The Hollywood Reporter Publishes Article Filled With Errors on Online Soap Reboots






Maybe it isn't such a good thing that the mainstream entertainment press is so temporarily enamored by behind-the-scenes soap drama? Earlier today, The Hollywood Reporter ran an article chock full of inaccuracies concerning the latest leg in the ABC vs. Prospect Park battle. 

For starters, THR's report claims in its subhead that ABC filed a lawsuit over an advertising spot for the new One Life to Live and All My Children. The actual text of the article doesn't say anything about a lawsuit filed by ABC,  it instead states:

ABC sources say the network was willing to accept ads within GH because of the licensing relationship, but on April 17 when Prospect submitted an ad for OLTL that included Howarth prominently. ABC refused it -- on the grounds that it would confuse the audience.

Okay, not running an ad isn't the same thing as filing a lawsuit. NBC and CBS allegedly passed on running TOLN ads during their daytime soaps as well. The piece also claims "performers" were to be shared by OLTL and General Hospital—it was only the characters—and that one of said characters, Todd Manning, was "killed off."



Anyone who watches and/or reports on GH knows the character of Todd Manning left town alive and well. The article also misspells Howarth's name as "Horwath" at one point, which, okay, isn't the biggest of deals, since everyone makes the occasional spelling mistake, but the other infractions are completely unacceptable.

Would THR publish something this full of bad deets about a $25 million dollar lawsuit pertaining to Grey's Anatomy or Scandal? Shameful.


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gslam's picture
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THANK YOU, Jamey. I just got done reading the article and was about to send you an email regarding the article and how horrible it was. There's no excuse for lazy journalism.

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It is horrible, especially considering how many read these more mainstream mags instead of real professional soap mags. They believe what they read.

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Looks like they changed a couple of things after being called out.

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This show is gonna blow.

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If I'm not mistaken, it was The Hollywood Reporter that also first reported that AMC and OLTL would also be streamed on The Online Network's website. They clearly don't know (or don't care) what sticklers soap fans are for accuracy. I saw that inaccuracy STILL reported just a couple of days ago.

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nt40windows wrote:
This show is gonna blow.

The only thing that "blows" is your attitude.

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Thanks Jamey for posting this. Wow what journalism school did these reporters go to soaps deserve better considerate reporting reminds me of a line in Dragnet "Just the Facts". What a rocky road All My Children and One Life to Live have had to get going again. FX Canada has been advertising these shows quite heavily will have my machine set to record for sure. Saw the shows advertised on CW network quite a few times. Looking forward to Monday!!!

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yeah I saw the errors too.
I guess its another way main$tream media is clueless about soaps.
THR shelved whatever journalistic standards they had on this one ...
at least they don't report on Really important ( non entertainment related) subjects (
like the Post etc. and other tabloid papers) ...
Actually this is kinda funny ,
considering TM runs( ran) the Sun - which has terrible journalistic standards too!!

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I just realized - only TWO days! Smile

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I miss the days when journalists had integrity and actually did RESEARCH before posting articles. You guys at DC still do, but you are clearly among a dying breed............

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Hey thanks gslam. I recognize your freedom of speech and opinion!

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That is some bad reporting