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Alicia Leigh Willis, Eric Nelsen, Jason Shane Scott, and Eric Martsolf Make Their Debuts As THE BAY Returns With All-New Episodes!

Trouble in Bay City? Oh, yeah! There are boatloads of it!  The twisty and often times twisted web series from Gregori J Martin, The Bay, returns today with all-new episodes for its 13th Chapter!

Beginning on Thursday’s throughout December The Bay will release new installments of the series with parts one and two of the latest chapter streaming now.  Joining the cast of The Bay for these new episodes are former GH favorite Alicia Leigh Willis and AMC online revival star Eric Nelsen. The duo come to down as Sara Garrett’s (Mary Beth Evans) niece Avery, and her conniving nephew, Daniel!

Elsewhere. look for Daytime Emmy winner and Days of our Lives star, Eric Martsolf to pop up in flashbacks as a young Lee Nelson, and former One Life to Live  star, who will also be seen in the upcoming new docu-soap/reality series Queens of Drama, Jason Shane Scott, who appears as Brad the bartender.

There are some key scenes to the series in the new chapter to kick thing off. Most notably, Lex (Tristan Rogers) learns of a terrible and dark secret from Sara’s past, and one of the most intriguing and percolating storylines that of Janice Ramos (Lilly Melgar) and her young lover, Peter Garrett (Kristos Andrews) continues to get steamy and conflicted.

In addition look for Ronn Moss, Patrika Darbo, Scott Bailey, Matthew Ashford, Jacklyn Zeman, Nicolas Coster, Jade Harlow, Taylor Stanley, Lane Davies, Terri Ivens, and many more soap notables to appear!

Now after the jump watch the first two episodes of Chapter 13 of The Bay! Then let us know, what you thought of the storylines?  Who were you most excited to see on the series?  Comment below!

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Mystied
Mystied

I thoroughly, THOROUGHLY enjoyed every part of chapter 13 and I so can’t wait for next week..This show has gotten better with every season and it’s totally on point now….I’ve been watching it since season 1 and still love it but love it more…So much going on and I’m intrigued with all the stories but I’m especially drawn to Sara and Lex, (Marybeth and Tristan Rogers) great stories and drama is what I like and The Bay give it to us..I highly recommend The Bay for those who want some soapy drama.

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

Never mind, I found the problem. I had the media player on mute on blip tv.

bella
bella

Just watched and I am super soapy happy…The Bay keeps getting better and better each chapter…

janet
janet

best soap around in along time its not boring very exciting always leaving u want more .

Cees
Cees

Can’t possibly choose who I’m most excited to see. So glad the show has returned. Looking forward to seeing more.

Chealene Petitt
Chealene Petitt

So excited about the new season and all the new people joining the cast! Really looking forward to the new episodes!

Sharon Hallett
Sharon Hallett

Was very excited to see the next chapter of The Bay, and Chapter 13 did not disappoint! It was fun and leaving us wanting more. I was happy to see Mary Beth Evans back and am anxious to find out about her past. Also very happy to see Lane Davis back and hoping it won’t be too long before fan favorite Charles Shaughnessy returns as Captain Saunders!

Steph Rivers
Steph Rivers

Love this article! So AWESOME! Did you get to meet the cast? So cool! I love this 2 episodes! #Jeter and #Sex or HOT! Don’t know what Will is thinking… Lianna is Hot! Can’t wait to see next weeks episodes.

Mar
Mar

Thank you for posting this Michael. Having been with The Bay from the first episode, I am so proud of Gregori, cast and crew. I can only hope in the near future the backing would be available to allow this great series more airtime. For those who have not seen any of the chapters, please go to Blip TV and watch from the beginning. To The Bay Family ONWARD AND UPWARD.

katka
katka

I love the Bay Series! Great show, love especially scenes with my fav actor Ronn Moss. He rocks as John Blackwell. Cant wait for more scenes with him

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I havent watched but if this series is successful, then PP shouldve aired OLTL and AMC the same way…if fans of this series will watch a handful of episodes, why couldnt OLTL and AMC fans watch it that way too or wouldve it been too costly because these two were established soaps with a network connection and pricier stars…i think if the Bay can be done at lower costs the others couldve been done that way too…just a thought!!!

Karen
Karen

Love The Bay! Matthew Ashford plays the perfect creepy villain. Hate the stuff he does, but can’t wait to see what he does next.

Robert
Robert

I enjoyed the first two episodes here and it is easy to see the production values has gone weigh up in quality. I have a feeling we will see more Garrett family history, which has always fascinated me, sounds like Garrett patriarch was a massive ego of a tyrant.

Dany_E
Dany_E

I love The Bay! Love all the actors. Jade Harlow’s Lianna makes me want to shake her and give her a hug. And Patricka Darbo is just excellent in Part 2 – she made me cry. It’s so great to see these talented actors get a chance to shine.

Kathleen Honeyman
Kathleen Honeyman

#THEBAY rocks !! Loved watching every minute of both shows! Such great drama better than any #Soap out there! Looking forward to more #bayhem next week! 🙂

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8 Years To The Day Of All My Children & One Life to Live Being Canceled; Still Considered By Many Worst Move For Daytime

It’s hard to believe that 8 years ago today on April 14th, 2011, the soap world, its fans, and the cast members, learned of the heartbreaking news that ABC, in one swift move, decimated its daytime line-up when they announced the cancellations of long running series, All My Children (which would end at its 41st year), and One Life to Live (which would ends its run in its 43rd year).

