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Deep Dish Names The Best & Worst Of Season One Of AMC and OLTL!

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Earlier this week, Marc Harshbarger reviewed the first season of the revivals of All My Children and One Life to Live with this picks for the Best and Worsts storylines, characters, actors and actresses, events, mystery, hunks and more,  on his popular blog Deep Dish:  groovy gay pop culture!

Harshbarger noted: “So it has been a bumpy four months for AMC and OLTL behind the scenes as well as on-screen, where their characters and storylines have entertained, frustrated, confused and put me to sleep.”

As for a sampling of his picks …  for Most Dramatic storyline: “Last spring I found Cassandra’s violent kidnapping by sex traffickers on AMC to be too disturbing and sleazy to enjoy. However, this storyline did eventually lead to some satisfying emotional drama, including Cassandra’s pregnancy and abortion and Jesse’s resignation as Pine Valley’s police chief.”

For Worst Storyline Runner-Up: “The Pellegrino Fund on OLTL – both Dorian and Viki were stuck in this dull storyline as the latter lost a fortune in a bad investment.” Worst Storyline Honorable Mention: “OLTL’s Nora Buchanan as “The Nightbird” – she got her own advice show podcast, which was less than exciting to watch – and big waste of Hillary B. Smith’s talent.”

For Most Entertaining Character: “OLTL’s David is always good for a laugh – and Tuc Watkins is terrific in the role. I especially enjoyed him pushing Blair out of the way at the gala. And I have a feeling that he and Dorian – who broke up after she caught him kissing Rama on the dance floor at Shelter – will eventually find their way back to each other after she learns the truth about Carl.”  Best Bitch:  “AMC’s Colby Chandler – I didn’t care much for her at first as she broke up Celia and Pete and slept with both him and David. But then it was revealed that she was friends with poor Cassandra, whom she helped through the painful aftermath of her kidnapping. It was nice to see that Colby had a nice side – and even though she continued to be mean to Celia (i.e. changing the measurements of the girl’s gala dress), I now liked her as a more “well-rounded” bitch.”‘

Best Actor and Actress: “Next year’s Daytime Emmys better acknowledge the wonderful performances by AMC’s Darnell Williams and Debbi Morgan as their characters, Jesse and Angie Hubbard, dealt with their daughter’s traumatic ordeal. ”

Check out the entire list here, and then let us know if you agree with Harshbarger’s picks, or what would you pick as the Best and Worst of Season One of AMC and OLTL?  Share your thoughts below!

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Beth
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I agree that AMC had a better season than OLTL. I love Tuc Watkins and didn’t like Nikki the bartender. I don’t know that I’d give AMC an “A”, especially since I didn’t like Cassandra’s story, no matter how timely the subject may be or how well Debbi and Darnell did with the material, and their performancs were award-worthy. I’m not sure I’d give Best Couple to Pete and Celia. Between the two shows, I’d probably give it to Todd and Blair. Dr. Anders is not all that interesting to me, either. But I do agree that Zach and Lea… Read more »

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Im in agreement here…its about all id of said…i think Noras story wouldve been better had she been recieving calls from her enemy Lyndsey Rappaport. One Lifes cliffhanger shouldve been like this: Natalie finds her babysitter murdered and Liam missing. cut to street scene…a blonde woman is seen walking with a small child, and singing ‘Hush little baby dont say a word’ ect. she turns to the camera and smiles wickedly…its Alison Perkins with Liam! Alison resumes singing and walking with Liam. fade to black. end of season one. Will John Mcbain return for season 2 to search for his… Read more »

Joshua
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Joshua

Oh dead Gawd in heaven please don’t tell me Petey and Celia won Best Couple? Is that a joke?

That guy is so nauseating. A complete Cameron Mathison/Ryan Lavery 2.0.

Lisa Z.
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Lisa Z.

