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BREAKING NEWS: Agnes Nixon Reveals Prospect Park Names New Head Writers For AMC and OLTL!

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Breaking news this morning has changes at the top of the writing teams of Prospect Park’s All My Children and One Life to Live.  In a statement from the creator of the legendary shows, the one and only Agnes Nixon, who has been a consultant with Prospect Park on her shows, announced the new head writers for All My Children are Lisa Connor and Chip Hayes. While the new co-head writers of One Life to Live are Jessica Klein and Marin Gazzaniga.

Agnes related,  “It is now my pleasure to announce that the future stories involving the lives of All My Children’s beloved characters are from now on in the capable hands of the co-head writers Lisa Connor and Chip Hayes, both of whom have a long and stellar history with our program.

Lisa Connor collaborated with me on the final draft of the All My Children Twenty – Fifth Anniversary Family Album.  For two years she also served as a line producer of the program and was creatively involved in plotting and writing daily episodes since 2002.

In addition to his six years as a producer on Melrose Place, Chip Hayes in 2003, became a vital member of those devising the ongoing drama of All My Children. He remains in this crucial work through its incarnation on the internet.

I agree with Prospect Park’s  decision to replace the head writing team for All My Children.  However, I particularly want to thank Marlene McPherson and Elizabeth Snyder for their incredibly positive dedication to the show and their constant helpful attitude during many long hours of intense work.  It is greatly appreciated.”

Meanwhile, Prospect Park said in a statement today,  “We are excited for the opportunity to put the lives of our characters in the capable hands of the new writing staff.  We appreciate their commitment to great storytelling that will build upon an already solid foundation for the residents of Llanview and Pine Valley.”

Changes to the writing staff include the appointment of Lisa Connors, currently the script editor of  All My Children, and Chip Hayes, currently script writer of All My Children, to Co-Head Writers. Additionally, Jessica Klein and Marin Gazzaniga have been promoted to Co-Head Writers of  One Life To Live. Jason Seidel will also join the writing staff of One Life To Live.

About the staffs below …

All My Children Co-Head Writers:
Lisa Connor (has won four Writers Guild Awards and a Daytime Emmy, has worked on shows including All My Children, Days of Our Lives, General Hospital, Young and The Restless, As The World Turns, One Life To Live and Guiding Light.) Chip Hayes (All My Children Writer, Melrose Place Producer, Writer and Director.)
All My Children Writers:
Rebecca Taylor (All My Children Script Writer) Suzanne V. Johnson (Executive on All My Children and One Life To Live, Head of Writer Development for ABC’s daytime dramas, and Emmy award winning creator and co-executive producer of the web series, “What If…”) Joanna Cohen (All My Children Script Writer, journalist for Sports Illustrated) Tara K. Walsh (Story Coordinator)
One Life To Live Co–Head Writers:
Jessica Klein (As The World Turns Head Writer, Beverly Hills, 90210 Executive Producer) Marin Gazzaniga (As The World Turns” and Arthur Writer; SO CLOSE Writer)
One Life To Live Writers:
Alex Douglas (USA Network’s  Royal Pains Writer)

So what do you think of the news of the head writing changes at All My Children and One Life to Live?  Happy about it?  Do you think it will help the shows? Weigh-in!

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Dennis
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Dennis

Perhaps you can provide some context, Michael. What does it mean when writing teams are replaced so soon? I know PP is struggling to find its footing, but there have been a bunch of changes in a short amount of time. Bad sign or necessary adjustments?

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I echo Dennis’s request, Michael. As an industry insider and a very trustworthy source of news and information regarding daytime drama, please offer an opinion piece on these developments. I think we all knew as the ride began there would be quick changes and adjustments, but I did not expect reduced episodes and new writers.

I still am enjoying having these dramas back on air (as it were). I know they would not be as the once were but the tone especially with AMC is similar.

Ellen
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Ellen

agree!! I still love my OLTL!!

rebecca
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rebecca

It means the writing sucked…the new stories sucked…and this is great news!

jimh
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jimh

I agree!

Gracies BFF
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Gracies BFF

Amen to that!

Nancy
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Nancy

Agree

Vicky
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Vicky

TOTALLY agree. I had been waiting for so long for the show’s return, only to be fairly disappointed with the result. And PLEASE work on those obnoxious teenagers of the new generation. They are just awful.

susan M.
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susan M.

OLTL is and alway’s will be my #1 favorite soap! And AMC was my 2nd favorite soap. Maybe the new writers can bring back the heart-warming stories back on OLTL. Which made it so popular and so special!!!!!! I don’t care for the young actors in the way they are being portrayed now. The language & all the drinking
isn’t necessary..It was not quite like this before.

Alex
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Alex

I believe that this is the real reason for 2 episodes a week and the hiatus. You can get some idea from the behind the scenes segments that the production staff needs time to regroup. They have probably never worked together on this kind of production. They probably need the time to reorganize the production process and develop fuller storylines. Both shows come off as a bit stiff and rusty. It takes time to work out all the details to run this type of operation and to get everyone working well together, no matter how good they are. ABC had… Read more »

brian
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brian

Things can only go up as to the writing for OLTL. Very happy to hear this, and hope some of the “Gilmore Girls” type banter come to OLTL. I find the humour missing since Ron isn’t writing.

jimh
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jimh

Would love some gilmore girls banter too. i miss ron writing this…so far he’s oltl best writer since ive watched the show!

MEG
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MEG

I agree .I LUVED GG AND WAS THINKING THE SAME THING

Alan
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Alan

The current OLTL writing team has failed to build upon the creative high this show went out on under Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati in my opinion. The emotional reaction to Victor’s return was completely bungled and the whole Shelter business leaves me cold.

