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ABC News & People Reveal The Best Soap Of All-Time!

In a joint collaboration between ABC News and PEOPLE magazine,  TV fans the opportunity to vote online for their favorites of all time in many categories and fields of programming through the years. With more than one million votes cast, the results in some of the major categories are being revealed during a two-hour broadcast, a special edition of 20/20, “Best in TV: The Greatest TV Shows of Our Time with Barbara Walters”, which aired last night.

Soap Operas were included in the Best Of TV, and the countdown and winner was revealed online. So here we go! In at number 5 fans voted for Dark Shadows, in at number four, The Young and the Restless, in at number three, Days of our Lives, in at number two, All My Children and the big winner in at number one was voted, General Hospital!

Watch the video countdown with clips and Walters narration here, and then let us know if you are happy about GH”s victory? Do you think another legacy soap should have made the top five? And even number one?   There are many to choose from, so let us know your thoughts and if you agree with the countdown? Or, give us your own top five soap countdown here!

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Jules
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Jules

“The Young and theN Restless”. Thanks Babs. Take two on that line perhaps? I participated and voted in this poll with all the TV categories like “Best TV Dad”, “Best Comedy” etc etc for the PURPOSE of voting for “Best Soap” and I never got that category! For whatever reason, Best Soap was not one of the categories I was able to vote in. As for the results….GH is no longer my cup of tea. I wouldn’t have voted for it. Surprised by Dark Shadows being on the list, but my guess is with the feature film out this past… Read more »

Rodd
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Rodd

I like your choices; especially ANOTHER WORLD, my all-time favorite!

Tali Smith
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Tali Smith

OLTL would have been #1 with me! Yay for GH & AMC tho’!

susan M.
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susan M.

Ditto!!!!!

Christy
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Christy

me too!! didn’t know about any voting going on (obviously not looking at the ABC site!) otherwise my votes would have been #1OLTL, #2 GH, #3 Knotts Landing #4 Dark Shadows, #5 Edge of Night 🙂

terri
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terri

I completely and categorically agree OLTL would be my number one then GH followed by AMC and Port Charles (when it had vamps).

Camille Gnolfo
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Camille Gnolfo

Why is it that OLTL is always bypassed, I just don’t get it???

Brian
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Brian

I strongly agree ! OLTL was simply the best show ever !!!

t
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t

i double strongly agree!!!! OLTL had them all beat hands down!!!!! they are always getting it wrong!!!!!! what is wrong with these people????

Dave
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Dave

I agree! OLTL was the best show and always was over looked.
Who could forget the Daytime Daisy Awards and all the made up soaps and clips!
OLTL was reality, fantasy, well written and acted and could make fun of itself.
No other soap has done that.

susan M.
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susan M.

Me neither… Erika Slezak was fabulous…..It was a very heart-warming soap….It was like a family…And I miss it a lot…But I am supporting GH all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!! And I want it to keep on suceeding…….Gh is my second favorite soap…OLTL will alway’s be #1 in my book………I Will alway’s have special place in my heart for OLTL….

Torrey
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Torrey

Totally agree. I don’t know what it is about OLTL but it’s always overlooked by everyone. Hell, it seems like Agnes Nixon even treated the show like her red-headed step child. Everyone is always going gaga over AMC, and don’t get me wrong, I love AMC too….but OLTL is hands down the best.

My top would go as follows:

#1 OLTL
#2 Knots Landing
#3 AMC
#4 Dallas
#5 Brothers & Sisters ( I know this show wasn’t on for a long time, but it was awesome.)

Maggie
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Maggie

Interesting that Luke and Laura are cited as the reason people were pulled into General Hospital. Days has a similar couple in EJ and Sami and yet they miss opportunity after opportunity to capitalize on this couple. Just goes to show you, GH has made better decisions overall than Days, hence, the placements.

Dani A.
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Dani A.

You are honestly comparing EJ and Sami to the popularity of Luke and Laura? This is a joke right? They are not even in the same popularity or ratings ZIP Code.

Maggie
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Maggie

You missed my point.

Had you not been so rude in your response, I would take the time to explain it to you again. But you clearly want to insult, not discuss, so I won’t bother.

