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Prospect Park Networks Files For Bankruptcy For Their Digital Soaps Division!

The story continues … with news today out of Variety, that Prospect Park Networks, the digital soaps division that brought you the All My Children and One Life to Live revivals has filed for  bankruptcy protection through Chapter 11 reorganization in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

Prospect Park Networks said the bankruptcy filing “in no way impacts PPN’s litigation” against ABC.  Prospect Park Networks continues its case with ABC seeking $95 million dollars in damages! In addition, the bankruptcy filing will give PPN “timing flexibility” to collect on a tax credit from the Connecticut Office of Film, Television & Digital Media, the company said.

Unaffected from this filing are Prospect Park’s, the talent and management company, and Prospect Park’s TV productions: Royal Pains on USA Network, Wilfred for FX, and Salem for WGN America.

“PPN is optimistic that this filing will make it possible to continue to maximize the value of its assets and settlement of past liabilities,” the company said in a statement. “The company is optimistic about the prospects for a smooth transition into bankruptcy.”

What do you think about the news of the bankruptcy filing, when it would seem they were left with no choice?  Let us know!

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Miriam
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Miriam

So we could have kept John, Todd and Starr on GH?

Erin
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Erin

We could still! I keep hoping to tune in and find out everything that has happened since the nurses ball last year has just been Richard Simmons bad dream and then things get restored to NORMAL.

Keith
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Keith

They can return now, it’s a soap! Too bad they weren’t as good at producing soaps as the were a running a business. I can’t imagine any of the veteran actors coming back to deal with them at this point. Time to break out the RIP signs. I hear Oprah singing. LOL 😉

Tracey
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Tracey

This is just another sad and disappointing blow to fans. I really wish PP and ABC would do whatever is necessary to get AMC/OLTL back into production. Fans don’t care who is to blame, just fix it and do it right this time, even it means selling the 2 shows outright to another network.

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

Not happening, sorry,

Marcos
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Marcos

Tracey please move on, amc and Oltl will never come back. I have accepted it, enjoy the 4 soaps remaining.

Tracey
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Tracey

I have moved on. I am still and will always be a fan of AMC and OLTL.

carla
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carla

Who cares anymore at this point. Thanks for the memories

rose
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rose

“There once was a dream”…oops that’s ‘Gladiator.’ Sorry to see all our hopes for AMC and OLTL has come to this. No point in saying what went wrong…except, I can’t resist…ABC.

Sandy Welles
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Sandy Welles

I don’t understand how a company can possibly go so wrong and have so many problems. I wasn’t overly thrilled with the On-line versions of either One Life to Live or ALL MY CHILDREN, but at least they tried. Now, it seems doubtful that these two soaps will see the light of day again unless a true Miracle occurs. Very sad, last year at this time the fans of both shows were hopeful that the shows would have new Life on-line (despite some weak writing) and now that hope seems shattered. Does it seem that another Network or another On-line… Read more »

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

Nope, not enough viewers to be worth the money it would take to produce one, much less two of these shows.

Kevin
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Kevin

mess. Mess. MESS!

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

So WHO didnt see this coming from a mile away????

Rapids
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Rapids

The two soaps were dead in the water a few years ago when the network canceled them. People stopped watching in droves, especially. All My Children. If shows are circling the drain on free TV available to 99 per cent of the US, why did anyone think the shows were viable on the Internet. The reboots made no sense.

su0000
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su0000

I feel sorry for PP..
For 3 years they never gave up on the 2 soaps when no others would touch the 2 soaps..
PP did bring them back to life if only for a short time the 2 soaps lived again..
bottom line;
Prospect Park were the only ones who tired and the only ones gave a damn and gave their all for a comeback of OLTL and AMC ..

AbbyS.
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AbbyS.

I have come to think of PP’s versions of AMC as nothing but a (bad) dream, not worth remembering or pining for. I wish that they had not gotten into the online soaps business, and they probably wish for the same. I focus on the bigger picture, which is that ABC’s AMC ended the right way, with couples together who should be together, and Jackson and Erica temporarily ended but not forever, and JR shooting his gun into a wall rather than Marissa. I’m sorry for PP’s financial troubles, but they shouldn’t have taken on these iconic soaps and made… Read more »

Dee Dzz
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Dee Dzz

Oh come on! We all knew PP was not stable from the start. Yes then No! They couldn’t get it together from the beginning, they claim hardship when they delay production with terms. ABC is as stupid.. Look at their Day time schedule. Trash! Here’s a powerful scripture. (But Let your “Yes” be “Yes” and your “No”, “No” For what ever is more than these is from the evil one. Matt 5:37 We as fans lost from evil people playing games with actors and actress lives. I as a Soap Fan say, Trust not want not! Moving on and not… Read more »

David
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David

I said all along that Prospect Park was having money troubles and that was why they filed this lawsuit. They waited far too many months to say ABC altered characters and stories. It is only because they have no money they are trying to find a quick way to get some. I hope the lawsuit costs them even more money and puts Prospect Park out of business completely. They were complete failure IMO.

