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All My Children (abbreviated as AMC) is an American television soap opera that aired on ABC for 41 years, from January 5, 1970 to September 23, 2011. Created by Agnes Nixon, All My Children is set in Pine Valley, Pennsylvania, a fictitious suburb of Philadelphia. The show features Susan Lucci as "Erica Kane," one of daytime's most popular characters. The title of the series refers to the bonds of humanity. All My Children was the first new network daytime drama to debut in the 1970s. Originally owned by Creative Horizons, Inc., the company created by Nixon and her husband, Bob, the show was sold to ABC in January 1975. The series started at a half-hour in length, then was expanded to an hour on April 25, 1977. Earlier, the show had experimented with the hour format for one week starting on June 30, 1975, after which Ryan's Hope premiered.

From 1970 to 1990, All My Children was recorded at ABC's TV18 at 101 West 67th St, now a 50-story apartment tower. From March 1990 to December 2009, it was taped at ABC's television studio TV23 at 320 West 66th Street in Manhattan, New York City. In December 2009, the locale for taping the series moved from the costly New York City to California. The show was then produced in Stages 1 and 2 at the Andrita Studios in Los Angeles. All My Children started taping in high definition on January 4, 2010 and began airing in high definition on February 3, 2010. All My Children became the third soap opera to be produced and broadcast in high definition.

At one time, the program's popularity positioned it as the most widely-recorded television show in the United States. Also, in a departure from societal norms at the time, All My Children, in the mid-1970s, had an audience that was estimated to be 30% male. The show ranked #1 in the daytime Nielsen ratings in the 1978–79 season. Throughout most of the 1980s and into the early 1990s, All My Children was the #2 daytime soap opera on the air. However, like the rest of the soap operas in the United States, All My Children experienced unprecedented declines in its daytime ratings during the 2000s. By the 2010s, it had became one of the least watched soap operas in daytime television.

On April 14, 2011, it was announced that All My Children would be canceled after 41 years on the air. On July 7, 2011, ABC sold the licensing rights of All My Children to third-party production company Prospect Park with the show set to continue on the internet as a series of webisodes. The show taped its final scenes for ABC on August 30, 2011, and its last episode on the network aired on September 23, 2011 with a cliffhanger. Prospect Park had suspended its plan to revive the series in November 2011 due to lack of funding and unsuccessful negotiation with the union organizations representing the actors and crews. On January 7, 2013, Prospect Park officially brought back its project to restore All My Children as a web series. The relaunched series will premiere on Monday, April 29, 2013.

 

Genre Soap opera

Creator(s) Agnes Nixon

Senior cast member(s)

Susan Lucci

David Canary

Darnell Williams

Michael E. Knight

Debbi Morgan

Highlights
Agnes Nixon on coming up with the title of All My Children
01:47
Erika Slezak on auditioning for All My Children, which led to her role on One Life to Live
02:04
Agnes Nixon on creating the character "Erica Kane" on All My Children
02:02
Ruth Warrick on developing her All My Children character "Phoebe Tyler" 
03:56
Who talked about this show

Larry Auerbach

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Larry Auerbach on packaging All My Children and One Life to Live
02:18

David Canary

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David Canary on how he got his start on All My Children  and why the show is a great work environment
03:40
David Canary on working with All My Children creator/head writer Agnes Nixon
00:39
David Canary on his first impressions of his All My Children character "Adam Chandler" and distinguishing him from his twin brother "Stuart Chandler"
03:01
David Canary on helping to craft his All My Children character "Stuart Chandler"
01:10
David Canary on how he films scenes playing twin brothers "Adam Chandler" and "Stuart Chandler" on All My Children
01:57
David Canary on how he plays twin brothers "Adam Chandler" and "Stuart Chandler" on All My Children
01:52
David Canary on "Stuart Chandler's" mind on All My Children
01:37
David Canary on the production details of All My Children
04:52
David Canary on his All My Children character "Adam Chandler" being a love interest for "Erica Kane" and working with Susan Lucci
01:42
David Canary on his All My Children character "Adam Chandler's" many loves
03:46
David Canary on working with his All My Children co-stars
09:16
David Canary on his Daytime Emmy wins for All My Children
00:17

Genie Francis

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Genie Francis on joining the cast of All My Children in 1990
04:24
Genie Francis on being forced to leave All My Children to make way for her return to General Hospital
01:54

Ellen Holly

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Ellen Holly on Agnes Nixon pairing One Life to Live with All My Children
02:07

