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Reports That AMC & OLTL Reboots Will Be Telenovela Style NOT True!

For those who have been guessing and weighing in on just what will be the style of the new half hour format of the revised One Life to Live and All My Children soaps when they launch online, received some news today via Thom Racina, (OLTL’s new co-head writer) who Soap Opera Uncensored touched base with on his new gig.

According to the online zine, Racina says it will not be as had been bantered about telenovela style.

SOU stated, “Reports that AMC and One Life would adopt a telenovela format once it hits online are untrue, Llanview co-head writer Thom Racina tells me.”

In addition, SOU states to look for an edgier updated version of One Life and AMC including the music!  And in a behind-the-scenes move, Prospect Park’s head of production for the reboots, Foz McDermott, had been let-go and is no longer part of the online ventures.

So what do you think soapers of the news of the format of the new OLTL and AMC? Seems like it will be made more progressive, but remain in tact with its ongoing continuing serial format that daytime fans are used to, instead of ending stories the way a telenovela does.

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Jamie
Jamie

What eactly does “telenova style” mean??

Brian Tripp
Brian Tripp

13 week cycles of one specific soap or story arc. So OLTL would do 13 weeks and then end and come back with a new season with new plot and maybe new characters. It isn’t going to be that way anyway so not to worry. The soaps in Mexico (called telenovelas) do them this way (or similar).

Jamie
Jamie

Thanks! When I hear telenova, I think SUPER cheesey Spanish soaps.

Mitchell1660
Mitchell1660

Telenovelas have a beginning and an end, usually six months, then they start a new storyline.

MK
MK

Would think that they would go the route of GL (the 2007-09 verison) and the City, like the other online soaps like The bay.

Anthony
Anthony

We need to stop expecting perfection from this online venture. Let’s wait until it launches before we start picking it apart. I’ve never seen a telenovela so I can’t really address the issue, but since the question was posed I assume it would be seen as an inferior presentation to the OLTL that we were used to on tv. Let’s wait and see – at least it sounds like OLTL’s return is really going to happen this time…that’s a start.

Don
Don

Yes, that’s a BIG start.

su0000
su0000

Bringing AMC and OLTL to the internet where there is no censoring, I am looking forward to a more modern and fiery episodes..
However– Agnes Nixon will never allow the fire to get too hot..

The day of the sappy love scenes and couples marital problems has lost viewers.. The now and younger generation are just not into that stuff..
so, I see change coming, but yet not over the top, thanks to Agnes, who by the way is a modern woman and up with the times and the changes will be at the creative counseling helm..

Hopefully the senior citizen fans will also grow into the new era along with Agnes..

nate
nate

Telenovela style means shorter story arcs of 13 weeks like Port Charles did in the final years. Not sure where they came up with telenovela arcs of 13 weeks when normal telenovelas run 26+ weeks.

Ella
Ella

Interested to see what the final product will be. I loved the Port Charles “books” but I don’t think it works for all soaps so I’m glad AMC & OLTL are going the routes that will work best for them

su0000
su0000

the best way to define a telenovela would be as a soap opera with a defined beginning, middle, and end. The story unfolds in hourl ong episodes five days a week for a set number of weeks. When it’s over, it’s over, as opposed to American series which tend to run indefinitely forever..
and the telenovela’s storirs can run as long as a year ..

It would be as a television novle.. Like reading a novel/book..
The story will end.. and then a new story starts..

CamCam
CamCam

This is not a win! Why bother bringing them back just to botch the storylines and characters and lose them all over again. Then we lose out on the Todd,Star, and John who have intergrated nicely on GH. This isn’t a good idea at all and just an FYI Telenovelas run for 13wks then that Novela ends after that a NEW telenovela starts. Same actors NOT THE SAME NOVELA

Don
Don

Well, The telenovella that Sony did for MTV ran for 15 weeks. It had a lot of daytimers on and was produced by Jill Feran Phelps. So a telenovella can be as long or short as you like. But like most of you, I prefer a strait serial format.

Vic
Vic

I don’t think it needs to be edgier. I am sick of everything trying to be edgy. Just tell a good story.

marfa
marfa

Just keep it the way it was, and don’t change the music. And I wish they would make it a hour long, 30 minutes isn’t enough, and an hour never was either.

