Today millions of middle aged houesives just collectively went into a deep deep depression, because their favorite daytime soap "All My Children" just aired it's last episode ever today.
What are we going to do without all the back-from-the-dead plot lines, stolen babies, evil twins, and complicated love triangles that become even more complicated because one or more of the persons involved gets amnesia?
"All My Children" debuted on ABC in 1970 and over the years, "All My Children" has launched the careers of Kelly Ripa, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Josh Duhamel, Amanda Seyfried and Melissa Leo.
Josh Duhamel actually returned to the show for one episode this season, which was kind of weird seeing that's he's gone on to do bigger and better things. Some may say that's a step back for his career, I'd say it's like several steps back. He was actually uncredited in the episode and spent most of the time laying on a gurney. Then again, doesn't 50% of all soap episodes take place in hospitals?
Here's what went down in the final episode:
The entire cast gathered at the Chandler's residence so that he and the guy who plays Caleb Cortlandt could give toasts that made the actors get real life teary-eyed. He toasts the room saying, "it's been my home, the best years of my life," which was a not-so-subtle real life toast to the show that most of the cast spent many years working on. Then an old couple gets engaged. It's all very weepy.
After that heartwarming moment, it was disrupted by one of the most pointless scenes I've ever seen on television, "Why are here?" "You texted me to come meet you here." "I did not." "Ok." END SCENE.
Then Erica Kane (whose been married 12 times on the show) confesses her love to Jack, who basically says "Sorry" and walks away. BUMMER GIRL.
Then, in the cliff hanger to end all cliff hangers, the character J.R. has been lurking outside the party for the entire episode, furrowing his brown and brooding like a TV vampire.
Then he draws a gun while no one is looking and as Erica Kane exclaims, "This is not the ending I want," J.R. pulls the trigger, a gunshot is heard and everything goes to black, leaving fans to wonder "WHO GOT SHOT?!"
Hopefully (or unfortunately, depends on your opinion of soap operas) the show is supposed to live-on online as it's new "AMC" webseries.
The show will continue as a web series and ABC promised back in July that the program will "continue to be delivered with the same quality and in the same format and length...[we] are committed to delivering the storylines, characters and quality that audiences have come to love for over 40 years."
No word yet on where and when the show will debut online, but the production company is supposedly announcing the "AMC" production start date in the coming weeks.