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Prospect Park Axes "All My Children" Web Series

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Ron Tom/ABC via Getty Images

The latest plot twist: Production firm Prospect Park, which we wrote about in our December/January issue ("Whither the Soap Opera?"), recently announced that it is surrendering plans to broadcast two discontinued soap operas as web series. After ABC canceled long-running series All My Children and One Life to Live last year, Prospect Park duo Jeffrey Kwatinetz and Rich Frank licensed the shows and embarked on moving them to the newly hatched Online Network. However, the company tried in vain to find financial backing and technology partners, and ultimately called it quits. The soap-opera resurrection will not be televised after all.

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  • Nananet79

    If this was going to happen, which they all knew it was, then they should have given better ending.  So, who got shot, will they say, will we know.  WILL THEY CARE IF WE KNOW.  No they will not.  Don't watch the chew or anything else through the day other than General Hospital and Dr. Oz - the rest of it is CRAP.  And I do mean CRAP!!!  The soaps were our escape from our world and if everybody had taken a little pay cut and I do mean everybody, the cost to run would have been fine.  Why move to California, why have them always appearing in different clothes, why must they all have fancy and elaborate homes (sets).  Must we feed everybody while they shoot scenes.  Nobody feeds me at my job.  Soapnet would have been great for SOAPS only First run and old ones as well (Knot's Landing, Dallas, etc.) and no soap talk shows.  It is a total shame that we must see it end.  They day of unwinding and being involved in our own way at home in the lives of these families on All My Children is just a shame.  And SHAME on ABC, Disney, Prospect Park and I'm sure others as well.  Good Bye to A Great Show.

  • June Jensen

    I personally cannot believe that ABC cancelled AMC and OLTL after so many years.  What do they put on instead --  "The Chew" and "The Revolution".  OMG these shows are so incredibly boring.  I think they made a huge error in judgement.  The person that came up with this idea should be fired.  I'm now watching older TV shows on Netflix during the day.  ABC, I hope the sponsors drops your ass.  You deserve it!

  • Amy Chouinard

    I AM BEYOND MAD AND UNHAPPY.  I HAVE WATCHED AMC FROM THE BEGINNING AND IT HAS HELPED ME THROUGH LOSING A PARENT, GRANDPARENTS, DOGS, BOYFRIENDS, AN ALMOST DIVORCE, RAISING STEPCHILDREN, HEART OPERATIONS, FOOT SURGERIES, INABILITY TO WALK FOR YEARS, BEST FRIEND DIAGNOSED WITH A SEVERE MENTAL ILLNESS......I COULD GO ON....

    ALL MY CHILDREN WAS MY ANCHOR, EVERY NIGHT I WOULD WATCH THE TAPED EPISODE AND FOR AN HOUR I COULD LEAVE MY TROUBLES, SEVERE CHRONIC PAIN AND OTHER ISSUES BEHIND.....I CAN'T DO THAT ANYMORE.....THE SHOWS ARE SO DUMB NOW AND I WANT AMC.....THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE.....I JUST CAN'T STAND IT....I DON'T CARE ABOUT THOSE OF YOU WHO MIGHT POO POO THIS....WHAT DO YOU THINK IS GOOD, HOUSEWIVES OF WHATEVER COUNTY, JERSY SOMETHING, TODDLERS AND TIARAS.....AND SO ON....WHAT IS GOING ON??

    AMC HAS BROUGHT EVERYTHING TO THE LIGHT IN A VERY MATURE AND NON SENSATIONAL WAY...LESBIAN, DRUG ADDICTION AND SO ON AS YOU ALL KNOW.

    I CAN'T EVEN TELL YOU HOW AWFUL THIS IS FOR SO MANY PEOPLE AND ABC SHOULD BE EMBARESSED.  

    SO.....I MISS AMC WITH ALL MY HEART AND SOUL...

  • onlymy2cents

    That really sucks.  These shows have a great following that is over 40 years strong.  Fans purchased products from the ads, purchased products we suspected were used on the soap shows, and had strong ratings---always.  The dumbasses at ABC will see that the cancellation of these shows will be felt because the soap fans are not watching ABC anymore nor buying the products.  I am not watching soaps on another channel, and hope to high heaven that someone picks up the shows and put them on the air picking up where they left off.  I hate the ABC Network and will personally NEVER. EVER WATCH another show on it (except for General Hospital) as long as I live.  After watching for 43 years, the readers can pretty much guess that I'm well over 50 and counting.  I have never watched faithfully any other television show on any network, not even news, and I'm too old to change my spots now.  ABC is assed out!  This time next year they will be advertising poison.  Prospect Park, please find funding to put this show back online.