It's Official: All My Children and One Life to Live Will Live On, Online – But Will You Watch?

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Fans of All My Children and One Life to Live are used to characters being raised from the dead. So maybe it’s fitting that now, apparently, the cancelled soaps themselves are being miraculously resurrected.

Confirming a report that appeared in Thursday’s New York Post, ABC announced that AMC and OLTL‘s stories will continue — online — as part of a multi-year licensing deal with upstart media firm Prospect Park.

It remains unclear what, if any, changes would occur during the transition. For instance, would both ensembles remain intact? Would the budgets be slashed further? Rest assured, we’re digging for answers. In the meantime, vote in our poll here and then read below for the official ABC release.

BURBANK, CA – July 7, 2011 – ABC has licensed its iconic soaps, “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” to Prospect Park, it was announced today by Brian Frons, President, Daytime, Disney/ABC Television Group & Janice Marinelli, President, Disney/ABC Domestic Television and Rich Frank & Jeff Kwatinetz of Prospect Park.  The exclusive multi-year, multi-platform deal enables the soaps’ stories to continue beyond their finale dates on ABC.  ABC will broadcast its final episode of “All My Children” on Friday, September 23rd and will air the final episode of “One Life to Live” in January, 2012.

The licensing agreement, brokered by Disney/ABC Domestic Television Group, enables Prospect Park to continue production of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” beyond their life on ABC. Prospect Park will produce and deliver the two long-running programs to consumers via online formats and additional emerging platforms including internet enabled television sets. Under the terms of the arrangement, the programs will continue to be delivered with the same quality and in the same format and length.  Additional details of the new productions and tune-in will be forthcoming from Prospect Park.

“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,” said Frank and Kwatinetz. “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 wherever 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. 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.”

“’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,” said Frons. “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 mantel for these shows and that they will continue for the fans.”

Marinelli continued, “From the time the shift in the daytime strategy was announced, our hope was to find a new home for these treasured shows.   We are thrilled to license them to Prospect Park so the stories of life in Pine Valley and Llanview can continue to be told for the passionate and loyal fans that enjoy watching each day.”

“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,” added Agnes Nixon, creator of both “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.”  “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.”

Prospect Park is a media and production company founded in 2009 by entertainment industry veterans Jeffrey Kwatinetz and former Disney Studios head Rich Frank. Along with successful film and music divisions, the company’s television group has numerous shows in development and breakout network hits airing, including “Royal Pains” and “Wilfred.”

In April, ABC announced that it was expanding the focus of its daytime lineup to include more programming that is informative and authentic and centers on transformation, food and lifestyle.  “The Chew,” an innovative and groundbreaking daily talk show that celebrates and explores life through food, will premiere on September 26th.  “The Revolution,” a daily show about health and lifestyle transformations, will replace “One Life to Live” in January 2012.

“All My Children” has revolved around the lives of the residents of fictional Pine Valley, a town which closely resembles the Philadelphia Main Line.  “All My Children” took home the 1998 Emmy-award for Outstanding Drama Series, the third time the show received this top honor, having also garnered the award in 1994 and 1992. “All My Children” has received more than 30 Emmy Awards and consistently distinguishes itself in the field of daytime drama. The show has historically been committed to and is often the first to tackle social issues, focusing on such topics as AIDS, abortion, cochlear implants, teenage alcoholism, racial bias, acquaintance rape, spousal abuse, homosexuality, Reyes syndrome, Vietnam MIAs, drug abuse, the risks of motherhood over 40, safe sex, pet therapy and organ donations, among others.  The show made television history airing daytime television’s first same-sex kiss between two lesbian characters as well as daytime television’s first same sex wedding between two women.  The show was the first to chronicle the coming out story of a transgender woman and to cast a real life Iraq war vet whose story reflected his real life experiences and injuries incurred in combat.

“All My Children” premiered on the ABC Television Network on January 5, 1970, as a half-hour show; seven years later it expanded to an hour. Julie Hanan Carruthers is executive producer.

Also created by Agnes Nixon, the Emmy Award-Winning “One Live to Live” is set in the fictional town of Llanview, which is modeled on a Philadelphia suburb. “One Life to Live” debuted on The ABC Television Network July 15, 1968 as a half hour show.  Ten years later, it grew to a full hour in 1978.