Oh yeah — BRING BACK ROXIE!

Ellen
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Ellen

I agree….the whole Shelter thing I don’t care for, and the total lack of emotion on Victor’s return was just weird!!

currygirl
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currygirl

Totally agree with you. Everyone should have had a better reaction when Victor came to the hospital to see Daniella. Everyone were like, “Oh that is nobody but Victor” and didn’t even acknowledge him except Tea. His sister didn’t say anything to him until he came to her and reveal himself. They were acting as if he just came back from a vacation instead of the dead.

rose looney
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rose looney

i can’t stand the new oltl or amc. they should not forwand the yrs. much better with the old cast. not watching. would love rex gigi and shane and all the originals back then i would watch it!! not yrs ahead either it’s digusting now

susan M.
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susan M.

I find the heart-warming stories are missing on OLTL!

Ava
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Ava

OLTL needed new writers but did AMC? These changes tell me that their ratings aren’t as good as they are spinning. I had a HULU email in my inbox with its top 5 and neither AMC or OLTL were mentioned on the list. Prospect Park is clearly clearing house in the hopes that viewership will rise. I wonder if them telling viewers they really can’t watch anytime after all has further hurt them?

AJ
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AJ

Yeah, I thought AMC was just fine.. perhaps they are going to focus less on AJ-Miranda! OLTL, the pace was REALLY slow.. that’s why I don’t understand people needing to catch up.

Linda
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Linda

I am just so excited that things are continuously moving forward with the shows! It’s a blessing that they are back and I love the storylines on both!! I’m proud to say that I’ve been an avid watcher of AMC & OLTL since their inception and am so glad they are back!! Welcome to the new writers and keep the fantastic stories coming!

Marcia White
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Marcia White

Linda, I feel exactly the same. It’s like you wrote my post for me here!

Tali
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Tali

Whatever it takes for “JOLIE” to get revived on OLTL, is what I want. Changes are hard to take sometimes and I’m being as patient as possible. Moving Forward OLTL.

Glenn Beck
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Glenn Beck

It sounds like to me everyone involved has a good history with both shows. If it can continue to move the shows forward, I support it. I am already, sadly reading negative comments about the changes. People acting like the shows are falling apart etc. It seems that no matter what is done for the shows, some will ALWAYS find a way to complain and bring it down. It’s not as though changes don’t happen all the time in daytime. I will still keep watching as I have done for nearly 37 years!!

Pam Smith
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Pam Smith

i am so excited about this… i just wish OLTL and AMC could be on longer… i just get excited and it goes off and they dont show the both anymore on the same day… so i am getting bored and lost then friday is just a blank day

Joyce Kenner
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Joyce Kenner

I too am glad it is back, but sad it is only on two days a week i dont care about the curseing i hear worse than that every day i just want more days to watch two days a week is like a pay cut lol then we have to wait for next week to see what happen i wake up at four am just to catch it i love it all day anytime watching the clock hurry up ..so please please give us more day or more time its like waiting for my grandchildren to come over on… Read more »

Chaz
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Chaz

Hopefully, this will be a positive change. I don’t watch AMC – had not for many years but was a OLTL viewer from its inception. I can’t say I have been over the moon about the writing on OLTL. There were parts that was really good and other parts that were just so-so. I understand the need to draw in newer, younger audiences but, felt the storylines with Matthew, Dani, Jeffrey were lacking. Dani becoming involved with drugs was a strong start but feel it was mishandled. You had the feeling that Dani’s drug use was not limited to that… Read more »

AJ
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AJ

Agreed, WAY too much focus on the roommates.. and NOTHING IS HAPPENING!!! It doesn’t lead anywhere.. it’s something for “new” viewers, and it takes up a 1/3 of each show.. watching them banter and hang out. As you said about Dani’s drug problem, they could have easily written a story about Dani’s struggles with drugs and her feelings for Matthew; while Dani wants to be closer to Matthew, she pushes him away for trying to get her off drugs. Then you could of had Jeffrey seeing Destiny behind Matthew’s back, at least a date by now.. while Matthew doesn’t want… Read more »

jimh
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jimh

Your ideas are good…better than what ive seen on the show so far…if it wasnt for Victor/Todd the show would be nothing…i almost quit watching but now im going to give the shows another chance…i miss rc writing for oltl!

susan M.
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susan M.

I agree with Chaz they every episode didn’t need the word Sh”t…. There are so many other words that can be used instead of those. That’s my opinion on the language part… Just not use to hearing them use this language on the soaps.

B.J.
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B.J.

I think if anyone knows what the shows need it is Agnes Nixon, so I will put my trust in her.

Jessica Klein is the only writer I am familiar with of those mentioned, and I think she’s a great choice.

This gives me hope the shows will change back to appeal to all ages.

Cindy
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Cindy

I loved both Gilmore Girls and Ghost Whisper so …. I just hope that they have the good sence to keep up with the Victor & Todd storyline and Victor with Tea and the kids cause we have waited along time to see all that with Trevor St. John .

MEG
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MEG

TSJ VICTOR IS WHY I LUV OLTL .I HOPE THEY WILL GIVE US MORE OF THEM ,WITHOUT TEA HAVING TO CRY.

