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Prospect Park's Jeff Kwatinetz On AMC & OLTL Reboot: "I Know It's Been A Long Journey. Since The Fans Didn't Give Up, Either Did We!"

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The New York Times Media Decoder blog has an item on the resurrection of beloved soap operas All My Children and One Life to Live and their officially announced upcoming new home online, which could signal exciting times ahead for media convergence in the digital age.

In an interview with Prospect Park’s Jeff Kwatinetz, (whose company’s first attempt to bring the shows from ABC to an The Online Network fizzled at the end of 2011) the executive paid tribute to the power of the soap fans who continued to will this project forward, and because of that, how Prospect Park continued to come up with solutions and a framework to make the soaps have a a second life!

Kwatinetz stated, “I know it’s been a long journey, but the timing is actually fortuitous as TV viewing is evolving rapidly in our direction. The adoption of online TV in the last year has begun to move exponentially as viewers start to realize the immense advantages digital distribution affords. But all of that is unmatched compared to the relentless fan support. Since they didn’t give up, either did we.”

In addition, the N.Y. Times was quick to point out,  “It is a bold bet that the Web — because of the proliferation of broadband, Internet-enabled TVs and the iPad — is now a practical way to funnel traditional shows to viewers. If the popularity of streamed 30-minute and 60-minute shows on Netflix and Hulu is any indication, consumers are ready to move beyond using the Web for bite-size video.”

What do you think of Kwatinetz comments?  Are you ready to embrace watching these soaps online, much like you do when you want to catch an episode of B&B, Y&R, GH and DAYS that now post episodes the same day as they air? Weigh-in!

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Robert
Robert

With each passing day, more and more positive news comes out to show that this will actually happen unlike last year! I can not wait to see Pine Valley and Llanview again! 🙂

Elizabeth K. Mahon
Elizabeth K. Mahon

I will watch the reboot now that I know that Agnes Nixon is involved. The AMC that was cancelled was a far cry from the amazing show that she created and that she and Wisner Washam once wrote. Starting in the new century, the show was mishandled completely and don’t even get me started on what Chuck Pratt or Megan McTavish did to the show. Here’s hoping the new headwriters bring AMC & OLTL back to telling good stories.

Bart Mruz
Bart Mruz

Elizabeth you are my hero! I can’t agree more. Those two wrote the glory years; sense of family, fun, love. . . The past decade was particularly trying to watch but I did anyway. You said it all.

Bea
Bea

I am so glad to know that others feel the same way I do! I was so disappointed in AMC the last year or so. It was difficult to watch and I tried to watch as the show more when I knew it was cancelled. That was a challenge for sure. But now that there are new writers and Agnes, I am more than thrilled!

dana stabler
dana stabler

Im just excited for my shows to be back their are my life way from life…my second family…

Mary Fergen
Mary Fergen

I will for sure watch these shows online, but I’m hoping that a cable network will also pick them up eventually. There are still many fans who will not be able to watch online, for various reasons, and I want our soaps to be accessable to anyone who wants to watch!

su0000
su0000

you are on-line now.. you can watch the soaps on-line unless you are using a dial-up service .. if you have/are using the ordinary high-speed you can watch the soaps on-line 🙂
hope you can!

Christy
Christy

I’m on dial up. I’m kinda waiting to see if this becomes an actual reality, as opposed to the faux reality they did last January before I figure out how to pay for hi-speed. No cable either….. I was hoping for ABC/NBC/CBS soaps.

Question – so is there a way to “record” online soaps to watch later – like much later – to watch whenever and however many times I want like I do with soaps on DVD right now? I know people upload to youtube old soaps… how do they save it?

Mary Fergen
Mary Fergen

Thanks, but I’m not talking about me. I know I can watch it online. I was thinking about all the folks that don’t have a computer or older viewers that don’t have access. We’re not even sure that the fans in Canada will be able to watch. There is still so much that we don’t know yet!

Andrea Dawson
Andrea Dawson

I am a bit skeptical, but I will give this a try. I miss All My Children and One Life To Live. I watch Young and the Restless and Days of our Lives now. I don’t know how I will fit these two back into my routine, but I will try. I am a true Soap Opera fan!

