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Erika Slezak Posts Message On One Life to Live Production Being Put On Hold!

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Erika Slezak (Viki) of One Life to Live took to her website to post a message to her fans on the news of One Life to Live being delayed being put back into production by Prospect Park pending resolution of their lawsuit with ABC.

Her message simply stated,”When these issues are worked out between Prospect Park and ABC/Disney, we will resume, but unfortunately there is no timetable.  I sincerely thank all of you for watching and supporting us and keep your fingers crossed for a speedy resolution.”

So after having a day to absorb the news of One Life to Live not returning to production just yet, and now Erika’s message, are you hopeful that as soon as there is resolution of the lawsuit that the show will be brought back for a second season?  Comment below!

 

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AJ
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AJ

I feel better, I don’t think Erika would lie about that.. if she says they’ll be back, I believe her.. never believed they’d be cancelled. The whole ‘there is no timetable’ thing is a little scary, if it takes TOO long.. what’s to stop the actors from moving on if they can? After the whole union thing that stopped things for a week and now this, the actors and crew must be feeling a whole lot of job security. I do believe PP has ‘shutdown’ OLTL to show the judge/court that they are unable to go on while they carry… Read more »

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I agree with you 100%!!! It was the writing!!!

Nancy
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Nancy

I never said a word but just watched. I knew the minute I saw Thom Racina, I do not know why, I knew he was not the right person. I writing stunk but I continued to watch. OLTL has other writers besides Ron and I know that they could get someone who has a better grasp of the characters. I agree it was the writing. I am so upset once again. Thanks ABC/PP

Kiki Smith
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Kiki Smith

they fired the writers and then new writers stuff had just started to air!

Keith
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Keith

I agree, but the longer it drags out the less likely it will return. We can all thank Ron Carveli and Frank Valenti for this mess. IMO fans should be mad at them and hold them responsible. They plagiarized OLTL to boost GH ratings and because they can’t write GH. Ron was an attorney so he should know intellectual property law. It should be a slam dunk case. ABC/GH violated PP rights. I hope PP uses this time to get a new show opening and fix the writing and sets. AMC was much better.

su0000
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su0000

It has nothing to with the writing, that is nonsense.. lol
It is law suit, nothing other than a lawsuit that needs to be handled.
We all know of the lawsuit and ABC and PP will work it out..

This will pass as all the many obstetrical’s PP has conquered . 🙂

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

No one said the writing is connected to the lawsuit…they are complaing that poor writing isnt attracting enough loyal followers and new viewers to the show as AMC has done…

Bryon
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Bryon

Well said, I agree. AMC had lost many of their main characters and did well. Hope the 2nd season returns quickly and this lawsuit is resolved.

Tony Polar
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Tony Polar

That’s the truth – they really honestly need better writing. The actors are doing their very best to breathe life into fairly lackluster scripts ~ and we’re talking about some extremely fine actors here – they deserve to work with better written material than has been dispensed thus far for the on line inception of One Life.

Sharon
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Sharon

I agree with you. Its is simply a ploy on the part of PP but the judge will be able to see through that. And PP playing games will probably not sit well with the judge who might even sanction them for breaking their contract and for filing frivolous charges. I guess we will see when this goes to trial in a few years.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Plus all ABC has to do is point out that PP went ahead and used the GH storylines anyway when they couldve easily rewritten them…

Karim
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Karim

If we’re lucky Cole and Hope will be reunited with Starr in the future. I just hope this problem will end soon, so we may continue watching our favourite Soap Opera. Although it would be much more simpler if ABC and PP made a merger, then becoming one company and all rights are allowed between one another. Quite Frankly, I wish they never canceled OLTL in the first place.

Mike
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Mike

It was a slow start for OLTL, But I see the writers improving at the end of Season 1. Praying that this is not going to be long!

