The troubled online resurrection of One Life to Live, the former ABC daytime soap cancelled in 2011, hit another snag earlier this week. Prospect Park announced it was suspending production – and concentrating on the All My Children revival – pending the outcome of a law suit against ABC.
Actress Erika Slezak, who has played Victoria Lord for more than 40 years, has responded to OLTL’s suspension. Posting on her official website the actress wrote “When these issues are worked out between Prospect Park and ABC/Disney, we will resume, but unfortunately there is no timetable. I sincerely thank all of you for watching and supporting us and keep your fingers crossed for a speedy resolution.”
The lawsuit between Prospect Park and ABC is over several OLTL characters that were temporarily loaned to fellow daytime soap General Hospital. Several characters crossed over to General Hospital following the television finale of OLTL; the characters were given to the medical soap while Prospect Park tried to put together funding to produce its planned continuation of OLTL and AMC.
However, several of the OLTL characters were killed off on General Hospital something Prospect Park argues ABC didn’t have the right to do seeing as they own the OLTL characters under the terms of their licensing deal with ABC. The lawsuit between ABC and Prospect Park has been going on over the course of the Summer.
Prospect Park has stated that once the lawsuit is settled production will resume on OLTL though some experts argue that may not happen as AMC has proven more popular than its sister soap which is why – for now – Prospect Park is concentrating on it.
[Via the Soap Opera Network]