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Susan Lucci Recounts Thoughts On Ending Of All My Children: "We Were All Blindsided!"

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In a full-length interview on AOL’s Build series, former All My Children icon and now star of Devious Maids, Susan Lucci was the special guest.

When it was time for those in the studio to ask questions of Susan, one audience member asked Susan (Ex-Erica Kane) her thoughts on the ending of the iconic daytime soap opera when it was cancelled by ABC back in 2011.

Susan answered: “We really all were blindsided … we didn’t expect it, and it was like the loss of a loved one.”  Lucci made note of grieving the loss of the series, and what a close-knit family cast and crew had become.  She also revealed she was so concerned over the crew losing their health benefits when the show was closed down by ABC.  When asked what helped her get through the loss of the show, Susan said it was the people to this day that she meets in airports or along her life travels:  “People stop me and tell me how much they love Erica and what an influence she had on their lives. Those things are very gratifying.”

Devious Maids is currently filming its fourth season in Atlanta, and as Lucci previewed. viewers will learn the upshot of if  her role of Genevieve saved Zoila’s (Judy Reyes) life, or the maid’s baby in the season premiere to air this spring.

So, what do you think about Susan’s comments almost five years later on the disheartening end of AMC?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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k/kay
k/kay

I love her on Devious Maids she is actually quite good at comedy. She tells the truth plus all the actors that sold their homes in New York and took losses to move to Los Angeles when they knew all along they were going to be cancelled.

Beth
Beth

I think, respectfully, that some actors on AMC knew that the end was near. I’ve read and heard interviews with several actors where that was acknowledged. I think it was a bad move for ABC to deny, deny, deny each time Susan Lucci asked about the odds of the show being cancelled and she went on talk shows and repeated what she’d been told, but it’s not true that no one thought the end was coming. In addition, many of us fans who followed Nielsen ratings knew it was likely to happen (especially after the show moved to L.A. and we knew it was on borrowed time), and the rumors on the internet were white hot, starting in January 2011. Having said that, I do miss AMC, and IMO, a lot of what is left in Daytime now is not nearly as good as AMC was on its worst days (and it had some bad ones). I watch Susan on Devious Maids and she’s excellent, but she’ll always be Erica Kane to me. I’m glad she still feels the support of AMC’s fans. She was always a great ambassador for AMC and for Daytime.

Iakovos
Iakovos

ABC indeed botched the cancellations of AMC and OLTL, a real shame as ABC was the network that really boosted daytime popularity in the 1970s and 1980s. I miss Pine Valley and Llanview. Each series was so important and engaging. I pray for a renaissance of the genre.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

Beth says, “a lot of what is left in Daytime now is not nearly as good as AMC was on its worst days….”

I couldn’t agree more Beth.

Marc
Marc

Although the quality is lacking i can rebutt that just by saying……..Zarff !!

Deidre
Deidre

I was so mad that they canceled All My Children……..I grew up watching the ABC soap operas including AMC……..I wish they could’ve found a way for the show to continue on ABC……..Why did they cancel such a GREAT show ……..I miss all of the stars who played on there…….Now you see the actors and actresses are on other soaps……..And some has passed on which is such a sad thing……..I Love and Miss all of you…….And Good Luck …..Life after All My Children!! ♡♡♡

Rapids
Rapids

Her comment about being blindsided is just ridiculous. It was widely reported the show has been canceled a couple months prior to the official announcement. she and her husband are quite savvy, I don’t believe for a minute she was blindsided.

Nikki
Nikki

I have to agree. I remember the rumor mill as well as the poor ratings. I like Susan but I think she has sour grapes. I liked AMC as well as G.L & As the world turns but they ran their course & she needs to let go of her anger and get on with it.

Mel
Mel

I believe that Susan Lucci asked repeatedly if AMC was going to be cancelled and time was told “no”. I doubt Susan and her husband would have made the move to LA if they believed the show was going to be cancelled. Why would she? Susan’s children and grand children live on the East Coast. Nor do I believe that the others in the cast would have made the move unless each was convinced by the producers that AMC would be cancelled.

CTwidlheart
CTwidlheart

I know, even with all the rumors, I was blindsided. My Pine Valley and Llanview families of 40+ years were leaving! It broke my heart and still breaks my heart.
Love you Susan.

Jonathan
Jonathan

ABC knows it even if they don’t admit it. What a mess Frons created and he is gone…

Andrew
Andrew

Frons was hired to kill the soaps and when he succeeded, they let him go “mission accomplished”

Jean
Jean

I still miss AMC and all the talented cast. I’m still hopeful that ABC will reconsider and bring back AMC. I refuse to watch the Chew.

mark
mark

I’m glad Susan has gone on to prime time but I wish she was still im daytime she was so much fun to watch.

