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GUILDS IN A LATHER OVER SOAP CANCELLATIONS

April 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The Directors Guild of America (DGA), the Writers Guild of America (WGA), and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) reacted with shock and dismay Thursday to ABC’s announcement that it will be shutting down the long-running soap operas All My Children and One Life to Live. In a statement, the DGA said, “This is a very sad and frustrating day for daytime dramatic television and our members who work on these productions. … The cancellation of these two long-running shows will affect dozens of our members, most of whom have worked on these shows for decades. With the cancellation of One Life to Live, there aren’t any more daytime dramas left in New York — once the home of this beloved programming.” In its statement, the Writers Guild of America urged ABC to reconsider, saying, “These groundbreaking shows have provided entertainment and enlightenment to millions of viewers, and have provided good employment to dozens of talented, dedicated writers.” AFTRA said that the cancellation “represents a devastating loss for thousands of AFTRA members, union crew members and production staff in Los Angeles and New York.” But it blamed what it called “the new economics of television.”