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Prospect Park Amends Lawsuit With ABC! Seeks $95 Million In Damages Claiming "Mega Soap" Fraud!

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While the online revivals of All My Children and One Life to Live season two have been shelved by Prospect Park for now, although no official announcement ever surfaced from the production company itself, Prospect Park has been busy revising their claims in their lawsuit with ABC which was originally filed this past April.

The revisions revealed today include: Prospect seeking more than $95 million in damages for breach of contract and promissory fraud. They are also demanding that they no longer have to pay any licensing fees, but that it still be entitled to an extension of the license agreement for the soaps.

In just a brief overview of some of the key points in the newly filed papers, Prospect Park alleges that ABC, “began unilaterally changing key storylines and themes, literally killing some OLTL characters and deeply integrating others into the GH landscape,” plus hiring two key executives from One Life to Live to create a mega soap of General Hospital without Prospect Park’s knowledge.   In addition, the lawsuit claims that ABC signed OLTL actors to long term contracts secretively behind Prospect Park’s back!  Prospect Park adds that it has tried its best to salvage OLTL, but ABC blocked it at every turn by refusing to run advertisements, by enlisting third parties like Hulu to back away from making any assistance, by keeping its actors away from talk shows like Good Morning America and The View.  Prospect Park is relating in their lawsuit they lost $30 million in investment, as well as profits it could have made had ABC acted as “the partner it made itself out to be.”

Make sure to read the full report on the lawsuit via The Hollywood Reporter here, which begins with:  “On Wednesday, the plaintiff filed a new amended complaint with more details of ABC’s alleged fraud and a demand for more than $95 million in damages. According to the latest court papers, ABC schemed in a quest for a “mega soap.” 

So what do you think of Prospect Park’s latest amended lawsuit claims against ABC?   If you were a juror, and understood both sides of the argument,  who do you think you would side with in this case … ABC, Prospect Park, or no one?

This giant mess continues, which sadly never would have happened had Brian Frons not canceled the iconic All My Children and One Life to Live in the first place!  Lots to dissect here, and lots of reading between the lines!  Weigh-in soapers!

 

 

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Daisy
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Daisy

Sadly, I no longer care. ABC and Prospect Park deserve each other.

Curry-girl
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Curry-girl

LOL

brian
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brian

If Prospect Park wins the 95 million, will we see OLTL V3 and AMC V3 ?

Sam
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Sam

Sure, and Ryan’s Hope and my reality show. LOL Not a chance. They won’t get a dime. ABC Disney has more attorneys than Frank and Jeff have had hot meals. PP should sue their writers, producers, and set designers. How the show was so badly produced did more damage than ABC did.

Scott
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Scott

Not true they’re sets were very nice!!!

Sam
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Sam

They were nice. For a brand new show. They didn’t look anything like Llanview or OLTL on ABC. They did look like Pine Valley, AMC used the same sets. Only Viki’s library was similar to before, all the others were different so the show didn’t feel like the same show.

thomas
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thomas

yes amen PP sets and writters and whole set up was awful i seen porno that looked better .lol

SUSAN M.
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SUSAN M.

What does V3 mean?????

brian
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brian

V3 stands for “Version 3” It is quite common when something is redsigned to call it “V #”

Michael S
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Michael S

That’s a lot of MONEY! OLTL’s success did not hinge on whether or not Cole and Hope lived or died. Let’s get real PP! Besides Jeff K is no stranger to many failed projects. Now if ABC failed to live up to it’s agreement on marketing OLTL and AMC than that may hold some basis for compensation. But not $95 Million worth! Who was it again that cut production within the first two weeks?!?! Who was it again that had issues with the unions?!?!? I find it hard to totally empathize with PP…yet I’m sure ABC is not devoid of… Read more »

christy
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christy

i agree… it’s a soap. Re-write what ever you want for Star, Hope, Cole and the rest… not all the OLTL fans watched GH anyways. Who cares! It’s a soap. Write a new story and save yourselves a whole lot of money… that could be used to make new episodes of OLTL.

soaps rewrite their history all the time… why can’t PP figure that out.

SUSAN M.
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SUSAN M.

