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NEW DETAILS emerging on AMC's move to the web! Will the show be seasonal?

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There have been reports surfacing on the internet today, and one of interest here from ABC Soaps In Depth which is now reporting that as All My Children prepares to wrap production next month, it seems like Prospect Park, the production company who purchased the rights to air the show online, along with OLTL, is not quite ready to pick up where the show leaves off.

All My Children will end its 40-year-run on network television on September 23rd, and it had been rumored that Prospect Park would launch its web version on the 26th.

SID is stating from their sources that Prospect Park still hasn’t reached out to the AMC actors to negotiate new contracts.  However, AMC executive producer Julie Hanan Carruthers and headwriter Lorraine Broderick have both lined up deals to continue on with the soap when it moves to the Prospect Park production model of the series.

In addition, if you recall in the ABC press release which stated from Prospect Park that they would continue to broadcast AMC and OLTL in the same format and same length,  it made no mention of how often the shows would air. There are now reports from insiders that AMC may become a seasonal series — not a daily one — which would allow the cast to do other projects.

We will continue to bring you the latest on this developing story in the days and weeks to come. Now,  we want to know from you… how would you feel if the saga of Pine Valley is seasonal, not on every day, and runs similar like a series like Venice does on the web?

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Jim
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Jim

The idea of making soaps seasonal just like the other TV shows is a good idea to keep the costs down and to make actors feel like they’re not tied down to playing a part forever. There are so many Soap Actors who might resent the year round commitment but feel they have no choice but to do it because it’s a steady gig.

That being said, the writing has to be good enough for people to watch each season and void of the filler dreck like Echo being immobilized by silly string.

Beth
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Beth

Ditto, I agree completely with Jim

Lynda
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Lynda

Oh how true! Echo being immobilized by silly string is the silliest thing I have ever seen on OLTL! I’m bedridden with a spinal injury and even I could have broken free from silly string! lol

Skyla
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Skyla

Hmm… I’m not so sure how I’d like a seasonal show. That’s part of what separates soaps is that they are weekday shows that continue to flow fluidly like life, which is why you become so invested in the storylines and the character’s lives. To take away that important aspect and make it just like any other seasonal show with 20-22 episodes a year and long breaks IMO would be detrimental to both AMC & OLTL, given the fact that although the move to internet is fantastic with no cable based right to PP there will already be some viewership… Read more »

Mary Ellen Shelton
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Mary Ellen Shelton

I definitely would not care for a seasonal show. I only hope there are not changes made, such as changing the storyline to where you don’t even recognize that it is the same show. Also, if they begin to lose the people who created the “character”, that also, would be devasting to ratings, which in turn could close the show permanently. The “Erika Kane” character could never have a replacement for Susan Lucci and, IF that happened, the show would go down the tubes for sure. If it stays JUST the way it is on TV, it will be okay… Read more »

benbryant-soappipe
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benbryant-soappipe

I can live with it dropping to 3 or 4x a week, but I think a lot of the soaps value and the loyalty it engenders from its passionate fanbase is the fact that it’s a regular presence in someone’s home. We forgive a lot in terms of acting, storyline, and quality because we get the intimate world in return. Seasonal may be necessary, but I recommend two 4-5 month series with no more than six week breaks in-between. Even if the writing is A-game and the acting is incredible and the stories tighter with less filler and more oomph,… Read more »

Barbara Mathiews
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Barbara Mathiews

I for one would not be happy if only on part of the year..want them on everyday like they have for 40 plus years….and want them on a network like soapnet so everyone can see them..not just the fans that have internet….Only about 5% of people have access to the internet…Older People in nursing homes and some parts of the country can’t even get high speed internet….so the soaps will be gone again..because not that many people will be able to see them.

