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ABC Countersues Prospect Park Networks For $5 Million For Allegedly Missing License Payments For AMC & OLTL!

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Photo Credit: David Russell/TOLN

The backstage battle continues again today between ABC and Prospect Park Networks.  Now, ABC is countersuing Prospect Park Networks for $5 million for allegedly missing license payments owed to them for All My Children and One Life to Live!

According to The Hollywood Reporter, ABC came forth today with this claim after Prospect Park Networks earlier in the week listed that they owed ABC 1.7 million as part of their bankruptcy filing.

According to ABC’s claim. and now listed in the cross-complaint with LA Superior Court, Prospect Park only made licensing payments for the months of April, May and June of 2013, but only for All My Children the next two months and then nothing for either series thereafter.   The cross-complaint also makes mention that once Prospect Park began principal photography around March 2013,  and that it triggered their obligation to pay the Series Fees for both series – One Life to Live for the first season was $4 million, and All My Children was $4.5million, in total 8.5 million.  ABC is now suing to get all unpaid licensing fees saying, they suffered breach-of-contract damages of at least $5 million.

Additionally, Prospect Park is still suing for $95 million against ABC for their claims that ABC sabotaged the relaunch of One Life to Live borrowing characters to either kill them off on General Hospital or create a “mega soap” and much more!

What do you think about ABC’s counterclaim?  Isn’t it a shame that all that the fans and the actors involved wanted was to see All My Children and One Life to Live live again after ABC cancelled the two soaps, and in trying to bring them back in a new format, all this has occurred?   Will AMC and OLTL ever live to see another day?   Weigh-in!

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Tom
March 12, 2014 4:35 pm

They can sue and countersue each other until Doomsday–the real losers here are, of course, the fans.

su0000
March 12, 2014 6:04 pm
Reply to  Tom

The ”fans” lost due to ABC who killed them off..
They were dead when PP acquired them..
The total blame for AMC and OLTL death is ABC ..

Harry
March 13, 2014 12:40 pm
Reply to  su0000

I actually agree with you, Sue. And suing Prospect after they dumped these two soaps, and after doing what ever they could to ensure OLTL’s and AMC’s failure, is akin to suing a former, now deceased employee for collecting unemployment after they fired him.
Is ABC tired of being personified as a heart less beast? Then they need to stop kicking sand in the little guys faces. Bunch of bullies.

David
March 13, 2014 6:48 pm
Reply to  Tom

The reason AMC and OLTL are off ABC is becaue the ratings were not there anymore to keep them gonig. And for all those that said The Chew would be a failure it is now placing #2 in all daytime shows in the key demos. ABC had a big press release about that today. The Chew’s production is far cheaper than AMC and OLTL’s were. The ratings for The Chew are now even or higher than AMC and OLTL especially in the key demos. People should stop blaming ABC or PP the shows were cancelled by ABC because no one watched.

How is ABC kicking sand in the face of anyone. They filed this countersuit before Prospect Park declared bankruptcy. It has been proven Prospect Park owns ABC the money and they also owe several actors and actresses who I hope also sue Prospect Park. They all deserve the oney owed to them including ABC.

bigD
March 27, 2014 3:02 pm
Reply to  David

First of all, don’t believe every press release that ABC puts out regarding The Chew. If you remember, they also had The Revolution and Katie and both of them are now cancelled. If you want to call The Chew a success, that explains one cancellation–not 2. It was just poor public relations to cancel both shows at the same time. Secondly, ABC keeps saying that in ‘key demographics’ which is not the same as overall viewership. And just because The Chew is doing ok this month, it does not mean it’s a hit by any means. ABC soap General Hospital has seen gains as well so maybe an uptick in overall ABC viewership was forthcoming regardless. Maybe GH and AMC needed new show runners instead of cancellation.

Nancy L
April 1, 2014 11:43 pm
Reply to  David

The whole deal with ABC on OLTL and AMC was that Brian Frons, who is no longer in his position with ABC, wanted to have some show that was cheaper to make. It all came down to money – but we the fans and I had watched OLTL and AMC for 40 yrs! Frons put on “The Chew”, which as you say is cheaper to make and is holding about the same audience it had with AMC and OLTL. HOWEVER, and this is huge, ABC also put on “The Revolution” and it tanked, so all that money went down the tubes. ABC brought Katie Couric on and they are now cancelling that show this May, another error in judgment for ABC. ABC should own Prospect Park money not the other way around. We the fans and we are in the millions have lost 2 shows we so much enjoyed, while ABC is tanking with some of their picks!

David
April 3, 2014 6:34 pm
Reply to  David

Nelsen an independent company from ABC posts the ratings. ABC only lists the ratings based on those numbers. The Chew is drawing more of an audience in the key demos than AMC was. ANd yes ABC went with the cheaper show. A TV network is a business just like a supermarket, restaurant etc. They are going to do what makes them the most profit and at the cheapest cost.

I love the AMC and OLTL fans who cannot accept that The CHew is a success. But guess what The Chew is around to stay for a long time.

Jonathan
March 12, 2014 4:55 pm

So Michael, when do the RIP sign go back next to the names of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live”?

Mitch Laurence
March 13, 2014 1:19 am
Reply to  Jonathan

As the say on the medical dramas, it’s time to call it. RIP! RIP! RIP! RIP! RIP! RIP! LOL!

Harry
March 13, 2014 12:41 pm
Reply to  Mitch Laurence

Are you really laughing out loud? At this?

