philbin’s death.

Through her tears, Kelly expressed:  “As people get older, you always know that certain things are inevitable, and passing away is one of those things, but Regis is one of the people that we all believed, I think, would somehow figure out a way around the inevitable. It was not in the cards.”

Meanwhile over on NBC, Kathie Lee Gifford appeared on the Today Show remembering her enduring friendship and working relationship with Regis. Gifford co-hosted Live with Regis and Kathie Lee for many years.

Overcome with emotion, Kathie Lee recalled her final visit with Philbin and his wife Joy during a visit to the East Coast. Gifford now lives in Tennessee.

Gifford shared how she called The Philbins and said, “Can we get together, can we have some lunch?’ So they came over about two weeks ago,  We just had the best time.”’

However, Kathie Lee noted after they said their goodbyes:“I just thought to myself, ‘Lord’, is that the last time I’m going to see my friend?’ Cause he was failing, I could tell.  I was just so grateful the Lord gave me that final time.”  She also shared moments with her talk with Joy after Regis’ passing, where Joy said,”Kathie he hadn’t laughed in a long, long time.  I was so worried about him.  The day that we came to have lunch with you was the last time I heard him laugh.”

On their on-screen partnership, Kathie Lee said of her time with Regis: “We always respected each other’s opinions so highly. You know, in all the years we were together, we never had one cross word.”

Watch below the segments from Live with Kelly and Ryan and The Today Show with Kathie Lee below as they remember and honor Regis Philbin.

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TV Icon Regis Philbin Dead At 88; Kathie Lee Gifford, Kelly Ripa and Susan Lucci Pay Tribute

Sad news to report on Saturday.  Legendary TV host and personality, Regis Philbin has passed away at the age of 88.  The Daytime Emmy-winning host, was famous for is morning shows including Live with Regis and Kathie Lee for 15 years, and its later incarnation Live with Regis and Kelly,  hosting Who Wants To Be a Millionaire. beauty pageants, his night club shows with former All My Children star, Susan Lucci, and so much more.

In a statement his family shared: “We are deeply saddened to share that our beloved Regis Philbin passed away last night of natural causes, one month shy of his 89th birthday,His family and friends are forever grateful for the time we got to spend with him — for his warmth, his legendary sense of humor, and his singular ability to make every day into something worth talking about.. We thank his fans and admirers for their incredible support over his 60-year career and ask for privacy as we mourn his loss.'”

TMZ is reporting late Saturday afternoon that they confirmed with the Medical Examiner that Regis died from heart disease. He was pronounced dead Saturday at Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, CT

Philbin’s accolades included: Daytime Emmy Awards wins for Outstanding Talk Show Host for Live! in 2001 and 2011 as well as Outstanding Game Show Host for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.  Regis received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003 and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Daytime Emmy Awards in 2008.  He was nominated for 37 Daytime Emmy Awards throughout his career.  In addition, according to Guinness World Records, Regis holds the world record for most hours on US television with more than 16,700 hours clocked.

Three women who worked so closely with Regis each took to Instagram this afternoon to share their grief and memories of their dear friend, and in some cases mentor:

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Kathie Lee Gifford expressed on Philbin’s passing: “There are no words to fully express the love I have for my precious friend, Regis. I simply adored him and every day with him was a gift. We spent 15 years together bantering and bickering and laughing ourselves silly—a tradition and a friendship we shared up to this very day. I smile knowing somewhere in Heaven, at this very moment, he’s making someone laugh. It brings me great comfort knowing that he had a personal relationship with his Lord that brought him great peace. I send all the love in my heart to Joy, to his children, to the rest of his family and to the innumerable people he touched over his legendary life. There has never been anyone like him. And there never will be.”

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Kelly Ripa who took over from Gifford and co-hosted with Regis for many years shared along with Ryan Seacrest: “We are beyond saddened to learn about the loss of Regis Philbin. He was the ultimate class act, bringing his laughter and joy into our homes everyday on Live for more than 23 years. We were beyond lucky to have him as a mentor in our careers and aspire everyday to fill his shoes on the show. We send our deepest love and condolences to his family and hope they can find some comfort in knowing he left the world a better place.”

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Susan Lucci, shared an emotional message: “Oh, Regis—I am so shocked and so incredibly sad to learn of your passing. Your warmth and charm and devilish sense of humor made the world fall in love with you—and all of us who had the privilege and joy to work with you adored you! Those five years we traveled the country appearing together on stage are full of some of my favorite memories. Helmut and I send our love and heartfelt sympathy to beautiful Joy and your entire family.  You were one of a kind, Rege—🎼There Will Never Ever Be Another You🎼 RIP, Regis—and thank you”

Philbin is survived by daughters J.J. Philbin and Joanna Philbin, whom he shared with his wife of 50 years, Joy Philbin. He was also father to daughter Amy Philbin, whom he shared with his first wife Catherine Faylen. Philbin and Faylen had another child, son Daniel Philbin, who passed away in 2014.

Share your thoughts and condolences on the passing of Regis Philbin in the comment section below.  

 

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There are no words to fully express the love I have for my precious friend, Regis. I simply adored him and every day with him was a gift. We spent 15 years together bantering and bickering and laughing ourselves silly—a tradition and a friendship we shared up to this very day. I smile knowing somewhere in Heaven, at this very moment, he’s making someone laugh. It brings me great comfort knowing that he had a personal relationship with his Lord that brought him great peace. I send all the love in my heart to Joy, to his children, to the rest of his family and to the innumerable people he touched over his legendary life. There has never been anyone like him. And there never will be.

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‘Strahan, Sara and Keke’ Canceled by ABC; Show Aired In Timeslot That Once Housed ‘All My Children’

No matter a network tries to do, replacing All My Children, which ran for 41 years on ABC has remained as everyone that follows the world of daytime drama knows, problematic.  Now come word via Page Six that Strahan, Sara and Keke has been canceled.

The show hosted by Michael Strahan, Sara Haines and Keke Palmer if you recall, replaced the foodie show, The Chew which ran for seven seasons and was the first show to air in the timeslot that belonged for over four decades to All My Children. 

Back in March of this year, Strahan, Sara and Keke took a break to make way for ABC’s News  Pandemic: What You Need to Know, a daily coronavirus report anchored by Amy Robach, Dr. Jen Ashton and sometimes TJ Holmes.

However, because the show did well in that two-week experimental run it morphed into GMA 3: What You Need to Know.  The new version of the show also talked about hot topics in the current news cycle, as well.

ABC’s Catherine McKenzie began producing the “GMA3” show four months ago and the network officially announced her as Executive Producer of the program on Thursday.

While ABC has yet to officially announce Strahan, Sara and Keke is over, a spokesperson told Page Six: “We’re proud of our teams at ‘SSK’ and ‘GMA3’ and how quickly they transitioned to producing a daily show to give people the news and information they need during an unprecedented pandemic, and conversations continue about how the show will evolve in the months ahead.”

It appears that Strahan, Sara and Keke won’t be returning; the future as many of their staff have transitioned over to ‘GMA 3’ with producers from ABC News Live, (the streaming division), helmed by McKenzie.

As for the futures of Strahan, Haines and Palmer; Strahan will continues to host Good Morning America, and they are all actively under contract with the network.

So, what do you think of  ‘Strahan, Sara and Kek’e being replaced by ‘GMA 3: What You  Need to Know’?  How long do you think that show will last in the timeslot once taken up by residents of Pine Valley? Comment below.

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