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News for the week of 25-Mar-2013

by Carol Banks Weber

With hot promo spots left and right for a new web serialization of former ABC soaps AMC and OLTL, there’s bound to be high expectations and some letdown. Thorsten Kaye (Zach) expects them. He’s experiencing the highs and lows of starting up AMC again but for a whole new world of online platforms. Pulling this off hasn’t been all glitz and glam, he admitted to Michael Logan in a March 20th TV Guide interview. “It's been terrific getting back to work but we're definitely experiencing some growing pains. This is a huge undertaking. ABC did it for 40 years. For a company that's new to soaps like Prospect Park, it's a whole other ball game. We ask the fans to bear with us. It will take a bit of time to get it right but I do believe we can!”

Ricky Paull Goldin (ex-Jake) will not be among the AMC returnees to the Prospect Park online series. His choice. He’s going to B&B, starting May 15, as Maya’s baby daddy Jesse, and not a nice guy. Jesse is going to cause big trouble for Maya and Rick. This is not a contract role, but you never know. Playing a villain is Goldin’s chance to play against type. “I've always been cast as the hero with a few flaws. Jesse is a really dark guy with a lot of potential layers and that's very attractive to me. How long will he be around? That Fifth Harmony song from The X Factor keeps going through my head — ‘Anything Can Happen!’” –TV Guide, Michael Logan, March 18 interview

Gossip for the week of 25-Mar-2013

by Carol Banks Weber

The biggest sticking point with most diehard AMC fans—of any soap, really—is the amount of new, young, untested cast members thrown into the Prospect Park mix. Is this truly what fans clamored for with a reboot — a brand new show to hook advertisers high on a youth demographic? Veteran actress Cady McClain (Dixie) has been that new, young cast member thrown into AMC during its heyday, and look, she did just fine. Fans grew to love and accept her as a core character, as core as Erica Kane and Tad Martin, who also started young, right? In McClain’s March 16th blog entry, “Let’s Talk About The Kids,” she makes an argument for giving that same chance to a handful of hot, new, young stars-in-the-making now. “… All My Children is a show about generations of families. I started as a teenager, as did Julia Barr and Susan Lucci! Even Michael Knight played a teen story with ‘Tad and Jenny and Angie and Jesse,’ remember? Teen love stories are a long standing part of the tradition of soaps. I also want to assure you that because AGNES is back, there is a great balance between the young people and the vets. It all WORKS because it is all woven together in a modern, but CLASSIC way. Trust me, if I thought it was crap I would NOT be taking time on my DAY OFF to write this blog, or tweeting or FB-ing or all the other stuff I’m up to. I am doing it because I BELIEVE in what is being created. After two shows and 25 damn years in daytime, (cough, gack, did I just say that?) I KNOW what it feels like when a show is in the ‘sweet spot’ and I am telling you, this production is HITTING IT OUT OF THE PARK!” The only difference in this equation is, back then TPTB didn’t just select pretty faces for the job but made sure the walking mannequins could act, often making that the first priority. We’ll see, Cady.

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