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Brian Frons on the upshot of the decision to end SOAPnet!

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Soap fans are in an uproar today, and with good reason.  The one and only 24 hour cable destination, that in its heyday, offered up original soap opera programming, SOAPnet, as well as day and date repeats of five of the current seven daytime dramas is being sent to soap opera cable heaven.  In its place, coming in 2012, Disney Junior a channel aimed at preschoolers.

Brian Frons President, Daytime, Disney-ABC Television Group, spoke this afternoon to Soap Opera Digest about what this means for the future of ABC daytime.

Frons if fans should be worried about AMC, OLTL, and GH: “They shouldn’t be worried. Over the years, Disney has made a lot of commitment to the Disney brand. As they looked out in the marketplace, they really felt they needed to be in the preschool space with a full-branded channel. Given the way technology has gone, where you can DVR your soap, watch it on Hulu and abc.com, it was felt that the original purpose of SOAPnet — today’s soaps tonight — could sort of be fulfilled in different ways. Frankly, financially it will be better for us, because if you watch on daytime, we actually make more money than if the same person watches on SOAPnet, just because rates are that different between the network world and the cable world.”

Frons on if this signals the end of the ABC Daytime line-up: “No, it really doesn’t. We’ve known about this for a while internally and that hasn’t stopped us from moving All My Children to the West Coast, to giving One Life to Live a bigger stage, to continuing to commit to big events for these shows, whether it’s shooting an upcoming sequence with James Franco [Franco, GH] at the Pacific Design Center or doing the three-day musical on One Life to Live. So, the commitment to the shows, the commitment to making them the best they can be, is still the same.”

Frons on what happens now: “We’re going to continue to celebrate the form, in particular the ABC shows. We are not reducing our marketing spend one dollar. If you think about it, we’ll actually be spending more on marketing our soaps because we’re not going to be doing any new original programming, other than the new season of  Being Erica. So, we’re going to take those dollars and put them against the soap operas. I think the positive here is that we can more clearly drive viewers to the core destination of ABC.

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Mary
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Mary

How do I feel about Frons’ assurances that the All Bum’s Company is committed to their soaps? In the words of the great comedian David Steinberg: “Bullshit, Bullshit, Bullshit!”

SOAPNet has its flaws, but there are shows that will never be anywhere else. Here we are, soap fans, once again shown that we are the redheaded stepchild of the television industry.

jean miller
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jean miller

Where’s Drew that’s all i care about bring him back and i will start watching again and LET my family and friends watch! HEY IM AT WAR!!!

Shelley
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Shelley

GRRR! It’s all about the money, not about the fans!

MDiaz
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MDiaz

I think this is a terrible idea. I know the decision has been made but there are so many children shows available and with all of us baby boomers retiring I think the decision was made at a bad time I love soapnet now that i can enjoy my soaps whenever i want. Soooooooooosad!

Lee Lee
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Lee Lee

I have never seen anyone talk out of both sides of his mouth as much as this guy has. Everytime he opens his mouth BS comes flowing out. Disney needs to fire hime before they lose ABC entirely. DWTS is about the only thing they have anymore. The Bachelor Sucks. They had three of the best soaps and Frons axed them. It just goes to show. You can’t fix stupid!!!!!!!!!!!!

ronald seasholtz
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ronald seasholtz

we feel brian frons should be fired to for taking the soaps off of channel 6 and soapnet. we are now retired and could watch them but not now he screwed that up just like everything else in this world to put stupid stuff on .

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All My Children Virtual Reunion On Tap With Jill Larson, James Kiberd, and More

Some more residents of Pine Valley are set for another virtual reunion.

This time circle your calendars for next week on Wednesday, December 2nd.

That is when Matt Borlenghi (Ex-Brian Bodine), William Christian (Ex-Derek Frye), James Kiberd (Ex-Trevor Dillon) and Jill Larson (Ex-Opal Cortlandt) will gather from their respective homes for this conversation with Alan Locher on The Locher Room You Tube channel.

To watch the livestream conversation click here next week beginning at 1:00 p.m. EST / 10 a.m. PST

What were your favorite storylines through the years involving AMC’s Opal, Ttevor, Derek or Brian?  Let us know via the comment section below.

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WATCH: Kelly Ripa’s Walk Down Memory Lane with the Stars of All My Children & More On Her 30th Anniversary with Walt Disney Company

Today on Live with Kelly and Ryan, the morning show spotlighted Kelly Ripa’s 30-year career with ABC and the Walt Disney Company; which started back in 1990 when she took Pine Valley and All My Children by storm in the role of troubled teen, Hayley Vaughan.

On this special look-back episode of the syndicated talks show many guests from Kelly’s past and present career paid tribute to her accomplishments and remembered their time working with the talented actress and host.

From All My Children, Susan Lucci took part in the special anniversary and group virtual conversation with Ripa along with Eva LaRue, Walt Willey, Ripa’s husband, Mark Consuelos, Cameron Mathison, Finola Hughes and Dondre T Whitfield   Then, Ripa’s former Hope & Faith co-star Faith Ford was part of the festivities.

There were several special moments throughout the episode and you can watch some of them below.   Kelly made her ABC debut on this date, November 5th, 1990!

So, check out the anniversary celebration for Kelly below, and then share your well-wishes and congrats to her via the comment section.

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Kelly Ripa to Celebrate 30 Years at Walt Disney Company With Former Co-Stars of All My Children

Soap fans can say they knew her when, and tomorrow on the Thursday, November 5th episode of the syndicated talker Live with Kelly and Ryan, Kelly Ripa, celebrates her 30th anniversary with the Walt Disney Company and ABC.

Ripa started her journey as Hayley Vaughan on All My Children, a role she made her debut with back in 1990.

Joining Kelly for her anniversary with the company and network are former AMC castmates: Finola Hughes (ex-Alex/Anna), Eva La Rue (ex-Maria), Susan Lucci (ex-Erica), Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan), Dondré T. Whitfield (ex-Terrence) and Walt Willey (ex-Jackson).

Kelly stayed with All My Children until 2002, and along the way met her husband, Mark Consuelos who played Mateo on the show.

In 2001, Ripa replaced Kathie Lee Gifford as co-host of what then became Live with Regis and Kelly.  She also appeared on the sitcom Hope & Faith with Faith Ford from 2003-2006.  Ford will also participate in tomorrow’s special episode.

Check local listings in your area to watch Ripa’s anniversary celebration.

Share your favorite moment of Kelly as Pine Valley’s Hayley, or any other moment you loved in her television career via the comment section below.

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