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Remembering One Life to Live On Its Original ABC Premiere Date 46 Years Ago Today!

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Courtesy/ABC

If you looked at the soap opera history calendars, today was the day back on July 15th, 1968 that creator Agnes Nixon debuted One Life to Live on ABC! The show originally was planned to be titled Between Heaven and Hell.

Over the next four decades plus the show gave a home to such talents as: Judith Light, Robin Strasser, Erika Slezak, Al Freeman Jr,  Robert S. Woods, Kassie DePaiva, Tuc Watkins, Roger Howarth, Linda Dano, Michael Easton, Melissa Archer, Trevor St. John, Susan Haskell, Brynn Thayer,  Gerald Anthony, Thorsten Kaye, Andrea Evans, Joe Lando, Jessica Tuck, Nathan Fillion, Ryan Phillipe, Tommy Lee Jones, Gina Tognoni, Phillip Carey,  and we could on … and on … and on!

The show aired its final episode on ABC on January 13, 2012, after it was canceled by ABC in a shocking move, while its ratings were on the upswing, after Brian Frons, then president of ABC Daytime, lowered the boom that both All My Children and One Life were being taken off the ABC Daytime line-up.

The final ABC OLTL executive producer and head writer, Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati were then moved by ABC over to General Hospital, since the creatives became available once the original start date for the online version of OLTL by Prospect Park failed to come to fruition.

Then, Prospect Park on its second attempt brought back the beloved soap and it premiered online via The OnLine Network on April 29th, 2013 only to have it sadly cancelled and shelved after one season amidst legal disputes with ABC.

So, in honor of One Life and all the fans that miss it, showed their relentless passion for it to be reborn again, and to its stars and creative staff,, and all the crew that worked on the show, here’s  a look at the many memorable opening title sequences of the ABC version and then the teaser promo for the return of OLTL via TOLN.  Watch those below, and then let us know if you still miss the soap often dubbed the-little-engine-that-could!

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Karim
Karim

I have not given up HOPE. I am sure our Soaps ( One Life To Live and All My Children) will return again and permanently on ABC Daytime. And I will fight for its return till the end!

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

Let us pray!!!!!!!!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Sadly, the end for those two are here already!!!

Mitch Laurence
Mitch Laurence

That was fun! IMHO the second to last was the best. I see you intentionally left out that piece of crap opening from PP. If it was here, everyone would see just how awful PP’s version of OLTL really was. SD or SL really sucks, he helped kill it. I know people at ABC and they will never bring either soap back. It is not the direction the network is going. Network TV has changed and it’s not about soaps, it’s about how programming is produced. As a long time fan, I hope it does not return. So much time has passed and everyone has moved on, it would not be the same show.

Does anyone know the only real town shown in the opening? The one with the long bridges?

Hint: Its Harrisburg the capitol of Pennsylvania. 😉

Sharon Polar
Sharon Polar

Well Mitch, I appreciate your opinion but I, like many others, am hopeful that the show can return. Yes, time has passed and fans would have to accept new characters and perhaps some new actors taking over roles for some performers who have moved on to other projects. I feel that a new inception of the show, perhaps combined with the remnants of ALL MY CHILDREN and presented in a thirty minute version, would work.
I am however in complete agreement regarding the Prospect Park opening of One Life ~ it was pretty awful. The show itself, however, was slowly finding it’s footing as an on-line presentation despite many bumps presented in the road. True, neither One Life nor AMC as on-line shows quite captured the abc-tv network family connectivity (I can’t pinpoint exactly what the missing component was) but it seemed like they were trying.
I guess only time will tell if our beloved shows will ever resurface.

Kat
Kat

Miss OLTL so much! The cast and stories were so compelling and dynamic. There’s nothing like it on daytime TV today. So sad…

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

You are so right. I’ve always said OLTL has the strongest cast in daytime TV. The cancellation by the alphabet people is just shameful.

Arturo
Arturo

The more time that goes by, the more I miss this show. Im a middle aged male professional, and I was tearing up at the sequence of old openings (I started watching in its third year). I watched all my life. Few had such perfection in casting – Erica Slezak, Robin Strasser, Patricia Elliott, Phil Carey, Andrea Evans, Judith Light, Tommy Lee Jones, Ryan Phillipe, Tonja Walker, Shelley Burch, Josh Kelley, Kassie diPalva, Nathan Fillion – and the wonderful stories. Since Denis Frons’ decision to cancel the show, Im happy to say Ive not missed passing on anything ABC or DISNEY.

