Throughout my lifetime, there have always been one constant – the soap opera. How many times did I race home from school to see what was going on with Erika Kane and her one of many husbands, or to see what drama was befalling Luke & Laura and those crazy storylines that seemed so far-fetched but appealed to many.
So, when I read that ABC has cancelled All My Children and One Life To Live to replace them with a show called “THE CHEW“ (and, sidenote, another called The Revolution), I about lost my mind. Seriously ABC – are you 14 days late for April Fools? Now, don’t get me wrong, I adore Top Chef’s Carla Hall, Iron Chef Michael Symon, Clinton Kelly and even that orange clogged wonder, Mario Batali but there is no way ABC could seriously think about putting Batali and Crew in La Lucci’s Louboutins (or her timeslot!)
All My Children has been one of those iconic shows that has been like a comfy blanket. Even though I didn’t always need it – I knew it was there. One Life To Live – eehh – I just couldn’t get into it (Hello – umm.. didn’t they go to the middle of the earth or something?) but All My Children had GREAT storylines, of course our gal Kel got her national acting chops on it (we won’t discuss Ms. Ripa’s Partyline Commercial – and I’m saying ACTING chops – not DANCING chops – okay Big Brother?), and the fashion – oh my heavens, the fashion. All My Children also played host to a number of guest stars (Elizabeth Taylor and Carol Burnett are two that come to mind immediately) and how many well known actors got their start in the soaps. So, when I read that ABC is going to basically do a chef/lifestyle centered “VIEW” called “CHEW” in lieu of an American icon? Seriously ABC – I’m disappointed…
Now, with these cancellations, what’s going to happen to SoapNet – or will we get another variation of Food Network or some mess *sigh* Oh – ABC – if you cancel General Hospital - well then, I might just have to forget that ABC ceases to exist, no matter what the show is. Consider yourself warned.
What do you think – was ABC right in cancelling All My Children & One Life To Live? Will you be watching CHEW?
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