Inspiration Report

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What We Learned from Soap Operas

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

ABC announced yesterday that it is cancelling two of its longest running soap operas: All My Children and One Life to Live. Come September 2011 and January 2012, the respective towns of Pine Valley and Llanview will go to sleep as will all of its characters who have been entertaining generations since the late ’60s.

I remember as a child watching All My Children with my mother in the ’80s and being fascinated by stories, especially whatever surrounded the iconic Erica Kane (played by Susan Lucci). Also, One Life to Live was the first soap I ever watched as an adult. I loved the strong, independent Evangeline Williamson, played by Renee Elise Goldsberry, and followed her storyline until they put her in a coma (go figure). Granted, I don’t watch either of the shows now, but I still find myself every once in a while going online and reading about current plot lines as though I’m checking in on old friends.

All My Children

Photo credit: ABC/Rick Rowell

Many women have grown up with soaps, and whether you like them or not, they’re a part of our pop culture. And you can learn a little something from them too. Check out these Beliefnet features:

God and the Soaps
Adultery! Feuding heirs! Corrupting power! Battles over babies! They’re all found in the Bible and in soap operas.

11 Love Lessons from Soap Operas
What have these fictional characters taught me? Well, there are several secrets to relationship happiness I’ve gleaned from watching daytime TV dramas.

What lessons have you learned from soap operas?



  • http://IthinkitisterriblethatbothoftheseSoapoperaswillbetakenofftheairandtheywillputmorecookingshowsthatwillnotintrestmostfans Eunice Dubin

    There enough of them on now with of know interest.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Eunice Dubin

    It is a mistke to take them off the air. I watch them every day and will really miss them

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Terri W.

    The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that you can’t trust anything the people “in charge” (ABC) tell you. They will deceive, lie, and scheme in an attempt to silence the majority until it’s too late for the public to do anything about it. They wait until everything is a “done deal” behind the scenes and then they just dump the news on the longtime, loyal fans and expect them to take it and like it. Well, we DON’T like it. And I refuse to allow these people to treat me like this any longer. And to think ABC is owned by Disney. Nice lessons to teach the youngsters! It’s all about the money, kiddies!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Robin Bethune

    Is there no turning back? A petition we can sign? The powers that be are making a HUGE mistake! We don’t need another food or talk show. These soaps have been a comfort zone for so many people over the decades. I can be stressed to the max and turn on All My Children or One Life to Live and it’s almost like talking to an old friend. Please say it ain’t so…….there must be a way to change some minds??

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Brenda

    Noo Noo Noo!!!
    I have watched these shows my whole life..
    I remember running home from school to watch one life to live when it was only on for a half hour..I watched that and GH with my grandmother 3-4pm….I never thought these soaps would get cancelled…
    TAKE IT BACK NOW!!!! Come on ABC this is craziness!!!!!!!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Tamberland

    Wiil have to reschedule my nap time now.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Christine

    I grew up on these soaps with my Mom, when she was diagnosed with cancer and sick on her death in 2001, she would ask me to watch them for her and tell her what is going on, read to her from the soap opera digest, and say to me I will die before these soaps end. I started watching them every day as a way of staying connected, comforted. Feeling close to her each time I watch. This is so sad, we could have been given a warning….or they couldve asked the viewers. They are canning AMC and OLTL, but keeping GH and the view???? REALLY??? I am heart broken for real. I feel like I am losing a piece of my childhood, a link to my mom, a chunk of peace in my daily life. THANKS ABC YOU SUCK AND WHEN MY SHOWS GO OFF THE AIR I WILL MAKE IT MY DUTY TO NEVER WATCH YOUR CHANNEL AGAIN.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment dorothy

    thats all i watch is soaps i watch 2 channels i watch one record the other, so on my days off i watch them since nothing else is really mu cup of tea, we can boycott, im gonna just get rid of cable wont need it now

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Pia Washington

    I can’t belive it I brought a new tv and a dvr just so i could watch them as soon as i got at home before that i purchased the soapnet I’m so upset I could cry !!!!!! Is there anyway to stop it?????

  • http://Theywillbesadlymissed Barbara Jones

    I enjoyed the soaps over the years because of the story lines and how it relates to everyday life. They also have issues that effect us and our children that can help give information, insight and may even save someones life. It is enjoyable, stress relief and entertaining for me to watch when I get home from a bad day.

    There really isn’t much of anything else that has meaning and enjoyable to watch on the other shows. Why take off something that has meaning, purpose, entertaining and a pleasure to watch. Something that has lasted over forty or fifty years and now you decide to take it off.

    It is sad and a mistake as far as I’m concerned that you have made this decision to take away our favorite and treasured time and memories from us. Please reconsider and let us have our joy.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment agnes

    hi
    i will be lost without my all my children and one life to live
    i have watched both from the start why are they taking our favorites off i wont know what to do for them 2 hrs im so used to relaxing with my soaps i hope there is a way we all could sign a petion to get them to stay on .
    please all u watchers and love our spaps lets gang up on the abcchannel and tell them we wont watch the abc channei if they dont reconsider im so sad

    thank u

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Osazee

    Thanks i like it, its good to shear some old story as will gorw up. It can impart others as well:
    God bless you.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Nanette Smith

    ” I have been watching the Young and Restless”, since I was about 9 years old. That was in 1977; that I started, to watch them. I started to watch “All My Children”; only, within the last few years. I had, decided to start to watch, because; one of the characters, from The Young and Restless, went over there.
    These soap operas, really, do; have some good lessons, that they do teach about. As to whether, alof them, are true. Sometimes, it is; hard, to say. But; I would not think, that they would TEACH, something; that was not, true.
    I do think, that it would be a disappointment, to alot of people, if; All My Children, went off the air. There is alot of good actors and actresses, on the show(s). I have also; heard, that the Young and Restless, may also; be; taken off. These people, are, our entertainment. Please keep them, going; for those of us, who; are unemployed, And; want, something to watch, instead of all this bad stuff.
    That is, my thought. Nanette Smith (Longmont, Colorado)

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Terri W.

