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98 April 25th, 2013 REVIEW: The Premiere Episodes of All My Children and One Life to Live!

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On Tuesday night, April 23rd at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at NYU in New York City, the stars, executives, press, and fans, converged for the highly anticipated premiere of the return of the iconic soaps, All My Children and One Life to Live.  After being swiftly axed off the ABC Daytime canvas in 2011, this was a night of smiles, tears, and community for everyone who has worked so tirelessly to resurrect the shows. From the fans “never say die” attitude and spirit, to Prospect Park’s relentless efforts to revive the shows under adversity, but with a passion not often seen in the soap genre.

The night began with moving speeches from Prospect Park’s Jeff Kwatinetz and Rich Frank, to One Life to Live’s executive producer, Jennifer Pepperman, to All My Children’s EP, Ginger Smith.  It was Smith who had the honors to say to the audience, “And now All My Children!” And with that, and to excited applause, we all were ready for the unveiling of the much talked about revival of Pine Valley.  After the first episode of AMC was unveiled, next came the premiere episode of One Life to Live.

Photo Credit: Sue Coflin/Max Photos

So let’s break this down with our thoughts and addressing yours, the fans, concerns.  I can tell you, not only was I in need of my much need hankies, but I, along with several AMC and OLTL cast members, clapped and cheered throughout the episodes seeing beloved faces we have all missed for over a year and half from our daily soap viewing habits.

This will be a SPOILER FREE review.  I will not divulge any major plot points or surprises, Needless to say, there are some jaw-droppers! And I mean that in the best possible way!

The Look and Feel:  Both shows are two very distinct shows.  They are unique on to themselves.   If there were any concerns about production values, stop right there! The shows look fully realized in HD.  Sets are reminiscent of the old AMC and OLTL but reinvigorated as if they had a much-needed face-lift.  When shooting exterior scenes, no Guiding Light here! (And you guys and gals know what I mean!). They are fresh and work within the framework of the storytelling.  When you watch AMC, you get the sense of family, Pine Valley, relationships, the new kids and the veterans we have come to love.  When you watch OLTL, you get the sense of the dark storytelling that always made this show that sleeper hit, intense, controversial, with probably one of, if not, the best core cast in daytime.  It’s all there.  One Life’s first episode which takes place at the opening night of Club Shelter, was so well-done it could have been a the first episode of a cable primetime dramatic series.  You got the feeling of a kick-off, a brand new start!  Music is used in both soaps to invigorate the shows, and it does.

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The Use of New Young Characters vs. The Use of Veteran Characters:  So I am sure many of you are expecting that your favorite core characters might be kicked to the curb?  Not so, I am happy to reportAll My Children as you know is the show that has more young characters that were either SORAS’d, or who had not been seen before.  But what AMC did in the premiere was anchor them to the vets.  You saw Rob Scott Wilson as Pete Corlandt with his mother, Opal played by Jill Larson before he bumped into new gal, Celia played by Jordan Lane Price.  And then we saw Eric Nelsen’s AJ Chandler with Denyse Tontz’s Miranda Montgomery in a scene with Julia Barr and David Canary as Brooke and Adam.    Now I am telling you here … the breakout new star of the series is poised to be Eric Nelsen! And Rob Scott Wilson also brought some heart to his role. But that being said, Jesse and Angie are BACK! And they have MAJOR story!

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Over at One Life to Live, while at first it may be jarring to some to see a grown up Matthew Buchanan (Robert Gorrie) and Destiny Evans (Laura Harrier) it’s OK, because Bo and Nora (Robert S. Woods and Hillary B. Smith) are there concerned for Matthew.  The younger set is a major component to the club opening at Shelter, but it also serves as a backdrop for the converging of many Llanview favorites whose issues are overwhelming them including:  Melissa Archer’s Natalie and Florencia Lozano’s Tea Delgado.

The Opening Title Sequences:  OMG! One Life to Live’s almost had us reach for the hankies!  You will see!  It’s touching seeing those familiar couples from Llanview dancing!  For All My Children, it went the much more traditional soap route with the use of chyroned character names.  Actor names were shown at the end of the episodes.

The Storylines:  All My Children jumps five years ahead in story, but nothing is forgotten! That fatal night when JR fired the gun is a major plot point of the opening. We just get hints at who could have been shot, and it plays out throughout.  The ABC finale is honored and it helps kick-off the story of where the characters are now in their lives. There is much, I mean much, mystery involved, and it does focus on the core characters.  There were several cliffhanger moments in the opener and it certainly did not feel like some short 30-minute soap with no content.  It felt full and realized and every scene and moment had a purpose.

