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All My Children's Jill Larson On Prospect Park's Decision To Scale Back AMC & OLTL Episodes Per Week!

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All My Children’s Jill Larson (Opal Gardner) put some things in perspective for fans today after Prospect Park’s announcement that they were reducing the number of new episodes of AMC and OLTL that will be posted online each week from four to two each.

Here is what Larson shared with her fans on facebook “Personally I think this is a good decision for a couple of reasons.  I think licensing demands required Prospect Park to mount and premier this new network with way too little time to write long term story, to build the infrastructure it takes to produce these shows. When we first arrived, the building was almost bare, PA’s were running around buying hangers for the costume dept, toilet paper for the johns, we had NOTHING, they had to buy pens, chairs to sit on, everything.

Everyone has done a Hurculean job, truly unbelievable, the shows look wonderful, I am so very proud to be able to be a part of this daring undertaking. Our producers and writers work until 4:00AM nearly every night, I wondered how long this could continue.

And though this is not the reason for the decision to scale back on the number of episodes posted per week, I think it will provide some real pay-off in the quality of the shows we produce, because great shows, the ones you love to watch, whether All My Children, One Life or MadMen, Downton Abbey, Walking Dead, require time to be created and written with long term thought and care. Taking a break from production will provide the creative team a chance to catch their breath and really bring our shows to a new level of what I hope will be greatness, not just as “daytime”, but as outstanding new programming.

But none of this addresses your disappointment at losing 2 episodes a week. We are all disappointed, of course, but let’s try to be patient, as we would with a child learning to walk. Everyone, every single person, from Jeff and Rich to our caterers and interns is giving their all to make this a success. We must keep up our excitement, keep spreading the word, we have some really fantastic shows in the making right now, some exciting characters coming back on the canvas, there is much to look forward to.

In closing I’ll say that I LOVE chocolate! But I’m hypoglycemic and really shouldn’t eat sugar. So I am very selective, I don’t binge on the cheap stuff, I buy the most expensive, beautiful chocolate I can get, and savor it a little at a time, and Man, do I get pleasure from it! Let’s look at our shows as the best chocolate there is and pace ourselves, it could be an even better ride! We all love all of you, so let’s just keep on keeping on and have faith that together we have a long happy journey ahead!”

OK AMC and OLTL fans, what do you think about the points Jill made in her facebook post relating to the viewing changes for the two soaps?  What do you think about what she is saying about how it could help production too?  Share your thoughts!

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I adore Jill Larson, and I respect her opinion and perspective, it’s just been difficult as a fan to be jerked around by ABC and Prospect Park. But she makes a solid point, so I will be there every day, as always, guardedly hoping for the best.

Same here. I always had a feeling “the other shoe would drop” eventually but not just three weeks into all of this. Prospect Park brings out the pessimist in all of us and with good reason. I see these shows lasting on HuluPlus, Online Network, etc. for a good ten months at most. For the first time, I am envious of the “As the World Turns” and “Guiding Light” fans. Those shows were buried once and nobody bothered digging up the corpses and playing around with them for years like our ABC soaps.

I too am dissapointed. Jill brings up some valid points. So at this juncture, I’m still thankful for the return of OLTL and can now only hope for the best.

Glad to have the shows back on.. wish they could keep it to 4 a week.. maybe they will eventually get back to that. If they keep to the good stuff and cut out the filler.. I would be fine with it.. just sad that’s all.

Caroldee, you make a good point! Cut out the filler. THAT, to me, has been plentiful on both shows. I call “filler” some of the segments with the JWow bartender on OLTL, the ridiculous, silly, David Vickers crap and the Rapper guy they had on at Shelter. I fast forwarded through all that as well as the Dani/Matthew crap this week too.

