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BREAKING NEWS: ABC Cancels All My Children & One Life to Live!

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With a very heavy heart On-Air On-Soaps has to report that today, ABC has now officially canceled both All My Children and One Life to Live!

ABC is confirming what has been rumored for weeks: All My Children and One Life to Live will end their storied runs in September 2011 and January 2012, respectively. They will be replaced by  talk shows, the food-themed The Chew and makeover-themed The Revolution.”

ABC Daytime head honcho, Brian Frons, released this statement, “While we are excited about our new shows and the shift in our business, I can’t help but recognize how bittersweet the change is. We are taking this bold step to expand our business because viewers are looking for different types of programming these days. They are telling us there is room for informative, authentic and fun shows that are relatable, offer a wide variety of opinions and focus on ‘real life’ takeaways. All My Children and One Life to Live are iconic pieces of television that have made an indelible mark on our culture’s history. Each of the shows has touched millions and millions of viewers and informed the social consciousness. It has been a privilege to work with the extraordinary teams who brought the residents of Pine Valley and Llanview to life each day, and we thank the cast, crew, producers and most especially the fans for their commitment to the shows through their history.”

Read the full official press release below!

ABC EVOLVES THE FACE OF DAYTIME TELEVISION WITH THE LAUNCH OF TWO NEW SHOWS, “THE CHEW” AND “THE REVOLUTION”

Iconic Shows “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” Will Broadcast Their Final Episodes in September 2011 and January 2012, Respectively; Series Will Sunset in a Manner That Honors Viewers and the Shows’ Creative Legacies

Guided by extensive research into what today’s daytime viewers want and the changing viewing patterns of the audience, ABC is evolving the face of daytime television with the launch of two new shows, “The Chew,” which will premiere in September 2011, and “The Revolution” (working title), which will premiere in January 2012. These new shows expand ABC Daytime’s focus to include more programming that is informative and authentic and centers on transformation, food and lifestyle — cornerstones of programming that resonates with daytime viewers as evidenced by the success of “The View.”

As food has become the center of everyone’s life, “The Chew” will focus on food from EVERY angle — as a source of joy, health, family ritual, friendship, breaking news, dating, fitness, weight loss, travel adventures and life’s moments. Produced by Gordon Elliot, the Emmy Award-winning executive producer of “Paula Deen’s Home Cooking” and “Down Home with the Neelys,” this new one-hour series combines entertaining takeaway with memorable personalities to create a live show where viewers get the dish on anything and everything related to the world of food and beyond. Whether it’s new trends like food trucks and urban gardens or how pesticides in our food may affect our health, we can’t stop talking about it. The hosts who will guide the hour include Mario Batali (Restaurateur, Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” and author); entertaining expert Clinton Kelly (TLC’s “What Not to Wear”); Carla Hall (Bravo’s “Top Chef”); Michael Symon (Restaurateur and Food Network’s “Iron Chef America”), and nutrition expert Daphne Oz, who simplifies often confusing information about food.

From Executive Producer JD Roth and 3 Ball Productions, producers of “The Biggest Loser,” “Masterchef” and ABC’s upcoming “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition,” comes “The Revolution,” a daily show about health and lifestyle transformations. The show is hosted by a team of experts and rotating guest contributors who help viewers transform all areas of their lives, from relationships to family, food, style, home design, finance and more. This dream team, led by fashion expert Tim Gunn, also includes celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak and American Idol alum Kimberley Locke. The show features a unique concept: each week one woman’s five-month weight loss journey will unfold in just five days, with daily results and a final transformational reveal on Friday. “The Revolution” is a one-stop shop for better living.

“While we are excited about our new shows and the shift in our business, I can’t help but recognize how bittersweet the change is,” said Brian Frons, President, Daytime, Disney ABC/Television Group. “We are taking this bold step to expand our business because viewers are looking for different types of programming these days. They are telling us there is room for informative, authentic and fun shows that are relatable, offer a wide variety of opinions and focus on ‘real life’ takeaways. A perfect example of this is ‘The View,’ and that factored into our decision. ‘The Chew’ and ‘The Revolution’ are in the same vein and will be great additions to the lineup, with ‘The View’ serving as an ideal foundation from which to launch these programs. They will also provide enormous opportunity for the creation of ancillary businesses and growth.”

“General Hospital,” the second-most popular show in daytime, is not impacted by this announcement and will remain on the air.

To honor the core, passionate audience and their rich history with our soaps, “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” will conclude each series in a manner that respects their legacies and the longstanding hopes of many of their viewers.

“‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life to Live’ are iconic pieces of television that have made an indelible mark on our culture’s history,” reflected Frons. “Each of the shows has touched millions and millions of viewers and informed the social consciousness. It has been a privilege to work with the extraordinary teams who brought the residents of Pine Valley and Llanview to life each day, and we thank the cast, crew, producers and most especially the fans for their commitment to the shows through their history.”

None of this could have been possible without the extraordinary Agnes Nixon. “More than 40 years ago, Agnes Nixon created both the worlds of ‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life to Live,’ worlds that the rest of us have been privileged to live in,” said Frons. “Her shows led the way forward, breaking a lot of rules along the way to defy expectations about what soaps can do and the issues they can cover.
I am honored to have worked with her.”

“All My Children” has revolved around the lives of the residents of fictional Pine Valley, a town which closely resembles the Philadelphia Main Line. “All My Children” took home the 1998 Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, the third time the show received this top honor, having also garnered the award in 1994 and 1992. “All My Children” has received more than 30 Emmy Awards and consistently distinguishes itself in the field of daytime drama. The show has historically been committed to and is often the first to tackle social issues, focusing on such topics as AIDS, abortion, cochlear implants, teenage alcoholism, racial bias, acquaintance rape, spousal abuse, homosexuality, Reyes syndrome, Vietnam MIAs, drug abuse, the risks of motherhood over 40, safe sex, pet therapy and organ donations, among others. The show made television history airing daytime television’s first same-sex kiss between two lesbian characters, as well as daytime television’s first same sex wedding between two women. It was the first to chronicle the coming-out story of a transgender woman and to cast a real life Iraq War veteran whose story reflected his real life experiences and injuries incurred in combat.

“All My Children” premiered on the ABC Television Network on January 5, 1970, as a half-hour show; seven years later it expanded to an hour. Julie Hanan Carruthers is executive producer.

Also created by Agnes Nixon, Emmy Award-winning “One Live to Live” is set in the fictional town of Llanview, which is modeled on a Philadelphia suburb. “One Life to Live” debuted on The ABC Television Network July 15, 1968 as a half-hour show. Ten years later, it grew to a full hour in 1978.

“One Life to Live” has been lauded for its groundbreaking exploration of social issues, diverse canvas, award-winning performances and innovative storylines. Along with the history-making week of live shows in May 2002, “One Life to Live” is responsible for many “firsts” in Daytime television, including stories of interracial romance, illiteracy, medical misdiagnosis, racial prejudice, gang violence and teen pregnancy. The show received mass critical acclaim for its 1992 homophobia storyline, which captured national headlines when it introduced the character of a gay teen (played by then unknown Ryan Phillippe) and culminated with the emotional display of the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. “One Life to Live” was honored by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) with the Outstanding Daytime Drama Award in 1993, and again in 2005 and 2010.

In 2002 the show won its first-ever Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series, and was nominated again in 2007 and 2008. Created by Agnes Nixon, “One Life to Live” debuted on July 15, 1968 and marked its 10,000th episode on August 17, 2007. Frank Valentini executive-produces.”

Oh my God! One Life to Live is at it’s all-time best, and All My Children still has some life in it, too. We will have continued coverage throughout the day, and the days ahead on this seismic shift on the daytime canvas! Fans, please let you outrage and voice be heard here in this post!

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  1. Carol

    April 14, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Let’s hope this is a rude awakening for Ken Corday. I would hate to see Days go by the wayside too. The writing team needs changed now!

    • Terry Richard

      April 14, 2011 at 2:26 pm

      If Ken Corday was smart he’d hire “One Life to Live’s” brilliant head writer pronto!!!!!

      • Avelina

        April 14, 2011 at 11:53 pm

        If Ken Corday was smart he’d put EJAMI together and forget the boring EJOLE and the awful SAFE that have contributed to the shows last place ratings for a few weeks now.

  2. sondra

    April 14, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    I have no interest in another food or talk show. So now I will have 2 more free hours to watch movies, work on my astrology, work on my geneology and things I want to do. So in a backhanded way Thank you Abc, Frons for giving me two more hours of free time.

    • ddp70

      April 14, 2011 at 9:29 pm

      I have been watching the show since it started, I think that we should all “boycott” the network! I don’t think that these new shows will fly, I know I won’t watch them if they do air them. I want my OLTL to continue as it has been for the past 43 years.
      Boycot the network! Boycot the network! Boycot the network! Boycot the network! Boycot the network! Boycot the network! Boycot the network! Boycot the network! Boycot the network! Boycot the network!

      • tonya

        May 23, 2011 at 8:29 pm

        who can i write to about cancelling these two famous tv show’s? i’ve been watching these tv shows for a while and now they want to cancel them. Oh hell no, what is their problem. If anyone comes up with the address, etc, please hit me up on my email. thanks

  3. Steve

    April 14, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    We have food tv for cooking shows. FOX….please pick up these shows and do them right!!!! I cannot imagine TV with out my OLTL. Completely shocked that this is going to improve ratings. Save the $$ entirely and air reruns of Bewitched, not new insulting showes to replace OLTL!

    • sondra

      April 14, 2011 at 1:00 pm

      or reruns of Hart to Hart.

      • Mark

        April 14, 2011 at 5:18 pm

        or reruns of golden oldies like Art Linkletter, Queen For A Day, Galloping Gourmet and Virginia Graham. These shows were alot better than the AMC & OLTL replacements could ever be.

      • ChisL

        April 15, 2011 at 6:37 pm

        No reruns please! Too easy for these guys. Let them air these new shows and have them Fail. If I see another show on cooking, nutrition,
        etc,etc….. I will scream. I want to watch a story being told, romance & mystery, and generational family mischief and mayham .. I want my OLTL to stay on the air! Shame on you ABC !!

