If you looked at the soap opera history calendars, today was the day back on July 15th, 1968 that creator Agnes Nixon debuted One Life to Live on ABC! The show originally was planned to be titled Between Heaven and Hell.
Over the next four decades plus the show gave a home to such talents as: Judith Light, Robin Strasser, Erika Slezak, Al Freeman Jr, Robert S. Woods, Kassie DePaiva, Tuc Watkins, Roger Howarth, Linda Dano, Michael Easton, Melissa Archer, Trevor St. John, Susan Haskell, Brynn Thayer, Gerald Anthony, Thorsten Kaye, Andrea Evans, Joe Lando, Jessica Tuck, Nathan Fillion, Ryan Phillipe, Tommy Lee Jones, Gina Tognoni, Phillip Carey, and we could on … and on … and on!
The show aired its final episode on ABC on January 13, 2012, after it was canceled by ABC in a shocking move, while its ratings were on the upswing, after Brian Frons, then president of ABC Daytime, lowered the boom that both All My Children and One Life were being taken off the ABC Daytime line-up.
The final ABC OLTL executive producer and head writer, Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati were then moved by ABC over to General Hospital, since the creatives became available once the original start date for the online version of OLTL by Prospect Park failed to come to fruition.
Then, Prospect Park on its second attempt brought back the beloved soap and it premiered online via The OnLine Network on April 29th, 2013 only to have it sadly cancelled and shelved after one season amidst legal disputes with ABC.
So, in honor of One Life and all the fans that miss it, showed their relentless passion for it to be reborn again, and to its stars and creative staff,, and all the crew that worked on the show, here’s a look at the many memorable opening title sequences of the ABC version and then the teaser promo for the return of OLTL via TOLN. Watch those below, and then let us know if you still miss the soap often dubbed the-little-engine-that-could!