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AMC's Rob Scott Wilson and Jill Larson On Episode Reduction, Faster Paced Storytelling, David & Pete's Dealings!

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Jill Larson and Rob Scott Wilson are quickly becoming one of soaps favorite mother/son duos! When TOLN and Prospect Park resurrected All My Children, one of their first decisions was to SORAS the character of Opal and Palmer Cortlandt’s son, Pete.  Enter soap opera newbie Rob Scott Wilson, who has become the younger leading man of Pine Valley these days, while mom Opal worries about his burgeoning romance with Celia (Jordan Lane Price), and his business ventures! And Pete’s latest business dealing makes him and Dr. Evil, David Hayward (Vincent Irizarry) business partners, which if you know the history of AMC, makes this partnership a true doozy!

On-Air On-Soaps spoke with Rob and Jill today to find out their thoughts on: fan backlash to the news of Prospect Park dropping the weekly viewing schedule from four new episodes of AMC a week to two, how the upcoming hiatus may help future storytelling for the series, what they think of the faster pace of the episodes where so much action happens in story within a half-hour, and what they think of David and Pete getting entangled in business that can only lead to severe consequences.  Here is what they had to say:

Rob, you are on Twitter a lot.  Did you get bombarded with tweets and messages from fans expressing their doubt at the rationale for Prospect Park’s decision to reduce the number of weekly episodes? If so, what did you tell them? Or, what would you like to tell the naysayers now?

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ROB:  You know what?   I don’t want people to be scared.  As soon as the announcement went out the reaction was, “So wait. Now it’s only two days a week?”  It’s a work in progress. Cady McClain, Jill Larson, and a number of people have expressed, “If we knew how to do it at the beginning, we would have done it at the beginning.” Even though it’s now a little bit scary that we are only on a few episodes a week, we are putting out a quality product and we don’t want to bombard the viewer.  Usually if you binge watch the show, after a few months, that is a huge amount of episodes to catch up on.  So we want to make sure we don’t forget about just the casual viewers, even though we have these hard core fans. We hope they are still going to watch the show whether it be Monday and Wednesdays, or whether it be Monday through Friday.

Being a soap opera newbie, where you were worried about the future of AMC?  Did you have an “oh-oh” moment yourself?

ROB:  It’s a business move. We are in that kind of business, and Prospect Park would not be doing this if it was going to hurt the show.  Obviously, I want to keep the fans calm, so they don’t think we are going anywhere, and obviously we are not.  We have a lot more stories to tell when we go back into production in a couple of months. At the same time, the first thing you think of is a negative thing.  But in this format, we are in an online network now.   If we knew how to do this at the beginning, we would have, and the fans would have been very thrilled that they had two episodes a week, and a recap show, and that the shows were coming back.

The thing of all this is, All My Children moves so fast now.  There is so much juicy story to digest within the half hours episodes.  So as AMC stands now, they are jam-packed with content!

ROB:  I am really glad you brought that, Michael. The main point of this is: each episode we have is so meaty in 30 minutes you can get pretty lost. So if you miss an episode, you may not know what is happening. We need to have the viewers not skip or miss episodes but follow it, rather then having to cram it in.  It can be daunting for someone who does not have the time to quickly get caught up and watch 30 episodes – a month’s worth of episodes. I think this is so much better.

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JILL:  The pace is moving faster than the old AMC.  I think it’s a good thing.   It’s also one of the reasons I am really glad they are taking a break, because you can only churn out, and I use that word intentionally, that much story in a finite amount of time before the stories become like … throw anything at the wall and see if it sticks! That is what I think we are trying to avoid.  So this couple of month break gives them the chance that they did not have before we began, which is really have the opportunity to explore long-term story and character development.  We have to remember, this is still a medium unlike any other, in that there is time to do things.   It is great that it moves quickly, but don’t give up the real opportunity for real character development and emotional connections, all of the things that this art form is known for.

What did the two of you think when you saw in the script that Pete and David were going to become business partners, after all that David’s mother, Vanessa (Marj Dusay) did to Opal and her relationship to Palmer (James Mitchell), and Palmer’s money!

