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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
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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
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4everDAYS

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

lipstickcat
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lipstickcat

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

Rodd
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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
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Elizabeth

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

Jeff
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Jeff

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

Joshua
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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
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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)
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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)
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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… Read more »

Mary SF
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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
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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
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Aria

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

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

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

Nancy
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Nancy

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

rebecca1
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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
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John

One Life to Live just edges out Guiding Light.

B.J.
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B.J.

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

Margy
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Margy

Go OLTL!!!!

donna
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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)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

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

Mary SF
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Mary SF

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

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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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
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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
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su0000

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

Omar
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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
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Stacey

OLTL for the win! Love those characters

Averill MacNeil
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Averill MacNeil

What happened to Another World?

Yolanda Arenas
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Yolanda Arenas

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

Llanviewer717
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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… Read more »

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

I always thought OLTL was a big fat bore.

heidi
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heidi

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

jp
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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
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DAR

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

Jared
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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… Read more »

Jared
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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.… Read more »

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

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

terri
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terri

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

Barbara Ervin
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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
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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.… Read more »

mks
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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
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Tom

My favorite of all time was Another World.

Of the ones that are left, Days is best.

PatF
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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
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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
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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
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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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Rebecca Budig in Cast of CBS Holiday Movie ‘Fit For Christmas’

Daytime favorite Rebecca Budig (ex-Greenlee, AMC, and ex-Hayden, GH) will be seen in the upcoming CBS holiday movie, Fit For Christmas.

The movie also stars The Talk’s Amanda Kloots and she also serves as one of the executive producers and also co-wrote the project.  Budig joins Kloots along with When Calls the Heart favorite, Paul Greene in the holiday charmer.

In story, Fit For Christmas tells “the tale of Audrey, an enthusiastic Christmas-obsessed fitness instructor at a beloved, financially beleaguered community center in quaint Mistletoe, Mont., who begins a holiday romance with a charming, mysterious businessman, complicating his plans to turn the center into a more financially profitable resort property.”

Fit for Christmas is slated to premiere on Sunday, December 4th (8:30 ET/8 PT).

So, will you be watching Rebecca, Amanda and Paul in the holiday film? Do you somehow wish GH could bring back Budig as Hayden? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Kelly Ripa Talks On Her New Memoir ‘Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories’

Talk show host and All My Children alum, Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley) is opening up about her life and times in her highly-anticipated memoir available now, Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories.

Ripa chatted exclusively with PEOPLE who got some of intel and dish on what’s included in the book.

Kelly told PEOPLE, when she landed the gig as the new co-host of Live with Regis and Kelly, with the late Regis Philbin back in 2001, she felt like she was “getting shot out of a cannon.”  Ripa was also appearing on All My Children at the same time.

She tells the story of when her agent called with the offer, Ripa was told: “They want you to know who your boss is. It was very ominous, and it did not feel good.”  Her agent also said the show didn’t want her, “bringing an entourage.” She brought two people. “I came with hair and makeup,” Kelly says. “It was not an unusual thing for people on a television show to show up with.”

She added that Regis greeted her with executive producer, Michael Gelman, saying: “Uh-oh, Gelman, it’s got an entourage.” It?!  Kelly expressed that she “felt horrible.  He was probably trying to be funny, but at the same time it felt like a pile-on.”

As for Philbin’s attitude at the time, Kelly shared, “I understand that probably he didn’t want a co-host, but the network wanted me to be the co-host and I didn’t think I should pass up that opportunity. I don’t think it was fair to him. But it was also not fair to me.”

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The actress-talk show host-producer also talked on her marriage to Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo), whom she met while both were on All My Children, sharing that they were, “too young to get married! On paper it should not have worked and when it didn’t work, we really worked at it. We fought for our marriage when it would have been easier to quit and throw in the towel.”

According to the book publisher, HarperCollins:  “In ‘Live Wire’, her first book, Kelly shows what really makes her tick. Whether recounting how she and Mark (Consuelos) really met, the level of chauvinism she experienced on set, how Jersey Pride follows her wherever she goes, and many, many moments of utter mortification (whence she proves that you cannot, in fact, die of embarrassment) Kelly always tells it like it is. Ms. Ripa takes no prisoners.”

So, will you be ordering your copy of Kelly’s memoir? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Eva LaRue’s Stalker Sentenced to 40 Months in Prison

In a harrowing situation spanning 12 years, a man who threatened former All My Children, Santa Barbara, and Y&R favorite, Eva LaRue (ex-Maria, ex- Margot, ex-Celeste) and her daughter, Kaya was sentenced to 40 months in prison.

James David Rogers, 58, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt for over a decade of threatening letters and phone calls about torture, rape and death to LaRue and her daughter.

Rogers had pleaded guilty in April to two counts of mailing threatening communications, one count of threats by interstate communications and two counts of stalking.  According to court documents, all of this began in March 2007 until Rogers eventually was arrested in November 2019.  At the beginning of his stalking spree, LaRue’s daughter, Kaya was only five-years-old.

According to Deadline, Eva gave a “tearful victim impact statement, telling the judge in L.A. federal court that she has undergone therapy since the harassment began in order to deal with feelings of fear and paranoia.”  She added, “We didn’t know if he would show up on our doorstep. We will think about him for a lifetime. The fear is with me forever.”

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The judge has ordered Rogers to self surrender on October 12th to begin his sentence at a federal prison in Ohio.

Eva won a Daytime Emmy back in 2020 for her guest star turn on The Young and the Restless, and is best-known to primetime viewers for her role in CSI: Miami.

Share your thoughts on Eva and Kaya’s heartbreaking real-life experience via the comment section below.

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