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ABC Buys New Family Drama BLACK HEART From Prospect Park!

We are sure All My Children and One Life to Live fans may have something to say about this.  In an interesting move, ABC in a competitive situation where two networks were interested, purchased the dramatic drama, Black Heart from none other than Prospect Park and Kelly Masterson.

In news out of Deadline.com, Prospect Park’s CEO Jeff Kwatinetz and TV partner Josh Barry will executive produce the new project with playwright and screenwriter Kelly Masterson, who created Black Heart.  This project reunites Barry with ABC and ABC Studios where he was an executive for 10 years before joining Prospect Park.

The story of Black Heart is said to be about: “An unlikely ascension of the second son to the throne of a multi-billion dollar, family-owned energy company. It centers on the first-born son, twisted and scarred by a fire decades ago, who uses intrigue, manipulation, blackmail and even murder to put his beloved younger brother in power.”

Prospect Park’s other primetime series have included: Royal Pains and Salem.

What do you think about the premise of Black Heart? Prospect Park and ABC and ABC Studios joint project? Share your thoughts below!

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Allen saint james
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Allen saint james

Sounds Soapy!

Denise Wolfe
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Denise Wolfe

Awesome! Now buy back the rights to All My Children and One Life to Live and I will once again watch all the programming ABC offers. Until then I will continue to watch General Hospital only on the ABC network.

ann
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ann

that is not right they should bring back all my children and one life to live this is wrong i thought prospect park is being sued cannot figure it out

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Knock it off Denise..we all watch shows on all networks that have upset us and you ain’t just watching one..and even if that’s true..you still a nielsen rating for ABC..people that say stuff like..i’m dropping them altogether i’m so mad..give me a break..you like to be entertained..they know it..and will always pique your interest. And by the by..does no one realize those shows are long done and gone and never will return. And if they do they’d have to be a whole new show just the same name with no one you knew before..and THAT would make you angry..MOVE ON… Read more »

Denise Wolfe
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Denise Wolfe

Sorry you feel so defeated davlestev 1. I am loyal to my soaps and the actors of those soaps. I was at one time loyal to ABC. I now get my entertainment elsewhere. Have a great day!

Debra
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Debra

I only watch GH as well. On hulu plus no Disney/Abc affiliated stations either since abc cancelled AMC and OLTL. And I won’t

JHusky
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JHusky

Yeah Denise great that you are sticking to your guns as am I. Other shows have come and gone but other networks have not been as disrespectful of their viewers and lie before they cancel not one but two programs including OLTL that was their top rated soap.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

If i stopped watching a network because of a cancelled soap or a different program, id have nuttin to watch…all three major networks cancelled soaps i had enjoyed!!!

Tom Jenkins
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Tom Jenkins

I agree with Ann and Denise – I think it’s absolutely DISGRACEFUL how All My Children and One Life to Live got tangled in a web of deceit and greed between ABC-TV and Prospect Park that rivaled any soap opera storyline.
The LEAST that they could do is bring back a combination of the two shows in some kind of format – call it Pine Valley, Call it Landview, call it whatever but they owe it to the Fans to bring back some kind of inception.

Marc
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Marc

I think this says all along . It was a partneship to kill One Life To Live. Fans were outraged that OLTL was murdered in its prime then along comes prospect park to slowly kill it to make the fans lose interest. To hell with abc and their dummy company

davlestev1
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davlestev1

There was no partnership to just tank a decades old show. When people had the chance to add themselves as a ratings they got angry over the direction of the show with loud complaints but even ABC as well as NBC knew not to just toss all Daytime Drama to the winds.. At least something was left and you can be vocal but just make sure you watch. There was no secret underhand dirty dealings..ABC and other networks just wanted something that brought in more viewers after millions just took soaps for granted and defected at will..you included. You can… Read more »

