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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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TONIGHT: 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards on CBS

Who will take home the gold at Sunday night’s 73rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards?  Well, from the looks of it .two heavy favorites going into it are Ted Lasso in the comedy categories, and The Crown in the dramatic categories, but as we have seen on previous Emmys there may be upsets afoot.

Other leading contenders through the night will include the series: The Mandalorian, WandaVision, The Handmaid’s Tale, Saturday Night Live, Lovecraft CountryThe Queen’s Gambit and Mare of Easttown.

Cedric the Entertainer will host the three-hour special on CBS beginning at 8 pm EST emanating from the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles.  Pandemic and all there will be a return to an opening number.

 

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The broadcast’s executive producer, Ian Stewart, confirmed an opening number, when he previously told Deadline, the number “is going to be a lot of people participating, singing, rapping.  It’s hopefully going to be a very impactful start, a ton of fun.”

The Primetime Emmys will have nominees in attendance, with a more limited amount virtually, and those who have tickets can stay in the venue through the whole show, unlike the Grammys or Oscars were those nominated were ushered in and out.  Look for the Emmys to take place outside the theatre under a tent.

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One Life to Live alum Renée  Elise Goldsberry (Ex-Evangeline) will be competing in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for her role in Hamilton.  Another OLTL alum, Jonathan Groff (Ex-Henry), is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for his role in Hamilton, as well.

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In the Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series, Sterling K. Brown tries to win another Emmy for his role as Randall Pearson on This Is Us.   To view all the nominees, head on over to the TV Academy’s website.

This past June, CBS also aired the 48th annual Daytime Emmy Awards in a pre-packaged show for broadcast due to Covid-19 restrictions.

So, who are you rooting for to win the gold at the 73rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards? Comment below.

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Soap Vet Exec Prod and Director, Chris Goutman, Virtual Interview On Tap

The former executive producer of Another World and As the World Turns, Chris Goutman, will appear on a very special episode of The Locher Room next Friday, September 24th.

To celebrate the virtual interview show’s 200th episode, the Emmy Award-winning producer and director will join Alan Locher beginning at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m PST.   You can watch it live here.

Having started his career in the soaps an actor appearing on The Doctors, Search for Tomorrow, The Edge of Night and Texas, Goutman moved on to becoming a director and eventually an executive producer.  Chris has directed episodes of nine different daytime dramas.

Goutman currently serves as the Artistic Director, Associate Professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

So, will you be tuning-in to see what Chris has to say about his time on AW and ATWT and more? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sonny Remembers Carly Just as She Is Marrying Jason

After nine months of being “Mike”, Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) had a major breakthrough as his memory is all coming back to him now (as the Celine Dion song says), and in the process the Tan-O has burned to the ground, signaling the the probable end to the Nixon Falls arc of the story.

As the story picked-up on Thursday, Nina’s (Cynthia Watros) plot to keep Sonny for herself and away from Carly majorly backfired on her.  Not only does Phyllis (Joyce Guy) now know that Nina lied about “Mike’s” identify the entire time, but Peter August (Wes Ramsey) is running wild and free heading back to Port Charles to claim his baby and Maxie (Kirsten Storms), after setting fire to the building.

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Since “Mike” ran in to save Nina and got hit by a beam in the process, he is alone in the burning Tan-O enveloped by flames, but that triggers the beginning of his memory coming back.

Meanwhile, back in Port Charles, Jason (Steve Burton) and Carly (Laura Wright) are at their wedding, with the five family mob bosses present with a plot of their own and everyone wondering if Jarly will say “I do'”.    The two light a candle together for those loved ones no longer with them … ah, Sonny!

Back the burning Tan-O, Sonny is visited by the vision of the real Mike (Max Gail) who tells him it’s time for him to go home now.  A conflicted Sonny tells Mike he is very happy in Nixon Falls with Nina, but Mike tells him he needs to know his past in order to move forward.  When Sonny has flashes of his violent past it frightens him, and he says whatever family he has is better off without him in their lives.

Jax (Ingo Rademacher) tries to text Maxie while still in Nixon Falls with Nina to watch out for Peter, but she is attending and managing Carly and Sonny’s wedding, so she doesn’t pick up the phone!

Inside the Tan-O, Sonny sees a vision of woman, who when she turns and faces him is Carly. While Sonny is lying on the floor and is engulfed in flames and trapped, Mike tells Sonny he can die as “Mike” or live on as the man he truly is, Sonny.  It is then Sonny calls out “Carly!”

So, what did you think of the episode? Do you think Carly and Jason will get married? Will Sonny tells Nina he remembers? What will Nina’s next move be? Are you glad Sonny seems to have his memory back? The episode featured another strong performance by Maurice Benard.  Share your thoughts below.

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