Agnes Nixon Saddened 'Greatly' By AMC and OLTL Cancellations, Hopes to 'Keep Them Alive'

Agnes Nixon, the legendary daytime scribe whose pen gave life to both One Life to Live (in 1968) and All My Children (1970), isn’t ready to write the serials’ epitaphs just yet.

“ABC’s decision to cancel All My Children and One Life to Live saddens me greatly,” Nixon, a winner of five Emmy Awards and as many Writers Guild Awards, shares in a statement cited by EW.com. The 83-year-old storyteller then — in classic cliffhanger form — closed her missive by saying, “Although ABC has concluded there is no longer a place for our shows on their network, I will do everything possible to keep them alive.”

Nixon didn’t elaborate on her plan to have the soaps cheat death as Maria Grey and Tina Roberts often have, though the assumption is that, should an interested outlet come knocking, ABC would turn over the properties (for a proper sum).

Now I know what some daytime TV fans are tempted to think — that SoapNet could offer sanctuary for AMC and/or OLTL. But that won’t happen for two reasons. One, SoapNet isn’t in the business of producing original scripted programming. (General Hospital: Night Shift was an exception due to its low-cost existing infrastructure, in the form of sets and some cast.) Secondly, SoapNet’s own days are numbered; come 2012, the cable channel will change to Disney Junior, offering programming for kids aged 2 to 7.

Back to Nixon. Her statement also lauded the two shows’ “talented casts and crews” and a network that “allowed our teams to break new dramatic ground and always supported our commitment to the honest portrayal of social issues.”

“My deep gratitude goes to all the talented people who have contributed to [AMC and OLTL] over these many years; we were always family…. Equally important in that family are our loyal fans who shared this journey with us…. God bless you all.”