Soap fans are no doubt outraged today. ABC has canceled two legendary daytime dramas, 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live.'
Rumors have swirled all winter that one of the soaps might be canceled, but I never thought the network would axe both of them.
The final episode of 'All My Children' will air in September and 'One Life to Live' will end January 2012. They are replacing the soaps with new shows: 'The Chew' and 'The Revolution.'
The statement from the Disney/ABC president of daytime programming reads: "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. We are taking this bold step to expand our business because viewers are looking for different types of programming these days.
The network says viewers want "informative, authentic, and fun shows that are relatable." In other words, they want talk shows -- which are much cheaper to produce than scripted dramas of any sort. 'The Chew' will be a show about food and 'The Revolution' is described as a show about health and lifestyle transformations (which is a fancy way of saying "makeovers and weight loss").
These cancelations leave 'General Hospital' as ABC's remaining soap.
'One Life to Live' debuted on July 15, 1968 and 'All My Children' has been on the air since January 5, 1970.
When these shows exit only four soaps will remain on the air: 'General Hospital' (ABC), 'Days of Our Lives' (NBC), 'The Bold and the Beautiful,' and 'The Young and the Restless' (both CBS).
Here's a statement from Susan Lucci, who plays Erica Kane on 'All My Children': "It's been a fantastic journey. I've loved playing Erica Kane and working with [series creator] Agnes Nixon and all the incredible people involved with All My Children. I'm looking forward to all kinds of new and exciting opportunities."
ABC already sent out promo art for their new shows. As you can see, they really blew the budget out on the 'Revolution' art.
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