‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life to Live’ Go Online — Do The Un-Canceled Soaps Hold Up?

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Just as so many soap opera characters have met untimely demises only to be brought back to existence through the miracles of witchcraft, brain transplants, and identical twin-related hijinks, the recently axed series All My Children and One Life to Live have found new life online. After spending more than 40 years on the air, each of the two long-running daytime series were cut (in 2011 and 2012, respectively), leaving devoted viewers with a gaping hole in their afternoon distractions. But the Internet — that dear, sweet friend of ours — has delivered on the promise to revive both soap programs, finally launching the pilots of the revamped All My Children and One Life to Live.

With so many years behind them and so many twists, turns, and face-slaps embroidering each week over the past four decades, we’ve seen a good deal of changes take on the complex worlds of AMC and oLTL. These new incarnations will only offer more differences, including some new cast members. But this doesn’t necessarily mean that the revived series will be abandoning their old spirit — check out the pilots below, and let us know if the shows hold up to their original forms.

All My Children

One Life to Live

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Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.