Soaps In Depth was lucky enough to get an early screening of ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE’s first episodes, so we thought we’d give you our take — spoiler free, of course!
Right off the bat, the shows look great and any worries fans may have over “cheap looking Internet shows” should be dispelled within the first minute. The sets are all new but you can easily recognize landmarks like the Chandler mansion or the Lord library. Both shows have a definite younger vibe and what feels to be a quicker pace to them and both contain some cheeky, self-referential nods to the soap genre, the move to the Internet and even their younger feel. There was humor and mystery and sadness and love — yes, sweet and steamy love in the afternoon! (Or morning, or evening or whenever you choose to watch.)
AMC has enough new faces to keep viewers busy getting to know them, but this shouldn’t come as a surprise as we were told that the show would heavily feature the next generation. And don’t panic because they’ve got their vets too and from what we’ve seen, it certainly doesn’t look like they’re all relegated to supporting roles.
OLTL’s younger crowd is prominent as well, but it feels like more of a mixture, with the next generation and the previous one interacting more, so right off the bat each show has its own feel. With OLTL, it’s more familiar faces forging new relationships and sometimes taking off in new directions.
Fans should be happy to see their old favorites return and the set-up to some exciting storylines — one episode in and they’ve both got their share of surprises and intrigue! They may not be your grandmother’s soaps, but they didn’t reinvent the wheel — it’s still rolling along just fine!