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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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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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