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Prospect Park's project to revive the canceled soap operas "One Life to Live" and "All My Children" as Internet productions is advancing with newly signed contracts with several actors from the long-running ABC shows.
After more than a year clearing hurdles, Prospect Park earlier this month finalized pacts with Hollywood talent guilds SAG-AFTRA and the Directors Guild of America. The firm said Tuesday that it had closed deals with several prominent actors, including Erika Slezak, who will reprise her role as Victoria Lord Buchanan for the online version of "One Life to Live."
ABC canceled the two daytime dramas in 2011 in a cost-cutting move. Although the two programs have been off network TV for more than a year, Prospect Park executives are banking on the most loyal fans flocking to their computers, tablets and mobile phones to get their soap fix.
Missing from the actor group is Susan Lucci, who played Erica Kane on "All My Children" for 41 years. Instead, she has a starring role in "Devious Maids," based on a Mexican soap opera, which is headed to prime time on the cable channel Lifetime. Prospect Park declined to comment on whether Lucci would eventually be part of the online reboot of "All My Children."
Returning "All My Children" actors include Darnell Williams as Jesse Hubbard, Debbi Morgan as Dr. Angela Hubbard and Vincent Irizarry as Dr. David Hayward.
Returning "One Life to Live" cast members include: Robin Strasser as Dorian Lord, Tuc Watkins as David Vickers, Robert S. Woods as Bo Buchanan and Kassie DePaiva as Blair Cramer.
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