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Prospect Park Plans To Liquidate Assets In Ongoing Bankruptcy Case For OLTL and AMC! Judge May Soon Allow ABC Litigation To Proceed To Trial!

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Prospect Park’s legal battles and bankruptcy case made news today again via The Hollywood Reporter!

But let’s review what we know of the case:  The company that resurrected One Life to Live and All My Children for one season online,  is suing ABC, alleging fraud, wherein the network asked to “borrow” OLTL characters for use on General Hospital, then changed storylines and killed some characters, and began scheming to make a “Mega-Soap”.

And for all of that and more, Prospect Park is seeking millions of damages against the alphabet network!  And as previously reported, ABC is counter-suing Prospect Park for $5 million in claimed breach-of-contracts damages.

In addition, Prospect Park had filed bankruptcy last March and when that happened the dispute between ABC and Prospect Park was put on hold, but now according to THR, “The judge in the case is conducting a case management conference next week, and in recent papers lodged in the bankruptcy proceedings, an attorney representing the debtor states, ‘It is anticipated that the LA Court will terminate the ‘dark period’ and allow the ABC Litigation to proceed expeditiously to trial.”‘

Now in a new intriguing wrinkle, THR reports that on the road to liquidation and in need of paying its creditors, Prospect Park came to an arrangement with Apple, Inc.  The soaps producer was eligible for a 30 percent tax credit for shooting OLTL in Connecticut, and racked up production expenditures of nearly $20 million. With tax money then due from Connecticut — nicknamed the “Provisions State” — the debtor entered into a loan and security agreement with EP Financial Solutions, which concurrently sold the tax credit to Apple for $5 million.  Apple’s iTunes also had the episodes of  the online versions of AMC and OLTL available in their iTunes store!

So what do you think of the latest on Prospect Park’s legal issues that continue in regards to the online reboots of One Life to Live and All My Children, the ABC case, and those they owe?  Comment and weigh-in!

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Megan
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Megan

I am wondering if they win if they might be able to start over and bring our soaps back??

Travis Thomas
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Travis Thomas

They have no money, havent paid their lawyers, or paid their actors. I doubt THEY will ever be producing anything for awhile.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

Let us pray.

mary
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mary

All I want is RH back as Todd Manning.

mary
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mary

this case should be a case study for business school and law schools. PP had high hopes and thought they would run it the way they run their other shows. soaps are different.

Karen
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Karen

I think ABC & PP both terribly failed the soap world and it’s viewers! I’m for any kind of settlement that would bring back AMC & OLTL! Maybe the 2 networks could reach a compromise? I also agree that I tried the online versions on Hulu and found the online versions substandard. I didn’t like the faster, 30 minute format or the new edgier storylines. I also felt more “tied down” to the computer. The network says there is no audience for the soaps … Well, the same audience they are targeting with all these talk show replacements are the… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

Well..
I give Prospect Park’ praise!
They took on the 2 soaps when not one, not one, TV network wanted them..
Both the soaps were taboo to the networks..
And Prospect Park’ took them and gave their all to keep them alive, to the point of financial ruin for Prospect Park’ ..

I thank Prospect Park’ .. they and only they gave a damn ..

rebecca1
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rebecca1

sorry su0000…I don’t think they gave anything because “they gave a damn”… they invested in a project which they hoped would turn to a huge profit. Not blaming them…that’s what business is all about.

Lew S.
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Lew S.

I totally agree Rebecca.

Tom Polar
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Tom Polar

I agree with rebecca1, they were only interested in turning a profit and they certainly didn’t have their ducks all in a row. It’s a very sad situation, and I have always been confident that the issues would be cleared up, but at this point, even I would have to say it doesn’t look promising for those of us who loved one or both soaps. Actors have moved on – the ONLY way it could see the light of day is if they possibly combined both soaps into one show, utilizing the actors that are available and of course bringing… Read more »

brian
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brian

agreed !

Margie
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Margie

SU – this post is so……..good! I’ll add that I hope ABC loses HUGE.

Mark
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Mark

If ABC loses “huge” this could be the death knell to General Hospital. I want ABC to win! Get back the rights to AMC and OLTL.

Elite Advisors
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Elite Advisors

Margie….WHY would you want ABC to lose?! Do you understand the ramifications of that that loss both directly and indirectly? If you enjoy the soaps, and I assume you do if you are on this blog, you had better hope that ABC wins…because a loss could be the start of a domino affect that could possibly result in the demise of GH. A win could mean some of the beloved characters could come back to GH. PP is not going to get out from under this. While we had hopes of this being the salvation of some of our beloved… Read more »

toure cannon
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toure cannon

Margie, it looks like to me that PP wants ABCTV to have the rights back of both shows,if they win, Love In The Afternoon will be restored. GENERAL HOSPITAL is still going strong because of its ratings , an people who never watched the show,know about its rich history,and like it.Ron Carlivati who is the Head writer for GH WHO WAS AND IS the writer for One Life To Live is now working at GH. So to say you want ABCTV to lose is pretty much stupid to say on your behalf! PP is letting ABCTV hear their side if… Read more »

Lin
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Lin

I agree totally with Elite advisors. Though originally I wanted PP to win, and am so thankful to them for taking these soaps on and trying to make them succeed. But they are past tense now. PP Is gone. So we have only to hope that at least ABC will not be hurt so much that they will not be able to have GH and that they will be allowed to use their own characters. I feel what ABC did was wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong. They were at fault. But at this point if w want any part of OLTL… Read more »

Tsuds
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Tsuds

still waiting for someone to tell me… I was right! I got slammed by many of you when I said it would not work and the business model would fail… You all crucified me… Hmmmm Can I get just 1 “you were right”?

