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

susan lucci all my children
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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I would like to start a petition to send to ABC calling for the immediate firing of the idiot (Brian Frons) who made this decision and to call for the immediate renewal of our soaps. Anyone interested in helping with this project? I know that if we all band together we can change this. I will be making up a page on facebook for people to go to in order to sign the petetion and voice their opinions about wanting to save our soaps. Please join me in this endeavor. We have a few months to make this happen, but the sooner the better.

Huge mistake ABC. Have you ever heard 'if it ain't broke don't fix it'????? What are you people thinking....or overthinking most likely. I predict you'll be very sorry, but hey, hindsight is everything right?? Good luck Einstein )-:

This is very sad, almost like a death in the family. I am 65 years old. Back in the good old days when in my early 30's and beginning my family I was fortunate enough to become a stay-at-home Mom while my two children (23 months apart in age) were babies and toddlers. Naptime - AMC was watched. I also watched General Hospital and occasionally another soap that I can't even remember, but the characters on AMC were family. I knew them well and loved each and every one of them.

When the kids went to school, I went back to work full time, so my AMC family became those that I only got to see at the rare family "reunion" now and then if I had a day off. I haven't watched it regularly in over two decades, but I can still turn it on, and many of my old family members are still there.

Does anyone know where the funeral will be held? I would like to send flowers.

Dear ABC Advertisers If you want me to buy your products then you need to insist that ABC keep these two shows because I will not buy products from advertisers who back this tragic move! Not only will I boycott the shows but the advertisrs who promote their products during the replacement shows

ABC!!!! WHAT are you thinking!!!! Ive been watching "All My Children" since freshman year of high school. I tvo the show just so I can get thru the commercials. Im in shock and very upset that you would take this show off. We dont need anymore food programs!!If you really cared what the people thought -you would ASK them- Im sure these shows have plenty of viewers that would be more than happy to tell you to LEAVE THEM ON!!!!

Im sorry but ABC is making a big mistake.Once these soaps are off the air you can be sure that you have lost me to your network, and I know Im not the only one. Good luck on your shows because your going to be begging these soaps to hurry and make more episodes to air once these other shows flop!!!

We do not need another makeover show or cooking show. The channel lineups are full of these shows. If I want a cooking show, I will go to the cooking channel. And who cares how they turn a plain person into a glam person. Totally shallow replacements. ABC will lose lots of viewers in those time slots. Over the years, 33 to be exact I have enjoyed these shows. At work in the lunch room, catching up on the DVR, through labor of my 2 kids who are grown now. It makes for a great escape and brings current issues to the forefront and helps the public become aware of those issues. Shame on you ABC. Your programming changes are for the worse.

I also will boycott the new shows. I have been watching both shows since I was a child and they have meant a great deal to me over the years. No matter what the characters were always there. I am seriously angry and outraged! ABC pull your head out and get rid of Frons instead. Huge mistake.

Yeah, now they'll have more time slots available for all the new lesbian talk shows out there. LOL

I have been watching ABC since General Hospital came on in 1963, and All my Kids in 68. I am apalled by this decision! I will not watch ABC for any replacement shows. One Life's writing went crazy some time ago, and lost me to another network, ABC doesn't want loyal viewers, it is loosing its collective minds. Good thing my remote has other choices, because in Sept. I will be checking out the options.

I'm not saying soaps are the best of television viewing - not by a long shot. They are a serial telling the story (far-fetched - no argument) of the lives of people in X Town. But:

How many "reality" shows do the networks need - let's see, we all live together in a big house - who gets eliminated, how about sing - who gets eliminated, how about who can survive, oh and these wonderful shows - which guy/gal snags the bachelor or bachelorette? How many Maury or the other sleezeball who label their shows as "talk shows" but are filled with paternity testing to see which man is the father of the child, where every other word must be bleeped out, where "guests" literally hit each other? How many "cop" shows, let's see we have at least two CSI, two NCIS, upteen Law and Orders, and let us not forget Cops.

This is what network TV is now.

It's no wonder most of us have cable or satellite so that we can get shows that actually might entertain us, educate us, and give us recipes for tonight's dinner if needed.

I cannot believe you are taking One Life to Life. I have been watching this show for years. After a hard day at work I come home tidy up pour myself a cup of tea and for that one hour I have total peace. Then the kids come home, dinner is made, house work is done and my day is done. You are taking away the only time that is mine. We have so many talk shows and health shows why destroy my time. I will never watch another show on ABC, and that is not a threat it is the truth.

All any of the networks care about are the 18-35 male demographic. I've long given up on most networks anymore. My favorite shows get cancelled all the time, while the dreck called reality TV just goes on and on.

I'm really frustrated with network TV. So tired of all this Reality show DRAMA !!!
Another Make-Over and Food program, please no MORE...I was upset when "As the World Turns" was cancelled now AMC. Thank goodness for the cable stations and re-runs.

I am so disappointed to hear that One Life To Live will no longer be seen after 1/12.
I think they tackle current topics very well, the current one being teen age bullying.
I think you may get a different type of audience for your new programming. Just what we need; another cooking show! :( but you will loose many loyal fans.
Wish you would reconsider.

I can't believe that ABC is cancelling these great shows that have been on the air over 40 years and replacing them with reality tv/talk shows.
Since Frons took over daytime programming he has, in my opinion, caused the reduced viewership with the decisions he has made over the years. I wouldn't be surprised if GH was next!

Frons should be the one axed, not these classic shows!

I feel even worse for the actors who were forced to move to California to continue working on these shows that are now being canceled. Boo Frons!
Sign me up for the petitions! Save AMC and OLTL! Axe Frons!


I am upset beyond words that ABC is removing All My Children and One Life to Live from their daytime line up. I have been a faithful fan for decades and do not want them cancelled. We have enough food, make-over and reality programming already. Oprah's channel has everything you need in that department. Why not just change the time of the soaps. With a DVR we could still record and watch on our own schedule. I will not watch your new programming--will find other things to do with my time. As for the View--I hate it! If I want the opinions of 5 women I will ask my friends.

Some of you are being as dramatic as the soap opera stars. Get over it.

If it's a makeover show with Tim Gunn, that's hardly anything to scoff at.

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