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News for the week of 28-Jan-2013

by Carol Banks Weber

Prospect Park just made a distribution deal with Hulu (free), Hulu Plus (subscribers), and iTunes, which means viewers can access upcoming, new online episodes of OLTL and AMC through various platforms at any time of the day. This deal will make Prospect Park’s Online Network (TOLN) programs available to the public on, mobile phones, PCs, tablets, web-connected TVs, iTunes platforms (iPhones, iPads, iPods, Apple TVs, Mac and/or PC). Spring is the launch date.

Dorian’s Robin Strasser was one of the first veterans asked back, this second time around. The first time, well… She won’t hold it against Prospect Park execs. She’s here now, right? But then, when they asked her back on January 2nd—“such a gift”—she felt more confident that this re-launch would work. “It's an entirely different energy now. Any fear I had that I was going back into something uncomfortable, or any fear that I might not live up to expectations felt totally surmountable once I looked at the bigger picture — that there's still life in One Life to Live! The fact that Prospect Park still had the appetite and desire and muscle and vision to make this a reality made me think, ‘Wow. I want to be involved in this. This is history!’” When Strasser did get the call back, the execs made sure she was very much wanted and very much essential to the success of the reboot. All is forgiven! “Not only was I made to feel important but they have let me know in the most wonderful way that they consider Dorian to be key to the show. My God, it's been years since I heard that! [Laughs] Well, I hear it from my fans all the time. Their loyalty and love has been unconditional.” –TV Guide interview by Michael Logan, January 22, 2013

Gossip for the week of 28-Jan-2013

by Carol Banks Weber

Some of the names have already been reported as having signed deals to return to OLTL online. But there are more and still more to come. Prospect Park released an announcement early last week of the main cast for its Online Network (TOLN) reboot so far (there are a lot more names on here than for AMC): Robin Strasser (Dorian), Erika Slezak (Viki), Robert S. Woods (Bo), Kassie DePaiva (Blair), Tuc Watkins (David), Jerry verDorn (Clint), Florencia Lozano (Téa), Melissa Archer (Natalie), Hillary B. Smith (Nora), Kelley Missal (Dani), Andrew Trischitta (Jack), and Josh Kelly (Cutter). Recurring cast members include: Sean Ringgold (Shaun), Shenaz Treasury (Rama), and Nick Choksi as (Vimal).

OLTL fans will not see Matthew and Destiny’s original portrayers on that reboot list. Prospect Park would rather recast and recast older. An audition script going around makes it sound like their story will push the PG rating a tad. Destiny needs money to take care of her son since Matthew bailed on her and only comes around for booty calls (“Des accuses him of only showing up when he has a ‘hard-on’”). So Destiny becomes a whore for –Daytime Confidential scoop by Jamey Giddens, January 22, 2013

Didn’t Prospect Park’s Jeff Kwatinetz just tell’s Christine Fix and Amy Mistretta that OLTL writers can’t go too far pushing the storytelling envelope, despite the freedom of going online? Here’s what the executive said: “We don't want to do anything to shock people or to do things to make a statement. The idea is to do what's best for the storytelling. The advantages of being online give the actors and writers more creativity. We can't go too far because we still are advertiser based and certainly don't want to offend people. We want the storylines to be more relevant to current issues and what people are going through — though somewhat edgier and sexier at times. But it's all to service to story.” Okay. But “somewhat edgier and sexier at times” is obviously open to interpretation, because rumor has it that they’re really going out there. Kwatinetz intends to take those current issues and really milk the controversial aspects, as opposed to recycling antiquated soap themes. “He doesn't want the same old return-from-the-dead storylines and things of that nature. He wants the characters dealing with shocking, provocative issues being written about in the newspapers and talked about on the nightly news,” according to an insider who spoke with Daytime Confidential’s Jamey Giddens for the January 23rd entry. One of those provocative stories could be mined from a recent 20/20 piece about co-ed girls — Sugar Babies — dating older men for bank as opposed to love.

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