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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) – Agnes Nixon is returning to ABC’s “All My Children,” for which she created, to once again portray the role of Agnes Eckhart, one of the longest reigning board members overseeing the fictional Pine Valley Hospital on the daytime soap. The character, who was created by Nixon herself, first appeared on the drama series in 2005 for the shows 35th anniversary. This time the character will be admitted to PVH under the care of David Hayward (Vincent Irizarry) and Cara Martin (Lindsay Hartley).

In addition to sharing scenes with Irizarry and Hartley, Nixon will also interact with series star Susan Lucci (Erica Kane).

Incidently, when the episode airs on Wednesday, August 31, it’ll also mark the final date of employment for “AMC” cast and crew, at least for the ABC incarnation, as all contracts with Disney/ABC are set to expire on this date. Prospect Park, which picked up the distribution rights for the series from the Disney/ABC Television Group last month, has not formally announced who, if anyone, will be continuing with the drama series when it debuts online and possibly cable TV in January 2012.

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Agnes Nixon to appear on All My Children this August

SHOW CREATOR AGNES NIXON SET TO APPEAR ON “ALL MY CHILDREN” THIS AUGUST

Agnes Nixon, creator of ABC’s daytime drama “All My Children,” returns to the show as Agnes Eckhart, a long standing board member of Pine Valley Hospital.

Nixon, often called the “queen of the modern soap opera,” created “All My Children” in 1970. She was a pioneer in daytime, writing for such shows as “Another World,” “Guiding Light,” “As the World Turns” and “Search for Tomorrow” before going on to create “One Life to Live,” “All My Children,” “The City” and “Loving.” It was on these shows where Nixon brought many current and important social issues to the small screen. She was honored in 2010 with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 37th Annual Daytime Emmys.

Nixon first appeared on “All My Children” in 2005 as the character Agnes Eckhardt, a role she created to celebrate the show’s 35th Anniversary. This time around, Agnes Eckhardt is admitted to Pine Valley Hospital where Cara (Lindsay Hartley) and David (Vincent Irizarry) tend to her. She also crosses paths with Erica Kane (Susan Lucci). Agnes has a profound effect on all of the characters she interacts with that changes the course of their lives. Nixon’s first episode airs on August 31, 2011.

Hallmarked for its iconic brand of humor and satire, “All My Children” has been prized with more than 30 Daytime Emmy Awards over the past four decades including the three-time top honor of Outstanding Drama Series. Praised for its socially conscious foundation, the show has been at the forefront of such issues as AIDS, rape, abortion, alcoholism, spousal abuse and racial bias, among others.

“All My Children” premiered on the ABC Television Network on January 5, 1970, as a half-hour show; seven years later it expanded to an hour. Julie Hanan Carruthers is executive producer with Lorraine Broderick as head writer. “All My Children” is produced in Los Angeles and airs MONDAY-FRIDAY (1:00-2:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.



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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Just before “Krystal’s Country BBQ” event took place on Saturday, July 30 during the “All My Children” Fan Club Weekend, Bobbie Eakes (Krystal Carey) took the time to speak to Soap Opera Network on when she learned her show was being canceled, how she broke the news it was being resurrected on Twitter and her delight at having Alexa Havins back as on-screen daughter Babe Chandler, despite the character supposedly succumbing to death back in 2008 care of a Tornado that hit Pine Valley.

“I got out of the shower. I was getting ready to go to work, and I have quite a drive from where I live, and all of a sudden I looked at my phone and I was getting message after message and tweet. You know all these things…text messages, phone calls and I said to my husband, ‘I bet we’ve been canceled,” said Eakes about the day she learned ABC decided to pull the plug on “AMC” after months of rumors. “I don’t have that many friends calling me all the time, so I knew something was up,” she laughed. “Sure enough, I got a call from the studio and they said ‘you know there is a mandatory meeting,’ so I figured that’s what it was.”

For more from Eakes and whether she’d be open to moving with the show with Prospect Park now in control of things, watch our exclusive interview below.



