Friday, November 11, 2011
Say Goodbye to Pine Valley: Internet Deal to Save Soap All My Children Falls Through
Fans of the long-running American soap opera All My Children, already reeling from the show's cancellation in September, received more bad news today. The soap was picked up by Prospect Park to be featured as an online soap, but now producers have decided that they only have room for one program, so they have opted to produce ABC's other long-running canceled soap One Life to Live instead!
All My Children debuted in 1970 and told the stories of the denizens of fictional Pine Valley, Pennsylvania. The show launched the careers of countless stars over the years and made actress Susan Lucci, who played the often-married, flamboyant Erica Kane, a household name. Both All My Children and One Life to Live were created by the legendary Agnes Nixon, who treated the soaps, the actors and the characters as her own children.
ABC daytime head Brian Frons unceremoniously dumped both soaps early this year, breaking the hearts of millions of loyal soap viewers. Hopes were high that a future for the dying genre of daytime dramas would be found in an online forum, but there were difficulties from the start. Many of the top-earning actors from the series were reluctant to sign on to an online format. The question of funding and advertising was also of concern, many fearing content would suffer in the transition. Prospect Park have assured that One Life to Live will make a smooth transition upon its network cancellation in January 2012.