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Prospect Park's Jeff Kwantinetz On What To Expect In The Online Versions Of OLTL & AMC!

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As fans gear up to see the returns of their beloved soaps All My Children and One Life to Live, Prospect Park’s Jeff Kwantinetz answered some burning questions with Soaps.com that many soapers have asked and have been trying to determine the answers to with some good sleuth work!

When relating what the viewer can expect in terms of storytelling with the reborn AMC and OLTL, Kwantinetz stated, “We don’t want to do anything to shock people or to do things to make a statement. The idea is to do what’s best for the storytelling. The advantages of being online give the actors and writers more creativity. We can’t go too far because we still are advertiser based and certainly don’t want to offend people. We want the storylines to be more relevant to current issues and what people are going through – though somewhat edgier and sexier at times. But it’s all to service to story.”

So do you like Jeff’s take on how they intend to bring One Life and All My Children into 2013 with more current relevance, and being edgier and sexier?  Let us know!

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Christine
Christine

I am suspecting they are going to push the foul language like on cable television.

TRW
TRW

Here’s Hoping!

Christine
Christine

While some just can’t get enough of the F-word in every sentence, others of us think foul words can be used to make a point. That is what I like about the cable shows that only say the S— word. Take in point one of the best shows right now, JUSTIFIED. There was a scene last year where star Timothy Olyphant in character answers a question with “I’m just going to file that under who gives a s—.” That is funny and it works, but not because every other word is F-this and S-that. Or the movie, A CHRISTMAS STORY when Ralphie says the “F dash, dash, dash word.” One time in the movie, and it was funny and used for effect and not gratuitously.

I had a hard time watching another Timothy Olyphant show back in the day, DEADWOOD, because every scene involved the word c—sucker. I counted one time and there were 31 instances in one episode alone, but the writing and the acting was there and the show was very critically acclaimed. It worked.

I am starting to wonder if, at 38 and a mother of two little ones, if I am just too old. My husband and I watched the movie THE WATCH last night. I thought it was horrible. Everyone was saying stupid things and making penis jokes. The swearing was all over the place and I did not think it added to the movie. So I look at the reviews on Amazon and see that the majority actually agree with me. Maybe this 30-something is not that old, but I have definitely grown tired of Hollywood and the need to put the F-word into everything.

I am just hoping that all of you that have prayed for these shows to come back are not going to be disappointed and wish that your shows had stayed canceled. I fear that something is going to be lost or compromised in this new format and production. I hope I am wrong but I have seen this happen a lot. As much as I wanted ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT to stay on the air (no thanks to you, FOX!), I fear that once it airs on Netflix, it is not going to be everything I loved about it in the first place. Here is hoping I am dead wrong about this in both instances.

Tina Gray
Tina Gray

Still really nervous. Happy, but really nervous. Not sure where or how it will air. Still taking a wait and see attitude……………..

HJ
HJ

Any prospective dates for AMC & OLTL to start? And where exactly we go to watch? Can’t wait!!

su0000
su0000

It was mentioned around the 1st of April ..
And no doubt when they are ready to launch we will fully informed where and when to watch..

I sent my e-mail address, last year, to be notified as to where and when.. I’m sure PP has kept all the e-mail address to notify us..

Jim
Jim

You may need to give them your email address again. They already sent out an email to their list about casting yesterday, signed by Jeff Kwatinetz. Did you get it?

rachel vessels
rachel vessels

are we going to have to pay to watch our soaps ?

brian
brian

Yes, sign up for info at “The Online Network” They have sent out an email to anyone who has signed up Look for the shows to start in April.

John
John

I bet they’ll have a ROKU channel set up. That’s how the other internet TV channels are viewed.

su0000
su0000

I’m sure all will be well..
And- people of all ages and races do swear, it is a part of the american langue at least It would be more realistic when someone was very angry to express that emotion with a word or two..lol

I’m sure IF there were to be ”expressive” words used they would not be of the overly offending kind..

Linda
Linda

So excited….cannot wait to see everyone again!

thomas
thomas

then head writer of 1 life said in April sometime

Kalena
Kalena

Edgier…fine…sexier, I could live with that but aside from this there better be some substance. Fans didn’t fight hard to get their shows back just so that they can be taken in a completely different direction that might become unrecognizable.

su0000
su0000

”some substance” ?
Agnes Nixon will make sure we will have substance 🙂
PP brought Agnes on-board for a reason, they trust her judgement and input..
I am so looking forward to both soaps returning!!!
And anxious to see them modernized ! 🙂

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

I hope they do; ABC had Agnes as a consultant for years and ignored her advice.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

Well ABC has shown us how intelligent they are! Not surprised they treated Agnes that way – jerks!

Lisa Jaworski
Lisa Jaworski

I think they will do a great job because the pressure will be on them big time. So I don’t think anything will be sloppy or lazy. I look forward to it!

MK
MK

Finally some story rather than plot devices. AMC was guilty of that. Also I hope they focus on educational entertainment, Agnes’ Trademark!

Patrick
Patrick

As I read this I noticed the RIP signs have been taken off OLTL and AMC! This is really going to happen fellow fans! It is our job to make sure they are a success!