Janet Wells
Janet Wells

ABC-TV made the WORST decision in television History
without a doubt by letting go of their two strong shows, both One Life to Live and All My Children. At the very least, they should have (and still should) combine the remnants of both shows.

Mark Y
Mark Y

Can we put a fork in OLTL & AMC, please? I supported the online reboot and never watched either on ABC. Let’s get behind the stories on air. And where the heck is Tainted Dreams?

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Its time to put those two shows behind us…the cast and crew have moved on…i doubt there will be future attempts to revive them…hopeful primetime and cable will air one hour weekly new soaps…continuing daytime dramas are on their last leg and i doubt they’ll be around in the 2020s…i hope im wrong but i wont hold my breath…even the British superior more down to earth and realistic soaps are also predicted to be gone in ten years…sad!!!

Mary SF
Mary SF

ITA– So many great soaps have come and gone over the years — it was fifteen years ago last month Another World was laid to rest, and yet there was no walk down memory lane for that soap. Continuing dramas will always exist as a story telling format, heck most prime time shows are becoming like that where each episode depends on the last in telling a larger story over entire season,instead of the story that is self contained to one episode. But the classic daytime drama, is most likely on it’s way out, because conventional network television itself is dying out— I sadly agreed the last four daytime dramas are it, and when they are gone, it’s over. If one network invested in putting on a new soap, even a half hour one, I might have hope, but as it stands, we are seeing the end of daytime drama on network television and the beginning of the end for network television we know it as well. But whatever replaces network television I am sure will include continuing stories, and perhaps including soaps in the classic sense as well.

PABWECG
PABWECG

Aw, the 4th, 5th, & 6th opening songs are mine!! I could sing them in my sleep! 😀 I still SO miss OLTL! Such a great show. I’d start watching it again if it returned to TV.

Thanks for sharing this Mr. Fairman!

SiteAdvocate61
SiteAdvocate61

Still hoping against hope that anyone can revive it without problems.

Kevin
Kevin

One Life To Live will never come back, too late now. I have moved on, and watching General Hospital, Days of our Lives and The Young and the Restless. I do have to say All my children deserved to be cancelled, the ratings were falling badly, and the storylines were awful. One Life to live was a huge mistake. Abc will never bring back One Life To Live back. They will never admit there mistake. Abc should have kept One Life To Live on there daytime line up.

Omar
Omar

Agree with you Kevin..All my Children ratings were bad and the show itself was bad for like 10 years before it got cancelled.

OLTL deserved to be kept with its ratings surge and great storytelling but Brian Frans has a mission and there was only one soap that should remain and that will be GH, his ‘favorite” and the one with more of a household name/history, but the ratings were better and would have gotten better over @ OLTL, so that kind of stings.

That said, SO happy that GH is on the air..Will continue watching and I see this show growing and growing ratings wise. 🙂

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Kassie DePaiva is on DAYS!

Sandra Wells
Sandra Wells

Yes we know, you tell us on every single post, we know Kassie DePaiva is now on Days. Not quite sure what that has to do with looking back on
One Life to Live, but okay.

Omar
Omar

She has been terrific so far in the show..I hope she will have some scenes with the departed Allison Sweeney, even though their stories are not the same in the show..Imagine the fireworks if they get to share some scenes.

DAYS is lucky to have her and us fans too! Welcome back Ms DePaiva..Losing Ms Sweeney stings but having Kassie on helps big time with that loss.

JLH
JLH

Thanks for sharing this important date with OLTL’s fans. I first started watching sometime in the mid-70s. I was around 10 years old and became totally absorbed in the Brad Vernon/Jenny Wolek/Wil Vernon storyline (for whatever reason!) and Dorian was an instant favorite. My days (ok…my life) just isn’t the same without OLTL.

Jeffery McGraw
Jeffery McGraw

My favorite period were the S. Michael Schnessel years. His One Life To Live certainly could be outlandish (Eterna, anyone?), but they were by turns full of heart and fun – and always suspenseful. R.I.P. both of them.

