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ABC Daytime's Brian Frons on how AMC & OLTL casts were informed of cancellation!

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So just how did the cancellation of One Life to Live and All My Children go down this morning?  According to an article in EW.com, ABC Daytime President, Brian Frons told the cast and crew of AMC personally before the announcement went out to the press some 15 minutes later. (The cast and crew of the New York-based OLTL was video linked at the same time).

Unlike when CBS announced the demise of Guiding Light and As the World Turns, Frons said it was important to immediately reveal how the soaps will be replaced because “otherwise we will appear like we have no plan. It’s important for our affiliates. If we make the decision to take off two shows we value, then they need to know how we will replace them.”

The daytime executive admitted it wasn’t easy to make the cancellation call. “It’s very sad for me. I came here because I wanted to work on the ABC soaps. I worked in CBS and NBC daytime and I always envied the quality and people who ABC had. I never imagined when I came in August of 2002 that I’d be the guy to take two of the shows off.” 

Frons also stated that it was too early to tell if General Hospital will absorb some of the actors from AMC or OLTL. So stay tuned down the road for that one!

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ANGEL
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ANGEL

I think this gentleman made a huge career mistake with using his authority to cancel two extremely well liked soaps, Such talent on both programs. I think AMC and OLTL are both liked sooooooooooo much more then the other remaining soaps. These shows are watched by thousands of woman who enjoyed tuning in. They are the Many Fans who followed the storylines for years. I think its so wrong and it is a mistake he has made cancelling these thriving well liked shows. There are alot of unhappy ABC viewers due to his call.

Lynne
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Lynne

This is the worst thing thats ever happened for two great soaps to go off the air! It makes no darn sense to me at all . Plus a million people have watched them thru out the years. They will be soooooooooooo missed it’s not even funny. Who cares about talk shows Yuck. I am really pissed to say the least.

Rose
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Rose

I am 65 and will be supporting a boycott an all of my friends have all said they will boycott

mikki
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mikki

I think he (FRONS) ruined daytime. Talk shows are boring. I have been watching soaps for years. I will never watch ABC anymore for anything. I love AMC, OLTL, and GH, but I will have to give up GH in support of the other actors that just lost their jobs. HOW CAN ABC DO THIS. EVERY SOAP FAN SHOULD BOYCOTT ABC TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR THE ACTORS AND ACTRESSES FROM OUR FAVORITE SOAPS.

Jessica
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Jessica

He’s full of it, it was not difficult for him to make his decision, every interview he’s given contradicts the other. Get OWN to take our soaps
http://www.tinyurl.com/soapsonOWN

Andrew
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Andrew

I feel sorry for all of those people who are losing their jobs. It’s a sad moment in TV history that two classic shows are being swept under the rug for reality shows.

steve
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steve

I agree this happened a year ago when ABC/OLTL let 2 great Actors go without a good reason this would be Brett Claywell & Scott Evans better known as Kyle & Oliver ‘KISH’ they were given the coldest treatment that I have ever seen ! Brett found out in person while Scott got word from His Twitter Account like ABC where did Your standards go ! Brett & Scott had one of the most true to Life Lovestories for the 2009/2010 season ! America ABC just repeated its self We fought hard for Brett & Scott for 5 Months without… Read more »

Lori
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Lori

For longtime viewers who have spent a lifetime watching soaps, Frons has sent a clear message…we are not in the coveted 18-34 age bracket, and therefore, we don’t matter. No matter what a viewers age, I cannot imagine ANY soap viewer tuning into the ridiculous new shows he plans to air. Earth to Frons…your coveted demo should be at work at that time of day…and you won’t be getting soap viewers. Millions of us have been loyal fans for years…and this is how our loyality is rewarded. You will need viewers to get sponsers, won’t you? Ummm…good luck with that!… Read more »