Charday
March 12, 2014 5:04 pm

This is getting old. Just go away, PP.

Diego
March 12, 2014 7:45 pm
Reply to  Charday

I AGREE WITH YOU CHARDAY, THIS IS GETTING OLD AND RIDICOULOS, PLEASE GO AWAY PROSPECT PARK.

GH50
March 13, 2014 10:36 am
Reply to  Diego

I think ABC never wanted PP to succeed. They wanted the money from them, but they didn’t want to face all the Monday morning quarterbacking when the shows succeeded online in comparison to their replacement shows that failed.

This seems to just be a pissing contest with ABC bringing their own suit to try and muck up the works and avoid paying large damages on the original suit; a ploy to get PP to the table and to settle the matter with the least liability and payment.

I doubt ABC wants to reboot the soaps. General Hospital isn’t exactly hitting it out of the park ratings wise. They’re doing better, but instead of really capturing the GH audience and showing real growth, they are stuck at about 3 million viewers and Feb sweeps were not good. Feb ratings are actually down from December and January. ABC sees that and I doubt they are inclined to take an expensive gamble on the reboots.

Harry
March 13, 2014 12:41 pm
Reply to  Diego

Diego and Charday, did you even read the headline? ABC is counter suing Prospect–why not tell ABC to go away?

David
March 13, 2014 6:51 pm
Reply to  Diego

GH’s ratings are higher than AMC’s and OLTL’s when they went off the air The Chews ratings are now at that level.

The only ones in the wrong here are the pitiful people of Prospect Park. Just go bankrupt PP and go away, so tired of this.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
March 12, 2014 5:04 pm

Drop the lawsuits…let AMC and OLTL die a peaceful death…just move on already!!!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
March 12, 2014 5:08 pm

Both ABC & PP shouldve been partners working together on the reboots and creating new soaps…i think it wouldve couldve shouldve work with the soaps airing online first and repeated later on soapnet later in the day!!!

Chris
March 12, 2014 6:53 pm

PP couldn’t repeat the shows on Soapnet because that network was owned by ABC/Disney, and PP ONLY have the rights to both shows, and both AMC and OLTL were both later repeated on Oprah’s cable network OWN anyway!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
March 12, 2014 8:30 pm

Chris, i know that…i SAID had ABC and PP been in soap partners together in the relaunch and create new soaps then they couldve aired repeats on soapnet which i know abc owns…thats why i said they shouldve worked together!!!

Harry
March 13, 2014 12:42 pm

Jim is right. That would have been the grown up user friendly approach.

Nancy L
April 1, 2014 11:46 pm

I could not agree with you more…ABC should have helped Prospect Park make it work. But ABC sabotaged PP. It sucks.

David
April 3, 2014 6:36 pm

Soapnet was already going away before Prospect Park launched the shows. Most cable systems had already dropped it and the rest dropped it at the end of last year. ABC didn’t sabotage nothing Prospect Park sabotaged itself, then came up with this frivilous lawsuit after realizing they had no money.

louisa
March 12, 2014 5:06 pm

I just hope ABC is spending all this money so they can bring OLTL back.!

Michael
March 12, 2014 5:31 pm
Reply to  louisa

I highly doubt it.

JOAN
March 12, 2014 7:47 pm
Reply to  Michael

Oh louisa give it up, already one life to live, will never come back. move on.

Llanviewer717
March 12, 2014 5:11 pm

My sincere hope is that Prospect Park is victorious and takes the alphabet network to the cleaners. From where I sit, all the alphabet people did was obstruct Prospect Park’s efforts to bring OLTL and AMC back to us. Why should they make one penny on shows they threw away?

I constantly pray that both OLTL and AMC will come back to us again soon.

TnT 2.0 Forever
March 12, 2014 5:52 pm
Reply to  Llanviewer717

ABC owned the shows, Prospect Park is producing it with a license obtained from ABC. Legally, they owe ABC the money. Prospect Park can’t just break the law because they are mad at ABC.

Travis T Thomas
March 12, 2014 6:46 pm

Thank you TnT for understanding how Licensing contracts work.

David
April 3, 2014 6:39 pm

TNT nice to see someone understand it. Prospect Park only came up with the lawsuit when they knew they didn’t have enough money. if they were so upset with the use of the OLTL Characters on GH, they woould have filed suit the minute it happened. instead they waited to file a lawsuit until they had stopped producing the shows becuase the idiots were broke and had no clue. So they filed what will turn out to gain them little if anything. Even if Prospect Park gets a settlement, ABC and its parent company Disney will still be doing just fine.

Travis T Thomas
March 12, 2014 6:45 pm
Reply to  Llanviewer717

Because ABC still OWNS the shows. PP had to license the shows from ABC so they could produce them. I’ve been saying all along to so many fans that ABC wasnt trying to sabotage PP. ABC only made money if PP produced the shows. They were gonna make 8.5 million dollars on a show they didnt have to do any work on or produce. This was a total win for ABC. So ABC wasnt going to win anything by PP failures. They would actually be the losers not getting any money from the licensing fees. Most networks would be jumping at the chance to make income on a show they didnt have to put any money into. Thats why I have never bought this ABC is sabotaging us. Because ABC could only win financially, if PP won.

andrew hass
March 13, 2014 8:27 am
Reply to  Llanviewer717

Whether or not ABC obstructed Prospect Park in some way PP signed a lease to produce the soaps.Now if PP wants to suspend production on the soaps the lease is still in effect.Plus the fact that PP owes money to lot of different people and not just ABC may shed some new light on that lawsuit they filed against ABC because they may have figured ABC would settle and not take their chances in court.Plus now that ABC has sued PP other people may follow.Plus in my opinion ABC may have more of a case to sue than PP because the lease is legally binding.