I agree with the writer’s statement, “RH sleepwalked through his scenes”. I did not think that Todd and Blair were all that amazing together. They were somewhat boring. The “More” shows talked about Todd and Blair too much. The producers and writers missed the mark on that one. They should not have built a good part of the season around RH’s departure. Focus on the terrific actors who are committed to OLTL, and not the one who is on his way back to GH. I do hope that OLTL returns as the mystery set up by Jeffrey and Carl could… Read more »

Jenn
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Jenn

I don’t agree that RH was sleepwalking through his scenes. I think he was given crap writing and then tired after filming it all in such little time. I think your are dead on though about how they focused way too much on TnB and not the characters who were staying. It seemed really weird and they wrote a lot of characters into a corner as a result. Both Blair and Tea are married to characters who are not on the show now. Are they just going to be dropped into the “mom” roles? I don’t know why TPTB thought… Read more »

curry-girl
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I would have liked to have seen at the season finally that Todd was the mastermind and culprit behind the Tattoo organization working with Alison Perkins holding Victor hostage again. He did all of this to win Blair back.

Deep Dish
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Deep Dish

What a pleasant surprise!!! Thanks, Michael, for the shout-out to my recent AMC and OLTL post. That’s so nice of you. Hopefully your fans will enjoy reading it.

Derek
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Derek

Loved the reviews, and must say they were spot on!

Deep Dish
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Deep Dish

Thanks, Derek! 🙂

su0000
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su0000

The downfall of both soaps is; They are too soft for the internet.. People expect much more reality, hard core drama, and of course a bit of skin and be real to life, when people get mad they swear, especially the men. Both soaps are seen as being written for grandma.. People watch hows shows like; Breaking Bad… #1 rating American Horror story Orange the new Black House of cards etc etc in kind.. Cable has gone R and MA ratings for the most popular shows.. Network TV show as Scandal have 5 star ratings because they are for grownups,… Read more »

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

My grandmother watched GH…my niece is from this generation and she faithfully watches the show…a fourth generation watcher…mild swearing and barely any skin but yet she watches daily…people from this generation to us old geezers will watch anything good whether there is adult content or not…your not 100% wrong on some stuff you say but i didnt see a bunch of this generation tuning in when Tea said the f word…the story still has to be good…unfortunately the reboots storylines were not…and thats why it didnt attract many new viewers…i myself liked some of it and i didnt care if… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

But– she is not a new viewer.. she has watched with family.. New viewers who have not watched soaps are not tuning in, if they were the numbers would be in the 5 million lol And the soaps are laughed over by many younger as my grandmas stories.. The soaps are stuck in the 80’s and now have a chance to come into the 21st century media/online.. It has nothing to do with with saying fu*k it has to do with connecting to reality and men when very angry cuss.. teenagers are very liberal with some cuss words, not that… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

suOOO Soaps have been around for half a century. Guess what? People have been around much longer! And PEOPLE don’t change. People have ALWAYS used curse words…I’m sure your parents did and your grandparents and their grandparents. Just like people were “shocked” when Elvis Presley moved his hips…just as they were shocked when Miley Cyrus moved more. People stay the same…as each young generation of their time thinks they’re so unique, different, hip, cool….wthatever. The reason soaps always drew huge viewers was because the viewers got involved…hooked…attached…to the characters and brought them into their lives day after day. DAY AFTER… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

So what??
Fact is the soaps are not bringing in young viewers..
IF the soaps were garbing new viewers the ratings numbers would be way up, but the numbers stay near same/not growing to any significance because the younger and or new are not tuning in….
It is the old fans keeping them alive.
When something stops growing it will eventually die, in media..

I love the soaps and want them forever, but they do need change to get new viewers, they are not getting new viewers of any growing numbers.. 🙂

Kate
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Kate

Downton Abbey is one of the most popular soaps of all time and there is little skin and no cursing. You are trying to compare apples to oranges. Soaps were not meant to be like “Breaking Bad”. The key is in the writing. Need good storylines. As much as I can’t stand watching the high school scenes, I know that I must endure some of it. I do not watch the shows you mention but I bet they don’t have high school scenes. No one wants to watch high school scenes except perhaps the 12 and under audience. The problem… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

