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ALL MY CHILDREN & ONE LIFE TO LIVE Writer Promotions & Changes: Lisa Connor & Chip Hayes To Lead AMC Writing Team, Jessica Klein & Marin Gazzaniga Head OLTL

The OnLine Network announced today changes to the writing staff of ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE.

In a statement the shows’ creator Agnes Nixon posted the following:
It is now my pleasure to announce that the future stories involving the lives of ALL MY CHILDREN's beloved characters are from now on in the capable hands of the co-head writers Lisa Connor and Chip Hayes, both of whom have a long and stellar history with our program.

Lisa Connor collaborated with me on the final draft of the ALL MY CHILDREN Twenty - Fifth Anniversary Family Album. For two years she also served as a line producer of the program and was creatively involved in plotting and writing daily episodes since 2002.

In addition to his six years as a producer on MELROSE PLACE, Chip Hayes in 2003, became a vital member of those devising the ongoing drama of ALL MY CHILDREN. He remains in this crucial work through its incarnation on the internet.

I agree with Prospect Park's decision to replace the head writing team for ALL MY CHILDREN. However, I particularly want to thank Marlene McPherson and Elizabeth Snyder for their incredibly positive dedication to the show and their constant helpful attitude during many long hours of intense work. It is greatly appreciated.

Agnes Nixon
“We are excited for the opportunity to put the lives of our characters in the capable hands of the new writing staff,” said Prospect Park in a statement. “We appreciate their commitment to great storytelling that will build upon an already solid foundation for the residents of Llanview and Pine Valley.”

Changes to the writing staff include the appointment of Lisa Connors, currently the script editor of ALL MY CHILDREN and Chip Hayes, currently script writer of ALL MY CHILDREN, to Co-Head Writers. Additionally, Jessica Klein and Marin Gazzaniga have been promoted to Co-Head Writers of ONE LIFE TO LIVE. Jason Seidel will also join the writing staff of ONE LIFE TO LIVE.

ALL MY CHILDREN Co-Head Writers:
Lisa Connor (has won four Writers Guild Awards and a Daytime Emmy, has worked on shows including
ALL MY CHILDREN, DAYS OF OUR LIVES, GENERAL HOSPITAL, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, AS THE WORLD TURNS, ONE LIFE TO LIVE and GUIDING LIGHT.)
Chip Hayes (ALL MY CHILDREN Writer, MELROSE PLACE Producer, Writer and Director.)

ALL MY CHILDREN Writers:
Rebecca Taylor (ALL MY CHILDREN Script Writer)
Suzanne V. Johnson (Executive on ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Head of Writer Development for ABC's daytime dramas, and Emmy award winning creator and co-executive producer of the web series, WHAT IF...)
Joanna Cohen (ALL MY CHILDREN Script Writer, journalist for Sports Illustrated)
Tara K. Walsh (Story Coordinator)

ONE LIFE TO LIVE Co–Head Writers:
Jessica Klein (AS THE WORLD TURNS Head Writer, BEVERLY HILLS, 90210 Executive Producer)
Marin Gazzaniga (AS THE WORLD TURNS and ARTHUR Writer; SO CLOSE Writer)

ONE LIFE TO LIVE Writers:
Alex Douglas (USA Network's ROYAL PAINS Writer)
Jed Seidel (GREEK, GHOST WHISPERER, VERONICA MARS Co-Executive Producer; NASH BRIDGES Supervising Producer; NASH BRIDGES, GREEK, GHOST WHISPERER, VERONICA MARS, GILMORE GIRLS, FELICITY and HOLLYWOOD HEIGHTS Writer.)

15 comments:

  1. The clouds have parted, the sun streams through and a chorus sings Hallelujah! Hopefully the second time is the charm and these new writers will have a better knowledge of story structure, engaging plots and realistic dialogue.

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  2. Any chance these changes will bring back the shows to a network? Hopefully, us Canadians who were kiboshed by PP, will be able to view on either FX Canada again or another network.
    paying an extra $15/month to watch AMC & again follow OLTL was exciting, only to be taken away after 2 weeks.
    I have purchased the Chapter 4, Episode 1 & 2 on ITunes but I can't see spending for each episode and paying extra for cable. Guess I'll have to cancel the cable as I only got the extra package to watch my beloved soaps again.

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  3. Hopefully this means the characters will revert to "who" they were on television.

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  4. Just looking at the names/credits of the OLTL writing team, one would guess the strategy is to fashion it's plotting, pacing, and structure to be more like a one-hour per week, primetime, cable drama .. and well, in terms of minutes per week, they're already there. (Recalling, right now, Jeff Kwatinez's suggestion last week that we'd all love 50 episodes of Homeland or Mad Men per year).

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  5. Agnes nixon only comments on AMC what about OLTL AMC is clearly mom's fav

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  6. new format for both shows is a huge disappointment! If I wanted to watch drunk/drugged up, overdosing, fowl-mouthed tweens I could hang out at the school yard. Bring back the elegance, humor and sophistication of the original OLTL and All my Children!! Trying too hard to be Gossip Girl meets Dirty Little Liars. Please!

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  7. Cfran...it has always been that way. All My Children was the one heavily promoted by ABC & OLTL was left out. I still to day do NOT understand why...OLTL was always & still is the better of the two.

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  8. Cfran...it has always been that way. All My Children was the one heavily promoted by ABC & OLTL was left out. I still to day do NOT understand why...OLTL was always & still is the better of the two.

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  9. Cfran...it has always been that way. All My Children was the one heavily promoted by ABC & OLTL was left out. I still to day do NOT understand why...OLTL was always & still is the better of the two.

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  10. Cfran...it has always been that way. All My Children was the one heavily promoted by ABC & OLTL was left out. I still to day do NOT understand why...OLTL was always & still is the better of the two.

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  11. Cfran...it has always been that way. All My Children was the one heavily promoted by ABC & OLTL was left out. I still to day do NOT understand why...OLTL was always & still is the better of the two.

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  12. Cfran...it has always been that way. All My Children was the one heavily promoted by ABC & OLTL was left out. I still to day do NOT understand why...OLTL was always & still is the better of the two.

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  13. And....don't even get me started on the "trio" returning to GH. Roger is worth his weight in gold, but it's really painful to watch the whole Kiky and Morgan scenes. Alfonso was "kinda cute" on OLTL, but her blank stare with mouth hanging open is getting really old.

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  14. I agree with others - OLTL has always been the better of the 2 soaps! so why are they cheapening it with so much of the Bar, body- sweat shots and druggies with tattoos, etal? Bring it back to its core. Furthermore, I don't believe they were cut back due to us all bein too busy, as a poll I saw elsewhere only had that problem for 10% of folks, while most had no problem with 4 per week per show!

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