Elizabeth
March 21, 2014 8:00 pm
Reply to  Llanviewer717

On the other hand, given what ABC, Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati have done to completely ruin GH, it seems like no one will come out of this debacle in tact.

AbbyS.
March 12, 2014 5:25 pm

One year ago, everyone was so excited about PP bringing back AMC and OLTL. Actors, fans and soap websites were all so thrilled, and now we’re here. It’s unbelievable. Everyone has lost out from this. Everyone.

brian
March 12, 2014 5:42 pm

Well… truth be told… I would have loved to of seen this “Mega-Soap”

su0000
March 12, 2014 6:01 pm

What do you think about ABC’s counterclaim?
I could give a dong it is not my problem and I am not involved, it does not concern me or my life ..

My the best man win/whatever .. 🙂

Mark
March 12, 2014 6:20 pm

This is better than General Hospital lol

Gino
March 12, 2014 7:50 pm
Reply to  Mark

Yes I agree mark. LOL.

boes
March 12, 2014 6:40 pm

The only winners here will be the lawyers.

But I would enjoy seeing ABC with egg on its monstrous, show-destroying mug.

Mark Y
March 12, 2014 6:54 pm

This is not the kind of soap news I want to read. Bring on “Comings and Goings”

4everDAYS
March 12, 2014 9:39 pm
Reply to  Mark Y

And a “Where are they now?”

A weekly update on soap stars from the past would be great!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
March 13, 2014 8:04 am
Reply to  4everDAYS

I had seen Corinne Conley(exPhylis Anderson Curtis, Days) on Canada Series Mr.D the other night and was suprised and happy to see her still acting…shes in her 80s now and still acts and looks great! So i agree weekly updates on soap stars from the past would indeed be great!!!

Michael
March 12, 2014 6:57 pm

The should join forced to sue Brian Frons and Ann Sweeney- for being stupid.

W. R.
March 12, 2014 7:23 pm

I was trying to reserve final judgement but ABC just lost me with this quote from a network rep. “We value the history and the legacy of both ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE…. Prospect Park has the exclusive rights to these programs. It was their decision to discontinue producing new episodes online thereby disappointing fans.” Seriously ABC? Are you kidding?!

Mughunter2014
March 12, 2014 7:27 pm

ABC should never have gotten rid of All My Children and One Life to Live! They started the entire ball rolling and it got ugly fast! It was one of the worst moves in the history of ABC daytime programming!! They are still suffering for it.

Ricardo
March 12, 2014 7:57 pm

Brian Frons should be sued and tortured, for canceling our beloved soaps on Abc. Brian Frons needs to answer to us, what an idiot for cancelling amc and one life to live, that was a huge mistake in what he did. I know abc, will never bring back amc and oltl. That bastard? Needs to pay.

Patrick
March 12, 2014 9:00 pm

“now” I really – really hope… PP wins this lawsuit…..

Lisa Z.
March 13, 2014 4:55 am

This ongoing saga has to be a huge headache for ABC. It puts the cancellation of OLTL and AMC continually in the news. This serves to remind the long time fans of how much they despise ABC’s decision to cancel these shows. It is like the story just won’t go away. I still do not watch anything on ABC including local news. Did this ongoing nightmare have anything to do with Ann Sweeney’s desire to direct? I just wish that ABC would bring back OLTL.

jas
March 13, 2014 6:06 am

I think ABC sucks. They went from being a once upon a time good network to really being in the dumpster. I hope they have to file for bankruptcy and are taken over by someone like Rupert Murdoch!!! ABC no longer earns the right to call themselves a network. Their unceremonious cancellation of AMC, etc. was cruel, mean-spirited and so thoughtless in their disregard for viewers. Those shows were not in evening prime time, they were directed to a different kind of audience, those at home during the day, and those who had been loyal followers for years and years. No one wanted another cooking show – and a bad one at that. And I think, based on EVERYTHING I read and my own personal opinion as well, that Katie Couric is despised, reviled and it would be wonderful if she would just go away and find a new career path. ABC is stupid, mismanaged and arrogant. At least it seems that Prospect Park was moving in a positive direction at their outset. Too bad that now everyone is losing. A wonderful show (AMC), with great actors, great acting and the capability to make us all feel like they were part of our own families, is now scattered about and probably couldn’t re-group at this point in time. I am truly sad about this and NEVER, EVER watch anything on ABC anymore!

Harry
March 13, 2014 12:48 pm
Reply to  jas

JAS! Tell us how you really feel. Pick a lane, why don’t ya?

PS. I agree with your every word.

David
March 13, 2014 6:56 pm
Reply to  jas

ABC found a cheaper show in The Chew to replace All My Children. The Chew as of late is doing better numbers than All My Children was and is placing well in the key demos that determine advertising dollars. So int eh end ABC which is a business found a cheaper show that makes them more money. People need to get over the whole AMC/OLTL thing. Life goes on, all tv shows get cancelled at some point Be happy for the 40 years plus you had of these shows. Most TV shows don’t get that long. They are gone now move on with your life.

JAS
March 14, 2014 12:44 am
Reply to  David

In response to the overwhelming number of comments from DAVID. David, you really need to get a life. What are you doing home during the day watching women’s programming…hmmmm sweetie? And my, how seriously you take the comments people have thoughtfully expressed. Hmmmm, wonder about you!!!

