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OLTL Co-Head Writer Thom Racina Video Message Promises: "Bold, Innovative, Exciting Stories!"

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New One Life to Live co-header Thom Racina is busy at work in Stamford, Connecticut, the new studio home of Llanview, creating new stories for your favorite characters along with Susie Bedsow Horgan!

Racina posted a very special video message to his fans this evening on his facebook page, which gives a bit of tease and insight into the direction of Prospect Park’s One Life reboot!

The scribe stated, “All shows say they want to tell new bold innovative exciting stories. Well, I promise you we’re gonna do it.  It’s a whole new format. It’s a whole new world. And I’m really grateful to be here.”

Watch the message after the jump and then let us know if you are excited by Thom’s statements?

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Trapper
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Trapper

As long as we can get Todd back in his penthouse, I’m happy. 😉

su0000
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su0000

Never forget .. Todd, RH, did not sign on with PP when OL ended..
He did not want to go on with PP ..
I doubt he will now..
If Asked I’d bet he will say no as he did the first time..

just because some/most want him back does mean he wants to be with PP online ..

Michael
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Michael

I read that Prospect Park is going to let ABC keep the characters.

vik
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vik

BOTH R.H. and TSJ declined PP’s last invitation to go on line with them. I think there will be NO TOD or VICTOR even though the cliffhanger had him ALIVE at end of OLTL. sad 🙁

Christy
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Christy

it’s always possible that Todd or Victor will be a recast on OLTL. If we get to keep the name of Todd Manning on GH, then I’d guess they’d have at least Victor found on OLTL since that was part of the cliffhanger.

ghfan4evr
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ghfan4evr

I am so thrilled to Thom for posting this video. I hope he will continue these little teasers right up to the time the show hits the web.

louisa
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louisa

Love it. Yes, bring both Todds back and the show will be very bold and innovative!!

Blake
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Blake

Both Todd’s would be great!!!

Jules
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Jules

I love his excitement and enthusiasm! I appreciate him taking the time out to say something to fans. Looking forward to what’s ahead in Pine Valley and Llandview!

su0000
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su0000

I want Todd to stay at GH..
That is why the writers will give him a different name (other than Todd Manning) so he can stay in GH until all is settled..
I have thought about it and that is where they are going..
Todd will fake (again) DID and become ‘whomever’ and thus not being the Todd character that PP owns but a different name/character.. .
and when all is legally settled over the characters, and GH wins,, he will become Todd again..

MikeT
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MikeT

They must bring the vets to the forefront of the show and not try to cram a bunch of younger newbies down our throats or the show will fail !

su0000
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su0000

OL will now be on internet and via Smart Tv’s and internet devices, apps etc..
Yes, they do indeed want to attract new and younger viewers..
The seniors are not the priority:) of course they want all fans back, no doubt of that, but they also want and need a new audience..
It is no longer all about us 🙁 it is about the down the road future to PP ..

KateK
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KateK

Im a fan of OLTL & GH, but leave Star, John,& Todd on GH. I like them on GH, & love their stories, I can actually stand Star now.

meg
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meg

I JUST WANT TREOR BACK AS VICTOR, TO BE WITH TEA SAM AND JACK HOPE JACK AND STARR NEVER FORGIVE TODD

Karly
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Karly

Love it. OLTL is the future, yet structured and centered around the classic, traditional soap genre. Fans are ready for April! Let the countdown begin!

Don
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Don

I tell you what. My birthday’s in April and I can’t think of a better present to myself than a reboot of OLTL. Please start it on April 8.

jim
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jim

I feel the war of the two Todds(1 really twin named Victor) would have been dynamite drama for the show but i doubt either will return plus i havent heard either actor agreeing to return to what isnt proven successful just yet. I want them to succeed but what if some fans dont like what they see and the shows dont meet PP expectaions. These shows may start out with a bang with some watching out of curiousity but that dont mean theyll stick with it and we could loose it again. I want them back and do have high… Read more »

rjm118
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rjm118

everyone needs to realize a lot of these actors have moved on, no fault of their own. Who would have thought these shows would be resurrected a year later? I dont blame any of them if they dont come back. There is something to be said about the half hour format, look at B&B and as awful as the writing and acting has become on that show its the most watched soap in the world. Go figure. Theres a good chance if these shows succeed online they may get a cable network to air them. bottom line, good writing plus… Read more »

jim
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jim

i hope they do crossovers too. it worked in the past and even on two different networks.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I am excited about OLTL returning. (I still am not sure it is actually happening!) I am ready, too, for changes in Llanview. I do not expect to see on Prospect Park what I saw on ABC. Not everyone is going to return and we may have recasts or explanations that characters have left Llanview. I expect will we see a leaner, tighter production — already 30 minutes instead of 60 ticks. I expect a diffierent Llanview in that the producers and writers are now at GH. But we will see OLTL again and many familiar faces seem to be… Read more »

Tali (not Smith)
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Tali (not Smith)

Appreciate the enthusiasm. Thom sounds as excited to write as we are to watch

David
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David

I take issue with his comment about being shot in Times Square. New York City is one of the safest cities in the world. A comment like that is not only inaccurate but perpetuates the stereotypes of the big city that people have concerning NYC. If that’s him being bold and exciting, I don’t think I’ll be tuning in.