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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — For the past two and a half weeks, I found myself in unfamiliar territory when it came to running the website as I was based out of Los Angeles. Normally, I run things here in New York. What I found unfamiliar, however, was finding out the true stories behind what many soap fans can’t seem to get enough of – the Disney/ABC and Prospect Park connection as it relates to “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” and even “General Hospital.” So what did I learn that I can share with you? Plenty!

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — What started out as a typical week that began on July 25 ended up being one of the worst in Soap Opera Network history, but you wouldn’t have known it from a behind the scenes perspective.

On Wednesday, July 27, I had posted that our server was being transferred to a new provider that would allow our readers to load us up faster than ever before and if you blinked, you would have missed the change in systems. Unfortunately, you kept on blinking and for three consecutive days Soap Opera Network was offline, no where to be found and no way to say TOLDJA! (gotta love our Nikki Finke at Deadline.com). On Saturday, July 30 and heading into Sunday, July 31, Soap Opera Network‘s Community Message Boards returned to the web with a new look courtesy of a software upgrade. Although it takes getting used to, I have to admit it is one of the better looking changes our boards have seen to date. We will be tinkering with minor details per recommendations from posters. Additionally, today, Soap Opera Network has debuted its new website using a new platform. While the old platform was nice and did us wonders for more than five years, times have changed and so have we. We hope you like the redesign and we will definitely be correcting any bugs you or we may come across in the hours, days and weeks to come, specifically in relation to links, etc. We hope you like the new design as much as we did in building it for you.

The Scoops You Came For

While we were offline and left to cleaning up the mess that we were forced into, we had learned that “General Hospital,” despite Prospect Park’s desire to have it did not sign a deal with Disney/ABC Television Group to bring the series to the World Wide Web when it debuts “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” in January 2012 (yes, ladies and gentleman this is now the confirmed debut month for the web launch for both soaps). We also learned that Tamara Braun is indeed returning to “GH” in the coming weeks despite the shows explicit denial to the contrary, although it remains unclear as to whom she will be portraying. But that wasn’t the biggest scoop of them all. Soap Opera Network has learned that when “One Life to Live” wraps filming at the ABC Television Center in New York City this November, it will indeed be moving its studio space when Prospect Park takes over production. But, despite reports that it will be moving to one studio somewhere in the Big Apple, we have learned that it isn’t just moving to one specific studio, but to three! According to sources, “One Life” will call one studio in Brooklyn and another in Queens home once production begins on v2.0. The third studio location wasn’t made clear at press time, nor were the names of the studios in the aforementioned boroughs, however we’ve been told that with the excess studio digs “One Life” crew members will not be forced to take down as many sets as they have been doing for much of the shows 43-year history on ABC.

Not one to leave another exclusive out, Soap Opera Network was in Burbank on Thursday, July 28 and visited the set of NBC’s “Days of our Lives,” where we spoke with newly appointed head writers Darrell Ray Thomas and Marlene McPherson, who have promised many things for fans who have felt the show has turned into something they no longer recognize. From the return of Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn as John and Marlena, to the debut of the Horton Square and even a sneak peek at what’s been going on with the characters before their material debuts on Monday, September 26, tune Soap Opera Network as we prepare you for new “DAYS” to come.

Until next Notebook

 

Errol Lewis



(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Beginning on Monday, September 12 look for John O’Hurley to debut in the role of film producer Kit Sterling on “All My Children.” Mr. Sterling will approach Pine Valley’s leading lady Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) in an effort to convince her to turn her new book, “Erica Kane: Uncensored,” into a big-screen production. O’Hurley is best known for the recurring role of Elaine’s (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) boss John Peterman on the former NBC mega-hit series “Seinfeld” and his stint on the first season of ABC’s hit reality series “Dancing with the Stars.” He also hosted the popular syndicated game show “Family Fued.”

O’Hurley is very familiar to the world of daytime television. He was married to “AMC” star Eva LaRue, who is among the many returning actors to “AMC” this summer, from 1992 to 1994. The actor appeared on ABC’s “Loving” and “General Hospital,” CBS’s “As the World Turns” and “The Young and The Restless” and NBC’s “Santa Barbara.” The dancing champion has also guest-starred on numerous series and with a distinctive tone has found success doing voice-over work, as well.

