OK, let's not get too excited. OWN's run of the reboots of previously canceled ABC daytime dramas "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" is being dubbed a "limited engagement," according to Deadline.
Only the first 40 episodes of Prospect Park's online versions -- currently available on Hulu and iTunes -- will air on the network starting on July 15. Still, it paves the way for the less tech-savvy fans of the long-running soaps to catch up on the latest in Llanview and Pine Valley.
OWN President Erik Logan said, "These shows have proven to be very popular with a significant, loyal fan base, not to mention Oprah herself is a big fan."
True that. Oprah has long been a superfan of the ABC soaps, and in 1990, she celebrated the 20th anniversary of "All My Children" with soap legends, including Ruth Warrick, David Canary, and Susan Lucci. Five years later, she celebrated the show's 25th anniversary, and during the final season of her talk show, she paid tribute to the legendary soap stars once again, reuniting Lucci with all of her TV husbands. (Yes, all eight of them!)
In 2011, Oprah revealed, "When I first started in TV, I was obsessed with 'All My Children,' so much so that 28 years ago, I finagled my way on to the show."
In 1983, she landed a brief role on the soap that had her introducing herself to the character Pamela Kingsley in a restaurant: "I'm Oprah Winfrey from Baltimore, just visiting," she said. (Little chance she'd have trouble remembering that line!) The talk-show queen called the cameo her "big dream."Unfortunately, in 2011, ABC canceled both "AMC" and "One Life to Live," and fans petitioned Oprah to "save" the soaps. The OWN head honcho later released a YouTube video saying she wouldn't be taking on the "responsibility" of reviving the dying institution and declaring that she "really can't" save the soaps.
Blaming the shows' fledgling ratings for their demise, she said, "Believe me, if there was a dime left to be made from them on broadcast television, it would still be happening… I will not be taking on the responsibility of trying to revive an institution that for all intent and all purpose indicates that that time has come for it to be over."
She even said, "All good things come to an end."
Except when they don't, apparently.Check out Oprah's announcement here. More from this contributor:
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