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One Life to Live Fan Rally Video! – The Stars Came Out To Greet The Faithfuls!

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As many know yesterday was the first day of production for Prospect Park’s and The Online Network’s rebooted version of One Life to Live.  To celebrate fans from Soap Fans United traveled to One Life’s new Connecticut studios to welcome the cast back and to show their love and support!

Erika Slezak (Viki), Melissa Archer (Natalie), Cordin Bleu (Jeffrey), Kelley Missal (Dani), Kassie DePaiva (Blair), Robert Gorrie (Matthew) and Laura Harrier (Destiny) gave the fans who braved the cold weather some donuts and coffee with some lovin’ care! OLTL head writers, Susie Bedsow Horgan and Thom Racina also said “Hello” to the fans in attendance.

Carrying balloons, roses and banners/signs, to welcome their favorite cast members back that they have wished to see once again so much, but they also met some of the newbies to Llanview too!  The fans were thrilled and some (as we would all be) emotional chatted and took pictures with the actors during their short break from shooting.

Check out this video from the rally after the jump!  Then, let us know what you thought about the show of support from both sides – the fans and the stars!

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heidi
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heidi

What happened to Robin Strasser? Is she ill?

Cathy
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Cathy

Yes ! She’s ill! Recovering from pneumonia! She will tape next week!

susan M.
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susan M.

Hope she get’s well soon! Wish her the best of everything!

Eva
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Eva

I am thrilled that OLTL is returning. All fans need to watch and support the online format because if it doesn’t work out, it will truly be the end of Llanview.

Caroldee
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Caroldee

Great to see them again.. cannot wait for the new show to start. Miss them all so much. One happy lady here!!!

Tina Gray
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Tina Gray

As MarcAnthony said…….it was like a dream – and then we woke up and realized it wasn’t. Welcome back to all of you!!!!! We missed you sooooooo much and we can’t wait to see you!!!!!!

Stephen Parker
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Stephen Parker

Tina, it was absolutely surreal! I am so pleased to have shared this historic event with you and the others 🙂

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

If it weren’t for the pics I might think I dreamt the whole thing too!

Jennifer Janeiro
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Jennifer Janeiro

So glad One Life is Back!!!!!!

jim
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jim

I wish i was there but im just as excited as all of them. ( if i was there i wouldve wanted a studio tour…am i greedy!!!) Heard Robin was ill…wish her well! Had a little relapse from my own illness(non life threatening thank goodness) but seeing this video makes me feel real good.

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

We were not even allowed to go to the front door of the building – so tours were out! Trust me, we all would’ve gone! 🙂

jim
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jim

Most likely no set tour for now because they dont want fans to know too much at the moment but it could happen later for some of you. I envy how lucky you got to be this close but i did once got to meet in person the lovely Jill Larson from AMC and Micheal Bruno( i think thats his name) who once appeared on the same show. Had they given me a cup of hot cocoa id had them autographed the cup, thats if i had known and brought a marker to write with, or at least saved it.… Read more »

susan M.
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susan M.

I wish I could have been there! It looked really cold ! But, I live in the Sunshine
State. Don’t miss the cold weather and the snow. Erika is so gracious & beautiful… Melissa looked good also! So EXCITED!

ron
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ron

This is incredible! I wish AMC and OLTL huge success. Can’t wail until April 29, But
until then I’ll contain my excitement by watching them on youtube!

Rann
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Rann

It really is like a dream come true!

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Thanks for sharing. Was there in spirit!

todd
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todd

That was heartwarming. The fans were great waiting in the cold showing their support, and the stars were gracious to bring out food and coffee. I wish I could have been there. The new Destiny is gorgeous!

Cathy
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Cathy

So happy Roger Howarth has signed with PP! Todd Manning belongs in Llanview with all his history & longtime connections! 🙂

Gillian
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Gillian

He’s onlyvthere for four weeks then returns to GH. This video is enough to bring tears to my eyes. After spending three decades with these characters, they feel like family and I’ve missed them so much. I just wish we had word on Michael Easton’s fate as well as Kristen Alderson. I have so much respect for these actors and want the best for them.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

Thank you so very much for posting this video. How I wish I could have been there. It is so great to see my beloved cast again. And, welcome to the new additions. I can’t wait to watch OLTL again.

danicajolie
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danicajolie

That was great!

