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AMC's Cady McClain Sounds Off On Prospect Park's "Blame Game" & Disappointing Decision!

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Daytime Emmy winner, Cady McClain (Dixie, AMC) took to her Facebook page again to give her thoughts on the disappointing turn of events just before Thanksgiving that had Prospect Park deciding to stop their efforts to bring One Life to Live and All My Children to the web, which for many soap fans was watching their two beloved shows die a double death! McClain addressed the companies blame game on the unions and the actors, and their lack of understanding of the soap genre and of consideration for the  fans!  Here are just a few riveting excerpts, but make sure to read the entire post!

McClain wrote:  “Many of these important issues were being put on the chopping block in a rather concerning way. In fact, one of the guys at PP was heard to have said, “I thought we were buying Judge Judy.” Now nothing against Judge Judy, I love that show, but clearly it is a very inexpensive show to produce. It’s one set, two contract players and a rotating cast of real people. No stunts, no 18 hour days, no dialogue to write or memorize, one set… C’mon. Really? Soaps=Judge Judy??”

McClain then went on to say later in the post: “I get that it was a sales pitch, a hustle to try and raise the rest of the funds, but that’s a gamble. Gambling with the future of a 40 year old show and it’s historic 40 year value to an entire country is pretty cocky. I am in shock they did not have it in them to call Agnes Nixon directly and admit they were not going to continue. That is another arrow pointing very clearly in the direction that PP as it stands is not a class act.

As you can see, there are much bigger issues at hand than the unions demanding “too much,” a claim which is patently untrue. The truth is, PP was not able to get their financing and they are trying to save face by sending blame elsewhere. Remember a few weeks ago when it was all the actors fault? I’m sort of shocked to discover they were able to come in and have as much control over the ending of the show when they weren’t 100% solvent and ready to produce, but that is a sign of how willing both the shows were to “make things work.”

It appears to me now that AMC and OLTL were used as bait to lure investors through the power of their incredible fan base. I think it is foolish of PP to turn around and say, “Oh now we realize that it’s mostly people over 40 who aren’t on the internet and don’t spend that much money.” NOW you think that’s the case? What did you think when you put all that money down to buy the licensing? What kind of operation is this? Oh, I get it. Now it’s the FANS fault.

There is a reason that soaps are going the way of the dinosaur, but it doesn’t have to do with the fans not caring, the actors not wanting to work, the unions not participating or the productions not trying to accommodate tighter budget constraints. It has to do with a business model that insists on showing higher and higher profits for the shareholders, while compensating the execs with outrageous bonuses.

There are some who wonder if PP buying the licensing rights was all intended to quell the negative publicity that was created by ABC canceling the two shows in the first place. Was PP played as much as we were all played? Is there a “chess master” behind this whole thing or has this all been a sad case of a deal gone horribly wrong?

It seems to me that some businessmen wanted to come in and make a profit off a business without making the time to really learn about it. What ever happened to due diligence? Didn’t the guys who invested in Facebook do their homework? I think they did. Why didn’t PP?  All that said, I’m really sorry for you guys, the incredible, loyal fans of the soaps, who put in so many years only to be whipsawed at the end. Your attention and support is worth more and you should’ve been treated better.”

So what do you think of Cady’s sentiments?  Let us know!

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Torrey
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Torrey

I totally agree with what Cady had to say. And I still believe that this whole PP deal was a ploy by ABC to get the heat off of them….remember, advertisers were threatening to pull their ads from ABC daytime, plus not to mention the outcry from all of the fans that wanted Brian Frons’ head on a stick. Now, about a month away from OLTL being taken off of ABC, PP makes this lame announcement that they have decided not to go forward with OLTL or AMC….something smells incredibly fishy to me. I wouldn’t be surprised if money exchanged… Read more »

Brian
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Brian

Can’t disagree with anything she has said… but sadly, at the end of the day, we are still without our beloved shows.

