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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.”

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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All My Children Alum Christopher Lawford Dead At 63

Sad news to report this Wednesday.  Christopher Lawford, best known to soap fans as Charlie Brent on All My Children from 1992-95, as well in the role of Senator Jordan on General Hospital in 2004, passed away at age 63.

Lawford who is the son of the actor Peter Lawford, and Patricia Kennedy, and whose uncles were Ted, Robert and President John F. Kennedy apparently died at a Yoga Studio on Tuesday night during a health emergency according to a report from TMZ.

As of now, it is being reported that Christopher’s death appears to be from “natural causes.” The coroner is performing an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Christopher had battled addiction in his life back in the 70’s and 80’s.  The actor was also a New York Times best selling author with his book, ‘Symptoms of Withdrawal.’

Being the nephew of John F. Kennedy, Lawford also spent time in the political arena with staff positions with The Democratic National Committee, and campaigns whether it be at the national, state, or local level

Lawford’s cousin Kerry Kennedy announced his death on social media.

Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica Kane), Lawford’s co-star on All My Children, shared her thoughts on Instagram at his passing: “Such very sad news that wonderful Chris Lawford has passed away. Chris was so great to work with—always prepared and always with a smile and an ease about him. He was warm and charming whether on set at AMC—or working hard for his charity. My deepest sympathy to his family. RIP, Chris”

Share your condolences and remember of Christopher via the comment section below.

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Morgan Fairchild And Soap Notables Filming New LGBTQ Series ‘Mélange’

Over the next several days in New York, some very familiar faces to daytime soap fans are busy filming episodes of a new series entitled Melange, which stars Morgan Fairchild (most recently ex-Angelica, DAYS).

The series is set against the backdrop of a historic New York City gay bar named “Melange”, and the fight for ownership over it, when it’s proprietor has suddenly and mysteriously died.  Melange will explore themes of sexuality, immigration, addiction, power, and inclusion.

Guiding Light’s Robert Newman, All My Children’s Darnell Williams, One Life to Live’s Scott Evans ,  Kristen Alderson, Ilene Kristen, and David A. Gregory are some of the daytime faves tapped for roles in the series, which is said to be a half-hour drama.

In story, Newman, plays Syd Winchester, the deceased owner of ‘Mélange’. Scott Evans stars as Ryann Parker, a young man who fights to keep Mélange away from Syd’s wife, Vivian played by

Melange was created and being executive produce by Tom D’Angora, with former OLTL director and Emmy Award-winner, Gary Donatelli, and Tony Award winning producer, Tim Kashani.

According to Variety, at this time no network is currently attached to the project.

So, what do you think of the show concept of Mélange?  Intrigued by the cast?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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One Life to Live & All My Children Reunion Event Photo Gallery

Over the weekend, actors who appeared on two beloved legacy soap operas: All My Children and One Life to Live took part in a reunion event held over GH Fan Club Weekend.  And while the fans in attendance were excited to see some of their favorites, it was the former cast members themselves getting to see their former co-stars for the first time in years which made the event all the more touching.

Then, in big surprise to the attendees, none other than former One Life to Live star, Nathan Fillion showed up to give hugs to his former castmates including: Erin Torpey (Ex-Jessica), and James (Ex-Max) and Kassie DePaiva (Ex-Blair), among others.  Fillion, who has gone on to primetime success with his show Castle, and his upcoming new series on ABC, The Rookie, has never forgotten his beginnings in show business as Joe Buchanan!  Who can forget his on-screen affair with Robin Strasser’s Dorian, which sent Viki (Erika Slezak) into orbit!

Kassie DePaiva (now Eve on DAYS) told Michael Fairman TV on Fillion’s appearance that she had reached out to him to let him know about the event: “I knew the fans would love it.  He is very proud of his roots.”

When asked about seeing the original Blair, Mia Korf, at the same event whom she had never met, Kassie said, “I went, ‘There’s the real Blair,” but it was really nice meeting her.  You know with One Life to Live actors, even if you didn’t work with somebody there is such a camaraderie, which makes this show so special.”

All My Children fans were thrilled to see appearances by Rebecca Budig (Ex-Greenlee), Vincent Irizarry (Ex-David), Jordi Vilasuso, who will soon be seen in his new role on Y&R, and played Dr, Griffin Castillo in Pine Valley, and many more.

Check out our photo gallery of some of the past cast from both AMC and OLTL who showed up to say “hello again” to each other and the fans below.  Then, let us know if it makes you miss Pine Valley and Llanview all the more in the comment section, and which photo you liked the most!

Photo Credits: JPI Studios

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