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181 June 5th, 2013 REPORT: Prospect Park Mulling Over Moving Production of AMC & OLTL to Different State!

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There is another report this evening via Deadline.com on the labor dispute and early hiatus for All My Children and One Life to Live in their Connecticut Studios! Their source is reporting that they are hearing that, “Prospect Park is considering moving production of the two shows, based in Stamford, Conn., to another state.”

So, just where would the fictional towns of Pine Valley and Llanview move to?  Somewhere in the East coast tri-state area?  Whatever the situation, it is our hope that the situation can be rectified for the good of productions of both One Life to Live and All My Children, and for Prospect Park, who clearly has had a tough going on many fronts relaunching these iconic shows.

So what do you think of the report on a possible move in production cities?  Share your thoughts!

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  1. Lisa says:

    If it comes down to move the shows or production stops….then by all means bring on the move! Whatever is needed to keep these shows in production.

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    Matt replied

    It may sound far fetched, but I read that Minnesota has a state film and TV board and will do anything to get productions there. Not just tax incentives, but financing. They have the facilities, equipment, and people to make it happen. In NY/Conn they are just another show, in Minnesota they would be royalty. Many famous, and Oscar winning films and Emmy winning TV shows have been made there. With today’s digital technology a show like this can be produced anywhere. Also, I read that Jerry verDorn and Jill Larson are from Minnesota.

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    Kelly replied

    Yeah, because it seems reasonable for all the actors and production staff to pack up and move to another state. How did that work out for AMC when it moved from NY to Los Angeles? Why don’t you ask those folks who packed up their lives only to lose everything how they felt? If they move to another state that is not driving distance from the NY area, you are bound to lose a lot of the actors – remember they only signed 1 year contracts – which already is in 3 months. Plus, they may be able to pull out of the contract automatically if PP moves them. This is not good news on any front.

    Jenna replied

    Please. The actors would not move to Minnesota. Most of the actors live in NY, CT, or NJ. They aren’t going to move Minnesota.

    Moreover, CT offers a 30% tax rebate. PP isn’t going anywhere. It would cost to much money.

    Wendy replied

    Most states have film boards and they would not have to go to Minnesota to do this. Virginia was the home for most of Lincoln. Wilmington NC is where many movies are made including the Iron Man/Avengers franchise. they want to keep the shows going and one thing they need to do is go check out OWN ans see if Oprah will run the shows. She just scored Tyler Perry. It would be great. I cannot watch because I do not stream and I am an original watcher of the two shows.

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  2. Chaz says:

    Come on Prospect Park , Gets your act together

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  3. Chaz says:

    This is pure unadulterated BS!

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  4. su0000 says:

    My heart goes out to PP..
    They try and try, and never give up..
    They are committed, and I give them praise for their undying commitment to the soaps..

    They will succeed I do not believe fail is not in their agenda..

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    clh replied

    I agree. People keep throwing BS at them and they keep finding solutions. This is a whole new arena and it aggravates me that everyone keeps saying for PP to get their act together. It has nothing to do with them, it has to do with creating a whole new arena. No one else has stepped up to ever do this and now someone is trying to do just that.

    Give them time to get the kinks out people, it doesn’t just run smoothly right from the start. It takes work, and persistence, and trial and error.

    I believe they will succeed too and if they have to move to another state to ensure that, then I am there!

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    Dawn replied

    I completely agree. Give them the time to work out the bumps. It’s a whole new arena and there are going to be these road bumps. PP stepped up to save these shows for the fans when no one else would (remember Oprah? So called AMC “fan”) And if I remember correctly, PP did say there would probably be these bumps because of this being a whole new arena.

    The shows are back……I, for one, am happy to have them back. I’m riding this out until PP gets all of the kinks worked out. Seems some have forgotten if it weren’t for PP we most likely would not have these shows back.

    Kelly replied

    Please, PP is no innocent party here.

    Rachel replied

    agreed

    clh replied

    RE: Kelly,

    And you would know that how? Do you work at the studio? Or do you just base everything you know on what you read on the net?

    Anyone with a little bit of intelligence would realize that there are going to be bumps and starts and stops in providing a new venue.

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    CB replied

    The same question can be asked to you, clh. How do you know that this has nothing to do with PP, do you work for the company or are you just basing off of what you read online?

    There has been more than just a few bumps and starts providing this new venue. AMC/OLTL is always encountering a new problem. First PP didn’t have the funds to launch AMC/OLTL and had to put it on hold for a year, then they had to hire new head writers, got into a legal dispute with ABC/GH now it’s this.

  5. John says:

    Doubtful
    PP has the CFC studios thru January 2014
    CT gives 30% in tax breaks to productions
    Would they get those breaks on taxes in other states?
    Plus the union would still be needed so moving wont solve that.