“One Life to Live” has been lauded for its groundbreaking exploration of social issues, diverse canvas, award-winning performances and innovative storylines. Along with the history-making week of live shows in May 2002, “One Life to Live” is responsible for many “firsts” in Daytime television, including stories of interracial romance, illiteracy, medical misdiagnosis, racial prejudice, gang violence and teen pregnancy. The show received mass critical acclaim for its 1992 homophobia storyline, which captured national headlines when it introduced the character of a gay teen (played by then unknown Ryan Phillippe) and culminated with the emotional display of the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. “One Life to Live” was honored by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) with the Outstanding Daytime Drama Award  in 1993, and again in 2005 and 2010.

In 2002, the show won its first-ever Daytime Emmy Award in the Outstanding Drama Series category, and was nominated again in 2007 and 2008. Created by Agnes Nixon, “One Life to Live” debuted on July 15, 1968 and marked its 10,000th episode on August 17, 2007. Frank Valentini executive-produces.

Ken Ziffren of Ziffren Brittenham advised Prospect Park on the deal and the company is represented by Skip Paul at Centerview Partners LLC.




Comments (112)

  • Wow. Absolutely wow.

    Comment by Matt – July 7, 2011 11:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • lol Matt, I was all set to post “Wow. Just wow”, then I saw your post.

      Comment by april-ann – July 7, 2011 11:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Ditto

      Comment by Deb – July 7, 2011 05:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Christmas came early. I was just sick when I heard ABC canceled by soaps. I work all day, so I DVR them. The only reason I have a DVR is just so I can see my soaps when I get home. It is the only television I watch. I have cable, so last thing I need from ABC is another Food Network channel. Man, what a suicide attempt on ABC’s part. I have no other reason forever watching them again.

      Comment by Barb – July 18, 2011 05:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I am ecstatic! I’m moving to another state in 2012 and leaving my friends PLUS my soap friends was going to be SO sad! Thank you to the powers that be!

      Comment by Debbie – August 8, 2011 10:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Well, that is really kind of a selfish remark you made. thank you to the powers that be? Really? I, myself am devastated about all of this. I have watched these shows since I was a teenager in the 1960′s, and I feel like I am losing my best friends. I just think that you were insensitive to say this.

        Comment by Bobbie – December 8, 2011 05:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • well i won’t be watching the two new shows replacing those soaps. there are already too many stupid talk shows on tv. won’t be seeing any of their commercials either! how stupid is it that they are replacing those shows that have been popular for fourty years with two stupid shows that already will have more competition for viewers. talk shows and reality shows are the most stupid crap on tv. and abc is stupid for changing. now there will be nothing to watch on tv except talk shows and i won’t!!!

      Comment by retta – August 25, 2011 02:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I think we have enough talk shows and why should they take a show that millions of people watch everyday off the air for a damn food show it is not like we do not have enough food shows on the air come on now this is sick and this station will loose ALOT of viewers due to their own ______ up!!!!!!

        Comment by Judy Phillips – September 22, 2011 01:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • we are glad that prosprct park brought backall my children and one life to live and brian frons should get the ax for what he did to our soap operas and no we will not watch the chew ax that show the chew john and howard caylor and loyal fans

      Comment by howard and john caylor – September 25, 2011 10:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Fron has made a BIG mistake canceling these two shows plus Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters. I hope he gets FIRED.

      Comment by Diana – September 26, 2011 12:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • yes thank you abc. my mother and i watched oltl for years together for years. she passed away and i keep watching so when they said they was going to take it off the air it broke my heart.its hard to explain.but its very inportain to me its more then just a show its.alot of the people on the show i grew up watching them. so thank you very very much and i will watch

      Comment by barbara – November 28, 2011 12:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Now they can receive an even smaller audience!

    Comment by scorpo – July 7, 2011 11:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • As I’m sure most of the actors would agree, a small, appreciative audience is better than no audience at all.

      Comment by Laurie – July 7, 2011 11:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • A) Beats no audience at all, and B) the daytime audience is only gonna get smaller and smaller, while internet viewership rises very quickly.

      Comment by John – July 7, 2011 12:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • all I have to say is..woo-hoo!!!!!!

