September 23, 2011 |
Forty-one years is a long time to spend in one town, but that's how long I've been making a regular pilgrimage to Pine Valley, a fictional suburb of Philadelphia and the setting for "All My Children. " I missed days here and there — sometimes even months at a time — but I always returned. On Friday, my regular visits will end. Although few television shows have had a more devoted fan base, the soap opera has been canceled. There are promises that the show will continue online, but fans are nevertheless mourning the end of an era. When "All My Children" debuted in January 1970, I was a 17-year-old with no clear plan for the future.
September 23, 2011 |
Weekdays, just before 11 a.m., Martha Torres would lean out the kitchen door of her modest Albuquerque home and beckon her two granddaughters: "It's almost time. " It was the early 1980s. The girls would dash into the adobe-like house to join Torres, and her husband Joe, to catch the latest episode of "All My Children. " "That was our special time of the day," said Desiree Sanchez, one of the granddaughters. Now 32, she is a gymnastics coach in New York City and plans her workouts so she can watch the program while running on the treadmill.
September 14, 2011
Lucci reproaches ABC Erica Kane wouldn't leave quietly if she felt she'd been wronged. Neither is Susan Lucci as "All My Children" nears its Sept. 23 end on ABC. In a newly published epilogue to her memoir, Lucci sharply criticized her ABC bosses for axing "All My Children," which has been on the air since 1970. Lucci, who has played Erica for all that time, said the decision to cancel the show was motivated by greed and said the head of ABC's daytime unit, Brian Frons, has "that fatal combination of ignorance and arrogance.
January 20, 2010 |
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is no stranger to television, from the local news to guest spots on prime-time shows. On Tuesday, he added to his filmography with a stint on the newest soap opera in town. After 40 years of shooting the fictional suburb Pine Valley on the East Coast, the ABC daytime drama "All My Children" has moved production to Southern California. Villaraigosa was on hand to welcome the new neighbors -- with a cameo appearance. In an episode scheduled to air Feb. 17, Villaraigosa plays himself.
October 1, 2009 |
Most of the cast of ABC's "All My Children" will travel with the soap opera when it makes its move from Manhattan to a new home in Los Angeles, the network reports, including leading lady Susan Lucci, who has played oft-wed diva Erica Kane since the show premiered in 1970. The main exception is Ray MacDonnell, who, like Lucci, is an original cast member. He is retiring from his role as Dr. Joe Martin. The cross-country move was first announced this summer, with Dec. 11 the final day for the show in its current New York facilities.
December 31, 2006
WITH all due respect to executive producer Julie Hanan Carruthers, the majority of "backlash" against the Zarf/Zoe story line in "All My Children" will likely come from poor execution, not subject matter ["Zarf Becomes Zoe, and a Soap Evolves," Dec. 24]. Likewise, ABC Daytime President Brian Frons can wish for all the "adventurous" storytelling he wishes, but if it is told poorly, people will not watch. The reason "All My Children" is losing viewers is not that the stories are lacking adventure or daring (witness the recent undoing of Erica Kane's historic abortion)