HomeTVAll My ChildrenBREAKING NEWS: ABC Cancels One Life to Live and All My Children; Replacing Iconic Sudsers With The Chew and The Revolution Jamey Giddens April 14, 2011 All My Children, General Hospital, One Life to Live 165 Comments Well folks, we tried. ABC Daytime has finally released the following statement confirming they are in fact cancelling both All My Children and One Life to Live. If you recall, I reported in February 2011 ABC would be making major decision about it's lineup this April, possibly canceling a soap opera. On April 1, TV Guide's Michael Logan revealed that ABC would likely cancel both AMC and OLTL. According to a press release, All My Children will wrap this September 2011, to be replaced by cooking talk show The Chew. One Life to Live will go off in January of 2012, to be replaced by a weight loss competition called The Revolution. Well, at least they finally told the truth. See the full 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. 165 Responses Smitty April 14, 2011 Sad day for soap fans…. where there is smoke there is fire…. Good Luck to the cast and crew of both shows! Log in to Reply ghaddict April 14, 2011 I’m SPEECHLESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Log in to Reply chelsea13 April 14, 2011 OMG! I am speechless and incredibly sad. I can’t believe it. I feel the tears coming for not the shows but all of people who lose their jobs and legacy that will from this. OMG. I can’t even get onto Twitter now, it must have crashed from the news. Log in to Reply samanthadelayed April 14, 2011 I am strangely calm right now… expect my head to explode in about an hour…. Log in to Reply kintex April 14, 2011 Damn this is sad. I thought they would cancel one but not both at the same time. Good luck to the cast and crew. Log in to Reply Belinda April 14, 2011 That SUCKS! Log in to Reply Columbus April 14, 2011 I wish that I could say that I am surprised but I am not. As soon as Michael Logan and Nikki Finke reported that one or both soaps would go, I knew it was imminent. Very sad day for all of us who grew up with the soap genre and loved these shows – and the ones which have already been canceled – for so many years. I feel terrible for the casts and crews of both shows – many of whom worked at their respective show for decades. Log in to Reply miamibeachguy April 14, 2011 This is such tragic news but not unexpected. I am so sad for the talented cast and crew and all of the fans. This is a terrible day in the history of daytime dramas and I think these new shows will tank. (I certainly will NEVER watch them.) Log in to Reply thekev1042 April 14, 2011 Who the hell have they hired to do their research. Who gives a shit about cooking shows or weight loss shows…The biggest loser is successful cause its on at night. So you cut popular shows for this crap! because this what you THINK viewers want to see. Why didn’t you cut oprah loose 25 years ago! This is complete and utter bullshit and protests are needed! Log in to Reply alstonboy4315 April 14, 2011 Gosh, I feel sick to my stomach!! This is so mind-boggling unnecessary and sad!! My heart breaks as I write this. First my GL and ATWT and now AMC and OLTL. My grandmother and aunts have been watching both of these shows since their inception. I honestly am speechless and sickened by this turn of events. I can’t even really talk about it any further right now…………… Log in to Reply samIShot April 14, 2011 and ABC continues to watch ratings fall into the toilet. WIth GH absolutely sucking, and these two new shows, Oprah gone, etc, wouldnt be surprised is ABC as a station folds. Log in to Reply podcastjunkie April 14, 2011 WOW, I saw it coming though because the D.C. crew already told us. I am however surprised that they cancelled both at once. Yep, we’re slowly continuing to watch this industry die. Good Luck to the actors on both shows finding jobs elsewhere. Log in to Reply samanthadelayed April 14, 2011 #OLTL, One Life and Erica Kane are all trending on Twitter right now. Log in to Reply alstonboy4315 April 14, 2011 And I hope these REDONKULOUS shows CRASH AND BURN!! If they are as utterly ridiculous-sounding as their names, they won’t stand a chance!!!! UGH!!!!!! Where’s my barf bucket?????!! Log in to Reply matealestlmo April 14, 2011 All I can say is WOW! Log in to Reply tylerbo20 April 14, 2011 thats terrible news never watched either but im sad for the fans… Log in to Reply AlistairCrane April 14, 2011 So sad. I may as well watch OLTL till the bitter end. Log in to Reply appleridge April 14, 2011 These shows sound dumb and so stupidly put together Cant Wait For The Podcast On This So Pissed Will Write More later Log in to Reply Luke April 14, 2011 Really a sad day…..my only hope is that from here on out, we no long have Frons the Meddler to worry about. For the last 5 and 9 months, if we can have shades of our old shows back, I would be in heaven Log in to Reply beansmorgan April 14, 2011 Very sad news. I feel a little better knowing that the shows scheduled to replace them actually sound rather intriguing, and in all honesty, would probably receive a wider audience. Thank god we aren’t losing these shows for a Tori Spelling show. For me at least it tempers the pain knowing that this was through-and-through a business decision, and money-wise I guess it makes sense. But that is not to say that people shouldn’t be heartbroken right now. Log in to Reply Arsanat April 14, 2011 Not surprised. The groupthink at the big three networks is slowly killing them. The only thing they care about is trying to squeeze as much revenue as possible from programming. The glory days when there were only 3 networks to choose from are gone. That is the problem with the networks. They have refused to adjust their mentality to the new reality. So they chase fads–like reality tv, and trot out the tried and true–the talk show–hoping that will do the trick instead of re-thinking how the consumer today actually watches tv. Most people record their shows whether they’re on primetime or daytime so the line between those types of programming really doesn’t exist anymore. With 200 channels to choose from the Networks cannot be all things to all people. They need to pick an identity and stick with it. One way you do that is through unique programming. What’s more unique than the soap opera? Someone at the Big Three decided soaps were no longer “profitable”, which is a lie. Go talk to the folks at Univision and Telemundo airing telenovelas. The problem is they don’t make as much money as they did in the 1980s. Why? Changes in viewing, technology, and the complete inanity of the writing has driven people away. Do they really think the talk show they’re replacing OLTL with is going to help the overall health of ABC? They younger demographic they like to chase does not watch talk shows. So even if the ratings share remains the same (as in the case of The Talk, which replaced ATWT at CBS) they’re not increasing audience share. They’re not enticing new viewers. I would like to suggest that someone put together a syndicate to buy two soaps, produce them in Austin, TX (which has the facilities, much lower production costs, and tax credits available) and sell them to a network like the CW, which can’t really compete with the Big Three in daytime right now (because they’ve got crap programming). Log in to Reply sunnydays25 April 14, 2011 I hope to hell these stupid replacement shows crash on impact and Frons loses his cushy job at ABC! He is a foolish, shortsighted dimwit who has taken the ratings of The View and used them as an excuse to wipe out 2/3 of the soaps on his network for a stupid cooking show and another “talk show” type of show. I certainly don’t want any more actors and crew out of work, but the day Fronsie’s beloved GH is canned, too, is the dance I dance for joy!! They had best bring their A game when closing out these iconic shows…because a total boycott of ABC shows by furious viewers is the storm cloud I see brewing on the horizon. Best wishes and good luck to the cast and crew of these 2 shows Log in to Reply Dueler312 April 14, 2011 I’m not going for this. I’m want them to change their mind right now, because this is the stupidest mistake they had made ever. Log in to Reply samIShot April 14, 2011 Would be nice if another station picked it up. This is sickening, moreso because GH has become completely unwatchable. I hung in there with GH for 15 years all the way until about 2 weeks ago, and now it is building up space on my unwatched DVR. Log in to Reply Lana April 14, 2011 This is so incredibly sad. That leaves only 4 soaps on the air. The explanation given makes no sense to me whatsoever. Sad, sad day for the soap opera community. My heart goes out to all the actors, crew and staff who will be losing your jobs because of this. Brian Frons SUCKS!!! Log in to Reply Aviad April 14, 2011 Crap. Can’t believe it. Log in to Reply cheryl85 April 14, 2011 My heart breaks for all us soap fans now. I didn’t expect both to be gone now it has happened. Log in to Reply Coffee_Junkie April 14, 2011 Replacing two classic soaps with shows about FOOD?!?!? REALLY, ABC?? REALLY?!?!?!?!?! Log in to Reply samIShot April 14, 2011 Replacing two classic soaps with shows about FOOD?!?!? REALLY, ABC?? REALLY?!?!?!?!?! __ And weightloss. Because nothing someone on the couch at 1 and 2pm care about more than weight loss. Idiots. Log in to Reply Blackjaxs April 14, 2011 There is a definite numbness that I am feeling. I have watched both of these shows since I was a little kid. The late 80s-early 90s were phenomenal for both programs, while the last 15 years have been widely uneven. I still maintained a hope that they would get back to what made them work while staying relevant. Even when I stopped watching because of lousy writing, I always felt like I still had the option to watch when things got better. I’m really sadend by the short amount of time that AMC will have to wrap, September is so soon! Glad that LB will be there to help with that, and while RC has driven me crazy since that Rapemance, I know he has the chops to give OLTL a great send-off. My thoughts and prayers are with the cast and crew. Log in to Reply GHteenybopper April 14, 2011 I know some may say I’m crazy and these are just shows, but I honestly cried when I went on twitter and saw OLTL trending because it was cancelled. I’m so appalled, why can’t some other network pick up one or even both these shows. I’m in complete shock, I can’t believe this. I will never watch whatever crap shows they put on to replace these iconic shows EVER! Log in to Reply JasamForever April 14, 2011 Wow. I am stunned that they actually canceled both shows. I never watched OLTL and only watched AMC for 3 months for JR and Annie. This is really not on Frons’s head in my opinion, he is only following orders from the higher ups. Soaps are just not a lucrative business anymore. Like I have said before, I give GH and all other remaining soaps 5 years at best. Log in to Reply samIShot April 14, 2011 The rate GH is going, they will have much less than 5 years. What a terrible show they have put on the last few months. Log in to Reply Mione134 April 14, 2011 I can’t even fathom this. I have no words…or appropriate words to write