Margie
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Margie

It’s very easy to be the voice of doom. No. You get raspberries.

toure cannon
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toure cannon

Tsuds,you were right to begin with in the first place! Us fans were glad they came back as online versions,they changed the format from the original to 30minutes DOWN FROM AN HOUR! And some key characters were also recasted, and some one had a funny feeling that something was wrong.after the cancellation of both, TOLN PP SAID,, they can’t afford it and it would be costly.

Travis Thomas
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Travis Thomas

THEY were not doing it because they cared, they were doing these soaps cause they thought they could make a crap load of money. Their plan was flawed from the get go. They should have taken their time and truly learned the soap game as opposed to learn as you go.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

I agree with Travis. It was a flawed plan and “learn as you go” just doesn’t work with so much at stake. Really odd business plan. I’m guessing they wanted to strike before fan interest waned, but this “plan” was really ill-conceived. PP should have taken the time needed to get it right. Had they done so, I think it could have been successful.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I agree completely.

Reagan
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Reagan

If there is any hope at all of any of our fav AMC/OLTL characters showing back up on TV, it’s them landing in Port Charles. And that can not happen until this legal mess is resolved. It just all seems like a horrible mess. I agree with su0000, I give PP credit for trying what others would not. Everyone keeps saying ABC should bring the shows back, but we know realistically that won’t happen. I don’t see PP getting the funds they need to ever bring them back online and have probably– unintentionally– burned too many bridges with the actors.

Chantal
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Chantal

I just want Todd, Starr and Mc Bain back… Couldn’t care less for their replacements… Major fail

Margie
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Margie

I don’t want Ron to further destroy OLTL’s legacy. No. I’ll remember these three and the rest as they were before abc cancelled the show. ABC sucks.

KateA
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KateA

I just hope ABC has a significant loss. I will never forget what ABC did. My hope is that everything daytime ABC has gets cancelled. Actually, I hope all of ABC gets cancelled. No, I am not going to get over it .

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I’m right there with you KateA. I want to see the alphabet people go out of business.

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

But what about CBS who cancelled ATWTs and GL and NBC who canceled soaps too…should they go out of business as well…if all people thought that way everytime a network or cable channel cancelled something they like there’d be no more television…just like your job…if two employees got fired for underperforming would you want them to say i hope your business closes because you got rid of them…why wish others unemployment over two tv series…would you like to loose your job the same way!!!

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

Did you think the same when NBC and CBS cancelled soaps…you make it sound as if only ABC cancels them!!!

Travis Thomas
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Travis Thomas

Wow jimh. I totally feel u too. Im always trying to figure out why ABC gets all this hate, but no one says the same thing about CBS that did THE SAME THING. Its okay for one network, but wrong for the other. I mean if we truly are gonna call out anyone, its gonna be CBS and PG, which cancelled the longest running soap The Guiding Light….I refuse to call it just Guiding Light. They put this all in motion. The moment the other networks realized that CBS was okay after dumping two soaps, it basically just said to… Read more »

Rapids
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Rapids

Great posts jimh. Thousands of TV shows have been canceled and millions of people have lost jobs for various reasons. Those of us lucky to have a job replaced someone else. Soap fans continue to embarrass themselves with the diatribes about dying soaps getting canceled. By the time All My Children was canceled it was like a mercy killing, the show was just awful for years and millions had stopped watching.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I did watch any soaps on CBS or NBC. I don’t know how their shows were doing before their cancellation. I don’t know how the cancellations were handled. What I do know is that AMC and OLTL had loyal and steady viewers before they were cancelled. OLTL was gaining viewers. I also understand OLTL came in under budget and the left over money was used for AMC. The alphabet people were completely disrespectful of their viewers and their employees and I will never watch any of their programming or support their efforts in anyway.

KansasGuest
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KansasGuest

What ABC did? Seriously? ABC didn’t do anything. ABC is not a charity. It, like CBS & NBC, simply responded to the one BIG thing that happened to daytime tv over the course of 10 years – viewers abandoned daytime tv. There is no one to “blame”, as much as you seem to want a villain in this scenario. People’s lifestyles changed & watching tv as appointment television in the middle of the afternoon is not possible (or desirable) anymore. Frankly, I think the “rise” in daytime ratings is not that more people are watching. But, that the technical ability… Read more »

KateA
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KateA

They could have made them 30 minutes. They could have combined them for one hour long show. I would have easily accepted the two soaps being intertwined. People have watched these shows for a lifetime. You don’t cancel, you find a way to make them profitable! ABC canceled AMC which I will not get over. I don’t watch talk shows in support of all the other cancelled soaps. The only daytime show I watch on the 3 major networks is Y&R. The rest is cable or Netflicks.

