Long-running US soap opera All My Children has been put on hold after new owners Prospect Park reportedly decided that they only need one soap for their upcoming online TV channel. Since One Life to Live is already further ahead with preparations for a 2012 online launch, All My Children is ending after more than 40 years.
It always seemed a little odd that Prospect Park were planning to test out the online soap business model with two different soaps. Some fans half-expected the two shows to be merged somehow, but now it seems that One Life to Live is to go ahead while All My Children is on pause. Whether All My Children will ever return is unclear.
Recent years have not been kind to US soaps, with many losing viewers and falling by the wayside. Prospect Park’s plans for a new lease of life are pretty bold, but they’re also taking quite a gamble. If One Life to Live is an online hit, however, it’s likely that plans to get All My Children online could be accelerated.