Vikki Stahl
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Vikki Stahl

I think it is much more than 5% have the internet, at least 70%, my mom is 75 years old and has internet and uses a computer.

lenafreed
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lenafreed

I would rather have 15 minutes a day 5 days a week 52 weeks a year – like the soaps were back in the 1950s. The everyday format is one of the things that makes the soaps so special for me. They are always there – growing up seeing the same soap characters everyday made me feel like I knew them and could rely on them and as a latch key kid that was really important in my life. I will watch even if they become seasonal but they will lose some of their magic if that happens. It’s the… Read more »

Kim Goodwin
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Kim Goodwin

I think that people could become used to not watching them and they wouldn’t be as successful . I would be upset to see them go seasonal. People can handle cancellations of seasonal shows. We couldn’t handle the cancellations because they are part of our daily life of escaping. I think they should be on daily. Why would the cast want to stay in LA just for seasonal. I hope that the rumor is not true. Agnes statement did state they would remain the same as they are now, same length and no changes.

amber wright
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amber wright

i dont like it one bit i want to be able to watch my soap every day i also think that there needs to be a soap opera station so that evryone can watch them

bronze
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bronze

not liking the seasonal mess. if they can’t do everyday, maybe twice a week…..

Brian
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Brian

I would suggest filming the shows in their current hour long format, then cutting them in half and running them as 1/2 hour shows over the course of the year. It would be a win-win. Fans would have their shows year round and the actors would work for 6 months, then have 6 months to pursue other interests before returning to work for 6 more months.

C A Stephens
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C A Stephens

I hope that viewers like myself who have watched both these shows since the beginning, will be able to still be able to access them. Whoever is going to produce and present these need to remember that not everybody has access to a computer (they are older you know) and if it is something we will have to pay for, you may be limited those of us who have been loyal supporters a chance to continue enjoying our soaps!

AMCdaily
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AMCdaily

To sum it up: This would suck royally! Soap fans need at least several days a week fix not per season only!

Mona Prager
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Mona Prager

I don’t like the idea of AMC becoming seasonal and hope it does not come to fruition. I’m used to watching it everyday and I don’t think other dedicated faithful fans like myself will like the idea either. That would not be the same format that was promisied by Prospect Park. It’s very important for us fans to have trust in this company. I feel personally betrayed by ABC! They are money hungry greedy mongers. If it weren’t for Brian Frons, we wouldn’t be in this awful predictament now!

Jewell
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Jewell

They haven’t contacted actors because they are on summer break.
Prospect needs to get ready if they want to keep the actors, do they expect them to wait around? They have bills to pay just like the rest of us. I wouldn’t want to watch it once a week, but I have always said let them have the summer off and Christmas break like the prime time shows.

Brenda Hayes
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Brenda Hayes

I am beginning that after the intial joy of the soaps going online, that it may not be as great as we thought it would be. They keep coming out with teasers that don’t sound good, and the actors/actresses haven’t even been contacted. What do you all think?

Reddi
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Reddi

Prospect Park has the headwriter to make this work. I think moving to a seasonal show is a good idea. The family interactions, interesting characters, and character driven stories, are the reasons people watch soaps, not the daily/year round airing. Seasonal episodes also means the possibility of DVD sales (or whatever replaces that, such as deals with places like Netflix). I’d prefer two to three days a week, as I’m not sure the kind of character development and character driven storytelling soaps are known for will be possible on a weekly show, especially if it’s seasonal. Still.. same town, same… Read more »

Carrie Thompson
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Carrie Thompson

EVERYDAY PLEASE NOT SEASONAL

J Bernard Jones
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J Bernard Jones

So, I assume that everyone who wants AMC/OLTL to continue to air daily, though streamed, is willing to pay a modest subscription fee to make that happen?

david
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david

What’s so great about soaps is they are not seasonal. I hope that doesn’t change.

Tad
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Tad

I would hope it would be everyday so people can get their soap fix. Still strong storylines and intriguing characters keep the fans interested. I hope they set up AMC for the web series while giving some kind of closure for thetv show. I envision it focussing around a wedding for Jack and Erica. It can be a big fundraiser for the children in Africa. Erica wants to do some good and that is a passion of her’s after her trip. This allows all sorts of characters from the past to attend for the AMC finale. There can even be… Read more »

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‘Pine Valley’s’ Leo Richardson Teases First Episode Script of All My Children Primetime Reboot

On Friday, soap fans were abuzz on Twitter, when head writer and executive producer, Leo Richardson of the All My Children reboot in development, showed off the script cover of the pilot and first episode of Pine Valley.

