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39 January 13th, 2013 BREAKING NEWS: Susie Bedsow Horgan & Thom Racina Named New Headwriters of OLTL Reboot!

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For those wondering who is going to write Prospect Park’s One Life to Live reboot? The answer to that question has been solved.  Susie Bedsow Horgan will head write the series along with Tom Racina!  Horgan reportedly signed her deal on Wednesday and Racina followed suit the next day!

Bedsow Horgan broke the news on her facebook page stating:  “Well peeps, I have quite an announcement to make. I will be co-headwriting One Life to Live with my writing partner of many years, Thom Racina as a new web series. It’s a golden opportunity for me to help resuscitate and reinvent the show that is dearest to my heart as well as being on the frontier of the new form of television. Agnes Nixon, who’s on board said this was like the days when the shows went from radio to television. And that’s exactly what it feels like. History in the making. The timing for me is perfect as I’ve done all the work on my book that I can, now it’s in the editors hands and then the agents and so while I await its fate, I get to be back in LLanview for awhile. Truly a dream come true. What a way to start 2013. Wish us luck!”

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Susie Bedsow Horgan has spent two decades in daytime as a writer and a producer.  Her writing credits include: being head writer of As the World Turns from 1984-1986, and part of the One Life to Live writing teamas Associate Head Writer, and in 1994 she won a Daytime Emmy.  Susie was named the executive producer of One Life in the mid-90′s.   She has blog entitled MakingPeaceWithPotatoChips where she has been life coach since 1996.

As for Racina,  he was written for soaps such as: Search For Tomorrow, General Hospital, Santa Barbara, Another World, Generations, and Days of our Lives.  Thom was part of the biggest soap episode of them all: the wedding of Luke and Laura on GH!

So soapers, what do you think about the announcement of Horgan and Racina to head up the new One Life to Live? Let us know your thoughts!

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  1. Christina says:

    Yeah. Make ABC get on their knees for the hell they’ve put us through!

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    Tali Smith replied

    Agreed! Bring on OLTL, a year of hell-may the next be nothing but greatness!

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  2. Doreen says:

    Thanks for the updates. Can’t wait!

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  3. MBmomof3 says:

    Good Luck! I’m excited.

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  4. diane c says:

    good news miss goings on in llanview.

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  5. Annalee says:

    The only ONLY thing irritating me about the web series’
    is the referral to them being OLTL reboot.
    Reboot. Ugh.

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  6. su0000 says:

    Loving this.. The talent being brought in is awesome..
    I see they are going full speed ahead with the best, and it doesn’t get any better than that..
    I see a great future for both soaps as they are on their back ..
    I fully expect to be watching them on cable.. (that will eventually be their new home)

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    susan M. replied

    I thought both soaps were going to be on-line only!!!!! Are they going to be on cable now? Did I miss something? This is for suOOOO. Please reply to this.. I am very interested to know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    susan M. replied

    I know this is a web series. why did you say you expect to be watching them on cable?

    Maxine replied

    The word is Prospect Park plans to put them on CABLE TV as well (THANKFULLY)!

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    susan M. replied

    Where did you hear this? You are the second person that has mentioned it. I mean about the PP plans to put OLTL on cable!!!!

  7. toscanti says:

    Sounds like a great team with lots of experience.

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  8. louisa says:

    Thanks for the updates! Very exciting news one year after the finale.

    Go OLTL!

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  9. Annie says:

    Exciting! Welcome to Llanview!

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  10. Bruce says:

    Thank u to these two for believing with us that Llanview will always live on!!

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  11. susan M. says:

    Will they have most of the actors & actresses we have come to love all these years? Will there be old and as well new characters? Not to many new! They seem like talented writers. And I hope they do OLTL justice! And don’t change to much of the orginial format we soap fans have come to adore. A heart-warming soap, you laugh and cry with! First of all OLTL would never be the same without Erika Slezak (the heart & soul of OLTL)!! As you can see I am and alway’s will be a DIE-HARD OLTL soap fan!!!!
    Give me more of Llanview !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Ella replied

    Erica Slezak, Robin Strasser & Cassie DePaiva all need to be included. It isn’t OLTL without them.

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    bob replied

    Erika slezak kassie depaiva Melissa archer Robert s woods Hilary b smith robin strasser lazano missel verdorn are returning

  12. dinah says:

    This is very good news! So happy how things are going now for my favorite soap OLTL.

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  13. Debbie Hamilton says:

    Sounds wonderful and its full steam ahead. Good Luck to all involved. Can’t wait to see my beloved soaps again. xoxox. Hopefully we will see many of the shows regular actors back on the fore front.

