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15 May 4th, 2011 TV Week: “ABC blew an opportunity when it announced killing of OLTL & AMC!”

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TV Week has a commentary post out today from Arthur Sando in the Open Mic section of their website that speaks volumes for the importance of fans of the daytime genre, and how ABC handled the cancellations of One Life to Live and All My Children, now almost three weeks ago.  Here is an excerpt below!

TV Week: “Certainly, the writing has been on the wall for some time that this day would come, so I think ABC blew an opportunity to prepare its audience. Six months ago, they could have told viewers that if the numbers didn’t improve, the shows would be cancelled. That really could have motivated fans to take some action. Now, judging by activity on Facebook, it’s clear that many fans are up in arms, so while it may be too late to save All My Children and One Life To Live, the network should show that it cares and reach out to these fans, solicit their thoughts and engage them in a social media dialogue to let them know that their ideas are being heard, that their feelings are being considered and that they are, indeed, part of the process.

By making viewers feel shut out, ABC risks breaking a bond of trust with a significant and reliable core audience. And, in today’s fractured television universe, that’s the last thing a network should be doing.”

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  1. Jason says:

    I still don’t think its too late to save these two great shows.

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  2. Ceridwyn2 says:

    Unfortunately, ABC really doesn’t seem to give a damn about it’s soap audience, as evidenced by the micromanaging and interfering in #AMC & #GH. For the fact that Frons has been pretty much avoided #OLTL, I can almost feel grateful. And despite the lack of promotion for the show, the show is on fire and ratings are increasing. :)

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  3. Webbie says:

    IMHO, what all of this DID do is give GH fans a head start. The writing appears to be on the wall for this last ABC soap and GH fans are trying to show TPTB at both ABC and Disney that they won’t take it lying down.

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  4. Dani says:

    While there is an outcry the number of fans are not enough to merit any type of touchy feely outreach to fans. See that pitiful rally turnouts. TV shows are cancelled all the time and I have no idea why people are shocked by this. The only thing I agree with in the article is that the writing has been on the wall for some time. I have watched soaps off and on for 30 years but even I accept that things change and nothing lasts forever.

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  5. Susan says:

    ABC blew it with me, I will not be watching any of the upcoming replacements. ABC insulted the viewership of ABC soaps. I’m not really into reality shows where some people use the “whoa is me routine” to get their fifteen minutes of fame. I’d rather watch soaps to escape my reality. That’s just me. You know who this is really going to hurt is the local affiliates. That’s really a shame.

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  6. Stary Eyes says:

    Soap fans will not give up: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_208782609143799&view=docs#!/home.php?sk=group_208782609143799&ap=1

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    Lynne replied

    I will never give up and hope soon that another network will pick up our soaps. THis sucks!!!!!!!!!

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  7. CINDY says:

    ABC it is going to come down to this no audience during day time or prime time from 8000 people!!!i won’t get over this i will pay up to 50 $$ a month for it to be on soapnet as a premium channel and watch the commercials.so is it the people;e who ABC what it is or Brian Frons decision.

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    ethel replied

    don’t forget that soapnet is also owned by disney & disney is taking that channel of in 2012…..

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  8. brian 56 says:

    how can abc be so insensitive as to cancel the shows.abc has alienated a good chunk of daytime viewers. how can abc wipe out 2 shows that have been a part of tv history.

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  9. Lynne says:

    We will never give up on this and their has to be something done so that they will keep all my children and one life to live alive. No one cares about those other shows that are taking the place of the b est soaps on this planet. I am very upset about all of this, because they are like family, and after they are gone whats left. ?

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  10. ethel says:

    well i for one have stopped watching abc except for the soaps and it took a lot of will power in the beginning – good morning america & abc world news have been a apart of my life forever as well as some of the prime time shows but i have found other stations to watch

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  11. Lynda says:

    Great article! And yes, ABC has indeed made it’s viewers feel shut out! Not to mention very disrespected! I have been a loyal viewer of ABC since I was little, and I’m now 45. But if ABC cancels all of the ABC soaps, I will sure be canceling them! No more ABC anything, not even the news that I have only watched. I have always watched ABC news only! Time to give Brian Williams a try!

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  12. Reed says:

    Please do not take All My Children off the air! I have watched this show since I was 12 yrs old. A total of 22 yrs. i know there are many out there like me. I can not imagine not having AMC in my life. What a letdown ABC.

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  13. Jan says:

    I think it would be nice to save these shows, allow to THEM get back to perhaps BETTER writing? I really DO NOT want theses people out of work.
    They’ve given me a lifetime of GRREAT story memories, I have admired their abilities to remember their lines and move me or just make me HATE them.
    I dont have that gift, always wondered how far I’d have gone IF I had had it.
    I DO NOT want these people to have to join what is already an abundance of actors out of work. Not to mention ALL others out of work in ths country.
    I pray for them as I pray for other’s. GOD are YOU listening?
    http://www.saveinstantstar. (please help?)

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