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Will Moving Cancelled ABC Soaps to the Internet Work?

Updated on July 20, 2011

Will The Internet Save Soap Operas?

There has been little reaction to date on the news that longtime ABC soap operas All My Children (AMC) and One Life to Live (OLTL) will continue via the internet following their respective cancellations in the months ahead.

For more than a decade, US daytime soaps have been the target of predatory spreadsheet gurus, who believe such shows are too expensive to produce, and have been losing viewers for years.

It’s no secret that networks feel that “reality” TV and talk shows are a better meal ticket. They believe such shows are cheaper to produce and easier to build an audience than soaps.

In early July, ABC announced that Prospect Park purchased the production rights to both shows for ten years and announced plans to continue the characters and storylines for the internet. AMC ends in September. OLTL concludes in January 2012.

In a joint press release with ABC, Prospect Park execs, Rich Frank & Jeff Kwatinetz exuded confidence in the growing medium of web streaming would make an excellent home for the shows.

It will be a huge task to resurrect the shows. Perhaps most challenging would be bringing back the cast, who have made other plans for work.

Speculation abounds as who is “in” or “out” and many more details are to come.

The biggest question that remains to be seen is whether or not the show’s respective audiences will follow them to the web.

What do you think?


Will Fans of Cancelled Soaps Follow The Shows On The Internet?

Will There Be An Audience For All My Children and One Life To Live on The Internet?

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    • cwhyel profile imageAUTHOR

      Craig Whyel 

      7 years ago from Charleroi, Pennsylvania

      Alecia, you make a good point. It would be interesting to learn how they make money.

      I agree that the genre has been affected enough to consider the elimination of the shows but I think they're much better than the glut of "baby daddy," and "judge who doesn't take any guff" shows.

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      Alecia Murphy 

      7 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I think the inherent problem with moving soaps on the internet would be losing a chunk of the audience. Many soap viewers are older and don't have access to the internet. Also, are they going to try to make money from the adspace on the sight or attempt to charge a fee? I think the time and the social climate for soaps have affected the genre enough to consider eliminating all of these shows.

    • cwhyel profile imageAUTHOR

      Craig Whyel 

      7 years ago from Charleroi, Pennsylvania

      Well said, Shirley. I couldn't agree more.

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      shirley B 

      7 years ago

      I thjink this will be a great thing to do.Soaps has been around a long time.I will follow the net. The only problem is .lets get this party started.

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      LaZeric Freeman 

      7 years ago from Hammond

      There seems to be a lot of confusion on which stars will actually be involved, salaries ... Now the word is that Prospect Park is also expected to air GH on the internet in September 2012.

    • cwhyel profile imageAUTHOR

      Craig Whyel 

      7 years ago from Charleroi, Pennsylvania

      Thank you, Kelly.

    • Kelly L Deeny profile image

      Kelly L Deeny 

      7 years ago from Bucks County, PA

      I'm so glad to see this hub! I, for one, was thrilled to hear the news about Prospect Park picking up AMC and OLTL. I'll definitely watch both of these shows when they move to the internet.

      I'm interested to find out who will be part of the move; both in front of the camera and behind.

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