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77 March 11th, 2014 Details On Prospect Park Network Bankruptcy Filing: Guilds, Erika Slezak Among Those Owed!

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More details emerged today on Prospect Park Networks bankruptcy protection filing which cites several personnel and entities that the production company’s  digital division, which produced the online revivals of One Life to Live and All My Children, owes monies to as part of their chapter 11 filing with the federal bankruptcy court of Delaware.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, chief among those listed: “$86,000 to the Screen Actors Guild and about $50,000 to the Directors Guild.”   In addition, Prospect Park Networks owes it series star, Erika Slezak (Viki) of One Life to Live $205,000, and also owes ABC $1.7 million dollars.   Today, Soap Opera Digest is reporting additionally that Tuc Watkins (David) of One Life to Live is also owed $60,000 and that $565,000 is owed to NEP Broadcasting teleproduction services.

What do you think of the latest details on Prospect Park Networks financial situation in trying to bring back One Life to Live and All My Children from the dead after they were canceled by ABC?  Weigh-in!

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  1. Mark says:

    After what they did to my beloved OLTL – they owe me!

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    Dinah replied

    Mark OLTL is gone, Get over it. Time to move on.

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    Mark replied

    Ha ha Dinah. Very funny.

    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Dinah, Mark has a funny but even serious response…how can you get over it if the subject comes up and we as fans are asked to responed to it? Mark is responding to what we all had to put up with PP and what theyve done with our two once great soaps!!!

    gslam replied

    Perfect response! Thanks, Mark.

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    Dee Dzz replied

    LOL! I agree, the stress and the lost of my time searching for everything needed for 6 weeks of torcher. Making me go out and upgrade my equipment to go online, via new television, new DVD and added channels and monthly fees. Now I don’t even use Hula!

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    Don Hewitt replied

    I had to fight with HULU PLUS to get it cancelled. It took a couple of months, but I finally got it done. I wasn’t using it any more after the PP fiasco.

    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Me too…lol

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    su0000 replied

    HuLu is FREE .. if people paid for the Plus that was their choice :) lol

    Lew S. replied

    I totally agree!!!

    rebecca1 replied

    hahahha!

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    davlestev1 replied

    AND A PRETTY PENNY AT THAT…THOSE BUNGLING STOOGES….ARGHHHH!!!

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  2. Robert says:

    I am disgusted with the mess they made of the situation! Naysayers predicted this mess. I along with many diehard fans purchase the episodes as well as watch them on the O network in the hopes this will help in making the return of two great shows a success. I like to know what were they thinking? I know in the corporate world, many people believe you need to take big risks for big payoffs but they were messing with the hopes of millions in taking on a project they were not financially prepared for.

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    Jo replied

    When Rich Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz said, We are committed to these shows, it sounded familiar. It sounded like, If you like your health insurance you can keep it. (and you can keep your doctor too). Or, I never had sexual relations with that woman.

    Can’t ya just smell the hypocrisy. LOL ;-)

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    lipstickcat replied

    True, true, true! I’m tired of all the lies & the liars never have to pay ! No justice !

  3. Lorenzo says:

    This is a huge mess. Erika and Tuc should have known better, not to sign with prospect park. I would have asked , the money up front. They were desperate for work. I hope they learn their lesson.

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    Mo replied

    Your compassion is overwhelming.

    I don’t think Erika and Tuc just did the series because they were ‘desperate.’ I believe they loved OLTL and their fans and in part, signed on because they wanted the show to continue. How were they to know the company would go belly up? They in good faith signed, did the work, and expected that they would be compensated.

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    ann replied

    Of course they were not desperate. Of course they did it because of the fans. They probably had their agents/lawyers review the contract as well. For some entities, apparrently PP a contract isn’t worth as much as a piece of toilet paper–unless of course the actor needed to get out of the contract and then the cry would be, “you can’t get out–you’re under contract”. What a shame decent, hardworking caring people like Tuc and Erika got fleeced in this.

    gary replied

    I agree with you Lorenzo, Mo is just very whiny all the time. Don’t pay attention to him. LOl.

    brian replied

    I agree with you, and I thank them both for being so willing and loyal to the fans to try it… all the respect in the world for Erika and Tuc… and all the others as well.

    boes replied

    Nicely said.
    Of course the actors expected to be paid, but they also cared about the fans. Which is a whole lot more than could be said about the network.

