Like a soap opera character, the two canceled daytime soaps just might return from the dead — again
The saga of Prospect Park's attempts to relaunch "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" as web series has turned into something of a soap opera itself.
First, the two shows, were canceled as TV series by ABC. Then Prospect Park, the production company behind hit primetime series "Wilfred" and "Royal Pains," secured the rights to take the shows to the Internet, and at least some of the TV casts signed on for the Web adaptations.
Then, at the end of November, Prospect Park announced it had "suspended" plans for the online versions of "AMC" and "OLTL," which were to anchor the company's new online network, called The Online Network.
And now, like many a soap opera hero and heroine who has returned from the dead, Prospect Park's "ABC" and "OLTL" may not be so dead, after all.
The company has continued to hold meetings to explore any options for keeping the soaps alive and kicking online, Variety reports.
A Prospect Park representative issued a "no comment" in response to TheWrap's request for confirmation, but the trade says the avenues Prospect Park is pursuing include partnering with a foreign company to co-produce online versions of the shows.
Such a move might allow Prospect Park to sidestep negotiations with cast and crew unions, which is reportedly the glitch that sparked Prospect Park's decision to suspend the online plans.
Prospect Park will hold the digital rights ABC licensed to them until September 2012 for "All My Children," and January 2012 for "One Life to Live."
"AMC" ended its 41-year run on ABC on Sept. 23 with a cliffhanger fans assumed would be resolved when the show resumed online.
"One Life to Live" will end its 43-year-run on ABC with its Jan. 13 series finale.