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63 November 23rd, 2011 BREAKING NEWS: Prospect Park announces plans to bring OLTL & AMC Online are Dead!

Terrible news today soap fans, and we hate to report this, but as we have been suspecting the efforts of media and production company, Prospect Park to bring One Life to Live and All My Children online have come to a screeching halt!  Prospect Park’s Jeff Kwatinetz and Rich Frank have now come forth after weeks of speculation of what was happening with OLTL’s move online, while announcing AMC was stalled, and the information they have to pass on is not good.  Prospect Park was unable to reach guild deals to make the soaps run on the internet a reality. Arrangements with the unions were also necessary if Prospect Park wanted to also sell the soaps to cable.

What a blow to soap fans everywhere who had pinned their hopes (after ABC Daytime’s devastating decision to dump both shows) with a move online in new uncharted territory.  All the more disturbing is how One Life to Live believed up until last week that they still had a shot at being the first network soap moved to the web with new episodes.

Here is the official release from Prospect Park! “After five months of negotiations with various guilds, hundreds of presentations to potential financial and technology partners, and a hope that we could pioneer a new network for the future, it is with great disappointment that we are suspending our aspirations to revive One Life to Live and All My Children via online distribution. It is now becoming clear that mounting issues make our ability to meet our deadlines to get OLTL on the air in a reasonable time period following its Jan. 13, 2012 ABC finale impossible.

We believed the timing was right to launch an Online TV Network anchored by these two iconic soap operas, but we always knew it would be an uphill battle to create something historical, and unfortunately we couldn’t ultimately secure the backing and clear all the hurdles in time. We believe we exhausted all reasonable options apparent to us, but despite enormous personal, as well as financial cost to ourselves, we failed to find a solution.

While we narrowed in on a financial infrastructure, the contractual demands of the guilds, which regulate our industry, coupled with the program’s inherent economic challenges ultimately led to this final decision. In the end, the constraints of the current marketplace, including the evolution and impact of new media on our industry simply proved too great a match for even our passion.

In our opinion, new models like this can only work with the cooperation of many people striving to make them happen, and we would like to thank and praise the numerous people who tried to help and showed us incredible support. We are extremely grateful to the fans and media who showed great support to us through this process, to ABC who did everything in their control to help, and we are especially grateful for the support and encouragement from many of the soaps’ cast and crew themselves.

We hope that our efforts are not lost, and that we somehow created a dialogue and movement on the feasibility of first run, network quality content online. Of special note, we would like to thank Frank Valentini (Executive Producer), Ron Carlivati (Head Writer of OLTL), Agnes Nixon, many of the cast of OLTL including Michael Easton, Ted King, Kelley Missal, Melissa Archer, and of course Erika Slezak all of whom signed on quickly and did all they could to help, as well as our own Christine Sacani. Cameron Mathison and Lindsay Hartley also get our sincerest thanks for their support. We feel terrible we couldn’t come through for them and we were very much looking forward to working together.”

Oh soapers, what can we say?  We are disappointed and upset and sad and mad just like all of you.  Let us know your thoughts!

 

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  1. Brian Greene says:

    I feel extremely upset by this recent news. Damn, Damn, Damn, Damn!!!!

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  2. Lori says:

    If this is true/Words can not describe the pain that brings me. And all anyone can say is sorry. This is a true shame to daytime T.V. and a fantastic genre.

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  3. leah says:

    Donald trump wanted to run for president he talked about jobs and if he cares about new york and creating jobs and decreasing un employment-then let him help this deal out. Someone go to him -tell him about the jobs that would be saved and created from this deal. At the end of the day its not about genera it about dollars… and not only that I would like to see someone show ABC Disney how dirty and foolish they were for killing day time t.v.
    Move the shows to cable. Out of all the soaps on abc OLTL is the contender and it should live on.. the writning is hot and would do well on cable..

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  4. Carol says:

    I was always skeptical that PP would be able to pull this off, trying to take the shows online with little change to their present format. But that doesn’t make me mourn the loss of the shows, OLTL in particular. It also angers me that PP supposedly mandated that the show change their plans of giving fans closure in favor of cliffhanger endings which would be better for marketing. And now – too late for change – the viewers will be stuck with what those changes necessitated. How cruel for the fans of these shows to have their hopes raised only to have them dashed once more. And how sad for all the casts and crews of the shows. My heart goes out to all of them.

