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Jobs will go down drain with cancellation of ABC soaps

ABC's decision to pull the plug on its long-running soap operas "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" in favor of cheaper talk and lifestyle shows will put several hundred people out of work.

Besides the roughly 40 actors employed full time by the two shows, hundreds of other performers, stunt men and women, directors, producers, writers and crew members will be let go. The cancellation of the two soaps is also a blow to production in Los Angeles and New York.

The news represents a "devastating loss," said the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

The Writers Guild of America East also weighed in saying it was "deeply disappointed by ABC's announcement." 

ABC is replacing the soaps with "The Chew," a program about food, and "The Revolution," a lifestyle show that the network said will "help viewers transform all areas of their lives, from relationships to family, food, style, home design, finance and more."

"We are taking this bold step to expand our business because viewers are looking for different types of programming these days," said Brian Frons, who oversees daytime programming for ABC. "They are telling us there is room for informative, authentic and fun shows that are relatable, offer a wide variety of opinions and focus on ‘real life’ takeaways."

"All My Children," which debuted in 1970 and is produced at Andrita Studios in Los Angeles, will cease production in September, while "One Life to Live," which first aired in 1968 and is filmed at ABC studios in New York, will shut down in January.

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Comments () | Archives (79)

I'm done with ABC!!! This is a bunch of bull! How could they cancel classic shows like that??? I still watch AMC everyday. I for sure won't be watching the cheap stuff they are throwing on tv now to take up air time. I looked forward to comming home from my classes in college and watching AMC that I had recorded on my dvr. After September, ABC has lost another viewer since there's nothing else good on there!

I do not understand,why you would cancel, two intitutions that have proven the test of time.They have the Food channel for Chew and Style for Tim Gunn,as a retired Military wife these people on the soap's were the only friends I could take with me.I have watched these for40 years,in many instances they kept me sane,I could focus on some one elses problems instead of my own.I am a baby boomer,I don't cook,don't care to watch a show about food ,can't afford the lovey clothing that Tim Gunn shows ,so I won't be watching ABC,huge mistake.Beleive it or not there are people like me.You have a million unemployed people in this country ,what do you think they are doing,and now you are putting these people out of work too! Even if people aren't watching at the time they are on they DVR them.You have a lot of Military Families out there! I for one am boycotting ABC!

I think the cancellation of these two long-running shows just stinks. There are plenty of other stations that carry even better cooking shows and lifestyle episodes. I don't think they realize just what a huge audience world-wide watches these shows. For me, if they also cancel General Hospital I'm totally through watching anything on their network periodl

It seems that Mr. Frons does not have a foothold on reality. I think this is an outrageous move on the part of ABC and their daytime programming people.
Mr. Frons you have lost me as a consumer of what you have to offer and I am sure there many more out there that feel the same way I do.

Boycott ABC programs for cancelling AMC and OLTL.

I am sorry to hear All My Children has been cancelled. I started to watch All My Children since the 80's. I will miss the comings and goings of Pine Valley.
All My Children is the only soap opera I watch. I wish good luck for the actors and actresses and the people behind the scene. I wll miss you terribly

What changed the cost in productions of AMC since the move to LA? It was not that long ago that AMC moved to LA. Susan Lucia had a pay cut to help the cost as well and ABC still can't make it work, come on, who's running things? After 41 yrs. they all want to quit their jobs? Sad,sad and more sad is my heart for everyone envolved. I love both AMC and OLL, I grew up with them and I want to keep on growing up with them. Please find a way to keep them going, please....

This is a horrible move on the part of ABC. I have been watching these shows almost since they came on the air. I have suffered great loss in life but these shows somehow helped me through a lot. I just can't articulate how much of a blow this is to me. I'm sure it isn't because ratings are down because people love these shows. I am so sick of these lifestyle/reality shows. Some of us just don't care for that kind of show. Please reconsider and let All My Children and One Life To Live stay on the air. You are making a big mistake taking away these shows. Real life is just too tough, so these fictional shows give me something to look forward to. Please reconsider!!!!!!!!!!!!Think about the fans and give them their shows.

