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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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Sunny
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Sunny

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
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Lynne

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
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kim

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.… Read more »

Lisa
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Lisa

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… Read more »

ILoveBillyandVictoria
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ILoveBillyandVictoria

Brian Frons is an ass!

Penny Holley
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Penny Holley

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… Read more »

David
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David

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.

Tanya
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Tanya

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… Read more »

Loretta Jamar
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Loretta Jamar

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?

Loretta Jamar
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Loretta Jamar

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!

mike
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mike

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

Jennifer Debus
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Jennifer Debus

AMEN!!!!!

Arielle
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Arielle

AMEN indeed!

todd
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todd

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
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Arielle

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… Read more »

Kyrstinmurry
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Kyrstinmurry

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. 🙁

lumily
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lumily

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

Jaycee Zoet
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Jaycee Zoet

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.

Angry
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Angry

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… Read more »

felicia
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felicia

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.

Alan
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Alan

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!

Lisa
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Lisa

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.

Lee
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Lee

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!

Penny Holley
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Penny Holley

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… Read more »

steve
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steve

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

WE WILL NOT ACCEPT THE DECISION OF JACKASS FRONS

Amy
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Amy

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.

Michelle
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Michelle

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.

Mel
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Mel

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).

Mel
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Mel

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?

Lisa
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Lisa

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… Read more »

manda
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manda

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… Read more »

Jennifer Debus
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Jennifer Debus

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.

Sue
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Sue

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.

Haley Robinson
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Haley Robinson

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… Read more »

Reilly
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Reilly

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… Read more »

Jennifer Debus
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Jennifer Debus

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

Janet Green
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Janet Green

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.

Marianna
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Marianna

Will these messages got to mr. fronz

abcnetworksucks.com
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abcnetworksucks.com

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

Angela Lasher
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Angela Lasher

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….… Read more »

PGP
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PGP

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
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Arielle

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… Read more »

troubledoesit
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troubledoesit

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… Read more »

Judy McGuire
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Judy McGuire

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… Read more »

Arielle
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Arielle

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… Read more »

Patricia Wilhelms
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Patricia Wilhelms

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.

Wendy Lynn
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Wendy Lynn

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.

Robin
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Robin

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… Read more »

Jayne
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Jayne

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???????

Louise
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Louise

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… Read more »

tony albazy
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tony albazy

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… Read more »

Sharon
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Sharon

He is an idiot!!!!!!

Deb Rafter
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Deb Rafter

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!!!

Sharon
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Sharon

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… Read more »

steve
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steve

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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