All My Children (AMC) is an American soap opera that aired Monday through Friday on the ABC TV network from January 5, 1970 to September 23, 2011 and has been broadcast by Prospect Park's TOLN since April 29, 2013 and on OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) since July 15, 2013; repeat episodes aired weeknights on SOAPnet from 2000 to 2011. Created by Agnes Nixon, the show is set in Pine Valley, Pennsylvania, a fictitious suburb of Philadelphia. Since its inception, the show has featured Susan Lucci as Erica Kane, one of daytime's most popular characters.
The title of the show refers to the bonds of humanity. The poem, written by Nixon, that appears in the title credits' photo album reads:
|“||The Great and the Least,
The Rich and the Poor,
The show title is sometimes abbreviated by fans and the press as AMC. The first new network daytime drama to debut in the 1970s, All My Children was originally owned by Creative Horizons, Inc., the company created by Nixon and her husband, Bob. The show was sold to ABC in January 1975. Originally a half-hour in length, the show expanded to an hour in April 1977. Previously, 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. Since March 1990, it has been taped at ABC's television studio TV23 at 320 West 66th Street in Manhattan, New York City. In December 2009, the show was relocated to a studio in Los Angeles and produced there, but is since filmed along with One Life to Live in Stamford Connecticut.  It was confirmed on August 4, 2009 that All My Children and One Life to Live will go HD. All My Children will start filming in High Def. on January 4, 2010 and will air High Def. in February 2010. One Life to Live went High Def. in December 2009 as soon as they moved to All My Children's old studio. One Life to Live will be the third and All My Children the fourth soap opera to go High Def.
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 from 1978-1979. Throughout most of the 1980s and into the early 1990s, All My Children was the #2 daytime soap opera on the air.
With the death of core cast member Ruth Warrick in January 2005, Susan Lucci and Ray MacDonnell are the only two original cast members remaining on the show. However, MacDonnell has announced his intention to retire from the show rather than move with the rest of the production company to Los Angeles at the end of 2009. Lucci intends to continue in her iconic role of Erica Kane, commuting from her home in New York to Los Angeles.
On April 14, 2011, ABC canceled All My Children after 41 years due to low ratings, but later sold the rights to Prospect Park on July 7, 2011. The series ended its ABC run September 23, 2011 with a cliffhanger. Prospect Park suspended the plans to revive All My Children and One Life to Live on TOLN but later revived the plans once again on December 17, 2012. All My Children returned and premiered its TOLN run on April 29, 2013 and later premiered its OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) run on July 15, 2013.
- 1 History
- 2 Cast and characters
- 3 Ratings
- 4 Scheduling history
- 5 International broadcasting
- 6 Awards and nominations
- 7 Executive producers and head writers
- 8 Merchandising
- 9 DVD
- 10 References
- 11 External links
- Main article: All My Children (1970-1979)
In the 1960s Agnes Nixon, then head writer for The Guiding Light, tried to sell a property called All My Children to NBC, then CBS, then NBC again through the auspices of sponsor Procter & Gamble. Despite her success and sponsor support, it was not until the start of 1970 that her brainchild finally aired. Rosemary Prinz was signed on to be the "special guest star" for six months, playing the role of liberal Amy Tyler. Prinz was well-known for her role on As the World Turns in the 1950s and 1960s and she was added to the show to give it an initial boost due to her name value.
Nixon strived to create a soap that was topical, and could illustrate social issues to the audience. She wanted this and a combination of regular humor for the series. To keep the action more real, she allowed the audience to locate her fictional "Pine Valley" on a map: situated just outside of Philadelphia, it was a mere hour-long train ride from New York City. However, it is not until the 1980s that it is revealed that Pine Valley is actually in Pennsylvania.
From 1970 and into the 1980s, the show was either written by Nixon herself or by her protégé, Wisner Washam. He was groomed by Nixon to take the reins in the 1980s while she focused on other endeavors, like creating and launching Loving in 1983. Lorraine Broderick and Margaret DePriest also had brief stints as head writers in the 1980s.
The show's first action takes place around several families and characters. Phoebe Tyler (Ruth Warrick), who fashions herself as "Queen of Pine Valley", is the definition of a rich snob when she is introduced. A single mother, Mona Kane (Frances Heflin), and her prima donna daughter, Erica (Susan Lucci) are also introduced. Contrasting this is the stable Martin Family, headed by patriarch Joe and matriarch Ruth, who later becomes a symbolic foundation of All My Children.
