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8 Years To The Day Of All My Children & One Life to Live Being Canceled; Still Considered By Many Worst Move For Daytime

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It’s hard to believe that 8 years ago today on April 14th, 2011, the soap world, its fans, and the cast members, learned of the heartbreaking news that ABC, in one swift move, decimated its daytime line-up when they announced the cancellations of long running series, All My Children (which would end at its 41st year), and One Life to Live (which would ends its run in its 43rd year).

At the time, ABC announced it would move to more lifestyle/entertainment series to replace these dramas.  In its place came The Chew and The Revolution, neither show is still on the air today.  Executives at that time pointed to research saying that times are changing and that their decision was “guided by extensive research into what today’s daytime viewers want,” and blame, in part, “the changing viewing patterns of the audience” for the axing of AMC and OLTL

Then ABC Daytime President, Brian Frons had joked to Deadline about the big announcement that he: “Pre-entered the witness protection program prior to today’s events.”  He added that “The demise of the two venerable soaps was actually a year in the making.  A year ago, we started to look at our projections where the ratings for the soaps would go.  When those projections came in pretty discouraging, the network began to aggressively develop replacement shows, 15 of them.  Four of the 15 were picked up to pilot: The Chew and The Revolution and two others, a talk show and a dating show. Originally, the idea was to cancel only one daytime drama.  The way the ratings developed and the pilots turned out, the ratings developed negatively and pilots developed positively, so we decided to make a bigger shift.”  Of note is that when it went off the air, One Life to Live was in third place among its competitors in the ratings.

The press release that came with the cancellations stated: “To honor the core, passionate audience and their rich history both shows will conclude in a manner that respects their legacies and the longstanding hopes of many of their viewers.”

Following the cancellations daytime reeled. The mainstream was sure it meant the endings of the soaps, period.  However, four shows illustrated that is not true at all.  For Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless all remain, and still whether they are up or down in their numbers/ratings, they remain relevant and important to the enduring daytime viewing audience.

Sadly, as with any shows, the end of ABC’s AMC and OLTL meant loss of jobs for so many working in front of the camera and behind the scenes. One Life was the last soap opera in production in New York at the time.  AMC was already being shot in LA to cut costs to save it.

Still in 2019, if you venture on to social media, especially Twitter, you see fans constantly missing its stars and the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, wanting this wrong rectified.  Although Prospect Park tried to revive the show with their online versions, eventually after legal battles that went on for a few years, ABC now retains the right to these properties,

The good news is that many favorites from AMC and OLTL have found success and been hired on other soap operas, bringing their followings with them, whether it be on-screen, or in the writing, producing, directing or crew departments.

So, do you think the loss of AMC and OLTL consolidated daytime and made the remaining shows stronger so they would not be touched or canceled?  Do you think ABC should try to mount a resurrected AMC and OLTL or an amalgamation of the two?  Do you remember where you were when you learned the two soaps were cancelled? Was this the worst misstep of all-time for daytime? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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Shari
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Shari

YES, this definitely was the worst move ever made for daytime TV. I still hold out hope for OLTL to come back but realistically know it won’t. On Friday’s GH when Nora Buchanan guest starred and made all the references to life continuing on in Llanview, I was thrilled and smiled all day! Thank you, Frank Valentini!!

Liz
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Liz

Me too! Give me a inch and I will take a mile. Would love more updates on the families.

Evelyn
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Evelyn

Very dump move!!

Bernie Sanders 2020
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Bernie Sanders 2020

Bring back OLTL- GH will finally be free of Howarth and Easton and the completely worthless Franco and Finn

Nancy M Wilson
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Nancy M Wilson

Still pray every day that ABC right this terrible wrong, definitely the biggest mistake they ever made!

AJ1
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AJ1

Don’t think prayers get answered for revival of tv shows…

sadie soaper
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sadie soaper

It was a huge mistake by ABC to cancel these beloved soaps. Millions of fans are still boycotting ABC and clamoring for these dramas to be returned to daytime. Refer to the Facebook page, “Save AMC & OLTL” for more info.

wendee
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wendee

Why they got rid of two shows that people had watched for decades was beyond stupid.

BUT The View is the worst show on TV and it’s still on. Get rid of it. Just a binch of hateful, irritating, old hags who think we care about their opinions.

