One Life to Live and All My Children Stars Rally Behind Their Suds Following Episode Cuts



 




Since talk of Prospect Park renewing their efforts to bring back One Life to Live and All My Children first began, the production company has benefited tremendously from guerilla-style, social media marketing from the sudsers' passionate stars. Legendary actors Vincent IrizarryCady McClain, Jill Larson, Debbi Morgan, Kassie DePaiva and Robin Strasser have led the charge in spreading positive news about the endeavors. They've been aided by newcomers like Rob Wilson, Sal Stowers, Eric Nelsen and Rob Gorrie.

Many of these stars have been working overtime to quell panic from fans since Prospect Park announced they were cutting their weekly number of episodes in half. Below are a sample of their tweets and Facebook posts:

 

Cady McClain (@realcadymcclain)
 



 


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bishbay's picture
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Jill Larson's quite a good writer. Does she have a background?

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I am sooooo happy with the decision to go to 2 episodes a week.
Once AMC and OLTL were cancelled I started watching GH.
When the two soap started back up I fell behind quickly
trying to watch all three.
I think the quality of the the websoaps are great but they also
made me love my TV and DVR so much more.
Even though they are a half hour they seem so long with the commercials.
It's only week three and I'm tired of seeing the intros on both.
Still getting use to all of the cussing and swearing the actors
picked up during their time off. There must not be much of a wardrobe
budget either.

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From what I understood, PP had a deadline to meet to get the shows online or else the deal was dead. Well, they met that deadline. And if a breather is needed to keep things humming along, that's fine with me too.

My TV hasn't been on since Friday, Jan. 13, 2012 -- the last day of OLTL. And for the next year or so I felt like a long-time friend had died. ... Cathy Craig .. Meredith Lord ... Tom Edwards ... Sadie Gray ... Hubcap ... so many characters have come and gone. I couldn't believe it was over. About once a day I'd find myself whistling one of the half-dozen theme songs.

But now it's back and as long as they keep making new episodes, I hope to be watching when I'm in the old folks home years (many, I hope) from now.

Let's be thankful for what we have and not be angry about what we don't.

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PP is trying to work with viewers. Sure, it's very expensive which is probably why they chose new actors when they could get away with it. If they were not committed to this genre, they would not have gone through so much trouble. Would I like to see a new hour long episode 5 days a week? Heck yeah! But the truth is, it won't happen.....not just yet.

I grew up watching OLTL, but chose to get addicted to Guiding Light and even All My Children, but sadly Guiding Light is not with us. Now, if I had my say, I would bring back my all time favorite, Port Charles. Its resurrection may never happen, it at least PP has brought two soaps back and even stated they would entertain ideas of spin offs from these shows! This statement alone shows they are very dedicated and sure they are going to succeed!

I wish ABC would buy them from PP and place them back on the air where they belong, but that too may never happen. These shows are struggling to be reborn so,lets give the parents time to let this undertaking soak in. Two thirty minute episodes averages out to four fifteen minute episodes, which is what most soaps were when the genre started. This is a new start as well. PP wants them to succeed. Lets be grateful for,them instead of whining about what we don't have.

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So agree with you SteveHardy! Two NEW shows (however long!) a week are way better than ZERO.

Hopefully, we can pull together and support these two shows so they will be successful enough to pave the way for the return of other cancelled shows - like Guiding Light!

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My take is that a lot of soap fans talk but are not backing this with their dollars. You've got to subscribe to HuluPlus and / or iTunes multi-pass to generate dollars for the shows. In this format, they know PRECISELY who is spending money to support the programs and who is not. They also know whether you're watching specifically or not. There is an ID tied to both models (iTunes account and HuluPlus account) so they can target at the most micro-level who is doing what.

Personally, I've signed up for HuluPlus but havent watched it even once, even though I'm paying $8/month for it. Instead, I'm watching via iTunes (download and AppleTV streaming). That costs me $20/month for each show. I've watched OLTL for almost all episodes, but haven't watched a single episode of AMC. I just dont have the time to commit to both shows at the moment, so I'm following only OLTL.

All that said, at the end of the day if you are really a supporter of these shows, you need to subscribe to the 2 delivery channels they are using to get them to us. Using free Hulu is likely not making a big impact (though it has ad support). The iTunes and HuluPlus subscriptions are ad-free.

Please share how you're supporting them.

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I watch prime time shows once a week then I have to wait 3 to 6 mths before they begin again. I get it that the shows are not the same but remember what we fought for! We have them back as that's all we need. Adapt! Smile

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The only difference here is the income that the actors and crew are making in comparison to primetime. Primetime actors are paid substantially more per episode than daytime. So it is a concern when the shows are trimmed down to twice per week vs. the original 4 days. Again I think we need to support the shows by subscribing to their distribution channels.

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[quote). The iTunes and HuluPlus subscriptions are ad-free.

Please share how you're supporting them.[/quote]

Actually Hulu plus does have ads in the shows. Not as long as the free Hulu. I subscribe to Hulu plus and will continue to support both shows. I have gotten use to watching them each day( never watched AMC until they went online). I prefer the less episodes because I really never did watch all the hour long shows/each week when they were on ABC
I use the Roku device which streams to my tv. I have Hulu plus and will actually be dropping my cable subscription.

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plant50 - thanks for the update on HuluPlus. I hadn't watched any episodes through it so didn't realize they included ads. The iTunes subscription is ad-free.

Same as you've mentioned, cant devote time to watch both shows everyday so I've only watched OLTL, which I love.

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Now that the episodes are cut down to hour a week are the story lines going to be tighter?

If Monday AMC episode is heavy on the Cassandra storyline, but Wednesdays episode has a heavy focus on Celia and no mention of the Cassandra storyline that won't be good.

I am still not buying the Celia and Peter romance. I don't understand why Peter would want this plain looking, spoiled, immature brat.

I wish the writers would have just aged Miranda to 20 years old and made her more like Erica 2.0. Then I would have had a triangle with Miranda, Peter and AJ (who of course would be 20 as well). Seeing Peter and AJ fighting for Miranda's affections would have been more entertaining.

The Celia character doesn't do it for me.

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With this episode reduction, are they getting rid of the recap episodes?

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Cady McLain sounds desperate And her spin sounds bogus to me. But what else can they say about their employer. Probably under a gag order for anything but authorized spin.

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According to Nelson Branco's SU issue 70

@AllMyChildren & @OneLifeToLive cost 80,000 an episode to produce. Actors are paid a weekly rate.

I understand the reason for the episode reduction/airing change more now. 80,000 per episode is the cost and actors are paid weekly. Well they have been pulling 18 hr days plus that shhould make PP have to pay actors at least time and half on those days. So they are probably spending more than they thought. So the episode order was reduced and 2 days airing so the episodes stretch over a longer period of time. Giving the shows more time to find an audience

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From the @AllMyChildren Facebook but also applies to @OneLifeToLive as well:

Hey When the demand grows for more episodes we have the ability to readjust quickly. The demand of episodes is measured by viewership of each episode. Hope this helps.