More All My Children/One Life to Live Reboot BOMBSHELLS: Shows to Tape in Connecticut; License Fee For AMC HIGHER Than OLTL!





More and more details about Prospect Park's plans to reboot All My Children and One Life to Live are coming out. Soap Opera Uncensored's Nelson Branco has published an in depth report with such bombshell details as :

Location, location, location: PP is planning to produce the shows in Stamford, CT. Studio space and sets are currently being designed.

In a deal between PP and Disney, the licensing fee for AMC was valued at a half-million more than ONE LIFE! Here are the deets:

AMC licensing fees: $4.5M per year through 2014 / $5M 2015-17 / additional $0.5M per year 2018-21.

OLTL licensing fees: $4M per year through 2014 / $4.5M 2015-17 / additional $0.5M per year 2018-21.

Plans are for the shows to be 30 minutes each, four days a week with a recap-type show on Fridays.
 


Branco has even more deets, including Prospect Park's executive summary for the project and information about streaming platforms. For additional information download the latest issue of Soap Opera Uncensored!

37 Responses

  1. Profile photo of SwanQueen59
    SwanQueen59

    Once burned, twice shy. And we soap fans were burned by varying degrees. Before I believe any of these leaks/reports I would want to hear from the PP PTB themselves. And even then, with what happened before, I’m not so sure I would jump in without reservations as to motives and specifics as to contracts, and financing. It would be in their best interest to release as much detail on these agreements/plans and at the same time guarantees that this isn’t going to fall apart the way it did previously. In that respect, we, the viewers, have to protect ourselves from another, (maybe more), heart wrenching disappointment… 0:)

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    appleridge

    Branco’s site say both AMC & OLTL will air 4 episodes every week and then a recap show on Friday for 42 weeks a year. So that should save them money. I doubt the recap shows will cost a lot. So that means both shows will produce 168 episodes a year

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    DonnyA2001

    I like hearing all the scoops….it seems to make a bit more real, but I’m still doubtful. I don’t mind whatever format or how many days a week, I just want my soaps back! I will take what I can get!

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    pjc722

    Let’s hope that when the shows come back they don’t look like the typical soaps we see visually on TV or on the web otherwise it’s not worth the time. With production moving to Conneticut it should lower the costs dramatically and maybe will lend itself to more exterior shots that look as though they fit in with the interior ones.

    On top of that, they need to start writing realistic stories and not far fetched ones like Erica’s reborn abortion or continuously bringing cast back from the dead. I lived in England and Ireland for 2 years and one of the reasons that most soaps don’t do well overseas that are imported from the states is our constant reliance on ‘back from the dead’ scenarios. It would prove itself correct when you see that both Y&R and B&B are the only soaps that are syndicated over seas and get a huge following.

    And let’s make the writing better, the sets more luxurious, the wardrobe more realistic (for years Erica and Kendall were going around town in overcoats that were meant for cool spring nights IN THE DEAD OF A SNOW STORM. It would be great if the costume designers gave the characters individual style too.

    One thing that most no one is mentioning, it’s doubtful the show will get Greenlee or even Ryan actors back since they made huge moves out west.

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    harlee490

    AMC…because of Susan Lucci and if PP is serious well that is who they should focus on first to secure and rest is smooth sailing. Agnes I believe will be heavily involved with AMC reboot this is why AMC is more expensive. ABC needs to at least honor both soaps and give each soap a week’s worth of episodes to actually go into the online versions for fans to launch. LaLucci LIVES! :) :love: ABC could preempt The Spew for one week!

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    Soap_Stud

    With AMC, I am hoping the half hour AMC focuses on Erica, Bianca, and Kendall. I’d love for Tad and Dixie to be part of it as well.

    On OLTL, I want nothing more than to see my gal Viki back in action. I imagine Bree won’t be interested in reprising Jessica, though. I’d love to see Blair part of the show as well.

