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Erika Slezak Posts Official Message On Joining Prospect Park's One Life To Live!

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The woman all One Life to Live fans were waiting to hear from has finally spoken!  Six-time Daytime Emmy winner Erika Slezak (Viki) last night sent a message to her Fan Club President, Walter Miller, and the message was posted today on her official website.  In the post, Erika gives the latest on her signing on to join Prospect Park’s reboot of One Life to Live!

Erika, the iconic star of One Life, stated:  “I am pleased to officially announce that, pending the final contract, I am joining the revival of One Life to Live which will be produced by Prospect Park and aired on Hulu and iTunes on the internet. We expect to begin production near the middle of March and the air dates are yet to be announced. This will be an exciting and groundbreaking adventure and we hope that you will all join us as we bring back all the characters you loved and possibly some new ones. I will let you all know when a firm air date is announced.”

So soapers, are you excited to hear from Erika? Does it make the whole situation that a year ago seemed impossible a reality for you?  Let us know your thoughts!

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Christina
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Christina

This was the ONE I was waiting on!!!

Max
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Max

Oh Happy Day! Yippee! So happy to hear this. All is definitely back on track with OLTL!

wanda page
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wanda page

WOW OH WOW!!! This does make me do a haPPy dance!! Can’t wait!

brian
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brian

As always, such class !

B.J.
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B.J.

Agreed… and it is so great to hear from her! Can’t wait to see Erika and Robin on screen again! Plus, the rest of the gang too, of course. 🙂

Lisa J.
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Lisa J.

Again, just thrilled!

sheila butler
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sheila butler

can’t wait……

Alison
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Alison

I can’t wait to see Erika/Viki again. This is great news!

Cindy
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Cindy

Whoooo Hooooo!!! I am very happy!!!

Debbie Harris
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Debbie Harris

It almost seems like a dream! Can’t wait til the time we will be able to watch our Beloved OLTL once again!! Not long ago it seemed hopeless and like our OLTL was gone forever. Now, it all seems much more like reality that it Will Be Back and with lots of our favorite characters and the actors that portrayed them before!!

Annie G
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Annie G

Oh, what great news! OLTL would not be the same without Victoria Lord! HaHa ABC, you lost all your viewers for nothing, we win!!!!

Gloria
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Gloria

VERY happy about this!

skye
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skye

now susan lucci, it’s your turn, please let us know that you’ll be a part of all my children….. thank you eriks slezak, you’re the best

Angela
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Angela

NOW it’s official!

Emily
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Emily

Thanks Ms. Erika Slezak!!!:) I cried at your “goodbye” speech on OLTL. Now I hope you give a hello, welcome back speech/sentiment!!!:) Hope everything work out and looking forward to watching.

Mr. Fairman–You were on the OLTL set when they bid adieu. I hope you’re on the set when they start production. Would love to watch and read all the interviews on that monumentous occasion!!!:) All the best!!

Rodd
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Rodd

I agree. Michael, I hope you can make that happen.

EasTXSoapFan
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EasTXSoapFan

YAhoooooooo! It is finally official & real….I think broadcast day should be a holiday for soap fans around the country….this def requires the snoopy dance….

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I am thrilled!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I cannot wait to see Viki and all her family and friends again. I’ve miss all of you SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much.

Ginnifer
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Ginnifer

Erika Slezak is a class act! She is also one of the most underrated stars of daytime. I still remember when she, Susan Lucci and Cameron Matheson appeared on the daytime Emmys after OLTL & AMC were cancelled. Such an uncomfortable moment that she handled with class. Erika is the real grand dame of ABC daytime.

jim
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jim

Welcome back Erica. Viki isnt the only one to have died andngone to heaven. Us fans felt like we’ve gone there too!

Patrick
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Patrick

Great post! My sentiments exactly!

jim
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jim

Thank you

Christy
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Christy

Yes Michael — they gotta have you on those sets for their new gig starting up! I hope everything goes well for all of them. They so deserve it!

David
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David

I’m very torn. OLTL ended so perfectly and I’m just worried that this incarnation of the show is going to fail and then I’ll have bad memories of this show. As for Susan Lucci, the only reason all these name actors are signing up is because there is not a lot of work for NY soap actors these days and I’m sure these people want to work, even if it is for a fraction of what they made on ABC. Susan Lucci is doing fine. She has two series and is moving on. Plus I don’t think Propect Park could… Read more »

Johnny
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Johnny

If Susan Lucci cannot or will not or is just not able to do the new ALL MY CHILDREN, they should let some time pass and re-introduce Erika Kane as played by another fine actress. I realize unfortunately that it is a pivotol role and would be difficult to re-cast, but there have been 4 Bianca’s and there have been countless actors playing Batman and Superman throughout the years – I just think that re-casting roles is a part of soap’s history and even though I love Susan Lucci if they have to re-cast the role then go for it.

