ABC shuffles soaps

'All My Children' production moving from N.Y. to L.A.

ABC Daytime on Tuesday said that production of "All My Children" will move from New York to Los Angeles and that "One Life to Live" would move into "All My Children's" former New York space.

"All My Children's" new facility is twice as large as its current one. It includes two stages, allows for more standing sets and for an immediate switch to high-definition TV.

"One Life to Live" also will expand as its new home is 30% larger than its current space.

"All My Children" will relocate in December. It will begin taping episodes in Los Angeles the week of Jan. 4, 2010, and will begin airing in HD in February. The move of "One Life To Live" to its new home will take place soon after "All My Children" relocates.

"The move to Los Angeles enables both 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' to dramatically improve the series production models and achieve significant efficiencies while enhancing each show," said Brian Frons, president of the daytime for Disney ABC Television Group. "We had to examine every option on the table to combat the current economic realities, and rising costs of production, and we are doing it in a way that makes each of our shows stronger."

"All My Children" has been on the air for 39 years, "One Life to Life" for 41. "All My Children" airs every workday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., with "One Life to Live" following from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Once a staple of daytime programming, soaps have hit rough times.

Earlier this year, CBS canceled "The Guiding Light" after a 72-year-run, replacing it with a new version of game show "Let's Make a Deal."

ABC too has been exploring other options for its current afternoon block of three daytime dramas, including a pilot for a talk show hosted by Aisha Tyler.