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Two Legends Meet At the Hulu Upfronts: OLTL's Erika Slezak & WWE's Sgt. Slaugther!

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All My Children and One Life to Live cast members participated in today’s Hulu Upfronts in New York! The Upfronts focus on Hulu business—including growth metrics, new product innovation and upcoming content—with many of their advertising customers.

One Life to Live’s Erika Slezak (Viki) had her picture taken with some other very special attendees!  The one we love the most is six-time Daytime Emmy winner Slezak, striking a pose with former WWE pro wrestling champion Sgt. Slaughter as pictured here!   Later, Erika met up with actress/producer Eva Longoria outside the Upfronts!

Hulu’s Andy Forssell in his latest blog revealed that AMC and OLTL are the companies latest and most storied and respected TV franchises in their original programming line-up which will soon include new series: “Quick Draw” and “East Los High”.

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Those series will be part of the Hulu Exclusive Series that will be premiering as part of Hulu’s Summer Slate 2013, including “The Awesomes,” “Behind the Mask,” “The Wrong Mans,” “Mother Up!,” “Pramface” (season two) “Prisoners of War” (season two), “The Only Way is Essex” (season four), “Braquo” (season two), and “Moone Boy.”

What do you think of Erika and Sgt Slaughter’s pic? Erika and Eva Longoria? Hulu’s upcoming summer programming which includes AMC and OLTL? Let us know!

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Mark
Mark

I am a huge fan of Erika Slezak and I have been a fan of One Life to Live since 1988! Erika looks amazing in both photos! I am excited to see that she is participating in the Hulu Upfronts as well as promoting OLTL on tv programs and in online and magazine interviews. I wish great success to Prospect Park’s online versions of OLTL & AMC!

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

This is wonderful. I am so happy that Hulu is truly on board in supporting our shows. This is the future of entertainment and I extremely glad that Prospect Park has put OLTL and AMC at the forefront.

brian
brian

Love Hulu !!! They listen to what the viewers want… and want to watch, hense the return of our beloved AMC & OLTL.

heidi
heidi

I have been watching shows on Hulu for years and love what they are doing!!! Especially like when they have whole seasons of shows on Hulu and not just on Hulu Plus. Love that Erika is participating and the photos are great!!!

Hulu is anytime for all shows not just daytime! They really should use that more in their marketing anytime and pretty much anywhere! Love Hulu!!! and Love Erika!!!

Robert in Jersey City
Robert in Jersey City

Hulu is going to replace broadcast TV. I love that OLTL is a piece of this. Really shows a broad range of programming and age groups.

Christina
Christina

I am very impressed with Hulu, and am so thankful for them and Prospect Park and TOLN for giving me back my soap. I love the pictures of Erika with Eva and St. Slaughter, very nice and I love that PP is using Erika to promote them and the shows.

Queenie08
Queenie08

I’m freaking out! I love WWE and OLTL, so seeing Sgt. Slaughter and Erika in a picture together. I’m freaking out!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

LOL, me too! I’ve been a lifelong fan of soaps & professional wrestling. 2 of my favorite things together is just too cool. Wish I had been there.

Queen
Queen

Same 🙂 It really is awesome! And me too 😀

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I’m loving Hulu. I’m sure I’ll watch more shows on there now that I’m watching the soaps via Hulu. My daughter has been a Hulu viewer for years and I never gave it much thought until now. So happy to have my shows back!

Days Of Our Lives

Sean Blakemore and Gilles Marini To Appear in Season Five of THE BAY

Two more stars very familiar to daytime audiences have been added to the continual growing cast of the digital drama series, The Bay. 

Now comes word that Daytime Emmy-winner, Sean Blakemore (Ex-Shawn Butler, General Hospital) who can currently be seen in the motion picture Ad Astra with Brad Pitt is coming to Bay City.  Sean will take on the role of Tony Foster, a character who makes a visit in an effort to “save the day”.