    I know how all of you feel! I grew up watching them with my mom, too. And Christine, when my mom was sick and dying in ’98, I sat next to her and we watched All My Children and One Life To Live together for the last time. I love these shows and since my husband retired, he’s actually taken a liking to One Life To Live, which amazed me to no end, seeing as how he never “got” my attachment to them before. I will no longer watch ABC after AMC and OLTL air their last episodes. There is a petition on Facebook right now, but whether or not it will actually save the shows and the actors’ jobs, I’m not sure. I have a feeling this was in the works a LONG time ago with the announcement that Soapnet would cease operation in early 2012, which—coincidentally??? or NOT???—also happens to be when OLTL will go off the air. There are a LOT of furious, unhappy people out there right now. I don’t anticipate ABC having much success with the so-called “reality” trash they’ll be substituting for our legendary soaps.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment pat

    I thought television was about giving the public the programming
    that it wants, not what the networks want. There are millions of
    people who enjoy the “soaps” and you will be losing a HUGE audience.
    We certainly don’t need another “blab” show, we are inundated with
    them now. I guess it is more important to you however, to have
    a bunch of airheads sitting there telling us how to live our lives.
    We are drowning in the one-sided opinions being shoved down our
    throats. People are saying it’s about money, well, if it is, I think
    you are going to be the loser’s. Too bad you don’t listen to your
    public. But then that is why the cable shows are winning out and
    you are going to become extinct.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Maria

    I am Cuban and when I came from Cuba to this country about 40 years ago I started watching AMC since then. That’s how I started to learn English. I still watch it and the characters of the soap opera are like friends/family to me. I did noticed that when they moved to the West Coast the story lines started to get a little more incredible. Like the case of Jessie and Angie and their daugther’s delivery plot. Too much of a coincidence. Also, setting bad examples, who will open the door and let a totally stranger into your house…like Kendall did. That’s a NO, NO in my house. The characters seem to be less enthusiastic about their roles now…you can notice that. I don’t blame them knowing that they are lossing theirjobs I hate to see the show come to an end. I will miss watching AMC.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment misty

    i have watched these shows along as i can remember more All My Children than any and i know with todays economy more women are having to work and the ratings are probably leaving to the men and women on there have been on there a long time and probably ready to stop and enjoy the rest of their lives just hope they do wrap up things and just dont leave them unanswered you know us viewers we have to know and wish yall would reconsider

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Debra

    It’s so shocking, I just can’t believe that this is happening. My mom, who died a few years ago from Alzheimer’s, lived and breathed All My Children. She thought the characters where real – and to some degree, they are. I have loved this show since I was in high school and still plan my lunch hour around being able to watch it. What could prompt this company ABC to make such a poor judgment. I can’t believe the viewing audience has gone down, given that more and more people are at home and out of work. It’s stupid stupid stupid – I think they owe the audience of these 2 shows an explanation. It’s probably all about GREED!!!!!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Theresa

    I ‘ve been watching All My Children since day one January 5, 1970 and had my first child January 6, 1970. This soap is old as my child and i was watching one life to live b/4 that. If you cancel these two soaps i will be bored silly. I don’t watch talk shows at all so i’m like the other lady i may as well get rid of cable won’t have any need for it. Are they cancelling soap net. too. They show have gotten the viewers point of view.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Carrie

    What the heck ABC you cant take away our soaps.Please dont remove them they are far more the best enterment on tv today

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Mar

    You should have all known what would happen when CBS canned As The World Turns and Guiding Light. Those were older than any other Soap Operas. So if they bit the dust expect the others to soon follow. I buried another part of my mother when those shows went off the air.

    The young hip money makers of today do not care about the past!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Shirley

    I hope that ABC will reconsider taking off AMC and OLTL. It is watched by a lot of people like me that is confined to their home. I have watched these shows for 50+ years and have learned a lot from them and enjoyed them. I taped them when I couldn’t watch them. What are you going to replace them with, talk shows or reality show, which I don’t watch. I think it is too bad that you don’t listen to the people and what they enjoy watching.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment fefe

    I stopped watching soaps when they cancelled the only Black soap opera a long time ago. There is nothing on tv but sports, Sports and more SPORTs and all the rag reality shows. I rather watch paint dry. But this world is all about YOUNG, guns, sex and drugs and violence galore. It’s no wonder this country is going to the . . . I think the money people out there in Hollywood have been in the sun too long.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Theresa

    I agree with you Agnes and everyone else. ABC is going to lose a lot of ratings.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Stella

    Terry you are right!!!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Barb

    I enjoy my AMC and OLTO. Will miss them. What they need to get rid of is these reality shows and talk shows. Who really cares. When they take Castle, Desperate Housewives, Greys, and Body of Proof off, that’s when ABC is no longer on my TV. I look at it this way, with taking the soaps off I will save on my electricity.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Deborah Spraggins

    It’s sadden me to know that the soaps I grew up watching is leaving is there a way to keep them on air? Why not get rid of the reality shows an horror shows. wanted to see the new generations of character mature an
    grow. watch since they first came on air.

  • http://AllMyChildren Judy

    I can’t believe you are taking AMC off the air!!! I have been watching the show since it started and have never missed one show. I plan my lunch hours around the show so I can eat lunch and watch the show at the same time. I even got my daughter hooked on the show years ago. We are going to be very sad and disappointed if you take it off the air! I have no desire to watch any more healthy or food shows on ABC – there are enough of those on t.v. now. ABC will lose a lot of viewers when these two shows are gone. Please reconsider, ABC!!

  • http://AMCandOLTL Rochelle Landy

    I do not know what ABC thinks they are doing. I personally feel if you take off One Life to Live and All My Children people will most definitely stop watching any shows on ABC, and quite frankly so will millions of other people. Soap operas are very relaxing when people are feeling down and depressed.