Hated The Chew. Never watched The Revolution.
If ABC cares about their loyal audience they’d bring back the two soaps and immediately cancel The View

Mary
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Mary

If the View would get rid of that harpy Joy Behar it would be a tolerable show.

Satan
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Satan

I don’t watch The View, but at least Joy is there based on her own merits… as opposed to the two airheads who only occupy those chairs because their daddies were famous Republicans.

Shay
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Shay

You means “RINOS,” Satan….Republicans in name only! Neither of those “airheads” represents the GOP point of view…they are just shameless self-promoters looking to extend their 15 minutes of second-hand fame, especially the particularly mouthy blonde one!

aria
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aria

joy is the best part part of the view

AJ1
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AJ1

Curious – what are your sources for “Millions of fans are still boycotting ABC”. I find that as believable as the Million Moms Movement that has far from a million members

sadie soaper
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sadie soaper

Refer to the Facebook page, “Save AMC & OLTL” for more info.

Mary
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Mary

The man responsible for cancelling both AMC and OLTL is Brian Frons.

Brandon
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Brandon

Yup. Honestly one of the worst decisions was him being the head of ABC Daytime.

Dorothy
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Dorothy

Please bring back amc and oltl

Richard Stegman Jr
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Richard Stegman Jr

If can’t revive both shows then,yes,cast members from both shows should do a soap that combines the elements of the original shows. Besides,I’ve always wanted to see Susan Lucci and Erika Slezak share scenes together.

Karen
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Karen

That unfortunately would never happen, they couldn’t afford to pay that many top stars.

Judy Southerland
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Judy Southerland

It’s the biggest screwup ABC daytime ever made. I was shocked. My husband was really ticked because he loved AMC. When he worked evening shift I would have it on and he got hooked. We were watching our local news when I heard it announced. Total BS.

Dorothy Kelly
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Dorothy Kelly

I loved AMC and OLTL and I would be so happy if they resumed production of them. I haven’t watched the ABC network since.

Deb
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Deb

I miss this show so much

Deb
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Deb

I miss all my Children so much and one life to live !!! It really stinks they took th off the air

Chris
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Chris

I thought I was going to DIE.

dscook25
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dscook25

I would love to see the shows brought back on. I still miss watching them. I do not watch all that talk crap that is on now and never will. ABC made a big mistake and they should correct it.There is too many talk shows on tv. With soaps you have a reason to tune in tomorrow but with talk shows there is really no reason. Please bring them back before it is too late.

Diane
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Diane

I say bring back oltl and amc,,,obviously, the shows that replaced it couldnt survive,,,,it was a bad descision on abc’s part.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

It’s always a disappointment when a soap opera is cancelled. Admittedly, I was not and still am not a One Life to Live fan, so their cancellation did not upset me. However, canceling both soaps in a one-sweep kick was horrendously insulting. The online reboots of both soaps, while horrible handled in terms of production, were well written and acted. It was nice seeing American soaps handled in new light, and it’s sad that TOLN could not produce second seasons of each. As for ABC reviving them, I ultimately say “NO” to that, because time has moved on, and it… Read more »

Liz
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Liz

If it was possible to return our shows I don’t think it would be as hard as you think. Yes people have passed or moved on but that is why recast happen. It would take adjusting to new actors, writers and producers but it would be worth it.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

At this point, in 2019, I don’t see the point or reward for doing that. Yes, recasting would likely happen, however, recasting a vast majority of the casts — which I am fairly certain they’d have to do — would just look messy. Had this been an option in 2014, I would’ve been more receptive to it, but I don’t see it happening.

What I think would be best would be bring on a few characters from each soap, either recurring or permanently, to General Hospital and call it a day.

Shay
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Shay

@Scott….As a longtime GH fan, I have to admit the notion of “bringing a few characters from each soap” to my show is a grating one! Why is Port Charles the designated dumping ground for all those former soapsters from other fictional locales?? This practice has decimated the GH I once knew and loved! It’s gotten beyond absurd that those of us who have loyalty to our own set of legacy players be expected to welcome an almost constant flow of interlopers to Port Charles!!! Why are we the only ones who are subjected to their usurpation of the daily… Read more »

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Shay, I say it as a fan of General Hospital fan. The issue is this: ABC owned all three soaps, which is what allowed them to crossover between soaps. CBS and NBC are more difficult, because while the networks did air them, the characters are owned by different companies, not the network like ABC does.

