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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
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
John

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

tim
tim

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

Brian Tripp
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
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)
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
janet jones

Tad, please!

su0000
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
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
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
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 dame
next comes Tad and Dixie

and the rest will follow….

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

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

Glen
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
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
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)
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
denisefan

I agree with you, Scott.

Robert Lee
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)
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
MBmomof3

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

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

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

Grandma
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
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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8 Years To The Day Of All My Children & One Life to Live Being Canceled; Still Considered By Many Worst Move For Daytime

It’s hard to believe that 8 years ago today on April 14th, 2011, the soap world, its fans, and the cast members, learned of the heartbreaking news that ABC, in one swift move, decimated its daytime line-up when they announced the cancellations of long running series, All My Children (which would end at its 41st year), and One Life to Live (which would ends its run in its 43rd year).

At the time, ABC announced it would move to more lifestyle/entertainment series to replace these dramas.  In its place came The Chew and The Revolution, neither show is still on the air today.  Executives at that time pointed to research saying that times are changing and that their decision was “guided by extensive research into what today’s daytime viewers want,” and blame, in part, “the changing viewing patterns of the audience” for the axing of AMC and OLTL

Then ABC Daytime President, Brian Frons had joked to Deadline about the big announcement that he: “Pre-entered the witness protection program prior to today’s events.”  He added that “The demise of the two venerable soaps was actually a year in the making.  A year ago, we started to look at our projections where the ratings for the soaps would go.  When those projections came in pretty discouraging, the network began to aggressively develop replacement shows, 15 of them.  Four of the 15 were picked up to pilot: The Chew and The Revolution and two others, a talk show and a dating show. Originally, the idea was to cancel only one daytime drama.  The way the ratings developed and the pilots turned out, the ratings developed negatively and pilots developed positively, so we decided to make a bigger shift.”  Of note is that when it went off the air, One Life to Live was in third place among its competitors in the ratings.

The press release that came with the cancellations stated: “To honor the core, passionate audience and their rich history both shows will conclude in a manner that respects their legacies and the longstanding hopes of many of their viewers.”

Following the cancellations daytime reeled. The mainstream was sure it meant the endings of the soaps, period.  However, four shows illustrated that is not true at all.  For Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless all remain, and still whether they are up or down in their numbers/ratings, they remain relevant and important to the enduring daytime viewing audience.

Sadly, as with any shows, the end of ABC’s AMC and OLTL meant loss of jobs for so many working in front of the camera and behind the scenes. One Life was the last soap opera in production in New York at the time.  AMC was already being shot in LA to cut costs to save it.

Still in 2019, if you venture on to social media, especially Twitter, you see fans constantly missing its stars and the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, wanting this wrong rectified.  Although Prospect Park tried to revive the show with their online versions, eventually after legal battles that went on for a few years, ABC now retains the right to these properties,

The good news is that many favorites from AMC and OLTL have found success and been hired on other soap operas, bringing their followings with them, whether it be on-screen, or in the writing, producing, directing or crew departments.

So, do you think the loss of AMC and OLTL consolidated daytime and made the remaining shows stronger so they would not be touched or canceled?  Do you think ABC should try to mount a resurrected AMC and OLTL or an amalgamation of the two?  Do you remember where you were when you learned the two soaps were cancelled? Was this the worst misstep of all-time for daytime? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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George R. R. Martin’s “Leak” Of New Hulu Series WILD CARDS Featuring Eden Riegel, Thorsten Kaye. and Greg Rikkart

April Fool’s Day started off with a bang today when Eden Riegel (Ex-Bianca, AMC) posted a photo of herself with Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, B&B) and Greg Rikaart (Ex-Leo, DAYS)  in a very intriguing image.  See above pic!  As it turns out, it’s said to be from behind the scenes from some leaked footage of the upcoming Hulu series, Wild Cards.

The premise of Wild Cards is based on the sci-fi anthology series edited by George R. R, Martin, best known for writing the “Song of Ice and Fire” novels, on which HBO’s Game of Thrones is based.  Riegel’s husband, Andrew Miller is the showrunner attached to the upcoming series.

On Martin’s website he teases the set-up of the “leaked” video clip:  “This was not supposed to go public.. Everybody (Well, everybody that has been paying attention knows that we are developing two Wild Cards as a series for Hulu  Andrew Miller has taken the reins as showrunner, a writing staff has been hired, and they have been hard at work for months.  What was NOT supposed to be known is how far they’ve come.  Not only have some scripts been finished, but the first show has gone into production and has been shooting.  That was supposed to be a deep dark secret, however.   We wanted to surprise the world. It’s hard to keep secrets in Hollyweird, however.  And now it appears that some of the rough footage has been leaked by person or persons unknown”

Meanwhile, Riegel sent out a series of tweets: “Hooo boy…cat’s out of the bag! Fans, please don’t judge our show based on these leaked videos!! The effects are going to knock your socks off. And my costars, and , are doing the best work of their lives!”  That was followed by, T”hank you for the chance to work with you on your first foray into soaps! I am humbled and honored. We won’t let you down.” And then, “I’m probably not allowed to share this with all the NDAs I signed, but damnit I’m just so proud of the team!  think we are breaking new ground for soaps. So proud to work with you!”

Now below, check out the Wild Cards “leaked footage” and let us know if you think of the …. um … drama! Comment below.  And one more thing … Happy April Fool’s!

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WATCH: All My Children Reunion On Strahan & Sara

On Monday’s episode of ABC’s Strahan & Sara, the show welcomed several stars of the beloved All My Children for a reunion, of sorts. Joining hosts Michael Strahan and Sara Haines were Susan Lucci (Erica), Walt Willey (Jack), Cady McClain (Dixie), Jacob Young (JR) and Jill Larson (Opal).

While it was wonderful to see the stars from Pine Valley again, it was also a painful reminder that this network, ABC, canceled the show, and had put in its place – The Chew, and now Strahan & Sara – since canning the series.   In fact, as you will see on the clips below, many of the crew who work on this talk show were once the crew for All My Children.

During the segment, Susan Lucci was tested to see if she remembered all of Erica Kane’s wedded names.  Later, Walt Willey and Susan re-created the final scene of the ABC version of All My Children between Erica and Jack, where Jack walks out on her.  However, this time, they have Jack changing his mind and coming back to Erica and sealing their relationship with a kiss – a moment of closure that never happened (since the show moved to online via Prospect Park).

In addition, Cady McClain and Jacob Young re-created the infamous Dixie “dying from eating poison pancakes” scene, as JR watches his mother die, only this time she lives.

It’s always great to see these veteran performers, but Strahan & Sara is trying to capture the soap viewers to put eyeballs on their show by bringing in talent from the show that sadly and wrongly went off the air.

Watch the clips below from the All My Children reunion below.  Then, let us know what you thought of it via the comment section below.

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