Joe
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Joe

Dea4 Prospect Park, I want you to bring back my or our OLTL immediately on the air. I am so sick and tired of your DRAMA WITH abc just get over this squabble and put out soap back on the air. When i say soap that includes all my children too. In business to make money you have to spend money. Yes you have to pay actors so stop crying over it! Tou do have the very best actors out there. I hd been a loyal fan of OLTL for most of my entire life. I way most i was… Read more »

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I totally agree Joe. There is no legitimate reason for OLTL and AMC not to be on the air right now.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

There is a legitimate reason..most of those people are no longer available and the show would have to move forward so far with too much explanation and a whole new cast of characters

Tom Jenkins
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Tom Jenkins

They could absolutely bring them (All my children have one life to live) back if they wanted to once the legal dust settles, whenever that is. Yes, fans would have to accept new characters and some re-casts – so what? New characters on soaps come and go every 3 – 6 months and we are all accustomed to recasting. They ought to bring back the characters as one combined soap – bring it back as an evening presentation if necessary, like SCANDAL – it’s not impossible. It would certainly be considerably better than some of the garbage shows that are… Read more »

Carol Rosario
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Carol Rosario

As long as they bring them back I miss them and if this happens Thank You so much!!!! If not we will still fight to get them back !!!!

Alan
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Alan

I thought Prospect Park was suing ABC for the failure of their online versions of AMC and OLTL and ABC was suing Prospect Park for failing to pay licensing fees for the shows.

Anyhoo, the premise of the show sounds interesting but may be too dark for audiences. As always, its success or failure will all boil down to its time slot because when it comes to network TV quality writing is never a factor.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Everyone wants their version of Empire– look for a whole slew of family business dramas on all networks in the next couple of seasons. ABC brought it only to prevent it from going to another network– it doesn’t mean they will air it, they can keep it on the shelf if they want. But in the end everyone wants to make money and if it makes money for them they will deal with anyone, even someone suing them.

Loretta Corrine
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Loretta Corrine

Good, I hope it’s good

Loretta Corrine
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Loretta Corrine

They took all the good soaps off the air, anyway they do not listen to how the fans feel.

SteveS
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SteveS

Whatever happened with the lawsuit over OLTL? I still miss AMC, both the ABC and PP versions, and I’m not interested in a new show if there’s a chance the other two could be brought back when the lawsuit ends.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

Yes. The silence over the lawsuit is deafening. I do not trust the alphabet network or the mouse company.

KansasGuest
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KansasGuest

Pretty sure BLACK HEART is intended for prime time. It’s confusing a lot of daytime fans because this website discusses mainly soaps. But, I think Prospect Park got burned with soaps & is sticking with nighttime series for now, like ROYAL PAINS & SALEM. The only way for them to have an income is for their shows to actually run. They can’t just sit around waiting to go to court on 2 shows that aren’t making them any money.

Daisy Day
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Daisy Day

Who are the actors? Is there a a time slot?

Joe
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Joe

I will not be watching your SOAP OPERA only GH and AMC & OLTL if they ever are brought back on. My BOYCOTTING of abc will continue 23/7. LET’S GO PEOPLE BOYCOTT abc/disney!!!!!!!! Joe

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I have not watched anything from the alphabet network or the mouse company since OLTL went off the air.

Tom Jenkins
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Tom Jenkins

I do not watch any ABC-TV shows for the same reason. I USED to watch, for many years, the abc “love in the afternoon” line up but since they totally screwed that up – the executives at abc-tv can go jump in a lake.
BRING BACK All My Children and One Life to Live!

Wpbpatfl
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Wpbpatfl

ABC should only buy if General Hospital gets Todd and Starr back!

Fanny
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Fanny

Finally, the voice of reason!!!

Fanny
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Fanny

Let’s not forget John.

KansasGuest
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KansasGuest

Oh, that would be a GREAT way to begin the tenure of the new head writers. *sarcasm* If you think fans were tough on RC, flipping the actors back to 3 characters who basically disappeared would probably kill GH.