  4. kay killgore

    April 14, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    So how is that Hope and Change working out for soap viewers and actors? Who needs another mindless talk show at least with the soaps you knew it was story telling this to me is very sad even though I have not watched AMC in years more people out of work just not the way this country was founded. I will now get off my soap box!!! Pardon the pun!

  5. James Shahan

    April 14, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    I am very sad that Mr. Brian Frons thinks food and heath shows is what people want. No it is not. Soap fans want Love and Romance not bombs and bullets. Bad storytelling is why the ratings are failing. Mr. Frons solution after he and his ABC executives have messed the soaps up is to cancel them. Fire HIM!

    • sondra

      April 15, 2011 at 6:49 pm

      The Chew should be renamed The Chew & Puke.

  6. Gigi

    April 14, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Such a travesty. AMC moved from NY to LA at a great expense to both the network and the actors and crew all the time ABC/Disney deniying cancellation rumors up until the last few days. I hope all that had to make the sacrifices of uprooting themselves, selling homes and making a very expensive move will sue Disney/ABC.

  7. Zou

    April 14, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    I cannot say that AMC news shocked me, but OLTL has been rocking it lately and considering that they are known for staying in budget I thought it had a few more years of life.

    I’m a GH watcher and gotta say that the young talent on there needs to seriously consider not renewing their contracts when up and getting out while they can. I’m afraid that GH will be lucky if it has another 5 years given that it doesn’t appear that ABC wants to update the genre or make storylines relevant….and then blame declining ratings on the fact that viewers no longer want soaps. Its a very sad day indeed.

  8. Sean

    April 14, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    I feel like I just found out a loved one died. I don’t even watch AMC or OLTL, but they were always around, since I was born. Like chicken noodle soup when your sick, or mac and cheese anytime, the comfort will soon be gone. DONT EVEN TOUCH GH!!!!!

    • Kenzie

      April 14, 2011 at 1:36 pm

      You are right they better not even think about messing with GH. That would be a big mistake too many fans love the bad boys !!!!

  9. darlene

    April 14, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    I am stunned! That’s all we need -more cooking & makeover shows. I think that’s why there’s HGTV & Bravo. I stopped watching CBS when they cancelled ATWT. I guess when the shows are gone I will not be watching ABC. It’s sad that real actors cannot get work because it’s cheaper to have reality tv. I will really miss these shows .

  10. Katie

    April 14, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Sad day for soaps. It’s the end of an era. Sad for everyone that will be out of a job and for all soap fans who have been watching for 10, 20, 30 years and on.

  11. Carol

    April 14, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Well, I guess there really won’t be any reason to watch the ABC network anymore except for 1 hour each day. I won’t ever invest my time in another of their primetime shows since they always cancel the ones I end up watching, so my only reason to turn on ABC will be for 1 hour of GH a day, until that gets canceled and then I’ll be free of ABC forever. If they think that soap fans are going to watch their stupid talk show and cooking show, they are wrong.

  12. DeAnn

    April 14, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    I can’t believe they did this. They need to look at management and the writting. The fans are there, but I know they wont be around to watch a food show and weight lose show, or at least I know I wont. They should have made Frons leave a long time ago. I feel so bad for the actors and actresses.

  13. Susan

    April 14, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    One question, Michael. Has ABC lost their minds? I don’t want another Reality, talk or game show. I use Soaps to escape my reality to focus on other people fictional realiities for a couple of hours. This is a really bad decision on ABC’s part. I am highly disappointed in ABC. I guess once there is a steep drop in daytime viewership, ABC will be forced to realize that the viewers are the ones that really matter. The Death of Daytimes Begins Today.

    • Brenda

      April 14, 2011 at 1:54 pm

      Susan- I agree. This is horrible. They listened to viewers that are “looking for different types of programming these days?” Really? Who are you polling? The only issue fans have with soaps these days are the writing. “They are telling us there is room for informative, authentic and fun shows that are relatable, offer a wide variety of opinions and focus on ‘real life’ takeaways?” Reality shows are becoming more and more drivel every day. I love my cooking shows, but if I want to watch it, I’ll turn on Food Network. AND another show about how I should change who I am. If I wanted to lose weight, change my attire, or get a makeover, I’d turn on Bravo. You dropped the bomb on this one Frons. Will I boycott ABC. Not for one hour- because I will continue to support GH. But, know this execs, your cesspool of mail just got a LOT larger with my disdain for your actions against OLTL and AMC.

      • virgiia chapman

        April 14, 2011 at 3:14 pm

        I agree. I’ve watched Susan Lucci and Erica Kane grow up on this show.
        OLTL I watched Alderson and Star grow up.

        Shame on you ABC and Disney.

    • Laura

      April 15, 2011 at 5:56 am

      Can’t you see it? The line-up for every channel soon will be loud talk shows, make-over shows, judge shows, and other trash tv. They are going to give us a steady diet of “Charlie Sheen” type airings- the equivalent of “fast food” for tv. With quick little sound bites to make us feel compelled to look- like passing emergency vehicles. Fortunately, other than for GH, I won’t have the channel on at all- and not even because I’d be boycotting, but rather because I am just not interested, so I won’t see the sound bites. I used to watch Guiding Light, and As the World Turns. I don’t even know what they were replaced with.

  14. Lisa

    April 14, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    All of think of right now is Brian frons slammed Jeff Zucker for saying that DAYS would be cancelled back in 2008 instead he(Frons) has killed two soaps while DAYS is still on the air.

  15. Brian Greene

    April 14, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    I am totally PO’d by this awful news!

  16. Amy

    April 14, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    They should keep the shows on in web format for the faithful followers & to give the actors a little more work!!!!

  17. eiwcakeff

    April 14, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    I feel really bad for the people on those soaps I thought maybe one would go but not two at once. I’ve always liked OLTL and will really miss it, has some of my fav soap characters on that one. AMC is sad because they just had all that moving upheaval.

    I wish them all well but wow that’s a lot of ppl out of work at one time.

  18. sondra

    April 14, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Fire Brian Frons, not the cast and crew of two shows. He would be much easier to replace. Maybe he could be replaced with a food showl

    • ChisL

      April 15, 2011 at 6:40 pm

      Great idea! You are so right! Let the food show be Frons’ undoing, better yet his firing!!!

      • sondra

        April 15, 2011 at 6:50 pm

        The Chew & Puke show starring B.Frons.

  19. lynn M

    April 14, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    FRANS YOU ARE FULL OF SHIT. WE DO NOT NEED ANOTHER TALKSHOW ABOUT FOOD AND FASHION! YOU ARE KILLING SOAPS! IF YOU HAD YOUR WAY GH WILL BE NEXT.

    BRING BACK OUR SOAPS!!!!!!

    • Kenzie

      April 14, 2011 at 1:39 pm

      GLAD YOU CAN’T TOUCH OUR GH WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? GUESS YOU LIKE FOOD MORE THAN YOU CARE ABOUT WHAT THE PEOPLE WANT!

  20. Les

    April 14, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    A sad day indeed. When CBS cancelled both ATWT & GL, I made it my goal to never tune in to what replaced it. I never have. Now ABC cancels AMC &OLTL and replaces them with a weight-loss program and a cooking show to replace the weight lost. It will make it very easy to never tune into such stupid programming.

  21. Louise

    April 14, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    With those two lead-ins, GH won’t be far behind. I bet the ratings will dip significantly from what the AMC adn OLTL timeslots already pull in. I wonder what “research” told them to cancel the soaps and replace them with a show called “The Chew”? With moves like these, no wonder ABC has not been atop ratings races in any daypart. Time for the ABC Daytime staff to be cancelled and replaced. Monkeys can make better decisions.

  22. nancy

    April 14, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    From the moment Fronslime took over ABC daytime it has been doomed. I have watched both of these shows from the very first day. I can’t believe there isn’t one person there with a brain!!!!

  23. Heather

    April 14, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    This is just wrong canceling All My Children and One Life To LIve, Who need 2 stupid food shows> They need to keep these soaps on. General Hospital need to be cancel to. That soap opera sucks big time, It is the most stupidest soap on t.v. I hate that soap with passion, CANCEL GENERAL HOSPITAL NOW.

    • Pam

      April 14, 2011 at 1:24 pm

      No, I think they got it right with All My Children. I enjoy watching One Life To Live AND General Hospital. So, it is true when they say to each his own.

    • Kenzie

      April 14, 2011 at 1:43 pm

      GH IS BETTER I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE HELL YOUR LOOKING AT ! BUT IF YOU CAN SEE YOU KNOW THERE ARE A LOT OF HOTTTTTT GUYS ON THERE. I SUGGEST YOU GO AND GET AN EYE EXAM ASAP !

      • Heather

        April 14, 2011 at 1:54 pm

        ALL MY CHILDREN AND ONE LIFE TO LIVE HAVE A LOT OF HOT GUYS ON THERE. GENERAL HOSPITAL DOESN’T. SO I DON’T NEED MY EYES CHECK. YOU NEED YOUR EYES CHECK ASAP.

        GENERAL HOSPITAL SUCKS BIG TIME.

      • Kenzie

        April 14, 2011 at 2:30 pm

        Well in that case we still see that GH is still on the air and hopefully will stay like that for a really long time ! : )

  24. Ellen

    April 14, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    It really saddens me to think of a future with no love in the afternoons. I may be in the minority but I am over the reality TV deluge. Reality isn’t always entertaining. So what will these shows do? They will create drama, maybe do some scripted scenes. Because people want the drama but people also want the escape. In my 20 years of soap viewing I have enjoyed almost every twist and turn ABC Daytime has given me. I have taped, TiVo’d, and watched late night on SoapNet when necessary. It has been an absolutel privilage to watch these shows and I am deeply saddened to think of a TiVo without them. And upon hearing reports that the media was notified before the casts, all I can say is, Shame on You, Brian Frons. Not only have you had Susan Lucci and all AMC powers tht be “reassuring” AMC was safe, which we now know as a HUGE lie, you didn’t even have enough respect for your employees to inform them properly. And OLTL is at it’s finest right, now. But my final question would be, why is GH safe? It’s no shinning star in the ratings.

