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206 May 16th, 2013 Prospect Park’s Jeff Kwatinetz Clarifies Why AMC & OLTL Are Cutting Back On Episodes!

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After the initial news came out this morning, in an letter to fans via Prospect Park’s Jeff Kwatinetz and Rich Frank, that the company has decided to reduce the number of episodes of All My Children and One Life to Live to two episodes each per week starting next Monday, May 20th, many fans were initially startled.  However Kwatinetz spoke to ABC Soaps In Depth to clarify a few things on the decision.  Here is an excerpt!

Kwatinetz on what the decision to cut back on episodes means to the future of the two soaps:   “It’s good. We’ve been getting millions of views. We’re off to a great start. The data is pretty clear. People aren’t watching like they watched it before. We should have expected this. We thought it’d be a lot…I don’t know why, but our initial instinct was that people were going to watch them like they watched them on ABC. But the truth is they’re watching them more like they watch shows on-line, and people are just falling behind. They think that there are too many episodes, and they don’t like missing shows or getting behind. Another factor has been the fast paced-nature of the episodes themselves. We don’t want to slow them down so people feel like it is okay to miss a show. People are telling us – and you have your own experiences – that if they miss one of our shows they feel like they have to go back, they can’t just pick up. ”

Kwatinetz also relates how, if at all, the new viewing schedule will affect the shows pacing and what were already planned for cliffhangers.  He feels that is one of the reasons the change in schedule is important because people are watching the new OLTL and AMC like other on-line viewing habits, instead of traditional soap viewing.

What are your thoughts on Jeff’s comments? Let us know!

  1. su0000 says:

    Their decision will drive me crazy!
    I can not wait for the next days episode!
    I watch every day the same as I did when the soaps were on newwork tv..

    Now taht it will only be 2 days a week, NOW is when I will save up the episodes until there are 7 or ten of them and watch them all at one time on a Saturday night..

    So – I was watching daily ..
    now I will be watching them all at one time, once a month ..

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    Mark in FLA replied

    I feel the same way. I have been looking foward to watching the daily OLTL episodes in the evening. With only two new episodes a week, I plan to watch them together either every weekend or every other weekend.

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    Jerry replied

    Me too

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    emtk replied

    Me too. I already miss OLTL from Thus to Mon. Watching AMC won’t fill the gap. I am watching it anyway.

    Lori replied

    I agree. Just when we got used to watching 4 a week they drop it down to 2. it was good at 4 a week, even though they were 30 mins long it was still ok. Now with only 2 a week, I will watch them together on 1 day so you will get people to go online less

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    Deb Leigh replied

    I purchased Apple TV and subscribed to Hulu+, only to have 3 weeks of OLTL before TOLN decides fans aren’t “hip” enough to watch 4 days per week. If the episodes only air twice a week I sure hope they will be an hour long!

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    Sandy replied

    Me too Deb, bought Apple TV and Hulu Plus! Very disappointed!

    Sue S replied

    Myself and a lot of my friends use their PVR or DVR’s to tape it and watch all at once. There are also many fans, especially in Canada who do not have access to the show. Unbelieveable not to have checked that out. The fans are still out here and those of us who can access AMC and OLTL are thrilled. Cannot believe we will only have access two days a week now. Hopefully people will write in and give their support.

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    Clarice replied

    I was thrilled when AMC was back in my life. I was turning on the computer first thing every morning to enjoy the show I’ve watched since the very beginning. Although I’m retired I enjoy the young people on the show and thought they would bring in younger viewers. I was so disappointed this morning when there wasn’t a show. I only hope we can go forward with this project and possibly give us at least 4 days.

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  2. Daniel says:

    I am not happy with the change. Because the shows are relatively new with their online starts, folks are eager to start watching from the beginning. Six months from now people will drop in starting with the current episode. I think this sends a foreboding message to fans and they will begin to give up. I am bummed.

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    CurlyQ replied

    They disappointed us big time, when the first deal fell through with our beloved soaps, which most of us have been watching for decades.

    Then they finally bring it back and change it and not really to our liking with all the cursing and on OLTL, the nite club with the HO’s in training and the boozing, really is ruining the show. What were they thinking? It seems the more $$$ some have, the dumber they are. If they had any sense, they would have left the show the way it was with some minor changes.

    Now they are screwing us again. They should be ashamed of themselves. Wonder how these changes will affect the veteran actors. They must be extemely disappointed, more then we are.

    After all the hope they gave us when our soaps came back through the internet, many of us feel, we will be losing them again and this time, they won’t be back.

    I hope I am wrong on this as I am sure all the fans are.

    SO PLEASE DON’T TAKE AWAY OUR SOAPS AGAIN, AND 2 TIMES A WEEK FOR EACH SOAP IS A BIG INSULT TO THE DEDICATED FANS and to the CAST OF BOTH SOAPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Debbie Hamilton replied

    I am riding on the same boat as everyone else. I am extremely disappointed in the turn of events! I for one am not going on this ride again!!!!

    June replied

    I agree completely with the above statement by CurlyQ.

    We have been waiting 2 years for our soaps to come back. The daily episodes are short enough, that they can either be viewed the same day (I watch mine while working on the computer) or all at once at the end of the week.

    Honestly I’m always disappointed, at the end of each episode, that the 30 minutes is already over. It goes by so fast. I love the new fast-paced style of the shows.

    Cutting back to 2 times a week truly does send the wrong message.

    PLEASE give the 4 times a week format a chance for longer than 3 weeks. Get the word out in all different medias that our ABC soaps are back. They viewers will start/keep tuning in. We’ve been waiting for this!!!

  3. Anne says:

    Well, yes, people are watching the shows like online content because they are online content.

    As much as I love the return, I find myself impatient with the gratuitous scenes and characters added to try to capture young viewers. You know what I mean. They need to concentrate on good storytelling and compelling characters. That’s harder than teen strip games and actresses with giant implants.

    Is three weeks the ultimate test period in online viewing? Sad.

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    Bev replied

    I so agree with you about the gratuitous scenes! Truth or Dare? Do people really still play that? It seems so last century! They are really trying too hard to cater to a younger demographic. If I hear the word s-h—t one more time!

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    Kevin replied

    Yes. Truth or dare is still around. Depends on the gathering…

    Judy replied

    Right???

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    Jerry replied

    Agreed, less than 3 weeks is not enough time.

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    Angela replied

    I started watching both shows back in 1970. When abc canceled them I felt like someone died. It was awful. Then PP stepped in and we all had hope. Then only a few months later we were let down again. Then they get it together and 3 weeks in they make a statement like this! Do they really know viewers habits? I don’t know but I watched everyday. The episodes are short. I really feel 3 weeks isn’t long enough to make such a decision. Each episode is 25 minutes not a half hour as PP says. 25 minutes WITH commercials. So technically we will now get about 43-45 minutes a week. Not only that lets not forget the battle with abc over the “Llanview 3″ that moved to GH. So GH scraps the characters and the very same week that the 3 come back to GH they make the decision to cut back to 2 shows a week! This whole thing stinks! OLTL at 45 minutes a week doesn’t have room for these 3 characters anymore. They have too many kids running around saying shit, taking their clothes off and trying (emphasis on trying) to be cool. I hate to say this but I am done. I am tired of the games and all the b.s.. I rather remember the OLTL that was.

  4. Robert says:

    I like it, plus it will give them time to “bank” more episodes so when they renew both shows they can start to add more episodes later in the year. People, KEEP Calm and View ON! Our shows are back and will be better than ever. Yes this is an adjustment period, but I have NO doubt PP is in the for the long haul and soon AMC and OLTL will be back to their former glory!!

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    Sue replied

    Thank you for being positive. While I am disappointed I will continue to enjoy them instead of bash them

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    Bozena replied

    me too,nothing gonna changed, I will continue to watch.

    jane replied

    i will watch faithfully but i am a die hard fan that prefers to watch everyday..Hopefully PP will put them on 3 or 4 times a week in the future.

    Mark Y replied

    Robert is right > #viewon

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    Wil replied

    I hope you’re right. But, I’m hearing alarm bells….

    Mary replied

    I agree with you. And I AM behind in watching the shows this week so will start watching them this weekend. It sounds like it is being treated at a regular TV show right now and as long as the shows are back I’ll take them any way they do them.

