Inside the Online Revival of ‘All My Children,’ ‘One Life to Live’

On his 48th birthday earlier this month, Jeff Kwatinetz spent seven hours meeting with Agnes Nixon, the grande dame of modern soaps, in Manhattan. The octogenarian served him a cupcake with a candle.

The duo discussed the imminent rebirth of two of Nixon’s creations, “All My Children” and “One Life to Live,” which ABC canceled in 2011 after 40-plus years as daytime staples. Kwatinetz, topper of production and talent-management firm Prospect Park, parsed storyline arcs and went over production notes with her that Saturday at her hotel and then over dinner. It was three weeks before the April 29 premiere of the shows’ new incarnations, which include many of the same characters and actors. But at least in the States, they won’t be on regular TV — they’re coming exclusively to the Internet.

If Kwatinetz made any kind of birthday wish, it was surely that the two weekday serials will
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