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.
Racina is one of daytime television's most prolific and successful writers, having served as co-head writer for ABC's General Hospital during its historic glory years (1981–84.). Racina was largely responsible for the legendary "Ice Princess" storyline and also wrote the wedding of Luke Spencer (Tony Geary) and Laura Webber Baldwin (Genie Francis), which was watched by over 30 million viewers.
Racina then headed over to Days of Our Lives from 1984–86, where along with Leah Laiman and Sheri Anderson, he created the iconic character of Steve "Patch" Johnson (Stephen Nichols). Racina was integral in shaping DAYS' era of monster hit supercouples like Roman and Marlena, Bo and Hope, Patch and Kayla, Shane and Kim.
Racina went on to write for such sudsers as: Another World, Santa Barbara, Generations and most recently The Young and the Restless. He is also a best-selling novelist.
Going into the weekend, buzz was strong that former DAYS head Marlene McPherson was a lock for the OLTL head writing gig. There is no word on whether McPherson will still be involved in the continuation. Keep checking back with Daytime Confidential as this story develops!
Additional reporting by Jillian Bowe