on here. Log in to Reply LizzieVee April 14, 2011 Bastards! Another friggin cooking and weight loss show? Don’t they have other places to put them? They have to put them on daytime? What a crock! Log in to Reply lannes314 April 14, 2011 Okay. I’ve never posted here before, even though I love the site and the podcast. But this is just too much! I grew up watching these shows with my grandmother and to think they’ll no longer be around is beyond sad. Not to play favorites, but AMC is still kind of a mess. But OLTL? It’s the best soap on right now! Last week’s scenes on the roof with Shane/Gigi/Rex broke my heart, and the promise of Roger Howarth coming back still has me psyched. But now it’s all so bittersweet. Brian Frons is a short-sighted moron. How dare he even breathe the name Agnes Nixon! Log in to Reply GHFan777 April 14, 2011 I am heartbroken. I grew up watching these shows. I feel like they just stole something precious from me. Log in to Reply harlee490 April 14, 2011 OMG, I simply stunned at the fact that ABC did go ahead and cancel both soaps!! OK, I figured one would be cancelled, does Frons truly think fans of either soap will truly tune in to see this garbage? My warmest & sincere thoughts are with the LOOOOOONG time viewer of ABC soaps, because their heads are probably spinning out of control. You feel it tremendously, it a heartache when this happens to longtime fans and your favorite soap is gone. At least CBS waited a year apart and not slam the CBS’s fans with a double whammy with GL and ATWT. So GH could be gone by Sept 2012 if Frons has his way. The shape that GH is in and not everyone follows GH, because OL and AMC relatively have the same ratings. This could lead to ABC backlash for their daypart for years and cause more problems long term down the road. Well, Y&R will be the last one I am viewing, because I view Y&R, AMC, and OL but honestly I haven’t lately because of Tess. :(( Log in to Reply jlafferty23 April 14, 2011 I am so heartbroken right now. I can’t believe Anne Sweeney allowed this bull s**t!! Brian Frons needs to go, he basically just said a big FU to all the fans, and you know what FU too Brian Frons. He just killed two soaps for what? For a cooking show? Like really? UGHH. I’m scared for General Hospital, I say we need to do everything to keep that show on the air. There are only 4 soaps on the air now… Log in to Reply alyssa21 April 14, 2011 This is such a sad day. I don’t know where they got their information, but if they honestly believe that those ridiculous new shows could ever receive the loyal viewership that OLTL and AMC did, they are crazy. OLTL is the best show on ABC daytime. This upsets me beyond words. Log in to Reply THEBEST April 14, 2011 This blows my mind…GH is next. 2yrs, my ass. Log in to Reply Jenny April 14, 2011 Wow! I was expecting one to be cancelled but both of them?! At the same time?! I just….I can’t. Log in to Reply EricasEvilTwin April 14, 2011 Still wrapping my head around this. Was resigned to amc ending, but not oltl as well. I hope we do get endings that honor the fans – iconic characters returning, soapy yet happy endings for the various families etc. etc. I cant imagine what this means for GH. Log in to Reply stefanstavros April 14, 2011 Well….I can’t really dwell on AMC because it has gone down the drain a long time ago..BUT OLTL! How ridiculous!!!! They’ve stayed on budget and have such quality writing and storylines! WOW Very upset about One Life To Live!! So what we have to do is boycott the replacement shows BIG TIME! Make Frons look like a failure…I recommend writing to all/any media publications or just newspapers that have editorial sections and protesting the end of OLTL! You know we guys could make a change if we really try….. Log in to Reply Thomas April 14, 2011 I grew up on OLTL with the days of Peabo Bryson singing The Opening which is still one of my favorites and still is , andhe did make apperance you can view it hear http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pt4ZEt8vbVc. I’m sorry for The Casts and Crew who were hard working I just when his two show fail and they will hopefully upper brass over Anne Sweeney will get rid of her and Frons. Log in to Reply Silver44 April 14, 2011 Sad but not surprised. I feel for all the actors, writers and crew. Log in to Reply tamcin April 14, 2011 Susan should have written her book AFTER this! Damn ABC! My heart goes out to Frank Valentini, Ron Carlavatti, Susan Lucci, Erika Slezak and the other BRILLIANT people who love this industry and gave it their all over the last few years. A curse on Brian Frons, Julie Hannan Craputhers, Megan McTrashish and the rest who helped put these shows in the grave. Shame on you! Log in to Reply beans4metoo April 14, 2011 This is so incredibly sad it has me in tears. Shame on ABC for stepping all over fans, the hardworking cast & crew and the incredible Agnes Nixon. Where exactly does ABC think its ratings would’ve been for the past 40+ years without Agnes Nixon? And for that moron Frons to say that the shows will conclude in a way that respects their legacy, that is BULL SHYTE b/c if ABC or Frons RESPECTED their legacy, they wouldn’t have A- canceled them to begin with, B- canceled two at the same time and C- have been LYING about us to it for months. And I have to say that I have lost some respect for the various AMC actors who have recently come out and said it “is all rumors”. UNLESS they didn’t know but I have a hard time believing that since the DC gang, Michael Logan and RavenBeauty all knew. Way for the actors to be upfront with the fans that have MADE THEIR CAREERS huh? And I’m not even playing into the this station should pick them up game b/c I heard ALL THAT when GL and ATWT were cancelled and it was fruitless. This truly depresses me. I will watch both up until the final episode. I really hope TPTB can get IT TOGETHER to resolve storylines and wrap things up. How about here’s a clue to AMC and OLTL writers? Forget the newbies, budgets and ratings and SHOW US OUR VETS and WRAP UP OUR STORIES before you go off the air! Log in to Reply Greeneb2 April 14, 2011 I am truly PISSED OFF beyond all reason! |( Log in to Reply Luke April 14, 2011 GH won’t last past 2012. I’m hearing rumors AS would have cancelled all three if she had her way, so I can’t see them going past next year Log in to Reply liblad April 14, 2011 This news is devastating. Log in to Reply samanthadelayed April 14, 2011 I hope we get something good to go out on! I know Roger Howarth is coming back, but I want some guest spots by our old favorites! I want Cord, Tina, DR. Larry Wolek, LOTS OF DAVID VICKERS, Max, Herb Callison, KEVIN, Cassie, River, Andrew, Jenny, Karen, Carlo …etc… ABC owes us a blow out! Log in to Reply samIShot April 14, 2011 who gives a crap about GH? This is partly on them. They are over budget with the smallest cast, and only really use 4 characters anyway, no history, bad writing, couldnt care less about what their viewers want. Truthfully, GH should have gone off the air, not OLTL… Log in to Reply Daniel St. John April 14, 2011 I find it absolutely amazing that ABC thinks anyone is going to watch either of these shows. Call me crazy but if i want to watch a show about cooking I’ll tune into the Food Network or Top Chef and if I want to see people losing weight there are nearly a billion of those shows on TV right now from Ruby to Biggest Loser. And the view is only what it is right now because of the controversy that is generated from the hosts; no one watches the View for lifestyle tips or to see something transformative. People watch the View for one reason: to see those hens all clucking at one another and their guests. Log in to Reply JAQ April 14, 2011 WOW. :O OMG. :O I was waking up from a nap and they announced on the News. Very disapointed. Been with OLTL since the beginning. I question WHY GH is staying and NOT OLTL?? I hope someone has the good sense, to hire some of the head writers from OLTL. Then GH may have a chance. Log in to Reply lfad April 14, 2011 I’m not surprised, all the reports from here and other sources has softened the blow a bit, but my heart is still breaking. I will really miss AMC. I’ll miss tuning in and turning the channel to my local ABC affiliate at noon central time and seeing some familiar faces when I’m on break from the show. I want to see my man Adam Chandler one more time before the end. I hate, hate, hate how all the stars of AMC, especially Ms. Lucci, went out there to assure the fans that it wasn’t going to be cancelled. I don’t blame them and it’s the nature of the business, but still I hate that it was allowed. Log in to Reply appleridge April 14, 2011 This Is NOT GH’s Fault & We Should Not Be Attacking The Actors Or Crew At GH Log in to Reply arielade April 14, 2011 Noooooooo…….. I stopped watching both soaps a while back, but I’m devastated for the genre :(( Log in to Reply JAQ April 14, 2011 [quote=Luke]GH won’t last past 2012. I’m hearing rumors AS would have cancelled all three if she had her way, so I can’t see them going past next year[/quote] I completely agree with you Luke. Like I stated in another post, maybe the head writers from OLTL will go to GH?? That is the only hope there is. Log in to Reply applecherry April 14, 2011 I only watch 3 soap and two of them were canceled today…..sad … Thank god my 3rd soap is Y& R …The #1 SOAP IN DAYTIME & Thank god it on CBS…. or else ABC would have canceled it also. Log in to Reply watchingallday April 14, 2011 This is devastating! I want someone to explain to me like I am slow how these idiots think this is the right move to make. In 5 years when the economy has rebounded, The Chew(WTF kind of name for a show is that) and The Revolution(Seriously?) have been off the air for almost 4 years, WTF is abc going to have to air in the daytime that has the loyal support, devotion, and viewership of at least 2.5 million people 5 days a week? Instead of taking steps to make them economically viable, going to a half hour, more product integration, salary cuts, etc., they cut BOTH shows that have meant so much to so many people for 5 decades. Brian Frons needs to be unemployed just like the hundreds who he has caused to be so with his arrogance. Log in to Reply RoseNylund April 14, 2011 This is devastating. I kind of knew AMC was a goner, as sad as it is. But it is complete BS that OLTL was cancelled!! They CONSISTENTLY run under budget! And the two new replacement shows are a cooking show and weight loss show??? WOW SO FREAKIN CREATIVE!! My heart breaks for the cast and crews : (. Log in to Reply DisillusionedGHfan April 14, 2011 General Hospital won’t be far behind. It’s ratings won’t increase because of the loss of AMC or OLTL. TPTB will continue allowing Guza to do the job he’s doing so well, which is make GH so unwatchable, that when the time comes they do cancel it, you – won’t – care. MARK MY WORDS! GH will be let go once the changes in daytime prove to be $$$ makers. and the FOOD NETWORK and HGTV make money hand over fist w/ their programming, so why not move it to daytime at a fraction of the cost? *sigh* Log in to Reply mipeony April 14, 2011 I seriously thought AMC was going to be cancelled and that OLTL would continue on. Oh no, not my OLTL… I grew up with OLTL