End Of An Era: ABC Cancels All My Children And One Life To Live

All My Children cancelled

It’s a wrap for Pine Valley, NY and Llanview, PA.

ABC announced Thursday that the sun will set permanently in the fictional towns of Pine Valley and Llanview as All My Children and One Life to Live wrap up for good.

AMC’s last episode – which was rumored last month to be on the horizon – will be in September, while OLTL will end in January 2012.

“To honor the core, passionate audience and their rich history with our soaps,” both shows will conclude “in a manner that respects their legacies and the longstanding hopes of many of their viewers,” reads a press release from ABC.

ABC executives point out to viewers that times are changing and say they were “guided by extensive research into what today’s daytime viewers want,” and blame, in part, “the changing viewing patterns of the audience” for the shake-up. All My Children began as a half-hour soap opera in 1970. One Life to Live began in 1968.

Susan Lucci, who’s played the one soap opera character everybody knows – Erica Kane – was the first to issue a statement. “It’s been a fantastic journey,” she said in a statement. I’ve loved playing Erica Kane and working with [series creator] Agnes Nixon and all the incredible people involved with All My Children. I’m looking forward to all kinds of new and exciting opportunities.”

Acting careers launched by All My Children including Josh Duhamel, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kelly Ripa, Mischa Barton and Amanda Seyfried; notable alums of One Life to Live include Laurence Fishburne, Tommy Lee Jones, Hayden Panettiere, Phylicia Rashad, Nathan Fillion, Marcia Cross, Judith Light, Ryan Phillippe, Blair Underwood and Brandon Routh.

Do you feel some type of way about these two shows getting shut down?

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