Lin
Lin

She said all this years ago, as I remember. I remember seeing her interviewed on a show. Just a couple of weeks before she had told an interviewer it was not true that AMC was being cancelled.

Carole Melchior
Carole Melchior

I still miss AMC!!!!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Love her on Devious Maids. I encourage anyone who misses Erica Kane to watch DM. I think you’ll really love her as Genevieve. It is a very entertaining show.

Sherry
Sherry

The viewers were blindsided as well. I was able to watch it on Hulu and at the end of the season, we were told that the show would be back. I watched it for forty years and I still miss it. I wish someone would at least do a special and tie up the loose ends.

Rapids
Rapids

How were the viewers blindsided when the ratings for this show had been on the bottom for four or five years? Cancelation rumors started about 2007. Millions quit watching. One soap opera columnist went on the record saying the show was canceled and Agnes Nixon had been informed
I don’t believe for a minute Susan Lucci did not see this coming but I recall her saying this before and she is sticking to her story.
The actors moved to keep their jobs a while longer. No job is guaranteed. I firmly believe they all Knew they were on borrowed time.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Miss Erica Kane and her spectacular, bigger than life persona, Susan……my heartfelt best wishes to you and to everyone from AMC & OLTL.

Melody
Melody

My email to – ben.sherwood@abc.com &
channing.dungey@abc.com ___ “Just want to let you know that WHEN “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” are back on ABC Daytime programming, then I will also return. The only program that I watch on ABC now is “General Hospital” … nothing else in the daytime and certainly, nothing in the nighttime!

You did a great disservice to the Cast & Crew of “AMC” and “OLTL” … as well, as the longtime, loyal viewers of “AMC” and “OLTL”.”

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

Lashing out at 2 people who had nothing to do with cancelling AMC or OLTL is immature. Those shows were cancelled by Brian Frons, head of ABC Daytime, back in 2011. At the time, Ben Sherwood worked in NYC in the ABC News division. Channing Dungey has worked in ABC’s Primetime Division since 2009. Why is primetime responsible for anything that happens in daytime? What a childish response…

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I still grieve the loss of our beloved All My Children and One Life to Live. We viewers have lost so very much.

Jane
Jane

They botched it alright. AMC & OLTL didn’t deserve their fate. Reality T V is the worst bringing low lives from all over to where real actors should be in good dramas.
Some of us just eat up reality TV and continue to help it along.

David
David

AMC deserved to be cancelled, ratings were very low and storylines were horrible. OLTL had good ratings, that was a big mistake for cancelling OLTL. Brian Frons better hide, or I will kick his ass Lol. Brian Frons is a punk and sob.

Liam
Liam

Although GH has always been my favorite daytime show, I also grew up watching AMC (since the late 70’s). It still holds a very, very special place in my heart. It was unique in that while it focused on youth, it also offered storylines that heavily involved characters who weren’t all teenagers or 20-30’s, but middle-aged to older characters (Phoebe, Ruth, Joe, Opal, Palmer, Daisy, Chuck, Mona, Langley, Myrtle, Enid, Lars, Pat, Ray, Olga, Adam/Stuart, Marian, Ellen, etc., and the list goes on and on..including characters who began on the show as a part of the younger set and then grew to become established, older characters.

God, I miss that show I miss all of its opening credits.

Jim Preston
Jim Preston

I sure miss it too, when I watch DAYS OF OUR LIVES, just to get a “soap fix” I think to myself…geez “all my children” was SOO much better than this! I watched AMC for over thirty years…geez….don’t like to admit that – and I really miss it.
I think, in fact I know that they should have just trimmed it down to a half hour as well as One Life to Live and kept them going.

Chris B
Chris B

AMC and OLTL were pure class and sophistication too. Quality shows, both of them. A huge loss.

Kate
Kate

Bring back our soaps! Daytime tv is horrible for the most part. I have been watching DOOL and Y&R but DOOL is my favorite right now. It is really good. Y&R is not that good right now. Storylines are slow and really could not tell you what is going on. I can’t figure out who the young people are in Y&R. They all look alike. Girls tend to be skinny blonds and guys are same height and dark hair. There are way too many young people on Y&R. Yes I know the name is Young And The Restless.

Bring back Susan and AMC!

jcrew
jcrew

I always wondered why after the shows were cancelled, when I would go to sites like this, the only thing that I ever heard about was oltl. They faired basically the same in viewrs. Im referring to respoce of fans. I didnt start watching the show until I heardit was cancelled and was amazed at how much I enjoyedit. Really great acting and cast. However when went to view it online there was only a comment or two for the days show. Then when I went to gh, the show I normally watch, there were pages and pages of comments under just one episode. It became clear that the shows were in two different places. Its unfortunate bc I think that if the show got a new producer and new writers and uped their game and shook things up a little, amc could still be on air.

