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Jeff Kwatinetz and Shaun Cassidy Partner For New NBC Primetime Soap In Development!

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On the heels of Fox’s hit primetime soap drama Empire that mixes music with melodrama, and ABC’s Music City soapy drama Nashville, comes news that NBC has their own nighttime soap with musical elements in development simply called Talent.

The series has brought together none other than Prospect Park’s Jeff Kwatinetz. who has relaunched his company back to The Firm which is a full production and management organization, and ex- pop star turned producer, Shaun Cassidy.

Talent is described by Deadline as, “A family soap that centers around a music prodigy who has a unique way of dealing with the murder of his one true love.”

Universal TV, where Cassidy is under an overall deal, is the studio. Cassidy executive produces with The Firm’s Kwatinetz and head of TV Josh Barry.  Shaun Cassidy and Jeff Kwatinetz had worked together previously on the 2012 western drama pilot Frontiers for NBC.

As soap fans know, Prospect Park’s portfolio includes WGN America’s Salem and USA’s Royal Pains. The company also produced the online versions for one season of All My Children and One Life to Live. The management operations of Prospect Park have moved to The Firm, so all existing television projects will remain under the Prospect Park umbrella.

What do you think about the concept of the primetime soap in development from Kwatinetz and Cassidy called Talent?  Do you think it can be a hit?  Who would you like to see in this soapy music drama? Comment below!

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SZima
SZima

Do we really need another “musical drama?”

Trevor
Trevor

I WILL NOT WATCH ANYTHING THAT COMES FROM PROSPECT PARK, THEY ARE HOLDING OUR SOAPS HOSTAGE WITH THE ONGOING THE LAWSUIT. THEY OWE MONEY TO THE CAST AND CREW TO BOTH SOAPS, THEY OWE MONEY TO THEIR SPONSERS AND ADVERTISERS, THEY OWE HULU AND ABC MONEY AS WELL. THEY SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO COME UP WITH ANYTHING NEW, THEY SHOULD BE BEHIND BARS FOR FRAUD.

Jane
Jane

Hey Trevor, just curious. How do you know about this stuff for Prospect Park? What is Prospect Park? Is a production company? I think I’ve seen someone mention this before, but really get what they were talking about.

Debbie
Debbie

I understand your frustration and it’s terrible that folks are getting paid their due. It also seems like they’ll never get paid if those who owe aren’t allowed an avenue to make the money it will take to get those folks paid.

Tom Jenkins
Tom Jenkins

I agree, PROSPECT PARK totally screwed up All My Children and One Life to Live for the fans. They left fans (and actors) high and dry with no closure, no ending show, no nothing.
Of course, ABC-TV execs can also go jump in a lake because they were the first ones to let these two iconic shows go. They did not even consider trimming the shows down to a half hour or combining the shows into one (which is what they should have at least attempted).
When PROSPECT PARK took the shows over, they were unsteady inceptions but they were slowly finding their footing. First we got four shows a week, then we got two shows a week, with a stupid “wrap up” “More” show on Friday which stunk to the high heavens. Then, suddenly, NO shows, and a yearning for a Season Two that never happened, no statement, no apology, not even a vague explanation was offered by PP.
So, no — I have no interest in what they have to offer while die hard fans of ONE LIFE TO LIVE and ALL MY CHILDREN are still in limbo. I realize that it’s a lost cause at this point to still be hopeful that our great shows will ever see the light of day again, but I’ll be darned if I’m going to be a cheerleader for Prospect Park.

Phil
Phil

I will check it out! Please let Katie Cassidy star in it with blonde hair! Melrose was cancelled too soon IMO!

Alan
Alan

I think she’s under contract on the CW’s ARROW…

TnT 2.0 Forever
TnT 2.0 Forever

You are right. I doubt she would want to leave an establish hit to take a chance on a show that might get canceled.

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

Im VERY dubious of anything Jeff touches, and Shaun hasnt proved to be a winner in years and years.

su0000
su0000

you gotta be kidding, yes..

Jeff Kwatinetz–
” Kwatinetz and The Firm entered into film and television management, started a record label, and went on to become significant producers of television and feature films. They managed the industry’s premier list of actors, directors and writers and went on to produce successful films doing over $500 million world-wide box office. Firm bands sold more than 500 million records worldwide and Firm clients grossed more than $20 billion at worldwide box offices, had 30 Academy Awards nominations and took home seven Oscars. To date..
((that is with B, billion)

”Kwatinetz also conceived and was the key architect of one of the music industry’s most historic and successful deals – the 2004 purchase of Warner Music from Time Warner by a private equity consortium led by Thomas H. Lee Partners and Bain Capital. The deal quickly resulted in more than a $1 billion profit for investors and The Firm received a $15 million compensation package for Kwatinetz’ M&A work.”
(that is one billion profit)

”Kwatinetz’ contributions to the field of media led to an appointment in 2007 as an adjunct professor at his alma mater, Northwestern University, to teach a graduate-level course annually entitled, “Developing and Marketing of Entertainment Content.”
Kwatinetz graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School with a Juris Doctor in 1991, and holds both a master’s degree and B.S. in communications from Northwestern University.”

