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Prospect Park's Jeff Kwatinetz Clarifies Why AMC & OLTL Are Cutting Back On Episodes!

Photo Credit: Chapman Baehler

Photo Credit: Chapman Baehler

After the initial news came out this morning, in an letter to fans via Prospect Park’s Jeff Kwatinetz and Rich Frank, that the company has decided to reduce the number of episodes of All My Children and One Life to Live to two episodes each per week starting next Monday, May 20th, many fans were initially startled.  However Kwatinetz spoke to ABC Soaps In Depth to clarify a few things on the decision.  Here is an excerpt!

Kwatinetz on what the decision to cut back on episodes means to the future of the two soaps:   “It’s good. We’ve been getting millions of views. We’re off to a great start. The data is pretty clear. People aren’t watching like they watched it before. We should have expected this. We thought it’d be a lot…I don’t know why, but our initial instinct was that people were going to watch them like they watched them on ABC. But the truth is they’re watching them more like they watch shows on-line, and people are just falling behind. They think that there are too many episodes, and they don’t like missing shows or getting behind. Another factor has been the fast paced-nature of the episodes themselves. We don’t want to slow them down so people feel like it is okay to miss a show. People are telling us – and you have your own experiences – that if they miss one of our shows they feel like they have to go back, they can’t just pick up. ”

Kwatinetz also relates how, if at all, the new viewing schedule will affect the shows pacing and what were already planned for cliffhangers.  He feels that is one of the reasons the change in schedule is important because people are watching the new OLTL and AMC like other on-line viewing habits, instead of traditional soap viewing.

What are your thoughts on Jeff’s comments? Let us know!

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su0000
su0000

Their decision will drive me crazy!
I can not wait for the next days episode!
I watch every day the same as I did when the soaps were on newwork tv..

Now taht it will only be 2 days a week, NOW is when I will save up the episodes until there are 7 or ten of them and watch them all at one time on a Saturday night..

So – I was watching daily ..
now I will be watching them all at one time, once a month ..

Mark in FLA
Mark in FLA

I feel the same way. I have been looking foward to watching the daily OLTL episodes in the evening. With only two new episodes a week, I plan to watch them together either every weekend or every other weekend.

Jerry
Jerry

Me too

emtk
emtk

Me too. I already miss OLTL from Thus to Mon. Watching AMC won’t fill the gap. I am watching it anyway.

Lori
Lori

I agree. Just when we got used to watching 4 a week they drop it down to 2. it was good at 4 a week, even though they were 30 mins long it was still ok. Now with only 2 a week, I will watch them together on 1 day so you will get people to go online less

Deb Leigh
Deb Leigh

I purchased Apple TV and subscribed to Hulu+, only to have 3 weeks of OLTL before TOLN decides fans aren’t “hip” enough to watch 4 days per week. If the episodes only air twice a week I sure hope they will be an hour long!

Sandy
Sandy

Me too Deb, bought Apple TV and Hulu Plus! Very disappointed!

Sue S
Sue S

Myself and a lot of my friends use their PVR or DVR’s to tape it and watch all at once. There are also many fans, especially in Canada who do not have access to the show. Unbelieveable not to have checked that out. The fans are still out here and those of us who can access AMC and OLTL are thrilled. Cannot believe we will only have access two days a week now. Hopefully people will write in and give their support.

Clarice
Clarice

I was thrilled when AMC was back in my life. I was turning on the computer first thing every morning to enjoy the show I’ve watched since the very beginning. Although I’m retired I enjoy the young people on the show and thought they would bring in younger viewers. I was so disappointed this morning when there wasn’t a show. I only hope we can go forward with this project and possibly give us at least 4 days.

Daniel
Daniel

I am not happy with the change. Because the shows are relatively new with their online starts, folks are eager to start watching from the beginning. Six months from now people will drop in starting with the current episode. I think this sends a foreboding message to fans and they will begin to give up. I am bummed.

CurlyQ
CurlyQ

They disappointed us big time, when the first deal fell through with our beloved soaps, which most of us have been watching for decades.

Then they finally bring it back and change it and not really to our liking with all the cursing and on OLTL, the nite club with the HO’s in training and the boozing, really is ruining the show. What were they thinking? It seems the more $$$ some have, the dumber they are. If they had any sense, they would have left the show the way it was with some minor changes.

