OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today that it has acquired the first 40 episodes of The OnLine Network‘s reprisal of the daytime dramas All My Children and One Life to Live. The popular dramas started up production again this year — online — after ending their runs on ABC in 2011 and 2012, respectively. OWN’s airings give viewers a chance to see episodes on more traditional TV during what the network is billing a “special exclusive 10-week limited engagement” beginning July 15.
“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. “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, which co-produces the series with The OnLine Network. “We look forward to our millions of fans enjoying the first 40 episodes of the shows.”
Half-hour episodes of All My Children and One Life to Live will air Monday through Thursday on OWN beginning July 15. All My Children will air at 1pm ET/PT, and One Life to Live will air at 3pm ET/PT.
UPDATE 7/1/13: OWN says that on July 15, the first three episodes of All My Children will air from 12pm-1:30pm, with the third episode repeating at 1:30pm. The first three episodes of One Life to Live will air from 2pm-3:30pm on July 15, with the third episode repeating at 3:30pm. Original episodes will then air daily at 1pm (All My Children) and 3pm (One Life to Live) daily beginning July 16.
All My Children cast: Chapman Baehler; Styling by George Kotsiopoulos