I have no use for ABC anymore. If the viewers were polled, I'm sure this wouldn't have happened. The viewer has no input in this? I hope it is worth losing your viewers ABC. This is the worst decision ever. I am just outraged.

Loyal AMC and OLTL fans, let's boycott abc. This is an outrage. Let's show them what a mistake they are making.

if you do away with one life to live and all my children I see no reason to have a.b.c. i will watch other channels..................no need to keep it .

i watched the all my children and one life to live since i was 11 yrs old YOU GOT TO BE KIDDING I HAVE GROWN UP WITH THESE SHOWS WHOS STUPID IDEA TO TAKE THESE SHOWS OFF GROW A BRAIN AND KEEP OUR FAVORITE SHOWS ON IF THEY GO OFF I HAVE NO REASON FOR A.B.C. THEY CAN SHUT IT OFF I WILL WACTH OTHER CHANNELS!!!!!!!!!!

I AM 20 YRS OLD AND ENJOY THE SOAPS OTHER THAN THAT A.B.C. I HAVE NO INTEREST IN HAVE PLENTY OF OTHER CHANNELS TO WATCH SO SHUT YOUR STATION DOWN ON YOUR OWN STUPIDITY.

Has ABC considered all their listening areas opinion. As for me this is the end of my watching ABC. Not everyone wants another food or reality show. I think this is a bad move and many viewers will be lost.

what about thr soap network, will they also replace these two soaps? this really sucks.

THIS IS THE WORST IDEA I EVER HEARD!! THERE ARE ALREADY PLENTY OF LAME TALK SHOWS THAT REPEAT THEMSELVES OVER AND OVER. THE SOAPS HAVE A HUGE FOLLOWING. MY FAMILY WILL NOT TUNE INTO ABC DAYTIME NO MATTER WHAT THEY PLAY IF THEY GO THROUGH WITH THIS CHEAP FIX THAT DISREGUARDS THE PUBLICS WANTS! THINK TWICE ABC, YOU WILL LOOSE TONS OF VIEWERS.

I am very disappointed with your decission to cancel All My Children and One LIfe To Live. I have been watching these soaps for years and years. I think you should have taken a poll of viewers before you just up and cancelled these soaps. Alot of good people will be out of jobs. Very sad......

I watch on Soap channel at night and have always like All My Children till recently they need to get that crying baby off the show!

to sgreco, no hundreds of people will not get new jobs, that's the problem. these new "talk" shows only need less than one third of the people to run. Other than the greedy producers, and hosts all the departments other than camera and sound and control room will be cut down to one, maybe two people.

ABC is a true disappointment! This was my favorite station, well not anymore! Hello CBS, NBC, and cable channels that exclude Disney owned channels.

I will no longer be watching ABC daytime if they take of our daytime soaps!!!!! I have already stopted watching ABC nightime for there has been nothing worthy of watching,

If they take one life to live off I will boycott abc done in my book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Im so pissed that is wrong they turn one life to live off i will never watch abc not even for news

I think its a shame to lose the soaps. Reality shows at night were bad enough now they are putting this boring stuff on daytime. SoapNet please think about picking up All My Children and One Life To Live and keep the soaps going with new story lines. Don't let these soaps go away like so many others that have gone in the past. Other networks have picked up night time shows and saved them from cancellation. Lets all the soaps fans come together and save these shows.

Who did they poll? Maybe young people that work all day, and have no idea how people feel about their soaps. Taking off the two best shows and leaving the worst is stupid!! If it is a cost saving measure let go of the Susan Lucci types She is getting too old for the parts she plays, Has been for a long time. The shows have great story lines and are fun to watch. I will probably not watch ABC any more. Why would I ? I think it as a huge mistake!!!

 
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