”Jeff Kwatinetz is executive producer of the new USA Network original series Royal Pains 7 seasons going strong and my fav Salem 3 seasons going strong ..

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

And lets address all the actors on the rebooted OLTL and AMC who toiled for him and didnt get paid. Yeah, really successful!!!

su0000
su0000

PP had other assists/monies to pay off actors debts, I’d imagine..
the AMC and OLTL actors very likely were paid, they had to wait for the bankruptcy to be handled.

” bankruptcy courts treat the employees of an insolvent business as members of its class of secured creditors. This practice is called “prioritization” and has been upheld in court. Provided that the business has sufficient cash or assets at the time of its bankruptcy filing, prioritization entitles the employees of a bankrupt business to full reimbursement of back wages.”

it all how the wheel turns..

Mae
Mae

Sounds good. I will be looking for it.

Mae
Mae

I am willing to give any show a shot as long as it isn’t another reality show, medical show, or detective show.

Jane
Jane

I would to see Matthew Atkinson as a regular part of this night time drama. He is a wonderful actor and needs a place where he can shine as an actor. Something he can sink his acting chops into and stretch his wings. I don’t know about his singing but he can play guitar and drums.

Jane
Jane

The message before was suppose to read, I would love to see Matthew Atkinson as a regular part of this night time drama.

elm51
elm51

i saw matthew on an episode of the middle & i was really impressed with his acting there than on y&r…………………..jmo

Jane
Jane

#YR .is th e first. place I saw Matthew Atkinson and thought he is just Absolutely Adorably Handsome and yes I have see him on ABC The Middle. He is the only reason I even watch the show, outside of that I don’t watch that Show, its stupid. Just love watching him and I adore him. I miss him everyday. He has stolen a piece of my HEART and that is the part that Hurts and MISSES him. He is the first thing I think of in the morning and the last before I go to sleep.

Jane
Jane

I am still PISSED OFF that Chuck Pratt, Jr. Killed off my Favorite Fella.

louisa
louisa

I would much rather see One Life To Live back on ABC!

Harry
Harry

me too

Tom Jenkins
Tom Jenkins

me three

mark
mark

Shaun Cassidy was so cute on Hardy Boys!

Susan
Susan

Won’t be watching. Jeff Kwatinetz and management team is keeping All My Children and One Life to Live in legal limbo. Just because they could not successfully produce the shows, they go after the big pocket at ABC.

su0000
su0000

ABC has it all back..
It’s no longer in PP hands ..

PP filed bankruptcy. PP was to pay huge fees annually to ABC to keep leasing the shows/characters, they let it go.

Susan
Susan

Rights to AMC and OLTL are still in limbo due to bankruptcy and PP’s 95 million dollar lawsuit against ABC. PP is blaming their failure on ABC.

Tom Jenkins
Tom Jenkins

Right on, Jeff Kwatinetz and Prospect Park owe an explanation (at the very least!) to the faithful viewers whom they took on a horrendous emotional Roller coaster ride that rivaled ANY soap opera storyline anyone could POSSIBLY come up with!!

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

How about a new version of Peyton Place and a reboot of the mystery soap Edge Of Night retitled ‘Monticello’????????

Fanny
Fanny

Now that would be worth watching.

Donna Miller
Donna Miller

stopped watching soaps but like the haves and have nots. But will WATCH ANYTHING with JAcK WAGNER. am watching WCTH. JW on any soap or show would be why I’d watch.
know I am NOT alone. prime time or daytime want more Jack than just WCTH.

Fanny
Fanny

He is on a nighttime show with his ex.. They play a married couple… Google his
Name and current TV status.

Patrick
Patrick

as long as this keeps , DAYS of OUR Lives…. in the NBC memory banks

that this staple MUST see TV

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8 Years To The Day Of All My Children & One Life to Live Being Canceled; Still Considered By Many Worst Move For Daytime

It’s hard to believe that 8 years ago today on April 14th, 2011, the soap world, its fans, and the cast members, learned of the heartbreaking news that ABC, in one swift move, decimated its daytime line-up when they announced the cancellations of long running series, All My Children (which would end at its 41st year), and One Life to Live (which would ends its run in its 43rd year).

At the time, ABC announced it would move to more lifestyle/entertainment series to replace these dramas.  In its place came The Chew and The Revolution, neither show is still on the air today.  Executives at that time pointed to research saying that times are changing and that their decision was “guided by extensive research into what today’s daytime viewers want,” and blame, in part, “the changing viewing patterns of the audience” for the axing of AMC and OLTL

Then ABC Daytime President, Brian Frons had joked to Deadline about the big announcement that he: “Pre-entered the witness protection program prior to today’s events.”  He added that “The demise of the two venerable soaps was actually a year in the making.  A year ago, we started to look at our projections where the ratings for the soaps would go.  When those projections came in pretty discouraging, the network began to aggressively develop replacement shows, 15 of them.  Four of the 15 were picked up to pilot: The Chew and The Revolution and two others, a talk show and a dating show. Originally, the idea was to cancel only one daytime drama.  The way the ratings developed and the pilots turned out, the ratings developed negatively and pilots developed positively, so we decided to make a bigger shift.”  Of note is that when it went off the air, One Life to Live was in third place among its competitors in the ratings.

