As the pieces of the biggest soap puzzle ever are beginning to unfold, there is a report from TV Guide’s Michael Logan that from his sources that it looks like Prospect Park will waste no time — or lose any momentum — and will launch the online version of All My Children on Monday, September 26, three days after the soap ends its 40 year run on the ABC Television Network.
There is also this report that soaps biggest star, Susan Lucci (Erica Cane) looks to be on board for the move as of now. TVG stated, “There’s also highly reliable buzz — unconfirmed by Prospect Park — that Susan Lucci has agreed to move on with the show, though to what extent she’ll participate or for how long isn’t clear. Most (if not all) of the soap’s other top stars have yet to enter negotiations.”
And what of the creative teams and how the debut online on the 26th will impact the network television two-hour finale? TVG stated, “We also hear Prospect Park plans to retain current head writer Lorraine Broderick and executive producer Julie Carruthers. But are there major rewrites in the works for the ABC finale? Broderick, working in tandem with AMC‘s legendary creator Agnes Nixon, had planned to tie up most of the major storylines with nice tidy bows. Now such a finale is problematic, since creating a few cliffhangers would encourage viewers to check out the internet version.”
Tell you what? If this can all work out, soaps are in the unique position to prove to the mainstream just how viable and how strong their audiene is as they are by moving into the latest technology, while pulling off a top quality show at the same time.
More on this developing story in the days ahead!