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AFTRA Releases Official Statement on Prospect Park dropping OLTL & AMC Citing "Other Challenges" & Disappointment!

Now here is some very telling information from the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA).  From this official statement released this afternoon on their website, the union details that they have not heard back from Prospect Park about the negotiations for their performers for the past month! Furthermore, if you read between the lines here, AFTRA cites, “other challenges” that Prospect Park was facing unrelated to the union negotiations.  This to us, could perhaps mean,  lack of funding!  Here is the official statement below!

“AFTRA was deeply disappointed to read that the executives at Prospect Park have decided to suspend their efforts to produce the long-running and popular daytime serials, One Life to Live and All My Children, via online distribution. Despite initial progress in our negotiations with Prospect Park toward resolving a fair agreement to cover the performers appearing on these programs, we were perplexed and disappointed that for the past month Prospect Park has not responded to our repeated inquiries to resume those discussions. We now conclude from the press reports that Prospect Park faced other challenges unrelated to our negotiations, which prevented continuation of those discussions.

We remain hopeful that an opportunity to revive these two popular series will emerge in the future, and remain ready to resume discussions should that opportunity arise.”

All we can say is, how disappointing!  And that is saying it as nice as we can at this point!

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Brian Greene
Brian Greene

I will try to remain confident & faithful on these matters, but these published details are not making staying confident & faithful easy!

david
david

Prospect Park tried to blame the unions instead of acknowledging the truth: they never possessed the technical ability, resources, and financing to adequately support this venture from the start. What a joke. How cruel to lead people on with false hope.

Lita J. Eastman
Lita J. Eastman

If the problem is deeper than the pocketbook and the proverbial buck stops at Ownership (Disney) not wanting the new venue to succeed and prosper shame on them. Shame on them for not thinking of it themselves. The powers preventing the move had better look long and hard at the audience make up of those they have scorned. My family spans three generations and represents ages 3 to 72. The rippling effect will spread like wildfire. The mousetrap just may have been set and bait laid.

bertha blanchard
bertha blanchard

call chrystal chappell. she can help prospect park figure out how to do this. she won an emmy with her Venice

lew
lew

Bertha, Excellent point!! Venice and The Bay have been online for a few years and doing well.

JustSaying
JustSaying

I suggest that Agnes Nixon start a new soap online. Not quite AMC, not quite OLTL. And let her own the rights to that soap. If Venice can make it, so should she.

Heather
Heather

100% agree. Trying to save All My Children and One Life to Live is a total waste of time at this point.

Agnes should instead create a brand new soap to show these networks that soap opera is still a viable business, but like everything else, it needs to evolve to keep up with the changing times. And as you pointed out, do not let Agnes repeat the mistake she made in the 1970s by selling the rights of her hard worked creation to a television network.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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TAINTED DREAMS Season 2 To Bow December 21st!

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

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

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

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

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

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