Monday, April 29, 2013

'All My Children,' 'One Life to Live' return online

It seemed like it might never happen, but as promised when they went off the air, on Monday the soap operas "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" returned -- but as online-only shows available on Hulu. Folks in Canada get a better deal: New episodes of "All My Children" will air at 2 p.m. PT with "One Life to Live" following a half-hour later, on FX Canada.

Prospect Park had promised new episodes, but it's been a long wait. With their cancellations announced in 2011, "All My Children" went off the air in September of 2011 while "One Life to Live" continued until January of last year. Prospect Park will post new episodes every weekday starting at 5 a.m. ET / 2 a.m. PT. The Friday show will be a behind-the-scenes show / recap episode.

"All My Children" picks up its story five years after the finale in 2011, which ended in a cliffhanger. In the climactic scene, vierers saw a gun pointed at a room full Pine Valley’s residents, as a shot rang out. The opener sequence uses the signature "All My Children" red journal, but with a new theme song “We are the love we give."

That song comes from soap fan Snoop Lion, who is even reported to appear in a few episodes. In addition, adding to her resume in a non-reality TV role, viewers will see Jenni "JWoww" Farley as she joins the cast, playing a bartender.

But no, there will be no Erica Kane. You will see longtime cast member David Canary (Adam Chandler), though.

Over in Llanview, viewers will see Erica Slezak reprise her role as Vicki. Before the new credits were shown, there was already a murder.

Although the shows can be viewed on iTunes and Hulu, their home is on the website The Online Network. It's unclear if that site will become the home of other such original programming.

The idea of an online-only everyday soap opera series is certainly new, but online-only series are becoming de rigueur. Both Amazon's Instant Video service and Netflix have announced -- with Netflix already "airing" -- original online-only series.

The latest ten episodes will be available on Hulu for free, but will eventually cycle off. The first of the new "All My Children" episodes is embedded, at least for now.

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