ABC's announcement today that 40-year-old soap operas "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" are coming to the end isn't good news for crews numbering at least in the hundreds. (And fans in the millions, but declining.) OLTL is shot in New York, but "All My Children" famously moved from there to a studio in Glassell Park last year. For whatever reason, its ratings plunged. City Council President Eric Garcetti, who appeared on the show to mark its arrival in L.A., said today:
While we are disappointed that the ratings just aren't there for the network to keep "All My Children" on the air, I am proud that we were able to move the show from New York and demonstrate to other productions the benefits -- whether financial, facilities or personnel -- of filming in Los Angeles. My office has worked diligently to attract and retain production in Los Angeles, and we're going to start looking for ways we can help fill the "All My Children" studio space when it becomes available.
Two new lifestyle shows, "The Chew" and "The Revolution," will join the ABC daytime lineup instead.