Monthly Archives: January 2013

The importance of the soap genre is recognized on PBS Pioneers of Television

Tuesday night ,PBS, the wise network that has shown American’s the private lives of the British on Downton Abbey, had a special “The Pioneers of Television” ‘Primtime Soaps’. This special covered Dallas, Dynasty, Knots Landing and Peyton Place and the stars who brought their characters to life so beautifully. The late Larry Hagman appears as well as the beauties of the aforementioned night time soaps.
Dallas which lasted (13 years) became a huge hit after Larry Hagman’s, JR was shown to be the biggest villain on television. Dynasty (9 years) also gained it’s greatest popularity after adding Joan Collins’,Alexis Carrington and Knots Landing(14 years) drew it’s biggest audience after Donna Mill’s Abby was added to the show.

Taking the soap opera premise PBS explains “Daytime dramas were a staple of the first days of television. They got the nickname “soap operas” because the early adopters of television advertising were soap companies. Over time, the term soap opera became associated with improbable, but exciting, story lines involving long- lost relatives, secret affairs and amnesia. The genre came to Primetime in 1964 with “Peyton Place,” starring Ryan O’Neal and Mia Farrow. The genre revived in Primetime in the late ’70s to great success.” . Soap opera’s beag on radio in 1931 and have been a part of peoples lives right to this day where they have gone fromTelevision to online where there are many to choose from including the rebirth of One life To Live and All My Children.

Knots Landing cast
Knots Landing cast
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Once again television borrows Daytime soaps popularity to bring shows like Revenge, Once Upon A Time, Parenthood, Vampire Diaries, Hart of Dixie and more to Prime Time, even bringing back Dallas to great success.

Whether Daytime or Prime Time the soap opera genre will never die. It brings excitement, some real life scenarios an many over the top story lines , full of family, loyalty, love, dysfunction and the attraction for the average viewers has kept this genre alive. The entertainment value and longevity cannot be matched by any other genre.

Soap Opera’s like Guiding Light(1952), As The World Turns(1956), One Life To Live(1968) and All My Children(1970), all gone from our TV screens, but never forgotten. The latter two are being brought back online and fans of the other two are still hoping for a comeback. The Young and the Restless(1973) the #1 soap since 1988, Days of our Lives(1965), General Hospital(1963) and The Bold and the Beautiful(1987) are still going strong and still enhance the lives of their viewers daily.

Watch it here: or tune in to PBS January 26th at 3 p.m.


New One Life To Live head writers create as character list grows

The new head writers of ‘One Life to Live’s’/The Online Network(TOLN), Susie Bedsow Horgan and Thom Racina and writer Jessica Klein(Beverly Hills 90210) are as we speak creating new storylines for this exciting endeavor.. On Ms Bedsow’s Facebook page you can see an outline board with the names of the beloved Llanview characters. You can see many of the favorites are now being written for.

1.) Dorian
2.) David
3.) Clint
4.) Natalie and John
5.) Dani
6.) Matthew
7.) Jack
8.) Bo
9.) Nora
10.)crossed out
11.) Tea
12.) Blair
13.) Rama
14.) Cutter
15.) Destiny
16.) Jeffrey King

We know that OLTL Erika Slezak (Viki), Jerry verDorn (Clint), Bob Woods (Bo) and Robin Strasser (Dorian) have joined the online revival.

The cast of One Life To Live will be:

Erika Slezak as Victoria Lord Buchanan

Robert S. Woods as Bo Buchanan

Robin Strasser as Dorian Lord

Jerry verDorn as Clint Buchanan

Hillary B Smith as Nora Buchanan

Kassie DePaiva as Blair Cramer

Florencia Lozano as Tea Delgado

Melissa Archer as Natalie Buchanan Banks

Tuc Watkins as David Vickers

Kelley Missal as Danielle Manning

Josh Kelly as Cutter Wentworth

Andrew Trischitta as Jack Manning

In the recurring status:

Sean Ringgold as Shaun Evans

Shenaz Treasury Rama Patel

Nick Choksi as Vimal Pateland

You can see “Jeffrey King” a new character, was described as “Black and British”. Since we know Jeff Kwatinetz wants his soaps to do edgy, ripped-from-the-headlines story seems that Matthew Buchanan and Destiny Evans who were originally played by Eddie Alderson and Shenell Edmonds, were not asked to come back and the rumor is they will be SORASED and so new actors are being sought for the roles.

Since Prospect Park is in possession of the now current General Hospital characters of Todd, Starr and John we wonder what the outcome will be for these characters .Michael Easton Roger Howarth and Kristen Alderson all have contracts with ABC Daytime and we know they want a deal to have these characters return to GH. Since they will all be written out for the time being will the actors be interested in signing on with OLTL on TOLN?

Soap viewers are waiting patiently for the debut of The Online Network and One Life to Live and All My Children and i will keep updating as the news comes out.

Thanks to Jamie Giddens of Daytime Confidential for the magnified pics of the board.

Susie Bedsow Horgan’s Facebook page photos at