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    Patrick replied

    LOL… I really do admire us long time viewers.

    forever faithful. as well.

    tv, music, movies… come and go so fast… with no attention span whatsoever…

    it’s few and far between to share something that lasts.

    lo and behold… Serials.

    “keep calm, and view on”

    ————–

    you know… it’s staggering sometimes… back to that ole’ will they or won’t they… cancel something we’ve cherished and are beholden….

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  5. Bryon B says:

    This is so unfortunate. I ordered Hulu Plus and have been watching both shows every day since the premiere on April 29th. I would watch OLTL before I leave for work and AMC when I come home. I haven’t missed an episode and the pace of the shows are much faster than they were on ABC. Since it’s online, this does give viewers more flexibility to view the shows, but not like a set time and channel like television. I hope this isn’t an indication that the shows won’t last long via Online Network. If a network were to pick these shows, it would be more successful because viewers would be forced to watch it at a particular time. I watched OLTL episode today and it was so good, now I have to wait until Tuesday.

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    su0000 replied

    Well now you get to watch
    AMC on Monday & Wed
    OLTL on Tueday & Thur
    for FREE!!

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  6. Bob Stone says:

    I have been watching one life. It seems like there are more and more Hulu promos and less commercials. This would indicate to me that things are not going well financially or audience wise. Why would they make this switch so quickly otherwise?

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    Michelle replied

    That’s odd, there are NO ads for Hulu on AMC, are you watching the free version or Plus?

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    IowaMan replied

    I’ve been using Hulu+ via Roku almost from the day of its first release Easily half of the commercials on almost every series has always been advertising other Hulu+ offerings, so this isn’t a measure of how things are going “financially or audience wise”; it’s just the Hulu+ model.

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    Bob Stone replied

    I watch on Hulu not Hulu+. Again on OLTL there have been a lot of Hulu promos.

  7. Jay says:

    Sounds like code for “big trouble” // these shows are expensive to make plus poor ratings…cutting back to two episodes a week for both shows…it’s all about money, their spin on it is flmsy. This is their first effort to avoid having to cancel the shows.

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  8. Kathy says:

    I have to say that this week I was getting into All My Children. I would watch AMC every morning with my coffee. I was hit and miss with OLTL. It is a lot of time to watch online so I get what they are saying. I am disappointed that I will not have AMC every morning but it will allow me to watch OLTL. I think I like this idea. Hopefully once things settle down, they can increase the time per episode. I do remember that you could miss weeks of the soaps and not really miss anything. I just hope that this isn’t the beginning of the end. I hope it is the beginning of higher quality soaps. I am getting use to adapting.

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    Jeff replied

    I agree but my habits are just the opposite– I watch OLTL every morning at breakfast and have been hit and miss with AMC. It is a whole new world that PP is entering and they have to make adjustments. I am just happy to have OLTL again and am ready to move into the future!

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  9. Dmitri says:

    If people are falling behind, this is done for the best. At least the shows aren’t cancelled again.

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    Robert in Jersey City replied

    agreed. my concern is loss of the traditional daytime viewer and then losing OLTL again altogether.

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  10. Alan says:

    I think I would have compromised with a 3 day episode cycle — Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday — with Mondays being a “What You Missed Last Week” recap for new or lapsed viewers and Friday being the Behind The Scenes ep they’ve been doing all along.

    The 3 episode cycle would give viewers a full week to watch before the next 3 aired, plus a “What You Missed Last Week” episode could be beneficial in the long run if it was 15 minutes being devoted to recapping the previous week and the remaining 15 minutes spotlighting the history of one of the show’s veteran characters to help newer viewers understand their connections to other characters.

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    Jerry replied

    Agreed

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    Abby replied

    I think that’s a great idea Alan. Monday would be a great recap day, with behind the scenes on Friday. Having it 3x a week, rather than two seems more doable, and will get the flow of the stories moving. By having it be at an altered pace, Tues then Thurs, it would just be jarring to the average soap viewer, who’s probably used to watching it daily. I get PP’s point though. I had to catch up and watch two weeks worth of shows in one weekend – but it was worth it!

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  11. MEG says:

    I JUST DON’,T WANT TO LOOSE IT AND TSJ AGAIN I WANT HOW FX WILL DEAL WITH THIS,?

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    Cindy replied

    I so agree with Meg ….Can’t live without Trevor St John and I am watching everyday just like I did so…. I don’t like the idea of only 2 days a week but as long as it is for another 30 years that works for me .

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  12. Diane says:

    I will continue to watch and I hope prospect park will add more episodes if they feel it is going good,I just hope it is not the beginning of the end i cant go through that again.

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  13. ethel says:

    do i like the change – no!
    the bottom line is we still have our soaps!

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    Lew S replied

    Ethel, That is correct!

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  14. Mike says:

    No reason at all for people to fall behind. They are not OLTL or AMC fans if they fall behind. Its only 24-27 minutes 4 times per week. That is nothing.
    Grim Reaper is sharpening his scythe.

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    Judy replied

    I fell behind, but so what? I caught up again. There’s no logic in what they are saying.

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    TnT 2.0 Forever replied

    I agree, its only been 3 weeks with 6 hours of programming per show, it can’t be that difficult to get caught up quickly. I’m not trying to be negative, but I will call like I see it. PP is hiding something and not being completely honest with the viewers.

  15. Cindy C says:

    I am very very happy to have AMC & OLTL back. I watch both love them watch them dailey M–Thurs and sometimes rewatch on Sat. Took out Hulu Plus to thank.Please watch them every day.So how about 3 a week.Please watch them every day!Could this have anything to do with the cost of trying to get Susan Lucci back.I really want these shows on more but I am very happy to just have them back.

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  16. Gwen says:

    I wish that you would reconsider cutting back on the air time of these shows , please . I want more not less . Thanks

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    susan M. replied

    I feel the same way! They are trying to do this to us again!

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  17. Wheezer says:

    NOT thrilled by this. Not one bit. I’m one of the viewers who got up every morning and watched both shows over breakfast. So if I want to KEEP watching an hour’s worth of both shows a day, now I have to bank up 2 months behind’s worth of eps, to keep that schedule going. Well, looks like I won’t be tuning into Llanview or Pine Valley happenings until like… mid to late JULY. Thanks, TOLN. You just forced my hand into taking an early vacation after 3 weeks of fun. Oh, well. I have 2 months of GH backed up on the DVR, to catch up on….

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  18. gina says:

    thats not true. you have us fans that truly will watch and make time for every episode. you want to build your fan base. takes time! big mistake to take it down to two episodes a week.not fair to us true fans! there are many of us out here. i dont know what stats you read it is not what we feel as true fans.

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    susan M. replied

    I agree with you!

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  19. Laycie says:

    I really do not appreiate Park Place dictating how we watch our online soaps. Park Place, we feel you are punishing us because we watch several episodes in a row instead of watching 26 min a day. You are making a mistake. A huge mistake. Just like ABC.. You were on to a good thing, and more people were joining hulu daily. Majority of the die hard fans have not missed 1 episode and you want to cater to those who are hit and miss viewers. WTF? Are you seriouse? I feel betrayed again! Have you not learned anything from ABC’s mistakes?

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    gslam replied

    Who’s Park Place?

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    Laycie replied

    so i dont get to pass go and get $200.00? LMAO!!! You all knew what I ment.. lololol!

    Johnny replied

    I don’t know who Park Place is but I think they would handle this situation better than Prospect Park has.

    susan M. replied

    DITTO!

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    Mark Y replied

    Prospect Park I think

    Carly2 replied

    Yeah it is like that dumb ass from abc ?Disney trying to tell the world that soaps and soap fans don’t count. Oh yeah Frons a distant memory. I have not only subscribed to Hulu Plus but had to get Comcast as it is the only service in my area that can broadcast Hulu without dragging and that is costing me 83.00 a month . For what less than one hour now? I have loved OLTL since its debut but as a retired teacher on a fixed income for less than an hour a week I am not sure I can afford these rates. So very disappointed that Prospect Park would do this to us AGAIN !! Just like being punch in the stomach again.

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  20. gina says:

    i watch each day when i get home both shows ! u need to rethink this.

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  21. Janet says:

    If we have only two shows per week why not increase them to one hour shows? Either that or leave things as they are now. ABC can produce these shows daily. If they can do it PP can do it too. Don’t fix something that aint broke folks.