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For One Life to Live, we couldn’t have been more pleased, because Viki and Clint were Viki and Clint, Bo and Nora were as you would expect and scene stealers- Robin Strasser and Tuc Watkins, each in their own right, stole the episode!  Tuc had one of the funniest and one of the most touching moments as David in the premiere and Robin Strasser … there are no words.   Dorian is right as you imagined she would be, and her feud with Viki is going to bust wide open.  As for Corbin Bleu’s Jeffrey King, he is endearing and intriguing, so no worries there. But there is a danger, sexual energy abound, lust and a mystery in the premiere episode.  It felt raw and real, and not manufactured.  It was if the show got grittier, but it still served the through line of One Life.  But I will tell you right now, you will need hankies again, when you see Florencia Lozano’s opening scene as Tea! Give this woman an Emmy already! And seeing Roger Howarth again back in Llanview as Todd Manning mixing it up with Blair …  how cool!  Right?

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Sexually graphic scenes and use of foul language – First off, I recall hearing not one cuss word in the opener of either soap.  So if there was one, it went by in a millisecond and did not impede or offend.  As far as the concerns of more sexual content – there are some moments in AMC that have much more sexual overtones then will have ever have seen on ABC’s version. But remember, online programming does not have the same standards and practices barriers.  On OLTL, you will see more skin and gyrating bodies dancing in a frenzy in the first episode, but it was part of the energy of the scene and the story.  I was not taken aback. It was a minute of, “Oh, OK! Now I get where they are going with this.”

There is so much more I want to tell you, but I can’t.  You need to tune in on Monday April 29to Hulu, HuluPlus and iTunes and begin the journey with millions of fans who fought for these shows and brought them back.   Is there a difference from the versions you knew before?  Yes!   Does that mean it won’t be as good?  Hell No!  I think you are going to be seduced, excited, and thrilled when you see Pine Valley and Llanview again in a more contemporized version and as the initial shows for The Online Network.  I am sure there will be much discussion in the days and weeks to come, but from my vantage point, and through my joy and tears, the shows you love are there waiting for you to come and check them out!

So now that you read my review, will you be watching on April 29th? You don’t want to miss it, and being part of soap opera history in the making!

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  1. Denise says:

    Yes…definitely!!!

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  2. danicajolie says:

    OLTL is my show! I will definitely be watching it and the wonderful actors. I had given up on AMC before it ended because it just could not hold my attention…but I am going to be back and give it another try particularly to show my support to the soaps. Bring on the popcorn! This is going to be fun!

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  3. Avidreader72 says:

    Nice way to whet our appetites, Michael. Sounds like we are in for a real treat.

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  4. Jody says:

    Will be there with bells and whistles on Monday……..right smack at noon!

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  5. Joliefan Forever says:

    That sounds Awesome I can not wait for these 4 days to be over with! Monday the 29th can not get her fast enough!
    I will have my tissue ready!

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  6. Tina says:

    Heck yes!!

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  7. michele says:

    So very excited for one life to live. I can not wait. What time does it start? Have my Hulu account all set up.

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    Troy Turner replied

    First of all. we need to get traditional starting times out of our heads. Both shows will be AVAILABLE to watch at 12 pm edt, but you can watch them when YOU want to

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  8. Elyse says:

    Most definitely.

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  9. Barb says:

    Thank you! I have been waiting for your review! LOL!! 4 more days but who is counting and I will have those tissues ready!!! Just cannot wait! Michael excellent overview!!! EXCELLENT! You never let us down! :)

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  10. heidi says:

    Well done Michael!!! Lovely review and thanks for not spoiling… just enticing us to watcha and I will be!!! Thanks Michael… thanks for covering many of our concerns and if you love them… I am sure we will too!!! Glad you are back!!!

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  11. Tali says:

    Hell Yes….can’t wait!!!!

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  12. Joe says:

    Having been one of the lucky few fans who had the opportunity to attend the Premier and see the episodes, I couldn’t agree more with Mr. Fairman!

    If you don’t tune in and watch these shows, I sincerely believe you will be missing history in the making. If the folks over at All My Children and One Life to Live continue with this caliber, they will be turning the page into a new dynamic of serial drama, and might just put traditional television out of business!

