First filed in April 2013, the <a href="https://www.soapoperanetwork.com/2013/04/prospect-park-suing-abc-for-25-million-in-damages-over-licensing-agreement">lawsuit</a> brought against the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) by Prospect Park Networks, LLC over soap operas "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" has been dismissed, <a href="http://media.soapoperanetwork.com/2014/09/15281171_1265556193483556_1158422560_n.jpg">court records show</a>. As a result, rights to the soap operas have been returned to ABC.
In addition to the <a href="https://www.soapoperanetwork.com/2015/08/nbc-gives-put-pilot-order-to-new-soapy-family-drama-from-empire-producer-imagine-tv">previously reported</a> untitled Cain and Abel themed soapy family drama that the network gave a put pilot order to on Friday, <em>Deadline</em> is <a href="http://deadline.com/2015/08/the-bourbon-kings-nbc-drama-series-kentucky-1201503538/" target="_blank">reporting</a> that NBC has bought family drama "The Bourbon Kings," based on the best-selling novel of the same name by <strong>J.R. Ward</strong>, <a href="http://deadline.com/2015/08/talent-drama-music-shaun-cassidy-nbc-1201503450/" target="_blank">and</a> "Talent," a family oriented soap opera following a music prodigy who is dealing with the murder of his one true love in a unique way. Both projects are in development for the 2016-17 television season.
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is set to formally announce a list of individuals scheduled to attend as presenters for the 41st Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy® Awards later today, Soap Opera Network has learned. The list includes several of daytime's biggest and brightest stars, past and present, and a number of behind the scenes talents from "All My Children," "The Bold and the Beautiful," "Days of our Lives," "General Hospital," "One Life to Live" and "The Young and the Restless," among other forms of daytime programming.
It’s been a long time coming, but the date for the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards has officially been set: A spokesperson for the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences confirms that the ceremony will be taking place on Sunday, June 22 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.
While Prospect Park's The OnLine Network (TOLN) failed to re-launch "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" to a brand new audience via the internet last year, Corday Productions, which produces NBC's "Days of our Lives," has joined with All Screens Media, an international interactive digital media company founded by former Comcast digital media executive Peter Heumiller, to form a new online network dedicated to the soap opera and telenovela format. Per Variety, the production entities have joined together to form NetSoaps Net Novelas LLC (NSNN), which will strive to develop domestic (Net Soaps) and international (Net Novelas) online soap operas for a new generation of soap fans. Net Soaps will be geared toward American and English speaking audiences while Net Novelas will be targeted toward Latin American and Brazilian audiences.
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.
Earlier today on Twitter, Strasser revealed that she recently asked Prospect Park Productions to pay out the balance of her one-year contract. According to Strasser, she only worked and was paid for eleven weeks before production was halted, despite signing on for a year. "#PPP sed w/ due respect: NO," Strasser tweeted.
Back in November 2013, Prospect Park amended its lawsuit against ABC by demanding more than $95 million in damages following what it claims was the network's scheme to create a "mega soap" after ABC utilized characters from "One Life to Live" on "General Hospital."
According to Law360.com, Allison "Sam" Hall, a former co-head writer of ABC's "One Life to Live," is suing the network over what he claims are royalties owed since the soap transitioned to the web via Hulu and iTunes, and broadcast during summer 2013 on OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network), courtesy of Prospect Park - the company that licensed the rights to both programs from Disney/ABC in 2011. Hall reportedly filed his complaint against American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. (ABC) on Tuesday, January 7, in New York. Hall was named co-head writer of the soap in 1984, and remained with the series until 1985.
Out of all the talent behind "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," the one voice missing after news that neither series would be moving forward with new episodes was that of Daytime Emmy Award winning actress Erika Slezak (ex-Victoria Lord, "OLTL"). On her official website, Slezak has broken her silence via her 2013 Holiday Letter for fans. In it, Slezak says, "I loved being back at 'OLTL'; I loved being back with all my friends on the show and we had a wonderful time although it was short lived. Still, I am very grateful for that brief opportunity to have played Viki once more."
