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All My Children and One Life to Live: Cancelled!

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It's been a good, multi-decade run for the world of daytime dramas.

But it effectively came to an end today, as ABC announced the cancellation of both All My Children and One Life to Live. The soap operas have been around since 1970 and 1968, respectively. They will be replaced by two talks show: The Chew starring Mario Batali and The Revolution starring Tim Gunn.


Said Brian Frons, ABC's Daytime President: "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. A perfect example of this is The View, and that factored into our decision."

All My Children will go off the air in September, while One Life to Live will follow in January.

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I am so upset about my two faviote soaps going off the air. When you have watched them since they been on the people almost feel like you know them. What we don't need is more talk shows or reality shows. Keep all my children and one life to live on. These actors work so hard to make the shows so interesting. Its a dam shame to end these two shows.


When I first saw a message from a friend regarding "stop ABC from cancelling AMC and OLTL" I ignored it, because I figured it was a crazy rumor. One more thing that hits email as fact and isn't. I realize that not all of us may watch these shows at the regular airing time anymore, I work, I look forward to watching the three ABC soaps in the evening on Soap Net. Isn't that what Soap Net and ABC online are for - so that we have multiple options to watch these shows. Obviously there is a desire for these shows or Soap Net would not air them in prime time! I agree with so many of my fellow posters - I will not watch a replacement talk show. I could count on one hand the amount of times that I watch The View in any given year, and usually only if I am home ill. As for reality TV, the only one that I watch, any network, is Dancing With the Stars. I have watched an episode here and there of others and all I see are people allowing themselves to be humiliated for the chance at money - greed!! Not into that. Like many I have watched these shows since the late 70's, I can't count the number of conversations with friends that someone has walked in on, thinking we were talking about family. These shows are definitly a large part of our culture and in the past ABC has bravely used these shows to address topics that were sensitive, controversial and timely, in a manner that showed how "friends and family" can and do react and support. These shows have been wonderful teaching shows in a manner that was tender and caring - versus in your face and abrasive (how I think of talk shows!) Please allow us to continue to watch the families of Llanview and Pine Valley grow, struggle and teach. A long time fan,


So sad that these shows are going off! I am so tired of having choices of talk shows throughout the day. We have soooo many of these shows on with all the different channels and sometimes you just like to watch for the entertainment without thinking!


these shows are good clean fun to watch and they relate to real life situations




There are enough realty shows -- talk shows, etc. We do not need more. Leave the soaps alone -- keep them going. I am disappointed to learn that All My Children & One Life to Live have been cancelled as of September & January. I have been watching these shows for 42 years -- finally have retired and can enjoy them without taping them. However, I tape them in case I miss an episode while I am out. I love these shows and there are still enough fan based watchers to keep them on the air! Do Not Cancel them for more realty/talk shows. Enough already! Leave our soaps alone and let those that enjoy them continue to do so!


I jsybhate ABC and they DARE to call themselves DISNEY with crap like the Bachelor....


why....I can't get a good nites sleep. I am AMC biggest fan,I've loved them for 32years..ABC you sound like you just said Big Deal,Well IT IS A BIG DEAL. I am now in the practice of boycotting abc except during amc....I will in the future continue the boycott as I have from walmarts etc....If you continue to not care I will permannetly say "Forget You".


please dont take of air I wont have a thing to watch i love it both of them please


I don't care about AMC cuz the chick who plays Kendall is like the worst acttress ever. All she does is move her lips for her emotions. It's gross, actually! Can't stand her. Buh-bye!