    Comment by Mel – July 7, 2011 11:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You may say Whoo HOOO but it is not your show you need to get a life and get off the message board because this topic has nothing to do with you.

      Comment by Judy Phillips – September 22, 2011 01:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Totally turning cartwheels right now! I’m so happy!

    Comment by Chinita – July 7, 2011 11:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think it’s a great idea. With Soapnet folding its tent up soon, there will be more opportunites to grow the idea. How long before my beloved GH is on there?

    I wonder if they get the archive as well? Imagine being able to cherrypick episodes/arcs of you favs for the last 40 yrs?

    Comment by Ed Marrow – July 7, 2011 11:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • My thoughts too. Perhaps they won’t even wait for the Ax of Death before they just move it there.

      Comment by Amy – July 7, 2011 11:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Better to see them online than never see them again. As stated in the article, AMC and OLTL are referred to as 2 of the most famous TV shows and are Iconic. I for one am thrilled that I will be able to continue watching OLTL that I have watched since it’s inception. My question would be though, if these shows are 2 of the most famous and so Iconic, why are they being taken off in the first place only to be replaced with cooking shows? People can watch cooking shows all day and night on different channels if they choose. And by the way the name “The Chew” is a total turn off!!!

      Comment by JK Mason – July 7, 2011 02:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I just read that they aren’t going to be able to save OLTL and All My Children because they don’t have enough backing to do so. I am so so sad. Just a few more weeks and theses great people I grew up watching, who have become the highlight of my day, are going to be gone forever. This will change a lot of people and their entire life. I don’t know how long it will take to get over losing these two great shows, but for me, it will feel like a death in the family. I will mourn them for a long time.

        Comment by Bobbie – December 8, 2011 05:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “Television” is obviously in for some big changes. It will be interesting to see what kinds of changes. Will these soaps be able to go with edgier, riskier story lines if they don’t have daytime censors to contend with? Will these two still qualify for daytime Emmys? Or is this going to be a whole new category. I really hope the writers, producers and actors take advantage of this opportunity and really make the shows great again.

    Comment by Laurie – July 7, 2011 11:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • In a few years, none of them will qualify for Daytime Emmys unless they adapt to the times.

      Comment by Captain – July 7, 2011 12:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Good thing Susan Lucci got her pity Emmy when she did.

        Comment by Diana – September 26, 2011 12:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ok. Well. That’s really weird. Hope it works out.

    Comment by Cy – July 7, 2011 11:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • That’s incredible! Thrilled for their fans! Gives me hope that GH can be saved if need be!

    Comment by Michelle – July 7, 2011 11:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am so excited that All My Children will continue that I am willing to go out and buy an internet enabled TV!!!!

    Comment by babs – July 7, 2011 11:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Already arranged to get a Wii hooked up to the tv. That should work to stream internet! Best tv news I can remember.

      Comment by Sue – July 7, 2011 11:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is nuts! the soaps have already gone in directions they would not have taken had they not been closing down.

    Would the ever have killed GIGI off like this? NO?
    The whole Jessica/Brody/Nat/John thing…
    The OLD/NEW Todd and Marty and her dead / undead husband…

    This is a joke right????

    Comment by Claire – July 7, 2011 11:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think Gigi’s death was already in the cards before the cancellation was announced. I don’t even think the Patrick/Marty thing was thrown in because of it. They haven’t done anything yet because of cancellation. The stuff that’s airing was already written when that announcement was made I believe.

      Comment by Mike – July 7, 2011 11:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • OLTL killed off Vicki’s sister Meredith, the show’s ingenue; Vicki’s husband Joe Riley; Their friend Vinnie Wolek; Bo’s wife Didi… The writers have never hesitated to kill off characters for what they hope is a potentially good story that shakes things up.

      Comment by wasabi – July 7, 2011 01:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I totally agree with you. Becase of this things have chnged drastically.

