This is a sad time for soap opera fans everywhere. ABC recently confirmed the dreaded rumor that has been floating around for months that the sun will set permanently in the fictional towns of Pine Valley and Llanview, as ‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life to Live’ wrap up for good.

“To honor the core, passionate audience and their rich history with our soaps,” both shows will conclude “in a manner that respects their legacies and the longstanding hopes of many of their viewers,” reads a press release from ABC.

ABC big wigs point out to viewers that times are changing and say they were “guided by extensive research into what today’s daytime viewers want,” and blame, in part, “the changing viewing patterns of the audience” for the gut wrenching news.

‘All My Children’ began as a half-hour soap opera in 1970. ‘One Life to Live began’ 2 years prior, in 1968. AMC’s last episode will air in September, while OLTL will end in January of  2012.

May they forever rest in peace. Or syndication. Whichever is more profitable.

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