“All My Children” & “One Life to Live” canceled

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Two of the longest running day-time Emmy award winning shows on ABC will be canceled soon. The two shows that are being canceled are “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.”  “All My Children” will be going off the air in September while “One Life to Live” has a little bit longer and is going off the air in January.

The shows that will replace these Emmy winning shows will be a food based show hosted by Mario Batali called “The Chew” which will be premiering in September, and a health/lifestyle show called “The Revolution” which will be premiering in January.

One of the main reasons why the two shows are being canceled is recently these shows have not been producing a lot of revenue and audience viewings. They used to pull much higher ratings, despite many long time fans of both programs. The viewer listings have reportedly dropped from 2.32 million to an all-time-low of 463,000 viewers.

Both soap operas have produced big-name actors including Josh Duhamel, Amanda Seyfried, Kelly Ripa, and Susan Lucci.

Brian Frons, the ABC Daytime Department President, has stated that viewers are looking for different kinds of television shows, and that a change was needed. He also admitted that this change is bittersweet in the sense that they are sad that these two long-standing shows are coming to an end.

The cancellation announcement has already been noted by the public, and there has been backlash at the decision. Frons has stated that he is not surprised and will continue on with this decision.

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  1. Vanessa

    April 15, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    I am Pissed!!!!! What are us diabled old people supposed to do between 1-3 p.m. during the week. We don’t want this to happen. We have watched these shows from the beginning. How about firing Brian Frons. He is only thinking about money…

  2. angie

    April 15, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    This is so ridiculous! vanessa is right knowbody wants this! they need to rethink it> who wants to watch food shows!!! BORING!!!! they sUck!

  3. melissa

    April 15, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    What is this guy thinking ppl have been watching these soaps for yrs you need to fire this guy cuz he doesn’t kno what he’s talking about the’re true fans out here that watch them faithfully you can’t do this to us fan this what we do everyday get rid of him n hire someone new”

  4. Debi

    April 15, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    I am really ticked too!!!! These 2 are my favorite. I DVR them and can’t wait to get home to see them.
    I enjoy watching these 2 shows in the evening. They have become like family!! Ya, just what we need is another food show. Give us a food show then the next show will tell us we eat to much. Great idea, not! This really ticks me off. I guess the new writers aren’t doing their job or is it just Brian not doing his.

  5. melissa

    April 15, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    I agree wit u Debi that’s all we need get rid of the writers n get new ones cuz as do I look foward to watchin these shows n to all the ppl out there that say its only older people that watch these show ur wrong cuz I’m in my thirties n i ‘ve been watchin them 4 yrs keep hoping this won’t happen let’s c if its true cuz we don’t nteed different show just leave things the way they are

  6. Wanda

    April 15, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Just what we need another FOOD show. Reality and Food shows has taken over!!!! I have been watching all my children since day one…This really ticks me off. What I think should happen is ALL of us FANS just turn the TV off completely…..Listen to the radio.

    Sick of it!!

  7. Lori Fowler

    April 15, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Won’t watch either of the ‘replacement’ shows….don’t cancel these two soaps!

  8. Rita

    April 15, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Let’s see ratings have dropped from 2.32 million viewers to 463,000 usually when shows get poor ratings they get cancelled. Guess AMC doesn’t have as many loyal fans as you all thought.

  9. Michelle

    April 15, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    I’ve been watching these shows for 35 years now, I DVR as well. I have absolutely no interest in watching food channels and more reality shows. It’s all about the money having less cast and production crew to pay and no concern to us the loyal viewers. After January I’m done with ABC for good!

  10. Gerry

    April 15, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    I too DVR these 2 shows and look forward to watching at night. I am devastated that these iconic shows would be cancelled after being so well loved and watched for a lifetime! As for the replacement shows- no way will I be DVRing them! HELLO if I want to watch a cooking show I will watch the almost 24 hour COOKING CHANNEL!!! Do they think that the ratings are going to up with the new shows? As for Brian Frons… I guess he doesn’t have any women in his life who watch the shows, because I’m sure they wouldn’t let him do this. He should be fired for his stupidity- Brian Frons- you are “frowned” upon! good luck keeping your job!

