REPORT: Prospect Park Contacts WGA






According to multiple sources, Prospect Park has entered preliminary talks with the Writers Guild of America (WGA) concerning their planned continuations of All My Children and One Life to Live.

"I wouldn't call them negotiations yet, but overtures were made," says one insider. "They [Prospect Park] are anxious to make a deal soon."

As previously reported, Disney-ABC extended the production company's deadline to relaunch AMC and OLTL. They now have until the end of February 2013 to finalize their plans.

"Once Prospect Park began to survey the pool of financial core writers available to them, they realized there were slim pickings," explains a source close to the situation.

 Considering it is the Winter Holiday season, don't expect a deal to be made until after the first of the year. Keep checking back with Daytime Confidential as this story continues to develop!


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Chile, boo..........

I still don't want to believe the boys who cried wolf!

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I hope a WGA deal is reached. AMC could get Lorraine Broderick back & OLTL could have Claire Labine, Addie Walsh, Melissa Salmons etc. So many to chose from.

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I'm still afraid to get my hopes up to be honest BUT this would be such wonderful news!

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curses! this sounds like the shows are going to be helmed and written by the same old same old which means they are doomed to fail. this was an opportunity to take these shows to the next level.

I love Claire Labine, but will everyone stop bringing her name up. She is retired. Sadly, most of the talented soap writers are way old and were paid well enough in their day that they don't have to work now. Hopefully, Agnes Nixon will dictate long term story for both shows to a younger writer.

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Actually Claire is not retired. She has said in interviews when Frons was still at ABC she never thought she would be asked back but if was, would consider it.

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That might be what Claire says on the record, but she is in her 80s and retired. I don't want her kids writing under her name either.

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she's 77 and said she would love to work more in a video interview with Kate Mulgrew. Agnes Nixon is 85 Is she too old for you to like what she writes? Dont be ageist. UGHHH

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Anyone who has been involved in union negotiations knows that nothing is ever worked out in two months. And there are other unions to be dealt with before this can go ahead.

And as someone else has mentioned, the soap fans still interested in moving forward are a fraction of the network fanbase. There is just no way the small number of soap viewers can sustain these shows with their big budgets.

Fool you once, shame on them. Fool you twice, well, you finish it.

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If indeed the shows are a go, it would be interesting to see the storytelling play out, since ABC wouldn't be interfering. There are so many talented soap writers available. I hope this does happen.

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Ok here we go again
this time looks like it really is going to happen.
Im very happy for these shows..
does anyone have doubts and why?
anyone have concrete proof that this wont happen... cause so far two leading actors have signed on .... so they must have been told .. advise?

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WGA is the only union left. They already have deals with SAG-AFTRA & DGA

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Well then it seems like its a done deal ..
and then Im sure all SOAPS will head in that direction ....
then this site could be called ONLINE CONFIDENTIAL

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HH, remember that many actors signed on to these shows back in 2011 and nothing happened. You can google it and see that last year Destiny,Jack Natalie, Tomas, Blair, Viki, et. al. had signed on. It doesn't matter if actors have signed on if there is no show to produce.

I'm highly skeptical about the shows re-launching seeing how info is coming out piece-meal. If you want to reboot these shows correctly you do a big press announcement. You don't let bits of info trickle out on actors' FB pages. It looks like PP is serious, but they don't have all their ducks in a row...again.

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@TV Gord: Much like Tyler Perry they are filming away from Hollywood and New York City. This will cut down on production cost. They are not working with 50 million per soap, but they should be able to work it out. Soaps made the transition from radio to TV with similar concerns. Yet, it became the destination dejour.

One important thing to note was that at last tally, Days of Our Lives was receiving over 4 million episode views a month via NBC.com. Those are largely viewers who did not watch via TV. So if over 4 million can watch one soap via the web, the possiblities are endless for All My Children and One Life to Live.

It all comes down to 3 things:
1. Good storylines
2. Good marketing
3. Monotization

The first thing I would do would be to follow the model for The Game's cable relaunch and air classic episodes of each soap on the online network where both AMC and OLTL will air to get fans excited months before they air and provide little nuggets for their return. From interviews with returning actors to releasing a series of episodes focusing on some of the returning vets greatest moments.

The Game was cut from the CW and it took between 3 to 4 years for it to air its new episodes on BET. They simply aired reruns and teased the fans. In the end The Game went from less than 1 million viewers per episode to 3 to 5 million per episode. So it can be done.

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they should've just done the episodes on YouTube.

dozens & dozens of tv-soap & other entertainment stuff is being done there and it looks like a movie.

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The Moustache, got a point there, but what about the older ladies who dont even know how to turn a computer on? Soaps are generational and there are alot of 80 year olds who have been watching GH for eq since they were 30 but have not gone on the internet. I think there are alot of viewers of an older generation.