With Phoebe as the "Queen of Pine Valley", Erica is the "Princess". Destined to break up the young romance of classmates Tara Martin (Karen Lynn Gorney) and Phil Brent (Richard Hatch), Erica finds out that Phil is not Ruth's son but the son of Ruth's sister, Amy (Rosemary Prinz). In a selfish attempt to break up Phil and Tara, she tells everyone the truth.
All My Children's first success was its telling of young love. ABC wanted a soap opera that would bring in young viewers, and slowly the program was accomplishing that. The show's ratings did not start out strong, however. In its first year on the air, it ranked #17 out of 19 soap operas. Despite this, its audience was building with each passing year.
The show was unique for its use of the Vietnam War. Before All My Children debuted, no show had discussed the war in any depth. There was the character of Phoebe, a conservative, and Amy, a free-spirited liberal, both butting heads over the war, with Amy often leading protests around Pine Valley. When the character of Amy leaves, Ruth takes over as the anti-war voice. Her early 1970s protest speech wins Mary Fickett the first ever Emmy Award given to a soap opera performer back in 1972. Later in the show's run, Phoebe becomes more liberal.
In 1973, Erica Kane makes the decision to have an abortion, which becomes the first abortion aired on television. What makes the abortion particularly controversial is Erica's reason for doing it; she does not have it because her health is in jeopardy, but rather because she does not want to gain weight and lose her modeling job. The abortion story received much media attention, especially since Roe v. Wade had been decided just a few months before the story began airing. Within the story, Erica develops a potentially fatal infection after having the abortion, and the switch-boards at ABC lit up with calls from doctors and nurses, offering their medical opinions on how best to treat the character's case.
Phoebe's husband Charles (Hugh Franklin) gets close to Mona (Erica's mother) and his secretary at the hospital. The two fall in love and Charles divorces Phoebe, even though she tries to blackmail Mona and even fakes paralysis. In the end, Phoebe is left a drunken divorcée and Mona becomes the new Mrs. Tyler. This ordeal starts the long-time Phoebe/Mona rivalry.
When Eileen Letchworth, who portrayed Margo Flax Martin, contemplated a facelift, she talked it over with Nixon. Not only was Letchworth going to need time off, she was going to look significantly different when she returned to the show. Nixon approved and worked the facelift into a storyline. Margo wanted to impress the somewhat younger Paul Martin (William Mooney). Margo’s facelift in 1974 became one of the first major storylines on television discussing cosmetic surgery and its psychological effects.
In June 1976, the character of Brooke English shows up on her Aunt Phoebe's doorstep and soon after clashes with Erica over Tom Cudahy and Mark Dalton. Since then, Brooke ends up with several of Erica's left-over men. In 1976, the show introduces fan favorite Myrtle Lum Fargate (Eileen Herlie).
By the late 1970s, the show had risen to the top of the ratings. One reason for the rise was the arrival of teenage prostitute Donna Beck. Her relationship with the handsome Dr. Chuck Tyler breathed life into the show and captivated fans. Other new additions are the arrivals of aristocratic Palmer Cortlandt (aka Peter Cooney) (James Mitchell), his somewhat creepy housekeeper Myra Murdock, and his overprotected daughter Nina (Taylor Miller), who, to Palmer's chagrin, entrances Dr. Cliff Warner (Peter Bergman). Palmer does everything in his power to break up the couple, including telling Nina she is going blind due to her diabetes. Palmer teams up with Cliff's past flame, nurse Sybil Thorne (Linda Gibboney), who confronts Cliff about fathering her son, but this is temporary; Sybil is accidentally killed by Sean Cudahy (Alan Dysert). During the murder trial, Nina is astonished to learn that her mother, Daisy Cortlandt (Gillian Spencer), whom she believes to be dead, is, in fact, alive and living in Pine Valley as 'Monique Jonville'. To complete everyone's shock, Myra acknowledges that Daisy is her daughter. All My Children also found memorable villains in Billy Clyde Tuggle and Ray Gardner.
