ABC Cancels All My Children, One Life to Live
Long-running soaps go off the air in September and January
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Suggested by jennie_02
Posted Apr 14, 2011 3:10 PM CDT
Actress Susan Lucci, aka Erica Kane, poses for a portrait last month in New York.   (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen)

(Newser) – Oh, the indignity for Erica Kane: Not only is ABC pulling the plug on All My Children, it's replacing it with something called The Chew. The network also is canceling One Life to Live, though General Hospital survives for now. Exact dates aren't set, but AMC—which first aired in 1970—will go off the air in September and One Life to Live (1968) in January, reports ABC.

In their places, ABC will air The Chew, a food program that will have rotating hosts such as Mario Batali, and a health and lifestyles show called The Revolution. As for the soaps: The network will "conclude each series in a manner that respects their legacies and the longstanding hopes of many of their viewers," says an ABC exec. Click for more on the decision.