The series is currently in the works over at ABC with former AMC favorites, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos and Rebel’s Andrew Stearn as the other executive producers.

Richardson shared along with the script pic, “A year and a half of work comes down to just 60 pages. And off she goes… #PineValley””

Fans of All My Children are thrilled at Richardson’s news and now will await word on what will happen with the proposed show.

Leo has also written the long-running British soap, EastEnders and for Lee Daniel’s Star.

Check out his tweet below.  (UPDATED: Since this original posting, Richardson’s tweet was taken down)

Now, let us know if you are excited to find out just what characters are in the script of Pine Valley in the comment section.

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Kim Delaney on All My Children Primetime Reboot: “All They Have To Do Is Ask, and I’m There”

While Kim Delaney is currently appearing on General Hospital in the role of Jackie Templeton, and she just appeared in her new Lifetime movie, The Long Island Serial Killer: A Mother’s Hunt of Justice, the actress revealed she would be up for appearing in the upcoming primetime revival in development of All My Children.

Delaney became soap-famous in the role of AMC’s Jenny Gardner from 1981-1984 before she was killed-off the show in the now iconic jet ski explosion.

Now even though Jenny died, Kim would be up for figuring out how the character could be resurrected or how she could take part in the primetime reboot of the ABC soap opera called, Pine Valley.

In an interview with Soaps.com, Kim shared on being part of the reboot: “All they have to do is ask, and I’m there.  Sure, Jenny died, but someone asked me the other day if we ever saw her body. So maybe she’s out there, somewhere… ”

Former All My Children stars and real-life duo, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos are executive producers of Pine Valley along with Andrew Stearn.

So, would you like to see an alive and well Jenny Gardner, or some other role for Delaney, in the All My Children reboot? Comment below.

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TONIGHT: Kim Delaney Stars in Lifetime’s ‘The Long Island Serial Killer: A Mother’s Hunt for Justice’

Make sure to catch General Hospital and former All My Children and NYPD Blue star, Kim Delaney (Jackie, GH, Ex-Jenny, AMC) tonight on Saturday, February 20th when her highly-anticipated Lifetime movie debuts beginning at 8pm EST/7pm CST which marks the cable network’s 400th original movie.

In The Long Island Serial Killer: A Mother’s Hunt for Justice, it tells the story of Mari Gilbert’s search for the truth behind what happened to her daughter Shannan, a sometime escort who disappeared after a ‘date’ on Long Island.

After Shannan (Katharine Isabelle, Hannibal) fails to come home, her mother Mari (Delaney) knows something is terribly wrong. Pleading to police to take her concerns seriously, she keeps pushing the police for answers. Mari’s insistence that her daughter not be overlooked eventually leads to a horror hidden on Long Island for more than a decade – 19 bodies of young women discovered buried in shallow graves along Ocean Parkway in the area of Jones Beach State Park. Though the search for the killer is still ongoing, Mari’s passionate dedication to giving her daughter and other forgotten women a voice, and the attention they deserve, has kept the case alive with hopes of a breakthrough soon. The movie not only follows a mother’s tireless search for the truth, but it also digs deep into the murders, including Shannan’s, that have gone unsolved for so long.

Delaney’s film, executive produced by Deborah Norville, is based off real life-events that transpired in the early 2010’s where the crimes were never solved.

In an interview with 98.1 WOGL Radio’s Glenn Kalina, Delaney shared: “There is hope in the film… but you also want an answer… what happened to all of these girls?  My character just was relentless trying to find her (daughter) or find answers where she was.  They found a bunch of other bodies, and what they learned was that they were all escorts… and then they learned there was a possible serial killer.”

Check out a promo for the movie below.

Will you be watching Kim in her starring role in The Long Island Serial Killer: A Mother’s Hunt for Justice? Let us know in the comment section.

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