David
April 3, 2014 6:42 pm
Reply to  David

LMAO @ JAS great comeback because I pointed out facts instead of egging on all the people who live in a fantasy land about AMC/OLTL coming back, I am keeping it real. Its business and all about the money. And there are people with posts throughout this site that spend far more time than I do.

Mo
March 13, 2014 6:18 am

How is PP coming up with the money to pay lawyers etc. to sue when they have filed for bankruptcy?

How does ABC think they’re going to get money as PP has filed for bankruptcy? I guess they don’t and it’s just strategic.

This whole thing is a mess.

Rapids
March 13, 2014 7:09 am

ABC needs to control the licensure of these old grand shows and let them rest in peace. Prospect Park just prolonged the agony and they were ill prepared to do right by the licensure agreement.

Linda
March 13, 2014 8:05 am

All of this wouldn’t have happened if ABC didn’t kill AMC and OLTL. ABC seems to have a problem with certain viewer time slots on daytime as they cancelled The Revolution and plan on cancelling Katie and Bethenny. This has to be expensive to keep cancelling then adding replacement programs.

David
March 13, 2014 6:57 pm
Reply to  Linda

Katie and Bethenny are produced by ABC but are syndicated meaning they in some areas air on a non ABC station. The local channels purchase these prorams. Those slots will be replaced by other shows. The Revolution is gone, GH is in that slot. The Chew which airs before GH is doing fantastic numbers. ABC’s daytime is in better shap than it was with AMC and OLTL

Elite Advisors
March 13, 2014 9:12 am

I am hoping that ABC again will reclaim the rights to the characters… at least even if the shows do end up in RIP status, at least maybe GH can then bring in some of our favorites to “visit” once in a while showing us characters like Erica, Adam, Vicki are alive and well once in a while…. that would be a great thing to see.

Since they already do it with actors like Genie Francis, Jackie Zeman, why not do it for some of the beloved LLanview and Pine Valley citizens… so again just hoping ABC can eventually regain the rights to the characters without waiting until next year…

KIKI and Franco and Silas are not exciting. It’s like they are living in temporary bodies until the real ones come back. Just Blah.

Gerry
March 13, 2014 11:19 am

I thought Prospect Park is in Chapter 11. ABC’s lawsuit can’t go forward while PP is in bankruptcy. ABC could be financially penalized by the Bankruptcy Court for suing PP after it filed for Chapter 11 protection.

David
March 13, 2014 6:59 pm
Reply to  Gerry

In the article on The Hollywood Reporter it was stated ABC filed htis countersuit on March 7 which was prior to Prospect Park filing in Bankruptcy. That is what will allow ABC’s lawsuit to move foward

Gerry
March 13, 2014 8:18 pm
Reply to  David

All lawsuits, efforts to collect on PP’s debts etc. are automatically stayed by operation of Section 362 of the Bankruptcy Code. ABC has to request to lift the automatic stay in order to proceed with its claims against PP, which request the Bankruptcy Court can deny. Otherwise, ABC’s counterclaims cannot go forward BUT PP’s original lawsuit against ABC can proceed because any proceeds PP can get from suing ABC (assuming PP wins) will go to the Chapter 11 estate to pay expenses of administering the bankruptcy case and PP’s creditors based on their priority to receive payments as set forth in the Bankruptcy Code. A big reason reason why PP filed for bankruptcy is to avail of the protections of the automatic stay and have breathing room from its claimants and creditors as PP goes through its Chapter 11 proceedings.

Sandy Welles
March 13, 2014 12:44 pm

ABC should combine the remnants of ALL MY CHILDREN (meaning the characters who we assume would still be in Pine Valley) along with the residents of Landview and just have a Half hour lead-in program to GENERAL HOSPITAL. That would appease fans of both shows, would only have to be a half-hour for cost effectiveness, and would be a success without a doubt. I do not know which actors would be available, but they could also introduce new characters and work around re-casting familiar characters where necessary. If fans REALLY want to see their beloved shows extended, re-casts and new characters would be necessary and would have to be expected and accepted.

David
March 13, 2014 7:00 pm
Reply to  Sandy Welles

Why would they do this when The Chews ratings are at higher levels than AMC’s was. The CHew is chapear producing and doing really good ratings. ABC is making money off the Chew why would they take it off and replace it with something that would cost more money and may not do the same numbers ratings wise?

Delores
March 16, 2014 12:12 am
Reply to  David

David, do you work for The Chew? Not that there’s anything wrong with that! (Actually there is)

David
April 3, 2014 6:44 pm
Reply to  David

No Delores I don’t but i am ust stating facts and the numbers. I am just trying to make sure people realize that AMC/OLTL are not coming back. The CHew is doing better numbers than AMC was doing in its last few years. The Chew’s production costs are half of what AMC’s were. But hey you don’t want to face the facts that AMC/OLTL are not coming back to ABC then continue to live you fantasy that will neer come true.

mgb357
March 13, 2014 2:32 pm

maybe the judge can hand over the series to the actors… and the fans…

both abc and pp have shown a callass disregard for the them.

lets have a soap revolution!

I will buy shares in this new endevour !

Cindy
March 13, 2014 5:17 pm

I just want this to all be over & for PP to win so that OLTL & AMC can come back.
PP is trying so hard to get these shows back. I am so happy & proud of them . ABC
sucks big time & needs to just pay them . ABC is in the wrong here.

