The queen has spoken! In a recent interview with our pals over at Zap2it, once-and-future One Life to Live grande dame Erika Slezak blasted the programs ABC Daytime chose to replace two of their beloved daytime soaps with. Said Slezak:
"I have to say, they replaced them with real rubbish. 'The Chew' is hanging on, but how many cooking shows can you have? You have a channel called the Food Network; you can go there 24 hours a day, so do we need another show where they're all talking over each other? And 'The Revolution' was so bad, they canceled it in five months."
Those feuding socialites, Viki (Erika Slezak) and Dorian (Robin Strasser) will be back at it when One Life to Live returns April 29. The Online Network has released a little snippet via iTunes of what drama is waiting in Llanview, PA. According to the preview:
Intoxicating, character driven drama One Life to Live is back with all new must-see episodes. One Life to Live is filled with action, romance, comedy, and pushes the boundaries of entertainment by exploring cutting edge social issues. Viki, Dorian, Todd, Blair, the Buchanans and the Lords -- all the icons of Llanview -- are joined by gorgeous, hot stars of tomorrow in the all-new One Life to Live. At the start, Viki's sexy, young reporter Jeffrey King uncovers a scandal that ends Dorian's senatorial career. Of course, Dorian blames Viki, reigniting and exploding their feud to epic proportions. Meanwhile danger follows Todd to town in the form of a mysterious, evil organization signified by a sinister tattoo...and a deadly agenda. Blair and Cutter's popular new club Shelter places Llanview on the map with DJ's, singers and cameo roles played by the biggest names in show business today. The new One Life to Live has beloved characters from the show that ran on network television for 43 years plus the contemporary look, feel and style of an edgy new hit.
Don't expect things to be going well for publishing tycoon Viki Lord (Erika Slezak) when One Life to Live returns on April 29. TV Guide Magazine's Michael Logan spoke with the soap's co-head writer Thom Racina, who dished The Banner, Llanview's beloved newspaper, has hit rough waters.
What's going to happen to the sacred institution, and how does OLTL newcomer and High School Musical alum Corbin Bleu (Jeffrey King) fit into things? According to Racina:
Jeffrey comes to town and develops a very close relationship with Viki," Racina says. "He'll become her star reporter in a story that will also heavily involve Dorian Lord [Robin Strasser]."
The first of Agnes Nixon's sudsers to ever hit the airwaves resumed production this week. To say the cast and crew of One Life to Live are excited about the reboot, would be on par with saying Viki Lord had a slight touch of mental problems over the years.
In the March 25 issue of Soap Opera Digest, Erika Slezak praised the soap's new brass. Said Llanview's grande dame:
"I have ultimate faith in [Co-Head Writer] Susan Horgan," Slezak stated. "Jen Pepperman, who started with the show many, many years ago, is, I think, a brilliant choice for executive producer because she knows the show, she knows the medium so well, and she's a smart cookie. I think we're in great shape, I really do."
Prospect Park ain't playing around! High School Musical star Corbin Bleu has been cast in the production company's continuation of One Life to Live. Bleu will play Jeffery King, a friend of Matthew (Robert Gorrie) and Dani's (Kelley Missal), who heads to Llanview to work for Viki (Erika Slezak) at The Banner.
Entertainment Tonight was on hand for All My Children and One Life to Live’s photo shoot. The newsmagazine’s cameras caught up with vets Erika Slezak, David Canary, Kassie DePaiva, Debbi Morgan, Darnell Williams, Thorsten Kaye and previewed the hot young stars who will be rounding out the cast. Watch the video after the jump!