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UPDATE: OLTL's Ron Carlivati issues statement on TOLN deal!

Photo Credit: Steven Bergman

Photo Credit: Steven Bergman

According to Soap Opera Digest, One Life to Live’s head writer, Ron Carlivati issued this statement on his decision to stay on with One Life with its move online via Prospect Park to The Online Network (TOLN.com) where One Life will be housed come January 2012.

As many know, Carlivati, was set to join the writing team of General Hospital once One Life to Live wrapped up its run on the ABC television network.  Then, came the news that Prospect Park had acquired the rights to the show and was intending on moving the shows online, which then put in question, where Carlivati would ultimately choose to go.

In a statement today, Carlivati said,  “I am both excited and honored to remain with One Life to Live as Head Writer and Consulting Producer when the show moves online. My heartfelt thanks to Executive Producer Frank Valentini, as well as to Rick Frank and Jeff Kwantinetz of Prospect Park for this incredible opportunity. I would also like to express my very sincere gratitude to everyone at ABC Daytime, especially Jill Phelps at General Hospital, for supporting me in this decision.”

Congratulations to Carlivati from On-Air On-Soaps, and we can’t wait to see what will be in store for the citizens of Llanview on their new home in 2012!

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Brian T
Brian T

I am beyond excited about this. Ron is amazing and a true fan of this genre. I know not everyone agrees or likes some of this storytelling but he is 1000 times better than the other hacks writing for daytime now. Thanks Ron for making this OLTL fans day. Now just bring Dorian Lord and Lindsay Rappaport back for the TOLN.com version.

Amanda
Amanda

Soo existed about this news!! hopefully everyone else will sign on tooo .. great step in the right direction !!

todd
todd

This is the best news of the week! Nobody does humor better than Ron. Now I am just holding out for Robin Strasser, Illene Kristen, Bree Williamson, Roger Howarth, Florencia Lozano, Tuc Watkins, Robert Woods, Hillary B Smith, JP Lavoisier, Austin Williams, Peter Bartlett (Nigel), and KISH back by any means necessary! I would love for Chris Stack and Kathy Brier to stay on, as well as Dan Gaulthier and Gina Tognoni. That would be enough for me.

Lindley Pablo
Lindley Pablo

I can’t wait to see what One Life To Live is like when it is online.

Torrey
Torrey

Plus, I’m sure he thinks getting away from ABC Daytime is probably the best thing for him….Lord knows that Brian Frons & Company probably have their sites set on getting rid of GH now. I just don’t trust ABC anymore….

Jared
Jared

OMG, I am so happy! Hopefully now Ron can write more freely without you-know-who breathing down his neck. With Frank, Ron, Erika and so much of the cast moving over, I’m feeling really optimistic about the future of ONE LIFE TO LIVE. Hopefully, AMC can have some good fortune, too, like Susan Lucci signing on, because I’d really like to see these two shows survive and thrive in this new frontier of internet broadcasting. Also, I wonder if any other canceled soaps will be resurrected. It’d be great to see ATWT, GL and/or AW rebooted and broadcast online. If OLTL and AMC do well, maybe PP can approach P&G about getting these other soaps back out there. I am hoping this will be a soaps renaissance. Long live ONE LIFE TO LIVE.

Brian Greene
Brian Greene

This is wonderful news. I am really thrilled about Llanview’s on-line future–yay! 🙂

Darla Decker
Darla Decker

So glad to hear Ron will be staying on…and also glad to hear Melissa Archer is staying she is my favorite on the show along with John, can’t wait to see what its like when pp takes over!! a fan of AMC and OLTL forever

Ella Simmons
Ella Simmons

The baby business is long overdue, Brody is wrong & so is Natalie. Maybe a new blood test Should be taken For Jess’s baby, & if Brody is the father, Jess can keep baby but let him know he is the father and Ford will help her with the baby. The blood tests got too many hands in it. Natalie has hurt her sister and John so bad. Brody needs to get out of town back where he came from and Natalie needs to get right with her sister. And John can take care of his baby , but don’t take Natalie back she is always going from man to man enough already.

