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AMC's Cameron Mathison reveals Prospect Park still in talks with Susan Lucci & Rebecca Budig!

Courtesy: Steven Bergman

Courtesy: Steven Bergman

Cameron Mathison who is visiting the Big Apple for the final date of A Tribute to Pine Valley personal appearance series tonight stopped into TV Guide.com’s studios to discuss the latest on Prospect Park and how he would like to see All My Children going forward online.

During the video segment, Mathison reveals that his long time on-screen love interest, Rebecca Budig (Greenlee) is open to … possibilities, in terms of Prospect Park and Cameron encourages,  “I would say to the fans to try to be patient.”

Cameron also says that the reports that Susan Lucci is not joining All My Children online is not a done deal, and that Prospect Park and Susan are still in contact.

One of the more interesting things in the interview is that Mathison had a idea that when AMC premieres online it should jump the story five years ahead from where it was left on network TV.

So what do you think soapers? Would it be cool to fast forward Pine Valley five years when its online? Let us know! For now watch the video segment with Cam!

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DavidsMuse
DavidsMuse

No to five years into AMC’s future. I want to see every moment of Baby Dara’s progress, along with the blossoming of David and Cara intro true love! 🙂

Linda Stone
Linda Stone

i would love to see that also!

Torrey
Torrey

I’m starting not to care anymore…. It’s two months until January, and we the fans still have no clue of what’s going on with AMC. I know I should be patient, but it’s getting harder and harder to accomplish that. This whole not knowing who is signing on and who isn’t, doesn’t build intrigue….it just makes me furious. I’m mad that AMC was cancelled in the first place, but this not knowing is just making it worse. Get on the ball PP and get us informed!!!

Linda Stone
Linda Stone

thanks so much cameron…you are doing so much to keep all my children alive…i have watched it since day one…i used to cut 10th grade class to come home and watch it with my mom…after my dad died i moved back in with my mom…every day when i came home she would say “wait until you watch amc” … i would say dont tell me…the night before she passed away she said the same thing to me…it was nice to know that at least she had that to watch…i love you and love your character ryan…keep up the great work!!

Nancy Wizner
Nancy Wizner

Don’t think I agree on the 5 year jump. We left a great cliffhanger. We want to see what happened with the shot AND Cara’s baby. Also want to see David find happiness with Cara and baby Cara/David. Ohhh I just can’t wait to see it period! I miss AMC!

Brian
Brian

I love Cameron and I am happy that he did this interview. I know most people don’t care for Greenlee and Ryan but I loved both of them under the right writers. I really want to hear more actors signing on, especially Susan Lucci.

Linda
Linda

Duh big no to 5 yr jump. We need our soap to continue as promised in the most recognizable way with the majority of the current cast and story lines. These story lines were not wrapped up period. Jr who did he shoot? Cara/David falling in love? Baby on way what will happen David continue on good side or slide back as usual to Dr. of Doom. Regardless a 3 mth waiting period and then a 5 yr jump would be way too much of a transition for AMC. The fans want to recognize and need to re-connect with this beloved show in the worst way. A big jump will in no way do this and will further distance everyone from this iconic show. That should not be PP’s goal at all.

Linda
Linda

And what about David’s other secret save besides Stuart? The woman who was in the room with Dixie wearing the bracelet with a B on it? We have to know who else was saved by Orpheus!!! Again we want our soap back and recognizable as possible. We have already been cheated out of 3mths of viewing bring it back as close to the day it left as possible!

JM
JM

No, a five-year jump is a really bad idea. I sincerely hope they continue from the point of the cliffhanger and that they retain as many original actors as possible. AMC needs to shift as seamlessly as possible, without gimmicks. I will definitely be watching.

Franny
Franny

No jump ahead! I want it to follow up right from where it ended with the gunshot. I also want to see David & Cara’s romance develop & have David end up delivering their beautiful little bundle of joy. I hope we’ll soon be hearing about more developments such as all the other actors being signed on or at least most of them.

Sandy Moss
Sandy Moss

I have watch amc since I was young back in 1970 or so, I cant believe ABC cancelled it. through the years I recorded it after I came home from work it as all I wanted to do was jump on the bed and put on the vhs on that I recorded daily . That was my time .Years went by and then my Mom had to moved in with me , which she was so wrapped up on the soaps to and I had to take care of her and she was as bad as I was about her soaps she loved Amc and then she was bed re din and the soap AMC and OLTL were her life and that was all she had . I thank God she did die doing what the only thing she had left in her life that brought her any kind of joy . I Loved my Mom and we sheared so much and we sheared our soaps!! I miss her so much, and I miss my soapsmto!!

Sandy

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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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