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Prospect Park's Jeff Kwatinetz Speaks With Forbes On Resurrecting The Soap Opera Online!

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In a brand new interview feature out today with Forbes, Lesleyann Cukor, Prospect Park’s Jeff Kwatinetz, the man behind the revivals of All My Children and One Life to Live, discusses his theories and decisions on how the two soap operas will be distributed to the viewing audience, and what to expect from the marketing and the business model aspect of  the two soaps to ensure its success!

Kwatinetz also noted that there will be 210 new episodes each year of All My Children and One Life to Live produced and put on their digital platforms from Hulu, HuluPlus, and iTunes!  Here are some excerpts from the interview below!

Kwatinetz notes on how the new AMC and OLTL will be marketed to fans,  “We will do everything from digital/social media coverage, including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, to promotional spots on iTunes and Hulu. We’ll also cover traditional marketing with radio and TV spots, as well as billboards and print advertising.  Social Media is a huge part of our marketing plan. It’s everywhere right now. Everyone is looking on Facebook and Twitter for updates about the show.”

Kwatinetz on how he will monetize the soap venture:  “Hulu is advertising supported distribution, and they run 30 second commercial spots just like traditional television.  iTunes is pay-per-download. We’ll also have sponsorships and integration opportunities.”

Kwatinetz on the availability of newly archived episodes:   “The content will always be available on Hulu Plus and iTunes. As soon as someone hears about the shows, they can subscribe and begin watching from Episode 1, no matter how far along we are in the story.”

So AMC and OLTL fans, what do you think of the plans for your favorite soaps?  Are you on board and excited about 210 new episodes a year, when last year there were zero? What do you think about the distribution and social media aspects of the plan to ensure visibility?  Weigh-in!

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jimh
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jimh

Hope it works out…now also bring back Dark Shadows and The Edge Of Night! Ironically both of these were cancelled by abc…DS in 1971…EON in the early 1980s but EON did have a long run on cbs first. Both shows could be reintroduced with all new actors since both shows have been gone for a very long time!

mgb357
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mgb357

We are so excited to get back OLTL… Now we can watch it anytime and anywhere.

You are right about The Edge of Night – loved their murder mysteries and
Dark Shadows was fun and mysterious and classic.

Lets support these revitalized shows and the genre!

Hope these guys backing this venture become wealthy beyond their dreams!

Bill Wilson
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Bill Wilson

LOVE the idea of bringing back “Edge.” Glad I’m not the only one who was thinking about that. As to “Dark Shadows,” I suspect that that one may have run its course in its initial five-year run. Don’t know if the novelty of that format could sustain itself as easily as can traditional soap operas. I mean, try and imagine an elderly Barnabas commemorating 50 years of Collinwood at the Vampire’s Ball! LOL!

jimh
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jimh

I would actually love a Vampires Ball! that would be great for Halloween! Dark Shadows revival could work but not 5 days a week and year long! Maybe original epidodes for 6 months then air 6 months of repeats like Mary Hartman did in the 70s. DSs original run burned itself out by too quick time travel storylines too soon after the other and too quick pace that made the show confusing at times, especially if you missed an epidode. Had Dan Curtis slowed it down a bit and gave some characters a little time for a normal life like… Read more »

mgb357
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mgb357

The Edge of Night , was so brilliantly written, I think by a man named Henry Slesar. and in fact I thought that when the ABC version was cancelled, that he moved on to One Life to Live. He never introduced a character that did not have a purpose, and every piece of dialogue moved the story along. The murder mysteries were so well written. I remember the Whitmey family and the son named Jonah who was thought to have died in a car accident, but in fact faked his death and then took Mike and Nancy’s daughter hostage, after… Read more »

Bill Wilson
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Bill Wilson

My favorite was the “Mansion of the Damned” storyline … I remember watching “Edge” right after GH, during the L&L heyday and marveling at the late Kim Hunter’s performance as aging starlet Nola Madison. And to my knowledge, “Edge” was the only soap in history to enjoy a larger MALE audience than female. Food for thought, eh, PP?

mgb357
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mgb357

just checked wikopedia

Henry Slesar was in fact the head writer for Edge from 1956 to 1984!!
And then went on to One Life to Live , during the glory years of the Buchanons and Eterna, he may have even invented Mitch Lawrence.

He also wrote forthe Search for Tomorrow and Somerset too.And
Alfred Hitchcock Presents too. He has an anthology book of the Hitchcock short stories.

Wow, his typewriter must have been burning all those years.

I believe he died in 2002. RIP Henry Slesar!

El rizzo
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El rizzo

I’m so on board and can’t flipping wait!!

Gem
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Gem

Can’t wait for OLTL to start. Great idea and I believe this is where television is headed. Hulu runs acceptable commericials too, not like on Broadcast tv where they take up almost half the hour.

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

I heard there are going to be Limited commercials too. I hated all the commercials with Network TV

brian
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brian

Us Canadians still need to know hpw we can view the shows… please, the date is getting nearer !

Don
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Don

Brian.

