BOMBSHELL Details on Prospect Park Deal: Has All My Children's Online Debut Been MOVED to January? Is General Hospital ALREADY Part of Licensing Deal?!



Scuttlebutt is growing that fans of ABC Daytime soap operas are in for quite the season of change as not two, but likely all three Mouse House sudsers begin to transition to web series over the next year and a half. I'm hearing from multiple sources that General Hospital, the only daytime soap set to continue on ABC beyond January 2012, is part of the licensing pact that production company Prospect Park signed with ABC.

"Prospect Park has a deal in place that gives them the same rights to General Hospital that they have with All My Children and One Life to Live, once GH ends its run on television," says a source.

While ABC has maintained they have no plans to cancel General Hospital, with Katie Couric's talk show slated for next fall, the network's daytime lineup losing an hour to affiliates to facilitate said debut and ABC planning to premiere The Chew and The Revolution in September and January respectively, GH doesn't have a confirmed timeslot post September 2012. All of which has been previously reported.

"Even if one of the new shows ABC is premiering fails, everyone knows this is General Hospital's last year," an insider states. "The moment ABC cancels GH, Prospect Park's rights to broadcast the show for 10 years kicks in, just like with the other two shows."

 Speaking of those other soaps, Prospect Park's lack of communication with the cast of All My Children— which wraps production next month and is set to air last on ABC this Sept. 23— has whipped the set of the L.A.-based sudser into a frenzy.

"Some people are excited, others not so much," says one actor. "Really people just want to know what the hell is going on? We have lives and careers to plan for."

From what I've gathered, what's "going on" is there is unfortunately no way Prospect Park can make good on previously reported plans to start airing All My Children online just three days following the ABC finale. In fact, the online version of the long-running sudser likely won't premiere until January 2012.

"The New York Post story [which broke the deal to move the shows online] took Prospect Park by surprise," explains one insider. "As people are now seeing, things weren't quite in place. They plan on making a go of [taking the soaps online], but the leaks have had them scrambling to adjust their plans."

According to my sources, Prospect Park is now asking All My Children's head writer Lorraine Broderick and creator Agnes Nixon to end the serial's network run with a life-or-death cliffhanger, where the audience won't know who in Pine Valley lives or dies.

"That way, if certain actors decide not to do the show, it can be readily explained when the new show debuts alongside One Life to Live next year on the web," says the setsider.

Despite all the growing pains associated with the ABC soaps moving online, many in the know remain optimistic.

"In the short run, the fact that some popular stars might not go with the shows will piss off fans, but this is still a win for the soap opera genre," says one mole. "The very fact that someone is willing to keep these shows going with all the bad press soaps have been getting is something to celebrate. We just have to wait and see if they [Prospect Park] can make it happen."

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@sassydreams. That's understandable, but also your choice. This is how you would be able to continue watching your soaps. If they aren't that important to you, then they aren't forcing you to do it. I am sure many people who only had the radio were pissed when The Guiding Light started airing on TV only, but time marches on.

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Keep checking back with Daytime Confidential as this industry redefining story continues.

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I will do that ... Laughing out loud

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Not saying anybody on THIS board has said it, but I find it strange that people are saying "I won't be able to watch AMC/OLTL online because I don't have the internet." When they are clearly using the internet to complain about them not watching it online. It has crossed my mind that public libraries may not be as accessible with getting video as a home computer. Can somebody help me understand WHY people who have some kind of access to the internet are bitching that they cannot see the show online when they DO have some kind of access to the internet. Is it seems like to me they are just not liking change.

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Justangel- As I have explained before someone like me who only turns the computer on and off- goes to where I need and thats it, finds the thought of watching a soap opera on line overwhelming, and feels like almost an impossibility to do. Its like a car - all I do is gas and go. My car was in the shop one day and I called to see if it was ready and they asked me the make of it and I said I dont know, all I know is thats its black. Im not stupid, I am a professional. But I could care less about the ins and outs of the computer beyond my needs. If you want to watch go do what ever you want, but dont bitch because people are bitching and you cant understand it. And half the people who get on this and say "I dont understand why people are bitching" really know why they are bitching. They just feel like bitching about the people who are bitching.

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@justangel24...because those type personalities of people are the ones that are never satisfied no matter what is offered for an alternatiave avenue to continue to watch their soaps. They will only accept tv or nothing else to continue their rant. They love to complain and bitch...its their sport. Sadly, it's not heart healthy excerise.... Wink Laughing out loud Laughing out loud

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Heres a thought though if someone really wants to watch they will find the way to watch them online. Its not totally impossible to do this.

