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OLTL Says Farewell to its ABC Studios – Exclusive Photos from last tape day via EW.com!

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This just becomes even more real, when you see these newly posted exclusive photos at EW.com from today’s final tape day of One Life to Live at its ABC Studios in New York! In the emotional images featuring Erika Slezak (Viki) Jerry verDorn (Clint), Melissa Archer (Natalie) and the series longtime executive producer, Frank Valentini, the tears were flowing and hugs were all around.

Here is an excerpt of the publications and online platforms first hand report from the set:

“A day filled with tears, laughter, and hugs erupted into applause when the last scene of One Life to Live finished taping in its ABC studio Friday. Today saw scenes moving along at the famously whiplash-like speed common for daytime soaps, but with increasing fanfare and emotion. Then the studio quietly began to fill up in the late afternoon as Erika Slezak (Viki Buchanan) and Jerry vern Dorn (Clint Buchanan, right) started to shoot that last scene (which is not the last one that will be seen on the show’s finale in January) in Viki’s Llanfair living room.

Ever the pro, Slezak was determined not to break down and cry as the time approached, but even as she blinked back the tears, she had hugs for everyone who wanted one, such as Melissa Archer, who played her daughter Natalie and who went straight in for this embrace as soon as the scene was wrapped. “Why bother say goodbye?” said Slezak, who sees this as just closing a chapter. “We will see each other again, someplace, somehow, somewhere.”

“You were all a part of something so extraordinary,” said exec producer Frank Valentini to the cast and crew gathered around when the applause died down after that final scene. He’s also signed on for the online show. “I count us all so lucky and so blessed to be a part of this.”

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Kaye
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Kaye

This should not be happening. Thanks OLTL for years of memories and entertainment.

Blake
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Blake

I agree, ABC/Frons/Sweeney are just idiots in charge. Iditotic to cancel their #1 soap that has gained hundreds of thousand viewers over last year!
So sad to see those pictures. Imagine being there.

Brian Greene
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Brian Greene

This is truly, awfully upsetting to me!

Elhu
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Elhu

Yet another BAD move on the part of ABC Daytime. I will never watch the Chew, nor will I watch the lame show that is going to replace the wonderful OLTL. Those shows will NEVER make it, even though the powers that be will do all they can to prove all of us wrong and keep the these shows (that belong on cable) on the air. On a much nicer note, I want to thank all of the wonderful cast and crew of OLTL for many, many years of wonderful television, as I too have been watching since day one.… Read more »

Mark
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Mark

Very sad about hearing of the last tape day. I read Michael’s previous post about the actor’s twitter and facebook remarks before I went to bed last night and I was so upset I could not fall asleep. I kept thinking about all of the wonderful actors, characters and storylines that have been on OLTL since I began watching over 40 years ago. I am 54 now and it is heartbreaking to think that a TV show I got involved with when I was about 13 is now being thrown aside. It is like losing an old friend. Long live… Read more »

DEBBIE
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DEBBIE

MY HEART IS BREAKING AND TEARS E GOING DOWN MY EYES RIGHT NOW !!!! IVE BEEN WATCHING FOR 41 YEARS AND SPENT MANY MANY FUN DAYS AT THE OLTL STUDIO MEETING ALL OF THEM INCLUDING THIS PAST SUMMER. THIS IS TERRIBLE !!!!!!!!

jp
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jp

I can’t believe OLTL has finished taping. It does not seem real. Thank you OLTL for 25 years of intrigue and suspense. I hope you will be able to continue online. The daytime community is losing the best daytime drama on the air. Its a sad, sad day.

Blake
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Blake

I read that the ABC people were at the OLTL farewell party. Can’t believe those a**holes did that. I can’t wait til karma bites them in the ass, and that ABC daytime will not have any passion or controversy anymore and no one will care about it like The Talk and that game show that took over Guiding Light’s spot on CBS.

boes
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boes

With OLTL now gone, ABC has lost its last vestige of class. Not that class matters to the likes of Frons and Co. – but it matters to us, the viewers that ABC has no respect for. I wonder if they’ll finally be surprised to find out that the daytime viewers they evidently both take for granted, and despise, are deserting them and their network in large numbers, never to return. We have loyalty, and we’ll take that loyalty to PP if they come through with OLTL. And the AMC folks will do the same, if AMC is resurrected. (I’m… Read more »

ken
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ken

why is oltl gone and not gh.im not dishing gh.but can you tell me why is it all newyork taped soaps being cancelled.gl,atwt,amc i know they moved to la .but that was a scam of some sort. maybe thinging ratings would pass oltl.but oltl beat amc and gh in the ratings. it may be cheaper to do the chew but know won is watching.so no one in there right mined would want to put there product as a comercial in that time slot.

Heather
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Heather

Up until early 2011, General Hospital had higher ratings than One Life to Live. It’s only after the cancellation annoucement in April that One Life to Live (and eventually All My Children as well) started to beat General Hospital in the ratings. Of course some problems within General Hospital itself (eg: bad writting, poor storylines, etc) contributed in General Hospital being surpassed by the two other ABC soaps. So to answer your question: “Why One Life to Live was cancelled instead General Hospital?”. The answer is simple: General Hospital had higher ratings than the two other soaps at the time… Read more »

Michael
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Michael

Ratings are not the reason that GH was selected to remain on the air over the other two that were canceled.

RJ
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RJ

Michael – just asking – then what was the reason that GH remained on and the others were cancelled? Time slot?