Barbara from Atlanta
Barbara from Atlanta

“Its unfortunate bc I think that if the show got a new producer and new writers and uped their game and shook things up a little, amc could still be on air.”

In my opinion, this exact same sentence could have been said about ATWT, which had over 50 years of history and 6-7 actors remaining who had been on the show a minimum of 25 years. It bothers me when I see the frequent comments criticizing the cancellation of OLTL and AMC that the longer running ATWT rarely is mentioned. ATWT seems to have been almost forgotten when it was cancelled. (I’m NOT suggesting that OLTL and AMC deserved cancellation. It just irks me the way many sites and the comments fail to mention ATWT, which did not deserve the fate it got).

Alvin
Alvin

I do believe the AMC cast was blindsided. I believe the initial plan was to cancel only One Life To Live. I think had AMC performed better in the ratings after its move to California it would have lasted a bit longer.

nellie
nellie

I have really tried to get past the cancelling of both AMC and OLTL and then the sabotage of Prospect Park. Other than GH and DWTS I no longer have much use for ABC. I appreciate CBS commitment t o quality daytime shows. ABC could bring back a hybrid soap but then have to admit they were wrong.

ABC make amends to your loyal daytime fans.

Joann
Joann

I cannot understand why the powers that be at ABC did not put their soaps or one of their other cable channels. If the rating is down put it on a station that shows old reruns. Or something else that is just filling up time until evening! I think that this could be a solution. To save money, they could cut it down to 3 days a week and take out all the crap that prolongs the story line.

Nellie
Nellie

Great idea! ABC listen to your viewers.

Joann
Joann

Thank you

Rj
Rj

Have to admit I miss AMC. I wish it were still on eventhough I only watched it once in awhile. I knew the characters, and I liked to tune in every now and then.

marishka ruth embreus
marishka ruth embreus

will never forget my oltl and amc(I watched oltl since 1960s) they should have just combined the shows or put them on lifetime network thier other affiliate. idiots..idoubt if they could collect all the actors nd bring them back now. they are truly over l..sadly…let’s all move on .will miss my “sis ” Vicky lord and nora bucahanens anfdtheir families forevah.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The premise of Wild Cards is based on the sci-fi anthology series edited by George R. R, Martin, best known for writing the “Song of Ice and Fire” novels, on which HBO’s Game of Thrones is based.  Riegel’s husband, Andrew Miller is the showrunner attached to the upcoming series.

On Martin’s website he teases the set-up of the “leaked” video clip:  “This was not supposed to go public.. Everybody (Well, everybody that has been paying attention knows that we are developing two Wild Cards as a series for Hulu  Andrew Miller has taken the reins as showrunner, a writing staff has been hired, and they have been hard at work for months.  What was NOT supposed to be known is how far they’ve come.  Not only have some scripts been finished, but the first show has gone into production and has been shooting.  That was supposed to be a deep dark secret, however.   We wanted to surprise the world. It’s hard to keep secrets in Hollyweird, however.  And now it appears that some of the rough footage has been leaked by person or persons unknown”

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WATCH: All My Children Reunion On Strahan & Sara

On Monday’s episode of ABC’s Strahan & Sara, the show welcomed several stars of the beloved All My Children for a reunion, of sorts. Joining hosts Michael Strahan and Sara Haines were Susan Lucci (Erica), Walt Willey (Jack), Cady McClain (Dixie), Jacob Young (JR) and Jill Larson (Opal).

While it was wonderful to see the stars from Pine Valley again, it was also a painful reminder that this network, ABC, canceled the show, and had put in its place – The Chew, and now Strahan & Sara – since canning the series.   In fact, as you will see on the clips below, many of the crew who work on this talk show were once the crew for All My Children.

During the segment, Susan Lucci was tested to see if she remembered all of Erica Kane’s wedded names.  Later, Walt Willey and Susan re-created the final scene of the ABC version of All My Children between Erica and Jack, where Jack walks out on her.  However, this time, they have Jack changing his mind and coming back to Erica and sealing their relationship with a kiss – a moment of closure that never happened (since the show moved to online via Prospect Park).

In addition, Cady McClain and Jacob Young re-created the infamous Dixie “dying from eating poison pancakes” scene, as JR watches his mother die, only this time she lives.

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It’s always great to see these veteran performers, but Strahan & Sara is trying to capture the soap viewers to put eyeballs on their show by bringing in talent from the show that sadly and wrongly went off the air.

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