Skyla
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Skyla

He is full of bologna!!! He doesn’t want to pay his actors so he chooses to canceled two beloved shows and replace it with crap that no one is going to watch. I find it ludicrous that he would say that he admired ABC daytime so much in one sentence and then decimate 2/3 of their shows in the next. He basically has said he came over there and then destroyed their soaps… I think he is the one that should be going because after only several years under his leadership two soaps that have been on more than 30… Read more »

Bina
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Bina

SCUM BAG!!!

lisa
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lisa

VALUE ??? YOU DON’T VALUE ANYTHING BUT YOUR OWN OPINION BRIAN FRONS……

AND REPLACE ….YOU CAN’T REPLACE AMC AND OLTL WITH MORE OF WHAT’S ALREADY ON TELEVISION.

NO DAYTIME DRAMA – I’D RATHER GO OUTSIDE AND PLAY ……BECAUSE I HAVE MY LIFE TO LIVE WITH ALL MY CHILDREN !!
…AND THEY’RE ALL GROWN !!
REALLY SHORT SIGHT ON YOUR PART MR.FRONS.

Laura Coppola
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Laura Coppola

Brian Frons is full of it – he does not care about the soaps…SERIAL KILLER

Eileen NYC
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Eileen NYC

Yes he is a total arroganat idiot. I am also sick and tired of another justification for this, ” that this what viewers between the ages of 18 and 49 want”. So I guess anyone over 49 should be playing bingo. Well sorry to alert this arrogant man but the boomers have stuck with these shows for 40 plus years and we also are very adaptable to change and viable members of the human race as well. Oh and we buy products , hold jobs or are retired, WELL WE ALL KNOW WHERE THE FOOD CHANNEL IS IF THE SENILE… Read more »

dinah
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dinah

Go to HELL Frons

Sheri
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Sheri

Dinah pretty much sums it all up in her 4 words.

Bettyann
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Bettyann

Really? Really? I believe my granddaughter is 19 and an avid fan of OLTL. If she can’t watch at 1pm on abc she watches online the next day. I’ve been watching since the 70’s. Not contemporary? I believe we just went through a whole story line about bullying. Most women working? ABC, I hope you are not beleiving your own hype on the news. Unemployment is at an all time high. Seriously, has it not occured to you that your Neilson Ratings are obsolete. There are so many ways to watch these shows now, ie DVR, Hulu, Abc.com, Soapnet etc.… Read more »

jomomma
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jomomma

Every thing Frons touches dies! As of Monday’s show I for one will never watch GH again, but will stick to the others to the very end as I have for over 30 years. GH is dead to me, but OLTL and AMC will live forever. And they way they went about this was wrong. I’m thinking of tuning out ABC entirely

todd
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todd

The only way to make Frons lose his job is to launch boycotts of all the advertiser products that air during the replacement shows. It is all about money. If sponsers pull from the shows, they go off the air. I don’t endorse watching these horrible sounding shows, but we have to monitor who is advertising and write them that you will no longer buy their products. NOt watching ABC alone will not do anything.

Marian
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Marian

Shame on Brian Frons. Two more talk shows…can we tolerate any more? There are enough shows highlighting cooking and losing weight. Enough! So many excellent actors and writers will now be out of work. OLTL has taken on such pertinent storylines, currently the issue of school bullying. I will not be watching ABC’s proposed new shows. I hope they are huge failures for ABC and, especially, for Brian Frons.

lumily
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lumily

its all about money,the actors want to much and talk shows dont ,

susan
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susan

Brian Frons is a a dick !!!!!!!! Brian Frons has ruined ABC by taking off AMC and OLTI. I will now boycott all things ABC/ DISNEY !!!
ABC now stands for ANOTHER BAD CHOICE !!!!!!

susan
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susan

Brian Frons has ruined ABC by taking off AMC and OLTI. I will now boycott all things ABC/ DISNEY !!!
ABC now stands for ANOTHER BAD CHOICE !!!!!!