Arturo
Arturo

Amen.

lisa
lisa

I never did get to see the full last season that PP put out – the network I watched it on in Canada pulled out.
I still miss OLTL….I think I always will…..such a shame.
I’d be happy with a hour night time version once a week for 52 weeks of the year.
Such great characters and stories. 🙂

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

1960s Peyton Place aired twice and then 3 times a week for 52 weeks in 30 min. installments and was on for five years without a repeat…wish the networks or cable would try that again with revived daytime serials or new ones in primetime…id watch!!!

Sandra Wells
Sandra Wells

In a sense, they DO air night time continuing dramas if you think about it – shows like SCANDAL and House of Cards and other shows are continuing storylines.

Lisa Z.
Lisa Z.

This is a sad anniversary for OLTL fans. I still miss the show very much. I don’t care for GH, and I have tried to watch Y & R, but it is boring. As noted in the above article, the ratings for OLTL were on the upswing when it was cancelled. They were better than GH which makes it hard to understand the cancellation decision. GH’s ratings rise seems to be the result of “gutting” OLTL. GH took OLTL’s EP, writers, directors, and 3 actors. Why didn’t ABC just keep OLTL? The last year of OLTL was terrific in my opinion (except for maybe 2 out of the 3 Ford brothers story). The acting on OLTL was very good, and much more natural and realistic than other soaps that I have tried to watch. I wonder if there has been any movement on the litigation that is ongoing. Anyway, thanks for the remembrance and the article, Michael. There are still a lot of OLTL fans out there who wish the show hadn’t been cancelled by ABC.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I really enjoyed OLTLs final year on ABC and it was far more realistic and entertaining than the soaps are now…Rama’s fake pregnancy was hiliarious especially when her water(balloon) broke…i recorded that final year and watched it over several times…imo it was OLTL best year…the online version wasnt so good but at least fans got to see it once again even if brief…not all fans of other cancelled soaps were as lucky!!!

Omar
Omar

I agree, the final year on ABC was really awesome and OLTL was really the best show at the time that final year..In fact it was really great and entertaining, the best soap in daytime, for like 4 to 6 years before its end run @ ABC.

I give props to PP, they had the balls and they tried..We got to see our cancelled soaps for a short time revived..My beloved Guiding Light never got that chance.

GH50
GH50

Lisa Z, all I can say about the OLTL EP, writers, directors and 3 actors is please take them back.

aria
aria

GH had been ABC top soap for many years, i’m sure when they decided they were going to cancel two soaps they picked the two lowest rated at the time of their decidsion. remember OLTL only beat GH in the ratings for the 2011 2012 season, prior to that the only two other season OLTL accomplish that was in the mid 70’s even AMC beat GH as the networks top dog like 4 season back in the 90’s stll more often then not GH was the networks golden child, especially with its many Emmy wins as top show. i’m sure $$ played a big part too, maybe overall, GH was less expensive to put on the air. i’m sure no matter whats said many OLTL fans wont see it that way but the reality is Brian Frons made the decision and maybe as much as people say he hated soaps ect, he probably hated amc and oltl more the GH. who really knows….

rebecca1
rebecca1

Lots of nostalgia there Michael Fairman. Fun! But juxtaposing the “new” OLTL with the original just solidified for me how “out of character” (pun intended) the reboot was. I almost think I would have liked it if it was SUPPOSED to be a brand new soap. I wouldn’t have had expectations or looked for my ol’ soap within its context.

I still think, as some have suggested, that OLTL might be a successful one night a week show.

Edna Barefoot
Edna Barefoot

MICHAEL, YOU KNOW I STILL MISS OLTL, ESPECIALLY ERIKA SLEZAK. I HAVE WATCHED OLTL SINCE JOE WAS DYING. THESE ACTORS ARE PART OF OUR FAMILIES. OLTL FANS WILL NEVER GIVE UP. I DON’T CARE HOW MANY E-MAILS, LETTERS. TWEETS OR PHONE CALLS I HAVE TO MAKE. OLTL IS ALIVE AS LONG AS THE FANS REMEMBER. I WATCH OLTL EVERY DAY ON YOUTUBE OR MY TAPES. I HAVE MANY OLTL TAPES. I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE. THERE ARE MILLIONS OF OLTL FANS WHO STILL WATCH. THANK MICHAEL THANK YOU FOR THIS HONOR OF OLTL.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

Thank you so much Michael for remembering this important date in daytime history. I watched the first day and came back for more until the end of the network and the online run. Yes, I’m seasoned and have followed many daytime dramas throughout my life. I am definitely an experienced viewer. OLTL is the very BEST!!!!!!!

