Report: Prospect Park Sues ABC Over AMC and OLTL Licensing, Alleges Sabotage

ABC's "All My Children" - 2011Like any good soap opera, the upcoming online relaunch of All My Children and One Live to Live has encountered an unforeseen twist.

Prospect Park, the production company behind the daytime staples’ imminent revival, has filed a $25 million breach of contract lawsuit against ABC.

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In the suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Prospect Park alleges that ABC has broken the licensing agreement it entered into two years ago.

This development comes a few weeks before the reconfigured former ABC soaps’ April 29 debut on iTunes and Hulu. It likely stems from problems between the production company and the Alphabet Net regarding some OLTL characters (which belong to Prospect Park) that had taken up residence on General Hospital (which still airs on ABC) but have since been yanked.

“Prospect Park has been and continues to be committed to creating and delivering exceptional episodes of All My Children and One Life to Live. We have overcome each and every obstacle in an effort to make this dream become a reality. Over and over again our effort to bring these shows to audiences has faced challenges, and yet we along with the actors, the writers, producers and the directors as well as our fans have confronted and then overcome these challenges, and we have every confidence that we will prevail again. We look forward to our April 29 launch now more than ever,” said Prospect Park partners Jeff Kwatinetz and Rich Frank, in a statement.



Comments (82)

  • Get them PP!

    Comment by Mila – April 18, 2013 02:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Woo-hoo! It’s about time! ABC has been trying to sabotage these soaps ever since they let them go. So glad that Prospect Park is not backing down.

      Comment by Joline – April 18, 2013 02:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • PP is desperate for money and this is why they are suing. They most likely don’t even have the funds to film anything after this first set of shows. Not surprising they never were going to make it on their shoe string budget. It is a sad attempt to get some free publicity. The amount of the lawsuit is miniscule to a big company like ABC and Disney. Bye bye PP you were such an irritation anyway. ABC and Disney lawyers will eat you alive.

        Comment by Realist – April 18, 2013 05:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • This isn’t quite accurate. ABC has been using characters from OLTL. Those were loaned to ABC, but ABC doesn’t want to give them back and has been making lots of problems over it. That is the core issue, ABC still using things it licensed to PP.

          Comment by Chris Everard – April 18, 2013 10:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Ummm, no!
      Both sides are guilty of foul play here, but I truly hope that PP doesn’t get a single dime.
      PP never should have ‘loaned’ the characters to GH in the first place. Now the actors (all of whom moved to LA, or already lived in LA) don’t want to go back to the east coast. I don’t blame them!!!

      Neither of these shows are going to be anywhere near as good as they were before this whole mess started.

      I’ll stick to watching GH’s 50th anniversary year, and then see how long the rest of the soaps can endure.

      Comment by Fyrkat – April 18, 2013 05:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I remember prospect part was not doing the soaps way back so the the actors went to general hospital and then prospect park was going to do the soaps again it was wonderful having them on general hospital Carly and Todd were great together

        Comment by kim – April 19, 2013 07:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ABC – come on, why are they doing this? Don’t they have better things to do than mess with PP reviving a couple beloved Soaps?!!! I’m sick of the diva drama ABC flaunts…you’re not all that ABC Powers That Be!!!!

    Comment by Aryn – April 18, 2013 02:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • PP is the one doing this not ABC. PP is eating sour grapes because they did not get their way, they are like a child throwing a tantrum and make as much sense as a child does.

      Comment by Realist – April 18, 2013 06:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • My guess would be that actually the reason they are suing isn’t in the fact that the actors chose to stay with GH and be cast as new characters or that they had to have a fight with GH to get the characters back in the first place, but rather in the fact that during that little unnecessary fight with ABC over the three characters, PP got dragged through the mud in the press and a lot of OLTL and GH fans got mad about the whole mess it became. I think that’s where the idea of sabotage came in – that with that story getting around about the fight over the three characters, PP came out looking bad and that reflected on the two soaps they are trying to re-launch. Let’s face it, if the two shows do well online then ABC will have egg on their faces for pulling them so they can’t really want the shows to work out even if they are making something off of them via the licensing. I can see why Prospect Park is upset because the shows will be debuting soon and they don’t like all the negativity surrounding them and the two soaps.

        Comment by Tess – April 18, 2013 08:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • You can all say what you want, and you obviously will, by why so many of you bear such ill will towards the viewers of OLTL and AMC is beyond me. I’m marking the days until Monday so I can move back to Llanview. Why would you want PP to fail?

