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Old 04-14-2011, 03:12 PM   #1
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ABC cancels soaps All My Children and One Life to Live

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Shows will end in Jan 2012.
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Old 04-14-2011, 03:14 PM   #2
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Well, at least Susan Lucia got an Emmy in her 41 years.
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Old 04-14-2011, 03:50 PM   #3
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What does that leave for soaps, just General Hospital?
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Old 04-14-2011, 03:55 PM   #4
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Old 04-14-2011, 04:04 PM   #5
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It's a shame that networks are so quick to pull the plug and not give shows a chance to develop an audience.
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Old 04-14-2011, 04:06 PM   #6
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Yeah, 40+ years just isn't long enough.
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Old 04-14-2011, 04:19 PM   #7
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My mom has been watching since day one, she's gonna be upset
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Old 04-14-2011, 04:20 PM   #8
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Interesting. I never watched soaps but then I worked most of my life. I wonder if this is an age thing. I enjoyed Dark Shadows as a kid but I wonder if I would watch a daytime soap based on Vampires for example? Don't know, don't want to spend the time even though I am now retired.
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Old 04-14-2011, 04:26 PM   #9
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It's the end of an era.

I haven't watched soaps in years, since I was in college probably, but they were such a mainstay of tv watching for so long, and now they are all just going away one by one. I remember my mom watching AMC from when I was pretty little, although she later switched to the CBS soaps like Guiding Light.
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Old 04-14-2011, 04:39 PM   #10
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I still tune in to AMC every once in a while to see what is happening. I have been watching for 20 years. I can't really say I'll miss it but this certainly changes the face of daytime TV.
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Old 04-14-2011, 04:40 PM   #11
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My mom has been watching since day one, she's gonna be upset
This. The whole reason my mom got a DVR is her soaps. This will probably result in a 60% drop in her tv viewing (General Hospital being most of the rest).
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Old 04-14-2011, 04:44 PM   #12
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Wow kinda sad. I haven't regularly watched soaps since I graduated college, but my mom and I used to watch a lot of them together until then, including AMC and OLTL. She still watches AMC and GH, and has been watching AMC since the beginning. I still watch them with her when I go visit them... it's kinda nice to jump back into a show 15 years later and most of the people are still the same.
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Old 04-14-2011, 05:25 PM   #13
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Wow, I didn't think AMC would ever end. I used to work nights when it first came on and my ex decided she wanted to watch it. I sat through the first ep and a few after before I got tired of it. Oddly enough, a few years later, I got a job at the local ABC affiliate where I kinda had to watch it. Several months later, I went to permanent night shift and I hadn't seen it since. A couple weeks ago the TV was on ABC and it came on. I watched about five minutes and sure enough, some of the same people were still there.

End of an era.
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Old 04-14-2011, 05:56 PM   #14
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Several months later, I went to permanent night shift and I hadn't seen it since. A couple weeks ago the TV was on ABC and it came on. I watched about five minutes and sure enough, some of the same people were still there.
Well, here's what you missed:

It's later the same day...

(Old joke.)
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Old 04-14-2011, 07:49 PM   #15
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whattaya guys think -

is it the ratings or the expense?

i am feeling rather nostalgic - not that i have watched either in 20 years
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AMC is ending in September...
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Old 04-14-2011, 09:30 PM   #17
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AMC is ending in September...
You're right. I misquoted the article in the OP. Here's what it says

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The final episode of All My Children will air this September, and the final episode of One Life to Live will air January 2012.

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Old 04-14-2011, 09:37 PM   #18
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I wonder if the shows will end with a cliffhanger.
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Old 04-14-2011, 09:50 PM   #19
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I haven't watched either in years (still TiVo GH) but this really makes me sad.

Feels like the end of an era. And how much farther behind will GH be?
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Old 04-14-2011, 09:53 PM   #20
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It's a shame that networks are so quick to pull the plug and not give shows a chance to develop an audience.
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Old 04-14-2011, 11:47 PM   #21
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I can't believe the stuff I'm hearing about how women aren't home to watch the shows and pass the show onto new generations: HELLO most people have DVRs now! we don't need to be home anymore! that excuse doesn't hold water! the show lost viewers because it focused on newer younger characters and strayed from the original. DUH! GH has done the same thing!
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Old 04-15-2011, 12:18 AM   #22
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I wonder if the shows will end with a cliffhanger.


Actually I do wonder how they end one of these soaps. For the ones that have ended over the past few years what has been the usual? Do they just stop, or do they try and wrap things up somehow?

I'm in favor of a gigantic explosion that kills them all, but that's just me.
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Old 04-15-2011, 12:50 AM   #23
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Actually I do wonder how they end one of these soaps. For the ones that have ended over the past few years what has been the usual? Do they just stop, or do they try and wrap things up somehow?

I'm in favor of a gigantic explosion that kills them all, but that's just me.
It's too bad David Canary has retired from acting I would love to see Adam Chandler on GH
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Old 04-15-2011, 07:35 AM   #24
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I can't believe the stuff I'm hearing about how women aren't home to watch the shows and pass the show onto new generations: HELLO most people have DVRs now! we don't need to be home anymore! that excuse doesn't hold water! the show lost viewers because it focused on newer younger characters and strayed from the original. DUH! GH has done the same thing!
While you are correct about people having DVR's (i *never* watch GH live...ever) they may also have a point about new generations.

I have a friend who is about 50-ish. She has watched General Hospital since she was 8 or 9 years old. I'm sure as a child it wouldn't have been her first choice in entertainment, but she watched it anyway because a) her mother watched it and b) there was only one tv in the house. She was a captive audience. LOL In today's world, when I'm watching GH, my daughter has many other entertainment options at her disposal.
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Old 04-15-2011, 09:04 AM   #25
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I have been watching AMC since high school. We used to sneak out at lunch and watch at a friends house who lived near the school. In college, I would watch between classes. When I went to work, I would tape on my VCR. Now I record on my Tivo.

It is going to be strange not to see something I have been watching for 35 years!!!
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Old 04-15-2011, 10:20 AM   #26
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I watched AMC & GH waay back in the early to mid 80's. When I got my first fulltime job, I didn't have a VCR, so they fell off my radar. I think my GF still watches them. I'm sure she won't be happy about their demise.
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I have been watching AMC since high school. We used to sneak out at lunch and watch at a friends house who lived near the school. In college, I would watch between classes. When I went to work, I would tape on my VCR. Now I record on my Tivo.

It is going to be strange not to see something I have been watching for 35 years!!!
Same here. AMC is the reason I got my Tivo. I have also been watching OLTL since day 1. It's sad to see them go.
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I can't believe the stuff I'm hearing about how women aren't home to watch the shows and pass the show onto new generations: HELLO most people have DVRs now! we don't need to be home anymore! that excuse doesn't hold water! the show lost viewers because it focused on newer younger characters and strayed from the original. DUH! GH has done the same thing!
Except DVRs don't have much of an impact on ratings.
Because the networks and the advertisers assume that most people use them to skip ads.
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Old 04-15-2011, 12:03 PM   #29
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Except DVRs don't have much of an impact on ratings.
Because the networks and the advertisers assume that most people use them to skip ads.
And that would probably be a correct assumption. But I use them to skip ads on everything....not just soaps.
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The networks barely want to pay for scripted drama in prime time. It wasn't long before they stopped wanting to pay for it in daytime.

They almost have to kill off Susan Lucci's character now, don't they?
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