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  13. Annick says:

    Yes…we are having a reboot launch luncheon:)…. Soo excited and cannot wait to see FL knock it out the park once again…Game on Apr 29th

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  14. Monica says:

    All I want to know is where the viewing parties are, because. I’m so ready for OLTL I can’t stand it!

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  15. clh says:

    I was going to be watching anyway, but now I sooo can’t wait!! 04/29/13 can not come soon enough for me!!!

    I was little concerned when I didn’t see Robin in the cast photo, so it’s a relief to know her and Tuc are front and center day one!

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  16. scott says:

    Heck yah cant wait

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  17. Cheryl says:

    Sure will, and hoping to catch the shows at midnight!

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  18. jimh says:

    My old browser does not support hulu…but i guess me and my friends can read the storyline in Soap Opera Digest! I feel i wont be missing out on anything that way!

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    heidi replied

    Try your library… Jim. Most have headsets and you could go in and watch 3 or more episodes there at one time.

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    jimh replied

    I may eventually try one of our library locations but they are usually crowded on the days i get there and a very long wait. But if i here enough positive reviews from fans in the coming days it may be worth it, and ill give them a look! Thanks 4 the reply.

    Derek replied

    You can also just download an updated browser off the internet. Or yes the library is another option.

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    heidi replied

    Sometimes your operating system does not support the later versions of browers… like XP stops at IE 8.

    Tammy Kreiss replied

    Try itunes on Fridays for the weekly recap show. If you can’t update your browser for none of my business, the recap show might be best for you.

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  19. Rodd says:

    Will absolutely be watching. In fact, I will become a new AMC fan just to support the shows, the actors, production teams, PP,and most importantly the core fans who kept fighting to bring these shows back to us. Can’t wait!!!

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  20. C says:

    Great review, can’t wait for Monday!

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  21. susan M. says:

    I will be watching! I have been waiting for my favorite soap to come back & that Is OLTL & my second favorite is AMC…. Saw the view today only because I wanted to the soap
    stars from OLTL (VikI) & AMC(David & Zach)… It was a short interview and they showed
    a clip from OLTL with Viki & Clint and Viki admiring her engagement ring from Clint. Viki
    saying how beautiful the ring is and Clint saying,we have been together so long ,I think I know what you like. There will be a big blow-up between Viki & Dorian…Some scandal Dorian is involved in which is front page news in The Banner. David wants his revenge after being in jail for 5 years. Sounds all GOOD! It is finally here our beloved soaps are BACK!!!!!! YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  22. mgb357 says:

    cant wait – gonna be online at midnight – sunday!!!

    i feel like i’m going to be overwhelmed seeing my OLTL family once again… happy tears!

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  23. Anthony says:

    I am excited about the rebirth of OLTL and will be happy to watch the veterans and the newbies create more and more layers to life in Llanview.

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  24. rjm118 says:

    I never watched AMC but will to support these new formats, CANNOT WAIT for OLTL.

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  25. rebecca says:

    I’m absolutely looking forward to the return of OLTL…but I think it’s going to take a while to get used to the newer, updated look, feel…replaced characters, etc. I think one of three things will happen:

    I will either love it as much as before without skipping a beat…

    I may love it again…but almost as if it were an entirely new show…

    Or I won’t be able to get back into it it because of my previous expectations.

    It’s going to be interesting…

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    Troy Turner replied

    Rebecca,

    Yours is probably a very honest reaction, so I can’t/won’t argue with you. But, I will give you (and everyone) some advice. If these shows fail under the weight of unrealistic expectations, there will be NO getting them back-and fans will have noone but themselves to blame. I urge people still on the fence to give these shows several weeks of a fair hearing-everyone connected deserves that much. There’s not too many second chances given in life-we need to make this one count

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    rebecca replied

    Troy,

    I agree with you. I was beyond disappointed when the show was canceled…I was/am thrilled that it’s back in some shape/form…and I have every intention of tuning in…for my own sake…LOL…and of course for the genre.

    But, as with any medium… TV, film, music…whether I continue to be a fan and spend my valuable time turing in will depend on whether I enjoy it…which is just as it would have been if it were still on ABC TV.

    Let’s hope for fans and actors/crew/Propect Park alike…that the shows rock!

  26. Len says:

    This is a GREAT review! I can’t wait to see them on Monday!

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  27. Megan says:

    Cannot wait!!!!

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  28. Nancy says:

    OMG I can hardly wait. Thank goodness no one will see me crying my eyes out just like I did for 3 months like I did when they were cancelled. Thanks PP. I really mean it. You have me as a long time fan.

