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The Man behind Soaps Revival: Prospect Park's Jeff Kwantinetz on AMC & OLTL transistion and new territory!

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So want to know more about one of the men behind Prospect Park? The guy leading the next wave of the hopefully resurgence of the soap opera genre? Well look no further than the New York Times new profile piece on Prospect Park’s Jeff Kwantinetz!

If you read the entire piece, you will understand from whence he came, and what Prospect Park is trying to do with the upcoming the Online Network (TOLN.com) and the rebirth of One Life to Live and All My Children when they move to their new home next year.  In the article, there is also an update on where things stand in terms of talent acquisitions for the shows and more.  Here are just a few excerpts from the feature!

“Kwantinetz spoke quietly about his new life, mentioning that he is often in bed by 11 p.m., watching that day’s installment of  One Life to Live. He works 16-hour days and aggressively went after the rights to ABC’s canceled soaps, seeing them as the perfect anchors for his online ambitions because of their loyal fans.”

“Prospect Park wants to introduce the Online Network in mid-January, when One Life to Live is scheduled to end its run on ABC. (All My Children concluded last month.) Mr. Kwatinetz still needs to complete deals with various unions to move the shows online with current cast members. Whether the longtime star of  All My Children, Susan Lucci, will stay is unclear, and negotiations with her continue.

“Plans call for new episodes to be streamed on the Web site and then made available on living room on-demand systems and, a few weeks later, on a traditional cable channel. Mr. Kwatinetz intends to make additional money by selling advertising and syndicating the shows to other Web sites like Hulu or Google.”

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So what do you think about the Prospect Park situation knowing who is leading the charge, after the enlightening feature?  We think, it’s good to have some one with a vision and persistent at the top championing the genre and its fan base.

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Brian
Brian

They have my full support ! Long live “One Life To Live” ! I will watch this show anyway they present it to us.

Judi
Judi

I am very excited that Prospect Park is intelligent enough to know that there are millions of viewer for OLTL !! Look what a big mistake ABC made with the CHEW!! low ratings!! should have kept AMC and OLTL,,, stupid! I AGREE LONG LIVE THE LONG STANDING OLTL!!! TY for keeping it going.. You already have the fans!!!

ethel
ethel

i am now more positive about prospect park then ever – thank you for this info michael!!

Janis
Janis

This is such great news for the fans! I am still trying to watch AMC at noon here in CA and am biting at the bit for our canceled soaps to be reborn on PP! I trust PP to fulfill the fans desire to continue the AMC & OLTL Legacy and thank them for the rescue from the jaws of certain death! We fans will surely make PP’s new online network, on-demand and cable channel formats a success. Kudos Prospect Park!

meg
meg

THEY NEED TREVOR ST JOHN

meg
meg

JEFF SOUNDS LIKE A INTERESTING GUY ,I WISH HIM THE BEST

vik
vik

Happy hes a OLTL LOVER!

Oliveria
Oliveria

Great news.

We do need TSJ and Robin S online

Also no fee because that would be a problem for me and other people who are poor

CINDY
CINDY

If he has love of business to keep it going thru thick and thin he has it made.I know a lot of people say they can’t want watch it on line for different reasons.If this company is smart and starts seeing a soap channel in the future he will have millions of faithful viewers.

Blake
Blake

How awesome! And Frons and Sweeney had no idea they would be picked up and survive after killing them on network tv. The men behind PP sound like they have their stuff together and are going to make successes out of this! Woo hoo!

Jan
Jan

GREAT NEWS!

Brian Greene
Brian Greene

I like what I am hearing about this! 🙂

Judi
Judi

Again, I am so excited and Prospect Park are very smart as they already have the fans for OLTL… 40plus years! and AMC… to bad ABC didn’t used their heads! The Chew? low ratings already! TY so much as I can’t be without my soap OLTL… and hope the characters stay with the show. Pls keep us posted. I love that you care about so many fans! The fans just needed someone who listened.. TYVM!!
!

lipstickcat
lipstickcat

It sounds great! As long as I can still watch the soaps on T.V. I’m happy!

