The soap opera behind the soap operas is the soap opera! A day after announcing yet another schedule change for All My Children and One Life to Live via Hulu and iTunes, comes game-changing news that Oprah Winfrey's cable channel, OWN, has acquired the first 40 episodes of the rebooted sudsers.
Starting Monday, July 15, half-hour episodes of Agnes Nixon's sudsers will air Monday-Thursday, with AMC at 1 pm EST and OLTL at 3 pm EST. The deal between Prospect Park and OWN is for an exclusive 10-week run.
"These shows have proven to be very popular with a significant, loyal fan base, not to mention Oprah herself is a big fan,” said Erik Logan, president, OWN. “Many of our viewers across numerous platforms have expressed their passion for the soaps so we are especially excited to air this limited engagement on OWN.”
Perhaps there has been a method to all of Prospect Park's scheduling madness after all?
Prospect Park Principle Jeff Kwatinetz added this, “We are really excited to bring OWN viewers and our audience at large an opportunity to catch up on All My Children and One Life to Live on traditional television. We look forward to our millions of fans enjoying the first 40 episodes of the shows."
I'm sure a lot of soap fans are lining up to tell The Mighty O a great big "Toldja So!", considering she infamously made a You Tube video announcing she wouldn't be airing the sudsers, shortly after they were cancelled by ABC. What's that they say, it's a media mogul's prerogative to change her mind?
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