The early '80s is considered to have been a "golden period" for the show and the "Golden Age" for supercouples. Younger characters, such as Greg Nelson and Jenny Gardner (Laurence Lau and Kim Delaney), Liza Colby (Marcy Walker), Liza's best friend Amanda (Amanda Bearse), Jesse Hubbard and Angie Baxter (Darnell Williams and Debbi Morgan) and a now-grown-up Tad Martin (Michael E. Knight), who was now legally Ruth and Joe's son, enter the scene.
The storyline involving Liza plotting to win Greg back after he leaves her for Jenny became a fan favorite, as was the Greg and Jenny and Jesse and Angie pairings. The legend of "Tad the Cad" is born when Tad takes Liza's virginity, then simultaneously begins having sex with her mother, socialite Marian Colby (Jennifer Bassey), who eventually is sent to prison and returns to marry Stuart Chandler (David Canary). Powerful businessman Adam Chandler and his twin brother Stuart become significant Pine Valley residents. This is the first arrival of members of The Chandler family.
Jesse and Jenny's summer in New York City became regarded as one of the greatest storylines in the history of the series. For older appeal, Jenny and Tad's natural mother Opal (Dorothy Lyman) was also added to the canvas, where she opens the Glamorama salon and spa. Opal greatly showcased All My Children’s attempt at humor and satire.
The character of Erica begins to take on a larger-than-life role by the 1980s. This is evident with her writing an autobiography, "Raising Kane", and turning it into a motion picture. When her presumed half-sister Silver (Deborah Goodrich) accuses her of murdering Kent Bogard (Michael Woods, Lee Goodart), her former lover and boss, she goes on the run, fleeing to the Hollywood Hills. She does this all while posing as a nun. Her forest encounter with a grizzly bear after she escapes a kidnapping attempt made by Adam is considered a memorable moment. The character goes on to marry over 10 times (with her most recent wedding taking place in June 2005).
The show made their first attempt at tackling the taboo topic of homosexuality in 1983. Tricia Pursley portrayed the divorced Devon McFadden, who believes she is falling in love with her psychiatrist, Lynn Carson (portrayed by Donna Pescow). Lynn admits to being a lesbian, and Devon admits her crush. No other American soap opera had done a story about homosexuality.
The show intelligently tackled the issue of drug use when Mark La Mura's character, Mark Dalton, becomes addicted to cocaine after years of casual use. His half-sister, Erica, stages an intervention with his friends to have him confront his problems. They practice a "tough love" policy that has Mark admit to the addiction. The informative episode showed how to hold an intervention, and the stages to go through for a successful confrontation.
Controversy was prompted in 1987 with the arrival of Cindy Parker (Ellen Wheeler), who would later fall in love with Stuart. The character was revealed to have AIDS. Through visits by Dr. Angie Hubbard, the show educated the public on how the disease was spread and how to prevent it. Cindy had contracted HIV from her husband, Fred, who contracted it from sharing needles for drug use. Cindy is attacked by a vigilante hate group led by her niece, Skye Chandler. The tragedy of the attack shows the extremes of violence that occur everyday to victims of the disease. Cindy marries Stuart and he adopts her son, Scott. She dies early in 1989 in one of the show's most watched episodes.
By 1989, ABC wanted changes at All My Children. The show was getting about 6.5 million viewers per episode, but there sentiment that the program had lost its unique sense of humor. Nixon and Wisner Washam, who had both written the show since the '70s, were faced with a merry-go-round of executive producers, starting in the mid-'80s when producer Jacqueline Babbin left. Jorn Winther was hired to executive produce the show. Efforts were made to bring the show back to the glory days of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. This would mean adding a mixture of both social issues and also the intelligent satire that the show had been known for.
