It’s one more life to live for the popular soap opera, “One Life to Live.” The ABC soap ended its network run exactly one year ago with the hope that Prospect Park Productions was taking it to the internet. That situation fell apart, as we all know. But now I can tell you that the revived online version of “One Life to Live” looks real. I talked to Robert S. Woods today, the great actor who plays Bo Buchanan. He told me he’s met with the Prospect-ors, and they’ve made a deal for Woods to join the new show.
Yesterday, Robin Strasser announced on Twitter that she was coming back, too. Sources also say that Erika Slezak, the nominal “star” of “OLTL” has made her deal, along with Jerry verDorn (Clint Buchanan). It does seem like Prospect Park is going to make a ‘go’ of this.
No word yet from “All My Children” and Susan Lucci, although I did tell you before Christmas that contact had been made and the two sides were talking. Since then, the creator of both shows, Agnes Nixon, issued a statement that she was on board. A couple of “AMC” actors signed on as well. Writers and producers appear to have been hired for both shows’ online versions. Woods says he thinks they’ll be back to work by mid February.
What a strange turn of events. ABC was so eager to dump the soaps and replace them with cooking shows. Now “The Revolution” is gone. “General Hospital” added another 500,000 viewers last week compared to last year. “Days of Our Lives,” though sort of dreadful, has been extended for another by NBC. Maybe Procter & Gamble will wake up and license “As the World Turns” to Prospect Park. My guess is eventually the shows will go to cable TV.
Stay tuned– it’s a cliffhanger!