BREAKING NEWS: Agnes Nixon Reveals MAJOR Head Writer Changes at One Life to Live and All My Children!

The behind-the-scenes shakeups keep coming for the new versions of All My Children and One Life to Live. Series creator Agnes Nixon has issued a statement revealing Chip Hayes and Lisa Connor are the new co-head writers of All My Children; while Jessica Klein and Marin Gazzaniga will now lead the writers' room at One Life to Live.

Marlene McPherson initially served as co-head writer for Prospect Park's new version of AMC, alongside Elizabeth Snyder. Thom Racina had been the sole head writer of OLTL, since the exit of Susie Bedsow Horgan.  See Nixon's full statement below:

INTERVIEW: Thom Racina on The New OLTL, Ice Princess Revisited and His Love and Hate For Daytime Confidential

It's no fun to learn you've gotten one of your soap icons a talkin' to! That happened to me on the red carpet before the premieres of the new One Life to Live and All My Children. It was there I found out from Thom Racina himself, the writers of the new OLTL have a love/hate relationship with Daytime Confidential!

The iconic scribe and I also dished about his plans to tell the kind of game-changing love stories he once told on ABC Daytime's General Hospital on the new OLTL, only with a more realistic touch for the modern day, internet savvy viewer.

Daytime Confidential: Hi Thom, it's Jamey Giddens from Daytime Confidential.

Thom Racina: Oh hi. Daytime Confidential. We love and hate you, you know? [Laughs]

DC: What? We love you!

TR: Daytime Confidential, that's how we get yelled at a lot. "How dare you post this? How dare you say that?" [Laughs]

Is The Banner in Danger of Folding on One Life to Live?

Don't expect things to be going well for publishing tycoon Viki Lord (Erika Slezak) when One Life to Live returns on April 29. TV Guide Magazine's Michael Logan spoke with the soap's co-head writer Thom Racina, who dished The Banner, Llanview's beloved newspaper, has hit rough waters.

What's going to happen to the sacred institution, and how does OLTL newcomer and High School Musical alum Corbin Bleu (Jeffrey King) fit into things? According to Racina:
Jeffrey comes to town and develops a very close relationship with Viki," Racina says. "He'll become her star reporter in a story that will also heavily involve Dorian Lord [Robin Strasser]."

Erika Slezak on One Life to Live’s New Creative Team: “I Think We’re in Great Shape”


The first of Agnes Nixon's sudsers to ever hit the airwaves resumed production this week. To say the cast and crew of One Life to Live are excited about the reboot, would be on par with saying Viki Lord had a slight touch of mental problems over the years.

In the March 25 issue of Soap Opera Digest, Erika Slezak praised the soap's new brass. Said Llanview's grande dame:
"I have ultimate faith in [Co-Head Writer] Susan Horgan," Slezak stated. "Jen Pepperman, who started with the show many, many years ago, is, I think, a brilliant choice for executive producer because she knows the show, she knows the medium so well, and she's a smart cookie. I think we're in great shape, I really do."

Thom Racina Promises “New, Bold, Innovative Stories” For One Life to Live

One of the nicest and most talented guys to ever work in daytime soaps, Thom Racina seems incredibly enthused to be mapping out the new One Life to Live with writing partner Susie Bedsow Horgan.The novelist and TV writer who helped take General Hospital, and later Days of Our Lives, to the top of the Nielsens in the ratings juggernaut 1980's, has released a new Facebook video message for soap fans.

RUMOR REPORT: Thom Racina and Susie Bedsow Horgan to Pen New One Life to Live?


Has Prospect Park found the writing team to bring One Life to Live back to life? Rumors are swirling that former OLTL executive producer Susie Bedsow Horgan has revealed via Facebook that she and veteran soap scribe Thom Racina have been tapped to co-head write the sudser's online version. I'm running this as a RUMOR REPORT, as I am not a friend on Horgan's profile.

According to Horgan's LinkedIn profile, she was OLTL's E.P. from 1994–96. During her tenure the Patrick (Thorsten Kaye) and Marty (Susan Haskell) romance was frontburner, as the exec reportedly pushed hard for the popular pairing. Since 2005, she has worked as a life coach.

DC Exclusive: “John Black” Co-Creator Reacts to Days’ Shocking Firings of Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn!

Thom Racina, the man who wrote the ratings juggernaut wedding of a couple of soap opera characters named Luke and Laura (Tony Geary and Genie Francis) on General Hospital, before moving on to Days of Our Lives, where he and fellow co-head writers Sheri Anderson and Leah Laiman continued the supercouple craze, penning lush, romantic storylines for Patch and Kayla (Stephen Nichols and Mary Beth Evans), Bo and Hope (Peter Reckell and Kristian Alfonso), Shane and Kim (Charles Shaughnessy and Patsy Pease) and John and Marlena (Drake Hogestyn and Deidre Hall), speaks exclusively to Daytime about the shocking ouster of Hogestyn and Hall.

Read why Racina believes Ken Corday's move to fire Days of Our Lives' most popular couple, reportedly to trim costs, was the "wrong way to fix what's wrong" with the NBC sudser. Find out what Racina feels Days can learn from his most recent employer, The Young and the Restless, in terms of rebuilding itself by focusing on core characters, as opposed to focusing on younger viewers. When you're done, go back and listen to our podcast interview with The Father of the Modern Soap Opera Supercouple (DC# 191). It's a true can't miss Thanksgiving treat for a soap fan.