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All those Emmys: 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' were pure gold

All My Children Susan Lucci TV newsABC just canceled two programs that were more than just classic, beloved legends of daytime TV: "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" were real winners.

"All My Children" was voted best drama series three times at the Daytime Emmys: 1998, 1994 and 1992. David Canary won four times in the lead actor race: 1993, 1989, 1988 and 1986. Darnell Williams (1985) took that category too. Among lead actress champs were Dorothy Lyman (1983) and the very first star to win the Daytime Emmy for acting: Mary Fickett (1972).

It was an Emmy quest involving an "All My Children" superstar that ran like a bizarre soap opera at the awards show for decades. Susan Lucci lost 18 times before ultimately prevailing. When she finally held the Emmy in her grasp at the podium in 1999, she said, "There's something to be said for anticipation. It's not all bad."

It's shocking, but "One Life to Live" won best drama series only once (2002). Star Erika Slezak won lead actress five times: 2005, 1995, 1992, 1986, 1984. Other lead actress champs: Susan Haskell (2004), Judith Light (1981, 1980), Hillary B. Smith (1994) and Robin Stasser (1982). Lead actor victors: Al Freeman Jr. (1979), Robert Woods (1983).

— Tom O'Neil

 

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I have watched both shows since I was a teenager in the 70's. I will definitely miss them and have to find something else to record to watch and relax after a long day at work. Very Sad

I was very disappointed to here that ABC has chosen to cancel All My Children.
I have been a loyal viewer since my college days in 1981. We would hang out in the student center and watch between classes. I was hooked and for the last 30 years have continued to return home over my lunch and spend an hour in Pine Valley. AMC is so much more than a show to me - they are family. I have laughed and shared their pain. As the poem reads that Agnes Nixon read several years ago....I believe it was around Myrtle's memorial...You are all my children. Shame on you ABC after years of clever "Disney product placement" in scenes. As a loyal viewer I chuckled, Yes ABC, I know you own Disney. And after the Star Power of Susan, Camron, Eaon and Rebecca to Dancing with the Stars and Skating with the Stars! And the topper was the obvious Reeces Peanut Butter Egg commercial in yesterdays episode. I am surprised Jake and Amanda could finish the scene without breaking up. CAMPY. Which normally for AMC I like - but go ahead and suck every dollar you can earn from this talented and entertaining group of actors before you throw them out is September. ABC your viewer demographic is changing? I guess so - go ahead and remove this 48 year old $50k former viewer.

I know that most likely the cancelations are because of money. Many of us have spent years watching these programs, and the actors are family that we will miss. I am like others that don't watch pm TV because there isn't much we can really enjoy as entertainment. The new ideals for entertainment at night have been games, and reality shows that I am truely tired of. I enjoy a continuing story with good acting, something that combines comedians, singers, dancers, hot topics, and is all within the towns and familys that we like to spy on. Daytime actors seem to be the real deal, with having to memorize lines, new each day. If ABC plans another judge show, talk show, cooking show, or game show, I won't be watching. One nice thing is that it may get us younger people out of the house, but it will surely have the elders looking up old black and white TV shows on cable.

The shocking thing about this is deciding to toss them both at the same time. Since ABC has not cancelled a soap in many years (since Ryan's Hope, I believe) it seems bad business sense to toss OLTL at the same time as the lower rated AMC. It is a shamed that a medium that has produced Emmy winners, Oscar winners, and creative and innovative writing and technical innovations has been destroyed by a short-sighted business decision. It is further a shame that this great training ground for actors is dying an untimely death.

I predict that neither of the scheduled replacement shows will be hits, and many fans are vowing to delete ABC from their channel displays.

I am so upset that you would cancel All My Children. I have been watching it since the 70's. I think you are making a BIG BIG MISTAKE!!!!!!

I hate the fact that One Life To Live is going off the air in January. Could you all change your minds. Please don't take it off the air. I've been a loyal fan since high school. Please reconsider.

I can't believe it! I will miss it. So sad. Have watched since I was a little girl with my grandmother, who never missed an episode.

 
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