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    Robin replied

    I think that is a great idea making them 1 hour shows if they insist on cutting them back to two days a week. I prefer to watch marathon style, doesnt mean I dont watch them, I just like to watch them all at once. why is that such a problem with them.

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  22. Robert in Jersey City says:

    Interesting to think about. If the repetition of story is taken out, then it’s become to actually stop and watch and not to keep you company the way it used to. Less repetition of story means less episodes, less costs but the distinct loss of “comfort” from the background noise these used to be. There’s the risk: The change of viewer experience.

    Plus all this fast change and communication is not going to work with the traditional at-home daytime TV viewer. Take away the comfort factor from this demographic and who’s left to watch?

    Nice to see old friends again, but if you made them bionic and the viewer can’t keep up……

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  23. Jean says:

    The interview explanation is even more ridiculous than their letter! Viewers are watching the show like it an online show? Isn’t it an online show? I think they are phasing it out! How can they be #1 and and make that kind of assessment in this amount of time? So much for supporting Prospect!

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    TnT 2.0 Forever replied

    I know right? So ridiculous! You can’t put a show online and expect people to watch it the same way they watch TV.

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  24. Kelly says:

    My big concern is that there will be a 2 month hiatus. I think they will lose whatever momentum they’ve had – which is not a lot if you read between the lines. I have feeling these shows might not even make it 6 months!

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  25. Johnny says:

    I ordered and pay now for “HULU +” just so I could watch AMC (although I do tune in to One Life, I don’t follow it as strongly) – this is just bad news to my ears. Two short shows a week won’t be enough to maintain current views nor attract new ones. We all thought things were going just great, now it doesn’t feel that way at all. I sincerely would love to hear what the actors have to say about this announcement.

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    su0000 replied

    Well, I know of 3 actors who went G?H that will not have a problem with it .. :)

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    Pen replied

    *snort* Those three actors are heaving a huge sigh of relief, I think. Dodged a bullet.

  26. Mary Moore Fergen says:

    Are viewers really complaining about falling behind on episodes? Anyone here feel that way? I have watched both shows every M-F, just like I did when they were onTV. They are a half hour instead of a full hour, so are people really having trouble keeping up? I’m getting the feeling that this is a cost-saving measure, and if so, I’d rather PP just be honest about it. My fear is that longtime viewers, the ones who fought so hard and so long for the soaps to return, will lose interest if each show isn’t on everyday. :(

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    Robin replied

    I agree plus I am a little worried the actors especially they old timers are going to start dropping out like flies if they don’t have work. I am so looking forward to the dimitri and billy clyde stories… and was looking for ward to the quicker pace in the story lines but 2 days a week for what amounts to 15 minutes of storyline after the commercials is going to drag.

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    Casunshine56 replied

    I think that your reasons for doing this make no sense. People watch when they have time or best fits schedule . We had Soapnet some people watch daily or weekly shouldn’t have any bearing on how many shows a week.
    Less shows a week you will lose viewers.
    I watch the way always have AMC ,OLTL and GH I’m that order. If you have 2 AMC & 2 OLTL too much time in between watching. If you are going to do that why not 1 hour show a week like prime time .

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  27. Rose S says:

    CRAPPY idea, I watch both every day and now it’s not about the “true blue” fans again, it’s about the minority….Why can’t they just leave a good thing alone. I hate the Friday recap stuff, just want to watch my soaps.

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    Robin replied

    I hate the friday recap stuff too!….

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  28. Brian says:

    It’s a bit of a concern, but just happy they will still be airing. I watch just like I used to when they were on television, while eating dinner.
    Not sure I agree with viewers having to “catch up”; the show is 30 minutes now. In the past, if for some reason I missed an episode, I would make sure to watch both (or however many,say if I was away). Other shows in my DVR would just wait and sometimes I’d end up two weeks behind on other shows.
    But we all have our priorities as to what we watch and I for one and just glad the soaps are back.

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  29. Diana says:

    I want to know who thinks there are to many episodes? I enjoy watching them all at once. I have always done that, even when I taped them with my VHS and DVR. I prefer to sit and watch the weeks worth. I am not behind, but if they do go to 2 episodes a week, it will be harder to follow. I am ok with 4 a week but prefer 5. I was hoping they would go to 5 not down to 2. I will keep watching though, but I think it has to do with money, even though the shows are the highest watch on Hulu.

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  30. Johnny says:

    Is actress Susan Lucci (ERICA KANE) going to still “sit down and talk” with them? How will that conversation go I wonder? “Oh, by the way, Susan, we may have neglected to tell you the show is now 2 times a week instead of 4 times a week” – I hate being the voice of doom, I have loved the show for more years than I care to admit to,
    but honestly, this doesn’t seem like a positive move in the right direction. If my boss came to me and said, “John, you’re a great guy but in order to keep up with work demands we are cutting you down to two days a week and your co worker to two days a week and on Fridays we’ll just have to make do” HOW DO you think I would interpret that? Budget cuts, that’s how I would interpret that!

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    Vicki replied

    It’s worse than that. “By the way, Susan, it’s 50 minutes a week” Dumb

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  31. Angie says:

    I am not happy about this. If the reason is because they’re too expensive to do 4 a week, then just say that. OR be like prime time or other online shows and do ONE HOUR a week. It’s still more than I had 3 weeks ago. I am a lifelong fan and will not stop watching. And I’ve been watching every day with baited breath. I won’t stop watching but there better be some good news after this point.

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  32. Judith Englehardt says:

    Don’t like this one bit — I think people will lose interest in just one hour a week. And I watch everyday. Not happy about this.

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  33. Jodee says:

    Don’t know who these supposed people are but for myself I have been watching it every single day! I’m bummed!

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  34. Llanviewer717 says:

    This decision does not make me happy. What’s wrong with binge viewing? That’s what many working people did in the VCR/DVR days. The shows are still being viewed. I know some people don’t feel that the shows are the same as when they were on network. Change is to be expected. When they were cancelled, both shows certainly had changed from what they were in the 1970s. The current changes don’t bother me one bit. From the first episode, I have felt the same excitement and anticipation I’ve always felt with OLTL. I feel the same about AMC.

    I sincerely hope this schedule change is not code for they are planning to pull the plug on the shows. Maybe Hulu and iTunes want out because so many people are watching on the free Hulu platform instead of paying for Hulu Plus and iTunes. If they are going to cancel the shows, they should just do it now rather than prolong the agony.

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  35. Alicia says:

    Are you f****** kidding me, I was looking forward to more not less, don’t have time? Nonsense, is no different if you missed an episode on tv tough luck, so the rest of us that take the time and watch faithfully have to cut back so others can catch up, really? This is the biggest crap I ever heard. Two thumbs down to whom ever came up with this dumb ass idea.

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  36. Greg says:

    The only way I’ll be happy is if they post two ONE HOUR episodes a week. We are already down to half hour episodes four times a week…I fail to see how it is needful to cut back any more. People will either watch or they won’t. I don’t want to have the entire thing slowed down because people can’t watch 4 half hour episodes a week. What’s next??? Once a month???

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  37. Paula Kate Prince-Meserole says:

    Of course the episodes are being watched online like online shows…because we are watching online! What did they expect?

    We supported Prospect Park, it’s their job to bring the shows to the internet. Which they’ve done thankfully.

    It is our job to watch the shows… and the numbers prove that we are doing just that.

    We were told that the great thing about the shows going to the internet is that we could watch when, how and at what times we “chose” to watch. We are doing our part….we are watching the shows.

    And now Prospect Park is telling us that we are watching wrong or at the wrong time, and that because of that they are penalizing us for it.

    The episodes are downloaded to Hulu at 5:00 am four days a week and are available the whole of the day and thereafter. People can catch up very easily because the episodes are still there. What difference does it make when we watch as long as we watch. I repeat… we are watching. We are doing our part….Prospect Park should have told us that were time constraints attached to this deal and that there would be consequences or punishment if we didn’t adhere to their time constraints. This whole thing is ridiculous.

    Soap viewers have been put through hell already. Prospect Park should leave things as they are. Leave our episodes to four a week.

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  38. John says:

    Absolutely a bad sign. What mystifies me is they have persevered for almost two years and then three weeks into it they’re giving up. Things take time. I’m still trying to figure out how to fit the two shows into my busy day. To watch these shows I bought Roku, signed up for Hulu Plus and made a sizeable financial commitment. 1 hour of new programming for each show each week is not worth it. Why do they make it sound like it has to do with the amount of space the shows take up on Hulu? BUY MORE MEMORY….HAVE PEOPLE WATCH IT ON The Online Network instead.