ABC is losing a longtime viewer. I will not support any of the new shows that ABC puts in place of my 2 favorite soaps.
Thanks Brian Frons for ruining my day !!!!!

Lisa Klingler
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Lisa Klingler

The new plan sucks. I’d rather watch grass grow. I can’t believe they think those type of shows will be better. I think it’s lazyness. Where has all the creativity gone. I have great ideas how the soaps could make money. But now I shall get healthier because I will be outside watching the grass grow instead of denting the couch.

debbie
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debbie

ABC Frons is Stupid! who wants to watch shows on food all day,not me
I’ll find another network to watch, hopefully one will pick up AMC & OLTL
One life to live is one of my favorite shows, I look forward to see what will happen next,
Not what to cook or eat! ABC should be ashamed, you always cancel really great shows. I want be watchin you in daytime any longer, once my shows are gone!!!

debbie
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debbie

Go Away Frons, leave OLTL on the air , get rid of Frons!
I will not watch ABC daytime any longer, once my show is take off.

Chip Coffey
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Chip Coffey

Brian Frons and everyone at ABC/Disney has made a BAD decision by canceling these two legacy soap operas. I will no longer watch anything on the ABC network, nor will I patronize anything Disney. I encourage others to do the same.

Angela Smith
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Angela Smith

Mr. Frons, you do not know what viewers want if you are willing to take off two of the most popular daytime shows on ABC. What are you thinking? Do you realize how many people watch these shows ? I guess not, and you are the president of ABC I think after this big disaster they will have to rethink that job title I hope you know that taking those two soaps off will cause you to ruin ABC those were the only decent programs on! and them saying goodbye to help fans get over it is not going to… Read more »

andrea R.
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andrea R.

He doesn’t know what he is doing. He has ruined daytime TV on ABC. I am truly sorry for all the actors and crew who are losing there jobs. i don’t know what will happen to to them when there is hardly any other soaps to go to. If this is a sign of the times…I hate it!

Ina M.
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Ina M.

Brian Frons, are you out of your mind??????? I’ve been watching both AMC and OLTL for over 40 years!!! I haven’t missed an episode since I was a young single woman until now as a disabled senior. What are you thinking?? These shows have staying power and loyal fans like myself and a million others. Your planned replacements , “The Chew'” and “The Revolution” will be a flash in the pan. They’ll come and go…UNlike AMC aand OLTL. I’ll NEVER watch ABC again…you can take that to the bank!! But if you go ahead with this ridiculous cancellation, I’ll look… Read more »

Don
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Don

Brian Frons you will need witness protection. Who blew you to put health show on was it MIchelle Obama. Someone needs to cancel you f ing ass.

Eileen NYC
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Eileen NYC

Health show as well? We got Dr. Oz for that and Dr Phil if we are a little out of sorts. Of course if we have any legal or paternity matters pending we have the judges and Maury. Maybe he should try those infomercial for the Hair Club for men as new sponsors for his new shows because he is going to need a little more fuzz on that empty skull when he is out in the cold. Sad case of visionary blindness.

lisa
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lisa

Mr.Frons

Not only are you about to put six hundred talented people from two shows out of work …but journalists from affiliated magazines will also lose their jobs
Nice ripple affect Mr.Frons -NICE !!

If in your infinite short -sightedness you can cancel two long running daytime dramas with the stroke of a pen……is there not some faction in the industry that can – CANCEL YOU !!!

Lisa
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Lisa

Frons is an idiot! I will not watch abc at all anymore. I hate cooking shows and talk shows. Frons you made a big mistake and I hope abc fires you!

Lisa MC
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Lisa MC

I hope abc loses ratings and frons loses his job. I will not watch abc at all anymore. I hate cooking shows and talk shows. Frons you made a big mistake and I hope abc fires you.