  11. Mrs. King

    April 15, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    this is bullshyt! ii am 20 years old and have grew up watching these shows,, my mom DVR’s them everyday for us to lay in bed together and watch,, ;(

  12. Jeanne

    April 15, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    I’m so pissed!!!! I can’t believe you’re taking away these 2 shows.. I watch them everyday and if for some reason I miss them I watch them that night on soapnet. I’m in my 40’s and have been watching these shows for Many years. If we wanted to watch Food shows we would be watching them already instead of our soaps. This is a very poor judgement call. Please rethink what you are doing. If they do get canceled, I will not watch the new shows and i’m pretty sure every fan feels the same way. So when the the new shows don’t get good ratings what will you put on next?? I believe Brian Frons needs to get a new job and they need to get someone who knows what they are doing and who cares about what the fans want..

  13. elsa

    April 15, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    I hope the new shows rot in HELL. Leave the Soaps alone. People left from NY to go To LA to keep their jobs… how the Fuck can you do this to us. @ least show the soap @ night

  14. Missy

    April 15, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Needless to say once January comes that’s the end of me ever turning to ch.7 that will b my new years resolution 😉

  15. john

    April 15, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    OMG this is insane I watch these shows every day since i was in my teens, this is insane. It goes to show the networks are insane and have no idea what there doing.Cut the crap reality shit and put good shows on. Bring back LOST or a spin off…..

  16. john

    April 15, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    oh im 46 now so what the f are you thinking abc

  17. Carol

    April 15, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    I can’t believe they are getting rid of these soaps. I am so upset.
    It feels like they are killing “my family”. I have watched one life
    to live since I was 20 and I am now 62. I am just sick over it.
    And for a food show and a lose weight show? Give me a break!
    Who is home during the day to watch those? Most people are at
    work. It’s us at home people who watch our soaps… and the
    people record them to watch when they get home. I have heard
    from so many friends already who are so upset over losing their
    soaps. This is an awful thing to happen. I am very mad at the
    powers that be that are doing this. Shame on them.

  18. Anne

    April 16, 2011 at 1:05 am

    I am too really irate at this decision to cancel these soaps. I have been watching AMC since the early 80s and because of the crossover of AMC to OLTL I was hooked to OLTL since then and have watched these soaps faithfully. I can’t believe Brian Frons is actually going thru with this lunacy. I am a stay at home mom but I too DVR these soaps because I like to watch my soaps while it is peaceful after the kiddies go to bed. I am 45 and have been thru 3 soaps I loved that they took off the air including the GH spinoff Port Charles which they cancelled for WHATEVER reason. Leave our soaps alone and the hell with cooking shows… I too will not be watching them as there is such a channel called the FOOD Network – 24 hours of cooking shows. Fire Brian Frons….LEAVE OUR SOAPS ALONE!!!!!!!!

  19. Dede

    April 16, 2011 at 2:40 am

    This makes me so sad..I’ve been watching these shows since I was five years old! So much has changed in the world, but I could always count on my soaps from 12 – 3 in the afternoon. My god if they cancel General Hospital I will never watch ABC again! That show is my all-time-favorite soap. I feel so connected to those characters and the families that I have watched grow all these years. It is so, so sad. I guess all things must come to an end eventually.

  20. Clara Manchester

    April 16, 2011 at 2:52 am

    You’re a BITCH! What are the old retired people {like my mother} suppose to do with your stupid cooking shows when she cant even walk… There are plenty of other cooking shows already on the damn tv. Guess we will stop watching your worthless channel now. Hope when you retire with all your millions bugs bite your fat ass.

  21. simone

    April 16, 2011 at 6:50 am

    I cried when I heard the news. I cant believe ABC is doin this to all the loyal fans. I am 38 and have literally been watching these soaps since I was 4yrs with my grandmother. I agree with the others, we dont need more REALITY TV, believe it or not everyone is NOT a reality TV fan. After January, im done with ABC. To be honest the soaps were the only shows I watched on there network anyway because all there programming sucks. You bastards just took a part of my life away. I will boycott you forever……hope your network drowns.

