Photo Flash: ABC's ONE LIFE TO LIVE Signs Off the Air Today
ONE LIFE TO LIVE - After 43 years, ONE LIFE TO LIVE becomes a part of television history on Friday, January 13th, as the people of Llanview say goodbye and Agnes Nixon's mission for the long running daytime serial draws to a close: Nixon wanted to write stories about richly diverse people as their lives intertwined, as they interacted with one another... and to explain the hopes and hardships, the goals, fights, and failures that are ultimately shared by all mankind no matter how disparate their lifestyles. The series airs Monday-Friday (2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
The Emmy Award-Winning series is set in the fictional community of Llanview, which is modeled on the Philadelphia Main Line. The character of Victoria Lord Davidson, present since the show's inception, continues as an integral part of the canvas today.
"One Life to Live" has been lauded for its groundbreaking exploration of social issues, diverse canvas, award-winning performances and innovative storylines. Along with the history-making week of live shows in May 2002, "One Life to Live" is responsible for many "firsts" in Daytime television, including stories of interracial romance and gang violence, as well as problems of literacy, medical misdiagnosis, lupus and racial prejudice. The show received mass critical acclaim for its 1992 homophobia storyline, which captured national headlines when it introduced the character of a gay teen (played by then unknown Ryan Phillippe) and culminated with the emotional display of the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt.
In 1994 the show received equally high praise, and garnered four Daytime Emmy Awards - including one for Best Writing - for its riveting fraternity gang rape storyline. "One Life to Live" won four Emmys again in 2000, including awards for costume design and music direction, and in 2001 was the recipient of two Emmy Awards. In 2002 the show won its first ever Daytime Emmy Award in the Outstanding Drama Series category, and was nominated again in 2007. In 2000 it received the first CDC Sentinel for Health Award for the story of Viki's (Erika Slezak) breast cancer.
View photos from the filming of the last episodes of ONE LIFE TO LIVE below!
Photo credit: Lou Rocco/ABC
Erika Slezak & Jerry Verdorn
Jessica Tuck & Erika Slezak
Susan Batten & Van Hughes