Look for O’Hurley to appear in several episodes of the 41-year-old daytime drama this September. “AMC” last airs on ABC on Friday, September 23. Production company Prospect Park has licensed “AMC” and “One Life to Live” from ABC. Following their extinction on ABC, new episodes of both soaps are expected to be available to fans again in some form at some point in 2012.



Real-Life Husband and Wife Duo Returning to 'All My Children'

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) – On Tuesday, ABC Daytime announced that Justin Bruening and Alexa Havins will be making a return to “All My Children” before shop closes on ABC Daytime. The duo who played Jamie Martin and Babe Carey on the ABC soap from the Fall of 2003 to the Fall of 2007 will return for a handful of episodes scheduled to air in September. Bruening and Havins met on the cast of the ABC soap in 2003 and were officially married on June 5, 2005. The couple welcomed daughter Lexington Grace into the fold on August 9, 2010.

Bruening first aired on “AMC” in the role of the son of Tad Martin (Michael E. Knight) and Brooke English (Julia Barr), Jamie, in September of 2003. He remained with the show until August 2007. The former model has jumped into the prime-time television pool somewhat successfully since his departure from daytime television. The hunk landed the leading role on the NBC reboot of the “Knight Rider” series after a television movie reboot, also starring Bruening, of the series landed good ratings. The series aired in the 2008-2009 season before being cancelled. Recently, Bruening was set to star as the male lead in a “Wonder Woman” television series reboot for the same network. The series was dropped from contention for a time-slot in the 2011-2012 fall line-up due to excessively high production cost. The actor has guest starred on multiple prime-time series’ including ABC’s “Castle” and and CBS’ “CSI: Miami.”

Havins, of course, played the controversial but popular Babe Carey Chandler on “AMC” from October 13, 2003 to October 8, 2007. The role of David Hayward (Vincent Irizarry) and Krystal Carey’s (Bobbie Eakes) daughter and the love of JR Chandler’s (Jacob Young) life was immediately recast. Havins was replaced by Amanda Baker no later than on October 8, 2007. Babe died after being crushed in the wreckage of a tornado protecting her son, AJ Chandler, the following year. Or did she? With her father’s project encompassing the entire canvas at the moment, one can’t rule out Babe miraculously returning in the flesh due to his machinations quite yet. Havins earned a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for her work on “AMC” in 2005. The 30-year-old actress recently landed a series regular role on STARZ series “Torchwood: Miracle Day.” Before landing the role, she had guest-starred on several prime-time series including FX’s “Rescue Me” and ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Soap Opera Network will continue to keep viewers and readers updated as we get more information on both the specific dates and length of returns for all of the returning actors. Bruening and Havins comebacks brings the total amount of actors confirmed to return to “AMC” since the news of cancellation this past April to fifteen. Only Cady McClain and Thorsten Kaye are scheduled for returns that extend to more than a handful or two of episodes.

“AMC” concludes airing on ABC on Friday, September 23. Prospect Park has licensed both “AMC” and “One Life to Live” from ABC and is rumored to be prepared to have new episodes of “AMC” set to go by Monday, September 26. Fans are skeptical of that as numerous actors from the 41-year-old daytime drama have confirmed that they have yet to be contacted by the production company to discuss any potential negotiations. All “AMC” actors will be released from their contracts with ABC on August 31, 2011, the last day of filming.

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    'One Life to Live' Celebrates 43 Years

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” celebrates 43 years of delivering drama, passion, and romance to millions of viewers.

    Editors Note: I first wrote the following article in celebration of “One Life to Live’s” 39th anniversary in 2007. I am re-posting it again this year, in honor of the show’s 43rd anniversary. Only slight revisions to the article have been made since it was first posted four years ago.

