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GH Knocked Out Of Soap Opera Showdown! AMC, OLTL, GL and DAYS Remain! Vote For The Best Soap Of All-Time!

When the results were in on last night’s voting for Parade.com’s Soap Opera Showdown, in the tournament of 16 soap operas,  it was General Hospital who was knocked out of the next round by none other than All My Children, as the outlet aims to name the Best Soap Opera Of All-Time as voted on by fans of the genre.

That now leaves All My Children going up against One Life to Live, and Days of our Lives going up against Guiding Light during today’s January 28th voting!

The semi-finalist voting which will select the finalists—is now open and will run until 11:59 p.m. ET Tuesday night. The finals will run along the same timeline on Wednesday and the champion will be revealed Thursday morning.

So, better make sure you vote! What did you think of General Hospital getting KO’d?  Who do you think will be left standing from the four soaps? Are fan bases mobilizing for their soaps?   Weigh-in!

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Joshua
Joshua

I’m not voting. In my heart, “Santa Barbara” will always be the best soap opera ever.

“Days of Our Lives” is bound to win this. Fans of that show are rabid and obsessed like no other.

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

LOL!!! I think you’re on to something. Join us.

lipstickcat
lipstickcat

The favorite soaps are the ones that got cancelled! Shows how stupid the TV stations were for getting rid of them!

Rodd
Rodd

I saw the results and thought the same thing. Expensive or not, when will someone realize that there are multiple ways to give soap fans what they want and bring some of these soaps back in some form or fashion?

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Gee…. you don’t think this poll might just reflect viewers trying to make a point do you?

Jeff
Jeff

GH is far better than both AMC and OLTL; maybe a little backlash here at their cancellations??

Joshua
Joshua

Did you actually WATCH “All My Children” and “One Life to Live,” though?

I actually began watching both (and “General Hospital”) in 1992 and for a good twenty years, it was very obvious (at least to me) that AMC and OLTL were miles better than GH.

I mean, it wasn’t even close. Most of the blame, though, goes to Jill Farren Phelps for turning it into The Sopranos on daytimein the 2000’s. It was much, much better from 1992 to 96.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Wish you would have left it at that instead of coming over to GH so that we have to live with FV/RC and Todd, Starr and Silas.

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

If not GH, then Days should be the winner…it was the only soap to be featured on the cover of Time magazine…that alone should mean something…GL was the longest running serial that started on radio…AMC and OLTL had their moments too…hey, they are all winners!!!

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

This is pointless…each soap has had there moment in the spotlight the last 60 plus years…all have had there ups and downs…ive listed my top favorites but sometimes some show i may list at no.3 might later be no.10 later depending how i felt about the storyline and its current cast at the time i was watching…i liked Another World mostly from the 1960s to the 70s but not so much later on…there are times now i think GH is best and next time i think its Days…so even my own top ten i listed is pointless…i loved all the soaps i ever watched…i will always consider Dark Shadows no.1 because it was so unique and fun to watch…Edge was because it was a mystery but with all others its really not that easy picking which i liked best because some days i liked them and other times i didnt. There are many younger people who werent around when some of these soaps were around…its not fair voting!

Mary SF
Mary SF

As I said twice on this topic– the best soap is whatever soap you enjoy watching– there should be no competition between them, you are spot on– just enjoy whichever one you like and the winner will be—- YOU.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Oooooh, this is going to be a tough one, but I voted for OLTL and DOOL. Not easily though. I loved AMC for years (until Ryan Lavery ate the show) and GL was a 70+ year iconic soap! I love OLTL & Days, but based on longevity I think the prize should rightfully go to GL in the end. Tune in tomorrow…

Aria
Aria

Who cares, parade magazine is read by the elderly clearly voting for soaps that are gone. How boring!

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

Days of our Lives is very much alive and thriving!!! Get with THE program!!!

Nancy
Nancy

The elderly hysterical. Watch out you might get it if you are lucky.

rebecca1
rebecca1

It’s not boring…It’s a poll…of soaps…past and present. There’s only four left on network…so most of them are “gone…”

There are votes on best band, actor, president, TV show, movie…many from the past. If it’s boring to you…don’t vote…Simple.

John
John

One Life to Live just edges out Guiding Light.

B.J.
B.J.

I hope GL or OLTL wins and the voting was fair for all.

