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ABC's Brian Frons on soaps: "We're down to the last few that are still strong, viable & economically sound!"

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In another interview today, this time with TheWrap, ABC Daytime President Brian Frons, offered up this statement, when asked about the landscape of the soap genre  (now that he decided to end the lives of One Life to Live and All My Children, thus leaving daytime soaps within only four surviving members), “It’s like any other genre on TV, the strongest will survive. Right now we’re down to the last few that are still strong and viable and economically sound. ”

Frons then made a few other comments about his new replacements, The Chew and The Revolution, that will join The View, and General Hospital, forming the ABC Daytime line-up. He also adddressed,  if there is any hope that somehow he would reconsider bringing back OLTL and AMC.  Here are a few excerpts:

Frons on soap fans lobbying to get OLTL and AMC back on-air and if there is any hope: “No. We really spent a lot of time learning from our success with The View, talking to viewers about what they’re looking for and we have tremendous respect for the passion of our serial fans. But we’re at a point with these two shows, as much as they’ve done for the network, and as much as we appreciate them — their time here has come to an end. And we’re going to spend our efforts trying to make a success out of the two new shows, The Chew and The Revolution, which are in genres that, as we talk to viewers, they want more of.”

Frons on if a 40-year old plus show can survive in this day and age anymore:  “Hm. Well, I’ll answer that in a non-way. I once said to Agnes Nixon, Agnes, did you ever think these shows would have been around for 40 years? And she said ‘Honey, I was hoping for six months.’ So I don’t think anybody can ever predict that something can be around that long. I certainly hope that these shows can be around for a quarter that long. I’d be thrilled.”

So it looks like General Hospital, and The Young and the Restless have the strongest chance of surviving, but for how long? That, will be the ongoing question in the months and year ahead.

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  1. Sunny

    April 14, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    I have 4 words for Brian Frons….Shut The F Up!! You’re a complete moron who wouldn’t know what the viewers wanted if we came up and tatooed it on your fat azz!! Congratulations for being the downfall of daytime tv…may your new shows go belly up!!

    • Lynne

      April 15, 2011 at 5:36 pm

      I agree with you. I am so darn fed up it’s not even funny. How dare them take off one of the best two soaps that have been on forever. I think he is a moron also.!!!!!!!

    • kim

      April 18, 2011 at 9:02 am

      Dear Mr. Frons:

      Have you ever heard of “The Food Network” or “The Cooking Channel”? How about the Health Channel? If i want to watch shows about food or health I will watch those channels just to spite you and your stupid shows. I want you to know that I HATE the VIEW!!! It SUCKS!!! Why do I care about the opinions of these women especially the Racist Woopie Goldberg, Joy Who thinks she knows it all, Elizabeth and Sherri who are nobody’s and Barbara Walters who just need to retire!!!! DISNEY is also out to me and my family. How much MONEY did you make off this DEAL??? Your shows are going to flop no matter what you put on because at least people that work tivo their shows now…there is nothing on these shows worth tivoing that I can’t go to the internet and find out later….SOAPS are a way to get out of your everyday life..They are an escape…the last thing people need is MORE REALITY!!!! DUMB…DUMB…DUMB

    • Lisa

      April 19, 2011 at 11:27 pm

      Hahaha Jerk Frons:

      It looks like advertisers are beginning to pull their ads. I have been reading where a lot of viewers like myself WILL NEVER WATCH ABC AGAIN!!!! I also have read where your actions are not only creating major job loss for all of the actors and crews for these two shows, but your actions are trickling over into other companies as well. You’re dipping into other food chains…not a very smart move. Well Jerk Frons…its gonna suck to be you!!! I will enjoy watching you fall from the top of ABC on your big fat XYZ!!! I can only hope you get spit on many times a day as you hold that ass you call a face up high. I hope ABC finally sees the light and fires your ass, and that one act will prove there is someone at the head of ABC with half a brain after all. I know…maybe they will hire you on Santa Barbara to be God again…no wait….oh yeah that one went of the air after your bad karma touched it too…face it Jerk Frons…you suck!!!!!!!!

  2. ILoveBillyandVictoria

    April 14, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Brian Frons is an ass!

    • Penny Holley

      April 17, 2011 at 7:20 pm

      That is an insult to asses! He is the DUMBEST man in business! Cancelling soaps!! He has NO IDEA how many people are so very loyal and will hate him so much that they NEVER turn to his network again! I know that I never will – and I like No Ordinary Family – but I will never watch it again either, my husband is watching despearate housewives and I am going to leave the room! I wish there was some way that I could disrupt his life the way he has mine! I have recorded and worked out to both shows for 30 years – which network now gets the many hours I used to give ABC?? Not sure – but it won’t be his! Maybe somebody wil “do unto him as he hath done to us”……..taken away a treasured friend!

  3. David

    April 14, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    No HOPE! Wow. Quite dismissive. Don’t bother because the decisions have been made. A focus group has determined our fate.

    I find the whole thing distasteful and unacceptable. Well, Mr. Frons with all respect, I will not be watching another show about food or weight. Good Luck with this and all future executive decisions.