Blake
Blake

Jared, I would LOVEEEEE if they brought Guiding Light to Prospect Park! Most of the cast would come back. And as long as they don’t have hacks like Ellen Wheeler and writers like David Kreizman and have amazing ones like they had in the past then this would be awesome!!!

Blake
Blake

So glad Frank and Ron are commited to OLTL. Makes me feel so much better for the online version. Can’t wait to see this and see what they can do online as opposed to network tv.

Rob
Rob

This guy could have left for General Hospital but is sticking with his show, a class act!!

Briana peters
Briana peters

I think that John really needs to know the truth that he is the Father of Natalie’s baby and not Brody. Brody really needs to see reality that he is not Liam’s Father John is. and Jack man I always knew he lied but doing this to his own Father just because his uncle Victor is the only Father he has ever known that is just cruel Jack manning is cruel I mean where does he think his last name came from it sure did not come from Victor.

Ella Simmons
Ella Simmons

Now how dumb do you think we are. Stacy-GiGi how did this all come about ? Stacy
reading the computer also? How did she get in their house. And how can they get from Ok. to Landveiw in 1/2 hour. What child would drop a letter and not give it to her mother or open it to if money is in it. I am getting fed up with all this Grim’s story telling
OLTL is doing. Glad when it is all over no computer watching for me. I know it is soaps, but make it a little believable. IT is so dull now nothing to turn on that channel for other shows are more interesting to watch. Get kim out of jail, get rid of Cutter.

Jan
Jan

So its set for an online viewing…Frank I think is out for himself.
Please correct me if I’m wrong.

Heather
Heather

That article dates from September 30th, 2011. That was before Prospect Park “suspended” (read cancelled said in a polite way) on November 23rd the plan to bring back OLTL for January 2012.

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Michele Lee, Donna Mills & Joan Van Ark Talk Their ‘Sister’ Act and How They’re ‘Knot’ Done Yet

Who doesn’t love to see a Knots Landing (1979-1993) reunion,  especially when the three major leading ladies from the iconic primetime soap are seen together and step out in public!

Last night, the threesome of Michele Lee (Ex-Karen), Donna Mills (Ex-Abby) and Joan Van Ark (Ex-Valene) appeared in Hollywood at the the Hollywood Bowl The Jose Iturbi Foundation dinner, which promotes classical music to mainstream audiences, and awards grants to musicians, held before its concert.

It was there that these women chatted about their enduring friendship, and of course, missing that infamous cul-de-sac!  In a feature for ABC News via AP, with the fan favorites from ‘Knots’, Van Ark commented: “The truth is that we are, in fact, sisters. And when we’re together, it’s goofy and fun. When we have our three-way conversations, which might be just the three of us, we are truly joined soul-to-soul, heart-to-heart.”   The trio revealed that they always get together for dinner.

Coming up in December is what would be the 40th anniversary of the debut of Knots Landing. When asked if there might be another reunion show, Van Ark remarked that she would hope that Valene, Abby, and Karen would have had some ‘work done’, commenting: “They’ll all have facelifts, I hope.”

And if that wasn’t funny enough, Joan chimed in that there is a back-up plan if there is no reunion: “It’s a show that were going to call  ‘We’re ‘Knot’ Done Yet.’ And we’re not. We’re not.”

With female empowerment being a huge topic of our time, Donna Mills expressed how ‘badass” the ‘Knots’ gals were for their time: “We were so strong, our characters were so strong, that it was like, ‘Don’t mess with them.'”

So, would you like to see a ‘Knots’ 40th reunion special? Comment below.

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‘Bachelor’ Creator Mike Fleiss Slapped With Restraining Order After Allegedly Attacking Wife; Demanding She Have An Abortion

In what is now become sadly its own soap opera, the creator of ‘The Bachelor” franchise, Mike Fleiss and his wife, Laura are in the middle of a media frenzy this week after reports surfaced on Wednesday that Laura filed a restraining order against him following an argument and altercation allegedly over Fleiss demanding she have an abortion, as she is presently pregnant with his second child.

