Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Susan Lucci, Meet Glassell Park

As I (and plenty of others) recently wrote, ABC plans to move the daytime soap opera "All My Children" to the west coast from its longtime New York base:

According to the Alphabet, the move will give "Children" a production facility twice the size of its old one. The change, which takes place at the start of 2010, will allow both "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" to start broadcasting in high-definition.

The change comes with more cost-cutting, however. The sudser world already has been hit hard by network belt-tightening; CBS, for example, is about to end the run of long-standing soap opera "Guiding Light."

"The move to Los Angeles enables both 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' to dramatically improve the series production models and achieve significant efficiencies while enhancing each show," said ABC Daytime topper Brian Frons. "We had to examine every option on the table to combat current economic realities and rising costs of production."

Los Angeles City Council president Eric Garcetti mentioned on his Twitter account that "Children" will be shot in the city's Glassell Park neighborhood.

"We have been working hard to bring production back, and this is great," Garcetti said via the site.

But that means "Children" won't be shot at ABC's Prospect Studios in Los Feliz, where "General Hospital" is shot. According to Garcetti, "All My Children" will be shot at Andrita Studios, which I didn't even know existed until now.

Here's what Andrita has to say about it:

As the new home of “All My Children,” Andrita’s state-of-the-art production facility will enable the celebrated series to make an immediate transition from Standard-Definition to High-Definition. Included in the long term agreement, Andrita Media Center will provide ABC with Andrita Stage 1 (18,000 square feet), Andrita Stage 2 (10,000 square feet), multi-camera HD production facilities and associated production offices. The production will begin relocating to Andrita in December; will commence producing episodes in January and the first HD episodes of “All My Children” will air in February.

Andrita was home to "General Hospital: Night Shift 2," a "GH" spinoff that aired on SoapNet. The studio provides network origination services for channels including MGM HD, Hallmark HD Movie Channel, The Tennis Channel HD and SD, Current TV, SiTV, Universal Sports Network and Game Show Network; productions have been shot there for MTV, HBO, ABC, CBS and 20th Century Fox Television.

The facility is located off the 2 freeway, near the intersection of Fletcher and San Fernando. That's not too far from Franklin Avenue HQ; Susan Lucci and the crew will now have to adjust, though, to the surroundings: Foster's Freeze is close by, as is Mortarless Tile... and "Le Sex Shoppe." A little further away, Lucci and crew can stop by Eagle Rock and chow down on an Oinkster burger or sip a cup of Swork coffee.

Oh, and La Lucci? You might want to steer clear of Drew Street.

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