If the powers that be had a brain in their heads, it would have never been cancelled. Now, they can right a terrible wrong and bring our beloved OLTL back to us. I would not object to a combined OLTL and AMC. Both are Agnes Nixon creations and have shared some story lines in the past.

Troy Matthews
Troy Matthews

Yes Llanviewer717 I agree that they should combine the remaining cast members of ONE LIFE TO LIVE with AMC – call it All My Life to Live, call it One Life in Pine Valley call it Apples on a Tree but they should do it.
It’s a shame that a little over a year ago we were all so happy to see re-boots of both AMC and OLTL hit on-line ~ and not flourish – and so few statements and comments were offered to the fans by representatives of Prospect Park.
Although I watched On-line, for the most part I will always remember the show(s) in their abc-tv inceptions, even though I will never forgive abc for their
cancelling of these two iconic soaps.

Troy Turner
Troy Turner

As this is OLTL’s anniversary, it should be rightly celebrated. But, there is NO logical reason why BOTH shows shouldn’t be on the air. This whole mess was handled badly by EVERYONE involved. The PP/ABC issues should be resolved so that either both shows can continue, or have a final, dignified ending

mgb357
mgb357

i saw an advertisement on ABC last night for GH – funny they never did that for OLTL.

Caroline
Caroline

I miss it very much, so much that watching the openings made me cry.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Have you seen Kassie DePaiva as Eve on DAYS?

Cindy Johnson
Cindy Johnson

Yes, we all have seen her on Days, thank you for
reminder #457 that Kassie is now on Days.

Caroline
Caroline

I love Kassie, but I don’t want to try to get into a new soap.

su0000
su0000

For all the fans of One Life to Live-
It will never die, it remains alive in its fans..

Soaps are like Rock & Roll, they will never die !!

A Baptiste
A Baptiste

Wonder if they could do a bizarre GH episode where classic One Life actors play GH characters in someone’s dream…don’t mean it to sound like a nightmare, promise!

kiki smith
kiki smith

I really liked Prospect Park’s One Life to Live. It got better and better, and felt like it was really going to take off. I still hope it comes back. I have watched the shows on hulu numerous times.

Charles B
Charles B

Thanks again to Brian “Frowns” (former ABC) and Barbara “Bloomless” (former CBS) for screwing up the daytime canvas by cancelling 4 great daytime dramas. GL will always be my favorite (miss Kim Zimmer) but I also watched AMC, ATWT, and OLTL after its cancellation. There was no reason to cancel OLTL as it was drawing nearly 3 million viewers. We can always hope that smarter heads of daytime will prevail and that soaps will return strong once again. How much trash “Talk” and “Chewing” can we endure? Cut the fat and cancel that cheap mess now. Michael — thanks for the memories as always.

mgb357
mgb357

agree – give us something to actually watch and become engaged with, not some clowns sitting around passing the time and stuffing food down everyones throat (really what has the chew contributed?) I have an idea – how about watching paint dry? The networks would be real cutting edge with that show.

David
David

Considering there is no room in the ABC daytime lineup for it, it won’t be coming back. Even if ABC were considering adding another soap back to daytime my guess is they would produce a brand new show before putting OLTL or AMC back on the air

Cindy Johnson
Cindy Johnson

I think – at the very least, that they could put on a half hour production of All My Children combined with One Life to Live as a lead-in to General Hospital.
However, I would be SHOCKED to see a brand new untried Soap introduced on daytime TV – but, if one believes in far-fetched miracles, I suppose stranger things have happened.

David
David

I never said they were putting a new soap on the air I said if they were to. The only one believing in mriacles are the people for almost 4 years now who have insisted that ABC will put OLTL and AMC back ont the air in half hour time slows. Talk about far fetched miracles!