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    Soap_Stud

    And let’s see…maybe Susan Flannery and Martha Byrne will take over the shows..both have an amazing understanding of soaps and have worked behind the scenes before. :)

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    stefanstavros

    Just a side thought about this if it actually happens (And that’s a BIG if): I smell a definite breakup of Jon Paul Lavossier and Farah Fath (that is, if they’re even still together)based on the well-known fact that JP LOVES NYC and the east coast and Fath was so gung ho on them going out west. However, Fath may be hard up for work so she might go back, too.

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    SoapArmageddon

    [quote=Soap_Stud]With AMC, I am hoping the half hour AMC focuses on Erica, Bianca, and Kendall. I’d love for Tad and Dixie to be part of it as well….[/quote]

    That’s your show right there, with an occasional Chandler popping up.

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    TheMikeDubin

    With a model like what was described, it sounds like that could easily be put on TV somehow. This is a solution that should have been realized a few years ago, would have prevented a lot of nonsense. So, cancel The Chew and both both of these back at 30 min each. If ABC was interested in resurrecting Good Afternoon America (with dramatic re-tooling), that could air when the 2 shows don’t.

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    blake3b

    This looks promising! I still won’t get my hopes up until they are actually taping the show! But it would be a blessing if they were brought back.

    OLTL was my favorite soap (after Guiding Light was cancelled, it was my second favorite before then). I would love to see Viki, Dorian, David, Jessica, Natalie, Clint, Blair, Sam, Roxie, Rex, Gigi, her son (forgot his name), Vamir (not his wife or sister please!), Tea, Todd, and Victor Jr.

    AMC of course Erica, Kendall, Greenlee, Jake, Jordi Vilasuso’s character, Tad, Dixie, Opal, JR (please get him from B&B, he was better on AMC and what an ass! lol), Jack, Ian, Angie and Darrel. That’s all I can think of.

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    josser

    Connecticut? Somehow, I don’t think all of the AMC cast that moved to California will be willing to pick up their lives and move to the East Coast again.

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    DavidsMuse

    Planes fly both ways, and actors go where the work is! The reduced work schedule should help greatly in that regard. The key for me is if PP has enough budget to entice them.

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    tealita

    If this is true, then I’m happy for you guys. I just really wanted my Tolcazar s/l, though. And how will this effect the Tale of Two Todds? Nertz! *sits in the corner with party hat askew*

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    mk1814

    I’m holding back my excitement until they announce who will be writing and running these soaps. What made OLTL so great in it last few years was the combination of Frank and Ron. If Frank and Ron stick with General Hospital, I’m not sure the team will bring the same quality that we were use to. This may turn in to case where we might be better to keep out treasured memories rather than try are recapture the magic (i.e. “After M*A*S*H*, “Joanie Loves Chachi”, “Joey”).

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    soapy opie

    Hmmm…..

    I really want it to be true, but if they didn’t have
    the enormous amount of money to put it all together
    last year at this time, why would they have it now.
    I realize GH is doing pretty well & that might have
    encouraged some new investors, but the economy still stinks
    & money is still very tight all over.

    The fact that it’s happening so suddenly & so close
    to the end of the year, makes me worry that this will
    all turn out to be part of some “creative book-keeping”,
    at Prospect Park, that will get them a big fat tax break
    if they appear to be trying to get things going.

    Or something along those lines.

    Oh well, probably just being paranoid. lol

    We’ll see. Time will tell……

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    brettyboy

    This is actually starting to sound like it could really happen and I’m glad they’re going to be half hour shows as I don’t want to give up any of the remaining 4 soaps! With them only being half hour episodes they don’t need large casts so as long as about half the casts agree to return it should be fine :-)

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    SZima

    Considering PP’s history, I’ll believe it when I see it.

    Not sure about their plans…30-minute shows four times a week? I would hope their time management is better than B&B. (With that show, you can go weeks and weeks without seeing some characters.) Thirty minutes really isn’t enough time to move story along. They will have to make severe cuts in the cast in order to make this work…not that that’s a bad thing considering that most casts are bloated with inconsequential characters!!

