December 5, 2016 at 8:54 am #1201962127
After years of conflict in the matter of Prospect Park’s case against ABC, PP’s lawsuit was finally dismissed Thursday, once again giving ABC the rights, and General Hospital access, to the characters from All My Children and One Life to Live. Soap Opera Digest has more on the story here.
This seems like the best thing to happen to GH since Anthony Geary finally stopped torturing us with his exit storyline. I’m not sure how much is feasible at this point, but I don’t get the feeling there would exactly be protesting if some of the former OLTL actors resumed playing their transplanted OLTL characters. Having Roger Howarth continue to play Franco just to keep him around has been, in my opinion, pretty bad. Kristen Alderson could come back as Starr, and Hayley Erin could continue to play Kiki. If Michael Easton were to go back to playing John McBain, they could have a decent triangle with him, Sam and Jason, although I don’t find JaSam compelling at all, so maybe they could also add Melissa Archer’s Natalie to spice things up. Not that GH needs to become an ABC super soap (though I wouldn’t mind — the show has tended to hold onto the worst parts of its identity over the last decade or so), but it’s great that they have access now to all more established character and story.
In a slightly more far-out scenario, ABC could, as some fans have been hoping and campaigning, revive OLTL and/or AMC on their own in some form.
I did always feel bad for Prospect Park, in that I think they tried to do something good and ultimately got a lot of crap for it. I also thought the lawsuit had some merit, since GH asked to “borrow” several characters and then promptly killed off Cole and Hope. But ultimately it’s better for the fans that these characters be in play than locked up by litigation.December 5, 2016 at 4:20 pm #1201962541
I find this news very interesting because I think about the Prospect Park debacle often. I even did some research on-line a few months ago in search of a resolution. I did learn that Prospect Park no longer exists in its original form. It is now a division of the company that purchased it.
It would be great if ABC were to revive AMC and OLTL in the 30-minute format, but let’s face it, no one has the vision to pull it off. Today’s executive follows trends rather than creates them, hence the current state of television.
There is a significant camp of people who dislike the infiltration of OLTL characters. However, I do not count myself among them. Some viewers argue that the canvas is already bloated, which is true; however, I would eliminate about half of the current characters, so I do not consider that an issue. I liked John McBain, and would be happy to see him return, but I am also satisfied with Finn Hamilton. Kristen Alderson could return as Starr, but I doubt that she would want to. The real opportunity here is to get rid of Franco once and for all and bring back Todd (although I would actually prefer Roger Howarth as an altogether new character, preferably a doctor with core family ties). What strikes me most is the open door to bring back other characters. My vote is to bring on Angie and Jesse from AMC. She can work at GH and he can mix it up with Jordan and the PCPD. And it would be fun to see other characters return, even if only for short-term appearances.December 6, 2016 at 1:36 pm #1201963378
The funny thing is that while traditional/network television is having some trouble competing with basic and premium cable and streaming outlets in terms of creativity and originality, the medium of television as a whole is thriving. ABC could really take some advantage here and experiment with a few things. I agree, it seems very unlikely to happen, but this is almost an ideal circumstance for the network to simply try something new. AMC and OLTL are both properties that have existing fanbases and that the network has already proven they don’t actually care about. They really wouldn’t have a whole lot to lose by using one or both shows as a guinea pig for something fresh, or something more fresh than their current primetime brand, which seems to be shows that attempt to shock you by keeping you too confused to pay attention or family-based comedies. They could try squeezing a half hour somewhere into their daytime lineup with some interesting tweaks, or they could throw both shows into a telenovela-style format and have them air back-to-back in primetime over the summer and see where that gets them. It feels like it’s about time for the next big things in soaps to come along, and no one’s doing much to make it happen, but there are opportunities.
Outside of that, I really would not mind GH considerably trimming their current cast to focus on the more important characters and potentially import a few OLTL/AMC characters in connection with that and to enhance those stories.