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79 March 30th, 2013 Erika Slezak On ABC’s Decision To Cancel OLTL: “My Greatest Vindication Was That THE REVOLUTION Which Replaced Us Was Axed Within 3 Or 4 Months!”

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We are now counting down to 30 days away before brokenhearted and disgruntled soap fans of One Life to Live will get to see their favorite soap live again, when The Online Network premieres new episodes of the iconic soap online! This week in a brand new interview in the latest  issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Erika Slezak (Viki Banks) shared some very candid and forthright thoughts on Prospect Park getting the show on its feet again, and how ABC struck down One Life to Live and canceled it, when it was riding high in the ratings, only to replace it with the doomed reality makeover show, The Revolution!

When discussing how the cancellation went down, Slezak related, “ABC, they just cut us loose pretty cruelly, you know? Just, ‘That’s it, goodbye.”‘

However, when reviewing what went into ABC’s decision to cancel One Life to Live,  the legendary Slezak packed a one-two punch:  “The excuses they gave were that people didn’t want entertainment anymore, they want information.  No, no, there’s too much information.  The shows were not making the kind of money they were making 40 years ago.  Nobody is! They (wanted) to go in other directions. Okay, fine.  My greatest vindication was that The Revolution which replaced us (was) axed within three of four months.  I don’t even want to comment on what kind of show that was. I watched it once.”

OK, One Life fans, what do you think about Erika’s comments? We all knew The Revolution was doomed once we saw it on the air, and that ABC made a mistake! But flash forward:  are you looking forward to seeing Erika and the canvas of Llanview again in just 30 days?  Let us know your thoughts!

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  1. Brandi Bridges says:

    I totally agree with Erika! The show was doing well and had a huge fan base! We have an entire network or two devoted to cooking shows and wellness. We didn’t need that on ABC. I can’t wait for the on-line relaunch. I think it will do fabulous on line and we’ll all get to see our favorites, namely Erika, back in action!!!!

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    jan dean replied

    I am so happy to see One life to live back I have missed it so I was so mad that it was cancelled I agree that we have enough cooking and information shows on all the networks..What were these people thinking????

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    susan M. replied

    Ditto! ABC is heartless!!!!!

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    Max replied

    ABC’s programming has become so shallow over the years. With that type of thinking on the part of their execs, it unfortunately wasn’t surprising that OLTL and AMC were cancelled.

    With the exception of it’s news shows, I don’t think any of ABC’s shows provide information of any real value. I watched The Revolution and The Chew for about 5 minutes total; that’s all I could stand.

    ABC seems to want to make a quick buck and is geared towards pretty mindless and violent shows. That would explain the lack of appreciation for good drama and our soaps.

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    AJ replied

    Not only was seeing the Revolution fail a great vindication, but the sweetest revenge was seeing ABC drop to FOURTH amongst the networks.. and has yet to recover, from last I heard. I hope every show and everything ABC thinks about will crumble(Ms.Celie, Color Purple).

  2. Rachel Elisabeth says:

    Love her.

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    susan M. replied

    Me too! She tells it like it is.

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  3. louisa says:

    Go Erika! The Revolution bombing was perfect, and it was a strong sign that the viewers were not done with OLTL!

    Can’t wait to see Viki in action again.

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  4. Rose says:

    Just so happy that they are back. Counting down the days!!

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  5. Janice says:

    she is SPOT on….and I hope day to day that the (ugh) Chew is canceled too. It’s horrible. And Katie…..double ugh. Bring back our soaps (on tv!) I’ll be watching the reboot of both amc and oltl on Hulu. Up yours, ABC :)

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    Tali replied

    Agree Janice!

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    gloria replied

    Agree with every word Janice.

  6. Edna Barefoot says:

    I can hardly wait to see my OLTL new again. The fans totally agree with Erika on the replacement show. We told ABC NO! It was wonderful to see Erika with the fans the 1st day back at work. Can’t wait to see how the show is played on line. I really want to see Viki & Clint’s wedding, maybe? Thank you Michael for being an Erika Slezak. I enjoy your articles on her & others but mainly Erika. She is great.

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  7. Robert Seganti says:

    Smart lady.Great actress.

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    susan M. replied

    I totally agree !

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  8. Joan Faist says:

    I did not watch OLTL but will watch it online to support our Soaps. Am a long time Soap fan. Here’s hoping OLTL and AMC are both a hit online. Boohoo to ABC.

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    gloria replied

    That is nice Joan, for you to support OLTL. Thank you.

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  9. Deb says:

    Love her! She speaks the truth! ABC screwed up and it has hurt ABC. Glad we will get a chance to see OLTL again!

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  10. Margie says:

    The Chew is just as bad.

    I love it when Erika tells it like it is.

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    susan M. replied

    Can’t understand why The Chew hasn’t been cancelled yet! Can’t wait to see Erika
    also!

