BREAKING NEWS: ABC CONFIRMS All My Children and One Life to Live Have Been Licensed; Will Continue Online!!!


It looks like the New York Post got it right! ABC has issued a press release confirming All My Children and One Life to Live have been licensed to Prospect Park and are set to continue online! See the release in its full glory below:

BURBANK, CA – July 7, 2011 – ABC has licensed its iconic soaps, “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” to Prospect Park, it was announced today by Brian Frons, President, Daytime, Disney/ABC Television Group & Janice Marinelli, President, Disney/ABC Domestic Television and Rich Frank & Jeff Kwatinetz of Prospect Park.

The exclusive multi-year, multi-platform deal enables the soaps’ stories to continue beyond their finale dates on ABC. ABC will broadcast its final episode of “All My Children” on Friday, September 23rd and will air the final episode of “One Life to Live” in January, 2012.

The licensing agreement, brokered by Disney/ABC Domestic Television Group, enables Prospect Park to continue production of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” beyond their life on ABC. 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.

“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,” said Frank and Kwatinetz. “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 wherever 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. 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.”

“’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,” said Frons. “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.”

Marinelli continued, “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.”

“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,” added Agnes Nixon, creator of both “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.” “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.”

Prospect Park is a media and production company founded in 2009 by entertainment industry veterans Jeffrey Kwatinetz and former Disney Studios head Rich Frank. Along with successful film and music divisions, the company’s television group has numerous shows in development and breakout network hits airing, including “Royal Pains” and “Wilfred.”

In April, ABC announced that it was expanding the focus of its daytime lineup to include more programming that is informative and authentic and centers on transformation, food and lifestyle. “The Chew,” an innovative and groundbreaking daily talk show that celebrates and explores life through food, will premiere on September 26th. “The Revolution,” a daily show about health and lifestyle transformations, will replace “One Life to Live” in January 2012 ."

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99 Responses

  1. Avatar of
    AlistairCrane

    Now do you see why OLTL is getting rid of its vets early and centering the show around the newbies? Newcomers are cheaper and inexpensive and will apparently lead the show into its digital format. I think OLTL was aware of this plan for a while.

  2. Avatar of emblazoned
    emblazoned

    I couldn’t be happier for both shows and the fans!

    I want to say congratulations and a sincere thank you to all the fans who didn’t let these shows go without a fight. Without all the backlash and mainstream media attention, chances are OLTL and AMC would not have been saved.

  3. Avatar of Soap_Stud
    Soap_Stud

    We will lose some faves, I am sure, but this is a time to celebrate! Let’s embrace those who make the move with us to the world wide web, and support these soaps! I have watched AMC online for a year now, so it won’t be that much different for me. I am THRILLED! Remember, let’s celebrate!

  4. Avatar of jlafferty23
    jlafferty23

    To be honest…I am on the fence about this.

    Like I said on my twitter, I need to know FULL DETAILS before I get excited about this.

    For me, something is just off about this.

    I hate to be a Debbie downer. And don’t get me wrong, I LOVE AMC and OLTL. This news is just strange to me.

  5. Avatar of Bourgeois Nerd
    Bourgeois Nerd

    Quite surprising, but welcome, if only for the experimental nature of it all. Still curious what “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.” means, though. I expect OLTL’s outdoor shooting will become much, much more common.

  6. Avatar of appleridge
    appleridge

    Few Questions

    1) Since It will be daily and 60 min format wont change as per PR but it could air just 2 or 3 days a week in stead of 5 and because the platform changed TV to web all the actors will need new contracts right?

    2) since ABC lisenced and not sold they will still make money off this?

    3) since abc Lisenced does that mean some of the money for production will still come from them or is this all on Prospect Park???

  7. Avatar of Parrothead
    Parrothead

    i hope that most of the actors & actresses who are on these shows will continue with the online format at least until they can find more work. i just wished they could of saved ATWT & GL also when they were cancelled.

  8. Avatar of Luke
    Luke

    I apologize for my lack in serious TV speak…..but they say “licensed”….does this mean that the properties will still be owned by Disney/ABCD, but produced and broadcast independently by Prospect Park?

  9. Avatar of
    matealestlmo

    Geez Alistair, do you have to be such a downer on the best news to happen in daytime television in a long, long time!? I’d like to pour some Big Brother slop on your head to shut your downer mouth up!