Kathleen Coviello
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Kathleen Coviello

I’m heartbroken that OLTL is being held up for lawsuit. I’m sad and outraged. But, I am enjoying the reruns of OLTL at 1.30pm on the OWN network. Praying for their quick return.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Im not going to play a guessing game if its coming back or not…im patient enough to wait and see…if it comes back…GREAT!!!…if it doesnt im not going to loose any sleep over it…a lot of shows i liked get cancelled!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

If Todd, John and Starr is so important to the OLTL reboot, why didnt PP see to it that ABC put a clause in the actors contract that GH/ABC must release the actors from the show so they could return to OLTL before it began plus PP shouldve had a signed agreement with the three if any of them wanted to return b4 they joined GH and if any didnt, then they couldnt join GH as a OLTL character in the first damn place…then those who werent returning to the reboot could simply be recast…PP couldve simply rewritten the storyline… Read more »

OLTLFan
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OLTLFan

I think OLTL will back but I, too, worry that some of the actors will move on to other projects and no longer be available when the show is set to resume production. I’m having a hard enough time with the new people as it is, One Life can’t lose more of the old cast. We need more of them back!!!

And the writing team needs to be better for sure!

emlons
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emlons

i agree about the writing. from the beginning they said it would be faster pace but the writing was very slow cuz they were trying to stretch out the episodes Roger H would appear in. so that just made everything move so slow

nancy
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nancy

One life to live will not be back. lets face it. its cancelled. I don’t trust prospect park. they are flakes. evthe reboot sucked big time. lets move on and watch general hospital and support the rest of the soaps on tv right now.

Margie
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Margie

Granny Frons, is that you?

gloria
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gloria

Margie, too damn funny, just when I really need a laugh, girl! I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at everything.

Talisyn
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Talisyn

Granny Frons! Hahaha.

sheila
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sheila

One life to live is cancelled. erika needs to go away. viki buchanan is a whore liar and a witch. lets watch gh
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Scott
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Scott

Does sheila = nancy ????

David
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David

I remember Frons always favoring General Hospital over the two others even at the times when its ratings didn’t justified it.

SUSAN M.
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SUSAN M.

We shouldn’t be so negative .. This is for Nancy… There were other lawsuits and they were resolved and so will this one!

Robert in Jersey City
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Robert in Jersey City

Oh Fronsy you silly goose.

Tony Polar
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Tony Polar

Tell ya what we’ll move on “nancy” or whatever name you’re currently using
when YOU learn how to construct a sentence that actually makes sense.

su0000
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su0000

There is always a resolution in law suits..
It will be worked out and OLTL will be back, soon..

No need for any to panic.. It’s just another bump in road..

Scott
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Scott

and no need to waste time listening to nancy!

ethel
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ethel

absolutely because we don’t need that negativity!!!

SUSAN M.
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SUSAN M.

DITTO!

gary
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gary

Nancy has the inside scoop. she works for abc. she loves the chew. Nancy is crazy, but is straight to the point. i love her wacky comments.

krktoday
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krktoday

I am so tired of PP lying constantly. They are never up front about anything until they are backed into a corner. ABC will keep this lawsuit tied up for years unless they drop it. They are a very small company going up against a giant. Regardless of who should have done what and who is responsible I am glad the 3 people who got out of this did. I wish all the actors on OLTL could find full time employment. What they got for staying dedicated to PP was unemployment. With two shows a week 4 days a week… Read more »

Matt
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Matt

I can’t help but wonder if Prospect Park is out of money and needs to win the lawsuit millions to keep the shows going. I can’t think of any other reason why OLTL has to be shelved until the lawsuit is decided.

Jazor
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Jazor

I was very surprised at the feedback regarding the show overall on other sites. I don’t watch AMC so I can’t compare. I thought OLTL was very evolved in it’s approach even though there was a lot left unresolved and a lot of missed opportunities for a lot of yummy drama. All I know is that I hope the show survives this foolishness. I just want it to continue…I’m a relatively new fan so I don’t have all the history to compare so I was enjoying having the show back at all. The writing, in my opinion, was def on… Read more »

Rob
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Rob

Always a class act.

Robert
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Robert

I agree, this is a temporary shutdown. Thanks Ms. Slezak fir remaining the class act you are! 🙂

brian
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brian

I trust her 100 %

SUSAN M.
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SUSAN M.

Me Too!

Love my soaps
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Love my soaps

I also trust her but not PP at first I thought it all good and now I just don’t know. I have always loved A M C AND. OLTL and was so upset when they were canceled . Got Hulu plus to enjoy return and now upset again . OWN is not the answer it is the reruns we have seen on line, doing it at the same time as on line will help ratings. I have found myself watching GH and enjoying it, think about that PP. If they are not back by end of Sept I will cancel… Read more »

Lisa Z.
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Lisa Z.