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  29. Ricky Ortega says:

    Awesome Michael! Cannot wait to view the first episode of AMC!!!!!

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  30. Johnny says:

    Should be interesting to watch…I will be watching on Hulu Plus on my TV, because I look at a computer enough at work. I don’t mind if it’s not exactly like the old “All My Children” on ABC-TV because times change, people change, and the characters of
    Pine Valley have changed as well.

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  31. Laurie says:

    Thank you for your review. I was already excited for the return of Llanview, but you have made me even more so, if that’s even possible. And I’m ecstatic to hear that my favorites, Todd and Blair, are mixing it up right out of the gate.

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  32. Mary Fergen says:

    Hell, yeah, I’ll be watching, and I can’t wait! I hope that anyone who once watched these shows, or love soaps in general, will be watching too. We need to make these ground-breaking programs a success!

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  33. Cathy says:

    Sounds amazing! Cannot wait to see what these shows will do now that they are out from under ABC! Looking forward to compelling, amazing storytelling that is character-driven. Especially looking forward to the continuing saga of Todd & Blair!! FINALLY! What ABC tried to stifle and destroy, PP will resurrect and nurture. :)

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  34. blake says:

    I can’t wait to see these. I wonder if they premiere after a certain time online each day.

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    Tali replied

    Melissa Archer (Natalie Buchanan) says they’ll be available for viewing on Hulu @ 4 a.m. CST on the 29th and then each day after. HULU is FREE!!!

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    blake replied

    Great thanks!

  35. Mo says:

    Sounds like some great shows. I’m interested to watch and I’ve never watched AMC and haven’t watched OLTL in years. Good luck!

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  36. Bruce says:

    I was in the audience for the Premieres this past Tuesday night and I LOVED both episodes. AMC did well in continuing the story without of course revealing a lot of specific information (which will keep fans wondering and coming back for more).

    I’m not too fond of the OLTL opening sequence but it definitely doesn’t take away from my overall enjoyment of the show itself! …oh yea…and (re: OLTL) in terms of THAT twist (You know what I’m talking about) SPEECHLESS!!!

    btw, the S-bomb was dropped in both shows, once in AMC and a few times (by the same character) in OLTL. But it wasn’t out of place or context. I will be watching again on Monday and trying to hear lines I may have missed due to the thunderous applause that the shows received throughout! I’m soooo glad they’re back!!

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    Tammy Kreiss replied

    I along with Michael Fairman did not hear the S bomb, & I went Tue & Th!

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  37. El Rizzo says:

    Hell YAY I’ll be watching!!! I can’t wait!!!

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  38. GV says:

    Thank you so much for the wonderful review of both shows! I am so excited already and your review has only added to that! So happy to have the shows back, I have missed watching them so much.

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  39. Amanda says:

    Great review. So jealous you have seen them. And thank you, btw, for your great reporting. I really just discovered this site and love it.

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  40. David says:

    Encouraging words indeed Michael. Can’t wait to watch the pair of them on Monday.

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  41. Rose S says:

    I have it marked on EVERY Calander in my house and a post it on my computer screen, wouldn’t miss it for the world and I am so excited and happy that these two shows are back!!!!!

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  42. Gillian says:

    Will the online soaps be eligible for daytime Emmy nominations next year, Michael?

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    Joshua replied

    I certainly hope so! Would love to see Erika Slezak get her record of most Emmy wins back from Anthony Geary!

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  43. Elhu says:

    I cannot wait and will definitely be watching both shows!!!!!

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  44. CC says:

    Great news!

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  45. Joshua says:

    Hate to look a gift horse in the mouth but I feel “All My Children” is making a major mistake with the five-year time jump. There was so much drama that could have ensued if they had picked up immediately from when the show went off the air in September of 2011.

    As for “One Life to Live,” this sounds good. I can’t wait to see who my main girl, Blair, is going to hook up with and now that there are fewer restraints, I see a lot of sexy scenes being played out by Kassie DePaiva!

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    Jim replied

    Joshua, I’m sure if more of the key actors had signed onto the PP version of AMC, they wouldn’t have had to make the jump, but hey, that’s why the show is called All My CHILDREN. Let the SORASing begin!

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    Troy Turner replied

    That’s the same impression I get, Jim

  46. The_HugoBoss says:

    SO EXCITED BEYOND WORDS!!!

