After months of anticipation, the day has finally arrived for the returns of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.” Both soaps premiered today with brand new episodes via Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes. As previously reported, the two soaps have been getting some love from Hulu starting with an email campaign on Friday and a weekend trip on the Hulu bar, which highlights several recent episodes of popular series airing on Hulu. Today, Hulu gave each series their own spot on the bar with positions #1 and #2, ahead of such staples as ABC’s “Revenge” and “Once Upon A Time” or FOX’s “Family Guy” and “American Dad.”
In a new posting on his Facebook page, Michael Easton (ex-John McBain, “One Life to Live” and “General Hospital“) says, “SUCCESS AND HAPPINESS…to my family of friends in their new venture. I know you’re going to be a big hit…” The actors comments are understood to be in reference to the re-launches of both “OLTL” and “All My Children,” which premiere today on Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes.
As previously reported, Easton has signed on to return to “GH” to portray an unnamed character debuting in May.
UPDATE 10:46 PM ET: According to sources, Prospect Park does hold licensing rights to “GH” should ABC decide to cancel as reported by the Times. “The rights includes both online and broadcast rights,” is what we’ve since been told since our previous update.
PREVIOUS 9:39 PM ET: According to a report in The New York Times, highlighting tomorrow’s launch of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” via Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes, the gold standard publication revealed that Prospect Park, the company behind the new “AMC” and “OLTL,” also holds the licensing rights to “General Hospital” in the event ABC decides to cancel the soap too!
Robert S. Woods has portrayed the contract role of Bo Buchanan on ABC’s “One Life to Live” off and on for more than 30 years. Just a few months before the soap went off the air in January 2012, Woods joined several cast members in signing up for the Prospect Park version of the series, which was to pick up right where the ABC run ended mere days earlier. While things didn’t materialize the way they were supposed to back then, Woods admits he’s having fun now. “So far the scenes we’ve done are really fun. They’re like the scenes we did early on that kind of endeared the characters to people because they like to watch them have fun,” says the actor of scenes he’s shared with onscreen love interest Hillary B. Smith‘s and her character Nora Buchanan.
When “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” debut with brand new episodes on Monday, April 29 on Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes, they will have the full support of CBS Daytime. Angelica McDaniel, Senior Vice President, CBS Daytime, wishes Rich Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz, whose Prospect Park licensed the two soaps from ABC in 2011, nothing but the best.
“Congratulations and best of luck on the success. Your success is our success and vice versa. And it’s just a thrilling new experience and I look forward to seeing where the journey takes you,” she said in a message relayed via Soap Opera Network.
“Due to unforeseen circumstances the Jacksonville, Nashville and Cleveland shows have been cancelled. Refunds are available at the point of purchase,” is the message posted on the official website of A Tribute to Pine Valley, which has held events around the country honoring the 41 year life and history of ABC’s “All My Children.”
Michael Muhney has announced on Twitter that’s he’s signed a new contract with CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” that will keep him in Genoa City as his character, Adam Newman, through at least June 2015. In a tweet to his more than 50,000 followers the actor commented, “Lots of ‘Adam’ to come.
On Monday, April 29, “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” debut with all new episodes on Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes. As part of its promotional campaign, which included an email alert to millions of Hulu Plus subscribers yesterday, Hulu has given both soaps the infamous Hulu bar treatment with a link to the “They’re Back” video highlighting that each show is “Back & Better Than Ever.”
Earlier today, millions of Hulu Plus subscribers received an email from Hulu promoting the returns of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.” In the email, subscribers were provided with a link to the trailer highlighting the stars while at the beautiful photo shoot in Sleepy Hollow, NY earlier this year. Touted as “hulu exclusive series,” “AMC” and “OLTL” premieres Monday, April 29 on Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes.
An ABC representative has confirmed to Soap Opera Network that Maura West (ex-Carly Snyder, “As The World Turns“; ex-Diane Jenkins, “The Young and the Restless“) is joining the cast of “General Hospital” as Ava Jerome. West is scheduled to debut during the week of May 6, which promises viewers will see “tons of exciting things happening that week.”