ABC Kills All My Children, One Life to Live

Mario Batali talk show and other lifestyle programming will replace them

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ABC has canceled two of its longest-running programs, pulling the plug on its flagship soap operas All My Children and One Life to Live.

Launched in July 1968, One Life to Live was one of the longest-running soaps on TV. Set in the same fictional universe as Life, All My Children bowed in January 1970.

The decision to shut down production on the two series is symptomatic of the overall decline in soap opera viewership. Whereas soaps once averaged around 7 million daily viewers in the early ‘90s, last season saw the genre limp along to the tune of around 1 million diehards.

All My Children will go dark in September, while Life will cease to exist in January 2012.



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