ABC’s All My Children ended today after nearly 42 years of scandalous affairs, decades-long rivalries, fairy tale romances, kidnapped babies, serial killers, resurrected loved ones and the occasional tornado, the long time New York produced soap opera All My Children aired its final episode today (September 23, 2011) on the ABC television Network.
From 1970 to 1990, All My Children was recorded at ABC’s TV18 at 101 West 67th St, now a 50-story apartment tower. From March 1990 to December 2009, it was taped at ABC’s television studio TV23 at 320 West 66th Street in Manhattan, New York City. In December 2009, the locale for taping the series moved from the costly New York City to California… Stages 1 and 2 at the Andrita Studios in Los Angeles
Declining ratings in all of daytime television, combined with the departures of longtime actors such as Ray MacDonnell, David Canary, and Julia Barr, as well as the deaths of senior cast members Ruth Warrick, Eileen Herlie, and James Mitchell, had the ABC network reconsidering its schedule. On April 14, 2011, it was announced that All My Children would be canceled after 41 years on the air.
Creator/head writer Agnes Nixon: ” We did not wrap everything up with people fading into the sunset with happy endings. It’s a continued story. The last episode, we think, will make people want to come back very much to get some answers. I was saddened, but I saw it coming because the ratings were going down and personally I felt the show wasn’t being written as it should. It wasn’t true to the characters. You know, they had focus groups every three or four months, and I went every time knowing what I would hear. “Oh, we still love the characters, but the stories don’t work for us. What happened?” So, it wasn’t a total surprise to me.”
Leading lady Susan Lucci: “Knowing how Agnes writes, the end is not shocking at all. I knew she wouldn’t tie it up in a neat bow. There are several cliff-hangers. Just before we shot the final scene, Rebecca and I caught each other’s eye and both of us just started to tear up. It’s been happening to all of us. The emotions come over you when you least expect it. Cameron and I were talking about it, how it just doesn’t seem real. I don’t know if it’s a protective mechanism. At the same time, I’m blown away by how everybody has continued to work on all cylinders, with a great attitude and smile on their face and no whining. And with Agnes here, it’s been amazing.”
The series is going to continue as an internet vehicle. Will you watch?
On July 7, 2011, ABC sold the licensing rights of All My Children to third-party production company Prospect Park with the show set to continue on the internet as a series of webisodes and possibly on cable television. All My Children taped its final scenes for ABC on August 30, 2011 and its last episode on the network aired on September 23, 2011. It is unknown when exactly Prospect Park will air its first episode of All My Children, but the company hopes to revive the series for the first quarter of 2012.
On September 26, 2011, ABC will replace All My Children with a new talk show called The Chew.
“Why wouldn’t our fans watch online? You don’t have to watch at 1 o’clock now — you can watch them any time of day and catch up on what you missed. I know it’s a transition, but maybe the thing we’re making is electronic history. There’s no reason this won’t work.” said Agnes Nixon.