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

ITA, Sami&Lucas are endgame here .. EJ is and always has been just angst for them. DAYS doesn’t have a “Luke&Laura’ caliber couple, no soap does. That’s the problem. We want to see a couple that LONGS for each OTHER, no matter what is thrown at them, they are faithful. Soap couples today break up at the drop of a hat and jump into bed with the nearest warm body. Where is the rooting value in THAT?!

susan
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susan

maggie i have to agree with dani no comparison sami and ej to luke and laure i love gh my favorite soap and think it should have been no 1 because 30 million people tuned in to see the soap wedding of all time even elizabeth taylor was on the wedding episode sorry i do not see sami and ej no way i love days but am sick so sick of sami, sami, and now rafe, lucas and ej all want her just a rewind of ole days of every man in salem wanting marlena by the way never cared… Read more »

Jewell
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Jewell

OLTL always gets the shaft.. I’m surprised Y&R wasn’t the winner they are always number one in the ratings..

Mollymay
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Mollymay

I can’t disagree with this. Luke and Laura are the epitome of soap supercouple and nothing has ever come close to touching GH during this period. Even now GH puts forth exciting, heart wrenching storylines. Days as second choice is something I might not agree with and I’m an avid Days fan. During the eighties they gave GH a run for their money with parings like Bo/Hope, Patch/Kayla and Jennifer/Jack. However Days of the last several years does not deserve second place, IMO they don’t deserve a place on the list at all. Trying to shove boring, lackluster characters and… Read more »

Rona
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Rona

Mollymay said “Trying to shove boring, lackluster characters and pairings down our throats and demand we like them while ignoring natural chemistry and pairings guaranteed to bring good story isn’t the mark of a good soap, and its a surefire way to lose viewers and face cancellation.”

Could not agree more. The former regime at GH never understood natural chemistry which is why I no longer watch. They could have had the next super couple but decided to squander the talents of two young actors. Extremely sad.

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

1. Ryan’s Hope
2. All My Children
3. One Life to Live
4. Passions
5. General Hospital

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I wish ATWT and OLTL made the list. They may not have been as showy and headline-grabbing, but they told good stories for many many years. By, it was difficulto keep on track with them when they were time-slot competitors. Before VCR’s, I’d watch one on one day and the other the next. I miss both.

susan
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susan

i too miss oltl but i do miss ryans hope as much as you miss atwt did watch
all soaps when possible

then soap net goes and takes ryans hope off for brothers and sisters with
sally field and her screwed up off the wall tv family

i thought soapnet was for soaps another screw up for ABC

louisa
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louisa

I’m surprised As the World Turns and One Life to Live were passed over.

donna g
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donna g

i am so glad to hear GH was picked as best soap because we rocked then,we rock now and we will rockthe future:)

Rona
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Rona

Savor it now because come April 2013 GH will be going the way of the Dodo bird.

donna g
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donna g

WTH dodo birds? not sure what you mean but GH has some of the most historic episodes than any other soap- luke and laura wedding, ice princess, and lets not forget all the huge stars that started from this soap

aria
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aria

rona, your going the way of the dodo bird, lame!

susan
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susan

i agree donna GH is the best soap #1 in my book

rock on gh you deserve it, and and for us so called do do birds we will see in 2013 what happens oh by the way gh has been on the air 50 yrs i believe
april 2013 so they must be doing something right
and i will be a do do bird if it keeps my soap on

Sal Piscioneri
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Sal Piscioneri

I beleive they were correct for the most part. It always saddens me that OLTL gets omitted all the time. Cuddos to DS & GH. Dark Shadows should have stayed on the air, you would think that with raitings in the 7.0 range it was not good enough back in the early 70’s. DS was cancelled because of declining ratings…….really hmmm,
3.5 and below is good for todays standards.

susan
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susan

i agree sal dark shadows was great and did not now it was cancelled with 7 milllion viewers unbelievable am also sad oltl did not make the cut

but so happy for my soap GH, LOVE GH

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I’m sorry I don’t get how Dark Shadows, which was only on for 5 years, made the top five greatest soaps ever, while classics like Guiding Light and As the World Turns didn’t even rate a mention. Both of these soaps started on RADIO and lasted HOW many years on television before some suits decided ratings alone dictated how sucessful a show is. People obviously just voted for the shows they heard of or watch now, since three of the top five are the only soaps left on daytime. My top five would be Young and the Restless, Guiding Light,… Read more »

heidi
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heidi

WooHoo!!! It’s my fave! Congratulations GH!!! May you have many more years to go!

