'All My Children' & 'One Life to Live' to Premiere on OWN July 15 for 10 Week Run

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June 26th, 2013

One Life to Live Cast

via press release:

 

All My Children’ AND ‘One Life To Live’ SET FOR SUMMER FLING ON OWN: OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK WITH EXCLUSIVE 10-WEEK LIMITED ENGAGEMENT

 

Beloved Soaps To Air Monday-Thursday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. ET/PT Beginning July 15

Los Angeles – 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.”

 

“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."

 

“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.  Both series have won numerous Daytime Emmys, and have earned hundreds of nominations in various categories.

 

 
  • cc

    Now Oprah jumps on the bandwagon.

  • Chris

    Paid Programming?

  • OWN Fan

    I think the timing is perfect. At the time, OWN could not afford them; and did not have the ratings stability to keep the ratings up even if they could. But now, with more ratings stability and the fact that they are about to hit cash flow positive, they can take the risk.

  • Sean

    YAY!!!! Everyone! we MUST WATCH & get AMAZING Ratings!! maybe this is a “test” for a home on OWN.

  • bizzarr1000

    This is great news now we must watch this could save the soaps

  • Joseph

    Great move by OWN!

    This is a move that should have been made earlier.

    I would have preferred first-run syndication, but at least, these two soaps will now have a “fighting chance” for survival and will be watched by far more people than would see them online.

    Hopefully, after the ten-week trial run, “All My Children” and “One Life To Live” will either remain on OWN or will enter first-run syndication.

  • DanaK

    Good news!

  • Mike

    This is a good move by Oprah. Good for her network. Puts her back in the good graces of soap fans. Now she will be like Prospect Park….a saint in their eyes. Plus she will reap the benefits of the ratings (hopefully) without having to pay for the production of the two shows. Plus she only committed to 10 weeks. If it doesn’t work out then she is clear to get out.

    But it also shows that those pesky rumors that soap fans keep shouting about half the time are wrong. Everyone kept saying that they couldn’t air on TV in the States until September. So evidently that wasn’t true.

  • Rob R

    WOW. The soaps are rising from the dead. Just like their characters do all the time!

  • Barb

    I guess that means I’ll have to add OWN back on my channel guide. Could not watch the shows on my ipad (not without getting Hulu+) so didn’t bother with either.

  • moshane58

    Hope people will tune in.We have fought a long battle and many who do not have internet are still waiting.This fight has been for them to.It doesn’t matter if Oprah turned them down the first time all that matters is we got a trial on a network and I have alot of people to call and tell them yeah the first forty episodes will be on OWN…

  • Mike

    So AMC will compete with Y&R on the networks and OLTL will not effect the network soaps.

    I wonder what effect that might have on the shows.

  • Jayson

    I’m happy that both soaps have a home on tv as well as online. I’ve watched every episode thus far of each on Hulu, so I will be setting up my dvr to tape these shows again.

    If Oprah and her network are showing the 1st 40 episodes then the shows must be doing well on Hulu to warrant this attention. Plus, I’m sure she has to pay Prospect Park a fee to air them.. more money for PP means better chance of more episodes beyond the 110 episode order.

  • Jeff

    Good for Oprah, soap fans, but bad news for all the haters!

  • Mike

    This will be a big test for soap fans in a big way. I am sure this will be promoted big and new fans will be needed.

    But those fans who have already watched these shows will need to tune in again and watch them all over.

    I am sure that a full time syndication deal will rest big time on how well these do.

    And will OWN be satisfied with big DVR numbers or will they need live plus 1 viewers as Prospect Park said they did online.

    Come July the daytime soaps will be on 3 cable networks and 3 networks. Seems wild to even think about.

  • Rich

    Here come the bleeps from the first wave of episodes. Either that or really bad Japanese to English monster movie type dubbing where you’ll see the actors say “f%ck”,but here “fudge” instead.

  • Rich

    *hear not here.

  • Fox

    Mike – Maybe that “competition” with Y&R is only on the East Coast. Because at 1:00 on the West Coast — NBC airs Days of Our Lives, and ABC airs General Hospital. Y&R and B&B are already over with by then, and CBS airs The Squawk at 1:00pm.

  • Mike

    Fox those times are Eastern times listed so I am sure it will air in the same position or time that is equal to that on the West Coast.

  • Joie

    Great news. AMC and OLTL ftw.

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