In a crushing blow to the daytime soap genre, ABC announced Thursday that it will yank "All My Children" and "One Life to Life" off the air and replace them with two lifestyle shows.
Here's hoping Susan Lucci's character goes out bravely in a hail of bullets.
"AMC" will end in September, followed by "OLTL" in January, to make way for "The Chew" and "The Revolution." ABC said "these new shows expand ABC Daytime's focus to include more programming that is informative and authentic and centers on transformation, food and lifestyle -- cornerstones of programming that resonates with daytime viewers as evidenced by the success of 'The View.' "
"General Hospital," the third most-watched soap opera in daytime, will not be affected by the changes.
"One Life to Live" has been on the air 43 years. "All My Children" has run for 41 years and was best known for beloved villain Erica Kane, played by Lucci, above.
"The Chew" will be produced by Gordon Elliot ("Paula Deen's Home Cooking") and will enable viewers to "get the dish" on anything and everything related to the world of food and beyond. "The Revolution," from executive producer JD Roth and 3 Ball Productions ("The Biggest Loser"), will be a daily show about health and lifestyle transformations.
The enormous costs of maintaining old (and many think outdated) soaps was the primary reason behind killing "AMC" and "OLTL."
Michael Jackson's doctor a ladies man?
Prosecutors in the case against Michael Jackson's doctor say they want to show jurors that his complicated love life distracted him from the pop star's treatment.
In motions filed Thursday, Los Angeles prosecutors also say Dr. Conrad Murray violated doctor-patient confidentiality by trying to impress three girlfriends with the fact that he was treating Jackson. They say he disclosed medical information to them while withholding it from authorities at the critical time of Jackson's death and was distracted by phone conversations with the women when Jackson was dying.
They were going to a Village People concert
Two security guards face charges of impersonating police officers after they escorted rapper Lil Wayne to an Indiana nightclub.
WISH-TV reports that 43-year-old Ronald Andre Harrod and 23-year-old Larry Lee Richardson of Indianapolis wore police-type uniforms and gun belts as they escorted Lil Wayne to a Bloomington nightclub Wednesday.
Police say Richardson led a caravan of tour buses in a car that had flashing red and blue lights and sirens blaring.
Bloomington Police Department Capt. Joe Qualters says the men said they had permission.