This is going to be a total opinion piece and even a bit of a rant that has been building since last April so if you don’t want to read my opinion than click off this article right now. I have had two days to think about what may be going on since I read the news about Prospect Park suspending production of One Life to Live and here goes my viewpoints on all of it.
I guess I need to explain that a few months back I interviewed Vincent Irizarry about the reboot of All My Children and his nomination and support of Agnes Nixon for the Kennedy Center Award. During that conversation I spoke my mind, maybe more than Vincent wanted to hear but I did speak what I felt. I will share some of that here.
First, I told him that I was thrilled that the show was back. I told him I have been a lifetime fan and viewer of AMC, OLTL and GH. I told him I have watched all these shows since their beginnings. I told him I was heartbroken when the shows were cancelled.
He asked me if I was enjoying the reboot. I told him I was. I told him that it took a little getting used to the new theme song for AMC but that I am sure they are using new music because ABC wouldn’t let them use the original theme song. He confirmed that was true. That ABC still had the rights to that theme song and had not turned it over. I assured him I was getting used to and even enjoying the new theme song and that I felt that it was a good representation of the new style and feel of the reboot. I also told him that I thought the audio during the actual shows could use some adjustment. I told him from actor to actor, the volume was different and even more so from scene to scene. He told me that he had not noticed that but that he would mention it when they went back in to production. I also told him that I know real life people curse/cuss but that they were going overboard with it. I personally have noticed that they have calmed down on that and I am thankful for that. I am not a prude but they were cussing in spots were no cussing was even necessary.
I did tell him that when it was announced that AMC & OLTL were coming back that I thought it was great but that I was somewhat perplexed (and here’s where I will piss off the OLTL fans) that they were bringing the shows back at the same time. I told him that since the shows ended six months apart, that it only made sense to me that they would come back six months apart and that I believed that Prospect Park might have bit off more than they could chew.
He confirmed that the production schedule was vigorous and draining. He also told me about them having to switch out sets and how one production team worked on both shows. It was then that I shared my feelings on all of this from the fact that the shows started out being 4-1/2 hour episodes when we were used to 5-1 hour episodes a week. I also told him that I thought the MORE show was a waste and that if they were going to continue that, they needed to combine both More shows into one a week. I told him I watched a few of them but didn’t care for them much and had stopped watching all together.
From there I went on to tell him that when they announced that these shows were going to go down to 1 hour of new episodes a week that they needed to find a network and put them on at night. I also told him that I believed that these shows (if they are not going to go primetime with them) that they should produce and air these shows separately. What I mean by that is that when one show is in production, the other should be aired. I believe they should go back to 5 shows per week, and they should do the September to April and April to September schedule. This way the actors would have 6 months a year to find other contracted work, the production team would not be over worked and the viewers would get 5 day a week shows, even if only 1/2 hour a day.
I believe it would be a win win for everyone. At the beginning of each season they could make a big deal about the season premier and season finale/cliffhangers. Everyone remembers WHO KILLED JR., the biggest cliffhanger ever.
It boggles my mind why someone has not thought of this and makes you wonder what kinds of executives are running the show. If a network knew what was good for them, they would pick up one of these shows prime time, one hour a week and have great ratings like ABC’s new nighttime soap/drama NASHVILLE, or Lifetimes DEVIOUS MAIDS. The revived Dallas had great ratings and I believe that if All My Children and One Life to Live went to prime time, they would have a huge audience.
Has anybody heard what the reason is for OLTL being suspended? I thought the lawsuit affected and connected both AMC & OLTL but I may be wrong. I know that part of the suit was the killing off of characters that ABC did not have the right to kill off, i.e.: (Hope & Cole). Is there reasoning for suspending the show an attempt to prove to the court that the show has lost footing because of the demolition of those characters and that storyline which led them to lose the characters of Todd, Starr and John?
Why I am bringing them up, I have to say that I have been watching GH and I am just not buying it. Kiki and Starr have the same personality, the character of John and Dr. Clay Silas are the same and Todd turned into Franco??? Really? Really? I have read others saying that these actors are making these parts their own. What is actually happening is the characters created in rush and haste are now the same characters or near same characters as what these actors played on OLTL for years. I see no difference in their mannerisms, their delivery of a line or their persona. I think it is a major fail on the part of ABC. I am sure the actors are getting a bigger paycheck at ABC than they would have gotten from the reboot of OLTL and I know that they have to feed their families but I will always think of them as sloppy seconds and sell outs.
Okay, I am going to get off my SOAPBOX for now. I just wanted to put down on paper what I have been thinking since the reboot and I think I pretty much covered it here. Please feel free to comment on this page and give me hell if that is what you feel like doing or tell me you agree, if you do?
The funny thing about disappointment is that when you are continuously disappointed you grow a thick skin to protect your heart. At some point you have to think that enough is enough. I don’t want to lose the shows again but I also don’t want abbreviated segments and episodes of what the shows used to be. I am of the mind that if they can’t do it right, then it shouldn’t be done at all.