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All My Children Canceled

Do You Have a Favorite Soap Opera?

Shocking news hit lovers of Pine Valley today — ABC announced it's canceling All My Children! Erica Kane and her many husbands, lovers, friends, and enemies will say goodbye in September, and they aren't the only casualties. One Life to Live will take its last breath in January. Considering the soaps have been on for a combined total of 83 years, many fans will be sad, including me. When I was little, my mom used to tape AMC faithfully, and we would watch it at night, sometimes catching up with multiple episodes in a row. I started watching the show so young (don't worry, she fast-forwarded all the bedroom scenes) that I think it took me a few years to realize Tad, Dixie, Adam, Brooke, Opal, and everyone else weren't real people living their unusually dramatic lives.

As of next year, only four network soap operas will be left: Days of Our Lives, General Hospital, The Young and The Restless, and The Bold and the Beautiful. Do you have a sentimental favorite?

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Annie-Gabillet Annie-Gabillet 6 years
I loved Leo and Greenlee together too, ChelMarie. So many actors and actresses got their starts on soaps. Now we'll just have . . . more reality TV "stars." :(
secondstar secondstar 6 years
I've only ever watched AMC and OLTL. I'll have nothing to watch when I call in sick to work now :(
Lavinie Lavinie 6 years
i'm a general hospital fan - i must admit.. i can't help it - i just love coming home and watching episodes! lol
Becky-Kirsch Becky-Kirsch 6 years
My mom has watched General Hospital since its inception (literally). Over the years I picked up enough knowledge that now I can figure out exactly what's going on within a week!
ChelMarie ChelMarie 6 years
I've watched most of the soaps off and on and my whole life (Days of Our Lives was my first), but the only time I was ever OBSESSED (like could NOT wait to get home to watch) was when Josh Duhamel was on All My Children as Leo. Loved him and Greenlee together.
dreejay dreejay 6 years
I cannot believe this. I'm heartbroken for the fans, cast and crew of both shows. It seemed so sudden too. It's amazing how American soap operas, which were created by the USA and the notion spread to other countries, are not given their due credit. My soap opera of choice? General Hospital. I was raised on it and since I moved to Ireland I have been keeping up online. I would be devastated if it was to ever be cancelled. It's interesting how networks in Ireland, England and Australia don't compete to get a ton of money off of their soaps. Soaps are given a primetime slot and a replay during the day, as well as a catch-up on all of the episodes at the weekend. It's an accepted and protected part of culture. It's very sad that ABC chose not to protect two of its long-running soaps as part of American culture. I'm off to watch General Hospital and thank my lucky stars that my favorite soap wasn't axed. I can tell you that I will never, ever watch whatever shows ABC chooses to put in place of AMC and OLTL.
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