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  39. AJ says:

    A fine example of pee being called rain.

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  40. Delainey says:

    If the writing were better, it would make it as a primetime show so it can compete with primetime shows, online viewers catch up online. If they’re gonna have a hiatus, 1 hour epi a week then give us more quality than the crap that’s airing right now. Are old writers trying to relive their young drunk party days or… are they attempting to give us a trailer trash version of Mad Men? complete fail OLTL

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  41. jimh says:

    Make it a one hour weekly show like Dallas…reduce some of the sex and the foul language especially the fbomb that kept some fans from tuning in and replace it with more storyline by making Bo a P.I. who investigates Victors kidnapping, have Jeffry revealed as Davids son, have Mathew and Dani work undercover for Jeffry who is doing an online story on Llanviews drug problems which puts their lives in danger, give Clint and Viki a nice old fashion church wedding but at the party Kim shows up with a kid she claims is Clints…but is it? …or is Dorian behind it to get back at Viki? Replace the sex with romance scenes: Natalie and Cutter going horseback riding along a beach, Bo and Nora having a romantic candlelight dinner, Vimal and Rama slow dancing to some soft music…plus let Vimal show a more romantic side by bringing Rama flowers and gifts or taking her to nice restaruants to show he is the only man for her so she’ll have second thoughts about her open marriage suggestion, soften Dani up at least a little and have her look less trampy…show needs a young heroine, have Mathew realize he loves Destiny just as Jeffry wins her heart. CUT BACK THE PROFANTY AND SOME OF THE SEX SCENES and REPLACE THE DARKNESS OF BOTH SOAPS WITH ROMANCE AND FAMILY DRAMA LIKE IT USED TO BE! The CHANGES ARENT working and the shows are worse for it, and id hate to see them cancelled again…maybe pp needs to make one of the cable channels like lifetime or mtv a good offer to air the repeats…not everyone has internet!

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    Rodd replied

    jimh,

    I think you have some interesting comments/suggestions here. I agree with many of them.

    It would be interesting to see some of the stats that they say are driving story and/or decisions.

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    jimh replied

    thanks

  42. bobbi wallace says:

    im upset big time i watch the show daily and pay for hulu just to watch them i have been so ecited to have them back daily andx only getting half of that and u r cutting that in half again dont know why i botheer

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  43. susan M. says:

    The whole thing S-cks in y book! There are a plenty of die-hard soap fans out there watching these two soaps on line! They are CRAZY! They haven’t been on that long and
    you have to give the a chance with this new viewing format! They said the same thing when these two soaps were on ABC. The same excuse all over again! Not enough viewers and that viewers aren’t interested in these kind of shows anymore. BULLONEY!
    They are playing the same old tune again!

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  44. PridEntONLINE says:

    At first I was annoyed thinking: “My partner enrolled in HuluPlus so I could watch my shows on my bigscreen SMART TV, now I am going to only be able to watch OLTL & AMC a few times a week.”

    However, upon reflection I also realize that having Hulu opens me up to watching other soaps in their proper sequence on Hulu such as Coronation Street, Being Erica, Little Mosque etc. (which is not an option on YouTube) This would not have been an option a year ago. If this also allows PP gather funds to revive shows such as As The World Turns, Guiding Light and others then it will be worth it more. I am not abandoning the PP/Hulu ship!!

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  45. Beth says:

    I always try and be positive but this does not seem so good. It sucks.

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  46. Judy says:

    The logic escapes me. “People think there are too many episodes.” What? Who is saying that? Not any of the diehard fans I know. And then the fact that we don’t want to miss an episode is somehow a BAD thing?

    WHAT? Get a new consultant, guys. The one you have is feeding you bad info.

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    kim replied

    So agree with you…PP i think bit off more than they can chew and looking for lame excuses to cover up the mess they are in…soaps work better on networks and im sure glad gh remains on abc.

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  47. Elizabeth says:

    well I was a fan for years and now can’t get the show on net because I am in Canada–how do they expect to get their fans???

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    Larry replied

    Check with your local cable company. FX Canada airs the shows on cable in Canada. Been happily watching since they came back!

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  48. Donna says:

    The foul language is a real turn-off. We want more storylines, less dancing and singing. Remember the older viewers are the bread and butter to sponsors.

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    kim replied

    i agree…the language trashed it…that kinda language doesnt work on soaps when its used daily and i dont let my daughters watch like they did when it was on abc…its too r rated now…had they concentrated on more story more fans might of tuned in…many didnt because of racier content! It just dont belong on these type of shows…my mother stopped watching because of it. PP seemed more eager to see what they could get away with instead of caring about better story development…

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  49. Travis says:

    People watch like it is online…cause it is online! I found at times I had conflicts to not watch that day so I watch them later all at one time. Like I did when I would tape them daily and when I had free time watch 2 or 4 or 5 shows in a row. In a way only think that altered how I watched is the computer has them stored for later rather then me setting the box on the tv station and timer recording. Also 2 1/2 weeks does not make for a long term test. If anything I sorta strayed in interest due to content not time or being online. I love one life and it has been a big part of my growing up so I will give it every chance I can but weak characters forced onto us.Out of place club setting and this nature of being edgy just to be edgy hurt it, 2 days a week could be its death nail. Also hard to sit with the who 3 actor debacle now going down to not sharing them for 1 hour a week of programing.

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  50. Lainey says:

    My understanding is Hulu keeps 4 or 5 shows in rotation. You can watch the shows whenever you want for about 5 days so Prospects explanation is crazy. The fans wanted the shows back and back they came. Greatly reduced in time 1/2 hour vs 1 hour and only 4 days a week. A true devoted fan would watch and make time. Plus you can fast forward all those teeny non actors kids. I feel like Prospect gave us a gift but then took it back. They can’t expect to hold onto the actors with this schedule. Not to mention we all signed up to Hulu plus. I feel that this move will alienate even the most devoted fans and doesn’t bode we’ll for the future of these shows.

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  51. Chaz says:

    I can understand…somewhat…their line of thinking. I only watch OLTL. I did watch the first week of AMC out of curiosity but I had stopped watching AMC years ago on a regular basis.

    I tend to watch Monday and then on Thursday watch the next three shows back to back. Mainly because of my work situation. I own a retail business that is closed Tues & Wed so that in effect is my weekend and I use those days to attend to personal life. Luckily, because of the anytime viewing I can watch whenever it is convenient (ie: the store is quiet).

    I honestly do not think a three week period is enough time to evaluate viewing habits. Plus, how many viewers only watched one of the two shows when they were on broadcast tv? Those numbers need to be compared to the Hulu viewing.

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  52. Jerry says:

    I don’t believe that people are not able to keep up the these episodes. I believe tons of viewers watched via their dvrs and abc player in the evenings and weekends. There is much more behind this reduction than is being told.

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  53. jaesun says:

    I don’t like AMC so I don’t watch it. I love OLTL so I watch it daily. It seems as if PP wants to force people to watch both shows but I simply have no interest in AMC. I didn’t watch it when it was on air and I can’t get into it online. I’ve got Hulu Plus on my TV so I don’t watch it on a computer. I actually watch all of my “television” on Hulu and Netflix. I watch GH on my computer because for some reason it isn’t on hulu plus.

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    BTripp replied

    Actually AMC is getting more viewers then OLTL. I enjoy both now but OLTL was always my favorite!

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    jaesun replied

    I was just stating my personal viewing habits. The point being that I feel like I am being punished because I don’t watch both shows.

  54. Selina Varich says:

    I am enjoying the 4 days of episodes so much. I am watching them JUST LIKE I did the tv version. The only thing I can’t stand is the MANY commercials in the half hour time slot. On tv, in the “olden days” there were lots of commercials too, but it was an hour format, so it seemed like it flowed better. Please consider doing less commercials.
    We all went through hell after losing our soaps. We missed them for a year and a half. And now you are going to give us two episodes a week AND still have loads of commercials? Sad.

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  55. Mark Y says:

    Michael – what are cast members saying so far?