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    Janice replied

    I don’t understand either. It’s such a crappy show. They can’t have a very high rating….

    Joliefan Forever replied

    Hey Susan M, They don’t want to look like complete idiots, so they keep the Chew on to say See we were right!….Laughable LOL

    gloria replied

    My thoughts exactly. When I turn on GH inevitably I catch the last minute of the Chew & just wonder what the hell? Awful show, how is it surviving?

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    AJ replied

    Gloria, please try to time your tuning in better. ABC is counting on fans who tune to watch GH to catch the last few minutes of the Chew, it boosts their ratings. I wait til 2pm, the days I work from home, to tune into GH.. I’m not a big fan, altho I like want Carlivati and Valenti have done witht he show, it’s the ONLY thing on ABC I will watch………….. and Grey’s and Scandal… but that’s it! I refuse to watch the NBA finals or any other sporting events on ABC.

    Judy replied

    I actually have to wait till 2:01 to turn on GH because the Spew spills over into 2pm. Sickening.

    Joliefan Forever replied

    Hi Gloria, I think a lot of ppl thought or think the same thing how is this survivng…..

  11. mary hirsch says:

    Stright on Erika! That show that replaced OLTL was awful. This woman is such a class act. I as so excited to see OLC and OLTL again. These shows will not be around as long! Thank you Prosect Park!

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  12. Christina says:

    She speaks the truth! There was NO reason to cancel OLTL, and I’m glad that The Revolution got cancelled and I’m SO happy that PP finally was able to make a go to reboot OLTL and AMC. Cannot wait for April 29th, I finally get my show back.

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  13. Pav says:

    I can’t say how fabulous it is to hear ES voice what so many of us still feel. I’m unsympathetic to ABC since my loyalty wasn’t worth anything to them. Viva OLTL and AMC!!!

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  14. Luke says:

    “I don’t even want to comment on what kind of show that was.” Ha ha, Erika, you are such a classy lady, we can read between the lines. I referred to it lovingly as “The Revoltion.” OLTL was soaring high at when they cancelled it, boggles the mind. “The Chew” sucks also, so glad Llanview exists again, for us fans, and to rub our noses at execs who know what we want more than ourselves!

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    Rodd replied

    Totally agree. ES is a very classy lady who speaks the truth. Cannot wait for OLTL to be back on my screne again! I will even tune in to AMC as a new fan, just to support them, too.

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  15. Batmarc6 says:

    As soaps moved from radio to television all those decades ago, Agnes NIxon’s creations, “All My Children” & “One Life To Live”, will forever be remembered in history as the first shows to transition from television to Internet due to the extraordinary demand of their fans!! While success is still an optimistic expectation, the quality & merit of the shows, obvious leaders in their genre, have been cemented!

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    Joliefan Forever replied

    I could not agree more! Wonderful Post and so true!!

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  16. Charnaye says:

    I completely agree 100 Percent… Entertainment is that escape from all the stress and information of your live and speaking as a kid who grew up with soap operas as a staple in my daily routine, they are one of the best forms of entertainment out there. I didn’t watch The Revolution once but I cheered when I read that it was canceled. I told myself that I wouldn’t watch the shows that replaced AMC and OLTL and have stayed true to my word :)

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    Llanviewer717 replied

    I saw a few minutes of “The Spew” one day in the doctor’s office. I thought it was some closed circuit, amateur health education program the medical foundation showed to kill time in the waiting room. When I realized that was supposed to be a professional program from a major broadcast television network, my jaw dropped open. “This is what they cancelled AMC and OLTL for? That can’t be. I must not understand what I’m seeing. There has to be some mistake.” To say that I was appalled is an understatement.

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    gloria replied

    Amen.

    jp replied

    Totally agree. Our soaps not only entertain us, but inform the public through characters involved in gripping stories that touch our hearts. ABC is right. We want information, but not at the expense of the characters we love. They are our family. ABC lost touch with their audience because they were greedy. One Life To Live gets to live on and tell more stories to entertain and inform us. Best of luck to the cast and crew of OLTL. I will be there on April 29th for this landmark event in history.

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  17. Cindy says:

    Love her and the show. Glad they’re coming back.

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  18. Tali says:

    No doubt-ABC has left a rotten taste in my mouth! They were so wrong to cancel OLTL. They need to cancel The Chew-it stinks, of course I’ve only watched it once for about 2 minutes and couldn’t stand it, Katic Couric isn’t interesting either, does anybody watch her? Must not – They brought her on GH 50th celebration so more soap fans will watch Katie-lol!! I only watch DWTS and Nashville on ABC and will be glad when those are repeating so I can boycott ABC some more!! Bring on OLTL-can’t wait!

