The ABC soap was cancelled earlier this year and leaves the network on Friday, January 13th. Prospect Park is supposedly still trying to continue the series in an online form but it’s hard to know when or if that will actually come to fruition.
On New Year’s Day, SOAPnet is running a 14-hour marathon of OLTL episodes from the show’s history. Interestingly, the cable channel is also ending in 2012. It’ll close down in February and be replaced by Disney Junior, a channel for young children.
Here’s the SOAPnet press release with the times and details:
RING IN THE NEW YEAR AS “SOAPNET CELEBRATES ‘One Life To Live'” — FULL DAY OF CLASSIC EPISODES ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 1 FROM 10AM – 12AM ET/PT
Fourteen Classic Episodes Will Highlight Many of “One Life To Live’s” Most Iconic Characters and Moments – Featuring “One Life To Live” Alums Judith Light, Marcia Cross and Nathan Fillion
Old acquaintances will not be forgotten for “One Life To Live” (OLTL) fans on New Year’s Day as “SOAPnet Celebrates ‘One Life To Live'” with a 14-hour marathon, featuring classic episodes from the show’s 43-year history, airing , Sunday, January 1, from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. ET/PT. The marathon will feature memorable episodes including Tina going over the waterfall; the Buchanans in the Old West; an episode from history-making 2002 live week; and Judith Light’s mesmerizing performance as Karen Wolek admitting she was a prostitute on the witness stand. “One Life To Live” alumni Marcia Cross and Nathan Fillion will also be featured.
“OLTV” will become a part of television history when it ends its 43-year run on Friday, January 13. Created by Agnes Nixon, Emmy Award-winning “OLTV” is set in the fictional town of Llanview, which is modeled on a Philadelphia suburb. “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, “OLTV” is responsible for many “firsts” in Daytime television, including stories of interracial romance, illiteracy, medical misdiagnosis, racial prejudice, gang violence and teen pregnancy.
Sunday, January 1:
10AM – Episode #1979-2719 (original air date 3/6/79) – On the witness stand, Karen stuns everyone by admitting that she was a prostitute.
11AM – Episode #1987-4786 (original air date 3/9/87) – In Argentina, the boat Tina was on, goes over the waterfall. Distraught Cord takes out his anger on Max. Kate feels it’s her fault; Gabrielle tells Max that she can get along just fine without him.
12PM – Episode #1988-5077 (original air date 5/13/88) – The Buchanan clan goes back in time to the old west for Clint and Ginny’s wedding; Asa and Cord can’t figure out why pictures of Bo are missing.
1PM – Episode #1992-6035 (original air date 2/7/92) – Jake is devastated as Megan dies in his arms.
2PM – Episode #1993-6404 (original air date 7/15/93) – OLTL’s 25th Anniversary show – Viki and Dorian are locked together in a secret room; In the hospital, Tina sits by Cord’s bedside and reminisces about their history; Luna is adamant that Max is alive.
3PM – Episode #1994-6750 (original air date 11/28/94) – Viki leaves her wedding and walks in on Dorian’s affair with Joey; Powell holds Todd at gunpoint; David asks Tina to accept his proposal and secretly marry him.
4PM – Episode #1995-6996R (original air date 11/14/95) – Todd and Blair are married and celebrate with a private wedding reception; Marty and Patrick sleep together; Kelly asks Joey to help her lose her virginity.
5PM – Episode #1995-7012 (original air date 12/8/95) – Viki realizes she killed Victor Lord, or rather, her multiple personality, Tori did. Meanwhile, Dorian is arrested for his murder.
6PM – Episode #2001-8530B (original air date 11/16/01) – All of Asa’s wives turn out for his “funeral.” Adjusting to the news that she’s a Buchanan, Natalie makes an angry appearance at the service.
7PM – Episode #2002-8654 (original air date 5/14/02) – One of the show’s live episodes – Niki is desperate to get out of Viki’s marriage to Ben; Blair confronts Todd for lying to her that her baby died; Natalie warns Jen about Al. Angry Al tells Max he wants nothing to do with him; Antonio defends Keri to his mother re: her financial issues.
8PM – Episode #2005-09492 (original air date 8/22/05) – In the hospital after being rescued from the pit, Natalie shares her feelings with John; Jess tries to tell Nash that she’s not Tess, but Tess takes over; Rex thanks Evangeline for saving Natalie.
9PM – Episode #2006-9686 (original air date 5/29/06) – As he awaits his execution, an emotional Todd gives final goodbyes to his loves ones. Meanwhile, John has the evidence to prove Todd innocent, but can he get to the prison in time?; Antonio pleads with Tess, as he tries to get through to Jessica.
10PM – Episode #2008-10309 (original air date 11/10/08) – After Starr gives birth to Hope, she bonds with Blair and Marcie; Todd decides not to steal the baby, but Bess does instead; Viki saves Natalie and Jared from the bomb in the secret room; John reveals to Marty that it was Todd who raped her.
11PM – Episode #2010-10701 (original air date June 7, 2010) – In front of friends and family, Bo and Nora are married by David.
SOAPnet owns the world of character-driven soapy drama, from daytime and primetime dramas to reality shows and movies. The network features same-day episodes of popular daytime dramas including “Days Of Our Lives,” “One Life To Live,” “General Hospital” and “The Young and The Restless”; and favorite primetime series “Gilmore Girls,” “The O.C.,” “One Tree Hill” and “Beverly Hills 90210.” Wrapped in a 24-hour environment, SOAPnet is the one destination for stories focused on real emotions and revealing truths about intriguing yet flawed characters.
What do you think? Will you be tuning in to see some classic episodes? Are there any in particular that you want to see? Any really good ones that they’ve missed?
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