          Comment by rman56 – April 25, 2013 06:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So what exactly is ABC doing?

    Comment by Tony – April 18, 2013 02:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • PP is accusing ABC of sabotaging their shows.

      Comment by SoapFan – April 18, 2013 02:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I realize that. But the report coming out is very vague. What exactly is ABC doing to sabotage the shows. Because from all the promotion I’ve seen on Facebook, Hulu and other places, it seems things are going as planned

        Comment by Tony – April 18, 2013 02:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • For one thing, they won’t let PP have the websites allmychildren.com or onelifetolive.com. Considering these are online programs, it’s a huge blow to their brand development.

          Comment by I Heart Damon Salvatore – April 18, 2013 04:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • If I type both websites into address bar, it goes to a PP page for both shows

            Comment by Tony – April 18, 2013 04:58 PM PDT  
          • It was just fixed today. Prior to this, they went to ABC.com.

            Comment by I Heart Damon Salvatore – April 18, 2013 05:13 PM PDT  
          • Why should they let them have the sites? ABC owns them and has every right to keep them. PP is rebooting using shows that ABC created already if they want more they should pay for it.

            Comment by Realist – April 18, 2013 06:02 PM PDT  
    • it’s most likely about the three actors ABC took from them, after they signed a contract agreeing to being on the Online revival. They have a legit reason to be pissed.

      Comment by Nina – April 18, 2013 02:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • But ABC didn’t take any actors from anyone. If I am correct, Michael Easton was the only actor who signed on to the revival last year. And I assume that agreement ended when the shows didn’t get off the ground initially.

        Comment by Tony – April 18, 2013 02:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • No, they don’t have legit reason to be pissed. Prospect Park only signed Michael Easton to continue on the web version of OLTL last year. And that contract fell apart when Prospect Park couldn’t make it work to bring these shows back.
        Then they allowed ABC to use the characters of Todd & Co. on GENERAL HOSPITAL and got money for it. Now ABC and Prospect Park couldn’t work out a deal so that these characters could continue on both shows – and PP is pissed. Yea, they are pissed … but I don’t get the reason. They even managed to let these characters disappear within a couple of weeks.

        Comment by Daniela – April 18, 2013 03:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • According to Richards Simms from SID, one of the things Prospect Park is suing over is the deaths of Cole & Hope. They said ABC borrowed and killed them off without permission.

      Also, PP is alleging ABC promised by failed to provide story approval where the borrowed characters were concerned (I’m sure they were pissed about GH splitting up Jolie).

      Comment by Meg – April 18, 2013 03:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • The Cole and Hope deaths are so easy to retcon. If they wanted, they could ignore everything General Hospital did with any of the One Life To Live characters.

        Comment by nich – April 18, 2013 05:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Oh geez, give me a break, PP. Cole & Hope’s bodies were never recovered. Anyone soap fan worth their salt knew from the start that they always intended on bringing Cole & Hope back to throw a wrench into Starr & Michael’s relationship. In fact I’m pretty sure that’s what they were starting to do with that recent episode of Starr at Cole & Hope’s symbolic graves where she was being watched from the bushes by a mysterious person. Had PP not forced KA, RH & ME off GH I’m betting Cole & Hope would’ve been back on the canvas alive and well within a couple months time.

        Comment by Colleen – April 18, 2013 08:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • They have been using characters from OLTL, only on loan. They are trying to manipulate the situation to keep the actors now as well.

      Comment by Chris Everard – April 18, 2013 10:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • And here I was, hoping that the drama would be saved for our soaps. Wishful thinking, apparently.

    Comment by SoapFan – April 18, 2013 02:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wow. What a frigging mess.

    Comment by TT – April 18, 2013 02:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • On PP’s side definitely.

    Comment by Rachel Elisabeth Little – April 18, 2013 03:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Why?

      Comment by Chris – April 18, 2013 04:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Because PP loaned these characters to ABC while they worked out a deal to bring the soaps back and once a deal was in place ABC refused to give them back to PP. I’m not sure why ABC cares so much about 3 relatively new characters added to a soap opera. For PP it’s a major blow that they lost 3 characters that would really help bring viewers back. GH doesn’t need them, they have more than enough established characters to keep people coming back. I can see why Prospect Park is suing. ABC should have given the actors to Prospect Park.

