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Fans of ABC’s now-cancelled soap operas One Life to Live and All My Children are getting an unexpected Christmas present. Over a year after plans for an online revival were cancelled, producer Prospect Park has reached deals with two key unions and production could start as soon as the first quarter of 2013.
Rich Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz’s Prospect Park had made a deal with ABC shortly after both shows ended to continue them online by early 2012, but by November 2011, the plan fell through, even after actors from both shows commented that they would return. However, on Monday, The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline confirmed that Prospect Park has been in talks with unions.
Deadline notes that Prospect Park has already made deals with the actors’ SAG-AFTRA guild and the Directors Guild of America. It is not clear how far along the deal is with the Writers Guild, though.
Ironically, since both shows were cancelled, the four remaining daytime soap operas - Days of Our Lives, General Hospital, The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful - have all seen a jump in their ratings over the past year.
One Life to Live began in 1968 and actors Kassie DePaiva, Roger Howarth, Michael Easton and Kristen Alderson have all played their characters on General Hospital. All My Children first aired in 1970.
Prospect Park would not comment on Monday’s reports.