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OLTL Tapes Its Final Episode on ABC! Stars take to Twitter and Facebook to Share their Thoughts!

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Such a sad day today throughout the soap world, as One Life to Live taped its final episode for ABC after 43 years!

With its future all of a sudden seemingly in question over the last few days, due to the constant rumors and reports that Prospect Park may not have all their funding, and not a studio in place to shoot the new episodes, the cast and crew soldiered on and shot the final moments of what we know of the beloved town of Llanview for network television!  There have also been reports that OLTL is definitely moving forward and will be just slightly delayed from its originally scheduled and proposed January launch.   Prospect Park has yet to issue any new formal statement letting the public know an update on the One Life to Live 2.0 situation.

Throughout the last 24 hours many of the stars of the series took to Facebook or Twitter to share their thoughts on wrapping up their final scenes or moments at the studio!   Here is just a sampling below:

Melissa Archer tweeted:  “I just want to take a moment to thank all of you. Your support means so much. 10 wonderful years!! When one door closes another opens…”

Kristen Alderson tweeted:  “I want to thank all of our AMAZING/LOYAL fans for being so extremely supportive through all of the years& for today!”

Hillary B. Smith tweeted over the last few days: My emotions are over flowing!!! This is getting really sad. It’s our last few days of taping on ABC. We will be together again!! I m here 4 my last tape day on OLTL for ABC. Last night we were told that we must remove all of our belongings from the dressing rooms. I have all this fan memorabilia, pictures of me with the Bo and Nora Fans, jello shot girls, animals, cast mates, presents from fans. How I love you all, you crazy people!!! You have kept me sane. Is it possible for insanity to bring clarity? Thank you for 20 years of YOU. All I ask is that you watch us to the end. There is really good stuff. And then you can turn your sets off or turn the channel.

Eddie Alderson tweeted: “That was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to go through. So upsetting :'( every new beginning comes from another beginnings end.”

Robin Strasser tweeted: “My heart feels this IS Black-est Friday. My mind-confused by rumors about Prospect Park. My spirit is proud of being part of OLTL’s history.”

Kassie DePaiva posted on Facebook:  “This has been a sad day. I’m truly grateful for this awesome journey. I’ve had an amazing time in Llanview….and really hate to see it end. But it was great and my life is better because of the lives that have touched mine. Thank you OLTL/Blair fans for 18 years of goodness. It’s because of you that it has lasted this long. Until we meet again… Xoxo”

David A. Gregory posted on Facebook:  “Heading to the studio for the last day of OLTL. Thank you all so much for your support; it means the world. I was only supposed to be around a few episodes and you turned it into a few years. Thank you guys!”

Mark Lawson posted yesterday on Facebook:  “Studying for Brody’s last scenes for ABC. I can’t believe it’s here. The last three and a half years have flown by. I’ve learned so much and am so thankful for all the people I’ve been privileged to work with. Above all, I’m overwhelmed by the support of the fans. Your love of the show, of Brody, and of me as an actor have made this ride worth it. Thank you.”

On-Air On-Soaps still hopes we are going to awake from a bad Bobby Ewing-esque dream, and One Life was never really canceled!

 

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AlistairCrane
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AlistairCrane

I feel bad for OLTL (and AMC) fans. This transition to Prospect Park is not as smooth as my favorite soap Passions’ move to DirecTV.

david
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david

So much for OLTL remaining at ABC studios to launch online with Prospect Park since the cast was told to remove all of their belongings from the dressing rooms. Who knows if and where OLTL will start again. Very sad.

Dee
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Dee

im so upset about this. i hope pp picks up the shows. i have been watching for over 20 years and will follow oltl wherever it goes

Blake
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Blake

How sad for the actors and crew. All of us fans are there with them in spirit and are just as upset. But thankfully we still have 2 months left on TV to watch.
Really hope the PP deal goes through soon and smoothly.

jp
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jp

Thank you OLTL for 25 years of memories. I just wish PP would release some kind of statement. Its so sad to mean that the end is coming near and possibly no future at all online.

jp
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jp

I can’t even spell right that I’m so sad. I meant to write Its so sad to me…
Please PP. Make this happen. I can’t live without my OLTL.

Tad
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Tad

I want to be positive, but something isn’t right about PP. They still haven’t resolved the AFTRA union issues so how can they start production on December 5 as rumoured? Also, not saying that OLTL is dead, but having everyone move their stuff out of their dressing rooms – yet supposedly the ABC studios were being rented temporarily for the online project? Also, how exactly is this being financed? That has never been answered. Finally, why would credible actors like Susan Lucci and Vincent Izzary make up that they are in the dark. Lucci hasn’t heard a response to her… Read more »

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Bryan Craig Teases His Role in Upcoming ‘Joker’ Sequel

Former General Hospital star and two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Bryan Craig (ex-Morgan Corinthos) has been quite busy these days with his continuing role on Freeform’s Good Trouble and now the biggest tease of all!

Craig took to his Instagram account and posted an intriguing pic, which from all indications mean he has landed a part in the upcoming motion picture Joker sequel Folie à Deux! (“Madness for Two”).

Because details on the upcoming film have been top secret, Craig erased his character’s name on his cast parking sign when he posted the image.

What we do know is that the upcoming Joker sequel will see the return of Joaquin Phoenix in his Oscar-winning role as Arthur Fleck. The cast includes Lady Gaga as Harley Quinn, plus Brendan Gleeson, Zazie Beets, and Catherine Keener.

The film is due out in 2024.

Looking forward to seeing Bryan in Folie à Deux? Comment below.

 

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Lori Loughlin To Make Holiday Movie For Great American Family

Lori Loughlin (Ex-EON and Full House) will be making a holiday movie for Great American Family. Look for production to start later this year.

The announcement of the upcoming Christas pic follows on the heels of Loughlin’s Fall Into Winter which dropped on January 28th on GAF.

The movie marked Lori’s first romantic comedy screen appearance since serving time in 2020 for her part in the college admissions scandal. She returned to acting after her prison time, and after being let go by the Hallmark Channel in When Hope Calls which was a spinoff of When Calls the Heart.

Bill Abbott, President and CEO of Great American Media had previously shared: “Lori is a genre-defining star that I have had the honor to call a close friend and collaborator for more than 15 years. We have a shared vision for creating meaningful and memorable movies that resonate with our passionate fans, and I look forward to welcoming her back to Great American Family to anchor our 2023 winter programming slate.”

So what do you think of a Lori Loughlin/Great American Family holiday film on the way for later in 2023? Comment below.

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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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