(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — With today’s news that Prospect Park has officially begun making offers to actors in hopes of them joining “All My Children” 2.0 in time for its January 2012 debut, it’s only fitting to get an insiders perspective on the innerworkings of a canceled soap opera. Cameron Mathison, who portrays the role of Ryan Lavery on the soap, spoke with Soap Opera Network during the “All My Children” Fan Club Weekend and he shed some light on Prospect Park, being a contributor on “Good Morning America” and even dancing on “Dancing with the Stars.”
“What we’ve learned, and I hope I do this justice, is that network television…big corporation television…have got a certain amount of timeslots allowed. So just because ‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life to Live’ are off the air doesn’t mean they that it wasn’t a success, it just means in big business, you know… is there something in there that could made more money. There is only one time slot available,” said Mathison giving some insight into the decision to cancel the two soaps. “It doesn’t mean that ‘All My Children’ was a failure, it just simply means that for big business it wasn’t the best fit,” he continued.
You may be asking your self, “how can two soaps that weren’t ‘the best fit’ for broadcast television turn in a better profit for another company or find any type of success online?” While Mathison may not know the full answer to that question, he does help shed some light for those questioning the difference between an online series and one made available to you free over broadcast channels.
“This entrepreneurial company [Prospect Park], they don’t have the same restrictions that network television has. You can watch the show, any show, whatever you want with different types of advertising. I mean I don’t know the in’s and out’s of it, but I just know far fewer restrictions and I think because of that and because there is a daily production here that it’s a really a good fit. From what I understand, and again I don’t want to pretend I know more than I do, because I really don’t, but I do know that just because it came off the air on ABC it doesn’t mean that it wasn’t doing well. Apparently, they were still making good money, but they could make a lot more.”
For more from Mathison and where he sees his character going as we head into the final weeks of “All My Children,” click on the video below.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Just weeks before the Prospect Park deal to pick up the production and distribution rights of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” from the Disney/ABC Television group was announced, ABC revealed that they had decided to move “One Life” head writer Ron Carlivati to “General Hospital” as a script writer once production wrapped on the soap in November. Is that still the case two months later?
As you may remember, Carlivati along with “One Life to Live” executive producer Frank Valentini were signed to long-term contracts with ABC back in September 2010 that kept them both with the network through 2012 (Valentini) and 2013 (Carlivati), respectively, leaving a move for Carlivati to “GH” an obvious decision.
Two months after making the announcement to hand Carlivati over to “GH,” and 17 consecutive weeks of “One Life to Live” rating as ABC’s #1 soap in households and total viewers, you’d think there was a chance of the writer to continue with the soap once Prospect takes over, but you’d be wrong.
According to an ABC representative, plans for Carlivati’s move to “GH” are still in place “as far as [they] know,” leaving the millions of viewers currently on the edge of their seat courtesy of the “Tale of Two Todd’s” storyline to wonder what the soap will look like when it debuts online on January 16, 2012 and who will be writing it.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Ratings Report for the Week of August 8-12, 2011
Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings
(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)
NOTE: Please do not copy and paste the entire ratings. Thank you.
