WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — After four decades and more than 20,000 episodes, ABC is canceling the soap operas “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.”
“They’ve been here a long time and I guess they wore out,” said Mary Woodcock, who used to watch the soaps religiously.
Woodcock says she started watching the soaps when they first aired more than forty years ago. She says she would use the commercials to do things around the house before her husband would come home from work.
“I used to do my housework and jump up when the advertisements came on,” Woodcock said. “When it was time to come back I hurried up and came back and started watching.”
Soap operas have slowly been fading as a TV force, with many of the women who made up the target audience now in the work force. The soaps “Guiding Light” and “As the World Turns” have been cut in recent years.
Woodcock says she became too busy to watch soaps everyday and felt they were geared towards a younger audience.
“Just the way they dressed and the way they acted was like the younger generation,” said Woodcock. “It’s just different from the time I grew up in, and as I grew up things changed for me.”
The move leaves “General Hospital” as ABC’s only daytime drama.
ABC’s daytime department president Brian Frons said Thursday that “viewers are looking for different types of programming these days.”
ABC will air two new lifestyle programs, one about food and the other about lifestyle transformations.
ABC did not immediately say when the soap operas would go off the air.