"AFTRA representatives are communicating with affected members in both cities to ensure they are fully informed of their rights and benefits under the AFTRA Network Television Code. Additionally, AFTRA is in contact with ABC representatives to oversee as smooth a transition as possible for these performers."
Jobs will go down drain with cancellation of ABC soaps
Besides the roughly 40 actors employed full time by the two shows, hundreds of other performers, stunt men and women, directors, producers, writers and crew members will be let go. The cancellation of the two soaps is also a blow to production in Los Angeles and New York.
TIME: Running out of lives to live
The whole point of a soap is that nothing can really be the same as your soap. But for enough TV viewers, they're now an alternative. Which is why one of TV's oldest formats is running out of lives to live.
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Susan Lucci: It's been a fantastic journey
"It's been a fantastic journey. I've loved playing Erica Kane and working with Agnes Nixon and all the incredible people involved with ALL MY CHILDREN," said daytime vet Susan Lucci. "I'm looking forward to all kinds of new and exciting opportunities."
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Kelly Ripa: ALL MY CHILDREN Cancellation "Makes Me Sick"
"ALL MY CHILDREN means so much more to me than any place, because [Mark and I] met there, we had our children there, it was a big part of our lives, and I think that to cancel a show that has been on television for so many years, what are you going to replace it with? I mean I just don’t know. I just feel like it’s such a training ground for so many actors."
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NPR: It could be a lot worse, as far as replacements
"What ABC will be using to replace the canceled shows says a lot about the economics and viewer habits that are driving the changes: they're adding two shows that the network says are inspired by the success of its talk show THE VIEW. While that sounds ... gross, the truth is that there are a couple of bright spots if you look closely."