Sad news soap opera fans … ABC has just announced the cancellation of 2 of their long running daytime drama series. Fan faves All My Children AND One Life to Live will be dunzo very soon. You may recall that CBS canceled their soap As the World Turns in 2009 … and now this. Once these shows are gone, there will only 4 soap operas left on the air — The Young and the Restless & The Bold and the Beautiful (on CBS), General Hospital (on ABC) and Days of our Lives (on NBC).
ABC is confirming what has been rumored for weeks: All My Children and One Life to Live will end their storied runs in September 2011 and January 2012, respectively. The twin cancellations will leave just four soaps on the air — Days of Our Lives on NBC, General Hospital on ABC, and The Young & The Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful on CBS. AMC and OLTL — which have been on the air a combined 83 years — will be replaced by a pair of generic-sounding talk/lifestyle shows, the food-themed The Chew and the makeover-centric The Revolution. Contain your excitement. “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,” said ABC Daytime president Brian Frons. “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. “All My Children and One Life to Live are iconic pieces of television that have made an indelible mark on our culture’s history,” Frons continued. “Each of the shows has touched millions and millions of viewers and informed the social consciousness. It has been a privilege to work with the extraordinary teams who brought the residents of Pine Valley and Llanview to life each day, and we thank the cast, crew, producers and most especially the fans for their commitment to the shows through their history.”
Dang … that is a bummer. It’s very sad that all of these soap operas are dying because they have been a longstanding institution here in the US and once they are all gone (and believe you me, eventually, they will ALL be gone) the face of daytime TV will be changed forever. The only soaps I ever really watched were The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful (which have, consistently, been the most watched soaps on the air) but the storylines on both of those shows have gotten so insultingly bad that I can’t even stomach them anymore. If AMC and OLTL have similarly bad storylines, then maybe it’s for the best that the shows be canceled. I was impressed that One Life to Live featured a gay storyline pretty prominently last year … but the backlash that ABC received for doing so was very disappointing. I guess it’s just the sign of the times. Soap Operas are a dying breed. I wonder which show will be next.