ROB:  I did so much research on this story! Let me tell you, I have had some people come at me. (Laughs) They take it so personally that Pete and David Hayward are going to start a business, that it’s insane.  As much as Peter need David in his business and his funds to get things going, it’s amazing to watch and see how snaky David is about everything, and that fine line makes it really fun to play.  We are both trying to get something from each other, and we both have ulterior motives.

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JILL:  My point exactly! Here is a great story. Wouldn’t it be great if the writers had time to write in that history?  Opal knows the history. Opal was a part of it.  Opal hated David’s mother, Vanessa Bennett .with a passion which is really unmatched. And yet, there is not a place on the canvas for Opal to say, “I want the company to succeed but not with him!”  And then she could be doing all kinds of things to get in the way of that.  So that is a beat that hasn’t had a chance to be played.  But hopefully, there will be some of that down the road!  We have got a lot more stories to tell though!

So AMC fans, now that you have read what Jill and Rob had to say about the issues and changes made to continue to build on the success of the shows, what do you think?

Do you think in the long run the two episodes per week, will help viewers stay on point and enable and assit the writing team to develop some additional  exciting long -term story that fans will enjoy?  What do you think of David and Peter’s story?  Share your thoughts!

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su0000
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su0000

AMC is outstanding!!
Whatever needs to be done to keep my soaps alive and outrageously awesome with great stories, I will watch them forever, eveyone of the 2 days and wait for more..

I am relieved to hear the words ”quality’ not quanity” that will make our soaps so much more then we have ever had..

charlene
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charlene

no i am not happy bout this and never will be i want my 4 days a week back

Kayla
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Kayla

Weoll for the time being does not appear that is what is best for the show, the actors etc!!! I love that it is even still on no matter how many times it airs

JosiahCooney
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JosiahCooney

Since the first week, I have marveled at the faster pace of both All My Children and One Life To Live. When that crap network cancelled both shows, I contemplated whether or not the soap medium was no longer relevant to today’s society. I decided that one major failing of soaps is the fact that the pace of story telling had not evolved with our shorter attention spans. I have to give it to Prospect Park/The Online Network for taking such a huge gamble and working to redefine how a soap is told. I worried how the writers could possibly… Read more »

Tori
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Tori

I look forward to having All my children and One life to live as much as I can for many years to come. I personally did not have a problem with the four days a week format but if the two days a week keeps the shows running then I will accept it. I am curious to see where David is headed with a partnership with Petey. its kind of funny how most of the town reacts to David considering most of them over the years have done some dirty, nasty schemes themselves.

Kathy A
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Kathy A

I think I am growing weary of PP. They have gone soooooooo far off course of what was originally promised to the fans of these soaps. I am one of the biggest fans of AMC ever. However, I am no longer the demographic they are wanting. I watched the two episodes this week and Monday’s episodes was all about AJ , Miranda, Pete, Celia, and Cassandra. The whole show is and will continue to be wrapped around the children. Thus the name All My Children. These story lines will not keep the original fans happy. I am not going to… Read more »

ron
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ron

The vets get just as much airtime as the newbies. AMC has always done stories with young people. A lot of the legacy characters started as teenagers. Too bad you’re too closed minded to give these talented young actors a chance. And by the way Y&R has a lot of teens now too so good luck.

Kathy A
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Kathy A

I have spent three weeks giving them a try. I actually like Petey, Celia and Cassandra. I just feel like the vets are now the supporting actors and the new young actors are the stars of the show. I am happy that the vets have a job now. I truly hope the shows make it. I will check back from time to time. We need to respect everyone’s opinion. I am who I am and you are who you are. I respect your opinion and you should respect mine. I do not plan on posting anymore so that should make… Read more »

Mitchell1660
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Mitchell1660

I agree with you, Ron. Although I love the vets on the show, AMC has, historically, been about the children, from the very beginning. Yes, storylines about Joe and Ruth were interesting, but what got me into AMC when I was a kid were the youth-oriented storylines involving Tara Martin, Phil Brent, Chuck Tyler and, of course, Erica Kane (who was in high school when the show started). We’ve seen those kids grow up into adults with storylines revolving around THEIR children. I think it’s great, and with the summer coming up, I hope the youthful storyline will generate younger… Read more »

Kat
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Kat

I started watching ANC during the early Tad/Jenny/Greg /Jessie/Angie storylines. Of course, I was a lot younger then, too! But I believe we have to give these new young characters time to evolve. I would like to see more of the legacy characters come back, though . As for the fewer episodes, I was annoyed at first but realize that the writers need more time. There has been an unevenness in the writing and continuity that will likely be smoothed out with the new schedule. The return of Billy Clyde Tuggle, for example, has even handled very clumsily. Probably better… Read more »

Kayla
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Kayla

And each of the young people on AMC is in some way related to the veteran characters, That gives the younger characters a sense of family and a support person. With only the longtime fan base and no younger characters how would you see the show being on for many more years?