    Forty-three years ago today, a new soap named “One Life to Live” debuted on ABC. On July 15, 1968, the mythical town of Llanview, Pennsylvania was born as ABC Daytime brought millions of viewers a drama centered around the culturally diverse suburb of Philadelphia. Romance, adventure, racial relations, interracial marriage, AIDS, gang violence, child abuse, split personalities, mental disorders, homosexuality, rape, heart disease, breast cancer, and more have been featured as the soap gained many loyal viewers and fans. Over the decades, “One Life to Live” has become one of Daytime television’s highest rated drama series, and many of its characters household names.

    During its nearly four decades on the air, “One Life to Live” has been nominated as Outstanding Daytime Serial four times (1983, 2000, 2002, and 2007), and won once (in 2002). The soap has also gone on to win numerous technical and acting Daytime Emmys and Soap Opera Digest Awards over the years. In 2005, “One Life to Live” veteran Erika Slezak won her record breaking sixth Daytime Emmy as Outstanding Lead Actress. Slezak is also the recipient of a Soap Opera Digest Award for Best Daytime Couple, which she shares with her former co-star Mark Derwin.

    ABC approached “Another World” writer Agnes Nixon in the mid-1960s about creating a new daytime drama for the network. A short time later “One Life to Live” premiered on ABC as a half hour soap opera on Monday, July 15, 1968 at 3:30 pm ET. Unlike other soaps of its day, “One Life to Live” featured a diverse cast of characters representing a number of ethnic, social and religious backgrounds. Groundbreaking storylines such as a black woman trying to pass herself off as being white proved quite relevant during the turbulence of late 1960s America. The early days of Llanview featured daytime’s first Jewish family in the Siegels, as well as the middle class Rileys and Woleks and wealthy Lords. Other families introduced over the years have included the Buchanans, Cramers, Vegas, Walshs, McBain, Vegas, and Rappaports. Since the show’s inception, the character of Victoria Lord has been the focal point of Llanview and “One Life to Live.” Originally portrayed by Gillian Spencer, Viki has been played by the legendary Erika Slezak since March 17, 1971.

    “One Life to Live” served as a replacement for the short-lived game show “The Baby Game,” and was part of a scheduling shuffle with “Dark Shadows” and “The Dating Game.” The new soap overcame stiff competition early on from “The Edge of Night” on CBS and the successful game show “You Don’t Say” on NBC. “One Life to Live” expanded to forty-five minutes and moved to 2:30 pm et on July 26, 1976. On January 16, 1978 it would expand to one hour and moved into its present time slot. “One Life to Live” has often been referred to as “the most peculiarly American of soap operas: the first serial to present a vast array of ethnic types, broad comic situations, a constant emphasis on social issues, and strong male characters.”

    Nixon’s original title for “One Life to Live” was “Between Heaven and Hell,” but the name was scrapped at the last minute due to fears by sponsors that the name was too controversial. Nonetheless, the first opening sequence for “One Life to Live” featured a close up image of flames in a fireplace with the words “One Life to Live” hovering above it. In fact, the fireplace was shown in the first scene of the first episode, followed by the death of Dr. Ted Hale, who fell down a flight of stairs following an altercation with Dr. Larry Wolek. The Colgate-Palmolive Company was the original sponsor of the new ABC Daytime Drama. Nixon maintained ownership of the show until it was purchased by the network in 1974.

    Over the years, “One Life to Live” has tackled many controversial storylines. For its efforts in bringing relevant social issues to the forefront, “One Life to Live” has been rewarded with several awards and honors. In 1992, it became the first soap to show the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, as part of a critically acclaimed homophobia storyline. In 2000, “One Life to Live” received the CDC Sentinel for Health Award for Viki’s breast cancer storyline. That same storyline also featured First Lady Laura Bush appearing on “One Life to Live” in Public Service Announcements concerning the disease.

    “One Life to Live” has also been responsible for many “first” in Daytime television over the years. In 1970, it became the first regularly scheduled television program to adhere to a White House request to use commercial airtime to alert the American public about the dangers of drugs. The soap broadcast actual group therapy sessions of teenage drug addicts at Odyssey House in New York City. The storyline featured Dr. Jim Craig taking his daughter Cathy to Odyssey House after she stole her father’s prescription pads, and forged his signature to buy drugs to support her growing addiction. The idea behind the storyline belonged to none other than Agnes Nixon, who called it “a natural outgrowth of our program.”