NYSAM - I agree with what you said. Why is it that only 2 people have announced that they have signed up and all the others who will be joining these shows are Mums the word? I think it will happen this time, but Im still a little buggy/suspect about it. I will be happy when PP makes an announcement, cause right now I feel as tho its de ja vu from last year.

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I agree
I think it will happen ... but I dont know
why they are releasing bits here and bits there.. that is the perplexing thought at hand.

Nothing about ONE LIFE though at all, just AMC.

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@giogio

the shows last year were going to be internet-only.

same as this time.

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After everything the actors, crews, writers, and fans have been put through with this business of Prospect Park bringing our soaps; "One Life To Live" and "All My Children" back: I'll believe it when I see it.

Until Prospect Park itself makes an Official Public Announcement regarding where and when we can tune in to our beloved soaps again, I won't be holding my breath.

If it happens it will be huge news and this kind of ground-breaking news would most likely be seen during General Hospital.

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Stories and comments like these don't make me feel confident about the new powers that be behind the scenes of re-booting AMC & OLTL. Kwatinetz makes Frons sound like he knew what he was doing....

Both articles basically state "Kwatinetz has made a “career” out of all talk, no delivery, all bark, no bite."

This is a long read, but revealing....

http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2002/08/ovitz200208

Sounds like people who worked with him in the past don't have many nice things to say....

http://www.deadline.com/2008/11/jeff-kwatinetz-left-the-firm-tonight/#mo...

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well that is just negative publicity .. doesnt mean anything ..

nysam wrote:
Stories and comments like these don't make me feel confident about the new powers that be behind the scenes of re-booting AMC & OLTL. Kwatinetz makes Frons sound like he knew what he was doing....

Both articles basically state "Kwatinetz has made a “career” out of all talk, no delivery, all bark, no bite."

This is a long read, but revealing....

http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2002/08/ovitz200208

Sounds like people who worked with him in the past don't have many nice things to say....

http://www.deadline.com/2008/11/jeff-kwatinetz-left-the-firm-tonight/#more-7477

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appropriate gif is appropriate.

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The Moustache Laughing out loud

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The_Mustache: you are truly hilarious with these gifs.

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The Moustache-- to get us thru these days of waiting on PP - WE NEED MORE GIFS......EVERYDAY!!!

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Everyone seems to think this will happen
since deals are all worked out with other unions....
what are the deals, and dont you think the wga will work out a deal?

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HH, are you as innocent as you look in your photo? This all looked like it was moving forward back in 2011 and then it all went kaput....there were deals with the actors, plans for The Online Network, discussions with the unions and then nada, zilch, nothing.

VANITY FAIR is a respected publication and does major research for their stories. I doubt that you read the VF article above but if you did you would get some insight into one of the personalities behind the reboots. It doesn't sound positive. As well as the comments from people who have worked with him before. Doesn't sound like a ringing endorsement for the savior of our soaps.

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I am not interested in this at all. And the commericals will drive you crazy. I don't think this will last because they can't write for soaps anymore. And I know the gay characters will show up in droves.

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Yes I did read it , and I know its a quality magazine... as when I lived in LA, I got it all the time , and in nyc... and they also list castings, etc.. so I know its a good reputable mag.. In saying that .. I still think this could happen, if they have deals with SAG, AFTRA and DGA, and now pending WGA.. what makes you think it wont happen.. Just because of last time.. there is such a thing as a 2nd chance... Who knows.. everyone is skeptical, understandably so.. Do you think they do not have the budget ? However I also feel it may not work, cause of online, people will not want to watch this online, hurts the eyes, etc... and ... will this cost the viewer a fee per month or per show to watch ?

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HH, are you as innocent as you look in your photo? This all looked like it was moving forward back in 2011 and then it all went kaput....there were deals with the actors, plans for The Online Network, discussions with the unions and then nada, zilch, nothing.

VANITY FAIR is a respected publication and does major research for their stories. I doubt that you read the VF article above but if you did you would get some insight into one of the personalities behind the reboots. It doesn't sound positive. As well as the comments from people who have worked with him before. Doesn't sound like a ringing endorsement for the savior of our soaps.

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I really hope it happens but I still have my doubts after what happened the last time. Wish they would also put the shows on Cable, besides the internet. I still love to watch my soaps on TV. They need good writers. Charles Pratt praticully destroyed AMC with his awful writing. Look what Ron C and Frank V have done for GH. Sure, it's not perfect but the show has been getting a lot of buzz since they took over (The NY POST mentioned GH as the top 5 drama shows to watch in 2013. Now that is impressive!) I would love to see my beloved OLTL characters, Vicki, David, Roxy, Bo, Clint, Dorian, Blair, again. And I love that Vincent I is willing to come back as David on AMC and hopefully Thorsten Kaye will agree, and Kendall. Wonder if Susan Lucci will sign up, that would be a big plus to get things moving. But please, don't let Ryan take over the show, he ruined it.