July 7, 2011 at 11:18 AM ET
Updated at 11:32 a.m. PT
Finally! There's good news for soap fans.
While daytime classics “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” are still due to get the axe on ABC in the not-too-distant future, the weekday dramas are far from over.
As the New York Post first reported and ABC has since confirmed, the network sold the online rights to both shows to Prospect Park, a company soon set to launch its own Hulu-like venture. The soaps are expected to be the first of many television offerings to find a home on Prospect Park’s online-only network.
“We are privileged to continue the legacy of two of the greatest programs to air on daytime television, and are committed to delivering the storylines, characters and quality that audiences have come to love for over 40 years," said Rich Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz of Prospect Park in a statement. “ ‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life to Live’ are television icons, and we are looking forward to providing anytime, anywhere viewing to their loyal community of millions. ... We believe that by continuing to produce the shows in their current hour format and with the same quality, viewers will follow the show to our new, online network.”
As for the specifics, sources who spoke to the Post claimed that “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” will pick up their online plots right where they leave off after their respective TV finales -- with the same cast members and crews.
"I'm looking forward to working alongside (Prospect Park) as we ensure that the shows will continue with all the love and excitement we've always had," said Agnes Nixon in the ABC press release. Dixon created both soaps.
In other words, you can’t keep Erica Kane down for long.
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