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  19. Irene says:

    I will watch oltl on hulu plus. Cannot wait. It is because of oltl that I have completely changed my way of watching tv. I have basic cable (cheaper), internet thru cable company so they are still making money and netflecks stream and hulu plus. I have access to all my shows and I am only paying for what I use. Love it. Thanks oltl. One month to go.

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  20. Melissa says:

    I totally agree with Erika! It was a total mistake to cancel these shows. There’s just way too much reality shows. We need stories about every day lives now and then. I don’t watch these news shows anyway. Happy that One Life to Live and All My Children are back!!!

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  21. Scott Paquin says:

    Ericka Slezak is so right and is a class act! I can’t wait for One Life To Live to return and hopefully It will be better than ever.

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  22. Rachel says:

    Erika Slezak is completely right. The Revolution was beyond awful. The fact that ABC believed that is what people want to watch show that they need to find new jobs. I will be watching one life to live any way I can and no longer bother with ABC at all.

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  23. bebe says:

    Other than General Hospital I watch no
    ABC shows. They lost me. I am looking forward to watching OLTL and AMC online. Go Erika!!

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    Judy replied

    Ditto, and I only watch GH because ABC canceled OLTL. Be sure to turn it on a minute or so late because The Spew spills over into the 2pm hour to get the extra ratings from soap fans.

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  24. Dani says:

    I totally agree. It’s nice to hear someone from within speak the truth about what was said to those actors.

    We have too much info these days…Need more stories and things that entertain and are not reality based.

    What a classy lady!!!!

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  25. Llanviewer717 says:

    Erika Slezak is a class act. I jumped for joy when I learned that “The Revolting” was canned.

    This transition from television to internet is as historic as the move from radio to television. (No I wasn’t alive for that.) But, I was alive to see OLTL when it debuted July 15, 1968 and have loved it from the first moment until the final episode aired last year. Now, we begin this wonderful new chapter for our show and for AMC. This is truly thrilling. Thank you to everyone who is working so hard to make this happen.

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    Joliefan Forever replied

    Wonderful post!

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  26. angelal says:

    Just like Viki, Erika is a class act!

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  27. Shelly Bell says:

    The Chew is just as bad. I boycotted both the Chew and The Revolution. Soaps were my escape from all this reality TV. I am tired of all theses news and information shows. Well said Erika!!!!!

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  28. Shari says:

    I never watched The Revolution,I would never tune into crap like that!

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  29. Linda says:

    Erika spoke the truth. OLTL never should have been cancelled. I guess it would be too much for ABC/D to admit their mistake and apologize to the cast, crew and fans of OLTL. Welcome back!!!

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  30. MC says:

    I love this woman so much. LOL

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  31. LinksMonkey says:

    Erika Slezak hit the nail on the head. TV shows are expensive to make & the networks are slapping together Reality TV shows & such muck ’cause they are cheap to make. Sorry, but I don’t want to see perky folk giving me daily tips on how to improve my life – I want evil triplets w/amnesia. I will watch OLTL when it hits the Web or if they take the show door-to-door.

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  32. MJ says:

    YOU GO ERIKA…..tell ‘em like it is! (or was)

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  33. susan M. says:

    I can’t understand why The Shrew is still on . That Carla & her recipes makes me Barf!
    I never watched it! I am going by the commericals I saw yuk! Oh and ABC , they don’t
    have a heart & don’t have a clue what us soap fans wanted.. They were just second guessing themselves. I know I alway’s like to be entertained with drama , stories! It is my escape for a little while.. I never get tired of watching the soaps ! I am not looking for
    anything else on daytime programming. I will be watching OLTL on HuLu 4/29 at 12:00p.m. Erika tells it like it is! I remember her saying that people want to be entertained & are not looking for something new . And that it was b-ll S-it! On Abc’s part in cancelling OLTL which should have stayed on! The heck with you ABC we got OLTL back !!!! Loving Llanview & Landfair!

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  34. Tali(not Smith) says:

    Love Erika. Losing OLTL was a low blow, but there was some satisfaction in seeing The Revolution fail so spectacularly, oh yeah. ABC was shortsighted to throw away a decades old, tried and true product – to say nothing of its multi-generation audience.

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  35. jim says:

    ABC stand 4 A BUNCH (OF) CRAP! As for Erika she said it all perfectly!!!

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  36. su0000 says:

    Well, ABC/D knew the value of the 2 soaps, they would not sell them ..
    And, ABC/D is making ‘million’s’ off of them..
    So, AMC and OLTL is still putting money in their pocket and they both are still owned by ABC/D..

    I hope PP keeps both them alive for another 40/50 years ..

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    Llanviewer717 replied

    Yes, that fact rubs me the wrong way too. I don’t see why those scum bags should still make $8.5 million from something they threw away. But, I love OLTL and AMC and will support them 100%.

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    Dave replied

    I love Michael Fairman and this soap site. But look at the bottom of this page and who do you see advertising here? Walt Disney World, part of the ABC/D magic!