Beth
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Beth

I think it was very much needed at AMC. The HWs didn’t know AMC’s history except for David and Cara, and Miranda and Bianca. I didn’t recognize Zach Slater and I have had a hard time accepting that he would shrug off the loss of his family and Kendall, his soulmate, as if he’d misplaced his watch. He should be doing everything in his power to reunite with his family, first and foremost. I also think that these new HWs can write for the veterans if PP is able to get Erica, Jackson, Kendall and Tad back on the show,… Read more »

rebecca
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rebecca

As I mentioned in a reply above…this is great news! The new OLTL couldn’t have been worse and obviously the PP team and Agnes recgnized that…it was soooo completely, corny, forced, inane, non-true to the original…It was, to coin their new favorite word…S H I T!

I just decided today that I wouldn’t waste my time ATTEMPTING to like it.

Here’s to another shot…and hoping the new OLTL ROUND TWO is good.

susan M.
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susan M.

OLTL needs the heart-warming stories back .. They need more fellings and emotion…

mgb357
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mgb357

as long as we continue OLTL and AMC – as anytime programming – I’m ok with the change. It means PP is looking forward.

Maybe new writers can cut back on the sh*t and other language – it doesn’t enhance the storyline and I cringed the other day hearing Erika Slezak have to utter the words
—that Jacks life sucks.

Come on.

jimh
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jimh

To me Viki hasnt sound like Viki since the shows return…she also seems tired and overworked in some scenes…its how i see it! The cussing is too much…it feels forced and out of place here…edgier isnt working for me…hope the changes turn out positive!

jimh
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jimh

Thanks Micheal for not printing on this message board that filthy dirty reply i had recieved in my email. Those kind of response is totally uncalled for and whoever sent it should be permanetly banned from this site. Even the reboots havent gone that far!

susan M.
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susan M.

I agree with comments on 5/24 at 1:16pm….The cussing is a bit to much. Seems totally out of character for Viki to use the word S-ck… Viki has alway’s been proper and a classy lady!

Lisa Z.
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Lisa Z.

Did Agnes Nixon not mention anything about her feelings regarding the OLTL writers? It is too bad that GH took all of the past OLTL writers. As an OLTL fan, I would like to see less cursing and less of Matthew and Dani acting mindlessly and vulgar. In the last episode Natalie cursed twice while on the phone with Viki. That just seemed like a way for the writers to have the characters curse because they could. I like that we are seeing the vets a lot. I love Viki and Clint, and I do not want to see the… Read more »

jimh
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jimh

I agree with you lisa…the cursing does nothing but makes the show seem trashy…i could tolerate some but there is too much of it on these shows…it doesnt help or move the scenes at all. Better storylines are need stat or the shows wont last long!

Glen
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Glen

ITA, jimh. The profanity is crude and tacky and, in OLTL’s case in particular, is contributing to the overall lack of heart and depth in the characters. And speaking of OLTL, they need to either ditch Shelter completely (my choice) or use it a lot more sparingly. It adds nothing to the show and wastes money by having to pay a bunch of extras to stand around and look pretty. Hopefully the new writing team will not only get their priorities straight, but will also restore the old OLTL’s taste and class to this new version.

BonnieJ
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BonnieJ

That was Ron and Frank’s idea to take writers with them. It would be nice to have them back on OLTL, thus making room for the misplaced GH writers to return. A new Starr would be good since the last one was just mushy and whiny.

susan M.
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susan M.

DITTO!

Delainey
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Delainey

Agreed, Glen! There is no heart or substance to oltl. I wish the shelter can be gutted and buchanan mansion brought back. The classiness has gone down hill with the cursing and it all wasn’t appropriate. The final straw for the cussing was when Bo uttered mother[— I clicked out of hulu right then, I was so mad they had him say tha! Glad about the changes!

susan M.
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susan M.

Good point! Maybe the new writers will stop the foul language..

Fran
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Fran

NO , AMC is MOMa’s FAV it has all ways been AMC is AMC that OLT has always played 2d fiddle to AMC even TO GH

susan M.
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susan M.

OLTL has alway’s been my #1 favorite soap! They need to get back to the heart-warming stories is one of the reasons I liked it so much! AMC came in as my second favorite soap and so on. It was never 2nd fiddle to me.

Chris
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Chris

Changing head writers after four weeks?!?! The Prospect Park execs and Ms. Nixon can spin these changes whatever way they want, but it seems pretty apparent that this whole endeavor is failing already. Here’s a thought: why not just tell the honest truth about what’s happening? If Prospect Park was making a profit or at least breaking even, they would have stayed with four episodes per week for both shows and NOT cut them down to two broadcasts per week. Anyone who thinks otherwise is too gullible. Viewership and interest will almost certainly decline even more as a result. Given… Read more »

jimh
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jimh

I feel the same!

Gillian
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Gillian

Agreed. I wonder too, in addition to what you stated, how much (1) sagging viewer ship and (2) Roger Howarth returning to GH has to do with the reduction in episodes.

Nick
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Nick

I agree. Call me cynical, but I don’t think Prospect Park is telling the whole story. There’s just something about this company that I don’t trust. I think this is all just spin to cover the reality that these shows are already starting to go under. They’re obviously falling well short of their target viewership and ad revenue to offset the production costs. If that’s true, I can’t say I’m surprised. Outside of PP execs and the shrinking group of the most die-hard fans, most realistic people thought that this was a doomed endeavor from the very beginning. The next… Read more »

boes
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boes

Gosh, Nick, such a shame that those naive PP execs and the billionaire investors didn’t talk to you. With your obvious knowledge and skill sets then they wouldn’t have wasted their time and money.

Honestly folks, what is the perverse pleasure some people get from writing such condescending carp with no background other than an obvious need for attention, be it negative, and some odd pleasure in irking other people?

