The duo discussed the imminent rebirth of two of Nixon’s creations, “All My Children” and “One Life to Live,” which ABC canceled in 2011 after 40-plus years as daytime staples. Kwatinetz, topper of production and talent-management firm Prospect Park, parsed storyline arcs and went over production notes with her that Saturday at her hotel and then over dinner. It was three weeks before the April 29 premiere of the shows’ new incarnations, which include many of the same characters and actors. But at least in the States, they won’t be on regular TV — they’re coming exclusively to the Internet.
If Kwatinetz made any kind of birthday wish, it was surely that the two weekday serials will
"Truth or Consequences is a great collection of game, stunt, hidden camera, reunions, surprises, strange talents and unique guests," says Phil Gurin, president and CEO of The Gurin Company. "It's just a really fun show. We're taking the original show and making it bigger."
Truth or Consequences ran for 38 years on radio and TV, including on both CBS and NBC, and later in syndication. The show, which Gurin licensed from Ralph Edwards Productions (which launched it on radio in 1939), was Bob Barker's first TV job in 1956. A town in New Mexico renamed itself Truth or Consequences, N.M., in homage and is still called that to this day.
The last time many of us saw Clark was during this past Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest on ABC, ringing in 2012 with Seacrest and Lady Gaga. (Something Clark himself wrote about in Entertainment Weekly, to commemorate the special’s 40th anniversary.) Take a look as Clark marveled at the “night to remember” in Time Square after the ball dropped.
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"'This Is Your Life' is one of the most enduring programs to air on television, and we are thrilled to be bringing it back with the top producer of unscripted entertainment," the president of Ralph Edwards Prods, Barbara Dunn-Leonard, who owns the rights of the format, stated. "There is no better partner to carry on the legacy of 'This Is Your Life' and introduce the program to a new generation of fans."
Burnett, president of Mark Burnett Productions, said in a statement, "As a franchise with broad appeal for viewers of all generations, 'This Is Your Life' is a perfect fit for our company."
Burnett is known for introducing reality
"Life," which surprises celebrity guests with people from their past, launched as a radio program in 1948. It aired as a TV series on NBC from 1952-61, then had a brief revival in 1972.
Most recently, ABC developed a remake in 2005 with Fox TV Studios, but the project, to be hosted by Regis Philbin, never made it to air.
" 'This Is Your Life' is one of the most enduring programs to air on television, and we are thrilled to be bringing it back with the top producer of unscripted entertainment," said Barbara Dunn-Leonard, president of Ralph Edwards Prods., which owns the rights to the format.
Broadcasters have shown recent interest in biographical reality shows. Fox's dark-side effort "The Moment of Truth," NBC's "Amnesia" and ABC's "Opportunity Knocks" are game shows
The series began in the U.S. on radio in 1948 and moved to television for a nine year run. It was revived a couple of times with little success and a recent plan to revive it with Regis Philbin as host seems to have stalled.
The series has had greater success worldwide, particularly in the United Kingdom.
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