Angie North
Angie North

Although highly unlikely in the immediate future, it is not impossible that ABC-TV could re-evaluate the combination of AMC with One Life and do a compressed half hour presentation. No one ever thought that either One Life to live nor ALL MY CHILDREN would see new beginnings as On-line presentations and yet they did, albeit the whole situation was bombarded with roadblocks along the way.
So, despite what non-miracle believers state, impossible things are
happening every day.
Put that in your pipe and smoke it David.

David
David

And look at quickly the on line versions of those shows failed. If room opens up in the scheudle ABC will not replace it with any soap opera. Hold on to all the hope you want but I prefer to deal with reality that these shows are not coming back. Why people cannot move on and accept that is beyond me. A ll TV shows come to an end even popular ones. Move on and accept the fact that they are gone.

Sharon Polar
Sharon Polar

Why don’t YOU move on, David? Everyone is entitled to their opinion but all you ever do is spew negativity at the mere hope that the show (or shows) may possibly continue – everyone agrees for the most part that it is highly unlikely that ABC Daytime will do a new soap or a re-vamped combination of All My Children and One Life to Live ~ but every post you do is filled to the brim with your usual skepticism and pessimism.
Review your posts, David. Every single post is “they won’t be back” “they can’t come back” “it will never happen” – complete and utter negativity. Why are you on here when it’s evident you don’t have anything positive or constructive to share with anyone?

David
David

I am far from being negative I am just being real. They won’t be back and its sad that people like you Sharon and others after years don’t realize that. ABC dropped them and has no intention of returning them to the airwaves. Sorry if you don’t like what I have to say. Just like you can post what you want I can post what I want. If you don’t like what I have to say its simple don’t read it. Sorry you cannot accept that AMC and OLTL will not be coming back to ABC. Move on already!

Tali / Allison
Tali / Allison

Miss miss miss the show so stinking much. Could never get into GH, so have wandered over to DOOL, where Kassie DePaiva is burning down the house !

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Yes, Thank you, Tali / Allison! Evil Eve is in the hands of Kerosene Kassie!!! These are DePaiva’s DAYS!!!!!

Chaz
Chaz

Watched One Life to Live from beginning to end (including the reboot) and still miss it not being there. Throughout the years it had its high points and certainly its lows but it always had a strong cast and wonderful characters.

Sadly, for me, none of the remaining shows come close to what I enjoyed about One Life to Live. I am very disappointed in RC & FV not being able to replicate all the strengths One life has on General Hospital. I think RC had great talent and somehow either ran dry or became lazy because the writing on GH in no way compares to OLTL.

AJ
AJ

I miss OLTL so damn much!

With the thousands of hours of tape, seems like they’d make the library of OLTL shows available somehow., either online(paid service) or repeats on cable somewhere.

BTW, I’ll never give up hope for OlTL’s return. It’s been off air a year now, when do the rights revert back to ABC, who I believe will lease it to another company, which is what they tried to do which led to the whole PP mess.

SW
SW

The first video made me tear up. For those of us who loved our OLTL, it really is like mourning a loved one!! Thank goodness for YouTube. But I will miss all the new stories, and always wonder what could have been…

Angie North
Angie North

Don’t completely give up hope – it is not an impossible dream that One Life to Live and/or ALL MY CHILDREN may be combined in a new inception. It’s not terribly probable at the moment but one never knows what the Future may bring, so let’s hope that someday we may see our friends from both Landview and nearby Pine Valley in the not-too-distant roads ahead.

Timmm
Timmm

I wish it were still on for the fans, and the actor who need work. Oh and if OLTL was still on, GH wouldnt have to stomach Koko, FREAKO, or Sinus!

henry
henry

bring it back please

mgb357
mgb357

Some shows come and go, but OLTL will live forever!

What wonderful way to spend a lazy summer afternoon, a sick day from school, crowding around the tv in college with my friends, listening on radio(yes i could pick up the frequency) as I drove from job to job, holding my babies in my arms as they settled in for naps, watching from home (when my job allowed) and finally making my own time to watch it over and over again on hulu-plus.

These memories will never be forgotten, and neither will the characters and storytellers.

Long Live the best soap (tv series) ever!!!

Miss you Llanview, can’t wait to see you again in Eterna!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

A Llanview lioness has laid claim in Salem…DePaiva’s DAYS are here!!!