I am a OLTL fan and I watch GH.. Would really like to go back to Llanview ! The way it was when on the T.V…

Rodd
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Rodd

I agree. Three characters do not make a soap or break it. I believe OLTL had a lot of major stars with which to work. They should have focused on stories without the Llanview Three and things could have worked out for them to come back to the show down the road. I can’t help but think that this lawsuit is mainly PP blowing smoke to cover their mistakes. And ABC? Ha! Brian Frons deserves to rot wherever he is and the idiots at ABC who let him get away with killing two iconic soaps like AMC and OLTL should… Read more »

Tali
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Tali

I somewhat agree with you Rodd except for the Llanview three had a lot of time with all the other major stars and there wasn’t anybody around for Natalie. Jolie fans wanted more….. instead ABC raped their story and OLTL was never the same!! Miss OLTL a lot! I hope PP wins and we get a version 3.

Shirley A Miller
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Shirley A Miller

The way I understand this situation, I believe ABC was at fault from the beginning. I think Prospect Park did intend to produce AMC and OLTL on the Web for quite a few years. Then ABC said they were borrowing some characters, transferred some to GH where they became permanent characters. Some of these actors from OLTL were killed off. I believe Prospect Park had every intention of producing these 2 Soaps but ABC messed up the agreement and things went downhill from there. Will we ever see an AMC or OLTL Soap again? Who knows????? I think there is… Read more »

Ginny
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Ginny

I totally agree with your opinion!

David
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David

ABC did not borrow characters at the time PP was supposed to originally launch the shows It was only after it appeared that PP was not going to relaunch the soaps that 5 OLTL characters went to GH(Todd, Starr, Mcbain, Blair and Tea). Blain and Tea only made a few appearances. The other were then signed to contract but keep in mind Michael Eason who played Mcbain and Kristen Alderson who played Starr had never agreed to work with Prospect Park. The only characters from OLTL that were killed was Cole(who could have easily been brought back to life, as… Read more »

Annie
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Annie

Incorrect. Michael Easton was signed on with PP. Kristen and Roger were not.

Tali
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Tali

Michael Easton was going to PP!

Gina
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Gina

Agreed! I knew that’s what was going on. It was definitely no accident that all of a sudden John McBain, Starr, Todd, Tea became so important to them. It seemed that ABC saw the writing on the Soap Opera wall with the success and the new wave emerging for soaps on Hulu. Even Oprah wanted a piece of the action after she said that OWN wouldn’t take AMC or OLTL. the year before. AMC & OLTL were starting off and doing well, and ABC couldn’t tolerate the success. They wanted them dead and gone. I’m so glad that I don’t… Read more »

lipstickcat
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lipstickcat

ABC didn’t want AMC &OLTL so they didn’t want anyone else to succeed with them! They wanted them to fail! They sabotaged them at every step!

john
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john

We soap fans want brian frons to disappear with the fishes. Ava jerome sonny and soaps fans need to torture the man. he is responsible for all of this mess.

samantha
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samantha

i agree with you john. lets beat up brians frons. Brian needs to be handcuffed in the basement, fed rats and spiders. maybe we can call sheila carter. She will deal with the trader, who cancelled amc and oltl. prospect park are so pathetic, where’s the annoucement? they are afraid too talk. lets beat them up too. lol.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Samantha…YEP…the character of Sheila Carter would teach that insufferable DIRTBAG Brian Frons a LONG OVERDUE lesson!!!!! And, Kimberlin Brown (aka Sheila)…WHAT AN AWESOME ACTRESS…LOL!!!!!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I feel its all b.s…this frivolous lawsuit would have made sense had GH also included AMC characters and killed a few off, and not just OLTLs but since it only involves the OLTL 3 i feel its plain nonsense…first OLTL survived on abc for many years with the loss of many characters/actors, and lasted a lot longer than many other serials including AMC…anyway had Bianca showed up in Port Chuck with Miranda and Miranda had died and Cole and Hope from OLTL did too then id be a little suspicious…also didnt the oltl 3 sign on after PP announced they… Read more »

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Didnt edit this very well and i shouldve shorten it…i gotta learn not to post comments when distracted…hope it makes sense…lol

Lew S
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Lew S

I totally agree with you.

