Susan Lucci may still be able to keep her day job.
The female actor who’s played Erica Kane on the ABC soap opera All My Children for the past 41(!) years and counting looked as if she would need a new gig come September 23, 2011. That’s the date ABC set as the final episode of the daytime television staple. The broadcast network announced in April it would cancel the show along with One Life to Live due to sluggish ratings and the notion from ABC execs that new The View-esque style programs could fare better in their time slots.
But now it looks like Kane, her fellow residents of Pine Valley, Pennsylvania and the denizens of Llanview, PA will live and die and come back to life again off of TV and on the web. Claire Atkinson at the New York Post reports ABC has sold the online rights to All My Children and One Life to Live as part of a deal with management and entertainment company Prospect Park.
The series will reportedly live on a “TV-focused” online network, which Prospect Park principals are currently raising cash to create.
The cast, crew, and story lines of AMC and OLTL (which together account for more than 21,000 episodes of television) will remain the same after their broadcast television finales (which makes my and probably your mom and these people very excited).