and Erika Slezak. Oh my. Log in to Reply jockteen10 April 14, 2011 I am speechless and disgusted. I don’t know if I should cry or yell at the top of my lungs. Two legendary soaps cancelled so that a cooking show and a weight loss show can replace them. REALLY???? How stupid can they be? GH probably won’t be far behind. Log in to Reply westkid April 14, 2011 No i just got a dvr so i could watch… man .. and amc was just getting good Log in to Reply rskuggs April 14, 2011 This is just the beginning. There is an absolute WAR being waged against TALENT in this country. We seem to be watching the downfall of entertainment with each passing day. We are losing The entire Soap Genre,soon to be followed by the sitcom and any quality scripted dramas,all due to the fact that Millions of people,seemed to be enthralled by the antics of countless attention whores,with no talent,skill or dignity. Week in and week out ,we watch these talentless idiots,elevate themselves into household names,while many talented actors,writers and directors are forced to seek an outlet for their creative abilities.We have show after show,following the same tired format,Real Housewives of Insert name here,Singing competitions galore,strangers living in a house,wannabe no names,who are more notorious than famous and their equally talentless family members can get television shows and people to watch and no one seems to see this poison as both the symptom and disease. Network television SUCKS as much as popular music,because it took on the “anyone can do it”ethos,and totally turned away from those who are actually TALENTED! Thank God for HBO,SHOWTIME,FX,and USA Network. Log in to Reply edenpark April 14, 2011 I can’t believe that there are not even trying to do this in several steps. Try your “The Chew” instead of AMC, look at the mess it is (even if I must confess that I adore Carla Hall from Top Chef and I think that it is bright catch…), then realize it was a mistake and replace it by the “Revolution”, realize it was another mistake and replace it by a reality show about a group of pingouins living at the Pole… BUT DON’T SCREW UP TWO TIME SLOTS AND TWO SOAPS!!! OLTL IS THE BEST ABC SOAP BY FAR. So the conclusion of this is explode your budget, lose more viewers in percentage in the past 18 months than OLTL (who was always under budget) and you will be saved. WOW Poor OLTL. So NOT deserved. And GH won’t be far behind because LET ME BET THAT FRONS IS GOING TO SEND TO GH RYAN, KENDALL AND GREENLEE (and perhaps Angie and Jesse for diversity, and La Kane because she looks like a fool now for having screamed on all the roofs of the US that AMC would NOT be cancelled). Which means that they are going to ruin GH even more and get rid of more characters that we love to find room for Frons pets at AMC (and then OLTL… let me guess, put back Michael Easton and Kelly Monaco together, pair Natalie and Dante…). I predict a HOT MESS. Genie Francis you were SO BRIGHT to go to Y&R and spit on Frons and Guza’s faces… Log in to Reply arielade April 14, 2011 It’s all Snooki’s fault! Well, actually, MTV had the very first reality show WAY back in the day with the first Real World, and people have been captivated ever since. Why pay actors and writers when Snooki et al puking in the bushes gets more advertising and viewers?? :’-( Log in to Reply Syren2020 April 14, 2011 [quote=Coffee_Junkie]Replacing two classic soaps with shows about FOOD?!?!? REALLY, ABC?? REALLY?!?!?!?!?![/quote] [quote=samIShot]And weightloss. Because nothing someone on the couch at 1 and 2pm care about more than weight loss. Idiots.[/quote] Yeah, just what I was thinking. Yes, Brian train your viewers in your desired demographic to cook but how to stay slim because you are a big old MISOGYNIST. From the man who once said that the daytime viewers weren’t interested in seeing middle-aged women on tv. His attitude speaks volumes. I feel so bad for the people behind the scenes and the actors. This is another sucker punch to an industry that is already flat on it’s back. I truly dislike Brian Frons. Log in to Reply luverica April 14, 2011 What stefanstavros said. I think the key to all of us getting the last laugh is to boycott big time with the ultimate result being the downfall of Brian Frons. Log in to Reply Angie Lucy April 14, 2011 Even though I’ve been expecting it (more so for AMC), I’m still hurt. In fact, I’m surprised by just how hurt I am. I grew up on these shows. There are no words. No good ones, anyway. Log in to Reply Dariclone April 14, 2011 I”m still in shock about this. I honestly can’t begin to grasp witout AMC and OLTL. [I’m do glad the wonderful foks here, hooked me on OLTL, even though it is going off the air! :} These shiws have long rich histories with characters like Viki and Erica. Even when I didn’t watch many soaps I kept up with them through the magazines. *When* these shows crash and burn and they *will,* watch them bring soaps back again but they’ll be a different format and not our shows! Log in to Reply ghalltheway April 14, 2011 This is a very sad day indeed. I am deeply saddened by this. I have watch soaps all my life. There are only two that I have have never watched in my 25 years of life on this planet. First I watched Another World then Sunset Beach, Passions, Guilding Light and now All My Children. (As the World Turns & One Life to Live are two I have never watched) It makes me so sad to see my soaps disapearing! Log in to Reply soapbaby April 14, 2011 This is very sad, though not shocked. I only hope that in the short amount of time AMC and OLTL have to wrap up their 40+ histories they are able to do justice to their fans unlike ATWT and GL (both of those shows had more time after cancellation announcements and failed miserably in delivering quality send-offs.) I am sad. OLTL was the first soap I chose to watch as I was raised watching Days Of Our Lives, Another World and Santa Barbara. I remember being captivated by Tina Lord and staying for Megan Gordon, Gabrielle Medina, Max Holden and The Buchanans. Ohh, Peabo Bryson serenading one of television’s best theme songs. Okay, now I am teary-eyed. Highly upset that these shows are being replaced by “reality” shows. Does anyone need more “reality” tv? I know it is too much to take in but what does this mean for this site? This blog has been a highlight of my day for months now. I truly adore the contributors. Thank you. Log in to Reply Angie Lucy April 14, 2011 I want Dixie back now! I don’t care if they have to do the dumbest resurrection story since Stavros Cassadine. I don’t care if she has to climb out of the grave like Carrie. Bring back Dixie Cooney Martin! Bring them all back. I don’t care about his off-screen habits, give us the real Dimitri. Adam and Brooke, come home with Stuart, who you found in a coma in France. Angie and Jesse, your baby’s not dead. Bobby Martin, come show us your skis, honey. Give us a view of heaven so we can see that Julia and Noah are back together. Gillian and Leo, come get your playmates. I don’t care about logic anymore, I just want to see my peeps! And don’t even get me started on the OLTL side–paging Tina Lord Roberts and the fabulous Gannon boys! Log in to Reply tessamg April 14, 2011 I know they have to spin things a certain way in press releases, but telling us this is the type of programming audiences want? F.U. Frons! Sad day but I knew it was coming. If it wasn’t this year it would be next year. I’ll be watching OLTL until the end and I hope they write it off well. Looking forward to communing with the DC gang on the podcast. Your humor and insight will numb the pain a bit. Log in to Reply giogio April 14, 2011 JAMEY I APOLOGISED TO YOU ON THE SUSAN LUCCI INTERVIEW. I WILL NEVER DOUBT YOU AGAIN. LETS ALL START WATCHING DOOL AND YR AND GIVE THEM RATINGS TO KEEP THEM GOING AND FFFFFFF —— ABC Log in to Reply jlafferty23 April 14, 2011 Personally, I think we should be supporting GH as much as possible right now. I am not boycotting ABC. My GH is still on there, and I dont want it canceled… Log in to Reply giogio April 14, 2011 Jlafferty – sorry I FORGOT to put GH in there- im not in the best of form right how Log in to Reply stephanieleo April 14, 2011 No surprise the writing was pretty bad one life to live I have not seen in years and the show became a teenage soap and All my Children was horrible to watch. I am only sad because a lot of people will be out of a job so what left Young and the Restless and General Hospital and Bold and the Beautiful, Days of our live. Soaps is not like it use to be in the 80’s. Log in to Reply LoisKibbee April 14, 2011 I am sorry but I will NEVER watch ABC DAYTIME AGAIN. Brian Frons needs to be smacked right in the face….. Log in to Reply nysam April 14, 2011 Sadly, people aren’t watching and that is why the shows have been cancelled. My friend and I who met as interns at AMC 20 years ago were having lunch today and when we found out we immediately ordered milkshakes to drown our sorrows. We started asking people around us and on the street what they thought of AMC and OLTL being cancelled. Nobody said they currently watched and the younger people (under 30) hadn’t ever watched. Viewers love weight loss programs. Look at the success of them across all networks. Everyone likes to blame Frons, but honestly I blame the bad stories on the shows. How many times do we have to go to the Tess/Bess, Niki/Viki watering hole? How come Erica in 2011 is still written as if she is 30 and not 60? The success of telenovelas and UK shows like CORONATION STREET proves the genre isn’t dead. American producers and writers just need to learn how to appeal to the viewers. Hopefully this happens soon. If not, I’m predicting DAYS gone is 2013, followed by GH, then Y&R in 2014 and BB will be the last one standing. Log in to Reply jlafferty23 April 14, 2011 Brian Frons is an ass! I have been watching OLTL since 1992, and AMC I just started watching a year ago. I love the soap genre, and he basically said FU to all it’s fans. But I REFUSE to give up on GH. I don’t want to hear “Breaking News, ABC Cancels GH” I’m not ready to hear that, just no. There are 4 soaps left now, we MUST support them! Log in to Reply Nat Guy April 14, 2011 This is incredibly sad. After watching OLTL for 22 years I can’t imagine it going off the air. January 2012 seems so soon. I’m heartbroken. Log in to Reply glam_queen April 14, 2011 The news broke and I couldnt even get on this site, so backed up. I am beyond sad. I love OLTL. I will continue to watch and support untill it goes off the air. But when it goes off I will no longer watch ABC there will be no reason for me to. GH is terrible and isnt worth my time anymore. Log in to Reply jlafferty23 April 14, 2011 Greg Rikaart said it best on his twitter “2 soaps gone. Talented peeps lost gigs, but the douchebags of Jersey Shore have job security. WTF is wrong with society’s viewing habits?” PREACH PREACH! And Brandon Beemer said this: “Days of our LIves, GH, Y&R & B&B fans must keep tuning in through thick & thin! We can’t lose any more of our beloved soaps.” Log in to Reply LoisKibbee April 14, 2011 [quote=nysam]Sadly, people aren’t watching and that is why the shows have been cancelled. My friend and I who met as interns at AMC 20 years ago were