Facebook and reality TV leave US soap operas all washed up

All My Children has survived Vietnam, abortion, teen prostitutes, murder and cocaine addiction. Erica Kane, the soap’s biggest star, has seen off 10 husbands and once took on a grizzly bear while dressed as a nun. Now the 41-year-old show has met its match – in reality TV.ABC is to abandon All My Children and rival daytime soap opera One Life To Live, two shows that have been running for a combined 83 years, this summer. They will be replaced by “lifestyle” programmes starring hosts made famous in reality TV shows.

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