It seems that daytime television fans haven’t been the only ones frustrated by the lack of news coming from the Prospect Park camp the past few weeks. AFTRA — the actors union which the players from ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE belong to — released a statement today following the media company’s announcement that plans to relaunch the beloved soaps canceled by ABC have been shelved, admitting that they themselves began to grow concerned when Prospect Park began avoiding negotiations.
“AFTRA was deeply disappointed to read that the executives at Prospect Park have decided to suspend their efforts to produce the long-running and popular daytime serials OLTL and AMC via online distribution. Despite initial progress in our negotiations with Prospect Park toward resolving a fair agreement to cover the performers appearing on these programs, 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.
“We remain hopeful that an opportunity to revive these two popular series will emerge in the future, and remain ready to resume discussions should that opportunity arise.”