Disney/ABC Television Group

via Press Release

After five months of negotiations with various guilds, hundreds of presentations to potential financial and technology partners, and a hope that we could pioneer a new network for the future, it is with great disappointment that we are suspending our aspirations to revive “” and “” via online distribution.  It is now becoming clear that mounting issues make our ability to meet our deadlines to get OLTL on the air in a reasonable time period following its January 13, 2012 ABC finale impossible.

We believed the timing was right to launch an Online TV Network anchored by these two iconic soap operas, but we always knew it would be an uphill battle to create something historical, and unfortunately we couldn’t ultimately secure the backing and clear all the hurdles in time.  We believe we exhausted all reasonable options apparent to us, but despite enormous personal, as well as financial cost to ourselves, we failed to find a solution.

While we narrowed in on a financial infrastructure, the contractual demands of the guilds, which regulate our industry, coupled with the program’s inherent economic challenges ultimately led to this final decision. In the end, the constraints of the current marketplace, including the evolution and impact of new media on our industry simply proved too great a match for even our passion.

In our opinion, new models like this can only work with the cooperation of many people striving to make them happen, and we would like to thank and praise the numerous people who tried to help and showed us incredible support.  We are extremely grateful to the fans and media who showed great support to us through this process, to ABC who did everything in their control to help, and we are especially grateful for the support and encouragement from many of the Soaps’ cast and crew themselves.

We hope that our efforts are not lost, and that we somehow created a dialogue and movement on the feasibility of first run, network quality content online.

Of special note, we would like to thank (Executive Producer), (Head Writer of OLTL), , many of the cast of OLTL including , , , , and of course all of whom signed on quickly and did all they could to help, as well as our own and also get our sincerest thanks for their support.  We feel terrible we couldn’t come through for them and we were very much looking forward to working together.

With appreciation,


Rich Frank

Jeffrey Kwatinetz

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1239650172 Barb Coleman

    Not happy!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002721230896 Morenike Bee

    Not surprising! ABC/Disney probably plotted this outcome from the getgo. I’m totally disgusted with that network. I’m done. OH and I’m not some bitter old bitty couch potato writing this. I am part of that all too important 18-34 year old female demo who will one day have young children WHO WILL NOT BUY ANYTHING REMOTELY RELATED TO DISNEY.

  • Anonymous

    SO sad!!!! Unbelievable….my hopes were raised and dashed again and again. Almost worse than if it had just been over from the get-go.

  • http://www.facebook.com/toysrscott Scott R Paquin

     I’m totally disgusted with the ABC network and will never support anything ABC/Disney!!  I agree that they plotted this outcome from the very beginning just to keep the many fans from complaining. My heart hurts for the cast and crew of the two shows and for the loyal fans like myself who have watched these iconic shows for years!

  • Anonymous

    It is an absolute disgrace when the Jersey Shores and Bad Girls Clubs of the world are televised and talented , beautifully crafted works of art like Guiding Light, ATWT, AMC, OLTL. are cancelled,  ABC should be ashamed and guilty towards contributing to artistic decline of American  TV. 

  • My2Cents2

    Why can’t abc help fund?? If PP were leasing from abc, abc was getting a cut of their profits.
    abc can’t afford to help out a new production getting off the ground? SHAME!

    I will say KUDOS to the writers @ OLTL for showing us long time viewers a glimpse of the past and a conclusion to storylines on OLTL.
    Unlike GH who is driving that show into the garbage, head first. In the process, they are losing there vet players because of the crappy writing. They don’t want to be associated with the garbage GH puts out. So they are leaving now.

  • aspengler1

    If ABC wanted this to work, they would have put in the needed funds. Why did they license the soaps to Prospect Park in the first place? These people knew the production costs already. Why in the world won’t they sell or license their soaps to a company that can afford them? It is the most ridiculous thing! Profits are profits, long-term or short-term. The sooner they sit on their opportunity to sell, the harder it will become. It’s common sense. ABC is obviously run by morons. They could have made millions off of these two soaps months ago, but as of today, they have made nothing. They have only given themselves another black eye to match the first one they got by cancelling the soaps in the first place. Truly embarrassing.

    • My2Cents2

      PP appropached abc first. I honestly think that they wanted to take the soaps to a new way of life.
      It could have worked. The writing team is awesome at OLTL. But for a new ‘project’ to get off the ground, PP should have had all their ducks in a row before they started making announcements.
      They tried and I have to give them that.

      What other network came forward to pick up the soaps? None!! Oprah was approached, Bravo, TNT, WE, nobody wanted soaps.

      I am frustrated with abc right now. Should I stop watching them?? YES. But I love my REVENGE!
      Unfortunately it airs on abc.

      • aspengler1

        I have trouble believing nobody else wanted the soaps. I don’t know if the rumors that NBC wanted the soaps were true, but they could have been.

        Why did ABC agree to this deal? It didn’t seem to make sense to begin with. Something is up. There always is with them. Maybe they wanted to try the licensing route first before selling the shows outright?

