12 items from 2013
Dimitri Marick is making a comeback to "All My Children." The Online Network announced on Monday that Michael Nader will reprise his role on the June 3 episode. "I got a call from executive producer Ginger Smith who said Prospect Park is relaunching 'All My Children' online. She said, 'We'd love for you to come back.' And I said, 'You want me, you got me.' Being back, is like being home," Nader said in a statement. Apparently, Brooke English (Julia Barr) will offer Dimitri a job as the head of one of Chandler »
- Jethro Nededog
Tonight on Grey’s Anatomy (ABC, 9/8c), Dr. Owen Hunt’s paternal leanings will be further reignited as he considers the fate of young Ethan, whose mother has just died while his father lay in a coma.
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When last we tuned in, Ethan’s grandmother Nancy — played by All My Children alum Jennifer Bassey — had arrived on the emotionally fraught scene. And while she might appear to be the logical fallback guardian should her son never regain consciousness, “There are a lot of twists coming up, »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
Pine Valley and Llanview are open for business again ... in a much different place.
Fans of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" will recognize the names of those fictional locales immediately. Proving the seemingly impossible can happen, the former ABC daytime serials return with fresh weekday episodes in a new and very contemporary home Monday, April 29. They'll be used to launch The Online Network on iTunes and the Internet platforms Hulu (for free) and Hulu Plus (by subscription).
Many actors are back for the new iterations. "All My Children" again features Vincent Irizarry (alias that show's David), Debbi Morgan (Angela), Thorsten Kaye (Zach), Lindsay Hartley (Cara) and Darnell Williams (Jesse). The "One Life to Live" cast reunion includes seven-time Daytime Emmy winner Erika Slezak (Viki), Robert S. Woods (Bo), Robin Strasser (Dorian), Kassie DePaiva (Blair), Roger Howarth (Todd), Melissa Archer (Natalie), Hillary B. Smith (Nora) and Jerry verDorn (Clint).
In the 40 years since he made his daytime-tv debut, Vincent Irizzary had seen nothing like it — a non-Emmys red carpet event to kick off an evening celebrating soap operas, namely two that had been plucked from the ashes and given life anew.
Irizzary plays David Hayward, a highly duplicitous doctor on All My Children, which like fellow former ABC serial One Life to Live was reborn this week on Hulu and iTunes, via Prospect Park’s The Online Network. The actor calls the dramas’ return, in a new medium, none too small a miracle.
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- Matt Webb Mitovich
Life was going pretty great for All My Children‘s Brooke, before the big bang.
She’d rescued her main squeeze’s beloved home. She’d been proposed to in grand style, with most of the town looking on. Finally, after decades of playing runner-up to the glamorous Erica Kane, Ms. English was having her moment.
But then Jr stuck his gun out of a secret-in-name-only passageway, and everything went dark – for almost a year-and-a-half.
But now Brooke – and portrayer Julia Barr – are back in an online revival of the beloved daytime drama scheduled to launch this spring. TVLine caught »
- Kimberly Roots
The Jeff Probst Show‘s torch has been extinguished.
CBS TV Distribution announced Wednesday that they would not be bringing back the Survivor host’s daytime talker for a second season.
“We believe Jeff is an incredible talent, and that he and his dedicated producing team delivered quality episodes throughout the season,” the studio said in a statement. “Unfortunately, the audience isn’t there to support a second year.”
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For his part, Probst admitted to being “super bummed” about the cancellation, yet “extremely proud” of his short-lived series.
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- Megan Masters
Prospect Park heads Jeff Kwatinetz and Rich Frank announced via press release that production on the two soap operas would resume in February 2013. Agnes Nixon, the creator of both "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," has joined with the production company in the revival and has a consulting agreement.
The confirmation of the soap operas' return -- which has been a possibility since Prospect Park gained the licenses for the shows in 2011 -- hinged on guild agreements, financing and the hiring of a production staff. The new press release makes it clear that all of these particular hurdles are in the past.
There is no word yet about whether or not the soaps' stars will return to the new productions. »
Update, 9:25 Am: Prospect Park has sent out a letter from Rich Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz confirming our earlier break. The new developments include confirmed deals with SAG-aftra and the DGA — sticking points in previous talks — and inking the soaps’ creator Agnes Nixon to a consulting agreement. Here’s the entire letter, which says a launch date for the anchor programs on the company’s The Online Network will be announced in the coming weeks: We are pleased to confirm that Prospect Park is reviving the beloved soap operas, All My Children and One Life To Live as the anchor programs on The Online Network (Toln). Today we are also pleased to confirm that Prospect Park has: 1) signed guild agreements with both SAG-aftra (Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) and the DGA (Directors Guild of America); 2) entered into a consulting agreement with Agnes Nixon »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Breaking its silence after weeks of rumors and leaks, Prospect Park on Monday formally announced their latest — and firmed-up — plan to relaunch the defunct ABC sudsers.
Here’s the entertainment company’s official press release:
- Matt Webb Mitovich
ABC’s old soaps have finally been saved! Prospect Park, which bought All My Children and One Life to Live after ABC yanked the aging sudsers, announced today that it has closed deals with the Hollywood unions to air the soaps on The Online Network.
Owners Jeff Kwatinetz and Rich Frank released a statement today that said they signed agreements with the Screen Actors Guild, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and the DGA to make it possible to air the soaps. In addition, the soaps’ legendary Creator Agnes Nixon will serve as a consultant, while Ginger Smith »
- Lynette Rice
In a statement released Friday night via Facebook and her blog, Nixon said, “We of the One Life to Live and All My Children families are thrilled to bring our beloved viewers new, ongoing stories from Llanview and Pine Valley.”
It was the first time Nixon spoke publicly »
- Kimberly Roots
Langford’S Picks And Pans
You know, just once I would like a TV show to have gay characters who don’t want children. It just seems like gays on TV always want kids. I guess it’s a way of telling viewers that gay folks want homes and families just like straight folks and having kids does open up plenty of storytelling for television shows, but for me I’d like to see something different because even without marriage and kids, there are plenty of other compelling stories to be told. I also think it’s very soon for Will and Robbie to be talking about kids since they’ve only been married for a few weeks.
To be honest, I was surprised that Will agreed with Robbie about starting a family. I expected this to be a source of conflict between them. So I’m wondering »
- Anthony D. Langford
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