How Many Lives Does 'One Life To Live' Have?

Fans of the soap opera One Life to Live are worried their beloved show is going away for good. It left network TV last year for the Internet. A legal dispute has shut down production all together, and it might not restart.

Copyright © 2013 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Oh this is terrible - the soap opera "One Life to Live" may have run out of lives. The company that took the show online recently announced that it is suspending production.

NPR's Sam Sanders tells us why.

SAM SANDERS, BYLINE: This is not the first time "One Life to Live" has been on life support. In 2011, ABC canceled the show, because of low ratings. But, earlier this year, new episodes of "One Life to Live" came to the Internet - on Hulu - with a snappy new theme song featuring Snoop Dogg.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG)

UNIDENTIFIED SINGERS: (Singing) It's a brand new...

SNOOP DOGG: (Rapping) One life to live.

SANDERS: Erika Slezak plays Victoria Lord on the show. In an interview this summer with Larry King, she was ecstatic about the program's new lease on life.

LARRY KING: And how's it doing?

ERIKA SLEZAK: It's doing unbelievably well. We are number one on Hulu.

SANDERS: Ratings were actually higher online. But just this week, Slezak was the bearer of bad news. She confirmed on her website that production of the show would be put on hold because of a lawsuit.

The company that owns "One Life To Live" is suing ABC. They accuse the network of sabotaging the show, killing off "One Life To Live" characters that also appear on ABC's "General Hospital."

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW)

UNIDENTIFIED ACTRESS: Oh, you mean that Brett(ph) lied to him for months and that John...

SANDERS: ABC denies the charges. The case is pending in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Sam Sanders, NPR News.

Copyright © 2013 NPR. All rights reserved. No quotes from the materials contained herein may be used in any media without attribution to NPR. This transcript is provided for personal, noncommercial use only, pursuant to our Terms of Use. Any other use requires NPR's prior permission. Visit our permissions page for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR's programming is the audio.

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

Support comes from: