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Eden Riegel On AMC's Demise: "What a Colossal Shame!" Shares Favorite Moments As Bianca!

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The beloved Eden Riegel, (Bianca) of All My Children, took to Twitter this afternoon to recognize that the show has one again been canceled.   But in addition to relating her extreme sadness over the situation, Riegel chose to share with fans her favorite moments in AMC history as the groundbreaking Bianca, as she mourned the loss of the iconic show one more time and remembered the best of times!

Eden tweeted on the news of the demise of AMC, yet again:  “Damnit. What a colossal shame! The show we all loved, that had such success online, dead again.  Very sad I can’t return to my AMC family again and play the role I love so much. I’ll spend the day mourning and remembering the good times.”

And with that, a series of touching photos that will bring back so many memories for All My Children viewers came flooding on to Riegel’s Twitter account including images of Bianca with:  Leo (Josh Duhamel), Maggie (Elizabeth Hendrickson), Reese (Tamara Braun), Eden’s winning the Daytime Emmy, the Kane women, and finally the last cast photo of the 2013 revival of AMC via Prospect Park!

Let us know what your favorite Bianca moment was of all-time as played by Eden? And, what do you think about her tweets which balance the sorrow of this heartbreaking loss all over again for soap fans, but at the same times gives us long lasting memories to hold on to?

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Best of luck to Eden. I hope to see her on TV, in movies, or maybe on an online show. Michael, can you ask Eden to post those photos here? Love you, Eden. My heart goes out to you and all of those actors now out of work. You deserve better.

Prospect Park should be ashame of themselves, they have the actors telling fan that AMC and OLTL is cancelled. They can’t be MEN or WOMEN to do that themself and let fans know why they are cancelling these show, bad producers, management and business.

Now we should boycott their other show ROYAL PAIN on the usa network

You are spot on. Soap fans are given no respect. Prospect park is spineless.

We want more reality shows and talk shows. gh will be cancelled next year. a talk show, will replace gh. Prospect park had enough of all my children and one life to live. they were not making any money. good for prospect park. they don’t own anyone an answer. grow up people this is a business. soap watchers are normally insane and fat. get off the couch, and go excersise. then watch your talk shows. learn something about your self. go watch dr. phil the chew. the chew is a wonderful show. All soaps will be history too.

Um…Lisa…..pardon???? More reality and more talk shows?? You are SERIOUSLY in the minority here pal. Talk shows are dropping like flies because viewers are NOT watching. And as for reality shows….what else do we possibly need? There is a reality show for every possible topic. I think….maybe…you’re an ABC or Prospect Park employee? Seriously…who goes to a chat room for soap lovers and starts ranting about how viewers want less soaps and more shows to replace soaps? LOL. Very peculiar.

Not defending PP, but it is the professional thing to do, informing cast and crew first, before making any official statement to the the public. It is better to hear it from your agent rather than learned about your job loss on the evening news. Unfortunately in this day and age of instant everything, it just takes one cast member to tweet the news to fans before PP can finish what they have to finish before any official statement is made– making them look like jerks. If they never come out with a statement then yes, I would call them spineless, but for now I am giving them the benefit of the doubt and believe it was not their intention for fans to find out via Twitter—and an official statement will be forthcoming

Exactly! Networks, etc. are bashed all the time because cast and crew hear via the media that their show is cancelled. PP lets everyone know before the rest of us, and people think they’re horrible for it. They can’t win! Kudos to them for giving it a go! I appreciated getting to see my shows again if only for a bit.

I agree Mary. What a shame it is indeed to have AMC canceled. I really enjoyed the online version.

we should boycott pp ….

They are chicken s**** the way they have handled this. Nothing good to say so I’m done after 41+ yrs.

I can appreciate Eden’s thoughts and of course she made Bianca Montgomery
a very memorable character. Right now I am so despondant and frustrated over
the cancelling of ALL MY CHILDREN, and yet still no official word from Prospect
Park which really ticks me off as I’m sure it does many other long-time Fans of
the show – that I can hardly stand it.
Like others, I too almost wish it hadn’t resurfaced if it was going to meet such
an untimely demise. I don’t think it was even given a chance to “find it’s footing”
as an on-line Presentation. Surely, it deserved more than just a few short
months to prove itself.

I am very patient and most accommodating but now I am at my limit. Prospect Park, regardless of the production and economic challenges it faces creating 2.0 versions of ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE — and I realize there must be many — owes the audience who believed and supported Prospect Park an open honest admission of this news. It is difficult to doubt when three reputable actresses (including Riegel here) have shared this disappointment on their Twitter accounts in recent days.. .with no word from the company in charge. And there must be some fire where there’s smoke because these are three actresses who were key to the relaunch.

When will people realize that audiences care and have an investment in the product? Money may be not be changing hands like at the store but there is time, trust, engagement, support, and advocacy we give to creative pursuits… even in commercial television, whatever evolution it’s experiencing.

News can be tough to hear and I can accept this effort could not go on, but hey, just be up front and explain it to us.

Best of luck to our Pine Valley and Llanview casts and crews. I hope we will see your faces and names attached to other projects soon, not only for the sake of those of us who appreciate you and your talents, but so you may be able to make a living using the educations, experiences, and talents you have.

Thank you –

ditto!

“…When will people realize that audiences care and have an investment in the product? Money may be not be changing hands like at the store but there is time, trust, engagement, support, and advocacy we give to creative pursuits… even in commercial television, whatever evolution it’s experiencing.”

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this IS emotional upheaval … for, so, many, PEOPLE

The situation with PP is very sad and bad. Sad that the shows are over or on the shelf and bad that the people in charge did not feel it was necessary to make an announcement. Once something like this happens the powers that be should have made some sort of an announcement, either refuting or confirmung it. Very bad business practice .

Actually it is common practice to inform cast and crew of a cancellation before making an official statement. However in this day and age of Twitter and Facebook it only takes one cast member to prematurely announce the news to the general public. But the cat is out of the bag now, so PP should step up and make an official announcement soon— if they don’t they yes, that would be bad business practice, but I suspect when they get all their ducks in a row and craft a statement they are prepared to live with– they should break their silence.

What about Bianca and Lena Kundera? Don’t forget Olga Sosnovksa’s contribution to making Bianca’s character arc a classic.

That was creepy and gross. Lena looked like a 40 year old European predator creeping on a 20 year old girl.

ABC should not get rid of SOAPNET and get AMC, OLTL and other online soaps like Venice. We do not need another Disney cannel that just repeats the same shows over and over again.

Bianca was one of my favorite characters. I liked her with Reese. In my mind, since Marissa is shot by JR, Bianca gets back with Reese. Miranda goes back to being the age she is suppose to be. And Bianca, Reese , Miranda , and Gabby have a wonderful life in Paris. I hope to see Eden in other things. Thanks Eden, you did a wonderful job being Bianca!

I loved Eden’s tweets today, and I especially loved that Alicia Minshew responded to two of them (photos of her with Eden as Kendall and Bianca), and shared in the sadness. I’m pretty sure we would have seen Kendall again had AMC returned for a second season and I feel robbed. My guess is that things with PP are more complicated than we’re being told and that while AMC has been cancelled in its current form, as Cady McClain said, PP is not quite ready to give up its rights to the shows. If they were, they’d announce it and be done with it. I’m not sure what will happen and if PP will figure out a new way to put these two soaps online or on television again, or if we’ve truly seen the last of AMC and OLTL, but the shows are gone for now and the actors are free to do whatever they need to do to earn a living. I wish everyone connected with both shows well and hope that one day, we might see AMC and OLTL again because as Eden said, AMC was successful online and even if it never airs again on Hulu or Hulu Plus, maybe it could find success somewhere else with another company producing it, or at least making a movie to tie up loose ends.

I agree, Prospect Park should make an announcement though this is coming as no surprise to me. I anticipated it. And while I supported both soaps and enjoyed the online versions, I wish they never would have been produced. It wasn’t fair to the audience nor the actors.

Rumors i heard tonight, is that all my children might get picked up by a cable network. I heard this on the radio. no one wants one life to live. they only want all my children.