    • Kenzie

      April 14, 2011 at 1:45 pm

      PEOPLE LOVE THE DANGER AND THE BAD BOYS !

  25. Sylvie

    April 14, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Pissed would be putting it mildly, in hearing this news. All those people, the cast, crew, directors, producers out of jobs and for what? 2 more useless reality shows??? Well ABC, they say actions speak louder than words, so while I will continue watching GH, I am boycotting all other ABC shows, including the ABC Family network and all their other affiliates. I’m in your demographic and no one asked me my opinion on the matter. I hope those shows fail and fail miserably.

  26. Heidi

    April 14, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    I can’t believe they are taking OLTL off! AMC I understand a bit more. I will not be watching their new shows. OMG!

  27. Erika

    April 14, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    I don’t even what to say right now. I’m pretty numb. I’ve watched both AMC and OLTL at one point. But OLTL was my baby. I started watching when I was 12 and the main reason I kept watching was because of the talent that is Erika Slezak. My heart aches so much for the veteran actors like Erika because she has given 40 years to OLTL and for what? It’s going to be over in just a few months, it is so sickening to me. OLTL has been doing so well out of the three soaps as of late and it is a shame. I honestly hope that the same won’t happen to GH. It has been a bit rough as of late and it would be such a shame to lose GH too. I wish OLTL and AMC cast and crew the best of luck in the future. And I for one will not be tuning into the replacements of AMC and OLTL.

  28. Rob

    April 14, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    I cant believe they cancelled both. OLTL is one of the only soaps gaining viewers. Its a damn shame, a lot of talented people out of work and a lot of disapointed fans. OLTL is the last of the classic soaps, it hooked me right after ATWT bit the dust. AMC has been in trouble for a while but do they really think everyone wants to watch talk shows and reality television?

    • mmc

      April 14, 2011 at 1:25 pm

      This is sad news.After ATWT I’ve been trying to find a soap I could love.But thank God I didn’t yet.it’s so sad but it seems like the day of the soaps is coming to an end.Can’t somebody do something?

  29. Megan

    April 14, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Just an extremely devastating day for this soap opera (especially OLTL) fan. I don’t even have the words to express how sad this news makes me feel. Well, except to say that I will NEVER watch anything ABC decides to air in the place of a soap opera. Luckily, I think that the soap opera creators and executives are smart enough to see that millions of fans now have a void that needs to be filled and will do something so that the genre will survive (maybe just not in the exact same form). I sure hope ABC is really feeling the backlash from this awful decision.

  30. Teresa Smith

    April 14, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    I would like to know where they took a survey? From people that don’t watch TV during the day. I’m tired of shows telling me what to eat and how to tranform my life, There’s plenty of them on now if that is what you want to watch. Trust me I won’t watch anything you replace them with!!!!!

  31. Kim

    April 14, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    I really feel for the actors. OLTL was the first soap I started watching. That led me to AMC. I was the only one in my family that watched consistently but everyone in my family knew who Erica Kane was.

    R.I.P OLTL & AMC

  32. Heidi

    April 14, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Why doesn’t somebody create a new soap network that can pick up all of them along with the web soaps and have them available on TV and web and other?

  33. Lori

    April 14, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Well you what they will find out if they see a drop in any of the shows even the nightime viewing drops.If people can really do it and not watch the night time show.And they see a start of dropping in the viewing numbers for what they have done.I am not sure if that would work but it could just open there eyes to what they have done.Come on here they moved the one from New York to Califorina what has it been maybe just a year ago.Then they go and do this for they think it will be cheaper to product these type of show then it is to product a Soap Opeara.Get real people I find it shocking that they could even do this at all.I mean one of the most love soaps and her Susan Lucci said it right on the Rachael Ray show that it wasn’t going to happen.So what did they give them there pink slips just last week and then decided to annoc it today.That is a sad day I mean here they were bring people back for a show they were even keeping that is the stupid idea even do that.When you think your coming back to show and then the next thing you know it gets kick in the a** for just so they can produced lower cost shows.Well then get ready for blackball your network for this kind of thing.

  34. Lynne

    April 14, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    I am very very sadden by this horrible news!!!!!!!!! Those other talk shows on TV we don’t need! Who cares!!!! I’m very very very upset about this!!!!!!!!!!!! I will miss those two soap opera’s for the rest of my life!!!!!!!! To me it’s like a death in the family . The actors were part of my best friends that came into my living room everynite. I just adored them. This is just not fair!!!!!!!!! I’m very upset about all this as I said before and I am sure alot of other fans are also!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. M

    April 14, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    More talk shows – WTF?
    I think that the writing on OLTL is currently the best of the ABC soaps (and I was a diehard GH fan for decades), so this really a crappy move. One of the many things I have always appreciated about soaps was the commitment to creativity on a daily basis. Producing an original product day after day is not an easy task. And I appreciated the effort. I work, but I still made time for these characters on a regular basis. It’s nice to escape to the familiarity and comfort of these characters and their storylines. I’m very disappointed that ABC has given up the rich lives of these characters, to bring us more “reality” based programming (like TV isn’t over-saturated with enough of that already).

  36. Catfight

    April 14, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    This is sad…TERRIBLE! this isnt just ABC its DISNEY! and they’re making a BIG MISTAKE! Daytime Soaps are an american tradition and pop culture staple! People who arent even necessarily soaps fans know who SUSAN LUCCI/ERIKA KANE is.This is NOT a reflection of what the viewers want this is about them trying to find ways to make a fast buck pandering to a younger audience with cheap, stupid shows that wont last even HALF the length of time AMC &OLTL have lasted. What can we do to try to help save these shows!?

  37. Lisa

    April 14, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    I am shocked that All My Children and One Life to Live is going off the air. I am a disabled viewer that looked forward each day spending sometime time viewing the soaps and not thinking about my own life. I am heart broken that all those great actors and actress will be put out of work. With the shape that this country is in today you all should be ashamed of yourself for letting the viewers down and ALL the PEOPLE WORKING for OLTL & AMC all those families out of work. My heart goes out to them. ABC has now lost ALL my viewing as of today! God Bless to all the PEOPLE out of work!

  38. Terry Richard

    April 14, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    I have ALWAYS hated when people said soaps were dying…soap operas are not dying, they have been butchered and murdered by the people who run them, everyone from the shoddy writers to various network executives.

    • Terry Richard

      April 14, 2011 at 2:29 pm

      I pray that Ken Corday will hire “One Life to Live’s” writing team and try to salvage “Days of Our Lives”and show Dena Higley the unemployment line !!!!!!

  39. Elizabeth

    April 14, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    I am sick to my stomach, disgusted, and furious with the a-holes in charge! I don’t think they could be more out of touch with what daytime viewers want. What a “screw you” to everyone in the soap community, especially the cast and crew! Nobody wants to watch more talk shows and TAIC don’t even GAS. What an insensitive “press release” too. May everyone responsible for the cancellations of GL, ATWT, AMC, and OLTL get what’s coming to them. I believe in karma – I just pray to the soap Gods that it comes back on them in spades!

  40. Lacy

    April 14, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Apparently no one learned from the Jay Leno fiasco. I think they may end up with egg on their face too.

  41. Nicole

    April 14, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    What a sad day in history. Growing up in a home where my Mother worked from home, ABC soaps were always on in the background. When I was in school, I “kept up” with them through my Mom. As an adult, I watch episodes online – maybe not every day, but I keep up as best I can. I can’t imagine a time when these two lovely soaps, that I have watched since I was a little girl, won’t be accessible. My heart is broken – not just for myself and all the thousands upon thousands of other fans, but for the lovely and deeply talented actors and actresses who work tirelessly to entertain us every day. You are amazing human beings who will be blessed in your further endeavors. I wish each and every one of you love, success and happiness! Bless you all. XO

  42. JCF

    April 14, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    In my first “experiment” w/ soaps, I watched AMC for a couple of years in the early 80s. I came back for GL and Otalia…then boom, cancellation. I watch DooL for Crystal Chappell, and then tried OLTL for Jessica Leccia. While neither of those shows is Guiding Light, it’s still a damn shame to lose AMC and OLTL. A damn shame.

  43. Jason

    April 14, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Like I have said on the other sites reporting this. This is the stupidest thing ABC has done. I hope there is a way to stop this, or otherwise, Frons is going to get the opposite of what he expecting.

  44. hertpalms

    April 14, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    I deeply saddened by this news . Unfortunately, I am afraid all soaps are in jeopardy. I have watched DOOL for over 40 yrs and had watched OLTL and AMC off and on as well.

    I feel badly for all these amazing actors who will be affected by this decision. Soap actors, in general, are some of the best actors out today. I pray this is the last cancellation we soap fans will have to experience.

  45. lisa

    April 14, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Oh God this is such distressing and depressing news…I haven’t watched AMC in years AND just started to watch OLTL again when it was rumored and now confirmed that Roger Howarth was coming back to the show -what just to say Adios to all the loyal viewers….I just want to cry.
    I was a daytime ‘junkie’ through my mid-teens to my thirties ….watched ALL the ABC daytime dramas.
    I was there for the demise of the BELOVED Ryan’s Hope and Loving/The City.
    But like many working moms I got very busy over the years and Daytime just fell by the wayside….it was something I MIGHT watch on a day off or if I was home sick.
    Now the kids are grown and I’m still a working mom -but I have more me time to devote to the things I like.
    Re-investing time in OLTL was one of those things.
    I have NO interest in the ‘described NEW shows’.
    I don’t watch ‘REALITY’ TV…I like CNN News and AC 360 even tho I’m Canadian.
    OLTL and Y&R for that matter are my escapist pleasures from the daily grind.
    Thank God I’ll at least get to watch OLTL til it’s demise in January….then I may go into therapy,carry on the love affair via YouTube or start a Blog.
    But right now I just want to cry me a river….pass the box of tissues PLEASE !!

