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The online home that will air new episodes of All My Children and One Life to Live finally has a name: The Online Network.
The Online Network, or TOLN (how long was this brainstorming session?), will launch in January with first-run entertainment and lifestyle shows, Prospect Park, the company that acquired the rights to the soaps, announced Tuesday. January is also when OLTL will wrap its ABC run (AMC aired its ABC finale last Friday.)
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Prospect Park also plans to add reality, scripted comedy and drama programming to TOLN's slate in the future.
"We are creating TOLN to conveniently deliver fans of quality television long form programming anytime and anywhere," Prospect Park founders Rich Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz said in a statement. "With broadband availability in 70 percent of U.S. households and the proliferation of Internet-enabled televisions, DVRs and wireless devices, ultimately we believe that online distribution provides the best platform to access 30- and 60-minute entertainment content. The viewer response to the shows we have licensed has been tremendous, and we have much more in development to appeal to a broad audience base."
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AMC and OLTL are expected to bow on TOLN early next year.
So far, four OLTL stars — Ted King, Michael Easton, Kassie DePaiva and Erika Slezak — have signed on to continue with the soap, while only two, Cameron Mathison and Lindsay Hartley, have done so with AMC. Susan Lucci reportedly has turned down an offer to move online.