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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
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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!

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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
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brian

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

heidi
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Queen

Same 🙂 It really is awesome! And me too 😀

MBmomof3
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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!

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Cailtin Reilly to Appear in General Hospital Tribute Episode to Her Father John Reilly

Tik Tok star, Cailtin Reilly, who is the daughter of the late soap veteran, John Reilly, will play a key role in the General Hospital tribute episode in her dad’s honor.

According to Variety who broke the casting news, Caitlin will portray Annie, formerly known as Anna, the daughter of her father’s character Sean Donely and Tiffany Hill (Sharon Wyatt).

In a statement on her casting,  Caitlyn expressed: “Words can’t describe how honored I am to be playing my dad’s daughter on the show. I grew up on the set of ‘General Hospital,’ watching him work for years, so it’s exciting to dive into a new character in honor of him. He’ll absolutely be by my side in spirit on set rooting me on. It fills my heart with gratitude to be a part of this tribute to him, and to feel so close to him working on a show he loved so much doing.”

The character of Anna was last seen on-air back in August of 2013, when she was portrayed by Courtney Halverson. In story at that time, Sean was poisoned by polonium and he teamed up with Luke (Anthony Geary) to track down the man who extorted millions for the cure, while Anna repeatedly got in contact with that man to get the medicine her father so desperately needed.

John Reilly past away back in January 2021.  The talented actor first appeared on GH back in 1984 and last appeared on the daytime drama series back in 2013.

So, looking forward to seeing Caitlyn playing Sean and Tiffany’s daughter? Comment below.

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Former ‘Bachelor’ Colton Underwood Comes Out as Gay

This morning on the highly-promoted sit-down interview with GMA’s Robin Roberts, former ‘Bachelor’ lead Colton Underwood, revealed that he was gay and that he has finally come to terms with it.

The ex-football star shared: “Obviously this year’s been a lot for a lot of people, and it’s probably made a lot of people look themselves in the mirror and figure out who they are and what they’ve been running from or what they’ve been putting off in their lives. For me, I’ve ran from myself for a long time and I’ve hated myself for a long time, and I’m gay. I came to terms with that that earlier this year and have been processing it. The next step in all of this was sort of letting people know. I’m still nervous, but it’s been a journey for sure. I’m like the happiest and healthiest I’ve ever been in my life. That means the world to me.”

Underwood expressed he went through a very dark time to be able to reveal his truth: “I got into a place in my personal life that was dark and bad. I can list a bunch of different things, but they’d all be excuses. I think overall the reason why now is because I got to a place where I didn’t think I was ever going to share this. I would rather have died than say ‘I’m gay,’ and I think that was sort of my wake up call. There was a moment in L.A. that I woke up and I didn’t think I was going to wake up,” he said. “I didn’t have the intentions of waking up, and I did. And I think for me that was my wake up call, that, ‘This is your life. Take back control.’ I think looking back even beyond that is… even just suicidal thoughts and driving my car close to a cliff, like, ‘Oh, if this goes off the cliff, it’s not that big of a deal.’ I don’t feel that anymore.”’

As to the questions or anger that ‘Bachelor Nation’ are going to have that Underwood misled the female contestants on his season, or he duped the audience, Colton said: “I thought a lot about this…Do I regret being ‘The Bachelor?’ And handling it the way that I did?’  I do think I could have handled it better, I’ll say that. I just wish I wouldn’t have dragged people into my own mess of figuring out who I was. I genuinely mean that, but also at the same time I can say ‘I’m sorry’ to all of those women, I can also say ‘thank you,’ because without them and without the ‘Bachelor’ franchise, I don’t know if this would have ever come out.”

Colton was highly-promoted during his season as the “Virgin Bachelor”.  He acknowledged he was indeed a virgin at that time, but it was because he was gay, but just “didn’t know how to handle it”.   Underwood also shared he was thankful to God that he was cast on the reality-competition as one of its season’s leads because he thought that would make him straight.  He told Roberts in his talk with God, ‘Finally, you’re letting me be straight. Finally, you’re giving me a wife, a fiancée, and then I’m going to have the kids, then I’m going to have the house, and then I’m going to have all this.’

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As to his contentious break-up with ‘Bachelor’ contestant, Cassie Randolph, where she had at one time had a restraining order put on Underwood and later revoked it, he admitted: “I would like to say sorry for how things ended. I messed up, I made a lot of bad choices.”  But told Robin Roberts, he indeed loved Cassie, sharing, “That only made it harder and more confusing for me. if I’m being very honest, I loved everything about her. And it’s hard for me to articulate exactly what my emotions were, and going through that relationship with her was, because I obviously had an internal fight going on. I would just say that I’m sorry from the bottom of my heart. I’m sorry for any pain and emotional stress I caused. I wish it wouldn’t have happened the way it did. I wish that I would have been courageous enough to fix myself before I broke anybody else.”

Underwood shared that his upbringing in the Catholic church and being in the world of high school, college, and pro sports contributed to why he never came out previously, citing,: ” learned in the Bible that gay is a sin. I had made mistakes in my sports and in my athletic career, and when you make mistakes, ‘that play was gay’ or that was a bad… gay was always affiliated with a connotation of negativity, and I think there’s a lot of things when I look back, like, ‘No wonder I held it in.’”

So, were you surprised that Colton revealed he was gay? How do you feel about the journey he expressed in his interview on GMA to speak his truth? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Former Y&R Star Jason Canela Lands Recurring Role on ‘The Rookie’

Jason Canela (Ex-Arturo Rosales) will now join another soap alum, Nathan Fillion (Ex-Joey, One Life to Live) on the ABC cop drama, The Rookie.

Casting news today out of Deadline has that Canela will play the recurring role of Cesar Madrigal, the son of criminal royalty who is impetuous, entitled and in line to take over his father’s empire.

Look for Jason to first appear in the upcoming episode entitled “Brave Heart.”

 

In addition to Y&R, Jason has appeared on The Glades, Camino, Pitch, MissingSingle in South Beach, Make Love Great Again and Netflix’s Always Be My Maybe.

So looking forward to seeing Jason on The Rookie? Comment below.

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