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Could J.R. Martinez Save 'All My Children?' Creator Agnes Nixon Speaks Out

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 24th 2011 7:35AM
There's been an outcry since the news broke yesterday that Prospect Park has suspended its plan to move cancelled soaps 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' online. Many of the actors involved have taken to Twitter and Facebook to vent, and the unions involved have issued statements saying don't blame us for the failure.

Now the soaps' creator, Agnes Nixon has spoken out, saying there's still plenty more life in the old shows yet. According to 'The Daily Beast' she's even come up with "a compelling plot" starring brand new 'DWTS' champ J.R. Martinez. He played police officer Brot Monroe on the soap for three years until it was cancelled back in April.

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'One Life to Live,' 'All My Children' Not Moving Online

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 23rd 2011 3:10PM
One Life to Live, All My Children Not Moving OnlineProspect Park has suspended its plan to move 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' online. Rich Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz of Prospect Park made the announcement following several months of planning.

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

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Susan Lucci: I Still Want to Be on 'All My Children,' Delay Not My Fault

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 17th 2011 10:30AM
Susan LucciSusan Lucci took to her Facebook page to clear up some rumors about her future and the status of 'All My Children.'

Unconfirmed reports had Lucci turning down Prospect Park's offer to remain with the soap opera when it moved online. Then, news broke that 'All My Children' has been delayed and it won't be joining 'One Life to Live' on The Online Network this January. Is she to blame? No way, according to the star.

"I want my fans to know the truth," Lucci wrote. "There has been miscommunications as a result of statements in the press that I am one of the reasons that 'All My Children' is not moving forward. This is simply untrue and not the case."

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'All My Children' Online Debut Delayed: Report

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 11th 2011 10:25AM
All My Children Debut DelayedThe online debut of 'All My Children' has been put on hold, according to several published reports.

The canceled ABC soap was scheduled to move to its new web home, The Online Network, this January with sister show 'One Life to Live.'

According to Variety, sources close to the situation indicate 'One Life to Live' is still on track to move online following its January finale on ABC. Several cast members, including key players Erika Slezak and Kassie DePaiva, have signed to stick with 'One Life to Live.'

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'One Life to Live': 4 More Actors Join Online Version

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 5th 2011 1:45PM
One Life to Live Josh KellyWhen 'One Life to Live' debuts online there will be many more familiar faces alongside Erika Slezak.

Actors Tuc Watkins, Josh Kelly, Florencia Lozano and Shenell Edmonds will move online with the soap opera.

The four actors join the previously announced Slezak, Michael Easton, Ted King, Kassie DePaiva, Melissa Archer, Kelley Missal, Sean Ringgold, Andrew Trischitta and Jerry VerDorn.

'One Life to Live' leaves ABC in January 2012 and it is set to join 'All My Children' on Prospect Park's The Online Network. The original plans were to have both soap operas move online following 'OLTL's' ABC finale, but according to a new report, those plans may be in jeopardy.

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Who Will Save 'One Life to Live' and 'All My Children'?

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 3rd 2011 3:00PM
One Life to Live All My Children'All My Children' has left TV and 'One Life to Live' is on its way out, but the soaps will live online ... right? The soaps are set to move onto the web after January 2012, when 'One Life to Live' is set to end its 43-year run, but there's a bit of a problem.

Prospect Park, the company that has licensed the soaps from ABC, has yet to win over enough financial backers to bring the soaps to the Internet, according to All Things D.

The company is retaining most of the same stars and behind-the-scenes team, making it a pricey venture.

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'The Young and the Restless' Welcomes Back Lauralee Bell, TOLN Strikes Music Deal & More Soap News

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 9th 2011 11:00AM
Lauralee BellLauralee Bell is returning to 'The Young and the Restless.'

TV Guide reports Bell's character, Christine, will be back and reliving some drama.

Back in the early 2000s Eva Longoria's character, Isabella, made Christine's life quite difficult. Isabella had a child with Christine's husband, Paul, and now that son, Ricky Williams (Peter Porte), has been aged -- the magic of soaps! -- and is returning to Genoa City to investigate some mysteries. That's where Christine comes in.

In other soap news ...

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'One Life to Live' Reveals More Cast Members Before Online Move

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 30th 2011 4:40PM
One Life to Live Online UpdateWhen 'One Life to Live' moves online in early 2012, look for plenty of familiar faces.

Melissa Archer, Kelley Missal, Sean Ringgold, Andrew Trischitta and Jerry VerDorn have all signed to stay with the soap opera. Their deals are pending an agreement with the acting union AFTRA.

Erika Slezak, Michael Easton, Ted King and Kassie DePaiva will also remain with the series.

Head writer and consulting producer Ron Carlivati has signed on as well, joining executive producer Frank Valentini behind the scenes.

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Prospect Park Announces New Home for 'All My Children' & 'One Life to Live'

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 27th 2011 12:50PM
All My ChildrenProspect Park has announced the new home for 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live': The Online Network, TOLN for short.