Your anger is misplaced at me, Shay, so please don’t continue to put it my way.

Susan
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Susan

Cancelling the soaps, was the worse thing, that abc, and Brian Frons, ever did. I use to enjoy, abc, day and night, and now, I only watch one hour of General Hospital. I have been boycotting abc, day and night, ever since they cancelled our soap operas, and will continue to boycott abc, until they put the soaps back on.

Louis
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Louis

I agree it was a very bad mistake for taking amc and oltl off the air

Tracy
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Tracy

This was the biggest mistake that abc made and loyal fans of amc and oltl will never forget as they were like family

Shannon
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Shannon

My daughter and I absolutely adored All My Children.” We referred to the show as “The Children“. It was something we could share and talk about with each other. We enjoyed reading about it, watching it, hearing about the actors lives and following each and every storyline. The actors seemed to become part of our family. We continue to miss the show but the first five years were agony without “The Children.” We would definitely support a comeback!!!!!

Liz
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Liz

I wold call One life to live just One life. Everyone knew what I meant. They also knew not to interrupt me during that time. Thank God for dvr.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

Learning of the cancellations was one of the worst days of my life. For me, it was like a death in my closest family. That may sound silly to some people; but, I watched One Life to Live from day one and All My Children intermittently for years. There is no excuse for the action taken by the alphabet network/mouse company. There were numerous alternatives to cancellation. The powers that be need to rectify this horrible action. Either bring back AMC and OLTL as half hour programs each. Or combine them into one hour long show. Either way, I hope… Read more »

Liz
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Liz

I would not want anything to do with PP. Their production was horrible. Canada is inexpensive that is why most Hallmark shows are filmed there. I believe there is a connection between ABC and Hallmark channel. Many actors that are in soaps also work on Hallmark shows.

Marsha Hubel
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Marsha Hubel

Totally agree

Connie Blizzard
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Connie Blizzard

Of course it was and still is the absolute worse decision in soap history. But , you know, the media has kept a tease of returning OLTL & AMC to their fans. Well, we are still here and still hanging onto the hope for their return. So to the power people what’s happening? You know the fans want this!!!!!!!!

LinesofLove
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LinesofLove

It was a shocking, destructive, insensitive move. Time has passed, bring them back to ABC at 30 minutes a piece, for starters. #RebootAllMyChildren #RebootOneLifetoLive

Liz
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Liz

So many bad things happened in my life. Just hearing the opening music lifted my spirits. I would love to have the two soaps revived. When they returned online I watched and cried at the same time. The online show was horrendously produced but I watched because that was all we had. I still America broken hearted over the loss of our beloved soaps. These shows lasted some fourth plus years. Their replacements didn’t make it four years. Pretty bad decision ABC!

Megan
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Megan

I balled and balled when I heard they were cancelled and again on the finales, was horrible. I wish they would bring them back. It wouldn’t be the same since some wouldn’t be available since they moved on or passed away, but do what they can would be awesome or combine the two as one soap even. In the meantime I’d love if they brought back more past characters from both to general hospital from time to time.

Linda
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Linda

I am in hopes of All My Children and One Life to Live returning to ABC. I miss the shows. I watch the other shows but it’s not the same. My days are completely messed up without my shows.

Julie
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Julie

I was and still am mad about it. I refused to ever watch an episode of “The Chew”.

Dawn Armstrong
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Dawn Armstrong

It was so dumb to take them off the air. There is nothing worth watching in the time slots except for other soapies that I now watch as an alternative. But still I miss the others. It’s awesome tho that some of the characters still live on in the other soapies. Love that!!

Xanna Don't
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Xanna Don't

Brian Frons, a man with an odd personal loathing of soaps, made the biggest mistake in daytime television history. He is no longer with ABC, a network that continues to struggle in both daytime and prime time ratings. Of course the new ABC executives should bring these iconic shows back–for their own preservation. I’ve consistently suggested that Atlanta, a major city of 6 million people, in a state with 30% tax rebates, and only a 2-hour plane trip away from NYC, is the answer to production costs. Both stars of AMC and OLTL, Susan Lucci and Erika Slezak respectively, have… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

As to the first question regarding consolidating daytime and making the “remaining shows stronger,” there was absolutely no positive benefit to daytime or any remaining soap! Many great soaps have been thus cancelled over decades, primarily because of waning ratings. But the spin given when OLTL and AMC were cancelled was particularly ludicrous and insulting, not only to viewers of these landmark soaps, but also to the daytime TV community as a whole. I think that many of us are disgusted by what passes for daytime entertainment these days. Political allegiances aside, I find much of the so-called “talk” shows… Read more »

jaybird369
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jaybird369

James…as usual, very, very well said!!!!! Thank You.