  22. andrea

    April 16, 2011 at 6:50 am

    I’m 31-been watching w/ my mom since I was a baby! I am pissed!! Even tho I loooove cooking I will not b watching them from ABC! Food network channel will b my go- to

  23. Erica

    April 16, 2011 at 6:54 am

    I dont think they fully did their research!!!! Viewing may have stopped on tv during the regular airing time but did they stop to think of how many people DVR the show to watch when they get home or watch it on you tube?????? This just doesnt seem right!! I’m so upset with ABC and whoever decided to cancel ONE LIFE TO LIVE!! Seriously who do they think is going to want to watch another freaking Cooking Show?????? there is so many out there already!!!! Not sure why some other network (ie Soap Net) doesnt buy the show and keep them running on their channel!!!!! I’m very upset with the news of the shows canceling and once One Life to Live is gone I WILL NOT BE WATCHING ABC AGAIN!!!!!!

  24. Patricia Simpson

    April 16, 2011 at 7:45 am

    ARE you insane????? What are you thinking??? People of all ages continue to watch these two shows… How can you truly cancel iconic DAY time shows… That is like telling me my mother has died and I will never see her again.. I grew up with these shows. Truly are you insane???? Even though I live in a remote area I pay for the internet to get these two shows when they can not tune in… Recheck you stats… I watch them even in the evening after they air because of being in the remote area… I am outraged.. You are letting your sponsers down just the same, not to mention the fans… You are making a huge stratigic finanical meltdown… AS these two shows are what are keeping viewers faithfull to ABC. Stayhome moms, wifes, husbands, will no longer will be tuning to ABC if you … Do you realize that the fact of your ratings is because of all the reality TV shows??? YOU have lost sight of faithful follwers to ABC. Let me tell you, in most people our lives evolve around GMA, AMC, and OTL. Reality shows are for the evening hours, daytime is OUR time… I am so angry!!! I can not believe that you would even remotly consider this to be a reality to get rid of these shows.. I will boy cot ABC if you do so and I will encourage others to do the same. Seriously, these women and men we have watched grow and evolve as our own families.. You are not out here, listening to as even my young adult children walk in as I am watching one of these and they get locked in again… Their comments are, “OMG, I used to watch this with my mom so what is happening with …….. and then they wait to sit and watch the next one.” Of course later they can not believe they actually got caught up in it for two hours. Why is that???? Because even though it is a daytime soap, they are familiar with the names and faces.. Like old relatives they catch up… which means they are the future return viewers of your network… Todays times are hard enough, please do not take away something that is so familar in our lives… Our hearts break when those we have grown with have passed on and real tears fall, real hearts break, and for many these people are OUR family… How dare you take families away… I am just so angry right now to find this is real… Not to mention those who have been faith through the years to remain on your show.. Shame on you… they never gave up on you.. they showed up for their jobs and filled all the homes across the US and even abroad total dedication not to mention dedicating their LIVES for you… NOW you kick all them to the curb… ARE YOU INSANE and so heartless to not only the viewers but to them as well… Yeah angry I am… Because you are changing my life and the lives of millions of others and cast without our consent. Who died and made you king… You are to listen to your viewers… What are the stats on reality shows??? Not long!!! then you have to scrape and find an other failed season. HUGE> HUGE>>> MISTAKE>>>

  25. Mellisa Duncan

    April 16, 2011 at 7:56 am

    I work full-time and can’t wait to get home to my DVR to see what happened on my favorite shows. I have watched All My Children since I came home from half day kindergarten when it first started. One Life To Live is the most interesting these days. The story lines help me to escape from reality if only for a while. I will not watch ABC anymore, right now the only other thing I watch is Dancing with the Stars. I CAN live without it and besides its seasonal. I guess I will give up my DVR because soaps are really the only reason I use it. I hope between now and September there is a change. Susan Lucci began when she was only 15. She is ” All My Children”. Maybe this summer kids will be out of school and the two soaps can come up with a wonderful storyline like General Hospital did in the 1980’s that got me hooked as a teen. Have something really exciting happen with Star and another character that will keep them hooked. All my Children could bring in someone like when Erica was a teen with all her young boys….There are enough of us that we can fight for these shows. But, lets get these teens into them this summer that’s the only way to keep them around. Just think I’m 46 and still a GH fan…..just NOT as much as I am of the other two!!!!!!!

