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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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--Melissa Maerz

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

 
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This is stupid we dont need another cooking show or weigh loss show i have been watching AMC for 10 years i bought a dvr so i would miss not one show if this happens i will not even turn my tv on ABC and i hope it loses all the viewers

THEY SHOULDNT CANCEL ONE LIFE TO LIVE THATS THE BEST SOAP THERE IS AND I DONT KNOW WHY THEY WOULD DO THAT IT SHOULD HAVE BENN THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL AND PASSIONS OR ANYTHING BUT NOT THAT ONE FOR SURE A BIG BIG BIG BIG BIG MISTAKE

Please save One Life to Live !!!!

Is there not enough problems in the world to day ? Why take away every thing the old likes? Most of the old can't do anything but enjoy there soaps why take them away? I myself will find another station to watch after All my children stops > I will not watch A B C anymore until they keep my soaps.

It looks like it's time to find a new network to take over the soaps. Then ABC can really deal with poor ratings.

The View does well because it is on in the morning when our soaps aren't. If the View was on at the same time as AMC or OLTL believe me when I tell you that it would be no contest... The View would lose! Replacing our soaps for more food shows and lifestyle shows is a huge mistake. Those 2 million plus viewers wont be watching anything on ABC between the hours of 1-3 unless it is AMC and OLTL! Frons...you made a big mistake buddy! Try and fix it or you're going to be out of a salary too!

GOOD, then put the 2 new shows on when my local ABC station is airing reruns of Seinfeld!!!! Or show yet ANOTHER news broad cast!! Take out one, they are on at 4:30, 5:00, 5:30, 6, and 6:30!! GIVE ME A BREAK!! Who possible can watch all of this news!! It SUCKS!! PLEASE leave our programming along and attack the CRAP the local stations are playing!!!

 
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