  4. Tanya

    April 14, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    All I have to say is I wish I had watched all the Episodes of these 2 Shows, loving OLTL right now and I only started watching during the Eli Story & I started watching AMC last year as well. This is truly sad in deed I kept wondering why he needs to cancel them any way considering there is only 3 ABC Soaps, that’s so stupid and as we Jamaicans would say “Brian Frons fi bun out”. He doesn’t care about the Actors & us Fans, that’s a whole lotta talent he is wasting. I will dearly Miss these 2 Shows, The Characters, The Actors and just about everything. Viva la OLTL & AMC & may Brian Frons burn in hell.

  5. Loretta Jamar

    April 15, 2011 at 4:24 am

    WTF — who is Brian Fons talking to, himself? no one wants those new shows, for sure not to take over AMC and OLTL — is he on drugs?

  6. Loretta Jamar

    April 15, 2011 at 4:25 am

    Michael you need to do something about this, I think you know what will work or not, and I will support you. I have media channels to push whatever you want to do… we can not let them cancel these shows!

  7. mike

    April 15, 2011 at 5:16 am

    Frons has to be the most hated man in America right now. What an idiot.

    • Jennifer Debus

      April 18, 2011 at 12:16 pm

      AMEN!!!!!

      • Arielle

        May 19, 2011 at 3:36 pm

        AMEN indeed!

  8. todd

    April 15, 2011 at 7:12 am

    umm.. OLTL has been finishing fourth on a regular basis. It audience is growing, not declining. It comes in under budget. The last four shows are not the strongest most economically viable. OLTL beat 2 of them regularly. I am so pissed. I hate this man.

    • Arielle

      May 19, 2011 at 3:19 pm

      I hate him too. This may be the dumbest man in all of television. He’s cancelling two award-winning admittedly “iconic” shows to put on SWILL that will have NO viewers just because it’s CHEAPER?? Well of COURSE it’s CHEAPER, GARBAGE is ALWAYS cheaper than quality. I cannot fully express how much I despise this man, and if he actually is dumb enough to think that “The Chew” can POSSIBLY be on a par with “The View”, he’s even dumber than he looks. I watch The View for one reason and her name is Whoopi Goldberg. Unless Battali, Oz or any of the other losers on this new garbage program is a winner of an Emmy/Grammy/Oscar/Tony (and VERY few people meet that standard) that they have kept hidden, it’s time to make it known. Frons doesn’t seem to recognize the meaning of quality…only greed (cuz the shows were not LOSING money, he just wants to up the profit margin…but it WON’T work, cuz these are going to be flops). I used to be a VERY loyal ABC viewer not only during the daytime but in the evenings too, but they’ve now cancelled most of what I want to watch and their lineup for next season looks absolutely AWFUL. I’ll still watch Castle (unless ABC/Disney has killed Beckett too) and The View (cuz I love Whoopi), but otherwise, I think I’ll be tuning to CBS…they have some new shows coming out that actually look decent (unlike ABC’s). Oh…and I’ll be boycotting Disney for life, because I ultimately blame THEM.

  9. Kyrstinmurry

    April 15, 2011 at 7:17 am

    I am very disapointed with ABC to dropped these two soaps. I have been watching soaps as long as I can remember and I thought I would grow old watching them. I am not please with all the talk shows, nor I am I interested in reality shows. I get a dose of reality everyday in my real world. I don’t need anyone elses. Thank you very much. 🙁

  10. lumily

    April 15, 2011 at 7:38 am

    what a crock,,,,
    we have enough reality and food shows to sink the Titanic.
    I guess GH and B&B will be next, then Days and Y&R,,, sad ,very sad to see out shows go

  11. Jaycee Zoet

    April 15, 2011 at 9:29 am

    You’re a dumb ass! What viewers have you been talking too that want these new shows? Yeah there aren’t many of them. I hope he loses his job and never gets another one after abc falls.

  12. Angry

    April 15, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Mr. Frons is grasping at straws trying to save his job by trying to appeal to the under thirty viewers. In todays world older adults like Mr Frons are worried about being replaced with a young college graduate. He would be smart if he kept in touch with the older viewer and what they wanted to watch . We have more time to spend in front of the tv watching our soap operas and movies, NOT cooking shows , game shows and reality tv. Good luck ABC with these tactics, sounds like you a lost a lot of viewers. I might be only one but I will have lots of company.

  13. felicia

    April 15, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    I am saddened that these shows are cancelled. OLTL is at its best creatively. I also think that the writing for the soaps did not adjust the changes in viewership would have also contributed to the down fall in daytime.

  14. Alan

    April 16, 2011 at 8:26 am

    I can’t believe this! OLTL is the best! As though we don’t have enough of those food & fitness shows & such already. I’ld love to see Brian Frons come on an episode of OLTL & let Clint have a field day with his rifle on him. Sad days ahead for soap fans. Thank God my friend & I went to the last Broadway Cares. That was bad enough, but this is GARBAGE!

  15. Lisa

    April 17, 2011 at 10:53 am

    If your money hungry your evil!!! I hate food shows. Where can we locate statistics on who watches what? I wanted to know if the soap viewers are being listned to at all, or are you trying to bump us off of ABC all together? Chew please not going to watch.

  16. Lee

    April 17, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    It’s going to be so funny when he 2 new “babies” fall in months!!! I will BAN ABC from now on!! Brian Frons need to be fired when will ABC see this!! They will never have the loyal fans that we were ever again! I have been watching these shows for 33 years now & ur lack of loyalty will NOT go unnoticed!