    Unless you want to lose millions of viewers and money I think you need to rethink what you are doing. We do not want and or need any more talk shows. We have enough.

    Would like to hear from you. You have my email address above so you can write to me. I really do not feel you are in a position to lose millions of viewers which means money to you.

    Thank you.

    Rochelle Landy

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Dee

    I am so very sad about All My Children and One Life To Live being taken off the air. I too have watched AMC since day one and have literally grown up with Erica Kane. Susan Lucci and I are the same age. I know this is all fictional, but the characters become our friends, our neighbors and our family. For two hours in the day we can sit back and get reconnected with them and forget what is going on in our real world. Face it people, our great country is going to hell so fast and there doesn’t seem to be any way to stop it. The freedoms we have all grown up with are all being taken away from us. Prayer is no longer allowed in public schools and soon the words “In God We Trust” will be taken off all of our money. We won’t be able to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, instead we will have to say Happy Holidays so we don’t offend anyone. Now our favorite soaps are taken away from us. Did we get a vote on this…NO. I hate reality shows. If we want to watch shows about food, watch the food channels. Please don’t cram more reality shows down our throats. Bring back our favorite soaps…PLEASE!~!!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Sylvia D.

    I grew up watching All My Children. I’m really going to miss the show. I’ve always been a big fan of Susan Lucci and Michael Knight. I really hate to see them go. I don’t see why bringing more reality shows to TV, nor talk shows. Enough of those to go around. I’m hoping ABC will realize what they are doing is wrong. I know they care about ratings, maybe if they paid a decent money to the writers, they can get good story lines with every day dealings that we have in real life.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment dolllady

    ABC, What are you doing??? I love All My Children. I’ve been watching it since early 70’s when I was in my early 20’s I will be 61 this year. I love Erika, Jackson,Tad, Opal all you guys. I really like your new people the two Drs. Not the preacher. You never should have gone to Cali. should have stayed in Pine Valley. Oh I forgot Adam another goody. Phoebe,Palmer god rest their souls. You were all part of my life for 40 years I grew up with you. Don’t want to see you go, what a big mistake. Dolllady

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment rich

    I think abc is off it’s rocker cancelling these shows we don’t need any more gooking shows or talk shows they are too many now and most of stink I WILL NOT BE wathing abc any more to me they are gone from my tv forever.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Terri W.

    Yes, SoapNet, which is ALSO owned by ABC/Disney, will be going off the air effective early 2012 and since OLTL’s last episodes are due to air in January of 2012, I expect it will be right after that. Disney plans to turn the channel into a 24-hour PRE-school channel, I kid you not. I’m not sure how many of YOUR pre-schoolers are up at 3 a.m. hankerin’ for a little TV time, but I know mine never did. If my daughter was up sick or had a nightmare, we would sit quietly and rock, not watch TV. I am with ALL of you, believe me, in my total shock and disgust at the unbelievably poor decision making going on at that network, but it’s all about money. Isn’t it always? :( The shows they want to replace the soaps with are cheaper to make, plain and simple. We are now living in a world of disposable entertainment. I miss the days of rich storytelling with characters we cared about. These days it’s “short attention span theater” with just about everything. So sad. I am glad though that I lived during the time when soaps reigned supreme; we had a LOT of fun, didn’t we? There is an instant connection with others as soon as you discover you both watch the same SOAP!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Florence K

    why in the world would they take off two shows that are so popular
    don’t the people have any say in the matter

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Bob

    My wife watches them. But if you write the sponcers you’ll have better luck than whining here. When they put the replacements on just write the sponcers and tell them unless the put back the soaps your not buying their product.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Ann

    Leave All my childrens and one life to live along take some of the other shows of like secret millonaire. Bulldogs gmwk. James o.foods Rev, you know what I talking about,I enjoy watching All my childrens and one life to live. they are the best thing on that time of day. leaves them along remove some of the other Scrap.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Florence K

    I really like watching one live to live

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Angela

    I’ve been addicted to AMC and OLTL for about a year now. I’m retired and they conveniently come on right after my local news and Entertainment News. I DO NOT answer my phone between those 2hours. I ordered Dishnetwork so that I could see them on SoapNet! I’m not going to know what to do with time after theses shows are canceled! I WILL boycott ABC, and that’s for SURE!!!!!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Carmen

    I have been watching All MY Children since the 70’ssame with OLTL going to miss them very much that was my way to unwind putting cooking shows on ….dont you think there is enough of them….

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Judy

    Like we need to learn how to cook. Give me a break. I will not watch these shows. You have lost a lot of people doing this.

  • http://WhataretheythinkingorshallIsayWhyaren'ttheythinking Cookie W

    This is so sad and heartbreaking. It is hard to lose some of our beloved actors and actress during contract seasons, but to lose the entire show is an outrage. Reality shows have gone to far. Jersy shore is so crazy and does not benefit any part of society, or risking our children seeing all the lack of respect for themselves, love, or sex. With the world being so overweight, we need another cooking show like we need a hole in our head. One Life and All My Children, and the rest of our soaps we do need. It is not only a part of our lives, but it teaches about real life. Unplanned pregnancy, bulling, respect, helping others, understanding different cultures, drugs, gangs, guns and violent, stealing etc. and the list goes on and on. The answer is not to cancel but to add more of real life problems and problem solving that inculdes; talking things out, understanding one another, forgivness, love. Its not about cancelling, but how can we teach people, reach more people, and release positive teaching into the world. ABC don’t cancel something that has been working for decades and decades, from generations to generations. Don’t let us change your mind, you do it for the right reasons.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Madeline C

    I am a big fan of the ABC soaps I DVR every episode from 1-4 pm daily and even watch the repeats on the weekends.Like most of the fans I grew up with AMC,OLTL and GH They were like a babysitter for me and made for lots of quality time for me and my mother. I believe that ABC is making a big mistake and will soon regret this decision.