After reading her statement, I am a little more hopeful that OLTL will return. I think PP could learn to communicate better with the fans and not to underestimate our intelligence. Of course, money is an issue in all of this. I think that the writing of OLTL could have been better. The people involved did not seem to know the history of the show or the personalities of the characters. Some have said that the writers were at a total disadvantage because they thought that “John” would be back. This may be a piece of the lawsuit that would… Read more »

Robert Seganti
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Robert Seganti

Hire some competence writers.It’s the story that counts.The story.

Robert Seganti
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Robert Seganti

competent*

Edwin
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Edwin

So true. These new writers are trying to make OLTL like a modern day hour a week drama they don’t even understand what a soap opera is. Their stories were terrible I’m the biggest Victor fan ever but their anchor arch the tatoo thing gave me literally no interest.

Don H
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Don H

PP has hired new writers for BOTH shows. The new writing is supposed to happen when (and if) season 2 starts.

Tammy
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Tammy

I am just going to simply say this .I will remain hopeful.

Talisyn
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Talisyn

I will continue to support Prospect Park’s effort to bring us OLTL. No other network or production company is trying to do so. A bumpy road is preferable to no path whatsoever.

Edwin
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Edwin

I wish General Hospital never got involved in anything One Life To Live them using the characters ruined the cliffhangers previously set up which went for great possibilities for story lines. Then they also took away great actors Michael Easton, (we got Howarth back), ( Alderson was pretty bad). Then to top it all off they took our writers and now we got stuck with terrible writers to bring the show into the ground. It’s funny too because back on air we were #1 GH screwed us and we saved AMC because without our ratings they would’ve never came back… Read more »

Robert Seganti
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Robert Seganti

Unfortunately,I believe you are correct on all counts.I guess I am in the minority because I preferred Trevor St. John as Todd (and of course liked him as Victor)Alderson was much worse than pretty bad
she was unbearable-never had the stature or the acting chops to play the grown-up Starr.The show was
running beautifully on ABC when the rug was pulled out from under us and the best soap on any network was canceled.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I too preferred Trevor St. John as Todd. He did an amazing job of portraying the broken, conflicted soul who at times tired to grow as a human being. The scenes of Todd saying goodbye as he was about to be executed for the “murder” of Margaret Cochran were fantastic. His Todd and Tea were so cute together. He blew me away with the “dead” Tea story line. He grieved for Tea but had to be a father to Dani instead of getting lost in the usual Todd darkness and destruction. I would so love to have Trevor back to… Read more »

David
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David

I agree. As much as I love Erika Slezak, her message does not bring me any reinsurance that the show will be back in the future. What if there is never a resolution between ABC and PP? They’re both pretty stubborn companies.

At this point, I put the odds of OLTL ever returning at 50/50.

Barbara t loves One life to live
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Barbara t loves One life to live

I hope you are wrong

3rd Generation Soap Fan
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3rd Generation Soap Fan

I agree with David. Erika is the best, however I am tired of being jerked around by first ABC and now Prospect Park.

Jared
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Jared

I love you, Erika! From what I saw of season one of OLTL, you did a spectacular job. Of course! Unfortunately, I didn’t tune in for the whole season, because I feel in retrospect the show should have stayed a memory. If it had originally gone forward with the GH 3 and FV/RC, I could have seen it be successful. abc screwed everyone over.

Irene
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Irene

The show was doing fine online. It was always top watched on hulu. Don’t know about the other problems though. I think both shows are better, well written and acted than the shows left on the networks. Whether this law suit kills it, remains to be seen.

peg
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peg

I think Erika is right
we should stick with oltl
I think it will be back on huhu soon
they will be back for season 2 soon
Erika was right
she is the best of oltl
peg

SUSAN M.
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SUSAN M.

I agree!

Don H
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Don H

I hope you’re right.

Tracey
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Tracey

I feel a little better after hearing Ms. Slezak’s comments but I am still not sure how to feel about the latest development. Back in June when OLTL halted production earlier than planned due to the IATSE issue PP stated they hoped that it would be resolved in to resume production could resume in August so there would be no interruption of episodes. In August PP announced AMC and OLTL the shows would have “seasons” but both shows were definitely successful enough to bring back. Now less than a month later PP announces OLTL is being shelved indefinitely because of… Read more »

Don H
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Don H

What I wonder is, now that the shows are not taping in alternate 5 week shoots, is there any possibility that we might see more of AMC?
I doubt all these skilled union techs are going to sit around for 5 off weeks of doing nothing.