  26. Elaine

    April 16, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Why put cooking shows on TV in the afternoon? When all you have to do is watch the cooking channel, and the food network, not fair to the people that watch theses shows. I am tired of the networks telling us what we want to watch!

  27. Joe

    April 16, 2011 at 10:01 am

    I just do not understand what is going on. First you lost the Monday Night football, now you are getting rid of the Soaps. Whats next? I will stop watching ABC totally, because NBC, & CBS have better shows anyway. This just makes me mad. The networks think reality, and talk show are fun to watch it is like putting a knife in my side. Tired of them!!!!!!!!! Don’t you understand there will be more then just me that will stop watching ABC.

  28. Sandy

    April 16, 2011 at 10:03 am

    I just read what Joe wrote and i agree totally

  29. Lisa

    April 16, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Just a Note to the networks. If you cancel All My Children and One Life To Live, how many people will you put out of work from the cancellation of these 2 shows. Times are hard enough stop thinking of the bottom line and think to all the stage people and actors and camera people that is just a few to mention. What is wrong with you people. As part of the people I am very upset with ABC.

  30. Meghan

    April 16, 2011 at 11:45 am

    VERY PISSED!!!!!!!!!!!! I have been watching these shows with my mother my entire life…then started taking care of a handicapped woman that can’t get out of bed and watch them with her every day as well…OLTL is part of my daily routine…and as others said what about dvr? how many people honestly record them and watch them later…apparently noone takes modern technology into consideration…

  31. Debra Morton

    April 16, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    I think this decision is outrageously stupid. These are the two best soap operas on tv. Who wants another cooking show on? I can look in a cookbook if I want to learn how to cook something different and I sure don’t need anybody showing me how to dress. I will dress the way I want to, not how someone else thinks I need to dress. I will never watch ANYTHING on ABC again.

  32. TESS

    April 16, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    What is going on, ABC??? In light of recent news, I am deeming ABC as “Already Been Cancelled” from my viewing. Thanks Brian Fons….way to run an organization into the ground.

  33. plat28

    April 16, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    this really really sucks now what

  34. Crystal J

    April 16, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    This has got to be the best publicity stunt ever to improve ratings. Surely they can’t be serious. This to me is equivalent to the President making an announcement that we are about to have war on American soil. ARE YOU CRAZY!!!, who is in charge at ABC. I will boycott as well. I barely watch ABC with the exception of the stories. I am a hard working woman with very little Drama in my life which is why I DVR the stories for a little craziness in my life before I go to bed. Ending my shows means I may have to live more recklessly. And who in their right mind would think we would watch food shows over the SOAPS. I would suggest that you change the order making it One life to live, All my children, and then General Hospital. Oh and your considering leaving General Hospital on over the other 2 shows. I think you need to be drug screened because surely you are not rational. I lost faith in ABC when you took off Politically incorrect all those years and I have been really trying my best to come back, but if you do this stick a fork in me I AM DONE!!!!!


    April 16, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Crystal is my wife and you are about to send my wife into withdrawals and ruin my marriage. Even when my grand daughter was 2 years old she would wait for my wife to get home from work at night and say grandma lets go see what happened to Todd. Seriously who’s sleeping at the wheel? They need to be fired, drug tested or both. Even I love Vicky, Jessica, Tess, and Nicky, the whole DID thing. My wife is all of them wrapped in one.We have watched them for so many years , if you need new writers the Johnson’s are your clan.

  36. One Less ABC Viewer

    April 16, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    Obviously, DVR viewers (WORKING MOMS & WOMEN) mean nothing to this network!!! WOW, I have been watching AMC all my life and even my 3 daughters know all of the characters by name. It is truly becoming a sad world when network executives think that reality and talk shows are what people want. For goodness sake, I even stopped DVRing Oprah, because I just have no energy to watch people sit in chairs and run their mouth with their opinions or sad life stories. I want to be taken away into a make believe world with characters that entertain me. This is the last straw for me with this network. The one an only bonus of this decision, is that I gain back 5 hours of my life a week. Gotta go with the cup half full. Can not wait to read the article about how LOW your ratings are on your replacement shows.

