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Prospect Park issues statement on AMC & OLTL's move online!

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Courtesy/ABC

Prospect Park, the entertainment entity who is bringing All My Children and One Life to Live online, via their licensing deal with ABC, finally issued a statement to Soap Opera Weekly about the status of moving the series to the web and their new platform.  From reading below,  they are working out collective bargaining agreements with the guilds and  unions before they can move further with signing on talent, creatives and crews.

Prospect Park statement: “The love and support for All My Children and One Life to Live is truly amazing. Since we announced our intention to work with the shows, the fan outreach we’ve experienced over the past few weeks further validates our decision to work to keep them going for years to come. However we also respect the organizations and processes that are in place so that all can apply their craft within the infrastructure that the entertainment industry has set, specifically in this case with the appropriate guilds and unions. We are in the process of working out the essential terms of our proposed collective bargaining agreements with the appropriate guilds and unions, which we must do prior to firming up deals with above-and below-the-line talent. We will provide updates as needed.”

Soapers, stay tuned!

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Maura
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Maura

Thank you Prospect Park for saving our soaps!

Heather
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Heather

I wished that this company never showed up. They’ve screwed us from the endings of AMC and OLTL.

barbara t
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barbara t

I wish they never showed up either because of the endings and then we not only lost the soaps the first time by abc/disney we had to go through it for a second time by pp. How I wish it all would have turned out differently.

Shannon Cummings
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Shannon Cummings

I love both OLTL AND AMC soaps. I have been watching our soaps since 18 years old. I’m not happy cancel our soaps. I don’t want to cancel both soaps. Fight save for OLTL and AMC.

Sonja
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Sonja

Well, this makes sense. Seems like PP is really trying to do things the right way. Good for them.

brian
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brian

YES, Prospect Park has my support, lets hope us Canadian are not left out, please.

Melanie
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Melanie

DIDO!!! I really hope we can watch in Canada! We can’t watch soap net. I will be devastated if we can’t watch!! I’m willing to pay for OLTL!!

Rose
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Rose

AGREED! Please, please please make this available in Canada

Judy
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Judy

Thank you PP may it help some people to clam down and cut down on the rummors.

ethel
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ethel

thank you PP for savings our soaps & thank you taking the time to make this statement!!

dorothy
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dorothy

THEY HAVEN’T SAVED OUR SHOWS YET, THERE STILL NEGOTIATING, WHICH COULD MEAN JUST ABOUT ANYTHING

Jeff Moree
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Jeff Moree

This is great news espeicially since all the doom news of the past few months

HTR
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HTR

I am grateful that OLTL and AMC have a chance at a second life. Please keep us posted one the when and where…. I know I and all my friends will be there!!

Melanie
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Melanie

Wouldn’t it be cool if they merged AMC and OLTL into one?

jax
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jax

no

Joyce
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Joyce

thanks so much for saving our Soaps PP!

Trish
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Trish

Yes this is wonderful, but Im still rather upset, my daughter and I watch oltl and amc on tv. while my hubby is doing other things. I record it and watch it Im not sure how we are going to do this on our laptops… thank you!

Frankie Hoornaert
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Frankie Hoornaert

Thank you for saving our soaps! It means the world to us old (and new) fans of OLTL and AMC. You’re the best!!!!!!

Sharon Friedman
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Sharon Friedman

Can you please tell this computer challenged human being how are we going to access Prospect Park to see the soaps or other programs they provide. I apologize for my inability to comprehend anything computerish.

dorothy
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dorothy

from what i just read prospect park hasn’t even signed the contract to move these soaps, tad, erica, and a few others are not going to be continuing with amc, after the end. PLEASE GIVE THEM WHAT THEY WANT AND GIVE US OUR SOAPS BACK, THAT IS WHAT MAKES OUR DAY, THEY ARE LIKE OUR OWN FAMILIES, I WILL MILL THEM SO MUCH, and putting in these stupid cooking shows LIKE THE CHEW, send them to food network, or the cooking show, we are being taken over by cooking, talk shows, reality shows, and there is nothing for us to… Read more »

Marie
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Marie

Please tell me AMC and OLTL will be available for viewing in Canada once they go online .I have been watching these for years and want to continue watching them. I can’t imagine my day without them. I have no interest in watching the crap they are replacing these shows with there is already to much of it on TV now.

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Kelly Ripa Talks On Her New Memoir ‘Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories’

Talk show host and All My Children alum, Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley) is opening up about her life and times in her highly-anticipated memoir available now, Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories.

Ripa chatted exclusively with PEOPLE who got some of intel and dish on what’s included in the book.

Kelly told PEOPLE, when she landed the gig as the new co-host of Live with Regis and Kelly, with the late Regis Philbin back in 2001, she felt like she was “getting shot out of a cannon.”  Ripa was also appearing on All My Children at the same time.

