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After 41 years on television (41 on ABC and 11 on ABC and SOAPnet), "All My Children" has closed its final chapter in broadcast television history with an ending that may please many or anger a lot, but its ending did one thing that was impossible for a soap to accomplish just a few short years ago - tracking the reactions of viewers as it came to a close.
It's with a sad heart that Soap Opera Network brings you "All My Children's" final episode count for its run on network television. We wish "AMC" and "One Life to Live" success in their future incarnation. We will continue to cover each soap. Visit SON's Episode Count Archive where we've kept track of how much your favorite - or least favorite - daytime stars have aired going back to 2005. A special thank you goes out to SON Message Board posters "Adam" and "alexisfan07" for their contributions to the "AMC" episode counts through the years.
In preparation for it's last network presentation on Friday, September 23, "All My Children" has been spending each day of this week paying tribute to one of its core four Pine Valley families. On Wednesday, the Martin family will take center stage. Mary Fickett memorably played the Martin matriarch Ruth, wife of Dr. Joe Martin (Ray MacDonnell), for more than a quarter of a century. Wednesday's episode will be dedicated to Fickett who passed away at the age of 83 due to complications from Alzheimer's disease on September 8, 2011.
Last week, interviews released by The Hollywood Reporter had Alicia Minshew, one of 'All My Children's" most popular stars, directly quoted as saying she was "ready to move on" when asked about continuing with the 41-year old soap as it goes online. In the same interview, Minshew did concede she would be open to continuing with the show with a reduced schedule but that Prospect Park had yet to contact her to begin discussing terms. On Tuesday, the actress revealed to Soap Opera Digest that she is now in talks with the production company that licensed "AMC" and things are looking "really promising" for her to continue with the soap opera that put her on the map.
Daytime Confidential reports that long-time "All My Children" casting director Judy Blye Wilson has decided to move on to CBS' "The Young and the Restless." The report indicates that Wilson had hoped to remain on the soap she has spent twenty years casting but the production company that licensed "AMC," Prospect Park, failed to reach out to her.