Legendary soap icon, Agnes Nixon, the woman responsible for creating All My Children and One Life to Live, spoke with the Penn Courant on the demise of her beloved soap operas and how she plans on helping the series have a fulfilling and graceful exit for the fans. Nixon has donated thousands upon thousands of scripts from these shows and some from Loving that are preserved at Penn University’s, Annenberg School of Communications.
Nixon who is in her 80′s, said to the Penn Courant, that she and her small writing staff are busy planning the final plot twists. “We’re ending them but we aren’t ending them, if you know what I mean. It’s possible that some other network might pick them up, so we are ending them with a tune-in-tomorrow attitude.”
The creator of AMC and OLTL, Nixon, also says that the announcement of the shows’ cancellations was not a complete surprise to her. “There had been great rumors that the cost factor had become an issue. People watch more things during the day now, and that means less income from the advertisers for daytime dramas. Meanwhile the cost of creating the shows doesn’t change. The unions don’t reduce their fees. You have to pay the actors and the writers. Bottom line, it’s money.”
She also told the college website that fans should expect to see long-lost characters return to Pine Valley and Llanview during the final episodes, she says. “We’ll have situations that will bring them back.”