    Maybe they could move i season 2 but only if another state gives better tax breaks

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    Laura replied

    They would get those breaks and more in Louisiana. That’s why so many movies are filmed here. Just drove by an apocalyptic city block Friday night in New Orleans…where they are filming the new sequel to Planet of the Apes. But, then the actors would have to live here, which would be difficult for people wanting to work on Broadway, too.

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    Jenna replied

    The cast isn’t going to relocate to Louisiana. Part of the reason many of the vets signed up with PP is that they live near the studio, either in CT, NYC, or NJ.

    Given the pay cuts most took, it might not be worth it for them to deal with the headache.

    Adele replied

    If they move to Wilmington NC, which has great studios and is a Non-Union – right to work state, they wouldn’t require the unions and most workers in those states are not tied to a union.

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  6. Michael says:

    I am hoping it isn’t too far from CT as I enjoy seeing David Canary on AMC. I’m sure he decided to come back as it’s not far from where he lives. From what I am gathering, it doesn’t appear the location seems to be the trouble anyway.

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    Katherine replied

    pray they don’t move as TK aka Zach on all my children lives in conn.and he did not want the move to california when it was on ABC so please stay where u r or u will loose a lot of good actors and fans

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  7. Nia Provenzano says:

    Hope this labor dispute isn’t going to make the shows go under!

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  8. Larry In NYC says:

    I know it won’t happen but what about New York City? Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Yonkers, Staten Island, Long Island or somewhere else so the actors and workers don’t have to travel.

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    Pen replied

    yeah, but renting studio space in the city is hellacious expensive. That’s a big reason they relocated to Stamford.

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    jimh replied

    Had to reply here Penn…i was only joking when i said ‘Yes, Michigan’ about the soaps moving! lol

    Pen replied

    Haaa! Sorry. Sometimes it’s hard to tell if people are being serious on here…:P

  9. Marc says:

    I dont care if they make them in Hawaii or my backyard. just tape them ! Everyone involved deserves better then this

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  10. Rosanna says:

    cannot say im surprised as im not, with the lawsuit with ABC the union reps wanting more for the actors and now this, its doomed they might as well sell the show back to ABC or another company just to break even. Im thinking they ONLY rushed due to the contract they had to get things going by Fall 2013 or it would revert back to Disney, its a mess with plenty of losers and no winners, these actors deserve better then this cluster ****.

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    SZima replied

    Agreed!

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    Bryon B replied

    I agree. They knew they had to revert back the rights to Disney/ABC. It did seem rushed with the production and now we have all of this behind the scenes drama. I have a feeling they will have to sell back to ABC to break even as well. It doesn’t seem very profitable for them given all of these issues and expenses. I knew the cut back in episodes had more to do than the bs they told us about the viewing of the episodes by the fans were too much. After only 3 weeks, come on. I hope this isn’t a sign that the shows will be cancelled. I want to see more episodes per week and want them to air more than 2 days per week. Hope things improve real soon.

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  11. Doe says:

    I think PPis having a difficult decision as to move to another state. It seems that they are on uncertain ground. How many times do they have to move and get their ducks all in a row? Not to menrtion moving actors and their families once again. What is wrong with this picture? Soaps or no soaps?…..

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  12. Kevin says:

    I do believe the Brooklyn studio where Another World filmed is standing empty. Tell them to investigate Michael…lol.

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  13. MC says:

    I think we’d lost a lot of our vets if they moved too far from NYC. :(

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  14. Cathy Schneider says:

    I don’t care if they film it in Mexico, just FILM IT!!

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  15. L Boehme says:

    I love the fact that this is filmed in my home state, but save the show , whatever you have to do……..I love having AMC & OLTL back!!!!Don’t let us be without our fav shows, PLEASE!!!!

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  16. dawnhaze says:

    Wherever as long as they keep the episodes coming.

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  17. GKL1961 says:

    It’s a work in progress, no one has tried to do this many shows at once on this type of platform.. I stand behind PP

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    su0000 replied

    Some people are too ignorant to understated what PP has gone through the keep our soaps active..

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    Robbyrob replied

    I don’t think its ignorance if one dares criticize PP in this. Pretty ballsy of you to even suggest it. PP is in this to make money….its called show business for a reason. Of course we want the shows to flourish but come on, its like a joke now. Obviously the internet wasnt the mecca they hoped it would be. PP blames everyone but themselves in everything….ABC! GH! Unions! Peoples viewing schedules! Viewers watched soaps for decades 5 days a week and were able to catch up. Their reasoning is quite simply BS and its sad you denigrate anyone who has a brain to call it for what it is.

    THOMAS replied

    Im not ignorant , i know what PP is doing i stated this would all happen way before rthe shows aire but some ppl want to act like the little girl going to see the great OZ , PP made too many promises with money they didnt have and now since they cant get the major money they need to produce these shows which means being able to pay actors set workers writters their lawyers etc etc now they want o get like a travling side shows and take the act on the road .. PP need to wake up find a co production co to make these shows and help run thier company .. or sell these shows to someone that can produce and air these shows which it will happen i give it a year

    CTwildheart replied

    Thomas again, really? THEY HAVE THE FINANCING, this is NOT about the financing. PP does not want to move the show anywhere. They ARE a production company with shows that currently air on cable television!