Patrick
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Patrick

Great point David, I agree that while I was heartbroken that OLTL ended. It did so with class and grace. A reboot that turns into a train wreak will tarnish the greatness of the show. I am willing to take the chance on what few would argue was the best soap in history!

Be well and lets all tune in!

Mary Fergen
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Mary Fergen

The news just keeps getting better and better! So great to hear from Erika, and I’m anxiously waiting to see OLTL and AMC again. We soap fans have finally been heard!

Don
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Don

It is really great news the Erica Slezak has signed on the OLTL reboot. I for one can’t wait for it to start!

heidi
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heidi

Yes… great! They shouldn’t do it without her!

Sally
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Sally

Hallelujah!!!!

Anthony Masala
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Anthony Masala

It wouldn’t be One Life to Live without her! This is the BEST news yet!!

Blake
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Blake

Great news! Now let’s get Roxy, Tina, Nora, and Gabrielle back,and the actresses that played them!

Dave
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Dave

I am overjoyed that there is more Life to Live.
I will do my part to help keep this wonderful show going.
Thank You!

Shannon
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Shannon

Hallelujah! I have missed Erika’s portrayal of Vicki so much! Can’t wait!

JR
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JR

Where is that LIKE button!! So glad she is on board!!

James McDonald
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James McDonald

Erika Slezak is a smart business woman and she knows that the new One Life To Life can only survive with her aboard. I was never a regular viewer of One Live To Live, but caught some episodes along the way. I will watch this new One Life to Live and see how it develops.

ricardo
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ricardo

erika slezak welcome back. you are such a nice classy sassy lady. i love you so much. i cannot wait for one life to live on line. please bring back andrea evans as tina. also bring back sexy roxy. that will make my day. thank you prospect park for bringing back one life to live and all my children. i hope they become hits on line. abc you made a huge mistake by cancelling all my children and one life to live. i only watch general hospital on abc. who really cares about katie couric. they renewed that awful talk… Read more »

sherri
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sherri

I am just so happy.. Yaaaaaaaaaay….welcome back guys… So ready to watch you again… <3

sherri
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sherri

Yaaaaaaay…welcome my friends… I’ve so missed you… <3

sherri
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sherri

Yaaaaaaaaay…<3

Stan
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Stan

I am delighted. I just hope ABC regrets letting our soaps go.

darlene
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darlene

I’m so happy to hear this!!!!!

louisa
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louisa

I am thrilled!! Long live OLTL and Viki!

danica
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danica

LOVE ERIKA SLEZAK!

Fran
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Fran

Hot Damn and she is on twitter too

Fran
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Fran

OLTL/ Viki RIP NO more notice u removed it

adele
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adele

wonderful!!!!!!!!! love the show, love erika!!!!!!!! <3

Lisa
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Lisa

That is great news. Viki is my favorite character on OLTL, and I have been waiting for Viki and Clint to get remarried. ES is my favorite actress, and the new OLTL should be a complete success as they are including most of the audience’s favorite actors. I cannot wait until the new shows come on my computer. ABC should regret cancelling OLTL as there are still so many passionate fans out there who have been waiting for the show’s return.

Stacy
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Stacy

I’m so excited to watch One Life To Live again. Thank you Prospect Park for getting this show back in production. Many people have been missing it. Looking forward to the first episode. What a happy day it will be!!!

mgb357
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mgb357

I missed the graciousness of her character!.

We need more Viki’s in this world.

Hulu will become my most popular internet channel (site). This is real now!

Horray – Erica you are a true trailblazer.

Bobby
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Bobby

My heart is over joy with happiness. Can’t wait to see my One Life to Live family again!!!

Nancy
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Nancy

YEAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

Sharon
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Sharon

Count on me

Pat Quinn
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Pat Quinn

THERE IS A GOD!!! THANK YOU FOR COMING BACK…THE DAYS ARE JUST NOT THE SAME SINCE ABC SCREWED UP DAYTIME TV!!!

Betty
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Betty

Here’s hoping there will be a way for us in Canada to see both soaps ..will be so disappointed after the build up off them coming back .

diana gantz
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diana gantz

I still don’t know why they ever took it off the air to begin with.

Jan
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Jan

Really happy to hear Erica will be back on OLTL So glad it is coming back. Fan since H.S. when it started.

Becky Cloutier
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Becky Cloutier

I am so excited!!! Cant wait to see my shows again!!! HAAAAAAA

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Marcus Coloma On His GH Exit: “I Don’t Know Why That Decision Was Made, But I Don’t Feel Any ill Will and I Didn’t Feel I Got Fired”

This week, GH fans saw Adam Huss returning to the ABC soap opera as Nikolas Cassadine to finish out the rest of the scenes originally intended to be played by Marcus Coloma who ended his three-year run on the show a tad early.

