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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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Justin Hartley, Judith Light, Finn Wittrock Score 24th Annual Critics’ Choice Award Nominations

This morning, nominations were announced in the fields of motion picture and television for the 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards given out by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association.  The kudofest will be held on January 13th on the CW airing at 7PMET/PT.

Leading the pack in the TV field was the final season of The Americans and limited series Escape at Dannemora and The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story with five nominations.

This Is Us as with the Golden Globes did not come up with a Drama Series nod, however at the Critics’ Choice Awards two if its stars:  Milo Ventimiglia and Justin Hartley were nominated.

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For Hartley, the former Y&R star received an nod in the Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category,  While Ventimigilia, who plays Justin’s on-screen dad, is vying the Lead Actor Drama category.

Judith Light, the former two-time Daytime Emmy winner from One Life to Live, received a nomination in the Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television category for her performance in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.

While yet, another former daytime, Finn Wittrock (Ex-All My Children) in the Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made For Television category also for “Versace”.

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To view the complete list in all motion picture and TV categories click here.

Now, let us know if you are happy to hear that Justin, Judith, and Finn received nominations for their work? Comment below!

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Former Executive Producer & Director of All My Children, Jorn Winther Dead Following Two-Vehicle Collision

Very sad news to report.  Renowned director, Jorn Winther, who served as executive producer and director at All My Children has died at the age of 88.

Winther was actually killed on November 9th when in an automobile accident in front of Palm Desert High School outside Palm Springs.

According to the Desert Sun, “Jorn was killed in a two-vehicle collision at Cook Street and Santa Fe Trail in Palm Desert. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said a vehicle was moving south on Cook Street when its driver suddenly entered the northbound lanes and collided with an oncoming vehicle,  Winther was pronounced dead shortly after noon Friday, according to the Riverside County Coroner’s office. His wife of 31 years, Claire Winther, confirmed that her husband drove the vehicle that entered oncoming traffic. Why he did so remains a mystery.”

The famous director was best known for for the landmark David Frost-Richard Nixon interviews in 1977,  The Sonny & Cher Hour, and was also known for producing rock performances for TV including: California Jam II, featuring performances by Aerosmith, Foreigner, Heart, Santana and more.

In the world of soaps, Jorn had been the EP and director for ABC”s All My Children for five and half years, and had been with the series from 1981 to 2005.  He also directed on: One Life to Live, Generations, Santa Barbara and Rituals.

Born in Denmark, Winther studied speech and drama at the University of Copenhagen and continued his education at the Royal Theater in Copenhagen, where his mother had danced as a prima ballerina. He also studied at the Stratford Shakespearean Theater in Ontario, Canada, and at Stanford.

Most recently, Winther directed and produced the independent film Do It or Die!, about the 1979 kidnapping of socialite Elaine Chaddick. It screened at the 2017 Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Winther’s daughter, Lisa has been a stage manager on the soaps most recently working at The Bold and the Beautiful.

Share your thoughts on the passing of Jorn Winther as we offer our thoughts, condolences, and prayers to his family, via the comment section below.

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Kelly Ripa To Guest Star On CW’s Riverdale

Here’s a fun bit of casting news!  Live with Kelly and Ryan and former All My Children star, Kelly Ripa  (Ex-Hayley) is joining her real-life husband, Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo, AMC) on the hit CW soapy drama Riverdale.

Consuelos already plays the the role of Hiram Lodge, and now Ripa will plays his mistress, Mrs. Mulwray.

Kelly shared the inspired-casting choice on Instagram relating: “It’s a family affair …23 years of auditioning for a role i was born to play. Coming soon to the CW;s Riverdale.”’

The CW released a statement on the casting of Ripa, adding: “Kelly Ripa will guest star on Riverdale as Mrs. Mulwray. Confident and tough, she is Hiram Lodge’s alleged mistress. She’s a beautiful, icy, femme fatale who gets caught up in a conspiracy that’s much bigger than she initially realized.”

Film buffs take note!  Ripa’s character name is borrowed from Faye Dunaway’s Oscar-nominated role in Chinatown (1974), Evelyn Mulwray.   Those who saw Chinatown know that Evelyn was a femme fatale as well caught up in a conspiracy!

And there is more “All in the Consuleos Family” casting.  The couple’s son Michael is portraying the teen-aged version of Hiram on tonight’s all-new episode.

Riverdale airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT

So, will you be checking out Kelly on Riverdale? Comment below.

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