Tali Smith
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Tali Smith

I want the John McBain Character back to OLTL, he belongs with Natalie not Sam on GH. I feel FV/RC butchered the “JOLIE” story for GH ratings. I understand Michael Easton probably won’t come back, but OLTL won’t be for me if there is no JOLIE! Won’t be watching GH either, since I can’t stand to watch now.

su0000
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su0000

no way do I want to see McBian becoming paint on wall with Natalie, they are a boring couple and not even hot lol
they were broken up/done when OL got canceled but to appease for the happy ever after stuff they were thrown together once again at the end:)
ME/John is alive and the best I have seen being in 10yrs,, He is awesome and vivid on GH.. GH gave him life!!
OLTL will just make him Nats pet .. John is not a family man.. he never has been and never should be a family man 🙂

Brenda
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Brenda

So that goes for GH too right, no family. I guess he will have to find someone other than Sam then because she has Danny now. I hope John is back on OLTL and back together with Natalie and Liam where he belongs not playing vampire over on GH.

bc
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bc

bold! innovative! exciting! that’s what they all say. how is it bold and innovative and exciting when the only recurring characters are the Indian americans? recurring means less storylines and therefore the racial minorities won’t get the same treatment as the white chars. that’s not bold and innovative and exciting. that’s regular and typical and dull. that’s stereotypical hollywood.

Janna Johnson
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Janna Johnson

I just wanted to thank you for bringing our soap families back to life. I been a avid soap fan since the late 70’s and the last year was a bore without them. I can’t wait to watch them and just wanted to thank you again for all your hard work! I’m on several save the soap sites and know lots of people are thrilled to see our beloved soaps again. Much love and success from Texas! Always a fan Janna Johnson

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In pretty short order, Victor Cassadine’s re-emergence in Port Charles, and now played by daytime vet, Charles Shaughnessy, has caused plenty of havoc on ABC’s General Hospital.  Shaughnessy, who was much beloved as Shane Donovan on Days of our Lives, debuted on GH back in September of 2021.

You can look at the body count, or the people Victor has under his thumb, to know the impact he is making on the canvas.

In a new interview in the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest (on newsstand now), Shaughnessy weighs-in on being the treacherous Cassadine.

 

Charles shared: “I mean, he’s just making trouble for all of the fan favorites! He’s just making their lives miserable.  He’s the guy who killed Luke Spencer.  He’s the guy who put Anna in jail and tried to break up her relationship with Valentin.  He’s just miserable to Holly. He’s just dreadful! But it’s such great fun, I mean, the more dreadful the better, really. He’s the villain you love to hate.”

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So, how and just when Victor will get his comeuppance is on everyone’s mind in the viewing audience as well as for characters such as: Laura (Genie Francis), Valentin (James Patrick Stuart), Lucy (Lynn Herring), Holly (Emma Samms), Anna (Finola Hughes), Ava (Maura West), Selina (Lydia Look), and many more.

Victor’s evil deeds seemed to reach new heights during the Holly Sutton storyline. Now the question is, who will he go after next, given what would seem to be his quest for the necklace containing diamonds from the Ice Princess?  Stay tuned.

What do you think of Charles’ portrayal of Victor? Who do you hope takes down Victor? Comment below.

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Kim replaces Amy Reisenbach, who was recently promoted to president of CBS Entertainment.  In a statement on Kim’s new position, Reisenbach shared: “I’ve worked closely with Eric for over a decade and have always been impressed with his incredible programming instincts, skill in working with showrunners on our biggest hit shows and strong relationships throughout the creative community. I’m very excited for him to take on this significant role. He is a proven, smart executive whose leadership and input will be vital to the success of our series.”

David Stapf, president of CBS Studios who Kim will also report to expressed: “Eric’s creative instincts and his ability to champion new writers and producers complement his strong relationships with established showrunners, making him an exceptional executive. His leadership has earned the trust and respect of both the industry and his colleagues at the Studio and Network. As Eric steps into this new role, I’m looking forward to seeing the impact he makes both within the creative community and on our series that are enjoyed by global audiences.”

Eric has been with CBS over the last 11 years, and has overseen all phases of production on both comedy and drama series including; Blue Bloods and CSI.

Prior to joining the network, Kim worked in live action series for Nickelodeon and Teen Nick from 2009-2011. He was also vice president of current programming at the CW from 2006-2009, and was part of the creative team that launched the new network when The WB and UPN networks merged and was also an executive at UPN from 2004-2006.

Soap fans, of course, are hoping that Eric will be a huge supporter of the soaps, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful as well as the entire CBS daytime line-up.

So, what do you think of the latest executive change at CBS? Hopeful that Eric Kim will continue to support in-full Y&R and B&B’s efforts? Comment below.

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The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced today that Laurence Fishburne (ex-Josh Hall, One Life to Live 1973-1976 ) will present Levar Burton with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming Children’s & Family Emmys on December 11th from the Wilshire Ebell theatre in Los Angeles.

Fishburne, who collectively had won a Tony, NAACAP and Emmy Awards, will honor his longtime friend for the body of his work. Most notable among their many collaborations was when Burton served as executive producer for the 2016 remake of Roots, which starred Fishburne.

As many know, Levar Burton is an actor, director and educator who has taught generations of children about the joys of reading through his show Reading Rainbow. Throughout his career, Levar has been honored with 13 Emmy Awards, 3 NAACP Awards, a Grammy Award for Spoken Word Album, a Peabody Award, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, among other accolades.

Burton is the award-winning author of The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm, A Kids Book About Imagination, and his Grammy Nominated book, Aftermath. His podcast, LeVar Burton Reads, has been downloaded more than 25 million times. Recently, he launched the LeVar Burton Book Club via the Fable app.

The Children’s & Family Emmy ceremony will be hosted by former 30 Rock star, Jack McBrayer, and will be streamed live on NATAS’ dedicated viewing platform powered by Vimeo, available on the web at Watch.TheEmmys.TV and via The Emmys apps for iOS, tvOS, Android, FireTV, and Roku.

What do you think about Levar Burton receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming ‘Children’s & Family Emmy Awards’ and from Laurence Fishburne, no less? Comment below. 

 

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