September 06, 2011 1:53pm PT by THR Staff
Carol Burnett Bids Farewell to 'All My Children' This Week
Carol Burnett is bidding farewell to All My Children with guest appearances this week. The actress reprises the role of Verla Grubbs on Tuesday and Wednesday, marking her final guest spots while the soap is still airing on ABC.
Burnett first appeared as the character, the long-lost daughter of Langley Wallingford, in 1983. She returned in 1995 for the 25th anniversary of the show, and again in 2005 to mark the soap's 35th year on the air. She also hosted All My Children's 25th anniversary primetime special.
All My Children executive producer Julie Hanan Carruthers said, "It is our honor and pleasure to welcome back Carol Burnett to Pine Valley. Verla Grubbs is a beloved member of the All My Children family."
All My Children will go dark later this month. It will be replaced by a daily food show, The Chew.
In July, ABC licensed All My Children and One Life to Live to production company Prospect Park so they could live online. The multi-year deal calls for Prospect Park to produce and deliver the soaps in the same format online and on emerging platforms, though it is unclear when the shows will be available online.
All My Children will air its final episode Friday, Sept. 23, while One Life to Live will end next year. The Chew begins airing Monday, Sept. 26.
ABC has been fighting a public relations battle since the network announced that the soaps -- which have seen ratings erosion for several years -- would be replaced with less expensive daytime offerings. Fans have flooded the network with emails, mounted protest sites, organized online petitions and even picketed the network's upfront presentation last May in New York.