German Soap Opera 'Verbotene Liebe' Canceled

Verbotene Liebe will be discontinued around its 20th anniversary.
German soap opera Verbotene Liebe (Forbidden Love), which has run for nearly 20 years, has been canceled. An official confirmation was made by Das Erste on July 18.

Director of Program Volker Herres said: "20 years ago, the siblings Jan and Julia made Verbotene Liebe a German series hit. Who could have guessed back then that VL, as the glamor soap would soon only be called, would have such a long breath? But eventually all shades of the forbidden and glamorous are told. It is then necessary to stop at the right time. And in our opinion this is now. As painful as it may be for the loyal fans of the series. But one thing is sure: Verbotene Liebe wrote television history."

ARD coordinator of access primetime Frank Beckmann added: "With great dedication and impressive creativity, the team of Verbotene Liebe has shaped the access primetime for years. We know the strength of the brand and the importance of their loyal fans. Therefore, we consider whether we can offer Verbotene Liebe in another form at a later date."

The statement also confirmed that the soap opera will be replaced by the game show Quizduell, which was tested for four weeks in May 2014. Verbotene Liebe will air it's series finale most likely in the beginning of 2015 around the show's 20th anniversary.

Star Jo Weil (Oliver Sabel) posted the following reaction to his Facebook page: "Well, the rumors are unfortunately true - VL is deposed and thus closed its doors early next year of the "no limits"! A very sad news! But as it is so beautifully: the show must go on! Hugs and love, JO"

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