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ABC Daytime President Brian Frons Exiting Network

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 2nd 2011 3:40PM
Brian Frons Leaving ABC DaytimeBrian Frons is leaving his post as president of ABC Daytime.

Frons will be replaced by Vicki Dummer, currently the senior vice president of current series and specials.

Frons, who became a reviled figure to many viewers after canceling 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live,' will exit when his contract ends in January. His departure comes as ABC restructures under the new division Times Square Studios. Times Square will handle all daytime and syndicated productions.

"While my decision to try something new was not arrived at easily, nine years is a long time in television terms," Frons said in a statement. "I'm proud of the performance of ABC Daytime over that time, and of all of the accomplishments that our team achieved along the way. I'm especially pleased by the early results for 'The Chew' and excited for the launch of 'The Revolution,' which will be one more positive step in transforming ABC Daytime for our viewers. I'll miss my colleagues and the wonderful talent that makes our shows, but know they are in very capable hands with Vicki going forward."

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'General Hospital' Showrunner Replaced With 'One Life to Live' Vet ... Sign of Soapocalypse?

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 1st 2011 1:00PM
General Hospital Showrunner ShakeupIt's been a rough couple of months for soap fans. First 'One Life to Live' and 'All My Children' saw their plans to move online collapse, and now, according to a report from Vulture, Jill Farren Phelps, the longtime showrunner for 'General Hospital,' is leaving the series. Phelps is being replaced by 'One Life to Live' veteran Frank Valenti.

ABC confirmed the news. Valenti will be joined on the soap by Ron Carlivati as head writer, both appointments are effective Jan. 9, 2012.

"Frank and Ron's creativity, passion and outstanding leadership will be a welcome addition to the cast and crew, as well as viewers and longtime fans," Brian Frons, president of ABC Daytime, said in a statement. "As creative leaders in the industry, I am very excited for their arrival to 'General Hospital,' and their dedication to the genre will certainly invigorate the daytime drama that has been part of pop culture and the TV landscape for many years."

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'The Revolution' Takes Over 'One Life to Live' Timeslot Starting Jan. 16

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 28th 2011 2:05PM
The Revolution Premiere DateABC's 'The Revolution' will replace 'One Life to Live' starting 2PM ET on Mon., Jan. 16.

The series features Ty Pennington, Tim Gunn, Harley Pasternak, Dr. Jennifer Ashton and Dr. Tiffanie Davis Henry, a team of experts that will help transform a woman's life.

Each week, the show will follow a woman and the experts over the course of five months as they work to change various areas of the participant's life.

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Could J.R. Martinez Save 'All My Children?' Creator Agnes Nixon Speaks Out

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 24th 2011 7:35AM
There's been an outcry since the news broke yesterday that Prospect Park has suspended its plan to move cancelled soaps 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' online. Many of the actors involved have taken to Twitter and Facebook to vent, and the unions involved have issued statements saying don't blame us for the failure.

Now the soaps' creator, Agnes Nixon has spoken out, saying there's still plenty more life in the old shows yet. According to 'The Daily Beast' she's even come up with "a compelling plot" starring brand new 'DWTS' champ J.R. Martinez. He played police officer Brot Monroe on the soap for three years until it was cancelled back in April.

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'One Life to Live,' 'All My Children' Not Moving Online

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 23rd 2011 3:10PM
One Life to Live, All My Children Not Moving OnlineProspect Park has suspended its plan to move 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' online. Rich Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz of Prospect Park made the announcement following several months of planning.

"After five months of negotiations with various guilds, hundreds of presentations to potential financial and technology partners, and a hope that we could pioneer a new network for the future, it is with great disappointment that we are suspending our aspirations to revive 'One Life to Live' and 'All My Children' via online distribution," the duo said in a statement. "It is now becoming clear that mounting issues make our ability to meet our deadlines to get 'OLTL' on the air in a reasonable time period following its January 13, 2012 ABC finale impossible."

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'All My Children' Online Debut Delayed: Report

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 11th 2011 10:25AM
All My Children Debut DelayedThe online debut of 'All My Children' has been put on hold, according to several published reports.

The canceled ABC soap was scheduled to move to its new web home, The Online Network, this January with sister show 'One Life to Live.'

According to Variety, sources close to the situation indicate 'One Life to Live' is still on track to move online following its January finale on ABC. Several cast members, including key players Erika Slezak and Kassie DePaiva, have signed to stick with 'One Life to Live.'

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'One Life to Live': 4 More Actors Join Online Version

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 5th 2011 1:45PM
One Life to Live Josh KellyWhen 'One Life to Live' debuts online there will be many more familiar faces alongside Erika Slezak.

Actors Tuc Watkins, Josh Kelly, Florencia Lozano and Shenell Edmonds will move online with the soap opera.

The four actors join the previously announced Slezak, Michael Easton, Ted King, Kassie DePaiva, Melissa Archer, Kelley Missal, Sean Ringgold, Andrew Trischitta and Jerry VerDorn.

'One Life to Live' leaves ABC in January 2012 and it is set to join 'All My Children' on Prospect Park's The Online Network. The original plans were to have both soap operas move online following 'OLTL's' ABC finale, but according to a new report, those plans may be in jeopardy.

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Who Will Save 'One Life to Live' and 'All My Children'?

