ABC soap's grand dames are telling the truth and shaming the devil (aka ABC Daytime Chief Brian Frons) as their soaps prepare to leave the network TV airwaves. In a touching, two-page spread in the Aug. 29-Sept. 11 issue of TV Guide Magazine, Susan Lucci (Erica)reveals to Michael Logan her questions about what lead to ABC cancelling All My Children:
"I don't have the answers, but I certainly have a lot of questions," says the star. 'Was there disdain for daytime drama on the part of [ABC Daytime chief] Brian Frons? Did he every really like what we did at All My Children?"
While La Lucci has questions that will likely never be answered in a spirit resembling anything close to honesty by Frons, One Life to Live's Erika Slezak (Viki) recentlymade no bones about her feelings concerning ABC Daytime's president. Here's what she said in a special report on soap operas in the latest issue of Mental Floss:
" I think that Brian Frons, the head of ABC Daytime, doesn't believe in the genre. He never believed they could last. My biggest objection is ABC saying people don't want entertainment anymore; they want information. That's ridiculous. People always want entertainment."
It looks like the very women who helped ABC make a ton of money—that went to funding the channel's primetime programs over the course of the past four plus decades— see Frons' culpability in the demise of the ABC soaps much like we discounted "online fans" do.