As more information came to light Mike had filed for divorce last week earlier after five years of marriage citing irreconcilable differences, according to court documents. It was listed their separation date was on July 7.  In addition, Mike requested joint legal and physical custody of their young son, Benjamin,

Shortly after the divorce filing, Laura who is a former Miss America from Wisconsin (Laura Kaeppeler), winning the crown in 2012, then filed an emergency domestic violence restraining order on Mike. In her claim, she says he physically attacked her and “demanded” she get an abortion. This allegedly went down over the July 4th weekend,  Court documents state that Laura is ten weeks pregnant at this time.

In addition, Laura alleges that Fleiss informed her: ‘If you have an abortion, then we can just go back to the way we were.’”  She went on to say: “Prior to July 4th, Mike threatened me that if I did not have an abortion, he would end the marriage.  This was not the first time he had threatened a divorce during our marriage, but now, he was using this threat as leverage to force me to have an abortion. In addition, on July 4th, Mike made the following statements to me: ‘I am cutting you off financially Monday morning’; ‘You are paying for everything with your money’; ‘Next time I see you, I don’t want to see your stomach’; and ‘You have a choice, you can choose. Have an abortion or go back to Wisconsin, but you are not taking Ben.’”

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Fleiss defended himself in the documents obtained by The Blast: “I have not hurt, attacked, or attempted to physically harm Laura or our child, Benjamin Fleiss ‘Ben,’ in any way., Laura was the aggressor during the incident and physically attacked me. I tried to get away from her as she was chasing me and hitting me. I have security footage from our home that shows the incident, which the Court can review.”

He also added that: “After the incident, Laura was initially remorseful. I was leaving Hawaii for work commitments in Los Angeles. I spent time with Ben at the house in Hawaii prior to leaving for Los Angeles. A few days after the incident, Laura stopped all communication with me. “I don’t know where Ben is and I want custody of him because of Laura’s instability.”

On Thursday, Radar Online released text messages provided by Fleiss to the courts from his estranged wife.

Meanwhile, Warner Brothers, the company behind the “Bachelor” franchise said of the incident and the status of Fleiss with this series: We are aware of these serious allegations, and are looking into them.”

So, do you think Fleiss should be, or will be asked to step away from ‘The Bachelor’ franchise in lieu of this domestic dispute and violence issue? Comment below.

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With Talk Of Nikolas On GH, Tyler Christopher Says: “I’ve Always Said I Would Never Close That Door From My Side”

On recent episodes of ABC’s General Hospital, a few of the key characters in the life of the “late” Nikolas Cassadine spoke about him including: his on-screen mother, Laura (Genie Francis), his ex, Hayden Barnes (Rebecca Budig), and a woman who would have been poised to be a new love interest, Ava (Maura West).

So with the name-drops and mentions in recent weeks, could the character who was shot by Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) and fell out a glass window on a balcony, be making a return soon and be very much alive?

Soap fans tweeted at the actor most known for his role as Nikolas Cassadine (in which he won a Daytime Emmy for his performance), and former Days of our Lives star, Tyler Christopher, to see what his thoughts were on what could be happening on General Hospital with the character.

Tyler made this statement to his Twitter followers: “You are all very sweet to be so loyaI as you always are. I know they are talking about Nikolas as of late. I’ve always said I would never close that door from my side. I just want to thank you all for always rooting for me and the character. I grew up with him as many of u have.”

For over 20 years, Christopher had played the role of the dark prince of the Cassadines.  When he went on leave from the series in 2016, he was replaced by Nick Stabile, who was Nikolas at the time of the character’s supposed death.

Later, Tyler debut on Days of our Lives and took on the role of the newly created character of Stefan O DiMera.  He was also nominated earlier this year for a Daytime Emmy for Lead Actor for his performance in that role.

Longtime fans of GH have also been active on social media hoping that somehow GH could find a way to bring back both Tyler, as well as his on-screen TV brother, Jonathan Jackson (Ex-Lucky) so Laura could also have her sons back on the canvas.

So, do you think GH is about to bring Nikolas back?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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