    Mo replied

    Gary, I’m whiny? Huh, never been described that way and I certainly don’t think I am. Thanks for the laugh. :-P

    Robert replied

    They were not desperate Lorenzo, they did it because they loved the show they spent years working on and for us the fans! I get being bitter about this mess but to attack the actors only shows how classless you and Gary really are!

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    Sandy Welles replied

    Erika Slezak has portrayed Victoria Lord for many many years. I highly doubt that she was “desperate”, just loved the character and bringing her storylines to the screen. I wish sincerely that things had worked out for Prospect park but the shows were troubled from the start, with no real direction and some weak writing and, of course, a lack of financial stability evidently. I wish that somehow, someway they could combine the characters of OLTL with AMC and come up with one simple soap where the residents of Landview and nearby Pine Valley could come alive once again. Alas, that is a dream that will most likely not see the light of day.

  4. moshane58 says:

    Seen on Robin Stasser’s tweeter couple months ago she wasn’t getting paid either. Not surprised since they want out of the five year obligation to investors. Really believe they owe ABC more. Understanding ABC put off the loan to help the reboot. I just want PP gone. They butchered the soaps. They tried drawing in the younger demo and lost a lot of viewers. AMC was okay but OLTL was shot hitting bar scenes and guys lifting weights. A lot of regulars would have come on board. But they said they weren’t ask. I stuck it out with PP hoping they would get back to the history of the shows. don’t get me wrong. I am still boycotting ABC except for GH. They should have never done this to loyal fans. now I watch every channel except ABC.

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  5. Michael says:

    The production company did not have the financial means to begin with, and there for should not have taken on more then it could handle. I sincerely hope for myself and the rest of the fans, that another network will pickup both series. It would be a great shame if they were indeed discontinued.

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  6. irene says:

    It is still obvious that ABC is owed the most. I do not think that Disney was ever going to let them succeed. It is what it is.

    I liked the online versions. They are being panned mostly because they did not succeed. It does not mean they were not good. Mismanagement. I watch most of my shows on hulu plus. Miss them.

    Down the road more and more people will click to watch tv shows. I stream on my tv screen and cannot tell difference.

    Disney is not the Disney from the past. I can see how they operate with all decisions. They constantly throw shows on and see how they stick. Quantity versus quality. CBS tends to look more at quality.

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    rebecca1 replied

    wathcing online is not the problem. I catch up on a lot of my shows…prime time…that way. but please…OLTL online was not remotely related to the ABC version. to put it oh-so eloquently…it sucked!

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  7. dessky says:

    I really don’t see how they thought these soaps were . Going to last online. Now there is another one that you have to pay $7 a month to watch over your cable bill

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  8. jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    Sounds like PP were never meant to be in the soap business…and i believe they realize this a little too late and are going to ABC with this ludicrous lawsuit just for the money and not because for the way GH wrote the 3 OLTL characters because those characters couldve easily be rewritten with no connection to the GH storylines! They wrote the show with characters that werent on GH and with Victor who wasnt on the show very long and without Jessica who wasnt there at all so they couldve done it the same way with Todd(who did show up and appeared longer than Victor) John, and Starr!!! And if they did have them how wouldve PP been able to afford them when they couldnt even pay some of the actors they did have? So even with cuts in production and less actors PP still didnt have the money to continue the show and the lawsuit is a big excuse to get money out of ABC to cover the losses which i say is PP’s fault in the first place for biting off more than they can chew!!!

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  9. Cindy says:

    I think it is terrific of them to try to bring these Soaps Back & I hope that they continue. If the actors were ok with not getting paid then why are we upset about it ? Its their lives their choice I think. I don’t care how long I have to wait I just want OLTL back.

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    Patricio replied

    Thank you for your measured, sensible response.

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  10. Rose says:

    What a mess. It would actually make a great soap storyline.

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    Mo replied

    A lot of stuff that goes on behind the scenes is better than what’s put on-air!

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  11. Mark says:

    Lol poor Erika Slezak!!

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  12. louisa says:

    I think the fans need to file a class action lawsuit. I wish we had never heard of Prospect Park! I miss OLTL so much.

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  13. Rapids says:

    Prospect park shenanigans are a better soap opera than the shows they failed with.

