The Online Network just scored a coup for its daytime soaps: OWN will air the first 40 episodes of All My Children and One Life to Live for a special 10-week run.
Half-hour episodes of each show will air Monday through Thursday on the Oprah Winfrey cabler beginning Monday, July 15. AMC will air at 1 p.m. ET/PT and OLTL at 3 p.m. ET/PT.
“These shows have proven to be very popular with a significant, loyal fan base, not to mention Oprah herself is a big fan,” said Erik Logan, president, OWN, in a statement. “Many of our viewers across numerous platforms have expressed their passion for the soaps so we are especially excited to air this limited engagement on OWN.”
“We are really excited to bring OWN viewers and our audience at large an opportunity to catch up on All My Children and One Life to Live on traditional television,” said Jeff Kwatinetz, CEO Prospect Park Networks in a statement. “We look forward to our millions of fans enjoying the first 40 episodes of the shows.”
TON has been airing original episodes of the old ABC soaps since April 29. They are produced by Prospect Park, which bought the rights to both serials after ABC dumped them. The deal with OWN should help offset the costs of producing AMC and OLTL and could be the start of a long-term relationship – assuming they perform well on Oprah Winfrey’s cable net.