Now they are screwing us again. They should be ashamed of themselves. Wonder how these changes will affect the veteran actors. They must be extemely disappointed, more then we are.

After all the hope they gave us when our soaps came back through the internet, many of us feel, we will be losing them again and this time, they won’t be back.

I hope I am wrong on this as I am sure all the fans are.

SO PLEASE DON’T TAKE AWAY OUR SOAPS AGAIN, AND 2 TIMES A WEEK FOR EACH SOAP IS A BIG INSULT TO THE DEDICATED FANS and to the CAST OF BOTH SOAPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Debbie Hamilton
Debbie Hamilton

I am riding on the same boat as everyone else. I am extremely disappointed in the turn of events! I for one am not going on this ride again!!!!

June
June

I agree completely with the above statement by CurlyQ.

We have been waiting 2 years for our soaps to come back. The daily episodes are short enough, that they can either be viewed the same day (I watch mine while working on the computer) or all at once at the end of the week.

Honestly I’m always disappointed, at the end of each episode, that the 30 minutes is already over. It goes by so fast. I love the new fast-paced style of the shows.

Cutting back to 2 times a week truly does send the wrong message.

PLEASE give the 4 times a week format a chance for longer than 3 weeks. Get the word out in all different medias that our ABC soaps are back. They viewers will start/keep tuning in. We’ve been waiting for this!!!

Anne
Anne

Well, yes, people are watching the shows like online content because they are online content.

As much as I love the return, I find myself impatient with the gratuitous scenes and characters added to try to capture young viewers. You know what I mean. They need to concentrate on good storytelling and compelling characters. That’s harder than teen strip games and actresses with giant implants.

Is three weeks the ultimate test period in online viewing? Sad.

Bev
Bev

I so agree with you about the gratuitous scenes! Truth or Dare? Do people really still play that? It seems so last century! They are really trying too hard to cater to a younger demographic. If I hear the word s-h—t one more time!

Kevin
Kevin

Yes. Truth or dare is still around. Depends on the gathering…

Judy
Judy

Right???

Jerry
Jerry

Agreed, less than 3 weeks is not enough time.

Angela
Angela

I started watching both shows back in 1970. When abc canceled them I felt like someone died. It was awful. Then PP stepped in and we all had hope. Then only a few months later we were let down again. Then they get it together and 3 weeks in they make a statement like this! Do they really know viewers habits? I don’t know but I watched everyday. The episodes are short. I really feel 3 weeks isn’t long enough to make such a decision. Each episode is 25 minutes not a half hour as PP says. 25 minutes WITH commercials. So technically we will now get about 43-45 minutes a week. Not only that lets not forget the battle with abc over the “Llanview 3” that moved to GH. So GH scraps the characters and the very same week that the 3 come back to GH they make the decision to cut back to 2 shows a week! This whole thing stinks! OLTL at 45 minutes a week doesn’t have room for these 3 characters anymore. They have too many kids running around saying shit, taking their clothes off and trying (emphasis on trying) to be cool. I hate to say this but I am done. I am tired of the games and all the b.s.. I rather remember the OLTL that was.

Robert
Robert

I like it, plus it will give them time to “bank” more episodes so when they renew both shows they can start to add more episodes later in the year. People, KEEP Calm and View ON! Our shows are back and will be better than ever. Yes this is an adjustment period, but I have NO doubt PP is in the for the long haul and soon AMC and OLTL will be back to their former glory!!

Sue
Sue

Thank you for being positive. While I am disappointed I will continue to enjoy them instead of bash them

Bozena
Bozena

me too,nothing gonna changed, I will continue to watch.

jane
jane

i will watch faithfully but i am a die hard fan that prefers to watch everyday..Hopefully PP will put them on 3 or 4 times a week in the future.

Mark Y
Mark Y

Robert is right > #viewon

Wil
Wil

I hope you’re right. But, I’m hearing alarm bells….

Mary
Mary

I agree with you. And I AM behind in watching the shows this week so will start watching them this weekend. It sounds like it is being treated at a regular TV show right now and as long as the shows are back I’ll take them any way they do them.

Patrick
Patrick

LOL… I really do admire us long time viewers.

forever faithful. as well.

tv, music, movies… come and go so fast… with no attention span whatsoever…

it’s few and far between to share something that lasts.

lo and behold… Serials.