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  14. su0000 says:

    Prospect Park had good intentions and they tried..
    Sheet happens …
    No doubt PP is suffering over their failed efforts.
    It is sad for all, tragic for everyone, actually..
    But for anyone to rejoice in someones tragedies well —— .
    gotta let it all go .. It’s done it’s over .. :(

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  15. Jen says:

    I actually really enjoyed the PP “reboot” of OLTL. There were things they did to pull in new, young viewers, and it WORKED. (I know this because suddenly my friends were interested in the show!) What I appreciated more than anything, though, was the multigenerational storytelling and how all the families and generations in Llanview seemed to belong to the same town and their problems reverberated to each other. It seemed better, to me, than the most recent years on ABC.

    I KNOW there were problems — many of them stemming from the fact that GH had snatched up some of the characters, and some of them because of budget. I liked the way they attempted to explain things like why John and Natalie weren’t together. And more than anything, I appreciated that they gave the “legacy” characters back their value. I always felt ABC was trying to push them into a corner. (And succeeded, with Dorian.)

    I have now watched fans hate ABC for cancelling AMC and OLTL, love PP for bringing them back, hate PP for losing them again, and love ABC for RUMORS that ABC wants the shows back. Whatever, you all. This isn’t “hey I’m changing my face and that will make sense!”

    I am NOT HAPPY with Prospect Park. Like someone mentioned above, they promoted the heck out of the shows and taught people how to use Hulu only to now have a lot of those people cancel their Hulu subscriptions. On the other hand, Prospect Park/TOLN never claimed to have/give a big budget for these shows and never hid the fact that starting them again was a huge struggle. (Watch “More” and listen to stories about the first days of filming in the new studio!)

    (And while we’re at it, someone explain the difference between PP and TOLN.)

    FANS have gone ABOVE AND BEYOND to support these shows and viewers have made it known what a commodity AMC and OLTL are … and none of these production companies are using their brains.

    I’m not happy with ABC either.

    But I’m also not happy with fellow viewers who are so quick to jump on the “hate” bandwagon when — let’s face it! — this is nothing but a big confusing mess that someone else made of the situation. There have been many mistakes made, even blatant ones, by both ABC and Prospect Park. Taking AMC and OLTL off the air in the first place was the first one, and we know who did that!

    I’m sorry that people are owed money. That’s terrible. But I am thankful that they were so willing to give it another try after all the effort their fans put forth to support them.

    And if any fan/viewer didn’t help fight — even in some small way — in the campaign to get these shows back, what right do they have to complain about all this??? If they didn’t fight the first time around then they didn’t help keep the shows on, and they have no right to point fingers. Let the people who cared enough to get off their butts and do something about it, and the actors who were brave enough to try it all again be the ones who are mad.

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    boes replied

    Well said, VERY well said!

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    Ginny replied

    I totally agree with you, Jen!

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    davlestev1 replied

    @JEN..While I agree with most of what you say I have an issue with your last statement. Like sending peanuts to CBS and resurrecting JERICHO (a primetime show) in this instance it wouldn’t have made any difference what fans did. ABC was bound and determined just like all the other networks to whittle daytime drama down to the bare bones. 4 million more viewers could have tuned in..which they did for the final airings..and it made no difference. Daytime viewers are fickle..they said..who can count on these numbers in the month to come…they said…Daytime was a done dead deal. Prospect Park had NO business jumping the daytime shark without some execs in place in the head offices who knew what it would take to make a more viable internet project..which is what it was. Crystal Chappel honed her production skills on the internet and therefore knew what a venture like this would encompass. Where were all these people in the know who could have led those BONEHEADS down the right path. Now look at all the mess in the wake of what could have been revolutionary viewing. SNATCH THEIR BUILDING..SNATCH THEIR EQUIPMENT/SET PIECES/LIGHTING/BANK ACCOUNTS..AND TOSS THEM OUT OF THE INDUSTRY!!!!!

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    Jen replied

    I don’t completely disagree with you. But I do disagree with you for two reasons.

