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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

Sounds Soapy!

Denise Wolfe
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
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
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 GIRL…move on.

Denise Wolfe
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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 say not you..but you did.

Joe
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 in might had missed a lil back when I was a small child but for the entire run of the show. Get it back on the air. ALL THREE SHOWS WERE A GREAT LINEUP TO LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON.

Sincerely, Joe

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

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

davlestev1
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
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 out there now.

Carol Rosario
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
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
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
Loretta Corrine

Good, I hope it’s good

Loretta Corrine
Loretta Corrine

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

SteveS
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
Llanviewer717

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

KansasGuest
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
Daisy Day

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

Joe
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
Llanviewer717

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

Tom Jenkins
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
Wpbpatfl

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

Fanny
Fanny

Finally, the voice of reason!!!

Fanny
Fanny

Let’s not forget John.

KansasGuest
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
Pat

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

Adric Graham
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 (Another Bad Channel). If you can do this latest move with PP, why not buy back OLTL??? Are you people really that insane to cancel your longest running shows for The Spew and that other garbage? Nothing you ever do would bring me back to your channel UNLESS you reinstate One Life To Live! You couild merge it with All My Children if need by, but make it work! You want your one time true loyal fan base back? Give us a reason to come back!

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

Well said.

susan beetham
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
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
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 actors have moved on to other jobs. Let PP and ABC resolve the lawsuit and move on, too.

Cassie
Cassie

I wish oltl was coming back

scott
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
Ali

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

Gerry
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.
Lew S.

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

Linda
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
Nancy Hirsch

I want my OLTL back. Period.

Llanviewer717
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
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
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 AMC are dead and gone..
They are in the soap opera graveyard with all the other dead soaps..
They will never return..
C’mon stop being grown up cry babies over it..
it is what it is- they are dead and gone.. They will not rise again.

(probably resting in peace next to the Guiding Light under the big oak tree)

KansasGuest
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
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
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
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 the shows “just go” without experimenting with shortened versions or a combination of both shows.

Jaime
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
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
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 time slots that need to be filled & shows that need to be made for these companies to make money.

marz
marz

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

Justin Jo
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
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
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
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)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

This site feels bloated…too many newbies…lol

Andrea
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
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
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 over.

I’m looking forward to seeing Black Heart, sounds good 🙂

davlestev1
davlestev1

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

Brett
Brett

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

brian
brian

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

Rod
Rod

SOUNDS TOTALLY STUPID!!!!!

penny
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
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
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
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 having problems with keeping the shows afloat.

Linda Ziemak
Linda Ziemak

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

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If you caught the finale of The Masked Singer this week, you know that “The Turtle” was revealed to be none other than former All My Children star and recording artist, Jesse McCartney.

While McCartney came in as the runner-up, losing out to Kandi Burress, he spoke to Digital Journal about his latest single, “Friends’ and recalled his time working with the one and only David Canary (Ex-Stuart/Adam) on the now defunct ABC daytime drama series.

As a young JR Chandler from 1998-2001, that put him sharing on-screen time with Canary, who played his father.  Jesse remembers all of the lines of dialogue thrown at him at a young age was not fun.

When speaking of his time with Canary, McCartney shared: “He was one of the sweetest guys on the planet and he was such a kind soul. He played my father, Adam Chandler, and not only was he the star of the show but he played his own twin brother, Stuart. He had double the lines of any character on the show, and in my three years on the show, he never messed up a line even once. There was a time when David helped me when I was having a moment and I struggled with remembering my lines, so as a result, the soap world for me is very sentimental.”

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Missing the best, the baddest, and the sexiest of Pine Valley? Well, they are all coming together in Entertainment Weekly’s #UnitedAtHome series beginning next week on May 26th.

The five-part series goes through Friday, May 29th, with new live episodes premiering at 10 a.m. ET and two on Friday. You can watch it here  on EW.com and PeopleTV.com.

The All My Children zoom series will feature the likes of :Kelly Ripa, Billy Miller, Mark Consuelos, Josh Duhamel, Susan Lucci and many, many more.