Rodd
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Rodd

The whole video was so nice. Thanks to the fans that were able to be out there to express what so many of us feel to the actors of OLTL. And Thank You to the actors who brought out coffee and doughnuts (?) and posed for pictures. It was very sweet of them to take the time to do that.

Now, tell me, what night time show has that kind of interaction between actors and fans? None, I bet. Daytime fans are phenominal!

Bruce
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Bruce

Im the one who recorded this with my camera 🙂

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

You were a recording maniac Bruce! And we’re all SO glad!

susan M.
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susan M.

Thanks! It was GREAT!

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Thanks to all of you who were there to express what so many fans are feeling. Thanks for sharing this with all of us who were there in spirit! Just awesome. Made me a bit misty-eyed 😉

B.J.
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B.J.

Thanks so much for sharing, Bruce! It was like being there, without the chill. 😉

I’m so glad there were people like you there, to show the cast how we feel about them and the show.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

Thank you so much.

Stephen Parker
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Stephen Parker

During all the effort put in by our group (Soap Fans United) and my multiple trips to Stamford to secure permits, etc. (all the Stamford officials were amazingly helpful and congenial) I would never have dared dreamed that we would be received and honored by the cast, writers and production team as we were on 3/18! And the privilege of meeting Erika Slezak…simply beyond belief!

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Again, much thanks to all involved in making this moment happen & sharing with the masses. Kudos!

Doe
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Doe

Great to see Erica and few of the cast of OLTL. Looking forward to their new beginnings! Wishing them all the best of luck. It’s very exciting…Yay!..

Doris Fuller
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Doris Fuller

Awesome, I wish I was there!!!!!! Love One Life To Live!!!!

Tania
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Tania

am so glad oltl and amc are back on and this such nice Video

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

And a bit later, the writers Thom and Susan also came out to speak with us…and after that Jerry Ver Dorn stopped and chatted with us on his way in to tape! 🙂

susan M.
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susan M.

Again you are SO LUCKY! They seem like a good bunch of people & friendly!

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Sweet! I’m more excited than ever!

Avidreader72
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Avidreader72

OLTL cast is truly a class act!

Tali
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Tali

Yes they are!

Emily
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Emily

The OLTL cast is a sight for sore eyes. So spirited and gracious to the fans. I’m very grateful and impressed and can’t wait to watch:)

marfawanger
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marfawanger

Erika looked very uncomfortable.

jim
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jim

They should try to get Ellen Holly, if she would do it, make guest appearances as Destinys mother/grandmother on OLTL. I Know she played Carla but that was long ago, and it wouldnt be no different than Francescs James returning to AMC as a different character. It would be like a nod to the shows original beginnings.

OLTLover35
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OLTLover35

Does anyone know where I could download the mp3 of Kelley Missal (Dani) “Everything I ever learned”
Omg I’d be so happy if someone could tell me

Liz
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Liz

This is why we love OLTL. The fans just have to be supportive and make ABC see the big mistake they made in taking this show off the air. I really believe this is going to be a hit. Will be watching everyday that it is on. If Michael Easton doesn’t return perhaps John McBain can be re-cast. Just a thought.

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While Y&R has been renewed thus far through the 2024 TV season, it would seem this move to ensure Bergman is sticking around as the show moves past its 50th year on the air, is a vote of confidence by Sony Pictures Television and CBS that the top-rated daytime drama will live on.

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Thompson, a previous Emmy-winner, who is up in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category, shared the news via an Instagram video and also expressing in his post: “After 2.5 years of dodging Covid…I finally tested positive! I’m very sorry to say I won’t be attending the @daytimeemmys tomorrow night and that’s a bummer!! To all my fellow nominees and friends, I wish you all the best, have a fantastic night celebrating what we do. To the best fans in the world, like most of you I will be watching from home cheering on our favorites on @cbstv!! Thank you for an amazing year @youngandrestlesscbs and @sonypictures. I’ll be back to work in a week or so to try and earn another invite to the big night!!! Lots is love! ♥️”

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We send our well-wishes to Jason and Melissa for a speedy recovery.

So, what did you think about Jason and Melissa’s heartfelt posts that they will miss the Daytime Emmys due to Covid-19? Comment below.

 

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