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News for the week of 29-Apr-2013

by Carol Banks Weber

Buying the licensing rights to OLTL alone is costing Prospect Park a lot more than its executives ever bargained for, more than the $4 million for the first season. They’ve filed a $25 million lawsuit for breach of contract (April 18th) against ABC/Disney, because it’s been so tough for them to get the network’s full cooperation and support in the relaunch of OLTL and ABC. According to the April 23rd Variety report by Todd Spangler, ABC reps finally responded to the lawsuit, saying it’s “baseless.” The official statement: “ABC remains very supportive of the online launch of both ‘One Life to Live’ and ‘All My Children.’ With respect to Prospect Park’s lawsuit, we believe the claims are baseless and we will defend them vigorously in court and not the press.”

When Tuc Watkins (David) appeared as a guest star on Marie Osmond’s Hallmark Channel talk show — for an April 29th, noon/11c airing — he revealed that he’s been enjoying life as a single, gay dad to twins Catchen and Curtis, now four months, by a surrogate. Having children of his own has been a long-time dream he recently fulfilled. Ever since he could remember, “I knew I was gay [and] I knew one day I was going to be a dad.” Watch the video clip.

Gossip for the week of 29-Apr-2013

by Carol Banks Weber

ABC reps deny it, but word is out there via an April 26th Hollywood Reporter article that Prospect Park gave the network an OLTL promo featuring Roger Howarth (Todd), which was patently refused due to conflict with the actor’s regular GH showing. Reporter Alex Ben Block wrote: “ABC sources say the network was willing to accept ads within GH because of the licensing relationship, but on April 17 when Prospect submitted an ad for OLTL that included Howarth prominently. ABC refused it — on the grounds that it would confuse the audience.

“Prospect, after spending considerable time preparing the ad, balked at making changes shortly before it was to run. They did not want to take Howarth out of the ad and, already upset about its dealings with ABC, filed suit the next day.”

Daytime Confidential is disputing some of the Hollywood Reporter details.

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