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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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All My Children and Guiding Light Vet, Gil Rogers Passes Away

Gil Rogers, who played one of the all-time most dastardly villains in soaps on All My Children and was the on-screen father to the one and only Reva Shayne (Kim Zimmer) on Guiding Light, has died at age 87.

News came via his daughter, Amanda Rogers on her Facebook page, relating that Gil passed away on March 2nd.

The actor had played Tad (Michael E. Knight) and Jenny’s (Kim Delaney) father, Ray Gardner on All My Children from 1977-1978 making multiple appearance though 2001, then later as Hawk Shayne on Guiding Light from 1985-1992 making multiple appearance through 2009.

Gil also appeared on Another World, Search for Tomorrow and The Doctors.

In her post, Amanda wrote: “Gil Rogers died this morning. As you all know, my dad was awesome. He was my best friend, confidant, mentor and just an awesome dad. He came to pick me and  Charlotte Whitaker Zdanowski up at clubs at 2AM in our teens to keep us safe, and drank bourbon with me every day since moving out here 2 years ago. He was welcoming and kind, funny and gregarious, a shameless flirt and a fierce protector. He loved his dinners with grandkids and endured animated movies and discussions about pokemon. And I miss him so terribly already. He died in his sleep, without pain or fear. I am so grateful to have had such a great father and to have spent these past 2 years with him every day.”

Check out this vintage scene below from All My Children where Ray played by Rogers blows up the Martin house.

Now share your remembrances of Gil’s performances and along with condolences for his family in the comment section.

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Chris Harrison In First Interview Since ‘Bachelor’ Controversy Says He Wants To Be Back as Host; But GMA’s Michael Strahan Says Apology was a “Surface Response”

Thursday’s Good Morning America featured the highly-publicized first interview with ‘Bachelor’ franchise host and executive producer, Chris Harrison, since he stepped away from the show following his controversial remarks on current Bachelor contestant Rachel Kirkconnell, amid the airing of a season that has seen the first-ever Black male lead of the reality series, Matt James.

Speaking with GMA co-host, Michael Strahan, Harrison spoke of remarks he made during his interview with ex-Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay on Extra that sparked the firestorm.

Harrison admitted the words he spoke to Lindsey were “in a manner that perpetuates racism,” adding “I am an imperfect man I made a mistake and I own that. I believe that mistake doesn’t reflect who I am or what I stand for.”

 

The incident began when photos surfaced on social media of Kirkconnell at an Old South-themed party that she attended back in 2018, along with allegations she “liked” many Instagram posts that were racist in nature, and what many viewed as Harrison coming to her defense in this time of what he then called “cancel culture”.

On GMA, Chris expressed: “Antebellum parties are not OK,  Past, present, future, knowing what that represents is unacceptable.”

He also apologized to Lindsay, who had to shut down her Instagram account because of viral vitriol being sent her way over the incident with Harrison, adding this message to the public, “Anyone who is throwing hate towards Rachel Lindsay, please stop. It’s unacceptable.”

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As to how he is trying to make amends, Harrison shared: “I made a mistake and I own that, Racism, oppression, these are big dynamic problems and they take serious work. I am committed to that work.”  The longtime Bachelor host then announced he is working with race educator Dr. Eric Dyson who has taught him about the idea of “counsel, not cancel”.

Chris says he plans to be back hosting the reality-dating series, expressing:  “I plan to be back. I want to be back.  This interview is not the finish line. There is much more work to be done.”

Following the exclusive, Michael Strahan described his conversation with Chris Harrison stating: “His apology is his apology, but it felt like it got nothing more than a surface response on any of this. Obviously, he is the man who wants to clearly stay on the show, but only time will tell if there is any meaning behind his words.”

So, what do you think of Chris Harrison’s responses during his first interview since the controversy? Should he return to hosting The Bachelor franchise? Comment below. But first check out his GMA exclusive.

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GH’s Wes Ramsey Makes Statement on Criticism, Social Media, and Professionalism

General Hospital’s Wes Ramsey, who portrays polarizing character, Peter August on the ABC daytime drama series, responded to a recent take on his role from cast mate, Tristan Rogers (Scorpio) when a video made its way through social media.

The video was from a Cameo appearance, where Rogers offered an assessment of the Peter August storyline and expressed that while he knows Ramsey is a strong actor, he felt he was “wrong for the character” being that Peter was the son of the evil Faison played by Anders Hove.

Rogers also came to the defense of Ramsey and shared: “Don’t be too hard on Wes Ramsey. He’s got himself into a horrible storyline, and the storyline is the fault of the show. What they’ve literally done is they’ve painted themselves into a corner, and they don’t know how to get out of it.”

Currently, Peter’s story is front and center on GH with his wedding to Maxie (Kirsten Storms), and the fallout from all of the character’s dirty deeds.

Now Ramsey took to his Instagram account to address what transpired and his thoughts on the perils of social media, professionalism and acting, expressing: “Actors are storytellers, shapeshifters, chameleons. We’re also in the business of cultivating trust bc that’s how the best work is brought to life. We have to trust our imaginations, our instincts. We have to trust our fellow actors, because without them, there’s no scene to play. In the collaborative efforts of bringing any show to life, we also have to trust our directors each day to steer the arch of our story (like a conductor with a symphony) & trust our writers who are tasked with composing the symphonies we play out. I came up in a world of classical theater, where trusting the play, text, story is essential to the tightrope balancing act of making magic.  You will never hear me critique (on any public platform) the people responsible for the creative opportunities I enjoy each day. Without the trust of my writers, directors, producers & fellow actors, it would be impossible to live out my dreams. My job (& my only job) is to bring fearlessness, playfulness & passionate conviction to what has been created for me. My aim is to stretch myself (beyond the limits of where I think my boundaries may lye) each time I’m entrusted with material that allows those boundaries to be tested.

 

Every actor must believe they are the right person for their part or they will never achieve their potential, let alone surpass it. I was raised a gentleman & have two wonderful parents to thank for that, however, my polite personality (while rendering me easy to get along with on set) should have little bearing on my caliber of performance nor my castability as a professional.  I am leery of the pitfalls of social media & believe there are advantages to maintaining some mystery (even as a public figure) but I will always defend & protect what I hold dear (my job & my career) when they are publicly challenged, especially by those closest to me, whom I love & respect. Please know I bear no ill will. As a society, we are all still learning the full ramifications of living in an internet dominated culture. To all my many fans out there who offer encouragement & support, I hear you & am grateful for you. I’m having a blast… 🙂. Onward we go.”

Share your thoughts on Wes’ statement on playing the role of Peter August and more via the comment section below.

 

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