You too make a valid point, Todd. I was willing to give One Life a chance, I stopped watching it some years back on abc-tv, but those ridiculous segments with Matthew, whom they are trying obviously to push as the next “daytime” teen idol, were annoying and distracting from a storyline. Also, SHELTER needs to close down – the endless dancing scenes are inane and add nothing to the show. They should have the focal point of the show be Vicki and Dorian. Done to death in the past, maybe, but the actors behind those characters can actually act, not just pose for a camera or play strip poker or whatever that ridiculous nonsense was the other day.

Jill should have written their press release.. seems genuine.. and not full of B.S. like PP tried to sell to us earlier today. We just wanted the TRUTH.. making sh*t up about viewer habits and viewers needing a chance catch up was bull.. if they told us about how they need time to build up momentum on the production side, I would have understood.

Hopefully PP/TOLN will learn a lesson.. 1) Don’t insult the intelligence of the audience, we ALL knew immediately it was bullsh*t 2) Be HONEST.. we are rabid for these shows, but we can be reasoned with.

Over 500K are facebook fans of OLTL, they need 500K to break even according to Kwatinetz.. I think they’re FAR exceeding that.. so I don’t think it’s a problem. If they want to scale back for a while so they can bank some money and show the investors this is a viable medium, and giving the creative forces time to put on a better product.. that’s fine too. The shows have been great so far, especially AMC w/ the sex-trafficing storyline on the 1st day.. riveting!.. OLTL is just ramping, but getting better.

They obviously threw this together in a short time to meet deadlines, now they need a chance to catch their breath.. that’s all they had to say. They don’t have the resources of a major network or even a cable channel, so they get some leeway. I hope when they are able to scale back, that they get their ducks in a row to expand going forward.

In September, PP/TOLN will LEGALLY be allowed to make a deal with a cable network to show AMC/OLTL reruns, if they choose.. I HOPE that’s why they want to scale back for now, so they can bring in that extra income and really put money towards expanding the shows.

Kwatinetz REALLY screwed up when he started talking about market research and telling the fans what they want.. EXTREMELY similar to that sh*t Brian Frons was throwing at us when he cancelled the soaps in the first place, talking about how viewer habits where going towards reality tv. I don’t know about anyone else, but it immediately took me back.. probably why I had such a bad reaction.

I wasn’t going to stop watching, but the distrust and bitterness towards PP/TOLN has subsided. I HOPE they’ve learned their lesson tho.. HONESTY WILL GET YOU FURTHER WITH THE FANS!!

What in hell are you rambling on about..
Jill said; quote’
”And though this is not the reason for the decision to scale back on the number of episodes posted per week, I think it will provide some real pay-off in the quality of the shows we produce, ”

So, what she is not the reason for cut back,,,
again; Jill said;
”And though this is not the reason for the decision to scale back ”

shees read with comprehension, thanks ..

Agree with you Su0000. Read it, think about it, try to comprehend it before you comment on it. I’ve seen a lot of that on here lately. It some people like to ramble. “Why should I get to the point? Where would I go from there?”

I don’t think Jill is going to come out and say that PP lied.. but if they are expecting ANYONE to believe they are making changes becasue of ‘viewer’ habits… they’re dumb! The show is a BIG successful, so instead of giving us more.. you give us less? That makes NO SENSE.. except to you and Lisa, I guess.

From the glimpse Jill gave us ‘behind the curtain’ sounds like the creative staff is burned out, especially working til 4am, they need time to build up stories and develop stuff long-term. 110 instead of 168.. that saves ALOT of money, and if you don’t think money is the bottom line in business.. I have a bridge to sell you.

I can accept the writing staff needing some time to catch their breath and plan for long-term storylines alot more than taking away a successful show because fans are petitioning PP they can’t keep up so they need to put out less shows.

It’s insulting to any intelligent person.. but if you are fine with it, good for you.

AJ, both of your posts, in my opinion, are spot-on! Let’s face it, this is all BUSINESS folks, not PP deciding to treat us loyal viewers. There has to be money to be made. It does make sense to scale back to continue storyline writing/production. If this is the real reason, I think we all could’ve digested that easier than the info we were given yesterday about viewer habits! Jill certainly gave good examples in how fast this all had to happen!