    Robby – I do not believe that su0000 is suggesting that if you criticize PP you are ignorant. But there are many people who do not understand everything PP has done. They just read a few articles and then comment. Not everyone, just some.

  18. Elhu says:

    That is not a promising sign, compounded with the recent decrease in episodes, but on the up side, PP appears to be doing all they can to make this work, and I certainly hope it does, as I am so enjoying the return of both AMC and OLTL. I also want to see all of these fine soap stars (and all those behind the scenes) remain happy and employed. I am hopeful that all of these changes will bring a comfortable niche for both of our beloved soaps, and I wish PP much good luck in ironing this out. Please keep watching both shows soap fans!

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    Angela replied

    I agree with you. Keep watching the show – the more people that watch will help keep the shows going! I couldn’t wait for their return and am enjoying every minute of them.

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  19. TripppleP says:

    Prospect Park could look into the Brooklyn studios or come to New Jersey … central NJ would be good … toward Pennsylvania.

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    Adele replied

    Moving to NY won’t fix the problem. They get 30% tax deduction in CT and NY is a union state and therefore it won’t solve anything. I can only see a move being beneficial if they go to a right to work state, but that could cause problems with long term NY/CT based actors. Then again if it saves the show and is worked out with the actors….

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  20. lin says:

    waited too long for amc and oltl to relaunch! really hope this gets straightened out as would hate to see our soaps cancelled again!!!

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  21. lin says:

    do not cancel our soaps again!!!

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  22. Scott says:

    How about Massachussetts????
    There have been a lot of tax breaks and incentives since Ben Affleck’s GONE BABY GONE!!!!

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  23. Debbie says:

    Wherever they need to is fine.

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  24. Christine says:

    I think thats stupid. It seems to me that these people got everyones hopes up that these great shows would be back but there are all these obstacles in the way to prevent it. Oh an I caught a an episode of All my Children. It in no way looks like the same show. I have not seen One Life. But if its the same I will stick with GH and Y&R. It is really sad.

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    Gillian replied

    I agree. I watched the first part of OLTL first episode and it got on my nerves so I switched it off. I was surprised. Not the same show at all. I can see why Starr Manning, Todd Manning and John McBane forfeited their old characters and started out as new people on GH. Their agents probably told them it is a better future.

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  25. Janet Kiley says:

    go anywhere u can so we can see these stories and its free

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  26. Jodee says:

    UNIONS SUCK! I hope they do what they have to to continue. IF it truly a union situation I don’t know how moving is going to solve the problem though. But then what do I know. :/

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    Robbyrob replied

    So I guess Cady McClain and Jill Larson all suck too….since they belong to the actors union. They are all pro union and Larson even helped with the initial negotiations. If the unions didn’t sign off on this they wouldn’t even be there. The writers, directors stage hands all have unions too. Keeps them safe and not working for peanuts. Heck PP should move to Bangladesh where NO regulations seem to be in place. A building collapse just killed over 1000 people in that country that makes clothes for you and me. Learn more about a situation before you lazily say something sucks.

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    Jodee replied

    don assume I hazily say UNIONS SUCK – they do! They had a place in our country but IMO (In My Opinion (in case you didn’t know)) they only ruin things now. I wonder if the hundreds or thousands of unemployed Hostess workers would agree with you? gmab

    THOMAS replied

    you are right if PP moves then it will be more court cases , and thier is no way the unions in the state of new york will let them film their if the screwed over the union workers in CT this is doomed

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    k/kay replied

    Thomas this is to be funny to lighten the mood! Old Mayor Bloomberg has probably banned soaps in NY just like salt,lg soda drinks and smoking. Because you can’t think for yourself you need him to do it oh and also wasn’t he trying to force Mommies to breast feed.

  27. Julien says:

    I have yet to see any episodes of the shows cause the idea of watching it online does not thrill me in the least. I don’t understand why they couldn’t have tried to get it on the Hallmark Channel or Logo. Bring back Kish for OLTL and you already have Bianca on AMC and there’s the gay contingent needed for Logo. It’s airing on TV in Canada but they couldn’t get it on TV for the US? BS!

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    Jovin replied

    Ya, I‘m sure homosexuality is the answer to saving the soaps. NOT! Intelligent posts are always appreciated on here…thank you to those who offer them!!

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    ChrisR replied

    It’s not on TV in Canada. When they cut back to 2 shows per week FX Canada dropped both.