Roni
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Roni

Not only is it terrible what this is doing to us, the faithful audience, but I think it is outrageous what you have done to all the people that uprooted their lives to move to California to keep All My Children alive! I have watched from Day One and feel like my family is dying! If money means more than peoples lives than it is surely a horrible world we live in. I hope you can live with yourself for all the destruction you have caused.

Sharel
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Sharel

I cannot believe that they want amc and oltl off the air. These shows are one of the longest shows that has ever been on television. I am only 23years old and been watching abc soaps since I was 13 years old. One life to live is apart of my life I make sure I am home in time from school to watch my soaps two o clock is my story time everyone has to be quiet. There is enough cooking shows they have their own channels, I do not want to see dr. Oz daughter on t.v or not… Read more »

alonzo reels
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alonzo reels

brian frons got to be the dumbest man on the plant. how can this idoit think that a cooking show and a talk show can replace amc and oltl? he screwed over some many people with this decision. since he has been running abc he has gotten port charles and now amc and oltl cancelled. and yet he says he cares about the soaps. please if he cared he would have done his best to make sure to keep the shows alive; but the second some thing didn’t go his way he was already ready to throw in the towel.… Read more »

Rosalie
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Rosalie

Brian Frons should be shot at sunrise. I hope you can sleep at night knowing you took off two good soaps and put so many people out of work! You should be ashamed of yourself Mr. Frons!!!!!

Nancy
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Nancy

I feel very bad about all of this. 41 years of enjoyment and now it has to end? Just like that? Why doesn’t Mr. Frons set up a poll online and ask the viewers what they want? Is he afraid to?

robyn mercer
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robyn mercer

what have you lost your mind… People do not want reality tv in the daytime you are 20 yrs alittle late… by the way I’m a neilsen rating person and once the shows goes off I will not be watching any thing to do with abc they are something I have watched since I was in school and have always looked forward to once I retired…. so just know abc sucks and now you are doomed.. and maybe you will be fired soon,,,

Claudia
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Claudia

I just can’t see how talk shows or cooking shows will bring ABC more viewers the OLTL or AMC…I am so disappointed in the network for doing this. I know that I will NOT be watching the replacement shows that for sure!!! This is not a way to save money because the network will loose viewers for this. I have never watched the other soaps on CBS but I guess I will start now…

ralph
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ralph

from the time i heard about oltl and amc i havent looke at abc since its not worth my time anymore

ralph
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ralph

i hope that every sponsor pulls out of abc like hoover did it wouldnt break my heart if they went off the air there is nothing on this network worth watching frons wants to make a joke out of it he is the better shows are on cbs and fox i think abc needs to get rid of frons and put everything the way it was from the rumor i read general hospital is the next to go in 2 months this is frons way or running things i think he needs run out of the business and i can… Read more »

Maya A.
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Maya A.

ABC = BAD DECISION!!! NO SOAPS = NO DAYTIME TV!!
OLTL and AMC deserve to stay on the air!! Daytime television actors/actresses are the best in the business!!! SAVE DAYTIME TV SOAPS!!!

Kathy
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Kathy

I think they have lost their minds !!!! WE DON’t want another food or talk show!!!! I will boycott abc too!!! JERKS!!!!!!!I

Stephanie (BSS)
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Stephanie (BSS)

Brian Frons is so full of sh*t! This is what he’s intended for quite some time. The man has no respect for the genre or it’s fans. I don’t think his boss, Anne Sweeney does either. He has been systematically destroying the ABC soaps for the last several years. I have always believed he was purposefully sabotaging them with the intent of blaming the fans for the lack of viewership. Industry people are only now confirming what we the fans have been suspecting for quite some time now. ABC didn’t like how the fans reacted to Rebecca Herbst being fired?… Read more »

Carol
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Carol

They say they pulled the soaps because the people that use to watch are now working during the day. Yes, they are but they are taping the shows so they can view them when they come home. They are still watching. DVR is the big thing now a lot of shows won’t be seen live but will be seen later on dvrs. So don’t judge that people aren’t interested in watching soaps anymore.