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  47. nancylp300 says:

    Thank you Michael! I can’t wait for Monday. My favorite is OLTL but plan on watching both. I am so grateful to PP for bringing these shows back.

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  48. alison says:

    Yes i will be watching Amc for sure.

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  49. Llanviewer717 says:

    I am in tears already. Thank you for the wonderful review. And I agree with you Michael. OLTL has the best damn cast ever assembled. I am so happy to know that tradition continues.

    I cannot wait to see my beloved OLTL and the start loving AMC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  50. su0000 says:

    Watching a soap on network TV is an hour per show..
    Now, I can watch both AMC & OLTL in an hours time, awesome !!
    Tow soaps for the time of one !!!!!

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  51. Jackie says:

    Hell ya! I’ll be there. I have been waiting and praying for this day….April 29, 2013!!!!

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  52. emlons says:

    can’t wait for the return of Florencia and hopefully Trevor they are the best

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  53. BTripp says:

    Loved your review Michael and I had tears in my eyes! I can not wait for the shows to start in just 4 days!

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  54. ricardo says:

    i cannot wait til monday baby. one life to live and all my children is back. i watched the view today. erika slezak looked gorgeous. i love thorsten kaye. but man please give him a hair cut now. lol. abc you made a huge huge mistake in cancelling one life to live and all my children. i hope abc chokes on it. i still don’t trust abc. they will cancel general hospital sooner than later.

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  55. liz says:

    Michael, I was lucky enough to be at the premiere and was in tears at your recounting the evening’s events! AMC & OLTL are a little different than their network predecessors but that shouldn’t bother anyone. You will still see most of your favorites and there are a lot of surprises.

    Please everyone tune in on Monday. We have won the war. Let’s enjoy the spoils together. I can’t wait for your article after the premiere on Monday. I’m dying to see what everyone thinks.

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    Troy Turner replied

    Liz,

    We are WINNING a major battle. But, true victory won’t come until BOTH shows are back on TV-like our Canadian friends will get to experience. But, I agree-everyone MUST tune in on Monday

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  56. Cheryl says:

    OMG of course I will. These wonderful people are so much like family. Love them all and want nothing but the best. I am so very greatful too for Prospect Park.Thank you for the article.

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  57. Linda says:

    I already subscribed to HuluPlus. Can’t wait. I hope the ratings are terrific and embarrass ABC!

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  58. Dina says:

    Thank you so much, Michael! I’m so looking forward to Monday’s episodes of both shows! I can’t tell you how happy I am that AMC and OLTL are back in ACTION!!

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  59. Robert says:

    I am so glad I have Monday off! I will be watching these episodes as soon as they are ready for viewing!! Thank you PP and the fans for not letting this go, we rule!!!

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  60. Chaz says:

    Cannot wait until Monday. I own a retail store and let me tell you, the CLOSED sign is going up at noon!

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  61. jc says:

    I got my hulu plus and all my devices ready for the 29th. Remember the more we view will help keep our soaps around.

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  62. Susan Joy Bugeja says:

    From what I understand it is not available in Canada…then I read it is on FX channel…any Canadaians as upset as me please someone tell me the truth! Thank you!

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    Tammy Kreiss replied

    Yes, it will be on FX in Canada! :)

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    Susan Joy Bugeja replied

    Where do I find FX?
    Is that online or TV.?
    Sorry I am confused I have been through my Bell Express Vu channels and I can not find FX!!

    Tammy Kreiss replied

    You can contact your TV service provider for details on that channel. I hope they carry it for you! I have sattelite & use Dish in the USA to watch my TV. Not familiar eith your companies. SORRY….:’(

    Troy Turner replied

    Susan,

    From what I understand, only Rogers Cable carries FX Canada, but FX is using AMC and OLTL as an “if you don’t get it, ask for it”-type campaign. So, contact your provider-and spread the word!

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    Susan Joy Bugeja replied

    I don’t know quite what you been . I have Satelitte BELL EXPRESS VU..so should I call them write them whaT????….DON’T ANY OTHER cANADAIANS HAVE bELL???? gosh i never THOUGHT i’d BE SO ANGRY THAT i DID NOT HAVE CABLE.grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

    Susan Joy Bugeja replied

    QUITE WHAT YOU mean..NOT BEEN…SORRY

  63. Philip Chase says:

    Can hardly wait ’til Monday. Am so looking forward to seeing the Llanview and Pine Valley folk who’ve been sorely missed from my daytime viewing. No more! A hearty thanks to Prospect Park for rebooting these two iconic shows which, may very well, represent the future of soap opera viewing. Great review, Michael, whetting one’s appetite for what’s to come. With good stories planned and the returning cast members, how can OLTL and AMC not be successful?

