Prospect Park’s digital resurrection of long-running soaps “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” have found a home on cable TV — but for now only in the Great White North, not the U.S.
Production house cut deal with FX Canada, which has exclusive Canadian broadcast rights to sudsers. Half-hour segments of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” premiere April 29 and will air weekdays starting with “AMC” at noon ET followed by “One Life” at 12:30 p.m.
FX Canada is majority owned by Rogers Media, in partnership with News Corp.’s FX Networks.
Prospect Park licensed rights to both soaps after ABC canceled them in 2011. Prospect Park is currently shooting new segs at a studio in Stamford, Conn., and will debut both Stateside on April 29 on Hulu, iTunes (for 99 cents each) and on Prospect’s website, The Online Network.
FX Canada also carries Prospect Park-produced comedy “Wilfred” plus shows from Stateside FX cousin, including “American Horror Story,” “Louie” and “The Americans.”
“ ‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life to Live’ are a unique addition to FX Canada’s slate of provocative and critically acclaimed dramas,” Scott Moore, Rogers Media’s broadcast prexy, said in a statement. “As the only television channel in North America broadcasting these new series, FX Canada continues its commitment to deliver exclusive, premium content to its viewers.”
Prospect Park is freshening up the skeins, which each ran on broadcast TV for 40-plus years. Sudsers include old and new characters.
In addition, to appeal to younger auds, studio enlisted Snoop Lion (rapper formerly known as Snoop Dogg) to write and produce the new theme song performed by Iza Lach for “One Life to Live.” Snoop Lion also will guest on three segs.
“Our partnership with Rogers answers an overwhelming demand from viewers in Canada to access our transformed ‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life to Live’ programming, and incrementally furthers our footprint across all of North America,” Prospect Park partner Rich Frank said in statement.