On last night’s edition of the Blog Talk Radio series, TOLN Soaps Live with Michael Fairman, One Life to Live’s executive producer, Jennifer Pepperman was the very special guest, who first took part in a candid interview and then fielded calls from listeners and fans of the series.
Jennifer discussed a myriad of topics including: if the loss of Roger Howarth, Kristen Alderson and Michael Easton to ABC’s General Hospital, severely hurt the revival of One Life out of the gate, what she thinks of the “seasons’ format for the ongoing success and future for the series, how it was working with Trevor St. John as Victor Jr., what she thought of the new writing regime changes, what to look forward to as season one wraps up in three weeks, and much more!
One of the more emotional highlights of the evening was when Jennifer discussed next week’s on-screen goodbye of Roger Howarth in the beloved role of Todd Manning, and how it was on set to have Roger film, (although hopefully not the last time) his final scenes before he headed off back to work on General Hospital.
Jennifer expressed: “Kassie DePaiva (Blair) and Roger did a lot of scenes, and a big chunk of their story was taped on Roger’s final day in the studio. It was unbelievable. They both take my breath away. I have to tell you in all honesty, as crazy as this sounds, as we are editing Roger as Todd’s last episode … first we edit on Avid and there are no sound effects or music, just the picture and dialog. As we finished editing it and watching it back, I literally cried. It broke my heart. When I watched it again mixed in with the music, I literally cried all over again. What can you say about Todd and Blair? They are unbelievable. They are our supercouple. I know there are a lot of Todd and Blair fans out there. I really want to think that this is just the beginning of Todd and Blair’s journey and not the end of their journey. That is where my head is. Roger was amazing. He is so good on the show. The nuances he brings … you cannot take your eyes off him. I think he was sad too, but it was bittersweet. But when we were all in the studio it did not feel like the end, at least it didn’t feel like it to me. I am thinking in my mind, how they come back together. It was such a great day, and they did so much great work, and it really didn’t feel like an end to me, it really didn’t.”
In addition, Jennifer talked about how she felt the loss of the characters of John (Michael Easton) , Starr (Kristen Alderson) and Todd (Howarth) really impacted One Life from the onset: “Absolutely, it did hinder us. ABC really hurt us. Those three actors and character are amazing and so talented. They were really deeply ingrained on OLTL and to this day it hurts, and it saddens me. It was a big issue, and we had a lot of challenges going forward , and to get the show up and running, and you have continue to have a point of view, and you continue to have a vision, and continue to put one step in front of the other. However, if we had those three characters, the show would have been a different show. I admire the actors. They are amazing and I cannot stay enough good things about them, but it really hurt us not having them. I would love to have Kristen Alderson back on One Life to Live for a day, for a week, for a year!”
When discussing if she should have the opportunity to bring back the characters of Starr’s beau, Cole and their child, Hope who were killed-off GH, the EP said, “I was really shocked as a viewer when Cole and Hope were killed and I know on soap operas people say you can bring people back from the dead, but that is something that I feel strongly, and Prospect Park feels strongly about, and that is not bringing people back from the dead. That is one of the things that never really feels right, but I am afraid that ABC killed Cole and Hope, and also Victor Jr. III (Tea and Victor Jr. son) and those are real losses for the show. ”
Listen to last night’s broadcast below, and let us know what you thought of Jennifer’s comments? How do you feel about Roger Howarth’s final scenes for now as Todd, coming up next week on One Life to Live? Do you think it was wrong for GH to kill off Cole and Hope? Do you think One Life was hurt by not having the characters of John, Todd and Starr when the show re-launched? What did you think of last night’s episode of TOLN Soaps Live with Michael Fairman? Did you agree with Michael’s picks for the Power Moment of the Week for All My Children and One Life? Comment below!