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New episodes of All My Children and One Life to Live are airing online

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Soap opera fans can rejoice as new episodes of One Life to Live and All My Children start airing online Monday. Two years after ABC (s dis) canceled them, the soaps are coming back to life — but only in digital format, via Hulu and iTunes (s AAPL).

Production company Prospect Park, which licensed the shows from ABC, will run new, 30-minute episodes of each show Monday through Thursday. (Previously, each episode was an hour long and a new one ran each weekday.) On Fridays, there will be a recap of the week. Episodes are available for free streaming on Hulu and Hulu Plus, or can be downloaded from iTunes for $0.99 apiece or $9.99 per month (20 episodes). The free version of Hulu will only make the most recent episodes available, while Hulu Plus will have all of them.

The New York Times calculated that, because production costs are lower (due in part to having shorter and fewer episodes) and because ads on Hulu can be targeted, Prospect Park needs 500,000 streaming viewers to break even on the soaps. By contrast, the shows attracted three million viewers on TV. In addition, Variety noted that Prospect Park has the rights to sell the the shows to U.S. cable and broadcast networks starting in September (where, in an interesting twist, they’d be available a week after they air online) and is also distributing them to international television networks.

Even so, some longtime fans of the shows who are not accustomed to online viewing may be confused about how to find new episodes online. (That theory is borne out by many of the user comments on this paidContent post from January.) “We would hope that all [fans of the shows] would call their friends to make sure they watch them,” Prospect Park cofounder Rich Frank told Soap Opera Digest recently. “The way to ensure that this is going to work, because we’re really totally advertiser-supported, [is] that we’ve got to get the eyeballs to be watching this. They’ve done it before; it’s just a matter of rallying the troops and getting them to watch.”

56 Responses to “New episodes of All My Children and One Life to Live are airing online”

  1. valerie

    I am thrilled that One Life to Live is back on the air. I wish it was an hour long though. One half hour isn’t quite enough! I enjoy all the characters and look forward to getting to know the new characters. It is nice to see both Todd and Victor on the same set. The characters that I am missing the most and because they are not there, I am feeling a bit lost are: Rex, Gigi and Shane(the old characters, if brought back, would be awesome!!), Plus where is Jessica(the last actress to play her of course…she was great!!)? Please bring the original characters, if possible, back …please!!

  2. Nancy Stanley Martin

    Be glad that the shows were picked up & given the chance….come on people it’s just starting &I love it !!! Of course we would love all the actors/characters back but they have moved on at least for the time being…get over it. You can’t force them back. I look forward to see what the writers can come up with. WELCOME BACK!!!!!!!

    • Darlene Bess

      I am 67 years old, and am loving it!!! I dont have any trouble at all. I watch it on my phone. The only complaint i have is….wheres Tad?

  3. Susan

    ok, if your grandma or mom do not have a computer, or do not know how to use one, then why not gift them with an internet ready tv, which can go as low as $299.00 plus whatever
    the tax is. I just bought one from best buy, and I know they have a cheap one on amazon as well. They are 36 inch flat screen internet ready tv,s that a good daughter, or son or grandchild can gift their mom or grandmother with, as well as a cheap computer, then go their homes and set these things up, so the soaps can be watched on tv. Its really quite simple, and your moms or grandmothers, can be happy watching all my children and one life to live again, in the privacy of their homes, and on television again. Happy viewing to all you moms and grandmas or even grandpas out there. The shows are awesome. I have been watching them on tv everyday.

  4. Alice Bland

    Let me start by saying that I am so happy that AMC is back! As I am their #1 FAN since the very beginning!!! Although many of the original cast are no longer here, in time we will get to know the new ones as well. “Erica” (Susan Lucci) is sorely missed, but rumor has it that there is a possibility that she may still surprise us and return. PLEASE SUSAN LUCCI, COME BACK!! Ryan, Greenlee, Kendall, Tad and JR, we miss you all and (with this terrible interruption of the show) our hearts are with you all as you start other journeys in life.

    However, if any small possibility of any of you returning please do so…… we miss your presence but are so happy that AMC is back! Thank you Prosepect Park for getting the ball rolling and HULU for coming through for AMC faithful fans. I will be watching everyday and telling all my friends, relatives that AMC is BACK!!!!

    Don’t worry, the Nielson Ratings through internet will soon go through the roof too, you’ll see! Alice in (Queens, NY)

  5. Kathy

    I’m glad that OLTL and AMC are back, however, the Friday episodes are a waste of time. I do not want to see behind the scenes, if I did I’d prefer to look at them without missing an episode. The half hour format is disappointing, I can live with the half hour, not the Friday behind the scenes.

  6. Ladybug

    I just got finish watching ALL MY CHILDEN & ONE LIFE TO LIVE its nothing like back in the day. its really going to take alot getting use to. You see I have been watching these SOAPS since year 1977 until the ending 2011, so of course I was DESTROYED (A figure of speech) and when I saw they were coming back oh I got soooooooooooooooooooooEXCITED, but then I heard it wasn’t coming on t.v., and that I would have to go on line to watch it, yes I got very disappointed. You see I’m one of those from the old SCHOOL, you know back in the DAYS where we knew nothing about COMPUTERS. So I had to ask my children to show me how to get on line. I saw a whole new GENERATION there were more in OLTL & little in AMC, so with that being said I might get into it or maybe look at it every now and then who knows maybe oneday I go look at it and something may INTEREST me because right now I’M NOT FEELING IT. We were like FAMILY. ERICA ,KENDALL ,GREENLEE ,RYAN, JACKSON AND MY MAN TAD, OLTL MCBAIN & STAR (BRING THEM BACK HOME)

  7. Angela

    okay when you go to you are forced to sign up for a 7 day free trial on hulu plus and you have to put in your credit card number. I want to be able to use the version that allows you to save only one week which i read is on hulu plus requires payment.

