You have to hear what ABC Programming Exec Nathan Varni said will get AMC and OLTL come back–and keep the soap genre vibrant!
Actively In Talks
ABC doesn’t have room on its daytime schedule right now for two more television shows, but it is actively in talks “around town [Hollywood]” to find other, likely digital, platforms to put them on, Varni said.
AMC and OLTL on Amazon or Hulu?!
“We’ve been exploring options to revive them online, but it’s going to take a while, because we need to find someone to pay for it.”
Varni added, “In this environment, where original digital is becoming more and more popular with Amazon and Hulu, we are looking for more, perhaps a partnership or a home.”
The Number One Most Important Thing Every Soap Fan Must Do
Watch. Daytime. Varni proved his dedication to the soap genre and daytime fans everywhere when he said it doesn’t even matter which network you watch. ABC, NBC, CBS–whatever. Just watch daytime. One soap’s ratings are support for them all. “Fans need to band together and return to watching daytime soap operas,” he stressed. It proves the genre has a big, active fan base.
“If the audience can increase in the daytime soap opera viewing space, we have more and more evidence that we should bring back AMC and OLTL [on TV]or sell these platforms on a digital space,” Varni said.
“We just can’t have 500 people watch the show. So, it needs to be millions and millions of people. The more people we can get to watch daytime TV, the more we can build a case to bring back some of the old favorites,” Varni said.
You’re Being Heard
Your behavior, watching soaps in particular, matters, said Varni.
“I want everyone who’s emailed, and Facebook-ed, and Tweeted me that we are working on it. We just don’t have an answer as of today, but we understand the shows are very important to the fan base.” He continued to say: “I know the fan base is big, it’s hungry, you just have to show up and watch, so that people will see there’s still an appetite for these type of shows.”
But that’s huge, right, dear Soap Cities readers? It’s the first loud and unmistakable confirmation from a network executive that our tireless dedication to our beloved soaps makes a difference.
Other Tasks From Our Two Fave Facebook SOS Groups
First, join the Facebook group Shawn Brady, Soap Cities co-founder and co-Editor-in-Chief’s is co-admin of, Soap Fans United. There, you’ll be always up-to-date on the latest goings-on in the soap community.
Then like Facebook group Save AMC and OLTL (SAO). Do the tasks which they compile and we repeat for you here. While we love to bring you the latest news on their thorough and inspired suggestions, it’s good to keep checking their page for updated tasks every day.
Yesterday they suggested emailing the heads of Netflix and Hulu to let them know we want those digi-platforms to pick up AMC and OLTL!
Here is the relevant contact info, as compiled by SAO.
Email Netflix: Elizabeth Bradley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Email Hulu: Craig Erwich at email@example.com.
What else can you do?
We at Soap Cities believe Amazon would be a great partner and home for our beloved soaps. So, we recommend contacting Roy Price, VP of Amazon Studios and global head of Prime Video content.
Tweet Amazon: @RoyPrice
Price has been working on building up Prime Video to globally complete with Netflix. When tweeting Price, let him know you are AMC and OLTL fans who would love Amazon to partner with ABC in rebooting our beloved and iconic soaps.
Varni summed it up best: “Just try to watch daytime soap operas as much as [you]can!”
We wholeheartedly agree, don’t you dear readers?
Give us your input in the comment section below. Check back with Soap Cities for more AMC/OLTL news, updates, fun, and more! Follow us on Twitter at @soapcities, on Instagram at @soapcities, and come chat with us in our Facebook group. All My Children and One Life to Live will one day be back on-screen—never doubt!