So many soap operas have come and gone over the past 50 years. Perhaps one of the greatest to ever grace the television sets was the infamous One Life To Live. ABC was the lucky network to pick up this show. They aired it from July of 1969 until January of 2012. Even when the show was cancelled from ABC, Hulu picked it up for another season. Though they barely lasted a season there, the fans got to see some more of Agnes Nixon’s famous work.
The show originally started out as just a thirty-minute drama. However, fans wanted more of this show and ABC heard and met their demands. The show moved up to being forty-five minutes in 1976 and then again up to an hour long broadcast in 1978. Fans were satisfied with an hour of their favorite characters and their enticing story lines that seemed to keep viewers on the edge of their seats.
The picturesque town setting was Lanview, PA. It was supposed to be a suburb of the Pittsburg area. It was a fictional town, but it was known for its social and economic diversity. Many are shocked to learn that some of television’s greats got their start on this show. Remember the Cosby’s show’s Phylicia Rashad? Well, she got her stardom from this soap. The same can also be said of Judith Light and Reece Witherspoon’s ex-husband Ryan Phillipe.
The show ran for forty five seasons on ABC and lastly Hulu. During this time frame, they had eleven producers and they made over 11,000 episodes. They were not strangers to the award circuit either. They took home an Emmy in 2002 for being an ‘Outstanding Drama Series.” This show was also a springboard for many to launch better careers making more money. This can be said of Crystal Hunt from the Magic Mike movie series. She played Stacy Morasco on OLTL from 2009-2010. It was all the time she needed to be noticed and move on to big-screen roles, she’s had quite a few according to her CrunchBase profile.
She was a stripper on OTLT, as well as in the Magic Mike movies. The transition was easy for her, especially since she got the attention of many guys on the soap set. Rex Balsom was her lover on the daytime drama, but many feel her character was killed off too quickly to see where the real drama might lead her.