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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.

All My Children

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.

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,

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”

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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WATCH: All My Children Reunion On Strahan & Sara

On Monday’s episode of ABC’s Strahan & Sara, the show welcomed several stars of the beloved All My Children for a reunion, of sorts. Joining hosts Michael Strahan and Sara Haines were Susan Lucci (Erica), Walt Willey (Jack), Cady McClain (Dixie), Jacob Young (JR) and Jill Larson (Opal).

While it was wonderful to see the stars from Pine Valley again, it was also a painful reminder that this network, ABC, canceled the show, and had put in its place – The Chew, and now Strahan & Sara – since canning the series.   In fact, as you will see on the clips below, many of the crew who work on this talk show were once the crew for All My Children.

During the segment, Susan Lucci was tested to see if she remembered all of Erica Kane’s wedded names.  Later, Walt Willey and Susan re-created the final scene of the ABC version of All My Children between Erica and Jack, where Jack walks out on her.  However, this time, they have Jack changing his mind and coming back to Erica and sealing their relationship with a kiss – a moment of closure that never happened (since the show moved to online via Prospect Park).

In addition, Cady McClain and Jacob Young re-created the infamous Dixie “dying from eating poison pancakes” scene, as JR watches his mother die, only this time she lives.

It’s always great to see these veteran performers, but Strahan & Sara is trying to capture the soap viewers to put eyeballs on their show by bringing in talent from the show that sadly and wrongly went off the air.

Watch the clips below from the All My Children reunion below.  Then, let us know what you thought of it via the comment section below.

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