Downtown Abby is not a soap.. It is nit made in the USA.. Downtown Abbey is a British period drama show..from the United Kingdom and PBS USA picked it for their Masterpiece series, it is aired in public TV.. It is related to history of aBritish social hierarchy and less fantasy then USA soaps.. Downtown Abbey also airs in; Australia …Finland..Argentina .. Japan.. Italy..Taiwan .. Spain.. The Czech Republic..Hong Kong..China..South Africa.. Sweden..Portugal..Chile..Brazil..Switzerland..France.. Greece.. Norway..Mexico..Russia..Hungary..Turkey..Philippines..Slovenia.. Denmark..Iran.. Middle East..Serbia..Belgium..Poland..New Zealand.. Netherlands..Israel..Germany..Scotland ((and others.. Many of those countries would not a allow any skin above the ankle lol It is not a soap… Read more »

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

my niece didnt watch with family…she started on her own…second if your part of this generation you watch gh and make great comments about it…it appeals to you yet there is no r rated sex or curse words and you never complain…you always give gh good comments about the storyline…many young in my family 16 to 30ish have watched soaps and other shows on network, cable and online including myself…pg to r rated…cussing and nudity were in some and some did not have hardly any…some were good shows and some werent…its all about the story…none tuned in to hear cursing… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

I did not say to load the soaps with sex and cuss words.
I said they seem phony without some cussing when people are very angry they cuss and sex is a huge part of humans..
The soaps need to connect more to reality not be phony with no connection to real life..

Derek
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Derek

@ su. In this case every on network.tv is fake because none of them have cussing or sex due to the FCC. The bottom line is soaps lose viewers because for one the neilson system.sucks and two people aren’t home during the day anymore like they used to be and thats it.

Linda
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Linda

IMHO AMC had better writers. The story lines, while not perfect, kept my interest. AJ was the best of the new characters. Jesse, Angie and David were great as usual. But what happened to Dr. Griff and Bianca? They should have been used more. As for OLTL I felt there was no flow. Even though most of it’s characters returned something was missing. Jerry VanDorn was terrific. Too much emphasis was on Shelter. What happened to John McBain? It would have been nice if he made an appearance. If OLTL returns TPTB should change that awful opening. Since ABC is… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

OLTL has the worst opening, ever..(cringe) out of Sesame Street lol..
It is so irritating I can no longer tolerate it ..
The lame openings label the soaps as lame, very lame..

Theme music opening, dramatic music, would do both soaps a lot of good..

Kate
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Kate

I wonder if ABC would bring the soaps back at 30 minutes each if PP had not bought the rights to them. The talk shows are never going to bring in high ratings. There are too many of them and they are sooooooo boring. I think the audience are those that don’t have cable and they just turn on the tv out of habit and don’t really watch. Ellen does well because she is funny. I use to watch tv every day. I don’t ever have the tv on during the day now unless I want to watch the local… Read more »

Jan
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Jan

Nora’s story ” Night Bird” was great…different funny.

Toni
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Toni

I agree with Deep Dish about AMC on a number of points. I loved Colby, and watching her was one of the highlights of the season. She was a great bitch, but what made her relatable was seeing her vulnerability in her scenes with Cassandra. She was very well written and acted, nicely rounded out, and interesting. I look forward to more of her in season 2. I also agree about Lea and Zach. I love Zach Slater, but Lea was lackluster at best. His scenes with Miranda were far and away more enjoyable. But what I’m really hoping for… Read more »

christy
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christy

favorite OLTL characters (from this season) David, naturally, and Blair & Todd I’m afraid the storywriting for OLTL this time was not up to what I’m used for OLTL for the first 43 years! The ending was horrible… that had to be a nightmare Nat’s having, having drifted off in one the hospital waiting rooms… This mystery thing with Todd & Victor reminds me too much of the “mystery” on ABC’s Lost… I like a mystery I can figure out and one that gets solved by the end of the season if not sooner. Vicki didn’t figure out that Dorian… Read more »

Edwin
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Edwin

One life to live was horrible. It sucks that was da show I’d practically run home from school to watch in the past but it was horrible this season. IF there is a season two and that’s a big IF the. The writers need to be FIRED otherwise don’t bring it back it will only dishonor OLTL more.

S
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S

I would like to say that the main story on OLTL is really good. The one about The disappearance of Victor and Todd going after him and the absolutely wonderful performance of Clint at the end. The entrance of Allison Perkens really wets your appetite for more. So I say bring it back. To hec with the courts.

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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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