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In the end, Agnes Nixon lives to see her work extinguished by ABC. She’s like the last victim of daytime TV. ABC announced today they’d take the low road and knock off both “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.” ABC Daytime’s Brian Frons took the cue from CBS and Procter & Gamble, which snuffed “As the World Turns” and “Guiding Light” in the last two years.

The era of the soap opera is just about over. Only four shows will remain–“Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” on CBS, “Days of our Lives,” and “General Hospital” on ABC. It’s all being replaced by talk and scripted “reality,” cheap to produce, more inane to watch than a soap, with no redeeming qualities.

The day will come pretty soon when the entire audience will have replaced the actors who were on TV–it’s like breaking the fourth wall entirely. Why watch the show when you can be the show? Fifty years of brand loyalties are being thrown out, too, because the shows that are coming–about cooking and lifestyle–are interchangeable. They’ll be canceled quickly, new ones will take their places, over and over.

The writing was on the wall when ABC announced the end of SoapNet, their cable rerun operation. The network knew then that daytime was about to be scrapped. Moving “All My Children” to Los Angeles and destabilizing the show was the way to erode the audience–just the way CBS hollowed out “Guiding Light” by moving it outdoors into the snow, ice, rain and no studios. Whoever gives these people management advice deserves a gold star.

The silver lining? People will watch less TV in the afternoon. They’ll work, and if they don’t have work they’ll find other things to do. No one watches “The Talk” on CBS, and no one will watch any of this stuff, too. It’s just blather to fill time.

8 replies to this post
  1. YOU ARE PUTTING A END TO HISTORY THAT HAS SURVIED THROUGH 4 GENERATIONS WHAT MAKES YOU THINK PEOPLE WANT TO WATCH BORING TALK SHOWS?WE WILL MISS VICKI DORIAN TEA TODD AND THE REST OF THE CAST THEY ARE FAMILY TO US.I NEVER THOUGHT THERE WOULD BE A END TO THESE GREAT SHOWS , IT MAKES ME WANT TO CRY TO SAY GOOD BYE TO ALL MY CHILDREN AND OLTL I COULD HANDLE LIFE WITH OUT ALL MY CHILDREN BUT OLTL IS KILLING ME.I HAVE WATCHED SCENCEI WAS13 AND IM NOW 32 I GUESS I WILL DO SOMETHING ELSE DURING THE DAY OR WATCH CABLE I WILL NOT WATCH THESE NEW SHOWS AND EITHER WILL ANY ONE ELSE,

  2. Would someone please tell the bigwigs that REALITY TV shows are boring & people are getting sick & tired of watching CRAP TV!!! Dr. Phil is a “joke” & if you need to know more info on these dweebs look them up on Wikipedia ie: Dr. Phil McGraw! You’ll learn a lot!! Add Dr. Oz to the equation & you get another dweeb!! Look him up on Wikipedia. Just because Oprah Winfrey thinks that are the stars of all time doesn’t mean it is so! No one’s going to miss Oprah’s show, either! They all have Charlie Sheen’s egomaniac attitudes & none of them are worth their weight in gold. Soaps are getting raw deal & I’m sure once you replace them with REALITY CRAP, you’ll soon find out what a hell of a mistake you’re made! WINNING? I don’t think you’ll be singing that tune just like Charlie Sheen has lost his ass . . so will you bigwigs at the top of the helm . . just saying!

  3. i want these shows to stay on the air now n not have to put up w any more stupid reality game shows???/ there r too many of them on air as it is and new generations/? new soaps? these r the one i grew up on one that have been on air for over 35-40 years and ih ave been watching them for 35 of those years if next generations come up w same names well hopw do they plan on expaling the loss of the original stars
    i am not tryingto b !@#$ or anything but i would like to get a letter –email–etc petition style out and into the abc studios andmake them unerstand that they will lose alot of viewers if theytake away thse two soap and put on some really dumb reality show
    i for one wont watchthemthey all the same and all scripted and dumb

  4. It is a sad affair. I’ve been watching OLTL for the past four or five years, Is it possible that it can be reconstituted as an weekly program, rather than a daily and have it on a cable network? Seeing OLTL once a week is better than none at all.

  5. Roger I kinda waiting for this for six months now been rumor on internet and other ET wire that ABC want get out of soap opera game much cheaper with reality show that bottom line it’s about MONEY

  6. ALL MY CHILDREN is the only daytime show that I ever watch on any channel & now you idiots are doing away with it as well. So now I will not have to turn on the TV until the news in the evening. Thank you for your infinite stupidity.

  7. Wow credit where it is due Roger- you were about a year and a half ahead on this story. I remember your predictions.

    And you are right- as silly as the soaps are, whatever replaces them will be worse. Much worse. More judge shows and low rent Rikki Lakes.

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