Bryon
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Bryon

Well said, I agree with your perspective. The lawsuit has to do with using the OLTL characters and violating an agreement, so how can this affect AMC? Very good point. You’re exactly right, Michael Easton originally did sign with Prospect Park, then when the announcement came out that they would be unable to return, he and the others joined GH. Originally, the producer and head writer of OLTL did agree to the show, but then moved to GH when it didn’t move forward. It was the quality of writing that hurt the show and do believe they ran out of… Read more »

Kate
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Kate

ABC took who they thought were the 3 strongest younger characters from OLTL. There is no doubt that it hurt the reboot of OLTL. With Anna back on GH, I could see them bring in David to lure the AMC viewers. Many of our favorite characters have been added to GH to try to get us to watch GH. I will never watch GH because I know my favorite characters do not fit the age group they want. The older characters will be off GH soon. AMC reboot did not have any characters in the age group they are looking… Read more »

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

For me watching GH isnt totally supporting ABC, its to show them there is support for the genre and they were fools to think otherwise…This lawsuit claims to hurt the reboots but how did it hurt AMC? AMC had none of its characters on GH! Yes, GH use of 3 OLTL couldve changed PP plans for OLTL storylines but not as bad as they claim plus these 3 joined GH long before PP got their act together…would it been fair to GH and the actors to have the 3 sit around and do nothing while waiting to see if OLTL… Read more »

Tali
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Tali

At the time OLTL was the highest rated soap of the three, that is why they used OLTL characters to boost GH and guess what it worked!

Rod
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Rod

ABC & PP BOTH SUCK!!! They had there character back abd they out out a TERRIBLE 1st season ABC was really good but now they have ruined that again thanks PP & ABC for screwing it all up. Clearly they don’t give a damn about the FANS!!! What’s the point if the law suit since PP ruined the shows abd aren’t bringing them back. KILL FRANCO KIKI & Cylis and bring back Todd , Star & John
#annoyed

Tracey
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Tracey

I don’t think we will ever know what really happened. I remember thinking in 2012 when Prospect Park announced the 1st time they were not going to be able bring back AMC and OLTL that ABC simply licensed the 2 shows to PP to appear like they were trying to calm the upset viewers. I sincerely hope if ABC is found guilty, that not only they pay the damages but sign over the 2 shows over to PP free and clear. ABC actions appear as TPTB never wanted PP to succeed cause it would make ABC look very bad. Actions… Read more »

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I hope PP wins every penny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

B.J.
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B.J.

Agreed… and the free licensing! 🙂

I never felt that ABC was supporting this venture, because of the signing of 3 actors from OLTL. It seems to me they did every thing they thought they could get away with, to undermine the success of shows they dumped.

Good luck, PP!

Tali
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Tali

Agreed!

Robert in Jersey City
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Robert in Jersey City

It’s so odd how much anger is directed at Prospect Park for trying. Even a little try was more than ABC did. ABC has some army of paid bloggers always at the ready to yell about what cheats PP is, how awful they are, how they screwed it all up, when it was PP that actually brought the shows back to life. It was free to watch on Hulu, I never paid for it. What’s the loss? What if PP had never even appeared? We’d have had nothing. Yell at ABC and Brian Frons for being so selfish and stupid.… Read more »

Gina
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Gina

Agree!

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

I agree. I wish PP had kept going. I enjoyed watching on Hulu.

su0000
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su0000

hmm Q ” Prospect Park is relating in their lawsuit they lost $30 million in investment, as well as profits it could have made had ABC acted as “the partner it made itself out to be.” —– ABC, from what I saw were terrible partners.. And tried to down Prospect Park at every turn.. Q ” They are also demanding that they no longer have to pay any licensing fees, but that it still be entitled to an extension of the license agreement for the soaps.” —–That tells me; the soaps are not dead and PP indeed is not letting… Read more »

Kelly
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Kelly

You are delusional if you thinkg this is going to be resolved quickly. This lawsuit will drag on for a couple of years and by that point, they are not going to re-boot these shows.

wilco87
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wilco87

I think what Prospect Park is getting at with the GH3 actors is that since the actors were (allegedly) tied to ABC that delayed production and the writing. As a result of the characters’/actors’ status being in limbo, it prevented PP from putting out as quality a product as ossible. Which I can see a jury finding validity in that claim. I think people are putting too much focus on the “killing off of Cole/Hope” claim. It’s not being presented that them being killed off was an insurmountable detriment, it being done without PP’s consent that’s being presented as evidence… Read more »

Mk
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Mk

OLTL failed because it didnt have Frank and Ron. Plus it had characters that we did not care for (except Vicki and Dorian) OLTL could have lived on Life Hospital with Dorian and viki making visits.