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    Lindsay replied

    It is not showing on TV in Canada anymore, it ended when they switched it to two days a week. FX Canada said the contract was for 2 shows per day, 1 of each of AMC and OLTL, since PP did not deliver it was pulled from FX Canada on May 20th. Basically we got two weeks on TV then scramble to find it somewhere else because we cannot access Hulu in Canada.

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    CTwildheart replied

    They have these things called hdmi cords….they allow you to use your tv as a monitor and watch anything you want on the big screen. I have been doing this for over 4 years now.

    And PP is still working on finding a place to air these on cable after their first run online.

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  28. Marsha says:

    I just wish people in Canada could see it, I really enjoyed the little I did see of OLTL. I think PP will not give up on having production continuing.

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    ChrisR replied

    You can, Marsha. Hola unblocker. Install for firefox and you can watch on Hulu.

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    TripppleP replied

    Thank you, ChrisR, for your Hola unblocker suggestion!! :D

  29. Denise says:

    Could this b a ploy. ABC’s Katie talk show is going south. Maybe the want the rights back. Just sayin

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    ChrisR replied

    LOL. ABC has no intention of spending more money on Soaps. That’s why they got rid of them in the first place.

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    Barbara replied

    This is what I was thinking. Coincidence? I think not!

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    Pen replied

    this has nothing to do with ABC. It’s to do with the union suspecting breach of contract. ABC has no hand in it whatsoever.

  30. Gwen Dawson says:

    The biggest mistake was to take them off tv in the first place. Shame on ABC! Other than The View, I only watched AMC and OLTL….Put them both back where they belong!!! ON TETEVISION!!! Mad in KENTUCKY!!!

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    Debbie McKean replied

    I totally agree with you Gwen!

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    CTwildheart replied

    If we are lucky, PP will work all of this out and find a place on cable television these can be rebroadcast after their original airing online. I will continue to watch…

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  31. James McDonald says:

    It seems natural for production to go back to New York. They should consider where the actors would like to travel to and make it easier on them too. Is it easier to get to a New York City studio or Los Angeles studio?

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  32. Jay in NJ says:

    Well Well Well say it ain’t so! I so saw this coming and was told to keep my mouth shut, it’s time again to stop believing in PP and move on people! they cannot afford production of both shows and this is their only way out by making up stories so they cancel our shows once again!

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    KK Davis replied

    It is not a lie, the Unions are out to get PP.

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    Kelly replied

    Really? Because the Union would rather have unemployed workers? Why don’t you get your facts straight. They bent over backwards to get this done.

    Jay in NJ replied

    It’s always the easy way out to blame the Unions, if it weren’t for the unions we wouldn’t have the shows that are on today! and I never said in my original statement about anything being alie so I think you should go back and re-read what I said…..No one is out to get PP! the problem with PP is they are in way over their heads, look at the reality: they cut the shows down from 4 days a week to just alternating them and then releasing a statement in which they think they can have us believe their words! the fact is they are on along hiatus and believe me when I say, I highly doubt they will be back mark my words and then everyone will cry all over again because they believed PP!

    Pen replied

    Sweets, if the union hadn’t hammered out the agreement with PP to allow their members to be given a scaled-down salary, guess what? You wouldn’t even HAVE a show. It would have died on the vine and never been revived. You can’t have a show without a crew. Period.

    The agreement with IATSE was that they would allow for adjusted crew salaries IF the shows agreed not to go over a certain daily budget. If they do go over that, then they’re in breach of contract, and the crews are owed money. Simple as that. They have every right to want fair and equal value for their members’ work, and to be compensated as agreed. Nothing more, nothing less.

  33. Catherine Climpson says:

    I see another cancellation coming; it’s just a matter of time…….

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    Ces replied

    YUP

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  34. Barb C says:

    there are wonderful studios in Astoria Queens that would be great for PP. I am sure NYC film dept. would be happy to help them out….another idea, since “Katy” is doing so poorly on TV, put our two half hours soaps in her slot !!!

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    Gillian replied

    Where is Katy doing poorly? I love her show.

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    Barb C replied

    Fox News said the other day that the ratings were low and that people thought she was boring as a host….

    Margaret Leonardi replied

    I was thinking the same thing Barb C!

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    Barb C replied

    would love to see it back on TV, but for now I’ll take online…

    Debbie McKean replied

    I had the same idea. Bring the shows back to TV.

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    Barb C replied

    would love to see it back on TV, but for now I’ll take online

    susan M. replied

    DITTO!

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    CTwildheart replied

    I would like that also….except I don’t want abc/d to touch these shows ever again.

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  35. Sheryl Postin says:

    I sure hope the shows continue to be online or back on tv, I really enjoy them and I am so happy they are back .I hope everything gets straightened out very soon. Thanks Michael once again for keeping us in the loop.

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  36. Cassie Hicks says:

    If the representatives of Prospect Park have to move their production to another state-why don’t they try New York City? That city and state are so popular as I-don’t-know-what.:)

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    Pen replied

    Too expensive. That’s a big reason why they moved to CT, along with the tax credits.