  • http://Cancledsoaps JA

    First they told us WE HAVE to pay for cable in order to watch TV then they show reruns more then new programs now they say WE have to watch talk shows. I have watched the ABC soaps since they started, it was the only station available on our first TV. I was a stay at home MOM and it gave me some ME time during the day. What do I get to do now with those 3 hours. House work is done before they start……
    I will really miss all of the folks on these shows. They are like family.

  • http://yahoo Roy

    It sounds as if there are some unhappy soap opera watchers commenting in this blog about their cancellations. I would write the networks and tell them of your discontent as a viewer. This has saved more than one show on the chopping block and just might work for you. Sometimes you’ve got to raise hell in this world against the special interest groups and demand a turn around. Couldn’t hurt.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment GG

    I watched AMC in the 1980s and stopped after Erica gave birth to Bianca. Then I was working very close to my home in 2003. I’d come home from work and turned on the TV and got hooked on AMC all over again. No matter how silly/ridiculous the plots and characters have gotten, I’ve always enjoyed the storytelling, the humor and beauty of the performers. I mean what other show has an authentically injured hero of the Iraqi war in its cast?

    AMC pioneered daytime with African American, gay and minority characters. Heck, it was even ahead of primetime in dealing with a lot of social issues.

    I’ll miss you PV…. let’s hope everyone gets their problems/issues solved before September or we’ll be wondering forever what happened to Erica and the gang.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Diane

    You are really biting off your own foot ABC!!! I can’t imagine the fallout you are going to have over this. I have watched AMC all my life and record it every night and watch it the next night. I will now go to Daystar and satellite TV. I am done with broadcast shows. Too much off-color themes. AMC may have been about sex and selfishness, but the overall theme was follow your heart and LOVE your neighbor (maybe a little too much). My soap life will be over and I will have to spend that time in pursuit of OFF-TV time! We need to start the daytime boycott NOW to begin in Sept. Talk about a ratings drop! Tradition and familiarity are both worthy goals for any organization. ABC is failing to meet the SOAP-FIX for me starting in Sept. I hope the channel that picks up the re-runs is ready for a huge audience boost. Let’s just start them all over again and celebrate another 41 years on a new channel. I will not miss them I will just turn to a new channel to watch them. Are you with me? Diane from KC

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Glorious

    All My Children is demanding All My Cash! And if we all contribute a few dollars to keep it going, and REFUSE to buy any of the sponsors’ PRODUCTS MAYBE they WOULD wake up and re-consider..It would be like a traitor to buy anything that is advertised on the AMC show after the characters moved to LA, Adam-Stewart retired, Palmer died and we are left with forced acceptance. Walt Disney had more heart for all of us and we need someone in our corner…BAN THE SPONSORS’ PRODUCTS!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment DON’T DO THIS

    Oh my what next.. I cant believe this I have watched the soaps for many years, and now they are going to be gone out of many households. I think i will just stop watching tv all together.. Nothing but junk on there anyway. No story lines left. Nothing but reality shows.. Oh how boring,. I will not watch ABC anymore if they do this. SORRY General Hospital. I have been a faithful watcher to you too. Cant say its about money cause they have plunty. Sad day for TV watchers.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment PDS-13

    Oh well guys, the world has gone to hell in a handcart and ABC is following, closely. Enjoyed AMC since age 13 and like most of you, my sister and I started watching with mom. I’ll miss the soap, but I think the network will miss their ratings even more…as it should be. Later for the knuckle headed lunatic who came up with this very insane idea.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Michelle

    I was very shocked when this e-mail got my attention, I have been watching All MY Children since I was going to school. I got hocked on one life to live. When my VCR would not record, I then started watching them on ABC.Com and it was something I really looked forward to. If you take them off the air you are going to lose alot of viewers and can you really afford to? I will still watch General Hospital but it won’t be the same. How much longer will it be before to take that away too. Shame On You ABC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Anthony Naughton

    This is a freaking travesty, and Brian Frons and the rest of the idiots running ABC Daytime need to be taken out back behind the production studios and shot. Only for them, there would be no returning from the dead, and unfortunately for the shooter, they would get caught and either be locked up for life or given the death penalty. Loved All My Children and One Life to Live, have been watching them for over 30 years–now that I have steady employment, this is the thanks I get for my loyal viewing? WTF? All the soaps on ABC (Edge of Night, Ryan’s Hope, Port Charles), as well as OLTL, AMC, and GH were my favorite way to pass the time after school growing up. As it is now, I barely watch ABC except for those shows. So, now I can say goodbye to A(ll I care a)B(out is) C(ash) network.

  • http://pleaskeepamcandlolonpermamnetly helen provencal

    i will agree with all of the people that wrote to abc for the soaps. i tape them everyday on abc and also on channel 68 and watch them also gh . i have watched them since i was 16. i used to work with mt father and we would come home for lunch and we both sit and ate watching the 3 soaps amc and gha lol. i cannot believe you are taking them off. why are you doing that i do not think it is fair. i am 78 years of age and i come in my room and stay up and watch them. even when i tape them on channel 68 i watch them over again. i enjoy them all the time. my husband does not watch them. but that is keeping me living to think that i can watch them in the evening when i go to bed and even when i am in bed i can watch them. so what are you putting in place of them.if you know please tell me then i can see if i want to watch it. i am vert disturbed about then being taken off the air. so i tape everything i want to watch and i also enjoy what i watch. so please keep them on for all oue sakes ok thank you cant you hold them on the air until i go to heaven then i wont care then because i will not be able to watch them ok

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Carol Miller

    I feel that the greatest mistake that ABC could do is to take these two shows off of the air. I Tivo both of these shows to watch in the evening. I have been a huge fan of All My Children and One Life to live every since I was in high school. I remember when All My Children came on the air in 1970. I will miss these shows.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Carol Miller

    I agree with the other statements. I also watch General Hopsital with these other two. I guess I will switch to CBS, to watch because the last we need is more cooking shows and talk shows. Come on and get real, this is so sad. Not only for us veiwers but for the great actors and actresses that will be out of work. It is really sad for All My Children since they made their stars move from NY to California.

