Showbiz 411 “Exclusively” Breaks News About Prospect Park Taking General Hospital Online, Even Though I Broke it Last Friday


Entertainment industry website Showbizz 411 has an "exclusive" on something I broke last week.  According to Showbiz 411, they can now "exclusively" confirm that Prospect Park will be taking General Hospital online when it ends its run on ABC Daytime, likely next year. Is anyone else getting a bit of Deja Scoop? Here's what I reported this past Friday, July 22.

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."


Okay, now here's what Showbiz 411 reported today, July 26 on the subject:

I am told by sources inside that “All My Children” will not be going directly from TV to the web on Monday, September 29th. “The goal is to be on the web in the first quarter of 2012,” says a source. So “AMC” really will have a finale on September 26th. Ditto “One Life to Live,” which will end its run on January 20, 2012 but not reappear the following Monday on the web. Also, I can tell you exclusively that Prospect Park is preparing to take “General Hospital” from ABC when that run ends, probably in a year.

Uh…ain't that what I said? I mean how is this day late and dollar short info. an "exclusive"? Much like my report, which cited anonymous sources, no one at ABC or Prospect Park went on the record to Showbiz 411, so with all due respect, how can they fix their laptop's keyboard to type out they got this as an exclusive?

I mean, let's cut the bull ish. Daytime Confidential ain't brand new. People in the game most definitely know who we are—and if they don't they should— considering we break about 90 percent of everything that happens in daytime, so why not link and give credit where credit is due? We certainly do that. I even link people I don't like if they break something dead to rights!

 We've linked numerous Showbiz 411 articles, although we probably won't be doing that anymore. We also linked the New York Post piece that actually broke the Prospect Park news. Anyhoo, as my girl said on that episode of The Cosby Show, "If truth shall be my companion in the FLAMES, so be it!"

19 Responses

  1. Avatar of david46208
    david46208

    BREAKING NEWS: We are the first to report the news that Jamey broke!

    Yeah it is three for three with ABC daytime heading to the web. Now I have to wonder what is going on with B&B and Sony soaps? I bet they are sitting back and watching so they can make their moves in the future. At least you would hope so.

  2. Avatar of cheesehead91182
    cheesehead91182

    Whoever at ABC came up with this plan to sale the Soaps to the this prospect park was a genious. The shows will NOT succeed on the interet and ABC knows this. ABC wanted the Soaps off the air and did not want to sell them to Sony (who was interested) because they don’t want them to succeed on another network. Selling them to this Prospect Park shut the fans up, keeps the shows off the air and will lead to their cancelation without ABC looking like the bad guy when the shows fail miserably on the internet. Am I the only one who realizes this?

  3. Avatar of giogio
    giogio

    Ryan Scott – Thats the million dollar question. Just waiting to see – hope someone didnt zig when they should have zagged. I would imagine there are so many issues that have to be ironed out and so many legal aspects, wouldnt want to be there. Im sure it cant be easy. Unless they have been working on this between themselves for a long time.

  4. Avatar of TV Gord
    TV Gord

    I have never seen any confirmation anywhere that Sony wanted these soaps. I’ve seen a lot of rumor and speculation about it from over-enthusiastic bloggers, but I have never seen it confirmed anywhere.

  5. Avatar of emblazoned
    emblazoned

    @cheesehead – Do you really think Prospect Park would fork out the cash to buy AMC, OLTL, and GH if there was no way to make money? Furthermore, do you really believe that you are the only one who sees the true story?

    Only if you have seen Prospect Park’s business plan and financials should you be able to make an educated comment on the viability of this venture, and at this point, no one has. So what’s the point of being a skeptic?

  6. Avatar of Forever21
    Forever21

    [quote=cheesehead91182]Whoever at ABC came up with this plan to sale the Soaps to the this prospect park was a genious. The shows will NOT succeed on the interet and ABC knows this. ABC wanted the Soaps off the air and did not want to sell them to Sony (who was interested) because they don’t want them to succeed on another network. Selling them to this Prospect Park shut the fans up, keeps the shows off the air and will lead to their cancelation without ABC looking like the bad guy when the shows fail miserably on the internet. Am I the only one who realizes this?[/quote]

    No GH has been cancelled without getting cancelled they will just announce it’s moving online which shouldn’t be a big deal since it’s not really gone. ABC is being sneaky.

  7. Avatar of marknsprmo
    marknsprmo

    advertising is where they will make money just like on tv. only better. they can offer the viewer their choice of ads and the viewer has to watch it because you can not skip them. so the viewer is locked into an ad that they choose to watch. The demos for online viewers are premium so being that they have to watch the ad, they pick the ad, and it’s in a good demo market, they should be able to charge a goodly amount for advertising. It’s pretty simple really.

