One Life to Live
One Life to Live celebrates its 45th anniversary Monday, and is also celebrating a new beginning. New episodes will premiere as scheduled on Hulu and iTunes, and the show will also begin its limited 10-week run on OWN.
"I'm just glad that we can actually have an anniversary, that we're not having a funeral," star Kassie DePaiva, who plays Blair Cramer on the long-running soap, tells TVGuide.com. "Hopefully 45 years from now, somebody else will still be talking about One Life to Live."
Along with DePaiva, TVGuide.com chats with cast members Melissa Archer, Jerry verDorn, Erika Slezak and Tuc Watkins about their most beloved and most despised story lines over the course of the show's history. Here is a chronological breakdown of those moments:
Erika Slezak, Jerry Ver Dorn
Monday marks the 45th anniversary of One Life to Live, as well as its debut on the OWN network, but while the actors may have cause for celebration, many of their on-screen counterparts do not.
On Monday's episode, Viki (Erika Slezak) and Clint (Jerry verDorn) are in the middle of another rough patch, with Viki still reeling from a recent financial near-disaster, as well as the knowledge that Clint filed a restraining order on behalf of their daughter Natalie (Melissa Archer) against her on-again, off-again love, John McBain (Michael Easton).
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Are you ready to go back to Llanview?
The online reboot of One Life to Live premieres Monday, more than 15 months after the soap's broadcast finale aired on ABC. So, what should fans expect from the new version? Will it still feel like the same show or will longtime viewers feel like something is off? And will new viewers be completely lost if they start watching now? We have answers to all your burning questions:
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Victoria Lord Banks is back and she's kicking boo-tay! Prospect Park's revamp of One Life to Live — launching April 29 on The Online Network — will once again find the powerful publishing mogul, played by six-time Emmy winner Erika Slezak, running Llanview's top newspaper, The Banner. But times are tough. "We'll be looking at the fight that's going on in the publishing world these days — how do newspapers survive in the age of the internet?" says OLTL head writer Thom Racina.
Soap fans, rejoice! Prospect Park has confirmed which cast members are returning for the One Life to Live and All My Children revivals coming to TheOnlineNetwork.com.
Over on One Life to Live, the returning cast includes:
Vincent Irizarry, Debbi Morgan
If soap opera characters can come back from the dead, why not the soaps themselves? After a highly hyped false start in 2011, production company Prospect Park is closer than ever to resurrecting ABC's All My Children (which went off the air in September 2011) and One Life to Live (which wrapped its run January 2012) and present them on a new Internet site, the OnLine Network.
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Viewers said goodbye to Llanview Friday when One Life to Live ended after 44 years. Sure enough, the longtime ABC soap's final hour provided plenty of drama — including not one but two romantic reunions and a resurrection from the dead!
In the episode's final moments, Vicki (Erika Slezak) and Clint (Jerry verDorn) reunited for good after Vicki learned that Clint was the father of Jessica. In another part of Llanview, Todd (Roger Howarth) and...
Erica Slezak and Jessica Tuck
ABC's One Life to Live will come to an end next week after 43 years on the air. But, first, Victoria Lord will have one more chance to visit Heaven. The grande dame of Llanview — played by six-time Emmy winner Erika Slezak — is famous for her near-death, out-of-body experiences that land her at the Pearly Gates. She's back there again Monday, Jan. 9, along with her soulmate Clint (Jerry verDorn), after the two of them are shot in a shocking denouement to the Statesville Prison break. This time, Viki will be escorted to the afterlife by her late daughter Megan, played by returning fan fave Jessica Tuck, best known these days as the bitchy vampire activist Nan Flanagan on True Blood. TV Guide Magazine spoke with Slezak about Viki's latest brush with death and — dare we say it? — a possible reprieve for OLTL!
One Life to Live stars Melissa Archer, Kelley Missal, Sean Ringgold, Andrew Trischitta and Jerry VerDorn have signed deals to continue on the soap opera when it moves online.
Prospect Park, the company keeping both One Life to Live and All My Children alive after their ABC runs on The Online Network, said the deals are...
Eddie Alderson, Hillary B. Smith and Robert S. Woods
Can things get any crappier for One Life to Live's Bo and Nora Buchanan? Oh, yes indeed. The fan-fave couple — played by Emmy winners Robert S. Woods and Hillary B. Smith — are currently in a mess o' trouble because their teen son Matthew killed Eddie Ford, the town psychopath, and they have yet to report it. Their intentions are good — they're trying to find the best way to help Matthew (Eddie Alderson) through the legal system — but it's a clear obstruction of justice made worse by the fact that Bo is the police commissioner and Nora is the D.A. Now they've got bigger problems: This coming week, their kid is punched in the head during an altercation with Eddie's son, Nate. On May 23, Matthew will collapse and, later, he's diagnosed as being very nearly brain-dead. Then comes word that Bo's brother Clint (Jerry verDorn) needs a new heart or he will die. You can see where this plot might go. TV Guide Magazine spoke with Woods and Smith about this tragic one-two punch for the Buchanans and — of course — that even bigger blow called cancellation.