Susan Lucci’s All My Children, One Life to Live, Canceled. End of an Era?

[ 0 ] April 15, 2011 |

Susan Lucci AKA Erica Kane

Goodbye, Erica Kane. We may be witnessing an end of an era.

ABC announced Thursday that it is canceling daytime dramas “All My Children” – which made actress Susan Lucci and her character Erica Kane, icons of the genre – and “One Life to Live.”

Our genConnect career expert Vicki Salemi, author of Big Career in the Big City: Land a Job and Get a Life in New York and The ABC’s of College Life, lamented the move, but noted that in the end, the soap business is still a business, after all.

“With the cancellation of ‘One Life to Live’ and ‘All My Children,’ we’re sadly seeing the stamp of a classic television genre go by the wayside. Although there are four lone survivors of soaps (‘General Hospital,’ ‘Young and the Restless,’ ‘Bold and the Beautiful’ and ‘Days of Our Lives’), it still feels like the end of an era!”

Salemi adds: “Most of us can remember watching vivid story lines unfold after school from middle school and/or high school or even college! It’s disappointing that future generations won’t be entertained just as we’ve watched Viki’s many personalities emerge over the years in Llanview or Erica Kane’s multiple husbands or get to see actors who leverage soaps as a launching pad such as Sarah Michelle Gellar, Eva Longoria and Kelly Ripa.”

But after all, television is about the bottom line, these days.

Vicki Salemi

“We have to remind ourselves that at the end of the day, it’s a business,” Salemi said. “Considering ratings were low and it’s cheaper to replace the shows with other programming, executives had to make a business decision. That said, my concern is not only the loss of the daytime drama but the lost jobs of talented people: Sure, the actors are now out of work but let’s not forget about the hard-working writers who churned story after story for all of those years! Production crews, producers, you name it – they’re now having to regroup in an industry which has been taken over by reality TV.”

AMC, which premiered in 1970, will be off the air in September. OLTL, which dates back to 1968, will stay on the air until January 2012. It is the last soap opera produced in New York. There are now far fewer work opportunities in television drama for actors and actresses, particularly with the proliferation – good or bad – of reality TV.

Susan Lucci – who is viewed as a goddess of daytime television, said on her web site: “The face of daytime television has made dramatic changes resulting in the cancellation of ‘All My Children.’ Final episodes will broadcast in September. It’s been a fantastic journey. I’ve loved playing Erica Kane and working with Agnes Nixon and all the incredible people involved with ‘All My Children.’ I’m looking forward to all kinds of new and exciting opportunities.”

Nathan Fillion, who kicked off his acting career on OLTL and who is now the star of ABC’s new show, “Castle,” wrote on his Twitter page: “A moment of silence for a disappearing genre. OLTL & AMC, we’ll miss your hard work and talent.”

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