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  5. Iakovos says:

    Are you serious, Michael? Is it true? I cannot even begin to register this disappointment.

    I pray there is time for ONE LIFE TO LIVE to craft a finale that is indeed that, and any loose ends are filled with hope. After so many years watching, we need that. Oh, and I feel so very sad with my fellow ALL MY CHILDREN fans that we shall never know how that cliffhanger finale will resolve. That final episode was disappointing.

    Indeed, mad, sad, disappointed, upset… I feel all of those emotions.

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    ethel replied

    oltl already taped the final episode on nov 18th…………….

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  6. mike says:

    This is a lot of bull. The news is released today to get lost in the holiday shuffle. The Prospect Park guys are not what they presented themselves to be. If they hadn’t stepped in another outlet may have picked up OLTL which is still a viable show.

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  7. Michelle says:

    Time to get back to fighting to save our soaps. It’s the last minute; we need everyone’s help. For starters, participate in the coupon campaign if you haven’t already at sudz.tv Secondly, the Boycott ABC 7 facebook page has determined they will continue fighting to find a home for our soaps. There will be tasks there soon. We need everyone’s help. REMEMBER this is the last minute, there is no time to waste.

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  8. Rob says:

    I give PP major props for at least trying. The unions could have maybe worked at being a tad more amenable so some actors & crew would still have jobs. It pains me to see how far ABC Daytime has collapsed. GH Is as dark, depressing & violent as ever! Garin Wolf has turned out to be a huge failure. Actually, I shouldn’t pin the GH debacle all on him. Jill Farren Phelps has to be the worlds WORST Executive Producer EVER and she has certainly proven that at GH. She has driven a once popular & iconic show into the ground. ABC has in my opinion hired horrible creative people to helm the soaps on purpose. Its so sad and it makes me angry.

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    Carol replied

    The unions were willing try. PP had been cancelling meetings and not negotiating with them. Don’t blame the unions for this one.

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  9. Sarah StJohn says:

    We can all thank the idiots in charge at ABC for the disrespect they are showing daytime fans with this travesty. They consider us fools, who cannot think, cook, or learn anything on our own, without their supreme “guidance” . They have dishonoured years of tradition, and enjoyment that generations of folk in all stations of life have enjoyed: athletes, housewives, shut-ins,students, educated people, who are quite capable of choosing their own entertainment. Newsflash: Boycotts work. They really do, and we are ready to do just that. Sponsors, network, you pick it, and we will pretend you no longer exist. For, for all of us, you do not. Disney, include yourself.
    You will soon learn that we are not so mindless after all!

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  10. boes says:

    I am heartsick.

    Again.

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  11. Jack says:

    Finally we can put this issue to rest. The news is out….PP did the dirty work of ABC, which was to get us to stop protesting and calling the sponsors. Then, when they had us right where they wanted us, they kicked us between the legs, really hard, and smiled. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

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    Torrey replied

    Truer words have never been spoken. PP was something cooked up by ABC to get the heat off their backs…..and now, with perfect timing they release this news that they will be suspending OLTL’s production. What a crock!!!

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    Deb V T replied

    I agree, it was all smoke and mirrors. I am a 40+yr fan of OLTL. Some Thanksgiving announcement!

    Mark replied

    It does seem very obvious that ABC used Prospect Park to get the fans off of the back of ABC. Doesn’t the lack of communication by PP to the creative people involved look like the same tactics of ABC? I really feel bad for Ms. Nixon to have been jerked around by the actions of PP.

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    Torrey replied

    And for some reason, they don’t think that the fans are smart enough to figure this out. Why even make an announcement that you plan on saving the soaps and putting them in line, if you know you don’t have the financial means to support the task? And ABC is the even bigger jerk, because in the contract they had with PP, Prospect Park was to continue to pay ABC for I can’t remember how long, even after they moved online…..If ABC doesn’t wish to continue producing the show, then cut all ties, and sign over ALL the rights to the show.

  12. Webbie says:

    My heart goes out to everyone involved in this sad announcement. It truly shows that there isn’t much hope to keep the genre going.

    I’ve been watching soaps since my first EON episode in 1978. It truly breaks my heart to see what has become of these once great shows. I wish the remaining soaps much luck in the rest of their runs, however long they may be.