having lunch today and when we found out we immediately ordered milkshakes to drown our sorrows. We started asking people around us and on the street what they thought of AMC and OLTL being cancelled. Nobody said they currently watched and the younger people (under 30) hadn’t ever watched. Viewers love weight loss programs. Look at the success of them across all networks. We blame Frons because he hired the crappy writers that wrote the crapp…he hired the people who brought the models on the show instead of actors…that’s why many of us blame brian frons…..just saying….. Log in to Reply AHeart4Fiction April 14, 2011 Wow, I feel like someone just knocked the wind out of me. I have been scheduling my classes around and rushing home to catch OLTL for over a year now and to know that it will just be gone. It IS the best soap on ABC and I wish it were staying. Don’t get me wrong I still like GH but is in no way up to par with OL. I just wish all of the actors and crew members on AMC & OLTL the best and I will pray for them. To be out of a job in his economy…I know the feeling b/c it happened to my mother and it is the worst feeling in the world. Log in to Reply keanna April 14, 2011 Just heard the news from Mario Lopez on Extra!!! This is a sad day indeed, now I know how CBS soap fans felt. The fact that they’re not even waiting until this time next year makes me realize that ABC wants to get out of the soap game. I agree with Luke, GH will not be too far behind. I wish the cast and crew at AMC and OLTL all the best!!! This is very sad!!! Log in to Reply Bourgeois Nerd April 14, 2011 All I can say is Damn you, Anne Sweeney! Oh, and FUCK YOU, Brian Frons! Log in to Reply goyankees April 14, 2011 My heart sank when I saw this headline one People Magazines website….I took the day off to springclean, and only went online after Oprah. My heart…sank. I grew up on ABC soaps but in 1996 for some reason, started watching” The Young and The Restless”. I hung onto ABC sporatically. The addition of soapnet made it easier to tune in, especially summertime when all the network shows were in reruns. But then, something happened. Soapnet became soapnot. “AMC” became a stranger to me. I actually hated it. (I will be sensative today and leave my thoughts on Ryan and Greenlee silent ones) Soapnet announced it was going to no longer exist. Alan Quatermaine cluched his chest exiting the Metro Court and died. I was all done. ABC shows would go on without me, I was more than happy with my friends in Genoa City. Today, my heart goes out to Erika Slezak, Robert Woods, Cassie DePaiva and the faaaabulous folks in Llanview. OLTL, imo has aways been excellent. I came to hate Fronz and Co, and would not stand beside them. They don’t respect me, they don’t respect you. Sounds corny, but my thoughts are with the fans of these shows today. We can take a storyline from any era and remember where we were in our own lives. Watching with grade school friends who now live across the country, or a grandparent who is no longer with us. Daytime “execs” don’t give a shit. I wish them nothing but failure in the future. Log in to Reply GAgal28 April 14, 2011 Oh lord… What can I say, not much. When the last episode of my OLTL goes off the air in Jan. of 2012 so will I. No more ABC daytime for me. I will support the actors of OLTL wherever they may go. There are only 2 words that come to my mind about this… sad & disgusted. I mean “they” think that we want to see a cooking show (umm… Food Network) & a weight loss show? NO! Apparently because these types of shows are SO involved in all of our lives they think they have to air them over my soaps (which are a valid tradition of generations of American families passed down from one to another). Why don’t they just show Napping With Nancy, cause napping is a part of most lives too. GMAB! Arrogant, arrogant people. Disgusted! I had to log back in! Look at these vultures here in the comment section. Lord have mercy cause I’m so mad…. People talking about sending Ron & Frank off to the hot mess that is GH & my OLTL hasn’t even been canceled 1 day. SHAME on you. I realize that most people who comment a lot on DC are HUGE GH people, but at least respect us who LOVE OLTL to have at least 1 day to grieve before you go picking over our cast & crew to go this place & that. As disgusted as I am with ABC daytime for canceling my soap, I’m equally disgusted by people sending Ron & Frank off to GH with my soap hot off cancelation. Log in to Reply soapcrazy April 14, 2011 I can’t believe it! What the HELL?????? Fire him! Fire him! Fire him! Fire Brian Frons NOW! No more All My Children? this show (along with Y&R and B&B) was the first soaps I started to watch ever. I hope Frons’ new shows crash and burn before it even airs. I am sorry to the cast and crew at these shows who put years, blood, sweat, tears, and joy into making AMC and OLTL last for these many long years. For the remaining soaps still on the air, I bet the crews and casts feel like their job security no longer exists. I wish them the best of luck though. P.S: I wished Julie Chen had married and had a baby by the owner of ABC like she does at CBS just so she could have gotten Brian Frons fired like she did Barbara Bloom at CBS. Log in to Reply applecherry April 14, 2011 Angie lucy….I’m with you all the way…….i agree if the show is going off air….Do some outrageous plots…I think the that the very last episode should reunite the cast of AMC with the cast of OLTL at the funeral of AGNES NIXON…And they all pay tribute to her….Just a thought. Log in to Reply Mysterio April 14, 2011 Well folks here is my take. My soaps are basically Y/R and GH. BB once in ahwhile and Days. So AMC and OLTL are gone. I feel sad for the actors. At the same time Jamey was right. they are all in trouble and they better make changes starting right now. GH has to get back to the hospital and invest in the veterans they still have access to. That it Bobby/Monica/Mac have to be more relevant. The Mob has to be toned down and the Hospital built up there is not excuse now. Y/R needs to trim its cast and put the vetrens to work. More Paul/Lauren/Micheal/Neil for starters. The next DC is going to be epic and I can’t wait for the Fury of Jamey Gideons to be unleashed. This is going to be a 2 + hour podcast. I wonder how safe the rest are? Log in to Reply SoapFiene4 April 14, 2011 my heart is hurting sooo bad right now…words cannot begin to describe the level of (excuse my language) bullshit this is! smh! ABC is going to suffer HARD!!!!! from this very stupid & ill thought out decision, if they think for one moment that AMC & OLTL fans will watch either of these dumb reality shows or watch GH full time should go ahead & cancel GH & throw both these reality shows down the toilet! i was JUST getting through the GL & ATWT cancellations, now this! i feel so very bad for the all the actors & actresses who have lost their jobs, this makes NO sense at all! i hope ABC crumbles from this! Log in to Reply GHfan-4now April 14, 2011 Wow, I am just, wow. I’ve been bitching on twitter since finding out the news. This is devastating, heartbreaking, disgusting, disturbing, so many words I can’t even THINK of right now! So many talented people out of work! I’m just, I’m truly devastated. I wish the talented actors and actresses and crew the best! They were some truly talented people keeping us entertained day after day after day! My heart goes out to them and their families. Still SMDH over all of it. Log in to Reply llteeej April 14, 2011 I spent a lot of time trying to come up with a clear point with which to comment, but it appears that words are failing me. I have watched AMC for 8 years, which, in comparison to the viewing time of most people, is next to nothing. But, I have grown to love this show (regardless of story line failures, horrid writers, etc.), and to think of something referred to as “The Chew” replacing an Agnes Nixon classic is, in my opinion, so unbelievably absurd that I cannot even begin to truly think about it. When I think of an interesting show, something that I would potentially enjoy watching, names similar to All My Children and One Life To Live are what I envision. They are shows with substance. “The Chew” will likely be chewed up and spit out by viewers of daytime television. It is like demolishing a mansion and building a shack. Simply appalling. If Erica Kane were a real person, she’d be prepping her hand for a multitude of bitch slaps right now. Log in to Reply jlafferty23 April 14, 2011 IMO. Brian Frons has never really cared about these soap operas. Soap fans did EVERYTHING in their power to try to stop this from happening and it was still done, wanna know why? Because the minute DC reported this, ABC already made the decision to cancel these two soaps, they just waited to release a statement. If Brian Frons really cared about these soap operas, he would have done EVERYTHING in HIS power to try and save them so they could make more money for the network. Instead he hired hack after hack for AMC and refused to promote OLTL as much as the other two. He was systemically RUINING them ALL ALONG. Log in to Reply fussy April 14, 2011 call Anne and demand they fire Brian Fronz… Anne Sweeney President, ABC Television ABC Studios 500 South Buena Vista Street Burbank CA 91521 Log in to Reply sassysdreams April 14, 2011 Well I’m not surprised but it is a very sad day indeed!!! I have zero intention of watching a silly cooking show (there are far superior ones on The Food Network) or a stupid weight loss show so this viewer will absolutely be changing the channel. I suspect that 80% of the soap viewers will change the channel as well so why ABC/Disney thinks this move will be profitable is beyond me. I wish Oprah would pick up all three ABC soaps for her OWN network! Right now she has no daytime lineup at all. She shows old movies and reruns of very old shows from other networks. Maybe someone with some connections could put a buzz in her ear about it? Log in to Reply fussy April 14, 2011 Anne Sweeney President, ABC Television ABC Studios 500 South Buena Vista Street Burbank CA 91521 CALL: Anne Sweeney direct office line: 818 460-7700 E-Mail: Anne.x.Sweeney@email.Disney.com Log in to Reply AHeart4Fiction April 14, 2011 I said this before and I’ll say it again, soaps need there own network independent of any basic networks. I mean in what world does the Jersey Shore get more viewings than a soap? It’s a hot mess and that is what I think appeals to people but for them to make $30,000 an episode and for bugdets getting slased left and right for soaps that have been on air for decades… Log in to Reply samanthadelayed April 14, 2011 Robin Strasser has updated her Hotline..making me cry! Log in to Reply jlafferty23 April 14, 2011 Evangeline Vega The Jersey Shore cast actually makes 100 thousand dollars an episode now. They demanded more money. Those asshats are about to make millions and two beloved soaps were just canceled. Dear Lord… Log in to Reply AlexB April 14, 2011 A cooking show?! Last I heard no one was watching Rachel Ray. Here’s an idea, cancel some of those lame ass primetime shows and replace them with that Biggest Loser rip off. Log in to Reply OldGHFan April 14, 2011 I blame Sweeney and Frons. They