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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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Nancy Wizner
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Nancy Wizner

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… Read more »

patsybutler
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patsybutler

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

TripppleP
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TripppleP

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

Cindy
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Cindy

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… Read more »

Blake
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Blake

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

Pat
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Pat

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… Read more »

Torrey
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Torrey

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… Read more »

Ann
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Ann

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 .

Mitchell1660
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Mitchell1660

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.

ethel
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ethel

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………………..

Gerry
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Gerry

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… Read more »

Mitchell1660
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Mitchell1660

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.

Gerry
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Gerry

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

mary amos
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mary amos

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.

Harlee
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Harlee

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… Read more »

rapido
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rapido

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.

Brian
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Brian

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.

jp
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jp

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… Read more »

RICKIE
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RICKIE

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… 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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