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  14. Bethy says:

    I must be blind. I can’t find that announcement on her facebook page. The last post from her I see was made on Thursday, about Downtown Abby.

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  15. Maxine says:

    I think they will be a great writing team. I also don’t like the term “reboot”. It makes it sound as if OLTL & AMC needed fixing and/or that these revivals will be very different from the OLTL & AMC we knew, as a result. I also really wish Prospect Park woud issue a statement responding to the cable rumors. I believe they’re true, and I know it’s very important to them that TOLN succeeds, and OLTL & AMC will be a big part of this, but the fact of the matter is there are a lot of people out there who would watch OLTL & AMC on cable, only if they knew about it! I hope they do some major promotion for when they come to cable.

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    Brian T replied

    I think they have mentioned something about it and also marketing them internationally. That was one of the reason the WGA took longer to finalize. I know that they want to get the shows on cable at some point but I doubt it will happen right away. I think we should be happy that we can watch them online. I believe they will be available on Hulu too which is how I watch Days and GH now anyway. Watching the shows live is so over rated lol

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    Maxine replied

    To each, his/her own. The fact of the matter is without OLTL & AMC going to cable, a majority of the audience won’t watch online– most of these people won’t watch because they can’t watch online.

    I’m not too thrilled about them going online. IMHO, there is a massive difference between the transition of radio to TV and the TV to internet. I think TV will be around for many, many more years to come. Cable especially.

  16. Michael says:

    I hope they air the web episodes during One Life’s old time slot- and ABCrap takes a huge dump….I mean drop….in the ratings.

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    su0000 replied

    Web series are available to watch 24hr a day, that is why watching shows via the web is a huge connivance ..

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    brian replied

    The beauty of the web is that you watch programming when you desire… not at a set time by a network, but I’m sure ABC knows it has lost a lot of viewers.

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  17. mike says:

    WOW, this might actually work.

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  18. chris c. (toronto) says:

    Please please please make OLTL available to Canadian viewers. There are so many of us anxiously awaiting its return, but afraid that it will only be available to US viewers, as many american (online) network channels are…

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  19. Bethy says:

    Michael, The web episodes will be available anytime one wants to watch them.

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  20. Tsuds says:

    I just don’t know how this is going to be successful… the overhead of paying for all the expenses to put All My Children and OLTL online. I know many of you have said you will pay for it, but I just don’t see how the quality can be that great for the limited amount of revenue from viewers and advertisings that will pay for this. I hope I am wrong, but I am giving this 1 year and unfortunately it may be gone after that…

    Again.. .I hope I am wrong…..

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    boes replied

    It’s like hearing from Elvira Gulch when you post. There’s dark cloud you can’t find in a silver lining, is there?
    So far, you ‘ve said repeatedly that the rebirth of both shows wouldn’t happen, no way, no how. Now that they have, you’re telling us they’ll be an epic fail.

    Good news of any sort must REALLY bum you out. So sorry, but so far you’ve been batting a thousand in the “got it wrong” category.

    Good luck, now, finding some other way to rain on any parade.

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    Tsuds replied

    LOL… I like you boes and your post.. I am just realistic.. I am just trying to protect all of you… I don’t want you all to fall hard when it DOES happen… How can the figures work? Let me see the financial plan and budget….

  21. Brian T says:

    I am anxious to hear who will write for AMC also. We need to be hearing more actors names also. We know that Pine Valley will have plenty of doctors and a police department but where are the Chandlers, Kane/Montgomery, Martin families? Also we have only heard about Jerry ver Dorn coming to OLTL. I assume that Kassie DPV, Florencia Lozano, Erika Slezak, Melissa Archer, and many more will follow in signing on.

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  22. Alan says:

    This announcement makes me a lot less excited than I was a few days ago.

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  23. Rodd says:

    Sending best wishes to everyone they bring on board at OLTL and AMC. The soap fans and those who bring us these wonderful shows deserve some happiness. May 2013 be the year it begins anew.

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  24. DAG says:

    Its almost hard to believe I may get to see my beloved Llanview again! I’ve missed them all I hope they get as many of them as they can. ::Fingers Crossed:: Excited!

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  25. RLeternal says:

    Hope that Jean Passnante and Chris Goutman who completely destroyed ATWT with their feeble and idotic choices are never. never appointed HW and EP of any show. So, Happy that OLTL and AMC are coming back. Now that the writing team for OLTL has been announced; I hope AMC never includes JP as a writer.

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  26. sheild says:

    hope them three stay on one life to live that where they belong not on general hospital i enjoy them on one life to live bring todd starr michael back on one life to live wherethey belong

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