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Set in Llanview, Pennsylvania, OLTL premiered on July 15,
1968, on ABC.
OLTL last aired on ABC on January 13, 2012 after 43-1/2
years on the air. It aired 40 new episodes at
Hulu.com from Monday,
April 29, 2013, until Monday, August 19, 2013.
NEWS AND INFORMATION!
On March 10, 2014, Prospect Park Networks filed for bankruptcy protection,
because they owe money to 20 individuals or companies, including $1.7 million to
ABC, $750,000 to the law firm representing it in its lawsuit against ABC,
$86,000 to the Screen Actors Guild, $50,000 to the Directors Guild, $345,000 to
the Connecticut Film Center (where AMC and OLTL taped), $565,000 to NEP
Broadcasting (a company that provides teleproduction services), $205,000 to OLTL
actress Erika Slezak (Viki) and $60,000 to her co-star Tuc Watkins (David).
Jenny "JWoww" Farley, who played Nikki on TOLN's OLTL reboot, announced
on her website on Christmas Day that she and fiancé Roger are expecting
their first child.
Crystal Hunt (ex-Stacy, OLTL; ex-Lizzie, GL) had been charged with felony
assault with a deadly weapon stemming from a December 13 incident at a bar
in Los Angeles where she smashed a pint glass into a woman's face. If
convicted, she faces up to four years in prison. For the full story,
The TVGN documentary "Who Shot the Daytime Soap?" aired on Monday,
December 16 at 8 p.m. ET, with a sneak preview earlier the same day at 2
p.m. ET. It examines at the startling power and resiliency of
daytime drama and how it all went haywire. See a preview
Sherri Saum (ex-Keri) and husband Kamar de los Reyes (ex-Antonio) are
expecting twins in early summer 2014. The couple has been married since 2007
and Kamar has a son, Caylen, 16.
On December 3, 2013, Prospect Park’s co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz filed a
complaint against the company and its investors to see if he can get out of
his exclusive 5-year contract, because he disagrees with the cancellation of
AMC & OLTL.
The Season 17 cast of "Dancing With the Stars" includes Corbin Bleu
(Jeffrey, OLTL), partnered with Karina Smirnoff. The season premiered on ABC
on Monday, September 16, 2013 and ended on Tuesday, November 26 when Corbin
& Karina came in second place.
Sean Ringgold (ex-Shawn) was accused of "criminal sexual conduct" in Seacaucus,
NJ, on June 25 and arrested on July 2, 2013. The Superior
Court of New Jersey has begun a grand jury investigation into allegations of
rape. For more info., click
George Reinholt (ex-Steve Frame, AW; ex-Tony Lord, OLTL) of Essington,
PA, died on November 11, 2013, at the age of 73 of cancer at the Taylor
Hospital in Ridley Park. For his full obit, click
In an interview with Carolyn Hinsey on 11/15, Sonia Blangiardo, AMC
Supervising Producer, cites the
IATSE union dispute over pay rates for the crew as the reason for both
the online OLTL & AMC's halt of production on June 5, 2013. The ABC lawsuit,
low ratings, and eventually actors getting other jobs or being pregnant
(AMC's Eden Riegel, Bianca & Paula Garces, Lea) when their characters were
not, contributed to Prospect Park's problems. Even though the union dispute
was resolved on June 20, production did not resume in August as planned,
because all of the above obstacles "discouraged potential investors."
Carolyn states that half of OLTL was unrecognizable to her, but Sonia thinks
their biggest flaw was concentrating too much on the “Wow Factor” for
events. Sometimes, they lost track of why the event was happening in first
place. To read more,
Prospect Park, which licensed "All My Children" & "One Life to Live" from
ABC to relaunch them as web-only series, sued in April 2013 in Los Angeles
Superior Court claiming that the network sabotaged the relaunch by, among
other things, killing off key characters. On November 13, the plaintiff
filed a new amended complaint with more details of ABC's alleged fraud and a
demand for more than $95 million in damages. For all the details,
Jensen Buchanan (ex-Vicky/Marley, AW; ex-Sarah, OLTL) and husband, Sam
Gores, the chairman of the Paradigm Talent Agency, are splitting after 10
years of marriage. She has two sons, Conor, 19, and Angus, 17 from her first
marriage to Gray O'Brien.
