All My Children and One Life to Live, the ABC soap operas that were slated for cancellation have found new life on the internet, the network said Thursday.
ABC, which is owned by The Walt Disney Company announced today that it has licensed it's legendary soap operas to to Prospect Park, a production company that plans to distribute the 40-year-old shows over the Web, and internet-connected televisions. The deal has given Prospect Park the rights to the 2 shows more than a decade, and will earn Disney millions of dollars a year, as long as the show is still being produced.
ABC first announced they had cancelled the shows, back in April due to low ratings. The final televised episode of One Life to Live will air on January 20, 2012, and the final televised episode of All My Children will air on September 23, 2011. The shows currently air for one hour, Mondays through Fridays, and Prospect says they plan to air the series at the same format and length, and they are just beginning the process of meeting with actors and other people involved with the shows to see if they will stay on board.
This move has received some negativity from fans and viewers, with people saying the internet screening of the episodes will would exclude viewers who don't use the internet or don't own a computer. Disney nor Prospect Park has commented on these claims.
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