Heather
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Heather

Frons said he kept General Hospital because its was the highest rated soap. And if you look at the Nielsen ratings, it’s true that GH was indeed the highest rated ABC soap at the time. Things would change the next couple of weeks after,

Michael, if you knows something that the rest of us don’t, please let us know. Otherwise, it’s your word against the word of Brian Frons.

toscanti
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toscanti

I give GH less than a year and the ABC soap hackers will have it cancelled too. I say boycott all advertising products for the replacement shows. More than one way to skin a soap hacker.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Sad day indeed. There have been too many since GL shut down in 2009. I loved OLTL and was a rabid fan during the days of the Craigs and Woleks. The Karen/Marco pairing was so strong, their plots so riveting. I loved Dorian Cramer as she rose from doctor (remember the Mark Toland murder?) to society grande dame. And Viki! From her torment between loves Steve and Joe at The Banner. The arrival of the Buchanans! I could do without all the multiple “lost children” and the silliness of Eterna, and the heavy reliance of multiple personalities, but more than… Read more »

Renae B
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Renae B

This SOOOOOO SUCKS!!! Wth has ABC loosing all my fav soaps???

Sun45
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Sun45

This should not be happening Oltl by far was ABC best soap it should have been the last one standing at least Oltl cares about there audience GH doesn’t and I for one don’t understand why its still on and Oltl is gone. Thank you Oltl for your suspense and intrigue that you gave to the viewers daytime is loosing one of the best daytime dramas on the air. Daytime will never be the same ever again.

Heather
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Heather

Because at the time of the cancellation, General Hospital had higher rating than One Life to Live (although this is no longer the case today).

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GL Alum Kimberly J. Brown Joins the Cast of General Hospital

Another daytime favorite is coming to General Hospital.  This time its Kimberly J. Brown (Ex-Marah) of Guiding Light fame.  She last appeared on the soaps during her from 1993-1998 and then a brief return in 2006

According to Soap Opera Digest, she will make her GH debut next week in a mystery role.

Kimberly worked with two GH powerhouse actresses during her tine on Guiding Light. 

She noted to SOD about her time in Springfield: Cynthia Watros (Nina, GH, Ex-Annie Dutton, GL) was my stepmom for a bit, and Laura Wright (Carly, Ex- Cassie, GL) played my aunt.”

Brown has appeared in numerous primetime television shows and motion pictures over the last few decades.

Now the question becomes, who will Kimberly play on GH? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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General Hospital and ‘H.R. Pufnstuf’s’ Billie Hayes Dead at 96

She was one-of-a-kind, and now actress Billie Hayes has passed away at the age of 96.  Hayes’ family announced her death from natural causes on April 29th at Cedar-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

Hayes was best-known for her unforgettable role as Witchiepoo on the 1969-70 Saturday morning live-action children’s classic H.R. Pufnstuf from Sid and Marty Kroft.

However, daytime fans will remember that then General Hospital executive producer, Gloria Monty, hired Hayes to play the recurring role of the street-smart international spy, Brighton O’Reilly, back in the 80’s series hey day.

GH’s Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) took to Twitter to mourn the loss of Hayes on Monday sharing; “My dear wonderful Billie Hayes has died. Sadly I only got to work with her on GH but it was a magical relationship. Right away Gloria Monty saw something unique and ran with it. I cannot tell you how her passing saddens me.”

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In story, Brighton O’Reilly was shot and killed by Victor Cassadine back in 1981. Billie told Soap Opera Digest back in 2003 about her time as an agent on GH, and her exit from the series: “I asked Gloria why she killed me off, and Gloria said, ‘To tell you the truth, Billie, we really hemmed and hawed at it. But I decided to do it for selfish reasons. I knew if I killed O’Reilly there’d be such an abundance of sympathy and love for Scorpio that his stock would go up. And he’s my new leading man!’ I understand why Gloria knocked me off, but I would have loved to have gone on with it because I feel it could have been developed into a fascinating character.”

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Sid and Marty Kroft also took to Twitter and expressed:  “Margaret Hamilton (Wizard of Oz) once told us that Billie Hayes was “one of the best witches ever” We couldn’t agree more. Rest in Peace dear friend.”

Billie’s career spanned decades including Broadway, television, motion pictures and voice-over work. In addition, she founded the Los Angeles-based animal rescue nonprofit organization Pet Hope, a cause she had championed since adopting a puppy abandoned in the basement of Broadway’s St. James Theatre during the run of Lil’ Abner in which she was featured in the role of Mammy Yokum.

Share your remembrances of Billie Hayes and your condolences for her family and loved ones via the comment section below.

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Guiding Light Alum Melina Kanakaredes ‘Greek Candy’ Series to Debut on Amazon Streamer ‘IMDb TV’

We all knew her when she played Eleni Andros on the beloved Guiding Light, and two Daytime Emmy nominations later, actress Melina Kanakaredes left the soap for Hollywood, where she has appeared in numerous TV series and motion pictures ever since.

Now, Melina who currently stars on Fox’s hit medical drama, The Resident is set to launch her very own project in which she not only stars, but co-wrote and is one of the executive producers.

According to Deadline, look for Kanakaredes new series ‘Greek Candy’ to hit the new Amazon streaming service, IMDb TV as part of its inaugural launch.

In story, Melina Kanakaredes and her family’s 100-year-old chocolate factory in Akron, Ohio is the inspiration for Greek Candy. The single-camera comedy, from Sony Pictures Television, tells the story of mom, dad, their three teenage daughters, four very Greek immigrant grandparents, and one very non-Greek “adopted” son and what it means to live the American dream in 2021.

So, looking forward to checking out Melina’s new comedy series? Have you loved her work ever since Guiding Light? Comment below.

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