  17. Penny Holley

    April 17, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    This guy is an IDIOT!!! No wonder ABC’s ratings have fallen, the ONLY shows that I even turned to his network were AMC and OLTL – NO WAY will I EVER watch the new shows – nor any others for that matter. ABC is falling in ratings – wait till there is no soaps to watch – I have no reason to turn in any more – who ever picked this guy and is listening to him – you have put your hopes behind the wrong guy! If you want to have a network at all – you better fire him and fire him quick!!!!!!! This is the dumbest thing you could EVER do – these shows are the ONLY good about ABC!!!!!

  18. steve

    April 17, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Please visit http://www.abcnetworksucks.com for info on how to save AMC & OLTL

    WE WILL NOT ACCEPT THE DECISION OF JACKASS FRONS

  19. Amy

    April 17, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Who wants more food and self help shows????? They are giving up shows that have been on for decades for shows that will undoubtedly fail. They are alienating viewers ages 10-80. It makes no sense. I watch 6 hours of programming on ABC a week. When OLTL is gone it will be down to ONE hour. When Modern Family and The Middle are gone it will be ZERO.

  20. Michelle

    April 17, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    The new shows will need lots of luck- since none of the soap fans will be watching the new shows. I cant believe they are replacing these soaps with more reality/food show. There’s already too many!! It’s a shame this moron wont realize his mistake until its too late.

  21. Mel

    April 17, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Hi everyone, I reiterate all your sentiments about the loss of our beloved soaps. My Mother went into the hospital Thursday and I just hated telling her about the soaps being cancelled. We certainly wont be watching a food show…boring!!!! and I am sick of diet/exercise shows(sounds like an hour long infomercial). And also getting rid of Soapnet for another kid network…screw ABC and their Family of networks…unfortunately I have to watch ESPN for the NBA playoffs(big Celtics fan here).

  22. Mel

    April 17, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Does anyone have an idea why ABC has allowed all the comments about the show to continue as well as posting email addresses and numbers for soap fans to contact? What is the use since according to his allmighty, Brian Frons, there is no changing their minds?

  23. Lisa

    April 17, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    EVIL!!!! The viewers should have the right to watch a show that has been on for years, and be heard. How rude, and cold hearted could Frons be. Screw the money, we pay to watch TV so we should be able to see what we want to see. Is ABC really in some kind of financial bind? If NOT you probably will be after getting rid of our favorite shows. I would cry at night if I was the one firing or getting rid of those talented actors, and actresses. So sad AMC came to Los Angeles from New York to continue their carrer. Sussan Lucci was excited when she saw the sets in LA they where much bigger, and she was excited to be in a new setting with New Beginnings now what? Malto Mario or whoever you are no we are not soap addicted, we just want to hold on to a show that has been around for such a long time bringing many fans of all ages and genders pleasure. Don’t dissapoint us let our shows continue for many more years.

  24. manda

    April 17, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    So this “Mr. bigshot” is a joke……I think Oprah should put AMC and OLTL on her network and she would be the biggest network on daytime television…..I mean someone needs to save these soap opera’s because look at all the fans that it is impacting….i wont be watching ABC after OLTL goes off…..this guy needs to be fired or ABC is going to fall flat on its face and when it does i will laugh so hard so put on these food shows or whatever else u want they’re not even going to come close to AMC or OLTL….KEEP AMC AND OLTL ON!!!!!!!

    • Jennifer Debus

      April 18, 2011 at 12:20 pm

      Unfortunately Oprah said no to adding our soaps to her channel. Well, Not only will I be blocking abc come january, but OWN has now been blocked. Oprah, you have lost a fan.

  25. Sue

    April 18, 2011 at 4:32 am

    Just when I thought this man couln’t make me hate him anymore than I already do…
    I”m sick, litterally sick to my stomach over this.

  26. Haley Robinson

    April 18, 2011 at 7:15 am

    This thing that completly blows my mind is how ABC recently decided to move to LA, California to continue these shows in a BRAND new studio. So you mean to tell me they spent all this money to move, invest in new set material and equiptment to only cancel 2 of the best soap opera shows on the network? But, Mr. Frons says “We’re down to the last few that are still strong, viable & economically sound!” ….Yes, I understand OLTL and AMC are not the only soaps recorded through this studio… but you cannot tell me that these 2 shows are not contributing to viewer rates. This is so hyprocritical… You have the money to spend on a new studio, you CLEARLY have the money to keep the shows running. Correct me if I’m wrong.. AMC is one of the longest running soap operas ( if not the 1st , I believe) in history.. Totally wrong to just “off” the show if you ask me.

  27. Reilly

    April 18, 2011 at 11:38 am

    I have watched AMC for over 35 years I have NEVER WATCHED the View. Who cares what Barbara Walters and company thinks! Of course I worked for a number of those years so VCR’d them. I am college educated, an avid internet user and can read or search for anything I would like answers to rather than watch mediocre television. Soaps are a great way to unwind, to care about characters other than day to day stress and politics. I WAS a GMA, ABC evening news, AMC and other shows of yours loyal viewer (even when my husband said ABC was to liberal and biased in their news). Well guess what now I will be changing channels!!!!

