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Is ABC Daytime About to Announce a Two-Year Pick Up For One Life to Live?!


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Jamey Giddens @ DC: In an article for the Denver Post, journalist Joanne Ostrow is reporting ABC is about to announce a two-year pick up for embattled soap opera One Life to Live.

ABC owns its soaps, unlike the CBS relationship with P&G. ABC's "One Life to live" is soon to announce a deal to live two more years.

Okay, this industry and her fans have some rough times in the last few years, but if this news proves true, I say it's reason enough for us to all go dancing, butt ass naked in the streets, singing "For Fronsie's a Jolly Good Fellow"!

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Well wait a minute, thinking about it more, ABC owns their soaps, they don't have to announce deals to continue them. Am I wrong? I thought they only have to announce if they're canceled. If thats right, then maybe that writer doesn't know WTH she's talking about.

I posted on DC that she probably heard something positive, but worded it incorrectly. I guess we'll find out.......or not.

ABC never announces such deals with their soaps, I call bullsh!t on this and once again Jamey Giddens trying to drum up attention for himself.

There really is an article in the Denver Post., so this one is not on Jamey.

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Well wait a minute, thinking about it more, ABC owns their soaps, they don't have to announce deals to continue them. Am I wrong? I thought they only have to announce if they're canceled. If thats right, then maybe that writer doesn't know WTH she's talking about.

Right.

Really, and I know some peoplve are gonna act a ass over this, but if ABC is announcing a "two-year pick up" for a show they own, then it sounds to me like they're giving it a two-year cancellation notice. Why else would they say "two years?" Why not one? Or three? Or four or five or six? Line it up with SOAPnet's demise in '12, and it makes sense to me.

And this is not to say that AMC won't get the same notice.

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What if One Life has signed some kind of production deal with other sources that lowers the cost even more ....much like the idea of AMC going to LA was to lower costs? Maybe it just means that a new production model will essentially 'buy' some time for another two years and then see what happens.

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Right.

Really, and I know some peoplve are gonna act a ass over this, but if ABC is announcing a "two-year pick up" for a show they own, then it sounds to me like they're giving it a two-year cancellation notice. Why else would they say "two years?" Why not one? Or three? Or four or five or six? Line it up with SOAPnet's demise in '12, and it makes sense to me.

And this is not to say that AMC won't get the same notice.

I actually thought the same thing, but how would the Denver Post get such information? This is likely bull, ABC has never done this but I do think a soap will be cut in 2012 once SOAPnet ends.

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There are a number of problems with the article this post is based on....

ABC owns its soaps, unlike the CBS relationship with P&G. ABC's "One Life to live" is soon to announce a deal to live two more years.

So ABC owns a show and is expected to renew it for another two years? If this were May, I'd believe it, but September? Not so much. Besides that is bunk considering ABC doesn't even do renewals for their soaps, since you know, they own it.

This month, the second long-standing soap signed off when, after a 53-year run, "As the World Turns" joined "The Guiding Light" in the history books. At the end of the year, Oprah Winfrey will halt her syndicated show, taking her empire to cable. We're poised for The Next Big Thing. Will it be junky repurposing or something new?

Yes, As The World Turns ended this month and joined Guiding Light in the soap opera graveyard. But, Oprah's show doesn't end until next September....you know, September 2011.

Financially, the price of the daytime soap became unmanageable in an era of network cost-cutting. The networks will spend much less rerunning a prime-time show they already own in the afternoon or launching another syndicated chat show. And they'll draw younger, more lucrative audiences.

See again, ABC owns their shows and repeats them enough through out the year to make back expenses on some of the originals already broadcast through out said year. Oh, and did I mention ABC already owns their soaps?

On another note, I don't get the point of the article, but that is just me.

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I agree Errol, the article was very poorly written and seems pointless. Cause as you said ABC OWNS their soaps and doesn't renew them, they just cancel them

There seems to have been a structured idea for the article, but nothing ever followed through. It was sentence followed by period. The follow-up sentences didn't even link well. The concept of the article makes sense, but the product published just didn't follow through on expectation.

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