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Agnes Nixon on OLTL & AMC, "We're ending them with a tune-in tomorrow attitude!"

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Legendary soap icon, Agnes Nixon, the woman responsible for creating All My Children and One Life to Live, spoke with the Penn Courant on the demise of her beloved soap operas and how she plans on helping the series have a fulfilling and graceful exit for the fans.  Nixon has donated thousands upon thousands of scripts  from these shows and some from Loving that are preserved at Penn University’s, Annenberg School of Communications.

Nixon who is in her 80’s, said to the Penn Courant, that she and her small writing staff are busy planning the final plot twists. “We’re ending them but we aren’t ending them, if you know what I mean. It’s possible that some other network might pick them up, so we are ending them with a tune-in-tomorrow attitude.”

The creator of AMC and OLTL, Nixon, also says that the announcement of the shows’ cancellations was not a complete surprise to her. “There had been great rumors that the cost factor had become an issue. People watch more things during the day now, and that means less income from the advertisers for daytime dramas. Meanwhile the cost of creating the shows doesn’t change. The unions don’t reduce their fees. You have to pay the actors and the writers. Bottom line, it’s money.”

She also told the college website that fans should expect to see long-lost characters return to Pine Valley and Llanview during the final episodes, she says. “We’ll have situations that will bring them back.”

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Andrea Dawson
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Andrea Dawson

Please someone pick them up!!!!!!

Todd
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Todd

I hope they correct their mistakes and kish return for the end. Who cares who is offended now.

Ellen
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Ellen

Thank you Agnes, that sounds like a great plan, and I certainly hope another network does pick them up. I have no doubt that you are doing all you can to make that come to fruition. I look forward to seeing the storylines unfold and come together.

Sue
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Sue

I guess that is a better way of looking at the job she has to do than thinking AMC & OLTL are on Hospice care and she is sheparding them to a graceful death.

Still sad though.

lisa
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lisa

Agnes -God love ya… you are the epitome of class and grace.
Give it all you’ve got in these final ? months of your beloved shows.
And we fans will continue to pray and fight for the shows to be picked up by another network.

You’ve worked too hard for your legacy to daytime to end now.

Nancy Wizner
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Nancy Wizner

I cannot help but repeat myself a million times ~ “These soaps are a family tradition!” They have been on for 40+ years. I am referring to All My Children and One Life to Live. Please NBC, pick up these two soap operas. Your ratings will go sky high!

Patti
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Patti

Im starting to lose hope that our soaps will be saved but I can promise unequivocally not to EVER watch The Chew (disgusting title by the way) and The Revolution. I have enough people telling me what to do without watching it on TV! No wonder everyone is going to cable! Save our soaps! I would pay for a soap channel just like my husband does to watch baseball! Save out soaps! Fire the dopes!

Bailey
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Bailey

Hey I never thought of paying for a soap channel. I would definitely pay, if it came to that. I will also not be watching the replacement shows either.

brian
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brian

Sign me up ! Yes, i would pay a cable fee to keep OLTL in production. I am a 30 yr loyal viewer from Canada.

RITA
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RITA

SAVE OUR SOAPS!!!!!!!!! What about the soap network, can’t they keep airing the shows? Afterall, we pay for that channel, so why can’t they keep the shows going if one of the other networks doesn’t pick it up? Please stop this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Peggy
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Peggy

Why can’t all of the Soaps be on one network? IT WILL MAKE MONEY!

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According to Deadline who dropped the casting news, Wittrock’s Guy Gardner/Green Lantern is “a hulking mass of masculinity, and, as rendered in the comics, an embodiment of 1980s hyper-patriotism. And yet, Guy is somehow likable.”

In the premise of the series, Green Lantern reinvents the classic DC property through a story spanning decades and galaxies, beginning on Earth in 1941 with the very first Green Lantern, secretly gay FBI agent Alan Scott, and 1984, with cocky alpha male Guy Gardner (Wittrock) and half-alien Bree Jarta. They’ll be joined by a multitude of other Lanterns — from comic book favorites to never-before-seen heroes.”

Previously, Finn received Emmy nominations for his work on American Horror Story: Freak Show and for Versace: American Crime Story.

So what do you think of Finn’s new role? Comment below.

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Written by John Ridley and Carlton Cruse, Smith will play a doctor, (something he is very familiar with playing since Frankie Hubbard was a doctor in Pine Valley!) named Dr. Bryant King, an internist and one of the few doctors of color at the hospital, who finds himself very much in the middle of the crisis.  He will headline the show alongside Vera Farmiga and Adepero Oduye.

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The series will stream on Apple TV+, and no word yet as to when it will have its debut following its filming.

 

Since his time on All My Children, Smith has appeared on ABC’s Scandal, and had recurring roles on God Friended MeSelf Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker and Manhunt.

Deadline broke the casting news.

So, looking forward to seeing Cornelius back on our screens? Do you remember his work as Dr. Frankie Hubbard on All My Children? Comment below.

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Tribute to Agnes Nixon Set Featuring: Susan Lucci, Erika Slezak, Debbi Morgan, Darnell Williams & Peter Bergman

Next week, circle Wednesday March 31st at 3 p.m. EST/12 p.m. PST for a very special celebration of the life and times of the legendary Agnes Nixon.

As soap fans know, Nixon was the creator of All My Children, Loving, One Life to Live, and as well wrote for several other soaps, and to honor her The Locher Room will be bringing you a special episode, hosted by former soap publicist, Alan Locher, featuring actors who were pivotal to those shows.

Look for Susan Lucci (Ex- Erica Kane, AMC), Erika Slezak (EX-Victoria Lord, OLTL), Peter Bergman (Ex-Cliff, AMC, now Jack, Y&R), Debbi Morgan (Ex Angie, AMC and Darnell Williams (Ex-Jesse, AMC) to all take part, along with Agnes’ son, Bob Nixon, plus it has been noted that viewers will also hear from the iconic Carol Burnett (Ex-Verla Grubbs, AMC) who was one of All My Children’s biggest fans.

You can watch the livestream here.

Throughout her storied career Agnes won five Writers’ Guild of America Awards, five Daytime Emmy Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2010 and was inducted into Soap Opera Weekly’s Soap Opera Hall of Fame among other notable achievements.

So, will you be checking out this special tribute to the one and only Agnes Nixon? Comment below.

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