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Chappell, Rogers & Madison Discuss Agnes Nixon's Involvement In Prospect Park's AMC & OLTL!

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In a new segment from Planet 360, a weekly news entertainment series airing on the Hallmark Movie Channel, soap stars Crystal Chappell (Venice, The Grove, The Inn), Tristan Rogers (General Hospital) and Martha Madison (The Bay) take part in the second installment of the Soap Dish segment discussing the latest hot topics in the soaps! 

Planet 360 is hosted by real life couple, Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo who originally met when they were contestants on American Idol.  Associated Television International’s Jim Romanovich serves as one of the series executive producers. As soap fans know, DeGarmo went on to have a role on The Young and the Restless!  The topic of conversation on this Soap Dish segment has Chappell, Rogers, and Madison discussing, what they think Agnes Nixon’s involvement and role will be in shaping Prospect Park’s reboot of All My Children and One Life to Live?  Crystal admits she is a huge fan of Nixon’s legendary work and asks Tristan and Martha, if  they think Prospect Park will put Agnes to work?  In which, Martha responds, “If they are smart they will put her to work!  She is still there and willing to offer up her expertise.  They would be crazy not to take it.”

Tristan Rogers offered up a slightly different perspective:  “I don’t know if I would be looking to Agnes to inform the future, and to go to the next stage in daytime.  She made a huge contribution to daytime; there is no question about that.  Whether that contribution needs to be translated on where they are going in the future, I don’t know.   I don’t know whether they need to go back in time and repeat all those storylines and then bring them forward to the later day.  I think, “Let’s start with a fresh sheet of paper.”

Chappell responded, “I don’t know how personally involved she will be, but I am glad she is there to see her shows come back to life!”

Watch the Plant 360 soap segment below, and let us know what you thought of it, and the comments made about Agnes Nixon’s involvement with the relaunching of the soaps she created!

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su0000
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su0000

I agree with Tristan Rogers .. Agnes is an icon a woman of legacy fame.. Her creations are everlasting.. But, would she want to tarnish her legacy with what is now wanted for the internet soaps? Theses two soaps are no longer under the restraints of network TV and are in the hands of younger 21st century men who have different thoughts from the unchanged network soaps, that have had little change in 50 yrs and never made it to the now media of this generation of the 21st century. Time moves on and the people with it.. The old… Read more »

jim
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jim

50s shows didnt have to show people in bed together because that generation were intelligent enough to use their imagination. Where is it written that we have to show every couple in bed together just to prove they have a sex life? Just because you dont see the couple down the street in bed together doesnt mean theyr not doing it. I Love Lucy and Leave It To Beaver didnt have to be real. We watch shows like this to escape the real world. I feel soap sex is erotic and good enough as it is. It doesnt have to… Read more »

jim
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jim

By the way many network shows have outlived cable shows and both networks and cable have lost viewers to other outlets.

Jan
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Jan

Showing sex scenes on soap is really over rated and really isn’t needed.
Tell me story and imply sex , why do we need to see IT.

jim
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jim

Sorry, but i cut myself off too soon. One finale thing i like to mention is that to really compare network soaps to cable, id like to see cable do a soap with racey content and place it opposite the highly rated Y&R. If they beat Y&R, then maybe ill agree with you that cable is stealing viewers from the network. And i did say maybe.

Alisa
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Alisa

Jim,

You have made some great points. If the new AMC/OLTL push the envelope they may lose their some of their viewers.

jim
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jim

Now that im not distracted by my crazy family and able to reread your comments i do agree with you on some of what you said, and hope you realize my reply wasnt against everything you said i was trying to point things out to other readers as well. I feel the changes will be minor as well…i hope they dont go too far…because they could hurt these classic shows by offending some people and they will tune out. Not only could they tarnish Agnes they could tarnish the shows reputation as well. Im sure they wont be doing soft… Read more »

Katie
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Katie

Ehh I don’t think Agnes has much of a problem moving soaps forward she was all for Bianca having a girlfriend and well didn’t mind her having sex scenes LOL yes it will be different maybe a bit more racy but come on now this woman OK’d Erica Kane to have an abortion back when that was taboo.

brian
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brian

I highly agree ! All the respect to Agnes Nixon. She should right a racy storyline for Tristan on one of the shows and make him eat his words, although I am a fan of his too.