  8. Fed up!

    The whole thing is moronic! Being from Canada alot of times we are not able to access “American” tv shows. That is just stupid. Trying to even find the shows is too confusing. I’ve given up, no matter how much I wanted to see them… I’m not paying.

  9. jeri bodine

    very hard to find the soaps computer keeps going to web sites and never to the show after 2 days i give up its not worth the frustation going to hulu,com abd it taking me ti the hulu plus so i wont be following you.

  10. Doesn’t Evelyn on the new All My Children look familiar? She played Kitty Tyler on the original All My Children!!!!!!!!!! They put a red wig on her and think we wont’ recognize her. All the loyal viewers from Day 1 of AMC are smarter than they think.

  11. PURELOVE 82

    It not far what bout the ones that have a computer to watch them??? A lot of the peoples that use to watch them is old and know how to work a computer.I’m just saying

  12. I’m in the coveted 18–49 age range and most of my peers, if not everyone I know, watches their TV through Hulu & Netflix or even Amazon Prime. Online viewing has come a long way in the last few years. I remember having to watch choppy low quality uploads of Days of Our Lives on youtube to keep up. Just awful.

    Cable and satellite are extremely overpriced. Who can afford $80 a month for TV that doesn’t give us content on demand? All these people in the comments bitching about how they can’t afford $7.99 a month makes me SMH. $7.99 a month for Hulu Plus is cheaper than a movie ticket. You can subscribe to both Hulu Plus and Netflix and still be paying less than what a full tank of gas costs. I wonder how many of these sad people subscribe to cable TV or satellite services? The users who haven’t switched to the new technological age are probably so old they will be dead and irrelevant in the next decade anyways.

    • Ladybug

      To this last comment that wasn’t nice to say you need to be vey careful in what you say, I say that because it could be someone in your family that is having a hard time in dealing with this new TECHNOLOGY that’s out here in this WORLD today. Never put the next person down because you never know what they may be going through.

  13. Nancy Langlois

    I absolutely love the new ALL MY CHILDREN. I think everyone is back to their perfectly executed lines. I do miss Jackson,Kendall, Greenlee, Ryan and Tad. I really don’t miss Erica;she had star billing long enough. I looove Zack and the doctor who “loved” Kendall.All I can say is to keep up the great work. Nancy Langlois

  14. It defiantly had a different feel to it. I am a huge fan and was supper excited to find out that it was coming back. The new episode has lots of new faces that will take some getting used too but I think I can manage :). Overall it was good and it felt good to see them back. I will continue watching..

  15. Jolene Torres

    For both AMC and OLTL I am so glad that they are both back but 30 minutes is way too fast. I miss the old cast new cast got to get use too. John mc Bain, Starr,Kendall, Erica, please bring back. And longer to an hour.

  16. shirley

    My mother is a great fan with All my Chrildren and One Life 2 Live but she don’t own a computer and how can she watch the show or will there be any chance of them coming to the Soap Network or ABC.

  17. Marg Caudle

    I just watched and I am still glad it is back but it had a different feel. Was not a big fan of the club scene is the soap going to try to get a younger crowd .I like that Victor is back . The show is missing something . I will keep watching.

  18. Jeanine

    As much as I was a fan of AMC…I will not pay for viewing on the NET. That’s a bit much. Sorry…but it’s not that important to pay money for it.

    • OK You do NOT have to pay for either one of them. Doesn’t anyone know how to read anymore. is FREE go to your computer or whatever deivce you use to get online
      type in you can search from there – type in All My Childre or One Life to Live
      you will get the current shows. Monday thru Thursday. The shows are now 30 minutes long. Friday will be a recap.
      If you want a subscription THEN you pay and you can view all episodes not just the “current” ones. I do now know what they are considering current ie how long the episodes will stay out there for free viewing before they go to hulu plus.
      Hope this clears up all these posts about paying to watch.

      • Janet Goldman

        Thanks is totally OBVIOUS if people could read and process basic information in the article that they are not being charged to watch them! What the heck is wrong these posters? I guess going 2 years without All My Children fries people’s brains.

    • Berryhappy

      Really? Are you joking? You do NOT have to pay for it! It is FREE, GRATIS, COMPLIMENTARY, A HAND OUT, FREEBIE…all you have to do is watch it on Hulu! Hulu shows a few commercials just like the show had when it was “free” on television.

      • Sure the US can watch but not the Canadians why is it restricted to Canadians…and yet Prospect Park wants 500,000 eyes to watch these shows. What was the deal with cutting FX Canada off PP??? So where do Canadians go to watch??? Why has production cut to 2 days a week rather than the 5 days a week shows??? Not enough viewers PP??? Will the shows last????

    • Janet Goldman

      They are not being produced by ABC…so just because you watched them before on network tv doesn’t imply that they are ‘free’ now. But in fact, the article indicates that you can watch them free on Hulu.