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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
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Brian Greene

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

david
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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
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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
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bertha blanchard

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

lew
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lew

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

JustSaying
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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
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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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All My Children Virtual Reunion On Tap With Jill Larson, James Kiberd, and More

Some more residents of Pine Valley are set for another virtual reunion.

This time circle your calendars for next week on Wednesday, December 2nd.

That is when Matt Borlenghi (Ex-Brian Bodine), William Christian (Ex-Derek Frye), James Kiberd (Ex-Trevor Dillon) and Jill Larson (Ex-Opal Cortlandt) will gather from their respective homes for this conversation with Alan Locher on The Locher Room You Tube channel.

To watch the livestream conversation click here next week beginning at 1:00 p.m. EST / 10 a.m. PST

What were your favorite storylines through the years involving AMC’s Opal, Ttevor, Derek or Brian?  Let us know via the comment section below.

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WATCH: Kelly Ripa’s Walk Down Memory Lane with the Stars of All My Children & More On Her 30th Anniversary with Walt Disney Company

Today on Live with Kelly and Ryan, the morning show spotlighted Kelly Ripa’s 30-year career with ABC and the Walt Disney Company; which started back in 1990 when she took Pine Valley and All My Children by storm in the role of troubled teen, Hayley Vaughan.

On this special look-back episode of the syndicated talks show many guests from Kelly’s past and present career paid tribute to her accomplishments and remembered their time working with the talented actress and host.

From All My Children, Susan Lucci took part in the special anniversary and group virtual conversation with Ripa along with Eva LaRue, Walt Willey, Ripa’s husband, Mark Consuelos, Cameron Mathison, Finola Hughes and Dondre T Whitfield   Then, Ripa’s former Hope & Faith co-star Faith Ford was part of the festivities.

There were several special moments throughout the episode and you can watch some of them below.   Kelly made her ABC debut on this date, November 5th, 1990!

So, check out the anniversary celebration for Kelly below, and then share your well-wishes and congrats to her via the comment section.

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Kelly Ripa to Celebrate 30 Years at Walt Disney Company With Former Co-Stars of All My Children

Soap fans can say they knew her when, and tomorrow on the Thursday, November 5th episode of the syndicated talker Live with Kelly and Ryan, Kelly Ripa, celebrates her 30th anniversary with the Walt Disney Company and ABC.

Ripa started her journey as Hayley Vaughan on All My Children, a role she made her debut with back in 1990.

Joining Kelly for her anniversary with the company and network are former AMC castmates: Finola Hughes (ex-Alex/Anna), Eva La Rue (ex-Maria), Susan Lucci (ex-Erica), Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan), Dondré T. Whitfield (ex-Terrence) and Walt Willey (ex-Jackson).

Kelly stayed with All My Children until 2002, and along the way met her husband, Mark Consuelos who played Mateo on the show.

In 2001, Ripa replaced Kathie Lee Gifford as co-host of what then became Live with Regis and Kelly.  She also appeared on the sitcom Hope & Faith with Faith Ford from 2003-2006.  Ford will also participate in tomorrow’s special episode.

Check local listings in your area to watch Ripa’s anniversary celebration.

Share your favorite moment of Kelly as Pine Valley’s Hayley, or any other moment you loved in her television career via the comment section below.

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