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

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

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
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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… Read more »

Brooke
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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
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

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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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All My Children Alum Ben Jörgensen Reportedly Dead At 51

According to his former All My Children castmate, Brian Gaskill. there is sad news in the soap world today.  Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin on All My Children and Chris on As the World Turns passed away on Tuesday at the age of 51, apparently via suicide, although unconfirmed as to his cause of death.

Gaskill, who played Bobby Warner while in Pine Valley shared via his Instagram:  “Sad news to report. Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old.  My understanding is it was suicide.  I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. ”

Since the time of Brian’s posting, friends, colleagues and fans have been posting tributes and condolences on the actor’s Facebook page.  You can view that here.

 

In this heartbreaking photo below from Steven Bergman, during his time on As the World Turns, Ben is pictured with the late Nathaniel Marston, as well as Jaime Nicole Dudney and Terri Conn.

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On All My Children, Ben was part of the important social issue storyline brought into the ABC legacy soap opera by the iconic Agnes Nixon, who was always trying to move the needle forward in daytime, as the character of Kevin was a gay high school student facing bullying, ridicule and discrimination for his sexuality.

Share your thoughts on the passing of Ben via the comment section below.    

 

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Sad news to report. Ben Jorgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old. My understanding is it was suicide. I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. #Actor #Filmmaker #BenJorgensen #BenMonk #Life#Death#AllMyChildren #Suicide #sad #rest

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