Karey Burke comments on AMC & OLTL reboot

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ABC exec’s comments spark renewed hope for canceled soaps’ return.

With all the reboots and revivals happening in TV and movies lately, it was just a matter of time before soap operas joined in on the fun. Or at least, will hopefully join in. Soaps.com has learned that ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke made comments at the recent Television Critics Association tour about bringing All My Children and One Life to Live back from the dead, first reported in Soap Opera Digest.

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At the event (where executives, actors, and producers make themselves available to reporters and critics to talk about their respective shows and networks), Burke commented on the strength of ABC’s only remaining soap General Hospital. She forecasted that the daytime drama would continue long after she left her position with the network. While that’s great news for GH fans, her words about the show’s canceled sister soaps were the real eyebrow raiser. When asked about rebooting the former sudsers, she said, “There might be some conversation about that. There might be.”

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All My Children ran from January 5, 1970 until September 23, 2011, while One Life to Live was on air from July 15, 1968 until January 13, 2012. They were both revived by Prospect Park and streamed online in 2013 for a short time before getting canceled again, due to many behind the scenes issues.

In 2017, ABC was given back the rights to AMC and OLTL, sparking hope in soap fans that they would once again be transported back to Pine Valley and Llanview. While Burke’s comments have renewed hope, nothing is set in stone. However, this development does allow for characters from the ABC soaps to appear in Port Charles, including Hillary B. Smith’s Nora Buchanan who popped up as Valentin Cassadine’s (James Patrick Stuart) lawyer and when Alexis Davis (Nancy Lee Grahn) came looking for help for Julian Jerome (William DeVry).

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