brian
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brian

oops right = write

Patrick
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Patrick

Ms. Nixon insisted that different races and classes commingle in Llandview in the hopes of bridging those gaps. The Woloks, The Greys, and The Lords shared Llandview in a time in the 60’s when racism was a huge issue and the rich and the poor were far apart. Wait, those things hav sadly not changed! Ms. Nixon – we need you -STAT!

jim
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jim

I agree with you. I feel Agnes was the first to move soaps forward. I feel Tristian insulted Agnes by making her sound too old to know whats going on in the world 2day. He might as well said”Move along Old Ma, your children are all grown now and this is 2013, we dont need your advice any longer.” These shows are her children, and no one knows their children better than the woman who gave birth to them. Maybe Robert Scorpio should b dropped from GH and replaced with a younger version to help move GH into the 21st… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

Hey Jim! Very well said. Good story telling is an art. It is ageless. Can’t wait to see Ms. Nixon’s work. We will know by the heart and soul we will see in the stories!

Looking forward-

Patrick

Johnny
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Johnny

Two characters we don’t seem to be hearing about are Jake Martin, who has been played by a number of actors through the years, and sexy Amanda Dillon. Will they still be in Pine Valley? Amanda is the daughter of the Late Trevor Dillon and the slightly crazy Janet from another Planet.

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

Chrishell Stause (Amanda Dillon) was leaving the show when the cancellations were announced. She stayed on board for the ending of the show – but I doubt she will work on the reboot.

Troy Turner
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Troy Turner

I follow Chrishell on Twitter, and she’s already taken, but not at liberty to reveal details-I agree, though-while not essential, a recast Amanda Martin would be nice to have around

Johnny
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Johnny

Well, thanks for the info. I don’t know how crucial her character is, but she is still married to Jake (isn’t she?) and was still married to him when the ABC-TV version ended. So, I would think that Jake Martin would somehow resurface, somehow…..

SteveS
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SteveS

It sounds like neither Tristan Rogers nor the first poster here know anything about Agnes Nixon. Her soaps were never set in the 1950s land of Leave It to Beaver! One of OLTL’s first storylines back in 1968 involved a black woman trying to pass as white and AMC tackled several social issues before prime time did including abortion, but child abuse, wife beating, drug use and homosexuality. IMO, network interference was a large part of what killed her shows starting around the time Disney took over ABC when her soaps became less controversial and more generic. I’m very excited… Read more »

Joliefan Forever
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Joliefan Forever

Bravo SteveS!!! Great Post I completely Agree!!!!! I would not bother talking to su0000 or Jim, I don’t believe they can hear ya way back in the 50’s!

KM
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KM

Love AN, a true icon. And to everyone else who worked so hard to keep our soaps alive. Thank You! Having said that, I do think Tristan Rogers is right. We can’t go back to the 70s and 80s school of soaps except in terms of a writing structure and production model. AN may not be the future of soaps but I will say she can probably offer some valuable insight as to where they went wrong in the past. What I miss most about the golden age of soaps is the actual story telling and the bonding between family,… Read more »

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

I definitely think Agnes has no problem with racier story lines, edgier dialogue and moving online. I believe this will only add to her legacy, not detract from it. She has nothing to prove – she is doing this out of love of her stories and her fans. I agree with Crystal, knowing Agnes is involved in these shows makes me feel much better about them and their success. 🙂
I will watch…will you?

Troy Turner
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Troy Turner

Well said-I don’t know how many of you follow sports at all, but think of it this way-Agnes is a first ballot Hall of Famer coming out of retirement to be the guardian angel over this project. The scuttlebutt says that she is VERY involved-so all the quibbling over whether she should be is meaningless, quite frankly

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

Good analogy Troy! (baseball & football watcher here) She is definitely a first ballot Hall of Famer! Hey…do we have something like that?…I think we need to start one!

Joliefan Forever
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Joliefan Forever

hell Ya I can’t wait!!!!!