Also as many have said if u have the capability to watch and dont well fine thats your choice but im sorry iMHO u have no reason to bitch. You are chosing not to watch when u are fully capable of watching

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justangel - I'm not very computer tech savy but I will say this. I believe just having internet is not enough. You have to have high-speed internet able to stream video. Not everyone has that capability or that type of internet. For me personally, I use my computer for work and can't afford to loose access to it for up to three hours a day.

I have never watched an entire hour of any tv show on my computer but the few times I even tried it was very difficult. Every five minutes or so the sound and picture would freeze for a few minutes until it would start up again. I can't explain it better than that and I do have high-speed internet capable of streaming video. But I've never been able to watch an hour long show without it being constantly interrupted. I find that aggravating and definitely not enjoyable.

When I looked into getting Netflix I checked into buying the cables so I could watch the movies on my tv instead of my computer. And even though I have a fairly new flat screen tv, it still wasn't as easy as just one cable nor was it inexpensive. And I was told that even when the movie or tv show is playing on my tv it is also simultaneously playing on the computer so the computer is tied up for the length of the tv show or movie. That was not a good option for me so I opted to have Netflix mail me the DVD's. That way I'm able to watch the movie on my tv of choice and continue working on my computer at the same time.

That's why having the soaps on the internet and the internet only is not a good option for me. It may be great for other people but it just doesn't fit in with my lifestyle. Sad

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I think what's frustrating is that people "bitch" (if that's the word we're using here) that the shows are cancelled, and then they are saved and people are bitching because they don't want to learn the SIMPLE way they can watch it. It's not that difficult, but you who don't want to learn are bitching as though it's someone else's fault...when it's YOURS and YOURS ALONE!

So, if it's yours and yours alone, maybe you can stop bitching to other people and keep it to yourself, if you don't want to be critized for it.

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Sassy when the PP deal is made public maybe there will be a way u can still view them

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The people who have a difficult time trying to understand how this would work to watch their favorite soaps are in tears because of it. But no-one is bitching is a bad way, its an upset, sad, desparate, type of way when you cant imagine doing this. They have been accused of not being loyal, not caring about their soaps, not wanting to support their soaps and really being classified as horrible cause they/we dont get it like they do, and they/we sound whiny. Sorry if you guys are smarter then us/me. But I bet you if you ask the Leader of our country, Pres Obama how to do this his first answer would be I dont know. Why? Cause he puts his brilliance to better use. Would he be called stupid for not being able to get it? I should hope not. Instead of getting on this post and being mad at the people who arent as smart as you, why dont you just try and root them on and try and help instead of you - thats right you - bitching. We are not bitching, we are sad, upset and do not know whats going to happen to us watching. You're bitching at our incomprehension. Sorry.

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I already watch most of my tv online. I am not even sure why I pay for extended cable these days. I will take my OLTL anyway I can get it, if they produce it, I will watch. I am just keeping my fingers crossed that it does happen and that they can at least keep some of my favorite vets.

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SASSY - I totally get what you say - Totally understand. I totally understand the sadness, and emotion behind it. If I want to watch I can. My husband knows how to do all that. My TV is good for it. So If I choose to I can watch. But you sound like you have another problem and Im sure this is hurtful for you. Just wanted to let you know I understand, cause anyone else isnt going to understand shit except that you are bitching. Much love

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Everybody's bitching on both sides, giogio, but in your defensiveness, you are thinking people are saying you're stupid...or not as smart...or whatever. That's not the case at all (not from me, anyhow). It's not a question of intelligence and THAT'S what I've been trying to point out. You don't have to be a computer super-genius to learn how to do it. We all learned how to use a computer. It wasn't a question of being smart enough to learn how to use a computer, it was having the desire to learn. To me, saying you can't figure out how to watch a show online is the same as saying you don't know how to use a computer and--for that reason--you just never bother to turn it on.

I had a grandmother who was terrified of escalators. It wasn't that she couldn't get on the escalator. It was that she didn't think she'd be able to do it, so she didn't. Until one day, she did. And soon, she would ride the escalator without a second thought. It was never a question of her not being smart enough to get on an escalator (and if I suggested that, she would have whooped my butt)!

I'm just trying to get you on the damn escalator! Wink Smile

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Admittedly I know zilch about television/internet licensing deals, but I'm curious. Does anyone know anything at all about whether it will be free to watch, or is there anything out there about how much a subscrption might cost? I'm very cheap when it comes to paying for extras on the web. My cable bill is already sky high. Also, and I'm assuming that the licensing deal gives PP the rights to old episodes. How will this effect YouTube viewers? Would PP make agressive efforts to have content that it owns removed from YouTube? Will it effect old content, new stuff, or both. I love my YouTube fan videos, and would hate to say goodbye to them.