Pat
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Pat

If anything kills General Hospital, it will be all the constant negativity.

Adric Graham
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Adric Graham

This is an insult to generations of soap fans! I have boycott ABC/D and all sponsors ever since the fateful day you murdered two fantastic shows (OLTL / AMC) spanning a life of over 8o years put together! You treated the cast and crew terribly! You sabotaged PP’s version of OLTL by killing off Cole & Hope on GH, knowing this would harm their writings. I don’t care who would pick up our beloved Llanview / Pine Valley families, but I’d worship that channel! Until you do right by the fans, we will continue to see ABC as it is… Read more »

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

Well said.

susan beetham
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susan beetham

This brings me back to the thought that the suspicion that this whole move was a sham, and Prospect Park never intended to successfully promote OLTL and AMC on-line. it was to take the heat off ABC! Yes, a conspiracy theory.

cheryl
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cheryl

Sounds like another show to boycott. If prospect Park wants to create something , why not create a way to give us our soaps as promised. And ABC really you take off 2 beloved soaps, sell the rights to this group, sue this group, now you are in bed with them! That is why I ignore all ABC programming.

Beth
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Beth

That’s a very unique premise to a show. It sounds very interesting and I’d be curious to learn more about it once there’s a pilot episode. As for the ABC/PP connection, business is business. One pending lawsuit shouldn’t prevent the two from making a new deal. I wish the two sides would settle the lawsuit so that there’s some resolution to all the issues. IMO ABC owes PP some money, and PP has alot of outstanding debt to pay off. At this point I think most of us have accepted that AMC and OLTL are over, and most of the… Read more »

Cassie
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Cassie

I wish oltl was coming back

scott
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scott

My question is if there in a fight for oltl and AMC still for the rights and money …..why r they working together again on a new project? What ever happend to the court hearing they were suppose to have in may?

Ali
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Ali

Making it a daytime drama would be nice !!??

Gerry
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Gerry

Maybe this is some sort of side deal ABC is cutting to put an end to the lawsuit, which Prospect Park probably knows is going nowhere.

Lew S.
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Lew S.

Excuse me, but WTF???!!!!

Linda
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Linda

I thought that genius Brian Fronz said the era of soaps is over. How come ABC bought a soap from PP? Because it’s a “primetime drama”? PP is made up of former ABC/D people and the only reason they so-called revived AMC & OLTL was to appease the outraged fans. Guess what, I’m still pissed at ABC/D and will still only watch GH on ABC! BRING BACK AMC & OLTL!!!

Nancy Hirsch
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Nancy Hirsch

I want my OLTL back. Period.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

So do I. I am lost without our beloved OLTL. I also really enjoyed the online AMC and would love to have it back also.

brenda
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brenda

This sounds really suspicious to me. Why start a new soap when there are tons of fans who want their old soaps back. It is going to be on before or after GH?

su0000
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su0000

Good for Prospect Park!!! They went to hell and back trying to do the impossible; bringing TV production to the internet.. They had a huge Union battles, a studio battle, lost millions, declared bankruptcy, and PP is still in the courts with the lawsuit, all over trying to bring 2 soaps to the internet; impossible.. To this day nobody has succeeded to bring TV production to the internet.. I love love ”Salem” !! a big hit… Way to go PP !! Their new project ”Black Heart” sounds good… If it is anything like Salem, it will be big.. OLTL and… Read more »

KansasGuest
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KansasGuest

Prospect Park is hardly the only production company to be producing shows for the internet. Netflix & Amazon have been producing original shows for the internet for a while, some of which just received Emmy nominations. HOUSE OF CARDS, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, THE UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT, TRANSPARENT, DAREDEVIL, etc. DirectTV took over the Glenn Close series, DAMAGES for a season, like Yahoo just did for COMMUNITY. There are a lot of original series being produced now for streaming that are not seen on broadcast, cable or pay tv channels.