“keep calm, and view on”

————–

you know… it’s staggering sometimes… back to that ole’ will they or won’t they… cancel something we’ve cherished and are beholden….

Bryon B
Bryon B

This is so unfortunate. I ordered Hulu Plus and have been watching both shows every day since the premiere on April 29th. I would watch OLTL before I leave for work and AMC when I come home. I haven’t missed an episode and the pace of the shows are much faster than they were on ABC. Since it’s online, this does give viewers more flexibility to view the shows, but not like a set time and channel like television. I hope this isn’t an indication that the shows won’t last long via Online Network. If a network were to pick these shows, it would be more successful because viewers would be forced to watch it at a particular time. I watched OLTL episode today and it was so good, now I have to wait until Tuesday.

su0000
su0000

Well now you get to watch
AMC on Monday & Wed
OLTL on Tueday & Thur
for FREE!!

Bob Stone
Bob Stone

I have been watching one life. It seems like there are more and more Hulu promos and less commercials. This would indicate to me that things are not going well financially or audience wise. Why would they make this switch so quickly otherwise?

Michelle
Michelle

That’s odd, there are NO ads for Hulu on AMC, are you watching the free version or Plus?

IowaMan
IowaMan

I’ve been using Hulu+ via Roku almost from the day of its first release Easily half of the commercials on almost every series has always been advertising other Hulu+ offerings, so this isn’t a measure of how things are going “financially or audience wise”; it’s just the Hulu+ model.

Bob Stone
Bob Stone

I watch on Hulu not Hulu+. Again on OLTL there have been a lot of Hulu promos.

Jay
Jay

Sounds like code for “big trouble” // these shows are expensive to make plus poor ratings…cutting back to two episodes a week for both shows…it’s all about money, their spin on it is flmsy. This is their first effort to avoid having to cancel the shows.

Kathy
Kathy

I have to say that this week I was getting into All My Children. I would watch AMC every morning with my coffee. I was hit and miss with OLTL. It is a lot of time to watch online so I get what they are saying. I am disappointed that I will not have AMC every morning but it will allow me to watch OLTL. I think I like this idea. Hopefully once things settle down, they can increase the time per episode. I do remember that you could miss weeks of the soaps and not really miss anything. I just hope that this isn’t the beginning of the end. I hope it is the beginning of higher quality soaps. I am getting use to adapting.

Jeff
Jeff

I agree but my habits are just the opposite– I watch OLTL every morning at breakfast and have been hit and miss with AMC. It is a whole new world that PP is entering and they have to make adjustments. I am just happy to have OLTL again and am ready to move into the future!

Dmitri
Dmitri

If people are falling behind, this is done for the best. At least the shows aren’t cancelled again.

Robert in Jersey City
Robert in Jersey City

agreed. my concern is loss of the traditional daytime viewer and then losing OLTL again altogether.

Alan
Alan

I think I would have compromised with a 3 day episode cycle — Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday — with Mondays being a “What You Missed Last Week” recap for new or lapsed viewers and Friday being the Behind The Scenes ep they’ve been doing all along.

The 3 episode cycle would give viewers a full week to watch before the next 3 aired, plus a “What You Missed Last Week” episode could be beneficial in the long run if it was 15 minutes being devoted to recapping the previous week and the remaining 15 minutes spotlighting the history of one of the show’s veteran characters to help newer viewers understand their connections to other characters.

Jerry
Jerry

Agreed

Abby
Abby

I think that’s a great idea Alan. Monday would be a great recap day, with behind the scenes on Friday. Having it 3x a week, rather than two seems more doable, and will get the flow of the stories moving. By having it be at an altered pace, Tues then Thurs, it would just be jarring to the average soap viewer, who’s probably used to watching it daily. I get PP’s point though. I had to catch up and watch two weeks worth of shows in one weekend – but it was worth it!

MEG
MEG

I JUST DON’,T WANT TO LOOSE IT AND TSJ AGAIN I WANT HOW FX WILL DEAL WITH THIS,?

Cindy
Cindy

I so agree with Meg ….Can’t live without Trevor St John and I am watching everyday just like I did so…. I don’t like the idea of only 2 days a week but as long as it is for another 30 years that works for me .

Diane
Diane

I will continue to watch and I hope prospect park will add more episodes if they feel it is going good,I just hope it is not the beginning of the end i cant go through that again.

ethel
ethel

do i like the change – no!
the bottom line is we still have our soaps!