I agree Todd, that sounds more like the real reason to cut back on the episodes each week. What I don’t understand is that when these shows were on ABC the writers could keep up with 5 episodes a week that were an hour long ( 38 minutes really without ads) , but PP writers ( who are experienced with soaps) can’t keep up with 4 episodes a week only half hour (24 minutes of material). I will still watch anything they produce and am so greatful to them for getting these shows back to production, but am a bit disappointed in the way they seemed to blame the fans that watch when thay want ( which was the whole hype of being on line) for the cut back on episodes. In interviews they said ” not just daytime, anytime ” . So if we want to ” binge watch ” on the weekend, or catch up if we were away, it seems like we are paying a penelty. You are so right, if they said it was a production issue or cost issue it would have been easier to accept and give them time to get it back on pace.

I agree with AJ! That line about viewers not being able to keep up, come on! That’s silly! It was only 25 minutes 4 days a week or you could watch it on the weekend. Just be honest with us, we’re not stupid! I guess we will have to be patient, personally I could watch ALL MY CHILDREN everyday of the week. It certainly is better than the soaps they left on TV!

See, it was not about money..
People should not jump to incorrect conclusions 🙂 lol

I think both soaps need a little more time and will eventually be the best they can be..

I agree!

I like what Jill was saying and I hope everyone will listen to her and watch all the shows every week. We want them to be on for along time so, just enjoy them even if they are on twice a week it’s much better we don’t want to lose them again. The writers and everyone need time like she said to write the best shows for all of us.

Well said. I am willing to live without a little AMC and OLTL if it keeps the shows in production. Keep up the good work, I have been very happy so far…

I agree. I rather have quality over quantity. I am just happy to have the shows back. I think doing arc storylines for 13 week cycles would be creatively sound and cost productive. I truly believe they want these shows to flourish and succeed. As fans, we need to patient and supportive. As quickly as this decision has been made, they might make another decision 3 months from now they will bring them back 4 or 5 days a week again for a full hour. Who knows. I will support them. I want to remain optimistic. I want them to remain in production for another 4 decades or more. Keep spreading the word. Tell everyone and anyone about them to keep them going. I have faith these shows will make it. Thanks to everyone for supporting OLTL and AMC.

Poor woman. She’s trying hard to put a positive spin on a very sad development. Soon it will be one episode a week, two episodes a month, and then maybe a five year reunion special. Someone conduct a background check, stat, I bet Brain Fronz has part ownership of Prospect Park. -:(

I agree – more of a spin. And unfortunately, the actors are not exactly in the “know” – remember that the first time these shows were cancelled, many of them were as blindsided as the fans. Up until the announcement was made they were – “trust us, everything is fine.” Sorry, not going down that road again. This model is hard to sustain. I do think it makes sense to cut down on the # of episodes and would much rather have quality over quantity – BUT I don’t the majority of the fans will stick with it nor will they come back after an 8 week break. It’s a lot to ask.

The actors didn’t even know this time around what was happening. They learned about the new schedule at the same time as everyone else. So, I’m sorry — love the actors, and I don’t hold them at all responsible for this — but if they didn’t even know this was coming, I guarantee you they also don’t know or weren’t told the real reasons for it.

Wow Michael, talk about being a DEBBIE DOWNER! 🙁

Well, I sincerely love JILL LARSEN as Opal, and I’ve watched her do a wonderful job in the role since 1989. I understand that the actors are probably not thrilled with this latest decision any more than we are. Perhaps, had the people at Prospect Park introduced the shows as twice a week, and then gradually expanded them to four times a week, we wouldn’t all feel somehow quite so cheated. I guess there isn’t really much we can do, but I just feel like someone at Prospect Park is asleep at the switch, and I’m getting a little tired of being jerked around. Was this Prospect Park’s Big Plan all along – to grab our attention with our “daily show” coming back to us, after months and months of publicity and hoopla and all of us gasping in disbelief, only to dismantle our hopes ONCE again?

