What a great week to work in soaps!
NBC renewed DAYS through September 2014, PROSPECT PARK moved closer to rebooting AMC and OLTL, Steve Burton confirmed he was joining Y&R, and Genie Francis committed to returning to GH for its 50th Anniversary.
And trust me – there will be more surprises in the coming weeks.
One thing that puzzles me as I scope around the Internet is fan anger that more OLTL characters did not cross over to GH. ABC licensed the OLTL characters to PROSPECT PARK in the original 2011 deal, and then had to pay PP to “borrow them back” when they decided to bring Todd Manning, Starr Manning and John McBain over to Port Charles to keep fans invested in OLTL and beef up the story lines for Carly, Michael and Sam. Blair and Tea have popped in to GH as story warrants (and easily could again), but there just isn’t room to revisit the 19 year-old Todd/Blair love story on GH right now. Besides, it wouldn’t have made sense to bring a COUPLE over from OLTL. Where is the story if the characters are not integrated? GH fans would have been mad that they were taking up screen time, and the minute GH broke them up (which would have had to happen since this is a soap opera), OLTL fans would have screamed bloody murder. It was lose/lose.
Personally, I think fans will be seeing a LOT of fan fave Kassie DePaiva in 2013. First of all, she is slated to star in Tainted Dreams, the soap-within-a-soap Sonia Blangiardo is launching in July. DePaiva will play Courtney, “the show runner with a dark past,” as she told last week’s Soap Opera Digest. DePaiva added that “Courtney is very different from Blair,” which means she’ll get to stretch her acting muscles in between stints as our favorite Cramer woman.
That’s right, I said “in between stints.” Because Kassie DePaiva HAS to be one of the first names signed now that PP is casting the OLTL reboot. Jerry ver Dorn (Clint) has already announced he will be part of the show. Throw in DePaiva, Erika Slezak (Viki) and Trevor St. John (ex-Todd, now Victor) and you’ve got the start of a DREAM cast.