  28. Jennifer Debus

    April 18, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    This Frons guy is just pure evil. IF he nor abc care about the fans then well, we don’t give a crap about them either. Good bye abc. Frons you are a heartless bastard

  29. Janet Green

    April 18, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    I seriously want to know what this “research” is he keeps talking about… did anyone else here get a survey about what they want to see on daytime TV and answer with a resounding “Oh PLEASE, more cooking shows and reality shows… I can’t get enough from among the other 463 that air constantly!!!” Didn’t think so.

  30. Marianna

    April 19, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Will these messages got to mr. fronz

  31. abcnetworksucks.com

    April 21, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Please visit http://www.abcnetworksucks.com for information on how to save our soaps!
    That’s http://www.abcnetworksucks.com

  32. Angela Lasher

    April 22, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    He’s full of shit. Read his interview after announcing that SoapNet was going off the air. He stated that the daytime lineup was safe. The guy is a liar! And Oprah? That little statement sounded to me like ABC “asked” (real meaning told) her to do that to try and cool things down. It didn’t sound sincere and like something that she truly believed in. Her channel isn’t doing so well I hear. Well if I think back 25 years ago the only reason I starting watching this unknown called Oprah Winfrey was because of the lead in she had…. AMC, OLTL & GH. Has she forgotten already that it was the SOAP fans who played a big part in your success. Also I bet the message boads at OWN will never buzz they way they have this past week again.

  33. PGP

    April 23, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    Strongest economically? OLTL is consistently on or under budget! Give me a break Fronz! GH is “your baby” and everyone knows it! Truth is, its overrated IMO compared to OLTL. Though I expect a year or two from now we will be hearing GH is a goner too! Brian Fronz, a real class act!

    • Arielle

      May 19, 2011 at 3:29 pm

      I don’t think it’ll even be a year. They just hired a new Head Writer for GH which Frons ALSO did at AMC (he even gave her a three YEAR contract) and then just two WEEKS later he cancelled the show. If I were a GH fan, I would be pretty damn nervous that history was about to repeat itself. I give it less than a year if Frons gets his way. Hopefully HE will get the ax instead and ABC/Disney will say that they’ve reconsidered and the only job lost will be the one belonging to Brian Frons (rather than the entire casts and crews of these two great, award-winning shows).

      Well…I can DREAM, can’t I? 😉

  34. troubledoesit

    April 27, 2011 at 3:24 am

    I think this is a bunch of bs. People use dvr and tape recorders. I named my daughter after kendall on AMC. She is only 2 years old. I was hoping she could grow up with the show like I did. My mom would tape it so we could watch it on the weekends. I would like to know who did the survey.NO ONE wants more food shows that is what cable is for. Everyone that I know likes the soaps because we can relax and escape from are problems. When these shows are stoped I will put a block on abc so no one in my family can turn on the channel.

  35. Judy McGuire

    April 29, 2011 at 10:18 am

    This is bull, I can not believe that you are cancelling AMC and OLTL for another
    stupid food show and a reality show. I for one will not be watching them. I work for a living so I would always tape my shows and watch them at night and you are going to take that away from me and from millions of other viewers that do the same thing. I think it all boils down to the fact that ABC DOES NOT CARE ABOUT THE VIEWERS or they would change their minds. I will not be watching ABC anymore as the only shows I ever watched were my soaps and I do not like General Hospital. However I hope you can at least keep that show going for the fans that do like it. GOOD BYE ABC

    • Arielle

      May 19, 2011 at 3:34 pm

      Ultimately I blame Disney. IMHO, things have gone downhill at ABC since Disney bought it. Disney used to be a company I respected a great deal, but lately they’ve become nothing but money grubbers who ONLY care about the holy profit-margin. I mean, really…they actually filed to *trademark* “Seal Team Six” just two days after the bin Ladin raid…talk about stepping up to ca$h in! 🙁 I’m SO disappointed in them and I vow right now that I will never let another penny of my money flow to the Disney Corporation in any way. Which makes me really sad, I was really looking forward to seeing PotC next week for my birthday, but that WON’T be happening now. I’m done with Disney, as they’re obviously done with me.

  36. Patricia Wilhelms

    April 29, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Brian Frons you should go byby The View stinks like a skunk. A ll My Children a One Life To Live are a A+ but you are F- an the view is F- such stuped show . An I hope Brian Frons chokes on chew and revolution. To bad ABC fireres you rean end you know what Imean.

  37. Wendy Lynn

    May 17, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    I suspect cancelling these ‘soap operas’ will have an unintended backlash of fewer daytime viewers overall. The info/food/health shows can be found on so many other channels, but good, imaginative, compelling story-telling seemed to remain the province of the ‘original’ networks. The soap advertisers and their dramas helped make the networks what they are today! – or rather, what they were. I lament the passing of an important part of American TV history, and will turn elsewhere for on-going entertainment.