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  37. adam says:

    I was a CBS soap fan since a kid LOL then GL and ATWT were axed. I began looking at OLTL again I did in mid 90′s looked at it and stopped and began again after GL and ATWT were cancelled. (SIGH)…. now again peoples hopes have been brought up and sad to say the writing was clearly on the wall for these soaps when it was announced they ere going down to 2 days a week. They are gonna cancel either both or one of these shows, iam sorry I wasted my time looking at them faithfully has I did when they returned, I should have known PP was gonna let everyone down!

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    adam replied

    now iam sitting here thinking,, its gonna be one they will cancel, saying they cant invest the time and money in 2 shows at a time, maybe in the future….. if all s goes well they will look back into the idea of launching it again…. and drum roll people….. the loser will be all my children

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    CTwildheart replied

    These two shows are tied to each other now. They share the studio, sets and crew. So it is both or neither….

  38. Jedediah says:

    I give Prospect Park amazing support for doing their difficult work bringing back the soaps and making sure that they’re wonderfully prepared for us to enjoy. Whatever their endeavors may bring, all we can do is give them all the support that we can. After all, without Prospect Park, we wouldn’t have AMC nor OLTL. I hope that they will be able to resolve whatever issues that they may have to overcome.

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  39. Lisa J. says:

    I just hope they get it all worked out. Besides the swearing and the way too explicit sex scenes I am enjoying both the shows and will stick by them thru it all because I am a die-hard loyal fan!

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    CTwildheart replied

    I wish I saw the way too explicit sex scene you did! I must’ve missed it…(even though I’ve seen every episode of both shows)

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    TripppleP replied

    You are not alone, CTwildheart … everyone I have spoken to, also missed the explicit sex scenes. lol

  40. toni says:

    they could come to Portland Or that would be awesome

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  41. KK Davis says:

    PP’s only hope is to negotiate these shows out of the Unions. It has never been done before but why not at least try.

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  42. Kerry says:

    Lakewood Ranch (Sarasota), FL, has some new studios.

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  43. Lori Lippa says:

    PP bring your production to Rochester, NY. We just had The Amazing Spiderman 2 film here. We are an upstate NY location. Great lakes, mountain sides, not to mention the nice mansions we have here. Very Pine Valley and LLanview. Lots and Lots of location shoots. Plus we get snow like these two towns.

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  44. GB says:

    let’s find a state with NO labour regulations whatsoever, where you can work 24/7 and not pay people for it! good on you, prospect park, i’m with you there

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    Adele replied

    That’s not exactly accurate. NC for instance and TN both pay their talent and crew well, but it is not tied completely to the unions. I want the actors to be protected and the crew as well, but just because it is a right to work state doesn’t mean that it is not beneficial to all parties involved. NC is the number 2 state for production. The bigger question is will the actors be willing to travel to NC and stay 5 weeks then go back home for five weeks or will they have to do filming slightly different – 3 months straight shooting then six months off to make it easier for actors based in CT. I think it is best to stay in CT for now, but long term I think a move to a state that really will pump money into the productions and wants to invest in those jobs isn’t a bad move.

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  45. Beacon says:

    ABC Daytime need to buy back the soaps. They screwed up big time and now they can make it up to the fans.

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    CTwildheart replied

    I NEVER want these shows back in those hands!

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    Pen replied

    Well, eventually they will be anyway; PP only has licensing rights. They don’t own the shows. When the licensing period ends, both shows will revert back to ABC. Sorry.

  46. jimh says:

    Hopefully theyll keep it close to New York so not to loose many actors…

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  47. Margaret Leonardi says:

    I feel bad for the actors. They have to keep moving around to keep their jobs, must be really bad for their family life. Hope it all gets settled.

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  48. Susan says:

    What about the movie studios in Bethpage ny. Win win on every aspect. Less than an hr from NYC. Huge studio buildings. A lot of nice towns in the surrounding area plus minutes from the Gold Coast

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  49. Debbie McKean says:

    Brining these two shows back was a great idea. If you are going to move to a new state, perhaps you ca think about bringing them back on tv. I am not enjoying watching the computer and sitting my the computer. I must rather lie down and zip through the commercials.

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  50. Annalee says:

    We have great tax breaks here in Michigan!! We have talented crew people, union and not! A great pool of makeup/hair artists (which I am one & have worked for all three big networks).
    Oz Franco’s movie was made right here outside of Detroit as well as many others.
    The TV film market is stable here!
    Its all about PURE MICHIGAN!

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    jimh replied

    YES, MICHIGAN!

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    Pen replied

    Tell me, how many of the actors do you think would be willing to pull up stakes and move to Michigan? Or Florida, or Virginia or Georgia or Washington? Or even commute once a month (who would pay for that)?

