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AMC Fan Club Gathering Photo Gallery and special report!

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Many members of the cast of All My Children attended and participated in the first ever AMC Fan Club Event and Gathering held in Los Angeles over the weekend.  The event was held for the first time at the Sportsman’s Lodge, where many soap fan events have been held for various daytime dramas.  As many know, since AMC was previously an east coast based show, the celebration was always held each year in the Big Apple.  But now with the shows move to California, there was a whole new vibe.  The cast was brought in one by one and introduced to the excited crowd.  Later, they signed autographs and participated in one of the funniest Q&A sessions that On-Air On-Soaps had ever seen.

The Q&A was hosted by Walt Willey (Jack) as he threw out questions to the various cast members on stage and asked for their responses.   A few of them we just had to share. When asked, what was your most memorable fan encounter? Alicia Minshew (Kendall) started it off by stating, “I have had so many.  I was with Cameron Mathison (Ryan) in New Jersey years ago, and this little girl was very sweet when she met us, but started to cry and almost fainted.  I blamed it on Cameron for scaring her.  It was one of my first fan events and I was like, “Oh great.  We killed this child!”

Then, Cameron Mathison brought the house down when he revealed his most memorable fan encounter! “There was another time I terrified someone, but I have had frozen turkeys thrown at me, and some woman brought her pet horse to a mall signing because the horse was fan of my work! This is all true. But, my favorite all-time fan story was back 12 or 13 years ago. Ryan was on trial for rape and it turns out he didn’t do it.  It was his brother and so the DNA was similar, etc, etc.  So, I was in a very busy department store during the holiday season and the escalator sort of goes up from the main floor. I was there with my girlfriend at the time.  There was a woman going up the escalator with sort of view of the entire floor and she spots me in a crowd. She yells, “Ryan! Ryan!” And being new to the show, and kind of getting off on this, I put my hand up in recognition, and I yell, “How you doin’?”  And the woman yells back, “I am so glad they let you out of jail. I knew you didn’t rape her!”  (Laughs)

Next, Chrishell Stause (Amanda) chimed in about her most unusual fan encounter.  “When I first came on the show, Amanda was not the most liked person on the planet. I was walking around the streets of New York one day, and it was right when I taking Lily’s boyfriend….Lily, who was autistic!  So this woman comes up to me on the street screaming at me, “How could you do that?  I can’t believe you took her boyfriend!” And she is yelling so loud I thought she was going to haul off and hit me.  At first, I thought it was a joke, and I laughed. But then I quickly realized she was not kidding. And I had to quickly and slowly back away! It was very sick!”

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Later when Willey asked the panelists, what was your favorite scene, Minshew kicked it off when she said, “One of my favorite scenes is with Rebecca Budig (Greenlee). It involves a wedding dress and a wedding cake, and it’s the two of us scrapping it out and throwing cake on each other.  And that is when Rebecca and I became friends.  And, also there was a time when Greenlee and Kendall were once again fighting on the floor of Fusion and Greenlee picked up a bottle of lotion and squirted it all over me, and then Palmer threw water on us.” (Laughs).

Budig also offered up something that was also hilarious:  “I think there was a story point where Kendall was alluding to being gay, in front of Erica. Greenlee is not in on this. So Kendall waltzes in, in front of Erica, and she is supposed to dip me back and kiss me.  And we thought, “Oh, this is going to be weird!” (Laughs) But I was ready, and Alicia comes in to kiss me and dip me, and she fell… on top of me!  And we are both on the ground and we are dying laughing. We looked over at Susan Lucci (Erica) and she is still acting.  She never broke character. And we keep looking at each other laughing and looking over at Susan.  We go, “Oh my God. She is still acting!” (Laughs)

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Any news of Binks FINALLY getting a sl?

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Going to jump infront of truck if Bianca doesn’t get a story soon?

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I’m giving up on Binks getting a sl and taking AMC off my DVR.

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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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