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TWO MORE LONG-RUNNING SOAPS GO DOWN THE DRAIN

April 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

ABC has canceled One Life to Live, which debuted in 1968, and All My Children, which debuted two years later. The demise of the two shows continues the slow fade of daytime drama, a television staple since the medium’s inception. All My Children, which was once the highest-rated show on daytime television, will end its run in September; One Life to Live, in January. Both shows had attempted to adapt to the times, including gay characters, offering repeats on cable’s SoapNet, and, in the case of All My Children, transitioning to high definition. But with more and more viewers able to tape primetime programs and view them during the day or watch rented movies, ratings for the soaps continued to melt away. Once the training ground and career launching pad for dozens of actors who flocked to New York, where most of the soaps were originally taped, to form a veritable community of beautiful and handsome performers, soap operas have for the most part become unaffordable artifacts for the networks, attracting fewer than one million viewers. One Life to Live is the last soap opera still being produced in New York. Both canceled soaps will be replaced by relatively inexpensive talk shows. Live is being swapped for The Revolution, a “one-stop shop for better living” (whatever that means). Children will be replaced by The Chew, which focuses on food.