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Cady McClain Weighs in on Prospect Park's decison to move forward with OLTL and put AMC on hold!

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Daytime Emmy winner and fan favorite Cady McClain, (Dixie)  of All My Children took to her Facebook page today to address her thoughts and communicate to her fans that AMC did not move forward because of actor negotiations.  Cady points out some of the issues All My Children has been facing and why One Life to Live is currently getting the nod to be the first soap forward to move onto the new Online Network platform.  Below is what Cady shared.

Cady McClain: “Okay, I just have to say that the news that “AMC didn’t move on because of actor negotiations” is just totally wrong. First of all, when I was there at the very end, TONS of actors were asking each other, “have you been contacted? Has ANYBODY been contacted?” The answer was always, “No. What’s going on? Why haven’t they contacted any of us?”Now comes the real question, why? Why weren’t t…hey asked? Is it true that PP was negotiating only with Lucci and waiting until that deal was done to contact anyone else? I do not know. She did not share that info with anyone as far as I know. I did hear through the grapevine (after the show ended) that PP did indeed contact her. Make of that what you will.

Is it true that PP showed preference for OLTL from the very beginning? Yes, I do know that because OLTL had higher ratings, PP felt they had a better bet with them. Other than that, I cannot guess at anything else, other than that PP only has so much money to go around, and this internet gamble is a huge one. My feeling is, when OLTL goes to the internet, it will have a only a FEW months to prove itself as a viable show. If it doesn’t pull the ratings PP needs it to… it will not withstand the chopping block. If it DOES do well in the ratings, then there is a CHANCE that AMC will be pulled back into the mix.

This is ALL conjecture on my part, ok? I guess I just don’t want the fans to blame the actors, when so many actors I spoke to WANTED to do the job. I just really want you guys to know that there are so many more issues at play here.

Looking forward, I would say if you love OLTL and AMC, just keep supporting the soaps. ALL the soaps. That means WATCH as much as you can, write in and tell both PP and ABC and CBS and NBC that you watch and that you love soap operas. Competition simply cannot be the same as it was right now. We can’t have a “team AMC” and a “team OLTL” and expect either one of them to survive. We really have to pull together and support ALL the soaps, if the fans really want them to continue.

I know the genre will change, but I think that it still has much to offer and has done much good in the world! I think there is much more good it can do. WHEN OLTL goes on air, I hope you will support the show and watch as much as you can. It’s a worthy, well done show, and honestly it’s really is the only thing that might make AMC returning possible. Just my opinion!!  Thanks!!!!”

So soapers, what do you think of Cady’s comments? Let us know.
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This is an excellent speculation. I hate the fact that they are putting AMC on hold, but if it’s for the reasons she says, it does make sense. Of course, all the actors from AMC must now find new jobs. Should they become quite comfortable with them, they may not be willing to make a return to Pine Valley should PP finally decide to “pull it back into the mix.” I will watch OLTL online. I will give them my full support as I hope so many other AMC fans do. I hope you’re right, Cady! Stay with us. We would love it if you would also return to Pine Valley one day!

Is AMCgoing to come back on tv i hope so i miss it alot.

Before commenting, you should read the article. It will answer your question and will let you know what YOU must do to help. 😉

I think she’s right on the money! As an AMC fan, I don’t care if Lucci comes back or not. She is not AMC, all the actors put together are AMC. We have seen many come and go and come back, ie. Cady McClain! While I am fans of the actors and hate to see some of them go, life goes on and you enjoy the story off of their exit. Some stories are good, some aren’t, same as some actors are good and some aren’t. I am a new OLTL fan (about 10 years) whereas I am an AMC fan for the last 35 years and will continue to be if it comes back on! I’m hoping!

I agree with everything she said! And I am glad that she says to support all the soaps and didn’t knock OLTL.

I truly think that Cady McClain is right on. When OLTL goes from tv to the internet it has alot to prove to keep it going. This will be the real test if soaps can survive in another form of media….the internet. If OLTL survives on the net and the ratings prove how well this form of new media for soaps is working I think that is when PP will go full steam ahead to bring AMC to the net. It will take time for this to get off the ground and we need to be patient and continue to support PP in their efforts. If it was not for the dedicated fans of AMC and OLTL they would have ended for good. We need to support the soap opera genre so that it doesn’t fade away.

I think there is a lot of truth in what she said…..I mean OLTL has been on much sturdier ground than AMC….writing and ratings wise. Plus the fact that so many of the cast members have agreed to sign on. So, it’s a lot easier for PP to start up with OLTL….and I pray that all soap fans will tune in and support OLTL as it makes its transition to the internet. That truly is the best way to show support for not only OLTL, but AMC and all other soaps.