KittenPutten
KittenPutten

But what do you mean by TV? On cable? Regular TV? I haven’t heard about that.

lipstickcat
lipstickcat

Yes! Read the above article. They say it will first be on the web, then on demand & traditional cable! I hope it happens!

Emily
Emily

I’ll watch AMC and OLTL on PP. I hope GH dies off on ABC and is NOT picked up on PP.

Please do not pick up GH!!!! I want to see GH go down in flames that are visible from space.

PP guys — I can’t wait to see what you do with AMC and OLTL!!!! Cheers!!!!

KittenPutten
KittenPutten

I have a question about watching the soaps online. I went to ABC to watch a video to see if it would work. It did, but not the quality of what I see on TV. Under “help” they show these system requirements:

•”Adobe Flash Player 10.0.0 or later
•Internet Explorer 7.0 or later, Firefox 2.0 or later, Safari 3 (Mac only) or later, Chrome 3.0 or later (Adobe Flash playback only)
•Microsoft Windows XP or later, Mac OS X 10.4 or later, Linux (Adobe Flash playback only)

For optimal playback experience, your computer should have at least 512 MB of RAM, a video card with at least 128 MB of RAM, and a high speed Internet connection (DSL or cable modem).”

I have 199.GB of RAM. Whats the difference between MB and GB? I don’t know if I have the other stuff. I have internet explorer but don’t know what type, Adobe but don’t know if I have flash player. Everytime I try to download it it disappears.
I have WINDOWS XP, – that’s all I now. HELP! ANY advice will be appreciated.

KittenPutten
KittenPutten

“Plans call for new episodes to be streamed on the Web site and then made available on living room on-demand systems and, a few weeks later, on a traditional cable channel. Mr. Kwatinetz intends to make additional money by selling advertising and syndicating the shows to other Web sites like Hulu or Google.”

Does the above mean it will wind up on TV / What is a video on demand system? Help!

lipstickcat
lipstickcat

Sure sounds like they hope to put it on T.V.! VOD is on your system’s cable box.

rhymer
rhymer

I’ll watch AMC and OLTL online or on TV – but must admit, I’d prefer TV. We fans knew “The Chew” was dead in the water from its inception. You don’t mess with soap fans. We are a loyal and dedicated bunch. As women are the largest group of soap opera watchers, the last thing we want is something that contributes to the repetitive chores of everyday living. Cooking is not what most of us covet on TV. What we want and need is an escape from the monotony – and that is what soaps provide. How foolish of ABC not to realize that !!. By ignoring the fans, they will find themselves reaping the whirlwind.

Our congratulations and thanks to PP. They shall find us to be very grateful via our support of the Web site and its considered alternate venues. Thank You, Mr. Kwantinetz!!!

rhymer
rhymer

To Emily,

I don’t watch General Hospital – stopped way back when Luke and Laura were the most popular couple. – so I’m sure I’ve missed a lot in the interim. Why are you so anti-GH? Just curious.

rhymer
rhymer

One other thing – After reading KittenPutten I realized that we might need some SIMPLE instructions on how we will be able to properly access the internet form of viewing. Hope you will be able to provide it. Thanks.

Mags
Mags

I can’t wait. Watched these two shows forever and will follow them anywhere. Thank you so much for thinking of the fans. 🙂

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Kelly Ripa Shares Her Grief and Remembrances of John Callahan on ‘Live with Kelly and Ryan’

There was always something special about the wonderful actors and the cast pictured here from ABC’s All My Children.  After all, this is where Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley) met her husband, Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo) and where Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria) met her ex-husband John Callahan (Ex-Edmund).

Then, over this past weekend this family picture from Pine Valley was forever changed, when the soap world was rocked by the news that John Callahan passed away at only 66/

Heartbreaking remembrances poured in on social media …. and none more so than from Eva LaRue, who also shares a daughter with John, named Kaya.  Eva and Kaya rushed to John’s bedside where he has been put on life-support following a reported massive stroke.

Now on Monday’s episode of Live with Kelly and Ryan, which is being done remotely from the hosts individual hosts due to the coronavirus pandemic, Kelly Ripa shared her grief over the loss of her dear friend John Callahan with Ryan.

