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All My Children, One Life to Live: ABC Cancelled Soaps Officially Saved

All My Children savedAs we reported earlier, Disney/ABC Domestic Television Group has made a deal with Prospect Park to continue production of All My Children and One Life to Live. Details are still forthcoming but viewers will be able to watch the long-running soaps online once they’ve completed their runs on ABC.

Here’s the official press release from ABC:

ABC LICENSES ITS ICONIC SOAPS “ALL MY CHILDREN” AND “ONE LIFE TO LIVE TO PROSPECT PARK EXCLUSIVE MULTI-YEAR, MULTI-PLATFORM DEAL ALLOW THE SOAPS’ STORIES TO CONTINUE BEYOND THEIR FINAL AIRDATES ON ABC

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.

What do you think? Are you glad to hear the soaps have been saved? Do you think this brings new hope for other cancelled shows or endangered soaps?

 

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Marsi August 20, 2011 at 1:09 pm

I am elated that these 2 soap will continue. I started watching All My Children the day it first aired, as I was home on maternity leave. I have followed it ever since. Picked up One life to Live a few years later and have been with that ever since.
What is the online site or cable channel that these will be on, anybody know?

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kelly August 9, 2011 at 8:32 am

What is you don`t have a computer. I have been watching these shows since 1970. My computer is broke down. I have to borrow people computers when I go into town. I live 2 hours from the nearest town.Please help me.

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shalon July 28, 2011 at 12:52 pm

I am glad that OLTL is staying, but what does that mean for Gigi? Does she stay dead?

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balogh July 28, 2011 at 8:04 am

Do not get rid of AMC. We have followed these shows for years and it really stinks that now only so called reality shows are what people want. No so.

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sean baney July 26, 2011 at 12:09 pm

do not get read of all my children or one life to live if you take these to soaps off tv then i will very very mad man i like watching these to soaps they need to stay on tv there will be a lot of unhappy fans so you need to save all my children and one life to live i

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Anonymous July 11, 2011 at 4:54 pm

I’m happy that the soaps are not getting cancelled but are they going to are them on soapnet as well.

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admin July 12, 2011 at 3:10 am

Anonymous » No. SoapNet is going away.

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Anonymous July 18, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Does anyone know why they would taake soapnet away?Please say it isn’t so…why are they taking all the soaps from us? Its makes no sense.
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admin July 19, 2011 at 3:29 am

Anonymous » Fewer people are watching them each year so they make less money. Simple economics.

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Robin July 9, 2011 at 1:26 pm

This all sounds very encouraging…. I just recentley started watching One Life to Live mainly because some of the actors from my favoriate soap, AS The World Turns, have joined the cast. With this in mind, could Prospect Park possibly pick up AS The World Turns as well? Any ATWT fans out there? What do you think?

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NC July 8, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Yeah! I’ll be sure to watch AMC and I’ll spread the word.

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Anonymous July 8, 2011 at 6:29 pm

GAIL-New York. I’m extremely happy that Prospect Psrk picked up AMC.
Life without Erica Kane and Pine Valley would not be the same. I look forward to watching that show every evening on my DVR box. The show must go on and now Susan Lucci and the wonderful cast of AMC has been given the chance to continue. Erica Kane will continue to reign in Pine Valley for many years to cone.

Thank you Prospect Park

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Karyn July 8, 2011 at 12:07 pm

I wonder if they’ll still be on Soapnet. If so, people could still record and watch them on TV. Anyone know?

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admin July 8, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Karyn » Soapnet is going away. At the beginning of the year I believe.

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Genise July 8, 2011 at 8:39 am

Yes, I will watch OLTL on line!!! I watch it everyday and if I miss it I catch it online. I just hate they have knocked off Gigi. This is awful she was a better part of the show and now they can not bring her back. I realize they were tying up lose ends and people were scrambling to find a new job, but this is awful and ashamed they can not back up time. However I will watch it online everyday. I am so glad it is saved and I do so hope this is true and it will go on forever, it gives me a nice break to the day.

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Vicki July 22, 2011 at 7:14 am

They could always bring GIGI back if they wanted to. Didn’t they just bring back Dixie on AMC. I’m pretty sure we actually saw her dead body last time they killed her off. In the world of soaps they can and will do just about anything. I would never accept it from a regular tv show, but on soaps it’s just another average alien invading, back from the dead, paternity test swapping, alternate personality, wake up in bed with the wrong person kind of day. Long live soap operas! Please!!!!!!!!

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Jeff July 7, 2011 at 5:14 pm

That is WAY too long an article to make a simple announcement. Geesh!

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Mike Fuschino July 7, 2011 at 2:20 pm

I am very happy to hear that ABC sold the rights of both All My Children and One Life To Live to Prospect Park for online viewing, which is better than permanent cancellation; however it is worth noting that this type of viewing is not as easy as watching shows on ABC and taping them via TiVo and watching anytime you like. You can still watch them online now as you would watch them on ABC online but it does tie up your computer, also it is worth noting that there may be a fee and subscription cost to viewing the soaps in this manner which I think many people will not be willing to do, and in that if that happens the soaps may still face a danger of cancellation. So it is worth noting all this and being cautiously happy about both shows finding a new home after their forceful drop from ABC, Brian Frons is still responsible for this cancellation and he is the one who is making it difficult for viewers at this time but still it’s better than cancellation, so my only perk here is the subscription fee that MAY be required to watch these shows after being picked up by Prospect Park. Keep in mind when NBC cancelled ‘Passions’ in 2007 Direct TV picked it up and viewers had the option of continuing to watch and subscribe to Direct TV, viewers may also remember that this save for ‘Passions’ was short lived after 1 year ‘Passions’ was cancelled by Direct TV. So lets hope for the best for All My Children and One Life To Live.

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dewey July 7, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Wait, what? These shows’ fan base is seniors…the least likely demographic to have access to online content…or to own internet-access TVs. Who’s going to watch these shows? Oy.

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Lorrie July 8, 2011 at 10:38 am

Sorry but we are not all seniors. Plus I will pay to watch my two shows if need be. I can’t say that for any other shows.

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Lorrie July 8, 2011 at 11:27 am

Alot of seniors are really good at the computer. My dad is 89 and he purchased his first computer at 85. He orders his medications, does his taxes, works with his stocks, reseaches for new recipes to cook, he does emails. etc. He spends alot of time on the computer. He is going to be watching Glenn Beck online now. I think the shows are going to do great on this new format.

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LLSinSCV July 7, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Hooray! This OLTL’er hope it’s true, hope that the stars and ensemble, the behind the scenes technical staff, the WRITERS … will continue on the legacy Agnes Nixon created 43yrs ago!

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