Robert in Jersey City
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Robert in Jersey City

I don’t think PP was a sham to take the heat off ABC, because like Cady wrote, it’s all about profits to benefit a select few and ABC/Frons are all about profits and couldn’t care less about the soap audience’s reaction or feeling. Why create PP if they don’t care? I think PP did try. The NY Times summed it up perfectly. It was everyone that kabashed this. ABC, Unions, PP, Funding Sources. It was just too much too soon. Something will pop up sometime online. Hollywood seriously pushed back on this. They don’t want to lose anymore audience than… Read more »

Torrey
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Torrey

I see your point on that, but if PP really wanted to move forward with this, they could do like so many have suggested. Maybe to begin with offer OLTL & AMC on a weekly basis, put actors on a recurring status, or even cut back on some of the cast….I know there were several characters on AMC that I would have been just fine not seeing on a regular basis….they could also do like B&B and offer up 30 minute versions of AMC & OLTL….there were so many options that they could have went with. They would be pioneers… Read more »

Todd
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Todd

I totally agree with Robert. Today’s world has become all about the american dollar. Plain and simple. Customer service has gone down the tubes…and the attitude of doing the *most* with the very least is everywhere…our workplace, where positions have been eliminated and more responsibilty placed on others; hiring freezes; wage freezes, etc. Look at the trend of local TV stations who have eliminated their helicopters by joining forces with rival stations and SHARING one chopper. Or, cameramen losing their positions because of the new trend of the reporter being responsible not only for interviewing BUT for shooting their own… Read more »

Blake
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Blake

You said it Cady! This is horrible for us soap fans. Poor AMC and OLTL believed they would continue online when their shows went off and the endings won’t be as good as they should have been.
And what chickens to blame it on others and to announce it the day before Thanksgiving so that it’s lost in the news shuffle. And to not talk to the actors and Agnes Nixon about it, horrible. Can’t wait for karma to get ABC, Frons, Sweeney and PP back.

Rob
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Rob

I agree there are ways to finance a show with a much smaller budget. They had a chance to revolutionize the genre. Who says you need to have an episode a day? I would be happy if OLTL were on weekly! Smaller casts and story arcs that utilize certain actors for a period of time. I still say PP had the best of intentions but it becanme clear if they were to produce these shows online as they are produced for broadcast TV that the costs would be unmanageable.

Perla
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Perla

She’s so right on what she wrote, I think behind this all there was some dirty work taking place under the table between PP and ABC ( just a thaughts). To bad that they never played open card with the actors etc it’s very disrespectful to Agnes Nixon and to everybody. Whish all this didn’t have to go this way.

oltlmania
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oltlmania

If I was agnes nixon I would sue abc! Disney Corp. would not just sign away business to someone. They must have a due dliigeance process.
I guess corporate governance is not important for BOD of Disney!

david
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david

McClain’s statement is the most insightful account I have read compared to anything published in The NYT, WSJ, or trade publications. If you want to understand what happened and why, follow the link above and read every word. Thank you, Michael, for bringing it to our attention.

david
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david

Also consider reading the brief summaries of Prospect Park, Richard H. Frank, and Jeff Kwatinetz on Wikipedia. Ask yourself about the probability of a retired grandfather who runs a small family winery and sits on the boards of a couple of insignificant ventures to pull this off. Would you invest with him or a more reputable company with a track record? McClain nailed it: Frank and Kwatinetz were trolling for investors, hoping to make money, without any understanding or effect on their part. The whole thing sounds like a scam from the beginning. PP never had the technical ability to… Read more »

Nancy
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Nancy

Hats off to Cady! She hit the nail on the head with everything she said. First of all, PP should NOT have opened their big mouths without doing their homework. They now look like the fools who shouted they were there to help us. They did not know what was involved in making this move. They should have made sure they had the financial backing first. Is ABC behind it all? Maybe! It sure calmed down the fans who waited patiently for news. Meanwhile, time passes, and maybe we will lose interest. All these hard working fans who busted butts… Read more »

Heather
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Heather

I don’t know if PP is a ABC scam. But they sure should had give it a second thought before engaging themselves in a mission as complex as saving two cancelled programs. Because of them, All My Children and One Life to Live will never get real endings like As the World Turns and Guiding Light did.

