General Hospital's Frank Valentini on One Life to Live and All My Children: "Maybe You Haven't Seen The Last of Them"






Former One Life to Live executive producer-turned-General Hospital showrunner Frank Valentini seems to think there's reason for fans of OLTL and All My Children not to give up on those cancelled sudsers making a comeback. In an interview with the Chicago Tribune that ran ahead of the 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, Valentini stated he believed their was still "equity" in Agnes Nixon's soap brands! Said Valentini:

"Both shows will live on for years to come," says Valentini. "There's still incredible equity in both of those brands. Maybe you haven't seen the last of them. Keep your fingers crossed."

Soap fans have been on a merry-go-round of sorts ever since rumors of OLTL and AMC's cancellations began a few years back. Once the soaps were officially cancelled—in favor of a shift towards cheaper lifestyle programming— production company Prospect Park stepped in, seemingly to save the day by licensing the ABC soaps, with plans to take them to the web and other platforms.

Once PP's initial plans to continue OLTL and AMC fell through, and many of the cast and crew of AMC and OLTL began finding work elsewhere, fans began to accept that we'd more than likely seen the last of Pine Valley's Erica Kane (Susan Lucci), Llanview's Viki Lord (Erika Slezak) and all the rest. Is Valentini now saying that may not be the case?


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Okay... the shows will definitely live on in viewer's hearts for a long time to come. I'll never forget AMC, especially. However, that being said, I really wish that even people like FV, who seem to be "in the know" would keep these thoughts to themselves until a real answer can be had. Plus, at this point, will fans accept reboots of the show if it doesn't have the fave actors on board? Just sayin...

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Smooshiest-I agree,just stop it.I miss OLTL so so much,but I don't want to hear maybes and you never knows.If you don't have anything concrete just hush.Like the Tom Petty song,Stop Dragging MY Heart Around.I can't take it anymore.

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I love you for keeping the faith, Frankie Valentini. Long Live Both AMC & OLTL--Yay!

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Like I'm going to believe Valentini when GH continues to be a disaster. Okay. I wish he'd not tease the fan and just concentrate on creating quality over at GH. As of now, GH needs all of the focus and concentration which boosted OLTL's ratings under his watch. GH is a hot, steaming pile.

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Just what soap fans need: more false hope. Nice going, Valentini.

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I prefer the current GH. The last version really had all the women dysfunctional and beaten down. ie, KM is finally acting. Same for some of the other women.

Having said that, I just don't see any future at all as long as oltl/amc belong to Disney/ABC. As long as they have part, no matter how small, it will not work. Disney/ABC is in big trouble. Poor decisions. Big losses. They will never let loose these two soaps. They would not want anyone else to make them successful. Obviously cable is where quality is appearing and not their other cable stations. They should stick to children and family oriented stuff. Please God. I am influenced also by the mess they call primetime.

The shows are sadly done. Disney will never let go.

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To quote Mr. Valentini: "Maybe you haven't seen the last of them." Is he alluding to more "transplants" coming in to GH? Now to include people from AMC? I'd like to call a moritorium on "tranplants" before they completely change the look GH. ME's McBain has been a nice shot in the arm, but beyond him, I'm not exactly thrilled. Will I soon not recognize my beloved GH? Any way to pin him and RC down as to this "equity" he's espousing? Balance and "equity" are one thing. Tipping the scales in favor of people from your former show, at the expense of your current place of employment, isn't going to win you any good will amongst us fans who are still loyal viewers. Even those of us who have been willing to give these gentlemen the benefit of the doubt, have our limits... Innocent

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I hope this happens for both soaps.

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That a lie come on frank quick lying too soap fans pp drop the ball they are never coming back us soap fans need too face the facts I would want too see oltl come back over Amc just me

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come on, thats a stupid ass thing to say.

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How could AMC and OLTL be back? After the disaster that became the Prospect Park thing there is no going back. Why keep giving fans of both of these shows false hope?
There isn't going to any solution. Prospect Park is a known production company, who couldn't make it work. Who were in over their heads. Who else could bring back these shows on that point?

AMC and OLTL will live on in memories ... but other than that, I don't see how it should be possible to bring these shows back to life.
Besides that most actors have moved on and that these shows wouldn't be a place anymore where you actually can make money.

If a cable network would have been interest or if there were any other plans in bringing these shows to the web, I might get the statement. But in this current state, why keeping the faith when in the end you only can seem to disappoint?
Either Frank Valentini is knowing more than he's letting on or he is just maybe another delusional fan who believes that there is still a way.

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Or he is just lying to us to create more buzz and try to get people to accept more OLTL or AMC refugees to GH as it will be seen as always better than no OLTL and no AMC at all?

Too bad that this is not working on me.
I know already a few fans who have stopped watching since Cartini has been turning GH into OLTL by ruining some of our favorite characters or backburning them to pimp Todd and Starr... The ratings are slowly but surely dipping for the past three weeks. They are pushing die hard GH fans like me away so I hope that the OLTL fans will stick because I feel that soon I will end my "32 year-old subscription" to GH.

Apparently "Hero Todd" will save Carly from baaaaad Johnny and Dumbte will save Lulu from baaaad Johnny and I will be done with baaaaaad GH!

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He means that he will slowly start integrating Cameron Mathison and Rebecca Budig into Port Charles soon!

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edenpark die hard fans? I gave up GH after watching for 20 years because of the MOB I got so freaking sick of them and honestly GH is a shell of its former self from even the 90's.

If it takes Todd, Tea and John (gonna let you have Singing Star) to shake things up then I say bring them on.