  • http://weallwillmissthem. Joan Fernandez

    everyone watching them for so many year and really enjoy watching them. some people think its the only romance they will every see. i think it cruel to take off one life to live it is a great show and i as well as others will miss it so please dont cancel the show its so great.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Peggy Burgess

    I have always watched the CBS shows and was saddened at the close of Guiding Light and As the World Turns that i had watched for so many years, almost like losing family. Young and Restless put out a questionaire asking if they should have a ‘gay’ story line. I can’t help but wonder if this caused the demise of
    those two soaps and maybe even these other two going off. It could be the majority of the viewers did not like it. Gays are a very small percentage of the population and therefore of the viewers, but some organizations put extreme pressure on some,like TV shows.to incorporate this lifestyle. Please don’t send me a ‘bigotry’ message. I am just wondering if this is the problem with losing
    our soaps.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Pat E

    Over the past 40 years of watching these 2 soaps, I’ve learned many lessons. These soaps have dealt with many diseasesand major life events like marriage, divorce, HIV, DID, Lupus,child adoption, child birth, post-partum depression, being and accepting the lifestyles of others, Autism. So many people who stay home and raise children and keep the house and cook the meals find out about things like these through watching daytime soaps. Yes, they give people a chance to ‘get away from their own lives for a while’ but stress relief is a good thing. I feel the decision to end these 2 great shows is a very large mistake which will cost that network many viewers.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Sheila Johnson

    I am very upset with ABC. Why are they taking away our All my Children? I having been watching for many years. Every day Millions look forward to our soaps. I heard sometime ago the actors took a pay cut just to keep the people working what happened? Why the change of heart? I don’t think I’ll be watching ABC anymore!!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Nita

    Unbelievable!!!! Why does it seem that the best things in life always get tossed to the side. I am just hurt. I mean my heart truly hurts. I LOVE “All My Children.” I began watching the show when Angie and Jessie reunited. It caught my attention because I remember when I was younger and my grandmother use to watch All my children. I was a little kid and remember seeing Angie and Jessie. Angie and Jessie are the ideal couple. So many people have lost faith in true love and relationships. But,the love between Angie and Jessie offers a feeling of hope and suggests that true love is out there somewhere. Watching this show soothes my soul. It gives me something to look forward to everyday. If I am stressed or just not feeling good, I could alway’s depend on “All My Children to comfort me. It is my daily thing. You know that thing you turn to when you want to escape what’s going on in your life. When I’m watching the show, I don’t think about anything that’s going on in my life and that’s a good thing because when I’m not watching the show I constantly think about all of my problems. When I first heard that the show was going to be cancelled, I immediately panicked and asked myself “What am I going to do now?” “All My Children” was my lifeline. Well, it helped me get through my days anyway. I am really sad to hear that the show is ending. I have never responded in this way to any show that has been on television.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Nita

    You know there are so many other shows that can be taken off the air. Why “All My Children?” And, I’m wondering what is going to take it’s place. Not another crappy reality show. I am really tired of these new modern shows that are taking the place of real shows that have substance and meaning. Many of the older shows have meaning and multiple messages behind them. Not just entertainment. I really hope ABC reconsiders this decision. I truly think this is a bad decision to make. Why take away something that has worked for over 40 years? Why change something that is working?

  • anna d.

    I almost died last nite when I heard that they were cancelling AMC n OLTL..these reality show and cooking shows have taken over our tv’s..oh and talk shows …I could care less if they stayed on the air..I will cancell my cable and start reading and knitting,I will not give ABC any of my timne for their other show ..screw them.I have been watching these show all my life and now in my late 50’s and being sick those are my lifel..I was happy when I could finally could afford the soapnet station so I could watch the shows I missed during the day when at drs. appt.It’s all about money..This world is going nowhere.vilence is all there is nowadays..I’m so depress this is horrible..U s–k ABC

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Judie

    You asked what did soaps teach me. I learned a lot over the years, Family love and allowing others in my family to be themselves. Trust in God to help you through difficult times. Leading a somewhat sheltered life I didn’t know the danger signs of additions, how it looked normal to most while it destroyed families. Medical info like aids, cancer, artisim, and other physical and mental signs. Dos and don’ts of fashion. I learned how our Men and Women dealt with war and managed to live through the aftermath of being wounded physically and mentally. While so many laugh because you say I watch Soaps I am glad I did because I learned so very much, I think it helped make me a better person….

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Terri W.

    I cannot emphasize enough that ABC is owned by DISNEY, the “family values” corporation. Ah, but a corporation, nonetheless. I am also boycotting anything to do with THAT brand, as well. I am no longer watching Dancing with the Stars or any other ABC programming and will only continue to watch AMC and OLTL to the end of their runs ONLY for the sakes of the actors’ and the crews of those shows. They need our support in a huge way right now. But, after the end of the shows, that will end my ABC daytime watching, as well. I would not want to get involved anew with General Hospital, only to have to go through something like this all OVER again. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on ME. And trust me, GH’s days are numbered, no matter WHAT lies ABC/Disney continues to spread. Not long ago, they also said NONE of the soaps were going anywhere and look at how all THAT worked out.
    @Bob: Thank you SO much, Bob, for your declaration that if women are speaking up, they aren’t “voicing their displeasure”, they are “whining”. Writing to the sponsors will only work to a degree, since most ads that run on ABC are NATIONAL ads, which means they also run at approximately the same time on the OTHER networks. And if we are no longer watching ABC, how would we KNOW which sponsors are ONLY advertising on THAT network? The only thing you could do is write to the company and tell them that we will not be SEEING their ads on ABC any longer. Not that I’m WHINING or anything—I’m just pointing out a small error in your reasoning.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Doris

