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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.

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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.

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.

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I am so mad that they are really taking it off the air I can't believe it now I'm nt really an All My Children fan bt One Life to Live???? Wow I look forward to watching that everyday then I usually switch to General Hospital...what do we do hw do we get it back???I mean fans fought for The Game on BET so let's send in letters and emails to let ABC know how we feel abt this!

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As many other loyal fans of All My Children and One Life to Live, I have grown up watching these two soaps. My mom has been a loyal fan since before I was born. I even remember watching them everyday when
my Grandma would child sit for
My parents during the day throughout my childhood. I enjoy watching the two shows daily to this very day and am apalled and disappointed to hear that they are being cancelled. I hope and pray for abc daytime's rating's sake you will reconsider and make your fans of many years happy. Otherwise, I know your ratings will flop to new, all time lows. Thanks for your time. Regards,
Karen F.

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ive been wacthing all my children and one life to life since i young i think that its not fare to fans like me and others if the shows go of the air your rateing will go down once the shows are gone because people like myself and others love the soaps!} i_think it would be wise to just keep the shows on the air besides there are enough talk shows on the air and do you think more people are going to wacth some new talk shows?ok good luck with that! Who wants to here about the same stuff just new talk shows host!

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Wonder whose bright idea this was? once one life goes off the air i will no longer watch anything on abc. i grew up with this iconic show and i still look forwar to watching it daily. i even plan my lunch break at work around my favorite soap. we really don't need another talk or reality show. what's the point? give me my favorite soap anyday.

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ABC, you are full of idiots. You say you are canceling these shows so you can replace them with s*** that no one will watch so that you can get more viewers...but if you haven't noticed over 90% of these comments are people saying you've lost them as viewers. This is the stupidest move you could make. You are going to lose more viewers than you will gain by getting rid of these 2 amazing shows. One Life To Live is the only TV I watch and if you take it off I too will stop watching your network. Going ahead with this move will just make your entire network fail in a few years or less I guarantee it.

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I too like many viewer look forward to watching AMC at night. It's a nice relaxing way to get away from all of the days worries for a while. I find the rest of prime time tv pretty much for idiots. Reality tv sucks. Anyway, I toooooo will no longer watch ABC. Look how many people you're putting out of work and you think the new stuff is gonna be worth watching ? Look ABC----if you want ratings keep AMC on the air.

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If you take of One Life to Live, I will not watch another ABC show again! I have to use my TVO to record the show, but I never miss a night after I get home, I never miss an episode. You are making a big mistake taken All My Children and especially One Life to Live off the the air. You did not do any research, and if you did, you sure did not pick the right people for the research! How sad this is... I can say you can take off 2 people on the OLTL show and it would be much better, he is already in a coma... Todd Manning, he is worthless on the show! And the Kardashian girl, her voice goes right thru you and believe me, she is NOT an actress!! So no hard feelings letting those 2 go... but the rest of the cast are awesome and the show is great. Again, ABC will loose a lot of viewers and money because you will loose thousands if not more if you shut down the 2 shows! You need to trust the people that are writing in.

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After ABC network takes One Life to Live off the air I will no longer watch the ABC channel. I will boycott that channel all together. I work fulltime and tape One Life to Live and enjoy watching it when i get home at night to forget my problems of the day and week. There is enough talk shows and food shows on the air and I don't watch any of them. I hate them! I have watched One Life to Live for years and my daughter grew up watching it with me and is now a mother of 2 and watch's the show. How do you figure this is better for your network? Bottom line you want to save money so the executives can make more money. Give me a break!

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I am another person who will not watch abc anymore when these 2 soaps are cancelled. you will soon go under you don't have shows that have this longivity anymore. You will be the ones sorry for this poor choice of decisions!

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I too am so sad that ABC is cancelling these shows. I have been a dedicated viewer of these shows since college in the 80's. No shows have ever stood the test of time as the soaps. These shows will never compare to anything that will be put in its place ever. They make you laugh, make you cry, discuss relevent controversial topics and, yes they can take you away from your worries and everyday life if only for an hour. No fans are like soap fans !!!! My 16 year old daughter has become a new generation of soap fan. What will happen to these new viewers, the ones who would have helped continue the tradition that their mothers and grandmothers started. Jersey Shore just doesn't cut it. I consider myself so lucky that we made the timely decision in 2009 to attend the last "Super Soap Weekend" together. We had the time of our lives. We also met some of the greatest people, other soap fans. Television has never seen such dedicated and wonderful people. It's such a shame that their views and feelings on these cancellations are being so easily dismissed. Television will never be the same without Llandview and Pine Valley. My TV has about 600 channels to watch, but I would give all 599 back to keep watching All My Children and One Life to Live. I am so sorry for all these actors, writers, producers, make-up artists, camera people, and everyone else working for these shows that they can be so easily put out of work. I am equally sorry too for all the soap fans who feel so easily dismissed, you are truly wonderful people !!

One Life To Live Quotes

Antonio: What would you call that, Jessica?
Jessica: Doing what I have to do. Mitch has hurt my family in every way possible and I want to make sure that not only does he pay, that he never hurts my family again.
Antonio: Oh yeah? Well, not tonight you're not.

Must be nice living in a world of newspapers; all your people in black and white.

Todd Manning
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