KansasGuest
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KansasGuest

I forgot to mention Hulu, which is partially owned by NBC, ABC & Warner Bros, that also creates many original series streaming. Hulu will be producing season 4 of THE MINDY PROJECT because it was cancelled by FOX this year.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

You know su0000..sometimes people just say the goofiest things.. Move on.. Watch old shows and clips but just get over it already

Tom Jenkins
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Tom Jenkins

ALL MY CHILDREN and One Life to Live to not HAVE to be “dead and gone” – once the legal dust clears these show could resurface in a whole new inception if the genius executives would listen to the fans. So, SU0000 while I respect your opinion I do not share it at all – while I was not crazy about the “on-line versions” of the two most classic soaps, I think they were slowly finding their footing, I just don’t think Prospect Park had any real clue as to what they were getting into. ABC-TV should have NEVER let… Read more »

Jaime
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Jaime

Kind of tired of all the Dynasty rip offs of the billionaire sect. To be honest the billionaires have done much harm to the middle class and its time to speak out rather than perpetuate

Xanna Don't
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Xanna Don't

How can you post this and make NO reference to the fact that these two companies are suing each other over All My Children and One Life To Live? Diehard fans of these iconic daytime dramas would love to know how they kissed and made up for this deal but have left our shows in limbo.

KansasGuest
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KansasGuest

Media companies sue each other all the time over a project, then work together on other projects because they aren’t individuals. It’s business. It doesn’t cause the bitter feelings that would happen if your neighbor sued you because quite often, the legal departments doing the suing aren’t the ones making entertainment decisions for the company. Different departments. The head of ABC programming doesn’t get involving in deciding to sue. Likewise, the creative heads at Prospect Park deciding which projects to make/cast/produce aren’t deciding to sue ABC. That’s all handled on a different level. Meanwhile, time moves on & there are… Read more »

marz
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marz

Maybe it’s in the wings waiting for the inevitable sinking of GH. It sounds totally soapy.

Justin Jo
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Justin Jo

It makes me furious that ABC and PP can work out a “joint venture” for this show and this project, but they cannot for the love of anybody come to some kind of resolution with “One Life to Live” so “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” can return to all us loyal followers who followed and enjoyed both shows with ABC and Prospect Park.

Jesus Christ!

KansasGuest
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KansasGuest

What is obviously personal for you is just business for an entertainment company. PP works w/ABC because they have to. ABC Entertainment is just one part of the largest entertainment company in the WORLD – Disney. Since PP just declared bankruptcy last year, they really don’t have the luxury of not selling their series to an extremely successful company that’s willing to buy it if they have any hope of emerging from bankruptcy.

KateA
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KateA

I continue to boycott ABC and will until I die. Bring back AMC! It will fail because ABC and PP are doing it!

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

OLTL fans are right there with you KateA. As far as I’m concerned, both the alphabet network and the mouse company can go out of business.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

This site feels bloated…too many newbies…lol

Andrea
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Andrea

It sounds like a Dallas-type nighttime soap. I will not watch this if and when it shows up on television or the internet, but I hope PP got a good deal, and that they put the money to good use. I want the court battle to be settled and I want One Life to Live and All My Children to return.

Rodd
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Rodd

My immediate thought: WTH?? What happened to the lawsuit? WHy would ABC buy something from the same people they’re suing? I just don’t understand.

That being said, the premise does sound interesting.

su0000
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su0000

The lawsuit is none of our business, actually.. Most likely they have been negotiating and settling, those things are usually not public information.. Neither PP nor ABC is going to discuss or inform the public of their business.. I can see how the Black Heart series would go to ABC.. ( it was jointly created/produced by PP and Barry/PP, and he/Barry was an ABC Executive for 10 years before joining Prospect Park. It is all about business and money, there are no emotions, just profit. OLTL and AMC were killed by ABC and PP tried to resurrect them.It’s done and… Read more »

davlestev1
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davlestev1

OMG…MichaelFairman…WHY DON’T THEY GET IT????

