So just how did the cancellation of One Life to Live and All My Children go down this morning? According to an article in EW.com, ABC Daytime President, Brian Frons told the cast and crew of AMC personally before the announcement went out to the press some 15 minutes later. (The cast and crew of the New York-based OLTL was video linked at the same time).
Unlike when CBS announced the demise of Guiding Light and As the World Turns, Frons said it was important to immediately reveal how the soaps will be replaced because “otherwise we will appear like we have no plan. It’s important for our affiliates. If we make the decision to take off two shows we value, then they need to know how we will replace them.”
The daytime executive admitted it wasn’t easy to make the cancellation call. “It’s very sad for me. I came here because I wanted to work on the ABC soaps. I worked in CBS and NBC daytime and I always envied the quality and people who ABC had. I never imagined when I came in August of 2002 that I’d be the guy to take two of the shows off.”
Frons also stated that it was too early to tell if General Hospital will absorb some of the actors from AMC or OLTL. So stay tuned down the road for that one!