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News for the week of 14-Jan-2013

by Carol Banks Weber

This could be the start of something big. Prospect Park’s Jeff Kwatinetz and Rich Frank announced last week that they are moving forward with re-booting AMC and OLTL as anchor shows on their Online Network (TOLN). They nailed down deals with the necessary unions (SAG-AFTRA, DGA, WGA) and creator Agnes Nixon (as an active consultant), as well as appointed former OLTL director Jennifer Pepperman as executive producer of the online OLTL, AMC producer Ginger Smith to EP of the online AMC, and Heroes coordinating producer Foz McDermott to head of production for TOLN — all while getting the financial backing necessary to kick it all off next month. In an official announcement, they expressed thanks to the soap fans for keeping the faith. “We thank the loyal audience and new generation of fans of both shows who have demonstrated that passion and exciting story lines are not just reserved for traditional television. Their enduring support encouraged us to move forward each and every day. We look forward to sharing more details including our launch air date and additional specifics in the coming weeks.”

AMC/OLTL creator Agnes Nixon also credited the soap fans for helping make this happen. She issued her own statement January 4: “We of the One Life to Live and All My Children families are thrilled to bring our beloved viewers new, ongoing stories from Llanview and Pine Valley. I’m overjoyed that so many actors you love have voiced their desire to bring their characters back to life… I’m especially grateful to Prospect Park for deploying the power of you, our fans, to enable this exciting transition to dramatic production for the Internet. It's a historic moment, comparable to how life was changed when television took over from radio. We hope this wonderful opportunity will be embraced by all as our creative teams gear up to bring our beloved serials back to our daily lives.”

Prospect Park executives have already reached out to and made deals with several major AMC stars for the online endeavor, including Vincent Irizarry (ex-David) — reportedly the first one contacted, Debbi Morgan (ex-Angie), and Jordi Vilasuso (ex-Griffin). Others, like Alicia Minshew (ex-Kendall) and Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan) admitted to fans that they’ve also been asked back. Mathison tweeted January 6 that he’s trying to work on scheduling. Same with Minshew, “I’m so happy for all of you getting your AMC and OLTL shows back! Many of you have asked me-Yes I have been approached. No news yet! We will see. I am shooting 2 other projects that may interfere with the timing. Again we will see.”

Gossip for the week of 14-Jan-2013

by Carol Banks Weber

Apparently Susan Lucci (ex-Erica) was one of the first stars Prospect Park execs contacted for the reboot. According to an unnamed friend, Lucci didn’t think this was supposed to be public yet. No word yet what she wants to do. Darnell Williams (ex-Jesse) and Lindsay Hartley (ex-Cara) may also have deals.

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