Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Soap Dish: All My Children & One Life to Live Return on April 29

Update: November 12, 2013: Well, it's official... All My Children has been cancelled...again. The scuttlebutt was that the online version of the once-popular sudser was in trouble after it went into hiatus after the end of the first season. One of the show's stars Debbi Morgan (Angie Hubbard) tweeted a few day's ago that the show was finished before Soaps in Depth and the Ausiello Files confirmed that the online incarnation of AMC was indeed history. Sister soap One Life to Live went on an indefinite hiatus a few months ago, reportedly over a legal squabble between the ABC network and Prospect Park, which bought the online rights to both cancelled soaps.

Just like one of the characters on the show, cancelled soap operas All My Children and One Life to Live will be resurrected!

The two venerable war horse daytime dramas were both canned in 2010 by the erstwhile head of ABC daytime, the much-maligned Brian Frons, who brought such "well received" programs as The Chew to the network. Fans of the longtime sudsers were left devastated and bereft by the joint cancellations, which were on the air for a combined total of 84 years.

Prospect Park production company purchased the rights to both programs after their cancellations, but hope grew dim that the shows would see the light again in an online format. However, Prospect Park persevered and both soaps went into production earlier this year, with both shows taping in Stamford, Connecticut. Now, it has been announced that both AMC and OLTL will debut their online versions on April 29.

Fans will once again see the denizens of Pine Valley and Llanview embroiled in all the schemes, tragedies, weddings, blackmail, divorces, murder and mayhem that has entertained over the decades. Loyal viewers will be able to get the latest 30-minute episodes via the free service and on Hulu Plus for those with connected TVs, and various mobile devices. In addition, the iTunes store will offer both series via iPhone, iPod Touch, Apple TV and Mac and PC.

Agnes Nixon, the venerable creator of both soaps, thanked the loyal fans of her shows: “I am so pleased that our dream of bringing these two series back to life is coming to fruition. We wouldn't be here without [the fans]."

Veteran cast members David Canary, Julia Barr, Jll Larsen, Cady McClain and Debbi Morgan, Erika Slezak, Robert S. Woods, Robin Strasser and Hillary B. Smith will be returning to their respective soaps. As of now, fan favorite and Emmy winner Susan Lucci has not signed on to return to All My Children as Queen Diva Erika Kane. 

Exclusive cast photographs can be seen over at Perez Hilton's site.

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