  46. Brock

    April 14, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    This is sad news. However, is anyone really surprised by this? For me, the real blow was the cancellation of ATWT, a show that needed some improvement in the writing but, unlike the others, had a significant number of veteran characters played by the same actors. ATWT had a lot of life left in it when it was cancelled. Once the decision was made to cancel this still viable show, it is no shock that others would quickly go down the same path.

    The likely future of these shows is pretty obvious: In 5 years, we will be lucky if BOTH GH and Y&R are still on the air with DAYS and B&B dead. Clearly, soap operas are expensive and do not make a lot of financial sense with their dwindling ratings. The only thing that I can imagine would save them would be a creative executive who found a way to keep the cost down and a more welcoming broadcaster for a show and (more unlikely) writers who could create compelling, original storylines based on the characters and the history.

    It really is NOT the fault of the networks that these shows are dying. The writing for everyone of them has been unoriginal and uninspiring for several years. (The shows themselves appear to have ignored this. How many times have I read about some writer or producer who has failed on one show quickly being hired for another one?) The ratings have plunged and the profit-driven networks are doing what any sound business would do — cutting a costly and money losing operation.

    I have always liked daytime serials and am saddened by this news. However, it is not unexpected.

    • ethel

      April 14, 2011 at 4:12 pm

      no not surprised but its like a death that you know is inevitable, you know its coming but when it does you feel like your heart has been ripped out of your chest……….

  47. Kathy Judson

    April 14, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    Are you kidding me !!!!!!! More talk show crap and food whatever shows !!!!! Can not believe all my children and one life to live is being cancelled….ABC you just cancelled me and I am sure many other viewers !!!!!! It is just wrong !!!!!!!

  48. Joan Gaynonr

    April 14, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    A sad, sad day. Between all the cooking, talk and reality shows, I don’t watch much TV anymore Seems they always take off the good drama and put on more junk. NOT INTERESTED.

  49. Todd

    April 14, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Boycott all things Disney. I hate to give up Modern Family, but I will tune to any other channel. After Oltl is gone, so am I. It has been improving in the ratings, comes in under budget, beats the Talk. What else do they want. Bad decision. I hope the new shows fail wtremendously. Gh is pretty unwatchable. I have watched oltl since 1985. I am so angry. It is a quality show. Roger Howarts return calmed my fears…..but what a shock. Now I know how all of the CBS fans felt.

    • Michelle

      April 14, 2011 at 6:34 pm

      I am one of those CBS fans that was devastated when GL and ATWT were cancelled. My family invested MANY years in those soaps (third generation) and after they were gone I started watching OLTL and now it will be gone. I REFUSE to invest ANY time in another soap. So NO GH for me and I’ve watched Y&R for years and DOOL off and on for years, but their story lines don’t change much. So GOOD BYE ABC, CBS and NBC during the day, I will watch other shows from the satellite during the day. To the execs at those networks……….. :-p

  50. Mary Lacy

    April 14, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    I promise that I will boycott all shows on ABC & Disney if they go thru with this & cancel OLTL or AMC.

  51. mike

    April 14, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Everyone call your local ABC station and threaten to boycott all ABC programs it might help to keep one of the shows on the air

  52. Meagan

    April 14, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    It’s really sad that these daytime shows are bring cancelled for daytime TV no one will watch. We have specialty channels for more specialized tv shows. I think that another network should swoop in and revamp the shows taking the best elements from them and turning it around. I think ABC is making a mistake in cancelling both shows. I think they’re going to loose a lot of daytime viewers because of this move.

  53. JJD-NH

    April 14, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    THOSE FOLKS IN CHARGE OF DAYTIME PROGRAMMING AT ABC SHOULD ALL BE FIRED AND BLACKLISTED AS A RESULT OF THEIR INCREDIBLY STUPID DECISION TO CANCEL “ALL MY CHILDREN”!!!

    CALL DISNEY HQ AND GET THE PRESIDENT AND CEO TO FIRE THE GUY IN CHARGE OF DAYTIME PROGRAMMING ON ABC!!!! AND HAVE THEM FIRE ALL OF HIS STAFF AS WELL!!!!!

  54. Brian T

    April 14, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Why did this have to come out on a Thursday? This ruined my entire weekend. What am I gonna do without my soaps?

  55. Phyl

    April 14, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Double blows are quite hard to swallow, which is primarily why this news has left me a tad devestated, to say the least. I’d heard rumors that AMC would be getting axed but never did I believe One Life was at equal risk. What a humongous slap in the face to a show that’s been killing it creatively. (shaking my head). As far AMC, I truly hope Dixie returns and reunites with the magnificent Tad.

  56. Becki

    April 14, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    I like many others grew up watching these 2 shows. and I don’t care what other show that ABC is putting in All My Children and One Life to Live place, it will never ever take their place. And I feel deep down in side, the shows are going to make it.
    “I WILL NOT” watch the new shows. My heart goes out to the cast and crews of the shows and the fans like my self and my family. God Bless You All. You all are great actors and actress. Love you all…… and good luck

    • Becki

      April 14, 2011 at 4:08 pm

      sorry, I left words out in what I wrote above, it should of read:
      the new shows AREN’T going to make it.

  57. ethel

    April 14, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    i can hardly say anything – i am just in shock – i started watching amc when erica was a teenager & oltl when vickey was married to joe riley – these shows have been a big part of my life – this is just devastating for me…………….

  58. amc25yrfn123

    April 14, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    I don’t understand why they think we the fans of story based television will tune into a food/weight loss and fashion shows? If we wanted to do that, we wouldn’t have continued to watch AMC , OLTL, GL, ATWT and on and on over the last 40 some years. TIIC really are out of touch with the fans who have supported their advertisers and their other programs throughout the years. All we have ever wanted was good story telling. Reality TV will not bring us that.

  59. Leigh A

    April 14, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    This is such a sad day! The end of an era! My heart breaks not only for us fans but for these actors and crew members who give their best each day. For the most part, their best was given in honor of their craft but in honor of us, the fans! I’m gonna miss these character I’ve watched for most if my life! It’s like the end of a friendship!! Best wishes to all the cast and crew!!

  60. KC Foggin

    April 14, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    I am so, so, ticked off. I’ve watched this show for 30+ years and it is a part of my daily routine. Yes, I’m sure I’ll get over it…. in time but I am really pissed off with ABC. I have had it with all the dang reality shows. They don’t care what we want.

  61. Ceridwyn2

    April 14, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    When I first heard the news via a tweet from Nelson Branco (@SudsReport) – while I was watching “One Life to Live” nonetheless, I felt like my stomach had just plummeted. I could scarcely believe it, but as the news spread and I read the official press release I knew. And then I recalled almost the exact same feeling when I learned “Guiding Light” had been cancelled two years ago.

    I don’t watch the kind of talk-show/reality crap of the type Frons is looking to replace both shows with. There are way too many of them. In fact, about the only ‘reality’ shows I watch are on A&E (like ‘The First 48″, “Beyond Scared Straight”, “Intervention”, “Manhunters: Fugitive Task Force”, “Heavy”). The ONLY primetime ABC shows I do watch are “Grey’s Anatomy”, “The Map” and “Body of Proof”. However, since I’m living in Canada – our ratings for those don’t count, and most the time I download them since I work nights and usually asleep in the evenings when the shows are on.

    I did write a full blog post about my reaction to today’s news, and that is available here: ‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life to Live’ Cancelled & My Reaction

  62. Stacy

    April 14, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Seriously????? Why in the world do we need ANOTHER show on ABC that we can watch on any other cable channel during the day? I have been watching these soaps since I was born! I am so saddened by this news. I wish they would change their minds on this one. ;( At least there is still GH.

  63. CStarr

    April 14, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    I am absolutely heartbroken! I grew up watching soaps, OLTL has always been my favorite. I’ll be 33 this year and I have always known a life about Llanview. I can’t believe ABC would take off these shows to replace them with 2 shows that sound like they will tank from the get go. I have no interest in watching the Chew or Revolution. They sound hideous! I already have food network, travel channel and such with food programs I certainly don’t think anyone will be thrilled to see a food program during the time our beloved soaps used to be. Then the thought of a dating show coming on, I can’t even process all this. I will definitely not watch after OLTL is off the air. I don’t know anyone who is going to be excited for the two replacement shows. Big mistake on ABC’s behalf. I would however watch OLTL on any other network, at any different time. I love the show, the actors, writers, the entire OLTL team I think is amazing! I wish the best for all of them! They will be loved & missed.

  64. L inda

    April 14, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    the replacement shows are an insult. I do know how to turn the channel on my t.v. and will most certainly do that to another station after watching all my children for forty years. goodbye ABC!!!!!!!

  65. krystal

    April 14, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    If these shows are cancelled I will never watch ABC again! GH will be the only reason I watch! No more greys, private practive, cougar town, mr sunshine….. nothing! I have been watching these soaps sense before I could walk! I am 26 yrs old and I have grown up with them. My heart is broken! I too feel like a family member has died! Im tired of reality and talk shows! ABC will regret this!!!!!

  66. krystal

    April 14, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    We as fans need to fight!

  67. lisa

    April 14, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    This is like a one-two punch to the gut.
    Thanks a lot Brian Frons -thanks a lot !!
    We don’t need anymore food/fashion/lifestyle shows.
    The television market is saturated with enough already.
    I feel badly for all the creative people that are about to be out of work.
    I feel badly for all the fans that are about to lose their favorite shows’
    I only hope the writers of both shows will tie up story lines in a way that is satisfactory to the fans.
    Such a crying shame…. 🙁

    • Michelle Lusero

      April 15, 2011 at 12:51 am

      I’m in agreeance Lisa…shame on you Brian Frons…what a hater you are…we as fans of these shows lined your pockets with money.

  68. Barb Harnedy

    April 14, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    ABC will soon find out they’ve made a serious mistake, because there are no talk shows, etc. that will have a CONTINUED daily following like these shows do!! I am sickened by the lack of concern by ABC for the AMC families who recently uprooted their lives & their families by moving from NY to L.A. just to be kicked in the gut!!! Shame on you ABC for the shoddy treatment of these wonderful actors & their families!! Not to mention thousands and thousands of us who have been faithful viewers for years and years!!! I feel like I’m losing 2 very dear friends!!

