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‘All My Children’ wraps up on TV after 41 years on ABC

Susan Lucci has played the same character for four decades. AP file photo

Susan Lucci has played the same character for four decades. AP file photo

Erica Kane and company at “All My Children” are saying farewell to the airwaves today at 1 p.m. on ABC.

The soap will tie up some loose-end storyline – and possibly leave the world in suspense in case it lives on elsewhere.

ABC decided to cancel “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” due to declining ratings. Fans are understandably morose. Talk shows like “The Chew,” which replaces the soap, are cheaper to produce. Plus, younger audiences have gravitated to “reality”-type soaps such as “The Real Housewives” franchise and “Basketball Wives.”

“All My Children” may continue in cyberspace though Susan Lucci has so far declined to join in.

Once “One Life to Live” dies in January, only four soaps remain on the airwaves, including ABC’s “General Hospital.”

For fans, please tell us your favorite moments and why you think the show should or should not have died.

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53 comments Add your comment

Bill Clinton

September 23rd, 2011
11:52 am

Yum…delicious!

Linda

September 23rd, 2011
11:59 am

For one hour every day it took you out of the real world and all of it’s problems. It was entertaining, informative and enjoyable. I will miss it greatly. I don’t like the reality shows and do not watch them so I guess I’ll be switching channels.

Pebblebeach

September 23rd, 2011
12:14 pm

I can remember scheduling my classes in college so that I was able to watch All My Children…as in life all good things eventually come to an end in some manner…

Downtown Heffa

September 23rd, 2011
12:14 pm

My favorite memories were with the younger Angie and Jessie, Jenny and Greg, and of course, Liza Colby! I couldn’t help but to get lost in the everyday saga.

cupcake

September 23rd, 2011
12:14 pm

Some of my fondest memories as a girl in summer are watching Ryan’s Hope, All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital every afteroon with 4-6 other friends watching on a B&W tv in my friend’s basement….it was a girl thing!!!

Squeezy

September 23rd, 2011
12:15 pm

I would still enjoy a 3 hour romp in the sack with Susan Lucci.

Vince Doodly

September 23rd, 2011
12:22 pm

The soap opera, the variety show and the cowboy western series are all dead.

Barb

September 23rd, 2011
12:24 pm

I believe that the decision to cancel All My Children and One Life to Live is a decision that ABC/Disney will come to regret. I for one, will no longer watch ANYTHING ABC/Disney boadcasts. Daytime tv does NOT need ANOTHER talk/food show! There are plenty of other channels to watch for these venues. Just another sign of the times when the only thing that matters is the bottom line $$$$. And btw, where do they get off charging Prospect Park for the rights to show on internet???? If they think it is still worth sooooo much money, why not leave it on???? ABC/Disney will surely regret this decision as I don’t think I am alone in my opinion/boycott of their broadcasts.

bamabelle2000

September 23rd, 2011
12:34 pm

I agree with Barb, I don’t think any of these talk shows will be popular among the soap fans. if i want to see someone cook and talk, i can watch Rachel Ray.

Linda

September 23rd, 2011
12:35 pm

SAD DAYS, could this be why the world is ???

Elise

September 23rd, 2011
12:36 pm

All My Children and One Life To Live were the only 2 soaps I ever watched,starting in 1975, where staff members had ABC on during our lunch hour(s). When I had children and was moving around the US as my husband climbed the corporate ladder,the characters of these shows were my only familiar faces. These two soaps have carried me through SOOOO MUCH! I TIVO them both every day. Will The CHEW evr be that to anyone? I highly doubt it! Bringing Debbie Morgan and Darnell Williams back to All My Children was the smartest move ever made. Debbie Morgan was responsible for the only 2 times I’ve actually been brought to tears watching TV. I will miss these stories more than I can express!

CMR646

September 23rd, 2011
12:36 pm

I remember watching AMC, OLTL, and GH with my mom when I was little. Then, years later as a teenager, instead of enjoying the sunny summer days of South FL, I would be on the phone with my two besties so that we could watch All My Children “together” when we couldn’t make it to each other’s homes in time. It almost feels like saying goodbye to old friends…farewell Erica, Jack, Jessie, Angie, Opal, Martins, Chandlers…bummed for future generations that won’t get to know the goings-on of Pine Valley.

