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This spring, beloved soap operas “One Life to Live” and “All My Children” found new life as online-only shows. Now they’ll air on cable, too, via a limited-time engagement on Oprah’s OWN Network.

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In April, popular soap operas One Life to Live and All My Children, got new life as Internet-only shows after ABC canceled them. The shows have been available on Hulu and iTunes, but many fans wish they were still available on TV. Now they’re at least temporarily getting their wish: Oprah’s OWN Network will air episodes of the shows for a 10-week “limited engagement,” starting July 15.

The episodes airing on OWN won’t be new: They’ll be the 40 half-hour episodes that have already aired online. On OWN, the episodes will air Monday through Thursday, with All My Children at 1 PM ET/PT and One Life to Live at 3 PM ET/PT.

“We are really excited to bring OWN viewers and our audience at large an opportunity to catch up on All My Children and One Life to Live on traditional television,” Prospect Park Networks CEO Jeff Kwatinetz said in a statement. “We look forward to our millions of fans enjoying the first 40 episodes of the shows.”

Since Prospect Park brought the soaps back to life online, it has tweaked its model several times. In May, the company cut back on the number of new episodes it aired each week after studying the way that viewers were watching the shows. “Fans have been binge viewing or watching on demand, and as a result, we feel we have been expecting our audience to dedicate what has turned out to be an excessive amount of time to viewing these shows,” Kwatinetz and cofounder Rich Frank said in explaining their decision to reduce the number of new episodes to two of each show per week.

Then, earlier this week, Prospect Park announced that starting on July 1, it will release all of the week’s episode online at once, on Mondays. “Now viewers will be able to choose to watch one episode each day or binge view some or all of that week’s shows at once starting each Monday,” the company explained.

Now fans will have another viewing option, on cable — though, judging by the passionate responses we’ve gotten to the soaps moving online, I’m guessing we’ll see some complaints that not everybody has cable and that the shows should return to network TV instead.

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  1. maria cylkowski Saturday, June 29, 2013

    Showing episodes that have already aired on the internet is stupid, you will never see if its a hit when weve already seen them, air NEW episodes and you will see a hit for sure

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    1. Showing episodes that have been shown online already is not stupid – if you’re trying to attract new viewers. Which is what they’re hoping to do…

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  2. Airing previous episodes will give everyone with cable a chance to see them. I bought the first 20 episodes on iTunes, now I can see the last 20 episodes. I don’t plan to purchase any more on iTunes nor subscribe to Hulu, so I am happy. I know Hulu had them online, but I didn’t enjoy watching on the computer…and to watch on the iPad, you needed HULU PLUS, A PAID SUBSCRIPTION. There are a lot of fans in my predicament, so perhaps the response on Oprah will be positive and OWN will continue to air the new upcoming epidoses. THANKS, OPRAH!!!

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    1. If your television has the correct ports…all you need is the correct cord to connect to your tv. I have been doing this for years now. Hope it helps! :)

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  3. Hulu is Free. However, I wish a network would pick up both AMC and OLTL!
    I have only watched 6 episodes,(it’s time consuming to watch it on the computer) but I am absolutely thrilled to have my favorite soap characters back!!!! A fan for 50 years! And Love it! Thank you!!
    Oprah…get rid of your repeats of Rachel Ray, Dr Phil and the other home decorator dude…Enough of food shows (That’s what ABC is for!) Dr Phil (total sell out)
    To bring back these legendary soaps….you might see OWN TV start having an audience???

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    1. I don’t understand…how is it time consuming to watch on the computer?

      And yep, maybe OWN will gain some viewers….

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  4. Its Just a guess, but I bet if enough people watch it on OWN than the network would have to at least consider picking up the shows, what network wouldn’t pick up a show if the rating are high?

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    1. I do think that is the hope of OWN…that these shows will do well and bring more viewers to their network. If it is successful – I believe OWN will pick them up permanently.

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  5. I am thrilled that these shows are finding a place on television. I am hopeful that all those who could not watch online will be able to watch on OWN. Maybe when they are successful OWN will air them permanently and not just for this trial run. And then we can work on getting our Canadian viewers to be able to watch again!

    :)

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  6. Thank you own network for bringing back all my children & one life to live.

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    1. H.L. You need to qualify that statement with “…on television”.

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  7. Jane Barbour Tuesday, July 30, 2013

    Thank you Oprah ….I have watched this from the beginning….am recording it daily….xo

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  8. Murielle Benoit Wednesday, August 14, 2013

    I’ve invested extra money to get the Own network so I could watch my two favorite soap “One Life To Live and All My Children” and as of today august 14, 2013 has not seen any of those promise episode that were suppose to start July 15th. I’m a very desappointed and angry subscriber of Own and as of august 31st will not be paying for it anymore

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    1. Murielle…do you live in Canada? Because of the ‘license’ that OWN Canada has with the FTC – they cannot show scripted programming. So if you are in Canada, you won’t get to see these shows. :( Sorry. As of right now, Canadians can only purchase them on ITunes.

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  9. I can’t believe that they have been showing these on OWN since July 15th and I never heard about it! I would have been watching on TV if I had known since I really don’t enjoy watching on the computer but have been doing so since I thought it was my only option. I would have thought they would have done a better job of advertising if they really were interested in getting people to watch. Thank you for putting them on and I will watch on your network Oprah if you continue to put them on. I was just channel surfing today and ran across them. I was very excited and immediately sent a text to my sister who is also a huge fan and was not aware they were now being aired on OWN.

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  10. I’m very upset that Canadian viewers cannot watch the soaps One Life To Live and All My Children. I recently subscribed to the OWN network hoping to start watching my soap that I have been watching for over 30 years.

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    1. Hi, I am a Canadian fan of AMC/OLTL. I am upset that we can not get to see them.The OWN network did start to air them but after a few episodes she stopped airing them.I don’t understand why they are making it so hard for Canadians to watch them.Prospect Park has the show Royal Pains on TV. This is an hour long program so I can’t see why they cannot put these two soaps on tv. Judging from ALL the fans World Wide that have spoken out for these soaps they have would have more than enough support to make them available to everyone. They need to do something about upgrading this license so people who live outside of the US don’t have to beg for our rights to have these programs.
      DEB

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      1. It has to do with the FTC and union issues and licensing. It is frustrating!

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