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  56. Susan Rhodes says:

    I have been a loyal fan & viewer of OLTL since 1977. This is just the worst news!!!!! I am going to cancel Hulu Plus, it’s not going to be worth it anymore. I like to watch on my TV, not my computer. I work in my home office all day on the pc and when I’m done work I don’t want to stay in my office. So after all these years I am going to have to let go of my LLanview family. I am very heartbroken & upset…once again! :(

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    jimh replied

    Same here

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  57. JLH says:

    Not a popular opinion, but I’m good with 2 episodes per week. I always had a problem watching 5 episodes on TV, and I find it more difficult to tune in to 4 on line. I even ended up FFing through last week’s Wed & Thu episodes and haven’t watched even one this week (yet). I’ve watched OLTL since the mid-70s and was devastated when ABC cancelled it, but I just can’t keep up with 4-5 episodes per week.

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  58. Mark in FLA says:

    What a shame that starting next week we are only going to have 60 mins of NuOLTL to watch. I am really enjoying the show, finding it a good blend of the old and the new. I think it is getting better with each episode. The producers are doing a remarkable job considering the legacy of the show they had to deal with. Love the way Jack went to Viki to talk to. I know alot of people don’t like he way Dani is portrayed now, but I think she is more realistic. Here’s to hoping Prospect Park can get it together to bring it back to 4 new episodes a week. Also enjoy the episodes at 30 minutes, the way soap operas should be presented!

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  59. Nancy says:

    My opinion is to then find a cable station to air on tv. The problem is that a lot of older people who watched the shows don’t know how to access it online. I bring my mother to the computer so she can watch the show. Not everybody has that. I watch Monday thru Thursday everyday like I use to. I use to have to watch in on Soapnet because I work days and honestly it is more convenient for me now. I’m not happy at all about this announcement.

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  60. kathryn says:

    I don’t mind that they are cutting back. I love the shows but do find it difficult to watch both each day. I do because I want them to be successful but I think one a day, four days a week, will be fine. I am simply happy to have them back to watch. I admit that I did not watch them everyday when they were on ABC.

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    su0000 replied

    This is in general..
    If a person could watch the soap everyday (or 2 soaps everyday) when they were on network TV, why can they not watch a/the soaps everyday now?
    It makes no sense..

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  61. carol painter says:

    I am very unhappy about this. I bought a blue ray player, I signed up for hulu plus, for 7.99 per month. The entire premise was based on the idea TO WATCH ANYTIME ANYWHERE, ANYDAY! I GUESS NOT. I THOUGHT 5 DAYS A WEEK, FIND OUT ON FRIDAY, NO SHOW, NOT HAPPY. A WEEK LATER , NOW ONLY 2 SHOWS A WEEK. REALLY???????? WTH??? NOT RIGHHT AT ALL

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    Susan Rhodes replied

    Same boat here. When it was first announced that they were going to go online I bought a Google Blue Ray player, that costs me $225.00. Then they announced they weren’t coming back at all about 4 months after I made that purchase.
    Then when we found out they were going to be on Hulu, I bought a Roku because my Google Blue Ray doesn’t have Hulu. The Roku cost me $50. I also signed up for Hulu Plus. I work all day on a pc and when I am done work I want to watch TV and get out of my office.
    I was a loyal viewer since the 70′s. I am now done with Llanview!
    Prospect Park is just as bad as ABC, how can they make such a decision as that after just a few weeks. They don’t care about the fans either!

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    Carol Painter replied

    Exactly. It is just wrong. I could see maybe if this were a year or two later, things didn’t work out..but 10 episodes?? No, Nobody does. They don’t care about the viewers…at all.

  62. Theresa says:

    I hadn’t watched AMC since the 90′s and just started watching everyday and loved the fast pace of the shows. With the decision to cut back not sure if I will continue to watch of just like another person said just save up several episodes and watch on the weekend. I was hoping the program would go back to the regular schedule of 5 times a week and an hr long.

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  63. jeff says:

    I agree with your comment johnny. i really want to know what the actors think of the changes. this bs needs to be sorted out. i smell cancellation on both soaps again.

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  64. Mary says:

    Not happy about this…But I will continue to support OLTL..I can’t stand that we could possibly lose our shows again..Since they premiered I have my am routine and they are part of it.

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  65. Sherri says:

    I am VERY disappointed. I do not feel that if I miss an episode I can’t catch up. As a fan, I make the time to catch up. Personally, I felt that 4 half hour episodes do not move things along fast enough for me. I think the reasoning expressed by PP is not well thought out. If they have millions of fans, the majority of whom want more, why disappoint the masses and give less?

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  66. vicky adams says:

    please leave our soaps on 4 times a week ,,,,

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  67. robin grunzweig says:

    i will share what i shared with my fellow soap fans on facebook… and please, if PP can hear me, this is what i think some of us, at least, feel:

    “i think what fans are feeling right now is disillusion- that PP drew us in only to dropkick us back to last year…. so if you can take one thing to PP for us fans… it’s BE HONEST with us… we can handle the truth! if it’s necessary to cut back because of budgets, let us know that… don’t sugarcoat and try to tell us ‘fans don’t have time to watch 2 shows a day’… we watched each show for an hour 2 years ago, so we will find the time to watch 1/2 hour shows now, even if we marathon on the weekends”

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  68. kim says:

    Thank GOD GH remains on ABC and not part of the reboot!!!

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    kim replied

    If the end up cancelled coud M.E., K.A. and R.H. leave gh again and then return as John, Starr, and Todd?

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    Pen replied

    No, because Prospect still has the licensing rights. Unless they remand those back to ABC, they still control the soap properties, storylines, and characters. Besides, Ron and Frank aren’t gonna go down that road again.

  69. Susan says:

    I am saddened to hear this news. The shows have only been on a couple of weeks. Have not given it enough time to find the viewers. I for one have enjoyed every episode !!!! Please reconsider this decision. I feel that it will be the death of our shows. A lot of fans worked hard to get the shows back.I do applaud you for creating the best shows. again..Please reconsider. ….. A very loyal fan!!

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  70. Al says:

    I know we’re dealing with TV show execs here so maybe I’m giving them too much credit, but they can’t really be this stupid, can they?

    I remember that part of the hype leading up to the premiers was the idea that now you weren’t going to have to rely on the network schedule, but could watch whenever you want, and that Hulu Plus was going to keep the episodes in a permanent archive so there was no rush to watch out of fear of missing something. You watch at your own pace.

    So now because a relative handful of people supposedly can’t “keep up” with the episodes (and are apparently oblivious to the concept that they don’t HAVE to watch immediately…the shows will still be there whenever they want) – or don’t want to pay a minimal amount to access the archive – everybody else loses out.

    I’m sorry but 4 episodes per week under 30 minutes for 1 series is hardly overwhelming. Even for those who watch both shows (I’m OLTL only, but I realize some watch both), it’s still far from the trauma-inducing task that these complainers the execs are listening to make it out to be.

    If any reductions had to be made, they should have ditched that Friday crapfest. Aside from the worthless style segments, who needs a recap when the shows are all available for repeat viewing? The interviews are the only segments with potential, but since the interviewer is awful, those are easily disposable, too.

    Well…this IS the company the failed miserably in its 1st attempt at putting these shows online. They’ve gotten better in this 2nd attempt, but obviously PP is still at its best when it comes to making dumb decisions.

    [All that said, part of me thinks this whole blaming the poor, confused, overwhelmed audience for the reduction is just an excuse to cover up increasing financial burdens that PP didn't anticipate. But they wouldn't want to admit having to cut back for that reason, so they take a handful of complaints and use that as the basis for the change. (Because there are always going to be a few nutjobs in tin foil hats who write in and complain about nothing, so they make a good scapegoat.)]

    Let’s see how all this works. I’m predicting nothing good can come out of this decision (regardless of what reason is behind the change).

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    Delainey replied

    Ditto!!

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    Carol Painter replied

    yes DITTO! Friday crapfest…awful. I was upset when Friday morning came and there was this ridiculous interview with cast members instead of a Great Friday show…! And now..down to 2 days a week?? Really…??UUGGH

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  71. Val says:

    We love the shows, some of us always watched on the weekends, not all the viewers watched daily. I am a daily viewer that was on Hulu about the upload delay one day last week. I am surprised to hear them say we cant keep up. Whatever is done we will watch our shows as refuns while waiting for new ones, but this is not going to end like it did before, we will always fight for them, revolution will really heat up if things go sour. We realize this is new for PP and our shows are not new for us, except that they are newly coming back on. We have loved them for many years. We want the shows to be successful and hope the actors are treated fairly and they stay on. We are viewing them at our leisure though, that is what online viewing is about PP your confusing us, no we dont tune in at 1 and 2 pm like before, i watch at 7 am before work, some watch on the weekends, we are confused about that statement? Bottom line keep the shows on and please GET RID OF THE RECAP SHOWS WE DONT LIKE THEM WASTE OF MONEY, SAVE IT BRING THE SHOWS BACK 5 DAYS. They dont seem to be hearing that, still going to have them combined now, awful idea, awful.

