'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' will continue online

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All My Children and One Life to Live will have another life online, ABC announced today. The network has licensed the canceled sudsers to Prospect Park, a media and production company founded in 2009 by Jeffrey Kwatinetz and former Disney Studios head Rich Frank. (The company’s best known for producing Royal Pains for USA and Wilfred for FX.) The exclusive, multi-year deal will allow the soaps to continue beyond their finale dates. All My Children ends it run on ABC on Sept. 23 while One Life to Live is set to sunset in January.

Prospect Park will produce and deliver the soaps via online formats and “additional emerging platforms” that include internet enabled television sets. Under the terms of the arrangement, ABC promises that the programs will “continue to be delivered with the same quality and in the same format and length.”

Frank and Kwatinetz released this statement: “We are privileged to continue the legacy of two of the greatest programs to air on daytime television, and are committed to delivering the storylines, characters and quality that audiences have come to love for over 40 years.  All My Children and One Life to Live are television icons, and we are looking forward to providing anytime, anywhere viewing to their loyal community of millions. Technology changes the way the public can and will view television shows.  Now that there are so many devices available in addition to television sets, viewers are taking advantage of watching shows where ever they are and on any number of devices.

“The driving force in making the switch and attracting new audiences is to have outstanding programs that people want to watch,” the statement continued. “We believe that by continuing to produce the shows in their current hour format and with the same quality, viewers will follow the show to our new, online network.”

No additional information was released, so it’s unclear for now where fans can eventually find the two soaps — and whether all of their beloved characters will make the transition from TV to online. Even though the promise was made that the soaps will maintain the same high-production standards, it seems cost prohibitive.  It’s not cheap to bankroll such large ensembles while paying big salaries for popular stars like Susan Lucci and Erika Slezak.  After all, the enormous cost of maintaining old (and many think outdated) soaps was the primary reason behind ABC’s decision to yank AMC and OLTL in the first place.

Staying on TV may be more attractive for some of the bigger stars on AMC and OLTL. In fact, Maria Arena Bell – the head writer for The Young and the Restless –told EW she’s looking to hire one or two actors from the canceled soaps in the coming months.

At least the deal helps ABC daytime Brian Frons to save face since he helped to broker it. When the announcement was made of the soaps’ cancellation back in April, fans held Frons personally accountable. The exec released this statement today: “All My Children and One Life to Live are iconic pieces of television history that captivated millions of fans since their beginning over 40 years ago. Each of the shows have made an indelible mark on our culture’s history and informed our consciousness in their own way.  We are so glad Prospect Park has assumed the mantle for these shows and that they will continue for the fans.”

Even Agnes Nixon, who created both soaps, weighed in with a statement: “I’m just so happy that ABC found a home where the legacies of All My Children and One Life To Live can continue.  I’m excited for their future with Prospect Park. It takes a lot of living to make a soap opera a serial, and the wonderful teams on both shows have done just that. Together, we are a big family that keeps going, and I’m looking forward to working alongside these wonderful people as we ensure that the shows will continue with all the love and excitement we’ve always had.  I also am so happy for our loyal fans, whom we love so much, and who have been so supportive over the last 40 plus years.”

For more:
AMC and OLTL are gone. Is General Hospital next?
ABC cancels AMC and OLTL, replaces them with lifestyle shows
ABC Daytime chief on cancelling the soaps

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  • UGH

    Please take that awful General Sopranos Hospital with you.

    • GH fan4real

      Dont watch it if you dont like it , use the remote.. love ya GH!!!!

      • Lisa S

        I’ll believe it when I see it. I refuse to get excited about it at this point.

      • i love soaps

        abc soaps r the best

    • sandra

      really UGH? Get a life.

      • Judi

        Why are you following this whole thing if your’re not watching and if you are watching then what is your life? You said get a life to those who do watch and like it.

    • LISA G TAKES SHTS AT WORK!

      This sounds like a big ole fat FAIL! Geez give it up already!

      • Judi

        It’s hard to understand all the negative comments. If you don’t like them then you must not be watching them because then it doesn’t make sense to watch them. Which isn’t a bad thing not to do. We who like them aren’t expecting anyone to watch them just so you can make ugly comments. We certainly don’t care that you would rather not watch them. But we do and we won’t bother you about your programs.

