Wednesday, June 26, 2013

ALL MY CHILDREN & ONE LIFE TO LIVE Coming To Oprah's OWN For A 10-Week Limited Engagement Starting July 15 (First 40 Episodes)

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is hosting a summer fling for soap fans as the network has acquired the first 40 episodes of The OnLine Network’s reprisal of the popular daytime dramas ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE for a special exclusive 10-week limited engagement. Half-hour episodes of each show will air Monday through Thursday beginning Monday, July 15 with ALL MY CHILDREN at 1 p.m. ET/PT and ONE LIFE TO LIVE at 3 p.m. ET/PT only on OWN.

"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.”

OWN has recently had ratings success with Tyler Perry's primetime soap opera THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS.

“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,” said Jeff Kwatinetz, CEO Prospect Park Networks. “We look forward to our millions of fans enjoying the first 40 episodes of the shows."

Oprah Winfrey tweeted the news on Wednesday afternoon say, "For 2 years u posted, tweeted, Facebooked me..I heard you. Starting 7/15, we're having a summer fling w/ the soaps!"

ALL MY CHILDREN revisits the citizens of Pine Valley following the cliffhanger finale of the long-running network series, which saw a gun pointed at a room filled with the community’s elite, and a shot ringing out. Now, five years later, longtime series characters including Brooke English (Julia Barr) and Adam Chandler (David Canary) reflect on the aftermath of that fateful event, new characters are introduced, and life in Pine Valley continues to be fueled by the drama and action that has made the Emmy Award-winning series a fan favorite for decades. Longtime series stars Darnell Williams (Jesse Hubbard), Debbi Morgan (Dr. Angela Hubbard), Vincent Irizarry (Dr. David Hayward), Lindsay Hartley (Cara Martin), Jordi Vilasuso (Griffin Castillo), Jill Larson (Opal Cortlandt), Thorsten Kaye (Zach Slater), Julia Barr (Brooke English), Eden Riegel (Bianca Montgomery), Cady McClain (Dixie Cooney), Ray MacDonnell (Dr. Joe Martin), David Canary (Adam Chandler), Matthew Cowles (Billy Clyde Tuggle) and Michael Nader (Dimitri Marick), are joined by newcomers Robert Scott Wilson (Pete Cortlandt), Sal Stowers (Cassandra Foster), Eric Nelsen (AJ Chandler), Denyse Tontz (Miranda Montgomery), Jordan Lane Price (Celia Fitzgerald), Paula Garces (Lea Marquez), Brooke Newton (Colby Chandler), Jason Pendergraft (Dr. Anders), Heather Roop (Jane McIntyre) and Ryan Bittle (JR Chandler).

As ONE LIFE TO LIVE makes its return to the small screen, everyone in Llanview, PA is preparing for the opening of a new nightclub, Shelter. But the fun and games of Llanview’s nightlife are soon interrupted by a murder that puts everyone on edge. Longtime series stars return including Melissa Archer (Natalie Buchanan Banks), Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer), Roger Howarth (Todd Manning), Florencia Lozano (Tea Delgado), Kelley Missal (Danielle Manning), Erika Slezak (Victoria Lord), Hillary B. Smith (Nora Buchanan), Robin Strasser (Dorian Lord), Jerry verDorn (Clint Buchanan), Tuc Watkins (David Vickers), Robert S. Woods (Bo Buchanan), Shenaz Treasury (Rama Patel), Josh Kelly (Cutter Wentworth) and Andrew Trischitta (Jack Manning) as well as new cast members Corbin Bleu (Jeffrey King), Robert Gorrie (Matthew Buchanan), Laura Harrier (Destiny Evans), Paolo Seganti (Arturo Bandini), Ron Raines (Carl Peterson) and recurring cast including Nick Choksi (Vimal Patel), Alice Callahan (Kate), Marnie Schulenburg (Jo Sullivan) and Sean Ringgold (Shaun Evans).

New episodes of both series, which returned online on April 29, 2013, are being produced by Prospect Park and The OnLine Network (TOLN). ONE LIFE TO LIVE originally debuted on ABC in 1968 and ALL MY CHILDREN originally debuted on ABC in 1970. The shows were created by Agnes Nixon, and each ran for more than 40 years, until 2011/2012. Both series have won numerous Daytime Emmys, and have earned hundreds of nominations in various categories.

- SCHEDULE CHANGE: TOLN Releases A Week's Worth Of ALL MY CHILDREN & ONE LIFE TO LIVE On Mondays Starting July 1


  1. This is great news. Keep up the good work Prospect Park.

  2. I don't have OWN as I don't subscribe to cable but Whaaat?! PP is making some moves.

    They definitely know how to make things interesting.

    Good on them!

  3. I guess that means both soaps have more than 40 episodes filmed

  4. Interesting move, considering that just about 2 years ago Miss Oprah said, on videotape, that OWN is/was not interested in broadcasting soaps or purchasing the rights to AMC & OLTL shortly after the ABC/Disney cancellation tragedy.

    Brian :-|

  5. Gee, I wonder what OWN will air during the 90 minutes between the two soaps to try to retain viewers and keep them from changing the channel? (IOW, creating a 1:00 - 3:30 block.) I've always heard that, even more so than broadcast television, cable programming is all about designing a schedule that works to increase the average hours of viewing per homes/person.

  6. Greeneb2: Exactly what came to mind when I saw this news. It has nothing to do with being a fan, it has to do with commercial dollars. I don't mean this as shade against the soaps, but I think Oprah has in a way lowered her standards for what she deems as worthy of her channel.

  7. Also, the statement said the first 40 episodes would be aired, not 40 more from now.

  8. Great news. Really excited about this.

    Very ironic that its OWN picking this up since two years ago Oprah said, “I will not be taking on the responsibility of trying to revive an institution that for all intents and purposes indicates the time has come for it to be over.”

    But many people besides Oprah have been eating crow after proclaiming the death of soaps.

    This news raises some questions however.

    Will the cursing be censored out before broadcast on OWN? Will some of these sex scenes get trimmed? Petey getting a blowjob?

    And what about fitting in time for commercials. The shows run 25 minutes online with 3-4 minutes of commercials. So, if OWN adds 5 more minutes of commercials for the broadcast, will that 8-9 minutes total commercial time be enough? Or will some of the episode get trimmed for more commercials?

  9. Also, I'm assuming this doesn't include OWN-Canada?? I know Canada wasn't getting "The Have and Have Nots" (yet) either.