  10. Avatar of keanna
    keanna

    Great news!!!

    I agree, hopefully some of the actors will stick around until they find work, I wonder how all of this is going to work.

    We’ll see!!!

  11. Avatar of keanna
    keanna

    Great news!!!

    I agree, hopefully some of the actors will stick around until they find work, I wonder how all of this is going to work.

    We’ll see!!!

  12. Avatar of appleridge
    appleridge

    [quote=Luke]I apologize for my lack in serious TV speak…..but they say “licensed”….does this mean that the properties will still be owned by Disney/ABCD, but produced and broadcast independently by Prospect Park?[/quote]

    Itll be like sony does with Days & YR

    I wonder if they will be a two -three day series instead of five

  13. Avatar of luverica
    luverica

    I’m going to be cautiously optimistic on this one. I do hope Lorraine Broderick stays on as Head Writer for a while longer.

    Plus, you never know. Check it out. Hopefully those damn new reality shows will fail and fail big time fairly soon, Frons and Sweeny will get the old heave ho out the door, and AMC/OLTL can return totally intact.

  14. Avatar of SwanQueen59
    SwanQueen59

    I’m extremely pleased at this turn of events. :bigsmile: Will GH follow suit? If so, I will earmark my web viewing as needed to make room for my dear friends not just in Port Charles, but I will gladly navigate back to Llanview and Pine Valley. Still praying for this format to be successful; every little bit helps… 0:)

  15. Avatar of
    AlistairCrane

    Hey matealestlmo, shut yo’ pie hole! I’m just being realistic and commenting on the facts. :-D

    Now, what I want to know is: Will these shows be region-exclusive? What about Canadian fans? Will we be blocked from watching AMC and OLTL on the website? If so, how will they be available outside of the US? Also, will the episodes be available to download on iTunes? Allowing viewers to purchase a season pass and download episodes to their iPads is a great step in modernizing soaps for a modern audience.

  16. Avatar of aveRex
    aveRex

    I have to wait and see how this pans out. Watching on TV vs online is definitely different. And while I can stream to my TV using appleTV and other iOS devices, its not quite the same experience for me. But I’m old school. I had to watch Bold & Beautiful from CBS dot com yesterday and it was a different experience (not as good as from my dvr). I’m looking forward to more details. If they would just create a real soap channel and put all of the shows on cable and run them along with all of the great shows of the past, that would be totally awesome.

  17. Avatar of dewlove
    dewlove

    Hi All……Oh wow! Thank goodness it’s true. It will be an adjustment. Favorites will go and it will probably be rough in the beginning, but at least we have an option! I will GLADLY pay to support both of these shows. I guess I need to buy one of those internet TV’s since I’m in need of a new one anyways.

    I just hope, somehow someway, Ron C stays on at OLTL rather than going to GH. However, I think ABC will probably make him fulfill his ABC contact. But if Garin starts righting the ship over there (please, oh please), maybe the won’t need Ron to come help out…

    Can we NOW declare a cease fire on all the Frons hate (and toward ABC, Anne Sweeney, and the Disney execs)? Yes, I was one of his most vocal critics and called for heads, but at least THEY found a solution to make us happy! This could be the break soaps need! Who knows what kind of numbers the shows can get online. It’s HOPE for a future with our soaps and that’s something we’ve been without for a long, long time! Let’s be grateful for the second chance!

  18. Avatar of lfad
    lfad

    Eh. I hate watching shows on the computer or my iPod. Streaming is nice when it’s a 5 minute YouTube video, not so much for a 38 minute show. There’s a reason I still hold on to my satellite and Netflix streaming subscriptions, I like sitting down on my couch to watch tv.

    When they announce plans that the shows will be available to stream over the Wii (or the upcoming Wii U), then I’ll get excited.

  19. Avatar of Not the New Prez of ABC Daytime
    Not the New Prez of ABC Daytime

    Now, I’m all for a good conspiracy theory, but soaps have been trying to shove younger newbies down our throats for a long time. They do it in a confused erroneous attempt at getting new younger viewers. What they don’t realize is that young viewers think Dorian scenes with Ghost Mel are a million times better than scenes between Ford the Himbo and Tess the Imaginary Person just like older viewers do.

