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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
Torrey

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

JONNYSBRO
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
MEG

UNLESS HE BRINGS TREVOR ABOARD I WON’T WATCH ,

david
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
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
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 Sean either. I hope they can hold on to JPL, Farah, and Austin. Also hope they can convince Amanda Sutton to stay on as Kimberly. She is a natural.

Brian Greene
Brian Greene

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

Torrey
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
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
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
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
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
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
Nancy Wizner

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

Lew
Lew

Great news!!!!

Scott
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
Torrey

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

Scott
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
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 the show campaign… AMC has been on the downward spiral for some time now…And OLTL just keeps getting better and better. The only complaints I have is that they need to bring back Robin Strasser and Trevor St. John….and I wouldn’t complain if Lindsey came back to town either…lol

Scott
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
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
Scott

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

jp
jp

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

aria
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
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
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 to stay with his wonderful cast and crew and devoted fans like me!

stacy
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
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.
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 CHANNEL!!!!! We don’t want THE REVOLUTION To come about on Jan. 16 2012…………..What will it take to get threw to ABC/Disney/daytime!!!!!!!!!!!!!We don’t want this show on daytime programming .. We have Dr. OZ at 4:00 P. M. on Abc For medical information.. Why do we need two medical information shows on back to back.of each other!!!!!!!!Doesn’t make any sense..This reality show The Revolution won’t last a month!!! Look at The Chew ,their ratings didn’t take long to crash. none is interested in these shows… We want ENTERTAINMENT not INFORMATION!!!!!!!!!!! They don’t care what the viewers want at all !!!!!!!!!!!!!! ABC isn’t going to have much of a viewing audience for daytime programming with these new shows they are trying so hard to shove this garbage down our throats,each and everyday pushing the commericals for these garbage shows…One last thing rality shows are cheap & BORING!!! SAVE OUR STORIES…. KEEP ONE LIFE TO LIVE ON TELEVISION…………..SOAP FANS FIGHT FOR ONE LIFE TO LIVE NOW! NEVER GIVE UP THE FIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!! BECAUSE DAYTIME PROGRAMMING WILL NEVER BE THE SAME WITHOUT OUR SOAPS(OLTL) OLTL FOREVER!!!!

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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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