I’ve been on maternity leave for the last 6 weeks and during this time — like all other times in my life when I’ve been home during the day — I’ve taken up watching all three ABC soaps instead of just GH. This fact has made the news that All My Children and One Life to Live are canceled even more shocking to me.
We here at Despair in the Afternoon obviously have a history of watching General Hospital, but we recognize that the canceling of these two soaps is a huge hit for daytime television. And even though we constantly complain about GH, I think I would feel a loss if it were canceled. (I know, WHAT?) I’m sure OLTL and AMC have fans who truly enjoy the show and will be shocked and saddened by this news.
It also seems to send a really devastating message if GH is the kind of programming that ABC has decided to keep. (Again, WHAT?)
Although my bet is that this is a sign of things to come and GH may not be long for this world either. Do we all really need more food and health shows instead of the opportunity to explore multi-generational family dynamics and enjoy ridiculous and yet often emotionally resonating stories? I guess the execs at ABC think so.