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 will no longer be watching ABC period - i will watch GH on soapnet but I will never support another show on ABC - I agree with a former writer - boy cott "the view" (and honestly, with the crap they plan on bringing on as a replacement, I hardly think thet can compare it with "the view") -- I would like someone to do a survey on just how many people tune in to each of 25 + cooking and talk shows on air and see if they rank higher than All My Children and One Life to Live - they claimed All my Children ranked 5 and OLTL ranked 4 -- something wrong with that people?? my teenage daughter does not want to watch a cooking show or a talk show when she gets home..........I guess I will waiting for dvds to come out, taping all I can from the internet, and praying for the smart cookie that she is , for Oprah to pick them up ..........she would gain a whole new audience and zillions of kudos from existing ones...........please oprah...........


These shows have been part of life for nearly forty years. I can't believe ABC is shutting down
Two of the best daytime shows. More talk shows we don't need, by the time these shows come on I'm ready. I record everyday in case I'm busy. This is a big mistake I will quit watching ABC all together if you pull these two shows. ABC NEEDS TO RECONSIDER THIS DECISION!!!!!!!!!!


PLEASE DO NOT CANCEL THESE WONDERFUL SOAPS! They have been an "escape" from the real world for years, this is what makes them so wonderful and what keeps all of us, moms and daughters etc., watching!!! Please reconsider!!!


I am like so many others, a 3rd generation soap fan. I can't believe what a HUGE mistake Abc is making! you've polled the wrong type of people if u believe no one watches these shows! i will not be watching Abc once these shows go off the air!


This is awful. Using the show The View as a factor, give me a break some of us hate that show. If I want to listen to a group of girls arguing I can hang out with my kids. I have watched OLTL since it started and am really sad to see it go. I can assure you I have no desire to watch the shows you listed as replacements.


Please NO MORE talk shows or reality shows!!! Soap opera watchers are still alive and kicking, we're NOT all dead yet!!


Combine the two into one and leave us something. Talk shows don't take you away from the real world and give you a break. Soaps take you away to a wonderful and exciting place for just a little while. They make you feel like you are part of the story. Talk shows will never fill that need. If talk shows are all you have I don't need you any longer.


Sad, very sad, is what I am now feeling. I am heartsick knowing the 2 shows I watch everyday will be off the air soon, to make way for some more terrible daytime talk show or whatever non-sense they now put on. The only daytime tv I watch is AMC/OLTL, and have for over 40yrs.
Woman love Drama...thats why they have been so successful. Daytime drama may not have the viewer ship as night time dramas, but it is still DRAMA, and woman love them!! If you are replacing them w/talk shows..Lord help us all. How many more people are going to get DNA testing to prove their paternity, or listen to more Cackling Crows ramble on & on...Good Luck with that trash!


April 15th,2011 This is a very bad move on the part of ABC! I won't be watching the health food show that will replace One Life to Live. You can get that information anywhere. There are far to many talk shows and reality shows. OLTL has been a part of our TV viewing for almost 34 years! I record the show so I don't miss an episode. My family, including my husband, watched the show. It's hard for me to believe these Soaps have lost their popularity. I know a lot of people who are still watching! Maybe it is time to rethink this move!!!!


That's it why do all the real shows get cancelled for talk shows and reality tv???? Wtf!!!! Soaps r as much of culture as sports to men. The AMC is the "" mommy""" show that I truly love to watch during the day. My kids rest for that one hour that I get to relax and enjoy some good old drama. I'm done if this goes through. Done with ABC !!!!!

One Life To Live Quotes

Natalie: Everything's going to be fine, guys. Just - just do what he says.
Flash: How can you be so calm?
Natalie: I don't know if I am calm, okay? I just - I've been through worse.
Flash: Yeah? Like what?
Natalie: Oh, like being strapped to a table and your grandfather ready to cut your heart out.
Flash: Oh. Yeah, you got me beat, then. Never mind

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.