    April 16

    I cannot believe that these shows are being taken off the air. I have watched these shows for years and will miss them. What is the
    reasoning behind this. People do watch them, talk shows are not for everyone. Please reconsider

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment sharena

    I can’t believe this, i still watch all my children, and one life to live, but i really don’t watch general hospital like that, so if anything, they should take that and the view off the air, please reconsider, i been watching these soaps for about 15 years now, and i will really miss it, so please reconsider, i look forward to going on my break everyday to go home to watch soaps.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment LOS

    Unfortunately, I am not a fan of soaps. I only watched them for a short time when my 36 years old daughter was very young.
    What I do know is that the women that I knew that watched Soaps all the time, had more DRAMA instilled and infused into their personal lives than the ones that did not. Unhealthy scheming, back stabbing, outbursts that would stop the neighborhood in its tracks. ridiculous actions performed by fully grown adults, actions that were indicative of mental health issues.
    I feel no grief in knowing these dramas are going off the air, now what will we do with the rest of the garbage on that energy sucking vampire called TV that clogs our minds and souls and offers very little to our lives. I am A person who gave up TV Years ago, lost weight, got rid of extra unnecessary stress because I gave up TV and I am healthier for it. Divorce your TV!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Edna

    I am sorry to hear more soaps are being cancelled. My favorites were Guiding Light and As The World Turns. Since they were cancelled I no longer watch any afternoon shows. I didn’t get started on another soap when GL and ATWT went off because I felt I would just be disappointed down the road with more cancellations. I was right! There is really nothing much on TV anymore that is worth watching.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment KRYSTAL

    I USE TO WATCH THESE SHOWS AND FOR SO LONG I LOST INTEREST: TOO MUCH DRAMA AND MARRIAGE. IF THEY WANT TO KEEP THE SHOW OPEN, THEN SO BE IT. BUT I BELIEVE IT’S TIME TO RETIRE AND EXPLORE OTHER TALENTS.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Cookie

    I feel ABC network is making a huge mistake cancelling All My Children and One Life to Live, I’ve also watch since I was 15 years old. Coming home after school, I really enjoy them, my friends would watch also. I hope ABC is not going to put on more reality shows or more doctor programs we have enough. It’s bad enough that Oparah is leaving now this!!!

  • http://BIGMISTAKES NENALOVE

    WHY ARE THEY TAKING 1 OF THE BEST SHOWS .I BEEN WATCHING SINCE I WAS 17. I REALLY GOING 2 MISS THEM PPLAES DONT TAKE THEM OUT.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Dru

    Leave My Children alone! As a teen in the 60’s this soap show became a guide on family, friends, and freaks — who backs you up and what not to do. I would yell at the characters, “Don’t pick HIM” or if things got too sunny, BOOM in came the drama. It gave us the strength to endure — waiting for the plot to thicken and showing us in real life to stand tall for what we want — (Go Erica and her gals). And I could talk for hours about the men — what type would I want and when?? Well goodnight My Children.. I miss you already after 40 years.

    Fade in some ‘reality show’ with 7 more people screaming about their useless opinions. Well it’s another ABC time to turn OFF my TV and avoid the pollution. Where will the Days of our life lead us now????

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Beth

    When the going gets tough, the tough watch soaps! They are a great distraction from our every day stressful lives! Reminds us that things could always be worse so we end up thankful our problems are nothing compared to the problems in Pine Valley and Llanview!!
    BIG MISTAKE ABC!!!!!!!!!!!!! The obesity problem in this country doesn’t need any more food shows!!! And the spoiled “whats in it for me” dweebs don’t need shows with any new ideas about “lifestyles”!!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Liz

    I cant believe that after all these years my favorite shows all my children and one life to live will no longer be on air.. This is crazy.. I saw these celebs in person in one of they’re annual parties when I worked at the russian tea room in manhattan. I was so excited when the boss told me we were hosting the annual party for them.. I came to work early that day just so I can see them walk in the restaurant.. I also lived right across the street from the old scott chandler on roosevelt island.. They will be solely missed.. I just hope that abc reconsiders and leave them on air..

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Donna

    Why oh why are the networks trying to stuff reality shows, food programs and such down our throats? It all started when they decided that The Guiding Light wasn’t profitable enough for them. Now they are going after All My Children? Outrageous. Obviously there isn’t anything we can do about it to change it. However it certainly is a sad situation that we HAVE to buy cable, and still loose the shows we love. That’s why I will not watch TV except for the weather channel. Other than that I watch movies on my dvd player and read books.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Shirley

    I think its sad.that abc would cancel 2 of the most beloved shows that has been running since before I was born I remember my mom n grandma watching these soaps im pro nu con with this these actors has been doing this for so long that they proably are tired n want a change nothing last forever the day wouldve came regardless these actors did a great jo

  • http://PLEASEDON'TGOOOOAMC!! alexandra

    PLEASE DON’T CANCEL ALL MY CHILDREN!!! I WATCH IT EVERY 1 P.M. FOR THIS SHOW!! I LOVE SUSAN LUCCI!! SHE IS SUCH A BEAUTIFUL ELEGANT WOMAN EVER!!! MY MOTHER HAS BEEN WATCHING THAT SHOW SINCE SHE WAS 15 YEAR OLD!! SHE ALSO INTRODUCE ME TO THAT SHOW AT 15 AS WELL AND NOW I AM 29!!!LOL…PLEAES DONT CANCEL THE SHOWS!!!ITS MY BREAK AT THAT TIME WHEN MY LITTLE ONE IS TAKING HER NAPS!!LOL…SO PLEASE DONT GO!!! LOL