      Comment by Wilhelmina DuBoise – September 15, 2011 07:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m skeptical of how long they’ll be able to keep this up. It has been said that the reason the shows were cancelled in the first place was because of declining ratings in combination with the fact that they’re very expensive to produce. Well they’re going to have even fewer viewers online. People who still live in the dark ages may never even know that they’ve moved to online. And they’re still going to be extremely expensive to produce. I’ve never even heard of this company. If ABC doesn’t want to pay to produce them anymore, how long do you think this company will? They’ll limp them along until they establish whatever it is they’re trying to establish and then they’ll let them go as well. The actors would have a better future if they just ended their careers with these soaps when ABC does and look for regular gigs elsewhere. That’s just my opinion, and coming from someone who has watched both of these soaps for 20 years.

    Comment by Jessica – July 7, 2011 11:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ‘One Life to Live’ to be saved by Prospect Park

    Comment by nickp – July 7, 2011 11:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is kind of like every time a person on a soap opera was dead for like three years and then suddenly returned. Amazing!

    Comment by Mike – July 7, 2011 11:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Interesting development. I wonder if it’ll work? OLTL has been paring down its cast, getting rid of veterans early and bringing on inexpensive newcomers. Wonder if they knew going online was a possibility and have been making budget cuts to make it possible?

    Comment by Sivat – July 7, 2011 11:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The word licensed is being used. Does that mean if the ABC replacement shows tank, ABC can put AMC and OLTL back on their roster?

    Comment by soapscope – July 7, 2011 11:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That’s a good question! Seriously, I’m not getting excited about this yet. It seems impossible to think they can keep BOTH shows and BOTH casts at the same level and do it for the web. Nope, nope, and nope.

      Comment by magreeda – July 7, 2011 11:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Sounds like it.

      Comment by ThePit – July 7, 2011 12:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So happy!!! Made my day!

    Comment by amy – July 7, 2011 11:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If the reason they are canceling soaps are because of the costs, how will switching to an online format make them more profitable?

    Comment by Keren – July 7, 2011 11:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m just hoping those of us in Canada will be able to view them online. If any series are not carried on a Canadian affiliate, we are unable to watch the version from the American networks. (When GH had nightshift on abc.com, those of us in Canada were unable to watch).

    Comment by Darlene – July 7, 2011 11:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • As a Canadian, I just hope they don’t region-block us on that website. Night Shift was eventually made available on DVD, so I’m hoping AMC and OLTL are available on iTunes for anyone willing to pay to watch their soaps.

      Comment by Sivat – July 7, 2011 12:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I do not think Canadians will be able to get them on line,i Tunes already blocks a lot of shows to Canadians so I don’t think this would be any different.
        I also think that soaps belong on TV not on line.

        Comment by carol – July 8, 2011 09:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • My mother has been watching OLTL continuously since it began in 1968, and she’s pretty excited about this development. She’ll be watching.

    Comment by Ellen – July 7, 2011 11:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Unfortunately, this isn’t going to work. As pointed out before, the cost to produce these shows was too expensive for ABC so there’s no way this is going to be able to last. Prospect Park (who no one had heard of before) is trying to make a name for themselves just like DirecTV did when it acquired Passions. My fear is that because of this new development, they won’t be able to do a proper send off for these 2 shows. I would rather them go out now in style than to limp along and be cancelled in another year.

    Comment by RD – July 7, 2011 11:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Cost structure is completely different for the web than it is for TV. For better or worse for those involved, the shows would likely become non-union for the crew, and the current talent union they work with will have to make a new overall deal. Could this mean casting changes? Yeah, but that is business as usual for soaps, which continue to evolve and change when it comes to the cast. I just hope OLTL doesn’t lose Erika, I can’t picture the show without her.

      Comment by The Pit – July 7, 2011 12:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I tend to agree with you, RD, but I never thought I’d see this actually come to pass, so I’m fascinated by this development. We’ll see how long it lasts, but let’s celebrate whatever extra we get! :-)

      Comment by TV Gord – July 7, 2011 12:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Yes, lets be thankful for anything we can get concerning our soaps.

        Comment by Paula – July 7, 2011 01:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I totally agree. It would be better to give them a proper finale on daytime television, where they’ve always been watched.

