Back in 2011, fans of daytime soap operas “One Life To Live” and “All My Children” begged Oprah Winfrey to pick up “One Life To Live” and “All My Children” for her OWN Network following the announcement by ABC that both shows would be cancelled.
At the time, Winfrey announced via a YouTube video that was not interested in taking on the “responsibility” of saving the two soaps.
“The soaps have been an institution in broadcast history and television because they had the support of the audience. There is just not enough people who at home in the daytime to watch them. And because of that they are going off the air,” Winfrey said.
The TV titan empathized with viewers over what it feels like to lose a show that you love, likening the cancelation of “OLTL” and “AMC” to the end of her favorite series. “I felt this way when ‘Mary Tyler Moore’ went off the air,” she shared.
“Believe me, if there was a dime to be made from [the soaps] on broadcast television it would still be happening,” Winfrey said. “All good things come to an end.”
Well, what a difference a few years make! Apparently Winfrey has had a change of heart as it was announced this week that her cable network has acquired the first 40 episodes of both “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.”
Both soaps will for a limited 10-week run this summer on OWN.
The new 30-minute episodes of the shows will run Monday through Thursday beginning on July 15. “All My Children” will air at 1 pm ET and “One Life to Live” will air at 3 pm ET.
“These shows have proven to be very popular with a significant, loyal fan base, not to mention Oprah herself is a big fan,” said Erik Logan, president at OWN. “Many of our viewers across numerous platforms have expressed their passion for the soaps so we are especially excited to air this limited engagement on OWN.”
After being canceled by ABC in 2011, but “One Life To Live” and “All My Children” were acquired by Prospect Park Networks and now air as web series on The Online Network.
“We are really excited to bring OWN viewers and our audience at large an opportunity to catch up on All My Children and One Life to Live on traditional television,” said Jeff Kwatinetz, CEO Prospect Park Networks. “We look forward to our millions of fans enjoying the first 40 episodes of the shows.”
OWN has not announced if they will acquire additional episodes of the soap operas for the network later in the season.