The men of the hour at last week’s exclusive premiere of the first episodes of All My Children and One Life to Live, were clearly Prospect Park’s Jeff Kwatinetz and Rich Frank. Through their unique vision of how to revitalize and bring the iconic soaps into a new platform, Jeff and Rich have been heralded by the industry and their colleagues for their relentless efforts in the face of much adversity to bring to the fans the return of two soaps that were gone too soon, when ABC made that fateful decision to cancel both shows in 2011.
In a night of celebration, Jeff and Rich walked the red carpet premiere arrivals and TOLN & Michael Fairman caught up with them to find out their thoughts as they were about to show to the attendees for the first time the initial episodes of AMC and OLTL. As Jeff and Rich related, getting to this point was not an easy task, but as Kwatinetz says, “Passion is what got us here!”
During the interview, Michael asks the duo their thoughts on the caliber of actors and performances they have gotten to see up close and personal, when often times Hollywood looks down on soap actors, to which Rich Frank replied, “It wasn’t chic in Hollywood to say that actors who worked in this medium were of the same caliber. And I can tell you from working every day with them, that they are every bit as good as anybody who is doing primetime, and I’ve done it for as many years as these shows have been on the air. They are really, really artists in what they do, and we so appreciate what they have done.”
For the entire playlist of 32 interviews from the red carpet visit the TOLN Soaps You Tube Channel and look for the premiere red carpet videos with Michael Fairman! Now after the jump, watch Jeff and Rich’s premiere video interview, and then let us know what you thought of it!