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'All My Children,' 'OLTL' announce web debut date


The return date of All My Children and One Life to Live is finally here: Prospect Park’s The Online Network announced today that the old ABC serials will return to the web with original episodes on Monday, April 29. And yep, access is free!

Prospect will stream new 30-minute episodes of the sudsers weekdays via Hulu and to Hulu Plus subscribers watching on connected TVs, mobile phones, tables and PCs. ITunes will also offer both series. Production began on AMC Feb. 25(that’s a fresh cast photo above) while shooting will begin on OLTL March 18. (See its new cast photo below).

Both series are filmed in Stamford, Conn.

“I am so pleased that our dream of bringing these two series back to life is coming to fruition,” said Agnes Nixon, creative consultant for both programs, in a statement. “I am grateful to Prospect Park for their unwavering commitment to this project and to the amazingly talented casts of All My Children and One Life to Live – their devotion to these franchises has made this moment possible.  And to the fans – well, we wouldn’t be here without you.”


'Young and the Restless': See Victor and Nikki wedding photo

Say what you will about Victor (and we’ve all said a lot), but the ol’ boy definitely knows who is best for him — Nikki. Beginning March 18, the on- and off- again couple from CBS’ The Young and the Restless will be on again for their second third fourth wedding (though wasn’t that one illegal?) that’s guaranteed to feature a few surprises.

EW nabbed this sneak peek of the ad promoting the “killer” nuptials: READ FULL STORY

'General Hospital' brings back Brenda and Jax -- EXCLUSIVE


More exciting news from General Hospital as it continues to celebrate its 50th anniversary on ABC.

EW has learned exclusively that Ingo Rademacher and Vanessa Marcil will reprise their roles as Jax and Brenda. GH is staying mum about their actual return date but word is it’ll occur sometime before April 1. READ FULL STORY

'Young and the Restless': Shemar Moore pays tribute -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Shemar Moore’s too busy to stage a Genoa City comeback but the former star of The Young and the Restless did take time away from Criminal Minds to pay tribute to the 40-year-old sudser that got him where he is today.

Here’s a first look at one of many anniversary promos that will begin airing next week on CBS. READ FULL STORY

'One Life to Live' may share actors with 'General Hospital'

Three former Llanview citizens may not be looking to leave Port Charles anytime soon.

Apparently, it’s time for Michael Easton (John McBain), Kristen Alderson (Starr Manning) and Roger Howarth (Todd Manning) to return to the set of One Life to Live now that Prospect Park has finally closed the necessary deals to make the online version a reality. But General Hospital, which absorbed the trio while Prospect Park was scrambling to make The Online Network a reality, doesn’t seem to want to let them go.

ABC released this statement: “General Hospital is excited about Easton, Alderson and Howarth staying on the show, and we are exploring ways to allow that to happen.”


More Chenbot! CBS renews its daytime shows


Who says soaps and game shows are dead?

CBS has renewed its entire daytime lineup for the 2013-14 season (party in Genoa City to be announced later). That also means more Julie Chen and Co. in The Talk, which is averaging 2.35 million viewers, up 11% from last year. The talker’s bragging rights keep getting better: in the week ending Jan. 13, The Talk delivered its largest weekly audience ever in women 25-54 and women 18-49.

Renewals also went to The Bold and the Beautiful, the most-watched sudser in the world, The Price is Right, daytime’s most watched program, and Let’s Make a Deal. CBS’s crown jewel, The Young and the Restless, already earned a pickup earlier. READ FULL STORY

Steve Burton on 'Young and the Restless': Forget that he was Jason Morgan! -- VIDEO

Steve Burton’s going to try hard to not wear black on his new gig.

So when he debuts on The Young and the Restless on Jan. 29, don’t go looking for that signature black T-shirt, the leather jacket, or that familiar tough guy ‘do he sported on General Hospital. He’d like you to forget that he played Jason Morgan on ABC (despite having done it for more than two decades — and winning an Emmy for it).

“I know that persona is out there,” Burton admitted to EW about his longtime GH gig, which ended in September. “You can’t erase it in a day. But I’m going to do everything I can to not wear black. I’ll make my hair a little different! Maybe people will buy it. But some people will be, ‘you are Jason and that’s it.'”

