The soap operas "All My Children" and "One Life To Live" will be revived on the Internet after all, according to production company Prospect Park.
Production on both shows will begin in February, the firm said in a statement, obtained by OTRC.com on Monday, January 7. The soaps ended their broadcast runs on ABC in 2011 and January 2012 after some 40 years on the air, sparking outrage among longtime fans.
ABC has not commented about the news. In July 2011, Prospect Park announced that a licensing deal was reached with the network and that the shows would continue online after they would end their runs on TV. Talks then stalled.
Prospect Park said in its Monday statement that new episodes of "All My Children" and "One Life To Live" will air on the new Online Network (TOLN) website, which has not yet been launched.
The company did not specify which cast members would return but said deals were signed with the performers' union SAG-AFTRA and the Directors Guild of America. Prospect Park also said it had entered into a "consulting agreement" with Agnes Nixon, the creator of both shows, which guarantees her "active involvement." Air dates have not been announced.
Foz McDermott, a producer of the defunct NBC show "Heroes," will serve as the head of production at the new Online Network, while former "One Life To Live" director Jennifer Pepperman was made executive producer on the new Web-only version of the show and Ginger Smith, a producer on ABC's "All My Children," was made EP of the online version.
Nixon, had said on her website on Friday that the soap operas would return online, without specifying where they would be shown.
"We of the 'One Life to Live' and 'All My Children' families are thrilled to bring our beloved viewers new, ongoing stories from Llanview and Pine Valley," she said. "I'm overjoyed that so many actors you love have voiced their desire to bring their characters back to life."
"I'm especially grateful to Prospect Park for deploying the power of you, our fans, to enable this exciting transition to dramatic production for the Internet," she added. "It's a historic moment, comparable to how life was changed when television took over for radio. We hope this wonderful opportunity will be embraced by all as our creative teams gear up to bring our beloved serials back to our daily lives."
Prospect Park was founded in 2009 by Jeffrey Kwatinetz and former Disney Studios head Rich Frank and has co-produced shows such as "Royal Pains" and "Wilfred."