        Comment by Steven – April 18, 2013 07:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • You can’t “give” actors back. PP did not have deals with these actors, and the actors made deals with ABC that they deemed in their own best interests. And come on, what actor wouldn’t rather have work on a network televised show as opposed to an untested online format? ABC did give the characters back, and have stopped acknowledging their existence on GH. I don’t love that decision, but given the legal headache, I understand it. PP doesn’t have any right at all to Easton, Howarth or Alderson, and ABC couldn’t “give” them to PP even if they wanted to. Which clearly, they do not.

          Comment by Valerie – April 18, 2013 08:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Not true. The PP deal was dead when the characters went to GH. And why should they give the actors back? aBC owns the contracts, not PP or OLTL. Why would the actors want to go back to a 30 min web show when they have a chance to be on a 1 hr television show? The PP deal was dead when KA, RH and ME landed on GH. They were supposed to sit around and wait for the deal to potentially be resolved? Or act on a real show when they got the chance?

          Comment by Julie – April 19, 2013 05:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • PP did not lose 3 major characters, they only “lost” their protrayers but that’s not ABC’s fault. They could not have given the actors to Prospect Park, they are not property. And ABC legally had the right to give them long term contracts then offer them new roles in order to keep them on GH. PP needs to accept that the actors chose to stay with GH instead of going back to OLTL and just recast.

          Comment by Crystal – April 19, 2013 10:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I feel that when a show is cancelled actors contracts are cancelled too. Prospect Park is only doing this so clise to their air time as they probably ran out if money again like the first launch attempt. I feel borh shows will fail on the internet and I would NEVER pay forvthem. Let the three crossover actors go back to GH under different character names.

    Comment by Lonnie Schulman – April 18, 2013 03:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Exactly. They see how fast the money is bleeding into these soaps and they’re hoping an infusion of $25 million will keep them online a little while longer.

      Comment by TV Gord – April 18, 2013 03:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I totally agree with you on this. They most likely are near to being broke on the project, they never had much money for the project anyway.

      Comment by Realist – April 18, 2013 06:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It’s not the actors that are disputed, the characters, Todd, Starr and John belong to OLTL and PP owns OLTL and AMC and the characters are part of OLTL and AMC. Duh! ABC has been anything but cooperative. If I wasn’t such a soap opera fan I would quit watching GH.

      Comment by rman56 – April 25, 2013 06:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You don’t need to pay for them. They’re free.

      Comment by John – May 1, 2013 09:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ITs not ABC’s fault if the ACTORS dont wanna go back.. They gave up the characters much to fans dismay, they cant force the actors to give up a GOOOD GIG at GH for a half an hour ONLINE show…

    Comment by nicole – April 18, 2013 03:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • As much as I’d like to see AMC. & OLTL come back PP is turning me away! 1st you “loan” characters to GH, then after 2 years you decide you want them back & rather than work out a deal you make it so GH can’t even mention those character names while you’re obviously going to reflect some story lines that were on GH on OLTL, ie Teas baby, you create a character named James Franko hiring someone who has a personal beef w/ the real James Franco & oh yeah….you hired JWow! So far I haven’t seen them make a joke of AMC,but give them time

    Comment by kymberly – April 18, 2013 03:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ABC hasn’t done anything wrong, Prospect Park had the opportunity to launch the soaps again after they were initially cancelled and had actors signed to reprise their roles. When they decided to stop production, the actors signed on were dropped and thus ABC signed three to reprise their OLTL roles on GH. Then months after they started on GH, Prospect Park decides to move forward with production again. ABC then removed said characters from GH. That those actors then decided not to return to the revived OLTL is not ABC’s fault.

    Comment by Nick – April 18, 2013 03:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • PP just seems like a bunch of bratty idiots. They are the ones who couldn’t get their acts together to get the shows off the ground LAST YEAR when they had all of ONE actor in the GH 3 signed. ABC bent over backwards to try and accommodate PP, extending the agreement, trying to facilitate a way to have the 3 go back and tie up story lines, signing the 3 in the first place to drum up interest in the stupid revival idea. But instead, PP pitched a fit and demanded creative control over a show they have NO LEGAL CLAIM TO. They have claim to 3 characters, which they get to keep. It’s their own fault they lost the actors, and to claim it’s ABC’s is just stupid.

    Comment by C – April 18, 2013 03:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • If you read the deadline article you will see that PP has some legit qualms like GH killing off Hope Thornhart after the character had been licensed to them or killing off Cole. They also got rid of Ted King’s character regardless of actors this move messed with PP’s plans for those characters.

