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Prospect Park's Jeff Kwatinetz and Rich Frank Red Carpet Premiere Video Interview!

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The men of the hour at last week’s exclusive premiere of the first episodes of All My Children and One Life to Live, were clearly Prospect Park’s Jeff Kwatinetz and Rich Frank. Through their unique vision of how to revitalize and bring the iconic soaps into a new platform, Jeff and Rich have been heralded by the industry and their colleagues for their relentless efforts in the face of much adversity to bring to the fans the return of two soaps that were gone too soon, when ABC made that fateful decision to cancel both shows in 2011.

In a night of celebration, Jeff and Rich walked the red carpet premiere arrivals and TOLN & Michael Fairman caught up with them to find out their thoughts as they were about to show to the attendees for the first time the initial episodes of AMC and OLTL.  As Jeff and Rich related, getting to this point was not an easy task, but as Kwatinetz says, “Passion is what got us here!”

During the interview, Michael asks the duo their thoughts on the caliber of actors and performances they have gotten to see up close and personal, when often times Hollywood looks down on soap actors, to which Rich Frank replied, “It wasn’t chic in Hollywood to say that actors who worked in this medium were of the same caliber.  And I can tell you from working every day with them, that they are every bit as good as anybody who is doing primetime, and I’ve done it for as many years as these shows have been on the air. They are really, really artists in what they do, and we so appreciate what they have done.”

For the entire playlist of 32 interviews from the red carpet visit the TOLN Soaps You Tube Channel and look for the premiere red carpet videos with Michael Fairman!  Now after the jump, watch Jeff and Rich’s premiere video interview, and then let us know what you thought of it!

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robin fletcher
robin fletcher

We owe them such a debt of gratitude for bring it back as a winner. I cannot imagine my life without Erica Slezak’s Vicki. I was raised on her.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

My hat is off to both these men for believing in the project and making it happen. They are bold innovators. Both shows are first rate, top notch productions. Thank you gentlemen for giving back our beloved shows.

Max
Max

These two men are heros – to us fans, what they have done says they believe in all soaps – not just the ones they persevered to bring back. The quality of what’s on TV and online these days and the people behind them seems to be in the soaps. The passion of the producers, the actors and the fans… You don’t hear of that being the case with the plotless reality TV that’s taken over or all the violent “crime dramas” that run rampart on primetime.

Tali(not Smith)
Tali(not Smith)

I want to have Jeff’s love babies… he is just so dreamy. Seriously, it’s a dream having OLTL back, and I’m now a first time AMC watcher as well
So much gratitude and thanks to both these men.

MEG
MEG

I HAVE SUCH GRADITUTE TO THEM FOR BRINGING MY FAV SOAP AND TREVOR ST JOHN BACK.

Nancy
Nancy

Kudos to these two. Just love watching my favorite show OLTL.

Nancy
Nancy

I cannot thank PP enough for bringing back my shows. They mean the world to me. I will watch everyday. Many thanks for their vision.

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

To Jeff and Rich: HERO’S

Many thanks for your hard work and dedication to breath life back into this project.
” Where there is a will, there is a way”. And……, you certainly had the ” will ” to find
” the way “.

Here’s to wishing you all the creativeness that you can dream up for many juicy storylines for your hopefully long future, which someday I hope to find myself visiting.
Blessings be unto you.

All The Best,
1loveabcsoaps.

PS> Um….people. There should be allot of comments on this board, praising these men, because when they were trying to get it up on and going there were PAGES of COMPLAINTS!! I’m the 8th comment (only) and this board went up 3 (three) days ago.