In addition to that casting announcement, former Days of our Lives star, Gilles Marini (Ex-Ted Laurent) will also be showing up.  Marini is also known for his work on Sex and the City, Devious Maids and Brothers & Sisters. 

Look for Gilles to take on the role of Judge Nazar Zekarain, a character who will also crossover to The Bay’s s spinoff series yA –  a drama focusing on Bay City’s elite and often troubled teens.

The Bay’s creator. Gregori J Martin expressed his excitement on the casting news sharing: “Sean and Gilles are absolute pros! Such a true honor to work with both gentlemen and have them a part of The Bay family!”

Currently, the first half of season 4 of the series is available via Amazon’s Prime Video, with the second half of season to be released later this fall.  No release date has been confirmed at this time.

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General Hospital

GH’s Maurice Benard Memoir Available Now For Pre-Order

One of the most highly-anticipated autobiography’s, Maurice Benard’s (Sonny Corinthos, GH) Nothing General About It, is set for release on April 7th of 2020.  But now according to the book publisher, HarperCollins, you can pre-order your copy of the riveting real-life story of Benard now by heading on over to Amazon  to make your purchase.

According to the log lines and publisher notes: “In Nothing General About It, Maurice looks back to his youth in a small town and his tenuous relationship with his father. He describes how his bipolar disorder began to surface in childhood, how he struggled to understand the jolting mood swings he experienced, and how a doctor finally saved his life. For years Maurice was relentless in his goal to be a successful actor. But even after he “made it,” he still grappled with terrifying lows, breakdowns, and setbacks, all while trying desperately to maintain his relationship with his wife, who endured his violent, unpredictable episodes. Maurice holds nothing back as he bravely talks about what it was like to be medicated and institutionalized, and of how he learned to manage his manic episodes while on the set of GH. 

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Nothing General About It is also an incredible love story about an enduring marriage that demonstrates what those vows—for better, for worse, in sickness and in health—truly mean. Maurice also pays tribute to the community that has been there for him through thick and thin, and ruminates on the importance of both inherited and created family.”

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Look for Nothing General About It to feature a 16-page insert featuring nearly 50 photographs.

So, will you be pre-ordering Maurice’s memoir? Excited to read what he shared? Comment below.

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Days Of Our Lives

RATINGS: Days of our Lives Has Strong Week

The ratings are out for the week of September 2nd through the 6th and it was NBC’s Days of our Lives that was the only daytime drama series to gain in total viewers and households.

That week featured the debut of One Life to Live icon, Robin Strasser in her debut on DAYS as Vivian Alamain replacing Louise Sorel.

DAYS topped General Hospital for the week moving into third place adding +82,000 total viewers, while GH hit a new low losing – 143,000 viewers, as well, the CBS Daytime series of The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful also lost total viewers … -189,000 and -120,000 for the ratings period.

In addition, DAYS was up +.04 in households week-to-week.   However. the show year-to-year that has continued in recent weeks to lose viewers is The Young and the Restless who from this time last year lost -453,000 viewers.

In the key demos: Y&R remained at #1 in 18-49, 18-34 and 25-54 in total viewers, but in the ratings share it tied with B&B in the 18-34 category.  Over the past few weeks, B&B has also been in the top demo slots trading off with Y&R.

With the fall season upon us and summer coming to a close, perhaps many soap viewers will be checking back in to see what is happening in the towns of Genoa City, Port Charles, Los Angeles, and Salem.

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But of course, story and content is king, so here’s hoping viewers will be into what the shows are serving up in the months to come.  And if you love the genre, it’s important to remember in the words of Robin Strasser to “Support the Four”.

Check out the entire ratings picture via SON here.

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 3,616,000 (-120,000/-453,000)
2. B&B 3,196,000 (-189,000/-87,000)
3. DAYS 2,123,000 (+82,000/-30,000)
4. GH 2,023,000 (-143,000/-297,000)

So, what soap opera do you think is delivering the best drama right now? Which soap opera is delivering the worst? What changes would you like to see made that you think would help your favorite soap gain more viewers? Comment below.

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