If you are being blocked because of IP issues on your computer, there is such a thing as “spoofing software” than can fool the internet into thinking you are in the states. I don’t know the names of such software, but there are some computer gurus up there in Canada that will know.

ethel
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ethel

didn’t know the eppy’s will always be available…………….i was under the impression the hulu only keeps shows for a week………………

Derek
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Derek

Regular hulu does. But he says hulu plus will always have them.

ethel
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ethel

thanks for clearing that up for me!

louisa
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louisa

I can’t wait….. its been too long.i’m so excited. i miss my soap family…… 29th hurry i need my soaps !!!!

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

Thank you for linking to the article. Sounds like they have thought of everything. I am impressed that they plan 210 new episodes per year. The marketing plan sounds great. My question about archived episodes has been answered. It is so exciting to witness and participate in this transition in the entertainment industry.
We are making history here folks!!!!!!!!!!!

Christina
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Christina

I am SO on board. I cannot wait, ONLY 19 more days!!

Peggy Hegner
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Peggy Hegner

These guys really know their stuff! The marketing plan sounds perfect! I just know these two soaps are going to be a tremendous success! I can’t wait for the first episodes!

JeffyJC
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JeffyJC

So it will be available long term on Hulu Plus and I tunes . Which means limited time for the free Ad supported Hulu. Interesting.

Joshua
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Joshua

HuluPLUS is only $7.99 a month and in this case, you will have a permanent library available of the shows.

Most people spend this much PER DAY on a pack of cigarettes and alcohol.

susan M.
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susan M.

I will watch them on the regular hulu (free). I have alway’s watched these soaps for free all these years and will continue to… I have enough bills to pay each month.

Sarah Uthoff
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Sarah Uthoff

I’m glad they are coming back. I’ll be watching even though AMC and OLTL weren’t ever my soaps because I want to support this and I hope it succeeds. I think iTunes and Hulu are both good choices for distribution. I haven’t seen a lot of social media yet though not done by the individual actors. I hope they understand having social media means more than saying they have social media and securing the accounts. I hope it works so well that other soaps can come back too or new ones can become widely known.

emtk
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emtk

I’m just so happy OLTL is coming back! I’ve missed it so much!

susan M.
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susan M.

Me TOO!

Joshua
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Joshua

1) Bought the Roku box and hooked up to TV (CHECK!)
2) Subscribed to HuluPLUS (CHECK!)

I am so glad I am going to be able to lay in bed and watch my soaps on my TV and NOT sit upright in my chair and watch them on my tiny TV screen.

If you guys haven’t bought a Roku box ($100) and hooked it up to your TV, you should. I have already become addicted to all that Roku/streaming has to offer and my soaps haven’t even started yet!!!

Bill Wilson
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Bill Wilson

Oh, and by the way, you can get a Roku box for as cheap as $50! I bought 4!

kim
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kim

My only problem is that i have a few friends who loved both soaps but cant afford internet to watch them. They can come over and watch on my laptop with me but we cant always meet at the same time…and i cant let them borrow my laptop because i need it for work as well.

Kathy
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Kathy

I have been enjoying watching various shows on Hulu plus. My iPad and I are ready. I plan to watch both soaps. I was just watching AMC. I hope they are watchable. I am only watching Y&R right now. Still boycotting ABC. B&B and DOOL are boring to me. So, yes, I am ready!

Lin
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Lin

I’m very excited but have some questions. What time will they be first shown? How long will a particular episode be free to view? what about people who don’t have time to watch until the weekend?

Joshua
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Joshua

Lin, people that don’t have time to watch until the weekend are going to be spoiled by this. You will simply go to your HuluPLUS account (only $7.99 per month) and que up all the “One Life to Live” episodes and they will play back-to-back for you with perhaps 3 minutes worth of commercials during each episode. Unlike SOAPNet, you won’t have to start watching at a certain time. Any time you wish is cool: on a Saturday at 8:35 a.m., on a Sunday at 4:20 p.m., you’re in control on HuluPLUS. It’s sweeeeeet!!! And you can pause the shows,… Read more »

Johnny
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Johnny

I know, it’s pretty cool, I have a Roku box and I have already subscribed to HULU PLUS – I don’t mind paying the modest monthly fee, Lord knows I work enough hours to pay for it.
I get a little embarressed when people write on Facebook “what channel will it be on, and what time – I didn’t know it was coming back to TV” – it’s like, for cryin’ out loud where have you been –
I don’t think I’m any computer whiz but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out how to stream something –

susan M.
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susan M.

I read on this site 4/29 at 12:00pm for a half hour only. Free to view on regular Hulu.
They will show the episodes if you miss them you can watch them I guess anytime of the day but viewing is limited for one week . In less you want to pay on
Hulu plus for $7.99 a month with unlimited viewing.

Bev
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Bev

Well I think that it is terrible that prospect park could not work out a deal with General Hospital so that the characters of John McBain, Todd and Starr Manning could keep their parts. As far as them coming back to GH with new characters sucks! And prospect park really does not care about what fans have to say.

