Prospect Park Announces Yet ANOTHER Schedule Change For All My Children and One Life to Live





This is getting a bit ridiculous. Prospect Park has issued yet another press release regarding a change in scheduling/roll out for new episodes of All My Children and One Life to Live. Since, even with two journalism degrees and a right amount of horse sense, I still have trouble paraphrasing these logic-defying releases, I'm just gonna post the latest one verbatim:

Mondays are now soap days, with more choices, and more flexibility. Beginning next Monday, July 1, 2013, TOLN (The OnLine Network) will release ALL of the week’s highly-rated “All My Children” and “One Life To Live” episodes on Mondays via Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes. The new schedule means that TOLN will run all episodes on Mondays, and not stagger runs of “All My Children” on Mondays/Wednesdays, “One Life to Live” on Tuesdays/Thursdays and “MORE AMC/OLTL” on Fridays.  Now viewers will be able to choose to watch one episode each day or binge view some or all of that week’s shows at once starting each Monday.  Together with the MORE shows, viewers can play or save up to six TOLN programs per week—all available on Mondays – providing even more flexibility to watch anytime, and anywhere.

Memo to Jeff Kwatinetz: Dude, ya gotta figure this ish out! I am not shading here. I truly want these shows to succeed—especially All My Children, which is telling better stories than it did during its last decade on ABC Daytime—but one press release after another, alerting the world to lawsuits over dead soap characters, schedule changes, cuss bans, etc. is starting to make this operation look a bit like a traveling circus.

Just figure SOME sort of strategy out and stick with it for awhile! I get that this is a brave new world and yada yada yada, but I don't see Netflix altering House of Cards' strategy every other day. Enough. Seriously, enough.


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Huh?

Ridiculous and becoming embarrassing.

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I agree Jamey. It kinda doesn't make any sense and in a way defeats the reason they used to cut down and space out the number of episodes aired each week. They said earlier that the viewer couldn't keep up with so many episodes. Now they are airing them all on the same day? LOL Okaaayyy..It's entertaining I guess to wonder what's gonna happen next!

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More AMC! More OLTL!
Hell yeah!
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How are you getting more, Ryan-Scott? You're getting the same amount just all at once.

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@StefanStavros: Actually it goes completely with why they cut down episodes. They're now releasing both episodes of each show on Monday, giving the audience a week to watch at whatever day(s)/time they choose

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I'm okay with this decision. I usually wait until the end of the week to watch both eppys of AMC or OLTL at once anyway. I appreciate their attempts to make watching these shows palatable. I think everyone in on Prospect Park press release overload, but this decision actually makes sense in the scheme of things.

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Figure it out PP.

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Yes now the option is to watch everything on Mondays or whenever you can...instead of every other day. I think some people were forgetting or else it didn't make people who were watching one watch the other.

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The soap opera of Prospect Park is much better than any soap opera that Prospect Park or anyone else could produce.

Jamey--Perhaps Daytime Confidential could have quizzes to see if any reader can actually understand the Prospect Park press releases.

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These shows are really starting to find footing with story line and PP has to mess with things again? I like the idea of everything being released on MOnday to allow viewers to binge but why didn’t they do that to begin with? All these changes make it seem like rumors that PP over spent and are making what they need to cover their spending seem true. PP keeps saying they did a but a research on how to do this programming but it appears they are just throwing darts at a board and seeing what sticks. How about just giving us good shows? Oh and can we drop that dumba$$ lawsuit already? You all you look stupid PP!

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PP did say they were anytime so now they mean it

I actually like this better. The full week rolls out every Monday but you can watch them as you chose. Its a good idea. Dont see the big deal here.

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THIS is what they should have done when they realized they couldn't make 4 eps work- now they just look erratic with another schedule change.

But with the labor dispute resolved, really not a huge deal- this is not cutting down the eps seems like a good way to make sure viewers watch both eps- maybe the Monday/Tuesday eps were doing better? And if they want to add a third one eventually, its easier to schedule it in.

On the one hand I get all the exasperation at PP. On the other hand, I wish Daytime Confidential would maybe cut PP a bit more slack- we're only 8 weeks in and they don't have the resources of the networks. BTS stuff aside, I think they are putting out quality products and really trying with social media. Give me 10 minutes of nuOLTL/AMC over an entire week of GH at this point where they've been asleep at the wheel since the Nurses Ball.

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Is the math off here? I thought they combined the "More" episodes for both soaps into one show. Yet in the press release they say that viewers can play or save up to "six" shows per week. So are there still separate more shows otherwise I count only five new shows per week? I have to admit I stopped watching the more shows after week 2 but thought they combined them when they first altered the schedule to two episodes per week.

Also I guess that's why the press release that went out Friday about the curse words being cut used the phrase "Our schedules remains FOR THE MOMENT: All My Children Mon/Wed and One Life To Live Tues/Thurs" where I was hoping they they were going to increase the episode count to 3 episodes a week (not counting "More" shows)....bummer!

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On Itunes MORE is one episode. On Hulu/Hulu Plus More was divided into More AMC & MORE OLTL. Each run 12 mins long

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On the other hand, I wish Daytime Confidential would maybe cut PP a bit more slack- we're only 8 weeks in.
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My God in Heaven, we've been cutting them slack! Do you realize how this makes the genre look to the people in mainstream, who already think soaps are beneath them? You are absolutely right, it has ONLY been eight weeks and one disastrous headline after another.

You can't tell people to eat shit quietly, when a multi-million dollar lawsuit lobbed at ABC, two schedule changes, a union dispute, firing two head writing teams, losing FX Canada, etc. all happened in two months.