Viewers

September 23rd, 2011
12:44 pm

Total bs to shut down these soap operas. Some of the most interesting actors translate stories for us to enjoy and be entertained by. We get a little theater eveyday with daytime
drama. A chance to watcjh actors practice their craft(some for better or worse) each day and we dont even have to get dressed up and go out to see them.
Now the networks think we will be entertained by someone cooking a pork chop or talking about Kirstie Alley’s weight?
The next shows that will be up to replace “the chew”(ick!) or ‘the talk” will be
“the squawk”
“the caulk”
“the stalk”
and then we will have
“the stew”
“the glue”
“the zoo”
and they will all be placed in the new TV category of
“THE CRAP”

Long live the professional actor.

Fran

September 23rd, 2011
1:03 pm

I am so sad to see AMC end today as well as One Life to Live in January. My best friend from high school and I used to go to her house during our study hall period and watch AMC. So, tonight we will watch it together and probably shed a few tears. I also will NOT watch the stupid “Chew.” Agree we have enough cooking shows and reality shows. I,too, hope the powers that be end up regreting the cancellation of the soaps. There are still a lot of fans out there!!

Miss Sophia

September 23rd, 2011
1:12 pm

This show takes me back to my college days. I think it was one of my classes, because I couldn’t miss a day of it. Friday show was the worst, because it was like dying of slow death….COME ON MONDAY….lol…Thanks for all of the great memories ALL MY CHILDREN, to many of you guys to name.

Jimmy Baron

September 23rd, 2011
1:23 pm

Get a life people! Get off the couch and create your own ’stories’.

Uncle Joe

September 23rd, 2011
1:23 pm

Good ridance! Take all the “soaps” of the air. They are nothing but trashy, amateur romance novels. It would be better to develop a creative, brain-stimulating hobby than destroy brain cells on such nauseating adventures in infidelity. Carol Burnett’s spoofs on soaps were great!

Ray Gardner

September 23rd, 2011
1:31 pm

I see one last Crystal Ball happenin’……. with a sur-prise ending for those Martins! Ha ha ha.

Sigmund F.

September 23rd, 2011
1:43 pm

Now what will I watch between Title Loan commercials?!?!?!

Ray Gardner

September 23rd, 2011
1:49 pm

Tara and Chuck Tyler couldn’t make it? What about Janet from another planet? Where’s Nina Cortlandt?

Laure Beroud

September 23rd, 2011
1:49 pm

I have watched All my children as many others have for 40 yrs. I will find watching any abc daytime tv a thing of the past . I will not even give these idiot reality tv cooking shows a chance. it’s to bad we as viewers are numbers not people. Thats ok i bet you watch your’e numbers go down now . I hope another network will appreciate my new business starting Monday mornig.

Billy Clyde Tuggle

September 23rd, 2011
1:51 pm

I think it’s a publicity stunt kinda like ‘new coca cola’ in 1987, they brought classic coke back w/a vengence. AMC is so popular, fave show for many peeps…Erica is my all time favorite! In 1970s there was a pimp character “Billy Clyde Tuggle” who gave Estelle & Donna fits, he was a hoot – loved that guy!

sue

September 23rd, 2011
2:16 pm

Just watched the last episode. It left me totally frustrated and even angry. after being a faithful viewer all these years, I will miss it but am sooooo upset about the way they ended it. Can only hope that means it will be on the internet, although I’m not computer savey and don’t know where to begin to find it. Anyone have any info on how to do that?????

Christina

September 23rd, 2011
2:21 pm

I started watching AMC because my mom did. I was 11 years old and Susan Lucci’s character Erica Kane was on husband #1 (Jeff Martin). That has been at least 35 years ago. No shows last that long these days. It has been an incredble journey to follow this show for that long. It does make you forget your issues for an hour. I watched it all thru college as well, recording on a VCR when classes conflicted. My friends and I had weekly girlfriend get togethers to discuss the weeks episodes. Though we all went on to marry and have families, we still watched, and now email about the shows. Today, a part of our lives has ended, and it is sad. I do think ABC big wigs made a mistake they will regret. This new show replacing AMC- “The Chew”??? What a dumb name. They couldn’t come up with a more original name for the new show-did they think they had to rhyme with “The View” so people would remember to watch it ?