Matt
Matt

So far I’m not thrilled with any of the news and the cast of characters seem a bit random, but I still have my fingers crossed!

brian
brian

The cast does not seem random for OLTL..

Tweety Bird
Tweety Bird

Can’t wait to see if Vicki drops the F bomb….lol. Any word if Erica has signed on?

su0000
su0000

Hillary/Nora says/said the F word in the on-line sop Venice ..
It gave me a chuckle lol ..

Patrick
Patrick

LOL…. that would be Nikki

Michelle
Michelle

I read that the format for the Friday episodes will be a recap of some sort but also may include cast interviews and other footage. I think cast interviews and maybe showing some “bloopers” would be awesome to see.

I love seeing the actors outside their characters (so to speak).

Patrick
Patrick

what a great idea about “bloopers”

I wouldn’t mind seeing… some re-takes… reshooting scenes just to see the dramatic takes… with various actors.

Christy
Christy

what he said doesn’t really tell me anything. I’m just wondering about previously things eluded to, such as wanting to be more of a younger crowd kind of thing. I always liked Star’s stories when she was a lot younger – she got in to a lot of trouble and was funny (kinda like Todd when he got to be funny – like when she was seeing Madam Defina(?) and took cabs across town) but I didn’t get into the young character storylines they always pushed on you during the summer time. I wanted to watch Vicki, Clint, Bo, Asa, Renee more than the teenagers… even when I was a teenager! I just hope they don’t ‘kill’ off the older characters in favor of just teen storylines.

Christy
Christy

Hey Michael – I just noticed you removed the R.I.P.s from OLTL and AMC!

how great is that to be able to do that?!

jp
jp

It’s a great day to see that gone! I am thrilled that we will have our beloved show, One Life To Live back soon.

David
David

I’ll second what Troy said. Until AMC and OLTL are on the air, there is no 100% guarantee that they will be back.

Prospect Park fooled us once before and it can happen again even if it’s involuntarily.

Tammy Kreiss
Tammy Kreiss

Up and coming, trendy stories are fine, but let’s stay true to character. Destiny would turn to God, or the Buchanan grandparents, not Sugardaddy.com! MAYBE Vimal’s sister could use that storyline instead! And why did they not approach Ilene Kristen???

Johnny
Johnny

I think overall the News is very exciting, except for the fact that we are going to have to accept the fact that a good portion of the actors on ALL MY CHILDREN have moved on to other projects. So, some new cast members and characters will be coming our way I am sure. I love Susan Lucci, but it does not appear she will be available so I am just wondering, who would fans like to see in the role of Erica Kane or will the show take over from where it left with Jack leaving, saying “Erica frankly I don’t give a damn what you do” (no word of Walt W. returning) and Erica runs out after him – fans will recall a little over a year ago when Opal said “now you’ve really lost him this time” (or something like that) – well the wonderful Jill Larsen is returning as Opal which is great but who will play her best gal pal Erica – will they just write Erica Kane out of the show? Some years ago in the 90’s there was a different Tad Martin but it’s hard to think of anyone in the role other than Michael Knight – what do the fans think?

Christine
Christine

Didn’t the cliffhanger leave it with JR shooting someone and Erica walking by? That could be a way to right her off.

Frankly, I think Susan Lucci is wise to move on. I think some fans fail to see that by canceling AMC and OLTL it has allowed (or rather forced) some to find work elsewhere. For some of these actors, it is just the shot in the arm they needed for their careers whereas others sit unemployed.

Johnny
Johnny

Yes, the cliffhanger was (just a little over a year ago) when Erica ran out after Jack, and just at that point J.R. pulled the trigger. My point is, if they continue from there, there is no one to play Erica Kane, Walt Willy hasn’t announced a return as Jackson, and the young actor who currently plays J.R. isn’t returning to the role right now. Yes, they can re-cast these roles (don’t know about Erica Kane though, that would be difficult for fans to accept) and that’s I guess what they would have to do. What do the fans think?

Ella
Ella

Recasts aren’t necessary for some. I’m sure some time has elapsed in Pine Valley and Llanview. JR could currenlty be behind bars after the shooting, Erica could be living in California staring on something or another. AMC had much more of a mass life & death finale. Some actors may have Bern shot, others might have moved out of town. I hope Bobby Eakes and Michael Knight return. Am thrilled about Thorsten Kaye. Would be fantastic to have David Canary back as well. PP spoke of acquiring a younger cast so I’m uncertain how many established actors will return and how many youngsters (Spoke,Ian, Adam Jr) may be aged.

Maxine Sprague
Maxine Sprague

I am looking forward to OLTL & AMC returning via internet… I can’t wait !!!!!

DF
DF

I am SO excited I can’t stand it! These shows have been in my life since the time I can remember. I too am keeping the wait and see attitude, but I can’t wait! Any word on Michael E. Knight (Tad)? Hope he will be joining the AMC cast.

marfa
marfa

Don’t need it any sexier, it’s not a porn show, and I think they already had it too sexy. Kids watched this show for craps sake!

