While the online revivals of All My Children and One Life to Live season two have been shelved by Prospect Park for now, although no official announcement ever surfaced from the production company itself, Prospect Park has been busy revising their claims in their lawsuit with ABC which was originally filed this past April.
The revisions revealed today include: Prospect seeking more than $95 million in damages for breach of contract and promissory fraud. They are also demanding that they no longer have to pay any licensing fees, but that it still be entitled to an extension of the license agreement for the soaps.
In just a brief overview of some of the key points in the newly filed papers, Prospect Park alleges that ABC, “began unilaterally changing key storylines and themes, literally killing some OLTL characters and deeply integrating others into the GH landscape,” plus hiring two key executives from One Life to Live to create a mega soap of General Hospital without Prospect Park’s knowledge. In addition, the lawsuit claims that ABC signed OLTL actors to long term contracts secretively behind Prospect Park’s back! Prospect Park adds that it has tried its best to salvage OLTL, but ABC blocked it at every turn by refusing to run advertisements, by enlisting third parties like Hulu to back away from making any assistance, by keeping its actors away from talk shows like Good Morning America and The View. Prospect Park is relating in their lawsuit they lost $30 million in investment, as well as profits it could have made had ABC acted as “the partner it made itself out to be.”
Make sure to read the full report on the lawsuit via The Hollywood Reporter here, which begins with: “On Wednesday, the plaintiff filed a new amended complaint with more details of ABC’s alleged fraud and a demand for more than $95 million in damages. According to the latest court papers, ABC schemed in a quest for a “mega soap.”
So what do you think of Prospect Park’s latest amended lawsuit claims against ABC? If you were a juror, and understood both sides of the argument, who do you think you would side with in this case … ABC, Prospect Park, or no one?
This giant mess continues, which sadly never would have happened had Brian Frons not canceled the iconic All My Children and One Life to Live in the first place! Lots to dissect here, and lots of reading between the lines! Weigh-in soapers!