At the time, ABC announced it would move to more lifestyle/entertainment series to replace these dramas.  In its place came The Chew and The Revolution, neither show is still on the air today.  Executives at that time pointed to research saying that times are changing and that their decision was “guided by extensive research into what today’s daytime viewers want,” and blame, in part, “the changing viewing patterns of the audience” for the axing of AMC and OLTL

Then ABC Daytime President, Brian Frons had joked to Deadline about the big announcement that he: “Pre-entered the witness protection program prior to today’s events.”  He added that “The demise of the two venerable soaps was actually a year in the making.  A year ago, we started to look at our projections where the ratings for the soaps would go.  When those projections came in pretty discouraging, the network began to aggressively develop replacement shows, 15 of them.  Four of the 15 were picked up to pilot: The Chew and The Revolution and two others, a talk show and a dating show. Originally, the idea was to cancel only one daytime drama.  The way the ratings developed and the pilots turned out, the ratings developed negatively and pilots developed positively, so we decided to make a bigger shift.”  Of note is that when it went off the air, One Life to Live was in third place among its competitors in the ratings.

The press release that came with the cancellations stated: “To honor the core, passionate audience and their rich history both shows will conclude in a manner that respects their legacies and the longstanding hopes of many of their viewers.”

Following the cancellations daytime reeled. The mainstream was sure it meant the endings of the soaps, period.  However, four shows illustrated that is not true at all.  For Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless all remain, and still whether they are up or down in their numbers/ratings, they remain relevant and important to the enduring daytime viewing audience.

Sadly, as with any shows, the end of ABC’s AMC and OLTL meant loss of jobs for so many working in front of the camera and behind the scenes. One Life was the last soap opera in production in New York at the time.  AMC was already being shot in LA to cut costs to save it.

Still in 2019, if you venture on to social media, especially Twitter, you see fans constantly missing its stars and the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, wanting this wrong rectified.  Although Prospect Park tried to revive the show with their online versions, eventually after legal battles that went on for a few years, ABC now retains the right to these properties,

The good news is that many favorites from AMC and OLTL have found success and been hired on other soap operas, bringing their followings with them, whether it be on-screen, or in the writing, producing, directing or crew departments.

So, do you think the loss of AMC and OLTL consolidated daytime and made the remaining shows stronger so they would not be touched or canceled?  Do you think ABC should try to mount a resurrected AMC and OLTL or an amalgamation of the two?  Do you remember where you were when you learned the two soaps were cancelled? Was this the worst misstep of all-time for daytime? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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George R. R. Martin’s “Leak” Of New Hulu Series WILD CARDS Featuring Eden Riegel, Thorsten Kaye. and Greg Rikkart

April Fool’s Day started off with a bang today when Eden Riegel (Ex-Bianca, AMC) posted a photo of herself with Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, B&B) and Greg Rikaart (Ex-Leo, DAYS)  in a very intriguing image.  See above pic!  As it turns out, it’s said to be from behind the scenes from some leaked footage of the upcoming Hulu series, Wild Cards.

The premise of Wild Cards is based on the sci-fi anthology series edited by George R. R, Martin, best known for writing the “Song of Ice and Fire” novels, on which HBO’s Game of Thrones is based.  Riegel’s husband, Andrew Miller is the showrunner attached to the upcoming series.

On Martin’s website he teases the set-up of the “leaked” video clip:  “This was not supposed to go public.. Everybody (Well, everybody that has been paying attention knows that we are developing two Wild Cards as a series for Hulu  Andrew Miller has taken the reins as showrunner, a writing staff has been hired, and they have been hard at work for months.  What was NOT supposed to be known is how far they’ve come.  Not only have some scripts been finished, but the first show has gone into production and has been shooting.  That was supposed to be a deep dark secret, however.   We wanted to surprise the world. It’s hard to keep secrets in Hollyweird, however.  And now it appears that some of the rough footage has been leaked by person or persons unknown”

Meanwhile, Riegel sent out a series of tweets: “Hooo boy…cat’s out of the bag! Fans, please don’t judge our show based on these leaked videos!! The effects are going to knock your socks off. And my costars, and , are doing the best work of their lives!”  That was followed by, T”hank you for the chance to work with you on your first foray into soaps! I am humbled and honored. We won’t let you down.” And then, “I’m probably not allowed to share this with all the NDAs I signed, but damnit I’m just so proud of the team!  think we are breaking new ground for soaps. So proud to work with you!”

Now below, check out the Wild Cards “leaked footage” and let us know if you think of the …. um … drama! Comment below.  And one more thing … Happy April Fool’s!

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WATCH: All My Children Reunion On Strahan & Sara

On Monday’s episode of ABC’s Strahan & Sara, the show welcomed several stars of the beloved All My Children for a reunion, of sorts. Joining hosts Michael Strahan and Sara Haines were Susan Lucci (Erica), Walt Willey (Jack), Cady McClain (Dixie), Jacob Young (JR) and Jill Larson (Opal).

While it was wonderful to see the stars from Pine Valley again, it was also a painful reminder that this network, ABC, canceled the show, and had put in its place – The Chew, and now Strahan & Sara – since canning the series.   In fact, as you will see on the clips below, many of the crew who work on this talk show were once the crew for All My Children.

During the segment, Susan Lucci was tested to see if she remembered all of Erica Kane’s wedded names.  Later, Walt Willey and Susan re-created the final scene of the ABC version of All My Children between Erica and Jack, where Jack walks out on her.  However, this time, they have Jack changing his mind and coming back to Erica and sealing their relationship with a kiss – a moment of closure that never happened (since the show moved to online via Prospect Park).

In addition, Cady McClain and Jacob Young re-created the infamous Dixie “dying from eating poison pancakes” scene, as JR watches his mother die, only this time she lives.

It’s always great to see these veteran performers, but Strahan & Sara is trying to capture the soap viewers to put eyeballs on their show by bringing in talent from the show that sadly and wrongly went off the air.

Watch the clips below from the All My Children reunion below.  Then, let us know what you thought of it via the comment section below.

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