Bev
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Bev

Well I think that it is terrible that prospect park could not work out a deal with General Hospital so that the characters of John Mc Bain, Todd and Starr Manning could keep their parts. As far as them coming back to GH with new characters sucks! And prospect park really does not care about what fans have to say.

ihatethechew
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ihatethechew

I could not agree with you more. Suspect Park is lucky that soap fans are such a loyal bunch. What they did to Kristen Alderson and Michael Easton is horrible. Playing hardball with the people from GH cut off their nose to spite their face. They could have used GH to keep the characters alive on network TV and could have been able to advertise AMC/OLTL during GH. They lied when they said they were loaning the characters to GH. Does anyone remember the false promises to start up the shows online shortly after they left ABC? When they mysteriously… Read more »

Soap fan
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Soap fan

The reporter’s name is Lesleyann Coker. 🙂 she’s the co-author of Boob Tube, a novel about the soap opera world. Also a fmr writer for Soap Opera Weekly.

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‘Pine Valley’s’ Leo Richardson Teases First Episode Script of All My Children Primetime Reboot

On Friday, soap fans were abuzz on Twitter, when head writer and executive producer, Leo Richardson of the All My Children reboot in development, showed off the script cover of the pilot and first episode of Pine Valley.

The series is currently in the works over at ABC with former AMC favorites, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos and Rebel’s Andrew Stearn as the other executive producers.

Richardson shared along with the script pic, “A year and a half of work comes down to just 60 pages. And off she goes… #PineValley””

Fans of All My Children are thrilled at Richardson’s news and now will await word on what will happen with the proposed show.

Leo has also written the long-running British soap, EastEnders and for Lee Daniel’s Star.

Check out his tweet below.

Now, let us know if you are excited to find out just what characters are in the script of Pine Valley in the comment section,

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Kim Delaney on All My Children Primetime Reboot: “All They Have To Do Is Ask, and I’m There”

While Kim Delaney is currently appearing on General Hospital in the role of Jackie Templeton, and she just appeared in her new Lifetime movie, The Long Island Serial Killer: A Mother’s Hunt of Justice, the actress revealed she would be up for appearing in the upcoming primetime revival in development of All My Children.

Delaney became soap-famous in the role of AMC’s Jenny Gardner from 1981-1984 before she was killed-off the show in the now iconic jet ski explosion.

Now even though Jenny died, Kim would be up for figuring out how the character could be resurrected or how she could take part in the primetime reboot of the ABC soap opera called, Pine Valley.

In an interview with Soaps.com, Kim shared on being part of the reboot: “All they have to do is ask, and I’m there.  Sure, Jenny died, but someone asked me the other day if we ever saw her body. So maybe she’s out there, somewhere… ”

Former All My Children stars and real-life duo, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos are executive producers of Pine Valley along with Andrew Stearn.

So, would you like to see an alive and well Jenny Gardner, or some other role for Delaney, in the All My Children reboot? Comment below.

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TONIGHT: Kim Delaney Stars in Lifetime’s ‘The Long Island Serial Killer: A Mother’s Hunt for Justice’

Make sure to catch General Hospital and former All My Children and NYPD Blue star, Kim Delaney (Jackie, GH, Ex-Jenny, AMC) tonight on Saturday, February 20th when her highly-anticipated Lifetime movie debuts beginning at 8pm EST/7pm CST which marks the cable network’s 400th original movie.

In The Long Island Serial Killer: A Mother’s Hunt for Justice, it tells the story of Mari Gilbert’s search for the truth behind what happened to her daughter Shannan, a sometime escort who disappeared after a ‘date’ on Long Island.

After Shannan (Katharine Isabelle, Hannibal) fails to come home, her mother Mari (Delaney) knows something is terribly wrong. Pleading to police to take her concerns seriously, she keeps pushing the police for answers. Mari’s insistence that her daughter not be overlooked eventually leads to a horror hidden on Long Island for more than a decade – 19 bodies of young women discovered buried in shallow graves along Ocean Parkway in the area of Jones Beach State Park. Though the search for the killer is still ongoing, Mari’s passionate dedication to giving her daughter and other forgotten women a voice, and the attention they deserve, has kept the case alive with hopes of a breakthrough soon. The movie not only follows a mother’s tireless search for the truth, but it also digs deep into the murders, including Shannan’s, that have gone unsolved for so long.

Delaney’s film, executive produced by Deborah Norville, is based off real life-events that transpired in the early 2010’s where the crimes were never solved.

In an interview with 98.1 WOGL Radio’s Glenn Kalina, Delaney shared: “There is hope in the film… but you also want an answer… what happened to all of these girls?  My character just was relentless trying to find her (daughter) or find answers where she was.  They found a bunch of other bodies, and what they learned was that they were all escorts… and then they learned there was a possible serial killer.”

Check out a promo for the movie below.

Will you be watching Kim in her starring role in The Long Island Serial Killer: A Mother’s Hunt for Justice? Let us know in the comment section.

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