ALL MY CHILDREN… Cancelled???

Apr 15, 2011 | Pop Culture/Politics | 12 comments

It’s the end of the world as we know it.
AMC has been cancelled.
I about fell off the couch when I read this!
Not that I have watched anytime in the last five years but I guess, 
despite the smut that it is, 
I still have a soft place in my heart for “La Kane” and her Pine Valley, PA friends.
I was a die-hard, totally addicted AMC watcher for ten years. 
I mean I would call the hotline if I was out of town so I could get the scoop!!!  
Pre-internet days of course!
 These days I have to plug in my T.V. just to watch our three hours a week we enjoy
 (The NASCAR races on Sunday afternoons!).
But it’s so weird, if you have ever been a soap watcher, to think that they are passé… something that is gone with the wind.
I hate popular television these days.
I’d rather watch a marathon of AMC any day than American Idol(atry).
Hilarious but true!
So, humor me (or maybe you will find this amusing) and let me recall the glory days and my favorite story lines…
I loved Dimitri and Erika.
I loved Erika period.
What a b—-.  
She made me laugh out loud.
When Dimitri died I was so mad, then he came back with Anna and her sister and it was just all screwed up from there.
I hated Tad.
Tad Martin.  
I know, he was a staple on the show but – GAG!
I mean – get a fricken hair cut from this century already!
How in the world could you live and work in NYC with that MOP?
OK, so the photo above isn’t THAT bad…
Not only did I hate Tad but I hated Dixie Cooney Martin.
Whiny, perfect, ugly Dixie.
She drove me crazy.
Every time she died or left town I was thrilled!!!
This is getting funny – it’s clear that all the “good” people drove me nuts cause I couldn’t stand Brooke English either!
Though you have to admit, that is a great haircut.
I loved Liza.
(The real one)
Can you tell I love the bad girls?
I loved it when she was married to Adam.  How ever many times that was.
They were a match made in heaven.
I will NEVER forget once when he was wooing her back after some scheme of his had foiled and hurt her, they were about to kiss and she asked him in frustration, 
“Who are you?” 
and he said with his manipulative sincerity, 
“I AM you.”
I thought that was awesome.
I loved Leo. 
Speaking of nerd, get this…
I cried when they killed him off… over a water fall with his drug dealing mother.
Greenlee was never the same.
Greenlee was by far my most favorite character on the show.
I liked her cause visually she was not your typical Hollywood type.  She is short like me but KILLER bod – I always found her so inspiring when I used to run on the treadmill during the show.  
I LOVE the name Greenlee too and had we not named Amélie our first choice “Amélie” she would have been called Greenlee.  I still get my gun off because we call her “LeeLee” 
Maybe you can have your cake and eat it too.

Her character’s fashion style was great, she was funny, bitchy and a great fit for Leo, then Ryan and then a couple years ago someone had a TV on and I saw her with…
Dr. David Hayward.  
Leo’s older brother. 
 And I thought that was probably fitting as removed from the storyline as I was by that point.
David Hayward was an awful human being and guess what…
I loved him too!
Here’s a soap opera name that 
make it into the family…
Yes, my son is named after this actor and character (they share the same name) and I say that with no shame!  LOL!
I HATED “Sex and the City” and someone once asked me if I name him after the Aidan on that show to which I snobbishly snapped, 
“I most certainly did not!”
I never really watched soaps for the beefcake factor, though you would have to be dead to not notice the hours Ryan spent at the gym but he has nothing on Aidan.  
Aidan had the face to match the bod.
-Did I just write that????-
They never really gave him a great story line and I never understood that.  He is one of the most gorgeous people EVER and has a dreamy British accent to boot.
I also loved:
(the most recent) Kendall
Palmer (R.I.P.)
Winifred the maid
Zach!  He was the best male character EVER!
I also hated:
The entire Santos family
Tad’s son – forgot his name
Ok, that’s a long enough trip down memory lane and a ridiculous one at that.
I can’t believe how many hours I spent watching that crap, but looking back I find the whole thing kind of nostalgic on some sort of weird, Americana sort of level.
I hated all the other soaps but even with the years gone by since I’ve caught an episode, 
will be missed by this Parisienne Farmgirl.
The last airing will be in September.
-N- guess what?
I’ll be plugging in the TV that day!


  1. Brynwood Needleworks

    I was floored, too. I always have the tv on when I’m in my studio, and I’m tellin’ you, the LAST thing we food-obsessed Americans need is more food programming!

    I’ve watched All My Children and One Life To Live since 1972. I remember Erica hiding her birth control pills from her first husband, Phil, because he wanted to have kids and she didn’t. (She kept them in a train case on the floor in the back of her closet!) She’s a character that we just love to hate.