Felicia Minei Behr was hired as the new executive producer in early 1989. Having been a producer on Ryan's Hope, Behr was familiar with All My Children, having been an associate producer from 1970 to 1975. Behr welcomed the input of both Nixon and Washam. To Nixon, the show finally had a stable executive producer. Behr worked with Nixon and Washam, crafting a baby storyline involving the characters of Adam, Brooke, Tad, and Dixie (Cady McClain). By this time, the show had also found a "hit couple" in Cecily and Nico (portrayed by Rosa Nevin and Maurice Benard), but Behr was unable to convince either to remain with the show, and the duo left at the end of 1989. ABC was pleased with Behr; Nixon was as well, and decided her creation was safe in the hands of the new producer. Behr, however, made the unpopular decision to fire Peter Bergman (Cliff Warner) during this time, as well as Ellen Wheeler (Karen) and Robert Gentry (Ross Chandler). Bergman's departure was particularly frustrating to Debbi Morgan (who thought it was a cop-out by ABC on the promising interracial Angie/Cliff pairing; Morgan later commented to the new NBC soap Generations in protest), Taylor Miller (who was misled when Behr approached her to bring back her character Nina; Miller was frustrated to find out she had only been brought back for two weeks to facilitate Bergman's departure: Cliff and Nina reunited, married yet again, and left Pine Valley, leaving Miller to lament to Soap Opera Digest that she felt it was going backward for both characters, and difficult emotionally to play), and Bergman himself (who had just bought a house, and was left without a paycheck, unexpectedly). Behr then brought back fan favorite Opal Gardner, but instead of contacting Emmy winner Dorothy Lyman to reprise the role, Behr hired Jill Larson. Lyman later noted her disappointment in never being contacted about reprising the role. Behr also brought back Billy Clyde Tuggle (the former pimp who first made his big splash in the '70s), only to kill him off for good.
At the time of Behr's hiring in early 1989, the show usually ranked around #4 in the ratings. By 1990, the show had inched up to the #3 spot. Billy Clyde Tuggle returns to Pine Valley in 1990, after a ten-year absence (in prison). He proceeds to undo the lives of many in Pine Valley. He tells his daughter, Emily Ann Sago, that he is her natural father, devastating her with the truth that she was the product of rape. He dies tumbling over a bridge (with Tad Martin), ending the reign of one of Pine Valley's most evil and entertaining characters ever.
ABC chose Megan McTavish, a former actress who had been on the writing team since 1987, to be its new head writer. She was officially promoted to that position in 1992, with Nixon serving as executive head writer. Stories such as Molly's leukemia, Ceara Connor's (Genie Francis) incest, Mona's lung cancer, and Deconstruction (a story about racism), were all praised in soap opera magazines for their social conscience. Other storylines included the Who Killed Will Cortlandt? mystery, Willow Lake Acres (a both humorous and serious tale about the plight of the elderly in a fraudulent nursing home), and a tornado that rocked Pine Valley. Behr also helped craft a story re-exploring Erica's father, Eric Kane. It was revealed he had faked his own death. In a comical twist, Erica finds him working as a clown in a traveling circus.
McTavish was also instrumental in a major but still popular retroactive continuity (retcon) storyline in 1993. Shortly after being introduced, the audience soon learns Kendall Hart (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is actually Erica's long-lost daughter. Kendall was conceived after Erica was raped on her 14th birthday by her father's actor friend Richard Fields. After she became pregnant, Erica gave her baby up for adoption to the Harts, a couple from Florida. Kendall comes to Pine Valley after finding out her birth mother is the famous Erica Kane. Kendall longs for Erica's approval but is also angry over her perceived feelings of being 'abandoned' at birth and comes to want payback against her mother. Though they try to make their family work at first, Kendall acts out  and mother and daughter experience a painful, strained, and complicated relationship during this time in the series. The popular Gellar was proclaimed by some "as the second coming of Erica" in her two years as Kendall Hart from 1993–1995 but left the show to pursue other acting opportunities. Producers ended up waiting at least six years before even contemplating to recast the role (which eventually went to Alicia Minshew in 2002).
The Santos, Dillon, Frye, and Keefer families were introduced during the 90s as well. Also, the Tad and Dixie pairing had become especially popular. The show also had other couples with great followings during this time: Dimitri and Erica (Michael Nader), Trevor (James Kiberd) and Natalie (Kate Collins), and Hayley (Kelly Ripa) and Brian (Gregory Gordon, Matt Borlenghi, Brian L. Greene).
By the early-mid-1990s, some of McTavish's storytelling received criticism for being gimmick-driven (i.e. multiple dual roles, bomb plots). Reports soon surfaced that Behr and McTavish were having conflicts about storylines and the direction of the series. After the O.J. Simpson trial preempted daytime television programs throughout late 1994 and into 1995, many soaps saw their ratings decline, and All My Children was no different. When Megan McTavish was fired from her head writing post in the spring, former associate head writer Lorraine Broderick was tapped by Behr as the new head writer.