  8. Avatar of cheesehead91182
    cheesehead91182

    [quote=emblazoned]@cheesehead – Do you really think Prospect Park would fork out the cash to buy AMC, OLTL, and GH if there was no way to make money? Furthermore, do you really believe that you are the only one who sees the true story?

    Only if you have seen Prospect Park’s business plan and financials should you be able to make an educated comment on the viability of this venture, and at this point, no one has. So what’s the point of being a skeptic?[/quote]

    The real question is have you heard anyting to believe this is a viable business venture?

    And the answer to that is no. I would bet money that in 2013 All My Children, General Hostpital and One Life to Live will be nothing but memories.

  9. Avatar of giogio
    giogio

    I for one am totally looking with eyes in back of my head at Prospect Park business plan. Not because I mistrust them, I dont even know them. But ABC – I sometimes have fuzzies in my bones that abc may have just announced this and Prospect Park “could” be considering putting them on line some day. If you dont want something to leak it wont. The NY post got a hold of it. Maybe ABC was getting so much noise from fans that they dropped it into Prospect Park’s lap, and Frons and Sweeney are getting on with their lives without the hell we have been putting them thru. If you realy want to look at it, it does sound very fishy. Aside from that its almost 3 weeks. Nada from anyone. sorry guys, call it like i see it. Or should I say feel it.

  10. Avatar of Ryan-Scott
    Ryan-Scott

    I figured advertising like I see on YouTube but I just wonder if its enough to pay for the casts and crews.

    I didn’t think it would be but I guess those make more than I thought.

  11. Avatar of TV Gord
    TV Gord

    It’s not enough to pay the cast and crew what they are used to being paid now, that’s for sure. The soaps didn’t have an audience large enough to attract the audiences needed for network television, and now it’s moving to the web (and a large portion of the audience will not be moving with them), so it’s going to be even tougher to attract sponsors.

  12. Avatar of pumpkin
    pumpkin

    You get the scoops. I have two favorite sites and this is one of them. You are the best.

    I am not surprised about gh, even when you reported it. I don’t think anything is going to change. abc wants out of soaps and that happened with p&G. P&G probably made cbs miserable. On the other hand, CBS does not want to go it alone so I see CBS soaps being the last two and also eventually disappearing. Don’t see Days being around past their last renewal cycle from nbc.

    Maybe they will come back in some form when the networks discover they have lost millions of viewers who see no need to return everyday to their network. The programming for the networks is such that viewers can just put on once in awhile or watch if it is something that interests that particular day. Too bad, with all these baby boomers retiring and spending. Oh that’s right, that includes me….I finally can watch the soaps live and they start canceling them. Oh well….

  13. Avatar of Cyberologist
    Cyberologist

    When AMC and OLTL were cancelled I knew GH wasn’t far behind Frons even said himself “GH is safe “for now.” When I followed Jamey’ beats every single one played out…GH is done.

    Now that I look back on that “what if” web series Frons probably put that out as some kind of test of what is to come who knows how much cast or crew will be utilized to shoot these shows…and/or how they will be presented.

    I think with Prospect Park (the name tells a story in itself) GH studio is on Prospect Blvd) if my memory serves this is sanctioned by Sweeney and her brass. The people running Prospect Park are Frons old cronys they struck some kind of deal PP is probably just a Disney subsidiary of some sort…and I wouldn’t be a bit surprised that his ass will still be involved in the story telling and all that…maybe that’s where Guza is headed who knows…Steve Burton says in Fairmans’ interview ,

    PP has “Deep Pockets”

    Wolf is saying in interviews right now he was not hired to ride GH into cancellation, in both interviews saying tune in…

    Many actors are tweeting saying, specifically saying for fans to watch the show e.g. Leslie C., NLG, among many,

    at FCW Phelps reportedly said “watch the show.” The actors themselves according to some I post with who attended gave them the impression through their conversation GH won’t be around long they just didn’t come right out and say it. They know GH is done.

    Frons is a sneaky underhanded trick I don’t put anything pass him and Disney lies so there you have it.
    Fairman asked Steve Burton flat out about GH going on line
    here’s some of his answer,

    Do you foresee General Hospital ending up online like the other two canceled ABC soaps? Is that the shows future? Or, do you think it can endure on network television?

    SBU:

    I can tell you GH is going to be fine, and it would not surprise me if GH ended up online. But, I believe we are going to garner the ratings to stay on network television.

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