Rona
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Rona

Dodo bird.

susan
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susan

yea heidi it is mine to

i guess i am a do do bird ha ha

Blake
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Blake

Mine would be:

1) Guiding Light
2) Another world
3) One Life To Live
4) Young and the Restless
5) All My Children
6) Days of Our Lives
7) Bold and the Beautiful
8) As The world Turns
9) General Hospital

Rodd
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Rodd

I like most of your choices!

Blake
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Blake

Thanks!

Bill W
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Bill W

Agree with everyone else that OLTL should have made the list for the quality of the writing alone … DO agree that “Dark Shadows” was worthy of distinction. “Passions” and “Days of Our Lives” in particular owe much to DS for inspiration. And I would also fervently promote “Edge of Night” as a soap worthy of mention.

Andrew
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Andrew

So agree with you about The Edge of NIght. Back in the day, that show was about as good as it gets.

kay/kay
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kay/kay

GH was voted #1 because of Luke & Laura over 30 million watched the day of their wedding. That guy in the video who talked about them was right that is what everyone remembers when they think of GH. Gloria Monty made it work yes I agree their have been other soaps better writing etc. but that is what everyone remembers.

Mary Fergen
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Mary Fergen

Well, with GH and AMC in the top two spots, that should tell ABC/D something about what the viewers really want . I wish the big jerks would listen! My top five would be:
1. GH
2. OLTL
3. AMC
4. Ryan’s Hope
5. Y&R

susan
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susan

agree mary gh is no 1 also think your choices are spot on and maybe abc
will see what a screw up and why we all think ABC sucks now

Trisha
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Trisha

I think GH being number one is correct. It should be pointed out at they weren’t asking what your own personal favorite soap was, but what was the number one soap for all those years. So it seems the voters did what they were supposed to do…judge not by their own personal choice, but by how the soaps stood up against one another. GH is correct as it surpassed any other soap with the amount of attention and viewers it got because of Luke and Laura. It went far and above any kind of interest that was shown to any… Read more »

aria
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aria

TRISHA WELL SAID, I AGREE.

Rona
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Rona

I will agree with this because it does make sense. I’d be hardpressed to find someone over the age of 40 who never heard of Luke and Laura.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

1. OLTL
2. GH
3. Dark Shadows
4. Edge of Night
5. Ryan’s Hope
6. All of ther daytime dramas

RLeternal
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RLeternal

No mention of OLTL in top 5: Major, major upset. It’s like Roger Federer falling to a relatively unknown. Thank Heavens, there was no mention of ATWT; Chris Goutman and Jean Passanante butchered it so badly, it was unbearable to watch the manner in which they screwed up a 54 year old dynasty and brought it to is demise.

susan M.
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susan M.

OLTL should have been in the top 5 without a doubt…………..OLTL should have been #1, And #2 GH, And #3 AMC……This is what I think should have went down…..

susan M.
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susan M.

I was a die hard OLTL fan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am a fan of GH too but not like I was for OLTL…

Mary Lou DeVriendt
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Mary Lou DeVriendt

My two favorites are General Hospital and All My Children, so I agree with that. My third favorite is One Life to Live, and I’m amazed it didn’t make the top five.

cathy trinque
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cathy trinque

Should have been One LIfe to Live 1st and All My Children 2d.

jp
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jp

My top 5 best daytime dramas

5 – General Hospital
4 – Guiding Light
3 – Another World
2 – Ryan’s Hope
1 – ONE LIFE TO LIVE —Hands down the number one daytime drama. Miss you OLTL.

Andrew
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Andrew

Okay, I agree with GH as #1, but the list would have to be:
#2 OLTL
#3 Dark Shadows
#4 The Edge of Night
#5 Ryan’s Hope

Marisa
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Marisa

I agree with your ranking.

Ali Wick
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Ali Wick

My personal favorites:

CANCELLED SOAPS:
1.). AS THE WORLD TURNS
2.) ALL MY CHILDREN
3.) PORT CHARLES
5.) ONE LIFE TO LIVE
6.) GUIDING LIGHT
7.) PASSIONS

CURRENT SOAPS

1.) DAYS OF OUR LIVES
2.) GENERAL HOSPITAL
3.) BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL
4.) THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS

Ali Wick
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Ali Wick

I miscounted at number in the cancelled soaps: at number 4.) ONE LIFE TO LIVE. 5.) GUIDING LIGHT and last but not the least 6.) PASSIONS

