Over Thanksgiving it was announced that long-running ABC soaps One Life to Live and All My Children would not, in fact, be reincarnated as web series as was plannedOne Life to Live will end in January while All My Children ended, what turns out for good, in September.  As always, the problem turned out to be money.  Hulu and Google wouldn't pony up much dough for the soaps, while unions representing various creative talent refused to allow pay cuts for their people.  All of this fell through despite many of the actors signing deals to continue working on the show.

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After One Life to Live ends, there will be a grand total of 4 soaps on the networks left over.  Apparently advertisers were afraid the over-50 set wouldn't watch these shows online.  Of course, anyone pouring over the comments on my article about Live From Daryl's House will see that there are a lot of the over-50 set watching stuff online, more than you think, and adamant about it.

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The other factor is that the audience that used to watch soaps are moving on to other things like social media, game shows, talk shows, and online games.  Those who really wanted this to happen are lamenting the wasted opportunity, as it says in the LA Times article:

 "They had an amazing vision for not only the soap opera genre but for television," said Linda Marshall-Smith, founder of the Santa Monica-based website Soapdom, which follows daytime dramas.

"This was going to be a new place to watch TV-quality entertainment, and you could do it on the go, watching on your iPad or laptop, whether you were in the grocery store, in a doctor's office or waiting to catch a plane," Marshall-Smith said. "Maybe they were just a little bit ahead of their time."

I think it's easy to say soaps online would have worked.  They just couldn't get a financial deal in place that made everybody happy.  I guess everyone thought a precedent would be set if the actors, writers, etc. would have taken a pay cut.  As for Hulu and Google, I'm sure it's tough justifying spending a lot of money on a medium that is dying out on television.  Who was to say that they would have gotten a good return on their investment?  It would have been a huge risk, but in Google's case, kind of surprising.  They have the money to make almost anything worth a shot.  So that they said no to spending much money on soaps says something.

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Anyway, bad news for those who want to continue watching new episodes of their favorite soaps online.

  • Kelly Jones Staats

    I WILL NEVER AGAIN watch ABC during daytime hours. I do NOT NEED ANY more cooking or self improvement shows. I HOPE OTHERS will join me in this boycott.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001801515627 Merrylynn Mart

    I have watched both AMC & OLTL since I was a child. I named 2 of my Daughters' Erika & Brooke. ABC made a HUGE mistake canceling these 2 shows. I will NEVER watch ABC again! If I could un -program (so to speak) ABC on my TV's, I would do so in a heartbeat! Where are the statistics coming from that state people would not watch the soaps online? Shame, shame on the people who got everyone's hopes up that the soaps would continue online. My afternoons will NEVER be the same. I hope the 2 BEST soap operas of all time can be released on DVD or shown in re-runs on some TV station.

  • Cathy Deubell

    I will not watch 1pm-4pm on abc and will boycott all of abc , u cheap mother ffffffffffffffffffffff/////, and will boycott all abc day and night , news flash , there programs anyway , cant wait till they go under , bye abc.

  • Nichol Roberts-Jackson

    NOT HAPPY! I was looking forward to continuing this online...THIS SUCKS BIG TIME! 1

  • Diane Durocher-Schreier

    I just can't belive why these two shows can't be saved in someway or put on another channel? anything

  • Barbara Pulliam

    I can't believe they canceled One Life to Live. I looked forward to watching it after a stressful day at work. There are to many stupid talk shows. I never could get into watching General Hospital to boring. One Life to Live was more interesting kept my attention. BIG MISTAKE SHOULD OF CANCELED GENERAL HOSPITAL AND KEPT ONE LIFE TO LIVE. : (

  • Magen Lopez

    I have been watching OLTL online for a while now, I'm very sad :'(.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000564192659 Nora Komenda

    A lot more people over 50 would continue to watch oltl & amc than they think. I will miss them and will not watch whatever replaces in time slot.

  • Pamela Hutchins

    ...and YES I intend to boycott ABC!

