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Prospect Park Closes Deal With WGA & Clears Biggest Hurdle For OLTL & AMC Reboot!

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Fantastic news soapers!  After all the questions, comments, and rightful concerns about how Prospect Park was going to be able to deliver One Life to Live and All My Children online without the most important entity of all for soaps … the writers  … that has been rectified and solved!

According to Deadline.com, yesterday, Prospect Park closed a deal with the WGA (Writers Guild of America) reaching an agreement to be able to bring qualified soap writers and talent to the online reboot for the stories of One Life to Live and All My Children!  As fans know, Prospect Park was looking into using fi-core writers because they were having difficulties coming up with an acceptable deal with the Writer’s union.   As well, Daytime Confidential reported that an insider revealed that residuals were the sticking point to the deal:  “Prospect Park hopes to air the episodes of All My Children and One Life to Live on cable and in other countries, after their initial online airings. The WGA couldn’t afford to make a deal that didn’t include residuals for the writers.”

So soapers, all systems now are go, and we are on and greenlighted to see One Life to Live and All My Children hopefully begin to tape in February as Prospect Park has announced in their studios in Stamford, Connecticut.  Looks like one last and key part of this remains:  finalizing the casts from One Life to Live and All My Children and just who is going to be part of the beginning of the reboot.   

Let us know, who would you like to see being on the writing teams of One Life and AMC?  Are you now of the belief that One Life to Live and All My Children have crossed the biggest hurdle and will be ready to go?  Weigh-in!

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Brian Tripp
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Brian Tripp

I am so excited! I did read that Jordi Vilasuso (Griffin) is coming back to AMC also. Do we know anyone else that is for sure coming back? Are they going to recast JR? Will David Canary come back? I am sure they can’t have the entire cast back anyway because it will be not as much airtime since going to 30 mins instead of an hr. I can’t wait to see more casting news in the weeks ahead! Also who will the show writers be?

John
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John

My choices for AMC & OLTL writers with PP
http://www.twitlonger.com/show/kmi24f

tim
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tim

Brian, I believe it was only 37 minutes long on abc. Commercials commercials….. So, not too much less than tv version.

Brian Tripp
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Brian Tripp

That makes sense. So maybe they can keep a decent cast still. I just know on B&B they have way too many cast members who never get airtime.

Patti
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Patti

Can’t believe it!!!! Why can’t they go to a full hour online? Also, can’t believe that their going to be taping in Stamford CT – Now I’ll be able to go there & maybe see some of the actors/actresses as Stamford CT is only about driving distance 7 minutes away from me… YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

They probably cannot afford to be taping full-hour episodes. Soaps are never full-hours anyway. They’re between 35-40 minutes with commercials. So in reality, they’re filming a real soap time without commercials.

janet jones
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janet jones

Tad, please!

su0000
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su0000

Many people were angry at PP over things they had no control over, as the unions and sponsors..
And yet, PP has kept on to make it work and bring back our soaps..
they are indeed Heroes !! ..

((shame on some who blamed them for what was not in their control..
But, they did not quit, they did conquer all !!!
Time is all they needed..
PP said it was on hold /suspended until they could work it all out, and they have !!
WHOOOPIE!!!!

Maxine
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Maxine

I’m very happy that they plan to air AMC + OLTL on a cable channel! As soon as I know what channel they will be airing on, I can finally tell my grandmother our soaps our returning!

nell brooks
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nell brooks

Bring it on …. I will most def be watching ,,, Don’t change a thing … Adam/Stuart .. Brooke , Erica , Jake , Amanda , Tadd / Dixie even JR’s drunk self who did he shoot and Jack … woohoo
Super happy on One Life too! .. but what about the ones on General Hospital already ?

Patrick
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Patrick

if Erica cannot make it back full-time and/or just does guest episodes? that could work…. I really think they should bring back Brooke to be the grand dame…. I just loved Amanda… she finally made it big and found true love with Jake and had her son. the reunion with amanda and her mom, Janet, was stunning… tears… i wonder whats taking so long with Tad Martin? he’s a definate pillar of pine valley… just saying… in giving us as much back of pine valley as they can. this goes for Dixie as well….. we’d have Brooke as the grand… Read more »

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

AMC: Erica, Adam and Tad. OLTL: Viki, Roxy and Dorian.

Glen
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Glen

I;d love to see Lorraine Broderick as HW of AMC. Her talent is being wasted as a breakdown writer on DOOL. OLTL is more difficult. I wish that Ron Carlivati could write both that show and GH, but I know that’s not possible.

Keith
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Keith

I am so happy Ron Carlivati and Frank Valenti are with GH now. NEVER bring them back to OLTL! IMO they were the worst HW/EP ever on OLTL and almost ruined it beyond repair.

TRW
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TRW

Who do you like, Dena Higley? The only HW to equal Ron C is Michael Malone and the only EP to equal Frank V is Paul Rauch…

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Ron’s writing is lazy. His grammar along is bad. And his storytelling is slow. And very dated. Frank, over-all, I don’t believe is that bad of a producer. But when he works with Ron it gives him a bad name.

denisefan
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denisefan

I agree with you, Scott.

Robert Lee
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Robert Lee

this is going to be a great year for soap fansto think just 2 years ago our hearts were broken now they are filled with joy!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

I think moving the shows to Connecticut is a dumb decision. You’re losing a good chunk of the AMC cast who prefer living in LA. I know that now Rebecca Budig is likely to not return, since her home is in LA. And Cady McClain, who I believe lives in LA with her fiancé, may not return, especially with Jon’s decision to return to General Hospital.

As long as AMC is filmed in HD, I’m set. I just hope moving the show back to the east coast works out in their favors.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

I’m hopeful and very excited to see how this shakes out. 🙂

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

I am so happy and very excited! Erica and Jack please, I love AMC. I can’t wait.

Grandma
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Grandma

I AM HOPING THAT SOMEDAY SOON IT WILL BE BACK ON TV. MAYBE ONCE IT IS ONLINE TV WILL WILL TAKE IT BACK ON EVEN IF ITS A DIFFENT NETWORK T HAN ABC.

Chaz
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Chaz

Frank Valentini and Ron Carvilati make a great Producer/Writing team, OLTL was never better over the last year of the initial run of the show.

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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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