Fans have been working day and night, to save the dying genre known as soap operas since the announcement came on April 14th that after forty years “All My Children” and “One Life To Live” would be cancelled. Phone calls were made. Rallies were attended. Sponsors were contacted. Now today, ABC/Disney made the announcement that the soaps would continue airing. Yet, the announcement also stated that the shows would continue airing online, only.
According to: soapoperadigest.com an online site called Prospect Park will continue production of these shows. The article also statied that these shows will continue production in the same quality, format and length that the fans are used to seeing.
Rich Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz of Prospect Park stated: “We are privileged to continue the legacy of two of the greatest programs to air on daytime television, and are committed to delivering the storylines, characters and quality that audiences have come to love for over 40 years,”
Agnes Nixion, the creator of both “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” stated: “I’m just so happy that ABC found a home where the legacies of ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE can continue. I’m excited for their future with Prospect Park. It takes a lot of living to make a soap opera a serial, and the wonderful teams on both shows have done just that. Together, we are a big family that keeps going, and I’m looking forward to working alongside these wonderful people as we ensure that the shows will continue with all the love and excitement we’ve always had. I also am so happy for our loyal fans, whom we love so much, and who have been so supportive over the last 40 plus years.”
Yes, some may be happy about this development. Yet, many fans are far from happy.
What Prospect Park, ABC/Disney and even the beloved Ms. Nixon may not realize that if this is the only way that these shows are seen, many of the fans will still not be able to see them.
Many fans do not have internet access. Many fans do not know how to use computers. Many fans are unable to use computers do to illnesses or because they live in nursing homes, etc. Many fans do not have the right type of internet access due to where they live, such as rural Americans.
What are those fans to do? These are the same fans that have been loyal viewers for over forty years? Are they just going to be forgotten?
No, they won’t be forgotten. Other soap fans are rallying and fighting for and with them.
One way they are fighting is through a simple mail in campaign. This is a campaign that is simply trying to get a real count of fans of scripted television to prove that there is a need for them. In return this campaign may find a channel that is willing to air “All My Children” and “One Life to Live. “ A channel will give more people access. You can find your coupon at: sudz.tv.