1. Y&R 4,587,000 (-162,000/-448,000)
2. B&B 2,946,000 (-161,000/-358,000)
3. OLTL 2,888,000 (-24,000/+641,000)
4. GH 2,573,000 (+69,000/+25,000)
5. AMC 2,552,000 (+42,000/+94,000)
6. DAYS 2,349,000 (+37,000/-145,000)
1. Y&R 3.3/10 (-.1/-.2)
2. B&B 2.1/6 (-.1/-.2)
2. OLTL 2.1/6 (+.1/+.4) *
4. AMC 1.9/6 (+.1/+.1)
4. GH 1.9/6 (same/+.1)
6. DAYS 1.7/5 (same/-.1)
* Last time at 2.1 was December 15-19, 2008
Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 875,000 (-116,000/-259,000)
2. GH 753,000 (+18,000/-24,000)
3. OLTL 751,000 (+32,000/+116,000)
4. DAYS 582,000 (+15,000/-149,000)
5. AMC 579,000 (+7,000/-14,000)
6. B&B 558,000 (-100,000/-194,000)
Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.3/9 (-.2/-.4) <—– ties low
2. GH 1.1/7 (same/-.1)
2. OLTL 1.1/7 (same/+.1)
4. DAYS 0.9/6 (same/-.2) <—– ties low (2nd straight week)
4. AMC 0.9/6 (same/same)
6. B&B 0.8/6 (-.2/-.3) <—– ties low
Girls 12-17 Viewers
1. Y&R 67,000 (-2,000/+6,000)
2. OLTL 51,000 (-4,000/+19,000)
3. GH 42,000 (+13,000/-13,000)
4. DAYS 40,000 (+21,000/+10,000)
5. B&B 37,000 (-15,000/same)
6. AMC 23,000 (-3,000/+6,000)
Women 18-34 Rating
1. GH 0.7/4 (+.1/-.1)
1. OLTL 0.7/4 (+.1/+.1)
3. Y&R 0.6/4 (-.1/-.5) <—– ties low
4. AMC 0.5/4 (same/-.1)
4. DAYS 0.5/4 (same/-.3)
6. B&B 0.4/3 (same/-.4)
Men 18+ Viewers
1. Y&R 997,000 (-52,000/-57,000)
2. B&B 593,000 (-53,000/-42,000)
3. OLTL 529,000 (-32,000/+145,000)
4. DAYS 528,000 (+18,000/+16,000)
5. AMC 483,000 (+14,000/+3,000)
6. GH 445,000 (-30,000/-64,000)
Day-To-Day Ratings – HH/Total Viewers
For the SEASON September 20, 2010 through August 14, 2011
1. Y&R 3.6
2. B&B 2.2
3. GH 2.1
4. DAYS 2.0
4. OLTL 2.0
6. AMC 1.9
Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.6
2. GH 1.4
3. DAYS 1.2
4. OLTL 1.1
5. B&B 1.0
6. AMC 0.9
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — As previously reported, the cast of “All My Children” have received offers from Prospect Park to return to the series upon re-launch in January 2012, nearly four months after the series completes its ABC run. According to Deadline Hollywood‘s Nellie Andreeva, Prospect Park is offering Susan Lucci (Erica Kane) virtually the same salary she’s currently receiving from ABC.
In her Deadline.com posting, Andreeva states Lucci “is currently mulling the offer. While there will probably be some budget trimming due to the medium switch, it looks like AMC and OLTL‘s’ new producers are stepping up to keep the shows’ biggest stars and fan favorites.AMC and OLTL are scheduled to relaunch online in the first quarter of 2012. Prospect Park is also in talks with cable networks about carving out a traditional TV window.”
Should Prospect secure Lucci, it will mark the first public sign of confidence from an “AMC” actor since news of the deal between Prospect Park and Disney/ABC Television Group was announced on Thursday, July 7. The series has already lost Debbi Morgan (Angie Hubbard) to “The Young and the Restless” and Jacob Young (JR Chandler) to “The Bold and the Beautiful,” although for Morgan she made her deal with the the Sony Pictures Television produced “Y&R” before news of Prospect even came to light. Young announced his post-”AMC” plans on Monday, August 15.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Thursday, August 18, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Starr visits with her father now that the real Todd Manning has been revealed. Todd. Father and daughter have an emotional talk. Meanwhile, the man who is not Todd Manning is not ready to admit it and makes plans for his family.
Tomas admits to Blair he was jealous of her kissing both possible Todds. He urges Blair to stay true to her own vow to never again be involved with a man like Todd and expresses his own deep feelings for her. Blair remains unsettled, putting her romantic feelings on hold until she can learn the truth about which Todd is the man she once loved.