      Comment by Carrie – July 7, 2011 12:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • My euphoria is short lived. I feel this is a way for ABC to deflect attention on the fact that they were the ones to cancel these shows in the first place. I now people who work on web shows and there is no way that anyone can make a living working on these shows alone – it is economically impossible. Look at the popular web series out there now – they are done by actors/creators who already have a lot of money (Lisa Kudrow) or people who do it as a side job (meaning they have a primary job to support them). I think what we’re going to see is a very revamped version of what we are currently seeing. And what about the storylines that they are currently trying to wrap up? The only reason many of the popular characters returned to begin with (i.e. Todd, Zach, Dixie) was to end the shows on a high note. Those people are not going to stay. This is a complete mess and it wouldn’t surprise me that in 6 months these shows get cancelled again but this time abruptly with no complete end.

      Comment by paul – July 7, 2011 01:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I also feel that we’re now going to be paying to see these shows just like HuluPlus did via internet tv. This is not good.

    Comment by karen – July 7, 2011 12:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is a good thing for us…even if only that we have momentum on our side now. This is just the first step, we will continue fighting to get these shows on television and/or in various formats so everyone can watch them. :)

    Comment by CTwildheart – July 7, 2011 12:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This sounds a little too good to be true. I have a feeling they’ll lose a lot of popular actors and will have to ditch some storylines completely. I don’t see how they could possibly pay all of the actors the same amount they’re making right now or give them enough incentive to stick around for a web series. I hope AMC will still get the same big send off they were planning for September. A lot of viewers probably won’t bother to continue to watch the show online.

    Comment by Carrie – July 7, 2011 12:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I know seveal older fans without computers so they will still miss their shows. I’m sure there are many others (older adults) in the same situation.

    Comment by Donna – July 7, 2011 12:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • But will it have a “finale” on ABC or just continue on the new format the following Monday as if nothing happened?

    Comment by Kate – July 7, 2011 12:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Will they be available in Canada?

    Comment by Chantal – July 7, 2011 12:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • (phone rings)
    Yes Mom, I heard…Yeah they can do that now…No, I can’t talk Dad through setting up the computer for you…I’ll book a flight

    Comment by billk – July 7, 2011 01:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m happy for the fans and all, but I think, if this works out, I’m going to be bitter forever that As the World Turns and Guiding Light didn’t receive similar reprieves.

    Comment by riga – July 7, 2011 01:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I was thinking the same thing. I was always a CBS soap gal and wished badly for news like this a year ago!

      Comment by Terri – July 7, 2011 01:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yay! I am happy about this because some storylines I have been enjoying have just recently been picking up. Though, some of the returns I read about have me with mixed feelings. Which stories will be continued? Which won’t be? I guess we shall soon see!

    Comment by Stefanie – July 7, 2011 01:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • this is an interesting development. i would be excited…..but it’s yet to be seen if it will work out. I am hoping

    Comment by lipsticksocialism – July 7, 2011 01:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Count me as a happier viewer.

    People are so sexist and ageist with soaps. First of all soap fans are just like Scifi and Sports fans… only different is that a larger majority is made up of women so therefore people dismiss those fans. Second – just because my mom got me hooked on All My Children doesn’t mean that the genre doesn’t have younger viewers who are in the 18-35 demo. It’s just that I’m not a Nielsen family.

    Daytime took serial storytelling from radio to TV and now to the web. And not only are jobs saved but if this works Hollywood can no longer LIE to the media unions that the Web isn’t a moneymaking venture.

    As the release says media is being consumed in many different forms. And despite what the Washington Post piece said this morning on this development fans are already watching and talking about their favorite stories online…. so don’t go saying that the only people watching soaps are my grandparents age.

    I would take AMC and OLTL over reality TV CRAP any day of the week!

    Comment by Michele – July 7, 2011 02:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I concur with you on every point you made. For some reason, advertisers and networks think that just because you are a certain age we stop shopping. We don’t. I still enjoy buying all kinds of goodies. And they better realize that we are also computer savvy. We will go elsewhere and watch what we like.

      Comment by Hen – July 7, 2011 02:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • YES!!

    Comment by danielle concaugh – July 7, 2011 03:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh, I would watch, definitely. I pretty much only watch OLTL online right now anyway. I wait for the eps to get posted at 9 PM every night and then watch it at work, because I get bored and I can’t wait until I get home to see what’s happened. I would do the same with AMC, but I’m a little behind on it, about a month, so I’m still catching up on DVR.

