Contrary to ongoing reports, All My Children was never in danger of coming to an untimely demise unlike some of its villainous characters. A spokesperson for ABC Daytime disproved rumors reported by TV Guide Canada that the network came “this close to canceling AMC. Real close. Scary close.” When the news swept across the internet, many fans of All My Children started to worry.
Aside from reports that ABC nearly pulled the plug on All My Children, there were other factors that contributed to fans’ fears. First of all, the show’s ratings have eroded steadily over the past few years, and even the top-rated The Young and the Restless has recently been forced to trim its operating budget. Additionally, there was talk about All My Children‘s ailing financial situation with Brian Frons, president of daytime for Disney-ABC Television Group, confirming that the network is having to “negotiate salaries down,” including daytime’s best-known diva, Susan Lucci (Erica Kane).
Meanwhile, there are still some unresolved rumors about the soap possibly giving up its Manhattan studio as a way to further cut the show’s costs. Residing in New York is not cheap and moving All My Children to a new could potentially cut the show’s operating costs significantly.
For now, All My Children fans need not worry. The important thing is that ABC has already gave its assurance that that the cancellation rumors are “absolutely not true.” And that All My Children “was never in danger of being cancelled.”
In other news, All My Children has also set the return dates for some of its recurring cast members, including Alicia Minshew (Kendall Hart), Colin Egglesfield (Josh Madden), Tonya Pinkins (Livia Frye) and Elizabeth Rodriguez. You can read more about them in this previous article.
Stay tuned for more updates on All My Children!
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Soap Central
(Image courtesy of ABC)