It has been a year since ABC announced the cancellation of the iconic All My Children and One Life To Live. Viewers said their official goodbye last September to All My Children and this past January to One Life To Live. ABC replaced these much loved shows with some same old same old cooking show they dubbed “The Chew” to replace All My Children. The reviews on the show have been much less than stellar and it is struggling in the ratings. ABC replaced One Life To Live with a show they call The Revolution and those ratings are terrible and it is rumored that The Revolution has been lost and is soon to be cancelled.
I think ABC may be realizing that they made a mistake canceling the iconic daytime dramas since both their replacement shows do not seem to be doing the job they thought they would do. Ironically, ABC aired The Ten Commandments, which they have run annually on Easter or Passover since 1973. My husband was interested in researching the origins of the movie and its special effects back when it was filmed in 1956 and how they were able to create such special effects. Upon researching this subject, he brought to my attention that The Ten Commandments were aired annually from 1973 until 1999, when for whatever reason ABC decided not to air it.
The response to ABC not airing The Ten Commandments that year resulted in an up-roaring of anger and disappointment from the viewers and ABC brought it back the next year and has aired it annually again since that following year. This would make one think and consider that ABC does have the ability to listen to its viewers and consider or reconsider some of the choices and decisions it has made in the past if they turned out to be bad ones.
Now taking into consideration that this is a different time and that The Ten Commandments does not have to be reproduced yearly in order to air it and all it takes is loading the film into a queue, one still wonders that if ABC found a way to make it affordable to give the viewers back their beloved shows, would they do it?
One also has to wonder if ABC has pondered different remedies in order to give everyone what they want and need? Has ABC considered combining All My Children and One Life To Live together since both were created by Agnes Nixon and both take place in sleepy little suburbs of Philadelphia, PA? Has ABC considered the ratings this combined show would garner if they brought Erica, Brooke, Vickie, Dorian, the Cain girls and the Cramer girls all together in the same show? How fantastic that could be? Have they considered the story-lines that could be created, the budgets that could be realigned and the sponsors that would jump on board to advertise on such a creation?
Has ABC considered that they could continue to have cast members from both All My Children and One Life To Live periodically visit Port Charles for some additional action and interaction between the shows and story-lines? Has ABC considered making this an EPIC event supported by total interaction via the internet with the viewers? Has ABC thought for one moment that they are sitting on a GOLDEN GOOSE and all they have to do is lay the egg?
I was a long time viewer of ABC. I watched nothing but ABC and Soapnet for the past 8 years. Castle and Dancing With the Stars were my favorite prime time shows that I watched faithfully weekly since their first air date. I have however not watched either show since last April when ABC announced they would be cancelling their daytime dramas and I know hundreds of other people who have stopped watching as well. Who is watching ABC these days? I don’t know of anybody.
One can only hope that there is somebody sitting in an Executive position at ABC that might glimpse at this article and realize all they have to do is lift up the Goose to grab that egg and the network and the viewers can all live “Happily Ever After” once again.