Kathy A
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Kathy A

Young characters should be on. I am not saying that they shouldn’t. I am saying that I don’t want to watch them all the time. I want some story lines that only involve the vets. PP is going to do what they need to do to make these soaps profitable. I am accepting that these soaps are going to be youth oriented but why am I suppose to watch something that I find uninteresting. Sorry, but my time is important to me. Downton Abbey is a smash hit and it does not have teens. Dallas is also youth oriented but… Read more »

Kathy
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Kathy

Tired of reading things about All my children and One Life to Live. Enough already!

Mitchell1660
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Mitchell1660

Uhh, isn’t this website devoted to SOAPS, including AMC and OLTL???

Kat
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Kat

Uh…then don’t read this board??

Scott
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Scott

You don’t have to read about them!
NEVER enough.

Susan
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Susan

First off, I started watching AMC from day 1 (as a child), when it was only 30 minutes long. So we have come full circle. Secondly, we were devastated when ABC myopically cancelled it. To this day, we do not watch ANY ABC daytime and most of their nighttime programming. When we heard that the PP deal was moving forward, we were thrilled! Here in Canada, we ordered FXCanada when they announced they would be the only network showing All My Children, daily. We were beyond thrilled. After 3 weeks they pulled it from their schedule because of the decrease… Read more »

heidi
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heidi

I have only started to watch AMC since the reboot after not watching it for many years. I have to say that the actors and characters of Pete and Celia are two of the most compeling new comers on AMC. I always love the characters with careers and businesses and Pete is doing well with that. I like the chemistry between the tow and like the mystery in Celia’s life. Both Rob and Jill’s interview with you was great! I am trying to keep watching and will wait to see if the new writing teams do better. Rob is going… Read more »

Linda
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Linda

I have to say that the cutback in the number of episodes already is disappointing. It was only 25 minutes in length for 4 days a week which was already like 2 hour long episodes. I had settled into watching with my morning coffee and very much enjoyed the new routine. But quickly after establishing the routine, it has been upset. I think it will be more likely to skip episodes since it will not be part of a routine. I have been so excited and thoroughly enjoying reuniting with beloved characters as well as meeting new ones. This does… Read more »

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Ihatethechew

First, let me say that I love and will continue to watch both shows. That said, if the shows thrive it will be in spite of, rather than because of moves such as this. PP shows that it has no idea of what it’s doing with every move it has made since it’s first attempt to re-launch the shows. To totally change course in 2 weeks shows that something bad was happening that either couldn’t wait a few months to be changed or was just their own shortsightedness. If the Hulu ratings were so good, why did they need to… Read more »

Samiyo
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Samiyo

I will CONTINUE to SUPPORT both AMC and OLTL. I am HOOKED and I just have to find out how Jesse and Angie will rescue Cassandra. Such, a heavy storyline. that keeps my heart racing… And over at OLTL I am curious to know what Clint is up to and what plans does he have for Viki? Todd and Victor Jr. What will become of these twins? etc. ……..STAY TUNED!!

BradF
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BradF

I feel guilty about my kneejerk reaction when PP switched to two episodes a week. I thought the whole argument about people being able to follow the faster pace of AMC online was pretty specious. I am much more convinced by the points Jill and Rob make in this interview about giving the production team time to write clearer stories and deepen character development. I hope things will progress to a point where we CAN watch more than two episodes a week, but that’s just the wish of a selfish viewer. I also am completely willing to watch the escapades… Read more »

charlene
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charlene

i want my 4 days back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BradF
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BradF

I have to say I agree with you, Charlene! It’s hard to sustain the same interest with only two days. Maybe I’ve gotten too much into binge viewing of series, but I want to see more story each week. Alas, with this new hiatus, that’s not in the cards for us. 🙁

ellabelle
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ellabelle

I love the idea of Pete and David going into business together! Opal is going to lose her mind over that! Here’s hoping she picks up the phone and calls her ‘best gal pal’ Erica to come help Pete. I’d love to see Erica and David sparring again! Plus I’m dying to see Erica interact with Miranda!

