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Regarding the latest news that unfortunately heralded the second cancellation of One Life To Live and All My Children and the impending law suit regarding this debacle, I want to state for the record that in my humble opinion, I can find no fault with ABC on this issue at all.

After the ABC cancellation in 2012 of long time fan favorites All My Children and One Life To Live, a few of the characters from OLTL showed up on ABC's General Hospital and their stories were successfully added to the canvas.

When these arrangements were made and even up to the time when the characters were revealed to General Hospital viewers, there was absolutely NO talk of taking OLTL or AMC online or anywhere else at that point.

Four of the OLTL characters were added to the General Hospital landscape, with one (Kassie DePaiva's Blair Cramer, was only seen as in and out) while the other three actors; Roger Howarth( Todd Manning), Michael Easton( John McBain) and Kristen Alderson( Starr Manning) had signed contracts with General Hospital.

Which apparently ended up creating a “bone of contention,” the likes of which only a couple of beloved four decade old loyally followed, time-honored American traditions called "Soap Operas," could generate.

But I digress....

As the fans began our tireless work on the campaign to get OLTL and AMC back, Prospect Park came on the scene saying they would license the shows for production to present them on the Internet.

However after a lot of brouhaha and waiting and at times no word at all from them as to when we might see our shows again, Prospect Park finally got the shows online (TOLN/Hulu etc.).

Then, it seems the trouble started. The scripts soapers were used to seeing were changed till the characters and situations were barely recognizable as Prospect Park seemed to show, in no uncertain terms, that they didn't know much if anything about presenting daily soap operas.

The shows began online as four times a week at less than half an hour per episode, eventually cutting the episodes to only two per week because apparently, Prospect Park didn't think that people who had been watching these shows, five days a week, an hour a day for over 40 years could keep up.

As far as this viewer is concerned though, the demise of the OLTL and AMC on new formats (the Internet) is the result of Prospect Park's inability to do the job.

It does cost millions of dollars to present shows like these five days a week all year long which makes me wonder if Prospect Park simply bit off more than it could rightfully chew and perhaps that is why they chose to present the shows the way they did; Instead of five one hour episodes per week, all year long, they opted for a shortened run in a seasonal manner.

I am sure that there are millions of differing opinions regarding this debacle and though I am still not happy that ABC cancelled our shows initially in 2012, I have had to chin up and move on.

Yet as I see it, the blame for this latest disappointment for the fans of One Life To Live and All My Children, sits squarely on the shoulders of Prospect Park.

While I will continue to hold out hope for the return of these great daytime dramas to television where shows like this are best presented, I have to wait like like all the rest of the fans to see what happens.

However regarding Prospect Park's reasons for the latest cancellation of One Life To Live and All My Children, in my opinion, it has absolutely nothing to do with ABC.


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