Nick, do you ever the sun in the sky or do you keep your head down until it rains?

joe Sosa
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joe Sosa

I agree with you.

boes
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boes

Apparently there is no silver lining you can’t find a cloud in, is there? You don’t see the glass half full, you see it broken on the ground and full of ants. And it also seems that the only news you’ll accept or attitude you’ll entertain is one of gloom and doom. Otherwise, you’d be “gullible”. In business and entertainment, if one wants to not only succeed but to grow, you makes changes as soon as needs indicate. When a path or approach isn’t working, or even if you see the opportunity for something even better, you don’t dither –… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

Actually in reality, you know nothing that is going with PP, they do not include in their business nor take you into their confidence..
Your mind is full of junk lol
Being bitter over having our soaps back seems a bit weird….

Liz
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Liz

Chris, I hope you never work a hotline because you are so gloomy. Let’s have a little faith. At least they are trying to remedy the shows and not wait till its too late. I will continue to be a faithful viewer. Give them a chance. No one else would take a chance on our soaps. This is uncharted waters for everybody involved. So let’s try not to be so pessimistic. I am praying that this is successful because it seems everyone is so sure it will fail. OLTL should have never been cancelled in the first place.

Ellen
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Ellen

I agree!

rebecca
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rebecca

I think they are making a statement, Chris. They’re acknowledging the writing hasn’t been good…the shows haven’t been the same…and they’re changing the teams…now…which is a good thing. If they’d let that crap which they tried to pass off as the soaps we all loved and fought for stay on much longer…they’d certainly would have had to bail out. I stated from the beginning that I thought even the cutback to twice a week was because they wanted time to do some rewrites…take more time with the scripts and come up with more credible storylines. Let’s hope they get it… Read more »

Rick
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Rick

Actually, going from 4 to 2 episodes finally makes sense to me. I didn’t get it until now. If they knew they had to replace the writers and make major changes, then they needed the time for the new writers to come and do what they do. You can’t change writers when you’re churning out 4 a week. Cut back to 2 and you have some time for the new people to get up to speed. I wish they had told us that, but more than likely the old writers didn’t know they were being axed. It’s just the way… Read more »

Ellen
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Ellen

I agree!! I am excited to see what the new writers bring to the canvas!!

Jim
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Jim

I completely disagree that the OLTL writing was bad. There are always a few people on these forums that will always hate what is going on with the story lines, and they will be very vocal and they do nothing constructive to keep these two shows going. I thought the storylines were daring and look, if I really wanted to watch disneyfied crap, I’d go to the Family Channels. You have to have relevant storylines. OLTL has always been in the forefront of telling groundbreaking stories, and Matthew’s story about being an irresponsible parent is being played out a millionfold… Read more »

rebecca
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rebecca

you’re right. the “idea” of having a deadbeat dad is great and unfortunately, realistic. but…the stories, characterizations and dialog still…sucked! those of us who were/are negative are not so because we don’t want to keep OLTL going…it’s just that the show PP has been dishing out isn’t OLTL! The characters aren’t portrayed the same as they were on ABC. if PP wanted to do completely new soaps with new characters/personalities/lack of family dynamic, etc…welll then…let them start a whole new soap from scratch! but if it’s under the guise of OLTL (can’t speak for AMC; don’t watch it) well then… Read more »

Daisy
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Daisy

I agree totally! This isn’t OLTL.

DeborahL
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DeborahL

Well said, and I agree with you 100% Maybe they should have called it OLTL 2.0 or More Life to live, then maybe the expectations of it being the same show would have not been so high.

jimh
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jimh

Very well said Rebecca…nicely thought out…i agree with you 100% ! I barely recognize OLTL! They shouldve renamed it ‘A Differnt Life To Live’! Victor/Todds storyline started with promise than went downward, Viki should know Cutter after his schemes with Aubry against Joey, cursing…yes people cuss…but it was overused here and seemed written in just because they could…there was some minor cursing on the network but online it makes these shows sleazy…oltl use to be classy and entertaining…it wasnt a childrens show and it was far from being approved by the Pope when it was on the network…why push the… Read more »

BTripp
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BTripp

I was liking Marlene McPhereson’s stuff on AMC and I enjoyed her stuff on Days too. She must be difficult to work with if she was let go again! So is Thom Racina out totally too? I was not caring for the storylines on OLTL so maybe they will improve with this change.

Johnny
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Johnny

It really would be a novelty if Prospect Park would make an Honest announcement – like the fact that they have not been happy with the writing up to this point – the writing on All My Children, while not terrible, has been lackluster – and as for One Life to Live, I think we all agree that three young people playing strip truth or dare or whatever that was is idiotic and still photos of the proposed new heartthrob is boring. “Shelter” needs to have a fire – it could be very dramatic and at the same time get… Read more »

joe Sosa
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joe Sosa

I have been following OLTL for 20 years. But all this unneeded cursing is losing me. There trying to win a younger crowd, but May end up losing some Oldtimers

Max
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Max

Whatever they have to do to keep OLTL running is fine by me. So happy to have them back but they need to bring in Rex & Gigi though.

Jay
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Jay

1. Since you have to get rid of half of the show, let it be the parts that take place at Shelter. Everything that happens there is abysmal.

2. Since Triscuit isn’t assigned to any boy-girl relationship, I hope he will be gay.

3. I think in not too long a time, the people who carefully qualify themselves by saying they “aren’t prudes” will get used to the language they non-prudishly think of as swearing, or cursing, etc. It’s the way people talk.