She tells the story of when her agent called with the offer, Ripa was told: “They want you to know who your boss is. It was very ominous, and it did not feel good.”  Her agent also said the show didn’t want her, “bringing an entourage.” She brought two people. “I came with hair and makeup,” Kelly says. “It was not an unusual thing for people on a television show to show up with.”

She added that Regis greeted her with executive producer, Michael Gelman, saying: “Uh-oh, Gelman, it’s got an entourage.” It?!  Kelly expressed that she “felt horrible.  He was probably trying to be funny, but at the same time it felt like a pile-on.”

As for Philbin’s attitude at the time, Kelly shared, “I understand that probably he didn’t want a co-host, but the network wanted me to be the co-host and I didn’t think I should pass up that opportunity. I don’t think it was fair to him. But it was also not fair to me.”

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The actress-talk show host-producer also talked on her marriage to Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo), whom she met while both were on All My Children, sharing that they were, “too young to get married! On paper it should not have worked and when it didn’t work, we really worked at it. We fought for our marriage when it would have been easier to quit and throw in the towel.”

According to the book publisher, HarperCollins:  “In ‘Live Wire’, her first book, Kelly shows what really makes her tick. Whether recounting how she and Mark (Consuelos) really met, the level of chauvinism she experienced on set, how Jersey Pride follows her wherever she goes, and many, many moments of utter mortification (whence she proves that you cannot, in fact, die of embarrassment) Kelly always tells it like it is. Ms. Ripa takes no prisoners.”

So, will you be ordering your copy of Kelly’s memoir? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Eva LaRue’s Stalker Sentenced to 40 Months in Prison

In a harrowing situation spanning 12 years, a man who threatened former All My Children, Santa Barbara, and Y&R favorite, Eva LaRue (ex-Maria, ex- Margot, ex-Celeste) and her daughter, Kaya was sentenced to 40 months in prison.

James David Rogers, 58, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt for over a decade of threatening letters and phone calls about torture, rape and death to LaRue and her daughter.

Rogers had pleaded guilty in April to two counts of mailing threatening communications, one count of threats by interstate communications and two counts of stalking.  According to court documents, all of this began in March 2007 until Rogers eventually was arrested in November 2019.  At the beginning of his stalking spree, LaRue’s daughter, Kaya was only five-years-old.

According to Deadline, Eva gave a “tearful victim impact statement, telling the judge in L.A. federal court that she has undergone therapy since the harassment began in order to deal with feelings of fear and paranoia.”  She added, “We didn’t know if he would show up on our doorstep. We will think about him for a lifetime. The fear is with me forever.”

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The judge has ordered Rogers to self surrender on October 12th to begin his sentence at a federal prison in Ohio.

Eva won a Daytime Emmy back in 2020 for her guest star turn on The Young and the Restless, and is best-known to primetime viewers for her role in CSI: Miami.

Share your thoughts on Eva and Kaya’s heartbreaking real-life experience via the comment section below.

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Soap Vet, Broadway Star and Artistic Director, Robert Lupone Passes Away at 76

Bob Lupone, the brother of Broadway Icon, Patti Lupone, and who is best-known to soap opera fans as con artist Zach Grayson on All My Children (1984-1985) has died at the age of 76.

The actor, and artistic director of Off-Broadway’s acclaimed MCC Theatre for over 40 years, passed away Saturday, due to complications from his three year battle with pancreatic cancer.

Photo: MCC Theatre

Ironically, Bob was best known on Broadway as Zach in A Chorus Line which landed him a Tony Award nomination in 1976, and he also received a Daytime Emmy nomination for his other role of Zach on All My Children in 1985.  The murder of Zach Grayson was quite the murder mystery and trial; bringing in many suspects to the story.

In addition to All My Children, throughout his soap career, Lupone held roles on: Search for Tomorrow as Tom Bergman, Ryan’s Hope as Chester Wallace, Another World as Neal Cory, Loving as Leonard Brill/Charley Nichols, and Guiding Light as Leo Flynn.  He also appeared in primetime TV roles including: The Sopranos, Sex and the City, and several roles in the Law and Order franchise.

Lupone made his feature film debut in the 1973 musical adaptation of Jesus Christ Superstar playing the Apostle James, and two years later got the Broadway role of his lifetime playing Zach in A Chorus Line after convincing creator and director Michael Bennett to let him play the part after the original actor departed the show.

A decade later, LuPone would co-found the Off-Broadway theatre company, MCC Theater, with Bernard Telsey and William Cantler.  MCC was founded as an artists collective designed to offer peer based classes and playwright development and has launched several successful shows that went on to great success.

LuPone is survived by his wife, Virginia; his son, Orlando; sister, Patti; and brother, William.

Below, take a look at the suspects in the Zach Grayson murder case on All My Children, followed by the 1976 performance by Robert and the cast of A Chorus Line on The Tony Awards, and last, a scene as AMC’s Zach around the 6 minute mark in the video.

Now, share your condolences to the Lupone family on Bob’s passing, and your remembrances in the comment section.

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