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment JEANNE

    HEY FANS , I REALLY FEEL SAD FOR YOUR LOSS , BUT AS SOME HAVE SAID , START TO PETTITION AND BOYCOTT NOW! REMEMBER HOW ROE VS. WADE GOT STARTED? HOW 2 WOMEN GOT THE RIGHT TO GO BARE CHESTED ON THE BEACH? THERE IS POWER IN NUMBERS, SO GET THOSE E-MAILS AND LETTERS GOING. I’M NOT A VIEWER , BUT I WOULD SURE LIKE TO SEE THE VIEW AND THE TALK AND SOME OF THOSE REALITY SHOWS TAKEN OFF. IT ONLY FIRES ME UP TO WATCH THOSE OPINIONATED AND ANGRY AND AND REBELLIOUS SLUTTY TEENAGERS ACT OUT (AND GET PAID TO DO IT). I HOPE THIS HAS STIRRED SOME OF YOU UP TO BOYCOTT SOME OF THESE SHOWS THAT DO US NO SERVICE AT ALL!!!! STAND UP – OR SHUT UP!!!!!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Lisa Grace

    This just retarded!!! These shows do give life lessons and the actors are my friends! In this economy, ABC decides to put hundreds of people in the unemployment line? Really, what’s up with that?
    I already know how to cook, and my life style is fine.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Mike

    Interesting and sad! I hope that everyone’s Saturday was great and that their Sunday is going great and I hope that they are having a nice Palm Sunday and I hope that they have a week!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment ILLENE MANDEL

    I HAVE WATCHED ONE LIFE TO LIVE FOR OVER 29YEARS AND I AM SO SAD TO THIS WONDERFUL SHOW ENDING.YEARS AGO I WENT TO SEE THE SHOW AT THEIR STUDIO AND EVERYONE WAS SO GREAT. MY YOUNGER DAUGHTER TOOK A PICTURE WITH MAX DE PAIVA WHO IS NO LONGER ON.THE RIFTS BETWEEN VICKI AND DORIAN ALWAYS SEEMED TO HAVE AHPPY ENDING. WHY IN THE WORLD ARE YOU ENDING TWO OF THE MOST FAVORITE DAYTIME SOAPS.THANKS FOR LISTENING TO MY COMMENTS.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Terri W.

    @LOS: I’m sorry you have or had unstable friends. Not all people who watch soaps have drama in their lives and many who have been in stressful situations have found watching the soaps actually helps them stay sane. I’ve known people who CREATE drama in their lives who have NEVER watched the soaps. So, please don’t judge an entire group of people based on your experience. I’m happy that you’ve found some peace in your life and I do agree that we could ALL use less TV time. But, these loved and respected shows have been family traditions for many people and if they want to try and save them, I feel they should do it. Another idea for those who are interested would be to write your LOCAL ABC affiliates. Let them know that their local news and other programming will be affected by ABC’s ridiculous decision to cancel these shows. Local advertisers, too. And if you DO write to national advertisers, let them know when and WHERE you are seeing their commercials. If the viewings rise for the OTHER networks and decrease for ABC, there may be added pressure on that network over their actions.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Mindy

    They started taking the Best soaps off when they took AS THE WORLD TURNS and GUIDING LIGHT OFF. They need to bring the fun part of television other than THE PRICE IS RIGHT back. Maybe they can have older shows of the soaps like when it was around the 80s and 90s. I miss Reva and Josh alot especially plus Melinda and Lujack and of course HB and the older stars who have passed on.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Mindy

    Terri W. I agree with you alot about the staying sane when watching a soap opera because of all of the stress we have in this world.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Nichole

    This is just so sad. I read most of the comments and it is just sad. Many of us have grown up with these soaps which I always thought were much more realistic than those on other channels. And yes who doesn’t know Erica Kane? Why ABC would do this? One can only assume – yes probably money. Ratings have been down, but this is still such a huge upset. Look how many famous people have come from the soaps – Susan Lucci, Kelly Ripa, Cameron Mathison, the list goes on. They will all be sadly missed. I will also miss the fact that these soaps filmed in NYC and the chance of running into one of those actors was always fun when visting. Now what will become of the Avenue of the Americas? It will go to “sleep” just like Pine Valley and Lanview. Sniffle Sniffle…

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Elizabeth Beckett

    I think it is a shame that ABC is sooo STUPID. I have grew up with these soaps. I have learn alot of things to do and not to do. The networks don’t need anymore cooking shows and health shows. Once my soaps are taken off ABC, I will no longer watch ABC! I think it would serve ABC a lesson, if all the soap fans quit watching ABC!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Terri W.

    @Mindy: If you loved Reva and Josh, have you been watching Kim Zimmer (Reva) on OLTL reprising her role of Echo DiSavoy? She is such a wonderful actress and I have loved her since she appeared in the movie, Body Heat.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment BETH

    I AM RESPONDING TO THE CANCELLATION OF OLTO/AMC. I WAS CONFUSED WHEN MY OLDEST DAUGHTER E-MAILED ME ABOUT THE CANCELLATION. NOW I UNDERSTAND WHAT SHE WAS TALKING ABOUT.I NEVER THOUGHT THEY WOULD TAKE THOSE SOAPS OFF THE AIR. SHE REMINED ME THAT, AS A MEMORY OF BEING A LITTLE GIRL,SHE REMEMBERED BEING IN THE KITCHEN WITH ME, WHILE WATCHING SOAPS.BACK THEN I ALSO WATCHED DARK SHADOWS.AMC/DAYS OF OUR LIVES/GH/Y@R, AND I HAVE ALSO WATCH ONE CALL PASSIONS.( I WAS REALLY UPSET WHEN THEY TOOK PASSIONS OFF. MY YOUNGEST SON ALSO LIKED IT. WE WERE LED TO BELEIVE THAT IF WE WENT TO DIRECT TV, WE COULD CONTINUE TO WATCH IT, SO WE DID. HOWEVER THEY ALSO TOOK IT OFF THAT CHANNEL A SHORT TIME LATER. I THINK IT’S VERY INCONSIDERABLE OF ABC, AFTER ALL THE MONEY THEY MADE OVER THE YEARS, TO DO THIS TO THE OLDER FAITHFUL,YOUNGER, AND NEW VIEWERS. ABC STANDS TO LOSE ALOT OF MONEY, AND MANY VIEWERS.IF THERE IS ANY WAY WE CAN USE OUR VOICES, AND BE HEARD, THEN I URGE ALL SOAP FANS TO WORK TOGETHER.FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE AGAINST SOAPS, I UNDERSTAND, AND THAT IS YOUR OPINION, BUT IF THEY TAKE AWAY OUR VOICES,RIGHTS,AND OPINION’S, YOURS WILL COME NEXT. SO LETS ALL WORK TOGETHER.PUT A STOP TO IT NOW.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment SUN

