January 22, 2013 1:41pm PT by Michael O'Connell
'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' Firm Up Additional Deals, Susan Lucci Still M.I.A.
The fictional populations of Llanview and Pine Valley are gradually rebuilding.
Following deals with Hollywood unions to resume production of One Life to Live and All My Children in February, producers Prospect Park announced a slate of actors signed to reprise their soap roles when the two series move online.
One Life to Live has the largest group on board, with Erika Slezak (Victoria Lord Buchanan) most notably signed to reprise her matriarchal role. Robin Strasser, Tuc Watkins, Robert S. Woods, Kassie DePaiva, Jerry verDorn, Florencia Lozano, Melissa Archer, Hillary B. Smith, Kelley Missal, Josh Kelly and Andrew Trischitta join Slezak as returning cast members -- with Sean Ringgold, Shenaz Treasury and Nick Choksi locked for recurring.
Susie Bedsow Horgan returns to the series as co-head writer, alongside Thom Racina (General Hospital).
As for All My Children, star Susan Lucci is notably absent from her former series' returning roster. The daytime TV icon, who was in negotiations to join the first online reboot, is not among those who've signed early deals. Darnell Williams, Debbi Morgan, Lindsay Hartley, Jordi Vilasuso, Jill Larson and Thorsten Kaye join the previously announced Vincent Irizarry as signed cast.
No head writers have been named.