All My Children and One Life to Live fans are beyond ready to have their favorite soaps back. Prospect Park has finally worked out the details, and production is scheduled to begin in Connecticut on February 25, according to an announcement on the All My Children facebook page.
Prospect Park will begin streaming the 30-minute episodes through Hulu this spring. To the delight of fans, many of the actors have already signed on to return. Darnell Williams and Debbi Morgan will return to play Jesse & Angela Hubbard on AMC. Lindsay Hartley will reprise the role as Cara Martin, Jordi Vilasuso will be back as Griffin Castillo, Jill Larson will return as Opal Cortland, and Thorsten Kaye is coming back as Zach Slater. Perhaps best of all, Pine Valley’s favorite villain, Dr. David Hayward will be back in town. Vincent Irizarry is bringing back this character that so many All My Children fans love to hate, and hate to admit that they love.
The latest news for AMC is that Cady McClain will return as Dixie. Tad (Michael E. Knight) will not be coming back just yet, though he hinted in an interview with Soap Opera Digest, that he might return in the future. He is grateful that the Martin clan will be represented in the new format, as are fans.
There is a long list of returning cast members on One Life to Live. Erika Slezak (Victoria Lord Buchanan), Robin Strasser (Dorian Lord), Jerry verDorn (Clint Buchanan), Tuc Watkins (David Vickers), Robert S. Woods (Bo Buchanan), Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer), Hillary B. Smith (Nora Buchanan), Florencia Lozano (Tea Delgado), Melissa Archer (Natalie Buchanan Banks), Kelley Missal (Danielle Manning) Josh Kelly (Cutter Wentworth), and Andrew Trischitta (Jack Manning).
Both lists will hopefully grow longer, but fans can at least rest assured that there will be some familiar faces mixed in with the fresh faces in Llanview and Pine Valley. Fans are hopeful that the new format will stay true to the stories and characters and trust that the quality and standards will not suffer.
Surely after the plight to save both soaps on their former network, Prospect Park realizes that soap fans will notice even the slightest changes to the characters and stories. Many know the fictional family histories as well as their own. Fans are also wondering where the stories will pick up. Will we finally know whom it was that JR shot? Will we finally get the answers to the storylines that have been left in limbo for nearly two years? I guess the only way we can find out, is to log on and watch for ourselves! Who knows? If enough fans can watch, maybe we could have the power to keep the other soaps on the networks for many years, and bring other lost soaps like Guiding Light and As the World Turns to the Internet.