Michael
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Michael

Prospect Park has seemed disingenuous from the start. First they announced plans to reboot both soaps right after their network finales. Then they cut down from four episodes per week to a mere two. Their explanation- blaming Internet viewing habits just proved that they I’d not have an intrinsic understanding of soap opera viewing or soap fan. 0f course ABC would not promote their online soaps. If the online. Soaps really succeeded- it would have been a total embarrassment for the network. Most importantly, I do not understand why they proliferate the idea that Hopevand Cole were main and pivotal… Read more »

Jim Grant
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Jim Grant

“Disingenuous” seems like the perfect word to describe Prospect Park’s motives. When they stated shortly after their initial launch that “four shows a week” were too much for Viewers to handle, I found that difficult to believe. It was fairly obvious that was just an excuse to produce less episodes. I wouldn’t mind if they announced from the start that they would do forty episodes, take a long break and then return with another forty episodes. I do not think it’s impossible that ALL MY CHILDREN could possibly return at some point down the road if this mess is ever… Read more »

Ellie
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Ellie

I agree. In addition, the bodies of Cole & Hope were never recovered so in soap terms that left the door wide open for them to return. There was also a man watching Starr at the site of the accident also lending credence to the theory that they weren’t dead. Tea’s baby dying lent to some hefty drama if written well. And, PP had no plans to resurrect either show until GH kept interest alive. This is more BS from PP IMHO. In addition to having their cake and eating it for free, would they like the kitchen sink thrown… Read more »

Joel
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Joel

PP’s lawsuit is laughable! I mean, really. They claim potential stories were ruined because some OLTL characters were killed off on GH? All they had to do was instruct their new writers to bring them back to life as every soap has done with “killed off” characters since the beginning of the genre. If I were the judge, I’d throw the case out faster than the blink of an eye.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I agree…plus OLTL had enough talented to carry the show…Victors unexeciting return and short stay, too much focus on Shelter, no talent JWoOPS, and stories that showed promise:Mathews mysterious girlfriend, Dorian/Viki feud and the Patels open marriage all fizzled…Natalie and Cutters relationship came out of nowhere, and Jack and his teacher was an isolated storyline that affected no other characters…its failure had nothing to do with Cole and Hope being killed off(they could easily be written back off and imo werent that important. Did PP really believe these two characters couldve saved the show. and if abc really wanted to… Read more »

Tali
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Tali

ABC originally signed an agreement to keep PP informed and confer with them the direction the used characters would go…………..ABC didn’t. They did what they wanted to. ABC Sucks!

davleestev
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davleestev

LMAO ABC wanted to create a “mega-soap”. Who are they kidding? You JUST got into the game PP while ABC as well as the other “big two” PERFECTED the genre. All along Kwatinez and co. were way in over their heads and might as well filmed the re-boots on a replica of the TITANIC and HINDENBERG!!! Sorry but these were two sure fire failures that won’t soon return to the land of the TV living. Let’s all just please have a moment of silence for AMC/OLTL/PP. OK. Now on to my dvr ep’s of the “mega-soap” that is GH.

janet
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janet

Sounds like ABC wanted them cancelled but, they didn’t want the fans to blame them. If they did go behind their backs to play dirtyI would go with Prospect park. I hate the word sue,this country seems to sue for everything and nothing. And these idiot juries actually award money. ABC got the three most known parties PP got the newbies. PP got the shaft but, I would have to be there and hear it all.

Josiah Cooney
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Josiah Cooney

The sum of the effect of ABC’s actions towards Prospect Park’s licensed property certainly damaged the launch and run of One Life to Live and to a much lesser degree, All My Children. I believe Prospect Park has a very good chance at winning compensation if Prospect Park can prove their allegations, including: “Hulu’s management was prepared to assist Prospect Park toward production of a second season of OLTL and AMC. However, Prospect Park is informed and believes that senior ABC executives discouraged Hulu from assisting Prospect Park. ABC repeatedly lied to Prospect Park, breached the express terms of the… Read more »

David
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David

I’d love to see actual proof of the claims Prospect park is making.