TOLN is currently set for launch in January 2012, which confirms soap fans will have to wait another couple of months for the return of 'All My Children.' When it debuts, 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' will be the tent-pole programs, with other first-run shows in the comedy, drama and scripted genres joining the two soaps.

"We are creating TOLN to conveniently deliver fans of quality television long form programming anytime and anywhere," Prospect Park founders Rich Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz said in a statement.

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'All My Children' Online: First Cast Members Announced, What Will Susan Lucci Do?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 20th 2011 7:30AM
Susan LucciThe lights will go dark for the last time in Pine Valley this week as fans bid a tearful farewell to veteran TV soap 'All My Children.'

However, preparations to relaunch 'AMC' as an online series are gathering steam, and it's been announced that some cast members have agreed to stay with the show when it moves to online production.

Prospect Park, the company that's taking over from ABC in producing 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' issued a statement Monday confirming that Cameron Mathison, who plays Ryan Lavery, and Lindsay Hartley, who plays Dr. Cara Castillo Martin, have agreed deals to join the company's new production of 'All My Children.'

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'One Life to Live' Executive Producer Signs Deal to Stay With Soap

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 17th 2011 10:45AM
Erika Slezak'One Life to Live' executive producer Frank Valentini will move online with the series in early 2012.

Valentini became an executive producer on the show in 2002 after working as a supervising producer and director. Prospect Park has also named Valentini vice president of serial dramas for the new online network 'One Life to Live' will air on. He'll advise the company about programming strategies.

"Frank's successful track record both creatively and producorially with 'One Life to Live' has been stellar and we are honored that he has also agreed to take on more responsibilities at our new network," Jeff Kwatinetz and Rich Frank of Prospect Park said in a statement. "Under Frank Valentini's stewardship, 'One Life to Live's' popularity and ratings continue to increase, and his commitment to us is another milestone in our commitment to relaunching 'One Life to Live' with the best possible quality and storylines for audiences everywhere."

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Susan Lucci Rejects 'All My Children' Online Offer: Report

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 6th 2011 4:45PM
Susan LucciSusan Lucci is reportedly done with 'All My Children.' The only original cast member on the long-running soap has turned down an offer to move online with the series in 2012, according to Deadline.

The Deadline report says Prospect Park offered Lucci a very similar salary to what ABC was paying her, but the actress asked for more money, fewer hours and the ability to do a primetime series.

'One Life to Live' stars Erika Slezak, Michael Easton, Ted King and Kassie DePaiva will remain with the show when it heads online in 2012.

Deadline reports Prospect Park may focus its resources on 'One Life to Live,' which had higher Nielsen ratings than 'All My Children,' and push 'All My Children' to the back since Lucci will not continue with the soap opera. Both shows are scheduled to debut online in early 2012.

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'One Life to Live': Erika Slezak & More Actors Will Continue Online

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 6th 2011 3:25PM
Erika SlezakViki Lord isn't going anywhere. Prospect Park has announced daytime icon Erika Slezak, known for playing Viki for more than 40 years, has signed to stay with 'One Life to Live' after it moves online.

Pending a final agreement with AFTRA, Slezak, Michael Easton, Ted King and Kassie DePaiva will stay with 'One Life to Live.'

This is the first official cast announcement from Prospect Park. No word on who will move online with 'All My Children.'

'One Life to Live' leaves ABC in January 2012 and is expected to migrate online shortly after. 'All My Children' ends its 41-year run on Fri., Sept. 23. The two soaps are expected to debut online in early 2012.

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'All My Children' & 'One Life to Live' Moving to Cable?

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 4th 2011 1:15PM
All My Children'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' are moving online, but they may be getting another new home -- a cable network.

According to Deadline, Prospect Park is currently shopping the two beloved soap operas to various cable networks. The plans are to still launch the soaps on a new online network, but as part of the licensing agreement between Prospect and ABC, the soaps can air on cable, if a network wants them.

The current plan is to have the soaps air online first, then on a cable channel, if a home is found for the long-running shows.

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'All My Children' Update: Online Move Could be Delayed

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 26th 2011 11:30AM
Susan Lucci, All My Children The 'All My Children' online migration might not happen as quickly as fans -- and producers -- want.

According to the New York Times, contract negotiations may interrupt production of 'All My Children' for a few months. Reports originally had Prospect Park continuing 'All My Children' just days after leaving ABC on Sept. 23, but now the show might not move online until the first quarter of 2012.

Taking 'AMC' from TV to the web requires changes to the production budgets and those have to go through negotiations with guilds and unions that represent the production staff.

"The love and support for 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' is truly amazing," Prospect Park said in a statement. "Since we announced our intention to work with the shows, the fan outreach we've experienced over the past few weeks further validates our decision to work to keep them going for years to come. However we also respect the organizations and processes that are in place so that all can apply their craft within the infrastructure that the entertainment industry has set, specifically in this case with the appropriate guilds and unions."

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