The weeklong event is also for a cause, with the AMC cast choosing to support Feeding America, which is putting food on the tables of those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic across the country.

Cast members that will be appearing throughout next week are: Jennifer Bassey, Tamara Braun, Justin Bruening, Rebecca Budig, Mark Consuelos, Josh Duhamel, Bobbie Eakes, Melissa Claire Egan, Ricky Paull Goldin, Alexa Havins, Michael E. Knight, Jill Larson, Eva LaRue, Susan Lucci, Cameron Mathison, Cady McClain, Billy Miller, Alicia Minshew, Sydney Penny, Kelly Ripa, Leven Rambin, Eden Riegel, Chrishell Stause, Walt Willey, Darnell Williams, and Jacob Young.

So, what do you think of this AMC upcoming series with the former stars of the beloved soap? Comment below.

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Throughout the airing of the special, The Story of Soaps was trending on Twitter and social media either at the #2, #3 or #4 spots for the entire duration of the broadcast presentation, and the cancelled and beloved All My Children was also at one point trending.

However, known soap writers, journalists, ardent fans, and actors of the genre, were all on Twitter last night live-tweeting their thoughts as the special went down, and there was definitely mixed reactions and reviews, when all was said and done.

What the special did not shy away from, but tackled, was Luke’s rape of Laura at the campus disco on General Hospital. and how that moment now, as Genie Francis (Laura), so eloquently put, would be considered as ‘date rape’ in our culture.  The series even included a pivotal moment where Laura addresses Luke (Tony Geary) about the rape years later, after helping Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) through her rape ordeal.

John Stamos (Ex-Blackie Parrish, GH) got a bevy of “Right On’s!” for his comment that the soaps do not get the credit that they deserve and clearly came through as one of the soaps greatest supporters, as did former The Doctors and Knots Landing star, Alec Baldwin.

However, throughout the two-hours, Andy Cohen’s commentary was thread throughout; mostly citing soap’s demise and the creation of reality-programming and his “Real Housewives” franchise, that the special touted as the new soap operas.  It continued on the narrative that people preferred to see real-life drama then made-up drama on a fictional soap.  And while, that has been a trend in American culture for decades, the commentary came off as often out of place in a celebration of the soaps; and bringing in a lot of negativity to the special that soap fans were tired of hearing.

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The special did also address the cancellations of All My Children and One Life to Live, (which many were not sure they were going to do – given this special was airing on ABC), where One Life’s leading lady and six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki) said what we all wanted to sa ywhen the ax fell on the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, “People were horrified”.

Clearly, OJ Simpson and his murder trial and reality-programming were also given a chunk of time to show where the once mighty landscape of daytime soaps which once had 13 shows on the air, dwindled town to 4.  But, it would have been nice to see more time spent on how in this day and age, the people in this current landscape of the genre work so hard to get episodes done at an unbelievable pace, and how in that climate the performers still deliver gut-wrenching performances.

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Former Loving, OLTL and Breaking Bad star, Bryan Cranston, did point out how the once powerful soaps, just don’t have the dollars they used to, and need to, to help with production costs and their taping schedule.

Viewers were reminded of soaps’ socially relevant storylines including hankie-inducing moments from: Robin (Kimberly McCullough) and Stone’s (Michael Sutton) HIV/AIDS storyline on General Hospital, to Billy Douglas being a gay teen coming out on One Life to Live, played by a young Ryan Phillippe.

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There also did not seem time spent on the contributions of William J. Bell; one of the most prominent writers of the soap genre of all-time.

For many commenting on social media last night, there seemed to be a feeling of some glaring omissions of participants who could speak on this genre, who have been in the trenches as soap producers, soap writers, pundits, actors, and more, who were not included in the special.

So, what was your review of The Story of Soaps? How would you grade it? Do you feel it accurately reflected the history of the genre?  Were you happily surprised,  or when it came to the end where you over it, or somewhere in between? Sound off in the comment section below.  Below are some tweets from notables who have worked as an actor, a writer, and a journalist in the soaps.  

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