I personally, would hate to see AMC ride off into the sunset because of any one particular star that is holding the process up. I believe that you get the stars that are eager to sign on, and get the ball rolling…..anyone else who is not interested, we move on and try to make the best out of a tough situation. We all have our favorites, and we would all like to see everyone back, where we have come to expect them, but if that’s not in the cards we can’t morn for those characters for an eternity. I have been watching soaps for many, many years…..and over that timeframe, I have seen some of my favorite characters leave the canvas. Yes, I was sad and angry….and after the initial shock or anger wore off, I continued to watch. We all know that’s the nature of soaps. What I don’t want is to have the ENTIRE SHOW pulled from existence, because of one or two actors that have decided that they have been crushed too much by this process and they don’t want to take a chance with PP. It is their life and they have that right…..And as a fan of soaps, I will be initially bothered by some of the actors’ decisions, BUT I will continue to watch both AMC & OLTL… so, here’s to OLTL having a successful move to the internet….and to AMC hopefully joining them soon after.

Her/CM’s comments are the same as everyone else- speculations, personal thoughts..
It is always~ my guess, my guess, my opinion, my opinion, my thoughts, why I see it etc from all who speak up..
So- once again, no facts as to why about anything.
Prospect Park holds the facts, no one else. Not even all the soap reporters 🙂
It is a combination of things that has put AMC on hold..
”my opinion” would be, we need facts and nothing but the facts .

Being an actress who has worked in soaps for many, many years, I’m sure Cady McClain is speaking from a position of experience. I don’t think she needs to hear from the “horse’s mouth” to draw a logical conclusion. She’s probably right on in what she’s saying.

i totally agree with every thing that cady said ………………
in my opinion amc can survive with out the erica kane character – yes she has been there since amc started but one character does not make the show – there are so many other actors/actresses that can keep this soap going – i just hope that prospect park comes to realize that this soap can survive with out erica kane and start to move this project forward………………..

I do understand her point, that we all must support Soaps in general in order for the “powers that be” see that there is a soap opera audience out there. I am not a fan of OLTL. I just watched AMC, but when OLTL goes online, I will watch it, or at least play it even if I am not watching it, just so they can see that there is an audience out there. I never got into OLTL, just never held my interest. And I find it hard to believe that their ratings are higher than AMC. But either way, I miss AMC so much and will do whatever I have to to support my soaps. I’m so sick of cooking and reality shows. I don’t know what has happened to tv programming. I am a fan of PanAm and stories like that. That’s what we need more of. I would be happy with them airing it one time a week, like a weekly series, like PanAm, Grey’s Anatomy, etc. Why doesn’t anyone think of that.

The ratings were definitely higher than AMC. I LOVE AMC and have watched it almost from the beginning, but in the last five or six years, the writing has suffered, storylines were abandoned, characters written off with no explanation. It was getting to be pretty painful to watch, but I stuck it out. OLTL, on the other hand, I got back into with the Babe/Kelly/Bianca babyswitch and it is so much better written and engaging. It’s a shame that AMC won’t be following OLTL to the web, but I’m glad OLTL will continue.

Well, then instead of canning AMC, they should look into just canning the writers and getting better scripts.

I think abc has put the soaps on pp’s back knowing it would be hard to fine the money and we would leave abc alone.remember pp has to make a big enough profit to still pay abc even though abc doesn’t want them on there network.Why don’t they just let them go.I still see the trail going back to abc.They want to go away for good.

I’m ITA about the situation with Cady about what is going on PP. I have been fighting the good fight since ’09 for GL. I have always preferred CBS soaps but became a fan of AMC in the mid-nineties usually taping episodes. I stopped watching when McTrashy started because I’m not a fan of her writing and what she had done to GL. I came back after ATWT left the airwaves and fought for AMC to survive and thought we fans had accomplished with PP. I’m currently fighting like hell to rid MAB from Y&R because what she has done to this grand old soap. It’s my lone CBS soap left and I have quit watching back in June. I would return in a heartbeat if writing staff is fired to bring back Bill Bell’s vision not this half azz agenda of MAB & cronies. I for one will not support PP if all we get OLTL. I’m not a fan of Ron C and his “Higley” inspired writing style. I do check (dvr) 2-3 days a week. If we get the Fords, GigiStacey, Jack, a dog talking, Look Who’s Talking, time-wrap stories from 1968, and NO Robin Strasser but plenty of newbies …sorry not invested and will support OLTL web’s version. Having said that at times when the vets are front and center with interacting stories Clint, Viki, Blair, Todd, Tea, Bo, Nora etc I will sit and watch and usually very pleased. I for one fought for AMC first and would support PP’s “block” of soaps on the web. I think true AMC has gotten the shaft. This makes me wonder if ABC Daytime and Frons doesn’t secretly have involvement behind the scenes. This way after the announcement if quieted fans down and like ABC their true colors are showing. I will support DOOL because it’s the best soap with true character driven stories right now since the reboot. I’m a new viewer and enjoying all the stories are now on canvas. I will DEFINITELY support Y&R if changes come. But I feel AMC will never come to the web and PP needs eyeballs for OLTL and this fan of AMC won’t show up to the party. I much rather go to YouTube and watch episodes of my favorite soaps to thoroughly enjoy my soaps when soaps were soaps doing character driven stories involving families and social issues with mystery and ROMANCE.