    I would hazard to say, “not many”. And if for some insane reason PP did relocate the studios to Alabama or somesuch, that would likely be in breach of contract with the actors, who never agreed to move to an entirely new state or even commute that far; it wasn’t in the initial understanding. They would be well within their rights to say, “no thanks, not what I agreed to”, and if PP took them to court over it, they’d probably win, and PP would lose even more production time — not to mention they’d lose any good PR they had from bullying veteran actors. The whole thing would be a mess.

    Lastly, moving to another state would be more expensive than staying in CT; if they can’t pay their bill there, I don’t know how on earth they’d move pot, bowl, and kettle across the country.

    jimh replied

    meant as a joke. theyd never move to mi

    Pen replied

    LOL…sorry, Jim! In my defense, though, there are some on this board who think it would be an easy-peasy solution just to pick up and move to Arkansas or North Carolina or whatever. Which, sadly, is an exercise in futility…

  51. Scott says:

    I have never had any use for Unions . If production has to move to another state, so be it

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  52. Cyndee says:

    Honestly, there is more drama involved in the production of our shows than on the shows themselves! Just figure it out and keep on filming.

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  53. Ann says:

    PP has no idea how to conduct the business of soap operas, unions, etc. I am not one bit surprised they are in the trouble they are. Som, hiw many times so they move production to bail themselves out of trouble! It is just a matter of time that this grand experiment will fail!

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    Rick replied

    What do you base this comment on? These 2 men (PP) are two of the major players in Hollywood. Any of the crap they’ve been facing, they’ve fought back hard, with the unions, ABC, etc. Moving to another state? I’m sure it’s just a negotiating tactic. These guys are very very smart. I can’t believe they want to put their energies into soaps, but I’m glad they are.

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    Pen replied

    One of those men drove a prestigious talent and PR firm into the ground from sheer hubris and mismanagement. I do not describe either of them as “very smart”.

  54. Anita says:

    They are really making the actors and crew and fans into a yo yo. What can we do?

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  55. JoanneA says:

    I haven’t watch because I’m not paying for it. It was in my cable bill. So I don’t watch anymore.

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    CTwildheart replied

    You don’t have to pay to watch it. You can watch them free on Hulu.

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  56. Delainey says:

    So tired of the behind the scenes drama when the shows barely give us this amount of story. So over it.

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  57. luane raudabaugh says:

    OMG! What else?

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  58. bobbi wallace says:

    i love the shows hope u get them back to a hr each daily

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  59. arlene P says:

    Why don’t you televised it on television? I just don’t like the idea of paying to HULU plus, I’m already paying cable. You should bring it back. I just found out this week that Young and the Restless are going to be televised on channel TVGN so why can’t you do that. I stop watching All my Children and One live to live, after I found out I have to pay, so now you just lost 2 fans my husband and I

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    CTwildheart replied

    You can watch them for free on Hulu. You don’t need to pay for Hulu plus – unless you only want to watch on a device other than a laptop or computer.
    PP is trying to find a cable channel to air these shows after their original airing online.

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  60. Louee Everett says:

    Chattanooga TN would be an amazing site for location shoots. Come see us, you’ll be impressed, guaranteed.

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  61. Carol Bryan says:

    How about since the Katie Couric show is tanking, OLTL and AMC doing something so epic that you blow ABC out of the water. Don’t try to move too far away, we don’t want to loose any of our favorite actors!

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  62. Jessica says:

    I am sick of actors complaining about working somewhere other than NY or LA, get over it, studios are popping up all over and actors will have to move if they want the job, labor dispute? ya they dont want to work in CT. Same thing happened with the show Body of Proof with Dana Dealany, the show was filmed in Providence RI, but Dealany wanted to live in LA so they moved prodution there and now the show was just canceled. Production should not be dictated by where the actors do and do not want to live, you have a job, do your job, if you do not like where you do your job go find a different one, maybe a play in NY will suit you better.

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    Pen replied

    If you want someone of Dana Delaney’s caliber, you move the show where she wants to live. If not, you get a different, less-well known actress and hope the show takes hold. Simple as that. It isn’t like hiring plumbers.

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  63. Joshua says:

    Somewhere in Manhattan, Susan Lucci has slipped into a bubble bath with a glass of wine and thinking to herself: “Glad I didn’t enlist in that sinking ship!”

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    Pen replied

    And the GH3 heaved a huge sigh of relief for dodging that bullet.

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  64. Ces says:

    I see a collapse of both those shows waiting to happen soon!!
    And GH lost Todd, John & Starr over this ???
    stupid.

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  65. susan M. says:

    I hope this gets all cleared up! They should put them on a cable channel on the television. PP sponsors a comedy show on USA cable channel and it is called Royal Pains..And it is doing well…Whatever as long as I can continue seeing my soaps!

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    CTwildheart replied

    They also have Wilfred on FX. PP is looking for a cable channel to air them after their original airing online.