Have a good one, Brother.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Thanks a million, Jay! Best to you and your loved ones, Friend!

SZima
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SZima

As much as I miss AMC and OLTL, I can’t ever see them ever coming back…at least on ABC. It is much too costly to produce soap operas these days, and the networks bow down to the almighty $dollar$, so it ain’t gonna happen1 If there was some way to have a Daytime Soaps web service, it’s possible they could bring back some of the soaps, and possibly move the four remaining network soaps to that service. I don’t know how or if a streaming service would work for soaps. I’d rather have a new episode of each show air… Read more »

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Streaming worked for TOLN; the downside of that was TOLN did not produce both soaps properly, which is what led to their ultimate cancellation and returning to ABC’s rights.

Honestly, Fox should’ve taken on Guiding Light, As the World Turns and All My Children to create themselves as a leading network in television; I may not agree with Fox, in terms of political climate, but it would’ve put them into a new category by building a solid daytime programming foundation.

Della Mullinax
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Della Mullinax

Miss these show and all the people on them. I sure wish you would bring them back. I watched them everyday.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

ABC created the glory days of soaps with its Love in the Afternoon brand and I cannot understand how it unceremoniously messed its own bed. The loss of four soaps (AMC, OLTL, and CBS’s ATWT, GL) in a few short years was disastrous. Daytime used to really matter, the daytime dramas, network game shows, ABC’s Afterschool Specials! Now it seems we have an endless sameness of courtroom train wrecks, rotating talk show hosts who never seem to click, watered down morning show leftovers… If television with all this cable, streaming, and such is enjoying some sort of golden age, why… Read more »

Eric Springer
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Eric Springer

Personally, I think it was a major mistake for yanking One Life To Live and All My Children! We see other shows coming back and doing this idiotic “Reboot” ( which seems to be the new thing, but when a show like Roseanne came back, it was not a reboot, that was just diving back in and telling more stories )…..I believe that ABC could totally fix this and bring back the soaps, which would not only be a pleasing thng for fans, but it can show the other networks that it CAN be done and that soap fans CAN… Read more »

Phil
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Phil

The end of Guiding Light was the worst move for me!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

The CBS cancellations hurt me the most of all; bawled my eyes out to both cancellations. However, I blame Proctor & Gamble more than I blame CBS.

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

It’s interesting; As the World Turns had been probably my greatest soap love, or maybe tied with Another World, but by the time it was cancelled, I almost considered it a mercy killing. That’s not to say I didn’t think it could have been revived–I never lost faith in its potential, especially with that stellar group of long-time cast members that were still there to the very last day–but it had become so clear that P&G was never, ever going to allow it to return to its potential again (or else hadn’t the foggiest notion of how to make that… Read more »

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

For me, the P&G soaps fell victim to being in New York, and the fact that the production company simply wanted out of soaps for a significant amount of time. Had more attention been given, I’m sure they could have found an executive producer to take over for Chris Goutman — who I don’t believe was all that bad of an executive producer, he just fell victim of the times, too — that could have done something powerful to keep the soap running. However, I don’t think anyone behind-the-scenes and on-set could have done anything to keep it running. The… Read more »

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

Stupidest move ever. I was in my home when i heard the news and went into shock. I thought there had to me some kind of rumor but found out quickly this wasn’t a joke. I loved the shows but I love all the soaps on the air since they have been my life for so many years. I don’t think reviving them would do any good because of the years that have gone by but I hope ABC learned it’s lesson. They left a very bad taste in the viewers they had for the network. I think the best… Read more »

Sarah
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Sarah

Yes. I loved both shows and still miss them. They need to either bring both back,or make it into one soap and bring everyone back that they can.

robert
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robert

abc daytime has never recovered

Mary SF
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Mary SF

i was never an ABC soap watcher, so for me the worst move was the cancellation of Another World– it was the first of the longest running soaps in the modern times to be cancelled. I remember Lindo Dano saying at the time something like, ‘if they can cancel Another World they can cancel anything’ and she was right. From what I read and heard from fans of these shows, was it wasn’t just the fact ABC cancelled the shows, it was the manner and the attitude in which they did it. It was like they were trying to kill… Read more »

