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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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Jen
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Jen

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.

Joshua
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Joshua

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.

Todd Bennett
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Todd Bennett

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.

Caroldee
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Caroldee

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.

Todd Bennett
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Todd Bennett

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.

Johnny
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Johnny

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… Read more »

AJ
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AJ

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.… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

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 ..

Lisa J.
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Lisa J.

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?”

AJ
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AJ

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,… Read more »

Todd Bennett
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Todd Bennett

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!

ML
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ML

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… Read more »

Sandy
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Sandy

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!

su0000
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su0000

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..

susan M.
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susan M.

I agree!

Sheryl Postin
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Sheryl Postin

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.

Mary
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Mary

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…

jp
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jp

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… Read more »

Michael
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Michael

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. -:(

Kelly
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Kelly

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… Read more »

Pen
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Pen

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.

Todd Bennett
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Todd Bennett

Wow Michael, talk about being a DEBBIE DOWNER! 🙁

Johnny
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Johnny

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… Read more »

Ceridwyn2
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Ceridwyn2

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. 🙂

Lawrence
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Lawrence

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

Shirley Handy
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Shirley Handy

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

memphisbelle
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memphisbelle

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.

Mitch Lopatin
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Mitch Lopatin

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

Rick
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Rick

Well said…she is absolutely right.

jeff
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jeff

I agree with your comment michael.

Becky Z
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Becky Z

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… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

why watch imitation… when you can eat chocolate.

quality over quanitity…

keeping our soaps alive.

whew…

Lisa J.
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Lisa J.

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.

Delphine
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Delphine

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… Read more »

Kelly
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Kelly

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.

su0000
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su0000

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

jeff
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jeff

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

Kelly
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Kelly

Unfortunately, I’m thinking the same thing.

Delphine
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Delphine

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.

Kathy
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Kathy

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.… Read more »

gw
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gw

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… Read more »

Kelly
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Kelly

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

kikki reeves
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kikki reeves

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 .

jas
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jas

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… Read more »

susan M.
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susan M.

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!

Tom Jones
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Tom Jones

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… Read more »

Tom Jones
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Tom Jones

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

Tom Jones
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Tom Jones

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

Rodd
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Rodd

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.

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

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!

Beth
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Beth

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… Read more »

Robert Lee
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Robert Lee

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.

brian
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brian

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

Barbara t loves One life to live
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Barbara t loves One life to live

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.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

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

Robert in Jersey City
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Robert in Jersey City

Still better than nothing.

dawnhaze
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dawnhaze

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.

Lee-Anne Williams
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Lee-Anne Williams

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… Read more »

Bill
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Bill

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… Read more »

jimh
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jimh

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!

Mary
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Mary

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.

Rapids
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Rapids

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.

Johnny
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Johnny

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 ~

su0000
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su0000

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..

Al
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Al

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.

Jim
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Jim

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… Read more »

susan M.
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susan M.

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… Read more »

Ronald
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Ronald

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.

Patrick
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Patrick

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.

susan M.
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susan M.

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…

Russ R
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Russ R

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… Read more »

mercel
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mercel

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… Read more »

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WATCH: Kelly Ripa’s Walk Down Memory Lane with the Stars of All My Children & More On Her 30th Anniversary with Walt Disney Company

Today on Live with Kelly and Ryan, the morning show spotlighted Kelly Ripa’s 30-year career with ABC and the Walt Disney Company; which started back in 1990 when she took Pine Valley and All My Children by storm in the role of troubled teen, Hayley Vaughan.

On this special look-back episode of the syndicated talks show many guests from Kelly’s past and present career paid tribute to her accomplishments and remembered their time working with the talented actress and host.

From All My Children, Susan Lucci took part in the special anniversary and group virtual conversation with Ripa along with Eva LaRue, Walt Willey, Ripa’s husband, Mark Consuelos, Cameron Mathison, Finola Hughes and Dondre T Whitfield   Then, Ripa’s former Hope & Faith co-star Faith Ford was part of the festivities.

There were several special moments throughout the episode and you can watch some of them below.   Kelly made her ABC debut on this date, November 5th, 1990!

So, check out the anniversary celebration for Kelly below, and then share your well-wishes and congrats to her via the comment section.

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Kelly Ripa to Celebrate 30 Years at Walt Disney Company With Former Co-Stars of All My Children

Soap fans can say they knew her when, and tomorrow on the Thursday, November 5th episode of the syndicated talker Live with Kelly and Ryan, Kelly Ripa, celebrates her 30th anniversary with the Walt Disney Company and ABC.

Ripa started her journey as Hayley Vaughan on All My Children, a role she made her debut with back in 1990.

Joining Kelly for her anniversary with the company and network are former AMC castmates: Finola Hughes (ex-Alex/Anna), Eva La Rue (ex-Maria), Susan Lucci (ex-Erica), Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan), Dondré T. Whitfield (ex-Terrence) and Walt Willey (ex-Jackson).

Kelly stayed with All My Children until 2002, and along the way met her husband, Mark Consuelos who played Mateo on the show.

In 2001, Ripa replaced Kathie Lee Gifford as co-host of what then became Live with Regis and Kelly.  She also appeared on the sitcom Hope & Faith with Faith Ford from 2003-2006.  Ford will also participate in tomorrow’s special episode.

Check local listings in your area to watch Ripa’s anniversary celebration.

Share your favorite moment of Kelly as Pine Valley’s Hayley, or any other moment you loved in her television career via the comment section below.

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All My Children Alum Ben Jörgensen Reportedly Dead At 51

According to his former All My Children castmate, Brian Gaskill. there is sad news in the soap world today.  Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin on All My Children and Chris on As the World Turns passed away on Tuesday at the age of 51, apparently via suicide, although unconfirmed as to his cause of death.

Gaskill, who played Bobby Warner while in Pine Valley shared via his Instagram:  “Sad news to report. Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old.  My understanding is it was suicide.  I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. ”

Since the time of Brian’s posting, friends, colleagues and fans have been posting tributes and condolences on the actor’s Facebook page.  You can view that here.

 

In this heartbreaking photo below from Steven Bergman, during his time on As the World Turns, Ben is pictured with the late Nathaniel Marston, as well as Jaime Nicole Dudney and Terri Conn.

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On All My Children, Ben was part of the important social issue storyline brought into the ABC legacy soap opera by the iconic Agnes Nixon, who was always trying to move the needle forward in daytime, as the character of Kevin was a gay high school student facing bullying, ridicule and discrimination for his sexuality.

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Sad news to report. Ben Jorgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old. My understanding is it was suicide. I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. #Actor #Filmmaker #BenJorgensen #BenMonk #Life#Death#AllMyChildren #Suicide #sad #rest

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