Much like the oldest soap story staple in the book, just because you are axed does not mean you can't come back from the dead. People have been coming back from the dead on soaps for decades. Is it any surprise then that the two best shows ever are getting the Royal Jean Grey Resurrection? I have been at a loss since All My Children and One Life to Live were canceled and then doubly so when Prospect Park announced they were unable to put the shows online for 2012.
But now the script has been completely flipped. Prospect Park has officially announced that All My Children and One Life to Live will begin production next month. For that press release, head over to Soap Opera Digest.
For awhile now there were rumors that Prospect Park was going to bring the beloved soaps back, but nothing really seemed to be happening until the last couple weeks as actors started speaking up about signing up for the reboots. I still don't know how this is going to be done or how it will be aired. The latest issue of SOD mentioned that the soaps could possibly be cut down to 30 minutes and aired in a telenovela style where one show would be on for 6 months, and then it would take a break to air the other soap for 6 months.
This was a similar style to what happened towards the end of the highly underrated Port Charles. The show developed story arcs that would end after three months and a new chapter would begin. I'm not really sure what will happen, but it actually seems like this is going to happen! All My Children and One Life to Live are coming back and www.TheOnlineNetwork.com is the site where it appears that fans will be watching these fantastic shows. There has also been rumors that the shows might also air on a cable network too, but nothing has been officially mentioned yet.
I'm still unsure exactly how this is all going to work out. As of right now there are only a small group of actors signed up for AMC and I have not heard of any of the OLTL actors getting signed up at all. But there are a lot of behind the scene roles being filled and this time around it seems like Prospect Park is more aware of what they need to do to get the soaps back up.
I for one and becoming more excited about this. AMC and OLTL were cut from television way too soon. There were plenty of stories left to tell and sadly ABC just did not know how to support and market their soaps. Now I feel like there is a company that is willing to give it a try and really give fans what we want, our soaps back. I really feel like this can be a great thing. I hope it all works out and that the ratings soar for these soaps.
One of the things that I really want to also see is a great deal of marketing for these shows. I really want merchandise in stores. I'm talking books, greeting cards, dolls, DVDs of previous iconic episodes. I mean I don't care what the heck it is, but I want to see items for sale. I think it will help remind people that you can't keep a good soap down and may even bring in new viewers.
So I just wanted to share that news with you all. I think the future is going to be very bright for All My Children and One Life to Live! I will be watching for sure. Now we just need the first air date!
Stick around dear readers, tomorrow is going to be the first all new Toy Chest Tuesday of 2013! You won't want to miss it.