Ann
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Ann

In my opinion, PP is done, finished, kaput. They won’t rise again and be in the soap business anymore. I am still angry the way they treated Easton, Howarth and Alderson by booting them off GH for two months. PP knew nothing of what they were trying to do, produce soaps. I would not want them touching soaps again. They would just fail again bringing more disappointment to the fans.

No1_ILoveLucyFan
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No1_ILoveLucyFan

Most savvy soap fans know that Frons was a red-herring – Disney wanted these shows gone and had them deliberately written into the dirt. They were told by fans that their new shows – The Chew (in AMCs time-slot) and The Revolution (in OLTLs time-slot) wouldn’t survive, and within months, The Revolution was gone. The Chew has only survived due to the lead-in audience from The View, which is sadly suffering after the loss of Barbara Walters as a co-hostess. Rumor is, The View is on the verge of being cut if this season doesn’t improve ratings-wise. If that happens,… Read more »

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I so agree with your comments concerning BF and the mouse company.

jonboy
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jonboy

I’m over it.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Well said.

mfarris70
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mfarris70

If there’s an auction of set pieces, I’ll be on the first plane to Connecticut! I’ll take the entire Llanfair living room!

Scottp
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Scottp

I want the Llanfair library too!!

mgb357
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mgb357

OK – there may still be some life to live in the soap world.
ABC – use that ‘extra afternoon hour’ and inject some of Robin Scorpio’s life serum into these two ‘dead’ (OLTL and AMC) shows. Guarantee the viewers will come back!

KansasGuest
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KansasGuest

No they won’t. The viewers did NOT come back when PP relaunched the shows. There were ads every week for a month in TV Guide & Entertainment weekly. iTunes had ads. But, when the ratings were in, the total numbers were pathetic, even combining the viewers on iTunes w/the viewers for the episodes on Oprah’s channel. Fans of Pine Valley & Llanview may be loud. But, they are too sparse. If you can’t bring numbers in the millions, it ain’t gonna happen. AMC & OLTL were barely bringing 450,000…and that’s rounding up. Generously.

Shelly
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Shelly

I Tried to watch them via Hulu. We don’t have Home internet and I would go to my parents house specifically to watch amc and oltl online. As hard as I tried I just could Not get used to the new OLTL. It was Unrecongizable to the Old OLTL. The cursing and sex drugs etc was to much for me. If I wanted to see that i’d watch HBO lol

Tom Polar
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Tom Polar

IF ABC-TV were smart, and that’s a big “if” – they would combine the remnants of One Life to Live with the cast of AMC and make one soap as an intro to General Hospital. I know that would work – but, unfortunately, it probably won’t happen. Afternoon soaps are NOT dead – they perhaps are not as popular as they were at one time, but viewers will always want to view stories – not just news and information – we get enough of that on our TV sets and our computerized devices and phones – I honestly, sincerely think… Read more »

Michelle
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Michelle

I agree that I commend Prospect Park for trying to keep our shows alive. It didn’t work out for various reasons. At this point I just want this whole thing resolved so that somebody HOPEFULLY will give it another try.

Rodd
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Rodd

All that legal mumbo-jumbo is confusing to me. I just hope everyone gets what they deserve. It’s terribly sad.

Linda
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Linda

Boy, what a soapy mess! We will have to wait for the court’s decision in spite of what we think. I doubt if PP or ABC will ever bring back AMC and OLTL unless they sell “reruns” to other networks.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I so hope Prospect Park is victorious in the litigation against the alphabet people.

Shelly
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Shelly

I hope ABC loses Huge! I am one of the many still Mad that they canceled OLTL and AMC! I have Never watched the shows that replaced them the Spew etc. It would be Incredible if when all is said and done abc could put the shows Back on.

B.J.
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B.J.

I haven’t watched the ABC channel day or night except to record GH, since they canceled OLTL and AMC. Don’t intend to watch that channel again, unless they bring them back, which I know isn’t going to happen. That’s why I’ve removed ABC from my remote.

Shelly
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Shelly

The ONLY shows I watch on ABC is Grays anatomy and General Hospital. That’s it.

Beth
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Beth

If PP is liquidating its assets, it is probably out of the soap opera business for good. I can’t see how they can get rid of their assets, pay off their creditors including their law firm and still have money left over to revive AMC and OLTL again. I agree with whoever said that they have unintentionally burned bridges with their actors. I get that an unemployed actor is less likely to reject a job offer if they ever do revive the soaps again, but there are a lot of bad feelings out there which can’t be ignored. Then we… Read more »

Magneto
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Magneto

While I’ll give Prospect Park credit for bringing back two very good soaps, I’ll be the first to say that they probably didn’t quite know what they were getting themselves into. For one, they didn’t staff up with the proper amount of professionals in the story, PR and legal departments in my opinion. Had they had better legal representation, much of their issues would have been overseen and dealt with. From a PR standpoint they just didn’t get the proper message out about PP in a timely fashion. Everything was always like a game of cloak and dagger with them… Read more »