I totally agree the actors should not be blamed for anything. IMO PP was ill prepared financially to take the shows on. PP wants to save face, diverting attention from themselves. But I do not plan to watch OLTL on line, if it even airs.

It is very sad to read all the negitive comments…. but do hope the OLTL continues. I will always watch this show, in any platform that it is presented, even if the start up is a pay-per-view platform.

I agree with Cady. No one knows what happened behind closed doors. As others have stated, one character does not make a show. However, most people, whether you watch AMC or not, knew Susan Lucci was Erika Kane of AMC. Perhaps negogiations weren’t going as easy as they had wanted with Lucci. And by all means, I am not placing blame on Lucci at all. It just seems that when PP was able to work out a deal with the legendary Erika Sleazak of OLTL and sign 3 other actors from the show, PP focused their attention on OLTL. I hope OLTL becomes a success online and will lead PP to bring back AMC as well. Remember…AMC and OLTL fans banned together to save our soaps. I truly believe if ABC had only canceled one at a time, we would not be discussing the possiblity of seeing OLTL, AMC or any other soap online. Lets hope this venture will pan out for us all. I am rooting for OLTL to do well and I’m praying AMC fans will get what they deserve as well.

Gotta love Cady McClain!! She’s always been outspoken and eloquently and articulately so. What a fearless lady… I’m sure her comments over the years have rustled a few network feathers, but she’s unafraid to speak up! So reminecent of George Reinholt, Rosemary Prinz, Robin Strasser and other daytime greats who have taken their bosses to task! And as far as Prospect Park is concerned, I believe she is dead-on! Like the rest of corporate America, the networks have gotten greedy with profit margins for their shareholders and top execs — which has led to the growing class chasm in this country. Right on, Cady!!

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Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos Give Their ‘Talk Show Host’ Daytime Emmy Acceptance Speeches on ‘Live’

During last Friday’s 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, All My Children alums, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, were named as the Outstanding Daytime Series Talk Show hosts for Live with Kelly and Mark.

Those who watched the Emmy broadcast on CBS or streaming on Paramount+ knew that the couple was a no-show when their names were called. On Monday’s episode of ‘Live’, Kelly and Mark addressed their absence and each delivered acceptance speeches.

Consuelos also pointed out that this is his wife’s sixth Daytime Emmy talk show host victory, making her just one shy of tying Oprah Winfrey in the category who has 7.  Throughout her Emmy wins, Ripa has shared the honor with her different co-hosts, but this makes the first Emmy win for Consuelos as co-host.

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Kelly and Mark revealed on Emmy night they were actually in London visiting their daughter, Lola and had made the travel plans long ago before this year’s Emmys came around.

When it was time for her to make her speech to the audience and the cameras at home, Kelly shared: “I just want to say, first and foremost, thank you, Mark, for being an incredible, incredible partner. You make it look easy and it is not easy and the ease at which you do this job inspires me and all of us every single day. ” Ripa also went on to thank the producers, EP Michael Gelman, everyone at the show behind the scenes, and the loyal audience at home for watching every single day.

Mark expressed: I would have said, my dad always told me to marry somebody who’s better than you and try to work with people who are way better than you as well. So, I’ve done both those things. So ,thank you. Thank you for holding me up. I appreciate it.”

Watch Kelly and Mark celebrate their Daytime Emmy victory on ‘Live’ below.

Now let us know, happy that Kelly and Mark took home the gold, for their first Emmy season together as co-hosts? Comment below.

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Chrishell Stause, Sam Asghari and Gabby Windey Among Reality Star Cast for ‘Traitors’ Season 3

The upcoming third season cast of Peacock’s Traitors, hosted by Alan Cummings, has been revealed and it includes a plethora of reality stars, including former All My Children, Days of our Lives, and The Young and the Restless star, Chrishell Stause.