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  64. Tracey says:

    I am soooooo ready for these shows to return. I was in tears reading your review. I sincerely hope HULU and iTunes have checked and rechecked their servers because I wouldn’t be surprised if soap fans overload the sites next week. :)

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    Tali replied

    Was thinking the same thing about the overload, wouldn’t that be GREAT!!!!

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  65. Angela Vogl says:

    Thanks so much for the great reviews of our beloved shows, Michael. I am as impatient as all the Soap Fans are to start watching them again on Monday. It will be like we’re all finally going to be reunited with family that we haven’t been able to see for a long time. Thank. you Prospect Park for making this wonderful reunion happen! To ABC., YOU REALLY BLEW IT BIG TIME! Except for GH I don’t watch your network anymore.

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  66. Patricia says:

    Thank you for the great review of our shows!!! I CANT WAIT to see them on Monday! I have missed them all SOOO MUCH!!!!

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  67. rosebud says:

    Im.so excited my two favorite soaps are nack. I cant wait till monday to see them all again. New faces and returning faces this is going to be fantastic.

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  68. Mary says:

    Oh yes I will be watching this coming Monday……..I’ve been a fan of OLTL for years……will now watch both shows to give my support to all the people who made it possible for all this to come about…..

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  69. Tammy Kreiss says:

    ‘Twas an awesome night, & I finally met Michael Fairman as a highlight of my evening! Lol Oh yeah, the shows were sooooo… awesome, too!!!

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  70. Tammy Kreiss says:

    We learned at the Th premier, START TIME: 2am PST, & 5am EST. You can watch it over breakfast if you can’t stay awake, or before work!

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    Llanviewer717 replied

    Okay. Thank you Tammy. I’ll be in front of my computer.

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  71. Grisu71 says:

    Is there ANY WAY I can watch OLTL outside the USA and Canada?
    Please help me.

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  72. Renee says:

    I’ll be watching and this is one time I’m sooooo happy I’m off on Monday! yeah!!!!

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  73. JG says:

    Interesting soap reboots. I liked OLTL better because there were many more known cast members. Kind of funny to hear soap characters swearing. Nice surprise with Todd2 making a cameo appearance. A half hour is plenty of time to tell good stories. Years ago when a popular P&G soap jumped from CBS to ABC they showed how well stories could be told in half hour episodes. Of course that soap was Edge of Night the mystery fans soap opera. I will watch both OLTL/AMC because the initial episodes pulled the viewer in and left on an interesting cliffhanger plus the episodes were on line this morning when I got home from work at 10pm.

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  74. Chris says:

    I am glad both soaps are back; they are part of tv history and family. OLTL had much more the same as it had when it left. They got their major characters back and it was like coming home after a year long trip; you just slide in and don’t miss a beat. They had the relationships and characters all in tact; sets looked great and they ahd the ties and the same relationship issues. AMC really looked like the new kids taking over feel though the oldies had some interesting moments. Great looking sets and costumes et all on both shows.

    More critical though is AMC. They do not have the greatest relationships left and they are missing some gigantic characters namely Erica Kane followed by tad, Kendall, Ryan, Greenlee, Jackson, Jake, Liza et al. Cara and her brother are extremely goodlooking but they don’t have the ties with AMC that the other characters have. David is great with which ever woman he is with – though I do think there are double standards. Vincent I is not young spring chicken and Cara looks fairly young though she is a doctor (this is a soap opera though). Why the uproar when Erica was with Ryan? Susan looked and looks great with Ryan. But I digress, AMC without Erica was missing a huge huge part – like something was missing. Tad too is sorely missed – AMC is a shadow of itself without especially Erica – I hope they get Susan Lucci back and at the very least make an interesting storyline of her missing killed, off making movies and losing the Academy Awards so far four years in a row (figure out that one folks); became an actress after her movie was a hit and is now on a show called devioius maids and deadly affairs. Maybe then Devious Maids would let Lucci do a few AMC shows at least :)

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  75. BeeBee says:

    I am so glad to see these shows back! I have been a fan for 40 years. I love all the people. It was like seeing my old friends again. It was easier to get back into OLTL because of all the familiar faces, but I am getting acquainted with new ones on AMC. Welcome back!

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