Many of the biggest stars of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” have joined the new on-line versions of the former ABC soaps. Production company Prospect Park announced today that is has signed 22 actors to the shows, with more deals expected to close in the upcoming weeks.
“One Life to Live” has signed almost every actor who agreed to join the ion-line version of the soap in 2011 plus several more. Both of the shows grande dames Erika Slezak and Robin Strasser will reprise their roles as Viki and Dorian. The Buchanan brothers will also be back, with Jerry VerDorn and Robert S.Woods once again cowboying it up as Clint and Bo. The Emmy winning Hillary B Smith has signed on to play Bo’s wife Nora. Other returning cast members include Kassie DePaiva (Blair), Florencia Lozano (Tea), Melissa Archer (Natalie), Tuc Watkins (David), Kelly Missal (Dani), Josh Kelly (Cutter), Andrew Trischitta (Jack), Sean Ringgold (Shaun), Shenaz Treasury (Rama) and Nick Choksi (Vimal.) Notably absent is Micheal Easton, who plays John. Easton signed on to the previous online version of the show, then, when it fell through, joined “General Hospital.” Now he is in limbo. He is still signed to ABC, but Prospect Park owns the rights to the character of John as well as the two other characters who moved from Llanview to Port Charles, Todd (Roger Howarth) and Starr (Kristen Alderson). Since leaving OLTL, Bree Williamson, who played Jessica, has forged a primetime career, becoming a series regular on both “Haven” and “Deception.” The show plans to recast the roles of Matthew and Destiny, who were formerly played by Eddie Alderson and Shenelle Edmonds.
“OLTL” also now has a writing team. Thom Racina and Susan Bedsow Horgan are the new headwriters. Racina wrote for GH during the 1970s and 80s when Luke and Laura rules the airwaves. Horgan is a former headwriter of “As The World Turns” who also worked as a breakdown writer on OLTL. They will be joined by Jessica Klein, (former supervising producer of “Beverly Hills, 90210″, former ATWT headwriter), Alex Douglas (former “Royal Pains” writer) and Jeff Wilber whose only previous IMDB credits are as a production associate and assistant director.
As previously reported, “All My Children” has signed Debbi Morgan (Angie), Vincent Irizarry (David), and Lindsay Hartley (Cara). They will be joined by Darnell Williams (Jesse), Jordi Vilasuso (Griffin), Jill Larson (Opal) and, the biggest surprise, Thorsten Kaye (Zach.) Last year, Kaye landed a plum recurring role on as Anjelica Huston’s bartender love interest on “Smash.” The million dollar question is whether the show’s most recognizable star Susan Lucci, who played the one and only Erica Kane, will be a part of the online version. Lucci is a series regular on the upcoming Lifetime series “Devious Maids”, and it might be difficult for her to juggle two shows simultaneously. Also missing from the list are Erica’s two daughters Kendall (Alicia Minshew) and Bianca (Eden Reigel, then Christina Lind). Given that the ABC version of the show ended with Kayes character Zach coming back from the dead to reunite with Kendall, it seems hard to believe that Kendall won’t be a part of the new show.
Prospect Park has not announced a premiere date for either soap, but Racina posted on Facebook that he expected the show to launch sometime in April.