      Comment by Mick – April 18, 2013 03:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • they bodies of Hope and Cole weren’t even found; so the PP OLTL writers can easily resurrect them. Ted King…who’d he play again? Did the new OLTL writers who didn’t create these characters really need them?

        Comment by Michael – April 18, 2013 03:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Ted King was Tomas Delgado, Tea’s brother and Blair’s fiance. Last I knew he had only been sent out of town. Any soap writer could work with that.

          Comment by Meg – April 18, 2013 03:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • GH tied his character to Lorenzo Alcazar, a GH character by saying Tomaz was Lorenzo (or maybe was Lorenzo). Now, PP cannot move around that because they don’t have the rights to Lorenzo.

            Comment by I Heart Damon Salvatore – April 18, 2013 04:36 PM PDT  
          • GH merely acknowledged a resemblance between Tomas and Alcazar. Never did they definitively say the two were one and the same.

            Comment by Tony – April 18, 2013 07:01 PM PDT  
      • They can revive Cole & Hope at any time. These are soap operas after all, no one ever really dies! Those aren’t legitimate claims, it’s whining because they made themselves look bad in all of this mess and because ABC simply gave the characters back rather than deal with the continual headaches PP would have caused if they had shared the characters. And you simply cannot blame ABC that the actors didn’t want to go back…would you give up a national TV show for something online that’s likely to fail? I doubt it. Besides, as others have pointed out, 2 out of the 3 actors weren’t going to do the online show anyway!

        Comment by Lyndsey – April 18, 2013 09:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ABC was wrong to cancel the shows in the first place and I don’t see the point in a lawsuit because GH killed off Cole, Hope, and Tea’s baby and Kristen Alderman and Michael Easton didn’t want to uproot their lives to work across the country for several months. But the dumbest thing is the connection between Thomas and Alcazar. Just say it wasn’t true assuming they even get Ted King to join the cast.

    I like both shows and think Prospect Park just needs to accept they will have to recast Starr and John and maybe Todd or just ignore the fact the OLTL characters ever moved to Port Charles much like GH is doing now with not mentioning them by name.

    Comment by Robert – April 18, 2013 03:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Def Todd too, right? I thought RH was already back at GH or will be soon?

      Comment by Julie – April 19, 2013 06:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • All three actors will start to air on GH around May 14th.

        Comment by Meg – April 19, 2013 08:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • From what I have read, PP licensed the characters to ABC. So PP owns the rights to the 3 characters. The actors then signed contracts with GH to work on that show. PP didnt have the funding so I assume GH signed multi year contracts figuring AMC and OLTL were dead in the water. Id actual be curious to know the terms of the licensing agreement between PP and GH or ABC because to know how long that licensing agreement was/is in effect for.

    Comment by Mary – April 18, 2013 03:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ABC is in the right here. When the revivals didn’t get off the ground, they gave work to three OLTL actors by moving them over to GH. Now PP is whining about it, so ABC (which still has those actors under contract) is changing things so they play new characters instead of their old ones. PP is entitled to the characters of Todd, Starr, and John, but not to the actors. Those people were paying their bills with the checks that ABC gave them–PP sure wasn’t helping them put food on their tables and keep the lights on! And you know what? Maybe none of the actors WANT to work for PP. They might be happier staying on GH anyway.
    As for those posters who, without knowing a single fact, are proudly proclaiming that they are on PP’s side just because… learn the truth and don’t simply spout your sour grapes because you’re still crying over ABC cancelling AMC and OLTL.

    Comment by Chris – April 18, 2013 04:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This whole situation is a hot mess.

    Comment by lll – April 18, 2013 04:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What a mess! It turns out that abc actually still has an interest in the PP productions. PP paid money to ABC for something. It believes what PP bought was the rights to all of the characters on both shows, the trademarked names, etc. When the show was not going to be discontinued, PP agreed to let ABC use the popular characters to increase viewership to GH and for them to keep OLTL alive in some form. Not thinking PP would ever do the shows, ABC signed 3 actors to long term contracts and bumped off others they decided not to keep. None of this was in consultation with PP. Then, when the shows came back, PP attempted to work out some kind of deal with ABC. Didn’t work out at this point. So, ABC figures if they play new characters that PP has no rights to they can do what they want. However, PP is stating that without the charcters that they own, ABC wouldn’t be using these new characters so they still have an interest. Plus, they can’t use them on the new show unless they recast. PP is saying that the original characters have a value with fans that a recast can’t match, at least for a time. Plus, by acting on GH with OLTL in real time, PP has to account for that in its storylines assuming storylines are real. It could ignore it, but the fans that watched the shows know and will most likely lose interest in both shows according to PP.

