ABC cancels "One Life to Live" & "All My Children"

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  1. Dmac77 macrumors 68020

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    ABC announced yesterday that it will be taking two classic soap operas (All My Children & One Life to Live) off the air beginning in September with All My Children, and in January with One Life to Live. General Hospital will remain on the air.

    I'm personally pissed about this. I grew up watching these shows with my Grandmother, and still watch them with her occasionally. I also tivo the shows. What ticks me off more, is that ABC is replacing AMC with a cooking show hosted by Mario Batali called "The Chew" (really that's the best they could come up with), OLTL will be replaced by a weight loss themed talk show called "The Revolution." The sad thing is that these shows which are over 40 years old each, will be replaced by crappy reality/talk shows which probably won't even last 6 months on the air.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/14/all-my-children-one-life-_n_849304.html

    -Don
     
  2. rhett7660 macrumors G4

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    Never watched them but I know plenty of people who do. Seems like a good majority of the soaps are going off the air. Didn't a few more go this past year or last year from other channels?

    40 years is a hell of a run thou!
     
  3. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Soap operas are relics of the 50s and 60s. It's amazing they have lasted this long. The fact is, if people watched them, they wouldn't have been cancelled.
     
  4. ehoui macrumors regular

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    I wonder if they will write a spectacular ending with a fade to bl
     
  5. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Can't say that I'm sorry to see these or any other "daytime drama" get cancelled.
     
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    The evil twin will come back from the dead and have sex with his brothers wife before blowing up the city.:p

    My grandmother watches AMC and even she will admit that the quality has gone down. There is only so much reality distortion these shows can have before they get stupid.
     
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    The demographic audience for "soaps" is as the name implies.

    Too many women are working one or more jobs, to make ends meet, to be blessed with being a stay-at-home Mom.

    Maybe they could save money, by rotating the cast around, from one drama class to another. Like a work-term in school, counting for credits. ;)
     
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    Yes, I do believe the American soap opera format is on its deathbed, and won't likely rise again like Stefano DiMera (the villain known as "The Phoenix" on Days Of Our Lives because of his uncanny ability to reappear, Wile E. Coyote style, to wreak havoc among Salem USA's social scene).

    Fear not, soap fans; you have a Plan B: Learn Spanish.

    Seriously, there are plenty of romantic serial dramas on Univision and Telemundo and, unlike American soaps, they end after 2 or 3 years with nice, tidy endings-- no dragging the same characters through ever-more-implausible plots year after year.
     
  9. Antares macrumors 68000

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    This is the best news I've heard in a long time! :)
     
  10. Moyank24 macrumors 601

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    My mother was heartbroken. I do wonder what Susan Lucci is going to do with the rest of her life.
     
  11. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    Whatever she wants. :confused: She's 64, but far from dead. <sweet>

    She probably has more money than she will ever need, and with her fame she could do wonders in some charitable endeavour.
     
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    I guess that sounded differently than I actually meant it. My mom is a huge fan, and I know that she does stuff for HSN (or one of those shopping channels) and also a lot of charity work.

    I actually hope she stays on television. You have to respect someone who stayed on one show for something like 40 years.
     
  13. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    No, my fault. I should have tossed in some more smilies. :D

    My thrust was that there will not be any tag days necessary for her. :p
     
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    Then sir, you are forgiven. :D

    And we can both agree that Susan Lucci will be fine. I'm sure my mother is more upset than she is.
     
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    you know a show I really miss is friends, I know it ended and it wasn't cancelled but watching those always made me laugh and they made my day.
     
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    One word, porn.
     
  18. MrMac'n'Cheese macrumors 6502a

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    +1

    I personally blame Obama;and the economy,AMC is a victim, that's why ABC can't afford those insanely expensive scripted shows with huge casts.

    Honestly, I'd rather a show were cancelled than go down the cr@p chute with a heavy budget cut, the quality suffers horribly like Passions when DirecTV picked it up.
     
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    Agreed. While the shows may have been wearing out, bringing in new producers and writers can revitalize. By replacing those jobs with addled 'reality show' or talk tripe, somebody saves money but another field starts to dwindle. And writing for TV was hard enough to do back when reality crap didn't exist to begin with.

    Still, bread and circuses. Whichever way is cheapest to show people humiliate and do nasty things to each other or to themselves for cheap prizes, we'll all feel better about ourselves.

    And then wonder why there's no creativity anywhere any longer.

    Sick.

    Okay, soap operas are for niche audiences and I personally don't care for them, but niche audiences are not a bad thing, nor should it be.
     

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