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Prospect Park Shelves “One Life to Live”

September 3, 2013 by Marc Berman in Highlights with 3 Comments

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.


Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman is the Editor in Chief for TV Media Insights, the online destination for television and media. Berman has appeared on camera for Extra, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, The CBS Evening News, CNN, and more; and his 2014 desk calendar, “Today in TV History,” is presently available.

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  • http://www.tvmediainsights.com/members/travelcat/ Travelcat

    Prior to be cancelled on television, One Life to Live was my favorite soap. Since debuting online, it pales in comparison to All My Children (just my opinion). There is something about the bar scene — where people of all ages seem to gather (not too believable) that makes everything seem a bit “off”. Also, Dani and Mathews characters are horrible. Why have so many characters had a personality change?

    Hope that this break will give writers some time to give this show a better direction.

  • http://www.tvmediainsights.com/members/dwmckim/ dwmckim

    Marc, i’m glad to see you continually support the shows by following and reporting on their progress but I really cringed at this from the first paragraph: “Prospect Park has sued ABC for killing off two former characters from “OLTL” after they made the crossover to the network’s “General Hospital.””

    PP’s lawsuit was about a huge laundry list of issues, the above being only one of them. What is comes down to in a nutshell is that ABC has sabotaged PP’s efforts every step of the way while charging them huge liscensing fees – PP was not getting what it paid for with ABC doing everything possible to cheapen the brand and hinder their progress or success. This is not just about “three actors” or “dead characters” and it’s sloppy journalism to give that impression.

  • http://www.tvmediainsights.com/members/dwmckim/ dwmckim

    Marc, i’m glad to see you continually support the shows by following and reporting on their progress but I really cringed at this from the first paragraph: “Prospect Park has sued ABC for killing off two former characters from “OLTL” after they made the crossover to the network’s “General Hospital.””

    PP’s lawsuit was about a huge laundry list of issues, the above being only one of them. What it comes down to in a nutshell is that ABC has sabotaged PP’s efforts every step of the way while charging them huge liscensing fees – PP was not getting what it paid for with ABC doing everything possible to cheapen the brand and hinder their progress or success. This is not just about “three actors” or “dead characters” and it’s sloppy journalism to give that impression.

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