2. "All My Children": The Final Episode
No event in daytime television this year generated more controversy than ABC's decision to cancel its long running soaps "All My Children" and "One Life To Live." AMC aired it final episode September 23rd. At the time, a production company had announced plans to continue the show on the internet, so the soap's writers were instructed to end the finale with a cliffhanger. Boy did they ever. The show's best known character, Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) was dumped by her longtime love, Jack (Walt Willey), as a drunk J.R. (Jacob Young) fired a gun into a room full of people. Erica had the episode's final, defiant line: "This is not the ending I want." Unfortunately, last week the on-line continuation of the show was canceled, so it is the ending that fans must accept. (Photo: ABC)
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