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AMC and OLTL New Writing Teams Doing Some Rewrites! Another Big Name Will Return!

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According to soap journo, Carolyn Hinsey at AMC Producer’s Sonia Blangiardo’s Tainted Dreams website at NYC Brand Productions, there are some upcoming changes that fans should be happy to hear about!

Hinsey reports:  “The recent announcement that AMC and OLTL will cut back from posting four episodes a week online to two gives the new writers time to refocus the shows on stories that fans want to see…. both new teams are rewriting major story, as well as changing course with a budding AMC couple due to an actress’s real-life pregnancy. And look for another big name to return.”

AMC’s supervising producer Sonia Blangiardo, who is  also the creator and Executive Producer of Tainted Dreams, filming this summer in New York.) related on the viewing schedule change,  “We got feedback that 62% of our viewers are new, and we made changes. According to data collected from Hulu and iTunes, four hours a week is too much programming for new viewers. So we said, ‘If they’re only watching two hours, let’s give them two hours.’ We’re reinventing the wheel here; merging different genres. It’s all new.”

So AMC and OLTL fans, what do you think about the change in writers?  Who do you think is another big name coming to the canvas?  Whose pregnancy will change the course of an AMC couple? Weigh-in!

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jimh
jimh

Tad or Erica…either one ill tune back in to see! I will give both shows another chance again. Hopefully the writers will pay attention to history. And on OLTL will they ever reveal who Todd really shot and who is in Victors grave or was Victors death faked by this tatoo organization and there was never any body in Victors grave? Was Victor really shot?

su0000
su0000

I think it will be Cara/LH who is real life pregnant and leaving, but just a guess..
Also. 62% are new viewers, as research reports, that is very good..

As soon as all the bumps on the road of this journey get cleared I see a great feature for the soaps..

Mo
Mo

Who’s the father? I thought she was getting divorced.

Penny Friday
Penny Friday

I am not sure I believe that 62% are new viewers. I agree there are a lot of new viewers; but am convinced that my age group (51 yrs old) and ones in their 40’s are a huge majority of watching AMC. Granted some of the older fans who are not computer / online savvy are probably not watching.
I am still hearing people say they are not willing to pay to watch! Even my niece (20 yrs old) thought she had to pay. I convinced her you do not! She is tickled pink and has just started watching from the beginning (April 29th).

Penny Friday
Penny Friday

I have been an ALL MY CHILDREN fan for over 40 years!!!
I believe the actress who portrays Cara is pregnant in real life. Is the man who portrayed the Jake before this last one coming back? Not the last Jake (when it was still on tv; but the one before that).
I believe the “big name” coming back is Kendall & the boys will come to see Zach (before he sleeps with the FBI agent). No need to spoil Zach & Kendall’s love by a one night stand.
Thanks Prospect Park

AbbyS.
AbbyS.

I hope you’re right and that Kendall and the boys are going to show up. That’s the one return that makes the most sense, with Alicia Minshew living on the east coast and being ready, willing and able to show up now that her movie has been cancelled. I gotta say that AMC didn’t make me feel good with how they wrote the Slaters’ situation. They should never have divorced, and the FBI agent should stick to solving crimes.

carla
carla

Lets face it just be happy as fans we are able to watch amc period..

Penny Friday
Penny Friday

Poor David Hayward (AMC). I would love to see him find someone he can trust and develop a FRIENDSHIP with. Angie is great! But not to go any farther than that. Hey maybe another lady to friend David would be Jane (Jane’s Addiction café). She seems like she is strong, has a great sense of humor.
Who was the brunette back in the 90’s that was a nurse and one of his “friends”. I cannot think of her name. Bring her back

Vivian
Vivian

I would love to have Kendall (Alicia M.) back with the boys.. at the age they are now..Zach and this dull as dish water Lap Dancer/ FBI agent are a joke.

Scott
Scott

I really hope they don’t bring back Kendal or Greenlee or Erica……the show focused too much on these awful characters….the stories are going great right now with the exception of Petey and Celia……they are both horrible actors and need to be sent back to California and focus more story on the older characters that can actually act….Jessie, Angie, David, Brooke and Adam…..also not liking the “new” Colby…….she had grown up a lot when AMC was on ABC…now she’s a spoiled acting little snobby beotch….hope the writers change her character back….

Christy
Christy

PP says it has 40 episodes in the can to last until the end of the hiatus… so when is this re-written material suppose to be filmed? Is this something they already did and just releasing the info, or is this something that will be used in September when they start to film again (maybe – hearing they may uproot and start over elsewhere).

I really think that cut down to 2 episodes a week was more for their benefit than viewers fault of not being able to watch 4 short episodes a week… like if they kept up 4 a week, they’d run out of shows to air before their hiatus will be over.

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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.”

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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”

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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).

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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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