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ABC, Prospect Park Agreement Keeps Soaps Alive | TNT to Revive Dallas

Published on July 08, 2011
  • ABC has licensed its iconic soaps, “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” to Prospect Park. The agreement, brokered by Disney/ABC Domestic Television Group, enables Prospect Park to continue production of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” keeping up the story lines after they leave ABC. In the exclusive multi-year, multi-platform deal, Prospect Park will produce and deliver the two long-running programs to consumers via online formats and additional emerging platforms including internet enabled television sets. Under the terms of the arrangement, the programs will continue to be delivered with the same quality and in the same format and length, writes Deadline Hollywood.

  • TNT has ordered 10 episodes of a new series based on the 1980s drama, Dallas. The new show will carry on the bitter rivalries and family power struggles within a Texas oil and cattle-ranching dynasty. The original Dallas series ran on broadcast network CBS from 1978 to 1991. The new series will include feature several original cast members, including Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray and Larry Hagman, who will reprise his role as J.R. Ewing, reports MultiChannel News.

  • A federal court today prohibited common ownership of newspapers and TV or radio stations in the same market. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit struck down a 2008 ruling by the Federal Communications Commission that allowed cross-ownership in certain cases. The court also upheld other ownership limits imposed by the FCC in 2008, including those applying to local TV and radio stations and networks, writes Radio World.

     Newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership was banned since 1975 when the FCC relaxed it three years ago, granting permanent waivers in five markets; for Gannett in Phoenix, Ariz.; and for Media General in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Columbus, Ga., Panama City, Fla., and Tri-Cities Tenn./Va. Other companies with newspaper-TV combos include Tribune’s in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Miami and Hartford, Conn.; and News Corp.’s in New York, among others.