gwynnega: (Jack/Siobhan balcony)
[personal profile] gwynnega
ABC cancels One Life To Live and All My Children

There is something particularly nauseating about ABC killing two of its legacy programs, which began in 1968 (OLTL) and 1970 (AMC), in favor of a cooking show called "The Chew" and a weight-loss program called "The Revolution"(!). As soap writer Tom Casiello wrote today on his Twitter page: "You will save money. You will hold onto demos. You will be fine. But you leave NO LEGACY now, ABC. Congratu-fucking-lations. You're mediocre."

Rumors had brewed for months about these cancellations, but ABC denied them, even as fans wrote and called the network pleading for their shows to be spared. Apparently the casts of the shows found out when the fans did, today.

It's particularly unfair that OLTL should be cancelled, as it is on a creative high and, in my opinion, currently the best soap opera on the air. But I feel sick at the idea of both soaps being gone, and only four remaining. I'm sad, and I'm angry.

Date: 2011-04-15 12:23 am (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
Oh, wow. Seriously? Jesus.

Date: 2011-04-15 12:31 am (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
That's That's a big death knell for scripted television, that is. (Also, remember when soaps were actually heralded by second-wave feminism as putting "women's issues" on the air? And all the times they showed transsexuals or people with AIDS or interracial romances or other controversial topics, often well before nighttime scripted shows? Jeez.)

Date: 2011-04-15 02:07 am (UTC)
callmesandyk: (comfort in daylight)
From: [personal profile] callmesandyk
It's such BULL, seriously. :(

Date: 2011-04-14 08:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes, sad indeed. OLTL is my fave show and the only soap I watch. I doubt if I'll watch daytime TV at all now. Boo ABC!!!

Date: 2011-04-14 09:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
OLTL is the reason we became LJ buds, Gwynne. I kept seeing your Roxy icon around and was curious enough to friend you. I've been watching OLTL for 15 years. Jaime's hooked on it now since we moved in together last August. I'm so glad I got to share it with her. Life goes on, but gee...

I'm gonna really miss my "friends" in Lanview. :(

Date: 2011-04-14 09:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
So when is the last episode?

Date: 2011-04-14 08:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I shouldn't be surprised, and yet I am. OLTL just hired Roger Howarth back, didn't they? Sigh.

Date: 2011-04-14 08:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I am so bummed about OLTL :(

Date: 2011-04-14 08:57 pm (UTC)
usedtobeljs: (Kevin and Lucy GH)
From: [personal profile] usedtobeljs
It really is just... not cool.


Date: 2011-04-14 08:59 pm (UTC)
usedtobeljs: (Kevin and Lucy GH)
From: [personal profile] usedtobeljs
Nathan Fillion comments. (Joey Buchanan!)

Date: 2011-04-14 09:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I haven't watched either in ages, but throughout the summers in my junior high and high school years, and then in my college and grad school years, I caught them whenever I could.

Using my Private from PofM icon since he's voiced by the handsome James Patrick Stuart (who was Will Cortlandt for awhile)!

Date: 2011-04-14 09:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
God - especially after the announcements about Lorraine Broderick and Roger Howarth and the "oh of *course* we're not cancelling AMC" BS a couple weeks ago...this bites so hard.

They'll go out on a high note, but the fact that they're going out at all will just make it that much more painful.

Wow. I'm depressed now. Suppose there's a chance we'll get DVDs now?

Date: 2011-04-15 12:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It makes no sense, unless the fan demand would just illustrate how much they've mishandled the whole situation. You'd think the promise of easy income would off-set that potential embarrassment though - we already know they have no shame.

Date: 2011-04-14 10:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I saw a post about this on facebook and immediately tabbed over to livejournal to see if you had commented on it. I'm sad and angry, too. Especially about OLTL. I was so psyched about Roger Howarth's return. And David Vickers!

Date: 2011-04-14 10:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I've never watched soaps, but I feel very strongly the loss of these iconic programs that have lasted decades and ebbed and flowed with - and helped to shape in their own way at times - popular culture.

Date: 2011-04-14 11:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
What a weird development in television history. Two major, huge examples of a specific kind of programming were just replaced with the bizarre contradiction of a diet show and a food show called, oh so tastefully, The Chew. Strangely indicative of our times.

Date: 2011-04-15 12:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I saw this on Marshall's page first (though he said he found out from you), and my thought was, how horrible to replace something that has a *story* with something that's just a how-to show, or a reality show... not to mention that soap operas have a real tradition.

Too bad :-(

Date: 2011-04-15 01:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That's awful.

Date: 2011-04-15 02:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I gave up when we lost ATWT. I sometimes watch bits of Days, which I loved about twenty years ago, but it's a pale, pale shade of what it was.

What's next? Night time scripted dramas?

Date: 2011-04-15 04:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
What a strange and awful decision they've made there.

Date: 2011-04-15 04:55 pm (UTC)
herself_nyc: (Default)
From: [personal profile] herself_nyc
So tone-deaf.

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