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CBC News Segment on State of Soaps with AMC's Mathison & TVG's Branco!

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Canada is mourning our soaps too!  In a piece for CBC News the state of the soap genre is profiled featuring footage from Tuesday’s soap opera fan protest in front of the ABC Upfronts, a group of long-time soap watchers, and interviews with All My Children’s, Cameron Mathison (who hails from Canada), and TV Guide Canada’s soap journalist, Nelson Branco.

The segment looks at the ever-changing and dwindling canvas of the daytime genre, and what it means to many people, plus how budgets have been integral to wiping soaps off the map! Watch the segment after the jump!

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Crystal
Crystal

Y&R has been a staple in my family. It started with my Grandmother who started watching from the very first episode and NEVER MISSED ONE up until less than a week before she passed away 2 years ago. She was 92. The love of Y&R and soaps in general is something my family has always joked about saying, “it ran through our veins like blood.” I am a Canadian fan. At 30 years old, I feel like I have grown up with many of the Characters. The thought that this genre is dying is crushing to me. While I have not personally watched the shows that were just cancelled, I cannot take this sitting down. My soap could be the next to go. This is a travesty that needs to be avoided at all costs!

Brooke
Brooke

From what I hear, Couric is eyeing Oprah’s syndicated spot with affiiiates, not GH’s.

From what I have seen, promos for “The Spew” and “The Regurgitation” look just awful. They won’t last.

Ceridwyn2
Ceridwyn2

Thanks for using the vid link, Michael. 🙂

We can only hope that GH’s status will hold for the time being. Fingers crossed. If only one could be picked up, I really want OLTL to be the one. It’s on FIRE.

Jill Villagomez
Jill Villagomez

I am in the 18-49 age demographic…I have watched ABC soaps for my entire life! My mother watches, my grandmother watches, my friends watch. I have been waiting for the day my daughter is old enough to fall in love with them! This is a horrible mistake by ABC and we, the viewers, are not being counted accurately with the Neilsen ratings!

Mike MacDonald
Mike MacDonald

I actually have childhood memories watching that show when ABC simsubbed CBC until I was 4, not 5 but close. WXYZ simsubbed that show, even on star choice too. WCVB used to simsubbed to the CBC feeds in Atlantic Canada for two straight years for all my children. In 1998, Citytv picked up the show to avoid family rivals competing with CityTVs One life to live and CBCs all my children. I watch that instead of Barney the boring dinosaur on PBS. Until 1996, one life to live aired on CBC. In 1998, both ABC’s daytime shows starting airing on ASN in atlantic Canada due to CBC airing European soap operas. CBC only simsubs christmas programs from american networks via pay television. in 1999, I restarted watching soap operas only for NBC and CBSs shows when later my mom took over that which I used to watch it with her. when General Hospital is over, Who Wants to be A Millionaire will return to abc, this time and longer as a daytime show, also with the fastest finger. Soap Operas will ban daytime shows due to bankruptcy or end up on CW and fox. I am more of a action and comedy show guy still and now,I really miss being a teenager. CTV used to air that show until 1982.

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Cameron Mathison Reveals Cancer Diagnosis and Shares Heartfelt Message

One of our the best guys we know, Cameron Mathison (co-host, Home & Family and Ex-Ryan Lavery, All My Children), revealed over the last 24 hours that he has been diagnosed with Renal Cell Carcinoma – kidney cancer, but treatment for him will be underway and the prognosis is good.

Cameron first shared the news on Monday’s Home & Family in a special announcement enlightening viewers on his health condition (watch video below) and later took to his Instagram and social media to share more details.   Of note: Mathison’s healthy lifestyle has indeed helped, and shown, that his cancer has not spread.

In addition, Mathison wrote: “About a month ago, I had an MRI for some gut issues I’ve been having, and during that MRI they fd a tumor on my right kidney. It’s consistent with Renal Cell Carcinoma … or kidney cancer. The good news is that it hasn’t spread to any other organs🙏🏼 They say my healthy lifestyle and diet has no doubt helped keep it from growing and spreading to other areas, as doctors think it’s been growing in me for minimum 10 years🙏🏼. I am extremely lucky that we found it early.” He thanked his doctor and his family, saying, “[wife] Vanessa, [kids] Lucas and Leila have been absolutely amazing with their love and support… as have my mom, dad, brother, and everyone at Home and Family, Hallmark, and ET❤️ My surgery is scheduled on September 12th, I was hoping to receive positive thoughts, prayers, or whatever you feel comfortable with, on 9/12 (my surgery is at 1pm PST) 🙏🏼.” He concluded, “Feeling very grateful and optimistic!”