Linda
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Linda

I agree that Agnes Nixon was not afraid to tackle issues that reg TV wouldn’t. It wasn’t her writing that was the problem it was ABC/Disney that wanted to make the shows a certain way. I love Tristan but it sounds like the excuse they used to get rid of AMC & OLTL. I am an older person and it was stated they didn’t care we watched they only wanted to reach the younger generation. It it wasn’t for my mom and grandma watching and us “older folks” watching there would be no younger generation watching. The bullying storyline on… Read more »

KM
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KM

As an older person myself and I couldn’t agree more. But you have to keep in mind that in the 70s up until about the mid-eighties primetime was still mostly wholesome family variety shows and sitcoms. It was much easier for soaps to make a bold statement in that context and Agnes did it brilliantly. But there is a trick there. You have to break some eggs to make an omelet. I agree that the bullying story was very realistic at least at the start. It’s the sort of story where PP can and should excel. The strong writing actually… Read more »

Joliefan Forever
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Joliefan Forever

BRAVO LINDA BRAVO!!!!!!!!!!! TAKE A BOW DEAR LADY YOU DESERVE IT!

jim
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jim

Loved your comments Linda. If it wasnt for our generation many of the soaps wouldnt have lasted as long as they did and we r still around to support them. If they dont want us around maybe we should leave, then see how many of them will survive. A lot of the younger generation today have a lot of things to distract them from soaps that our generation never had but we r the ones who still stick around and support our soaps but instead of getting a simple thank you for our devotion we get a hard slap in… Read more »

jim
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jim

Maybe one message soaps should send to all people is to respect their elders because if it wasnt for us where on earth do you think you would be?

Kelly
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Kelly

Th only reason PP is touting that Agnes Nixon is involved is to appease the older fans of the show and to keep them from tearing apart their new, updated version. She’s just a figure head and I doubt has much power over any of the important decisions being made about the shows. I believe that PP will politely listen to what she has to say, nod their heads, and then do what they want – not saying that they won’t use any of her ideas, but let’s be realistic about who holds the power here.

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

Who holds the power?…apparently it’s US. The fans. 😉

jim
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jim

Agnes should be there and its not to appease us old geezers. The only ones who could tear apart these shows is those behind the scenes such as the producers, writers ect. I havent read anywhere on these messages where a fan got blamed for whats happening on these shows. I wish i had that kind of control. Agnes is there because these shows are her children like ive said, and who knows their children better than the mother who gave birth to them.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I have to disagree with Tristan on this one. Agnes Nixon brought to TV a black woman passing for white, working class black and white families living side by side and being very close friends. She brought us the first Jewish family with front burner story lines. In Viki and Meredith, the wealthy Lords were friends with and respected the Wolecks, the Grays, the Siegels. And who could forget housewife hooker Karen Woleck. All those stories were on OLTL. I’m not that familiar with the AMC history but seem to remember the first daytime abortion and a story line involving… Read more »

Barbara t loves One life to live
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Barbara t loves One life to live

I agree with you Llanviewer717, Having Agnes Nixon back on daytime is a good thing, I love that she will work side by side with the writers, She has the rights to have something to say about the soaps she created, and she is not afraid to tackle real life situations like you said. I say welcome back Agnes Nixon, I am One fan who is glad that you are bad where you belong with AMC and OLTL.

jim
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jim

Aparently Tristian doesnt know Agnes Nixon.

Jan
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Jan

See I agree.

Christy
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Christy

maybe she’ll be a consultant? Somehow I don’t think of Agnes Nixon while AMC & OLTL are shooting a sexy photoshoot… and some writer said they could do “things” tv soaps can’t. That could mean several things!

Troy Turner
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Troy Turner

Both statements can be true, Christy. Agnes is on board as a consultant, but as things have developed-she has shocked everyone with her degree of involvement. As for the photoshoots, etc-that’s PP’s doing. Both shows will be edgier, but as Jeff K said here in a column a few months back-they know there’s lines they can’t cross, internet or not. Everyone just needs to relax…

Edna Barefoot
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Edna Barefoot

Rogers has miss spoke as far as the fans go. We have fought for one year to bring our beloved soaps back with Agnes Nixon. She is AMC & OLTL. If the writers don’t listen to her they are idiots but I’m counting on them to be very smart. I want to see my OLTL not another version. I want new but mixed with the old. Thanks Michael for this information. YEAH OLTL IS BACK!!

su0000
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su0000

Most seem to believe that Agnes will have the power and the say, not true.. Agnes is there as a consultant of the past and characters etc She will not be writing nor have full creation of stories .. I’m sure she will be asked about many things concerning AMC and be shown great respect, but she is not a producer or writer.. Agnes is with PP but how much power will she have? What is her creative position? Theses are things we do not know .. Again, Agnes will be given great respect .. And the PP peoples are… Read more »

Jan
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Jan

Why is an idol who didn’t make it a co host with her husband?
They don’t represent SOAPS. What am I missing here?

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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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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.

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So, glad to know Home & Family is also back in production? Comment below.

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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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