Scott
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Scott

I was wondering the same thing

3rd Generation Soap Fan
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3rd Generation Soap Fan

Tracey I couldn’t agree more. Prospect Park is using excuse after excuse after excuse not to produce OLTL. I do NOT believe a word they say and I don’t think they have any intention of resuming production. I hope PP proves me wrong.

Tracey
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Tracey

I don’t understand why PP isn’t being more honest with us. I think fans should email a civilized email to PP expressing our opinions. i

Jeff
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Jeff

I love Erika. Adore her. What saddens me is that her best efforts as well as the best efforts of everyone involved are continually diminished by those who have smeared Prospect Park at every turn. If the show wasn’t exactly like the OLTL people remembered… God forbid they’d try something new to reinvent the show for a new generation… the scorn and the ugliness heaped on PP was downright awful. I can’t believe that grown adults would act in such an uncivil manner. When OLTL comes back, and I hope that with all ofmy heart, because we are treated to… Read more »

boes
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boes

Perfectly said! There have been far too many people ready to criticize at the drop of a hat, especially people who have no earthly idea what it entails to revive a show and put it on in a new format. I love OLTL, and although the reboot had its problems, I have no problem remembering that it had even more during the last years of its run on ABC. At least now the show is in the hands of a production team that actually CARES about the show and wants it to succeed. I applaud PP for everything they’ve done… Read more »

Tony Polar
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Tony Polar

I think they should combine the two shows and do longer episodes – sounds strange maybe but Landview and Pine Valley are near each other anyway ~ why can’t Vicki and Clint visit Pine Valley and why can’t Brooke have some business to take care of in Landview? The sets are all the same anyway and maybe they could get rid of SHELTER because endless dancing scenes and drinking scenes at some ridiculous dance club do not a soap make. Showing Vicki Lord and Nora, two mature characters, having dinner at SHELTER was just ridiculous, it seems highly unlikely that… Read more »

Scott
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Scott

Shelter appears to be a restaurant earlier in the evening and night club after 11.
I think Viki and Nora both like Blair and went there to show support.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I am so happy to hear that Erika believes these problems will be resolved. I am definitely praying for a speedy resolution. Until then, we the fans and the entire cast and production crew are once again suffering do the idiotic actions of the alphabet network and the mouse company. The b——s.

I truly enjoyed the first season and am anxiously looking forward to many, many more years of excellent story telling and wonderful performances on OLTL. That season finale blew me away. We’ve got to have more, more, more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tina
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Tina

YES!!!!!

TypicalGuy
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TypicalGuy

Could it be – that ABC Disney might want to bring back OLTL?
Lets hope they have seen the errors of their ways.

Maybe that is what the lawsuit is really all about . Katie’s rating are still not very solid.

Whatever the case.. OLTL has and always will be the BEST SOAP EVER!!!!!!!

brian
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brian

100 % agree

SUSAN M.
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SUSAN M.

I totally agree!!!!!

TypicalGuy
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TypicalGuy

Another thought – maybe we should all cancel HuluPlus – until OLTL comes back.

I paid 7.99 a month to see 4 shows a week . Then once they had me they scaled backe to 2 shows a week (8 per month). Thats a dollar per episode.

But now I’m getting no episodes. Looks like Hulu has to go.

Ted Olson
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Ted Olson

The way things stand now, with Prospect Park as usual keeping everything a gigantic question shrouded in mystery, I will give it to November and then cancel my HULU PLUS subscription. If Hulu + wants to know why I will be happy to state that PP has kept us all on an emotional roller coaster.

Kim
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Kim

Glad someone spoke up. PP needs to make a formal announcement. Not good business to hold back.

SUSAN M.
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SUSAN M.

What is abc/Disney bitchin about now? What has their tail feathers ruffled now? Jealous OLTL is on-line & they want their cut of the pie !!!! They are a real piece of work. This will be resolved like the other lawsuits were!

SUSAN M.
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SUSAN M.

So tired of ABC/Disney interfering with OLTL which they couldn’t wait to cancel.. This lawsuit will be resolved!

WarrenP
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WarrenP

The three actors will not be back. ABC has written off the OLTL characters so it seems the lawsuit must be to do with what happened on GH affecting story plans for the OLTL reboot. To me, this is just nit picking. Most soap writers or producers should (& have done) put their own take on a show they’ve inherited from someone else. My sadness at the new OLTL was it didn’t move quickly, it underused the vets (especially Kassie) & there really was no water cooler storyline. Hope it all works out though. Missing it already.