Tom Polar
March 13, 2014 8:27 pm
Reply to  Cindy

Cindy, if Prospect Park has declared bankruptcy, it means they are no longer financially solvent. How could they “bring back” either ALL MY CHILDREN or ONTL under those conditions? Actors have to be paid, lighting and stage people have to be paid, directors and writers have to be paid, etc. – I’m not a great financial genius in any way but it seems doubtful to me at this particular point that PP can bring the shows back.

andrew hass
March 15, 2014 9:05 am
Reply to  Cindy

Even if Prospect Park gets some money from ABC in the lawsuit or some kind of settlement what they do with it is their business.They don’t have to use the money to bring AMC and OLTL back again.Plus they would still have to pay off all their debts and that includes theirs to ABC.Plus other lawsuits could be heading PP’s way before too long.

Edwin
March 14, 2014 7:41 am

At this point this whole debacle has become comical. The storyline and plot twists of Prospect Park and ABC’s feud and the will OLTL come back? will it stay dead? If it comes back how long will it last? It Has probably become a deeper storyline than the stories on the show and that’s a bold statement. My take:
ABC: They were wrong to cancel OLTL anyways and when OLTL’s ratings surged they should’ve admitted their mistake. They also were wrong to kill off OLTL characters on GH and permanately keep important characters and that made things harder for Prospect Park.
Prospect Park: lets just say they are no saints either. Even though OLTL took 3 actors one returned (Todd), one wasnt too important at this point anyways (Starr) so all they lost was John. You can make a show work when it’s only missing one essential character. Prospect Park wronged the fans by lying to them saying it was going to be Monday-Thursday episodes and then cut that to 2 episodes a week quickly that was obviously planned. Another mistake they made was to try to turn OLTL into something it wasn’t. They tried to change it to any other TV drama show its not a drama it is a soap an their is a difference. They also hired a terrible writing staff to boot. Then when the going got tough they got going and gave up and decided to cut their losses by sueing ABC. They had Trevor St. John and Roger Howarth on the same show and it didn’t work out for goodness sake that’s how you know the writing was horrible.
Prospect Park is guilty of disgusting mismanagement of one of the greatest shows of all time and then quitting and contradicting the values they said they valued in order to get the fans support in the beginning.
ABC is guilty of making a dumb decision in canceling OLTL and were too stubborn to admit a mistake. Then like a child whose mad his little brother now has his toy they tried to break the toy (ruin OLTL by sabotaging it). To be fair with the management of One Life that PP out out with or without ABC’s sabotagery the show was still sure to fail.
Now because of PP’s “efforts” OLTL is worse off than it was when it was first cancelled.
I at this point wish it would had never come back because the cliffhanger ending on ABC was perfect to me and was ruined by GH and PP.
I’ve pretty much given up all my hope the show will ever come back in a recognizable view.
I guess you can never say never but I’ll say probably not.
This is all coming from a 15 year old boy by the way.
I no longer watch anything on ABC outside of NBA basketball. And I watch absolutely no Prospect Park programs.

Bryon
March 19, 2014 2:27 pm
Reply to  Edwin

Well said Edwin, you highlighted all of the important issues regarding ABC and Prospect Park. I agree with you 100%. I wished the shows never returned because they trashed both shows. The quality of writing was horrible. The cliffhanger ending was great, then GH decided to grab some of the OLTL characters and immediately kill off two actors (Cole and Hope). Then, when they returned, they wanted the actors back, and they were forced to leave temporarily and had to be established as new characters. Roger Howarth as Franco, come on, seriously? He will always be Todd Manning and they should have kept the characters on both shows. That would have made for great potential cross-over storylines. Like you, I’ve given up on the possibility of OLTL returning. They are in a financial mess and both ABC and Prospect Park are constantly suing and countersuing each other over unpaid fees, damages, etc.

SUSAN M.
March 14, 2014 8:22 am

This is all bull s—t… Our beloved soaps shouldn’t have been cancelled in the first place.. ABC is so money hungry. ABC didn’t want them to succeed in any new format..Well ABC you should have left well enough alone and kept these two beloved soaps on the t.v… It is all on ABC! Soap wreckers!

Jake
March 16, 2014 11:07 am

I understand that ABC want the licensing fees that they are owed. But they have no suffered any “damages” in any of this. ABC made a clear choice not to support the relaunch of these shows even though they would have benefited from it. They’re the bad guys in this situation.

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No matter a network tries to do, replacing All My Children, which ran for 41 years on ABC has remained as everyone that follows the world of daytime drama knows, problematic.  Now come word via Page Six that Strahan, Sara and Keke has been canceled.

The show hosted by Michael Strahan, Sara Haines and Keke Palmer if you recall, replaced the foodie show, The Chew which ran for seven seasons and was the first show to air in the timeslot that belonged for over four decades to All My Children. 

Back in March of this year, Strahan, Sara and Keke took a break to make way for ABC’s News  Pandemic: What You Need to Know, a daily coronavirus report anchored by Amy Robach, Dr. Jen Ashton and sometimes TJ Holmes.

However, because the show did well in that two-week experimental run it morphed into GMA 3: What You Need to Know.  The new version of the show also talked about hot topics in the current news cycle, as well.

ABC’s Catherine McKenzie began producing the “GMA3” show four months ago and the network officially announced her as Executive Producer of the program on Thursday.