      • Vern

        She takes WHAT at work??

    • mickey

      Yeah, if you don’t like GH no one is forcing you to watch. Also love ya GH!!!!

    • Chris

      They should do this with all the soaps. An online soap network with all the current and former soaps available on there.

      • bootsycolumbia

        That’s actually a great idea, and I hope it happens soon.

      • Jessica

        I would love to be able to watch old episodes of my favorite soaps!

      • Ari

        Fantastic way to give these shows new life. I’m sure many people would love to be able to catch old and new episodes of their favorite soaps in such a convenient format. I think this is genius. And I also think the soaps should think about partnering with Netflix.

      • Diane

        I would LOVE an all-soaps online channel – it might not be free, but I know a LOT of folks who’d be willing to fork over a small fee to keep the shows on the air, even online, and see their old faves again. I’d LOVE to be able to revisit “Loving” and some of the CBS soaps I never watched before because I’m an “ABC babe.” :-)

    • Jason

      You just don’t like GH because you don’t understand it!! It still has two of the greatest daytime actors of all time doing amazing work in Jonathon JAckson and TOny Geary.

      • Rob

        What’s not to understand?? GH is basically a big old glorified piece of violent crap. Yes, Tony Geary and Jonathan Jackson are excellent actors. However, GH has totally ruined each of their characters. Luke was never an angel but he was never such a hated character as he is now. Killing off little Jake was cruel enough but then to compound it by having Luke be the driver? What was the point of that? Luke had enough angst and edge. Luke’s romance with Laura is what brought GH to the pinnacle of soap viewership…I don’t think one would want to tune in to watch Luke drink himself to death and kill off children. Lucky is not as bad as Luke but come on, he’s married to a leprechaun! One of the biggest character misfires in GH history is Siobhan…ugh…that accent just grates on the nerves and the fact that she was brought on during that whole Balkan fiasco didn’t endear her either. Lucky should be with Elizabeth. GH also ruined Lucky as he committed ARSON by torching his childhood house. GH loves to burn down its iconic symbols (the hospital, Kelly’s, The Webber/Jones house, and now the old Ward/Spencer house). Good acting is one thing, having horrible and brain dead storylines is another. GH is in a sad state now and new Head writer Garin Wolf has his work cut out for him. The worst of it? I wouldn’t be upset if it was cancelled. I will always remember GH up to 2001 with such fondness and enjoyment. After that, GH went slowly into the crapper.

      • Peggy Henwood

        In some ways I agree with you, I wish they could somehow discover that it was the Balkin that killed Jake and Luke was set up. I hate that storyline. I still love GH though. I blame Brian Frons for the downfall of the storylines. He doesn’t care anything about the characters or their history, he puts new actors on the front burner and lets our favorites fade away.

      • Tee

        Well at least we know Rob is watching and paying attention. GO GH!

    • deedeedragons

      Damn it! a few years too late for Passions!

    • tmurphy1114@yahoo.com

      Thank You Prospect Park for picking up and continuing a wonderful reprieve that I’ve grown up with and LOVE. Please keep us posted on exactly how to access this!!

      • Judi

        I ditto the above and completely agree. Please don’t change your minds about producing AMC . And for those who watch GH, too.

    • Bunny

      No one forces you to watch, that’s why they make so many flavors of ice cream because everyone likes something different. GET A LIFE and leave people to what they like.

  • Paige

    YAY! Not happy that they’re leaving TV, but thrilled that they’re staying alive!

    • Flip

      OLTL has been paring down its cast in recent months, purging veterans and focusing on/bringing on inexpensive newcomers. I don’t think we will recognize OLTL online except for Viki, Bo and Nora.

      • Singerchic

        Hopefully Matthew turns out alright and the teens come along. I like them. :\

      • AcaseofGeo

        I don’t see profit in this venture unless they pare down the cast to all no-names. But I wish they had found out this kind of solution for “As the World Turns”.