wanted the soaps gone and let their quality slide. This has been the plan all along. There is a market for quality soaps but ABC didn’t want to do quality. GH is not far behind, IMO. Rest in peace, ABC Daytime. You were THE daytime network for many years until Brian Frons became president. I weep for you. Log in to Reply caogra April 14, 2011 Well how do we known for sure that Sweeney wasn’t involved in this up to her eyeballs. Yes, Frons is a idiot and needs to go, but wouldn’t Sweeney have to give her approval??? Log in to Reply rskuggs April 14, 2011 [quote=Evangeline Vega]I said this before and I’ll say it again, soaps need there own network independent of any basic networks. I mean in what world does the Jersey Shore get more viewings than a soap? It’s a hot mess and that is what I think appeals to people but for them to make $30,000 an episode and for bugdets getting slased left and right for soaps that have been on air for decades…[/quote] It appeals to folks for one basic reason:They think They can do it too! That is the whole essence of Reality TV in a nutshell. people watching people with no talent whatsoever,gives hope to the average person watching,that they too can be on tv.Toss in the fact that they cost next to nothing to produce and that the attention whores on there are willing to humiliate themselves for a nominal fee,and you get Jersey Shore and more train wrecks just like it! Log in to Reply edenpark April 14, 2011 It was leaked at the beginning of Top Chef All Stars that Carla Hall (as well as Fabio from Top Chef also) was said to be negotiating for a new show for months. We know now for which one. That means MONTHS ago. So jllaferty, I think that when Michael Logan leaked the info (proving again how he is the Soap King), all the contracts of these new guys who are going to be part of this joke were already signed or in the final stages. All our calls, letters, mails were for nothing as everything was already wrapped up before Michael Logan leaked it apparently. They were just waiting to the “right moment” to announce it I guess… Log in to Reply luverica April 14, 2011 Check this out. Nelson Branco stated on his site that Robin Strasser heard the news for the first time from him. He just assumed she already knew. WOW! Can Fat-Boy Frons be anymore disrespectful to ABC’s amazing veteran? I mean Susan, Robin, and Erika is the triumvirate Queen Divas of not just ABC Daytime but three Queen Divas of daytime drama in general. Robin deserved better than that. Log in to Reply giogio April 14, 2011 caogra – your right. We really dont know what any of them are made of. As far as Im concerned right now they know where to go and how to get there. (that is they all can go to hell) Log in to Reply jlafferty23 April 14, 2011 The fact that the actors were the last to know, just disgusts me! Log in to Reply ABCJunky73 April 15, 2011 I’m in complete shock. This is a sad day for all daytime veiwers. I’ve watched OLTL my whole life and AMC since the 90’s and this just is to sad. Brian Frons, you are an a$$ and my all the soap gods haunt you for the rest of your life. Log in to Reply Mustangsally April 15, 2011 |( Well ABC can count me out as a viewer when OLTL is over in January. I don’t watch anything else on their network and I don’t watch talk/reality shows! Guess I can save some DVR room soon! All my best wishes to the cast and crew of OLTL. I hope Fron’s rots. Here is the definition of rot from the dictionary “a : to undergo decomposition from the action of bacteria or fungi” He is the baceria and fungi at ABC Daytime. RIP OLTL Log in to Reply AlexB April 15, 2011 [quote=jlafferty23]The fact that the actors were the last to know, just disgusts me![/quote] I agree, but if you really looked at it, it’s just par for the course. The vets are treated like ish on their shows, in their mind, why should this be any diffrent? These actors should have at least been pulled aside to be told what’s up. Log in to Reply Court April 15, 2011 HEARTBREAKING. This is a day I have long been dreading, even fooling myself into believing wouldn’t really happen. These soaps have been such a huge part of my life and daily routine for so long that to think of them both being gone by January is unfathomable. What a HUGE mistake ABC is making, alienating millions of faithful and invested viewers and destroying the very fabric of daytime television. Log in to Reply ldylkng April 15, 2011 Sassydreams, People are already all over your idea over on the Oprah OWN website! I posted, and there were plenty of others. Hope you, and all other DC devotees will do the same. Log in to Reply Angie Lucy April 15, 2011 You know what irks me about that stupid press release (not just one thing, of course)? The repeated use of the word “honor.” Frons doesn’t know what that word means. Log in to Reply momosity April 15, 2011 Am I alone in my belief that Brian Frons is the most evil person on the planet since Dick Cheney? How rude is it to cancel two long-running shows with no consideration of what their loyal fans feel? Log in to Reply Cyberologist April 15, 2011 I read a rumor about a year after Frons came on board his vision was to remove soaps from ABC…so I am not a bit surprised only that it took so long…Also included in that rumor before soapnetwork got the pink slip…they were moving to that cable station. And then there were four.. I am no longer a loyal viewer of ABC soaps just clips of GH once in awhile..but I tape all of them… I wonder how many of these actors will land on GH Log in to Reply giogio April 15, 2011 momosity – hes a heartless dick Log in to Reply blake3b April 15, 2011 I saw this this after noon right when Nelson posted it on FB, I came to DC but it hadn’t been posted yet and I was in shock and I still am in shock and have been all day! I had to text the news to everyone, even people I figured didn’t watch them lol. But even they were still shocked. OLTL should not have been cancelled, they can get good ratings and they always stay under budget. Well now I hope they blow the rest of that money bringing back the old favorites, same with AMC. And they need to dump or lessen the new characters that no one cares for and focus on the fan favorites. Bring back Dixie and other characters we loved. The future is not bright for the other soaps, especially GH and the remaining shows need to up their game, especially Days and GH. Personally I will only watch Y&R, Days and maybe B&B, but I will watch AMC and OLTL til they go off and they better bring it! Log in to Reply wiggum April 15, 2011 I’m as mad as anyone else, but I don’t understand what getting Frons fired will accomplish(besides him being fired). AMC and OLTL are gone, gerring rid of Frons will do nothing to save them sadly. Log in to Reply east.west April 15, 2011 The cast, crew, and fans of both shows, you have my sincerest sympathies and my heart. Mention elsewhere that I have been devoid of any emotion, but I do feel a sense of lost. Log in to Reply from NC April 15, 2011 I appologize if this has already been posted / suggested: There are at this moment already hundreds of posts on Oprahs new Network boards (oprah.com/own) asking her to pickup AMC and OLTL. I actually had the same idea and went to the site to submit a letter. There is a chance she may do this as she still has not filled her daytime lineup. The more support shown the more she may actually look into it…what Frons has failed to see is that there are so many viewers that would come back and tune in if the writing got better etc. If Oprah could be shown the potential she is smart enough to jump on it. For those who are soley GH fans and think this does not affect you…think again. The same people who were predicting the cancelation of AMC AND OLTL have also come out and stated that GH is not long for this earth either…Frons favorite or not. (Same folks who said that the new head writer for AMC was brought on to write the ending of the show…) Log in to Reply ddkattar April 15, 2011 I grew up watching the soap genre with my mother, and I look back on those memories with much fondness. It is so sad to see the end of scripted story telling. Why do TPTB think we would be remotely interested in a cooking show when there is an entire network devoted to it? It might be cheaper to produce, but in the long run it’s going to cost them dearly. Log in to Reply wiggum April 15, 2011 I just added my 2 cents to Oprah’s(whom I loath)website. I guess it couldn’t hurt! Log in to Reply Ryan-Scott April 15, 2011 I am very upset about this. I did expect it with all the rumors but it still hurts nonetheless. I had a feeling AMC was going to get it when it was announced Lorraine Broderick was coming back as HW. It made me think they would want to end the show on a high note creatively with someone who has been there for so much of it. OLTL is a better show right now (today’s show was killer) but I do expect AMC to get better. As I have said, AMC was the first show I watched when I was 6 years old and my mom wasn’t working yet so we’d watch it together. Erica, Joe, Ruth, Tad, Brooke, Dr. Tyler, Grandma Kate, Tom, Phoebe, Langley, Mrs. Valentine, Donna, Chuck, Linc, Kelly, Palmer, Opal, Myrtle, Nina, Cliff, Myra, Sloane, Benny, Greg, Jenny, Angie, Jesse, Adam, and so many others…..it just breaks my heart. Let me say I am like sliced peaches in syrup cuz I got CANNED at the beginning of March. I hope to find another job soon but I know it’ll be awhile. I plan to give OLTL STRICT attention and AMC STRICT attention once Lorraine’s work starts airing. I am sorry but what Donna and David are pushing isn’t good enough for me. THANK YOU AGNES NIXON FOR CREATING THESE SHOWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I KNOW YOU ARE 82 BUT I HOPE YOU CAN ROLL UP THOSE WRITING SLEEVES AND DO MORE THAN CONSULT FOR AMC’S AND OLTL’S LAST MONTHS. I WANT SOME AGNES NIXON SCRIPTS! Log in to Reply Scene68 April 15, 2011 When I heard about this I was SHOCKED for about a second but then reality sank in and I began to realize that american soaps these days are not as addictive as they use to be and I agree to one poster that said how many times can we see Erica fall in love and get married or how many times we see the whole Jessica/Tess identity storyline? I mean the british soaps are doing exceptionally well because they know how to how to write but the writers look like they are losing creativity by constantly repeating the same thing that we saw maybe a few years ago and that also includes GH because how many times can someone try to shoot at Sonny and Jason? Its getting very tiresome. General Hopsital never was a mob show from my understanding even though they have some amazing actors on that show but the writing is deplorable. Even though some of the things they were telling on OLTL at one time was very interesting but then I stopped watching immediately as soon they took out Oliver and Kyle and that whole storyline. At the same time OLTL is ten times more entertaining in value than the AMC which got boring over the last year. If writers make shows more appealing than maybe they would stand a chance and I honestly believe that what was happening here. Even though I don’t really watch Y&R but they must be doing something right because they still are