Kelly said “I had a really a bad weekend this weekend.  A very dear friend of mine for many, many years, almost 30 years, passed away over the weekend. He was a great actor, a really good friend. One of the funniest people I’ve ever met. He was the ex-husband of my first-born son’s godmother, Eva LaRue. His name was John Callahan. He was 66 years old—way too young to be taken from us.”

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Ripa went on to to tell her co-host: “A gentleman of, I mean, Ryan, you two would have loved each other. He would say the funniest things and we were all going through our brains about all of the funny, like the funny ‘Callahan-isms’ over the years. He was just one of these guys and you know and he just died way too soon. His daughter and my daughter are good friends, they’re the same age and I just want everyone to know, Eva and Kaya, that we are thinking of you and we are just so sad and so devastated. So, I apologize in advance if I seem out of it. I really actually am, I’m terribly out of it. You know, forgive me for it.”

Watch Kelly discuss the death of John Callahan with Ryan Seacrest below.  Then share your thoughts on what Ripa had to share and more on the loss of John Callahan via the comment section.

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Soap Vet and All My Children Alum John Callahan Dead At 66

Absolutely heartbreaking news this Saturday afternoon.  John Callahan, best known to soap fans for his role as Edmund Grey on All My Children has passed away after suffering a massive stroke.  The stroke happened on Friday, March 27th when paramedics responded to a call at his home in Palm Desert, California. He was 66-years-old.

According to reports, Callahan was rushed to Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, CA, where he was put on life support.  John’s daughter Kaya, and his former wife, and AMC co-star Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria) rushed to the hospital to be by his side from Los Angeles.  John died Saturday morning.

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In a statement, Eva La Rue shared: “We are extremely saddened and distraught over the loss of John. He was my great friend, co-parent and amazing father to Kaya. The absence of his bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. Words cannot express the shock and devastation we are feeling at this time. The Yankees just lost one of their greatest fans.” 

John played Edmund on All My Children from 1992-2005.  He also appeared throughout his soap career on: Santa Barbara, Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bay and primetime’s Falcon Crest and Desperate Housewives; in addition to many more television appearances.

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Michael Fairman TV will continue to follow this breaking story as remembrances are shared by John’s former co-stars throughout the day and night.

Below is LaRue’s touching tribute to John  via Instagram:

 

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May Flights of Angels Wing You to Your Rest my Dear Friend. Your bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. We are devastated-My great friend, co parent partner, and loving father to Kaya. That big belly laugh, bear hugs, bad puns, ability to harmonize to any song, great kitchen table singing-fests, and two steppin bad ass! “Johnny Numbers”, my All My Children soap stud, the great time keeper, Beatles fanatic ( I wish to God we could go back to “Yesterday”)… Kaya and I are beyond broken hearted, so stunned, sorry that my thoughts are a mess. You gave the best most beautifully written tributes, and I am at a complete loss for words right now for you. I hope Heaven has baseball and that your team always wins! The Yankees has just lost their biggest Fan. ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

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Please share your condolences with Kaya and Eva and the Callahan family below, and let us know your thoughts on this heartbreaking loss on the death of John Callahan via the comment section.

 

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Former All My Children Stars, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos Donate 1 Million Dollars To Coronavirus Relief Efforts

We knew them when, and over the years, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos have become households names since their humble beginnings as Hayley and Mateo Santos on ABC’s All My Children.

Now the co-host of Live with Kelly and Ryan along with her real-life hubby, and Riverdale star are swinging into action to help those in need affected by COVID-19.

According to PEOPLE: “The couple have donated $1 million to aid in relief efforts amid the ongoing pandemic.”

Kelly and Mark’s contribution will be allocated in part to the New York Governor’s Office for the purchase of urgently needed ventilators and additionally towards WIN, an organization running 11 women’s shelters across New York City.

New York has been one of the U.S. states hardest hit by Coronavirus, which as of Thursday had reported 4,152 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 29 deaths.

Many celebrities and pro athletes are jumping into action, making donations and helping others including” Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, Ciara and Russell Wilson, JJ Watt, Kristen Bell and this weekend Rosie O’Donnell with her live-stream talk show for the Actors Fund.

What do you think of the good will shown by Kelly and Mark? Comment below.

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