      • Sherry

        I adore OLTL and AMC and love all the charactors. I have noticed them paring down the cast a bit. The story lines have always been interesting and exciting. I worry about the story lines becoming hoaky like GH did. I’ve been a fan for 35 years, faithfully. I was a fan of Ryan’s Hope and Loving as well. I was a GH fan years ago too. They just lost me with ridiculous story lines. I am so happy I will have a way to keep on with AMC and OLTL. Let’s all hope they don’t change to much and the story lines continue to be as exciting as they have been. I will support what ever I have to to keep them going only if the the majority of the charactors stay the same. Paring down the cast and replacing with all newbies could end it for me. I really hope not.

    • Tee

      I don’t quite understand why another network doesn’t pick them up. They will loose so many viewers being online. There are older people that have watched for years and are loyal, but won’t be able to continue because they may not be computer saavy. Come on networks what are you thinking? There are several new networks that would benefit from taking them on. Sad here!

  • Annie

    I have mixed emotions about the news. I am glad the soaps are saved, but am worried about the quality of the shows online. Also, selfish on my part, I really need for the Liam paternity storyline to end soon! With the cancellation, I knew eventually John will learn about his son and reunite with Natalie. If the show goes online, the writers could drag the secret out even longer. Also, AMC got Cady McClain and Thorsten Kaye back to end the show, what happens to their characters now?

    • SteveS

      Well, so far we only know that Dixie’s alive, so Zach’s appearance can be as a ghost to persuade Kendall to give into her feelings for Griffin. Then he can leave again (never cared for that brother-in-law murdering mobster on my show anyway)!

    • TV Gord

      That’s a good point, Annie. I hate the idea that we’re stuck with that gawdawful Dixie again. (A second helping of banana pancakes, anyone???)

  • Joe Petitjean

    Great news

  • marie

    i am happy to know that i love all my children

    • Katie

      Glad to know you love all your children and not just some of them.

      • bootsycolumbia

        Funny!

  • Brit

    This won’t last…I don’t see how they will be able to afford to keep it up when even less viewers follow it online.

    • Diana

      Thanks for being so optimistic.

      • Donna

        Brit’s only being realistic.

        All of us should still be furious at ABC and Frons!

        The online option news is good on its surface but we’ll have to see how it all pans out. Not being pessimistic, just keeping it real.

        The masses of soap watchers should continue to demand that the soaps remain on tv so they can be watched conveniently in our homes alongside family members. Yes, I know there are tv/computer hook ups, but I don’t have that and I expect many others don’t as well.

        I’m thinking of the loyal viewers who deserve better than this because ABC and Frons should never have canceled the programs in the first place to replace them with tripe.

    • Casey

      That’s actually incorrect. Nielsen ratings only count for those who have a Nielsen box. Days of our Lives – NBC’s only soap- is the fourth highest rated watched show online. Ratings are actually going to rise because all will be accounted for. Plus, they’re being produced under ABC which means if ‘The Chew’ or ‘The Revolution’ fails they’ll have the option of bring either one back to television.

      • wakeforce

        Face it. This is the way of the future. And if we all refuse to pay Comcast and other highway robbers, they may be forced to stop fleecing us!

      • Lisa S

        NO CASEY. That’s NOT how Neilsen ratings work.
        Believe it or not, all the networks and marketing people aren’t idiots.

      • gary

        yea its sad that abc is canceling all my childern & one life to live, but great that they will continue on the internet, Im not interested in or going to watch the new shows they are going to replace the 2 soaps with, so any TRUE FANS of all my childern & one life to live should boycott watching these new shows ,there are already so many good well established cooking ,health shows on (on fox/bravo/the food channel/chef ramsey/rachael ray,etc) then see what abc going to do when the new shows get low ratings, less than what the 2 soaps got that they replaced ,and abc ends up having to cancel them too, so what shows can they replace the new shows with they just canceled …all my childern & one life to live, just like on the soaps….it returns from the dead!

    • Eurydice

      Well, they might be looking at it as a larger investment than just a regular TV show. It sounds like these soaps are supposed to attract viewers to a different delivery system, TV sets which connect to the internet. If they can work as easily as a regular set does, older viewers would be more likely to use them and you get more internet users. Plus, another market for advertisers, plus people buying new TV sets. It’s a pretty big idea – cable better watch out.

