All My Children” and “One Life to Live,” the two soap operas that were canceled by ABC and then resurrected on the Internet, are returning to television, at least temporarily, through a deal with Oprah Winfrey’s cable channel OWN.
In a Web video response to those fans, Ms. Winfrey pronounced herself a soap opera fan but said the declining ratings for “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” made a revival effort on TV untenable. “There just are not enough people who are at home in the daytime to watch them,” she said.
Much has changed since then. Most important, the company that licensed the soaps from ABC, Prospect Park, came up with a much cheaper production model. For the new version of the soaps, the actors are paid under a different structure, the episodes are shorter (a half-hour each, rather than an hour) and they are filmed in a state, Connecticut, which provides a 30 percent tax incentive.
The soaps came online in April on the streaming Web site Hulu and on iTunes, the online store operated by Apple. Almost immediately Prospect Park realized that the TV-like release schedule — one new episode of each show each weekday — wasn’t working on the Web.
Make sure to check out the exclusive interviews we did with All My Children’s Darnell “Jesse Hubbard” Williams and Debbi “Angie Hubbard” Morgan below:
- Darnell “Jesse Hubbard” Williams: ‘The Best Is Yet To Come’ and
- Debbi “Angie Hubbard” Morgan: ‘Our Characters Have Endured’
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