Natalie tells Brody about Delphina’s cryptic comment that Todd knows what was on the erased tape she and Marty fought over. Aware that Todd knows the tape contained Marty’s confession that John is really Liam’s father, Brody freaks when Natalie tells him she intends to ask Todd about it. He stalls her by reminding her Todd is currently caught up in the question of his identity and Natalie agrees to put aside her concerns about the tape. Brody is left to privately vow to do something to prevent Todd from telling Natalie or anyone the truth.
Rex plans a trip to Kentucky where he hopes a visit to the Spotted Pony strip club will explain what Gigi has been trying to tell him and asks Natalie to accompany him on the journey. Cutter summons Rama and accuses her of having told Rex about “what happened” at the Spotted Pony. Rama maintains her innocence, but agrees the consequences would be dire if anyone were to know what Cutter did many years ago.
On the Next One Life to Live…
- Blair learns who Todd really is.
- Rex and Natalie arrive in Kentucky.
- Cutter and Aubrey recall old times.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Thursday, August 18, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Dixie and Tad pour out their heart to each other and confess their love. They discuss what their plans for the future means for Cara. Both agree they don’t want to do anything that would put her back in the crossfire Tad was proecting her from. Dixie explains to Kathy that it is going to take time to build their family but if they do this right they will be built to last. Dixie has a disurbing memory about her time with David. David overhears Cara making her airline reservation. Cara and Jake have a heart to heart. Tad reaches out to Cara and implores her to move back into the Martin home. She declines his invitation. Jake later realizes Cara is planning to leave Pine Valley. David finds Cara drowning her sorrows at ConFusion. Jake tells Tad about Cara’s plans.
Zach tells Greenlee to answer his question about Kendall and Griffin. Greenlee tells Zach all Kendall went through while he was gone and how Griffin stood by her. Griffin asks Kendall if Zach has remembered anything about the crash. Kendall learns from Ryan that Ricky is dead and he thinks it’s possible someone is trying to cover up information about the plane crash. Jesse confronts Zach about Ricky’s murder. Zach realizes Jesse thinks there could still be someone out to get [Zach] and his family. Kendall takes note of Zach’s lethal mood change after arriving back at the hospital. She goes off on him when he refuses to tell her what going through his head. Zach agrees to talk to her but warns her she won’t like what he has to say.
Jesse admits he hopes David can help Angie but Ryan feels David doesn’t work miracles for the good of mankind. Ryan turns to Griffin for help with his investigation into David. Reeling from recent events, Griffin wants nothing to do with the drama of Pine Valley. Greenlee confronts David about the games he’s playing. David asks Greenlee if she remembers Gillian. He taunts her about the possibility that Ryan’s true love may be alive. Greenlee does not tell Ryan about her topic of discussion with David.
Jake and Amands discuss her dream and the recent miraculous events in Pine Valley.
On the Next All My Children…
- Cara goes missing!
- Greenlee talks to Kendall about Leo.
- Will JR give up the booze?
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Thursday, August 18, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Skye presses Tracy for the truth of her secret mob past.
Elizabeth asks Matt to test a suspicious prescription bottle. Meanwhile, Ethan prevents Anthony’s goon again. Later, Siobhan asks to see Elizabeth – will she accuse Elizabeth?
Outraged, Carly swears Sonny out of her life.
On the Next General Hospital…
- Siobhan and Elizabeth discuss their relationship.
- Skye discovers someone she knows unconscious.
- Lulu and Dante make love.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — On Monday, September 26, “Days of our Lives” introduces a new era of drama when new co-head writers Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas take over. On that day, citizens of Salem gather together for the launch of the new Horton Town Square that will house restaurants, boutiques and an even a book store.
