Coming back from the dead is not only a cliché and an often used plot twist on soap operas but this week you could call it life imitating art. Two former daytime dramas that aired on ABC television for 40 plus years were resurrected this week. The Agnes Nixon created soaps “All My Children” and “One Live to Live” are getting a second chance online.
When ABC first announced the cancellation of two of their three soap operas in favor of lifestyle talk shows, fans voiced their outrage and support for the shows. The ABC announced that it sold the rights to the cancelled soap operas to Prospect Park, a company interested in keeping the shows going in an online format. A kick-off date in early 2012 was set, however for various reasons Prospect Park wasn’t able to get it together. What a difference a year makes, the company got its act together, assembled a solid cast from the original shows and have begun airing daily episodes.
All My Children
On Prospect Park’s “All My Children” five years have passed since the ABC broadcast finale and the web premiere. Popular and familiar characters have returned to the show. David Canary and Barbara Barr reprised their roles as Adam Chandler and Brooke English now a couple planning to remarry. Jill Larson is back as the spacey and lovable Opal. Debbie Morgan and Darnell Williams last seen on CBS’s “The Young and the Restless,” have returned to the roles that made them famous, Dr. Angela and Jesse Hubbard. On the premiere episode, a son who has been away from Pine Valley for a while returns home to help his family and one of the show’s notorious villains is released from prison.
One Live to Live
Prospect Park’s “One Live to Live” looks as if it just went off the air on ABC. The characters and sets look pretty much as it did two years ago. Familiar rivalries are going just as strong. Erika Slezak and Robin Strasser are back as Vickie and Dorian. The two are pitted against each other again when Vickie’s newspaper makes certain allegations against the Senator from Pennsylvania. There are a few new faces playing long established characters as well. In the final scene of “OLTL” on ABC, we saw Victor Lord Jr. still alive and tied up; well that story will play out as Victor returns to his family just as they gather at the hospital when a member of the family is rushed to the hospital. Victor played by Trevor St. John comes face to face with his anti-twin Todd Manning played by Roger Howarth.
Both “All My Children” and “One Live to Life” will air original 30 minute episodes Monday through Thursday with a recap on Fridays. Both shows are available on iTunes and Hulu.com without a subscription.
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