Susan Lucci

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Susan Lucci on being cast as "Erica Kane" on All My Children
03:52
Susan Lucci on auditioning for the character of "Erica Kane" on All My Children and finding out she got the part
01:55
Susan Lucci on her feelings about being cast in a daytime drama
03:05
Susan Lucci on taping the first few episodes of All My Children
06:10
Susan Lucci on her All My Children character "Erica Kane" 
03:23
Susan Lucci on her All My Children character "Erica Kane" being a breakout character and the popularity of the show
00:59
Susan Lucci on working with show creator Agnes Nixon on All My Children
03:44
Susan Lucci on the writing of her All My Children character "Erica Kane"
03:05
Susan Lucci on the love life of her All My Children character "Erica Kane"
02:47
Susan Lucci on taping intimate scenes for All My Children
01:33
Susan Lucci on her All My Children character "Erica Kane's" sense of fashion
01:23
Susan Lucci on her All My Children character "Erica Kane's" career and motherhood
01:52
Susan Lucci on the producers of All My Children and shooting on location
03:22
Susan Lucci on receiving and learning her All My Children scripts and the rehearsal process
02:26
Susan Lucci on the standout storylines for her All My Children character "Erica Kane"
02:57
Susan Lucci on her character "Erica Kane's" drug addiction storyline on All My Children
02:17
Susan Lucci on All My Children's  controversial abortion storyline
01:57
Susan Lucci on the coming out of "Erica Kane's" daughter storyline on All My Children
03:12
Susan Lucci on the villainous aspects of her All My Children character "Erica Kane"
02:58
Susan Lucci on All My Children being in production on 9/11 and her reaction to it
07:02
Susan Lucci on her All My Children fan and their reaction to her Emmy experiences
03:26
Susan Lucci on her notorious Emmy losing streak
05:47
Susan Lucci on breaking her Emmy losing streak in 1999
03:49
Susan Lucci on the end of All My Children
05:59
Susan Lucci on taping the final episodes of All My Children
02:41
Susan Lucci on the prospect of her appearing on the online version of All My Children
01:08
Susan Lucci on the longevity of her All My Children character "Erica Kane"
03:23
Susan Lucci on being able to do projects outside of All My Children
00:53
Susan Lucci on her relationship with ABC
01:37

Randolph Mantooth

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Randolph Mantooth on appearing on All My Children and As the World Turns
02:47

Anne Meara

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Anne Meara on appearing on All My Children in the 1990s
01:07

Agnes Nixon

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Agnes Nixon on creating All My Children
00:39
Agnes Nixon on creating All My Children (contd.) but not getting it on the air on CBS as planned
01:12
Agnes Nixon on creating One Life to Live and then reviving All My Children
00:46
Agnes Nixon on the creation of All My Children and how it reflected its era
04:21
Agnes Nixon on coming up with the title of All My Children
01:47
Agnes Nixon on the Pine Valley setting of All My Children
00:23
Agnes Nixon on creating the character "Erica Kane" on All My Children
02:02
Agnes Nixon on the humor and characters on All My Children
03:31
Agnes Nixon on the then-recent (1997) introduction of a gay character on All My Children
01:37
Agnes Nixon on production on All My Children
01:19
Agnes Nixon on keeping All My Children fresh over the years
03:11

Roscoe Orman

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Roscoe Orman on his role on All My Children
02:32

Erika Slezak

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Erika Slezak on auditioning for All My Children, which led to her role on One Life to Live
02:04

Brandon Stoddard

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Brandon Stoddard on going to work for ABC and launching All My Children
05:14

Ruth Warrick

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Ruth Warrick on Carol Burnett appearing on All My Children
01:34
Ruth Warrick on developing her All My Children character "Phoebe Tyler" 
03:56
Ruth Warrick on being cast as "Phoebe Tyler" on All My Children
06:29
Ruth Warrick on her All My Children character "Phoebe Tyler"
06:38
Ruth Warrick on working with Hugh Franklin on All My Children
02:07
Ruth Warrick on her All My Children character "Phoebe Tyler"
03:04
Ruth Warrick on the relationships of her All My Children character "Phoebe Tyler"
05:55
Ruth Warrick on All My Children's groundbreaking AIDS storyline
05:03
Ruth Warrick on All My Children's controversial storylines
03:54
Ruth Warrick on All My Children's casting and staying true to her character "Phoebe Tyler" and to her fans
03:16
Ruth Warrick on All My Children expanding to an hour-long format
03:49
Ruth Warrick on All My Children being the first daytime drama to shoot on-location and what people learn from daytime drama
07:21
Ruth Warrick on the challenges on being on All My Children for over thirty years
01:29
Ruth Warrick on what she's learned from her All My Children character "Phoebe Tyler"
03:01
Ruth Warrick on the power of television and Susan Lucci winning her Emmy for All My Children
04:13
Ruth Warrick on working with Agnes Nixon on All My Children
03:14

Ellen Wheeler

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Ellen Wheeler on being cast as "Cindy Parker" on All My Children
02:31
Ellen Wheeler on her All My Children character "Cindy Parker" and her AIDS storyline
05:21
Ellen Wheeler on working with All My Children creator Agnes Nixon
02:29
Ellen Wheeler on winning a Daytime Emmy for All My Children
01:30
Ellen Wheeler on once again playing twins on All My Children
00:54
Ellen Wheeler on leaving All My Children
01:01
Ellen Wheeler on returning to All My Children
00:32

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