I want to clear up some confusion from soap fans: ‘All My
Children’ and ‘One Life to Live’ are not coming back to your televisions.
Just want to get that out of the way.
Stories surfaced this week saying that Prospect Park – the company
that bought the rights to OLTL and AMC after ABC announced their cancellations –
was making an effort to bring the shows back.
Here’s the thing that fans don’t seem to realize, though: They
want to bring them back on the web – not on television.
Fans need to realize that the soaps they loved are not going
to be the same. Web series have fewer episodes, fewer actors and (sometimes)
terrible production values. This isn’t going to be the AMC and OLTL you
Listen, I’m not trying to rain on anybody’s parade. I want
soaps to survive as a genre – and if this is the only way, I’m willing to
I think people need to realize, though, they’re not going to
get what they want out of this endeavor if they go into it thinking that they’re
going to get their entire cast back. Quite frankly, if 50 percent of the cast
returns I would be stunned.
What’s going to happen is that Prospect Park is going to
fill out the soaps with untalented newbies and recasts that are much cheaper
than the stars we love. That’s just a
The other thing fans should realize is that Kristen
Alderson, Roger Howarth and Michael Easton are contracted to ‘General Hospital’
– not ‘One Life to Live’ anymore – and I don’t see them going anywhere. They
are not going to leave a network show where they get paid more money to go to a
web series where they will receive less exposure and less money. That’s a hard
fact – but it’s the truth.
In other words, Prospect Park isn’t going to relaunch OLTL
in six months and we’re going to see Viki, Clint, Jessica, Bo, Natalie and
McBain slipping back into their lives. That’s just not going to happen.
Prospect Park made a lot of grand declarations when they
bought the right to AMC and OLTL. Not one of them panned out.
The truth is, they had no idea what relaunching the soaps
would entail. Am I supposed to believe that have a better plan now? Because I
The announcement comes at an interesting time. ‘General
Hospital’ is seeing a ratings and creative resurgence.
I honestly think Prospect Park wants to save the soap genre.
I also think they have no idea how to do it.
Right now, I see their reluctance to let the soaps go as the
equivalent of a 10-year-old taking his ball home so no one else can play with
it. Basically, Prospect Park knows that it can’t give fans the soaps they want –
but they also don’t want to give anyone else the chance to try.
Prospect Park is holding Llanview and Pine Valley hostage.
In essence, Prospect Park is Jerry Jacks and OLTL and AMC are the water
supplies being held ransom.
Maybe it’s time for Prospect Park to bow out gracefully –
and let someone who knows what they’re doing try and legitimately resurrect the
soaps. It probably won’t work – but it’s the best shot we’ve got.
What do you think? Do you believe Prospect Park can bring
back the AMC and OLTL that you love?