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July 16, 2011 at 4:54 pm #417020
Simply put, which of the current cast do you most see continuing with “AMC” and “OLTL” when the series migrates to the internet. Surely some cast will be cut to accomdate what I’m sure will be a new, smaller budget. Who do you see bolting and who is staying put?July 20, 2011 at 1:37 pm #417022
Generally speaking, I can see many of the veterans wanting to go and basically having shows written around the younger legacy characters (I’m thinking JR Chandler, Jessica and Natalie Buchanan, etc.) and the popular characters whose star appeal outside of daytime is probably not all that high (Rebecca Budig, Michael Easton, David Fumero, Darnell Williams, etc.).July 25, 2011 at 11:08 pm #417023
I am going to TRY my best to be positive about this miracle (see no air quotes). If I would advise the actors, unless you are Susan Lucci, contempt w/retirement, or a young actor, you better sign on the dotted line!
That is all.September 20, 2011 at 1:31 pm #417024
It would seem at this point that very few of the “AMC” actors are moving online.
Debbie Morgan is going to Y&R, Michael Knight has reportedly turned down any offer; as has Susan Lucci apparently. Rebecca Budig apparently has decided to leave daytime, and I’m hearing Darnell Williams won’t return either. Jacob Young has signed with B&B, and it seems that Cameron Mathison will be the only one moving forward.September 20, 2011 at 3:17 pm #417025
Yes, with only Cameron Mathison and Lindsay Hartley on board so far, I am concerned indeed for AMC’s future. OLTL has the good fortune to have secured two of the shows grande dames in Erika Slezak and Kassie DePaiva, and a couple of good leading men in Ted King and Michael Easton, even if Tomas is not exactly my favorite character.
I really hope we hear more announcements from both shows soon.September 28, 2011 at 12:37 pm #417027
I used to be a loyal viewer of both shows and have my favorites Darnell Williams and Debbi Morgan. Yes, she has signed a contract with Y&R for some months ahead so she would probably have a conflict of interest if she were even allowed to do both shows, either recurring or regular. Darnell Williams has done some Primetime episodes in Primetime TV and has done some Broadway also. He directed some episodes of All My Children in the past so who knows? Maybe he will get some more work in Primetime. As time gets closer and PP works out the details, there might be more that will reconsider. One Life To Live seems a little more stronger with Erica Slezak and others definitely interested to continue in some way or the other. PP is also looking for a network channel to televise the shows too besides the On Line thing.October 13, 2011 at 6:45 pm #417029
Here’s my take w/the situation. If PP plans on making Susan Lucci the lead again, then I think there’s just cause for the big fuss. B/c lets be real, under the last decade of ABCD w/AMC she was basically reduced to being a dayplayer thanks to Frons.
If it’s possible, the show needs to move back to NY.October 14, 2011 at 6:40 am #417030
I basically agree with gdfl. It is perfectly reasonable for PP to expect a long commitment, especially since getting the online version off the ground may take some time. They can’t have people cutting and running at the first sign of trouble if they’re really going to make a go of it. And I don’t know much about negotiations between soaps and actors, but it doesn’t sound crazy that they weren’t doing them face to face. This isn’t the 50s, and things just aren’t the way they used to me. It’s not about a lack of respect for La Lucci, it’s the changing times. There’s a funny irony that Helmut was upset over negotiations being conducted virtually for a project to move a soap opera to a virtual medium.October 18, 2011 at 8:20 am #417031
It is too soon for PP to announce castings, etc. Having said that, they better pick up the pace since time is of the essence for them to start Pre-productions for the On Line version and possibly cable network television. I can understand PP efforts to establish themselves, which would require the signings of actors to a more longer term contract commitment, at least longer than a 24 month or so contract.
I would think that the actors agents/management representatives would want some kind of security for their clients, as far as salary, time off for other projects (episodic primetime television or film work), vacations, fair treatment for screen time, etc. and other negotiations that are pertinent to the actor and to management. Of course, SAG/AFTRA, The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and other legal matters will have to be carefully gone over to avoid lawsuits.
All My Children will probably stay on the West Coast since all sets, property, costumes and props are in LA at their studio already.
One Life To Live is already in place in NYC so there is very little to no problems at all with continuation in a more seamless process. Probably more actors from OLTL will sign on with the open clause of being able to do episodic primetime, a week or two off for film work, a limited run on Broadway/Off Broadway to allow the actor to be flexible enough to be able to do other things and at the same time continue their role too.
I think that Daytime television actors can do other things while remaining committed to doing their role on daytime television.
I am glad that Prospect Park is being diligent in going through each process with a fine tooth comb to cover all bases in all areas.
and Darnell Williams would have no problem resuming his role as Police Chief Jesse Hubbard despite his “acting soulmate” Debbi Morgan is now under contract to Y&R for a 24 month contract role. I don’t know if they would recast Debbi’s role as Angela Hubbard to another actress, as often shows will recast a role with a departure of an actor or what they would do. I am sure Darnell Williams would want to find out where his and Debbi’s storyline would go and how it would work, in absentee of Debbi or perhaps bringing on another actress to take Debbi’s place. Who knows?
It sure will be fun to see how everything evolves with both All My Children and One Life To Live, for sure.October 23, 2011 at 1:27 pm #417034
Though its only three, this is so far a strong foundation to build on. Though I am not a fan of Cameron Mathison or Ryan Lavery, he’s a star and one of the leading men of the show. W/Darnell you have a respected actor and an iconic character w/Jesse. Hopefully the writers can give him a character to work w/online, b/c the character has been unrecognizable since his return.
And w/Lindsey Hartley/Cara, you have a STAR! If LaLucci and the actresses playing the Kane women don’t sign, I think she has the potential to be the new face of AMC and that is not my 12 yr. Passions fan coming out of me (okay maybe a little). She has this quality about her that is an undeniable thing you can’t quite put your finger on, but when you watch her in action you know what it is. And since she’ll have some good writing and a strong character to work w/in Dr. Cara Castillo, I think it could work. You already have some interesting story w/the pregnancy and her history w/cancer, so if they can build upon that, I think we have AMC new leading lady.
And in other news, LaLucci has booked a 2 episode gig on Army Wives.November 3, 2011 at 4:18 pm #417036
Important developement from a financial standpoint.November 10, 2011 at 1:19 pm #417037November 10, 2011 at 1:44 pm #417038
This online thing is really not seeming very promising. My optimism is waning!November 10, 2011 at 4:29 pm #417039
The problem is this big gap for AMC. If OLTL had gone off the air in September it would of been the one on hold. OLTL is supposed to start online the week after it wraps up ABC.