  • Pamela Hutchins

    Totally devastated...:(

  • Kim Noell

    This is sooo crazy! I cant believe this is happening! ABC is going to lose alot of their daytime viewers!

  • Kimberly Morgan

    really upset I would have watched both online and I'm starting to really like One Life To Live I'm heartbroken can't believe they are taking them off the air and putting stupid shows on ugh why ABC why I hate you I still watch other shows on ABC but will never be the same without my soaps I hate this so upset and sad makes me want to cry.

  • Val

    I would like to know if all the fans get together and it is about 50 million of us paid a dollar and buy our own cable network. Place the shows on the cable network and paid 10 dollars a month we could keep our favorite soap on the air. We just have to get google to manage the network. It could work.

  • Mandi Glase

    I will refuse to watch ABC from 1-3. They have ruined the afternoon for me completely. Very sad....

  • sheila

    i 4 one wouldnt have continued watching one life 2 live on the internet. i feel it should end with dignity tying up whatever story lines need 2 b tied up. if they wanted 2save $ y not reduce the days they were being aired. like instead of 5 days a week, y not 3 days. at least people would have their jobs. i dont understand y they didnt do that. now all these people will be out of work. btw, the chew, what a horrible replcmnt 4 the soaps, boring & totally unnecessary.

  • Susan Carlson

    I believe this is a big mistake that All My Children and One Life to Live have been replaced. I don't watch the Chew that replaced All My Children. So many people I know watch these two soaps how could they take them off the air. These actors are the best on all the soaps! Please find a way to get the shows back on. I don't have anything to look forward to any more. I always recorded the shows when I couldn't watch them and replayed them at night.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1623443643 Crystal Girard

    completely heart broken.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1623443643 Crystal Girard

      i love "one life to live"...such a sad month.

    • LeAndra VanderWall

      it might be tough to do, but hop on over to cbs & start watching Young & the Restless - all the cool kids are doing it :) if they ever get rid of my show I'm not sure how I will survive haha

    • Margarita Davidova

      i do that already

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000748136354 Mary Lou Ricciardi McEwan

    I love watching One Life & would have watched online. Now no ABC from 2-3. What a disappointment!
    I will really miss One Life :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000322521480 Natalie Alexander Billings

    I'm so sad they areg not continuing online! I've been watching them since they started and would have gladly continued on line. I refuse to watch any of those silly shows ABC is putting on instead.

  • Margarita Davidova

    very , very disappointed or pissed off, or I can even use stronger language.

  • Lisa D

    I love to watch OLTL They are all so talented and
    I will miss seeing them especially Clint, he's my favorite. I wish they could keep this show on

  • Cindy McNamara Olszewski

    BOOOO! But the amount of time I will have each day... plus!

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  • Mary Dunham

    I have watched All My Children and One Life To Live since day one. I will be so dissapointed if someone does not find a way to keep them going in some venue.I will never watch any of the replacment shows or ABC,DISNEY,ESPN etc

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  • Denise Barnhart

    I really wished that theywould of continued online.

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  • Judi Maksen

    so darn mad!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000145787519 Nancy A. Levy

    I have been watching OLTL since 1976, when I was 19, NEWS FLASH, I'm over 50, and still love my soap. I don't appreciate ABC, Brian Frons or the Prospect Park Losers to decide what I am going to watch and what I don't. We all know the Chew and the Revolution are ridiculous and its always been about the almighty dollar that is worshiped. Truly SHAME ON ABC, Brian Frons and Prospect Park. Karma will get you all in the end.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001333631543 Dallas Bratton

    Well my mom is 53 and I'm 23. My mother has watched one life to live since it first aired and I cant remember not watching one life to live. The best stories are on now too and you just cant take away the only thing I have to watch of a day I am a stay at home mom and this is one of 3 shows I do watch and will be very upset to loose my fav show! Please put the online atleast!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1347586656 Lorrie Wyatt Taylor

    Totally speechless!