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8 Years To The Day Of All My Children & One Life to Live Being Canceled; Still Considered By Many Worst Move For Daytime

It’s hard to believe that 8 years ago today on April 14th, 2011, the soap world, its fans, and the cast members, learned of the heartbreaking news that ABC, in one swift move, decimated its daytime line-up when they announced the cancellations of long running series, All My Children (which would end at its 41st year), and One Life to Live (which would ends its run in its 43rd year).

At the time, ABC announced it would move to more lifestyle/entertainment series to replace these dramas.  In its place came The Chew and The Revolution, neither show is still on the air today.  Executives at that time pointed to research saying that times are changing and that their decision was “guided by extensive research into what today’s daytime viewers want,” and blame, in part, “the changing viewing patterns of the audience” for the axing of AMC and OLTL

Then ABC Daytime President, Brian Frons had joked to Deadline about the big announcement that he: “Pre-entered the witness protection program prior to today’s events.”  He added that “The demise of the two venerable soaps was actually a year in the making.  A year ago, we started to look at our projections where the ratings for the soaps would go.  When those projections came in pretty discouraging, the network began to aggressively develop replacement shows, 15 of them.  Four of the 15 were picked up to pilot: The Chew and The Revolution and two others, a talk show and a dating show. Originally, the idea was to cancel only one daytime drama.  The way the ratings developed and the pilots turned out, the ratings developed negatively and pilots developed positively, so we decided to make a bigger shift.”  Of note is that when it went off the air, One Life to Live was in third place among its competitors in the ratings.

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The press release that came with the cancellations stated: “To honor the core, passionate audience and their rich history both shows will conclude in a manner that respects their legacies and the longstanding hopes of many of their viewers.”

Following the cancellations daytime reeled. The mainstream was sure it meant the endings of the soaps, period.  However, four shows illustrated that is not true at all.  For Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless all remain, and still whether they are up or down in their numbers/ratings, they remain relevant and important to the enduring daytime viewing audience.

Sadly, as with any shows, the end of ABC’s AMC and OLTL meant loss of jobs for so many working in front of the camera and behind the scenes. One Life was the last soap opera in production in New York at the time.  AMC was already being shot in LA to cut costs to save it.

Still in 2019, if you venture on to social media, especially Twitter, you see fans constantly missing its stars and the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, wanting this wrong rectified.  Although Prospect Park tried to revive the show with their online versions, eventually after legal battles that went on for a few years, ABC now retains the right to these properties,

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The good news is that many favorites from AMC and OLTL have found success and been hired on other soap operas, bringing their followings with them, whether it be on-screen, or in the writing, producing, directing or crew departments.

So, do you think the loss of AMC and OLTL consolidated daytime and made the remaining shows stronger so they would not be touched or canceled?  Do you think ABC should try to mount a resurrected AMC and OLTL or an amalgamation of the two?  Do you remember where you were when you learned the two soaps were cancelled? Was this the worst misstep of all-time for daytime? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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George R. R. Martin’s “Leak” Of New Hulu Series WILD CARDS Featuring Eden Riegel, Thorsten Kaye. and Greg Rikkart

April Fool’s Day started off with a bang today when Eden Riegel (Ex-Bianca, AMC) posted a photo of herself with Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, B&B) and Greg Rikaart (Ex-Leo, DAYS)  in a very intriguing image.  See above pic!  As it turns out, it’s said to be from behind the scenes from some leaked footage of the upcoming Hulu series, Wild Cards.

The premise of Wild Cards is based on the sci-fi anthology series edited by George R. R, Martin, best known for writing the “Song of Ice and Fire” novels, on which HBO’s Game of Thrones is based.  Riegel’s husband, Andrew Miller is the showrunner attached to the upcoming series.

On Martin’s website he teases the set-up of the “leaked” video clip:  “This was not supposed to go public.. Everybody (Well, everybody that has been paying attention knows that we are developing two Wild Cards as a series for Hulu  Andrew Miller has taken the reins as showrunner, a writing staff has been hired, and they have been hard at work for months.  What was NOT supposed to be known is how far they’ve come.  Not only have some scripts been finished, but the first show has gone into production and has been shooting.  That was supposed to be a deep dark secret, however.   We wanted to surprise the world. It’s hard to keep secrets in Hollyweird, however.  And now it appears that some of the rough footage has been leaked by person or persons unknown”

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Meanwhile, Riegel sent out a series of tweets: “Hooo boy…cat’s out of the bag! Fans, please don’t judge our show based on these leaked videos!! The effects are going to knock your socks off. And my costars, and , are doing the best work of their lives!”  That was followed by, T”hank you for the chance to work with you on your first foray into soaps! I am humbled and honored. We won’t let you down.” And then, “I’m probably not allowed to share this with all the NDAs I signed, but damnit I’m just so proud of the team!  think we are breaking new ground for soaps. So proud to work with you!”

Now below, check out the Wild Cards “leaked footage” and let us know if you think of the …. um … drama! Comment below.  And one more thing … Happy April Fool’s!

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