    “One Life to Live” also traveled to exotic destinations in South America and Europe over the years. The show transported viewers to the Old West, sent them to Heaven, and gave them a glimpse of life down below in the underground city of Eterna. “One Life to Live” has brought us the many marriages of Asa Buchanan and Viki Davidson, as well as numerous unforgettable characters and storylines. “One Life to Live” has also fantasized about the middle ages, amused us with special Trading Places and Babes Behind Bars episodes, and entertained us with a week long high school prom musical. In 2005, the sudser tackled cross promotion, when Marcie Walsh (Kathy Brier) “wrote” a book called “The Killing Club.” The book, which cracked the New York Times Bestseller list, was actually written by former “One Life to Live” Head Writer Michael Malone. The soap treated viewers to another Daytime first in 2002 with a week of live episodes, each of which featured a cameo appearance by a former cast member.

    Over the years Llanview has been home to many cast members and guest stars that have gone on to become celebrities. Among them are Judith Light, Laurence Fishburne, Phylicia Rahsad, Roma Downey, Tommy Lee Jones, Marcia Cross, Ivana Trump, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Yasmine Bleeth, Dixie Carter, Faith Ford, Ryan Phillippe, and Brandon Routh, just to name a few. “One Life to Live” has also entertained a long list of musicians over the years covering a variety of genres from country, to rap, to hip-hop, to rock and roll. The list includes Bill Anderson, Sammy Davis Jr., The Beach Boys, Peabo Bryson, Darlene Love, Little Richard, Erykah Badu, Reba McEntire, Mary J. Blige, Lifehouse, Nelly Furtado, and Snoop Dogg, among others. Other celebrity guests appearing on “One Life to Live” in recent years have been “Good Morning America Weekend” anchor Marysol Castro, talk show hosts Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa, author Peter Straub, Entertainment Weekly contributor Abby West, WCVB-TV Boston reporter Shayna Seymour, former “World News Now” co-anchor Vinita Nair, radio personality Carolina Bermudez, talk show host Wendy Williams, and heiress and socialite Kourtney Kardashian. And in 1994, three of the soap’s leading men, John Loprieno, Robert S. Woods, and the late Clint Ritchie appeared as their “One Life to Live” characters Cord, Bo, and Clint on an episode of the primetime ABC sitcom “Roseanne,” whose star is a longtime fan of the soap.

    On August 17, 2007, “One Life to Live” celebrated the airing of their 10,000th episode. The milestone made “One Life to Live” only the fifth of the six present daytime dramas to reach the coveted achievement. Furthermore, “OLTL” marked their 40th anniversary on July 15, 2008, by revisiting several classic storylines from the show’s four deacde run, including Viki’s trip to heaven, Tina’s horrific fall over the terrifying Iguazu Falls, and Bo and Rex going forty years back to time to the Buchanan ranch of 1968. The show also paid homage to creator Agnes Nixon, by inviting her to appear as herself in the special two-part anniversary episodes, in addition to bringing back several past cast members and characters for the event. In 2010, the show moved into the vacated studios of sister soap “All My Children” when that show relocated production to near Los Angeles. Also in 2010, “One Life to Live” aired a second prom night musical event entitled “Starr X’d Lovers: The Musical” with much fanfare.

    ABC began broadcasting episodes of “One Life to Live” in 16:9 digital widescreen picture format on December 6, 2010.

    On April 14, 2011 “One Life to Live,” along with “All My Children,” were canceled by ABC, who stated that its final episode would air on the network on Friday, January 20, 2012. However, on July 7, 2011, ABC announced that they had leased the rights to both shows to upstart production company Prospect Park, who will continue to produce them and begin airing new episodes of both “OLTL” and “AMC” online following their respective final episodes on ABC.

    Over the past 43 years, “One Life to Live” has brought drama, passion, and romance to millions of loyal viewers five days a week, and they will continue to be rewarded for their hard work, dedication, and loyalty to the daytime genre.