Lew S
Lew S

Ethel, That is correct!

Mike
Mike

No reason at all for people to fall behind. They are not OLTL or AMC fans if they fall behind. Its only 24-27 minutes 4 times per week. That is nothing.
Grim Reaper is sharpening his scythe.

Judy
Judy

I fell behind, but so what? I caught up again. There’s no logic in what they are saying.

TnT 2.0 Forever
TnT 2.0 Forever

I agree, its only been 3 weeks with 6 hours of programming per show, it can’t be that difficult to get caught up quickly. I’m not trying to be negative, but I will call like I see it. PP is hiding something and not being completely honest with the viewers.

Cindy C
Cindy C

I am very very happy to have AMC & OLTL back. I watch both love them watch them dailey M–Thurs and sometimes rewatch on Sat. Took out Hulu Plus to thank.Please watch them every day.So how about 3 a week.Please watch them every day!Could this have anything to do with the cost of trying to get Susan Lucci back.I really want these shows on more but I am very happy to just have them back.

Gwen
Gwen

I wish that you would reconsider cutting back on the air time of these shows , please . I want more not less . Thanks

susan M.
susan M.

I feel the same way! They are trying to do this to us again!

Wheezer
Wheezer

NOT thrilled by this. Not one bit. I’m one of the viewers who got up every morning and watched both shows over breakfast. So if I want to KEEP watching an hour’s worth of both shows a day, now I have to bank up 2 months behind’s worth of eps, to keep that schedule going. Well, looks like I won’t be tuning into Llanview or Pine Valley happenings until like… mid to late JULY. Thanks, TOLN. You just forced my hand into taking an early vacation after 3 weeks of fun. Oh, well. I have 2 months of GH backed up on the DVR, to catch up on….

gina
gina

thats not true. you have us fans that truly will watch and make time for every episode. you want to build your fan base. takes time! big mistake to take it down to two episodes a week.not fair to us true fans! there are many of us out here. i dont know what stats you read it is not what we feel as true fans.

susan M.
susan M.

I agree with you!

Laycie
Laycie

I really do not appreiate Park Place dictating how we watch our online soaps. Park Place, we feel you are punishing us because we watch several episodes in a row instead of watching 26 min a day. You are making a mistake. A huge mistake. Just like ABC.. You were on to a good thing, and more people were joining hulu daily. Majority of the die hard fans have not missed 1 episode and you want to cater to those who are hit and miss viewers. WTF? Are you seriouse? I feel betrayed again! Have you not learned anything from ABC’s mistakes?

gslam
gslam

Who’s Park Place?

Laycie
Laycie

so i dont get to pass go and get $200.00? LMAO!!! You all knew what I ment.. lololol!

Johnny
Johnny

I don’t know who Park Place is but I think they would handle this situation better than Prospect Park has.

susan M.
susan M.

DITTO!

Mark Y
Mark Y

Prospect Park I think

Carly2
Carly2

Yeah it is like that dumb ass from abc ?Disney trying to tell the world that soaps and soap fans don’t count. Oh yeah Frons a distant memory. I have not only subscribed to Hulu Plus but had to get Comcast as it is the only service in my area that can broadcast Hulu without dragging and that is costing me 83.00 a month . For what less than one hour now? I have loved OLTL since its debut but as a retired teacher on a fixed income for less than an hour a week I am not sure I can afford these rates. So very disappointed that Prospect Park would do this to us AGAIN !! Just like being punch in the stomach again.

gina
gina

i watch each day when i get home both shows ! u need to rethink this.

Janet
Janet

If we have only two shows per week why not increase them to one hour shows? Either that or leave things as they are now. ABC can produce these shows daily. If they can do it PP can do it too. Don’t fix something that aint broke folks.

Robin
Robin

I think that is a great idea making them 1 hour shows if they insist on cutting them back to two days a week. I prefer to watch marathon style, doesnt mean I dont watch them, I just like to watch them all at once. why is that such a problem with them.

Robert in Jersey City
Robert in Jersey City

Interesting to think about. If the repetition of story is taken out, then it’s become to actually stop and watch and not to keep you company the way it used to. Less repetition of story means less episodes, less costs but the distinct loss of “comfort” from the background noise these used to be. There’s the risk: The change of viewer experience.