  69. Marti

    April 14, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    OF COURSE, I, ALONG WITH FAR TOO MANY OTHERS ARE UPSET. IF ABC THINKS THOSE “NEW SHOWS” ARE GOING TO DO SO MUCH FOR THEM THEY REALLY NEED TO BACK UP AND RETHINK. I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO WILL NO LONGER WATCH ANY SHOWS ON ABC. WE DO NOT NEED OR WANT ANOTHER TALK SHOW. THERE ARE TOO MANY NOW AND SOME OF THEM ARE BORDERING ON TACKY. I HAVE STAYED FAITHFUL TO ABC ALL TH ESE YEARS AS HAVE MANY MANY PEOPLE. MANY HAVE GROWN UP WITH THESE SHOWS AND IT IS LIKE A SLAP IN THE FACE TO ALL OF US. WHAT A TERRIBLE MISTAKE YOU ARE MAKING. WHAT A DISCUSTING WAY TO SAY THANK YOU TO ALL YOUR LOYAL SOAP STARS AND THE FANS THAT HAVE FOLLOWED THE SHOWS .I CAN ONLY HOPE THERE IS A WAY FOR ONE OR THE OTHER CHANNELS OR STATIONS TO PICK UP THESE SHOWS. MOST OF YOUR AUDIANCES WILL FOLLOW THEM. SHAME ON YOU.

    • Michelle Lusero

      April 15, 2011 at 12:50 am

      I hope someone will pick up these shows and put ABC out of business! I will laugh my butt off!!!

  70. Dana

    April 14, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    General Hospital is by far the best soap still out there. I have been watching it since I am 4 and I am 51. The other two were an institution and it’s crazy. They are letting go shows they should not to put on more dumb shows. TV has gone so down hill, it’s horrible. All these stupid reality people who can not act themselves out of a paper bag. It’s cheap labor, that’s all. TV use to be enjoyable, but now it’s watching people day to day. I can take video’s of my own family, it’s just STUPID!

  71. Lily

    April 14, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    It’s sad to hear that OLTL is being cancelled. I feel for the actors and actressed, who are out of jobs because of reality tv.

    I’m a GH fan……DON’T TOUCH IT!!!!!

  72. Judy Grant

    April 14, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    A show called CHEW; you’ve got to be kidding! Granted Soaps aren’t what they use to be, but some of us have grown up and grown older watching these shows and they are part of our lives. They will be truly missed and I doubt I will watch the new offerings; more time to read and practice the piano. When will GH bite the dust?

    • Michelle Lusero

      April 15, 2011 at 12:47 am

      I’m with you Judy…I will find other things to watch and not watch ABC at all! What a big mistake they are making!!!

  73. Lyn

    April 14, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    This is a huge mistake. Health, cooking shows are everywhere so who wants their newborn shows. ABC has all that in the Dr. Oz show which I never want to miss as there is so much info. They will lose their audience to Days of Our Lives and Young and Restless, which are aired during that time.

  74. bet cua

    April 14, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    i don’t think u sholud cancelled the show it is not fare u took other shows from channel 2
    before.why is it that channel 2 alwas have to pay the price.all the time why is it that u don’t cancelled days of our lives or the young &the restles why is it 2 all the time. i have been a fan for a long time please, please don’t cancelled my shows. do young restler i love my show a lot i live for my show. it makes be real sad don’t make me sad.
    bet

  75. Michelle Lusero

    April 15, 2011 at 12:43 am

    are you kidding me??? the best daytime soaps ever and you are cancelling it for a dumb food show and a talk show…dont we have enough of both?! OMG what the heck is wrong with you idiots you dont care about your viewers…i think ABC should reconsider and if the idiot that is running the show dont want to anymore go find a cable network and move your talk show and food show there leave our soaps alone!!!!!!!!!

  76. lisa

    April 15, 2011 at 2:49 am

    Why not create an exclusive Daytime serial Network !!
    Oprah has her OWN.!!

  77. Barbara

    April 15, 2011 at 2:51 am

    There are to many talk shows on TV., we dont need any more. I have been watching these 2 shows for ever so long so now I guess I will have to go to a different channel for entertainment, This ABC channel is getting so it doesnt have many good shows on it any more, not even the world news.

  78. Jen

    April 15, 2011 at 3:51 am

    Call your local affiliates and tell them you won’t watch these shows. They lost this loyal viewer, I am done with ALL of ABC. Just DONE!

    I grew up with OLTL. I cannot believe this. The replacements are insults and the statements from Brian Frons are infuriating. He disgusts me.

  79. Lori

    April 15, 2011 at 3:54 am

    I went to several petition sites and this is what I wrote to ABC:

    “This is shocking and the most awful decision ever! Most woman, and some men, faithfully record these shows and watch it when they come home. I will NOT watch the replacement programs, and I will also contact all of the sponsors to say I will boycott their products if they advertise with the new programs. I AM going to EVERY soap and petition site to let everyone know to do the same. That will be MILLIONS of people! How dare you put so many actors, writers, behind the scenes people, soap magazines, etc. out of work, just so you can fatten your disgusting wallets. You should be very ashamed of yourselves!!!! How dare you put on more reality shows, cooking shows, etc. They are no talent hacks and can’t hold a candle to real actors, and people are getting sick of that kind of programming!!”

    PLEASE everyone do this too. One of the petitions address is
    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/2/save-all-my-children-one-life-to-live-from-being-cancelled/

    And do a Google search and type in All My Children and One Life To Live Petitions and sign every last one of them. And contact the sponsors to let them know what I said in my petition.

    Here is some contact info. of ABC:
    http://onelifetolive.about.com/od/abouttheshow/tp/oltl_contact_information.htm

    BRIAN FRONS is the loser that cancelled the soaps. He is the president of ABC Daytime and here is his contact info.:

    President, Daytime Disney-ABC Television Group
    ABC, Inc.
    500 S. Buena Vista Street
    Burbank, CA 91521-4551

    brian.frons@abc.com
    brian.frons@email.disney.com

    Phone: 818-460-7020

    ~Lori

  80. Cass

    April 15, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Brian Frons is the biggest mistake ABC ever made!!! Soap Fans across America will have the last laugh!!!

  81. Alisa

    April 15, 2011 at 10:16 am

    I, for one, am going to write a couple of letters a day the old fashioned way. I want him to get bags and bags of letters of protest. Ifthis does not work then there really is nothing left to watch on ABC. Thank heavens Young and the Restless is on another network and I can still watch that one. More Free time I guess. Save on engery not having the tv one because AMC is not on. SUCh a shame

  82. Faith

    April 15, 2011 at 10:30 am

    These two shows have been a part of my life since forever, this is sad. I am not willing to substitute these shows for another talk show or food show when there is specific channels for that ! ABC has the View and Rachel Ray, why repeat the same topics !! I guess I’ll also say bye bye to ABC because they’re BORING.

  83. Donna

    April 15, 2011 at 11:03 am

    I have e-mailed ABC and the local affiliate that I WILL boycott all ABC programming because of these cancellations. The advertisers will be next. I have been loyal until now, but I hope all fans make sure ABC feels the backlash. Goodbye GMA, hello CBS.

  84. Helen Granados

    April 15, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Isn’t there anyway we can keep this show? I can’t believe the greedy bastards at the top don’t care about the fans. We’ve been watching for decades. Doesn’t that matter to anywone?

  85. free2drm

    April 15, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    I am sooooo Effing sick of “reality TV / talk shows”. It has been soooooo overdone that I really can’t stand the big 3 anymore. The chew?????? Are you kidding me? The name says it all. If soapnet wants to survive, they may want to consider picking these shows up.

  86. Pam S.

    April 15, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    I used to sit with my grandmother & watch these shows as I was growing up. Even after my grandmother passed away in 1974 I continued to follow these shows. In a way watching them helped me keep a sort of bond with her even to this day. The cancellation of these shows is so absolutely heartbreaking that I can barely think of anything to say. Today’s television has turned into a bunch of garbage. Soaps are the only remaining genuine form of entertainment left. Talk shows, reality shows & cooking shows seem to be taking over. All I can say is if that is what is going to be the new face of television-GOOD LUCK TO THE NETWORKS BECAUSE THEY WILL BE LOSING A LOT OF VIEWERS. IF I NEED A RECIPE I CAN LOOK IT UP & IF I WANT TO SEE PEOPLE MAKE FOOLS OF THEMSELVES ALL I HAVE TO DO IS LOOK AT WHAT’S GOING ON AROUND ME. I DO NOT NEED TELEVISION TO SHOW ME ANY MORE OF THAT. I NEED TELEVISION TO ENTERTAIN, LEAVE OUR SOAPS ALONE!!!!!!!

  87. leona dobney

    April 15, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    So who is this ABC Daytime head honcho, Brian Frons anyways… is he some patsy put out front to take the flak? Or is he the chump who made this poor choice? There are a lot of folks out there that are going to be royally unhappy. Personally, I’m going to be NOT watching ABC… too bad, I really like some of the new evening programming. I’m also disappointed in Gordon Ramsey, is he really so desperate for airtime that he would shoot down his own career? I hop ehis business partners talk some sense to him and this horrible choice that is going to make his name MUDD! There are a lot of commercial wachers that love their daytime ‘stories’ and are going to be severely vocal about this career challenging decison.
    Also, how many American jobs are on the line?
    By the way, the Korean soaps are really good… The sub-titles are great and with a DVR you can skip the American commercials that are dubbed over in Korean…

  88. Christmas

    April 16, 2011 at 5:43 am

    I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard that OLTL was going to be cancelled. I was so disappointed to hear this. I enjoy the drama and routing for my couples to get together. The storylines that they create helps fans through tough times. OLTL tackling the bully story was powerful. I could feel Shane’s pain and it was very realistic.

    I hope that there is a change of heart and that OLTL and AMC can be picked up by another station if ABC can’t continue to have them. I don’t want to be without my soaps.

