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NEP Broadcasting Converting Old Warehouse in Connecticut Into New Studio Home of AMC & OLTL!

NEP Broadcasting the country’s largest mobile production services company, is growing rapidly—expanding both internationally and on the web with new clients and forms of programming, and one of those happens to be Prospect Park and their new studio homes for the web versions of One Life to Live and All My Children!

According to a piece in Broadcasting Engineering, Barry Katz, senior vice president and general manager at NEP, related: “At the same time, what’s old is new.”  That was in reference to the fact that, “NEP is building studios in an old factory in Connecticut for the webcast versions of the soap operas All My Children and  One Life to Live. They start production on Feb. 25.”

“We became a Connecticut entity because of the tax credit there,” Katz said. “We can build a studio anywhere.” Currently, NEP has nine permanent studios in New York, two in the UK and 13 semi-permanent, custom control rooms in Connecticut, Los Angeles and the UK.

So soapers excited to here the new of the new studio homes to the town of Llanview and Pine Valley?  Let us know what you think about the shows being produced in Stamford, Connecticut, which is clearly closer to a lot of the original cast of One Life to Live and some of the original cast of All My Children, who did not relocate to L.A.   It is important to note: wasn’t it ABC who made AMC leave its digs in NYC to come to LA thus relocating many beloved performers?

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jim
jim

just to get these shows back on the air id let them work in my garage 4 a studio if i could

Rose
Rose

lol agree. We have waited way to long ! 🙂

Teri
Teri

AMEN! CAN NOT WAIT!!!

Mark
Mark

Michael, thanks for posting this article. I enjoy reading about the business side of the new versions of OLTL & AMC. Can’t wait to see the set designs, I wonder if PP is going with any of the designs we saw from the ABC studios. Do you think PP will be doing location shooting also?
Thanks again for the updates and taking time during the weekend for the posts.
Mark

nessmess50
nessmess50

Glad to hesar evrything is coming 2gether.Now i can’t wait till April 2 start watching my soaps AGAIN…Hopefully all this crap going on with John,Starr,Todd gets resolved very soon.I do not care which soap they play on as long as they stay on.

su0000
su0000

I wonder if they have vikki’s blue sofa lol .. ((taht was sooo ugly)

Joe
Joe

I love its! It makes the fact that Fraternity Row filmed in Llanview over NY more believable!

Joe
Joe

Didnt Andrea Evans leave Tina because of the NY stalker? Well there is no stalker in CT! 🙂 Come home Tina!!!

jim
jim

she did leave the show originally for something like that if i recall, but she did return a few years ago, and then returned to have Tina reunite with Cord b4 the show came to an end on abc.

Joe
Joe

True, but this is still better! If she can be on B&B all the time she can do OLTL! lol

Christina
Christina

We have to support any decisions that are had with the Todd/Starr/John characters even though we may not agree because it will bring back our beloved soaps.

Sheryl Postin
Sheryl Postin

Thanks Michael we can always count on you for updates and keep us in the loop of things. Have a great day and I’, sure they will work everything out soon. I hope everyone gets whatever makes them happy.,that’s what is most important.

louisa
louisa

Thanks for posting! You have the best info.

jim
jim

Micheals reporting is the best in the business

Batmarc6
Batmarc6

address please!! We’ve got flowers to deliver and hugs to dispense!! 🙂

Kathryn
Kathryn

It waa great having AMC in LA

Rodd
Rodd

I’m glad it’s closer for many of the OLTL actors, but I am concerned about the lack of core family characters/actors signing on for AMC. There was no mention of any of the Martins or Chandlers, just the Hubbards and Opal and Zack. The rest were fairly new to the show before it ended its broadcast run. OLTL was much more successful in getting the core back. That should help OLTL immensely.

emtk
emtk

I can’t wait to see OLTL!! Glad it’s on the east coast, but honestly, I just want to see new episodes with the characters and actors that I love!

Amanda
Amanda

Very excited about all of this! Thanks for keeping us in the know!

ssusan pickle
ssusan pickle

its about time , i miss my AMC and OLTL family. cant wait!!!!

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

It is important to note: wasn’t it ABC who made AMC leave its digs in NYC to come to LA thus relocating many beloved performers?

Yes Michael, I will ALWAYS remember that it was ABC/D that created this debacle in the first place.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Agreed!

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

I am ecstatic these shows will be returning and we get to spend time with our families in Llanview and Pine Valley again.

I will watch however, wherever and whenever I can!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Ditto! Can’t wait! 🙂

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Viewers may not know that hit shows, such as Supernatural and The Walking Dead aren’t filmed in L.A. or NYC. Why? Because they have lower production costs and/or get tax credits elsewhere. Most soaps fans will remember that One Tree Hill was filmed in Wilmington, N.C. and I believe Dallas is filmed in and around Dallas, TX. Also, many actors travel to location shoots. I’m just glad these gems are back in production. Woo Hoo!

Johnny
Johnny

My only modest concern is the fact that ALL MY CHILDREN will really have to “write around” some major characters, at least for a while.

Valbrulay
Valbrulay

I hope that GH will keep up the the fantastic story lines, the crossover is so well done; has opened so many options and interesting possibilities for the plot lines. I love twists and turns and surprises , plus bringing back so many past characters has been great. I think that the ties between GH people and OLTL should continue, having them be involved at both shows in someway.