Broderick's tenure under Behr was popular among critics and fans for returning All My children to its socially relevant, character-driven roots. Her most significant successes were Erica's drug addiction story (with the character receiving treatment at the Betty Ford Center), and also the story of homophobia over a gay high school boy and a history teacher. However, with the ratings still stagnant, ABC fired longtime executive producer Felicia Minei Behr, and brought in Francesca James (who had previously won an Emmy award acting on the show as twins Kitty and Kelly). The storylines now included a voodoo arc with the popular Noah and Julia (Keith Hamilton Cobb and Sydney Penny), a fantasy story for Myrtle featuring the "real" Santa Claus, and finally a baby kidnapping story involving Erica.
Despite winning three consecutive Daytime Emmys for writing during her tenure on All My children, Broderick was replaced in December 1997 by her predecessor, McTavish. The first major story McTavish tackled was, "ironically", one created by Broderick, Bianca Montgomery's anorexia. The character of Bianca, Erica's young daughter, is checked into a facility to treat the disease. Apart from the anorexia story, McTavish's tales were plot-driven and made implausible alterations to the show's history such as the resurrection of Erica's lifetime-love, Mike Roy (Nicholas Surovy). In 1998, the show again got a new executive producer, Jean Dadario Burke, taking over from Francesca James. She would become known to many speculating fans as a weak producer with little vision.
Cady McClain, who had left the show as Dixie in 1996, returned to the delight of her fans, but other storylines — involving ghosts, poison tattoos, Nazi art, and a sperm switch — were all ill-received. By the start of 1999, with All My Children being voted as the "Worst of 1998" by Soap Opera Digest, McTavish was once again fired.
As ratings began to fall in the late 1990s, ABC convinced Nixon to make a brief return. Many long-running actors, such as Michael Nader, James Kiberd, and Robin Mattson, left their roles.
Nixon decided to write a story that would rejuvenate the show and be socially relevant at the same time. This resulted in the series revealing Erica's daughter Bianca as a lesbian. Within the series, Bianca admits the truth to her mother in December 2000. Though initially controversial, the storyline was praised by fans and critics. Bianca emerged as a breakout character and lesbian icon. The show found additional success in the pairing of newcomers Leo and Greenlee (Josh Duhamel and Rebecca Budig).
Richard Culliton wrote several of All My Children's early 2000s storylines. He created popular characters Frankie and Maggie Stone, and said Frankie was already intended to be killed in a murder storyline after only three months on the series. Culliton and ABC executives were surprised when viewers became attached to the romance between Bianca and Frankie, developed by Culliton with Frankie's debut. These fans attributed Frankie's death to the show's fear to focus on a lesbian romance. Eventually, Culliton introduced the idea to bring back popular actress Elizabeth Hendrickson, who had portrayed Frankie, as Frankie's twin sister Maggie. Culliton continued to write for the show until late 2002.
After more staff turnover in recent years, McTavish again returned as head writer. Her storylines began airing in July 2003, which included the controversial rape of Bianca. Gone upon McTavish's latest return was Jean Dadario Burke as executive producer, being replaced with Julie Hanan Carruthers.
Under McTavish, ratings fluctuated back and forth. To lure back long-time viewers, McTavish created new characters and romances, as well as scripted the return of various characters who had been gone for long periods of time. She introduced star-crossed couple JR Chandler and Babe Carey upon writing JR's return to the series, scripted most of popular pairing Bianca Montgomery and Maggie Stone's love story, and created fellow popular couple Zach Slater and Kendall Hart. Julia Santos (Sydney Penny) and Janet Dillon (Kate Collins, who was originally slated to return for a brief stint) were eventually given contracts.
On July 26, 2006, Tanika Ray, Jonathan Aldridge, and pop star Rihanna appeared on the show. During the Rihanna appearance, a controversial storyline involving Erica's thought-to-be-aborted son having come to Pine Valley under the name Josh Madden intensifies when Josh learns of how he truly came to exist. In August 2006, after months of speculation, it was confirmed that fan favorite Eden Riegel would be reprising her Emmy winning role as Bianca. She was a part of a controversial storyline centered on transgender character Zarf/Zoe. Since departing the show in February 2005, Riegel has continued to return to the series for limited guest appearances.