Phil
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Phil

Sorry, but this is what I would say

1. Guiding Light
2. Another World
3. As the World Turns
4. Search for Tomorrow
5. One Life to Live
6. General Hospital

Rodd
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Rodd

Isn’t it really tough to select just a few when we’ve been so entertained by so many talented people for so many decades? I have enjoyed every show I’ve watched since I was a kid in kindergarten…and that’s been over forty years’ worth of viewing. Even when the writing was bad, so many wonderful actors and actresses tried to give it their best. That’s the magic of the soaps that talk shows will never be able to replace. I must say, however, that ANOTHER WORLD, GUILDING LIGHT, TEXAS, SOMERSET, EDGE OF NIGHT, FOR RICHER FOR POORER, GENERATIONS, BRIGHT PROMISE, THE… Read more »

susan
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susan

yeah rodd nice comment we love our soaps as much as you do

thanks very much really nice

aria
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aria

GH ROCKS! I’M SO GLAD THE SHOW LIVES UP TO ITS LEGACY. NO DAYTIME SOAP HOLD GH RECORD, ON EMMY WINS, AND HOLD THE ALL TIME RECORD FOR MOST WATCHED EPISODE. SO WELL DESERVE, ALL SOAPS ROCK.

susan
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susan

yea yea aria gh does rock its the best

and you are right it holds the record for the most emmy wins

yes all soaps rock

Patrick
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Patrick

1. As the World Turns – I never missed a day! Oakdale, Oakdale, where are you?
2. Another World – Joe and Paulina – Frankie! and Cass – John and Sharlene
3. General Hospital – I can’t believe how caught up i am with Jason and Sam, and Son.
4. DOOL – Forever! my staple. Miss the Alamains! Cheers to Eileen Davidson.
5. tie – Santa Barbara -the whole cast – Superlative – and Y& R – the Abotts!

danicajolie
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danicajolie

If it was my list, it would be ONE LIFE TO LIVE – BEST SOAP EVER! But I will take GH as number if I can’t vote for OLTL since Todd Manning is on it.

verlin
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verlin

mine would be
knots landing
another world
guiding light
general hospital
one life to live

Readbowne
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Readbowne

How could anyone have overlooked the two soap operas,

!. Search for Tomorrow
2. The Secret Storm

They both were good soaps, especially The Secret Storm which was at it’s best when they decided to cancel it! The same could be said about Another World, my all time favorite; which was also canceled when it was at it’s best!!!!!!!!!

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

General Hopsital turned out the TWO most popular Aupercouples of ALL time, along with many other must see couples. GH should have WON.

Super couple From Wikipedia:

Vanessa Marcil’s coupling with Benard, gave ‘GH’ its first legitimate heir to the ‘Luke and Laura’ throne of soap coupledom”.

The article argued that this type of supercouple “… has not been seen on daytime television in some time — if EVER”, and that, “along with the return of Luke and Laura after a decade-long absence”, it created a “second golden age” for soaps as “the daytime appointment television”.[55]

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Hallmark Channel’s ‘Home & Family’ Returns to Production For Ninth Season; Premiere Date Revealed

Another daytime show is heading back to production amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Now comes word that Hallmark Channel’s flagship morning lifestyle series, Home & Family has returned to production at its Universal Studios set for its ninth season.

All My Children favorite Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan Lavery) and Debbie Matenopoulos will return as co-hosts .

Look for the new season to kick-off on Monday, September 14th at 10am EST.

In a statement, Home & Family executive producer, Tracy Verna Soiseth shared: “We are thrilled to be returning to our home for the new season. Home & Family is a daily destination of comfort television, and we are very happy to be returning with two hours of daily interviews, cooking segments, DIY crafts and our hugely popular animal adoptions.”

For the past several months. a daily series featuring the cast called At Home with Our Family has run across the show’s social media platforms during the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Deadline,premiere-week guests are to include: Jenna Bush Hager, Danica McKellar, celebrity chefs Jet Tila, Carla Hall, Buddy Valastro, Curtis Stone, Rashad Jennings and Dennis Quaid.

So, glad to know Home & Family is also back in production? Comment below.

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Michael B. Jordan Pays Tribute To Chadwick Boseman: “Since Nearly The Beginning Of My Career, Starting with All My Children When I was 16 Years Old You Paved The Way For Me”

Following the news of the tragic death of now motion picture icon, Chadwick Boseman late Friday, tributes and sentiments have poured in from celebrities, politicians and fans from all across the world.

Chadwick Boseman passed away late last week at the age of 43 from colon cancer – a battle he kept silent about for the last four years of life.

