Venerable daytime dramas All My Children and One Life to Live will soon be reborn online after getting the ax by ABC, which had broadcast them for decades.
Prospect Park’s The Online Network has set its debut of both long-running soaps for April 29.
Both will appear each weekday with new 30-minute episodes available to stream on computers for free on the Hulu website. Subscribers to Hulu Plus can watch them on a variety of other devices. Episodes will also be available on iTunes.
Agnes Nixon, the soap opera pioneer who created both shows more than 40 years ago, is serving as creative consultant for their online revivals.
A number of stars from the long broadcast run of each soap are also returning, to join new cast members.
Ellen’s talk show gets renewal
Fans of Ellen DeGeneres’ daytime talk show have reason to feel reassured.
Show producers and NBC announced Monday that The Ellen DeGeneres Show has been renewed through 2017.
In its 10th season, DeGeneres’ show has scored some of its best ratings this season.
Performers sue over ‘Harlem Shake’
Two performers who say their songs have been used in Baauer’s No. 1 hit Harlem Shake are seeking compensation because their vocals have been used without permission.
The New York Times reports that songs from Hector Delgado and Jayson Musson are used in Harlem Shake, which has become a viral hit thanks to YouTube videos of people dancing to the song.
Delgado’s Maldades and Miller Time by Musson’s former rap group, Plastic Little, are said to be sampled in Harlem Shake. The song is spending its third week on top of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.
Delgado and Musson say they never gave Baauer, who was born Harry Bauer Rodrigues, permission to use their songs. Both Musson and Delgado are seeking compensation from Mad Decent Records, which put out the single and declined to comment.
‘Shades’ author offers writing tips
E.L. James’ latest project is a journal that also offers a few tips on one of life’s most enduring passions: writing.
Vintage Books announced Monday that James has collaborated with the publisher on Fifty Shades of Grey: Inner Goddess (A Journal).
It includes lined pages for readers to set down their own ideas, or inner goddess. It also contains a foreword by the million-selling author, professional advice and excerpts from her work. Vintage says the journal will have a soft leather cover, bonded.
Vintage is a paperback imprint of Random House Inc.
James’ erotic trilogy was acquired by Vintage last year and has sold more than 70 million copies worldwide. The Inner Goddess journal will be published May 1.