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All My Children, One Life to Live: ABC Soaps Shopped to Cable

One Life to LiveMany soap fans were happy to learn that Prospect Park had made a deal with ABC to continue cancelled soaps All My Children and One Life to Live online.

Though the production has company said that the shows would “continue to be delivered with the same quality and in the same format and length,” many in the industry doubted that it would be possible to do do this using an online-only model. Some fans expressed disappointment since not everyone has ready access to high-speed internet.

Now, word is that Prospect Park is shopping the soaps to cable channels as well. If a deal can be worked out, it’s expected that the episodes will air on traditional television after they’ve been released online, the opposite of how it’s usually done.

Deadline didn’t report which cable channels are being approached but teases that they are “both big-tent, general entertainment networks and female-centered nets.” The article notes that Prospect Park execs already have a relationship with USA Network.

Both soaps currently air on SoapNet but that will become Disney Junior early next year.

Discussions are still under way with the actor and crew unions to produce the web versions of the soap operas at a reduced cost.

All My Children leaves ABC on September 23rd and One Life to Live says goodbye to network television sometime in January.

What do you think? Would you wait to see the soaps on cable or watch them sooner online?

 

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judy August 7, 2011 at 9:58 am

please put them on cable so my 87-year-old mother can continue watching as she has since the first episode.

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Jess August 7, 2011 at 7:00 am

I would watch them online AND on TV-I don’t care how I watch them, as long as they are still available for me to watch and the stories continue. Watching them is my favorite part of my day.

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Deanna August 6, 2011 at 8:25 am

I would watch them online but do not have the ability plus I couldn’t record them. The only way I can watch them now is by recording them through my DVR. I have watched both soaps from the beginning and it feels like I will lose some of my family, like being in mourning.

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lilitubee August 6, 2011 at 7:03 am

I would prefer to see them on the big screen. Been watching
abc soaps for 30+ yrs and the eyes aren’t what they use to be. My computers are small and my tv’s aren’t internet ready.

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Anonymous August 5, 2011 at 11:43 pm

I would prefer to watch them on my tv but will watch online

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Lori D. August 5, 2011 at 10:33 pm

I would prefer to watch on television because myself and my daughters like to get together to watch OLTL

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Judith August 5, 2011 at 8:40 pm

I just want All My Children to continue. Whether the story appears on cable or online doesn’t matter to me, but I think it only fair for viewers who do not have internet access to see their favorite soap as well. Cable would allow all loyal fans to watch.

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jacqueline t. August 5, 2011 at 4:21 pm

either way just don’t go

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Lu Anne August 5, 2011 at 1:52 pm

I prefer cable but I will watch them either way

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Barbara August 5, 2011 at 11:02 am

I will watch them on cable

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Karen August 5, 2011 at 8:32 am

I wish something could have been done for the Guiding Light like this.

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susan berg August 5, 2011 at 4:13 am

I would watch on television depending on which characters they keep. I have been watching AMC for 40 years and OLTL for 15. I’m very sad to see these shows end. I have no need for ABC anymore.

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Lisa Fehn August 5, 2011 at 2:59 am

Either or I just do not want either of them gone…………

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Angela Astarita August 4, 2011 at 9:40 pm

I would perfur to watch it on tv. I have friends that watch it on tv they don’t have a computer.

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Joyce Fenner August 4, 2011 at 3:45 pm

I would watch them both on-line and cable TV.

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