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appleridge - I really hope so!!

giogio - Hopefully once the entire deal is announced there will be a way for us to see the shows but until we know whether or not it's possible, I wouldn't bother arguing with arrogant know-it-alls who clearly look down on anyone who doesn't own all the latest technology and who aren't as tech savy as they are!!! They have no empathy or compassion for anyone who's been watching for 20 or 30 years and just isn't able to access the shows via the internet!!! I'm still hoping there will be positive news once the official annoucement from PP is actually made!!

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So far nada has been said about it costing to watch

When PP reveals its plans then I think we will know how we will watch and waht ways we can watch. That would be the best time then to ask places like best buy the best way to make this happen for the ones who have internet issues

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sassysdreams wrote:
I wouldn't bother arguing with arrogant know-it-alls

Well, I didn't call anybody stupid (as was suggested), but apparently it's okay to call someone with whom you disagree an "arrogant know-it-all". Classy.

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giogio - Thank you very much! I really appreciate the support!! You are right, I am very upset and saddened about this but being disabled my laptop is my lifeline. I simply cannot give up access to it for several hours a day, unless I'm sleeping. Having watched these shows for what seems like a lifetime I am very unhappy about not being able to continue watching them but unless I find a different way to do it, I will have no choice.

TV Gord - I didn't feel like you were saying we were stupid but I also didn't feel like you understood where I was coming from. I'm aware of the new technology but when I checked it out at the store it wasn't as simple as you're saying. At least not for my equipment. To be able to hook up a cable from my laptop to my flat screen tv required more than just a cable and the sum total of what I needed was very expensive. And as I said, even if I purchased the equipment needed to stream the video from my laptop to my tv it would still not free up my computer for me to use. That's my biggest problem.

And although it is not my situation, there are many people who don't have a computer in the same room as their tv or don't have high-speed internet, etc. I'm not afraid of using new technology but not everyone owns it or can afford to buy it. So it really is more complicated then just saying buy a cable and hook it up.

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@TVgord....LMAO...at your comment, thank you. Glad some people still have class. Wink

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TV GORD - You are my friend, I wasnt implying you. And I get your metaphor, which was very enlightning. All I am saying is when I did voice my opinion when it was first announced, I said we should still fight to keep it on TV - considering older people, people in hospitals and nursing homes etc. Some smart ass got on and said I was the type who enjoyed the fight. I had to defend my self, no I am not a fighter - I am peace/love and go to Strawberry Fields every year on John Lennon's anniversity date. I am a stickler for language and words and no where except for you and a handful of people have I heard anybody trying to help out the bitchers. If they did they would say "all you need is a wire" and bla bla bla tech stuff. Nasty, cruel things that onlly can be said anonymously. As if this is not a big enough problem, people like you and I who have been watching almost from day one have got to be yelled out by maybe people who have only been involved for a short time. Arent they tired of being so damn mean? Thanks for your kindlnes.

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HARLEE 490 - who was classless?

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Jamey, thanks for the update on PP.

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This project may be a few years ahead of its time. I do know my next tv will be an internet ready tv. Someone said a 40 inch is around 900 or so. It is only what I read so I have not looked myself. I did read somewhere that they expect internet ready tvs to be hot this Christmas. I don't know. It could change fast. Remember how quickly the flat screen tvs took over from the old heavy clunkers. People chucked the heavy ones just for convenience even though the old clunkers were working. If production changes where tv shows and internet collide the internet tvs will start selling quickly. I know my son always updates quicker than I do. I have a larger screen on my computer in the bedroom but I still prefer my tv for my shows. I have never seen a internet tv myself. If there are enough shows to wash online, the demand will grow.

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This project may be a few years ahead of its time. I do know my next tv will be an internet ready tv. Someone said a 40 inch is around 900 or so. It is only what I read so I have not looked myself. I did read somewhere that they expect internet ready tvs to be hot this Christmas. I don't know. It could change fast. Remember how quickly the flat screen tvs took over from the old heavy clunkers. People chucked the heavy ones just for convenience even though the old clunkers were working. If production changes where tv shows and internet collide the internet tvs will start selling quickly. I know my son always updates quicker than I do. I have a larger screen on my computer in the bedroom but I still prefer my tv for my shows. I have never seen an internet tv myself. If there are enough shows to watch online, the demand will grow.

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I wouldn't bother arguing with arrogant know-it-alls who clearly look down on anyone who doesn't own all the latest technology and who aren't as tech savy as they are!!! They have no empathy or compassion for anyone who's been watching for 20 or 30 years and just isn't able to access the shows via the internet!

Sassy, I'm a frustrated-with-the-fans and sometimes arrogant know-it-all (LOL), but seriously, Gord is right on the money here. I understand exactly where you and others are coming from. In fact, there are kind of two distinct angles to the arguments: the first revolves around the almost near certainty that the soaps moving to streaming distribution (which is what we should really be calling this) won't "look" like the soaps as we know them today; the other is that this will be a big technological hurdle for some people and an economic one for others.