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

I agree with you, Mary SF, and I’d go back a tiny bit further than that to pick the “worst day in soap history”: for me, it was the day NBC announced that it was going to cancel either Another World or Sunset Beach, it hadn’t decided which, and by doing so pitted viewers of one against viewers of the other. (I’m pretty sure in retrospect NBC had actually decided both of them were probably going to go, and the announcement was a stunt to see if they could goose the ratings of either or both shows, which made what… Read more »

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Soapnet could have been a major player for soap operas, both primetime and daytime, had ABC not been involved. Harsh to say, yes, but the network should’ve been either a joint three-way venture between ABC-CBS-NBC, or it should have been independently funded. Wish the network could return online, a-la Britbox for British soaps, and we could stream those old-school soap operas once again.

Donna lewis
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Donna lewis

Terrible decision! I hate them for doing it . The only other one I watched is General Hospital and it’s still the only one I watch.

Kim Love
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Kim Love

I still miss OLTL and all of its’ actors. It was a terrible loss to daytime.

Cheryl Malinowski
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Cheryl Malinowski

I think canceling these shows was definitely the worst decision. I have been a fan of GH for 42 yrs, as I was also a fan of OLTL and AMC. ABC and Disney, please give us back our soaps.

Ray
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Ray

It was the worst move in the history of daytime television. Brian Frons made the actors relocate to LA from NYC and then a year later, cancelled the show. “AMC” had one of the best casts. I loved the JR/Babe/Jamie storyline, as well as Crystal/Adam, Erica/Jack, Erica/Opal, Bianca, David, Greenlee and any scene with Julia Barr. I wish both shows would come back, even as 30 minute soaps, the way many started out.

Cary
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Cary

I would LOVE to see some excellent Daytime Drama vs
The View
The Talk
The Real
Ellen
Family Feud
And I was so delighted to see @NoraBuchanan on GH this week
#BringThemBack!

Rebecca Poertner
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Rebecca Poertner

I was fortunate enough to watch AMC 39 of its 41 years. When it was cancelled, I was lost. If ABC doesn’t bring AMC back, could they at least release year by year dvd sets? I would buy them, and I’m sure others would also.

Joanne
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Joanne

I would like to see OLTL and all my children back on ear that was a stupid move

Elizabeth Bennett
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Elizabeth Bennett

Yes I watched those soap’s growing up and watched them with my mom when I got home from school

su000
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su000

AMC AND OLTL are gone, forever. They can come back if they did return it would be the biggest disappointment in your lifetime. The cast/actors, the people that made those soaps your family are no longer. If, they came back people would not recognize their soaps.. A great many of the core are no longer viable. I assume some of the older actors/the favourites, have health problems, have died, have become older and tsimplr retired and the extremes of travel, hours, the long hours demanded of soap acting would no longer be of interest for the older. The younger have… Read more »

Yolanda Arias-Arenas
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Yolanda Arias-Arenas

ABC made a huge mistake in cancelling both shows. Case in point, both shows that replaced them have been canceled and the shows currently in their place are getting abysmal ratings. Brian Frons is a grade A evil moron who just wanted to kill soap operas and go for cheap entertainment even though soaps can be low cost and earn a profit. My hope is that the powers that be regret their decision and bring back our shows.

brian
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brian

Please ABC, just bring both shows BACK !!!

Lynne Sage
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Lynne Sage

Bring the soaps back. Looked forward to that relaxing 1 hour show during the day.

Steve
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Steve

OLTL had the bigger target on its back, being the last NY based production and least buzz worthy of the ABC 3. However, as Michael alludes above, they were the highest rated ABC soap — producing a quality product. AMC had lost its creative direction with poor writing and casting decisions that caused the show to nose dived in the ratings. Business wise, there was no logical way Frons, who was determined to cancel OLTL, could permit the lowest rated one to continue. Frons actually toyed with cancelling GH, too. But the Revolution bombed in the ratings and GH survived.… Read more »

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

See, I found that the production values of both TOLN-produced soaps were quite nice. Yes, it could’ve been a bit richer, but it did well with what Prospect Park had to work with. Had they given themselves a bit more time and preparation, it could’ve been truly beautiful. However, the mere fact that doors opened the wrong direction was off-putting, but the work put into producing them was great. They had edge and style that network television failed to provide both soaps in their final years. Shame they are no longer available for streaming/purchase, because I did enjoy them.