Jack Evans
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Jack Evans

Well David this time around I can’t argue with you, I don’t care for the way Prospect Park handled things – some of us were holding on to hope that somehow, someway we would get a Season 2 of either AMC or One Life but now it looks like all hope is gone. Strange that in mid-March there was supposed to be another Court hearing but if PP is filing bankruptcy I suppose the rest of it all doesn’t matter anymore. I know the “glory days” of the Soaps are gone, but I sincerely felt that abridged and trimmed episodes… Read more »

Lin
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Lin

All I care about is does this mean they are – or are not- interested in making those soaps again. Other than that I don’t care.

louisa
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louisa

Prospect Park seemed totally unprofessional to me from day one. This bankruptcy does not surprise me.

I hope ABC pays them off and brings back OLTL and AMC to ABC where they belong.

mgb357
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mgb357

OK PP – man up and give the rights back to ABC.. They will be able to reproduce OLTL quicker than you can. These are our family members you are holding hostage.

(soap plot – what sinister agency would hold two towns captive, with no hope of ever seeing our beloved friends and family, for a few million dollars?)

Give them back. And ABC – you can than man up too and admit your mistake!

bring back the soaps………………………….

Mo
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Mo

Too bad, but not terribly surprised.

Mo
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Mo

Guess Robin Strasser won’t get paid.

andrew hass
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andrew hass

I’m not surprised with Prospect Park filed for bankruptcy because of the lawsuit they filed against ABC.Maybe they had a right to file the lawsuit but i’m thinking they thought ABC would settle rather then going to court.However PP owns the rights to OLTL and AMC till early 2015.However they could try to sell the rights back to ABC and try to recoup some money.Unfortunately i think AMC and OLTL are dead because some of the actors on the shows have moved on to other things

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

Both soaps might have succeeded as weekly 1 hour shows styled like the primetime soaps…and without Starr, John and Todd…better writers couldve wrote around them and totally ignored how those three were written on GH. Even if PP wins the lawsuit against ABC they still are the loosers here!!!

su0000
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su0000

IF a cable network would have wanted the soaps they would have done well..
PP tried to get them on cable but there were no takers..
No network or cable network wants the soaps ..
PP were the only ones, only ones, who wanted them ..

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Michael B. Jordan Recalls His Acting Start as All My Children’s Reggie in SNL Opening Monologue

Last night, Michael B. Jordan hosted Saturday Night Live.  The Creed star, who is the director of the upcoming Creed III due out in March, took to the stage to deliver his opening monologue, and right off the top he mentioned his beginnings as All My Children’s Reggie.

Jordan portrayed Reggie from 2003-2006 on the ABC soap opera (his character was eventually adopted by Jack Montgomery).

When Michael hit the stage, he shared: “Yesterday, I had a crazy full-circle moment. We pre-shot some videos for the show and when I got to the studio I realized it was the exact same place where I shot one of my first acting roles on the soap opera All My Children.

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He then tossed to a clip of his 16-year-old self in which Reggie says, “sometimes the animal in me gets kind of crazy” and then howls life a wolf at the end of the scene. Back to the SNL stage, Jordan said mockingly, “I’m pretty sure I hit puberty mid-howl.”

Jordan ended his monologue by looping it back to his early acting days on AMC, sharing: “I just want to say, I’m so grateful to be standing on this stage. Sometimes, I can take myself a little too seriously but tonight, I’m going to have fun, I’m just going to go for it. And maybe, just maybe let the inner animal get a little crazy.”

Watch Michael’s opening monologue below.  Then let us know, what did you think of the the AMC Reggie clip reference? Do you recall Michael’s days on the ABC daytime drama series? Comment below.

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NBC Celebrates Carol Burnett’s 90th Birthday with Retrospective Special Featuring Susan Lucci and More Celebrity Guests

The beloved Carol Burnett will get the star-studded affair treatment for her 90th birthday when NBC airs Carol Burnett: 90 Years of Laughter + Love.