As has been previously reported, Coloma came down with Covid-19 as his final tape days neared, and a decision was made for him to not return to finish off his last run of episodes.

With all the rumors and stances taken by everyone involved, Coloma was the special guest on this week’s episode of the That’s Awesome Podcast hosted by Steve Burton and Bradford Anderson and discussed his departure from the long-running daytime drama series.

Marcus expressed that when he took the role on GH, he was excited to be in that kind of environment (working on a soap opera), and only signed on for three years.  However, as time went by it became more difficult to reconcile leaving when his contract was up, sharing: “You fall in love with the crew and everybody along with it. So, two and a half years in, this decision that was so clear in the beginning is getting complicated.”

The actor added that while, “I knew the end was coming, it wasn’t like GH was saying, ‘Hey, Marcus, we want you to stay.’  There was no negotiation … and all I can say to that is I don’t know why that decision was made, but I don’t feel any ill will and I didn’t feel like I got fired. It just felt like … there was maybe an understanding that I was going to be there for three years. The big surprise is how much it hurt. Even though I knew I was going to leave.”

In the end, Coloma reflected that this may have concluded as it should, adding, “I really do have some big goals and those goals would have never been realized if I would have stayed. That’s not to take anything away from GH because I admire everything about it.”

Watch the episode of That’s Awesome featuring Coloma below.

Then weigh-in, what do you think of Marcus’ thoughts on his exit as GH’s Nikolas Cassadine? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Sean Kanan’s ‘Studio City’ Scores 13 Indie Series Award Nominations

Nominations were revealed on Wednesday for the upcoming 13th annual Indie Series Awards.  Sean Kanan’s streaming series, Studio City received 13 nominations in various categories.

Studio City’s nominations are fo: Best Drama Series, Sean Kanan, Michel Kanan, and Timothy Woodward, Jr., producers; Best Director in a Drama Series, Timothy Woodward, Jr.; Best Writing in a Drama Series, Michele Kanan, Sean Kanan and Timothy Woodward, Jr., writers; Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Sean Kanan; Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Carolyn Hennesy; Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Tristan Rogers and Justin Torkildsen; Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Natalie Burn and Juliet Vega; Guest Performer in a Drama Series, Lilly Melgar; Best Ensemble in a Drama Series, Outstanding Cinematography in a Drama Series, Pablo Diaz, and Outstanding Editing in a Drama Series, Fady Jeanbart.

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In a statement on Studio City’s 13 nods, Sean Kanan shared: “I am overwhelmed and thankful that our show, which I refer to as the little-engine that could series, has received such support from the Indie Series Awards. Our second season was a collaborative effort of creativity, love of our content, and hard work. We look forward to creating more entertaining series in the future.”

Studio City tells the dramatic and comedic story of Sam Stevens (played by Kanan), a long-time soap opera actor starring in the number two most-watched daytime drama, “Hearts on Fire” as he struggles to keep his top spot on the show, break out of soaps into feature films, and deal with his own complicated life which includes a few dark secrets concerning his past, including an aging step-father, the twisted truth of his paternity, and a daughter that he never knew existed.  Season two consists of six episodes and is available on Amazon Prime.

For the complete list of this year’s Indie Series Award nominations, check them out here.  The Indie Series Awards ceremony will be on Wednesday, April 12th in Burbank, California at The Colony Theatre in Burbank.

What do you think of the nominees from Studio City for the ISA Awards? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Kelly Ripa Launches Podcast on SiriusXM

Former All My Children stars Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley) and Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo) can add launching a podcast to their extensive resume through their production company, Milojo Productions, and Sirius XM.

According to Deadline, Ripa will host Let’s Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa, where she will have in-depth conversations with celebrity guests. Depending on the subject matter, a specialist or expert could also join the episode to provide insight.

In a statement on her new hosting gig and show, Ripa expressed: “After 23 years of interviewing celebrities, authors, musicians and experts on live TV, the big takeaway is that the most compelling and unfiltered conversations happen off camera. I have dreamed of a platform where I can have these honest talks without all the fuss and filter of a camera. Now SiriusXM has made my dream a reality with a podcast featuring friends, both old and new, discussing a variety of topics we all face in life, while getting deep with some experts’ views and advice along the way. Not another podcast, this is off camera!”

New episodes of Let’s Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa will be available every week on Stitcher, the SXM App, and all major podcast listening platforms beginning in March.

Kelly will be quite busy co-hosting the syndicated talk show Live with Kelly and Ryan, in addition to Let’s Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa.

So, will you check out Kelly’s new podcast? Hope she has some All My Children alum on as guests? Comment below.

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