  89. Nananes

    April 16, 2011 at 5:50 am

    I am not shocked, but I am dismayed at the lack of consideration for a genre of entertainment that is unique…soap opera has been around for 1/2 a century, the term is in the lexicon of the English Language, it is a genre that provides escape from reality and now Brian Frons has taken it upon himself to try and wipe it out…to replace it with more reality shows (just what people don’t want to watch in the daytime). I am even more disgusted with the callous, cavalier attitude that he seems to have about hundreds of people losing their jobs. This is a bad move on so many levels for ABC & Disney. I hope the backlash is like a tsunami.

  90. Shelley

    April 16, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    I am SO bummed!!! I have been watching OLTL for about 25 years!!!
    I think it would be a good idea if Oprah bought them for broadcast on OWN, then they would have programming I would actually watch. They could stop playing “When a Man Loves a Woman” over and over.

  91. Shelley

    April 16, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    I totally agree with Pam S.!!! Jersey Shore and The Housewives of Orange County, etc.
    suck!! I get enough reality from everyday life; I don’t need those idiotic characters. I want OLTL to continue. They cover relavent issues and the characters are interesting and varied unlike those on reality shows. I am done with ABC after Jan.!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  92. Tammy H.

    April 16, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    I’m so upset about the news! I have watched One Life to Live since I was a young girl. I remember in the summers watching every day with my aunt and during the school year I would program the vcr, and watch with my mom in the evenings. I’m no stranger to AMC either. I also watched off and on over the years. I’m just at a loss for words. I don’t think a lot of people get what these shows can mean to many fans. We grew up with these shows and these characters. It’s a sad day. I know I won’t be watching the replacement shows! I really fear for creative, scripted dramas! The networks are always shoving mindless reality shows down our throats, or insisting that we need self-help talk shows. I don’t need a talk show to fix me! I don’t need more reality shows. Just give me my soaps!

  93. Perla

    April 16, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    I agree with all the people above this’s a big mistake. I mean if I want to talk about acertain topic I will gather with my friends and talk about it I don’t need a talk show to do so. And if I want to learn to cook I don’t need a show to teach me that I wil go to a book store and buy a cooking book with recipies in it or I will come together with my friends and we can try a new recepie. By the way those reality show ae the most annoying shows and the people in those shows are fake we already know how real our lives are we don’t need a show to show us real life. This sucks. I’m from europe and being watching soaps opera via satelite tv on my Laptop to bad that this wonderful show are going away.

  94. Kellie Oppenlander

    April 17, 2011 at 7:07 am

    In these economic times I can see your dilemma with All My Children and One Life To Live but your decision to cancel these iconic shows is a big mistake. I have no reason to entertain myself with ABC once you take these shows off the air. It is sad that a younger audience is who you are trying to reach instead of a loyal one. I have enjoyed these shows for many years but when these shows go off the air I will turn off ABC in my home for good.

  95. Carol

    April 17, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Viewers call for ABC Execs to be fired, due to their insane decision to cancel AMC, the best show ABC daytime has. Many viewers have tuned in to life in Pine Valley for 40 years. Not one other show has this kind of loyal following. The characters are in our hearts, and have become part of our lives. We watch them everyday, blog about them, guess the storylines, criticize them when their acting is poor or make bad choices. But all in all, even with the crazy storylines, we love them, and can’t imagine a day without them. The Chew — well that makes us all nauseous. What groundbreaking issues will the Chew tackle? Whether to use butter or magarine? Noone will watch it. Hopefully, Oprah, a smart business person, will pick up AMC.

  96. Glenda

    April 18, 2011 at 8:53 am

    I think they are making a big mistake by cancelling All My Children. I have been watching this show since it first aired and we tape it everyday so we will not miss it. There are enough of the talk shows and food shows. We will not be watching the new shows that you are replacing the soaps with. I am sure I am not the only one that feels this way. It is a big mistake. I do watch One Life to Live also, but All My Children is my favorite. I am very sad to see this happening to day time TV. Once again there are enough food and realty shows on.

  97. Betty

    April 18, 2011 at 9:59 am

    I have watched AMC and OLTL off and on for years. Even though the story line for AMC lacks alot, it does not need to be cancelled, just revive it with better writing and story lines. OLTL has really been good lately. I enjoy watching the “old people” with their story lines. Hey, I can relate. And there is plenty of good looking young men for all the girls, young and old, to drool over. The only complaint I have with that show is the lack of talent for a couple of the young actors. I have never watched “The View”, and I am not interested in watching a cooking show. I don’t care for reality tv, or talk shows. I like a show with a story line. The shows that are being proposed probably cost much less than the soaps. I hope that if the shows actually are cancelled that some other network picks them up. We need drama!!!

  98. Phyllis Shortt

    April 18, 2011 at 10:15 am

    I am shocked that ABC has cancelled both All My Children and One Life To Live, shows which I have watched for many years and enjoyed, through their ups and their downs. ABC is only thinking of their bottom line because their so-called “research” is baloney! Their research should have consisted of actually asking us viewers what we want to watch….and it sure aint more talk shows and if I want to watch a cooking show, I turn to Food Network. They should have done an on-line poll and asked all viewers to send emails, texts, letters, etc., what WE wanted, would have cost them nothing and they would have gotten the truth, which apparently they did not want. It is a tough world we live in and one of the few things we could count on to lose ourselves in for an hour or two are our soaps and without even asking us, they take them away! I will not only NOT watch the replacement shows they put on, but guess what ABC…I will never watch ANY show you have on during the day or night after the last days of my soaps! I am sure I am not alone in this so how is that going to affect your so-called ratings and how happy will the advertisers be when noone is seeing their commercials? Stupid move ABC! Don’t TELL us what we as viewers want to see, ASK us if you really want to know….and what we want is our soaps! One person like myself might not make a difference, but MILLIONS of outraged soap fans that will never watch ABC again WILL! Put that in your research!

  99. Lora

    April 18, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Like we really need another talk show or even a cooking show. I watch All My Chrildren, One Life to Live and General Hospital every night on soap net. I really enjoy the story lines. I never watch talk shows they all cover the same junk and as far as I am concerned we are to obsessed with food as it is. Please reconsider your decision. We need verity. Since most women are in the work place during the day time maybe if you also showed them in the evening you might get more viewers. The latin community show their soaps in the evening and trust me they have a lot of viewers. Women like the distraction.

  100. Sue Brunotte

    April 20, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    All My Children has been watched by 4 generations of women in my family. My 17 year old daughter has grown up watching it. In fact Erita was one of her first words (ha ha). I will NEVER watch ABC again. They are taking away a part of my family, a part of every day life. Shame on you ABC.

  101. JoAnn

    April 20, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    I can not believe this I have been watching AMC since it first aired and OLTL . I tape them everyday so I do not have to watch all the commercials. My son asked me what will I watch now. I agree with everyone. I won’t watch ABC after this. I think there are more people that watch both these shows then your stupid polls. I do not watch cooking shows or talk shows. If I want a recipe I look it up online. Everyone I know has been watching both these shows since they first came on T.V. General hospital is another good one. ABC you better think twice about what your doing or you won’t have any viewers left. You really need to reconsider. ABC your making a huge mistake. Keep All My Children & One Life to Live on the air!!!!

    • Cindy J

      April 21, 2011 at 8:11 am

      I totally agree with you…there are talk shows and stupid cooking shows on every channel….I don’t watch them on any other channel and I sure as heck won’t watch them on ABC!!!

  102. Cindy J

    April 21, 2011 at 8:09 am

    I’m heartbroken!! OLTL is the only show I ever watch, I dvr it and watch with my daughters 15 and 20. They’ve grown up with this show, I rocked them to sleep when they were babies while I watched it….I absolutly hate reruns and that’s what is sooo wonderful about OLTL and other soaps…continuous story line!!!! I really wish OWN would buy these shows and keep them running…LISTEN UP Oprah….your station ratings will skyrocket!!! Enough talk shows and food shows….seriously!!! ABC bad move on your part!!!!

  103. AC

    April 21, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Seriously, what a shame. Soapnet’s going away too in 2012. These shows take us away from our own “reality” for an hour or so each day. How many more food shows can we stomach. If it is modeled after “The View”, I can guarantee you I will never watch. If I want to watch those types of shows, I’ll watch Food TV. For what it’s worth, I vote to keep them going.

  104. JRE

    April 23, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Just deleted ABC app from my iPad. Only used it to watch AMC, just about the only thing I watch on network TV. As far as ABC’s replacements for AMC & OLTL? I have no use for any more cooking or trash talk shows. If I want a cooking show, I watch FoodNetwork. As far as shows like The View? Please! I have better things to do with my time. Now, I will have a good reason to shut the thing off for at least 2 hours a day.

  105. LL

    April 28, 2011 at 7:40 am

    When I heard that the two shows were going off the air, I went in to a depression. They have been part of my entire life and I will truely miss them. Even back when I was a kid, I would jump off the bus and turn on the TV to see what Erica was into now! There are enough food and talk shows and I, for one, will not be watching them. I do like The View and Dr. Oz but enough is enough. I don’t know to many people who just sit down and watch television all day. I have it on but kept on working, do whatever housework that needed to be done but my soap friends were always there with me. I am very dissappointed with ABC and think they are making a very poor decision. Give it another think ABC!!!!!!!! You’re doing the wrong thing.

  106. Cori Allen

    June 15, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    I need escapism after a long day in the real world. I’ll be too busy cooking to tape or watch your new shows ABC. I predict both new snafoose to be history before 18 months have passed. Sad decision.

  107. Dee Fisher

    July 5, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Gooooood! I’m glad to see them going and that we’ll be getting something with more substance. I’d long stopped watching “ll My Children”, too……..

  108. Anna d

    July 22, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    So sorry you are cancelling the best show ABC ever had. My friends and relatives will miss watching “All my children” and ABC. Hopefully ABC will come to its senses and reconsider

  109. YH

    September 19, 2011 at 10:25 am

    I hope enough protest are received to stop the cancelation of these shows. The Chew, are you kidding/??????? Add me to the list of protesters – Glad Hoover has pulled their ads – hope enough will follow to make the message clear.

