Report: Online ‘All My Children’ on Hold

by | November 11, 2011 at 12:24 PM | Deep Soap

"All My Children." (ABC)

"All My Children." (ABC)

Has Prospect Park Abandoned Plans to Take “All My Children” to the Internet?

Soaps In Depth is reporting that Prospect Park has abandoned its plans to continue “All My Children” on its fledgling The On-Line Network. According to the magazine, the production company “has decided that they only need one soap opera for their new Internet channel, The Online Network. And since TOLN had gotten further along in the process with their plans for OLTL, word is that they are not moving forward with the AMC reboot.” Variety’s follow up article claims that TOLN is merely putting AMC on hold for several months and plans to relaunch the show eventually.

Though numerous OLTL actors, as well as the show’s headwriter and executive producer, have signed on to the online version of the show, only Cameron Mathison (Ryan), Lindsay Hartley (Cara), and – according to Hartley, though Prospect Park never confirmed it – Darnell Williams (Jesse), agreed to continue with AMC. Deadline published a similar article in early September, but after months of inaction the scenario now seems more plausible.

Prospect Park’s inability to persuade Susan Lucci to join the show certainly the show’s future. Though many AMC viewers felt that the show could go on without her, those outside the soap world, particularly the investors who Prospect Park needed to persuade to finance the show, think of Lucci as essential to AMC.

AMC fans are upset not only because they had their hopes raised than dashed but because the ABC finale ended with several cliffhangers, instead of a true, emotionally satisfying, ending

Several “One Life To Live”  Actors Reveal They Will Not Be Joining the Online Show

One Life to Live’s” on-line future looks far brighter than AMC’s. Soap Opera Network reports that Prospect Park will be renting the ABC studio where the show currently tapes for several months so the show can launch on-line cost effectively while it looks for a permanent production home for the soap.  Presumably, the production company will pay for the expensive move after it is confident that the show has a long term future on-line. Last week, OLTL was the number one soap among both Women 18-34 and Teens, two age groups who are likely to watch on-line shows, which is a good sign that the show has the fan following it needs for a successful on-line transition.

As the show films its final ABC episodes, several actors have announced that they will not be continuing with the show when it moves on-line. David Gregory (Ford) wrote on Facebook that he turned down the opportunity to stay, writing, “ It was a very hard decision to make. But I am very excited to shoot the final episodes this next week. Thank you all for all your support. It means the world. I’ll never forget this experience.” Real life Siblings Kristen and Eddie Alderson (Starr and Matthew) have discussed their plans to move to Los Angeles following the conclusion of the show’s ABC filming on Twitter. Soaps.com reports that the “Dirty Soap” storyline about Farah Fath and John Paul Lavoisier (Gigi and Rex) moving to Los Angeles is accurate. The website also reports that Bree Williamson (Jessica) and Nic Robuck (James) will be leaving the show after its ABC finale.

I have long maintained that the on-line show would be more appealing to the veteran actors than the younger actors who have more opportunities in primetime and film. OLTL has signed deals with several of its teen actors, who are so young that they can not move to L.A. unless their parents move with them, but most of those signing on are over 40. The departures of these twenty and thirty-something actors seem to confirm my theory.

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DOOL’s Sarah Brown on Madison’s Past

Daytime superstar Sarah Brown surprised a lot of people when she chose to join “Days of Our Lives.” Now that the revamped version of the show has hit the airwaves, her decision makes sense. Her character, ambitious cosmetics mogul Madison, seems to have a lot of secrets. Brown revealed a few tantalizing tidbits about her upcoming storyline.

What’s stopping Madison from getting together with Brady?
There’s a lot stopping her. Ian Buchanan is coming on the show. Ian is going to play into what’s stopping Madison. People are going to find out who’s pulling her strings, and it’s not her. So she’s sort of dancing around a very complicated situation and falling in love in the middle of that with a wonderful man who she’s also in business with so it’s complicated. She doesn’t know where she is half the time with it, but she knows she loves Brady, that she’s falling into an attraction to him that is going to end up in a kiss.

You have kissed a lot of daytime’s hottest men. How does Eric Marstsolf compare?
He’s the best. I always feel comfortable with him. I always feel protected by him and when it involves doing anything that could be very sensitive, he always uses a mint and brushes his teeth, as do I. He’s an amazing guy so, it’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it.

We’re learning more about Madison’s family background.
Madison has a very complicated family history, which is great. I think it’s part of the reason that I was sold on the character, it’s that she wasn’t just a successful business woman, she is a successful self-made business woman who really came from nothing, really came from a broken home and a bad situation and had some issues where her family’s concerned that a lot of people will share and will love looking at this woman and seeing how she’s done well for herself in spite of her challenges.

Is there more to her relationship with Sami than childhood friendship?
I can’t say much because it’s so sticky and complex and it’s going to be a great surprise for the fans. But love working with Alison. She’s wonderful.

You have been on several soaps. How does the set of Days compare?
The vibe is great. Everyone is super excited, and whenever you challenge actors, and you get them in a situation where the feel not threatened but challenged, they’re competitive. And this group of people is in it to win it. We are not going down.

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