The war between ABC and Prospect Park Networks over “One Life to Live” and “All My Children” continues to rage on, but today Prospect Park Networks took an expected step: filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
According to Variety.com, the online production company filed for bankruptcy earlier today in a federal court in Delaware. In a statement released by the company, they explained that “PPN is optimistic that this filing will make it possible to continue to maximize the value of its assets and settlement of past liabilities. The company is optimistic about the prospects for a smooth transition into bankruptcy.”
So what does this mean for Prospect Park? And how does this affect their lawsuit with ABC?
Newcomer Lupita Nyong’o was unknown to American audiences before her scene-stealing role as slave Patsey in Best Picture Oscar winner “12 Years A Slave.” Now, after winning the Best Supporting Actress Oscar (the first African actress to do so) and giving an incredibly moving speech, Nyong’o is on her way to becoming a household name. But did you know that before being cast in “12 Years A Slave,” Nyong’o played the lead role on a ground-breaking Kenyan soap opera?
According to MTV News, Nyong’o once starred in an MTV/UNICEF-produced soap called “Shuga.” On the show Nyong’o played Ayira, a “very modern woman who must navigate the waters of dating, love, and sex in Africa and the responsibilities that come with it.” The show was considered revolutionary in Kenya because it was one of the first times a show featured a woman dealing with sex in a responsible way during the AIDS crisis in Africa.
Curious about what a Kenyan soap opera might look like? Below is the first episode of “Shuga,” featuring Lupita Nyong’o.
This one’s just as bizarre as it is tragic: according to an article today by the LA Times, a New York parolee is accused of murdering an 82-year-old man after developing a friendship with him over their shared love of “General Hospital.”
According to the article, Scott Kratlian was a member of a “General Hospital” fan club and wrote with “GH” fans while imprisoned at the Marcy Correctional Facility outside Syracuse, New York. Kratlian was there after being convicted of a gruesome and violent murder in 1992, in which he beat and burned his victim. He spent two decades behind bars but was released this past November under New York’s conditional release program. Within three months, Kratlian traveled to Los Angeles and began asking his “GH” pen-pals for help with money and for a place to stay. It is during this time that he allegedly strangled his 82-year-old pen-pal, Harry Major, to death.
This morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” the cast for Season 18 of celebrity dancing show “Dancing with the Stars” was announced.
Among them is former “General Hospital: Night Shift” star Billy Dee Williams (ex-Toussiant DuBois), perhaps most famous for his role as Lando Calrissian in the original “Star Wars” trilogy. Williams joins a long list of soap actors who have competed on “DWTS,” including previous winners Kelly Monaco (Sam Morgan, “General Hospital”) and J.R. Martinez (ex-Brot Monroe, “All My Children”). He will be paired with dancer Emma Slater, who competed last season to fourth place with comedian Bill Engvall.
Earlier today the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, in cooperation with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, announced the Drama Performer Pre-Nominations for this year’s Daytime Emmy Awards.
All entrants that submitted this year were judged by their peers via an online ballot. Eligible judges viewed clips containing work of each performer and were required to select their top 10 performer choices. In the case of the Outstanding Lead Actress and Outstanding Supporting Actor categories, there were ties this year that resulted in more than 10 pre-nominees.
The candidates below will now advance to the blue ribbon screening round, which will determine both nominees and recipients. The final nominations will be announced May 1.
Ever since we reported that a pilot starring Cynthia Watros (Kelly Andrews, “The Young and the Restless”) was picked up by MTV, speculation began that Watros would be leaving “Y&R” to participate in the new MTV series.
Earlier tonight, Watros confirmed our suspicions by tweeting to her fans that she will indeed be leaving the CBS soap. But CBS wasted no time in recasting the role – an hour later Senior Vice President of CBS Daytime Angelica McDaniel announced that former “All My Children” veteran Cady McClain (ex-Dixie Martin) will be replacing her!
UPDATE 2/22: Jordan has now confirmed his “Fantastic Four” status – tweeting out “FLAME ON!” and the “Fantastic Four” logo to his 140K Twitter followers.
PREVIOUS: Michael B. Jordan has come a long way since his role on “All My Children” as streetwise teenager Reggie Porter. He’s won several independent awards for his role in 2013′s “Fruitvale Station,” the highly-talked about drama about the real-life murder of teenager Oscar Grant. He can also now be seen in the comedy “That Awkward Moment,” alongside Zac Efron (“High School Musical”) and Miles Teller (“The Spectacular Now”). But in 2015, Jordan may be stepping into his biggest role yet.
According to Deadline.com, Jordan is currently in talks to join the cast of Marvel’s “Fantastic Four” as Johnny Storm AKA The Human Torch. Also in talks for the principal characters are Kate Mara (“House of Cards”), Jamie Bell (“Billy Elliot”), and Jordan’s “That Awkward Moment” co-star Miles Teller.
Paige Turco (ex-Dinah Marler, “Guiding Light;” ex-Melanie Cortlandt Rampal, “All My Children”) has been cast in “NCIS: New Orleans,” the planned spinoff of “NCIS,” reports Deadline.com.
Turco will star as Linda, the wife of NCIS Special Agent Pride (played by “Quantum Leap” actor Scott Bakula). The New Orleans division conducts criminal investigations “from Pensacola through Mississippi and Louisiana to the Texas panhandle” that involve the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. In addition to Bakula, Turco joins the already cast CCH Pounder (“The Shield”), Zoe McClellan (“JAG”), and Lucas Black (“The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift”).
Previously we reported that upcoming web series “Beacon Hill” would utilize a viewer subscription-based service, in lieu of generating revenue through advertisements. Now we have more information on how the subscription service will work for viewers wishing to watch the soap when it debuts in three weeks.
According to the official “Beacon Hill” Facebook page, all 12 ad-free episodes of the first season will be available on www.beaconhilltheseries.com for $9.99. The premiere episode will debut online on March 5, with one new episode being put online each Wednesday after that. Viewers can subscribe at any time, with all previous episodes made available to them after paying the subscription fee. All major credit cards and Paypal will be accepted.
Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva” is set to premiere its sixth and final season this March and a slew of former daytime stars have signed on to send the critically acclaimed drama series off in style.
Rick Springfield (ex-Noah Drake, “General Hospital,”) Colin Egglesfield (ex-Joshua Madden, “All My Children,”) and Corbin Bleu (ex-Jeffrey King, “One Life to Live”) have all signed on to make appearances in this upcoming season.