carrying on to be the #1 American Daytime Drama. But who honestly is going to watch two shows about everyday living? Couldn’t they just put that on the soon to be cancelled SOAPNET? Log in to Reply Ceridwyn2 April 15, 2011 This is utterly gut-wrenching. What I fully have to say would go beyond the word limit, so I’m including the link for the blog post I wrote: ‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life to Live’ Cancelled & My Reaction Log in to Reply sassysdreams April 15, 2011 ldylkng – Thanks. I will check it out. Log in to Reply AHeart4Fiction April 15, 2011 jlafferty23 Ohmygod, my whole body just got hot. They actually gave them a 70,000 dollar raise? The actresses on Desperate Housewives make 200,000 dollars and some change more then them and they actually act. I just can not believe that… News: They just interviewed Chrishell Strause (Amanda) on ABC news in the studio parking lot and she said they got the news at 12:00 PM today. She says everyone is still in shock and some are crying and consoling each other. Susan Lucci just gave a quote and said this has been a journey and she is excited to move on to new ventures. Log in to Reply kintex April 15, 2011 [quote=Evangeline Vega]Wow, I feel like someone just knocked the wind out of me. I have been scheduling my classes around and rushing home to catch OLTL for over a year now and to know that it will just be gone. It IS the best soap on ABC and I wish it were staying. Don’t get me wrong I still like GH but is in no way up to par with OL.I just wish all of the actors and crew members on AMC & OLTL the best and I will pray for them. To be out of a job in his economy…I know the feeling b/c it happened to my mother and it is the worst feeling in the world.[/quote] Good point, for most of us these soaps are a source of entertainment. We tune in for an hour or two and get back to our lives. For these men & women this their livelihood and next paycheck. Cancelling two shows means more people will be struggling to get jobs in an industry that is already overflowing with talent. Log in to Reply east.west April 15, 2011 What I will give ABC is that they placed good people to see the show off. And I will say this now, both finales will be head and shoulders above ATWT and GL, b/c of that fact. Log in to Reply naughtytomato April 15, 2011 We were warned for a few weeks but it’s still sort of a shock. Two iconic shows being replaced with of all things The Revolution and The Chew? I thought someone was pulling my leg, The Chew has to be the WORST name for a cooking show ever! Or any show for that matter. OLTL was my first soap. I watched it with my mother before Slezack was Vicky. Gillian Spencer caught my attention doing Nick/Vicky. Those were the days of class differences. Vinny Woleck the mechanic was in love with Nicky. Vicky has Joe Reily. I watched Judith Light on the witness stand. I remember my mother saying that Tommy Lee Jones would be a star. Ellen Holly as Carla, Al Freeman Jr as Ed Hall, Jameson Parker as Brad Vernon, Dorien, Tina…. I’d make tea for my mother and I and we would watch OLTL. Thanks for the memories. I watched AMC for a few years starting in 2004 when Days went on an Olympic hiatus and I got caught up in what a train wreck Kendal was. This is enormous news. The chipping away of a daytime era. There will never be another Erica, Vicky, Dorian. So sad. I fell bad for the cast, crew and fans that watch the two shows and hung in there till now. Log in to Reply kintex April 15, 2011 [quote=east.west]What I will give ABC is that they placed good people to see the show off. And I will say this now, both finales will be head and shoulders above ATWT and GL, b/c of that fact.[/quote] The finales will be great if the creative teams are allowed to do their jobs without any interference from above. Hopefully Frons will be too busy with the new shows to care. For OLTL all I am praying for storywise is that they dont mess with Trevor St John as Todd. Log in to Reply east.west April 15, 2011 ^One can only hope that Frons’ new shows will be the equivalent of Dena’s shiny ball (that has gone missing!). Log in to Reply bkacct April 15, 2011 Completely stunned. I have been watching soaps since the 1980’s and they have been a pleasant escape from everyday life for me. I was saddenend when we lost ATWT and GL. I am completely appalled with ABC and Disney for making such a stupid decision. I will not be watching anything that replaces my shows, ever. And I am very close to boycotting all of ABC even though a number of my favorite prime time shows are on ABC. I feel awful for the cast and crews that will be losing there jobs. Only wish that another tv station would pick up these shows. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone associated with AMC and OLTL. Log in to Reply AHeart4Fiction April 15, 2011 [quote=rskuggs][quote=Evangeline Vega]I said this before and I’ll say it again, soaps need there own network independent of any basic networks. I mean in what world does the Jersey Shore get more viewings than a soap? It’s a hot mess and that is what I think appeals to people but for them to make $30,000 an episode and for bugdets getting slased left and right for soaps that have been on air for decades…[/quote] It appeals to folks for one basic reason:They think They can do it too! That is the whole essence of Reality TV in a nutshell. people watching people with no talent whatsoever,gives hope to the average person watching,that they too can be on tv.Toss in the fact that they cost next to nothing to produce and that the attention whores on there are willing to humiliate themselves for a nominal fee,and you get Jersey Shore and more train wrecks just like it![/quote] rskuggs: Real aspirations be damned right? What a sad state television is in, huh? I mean I admit as teen I was stuck on the real world but that can only last for so long b/c there is no plot or story. Just the same ol same ol. I would take OLTL or Y&R (even on a bad day) over the Real World and fake Housewife crap. Trying to become a writer myself I wonder what is even the point when all networks want to do is produce watered down versions of reality. Let’s just hope that ship sinks soon b/c quantity will not last long over quality. And I don’t want people with low self-asteem and zero aspirations on my screen any longer! Log in to Reply AHeart4Fiction April 15, 2011 Double Post Log in to Reply AHeart4Fiction April 15, 2011 [quote=kintex][quote=Evangeline Vega]Wow, I feel like someone just knocked the wind out of me. I have been scheduling my classes around and rushing home to catch OLTL for over a year now and to know that it will just be gone. It IS the best soap on ABC and I wish it were staying. Don’t get me wrong I still like GH but is in no way up to par with OL.I just wish all of the actors and crew members on AMC & OLTL the best and I will pray for them. To be out of a job in his economy…I know the feeling b/c it happened to my mother and it is the worst feeling in the world.[/quote] Good point, for most of us these soaps are a source of entertainment. We tune in for an hour or two and get back to our lives. For these men & women this their livelihood and next paycheck. Cancelling two shows means more people will be struggling to get jobs in an industry that is already overflowing with talent. :([/quote] Kintex: Yeah it was the first thing that crossed my mind. I just hope they can all get work some how. They do have broadway in New York so that’s is a positive if they all don’t get primetime gigs or land on other soaps. I think some vets may retire though and most of the young cast will probably come out here to LA or model so I’m not worried as much for them. But also the backtage crew b/c there aren’t as many shows being created or as many movies being made. But I’m still going to try and be positive for them. Log in to Reply Dude Lebowski April 15, 2011 Killer Kreizman strikes again! Log in to Reply Lisa K. April 15, 2011 I’m sad. AMC was the soap that got me hooked back in 1991 with Trevor/Janet/Natalie triangle, Tad & Dixie romance, Erica’s relationship with Demitri, and Adam finding out that Haley was his daughter. Then in 1993 I switched to OLTL with the Todd & Marty rape case…groundbreaking at the time for me. UGH! I try and tell myself change is good but in this case something has to be said about tradition and history. The networks have made a HUGE mistake with their new focus on reality based shows. I give it 10 years and we’ll see the re-emergence of soaps in one form or another when reality becomes the bored and tired version of itself (as we are now seeing with Survivor, ANTM, Real Housewives crap, etc). RIP! Log in to Reply podcastjunkie April 15, 2011 You could tell they really didn’t wanna be in the soap business once Fronsie decided to close up shop on SoapNet and turn it into a kiddie channel. Log in to Reply rskuggs April 15, 2011 [quote=Evangeline Vega][quote=rskuggs][quote=Evangeline Vega]I said this before and I’ll say it again, soaps need there own network independent of any basic networks. I mean in what world does the Jersey Shore get more viewings than a soap? It’s a hot mess and that is what I think appeals to people but for them to make $30,000 an episode and for bugdets getting slased left and right for soaps that have been on air for decades…[/quote] It appeals to folks for one basic reason:They think They can do it too! That is the whole essence of Reality TV in a nutshell. people watching people with no talent whatsoever,gives hope to the average person watching,that they too can be on tv.Toss in the fact that they cost next to nothing to produce and that the attention whores on there are willing to humiliate themselves for a nominal fee,and you get Jersey Shore and more train wrecks just like it![/quote] rskuggs: Real aspirations be damned right? What a sad state television is in, huh? I mean I admit as teen I was stuck on the real world but that can only last for so long b/c there is no plot or story. Just the same ol same ol. I would take OLTL or Y&R (even on a bad day) over the Real World and fake Housewife crap. Trying to become a writer myself I wonder what is even the point when all networks want to do is produce watered down versions of reality. Let’s just hope that ship sinks soon b/c quantity will not last long over quality. And I don’t want people with low self-asteem and zero aspirations on my screen any longer![/quote] I could not agree with you more! The sad thing is,that train may have already left the station. With Youtube being used as a springboard to stardom,for mediocre singers and rappers,this is just the beginning i fear. Once upon a time,you had to audition to get on tv,now tv has become the audition,with the goal being FAME! The mere fact that The Jersey Shore”cast”‘is getting $100.000 an episode,and making millions in endorsements,while Networks cancel scripted shows on daytime and Prime time.My heart goes out to anyone pursuing a career i this industry,because it is obvious that talent is no longer welcome or appreciated within it. Log in to Reply Kazy24 April 15, 2011 Holy freakin crap! I only recently started watching these two soaps but I feel for the long time fans! I am super sad for the actors and actresses as well. God speed and hopefully they can get more work elsewhere! Oh and ABC you are royally effing up here. and Frons…do I even need to call you out for being a complete moron or do you already understand that since pretty much every soap fan sees you in that way? Log in to Reply Jenny April 15, 2011 [quote=Luke]GH won’t last past 2012. I’m hearing rumors AS would have cancelled all three if she had her way, so I can’t see them going past next year[/quote] Agreed Log in to Reply giogio April 15, 2011 So we were appealing to sweeney for nada. She couldnt be bothered with us. Log in to Reply AHeart4Fiction April 15, 2011 [quote=rskuggs]I could not agree with you more! The sad thing is,that train may have already left the station. With Youtube being used as a springboard to stardom,for mediocre singers and rappers,this is just the beginning i fear. Once upon a time,you had to audition to get on tv,now tv has become the audition,with the goal being FAME! The mere fact that The Jersey Shore”cast”‘is getting $100.000 an episode,and making millions in endorsements,while Networks cancel scripted shows on daytime and Prime time.My heart goes out to anyone pursuing a career i this industry,because it is obvious that talent is no longer welcome or appreciated within it.