Northwestern University students with a flair for the dramatic will have a chance to pen a script for the soon-to-be-resurrected soap opera "All My Children."
Production company Prospect Park's The Online Network is relaunching the canceled ABC soap online along with "One Life To Live" April 29. It's teamed up with Northwestern to offer students involved in the school's annual Agnes Nixon Playwriting Festival a chance to honor the festival's namesake.
Prospect Park co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz, a Northwestern alum, and Barbara O'Keefe, dean of the university's school of communication, announced Monday that the writing winners for this year's festival will be given the opportunity to craft a script for Nixon's "All My Children." (Nixon is a creative consultant on both programs.)
The writers will get an outline for an upcoming episode when the show premieres and then have one week to produce a finished script.
In a prepared statement Dean O'Keefe said, "Agnes Nixon not only had the foresight to help us create and build our playwriting program at Northwestern -- she is supporting our most talented students as they take the next steps in their development. It is amazing that someone like Ms. Nixon, a pioneer in serialized television, is helping our 21st century students use the newest channels for presenting their work."
New, 30-minute episodes of both soaps will be available to stream online weekdays via the free Hulu service and to Hulu Plus subscribers watching on connected TVs, mobile phones, tables and PCs. The iTunes Store will offer both series via iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV and Mac and PC.