‘One Life To Live’ Fans Suffer Another Crushing Defeat, Production Halted, Again, While Legal Battle Continues, Highlight Hollywood News

One Life to Live is on pause, THR reported on Tuesday, September 3.  Prospect Park has opted to suspend production on the recently revived soap opera as the production company wages a legal battle with the show’s former home Disney-owned ABC.  Is there any doubt why fans have been understandably upset by the behavior on the part of both parties, which should be putting fans’ entertainment before their own bickering?As first reported by the Los Angeles Times, work on the soap will not resume until Prospect Park founders Rich Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz – the duo responsible for saving both OLTL and All My Children after ABC canceled the pair — can settle a $25 million suit that claims the network sabotaged the online relaunch.In an April suit, Prospect Park claimed that ABC has actively caused problems in a bid to sabotage the revival including refusing to transfer the website addresses for the shows and failing to consult on storylines. Read the complaint here. 

“In the ultimate act of bad faith, ABC killed off two OLTL characters on loan to General Hospital by having their car forced off a cliff,” the complaint, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, states. Prospect Park is seeing more than $25 million in damages for breach of contract.



The first online season of OLTL – which kicked off in April — ended its run this week following its 40th episode. AMC, meanwhile, concluded with its first batch of web-based episodes after 43 installments. Writers on the latter soap are readying a second season. A formal renewal and return date for AMC have not yet been announced.



The OLTL pause marks the latest delay for the fan favorite. Production on both programs was suspended for two months following labor issues with IATSE. Meanwhile, the soaps recently concluded their monthlong trial run on OWN.

Prospect Park and ABC declined comment.




Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:   Prospect Park
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