[Full disclosure: both Shawn Brady and Akbi Khan are heavily involved in the fight to bring “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” back to life].
Last month, the rights to “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” reverted back to ABC/Disney (ABCD) after a prolonged lawsuit between that company and production studio Prospect Park. Since then, members of the Save Our Soaps (SOS) community have been working overtime to see that ABCD brings those iconic shows back on-screen.
Fans Are Fired Up
Through phone calls to the offices of ABCD TPTB, emails to them, Tweets targeting them, and even postal mail letters addressed to them, supporters of these classic soaps have let the top brass at ABCD know that they expect the properties not simply to languish on the vine now that ABCD owns them again.
Assistants to ABC head honchos Ben Sherwood, Channing Dungey, and Vicki Dummer have all made it clear that their bosses have received many communications from fans daily and that they are aware there is great interest from fans in seeing AMC and OLTL resurrected.
A Facebook Group That is Leading the Fight
The Facebook group “Save AMC and OLTL” wrote on its page today, “Many of you have been asking for a sign that things are happening; that we are making a difference. There have been some recent glimmers of hope. Nothing concrete but we hope that by sharing some of this information you too might feel a bit better and encouraged to keep tasking.”
A Little AMC and OLTL History
ABCD canceled AMC and OLTL in 2011 and 2012, respectively. The Eye Network then sold the rights to Prospect Park (PP), a production company who produced online versions of them. The PP online iterations of the soaps then ceased production in 2013 due to the cost of a lawsuit PP filed against ABC over rights to certain characters from the two sudsers.
Daytime giant Agnes Nixon developed AMC in 1970 and OLTL in 1968. Both shows ran uninterrupted on ABC until 2011 and 2012 respectively, gaining masses of fans and becoming part of the cultural fabric of the United States.
For more on what you can do to help bring AMC and OLTL back, visit the “Save AMC and OLTL” Facebook group.
Update, January 11th: Now there’s more you can do!
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