BREAKING NEWS: ABC CONFIRMS All My Children and One Life to Live Have Been Licensed; Will Continue Online!!!



It looks like the New York Post got it right! ABC has issued a press release confirming All My Children and One Life to Live have been licensed to Prospect Park and are set to continue online! See the release in its full glory below:

BURBANK, CA – July 7, 2011 – ABC has licensed its iconic soaps, “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” to Prospect Park, it was announced today by Brian Frons, President, Daytime, Disney/ABC Television Group & Janice Marinelli, President, Disney/ABC Domestic Television and Rich Frank & Jeff Kwatinetz of 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.

The licensing agreement, brokered by Disney/ABC Domestic Television Group, enables Prospect Park to continue production of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” beyond their life on ABC. 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. Additional details of the new productions and tune-in will be forthcoming from Prospect Park.

“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,” said Frank and Kwatinetz. “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 wherever 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.”

“’All My Children’ and ‘One Life to Live’ are iconic pieces of television history that captivated millions of fans since their beginning over 40 years ago,” said Frons. “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.”

Marinelli continued, “From the time the shift in the daytime strategy was announced, our hope was to find a new home for these treasured shows. We are thrilled to license them to Prospect Park so the stories of life in Pine Valley and Llanview can continue to be told for the passionate and loyal fans that enjoy watching each day.”

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

Prospect Park is a media and production company founded in 2009 by entertainment industry veterans Jeffrey Kwatinetz and former Disney Studios head Rich Frank. Along with successful film and music divisions, the company’s television group has numerous shows in development and breakout network hits airing, including “Royal Pains” and “Wilfred.”

In April, ABC announced that it was expanding the focus of its daytime lineup to include more programming that is informative and authentic and centers on transformation, food and lifestyle. “The Chew,” an innovative and groundbreaking daily talk show that celebrates and explores life through food, will premiere on September 26th. “The Revolution,” a daily show about health and lifestyle transformations, will replace “One Life to Live” in January 2012 ."

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harlee490's picture
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I am so excited about this and reading everything on the news!! Smile I think this is wonderful news for this genre. Prospect Park is being pioneers as soaps was in the beginning. Yes, cuts will be coming but I don’t think it will be jarring and not as expensive as network television. People that has made a living by being involved rather actors, writers, producers etc.. that is a love for this genre to succeed. There are passionate people in this industry who has a deep love. As one poster suggested soaps can do some amazing realistic, character driven stories, not be confined and put more grit with internet and that is what soaps do best…”what is old is new again”. If PP makes this successful adventure, ABC cleans up financially, PP could then syndicate them to cable stations, sub channels as late night entertainment for revenue……and if PP is successful, who’s say this could open the door in the future to have ALL KINDS of SERIAL DRAMA on the internet, ipods, phones, ipads, itunes, etc….PGP (TeleNext) could wake up again and say HMMMMM…they have built in advertising…built in beloved shows. I will support PP’s efforts fully….I salute you Prospect Park. This soap fan thanks you. Beer Beer Beer

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Yes me and my grandma will be so happy !!!!!!!!!!!! Now if they bring back As The World Turns ,I will be in soap heaven.

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Wow, I'm four days behind on finding this out, but I'm thrilled at the good news! I'm so glad that OLTL has been saved!

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Hooray! Who watches DOOL?! Did you hear about this really exciting contest to meet EJ and Stefano on the Days Set and to appear with them in Soap Opera Digest? Check it out at http://www.classwish.org/days/fame

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While this is good news for ABC fans, I would rather have Guiding Light and As The World Turns back. Why couldn't a home be found for them?

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I am not sure P&G were trying really hard. Sad but true. I do wonder what Barbara Ryan is up to these days and are Reva and Josh still together?

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I am not sure P&G were trying really hard. Sad but true. I do wonder what Barbara Ryan is up to these days and are Reva and Josh still together?

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soap_stud I wonder the same thing, I miss my shows and personally P&G thought soaps were dying and didn't try real hard....but if fans (which I will) support the new online shows who's to say P&G could take a second look...probably wishful thinking. I still go to YT and watch my shows in order every night Wink

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This is all smoke and mirrors. ABC wants to look like they care about these 2 shows so they made some bogus deal so that the viewers will lay off them about The Chew and the Revolution...neither of these shows will make it online. It's July and we are to believe these new shows will launch in the next 6 months without a single deal in place with cast and crew as they all jump ship to other shows? C'mon people....wise up.