Monday, April 18, 2011

To ABC: What Is Real Cannot Be Threatened

In this past week, millions of people were devastated by the cancellation of two long-running ABC soaps, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, and ALL MY CHILDREN.  For many viewers these shows are more than just escapist fair.  Viewers have a real and meaningful attachment to the consistent, comforting, and reliable friends portrayed in these dramas.  Erica Kane and Viki Lord have been coming into people's living rooms five times a week for over 40 years.  Their presence provides reassurance, stability, and comfort in an ever changing world. The loss is quite devastating and traumatic for many.

But even in this scenario, what is real cannot be threatened.  ABC can terminate the shows, but they can't cancel your memories and joy of the characters.  They can't take away the experience you had watching these shows when you were sick, when you were depressed, when you were lonely, when you lost someone you love, when you were nursing your first child.  They have no ability to destroy how these programs enhanced your life unless you let them.

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  1. As an impressionable high school student in 1970-1971, I have lots of wonderful memories of storylines from watching AMC & OLTL. No one can take my memories away from me; you're so right Damon!

  2. The memories I have of ALL MY CHILDREN will remain in my heart forever...