Brett
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Brett

Why on earth are ABC dealing with PP who are suing them?

brian
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brian

buy back One Life To Live and re-hire Ron C and get things back in proper order !

Rod
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Rod

SOUNDS TOTALLY STUPID!!!!!

penny
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penny

Salem is a good show, Royal Pains wasn’t my cup of tea. I’m in if the cast appeals to me. Can’t be any worse than what’s passing as great TV now.

graciesbff
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graciesbff

I have zero interest in what ABC has purchased.
Since they axed AMC ( which I watched from day 1 in January of 1970) I have not, nor will I ever watch anything on that channel.

anita
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anita

I was fan of both AMC & OFTL. I kept holding my breath every day that my GH won’t bite the dust. Has for this new show I never heard of it . I still do under stand why the cancelled both soaps. Since soaps have been around for a long time and have kept the network in business for years. I do not if I really care about this so called drama nor will I watch it.!!!

Tom Jenkins
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Tom Jenkins

PROSPECT PARK did NOT even have the decency to offer the many fans of both AMC and OLTL some kind of passable “explanation” as to what happened with the shows, not even a vague publicity statement was issued. They totally and completely left fans high and dry,(& actors as well) and even though some fans say “well, they tried to bring the shows back” I personally never cared for their seemingly carefree attitude, actually once stating “If the fans will stay out of our way we will see where this goes” when it was clear from the start they were… Read more »

Linda Ziemak
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Linda Ziemak

so confused thought they were bankrupt……all i can say is bring back OLTL and AMC

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Hallmark Channel’s ‘Home & Family’ Returns to Production For Ninth Season; Premiere Date Revealed

Another daytime show is heading back to production amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Now comes word that Hallmark Channel’s flagship morning lifestyle series, Home & Family has returned to production at its Universal Studios set for its ninth season.

All My Children favorite Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan Lavery) and Debbie Matenopoulos will return as co-hosts .

Look for the new season to kick-off on Monday, September 14th at 10am EST.

In a statement, Home & Family executive producer, Tracy Verna Soiseth shared: “We are thrilled to be returning to our home for the new season. Home & Family is a daily destination of comfort television, and we are very happy to be returning with two hours of daily interviews, cooking segments, DIY crafts and our hugely popular animal adoptions.”

For the past several months. a daily series featuring the cast called At Home with Our Family has run across the show’s social media platforms during the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Deadline,premiere-week guests are to include: Jenna Bush Hager, Danica McKellar, celebrity chefs Jet Tila, Carla Hall, Buddy Valastro, Curtis Stone, Rashad Jennings and Dennis Quaid.

So, glad to know Home & Family is also back in production? Comment below.

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Michael B. Jordan Pays Tribute To Chadwick Boseman: “Since Nearly The Beginning Of My Career, Starting with All My Children When I was 16 Years Old You Paved The Way For Me”

Following the news of the tragic death of now motion picture icon, Chadwick Boseman late Friday, tributes and sentiments have poured in from celebrities, politicians and fans from all across the world.

Chadwick Boseman passed away late last week at the age of 43 from colon cancer – a battle he kept silent about for the last four years of life.

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No one could be more intertwined with Boseman’s career than that of his fellow Black Panther star, Michael B. Jordan.  For Jordan took over the role of Reggie Porter on All My Children from Boseman after the late actor lasted one week, following standing up to, and addressing concerns, of racial stereotypes in the way that the part was written.  Reggie was introduced to Pine Valley as a gang member in 2003.  As previously reported it was Boseman who helped the soap opera improve the role that Jordan took over with some recommendations.

Now Michael B. Jordan has written a heartfelt remembrance of Chadwick that he shared on his Instagram, and what he has meant to his life, including how he showed him how to be better, to honor purpose and create legacy.

