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Tuesday
Mar122013

"One Life to Live," "All My Children" Return with Online Episodes

Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The wait is almost over for soap fans. The highly-anticipated return of two long-running ABC daytime dramas, All My Children and One Life to Live, will take place on April 29 when new episodes of the shows debut online, courtesy of The Online Network.

Fans will be able to get the latest 30-minute episodes via the free service Hulu.com and on Hulu Plus for those with connected TVs, and various mobile devices.  In addition, the iTunes store will offer both series via iPhone, iPod Touch, Apple TV and Mac and PC.

Agnes Nixon, the Emmy award-winning creative consultant for both programs, said on Monday, “I am so pleased that our dream of bringing these two series back to life is coming to fruition.”

She went on to thank the fans, saying, “We wouldn’t be here without you.”

One Life to Live and All My Children are both being filmed in Stamford, Conn.

All My Children said goodbye to ABC after 41 years in September of 2011.  One Life to Live ended its 43-year run on the network in January 2012.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Jan082013

Revival of "All My Children," "One Life to Live" Officially Announced

Hemera/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- One Life to Live will live again, and so will All My Children.

The two soap operas, which signed off from ABC in the past year and a half, will be re-launched on the Internet by a company called Prospect Park, according to The Hollywood Reporter.  An official announcement was made Monday.

Production on both series will begin next month.  They will stream on Prospect Park's The Online Network, though premiere dates for the shows have yet to be announced.

Agnes Nixon, who created One Life to Live and All My Children, will serve as a consultant on the re-launched versions.

The cast for both shows have yet to be formed.  However, All My Children's Vincent Irizarry has announced he will reprise his role of Dr. David Hayward.

Initially, Prospect Park licensed both soaps from ABC in 2011 with the intention of reviving them online the following year, but those plans never came to fruition.

All My Children said goodbye to ABC after 41 years in September of 2011.  One Life to Live ended its 43-year run on the network last January.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Friday
Jan132012

ABC's 'One Life to Live' Ends 43-Year Run on Friday

JPI Studios/ABC, Inc.(NEW YORK) -- One Life to Live will come to an end on Friday.  After 43 years, the ABC daytime soap that chronicled the lives of the fictional Buchanan, Lord and Cramer families in Llanview, Pa., will air its final episode.

One Life to Live premiered on July 15, 1968.  The series finale will take a look back at the moments that have defined the soap through the years.

Longtime One Life to Live star Erika Slezak, who plays the heir to the Lord publishing fortune, Viki Lord Banks, says it will be sad for both her and the show's fans to say goodbye.

She says, "I think that the core audience is still very strong, and they're going to miss us terribly because they looked forward to that hour or that two-hour or that three-hour stretch every day."

Slezak will reflect on the soap's run as a guest co-host on ABC's The View Friday morning.

The final episode of One Life to Live airs at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time.  The new lifestyle program The Revolution will fill the One Life to Live time slot beginning Monday.

One Life to Live is the second ABC soap in five months to leave the air.  All My Children signed off in September after 41 years.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Jan102012

Tim Gunn, Ty Pennington: 'The Revolution' Not Trying to Replace ABC Soap

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(PASADENA, Calif.) -- The final episode of the long-running ABC soap opera One Life to Live airs this Friday. It will be replaced by the new lifestyle program The Revolution -- a change that has upset many One Life to Live fans.

Two of the hosts of The Revolution, Tim Gunn and Ty Pennington, urge viewers of One Life to Live to give their own show a try when it premieres next week. At the TV critics winter press tour in Pasadena, Calif., on Monday, they both said they're not replacing the daytime soap; they're just offering something different. Pennington said, "You guys know about Extreme Makeover, you know, that show got cancelled too. And that's something that's very, very special to me. But, you know, it's about change. And The Revolution is certainly about change."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Sep072011

Susan Lucci Rejects Offer to Star in Online Version of 'All My Children'

Angela Weiss/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- It appears that Susan Lucci will not extend her run on All My Children when it moves to the Internet.

Deadline.com reports the veteran soap star, who has played Erica Kane on All My Children for more than four decades, sought a pay increase, a lighter work schedule and a commitment for a primetime series.  Prospect Park, which is licensing All My Children and One Life to Live from ABC and will distribute both shows online when they conclude their network runs, had offered Lucci a similar salary to what she is making now.