Susan
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Susan

What has happened to AMC, OLTL, and will soon to GH is tragically just a symptom of the disease (GREED) that is destroying the entire world economy. It is also, regretably, a sad reflection of the times we are living in. The blessed buck rules everything, and morality and ethics are cast aside. Forget that these three destination shows were followed and loved by millions of fans daily. No, to Disney/ABC that is not enough to keep them on the air. There were numerous ways they could have made them more profitable if ABC’s parent company Disney really WANTED to… Read more »

Ann
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Ann

Cady made a nice sum-up of the workings of the unions and then offered her own ideas, nothing new.. all the suggestions for Prospect park to cut this and do that and change this or that, could not be done according to the contract PP needed to keep AMC and OLTL the same as when on network tv, and there was not the money to do that. ABC still ownes the soaps and wanted them to be preserved, and remain as they were.. all the suggestions people wanting to save the soaps by changing things to keep them going, you… Read more »

Susan
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Susan

Oh, and as far as what I think about Cady’s opinion about all of this, I respect her for having the guts to come forward and speak the truth about what she knows about this whole situation. She clearly cares about the fans and her coworkers who have been shamefully jerked around over and over again by Disney/ABC. I enjoy reading her blog, facebook, and twitter postings. She is always upfront, insightful, and interested in what the fans think. IMHO, Disney/ABC was extremely lucky she was willing to return for the finale of AMC, given what TPTB did to her… Read more »

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Cady McClain has always been a favorite of mine and I appreciate her comments. This whole cancellation experience is disappointment squared for audiences and fans, and a lesson in how-not-to-business for all of us. I am resolved that I cannot visit Pine Valley and Llanview again, as Oakdale and Springfield have gone the way of Brigadoon, too, lost in the mist. It is such a shame. But thanks to Miss McClain for providing some light on the matter that is meaningful and understandable.

wendy
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wendy

Well said, Cady. I still can’t accept that someone/some station isn’t going to pick up AMC. It was so great having Dixie come back to the show. I was so looking forward to seeing the future of Tad and Dixie, as well as that of everyone else. I have been watching AMC for over 30 years. It was something I looked forward to and could depend on. They were my friends and I felt a big loss when the show was canceled. I taped the last week of the show and am still unable to delete it. I am still… Read more »

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

Hey Wendy: I like your concept: “It’s been done on the show, let it be done for the show.” Classy!

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mary
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mary

I so wish i couls win the biggest latgest jackpot lotto id give it all to my soaps this is the crock i ahve been a fan sence i was just 10 years old i went to school and would call home just to see what was going on with amce and be 5 min late with oltl and im so disapointed that me 22 years of wasting on the show and have it riped was hopeing to know if randy and frankie was going to add another hubbe rin the fam and now jan around the cornner and oltl… Read more »

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Ryan shared: “It’s been a very difficult and emotional day for all of us at Live. Kelly, I know a tough weekend for you especially because you worked with our dear friend, a friend that passed away over the weekend, Regis Philbin. A legend on television. A best friend to so many of us who didn’t even know him, across the country.”

Ripa, co-hosted Live! with Philbin for 11 years, said mentioned that she and her husband Mark Consuelos were lucky to have their children surrounding them over the weekend when they learned of Philbin’s death.

Through her tears, Kelly expressed:  “As people get older, you always know that certain things are inevitable, and passing away is one of those things, but Regis is one of the people that we all believed, I think, would somehow figure out a way around the inevitable. It was not in the cards.”

Meanwhile over on NBC, Kathie Lee Gifford appeared on the Today Show remembering her enduring friendship and working relationship with Regis. Gifford co-hosted Live with Regis and Kathie Lee for many years.

Overcome with emotion, Kathie Lee recalled her final visit with Philbin and his wife Joy during a visit to the East Coast. Gifford now lives in Tennessee.

Gifford shared how she called The Philbins and said, “Can we get together, can we have some lunch?’ So they came over about two weeks ago,  We just had the best time.”’