To the first, the answer is simple: the future is here. Now. The move has been afoot for at least five years. Predictions of either broadcast soap operas or new soaps moving exclusively to the online distribution realm started accelerating at least four years ago, and every sign pointed in that directions for at least the last 3 years. And a whole lot of soap fans ignored those predictions, thinking that it wasn't going to happen or tuned it out completely or, worse, lived in denial that as long as their soaps aired on [insert channel/network] at [insert time slot] in the daytime, they would always have love in the afternoon regardless of the fact that soaps were getting cancelled left and right. Nevermind the part that most of them don't watch during the regular broadcast and haven't for years, including myself who now watches GH, OLTL and , lord help me, AMC, exclusively on my iPad...but I digress...

So, now AMC and OLTL are migrating to online distribution, when in all honesty they could have been cancelled for good like As the World Turns, Guiding Light, Passions, Sunset Beach, Loving, The City, Another World, Santa Barbara and so on. AMC & OLTL have been brought miraculously back to life and what is more fitting for a soap opera?

The second issue is that one can watch soaps online. Right now. Seriously. Right. Now. You sure can. Here (http://www.cbs.com/daytime/), here (http://abc.go.com/watch) and here (http://www.nbc.com/days-of-our-lives/video/). Yes , these shows are rebroadcast (reruns), but the only difference between what is being currently offered online and AMC/OLTL in the near future is just that AMC/OLTL won't air on tv. That, in a nutshell is it. If there are people who don't have the right computer or internet connection or device to stream these shows, they will find a way if they really want to do so and are able to do so. Those who won't or can't (for whatever reason) will be left behind and there is no way around it.

So, it is up to the fans who love soaps, who have the right connection and a computer or other device that can stream video to embrace this new way of watching these resurrected shows or not. Because if the fans don't because they have an aversion to an iPad or learning how to stream their shows from their laptop and if these shows fail online, there will be no place left for them to go.

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You know I'm thankful that someone in Hollywood that was NOT connected to the daytime industry saw the value in buying both OLTL & AMC. I do NOT care if it is online or on my TV. Both of these soaps are going to be able to continue, which is something fans of GL, & ATWT were begging for. I think it's a slap to the face of those fans for us to sit here complaining that "our shows won't look the same", or "I won't watch it cause I don't want to watch it on my computer", or "I won't watch it cause so & so won't be on". So many are complaining about things we don't even know about, that is just purely speculation at this point. It really does do an injustice to the fans who do NOT have their soaps back, & also to the fact we campaigned our hearts to save our soaps. I think we need to realize what a gift we have been given by PP taking them online, when we didn't even have to have this. We could be sitting here complaining that our soaps are still canceled. You know what I mean?
Of course we all want "fairness" in contracts for all of the people who work on the shows & I'm sure that will happen. We just have to give it time. I think the fact that PP bought the sets of both shows says a lot. To me that says they actually care even more about these soaps. The fact that we're hearing both OLTL & AMC may be going to the TV "season" route says a lot. Personally I think that's great! You get burned out doing the same thing everyday, every week with NO off season. Everyone needs a break & a time to recharge. And there's SO much more that they can do online than they can do on TV, with ABC, right now. I for one am excited to see how the websites for the shows will change. I hope that PP will do some cool things like online character blogs/vlogs, or something like that. Idk....To me there's a lot more positive stuff to be talking about than there is negative, at this point in time. And OF COURSE both shows are not going to look to the same as they did on TV. That's a given, but so what? It might be better than we could've ever thought of. The point is we just have to be patient, be hopeful, & give it a chance instead of beating it into the ground before it even starts. Anyways.....

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GAgal - we havve been trying to explain outselves all day that we are not beating this or bitching because we are whiny people - then you come in with this. you're not reading it right or you just feel like bitching. No one is slapping anyone in the face. Read the posts properly.

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J Bernard Jones - Thank you. I appreciate your eloquent post. I do understand the current situation and the dilemma. That's a large part of my frustration in that I understand there is a solution available but not necessarily one that I can afford to be a part of or that would work for me. It may seem simple enough but as you acknowledged, not everyone is able to afford the newest technology or has the ability to use it. For everyone that will be able to continue to watch the soaps I am absolutely elated!!

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GAGal-Great post I will take a well written acted OLTL, AMC weekly or daily. If PP thinks weekly will keep the shows the same value cool, Im In.

Sassy-I think once the PP deal is shared you may see some ways of viewing that will be avilable to you that we dont already know of.

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Sassy - you said it beautifully. Maybe now people will finally understand we are not "never satisfied" people whining about what we cant have. Why would they want to say that. And you and I have been watching them well over 30 years. We have our sorrows.