We have been cutting them slack. If ABC, NBC or CBS was pulling this madness, we'd have roasted them week-one.

We have been supporting the hell out of these shows, and will continue to do so, but supporting is NOT akin to sticking one's head in the sand, while being blindly porked from behind.

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The timing induces snickers but at least PP is finally doing what most streaming programs already do, which is to release multiple episodes at one time. The only difference is because it is an open ended serial, rather than a mini-series, it will be every week.

When you think about it House of Cards, Arrested Development put out all their episodes at once. PP is laying out their weekly episodes on one day per week.

It's really not that confusing (LOL).

Welp, we cannot say that PP doesn't keep things interesting!

And the quality of the actual episodes have improved, I have to give them that Smile

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I like this idea and don't see it as a problem. I see PP reacting quickly to viewing habits and trying to make it as easy as possible for the fans to view these shows. I'd love to be able to see a whole week of DAYS back to back right now!!! I can hardly wait from Day to Day!

WTG PP! Thanks again for giving us the Soaps back!!

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I feel like Prospect's marketing campaign is solely lawsuits and schedule changes. That's how I hear about AMC and OLTL every other week.

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I don't have a problem with this strategy. I don't have a problem with their previous strategy, or the one prior to that. BUT, if they want to be taken seriously, they can't keep changing strategies every two weeks or so.

This is no different than when networks start moving a hit show from timeslot to timeslot and from day to day. What ends up happening? The show gets cancelled, and/or moved to TBS.

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Hey Jamey TBS maybe they or TNT could get cable rights. I do feel a TV deal is in the works for fall

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I can understand where you're coming from, Jamey but I feel like the same rules that apply for broadcast can somewhat be tweaked (if not altogether tossed out) for the online medium.

Yeah, it might look a bit more organized if they would wait awhile and then announce all of their changes at once (e.g. the fall) but I keep thinking of Facebook's motto 'Work fast and break things'. I think PP might be looking at this from that standpoint--they may see these as incremental changes rather than seismic shifts, the way it might be seen in traditional media.

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Thanks Tmac.

Oh shit. I mis-read the press release.

I thought it was 5 episodes released on Monday.
I see all too clearly now...both episodes are released on Monday.

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PP can order more episodes of the soaps and this way not have to worry that they need to fit into a M-F schedule

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Sorry Jamey, I really didn't mean to hit a nerve- I so appreciate your site and the podcasts and the great work you guys do & have for years now. I guess I've been enjoying the actual shows so much that I'm really hoping the rest of it will work itself out. Because the actual shows are good, I continue to have some faith in the venture even though PP stresses me out on every 8-10 days. Despite the fact that Bozo the clown runs their PR, the shows consistently entertain me. And when Jeff K himself gives interviews, he comes off as smart & straight-shooting so I don't get why their PR is such a mess.
I TOTALLY get they look erratic & confused- the lawsuit complaint was the most ridiculous legal document (or any document) I've ever read & I'm a lawyer- they should be embarrassed by that & I suspect that's why we haven't heard anymore regarding it. The Union dispute may or may not have been their fault. The schedule changes- well they probably should have started with 2 a week or launched one show at a time- tweaking it twice looks bad but this second one doesn't really change anything in terms of eps (and maybe would allow them to easily slip in a 3rd ep eventually) so I'm trying to just roll with it. Hopefully, they are quiet for the rest of summer and spend the hiatus tweaking their business model & let us all focus on what they have going for them- the shows & the actors.

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In all honesty, was I the only person absolutely terrified to read the words, "Prospect Park Announces".... I nearly shit myself thinking, "Oh LAWD, they done my shows down to one episode a week." But now instead, they are releasing all the episodes on the same day... BUT wait, are these all four episodes, or just the two we have right now.

I've also heard a TV deal is in the works.... it would be kinda cool if they could get these on primetime TV, maybe USA Network.

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The two AMC & the two OLTL & both More shows all at once every Monday

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Uh wait, we'll do this. no uh lets do it this way. Ok, no I dont think so. Oh wait I got it. This is it. Sounds like me on a daily basis. I make my own self crazy, I cant keep up with someone who acts like me. I do hope it does go on TV cause even tho Im not interested in it, I have been supporting it and really will when they are on tv, cause I got hulu plus and roku and put it downstairs, then I said no put it upstairs, then I didnt like it there then put it back down, than I didnt want it at all so I bought it back and canceled hulu plus and now I have to watch it on the laptop, now I wish I had my roku back, but if I get it back everyone will think Im really crazy, so this is all ok for me.

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Perhaps the ideology behind these schedule changes is PP hoping the end result would be (a greater number of) repeat viewings? If everything is released first thing on Monday, it stands to reason that once people have finished their "binge-viewing" on Monday/Tuesday, might they indulge themselves in repeat-viewing later on during the week? If for no other reason than the sheer boredom arising from whatever is presently on Network T.V.?

I am not one for repeat viewing, of anything, but I do know that there are a lot of Soap viewers out there who DVR their shows and watch them a few times over. Maybe this is the audience PP is after right now? I don't know, but as far as I am concerned it is half a dozen one, six the other - as I have always saved my Soap viewing for the weekends anyway.

I am looking forward to being able to view the shows all at once. The only thing that would make more sense here is if PP expanded each show into a single, hour-long format for once a week viewing. After PP had truncated the original show schedules to the staggered M/W, T/T, twice a week format - that would have been the ideal time to re-work both productions into single, hour-long shows.

JMHO.

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This way it may be easier to order more episodes of both soaps since they dont need to roll out on certain days. As for casting & spoilers, just say the week of instead of day X & Y