Jill ask me to share this message with all the AMC Fans! I was very happy to do so!
To All My Beloved Lovers of Pine Valley,
It is at the holiday time that one thinks of friends and family and longs to be in touch. And that is why I’m writing to all of you.
We have had a hard year, suffering the death of two of our shows, feeling our soap community scatter to parts unknown. When I stand on line at the grocery store and see the ABC Soaps-in-Depth magazine, I think they have to rename it…”Soap-In-Depth”, it looks so sad sitting there with only General Hospital left.
Folks I am sorry to have to share with you the email I received today from Prospect Park.
After five months of negotiations with various guilds, hundreds of presentations to potential financial and technology partners, and a hope that we could pioneer a new network for the future, it is with great disappointment that we are suspending our aspirations to revive “One Life to Live” and “All My Children” via online distribution. It is now becoming clear that mounting issues make our ability to meet our deadlines to get OLTL on the air in a reasonable time period following its January 13, 2012 ABC finale impossible.
We believed the timing was right to launch an Online TV Network anchored by these two iconic soap operas, but we always knew it would be an uphill battle to create something historical, and unfortunately we couldn’t ultimately secure the backing and clear all the hurdles in time. We believe we exhausted all reasonable options apparent to us, but despite enormous personal, as well as financial cost to ourselves, we failed to find a solution.
While we narrowed in on a financial infrastructure, the contractual demands of the guilds, which regulate our industry, coupled with the program’s inherent economic challenges ultimately led to this final decision. In the end, the constraints of the current marketplace, including the evolution and impact of new media on our industry simply proved too great a match for even our passion.
In our opinion, new models like this can only work with the cooperation of many people striving to make them happen, and we would like to thank and praise the numerous people who tried to help and showed us incredible support. We are extremely grateful to the fans and media who showed great support to us through this process, to ABC who did everything in their control to help, and we are especially grateful for the support and encouragement from many of the Soaps’ cast and crew themselves.
We hope that our efforts are not lost, and that we somehow created a dialogue and movement on the feasibility of first run, network quality content online.
Of special note, we would like to thank Frank Valentini (Executive Producer), Ron Carlivati (Head Writer of OLTL), Agnes Nixon, many of the cast of OLTL including Michael Easton, Ted King, Kelley Missal, Melissa Archer, and of course Erika Slezak all of whom signed on quickly and did all they could to help, as well as our own Christine Sacani. Cameron Mathison and Lindsay Hartley also get our sincerest thanks for their support. We feel terrible we couldn’t come through for them and we were very much looking forward to working together.
Hope is quickly fading for the Online launch of our beloved All My Children! Here in a series of articles released by anyone but Prospect Park is a complete breakdown of what is going on from other investigative minds. Prospect Park really needs to release their own press release with a yah or a nah! Clear up all the rumors with soap fans before it back fires on them!
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Disappointing news for fans of the All My Children reboot – Variety reports that the launch (originally slated for September 26, 2011, then January 2012) is now “expected to be delayed by at least a few months.”
Sources familiar with Prospect Park, which had announced July 7 that it would bring both “Children” and “One Life to Live” back Continue reading
Catwoman made a stopover in the Queen City this week.
No, not Anne Hathaway, who is slated to play Batman’s nemesis in the upcoming film “The Dark Knight Rises” (which recently filmed scenes in Newark ). Not Michelle Pfeiffer, who played the fictional feline fiend in director Tim Burton’s “Batman Returns.” It was the original: Lee Meriwether, who starred in
Julie Hanan Carruthers and J.R. Martinez attend SAG, Actors’ Equity & AFTRA’s 2011 Tri-Union Diversity Awards at Nate Holden Theatre Center on November 7, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
iReport —He was born in Shreveport, the heart of the Louisiana Purchase. He’s claimed Dalton, GA as his native home. In his short life he has served his country; sustained injuries defending it; and has become the face of the new generation of Americans coming into their own. Jose Rene Martinez is the
Come meet Lee Meriwether (Ruth Martin/AMC), Catwomen in the 1966 film version of Batman at the 2011 New Jersey Comic EXPO. If you did not get a chance to make the 2011 Official All My Children Fan Club Cast Event in Los Angeles take this time to meet the wonderfully warm Lee.