  110. jj miller

    September 23, 2011 at 11:49 am

    i grew up with these shows and i, and many
    viewers, feel like we are losing a part of us!

    as far as food, i watch the food network and
    there are too many extreme shows on at
    night already!

    i refuse to watch your new shows!!!!

    please let us all know how this works out
    for abc.
    jj

  111. Barbara

    December 17, 2011 at 9:47 am

    I think getting rid of All My Children and One Life to Live is a big mistake. I have been watching All My Children for 40 years. I couldn’t wait to watch it in the afternoon. And if I wasnt home I would tape it. I think the person who did this should be very ashamed of themselves. Those actors moved from New York to LA to keep their jobs and make their fans happy. Then after the move they cancel the show , What about the wonderful actors loose their jobs. I just recently started watchin One Life to Live. I’m just mad at myself for not watching it sooner. There are wonderful actors and actress on that show. Thank God for soap net I just tape One Life to Live at 3 am and watch it when I have time to watch it. I never wish anything bad on anyone but for the person that cancelled these shows. If you loose your job then you will know how some wonderful actors felt when you let let them go. On January 15th when One Life to Live is cancelled I am done watching the ABC channel.

  112. Cynthia

    January 19, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    I was so happy on my days off, so i can be @ home to watch “All my children” and “One life to live” that i”ve watching since i was a little kid! and then I put the tv on and what do I see ? the stupid chew and the even stupider revolution!!! I will never watch these shows and neither will any of my friends1!!!!!!!! what a stupid thing to do, well good luck to all the young peeps and yuppies out there , looks like you win again. ugggg…

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‘Strahan, Sara and Keke’ Canceled by ABC; Show Aired In Timeslot That Once Housed ‘All My Children’

No matter a network tries to do, replacing All My Children, which ran for 41 years on ABC has remained as everyone that follows the world of daytime drama knows, problematic.  Now come word via Page Six that Strahan, Sara and Keke has been canceled.

The show hosted by Michael Strahan, Sara Haines and Keke Palmer if you recall, replaced the foodie show, The Chew which ran for seven seasons and was the first show to air in the timeslot that belonged for over four decades to All My Children. 

Back in March of this year, Strahan, Sara and Keke took a break to make way for ABC’s News  Pandemic: What You Need to Know, a daily coronavirus report anchored by Amy Robach, Dr. Jen Ashton and sometimes TJ Holmes.

However, because the show did well in that two-week experimental run it morphed into GMA 3: What You Need to Know.  The new version of the show also talked about hot topics in the current news cycle, as well.

ABC’s Catherine McKenzie began producing the “GMA3” show four months ago and the network officially announced her as Executive Producer of the program on Thursday.

While ABC has yet to officially announce Strahan, Sara and Keke is over, a spokesperson told Page Six: “We’re proud of our teams at ‘SSK’ and ‘GMA3’ and how quickly they transitioned to producing a daily show to give people the news and information they need during an unprecedented pandemic, and conversations continue about how the show will evolve in the months ahead.”

It appears that Strahan, Sara and Keke won’t be returning; the future as many of their staff have transitioned over to ‘GMA 3’ with producers from ABC News Live, (the streaming division), helmed by McKenzie.

As for the futures of Strahan, Haines and Palmer; Strahan will continues to host Good Morning America, and they are all actively under contract with the network.

So, what do you think of  ‘Strahan, Sara and Kek’e being replaced by ‘GMA 3: What You  Need to Know’?  How long do you think that show will last in the timeslot once taken up by residents of Pine Valley? Comment below.

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Eva LaRue Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination, And Opens Up About The Loss Of John Callahan

For Eva LaRue, the past two months have been some of the most emotionally gut-wrenching and challenging of her life, following the passing of her ex-husband, father of her child, and dearest friend, John Callahan (Ex-Edmund, All My Children). The outpouring of support she has received not only from her former AMC cast mates, but the soap world in general illustrates just how dear Eva is to all of us, and how many people had special memories of their time with John.

While mourning the loss of Callahan along with their daughter, Kaya, there was some heartwarming and re-affirming news that any actress would love to hear. Eva was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series for her work as Celeste Rosales on CBS’ The Young and the Restless, and she is great company as her former AMC co-star Michael E. Knight (Ex-Tad) is also nominated along with her for his work on General Hospital.

The coronavirus pandemic has hit our country and world hard, but through it All My Children virtual reunions emerged as fans were engaged by the content, transported to happier times that brought them back to familiar faces in Pine Valley in which Eva participated along with her good friends, Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos and so many more, thanks to the EW. com weeklong event which concluded on Friday.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Eva in this very candid, at times heartbreaking, and open conversation where she shares details into the final days of her beloved John, her last moments with him, and how she tried to plan a memorial in his honor during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For so many of us, 2020 has certainly seen more lows then highs, but in the end for Eva, to receive a nomination now (an award she was last nominated for back in 1997 as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work as Dr Maria Santos on All My Children) couldn’t have come at a better time. Here now is our conversation with Eva.

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I’ve been thinking so much about you.  I’m glad we could do this, and in the midst of the tragedy of losing John Callahan, and then receiving a Daytime Emmy nomination.  What was your reaction when you learned you were nominated in a category with none other than your former AMC castmate and good friend, Michael E. Knight (Ex-Tad, AMC, now Martin, GH)?

EVA:  Oh, I know!  He’s the first person I texted!  I was like, “Congratulations, Michael!  Did you ever in a million years think that you and I would be in the same category of anything?”  Then I said, “And when you win this, can I just borrow it for the weekend just to dress it up and take pictures with it… just want to borrow it, just babysit the trophy for a weekend, please?” (Laughs)

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What did you end up submitting that landed you the nomination for your role as Celeste on Y&R?

EVA: I submitted a scene with Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I have been friends for 30 years, if not more, and in all that time we had never worked together.  I met him when I was married to John O’Hurley (Ex- Dr. James Grainger) because John was over at The Young and the Restless at the time.  I went to a Christmas party with John to Peter and Mariellen’s house, and do you know who else was there?  Lisa Rinna (Ex-Billie, Days), and it was before she had gotten Days of Our Lives. She was dating Peter Barton (Ex-Scott Grainger, Y&R) at the time. We both ended up on soaps at the same time.  So, I submitted a scene with Peter, who is amazing, warm and open and such a great actor. Then I submitted a scene with my on-screen daughter Sasha Calle (Lola, Y&R) – I love that girl, and another one with Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R) who has also been my great friend for a couple of decades. The other scene I put on my reel was with me and Jordi Vilasuso (Rey, Y&R) who I also adore.  He is awesome and such a sweetheart.  I only had two months worth of material to draw upon.  So, I just submitted the scenes that I liked the best, and they all were within story, and all made sense.

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Where is Celeste supposed to be now?

EVA:  She went back to Florida, and that was that. I would never say never to anything, but it was always supposed to be a short stint, and it was great.

So not only is it you and Michael E. Knight, but Jeffery Vincent Parise, Chrishell Stause, and Elissa Kapneck. This Guest Performer category is loaded!

EVA:  I know! I know and love, Chrishell (Ex-Amanda) because we worked together on All My Children, too, right before I left, and she is a doll.  She just might be the sweetest, kindest, girl on the planet.  She literally might be the sweetest person who ever lived!  I don’t know the other two nominees personally.  So, I’m excited for them too.  It’s such a diverse category.  It’s just really fun to be nominated with all of them.

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You were nominated before, though, for your work as Maria on All My Chldren during the emotional baby switch storyline; working opposite Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica) for a lot in it.

EVA:  Yes.  I was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for All My Children, and I was nominated for Best Original Song.  I wrote a song when Maria came ‘back from the dead’ to All My Children, with a producer friend of mine from Miami Sound Machine.

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So, you’ve been doing all of these All My Children virtual reunions, which is so interesting that in this pandemic, people are looking for content, and they dip back into these beloved shows.  Was it fun doing the EW.com Santos Family reunion with everybody?

EVA:  Oh yeah, it was really, really fun.  I only saw in the big picture everybody else’s photo who was a part of it, and the people who I actually do hang out with the most, and see the most, and talk to the most, are Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley), Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo), and Sydney Penny (Ex-Julia).  I don’t see Sydney as much, but I do see her probably once every two years at least, but Sarah Michelle Geller (ExKendall) I see all the time and talk to all the time.  Kelly, Mark, and Sarah are the ones who walked me through that first week when John Callahan passed.  They literally were on the phone with me, the three of them, almost every day, but I got beautiful outreach, from what seemed like everyone.  This is when no matter how many years have passed since you have been in daytime, that the daytime family as a group – there used to be fifteen shows, now there are four – and people have bounced around and they are on other shows- – but the entire soap opera community reached out,   I cannot even tell you how much that meant to me.  It was overwhelming, and it was really, spectacularly beautiful.

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I hope it was some solace to you knowing how much people loved John, and also that they love and care so deeply for you.

EVA:  I mean, people who did not even work with John reached out.  Every soap was represented by getting a hold of me, sending a text or a phone call, or if they didn’t have my personal information, they tweeted, or whatever it was… literally from every reach of soapdom.  It was amazing.

And your relationship with John was amazing with all of the ups and downs you went through; that you remained such dear friends.

EVA:  We remained really great friends all the way.

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I so remember when the two of you first got together and it was this storybook real life soap couple romance.  John was always so sweet to me.  I was so, so sad, and you know, my heart just broke for you.

EVA:  I think it was just such a shock.  I don’t think anybody, and even Kaya were talking about it, because she graduated this week, and her dad is not here.  We’re not having a graduation, because of COVID-19, which sucks on top of it, but we were just kind of talking through the feelings of it.  She said, “You know what’s weird?  I guess I never pictured dad getting old, and I always wondered why, and now I know.”  When I would get on John about his heart or his health, he used to always say, ‘Oh, don’t worry Evala, (he always called me “Evala”).  I’m going to be here.  I’m going to be here a long time.  I’m fine.  I’m going to be here to walk Kaya down the aisle and see her kids and all that.  Stop worrying,” Every time he said it to me, something in my gut said, “I don’t think he is.  I don’t think he is,” but I always just dismissed that.  But never in my wildest dreams did I think John wouldn’t make it to her high school graduation.  He was only 66.

