When Prospect Park made their deal to take over cancelled soaps All My Children and One Life to Live, the AMC producers were asked to change their original series ending. Now that Prospect Park has given up on their efforts to revive the soaps online, longtime AMC fans are left with a strange cliffhanger ending instead.
In an interview with TVLine, AMC actress Chrishell Stause says that a satisfying ending for the soap was actually filmed. She said, “I love the version we shot originally. But then the Prospect Park thing came about. We only had Kate Collins [who plays Amanda’s mother Janet] for a few days, so we had to shoot our ending with her really, really early. And then the Prospect Park thing happened and they changed the ending to what you saw.”
Stause continued, “What’s sad is that I know what the ending was supposed to be, so I feel like the fans were robbed. We all had these vignettes that were beautiful and really great, so that’s the biggest regret… But the film for the ending that was never used is out there, somewhere!”
The actress had doubts that the Prospect Park deal was going to work out, calling it “a disaster.” Stause says that people on the show were given initial offers and then, when it came to renegotiate, the company never came back to the table.
She notes that she was open to doing the online version, in part because of the devoted AMC fans. Stause wasn’t interested in an exclusive deal with Prospect Park and felt that she could juggle the online version of AMC with other projects, like her upcoming part on Body of Proof.
What do you think? Would you like to see the additional finale footage? How should it be released? Would you pay to see it on a special DVD set?
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