Cheryl
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Cheryl

My mom, sis and I were all devastated when we heard about AMC being cancelled. We would tape it on the VCR and discuss it, sometimes in a 3-way phone conversation. I still watch Young and Restless, but AMC was one of a kind with their fast-moving action packed stories and love stories, like Kendall and Zac, Nina and Cliff, Jesse and Angie, Jenny and Gregg, and Erica and all her men. The villains also made the show so watchable, like Billy Clyde Tuggle. Nothing like it since! It was truly an escape from real life.

Jeff
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Jeff

My husband and I occasionally reminisce about AMC characters and storylines. When AMC had character-driven storylines it was the best show on TV, period. Prospect Park’s AMC reboot on Hulu brought back the magic with beloved actors and storylines. Unfortunately I thunk AMC was once again a little ahead of its time asking viewers to watch the show on Hulu (now such a common everyday experience).

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Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos’ Latest Project In Development At Hulu

If former All My Chldren stars, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos (Ex-Hayley and Mateo) are not busy enough with a morning talk show, television roles and producing projects, here comes word of yet another from them.

Now the lovebirds latest entry into a limited series from their Milojo Production entity is in development at Hulu.  Based on Siliva Moreno-Garcia’s best-selling horror thriller novel Mexican Gothic, Milojo acquired the rights to develop the fiction fantasy book for television in a competitive situation, according to Deadline,

In story in the novel, Mexican Gothic follows Noemí Taboada, a young socialite who travels to the Mexican countryside and the mountains of Hidalgo in hopes of rescuing her cousin, who has recently married into a reclusive mining family, after receiving a frantic letter in the mail. Noemí seeks to unveil the family’s violent and menacing secrets, but her confidence is quickly threatened and there may be no escaping the walls of her strange, new home.

“We feel like we hit the literary jackpot, and cannot wait to bring Silvia’s gorgeous writing to life, together with Hulu,” Ripa shared on the news.  While Moreno-Garcia added, “I am excited to see the novel come to life and to meet the talented, diverse crew and cast members that will take us on this journey.”

So what do you think of Kelly and Mark’s latest acquisition turned soon in to a limited series? Comment below.

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Kelly Ripa & Ryan Seacrest Remember Regis Philbin on ‘Live’, while Kathie Lee Gifford Recalls Last Moments With Him On ‘Today’

On Monday, Regis Philbin, who passed away at 88-years-old over the weekend, was remembered on morning television where he spent most of his career, by his former co-hosts.  On Live with Kelly and Ryan, an emotional Ripa along with Seacrest honored the man they had come to know

Ryan shared: “It’s been a very difficult and emotional day for all of us at Live. Kelly, I know a tough weekend for you especially because you worked with our dear friend, a friend that passed away over the weekend, Regis Philbin. A legend on television. A best friend to so many of us who didn’t even know him, across the country.”

Ripa, co-hosted Live! with Philbin for 11 years, said mentioned that she and her husband Mark Consuelos were lucky to have their children surrounding them over the weekend when they learned of Philbin’s death.

Through her tears, Kelly expressed:  “As people get older, you always know that certain things are inevitable, and passing away is one of those things, but Regis is one of the people that we all believed, I think, would somehow figure out a way around the inevitable. It was not in the cards.”

Meanwhile over on NBC, Kathie Lee Gifford appeared on the Today Show remembering her enduring friendship and working relationship with Regis. Gifford co-hosted Live with Regis and Kathie Lee for many years.

Overcome with emotion, Kathie Lee recalled her final visit with Philbin and his wife Joy during a visit to the East Coast. Gifford now lives in Tennessee.

Gifford shared how she called The Philbins and said, “Can we get together, can we have some lunch?’ So they came over about two weeks ago,  We just had the best time.”’

However, Kathie Lee noted after they said their goodbyes:“I just thought to myself, ‘Lord’, is that the last time I’m going to see my friend?’ Cause he was failing, I could tell.  I was just so grateful the Lord gave me that final time.”  She also shared moments with her talk with Joy after Regis’ passing, where Joy said,”Kathie he hadn’t laughed in a long, long time.  I was so worried about him.  The day that we came to have lunch with you was the last time I heard him laugh.”

