The man who arguably put the final nail in Pine Valley's coffin, former All My Children head writer Chuck Pratt was at the TCA's to promote his ABC Family soap The Lying Game. Fancast'sSara Bibel reported on Pratt's thoughts about AMC getting the axe:
There’s always a little bit of love for every daytime show. There have been others that have gone down that I haven’t worked on. You feel for the actors and certainly the writers and producers. But also I’ve worked on plenty of primetime shows that have done 13 episodes [and gotten canceled]. They’ve had 28, 30 years. I look back and go, ‘That was a good run.
Um, does Pratt even realize AMC has been on the air for 41 years? Did he even know how long it had been on when his pal Brian Frons hired him to wreck the show? Anyway, primetime is a different animal. People go into watching a primetime series knowing it has a limited life span.
After 88 episodes, all primetime shows are subject of being cut, because that's the magic number needed for syndication. Soap fans have watched daytime dramas for generations, with their parents, grandparents and sometimes great-grandparents. They. Just. Don't. Get. It.