Lindy
Lindy

Ty,ty,ty,ty. Oh did I say TY PP! It’s almost purrrfect. Now if you could just find a way to get Alicia Minshew back full-time. In time to get rid of Lea and claim back her man Zach! Zendall will always rule. Their is no other for these two. Zach told Kendall she had his heart. No one will ever forget that. Kendall told Zach she would never let them fall apart again. Now divorced? Give me a break! It would never, never ,ever happen. Please re-unite the super couple of the century!!! Zendall fans are in agony every where and will never ever give up on Zach and Kendall. Only Thorsten Kaye and Alicia Minshew can show this extreme friendship, bonding, romance, chemistry and undeniable knowledge of how to act off of each other, script or add libbing instantly. They are it!!!! Please make it happen. Again ty so much for bringing AMC back but please bring it back all the way. This couple will keep it going for decades!!!!

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The Chew Cancelled After 7 Seasons; A Slice Of Justice For All My Children Fans?

Karma is a bitch! ABC announced yesterday that the foodie series The Chew has been axed after seven seasons. 

The Chew lost significant viewers when ABC fired main co-host chef, Mario Batali after reports of alleged sexual harassment over many years. Clinton Kelly, Carla Hall, and Michael Symon have remained the regular series hosts.

In addition, The Chew dropped 17% with women in the 18-49 demo and this has been its least watched season since its debut in 2011.  As ABC Daytime fans know, The Chew replaced iconic soap opera All My Children, when ABC made the decision to cancel the beloved soap and replace it with the food show.

So, let’s take a look at the numbers: All My Children lasted 41 years, while The Chew lasted 7 seasons. Hmm …

ABC noted that The Chew will cease production at the end of this season, but will continue to air until September with all-new episodes in June.  In addition, ABC announced that Good Morning America will expand to three hours.  Thus, switching up the ABC morning line-up.

So, are you glad that The Chew got fried?  Is this justice for All My Children fans who miss their beloved Pine Valley?  Comment below.

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All My Children Alum Kim Delaney Joins The Cast of CHICAGO FIRE!

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Pine Valley’s Jenny Gardner, who is all grown up and had a successful career in primetime television and films, has landed a primo role on NBC’s hit drama, Chicago Fire!

Casting news has revealed that Kim Delaney is joining the show in Season 6 where she will play the role of Jennifer Sheridan, the mother of Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney).

According to Deadline, Kim’s new role as Jennifer Sheridan is described as “warm, scripture-quoting and church-going. At one point she may have partied like it was 1979, but now it looks like she’s on the path of the straight and narrow. If you ask her, she’s moved on from the past, namely her messy divorce from her ex-husband Benny (Treat Williams), but old habits die very hard.”

Chicago Fire is currently on hiatus until after the Winter Olympics, when it begins again on March 1st.  As viewers know, in the last episode prior to the break, Kelly and Casey (Jesse Spenver) were seen jumping off a roof of a building while it was in flames in an exciting cliffhanger. (more…)

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TAINTED DREAMS Season 2 To Bow December 21st!

Tainted Dreams is back with a second season offering from Daytime Emmy-winning director and series creator, Sonia Blangiardo!

Beginning December 21st, the next chapter of Blangiardo’s the soap behind a soap, will be available for streaming on Amazon and Amazon Prime. (season one is also currently available on Amazon)

This series, which was nominated for five 2017 Daytime Emmys, follows the behind-the-scenes drama of a fictitious soap opera titled Painted Dreams.  Many soap opera notables have roles in the online series including: Alicia Minshew, Michael Lowry , Austin Peck. Terri Ivens,  Walt Willey, Kelley Menighan, Grant Aleksander, Bobbie Eakes, Natalia Livingston, Marnie Schulenburg, Nathan Purdee, Colleen Zenk, James DePaiva, Tonja Walker, Ilene Kristen, and the late Larkin Malloy . In addition, Jessie Godderz of Impact Wrestling and Big Brother fame, and Dina Manzo of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, also appear.

In a statement, Sonia Blangiardo said that she is “excited to take everyone along these characters’ journeys in Season 2, as they evolve and deal with ever increasing professional and personal turmoil.”

Fore more on Tainted Dreams visit their official website here.  (more…)

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