I have a confession to make.
I used to be a soap watcher. Everyday, I would record One Life To Live. The obsession started while I was in high school. I remember setting the VCR every day to make sure it recorded my show.
Once I became an adult, SoapNet came along. This made it easier to watch OLTL because it was re-aired three times per day. Of course, I normally would wait until Sunday and just watch all 5 episodes in a row during the weekly marathon that SoapNet had.
Now, I will admit that I have only watched it sparingly since moving to Chicago; however, I am still sad to see it leaving the air. When All My Children left the air last year, I did not care, but today I made sure I recorded the last episode of One Life To Live.
Unfortunately, because it was believed at the time of filming that the show would come back via an online presense, the show ended today with a cliffhanger. Fortunately though, some of the key rolls in the cliffhanger will still be figured out because Kassie DePaiva, Roger Howarth, Michael Easton, and Kristen Alderson are all moving to General Hospital in February. I am not a GH fan; however, I may have to at least see how they introduce the characters to Port Charles, the fictional town where GH takes place.
In case you were unware, those four actors are Blair, Todd, John, and Starr on OLTL. Coincidentally, three of them are my favorites - I would prefer Erika Slezak, a.k.a. Viki Lord, over Roger Howarth, a.k.a. John, to move on. I never bonded with the character of John.
I do want it noted that my favorite OLTL character after Blair was Dorian Lord. Dorian, portrayed by Robin Strassern, was always a big role model to me. I liked that when she saw something she wanted, nothing stood in her way to get it. I like that in a person - even if that person is fictional. Unfortunately, the role of Dorian ended in August of last year.
So, even though I am not as big of a fan as I used to be, it is worth noting that for the first time in 44 years, One Life To Live will not be a part of the television schedule any longer.
With the exit of OLTL, a once jam-packed drama-filled daytime schedule is now centered around just a handful of shows.
I personally believe that General Hospital will be next to leave the air. In 2013, General Hospital will celebrate 50 years on the air. It is that historical anniversary that I think ABC is waiting for before they cancel the show. Of course, if ABC gets rid of GH, they would have no soap operas left on the air.
With GH, they are at least tied with NBC by having one soap opera still on the air. NBC's lone soap is Days of Our Lives. CBS is the only network with two soaps on the air. They have both Bold & the Beautiful and Young & the Restless.
Of course, who knows how long any of these holdouts will stay on the air.