    I note that no one is suing over AMC which is going to bounce 5 years in the future. Nor are they bringing back Ms. Kane (yay!).

    Comment by qodrn – April 18, 2013 04:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I completely agree with you. I think that alot of ABC supporters are forgetting a few things

      1. ABC sold the rights, history, characters and even sets on AMC and OLTL to PP
      2. PP allowed ABC/GH to rent not 3 but 9 characters
      3. Of those 9 characters they killed off 3 (2 legendary characters with deep roots in the shows history and 1 that had the power to become a legendary character), they also changed the identity of 1 character
      4. ABC according to the original agreement will make money off of the revival of Prospect Park
      5. ABC then puts up a huge fight about allowing PP to share the characters with GH, that they have already bought and paid for
      6. In the process the sway potential viewers from checking out the shows because of this mess, they have killed off popular, potentially lucrative characters for PP, which stops PP from making money off of them
      7. So yea ABC is wrong, and I bet 25 million is the price they paid to rent the characters from PP in the first place
      8. and none of this is about the actors, PP has replaced various characters including legendary, fan favorites when the actors or actresses did not want to sign on, its sad but it is also a real part of the soaps as a genre and most viewers understand and adapt. PP is mad they killed off characters or changed the entire history of characters without consultation, which now stops the production company from making any money off them
      9,. I love GH and they needed to do so to allow the 3 main characters they wanted to move on with other GH characters but killing off the child of star and cole who are related to half the town in OLTL would be like loaning Michael Corinthos to GH and then killing him off, killing Cole and Hope are that ingrained in the show. Tea’s baby would be like killing sam’s baby after killing off jason, it would be different if they had killed Langston or Cutter or Rama or disintegrated their characters and story lines because they are not as important to the show over all,
      10. ABC destroyed characters, without any way to redeem them, unless you ignore GH or pretend the fans are idiots and PP is trying hard not to do that
      11. PP has the right to sue

      Comment by Brianna – April 18, 2013 04:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • ABC never sold the rights to the shows or characters, PP simply leased licensing right to the show and characters for a few years.

        Comment by Realist – April 18, 2013 06:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • There is NO WAY that ABC paid $25 million for a few soap characters. That’s a crazy-high valuation. PP does not “own” any of the characters either, so you are misinformed. It’s hard to place credence in anything you say when you get basic points wrong.

        Comment by Chris – April 18, 2013 06:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I agree with Chris. Brianna “facts” are so off base. Most are flat out wrong.

          Comment by Max02215 – April 19, 2013 06:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • They can’t bring back Erica at this time because Susan Lucci has a job on another show.

      Comment by Chris – April 18, 2013 06:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I disagree about Susan Lucci! She IS AMC!

      Comment by Elena – April 19, 2013 07:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • i doubt highly the failure to launch when PP intended invalidated their rights over the shows or the characters.

    it is likely that ABC did do a supplemental agreement with PP re the three characters on temporary loan, did violate it, and now PP is trying to correct the mess that has been created by this cross show debacle.

    contrary to popular belief, lawsuits are not filed lightly. they are expensive and costly, even if they are just over a contract dispute like this. odds are there was some misunderstanding on both sides and i think the courts will sort of the mess eventually.

    Comment by Sean C. (@filmfreak75) – April 18, 2013 04:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This whole thing just seemed doomed from the start.

    Comment by april-ann – April 18, 2013 04:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The moment Prospect Park filed their first lawsuit I knew this wasn’t going to end well.

      Comment by lll – April 18, 2013 04:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m over pp! seriously another lawsuit what is going to accomplish. I don’t care if ABC canceled the soaps in the first place pp has the characters, ABCs actors get to stay on gh, this whole feud needs to be over. I don’t ever want to watch pp’s shows now. I’m officially turned off -.-

    Comment by amichelle – April 18, 2013 05:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • PP should bring back Firefly!!!

    Comment by Jason – April 18, 2013 05:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Seems like Prospect Parks purpose is to make money by suing. That way even when they lose their shirts on these online soaps they will still make a huge profit. Smart in a really lousy way.