Beth
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Beth

I just have to shout “ITA!” to so much of what you said, but especially the poor staffing behind the scenes which led to delays in getting started and some bad PR decisions, and my personal favorite, “It seemed to me that in trying to get a younger market share they failed to tap into the history of what made these two shows great. In doing so they alienated the veteran fans and never got the new fans they wanted. The simple fix would have been to work the show 50/50. They should have never of strayed to far off… Read more »

KansasGuest
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KansasGuest

I actually agree w/your idea of how to develop a “modern soap”, which is basically the British series model, a la DOWNTON ABBEY. The problem is that many of the few fans who actually watched AMC & OLTL are very rigid in their thinking. A lot of the feedback I read after the first week were from people who couldn’t get over the fact that there were new episodes on “only 4 days a week” as opposed to 5. They griped about that one missing day. Can you imagine what those people would think about only watching 10 new episodes… Read more »

Lou Piikes
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Lou Piikes

Don’t forget it’s not on TV complaint. If I got a dime everytime a fan said it’s not on TV, I would be a billionaire by now. AMC and OLTL fan base was to old and set in their ways to follow a soap online.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

It is really too bad for all parties. Especially the fans of these iconic shows.

I watched the PP versions and enjoyed them. I wish it had worked out for PP since ABC didn’t want them. If they would have had the resources they needed to be successful I think the concept worked. The shows actually got better as they moved forward IMO.

As a fan, I’m intrigued by the concept of the ABC “mega-soap”. I think that could have worked too.

Sheryl Postin
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Sheryl Postin

This is a real shame that they are spending all this money on law suit ,when they didn’t have the money to keep the soaps on originally.

Mark
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Mark

I want to know more about this alleged mega-soap? Were there plans to bring more OLTL characters into the GH family or make a GH/OLTL soap?

KansasGuest
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KansasGuest

I don’t even know what that means – “megasoap.” If “mega soap” means twice the sets, staff, writers, and most important, the big “name” actors who do not work cheap, then that goes against everything ABC was putting on-screen – programming cheaper to produce than the 2 soaps it cancelled. It doesn’t make sense.

Lou Piikes
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Lou Piikes

Prospect Park had know idea what they were getting themselves into. If they were smart, PP would have produced 1 or 2 brand new soaps and hired some actors from each cancelled show in order to build their audience.

Rapids
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Rapids

I see some are still in denial about why soaps are canceled, people quit watching by the millions. This prospect park fiasco made me laugh, it didn’t have a prayer so now they look to the courts to try to get a quick buck. Meanwhile they have millions in unpaid bills.

Lou Piikes
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Lou Piikes

Most of that was due to people’ s lifestyles have changed over the past twenty years. The big 3 failed to change with the times and that is why soaps have lost their viewing audience. The big 3 should have moved their product to cable and reformatted their production model. Otherwise there would be more than 4 soaps left on the air. I am crossing my fingers that Ken Corday will have better luck with his online soap model due to premiere in the Fall.

KansasGuest
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KansasGuest

I agree, Rapids. Many people are blaming one tv network for a cultural & generational shift in how Americans consume entertainment. The ratings of ALL the soaps plunged by millions of viewers. However, I disagree that any adjustment would have kept the viewing audience. I think the decline was inevitable, & daytime tv was just a casualty in how the U.S. population workforce changed. The audience that used to stay at home between 11:30am-3pm & just watch soaps vanished, to put it gently. The seniors expired (and are expiring), adult women entered the workforce out of necessity instead of becoming… Read more »

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

PP shouldve transformed the two soaps into weekly one hour shows like Dallas…i bet that wouldve worked better than a daily soap…GH a mega soap? Sounds pretty pricey for a network to do especially after claiming soaps are too costly ect.,…both sides were at fault here…others can blame ABC all they want…i dont…all three networks cancelled soaps just not one!!!

su0000
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su0000

It’s over folks..
All done but the wiping..
AMC and OLTL will never return, never..

Accept it, deal with it, let it go ……. be happy 🙂

Christy
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Christy

Prospect Park is just one giant hot mess! They have had one problem after another… doesn’t matter one bit that ABC used characters or changed storylines on GH. PP could have gone on paying no attention and had their own storylines and just ignore other stories on GH… their problems are their own creation! They just had no financial control in any direction from the sounds of it, from the very first moment. Like when they had all the problems going online with the soap after it ended on air…. that didn’t happen for about a year. And then there… Read more »

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

I agree…i also dont see why the blame ABC and GH…what about AMC…ABC didnt have any of that shows characters on GH so what is PP excuse for that one not surviving…PP complained about the GH storylines used for the OLTL three but used it in their OLTL reboot anyway when they couldve easily rewrote what happened on GH…GH wrote the characters out with no problem so PP could have easily wrote them in as if characters Hope and Cole were alive…as for baby Victor i dont see how killing off the baby hurt OLTL when it actually gave the… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

Well, now that Apple is involved, will they have an interest in the soaps…

kiki smith
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kiki smith

it is funny how everyone loves to comment on what went right and wrong, but the truth is not enough people watched – and those who did had no patience – as it was a start up!! so go ahead and complain away on mindless message boards – but the fact that there only 4 soaps left – is your fault!!!!

