September 03, 2013 1:52pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'One Life to Live' Production Suspended as Prospect Park Battles ABC (Report)
One Life to Live is on pause.
Production company Prospect Park has opted to suspend work on the recently revived soap opera as they wage a legal battle with the show's former home: Disney-owned ABC.
As first reported by the Los Angeles Times, production on the soap will not resume until Prospect Park founders Rich Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz -- the duo responsible for saving both OLTL and All My Children after ABC canceled the pair -- can settle a $25 million suit that claims the network sabotaged the online relaunch.
In an April suit, Prospect Park claimed that ABC has actively caused problems in a bid to sabotage the revival, including refusing to transfer the website addresses for the shows and failing to consult on storylines. Read the complaint here.
"In the ultimate act of bad faith, ABC killed off two OLTL characters on loan to General Hospital by having their car forced off a cliff," the complaint, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, states. Prospect Park is seeking more than $25 million in damages for breach of contract.
The first online season of OLTL -- which kicked off in April -- ended its run this week following its 40th episode. AMC, meanwhile, concluded with its first batch of web-based episodes after 43 installments. Writers on the latter soap are readying a second season. A formal renewal and return date for AMC have not yet been announced.
The OLTL holdup marks the latest delay for the fan favorite. Production on both programs was suspended for two months following labor issues with IATSE. Meanwhile, the soaps recently concluded their monthlong trial run on OWN.
Prospect Park and ABC declined comment.