The most notable return was Cady McClain's return as show heroine Dixie Cooney Martin. The news of her return spread just two weeks before she reappeared on the series. In an unpopular and controversial move by the series, the writers chose to kill off Dixie in January 2007 only a year after her return. The character's death was the result of the Satin Slayer storyline where she is unintentionally murdered in place of character Babe Carey.
Another prominent return to the series occurred on February 9, 2007, when Susan Pratt returned as Barbara Montgomery. Pratt made her last appearance in July of that year. That same month, McTavish was fired as head writer, reportedly due to viewer criticism about her storylines. On May 21, 2007, James Harmon Brown and Barbara Esensten were announced as the new head writers of All My Children. The duo wrote for Days of our Lives, One Life to Live, Dynasty and Port Charles, and created and wrote for The City.
On December 12, 2007, ABC revealed Rebecca Budig would be returning to the series as Greenlee Smythe; the return was one of the most widely reported in daytime television history, attracting mainstream media attention such as the Associated Press and New York Daily News. Budig's return was overshadowed by controversy when news of Sabine Singh's reportedly unfair treatment as a Greenlee recast in order to bring Budig back incited viewer outrage.
On December 25, 2007, Soap Opera Digest reported the return of fan favorites Debbi Morgan and Darnell Williams as Jesse Hubbard and Angie Baxter. Morgan returned on January 18, 2008, and Williams on January 25, 2008. In April 2008, it was announced that Laurence Lau would briefly reprise the role of Greg Nelson for Jesse and Angie's much anticipated wedding.
On May 21, 2008, Charles Pratt, Jr., former co-head writer for General Hospital, was announced as a replacement for Brown and Esenstein amid record low ratings.
On November 6, 2008, All My children aired a special episode in which veterans share their stories unscripted. On November 12, 2008, All My Children celebrated their 10,000 episode as a tribute to character Myrtle Fargate, as portrayed by Eileen Herlie. On December 19, 2008, a special episode ran for Herlie, showing clips from the past. On February 16, 2009, All My Children made daytime history with the nuptials of Reese Williams and Bianca Montgomery, the first legal same-sex marriage in American daytime television.
Cast and characters
- Main article: List of All My Children cast members
For historical ratings information, see List of US daytime soap opera ratings
1978-1979 Season (HH Ratings)
- 1. All My Children 9.0
- 6. One Life to Live 8.0
1979-1980 Season (HH Ratings) (Nielsen)
1981-1982 Season (HH Ratings)
Highest rated week in daytime history
1985-1986 Season (HH Ratings)
1988-1989 Season (HH Ratings)
1989-1990 Season (HH Ratings) (1 = 921,000 Homes)
1990-1991 Season (HH Ratings)
1991-1992 Season (HH Ratings)
1992-1993 Season (HH Ratings)
1993-1994 Season (HH Ratings) (1 = 942,000 Homes)
1994-1995 Season (HH Ratings)
1995 Ratings (Millions of Viewers)
1995-1996 Season (HH Ratings)
1998-1999 Season (HH Ratings)
1999-2000 Season (HH Ratings) (Nielsen)
2005-2006 Season (HH Ratings)
2006-2007 Season (HH Ratings)
2007-2008 Season (HH Ratings)
- 1."The Young and The Restless" 4.7
- 6. All My Children 2.7
- 1. Young & The Restless 3.7
- 2. Bold & Beautiful 2.6
- 3. Days of our Lives 2.2
- 4. General Hospital 2.1
- 5. All My Children 2.0
- 5. One Life To Live 2.0
- 7. As The World Turns 1.9
- 8. Guiding Light 1.6
The show reached a record low of 1,931,000 viewers on Friday, August 22, 2008. Its previous low was 2,080,000 viewers on Tuesday, September 30, 2008 and 2,144,000 viewers on Friday, November 2, 2007.