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  72. Cindy Brownfield says:

    I said it before and will say it again…the main viewing force behind the original soaps that kept them going so long were the older viewers. They are the ones who actually have time to sit and watch faithfully. A HUGE number of these people are NOT watching online. Some choose not to, some would like to but cant. Many cant access the online shows at all for lack of computers or lack of high speed internet, myself included. Even if I could I probably wouldnt. My computer time is for other things. I watch the soaps on TV while I do my online work on the computer. Some people just cant understand that many folks just cant afford the DSL or Cable connections and some just cant get them where they live. As much as I would like to support the soaps the only ones I can support are on TV.

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  73. Patty says:

    So happy OLTL and AMC are back. I’m paying for hulu-plus only to watch these 2 shows. I am disappointed that you are cutting back on episodes.

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    Susan Duffy replied

    I agree with you, older people need a way to watch on TV. If you have a Smart TV with Hulu you can stream them directly to your TV. This is what I do. The only thing Hulu does not allow you to skip the ads…

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  74. Rachel says:

    I’m one of those who is behind and watching last week’s. I intend to get caught back up though and watch as I used to! I hope the cutting back isn’t a bad sign because I think they’re doing a great job!

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  75. brian says:

    Well, truth be told.. I have been enjoying GH more than the OLTL v2. I feel it is due to the team of Frank and Ron more than anything. The new OLTL v2 is the same people but the wit is gone… and perhaps the high bar that was set, hasn’t yet been reached. It’s lacking the way we knew (and loved) the characters. Tea, Vicki and Dorian are classic as always, but Blair, Natalie, Bo and Nora…. just what is going on or even developing for these characters?

    I remember reading that one of the head writers Susan, was leaving so soon after being hired… so I can see the possible affect it may have had on what stories were in the works… but really, Matthew taking “hook up” pictures to post online? Destiny, good recast but give this girl some lines… and airtime, maybe with Natalie, parenting rather than clubbing !

    Here’s to hoping reboot number 3 gets it right.

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    brian replied

    sorry, one last thing… Just where is Angus Nixon is all I want to ask !

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    brian replied

    Okay….. I just watched today’s show… The BEST so far !

    I think the mark was really missed the first two weeks, if they keep up the pace, and the storyline, things will get good.

    Still could have tighter scenes, similar to the way GH is filming… two scenes, back and forth, playing off each other.

    I hope the running time increases slightly with only 2 shows per week. The UK’s Coronation Street airs in the UK twice on Mondays for 22 minutes each, with a 1/2 hour break between segments, 22 minutes on Wednesday, than the same as Monday on Friday.

    So let’s hope all is not lost… don’t get me wrong, I truly want OLTL to continue.

  76. Tammy Guadagno says:

    I watch every day i really look forward to watching, i understand your situation and will still watch thank you so much for giving us our shows back!

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  77. jon bork says:

    I was getting ready to pay 7 bucks a month for commercial free. Thanks Hulu for me saving my 7 bucks before i joined. Hulu is as bad as ABC with the cancellations that will be coming soon. Good riddence.

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    jon bork replied

    My bad. Its prospect park thats being stupid here, just like ABC.

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  78. Susan Duffy says:

    I don’t want them cut back either. I watch themm like I record them on my DVR. May not wacth for a few days, then power through them all. Just watched 4 shows this AM. I think the debut was not advertised verymuch. For instance if I did not have a facebook account and saw this link, I would not have known they were cutting back, older soap fans, may not be big social media fans. Also I find people I know still think they have to pay for Hulu to watch (have gotten a few to tune in after they knew it was free). I think more advertising is the way to go. Find a way to advertise on a TV channel (CBS, CW, TBS, HBO, SHO), Yahoo, Google, AOL ads would be helpful too (this is where I get all my news of the day). Google is my favorite search engine, AOL is my email account, and I o to Yahoo for finance and stock qoutes. When I am on any of these sites, I read the news or articles of interest that appear. Hope this helps. I for one love the new shows, different but fun to watch.. And the new AMC theme song. Love it, can’t get it out of my head. Thanks Prospect Park…. I must say, I have little interest in the Friday interview sessions, you should drop those first….

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  79. su0000 says:

    HuLu works different than network TV..
    this was not PP decisions alone HuLu was involved in scheduling….
    HuLu rules at HuLu not PP….
    It is a joint undertaking..

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    Rodd replied

    Okay. Understandable. But if these shows are in the TOP 10, why would they NEED t o be cut back to two days a week, each? That’s what I don’t understand.

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  80. Debbie Hamilton says:

    Another thing, can’t we do without the cussing ??? Such filth does not make a program worth watching!

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  81. Tima says:

    As long as these shows are still on I’ll watch. I understand why they changed the way they do episodes. I personally watch everyday, but when I binge I only am able to watch one show. They want us to watch both AMC and OLTL and most bingers aren’t doing that it seems.

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  82. Emily says:

    Yes, please don’t change the format and give it more time. I watch both soaps around 9:00 a.m. after I drop off my kids. I can’t wait til later in the day, I need my fix in the a.m. But some ppl are different. It’s “anytime” tv rgt, so some ppl stock pile and binge tv during the weekend. Does it matter? I mean as long as ppl are watching? If viewship can be tracked better, if that’s a issue? If I had it my way it would be 5 days a week instead of four. Seems like both soaps are sharing the hour and now the week, as a long time soap fan I feel a bit short changed.

    I’m a big fan of what you’re doing and just want it to work:)

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  83. Beth McLean says:

    Yes, I am having a hard time keeping up with the episodes. I don’t want to miss any and feel as though I’m missing something sometimes. Like when Jack found Todd. And the next episode is when Todd is talking to Viki in the hospital room. Did I miss an episode? Seems like but I don’t think so. Oh, only two episodes per week? Four was a gracious plenty. I don’t like to watch Friday’s recap and scenes behind the show. For me that just isn’t necessary. Watching the action behind the scenes kind of spoils it for me so I won’t watch those. Try 3 episodes and that’ll probably work. It’s time consuming to watch shows online and then regular tv especially when you work all the time.

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  84. lisa says:

    Please stay at 4 days a week!! 2 is just not enough especially since its only 30 minutes. People who work all week and catch up on weekends are the same people who had to do that before – and had twice as much to watch before since the shows used to be 1 hour 5X a week……I cant believe this is too much for them.

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  85. ron says:

    I may not be thrilled with this decision but there’s no way in hell i’m boycotting these shows. Fans do not realize the harm they will cause to not just the cast and crew of these shows but the soap community in general. Keep in mind prospect park have to make adjustments to give us our shows. Fans need to learn how to compromise if they love these shows as much as they say they do. I am forever grateful to everyone involved with AMC and OLTL for their hard work and dedication. I hope i’ll still be watching 40 years from now but no matter what happens i’ll be supporting them every step of the way.

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  86. Rodd says:

    I don’t understand his comments about people viewing these shows as they do other on-line shows. What does that mean? These are the first two shows I’ve ever watched on line.

    What stats does he have from only two and a half weeks that support this decision and claim it’s a good thing?

    I am confused and dismayed. I watch both shows each day and look forward to it. The only variant for me may be the hour I watch. I picked up AMC to support this online move and will continue to watch OLTL, which I love.

    There are a number of things I don’t like about the on-line version of OLTL, but I am willing to stick it out because I thought things would improve with time and a learning curve. I wasn’t expecting this.

    The “clarification” didn’t clear up a thing for me. IT only made me more upset and unsettled. If they need to go episodic, then do so and say so. The quality isn’t going to improve with two shows per week. I am afraid it will remain sub-par to the network days. Llanview has become a gritty place to live; not some place I’d want to visit…But I love these characters and appreciate the actors/actresses that I am willing to accept this new version. I’m just afraid things won’t improve any time soon. May I please be wrong….

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  87. stephanie says:

    I am not happy!. I guess it is better to have OLTL on a limited schedule that to not have it at all.