        I’m not going to declare the soaps dead yet. I’ll wait a few weeks to see if any interested parties make themselves known.

        • My2Cents2

          NOBODY else wanted the soaps. That is why abc agreed to PP.
          They had no other offers, so they had nothing to lose. It was a win win for them.
          No network wanted the soaps. ZIP. PP tried, and for that I give them KUDOS.

          • aspengler1

            If one small company wanted these two soaps so badly, it’s likely that other companies wanted them, too. It’s easy to say Prospect Park were the only ones interested, because ABC made a deal with them. There’s no way to prove that they were the only company who wanted the soaps.

          • My2Cents2

            You don’t know what you are talking about.

          • aspengler1

            Where did you get your info from? Just because you didn’t hear of any other offers doesn’t mean that no other offers were made. You can’t prove that something didn’t happen just because you didn’t hear about it.

          • My2Cents2

            Since you know soo much, why don’t you bring forward other offers that were made to abc?
            Good luck digging!!!!!

          • aspengler1

            Since you know more than I, how do you know there were no other offers? Oh, that’s right. You don’t. You’re just assuming that.

          • My2Cents2

            If there were other offers we would have heard. Once PP leased out they tried to get other sponsor and couldn’t. Don’t you think that if there were others we would know?  NO WAIT don’t think, that could be dangerous to your health. Idiot.

          • aspengler1

            I’m still waiting to hear how you know there were no other offers. PP didn’t lease out anything. Rather, ABC licensed the soaps to PP. Also, when you said, “they tried to get other sponsor”, did you mean, “they tried to get other sponsors?” Are you talking about advertising sponsors, or did you mean outlets to broadcast the soaps on television?

            And no, I don’t think we would necessarily know if there were other offers. I heard there were, but I don’t know that for a fact. Generally, the public doesn’t hear about business deals until they become official. I never heard a word about PP being interested in the soaps until after their deal with ABC was reported by the New York Post. As far as I know, NBC never denied the rumor that they wanted the soaps. They were taking calls and e-mails from people, but that could have been just for show.

            The point is, I can’t prove that ABC got offers from other companies besides PP, and you can’t prove that nobody else was interested.

            I agree with you that if ABC wanted this to work, they would have helped PP secure the needed funds. I’d like to know why ABC made this deal, but didn’t help to make it work. It makes them look incompetent and dishonest.

          • My2Cents2

            If you are still waiting for a response from me, then its time you get a life.
            There were no other offers. At least not according to a statement made by PP.
            There was contact made to Bravo, Lifetime from PP. NOBODY wanted to be part of this.

            The show is
            OVER! I did hear though that Sesame Street airs a few times a day. Perhaps that is more your speed anyway.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DZSHXOHYKCLMSNLVKQ4NMCVSOA James

    All I know is that I will be so happy to remove ABC from my satellite box after OLTL airs for the last time. As sad as I am that OLTL is ending. I am so ready to never see ABC again. 

  • Anonymous

    I have so many memories when I am watching these soaps. I watched them with my grandmother and then when I used to come home from school. These soaps have always been a great diversion for me. I have multiple personality disorder and “One Life to Live”, gave me hope and a sense of being normal. I will miss these shows greatly.

  • Anonymous

    No ABC in my house after OLTL goes off the air.  I will remove it from my channel lineup and switch to NBC news at five.  No Disney ever again for the kids.  These idiots should be drawn and quartered for the butchering job they did on daytime television.

  • Anonymous

    No more ABC after OLTL goes off the air.  I will switch to NBC news at five and take ABC out of my channel lineup on FIOS.  There will never be another purchase of anything Disney by my family.  These idiots deserve to be drawn and quartered!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LEKC5DROLHAOO6N3ONUJON7LCM Mary

    After all these wonderful years, of watching All My Childen on ABC. NO MORE DISNEY OR ABC and my family has lots of kiddos.  SO PUT IT ON THE SOAP CHANNEL   NITWITS

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maria-Newcomb/727538318 Maria Newcomb

    nothing should have been said about it unless they were absolutely sure all they did was raise our hopes only to kick us when we are down.

  • Anonymous

    This is thanks to the “New World of the Progressives ” they run ABC and Disney and want us to watch what they want us to watch which are cooking good healthy food and weight loss shows…. Sadly our voices don’t matter to people with that mind set !

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    • Anonymous

      Soapnet can’t pick up the shows because it is going off the air too, which was announced before they even cancelled the soaps.

      • My2Cents2

        Deals are made daily.
        Where is this cartoon channel that is going to soapnet?? Anyone bother finding out why it hasn’t turned up yet?? No? Right because we don’t care about another Cartoon network!!

  • Anonymous

    I will not watch The Chew!!!! I can’t believe AMC will not be coming to Prospect Park as originally planned.  I have been waiting and waiting, now to find out for nothing!  ABC will not be getting support from me.  You have made a big mistake.  I’m sure many more people were watching AMC then are now watching The Chew.  If I want to watch a cooking show, I will go to the cooking channel.  Please bring AMC back, please!