Just four months after debuting “One Life to Live” online, producer Prospect Park has put the revival of the canceled ABC daytime soap on hold. And it is blaming ABC, claiming to keep “OLTL” out of original production until its settles its current lawsuit with the network. Prospect Park has sued ABC for killing off two former characters from “OLTL” after they made the crossover to the network’s “General Hospital.”
Back in June, Prospect Park also put production of both “OLTL” and “All My Children,” its second revival, on hold due to a disagreement about wages with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. The writers are currently working on scripts for a second online season of “All My Children,” but not “OLTL,” and there is no current news when…or if…it will go back into production.
Credit, of course, must be given to Prospect Park for keeping both former ABC daytime institutions alive after ABC cut the chord within four months of each other (“All My Children” was canceled on Sept. 23, 2011 after 41 seasons and “OLTL” on Jan. 13, 2012 after 44 seasons). But the original four online half-hour telecasts per week were trimmed to just two shortly after being revived, and the lack of available data on their performances could mean the response to both “OLTL” and “All My Children” has been limited. While everyone in this business keeps pointing to the increase of original production online, no one really knows for sure who is watching and what the size of the audience is.