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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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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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