Liz

September 23rd, 2011
2:24 pm

This is one of day time soap that I can remember watching it with my mom and now that she is gone it still feel like she is here watching it with me. I even got my 2 daughters watching it with me but now its gone I dont know what we are going to watch now. I know a lot of people and us would love for some to bring it back on TV.

Ray Gardner

September 23rd, 2011
3:50 pm

Terrible ending…..Ray didn’t blow anything up!

kathy

September 23rd, 2011
5:23 pm

I think it is really sad that they are replacing all my children and one life to live with reality and cooking shows I guess young people rule the networks I hope they continue with the soaps on line . Who cares if susan lucci does not want to continue on the show I would still watch it. All I know I will not be watching ABC any more

kathy

September 23rd, 2011
5:30 pm

will see how long the chew lasts what is this world comming to?

George Ann Over

September 23rd, 2011
6:18 pm

So Sad, I will miss it.

See ya!

September 23rd, 2011
6:29 pm

I have an idea….read a book!

No Differences

September 23rd, 2011
8:39 pm

I feel that it is probably time for a change I have been keeping up with the soap through Soap Network Magazine, Online, and TV so if its not being completely removed if you really want to see it that bad or know whats going on check 1 of those various ways of getting the info on the characters you claim you have come to know and love so well because its really not that serious I know a lot of other things that are happening in this world in these days and times than the cancellation of a television program let’s be sad about the fact that if its not going to still be promoted whats going to happen to the actors that will be out of a job now that’s something to beconcerned about not the fact that its not on television anymore

Alex Black

September 24th, 2011
12:19 am

This series addressed so many social issues, and in a good way. Rape, coming out gay, military people and their heinous injuries, (not only physical), working women, for god sakes, although yes, the poor new chic in town always marries the rich guy, but still…..I’ve watched it for 30 some years, give or take times of no tv. I’m gonna miss it, but it’ll be one more good reason to stay off the computer and tv

gloria ferguson

September 24th, 2011
1:58 am

I think it is stupid to end such a classic show – or did you? I heard that it will be on somewhere untill January of 2012.There was no ending – what’s up with that ? I won’t watch any tv at all until the news comes on.I hope they pic up where they left off – at least have a ending to it.

mmsurvivor

September 24th, 2011
1:41 pm

These shows are institutions. I agree with Barb. When I moved here 32 years ago, AMC, OLTL, and GH were a comfort zone for me. They were my friends from home. Too bad the almighty $$$$$ is what this industry has come to. Seems to me if the gov’t wants to regulate cost of everything else, why not TV. Wait, no, nevermind, I figured that one out already. Big mistake ABC.

Kaygeeone

September 24th, 2011
8:23 pm

I have watched AMC since the beginning. For the people who say “Get a life”, I have a very good one! But ABC has screwed the pooch on this one. I will boycott all of their shows and any company who has dealings with them.
I have heard that AMC will try and continue on-line. Maybe at abc.com I don’t know. I don’t think I’d follow it if it stays with abc.com. The boycott thing, remember?
ABC may be going the way of Enron or the doh doh bird.

Brianne

September 25th, 2011
8:41 pm

The Chew looks good…however…because AMC has been cancelled so it can air….I will NOT be watching. AMC has been around for years and have many loyal fans. Most of those fans are stay at home mom’s like me. To me, the hours that my soaps are on, is my time of day to relax and focus on something else for a while. Now that AMC is gone, I, like many other’s, will miss it greatly. One Life To Live is also another great show and does not deserve to end either for stupid reality shows.