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I had heard you ended up running to Palm Springs to be near John.  I can’t even imagine what that must have been like.

EVA:  The only good thing about this pandemic is that we had been shut down for only two weeks at that point.  Kaya and I got in the car.  John had some heart procedures the day before, on a Thursday.  I called him in the morning before he went in for the procedure.  I said, “Call me as soon as you get out of there.  Call me as soon as you come-to again, and you’re good,” and he said, “Okay, I will.”  I said, “I’m going to send Kaya out to you on Friday for the weekend, just so you have somebody to hang out and watch you, and I might come out too,” And then, I said, “Maybe, I’ll come down too in case you are feeling weak, just to watch out for you for the weekend.”   So, he called me after the procedure.   I said, “I cannot believe they sent you home! You just had some major heart stuff done.”  He said, “Oh no, they said I’m fine.  It was just run-of-the-mill heart stuff, angiogram…”  I was like, “Are you sure?”  He said, “Yeah, I’m fine.  I’m just tired.  I’m going to go to sleep.”  I said, “Do you want me to send Kaya out tonight?” and he was like, “No, no, no.  Send her tomorrow.”  So, in the morning, I called him at 9:00am.  No answer.  I texted him.  He always texted me like Johnny on the spot, and then texts me immediately back.  So, I call him again at 10.  Nothing.  His best friend calls me about a half-hour later, “Hey, I talked to John at about 8:00 this morning.  He said he was feeling really, really shitty and was going to go back to the hospital, and then, I texted him again at like 8:30 to just tell him something, and he hasn’t texted me back, and he always texts me immediately back.”  I said, “Oh my, God, I’ve been trying to get a hold of him for two hours; he hasn’t texted me back,”   I said, “You know what, I’ll call you back.”  So, I called his friend who lives down the street from John, and I said, “Go to his house, please right this second, knock on the door, jump the fence, knock on his bedroom, he might be asleep, I don’t know.”  So, he gets there, nobody is answering.  I said, “Break into the house please.  So, he did, and John was collapsed in the bathroom.  They called the paramedics, and as soon as they called me back and said, “John is unresponsive in the bathroom,” Kaya and I threw everything in the car, and what usually takes us two and a half hours without traffic, we made it down there from Los Angeles in an hour and forty-five minutes.

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I don’t know how you made it down there in one piece. Thank, God!

EVA:  I drove so fast, like literally broke all land speed records and thank God because we got there just in time.  He was in emergency.  He hadn’t been put up in ICU yet, where we wouldn’t have been able to see him.  They weren’t going to let us in the hospital.  Thank God the person answering the door was an All My Children fan.  She was the one saying, “Sorry, no one is allowed in the hospital, no one can come in,” and I was like, “No, no, no, my ex-husband just came in.”  She said, “Was it Edmund?” and I said, “Yes, it was Edmund!”  She said, “Okay, follow me.”  Thank God for All My Children.  Thank God.  So, we followed this woman secretly, and we get to spend a half-hour with him in Emergency.  He was already on life-support, totally unresponsive, but we got to play John his favorite music, we got to just sit there and hold his hand and talk to him, and tell him how much we loved him.  Sarah Michelle Gellar called right when we were in the hospital in Emergency, and she said, “Put the phone by his ear,” so I put the phone by his ear, and she talked to John too, and she told him how much she loved him.  She used to always call him “GP”, which was short of grandpa, because she came on the show when she was 15, and she didn’t have a dad, and John acted like a dad to her – but she used to always call him “grandpa”, and he hated “grandpa”, so he was like, “You can call me “GP”, but not grandpa,” so she always called him GP.  I just put the phone by John’s ear, and what was crazy is that when she talked to him, his feet started twitching.  He started moving his feet.  Then, when Kaya was talking to him about Yankee season, he started moving his feet.  We were kind of hopeful that something was changing for the better.  We had about a half-hour with him, and then, they took him up to ICU, and then, we knew we couldn’t see him again.  They called us later that night that he had passed.

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I am just so thankful that you got to see John one last time.

EVA:  I thank God every day that we got to say goodbye, because if we hadn’t gotten there in time to say goodbye, I just don’t know.

It’s very rare that a couple after a divorce, who have a child, and went from romance to dear friends, end up maintaining that relationship so many years later in their lives.  I know so many people who were together at one point in their lives, for years, and they don’t even talk to each other now.

EVA:  Well, you know, like any divorce, the first four years afterwards were super contentious but then, by year five, we kind of had this major breakthrough, and from then on, he was one of my closest friends, and one of the things we always kept alive for each other was we loved to  dance together. We fell in love, I think, dancing because originally our characters on AMC met at this country-western bar, and we had to take country line dancing lessons on the show.  They hired a choreographer for us so that during those scenes where we were falling in love, we would actually be able to do a two-step! So, we went out and practiced at Denim and Diamonds, which was a big country-western place in New York City at the time.  We used to go out with a whole group of us.  It was me, and Teresa Blake (Ex-Gloria) and Kelly Ripa, and her boyfriend at the time, Winsor Harmon (Ex-Del), sometimes Walt Willey (Ex-Jack); we just had a whole crew of us who would go out country dancing.  John and I also loved singing together.  He had the most amazing gravely kind of rockstar voice, but his real talent was harmonizing.  He could harmonize to anything.  So, when he would come over, we would sit in the kitchen and sing, and sing, and sing until the late hours because that’s what we loved to do, and that’s what he loved to do.  That’s one of my favorite last memories of us.  He was just over the month before, and Kaya’s bedroom is near the kitchen, so she came out and was like, “Can you two shut up?”  It was like two in the morning and we were still singing in the kitchen. (Laughs)  John was my dear friend and my confidant.

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Were you able to have some kind of service during this stay-at-home pandemic we are all dealing with, in order to mourn the loss of John?

EVA:  It’s been so crazy.  We couldn’t even have a funeral.  That’s what made it all the more heartbreaking.  There were less than twenty of us, and we just got on a Zoom call and memorialized John.   I thought we were going to do a big Zoom memorial, but it seemed so overwhelming and so impersonal, it just was rubbing us wrong in every way.  Every way we were looking at it, we were like, “Oh my, God, we just can’t.”  We wanted to invite everybody he had ever worked with, and we were like, “No, we want to do that when everything can open back up again, and invite every person, and have a party” because John was always the life of every party.  Maybe we can do that in the fall or next year.  I kept trying to write something for the small memorial we did do for three days.  I kept coming back to this one song, because John was always the consummate bartender, too.  I sang a song that Bette Midler sang on the very last episode of Johnny Carson.  It was “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)” and it’s about a bartender who has got a big personality and a lot to say.   I changed some of the words around a bit just to reflect who John was, and so, I ended up singing for it instead of speaking.  We always talked about that last episode of Carson; how stunningly emotional it was when Bette sang that song to kind of sing Johnny off for of all of his years on the air.  So, that’s what I did and because we loved to sing together, it just made sense.

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I do think you touched upon something, earlier, too.  I don’t think any other genre would have that kind of unbridled camaraderie.  It’s such a family, like you said.  I don’t think you would find that quite like this; certainly in show business. 

EVA:  I really don’t think you can. Even though there is always a good amount of competition in the soaps as well; between the soaps it’s like they are any sports team, but there is always a level of respect, love, and familial connection within the community.  I think that is why they have stood the test of time.  I really do think that is what hooks our audience, that is what keeps them there after all of these years, even though unfortunately the genre is antiquated looking, there is something about it that is nostalgic, familial, and comfortable for people.

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Every time I talk about All My Children, why do you think everybody go ga-ga for it, when it’s been off the air for several years now?

EVA:  It speaks to people’s childhoods.  It speaks to how we grew up.  You can’t undo nostalgia.  You can’t.  It’s in the way we grew up, the things we loved, the things that we scheduled our lives around, the people we fell in love with on the shows that we watched, who we cared about and loved their storylines. I grew up watching All My Children, General Hospital, and Days of Our Lives.

It must have been a spectacular moment for you when you realized you were actually in Pine Valley and a member of the cast of All My Children then?

EVA:  It was amazing.  I was a fan when I got the show.  I was a straight up fan.  I fangirled walking through that dressing room hallway for the first time! I was trying to keep it in check, but you know … (Laughs)

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So, in closing, you would say, “Thrilled to be nominated”?

EVA:  Yes.  So fun.  It has really been a rollercoaster of a couple of months here.  That nomination was literally the bright, shining spot in all of this.

So, happy to hear Eva is in the running for a Daytime Emmy? Were you moved by Eva’s sentiments she shared on her relationship with the late John Callahan? Do you miss Pine Valley’s Dr. Maria Santos? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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All My Children Reunion with Josh Duhamel, Ricky Paull Goldin, Cameron Mathison and More; Later Debbi Morgan Live

It’s a big finale of the weeklong virtual celebration of the iconic All My Children.  On tap today in EW’s series to benefit Feeding America during the COVID-19, some major names from the history of Pine Valley and who had story with each other participating in the chat, premiering at 10 a. m. EST.

Taking part in the walk down memory lane are none other than Josh Duhamel (Ex-Leo), Ricky Paull Goldin (Ex-Jake), Chrishell Stause (Ex-Amanda), Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan), Rebecca Budig (Ex-Greenelee) and Melissa Claire Egan (Ex-Annie).

But that’s not all folks! Daytime Emmy winner, Debbi Morgan will participate in a live virtual chat with EW.com today beginning at 3 p.m. EST/12 p. m. PST.  Now will be your chance to hear from the one and only Angie Hubbard from the beloved ABC daytime drama series.

Over the week, EW.com has posted other virtual conversations with notables from Pine Valley, you can check them out here.

So, will you be checking out today’s one-two punch of AMC favorites? Comment below.

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