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Oh, gimme a break already!!!!! That heartless schmuck Brian Frons was the one who started all of this foolishness when he VERY STUPIDLY cancelled BOTH AMC AND OLTL to supposedly save $$$. As far as I’m concerned, Brian Frons is the REAL VILLAIN here!!!!!

BOTTOM LINE!!!!!!

GemmaG
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GemmaG

Don’t know the politics behind the scenes, but PP did a great job with these 2 shows. I thought they were better than when on ABC. They seemed updated, slick and streamlined. Plus they could swear a little. It certainly wasn’t enough time to prove they did it better, but I’d give them an A for the shows we got. I still have Hulu plus, but OLTL and ABC were by far, the best shows they have offered. And, BTW, coming back from the dead on a soap isn’t that hard. Cole and Hope had 3 minutes after the car… Read more »

brenda
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brenda

Mess. Hopefully somebody that is interested in bringing the shows back ends up with the rights. I hope ABC doesn’t win them back or I think we will never see them again.

Pam
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Pam

I wouldn’t believe anything Prospect Park said at this point. They have jerked me around long enough and I won’t allow it any further!

Ambrosia
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Ambrosia

I think Prospect Park had their interests which included 1. Trying to look like the hero in saving two beloved soaps 2. Making a profit – the bottom line 3. Expanding their empire They lacked experience in soap operas and the business end of such an endeavour. THey were facing challenges from a different market – online. And in the case of AMC in particular, were missing its biggest stars – Michael E Knight, Susan Lucci , Alicia Minshew et al.With Susan not involved that should have signalled to many a problem. They also poorly handled the relatiosnips with their… Read more »

All My Children

‘Strahan, Sara and Keke’ Canceled by ABC; Show Aired In Timeslot That Once Housed ‘All My Children’

No matter a network tries to do, replacing All My Children, which ran for 41 years on ABC has remained as everyone that follows the world of daytime drama knows, problematic.  Now come word via Page Six that Strahan, Sara and Keke has been canceled.

The show hosted by Michael Strahan, Sara Haines and Keke Palmer if you recall, replaced the foodie show, The Chew which ran for seven seasons and was the first show to air in the timeslot that belonged for over four decades to All My Children. 

Back in March of this year, Strahan, Sara and Keke took a break to make way for ABC’s News  Pandemic: What You Need to Know, a daily coronavirus report anchored by Amy Robach, Dr. Jen Ashton and sometimes TJ Holmes.

However, because the show did well in that two-week experimental run it morphed into GMA 3: What You Need to Know.  The new version of the show also talked about hot topics in the current news cycle, as well.

ABC’s Catherine McKenzie began producing the “GMA3” show four months ago and the network officially announced her as Executive Producer of the program on Thursday.

While ABC has yet to officially announce Strahan, Sara and Keke is over, a spokesperson told Page Six: “We’re proud of our teams at ‘SSK’ and ‘GMA3’ and how quickly they transitioned to producing a daily show to give people the news and information they need during an unprecedented pandemic, and conversations continue about how the show will evolve in the months ahead.”

It appears that Strahan, Sara and Keke won’t be returning; the future as many of their staff have transitioned over to ‘GMA 3’ with producers from ABC News Live, (the streaming division), helmed by McKenzie.

As for the futures of Strahan, Haines and Palmer; Strahan will continues to host Good Morning America, and they are all actively under contract with the network.

So, what do you think of  ‘Strahan, Sara and Kek’e being replaced by ‘GMA 3: What You  Need to Know’?  How long do you think that show will last in the timeslot once taken up by residents of Pine Valley? Comment below.

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Eva LaRue Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination, And Opens Up About The Loss Of John Callahan

For Eva LaRue, the past two months have been some of the most emotionally gut-wrenching and challenging of her life, following the passing of her ex-husband, father of her child, and dearest friend, John Callahan (Ex-Edmund, All My Children). The outpouring of support she has received not only from her former AMC cast mates, but the soap world in general illustrates just how dear Eva is to all of us, and how many people had special memories of their time with John.

While mourning the loss of Callahan along with their daughter, Kaya, there was some heartwarming and re-affirming news that any actress would love to hear. Eva was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series for her work as Celeste Rosales on CBS’ The Young and the Restless, and she is great company as her former AMC co-star Michael E. Knight (Ex-Tad) is also nominated along with her for his work on General Hospital.

The coronavirus pandemic has hit our country and world hard, but through it All My Children virtual reunions emerged as fans were engaged by the content, transported to happier times that brought them back to familiar faces in Pine Valley in which Eva participated along with her good friends, Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos and so many more, thanks to the EW. com weeklong event which concluded on Friday.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Eva in this very candid, at times heartbreaking, and open conversation where she shares details into the final days of her beloved John, her last moments with him, and how she tried to plan a memorial in his honor during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For so many of us, 2020 has certainly seen more lows then highs, but in the end for Eva, to receive a nomination now (an award she was last nominated for back in 1997 as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work as Dr Maria Santos on All My Children) couldn’t have come at a better time. Here now is our conversation with Eva.

