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Happy 40th Anniversary AMC- What and who were you faves?

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A big congratulations are in order today to ABC’s All My Children. While the soap celebrates its 40th anniversary officially tomorrow on January 5th, ( things kicked off in Pine Valley back in January 5, 1970) it’s celebrating big-time with a special two part episode that airs today and tomorrow bringing lots of your favorites back to name Pine Valley “The Best Town in America.”  But while AMC has had its ups, and in more recent time, real downs, there have been some amazing storylines, moments, and social issues that had been part of the shows cornerstone. From Erica’s original “abortion”,  to Phil going to Vietnam, to Cindy dying of AIDS,  to Bianca’s coming out story and the first same-sex wedding on daytime, to Iraqi vet JR Martinez, AMC has touched upon many a hot topic.

And the romance!  Phil and Tara Brent were the original supercouple of AMC back in the 70’s, and the spoiler of course was a young Erica Kane!  The romances of Dimitri and Erica, Edmund and Maria, Hayley and Mateo, Nina and Cliff, Greg and Jenny, Jesse and Angie, Phoebe and Langley, Tad and Dixie, Trevor and Natalie, Zach and Kendall, Julia and Noah and Leo and Greenlee,  also had fans at times on the edge of their seats, and shedding tears of joy and sorrow.

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But ah, those villains!  Vanessa, Cobra, Billy Clyde Tuggle, David Hayward, Michael Cambias, Greg Madden, Dr. Kinder, Ray Gardner, and many more that put their stamp on the poor citizens of P.V. that some never recovered and some of the above never did either, as they were “killed-off” which launched many a murder mystery for their crimes and behavior.

To the storylines:  these are some of On-Air On-Soaps most memorable favorites:  Brooke’s daughter, Laura dies, Myrtle’s funeral, Mona dies, Bianca’s coming out, The Miranda Baby Switch, The Maria baby switch (Erica took her!), Leo dies, Cindy dies of AIDS, Erica’s Alcholism/rape… and her brother Mark’s drug addiction,  Donna and Estelle in the clutches of Billy Clyde Tuggle, and any moment of the wildly entertaining Ruth Warrick as Phoebe Tyler Wallingford, and don’t forget…Carol Burnett as Verla Grubbs!

Let us know your thoughts on Pine Valley favorite moments, actors, characters or storylines by replying to this post.  Happy Anniversary AMC from On-Air On-Soaps!

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greg
greg

Unbelievable. No Phoebe or Grand Ma Martin. Who give a fuck about the shitty cast now. It’s the memories that keep Pine Valley alive.
Very dissapointing. Phoebe and Mona must be turning over in their graves.

Ginny
Ginny

VERY disappointed in the 40th anniversary show. It was more like who’s on now and what’s happened in the last 2 years show. I wanted clips of FORTY YEARS OF SHOW. Where’s Margo, Billy Clyde, Ann, Paul, Pheobe, Dottie, Phil and Tara, Kitty and Kelly, Kent, Trevor, Janet to name JUST a few!!

liz
liz

i watched all my children for yrs and yrs tad and dixies wedding nina and cliff my favorite actor that really made the show worth watching as billy clyde tuggle . that man was something elese wow what a villian he was always causing trouble. wish he could come back again i use to love watching him he was a great actor

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TODAY: ‘Tainted Dreams’ Begins To Stream Episodes On PopStar! TV Platform

Beginning today on Monday, September 23rd, the series Tainted Dreams, which shows you the behind-the-scenes antics of a fictional hit TV soap opera, will stream its first two seasons for free on the on the Popstar! TV platforms.

To view: you can download the Popstar! TV’s mobile app or visit www.popstaronline.com to watch Tainted Dreams or for more info visit https://www.tainteddreams.com/#home-section.

For those who need a refresher: Tainted Dreams follows the cast and crew behind the scenes of a hit TV soap opera called “Painted Dreams”, and of course, it’s filled with lots of twists and turns

In addition, there is a bonus episode on Popstar! TV that gives some background on how all the characters came to be a part of “Painted Dreams”.

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Sonia Blangiardo, the executive producer and creator of Tainted Dreams shared in a statement: “We are thrilled that there is more life for the show and that the new exposure will attract new viewers for the series. We’re excited to be in great company with the other shows the platform will be streaming and couldn’t be happier to be working with Craig and Jim Romanovich who has always been a loyal soap supporter.”

Tainted Dreams features a cast that includes: All My Children veterans Alicia Minshew, Walt Willey, Michael Lowry, Bobbie Eakes, Terri Ivens and the late Larkin Malloy, General Hospital’s Natalia Livingston, As the World Turns‘ Colleen Zenk, Austin Peck, Marnie Schulenburg and Kelley Menighan, Guiding Light’s Grant Aleksander, One Life to Live’s Ilene Kristen, Tonja Walker, Nathan Purdee and James DePaiva, Big Brother’s Jessie Godderz, The Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Dina Manzo, and more.

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Cameron Mathison Reveals Cancer Diagnosis and Shares Heartfelt Message

One of our the best guys we know, Cameron Mathison (co-host, Home & Family and Ex-Ryan Lavery, All My Children), revealed over the last 24 hours that he has been diagnosed with Renal Cell Carcinoma – kidney cancer, but treatment for him will be underway and the prognosis is good.

Cameron first shared the news on Monday’s Home & Family in a special announcement enlightening viewers on his health condition (watch video below) and later took to his Instagram and social media to share more details.   Of note: Mathison’s healthy lifestyle has indeed helped, and shown, that his cancer has not spread.

In addition, Mathison wrote: “About a month ago, I had an MRI for some gut issues I’ve been having, and during that MRI they fd a tumor on my right kidney. It’s consistent with Renal Cell Carcinoma … or kidney cancer. The good news is that it hasn’t spread to any other organs🙏🏼 They say my healthy lifestyle and diet has no doubt helped keep it from growing and spreading to other areas, as doctors think it’s been growing in me for minimum 10 years🙏🏼. I am extremely lucky that we found it early.” He thanked his doctor and his family, saying, “[wife] Vanessa, [kids] Lucas and Leila have been absolutely amazing with their love and support… as have my mom, dad, brother, and everyone at Home and Family, Hallmark, and ET❤️ My surgery is scheduled on September 12th, I was hoping to receive positive thoughts, prayers, or whatever you feel comfortable with, on 9/12 (my surgery is at 1pm PST) 🙏🏼.” He concluded, “Feeling very grateful and optimistic!”

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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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