Prospect Park’s planned 2012 online revival of “All My Children” following its September exit from ABC is expected to be delayed by at least a few months.
Sources familiar with Prospect Park, which had announced July 7 that it would bring both “Children” and “One Life to Live” back to life early next year as Internet series, believe they are leaning toward staggering the reboot of the two soaps, with “One Life” returning ahead of its counterpart.
ABC aired its final episode of “All My Children” on Sept. 23, replaced by food talkshow “The Chew.” “One Life” is scheduled for a January farewell from the Alphabet net, to be succeeded by health-and-lifestyle show “The Revolution.”
The soaps are scheduled to air on newly created The Online Network (TOLN), which Prospect Park has said will launch in January with entertainment and lifestyle shows that would compliment the soaps.
While several cast members have been locked up for “One Life,” the same hasn’t been true for “Children” — underscored by series legend Susan Lucci turning down an offer to stay with the series. In September, Cameron Mathison and Lindsay Hartley did sign on for the post-ABC online version of “Children.”
From the day Prospect Park announced its plans to keep the two soaps alive in an ad-supported online format, questions were raised over how the projects would be funded, with speculation quickly arising that a cable home would necessarily be found for them.
Former Disney Studios head Rich Frank co-founded Prospect Park, which co-produces such shows as “Royal Pains” for USA and “Wilfred” for FX, with industry vet Jeff Kwatinetz.