There has been a lot of chatter online since we last week broke the story that Prospect Park has resurrected its plan to continue cancelled ABC daytime dramas All My Children and One Life To Live online. Here is what I’ve learned. Still no firm production start date, but the hope is to begin filming by February in Stamford, CT. Talks are underway with cast members and executive producers though no deals are done. (Last year, Prospect Park had locked in One Life To Live’s executive producer Frank Valentini and head writer Ron Carlivati but they jumped to ABC’s General Hospital after Prospect Park’s initial effort to keep AMC and OLTL alive failed.) Both All My Children and One Life To Live would feature 30-minute episodes with limited advertising vs. 60-minute for their recent run on ABC. (OLTL actually started off in a half-hour format before expanding to 45 minutes and then an hour.) After clinching deals with SAG-AFTRA and DGA, which paved the way to getting All My Children and One Life To Live’s revival back on track, I hear the producers plan to forgo an agreement with WGA and use “financial core” writers, i.e. scribes who have given up full membership in the guild in order to work on the shows. Coincidentally, five years ago it was soap writers (on CBS’ Young & The Restless) who went fi-core during the WGA strike to be able to continue to work on the daytime drama series.) Like the first time, Prospect Park is pursuing a traditional TV second window for the soaps, possibly on cable.
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