Kind of odd that once they basically ran out of money and couldn’t produce the shows anymore they now amend the lawsuit.

And what megasoap did ABC create? Yes GH’s numbers are up but the numbers are still nothing to brag about.

I don’t trust or believe that comes out of Prospect Park. Until actual proof of their claims is shown I have to believe this to be desperation on their part.

carla
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carla

Who really cares at this point. All my children and One life to live are.off the air we the fans should be the ones that sue abc and prospect park for.pain and suffering.

Anita
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Anita

That is my feeling too

Mary SF
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Mary SF

By the time this gets settled and the dust clears the real losers from this mess with be the fans that lost their beloved soaps twice and the casts and crews that lost their jobs again.

Gentry Ashmore
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Gentry Ashmore

It’s November 2013 and I am still desperately missing JOLIE. Every time, I see Silas Clay on GH, especially during the outing of Julian Jerome scenes, it still seems like he is playing Detective John McBain. Every time, I see him with Sam, I feel sick and wish he was back home with Natalie and Liam. Michael Easton is wasting his time playing a doctor. He was born to play JOHN MCBAIN. ABC should settle with Prospect Park and get back the rights to OLTL. It should then let Frank and Ron reboot OLTL in LA. They should share space… Read more »

Stacey
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Stacey

Gentry, love your posts and yes missing them as well. From your mouth to God’s ears

Matt Borlenghi
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Matt Borlenghi

If PP really wants to revive AMA, they will make it a true revival, bringing ‘vintage’ characters to the show in order to re-connect with the core fan base: the females who were watching in the heyday 20 years ago, when AMC was most popular. I’m happy to bring Brian Bodine back to Pine Valley and get back to what worked.

KK Davis
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KK Davis

I would side with Prospect Park; however, I would rather sit on a jury that sets free Brian Frons’s murderer. Oh why why why did not some nut job from a fly over state not kill him when he started this mess. Does anyone even remember that stinking pile of a life change show that took OLTL’s time spot. Sadly even though I personally know and love Jason Thompson I will not watch GH. ABC to me equals the people who killed my oldest friends and burned down my happy place Llanview.

Jared
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Jared

What a mess! Sadly though, I did not enjoy either show’s online versions. It’ll be interesting to find out the resolution and who the courts decide is responsible for this mess.

su0000
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su0000

I hope PP gets every penny from ABC!! ABC KILLED OUR SOAPS!! ABC Killed OLTL.. ABC Killed AMC.. WE the fans begged ABC to reconsider, er protested, wrote, had petitions, boycotted, and ABC never so much as said a one to us, we and the 2 soaps were nothing to ABC.. ABC needs to pay up!! If us fans could have sued ABC for killing our soaps, we would have.. ABC treated the fans like dirt.. PP gave 100% to bring back what ABC killed..!! IF PP wins the lawsuit perhaps they will buy into a cable network and bring… Read more »

Kate
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Kate

Yes!

margaret
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margaret

Let’s keep All MY CHILDREN out of the fray. we have read from a few stars and news sources that AMC is not moving forward. Is ther any chance that prospect Park is looking for a new location or medium to have the show (ie cable)? Truly hope that AMC continues!!

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Let’s not forget that that Brian Frons started all this when he cancelled BOTH AMC and OLTL to save $$$. Brian Frons aka BALD-HEADED JACKASS!!!!! Asshole.

Kate
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Kate

I like you!

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Thank you, Kate. I like you, too!

Peace.

Ginny
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Ginny

Part of the changes to the lawsuit were a result of information that PP Lawyers received during the Discovery Process. Sounds like a plot from The Good Wife. I want my soaps back and was pleased to have them on line. I did anticipate that the quality would improve. If I was a Juror I would award PP more than the requested award, ABC Disney is a large Company and should know better.

KM
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KM

What a mess. Although this is better soap than the ones that are/were on the air in some ways:) Some of PP’s claims seem to have merit like ABC blocking PP advertising and promotion when and where it would have been the most effective. Refusing to turn over the URLs as promised until absolutely being forced to seems to have some merit as well since that’s naturally where fans actively trying to find out how to watch the new shows would have gone. And if it’s true that ABC maliciously worked to tank a potential deal between Hulu and PP… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

When suing, you ask for 95 million with hopes of getting 60 million..
You always ask very high because millions from the settlement go to legal fees, also..