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  88. Superposter AMC says:

    I will comment here what I posted on my “Superposter AMC” Facebook blog:

    BREAKING (HEARTS) NEWS: By now many of you have head the news. Loyal, and the curious, fans have tuned in to watch the AMC reboot faithfully on Hulu and iTunes since it’s April 29th relaunch. We returned despite the abuse we suffered as fans in the final years of AMC’s ABC run. Poor writing, cheap camera techniques pimped to be more than what we were, curious firings of fans faves… the list can go on and does. All leading up to the cancellation of our iconic soap. When the reboot was announced, we were surprised, and grateful. This is a show that many grew up watching. Our family was coming “home” (via the internet, albeit). And we tuned in to the reboot.

    Prospect Parks’ puppets Rich Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz today produced a two page “letter” to state that AMC is being reduced from four episodes a week to two episodes. Fans were commended for tuning in. “We’ve consistently been in the top ten shows viewed on Hulu…” And the payback? Less AMC.

    I am not privy to the accounting side of the business. And I don’t care to be. I also don’t care about two page letters full of glossy wording (minus the two episodes a week part) so lengthy my eyes were crossed by the time I was done reading it. I am a fan. I want more AMC, and if my loyalty, like yours, is resulting in less being given to me I would rather my soap be cancelled. It is that simple. AMC has too much story to tell to be limited to what will feel like the equivalent of a commercial time slot.

    I want to see AJ and Miranda’s romance blossom slowly. Two episodes a week won’t allow for that. I am eager to see Celia’s relation to Gillian revealed… at a proper pace. I want these events to feel authentic. Not forced. Two episodes a week won’t allow for that. When Ryan returns (a fan can hope?) I want him to be slowly re-introduced as the charismatic con man soapdom fell for (and Gillian and later Kendall). Two episodes won’t allow for that.

    We deserve the better… we don’t deserve to suffer at the hands of the Mouse yet again, courtesy former Disney Studios head and Prospect Park’er Rich Frank.

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    Patrick replied

    You really nailed it. it’s the truth. character and story development needs time.

    “Two episodes a week won’t allow for that. I am eager to see Celia’s relation to Gillian revealed… at a proper pace. I want these events to feel authentic. Not forced. Two episodes a week won’t allow for that.”

    with the changes… it’s now… enjoying the original characters for who they are.
    simply knowing we can see them… albeit 2 days a week.

    ————–

    Fans of: prosperity for what we know.

    i’m floundering at this turn of events.

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  89. lynne says:

    Very disappointed about the decrease in AMC and OLTL . Going from 10 hrs a week entertainment to 2 hrs.. But this is better than nothing. Love the new fast pace, and loving being able to watch it on TV here in Canada. Have them programmed on the PVR so when I am not available I can watch them later. Just please keep them going.

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  90. Linda Ratiff says:

    This is stupid. Give us back the soaps and then yank them so soon I can’t wait every morning to watch and now this again this sucks

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  91. Michael says:

    Just too funny. If what this guy is saying is correct, then he is trying to say that although he has millions of viewers of his new shows, he his going to give them LESS product. If you truly have millions of viewers, including viewers who are PAYING for episodes, then most wise business people will offer MORE of their product to these millions, not less. Unless, of course, you have thousands or hundreds of people buying/viewing your product instead of “millions”.
    Also, I’d really like to hear from all these viewers who are complaining that they are “falling behind” in watching episodes. Soap fans have been using tape or DVR’s for years to keep up with their shows. The people who complain that soaps take up too much time to watch are people who do not watch soap operas. These producers are clearly looking for a way out of this commitment, without branding their company as a failure.. Mark my words, these shows are about to expire sooner, rather than later. I was enjoying my four episodes of One Life (I have no interest in All My Kids), and I was paying for the show on itunes. However, I will no longer download the show. I don’t want to invest in a two episode experience. Two episodes a week does not a soap make. -:(

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  92. Vicki says:

    It’s all a bunch of garbage coming out of their mouths about people not being able to keep up. I think this has been the plan from the beginning to recreate both shows as a primetime-like one hour a week program. I don’t like being manipulated and lied to. They should have done it from the beginning instead of trying to toss this load of crap at us and hoping it flies. Bah! Not happy. PP has gone from heroes to zeroes as far as I’m concerned.

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  93. Barbara says:

    I am very disappointed that you are cutting back on episodes.I can’t really see paying for Hulu + to watch 2 1/2 hr. episodes a week. I hope you are going to re-evaluate this decision. Does not seem like a smart one to me. If you are looking for more viewers I do not think this is the way to get them.

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    Susan Rhodes replied

    Ditto, except more than disappointed. When it was first cancelled I was so upset and mourned the loss. Then elated to hear they were coming back. Now I’m mad & pissed off! …and done with it!
    I was a loyal view since 1977.

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    cathy trinque replied

    I may be following your lead. So sick of being jerked around and lied too.

  94. Christy says:

    i guess the lawyers to sue the big mouse are a little more expensive than they thought it’d be… you know less shows, means less paid advertisers, means less income to support the show… and they’ll still have to fork over the license fees to ABC.

    i certainly don’t get it — less shows per week will make me forget they’re on. With 4 days a week I’m clamoring to watch them all… not so much on that Friday one tho.

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    cathy trinque replied

    I bet the execs didn’t think of less advertising. Good one!!!

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  95. Johnny says:

    The other point that is interesting, is most of our comments regarding the Friday “Recap” Shows – I think it is fair to say that most of us think these Friday
    “More” shows are, well, not needed and isn’t it equitable to state that most of us
    would rather have a new episode, like maybe the typical Friday cliffhanger show? Instead , they make us feel like the show is so inter-active (who gives a rat’s tail) and while it’s nice to see an interview with a well known actor, if it’s rehearsed (as it appears to be) and so staged, I don’t know, it doesn’t seem sincere somehow. Right now I think we are all feeling a sense of betrayal.

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  96. Christy says:

    This is so not fair, I like watching OLTL Mon. thru Friday, I wish the show was a hour long. Now, your telling me I only get to watch OLTL twice a week, boo… I have been a fan for 30 plus years, please keep OLTL on 5 days a week, two days is not enough.

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  97. Terry says:

    I previously left some very negative comments regarding OLT ( I haven’t yet watched AMC). Well, I now have a ROKU device and it is SO much better on TV than it is on the internet. It was too hard to see right in front of me and the movement and sound was very choppy — so much so that I could not follow anything. This is so much better. I still find the camera angles to be strange with not very much depth. It still feels very different from the previous OLTL and more work needs to be done to recapture the feeling of it. I hope the producers will explore trying to move this to one of the cable channels. I intend to keep watching.

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  98. Daisy says:

    This has nothing to do with viewing habits or complaints from fans that there are too many shows! It is all about Pp cheaping out the fans. They planned on doing this from the start…get us hooked then cut back. Won’t work with me! I’m done. Goodbye oltl. You were a great show,

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    cathy trinque replied

    You are so right Daisy! I bet it was the plan from the start!!!

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  99. Jonell Fisher says:

    NO! I cant get enough now with the half hour hour shows, that I force myself to wait so I can watch them all together. I was hoping to see them go to an hour, not cut back. So sad . I feel like we are going to lose this great show again :(

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  100. Rod says:

    These revivals are boring!!!! Yes I’ll continue to watch…. for now, but I’m not happy with these stories and people and the fact that they couldn’t share Todd Star & John ABC & PP SUCK

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  101. Chaz says:

    I could be wrong but, I swear I remember reading that one of the execs said many Hulu subscribers do “binge” watching with many of the other shows available. If they knew this and acknowledged it then it seems somehow off that they are saying going to two shows per week will give people a chance to catch up more easily.

    I know many of the actors are trying to calm fears and saying that this is a good thing but, have to wonder if it is all “corporate” speak.

    I don’t want to lose OLTL again…just want some truth.

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  102. Carol Bryan says:

    I love watching the shows, but they are only half an hour with all those commercials so I like to watch at the end of the week each episode one after the other to get more of my favorite soap at once. Also, you have to remember not everyone has a computer to watch these shows on. Cutting down to only two shows a week could possibly lose even more viewers for lack of interest. I would really think about this decision a little bit more.