Sheri
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Sheri

If you do t already know this, facebook has grouped to join protesting the cancellation of AMC and OLTL. Email addresses of sponsors to write are supplied. Get on facebook… Fight the good fight!!! Write to NBC they may be considering adopting our beloved soaps! Speak up through the tool at your hands… The Internet!!! Go people.. Get to typing!!!

Kelly
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Kelly

My heart is still sick after hearing the news about All My Children. I’ve watched that show since I was born and feel like the actors are part of my family. My great-grandmother watched the show. My mother, mother-in-law, coworkers and friends watch this show. It’s a conversation starter that unites viewers across generations, economic and even gender differences. I DVR it everyday and watch it to unwind every night. Please save AMC!!! A half hour time slot or less shows a week could work. Aren’t those possibilities that need to be considered before ending a forty-year tradition? Do we… Read more »

Eileen NYC
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Eileen NYC

Susan Lucci is right the fans are on fire and then some. What in the heck do these so called execs have in their heads? It is beyond the scope of reason and I am tired of hearing about production costs. They needed to merely have some decent writers who could give out good material. Now it is all coming to an end and you see massive improvements in some of the characters, It is coming to an end an now we get Cady and Thorsten Kaye back. I hope I am not out of line but this really sucks!… Read more »

Julie Kelsey
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Julie Kelsey

I am so upset with this decision. Too many viewers watch these soaps. I will stop watching ABC in support of the soaps they day OLTL is cancelled!

mp
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mp

I agree there is one thing we already have food networks too and i agree what you are saying there is one thing OLTL might be moving to NBC with DOOL i don’t know ABC is doing that or not they are selfish what they are doing but they can not cancel soapnet

A.C.
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A.C.

It needs to be more entertaining!!

Louise
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Louise

BRIAN FRONS SHOULD RETIRE … SUSAN LUCCI along with other actors of both soap operas should buy ABC from him & show that old JERK how a business should be run . I can read the future & that man will REGRET taking those soaps off he air , and when that day comes ( and it will be soon after he cancels AMC / OLTL ) let me assure you all that he will pay for letting those GREAT ACTORS without a job . BRIAN , I hope you read this , & I am not the real ALLISON… Read more »

maureen devoe
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maureen devoe

The Chew that sounds like the dumbest show ever. I will be going out and watching other channels and hopefully watching oltl and amc on the internet. Please Prospect Park get these shows on a cable channel I will even pay like HBO. How many other people would pay? Let Prospect Park know.
So Sad To See These Shows Go. Boomers have money we spend alot I brought a whoe set of Villeroy and Boch French Garden dishes just like Vicki’s. Maureen

nancy Gravante
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nancy Gravante

Having a hard time figuring out why you would cancel AMC with all of the BAD shows out there, you take off a much loved and respected soap opera that so many Moms and daughters love to watch together. I work full time as a nutritionist but DVR this show everyday so my daughter and I can watch together. It is so much a part of our life. This is actually painful and I don’t think the show the Chew or any other show is going to come close to replacing it now or ever. I think you made a… Read more »

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TONIGHT: All My Children’s Debbi Morgan and Darnell Williams Together Again on All-New Episode of ‘Our Kind of People’

The Fox drama, Our Kind of People (9 pm ET/8pm CT), will feature a reunion, of sorts, on tonight’s January 18th episode when Debbi Morgan (Ex-Angie, All My Children) once again shares screen-time with her former on-screen soap opera love, Darnell Williams (Ex-Jesse, All My Children).

While mum’s the word as to Williams role, we know that Debbi plays Angela’s Aunt Piggy on the series, and in last week’s installment, Piggy went to the police station to turn herself in for the murder of her ex-boyfriend years ago.  However, Darnell’s character could hold the key as to what really went down in the murder.