KM
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KM

Yes of course but you don’t ask for the whole solar system in the hopes that maybe you’ll get a moon rock. I would have been OK with PP arguing that the deal was not as promised and maybe Disney forgiving past due licensing fees as well as the coming year’s fees to give them a fresh start but that’s a discussion they should have been having with a whole different arm of Disney who were the ones they actually made the licensing deal with PP from the start. I’m not sure people get that PP did not license the… Read more »

Kate
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Kate

If I were on the jury, I would award every dime to PP. I hate ABC and will never watch anything on ABC. Including GH. I only watch Y&R. There is no doubt in my mind that ABC tried to screw PP.

Tim
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Tim

ABC and Brian Fons are the villains here. PP may not get $95M, but I hope PP does get some justice or restitution. ABC should roast in a special place in hell for what they did in canceling AMC and OLTL in the first place! I have heard that their replacement shows have even lower ratings than AMC or OLTL ever did. ABC and Brian Fons, you should be boycotted for life, and I hope you get your karmic just desserts! I hope PP will ultimately prevail in this lawsuit.

Kate
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Kate

I hope the jury is made up of soap fans! No to all things involving ABC. That said, if PP had continued with the soaps immediately after they were canceled, they would have had all the actors and writers that they wanted. The delay allowed actors and writers to go elsewhere for employment. It gave ABC time to plot. I do believe that PP should be compensated. I am sure that many of the delays were caused by ABC setting up road blocks. Nothing would make me happier than to hear that ABC goes bankrupt and disappears.

Matt
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Matt

#bitchplease

Annie
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Annie

I support Prospect Park. Perhaps they aren’t commenting until lawsuit is over? Win big, Prospect Park.

AbbyS.
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AbbyS.

So PP wants to extend the license, cancel the license fee it owes ABC, and collect $95 million. Sounds to me like PP is not out of the soap opera business despite “cancelling” the shows. I’ll never defend ABC after cancelling AMC and OLTL on the same day and treating both shows like dirt, but PP’s track record so far has not been that great with dealing with the audience and not making announcements, and some of the announcements they’ve made have been rude to fans. If there’s a chance AMC and OLTL can return, I’ll all for it, but… Read more »

Lisa Z.
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Lisa Z.

Finally someone is standing up for OLTL! I read the complaint, and PP has a lot of valid points. OLTL was the highest rated ABC soap and was cancelled. The ABC execs laughed at soap fans. OLTL was always the underdog – less promotion, less flashy actors, and less publicity than the other 2 soaps. Maybe ABC did regret canceling OLTL. The hired the Exec. Producer, OLTL writers, and some directors for GH. Then they brought over 3 front burner actors. I remember KA was bragging about a 3yr. contract she signed for GH (really, are you kidding me, is… Read more »

mgb357
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mgb357

OK people. this is the reason that both show were shelved.. to make a point that the production company is being thwarted by ABC. While that may be the case… there are plenty of other on-line alternative that PP could use to distribute the soaps… but if ABC colluded with HULU to stifle the advertisement and promotion, then the lawsuit seems legitimate. THis lawsuit is beginning to soud like a soap isn’t it. I am not giving up hope….. Maybe ABC will see the current success of GH and realize the mistake that they made… Can you say reboot on… Read more »

Jack Parkins
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Jack Parkins

So far this lawsuit is more compelling then some of the storylines depicted
on the Online version of ALL MY CHILDREN.

Ben from Baltimore
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Ben from Baltimore

The only advertising that ABC ever did on the soaps revival was a few stars from both soaps appearing on The View and Tuc Watkins appearing on the show that replaced All My Children on ABC, The Chew. I did see a Hulu ad on Comcast Cable here in Baltimore that had a 6 second clip of One Life To Live over the summer, but I haven’t seen it on there since the middle of September. I don’t know if the ad was a cable buy or a network buy, though.

RICKIE
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RICKIE

This is getting tiresome… and there’s no one to route for here. Just let both shows die with dignity already…

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

If I were a juror I would be excused based on my known bias against ABC.