She will be on hand both days to meet all her wonderful fans, sign
Cameron Mathison made his Broadway debut on Wednesday, November 2 in a cameo role in MARY POPPINS at the New Amsterdam Theatre. Mathison’s performance will be shown as a part of a special “Good Morning America” segment celebrating the 5th anniversary of MARY POPPINS on Broadway, airing Monday,
Susan Lucci and Brandon Holley attends the 2011 Lucky Shops VIP Charity shopping party at the Highline Stages on November 4, 2011 in New York City.
The Internet is flooded with an endless variety of video, but in the end it all breaks pretty cleanly into two categories: There’s the made-for-the-Web stuff that dominates YouTube, and there’s the made-for-TV stuff that dominates Hulu.
YouTube is trying to change some of that with its “channels” strategy, but Jeff Kwatinetz has his own plan for a middle route: The Hollywood producer is trying to make new episodes of shows that used to be on TV, and show them on the Web.
Kwatinetz and his Prospect Park production firm want to take two long-running ABC soap operas — “All My Children,” which went off the air in September, and “One Life to Live,” which will end in January — and start making new episodes that should look and sound exactly like the originals. Except you’ll need a broadband connection to watch them.
- What: Walt Willey, longtime “All My Children” star, performs his stand-up act (rated R).
- When: 8 p.m. Thursday and 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. November 3, 4th & 5th
- Where: Jukebox Comedy Club, 3527 W. Farmington Road.
- Cost: $21 with credit cards and $20 with cash, except for the Thursday show, which is $16 with credit cards, $15 with cash. Call 673-5853 or visit JukeboxComedy.com.
For 25 years, Walt Willey showed up on the set of ABC’s “All My Children” and made a living playing attorney Jackson Montgomery. It was a great gig, getting to act opposite Susan Lucci and be piped into the homes of fans five days a week.
The long-running soap opera ended its 41-year run on the network in September, but Willey is still reaching his fans, traveling with his stand-up act. He’ll appear this weekend at the Jukebox Comedy Club in Peoria for shows Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Willey said it has been difficult to watch “the dismantling of daytime television,” but at the same time he’s welcoming the free time.
Iraq War Veteran and “Dancing with the Stars” Fan Favorite to Ride Down Colorado Boulevard and Toss the Rose Bowl Coin on January 2, 2012 in honor of all Wounded Servicemen and Servicewomen
PASADENA, Calif. (Nov. 1, 2011) – The Pasadena Tournament of Roses® revealed today that J.R. Martinez , retired soldier, actor and spokesman, will serve as the Grand Marshal of the 2012 Tournament of Roses festivities. Themed Just Imagine…, the 2012 Rose Parade® presented by Honda celebrates the power of imagination, inspiration and determination to encourage people to reach higher and try harder.
‘All My Children’ may have ended its run on ABC last month but artist David O’Keefe has captured the essence of what made the soap special to millions of viewers for 41-years with his new painting “A Tribute to All My Children” which took two months from start to finish.
O’Keefe says…”All My Children has been a part of my family’s life for so many years, I feel a real connection to all these people. I want to capture those precious memories by creating this tribute piece to honor the impact the show has had on our culture.” You can own this WONderful painting for as low as $45.00, Click HERE to get your copy today!
Not even two months ago, he was a relative unknown to most Americans. But these days, the name J.R. Martinez evokes smiles, namely from the millions of Dancing with the Stars fans who have fallen in love with the Iraq-War-hero-turned-golden-boy of the ballroom.
“I’m being blessed in so many ways, and it’s because of the energy I’m putting out in the world,” says the former All My Children actor, who survived a 2003 explosion while a soldier serving in the U.S. Army in Iraq.
For its latest cover story, Martinez, 28, tells
Viennese Waltz/”Breakaway” Week One
Jive/”Jump, Jive An’ Wail!” Week Two
Rumba/”If You’re Reading This” Week Three
Foxtrot/Theme from “The Pink Panther” Week Four
Samba/”Conga” Week Five
Quickstep/”Hot Honey Rag” from Chicago Week Six
Two long-time favorite All My Children actors paid Dan Taylor a visit this morning on WCBSFM 101.1.
Walt Willey, who you know as Erica Kane’s on and off love interest for twenty years Jackson Montgomery, and Darnell Williams, who played Jesse Hubbard, sat down for an extensive interview with DT about their careers, what they are doing now, how they got to All My Children, and so much more!
To listen to the full radio interview click HERE