    Comment by Renee – April 18, 2013 05:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh for Pete’s Sake here PP, if you are going to be launching a soap opera, you’d better figure out how to resurrect characters from the dead or you’re doomed before you start. Heck, they can even ignore what GH did if they want, just as GH has decided to ignore the 3 characters that were very prominently featured on the show over the last year. “Cole and Hope are dead” Presto, no they’re not, they are actually in CA with Starr and can be brought back with recasts at any time. The stuff with John McBain? No Problem. The always volatile relationship between him and Natalie hit a rough patch when he went to work on a case for the FBI, and they can reconcile, or not, when PP recasts (for the record, I think in this case, the Easton makes that character, so without him it’s best to just let McBain go). And Todd? Well, he’s already been recast successfully once. Why not do it again? Really, the whole lawsuit sounds like a fangirl having a tantrum because their favorite couple broke up. Get over it and move forward. And you can’t have Easton, Howarth or Alderson, so just make your peace with it.

    Comment by Valerie – April 18, 2013 05:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Ha! I was thinking the exact same thing! The only death that would be the hardest to erase would be Victor Jr’s, but its a soap for goodness sake! They never found Cole & Hope’s bodies and they never explained who was watching Starr at the crash site a few months ago, so they could do something with that. I don’t think they ever comfirmed that Tomas was Alcazar (the last I remember was that Blair & Skye went off to find and confront him). If PP can’t think of a creative way to write these folks back onto the show, then their writer’s suck.

      Comment by big cheddar – April 18, 2013 08:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • “Like” Valerie’s comment. Well said!

      Comment by Max02215 – April 19, 2013 06:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Excellent point, and smart story planning on your part! Maybe PP needs to hire more creative writers? What is sad is that neither PP or ABC can see the benefit to cross-overs with the characters. Certainly, PP would benefit if the characters were shared moving from ABC Network, to online a few times a year, and if the online soaps are successful and the fan base grows, then ABC would benefit too, by attracting a younger audience to watch GH. Apart from the fact that companies like these do not play well together, and wouldn’t team up to foster a change in Hollywood, it would be very hard on the actors to have to manage working/living in LA for one series and uprooting their family to shoot back East on the other.

      I sincerely hope PP manages to make a go of these programs. The industry is changed, and companies like ABC would rather make cheap, reality-like programming. Like it or not, the soaps employed a lot of people that will be out of work, as that programming is erased from our TV screens fore more View, Chew, etc…

      GH is on it’s last legs, and I suspect that ABC will dump it from the schedule for something cheaper within the year. They probably don’t care about the lawsuit — it is cheap publicity to them. And, when they pull GH from the schedule, I am sure they will knock on PP’s doors and try to sell it to them — assuming that PP can make a go of it with these 2.

      By the way, FX Canada will be airing the re-boots when they launch end of month! Nice to know we don’t have to huddle around a 19″ monitor to watch. Thank you Rogers for picking up the rights to these shows for the Canadian fanbase!

      Comment by Gabby – April 19, 2013 07:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Another thing PP is alleging is that they paid for ads on ABC that ABC is now refusing to run because those ads feature RH.

    Comment by I Heart Damon Salvatore – April 18, 2013 05:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ABC didn’t even do anything wrong. They gave Val Y&R characters, it’s not their fault that the actors would tater stay on GH. And since PP is basically retaining everything GH did anyway (by giving Todd a completely different story and not even mentioning what happened on GH) I can’t imagine why they couldn’t just bring whoever they wanted back. PP owns the characters so its not like anything is stopping them. PP probably just needs $25 million for production. Just when I thought something big was happening with these soaps, now it’s starting to look like they won’t even be on for long…

    Comment by Rrrrrr – April 18, 2013 05:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Given ABC’S poor treatment of the soap genre, I don’t trust them.
    That being said, I trust PP even less. I read their case, now i’m no legal expert but let’s use common sense.

    PP’s suit implies that ABC screwed them from the get go (i.e killing characters Cole and Hope)…that was more than a year ago; where was the outrage then? Only a few weeks ago, they claimed they wanted to resolve things “amicably” with ABC. Why use that word if you had all this ammunition to begin with?

    PP’s timing seems odds: aside from wanting to generate interest in their revivals as well as potential make money, I believe they are simply bitter.
    Their suit came about after the 3 actors involved simply declined returning. They claim that ABC gave them “long-term contracts…removing any incentive to return to them” Can you blame them for looking for a little job security? who knows what will become of the PP projects..I wish them well but it’s a gamble and GH seems more stable at the moment.