  38. Robin

    May 19, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    I love AMC & OLTL. I love all the soaps. I am heartbroken over the cancellations. I pray they will b saved & remain on tv. Since , it’s about money, than why can’t both soaps be a half hour, or a weekly primetime series, or combine both soaps, but don’t cancel. Soaps r very important 2 me & so many others. There is not much left good on tv anymore. Please, NO MORE REALITY OR COOKING SHOWS. I WILL NEVER WATCH THECHEW OR THE REVELATION. I feel like i am losing a part of my family. I can’t imagine no more Pine Valley, or Llanview anymore. I pray another channel picks up the 2 soaps. I grew up watching these soaps with my Mom, Grandmother, or Great Grandmother. Please someone help save our soaps. If the 2 soaps r not saved, then I would love it if a dvd was made showing the ending finales 2 have of the 2 soaps. I will anyways love My Soap Operas& I will always b a Lifetime Fan of the soaps. I have signed petitions & if I were rich i would buy a channel & save them. Agnes Nixon is a brilliant& genius, & fantastic writer. Thanks Agnes 4 the best gift of AMC & OLTL 4 all of these years& i am so grateful. In my opinion, you were so disrespected by the many people involved with the 2 soaps cancellations. You deserve so much better than this& so many people should b apologizing 2 you. I have signed petitions, & I will keep praying for a miracle for AMC & OLTL to be saved. I am heartbroken over these cancellations.

  39. Jayne

    July 7, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Has anything been done? Anyone heard? I went to abcnetworksucks.com and it is no longer trying to save the soaps! Are all of our hopes and dreams shattered???????

  40. Louise

    July 27, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    MR. Frons , I am appalled by your decision of taking 2 soap operas off the air. I record everyone of them & I listen to them at night . To say that your ratings goes down is BULLSHIT , Go ahead , put your new shows like reality shows , talk shows, food shows etc… they are so BORING….. then your ratings will surely go down . I hope all the actors ( that you laid off) would put their heads together & BUY the station ABC , then you will see what a big mistake you made. All my friends & I are done with you & we are hoping you FAIL . TO ALL THE ACTORS I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST & I LOVE YOU ALL .

  41. tony albazy

    July 29, 2011 at 10:06 am

    I am so horrified by abc going ahead with this venture of frons , do they not realize that they are going to lose alot of their veiwers, because of this idiotic man plans to cancel our beloved soaps AMC, OLTL and possibly GH. You need to save your selves abc , or you you are going down hill. Nobody will be watching your stupid programming ever, the chew will be the first to go down hill with bad ratings. Other reality shows will also go down hill because of bad ratings. Save yourselves abc before its to late, Leeave our beloved soaps on tv where they belong, and have been for over 40 years. Is this stupid man worth abc bad ratings. Fire him before its to late .

    • Sharon

      September 29, 2011 at 3:47 pm

      He is an idiot!!!!!!

  42. Deb Rafter

    September 2, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Who ever is over FRONS needs to FIRE is pathic ass!!! He doesn’t know what the h… he is talking about. I hope the CHEW does DOWN fastert than the TITANIC!!!

  43. Sharon

    September 29, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    I have watched AMC since the first day it came on …Never have i been as devoted to a TV show …..It is like apart of my family and to see it being replaced by The Chew is a slap in the face …We have lots of food shows to choose from and i dont watch any of them …If i want to cook i have a drawer full of cookbooks….I will never watch ABC again …I dont care what show they have on it or how good the ratings are on it …If they dont care enough about the soap viewers to leave our soaps on then i dont care if their network fells ….AMC has gotten me through a lot of bad times in my life ….When i worked i taped it and watched it on weekends …I have alot od the shows still on tapes and i dvr’d alot since io learnt it was going off and so i will just watch them and keep see my family cause that is what they are to me ….I would perfer they be on tv but if it goes online i will watch it there …How can you just put so many people out of Brian Frons …I hope u get what is coming to you and that is ABC firing u when their station goes down …Oh how i will laugh when that happens …..AMC i will miss u but i will always love you …Hope to see u online soon…

  44. steve

    April 3, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Frons is just a marionette whose strings are jerked and his mouth is operated by Iger & Sweeney two more jackasses!
    They’ll never know the upset they caused with diehard and loyal soapfans. These people are hated more than any other people in the television industry.
    Disney and ABC TV are banned in my house. The Disney parks can dry up and blow away. Not one cent of my money will ever go to supporting anything Disney!

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‘Strahan, Sara and Keke’ Canceled by ABC; Show Aired In Timeslot That Once Housed ‘All My Children’

No matter a network tries to do, replacing All My Children, which ran for 41 years on ABC has remained as everyone that follows the world of daytime drama knows, problematic.  Now come word via Page Six that Strahan, Sara and Keke has been canceled.

The show hosted by Michael Strahan, Sara Haines and Keke Palmer if you recall, replaced the foodie show, The Chew which ran for seven seasons and was the first show to air in the timeslot that belonged for over four decades to All My Children. 

Back in March of this year, Strahan, Sara and Keke took a break to make way for ABC’s News  Pandemic: What You Need to Know, a daily coronavirus report anchored by Amy Robach, Dr. Jen Ashton and sometimes TJ Holmes.

However, because the show did well in that two-week experimental run it morphed into GMA 3: What You Need to Know.  The new version of the show also talked about hot topics in the current news cycle, as well.

ABC’s Catherine McKenzie began producing the “GMA3” show four months ago and the network officially announced her as Executive Producer of the program on Thursday.

While ABC has yet to officially announce Strahan, Sara and Keke is over, a spokesperson told Page Six: “We’re proud of our teams at ‘SSK’ and ‘GMA3’ and how quickly they transitioned to producing a daily show to give people the news and information they need during an unprecedented pandemic, and conversations continue about how the show will evolve in the months ahead.”

It appears that Strahan, Sara and Keke won’t be returning; the future as many of their staff have transitioned over to ‘GMA 3’ with producers from ABC News Live, (the streaming division), helmed by McKenzie.