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  66. JoAnn E says:

    I just hope they work everything out so we don’t loose actors or the shows all together. I have really enjoyed the return of both of them. Come on guys lets get busy.

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  67. SUZ says:

    If it ain’t broke…DON’T FIX IT!

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  68. Emily says:

    I’ll keep watching and hoping for the best. It’s a continuous work in progress and quite a undertaking. Not going to lie, feel nervous about the whole thing, but still want things to turn out well. Thanks MF for keeping us in the loop.

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  69. Scoobydum says:

    As someone who actually lives in Astoria, I doubt Kaufman Astoria would be an option. They do mostly film,and the tv shows that are fillmed there don’t need the space that these shows do. Its not a huge place like out in California.

    For all these people that are upset and say “how hard they worked to get these shows back”…where you one of the 20 people that protested at ABC studios? Did you show up to greet the actors at the new studios? Cause if you didn’t, you need to sit down and stop with the histrionics.

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    CTwildheart replied

    Well, as one of those who did protest and go to the new studio – I disagree a bit. There are many people who did work hard to help in this effort – even if they did not physically show up at a protest or rally. All the emails, letters, phone calls, tweets and article comments were noticed and heard and those people have every right to say they worked hard.
    We don’t need to be divided amongst ourselves – that will only allow abc/d to have the last laugh.

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    Scoobydum replied

    All the “Come film in the Square State in the Middle of Nowhere with no Unions” posts are helping? Cause if I was an actor, I would totally give up the ability to ever work on a union project in LA or NYC again, so I could work on a Soap thats not profitable on a shoestring…. People don’t know the reality of what film/tv work is about or how unions protect people in this situation.

    Pen replied

    Cosigning scoobydum. Preach.

  70. magnum357 says:

    Move to Ohio, right to work state.

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  71. Bryon B says:

    Maybe New York City, but will they have the same tax incentives as they do now in Connecticut. They need to be back on TV and ABC should do the right thing and pick up the shows again. Katie Couric show isn’t doing all that well and the new programming they put on to replaced the shows have failed. Proof of bad decision made by the executives to cancel the show in the first place.

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  72. Margot says:

    PP has waited too long to please us soap fans by bringing back OLTL and AMC and I don’t believe they’ll let us down we just have to have faith in them and I certainly do.

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  73. Becky says:

    This made me groan, as it just can’t be good for the actors and crew. I must say Prospect Park seems to be tenacious in trying to make the shows work. I sure hope they’re successful, as I’m enjoying having my shows back.

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  74. Lisa Z. says:

    This is a new venture and there are bound to be unforeseen problems along the way. CT, NY, and NJ are union strongholds. Unions would rather have their employees not getting a paycheck than working with the employers. I hope Prospect Park continues to produce these shows and works out a solution. They have overcome obstacles along the way so far. Lack of union agreements are what stalled this project in the first place. Come to NC. NC is one of the least friendly union states. Many shows are made in NC such as Homeland.

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  75. Edna Barefoot says:

    Sounds like a bad thing!! Would our stars move with them. Erika Slezak, Bob Woods, Jerry VerNorn. OLTL would be like AMC & more newbies than stars. I hope they stay where they are at.

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  76. Christy says:

    WOW! Three articles today, all about the ‘woes’ of PP production… Not good!
    I imagine the cast is feeling rather ill about all this – moving up the hiatus and just not knowing what will happen this time, and so soon after just getting everything going….

    I hope they figure out a solution and quick… I’m having a Twinkie deja vu… remember what happened to all those favorite treats when they had union/money problems?

    Well, I’ve just read that New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Minnesota have recently changed (for the better) their film production tax incentives or cash rebates…. most many states (and Puerto Rico) have production incentives. Alaska and Puerto Rico have much bigger incentives… but no matter what state has the best incentives or union policies, they have to take into consideration – will all the actors/crew opt to go with them? The AMC crowd already has had to go from NYC to CA, then to CT.
    And if they decide to move… they’ve got to scout locations, and rebuild all the sets and go thru everything all over again…. and no telling if union in that state would ok 4 months down the road again.

    and what is going on with that lawsuit with ABC? anyone have any new news?

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    Christy replied

    Canada might be a good place to film. There are many, many shows and movies filmed there all the time. While usually Vancover, it’s not that far to go north to Canada from CT…. and surely that would help out all the OLTL fans in Canada! :-)

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  77. Matt says:

    Wouldn’t moving to another state that requires stars to commute just add most cost to the production? Plus some of the more fickle stars *couchrobinstrassercough* might just take a walk.

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    Christy replied

    Actors pay for their own commute to work, so that would not be included in production costs.

    It would be more like who would be willing to move.

    Moving might take care of current union problems, but then they’d be trading for a whole lot more problems, my thinking..

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  78. Annick says:

    Whatever happens, I still thank PP for bringing the shows back. I have faith that this will be worked out & refuse to be negative. This is a new business venture & it will have ups & downs, but either way, I thank PP again for putting the time & effort into what ABCD threw away.