Philip
Philip

Excellent news. I’ll be happy to follow the reboots daily on the internet!

FRAN
FRAN

My second families are back … am so excited. When I heard that Vincent Irizarry, Debbi Morgan and Jerry VanDorn had signed I cried. I am so happy-can’t wait.

Teresa
Teresa

Aw, I love this comment…almost made me cry:)
I’m a Days fan, never watched AMC or OLTL but I’ll try to get up to speed when they go online just to support the genre I love.

Derek
Derek

We’ll get you caught up speed, don’t worry. I took up days recentlyand I think I’m up to speed now on everyone.

BTripp
BTripp

YAY! The fans saved our soaps. We need to give ourselves a pat on the back. This is history in the making and I for one am excited to see AMC and OLTL online or on cable. I keep checking all my soap news sites daily to see what other new developments came about. Keep the news coming Michael!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

So good to read those comments! Great time to be a soap fan!

Thank you Mr. Fairman for keeping us up-to-date on all the news.

GO SOAPS!

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

I am happy to know that PP was paying attention to all us fans and what we were saying. Hoping they can bring it to a cable channel for rebroadcast for those who do not have online capability. One of the best things about this for me, is I will not be tied to a schedule. Just like with taping them, I will be able to watch them whenever I find the time! YAY!

moshane58
moshane58

I really don’t think a web series does justice to these shows.Until they are back on a network bak to there orginal for all to see I will not be happy.If this flops they will have ten year rights and kiss them bye for good.Alot are already saying no to this.We will loose millions of veiwers and they will be bareboned soaps.I want to be wrong so bad but fear I’m not.I want them back so bad and the way they where.I don’t want it to be a ploy to try and convince people ABC did there best and forgive us because pp failed.

brian
brian

there is always blue sky behind grey clouds

moshane58
moshane58

I really hope it works out Brain I really want them back the way they where and for all to see.

Becky Cloutier
Becky Cloutier

Im soooo happy!!

Barbara Wallace
Barbara Wallace

I stream most of my television shows now from the internet to my ROKU so this is just icing on the cake.

Trapper
Trapper

I will take AMC and OLTL back in whatever format they need to be in to be financially viable for the producers, the crew and the actors, as long as they don’t replace our main characters. I think that TV over the internet is the wave of the future, and if we can generate enough interest, it’s sure to get the attention of major TV players. Let’s not be too quick to criticize and instead, spend a couple of minutes patting ourselves on the back.

Troy Turner
Troy Turner

Count me as one VERY skeptical whether they’re going to be able to pull this off. We have no tangible proof of anything, just like before. I want AMC and OLTL back just like everyone here, but not at the expense of being jerked around again

Bruce
Bruce

Glad they r sharing.

brian
brian

I hope that Prospect Park contacts Hoover Vaccums to advertise…. Since Hoover was very vocal in the soaps being canceled.

Tina Angelo
Tina Angelo

tonja walkers site on FB hadfour thousand people say they would pay ten to twenty dollars a month to watch the shows. Why don’t they ask her back on?

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Cady McClain Remembers ‘All My Children’ On Its 50th Anniversary Sharing: “I Will Always Be Grateful For the Experience, and For The Lifelong Relationship With All The Fans”

The beloved All My Children first aired on January 5th, 1970 on ABC and ran on the network until it was canceled back in September of 2013.  The next year, the show received a short-lived reboot online via Prospect Park.

One of the actresses to appear in both the network and online version was Daytime Emmy winning actress Cady McClain, who became soap-famous for her role as Dixie Cooney Martin and together with Michael E. Knight, became one of soaps all-time popular duos as Tad and Dixie.

While so many miss All My Children every single day and the indelible characters created by the late, great Agnes Nixon, McClain took to her Instagram on Sunday to relate what the soap opera meant to her in her life.

Here is what Cady shared along with a cover of Soap Opera Digest featuring Michael Knight and herself as Tad and Dixie: “Today I am celebrating the 50th Anniversary of “All My Children”! I started on the show when I had just turned 19 in the fall of 1988. I worked as a contract player thru 1996. I was back in the fall of 1997 again under contract and worked through 2001. That’s roughly 13 years. Then I came back for a year in 2006, then for a couple months in 2012. Then I did the internet version for six weeks and then… the show was done.