    I think this is amazing news. When a cult-popular but poorly rated sci-fi show I loved was canceled this year, I thought that they should air it on iTunes. (The production company wanted to continue the series, but the network it aired on did not.) Now we haven’t been told that iTunes is a part of Prospect Park’s strategy, but it’s kind of a similar model that is being tried here. With online only shows like Venice paving the way, this may very well be a path to the future that soaps should think very seriously about.

    However, if PP region locks the show so that only US based viewers can watch (like ABC.com and CBS.com does with their videos) I will be very very angry.

  20. Avatar of
    matealestlmo

    For those of you that are having doubts about this and are being debby downers in this thread, we all know that a lot of the details still need to be worked out. I am sure that this will all take place shortly and we’ll know the full scope of how this will all work. So, for the time being, could you all just be happy that AMC and OLTL will indeed live on past TV and on the internet?! Let’s all be happy about this. This is great news to celebrate! So, let’s celebrate that good news instead of being debby downers as some have called themselves on this thread!

  21. Avatar of jlafferty23
    jlafferty23

    matealestlmo

    I agree, this is great news. These soaps will continue, but can you blame me for being a little skeptical? As a soap fan, we have all been burned so many times by this genre.

    But I will try and stay positive.

  22. Avatar of harlee490
    harlee490

    :) :) :) Great news for both soaps. I looking forward to AMC because it is starting to cook!! AMC is turning into soapy goodness again, we can see more Kendall & Grif…YUM

  23. Avatar of appleridge
    appleridge

    An excerpt from SID:

    One actor, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, seems skeptical on exactly how things will work out, even with Prospect Park promising to deliver the programs with the same quality and in the same length and format, per the agreement with ABC. “My personal thought, it won’t be the same show,” says the setsider. “There’s no way they can afford to produce the show like we currently do and make any money from it online. Even Susan Lucci’s (Erica) pay for one episode is more than an online show could generate. I’m guessing the whole thing would be low-budget and different. It’s just too expensive!”
    _____________________________________________________________________________
    MY RESPONSE:

    Im so sick of folks hiding and not having balls to say who they r when they make quotes like this

    Also New Deals will have to be workede out with all actors from both shows because its moving from TV to Web so if this ACTOR is so skeptical, MOVE THE FUCK ON, SHUT UP & Let Us Be Happy For A Minute Before U Shit All Over This

  24. Avatar of TV Gord
    TV Gord

    Well, you can knock me over with a feather. I never thought it would happen, but I will happily eat my words. And even if it doesn’t work in the long run, it will be fascinating to watch this transition happen and whatever episodes we get are just BONUS! This is exciting news!

    And those who are concerned about watching shows online, I’ve been doing it for about a year and its so easy now, there’s practically no difference to me. Also, TVs are already starting to be integrated with the web, so it won’t be long before it will be just like watching TV. (My TV has the internet inputs; I’ve just never bothered using them before. I think I’ll be figuring that out between now and September 26th (or whenever).

  25. Avatar of Bourgeois Nerd
    Bourgeois Nerd

    There is room for both skepticism and elation here. It’s great to get a second chance, but there are a lot of questions. I will say, I doubt it will effect how the shows “end” on broadcast, and almost certainly not for AMC, which is probably mostly written up by now. But, then, unless Ron Carlivati was planning on ending OLTL by dropping a nuclear bomb on Llanview, stories like soaps never really “end” conclusively anyway, so it doesn’t really matter.

    And to echo TVGord, I’ve often watching OLTL online the past few months, and it’s perfectly fine.

  26. Avatar of craigcp
    craigcp

    Good news for the fans, wished the could have saved ATWT and GL. At least continue to watch OLTL, with the actors over there, will there be more budget cuts?

  27. Avatar of lah_wah
    lah_wah

    I am excited by this news but I have 2 questions: 1. will I be able to view it online from Canada (I cannot watch current US episodes of TV shows on US websites due to region restrictions) and 2. how much will it cost.

    I am still very excited that AMC (and OLTL) will live to see another day.

  28. Avatar of samIShot
    samIShot

    Only downside for the OLTL fans is that our head writer is moving to GH in January. OLTL will need a new headwriter, hopefully one that knows how to space the stories out like the current one does.

  29. Avatar of Bourgeois Nerd
    Bourgeois Nerd

    Would she want to come back, TV Gord? I mean, they’re probably going to have to take even bigger pay cuts, and there comes a point when “take one for the team” just doesn’t cut it anymore. Plus, she seems to want to move to LA.