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On their on-screen partnership, Kathie Lee said of her time with Regis: “We always respected each other’s opinions so highly. You know, in all the years we were together, we never had one cross word.”

Watch below the segments from Live with Kelly and Ryan and The Today Show with Kathie Lee below as they remember and honor Regis Philbin.

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In a statement his family shared: “We are deeply saddened to share that our beloved Regis Philbin passed away last night of natural causes, one month shy of his 89th birthday,His family and friends are forever grateful for the time we got to spend with him — for his warmth, his legendary sense of humor, and his singular ability to make every day into something worth talking about.. We thank his fans and admirers for their incredible support over his 60-year career and ask for privacy as we mourn his loss.'”

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Kathie Lee Gifford expressed on Philbin’s passing: “There are no words to fully express the love I have for my precious friend, Regis. I simply adored him and every day with him was a gift. We spent 15 years together bantering and bickering and laughing ourselves silly—a tradition and a friendship we shared up to this very day. I smile knowing somewhere in Heaven, at this very moment, he’s making someone laugh. It brings me great comfort knowing that he had a personal relationship with his Lord that brought him great peace. I send all the love in my heart to Joy, to his children, to the rest of his family and to the innumerable people he touched over his legendary life. There has never been anyone like him. And there never will be.”

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Kelly Ripa who took over from Gifford and co-hosted with Regis for many years shared along with Ryan Seacrest: “We are beyond saddened to learn about the loss of Regis Philbin. He was the ultimate class act, bringing his laughter and joy into our homes everyday on Live for more than 23 years. We were beyond lucky to have him as a mentor in our careers and aspire everyday to fill his shoes on the show. We send our deepest love and condolences to his family and hope they can find some comfort in knowing he left the world a better place.”

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Susan Lucci, shared an emotional message: “Oh, Regis—I am so shocked and so incredibly sad to learn of your passing. Your warmth and charm and devilish sense of humor made the world fall in love with you—and all of us who had the privilege and joy to work with you adored you! Those five years we traveled the country appearing together on stage are full of some of my favorite memories. Helmut and I send our love and heartfelt sympathy to beautiful Joy and your entire family.  You were one of a kind, Rege—🎼There Will Never Ever Be Another You🎼 RIP, Regis—and thank you”

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Share your thoughts and condolences on the passing of Regis Philbin in the comment section below.  

 

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There are no words to fully express the love I have for my precious friend, Regis. I simply adored him and every day with him was a gift. We spent 15 years together bantering and bickering and laughing ourselves silly—a tradition and a friendship we shared up to this very day. I smile knowing somewhere in Heaven, at this very moment, he’s making someone laugh. It brings me great comfort knowing that he had a personal relationship with his Lord that brought him great peace. I send all the love in my heart to Joy, to his children, to the rest of his family and to the innumerable people he touched over his legendary life. There has never been anyone like him. And there never will be.

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The show hosted by Michael Strahan, Sara Haines and Keke Palmer if you recall, replaced the foodie show, The Chew which ran for seven seasons and was the first show to air in the timeslot that belonged for over four decades to All My Children. 

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ABC’s Catherine McKenzie began producing the “GMA3” show four months ago and the network officially announced her as Executive Producer of the program on Thursday.

While ABC has yet to officially announce Strahan, Sara and Keke is over, a spokesperson told Page Six: “We’re proud of our teams at ‘SSK’ and ‘GMA3’ and how quickly they transitioned to producing a daily show to give people the news and information they need during an unprecedented pandemic, and conversations continue about how the show will evolve in the months ahead.”

It appears that Strahan, Sara and Keke won’t be returning; the future as many of their staff have transitioned over to ‘GMA 3’ with producers from ABC News Live, (the streaming division), helmed by McKenzie.

As for the futures of Strahan, Haines and Palmer; Strahan will continues to host Good Morning America, and they are all actively under contract with the network.

So, what do you think of  ‘Strahan, Sara and Kek’e being replaced by ‘GMA 3: What You  Need to Know’?  How long do you think that show will last in the timeslot once taken up by residents of Pine Valley? Comment below.

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