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Debbi spoke to TV Line about acting again with Darnell: “We were shooting the scene when Darnell’s character walks through the door for the first time.  And it was the first time we see this character on the show, and I looked at him and shouted, ‘Jesse!’ The director had to yell cut and everyone fell out laughing. It was hilarious. I knew that wasn’t his name on Our Kind of People but I couldn’t help myself. We worked together for so many years as Angie and Jesse and that’s the first thing that came to my mind.”

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For those who have not checked out Our Kind of People, it takes place in the aspirational world of Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard, a historical stronghold where the rich and powerful Black elite have come to play for over 50 years.

In story, strong-willed single mom Angela Vaughn (Ex-AMC star, Yaya Decosta) sets out to reclaim her family’s name and make an impact with her revolutionary hair care line that highlights the innate, natural beauty of Black women, but she soon discovers a dark secret about her own mother’s past that will turn her world upside-down and shake up this community forever. The show is a soapy, thrilling exploration of race and class in America and an unapologetic celebration of Black resilience and achievement.

The series is from writer and executive producer Karin Gist (Star, Grey’s Anatomy) and executive producer Lee Daniels (Empire, The United States Vs. Billie Holiday).

So, will you be watching Debbi and Darnell together on tonight’s Our Kind of People? Comment below.

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Three-Time Daytime Emmy Winner, Cady McClain, Reveals She’s ‘Back On Set’ But On Which Show?

After her Instagram post earlier this week, fans of Cady McClain have been attempting to dissect her cryptic tease of a message. McClain, a three-time Daytime Emmy winner, shared the good news with fans that she is ‘back to work’, except she didn’t share which show or project she is working on … just yet!

In her post, McClain teased: “Back on set! Fun to be working again on such a terrific show! Can’t wait to be able to share the news with you all soon! Meantime, hoping you are all taking good care of yourselves. Sending hugs!! ”

Now, it could be Cady is working on a primetime show, not a daytime show, but we shall see.

She has previously appeared on The Young and the Restless and Days of our Lives of the four remaining daytime soaps.  On Y&R she played Kelly Andrews, and on DAYS, Jennifer Horton Deveraux.  And, as viewers of the NBC soap saw this week, Jennifer (in a short appearance by Melissa Reeves) returned to Salem with Jack (Matthew Ashford), only to tie-up loose ends over the holidays and exit the show.

Since DAYS still tapes months ahead, could McClain be returning there, or might she pop up on GH and B&B? The character of Kelly was killed-off of Y&R back in 2015.

Previously, Cady became soap-famous for her roles as Dixie Cooney Martin on All My Children and Rosanna Cabot on As the World Turns.

Share your thoughts on which show you hope Cady is working on, whether, primetime, daytime, or a streaming series, in the comment section below.

 

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‘Selling Sunset’ and Soap Alum, Chrishell Stause and Jason Oppenheim Split

Chrishell Stause, best known to soap fans for her work on All My Children, Days of our Lives, and The Young and the Restless, and currently seen in Netflix reality series, Selling Sunset, is the romance break-up news this week.

Now comes word via PEOPLE, that Stause and Jason Oppenheim (Los Angeles real estate firm owner of the Oppenheim Group) have called it quits after five months of dating.

Oppenheim took to his Instagram Story and shared on the break-up: “While Chrishell and I are no longer together, we remain best friends and we will always love and support one another/. She was the most amazing girlfriend I’ve ever had, and it was the happiest and most fulfilling relationship of my life. While we have different wants regarding a family, we continue to have the utmost respect for one another. Chrishell is an exceptional human being and loving her and having her in my life is one of the best things that has ever happened to me.”

Just two days ago, Chrishell shared an Instagram video with Oppenheim from the Selling Sunset makeup trailer just as the cast wrapped filming its fifth season.

Previously, Stause was married to This Is Us star Justin Hartley, while Oppenheim used to date another Selling Sunset star and Oppenheim Group employee. Mary Fitzgerald.

So, what do you think of the break-up of Chrishell and Jason? Comment below.

 

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