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For many years this show and the people on it were like family to me. The makeup artists as much mom’s as my own mom to me at times. And thanks to the work I was able to afford some art school and college as well. I saw many great shows (both American and International) that came to NYC, which opened my eyes to what performance could be. It allowed me to do a lot of Off-Broadway theater and roles in five Indie films while working my day job.

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I was nominated three times and won my first Emmy. I made some lifelong friends like Michael E. Knight, James Patrick Stewart, Jill Larson, Penny Bergman, Julia Barr, Lonnie Quinn and many others both in front of and behind the scenes. And most importantly, I was able to take care of my wild but wonderful mother. ‘She who drove me nuts’ but impressed on me the importance of having art in ones life. Who read me poems and took me to museums. My child who died but who I so grateful to have known. Thank you ABC and all the producers and writers who supported me and my work. Because of your support my life was richer, broader, more interesting. I will always be grateful for the experience …. and for the lifelong relationship with all the fans! Massive shout out to the daytime fans who continue to support me in my projects. When I meet one of you on the street I am truly grateful for your time and that we got to share some really special moments together. . .”

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Kelly Ripa Reveals How Her Son Chose NYU Due To The Consuelos Connection To Former Soap EP/ Director, Chris Goutman

Last week on an episode of Live with Kelly and Ryan, the former star of All My Children, Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley) told Ryan Seacrest how a chance meeting when her son, Michael was deciding where to go to college; between her, Michael, and Chris Goutman (Ex-Executive Producer As the World Turns and former director, All My Children) changed the course of Michael’s creative and academic path.

Turns out that Goutman is now working over at NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts as an assistant professor and academic director.

During their banter on the talk show, Kelly revealed that Goutman directed the screen-test that landed Mark Consuelos the role of Mateo on All My Children, and thus how Ripa met her real-live enduring lovematch.

Ripa explained that Michael was waiting for a sign as to which college to go to as he liked most of the places he saw.  Then came the sign as Ripa explained to Seacrest: “We’re walking down the hallway and I hear a voice I know say, ‘Consuelos!’ “He turns around and I see Chris Goutman, who was our director at All My Children … I worked with him for 11 years.”

Ripa says Chris then expressed to Michael: “You have to come here, because I am the reason you literally exist.”

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Ripa is reportedly also working on a film for the class, as well.  Watch what Kelly shared below.

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Y&R, AMC and GL Alum, Jeff Branson Featured In New AppleTV+ Drama, ‘For All Mankind’

Daytime Emmy winner, Jeff Branson is featured in a new drama coming your way on the new AppleTV+ platform.  Branson takes on the role of famous astronaut Neil Armstrong in For All Mankind.

At the epicenter of the story is NASA and the Soviet space program as they square off in the space race of the 1970s.  But this has a twist, America has lost the race and tensions boil over between the two nations.

The main focus in the series is the lives of the astronauts and the personal and professional relationships they encounter. For All Mankind presents an aspirational world where NASA and the space program remained a priority and a focal point of our hopes and dreams.

Branson is fondly remembered in soapland for his performances as Ronan Malloy on The Young and the Restless, Jonathan Randall on All My Children, and Shayne Lewis on Guiding Light.

For All Mankind is created by Emmy Award winner Ronald D. Moore (Outlander, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica), Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi.

In addition to Branson the cast includes: Joel Kinnaman, Michael Dorman, Wrenn Schmidt, Shantel VanSanten, Sarah Jones and Jodi Balfour. General Hospital’s Jason David (Aiden Spencer) also appears in the series.

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The first season streams on on AppleTV+ beginning on November 1st, with the second season of the series “all systems go”.

Watch the teaser for the series and interviews with some of the cast including: what Branson had to share about playing Neil Armstrong below.

Then let us know, would you love to see Jeff back on the soaps? Will you be checking out the new streaming service featuring For All Mankind and check out Jeff’s performances? Comment below.

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