According to a “DAYS” representative, the Horton Town Square will include the following locations:
- Sherman’s Sporting Goods
- Hourglass Fine Hour Decor
- Janet’s Boutique
- Mandalay Cafe
- The Mighty Pen Stationary, Gifts, & Crafts
- Salem Books
For the novice in you,you’ll notice the series paying homage to the Hourglass that has helped define the soap for nearly 46-years. Meanwhile, Sherman’s Sporting Goods sounds like a take off from the popular Sherman Oaks section of Los Angeles, while the Mandalay Cafe sounds a little like the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. We’re also glad to know that our favorite Salemites do indeed still read books, despite the immediate availability through Amazon’s Kindle or Apple’s iPad/iPhone devices. We know some drama will have to be going down there at some point. No one just reads books as it is still a soap after all.
For more on the news set, check out the gallery below:
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children’s” Walt Willey (Jackson Montgomery) was on today’s edition of WGN Chicago’s “Midday Fix” and while the actor was there to promote his stand-up act and meet and greets while he was in town, one topic that was up for discussion happened to be about Prospect Park and what its plans are with “AMC” and in particular the actors.
As we’ve previously reported on numerous occasions, 2-year-old Prospect Park is set to transition “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” to the internet after they complete their runs on ABC on September 23, 2011 and January 13, 2012, respectively. One of the things that must be worked out, however, is a deal with talent in front of and behind the camera.
“‘All My Children’ goes off the air on September 23rd, off broadcast television, but moving on with a company called Prospect Park – moving to the internet and hopefully a cable channel and the fans are dying to hear about that,” said Willey.
For those wondering when we’d start hearing about who would be moving to the online version, Willey put some fears to rest when he revealed that “we just got our proposal two nights ago, so we are all looking at it now, but bunches of stuff for people to be brought up to date on, which is why I did these meet and greets before the shows. So many people want to know what is going on and we want to tell them.”
While millions of fans wait for word on what their favorite soaps will look like as the go online, there was still some time for a little fun. Willey joked around with the “Fix” co-hosts when he announced he had T-Shirt’s made up called the “Dead Dogs of Daytime.” Although he didn’t reveal the name of the individual he was referencing to that helped him come up with the concept, he stated “somebody referred to us actors who are in soaps, as these things come to a close, that we were ‘Dead Dogs.’ The phrase of course is ‘Dead Ducks,’ not ‘Dead Dogs,’ but they weren’t even bright enough to know that.”
Willey can be seen tonight at 7:30 PM at Zanies – Old Town; Friday at 8:00 PM at Zanies – St. Charles, Saturday at 7:30 PM at Zanies – St Charles. For more, visit: www.zanies.com or www.waltwilley.com.
If his stand-up act wasn’t enough, Willey can be seen jumping out of a plane during the Chicago Air & Water Show on Sunday, August 21 along with the U.S. Army Golden Knights. For more information, go to explorechicago.org.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Yesterday, we reported that Barret Helms was out as Baz on ABC’s “One Life to Live,” now we can also confirm that Nafessa Williams is also out as Deanne Forbes on the drama series.
According to sources, the actress already wrapped filming and was last seen on the Tuesday, July 19 episode when Deanna received the information she needed on her mother’s whereabouts from porn producer Rick (Austin Peck), who used the information to get her to appear in a porn film with Nate Ford (Lenny Platt), who was being blackmailed by Rick after learning Rick knew about what he did to Matthew Buchanan (Eddie Alderson). After receiving the information, Deanna headed to Los Angeles and made a promise between her and Nate not to ever discuss the details of the matter to anyone else. Unfortunately for her and Nate, their film was shown during the premiere of David Vickers’ (Tuc Watkins) movie, “Vicker Man,” instead of the film he intended to show Llanview.
Williams joined the cast of “One Life to Live” beginning with the Wednesday, March 23 episode, and like Helms, despite signing a lengthy contract with the soap, was informed her cycle wouldn’t be picked up.
Keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming Soap Opera Network interview with Williams along with Helms, where the two discuss their experience on the soap and its cancellation and how the series going online may not be such a bad thing for fans.