BREAKING NEWS: Prospect Park Shelves One Life to Live



It looks like the fate of One Life to Live is once again up in the air. According to the LA Times, Prospect Park has shelved the Llanview-set soap until its lawsuit with ABC is over and will instead focus on just All My Children. Lawsuit issues aside, AMC proved much more popular with online audiences than OLTL did.

Prospect Park is shelving "One Life to Live" until the ABC lawsuit is resolved. The team will focus on producing "All My Children," which proved to be the more popular show online. (On TV, "One Life to Live" generated higher ratings.) Writers are currently putting together scripts for a second season.

Kwatinetz is now two years and more than $10 million into the soap business. The learning curve, he said, has been intense.

"Agnes told me this job wasn't for sissies," he said, but added: "If I didn't want to make any mistakes, I would sit back and let other people go figure it out and then just copy them. But then we wouldn't be helping to shape the future of television."

Reportedly, production of All My Children's second season will begin this month.


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I don't want OLTL put on hold. I want to watch OLTL along with AMC. Sad( Sad

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How in the HELL can you take OLTL which had better ratings than AMC on network television and screw it up so badly that on the web AMC becomes more profitable?

They screwed up with OLTL from the writing to the plots its all on PP.

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I think it's the right decision for now. Hopefully they revisit it later. PP OLTL was not very good. AMC has been the stronger show online. Perhaps it was easier to reinvent because it was in pretty rough shape when it left TV. I hope they take their time and bring back a strong focused OLTL

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If you read the LAT article, they imply that Cole and Hope going over the cliff (and maybe the death of Tea's baby) was the whole reason that OLTL is on the rocks. Seriously? Cole, who was off the show until he was brought back as a recast for the last week or so, and Hope, who one of those little soap kid characters too young to have lines or a personality, were sooo integral to the success or failure of OLTL? SERIOUSLY? Even if you disagree with their being killed off, I can't believe their absence crippled the show. Plus, they could have come back from the dead super easy. I JUST CAN'T with that reasoning.

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I think it sucks.

OLTL was hitting its stride in the later episodes. Shelving it means you may as well cancel it again, what little momentum they had will be lost.

I think they should get better writers, the acting is there, unfortunately the writing was never that great. While I agree AMC was the stronger show its only because the writing was better. The newbies on AMC are mediocre actors at best while the newbies on OLTL were much more skilled.

sad.

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My issue is they will lOSE actors whose contracts end at the end of 2013

If they need Cole & Starr that bad, Recast

If this is a money issue than be upfront about it

Just want Truth hear and I dont feel like were getting it

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Sorry for the actors, but unlike AMC, which is great, the show was bad

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Too bad, the show was actually starting to gain its footing. I think it's a wise decision though, and maybe they can use this downtime to re-tool the show.

They need to improve the writing, mostly. They have a pretty fantastic cast of vets and soap newcomers just need to tweak the storylines.

I am sad, but I am happy because now they can focus full energy on All My Children in the interim. All My Children has been spectacular in every aspect, it's really a well produced show again!

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Same here Appleridge don't lie to me and say its something like the death of Cole or Starr needing recast, or John/Todd not being on the show. Erica Kane is not on AMC and its doing much better on the web.

Just admit that you mucked it up the writing was bad, the money isn't there don't sit back and blame someone else.

If I were the OLTL vets I would leave i'm sorry but if for instance Erika Slezak got an offer I would take it same with Robin Strasser they have been jerked around enough.

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ABC killed off Cole and Hope Thornhart, no one else. They were not vital characters to the success of OLTL. ABC has gone on with new characters for Kristin Alderson, Michael Easton, and Roger Howarth. So I don't see the problem. Prospect Park should admit if they didn't make as much profit on OLTL's online sales as they needed to keep the show afloat. It's disingenuous to say the least to keep painting ABC/Disney as the reason they can't make a go of it.

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Some of us have been saying all along that Prospect Park didn't know what they were doing. Now they will be down to 25% of what they began with: no ONE LIFE TO LIVE and half as much ALL MY CHILDREN. No shock here. I'm sorry for those who love ONE LIVE TO LIVE and sorry for those who believe in Prospect Park.

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Sounds like a convenient excuse. At the end of the day the audience wasn't there for AMC & OLTL, hence the cut back from 4 episodes a week to 2 and then having them go on hiatus. Prospect Park probably doesn't have the dollars to keep both shows going so they would rather concentrate on 1 and fine tune it. They should have done that in the first place. Worked out the kinks with one soap and take what they learned and apply it to the other.

I predict there will be an announcement in another couple of weeks that AMC isn't movign forward.

