'All My Children' Ends Its Run with a Cliffhanger

By the Associated Press | September 23, 2011 | 3:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The soap opera "All My Children" is off the air with a gunshot and a cliffhanger.

The daytime drama has been on ABC since 1970 and televised its last episode on Friday. But the story may not be over, since a production company has signed a licensing deal to keep the drama online or on other platforms.

That may account for the mystery of its final episode. It ended with most of the show's characters gathered at the Chandler house for a party — celebrating engagements, a pregnancy and some miracle medical revivals.

The character J.R. lurked outside with a gun and fired it when the screen went black.

Was anyone shot? That may entice viewers to keep up online.