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It’s the end of an era.  After 41 years, “All My Children” will air its final episode today.  ABC announced the cancellation of “All My Children” and “One Life To Live” earlier this year, saying it would replace the longrunning daytime dramas with two new lifestyle series.  The first, the food-oriented program “The Chew,” is set to debut next Monday.  The weight loss series “The Revolution” will fill the time slot once “One Life To Live” goes off the air in January.  The cancellation of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” leaves “General Hospital” as the sole soap survivor in ABC’s daytime lineup.  Declining ratings were cited as the reason for the shows’ cancellations.

There has been some talk about a new version of the soap opera popping up online in January.  The Web series is expected to pick up right where the TV version left off, but only two cast regulars — Cameron Mathison and Lindsay Hartley — have reportedly signed on so far.  Contract disputes has reportedly held up soap staple Susan Lucci who has played the role of Erica Kane since “All My Children” began in 1970.  Kane recently made headlines for blasting ABC’s decision to cancel “All My Children” in an updated version of her memoir “All My Life: A Memoir.”

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09-23-2011 01:30:23

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