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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
Miriam

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

Erin
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
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
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
Eileen Hargis

Not happening, sorry,

Marcos
Marcos

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

Tracey
Tracey

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

carla
carla

Who cares anymore at this point. Thanks for the memories

rose
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
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 company would re-launch either or both shows?

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

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

Kevin
Kevin

mess. Mess. MESS!

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

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

Rapids
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
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.
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 so many promises about what they were going to do and for how long. They were drowning from the start. I hope they win something from their ABC lawsuit and can recover some of their losses. But if anyone ever puts on AMC again, it can’t be PP and this move pretty much seals the deal.

Dee Dzz
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 with ABC/ nor PP.

David
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
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 would work –but after this disaster what company would attempt yet another re-launch – as time moves along we will see more alumni from the two shows become woven into the existing four shows.

Lin
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
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
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
Mo

Too bad, but not terribly surprised.

Mo
Mo

Guess Robin Strasser won’t get paid.

andrew hass
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)
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
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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Cameron Mathison Reveals Cancer Diagnosis and Shares Heartfelt Message

One of our the best guys we know, Cameron Mathison (co-host, Home & Family and Ex-Ryan Lavery, All My Children), revealed over the last 24 hours that he has been diagnosed with Renal Cell Carcinoma – kidney cancer, but treatment for him will be underway and the prognosis is good.

Cameron first shared the news on Monday’s Home & Family in a special announcement enlightening viewers on his health condition (watch video below) and later took to his Instagram and social media to share more details.   Of note: Mathison’s healthy lifestyle has indeed helped, and shown, that his cancer has not spread.

In addition, Mathison wrote: “About a month ago, I had an MRI for some gut issues I’ve been having, and during that MRI they fd a tumor on my right kidney. It’s consistent with Renal Cell Carcinoma … or kidney cancer. The good news is that it hasn’t spread to any other organs🙏🏼 They say my healthy lifestyle and diet has no doubt helped keep it from growing and spreading to other areas, as doctors think it’s been growing in me for minimum 10 years🙏🏼. I am extremely lucky that we found it early.” He thanked his doctor and his family, saying, “[wife] Vanessa, [kids] Lucas and Leila have been absolutely amazing with their love and support… as have my mom, dad, brother, and everyone at Home and Family, Hallmark, and ET❤️ My surgery is scheduled on September 12th, I was hoping to receive positive thoughts, prayers, or whatever you feel comfortable with, on 9/12 (my surgery is at 1pm PST) 🙏🏼.” He concluded, “Feeling very grateful and optimistic!”

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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.

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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,

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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”

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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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