Erika Slezak and others stick with 'One Life to Live'


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Promising news for fans of One Life to Live: It was just announced that Erika Slezak (Victoria Lord), along with Ted King (Tomas Delgado), Michael Easton (John McBain) and Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer) have agreed to continue with the soap once it goes off ABC and begins to run online, instead.

This is the first announcement about casting for One Life to Life since the soap was acquired by Prospect Park, a media and production company founded in 2009 by Jeffrey Kwatinetz and former Disney Studios head Rich Frank. (The company’s best known for producing Royal Pains for USA and Wilfred for FX.) The company also bought All My Children. The exclusive, multi-year deal will allow the soaps to continue beyond their finale dates. All My Children ends it run on ABC on Sept. 23 while One Life to Live is set to sunset in January.

Prospect is still in the process of closing a deal for the actors with American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, which will enable the studio to sell a second window of One Life to Life to cable network.

So who among the All My Children cast has agreed to stay with the show beyond its finale on ABC? No one, unfortunately: Susan Lucci is reportedly balking at the notion to go online, though Prospect offered a comparable deal to what she was earning on ABC. Should Prospect fail to close a deal with Lucci, it seems likely the company will table any plans to continue the sudser online — at least in the short term.

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  • Kvivik

    I’ve loved One Life for many years, but this on-line thing will never work. There is no way they can keep the production quality at the same level.

    • kelly irons

      got to at least give it a chance, maybe it will have some assets. Walt Willey said that they had some progressive ideas…so the soaps may be ready for this. Change is not easy and we are so used to these shows, we grew up watching, many of us anyway, with our moms or grandmoms. There is some sentimentality too. I get that. Anyway, at least we are getting something and not losing all. That was the fight we fought.

    • markus

      if a cable network like USA picks it up it will have a much better chance of survival…

    • April

      Not true. There are actually full web series online whose production quality is as good as if not better than television at this very moment. The online television space is growing at leaps and bounds. Perhaps you should actually take a look at what’s out there. Hundreds of shows on demand…

    • Derek

      I couldn’t disagree with you more. There are some truly incredible online shows that blow cable shows out of the water. Don’t count OLTL out. I smell success brewing…after all, Prospect would not be investing in these multi-million dollar deals if they didn’t think they could recoup.

  • Mincha

    This is terrific news!

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  • Teri

    I can’t stand John McBain

    • Joe

      He is without doubt the UGLIEST soap actor in the history of daytime TV.

      • nancy

        I guess to each his own because I think he is the hottest thing I have ever seen – tall, dark hair, blue eyes, those tattoos – I have loved him since he was on Days

      • susan goodman

        thats a sexy man those blue eyes

      • Job

        don’t about that -he sure compensates his supposed bad looks with one hell of head of hair…

      • kim

        what u are just jealous because how can u say that john is do u look judge yourself.

  • Teri

    And unless she plans on retiring, Susan Lucci should take the deal. I love Erica Kane, but Lucci is a terrible actress.

    • AN

      I don’t think she’s terrible, but I will NEVER see her as anyway except Erica Kane.

    • will

      There is a reason it took her MANY years to get a daytime emmy.

    • Joe

      There is talk that she will be joining Desperate Housewives. If she’s offered a role on a night time network show, I can’t see her choosing an on-line experiment.

      • Strepsi

        Desperate Housewives would actually be excellent casting, but it ends after this season. She may well do it anyway if offered, she’s been trying to move to nights (see: recurring role in Hot In Cleveland). I don’t know if she will be able to cross over though…

      • susan goodman

        DH last season too but i am boycotting AbC except my soaps”like “on fb screw the chew& revolt revolution

    • will

      I haven’t watched OLTL since the early 90’s but I certainly remember Erika Slezak. Honestly, she was one of the best actresses in daytime. Susan Lucci got the attention but Slezak has the talent. Don’t get me wrong Lucci seems like a nice person but she’s overrated.

  • Annie

    Great News!!! So glad Michael Easton is staying as John McBain ( i seem to be a lone wolf in my love of Lt. McBain). I wonder if Roger Howarth is moving online also.

    • nancy

      As stated above – I love Michael Easton

    • kelly irons

      and I love Roger Howarth, shameful, he is younger than me…lol

    • Gennie

      No dear you are not alone. Every time I see him on screen my eyes open wide and all I can say is that is a gorgeous man. He is smart, honest and very good at his job. He has integrity, something a lot of characters do not have.

  • Randi

    Thank you for staying with OLTL Ms Slezak! You are a class act. I am thrilled that the great Ms Slezak is willing to jump feet first into this new medium. After all, in the next few years there will be a huge cross over between regular tv watching an watching online. It is the future–simple as that. Glad that ES has the foresight to recognize it. She is also loyal to the show and its millions of devoted fans!!

    With ES taking the plunge–I believe that a number of cast members will agree to stay with the show. I am looking at you Jerry verDorn :) Please stay–you are a treat to watch!

    As far as Susan Lucci–I hope she will agree to stay with AMC at least in the short term so the show will continue. I think AMC could do fine without her if necessary–but she is kind of the captain of the ship. So, her agreement to support this move is very important. I also hope the wonderful MEK will do the same. He is a terrific actor and very important to the show.

  • kelly irons

    ok, my opinion. we could be greatful…we got what we wanted. We had the choice to let go peacefully but that’s not the way it went. We should give it a chance before we knock it. The actors willing to take this plunge are to be commended too. there I have my say. Thanks for reading.

  • Vicky P

    I am grateful, no matter what the venue. I’ve been watching OLTL so long now, that if I could not watch them anymore, it would be like losing friends that I’ve known all my life. The cast is like family to me. I will watch and am grateful. Maybe I can stream it to my smartphone? We’ll see. My thanks go out to the actors that are going to continue online. I couldn’t be happier. Hopefully the others will follow suit?

  • Valerie

    Words are woefully inadequate to express my delight upon learning about Erika Slezak’s decision to remain with OLTL when it goes online. I can count on one hand, literally, the number of episodes I’ve missed since September 1976.

    Thank you, Erika, for the countless special moments you’ve enabled us to share with Viki over the years, and especially for the opportunity to continue sharing those special moments…hopefully for years to come.

  • susan goodman

    what happens with no internet how many people are gonna be left out i use my phone which sometimes i can`t reach everything on the internet but what does abc care but thanks Prospect Park

  • Paula C. Shaw

    Thank you to ALL THAT DECIDE to stay with PROSPECT PARK.If you are retiring Thank you for MANY years of entertainment.For those of you that are going elsewhere Best of luck to you.IN GENERAL……thank you ,thank you,thank you,

  • Hopeful

    I am happy about this decision and hope it works. I don’t care much about AMC anymore, but would love to keep watching OLTL!
    It is the best soap ever.

    My biggest fear is that I HOPE HOPE HOPE that this online venture will be available for Canadian viewers such as myself.

  • kathryn

    I am delighted to hear the news of these fine actors joining the on-line version of One Life To Life. I have been watching Vickie since the beginning, she and others on the show are like long lost friends. I will happily watch the show on the internet, I do a lot of time anyway.

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