    1. I’m not talking about sending peanuts or soap bars or writing fan letters or calling the feedback hotlines at ABC. Yes, that is PARTIALLY what I meant by fans who tried to do something to save these shows, but I am also talking about literally MONTHS of effort contacting sponsors, going to fan rallies at TV stations all over the country, picketing studio offices, boycotting, and rallying at the ABC Upfronts WITH LITERATURE containing proven facts (including the inefficiency of Nielson ratings) to hand out to advertisers. Even AFTER the shows were cancelled, fans were STILL fighting to prove that OLTL and AMC were a commodity — in a coordinated, organized effort — by boycotting ABC and contacting other networks and executives to find out who they should talk to about getting them to buy the rights to the shows. (Hey, if you want something done right….)

    Yes, maybe ABC was a lost cause. Heck, maybe they still are. (Their replacement shows have been just plain sucky.) But fans were fighting for these shows even when they KNEW ABC was a lost cause. Why do you think Oprah went from saying that there was no hope and that she could not put AMC and OLTL on OWN to actually PUTTING AMC and OLTL on OWN — not to mention adding new original soaps to the OWN lineup? (The Haves and the Have Nots, for example.) Why do you think Brian Frons is no longer the head of ABC Daytime? (I may be wrong, but I have to tell you I’m suspicious that Anne Sweeney’s leaving because she knows her contract isn’t going to be renewed???)

    2. Have you read the resumes of Jeff Kwatinetz and Richard H. Frank? There was no reason before this mess for you to doubt their competence as studio executives any more than you could doubt the competence of executives at any other production company — unless you know something about them the rest of us don’t? … Oh, except the fact that neither one of them is Crystal Chappell.

    So my point is, I guess, the fans who fought for OLTL and AMC were NOT wrong. They were right. And ABC knows it, and they’ve known it for a while. Prospect Park knew it, too. I don’t know what PP’s deep down intentions were in the beginning, but I do know that there have been many successes along the way to what appears to be this horrific failure. And I stand by my statement that anyone who isn’t aware of these efforts or successes can SIT DOWN.

    davlestev1 replied

    FRANKINETZ created a monster they had no idea of how to control. ABC wouldn’t have cared if thousands of you streaked through NEWYORK to their front door. It wasn’t happening. They ruined those shoes and then gave the BOOT not the REBOOT. You can be snippy and throw blame all you want…IT’S OVER!! SIT DOWN!!!

    davlestev1 replied

    SHOWS not shoes lmao. All i’m saying it’s time to move from all this and hope that some network exex one day has a brilliant idea to try another 30 minute soap while at the same time taking the existing ones to that model also. This would clearly work..cut down the investment time..and bring daytime back to daytime.

    Robert replied

    I agree with you Jen. I actually enjoyed the reboot of both shows. Yes it was a little rough at first but I believe with time they would have worked out. It’s too bad ABC created this mess in the first place by canceling the shows in the first place. The nielsen rating system is flawed and it does not in my opinion actually reflect viewers television choices. Sorry but CBS has been number one for over 25 years…BS! Clearly the number of households that hold a nielsen box has not changed in 25 years. DVR replays should have played into what audiences are watching because that is how I and millions of other fans watch TV these days.

    I givee credit to PP for attempting to bring them back, only wish they had done a better job at it! To the naysayers and “I-told-you-so” fans, kiss it, you are the ones who SUCK!

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  16. AJ says:

    Prospect Park needs to give it up, stop the stupid lawsuit.. release the rights of the shows back to ABC.. OTHER COMPANIES ARE INTERESTED IN THOSE PROPERTIES!!!

    AMC and OLTL were top 10 on Hulu all season long.. these shows work, they just need somebody that knows what they’re doing.. with money. I wouldn’t be shocked to see ABC take the properties back and do something themselves online. And if they leased them out, they’re going to retain some kind of control.

    I don’t think these shows are dead, altho if they never came back I’d be fine as the shock is over, but who knows.

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    Robert replied

    True, true, true! Work it out ABC and PP!

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    Linda Tatum replied

    Fans out there who chose to have the 2011 finales as theirs and not get invested in these 2 failed reboot attempts, it is ok. They have found their peace within. Fans out there who, after 2 or 3 weeks into watching the reboots found them unrecognizable and walked away made their peace. ABC and PP are like oil and water and don’t mix too well.

  17. Mary Moore Fergen says:

    What a mess PP has made of everything! While I appreciate the goal of bringing AMC and OLTL back to life, they handled it very poorly and unprofessionally. They are trying to get out of paying the money that they owe, after killing the hopes of the actors and all of us fans. PP is just as responsible as ABC/D for the demise of these two great shows!

