Huge News in Soapdom - ABC Relocates All My Children to Los Angeles

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Susan Lucci (Erica, All My Children)As All My Children heads to LA, One Life to Live gets bigger digs in NYC.

All My Children, which has taped it's episodes at ABC Studios on West 66th Street in New York City since the show's inception in 1970, is on tap to relocate to sunny southern California next January. Once All My Children moves to LA, One Life to Live, a long time neighbor of

All My Children at the same studio facility in New York, will move across the hall to All My Children's larger stages and will remain in New York City.

According to the official word from ABC, All My Children's new facility in Los Angeles is twice as large as its current one. It has two stages, which will allow it to keep standing sets. And get this. The new studio is also an upgrade not only in space, but in production equipment. It will allow the show to switch immediately to high-definition TV.

Additionally, One Life to Live will enjoy similar upgrades when the show moves into the current All My Children stages, which is 30 percent larger than One Life's current space.

Preparations for the relocation are now underway. All My Children is expected to make the move in December and begin taping episodes in Los Angeles the week of January 4, 2010, almost 40 years to the day of the show's premiere. One Life to Live will make its move to its new home as soon as All My Children vacates the premises.

"All My Children is one of the most recognizable brands in television, and we are committed to continue telling and enhancing the stories of the residents of Pine Valley," said Brian Frons, president of the Daytime division of the Disney/ABC Television Group. "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. 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."

Even Agnes Nixon, creator of both shows, weighed in. "I am so grateful for the wonderful commitment from ABC to 'All My Children,'" she said. "While I will miss being able to run over to the show ... it feels a little like I am sending one of my children off to be married. ... I am glad the network is making moves that will enable the team to continue telling stories about Pine Valley. ... There are many more secrets to be revealed."

It is not yet clear whether the new Los Angeles location for All My Children will be next door to the current General Hospital stages at Prospect Studios in Los Feliz, or an entirely new facility, perhaps near ABC Headquarters in Burbank. We will keep you posted on this.

The good news is that just because AMC is heading for new digs, 3000 miles from its current location, they are not going to make any cuts in the cast to accommodate the move.

"All of the talent (aka the cast) has been invited to come to Los Angeles," said our contact at ABC Daytime. Whether they all will choose to make the move remains to be seen. After all, Susan Lucci lives on Long Island in a beautiful estate. Some actors own penthouse apartments in Manhattan. Those with kids in school would have to uproot them, or become bi-coastal dads or moms. Much to consider for the actors.

However, this news couldn't be better or more timely for the city of Los Angeles, the film and television capital of the world, which has experienced bouts of "runaway" production of late, where other states and countries offer financial incentives to lure production away, costing jobs and financial loss for the local economy. With so much production leaving the city, it's great to see ABC bringing one in.

"We are very enthusiastic about ABC's decision to bring All My Children to Los Angeles," said Todd Lundgren of Film LA, the agency that coordinates all film and television permitting for the city.  "We welcome new production."

By the same token, we can't help but believe that NYC is very saddened to see the show go -- especially after just losing Guiding Light to cancelation.  Suddenly, the city will go from having four soaps produced in town, to just two: One Life to Live and As the World Turns.  The fact that All My Children is leaving must be even more of a shocker to New York, when on January 5, 2005, the soap's 35th anniversary, the City of New York presented AMC with it's own street sign, All My Children Way, right outside the 66th Street studios.

Oh and in case you forgot, All My Children has been on the air for 39 years, One Life to Life for 41, and both have enjoyed critical acclaim since their inception. One Life to Live was the most honored show at the 2008 Daytime Emmy Awards, with a total of 13 nominations that garnered six wins. All My Children earned 19 Daytime Emmy nominations. For Emmy 2009, the ABC network garnered the most nominations.  Both shows will continue to air in their regular time slots after the relocation.