Still, he’s excited about his new gig playing a war veteran named Dylan McAvoy who had an affair with the previously married Avery Clark (Jessica Collins). She is now with Nick (Joshua Morrow). “Where we pick up, he can’t get Avery off mind,” says Burton, who started Jan. 8 at CBS. “It is weird. It is bittersweet in a way. I loved GH. I loved my time there and the people there. But it was also time for something new in my life, a new challenge.”

He also gained a new buddy in Morrow. Check out how the two bonded on his first day.


'Days of our Lives': Happy anniversary, Sami! -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

There is always a milestone to celebrate on daytime dramas — especially given how old these shows are — but some anniversaries deserve more than just a giant sheet cake for the cast and crew. This month, Alison Sweeney will celebrate her 2oth year playing Sami Brady on NBC’s Days of our Lives.

To help celebrate the occasion, EW asked the actress — who still finds time to direct episodes of the soap while hosting The Biggest Loser  — to identity her five favorite moments playing the popular character. Here they are, in no particular order.

Episode 11404. Sami blows up to EJ when she discovers the truth about Sydney, thanks to Rafe. Listen to how deep her voice gets when she really lets him have it!


'All My Children,' 'One Life to Live' update: Who's in for online return

Welcome back, Jesse and Angela Hubbard! Good to see you again, Clint Buchanan!

Prospect Park today announced the cast members who have closed deals to star in the online versions of All My Children and One Life to Live.

Here is who is expected to return to OLTL’s Llanview: Erika Slezak as Victoria Lord Buchanan, Robin Strasser as Dorian Lord, Tuc Watkins as David Vickers, Robert S. Woods as Bo Buchanan, Kassie DePaiva as Blair Cramer, Jerry verDorn as Clint Buchanan, Florencia Lozano as Tea Delgado, Melissa Archer as Natalie Buchanan Banks, Hillary B. Smith as Nora Buchanan, Kelley Missal as Danielle Manning, Josh Kelly as Cutter Wentworth and Andrew Trischitta as Jack Manning. Down to recur is Sean Ringgold as Shaun Evans, Shenaz Treasury Rama Patel and Nick Choksi as Vimal Patel. READ FULL STORY

'Days of our Lives' renewed

Get ready for more backstabbing and bombshells: Days of our Lives is renewed!

The iconic soap – which will air its 12,000 episode Jan. 11 – was recently renewed through Sept. 2014.

Days of our Lives has maintained a loyal and dedicated fan base for more than four decades and continues to reach a new generation of viewers,” Steve Mosko, President of Sony Pictures Television, said in a press release. “We appreciate NBC’s support over the years and, as the show celebrates this significant milestone, we are thrilled that the show will continue to be a part of the NBC family.”

Days of our Lives first premiered as a half-hour drama in 1965 and expanded to an hour 10 years later. This news follows the announcement that cancelled soaps All My Children and One Life to Live are being resurrected online.

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Genie Francis returns to ‘General Hospital’ — EXCLUSIVE
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‘All My Children,’ ‘One Life to Live’ will finally air online

Genie Francis returns to 'General Hospital' -- EXCLUSIVE

It’s the comeback that General Hospital fans have been waiting for: the Emmy-winning Genie Francis, who spent a little over a year on The Young and the Restless, will return to the ABC soap that made her a household name, EW has learned exclusively.

Francis just closed a deal to reprise her role as Laura Spencer for the drama’s 50th anniversary this year. She’ll report to the sudser’s Los Angeles, Calif., set sometime later this month for a Feb. 11 debut, which is actually 50 days before the series’ April 1 anniversary.


'General Hospital' actor joins 'The Young and the Restless'

Steve Burton, welcome to Genoa City: The actor who starred on the ABC sudser for 21 years is joining The Young and the Restless. He’ll play an ex-soldier named Dylan McAvoy.

He’ll bow on the CBS sudser Jan. 29. Burton confirmed that he was joining CBS on today’s installment of The Talk.

Burton’s last day on GH was Sept. 25. He played Jason Morgan, a role that earned him a Daytime Emmy in 1998.


'All My Children,' 'One Life to Live' will finally air online

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 will return to AMC as an executive producer (she previously produced the series) and Jennifer Pepperman has been upped from director to an EP. READ FULL STORY


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