While ABC has yet to officially announce Strahan, Sara and Keke is over, a spokesperson told Page Six: “We’re proud of our teams at ‘SSK’ and ‘GMA3’ and how quickly they transitioned to producing a daily show to give people the news and information they need during an unprecedented pandemic, and conversations continue about how the show will evolve in the months ahead.”

It appears that Strahan, Sara and Keke won’t be returning; the future as many of their staff have transitioned over to ‘GMA 3’ with producers from ABC News Live, (the streaming division), helmed by McKenzie.

As for the futures of Strahan, Haines and Palmer; Strahan will continues to host Good Morning America, and they are all actively under contract with the network.

So, what do you think of  ‘Strahan, Sara and Kek’e being replaced by ‘GMA 3: What You  Need to Know’?  How long do you think that show will last in the timeslot once taken up by residents of Pine Valley? Comment below.

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Eva LaRue Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination, And Opens Up About The Loss Of John Callahan

For Eva LaRue, the past two months have been some of the most emotionally gut-wrenching and challenging of her life, following the passing of her ex-husband, father of her child, and dearest friend, John Callahan (Ex-Edmund, All My Children). The outpouring of support she has received not only from her former AMC cast mates, but the soap world in general illustrates just how dear Eva is to all of us, and how many people had special memories of their time with John.

While mourning the loss of Callahan along with their daughter, Kaya, there was some heartwarming and re-affirming news that any actress would love to hear. Eva was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series for her work as Celeste Rosales on CBS’ The Young and the Restless, and she is great company as her former AMC co-star Michael E. Knight (Ex-Tad) is also nominated along with her for his work on General Hospital.

The coronavirus pandemic has hit our country and world hard, but through it All My Children virtual reunions emerged as fans were engaged by the content, transported to happier times that brought them back to familiar faces in Pine Valley in which Eva participated along with her good friends, Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos and so many more, thanks to the EW. com weeklong event which concluded on Friday.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Eva in this very candid, at times heartbreaking, and open conversation where she shares details into the final days of her beloved John, her last moments with him, and how she tried to plan a memorial in his honor during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For so many of us, 2020 has certainly seen more lows then highs, but in the end for Eva, to receive a nomination now (an award she was last nominated for back in 1997 as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work as Dr Maria Santos on All My Children) couldn’t have come at a better time. Here now is our conversation with Eva.

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I’ve been thinking so much about you.  I’m glad we could do this, and in the midst of the tragedy of losing John Callahan, and then receiving a Daytime Emmy nomination.  What was your reaction when you learned you were nominated in a category with none other than your former AMC castmate and good friend, Michael E. Knight (Ex-Tad, AMC, now Martin, GH)?

EVA:  Oh, I know!  He’s the first person I texted!  I was like, “Congratulations, Michael!  Did you ever in a million years think that you and I would be in the same category of anything?”  Then I said, “And when you win this, can I just borrow it for the weekend just to dress it up and take pictures with it… just want to borrow it, just babysit the trophy for a weekend, please?” (Laughs)

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What did you end up submitting that landed you the nomination for your role as Celeste on Y&R?

EVA: I submitted a scene with Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I have been friends for 30 years, if not more, and in all that time we had never worked together.  I met him when I was married to John O’Hurley (Ex- Dr. James Grainger) because John was over at The Young and the Restless at the time.  I went to a Christmas party with John to Peter and Mariellen’s house, and do you know who else was there?  Lisa Rinna (Ex-Billie, Days), and it was before she had gotten Days of Our Lives. She was dating Peter Barton (Ex-Scott Grainger, Y&R) at the time. We both ended up on soaps at the same time.  So, I submitted a scene with Peter, who is amazing, warm and open and such a great actor. Then I submitted a scene with my on-screen daughter Sasha Calle (Lola, Y&R) – I love that girl, and another one with Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R) who has also been my great friend for a couple of decades. The other scene I put on my reel was with me and Jordi Vilasuso (Rey, Y&R) who I also adore.  He is awesome and such a sweetheart.  I only had two months worth of material to draw upon.  So, I just submitted the scenes that I liked the best, and they all were within story, and all made sense.

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Where is Celeste supposed to be now?

EVA:  She went back to Florida, and that was that. I would never say never to anything, but it was always supposed to be a short stint, and it was great.

So not only is it you and Michael E. Knight, but Jeffery Vincent Parise, Chrishell Stause, and Elissa Kapneck. This Guest Performer category is loaded!

EVA:  I know! I know and love, Chrishell (Ex-Amanda) because we worked together on All My Children, too, right before I left, and she is a doll.  She just might be the sweetest, kindest, girl on the planet.  She literally might be the sweetest person who ever lived!  I don’t know the other two nominees personally.  So, I’m excited for them too.  It’s such a diverse category.  It’s just really fun to be nominated with all of them.

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You were nominated before, though, for your work as Maria on All My Chldren during the emotional baby switch storyline; working opposite Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica) for a lot in it.

EVA:  Yes.  I was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for All My Children, and I was nominated for Best Original Song.  I wrote a song when Maria came ‘back from the dead’ to All My Children, with a producer friend of mine from Miami Sound Machine.

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So, you’ve been doing all of these All My Children virtual reunions, which is so interesting that in this pandemic, people are looking for content, and they dip back into these beloved shows.  Was it fun doing the EW.com Santos Family reunion with everybody?