In an newly released interview with Soap Opera Digest columnist and Tainted Dreams blogger, Carolyn Hinsey, "The Bold and the Beautiful's" Thorsten Kaye opens up about his role as Ridge Forrester on the CBS Daytime soap, but it's his comments on Prospect Parks' version of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" that has all eyes open.
On Monday, September 26, 2011, ABC premiered a new daytime talk show that brought food back to the table and into our everyday lives. Now in its third season, "The Chew" is currently enjoying one of its highest rated on record in both total viewers and key women sales demos. As the talk show celebrated its 500th episode yesterday, fans of the ABC version of "All My Children" continued to mourn the loss of their favorite daytime soap opera, which made Susan Lucci and her character Erica Kane a household name to mainstream viewers.
On her official Facebook page, "All My Children" star Jill Larson (Opal Cortlandt) broke her social media silence after it became apparent earlier this week that Prospect Park was not moving forward with a new season of either "All My Children" or "One Life to Live," at least "at this time," according to the actress.
With "All My Children's" Debbi Morgan confirming that her show (and likely "One Life to Live") has been canceled after getting word from Prospect Park's lawyers in the last couple of days, Soap Opera Network once again reached out to Prospect Park to find out if A) Are both shows now officially canceled. B) Is Prospect Park possibly seeking/able to try another reboot down the road. C) How does this cancellation relate to their rights to the shows and D) Do the rights now revert back to ABC.
When word came to light that Prospect Park was getting ready to announce it had decided to not move forward with either "All My Children" or "One Life to Live," as had been expected (The OnLine Network Announces First Season Finales of ‘AMC’ and ‘OLTL’), fans were gearing up for the worst, but what about the actors? When a fan tweeted to "AMC" star Debbi Morgan (Dr. Angela Hubbard), "AMC FB page fans angry, some quitting show and Hulu. Some demanding PP give statement one way or the other. WOW!" the actress responded by saying, "U can imagine how all the cast is feeling being that we're still in the dark as well..." Morgan's comments are in direct contrast to her comment on Sunday, October 27, where she sounded more upbeat when she said, "Many R asking when AMC is coming back. Wish I could give a definitive date. All I can give U is what we're given. The Show 'Is' coming back!"
With word that Prospect Park may or may not be in the process of formally announcing plans to not continue with production on "All My Children," in addition to the previously reported production hiatus for "One Life to Live" and how such a decision may affect the fans who fought so long and hard to get them both back, "OLTL" actress Robin Strasser (Dorian Lord) tweeted in defense of the company without knowing what the ultimate decision may end up being (historically the actors know less information than the soap press when it comes to the company and its planning).
Earlier today TV Guide's Michael Logan tweeted, "Is #ProspectPark 'shelving' @allmychildren too? I'm hearing big announcement planned for this Friday. @TOLN @onelifetolive." The possibility of it happened wouldn't necessarily come as a surprise considering there has been literally no news about the future of either "All My Children" or "One Life to Live" outside of the early September news that due to the ABC/Prospect Park lawsuit over "OLTL" the company would be forging ahead solely with "AMC."
In a video published on their YouTube page and official website, The OnLine Network presents Suzy F*cking Homemaker ("All My Children's" Cady McClain) having a chat with "One Life to Live's" Tuc Watkins, using footage from the Sleepy Hollow photo shoot from earlier this year.
As previously reported, "One Life to Live" has become an apparent (albeit possibly temporarily) casualty of the lawsuit between Prospect Park and the ABC Television Network, which the latter canceled in April 2011 after opting to restructure its daytime lineup. Erika Slezak, who has portrayed Victoria Lord on the drama series on both the ABC incarnation and the current Prospect Park/The OnLine Network version for more than 40 years, has released a statement on Prospect's decision to halt production on the soap pending the resolution to its lawsuit against ABC.