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Is It Over For 'All My Children'?

Updated on March 22, 2011
Susan Lucci in 'All My Children' opening credits
Susan Lucci in 'All My Children' opening credits

Has 'All My Children' Been Canceled?

March 22, 2011 - Well, folks, it may be the end for All My Children . Word on the street is that ABC is considering cutting its 41-year-old daytime soap opera. In place of this soap that many modern day fans have grown up with, there is rumor that Tori Spelling may have a talk show to insert in its time slot. What would this mean to the staff and cast of All My Children ? What would this mean to its fans?

Once one of the most recorded television shows on TV, All My Children has changed course as it is now routinely in last place in Neilsen ratings. What has caused the change in viewership? One theory is that there are just less women making the effort to watch the weekday serial Monday-Friday. And, of course, lack of relative storylines add to that drop. There is no tenure with daytime TV, no matter the age. Daytime’s long-time running As the World Turns and Guiding Light came to this realization when their shows concluded in 2010 and 2009, respectively. As the World Turns had aired for nearly 55 years and Guiding Light for a whopping 72 years.

All My Children has been at the center of cancellation speculation for a number of years. Guilty of arguably poor writing and dull storylines, writers and producers of the soap opera have been fired and re-hired and fired and re-hired again. Sloppy writing and outlandish ideas have wreaked havoc on the show. Cherished actors, like Julia Barr (AMC’s Brooke English Chandler) and Cady McClain (AMC’s Dixie Cooney Martin), have had their characters disappear off the face of Pine Valley, PA is ludicrous storylines that left fans disgusted.

When the cast and crew were told they’d have to make the change from New York to Los Angeles at the end of 2009, not all were onboard. Fan favorite Thorsten Kaye (AMC’s Zach Slater) lived bi-coastaly so that the All My Children writers could respectfully write his character off the series. He still resides in New York City with his wife, One Life to Live ’s Susan Haskell. Additionally, longtime All My Children player, David Canary (AMC’s Adam Chandler), declined the big move from the Big Apple. This loss of character has stunted plot-lines a bit, as well.

So, why the sudden panic and assumption that this is the final curtain for All My Children ? There are rumors that writers and actors on the show are in continuous discussions with their agents in regards to other opportunities. Chrishell Stause (AMC’s Amanda Martin) and Alicia Minshew (AMC’s Kendall Slater) have been rumored as wanting to terminate their roles on the soap. Also, All My Children has been airing less new material as in previous years. Every few weeks, they have been running four new episodes along with a recent repeat instead of traditionally airing five new episodes Monday-Friday. Sadly, All My Children may soon be closing its iconic book forever.


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      trusouldj 6 years ago from Indiana

      Unfortunately, AMC and OLTL are on their way out. Even though I wasn't watching them, it was nice to know that they were there just in case, as with the latest Jesse and Angie story. ABC will be so drab looking in a few months.