ABC canceled All My Children.
I have such mixed feelings over this.
Let me explain.
I grew up watching All My Children - no, I really did - my mom (and her mom and her sister) all watched it from the very beginning - so I remember seeing it on tv in the background, overhearing conversations about it with my mom & grandma, and so inevitably, I started watching it along with her as a teenager.
When I finally could own a tv & vcr, I taped it - sometime taping all 5 days in a row so I could fast forward through it all to get to the parts I really liked to watch. And when the dvr came along? I could zip right through my soap in less than 15 mins if I wanted to.
(y'all, she was the most gracious, sweetest person.....)
I never really questioned why I liked it. I didn't care about the bogus story lines - I mean who can't live through a bombing, tornado, kidnapping, airplane crash, and bear mauling? All in one year???
Hasn't everyone had their fiancee ride off a cliff on a motorcycle only to appear 2 years later perfectly fine?
Or find out that you have had a long lost twin sister that your alcoholic mother "gave" to another family?
And that I did - throughout all my working years, I always made time for my show. Even if I only had an hour to catch a whole week's worth, I'd get it in.
I can't say it was the story lines or amazing acting that drew me in....I think it was more the tradition of watching it....discussing it with my family as it the characters on AMC were our family.....
Ironically, now that I am home with the kids, I have stopped watching it. It got too complicated, I got too busy, I got too bored...who knows? I just stopped.
Yet hearing that it has been canceled makes me a little sad....as if part of my childhood traditions is going away with it.
The Great & the Least,
The Rich & the Poor,
The Weak & the Strong,
In Sickness & in Health,
In Joy & in Sorrow,
In Tragedy & Triumph
You are ALL MY CHILDREN......