I always had a soft spot for soaps, or as my grandma called them, “stories.” The women in my mother’s family and I were fans of Guiding Light and As the World Turns, both surviving radio broadcast to television airing for around seventy years. GL was the longest running drama ever!
Fans of All My Children and One Life to Live will not suffer the same trauma we Irna Philips fans faced, though.
EW: All My Children and One Life to Live will have another life online, ABC announced today. The network has licensed the canceled sudsers to Prospect Park, a media and production company founded in 2009 by Jeffrey Kwatinetz and former Disney Studios head Rich Frank.
Soaps survived the transition to television, but will the older audience so loyal to them actually be able to find them online? Sounds like children/grandchildren/in-laws will be connecting Grandma’s computer to her old TV.
EW has its doubts: Even though the promise was made that the soaps will maintain the same high-production standards, it seems cost prohibitive. It’s not cheap to bankroll such large ensembles while paying big salaries for popular stars like Susan Lucci and Erika Slezak. After all, the enormous cost of maintaining old (and many think outdated) soaps was the primary reason behind ABC’s decision to yank AMC andOLTL in the first place.
Online programming: the wave of the future. But will Grandma be able to keep up?