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 3rd 2011 3:00PM
One Life to Live All My Children'All My Children' has left TV and 'One Life to Live' is on its way out, but the soaps will live online ... right? The soaps are set to move onto the web after January 2012, when 'One Life to Live' is set to end its 43-year run, but there's a bit of a problem.

Prospect Park, the company that has licensed the soaps from ABC, has yet to win over enough financial backers to bring the soaps to the Internet, according to All Things D.

The company is retaining most of the same stars and behind-the-scenes team, making it a pricey venture.

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Mary Steenburgen to Visit '30 Rock,' Elisabeth Moss Eyeing BBC Miniseries Lead and More Casting News

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 3rd 2011 9:15AM
Mary SteenburgenWe're still not sure when NBC's '30 Rock' will return to our screens (fingers crossed for early midseason), but when it comes back, expect an extra injection of hilarity from Mary Steenburgen.

According to EW, Steenburgen will guest-star as Charlotte, the "highly spirited and attractive" mother of Elizabeth Banks' character, Avery.

In her multi-episode arc, expect to see WASP-ish Charlotte going head to head with Jack (Alec Baldwin).

Hit the jump for more casting news.

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Doris Belack, Veteran TV Actress, Dead at 85

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 6th 2011 6:25PM
Doris BelackDoris Belack, a recurring 'Law & Order' judge and the original Anna Wolek on 'One Life to Live,' has died. She was 85.

According to Variety, the actress died of natural causes in New York City.

Besides her time on the judges' bench for both 'Law & Order' and 'Law & Order: SVU,' Belack is known for her film work, including memorable roles in 'Tootsie' and 'What About Bob?'

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'One Life to Live' Reveals More Cast Members Before Online Move

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 30th 2011 4:40PM
One Life to Live Online UpdateWhen 'One Life to Live' moves online in early 2012, look for plenty of familiar faces.

Melissa Archer, Kelley Missal, Sean Ringgold, Andrew Trischitta and Jerry VerDorn have all signed to stay with the soap opera. Their deals are pending an agreement with the acting union AFTRA.

Erika Slezak, Michael Easton, Ted King and Kassie DePaiva will also remain with the series.

Head writer and consulting producer Ron Carlivati has signed on as well, joining executive producer Frank Valentini behind the scenes.

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Prospect Park Announces New Home for 'All My Children' & 'One Life to Live'

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 27th 2011 12:50PM
All My ChildrenProspect Park has announced the new home for 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live': The Online Network, TOLN for short.

TOLN is currently set for launch in January 2012, which confirms soap fans will have to wait another couple of months for the return of 'All My Children.' When it debuts, 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' will be the tent-pole programs, with other first-run shows in the comedy, drama and scripted genres joining the two soaps.

"We are creating TOLN to conveniently deliver fans of quality television long form programming anytime and anywhere," Prospect Park founders Rich Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz said in a statement.

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'One Life to Live' Executive Producer Signs Deal to Stay With Soap

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 17th 2011 10:45AM
Erika Slezak'One Life to Live' executive producer Frank Valentini will move online with the series in early 2012.

Valentini became an executive producer on the show in 2002 after working as a supervising producer and director. Prospect Park has also named Valentini vice president of serial dramas for the new online network 'One Life to Live' will air on. He'll advise the company about programming strategies.

"Frank's successful track record both creatively and producorially with 'One Life to Live' has been stellar and we are honored that he has also agreed to take on more responsibilities at our new network," Jeff Kwatinetz and Rich Frank of Prospect Park said in a statement. "Under Frank Valentini's stewardship, 'One Life to Live's' popularity and ratings continue to increase, and his commitment to us is another milestone in our commitment to relaunching 'One Life to Live' with the best possible quality and storylines for audiences everywhere."

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Susan Lucci Rejects 'All My Children' Online Offer: Report

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 6th 2011 4:45PM
Susan LucciSusan Lucci is reportedly done with 'All My Children.' The only original cast member on the long-running soap has turned down an offer to move online with the series in 2012, according to Deadline.

The Deadline report says Prospect Park offered Lucci a very similar salary to what ABC was paying her, but the actress asked for more money, fewer hours and the ability to do a primetime series.

'One Life to Live' stars Erika Slezak, Michael Easton, Ted King and Kassie DePaiva will remain with the show when it heads online in 2012.

Deadline reports Prospect Park may focus its resources on 'One Life to Live,' which had higher Nielsen ratings than 'All My Children,' and push 'All My Children' to the back since Lucci will not continue with the soap opera. Both shows are scheduled to debut online in early 2012.

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'One Life to Live': Erika Slezak & More Actors Will Continue Online

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 6th 2011 3:25PM
Erika SlezakViki Lord isn't going anywhere. Prospect Park has announced daytime icon Erika Slezak, known for playing Viki for more than 40 years, has signed to stay with 'One Life to Live' after it moves online.

Pending a final agreement with AFTRA, Slezak, Michael Easton, Ted King and Kassie DePaiva will stay with 'One Life to Live.'

This is the first official cast announcement from Prospect Park. No word on who will move online with 'All My Children.'

'One Life to Live' leaves ABC in January 2012 and is expected to migrate online shortly after. 'All My Children' ends its 41-year run on Fri., Sept. 23. The two soaps are expected to debut online in early 2012.

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