As for the futures of Strahan, Haines and Palmer; Strahan will continues to host Good Morning America, and they are all actively under contract with the network.

So, what do you think of  ‘Strahan, Sara and Kek’e being replaced by ‘GMA 3: What You  Need to Know’?  How long do you think that show will last in the timeslot once taken up by residents of Pine Valley? Comment below.

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Eva LaRue Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination, And Opens Up About The Loss Of John Callahan

For Eva LaRue, the past two months have been some of the most emotionally gut-wrenching and challenging of her life, following the passing of her ex-husband, father of her child, and dearest friend, John Callahan (Ex-Edmund, All My Children). The outpouring of support she has received not only from her former AMC cast mates, but the soap world in general illustrates just how dear Eva is to all of us, and how many people had special memories of their time with John.

While mourning the loss of Callahan along with their daughter, Kaya, there was some heartwarming and re-affirming news that any actress would love to hear. Eva was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series for her work as Celeste Rosales on CBS’ The Young and the Restless, and she is great company as her former AMC co-star Michael E. Knight (Ex-Tad) is also nominated along with her for his work on General Hospital.

The coronavirus pandemic has hit our country and world hard, but through it All My Children virtual reunions emerged as fans were engaged by the content, transported to happier times that brought them back to familiar faces in Pine Valley in which Eva participated along with her good friends, Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos and so many more, thanks to the EW. com weeklong event which concluded on Friday.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Eva in this very candid, at times heartbreaking, and open conversation where she shares details into the final days of her beloved John, her last moments with him, and how she tried to plan a memorial in his honor during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For so many of us, 2020 has certainly seen more lows then highs, but in the end for Eva, to receive a nomination now (an award she was last nominated for back in 1997 as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work as Dr Maria Santos on All My Children) couldn’t have come at a better time. Here now is our conversation with Eva.

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I’ve been thinking so much about you.  I’m glad we could do this, and in the midst of the tragedy of losing John Callahan, and then receiving a Daytime Emmy nomination.  What was your reaction when you learned you were nominated in a category with none other than your former AMC castmate and good friend, Michael E. Knight (Ex-Tad, AMC, now Martin, GH)?

EVA:  Oh, I know!  He’s the first person I texted!  I was like, “Congratulations, Michael!  Did you ever in a million years think that you and I would be in the same category of anything?”  Then I said, “And when you win this, can I just borrow it for the weekend just to dress it up and take pictures with it… just want to borrow it, just babysit the trophy for a weekend, please?” (Laughs)

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What did you end up submitting that landed you the nomination for your role as Celeste on Y&R?

EVA: I submitted a scene with Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I have been friends for 30 years, if not more, and in all that time we had never worked together.  I met him when I was married to John O’Hurley (Ex- Dr. James Grainger) because John was over at The Young and the Restless at the time.  I went to a Christmas party with John to Peter and Mariellen’s house, and do you know who else was there?  Lisa Rinna (Ex-Billie, Days), and it was before she had gotten Days of Our Lives. She was dating Peter Barton (Ex-Scott Grainger, Y&R) at the time. We both ended up on soaps at the same time.  So, I submitted a scene with Peter, who is amazing, warm and open and such a great actor. Then I submitted a scene with my on-screen daughter Sasha Calle (Lola, Y&R) – I love that girl, and another one with Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R) who has also been my great friend for a couple of decades. The other scene I put on my reel was with me and Jordi Vilasuso (Rey, Y&R) who I also adore.  He is awesome and such a sweetheart.  I only had two months worth of material to draw upon.  So, I just submitted the scenes that I liked the best, and they all were within story, and all made sense.

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Where is Celeste supposed to be now?

EVA:  She went back to Florida, and that was that. I would never say never to anything, but it was always supposed to be a short stint, and it was great.

So not only is it you and Michael E. Knight, but Jeffery Vincent Parise, Chrishell Stause, and Elissa Kapneck. This Guest Performer category is loaded!

EVA:  I know! I know and love, Chrishell (Ex-Amanda) because we worked together on All My Children, too, right before I left, and she is a doll.  She just might be the sweetest, kindest, girl on the planet.  She literally might be the sweetest person who ever lived!  I don’t know the other two nominees personally.  So, I’m excited for them too.  It’s such a diverse category.  It’s just really fun to be nominated with all of them.

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You were nominated before, though, for your work as Maria on All My Chldren during the emotional baby switch storyline; working opposite Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica) for a lot in it.

EVA:  Yes.  I was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for All My Children, and I was nominated for Best Original Song.  I wrote a song when Maria came ‘back from the dead’ to All My Children, with a producer friend of mine from Miami Sound Machine.

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So, you’ve been doing all of these All My Children virtual reunions, which is so interesting that in this pandemic, people are looking for content, and they dip back into these beloved shows.  Was it fun doing the EW.com Santos Family reunion with everybody?