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FRIDAY: ATWT’s Larry Bryggman and AMC’s Dorothy Lyman Guest Star On ‘The Blacklist’

Two of the most revered performances ever in the world of daytime drama will be seen tomorrow night on an all-new episode of NBC’s drama series, The Blacklist. (10/9c).

In “The Pawnbrokers”, Daytime Emmy winners, Larry Bryggman (Ex-John Dixon, As the World Turns) and Dorothy Lyman (Ex-Opal Gardner, All My Children) will be seen as a criminal duo!

Bryggman and Lyman play a couple that fronts cash to criminals on the black market. In story, series star, James Spader’s Red acclimates himself to his new digs in federal prison, where he is challenged by an old rival.  Samar (Mozhan Marnò) goes undercover to stop a black market organization that fronts cash to criminals. (Enter Larry and Dorothy!)  And, Liz (Megan Boone) and Jennifer (guest star Fiona Dourif) continue their investigation into Red’s past.

Check out the promo for tomorrow night’s episode below.   Then let us know if you will be checking out Larry and Dorothy and if all of this brings back memories of their amazing performances in Oakdale and in Pine Valley in the comment section below.

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David Canary’s Daughter Raises Question If Repeated Head Traumas From His Football Past Contributed To AMC Star’s Condition Before His Death

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative brain disease that is now widely known to be the outcome of repeated head traumas, concussions and more for many NFL athletes, Pro Wrestlers, hockey players and more   It has caused mental illness, severe behavioral changes and more in younger athletes to even old-timers, many who suffer unaware what is happening to them. Some athletes who have committed suicide have been later to have been diagnosed with CTE when their brains were donated to research.

Kate Canary, the daughter of All My Children’s beloved and late, David Canary (Adam/Stuart Chandler), is a contributing writer to the New York Daily News, and she wrote a heartfelt, and thought-provoking article, on just what happened to this icon, who died in 2015 at the age of 77  with his formal diagnosis being Alzheimer’s disease.

However, David’s earlier football past as a high school and college football player could very well been the reason why he suffered so many years before, and as Kate related here in these excerpts: “But this diagnosis came after years of suffering with Dad’s cognitive decline, and arguably decades of signs. Without exposing the most excruciating details of a disease that could extinguish the most vibrant of men, I can confess that his case was anything but typical.  We lost him in fits and starts, over and over, for roughly seven years leading up to his final breath. Begrudgingly, we learned to lie to him — ‘entering his world,’ as my brother Chris so delicately deemed it — to skirt the contradictory truths that would trigger his outbursts, which left physical scars on objects, on himself, and on others. We knew many families who had faced Alzheimer’s, yet we were the only ones uttering the comparison ‘Jekyll and Hyde.  Those closest to Dad witnessed firsthand the erratic, delusional and at times explosive episodes that characterized his particular case, which we tried attributing to an overactive imagination in a broken brain. But as more information emerges about CTE and the nature of its symptoms — the violent mood swings, the lapses in judgment, the hours-long hallucinations, the paranoid delusions — we are left with more questions than answers, more regret than relief.”

Kate goes on to state the facts that David Canary suffered at least four major concussions as a lineman in his high school and college football playing days between the ages of 16 and 22, (she also relates that those are the ones he remembered).  She also notes the multi-Daytime Emmy winning star has experienced cognitive difficulties decades before his Alzheimer’s diagnosis, and that there was no genetic lineage that the family knew of that would you would often find with Alzheimer’s patients.  She also noted that David’s volatility was unusual for a patient suffering from this disease, which leads us all back to CTE.

In the end a loving daughter asks the questions, “Did football kill my father?”  Kate was on the verge of looking into a way to donate David’s brain to science, but sadly he passed away eight weeks later in November of 2015.

The upshot is that when mothers and fathers allow their kids to play football or other-related sports at an early age were concussions are a possibly or involved, think again, you could be changing the course of their lives forever.

So, what did you think of what Kate shared about David Canary’s mental health and condition?  It would seem CTE could have been the root cause of what befell this giant of a man in the daytime soap world. Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Kim Delaney To Reprise Her Role As Diane Russell In ‘NYPD Blue’ Revival

Everyone loved All My Children’s Jenny Gardner played by then soap opera newcomer, Kim Delaney.  And after Kim left the world of soaps, she went on to a career on primetime television most notably on NYPD Blue as Diane Russell.

Well, in news this week, Delaney has signed on to reprise the character in the revival of the series in development over at ABC.  This is the role that Kin won a Primetime Emmy for her work back in 1997 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

According to TV Line, what we do know about the pilot; it will center on the son of Detective Sipowicz, who is working in the 15th squad and trying to earn his detective shield while investigating the murder of his father. However Emmy winner, Dennis Franz, who played the Sipowicz, will not be joining on to the reboot.

The pilot will be helmed by notable executive producers: Matt Olmstead (Chicago Fire), Nick Wootton (Scorpion), and Jesse Bochco (Murder in the First), who is the son of the late NYPD Blue co-creator, Steven Bochco.

Jesse Bochco, will direct the pilot, which is being considered for a potential fall season 2019 launch or possible next year midseason. NYPD Blue aired originally for a 12-year-run from 1993 to 2005 on ABC.

On her instagram account, Delaney wrote: “Diane Russell is back! So excited! Let’s go!”

What do you think about a ‘NYPD’ revival?  Glad to know Kim is reprising her role as Diane? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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