Television Q&A

‘All My Children,’ ‘One Life’ return Monday as online shows


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Q. I am still trying to understand how to watch the new versions of All My Children and One Life to Live if you do not have Hulu or iTunes. There are a lot of people who don’t, so how do they expect to get a lot of viewers?

When AMC and OLTL begin new telecasts on Monday, they will be online shows available through Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes. That means you need a computer or a smart TV connected to the Internet, or other devices, including phones and tablets, that have access to Hulu or iTunes. If you can connect your computer or other device to your TV, you can then watch on your television screen.

Hulu does not charge a fee, but Hulu Plus does. The Apple empire includes iTunes, a download service with music, movies, TV shows and other material you can obtain for your iPod, iPad and other devices.

As for making money, in television, it’s not about the number of viewers you have, it’s about how you generate revenue. The Hulu telecasts will include commercials; Hulu Plus is a subscription service so people pay a monthly fee to get it, and iTunes will charge 99 cents per episode downloaded or $10 per month for a subscription. Look also for product placement in the shows.

Q. I would like to know if James Arness is still alive, and whether he has family. I know that his Gunsmoke co-stars Ken Curtis, Amanda Blake and Milburn Stone have died.

Arness died in June 2011 at the age of 88. According to his New York Times obituary, he was survived by his second wife, a son, stepson, six grandchildren and a great grandchild. Another son and a daughter predeceased him.

Q: What is the status of Make It or Break It? The last time the show was on the air was prior to the 2012 London Olympics.

ABC Family decided not to continue the series about the ups and downs of a gymnastics team in April 2012 after three seasons. The last telecast premiered in May of that year, and took the gymnasts through the Olympic trials. If you want to revisit the show, the first two seasons are on DVD and the all three are on Amazon Instant Video and Netflix.

Q. What happened to Ridge on The Bold and the Beautiful?

Ronn Moss, who played Ridge Forrester on the CBS daytime drama for 25 years, left the show in 2012. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, he said, “I felt that I needed to go in this new direction to give myself the chance to do all the creative things that I haven’t had a chance to do in 25 years, because I’ve dedicated so much of my life to this.” The part was not recast.

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