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Have you been following the fates of All My Children and One Life to Live? Then you know the latest game plan: AMC wrapped its run on Sep 23rd, and OLTL will end in January, but both ABC soaps are headed for a re-launch online.
Unfortunately, it now appears that this plan's been put on hold. The Online Network (the planned new home for both shows) is still starting up in January. But execs at Prospect Park, the media company launching the network, haven't been able to convince enough AMC stars to reprise their roles online. Susan Lucci rejected an offer to re-sign, and several other stars have apparently demurred as well. So far, the only actors who've agreed to move online with the show are Cameron Mathison (Ryan Lavery) and Lindsay Hartley (Cara Martin).
So now the company is just focusing on its online version of One Life to Live. They've had better luck with that cast, signing Erika Slezak (Victoria Lord), Ted King (Tomas Delgado), Michael Easton (John McBain), Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer), and others.
According to Variety, they haven't given up on All My Children, but its revival "is expected to be delayed by at least a few months."
But ABC.SoapsInDepth.com is speculating in more dour terms: "According to our insiders, the company…has decided that they only need one soap opera for their new Internet channel…Word is that they are not moving forward with the AMC reboot."
Why have the AMC stars been so hesitant to embrace the new venture? Moving the shows online would require cost-cutting, and several stars have revealed that their salaries would be cut substantially.
In this interview with TVGuide.com, Mathison explained that "we all have our different variables with whether we want to continue on. It may have nothing to do with the fact that the show is going to be on the internet. It may just have to do with personal stuff." Asked whether his friend and on-screen love Rebecca Budig (Greenlee Lavery) might cross over, he said, "It sounds to me that she is open to the fact of trying to figure out some possibilities."
But if those possibilities come with a lot less money, they're a lot less enticing.