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News for the week of 25-Feb-2013
by Carol Banks Weber
Soap Central’s Dan J Kroll made a lot of sense in his Two Scoops column (week of February 25, 2013) about supporting the upcoming new online AMC from Prospect Park. In his persuasive argument, Kroll used actor Walt Willey’s (ex-Jackson) own words to underline the importance of fans watching even if all their favorites aren’t back immediately. Willey wasn’t asked back, most likely because his character’s so closely tied to Susan Lucci’s (ex-Erica), and she can’t afford enough of a break in her busy schedule for anything other than a brief one-two punch. But that doesn’t mean he won’t ever be back. TPTB’s main concern—and rightly so—is to get AMC back on track however they can. So to hear of fans boycotting a show they haven’t yet seen boggles Kroll’s and Willey’s mind. “I don't understand why anyone would want to boycott All My Children after all the hard work it took to get the shows back in production,” said Willey. “Tune in and support the show, even if your favorites aren't on in the beginning. Eventually when things get up and running, they'll be able to get everyone back under the same roof.” Or, as Kroll put it, “If you don't tune in and support All My Children, the show will not succeed, and your favorite performer will never be asked to return, because there won't be a show to return to.”
Susan Lucci (ex-Erica) makes a February 25th guest appearance on The View, 11 a.m. ET/10 a.m. PT/CT on ABC Daytime. She’s there to talk up her new Lifetime show, Devious Maids, and Investigation Discovery’s second season of Deadly Affairs.
Eden Riegel returns as Bianca for basically a cameo guest starring appearance in the online version of AMC. In a February 23rd tweet, Riegel let the cat out of the bag about the recent addition of Jordan Lane Price. She’s playing Bianca’s much older, SORAS’d daughter Miranda! “So I guess I better follow my… ahem… daughter: @JordanLanePrice Gabby, you’re still to young for twitter. I hope.”
Jill Larson (Opal) described the journey she and her fellow cast mates went through since AMC was first canceled in 2011 in a moving February 23rd Facebook post. She admitted in this post that she and “several” others weren’t sure about the online form of the show. It’s a whole new world, really. And what could they do with an online AMC? “… we associate the Internet with homemade videos and stuff made on a shoestring, how will this be for our shows, will they look anything like what we saw when they were on a broadcast network? There is a certain trepidation and of course risk when trying something completely new.” Seeing was believing for Larson, however, when she stepped foot inside the new AMC/OLTL studios in Stamford, CT recently. This is for real.
Cady McClain (Dixie) encourages skeptical fans to stay open to the fabulous opportunities afforded an online AMC. Remember, anything goes online. That’s a good thing, she wrote in a February 22nd blog post. “One of the great things about the Internet (and there are many IMHO) is the fact that there is so much freedom. With that freedom comes a lot of creative opportunity and new choices that the production team can make that they never were allowed to before. Personally, I think that’s exciting! The possibilities are endless!”
Ray MacDonnell (Joe Martin) will make his return to AMC when Prospect Park takes it online. Production begins in earnest next week.
Prospect Park appointed Vivian Gundaker (AW, ATWT) coordinating producer of AMC/OLTL online.
Gossip for the week of 25-Feb-2013
by Carol Banks Weber
Prospect Park casts young, beautiful soap newcomer Jordan Lane Price in a major role for its online AMC.
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