  30. Avatar of LoisKibbee
    LoisKibbee

    What is up with the Pod-Cast…is it just me or has it been forever (ha ha) since the last one? Anyone want to let us know when another one will be online????

  31. Avatar of
    matealestlmo

    [quote=LoisKibbee]What is up with the Pod-Cast…is it just me or has it been forever (ha ha) since the last one? Anyone want to let us know when another one will be online????[/quote]

    Oh trust me, Jamey, Luke, and the rest of the DC crew are getting that one ready to go and up and running.

  32. Avatar of LoisKibbee
    LoisKibbee

    [quote=LoisKibbee]What is up with the Pod-Cast…is it just me or has it been forever (ha ha) since the last one? Anyone want to let us know when another one will be online????[/quote]

    It’s only been a few weeks and so much has happened…it would be good to get the round tables responses@! :)

  33. Avatar of
    matealestlmo

    [quote=LoisKibbee][quote=matealestlmo][quote=LoisKibbee]What is up with the Pod-Cast…is it just me or has it been forever (ha ha) since the last one? Anyone want to let us know when another one will be online????[/quote]It’s only been a few weeks and so much has happened…it would be good to get the round tables responses@! :)[/quote]

    They just did the post-Emmy broadcast last week! LOL

  34. Avatar of marknsprmo
    marknsprmo

    Great news for both shows. Great news for the audience. Even if the shows get on line for a week, it will be pioneering! The very earliest soaps on tv only lasted a matter of days or weeks. One was filmed at a department store and I think had just a few episodes on a network called dumont.
    This could not only save these two soap operas, this could be the future of soaps. Soaps flourished very quickly when they got on tv. The first few attempts were bust. But once more people got tvs., the industry flew. Well guess what? People already have computers. We don’t have to wait. OLTL and AMC if they are a sucess on ANY level whether short term or long term, can lead the way for a permanent new home for tv. It is exciting. Kind of like going back and watching Irna Phillips bring The Guiding Light to tv!
    Another great thing about the shows getting a new start is that by the time AMC gets finished on air, they will need all new stories. They will have wrapped up the tv stories. So we will get fresh new story. I bet that Agnes is already plotting the first plot for the new show.

  35. Avatar of david46208
    david46208

    @matealestlmo: he’s just mad that Passhite didn’t get the opportunity to go online.

    Other than that I’m happy that both soaps are moving online and will be watching and supporting both. Now this is the news I like to hear!

  36. Avatar of Nat Guy
    Nat Guy

    I’m curious to see how this works out in terms of production quality and which actors will be staying/leaving. But for the moment I’m just going to be happy that the shows are continuing on. Yay!!!

  37. Avatar of
    matealestlmo

    [quote=david46208]@matealestlmo: he’s just mad that Passhite didn’t get the opportunity to go online.[/quote]

    Are you referring to Alistair? If so, oh well, he’s just a sour puss!

  38. Avatar of
    AlistairCrane

    ^^ Never once did I say anything negative about OLTL and AMC going online. In fact, I haven’t revealed how I feel about it one way or another. I merely pointed out that OLTL has been paring down its cast, eliminating veterans and bringing on newcomers, possibly as cost-cutting measures to make the online series producable.

    matealestlmo, you are actually the most miserable poster I have ever encountered online, and your obsession with me is beyond creepy. I don’t know why you stalk me and bash me. The attention is flattering, but you yourself are spooky.

  39. Avatar of
    matealestlmo

    [quote=AlistairCrane]matealestlmo, you are actually the most miserable poster I have ever encountered online, and your obsession with me is beyond creepy. I don’t know why you stalk me and bash me. The attention is flattering, but you yourself are spooky.[/quote]

    ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!! Gads, you’re more self absorbed than I thought! Honey, if I was stalking you, I’d find your email address, phone numbers, your physical address and stalk you. That I can tell is something I WOULD NEVER do. What you just said above just made me laugh. Enough said.

