After ABC Entertainment denied and denied this, today it’s finally announced that All My Children is moving from NY to LA, and One Life to Live is moving into AMC‘s vacated NY space. It’s a cost-saving move because in NY AMC‘s small studio space requires the show to store most of its sets and props off-site at a cross-town storage facility and all the to-and-fro comes directly from its operating budget. Whereas in L.A. the show can build permanent sets. No word if popular stars like Susan Lucci or Michael Knight will make the move, but it will surely stress out everyone who works on the show. (Like the Ugly Betty move in the opposite direction.) AMC will begin taping episodes in Los Angeles the week of January 4, 2010, and airing in HD in February. Meanwhile, ABC also is denying rumors that, if it adds The Aisha Tyler Show (already okayed for a pilot) to its daytime line-up, the network may trim two of its daytime soaps to a half-hour each. I can’t wait for the fan shit-storm if that happens.
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