While I am a little disappointed by the decrease in eps / wk, realistically weekdays my schedule doesn’t always allow for watching. Sometimes I can watch them daily, other times I marathon 2-4 episodes at a time.

However, I’m absolutely thrilled that they are back, so if they need to cut back the number of episodes to improve as well as to keep them ‘on the air’ so to speak, I’m okay with that. 🙂

In muy opinion, they new they were working too hard so why not push the release date up until summer starts.

I agree, the whole process is new to everyone so lets take our time and get it right. I love what I’m seeing from the shows. I hope the Todd and Victor can stay on OLTL it would be fantastic. Keep up the good work. I love the shows

Thanks, “Opal”. I like the idea of just 2 shows a week as do many others. I’m always stockpiling shows since I don’t have the time to keep up on a daily basis. I do catch up when I’m sick or the weather is nasty and I don’t go out. Now in Spring and Summer is even harder to keep up with all the many activities that come up.

I respect Jill”s comments. She makes a great deal of sense and
I am grateful she has spoken out.

Well said…she is absolutely right.

I agree with your comment michael.

Wow. That was quite eloquent. I just hope that PP’s biting off more than they could chew (obviously they should have started with 2 shows each per week with the goal to increase) doesn’t doom the entire venture. We have to continue to support our shows, and really I think the amount they’re going to air, with the faster paced storylines, will work out just fine. I find it a different experience watching online, and with having to devote less time, I may continue watching OLTL (which I had given up in the last few days because I really don’t care for the Shelter stuff and the amount of time I was sitting in front of the computer).

why watch imitation… when you can eat chocolate.

quality over quanitity…

keeping our soaps alive.


Somehow I feel much better after reading her letter. They did have to rush into it and now they need time to get into the groove and figure out how to run it like a well oiled machine. I bet after they get in the groove they will put the two extra episodes back on. We need to give them time and space to figure it all out. I will remain loyal.

Thank you, Jill Larson for so compassionately letting us fans know how everything is going. It was just such a shock today to hear the shows are being cut back. It brought back all the pain of losing them before and fear of losing them again. If what PP has said is true and what Jill has said is true, we need to give all these folks a chance and be as supportive as possible. I’m thrilled the shows and so many beloved characters are back. It’s so good to see Vicki & David & Angie & Jesse and so many others back in action again. Personally, I’m loving the new, brisk pace of the story lines and I’m enjoying the new characters. I will watch and support TOLN & PP. If there is anything else the fans can do to show our support, please let me know.

Unfortunately, I believe the actors are as much in the dark as the fans are – this is exactly what happened last time just before they were cancelled. All of them claimed everything was alright until the cancellation announcement was made.

We should remember if the soaps do well a cable network might be interested in picking them in Sept..
don’t fail them now..

I agree with you michael. its over i smell cancellation soon. both soaps are history

Unfortunately, I’m thinking the same thing.

I know we are all fearful because of what happened with ABC. But, an important thing to note is that PP has dumped a lot of money into these shows. I think we should remain positive and support these shows in every way we can.

I plan to keep watching AMC and OLTL. I prefer quality to quantity. I absolutely love Downton Abbey. Downton Abbey does a few shows a year so they have time to make each show perfect. They also don’t have teenagers! Nor do they curse ! Yes, I know PP wants a young audience. If AMC and OLTL don’t make it, they don’t make it. It ‘s not like we haven’t been down this road before. I plan to keep watching as long as the cursing is kept to a minimum and there is a storyline other than AJ and Miranda. Not really sure why they are cutting back but people’s viewing habits is not the reason.

I think the reason for the scaleback was because 1.Our beloved characters on OLTL are virtually un-recognizable. 2. they realized that it costs way more to produce these shows than they thought. 3. That younger viewers are NOT tuning in as much as the long-term viewers.