EVA:  Oh yeah, it was really, really fun.  I only saw in the big picture everybody else’s photo who was a part of it, and the people who I actually do hang out with the most, and see the most, and talk to the most, are Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley), Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo), and Sydney Penny (Ex-Julia).  I don’t see Sydney as much, but I do see her probably once every two years at least, but Sarah Michelle Geller (ExKendall) I see all the time and talk to all the time.  Kelly, Mark, and Sarah are the ones who walked me through that first week when John Callahan passed.  They literally were on the phone with me, the three of them, almost every day, but I got beautiful outreach, from what seemed like everyone.  This is when no matter how many years have passed since you have been in daytime, that the daytime family as a group – there used to be fifteen shows, now there are four – and people have bounced around and they are on other shows- – but the entire soap opera community reached out,   I cannot even tell you how much that meant to me.  It was overwhelming, and it was really, spectacularly beautiful.

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I hope it was some solace to you knowing how much people loved John, and also that they love and care so deeply for you.

EVA:  I mean, people who did not even work with John reached out.  Every soap was represented by getting a hold of me, sending a text or a phone call, or if they didn’t have my personal information, they tweeted, or whatever it was… literally from every reach of soapdom.  It was amazing.

And your relationship with John was amazing with all of the ups and downs you went through; that you remained such dear friends.

EVA:  We remained really great friends all the way.

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I so remember when the two of you first got together and it was this storybook real life soap couple romance.  John was always so sweet to me.  I was so, so sad, and you know, my heart just broke for you.

EVA:  I think it was just such a shock.  I don’t think anybody, and even Kaya were talking about it, because she graduated this week, and her dad is not here.  We’re not having a graduation, because of COVID-19, which sucks on top of it, but we were just kind of talking through the feelings of it.  She said, “You know what’s weird?  I guess I never pictured dad getting old, and I always wondered why, and now I know.”  When I would get on John about his heart or his health, he used to always say, ‘Oh, don’t worry Evala, (he always called me “Evala”).  I’m going to be here.  I’m going to be here a long time.  I’m fine.  I’m going to be here to walk Kaya down the aisle and see her kids and all that.  Stop worrying,” Every time he said it to me, something in my gut said, “I don’t think he is.  I don’t think he is,” but I always just dismissed that.  But never in my wildest dreams did I think John wouldn’t make it to her high school graduation.  He was only 66.

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I had heard you ended up running to Palm Springs to be near John.  I can’t even imagine what that must have been like.

EVA:  The only good thing about this pandemic is that we had been shut down for only two weeks at that point.  Kaya and I got in the car.  John had some heart procedures the day before, on a Thursday.  I called him in the morning before he went in for the procedure.  I said, “Call me as soon as you get out of there.  Call me as soon as you come-to again, and you’re good,” and he said, “Okay, I will.”  I said, “I’m going to send Kaya out to you on Friday for the weekend, just so you have somebody to hang out and watch you, and I might come out too,” And then, I said, “Maybe, I’ll come down too in case you are feeling weak, just to watch out for you for the weekend.”   So, he called me after the procedure.   I said, “I cannot believe they sent you home! You just had some major heart stuff done.”  He said, “Oh no, they said I’m fine.  It was just run-of-the-mill heart stuff, angiogram…”  I was like, “Are you sure?”  He said, “Yeah, I’m fine.  I’m just tired.  I’m going to go to sleep.”  I said, “Do you want me to send Kaya out tonight?” and he was like, “No, no, no.  Send her tomorrow.”  So, in the morning, I called him at 9:00am.  No answer.  I texted him.  He always texted me like Johnny on the spot, and then texts me immediately back.  So, I call him again at 10.  Nothing.  His best friend calls me about a half-hour later, “Hey, I talked to John at about 8:00 this morning.  He said he was feeling really, really shitty and was going to go back to the hospital, and then, I texted him again at like 8:30 to just tell him something, and he hasn’t texted me back, and he always texts me immediately back.”  I said, “Oh my, God, I’ve been trying to get a hold of him for two hours; he hasn’t texted me back,”   I said, “You know what, I’ll call you back.”  So, I called his friend who lives down the street from John, and I said, “Go to his house, please right this second, knock on the door, jump the fence, knock on his bedroom, he might be asleep, I don’t know.”  So, he gets there, nobody is answering.  I said, “Break into the house please.  So, he did, and John was collapsed in the bathroom.  They called the paramedics, and as soon as they called me back and said, “John is unresponsive in the bathroom,” Kaya and I threw everything in the car, and what usually takes us two and a half hours without traffic, we made it down there from Los Angeles in an hour and forty-five minutes.

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I don’t know how you made it down there in one piece. Thank, God!

EVA:  I drove so fast, like literally broke all land speed records and thank God because we got there just in time.  He was in emergency.  He hadn’t been put up in ICU yet, where we wouldn’t have been able to see him.  They weren’t going to let us in the hospital.  Thank God the person answering the door was an All My Children fan.  She was the one saying, “Sorry, no one is allowed in the hospital, no one can come in,” and I was like, “No, no, no, my ex-husband just came in.”  She said, “Was it Edmund?” and I said, “Yes, it was Edmund!”  She said, “Okay, follow me.”  Thank God for All My Children.  Thank God.  So, we followed this woman secretly, and we get to spend a half-hour with him in Emergency.  He was already on life-support, totally unresponsive, but we got to play John his favorite music, we got to just sit there and hold his hand and talk to him, and tell him how much we loved him.  Sarah Michelle Gellar called right when we were in the hospital in Emergency, and she said, “Put the phone by his ear,” so I put the phone by his ear, and she talked to John too, and she told him how much she loved him.  She used to always call him “GP”, which was short of grandpa, because she came on the show when she was 15, and she didn’t have a dad, and John acted like a dad to her – but she used to always call him “grandpa”, and he hated “grandpa”, so he was like, “You can call me “GP”, but not grandpa,” so she always called him GP.  I just put the phone by John’s ear, and what was crazy is that when she talked to him, his feet started twitching.  He started moving his feet.  Then, when Kaya was talking to him about Yankee season, he started moving his feet.  We were kind of hopeful that something was changing for the better.  We had about a half-hour with him, and then, they took him up to ICU, and then, we knew we couldn’t see him again.  They called us later that night that he had passed.