Robert in Jersey City
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Robert in Jersey City

Dump OLTL and create a new soap. Same actors, new characters without the shadow of ABC looming like the Grim Reaper.

Rapids
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Rapids

The actors have a vested interest in keeping the fans engaged but they probably know next to nothing about future plans. In their heart of hearts they have no expectations of the show returning. However the job market is limited for ex soap actors so they cannot speak the truth just in case. Actors are earning very low per diems in the new medium. If anyone is commuting they probably don’t care all that much.

Scott
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Scott

They bought the rights to One Life to Live what would be the point?

rita salerno
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rita salerno

I am new at this but I tank you for taking the time to let your fans know what is going on I only started watching your show a few years and I have been watching the old ones for the last 2 years and it is almost to the end and I am so sad that is is stopping I d hope that the matter can be resolved and you will return soon., I am glad own has started showing refuns who knows maybe she will buy the right s to the show if anyone can do it she… Read more »

rita salerno
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rita salerno

thank you Erica for responding to your fans I admire you very much

Fran
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Fran

I feel that OLTL is always the escape goat they stop filming early due to labor issue over AMC and now OLTL is shelved and AMC continues . OLTL doesn’t need Mcdain or they can recast . OLTL could use RH as todd and they can say the tattoo people has tea’s baby. I just feel that someone just pissed in my Cherrios.

Fran
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Fran

I think Erika is great and she should go to primetime or another online soap . Erika has a great speaking voice maybe she should do a audiobooks or voice over work.

Margie
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Margie

Always a fascinating read and it’s so cool that you respond to yourself.

Lainey
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Lainey

It is frustrating that one life is paying the price for Prospects woes. They are the far superior show. The. Actors were so much better and unlike AMC they used the veteran actors much more.AMC spends too much time on younger actors, many of whom couldn’t act their way out of a paper bag..ie Celia who is appalling. Even without the actors caught in the GH fiasco One Life utilized it,s vets and gave them terrific stories. Who can forget Jerry Ver Dorn. Plus the addition of Ron Raines promises much fun to come. I hope Prospect gets their act… Read more »

Tony Polar
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Tony Polar

I think AMC does need to concentrate less on the very young couples, the storyline between Petey and Celia is dullsville. I don’t know why people compare OLTL with AMC, they are both good in their own way, but the on-line inceptions do both require some revisions starting with the writing team.
Does anyone else feel that maybe ABC-TV wants the shows back?

3rd Generation Soap Fan
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3rd Generation Soap Fan

I don’t believe ABC will ever produce OLTL or AMC again. That would mean they would have to admit they were wrong and I just don’t see them doing that. I guess I still have trust issues with ABC…and now with Prospect Park. Both sides just want to WIN the lawsuit, they don’t truly care about OLTL and AMC like we do. Each of us is just a rating number to them and the actors are there to make them money. They don’t care that for a large number of fans and actors, Llanview and Pine Valley have always been… Read more »

Johnny
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Johnny

Prospect Park does not seem to have an understanding of the demographic that they should be targeting. The majority of the fans are not kids anymore, and while I have nothing against a younger storyline, there just isn’t any real chemistry between Petey and Celia, there just isn’t. I also wish Prospect Park wouldn’t be so vague and sketchy with their statements, what few there are emanating from them. I know that with Alicia Minshew getting a new acting assignment, there seems to be little chance that she will reprise her role as Kendall Hart Slater. I don’t have a… Read more »

SUSAN M.
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SUSAN M.

What is this lawsuit all about?????? MONEY?????????

3rd Generation Soap Fan
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3rd Generation Soap Fan

Absolutely your right…MONEY. Prospect Park should never have brought OLTL back to just SNATCH it away again. I’m tired of being jerked around by first ABC and now Prospect Park. The lawsuit is an excuse, when it is settled I know PP will have another excuse for not producing OLTL. I hope and pray PP proves me wrong.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

I love OLTL and hope that it returns soon. It may have been a bit of a bumpy ride, but I loved seeing my friends in Llanview once again. I watched on Hulu and the reruns on OWN. Not into AMC, but hope for the best for both shows and their fans.

