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End Of An Era: The Final Broadcast Of All My Children Goes Out With A Bang!

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Who shot JR? Forget that:


After a 41-year run, All My Children faded to black today - literally - airing it's last broadcast episode on ABC. While many other soaps that have been canned in recent years felt the need to wrap up all of their stories for their legions of fans, AMC did quite the opposite.

The show's finale found the entire cast gathered for a farewell welcome home party. In the final moments of the episode, the incomparable Erica Kane, played by Susan Lucci, got the last words of the series, vowing to to go after the love of her life, Jack, who gave her the old Clark Gable heave-hoe one last time.

But just as she makes haste for true love, a drunken J.R. appears from the shadows, pointing a gun at the crowded room, filled to brim with all of Pine Valley's residents.

The gun goes off and then, then … well, see for yourself!

Enjoy television history as we present to you that last ten minutes of All My Children ever to air on network TV (above).

We'll say this: we would have liked it better with a little Journey playing in the background!

Thoughts? Did U tune in the for the final AMC?

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14 comments to “End Of An Era: The Final Broadcast Of All My Children Goes Out With A Bang!”

  1. Coopt says – reply to this


    Who cares?

  2. 2

    I can't help but feel a small connection lost with my Grandmother due to the cancellations of all the daytime soap operas. "My stories" as she refered to them. Those meaningless daytime dramas brought me back many a time to the most meaningful conversations I had with her. I miss her and her wisdom. Oh and I will miss those stupid stories too!

  3. 3

    Very, very touching. The end of an era. But really they should give it proper closure. Let it end here instead of some lame web series. Long time fans deserve the closure.

  4. 4

    All My Children was a favourite back in the days when I used to watch soaps. I am amazed at how many old regulars were in that scene! The only one I had a hard time placing was Tad mostly because he is so changed while the others are not. But what a great ending! My heart breaks for the actors who worked so many years together they become family. I wish them all the very best and hope they all land on their feet.

  5. 5

    i hope the web series deal doesn't fall through b/c if it does a lot of fans will be pissed they got this for an ending

  6. 6

    I kept looking for Chandler and Phobe during Tad's speech. I used to love All My Kids, but had not watched it for years.

  7. 7

    It's about time someone killed that spoiled-rotten bitch Erica…

  8. 8

    Wow I stopped watching this show 20 years ago, and it's like I didn't miss an episode. I can't imagine why this show finally got the ax. How about writing your own ending instead of steal one from "Gone With the Wind" Still, it was fun while it lasted and La Lucci still looks fab. But, frankly, All My Children, I couldn't give a damn!

  9. 9

    Worst. Finale. Ever. I am so disappointed in the ending. Here's how I would have ended the show…. After Jack walked out on Erica, a voice over by Agnes Nixon would play as the camera pans around the room. "Jack had finally had enough with Erica's antics. And Erica being Erica, she was not going to stand for Jack's behaviour." Cut to a shot of Agnes sitting in a large comfy arm chair with a book in her hands. She reads the final line, "Erica calls out to Jack, 'This is not how I wanted it to end!' And she runs out of the room after him." Cut to a shot of three women sitting on a couch across from Agnes. One of the women says, "Wow Mom, that's an amazing story! Where did you find the time to come up with such characters?" Cut back to a shot of Agnes smiling, "Oh, it's a story I've been thinking about for a few years now." Pan to close up of Agnes closing the book. Fade to black.

  10. 10

    I loved it. I hope it is successful when it goes online.

  11. 11

    Never really got into AMC…with its bad acting #1MS.LUCCI-bad plots…Y& R all the way

  12. 12

    Good broadcast. I wonder who he shot? So long All My Children.

  13. 13

    i thought everyones gonna die cuz he could see everyone from in there

    and if that was the case
    id be the first to yell "HAMLET ! TRAVESTY ! TA DA DAAAAAAAMMMM"

  14. Eggie says – reply to this


    The whole reason we don't know who was shot is because there are no final contracts for AMC's continuation as an online series. Obviously, the producers of the web-only show are hoping for Lucci to sign up — problem is, she's probably asking for a shitload of cash. If they don't want to pay it, Erica will be the one shot and killed.