    • Shells

      Geesh, quit scapegoating Brian Frons. He’s just one executive amongst many and certainly didn’t make these decisions alone. As for online, the business model won’t be able to support the soaps with the same production values. The actors unions don’t have a decent deal for online media so they’ll make a pittance. They are going to have to tinker with those expensive shows a lot to make them financially viable online.

      • Diane

        Well, BF is an a*&hole, in my opinion. I was recently a part of the “coveted” demographic and have recently become one of the “screw you – you might have the $$, but you’re old and we don’t want you” viewers that networks are casting aside…Dude – WE’RE the ones that have the $$ to buy the crap for ourselves or our kids! Big mistake, ABC, for telling us you don’t care about us! HUGE.

  • marie

    i love all my children i am happy to know i can still watch the show, i always watch the show on line it is more convenient since i work 9-5

  • Anastasia

    This is fabulous news! Up to now I haven’t been one to watch much online, but I will watch AMC online for sure. Hopefully they retain most of the cast, even though some have likely already turned the page and will be moving on. The fact that these shows are going to be internet-based is cutting edge, leave it to the soaps to usher in a new era in “television” viewing. Hooray for Prospect Park!!

    This doesn’t get ABC off the hook, I still won’t watch the stupid replacement talk shows, nor any other programming they have be it daytime or nighttime. They’re dead to me when AMC goes dark on their network.

    • Jennifer

      I agree. I’m still totally done with ABC!!!

      • ger

        But you’re certainly not done with exclamation points.

      • sandra

        ger- good one, very funny!

      • betsy

        and you’ll probably never be done being rude, ger.

    • Pamela Reynolds

      Folks, one of the team’s from Disney, and ABC will retain the option, when the “replacements”, Chew and whatever fail, to take it back to the station. Read the small print!

      • Michelle

        I was thinking the same thing Pamela.

      • Diane

        Right on, Pamela! When nobody watches “The Chew” and whatever the other one that’s name isn’t worth remembering are canceled, they’ll be back on the air when ABC is done with their little science experiment.

    • SteveS

      I totally agree. I’ve been hooked on AMC for over 30 years and I’m relieved it’s getting a new lease on life! The only shows I watch on ABC are AMC, Grey’s Anatomy and occasionally Desperate Housewives. When AMC goes to the net, I’ll watch the other 2 on Hulu.

  • Cm

    Good news for those shows. I wish CBS soaps Guiding Light and As The World Turns had been given the same opportunity.

    • AcaseofGeo

      I agree CM. Their ratings were no worse than the ones online is saving. But as I said above, I’m not sure how this can be profitable and I’m sure they can’t pay the mega-salaries of the veterans that everyone watches for.

  • Chloe

    No, this does not help Frons save face. And I agree with Annie about having mixed emotions. We’ll just have to wait and see.

  • Debbie

    I’m glad that they are trying to save our soaps. I just hope I can find them online, and will be able to watch them. I have DSL and it’s kinda slow. But I’d go through anything just to watch the soaps I have over 40 years of my life tied up in. This should have never happened to the fan’s of these 2 shows to begin with.

    • mary q contrary

      ‘this should have never happened to the fans’? What kind of drugs are you on and where is your sense of perspective?

      • Katie

        Geez Mary, she had “over 40 years of [her] life tied up” in them. Why would you expect perspective?

    • Michelle

      Totally agree.

  • Diana

    YAY!!! I wish they were staying on television, but at least they will live on. I will continue to be an avid OLTL fan, and I will likely start watching! AMC!

  • Carol

    I’ll watch! Yay!

  • Donna

    I am still ticked at Frons and ABC. Maybe having the online option is okay for many, but for many others it will be a major hassle. Will we be able to watch these shows at our convenience or will they only be listed online for a window of viewing time. Will we be able to cruise through commercials or be held hostage watching them online. My computer is in a shared area of the house so I’ll have to view the soaps when everyone is gone or asleep. I don’t have the tv computer hookup, so I’ll be watching on a screen less large than my tv. I want ABC to stop their insanity and keep the shows on TV. I’m grateful to a degree for the online but ABC should keep AMC and OLTL on TV. I will NEVER watch their replacement shows nor invest in any new ABC programming (only watching already what I’m invested in until those shows go by the wayside).