    SAD, SAD, SAD ~~~ Tad, I will miss you the most! Always, made me laugh, regardless of how ridiculous the situation was. Truly a talented cast as a whole. God bless you all.

    WOW, my parting words are that I am sad and WOW. I truly hope that the cast finds fabulous work on OTHER NETWORKS. ABANDON the sinking ship called ABC.

  37. Mark

    April 17, 2011 at 11:07 am

    I have read all the answers people wrote. I do agree with all of them, this is tragic and the CEO do not know what the people want. I DVR all of the ABC soaps, let me tell you GH is getting boring because you keep reusing old story lines. I just want my SOAPS back so i can relax after a hard day at work.

  38. Anonymous

    April 17, 2011 at 11:54 am

    i have been watching both theses shows for over 33 years. u people dont know what u r doing. u should think long and hard before u make thid mistake.

  39. Anonymous

    April 17, 2011 at 11:56 am

    I have been watching both theses shows for over 33 years. U people dont know what u r doing. Ushould think long and hard before u make this mistake.

  40. kiss my ass abc

    April 17, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    first the recession then the gas now the two best soaps ever what next please reconsider…………

  41. §heena

    April 18, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    I have NEVER been more upset!!!! The reason why they are cancelling the two soaps is to get more “younger viewers”….what the fack is that supposed to mean? I’m 26 and I hardly ever miss a show, I love both of these soaps….oh and if 26 is too old, I watched these soaps with my Mom ever since I was a baby I remember a lot of the old episodes

    Oh and cooking shows? Yah good luck finding such loyal viewers for that crap…don’t they realize that there is cookbooks, youtube, and websites such as who provide all cooking needs. Cooking shows only appeal to a small majority whereas soaps appeal to almost all women….

    You ABC people are idiots….do you not realize that maybe your viewers dropped because you stopped promoting…remember “ABC’s Fun in the Sun”? and other various public events you used to have…? Yah I wonder how much it’ll cost to promote these cooking shows just to launch it?

    Maybe us “old” viewers should protest by cutting out ABC altogether? It would serve you right!

  42. ohno

    April 20, 2011 at 10:34 am

    He thinks ratings are bad from these shows? Wait to see how bad they will be with cooking shows. He only has to pay salaries for one star not a cast and that’s probably the main reason they are being cancelled.

  43. Lisa

    April 20, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    I am very upset by the cancellation of these shows. They have been on for years and they are part of daytime television. Who in the world would want to take these shows off to put on ANOTHER cooking show and some other INFORMATIVE show. that is what the internet is for…. I won’t be watching ABC at all once these shows are taken off the air……………

  44. Linda

    April 20, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    This has got to be the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard! I’ve been watching OLTL for 30 years and live it. Please leave our soaps alone! I watch TV to escape all the crap in this world. We are already. Bombarded with reality shows and if you want to see food shows watch food network 24/7. Wake up and give us what we want!!!!!!!!

  45. AMANDA

    April 23, 2011 at 8:56 pm


  46. Alyssa

    April 25, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Did anyone ever think that maybe ratings have dropped because more people are working between the hours of 7am and 6pm, making it difficult for people to watch tv. I know, as one of these people, I record the shows and watch them later at night when I have time. I will not be recording a cooking and lifestyle show however to watch in my free time.

  47. Monica

    April 26, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    I find it disturbing this man says “food” shows will bring more revenue lol. Sorry where r u getting that at. ABC, bad move on ur part. My family and I will be boycotting ABC from September on. This is such a shame, and lots of fans from many years will be devistated. Doesnt that account for anything at all?With all the dedicated viewers, another network should adopt these two soap operas, raise their ratings and give them a shot. Better than most the junk that’s on tv right now. My DVR has been set to record these shows for as long as I can remember.

  48. Melodi Riley

    April 28, 2011 at 8:10 am

    I agree with all the above,a lot of us are working at this time so we dvr the programs or tape them.
    When the soaps are gone you can have your ABC.

  49. Sherry

    April 28, 2011 at 8:13 am

    You crazy bastards,now we have nothing.

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