    I am wondering a few things. Will ABC be airing the eps or another website? Are they still planning on keeping the soaps in their back pocket to air on TV if the new shows fail? Will there be a charge to watch online? That might affect my viewing. Can something like this even be successful? I do fear they will lost a good portion of their audience, the I-don’t-know-how-to-use-a-computer older generation and the I-can’t-afford-internet-right-now poor generation. Of which I am very nearly a part.

    Other factors to think about besides losing some of their audience are–how would they get new fans? Advertising online is a much different animal than advertising through TV commercials, and it would be pretty hard to reach a broad spectrum of people to advertise their show if they’re only advertising on their website.

    And what about budgets? I foresee some major budget slashing here, and that would greatly affect quality. Nobody is going to get paid as much to do shows online as they would to do them on TV. Would it have to be all new casts and all new writers to save the money they need to save?

    Without lengthy commercial breaks, what will the time frame of the shows be like? I foresee half hour eps here, because that would be another way for them to save money.

    Lastly I do wonder about the censorship issue and how the lack of TV censors will affect things. I don’t really consider myself to be a prude, but there’s a good reason I don’t go surfing for porn on the internet. I have no wish to see it, and it is completely uninteresting and gross to me. So the last thing I want to see in my soaps are scenes that could be considered porn. Again, I’m no prude, I watch shows like Deadwood and Weeds. But I just worry with the potential of a lack of quality from underfunding and a lack of TV censors, online soaps are going to turn into internet porn after awhile.

    Comment by Amber – July 7, 2011 03:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Can you honestly see soap stars turning into porn stars. That is a stretch.

      Comment by Sondra – July 7, 2011 11:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yaeeey! I never watched anything other than CBS soaps till they were gone. Finally Reva Shane brought me to OLTL and then I migrated to the others. Miss Reva but happy to be able to keep going with my new ones!!

    Comment by Guiding light is better Bi$@hes! – July 7, 2011 03:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What happen to GiGi on OLTL. I was almost sure they were not going to take her off and save Clint. I just knew that she was going to pull through…. WoW! what a disappointment.

    Comment by 5683Soaps – July 7, 2011 04:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Gigi is alive. She never died in that room. Her sister, Stacy did. Stacy had surgery to look like Gigi and went to Llanview the day her and Rex were suppose to get married. She ended up in the room with the carbon monoxide in it and it was stacy who died, and not Gigi. It’s all coming out now.

      Comment by Bobbie – December 8, 2011 05:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yay – now the morons, the deadbeats (i.e. unemployed), and the obese will have something to watch! Will be interesting to see how many of these people actually know how to turn on a computer, let alone have high-speed access. My prediction: the online audience for these shows will be about 1% of what it was on ABC, and the shows be gone within the year.

    Comment by Miffy – July 7, 2011 06:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • you are just a very mean person, aren’t you? yes you are.

      Comment by retta – August 25, 2011 02:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • What a mean thing to say. People are home for many different reasons, and you are the moron. Keep your nasty opinions to your nasty self!!

      Comment by Bobbie – December 8, 2011 05:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Some other people touched on another big concern I have. Many people are coming back to wrap up storylines in the best way possible. So what’s going to happen when these go to the web…those actors aren’t going to stay, so it’s going to screw up the storylines and the shows will end up ending in a year or so on a sour note instead of instyle. This seems more like a bad idea than a good idea. And I don’t want anything to change to what’s happening on the TV just because now they’re going to move to the web instead of be cancelled. For example, I want Zendall to have their happy ending. My only hope is that since Marty left OLTL, maybe Zach will stay on AMC since they’re not being pulled in 2 different directions now. But my point is, I want to see the happy endings. I don’t want to see everything screwed up for an online deal that will probably not last.

    Comment by Jessica – July 7, 2011 06:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Very happy news. I will definitely watch OLTL online. I hope this will be in a format that I can watch the video on my iphone like I can Netflix. Then I can catch up on OLTL while working out.

    Comment by Jenny – July 7, 2011 06:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am so thrilled AMC has been saved and also happy for fans of OLTL. My brother lives out of the country and downloads everything he watches from internet to his television. He keeps telling me I need to connect my computer to my tv, that this is the way of the future. So I’m going to see about how to go about doing this. By the way I’m a senior who is 68 years old. So don’t count us out:)

    Comment by Sondra – July 7, 2011 07:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I Love AMC and all ready watch it some times on my iPad. So happy to hear it will continue. Whoop

    Comment by Myrna Clark – July 7, 2011 07:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m so glad amc will be on line….do we have to pay for this?
    if so, how much….