Photo: JPI

I’ve been thinking so much about you.  I’m glad we could do this, and in the midst of the tragedy of losing John Callahan, and then receiving a Daytime Emmy nomination.  What was your reaction when you learned you were nominated in a category with none other than your former AMC castmate and good friend, Michael E. Knight (Ex-Tad, AMC, now Martin, GH)?

EVA:  Oh, I know!  He’s the first person I texted!  I was like, “Congratulations, Michael!  Did you ever in a million years think that you and I would be in the same category of anything?”  Then I said, “And when you win this, can I just borrow it for the weekend just to dress it up and take pictures with it… just want to borrow it, just babysit the trophy for a weekend, please?” (Laughs)

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What did you end up submitting that landed you the nomination for your role as Celeste on Y&R?

EVA: I submitted a scene with Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I have been friends for 30 years, if not more, and in all that time we had never worked together.  I met him when I was married to John O’Hurley (Ex- Dr. James Grainger) because John was over at The Young and the Restless at the time.  I went to a Christmas party with John to Peter and Mariellen’s house, and do you know who else was there?  Lisa Rinna (Ex-Billie, Days), and it was before she had gotten Days of Our Lives. She was dating Peter Barton (Ex-Scott Grainger, Y&R) at the time. We both ended up on soaps at the same time.  So, I submitted a scene with Peter, who is amazing, warm and open and such a great actor. Then I submitted a scene with my on-screen daughter Sasha Calle (Lola, Y&R) – I love that girl, and another one with Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R) who has also been my great friend for a couple of decades. The other scene I put on my reel was with me and Jordi Vilasuso (Rey, Y&R) who I also adore.  He is awesome and such a sweetheart.  I only had two months worth of material to draw upon.  So, I just submitted the scenes that I liked the best, and they all were within story, and all made sense.

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Where is Celeste supposed to be now?

EVA:  She went back to Florida, and that was that. I would never say never to anything, but it was always supposed to be a short stint, and it was great.

So not only is it you and Michael E. Knight, but Jeffery Vincent Parise, Chrishell Stause, and Elissa Kapneck. This Guest Performer category is loaded!

EVA:  I know! I know and love, Chrishell (Ex-Amanda) because we worked together on All My Children, too, right before I left, and she is a doll.  She just might be the sweetest, kindest, girl on the planet.  She literally might be the sweetest person who ever lived!  I don’t know the other two nominees personally.  So, I’m excited for them too.  It’s such a diverse category.  It’s just really fun to be nominated with all of them.

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You were nominated before, though, for your work as Maria on All My Chldren during the emotional baby switch storyline; working opposite Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica) for a lot in it.

EVA:  Yes.  I was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for All My Children, and I was nominated for Best Original Song.  I wrote a song when Maria came ‘back from the dead’ to All My Children, with a producer friend of mine from Miami Sound Machine.

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So, you’ve been doing all of these All My Children virtual reunions, which is so interesting that in this pandemic, people are looking for content, and they dip back into these beloved shows.  Was it fun doing the EW.com Santos Family reunion with everybody?

EVA:  Oh yeah, it was really, really fun.  I only saw in the big picture everybody else’s photo who was a part of it, and the people who I actually do hang out with the most, and see the most, and talk to the most, are Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley), Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo), and Sydney Penny (Ex-Julia).  I don’t see Sydney as much, but I do see her probably once every two years at least, but Sarah Michelle Geller (ExKendall) I see all the time and talk to all the time.  Kelly, Mark, and Sarah are the ones who walked me through that first week when John Callahan passed.  They literally were on the phone with me, the three of them, almost every day, but I got beautiful outreach, from what seemed like everyone.  This is when no matter how many years have passed since you have been in daytime, that the daytime family as a group – there used to be fifteen shows, now there are four – and people have bounced around and they are on other shows- – but the entire soap opera community reached out,   I cannot even tell you how much that meant to me.  It was overwhelming, and it was really, spectacularly beautiful.

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I hope it was some solace to you knowing how much people loved John, and also that they love and care so deeply for you.

EVA:  I mean, people who did not even work with John reached out.  Every soap was represented by getting a hold of me, sending a text or a phone call, or if they didn’t have my personal information, they tweeted, or whatever it was… literally from every reach of soapdom.  It was amazing.

And your relationship with John was amazing with all of the ups and downs you went through; that you remained such dear friends.

EVA:  We remained really great friends all the way.

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I so remember when the two of you first got together and it was this storybook real life soap couple romance.  John was always so sweet to me.  I was so, so sad, and you know, my heart just broke for you.