    ”One Life to Live”, an Agnes Nixon creation, can be seen weekdays at 2:00 pm ET on the ABC Television Network. Taped in New York City, Ron Carlivati is the Head Writer and Frank Valentini the Executive Producer. For more information on “One Live to Live,” click here.

     

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      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — As we reported yesterday, we likely have to thank our federal government for providing the funding necessary for Prospect Park to pick up “All My Children” and “One Life to Live,” which were both canceled by ABC on Thursday, April 14. The announcement that ABC would be licensing the two iconic soaps to Prospect Park was made on Thursday, July 7, but according to sources the financial deal actually came together back in May, just in time for what is said to be the deadline period for the government to hand out grant money to companies looking to invest in New Media. We thought it was crazy too, but we checked and it is definitely true. What we know about this deal is that upon their completion on ABC, “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” will be migrated to an as-yet-to-be-named Hulu-esque internet video service that would allow both daily soap operas to continue their storytelling for millions of online users and “be delivered with the same quality and in the same format and length,” as fans have come to expect for more than forty years, according to the joint press release issued from Disney/ABC and Prospect Park. Translation: One hour per day, five days a week, 52 weeks a year will remain within the realm of reality. What wasn’t clear at the time was after both soaps complete their runs on ABC, they will also conclude on SOAPnet.

      Insiders tell Soap Opera Network that even with the multi-year, multi-platform licensing deal with Prospect Park, the deal does not call for Disney/ABC to air either programs on their owned and operated networks, which includes SOAPnet, despite the channel now expected to remain on cable/satellite systems longer than originally thought due to some minor issues the Walt Disney Company had been having with the launch of its Disney Junior cable network. Additionally, when an ABC representative confirmed to Soaps in Depth back in late April that SOAPnet would “absolutely have programming” after “AMC” and “OLTL” ended their runs, they neglected to name which programming would be in place. Soap Opera Network has confirmed with the same representative that the programming in question will not include “All My Children” or “One Life to Live.” In fact, after yesterday’s announcement was released, the Disney/ABC Television Group made it clear that they are no longer in charge of the day-to-day operations of either of your favorite daytime soaps once their runs are completed on ABC and SOAPnet. If you want to know what’s going to happen next on “All My Children” after it ends on Friday, September 23, don’t call, write or email Brian Frons, President, Daytime, Disney/ABC Television Group. He is not in charge of that show and he will not be in charge of “One Life to Live” either after the series airs its final broadcast on Friday, January 20, 2012. Prospect Park, which at this time has no plans to release any further details surrounding the new venture beyond what was already reported, according to a representative, is in the early stages of what will surely be a drawn out discussion with the people that help make your favorite soaps as well as the unions these individuals belong to as neither union, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) or the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), was prepared for this new business model when they last negotiated their contracts with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), which comprises The Walt Disney Company, among others. AFTRA is the primary union representing on-air talent for daytime soaps.

      Now that “One Life” is continuing with a second one under Prospect Park, fans around the world are wondering how does this affect the storylines, how does this affect the cast, the crews, the writers and even the producers? Digging a little further, with last month’s announcement that Ron Carlivati, who currently serves as “One Life to Live’s” head writer, would be transitioning to “General Hospital” as a script writer later this year when the show completes its run on ABC, it really begs the question of what happens next? Not only for that soap, but for “All My Children” as well. “It’s too early to know,” said a ABC insider requesting anonymity. “The details are too fresh on everyone’s minds for it to be determined who will be running these shows, or particularly writing them, after they finish their ABC runs.” The same also holds true for who will be appearing on your favorite soaps as they transition to your computer screens as well, the insider informed us. In fact, according to “All My Children” star JR Martinez (Brot Monroe) in a twitter posting, “I will say this-my current contract was to terminate on August 31st. Now we must see who they want to keep & renegotiate with. Not sure…” It appears as though the termination Martinez is referring to holds true for all current contract cast members at “AMC,” leaving Prospect Park to renegotiate with the cast and even the crews in order to properly transition the series to the web in the “same quality” fans have come to expect. But back to Carlivati. He along with “One Life” Executive Producer Frank Valentini signed new deals with ABC back in September of 2010. The terms of the agreements were not disclosed, but it was understood to last two years for Valentini and three years for Carlivati, so does that mean the two will remain with “One Life” under the guidance of Prospect Park? Or has ABC opted to keep the dynamic duo under its charge leaving new blood to step in and head write and produce the show with the “same quality and in the same format and length” as before? As our insider said before “It’s too early to know.” There is no word on what this development means for “All My Children” Executive Producer Julie Hanan Carruthers or Head Writer Lorraine Broderick.