  40. Avatar of THEBEST
    THEBEST

    This is exciting news!!!!! I am happy that I will be a part of this experience as our mothers & grandmothers were for the radio-to-TV transition. LONG LIVE AMC & OLTL!!!!! I just hope that they can keep as many vets as possible. They know that if the shows had been canceled, they’re careers wouldn’t be as strong as they were before. Plus, we have TONS of soap vets that will gladly take the pay and help get things going…

  41. Avatar of
    AlistairCrane

    [quote=matealestlmo][quote=AlistairCrane]matealestlmo, you are actually the most miserable poster I have ever encountered online, and your obsession with me is beyond creepy. I don’t know why you stalk me and bash me. The attention is flattering, but you yourself are spooky.[/quote]

    ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!! Gads, you’re more self absorbed than I thought! Honey, if I was stalking you, I’d find your email address, phone numbers, your physical address and stalk you. That I can tell is something I WOULD NEVER do. What you just said above just made me laugh. Enough said.[/quote]

    I wouldn’t put it past you. You’ve made quite the reputation for yourself online with your creepy behavior.

  42. Avatar of david46208
    david46208

    @matealestlmo: Correct and correct!

    Cream rises to the top and Agnes got both her soaps online. So there is a soap god in heaven. Other soaps like a certain demon infested one went to soap hell.

  43. Avatar of Ryan-Scott
    Ryan-Scott

    There is something about this at first that screamed Peapack or DirectTV in that its just continuing the show for a little while more.
    I am not going to focus on that and just be happy for however much more life we get to see in Llanview and Pine Valley.
    Cheers kids!

  44. Avatar of
    AlistairCrane

    [quote=TV Gord]Everybody stalks AlistairCrane. It couldn’t be that you’re just a jerk, right? Riiiigght.[/quote]

    Here’s another example of a creep. I find it hard to believe that DaytimeConfidential essentially CONDONES you bashing me. Isn’t that against the rules? Gord, David, Mark, and matealestlmo are the biggest offenders. You deserve to have your posting privileges taken away.

  45. Avatar of emblazoned
    emblazoned

    [quote=Soap_Stud]Let’s keep the focus on the great news that OLTL & AMC gets to live on! :)[/quote]

    Exactly! Let’s put the negativity and bickering aside for at least today!

  46. Avatar of
    matealestlmo

    [quote=emblazoned][quote=Soap_Stud]Let’s keep the focus on the great news that OLTL & AMC gets to live on! :)[/quote]Exactly! Let’s put the negativity and bickering aside for at least today![/quote]

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE WORDS RIGHT OUT OF MY MOUTH! :)

  47. Avatar of
    AlistairCrane

    [quote=matealestlmo][quote=emblazoned][quote=Soap_Stud]Let’s keep the focus on the great news that OLTL & AMC gets to live on! :)[/quote]Exactly! Let’s put the negativity and bickering aside for at least today![/quote]

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE WORDS RIGHT OUT OF MY MOUTH! :)[/quote]

    If you really felt that way, you wouldn’t have started shit in the first place. :-D

  48. Avatar of GHfan-4now
    GHfan-4now

    I’m with jlaff on post #27 … thinking positive, thinking positive … :innocent:

    In the meantime, I’m thinking of the love scenes getting racier… Hell, the web doesn’t have the same limitations. Yep, my mind’s in the gutter… what have I got to lose now?? And at least we care about these characters and the actors can act… LOL

  49. Avatar of david46208
    david46208

    @Alistarcrane: I’ve done everything by the letter of the law. I’ve stayed out of your face. I’ve kept my mouth shut! I’ve done everything that i’m supposed to do. But that’s not good enough for you! You wanna draw blood? Well we can draw blood!
    —-
    Somewhere Alstonboy knows what I mean!

  50. Avatar of soapbaby
    soapbaby

    I hope that both AMC and OTL will write strong, satisfying television finales for the audience not making the migration to the online versions.

  51. Avatar of TV Gord
    TV Gord

    I wonder how many WON’T make the migration, soapbaby. I think a significant portion of the mainstream audience (not us, the crazy internet people ;-)) won’t bother. I think that will make it even less likely that the new online version will succeed. Still, I’m trying to look at the bright side.

  52. Avatar of david46208
    david46208

    @TV Gord: I think as long as they promote it right that it can work. If Days can get over 4 million views a month online so can both Nixon soaps. The question is whom will write it? Please let it be Lorraine.

  53. Avatar of alstonboy4315
    alstonboy4315

    David46208–

    Your Drucilla quotes are killing me softly. :love:

    However,

    I respectfully choose to stay NEUTRAL in regards to all the in-fighting and bickering that’s going on among you all. I have never had any personal problems with AlistairCrane, and we actually get along pretty well. I also admire and respect all of you in unique ways. You all bring unique brands of fabulosity to this board, which makes it so much damn fun to come on here. So I won’t be choosing sides or involving myself in your personal battles.