The two-hour special career retrospective will air Wednesday, April 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and will stream the next day on Peacock. The special is set to be filmed at Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles.

The evening will include musical performances from Bernadette Peters, Billy Porter, Jane Lynch, Katy Perry, Kristin Chenoweth and more.

Special guests include: Aileen Quinn, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Bob Mackie, Cher, Ellen DeGeneres, Julie Andrews, Kristen Wiig, Laura Dern, Lily Tomlin, Marisa Tomei, Sofia Vergara, Steve Carell, Tracee Ellis Ross, Vicki Lawrence, and many more.

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One very special guest for soap fans will be that of Susan Lucci (ex-Erica Kane, All My Children).  As everyone knows, Carol Burnett was a huge fan of All My Children and Lucci, and eventually got a part written just for her when she appeared not once, but three times throughout the daytime drama’s run on ABC as Verla Grubbs.  The character turned out to the daughter of Langley Wallingford (the late Louis Edmonds).  Burnett appeared in Pine Valley in 1983, 1995, and 2005.

In a statement on the big soiree’, Burnett shared: “I’m so excited NBC decided to throw me a birthday party and invited all of my closest friends. I can’t wait to look back at so many wonderful moments throughout my career, I feel so lucky to share this night with everyone.”

“This special is going to be the best party ever,” said Mark Bracco, executive producer and president of Silent House Productions. “It will be an evening of music, comedy and dozens of big stars paying tribute to the one and only Carol Burnett.  We look forward to everyone at home celebrating right along with us.”

Viewers will see some of the funniest and most memorable moments of Burnett’s legendary career including moment from the acclaimed sketch comedy series The Carol Burnett Show.

So, looking forward to the special honoring Carol Burnett’s legendary career? Hope they bring up her role as Verla on AMC? For now, check out this scene featuring Carol, Ruth Warrick (Phoebe) and Louis Edmonds from All My Children, and let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

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TONIGHT: AMC Alum Jonathan Bennett in Hallmark’s First LGBTQ+ Led Rom-Com ‘The Holiday Sitter’

In Hallmark’s first holiday movie offering featuring a same-sex love story at its epicenter, Jonathan Bennett (ex-JR Chandler, All My Children) not only stars, but is the project’s executive producer.  And, on Sunday night, when The Holiday Sitter premieres at 8 p.m. EST, it’s a big deal.

After much outcry for Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas programming block to be more inclusive, the channel is now poised to be on the right side of history.

The set-up of this ‘meet-cute’ rom-com goes something like this: Sam (Bennett) who is a workaholic has to ditch his Hawaiian holiday plans when he is asked to watch his sister’s children (his niece and nephew).  However, when Sam becomes overwhelmed, he gets a helping hand from his sister’s neighbor, Jason played by George Krissa. And within a blink of an eye, Sam and Jason find they are both unattached and attracted to each other, and Christmas becomes a lot brighter for the two of them.

As for Bennett, he previously appeared in Hallmark’s 2020 film, The Christmas House which was the channel’s first holiday movie to include a same-sex storyline. He later returned to that role in last year’s sequel The Christmas House 2: Deck Those Halls.

Bennett told USA Today on tonight’s milestone Hallmark holiday tale: “What’s so special about The Holiday Sitter is that it’s the first time we’ll see two men meet-cute and fall in love at Christmas. We tell a story that’s really important, so people that are watching it feel seen when they watch it. But just like Christmas is for everybody, The Holiday Sitter is for everybody… It just happens to have two men as the lead.”

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Hallmark Media’s Executive Vice-President, Lisa Hamilton told Deadline: “We felt that it was time for a story with a gay couple. We are really trying to make it so that everybody sees themselves when they tune in. We are trying to stay true to the Hallmark brand values, one of which is inclusiveness. It’s a true of Hallmark cards, which has a card for every kind of occasion. In the past, there was a focus on one particular kind of love story, and I think everybody thought, ‘wow, we’re not telling the whole story here.’”

The timing of The Holiday Sitter comes after Candace Cameron Bure received much backlash for her sentiments when she told the Wall Street Journal that the Great American Family network in which she stars in several of their holiday films, will “keep traditional marriage at the core” and never do stories/movies featuring same-sex couples.

Check out a preview for The Holiday Sitter below.

Now let us know, what do you think of the Hallmark Channel finally featuring a gay love story for one of its holiday films? Will you be checking out the landmark movie? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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