OWN to Air 'All My Children,' 'One Life to Live'

Chapman Baehler
"All My Children"

The cable network will begin a 10-week run this summer with the first 40 episodes of the soaps.

OWN is taking a shot with daytime soaps.

Oprah Winfrey's cable network has acquired the first 40 episodes of All My Children and One Life to Live -- currently running on The Online Network — for a limited 10-week run this summer.

The half-hour episodes will run Monday through Thursday beginning on July 15. All My Children will air at 1 p.m. with One Life to Live airing at 3 p.m.

"These shows have proven to be very popular with a significant, loyal fan base, not to mention Oprah herself is a big fan,” said Erik Logan, president at OWN. “Many of our viewers across numerous platforms have expressed their passion for the soaps so we are especially excited to air this limited engagement on OWN.”

“We are really excited to bring OWN viewers and our audience at large an opportunity to catch up on All My Children and One Life to Live on traditional television,” said Jeff Kwatinetz, CEO Prospect Park Networks. “We look forward to our millions of fans enjoying the first 40 episodes of the shows."

It is unclear whether OWN will acquire more episodes if the soaps perform for the network.

All My Children and One Life to Live, both canceled by ABC in 2011, returned with new episodes on April 29 on The Online Network.

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