Plus all this fast change and communication is not going to work with the traditional at-home daytime TV viewer. Take away the comfort factor from this demographic and who’s left to watch?

Nice to see old friends again, but if you made them bionic and the viewer can’t keep up……

Jean
Jean

The interview explanation is even more ridiculous than their letter! Viewers are watching the show like it an online show? Isn’t it an online show? I think they are phasing it out! How can they be #1 and and make that kind of assessment in this amount of time? So much for supporting Prospect!

TnT 2.0 Forever
TnT 2.0 Forever

I know right? So ridiculous! You can’t put a show online and expect people to watch it the same way they watch TV.

Kelly
Kelly

My big concern is that there will be a 2 month hiatus. I think they will lose whatever momentum they’ve had – which is not a lot if you read between the lines. I have feeling these shows might not even make it 6 months!

Johnny
Johnny

I ordered and pay now for “HULU +” just so I could watch AMC (although I do tune in to One Life, I don’t follow it as strongly) – this is just bad news to my ears. Two short shows a week won’t be enough to maintain current views nor attract new ones. We all thought things were going just great, now it doesn’t feel that way at all. I sincerely would love to hear what the actors have to say about this announcement.

su0000
su0000

Well, I know of 3 actors who went G?H that will not have a problem with it .. 🙂

Pen
Pen

*snort* Those three actors are heaving a huge sigh of relief, I think. Dodged a bullet.

Mary Moore Fergen
Mary Moore Fergen

Are viewers really complaining about falling behind on episodes? Anyone here feel that way? I have watched both shows every M-F, just like I did when they were onTV. They are a half hour instead of a full hour, so are people really having trouble keeping up? I’m getting the feeling that this is a cost-saving measure, and if so, I’d rather PP just be honest about it. My fear is that longtime viewers, the ones who fought so hard and so long for the soaps to return, will lose interest if each show isn’t on everyday. 🙁

Robin
Robin

I agree plus I am a little worried the actors especially they old timers are going to start dropping out like flies if they don’t have work. I am so looking forward to the dimitri and billy clyde stories… and was looking for ward to the quicker pace in the story lines but 2 days a week for what amounts to 15 minutes of storyline after the commercials is going to drag.

Casunshine56
Casunshine56

I think that your reasons for doing this make no sense. People watch when they have time or best fits schedule . We had Soapnet some people watch daily or weekly shouldn’t have any bearing on how many shows a week.
Less shows a week you will lose viewers.
I watch the way always have AMC ,OLTL and GH I’m that order. If you have 2 AMC & 2 OLTL too much time in between watching. If you are going to do that why not 1 hour show a week like prime time .

Rose S
Rose S

CRAPPY idea, I watch both every day and now it’s not about the “true blue” fans again, it’s about the minority….Why can’t they just leave a good thing alone. I hate the Friday recap stuff, just want to watch my soaps.

Robin
Robin

I hate the friday recap stuff too!….

Brian
Brian

It’s a bit of a concern, but just happy they will still be airing. I watch just like I used to when they were on television, while eating dinner.
Not sure I agree with viewers having to “catch up”; the show is 30 minutes now. In the past, if for some reason I missed an episode, I would make sure to watch both (or however many,say if I was away). Other shows in my DVR would just wait and sometimes I’d end up two weeks behind on other shows.
But we all have our priorities as to what we watch and I for one and just glad the soaps are back.

Diana
Diana

I want to know who thinks there are to many episodes? I enjoy watching them all at once. I have always done that, even when I taped them with my VHS and DVR. I prefer to sit and watch the weeks worth. I am not behind, but if they do go to 2 episodes a week, it will be harder to follow. I am ok with 4 a week but prefer 5. I was hoping they would go to 5 not down to 2. I will keep watching though, but I think it has to do with money, even though the shows are the highest watch on Hulu.

Johnny
Johnny

Is actress Susan Lucci (ERICA KANE) going to still “sit down and talk” with them? How will that conversation go I wonder? “Oh, by the way, Susan, we may have neglected to tell you the show is now 2 times a week instead of 4 times a week” – I hate being the voice of doom, I have loved the show for more years than I care to admit to,
but honestly, this doesn’t seem like a positive move in the right direction. If my boss came to me and said, “John, you’re a great guy but in order to keep up with work demands we are cutting you down to two days a week and your co worker to two days a week and on Fridays we’ll just have to make do” HOW DO you think I would interpret that? Budget cuts, that’s how I would interpret that!

