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ABC is being sued by the studio trying to revive two of the soap operas the network canceled for killing off some of the series’ characters.
Prospect Park, which will relaunch “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” online beginning April 29th, claims ABC breached its contract by having three characters written off the shows while “on loan” from the production company to “General Hospital,” a third soap still airing on the broadcaster.
Prospect Park alleges that an amendment to its 2012 license deal with ABC gave the company approval over the narrative direction of seven characters the network requested to have on “Hospital” while the other shows were off the air. But Prospect Park was not contacted by ABC about the creative decisions, according to the lawsuit.
“OLTL” characters Cole and Hope Thornhart met their untimely demise when their car was forced off a cliff in a “Hospital” episode that aired last year. A third character from the series, Thomas Delgado, was renamed and made another existing character on “Hospital.”
ABC is bent on ruining the series it has relinquished the rights to because the network regrets the decision, the lawsuit alleges.
“Prospect has since learned that at least one ABC executive responsible for these egregious programming choices has openly expressed his desire to see ‘OLTL’ fail,” according to the lawsuit.
Prospect also charges in the suit that ABC has yet to turn over URLs to both series.
The lawsuit will not derail launch plans for the series, according to a Prospect Park rep.
In a statement, an ABC spokesman said: “We haven’t seen the complaint or been served so we can’t comment.”