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  13. kay killgore says:

    I had not watched AMC for years but did OLTL this is why 2 months ago I quit I felt all along it was Smoke & Mirrors. Sorry Soap fans, but I am afraid in another year all the soaps will be gone and yes it is sad.

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  14. Jack says:

    Wouldn’t it be great if the cast of GH started messing with ABC and calling in sick left and right, or giving less than stellar performances…anything to sabotage the show. That would show ABC who’s calling the shots, and would be a nice parting shot from the 3 soaps that will eventually cease to exist on ABC.

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  15. joseph says:

    we gotta fight harder to get these soaps back http://petitionbureau.org/bringbackoltlamc SOS (SAVE OUR SOAPS)!!!!!!!!!!!

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  16. Jeffrey Moree says:

    Well i will have absolutely no reason at all to watch abc. Who knows maybe in 20 years there will be a revival of soaps maybe sooner. Univision plays novelas maybe that is what abc cbs and nbc should do have them have a begining and an end that way they will be expected to end and not be so upsetting by their demises.

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  17. pj jones says:

    What a coincidence that everything has fallen apart.

    First came the announcement that there was government funding for this online project. (I hope that any funds that were received will be returned).
    Then the plans for AMC were put on hold.
    Now that OLTL has finished filming the deal is dead in the water.

    Seems to me that that something smells, but it isn’t the cheese. How convenient for ABC and Prospect Park.

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  18. Brian says:

    I first read this story just before leaving work, and came home to watch the Thanksgiving episode, so ironic that we found this news out today… Vicki’s toast to the family was so beautful, and then to have the show end the way it did with Matthew, I just could not hold back the tears… and when Vicki is the Vicki we all know and love so much, she reminds me of my mother who past three ago. Such thanks to all the amazing cast of One Life To Live. Thank you for the most heartfelt show ever.

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  19. lisa says:

    Blah,blah,blah was PP even real ??
    Interesting this news comes 3 days after the last tape day.
    I just hope that Agnes Nixon and camp will compile a beautiful boxed DVD set of both soaps complete with interviews, it would be a small consolation for the fans who have loved both soaps.

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  20. toscanti says:

    Karma is a BITCH!!!!!! What comes around goes around. Happy Holidays all.

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  21. ALICIA says:

    WHAT???????? SUCH CRAP PROSPECT PARK IS JUST AS FULL OF CRAP AS ABC, LETS BOYCOTT THEM BOTH……SUCH BULL CRAP

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  22. Blake says:

    Mike and Jack, ITA!!!! I also think PP were hired by ABC to be the scapecoat so that ABC avoids the backlash. And also agree that PP released it right at the holidays so that it’s lost in the shuffle. How cowardly of PP.
    And of course they got attention from their company. But karma is a bitch and for getting everyone’s hopes up will come back to PP, ABC, Frons and Sweeney. They should be ashamed of themselves.

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  23. Blake says:

    And I send love to the actors, crew, writers and to Frank and Agnes for this horrible news at the worst time.

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  24. jp says:

    This is indeed a sad, sad day. Words can not express how devasted and heart broken that OLTL will not continue after its January 13th finale. Watching today’s Thanksgiving episode, we got to see the best of the best deliver heartfelt performances. As Matthew died today, so did our hope that OLTL would live on. Thank you OLTL for so many memories.

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  25. Jenna says:

    What a lovely Thanksgiving kick in the butt for the OLTL cast, crew and fans. NOT!

    No matter WHAT, I will continue boycott all daytime programming on ABC EXCEPT for GH. If and when it goes, I will never watch ABC daytime again.

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    Jennifer replied

    I am so with you on this!! I said I would not watch ABC ever again, and I will not!!!

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  26. Helga says:

    I am very sad about this news. If not on-line then why not allow another network like NBC or CBS to take over these two incredible shows. Shame on ABC for putting so many fine actors, writers, directors, and crew members out of work. Is ABC so insecure in their ability to make money from daytime programing that they would not have considered an alternative since they were no longer interested in producing Daytime Soaps? People are still interested in seeing good drama and not everything is about Reality TV or cooking shows. Also, why would the various Guilds make it difficult for their members to continue working especially in a time when jobs are hard to come by. Somewhat confusing if you ask me.

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    Heather replied

    CBS and NBC don’t want anymore soaps on their network.