EVA:  Oh yeah, it was really, really fun.  I only saw in the big picture everybody else’s photo who was a part of it, and the people who I actually do hang out with the most, and see the most, and talk to the most, are Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley), Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo), and Sydney Penny (Ex-Julia).  I don’t see Sydney as much, but I do see her probably once every two years at least, but Sarah Michelle Geller (ExKendall) I see all the time and talk to all the time.  Kelly, Mark, and Sarah are the ones who walked me through that first week when John Callahan passed.  They literally were on the phone with me, the three of them, almost every day, but I got beautiful outreach, from what seemed like everyone.  This is when no matter how many years have passed since you have been in daytime, that the daytime family as a group – there used to be fifteen shows, now there are four – and people have bounced around and they are on other shows- – but the entire soap opera community reached out,   I cannot even tell you how much that meant to me.  It was overwhelming, and it was really, spectacularly beautiful.

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I hope it was some solace to you knowing how much people loved John, and also that they love and care so deeply for you.

EVA:  I mean, people who did not even work with John reached out.  Every soap was represented by getting a hold of me, sending a text or a phone call, or if they didn’t have my personal information, they tweeted, or whatever it was… literally from every reach of soapdom.  It was amazing.

And your relationship with John was amazing with all of the ups and downs you went through; that you remained such dear friends.

EVA:  We remained really great friends all the way.

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I so remember when the two of you first got together and it was this storybook real life soap couple romance.  John was always so sweet to me.  I was so, so sad, and you know, my heart just broke for you.

EVA:  I think it was just such a shock.  I don’t think anybody, and even Kaya were talking about it, because she graduated this week, and her dad is not here.  We’re not having a graduation, because of COVID-19, which sucks on top of it, but we were just kind of talking through the feelings of it.  She said, “You know what’s weird?  I guess I never pictured dad getting old, and I always wondered why, and now I know.”  When I would get on John about his heart or his health, he used to always say, ‘Oh, don’t worry Evala, (he always called me “Evala”).  I’m going to be here.  I’m going to be here a long time.  I’m fine.  I’m going to be here to walk Kaya down the aisle and see her kids and all that.  Stop worrying,” Every time he said it to me, something in my gut said, “I don’t think he is.  I don’t think he is,” but I always just dismissed that.  But never in my wildest dreams did I think John wouldn’t make it to her high school graduation.  He was only 66.

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I had heard you ended up running to Palm Springs to be near John.  I can’t even imagine what that must have been like.

EVA:  The only good thing about this pandemic is that we had been shut down for only two weeks at that point.  Kaya and I got in the car.  John had some heart procedures the day before, on a Thursday.  I called him in the morning before he went in for the procedure.  I said, “Call me as soon as you get out of there.  Call me as soon as you come-to again, and you’re good,” and he said, “Okay, I will.”  I said, “I’m going to send Kaya out to you on Friday for the weekend, just so you have somebody to hang out and watch you, and I might come out too,” And then, I said, “Maybe, I’ll come down too in case you are feeling weak, just to watch out for you for the weekend.”   So, he called me after the procedure.   I said, “I cannot believe they sent you home! You just had some major heart stuff done.”  He said, “Oh no, they said I’m fine.  It was just run-of-the-mill heart stuff, angiogram…”  I was like, “Are you sure?”  He said, “Yeah, I’m fine.  I’m just tired.  I’m going to go to sleep.”  I said, “Do you want me to send Kaya out tonight?” and he was like, “No, no, no.  Send her tomorrow.”  So, in the morning, I called him at 9:00am.  No answer.  I texted him.  He always texted me like Johnny on the spot, and then texts me immediately back.  So, I call him again at 10.  Nothing.  His best friend calls me about a half-hour later, “Hey, I talked to John at about 8:00 this morning.  He said he was feeling really, really shitty and was going to go back to the hospital, and then, I texted him again at like 8:30 to just tell him something, and he hasn’t texted me back, and he always texts me immediately back.”  I said, “Oh my, God, I’ve been trying to get a hold of him for two hours; he hasn’t texted me back,”   I said, “You know what, I’ll call you back.”  So, I called his friend who lives down the street from John, and I said, “Go to his house, please right this second, knock on the door, jump the fence, knock on his bedroom, he might be asleep, I don’t know.”  So, he gets there, nobody is answering.  I said, “Break into the house please.  So, he did, and John was collapsed in the bathroom.  They called the paramedics, and as soon as they called me back and said, “John is unresponsive in the bathroom,” Kaya and I threw everything in the car, and what usually takes us two and a half hours without traffic, we made it down there from Los Angeles in an hour and forty-five minutes.

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I don’t know how you made it down there in one piece. Thank, God!

EVA:  I drove so fast, like literally broke all land speed records and thank God because we got there just in time.  He was in emergency.  He hadn’t been put up in ICU yet, where we wouldn’t have been able to see him.  They weren’t going to let us in the hospital.  Thank God the person answering the door was an All My Children fan.  She was the one saying, “Sorry, no one is allowed in the hospital, no one can come in,” and I was like, “No, no, no, my ex-husband just came in.”  She said, “Was it Edmund?” and I said, “Yes, it was Edmund!”  She said, “Okay, follow me.”  Thank God for All My Children.  Thank God.  So, we followed this woman secretly, and we get to spend a half-hour with him in Emergency.  He was already on life-support, totally unresponsive, but we got to play John his favorite music, we got to just sit there and hold his hand and talk to him, and tell him how much we loved him.  Sarah Michelle Gellar called right when we were in the hospital in Emergency, and she said, “Put the phone by his ear,” so I put the phone by his ear, and she talked to John too, and she told him how much she loved him.  She used to always call him “GP”, which was short of grandpa, because she came on the show when she was 15, and she didn’t have a dad, and John acted like a dad to her – but she used to always call him “grandpa”, and he hated “grandpa”, so he was like, “You can call me “GP”, but not grandpa,” so she always called him GP.  I just put the phone by John’s ear, and what was crazy is that when she talked to him, his feet started twitching.  He started moving his feet.  Then, when Kaya was talking to him about Yankee season, he started moving his feet.  We were kind of hopeful that something was changing for the better.  We had about a half-hour with him, and then, they took him up to ICU, and then, we knew we couldn’t see him again.  They called us later that night that he had passed.