Fran
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Fran

I wonder Why everyone Is so afraid and or intimidated by OLTL perhaps it exceptional acing for the most part . Because it just seems OLTL has been the black sheep of ABC /PP always been less promoted tv ads and in soap mags minus Michael of course even AN left OLTL in the early 70’s to focus on AMC the FIRST LOVE HELLO AN What do u think of OLTL being shelved!!!!! Can U here ME NOW HELLO Oh that right u don’t have anything to say about OLTL It’s not AMC . Anyone else feel this way?

TypicalGuy
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TypicalGuy

Another week – still no resolution……………………….

Evelyn notestine
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Evelyn notestine

will we beable to watch one life to live on internet or have to pay to see it. I cant get the station own please let me no ive been watching since beginning

Judi
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Judi

I have tweeted and emailed Oprah in hopes she can save our soap #OLTL….OWN NETWORK is doing great..so lets all get our friends family co workers to help save OLTL by tweeting, emailing, fb, sending letters, let our voices be heard as we are the viewers….lost OLTL once, dont want to loose it again , even if only half hour,, great actor, but they need good writers and bring back more of the old cast like Jessica, Christian, etc..Love seeing Nora, Bo, Vicki, Clint, Dorian, Blair and Todd,Tea, David,,wish it wasn hour…SO LETS ALL GET THE WORD OUT..SAVE ONE LIFE… Read more »

Judi
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Judi

I agree hulu goes and hope OWNTV will keep OLTL alive as Oprah stated, ” You asked and she listened”” thank her for that, we all need to let Prospect Park OLTV AND Oprah know how we feel via tweets, fb, emails whatever it takes!! Lets do it!!!!!

3rd Generation Soap Fan
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3rd Generation Soap Fan

I have NO faith in Prospect Park to do the right thing and continue with production of OLTL. I hope and pray PP proves me wrong.

cathy
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cathy

I am sad to hear there is a problem I love one live to live and look forward to
it continuing. Erika Slesak is great!

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Back in September of 2018, William Burton was given the position of SVP and Head Of Daytime, Sports and Syndicated Development/Production for ABC Entertainment.  He had been in charge of the the business operations for General Hospital at a network level, while Dummer continued to handle the creative.  However today, Burton was also let-go.

The exits come as ABC and Hulu have consolidated original content under Craig Erwich, and 20th Television and Touchstone TV under Karey Burke.

The layoffs are believed to have effected 12 staff members mostly at the executive level.

Deadline broke the news and then updated their story later today.

Just who and what department in the new structuring will take over General Hospital remains to be seen.  We will keep you posted once any additional news or announcements are made.

So, what do you think of the exits of Vicki Dummer and William Burton? Comment below.

 

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GL & ATWT Alum Tom Pelphrey On His Role in ‘Mank’: “I Got To Say Rosebud On-Screen with Gary Oldman, in a David Fincher Film. Pretty Cool.”

What we all knew first, everyone in Hollywood and all of America is becoming to realize;  that Tom Pelphrey (Ex-Jonathan, Guiding Light, Mick, As the World Turns) is just a naturally-gifted actor able to tap into such deep emotional depths in every part he plays that make him a stand-out in every project he is in.

Now, this two-time Daytime Emmy winner, who is coming off a critically-acclaimed run in season 3 of Nerflix’s Ozark, can be seen in one of the talked about potential Oscar contenders, the film, Mank.

In the David Fincher film, Pelphrey plays Joseph Mankiewicz the brother to Gary Oldman’s Herman “Mank” Mankiewicz, and in a new interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Tom realizes the enormity of one of the key and most famous words in cinema history that he gets to say during Joseph’s reaction to Mank’s script for Citizen Kane … “rosebud”.

Pelphrey shared on the revelation that his line in the film is part of a huge historic fabric of cinema history: ““Oh my god. I didn’t even think about that. Wow. When you work on something like this, you really try to do your job to the best of your ability, and you really just focus on the task at hand.”

He added, Y”ou don’t really stop and consider the whole big thing- at least I didn’t. But you don’t want to get too swept up in that or get intimidated. You want to just come in, focus on your work and put your head down. And yeah, now is the time to sit back and say, ‘I got to say Rosebud on-screen with Gary Oldman, in a David Fincher film.’ Pretty cool.

Mank, is now available in select theatres and streams beginning on December 4th on Netflic.

So, excited to see Tom in Mank? Comment below.  But first, check out this trailer from the film,

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