"Days of Our Lives, " "Young and the Restless" to recruit from ABC soaps

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'Days Of Our Lives' And 'The Young & The Restless' To Recruit Alums
From Canceled ABC Soaps 'AMC' And 'OLTL'

EXCLUSIVE: Some of the cast members of ABC's recently canceled daytime
dramas All My Children and One Life To Live may get new soap gigs
courtesy of Sony TV. I hear the studio is planning to bring in a
number of actors from AMC and OLTL to join its two daytime dramas,
NBC's Days of Our Lives and CBS' The Young & the Restless. Names I've
heard mentioned are Debbi Morgan and Jacob Young from All My Children
and Gina Tognoni and Josh Kelly from One Life to Live.

I hear Sony Pictures TV president Steve Mosko is behind the plan. When
the AMC and OLTL's cancellations were made official earlier this
month, he reportedly sprung into action, starting consultations with
his top daytime executive Steve Kent and Days co-creator/exec producer
Ken Corday and Y&R co-creator/exec producer Bill Bell about which
actors from the departing ABC shows would strengthen the talent roster
on the two soaps. (Y&R recently recruited another former star of an
ABC soap, General Hospital's Genie Francis who starts as a new regular
at the end of May.)

While daytime dramas' fortunes have been falling over the past several
years as five soaps have bit the dust, Sony TV's Days and Y&R have
been going strong, with Y&R ranking as the top-rated daytime drama for
the past 2 decades. Last November, Days and Y&R landed multi-year
renewals by NBC and CBS, respectively. Meanwhile, All My Children will
end its 41-year run in September, One Life to Live will bow out in
January after 43 years. There had been speculation that another
network might step in to rescue the shows, including rumors about
interest by NBC in OLTL as a companion to Days. But, given the
financial challenges the two shows faced on ABC amidst declining
ratings, finding a buyer would be a daunting task. So fans of AMC and
OLTL shows may have to settle for a consolation price - getting to
keep some of their favorite stars in daytime.
I always love to see actors move around to different soaps. It shows their range - can they make me believe they are a different character? It really puts their acting skills out there.

It certainly would be great if NBC would pick up OLTL. 
Now for a dream - since NBC is in dire need for something new for prime time, why not turn OLTL into a prime time soap?