[/quote] rskuggs: Well wish me luck then, lol! B/c I am surely going to need it. Today is just such a sad day and proves where television is going. There are still stations with scripted shows and ones like TNT that at least want to test the waters with primetime soaps like a revamped Dallas. I’m still going to try and hope though that when I get into writing that reality TV has become a washed up fad we dare not speak of. Look at Tyra’s top model, I really don’t see that lasting any longer…I especially don’t see JS lasting past next season. At least I hope not. I will though always see a place for American Idol and those types of shows though I don’t see the singers lasting any longer than a year. Log in to Reply marknsprmo April 15, 2011 As someone who has lost over 10 soaps in my life, I give my condolences to the viewers and cast and crew of these two shows. It is sad that something like daytime soaps are running their course and that they are being dropped yearly. All I can suggest is that the existing soaps need to reconnect with the public and not just die hard fans. They have to put out the stops and find an audience. And to the fans, be more vigilant in supporting and watching your shows. Maybe if AMC and OLTL fans cross over and start supporting the other networks existing soaps, it would be enough to save them. I am reminded of that last day of 1982 when both The Doctors and Texas were cancelled. One show The Doctors had lost it’s way and couldn’t make it back and the other had just found it’s voice. Very similar to AMC and OLTL right now. But it was sad to see them both snuffed out at the same time. Agnes Nixon is special to me because she had such influence on my beloved show Another World where she created indelible characters Rachel Steve Ada and many others. She guided the show to no. 2 in ratings before leaving to create OLTL and AMC. I always felt that these shows were somewhat sister shows to AW because of the Rachel/Erica connection and also because of many cast members and writers switched regularly from one to the other shows. So in a sense, this is the last of Another World too. I however am very proud that of the existing shows as of now all but one have the deepest of roots. Y&R, B&B, DAYS, AMC and OLTL all are branches off the same tree. Irna Phillips. She is the one who gave Nixon and Bill Bell their starts and they in turn found their own voices and gave us their own visions. Today with one exception, these are the voices of daytime. It is a shame that such an old and historical tree is being felled one branch at a time. Log in to Reply elbugten April 15, 2011 So many emotions! I’m sad and angry. Not surprised, just disappointed. Sad for the talented cast and crew of both shows. Angry that ABC lied all this time, like we’re a bunch of idiots. Angry that Frons is listening to focus groups and assuming that we ALL want to see The Biggest Loser: Daytime edition, or whatever crapfest talk show he has planned. I’ve been through this before w/ AW and Santa Barbara, but I’ve watched AMC and OLTL longer than either of those shows and this is harder b/c it’s both at the same time. The rest of daytime had better start listening to the fans to get their ratings up before they all are cancelled. If ABC is willing to can La Lucci; ain’t nobody’s job in daytime secure. Sad, sad day, indeed. Log in to Reply SoapyBitch April 15, 2011 Sad. I’m still in denial. So, if you want to laugh for even a moment take a look at this link. Michael K of Dlisted is a fan of the ABC soaps and I think Dorian Lord was one of his original hot sluts of the day. http://www.dlisted.com/node/41586 His sentiment at the end about GH is kinda, sorta how I feel because AMC was the first soap I got into, OLTL was the second, and GH the third. p.s. Soaps disappearing is bad enough, but my related guilty pleasure is the soap mags. I go to the newstand every Thursday to get those because I cannot wait for snail mail, like I can with every other mag. They always arrive a week late also. Will ABC Soaps in Depth become ABC Soap in Depth? This is another industry that’s being dismantled as a byproduct of the demise of soaps. Sad. Log in to Reply Smooshiest April 15, 2011 :(( Still not digesting the news that my beloved soap, All My Children, will end in September, I posted this on ABC.go.com – they asked for an opinion, and boy are they getting them – it was over 2,000 comments by the time I posted: Having watched All My Children from the beginning when I was 5 years old with my mother and grandmother, this news is hard to digest. What saddens me the most is the inane comments from ABC; how their market research shows that viewers want to watch something ridiculous like “The Chew” and “The Revolution” in place of their beloved soaps. I know I will never watch these shows; what does the Food Network and the Cooking Channel exist for? Plus, where is this market research published? That would be quite telling. I can tell you that I am a poster on many soap blogs, and not one person who loves AMC or OLTL has said they would rather watch either of these stupid shows, which I can guarantee will tank in the ratings. If the internet is so big now, why aren’t the networks taking into consideration the people who watch online? Also, they never used the numbers from Soap Net, the other network they are tanking in favor of Children’s programming (like there’s not enough of that out there already). This is a (to quote from Vivien in “Pretty Woman”), “BIG Mistake, HUGE!”. I’m not sure I can boycott ABC, but I can tell you that if I watch any of their shows now, it will be online ONLY. I wouldn’t waste my time giving them ratings (I’m too huge a fan of Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice). At least I have five months to take in that Erica, Jack, Kendall, sometimes Greenlee, Scott, Madison, JR and most of all Tad (the incomparable Michael E. Knight) will be off my screen in September. Oh, and ABC, what happens to all the crew you have working for you – have a forced retirement package in place for them? They are the ones that help the actors bring these beloved characters to life – put that in your annoying hat and smoke it! :(( Log in to Reply jmoney April 15, 2011 Sad, Sad day. My condolensces to the fans of each of those shows. Some very talented people are out of a job and that is sad. Now more than ever we need to turn on our TVs and show the execs that Soaps can still post a number. Fact is that these new shows will cost a fraction of what OLTL and AMC cost to make, and so even if the numbers go down a little, the move makes sense from a strictly financial point of view. Don’t misunderstand my sentiment. I am angry and disappointed in our loss, but I understand the thinking behind it. Log in to Reply tink05 April 15, 2011 This devastating news prompted me to make my first DC post. Mr. Frons while you’re patting yourself on the back for wrecking a beloved genre take some time to pick up some boxes to pack up your office because this decision is definitely going to bite you in the hindquarters in the very near future. How in the world could he think some shows called “The Chew” and “The Revolution” have any hope of retaining daytime viewers for any significant time. If someone wants to see a cooking show we have Food Network for that and really…ANOTHER weight loss show…creative Frons, real creative…did you use your scared interns or something as the focus group to render this decision???!!! Frons methodically ensured the demise of these shows by hiring writers that obviously showed no respect or love for the soap genre. What Frons has done does not show leadership; the man is simply recycling ideas that are already well-executed by other television outlets. The whole thing makes me numb and I’m afraid ABC can look forward to further erosion of their daytime viewership. Thank you to the immensely talented actors, actresses and behind the scenes crews from OLTL and AMC who provided me (from my teen years through adulthood) and millions of others with years of great entertainment and story-telling. You will be missed and I wish you all much success in your future endeavors. Log in to Reply Ceridwyn2 April 16, 2011 Keeping in mind, I live in Canada, so my viewings don’t exactly count for American show viewing numbers (even if I did have a ‘Neilson’ box. Currently, the daytime soaps that I DVR are “Days of Our Lives” and “One Life to Live” (though I’ve been an ABC soap fan for 20+ years). I don’t watch “The View” – seen a couple episodes over the 10 years its been on the air. I’ve also only watched maybe a dozen episodes of Oprah over its long history. Talk shows just don’t interest me. Once AMC & OLTL are gone, I suspect without the lead-ins from those shows, GH will be soon to follow, especially with Oprah going as well. GH will have nothing to anchor them, so I really expect them to be gone before 2012 is over with. I don’t want them to be because in this economy, the actors and crew will be hard to find more regular employment. I went through this pain when “Guiding Light” was cancelled April 1st, 2009 and again when they went off the air that September 2009. A few of the cast have gone to other shows (some of which went to OLTL), Crystal went to DAYS, Marcy Rylan, Jeff Branson & Josh Driscoll to Y&R, and Zach Conroy to B&B. Some of the former GL cast have been part of VENICE, and some to web series like EMPIRE. Crystal has also gotten some former GL production folks for VENICE, which is a labour of love for those involved but doesn’t exactly pay. With OLTL being the last of the New York shows to go, there’s a huge gap to be filled, and I don’t see that being filled with these very short term talk/cooking shows. If Frons stops interferring in GH and they move away from the misogynistic tone of GH, then maybe I’ll start rewatching the show until that ends. Log in to Reply Thom Blake Castle April 16, 2011 Brian Frons is as stupid as he is grotesque, nasty ass ugly. Cancelling two