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  103. Linda says:

    As a watcher from the very beginning, I am so disappointed in PP’s decision to cut AMC back to two days a week! I love the new episodes, look forward to other stars coming back (but will they want to for only two days a week?), and hope that you’ll change your mind and leave AMC on four days a week! Or how about two days a week for an HOUR each day? I’m actually enjoying watching online MORE than I enjoyed watching on TV! Before, I used to record the soap daily and watch it that evening, but sometimes weather or news reports would knock an episode off the air–so disappointing. Now I can watch whenever I want to. Love the format. Love the actors! Dislike the swearing. Please reconsider!!!

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  104. Cassie says:

    Am I the only one who took that as because people are only watching one show & not both, both shows will be reduced to 2 episodes a week? Seems like 1 show lost its viewers. Truth is, people are watching 1 show over another not due to lack of time but because 1 may be better quality than the other, IMHO. This is a really bad omen.

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  105. Pam says:

    Because the programs are available to watch whenever, I batch them and watch all at once instead of daily. I prefer 1 hour 5 days a week. However I will take what I can get, You keep referring to a fast pace, but I don’t see that. I think it is normal, but feel instead that you are focusing on only a few characters and their work load must be overwhelming. I understand bringing in a new breed of viewers but feel like you are trying to hard and some of the writing is out of touch and stiff, but I do feel its improving and flowing easier. It really should involve more cast and not just about Miranda and AJ, they

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    Pam replied

    whoops they are doing a great job but there is more to Pine Valley, Am loving Angie and Jessie’s story

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  106. cathy trinque says:

    I am so bothered that we are being lied too. I have read from actors that the reasons are other than what this press release says. I have been on an emotional roller coaster since the soaps were cancelled by ABC because “life support” and revival takes a lot out of us.
    I am afraid to become further invested. Because after 2 weeks they are already having problems. May be time for me to give it up and move on.

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  107. Lainey says:

    I hope prospect park reads all these comments and makes changes per everyone,s comments. Get rid of the kids, dump stupid Friday shows. Focus on the older actors that we have enjoyed over the years.

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  108. Walter says:

    Folks, it ain’t gonna make it. Not enough viewers. The soap core audience is over 60 years old. This group is the least computer literate…..

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    Noel Lee replied

    And that audience is turned off by the vulgarity if the show.

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  109. shannon says:

    Did they really have to be so condescending to the audience?? They think we can’t handle watching 4 half hour shows in a week?? What is wrong with Prospect Park?? Are they really as moronic as they seem?

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  110. LinksMonkey says:

    I’m probably in the minority, but I’d rather have quality than quantity. More plot moving forward, less pouring of coffee is fine w/me.

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  111. Jen B says:

    I have been watching both, won’t lie I am more into One Life to Live but like I said I am watching both. I love watching them everyday but yes, life happens and I may miss a day or two BUT I love to watch 2 or 3 at a time as well. Reminds me of when they were on TV. I don’t think Prospect Park is taking that into consideration.

    With that said I think they are making a huge mistake, it has only been a couple weeks and they are already making changes. I understand they think they are doing the right thing BUT they are going to have actors leaving since they aren’t making as many show therefore not getting paid what they thought or were promised.

    I also only watch Monday thru Thursday. Friday shows to me are a waste!

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    Robert C replied

    I have to agree with a lot of what you said except I like All My Children just a little bit more then One Life To Live.To all the people that fall behind in watching one or both shows it not that hard to catch up on viewing the episodes as the episodes of both shows are only about 30 minutes look at how long an average movie or sporting event that you watch as a 2 hour movie is like 4 episodes worth of episodes and a baseball or football which is around 3 hours is around a week and a half of One Life To Live or All My Children episodes when they show 4 episodes a week.How many people starting watch Hulu or Hulu plus like myself because of the return of both shows?

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  112. Fran says:

    2 shows of OLTL is better than 0 which we had a year ago thanks to ABC who doesn’t like Soaps but have a lot of “soapish show WTF is that ABC . Thanks again PP for OLTL I will take 2 shows

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  113. Christy says:

    Jeff would also like to tell viewers that the Friday episodes will now be called …

    LESS

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  114. Lisa Postles says:

    It would be better if they “dropped” all the episodes(4) on Monday and gave people the week to watch them. They could also “drop” More on Monday too so people would have the week to watch it as well. That way, viewers would have the choice to watch the episodes one at a time or all at once. I want more shows, not less.

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  115. David says:

    This is why I am glad I did get reinvested in watching OLTL or AMC again. I did check them out at times but was worried about getting invested in them. I just don’t see this as a good sign, so now they cut back to 2 episodes a week how long before they say people were not watching enough and cancel these shows again.

    Feel bad for the fans of these shows but looks like this big reboot may be failing far quicker than it should have.

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  116. Mark says:

    ” . . .watching the new OLTL and AMC like other on-line viewing habits, instead of traditional soap viewing.”

    These aren’t traditional soaps! These are bastardized versions with gratuitous swearing and overt sexuality with old favorites sprinkled in so it will look like our show. It’s not our show!

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  117. Dusty Rose says:

    Terrible decision to cut back to only 2 short shows a week. I’d imagine this will cause less people to watch. Too much time in between people will not want to pay for Hulu Plus for this. Yes some of us, myself included only watch All My Children. I do not like the Fri show… it puts the actors out of character and spoils the charm of the show. We watch for the drama, the issues, the passion, the stories. The nature of the soap opera is a daily dose…. why not eliminate the Fri show and keep the four episodes …. although I really prefer five. Please remember Prospect Park it takes a month or two at a min to establish new schedules and watching times by your viewers. Does it really make any difference if some people watch everyday and some watch a week’s worth all at once? Folks have busy lives; that doesn’t mean they want less of their favorite show or for it now to take 2 years to tell the story that was written for 1 year!!!!!! Give it some time and patience before you do something so rash. Keep going the way you’ve been doing. Such a great job, great story …. people have emotional responses to the characters and story lines. Keep the show to at least 4 a week!!!!! Okay.

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  118. shelley says:

    keep watching and keep supporting the show and it may go back to 4 a week think this is an experiment

    keep watching supporting and all will be good

    think they just need to produce more shows

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    Laurie replied

    I agree. Maybe the should do 2 1 hour shows a week??

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  119. bobbi wallace says:

    this morning really sucked with only amc on

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  120. Shirley Miller says:

    I agree with the majority of viewers – it is disappointing to only have 2 episodes or 1 hour a week of AMC and OLTL to watch. I am concerned some of the veterans will not have enough on screen time and will look for something else. I don’t really understand the writers’ decision to reduce the time so drastically. I thought 4 half hour shows a week was not very much …… and now??????? I am a very confused AMC and OLTL Fan!!!!!!!

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  121. Demmi says:

    I’m very disappointed, twice a week for OLTL and trice a week for AMC
    This isn’t right, I got Hulu just so I could watch my shows everyday like I use to since the 70′s and it was bad enough it they changed it to 30 min !!
    This wont be a long lasting engagement.
    As much as I don’t like thinking I’m going to let my OLTL and AMC down, I’m going to find myself cancelling Hulu and just watch GH
    I’m not only going to watch the show for 30 min 2 times a week ….Sorry BIG mistake
    YOU SHOULD KNOW BETTER NOT TO TAKE AWAY FROM THE AUDIENCE

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    Demmi replied

    Sorry for the misspelling …was in a hurry !

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  122. Rich says:

    Well, I doubt this is good news of any sort. In any event, I hope they’re using the extra time to rethink some casting decisions and the writing. Because they both need work.

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  123. Anna Watkins says:

    Ok so 30 mins is really 15 cause of all the ads, now 2 days a week….r u kidding me…wtf…and there r what like 5 characters anyway….get it together pp please…u gotta fix this mess…:(

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  124. Laurie says:

    I am enjoying AMC so much and this news disappoints me. I usually watch all the weeks’ episodes on Friday and look forward to it so much. I just pray that it doesn’t get taken away from us. Idea, make it an hour long & 2 days a week. Please don’t give up on AMC & OLTL!!!

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  125. teresa says:

    his comments dont make any sense. if you set up a free account with hulu and mark the shows as favorites it tracks your viewing. it keeps them in the queue and continues to until you watch an episodes and then removes it. so there isnt any need to worry about missing an episode and then trying to catch up. it the same crap ABC gave as to why they were cancelling that people were not watching. they never took into account DVR. i dont watch ANY shows live anymore because i can not stand all the damn commercials, so i DVR EVERYTHING, and watch it later.

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