The soap operas were both created by Agnes Nixon. “One Life to Live” began airing in 1968 and was specially created to reflect America’s ethnic and economic diversity. “All My Children” is set in a fictional Philadelphia suburb and has starred Susan Lucci (as Erica Kane) since it premiered in 1970.
Aside from their role in entertaining stay-at-home moms, home healthcare workers and the incarcerated, these daily dramas provided employment for young thespians including Phylicia Rashad, Melissa Leo, Josh Duhamel, Kelly Ripa, Christian Slater, Laurence Fishburne, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Tommy Lee Jones. Several of these celebrities have since learned how to actually act.
The programs will end in January 2012 with some kind of formal plot conclusions. 48-year-old “General Hospital,” sole surviving ABC daytime serial, is said to be out of danger and resting comfortably, but Congressman Paul Ryan (R, WI-1) is threatening to replace it with vouchers.
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