Maureen
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Maureen

I hate that we only get 2 days now.. I looked forward to this, I’ve missed AMC and bringing it back 2x a week is better than nothing but I guess you aren’t making a profit at 4 days, so 2 days it is. Its your company, I have to respect that.

charlene
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charlene

i want my 4 days back !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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All My Children and Guiding Light Vet, Gil Rogers Passes Away

Gil Rogers, who played one of the all-time most dastardly villains in soaps on All My Children and was the on-screen father to the one and only Reva Shayne (Kim Zimmer) on Guiding Light, has died at age 87.

News came via his daughter, Amanda Rogers on her Facebook page, relating that Gil passed away on March 2nd.

The actor had played Tad (Michael E. Knight) and Jenny’s (Kim Delaney) father, Ray Gardner on All My Children from 1977-1978 making multiple appearance though 2001, then later as Hawk Shayne on Guiding Light from 1985-1992 making multiple appearance through 2009.

Gil also appeared on Another World, Search for Tomorrow and The Doctors.

In her post, Amanda wrote: “Gil Rogers died this morning. As you all know, my dad was awesome. He was my best friend, confidant, mentor and just an awesome dad. He came to pick me and  Charlotte Whitaker Zdanowski up at clubs at 2AM in our teens to keep us safe, and drank bourbon with me every day since moving out here 2 years ago. He was welcoming and kind, funny and gregarious, a shameless flirt and a fierce protector. He loved his dinners with grandkids and endured animated movies and discussions about pokemon. And I miss him so terribly already. He died in his sleep, without pain or fear. I am so grateful to have had such a great father and to have spent these past 2 years with him every day.”

Check out this vintage scene below from All My Children where Ray played by Rogers blows up the Martin house.

Now share your remembrances of Gil’s performances and along with condolences for his family in the comment section.

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‘Pine Valley’s’ Leo Richardson Teases First Episode Script of All My Children Primetime Reboot

On Friday, soap fans were abuzz on Twitter, when head writer and executive producer, Leo Richardson of the All My Children reboot in development, showed off the script cover of the pilot and first episode of Pine Valley.

The series is currently in the works over at ABC with former AMC favorites, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos and Rebel’s Andrew Stearn as the other executive producers.

Richardson shared along with the script pic, “A year and a half of work comes down to just 60 pages. And off she goes… #PineValley””

Fans of All My Children are thrilled at Richardson’s news and now will await word on what will happen with the proposed show.

Leo has also written the long-running British soap, EastEnders and for Lee Daniel’s Star.

Check out his tweet below.  (UPDATED: Since this original posting, Richardson’s tweet was taken down)

Now, let us know if you are excited to find out just what characters are in the script of Pine Valley in the comment section.

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Kim Delaney on All My Children Primetime Reboot: “All They Have To Do Is Ask, and I’m There”

While Kim Delaney is currently appearing on General Hospital in the role of Jackie Templeton, and she just appeared in her new Lifetime movie, The Long Island Serial Killer: A Mother’s Hunt of Justice, the actress revealed she would be up for appearing in the upcoming primetime revival in development of All My Children.

Delaney became soap-famous in the role of AMC’s Jenny Gardner from 1981-1984 before she was killed-off the show in the now iconic jet ski explosion.

Now even though Jenny died, Kim would be up for figuring out how the character could be resurrected or how she could take part in the primetime reboot of the ABC soap opera called, Pine Valley.

In an interview with Soaps.com, Kim shared on being part of the reboot: “All they have to do is ask, and I’m there.  Sure, Jenny died, but someone asked me the other day if we ever saw her body. So maybe she’s out there, somewhere… ”

Former All My Children stars and real-life duo, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos are executive producers of Pine Valley along with Andrew Stearn.

So, would you like to see an alive and well Jenny Gardner, or some other role for Delaney, in the All My Children reboot? Comment below.

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