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One Life to Live will be “racier” and include “a big shock.”

Whether you’ve followed the series for years or are looking for a great form of escape and entertainment, the revised version of “One Life to Live” is bound to be your newest addition.

Traveling to the Stamford, CT set of “One Life to Live” just weeks before its April 29 premiere on Hulu, I had the chance to find out what viewers can look forward to. Those who have been distraught over the show’s cancellation will be relieved to know that many of their favorite cast members have returned to the series. Furthermore, the gripping storylines that were explored in previous seasons will continue. I spend most of the day in the press room as cast members were ushered in and out between getting ready to shoot their scenes. One of the biggest differences between the show’s run on ABC and its move to the web, is that the content is somewhat more provocative. Whereas the series once had to abide by strict Daytime TV censor laws, love scenes are now less tame and more “adult” dialogue can be used. “You just get away with a little bit more and I think it’s healthy for the show,” says Melissa Archer (Natalie). “It’s great with or without that but because we’re doing it online, I think it needs that spice. Why not make it a little funkier and young?” Shenaz Treasury (Rama), whose hair is pinned up by rollers, teases that the content has “gotten racier” and “hot blooded” but is “still romantic.” “Soaps are always romantic and romance is porn for women,” she jokes. Of course, I couldn’t help asking if some of the raunchier content involves Rama. “Rama was engaged when she was six and she’s only been with one man her whole life and she’s a little bored,” says Treasury. “Then she came to Llanview, the land of the hottest men in the world, and now she has a roaming eye. She has a husband that’s wrapped around her finger. He’s very sweet and very nice and she loves him but she’s kind of thirsty for some ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’,” she says before erupting in contagious laughter. “She used to be more interested in money but now she really wants to get out there and open herself up to all kinds of experiences.” I press her for details but she isn’t allowed to say more except that we can expect “manipulation, deceit, betrayal and a big shock when it comes to Rama.”

But having more mature content doesn’t mean that the reboot is drastically different from the original series. “It’s not Playboy TV or anything,” Robert S. Woods (Bo) says with a laugh. “It’s still tasteful. It’s not for shock value. It’s current.” There’s no denying that more risqué shows, like those that air on networks on HBO and Showtime, tend to generate massive ratings. This shift could potentially lure viewers who typically don’t watch soaps to give the show a try. Once associated with homemakers, the series is now readily accessible to viewers who prefer to watch shows online at their leisure. “I think it’s more conducive to people’s busy lifestyle and it keeps the viewers wanting more,” says Laura Harrier (Destiny), one of the show’s new cast members. Robert Gorrie, who has taken on the role of Matthew and is made up as the character (gelled hair and all) when I speak to him, believes that the shows “lighting, camera work, directing and scripts” are more like a Primetime series. “There is a lot more freedom in this platform and the subject matter is very current,” Gorrie says. “It looks beautiful. It’s not your traditional soap at all and that’s going to be a challenge for this show to break down that stigma. It’s very edgy. When you can get free from the network and make your own choices, it’s a game changer.” But will the new format alienate older generations who have followed the show from the beginning? Gorrie doesn’t think so. “People transition to new technology all the time,” he says. “They’re setting a trend for the future. I believe the younger viewership will help the older viewers transition smoothly. They’re not going to be disappointed because there’s still the same characters and their storylines are continuing. They’re going to like what they see.” For Woods, the shift from TV to the net has been intriguing. “At my age, it’s exciting to watch this transition and be on the inside of it. I think it’s going to be a good time.”

Though online viewing is quickly becoming the norm, not everyone is web savvy. “I had a letter from a wonderful lady who’s been a fan of the show since it started,” says Erika Slezak, (Victoria) who is donning elegant evening wear. “She’s 86 years old, she doesn’t own a computer and she said, ‘I’m heartbroken. I won’t be able to see (the show).’ That’s a real shame. Most of our audience is computer literate but I keep thinking that maybe they’ll sneak us on to Soapnet or something like that so she can watch it.”