Soap opera's grandest dame is ready for her second act. I recently caught up with six-time Daytime Emmy winner Erika Slezak to discuss the return of her beloved One Life to Live. How is television's—and soon-to-be the Internet's—Viki Lord dealing with her second life to live? After Prospect Park's first attempt to reboot the sudser fell through, what made Slezak sign on for a second time?
She answers those questions, as well as providing insight into what her legendary father, Walter Slezak, would make of soaps on the web. Slezak also goes into detail on why she feels Brian Frons isn't responsible for OLTL and All My Children being cancelled by Disney-ABC.
Daytime Confidential: How does it feel to slip back into the role of Viki?
Erika Slezak: I’m very excited. After the whole thing kind of fell apart almost two years ago, we thought, “Oh boy, what a shame.” Because it was such a good idea. When it came back, I thought, “You know when you die on daytime, you don’t really die!” You can always come back, even without a head! So why can’t that be true for the show? Even though someone said to me, “The show’s dead.” I said, “You’re never really dead in daytime. Ever!” So it turns out we’re not dead. READ MORE
Just what brings outspoken soap veteran Catherine Hickland back to One Life To Live? TV Guide Magazine's Michael Logan gets the scoop from Hickland on what viewers can expect when alter ego Lindsay Rapapport returns to Llanview.
TV Guide Magazine: Back to OLTL. Word is, after the big prison break an incognito Lindsay makes a beeline for her old flame Bo [Bob Woods]. Does she still have a thing for him?
Hickland: It's sort of ambiguous. I'm not being coy. I really couldn't tell from the script. But, yeah, I got to work with Bob and Hillary B. Smith [Nora] and Ty Treadway a bit. For me, it was a satisfying ending for my character. I liked the idea of playing Lindsay one more time. That character has a place in history on that show, that's for sure. Though, at that point, Prospect Park was still planning to take the show to the Internet. I was happy to wrap it up, or leave it open. Whatever they had in mind.
In the end, the strong shows will remain, Frons says.
Some (soaps) have been on many years, so people feel the need to make sage-like statements about the future of the genre," Frons says. "Nobody makes those statements when a sitcom or long-running drama dies. It's the end of that program, and that's the way we should look at it as well.
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In the wake of As the World Turns' cancellation, ABC Daytime president Brian Frons released a statement with TV Guide Magazine in regards to the mouse house's three soaps saying,
Even though other soaps are being canceled, we're still dedicated to ours. We're very proud of them and have big plans for the future.