November 7, 2013 at 7:27 am #425431
Soap Opera Digest is awaiting official confirmation from
Prospect Park, but insiders report that the company is officially
shelving its plans to bring AMC back for a second season. (The show has
been on production hiatus since August.) Staffers reportedly got word
from PP today, and one behind-the-scenes player posted on Facebook, “It
was fun while it lasted…” TV Guide‘s Michael Logan tweeted that a Friday announcement from PP is expected.
This news definitely sucks. I was hoping AMC and OLTL would thrive in these new formats, but with both projects shelved, it doesn’t seem that’s happening. I was at a fan event in New York a few weeks ago, and I got the impression that some of the cast was optimistic OLTL would be put back into production fairly soon. Now that doesn’t really seem likely.November 7, 2013 at 2:11 pm #425433
If all the rumblings about the possible cancellation do turn out to be true, I agree, there is no other way to say it. This news sucks… hard. And, honestly, I don’t get it. The end of the first season promised much potential for the show. I truly believe if its creative team were to have harnessed all the constructive criticism it got into correcting what didn’t work, and banked on what did work, they could have produced a truly great second season. Plus, the ratings were still going relatively strong. I guess now, we’ll never really know what could’ve been. This is all just so sad, really. Even more so, because AMC had everything going for it to succeed. There should be absolutely no excuse on the part of Prospect Park as to why they wouldn’t grant the show a second season. Shame on them.November 7, 2013 at 6:42 pm #425434
PP just botched this whole thing from day one. I just don’t get it.November 7, 2013 at 6:42 pm #425435
Maybe now Oprah can pick them up for OWN.November 10, 2013 at 10:51 am #425436
If the network soaps weren’t doing well this would be cause for mourning. #ithappened and it was something that both shows should be proud of, but the behind the scene antics were just messy from the nonsense with the WGA on. I feel for the cast and crew b/c their jobs are gone, but I choose to play selective memory with my memories of both shows in their original runs and online ones.November 12, 2013 at 10:45 am #425437
Debbi Morgan has confirmed that AMC is dead…it is done officially.November 12, 2013 at 11:41 am #425438
What will this do to the lawsuit? Will ABC be able to use their Llanview characters again because GH could certainly get a boost out of killing off Franco Quartermain (errr) Baldwin and replacing him with a much more entertaining character named Todd Manning. Same goes for Dr. Silas – – – snore!!!! John McBain at least had bite (no pun intended) and a purpose. Dr. Silas Clay does nothing for me.November 13, 2013 at 7:37 am #425439
I hadn’t thought about the lawsuit. But is either show dead dead? I thought OLTL at least was given the status of being “on hiatus,” which is exactly what they were when the actions that resulted in the lawsuit happened in the first place. Unless Prospect Park officially declares that they have no intention of restarting production on OLTL ever, I don’t think this’ll have any bearing on the lawsuit, unfortunately for GH.November 13, 2013 at 4:43 pm #425440
I’m not presenting all of the article text; but I will refer people to a latest report from Los Angeles Times.…
Soap opera ‘All My Children’ washed up?
By Meg James (11.13.2013 @ 6:12 p.m. ET)
An actor on the series, Debbi Morgan, announced on Twitter that the show was “officially done” after one season on the Internet. “Thanks for the memories,” Morgan tweeted late last week.
Prospect Park, the production company behind the effort to keep the show alive, this week refused to discuss the situation or confirm Morgan’s comment.
On Wednesday, lawyers representing Prospect Park filed an amended lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against ABC. The suit claims that the Walt Disney Co.-owned television company undermined its efforts to produce “All My Children” and a second ABC soap, “One Life to Live,” for the Internet.
…November 14, 2013 at 6:49 am #425441
I feel like I’ve failed as an American for not realizing this would happen, but of course Prospect Park’s hiatus for iOLTL and iAMC prompted them to amend the lawsuit and ask for more money. From Daytime Confidential:
Still waiting for someone at Prospect Park to confirm they aren’t bringing back All My Children?
Sorry, we’ll have to take the word of cast and crew members on social
media, because PP was too busy amending their lawsuit against Disney-ABC
on Wednesday to clue in their loyal audience.
According to The Hollywood Reporter,
PP now wants more than $95 million from Disney-ABC, whom they allege
schemed to create a “mega-soap” behind the backs of the peeps who
licensed One Life to Live and All My Children. So the same company that wanted out of soaps so badly they cancelled two at the same time—with initial plans of gutting General Hospital shortly thereafter—all of the sudden wanted a “mega-soap” on the dial?
There’s no denying Disney-ABC cancelled those soaps, and for that,
soap fans have every right to be pissed. However, let’s get real. TV
networks cancel programming all the time. ABC shouldn’t forever be cast
as the villain in Prospect Park’s real-life soap opera, just because
this production company couldn’t figure out how to successfully launch AMC and OLTL online — not once, but twice.January 16, 2014 at 10:04 am #425443
And the latest Prospect Park drama: http://soapoperadigest.com/content/new-twist-abcprospect-park-legal-battleFebruary 12, 2014 at 3:10 pm #425444
Well, I guess this is “score one” for Prospect Park in its ongoing legal dispute with ABC:
“A judge has denied ABC’s request to strike a key part of Prospect Park’s multi-million dollar lawsuit that asks for the licensing period to be extended and for fees to be waived.” To read more: http://soapcentral.com/soapcentral/news/2014/0210-pp_abc_lawsuit.php
Also, this is a candid interview Soapcentral did last month with OLTL‘s legendary Erika Slezak: http://soapcentral.com/oltl/news/2014/0119-slezak.php
I found it particularly interesting where she hints, “The door is not completely shut…” on the revival of OLTL‘s reboot. It sort of reinstilled the hope in me that PP may perhaps use this court’s ruling in their favor as a small stepping stone in getting itself back on track again.