Gather round AMC & OLTL FANS
Posted May 4, 2013on:
Ok AMC and OLTL soap fans I need you to all gather round. I have seen a lot of happiness and excitement out on social media this week but I’ve also seen a lot of negativity. It is critical that we get that in check. Let’s review a few key things:
1. We begged and pleaded for AMC and OLTL to not just be shelved forever. We won this battle and should be proud.
2. The fact that these shows were brought back gave 200 people jobs. This is something to think about when you want to complain that you are not thrilled that it’s online or some changes were made.
3. Some changes made were not just Prospect Park’s decision. Some changes are based on what ABC would and would not allow. So nasty messages to Prospect Park who is trying to make soap fans happy is just wrong.
4. These shows will either survive together or die together. These shows are only cost effective if both are doing well. Thus every fan needs to be “watching” both AMC and OLTL. I personally challenge you to watch both for 28 days and see how you feel about them then. If you really refuse to watch one please let it play on your computer or mobile device. Not “watching” could cost you to lose the show you do want to view.
5. Actors/characters will continue to be brought back. Funding wise and time wise they couldn’t bring everyone back at once and not all actors were free either. Give this time and don’t expect perfection out the gate.
6. Lots of complaints on the length of time of the shows, that there are “More” shows on Friday instead of an episode, etc. Please keep in mind that these shows are EXTREMELY expensive. In order to get them launched they could budget four 30 minute shows a week. This enabled the casts of the 2 shows to work alternating schedules, share a crew, etc. This could definitely change in the future if BOTH shows are just doing fabulous ratings wise. So really, this is on every fan’s shoulders. Are you watching both? Are you getting friends and family to watch both?
7. Once again watching on Hulu from your computer is free. If you are using a mobile device (iPhone, iPad, etc) then you must use Hulu Plus. Trying to find a way to watch for free? Think outside the box- can you stay after at work to watch on your own time? Go to the library? A friend’s house? Bottom line though- Prospect Park needed Hulu in order to fund these shows. Criticizing them because it doesn’t meet your personal preference or needs is selfish. Again- 200 people have jobs because of these. Time to think bigger picture.
With all that said, let’s focus on the positive- embrace and discuss what you do love and leave the negativity behind. Anyone can find a negative in anything. A true fan can celebrate and promote the positives. So let’s go fans- start promoting!