The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will include a new category
"Outstanding New Approaches Drama Series" for online shows. Also, daytime
dramas that have produced 35 episodes in the calendar year of 2013 are
available for entry in Outstanding Drama Series, which means the rebooted
AMC and OLTL will be eligible to compete against the broadcast network
Holly Gagnier (ex-Cassie Carpenter, OLTL; ex-Ivy Jannings, Days) is being
sued by her 80-year-old ballet teacher, Patricia McCoy, who claims that
Gagnier tried to sabotage a potential movie deal between McCoy and Hunter
Tylo (ex-Dr. Taylor Hayes, B&B; ex-Marina Toscano, Days; ex-Robin McCall,
Read more here!
Michael Easton (Silas, GH; ex-McBain, OLTL; ex-Caleb, PC; ex-Tanner,
Days) and his wife, Ginevra Arabia, have a new baby boy, Jack Boru, born on
Saturday, September 7, 2013. He joins big sis, Lilah Bell, who was born on April 15, 2011.
Los Angeles Times reported on September 3, 2013, that Prospect Park is
shelving "One Life to Live" until the ABC lawsuit is resolved. The team will
focus on producing "All My Children," which proved to be the more popular
show online. Writers are currently putting together scripts for a second
season with plans to ramp up production this month for a second season of
Prospect Park has filed a $25 million breach of contract lawsuit against ABC,
claiming that the network has violated the licensing agreement it forged with PP
two years ago and
has been sabotaging the company's attempt to relaunch AMC and OLTL online.
PP claims that ABC has actively caused problems, including refusing to
transfer the website addresses for the shows and failing to consult on
storylines involving OLTL characters "borrowed" by GH.
Read the full complaint here. ABC has responded that it remains very
supportive of the online launch of both OLTL and AMC. "With respect to
Prospect Park's lawsuit, we believe the claims are baseless, and we will
defend them vigorously in court and not the press.”
Todd Davis, who played Bryan Phillips on GH and Dr. Josh Hall on OLTL,
has passed away at 61. Bryan was a social worker who was Scotty's best pal
and former roommate from 1978-87. He and Claudia, played by Bianca Ferguson,
were a supercouple.
OLTL wrapped up its first season
on Monday, August 19 after the 40th episode. PP chief Jeff Kwatinetz said "We are prepping now for next season and have more surprises
and twists and turns to deliver audiences. I am just hoping they stay on the
soaps and not in our way." Prospect Park has not yet announced when the
two series will return for season two.
Michael Easton (Silas Clay, GH; ex-Stephen Clay, GH; ex-John McBain, OLTL)
gave a revealing interview to Michael Logan about his controversial recasting.
Read it here!
In June, 2013, Zach Roerig (ex-Casey, ATWT; ex-Hunter, OLTL, ex-Alex, GL)
filed for sole custody of his two-year-old daughter with Alanna Turner, who
is currently in federal prison in Georgia.
In 2008, she was arrested for felony forgery, selling drugs (another
felony), and driving without a license.
Every Thursday night at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT, beginning on Thursday, June
20, Michael Fairman will host a one-hour radio show on
BlogTalkRadio all about
AMC & OLTL. The first guest is Prospect Park CEO Jeff Kwatinetz.
HLN (Headline News) presented the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards live
from The Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 16. Go to our Daytime news page
to find out who won!
Judith Light (ex-Karen) has won a Tony Award for her role in "The
Assembled Parties"! This is her second Tony win for Best Featured Actress in
Yahoo! has released a
music video for the OLTL theme song “Brand New Start” performed by IZA
Lach and featuring Snoop Lion.
Jensen Ackles (ex-Eric, Days) and wife Daneel Harris Ackles (ex-Shannon,
OLTL), who wed in 2010, announced the birth of their daughter Justice Jay
"JJ" Ackles on Thursday, May 30.
Jessica Klein and Marin Gazzaniga are the new head writers for OLTL.