Maybe we AMC & OLTL fans should start a class-action lawsuit against Brian Frons & ABC for killing our beloved soaps?

Becky
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Becky

I was surprised that PP cancelled AMC, as it weakens their lawsuit. How can using the Llanview 3 on GH have hurt PP’s version of OLTL if AMC couldn’t make it either? Actors and characters change all the time so I don’t buy that part of the lawsuit. Not sure what to think of the points about keeping the actors off GMA and The View, not allowing adverstising, etc. It does seem odd to say you’ll act as partner, take money for licensing, then thwart any advertising efforts. Something’s off, yet I doubt PP’s going to get anything out of… Read more »

David
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David

Michael Easton, Roger Howarth, and Kristen Alderson did not have a contract with Prospect Park so I have to laugh at PP claims that ABC secretly signed them. If those 3 did have contracts to work for PP then PP should be taking them to court as well.

su0000
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su0000

PP never had any rights to humans, the actors..
The actors were all free from any contracts, to live their lives as they chose to.
NO actor was obligated to PP..

k/kay
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k/kay

Read the complete lawsuit you can link it on the Hollywood Reporter then judge for yourself.

Cheryl
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Cheryl

I think that with most messy lawsuits, there is a lot of truth and a lot of lie mixed together, but at the end of the day I’m rooting for Prospect Park in a big way. I don’t think they’ll be able to prove all of their claims, seems like a lot of heresay, but I do think they can prove some: the URLs not being turned over, the failing to consult on storylines, and the using the “temporary” OLTL characters heavily on GH as front runner characters/stories. All these things seem to be pretty clear fact, and all of… Read more »

Kristin
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Kristin

Shouldn’t have canceled the shows in the first place!

Hannah
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Hannah

Be careful what you wish for. ABC might release PP from the licensing fess that are still owed but in order to settle, PP may have to relinquish said rights. ABC will them shelve the projects, just like PP has.

Jim Grant
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Jim Grant

Isn’t it remotely possible that abc-tv might want ALL MY CHILDREN back as a half hour show?
I wish that things looked brighter on the horizon for ALL MY CHILDREN, I know it’s not impossible that it could still come back since it was barely given a chance as an on-line inception, but at the same time would the actors want to be caught in the corner and then forced to give out a statement in an obligatory sort of way like Debbi, Cady and Jill no doubt felt that they needed to do?

mgb357
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mgb357

Or maybe…..
ABC sees the viability of bringing OLTL back to network…

With the soaps gaining viewers once again , what would be better than reviving the best soap ever……

Please ABC programming, give us back OLTL …. even 30 minutes would work.

2:00 OLTL 2:30-3:30 GH 3:30 ABC News?

How bout it ?

Ava
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Ava

So, if PP is saying that ABC shouldn’t have hired out of work Actors and Writers and Producers from OLTL, will they be filing a lawsuit against CBS next? Perhaps they will say that hiring Thorsten Kaye for B&B forced PP to shelve AMC? After all, if they can’t rewrite/recast characters from OLTL, perhaps they couldn’t recast Zach Slater for AMC. PP’s reasoning is just laughable. When will the ridiculous accusations end? Sadly they are turning two beloved showed into punchlines. AMC & OLTL deserve better.

jp
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jp

I am so sad that I am losing my OLTL family yet again. I hope somehow PP is still going to try to put OLTL and AMC back on the internet. If they are gone for good, please don’t put the r.i.p. sign next to their names again michael. Maybe another icon can be created for former soaps and do what are they doing now sorta of thing.

Tommy
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Tommy

why don’t pp just admit that they were in way over their heads with the remakes and stop this craziness. Let us OLTL fans mourn its death in peace instead of having it drudge up like this every year. Also, why doesn’t ABC just admit it messed up by even cancelling OLTL in the first place?

Lin
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Lin

Someone said they no longer care, that PP and ABC deserve each other . I care because it loved both of these soaps for decades, and because I loved the online AMC more than I’d liked the ABC version in years. I am grieving over the loss again. And though I was not as enamored about the 20s and teenager orientd plots of the PP version of one life, I watched, loyally, waiting for it to improve. I will always miss them, and hope somehow they will come back. Very least we need a movie tying up loose ends. I… Read more »

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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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