    Furthermore, let’s assume that ABC most likely had its own legal experts on this, I highly doubt they would have gone ahead with their plans had potential legal conflicts been expected. ABC has been around way too long for that..

    Anyway regardless of the details, it’s a shame because the soap genre is quasi extinct and it definitely does not need that kind of negative publicity.

    Comment by CindyP – April 18, 2013 06:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I too hope PP wins as well it would serve ABC right since they were stupid to cancel AMC and OLTL in the first place!

    Comment by nickp91 – April 18, 2013 08:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Everyone seem to forget that ABC/D canceled OLTL and AMC and replaced them with CHEAP reality shows and was about to do the same to GH for Katie Kouric if the Revolution would have been successfully. I do not support a company who main mission is to get out of the soap business.

    Comment by Janicne – April 18, 2013 08:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • GH is a network show and Katie is syndicated, so there goes your theory.

      Comment by TV Gord – April 18, 2013 09:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • So you don’t care about the facts and are willing to blindly support anyone who is anti-ABC, just because you’re nursing a grudge. I see. That’s true class for you!

      Comment by Chris – April 19, 2013 08:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The problem is PP NOT ABC! PP would have shared the OLTL characters if they could have retained control of their storylines on both GH and OLTL. PP was also insisting that the characters could not be seen on both shows on the same days.This would have been a logistical nightmare for GH and there is no way they would have wanted to confer with PP on storylines! I don’t like ABC for wanting to cancel GH and I refuse to watch any show on ABC dayime except GH but in this case it’s PP who us being unreasonable not ABC! I suspect it’s because they need money and are worried about viewers which is why they tried to force Howarth, Alderson and Easton back to OLTL…they figured if plotlines overlapped that viewers of GH would be forced to tune into OLTL which would help PP. I won’t be watching any PP shows….

    Comment by Lisa – April 18, 2013 09:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Can’t everyone see this is a HUGE publicity stunt. All the back and forth regarding the characters, etc. It’s been great stuff for entertainment sites to eat up. It’s generating huge buzz and awareness that AMC and OLTL are coming back. (Plus, it helps ABC gauge how much people like the “3″ on GH.) This is just a game.

    Comment by Chicago Dan – April 19, 2013 01:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’s s soap opera. The motto of any soap is. NO BODY, NO death. Or even if there is a body, there is a way to write around it if you are willing to suspend disbelief. So the idea that GH killed off Cole and Hope. Well, they could still be alive somewhere if OLTL so willed it. So getting pissed over is not worth it.

    Comment by Stacey – April 19, 2013 06:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This lawsuit is laughable. I just don’t understand it. Prospect Park got their characters back, why are they still whining? They’re complaining about character deaths? It’s Soap 101, unless there’s a body (and even some cases where there is one) characters aren’t necessarily dead and can be brought back. Cole and Hope died 14 months ago. Victor Jr died 10 months ago, why are they just now bringing this up? They could have filed injunction back when this happened and put a stop to it. Oh and the comment about the characters doing things they never ever would have done before, is rich. How am I suppose to take that seriously when it sounds like a disgruntled soap fan mad that their favorites are doing opposite of what they wanted. ABC destroyed popular couples? Really, please show me a soap couple that’s never broken up. Absurd story lines? What exactly is that in a soap? Also it was never said that Thomas Delgado—excuse me Tomas Delgado (PP owns this character but they sure don’t how to spell his name) and Lorenzo Alcazar were the same person, just that they looked alike. I’m sorry but It couldn’t be more obvious, PP wanted KA, ME, & RH for their reboots. Which is why PP claims that ABC convinced the actors not to cooperate and prevented them from working for them. Yes, because the actors have no minds of their own, right? Let’s ignore the fact that both KA & RH didn’t sign on the first time. PP is pissy that ABC/GH created new characters for the actors and that they refused to cater to their crazy demands about the crossovers. And I’d bet money that if these actors had agreed to go to OLTL this lawsuit wouldn’t even be happening. Sour grapes.

    Comment by Asia – April 19, 2013 09:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How long is that licensing agreement? You can bet ABC will not extend it to a company that sued them. PP drop the ball and said they were not going to make the soaps, at which time ABC hired the OLTL people. Why should ABC give them up?

    Comment by kraw hitham (@_krawhitham) – April 19, 2013 11:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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