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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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All My Children Alum Christopher Lawford Dead At 63

Sad news to report this Wednesday.  Christopher Lawford, best known to soap fans as Charlie Brent on All My Children from 1992-95, as well in the role of Senator Jordan on General Hospital in 2004, passed away at age 63.

Lawford who is the son of the actor Peter Lawford, and Patricia Kennedy, and whose uncles were Ted, Robert and President John F. Kennedy apparently died at a Yoga Studio on Tuesday night during a health emergency according to a report from TMZ.

As of now, it is being reported that Christopher’s death appears to be from “natural causes.” The coroner is performing an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Christopher had battled addiction in his life back in the 70’s and 80’s.  The actor was also a New York Times best selling author with his book, ‘Symptoms of Withdrawal.’

Being the nephew of John F. Kennedy, Lawford also spent time in the political arena with staff positions with The Democratic National Committee, and campaigns whether it be at the national, state, or local level

Lawford’s cousin Kerry Kennedy announced his death on social media.

Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica Kane), Lawford’s co-star on All My Children, shared her thoughts on Instagram at his passing: “Such very sad news that wonderful Chris Lawford has passed away. Chris was so great to work with—always prepared and always with a smile and an ease about him. He was warm and charming whether on set at AMC—or working hard for his charity. My deepest sympathy to his family. RIP, Chris”

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Morgan Fairchild And Soap Notables Filming New LGBTQ Series ‘Mélange’

Over the next several days in New York, some very familiar faces to daytime soap fans are busy filming episodes of a new series entitled Melange, which stars Morgan Fairchild (most recently ex-Angelica, DAYS).

The series is set against the backdrop of a historic New York City gay bar named “Melange”, and the fight for ownership over it, when it’s proprietor has suddenly and mysteriously died.  Melange will explore themes of sexuality, immigration, addiction, power, and inclusion.

Guiding Light’s Robert Newman, All My Children’s Darnell Williams, One Life to Live’s Scott Evans ,  Kristen Alderson, Ilene Kristen, and David A. Gregory are some of the daytime faves tapped for roles in the series, which is said to be a half-hour drama.

In story, Newman, plays Syd Winchester, the deceased owner of ‘Mélange’. Scott Evans stars as Ryann Parker, a young man who fights to keep Mélange away from Syd’s wife, Vivian played by

Melange was created and being executive produce by Tom D’Angora, with former OLTL director and Emmy Award-winner, Gary Donatelli, and Tony Award winning producer, Tim Kashani.

According to Variety, at this time no network is currently attached to the project.

So, what do you think of the show concept of Mélange?  Intrigued by the cast?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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One Life to Live & All My Children Reunion Event Photo Gallery

Over the weekend, actors who appeared on two beloved legacy soap operas: All My Children and One Life to Live took part in a reunion event held over GH Fan Club Weekend.  And while the fans in attendance were excited to see some of their favorites, it was the former cast members themselves getting to see their former co-stars for the first time in years which made the event all the more touching.

Then, in big surprise to the attendees, none other than former One Life to Live star, Nathan Fillion showed up to give hugs to his former castmates including: Erin Torpey (Ex-Jessica), and James (Ex-Max) and Kassie DePaiva (Ex-Blair), among others.  Fillion, who has gone on to primetime success with his show Castle, and his upcoming new series on ABC, The Rookie, has never forgotten his beginnings in show business as Joe Buchanan!  Who can forget his on-screen affair with Robin Strasser’s Dorian, which sent Viki (Erika Slezak) into orbit!

Kassie DePaiva (now Eve on DAYS) told Michael Fairman TV on Fillion’s appearance that she had reached out to him to let him know about the event: “I knew the fans would love it.  He is very proud of his roots.”

When asked about seeing the original Blair, Mia Korf, at the same event whom she had never met, Kassie said, “I went, ‘There’s the real Blair,” but it was really nice meeting her.  You know with One Life to Live actors, even if you didn’t work with somebody there is such a camaraderie, which makes this show so special.”

All My Children fans were thrilled to see appearances by Rebecca Budig (Ex-Greenlee), Vincent Irizarry (Ex-David), Jordi Vilasuso, who will soon be seen in his new role on Y&R, and played Dr, Griffin Castillo in Pine Valley, and many more.

Check out our photo gallery of some of the past cast from both AMC and OLTL who showed up to say “hello again” to each other and the fans below.  Then, let us know if it makes you miss Pine Valley and Llanview all the more in the comment section, and which photo you liked the most!

Photo Credits: JPI Studios

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