EVA:  I think it was just such a shock.  I don’t think anybody, and even Kaya were talking about it, because she graduated this week, and her dad is not here.  We’re not having a graduation, because of COVID-19, which sucks on top of it, but we were just kind of talking through the feelings of it.  She said, “You know what’s weird?  I guess I never pictured dad getting old, and I always wondered why, and now I know.”  When I would get on John about his heart or his health, he used to always say, ‘Oh, don’t worry Evala, (he always called me “Evala”).  I’m going to be here.  I’m going to be here a long time.  I’m fine.  I’m going to be here to walk Kaya down the aisle and see her kids and all that.  Stop worrying,” Every time he said it to me, something in my gut said, “I don’t think he is.  I don’t think he is,” but I always just dismissed that.  But never in my wildest dreams did I think John wouldn’t make it to her high school graduation.  He was only 66.

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I had heard you ended up running to Palm Springs to be near John.  I can’t even imagine what that must have been like.

EVA:  The only good thing about this pandemic is that we had been shut down for only two weeks at that point.  Kaya and I got in the car.  John had some heart procedures the day before, on a Thursday.  I called him in the morning before he went in for the procedure.  I said, “Call me as soon as you get out of there.  Call me as soon as you come-to again, and you’re good,” and he said, “Okay, I will.”  I said, “I’m going to send Kaya out to you on Friday for the weekend, just so you have somebody to hang out and watch you, and I might come out too,” And then, I said, “Maybe, I’ll come down too in case you are feeling weak, just to watch out for you for the weekend.”   So, he called me after the procedure.   I said, “I cannot believe they sent you home! You just had some major heart stuff done.”  He said, “Oh no, they said I’m fine.  It was just run-of-the-mill heart stuff, angiogram…”  I was like, “Are you sure?”  He said, “Yeah, I’m fine.  I’m just tired.  I’m going to go to sleep.”  I said, “Do you want me to send Kaya out tonight?” and he was like, “No, no, no.  Send her tomorrow.”  So, in the morning, I called him at 9:00am.  No answer.  I texted him.  He always texted me like Johnny on the spot, and then texts me immediately back.  So, I call him again at 10.  Nothing.  His best friend calls me about a half-hour later, “Hey, I talked to John at about 8:00 this morning.  He said he was feeling really, really shitty and was going to go back to the hospital, and then, I texted him again at like 8:30 to just tell him something, and he hasn’t texted me back, and he always texts me immediately back.”  I said, “Oh my, God, I’ve been trying to get a hold of him for two hours; he hasn’t texted me back,”   I said, “You know what, I’ll call you back.”  So, I called his friend who lives down the street from John, and I said, “Go to his house, please right this second, knock on the door, jump the fence, knock on his bedroom, he might be asleep, I don’t know.”  So, he gets there, nobody is answering.  I said, “Break into the house please.  So, he did, and John was collapsed in the bathroom.  They called the paramedics, and as soon as they called me back and said, “John is unresponsive in the bathroom,” Kaya and I threw everything in the car, and what usually takes us two and a half hours without traffic, we made it down there from Los Angeles in an hour and forty-five minutes.

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I don’t know how you made it down there in one piece. Thank, God!

EVA:  I drove so fast, like literally broke all land speed records and thank God because we got there just in time.  He was in emergency.  He hadn’t been put up in ICU yet, where we wouldn’t have been able to see him.  They weren’t going to let us in the hospital.  Thank God the person answering the door was an All My Children fan.  She was the one saying, “Sorry, no one is allowed in the hospital, no one can come in,” and I was like, “No, no, no, my ex-husband just came in.”  She said, “Was it Edmund?” and I said, “Yes, it was Edmund!”  She said, “Okay, follow me.”  Thank God for All My Children.  Thank God.  So, we followed this woman secretly, and we get to spend a half-hour with him in Emergency.  He was already on life-support, totally unresponsive, but we got to play John his favorite music, we got to just sit there and hold his hand and talk to him, and tell him how much we loved him.  Sarah Michelle Gellar called right when we were in the hospital in Emergency, and she said, “Put the phone by his ear,” so I put the phone by his ear, and she talked to John too, and she told him how much she loved him.  She used to always call him “GP”, which was short of grandpa, because she came on the show when she was 15, and she didn’t have a dad, and John acted like a dad to her – but she used to always call him “grandpa”, and he hated “grandpa”, so he was like, “You can call me “GP”, but not grandpa,” so she always called him GP.  I just put the phone by John’s ear, and what was crazy is that when she talked to him, his feet started twitching.  He started moving his feet.  Then, when Kaya was talking to him about Yankee season, he started moving his feet.  We were kind of hopeful that something was changing for the better.  We had about a half-hour with him, and then, they took him up to ICU, and then, we knew we couldn’t see him again.  They called us later that night that he had passed.

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I am just so thankful that you got to see John one last time.

EVA:  I thank God every day that we got to say goodbye, because if we hadn’t gotten there in time to say goodbye, I just don’t know.

It’s very rare that a couple after a divorce, who have a child, and went from romance to dear friends, end up maintaining that relationship so many years later in their lives.  I know so many people who were together at one point in their lives, for years, and they don’t even talk to each other now.

