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Could Sony TV Rescue 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live'?

by AOL TV Staff, posted Apr 29th 2011 3:30PM
All My Children, One Life to LiveThe latest soap-related Internet rumors say that Sony Television is interested in buying axed ABC sudsers 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' and will find new homes for them both domestically and internationally. Sony certainly knows soaps -- the company partially owns both 'The Young and the Restless' and 'Days of Our Lives.'

But is there any truth to buzz? Actors from the two ABC soaps began posting cryptic messages on their Facebook pages saying that they were hearing some "interesting" things, presumably related to the fates of their shows, earlier in the week.

The speculation hasn't gone viral yet, but it's appeared on some message boards, including ones at Soap Central.Fans shouldn't get too excited about this, however. It's not uncommon for rumors to start about soaps finding new homes after they've been axed. And, sadly, it's rare (but not totally unprecedented) for those rumors to turn into fact.

'Passions,' which ran on NBC from July 1999 to September 2007, was picked up by DirecTV after it left the peacock network. The show's second life, however, was relatively short-lived. DirecTV aired the 'Passions' finale in August 2008. CBS canceled 'Search for Tomorrow' in 1982. NBC gave it a new home, but then called the 'Search' off in late 1986.

A lot of people at ABC, Sony and other places would have to sign off on the deal for it to happen if the rumors have, in fact, any validity to them. But there's always hope. Stay tuned.

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Agi

To be honest, I would pay extra if they didn't cancel; however, ABC wouldn't get that money anyway. But someone has to pick them up....someone who will get the revenue and be happy to satisfy so many. I hope the actors are on our side in this. Where would they end up if not on another soap which has not been cancelled yet?

June 23 2011 at 1:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Agi

I am feeling somewhat hopeful, but know that our interests are not ABC's priority....there's a reality for you!.....and I have the same situation as one of the posters....my husband and I both watch The Young And The Restless, Bold and The Beautiful and I watch OLTL and General Hospital. I have also added "Days" to my list.....we record them and watch in the eve. or later....because there's nothing of real quality otherwise......not like years ago! So, I don't understand why ABC would take away programs that are never reruns and show talented actors and good story lines? It doesn't make sense....!! As we are also retired recently, it's nice to share and talk about and have fun together!

June 23 2011 at 1:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Agi

What are the reasons for cancelling established soaps anyway?? We can employ actors, satisfy ABC and the many fans ABC has if they do the right thing by them. As of right now, there are more ads every few minutes than you can count! Don't tell us ABC is losing money! Do "reality" shows really give them more? What can ABC or anyone do to make reality shows sustainable? They are so boring already and they're not 100% reality anyway. They are so staged and planned. They have the same unending commercials...and people to pay....but the hurt by cancelling the soaps that so many love is greater. ABC will lose all those fans because they will never forget what ABC has done to their way of life! All those grandmothers/mothers/daughters will never forget!! We are so sick of reality shows already!

June 23 2011 at 1:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Agi

Instead of the example of "other" countries where they run a soap for 6mos. to a year and then start a new one, why not just keep one running? If we know it's going to end in 6mos., it's just not as in depth and it will be something we can see the end of and guess what's going to happen, etc. So if you're going to start a new one, why not just continue the story? There's nothing worse than knowing the ending just because the 6mos. is going to be up. What kind of an idea is that??

June 23 2011 at 1:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ssnugsbug

My God I hope this is true. The more I thought about how ABC is ruining everything worth watching, the more I wondered what they heck they are thinking. Anyone saying that no one watches soaps anymore needs to have their head examined. Besides the fact that most of the actors and actresses have so many talents in so many areas, the shows are a part of tv history and should remain active for those of us who don't care about ABC's other ideas on "good programming". As far as I can see, these are some damned smart people with a whole lot of talent that a lot of us enjoy watching. What these actors put together in such a short time frame is amazing and much more fun to watch than the garbage on tv today. My favorite time is when the talents of the cast are showcased. This is what talent is all about and I for one never want to see my favorites gone. I, for one, am so sick and tired of silly "reality" shows and wish they would all burn and die. Not the people, but the shows. I also am hoping that if the soaps are picked up by Sony or anyone else, that Roger Howarth will continue on with One Life To Live for a long period of time. I think it is time that we had the real Todd Manning back. His acting is something I can sink my teeth into. Same can't be said for the present interloper. Last but not least, I can't wait to see Kirsten Alderson continue to grow and shine her way through life. It has been such a pleasure to watch her mature into a beautiful young woman. Her smile is enough to brighten anyone's day. She is a real treasure in my eyes. So, all in all, I wish all of us soap lovers good luck in being able to have them continue on. I think we all deserve this.

June 22 2011 at 9:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cicaramba

Here is an idea for all these soap opera stars and their loyal fans being deprived of daytime soaps. Why not follow the success of other countries' soaps (Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela, etc.) in "short soaps" (approx. 6-11 months long each? Maybe these soap opera stars should form production companies and begin making their own soaps. Each soap storyline could last 6-12 months and then you start a new soap opera with the same actors, adding new ones where needed and resting other stars who want to go do something else for several months. It's been successful in many countries, and I think this would be a fantastic way to keep these stars employed and keep their loyal fans. Fans would continue to follow their soap operas, knowing that the storyline would end before 1 year is up and another storyline would begin. This would keep the writers employed, the sets could be reused, and I'm sure the fan base would increase, which should help with advertisers and production companies picking up the soaps. I think it's a viable alternative. Just something to think about.

June 21 2011 at 3:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
SUNSHINE

I am hoping someone picks them up and also keeps them on regular TV and not cable. Please !! Please!!
keep our Soaps on the Air ----- an old time fan !!!

June 09 2011 at 12:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
SUNSHINE

I am also a long long time fan of AMC and OLTO. These programs are so much more interesting and better than
some of those stupid evening programs that don't make any sense. My husband start watching my Soaps with me
now that he has retired and has the time to sit back and understands now why I have watched them for so many years. Thank you Honey !! You are the Best ::

June 09 2011 at 12:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sandy

I hope, whom ever picks up these 2 soaps, it is on reg. TV & NOT cable. Not everone has cable. I have been a fan & have watched them, since the 1st episode.

May 29 2011 at 12:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
michcci

I AM A LONG TIME FAN OF BOTH AMC AND OLTL. I TAPE THEM EVERYDAY WHILE I AM AT WORK. PLEASE FIND A WAY TO KEEP THESE 2 SHOWS ON THE AIR. WE REALLY DO NOT NEED ANY MORE TALK SHOWS. I WOULD HATE TO SEE MORE PEOPLE OUT OF WORK. PLEASE SAVE AMC AND OLTL FROM GOING OFF THE AIR.
I WOULD BE HEARTBROKEN TO NOT BEING ABLE TO SEE MY FAVORITE SHOWS. I DON'T WATCH MUCH OF ANYTHING ELSE ON TV.

May 21 2011 at 8:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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