Production company Prospect Park has signed some of “One Life to Live’s“ biggest stars to continue with the online version of the show that is expected to debut shortly after the show airs its final episode on ABC in early 2012. Erika Slezak (Viki), Kassie DePaiva (Blair), Michael Easton (John) and Ted King (Tomas) have all signed deals with Prospect Park. However, the company’s plans to produce “All My Children” for the web may have hit a snag because Susan Lucci has not agreed to stay with the show. Prospect Park released a brief press statement:
Pending a final agreement with AFTRA, Prospect Park has confirmed that “One Life to Live” cast members Ted King (Tomas Delgado), Michael Easton (John McBain), Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer) and star of stars Erika Slezak who plays Lord family matriarch Victoria Lord, have agreed to deals to join the company’s new production of “One Life to Live.” This marks the first confirmation of cast members since Prospect Park began planning for the soap production to live on the new online network beyond its finale January televised date on ABC.
Slezak has won four Daytime Emmys for playing the show’s matriarch Viki Lord Buchanan and is considered the heart and soul of the show. Easton’s brooding cop John, has been one of the show’s leading characters for the past decade. DePaiva’s Blair is one of the show’s most popular actresses, and is currently playing a key role in the show’s hottest storyline, known to fans as The Tale of Two Todds. King’s inclusion is somewhat surprising. He has been with the show less than a year, and his character, a morally ambiguous CIA agent, is not someone most fans would consider to be an essential part of the soap.
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It will take time to make deals with the dozens of actors in the cast, so it is too soon to assume that any cast members will not be continuing with the show. However, Robin Strasser, who plays grande dame Dorian, tweeted this weekend that Prospect Park has yet to contact her. Strasser wrote, “NO, haven’t been asked to participate in prospective Prospect Park OLTL. NOR in OLTL’s last final months. Diss-appointing? yes-Surprising-no.”
There is no word yet about whether Roger Howarth (Todd), whose return to the show is considered responsible for its recent ratings surge will stay with the show, or whether Trevor St. John, (Victor), whose popular character was seemingly killed off last week, shortly after it was revealed that he was Todd’s long lost twin brother, will be resurrected on-line.
Prospect Park has yet to sign any cast members of AMC though the show has already wrapped production and will air its finale on September 23rd. According to Deadline, AMC’s biggest star Susan Lucci has turned down the company’s offer to continue earning the same salary that she was on ABC, and has demanded a raise and a primetime series commitment. Whether this is just a hardball contract negotiation, or Lucci has actually opted out of the on-line show remains to be seen. However, Deadline is claiming that without Lucci, Prospect Park is choosing to focus its energy on the higher rated OLTL, which is the only soap to gain viewers this year.