They (the very vocal and very loyal viewers) have been told that their much loved 41 year old afternoon scripted drama TV show “All My Children” has been purchased by the Production Company Prospect Park but the feeling this sad, sad Monday is that it is the first day of the last week of All My Children.
One has to ask oneself if they will ever see the characters of Pine Valley again? While Prospect Park says they plan to air the soap on the Internet, most people with a brain bigger than that of an insect realize that airing something on the Internet is vastly different than airing something on Network TV. Who will be watching the show in this new format? Well, it will be people that are at the very least computer savvy with high-speed Internet connections that are faster than what most people have in today’s American homes.
The fans are not hopeless however; they do hold out hope that their beloved show will somehow get back on their actual television sets. With Prospect Park having shows like “Royal Pains” doing well very on USA Network, one has to wonder if Prospect Park is talking to USA or other cable networks about airing the show. One can hope and one can imagine that it could happen.
I think that ultimately all of our television programming will be linked up to any data that our computers can access but one has to wonder if the world is ready to jump in right now? One also has to wonder if “All My Children” which had so many great years on Network Television has been chosen by Prospect Park to be the guinea pig in the experiment of sliding or porting TV shows over to this avenue of delivering product to the public. That leads one to wonder that if this proves to be successful, will we be able to view via our television sets just like we can order movies like Video on Demand, Blockbuster online or Netflix?
All of this remains unanswered questions to the All My Children Fans as the iconic soap series begins its last week on ABC and network television. The fans pray that this is not the last time they see all the wonderful characters of Pine Valley and the talented actors and actresses that filled those roles. With confirmation that several of the actors have already moved on and speculation that many more will not be staying because they are just not sure that this Internet viewing is a sustainable project to get involved in, caring fans have the right to worry. What is supposed to feel like the beginning of something new is still feeling like the death scene in the famous soap where on Friday at 2:00 p.m. eastern time, the life support plug will be pulled from All My Children.
The last page in the worlds most viewed photo album will be turned and the lights will go out in Pine Valley possibly for the very last time leaving the viewers with the longest cliffhanger ever, either 4 months or forever. Viewers will have to wait until January to find out either way.