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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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Kelly Ripa Talks On Her New Memoir ‘Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories’

Talk show host and All My Children alum, Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley) is opening up about her life and times in her highly-anticipated memoir available now, Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories.

Ripa chatted exclusively with PEOPLE who got some of intel and dish on what’s included in the book.

Kelly told PEOPLE, when she landed the gig as the new co-host of Live with Regis and Kelly, with the late Regis Philbin back in 2001, she felt like she was “getting shot out of a cannon.”  Ripa was also appearing on All My Children at the same time.

She tells the story of when her agent called with the offer, Ripa was told: “They want you to know who your boss is. It was very ominous, and it did not feel good.”  Her agent also said the show didn’t want her, “bringing an entourage.” She brought two people. “I came with hair and makeup,” Kelly says. “It was not an unusual thing for people on a television show to show up with.”

She added that Regis greeted her with executive producer, Michael Gelman, saying: “Uh-oh, Gelman, it’s got an entourage.” It?!  Kelly expressed that she “felt horrible.  He was probably trying to be funny, but at the same time it felt like a pile-on.”

As for Philbin’s attitude at the time, Kelly shared, “I understand that probably he didn’t want a co-host, but the network wanted me to be the co-host and I didn’t think I should pass up that opportunity. I don’t think it was fair to him. But it was also not fair to me.”

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The actress-talk show host-producer also talked on her marriage to Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo), whom she met while both were on All My Children, sharing that they were, “too young to get married! On paper it should not have worked and when it didn’t work, we really worked at it. We fought for our marriage when it would have been easier to quit and throw in the towel.”

According to the book publisher, HarperCollins:  “In ‘Live Wire’, her first book, Kelly shows what really makes her tick. Whether recounting how she and Mark (Consuelos) really met, the level of chauvinism she experienced on set, how Jersey Pride follows her wherever she goes, and many, many moments of utter mortification (whence she proves that you cannot, in fact, die of embarrassment) Kelly always tells it like it is. Ms. Ripa takes no prisoners.”

So, will you be ordering your copy of Kelly’s memoir? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Eva LaRue’s Stalker Sentenced to 40 Months in Prison

In a harrowing situation spanning 12 years, a man who threatened former All My Children, Santa Barbara, and Y&R favorite, Eva LaRue (ex-Maria, ex- Margot, ex-Celeste) and her daughter, Kaya was sentenced to 40 months in prison.

James David Rogers, 58, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt for over a decade of threatening letters and phone calls about torture, rape and death to LaRue and her daughter.

Rogers had pleaded guilty in April to two counts of mailing threatening communications, one count of threats by interstate communications and two counts of stalking.  According to court documents, all of this began in March 2007 until Rogers eventually was arrested in November 2019.  At the beginning of his stalking spree, LaRue’s daughter, Kaya was only five-years-old.

According to Deadline, Eva gave a “tearful victim impact statement, telling the judge in L.A. federal court that she has undergone therapy since the harassment began in order to deal with feelings of fear and paranoia.”  She added, “We didn’t know if he would show up on our doorstep. We will think about him for a lifetime. The fear is with me forever.”

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The judge has ordered Rogers to self surrender on October 12th to begin his sentence at a federal prison in Ohio.

Eva won a Daytime Emmy back in 2020 for her guest star turn on The Young and the Restless, and is best-known to primetime viewers for her role in CSI: Miami.

Share your thoughts on Eva and Kaya’s heartbreaking real-life experience via the comment section below.

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Bob Lupone, the brother of Broadway Icon, Patti Lupone, and who is best-known to soap opera fans as con artist Zach Grayson on All My Children (1984-1985) has died at the age of 76.

The actor, and artistic director of Off-Broadway’s acclaimed MCC Theatre for over 40 years, passed away Saturday, due to complications from his three year battle with pancreatic cancer.

Photo: MCC Theatre

Ironically, Bob was best known on Broadway as Zach in A Chorus Line which landed him a Tony Award nomination in 1976, and he also received a Daytime Emmy nomination for his other role of Zach on All My Children in 1985.  The murder of Zach Grayson was quite the murder mystery and trial; bringing in many suspects to the story.

In addition to All My Children, throughout his soap career, Lupone held roles on: Search for Tomorrow as Tom Bergman, Ryan’s Hope as Chester Wallace, Another World as Neal Cory, Loving as Leonard Brill/Charley Nichols, and Guiding Light as Leo Flynn.  He also appeared in primetime TV roles including: The Sopranos, Sex and the City, and several roles in the Law and Order franchise.

Lupone made his feature film debut in the 1973 musical adaptation of Jesus Christ Superstar playing the Apostle James, and two years later got the Broadway role of his lifetime playing Zach in A Chorus Line after convincing creator and director Michael Bennett to let him play the part after the original actor departed the show.

A decade later, LuPone would co-found the Off-Broadway theatre company, MCC Theater, with Bernard Telsey and William Cantler.  MCC was founded as an artists collective designed to offer peer based classes and playwright development and has launched several successful shows that went on to great success.

LuPone is survived by his wife, Virginia; his son, Orlando; sister, Patti; and brother, William.

Below, take a look at the suspects in the Zach Grayson murder case on All My Children, followed by the 1976 performance by Robert and the cast of A Chorus Line on The Tony Awards, and last, a scene as AMC’s Zach around the 6 minute mark in the video.

Now, share your condolences to the Lupone family on Bob’s passing, and your remembrances in the comment section.

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