Slezak, DePaiva, Easton, King to stay with series after ABC era ends
“One Life to Live” stars Erika Slezak, Kassie DePaiva, Michael Easton and Ted King have signed on for the soap’s post-ABC reinvention as an online series, produced by shingle Prospect Park.
The deals represent the first official commitments by thesps from either “One Life” or “All My Children” to stay with the soaps after their departures from ABC, and come two months after Prospect Park announced its plans to produce the long-running daytime skeins on an ad-supported basis for the Internet and emerging platforms.
Since that time, Prospect Park has also been in talks for distribution of the soaps on a television cable network, a deal that would give the shows a richer multiplatform foundation.
Slezak joined “One Life” in 1971, three years after the series premiered, and has won six Daytime Emmys for her role as matriarch Viki. DePaiva joined the show in 1993, Easton in 2003 and King in February.
The casting deals have increased the chances for “One Life” to make a relatively timely transition online after it leaves ABC in January (to be replaced by health-and-lifestyle talker “The Revolution”).
Conversely, “All My Children,” which departs ABC on Sept. 23 (in favor of food-oriented talkshow “The Chew”), might go months before it reboots. Contributing to this delay is the dimming chance that “Children” marquee star Susan Lucci will stay with the show in its new incarnation have dimmed.
Though no official announcement has been made, word is that negotiations between Prospect Park and Lucci have stalemated.
Another longtime “Children” standby, Debbi Morgan, has already signed to move on to CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” after “Children” exits ABC.