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    Linda Tatum replied

    I agree with you.

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  18. Mo says:

    OMG! That is a lot of money Erika and Tuc are owed. I would be so upset if I worked and then wasn’t paid. Unfortunately, since PP filed for bankruptcy, it looks like they won’t get paid.

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  19. boes says:

    It’s all on ABC, folks, not on PP. ABC is the network that murdered both shows – particularly OLTL which had a lot of “life” left in it. And although the shows started out bumpy I think both of them were pretty good by the end. AMC, in particular.

    ABC put every roadblock in place that they could to see that these shows wouldn’t survive. It would have been major egg on their face if they had, particularly in the new medium of online viewing. And it was apparent from what I saw, and from what we all heard, that PP cared about the heart of the soaps – something no-one could say with a straight face about ABC for at least the past decade or more.

    If you didn’t like the shows, well, that’s how you feel and I’m not going to tell you you’re wrong. We all see and enjoy things differently. For instance, I think that General Hospital is about as bad a soap as it has ever been these days – and that’s pretty bad – and I’d take PP’s version of AMC or OLTL over that trainwreck in a heartbeat. But plenty of folks like it and it’s no skin off my teeth.

    But PP did not only the best they could, but a darn good job, ultimately, IMO. And they did in the face of opposition from that Godzilla of a network, ABC, who did their best to see that they failed, and with naysayers from all sides, many of them seeming to relish in the possibility of failure.

    We got the shows back, we got many of our favorites back, and after the storyline bumps had been worked out, I think we would have had a consistent high end product – although I’m aware some folks would never be pleased no matter what happened. But PP lost, and we lost, and the real villian here is a greedy network that cared nothing for either show and even less for the fans.

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    Rapids replied

    How in the world is this ABCs fault? ABC did not murder the soaps, the shows died because a few zillion quit watching. The ratings fell sharply when the OJ trial was on, then the ratings fell quite a bit more. Don’t forget how expensive soaps are to produce, not enough profit with bad ratings.

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    boes replied

    You’re forgetting that both shows were still showing a profit when they were cancelled, albeit certainly not as large a one as they did when viewing choices were limited and viewing habits hadn’t diversified.
    it IS ABC’s fault when AMC in particular, under their stewardship, saw the quality of their storylines and their casts decline precipitiously. People at the time accused ABC of wanting the shows to fail so they could be replaced by cheaper shows such as talk shows – and I declined to believe that. But time proved those people right. Don’t forget that OLTL was cancelled when it was LEADING in the ABC soap ratings. And especially don’t forget that BOTH shows were still making money for the networks when they were cancelled.
    The arguments you put forward justifiying the shows’ cancellations are the ones used by the networks and they’re total B.S.

    Scott replied

    I agree Boes!
    I was hoping for some better news than this, but at least they tried.
    Being a soap I wouldn’t be surprised if there are some more twists and turns ahead. Hopefully; -)

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    Rapids replied

    How exactly can a network snap it’s fingers to raise the quality of the writing and cast? IMO the shows ran out of gas, characters aged out, repeated kidnap and back from the dead stories are staples of the soap genre and audiences. The genre just got old and tired.

    andrew hass replied

    Whether or not ABC may have put roadblocks in Prospect Parks’s way this about what PP owes people.Maybe PP should have made sure they had the money to pay people and other things in place before signing or agreeing to anything.I don’t think ABC forced them to sign anything against their will.Plus PP started this mess by suing ABC and now ABC is just returning the favor and that legally binding lease might be all ABC needs to win.So unless that lease says PP only owes ABC money as long as the soaps are in production i think they are screwed.

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  20. Peggy says:

    This never seems to end. I just want PP gone. Period. And shame on them for robbing all of these people of hard earned money they are legally owed by these hacks. That is exactly what bankruptcy is…….robbery.

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  21. Mary SF says:

    Everyone goes into a business venture in the hopes to be successful and profitable. I think PP in good faith honestly wanted to reboot these soaps and get on the ground floor of a new distribution media for entertainment content– the web. They were breaking new ground, Hindsight is 20/20 so it is easy for everyone now, including me, to say what they should have done, but life is about learning, so hopefully their mistakes will be the lessons another company will learn. For others will follow and I do believe someday the soap opera genre will live and thrive on the web as much as it once did on daytime television.