I wish the clock could be turned back 20 – 25 years where soaps were extremely successful TV shows. The stories were simply amazing then. The current soaps are so bad that they are not worth investing any time. Most of the EPs and HWs are extremely, extremely bad. It will not be a surprise if the remaining soaps disappear in about 5 years time.

Wonderful we had you back. I prayed for a longer time. Money was spent this year really feel a profit would comet next year. Someone please pick up our Famalia!

The beloved Eden Riegel, (Bianca)

I feel compelled to post: In Loving Memory of Francis Heflin… “Mona Kane”.

4 generations of Kane Dynasty.

Mona
Erica
Kendell and Bianca
and the great- and grand’children of

collectively, embracing, (Take care) the generations and decades plus of cast and crew.

Eden Riegel – “heartfelt, Thank You” I sincerely appreciate your profession… your inner strength… your mindset…. to further along… LGBT cause and effect. notwithstanding… the life of Bianca is forever etched in our HEARTS.

“How I LOVED Francis Heflin. “Mona… I know the heavens opened up”

Sigh.

I kind of knew this was coming, but I was hoping for the best. When the reboots debuted, there were some obvious problems, such as the new characters, some lack of chemistry and such, but I thought it just needed a bit of time to work it all out. I was willing to wait. I enjoyed OLTL more, because enough of the key characters came back, and stepped up, despite the writing. All in all… everyone did the best they could with what they had to work with. We were lucky to have either of them back at all.

But the things I found most frustrating is the feeling I got that PP was surprised at how enthusiastic we were in watching the shows! When they started changing the schedule around, it seemed like they had been caught off guard by both show’s popularity! And I will NEVER understand that dry “behind the scenes” show that ran on Fridays! Equally frustrating is the fight to remove the 3 characters of Todd, Starr and John from GH!

I know their move from Llanview to Port Charles wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but again, the actors did the best they could, and we were lucky to be able to have their talent, and the aspect of believing Llanview was still alive and thriving somewhere. The occasional appearances of other characters, such as Tea, and Blair, was fun. It would have been interesting to have seen the character of David Hayward from AMC, show up on GH, in that he was once married to Anna Devane. There were a lot of possibilities, unfortunately, very little vision it seems.

As I have said before. I am a fan of Roger Howarth, Kristen Alderson, and Michael Easten. They have my loyalty. ABC and Prospect Park can go… ahem… cancel themselves. If you know what I mean! 🙁

Well, I’ve heard through the rumor grapevine that it’s possible ABC-TV actually wants the shows back. Both Prospect Park and ABC are required by the Courts not to discuss the case in the Media, no easy feat these days. Would be nice if AMC could return as a half hour Lead-in program to General Hospital. Only time will tell what will happen down the road a bit.
Something tells me we haven’t seen the last of the residents of Pine Valley.
I am curious if Agnes Nixon has any comment regarding this latest development?

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Kelly Ripa Shares on Husband Mark Consuelos: “My Funny Valentine…Celebrating 29 Years of Love With This Guy”

Ah, we remember them when, right? Hard to believe that 29 years have passed since Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos tied the knot when they were mere young adults on All My Children on May 1st, 1996 and portraying Hayley and Mateo, respectively.

But, look at them now! Kelly and Mark are happily married with three children and co-hosting the top-rated syndicated morning talk show!

On Valentine’s Day, Mark took to his Instagram and Kelly took to hers, posting pics and snaps of their love for one another. Consuelos shared: “My forever Valentine…You make smile♥️♥️” to which Ripa replied “Ten Hearts.”

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Kelly posted a plethora of great shots of the duo through the years, captioning it all with “My funny Valentine…Celebrating 29 years of ♥️ with this guy 😍”

The photo album included: Kelly and Mark in matching blue and white outfits standing in front of a red sign that spells out the word “love.” In addition, Ripa chose some moments from their red-carpet appearances and some of their favorite vacations.

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Meanwhile, the Live with Kelly and Mark social media account featured a shot of the couple wearing matching t-shirts that said, “Find someone that loves you as much as Mark loves Mark 😂 Happy Valentine’s Day!”