- Monday: 2.2/2,802,000
- Tuesday: 2.1/2,894,000
- Wednesday: 2.2/2,913,000
- Thursday: 2.0/2,609,000
- Friday: 1.8/2,540,000
The most previous ratings are for the week of June 30, 2009 through July 3, 2009: -Monday: 1.9/2,616,000 -Tuesday:1.8/2,466,000 -Wednesday:1.7/2,475,000 -Thursday:1.9/2,653,000 -Friday: repeat, 1.3
All My Children currently airs Monday through Friday at 1 p.m. eastern (12 p.m. central) on ABC. Encores are aired on SOAPnet in primetime at 8 p.m. (7 p.m.), late nights at 1 a.m. (12 a.m.), and early mornings at 7 a.m. (6 a.m.). The week's episodes air in a marathon on Sunday nights at 12 a.m. (11 p.m.).
From January 1970 to July 1975, the show aired for thirty minutes at 1 p.m. (12 p.m.), but when the new Ryan's Hope premiered, All My Children was bumped up a half-hour to 12:30 p.m. (11:30 a.m.). It returned to its original timeslot in January 1977 and has been there since, expanding to sixty minute episodes on Monday, April 25, 1977.
In Italy, All My Children started to air in 1985 under the title La valle dei pini (Pine Valley), with episodes four years behind the U.S. It was cancelled in 1992, with episodes at that time seven years behind.
All My Children is broadcast in South Africa every weekday at 3:00 pm CAT, after previously being aired at 10:30 am. Episodes are currently four years behind.
The show is screened on Drama Central in Salverland. Episodes shown in August 2009 are from November 2008. The soap opera is the highest rated program on the air at that time.
All My Children currently airs on A 12 PM PT,1 PM ET in Canada. AMC was also previously seen on Citytv stations in Calgary CKAL-TV,Edmonton CKEM-TV,and Winnipeg CHMI-TV. Prior to 1998 All My Children aired on the CBC Television network.
Awards and nominations
Here is the list of the winners at the Daytime Emmy Awards; the show and its performers have been nominated in excess of 250 times.
- 1988 "Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team"
- 1992 "Outstanding Drama Series"
- 1994 "Outstanding Drama Series"
- 1995 "Outstanding Drama Series Directing Team"
- 1995 "Outstanding Technical Direction/Electronic Camera/Video Control"
- 1995 "Outstanding Live and Tape Sound Mixing and Sound Effects"
- 1996 "Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team"
- 1997 "Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team"
- 1998 "Outstanding Drama Series"
- 1998 "Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team"
- 1998 "Outstanding Makeup"
- 1998 "Outstanding Multiple Camera Editing"
- 1998 "Outstanding Live and Direct To Tape Sound Mixing"
- 1999 "Outstanding Music Direction And Composition"
- 2001 "Outstanding Achievement in Multiple Camera Editing"
- 2001 "Outstanding Achievement in Hairstyling"
- 2002 "Outstanding Achievement in Casting"
- 2002 "Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design"
- 2002 "Outstanding Achievement in Technical Direction/Electronic Camera/Video Control"
- 2002 "Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition"
- 2003 "Outstanding Drama Series Directing Team"
- 2005 "Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition for a Drama Series" (tied with One Life to Live)
- 2007 "Outstanding Achievement In Technical Direction/Electronic Camera/Video Control"
- 1980 "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series" Warren Burton (Eddie Dorrance)
- 1980 "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series" Francesca James (Kitty Shea Davis/Kelly Cole Tyler)
- 1982 "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series" Dorothy Lyman (Opal Cortlandt)
- 1983 "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series" Dorothy Lyman (Opal Cortlandt)
- 1983 "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series" Darnell Williams (Jesse Hubbard)
- 1985 "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series" Darnell Williams(Jesse Hubbard)
- 1986 "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series" David Canary (Adam Chandler/Stuart Chandler)
- 1986 "Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series" Michael E. Knight (Tad Martin)
- 1987 "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series" Kathleen Noone (Ellen Sheperd)
- 1987 "Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series" Michael E. Knight (Tad Martin)
- 1988 "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series" David Canary (Adam Chandler/Stuart Chandler)
- 1988 "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series" Ellen Wheeler (Cindy Parker Chandler)
- 1989 "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series" David Canary (Adam Chandler/Stuart Chandler
- 1989 "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series" Debbi Morgan (Angie Baxter) (Tied with Nancy Lee Grahn for Santa Barbara)
- 1990 "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series" Julia Barr (Brooke English)
- 1990 "Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series" Cady McClain (Dixie Cooney Martin)
- 1993 "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series" David Canary (Adam Chandler/Stuart Chandler)
- 1995 "Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series" Sarah Michelle Gellar (Kendall Hart)
- 1998 "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series" Julia Barr (Brooke English)
- 1999 "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series" Susan Lucci (Erica Kane)
- 2001 "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series" David Canary (Adam Chandler/Stuart Chandler)
- 2001 "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series" Michael E. Knight (Tad Martin)
- 2002 "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series" Josh Duhamel (Leo du Pres)
- 2004 "Lifetime Achievement Award" Ray MacDonnell (Joe Martin)
- 2004 "Lifetime Achievement Award" Ruth Warrick (Phoebe Tyler Wallingford)
- 2005 "Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series" Eden Riegel (Bianca Montgomery)
- 2009 "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series" Vincent Irizarry (David Hayward) (Tied with Jeff Branson (Shayne Lewis) on Guiding Light.)