Angie North
Angie North

Thank you for reminder #489 that Miss DePaiva is now on Days of
Our Lives.

Gentry Ashmore
Gentry Ashmore

Thank you Michael for remembering our beloved SOAP’s anniversary. Have been watching soaps for 31 years and OLTL will always be my favorite. Keep trying to watch GH but there is no comparison. It’s lacking Heroes to root for. OLTL had them in Spades – Vicki, Bo, John and Natalie, Christian, Michael McBain and Clint played by Clint Richie.

Frank and Ron, you need GH heroes back – Robert, Laura, more air time for Felecia and Mac and Jason Quartermaine. All you have is dysfunctional characters. Michael Easton as Silas Clay is a joke. He was born to play John McBain and be with Natalie Buchanan. No fire or chemistry with Sam and Nina. Michael Easton comes alive with his redhead, Melissa Archer.

ABC needs to settle with Prospect Park and get the rights back to OLTL. OLTL could share actors, sets, Studio, wardrobe etc. with GH to keep costs down and then you bring it back. The Meredith Vierra show won’t cut it and won’t last. We want OLTL back with it’s beloved casts. They are Family and while they have their great villains, they have wonderful heroes and couples to cheer for : Vicki and Clint, Bo and Nora, John and Natalie, Tea and Victor, Blair and Todd, Jessica and Christian and Starr and Cole.

Again, I have watched a lot of soaps over 30 years and there is no better SOAP than OLTL. Let’s give it one more life to live! OLTL forever!!

Sara
Sara

Gentry,
I so wish we still had OLTL to watch. I wholeheartedly agree that we need John and Natalie. What a damn shame their story did not get resolved. We know that reuniting Melissa Archer and Michael Easton would be epic! One can always hope……love that pairing.

Krissy
Krissy

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see our beloved characters. I agree with the prior posters that the OLTL characters had more depth and more believability. I miss the show and especially my favorites of John and Natalie. They were great and would love to see the actors together again.
That would truly be great.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Didn’t love John and Natalie all that much. Liked him with Kellly (Gina Tognoni) and Evangeline (Renee Goldsberry). I do like him with Sam…I think they’re very real together.

Linda
Linda

I miss OLTL and started watching GH when the Mannings became part of the show. I can watch the older OLTL shows on Youtube as I have done before. I am glad that many of their best actors have found other work.

carla
carla

I can still remember watching as a little girl at my grandma s house. First we watched dark shadows. It began a lifelong love of soaps. With cbs app and hulu i watch b& b y&r and gh .my kids grew up watching amc . Soaps are best entertainment ever.

dmr
dmr

I was never a huge fan of One Life To Live; but, I’ve watched the courtroom scenes with Judith Light on YouTube (since it was before my time) and those were astonishing! I also thought the gang-rape of Marty by Todd and the others was a believable storyline and brought some light to such a devastating topic. The writers somehow were able to redeem Todd Manning, as well-which was remarkable.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Still love and miss you OLTL. You will always be my favorite soap <3

Thanks for the trip down memory lane, Mr. Fairman. Hearing the OLTL themesong is sweet music to my ears.

Melissa
Melissa

Resolve the darn lawsuit and if OLTL is not returning bring Melissa Archer to GH to reunite her with Michael Easton please! I watching GH I think I am in the Twilight Zone. Need them together.

Krissy
Krissy

I agree with you Melissa. Easton and Archer are magic. Easton and Monaco are snooze worthy and deserving of the name Sambien. The OLTL characters were believable and you connected with them. The storytelling was great. Michael Easton as Silas Clay is a dud. All he does is walk around in street clothes following Sam . I AM SO READY TO SEE MELISSA ARCHER AND MICHAEL EASTON AGAIN. HOPING……

Sara
Sara

Agreed. Easton and Archer can definitely bring it! He and Monaco could as well but that has played out in my mind. Not feeling the connection with Stafford at all. If OLTL is truly done then incorporate some of our beloved actors into the GH canvas. First and foremost a fiery redhead comes to mind!