  37. Christina says:

    Tell it like it is Erica. ABC may not want to admit it yet, but they’ll get it soon.

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  38. Lew S says:

    You tell ‘em Ms. Slezak!

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  39. Lisa J. says:

    Love her always! ALL of the replacement shows suck and always will. Enough said!

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  40. ricardo says:

    erika i love you so much. you are straight to the point my friend. abc made a huge mistake by cancelling one life to live. i dont trust abc at all. mark my words they will cancel general hospital next year. abc will never admit there mistake in cancelling one life to live and all my children. if they said sorry we made a huge mistake then we probably would have forgiven them and bring us the soaps back to abc. they all can choke on it. i wish one life to live great success on prospect park. i think it will be a huge it. it has to be or we will mourn again. we all have fought tooth and nail to get the soap back. everyone please watch one life to live online and support them. also please bring back sexy foxy roxy. i miss her so much. give ilene a call and bring her back.

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  41. Edwin says:

    Erica Slezak is my dawg!! ABC sucks PP are heros and we back!! OLTL 4EVER

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  42. Patrick says:

    When the Revolution was axed many of us hoped it might mean more life in “One Life”, then that train wreak “Good Afternoon America” with that clown and Bafoon bombed! Still no “Life”.

    OLTL was always the stepchild of the ABC soap family . It never had that one big story but over time was the best storytelling in daytime. It had heart, soul, and diversity. At its center was Ms. Slezak, who carried so much of the load. 2 in the afternoon will always belong to OLTL.

    Let’s all make ur it’s a hit!

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  43. Tina says:

    Erika always says in such a classy manner what the rest of us are thinking. My admiration for this lady grows each days. I can’t wait to see her again on April 29.

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  44. Michael says:

    Love Slezak. ABC sucks. Here’s hoping Brain Fronz never gets another job in television. Here’s also hoping someone soon shows Ann Sweeney the door. (Both were directly responsible for the demise of All My Kids and One Life.)

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    jim replied

    Brian Frons new job should be cleaning dirty porta pottys somewhere after all the crap he gave us! But that would still be too good 4 him! lol

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  45. Lin says:

    I can’t wait to see One Life to Live.

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  46. AJ says:

    If Soap fans will recall, Brian Frons to arrogantly and pompously announced the cancellation of these shows on the set of AMC, I believe, the cast or crew having no idea what was being announced. It doesn’t get anyone slap in the face than that, announcing the cancellation of your job in a big media event on your home turf.

    I remember when I read AMC and OLTL were getting cancelled, I immediately called my mother.. she screamed when she heard the news. I knew AMC was in trouble, but OLTL too.. it was too much that day for me.

    When ABC said people want information, that was their nice way of saying even tho we are a billion dollar conglomerate, our shareholders want more money.. therefore we are getting rid of this show, because even tho OLTL was making more than it was losing, we can produce something cheaper and lose less money.

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  47. Melissa says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t Frons step down not long after our shows’ cancelation? Sounds like he had a guilty conscience!

    Just 29 more days! Then I’ll be happy!

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  48. Wendy L says:

    Truth is, I will never forgive ABC. They treated loyal daytime viewers like trash. Then to add insult to injury, they had the temerity to advertise their vile replacement shows during the final airings of our beloved shows. Rubbing salt in the wound did nothing to heal the breach. They only widened it.

    ABC-D’s behavior left me very wary of getting attached to any of their programming. Daytime or evening. With their lust for cheap tv and high ratings right out of the gate (they don’t give shows time to catch on), I just have no interest in them as a network.

    The best TV today is on cable.

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  49. Linda says:

    I cant wait to see Erika Slezak and all the other talent on OLTL again. I watched the Revolution once and felt it wasnt quite as bad as that silly, stupid Chew which ABC should axe asap. There are too many food shows, talk shows and make over shows with reality stars who cant act. Some of our best actors are in soaps and have started their careers with soaps. I am looking forward to seeing it again and will miss S. Lucci J. Young who have gone to other shows. Also I am looking forward to PP getting Ilene Kristen back to play Roxie. She was so funny.

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  50. RH says:

    I love OLTL and I can’t wait to watch again. Llanview is like a second home to me.

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  51. Brett says:

    ABC are reaping what they sewed!

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  52. Joshua says:

    If you guys haven’t gone out and purchased a Roku box, I seriously suggest you do it. That way you simply watch HuluPLUS and all the soaps straight on your TV instead of being confined to your laptop or your PC.

    My Roku was only $98 and I am already addicted. Can watch millions of movies and TV shows and tons of YouTube videos, etc.

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  53. Kay Turner says:

    I totally agree !!! I just hope prospect park gets the word out that they are bringing the shows back. Everyone I tell has had no idea. People have to know before they can watch.

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