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  22. AbbyS. says:

    I’m a believer that PP could have put on a better product for both AMC and OLTL from the start, even though they were under enormous pressure and were novices in an unknown field. I’m not one who believes that they deserve alot of credit for trying because (1) they weren’t in this for glory, they were in it for “clicks” and to make money, so kudos seem a little hollow to me, (2) their shows needed alot of work, especially out of the gate, and they have admitted as much, and if you don’t get viewers from the start, it’s much, much harder to get them down the road, and (3) getting an”E” for effort seems a little silly to me when they failed and when time has shown that they really were not the right company for the job. ABC stinks and I have no great love for them, and I’m sure that they contributed to PP’s failure in their own way by not letting PP advertise on ABC and for being difficult with actors/characters, etc. But I can’t say that PP did the best they could have done when others who were on the set (Robin Strasser, Sonia Blangiardo, Cady McClain, Thorsten Kaye) have said that things went wrong behind the scenes and mistakes were made by inexperienced people who were in over their heads.

    Still, I have to say that I did follow AMC 2.0 and I saw improvements as the show continued to air and the months went on. I could tell that the show was being edited to remove characters and story that no one cared about (Jane the cafe lady, Lea the FBI agent), and by late August 2013, it looked like they were figuring things out. Headwriters with no Pine Valley experience had been fired and two writers with decades of AMC experience were promoted to co-HWs. MEK was going to show up. Alicia Minshew was going to make an appearance and interact with Thorsten and Eden Riegel. PP was talking to Susan Lucci and Walt Willey about popping in. Tad and Dixie might have gotten a reunion, and Zach and Kendall probably would have, too. It’s sad that it took as long as it did for AMC to get its act together. If they’d gotten these actors from the start, and hired knowledgeable HWs from the get-go, who knows if more viewers would have watched? Maybe so. Or maybe PP just didn’t have the $$$ to pay all the veterans after all (as their bankruptcy filing indicates), and it was doomed from the beginning. All I know is, I saw the flaws in the production, I couldn’t watch every episode because of bad storytelling and poor acting, but when it got better, I was there. And I’m sad about how all this has gone down, but a part of me wishes that PP hadn’t even tried to do the reboots and had left well enough alone. There has been nonstop negative news about PP or from PP for almost a year now. If AMC or OLTL is going to be revived, and neither may ever be again, it can’t be PP working on the productions. They’re done.

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    Travis T Thomas replied

    Well considering ABC only could make money off the reboots if they were successful, they had nothing to do with the in house failures over at PP. Its time for us to stop blaming ABC for every bad thing that happened. These exes that were running things, clearly didnt do their homework. ABC had nothing to do with the hiring and firing going on in the PP building. ABC had nothing to do with throwing Susan Lucci under the bus, or the way many of the actors were treated towards the end. Even before OLTL went off the air the first time, the rug was pulled from under AMC, and again ABC had nothing to do with that. They didnt even have enough investors.

    As sad and angry as I was at ABC for cancelling both soaps, Im also a person that realizes tv is a business. As much as we love our soaps, they were not making the profit they once did. But I blame the Nielsen’s more than the networks. I know so many more people that were watching Soaps, but without a Nielsen box, and DVR’s not being included in the ratings, it made it seem as if no one was watching soaps, which we all know wasnt true. The Nielsen’s dont want to change there out of date, ancient ways; and many tv shows suffer because of it.

    I personally feel that PP rushed into production so they wouldnt have to pay those fees if they didnt get up and running. They should have taken the time to truly learn the genre before they embarked on this journey. I want my OLTL back so badly. But as an actor in nyc, I also know that for the amount of money it cost to produce the shows, the profit wasnt worth it.

    I do want to understand why ABC gets so much grief, when NBC and CBS had done the same things with their daytime lineup. I still cry for my ATWT and AW.

    Hopefully someone will go back to the drawing board and figure out a hip, creative, and profitable way to produce soaps for a new generation. To bad we dont live in the UK, because their Soaps are subsidized by Public TV.