Vicki
Vicki

It’s worse than that. “By the way, Susan, it’s 50 minutes a week” Dumb

Angie
Angie

I am not happy about this. If the reason is because they’re too expensive to do 4 a week, then just say that. OR be like prime time or other online shows and do ONE HOUR a week. It’s still more than I had 3 weeks ago. I am a lifelong fan and will not stop watching. And I’ve been watching every day with baited breath. I won’t stop watching but there better be some good news after this point.

Judith Englehardt
Judith Englehardt

Don’t like this one bit — I think people will lose interest in just one hour a week. And I watch everyday. Not happy about this.

Jodee
Jodee

Don’t know who these supposed people are but for myself I have been watching it every single day! I’m bummed!

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

This decision does not make me happy. What’s wrong with binge viewing? That’s what many working people did in the VCR/DVR days. The shows are still being viewed. I know some people don’t feel that the shows are the same as when they were on network. Change is to be expected. When they were cancelled, both shows certainly had changed from what they were in the 1970s. The current changes don’t bother me one bit. From the first episode, I have felt the same excitement and anticipation I’ve always felt with OLTL. I feel the same about AMC.

I sincerely hope this schedule change is not code for they are planning to pull the plug on the shows. Maybe Hulu and iTunes want out because so many people are watching on the free Hulu platform instead of paying for Hulu Plus and iTunes. If they are going to cancel the shows, they should just do it now rather than prolong the agony.

Alicia
Alicia

Are you f****** kidding me, I was looking forward to more not less, don’t have time? Nonsense, is no different if you missed an episode on tv tough luck, so the rest of us that take the time and watch faithfully have to cut back so others can catch up, really? This is the biggest crap I ever heard. Two thumbs down to whom ever came up with this dumb ass idea.

Greg
Greg

The only way I’ll be happy is if they post two ONE HOUR episodes a week. We are already down to half hour episodes four times a week…I fail to see how it is needful to cut back any more. People will either watch or they won’t. I don’t want to have the entire thing slowed down because people can’t watch 4 half hour episodes a week. What’s next??? Once a month???

Paula Kate Prince-Meserole
Paula Kate Prince-Meserole

Of course the episodes are being watched online like online shows…because we are watching online! What did they expect?

We supported Prospect Park, it’s their job to bring the shows to the internet. Which they’ve done thankfully.

It is our job to watch the shows… and the numbers prove that we are doing just that.

We were told that the great thing about the shows going to the internet is that we could watch when, how and at what times we “chose” to watch. We are doing our part….we are watching the shows.

And now Prospect Park is telling us that we are watching wrong or at the wrong time, and that because of that they are penalizing us for it.

The episodes are downloaded to Hulu at 5:00 am four days a week and are available the whole of the day and thereafter. People can catch up very easily because the episodes are still there. What difference does it make when we watch as long as we watch. I repeat… we are watching. We are doing our part….Prospect Park should have told us that were time constraints attached to this deal and that there would be consequences or punishment if we didn’t adhere to their time constraints. This whole thing is ridiculous.

Soap viewers have been put through hell already. Prospect Park should leave things as they are. Leave our episodes to four a week.

John
John

Absolutely a bad sign. What mystifies me is they have persevered for almost two years and then three weeks into it they’re giving up. Things take time. I’m still trying to figure out how to fit the two shows into my busy day. To watch these shows I bought Roku, signed up for Hulu Plus and made a sizeable financial commitment. 1 hour of new programming for each show each week is not worth it. Why do they make it sound like it has to do with the amount of space the shows take up on Hulu? BUY MORE MEMORY….HAVE PEOPLE WATCH IT ON The Online Network instead.

AJ
AJ

A fine example of pee being called rain.