Margy
Margy

Go OLTL!!!!

donna
donna

I have only watched ABC soaps.. but never cared much for AMC or OLTL. GH was and still is my all time favorite. they always have had the best looking men, story line were never really over the top. and they pretty much did real life issues. Bonus Dr. Noah Drake!!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Not surprised. AMC and either DAYS or GL for the win. Though, ATWT deserved it!

Mary SF
Mary SF

Again the best soap is the soap you enjoy/enjoyed watching– end of story.

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

I agree with you…i let myself get caught in the topic…it doesnt make sense to poll all these soaps and judge which is the all time best unless each fan has seen everyone to fairly judge them and many havent…all were the best and enjoyed by their fans at one point!!!

Casey
Casey

I am soooooo maaaad that gh got KOd from this. I do see people pulling together to get their fave soap to win. I think oltl will win. One Life to Live was always up to date with things everyone enjoyed. And OLTL weighed heavly in pop culture.

su0000
su0000

No way was OLTL ever better than GH .
AMC was better than OLTL but neither were ever better than GH ..

Omar
Omar

OLTL was SOOO much better than GH the last 3 years before it got cancelled by abc..It was also better during the mid 80’s and the early 90’s..AMC was the best soap around the half part of the 90’s overall.

Stacey
Stacey

OLTL for the win! Love those characters

Averill MacNeil
Averill MacNeil

What happened to Another World?

Yolanda Arenas
Yolanda Arenas

I’m voting for OLTL all the way. IMO BEST SOAP EVER!!!

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

For my money, OLTL always was and always will be the best. I’ve watched soaps since childhood and remember Guiding Light, Search for Tomorrow, Love of Life, The Doctors, and dozens of other short lived shows like Never Too Young. Yes, I’m old. I watched GH from the day one until 2005. And I watched AMC during the last 70s and early 80s. Besides the stellar cast, I love OLTL because the way the stories always kept up with current cultural issues. I never felt like OLTL was about making super stars. They certainly have the cast for it. Story telling, drama, character development, and keeping the viewer interested was more important. And the characters – Viki, Dorian, Asa, Clint, Bo, Nora, Cassie, Herb, David (Rinaldi and Vickers), Marco, Karen, Larry, Jenny, Katrina, Wanda and Vinnie, Blair, Max, Todd, Tea, Mitch, Allison, Alex, Carlo, Tina, Cord, Lindsey, Gabrielle, Jessica, Natalie, John, Marty, I could go on and on.

How I miss OLTL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

I always thought OLTL was a big fat bore.

heidi
heidi

Don’t believe it! GH is the best bar none!!!

jp
jp

Well, I have to go with my favorite soap of all time — ONE LIFE TO LIVE. If they win, will that bring them back. I highly doubt it, but I’ll continue to remain hopefully.
Over the years, I have watched many of the soaps listed: OLTL, GH, RH, AW, GL, and Days. As stated before, each soap had its moments of brillance. Each of them richly deserving. Although its interesting how 3 of the last 4 are no longer on network tv. Oh well, good luck OLTL. I hope you are the winner.

DAR
DAR

OLTL will always be my favorite, I watch GH and like it but I love OLTL.

Jared
Jared

Looks like a stupid poll/contest. If you go by the soaps that have been ratings titans for extended periods of time, the best soaps of all time would be Guiding Light, As The World Turns, General Hospital and The Young & The Restless. Iconic soaps like AMC and OLTL, etc., have come and gone, BUT the four soaps I mentioned are the titans of the genre. Please let me know, fellow fans, if I missed any long-running #1’s, but I think I caught them all. I know DAYS and Another World were number one at times in the 1970’s, but neither had a long run.

Jared
Jared

I did some research, and it appears I missed Search for Tomorrow and All My Children on my list of past #1’s and a show called Hawkins Falls back in the 50’s. After the research, I’d say any list of the all-time greats would have to be topped by one of the following 3 shows:

1) The Young & The Restless: #1 for 26 years; 7 Emmy best show wins out of 26 nominations;
2) As The World Turns: #1 for 20 years; 4 Emmy best show wins;
3) General Hospital: #1 for 9 years; 11 Emmy best show wins.

Ignoring the current state of the show, given the historical track record, Y&R should be considered the greatest American soap of all time. However, GH has the more popular “pop culture branding”, probably emanating from its spectacular larger-than-life run in the 1980’s. ATWT has the nostalgia factor going for it. Y&R wins by most measures, though. Again, forget the current state of the show, as this is an all-time contest.

