Gossip The bus that has been named the "General Hospital"/"Young and Restless" express is continuing its run. "The Young and the Restless" actor Hayley Erin (ex-Abby) will assume the role of Kiki left by Kristen Alderson. Erin played the role of Abby …Read more. Q and A Q. The other day on "General Hospital," Sonny mentioned Fluke may be Luke's identical-looking cousin, Bill Eckhert. "Who?" — Samantha of West Caldwell, New Jersey. A. If Patty Lane (aka Patty Duke) can have an identical cousin, why not Luke? …Read more. Soap Opera Summaries "BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL": Liam and Katie think Bill has promoted them to re-win Katie. Both decide that whatever the reason, they deserve the promotions and accept. Aly is crushed when Rick will not let her design a shoe line for Forrester. Recalling …Read more. Gossip After almost 15 years in daytime, Kristen Alderson (ex-Starr "One Life to Live" and about-to-be-ex Kiki on "General Hospital") has decided to leave the world of soaps — for now. In 1998, Alderson came to "OLTL" to play the almost unbearable …Read more.more articles
LYNDA HIRSCH ON TELEVISION -- Q AND A
Q: Any more news about the resurrection of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live"? — Ashley in Richmond, Va.
A: No new news from Prospect Park, the company that is set to resurrect the two iconic soap operas. Last year, the company did a public relation blitz. They were going to put the shows on the Internet. In Hollywood, it is all about image. Prospect Park wanted the image of the soap savior. In Hollywood fashion, the deal fell through. It can take George Clooney six years to get a movie made. One miss-start is nothing in LA-LA Land.
While Prospect Park is keeping mum, everyone else in the industry is blabbing. Next to making entertainment, show business's second favorite business is gossip.
In the last few days, lots of information has been released. SAG/AFTRA, the actors guild, has come to the table and made a deal. The WGA has not come to terms. That actually does not matter. Unions have an out called FI-CORE.
In the 1960s, a union member was upset when he learned part of his union dues were going to support a candidate he did not back. He felt he should not have to pay full dues. The Supreme Court agreed. Anyone in any union can pay reduced dues. They get the benefits of the union without being a full member. You can also take non-union jobs. Five years ago, FI-CORE became the focal point of the writer's strike.
Soaps needed scripts cranked out. Many writers went FI-CORE. Union member felt they were line-crossing scabs. The FI-CORE writers were told they would not work after the strike. All have worked since. Once you go FI-CORE, you cannot change your mind.
With unions no longer a problem, Prospect Park has been talking to actors from "OLTL" and "AMC." Yes, that includes Susan Lucci.
There will be some changes in the show's format.
Rumor has it that sets are being built. Not in Hollywood or New York, but in Stamford, Conn. Permits have been pulled. The reason for Stamford is the tax incentives the town has offered the production company. Manhattan did offer some tax relief, but not enough. As for Hollywood, it is losing lots of business because it does not offer tax breaks to production companies. For a long time, Vancouver, Canada, was Hollywood, Northwest. The American dollar was worth more than the Canadian buck.
Tax breaks were immense. Cities across the U.S. decided to give breaks so they could lure film and television production.
Executive producers have been hired for both shows. Ginger Smith will helm "AMC." Jennifer Pepperman will top-line "OLTL." Each has a long history with their respective shows.
Now for the characters. Several "OLTL" character are now on "General Hospital." Prospect Park allowed "GH" to bring over Todd, Starr and occasional visits from Blair, Tea and Tomas. No word on where they will wind up.
It looks pretty good that almost all the other "AMC" and "OLTL" characters will wind up on the Internet. With February the target date, that would be the best Valentine's Day gift of all time.
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