So, what do you think? Are Kelly and Mark the best example of a Valentine’s Day couple we know and love? Share your thoughts in the comment section and Happy Valentine’s Day from Michael Fairman TV!

 

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Grammy Winner Jody Watley Recalls Dancing On ‘Soul Train’ with All My Children’s Darnell Williams: “Like Every Other Soap Fan I Loved His Legendary Character ‘Jesse'”

Look who’s paying an homage to one of the all time daytime greats, Darnell Williams (ex-Jesse, All My Children), none other than recording artist and Grammy-winner, Jody Watley.

While in promotion of her new single, Everlasting, Watley has been sharing photos and memories of moments from her career that are everlasting.

Taking to her Instagram, Watley shared a photo of herself with a young Darnell Williams, where we learned not only is she a huge fan of the iconic Jesse from Pine Valley, but she danced with Darnell when they both appeared on Soul Train! Darnell was regular on the show from 1974-1975.  Watley began her professional career on Soul Train, then became part of the musical group, Shalamar, before beginning her own solo career which has now spanned decades.

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Watley expressed on Willi: “EVERLASTING Indeed! 😁😁✨ “Always believe in you..” #flashbackfriday #70s 😘 this photo was shared with me from a ST fan page on FB .. I’d never seen it before 😯😍 – two teens with big dreams — Darnell Williams such a nice guy and so handsome we danced together a few times – a snapshot – … later like every other soap fan I loved his legendary character “Jesse” back in the golden era of daytime TV “All My Children” ❤️❤️❤️❤️ terrific actor— and I was in awe like “I knew him on ST” 😁 – before coming into my own trajectory as an artist.”

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Two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Darnell Williams appeared on All My Children during several stints from 1991 to 1998, then again from 2008-2011, before reprising the role in 2013 in Prospect Park’s reboot of the series.

Watley’s biggest hits include Real Love, Looking for a New Love, Everything, Some Kind of Lover and more.

So, what do you think of the Darnell and Jody connection, and her remembrances of his time as Jesse on AMC? share your thoughts in the comment section, and also check out the radio edit version of Jody’s new single below.

 

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‘Live with Kelly and Mark’ Scores Most-Watched Week of Syndicated Talk Shows in 2 Years; Delivers Strongest Week in Nearly 3 Years

In another case of soap alums doing great things, come news that former All My Children stars and real-life marrieds Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley) and Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo) are having a great ride together as on-screen co-hosts of the syndicated morning series, Live with Kelly and Mark.

New numbers were just released by ABC that share that during the week of January 15-19 2024: Live with Kelly and Mark hit series highs in Households (1.81 rating) and Total Viewers (2.673 million). Interestingly enough, former GH star, Rick Springfield (ex-Noah Drake) appeared on the show that week performing with friend and musician, Richard Marx.)

But there is more good news: Live with Kelly and Mark delivered the franchise’s strongest week in nearly 3 years in both Households and Total Viewers, as well as double-digit week-to-week increases in key demos over the last three weeks.

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With 2.673 million Total Viewers, ‘Live’ delivered the most-watched week of any syndicated talk show in 2 years ( since Dr. Phil second week of January in 2022).

In even more solid gains for this ratings report: the talker stood as the week’s top  daytime talk show in Households (1.81 rating) and Total Viewers (2.673 million). ‘Live’ also ranked as the No. 1 entertainment talk show of the week across all key Nielsen measures, topping all daytime and late-night entertainment talk shows.

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Overall the Live with Kelly and Mark is up 4%  from the the previous year averaging roughly 2.4M viewers across all of its episodes. ‘Live’ also stands as the season’s No. 1 entertainment talk show across all key Nielsen measures.

Consuleos arrived officially on the season on April 17th 2022 taking over for the departing Ryan Seacrest to co-host the show with Ripa. While many voiced concerns that the on-screen and off-screen coupling might make for lower ratings if they were not entertaining, just the opposite has happened, the series seems in a very healthy place; given the constant downturn in linear ratings and viewership in daytime TV.

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