In one fell swoop today, ABC changed the direction of daytime TV. The network announced the cancellation of iconic soap operas All My Children and One Life to Live, and in the process, scorched the blogosphere with anger viewers.
All My Children, which remains on the air until September 2011, was taped in New York for 39 of its first 41 years.
Children originally was recorded at ABC’s Studio 18 at 101 West 67th St from 1970 to 1990. The soap that made Susan Lucci a household name headed south one block to ABC Studio 23 at 320 West 66th Street. It stayed there until 2009 when production bolted for Los Angeles.
However, One Life to Live, which will leave the air in January 2012, never gave up its New York roots. Thus, there are many staffers that will likely be out of work. OLTL took over Studio 23 when All My Children relocated to California. Prior to that, One Life to Live was at Studio 17 at 56 West 66th Street.