Kendra
Kendra

Hell yes !

dawnhaze
dawnhaze

I have to agree with the other fans here…there is no other soap like One Life to Live! I watched from day one and watch every day even if I had to record it. My children hated it when I came home from work because they knew I would be watching it every day. One of the highlights of my day. Loved all the storylines, no matter how wild they were…Eterna, Old West and DID. The characters were like family members. My mom and I always reviewed the week over coffee on Saturday mornings. We would laugh when my dad would ask who we were talking about. I hated ABC for cancelling it. Only shows I watch on ABC is General Hospital and Castle. I watched when PP tried to recreate OLTL. Enjoyed their attempt but it had to be difficult to reconstruct everything from scratch. I loved seeing the classic characters like Vicki, Clint, Bo and Nora. Would have loved to see Tina and Cord and others. I felt sad when it was cancelled again. I, like many other, will always hope ABC will realize what the fans want and concede that they made a mistake and bring it back.

dawnhaze
dawnhaze

I forgot to thank you Michael for the glimpses of our OLTL.

Shelly
Shelly

I still miss OLTL. I just couldn’t get into the new one online. It just wasn’t OLTL to me 🙁 I grew up watching it with my Gran so when it went off the air it was awful. I still really hope that one day it’ll be back on TV

mk
mk

The reboot was finally getting good int he finally few weeks. The mistake was putting too many characters we hated in final yrs of OLTL. Natalie, Cutter, Jack, Dani, Matthew, etc. I loved corbin blue’s character and Viki and Dorian Rule. The Victor story was a downer.

Mike
Mike

As a long time fan of.Oltl I am very sad it is been put on hold. I won’t say canceled because there is hope and still so much going on behind the scenes. I feel when the time is right Frank and Ron will be able to use something from oltl on gh once again. This is the first anniversary of the show in which it is not live on air. But luckily we have you tube hulu and other fan media that is out there on the web for us to enjoy this great soap that actually has not only entertained but also helped people in many ways with education on topics acceptance of lgbt racial issues mixed families mental illnesses of many kinds and many other current issues that agness nixon was brave to.bring to light before other shows would. Today our remaining soaps follow those kinds of story because of Agnes’s story telling. I also am thankful that michael fairmen had us fans get a chance to talk with some of the stars of oltl and amc on radio over the course of the reboot. I had got to speak with almost all the oltl featured actors on each weeks show. Here is to one life to live…like they said in the on line version who said we only have one life to live:) but for now and each days that follow we will always have one life to live in our hearts and memory:)

Christy
Christy

so glad I’ve kept all the tapes I recorded over the years. (and a couple of VCRs! ha!) And I bought all the new OLTL shows from iTunes. When I miss the people of Llanview, I can visit them whenever I want. Guess until or IF the shows ever return to us, we’ll have to write our own stories.

Janet j
Janet j

I wish I too had kept those tapes.

Marisa
Marisa

Proud to share the same 7/15 birthday as One Life to Live. I really miss this show. My Mom and I would talk about the show all the time. She really loved Dorean’s sense of style. My Mom passed a couple of months before the show ended. It was very hard watching the last episodes with out her. I am glad some of the actors are on GH. They do a great job. I wish Kassie De Pavia landed a permanent job on GH. She is wonderful and a reason to watch Days. Loving GH but miss OLTL.

Joseph Rockefeller
Joseph Rockefeller

I would even accept a show like this in the meantime. A look back at all our favorite moments and stories over the years! Go to: “An Afternoon Affair – Episode 1 Pt.1 of 4 – One Life To Live – The Golden Era” on You Tube.

RODNEY SEXTON
RODNEY SEXTON

I AM NOT GOING TO HELP GET OLTL BACK ON TV! BUT I HATE THAT CLINT RICHIE & PHIL CAREY BOTH DIED! THEY WERE GREAT ACTORS & WILL BE MISSED!

Janet j
Janet j

I can’t say how much I miss oltl and amc , I hope each day that they are brought back even in its original 30 min format.

I feel like a part of my days are missing. Bring our soaps back.

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Network Exec, Angelica McDaniel On Y&R’s Staying Power: “We Have This Award-Winning, Ratings-Generating, Money-Making Show, And It Really Adds Value To CBS.”

This week, The Young and the Restless celebrated 30 years as the number-one rated daytime soap opera.  That is a streak of 1,560 weeks in the top spot.