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No one could be more intertwined with Boseman’s career than that of his fellow Black Panther star, Michael B. Jordan.  For Jordan took over the role of Reggie Porter on All My Children from Boseman after the late actor lasted one week, following standing up to, and addressing concerns, of racial stereotypes in the way that the part was written.  Reggie was introduced to Pine Valley as a gang member in 2003.  As previously reported it was Boseman who helped the soap opera improve the role that Jordan took over with some recommendations.

Now Michael B. Jordan has written a heartfelt remembrance of Chadwick that he shared on his Instagram, and what he has meant to his life, including how he showed him how to be better, to honor purpose and create legacy.

Read below Michael’s post:

“I’ve been trying to find the words, but nothing comes close to how I feel. I’ve been reflecting on every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hug…everything.

I wish we had more time.

One of the last times we spoke, you said we were forever linked , and now the truth of that means more to me than ever. Since nearly the beginning of my career, starting with All My Children when I was 16 years old you paved the way for me. You showed me how to be better, honor purpose, and create legacy. And whether you’ve known it or not…I’ve been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness.

I wish we had more time.

Everything you’ve given the world … the legends and heroes that you’ve shown us we are … will live on forever. But the thing that hurts the most is that I now understand how much of a legend and hero YOU are. Through it all, you never lost sight of what you loved most. You cared about your family , your friends, your craft, your spirit. You cared about the kids, the community, our culture and humanity. You cared about me. You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to truly give you your flowers while you were here.

I wish we had more time.

I’m more aware now than ever that time is short with people we love and admire. I’m gonna miss your honesty, your generosity, your sense of humor, and incredible gifts. I’ll miss the gift of sharing space with you in scenes. I’m dedicating the rest of my days to live the way you did. With grace, courage, and no regrets. “Is this your king!?” Yes . he . is!  Rest In Power Brother.”

What do you think of Michael’s tribute to Chadwick and how they have been interconnected dating back to 2003 and All My Children? Comment below.

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Chadwick Boseman, ‘Black Panther’ Star and the Original Reggie On AMC, Dies At 43

In just heartbreaking news in an already dismal 2020, one of the brightest motion picture stars, Chadwick Boseman has died at the age of 43.

Boseman was battling colon cancer for the last four years of his life.  According to his rep, Boseman was diagnosed in 2016 with stage 3 colon cancer and his battle continued as it progressed to stage 4

Chadwick passed away with his wife and family by his side in his home.   In a shocking revelation, all of the movie performances in the last four years he has filmed were done in between chemotherapy and countless surgery.

Boseman is best known for his groundbreaking role as King T’Challa  in Black Panther.   His performance was the first ever Marvel Studio movie headlined by a black actor.  The film was nominated for an Academy Award.   He first appeared as the character in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War.

Most recently, Chadwick appeared in the Spike Lee’s Vietnam War drama Da 5 Bloods, and this year he’s due to appear opposite Viola Davis Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” the film adaptation of the August Wilson play.  The actor starred in other films, including playing James Brown in Get On Up and Jackie Robinson in 42,  and the lead role in Marshall.

However, Boseman actually got his start on All My Children when he was the original actor cast in the role of Reggie Porter.  He appeared on the soap for only one week before the role was recast with none other than Michael B. Jordan, and their paths could eventually cross years later on multiple film projects.

In an interview in 2019, Boseman revealed what led him to be fired from All My Children stating:  “When I got it (the part), I was like, ‘This is not part of my manifesto. This is not part of what I want to do. How can I make it work?’ Because with a soap opera, you don’t know the full scope of what’s gonna happen — you don’t know where they’re gonna take the character, because they don’t always know where the character is going. And because of that, there’s possibly room for me to adjust this and change it and make it so it’s stereotypical on the page but not on the screen.”

For Boseman had issues with how Reggie was portrayed and how it was written with racial stereotypes.  In story, Reggie was a young gang member who was adopted by Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) and her husband, Jackson Montgomery (Walt Willey). “I remember going home and thinking, ‘Do I say something to them about this? Do I just do it?’ And I couldn’t just do it. “I had to voice my opinions and put my stamp on it. And the good thing about it was, it changed it a little bit for Michael B. Jordan.”  Apparently the producers told Boseman he was too much trouble but took some of his suggestions on the role moving forward.

Share your thoughts and condolences on the passing of Chadwick Boseman via the comment section below.

Watch below, when Chadwick speaks at the Howard University commencement in which he shared to the graduating students about losing his gig on All My Children(Thanks to Renee for this)

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