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soaptownusa is reporting that Frank & Ron went to ABC Daytime and pitched a "hybrid" show of OLTL/GH.

with major OLTL sets being rebuilt and many more OLTL characters being integrated to GH.

not sure if they gave the okay to him.

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THE MOUSTACE - if thats the case, Im happy. I understand what the GH die hard fans are saying and I feel for them, but there are tons of die hard OLTL/AMC fanc who are broken hearted that will welcome this.

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The_Moustache wrote:
with major OLTL sets being rebuilt and many more OLTL being integrated to GH.

Call me stupid ... but don't major OLTL sets cost a lot of money? And doesn't so bring on another number of people? Even guest stints need to be payed for.
Is it really a wise decision to spend money on new sets and has to conflict with the show's budget while a show called "Good Afternoon America" is ready to take over "GH" place?

I thought Frank was brought on to control the budget ... to keep this show profitable. If you do another farewell to OLTL while GH is fighting cancellation ... how will you be able to do that???

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The shows will certainly live on in the hearts of the viewers... and in OLTL's case, on General Hospital (bud dum tsssssss) but I think a lot of us have truly given up hope of seeing our shows online. I wish they would bring some All My Children ACTORS to GH, maybe, but not as their characters.

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if GH truly has only a few months left on the air, then i would like to see some resolution to the All My Children cliffhanger.

they could devote a week (maybe even less) to wrap up everything that was left hanging.

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Curious. If "Llanview" sets are being built, what happened to the original NYC studio sets? If FV is interested in saving money, isn't it more practical and cost conscious to re-use what's already available? Can they not spring to ship them to the west coast? Or were they sold off? Just wondering... Innocent

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I was shocked by the lack of tribute shown to the two shows at the Emmys.

To rectify this appalling oversight, I created a montage to showcase the classic years of AMC and OLTL.

I hope it makes up for the disenchantment we felt:
http://youtu.be/KorJOGewzI4

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Katiebugs, I totally respect your opinion and I am sincerely happy if you are satisfied with what you have on screen right now. As someone said it so nicely on this board quoting some others: "the role of GH will now be played by OLTL" and this doesn't work for me that's all. They could have improved GH without making a horrible character like Todd the center of GH. I disliked John on OLTL but he was a very nice addition until his "bonding moment" with Sonny. But Todd giving Carly advice? You must be kidding me? Who does this jerk think he is?

Personnally I hate Sonny and Jason and I hate that they never pay but instead of FINALLY seeing some payback they throw under the bus the only mob character that I love and write him totally OOC.

Since Cartini arrived it is more violence, more rapes and more criminals like Sonny and Todd (rapist, child seller, child swapper and many other very "nice" felonies/crimes) being whitewashed.

But once again as I certainly don't wish GH to be cancelled once I will have stopped watching, I am happy if some fans have come back to GH. I started watching in 1979 but right now this is more than I can stand. I want Ric or Alan or Faison or Stavros/Stefan instead of freakin Todd! And the day Johnny is out, bye bye! Enough is enough!

Give GH a decent GH ending centered on GH characters as this show so deserves it.

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HEY SWAN, I heard every last inch of the sets were destroyed.

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Eden, I am not been watching for as long as you (about 20 years only) but I am exactly at the same breaking point as you are.

I still can't swallow what they are doing to a GH character that I love (Johnny) to pimp their pet Todd. So for the moment I am still holding up because at least I am getting some JoLu scenes and my Lulu is away from Dumbte but the way they are cornering Johnny, if it ends badly and Brandon Barash is out, this will be it for me too. As you said sometimes ENough is enough. I was also watching OLTL and was very sad that the show got cancelled but they got their own ending. So I fully agree with you that GH last months should be all about GH characters (still mad at Tristan Rogers not getting just one more day to shoot Robin's funeral when he said himself that he was available and more than ready to do it!).

So Beer Eden!

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Whatever, Frank. If Good Afternoon, America is even moderately successful, it's Goodbye, General Hospital. Disney/ABC does not want to be in the soap business. They've made that abundantly clear over the past decade by systematically destroying three great serial dramas.

A hybrid OLTL/GH won't do anything but create a situation where no one's happy and everyone eventually tunes out. GH fans want GH. OLTL fans want OLTL. Each soap has it's own voice, it's own characters, it's own history. What tptb don't seem to understand is that those things are not interchangeable. I don't want Buchanans. I want Quartermaines and Laura freaking Spencer. Fix what's broken on the show that's still on the air, while it's still on the air.

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I know it might be premature to compare the two, but look at Dallas. It's been brought back and people are loving it. I would like to see AMC and OLTL come back with a fresh start---meaning less characters (the ones everyone loves and maybe a few new ones here or there) and maybe only come on 3-4 times a week or do it telenovela style and air OLTL for 13 weeks and then AMC for 13 weeks, and then maybe a new soap for 13 weeks or something like that.

There is an audience out there, maybe just modernize the process a little.

And I actually would love a show that combined characters from all the soaps...if it was done REALLY well. It could be the Avengers of daytime television Smile

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Please just shut up already. Fool me once....

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Giogio Smile Thanks darlin'!... Innocent

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If there is a chance pieces of AMC or OLTL can be salvaged, either within GH or with full on reboots, I'm game. For me, the ABC Daytime universe was seen as a whole. And Tony Geary said this when these crossovers began, that this is what ABCD should have been doing a long time ago. I always said they should have had a setup like WWE. You put characters in a pot and "draft" them to different shows. Maybe for an arc or two. Or shows could possibly trade characters, like a Greenlee for Lulu or David Vickers for Spinelli.

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Wasnt Anna involved with David on AMC - he should go to GH as David for Anna and wind up being Sams father. I wish FV would bring Dorian in. What is his problem with that.