Most recently, Stause has been a mainstay of the hit reality-real estate series, Selling Sunset. In addition, Chrishell is also heading down under come July to tape a guest star run on long-running soap Neighbours.

The synopsis for Traitors reads: Alan Cummings “plays host to 21 larger-than-life personalities who come together to compete in a series of missions with the objective of earning a cash prize of up to $250,000. The catch? Hidden amongst the Faithful contestants are the Traitors, whose goal is to eliminate the Faithful and claim the prize for themselves. Under the cover of darkness, the Traitors ‘murder’ contestants one by one, but if the Faithful can banish all the Traitors before the end of the game, they’ll split the incredible prize.”

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The new season will be set in a remote castle in the Scottish Highlands. The cast includes: Britney Spears’ ex-husband Sam Asghari (who also appeared in The Bay), Vanderpump Rules star Tom Sandoval, Bob the Drag Queen from RuPaul’s Drag Race; Dorinda Medley, Robyn Dixon, Dolores Catania and Chanel Ayan from the “Real Housewives” franchise, Ciara Miller from Summer House; Zac Efron’s brother Dylan; former ‘Bachelorette’ Gabby Windey, as well as Wells Adams from “Bachelor Nation.” In addition look for Britney Haynes and Danielle Reyes from Big Brother; plus Survivor stars: Carolyn Wiger, Jeremy Collins, Rob Mariano and Tony Vlachos.

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Traitors is produced by Studio Lambert with Stephen Lambert, Mike Cotton, Sam Rees-Jones, Rosie Franks, Jack Burgess and Tim Harcourt serving as executive producers. No word yet on the release date for season 3.

Check out the cast reveal for season 3 below. Then let us know what you think about the names in the show and if you will be checking out Chrishell and company when it finally streams on Peacock via the comment section.

 

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Chrishell Stause to Guest Star on Amazon Freevee’s ‘Neighbours’ in New Soap Role

Look. who’s returning to the soaps but this time down under? Chrishell Stause, who before the reality-series Selling Sunset found notoriety on daytime dramas, is set to play a new guest role on the iconic Australian soap, Neighbours.

Stause will play a new character, Yasmine Shields, who is said to be,”a glamorous and successful businesswoman in pursuit of an exciting new opportunity.” Chrishell will make her way to Australia and start filming in July.

Neighbours releases new episodes Monday-Thursday, at 7 a.m. BST, on Amazon Freevee in the UK and the U.S.  Stause is joining the show at the right time as it just received its first Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Drama Series at the upcoming 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

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In a statement, the former All My Children, Days of our Lives and The Young and the Restless star, expressed, “I am honored and excited to join such a beloved and iconic show.  Coming from the world of soaps in the U.S., it’s back to my first love in the entertainment industry. They pitched me an idea for a character, and I was immediately excited to figure out a way to make it happen. Ramsay Street here I come!”

Neighbours Executive Producer Jason Herbison said on the casting news, “We are thrilled to welcome Chrishell to the cast of Neighbours. We created a character especially for her and we can’t wait for her to bring the storyline alive. Expect intrigue and surprises – and many implications for the residents of Ramsay Street.”

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As fans know, Stause married her partner, Australian musician G Flip back in 2022, so now she has additional roots on the continent.

Previously on the soaps, Chrishell played the role of Amanda Dillon on All My Children (2005-2011), Bethany Bryant on The Young and Restless (2016) and Jordan Ridgeway on Days of our Lives (2013-2015; and make returns in: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2023).

Since leaving the American daytime soaps, Chrishell has received an MTV TV & Movie Award ‘Best Reality Star’ and a People’s Choice nomination for ‘Favorite Reality Star’ for her appearance in Selling Sunset. In 2023 she was recognized by Variety as one of the ‘40 Most Powerful Women in Reality TV’ and by Us Weekly as one of the ‘Top 10 Reality Stars of the Year.’

In February 2022, she released her debut memoir, Under Construction: Because Living My Best Life Took a Little Work. Chrishell is committed to philanthropic endeavors and is a vocal advocate for LGBTQIA+ rights.

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The continuation of the long-running series, Neighbours, is about the lives, loves, and challenges of the residents on Ramsay Street in Erinsborough, Australia, a fictional suburb of Melbourne—picked up two years after the finale in 2022, which was watched by millions of adoring fans.

As well as on Amazon Freevee in the U.S and UK as mentioned above, Neighbours streams on Prime Video in Canada, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. Australia’s Network 10 will retain first-run rights in Australia for the new chapter of the series. Previous seasons of Neighbours, as well as over 100 iconic episodes, are currently available to stream on Amazon Freevee.

So, what do you think about Chrishell Stause returning to the soaps with a role on Neighbours? Comment below.

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