    Over the years, I’ve come to enjoy OLTL much more, with Erika Slezak as Vicki, and her now-friend/ former arch nemesis, Dorian. I mean, any show with a story line that turns the main character into an ANGEL while she’s in a coma…Come on, now!

    I guess I’ll be listening to music in the studio from now on. I’ll enjoy every second of these two soaps until their ultimate, untimely, and unfair demise. That’s it! Cancelling these soaps is ‘unfair’. I know all of us who watch them are considered “welfare, stay at home, lazy and uneducated women”, but nothing could be further from the truth! It’s a guilty pleasure for all of us hard-working, educated women. An escape from our own realities. I may never watch ABC again!

    Thanks for letting me vent. I’ll go away and lie down for a while now. 🙂

  2. Mandy

    you crack me up. finally something i don’t agree with you on! I tried to get into AMC back in my first nursing days about 10 years ago. I always thought the acting was so ridiculous that after a bout 2 months of forcing myself (we only had 2 channels and it was nursing time), i gave it up..
    i agree with you about Leo though…i loved him and i love seeing him in anything now!
    ( i really liked the cheesy,clean When In Rome)

  3. Janelle - The Farmer's Wife

    I feel your pain. While I am not an AMC viewer I was pretty faithful to Guiding Light and As the World Turns. My paternal grandparents got me addicted to the CBS soaps!!! My brother and I stayed with them after my mom went back to work when we were 4 and 5. I remember watching them all day long.

    I am afraid it will not be long and my lonely “Young and the Restless” will be next. That is and has been my favorite for the last several years. My sorority sisters and I would watch it every day when we came home for lunch and I have been addicted ever since!

    After all of these soaps are gone we will be subjected to more crappy talk shows like “The View” Bleh!!

  4. Burlap Luxe

    Hi Angela!!
    I use to watch “all my children” then went to Y&R yaers ago nad then got to busy to watch any of them, I so did love all my chidren, and all those story lines :0

    Thank you for sharing a young time in my life sitting on the afternoon sofa watching the soaps !!
    Thank you for entering the GiveAway I am having…Love all the that you create over here and just bought Fifi’s book wow girl! how great is it for you 🙂

    I will be back for more visits with you, off to paint 🙂

  5. myletterstoemily

    i have to admit that i’m not a soap fan, but when
    in college all the girls in my sorority watched
    “general hospital.” i thought it was so silly, and
    one day sat down to poke fun . . . and was
    instantly hooked.

    took me several years to break that addiction!

  6. cityfarmer

    can you imagine our busy days … trying to squeeze in time on the sofa … really now …

    actually one of my secret claims to fame is, I’ve never watched an episode …

    cute post

  7. Priscilla

    My little girl used to call it “All Night Children”. When I watched it “Tad” was a teenager.

  8. Farmgirl Cyn

    I never really got into the soaps but I remember when I was a very young girl and staying with my memere in Rhode Island….she had to stop every weekday and watch her “programs”. That had to be 50 years ago….and I still can see her sitting on her sofa with her apron on, watching…
    I DO remember watching Regis and Kathie Lee every morning and then talking to your mom and discussing the show! It will be a sad day when he leaves this fall…

  9. Laura Ingalls Gunn

    My best friends mother watched that soap. During the summers when we were out of school and over at T’s house the world stopped at noon. This was during the era of Greg and Jenny (Tad’s sister and the real life Kim Delaney) so it might be a bit before your time.

    Their wedding. Swoon.

  10. Just a Girl

    Wow, that show has been around for SO long! My Mom was never a soap watcher, and I’m not either, so I don’t feel the same pain, lol. But it is rather odd to see society change and slowly drop certain styles of television shows etc…..the world is indeed a funny place!

  11. Julie

    I, too, shall miss “All My Children.” I first started watching the show when Erica was still married to her first husband! I was 10 years old and got my mother hooked on it as well. It didn’t seem odd then, but looking back, I’m amazed that my very conservative, very protective mom even allowed me to watch a soap opera (of course, they weren’t anywhere near as smutty then as they are today). During the school year, every day when Mom would pick us up, my first question would be, “What happened on ‘All My Children’ today?” During the summer, when Mom worked, if she didn’t come home for lunch for her AMC fix, her first question when she got home would be, “What happened on ‘All My Children’ today?” Even though I haven’t watched the show in many years, and my mom is no longer with us, it makes me kind of sad to think of AMC going off the air. I have such sweet memories of sharing that “addiction” with my mom.


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