Miles Copeland, the man behind R.E.M and The Police, is hoping to score gold again with a new concert concept featuring some of America's most beloved daytime soap stars. The svengali is the brains behind Soap Stars Sing, which will bring the talents of actors like General Hospital’s Anthony Geary and Kristen Alderson and Vincent Irizarry from All My Children and Young & the Restless to the stage for a one-of-a-kind gig in Thousand Oaks, California next month (Apr14).
All My Children and The Bold & The Beautiful star Bobbie Eakes, who is also part of the show, tells WENN, "Soap actors give back more to their fans than just about any other category of actors. They know how much of a connection their audience feels with them and they show their appreciation by doing appearances and concerts whenever possible.
"However, not all appearances and concerts are equal, and we feel the need to pick and choose events based on quality, ensuring it’s worth the price of a ticket for people who want to see us. When the legendary Miles Copeland called, I knew immediately that this show would be top notch, and I would be surrounded by pros who would give 100 per cent to making the experience unforgettable and special. I can't wait to work with the best of the best at this show!"
If the Soap Stars Sing concert at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza is a success, there will be more concerts planned.
We won't be seeing Barbara Walters on TV much longer. ABC revealed late Sunday night that Walters will be retiring from TV journalism, stating that she will be making the official announcement on The View Monday morning.
Until then, Walters will continue to act as an anchor and report on major news stories. She will also continue to appear on The View. "I am very happy with my decision," Walters told People, "and look forward to a wonderful and special year ahead."
"I do not want to appear on another program or climb another mountain," Walters added. "I want instead to sit on a sunny field and admire the very gifted women — and, okay, some men, too — who will be taking my place."
After nearly 40 years at ABC News and more than 50 years in the business, Walters will be retiring at the age of 84. She will still remain the executive producer of The View.
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We all have guilty pleasures. For some of us, it’s HGTV’s do-it-yourself home improvement shows. For others, it’s marathoning sitcoms like Arrested Development or Modern Family on online sites like Netflix from the comfort of our beds. And still for others, it’s the romantic entanglements found in old soap operas that keep us replaying them time after time. Well, earlier this year, Prospect Park’s The Online Network revealed that they would be rebooting two of our most loved soaps: All My Children and One Life to Live. And Wednesday, the network announced all of the cast members participating in both shows.
For All My Children, the following stars have been announced as members of the cast: Sal Stowers as Cassandra Foster, Eric Nelson as AJ Chandler, Denyse Tontz as Miranda Montgomery, Jordan Lane Price as Celia Fitzgerald, Ryan Bittle as JR Chandler, Eden Riegel as Bianca Montgomery, Cady McClain as Dixie Cooney, Ray MacDonnell as Dr. Joe Martin, David Canary as Adam Chandler, Heather Roop as Jane McIntyre, and Francesca James as Evelyn Johnson. Previously announced members include Darnell Williams as Jesse Hubbard, Debbi Morgan as Dr. Angela Hubbard, Vincent Irizarry as Dr. David Hayward, Lindsay Hartley as Cara Martin, Jordi Vilasuso as Griffin Castillo, Jill Larson as Opal Cortlandt, and Thorsten Kaye as Zach Slater.
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And this is who you can expect to see on One Life to Live: Robert Gorrie as Matthew Buchanan and Laura Harrier as Destiny Evans. These stars join the previously announced members (Erika Slezak as Victoria Lord Buchanan, Robin Strasser as Dorian Lord, Tuc Watkins as David Vickers, Robert S. Woods as Bo Buchanan, Kassie DePaiva as Blair Cramer, Jerry verDorn as Clint Buchanan, Florencia Lozano as Tea Delgado, Melissa Archer as Natalie Buchanan Banks, Hillary B. Smith as Nora Buchanan, Kelley Missal as Danielle Manning, Josh Kelly as Cutter Wentworth, and Andrew Trischitta as Jack Manning). Recurring actors include: Sean Ringgold as Shaun Evans, Shenaz Treasury as Rama Patel, and Nick Choksi as Vimal Patel.
New 30-minute episodes of both series will be launching each day of the week on Hulu.com, where content generally can be viewed for free. The episodes will also be available on iTunes.
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All My Children came to an end in 2011 after 41 years on air, while One Life To Live shuts down this month (Jan13).
TV bosses previously insisted they would not bow to fan pressure to revive the two shows in a new Internet format, but producers at independent production company Prospect Park have now been given the green light to push ahead with the plans.
The two soaps will both be relaunched on America's The Online Network (TOLN) and production is due to begin next month (Feb13).
A statement from the production company reads, "We are pleased to confirm that Prospect Park is reviving the beloved soap operas, All My Children and One Life To Live as the anchor programs on The Online Network (TOLN)... (We plan) to begin production in February on both All My Children and One Life To Live.
"We thank the loyal audience and new generation of fans of both shows who have demonstrated that passion and exciting story lines are not just reserved for traditional television. Their enduring support encouraged us to move forward each and every day. We look forward to sharing more details including our launch air date and additional specifics in the coming weeks."
It is not yet known which castmembers could be returning to the shows, but Tvline.com reports All My Children stars Lindsay Hartley, Vincent Irizarry and Debbi Morgan have all inked deals to reprise their roles.
TV executives announced earlier this year (11) that the beloved show would come to an end this month (Sep11) after 41 years on air as part of a cost-cutting initiative.
Lucci, who portrayed Erica Kane on the series since its launch in 1970, co-hosted Friday's (23Sep11) The View, which was dedicated to All My Children, and she took a trip down memory lane as she was joined by former co-stars, including Cameron Mathison, Rebecca Budig and Thorsten Kaye.
But Lucci was already struggling to keep her composure at the start of the programme, which was taped on Thursday (22Sep11), because for 30 years, the soap was filmed in the same New York studio The View now occupies.
Welling up on camera, she said, "First of all thank you so, so much for this special tribute... It's just incredible. Thank you for the celebration of a wonderful show... It's an emotional time; it's a very happy time. So much to be grateful for. But coming back here today was so very touching to me."
The show also brought together one of All My Children's most famous couples, Greg Nelson and Jenny Gardner, played by Lawrence Lau and Kim Delancey. Delancey's character Jenny died in a tragic jet ski accident in a 1980s storyline.
Vincent Irizarry, Alicia Minshew, Darnell Williams and Debbie Morgan also took part in the reunion.
The All My Children series finale aired in the U.S. on Friday (23Sep11).