Oprah is EX-CIT-ED About OWN’s Summer Soap Fling! (VIDEO)





Even Oprah Winfrey can have a change of heart. OWN has released a video promoting the network’s upcoming airings of sudsers, All My Children and One Life to Live. Winfrey remarked:

I heard you! You Facebook’d, you tweeted, and I listened.

Watch the video after the jump.


 
OWN is set to air the first 40 episodes of the new All My Children and One Life to Live beginning July 15.

12 Responses

  1. Profile photo of LongLivePortChuck
    LongLivePortChuck

    All of these articles on the internet are driving me nuts! Oprah didn’t exactly change her mind. She first said “no” to the soaps when they were completely dead in the water. The cost of relaunching the shows on her troubled network at the time was completely prohibitive. Now, all she has decided to do is to air 40 episodes that are already in the can thanks to Prospect Park. Yes, it is fantastic news that the shows are coming back to TV and Oprah is the one doing it, albeit temporarily. Many of these articles conveniently leave out that she isn’t saving the soaps from cancellation…. they have already been saved!

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    fmat55

    First Prospect Park and now Oprah Winfrey. Thanks to both for bringing us OLTL and AMC. Oprah is a savvy businesswoman and instead of folks being down on her for not relaunching the shows, they should be grateful they are now back on TV, something no one else has accomplished (yet).

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    nysam

    Here is my concern….I’m thinking that most rabid fans have already watched the AMC & OLTL reboots on the internet. Since they have already watched and know the story is this going to cut into the potential viewers watching on OWN? Won’t the OWN viewership be less than if they hadn’t already aired the episodes online?

    Everyone is so happy they are airing on OWN, but this goes against Prospect Park’s belief that these shows could survive as web soaps. It sort of defeats the purpose of making them for the web if they are just ending up back on TV.

    PP is supposed to go back into production in mid-August. OWN will know within 2 weeks if they want to pick up more episodes past the original 40. If OWN doesn’t choose to pick up more episodes I wonder if PP will go back into production in August?

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    LongLivePortChuck

    [quote=Jillian Bowe]@LongLivePortChuck now where do I say she “saved” AMC and OLTL?[/quote]

    You just implied it by saying she had a change of heart. I’m not trying to nitpick here but I’ve read several articles online that refuse to tell the whole story. I know WE all know the story but a lot people out there don’t. It even bugs me when Oprah says “I heard you! You Facebook’d, you tweeted, and I listened.” No you didn’t. If Prospect Park hadn’t foot the bill to film the 40 episodes the shows would NEVER have come to OWN. All the screaming, facebook-ing and tweet-ing in the world wouldn’t have changed her mind.

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    Jillian Bowe

    @LongLivePortChuck: No I didn’t. “She had a change of heart” of airing them is not at all saying Oprah “Saved” anything. That is stating she decided to change her mind about airing them on her network, not taking over the task of keeping them up and running. Other articles on line may have said that, and that’s fine but I didn’t.

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    Santa_Barbara_4Ever

    Let us not forget that there is a large portion of the viewing audience that is older and they don’t watch shows on the internet…. or even use a computer for that matter (yes, there are many!)

    My only concern is the schedule (if I remember it correctly) for OWN. I think one of them comes on at 1pm and the other at 3pm. I think they should be on one at 3 and one at 3:30. No other soap competition at that time. The one @ 1pm will be up against NEW episodes of DAYS, YR and BB. Hopefully they will reconsider that. Again, this is if my memory serves me correctly regarding the schedule starting 7/15.

    Thanks again to PP and OPRAH. She did hear us, she heard us from the beginning. Oprah is a SOAP fan and is having much more success with her network presently than she was having at the time of AMC and OLTL original cancellations. She alone could not save the genre, she told us. In my eyes though, she is helping and hopefully it will get enough eyes to warrant her staying in the daytime soap game. She’s in the nighttime soap game now and more eyes are finally on OWN since she has continued to find the right balance of shows.

    Much success to all involved….O, PP, actors/actresses, props, boom, producers, directors, janitors and FANS!! We are all in this together. If you’ve seen it already online, watch again on OWN and please tell everyone you know that likes soaps, about the latest development. We are down to 4 on TV now and come July 15 we are back at 6. There used to be 19 on the air and I know myself as a child watched 6 m-f myself. DAYS, Another World, Santa Barbara, YR, BB and Generations. The ones I didn’t watch I read about each week in tv guide and/or Soap Opera Digest/weekly.

    I’m not sure what the magic number is that OWN is looking for as far as ratings, I wouldn’t think that it would have to be too high to be a success. I’m anxious to see how they fair the first week.

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    Ryan-Scott

    I’m no broadcast major but I think there is a difference in if Oprah had to bankroll the production of these shows vs. airing them on her network only but what do I know…. ;)

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    DevinMissesOLTL

    [quote=LongLivePortChuck]All of these articles on the internet are driving me nuts! Oprah didn’t exactly change her mind. She first said “no” to the soaps when they were completely dead in the water. The cost of relaunching the shows on her troubled network at the time was completely prohibitive. Now, all she has decided to do is to air 40 episodes that are already in the can thanks to Prospect Park. Yes, it is fantastic news that the shows are coming back to TV and Oprah is the one doing it, albeit temporarily. Many of these articles conveniently leave out that she isn’t saving the soaps from cancellation…. they have already been saved![/quote]
    Can you say it a little louder please?! :beer:

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    liason4real

    I really don’t care who saved AMC & OLTL at this point, we just need fans to watch the online version so that PP does not cancel both shows due to lack of viewership.

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    J Bernard Jones

    I’m no broadcast major but I think there is a difference in if Oprah had to bankroll the production of these shows vs. airing them on her network only but what do I know….

    OF COURSE!! It’s super easy for Oprah to “take credit” for bringing these shows back to the fans she “listened” to, but the fact is OWN is not producing these shows (as fans had INITIALLY asked) and OWN is doing anything and everything to course correct its disastrous beginnings (*cough*The Have and The Have Nots aka Orphan Blacks*cough*). LOL

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