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Justin Hartley, Judith Light, Finn Wittrock Score 24th Annual Critics’ Choice Award Nominations

This morning, nominations were announced in the fields of motion picture and television for the 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards given out by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association.  The kudofest will be held on January 13th on the CW airing at 7PMET/PT.

Leading the pack in the TV field was the final season of The Americans and limited series Escape at Dannemora and The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story with five nominations.

This Is Us as with the Golden Globes did not come up with a Drama Series nod, however at the Critics’ Choice Awards two if its stars:  Milo Ventimiglia and Justin Hartley were nominated.

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For Hartley, the former Y&R star received an nod in the Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category,  While Ventimigilia, who plays Justin’s on-screen dad, is vying the Lead Actor Drama category.

Judith Light, the former two-time Daytime Emmy winner from One Life to Live, received a nomination in the Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television category for her performance in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.

While yet, another former daytime, Finn Wittrock (Ex-All My Children) in the Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made For Television category also for “Versace”.

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To view the complete list in all motion picture and TV categories click here.

Now, let us know if you are happy to hear that Justin, Judith, and Finn received nominations for their work? Comment below!

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Former Executive Producer & Director of All My Children, Jorn Winther Dead Following Two-Vehicle Collision

Very sad news to report.  Renowned director, Jorn Winther, who served as executive producer and director at All My Children has died at the age of 88.

Winther was actually killed on November 9th when in an automobile accident in front of Palm Desert High School outside Palm Springs.

According to the Desert Sun, “Jorn was killed in a two-vehicle collision at Cook Street and Santa Fe Trail in Palm Desert. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said a vehicle was moving south on Cook Street when its driver suddenly entered the northbound lanes and collided with an oncoming vehicle,  Winther was pronounced dead shortly after noon Friday, according to the Riverside County Coroner’s office. His wife of 31 years, Claire Winther, confirmed that her husband drove the vehicle that entered oncoming traffic. Why he did so remains a mystery.”

The famous director was best known for for the landmark David Frost-Richard Nixon interviews in 1977,  The Sonny & Cher Hour, and was also known for producing rock performances for TV including: California Jam II, featuring performances by Aerosmith, Foreigner, Heart, Santana and more.

In the world of soaps, Jorn had been the EP and director for ABC”s All My Children for five and half years, and had been with the series from 1981 to 2005.  He also directed on: One Life to Live, Generations, Santa Barbara and Rituals.

Born in Denmark, Winther studied speech and drama at the University of Copenhagen and continued his education at the Royal Theater in Copenhagen, where his mother had danced as a prima ballerina. He also studied at the Stratford Shakespearean Theater in Ontario, Canada, and at Stanford.

Most recently, Winther directed and produced the independent film Do It or Die!, about the 1979 kidnapping of socialite Elaine Chaddick. It screened at the 2017 Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Winther’s daughter, Lisa has been a stage manager on the soaps most recently working at The Bold and the Beautiful.

Share your thoughts on the passing of Jorn Winther as we offer our thoughts, condolences, and prayers to his family, via the comment section below.

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Kelly Ripa To Guest Star On CW’s Riverdale

Here’s a fun bit of casting news!  Live with Kelly and Ryan and former All My Children star, Kelly Ripa  (Ex-Hayley) is joining her real-life husband, Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo, AMC) on the hit CW soapy drama Riverdale.

Consuelos already plays the the role of Hiram Lodge, and now Ripa will plays his mistress, Mrs. Mulwray.

Kelly shared the inspired-casting choice on Instagram relating: “It’s a family affair …23 years of auditioning for a role i was born to play. Coming soon to the CW;s Riverdale.”’

The CW released a statement on the casting of Ripa, adding: “Kelly Ripa will guest star on Riverdale as Mrs. Mulwray. Confident and tough, she is Hiram Lodge’s alleged mistress. She’s a beautiful, icy, femme fatale who gets caught up in a conspiracy that’s much bigger than she initially realized.”

Film buffs take note!  Ripa’s character name is borrowed from Faye Dunaway’s Oscar-nominated role in Chinatown (1974), Evelyn Mulwray.   Those who saw Chinatown know that Evelyn was a femme fatale as well caught up in a conspiracy!

And there is more “All in the Consuleos Family” casting.  The couple’s son Michael is portraying the teen-aged version of Hiram on tonight’s all-new episode.

Riverdale airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT

So, will you be checking out Kelly on Riverdale? Comment below.

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