Angelica McDaniel, executive vp daytime programs and syndicated program development at CBS, spoke to the Hollywood Reporter on what has made this remarkable run; attributing it to strong storytelling and a cast that includes several beloved veterans who have been around the entire time.

The executive noted that while other soaps over the years have fallen by the wayside, and even though we are down to only four surviving network soap operas, that Y&R will be around with no end in sight.

McDaniel stated, “We have this award-winning, ratings-generating, money-making show, and it really adds value to CBS. We expect it be a part of our lineup in the future.”

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She also added, “The Young and the Restless has some of the best actors in the industry — not in soaps, not in daytime, but in television. We have iconic, legacy characters that have been on our show for decades. Melody Thomas Scott will be celebrating her 40th year on the show in February. Peter Bergman just reached his 30th anniversary in November. Eric Braeden started in 1980. We just have an incredible arsenal of actors who are so talented and play these characters so well that you don’t even realize they’re characters. They become people who are part of your life, part of your daily existence.”

As for the continual investment and ways the audience watches the show on various platforms, McDaniel expresed: “The great thing about daytime television is we have loyal, passionate viewers, and they really like to tune in day and date. They want to stick with their stories and see what’s happening today. … Having said that, The Young and the Restless is also one of the top streamed shows on CBS.com. As trends evolve, we are where our viewers are, and we’re making shows readily accessible so they can get their fix and follow their stories.”

So, what do you think about Y&R? Will it remain if and when all other soaps have come to theirconclusion? Do you think it will continue on for years to come, given its position at number #1? Comment below!

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Jacob Young Offers Up Thoughts On Rick and Maya’s Split On The Bold and the Beautiful

As fans of CBS Daytime’s The Bold and the Beautiful know, Daytime Emmy-winner Jacob Young (Rick Forrester) has been off the canvas for some time, and the actor had gone on recurring status with the series.

Young has been busy with other projects involving acting roles, his You Tube show, and music career, but certainly is open to a return to the soap opera.

But after the cover of this week’s Soap Opera Digest hit newsstands; which indicates that Rick and Maya have split with the return on-air of Karla Mosley (Maya) (who had been off the show for maternity leave), it clearly looks like the show is moving in a different direction.

Jacob took to Twitter to offer up his feelings on the matter tweeting: “I for one am incredibly sad and disappointed. Rick and Maya have split. (Love that would never die) I loved working with Karla Mosley.  it has been the highlight of my 21 year career in daytime. TRUST ME when I say your opinion matters.”

Since that posting, fans of the couple known as #Raya, have been voicing their thoughts and sharing photos of the on-screen duo.  Young responded to one in particular saying, “Who remembers this? Gosh, I miss Maya.”  In it,the posting read: “This is heartbreaking, Raya was the only example of what true love looks like on that soap!”

Previously, B&B has told the emotional and socially-relevant love story of a transgender woman falling in love with one of the men of the wealthy and renowned Forrester family.

So, what do you think of Jacob’s comments?  Do you want Rick back on the canvas?  What should then happen next for Maya with no Rick?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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‘Downton Abbey’ The Movie Releases Its First Trailer

Now here’s a huge teaser that will get you wanting to see more!  Those of us who loved the British period soap opera, Downton Abbey, which came to a conclusion after its sixth season on PBS here in the United States, will finally get their wish when the film version hits in 2019.

As previously reported, the series executive producer Gareth Naeme said about the film,  “We aim to deliver everything that one would hope for as Downton comes to the big screen.”

Look for the film to land in movie theatres on Friday, September 20th, 2019, with it debuting internationally the week prior on Friday, September 13th.

Most of the cast is intact including: Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Joanne Froggatt, Matthew Goode, Harry Hadden-Paton, David Haig, Geraldine James, Robert James-Collier, Simon Jones, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Tuppence Middleton, Stephen Campbell Moore, Lesley Nicol, Kate Phillips, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton and Penelope Wilton.

Julian Fellowes once again writes the script for the film for the characters he created for the TV series.

Now check out the first trailer below, when just hearing that memorable opening theme song, it brought us back to the drama and the romance of Downton Abbey.

Let us know if you are thrilled to know that the movie is set for release …. and if you are looking forward to seeing what happens to the Crawleys and others in the next chapter of their story when the movie comes your way via the comment section below.

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