ABC Network top managers have decided to stop the popular soap opera “All My Children” with the last episode to be aired on Friday after the series has been broadcast for 41 years on ABC. Fans of the soap opera protested against the decision made by ABC’s executives with at least one large advertiser canceling its publicity contracts with the TV network. Later, Prospect Park, the company that produces Royal Pains on the USA network and Wilfred on FX, has acquired the license for “All My Children,” promising to launch an online version of the soap opera in January 2012.
Susan Lucci, the “All My Children” star that got an Emmy award for her character in the series, is in doubt for the online version, though. She is still negotiating her contract, asking to be paid what she deserves, while actors Cameron Mathison (Ryan) and Lindsay Hartley (Cara) have already signed their contracts to appear in a new version of the soap opera online.
It was the last classic soap opera broadcast in the United States and fans of the series will be disappointed to say farewell to their beloved characters, Hollywood insiders commented. However, ABC cited the soap opera’s lower than planned ratings that influenced managers’ decision to cancel the “All My Children.”