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

The people have spoken. Days of our Lives is the best soap of all time!

terri
terri

OLTL was and always will be my choice for best soap.

Barbara Ervin
Barbara Ervin

I am still pissed off at ABC for canceling OLTL. I barely watch that network anymore and once Grey’s Anatomy comes to an end I’ll be watching them even less!

jimbo
jimbo

started with EDGE OF NIGHT on cbs — loved the murder mysteries– and went with it to abc which introduced me to DARK SHADOWS.

then I picked up AMC with chuck, tara, phil … and young erica. not sure why, but I just lost interest in it in the 70s when I went to college.

began GH around the same time DS was on, and can recall when audry’s babysitter was killed and she hid the gun in the toilet, kept up with it for decades, but gave up when sonny and the mob crowded out every other story line. and then they fired ana lee (really classy, firing a woman who was almost 90), leaving left the show without the one character essential to every successful soap: a gentle, wise character with a heart of pure gold.

like vikk on OLTL. watched it since day one — before erika slezak, daytime’s meryl streep, was even on — right up through the last episode. it was my one break from life. five days a week. no repeats. no pre-empts (until “news” car chases came into vogue). it was the one constant in my life since my days in grade school. those characters and plots saw me through my father’s death. my mother’s. my first love’s. a tornado. a flood. back surgery. the loss of a job. … still mourn its cancelation. put the tv in the garage on jan 13, 2012, and haven’t watched since.

OLTL is the champ, and abc is the horse’s ass.

mks
mks

All MY Children is, in my opinion, by far the best soap. The last few years were a bit rough with the constant changes in head writers and focus, but it had wonderful character development and groundbreaking storylines throughout the years. My second choice would be the Young and the Restless. Third choice is Ryan’s Hope. Unfortunately, I just went on Parade site to vote for AMC and it states that the semifinal voting is closed. OLTL just beat AMC for the finals by a small margin. So it will be DOOL v OLTL. Oh well.

Tom
Tom

My favorite of all time was Another World.

Of the ones that are left, Days is best.

PatF
PatF

None that remain truly are the “best” of all time.

You need to think critically, and of course use the Nielsen ratings to determine that.

Overall from the 50’s through today, both ATWT and YR would fit that category.

And yes there will always be fan favorites GH and Days, but neither has the longtime ratings bragging rights.

The poll is fun for the fans to be sure.

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

I know thousands of people and none of them have ever been a Nielsen Ratings family or have ever known any! The Nielsen Ratings need to include everybody. All new TV’s should have Nielsen devices. Until then, Y&R is just lucky!

PatF
PatF

I know millions of people who are in the same boat. And every single one watches YR. So I’m completely on board. YR will be so lucky once that happens with all those TVs!

charshels
charshels

GH should have won. But I think everyone is trying to save OLTL. My vote would be OLTL. It was a very good show. Then AMC. Erica Cane was good but she didn’t win because she over acts.

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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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WATCH: All My Children Reunion On Strahan & Sara

On Monday’s episode of ABC’s Strahan & Sara, the show welcomed several stars of the beloved All My Children for a reunion, of sorts. Joining hosts Michael Strahan and Sara Haines were Susan Lucci (Erica), Walt Willey (Jack), Cady McClain (Dixie), Jacob Young (JR) and Jill Larson (Opal).

While it was wonderful to see the stars from Pine Valley again, it was also a painful reminder that this network, ABC, canceled the show, and had put in its place – The Chew, and now Strahan & Sara – since canning the series.   In fact, as you will see on the clips below, many of the crew who work on this talk show were once the crew for All My Children.

During the segment, Susan Lucci was tested to see if she remembered all of Erica Kane’s wedded names.  Later, Walt Willey and Susan re-created the final scene of the ABC version of All My Children between Erica and Jack, where Jack walks out on her.  However, this time, they have Jack changing his mind and coming back to Erica and sealing their relationship with a kiss – a moment of closure that never happened (since the show moved to online via Prospect Park).

In addition, Cady McClain and Jacob Young re-created the infamous Dixie “dying from eating poison pancakes” scene, as JR watches his mother die, only this time she lives.

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It’s always great to see these veteran performers, but Strahan & Sara is trying to capture the soap viewers to put eyeballs on their show by bringing in talent from the show that sadly and wrongly went off the air.

Watch the clips below from the All My Children reunion below.  Then, let us know what you thought of it via the comment section below.

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