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AMC's Ricky Paull Goldin heartbreaking account of the final tape day, "It was like a crime scene!"

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All My Children’s Ricky Paull Goldin (Jake Martin) was present at the final tape day of the series network television run this past Tuesday. And as Goldin reveals exclusively to the New York Post, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

An emotional Goldin said of the devastating experience of watching the end of Pine Valley as we know it, “I can’t even begin to tell you how many tears there were — more than your average soap. Everyone was crying. At one point, I was taking people on a little tour of the set on the final day — I wasn’t allowed to do that, but I forgot — so I snuck ’em through the sets and I started to get very emotional.  I saw some of our sets coming down and ‘my’ loft, Jake’s loft, was gone and the Martin living room [set] was scaled down and Tad’s living room was stripped down and some of the other sets had tape across them.  It was like a crime scene! I turned around and saw the sets as they were and got choked up and emotional, really for the first time, since it hit me that this was really happening.”

“When we did our last scene for the show forever, after they said ‘Cut!’ on that scene we all got together for a photograph of the entire cast and crew,” says Goldin. “We all got together in Erica Kane’s penthouse and took the cast photo — including all the multiple kids in the show — and I went to the top of that sweeping staircase and looked out at everybody. It was very surreal, very Fellini. Everything just went in slow motion. It just broke my heart.”

However on the flip side, Goldin revealed that he has a new web-series for Disney called CeReality set to launch next month, which is a soap-spoof/reality series! Ricky describes the show as “a-high-concept, over-the-top comedy.”

“Last year I would’ve said, ‘An Internet comedy? I’m not interested.’ But what’s happening is, I’ve got a newborn son, Kai, who’s 10 months old and by the time he’s 5 or 10, it’s all going to be blended. You’re going to walk up to a flat-screen TV, touch a button and watch what you want. It’s happening already.”

What do you think of Ricky’s account of the final tape day of AMC? Heartbreaking, yes?  And, are you intrigued by his new web soap spoof? Let us know your thoughts.


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ML Burks
ML Burks

I am absolutely heartbroken. This is losing a whole family of dearly beloved. I am crying and cannot imagine life without AMC & OLTL. I will search out all shows with my beloved and follow them forever. They have brought joy to my life for decades. Thank you Ricky and please tell my love and thank yous to your cast members. I will never forget you.

Rebecca Haynes
Rebecca Haynes

It was the scene of a crime. Of ABC killing our soap. I am glad that you will be on internet, and I hope cable. Once our soaps are gone on ABC so are the fans. Love you Jake, stay with Amanda.

Carole
Carole

It’s too bad he’s going to work for “Disney the evil soap-killing company.”

marva
marva

I won’t be watching any Disney Crap….sorry

Fran
Fran

I cry just thinking about it. 41 years with my soap opera family is a hard breakup. It’s like going to a funeral I thought about all of them on Tuesday and l although I am not an actor I could see the tears of everyone and the job losses for those who really need to work. I am so heart broken that All My Children is gone. Will it really come back and how will it succeed?. These last few months the show has been outstanding and
I am not looking forward to September 23rd when the lights go out on ABC in my home.. I hope Prospect Park will come through and find a cable network to take it over rather than going viral. God bless all of the cast an crew – you will truly be missed.

Kim Anderzak
Kim Anderzak

Even as they were “wrapping” things up, millions of fans across the nation were feeling the heartbreak in their own homes. With such emotional scenes that were aired that same day, I don’t think there was a dry eye in ANY of our homes.

AMC’s actors, writers, producers, directors, & crew have given us 4+ decades of OUTSTANDING entertainment…and, I’m so PROUD to call them “FAMILY”!!

I will miss you all, but I plan on returning to Pine Valley in a few months…I hope to see each and every one of you there!!

For now…See Ya Later!! So much love going out to you all!! (sniff, sniff…:(

Mona Prager
Mona Prager

I am just heartbroken hearing of Ricky Paul Goldin’s account of the final day at ABC. My thoughts were with the cast all day. I can just imagine how heartwrenching it must have been, especially for dear Susan Lucci.

I feel shocked and surprised that Ricky Paul Goldin would accept an offer with the devil who killed off AMC! Why wouldn’t he accept an offer with Prospect Park and continue on AMC in January? Since this new show he’s going to be on is on the internet, this makes absolutely NO SENSE to me. He could at least start there and then return to AMC in January. Where is his loyalty?

Linda
Linda

RPG announced in May that heis “retiring” from daytime soaps after spending 20+ years in the genre. He wants to try new and different acting and directing opportunites. Which is exactly what he is doing with this on-linecomedy venture and I wish him ALL the best!

Deb
Deb

I wish all the cast and crew well. I am happy that Ricky will be seen again. I;’m looking forward to seeing this very much.

Karen Severino
Karen Severino

You have to know the fans are crying too…we hate to see such talented people be at the end of an era. You all have so much to be proud of and the hard work you have given your fans, as well as ABC. The thought of such sadness makes all our hearts sad with you. However, come September 23, when that last show you taped airs…the tears from the fans will surpass the floods from Irene. I will drink a toast to all of you on that day and pray for better things to come to each and every one of you!!!

Nancy Wizner
Nancy Wizner

How very very sad. I can well imagine the emotions that day. All these years and it stops just like that. Just because ABC says. Not what the fans wanted, but ABC? They wanted it. So important to put yet another stupid reality show on. ABC didn’t even have the decency to wait until a day or two later to begin taking down the sets. How uncaring! Well the fans of all these soaps are also uncaring (for ABC) and we will be the first ones to shout for joy when The Chew flops on its a**! Their fans will NEVER compare to the soap fans, and that’s a fact!

Chris Smith
Chris Smith

i was with him until he said he signed on with DISNEY to do a web series…like Ron Carlivati anyone connected with AMC or OLTL that continues on with ABC is a traitor in my eyes! they cancel two of the most beloved shows in soap history to put on garbage like The Chew with a big queen in orange crocs? Disgusting! OK Ricky you enjoy more time with the evil mouse but I want nothing to do with them or you anymore!

Judy
Judy

Very very sad! It’s like losing family…. This should have never happened!!!!!

Carol
Carol

My heart is breaking and I can’t stand the thought that All my Children will be gone, This is just wrong to treat fans this way but I feel mostly for the wonderful actors who gave their hearts and souls with their dedication. I hope all return in January to Prospect Park. We love you!

Karen
Karen

I remember Michael Park talking about ATWT last day on the Emmys. He said much the same and hoped “no one else ever had to go through it”…
Sad, sad. I think the online soaps will look very different from our soaps. Not that that’s a bad thing, just different. *sigh*

ethel
ethel

i have got tears in my eyes just reading what ricky said………………..
this is so devastating for me because i have watched amc since the beginning……….smh

Tammy Kreiss
Tammy Kreiss

While I do love RPG and he grew up next door to my best friend, I can NOT watch his new show, as I am boycotting ABC/ Disney, and anything related to them. I am outraged at the gall of SERIAL KILLER BRIAN FRONZ to put more food shows (that belong on the Food Network) in place of our beloved soaps we sat down and watched with our grandparents. Just bc the Tivo’s, DVR’s and Hulu/ABC.go don’t register exactly how many watch, or maybe an office that many people watch, they think nobody watches anymore. BS!!! They did this for money, a lower budget! Let’s hit them in their wallet when none of us watch their shows at all!!!!! Sorry RPG, hope to see you when Prospect Park puts us online and hopefully cable!!!!

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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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