Jay
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Jay

Oh, I’m talking about OLTL above. I don’t watch AMC.

rebecca
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rebecca

@Jay and other posters who think they have the corner of “real language…” Re: OLTL and the cursing. You and others who tell those of us to get used to the “language” and “that’s the way people talk…” well, it’s NOT the way the beloved characters from OLTL talk. That’s the point. By throwing in those words every scene instead of making the dialog realistic it becomes a transparent effort to “push the envelope” because they’re not restricted by network censorship. If you’re a new viewer…then maybe…MAYBE it wouldn’t feel so forced because that viewer wouldn’t feel it was out… Read more »

rebecca
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rebecca

meant online…not throwing two on cable…

Jay
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Jay

Dear whoever you are.

Dear Rebecca –

Have you ever stopped to consider how archaic and artificial television dialog sounds because of network strictures? Real language has been very much missed, both at night and in the soaps. And I’m not a new viewer. I’m a charter viewer of OLTL since the first episode.

That’s right. I remember when the show wasn’t much more than Viki and Meredith sitting around the kitchen table, blabbing about Larry.

To suggest that only criminals use the kind of language under discussion is disingenous on your part.

Jay

rebecca
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rebecca

@Jay…just saw yourm message. No, I don’t think about it. I think that I LOVE film/TV/literature…whether they have or don’t have cursing, nudity, violence. Depends on if/how it works into the story. These stories are not working for me. There is NOTHING that holds my interest…the characters are unrecognizable…and if I were a new viewer I still don’t think I’d find anything about OLTL as it currently is to grab my attention or warrant my time. What is “real” languare? Shit? Throwing it in to every character’s lines because it’s supposedly more realistic? And the acting? It’s forced…sigh…I’m not going… Read more »

Jay
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Jay

The fact that the stories aren’t working for you, Rebecca, is another matter entirely. I agree with you on that, btw. I can’t stand anything that takes place in the bar, in particular.

danicajolie
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danicajolie

I just hope the new writers for OLTL understand its history and the characters and do this show justice. It was always my favorite show…but I don’t really feel like watching people just get drunk all the time. If I wanted to see that, I’d be hanging at a bar, not watching OLTL. And when you are giving me a half hour show two days a week….let’s not waste it. They have some wonderful actors… now give them depth in their stories and make the show a five day a week show and I would be happy. Also, I would… Read more »

Nancy
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Nancy

I agree they definitely need to bring back a few more original actors and characters. Where’s Roxy?

Nancy
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Nancy

Thank God. Thank you PP. Just wrote about OLTL needing new writers.

Robbyrob
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Robbyrob

Well, that could start with less cursing! By NO means am I a prude BUT just because you can say it doesn’t mean you should. To me, it just screams of not just lazy writing but a juvenile way of getting attention. The latest Soap Opera Digest says that several stars from both OLTL & AMC are privately against the cursing. Are they afraid to come out publicly to say this about PP? Trust me, I’m so grateful to PP for following up to get these iconic shows back on the air but at what cost? I tuned in and… Read more »

rebecca
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rebecca

ditto!

boes
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boes

If only OLTL and AMC had resumed their Rainbows and Unicorns storylines instead of all this nasty other stuff – like, you know….s…e…x , then I guess you’d still be watching, huh? Oh, that and all that terrible swearing! It IS difficult, isn’t it, to have to see Vicki in a dominatrix outfit and Brooke running around topless, isn’t it? Well, MERCY MAUD and LAND SAKES, folks, the shows you claim you’re missing, the shows you say the reboots aren’t, NEVER EXISTED. Did you watch either show, ever? Both shows are more realistic than they were and frankly, that’s all… Read more »

rebecca
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rebecca

I think you need to learn Boes…that everyone is entitled to his/her opinion. Most of us who don’t like OLTL is because it bears no resemblance to the original…which is what most fans wanted back. If YOU didn’t like the “Rainbows and Unicorn” story lines why’d you watch the ABC version? And don’t be so high n’ mighty with your condescending, patronizing s…e…x…because people don’t want to “escape” into Shelter or hear every character think they need to throw a S H I T out (LOL…no double entendre) doesn’t make you superior or oh-so-much hipper, now, younger, cool, g r… Read more »

robbyrob
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robbyrob

Wow Boes, you certainly are telling me and some others a thing or two. Nowhere in my response was I sounding the doom bells and what if I was? How dare you go off on me and some others here. Within a few weeks of launch, production has been reduced and now all the head writers were let go. Something’s up and not everything is hunky dory. Just because I don’t like what the shows have morphed into doesn’t mean I don’t want them around anymore for precious viewer’s like you Boes. Thank you so much for setting us dummies… Read more »

kim
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kim

Good to have you around boes to set us negative people straight with all our ‘shit, shit shit’ comments about what we dislike about the ‘shit, shit, shit, reboots. Well, if this ‘realistic more edgier approach’ was working the show wouldnt be in ‘shit, shit, shit,’ trouble that it is with whats happening behind the scenes! First one of the cowriters leaves early on, then episodes are cut back and remaining writers are replaced! Some stuff was interesting like the Todd/Victor storyline but thats all the show had going for it…when it was on abc/d especially in its final year… Read more »

Delainey
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Delainey

@RobbyRob Took the words outta my mouth! 🙂 Great post!

boes
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boes

A few home truths are hard to take, I guess. Dish it then take it.

Lin
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Lin

In my opinion, especially for AMC it is bad, bad, bad. AMC is stupendous, faboulous, I love it. On the other hand OLTL is too dark, too much swearing (especially people who would not speak like that) and the teenage drinking etc. I very much dislike the Shelter scenes. The drinking and scenes with kids who are just about teenagers are awful. I am not enjoying OLTL as much as AMC but I will igive it time. however, I am guessing it is the way PP wants it. I am disappointed by the firing, especially in the case of AMC.… Read more »

heidi
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heidi

I am happy there may be hope for my OLTL!!!