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  27. david says:

    Devastating. Heartbreaking. Painful beyond words. Inconsolable grief.

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  28. Diettra says:

    Seriously how well is The Chew doing what a slap in the face and then that new show The Revolution I mean what a disgrace to our soaps. ABC is failing with the choices they made taking off the greatest soaps there will ever be. What you need to do is bring back AMC and OLTL and get back to your right mind and stop the nonsense with these new shows because I know ABC has lost a lot of ratings. I am so pissed off!!!!!

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    Chris replied

    But ABC isn’t failing. The Chew matched the ratings for All My Children during the week of Nov. 7. http://www.tvmediainsights.com/page/5/

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    david replied

    Then canceling AMC paid off for ABC didn’t it? ABC counted on viewers to watch any slop they produced and they were right. Until people develop the discernment and discipline to stop patronizing garbage, the networks have no incentive to produce anything else.

    What if The Chew literally failed and got less than a million viewers? Maybe ABC would be rethinking The Revolution.

  29. Doe says:

    This a travesty! I am now convinced that this was all a sham to deflect the fact that PP and ABC knew all along that puttimg the soaps on line was not going to fly. How could they? OLTL is a class a one soap with sensitive drama played with the best quality of actors on TV. That includes night time. They cancel new shows left and right , pouring money into lousy shows they know won’t make it. Where is the waste in that? We fans of soaps should be outraged for this hoax. OLTL is the show that showed how great a soap could be, great writing, great actors, and great stories. They made us invested and caring for these people in Lanview. I’m sick to my stomach and weeping!……

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  30. david says:

    One Life to Live literally had only one life, and now it’s gone, it’s dead. I feel like a member of my family died and I never see them again. There’s no hope of an afterlife. It’s depressing that something so beautiful, so uplifting as OLTL could end. I can’t believe 2 million viewers wouldn’t have paid $25 each per year to keep this show going (when Lady Gaga makes $100 million per year).

    RIP OLTL. You are so loved.

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    Jennifer replied

    Amen, and Amen

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    gloria replied

    Could not agree more. I feel like I lost my whole family-think of all the good storylines we have going right now that will never be resolved! Tea’s baby! Destiny’s baby! So much good stuff to continue. OLTL always has the best holiday shows-any scene with Viki is a great one. I love Llanfair, I love everything about this show & cannot imagine facing the day on what will be the real BLACK FRIDAY, January 13 (from what I heard this is the last day) Imagine Monday at 1 p.m.-no Llanview. I would have paid plenty to keep this show going.

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  31. Eldridge says:

    PP is owned by a former stooge of Disney, it pretty much was a scam to prevent CBS or NBC from possibly buying these shows….

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    Heather replied

    Realistically speaking, I doubt CBS and NBC would have picked up All My Children and One Life to Live even if ABC wanted to.

    As reflected by their own actions this past couple of years, CBS and NBC are themselves trying to exit the soap opera business just like ABC.

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  32. John Russo says:

    If people are having trouble with having shows ready for online after jan 2012 then push it back til your ready!! BUT Dont give up just because your not prepared! Loyal soap fans are willing to wait! What you idiots are doing is lying to us and giving up! Get Help if your having a problem! But Dont disappoint millions of soap fans!! As for the new shows THE CHEW IS GONNA CHOKE AND DIE!! No Hymlic maneuver will save it!

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  33. Wally says:

    I said about a week ago after AMC was put on hold by Prospect, that OLTL would go the same way in December. Didn’t think it would happen so soon. I think Prospect intended to put both on in the beginning but saw as the weeks and months went on it was financially impossible.

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  34. Rob says:

    I firmly believe PP bit off more than they could chew and they did it with the best of intentions….

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  35. Jennifer says:

    I really am stunned at this news…my son and I who watched faithfully together for many years, both agree this is an extreme blow, made worse by our hopes being raised, and then our hopes completely taken away. It would have almost been better to just have it end with grace, instead of waiting all these months to dash our hopes. I really feel for all of the stars, and will keep them in our prayers. If there is any other way, please someone, lend support!!

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  36. JustSaying says:

    I don’t understand something. Please elaborate. The official statement said “we are suspending our aspirations to revive One Life to Live and All My Children via online distribution”.

    Suspending a show is not the same as cancelling a show. Is that what they’re officially saying? Because it seems like it’s being suspended for now because of the January deadline. If they need more time, that’s fine. Let them take all the time they need.