Delainey
Delainey

If the writing were better, it would make it as a primetime show so it can compete with primetime shows, online viewers catch up online. If they’re gonna have a hiatus, 1 hour epi a week then give us more quality than the crap that’s airing right now. Are old writers trying to relive their young drunk party days or… are they attempting to give us a trailer trash version of Mad Men? complete fail OLTL

jimh
jimh

Make it a one hour weekly show like Dallas…reduce some of the sex and the foul language especially the fbomb that kept some fans from tuning in and replace it with more storyline by making Bo a P.I. who investigates Victors kidnapping, have Jeffry revealed as Davids son, have Mathew and Dani work undercover for Jeffry who is doing an online story on Llanviews drug problems which puts their lives in danger, give Clint and Viki a nice old fashion church wedding but at the party Kim shows up with a kid she claims is Clints…but is it? …or is Dorian behind it to get back at Viki? Replace the sex with romance scenes: Natalie and Cutter going horseback riding along a beach, Bo and Nora having a romantic candlelight dinner, Vimal and Rama slow dancing to some soft music…plus let Vimal show a more romantic side by bringing Rama flowers and gifts or taking her to nice restaruants to show he is the only man for her so she’ll have second thoughts about her open marriage suggestion, soften Dani up at least a little and have her look less trampy…show needs a young heroine, have Mathew realize he loves Destiny just as Jeffry wins her heart. CUT BACK THE PROFANTY AND SOME OF THE SEX SCENES and REPLACE THE DARKNESS OF BOTH SOAPS WITH ROMANCE AND FAMILY DRAMA LIKE IT USED TO BE! The CHANGES ARENT working and the shows are worse for it, and id hate to see them cancelled again…maybe pp needs to make one of the cable channels like lifetime or mtv a good offer to air the repeats…not everyone has internet!

Rodd
Rodd

jimh,

I think you have some interesting comments/suggestions here. I agree with many of them.

It would be interesting to see some of the stats that they say are driving story and/or decisions.

jimh
jimh

thanks

bobbi wallace
bobbi wallace

im upset big time i watch the show daily and pay for hulu just to watch them i have been so ecited to have them back daily andx only getting half of that and u r cutting that in half again dont know why i botheer

susan M.
susan M.

The whole thing S-cks in y book! There are a plenty of die-hard soap fans out there watching these two soaps on line! They are CRAZY! They haven’t been on that long and
you have to give the a chance with this new viewing format! They said the same thing when these two soaps were on ABC. The same excuse all over again! Not enough viewers and that viewers aren’t interested in these kind of shows anymore. BULLONEY!
They are playing the same old tune again!

PridEntONLINE
PridEntONLINE

At first I was annoyed thinking: “My partner enrolled in HuluPlus so I could watch my shows on my bigscreen SMART TV, now I am going to only be able to watch OLTL & AMC a few times a week.”

However, upon reflection I also realize that having Hulu opens me up to watching other soaps in their proper sequence on Hulu such as Coronation Street, Being Erica, Little Mosque etc. (which is not an option on YouTube) This would not have been an option a year ago. If this also allows PP gather funds to revive shows such as As The World Turns, Guiding Light and others then it will be worth it more. I am not abandoning the PP/Hulu ship!!

Beth
Beth

I always try and be positive but this does not seem so good. It sucks.

Judy
Judy

The logic escapes me. “People think there are too many episodes.” What? Who is saying that? Not any of the diehard fans I know. And then the fact that we don’t want to miss an episode is somehow a BAD thing?

WHAT? Get a new consultant, guys. The one you have is feeding you bad info.

kim
kim

So agree with you…PP i think bit off more than they can chew and looking for lame excuses to cover up the mess they are in…soaps work better on networks and im sure glad gh remains on abc.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

well I was a fan for years and now can’t get the show on net because I am in Canada–how do they expect to get their fans???

Larry
Larry

Check with your local cable company. FX Canada airs the shows on cable in Canada. Been happily watching since they came back!

Donna
Donna

The foul language is a real turn-off. We want more storylines, less dancing and singing. Remember the older viewers are the bread and butter to sponsors.

kim
kim

i agree…the language trashed it…that kinda language doesnt work on soaps when its used daily and i dont let my daughters watch like they did when it was on abc…its too r rated now…had they concentrated on more story more fans might of tuned in…many didnt because of racier content! It just dont belong on these type of shows…my mother stopped watching because of it. PP seemed more eager to see what they could get away with instead of caring about better story development…

Travis
Travis

People watch like it is online…cause it is online! I found at times I had conflicts to not watch that day so I watch them later all at one time. Like I did when I would tape them daily and when I had free time watch 2 or 4 or 5 shows in a row. In a way only think that altered how I watched is the computer has them stored for later rather then me setting the box on the tv station and timer recording. Also 2 1/2 weeks does not make for a long term test. If anything I sorta strayed in interest due to content not time or being online. I love one life and it has been a big part of my growing up so I will give it every chance I can but weak characters forced onto us.Out of place club setting and this nature of being edgy just to be edgy hurt it, 2 days a week could be its death nail. Also hard to sit with the who 3 actor debacle now going down to not sharing them for 1 hour a week of programing.