I will say, as upset as I am…if it doesn’t work out. PP gave it a shot. For that I give them kudos. What I do not give kudos for is the B.S. statement they put out. that was laughable. Also, these shows (oltl especially) seems to have lighting and music issues. the Theme is absolutely horrendous on OLTL. The lighting looks like a bad play. As far as the shows themselves go. I used to be a bigger fan of OLTL. Now, I AMC is the better of the two

Agree on all points. I don’t believe it’s going to last. 🙁

I don’t care what anybody say I love my soaps and if i have only 2 per week so be it .I’m just happy there on .

I neglected to mention, sorry, in my last post that Jill, Debbie, Darnell and Vincent have not aged one bit in all the years I’ve been a fan of theirs. To their credit (and I suppose a few good genes thrown in). Wanted to put that out there. Now, for what she said. Bless Jill’s very large heart. She has gone the distance to do damage control for what appears to be a sinking ship. Kudos to her for that. She is the best one on this pile of junque – no change from the ‘real’ AMC. But Jill and Jill alone will not, I’m afraid, be able to save what appears to be the soon to be gone and soon after that forgotten re-boot of AMC. It is too bad for all of the wonderful, original AMC stars. But they are too good to not find other work that is more fitting for their talents.

I’m a bit upset about the cutting down of viewing time to only twice a week now but, I guess something is better than nothing at all!

Quit the whining. I am a long time OLTL viewer and have just begun to watch AMC here online (haven’t missed an episode). Both shows are great. So they bit off a little more than they can chew; it’s a fantastic start. They primed the pump. It was great having both on 4 times a week; but now relax, breathe and give them a break. Please stop being angry and/or predicting doom. Twice a week will allow everyone to enjoy both shows. This is a new production company, not ABC with the resources of Disney. As far as the person who said that there is “over-acting”, BS! The actors are doing an exceptional job. NEVER criticize Vickie, Dorian, Nora, Brook, Angie or Dixie; I would listen to any of them read the phone book. Thank you, Prospect Park, for your efforts. I will be there rain or shine, show binging or not, for each and every episode. One favor: once you have made your tens of millions, please enhance Labulee, Dorian’s home (the entry, staircase and living room) and get rid of the 1970s wallpaper; Landfair and the Chandler mansion look great! Again, thanks.

Brooke with an “e” (sorry); also never criticize Opal or Blair either. 🙂

OMG!!! How could I forget the goddess Tea ??? NEVER criticize her (not even in thought). 🙂 🙂

I appreciate Jill reaching out to the fans. Her explanation does help me a bit. I’m anxious, as are many fans. We’ve been so disregarded over the years at the network, that learning to trust anyone who holds the future of our shows in their hands is going to take some time. I’m willing to try and will stick with OLTL and AMC thorough whatever happens.

I LOVE Jill! Very classy.

While I am also disappointed in getting less content each week – I am still happy to have them back at all. Of course I will still watch!

I love Jill and I will watch 2 episodes a week. I’m not going anywhere. But the shows have to improve. They have to. There are characters like Zach and Dixie that I don’t recognize, there are characters I don’t recognize and don’t care about like Pete and Celia who are on too much, and there are stories that are kind of gross like the sex trafficking story. People say there’s heart on AMC but I’m missing it. I need more of the veterans back and I need characters I’ve known and loved to not be written like half their personalities were lost in the last 5 years. So if this break and slow down means that AMC can fix what’s wrong, I’m all for it. I think AMC is all over the place right now and that can’t continue.

will all the drama queens and kings just chill out people the shows are going to be on a long term continue watching and they will continue to air! this decision is nothing like ABC’s poor decision to cancel the shows in the first place so listening to all this renting is getting quite old so stop it.

I believe what she is saying, and it makes sense to me. I will continue my full support of OLTL and AMC

That is how I feel to Brian, But I have to admit I am very sad over the news, I was enjoying watching my soaps 4 days a week so I can once again see my favorite characters, I hope this doesn’t mean the end is near, I don’t want my heart broken again over ABC’s decision to kill their once a very enjoyable afternoon and turn it to trash with cheep TV, I hope PP sticks by our soaps, Can’t loose them AGAIN.

