Susan Lucci has been part of the cast of the ABC Daytime Soap All My Children since its inception in 1970, so naturally with the news that ABC will be canceling the show (and with a new edition of her autobiography set to be released) Lucci does not mince her words as she targets Brian Frons, the ABC Daytime executive who she points to as the person who ruined the soap before canceling it.
Lucci claims the beginning of the end of the show came in 2008 when Frons added a new head writer, former General Hospital writer Charles Pratt Jr., in favor of removing the show’s creator, Agnes Nixon.
Lucci called the new writing “subpar” and further damage was done when the production of the show was moved from New York to Los Angeles. The move and continued low ratings lead to several head writer switches until the recent cancellation announcements. Lucci’s view of Frons’ mismanagement — in which borderline suggest that Frons outright sabotaged any chance of the show regaining its success after ratings bottomed out in 2008 — came to an apex when Frons announced to the cast that the show would be canceled,in which Lucci felt Frons was being smug about how the soap’s replacement — a food/talk show called The Chew — would could the network 40 percent less than the soap. Lucci writes, “An iconic show was losing out to greed … If Brian Frons could show his bosses that he could save the network 40 percent … he could keep his job even if the rest of us lost ours… I watched Brian Frons’ decisions destroy the production of our show and the lives of people on both sides of the country.” Lucci even adds that Frons has the ” fatal combination of ignorance and arrogance” and that she “cannot fathom any network executive choosing to alienate millions of loyal viewers in these economic times.”
Lucci has not yet decided whether or not she will continue with All My Children once the show jumps to an online model (with a possible cable deal in development), but it’s very likely that her anger at how the show was managed over the last few years will last for years.