    Personally, I don’t know if I would go to my computer every day to watch a couple shows. Maybe, IF they were good enough, but it’s been too long (and will be even longer) since these shows were on the air so how do you bring them back? So many of the original cast/crew have moved on to other projects that are monetarily more appealing than a web show, so I highly doubt that they would be coming back. Its pretty tough to re-create the wheel.

    Even Susan Lucci has too many other irons in the fire with Devious Maids coming up, plus her show on Investigative Discovery, plus her Pilates shows. At her age (and I’m a year younger than her and retired), I would think she would be looking to slow down a little!

    I guess I’ve just moved on and found other things to watch, so whether or not AMC and OLTL become web series makes no difference to me.

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    LoveVillians

    I agree SZima…They need to use all the characters and not just the same old ones. Another problem with B&B is everybody is related. If it is on the web, will the show be 30 minutes without commercials. If so, it will be 10 minutes longer than B&B, which is really sucking lately. Will it cost to watch them? I would love for it to focus on Erica, Bianca and Kendell. I want my Zach back – HOT! HOT! HOT! I also want Erica to stay with one man. She has been with too many. OLTL I want my Vicki and Clint to be the base. I also miss Victor. With Todd and Starr on GH, leave them there.

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    appleridge

    Well given that both shows will only produce 168 original episodes a year, (Not counting the 42 episodes each of the recaps) then they should have many months off to do other projects. I see a production schedule like DOOL where they are 3 months ahead

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    KathyNYC

    The important ones are still on the east coast – important to me anyway. Susan Lucci and Alicia are on the east coast, as is Ray McDonnell. Thorsten Kaye and David Canary are even in CT. I think Rebecca lives on both coasts. Lots of people could commute – that’s what happens when you are an actor in general. People travel for work.

    I don’t see a huge amount of people from AMC working full time on the west coast so I don’t see this as being a problem.

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    siomonstuart2003

    [quote=DonnyA2001]I like hearing all the scoops….it seems to make a bit more real, but I’m still doubtful. I don’t mind whatever format or how many days a week, I just want my soaps back! I will take what I can get![/quote]
    Agree, donny, I can take what they are pushing out. If it means saving the industry and having the actors jobs, I am all for it. I hope that it is true and that it is a hit.

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    siomonstuart2003

    [quote=DonnyA2001]I like hearing all the scoops….it seems to make a bit more real, but I’m still doubtful. I don’t mind whatever format or how many days a week, I just want my soaps back! I will take what I can get![/quote]
    Agree, donny, I can take what they are pushing out. If it means saving the industry and having the actors jobs, I am all for it. I hope that it is true and that it is a hit.

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    siomonstuart2003

    [quote=DonnyA2001]I like hearing all the scoops….it seems to make a bit more real, but I’m still doubtful. I don’t mind whatever format or how many days a week, I just want my soaps back! I will take what I can get![/quote]
    Agree, donny, I can take what they are pushing out. If it means saving the industry and having the actors jobs, I am all for it. I hope that it is true and that it is a hit.

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    appleridge

    Current list of WGA Fi-Core Writers Possible for AMC & OLTL thru PP

    Listed for the WGA West: Maria Arena, Marlene Poulter Clark, John F. Cosgrove, Paula Cwikly, Jeanne M. Grunwell, Dena Higley, Mark Christopher Higley, Meg Kelly, Michelle Poteet Lisanti, Terry A. Meuer, Shawn Morrison, Hogan Sheffer, John F. Smith, Darrell R. Thomas Jr., Gary Tomlin, Janine Vogelaar and Garin Wolf.

    Listed for the WGA East: Priscilla Kay Alden, James Harmon Brown, Michael Conforti, Victor Gialanella, Josh Griffith, Frances Myers and Pete T. Rich.

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