Rapids
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Rapids

Another signal the shows will die quickly. Not enough viewers, pure and simple

Nick
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Nick

I agree. Prospect Park seems to be quickly learning the hard way what ABC and the other networks have known for several years- This genre is a dying breed, no matter what medium it airs on- TV or internet.

For those rabid fans who keep insisting that the internet is the future home for the daytime soap genre, you may want to rethink that, considering the problems that Prospect Park is facing with this project. And Prospect Park can twist it however they want to, but realistic people know better.

boes
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boes

If only they’d listened to Nick. Any predictions on the housing market too?

Life could be so much better all around.

Rick
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Rick

Actually, going from 4 to 2 episodes finally makes sense to me. I didn’t get it until now. If they knew they had to replace the writers and make major changes, then they needed the time for the new writers to come and do what they do. You can’t change writers when you’re churning out 4 a week. Cut back to 2 and you have some time for the new people to get up to speed. I wish they had told us that, but more than likely the old writers didn’t know they were being axed. It’s just the way… Read more »

Irene
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Irene

OLTL has been good. I really like the younger actors on this show. I am still hoping that they open up Jack more. He needs to start evolving although I am wondering if that is where they are going with Vic/Todd story. At some point this actor needs to do more than angst. Or off show he will need a good stiff drink. Just sayin….Other than that I like the dialog. Humor is injected. KM(Dani) has such an acting range. It has been shown more now than before although she is older at this point. Love watching the young group… Read more »

Wayne Lawless
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Wayne Lawless

“Jack” is a superb actor, always kept in the background.

Al
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Al

It’s fascinating to watch Prospect Park flailing about like a small child who suddenly found himself in the deep end of the swimming pool. Between last week’s decision to cut back on its episode count as well as the # of airings per week while blaming it on the viewers, losing the FX Canada TV deal, and now firing the headwriters from BOTH shows all before even 1 month of shows has aired, this outfit really is in a chaotic state. Still, following the behind the scenes drama has certainly been more entertaining than watching that torturous 10-hour scene of… Read more »

currygirl
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currygirl

Change is good. I am certainly glad that show will continue and hopefully for another 44 years

Daisy
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Daisy

I am afraid it won’t last 44 more days.

RFD
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RFD

It has been one month having OLTL back! Has it been perfect? No not at all! But I am so grateful and glad that I will take imperfect as they try to work out the kinks and get some better stories. God some of you expect it to be exactly like it was and it just is not going to be that. But, give PP some time!! Thank them for this even being possible to fix instead of slamming every solitary move they make! The changes means they are trying to make it better!! Stop being so negative to those… Read more »

rebecca
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rebecca

Thank them? Theyr’e in business to make money; they’re not doing anything “for” the fans.

You’ll NEVER stop watching? Even if the show is boring, immature and tedious? Jeeeez, even the actors who play these characters know when it’s time to leave.

I was ready to do just that…but I’m curious to see if the new writers can make this show interesting and fun again. Here’s hoping….

boes
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boes

My only hope is that the check in to see if Rebecca approves. Only then can we even dare hope the show will survive.
Have you informed Erika Slezak how she should portray Vicki yet?? Please do it ASAP if you haven’t yet – I’m sure she’s waiting up to hear from you how she can improve her acting skills.
Fans like you can’t be invented……not even when you seriously wish that sort of invention was impossible in this galaxy, not so far, far, away.
You’re special – just like Sr. Angela meant……

Nancy
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Nancy

I don’t think anyone expected it to be exactly like it was but if your really a diehard fan you have to admit the writing really stinks. What I didn’t expect is drunk fowl mouthed kids on the show. I also didn’t expect Shelter to have women dancing with each other the way they have it. I’m not a sex craved man watching this show. I can do with all the sex scenes. I’m not a prude but they put it in when not needed. The changes are needed or the show is going to tank.

Torrey
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Torrey

Totally agree with you. I think it’s important to make swift changes now, before it’s too late. We don’t want bad writing at the helm of these shows for too long, which will then cause a sink in the viewership, and will inevitably lead us back to square one….not having our shows at all. I think that OLTL needs some improvement. The show was at the top of its game when it went off, and that’s what the fans remember and are craving to see again. We are not going to get that with a show that’s centered around Shelter….or… Read more »

boes
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boes

Exactly. And that’s why making changes ASAP is a good sign. But you;ll never convince the basement dwellers whose only pleasure is gloom and doom.

currygirl
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currygirl

Where is the like button when you need it?

rebecca
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rebecca

boes…you’ve been nothing but nasty and insulting to everyone and anyone who doesn’t agree with you. your sarcasm and condescending comments don’t display anything other than your inability to play well with others. I’ll repeat what I told you on another post. I don’t like the way OLTL is NOW. Nor, apparently, does PP or Agnes Nixon. That is why they’re changing the writing team. If they didn’t chage the team…and the stories continued being as shallow, uninteresting, unengaging, disjointed, immature and boring…I…and many other fans of OLTL…would have stopped watching. One doesn’t continue to watch anything…which requires time out… Read more »

Torrey
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Torrey

It drives me crazy that Agnes never even mentions OLTL…..all she ever talks about is AMC. Why is that?!? Why is it that I get the impression that OLTL will always be treated like the red-headed step child?