      However, one of the big questions left unanswered are where will the shows be produced? “All My Children” moved its production to the Andrita studios in Los Angeles, CA back in January of 2010 in a multi-year licensing deal. Will the show remain in that studio? It looks like it will as the cost factor would be too great for Prospect to move the series once more. However, things look a little less certain for “One Life to Live,” which took over “AMC’s” New York studio space housed in the ABC Television Center. With ABC no longer producing the series it is likely the series will be moved to another facility or moved to the West Coast right along with “AMC” in order for Prospect Park to better manage the daily operations of the drama series.



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      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — It has been three months since we’ve learned that “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” have been canceled and would no longer be seen weekday afternoons on the ABC Television Network or weeknights on SOAPnet. It has been a truly unique period for this industry that has seen fans rallying together to try and help save shows that have become part of their everyday lives. Whispers, rumors and reports were trickling in at a record pace, often times we would find our heads spinning. Weeding through the information that we received here at Soap Opera Network, we aimed to report what we felt had the most backing or we were able to verify through various other sources. Turns out we may have had a big inside source all along.

      For the last several months, I’ve had multiple conversations with an individual that claimed to have knowledge of why ABC decided to cancel “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.” This source at one point commented that it had something to do with the government and the Ethics committee in Washington, D.C. Sounded nuts, right? Well, it turns out this same person told me on Tuesday, June 28, that “your soaps were saved. They received the grant money they needed before their deadline,” which according to this person was the end of May. Again, I thought what they were saying sounded just a little too far out there, so I decided to leave our conversation at that. In retrospect, maybe I should have listened a little closer.

      On Thursday, June 30, I had tweeted that I heard from sources that fans should continue to rally in support of “One Life to Live.” To be more precise, I said “got word today that @ABC has in fact been discussing options to keep #OLTL on the air, but it remains in the hands of fans. Don’t give up. The ‘someone’ you keep hearing about is now several people!” At that point “All My Children” wasn’t discussed as the conversation pertained solely in regards of “One Life to Live.” I had intended on reporting on this news on Tuesday, July 5, but unfortunately I caught the flu and had a high fever for several days. Now on Thursday, July 7, nearly three months to the day since ABC canceled “AMC” and “OLTL,” the network announced the shows would live on…only online thanks to Prospect Park, a television and media entertainment production company that was founded in 2009 and is run by Jeffrey Kwatinetz and former Disney Studios honcho Rich Frank, who also serve as executive producers of the hit USA Network original series “Royal Pains.” In retrospect, what the person I had been speaking with said now makes perfect sense when you put all the pieces together. In return for saving our beloved soaps, the government gives a grant for what could be the next big medium, progression of sorts… Radio > TV > Internet Broadcasting.

      Interestingly enough, Prospect Park hired Josh Barry, ABC’s former executive in charge of drama development, back in May to tackle the companies TV division alongside Paul Frank, the son of Rich Frank. According to Barry, his first order of business was “putting together a wide slate of projects.” Could that slate have included the uncanceled soaps?

      On Thursday, June 23, we reported that ABC had indeed turned down offers they received to sell the soaps. Knowing what we know now, and putting the puzzle pieces together, it makes sense that a plan was in the works all a long to save the soaps, while also allowing ABC to retain ownership rights to both soap operas and receive millions of dollars in royalties each year from Prospect Park. Hence, ABC comes out a winner either way in this case. They no longer produce the shows, yet still stand to make money off of them as they move into the future. As opposed to selling them outright and watching another network or medium make money off of them. ABC can’t have asked for a better situation.