Executive producers and head writers
- Main article: List of All My Children crew
|January 5, 1970 to 1978||Agnes Nixon|
and Bud Kloss
|1978 to 1982||Agnes Nixon|
and Jorn Winther
|1982 to January 1986||Jacqueline Babbin|
|January 1986 to March 1986||Jorn Winther|
|March 1986 to January 1989||Stephen Schenkel|
|January 1989 to April 1996||Felicia Minei Behr|
|April 1996 to April 1998||Francesca James|
|April 1998 to September 2003||Jean Dadario Burke|
|September 19, 2003 to October 24, 2003||Casey Childs|
|October 25, 2003 to present||Julie Hanan Carruthers|
|1970 to 1983||Agnes Nixon|
|1983 to 1985||Wisner Washam|
|1985||Wisner Washam & Lorraine Broderick|
|1986 to 1989||Wisner Washam|
|1989 to 1990||Wisner Washam & Margaret DePriest|
|1990 to 1992||Wisner Washam & Agnes Nixon|
|1992 to 1995||Megan McTavish|
and Agnes Nixon
|1995 to 1997||Lorraine Broderick|
|1997 to 1999||Megan McTavish|
|1999 to September 2001||Jean Passanante|
and Agnes Nixon
|September 2001 to December 2002||Richard Culliton|
|December 2002 to March 2003||Gordon Rayfield|
|March 2003 to July 2003||Gordon Rayfield|
and Anna Cascio
|July 2003 to May 2007||Megan McTavish|
|May 2007 to July 25, 2007||No Head Writer Credited|
|July 26, 2007 to January 14, 2008||James Harmon Brown|
and Barbara Esensten
|January 15, 2008 to January 30, 2008||Julie Hanan Carruthers|
and Brian Frons (WGA strike)
|January 31, 2008 to August 26, 2008||James Harmon Brown|
and Barbara Esensten
|August 27, 2008 to present||Charles Pratt, Jr.|
|Charles Pratt, Jr.; Daran Little, Chip Hayes, Kate Hall, Joanna Cohen, Rebecca Taylor, Jeff Beldner, Addie Walsh, Tracey Thomson, Michelle Patrick||Julie Hanan Carruthers (Executive Producer), Ginger Smith, Karen Johnson, Nadine Aronson, Barry Gingold, Joann Busiglio, Enza Dolce, Brian Frons||Casey Childs, Steven Williford, Conal O'Brien, Angela Tessinari, Barbara M. Simmons, Jill Ackles, Michael V. Pomarico, Francesca James, Shelley Curtis, Judy Blye Wilson|
The game company TSR, Inc. introduced the All My Children game in 1985, based on the daytime drama. The game sold more than 150,000 copies.
A DVD was released on January 24, 2004 titled Daytime's Greatest Weddings which contained All My Children and other daytime soaps' weddings.
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- All My Children recap 2/16/09 - soaps.com
- Soap features daytime TV's first lesbian wedding - CNN.com
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- Official Website
- ABC TV Store - Official online store
- Soap Opera Network: All My Children - Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet.
- Pine Valley Podcast
- The All My Children History Project now at the Pine Valley Bulletin
- All My Children videos such as promos and podcasts
- Soap Opera Source: All My Children News & Previews (AMC)
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