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Soap Opera Deaths: All My Children, One Life to Live

Posted by on April 14, 2011 at 6:30 PM EST

all my childrenTwo beloved soap operas (All My Children, One Life to Live) have met their untimely death.

Are you a die hard soap opera fan?  Are there any still out there?  With so much reality television today, it seems as though there isn’t a need for soap operas.  What was once a show that would take people away from their problems, or spice up their dull and boring lives, seems to be dying a slow death.  There have been rumors circulating that All My Children and One Life to Live are going to be cancelled.  The two shows combined have 86 years and over 20,000 episodes under their belts.  It seems as though ABC has been trying to avoid this announcement for a few weeks now, but it came down today.  The only remaining daytime soap opera for the ABC network will be General Hospital.  General Hospital made it’s premier in 1963!

All My Children launched in 1970 and also launched the career of Susan Lucci.  One Life to Live aired in 1968 as well and is centered around the character of Victoria “Viki” Lord Burke Riley Buchanan Carpenter Davidson Banks (whew, i’m out of breathe), who is played by Erika Slezak since 1971.  What will these long standing actresses do?  I’m sure retire at this point.

There have been many famous actors who have had their starts on soaps.  On All My Children those notables include Josh Duhamel, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kelly Ripa, Mischa Barton and Amanda Seyfried.  From One Life to Live there was Laurence Fishburne, Tommy Lee Jones, Hayden Panetiere, Phylicia Rashad, Nathan Fillion, Marcia Cross, Judith Light, Ryan Phillippe, Blair Underwood and Brandon Routh.

Look for the final episode of All My Children to air in September of this year, and One Life to Live will air it’s last episode in January 2012.  Will GH be the next to get the axe?



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