Prospect Park Halts Production of ‘OLTL’ Due to ABC Lawsuit; Focuses Full Time on ‘AMC’ Instead! - Soap Opera Network
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The drama just never stops for Prospect Park’s “” and “,” with the latest shocking news regarding the online sudsers coming from the L.A. Times. According to the publication, Prospect Park is shelving ‘One Life to Live’ until the lawsuit it launched against ABC in April is resolved. Additionally, the company will focus on producing “AMC,” with writers having already started work on scripts for the second season of the show.

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Alex J. Berliner/Berliner Photography

As fans of the former ABC soaps recall, Prospect Park’s co-founding partner, , lent a few ‘OLTL’ characters (Todd, Starr and John) to “” so that the actors portraying them (, and ) could continue working during the show’s brief hiatus and transition to the web. Shortly after, the production company sued ABC with the accusation that the network purposefully induced those actors not to join ‘OLTL’ and killed off Llanview characters Cole, Hope and the unborn child of Téa and Victor in an effort to sabotage the revived sudser. ABC countered that it had “acted reasonably and in good faith at all times.” Consequently, the two entities have been in a battle that has been playing out since April, and with no end in sight, Kwatinetz and his partner, , have decided to shelve ‘OLTL’ for the time being.

However, it looks as though fans of ‘AMC’ don’t need to worry: the Times states that Kwatinetz is “soldiering on and plans to ramp up production this month for a second season” of the long-running Pine Valley-set soap.

“We’re still fighting to keep these shows alive,” Kwatinetz told Soap Opera Network. “In a million years, we couldn’t have imagined how many hurdles there would be and how hard it would be, and we’re just trying to work through it.”

WHAT DO YOU THINK? Comment Below...
  • janewagon

    If Prospect is really fighting to keep these shows alive then why halt production of OLTL until this stupid lawsuit is settled? In the scheme of things, how important are these three characters that GH killed off? This is a soap opera where dead people are brought back all the time and if these characters are so vital to your current storyline then just write some ridiculous script explaining their sudden resurrection and move forward. I suspect this is more about money than the loss of these minor characters and in the long run, all you’re going to do is lose all the momentum you had going bringing these shows back online when the people who watch just stop caring.

  • Whitney

    I am grateful to TOLN and OWN…and am so happy to be able to enjoy both ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE once again. It’s great to see so many of the original characters, being portrayed by the original actors. Please keep both shows going!! Thanks so much!!

  • KMAYNARD

    SO WHEN DOES THE SECOND SEASON START? THIS IS STUPID SOAPS DON’T TAKE SEASON BREAKS. PROSPECT PARK IS GOING TO LOOSE THE ACTORS OF THESE SHOW BUY GIVING THEM PART TIME WORK.

    • Bryon

      I agree. When these shows were on ABC, there were five episodes per week, year round. Prospect Park should have been upfront with us because we were promised four episodes per week, 30 minute episodes. Then a few weeks into the relaunch, they reduced the episodes. Based on this information, it’s obvious they are investing in All My Children because it was more profitable compared to One Life to Live. I’ve been a fan of this show for many years and was disappointed in the storylines of this relaunch. I hope they return, but I have a feeling many of the actors have moved on and it won’t return. Wish they were back on ABC!!

  • Ben Tye

    That lawsuit sounds stupid, TOLN shouldn’t of filed it and it doesn’t make any sense if they’re trying to bring those shows back.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cheryl.mertens.3 Cheryl Mertens

    The lawsuit sounds legit to me. They were dealt with in bad faith.