Will All Three ABC Soaps Move to the Internet?

Prospect Park Update: “All My Children” to Premiere in January 2012?

This week in Prospect Park rumors: according to Daytime Confidential, as everyone suspected, the news that “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” were moving to the Internet broke before the production company that bought the shows worked out any of the details. The website reports that despite earlier reports that AMC would debut online immediately following its ABC finale in September, Prospect Park is now planning to launch both AMC and OLTL online in January 2012. The production company may also have a deal granting it the rights to produce “General Hospital” as an online soap if ABC opts to cancel it in 2012 to make room for Katie Couric’s new talk show.

AMC’s Alicia Minshew (Kendall) and OLTL’s Bree Williamson (Jessica/Tess/Bess/Wes), both Daytime Emmy nominees, probably will not remain with the soaps when they move to the Internet. According to Daytime Confidential, Minshew, who has a young child, wants to move back to New York where her husband lives. Williamson’s alleged departure plans are cited by Soap Opera Weekly.

Andrea Evans and John Loprieno Return to “One Life to Live”

Tina and Cord are coming home to Llanview. Soap Opera Digest reports that Andrea Evans and John Loprieno are reprising their roles as, respectively, Viki’s ditzy, scheming half-sister and Clint’s eldest son, on “One Life to Live” in September. The duo was one of the soap’s most popular couples during the 1980s. Evans currently plays Tawny on “The Bold & the Beautiful” while Loprieno teaches acting at Moorpark College. Evans last appeared on OLTL in 2008 as part of a campy, nostalgic arc tied to the show’s 40th anniversary that disappointed many fans. Loprieno also made a brief appearance for the show’s 40th anniversary. At the time, the characters were at odds with each other.

Given that Clint  (Jerry VerDorn) is currently recuperating from heart transplant surgery, and was just blackmailed into giving away the Buchanan family fortune, there should be plenty to keep Cord occupied this time around. My big question: will Tina be accompanied by her adorable dog, Princess David Vickers?  I sure hope so.

Numerous “All My Children” alumni are returning for that show’s ABC finale in September. It looked as through OLTL might be shortchanged since the announcement that the shows would be continuing on the internet came well before the show’s January finale. With any luck, Loprieno and Evan are just the first of many veterans who will return to Llanview before the show’s final network broadcast in January.

“General Hospital’s” Kate Recast

In a confusing move, “General Hospital” has recast the role of Kate Howard, previously played by Megan Ward, with Kelly Sullivan whose resume lists dayplayer roles on “As the World Turns” and “One Life to Live”, as well as a guest-starring role on “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” There are conflicting reports about whether or not it was Ward’s choice to leave what had become a sporadically recurring role. Ward fans have taken to Twitter to vent their frustrations. Heart and Hope wrote “No one can replace MEGAN WARD as Kate and win the viewers heart and support. Very BIG loss for #GH.”

Fashion editor Kate was initially paired romantically with Sonny (Maurice Benard), who was supposed to be her former high school boyfriend. According to IMDB, Sullivan was born in 1978, making her sixteen years younger than Benard. You can evaluate Sullivan’s work for yourself by watching the reel of her prior work that is available on her website. Sullivan will first appear on GH this fall.

Sonny Versus Victor: Death Is Not An Option

There is a hot new trend in daytime: men framing other men so that they will lose custody of their children. All of the biggest, baddest so-called leading men are doing it! “The Young & the Restless’s” Victor (Eric Braeden) hired a prostitute to hit on Billy thereby framing him for solicitation. “General Hospital’s” Sonny (Maurice Benard) bribed a court appointed mediator to drug Jax (Ingo Rademacher), plant cocaine in his apartment, and claim that he attacked her. Both of these despicable schemes worked.

Both men were driven to break the law — which does not mean much to either one of them — in custody disputes that had absolutely no bearing on their lives. I have no idea why Victor wanted to insure that Billy lost join custody of his daughter, Delia. Yes, he hates Billy (Billy Miller) on principle. But his daughter Victoria (Amelia Heinle) had already separated from him and accepted a position on the board of Victor’s company. Unless I missed something, Victor decided to wreck Billy’s chances of playing a role in his daughter by a non-Newman woman’s life out of pure spite. I suppose he wanted to make sure Victoria was not tempted to take Billy back. The scenes where he consoled a despondent Victoria, all the while aware that he was the cause of her pain, made me sick.

Sonny decided to frame Jax for a crime that would result in him spending time in prison in the real world because he had the audacity to go after sole custody of his daughter. Jax feared that his daughter Jocelyn would be in danger because Carly (Laura Wright) insists on spending time with Sonny. I would say that Sonny’s behavior pretty much proved Jax right, but the judge and the Sonny-hating Port Charles Police Department all were willing to believe that a powerful business man with no history of drug use in the midst of a custody dispute suddenly went on a violent coke binge. So Jax was forced out of Port Charles after losing his child and his reputation. Though Jax left town with Brenda (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo). Ha! Sonny got hoisted by his own petard.

I found myself pondering which man was worse. I did not ponder very long because, of course, it’s Sonny. Victor is ruthless, but he is a legitimate business man. He pays taxes. As much as he hates Jack (Peter Bergman), he would never hire a hit man to take him out. He has brief moments of genuine remorse when his actions hurt his loved ones. He is a controlling, overbearing father, but he is not a danger to his children’s physical safety. He has become far more despicable in the past year, withholding evidence that could have exonerated Sharon from murder charges before framing Billy, but he has occasional flashes of humanity and remorse.

Sonny, on the other hand, as Brenda pointed out in the only great scenes she had since the character returned, has lost the few scruples that he used to have. He used drugs — the one vice he always swears he avoids — to help his ex-wife because he had no faith that she could honestly win custody of her child.

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Congratulations Sonny, you are the worst person in daytime this week.

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