Does anyone know where we can write old-fashioned fan letters to our favorite soap stars? I have some thoughts to share.

Still better than nothing.

I’m not completely happy with it but I can live with it. I just want OLTL and AMC to continue and I want the best stories, so I can live with it and support the decision. Hopefully in the future, the near future, we will be able to watch daily again. Love you OLTL and AMC. Thanks Prospect Park for bringing them back to the fans.

OK I understand the importance of quality vs quanitity n I will agree on the quality point but instead of cutting back to an hour per show per week…why could they not bring it to 2 hours per show per week? An hour of All My Children on Mon n Wed n an hour of One Life to Live on Tues n Thurs n recap of both on Fri? That might be easier for ALL of the FANS to swallow instead of nothing n next to nothing (the new format) I would prob be happy with that kind of format n ALL the other fans might agree! Thanks soooo much for ALL that has been done thus far to bring these relics of shows back to life! =D

It’s a new medium, folks! When soaps started on television, many were 15 minutes long! Once the mechanism was in place, they began to expand! As I recall, OLTL and GH were 45 minutes long each until the mid 70s.

I welcome the change. I’m more a fan of the genre than I am of either of these programs. I’ve been watching both faithfully since they were resurrected online in order to support the genre. I’m looking forward to spending an hour a week with each show and anticipating the following week.

It will also be interesting to see how the productions improve under more relaxed conditions. Hopefully, the stories will move more quickly, and be paced as weekly hours, rather than half-hour dailies, and we’ll get more exciting storylines as a result. If they scale back, but continue to write as if they were still writing dailies, that will be a mistake.

But for now, let’s enjoy being in on the ground floor of this new platform of storytelling!

Both gh and oltl were 30 min. when they started until the mid 1970s then expanded to 45 min. A few years later they went to an hour!

I can understand the thinking if they are working long hours. That can only last a short time before it will take a toll on them. I would rather have only 2 shows per week than none at all. Eventually maybe they will give us more. So happy to have AMC back.

The actors are doing everything to keep the fans invested in the show. However common sense tells me they are very concerned for their jobs and the shows to survive. My gut tells me there are big concerns with money. In business money is the biggest driver and if a business cuts back service they are scrambling to keep the doors open. The actors will not be able to tell us what they really think or what is really going on. Rumors and speculation will continue.

Not to change the subject, but how will this News affect the possibility of veterans like Michael Knight and Susan Lucci returning to reprise the roles of Erica Kane and Tad Martin? If you were Michael Knight’s agent would you jump onto this ship now? Believe me, I want very much for ALL MY CHILDREN to succeed but I just don’t know if cutting back the episodes will do the trick ~

I see many want this to be like network tv, it is not, it is internet HuLu and people have been watching differently since day one internet HuLu and our soaps are out of the mold and BOTH HuLu and PP are trying to fix it..
(to the whiners) Stop the bellyaching like a bunch of spoiled kids stomping their feet because they don’t like something, grow the hell up, thanks..

Wait… you mean to tell me that Jill Larson – an employee of Prospect Park – thinks that Prospect Park has made “a good decision”?

I’m shocked!! Such a bold move, giving a public thunbs-up to your bosses. /sarcastic voice

Now if an actor from either show was to make a critical public statement, that would be interesting and worthy of an article in this “News” section.

For some people who are chronic complainers, this will serve as a “see I told you so” . The fact of the matter is NO web based series is on five days a week. Primetime network TV shows air once a week for about forty five minutes, people! PP is damned if they do and damned if they don’t.

Maybe five times a week was too much for a startup operation, and they needed to go back and say what’s working and what isn’t. Honestly, it was ALL working, but I would rather have two well-written half hour episodes each week. This is an evolving art form online, and I have never in my life seen so many complainers. They complain when they lost their stories and they complain about them when they come back. Either support the genre or find something else to do with your life. It’s that simple.

