New Life For Axed Soaps?

Susan Lucci (ABC)

Susan Lucci (ABC)

Could canceled soaps “All My Children” and “One Life To Live” come back from the dead for a second time? Variety reports that, two weeks after production company Prospect Park announced that it was canceling plans to continue the shows on-line as the flagship shows for a new on-line television network, the company is continuing to hold meetings with other companies in the hope of “exploring options for keeping the show going on-line.”

The company is allegedly considering bringing on a foreign company as a partner in the hopes that classifying the show as a non-U.S. production will allow them to produce the shows without the involvement of the American entertainment unions. Prospect Park did not make deals with AFTRA and the WGA for the on-line versions of the show. Prospect Park blamed the unions for being unwilling to make a reasonable deal. Both of the entertainment unions issued statements that they were willing to continue negotiating until a deal was reached, but Prospect Park chose to end talks.

Prospect Park holds the digital rights to AMC until September 2012 and to OLTL until January 2013.  Even if the company were able to secure financing, it is unclear whether the shows’ stars would be willing to work with the company after its first attempt to bring the show on-line failed. Several actors, including AMC star Susan Lucci have claimed that the company did not respond to their requests to negotiate contracts. Those who did sign on with the on-line shows found out that the had been canceled through the media.  OLTL executive producer Frank Valentini and headwriter Ron Carlivati, who had previously signed deals with Prospect Park, will take over the reigns of “General Hospital” in January 2012, making their involvement unlikely.

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