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

Photo Credit: Sue Coflin/Max Photos

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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SZima
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SZima

Do we really need another “musical drama?”

Trevor
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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
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

Phil
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Phil

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

Alan
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Alan

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

TnT 2.0 Forever
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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
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Eileen Hargis

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

su0000
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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… Read more »

Eileen Hargis
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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
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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
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Mae

Sounds good. I will be looking for it.

Mae
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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
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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
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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
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elm51

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

Jane
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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
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Jane

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

louisa
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louisa

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

Harry
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Harry

me too

Tom Jenkins
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Tom Jenkins

me three

mark
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mark

Shaun Cassidy was so cute on Hardy Boys!

Susan
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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
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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
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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
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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)
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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
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Fanny

Now that would be worth watching.

Donna Miller
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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
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Fanny

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

Patrick
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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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All My Children Alum Ben Jörgensen Reportedly Dead At 51

According to his former All My Children castmate, Brian Gaskill. there is sad news in the soap world today.  Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin on All My Children and Chris on As the World Turns passed away on Tuesday at the age of 51, apparently via suicide, although unconfirmed as to his cause of death.

Gaskill, who played Bobby Warner while in Pine Valley shared via his Instagram:  “Sad news to report. Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old.  My understanding is it was suicide.  I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. ”

Since the time of Brian’s posting, friends, colleagues and fans have been posting tributes and condolences on the actor’s Facebook page.  You can view that here.

 

In this heartbreaking photo below from Steven Bergman, during his time on As the World Turns, Ben is pictured with the late Nathaniel Marston, as well as Jaime Nicole Dudney and Terri Conn.

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On All My Children, Ben was part of the important social issue storyline brought into the ABC legacy soap opera by the iconic Agnes Nixon, who was always trying to move the needle forward in daytime, as the character of Kevin was a gay high school student facing bullying, ridicule and discrimination for his sexuality.

Share your thoughts on the passing of Ben via the comment section below.    

 

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Sad news to report. Ben Jorgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old. My understanding is it was suicide. I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. #Actor #Filmmaker #BenJorgensen #BenMonk #Life#Death#AllMyChildren #Suicide #sad #rest

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Hallmark Channel’s ‘Home & Family’ Returns to Production For Ninth Season; Premiere Date Revealed

Another daytime show is heading back to production amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Now comes word that Hallmark Channel’s flagship morning lifestyle series, Home & Family has returned to production at its Universal Studios set for its ninth season.

All My Children favorite Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan Lavery) and Debbie Matenopoulos will return as co-hosts .

Look for the new season to kick-off on Monday, September 14th at 10am EST.

In a statement, Home & Family executive producer, Tracy Verna Soiseth shared: “We are thrilled to be returning to our home for the new season. Home & Family is a daily destination of comfort television, and we are very happy to be returning with two hours of daily interviews, cooking segments, DIY crafts and our hugely popular animal adoptions.”

For the past several months. a daily series featuring the cast called At Home with Our Family has run across the show’s social media platforms during the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Deadline,premiere-week guests are to include: Jenna Bush Hager, Danica McKellar, celebrity chefs Jet Tila, Carla Hall, Buddy Valastro, Curtis Stone, Rashad Jennings and Dennis Quaid.

So, glad to know Home & Family is also back in production? Comment below.

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Michael B. Jordan Pays Tribute To Chadwick Boseman: “Since Nearly The Beginning Of My Career, Starting with All My Children When I was 16 Years Old You Paved The Way For Me”

Following the news of the tragic death of now motion picture icon, Chadwick Boseman late Friday, tributes and sentiments have poured in from celebrities, politicians and fans from all across the world.

Chadwick Boseman passed away late last week at the age of 43 from colon cancer – a battle he kept silent about for the last four years of life.

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No one could be more intertwined with Boseman’s career than that of his fellow Black Panther star, Michael B. Jordan.  For Jordan took over the role of Reggie Porter on All My Children from Boseman after the late actor lasted one week, following standing up to, and addressing concerns, of racial stereotypes in the way that the part was written.  Reggie was introduced to Pine Valley as a gang member in 2003.  As previously reported it was Boseman who helped the soap opera improve the role that Jordan took over with some recommendations.

Now Michael B. Jordan has written a heartfelt remembrance of Chadwick that he shared on his Instagram, and what he has meant to his life, including how he showed him how to be better, to honor purpose and create legacy.

Read below Michael’s post:

“I’ve been trying to find the words, but nothing comes close to how I feel. I’ve been reflecting on every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hug…everything.

I wish we had more time.

One of the last times we spoke, you said we were forever linked , and now the truth of that means more to me than ever. Since nearly the beginning of my career, starting with All My Children when I was 16 years old you paved the way for me. You showed me how to be better, honor purpose, and create legacy. And whether you’ve known it or not…I’ve been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness.

I wish we had more time.

Everything you’ve given the world … the legends and heroes that you’ve shown us we are … will live on forever. But the thing that hurts the most is that I now understand how much of a legend and hero YOU are. Through it all, you never lost sight of what you loved most. You cared about your family , your friends, your craft, your spirit. You cared about the kids, the community, our culture and humanity. You cared about me. You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to truly give you your flowers while you were here.

I wish we had more time.

I’m more aware now than ever that time is short with people we love and admire. I’m gonna miss your honesty, your generosity, your sense of humor, and incredible gifts. I’ll miss the gift of sharing space with you in scenes. I’m dedicating the rest of my days to live the way you did. With grace, courage, and no regrets. “Is this your king!?” Yes . he . is!  Rest In Power Brother.”

What do you think of Michael’s tribute to Chadwick and how they have been interconnected dating back to 2003 and All My Children? Comment below.

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