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

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Photo Credit: Sue Coflin/Max Photos

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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Do we really need another “musical drama?”


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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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 ..

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

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..

Sounds good. I will be looking for it.

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

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.

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

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

#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.

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

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

me too

me three

Shaun Cassidy was so cute on Hardy Boys!

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.

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.

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.

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!!

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

Now that would be worth watching.

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.

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

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

that this staple MUST see TV

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EXCLUSIVE: Jacob Young, Joan Collins and Nadia Bjorlin to Prague to Film ‘Murder Between Friends’

On Thursday night during the Michael Fairman Channel’s livestream interview centering around Jason Cook’s (ex-Shawn, DAYS and ex-Matt, GH) latest movie Four For Fun which stars Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-JR, AMC, ex-Rick, B&B and ex-Lucky, GH), revealed another upcoming film project with some very familiar faces.

Jacob Young shared an exclusive that he is set to direct, produce and star in a Agatha Christie-like murder mystery feature film aptly tiled Murder Between Friends.

Speaking on the upcoming project, Jacob said, “I’m flying at the end of the March to Prague to direct, produce and star in a film with Joan Collins (ex-Dynasty). Nadia Bjorlin (ex-Chloe, Days of our Lives) is in it, and Toby Alexander Smith from Eastenders (ex-Gray Atkins). Plus, a couple of my Broadway friends and a very well known Czech actress (Hana Vagnerova).”

Photo: BBC

According to Jacob, the production start date is April 1st. He added on the premise of the film, “It’s very Agatha Christie sort of ‘Knives Out’ without having a hundred million dollars to shoot it, but still will be a lovely film nonetheless.” Young said the plan is to finish all principal photography by April 17th.

Photo: JPI

IMDb has more on the film. It shared that former All My Children star Trent Garrett (ex-Asher Pike) is listed as co-directing the feature. Mark Rozzano is listed as writer of Murder Between Friends.

So, what do you think about this upcoming feature from Jacob that will feature Joan Collins, Nadia Bjorlin et al? Share your thoughts in the comment section. 

Then below, check out the full livestream conversation with Jason Cook, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young on ‘Four For Fun’ and their notable soap roles.

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Maurice Benard Reveals All My Children’s Lee Meriweather and Daughter’s Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

At the beginning of the latest episode of General Hospital star, Maurice Benard’s (Sonny Corinthos) State of Mind series, he delivered some heartbreaking news with a purpose.

Kyle Oldham, the daughter of former All My Children star, Lee Meriwether (ex-Ruth Martin), who previously made a guest appearance on Benard’s show, returned for a new interview which will be coming soon.

During their conversation, Oldham shared that her beloved mother has Alzheimer’s. Sadly, according to Benard, Kyle also revealed she has been diagnosed with the disease as well.

Photo: JPI

Maurice expressed, “We talked about her mother and having Alzheimer’s and it was an amazing interview. And then Kyle said, ‘I gotta tell you something. I have Alzheimer’s.’”

Apparently, Kyle has agreed to come on State of Mind, periodically as the effects of Alzheimer’s take a hold of her to help educate others. “We decided that she was gonna come in … she was gonna call me and tell me as she progresses,” Benard shared. “She was going to come in again so the audience could see with their eyes what Alzheimer’s does to someone.”

Benard’s guest for this current episode of State of Mind was Vernee Watson (Stella, GH), who along with Maurice, was part of the Alzheimer’s storyline on the ABC daytime drama series that saw Mike Corbin (Max Gail) eventually pass away.

Photo: JPI

As for Lee Meriwether, not only is she known for her role on AMC, but also for her roles as Catwoman in Batman: The Movie, and The Courtship of Eddie’s Father, and for the television series, Barnaby Jones, the New Andy Griffith Show and The Munsters to name only a few.

In soap operas, Meriwether was cast in The Young Marrieds years prior to her time on All My Children where she replaced Mary Fickett in the matriarchal role in the Martin family. She played the role from 1996-99, 2002-03, and 2007-11.

Meriwether’s daughter, Kyle Oldham, has been an actress and spokesperson herself through the years. She appeared on The Price is Right for over 14 years until she couldn’t anymore after going through multiple surgeries in her adult life.

You can check out the full episode of State of Mind with Maurice an Vernee below.

Share your thoughts on the sad news of both Lee Meriwether and her daughter Kyle Oldham, battling the effects of Alzheimer’s disease in the comment section below.

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Soap Favorites Jason Cook, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young Visit the Michael Fairman Channel

On Wednesday night, February 28, Four for Fun, the movie written and directed by former Days of our Lives and General Hospital star, Jason Cook (ex-Shawn-Douglas; ex-Matt, respectively), which stars Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-JR, AMC, Lucky, GH, and Rick, B&B), will have its premiere as part of The Golden State Film Festival.

If you’re in the Southern California area, tickets for the festival and to see Four for Fun showing at 7:30pm PT can be found here.

In the premise of the film, a dinner party between two couples experiencing eleven different endings, all of which points to the same conclusion – the best possible life comes from the one lived the most in the present. Sarpy and Young play one of the couples and actors Donovan Patton and Annika Foster, play the other.

Photo: FourforFun

After its premiere at the festival, on the next night, Jason, Brytni and Jacob will visit You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel for a livestream conversation about the making of the film, working with each other, and a discussion on their numerous soap opera roles and much more.

It all begins on Thursday night, February 29th beginning at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT. Make sure to join us in the live chat, so you can ask your questions and share your comments with this talented trio.

Photo: FourforFun

Check out the trailer for Four for Fun below, followed by how to watch the livestream interview.

Then, drop any questions you would like us to pose to Jason, Brytni and Jacob in the comment section, and we just might ask it live on Thursday night.


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