ABC cancels 'One Life to Live' and 'All My Children'
"'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' are iconic pieces of television that have made an indelible mark on our culture's history," says Brian Frons, President, Daytime, Disney ABC/Television Group, in a statement. "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."
Frons insists each show will end in a manner that will respect their legacies and honor their passionate audiences."All My Children" will end in September 2011 while "One Life to Live" will finish its run in January 2012. Soap opera fans can at least find a bit of solace in this news: "General Hospital" will remain on the air.
"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" premiered on January 5, 1970 and has received more than 30 Emmy Awards. "One Life to Live" debuted on July 15, 1968, and received its first Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series in 2002.