Lainey
Lainey

My understanding is Hulu keeps 4 or 5 shows in rotation. You can watch the shows whenever you want for about 5 days so Prospects explanation is crazy. The fans wanted the shows back and back they came. Greatly reduced in time 1/2 hour vs 1 hour and only 4 days a week. A true devoted fan would watch and make time. Plus you can fast forward all those teeny non actors kids. I feel like Prospect gave us a gift but then took it back. They can’t expect to hold onto the actors with this schedule. Not to mention we all signed up to Hulu plus. I feel that this move will alienate even the most devoted fans and doesn’t bode we’ll for the future of these shows.

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The Chew Cancelled After 7 Seasons; A Slice Of Justice For All My Children Fans?

Karma is a bitch! ABC announced yesterday that the foodie series The Chew has been axed after seven seasons. 

The Chew lost significant viewers when ABC fired main co-host chef, Mario Batali after reports of alleged sexual harassment over many years. Clinton Kelly, Carla Hall, and Michael Symon have remained the regular series hosts.

In addition, The Chew dropped 17% with women in the 18-49 demo and this has been its least watched season since its debut in 2011.  As ABC Daytime fans know, The Chew replaced iconic soap opera All My Children, when ABC made the decision to cancel the beloved soap and replace it with the food show.

So, let’s take a look at the numbers: All My Children lasted 41 years, while The Chew lasted 7 seasons. Hmm …

ABC noted that The Chew will cease production at the end of this season, but will continue to air until September with all-new episodes in June.  In addition, ABC announced that Good Morning America will expand to three hours.  Thus, switching up the ABC morning line-up.

So, are you glad that The Chew got fried?  Is this justice for All My Children fans who miss their beloved Pine Valley?  Comment below.

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All My Children Alum Kim Delaney Joins The Cast of CHICAGO FIRE!

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Pine Valley’s Jenny Gardner, who is all grown up and had a successful career in primetime television and films, has landed a primo role on NBC’s hit drama, Chicago Fire!

Casting news has revealed that Kim Delaney is joining the show in Season 6 where she will play the role of Jennifer Sheridan, the mother of Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney).

According to Deadline, Kim’s new role as Jennifer Sheridan is described as “warm, scripture-quoting and church-going. At one point she may have partied like it was 1979, but now it looks like she’s on the path of the straight and narrow. If you ask her, she’s moved on from the past, namely her messy divorce from her ex-husband Benny (Treat Williams), but old habits die very hard.”

Chicago Fire is currently on hiatus until after the Winter Olympics, when it begins again on March 1st.  As viewers know, in the last episode prior to the break, Kelly and Casey (Jesse Spenver) were seen jumping off a roof of a building while it was in flames in an exciting cliffhanger. (more…)

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TAINTED DREAMS Season 2 To Bow December 21st!

Tainted Dreams is back with a second season offering from Daytime Emmy-winning director and series creator, Sonia Blangiardo!

Beginning December 21st, the next chapter of Blangiardo’s the soap behind a soap, will be available for streaming on Amazon and Amazon Prime. (season one is also currently available on Amazon)

This series, which was nominated for five 2017 Daytime Emmys, follows the behind-the-scenes drama of a fictitious soap opera titled Painted Dreams.  Many soap opera notables have roles in the online series including: Alicia Minshew, Michael Lowry , Austin Peck. Terri Ivens,  Walt Willey, Kelley Menighan, Grant Aleksander, Bobbie Eakes, Natalia Livingston, Marnie Schulenburg, Nathan Purdee, Colleen Zenk, James DePaiva, Tonja Walker, Ilene Kristen, and the late Larkin Malloy . In addition, Jessie Godderz of Impact Wrestling and Big Brother fame, and Dina Manzo of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, also appear.

In a statement, Sonia Blangiardo said that she is “excited to take everyone along these characters’ journeys in Season 2, as they evolve and deal with ever increasing professional and personal turmoil.”

Fore more on Tainted Dreams visit their official website here.  (more…)

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