Revival Still Possible for 'All My Children,' 'One Life to Live'
Soaps' production company said to be close on deals with guilds
By Paige Albiniak -- Broadcasting & Cable, 12/17/2012 8:01:31 PM
Prospect Park, the company that acquired the rights to two of ABC's now-defunct soap operas, One Life to Live and All My Children, may still put them back into production.
In what one insider characterized as "the worst-kept secret in Hollywood," the production company has hammered out deals with both SAG-AFTRA and the Directors Guild of America, according both to sources and to the DGA spokesperson. Those deals would allow Prospect Park to put both soaps back into production for online distribution at a more reasonable per-episode cost.
After acquiring the rights to both shows in July 2011, Prospect Park was forced to put its plans on hold when the company could not conclude its negotiations with the guilds, who enforce contracts between actors, directors, writers and their employers.
Deadline.com first broke this story on Monday, and also reports that Prospect Park now is reaching out to the casts of both shows to see who is available to return. Production on both shows would resume early next year.
Canceled CBS soap GL started on radio in 1937, and moved to TV in 1952... that transition proved successful, with radio version ending in 1956, and the TV version lasting until 2009.
I'm sure soap fans would be delighted to see AMC and OLTL being revived... either on TV, the internet, or both. I'm hoping that the door could be open for ATWT, GL, Capitl, and AW being revived... and current soaps Days, B&B, GH, and Y&R transitioning from TV to on-line at a later date. Carolyn Hinsey's tell-all book Afternoon Delight speaks about Why Soaps Still Matter.
IMO, what would probably help the soaps... the production returning to half-hour format... the writers and producers not being forced to bow to the alter of political correctness, and so forth. The soaps have potential at being a great genre once again.
Eric - 12/18/2012 5:30:29 PM EST
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