Read below Michael’s post:

“I’ve been trying to find the words, but nothing comes close to how I feel. I’ve been reflecting on every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hug…everything.

I wish we had more time.

One of the last times we spoke, you said we were forever linked , and now the truth of that means more to me than ever. Since nearly the beginning of my career, starting with All My Children when I was 16 years old you paved the way for me. You showed me how to be better, honor purpose, and create legacy. And whether you’ve known it or not…I’ve been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness.

I wish we had more time.

Everything you’ve given the world … the legends and heroes that you’ve shown us we are … will live on forever. But the thing that hurts the most is that I now understand how much of a legend and hero YOU are. Through it all, you never lost sight of what you loved most. You cared about your family , your friends, your craft, your spirit. You cared about the kids, the community, our culture and humanity. You cared about me. You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to truly give you your flowers while you were here.

I wish we had more time.

I’m more aware now than ever that time is short with people we love and admire. I’m gonna miss your honesty, your generosity, your sense of humor, and incredible gifts. I’ll miss the gift of sharing space with you in scenes. I’m dedicating the rest of my days to live the way you did. With grace, courage, and no regrets. “Is this your king!?” Yes . he . is!  Rest In Power Brother.”

What do you think of Michael’s tribute to Chadwick and how they have been interconnected dating back to 2003 and All My Children? Comment below.

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Chadwick Boseman, ‘Black Panther’ Star and the Original Reggie On AMC, Dies At 43

In just heartbreaking news in an already dismal 2020, one of the brightest motion picture stars, Chadwick Boseman has died at the age of 43.

Boseman was battling colon cancer for the last four years of his life.  According to his rep, Boseman was diagnosed in 2016 with stage 3 colon cancer and his battle continued as it progressed to stage 4

Chadwick passed away with his wife and family by his side in his home.   In a shocking revelation, all of the movie performances in the last four years he has filmed were done in between chemotherapy and countless surgery.

Boseman is best known for his groundbreaking role as King T’Challa  in Black Panther.   His performance was the first ever Marvel Studio movie headlined by a black actor.  The film was nominated for an Academy Award.   He first appeared as the character in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War.

Most recently, Chadwick appeared in the Spike Lee’s Vietnam War drama Da 5 Bloods, and this year he’s due to appear opposite Viola Davis Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” the film adaptation of the August Wilson play.  The actor starred in other films, including playing James Brown in Get On Up and Jackie Robinson in 42,  and the lead role in Marshall.

However, Boseman actually got his start on All My Children when he was the original actor cast in the role of Reggie Porter.  He appeared on the soap for only one week before the role was recast with none other than Michael B. Jordan, and their paths could eventually cross years later on multiple film projects.

In an interview in 2019, Boseman revealed what led him to be fired from All My Children stating:  “When I got it (the part), I was like, ‘This is not part of my manifesto. This is not part of what I want to do. How can I make it work?’ Because with a soap opera, you don’t know the full scope of what’s gonna happen — you don’t know where they’re gonna take the character, because they don’t always know where the character is going. And because of that, there’s possibly room for me to adjust this and change it and make it so it’s stereotypical on the page but not on the screen.”

For Boseman had issues with how Reggie was portrayed and how it was written with racial stereotypes.  In story, Reggie was a young gang member who was adopted by Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) and her husband, Jackson Montgomery (Walt Willey). “I remember going home and thinking, ‘Do I say something to them about this? Do I just do it?’ And I couldn’t just do it. “I had to voice my opinions and put my stamp on it. And the good thing about it was, it changed it a little bit for Michael B. Jordan.”  Apparently the producers told Boseman he was too much trouble but took some of his suggestions on the role moving forward.

Share your thoughts and condolences on the passing of Chadwick Boseman via the comment section below.

Watch below, when Chadwick speaks at the Howard University commencement in which he shared to the graduating students about losing his gig on All My Children(Thanks to Renee for this)

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