OLTL is different from the way I rememeber it. What I loved so much about OLTL is that
it was a heart-warming soap opera and that it was one big family that took care of each
other..That’s one of the reasons it was and is my favorite soap. But OLTL is lacking these qualities now.They need to get back to the heart-warming stories! I miss them! I will still be watching OLTL no matter what! They need to get back to the s core of the
stories we came to love and enjoy watching! This is what is different about OLTL it lacks
the heart-warming stories! I miss them!

If the writers have to go to an hour a week and film it more like a night time serial, all the better. It’s too hard to write a cliff hanger each week. Write solid characters and stories that are truly spellbinding and you’ll keep us. I’ve watched faithfully since 1978.

Well put. Any true fan woud rather two shows a week rather than none! Let’s be patient and keep logging in! Thanks fo addressing it Ms. Larson.

TO EVERYONE ABOUT OLTL & AMC! I CALLED HULU TODAY(MON.) AND THEY TOLD ME THAT OLTL WILL BE ON TUES.& THURS. AND AMC WILL BE ON MON. & WED. I called because I didn’t see a new episode of OLTL for today (Mon.).. If you want to get in touch with hulu rather than e-mailing them, here’s their phone number: 1-877-485-8411…

I cannot believe what I am reading. I LOVE Jill Larson, but she would never tell her fans that we are getting screwed. Who are you people? you sound like insiders, not real people. You should be pissed to have only one hour show a week. DAILY soaps should be daily. I was fine with just a half-hour per day, they were well written. BUT COME ON PEOPLE , you should be angry with this decision. I read in other sites that some people signed up with HULU just for AMC or OLTL or both. They want to cancel their membership because of this, and I might do he same. I feel cheated and I am writing to HULU, Prospect Park, and The Online Network to show my disappointment. I am so angry that I wrote this–the FRIST time ever posting a comment. I hate to say it but I think this decision will be the end of AMC–RIP.

if prospect park could not deliver what they promised. they should have waited until more episodes were written. i personally feel that we the fans were lied to. how many people actually could, when the shows were on tv, watch when the shows aired, the best part about vcrs, dvrs and on line viewing was that you could always watch episodes one after the other. There is also the main fact Prospect park should have known and that is that not everybody has a computer, especially many seniors. I just wish i had know I’d only be seeing 2 days a week of both shows. I would not have started to watch and become invested in the new story lines. I am really gonna think about whether or not I want to continue watching.

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EXCLUSIVE: Jacob Young, Joan Collins and Nadia Bjorlin to Prague to Film ‘Murder Between Friends’

On Thursday night during the Michael Fairman Channel’s livestream interview centering around Jason Cook’s (ex-Shawn, DAYS and ex-Matt, GH) latest movie Four For Fun which stars Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-JR, AMC, ex-Rick, B&B and ex-Lucky, GH), revealed another upcoming film project with some very familiar faces.

Jacob Young shared an exclusive that he is set to direct, produce and star in a Agatha Christie-like murder mystery feature film aptly tiled Murder Between Friends.

Speaking on the upcoming project, Jacob said, “I’m flying at the end of the March to Prague to direct, produce and star in a film with Joan Collins (ex-Dynasty). Nadia Bjorlin (ex-Chloe, Days of our Lives) is in it, and Toby Alexander Smith from Eastenders (ex-Gray Atkins). Plus, a couple of my Broadway friends and a very well known Czech actress (Hana Vagnerova).”

Photo: BBC

According to Jacob, the production start date is April 1st. He added on the premise of the film, “It’s very Agatha Christie sort of ‘Knives Out’ without having a hundred million dollars to shoot it, but still will be a lovely film nonetheless.” Young said the plan is to finish all principal photography by April 17th.

