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Just as  I told you last week, Prospect Park Productions has confirmed most of the “One Life to Live” cast for the Online Network including stars Erika Slezak, Robin Strasser, and Robert S. Woods. It looks like they’ve got just about everyone, with a few stragglers still coming in. But with “All My Children,” a show that ABC let fall to waste before its abrupt ending, things aren’t so easy. There’s still no sign of Susan Lucci, aka Erica Kane, and the star of the show. Right now, Prospect Park has managed only to line up sort of miscellaneous characters for the show.

But the lynchpins, so to speak, are Lucci and Michael E. Knight, as well as David Canary–who retired from the show but lives close enough to Stamford, Connecticut to put in occasional appearances. “All My Children” was really run into the ground over the last several years. They would have to get Julia Barr back, as well as a few others the show was forced to drop as their budgets were cut and their location was moved to Los Angeles from New York. Lucci is pretty busy, however, what with “Devious Maids,” the new Marc Cherry series for Lifetime, and a raft of other projects. If Prospect Park wants a success with “AMC” they’re going to have to make some kind of deal with Lucci– even if it’s for once a week.

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6 replies to this post
  1. Um, Julia Barr and Brooke are a ‘lynchpin’ of this show. This show wasn’t forced to ‘drop’ Julia for budget reasons. She was hated by the so called headwriter – that hack Megan McTavish – and was helped along with her MO to get Julia off the show for YEARS by Brian Frons who didn’t care for Ms Barr either despite the fact that she has legions of fans. Her departure was a MAJOR reason the show had low enough ratings to justify the cancellation that was one of Frons’ mission in taking over ABC daytime.

    So glad Julia along with David Canary will be in the PP version. Without BOTH I wouldn’t watch. Susan’s Erica affects my viewing habits not the least.

  2. I hope they don’t bring her back unless they totally change her constant winning and her wardrobe. She’s not a young chick anymore and needs to cover up some. But don’t get me wrong she is a great actress but some changes need to be made….Just saying

  3. They don’t need Susan Lucci. There are plenty of talented veteran actors and actresses that they could bring on. Kim Zimmer, Coleen Zenk, Louise Sorel, Michael Parks, Justin Deas, Kathleen Noone, Julia Barr, Maura West. Besides Susan was really that good. She basically played herself.

  4. I hope everyone comes back to One Life to Live it is my favorite soap and ABC was down right evil to take OLTL’s writers and a few of their actors to breath new life into General Hospital. Why didn’t they keep One Life to Live as it was and get rid of General Hospital since it couldn’t carry it’s own weight and instead of traumatizing the fans who have, in many cases, watched One Life to Live all of our lives.

    I know a lot of people feel the same about All My Children but as the article stated, ABC let the quality of that show go down the tubes long before it was canceled.

    I hope South Park can make both shows work (especially OLTL), for no other reason than to shove it in the faces of ABC as the shows make huge profits.

    I never watch ABC after the noon local news until GH comes on (since it has so many actors and writers now from OLTL), it’s the closest thing I can get to the original but I never watch those cooking shows or Katie Couric that replaced OLTL and AMC.

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