‘All My Children,’ ‘One Life to Live’ on OWN
NEW YORK — “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” are returning to TV.
Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network says it’s acquired the first 40 episodes of the daytime dramas’ revival on The Online Network. They’ll air Monday through Thursday for a 10-week period beginning July 15.
In a recent statement, OWN President Erik Logan said: “These shows have proven to be very popular with a significant, loyal fan base.”
When the two soaps were canceled by ABC in 2011, fans begged Winfrey to give them a second life on OWN.
She responded by releasing a video message on her website saying she couldn’t save the shows because “there just are not enough people who are home in the daytime to watch them.”
Janis Joplin show heads to Broadway
NEW YORK — The boozy, bluesy, hot-mama howl of Janis Joplin is heading to Broadway.
Producers said this week that the musical “A Night With Janis Joplin” starring Mary Bridget Davies as the iconic singer will start previews at the Lyceum Theatre on Sept. 20.
The show, written and directed by Randy Johnson, has a live onstage band and features Joplin hits and classic songs such as “Piece of My Heart,” “Mercedes Benz,” “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Ball and Chain.”
Davies, who was raised in Cleveland, first won the role in 2005 after beating 150 actresses. She has appeared in the musical revue “It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues” and another Joplin musical, “Love, Janis.” She has toured with Joplin’s band, Big Brother & the Holding Company and has released the album “Wanna Feel Somethin.’ ”
Joplin rose to fame during San Francisco’s 1967 “Summer of Love.” She died of a heroin overdose in Hollywood in 1970.