Mark your calendars for April 29 for a historical debut as two canceled –All My Children
andOne Life to Live
– make their debuts online.
While we fully realize soap operas aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, there is something to be said for the precedent that is being set with the returns of All My Children and One Life to Live. Even a few years ago everyone would have scoffed at the idea of canceled shows being resurrected online, but as these two shows, as well as the return of Arrested Development on Netflix, show, there is a very definite possibility now.
As none of these shows have aired yet we have no clue how they will succeed, but what keeps all of us here at TechnoBuffalo intrigued as what this could mean down the road should they be successful. If these soaps, which ABC considered dead, are successful in this format, could we see not only other canceled series return, or the Internet be considered as a serious alternative medium in the days to come?
Soap operas have a history of being bold in changing mediums and technologies – radio to TV, black & white to color and so on – so it seems only fitting that it may be the genre that leads us into a new age of Internet programming.
All My Children and One Life to Live will debut on Hulu and iTunes on April 29.
‘ALL MY CHILDREN’ AND ‘ONE LIFE TO LIVE’ SET FOR HISTORIC ONLINE DEBUT
MONDAY, APRIL 29TH
Two Beloved And Long-Running Serial Dramas Changing Landscape of
Broadcast-Quality Television Online – Coming Free to Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes
Los Angeles. CA – March 11, 2013 – Prospect Park’s The Online Network (TOLN) announced today the highly-anticipated online debuts of the beloved long-running serial dramas “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” for Monday, April 29. With the date confirmed, millions of the shows’ fans and new viewers alike can plan to watch broadcast-quality versions of two of the most beloved franchises in history with easy access and for free.
“We thank the fans whose tenaciousness to see these shows return made this historical moment possible. We are determined to repay their support by delivering new and creatively groundbreaking episodes that both the fans, as well as legions of new viewers, will love. These viewers will absolutely embrace the flexibility HULU and iTunes provide to watch their shows anywhere, anytime,” said Jeff Kwatinetz and Rich Frank, Prospect Park’s Partners. “The response and camaraderie of our cast and crew has been inspiring as we have all banded together to succeed in our mission; unencumbered by the creative constraints of traditional broadcast television, to deliver storylines, style and characters that are stronger, with more dimension than ever. Now with our launch date set in stone, we are ready to lead this historic return. To the fans we proclaim, your support counts now more than ever.”
Emmy Award winner Agnes Nixon, creative consultant for both programs and a soap opera pioneer, added: “I am so pleased that our dream of bringing these two series back to life is coming to fruition. I am grateful to Prospect Park for their unwavering commitment to this project and to the amazingly talented casts of ‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life to Live’ – their devotion to these franchises has made this moment possible. And to the fans – well, we wouldn’t be here without you.”
Brand new, 30-minute episodes of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” will be available to stream online weekdays in HD (when available) via the free Hulu (www.hulu.com) service and to the millions of Hulu Plus subscribers watching on connected TVs, mobile phones, tables and PCs. In addition, the iTunes Store will offer both series via iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV and Mac and PC, making these venerable dramas available in a new format that suits the viewing habits of the digital generation. Production began on “All My Children” February 25, and shooting will begin on “One Life to Live” March 18th. Both series are filmed in Stamford, Conn.
Breathing new life into the storied franchises, Prospect Park and TOLN will blend updated themes and fresh faces with the fan-favorite, Emmy-winning actors and writers who made these series must-watch viewing for legions of loyal fans.
Additional guest stars and recurring cast will be announced in the weeks ahead.
“All My Children” cast members include:
- Julia Barr as Brooke English
- Ryan Bittle as JR Chandler
- David Canary as Adam Chandler
- Lindsay Hartley as Cara Martin
- Vincent Irizarry as Dr. David Hayward
- Francesca James as Evelyn Johnson
- Thorsten Kaye as Zach Slater
- Jordan Lane Price as Celia Fitzgerald
- Jill Larson as Opal Cortlandt
- Ray MacDonnell as Dr. Joe Martin
- Cady McClain as Dixie Cooney
- Debbi Morgan as Dr. Angela Hubbard
- Eric Nelson as AJ Chandler
- Eden Riegel as Bianca Montgomery
- Heather Roop as Jane McIntyre
- Sal Stowers as Cassandra Foster
- Denyse Tontz as Miranda Montgomery
- Jordi Vilasuso as Griffin Castillo
- Darnell Williams as Jesse Hubbard
- Robert (Rob) Scott Wilson as Pete “Petey” Cortlandt
“One Life to Live” cast members include:
- Melissa Archer as Natalie Buchanan Banks
- Kassie DePaiva as Blair Cramer
- Robert Gorrie as Matthew Buchanan
- Laura Harrier as Destiny Evans
- Roger Howarth as Todd Manning
- Josh Kelly as Cutter Wentworth
- Florencia Lozano as Tea Delgado
- Kelley Missal as Danielle Manning
- Erika Slezak as Victoria Lord Buchanan
- Hillary B. Smith as Nora Buchanan
- Robin Strasser as Dorian Lord
- Andrew Trischitta as Jack Manning
- Jerry verDorn as Clint Buchanan
- Tuc Watkins as David Vickers
- Robert S. Woods as Bo Buchanan
- Shenaz Treasury as Rama Patel
Recurring “One Life to Live” actors include:
- Nick Choksi as Vimal Patel
- Sean Ringgold as Shaun Evans
Hulu is easy to use. Viewers can go to www.hulu.com on a PC and click on a video to watch right away. Videos are available for unlimited streaming, for free (users only need a Flash-enabled computer and an Internet connection to enjoy). Viewers can watch their favorite “One Life to Live” and “All My Children” episodes and clips over and over again for free. Hulu Plus is an ad-supported subscription service that offers exclusive streaming access to full current and past seasons of shows to connected devices for $7.99 monthly. Hulu is available on devices including smart TVs, gaming consoles, mobile phones and tablets and more.
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