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  79. Llanviewer717 says:

    I wonder if the filthy hands of the alphabet network/mouse company are involved in this trouble?

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  80. T S says:

    Move production to North Carolina!!! Here’s some contact info..
    http://www.ncfilm.com/
    http://www.ncfilm.com/contact-us.html

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  81. Steve says:

    I this sounds crazy but Atlanta , Georgia Tyler Perry has a huge Studio just as goood or better than Hollywood but who knows wait & see !

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  82. gail says:

    Philadelphia is a great place…there is even a section of Philadelphia called Pine Valley.

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    Johnny replied

    That would be something wouldn’t it, if they could tape in Philly. Both Pine Valley and Landview are supposed to be near Philadelphia anyway and it would provide some realistic location shots.
    I live out in VEGAS how about doing the shows here – Zach own a casino anyway LoL -

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  83. Rapids says:

    I read lots of denial but I predict the shows will not resume production. They are rearranging deck chairs and assigning blame. ABC cancelled the shows for a reason, soaps are a dying breed.

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    Christy replied

    mmmm… millions of soap fans would disagree with you!

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  84. Lin says:

    The actors have moved to or near connecticut to be in this. I would hate to have it move far- would hate to lose any actors or inconvenience them. I hope this can be worked out for the good of everyone- crew, actors and PP. I am grateful to all.

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  85. MikeT says:

    I hope things get worked out !

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  86. Jane says:

    Has anyone considered the actors?? They have been jerked around enough. First moving from NY to CA and then getting cancelled. Now working in CT for a couple of months before moving them again.

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  87. Johanna says:

    PA/NJ give tax breaks to productions in the state. Can’t go too far or we might lose some cast members might gain some also

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  88. Cigi says:

    Does anyone know how the rating are going? I love these shows, but Hulu doesn’t work on my IPAD and I am not paying for huluplus. I have to use one of my children’s laptops to watch. My fear here is that the viewership isn’t great enough to keep them on the air. And this issue with Manning,Manning,Mcbain sucks. I want them bad enough on GH to try to accept them as new characters, but what happened to the characters that we loved? Tough to swallow Mcbain leaving Natale, Starr not with her family etc.

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  89. susan M. says:

    Fans of Erika Slezak. I have come across some intersting info on Erika. First she was in the Danielle Steele’s :Full Circle (movie) on Sept.9 1996 . She plays Jean Roberts. Saw the trailer for this movie and happen to see her name in the cast of this movie. So I bought from (amazon) last night…She was also in Special Unit “2 (1. episode) played Nick’s mother(2001)…Saw on amazon (a photo with her parents & brother & sister) also a pic with Lee Peterson(Joe Riley) and other cast members of OLTL(Anna Wolek,Larry Wolek , etc.)..They are 8 by 10 photo’s for $4.99 ). Check out amazon. Just put her name in slot and it say’s in all departments..Check it out! Such wonderful pic’s !

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    susan M. replied

    Read above! I wanted to share this with everyone!

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    Christy replied

    I still have that movie on VHS – taped it just to watch Erika.

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    susan M. replied

    Well Full Circle is on dvd now! You should get the dvd it lasts longer than the VHS…

    Christy replied

    nah. didn’t really care for the movie… just wanted to see Erica doing something else.

  90. CTwildheart says:

    I think this is all a bunch of hooey. After all the work PP went through to get these shows up and running, they are not going to move the studios. I don’t see how this labor dispute would even lead to that, IF PP were found in the wrong.

    I will continue to watch and support my shows and wait to see how this all plays out.

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  91. KarenW says:

    I don’t care if they move to a different state. I just want to see the shows. I hope that something is resolved soon that will benefit the cast and crew.

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  92. Debby says:

    I feel that Prospect Park should give up. I never watch either one of them. First Prospect Park says they were going to put it on the air then it fell through. Then after Michael Easton, Kristen Alderson and Roger Horwath signe and 3 yr contracts with GH, Prospect Park put the 3 of them out of work for at least 2 to 3 months because they acted like children. Now the three of them are back on GH as different characters and it looks like Roger may be killed off. They should let ABC buy back the rights and let ABC put the shows back on the air as half hour shows. The Ricki Lake Show has been cancelled and now ABC is looking for something to replace Katie. Here is there replacements.

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    DR replied

    ABC will never bring them back. They will not admit that they were wrong! I would love it though.

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  93. Carrie says:

    TAXES! TAXES! How about a no-tax state like New Hampshire? It is really beautiful!

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  94. Jewell says:

    I hope it works out to where they can stay where they are. Would stink if they had to move,..

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  95. Mary says:

    How about moving the production to the coastal city, Wilmington, NC. The new TV show “under the Dome” is being produced at Wilmington’s Screen Gems. Why not these two classic soaps?

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