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Could J.R. Martinez Save 'All My Children?' Creator Agnes Nixon Speaks Out

Date November 23, 2011
Could J.R. Martinez Save 'All My Children?' Creator Agnes Nixon Speaks Out There's been an outcry since the news broke yesterday that Prospect Park has suspended its plan to move cancelled soaps 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' online. Many of the actors involved have taken to Twitter and Facebook to vent, and the unions involved have issued statements saying don't blame us for the failure.

Now the soaps' creator, Agnes Nixon has spoken out, saying there's still plenty more life in the old shows yet. According to 'The Daily Beast' she's even come up with "a compelling plot" starring brand new 'DWTS' champ J.R. Martinez. He played police officer Brot Monroe on the soap for three years until it was cancelled back in April.

Nixon says she doesn't blame Prospect Park founders, Jeff Kwatinetz and Rich Frank, for calling it quits: "I am sorry they had to give up the intent to put it on and I'm very grateful to Rich and Jeff for their efforts, but I know that no matter what happens, there is still much story to be told in both 'One Life to Live' and 'All My Children,' and in my heart, I believe, it may still be told. And I'd love to be part of the telling."

Yesterday Prospect Park said that the online move failed because of insuperable economic challenges, and there have long been rumors that the various guilds and unions reperesenting cast and crew were unyielding in their demands for broadcast-rate salaries. However, two of the largest unions involved, Writer's Guild of America (WGA) and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) moved quickly to distance themselves from suggestions that they are to blame for the deal collapsing.

WGA told Soap Opera Network, "We were disappointed to learn that Prospect Park's financing fell through. Prior to the end of last week, we were close to a fair deal for the writers."

In a statement, AFTRA said it was "deeply disappointed to read that the executives at Prospect Park have decided to suspend their efforts to produce ... 'One Life to Live' and 'All My Children,' via online distribution."

The statement continues, "Despite initial progress in our negotiations ... we were perplexed and disappointed that for the past month Prospect Park has not responded to our repeated inquiries to resume those discussions. We now conclude from the press reports that Prospect Park faced other challenges unrelated to our negotiations, which prevented continuation of those discussions."

There's been no word yet from Susan Lucci, but her former 'AMC' co-star Vincent Irizarry wrote on Facebook, "It's hard to ignore the profound irony in the last words spoken on AMC, after 41 1/2 yrs of entertaining countless millions, delivered by 'Erica,' who said, 'This is not the ending I wanted...' My heartfelt sympathies go out to all, especially the incomparable, loyal fans, after all their years of support, to have to live through this 2nd death. This news will never diminish our gratitude to you all..."

Kristen Alderson, who played Starr Manning on 'OLTL,' tweeted "Extremely sad sad news... No #prospectpark deal for AMC or OLTL. So many lives affected by this #RIPOLTL."

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