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    Karim replied

    After OLTL getting nominated for this years emmy instead of GH, I highly doubt it isn’t profitable

    Travis T Thomas replied

    Emmy noms are not based on profits, but on what the shows themselves Submitted to the Emmy nomination & Emmy Voting committee. ANY show can be submitted to the nomination committee, and then after a round of votes by a panel of Industry peers, they are narrowed down to the four.

    And as far as OLTL getting nominated, they submitted a better episode. Two completely different things. Pefect example is 30 Rock. It won numerous Emmys, but never had more than 5 million viewers. Low rated show, but very Emmy worthy & they won all the time. That’s the only thing that really kept it on the air. It always won in the Best Comedy category before Modern Family came along.

    Emmy votes and wins, are not affected or based on Ratings, Viewers, or Profits.

    Sandy Welles replied

    I can understand what you are trying to say, “if they had gotten these actors” but remember, they wanted Michael E. Knight and he did not seem overly excited about stepping into Tad Martin’s shoes again. Susan Lucci was not available, and if she had been, I doubt they could have met her asking Price. So, there were many many obstacles standing in Prospect Park’s way. Zach’s storyline was weak with Leah, and the writing was rather lackluster. The actors who were involved certainly gave it their best effort, but even the best of them can’t breathe life into flat scripts. I did see improvements as the show went on, it’s just a shame that it couldn’t all come together. Actually, I thought the viewing numbers were impressive but there were other components contributing to it’s derailment.

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  23. Lew S. says:

    Sorry, but PP is responsible for quite a bit of this mess! You do your home work before taking on a project such as two soaps that will air (originally) four days a week. Agnes Nixon told them the job could be quite an undertaking. I truly feel for the cast and crew who were left jobless twice and not informed when the decision was made to pull the plug on the online versions. Not cool!

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  24. Mark says:

    General hospital was so dumb today I barely watched half thank God for bold and beautiful and days

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    SUSAN M. replied

    I always enjoy watching GH and have no complaints about it…

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  25. Rich says:

    ABC screwed up by cancelling them,then by not letting the characters of Starr & John wrap up thier storylines so they can go back to GH. PP screwed up by not being financially secure enough to properly assemble and produce these shows. They’re both equally at fault

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    andrew hass replied

    ABC gave the characters of Starr and John back to PP but the actors who played them reportedly didn’t want to do the reboot even just for a few weeks because that may have meant going back east and figuring out where they would live.Now PP could have recasted Starr and John but they didn’t want to.As for PP they ran into problems with one of the unions last year and that suspension of production for a few weeks and they had to settle with the unions.So that costed them money.As for actors i think they were lied to a little by PP.As for ABC they are guilty of a few things but they can’t be blamed for PP’s mistakes.

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  26. Sam_Soap says:

    I do not understand, why so many “FANS” are upset with Prospect Park (PP). ABC killed the soaps. PP hearts were in the right place. ABC, are the evil doers who pulled every trick in the book to make the efforts of PP fail.

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    Linda Tatum replied

    ABC brought the shows on their network and for over 40 plus years. ABC did not have to do that. Could have cancelled at 10 yrs, 15 yrs, so I am so grateful and appreciative for the decades of keeping the shows on air. I appreciate the years that both shows were renewed. I am not an ABC hater. ABC did not have to put the shows on their network to begin with. PP failed twice. 2 reboot failures and PP needs to man up and own their own part as well as take responsibility for their own massive huge mistakes and managment failures.

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  27. Lisa Z. says:

    Have all of the AMC actors been paid?? If they have, then it always seems that OLTL is treated like a second class citizen. I still blame ABC for most of this. It is quite suspicious that they hired OLTL’s producer, head writer, directors, and actors. If ABC liked these people so much, then why cancel OLTL in the first place? It seems like a form of sabotage for the OLTL online version. Maybe ABC did realize too late that they should not have cancelled OLTL. The obvious question is why do PP and ABC still want to legally fight over the rights to these two soaps? The shows would have had a much better chance for success if ABC and PP had worked together to produce online versions.

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    Jen replied

    Now there’s an idea.

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  28. Christy says:

    and how much have they spent on this lawsuit against ABC? I’m sure they could have a lot of bills with what they paid to lawyers and court fees.

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    SUSAN M. replied

    I bet ABC has money coming out the wazoo!

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    Christy replied

    I was referring to Prospect, not the mouse. The mouse is rich that is for sure! :-)

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