There seems to be more drama going on behind the scenes over at “All My Children” than there is onscreen. But as Vincent Irizarry (David Hayward) tells Soap Opera Network, that will no longer be the case once the material by the sudser’s new headwriters, Lisa Connor and Chip Hayes, takes center stage.
EXCLUSIVE: Leslie Miller, host of The OnLine Network's "MORE" series, which brings viewers behind the scenes of the popular anytime soaps "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," along with Prospect Park co-founder, Rich Frank (her husband), chat with Soap Opera Network about the summer hiatus, the future of "MORE" and much, much more.
The news that “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” have gone into early hiatus due to a union dispute with the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees (or I.A.T.S.E.) was a bit unsettling for fans of the sudsers. And as Robin Strasser (Dorian Lord, “OLTL”) reveals in her latest hotline message, the actors were just as surprised as the viewers about the drama!
According to a report by Deadline Hollywood, Prospect Park's The OnLine Network has opted to reduce the yearly episode orders of both "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" from 168 to 110. In addition, new episodes of "AMC" will now be made available on Mondays and Wednesdays, while new episodes of "One Life to Live" will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays via Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes. The "MORE" recap shows will continue to be provided on Fridays. The change goes into effect beginning Monday, May 20.
When "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" debut with brand new episodes on Monday, April 29 on Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes, they will have the full support of CBS Daytime. Angelica McDaniel, Senior Vice President, CBS Daytime, wishes Rich Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz, whose Prospect Park licensed the two soaps from ABC in 2011, nothing but the best. She relays via Soap Opera Network, "Congratulations and best of luck on the success. Your success is our success and vice versa. And it’s just a thrilling new experience and I look forward to seeing where the journey takes you."
As first noted on our Twitter page, when pressed for comment on the news that Prospect Park had filed a lawsuit against the network over an apparent breach in their licensing agreement with Prospect Park, ABC tells Soap Opera Network, "We haven't seen the complaint or been served so we can't comment."
Prospect Park co-founders Rich Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz have released the following statement to Soap Opera Network shortly after word broke that the company has decided to sue ABC over what it considers a breach of its licensing agreement.
Fans of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” have known for a while now that The OnLine Network planned to include weekly recap episodes of both shows once they began airing on iTunes, Hulu and Hulu Plus on Monday, April 29, and now the web network has officially announced it. Beginning Friday, May 3, and continuing every Friday following episodes thereafter, TOLN will be offering original weekly recap shows, “MORE One Life to Live” and “MORE All My Children.”
Since it was first announced that Prospect Park's The OnLine Network was looking to once again revive "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," after they were canceled by ABC in 2011, it has been said that the company planned to take the shows into a sexier and edgier environment. In a recent teaser released by iTunes for its launch of the two soaps, Erika Slezak (Victoria Lord, "OLTL") is heard saying, "My agent said, 'What do you want in this contract?' I said, 'No nudity!" Fans shouldn't expect anything too racy on either show as Prospect Park co-founder Rich Frank admitted to Michael Maloney, Contributing Editor at Bauer Publishing for Soaps In Depth, in an interview with Variety. "We are going to be a little hotter and sexier," said Frank. He added, "That doesn’t mean we’ll be doing anything that’s offensive. We’re trying to be contemporary and have storylines that are relevant to people’s lives.”
"One Life to Live's" longest serving cast member Erika Slezak (Viki) has released a new statement on her official website saying that Prospect Park is "working very hard to get everything right" for the online version of the long-running soap and says that cast and crew are "hoping for our former audience to return and continue to enjoy and for our new audience to get to know us."
As previously reported, "All My Children" has named Marlene McPherson and Elizabeth Snyder as co-head writers. What's so significant about their hiring is that this marks the first time since 2003 that a daytime soap opera has had two females leading its writing team. The last time was with Ellen Weston and Carolyn Culliton co-head writing CBS' "Guiding Light." Prior to that was in 2002, when Millee Taggert and Culliton also co-head wrote for "GL."
Sure it looks generic (and that's just us being nice) and may not be the final product, but TradeMarkia.com has a posting on its website which shows that Prospect Park Networks, LLC has filed a trademark on the TOLN logo. There is also a posting for TOLN's more widely known name - the OnLine Network.
According to a posting on his facebook page, "One Life to Live" co-head writer Thom Racina let it slip that the online reboot of the series may hit the web as soon as April. "I sincerely hope you will support us and tell your friends and start watching One Life To Live come April!" the writer stated in his message to his followers.
Prospect Park executives Jeff Kwatinetz and Rich Frank have confirmed to Soap Opera Network that the production company has signed "One Life to Live" cast members Tuc Watkins (David), Josh Kelly (Cutter), Florencia Lozano (Tea), and Shenell Edmonds (Destiny) for the online version of the ABC soap pending final Guild agreements.
Prospect Park continues to forge ahead with plans for their new Online Network in preparation of its January launch by signing a new deal with Universal Music Group. As part of deal, music from UMG's record and publishing companies will be featured in upcoming episodes of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" when the soaps transition to the new online venue early next year.
In a statement released via Soap Opera Digest, "One Life to Live" head writer Ron Carlivati says, "I am both excited and honored to remain with 'One Life to Live' as Head Writer and Consulting Producer when the show moves online. My heartfelt thanks to Executive Producer Frank Valentini, as well as to Rich Frank and Jeff Kwantinetz of Prospect Park for this incredible opportunity."
Nearly three months after licensing the rights to "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" from ABC, Prospect announces the launching of a new web channel, The Online Network, which will air both soaps along with the upstart company's other current and future programming.
After recently signing four of "One Life to Live's" most prominent cast members, including long-time veteran Erika Slezak (Viki) to continue with the show when it moves to online-only distribution early next year, Prospect Park takes the next step in their commitment to make for a smooth transition for the show. According to Deadline Hollywood, the production company has hired "One Life" Executive Producer Frank Valentini to remain in his current post with the show, along with becoming Vice President of Serial Dramas.
Details are slowly trickling in from Prospect Park, the new production company that will be handling production and distribution of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" once both series complete their runs on ABC.