    Love you all to bits and pieces. :love:

  54. Avatar of angrierblackerman
    angrierblackerman

    For people who are worried that All My Children will be a “shell” of it’s former self, it has been that for the past six years. I’m sure a lot of vets will be shown the door, but as long as we see a few familiar faces, I am satisfied. If you were trapped under a beam in a burning building, and you had the choice to cut off your leg and get out alive, or stay there with both legs and no life, most people would choose to live hoveling around. When the vets are cut, AMC will be legless, but alive.

    I am just happy that these shows will have new life, and I can’t wait to see what that means. I also am willing to pay a monthly or yearly subscription fee for the show(s).

  55. Avatar of soapbaby
    soapbaby

    I am trying to look on the bright-side too but it seems like it could be the kiss of death (like Peapack, NJ or Direct TV for Guiding Light and Passions, respectively) ad extend the inevitable.

    If the shows want to survive on the internet I would recommend that they go to 30-minute formats with much leaner casts. Heck, hire out Crystal Chappell or some of the other innovators in web-based entertainment.

  56. Avatar of cheryl85
    cheryl85

    This is fabulous news for the soap industry! So happy for those who stood their ground and kept being optimistic for the shows to continue on. Happy to see OLTL back most of all.

  57. Avatar of californiaguy888
    californiaguy888

    Congratulations to the cast & crew of AMC and OLTL (as well as their die hard fans).

    I am very happy at hearing that jobs will be saved and that these shows have a chance at continuing..

    In the words of Pink “Raise Your Glass”…

  58. Avatar of Jamestx
    Jamestx

    I have a wait and see attitude. I agree with soapbaby, hopefully they will still produce good finales in September (AMC) and OLTL in January for the people who will not make the transistion to online. I just can’t see myself watching these on my computer. I am also skeptical of production values as they will need to make a profit-it is a business after all. I watched Guiding Light for 20 plus years until the last 2 years when it became unwatchable to me with bad writing and cheap production values to save money. Guess I rather see these soaps go out on a high note and avoid delaying the inevitable cost cutting cheap productions they will become.

  59. Avatar of marknsprmo
    marknsprmo

    [quote=AlistairCrane]^^ Never once did I say anything negative about OLTL and AMC going online. In fact, I haven’t revealed how I feel about it one way or another. I merely pointed out that OLTL has been paring down its cast, eliminating veterans and bringing on newcomers, possibly as cost-cutting measures to make the online series producable. matealestlmo, you are actually the most miserable poster I have ever encountered online, and your obsession with me is beyond creepy. I don’t know why you stalk me and bash me. The attention is flattering, but you yourself are spooky.[/quote]

    Hey I thought I was the number one stalker!

  60. Avatar of THEBEST
    THEBEST

    I am so fucking sick of the naysayers. If it doesn’t work, at least they tried. Ya’ll bitched & moaned for the shows to continue, and now they are. All the people who aren’t or “can’t” watch online are full of shit. Web is the new TV and TV is the new radio. EVERYONE has access to a damn computer. Plus, they said other platforms, so that could mean smartphones and Netflix. We have all said that soaps need to evolve and they finally are. Support the movement, or get the fuck outta the way!!!!

  61. Avatar of dtdav1
    dtdav1

    I hope that the news about One Life to Live and All My Children is true. And, yes, if I have to pay to watch the online version so be it!!

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    Outspoken

    I am ecstatic! I am sooooooooooooooooooooooo happy but the fight continues to get the soaps available to all! The coupon drive is the first step, we need to get everyone we know on board so that the Networks don’t kill our Soaps across the boards. Still, it is a wonderful break-through and I would love to thank all soapfans world-wide (A lot of internationals have been ACTIVE) for smacking down the soap-genecide going on at the alphabet Network! THANK YOU!!!

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    glowery

    As much as I want the fans of these two shows to have their shows back somewhere, somehow, I am afraid this is going to be a huge disappointment.

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    Dariclone

    There are qute a few questions still to be answered, but I have to belive AMC and OLTL airing *somewhere* is better than them not airing it at all.