The press release that came with the cancellations stated: “To honor the core, passionate audience and their rich history both shows will conclude in a manner that respects their legacies and the longstanding hopes of many of their viewers.”

Following the cancellations daytime reeled. The mainstream was sure it meant the endings of the soaps, period.  However, four shows illustrated that is not true at all.  For Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless all remain, and still whether they are up or down in their numbers/ratings, they remain relevant and important to the enduring daytime viewing audience.

Sadly, as with any shows, the end of ABC’s AMC and OLTL meant loss of jobs for so many working in front of the camera and behind the scenes. One Life was the last soap opera in production in New York at the time.  AMC was already being shot in LA to cut costs to save it.

Still in 2019, if you venture on to social media, especially Twitter, you see fans constantly missing its stars and the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, wanting this wrong rectified.  Although Prospect Park tried to revive the show with their online versions, eventually after legal battles that went on for a few years, ABC now retains the right to these properties,

The good news is that many favorites from AMC and OLTL have found success and been hired on other soap operas, bringing their followings with them, whether it be on-screen, or in the writing, producing, directing or crew departments.

So, do you think the loss of AMC and OLTL consolidated daytime and made the remaining shows stronger so they would not be touched or canceled?  Do you think ABC should try to mount a resurrected AMC and OLTL or an amalgamation of the two?  Do you remember where you were when you learned the two soaps were cancelled? Was this the worst misstep of all-time for daytime? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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George R. R. Martin’s “Leak” Of New Hulu Series WILD CARDS Featuring Eden Riegel, Thorsten Kaye. and Greg Rikkart

April Fool’s Day started off with a bang today when Eden Riegel (Ex-Bianca, AMC) posted a photo of herself with Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, B&B) and Greg Rikaart (Ex-Leo, DAYS)  in a very intriguing image.  See above pic!  As it turns out, it’s said to be from behind the scenes from some leaked footage of the upcoming Hulu series, Wild Cards.

The premise of Wild Cards is based on the sci-fi anthology series edited by George R. R, Martin, best known for writing the “Song of Ice and Fire” novels, on which HBO’s Game of Thrones is based.  Riegel’s husband, Andrew Miller is the showrunner attached to the upcoming series.

On Martin’s website he teases the set-up of the “leaked” video clip:  “This was not supposed to go public.. Everybody (Well, everybody that has been paying attention knows that we are developing two Wild Cards as a series for Hulu  Andrew Miller has taken the reins as showrunner, a writing staff has been hired, and they have been hard at work for months.  What was NOT supposed to be known is how far they’ve come.  Not only have some scripts been finished, but the first show has gone into production and has been shooting.  That was supposed to be a deep dark secret, however.   We wanted to surprise the world. It’s hard to keep secrets in Hollyweird, however.  And now it appears that some of the rough footage has been leaked by person or persons unknown”

Meanwhile, Riegel sent out a series of tweets: “Hooo boy…cat’s out of the bag! Fans, please don’t judge our show based on these leaked videos!! The effects are going to knock your socks off. And my costars, and , are doing the best work of their lives!”  That was followed by, T”hank you for the chance to work with you on your first foray into soaps! I am humbled and honored. We won’t let you down.” And then, “I’m probably not allowed to share this with all the NDAs I signed, but damnit I’m just so proud of the team!  think we are breaking new ground for soaps. So proud to work with you!”

Now below, check out the Wild Cards “leaked footage” and let us know if you think of the …. um … drama! Comment below.  And one more thing … Happy April Fool’s!

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WATCH: All My Children Reunion On Strahan & Sara

On Monday’s episode of ABC’s Strahan & Sara, the show welcomed several stars of the beloved All My Children for a reunion, of sorts. Joining hosts Michael Strahan and Sara Haines were Susan Lucci (Erica), Walt Willey (Jack), Cady McClain (Dixie), Jacob Young (JR) and Jill Larson (Opal).

While it was wonderful to see the stars from Pine Valley again, it was also a painful reminder that this network, ABC, canceled the show, and had put in its place – The Chew, and now Strahan & Sara – since canning the series.   In fact, as you will see on the clips below, many of the crew who work on this talk show were once the crew for All My Children.

During the segment, Susan Lucci was tested to see if she remembered all of Erica Kane’s wedded names.  Later, Walt Willey and Susan re-created the final scene of the ABC version of All My Children between Erica and Jack, where Jack walks out on her.  However, this time, they have Jack changing his mind and coming back to Erica and sealing their relationship with a kiss – a moment of closure that never happened (since the show moved to online via Prospect Park).

In addition, Cady McClain and Jacob Young re-created the infamous Dixie “dying from eating poison pancakes” scene, as JR watches his mother die, only this time she lives.

It’s always great to see these veteran performers, but Strahan & Sara is trying to capture the soap viewers to put eyeballs on their show by bringing in talent from the show that sadly and wrongly went off the air.

Watch the clips below from the All My Children reunion below.  Then, let us know what you thought of it via the comment section below.

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