Last night, I attended the glittery relaunch of All My Children and One Life To Live, now produced by Prospect Park.
Most of the big stars were there, talking up the returning shows like this was a mini-Emmy ceremony: AMC’sDebbi Morgan, Darnell Williams, Julia Barr, Jill Larson, Cady McClain, Vincent Irizarry, Thorsten Kaye; OLTL’s Erika Slezak, Robin Strasser, Bob Woods, Hillary Smith, Tuc Watkins, Jerry verDorn, Florencia Lozano, Melissa Archer, etc.
PP honchos Rich Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz kicked off the premieres (at NYU’s Skirball Center) with speeches praising the cast and crew for the hard work and long hours they’ve been putting in to bring the shows back.
“At times, we thought we’d never get to this place,” quipped Jeff, “and 5:00 today was one of those times.”
He went on to say that PP has tried hard to “honor the legacy of these shows,” saying to the large crowd assembled (which included fans), “I am literally begging you: No spoilers.”
AMC Executive Producer Ginger Smith thanked Agnes Nixon (among others), calling her, “My mentor, my friend, my inspiration. Let’s go to Pine Valley!”
OLTL Executive Producer Jen Pepperman thanked the fans who “made these dreams come true” before sharing OLTL’s new motto: “Let’s get crazy, let’s get nuts.”
Trust me: the first episode is both.
One big OLTL star was not at the screening, probably so PP could keep the secret of his/her return until the reboot on Monday. That prompted a hilarious exchange with Melissa Archer at the after-party when I commented how great it was to see that actor on screen again.
Melissa: “What are you talking about? I don’t know anything about that.”
Me: “I just saw the show.”
Melissa: “Oh, right!”
Jeff Kwatinetz doesn’t have to worry about spoilers getting out with Melissa Archer around…
Thorsten Kaye confessed that he was puzzled by all the questions on the Red Carpet about the “new platform.”
“As far as I’m concerned, it’s the same,” he mused. “I’m doing the same work on the same sets with the same people. The ‘platform’ is Prospect Park’s job.”
And Prospect Park has made the shows very accessible. The easiest way in my opinion is to Google “Hulu All My Children” and “Hulu One Life To Live.” You’ll get recaps and a sneak peek of the reboots until April 29 when you’ll get the whole first episode of each show.
As Jeff Kwatinetz puts it, “It’s not daytime, it’s anytime.”
“We all agree that there are more stories to be told,” concluded Thorsten Kaye. “We weren’t done. Watching online may be different for some people, but Netflix, Hulu, all that sh-t is only available on the Internet. Even I am biting the bullet. Here’s my wish list: The Internet and running water. I think they’re both here to stay.”