Other writers include: Alex Douglas and Jed Seidel.
Prospect Park says that "The terms of the F/X Canada deal stipulated a five
day run. Now that the shows have been reduced, the agreement is no longer
valid. However, the great news is that Canadian viewers can now access the
shows via iTunes Canada."
TOLN now has a YouTube Channel
where you can see the premiere episodes of both AMC & OLTL.
Hulu.com, you can now watch newly-produced
looks back at the first 3 weeks of OLTL.
Tuc Watkins (pic on right) announced on April 26, 2013 in an interview with Marie Osmond
that he's a gay single dad of twins, daughter Catchen and son Curtis, via
Check out our OLTL cast page to see who has
signed on to the Online OLTL.
Ted King (ex-Luis/Lorenzo, GH; ex-Tomas, OLTL) and his wife, Maya, became
parents to new daughter Vivienne Aurelia King on April 17, 2013. Vivienne
joins big sister Ava Celeste, 2.
Snoop Lion, aka Snoop Dogg, produced the theme song for OLTL called
"Brand New Start" featuring artist Iza Lach.
For those of you who use Instagram, One Life to Live now has an Official
Page to follow, which includes the latest behind-the-scenes footage of the
OLTL stars. Be sure to check it
View a great
official new OLTL cast photo taken at the Sleepy Hollow Country Club by noted
photographer Chapman Baehler and styled by E's Fashion Police, George
Kotsiopoulos! Featured in the cast photo from left to right are: Jerry verDorn
(Clint), Kassie DePaiva (Blair), Melissa Archer (Natalie), Robert S. Woods (Bo),
Andrew Trischitta (Jack), Laura Harrier (Destiny), Tuc Watkins (David), Erika Slezak (Viki), Josh Kelly (Cutter), Florencia Lozano (Téa), Kelley Missal
(Dani), and Robert Gorrie (Matthew).
See Hulu's behind-the-scenes promo here!
OLTL pictures, autographs, and scripts are being
auctioned on eBay to benefit Autism Speaks.
Brittany Underwood (ex-Langston, OLTL) collaborated with Kristen Alderson
(Starr, OLTL/GH) and Chad Duell (Michael, GH) on a music video for her new
single "Flow," which was released last night on YouTube.
Check out the video
Vivian Gundaker is now Coordinating Producer of both AMC and OLTL. From
1995-2010, she worked for P&G as producer at both Another World and As The
Nominations for the 2013 Writers Guild Award for Best Daytime Drama
included the writing teams of "Days of Our Lives," "One Life to Live,"
and "The Young and The Restless." On February 17, 2013, the
award went to Y&R.
The nominees for the 2012 Directors Guild of America for
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Daytime Serials are Albert Alarr for
Days, Larry Carpenter, William Ludel, & Scott McKinsey for GH, and
Jill Mitwell for OLTL. At the DGA award ceremony, OLTL's Jill Mitwell won for
the episode "Between Heaven and Hell."
Alison Goodman is Prospect Park's Online Network's casting director.
Carole Shure is the Production Executive for The Online Network, and Chris
Savage is the Unit Production Manager/Line Producer for AMC and OLTL.
Shanelle Workman (ex-Flash/Sarah, OLTL) and Matthew Borlenghi
(ex-Brian, AMC) are involved in legal battles with Workman's mother over
her younger sister, Ariel, who stars in "Modern Family".
Paul Rauch, executive producer of Another World, Guiding Light, One Life to Live,
Y&R, Santa Barbara, and Texas, passed away on Sunday, December 10, 2012.
Catherine Hickland (ex-Lindsay) married businessman Todd Fisher on
Saturday, December 22, 2012. He is
the son of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher's brother.
Check out this fantastic video,
created by former OLTL Associate Director and Editor Teresa Cicala, which
features memorable OLTL clips from 2011, the last year of the show, set to a
rocking' dance-track rendition of "(I've Had) The Time Of My Life."
Kassie DePaiva Joins Days! In a surprising casting move, Kassie DePaiva
(ex-Blair) has been cast as Eve Donovan, daughter of Shane and half-sister to
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