Photo: JPI

IMDb has more on the film. It shared that former All My Children star Trent Garrett (ex-Asher Pike) is listed as co-directing the feature. Mark Rozzano is listed as writer of Murder Between Friends.

So, what do you think about this upcoming feature from Jacob that will feature Joan Collins, Nadia Bjorlin et al? Share your thoughts in the comment section. 

Then below, check out the full livestream conversation with Jason Cook, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young on ‘Four For Fun’ and their notable soap roles.

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Maurice Benard Reveals All My Children’s Lee Meriweather and Daughter’s Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

At the beginning of the latest episode of General Hospital star, Maurice Benard’s (Sonny Corinthos) State of Mind series, he delivered some heartbreaking news with a purpose.

Kyle Oldham, the daughter of former All My Children star, Lee Meriwether (ex-Ruth Martin), who previously made a guest appearance on Benard’s show, returned for a new interview which will be coming soon.

During their conversation, Oldham shared that her beloved mother has Alzheimer’s. Sadly, according to Benard, Kyle also revealed she has been diagnosed with the disease as well.

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Maurice expressed, “We talked about her mother and having Alzheimer’s and it was an amazing interview. And then Kyle said, ‘I gotta tell you something. I have Alzheimer’s.’”

Apparently, Kyle has agreed to come on State of Mind, periodically as the effects of Alzheimer’s take a hold of her to help educate others. “We decided that she was gonna come in … she was gonna call me and tell me as she progresses,” Benard shared. “She was going to come in again so the audience could see with their eyes what Alzheimer’s does to someone.”

Benard’s guest for this current episode of State of Mind was Vernee Watson (Stella, GH), who along with Maurice, was part of the Alzheimer’s storyline on the ABC daytime drama series that saw Mike Corbin (Max Gail) eventually pass away.

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As for Lee Meriwether, not only is she known for her role on AMC, but also for her roles as Catwoman in Batman: The Movie, and The Courtship of Eddie’s Father, and for the television series, Barnaby Jones, the New Andy Griffith Show and The Munsters to name only a few.

In soap operas, Meriwether was cast in The Young Marrieds years prior to her time on All My Children where she replaced Mary Fickett in the matriarchal role in the Martin family. She played the role from 1996-99, 2002-03, and 2007-11.

Meriwether’s daughter, Kyle Oldham, has been an actress and spokesperson herself through the years. She appeared on The Price is Right for over 14 years until she couldn’t anymore after going through multiple surgeries in her adult life.

You can check out the full episode of State of Mind with Maurice an Vernee below.

Share your thoughts on the sad news of both Lee Meriwether and her daughter Kyle Oldham, battling the effects of Alzheimer’s disease in the comment section below.

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Soap Favorites Jason Cook, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young Visit the Michael Fairman Channel

On Wednesday night, February 28, Four for Fun, the movie written and directed by former Days of our Lives and General Hospital star, Jason Cook (ex-Shawn-Douglas; ex-Matt, respectively), which stars Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-JR, AMC, Lucky, GH, and Rick, B&B), will have its premiere as part of The Golden State Film Festival.

If you’re in the Southern California area, tickets for the festival and to see Four for Fun showing at 7:30pm PT can be found here.

In the premise of the film, a dinner party between two couples experiencing eleven different endings, all of which points to the same conclusion – the best possible life comes from the one lived the most in the present. Sarpy and Young play one of the couples and actors Donovan Patton and Annika Foster, play the other.

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After its premiere at the festival, on the next night, Jason, Brytni and Jacob will visit You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel for a livestream conversation about the making of the film, working with each other, and a discussion on their numerous soap opera roles and much more.

It all begins on Thursday night, February 29th beginning at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT. Make sure to join us in the live chat, so you can ask your questions and share your comments with this talented trio.

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Check out the trailer for Four for Fun below, followed by how to watch the livestream interview.

Then, drop any questions you would like us to pose to Jason, Brytni and Jacob in the comment section, and we just might ask it live on Thursday night.


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