Not that I’m disappointed or in any way affected. It’s certainly worth a mention, however, along with a moment of reflection on a long era coming to an end. This is to say, the world of daytime soap operas is soon to suffer severe and debilitating loss, if not meet its demise altogether.
ABC’s announcement yesterday that it’s cancelling two daytime programs on the air for more than forty years comes initially as a surprise, but then as less of a surprise the more I think about it. “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” have existed since 1970 and 1968, respectively, both MUCH older than I am after all!
Times are changing, of course, in broadcast as much as anywhere else. Then too, nothing lasts forever, not even Susan Lucci’s job, as she’ll soon be out of one for the first time in 41 years! Of course she already has something to say about this.
All I can say is that I can’t recall the last time I watched an episode of either show, as I’m not one to sit around watching daytime soaps. (I’ll sit around watching nighttime soaps anytime.) Nonetheless, I realize this will certainly be a painful loss for many faithful viewers, as they’ll now have to rely on “General Hospital” for their daytime fix of tacky melodrama.
Nothing lasts forever, except perhaps the memories of a chronically drama-stricken Erica Kane! A very different daytime programming world is clearly, and not-so-surprisingly, upon us.