Jennifer

September 25th, 2011
10:48 pm

I think that what ABC did is foolish and for the birds. I have watched AMC and OLTL for 14yrs and I love it. I use to watch it with my grandma and for shows that have been on for over 40yrs and to take them off to put on a reality show, be for real? Like we really need a cooking show or another doctor show? I am NOT going to watch either one of them and really to tell you the truth some of these reality shows that are on TV now are plain out JUNK. So if you want to show some of your young viewers that be my guest but your taking off a good show for something THAT WON’T BE WATCHED!!!!!! HOW ABOUT YOU WAKE UP TO REALITY ABC!!

Sandy

September 26th, 2011
12:09 am

My first thought when the cancellation was announced was that it was euthanasia — yes, the show had been that bad, and it only got worse once they moved everyone to the west coast. I’ve watched it off and on since the days of Greg and Jenny, but it’s been more off than on for years now. The recent plots may have been totally unrealistic, but the show regained a spark that it had lost. I would have liked to see it continue. As for its replacement, it deserves an award for Worst Name Ever. Commercials make it look awful, and exactly what it is — cheaper alternative programming for ABC, and an insult for soap viewers. (Hey, they’re all women, so they like to cook and are too lazy to turn to the Food Network, right? Wrong.)

timbo

September 26th, 2011
8:47 am

Here’s a thought- Instead of buildiing your world around some over-glamorized fantasy, get up off the couch, put the twinkies down and……..EXERCISE….

Ron Burgundy

September 26th, 2011
10:04 am

Susan Lucci is a handsome woman.

James

September 26th, 2011
10:47 am

I will still carry my “Clyde Stick”….man I remember watching that show on rainy summer days with my mom. Or when I was home sick from school. Guess they were a lot more popular then. OLTL just had the Buchanans moving into town and GH had the Cassadines and Luke and Laura and Scorpio.

jodie

September 26th, 2011
12:13 pm

I have watched All My Children and One Life To Live since i was a kid. I can remember when we were at family gatherings and i would sit with my grandmother who is now passed last year and talk about what was happening like we were a part of the show… I am going to miss this part of my life…..

liz

September 26th, 2011
6:59 pm

I have been watching all my children since i was ten years old and love the way this show has changed so many emotions in me good and bad happy or sad i’m really gonna miss curling up to my very favorite soap-opera. Now i will just have to cuddle up with my laptop

Tabb

September 26th, 2011
10:10 pm

I am truly grieving over the cancellation of AMC. I watched it from the very beginning, & this show got me through severe depression, which has now returned BECAUSE of this. I feel as if I have lost many friends who used to be in my living room 5 days a week, & now they’re just gone. It was TERRIBLE to uproot them from their homes in New York to move to L.A., just to end up dumping them! I agree – there are more than enough food/talk/reality shows. People from age 15 to 90 watched this beloved show, along w/ One Life To Live. I do hope it can at least continue online, but I’m afraid many of the actors won’t stay in that capacity. I also can’t believe only 1000 prints of the final cast picture were made, when there are millions of us fans who missed them & want one terribly!!! ABC, you have screwed up royally – just for MONEY!!!!!! My love & best wishes go out to every AMC actor, many of whom I met at Super Soap Weekends. They are wonderful people!!

Tabb

September 26th, 2011
10:21 pm

P.S.
timbo, you know what you can do w/ the Twinkies!!!

Tabb

September 26th, 2011
10:29 pm

Uncle Joe, are you even aware that Carol Burnett was one of All My Children’s biggest fans?? She even appeared on the show years ago, and again on one of the final episodes. Do your homework before you speak.

Mary G. Simpson

September 26th, 2011
11:44 pm

I have watched both soaps from day one. It is my relaxing time of the day. I will truly miss them. There are already enough reality shows on. Sorry to see them go.

timbo

September 27th, 2011
10:04 am

Tabb- Guess I’d better do it quickly, or you would probably eat that too….

Geemack

September 27th, 2011
11:39 am

I thought they been canceled this show.

I didn’t realize people still watched soaps.

This is like 20 years too late.

timbo

September 27th, 2011
12:10 pm

Geemack- Be careful, or you’ll have hundreds of overweight, middle-aged, moo-moo wearing, overzealous soap fanatics sending you nastygrams…If they can pull themselves away from the tv long enough…or put down the twinkies and ho-hos…