Erika Slezak (Viki), Robin Strasser (Dorian) and Bob Woods (Bo) were added to the list of actors joining the OLTL reboot this week, which is great news for Llanview lovers.
Since AMC and OLTL are going to be a half hour on the Internet, that means fewer actors will be needed to tell story. It bodes very well for OLTL that they have chosen to focus on such big names.
There are a lot of rumors out there about the characters of Todd, Starr and John McBain. I suppose Prospect Park could insist that ABC include those characters when leasing them back for the OLTL reboot, but they would not be played by Roger Howarth, Kristen Alderson and Michael Easton. Those actors are under long-term contract to ABC Daytime.
I saw some comments on the Internet about how those actors “owe” it to OLTL to quit GH and go with the reboot. That makes no sense. Not only would they be taking a paycut (half hour show vs. an hour show), but they would have to leave LA and go work in Connecticut . Never mind that all three actors are all legally contracted to ABC.
PP is too smart to think they could recast Todd, Starr or John, so what makes sense to me is ABC lending them short-term from GH to OLTL in order to 1) draw eyeballs and 2) create good will with fans – assuming the story makes sense and the actors are up to it. PP needs GH fans on board, and we all know this is one fan base you do not want anger!
I’m also guessing that the reason we haven’t heard about people like Hillary B. Smith (Nora) signing with OLTL is because they are committed to other Internet soaps, and that may be a conflict. It may even affect some of the names attached to TAINTED DREAMS. This is all uncharted territory, and must be figured out. Personally, I wouldn’t mind seeing my favorite actors on EVERY Internet soap, but that’s up to PP to work out with the other projects.
Regardless of how it shakes out, there is tons of interest in AMC, OLTL, GH and all soaps in general – both TV and Internet – and that is only good for our industry. I bet Oprah is kicking herself now that soap fans have proven they can yell loud enough and long enough to resurrect two “canceled” soap operas.
Because soaps have the kind of huge, loyal fan base that Oprah can only DREAM about.