Is 'One Life to Live' On the Brink of Cancellation?


Amid the fun and celebrations at last week's Daytime Emmy Awards, there was the nasty rumor that cropped up about 'One Life to Live' -- that for the second time this year, ABC is considering canceling 'One Life to Live.' Could it be true that ABC would pull the plug on the 42 year old staple of the daytime lineup?


The answer, sadly, is yes. Even though the rumor has been debunked by Soap Opera Digest and SoapCentral.com, the threat of cancellation remains strong for 'One Life to Live.' And certain things that have happened in the past few months just add to the anxiety.


The announcement by ABC that SoapNet would be replaced by Disney Junior means that there will be no outlet for daily soap reruns. Without the need to program SoapNet, ABC has less reason to keep the three daytime soaps going. It's just that simple.


Of the three soaps, 'One Life' is struggling the most in the ratings. It's also the only ABC soap still shooting in New York, which is yet another example of how it's not a higher priority than 'All My Children.' The latter was moved to Los Angeles last December.


Then there's the plethora of projects that have been developed for ABC daytime, including a Tori Spelling talk show. Would Brian Frons, head of ABC Daytime, be inclined to break up the three hours of soap opera that has been the hallmark of the network's afternoon programming for over 40 years?


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