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'All My Children' Ends 41-Year Run

ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) -- After 41 years on the air, the ABC daytime soap All My Children will air its final televised episode Friday afternoon.  The finale will take a look back at the significant story lines and characters in Pine Valley since the show's debut in January 1970.

Susan Lucci has starred on All My Children since the beginning, playing Erica Kane.  The series' famous alumni include Kelly Ripa, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Josh Duhamel, Amanda Seyfried, Christian Slater, Eva LaRue, Kim Delaney, Melissa Leo and Mischa Barton.

Though it's ending its network run, All My Children is expected to continue as an Internet-only program beginning in January.  Cameron Mathison, who plays Ryan on the show, thinks the move may not be such a bad thing.

He says, "You can watch any episode at anytime wherever you want in the world and you can choose the advertising that you're going to be, y'know, advertised, so, it makes more sense for something like that right now."

All My Children will be replaced in ABC's daytime lineup by the new talk show The Chew.

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Final Episode of 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' Airs Wednesday

Barry Brecheisen/WireImage(CHICAGO) -- After 25 years, The Oprah Winfrey Show ends its run on Wednesday.

The 4,561st and final episode, recorded Tuesday in Chicago, had no guests -- just Oprah Winfrey taking a stroll down memory lane, according to the Chicago Tribune, which spoke with some audience members afterward.

Jessica Llamas said Winfrey opened the show by telling the audience that the episode was a "letter to all her viewers."  Another audience member, Curt Evrard, said Winfrey focused in part on the serious topics her show has explored through the years, including child abuse and molestation.  His wife, Tammy Evrard, paraphrasing Winfrey, said the daytime queen encouraged the crowd to "be a beacon for other people" now that she has ended her talk show.

The taping reportedly ended with Winfrey thanking the viewers and staff before tearfully walking past the crowd.  She was then seen on a screen in the studio kicking off her shoes in her office and picking up her dog.

The finale lacked the star power of the two-part tribute to Winfrey that aired Monday and Tuesday, though Maria Shriver, Tyler Perry, and actress Cicely Tyson were in the audience.  Winfrey's longtime partner, Stedman Graham, and her best friend, Gayle King, also were there.

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'Hannah Montana' Comes to an End; Final Episode Airs Sunday

Photo Courtesy - Walt Disney Records(NEW YORK) -- The final episode of Miley Cyrus' TV show Hannah Montana airs on Sunday.

The Disney Channel series first debuted March 24, 2006, when Cyrus was the fresh-faced daughter of country star Billy Ray Cyrus.  Now, five years later, Miley's an international superstar who's sold millions of albums and concert tickets and millions of dollars' worth of merchandise.

In the final Hannah Montana episode, titled "Wherever I Go," Miley/Hannah is called upon to make the biggest decision of her life -- whether to go to college, or to accept a role in a movie.  Cyrus wouldn't go into details about the episode, but said, "I think everyone realizes that they can't live on Hannah Montana's coattails forever.  You gotta move on at some point."

Leaving behind the show on which she grew up will be a strange experience for Cyrus, who always felt it was her comfort zone.  She said, "It's going to be hard, after a tour or a movie, not [being able to say], 'OK, yeah, I can go back to the show and people that I'm used to and people that I like and have known me before any of this stardom thing ever happened.'"

Cyrus will next appear in the upcoming film L.O.L., opposite Demi Moore, and is also shooting another film called So Undercover.  She'll likely continue to tour and record as well.  Cyrus said, "I know, like, 100 percent what I wanna do, and that's continue to entertain people."

The final episode of Hannah Montana airs at 7 p.m. E.T. Sunday on the Disney Channel.

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Larry King Closes Curtain on 'Larry King Live'

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images (LOS ANGELES) -- Thursday night, on the final episode of Larry King Live, veteran newsman Larry King, 77, welcomed a slew of guests, including Bill Maher, Ryan Seacrest, Donald Trump, Regis Philbin, Dr. Phil McGraw, Suze Orman and Tony Bennett.

Ryan Seacrest gave King his first two surprises of the night by introducing California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who proclaimed Thursday "Larry King Day," followed by President Barack Obama, who congratulated King on opening America's eyes beyond their living rooms.

Comedian Fred Armisen dressed as King to "grill" the host, and was followed by news anchors Barbara Walters, Katie Couric, Brian Williams and Diane Sawyer, who presented King with goodbye suspenders.

Former President Bill Clinton -- who has been a guest on Larry King Live 28 times -- appeared live from Little Rock, Ark. to wish King a fond farewell.

King noted that although he was leaving his nightly CNN show, he would continue to do specials for CNN and other projects on radio and television.

"You're not going to see me go away," said a teary-eyed King during his final address. "Instead of goodbye, how about so long."

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