Daisy
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Daisy

People of a certain age does sometimes have memory issues.

boes
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boes

Funny how this person “of a certain age” has had more success, and brought more pleasure to hundreds of thousands of people than you’ve had the sniffles?

Nikki
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Nikki

Wow. Cutting down on episodes, replacing writers already, sounds to me like these reboots are taking a nose dive.

boes
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boes

But not as deep a nosedive as the basement-dwelling “fans” who rejoice in anything that sounds like bad news.
Now I know who watches coverage of natural disasters and cherishes their woodie.

boes
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boes

Sure you don’t mean “nose job”?

Ihatethechew
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Ihatethechew

The 2 geniuses at Prospect Park should take a hint. If you constantly find yourself making long term business decisions that you think are great, then constantly want to change them as soon as they get started what does that tell you? Either become a silent partner and let other people tell you what to do, including when it’s time to go to the bathroom or sell the company to someone else so we can have our shows long term. Since they don’t look like they know how to follow directions, I hope they sell or I’ll buy stock in… Read more »

Pamela Tucker
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Pamela Tucker

I thought All My children was already off the air? Been a fan since 1977? Would B great if it came back? Mrs T

boes
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boes

If you;ve been a fan since 1977 it might be good if you’d checked in since 2010, since both OLTL and AMC were relaunched earlier this month.

boes
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boes

You might want to have checked in with the show, considering you’re such a fan, since Jimmy Carter was President. Fans like you just inspire such CONFIDENCE, dontcha know??? Bet you were still fussing over who had the best view as the Titantic went down too, right?
Watch out for WWII – it’s a doozy!!!

JJ
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JJ

I hope they know the show and characters like Ron did. I hope they bring back Jessica too!!

Wayne Lawless
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Wayne Lawless

How sad that head co-writer Thom Racina has been let go. He’s a magical story writer.

kim
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kim

Thom’s writing sure is magical…its made him disappear from OLTL as head writer! lol

rebecca
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rebecca

not only master of the self-disappearing act…he made much of the audience disappear as well!

boes
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boes

Nice…..insult the creator of both shows because she dared to get old. How nice for you that eternal youth isobviously guaranteed by your garbage company.Now don’t forget to floss cuz you definitely don’t want to kiss your mother with that mouth!

Johnny
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Johnny

It would seem that most of us don’t care for all the idiotic filler “Shelter” scenes. If one reads through the comments I think this seems to be a common thread. So, I do hope the new writers take note somehow of all this and cease and dismiss these inane shots that really do not help the storyline move along at all. It would also appear that for the most part, with few exceptions, most of the viewers aren’t wild about the language being used just for the sake of bad language being used. I personally think if it emanates… Read more »

jimh
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jimh

I agree with you!

rebecca
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rebecca

Idea for new writers: Have crazy Irene come back She could be the one that had Alison kidnap Victor. Later it can be revealed that she kidnapped Vicki, Blair, Bo, Tea, Dani etc…and they’re all being programmed to act like idiots. Then…note to new writers…you guys come in…save the town…and our old characters are back in sound mind…wth Vicki clucking a cooing, Bo being all warm n’ fuzzy yet strong and reliable, Blair missing and longing for Todd though conflicted about Tomas, Dani and Tea close and the epitome of a great mother/daughter relationship…Cutter cute, devious and scheming, Natalie pining… Read more »

susan M.
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susan M.

I’ll just say it isn’t the OLTL I remember with all the heart-warming stories! Like they were when it was on the t.v. They all cared for one another on OLTL & they were a family. I am happy it is back. All I am saying it isn’t quite like i rememeber it from all years past..

Rapids
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Rapids

This is great discussion. I come down on the side thinking these shows are in big trouble. I cannot live in the land of make believe and ignore the big production cuts , new writers and problems in Canada TV land. I will wait to see how long until someone swats down my opinion. New writers will have minimal impact because early summer taping was canceled.

Barbara t loves One life to live
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Barbara t loves One life to live

OMG, I want my friends from Llanview back, I can’t stand this, New writers, I hope so, this is awful, I AM SO SICK OF SHELTER, that should be the name of the show because that is where all the stories are, OH WAIT A MINUTE STORIES< WHAT STORIES, PLEASE BRING BACK ONE LIFE TO LIVE AND STOP THE YOUNG ONES, THEY ARE BORING, I DONT GIVE A RATS ASS ABOUT THEM< THE BOOZING< IS THAT ALL THEY DO, IF I SEE DANI JUMP OVER THE COUCH WITH A DRINK ONE MORE TIME I WILL THROW SOMETHING AT THE TV?… Read more »

Johnny
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Johnny

There could be a fire at SHELTER – it could be very dramatic, and guess what, at the same time, they could get rid of SHELTER – yay! Three young kids sharing an apartment and playing Strip “truth or dare” and taking still photos of Matthew and of course saying “sh–!” every third line, do the writers think that THIS is compelling storytelling? Erica Slezak is an incomparable actress and no one could play Victoria Lord the way she has but all her character ever says is “I have to save the Banner”….C’mon, the writers need to wake up and… Read more »

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Hallmark Channel’s ‘Home & Family’ Returns to Production For Ninth Season; Premiere Date Revealed

Another daytime show is heading back to production amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Now comes word that Hallmark Channel’s flagship morning lifestyle series, Home & Family has returned to production at its Universal Studios set for its ninth season.

All My Children favorite Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan Lavery) and Debbie Matenopoulos will return as co-hosts .

Look for the new season to kick-off on Monday, September 14th at 10am EST.

