My Dear Friends,
As you can imagine, it is with a heavy heart that I come to you today to confirm the death of two of my friends: One Life to Live and All My Children. Like you, I am devastated by the announcement that came yesterday about the cancelation of these wonderful shows. I am a lifelong fan of each of them and have had the privilege of working behind the scenes with fans of both shows since long before assuming the position of Official Fan Club President.
This is a situation that brings up so many strong emotions, all equally valid. We have all invested so much into these shows and the characters represented, love them or hate them, are a part of our lives. Some of the characters we have known longer than our spouses, our children and our friends. These two shows have represented the most intense of real life experiences and allowed us to live vicariously through the vibrant characters the writers created.
Aside from the value of the shows, we mourn the loss of the community and culture that is established over the bond of love for these stories. That is what brings us together into message boards, fan clubs, discussion groups and events. Even when we fuss about the show, it is out of love.
I want to thank all of you who have walked this journey with me through the thick and thin of the cycles of serial television for OLTL and AMC. It has been such a pleasure to share this common love with you and I treasure every moment of that experience; the glorious and the challenging as well. The Official Fan Clubs will continue to avidly support the shows, actors and fans until the bitter end and then we will celebrate the life those shows led to the fullest. We have literally decades of entertainment, history and fun to honor and while we mourn our loss, we must also be grateful for the incredible legacy these shows leave behind to all of us on a very personal level.
Thank you so much for reaching out to me and including me in your anger, your grief and your shock over this decision that has been made. As an avid fan of these shows, I feel your pain just as you do. The letters of confusion and disappointment and anger that I have received all express it better than I ever could, so in closing, let me just say that “the great and the least, the rich and the poor, the weak and the strong, in sickness and in health, in joy and sorrow, in tragedy and triumph, these shows were all [our] children.”