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Prospect Park's Jeff Kwatinetz Is Co-EP Of New Drama On ABC Fall Line-Up, NOTORIOUS!

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Photo Credit: Sue Coflin/Max Photos

In a very interesting item coming out of the ABC Upfronts today is that the former head of Prospect Park, now CEO of The Firm, Jeff Kwatinetz, the man who revived One Life to Live and All My Children for one season online is one of the executive producers on ABC’s new drama, Notorious.

Add that to the fact that Kwatinetz has been involved for some time in a lawsuit with the network over the drama surrounding the reboot of One Life to Live, and the use of those branded characters on General Hospital make this all the more noteworthy.  Notorious is debuting this fall and is inspired by the true-life stories of famed criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and cable news producer Wendy Walker, who serve as executive producers.

The series is a provocative look at the unique, sexy and dangerous interplay of criminal law and the media.  Josh Berman (“Blacklist,” “Bones,” “CSI”) is writer and executive producer, and Allie Hagan (“Suri’s Burn Book”) is writer and co-executive producer. Notorious stars Piper Perabo (“Covert Affairs”) as Julia George, Daniel Sunjata (“Graceland”) as Jake Gregorian, Sepideh Moafi as Megan Byrd, Kate Jennings Grant as Louise Herrick, Ryan Guzman as Ryan, Kevin Zegers as Oscar Keaton, J. August Richards as Bradley Gregorian and Aimee Teegarden as Ella Benjamin.

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The series is from Sony Pictures Television and ABC Studios.  Michael Engler, Kenny Meiselas, Jeff Kwatinetz and Josh Barry are also executive producers. Michael Engler directed the pilot.

In addition, Notorius has been put in a very enticing timeslot holding the spot held by Scandal on Thursday night’s at 9PM.  According to Variety:Scandal will return in its familiar slot later in the year when its series star, Kerry Washington is ready to resume production following the birth of her child.  The fall scheduling amounts to a big vote of confidence in Notorious  as it will benefit from the lead-in from a resurgent Grey’s Anatomy.”

What do you think about Jeff and ABC in a joint venture? What do you think of the log lines of Notorious?  Does it pique your interest?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Scoma60
Scoma60

I hope the people he shafted monetarily can garnish his salary from this.

Beth
Beth

Agreed. Except for the fact that real human beings turned down other jobs while waiting and waiting for PP to announce when they were going back to work, then lost their jobs when both online shows were cancelled, and were/are still owed money from PP under their now-worthless contracts, I have no reason to remember that there ever was an online version of either show.

Robynne
Robynne

How and why can they work together if there is a lawsuit pending?

su0000
su0000

Because it is business. Lawsuit is business.
Executives rarely take anything personally, it’s about profit.

It’s for the network..

As Trump. Most all is demolished candidates are now supporting him..

It’s for the Party ..

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

I wasn’t talking personally, I was asking professionally. I thought you could not work with “company A” if you were with “company B” and the companies were embroiled in a lawsuit. But I guess, legally, there isn’t a conflict.

Rodd
Rodd

This makes absolutely no sense to me. What is this; a day to release news stories that boggle my mind? How can he work on something with ABC when they are in a tussle over PP’s role in the OLTL and AMC revivals? Did they settle this matter and I didn’t see anything on it? Can someone please explain? Thanks.

Oh, and, NO, I have no intention of watching the new show.

Melissa
Melissa

Agreed. How you hire the person who is suing you is beyond me. As grateful as I was for the reboot of OLTL and AMC, I don’t think they did it very well. The writing was really messy, and the swearing and sex was over the top for me, meant more to provoke than advance plot or character. So I have no faith this will be a good show. The premise certainly doesn’t interest me. And they cancelled Nashville and Castle to make room for this? A head scratcher indeed.

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

The lawsuit is between companies – Prospect Park & ABC. If you notice, this new series is made by Sony & ABC, & produced by at least 5 different people, of whom Jeff K. is just one. Production companies often pool their money together to create one project. So, if there were several projects Jeff K. was developing, and some of them got the green light from ABC, he’s not going to pull out of one project just because another one ends up in a lawsuit. This is how he makes a living. He can’t stop producing just because he sues someone. Producing projects is the only way to continue his income. If he ever hopes to produce bigger & better projects, he can’t leave his current partners high & dry regardless of where their productions end up.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

Now that makes sense to me. Thanks.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

So, what is the status of the lawsuit over One Life to Live? That’s the only thing I want to know.

Jane
Jane

I don’t watch much TV anymore and this is one of the reasons why.

Rose
Rose

Mark 2016 as the year of the absurd. There is so much going on that makes no sense. I could care less about the premise of this new series, and even less for PP. Except that they so bungled OLTL and AMC reboot, and along with ABC, have totally screwed the fans, actors, etc. of these shows. And it’s still ongoing. It’s ironic the series is about the law, albeit criminal, while PP and ABC are in the middle of a law suit making lawyers richer.

Timmm
Timmm

Tune out! We dont matter! If there is money involved these snakes will slither with anyone!

Scott H
Scott H

So ABC cancels Castle, Nashville and does not renew The Family, which, by far, has been the BEST show that ABC has had on in a long time for this nonsense dribble…..I hope the new in charge of network doesn’t get to comfortable in her job, doesn’t seem like she’ll be around long to enjoy it…sad that the faithful viewers are the ones getting shafted in all this Merry Go Round crap…..also, not sure why they keep renewing Shonda’s Thursday night shows, Scandal, Grey’s Anat and How to get Away, plus The Catch or Thief, whatever it’s called…they all pretty much suck now….Not sure how much longer ABC is going to be around…..

Fran
Fran

So do the people who they own $$ to from Amc & OLTL get their $$ if when this show makes it .They should .

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According to Deadline: On Friday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the state could begin TV and film production as early as June 12th.  While the California Department of Public Health released the following guidelines:  “Music, TV and film production may resume in California, recommended no sooner than June 12, 2020 and subject to approval by county public health officers within the jurisdictions of operations following their review of local epidemiological data including cases per 100,000 population, rate of test positivity, and local preparedness to support a health care surge, vulnerable populations, contact tracing and testing. To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, productions, cast, crew and other industry workers should abide by safety protocols agreed by labor and management, which may be further enhanced by county public health officers. Back office staff and management should adhere to Office Workspace guidelines published by the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Industrial Relations, to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.”

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Thursday, June 18:  Sonny and Carly get married in the GH chapel.  (originally aired 10/15/2015)

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