ABC Cancels Long-Running Soap Operas

All My Children” and “One Life to Live” are heading into the sunset.

ABC announced on Thursday that the iconic daytime soap operas are in their final stretch, with “All My Children” ending its four-decade run in September while “One Life to Live,” which started airing on the network in July 1968, will bow out in January next year. ABC daytime department president Brian Fons said the cancellations are in line with the network’s efforts to adapt to changes in viewer preference. “We are taking this bold step to expand our business because viewers are looking for different types of programming these days. They are telling us there is room for informative, authentic and fun shows that are relatable, offer a wide variety of opinions and focus on ‘real life’ takeaways,” Fons said in a statement.

Taking the place of “All My Children” is a food show called “The Chew,” which will be hosted by Mario Batali. A lifestyle program with a working title of “The Revolution” is set to replace “One Life to Live,” the network said.