News of Lucci's rejection of Prospect Park's offer comes amid a report that she criticizes the head of ABC daytime programming in the paperback edition of her memoir for canceling her series.

Given the breakdown in negotiations, Deadline speculates that Prospect Park could focus more attention on One Life to Live than All My Children going forward.

All My Children leaves ABC later this month, while One Life to Live signs off from the network in January.

Deadline notes that Prospect Park has reached deals with four One Life to Live cast members: Michael Easton, Ted King, Kassie DePaiva and Erika Slezak.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Jul072011

Popular Soap Operas Leave TV for Online

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Staff/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The soon-to-be retired daytime entertainment shows One Life to Live, launched in 1968, and All My Children, launched two years later, will migrate to the web.

After a near 40 year run in broadcast, the two popular long-running soaps are scheduled to go off the air in September after Disney’s ABC sold the online rights to the TV, film and music company Prospect Park, according to a statement from the network.

Prospect Park, founded in 2008, is headed by executives Rich Frank, a former Disney Studios boss, and Jeff Kwatinetz. Both are executive producers of USA Network's hit show, Royal Pains.

The daily shows will resume their notoriously dramatic storylines online where they left off on TV, on a new yet-to-be-named TV focused online network.

The company will feature the same cast, crew and talent, maintaining continuity by keeping up with the villainous character Erica Kane, as played by soap star Susan Lucci.

Prospect Park is finalizing its current round of funding for its Hulu-style venture in the next month to 45 days, the Post confirms. Other unnamed financial backers are involved.

The site will feature a host of brand-name TV shows, with the soaps first to kick off the new online venture.

ABC announced in April that the broadcast network was dropping the soaps -- much to the dismay of avid fans -- for much less expensive unscripted programs, The Chew and Revolution.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio´╗┐

Friday
Jun242011

'General Hospital' Actor: 'I Dare Them' to Cancel Us

ABC/Yolanda Perez(NEW YORK) -- Maurice Benard, who has played General Hospital's brooding, dangerous-yet-lovable Sonny Corinthos for 18 years says that if ABC gets rid of his soap, there's going to be a problem.

"If they cancel General Hospital, there are going to be riots because these people are loyal,” Benard told ABC News Radio this week. "They love this show,” he said. “So I dare them to try."

And while that may be nice for the show's fans to hear, it doesn't sound as if its staff and actors have been guaranteed anything. Benard said the last time he worked he was told, "'If the audience continues to watch, and our ratings are good, we will continue to be on. That's the bottom line...If we all do our jobs correctly and the audience continues -- because we have a very big following -- then we're going to be all right.”

ABC announced in April that it was canceling long-running soaps All My Children and One Life to Live.

Benard is currently touring comedy clubs while on break from General Hospital. "I'm not Richard Pryor,” he said, “but people laugh. I think people shed tears."

If you get to see his show, you may wind up on stage. "I have somebody come up and do a scene with me,” he said.

And those who attend Benard’s show will also get a chance to see the actor’s six-year-old son perform a Justin Bieber song.

He “steals the show,” Benard said.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Apr142011

'All My Children', 'One Life to Live' Going Off the Air 

(NEW YORK) -- Two of ABC's legendary soap operas will both have unhappy endings.  The network announced Thursday that iconic daytime dramas All My Children and One Life to Live are both going off the air.  All My Children will broadcast its last episode this September, while One Life to Live will say farewell this January. General Hospital will remain on the air.

In a statement, ABC executive Bryan Frons said, "All My Children and One Life to Live are iconic pieces of television that have made an indelible mark on our culture's history. Each of the shows has touched millions and millions of viewers and informed the social consciousness."  He added, "We thank the cast, crew, producers and most especially the fans for their commitment to the shows through their history."  ABC promises both shows will end "in a manner that honors viewers and shows' creative legacies."

In the place of the two departing soaps will come two new shows: The Chew, which focuses on food, and The Revolution, a health and lifestyle show.  Hosts for The Chew include Top Chef favorite Carla Hall and celebrity chefs Mario Batali and Michael Symon.  Hosts of The Revolution include Tim Gunn, American Idol alum Kimberly Locke and celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak.´╗┐

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