I am totally in shock. ABC has canceled All My Children and One Life to Live. I grew up with these soaps. They were two of my mom’s favorites way, way back when. Although I know longer follow any soaps, for some reason I just thought these two soap operas would never ride off into the sunset. AMC started in 1970 and OLTL in 1968 when I was 13.
ABC announced that AMC will end in September and OLTL in January of 2012. The good news is that there will not be any crazy endings like The Sopranos where viewers were left wondering what actually had happened.
“To honor the core, passionate audience and their rich history with our soaps,” both shows will conclude “in a manner that respects their legacies and the longstanding hopes of many of their viewers,” reads a press release from ABC.
They will be replaced by two new shows, “The Chew” and “The Revolution,” which will center around food and lifestyle. ABC has pointed out that they were “guided by extensive research into what today’s daytime viewers want,” and apparently they want shows centered around health, family ritual, friendship, breaking news, dating, fitness and weight loss.
General Hospital will apparently escape being cut at this time.
Hard to believe that Susan Lucci will take her final bow as Erica Kane this fall after more than 40 years. One thing is for sure, that woman sure has aged well.
I also have not had a chance to talk to my Mom yet since this was revealed today. I kind of dread that phone call. I know it was something she looked forward to on those cold winter days especially since it was something that has been part of her life for over 40 years. I think that maybe even my 87 year old Dad might miss them also.