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  37. Jim says:

    Let’s give credit where it’s due. Brian Frons’ selection of the last executive producer on AMC still baffles the daytime industry. There was a glimmer of hope with the exec at OLL but even with his optimism, it was an overated asset PP couldn’t take to lenders and ABC couldn’t take to the bank. GH…Good Luck. Even if the Chew and The Revolution don’t make it, I’m sure Brian has ten more in his desk drawer.This man is the Mariano Rivera of Daytime…”The Closer.” Ann Sweeney… either you’re blind or you never cared.

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  38. Mary M says:

    I am devastated by the loss of OLTL. It’s been a must-see in my household for years. Cannot stand The Chew, and I refuse to watch anything that replaces OLTL. And from reading comments on boards all over the internet, I am not alone. ABC, big mistake!!

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  39. rapido says:

    I was not suprised since all 3 networks are ditching soaps. How was an Internet venture supposed to garner enough revenue? Soaps are dying so fast my head is spinning. Daytime actors are going to have tough sledding. Soap fans know how talented they are but the entertainment industry gives them short shrift. If GH goes down next year there will be 3 soaps left. Seems like yesterday there were 14. Very sad turn of events.

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  40. Serg says:

    I don’t watch OLTL or AMC, but in my heart of hearts, and even though I have no special attachment to either shows, I do not believe Prospect Park was ever going to put these shows back on the air.

    All it did was use both legacy shows to draw attention to their budding network and go on a reconnaissance mission to scope out future investors for their online venue. Oprah had said it best when she made her announcement; soaps are expensive to produce. A start up does not have those kind of funds.

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    david replied

    PP has no serious plans for an online network. It’s never had the technical ability or resources. It was a scam from the beginning to lure potential investors, as you suggested. See another story on this site: “AMC’s Cady McClain Sounds Off On Prospect Park’s “Blame Game” & Disappointing Decision!”

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    mary amos replied

    Thanks David.Tired of people blaming the actors on amc.Hell PP didn’t even talk to 90% of them but somehow pp convince people it was there fault and the unions.Talked about how they have millions in this.Then why don’t they have the money for online?Alot don’t add up here

  41. Cakelady says:

    When Glen Beck went off the air, he went to internet programming charging $4.95 per month to subscribe. With the millions of soap fans out there, I would think a nominal fee such as this should generate much of the funds needed to start and keep OLTL going.

    I have been watching AMC & OLTL since they started. I cannot watch the soaps during the day, but look forward to seeing them in the evening after a long day’s work. The drama in the character’s lives make the drama in our own lives seem so trivial. Thanks to all the actors who take us away from our own reality. There will be a huge void in my life…

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    david replied

    You are smarter than all the executives at Disney/ABC combined. If less than half of OLTL’s viewers, say 1 million, paid $5 per month that would generate $60 million per year, which is more than OLTL’s current budget. There’s no reason Disney/ABC couldn’t have continued OLTL on the Soap Opera Network or online with the condition that viewers subscribe or else the show dies–to at least test the financial waters–but they weren’t bright enough to think of that.

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  42. mary amos says:

    Looks like abc put us off 8 months.Never really believed it more then ever when AMC was ready when they promised.Then more excuses and blaming everyone else.I still hope for someone to want the soaps.Reality is so overdown.Everyone is getting sick of paying high prices and only getting crap.Networks need to know these reality,talk and cooking shows are so stupid.That is why they are on cable.

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  43. Jan says:

    I’ve said what I feel, its just disgusting of Prospect Park to take it on giving us hope and then dropping it. Shame on you Prospect Park.

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  44. CALLIE says:

    I think if they tried harder this could of worked. And if they would try again and put it online or get a channel to show it on cable. THIS IS VERY UNFAIR. AND IT SUCKS………

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  45. flopdoodle says:

    THIS SUCKS!!!!
    I AM JUST FINDING OUT NOW THAT IT WONT BE ONLINE!!
    TODAY IS JAN 4 . I WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO WATCHING IT ONLINE
    LIKE I DONT SEE WHY PEOPLE CANT PAY FOR IT TO WATCH, THEY WOULD MAKE MORE THAN ENOUGH TO RUN THE SHOWW!
    THIS REALLY SUCKS
    AWEE UGHH . WELL BYEBYE REXY :-(

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