In a statement, Home & Family executive producer, Tracy Verna Soiseth shared: “We are thrilled to be returning to our home for the new season. Home & Family is a daily destination of comfort television, and we are very happy to be returning with two hours of daily interviews, cooking segments, DIY crafts and our hugely popular animal adoptions.”

For the past several months. a daily series featuring the cast called At Home with Our Family has run across the show’s social media platforms during the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Deadline,premiere-week guests are to include: Jenna Bush Hager, Danica McKellar, celebrity chefs Jet Tila, Carla Hall, Buddy Valastro, Curtis Stone, Rashad Jennings and Dennis Quaid.

So, glad to know Home & Family is also back in production? Comment below.

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Michael B. Jordan Pays Tribute To Chadwick Boseman: “Since Nearly The Beginning Of My Career, Starting with All My Children When I was 16 Years Old You Paved The Way For Me”

Following the news of the tragic death of now motion picture icon, Chadwick Boseman late Friday, tributes and sentiments have poured in from celebrities, politicians and fans from all across the world.

Chadwick Boseman passed away late last week at the age of 43 from colon cancer – a battle he kept silent about for the last four years of life.

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No one could be more intertwined with Boseman’s career than that of his fellow Black Panther star, Michael B. Jordan.  For Jordan took over the role of Reggie Porter on All My Children from Boseman after the late actor lasted one week, following standing up to, and addressing concerns, of racial stereotypes in the way that the part was written.  Reggie was introduced to Pine Valley as a gang member in 2003.  As previously reported it was Boseman who helped the soap opera improve the role that Jordan took over with some recommendations.

Now Michael B. Jordan has written a heartfelt remembrance of Chadwick that he shared on his Instagram, and what he has meant to his life, including how he showed him how to be better, to honor purpose and create legacy.

Read below Michael’s post:

“I’ve been trying to find the words, but nothing comes close to how I feel. I’ve been reflecting on every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hug…everything.

I wish we had more time.

One of the last times we spoke, you said we were forever linked , and now the truth of that means more to me than ever. Since nearly the beginning of my career, starting with All My Children when I was 16 years old you paved the way for me. You showed me how to be better, honor purpose, and create legacy. And whether you’ve known it or not…I’ve been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness.

I wish we had more time.

Everything you’ve given the world … the legends and heroes that you’ve shown us we are … will live on forever. But the thing that hurts the most is that I now understand how much of a legend and hero YOU are. Through it all, you never lost sight of what you loved most. You cared about your family , your friends, your craft, your spirit. You cared about the kids, the community, our culture and humanity. You cared about me. You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to truly give you your flowers while you were here.

I wish we had more time.

I’m more aware now than ever that time is short with people we love and admire. I’m gonna miss your honesty, your generosity, your sense of humor, and incredible gifts. I’ll miss the gift of sharing space with you in scenes. I’m dedicating the rest of my days to live the way you did. With grace, courage, and no regrets. “Is this your king!?” Yes . he . is!  Rest In Power Brother.”

What do you think of Michael’s tribute to Chadwick and how they have been interconnected dating back to 2003 and All My Children? Comment below.

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Chadwick Boseman, ‘Black Panther’ Star and the Original Reggie On AMC, Dies At 43

In just heartbreaking news in an already dismal 2020, one of the brightest motion picture stars, Chadwick Boseman has died at the age of 43.

Boseman was battling colon cancer for the last four years of his life.  According to his rep, Boseman was diagnosed in 2016 with stage 3 colon cancer and his battle continued as it progressed to stage 4

Chadwick passed away with his wife and family by his side in his home.   In a shocking revelation, all of the movie performances in the last four years he has filmed were done in between chemotherapy and countless surgery.

Boseman is best known for his groundbreaking role as King T’Challa  in Black Panther.   His performance was the first ever Marvel Studio movie headlined by a black actor.  The film was nominated for an Academy Award.   He first appeared as the character in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War.

Most recently, Chadwick appeared in the Spike Lee’s Vietnam War drama Da 5 Bloods, and this year he’s due to appear opposite Viola Davis Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” the film adaptation of the August Wilson play.  The actor starred in other films, including playing James Brown in Get On Up and Jackie Robinson in 42,  and the lead role in Marshall.

However, Boseman actually got his start on All My Children when he was the original actor cast in the role of Reggie Porter.  He appeared on the soap for only one week before the role was recast with none other than Michael B. Jordan, and their paths could eventually cross years later on multiple film projects.

In an interview in 2019, Boseman revealed what led him to be fired from All My Children stating:  “When I got it (the part), I was like, ‘This is not part of my manifesto. This is not part of what I want to do. How can I make it work?’ Because with a soap opera, you don’t know the full scope of what’s gonna happen — you don’t know where they’re gonna take the character, because they don’t always know where the character is going. And because of that, there’s possibly room for me to adjust this and change it and make it so it’s stereotypical on the page but not on the screen.”

For Boseman had issues with how Reggie was portrayed and how it was written with racial stereotypes.  In story, Reggie was a young gang member who was adopted by Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) and her husband, Jackson Montgomery (Walt Willey). “I remember going home and thinking, ‘Do I say something to them about this? Do I just do it?’ And I couldn’t just do it. “I had to voice my opinions and put my stamp on it. And the good thing about it was, it changed it a little bit for Michael B. Jordan.”  Apparently the producers told Boseman he was too much trouble but took some of his suggestions on the role moving forward.

Share your thoughts and condolences on the passing of Chadwick Boseman via the comment section below.

Watch below, when Chadwick speaks at the Howard University commencement in which he shared to the graduating students about losing his gig on All My Children(Thanks to Renee for this)

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