Philip
Philip

The reboots are eagerly anticipated in my household. Probably I’ll splurge for Huluplus to be able to watch on my flatscreen rather than the computer. Joyfully awaiting the return of OLTL and AMC. Seems like PP have (finally) made excellent decisions on the revivals.

kim berly rios
kim berly rios

he sould sart were thay lef t off amc were jr sot somone and go from there and oltl were todds brothere was alive . u should hasve christina bennet lid and sarah gleeding back on amclove those two toghether

JENIFER
JENIFER

I could actually see the two soaps combine thus having a huge wealth of talent. I don’t think there are enough cast members on either show right now to pull it off. Combined, it would be phenominal.

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Justin Hartley, Judith Light, Finn Wittrock Score 24th Annual Critics’ Choice Award Nominations

This morning, nominations were announced in the fields of motion picture and television for the 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards given out by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association.  The kudofest will be held on January 13th on the CW airing at 7PMET/PT.

Leading the pack in the TV field was the final season of The Americans and limited series Escape at Dannemora and The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story with five nominations.

This Is Us as with the Golden Globes did not come up with a Drama Series nod, however at the Critics’ Choice Awards two if its stars:  Milo Ventimiglia and Justin Hartley were nominated.

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For Hartley, the former Y&R star received an nod in the Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category,  While Ventimigilia, who plays Justin’s on-screen dad, is vying the Lead Actor Drama category.

Judith Light, the former two-time Daytime Emmy winner from One Life to Live, received a nomination in the Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television category for her performance in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.

While yet, another former daytime, Finn Wittrock (Ex-All My Children) in the Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made For Television category also for “Versace”.

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To view the complete list in all motion picture and TV categories click here.

Now, let us know if you are happy to hear that Justin, Judith, and Finn received nominations for their work? Comment below!

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Former Executive Producer & Director of All My Children, Jorn Winther Dead Following Two-Vehicle Collision

Very sad news to report.  Renowned director, Jorn Winther, who served as executive producer and director at All My Children has died at the age of 88.

Winther was actually killed on November 9th when in an automobile accident in front of Palm Desert High School outside Palm Springs.

According to the Desert Sun, “Jorn was killed in a two-vehicle collision at Cook Street and Santa Fe Trail in Palm Desert. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said a vehicle was moving south on Cook Street when its driver suddenly entered the northbound lanes and collided with an oncoming vehicle,  Winther was pronounced dead shortly after noon Friday, according to the Riverside County Coroner’s office. His wife of 31 years, Claire Winther, confirmed that her husband drove the vehicle that entered oncoming traffic. Why he did so remains a mystery.”

The famous director was best known for for the landmark David Frost-Richard Nixon interviews in 1977,  The Sonny & Cher Hour, and was also known for producing rock performances for TV including: California Jam II, featuring performances by Aerosmith, Foreigner, Heart, Santana and more.

In the world of soaps, Jorn had been the EP and director for ABC”s All My Children for five and half years, and had been with the series from 1981 to 2005.  He also directed on: One Life to Live, Generations, Santa Barbara and Rituals.

Born in Denmark, Winther studied speech and drama at the University of Copenhagen and continued his education at the Royal Theater in Copenhagen, where his mother had danced as a prima ballerina. He also studied at the Stratford Shakespearean Theater in Ontario, Canada, and at Stanford.

Most recently, Winther directed and produced the independent film Do It or Die!, about the 1979 kidnapping of socialite Elaine Chaddick. It screened at the 2017 Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Winther’s daughter, Lisa has been a stage manager on the soaps most recently working at The Bold and the Beautiful.

Share your thoughts on the passing of Jorn Winther as we offer our thoughts, condolences, and prayers to his family, via the comment section below.

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Kelly Ripa To Guest Star On CW’s Riverdale

Here’s a fun bit of casting news!  Live with Kelly and Ryan and former All My Children star, Kelly Ripa  (Ex-Hayley) is joining her real-life husband, Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo, AMC) on the hit CW soapy drama Riverdale.

Consuelos already plays the the role of Hiram Lodge, and now Ripa will plays his mistress, Mrs. Mulwray.

Kelly shared the inspired-casting choice on Instagram relating: “It’s a family affair …23 years of auditioning for a role i was born to play. Coming soon to the CW;s Riverdale.”’

The CW released a statement on the casting of Ripa, adding: “Kelly Ripa will guest star on Riverdale as Mrs. Mulwray. Confident and tough, she is Hiram Lodge’s alleged mistress. She’s a beautiful, icy, femme fatale who gets caught up in a conspiracy that’s much bigger than she initially realized.”

Film buffs take note!  Ripa’s character name is borrowed from Faye Dunaway’s Oscar-nominated role in Chinatown (1974), Evelyn Mulwray.   Those who saw Chinatown know that Evelyn was a femme fatale as well caught up in a conspiracy!

And there is more “All in the Consuleos Family” casting.  The couple’s son Michael is portraying the teen-aged version of Hiram on tonight’s all-new episode.

Riverdale airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT

So, will you be checking out Kelly on Riverdale? Comment below.

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