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I am just so thankful that you got to see John one last time.

EVA:  I thank God every day that we got to say goodbye, because if we hadn’t gotten there in time to say goodbye, I just don’t know.

It’s very rare that a couple after a divorce, who have a child, and went from romance to dear friends, end up maintaining that relationship so many years later in their lives.  I know so many people who were together at one point in their lives, for years, and they don’t even talk to each other now.

EVA:  Well, you know, like any divorce, the first four years afterwards were super contentious but then, by year five, we kind of had this major breakthrough, and from then on, he was one of my closest friends, and one of the things we always kept alive for each other was we loved to  dance together. We fell in love, I think, dancing because originally our characters on AMC met at this country-western bar, and we had to take country line dancing lessons on the show.  They hired a choreographer for us so that during those scenes where we were falling in love, we would actually be able to do a two-step! So, we went out and practiced at Denim and Diamonds, which was a big country-western place in New York City at the time.  We used to go out with a whole group of us.  It was me, and Teresa Blake (Ex-Gloria) and Kelly Ripa, and her boyfriend at the time, Winsor Harmon (Ex-Del), sometimes Walt Willey (Ex-Jack); we just had a whole crew of us who would go out country dancing.  John and I also loved singing together.  He had the most amazing gravely kind of rockstar voice, but his real talent was harmonizing.  He could harmonize to anything.  So, when he would come over, we would sit in the kitchen and sing, and sing, and sing until the late hours because that’s what we loved to do, and that’s what he loved to do.  That’s one of my favorite last memories of us.  He was just over the month before, and Kaya’s bedroom is near the kitchen, so she came out and was like, “Can you two shut up?”  It was like two in the morning and we were still singing in the kitchen. (Laughs)  John was my dear friend and my confidant.

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Were you able to have some kind of service during this stay-at-home pandemic we are all dealing with, in order to mourn the loss of John?

EVA:  It’s been so crazy.  We couldn’t even have a funeral.  That’s what made it all the more heartbreaking.  There were less than twenty of us, and we just got on a Zoom call and memorialized John.   I thought we were going to do a big Zoom memorial, but it seemed so overwhelming and so impersonal, it just was rubbing us wrong in every way.  Every way we were looking at it, we were like, “Oh my, God, we just can’t.”  We wanted to invite everybody he had ever worked with, and we were like, “No, we want to do that when everything can open back up again, and invite every person, and have a party” because John was always the life of every party.  Maybe we can do that in the fall or next year.  I kept trying to write something for the small memorial we did do for three days.  I kept coming back to this one song, because John was always the consummate bartender, too.  I sang a song that Bette Midler sang on the very last episode of Johnny Carson.  It was “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)” and it’s about a bartender who has got a big personality and a lot to say.   I changed some of the words around a bit just to reflect who John was, and so, I ended up singing for it instead of speaking.  We always talked about that last episode of Carson; how stunningly emotional it was when Bette sang that song to kind of sing Johnny off for of all of his years on the air.  So, that’s what I did and because we loved to sing together, it just made sense.

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I do think you touched upon something, earlier, too.  I don’t think any other genre would have that kind of unbridled camaraderie.  It’s such a family, like you said.  I don’t think you would find that quite like this; certainly in show business. 

EVA:  I really don’t think you can. Even though there is always a good amount of competition in the soaps as well; between the soaps it’s like they are any sports team, but there is always a level of respect, love, and familial connection within the community.  I think that is why they have stood the test of time.  I really do think that is what hooks our audience, that is what keeps them there after all of these years, even though unfortunately the genre is antiquated looking, there is something about it that is nostalgic, familial, and comfortable for people.

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Every time I talk about All My Children, why do you think everybody go ga-ga for it, when it’s been off the air for several years now?

EVA:  It speaks to people’s childhoods.  It speaks to how we grew up.  You can’t undo nostalgia.  You can’t.  It’s in the way we grew up, the things we loved, the things that we scheduled our lives around, the people we fell in love with on the shows that we watched, who we cared about and loved their storylines. I grew up watching All My Children, General Hospital, and Days of Our Lives.

It must have been a spectacular moment for you when you realized you were actually in Pine Valley and a member of the cast of All My Children then?

EVA:  It was amazing.  I was a fan when I got the show.  I was a straight up fan.  I fangirled walking through that dressing room hallway for the first time! I was trying to keep it in check, but you know … (Laughs)

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So, in closing, you would say, “Thrilled to be nominated”?

EVA:  Yes.  So fun.  It has really been a rollercoaster of a couple of months here.  That nomination was literally the bright, shining spot in all of this.

So, happy to hear Eva is in the running for a Daytime Emmy? Were you moved by Eva’s sentiments she shared on her relationship with the late John Callahan? Do you miss Pine Valley’s Dr. Maria Santos? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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