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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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'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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TV Squad Soap Report: Heavenly fun on One Life to Live

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 30th 2008 10:02AM
Logo soapA few weeks back, I enthusiastically reported the plans for One Life to Live's 40th anniversary celebration. Viki was going to have a near death experience and heaven; a classic OLTL moment would be re-created, the Iguaza Falls plunge; and in an elongated mini-arc, Bo and Rex would be transported back in time to 1968, the year OLTL began. It was an ambitious undertaking, but it was still nice to hear that they were thinking big, as opposed to General Hospital which did virtually nothing to commemorate their 45th anniversary in April.

So, now that Viki's visit to heaven -- which did not include Pearly Gates -- has concluded and Sarah and Cristian have gone over the falls -- and look to be dead -- I felt compelled to comment. First, Viki. I really, really like Erika Slezak. She's the Meryl Streep of daytime, able to take on all kinds of stories and make them work. Fortunately for Erika, she didn't have to sing any crappy ABBA songs like poor Meryl in Mamma Mia!

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