It has been rumored for a few years now that the now-defunct ABC soap operas All My Children and One Life to Live could be coming back in some form.
This week some movement on this has been revealed, with the primetime soap Pine Valley, an All My Children continuation of sorts, has been announced at ABC. ABC Signature is the studio.
Multiple trade publications report that the potential series, currently in development, would focus on a young journalist with secret agenda that comes back to expose Pine Valley’s “dark and murderous history,” all while getting in the middle of a feud between the Kane and Santos families.
Former series stars Kelly Ripa and Mark Conseulous are executive producing the project. It is written and executive produced by Leo Richardson, who worked on Lee Daniels’ Star as well as The CW’s Katy Keene, in addition to having experience on the British soap opera, Eastenders. Andrew Stearn Robert Nixon, son of the late All My Childen creator Agnes Nixon, also executive produce.
Per Deadline: Pine Valley will feature a new generation of characters and some old favorites. There are currently no deals in place with original cast members but the plan is to invite a number of them to make an appearance, with Ripa and Consuelos also possible making a cameo. Pine Valley plans to continue the original series’ legacy of tackling difficult issues and being inclusive.
The trade publication also states, “As it will be in primetime, Pine Valley will have a heightened tone and will wink to the daytime soap genre similar to how the CW’s Jane the Virgin paid homage to telenovelas.”
All My Children initially ran from 1970 to 2011. After Prospect Park acquired the rights, a short-lived web series revivaal aired on The Online Network via Hulu in its early days. ABC went on to get the rights back and has been trying to plot the best way to bring the shows back to television.