In a twist worthy of soft lighting and an afternoon time slot, ABC’s cancelled soap operas are rising from the dead.
This morning, The New York Post reported that they’d heard ABC had sold the rights to “All My Children” and “One Life to LIve” to a production company that would continue making the shows — and air them online.
People sitting down at their computers to watch their stories?
Preposterous, we thought. Insane, even.
After all, that arrangement isn’t going to work for two key sectors of the soap opera audience — people who are doing other stuff while they watch, and people who don’t move from in front of their televisions all day.
But now ABC has confirmed that report.
After the shows’ TV finales (“Children” goes dark September 23rd; “One Life to Live” has a January 2012 finale date), they’ll continue their storylines on a yet-unnamed website and “additional emerging platforms.”
And while our original doubts about the Internet-soap romance remain, hey — we’re just happy that all these people still have jobs.
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