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I am just so thankful that you got to see John one last time.

EVA:  I thank God every day that we got to say goodbye, because if we hadn’t gotten there in time to say goodbye, I just don’t know.

It’s very rare that a couple after a divorce, who have a child, and went from romance to dear friends, end up maintaining that relationship so many years later in their lives.  I know so many people who were together at one point in their lives, for years, and they don’t even talk to each other now.

EVA:  Well, you know, like any divorce, the first four years afterwards were super contentious but then, by year five, we kind of had this major breakthrough, and from then on, he was one of my closest friends, and one of the things we always kept alive for each other was we loved to  dance together. We fell in love, I think, dancing because originally our characters on AMC met at this country-western bar, and we had to take country line dancing lessons on the show.  They hired a choreographer for us so that during those scenes where we were falling in love, we would actually be able to do a two-step! So, we went out and practiced at Denim and Diamonds, which was a big country-western place in New York City at the time.  We used to go out with a whole group of us.  It was me, and Teresa Blake (Ex-Gloria) and Kelly Ripa, and her boyfriend at the time, Winsor Harmon (Ex-Del), sometimes Walt Willey (Ex-Jack); we just had a whole crew of us who would go out country dancing.  John and I also loved singing together.  He had the most amazing gravely kind of rockstar voice, but his real talent was harmonizing.  He could harmonize to anything.  So, when he would come over, we would sit in the kitchen and sing, and sing, and sing until the late hours because that’s what we loved to do, and that’s what he loved to do.  That’s one of my favorite last memories of us.  He was just over the month before, and Kaya’s bedroom is near the kitchen, so she came out and was like, “Can you two shut up?”  It was like two in the morning and we were still singing in the kitchen. (Laughs)  John was my dear friend and my confidant.

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Were you able to have some kind of service during this stay-at-home pandemic we are all dealing with, in order to mourn the loss of John?

EVA:  It’s been so crazy.  We couldn’t even have a funeral.  That’s what made it all the more heartbreaking.  There were less than twenty of us, and we just got on a Zoom call and memorialized John.   I thought we were going to do a big Zoom memorial, but it seemed so overwhelming and so impersonal, it just was rubbing us wrong in every way.  Every way we were looking at it, we were like, “Oh my, God, we just can’t.”  We wanted to invite everybody he had ever worked with, and we were like, “No, we want to do that when everything can open back up again, and invite every person, and have a party” because John was always the life of every party.  Maybe we can do that in the fall or next year.  I kept trying to write something for the small memorial we did do for three days.  I kept coming back to this one song, because John was always the consummate bartender, too.  I sang a song that Bette Midler sang on the very last episode of Johnny Carson.  It was “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)” and it’s about a bartender who has got a big personality and a lot to say.   I changed some of the words around a bit just to reflect who John was, and so, I ended up singing for it instead of speaking.  We always talked about that last episode of Carson; how stunningly emotional it was when Bette sang that song to kind of sing Johnny off for of all of his years on the air.  So, that’s what I did and because we loved to sing together, it just made sense.

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I do think you touched upon something, earlier, too.  I don’t think any other genre would have that kind of unbridled camaraderie.  It’s such a family, like you said.  I don’t think you would find that quite like this; certainly in show business. 

EVA:  I really don’t think you can. Even though there is always a good amount of competition in the soaps as well; between the soaps it’s like they are any sports team, but there is always a level of respect, love, and familial connection within the community.  I think that is why they have stood the test of time.  I really do think that is what hooks our audience, that is what keeps them there after all of these years, even though unfortunately the genre is antiquated looking, there is something about it that is nostalgic, familial, and comfortable for people.

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Every time I talk about All My Children, why do you think everybody go ga-ga for it, when it’s been off the air for several years now?

EVA:  It speaks to people’s childhoods.  It speaks to how we grew up.  You can’t undo nostalgia.  You can’t.  It’s in the way we grew up, the things we loved, the things that we scheduled our lives around, the people we fell in love with on the shows that we watched, who we cared about and loved their storylines. I grew up watching All My Children, General Hospital, and Days of Our Lives.

It must have been a spectacular moment for you when you realized you were actually in Pine Valley and a member of the cast of All My Children then?

EVA:  It was amazing.  I was a fan when I got the show.  I was a straight up fan.  I fangirled walking through that dressing room hallway for the first time! I was trying to keep it in check, but you know … (Laughs)

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So, in closing, you would say, “Thrilled to be nominated”?

EVA:  Yes.  So fun.  It has really been a rollercoaster of a couple of months here.  That nomination was literally the bright, shining spot in all of this.

So, happy to hear Eva is in the running for a Daytime Emmy? Were you moved by Eva’s sentiments she shared on her relationship with the late John Callahan? Do you miss Pine Valley’s Dr. Maria Santos? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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