Six-time Daytime Emmy winner and legendary soap icon, Erika Slezak (Viki, One Life to Live) has posted her yearly holiday letter to her legions of fans on her website. In it, Slezak reveals her sadness and disappointment that we are coming up on a year since One Life aired its last episode, how she is happy that General Hospital is still on the air carrying the flag for what is left of the original ABC Daytime, and that she is looking forward to working again in the New Year.
Now while all the drama continues to play out behind-the-scenes with Prospect Park as we head into 2013, many fans of course are hoping that if the reboot comes to pass that Erika would be the main anchor of the OLTL series reboot, especially since it has been revealed that Prospect Park plans to shoot in Stamford, CT and Erika resides on the east coast. While we will have to wait what comes to pass moving One Life online, here below is Erika’s touching and bittersweet message to her fans just in time for Christmas:
Erika Slezak: “It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since OLTL ended. We finished filming the show on November 18th, 2011 and the final air date was January 13, 2012. I hope that you have all been well and are adjusting to the new ABC schedule. Personally, I am very grateful that General Hospital is still on the air, our lone remaining representative of what was once a great ABC daytime line-up.
I truly believe that ABC has realized what a terrible mistake they made in canceling both All My Children, and One Life. But unfortunately, it’s now too late to go back, although there are rumors that ABC wants the rights to both shows back; in which case they would be free to do whatever they want with the shows.”
“I thought that when I was no longer working, I would have so much time to be a “Lady of Leisure” — turned out not to be so! I have never been busier with the day to day chores that I used to take care of when I wasn’t at the studio, and so the time has really flown by. I have not been working this year, but I think I am ready now to tackle something new, so hopefully in 2013, there will be opportunities for me. Obviously, should something come along, I will let you all know.
So many people have written to me, or stopped me on the street, to say how much they miss One Life. I agree — I miss it too. I loved being a part of the show, I loved the work, I loved Viki and so many of the characters; not to mention so many of my fellow actors. We were a family, a little community unto ourselves, and it took a while for me to get used to not being there and not seeing my friends.
I sincerely hope that you are all well and busy, and I would like to thank you all for your loyalty and your good wishes. I particularly want to thank Walter Miller and the officers of the fan club for everything that they do to keep the fan club going. I wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and all the blessings of the New Year. May it be a happy and healthy one.”
So soapers, what do you think of Erika’s holiday letter message to her fans? Would you like to see Erika join the Prospect Park in-the-works version of One Life? Do you miss seeing her every day on your television screens, as much as we do? Weigh-in!