10:13am PT by Rick Porter
ABC Eyes Primetime 'All My Children' Continuation
ABC is looking to bring its daytime soap All My Children to primetime.
The network is in early development on Pine Valley, a drama that takes place in the same fictional town as the long-running daytime drama, which last aired on ABC in 2011 and had a brief revival in 2013 via production company Prospect Park.
Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, who both had multiyear tenures in the cast of All My Children, are among the executive producers of Pine Valley, as is Robert Nixon, the son of AMC creator Agnes Nixon. Leo Richardson (Fox's Star, British soap EastEnders) will write the script. ABC Signature is the studio.
The potential series would center on a young journalist who comes to Pine Valley to expose the town's dark and murderous history — only to become entangled in the longstanding feud between the Kane and Santos families. ABC is billing Pine Valley as the primetime version of All My Children.
The soap ran for 43 seasons on ABC before the network canceled it and fellow daytime drama One Life to Live in 2011. ABC then licensed the two shows to Prospect Park, which was aiming to create an online TV network in the early days of streaming. After numerous delays and stops and starts, All My Children had a brief run from April to September 2013. ABC regained the rights to the show in 2016 following settlement of a lawsuit brought by Prospect Park.
Ripa, Consuelos and Albert Bianchini are executive producing via their Milojo Productions. Richardson, Andrew Stearn of Andrew Stearn Productions and Robert Nixon also exec produce.