Technically deficient soap opera fans may have felt slighted when long-running serials "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" made the transition from broadcast TV to online-only this year. But the good news for them is that both shows are coming back to cable TV, for awhile anyway.
OWN has announced a limited 10-week summer engagement for both shows, which will include the first 40 episodes of both soaps produced for the OnLine Network.
The half-hour episodes will air Monday through Thursday, with "All My Children" at 1 p.m. PT and "One Life to Live" at 3 p.m. PT.
"These shows have proved to be very popular with a significant, loyal fan base, not to mention Oprah herself is a big fan," OWN President Erik Logan said in a statement.
"All My Children" originally aired on ABC for 41 years, from 1970 to 2011. "One Life to Live" had a slightly longer broadcast life, airing on ABC for 43 years, from 1968 to 2011. Declining ratings and the changing economics of daytime TV spurred ABC to cancel both shows. However, production company Prospect Park successfully revived both shows online this year.
The loss of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" means that only "General Hospital" remains on ABC. However, it is also the longest-running American soap opera currently in production. It has been airing since 1963. When "One Life to Live" was canceled, several characters from that soap appeared on "General Hospital."
The original 40 episodes will begin airing on OWN on July 15. New episodes of both shows continue to be released on Hulu and iTunes.