Jul 8, 2011

ABC's canceled soaps "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" will live again online, the network announced today.

The soaps have been licensed to Prospect Park, a media and production company best known for producing such shows as USA's "Royal Pains" and FX's "Wilfred."

The multi-year deal will allow the soaps to keep going after ending their runs on ABC. "AMC" airs its last network episode on Sept. 23, while "OLTL" ends on ABC sometime in January.

The shows will be available "via online formats and additional emerging platforms including internet enabled television sets," ABC said. The network promised the shows would "continue to be delivered with the same quality and in the same format and length."

What's still unclear is who'll be on the shows. Soaps aren't cheap, and stars like Susan Lucci and Erika Slezak command pretty high salaries. Will they take what could be massive paycuts to continue playing characters (Erica Kane of "AMC" and Viki Lord of "OLTL," respectively) that they've played for decades?



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