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ABC cancels 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live'

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Two classic ABC soap operas will soon meet their demise: "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" will air their final episodes in September 2011 and January 2012, respectively, leaving only "General Hospital" to survive them. No word yet on whether they'll rise from the dead, like "One Life to Live"'s Elijah Clarke, after being snuffed out.

Since it premiered in 1970, "All My Children" has received more than 30 Emmy Awards and made history by airing daytime TV's first same-sex kiss between two women as well as its first lesbian wedding and the first coming-out story for a transgender character.

The Emmy Award-winning "One Live to Live" has been on the air since 1968 and was among the first in daytime television to cover interracial romance, gang violence and teen pregnancy. The show made national headlines when it introduced a gay teen character (played by Ryan Phillippe) and was later honored by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).

In place of the two soaps will be two new series, "The Chew," a food show co-hosted by Mario Batali set to premiere in September 2011, and "The Revolution" (working title), a makeover show hosted by Tim Gunn that focuses on "health and lifestyle transformations" that will make its debut in January 2012.

"While we are excited about our new shows and the shift in our business, I can't help but recognize how bittersweet the change is," said Brian Frons, president of daytime for Disney ABC/Television Group, in a statement.

Noting that the two new series were inspired by the success of "The View," Frons said, "We are taking this bold step to expand our business because viewers are looking for different types of programming these days. 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."

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Photo: Susan Lucci, left, and Alicia Minshew appear in an episode of "All My Children." Credit: Virginia Sherwood / ABC

 
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Looks like I will be spending a lot more time online. Sad.

How can they cancel an award winning show like All My Children? I find this totally unacceptable. Is there any hope that they can be resurected?

How STUPID, I won't watch either of the new shows I am sure others won't don't see this being good for ratings and it will also hurt the daytime award show!!! JUST STUPID

This was dumb. My condolences to All My Children and One Life to Live.

"While we are excited about our new shows and the shift in our business, I can't help but recognize how bittersweet the change is".


Brian Frons, this is BULL. It's been well known in the trades for weeks not only that you've been pushing for their cancellation, but that you've actually had a cavalier attitude about it.

AMC has run it's course, but the writing on OLTL is the best it's been in years. I'm really sad to see this happen.

Finally!

No!!! They r wrong for this!!!

ABC should get rid of Brian Frons instead of One Life to Live! ABC would probably save more money and be a better network.

How many photos of Mayor Villaraigosa in one issue of the LAT? You're not very subtle.

this is the dumbest move you've ever made. in turn, all your loyal people will drop ABC altogether. i am sure this is all about money. you don't even care what the public wants. I WILL NEVER VIEW ABC FOR ANY PROGRAM IF YOU DO THIS.

this is so upsetting!!!! THis is not right!!!!!!!!!!!

I cannot believe this, it's not like they don't have a large following, I have been a soap fan since I was a little girl and it started with Love of Life and Search for Tomorrow. One life to live has been on the forefront on real issues for years now and don't deserve to be cut. All my children I must admit has gotten a little boring and I hope they end it with some happy endings instead of the same o same o.. god knows I will miss them, I rush home from work to watch my DVR every day and have been an ABC Soap fan forever...

I think its a huge mistake, but can't buck the people with the bucks pun intended.

I AM SORRY TO HEAR AMC WONT BE WITH US. I WONT WATCH WHAT EVER YOU PUT ON IN THEIR PLACE, WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO PEOPLE NOT WATCHING THE BOTTOM LINE AS GAR AS MONEY GOES SO YOU HAVE LOST AT LEAST ONE VIEWER FROM THE ABC STATION. I WILL NOT BE WATCHING WHAT EVER RUNS FROM NOW ON. I WOULD DELETE THE WHOLE CHANNEL IF POSSIBLE SO I JUST WONT BE WATCHING ANYTHING THAT COMES ON FROM NOW ON ON ABC.

Different types of programming? Really? There are entire networks devoted to food shows and makeover programs. Almost 500+ channels offered today and they are all starting to look the same...

I am so very sad to hear about one life to live! It is my favorite soap! I have watched it since the very first show and I still enjoy it as much as ever! I beg you to please reconsider this idea! I read about the 2 new shows to go in to the place of all my children and one life to live and I can tell you that I will not watch either one! We have way to many reality shows as it is. I can learn to cook on my own and my dress and health are my own business, and I don't want to hear or watch anymore of theses types of shows! But when I work an eight to ten hour day I enjoy watching my soaps in the evening. so if you feel you must then do what you have to do but I will not be watching your new shows! please re consider your idea and save my ONE LIFE TO LIVE!!

I am SHOCKED! HOW CAN THIS BE???????!!!!!! I have been watching and/or taping pretty much since the beginning.

Hopefully, a "write-in" to ABC will develope and keep this huge mistake from occurring!

What?! Replaced by a FOOD SHOW? What short sighted twit made this scheduling decision? This is what is wrong with the big three networks. Apparently, the kids running the networks have stood on the shoulders of giants and are now looking down their noses at what is tried and true. -- and no.. I am not some 80 yr old grandmother mourning the loss of her "stories". I am an active mother of 3, roller referee for roller derby, and the owner of a boutique who STILL found time to see what Erica Kane was up to. What a bad business call. Boo!

I can't believe they are ending All My Children and One Life to live. It's just wrong, who the heck is going to watch a show called The Chew, come on now Channel 5,I love channel 5 but I will not watch you from 1 - 3. Soap Opera's are going to be like dinosaurs.

peoples attention span are now to short to follow story lines and real acting.

So this is what we call news?

 
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