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Daytime Drama At ABC!

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abc soaps in danger of cancellation over budget spending and new programming

Oh, woe is daytime television over at ABC. The network just can't seem to get any of its new early-bird programming to work and this might cause trouble for some old favorites.

For awhile now, the alphabet network has had several new daytime talks shows in development that they want to get on the air. Problem is, some of their other programming is eating up all their funds and they're finding it difficult to make peace with that. One of the most costly ventures of the network is their lineup of soap operas. Yes, your stories are costing ABC big bucks as they're all running completely over-budget.

Like All My Children. The House of Mouse uprooted the show's production to Los Angeles last year in an effort to cut down on costs, but the relocation has made little difference. The show's been on the air for over 40 years, but if they can't find a way to decrease the bottom line, it could be coming to an end. The same goes for One Life to Live, except that they've managed to stay under budget consistently. Problem is, they don't grab as many eyeballs as AMC, so they might be cut loose just to make room.

The only show that seems to be safe in ABC's morning lineup is General Hospital. Though they too constantly find themselves over budget, GH remains the networks most popular soap, so its pretty much a safe bet that it won't go anywhere.

It's sad to think that even more longtime soaps will be getting the axe. C'mon, ABC, do we really need more talk shows? Really?

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15 comments to “Daytime Drama At ABC!”

  1. 1

    General Hospital is the best!

  2. 2

    Sad. AMC is great. I just started watching in the last few years. I was a lifelong Guiding Light fan,and many of the actors are on AMC now. I hope it makes it!

  3. 3

    General Hospital is most watched because it's on when most are out of school/work. I am a long time All My Children fan who will turn ABC OFF if they touch my show!

  4. 4

    GH rules!

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  6. 6

    I great up watching ABC Soaps. I was done with AMC when Eric's children kept getting younger to make her seem younger. But I turned it off the day that her groundbreaking abortion years ago turned out to that some crazy Frankenstein doctor took the aborted EGG and implanted it in HIS WIFE. I can do evil twins, but that was just asinine. And OLTL used their alternate personality storylines on one too many characters. General Hospital is repetitive but at least they have consistent talent to back it up.

  7. 7

    I am so sick of hearing about high budgets being the reason for cutting daytime dramas. Yes, it's true viewership is down, but that's because the storylines have not been as good as they have been in the past and because of "cost-cutting" measures, like putting popular charaters on "recurring" status. GH is the best, but AMC is also great and that cast has to put up with a lot this past year - having to relocate/commute to LA and pay cuts

  8. 8

    GH is the best, but if ABC cancels AMC or OLTL for datime talk shows or games shows, as other networks have been doing, I'll just tune in to cable. I'm so sick of hearing about budget costs, when the truth is it is all about corporate greed.

  9. 9

    Oops! Sorry for the double post!

  10. 10

    OLTL is much better than AMC and GH, but shit I've been watching these shows since I was in my mother's stomach, I came out watching soaps. Why do they need more talk shows???? When 99% will not even make it two years or more. Network needs a kick in its ass!!!! Leave our daytime soaps alone!!!!

  11. 11

    NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! :( :( They're going to get rid of soap operas for some stupid ass talk shows. ABC has the view, that should be enough!!! Talk shows aren't even that good. Hey if you want to cut cost..stop funding those stupid as shows that don't even last an entire season!!! (cough) my generation (cough) the deep in!!!

  12. 12

    Not that I'm saying they are or are not for sure axing one of their longtime soaps, but I think this is all just publicity to get everyone talking. Remember, Oprah is going off the air. They could just be riling everyone up for nothing because they will be replacing her show, most likely, with another talk show. This could simply be the huge "drama" they are talking about; making all us soap fans worry. I of course don't want them to cancel any of their their long-running soaps. I hope they stick to their guns and not cave like CBS and NBC… :(

  13. lill says – reply to this


    NO!!!!!!!! AMC is my fav show on TV… I DVR it every single day and watch it when I get home from work…

    Come on ABC.. make the right decision. We DON'T need another talk show!

  14. 14

    Susan Lucci is one of the worst actresses ever!!! I can't even watch her.

  15. 15

    Get rid of the View. It sux, it's irrelevant, and the host's are droll as well as self serving.