    AS A PSYCHOLOGIST,I SYMPATHIZE WITH ALL THE PEOPLE WHO FEEL BETRAYED BY ABC FOR TAKING THEIR FAVORITE SOAP OPERAS OFF THE AIR AND, ESPECIALLY, WITH THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN LOYAL FOLLOWERS SINCE THEIR “SOAPS” FIRST AIRED. IT IS EASY TO UNDERSTAND THEIR FRUSTRATION AND IMPOTENCE AND HOW THEY FEEL THEY ARE LOSING A FAMILY MEMBER OR A VERY DEAR FRIEND THEY ARE SO ATTACHED TO. EVEN THOUGH I HAVE NEVER WATCHED A SOAP BUT HAVING FRIENDS WHO FOLLOW THEM ALMOST RELIGIOUSLY, I FEEL THAT ABC IS, INDEED, MAKING A VERY SERIOUS MISTAKE IN IGNORING AN IMPORTANT SEGMENT OF THE POPULATION–STAY-AT-HOME MOTHERS, UNEMPLOYED WOMEN, AND RETIRED PERSONS WHO FIND THE SOAPS STIMULATING, COMFORTING, AND ENTERTAINING. ABC HAS MUCH TO LOSE AND LITTLE TO GAIN BY REMOVING THESE ICONIC SOAPS AND SUBSTITUTING THEM WITH UNPOPULAR AND REPETITIVE TALK SHOWS “BECAUSE THEY ARE CHEAPER TO PRODUCE” THAT NO ONE WILL WATCH. THEIR RATINGS WILL FALL DRASTICALLY SHOULD THEY IMPLEMENT THESE PROPOSED NEW PROGRAMS!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Kristen

    I think what they are doing to All My Children and One Life To Live is crazy on the Networks part. Putting on some lame talk show or even another reality show is so stupid to me, So we can save everyone a dollar. ABC will diffently lose alot of viewers including me when they take both those Stories away from us in September. I have watched those Stories since I was a Child. I will miss every actor from both All My Children and One Life To Live.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Sharon

    They are not good for the heart,soul, and mind. I have enough problems of my own. They promote adultry, lies, cheating, stealing, lusting, they are not good for you to watch. They are addicting and not good for the mind, especially the christian mind. Your wasting time watching them. Bottom line t.v. is gonna get filthyier and filthier as time goes on. No wonder our society has gone the way it has. Get off the soaps and purify your mind thru reading the bible!!!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Very sad

    I have watched “All My Children” for 38 of the 40 years!!!! I will miss it and “One Life To Live” very much. I never thought about them going off the air since they have been around so long!!!!

    It was my time to escape from reality. It was my time to relax and eat lunch. I really like the comedy, mystery, and most of the story lines.

    This has been a big part of my life for such a long time. I am still stunned and I will feel an emptiness of something that has been in my life for so long!!!!!

    I wish they weren’t ending…..

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Jean

    Well ABC get ready to lose alot of people. I’m hoping that Oprah gets them she wants them. I’ll get her channel then watch General Hospital when it comes on. We all know they’re just actor and actress and it’s not true. So Sharon what’s the big deal? Movies do that and more. We still read the bible and pray everyday. That don’t mean we don’t have God in our lives. Just because you watch the soaps don’t make you a sinner. It’s went you believe in it that become a problem.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Terri W.

    @Sharon: Geez, Sharon, get a grip! Soaps do NOT promote adultery, lies, etc. In fact, they are much LIKE the bible, in that they are morality plays. They show the best and worst of human nature and how those situations play out. If your bible is so powerful, why do you feel the need to avoid what’s in the world? It never fails to amaze me how the people who are the loudest in their judgement of others are also the ones who claim they read the bible all the time. And just for the record, there are plenty of liars, cheaters, stealers, etc. on these so-called “Christian” networks. You just don’t know about it until they’re CAUGHT. And THAT is NOT fiction!

  • http://www.dominionpestcontrol.com Gerg

    I don’t understand how the main characters in soap operas never seem to have a job or aren’t really seen in their careers. I was always told, “It’s just assumed that everyone knows that and you get passed it”, but I never did. Maybe I am too serious for soaps.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment pat

    I have watched Y&R for over 20 years. I have not watched OLTL or DOOL. But Y&R maybe next. Who wants to see more talks shows not me!!! I have done more than talk here on this thread. I have written the powers that be. Write the network, writers, etc. maybe ABC, NBC, CBS all want soaps gone. WRITE THEM! It does make a difference. BOYCOTT Disney world they are a part of ABC. It will be different not seeing any soaps which have become a part of our society not on the air.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Cheryl

    I watched As The World Turns for over 50 years and really miss it since it was cancelled last fall. About writing to the networks, you probably don’t need to bother. I wrote to CBS several times re the cancellation of ATWT and they never even bothered to respond. It is obvious they don’t care. I am not a big tv watcher and that was the only program I regularly watched. I tried to get interested in another soap but wasn’t able to do so.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Donna

    Soaps let me step into a life drama that is so unlike mine. It’s a second family with people to love and dislike. It’s a favorite time of the day to escape reality.

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