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News for the week of 01-Apr-2013

by Carol Banks Weber

Cancelling OLTL in 2011 on a ratings high was the ultimate crime by ABC Daytime/Disney, according to Erika Slezak (Viki). But don’t blame then-ABC Daytime President Brian Frons solely for that short-sighted move. She pointed to his bosses, Disney, who didn’t seem to care about the consequences. “ABC, they cut us loose pretty cruelly. Just, ‘That’s it, goodbye.’ And it wasn’t Brian Frons who did it. People blame Brian Frons because he was the president of daytime. He didn’t do that. He didn’t have the power to do that. That was a Disney decision, and it was made by a lot of executives. Brian didn’t fight for us, but to blame Brian Frons, that was silly. He couldn’t have done that by himself.” The Revolution’s premature demise and GH’s amazing success, Slezak summed up, are proof of Disney’s short-sightedness, for sure. –Soap Opera Network, March 22, 2013 interview by Kambra Clifford

When OLTL returns in Prospect Park form, April 29, Viki welcomes a young reporter to her failing newspaper The Banner in hopes Jeffrey King (Corbin Bleu, High School Musical) can improve the numbers. King becomes Viki’s darling and she becomes his mentor as they cover a story about politico star Dorian. The story of print journalism’s growing irrelevancy is quite relevant in this digital age, said head writer Thom Racina. “We'll be looking at the fight that's going on in the publishing world these days — how do newspapers survive in the age of the internet?” –TV Guide Michael Logan interview, March 25, 2013

Melissa Archer (Natalie) played it light in a fan Q&A on the F Yeah OLTL Tumblr March 22. The important part was at the end, when she hoped Prospect Park’s new OLTL gets to take full advantage of the “opportunity to bring ‘soaps’ out of their ‘box’ and have an edgier look all around.”

Want some humor with the OLTL updates? Check out Tuc Watkins on Twitter. Two of his March 23rd gems: “David & Dorian are back at it! Playing DAVID w/o DORIAN is like playing with gasoline without matches. It's amusing, but lacks showmanship….

OLTL is up & running again! Good news: Great new producers, writers. Better news: New sets still unable to contain my overacting”

Besides the F Yeah OLTL Tumblr, Paos Revolution is a fantastic online site for regular, backstage updates. Last week, visitors got to see backstage photos of Patrick J Gibbons’ (Sam) first day on the Prospect Park set: lots of hugs for Uncle Todd and Brother Jack!

To make the online OLTL cutting edge and youth-relevant, Prospect Park execs have decided to add current trends to appeal to that highly prized marketing demo: Jenni “JWoww” Farley, of Snooki & JWoww and Jersey Shore, is the new bartender named Nikki at Blair’s new nightclub Shelter, Jessie Malakouti of Jessie and the Toy Boys (Prospect Park Records) is gonna be an aspiring musician in her first acting debut, and Aussie DJ/songwriting duo Nervo goes on for a cameo at Shelter.

Gossip for the week of 01-Apr-2013

by Carol Banks Weber

What if GH head writer Ron Carlivati has to scrap the OLTL cross-over characters of John McBain, Todd Manning, and Starr Manning to avoid licensing rights conflicts with Prospect Park? This would mean Carlivati, former OLTL head writer, would have to create brand new characters for Michael Easton (John), Roger Howarth (Todd), and Kristen Alderson (Starr) to play in order for them to make it back to GH in a few weeks. Or maybe it’s just for Easton and Alderson, as it’s been heard that Howarth will return to GH as Todd and not a new character. We shall see.

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