Thursday, May 23, 2024

Soap Opera About the Soaps: Not So Fast to the Internet


Yesterday, the principals of Prospect Park Productions went on set for the first time to ABC’s “All My Children.” They talked with the cast and crew about their intentions, and explained why so far no one–with maybe the exception of Susan Lucci–knows much about the company’s plans to move this soap and “One Life to Live” to the internet. I am told by sources inside that “All My Children” will not be going directly from TV to the web on Monday, September 29th. “The goal is to be on the web in the first quarter of 2012,” says a source. So “AMC” really will have a finale on September 26th. Ditto “One Life to Live,” which will end its run on January 20, 2012 but not reappear the following Monday on the web. Also, I can tell you exclusively that Prospect Park is preparing to take “General Hospital” from ABC when that run ends, probably in a year. Will this all happen? Will Prospect Park really save the soaps? No one really knows. A big part of the move is collective bargaining with all the unions and guilds involved. Then there are questions of where the shows will be taped–ABC moved “AMC” to Los Angeles against the wishes of the actors, uprooting lots of families. My guess is the “AMC” gang wouldn’t mind going home.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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