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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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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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