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

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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
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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
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Amanda

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

todd
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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
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Lindley Pablo

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

Torrey
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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
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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… Read more »

Brian Greene
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Brian Greene

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

Darla Decker
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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
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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… Read more »

Blake
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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
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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
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Rob

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

Briana peters
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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
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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… Read more »

Jan
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Jan

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

Heather
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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.

All My Children

Kelly Ripa Talks On Her New Memoir ‘Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories’

Talk show host and All My Children alum, Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley) is opening up about her life and times in her highly-anticipated memoir available now, Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories.

Ripa chatted exclusively with PEOPLE who got some of intel and dish on what’s included in the book.

Kelly told PEOPLE, when she landed the gig as the new co-host of Live with Regis and Kelly, with the late Regis Philbin back in 2001, she felt like she was “getting shot out of a cannon.”  Ripa was also appearing on All My Children at the same time.

She tells the story of when her agent called with the offer, Ripa was told: “They want you to know who your boss is. It was very ominous, and it did not feel good.”  Her agent also said the show didn’t want her, “bringing an entourage.” She brought two people. “I came with hair and makeup,” Kelly says. “It was not an unusual thing for people on a television show to show up with.”

She added that Regis greeted her with executive producer, Michael Gelman, saying: “Uh-oh, Gelman, it’s got an entourage.” It?!  Kelly expressed that she “felt horrible.  He was probably trying to be funny, but at the same time it felt like a pile-on.”

As for Philbin’s attitude at the time, Kelly shared, “I understand that probably he didn’t want a co-host, but the network wanted me to be the co-host and I didn’t think I should pass up that opportunity. I don’t think it was fair to him. But it was also not fair to me.”

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The actress-talk show host-producer also talked on her marriage to Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo), whom she met while both were on All My Children, sharing that they were, “too young to get married! On paper it should not have worked and when it didn’t work, we really worked at it. We fought for our marriage when it would have been easier to quit and throw in the towel.”

According to the book publisher, HarperCollins:  “In ‘Live Wire’, her first book, Kelly shows what really makes her tick. Whether recounting how she and Mark (Consuelos) really met, the level of chauvinism she experienced on set, how Jersey Pride follows her wherever she goes, and many, many moments of utter mortification (whence she proves that you cannot, in fact, die of embarrassment) Kelly always tells it like it is. Ms. Ripa takes no prisoners.”

So, will you be ordering your copy of Kelly’s memoir? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Roark Critchlow on His Return to DAYS and Working With Cady McClain

It’s been 12 years since Roark Critchlow appeared on Days of our Lives as Dr. Mike Horton, the brother of Jennifer Horton Deveraux (Cady McClain). However, fans have been excited to see him back on their screens when the series teased his appearance in the extended fall preview.

Now with Jennifer spiraling downward (now that her pill-popping addiction is back), it seems like a good time for Dr. Mike to return to Salem to help his sis. (And if the promo for this week’s DAYS is any indication, it certainly looks like Jennifer is going to be involved in a car crash and need medical assistance or at least some brotherly love.)

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Roark initially appeared as Mike back in 1994 and left the soap back in 1999. He returned in 2010 for a few episodes honoring the late Frances Reid (Alice Horton) who was Mike’s grandmother.

In an interview about his return with Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Roark talks about working with McClain as Jennifer, when he previously worked with Missy Reeves in the part.

Critchlow expressed on sharing scenes with McClain: “Her character is going through a lot. She and I dropped in really easily, I felt. It was a very nice, natural care for each other. It wasn’t difficult, that’s for sure. Obviously, Missy is a super-duper person. But you don’t compare people. Cady and I chatted. We got on good. In terms of story, I thought we pulled it off nicely as being people who’ve known each other their whole lives.”

Look for Roark to make his DAYS re-emergence on the upcoming October 3rd episode of the Peacock streaming series.

So, looking forward to seeing Roark and Cady sharing scenes together? Share your thoughts in the comment section, but first check out this week’s promo for DAYS below.

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John Cena Sets World Record After Granting 650th Wish for the Make-A-Wish-Foundation

There is nobody more requested at the Make-A-Wish Foundation than John Cena. The 16-time WWE wrestling champ-turned-actor for years has granted the wishes of children with critical illnesses for the non-profit foundation.

Now comes the news from the Guinness Book of World Records that Cena has broken the record for granting 650 wishes to children who have put him as the person they want to meet the most.

 

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To put this into context, no other celebrity has ever granted more than 200 wishes in the 42-year existence of Make-A-Wish.

According to a press release, Cena started granting wishes back in 2002 and completed his 100th in 2012, now he is at 650.

Recently this past June, John visited Misha, a teenager with down-syndrome who fled Ukraine after his home was destroyed. In order to keep Misha’s spirits up, his mother told him they were on their way to find John Cena. You can watch their story below, followed by a video package honoring Cena’s 500th milestone with the organization.

On a personal note: as someone who at one time worked as the Director of Communications for the Make-A-Wish-Foundation at a locale chapter in the U.S, I know the smiles and the impact a visit from a child’s personal idol can make to help lift their spirits when trying to cope with critical health issues.

Congratulations John!

What do you think about John Cena granting 650 wishes? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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