EVA:  Well, you know, like any divorce, the first four years afterwards were super contentious but then, by year five, we kind of had this major breakthrough, and from then on, he was one of my closest friends, and one of the things we always kept alive for each other was we loved to  dance together. We fell in love, I think, dancing because originally our characters on AMC met at this country-western bar, and we had to take country line dancing lessons on the show.  They hired a choreographer for us so that during those scenes where we were falling in love, we would actually be able to do a two-step! So, we went out and practiced at Denim and Diamonds, which was a big country-western place in New York City at the time.  We used to go out with a whole group of us.  It was me, and Teresa Blake (Ex-Gloria) and Kelly Ripa, and her boyfriend at the time, Winsor Harmon (Ex-Del), sometimes Walt Willey (Ex-Jack); we just had a whole crew of us who would go out country dancing.  John and I also loved singing together.  He had the most amazing gravely kind of rockstar voice, but his real talent was harmonizing.  He could harmonize to anything.  So, when he would come over, we would sit in the kitchen and sing, and sing, and sing until the late hours because that’s what we loved to do, and that’s what he loved to do.  That’s one of my favorite last memories of us.  He was just over the month before, and Kaya’s bedroom is near the kitchen, so she came out and was like, “Can you two shut up?”  It was like two in the morning and we were still singing in the kitchen. (Laughs)  John was my dear friend and my confidant.

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Were you able to have some kind of service during this stay-at-home pandemic we are all dealing with, in order to mourn the loss of John?

EVA:  It’s been so crazy.  We couldn’t even have a funeral.  That’s what made it all the more heartbreaking.  There were less than twenty of us, and we just got on a Zoom call and memorialized John.   I thought we were going to do a big Zoom memorial, but it seemed so overwhelming and so impersonal, it just was rubbing us wrong in every way.  Every way we were looking at it, we were like, “Oh my, God, we just can’t.”  We wanted to invite everybody he had ever worked with, and we were like, “No, we want to do that when everything can open back up again, and invite every person, and have a party” because John was always the life of every party.  Maybe we can do that in the fall or next year.  I kept trying to write something for the small memorial we did do for three days.  I kept coming back to this one song, because John was always the consummate bartender, too.  I sang a song that Bette Midler sang on the very last episode of Johnny Carson.  It was “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)” and it’s about a bartender who has got a big personality and a lot to say.   I changed some of the words around a bit just to reflect who John was, and so, I ended up singing for it instead of speaking.  We always talked about that last episode of Carson; how stunningly emotional it was when Bette sang that song to kind of sing Johnny off for of all of his years on the air.  So, that’s what I did and because we loved to sing together, it just made sense.

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I do think you touched upon something, earlier, too.  I don’t think any other genre would have that kind of unbridled camaraderie.  It’s such a family, like you said.  I don’t think you would find that quite like this; certainly in show business. 

EVA:  I really don’t think you can. Even though there is always a good amount of competition in the soaps as well; between the soaps it’s like they are any sports team, but there is always a level of respect, love, and familial connection within the community.  I think that is why they have stood the test of time.  I really do think that is what hooks our audience, that is what keeps them there after all of these years, even though unfortunately the genre is antiquated looking, there is something about it that is nostalgic, familial, and comfortable for people.

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Every time I talk about All My Children, why do you think everybody go ga-ga for it, when it’s been off the air for several years now?

EVA:  It speaks to people’s childhoods.  It speaks to how we grew up.  You can’t undo nostalgia.  You can’t.  It’s in the way we grew up, the things we loved, the things that we scheduled our lives around, the people we fell in love with on the shows that we watched, who we cared about and loved their storylines. I grew up watching All My Children, General Hospital, and Days of Our Lives.

It must have been a spectacular moment for you when you realized you were actually in Pine Valley and a member of the cast of All My Children then?

EVA:  It was amazing.  I was a fan when I got the show.  I was a straight up fan.  I fangirled walking through that dressing room hallway for the first time! I was trying to keep it in check, but you know … (Laughs)

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So, in closing, you would say, “Thrilled to be nominated”?

EVA:  Yes.  So fun.  It has really been a rollercoaster of a couple of months here.  That nomination was literally the bright, shining spot in all of this.

So, happy to hear Eva is in the running for a Daytime Emmy? Were you moved by Eva’s sentiments she shared on her relationship with the late John Callahan? Do you miss Pine Valley’s Dr. Maria Santos? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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It’s a big finale of the weeklong virtual celebration of the iconic All My Children.  On tap today in EW’s series to benefit Feeding America during the COVID-19, some major names from the history of Pine Valley and who had story with each other participating in the chat, premiering at 10 a. m. EST.

Taking part in the walk down memory lane are none other than Josh Duhamel (Ex-Leo), Ricky Paull Goldin (Ex-Jake), Chrishell Stause (Ex-Amanda), Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan), Rebecca Budig (Ex-Greenelee) and Melissa Claire Egan (Ex-Annie).

But that’s not all folks! Daytime Emmy winner, Debbi Morgan will participate in a live virtual chat with EW.com today beginning at 3 p.m. EST/12 p. m. PST.  Now will be your chance to hear from the one and only Angie Hubbard from the beloved ABC daytime drama series.

Over the week, EW.com has posted other virtual conversations with notables from Pine Valley, you can check them out here.

So, will you be checking out today’s one-two punch of AMC favorites? Comment below.

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