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    Soaps.com Exclusive Interview: Prospect Park's Jeff Kwatinetz.

    Wednesday, January 23 2013


    (ABC)
    "We want to make the show as good creatively as we can."

    Prospect Park's Jeff Kwatinetz reached out to Soaps.com exclusively to answer burning questions surrounding the online migration of "All My Children" and "One Life To Live" and to give us a glimpse of what to expect for the upcoming online reboots.

    Though taping for "One Life To Live" isn't totally confirmed yet, "All My Children" will begin shooting scenes by the end of February. There will be four 30 minute episodes a week, Monday through Thursday, with five minutes of commercials. The advantages of this being advertisers will pay more for online viewing, which will reach more people. Details for Friday's episodes are still in the works but are planning to be a recap of sorts, containing special interviews and footage. "They're still being worked out," stated Kwatinetz.

    One of the biggest questions fans have been asking is if there will be fees for the online viewing of their Pine Valley and Llanview soaps. "There will be multiple ways for them to watch," Kwatinetz explained. "Numerous ways to watch, one being free with commercials."

    Another big question we've all been curious to know is whether or not the Llanview actors, Kristen Alderson (Starr Manning), Michael Easton (John McBain) and Roger Howarth (Todd Manning), who have since joined the cast and crossed over to "General Hospital" will be rejoining their first home on "One Life To Live." Kwatinetz shared, "It's not worked out yet. They [ABC] came to us and said, 'Will you guys license us these characters?' We [Prospect Park] didn't know 100% if we were going forward, so we allowed it. We wanted to do the right thing by the actors."

    After the soap operas aired their last episodes on ABC, there were various opportunities for fans to purchase parts of the sets, which made many believe all the sets were sold. In regards to whether or not Prospect Park purchased any of the Pine Valley or Llanview sets the answer is no. "We found that some weren't in the greatest condition and not worth saving. There will be new ones," Kwatinetz divulged. "I've seen some of the drawings for our new ones."

    There have always been limitations to how far networks can go in regards to the more risqué storylines. When asked what to expect for the online version, Kwatinetz stated, "This is what I think is important… We don't want to do anything to shock people or to do things to make a statement. The idea is to do what's best for the storytelling. The advantages of being online give the actors and writers more creativity. We can't go too far because we still are advertiser based and certainly don't want to offend people. We want the storylines to be more relevant to current issues and what people are going through - though somewhat edgier and sexier at times. But it's all to service to story."

    Though Kwatinetz couldn't give any teasers for what's to come for the first episodes, he wanted to thank the fans for all of their support and for believing in them. "I hope that everyone understands we really care about making these shows the best they can be and taking the heart and all the great things about them and continuing them…giving actors and writers a little more freedom. We have the best intentions and want to make the shows as good creatively as we can. That's our goal."

    Soaps.com looks forward to this new venture and the excitement it will bring to see the characters from Pine Valley and Llanview come back to life!

    Please continue to check back through Prospect Park To Migrate AMC And OLTL Online where we update readers with casting notes and any new developments and keep an eye on The Online Network for the upcoming return of "All My Children" and "One Life To Live."

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    USER COMMENTS

    Posted by catalvarez80 at Wednesday, January 23 2013 01:59 PM

    I hope one of the ways to view will be through cable TV. People have been asking and asking, and begging for this. I'll be glad to watch online if I must, but I have quite a few family members who will only be able to view on TV, so I'm hoping for the cable route. As soon as there is some TV deal announced I can actually tell my folks and their friends about OLTL & AMC coming back! They'll be so excited!

    Posted by Chrissi_Soaps.com at Wednesday, January 23 2013 02:13 PM

    It will all be online. Just online, Cat.

    Posted by catalvarez80 at Wednesday, January 23 2013 02:50 PM

    But Chrissi, a few sources have said that cable TV might actually be part of this deal. In one of the latest Soap Opera Digest magazine it said Lifetime might air them. Even if it isn't Lifetime that airs them, several people have said that they will go to cable, and that there is no way to truly finance this without a TV deal. I'm holding out hope for this. Otherwise, there is no sense in even telling my family/friends about the return of our stories- they can't view online.

    Posted by Chrissi_Soaps.com at Wednesday, January 23 2013 03:07 PM

    Oh sorry Cat I had not heard this. Did Jeff K confirm this? That would be amazing.

    Posted by catalvarez80 at Wednesday, January 23 2013 03:18 PM

    That's okay Chrissi! Jeff hasn't confirmed this, but the speculation still exists. I honestly wish we had a confirmed answer for this question. Many people are not able to watch online, so it would just be a weight lifted off of our shoulder if we knew for sure that they were going to cable. But SOD definitely mentioned it was a possibility. I also noticed (over a week ago) someone had asked Foz (who is no longer part of this project I guess, from the news that came out today) on twitter if they would come to cable as well. He wouldn't confirm or deny... Nobody is confirming or denying. I guess we'll have to wait and see. I hope they go to cable though.

    Posted by MaddScorpio at Wednesday, January 23 2013 05:19 PM

    Great interview! I am getting really excited about this and can't wait to see it. I sure hope Michael Easton comes on! I can't imagine a Llanview without Easton's McBain as a tough cop and a Natalie without him. I need a happy Jolie family which we fans never really got during the 8 years of OLTL. But I'm also looking forward to seeing what's in store for Viki/Clint and Dorian/David too.

    Thank you Prospect Park and thanks to the fans who hung in there.

    Posted by grandmanean at Wednesday, January 23 2013 05:52 PM

    MadScorpio - Unfortunately the Natalie/John thing is kaput...per current storyline on GH. Natalie is hiding out in Britian with Liam and will not allow John to vist his child. I know, right ? That is a storyline that would not have happened if OLTL was still airing...but they had to go somewhere so that John could 'move on' to his about-to-be flame. Ahhhh, the soaps, can always be re-written ;-)

    Posted by joannabogle at Thursday, January 31 2013 10:36 AM

    I am very excited and cant wait for AMC and OLTL. I actually went out and bought a computer and got the internet just so I could watch them online. Now that says I am a big fan don't you think lol I will be waiting

    Posted by CFedack at Friday, February 01 2013 12:06 PM

    If they want to keep Michael Easton on GH they could make him Caleb the vampire

    Posted by CFedack at Friday, February 01 2013 12:10 PM

    Chrissi you can watch online programming through your TV if you have a digital TV and a blue ray player I've heard of people switching to hulu plus and getting rid of cable and sattlite I would like do that its much cheaper.

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