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    Vicki Lynne

    I’m totally stoked about this. I’ve watched my stories for 35 years and watch them via Hulu when I miss them already. I have a Roku so they will probably be made available to watch on my TV that way. Thrilling!!!

    As for the suits already removing the vets, I’m not so sure about that. I think a lot of people leaving wanted out before their contracts were up because of the situation. And I don’t call the Ford brothers or Aubrey and whats-his-name vets. I heard that Dorian was leaving for health reasons (whether or not that’s true, who knows?). I read somewhere that Susan Lucci was onboard. Yay! I think actors who have the options of move to LA for work or take a pay cut to work at the job you love in the city that you love, some may opt for the pay cut. New actors will certainly jump at the chance to get the experience that comes with working on soaps for less than union wages.

    It could be a lot like the beginnings of soaps. If they hire actors of ALL ages, with well written storylines, they could cut a lot of production costs on the glam and glitz. JMHO

    If all people who watch now would watch this web version online, I think everyone would be shocked at the true numbers. I think Nielson is an outdated dinosaur of a ratings system. I kept a diary one week of my 50 yr life and I only know one other person who’s done the same. The web viewing can keep track of true numbers.

    All I know is that I’m tickled pink!

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    An_Emmy_For_Julia_Pace_Mitchell

    I dunno …

    Won’t this be a big blow to the egos of some of these stars? I mean, how many aspiring young actors out there right now are aiming for TV stardom … on a internet soap opera???

    I have a feeling these two shows WILL GO ON on the internet but the canvas will be littered with unrecognizables in the next couple of years. There will be no Susan Luccis, no Michael E. Knights and certainly no Erika Slezaks.

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    THEBEST

    Apparently, The_Moustache thinks that only 2 people have access to/are going to watch AMC & OLTL online. DC gets MILLIONS of hits every month? I love how many people are underestimating the internet. Do you actually think that Prospect Park would pour money into those shows if it was that pointless? A lot of you soap fans need to educate yourselves on the wonders of turning a profit on the web.

    How do you think that Crystal Chappelle is able to do a 3rd season of Venice? Because the series is MAKING MONEY! Why is damn near every TV show out here available online? Because BILLIONS of people use the net every goddamn day. Maybe the shows should’ve stayed canceled, at least all this negativity would be warranted. I understand being cautious & hesitant, but this is fucking ridiculous. Has it ever occurred to any of you that the shows don’t have to be viewed by 2.5 million people in order to be profitable?

    If at least a million people (or 500,000 subscribers) would traffic the site monthly, that could make a ton of loot. I have my reservations just like everyone else, but I’m gonna continue to stay cautiously optimistic about this whole thing…

    Sorry about the copying & pasting of my posts. I just wanna let everyone know how I feel LOL :)

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    harlee490

    I am so excited about this and reading everything on the news!! :) I think this is wonderful news for this genre. Prospect Park is being pioneers as soaps was in the beginning. Yes, cuts will be coming but I don’t think it will be jarring and not as expensive as network television. People that has made a living by being involved rather actors, writers, producers etc.. that is a love for this genre to succeed. There are passionate people in this industry who has a deep love. As one poster suggested soaps can do some amazing realistic, character driven stories, not be confined and put more grit with internet and that is what soaps do best…”what is old is new again”. If PP makes this successful adventure, ABC cleans up financially, PP could then syndicate them to cable stations, sub channels as late night entertainment for revenue……and if PP is successful, who’s say this could open the door in the future to have ALL KINDS of SERIAL DRAMA on the internet, ipods, phones, ipads, itunes, etc….PGP (TeleNext) could wake up again and say HMMMMM…they have built in advertising…built in beloved shows. I will support PP’s efforts fully….I salute you Prospect Park. This soap fan thanks you. :beer: :beer: :beer:

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    harlee490

    soap_stud I wonder the same thing, I miss my shows and personally P&G thought soaps were dying and didn’t try real hard….but if fans (which I will) support the new online shows who’s to say P&G could take a second look…probably wishful thinking. I still go to YT and watch my shows in order every night ;)

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    charleyhorse

    This is all smoke and mirrors. ABC wants to look like they care about these 2 shows so they made some bogus deal so that the viewers will lay off them about The Chew and the Revolution…neither of these shows will make it online. It’s July and we are to believe these new shows will launch in the next 6 months without a single deal in place with cast and crew as they all jump ship to other shows? C’mon people….wise up.

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