Look on the bright side...Kassie Depaiva can now come to GH. They can fire Maura West and she can be Ava. Tuc Watkins can come on as Julian. Kelly Missel can come on as Kiki's twin sister, Kaka.

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Sorry NYSAM, Maura West is killing it as Ava, I can't see anyone else playing this character but her. Also, I think that until they say the show is done for good, people shouldn't assume it's curtains. One thing is for sure, where Prospect Park is concerned, there will always be drama!

I too agree with Appleridge that something smells fishy about the reasoning here. Then again, PP has pulled shady moves before.

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OLTL is a much better show than AMC, they should have axed AMC. Does AMC have a 6 time emmy winner? aka Erika Slezak?? I don't think so.
Hope to be around when AMC gets axed too!!!!!

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AMC should have been on the chopping block. Does AMC have a 6 time emmy winner, aka Erika Slezak??? It's only a matter of time AMC will be gone too!!

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Very depressed over this news. Bad feeling in the pit of my stomach.

The irony is that OLTL had a powerful season finale in spite of an uneven, lackluster season. The opposite was true with AMC.

Very concerned for the actors and crew. They don't need this nonsense hanging over their lives.

Don't understand the incompetence of Prospect Park with all their years in this business. Very concerned about the daytime industry as a whole.

Are we really about to go through this AGAIN???

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Maura West is killing it as Ava, I can't see anyone else playing this character but her.

Agreed 100%.

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I feel sorry for the actors & the crew who trusted what was said before. It's not fair to them to now once again have the future of the show up in the air.

The lawsuit against ABC is unnecessary in my opinion. It's going to cost a lot of money. Not to mention that both parties are to blame here.

OLTL already reintroduced Todd and if they need these other characters so bad recast them. Hope and Cole's death can easily be undone.

Some might say that it's great that Prospect Park tried and that we at least got this first season. I say that it wasn't worth all the chaos in the beginning of the year.

It all could have been so easy with PP agreeing that Todd, Starr and John can stay at GH and they do some crossovers to get the attention for the online version OLTL. It would have been great for OLTL to have this connection. Both shows would have profit from it. Now you Stripper Kiki, FrankenTodd and Dr. Silas on GH and OLTL's future remains to be seen!?!?!?

Doesn't sound right.

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I hate to say it but i've like AMC much more than the online version of OLTL though. I still watched both though because I want both to stick around.

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AMC has definitely been the stronger show but s-l-o-w-l-y OLTL was beginning to find its footing.

I'm glad that at least AMC is returning and hopefully it's success will convince PP/TOLN to give OLTL another chance down the line.

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OLTL was BAD online and was in GREAT shape when it left air. It's sadly the writers fault. They turned Dorian into a caricature of herself. They had Natalie moping around instead of getting her back broke by Cutter. They didn't feature future leading man Cutter more. They focused on Nora radio show WtF? This wasn't OLTL that we left with. Ron C must but grinning ear to ear. In my Fantasia voice "What would you be without me?"

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What do you think? Do you think it has more to do with the pending lawsuit, or the state of the show it's numbers?

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MW is Ava and that character would of never taken off without MW imo.

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No! No! No!

I fucken love Cutter!

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What do you think? Do you think it has more to do with the pending lawsuit, or the state of the show it's numbers?

The latter.
The lawsuit is nothing more than an excuse.

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I love Maura West as Ava and agree with the wonderful job she is doing. I was joking about her being recast....sort of.

I wouldn't be surpised if Cartoony are hard at work thinking about how to get some of the OLTL-ers to the already bloated GH as new characters. I give it less than 6 months before we hear some Llanview-ites will be joining GH as new characters.

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Im with Appleridge...recast. We're all adults, I think we would be able to handle it and get used to it. I have been watching on OWN, and shit, last night I got so into it. Dirty whores. I want my Dorian.

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DaytimeFan0001 wrote:
What do you think? Do you think it has more to do with the pending lawsuit, or the state of the show it's numbers?

PP is a mess and they have no money. They have defferred licensing fees that are due early 2014. Its been evident for a while now that all was not well at PP. Anytime someone pointed out that truth they were accused of not being supportive. I am also skeptical about AMC.

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nysam wrote:
I wouldn't be surpised if Cartoony are hard at work thinking about how to get some of the OLTL-ers to the already bloated GH as new characters. I give it less than 6 months before we hear some Llanview-ites will be joining GH as new characters.

PLEEEAAASSSE NNNOOOO!!!!!!!.... Innocent

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I wouldn't be surpised if Cartoony are hard at work thinking about how to get some of the OLTL-ers to the already bloated GH as new characters.

lol Cartoony.

I feel horrible for the crew and cast of OLTL. I hope this is really just a hiatus, but there have been too many shows that have been canceled after going on "indefinite hiatus."