    • ger

      I can infer from what you wrote that you used to record the shows and then fast forward through the commercials. That’s exactly why these soaps are no longer profitable – advertisers stopped advertising and the money stopped coming in. So rather than blame Frons and ABC, I blame Donna.

      • Rob

        Ger….just because you watch a commercial doesn’t necessarily mean your going to go out and buy the product. VCR’s have been around for awhile and the soaps didn’t really erode from them. The most likely culprits are still crappy plots, behind the scenes people who don’t know what they’re doing, and reality shows. Who needs to watch a fictional Kim Kardashian when the live one is roaming around tweeting about Casey Anthony. Some soaps have added product placement directly into the scenes or plots. That should have made the advertisers happy but who wants to watch a scene revolve around detergent. Sorry ger, Donna’s off the hook.

      • HonestComment

        As several other people have said, you are IMPOLITE and INSULTING and PATRONIZING. You keep defending the corporate fat cats!

      • HonestComment

        Ger you need to learn manners! As several other people have said, you are IMPOLITE and INSULTING and PATRONIZING. You keep defending the corporate fat cats! And you keep blaming the HONEST FUNS!

    • mary q contrary

      Your apparent lack of watching commercials is what helped get these soaps in this mess in the first place. You want the entertainment delivered to you on a silver platter, but you obviously fail to understand what actually funds the show. If everyone skips the ads, advertisers will stop funding the shows and you’ll lose them entirely. Oh, and you mention that the VCR didn’t kill soaps. Since when was it as easy to record things on a vcr as it is to dvr things or watch them online, because the ease and lure of those mediums is what really killed soaps. If you really want to keep your shows around, watch the dam ads.

      • mary q contrary

        BTW, the above comment was directed at Rob, not Donna, but just for the record, she’s an unrealistic idiot, too.

      • TOM

        OH SHUT UP…..WE ALL PISS WHEN THE ADS ARE ON…..STOP ACTING LIKE YOU KNOW WHATS UP

      • Rob

        Mary Q…please get off your self-righteous soap box. Maybe I’d watch the dam ads if what’s between them was great television. YOU sound like a disgruntled Advertising major who can’t sell any ideas. Another thing smartypants is that I’m a male viewer, which is a long ignored demographic for daytime. I don’t think commercials for maxi-pads, vacuums, make-up, weight loss advice, etc are shown for me. Why should I watch? Just so soaps can be funded???? Your a dunce. I think the biggest culprit is the economy…NOT daytime viewers not watching the dam ads as you so elequently put it. TV in general is down due to the huge number of channels available and that people have a gazillion things to do. Why would I rearrange my life around a show like GH which totally doesn’t care about fan reaction? Just so I can rush home and watch a commercial about toothpaste??? Memo to you…I buy some already…don’t need a commercial to tell me to get it. I really think people like you have killed the soaps…your insane.

    • Debbie

      You can watch the shows online now. There are fewer commercials than when you watch them on television. Just google them and the opportunity to watch the episodes are there. They are a day delayed, but that’s not too bad if you want to see them.

  • jovigirlem

    Too bad CBS/ABC didn’t realize what they were getting into when they cancelled people’s afternoons. Most people who watch these shows have been doing so for several years, and now they will learn how to go online to get their “fix”. stupid CBS/Proctor Gamble for not doing this with ATWT and GL. Most fans still miss those shows!! love live Springfield and Oakdale.

    • AC

      Second this! Let’s bring back Oakdale. I miss everyone.

    • Debbie

      Don’t forget “Another World”. I miss that show.

      • grandma

        Did I understand that we have to have internet ready tv’s to watch One Life to Live and etc.Or is there an online address we can go to anytime.They need to make it clear for us.I want buy another tv and I am saddened that they took my favorite shows and put two shows on that I will never watch.I hate cooking shows,never watch them and never will.

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