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Watch: The Reboots of All My Children & One Life to Live

April 29, 2013

Streaming video has been rather quickly taking over viewers’ habits (it’s the only way I watch TV these days) and today marks one of the biggest hurdles in the genre: the debut of the re-boots of forty-plus year-old former daytime soap operas, All My Children and One Life to Live. They present an interesting dichotomy, which is why I am intrigued. And I’m certainly not the only one. These shows are old. They represent a dying culture. Their viewers are old. They’ve gone after a younger audience for years, with no success. But, there has been a lot of hype about these reboots, and with that, people are watching to see what kind of numbers these shows can really pull in.

Each serial will debut a new 30-minute episode Monday – Thursday on Hulu. And, as All My Children veteran Debi Morgan (Anglie) points out, “Soaps have gone from radio to TV and now to online, and what an honor to be at the forefront of this brand new day. I think it’s huge because in about four or five years, television is just going to be a monitor and everything’s going to be done through the Internet. So to be part of something that’s so groundbreaking… it’s just fantastic on so many different levels… it really is.” She’s right. We’ll see what happens. Sadly, I cannot imagine my grandma, who loved those shows so dearly back in the day, watching anything online. And, I’m sure that’s the case with many of the genre’s fans. Only time will tell.

 In the meantime, below are the re-boots for anyone interested. I watched them both. To be honest, they remind me of TNT’s Dallas: a much faster-paced version of the original, with a mix of old and new characters. There’s something to be said about the concept. The new people make sense because they’re the children of people fans once knew. Let me know what you think.

 

All My Children

 

One Life to Live

 

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