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      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” may be ending their four decades’ long run on ABC in September and January respectively, however it won’t be the end of the road for either of the long-running, iconic daytime drama series. In a shocking development, upstart television, film, and music company Prospect Park Studios has purchased the rights from the network, who states that “the multi-year, multi-platform deal enables the soaps to continue beyond their finale dates on ABC.”

      The news comes less that 24 hours after the New York Post first broke the news on their website reporting that ABC had sold the online rights to its recently cancelled shows “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” to the studios, and that “Prospect Park is said to be finalizing its current round of funding for its Hulu-style venture in the next month to 45 days. Other unnamed financial backers are involved.” The article was initally met with much skepticism from soap fans and well as from other media outlets who were claiming the Post article contained numerous factual inaccuracies.

      In a joint press release this afternoon by ABC and Prospect Park, which was founded in 2009 by Jeffrey Kwatinetz and former Disney Studios chief Rich Frank, “We are privileged to continue the legacy of two of the greatest programs to air on daytime television, and are committed to delivering the storylines, characters and quality that audiences have come to love for over 40 years.  ‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life to Live’ are television icons, and we are looking forward to providing anytime, anywhere viewing to their loyal community of millions. Technology changes the way the public can and will view television shows.  Now that there are so many devices available in addition to television sets, viewers are taking advantage of watching shows where ever they are and on any number of devices. The driving force in making the switch and attracting new audiences is to have outstanding programs that people want to watch,” the statement continued. “We believe that by continuing to produce the shows in their current hour format and with the same quality, viewers will follow the show to our new, online network.” Prospect Park is perhaps best known for producing “Royal Pains” for the USA Network and “Wilfred” for FX.

      As part of the deal, which was brokered by the Disney/ABC Domestic Television Group, “Prospect Park will produce and deliver the two long-running programs to consumers via online formats and additional emerging platforms including internet enabled television sets. Under the terms of the arrangement, the programs will continue to be delivered with the same quality and in the same format and length. Additional details of the new productions and tune-in will be forthcoming from Prospect Park.” However, while the statement notes that both shows will continue to exist in their present hour-long formats, it is vague as to the frequency in which new episodes will air.

      “From the time the shift in the daytime strategy was announced, our hope was to find a new home for these treasured shows. We are thrilled to license them to Prospect Park so the stories of life in Pine Valley and Llanview can continue to be told for the passionate and loyal fans that enjoy watching each day,” comments Janice Marinelli, President, Disney/ABC Domestic Television.

      President of the Daytime, Disney/ABC Television Group Brian Frons, who announced the cancellation of “Children” and “One Life” back on April 15 in favor of the less-expensive, unscripted programming such as “The Chew” and “The Revolution,” said in the statement that “‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life to Live’ are iconic pieces of television history that captivated millions of fans since their beginning over 40 years ago. Each of the shows have made an indelible mark on our culture’s history and informed our consciousness in their own way.  We are so glad Prospect Park has assumed the mantel for these shows and that they will continue for the fans.”

      The sentiments were furthered echoed by “AMC” and “OLTL” creator Agnes Nixon, who has been tirelessly searching for new venues for both shows in recent months, saying “I’m just so happy that ABC found a home where the legacies of ‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life To Live’ can continue.  I’m excited for their future with Prospect Park. It takes a lot of living to make a soap opera a serial, and the wonderful teams on both shows have done just that. Together, we are a big family that keeps going, and I’m looking forward to working alongside these wonderful people as we ensure that the shows will continue with all the love and excitement we’ve always had.  I also am so happy for our loyal fans, whom we love so much, and who have been so supportive over the last 40 plus years.”

      “All My Children” will air its final episode on ABC on Friday, September 23, 2011 while “One Life to Live” will last air on the network on Friday, January 20, 2012.

      Soap Opera Network will continue to follow this story and bring you further details as they develop.









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