iconic programs in a group of the longest running scripted dramas in the world to put on dirt cheap reality tv shows is just plain stupid. Since he came to ABC daytime he has had ultimate plans to dismiss the soap opera genre because he thinks reality and talk shows are cheaper. A lot of the ratings these daytime dramas get are actually from DVR. Unless he is a complete idiot, he would realize that people aren’t going to DVR the new replacements. They aren’t going to be talked about at the water coolers and coffee pots and no one will have any interest in them. They are junk, cheap time-slot fillers that will undoubtedly attract a much smaller number of viewers than these daytime dramas. I, strongly believe that the ratings declines for these two soaps are because people are watching or at the least following online. The genre has already proven that it can last through multiple generations of viewers and still be loved. If the soap opera genre was ever going to fall out of popularity, it would have been about 30 years ago when the women who are in their fifties now were the first generation to go to work. Women have been working outside the home for many years and people love to watch drama, they always have and they always will. The soaps provide this type of entertainment and they still do for millions of viewers who watch via soapnet, internet, or dvr them. The problem is that the soaps are being viewed in different mediums now. Y&R and Days were both in the top ten tv shows for online viewing for January 2011. Not in a list of daytime TV shows, I mean all tv shows in the US. Y&R was #2 with 14 million viewings and Days was at #8 tied with Saturday Night Live with 6 million viewings for the month. I am sure these two cancelled programs weren’t far behind the top ten that included two soaps. I hope ABC wises up and cancels Brian Frons next. I mean they own these shows and my lifelong friend works for ABC and told me that both make profit, AMC less than OLTL b/c of LaLucci. Frons thinks that the cheap shows will get the same ratings for a much lesser cost and he is nothing more than an ugly ass, evil creep who is destined to end up in a place much less HOTTER than the world he has destroyed for more reasons than one. BRIAN FRONS…YOU HAVE MADE YOUR MARK IN HISTORY! YOU SUCCEEDED IN DESTROYING A GENRE THAT LASTED THROUGH MANY SOCIETAL CHANGES AND MAINTAINED IT’S RELEVANCE FOR FOUR GENERATIONS OF TV VIEWERS. YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF AS YOUR CAREER HAS BEEN MARRED BY SUCH CATASTROPHIC FAILURE. ONLY A COMPLETE IDIOT WOULD THINK THAT A GENRE COULD LAST FOR ALL THESE YEARS ONLY TO SUDDENLY BECOME OUTDATED TO VIEWERS IN A SHORT TIME PD. IF SOAPS WERE OUTDATED AND NOT WHAT THE VIEWERS WANTED, THEY WOULD HAVE DIED ALONG WITH THE FIRST GENERATION OF VIEWERS. SOAPS LIKE AMC AND OLTL PROVED ABOUT 30 YEARS AGO IF NOTHING ELSE, THAT HUMANKIND DOES NOT CHANGE AND THEY ARE ENTERTAINED BY DRAMA AS THEY ALWAYS HAVE BEEN SINCE ANCIENT TIMES. Log in to Reply Miry April 16, 2011 Welp, I took a break from this site to study & when I come back I see OLTL & AMC have been cancelled. Sonofabitch! This really, really is terrible news & you know that they could have saved these shows by making them 30 mins each, that would have cut their budgets down enough. When is this guy going to get fired?? Also, I hope that these new shows fail. That nothing that takes over these two time slots will do well save for another soap. I sure do wish there was another channel that wanted to pick them up. Log in to Reply Miry April 16, 2011 http://community-2.webtv.net/dw_m/saveoltl/ Log in to Reply LindaGHM April 16, 2011 Thankful for memories of Phoebe, Palmer, Adam, Asa, Carlos Hesser, and today’s talent. Not thankful for feeling disposable as a viewer. So concerned for casts and crews. So un-concerned for ABC programming execs. Imagine they’ll have to face their own cancellation dates. Log in to Reply carol11780 April 17, 2011 I believe That Brian Frons is most likely the most Hated Man in America Today. It is just Unbelievable that Anyone would actually do this. I will boycott All Abc programs, Disney, and Any sponsers they have. Idiots. Log in to Reply RealityCheck 33 April 18, 2011 I’m done with ABC. That’s it, good bye for good. Log in to Reply jj6 April 19, 2011 As news of these cancellations have stirred such feeling in me of disappointment…and more accurately devastation, this is a copy of an email letter I sent to ABC: Dear Sir or Madam: I usually do not participate in campaigns, petitions, etc. (I lead quite a busy life as a professional and travel extensively throughout the world regularly). However, the news of the cancellation of One Life To Live (especially) and All My Children has so devastatingly upset me that it’s prompted me to seek every avenue I can to express how STRONGLY I am opposed to this decision. I understand looking out for the “bottom line”, but I believe the bottom line should be thought of in long term, not just short term. I believe that if you have programming that SO engages people that MANY follow and are faithful to those programs for 20, 30, and 40 yrs!, that is GOLD. These shows have evolved over the years to now draw in and “hook” people from all walks of life and ages…not just housewives, as it used to be. Most prime time shows these days are lucky to have one or two seasons on the air before they lose their audience. One Life To Live and All My Children have inspired devotion from people, many of whom have followed the shows for at least a decade, and have passed on their love of these shows and characters to the next generations! That’s how I was drawn in…and the vast MAJORITY of my extended family watches OLTL as well. That’s incredible!! I do not believe there is any other form of entertainment on television that has had the power to do that. I began watching One Life To Live in 1986 when my aunts and uncles and my grandmother turned me on to the show…and in no time, I was hooked! I am now a professional adult male, just turned 40 yrs old. I am so devoted to the show that even with all my travelling (I literally travel the world for work), I ALWAYS make sure I watch…whether it be at the airtime, on Soap Net, online, or by downloading the episodes to watch in marathons. I’ve seen the show become less “cliché” and more contemporary, tackling topical stories, with a diverse, IMMENSELY TALENTED cast…and for the last few years, the fantastic storytelling of Ron Calivati. I am so proud of this show! And I am particularly proud that it is the only soap that manages to speak to nearly everyone…the cast of characters is diverse (white, black, older, young, latino, Indian, gay, straight) and they all interact together. That is such a DRAW! And that, I believe, is the way of the future of soaps. One Life To Live is one of the few programs in ALL of television today (primetime, daytime, or cable) that I find satisfying on so many levels. It’s the only program I will go out of my way to make sure I see…that’s pretty powerful, compelling television to hook someone like me so completely (a worldly 40 year old professional man, college educated, who’s travelled to over 300 cities in the world). And as a still single adult with lots of disposable income, I would think that I would be a valued demographic for the network. I have long believed (from my personal experience) that the Nielsen Ratings system is antiquated. You will not meet many more travelled people in your life than I… I know and have met TONS and TONS of people throughout the U.S. and the world in my years of travel, and have never met ONE person who has a Nielsen box! NOT ONE!!! How can that be? How can this system be an accurate measure of how many people and what type people are watching television shows in the U.S.? I know that the ratings are the numbers that shows live and die by, but why not spend money/do specific research to figure out a better way to measure viewership…taking into account ALL the ways that people watch television shows these days? Again, if a show can SO engage viewers and inspire devotion for DECADES, that’s pretty powerful stuff for a brand. Why toss that out in favor of disposable “fly by night” programming (reality) that has proven to not have staying power? To me, that sound like bad business. Why not hire execs who will find a way to parlay all that strong devotion and generational viewership that these soaps garner into making money for the network? With the right minds in charge, there HAS to be a way to do that. Why not offer episodes available for download, in a regulated way, with advertisements in front of each clip…and publicize widely that people can download their favorite soaps to watch at their leisure? Many people would LOVE to be able to watch their soaps while having dinner, or after they’ve put the kids to bed, or in weekend marathons, on their laptops while travelling (as I often do), etc. The devotion is there already. For many, it is a matter of having the time/opportunity to watch the shows at airtime. These shows are STRONG BRANDS, with generations of viewers still devoted. Use that “addicting” quality of soaps to the advantage of the network. You have an established die hard audience who are hooked, and who pass on their habit to new generations…why not work that for all it’s worth? New shows, reality shows, talk shows, cooking shows, etc. will never have that kind of power over an audience. This show is in great shape these days…and from what I hear, is managing to do that and consistently be under budget!?! At the time I am writing this, the latest published daytime ratings I viewed online (for the week of April 4th) state that One Life To Live is the number one ABC soap opera, and is the #3 soap overall (behind Young and the Restless and Bold and the Beautiful). It is also in the top 3 of almost all the key demographics on the chart. Lastly, I just want to point out that in these times that are so difficult for so many people, the “escapism” that these soaps offer is SO needed and appreciated. We want to FORGET about reality for a while and be transported to a different place where the characters we have watched and loved for so long live these wonderful, crazy, scandalous lives that entertain us through laughter and tears, educate us, and move us in so many ways… Life is hard these days for so many people. The very last thing I (and many others) want is another dose of “reality”. I do not typically act in a negative way… But quite honestly, these announced cancellations have stirred such feelings of profound disappointment in me, and I feel so strongly against this decision that I will discontinue watching ABC television completely when One Life To Live goes off the air. Quite honestly, there is nothing else on the network that compels me to go out of my way to be sure to watch (as One Life To Live has done for many years). And because I feel so strongly about the show and daytime dramas remaining a part of American pop culture…and because of the tremendous disrespect I feel as a very long term, loyal viewer of ABC, I WILL NOT watch anything else on the ABC network. JW Los Angeles, CA Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply You must be logged in to post a comment.