COMMENTARY | If you haven’t all ready heard, ABC announced the cancellation Thursday of two of its longest-running soaps: “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.” It was a sad day for many fans. It was a sad day for my family.
My family began watching “One Life to Live” before I was born. I was only six months old when “All My Children” began. My grandmother actually got my mom hooked on these shows. Mom stated today that she can still recall those beginning storylines, when these shows were only a half-hour long.
My cousins and my aunts are also equally crazy about the show. My aunt says that she feels that the characters in these shows are her extended family.
As for me, I find the shows a nice relief from my hectic everyday life. I use the time to catch up on some Internet research and I even exercise while I watch these shows.
I still remember watching these programs with my late grandmother. Some of her last days were spent watching these shows. We would all gather in her living room together, saving most of our talking during commercial time.
What story lines do I remember best about these soaps?
I remember watching “All My Children” and watching the beginning of the love story of Jesse and Angie. I also remember watching Jesse and his best friend, Jenny, during that wonderful time they spent together in New York City. They looked like they were having so much fun and I envied them so.
Then there was Tad “The Cad.” He had so many women. You wondered how he could keep up with all of them. Of course, you couldn’t be a fan of “All My Children” without loving the glamorous Erica Kane.
I loved the days in which she was really glamorous, posing as a model and an actress. It seem like she had the world at her lovely, tiny feet. Then there were her men. There were so many of them. Who could keep track of all of them, especially the ones she married?
As for “One Life to Live,” some of my favorite stories involved a character who isn’t on the show now. That character was Tina Lord. Tina was Vicki’s little sister. She used to get into all kinds of messes. Like Erica on “All My Children,” she had a lot of men too. My all time favorite love stories were the ones that involved Cord, her on- and off-husband. He is Clint’s son.
Of course, watching the battles between Vicki and Dorian throughout the years has been fun too. Years ago, before I began watching the show, Dorian married Vicki’s father. That is what started the feud. That feud has slowly begun to turn into a fun but unique friendship.
Yes, these shows will be missed. Today, Twitter was ablaze with messages from fans. Fans are angry at ABC’s decision to cancel these shows. According to tmz.com ABC announced the cancellations because of poor ratings and because the network believes that viewers want to see something different. ABC also says it will be replacing the show with health and food programs.
Personally, I say ABC is making a big mistake. The station, Soapnet, will be changing formats next year. This would improve the ratings of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” since nobody could watch them on that network at night anymore. As for watching health and food shows, there are all ready cable networks for those, and don’t most people find that information on the Internet anyway?
What will I be doing once these soaps are cancelled? I will be clicking off my television set. I imagine so will a lot of previous viewers. This will mean only one thing. In the end, we may be sad. But ABC will be losing viewers which equals to losing money.