Monday, November 28, 2011

Plans to Revive Cancelled ABC Soaps Online Scrapped

Wow, the TV Gods just keep finding new ways to screw with Erica Kane, don’t they?

Plans to revive axed ABC sudsters All My Children (AMC) and One Life to Live (OLTL) online have been scrapped due to “economic challenges,” according to reports out this afternoon.Prospect Park is the media company that licensed both shows with the hope of giving the Good Folks of Llanview and Pine Valle a new lease on life on the Interwebs. Now, the same company says its abandoning the mission to revive the shows because it failed to secure the necessary financial backing. It’s also ovah for the new online network AMC and OLTL had originally been set to anchor a new online network.

Last spring, the long-running soap operas became the latest casualties of mounting production costs and dwindling audiences plaguing much of scripted daytime TV. All My Children disappeared from ABC’s daytime schedule in September. One Life to Live, which wrapped up production earlier this month, will end its run on Jan. 13.

One Life to Live premiered on The Alphabet Network on July 15, 1968. All My Children debuted Jan. 5, 1970. Brian Frons, President of Daytime for Disney ABC/Television Group, called the move “bittersweet.” The cancellations leave General Hospital as ABC’s lone enduring soap opera.

In May, a food-themed talkie, titled The Chew, and a makeover show, The Revolution, were tipped to replace the soaps on the network’s daily daytime schedule. The Chew?!

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