×

ABC Sued for Killing Off Soap Characters

Lawsuits contends network is in breach of contract

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.”

More TV

  • Al Burton

    Al Burton, 'Jeffersons' and 'Diff’rent Strokes' Producer, Dies at 91

    Television producer and executive Al Burton, known for his work on “The Jeffersons” and “Diff’rent Strokes,” died Tuesday at his home in San Mateo, California. He was 91. Burton leaves behind a six-decade legacy of hit television shows that also included “One Day at a Time,” “Silver Spoons,” “Square Pegs” and “Facts of Life.” However, long [...]

  • Dwyane Wade Sets Multi-Year Development Deal

    Dwyane Wade Sets Multi-Year Development Deal at WarnerMedia

    Dwayne Wade is bouncing his way into WarnerMedia’s court. The retired NBA All Star has signed a multi-faceted, multi-year deal with the company, including a development deal via his 59th & Prairie Entertainment production banner. Part of the deal sees Wade sign on as a commentator at Turner Sports. He is set to make appearances [...]

  • Katie Couric Sheryl Sandberg

    Katie Couric Steamrolls Sheryl Sandberg in Roving Vanity Fair Summit Interview

    Sending a jolt through a luxurious and excessively polite afternoon in Beverly Hills, veteran journalist Katie Couric delivered a relentless series of hardball questions to Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg on Tuesday. Speaking in conversation at the sixth annual Vanity Fair New Establishment summit at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Couric’s [...]

  • EVIL is a psychological mystery that

    CBS Renews 'Evil,' Orders Full Seasons of Four Other Freshman Shows

    CBS is doubling down on all its new shows. The network has renewed “Evil” for a second season, and handed out full-season orders to its other four freshman series, namely “All Rise,” “Carol’s Second Act,” “The Unicorn,” and “Bob Hearts Abishola.” “Evil” is set to conclude its 13-episode first season (creators Michelle and Robert King [...]

  • Jamie Lee Curtis

    Jamie Lee Curtis to Produce Military Drama With Put Pilot Order at Fox

    Jamie Lee Curtis is teaming up with April Fitzsimmons and Berlanti Productions for a drama project that has received a put pilot order at Fox. Titled “Chain of Command,” the one-hour project follows a young Air Force investigator with radical crime-solving methodology who returns to her hometown to join a military task force that doesn’t [...]

  • Michael MannLACMA: Art and Film Gala,

    TV News Roundup: Michael Mann to Direct and Executive Produce HBO Max's 'Tokyo Vice'

    In today’s TV news roundup, HBO Max names MIchael Mann as a director and executive producer of “Tokyo Vice” and Chip and Joanna Gaines announce the first original series coming to the couple’s Magnolia Network. DATES Netflix announced a six-episode docuseries centered on Nasty Cherry, the latest all-female group signed to Charli XCX’s label will [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content