ABC Confirms ‘All My Children’ & ‘One Life To Live’ To Continue As Web Series

All My Children/One Life to Live (ABC)

All My Children/One Life to Live (ABC)

Soap fans, start celebrating. ABC has now confirmed that it has licensed “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” to production company Prospect Park, which plans to produce the shows for the web.  According to a network press release, “ABC has licensed its iconic soaps, ‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life to Live’ to 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.”

According to the statement, the soap will continue in their current form.”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.”

There are no details about when the soaps will debut online, or whether all of the show’s casts and writing staffs will remain with the show. Prospect Park’s founders Rick Frank and Jeff Kwatinez stated, “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. 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 where ever 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.”

ABC Daytime President Brian Frons added, “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.”

Agnes Nixon, the creator of both “All My Children” and “One Life to Live,” added“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.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.”

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