Preview: Next week’s premiere of All My Children and One Life to Live (and an AMAZING giveaway!)

Just about a year and a half ago, All My Children and One Life to Live left our worlds – and for diehard lifetime soap fans such as myself, it was a deeply personal loss.

We grew up watching these soaps – with our grandmas, with our mothers, with our best friends. Our favorite characters aged with us as we aged — they became a part of our lives, and when they were gone, it was as if someone had died.

But — in true soap fashion — they are back from the dead!  All My Children & One Life to Live are back! The shows will premiere on Hulu starting at midnight on Monday, April 29th and will also be available on Hulu+ and iTunes for on-the-go viewing, and be prepared for them to be steamier than ever: Since these shows are “off network” their content is more adult oriented and includes profanity and other material not appropriate for younger children!

Suds are getting steamier! (Lust in the afternoon, indeed!)  Read on, because I’m hosting a giveaway for one Roku Streaming Player (ARV $80) and two signed show scripts (one from All My Children and one from One Life to Live). But first I want to give you more info about what to look forward to!

All My Children revolves around the lives of the residents of fictional Pine Valley. For nearly forty years, this town has seen the trials and tribulations of its dynamic families. Now your favorite stories are back, and more dramatic than ever!

The shows will be available for streaming on Hulu’s website, but subscribers to Hulu Plus can watch on a variety of other devices. And the episodes will be available for purchase on iTunes! Meaning — I think — I can even tune in next week from Israel!

The best part about this news is the huge significance of it: This resurrection is much like Stefano rising from his ashes on DAYS – it’s the antithesis of the doomsday scenario plaguing our soaps for decades. And isn’t it somehow fitting that TV’s oldest genre, carried over from radio, should now be making the transition to a 21st-century online platform complete with Agnes Nixon, who created both shows, as a digital pioneer?!

It’s a potentially restorative move that could prove the TV medium failed soaps, not the other way around.

People will claim the genre has been declining for decades as viewership withered. But those of us who pay attention know otherwise. AMC was averaging 3.2 million viewers a day and OLTL had 3.8 million viewers at their time of cancellation. Obviously they both had a lot of LIFE LEFT TO LIVE.

Since 1970, the residents of All My Children’s Pine Valley, PA — including its most famous citizen, Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) have seen their fair share of scandalous hookups, feuds, and devastating murders. Pine Valley luminaries include resident hero Ryan Lavery (Cameron Mathison), Fusion Cosmetics maven Greenlee du Pres (Rebecca Budig), perpetual troublemaker David Hayward (Vincent Irizarry), funnyman Tad Martin (Michael E. Knight), and the unforgettable romantic duo of Angie and Jesse Hubbard (Debbi Morgan and Darnell Williams).

All My Children actors include returning actors include Debbie Morgan as Dr Angie Hubbard, Julie Barr as Brooke English,Sal Stowers as Cassandra Foster, Eric Nelson as AJ Chandler, Denyse Tontz as Miranda Montgomery, Jordan Lane Price as Celia Fitzgerald, Ryan Bittle as JR Chandler, Eden Riegel as Bianca Montgomery, Cady McClain as Dixie Cooney, Ray MacDonnell as Dr. Joe Martin, David Canary as Adam Chandler, Heather Roop as Jane McIntyre, and Francesca James as Evelyn Johnson will be returning once the soap moves online.

One Life to Live follows the complicated lives of three main families: the wealthy Lords, the powerful Buchanans and the strong-willed Cramers. The quiet simplicity of small town living is often interrupted by the drama between them yet despite the struggles, strong family bonds keep them united.

The good people of Llanview, Pennsylvania, lead complicated lives. In a town of questionable marriage ethics, teenagers grow up fast and fall in love quickly. The quiet simplicity of small-town living on the Llantano River is frequently upset by an over-abundance of multiple personalities who disturb the peace. Despite the jealousy, betrayal, and occasional baby-swapping, Llanview is where the Buchanan, Lord, and Cramer families struggle to retain the strong family ties that have always united them.

One Life to Live actors include Corbin Bleu as Jeffery King as well as returning actors Erika Slezak as Victoria Lord Buchanan, Robin Strasser as Dorian Lord, Tuc Watkins as David Vickers, Robert S. Woods as Bo Buchanan, Kassie DePaiva as Blair Cramer, Jerry verDorn as Clint Buchanan, Florencia Lozano as Tea Delgado, Melissa Archer as Natalie Buchanan Banks, Hillary B. Smith as Nora Buchanan, Kelley Missal as Danielle Manning, Josh Kelly as Cutter Wentworth, and Andrew Trischitta as Jack Manning. Recurring actors include: Sean Ringgold as Shaun Evans, Shenaz Treasury as Rama Patel, and Nick Choksi as Vimal Patel.


One super lucky winner will receive a Roku Streaming Player (the model I’m  giving away is the Roku 2 XD. ARV $80) and  2 SIGNED show scripts, one from each show.

To enter to win, please make sure you are following @AlyWalansky and @AllMyChildren or @OneLifeToLive on Twitter (even better if all three!) – then, please tweet me (and your fave resurrected show of choice!) and tell us why you are most excited about the return — and what you hope to see happen. Please also RT this giveaway! For extra credit, please email subscribe to my blog (you’ll see the blog at right!) and pick any other recent post to comment on.

Deadline to enter is May 1 – good luck! And I’ll be watching these soaps with you every day!

This is a sponsored post from One2One Network and The Online Network. All opinions stated are my own.


  1. ravzie

    Ravzie/@DiverSheila your longtime fan gets your email and posts a fair amount.

  2. Tamar

    Combined entry: RT and what I’m looking forward to in one tweet. https://twitter.com/tamarsw/status/327813497532600322

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