On their on-screen partnership, Kathie Lee said of her time with Regis: “We always respected each other’s opinions so highly. You know, in all the years we were together, we never had one cross word.”

Watch below the segments from Live with Kelly and Ryan and The Today Show with Kathie Lee below as they remember and honor Regis Philbin.

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TV Icon Regis Philbin Dead At 88; Kathie Lee Gifford, Kelly Ripa and Susan Lucci Pay Tribute

Sad news to report on Saturday.  Legendary TV host and personality, Regis Philbin has passed away at the age of 88.  The Daytime Emmy-winning host, was famous for is morning shows including Live with Regis and Kathie Lee for 15 years, and its later incarnation Live with Regis and Kelly,  hosting Who Wants To Be a Millionaire. beauty pageants, his night club shows with former All My Children star, Susan Lucci, and so much more.

In a statement his family shared: “We are deeply saddened to share that our beloved Regis Philbin passed away last night of natural causes, one month shy of his 89th birthday,His family and friends are forever grateful for the time we got to spend with him — for his warmth, his legendary sense of humor, and his singular ability to make every day into something worth talking about.. We thank his fans and admirers for their incredible support over his 60-year career and ask for privacy as we mourn his loss.'”

TMZ is reporting late Saturday afternoon that they confirmed with the Medical Examiner that Regis died from heart disease. He was pronounced dead Saturday at Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, CT

Philbin’s accolades included: Daytime Emmy Awards wins for Outstanding Talk Show Host for Live! in 2001 and 2011 as well as Outstanding Game Show Host for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.  Regis received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003 and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Daytime Emmy Awards in 2008.  He was nominated for 37 Daytime Emmy Awards throughout his career.  In addition, according to Guinness World Records, Regis holds the world record for most hours on US television with more than 16,700 hours clocked.

Three women who worked so closely with Regis each took to Instagram this afternoon to share their grief and memories of their dear friend, and in some cases mentor:

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Kathie Lee Gifford expressed on Philbin’s passing: “There are no words to fully express the love I have for my precious friend, Regis. I simply adored him and every day with him was a gift. We spent 15 years together bantering and bickering and laughing ourselves silly—a tradition and a friendship we shared up to this very day. I smile knowing somewhere in Heaven, at this very moment, he’s making someone laugh. It brings me great comfort knowing that he had a personal relationship with his Lord that brought him great peace. I send all the love in my heart to Joy, to his children, to the rest of his family and to the innumerable people he touched over his legendary life. There has never been anyone like him. And there never will be.”

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Kelly Ripa who took over from Gifford and co-hosted with Regis for many years shared along with Ryan Seacrest: “We are beyond saddened to learn about the loss of Regis Philbin. He was the ultimate class act, bringing his laughter and joy into our homes everyday on Live for more than 23 years. We were beyond lucky to have him as a mentor in our careers and aspire everyday to fill his shoes on the show. We send our deepest love and condolences to his family and hope they can find some comfort in knowing he left the world a better place.”

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Susan Lucci, shared an emotional message: “Oh, Regis—I am so shocked and so incredibly sad to learn of your passing. Your warmth and charm and devilish sense of humor made the world fall in love with you—and all of us who had the privilege and joy to work with you adored you! Those five years we traveled the country appearing together on stage are full of some of my favorite memories. Helmut and I send our love and heartfelt sympathy to beautiful Joy and your entire family.  You were one of a kind, Rege—🎼There Will Never Ever Be Another You🎼 RIP, Regis—and thank you”

Philbin is survived by daughters J.J. Philbin and Joanna Philbin, whom he shared with his wife of 50 years, Joy Philbin. He was also father to daughter Amy Philbin, whom he shared with his first wife Catherine Faylen. Philbin and Faylen had another child, son Daniel Philbin, who passed away in 2014.

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There are no words to fully express the love I have for my precious friend, Regis. I simply adored him and every day with him was a gift. We spent 15 years together bantering and bickering and laughing ourselves silly—a tradition and a friendship we shared up to this very day. I smile knowing somewhere in Heaven, at this very moment, he’s making someone laugh. It brings me great comfort knowing that he had a personal relationship with his Lord that brought him great peace. I send all the love in my heart to Joy, to his children, to the rest of his family and to the innumerable people he touched over his legendary life. There has never been anyone like him. And there never will be.

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