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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
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Jamie

What eactly does “telenova style” mean??

Brian Tripp
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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
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Jamie

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

Mitchell1660
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Mitchell1660

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

MK
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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
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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
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Don

Yes, that’s a BIG start.

su0000
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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… Read more »

nate
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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‘ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway’ One-Night Only Streaming Concert With Favorites from AMC, GH and OLTL

Beloved stars from All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital will reunite for ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway, a one-night-only streaming concert benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.   The free streamed event can be viewed on the Broadway Cares website beginning at 8 pm Eastern on Thursday, February 11.

Additionally, the event can be seen on Broadway Cares’ YouTube Channel, ABC-owned television stations’ 32 connected TV apps on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku and each of the eight stations’ websites around the country, including abc7ny.com and Good Morning America’s Facebook page..

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The star-studded lineup will include performances by All My Children’s Bobbie Eakes, Melissa Claire Egan, Vincent Irizarry, Eva La Rue, Susan Lucci, Cameron Mathison, Eden Riegel, Chrishell Stause and Walt Willey, One Life to Live’s Kristen Alderson, BethAnn Fuenmayor, Kathy Brier, Kassie DePaiva, David Gregory, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Catherine Hickland, Mark Lawson, Hillary B. Smith, Jason Tam and Brittany Underwood; and General Hospital’s Bradford Anderson, Brandon Barash and Anthony Geary..

For the February 11 streaming special, viewers can expect to hear a bevy of Broadway classics and jazzy standards.  The streaming event will be directed by John Dietrich, who also directed each of the live stage performances.

Dedicated fans also will have the opportunity for one-on-one virtual meet-and-greets with their favorite soap stars on Saturday, February 13.  Further information on tickets and the lineup of special guests  will be announced later this month.

From 2005-2011, the stars of ABC Daytime took the stage at New York City’s Town Hall one night each year for ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares. The evening featured dynamic production numbers, heartfelt ballads and hilarious skitsNow, 10 years after that final performance, the iconic ABC Daytime actors revisit their performances as they help raise money for those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

When the event began in 2005. it was for a one-night benefit concert to celebrate All My Children’s 35th Anniversary. With overwhelming support from fans, the event continued for six more years and included cast members from One Life to Live, General Hospital and co-hosts of The View. Over its seven-year run, ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares raised an incredible $1.85 million.

“This event is truly one of a kind,” Broadway Cares Executive Director Tom Viola said. “We are so thankful to the stars from ABC Daytime for joining us again as we relive moments from this delightful tradition, while helping to provide lifesaving medication, healthy meals and emergency support to those struggling during this ongoing pandemic.”

“It was such an incredible privilege and joy to join my fellow co-stars to perform in the seven ABC Daytime Salutes concerts to benefit Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS,” said former All My Children star Susan Lucci. “There are no fans like ABC Daytime fans. Their love and support continue to astonish us.  We can’t wait to share these special performances with them and help raise money for so many in need during this difficult time.”

Lucci also shared her excitement on her Instagram account expressing: “We’re getting the fans and cast back together!!! Join us on Thursday, February 11 at 8pm for “ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway”—a fabulous online event revisiting seven years of singing, dancing and plot twists, featuring your favorite ABC Daytime stars. And it’s all to help Broadway Cares support our friends and neighbors who are struggling during this pandemic. Watch the stream at
broadway-cares.org, to join the fun! I hope to see you there!”

So excited to hear about the ABC Daytime Back to Broadway event? Let us know in the comment section, and check out the announcement from The View’s Whoopi Goldberg below.

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Eva LaRue Reveals COVID-19 Diagnosis

During former All My Children, B&B and GH star, Jacob Young’s podcast, Real Conversations with Jacob Young, he welcomed his good friend and former Pine Valley cast mate, Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria, AMC, and Celeste, Y&R).

At the very top of the episode, LaRue revealed she and her daughter Kaya tested positive for Covid-19.  She shared, “We thought we had dodged a bullet, but sure enough, on New Year’s Eve, we both tested positive.”

“Oddly enough,” she goes on to say, “I really feel like we’ve been so sick of being scared to death of the invisible monster underneath the bed all last year, always looking over our shoulders.”  Eva added, “Nobody knows which one they are. Are they someone who’s going to survive it or succumb to it? Or have residual effects? All we can do is pray for the best.”

 

However, LaRue has been trying alternative methods of helping her with Covid-19 via IV treatments.  “I’ve got this amazing integrative doctor who I’ve been working with for a long time, and I know a lot of people are like, ‘No, we only do Western medicine,’ and that’s fine, I love Western medicine… but integrated medicine and Western medicine have to go hand in hand, in my opinion. Because, I just feel like, we need to open our minds to what is new and what is out there.”   So because of that, Eva has chosen to receive these treatments to hopefully starve off any long term effects of Covid.

In addition, Eva told Young she has hopes for the new primetime All My Children reboot that is in the works:  “I have my fingers crossed that they’ll be doing something with this new Pine Valley show.”   Remember, the Santos family and the Kanes are said to be the epicenter of the revival, so perhaps LaRue will be a guest-star on it, since she is also close friends with two of the EP’s, Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley, AMC) and Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo, AMC)!

Send your well-wishes to Eva and her daughter, Kaya and let us know would you love to see LaRue on the ‘Pine Valley’ primetime reboot?  Comment below.

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All My Children Primetime Reboot “Pine Valley” in the Works at ABC from Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos and Andrew Stearn

Huge news that could bring back a new updated version of daytime’s All My Children to primetime!

ABC is eyeing a revival of Agnes Nixon’s long-running beloved series that ran for 41 years on the network and then saw an online reboot from Prospect Park that lasted only one season.

According to Deadline, former AMC stars Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley) and Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo) will executive produce along with Andrew Stearn and Agnes Nixon’s son, Robert Nixon.

 

The series is currently in the early stages of development, but what has been revealed is: the reboot will be written/executive produced by Leo Richardson (Katy Keene, Star), and it will center on a young journalist with a secret agenda who comes to expose the dark and murderous history of a town named Pine Valley only to become entangled in a feud between the Kane and Santos families. The series explores all the secrets that come with the Kane and Santos family names.

In the new incarnation, Pine Valley, will feature a new generation of characters and some old favorites.  As of this moment, no original cast members have deals, but the plan would be to have them make appearances, plus Ripa and Consuelos could also make a cameo.  Of course, many are already pondering if Susan Lucci (Erica Kane) might actually be a mainstay on the new primetime series; since the Kanes are one of the core families in the reboot.

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Pine Valley plans to continue the original series’ tradition of tackling difficult social issues of our time and being inclusive, which the show was known for under the iconic Agnes Nixon’s storytelling.

Of note is that Stearn is also a lifelong fan of AMC and has been the driving force behind the reboot.  In fact when he was deciding between ABC Signature and one other studio for an overall deal, he chose ABC Signature because it was going to allow him to pursue his dream of rebooting All My Children.  It was then he started tracking down the rights to the soap.  As soap fans know, the rights to AMC reverted back to ABC after Prospect Park’s online version fell apart.

Later, after meeting with a number of writers to helm Pine Valley, Stearn went with Richardson, who had worked on the British soap EastEnders in his native Britain. Stearn also got on board the estate of Agnes Nixon, with son Robert Nixon joining the project as an executive producer.

So what do you think of “Pine Valley”, the All My Children primetime reboot being in development?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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