ABC Soap Operas “All My Children” And “One Life to Live” Cancelled

ABC’s “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” cancelled and fans of the soap operas are not pleased. How can ABC axe two of the best soap operas? What will fans do without Erica Kane or Tad Martin?

In September 2011, “All my Children” will end and in January 2012, “One Life to Live” ends. This is unfair to the fans of ABC soap operas. According to ABC women are not homemakers that stay home and watch soaps anymore instead they are working. What ABC fails to realize is women have the option to set timers to record and watch later.

I have been watching ABC soaps since I was 8 years old and I’m very disappointed that these two soaps will not air any longer. First ABC took away “Port Charles” which was centered on vampires and werewolves. Granted it was ahead of “Twilight” and “The Vampire Diaries” but was still very appealing to the audience. Had this soap opera came out after those two maybe “Port Charles” would still be airing.

Life without Erica Kane and Tad Martin will be hard. Fans will miss the Erica Kane’s drama and the smooth talking Tad Martin who has always been a hit with the women of Pine Valley. Fans of “One Life to Live” will miss their favorite vampire from “Port Charles” turned police detective John McBain of Landview.

How will ABC end two favorite soaps that have been airing for so long? There is no official word yet as to how the two soaps will end. As of now, “General Hospital” will be the only soap opera to air on ABC daytime.

Food and lifestyle transformation shows will replace “All my Children” and “One Life to Live.” Come on ABC don’t replace two great soaps with this stuff. If you’re going to axe two shows replace them with something more exciting. I have a gut feeling that ABC will really see their viewers turn the channel more than ever.

“All my Children” aired for the first time in 1970 and “One Life to Live” in 1968. That’s a long time for soap operas. Fans have loved, hated, laughed and cried with their favorite actor through the years. To have these two daytime soap operas ripped from television is wrong. Both daytime soaps have had great story lines through the years. All of which have touched on subjects that happen in real life. Story lines dealing with cancer hit close to home for many people and watching it play out and end happy on a soap opera gave people hope.

I think this move will be a huge mistake for ABC. Viewers will most likely switch to other channels such as CBS and NBC. Since ABC is axing two favorite soap operas, they should consider picking up “Port Charles” again where the show left off. It would sure be a hit soap opera now especially since “The Vampire Diaries” and “Twilight” were such huge hits. This would be better than food or lifestyle transformation shows.

Come on ABC think this through thoroughly before you destroy your ratings. Cancelling “All my Children” and “One Life to Live” will be like taking candy from a baby, a huge mistake.


The Wall Street Journal