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

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.

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  1. vinny says:

    Thank you so much for continuing All My Children I have been looking at it for 31 years. I will watch it on the computer everyday.Thank you thank you

  2. Carma says:

    So happy my shows will live on!

  3. Carma says:

    So HAPPY, Thanks for saving the soaps

  4. Tom says:

    Why don’t they put them on Soapnet cable station? The commercials will bring in good money for them to afford the cost and make a profit as well.

  5. bill keef says:

    How can I find out how my wife can view the new soaps ONLINE via her computer and send the video to our TV wirelessly?? I haven’t been able to find any info on this subject and she can NOT set more than a few minutes at her computer at any given time!!

  6. Cami says:

    yes i want to continue watching one life to live and i want this stream running in the event general hospital has to go there as well. you guys are forcing us to watch reality tv that is in it self scripted. leave my shows on please or put them on the internet. do not back out please.

  7. LindaA says:

    I think ABC is CRAZY for putting anothe food show and lifestyle show in the place of these two soaps. I’ve been watching AMC since my daughter was born in 1970…I will not watch these afternoon replacements. Rachel Ray is enough. I’ll be watching the Talk on CBS…big mistake ABC

  8. margo says:

    how do we no what site 2 go 2 on sept 26th because i won’t b watching abc til 3 when gh comes on i think oprah should pick up the soaps on her network i am so hurt i don’t want 2 c another cooking show or talk show Brian Frons should b fired 4 this

  9. B says:

    The reality shows that are out there do not hold a candle to oltl and amc When they took Another World off the air I cried for weeks and I still miss it so much I look forward every day to watch these programs I was in Europe for a month and when I got home I watched every episode. I hope that they will really go online.

  10. stephanie says:

    Can’t believe we are only a week away from the end of AMC as we know it!! Don’t know how they will carryon the storylines they are ending and still have it be effective. Hope it works b/c I love AMC and OLTL. Never understood why they just didn’t carry them on on SoapNet! Isn’t that the name of the network???

  11. Deborah F says:

    I have been a fan of AMC since I was 25, living with Mom & Dad
    Mom has watched AMC from day 1 and I was “forced” to watch with her.
    I am now 54 YO and still watch. Erica Kane lives on !!

    • RAMONA VARGA says:

      I hear you…I am so glad that the show will be SOMEWHERE. I have been devestated since they announced the shows end, and literally cried. This past week has been awesome watching all the old timers from the original days.


  12. Terri says:

    I have been watching All My Childen for 36 years. It is very sad they are not on TV any more but I will watch the online episodes coming in January, 2012. I am very happy that All My Children will go on.

  13. sue says:

    I have been watching since i cant remember,I will do what i have to ,to be able to see these shows.the only reason i have a DVR is to record if i cant see them at there regular time.I just want to turn my tv on monday at 1:00 and see my shows,if not i am not watching ABC,till General Hospital comes on.Just give us are shows back1

  14. Tihi Watts says:

    Please continue with the excellent writing of AMC. This show is what, I, call Ole School….which was Good Clean Entertainment

  15. Mary says:

    I hope watching AMC on the internet will be free of charge. I cant afford to pay. Let me know thank you.

  16. Margaret Herlihy says:

    I had watched many soaps but watched All My Children since it started. I was very heart stricken when it went off. I would watch on line. When is it going to start? From a very happy fan. Margaret

  17. Bobbie says:

    I just read that our soaps will not be online. Prospect Park can’t get the backing they need to make it possible. I am so sad about this. Life goes on, but I will forever miss these great shows. I grew up watching them and will feel like I have lost a big part of my own family.

  18. Maggietish says:

    I truly hope the “suits” at ABC wake up and stop all this nonsense. How many talk shows can/does anyone want to watch. Talk all day long–ARE THEY SERIOUS? Hope they’ll be listening for the clicks as viewers change channels. This is a bad decision and they need to admit it. I’m glad to see AMC and OLTL have found a new home. The fact that ABC is still involved says quite a lot – like they’re not sure of the decision they’ve made perhaps. I work two jobs and I’m not lazy–I look forward to watching these shows just to get out of the every day pressure. I don’t/won’t apologize to anyone for that. OLTL is my favorite soap. If ABC does ocntinue with it’s plan to cancel it, I won’t watch anyting on ABC at all.

  19. Jeana butler says:

    Pleas bring back amc.. Miss the program so much,its like my family.. Loved so much by me ,and my family…