ABC Cancels ‘All My Children’ & ‘One Life To Live’


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.


  • i’m still sad that CBS canceled As The World Turns.. soap operas are dying. real quickly!!

  • Ellen

    Wow, quite the shocker. I grew up watching all soaps on ABC ( AMC, OLTL, GH and Ryans Hope-yes dating myself. The only constant we have is change, yet it still makes me very sad.

  • kendra

    NOOOOO!!! Not All My Children!!! I got hooked on that when I was in 6th Grade and I’ll still jump in and catch an episode here and there..I’m actually shocked at how sad I am about this..I guess soap operas have always been around for me so it’s strange to think of them slowly dying away..

  • Rossy

    Actually, it doesn’t really surprise me in the least. Daytime soaps are having to compete with internet “shows”, pod-casts, etc. that viewership has steadily decreased over the last decade or so. And it’s not just new venues of multimedia that are killing soaps – It’s no longer cost effective anymore, viewers aren’t into the characters, or the producers aren’t treating the viewers with respect… & they’re just SO BORING! The same story-lines get retold over & over again as characters are rotated from back-burner to lead.

    I doubt I’ve explained myself well enough to be understood, so let me just finish with my own experience. Early 80’s I was home sick & saw “General Hospital” & fell in love with the character of ‘Decker’, so much so that I had to tape EVERY episode until he was killed off. Goodbye GH – HELLO! “Another World” & ‘Jake McKinnon’& stayed a loyal viewer until its cancellation in 1999. Thankfully, ‘Jake’ & ‘Vicky’ moved on to “As the World Turns” & I followed until 2003 when ‘Jake’ was “killed” & ‘Molly’ released his ashes to the wind. I was devastated even more when I realized that producers had ZERO RESPECT for actor Tom Eplin, his fans or the viewers as a whole when they used, of all things, GLITTER – What? Wood ashes couldn’t have been used instead?

    Never watched a soap after that, & I for one, don’t miss them.

  • Dana

    What is soooo sad is that all the actors from All My Children, moved from NY to LA and now they are going to cx their show! All the jobs that are being lost!!! I have watched both shows since I was 13yrs old, wow!!! ABC/Disney, have made a huge mistake!!!

  • Dezden

    First of all, I am really upset about the cancellation of AMC. :'( I’ve been watching it all of my life… granted, I work during the day, so I haven’t regularly watched it for awhile… but days I’m off and get to watch it are sooo great!!! I will miss the entire Pine Valley gang; it is terrible that they moved, only to get cancelled.

    Secondly, Trent, I’m having issues… to “Leave a Reply”, it says, “It’s easier to leave comments when you register for an account, where you can also select your own profile photo. Already have a PITNB account? Then sign in.” So, I click “sign in”… and it shows up my information! I reload the post… and it still only lets me do it as a guest. :/ It’s like I’m logged in but not recognizing it.

    • Dezden

      Okay… now it posted as though I was logged in… and is now showing I am logged in! So ignore that second part… sorry!

  • truthyisalways

    I have watched All My Children for more than 30 years. THIRTY YEARS. I viewed the move from NYC to LA to mean that ABC was committed to the show, an am profoundly saddened that it is being cancelled…and on top of that, it was the only time I ever turned on the TV during the day and with a plethora of cooking shows I already don’t watch, I can now bid adieu to daytime tv. It was always a bit of a juggle to watch midday, but I would not do that for anything other than AMC.

  • aimie

    i’m just glad gh isn’t going anywhere…. yet!

  • Excess

    I am really sad, I am a CBS soaper(YR, BB, GL, ATWT) because of my grandmother, I started watching ABC soaps because CBS soaps were working my nerves.

    But I disagree that soaps are a dying breed, imo, it is TPTB who are looking for cheap product to sell ads, that are purposely killing them. There are so many ways to make soaps profitable and cost efficient, making them a half hour, rotating them in 13 week cycles, showing them 3 or 4 days a week. If Telenovela’s can pull the numbers that they do US soaps could also but instead we are being served imitation meat (reality shows) and being told it is the real deal.

    Prime time is next if they are able to develop a model for it on the major networks, dramas will slowly fade from primetime just like sitcoms are.

  • Billi

    Thank goodness GH wasn’t cancelled I love that soap. BTW you forgot to mention Guiding Light was cancelled a couple of years ago too. It was the first to go.

  • cutitout

    I’m a CBS’er too and I was devistated when they dropped Guiding Light for that God-Awful annoying Wayne Brady Garbage thats on now. The soaps are loosing because of the lack of women who get to stay at home nowadays. Plus, the shows can easily be viewed online for weeks after they air so its no longer important to tune in when they air which hurts the ratings (Smart!Great Idea Idiots! ) Y&R is safe and so is B&B The writing is much better than the other shows and they come on durring most peoples lunch hour. It seems to me that the only soaps that have been able to stand the test of time are the ones with a solid structure in the center, General Hospital has the Hospital, B&B has the Fashion business, And Y&R has the Newman/Chancellor/Jabot businesses. They anchor the shows.

    After these new “View” wannabe shows inevitably tank and Die, Maybe They will create some fresh, youthful soaps a’la “Passions” minus the utter ridiculousness durring that 3-5:00 time bracket for young folks just getting out of school. That would be a gold-mine.

  • Felicia

    GH GH GH GH GH thank goodness I still have you!

  • dee


    can’t wait to see how the canceled soaps wrap up

  • susan

    My mom named me after Susan Lucci (I am now 25). She started watching the show when she was in high school!

    sad state of affairs to see all my children go after so long:(

    • a

      Right, and I am named after John travolta. Expect people to believe your story, really.

    • susan

      LOL- why would I bother lying about that?

  • Taeylor

    I used to watch OLTL in the 90’s and have been a fan of GH for 20 years. I just find it sad that the heritage of soaps are replaced with crap. Jersey Shore can have film wasted on it but these amazing shows that try to educate and give the public entertainment and informative shows. Soaps are not all shirtless guys and bimbos. It’s a sad day….for me at least…

  • Shazzer

    I totally agree with you that all the soaps will eventually go. I’m a huge Days fan and they’re always threatening to cancel it, althought right now it seems to be doing well in the ratings. I find the cancellations of these shows to be very sad. I watched both from time to time (OLTL more than AMC). It is quite the end of an era.

  • Ashley

    I have been a big soap fan since grade school, going back and forth between different ones. For the last 7 or so years it’s been OLTL for me. I hate that it’s ending. :( The crappy part is that the show is actually getting really good. I rarely skip any storylines and I’m so excited for Old Todd to come back in a few months. :( :( :(

  • Hillary

    I hate to sound like a weirdo, but honestly I would be devastated if they cancelled my soap Days of Our Lives. I’ve stuck with it through thick and thin, and it feels like a part of me. I can’t believe how cheesy I sound, but it’s something I can always count on. I love the tradition of it, the drama (the ironic simplicity of the drama in a world that is so hectic with reality tv type drama). It makes me sad :(

  • J to the Da

    You know what’s really sad to me? Susan Lucci is losing her job of 41 years!! That’s pretty depressing if you think about it.