*Online soaps “All My Children” and “One Life To Live” have found a network home.
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has acquired the first 40 episodes of The OnLine Network’s revivals for a 10-week limited engagement that will bring the cancelled ABC daytime dramas back to daytime.
Half-hour episodes of each show will air Monday through Thursday beginning Monday, July 15 with “All My Children” at 1 p.m. and “One Life to Live” at 3 p.m.
“These shows have proven to be very popular with a significant, loyal fan base, not to mention Oprah herself is a big fan,” said Erik Logan, president, OWN. Added Jeff Kwatinetz, CEO of the soaps’ producer Prospect Park, “We are really excited to bring OWN viewers and our audience at large an opportunity to catch up on All My Children and One Life to Live on traditional television.”
Finding a network partner had been important to Prospect Park’s business plan for reviving “All My Children” and “One Life To Live,” according to Deadline.com. The company also shopped the shows to cable networks in the summer of 2011 before tabling the idea for bringing back the two shows for a year.
Under its agreement with ABC, Prospect Park has the right to carve out a traditional TV window, which, at least for now comes after the episodes premiere online.
*Snoop is back on his acting kick.
The newly converted Rastafarian rapper now known as Snoop Lion, is not only acting in the new “One Life to Live” (yes, the soap opera), but he’s also recording the theme song.
Prospect Park/The Online Network is producing the new version of the show in which Snoop will appear as himself in several episodes. He’ll also write, produce and perform the theme song entitled, “Brand New Start,” featuring Iza Lach.
It’s an interesting twist to the once canceled ABC series. The theme song is a great fit as the show gets a bit of new life in it.
“We’re thrilled to have the support of such an iconic artist, like Snoop Lion. To have him write and produce the theme song for this series and to have the amazingly talented Iza Lach on board, is just incredible. We are extremely grateful and excited for fans to hear the new theme song and of course catch Snoop Lion in upcoming episodes,” said Jeff Kwatinetz, chairman and CEO of Prospect Park.
The new episodes will be available through Hulu and iTunes beginning April 29.
Check out Snoop gettin’ major love from the cast of “One Life to Live”:
*“High School Musical‘s” Corbin Bleu is moving into Llanview.
The actor has been added to the online return of “One Life to Live,” reports Deadline.com. He’ll play Jeffrey King, a young reporter friend of Matthew Buchanan (Robert Gorrie) and Danielle Manning (Kelley Missal) who comes to town to work for Llanview’s newspaper The Banner under Victoria Lord (Erica Slezak).
Production begins Monday on the soap revival, which debuts with new 30-minute episodes on April 29 via Prospect Park’s The Online Network, streaming online on Hulu, Hulu Plus, and available on iTunes.
Bleu joins fellow “OLTL” cast members Melissa Archer (Natalie Buchanan Banks), Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer), Robert Gorrie (Matthew Buchanan), Laura Harrier (Destiny Evans), Roger Howarth (Todd Manning), Josh Kelly (Cutter Wentworth), Florencia Lozano (Tea Delgado), Kelley Missal (Danielle Manning), Erika Slezak (Victoria Lord), Hillary B. Smith (Nora Buchanan), Robin Strasser (Dorian Lord), Andrew Trischitta (Jack Manning), Jerry verDorn (Clint Buchanan), Tuc Watkins (David Vickers), Robert S. Woods (Bo Buchanan), and Shenaz Treasury (Rama Patel).
*Ice Cube is looking to star in his first TV series.
The rapper-actor is making moves toward “Eye for an Eye,” a revenge drama in development at FX, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Produced by Ice Cube’s Cube Vision with Jeff Kwatinetz’s Prospect Park, the actor would appear as a veteran paramedic who after years responding to violent scenes takes matters into his own hands and turns into a vigilante out for revenge.
Ice Cube would also executive produce along with Matt Alvarez, his partner at Cube Vision.
The fomer NWA member currently executive produces TBS’ “Are We There Yet” series, and next has the feature “21 Jump Street” due in theaters next year.
Prospect Park, which recently abandoned online plans for soap operas “One Life To Live” and “All My Children,” has been busy this development season, with a number of projects in the works at both broadcast and cable networks, including “GILF,” with Wilfred star Jason Gann, which is set up at FX.