    Comment by darcy – July 7, 2011 08:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This news made my day. I just hope these soaps will be able to survive on-line. I don’t want to be disappointed again. I will watch AMC wherever it airs. I have been hookded since I was a child. I am now 48 and love it more than ever. I hope ABC realizes what a mistake it made. AMC and OLTL fans are alive and well.

    Comment by Mari – July 7, 2011 09:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Who cares? Soap Operas are for fat lazy women anyway. Maybe without the soaps they’ll walk around the block a couple times.

    Comment by UDTSealCap – July 8, 2011 12:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • maybe you should walk aroung the block and keep on going. women of all sizes watch soaps and some even have jobs! imagine that! take a long walk!

      Comment by retta – August 25, 2011 02:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What is the matter with all these nay sayers?? I have watched AMC forever and used to watch One Life–”they can’t afford this, they can’t afford that”! Why don’t all you skeptics just shut up and if you don’t agree, let us, the true fans be happy that the shows aregoing to continue! I for one, am extremely happy about this, and as for some who do not watch soaps; they will continue not to watch, so what is the problem?? It’s all a matter of taste; I would never watch talk or talent shows; they are not my thing, but I don’t begrudge people who do, so leave our soaps alone; they’re none of your business! GO PROSPECT PARK AND THANKS!!

    Comment by Sylvia – July 8, 2011 11:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • There is no way you are going to see Susan Lucci…or many of the show’s actors…migrate over to a web series where they will be paid substantially lower salaries. Can you live with a recast Erica, or a recast Tad? The show will look VERY different from what we watch now.

    Comment by David – July 8, 2011 07:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I am sure my friend can live with it sometimes change is good as long as the stories are the same

      Comment by cathy brogna – July 28, 2011 07:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am so thrilled to hear that my beloved soaps of 40 yrs. will live on. I already pay for cable and the internet so if they can be picked up why not watch them. Great news and I can’t wait…Yes, this is great news, PLEASE let this happen so all can watch them.

    Comment by Gigi McKnight – July 9, 2011 04:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • a friend of mine has been watching all my children for years I have talked her into buying a laptop so she can continue watching her favorite show….

      Comment by cathy brogna – July 28, 2011 07:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m so happy that they are going to try and keep the shows going..Even if it’s only online. My mom watched them growing up with her grandmother and I watched them as a little girl with her, and we are still watching them together now. I’m 22 and she is 46.. LONG TIME!!
    I really hope they don’t try to change the storylines and the shows in gereral due to budget cuts.. Hey maybe they will get so many viewers online watching that they will be forced to bring it BACK ON THE AIR!! FINGERS CROSSED!!

    Comment by Aubrey – July 10, 2011 09:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What about your loyal watchers that are 70 or even in their 80′s that have watched these shows since they began most of them dont even own a computer. I think it is sad that abc is taking this away from them

    Comment by beverly – July 11, 2011 04:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m willing to give it a try watching the soaps online,that is if I can get my computer to play them.I’m afraid that their putting us all on such high hope only to get our spirits dashed,where they’ll pull the rug out from under us again.I already heard that they didn’t know which,actors that they would keep and some of them already had plans to go on somewhere else,if we lose some of the talented actors-we may not have any soaps worth watching.I hope that it will be better than it sounds.

    Comment by Sue Johnson – July 15, 2011 11:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think that instead of complaining we should all just be so thankful that we have received such a blessing. I am only a teenager and hope to watch these soaps for many more years to come. just keep your faith up and be thankful for the 2nd chance AMC and OLTL have been given.will watch online :)

    Comment by H.Miller – July 17, 2011 12:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • i,ve watched all my children,from the day it started.when i knew,the last one,was the one,i was watching,i cryed,so much.ten i saw,prospect park,was taking them,on line.i,m so excited,for it to start again.wow,i,m really happy.thankyou prospect park

      Comment by joyce bourne – December 20, 2011 11:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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