Although the last go round (when they were in a stronger place in many ways) taught us not to count our chickens before they are hatched, it looks like Prospect Park will actually be producing a version of All My Children (AMC) and One Life to Live (OLTL). This time they seem to have had better deals in place and have it placed on existing distribution systems (always better than having to create a brand new network on the back of a single product). The format will have changed a little, but it sounds like a more workable system than their original pronouncement. There have been some issues the use by General Hospital of characters that were originated on All My Children and One Life to Live and if the actors would follow the rights to the characters which so far has been handled poorly, it looks like this time it will happen.
I’m wishing them well. I never watched All My Children and only caught a few of One Life to Live near the end, but I intend to watch both online. While this experiment may or may not be successful such experiments are the only way to find the future of the soap genre because I still think broadcast networks have already charted the course to their own destruction. I wish them all the best and hope you will give them a try.
There’s a status update as the cover story of the Jan. 14, 2013 issue of Soap Opera Digest.
Jerry verDorn signs on with Prospect Park:
AMC and OLTL to air on Hulu on iTunes:
Thom Racina one of the head writers posted a brief message on Facebook: