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Insider Report: Is ABC about to cancel All My Children?

The news skyrocketing this morning around the soap world is an item from Deadline.com where the entertainment business website has revealed what Daytime Confidential had mentioned several weeks back that it looked like their were some changes ahead in the ABC Daytime line-up.

Now according to Deadline today, All My Children looks to be the ABC soap on the chopping block should the network proceed with downsizing its soap line-up in favor of a talk-show.

Deadline stated, “All My Children appears to be the most vulnerable for cancellation, and there is speculation that it may be replaced by a a talk show in the fall. All My Children, which is in its 41st year on the air, recently posted two weeks of back-to-back all-time lows in the key Women 18-49 demographic, in which it is dead last among the 6 daytime dramas on the air, drawing paltry 463,000 for the week of March 7, down 34% vs. last year. For the same week, All My Children was also last in total viewers, averaging 2.32 million. (ABC’s One Life to Live did only marginally better with 2.36 million.) One reason for ABC to keep its 3 daytime dramas on the air was the fact that they were getting a second window on sibling cable channel SOAPnet. But with SOAPnet changing its format to the preschool-centered Disney Junior next year, Disney-ABC is clearly scaling back on its commitment to soaps, and the daytime lineup on the broadcast network will probably be next.”

So, what do you think of this  possible move, should ABC decide to drop AMC?  With OLTL consistently coming in under budget and with slightly better ratings, and clearly the better and more of a cult favorite type of show,  and GH still the flagship show of the line-up, it would certainly appear the Pine Valley folks look to be the most troubled.  Add to that, the fact they were given a new lease on life by moving to L.A. to lower production costs.   If the worst case scenario were to happen, god forbid, and we would lose yet another soap,  would you be in favor of saying adios to this one?

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Patricia Simpson
Patricia Simpson

ARE you insane????? What are you thinking??? People of all ages continue to watch these two shows… How can you truly cancel iconic DAY time shows… That is like telling me my mother has died and I will never see her again.. I grew up with these shows. Truly are you insane???? Even though I live in a remote area I pay for the internet to get these two shows when they can not tune in… Recheck you stats… I watch them even in the evening after they air because of being in the remote area… I am outraged.. You are letting your sponsers down just the same, not to mention the fans… You are making a huge stratigic finanical meltdown… AS these two shows are what are keeping viewers faithfull to ABC. Stayhome moms, wifes, husbands, will no longer will be tuning to ABC if you … Do you realize that the fact of your ratings is because of all the reality TV shows??? YOU have lost sight of faithful follwers to ABC. Let me tell you, in most people our lives evolve around GMA, AMC, and OTL. Reality shows are for the evening hours, daytime is OUR time… I am so angry!!! I can not believe that you would even remotly consider this to be a reality to get rid of these shows.. I will boy cot ABC if you do so and I will encourage others to do the same. Seriously, these women and men we have watched grow and evolve as our own families.. You are not out here, listening to as even my young adult children walk in as I am watching one of these and they get locked in again… Their comments are, “OMG, I used to watch this with my mom so what is happening with …….. and then they wait to sit and watch the next one.” Of course later they can not believe they actually got caught up in it for two hours. Why is that???? Because even though it is a daytime soap, they are familiar with the names and faces.. Like old relatives they catch up… which means they are the future return viewers of your network… Todays times are hard enough, please do not take away something that is so familar in our lives… Our hearts break when those we have grown with have passed on and real tears fall, real hearts break, and for many these people are OUR family… How dare you take families away… I am just so angry right now to find this is real… Not to mention those who have been faith through the years to remain on your show.. Shame on you… they never gave up on you.. they showed up for their jobs and filled all the homes across the US and even abroad total dedication not to mention dedicating their LIVES for you… NOW you kick all them to the curb… ARE YOU INSANE and so heartless to not only… Read more »

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Former Executive Producer & Director of All My Children, Jorn Winther Dead Following Two-Vehicle Collision

Very sad news to report.  Renowned director, Jorn Winther, who served as executive producer and director at All My Children has died at the age of 88.

Winther was actually killed on November 9th when in an automobile accident in front of Palm Desert High School outside Palm Springs.

According to the Desert Sun, “Jorn was killed in a two-vehicle collision at Cook Street and Santa Fe Trail in Palm Desert. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said a vehicle was moving south on Cook Street when its driver suddenly entered the northbound lanes and collided with an oncoming vehicle,  Winther was pronounced dead shortly after noon Friday, according to the Riverside County Coroner’s office. His wife of 31 years, Claire Winther, confirmed that her husband drove the vehicle that entered oncoming traffic. Why he did so remains a mystery.”

The famous director was best known for for the landmark David Frost-Richard Nixon interviews in 1977,  The Sonny & Cher Hour, and was also known for producing rock performances for TV including: California Jam II, featuring performances by Aerosmith, Foreigner, Heart, Santana and more.

In the world of soaps, Jorn had been the EP and director for ABC”s All My Children for five and half years, and had been with the series from 1981 to 2005.  He also directed on: One Life to Live, Generations, Santa Barbara and Rituals.

Born in Denmark, Winther studied speech and drama at the University of Copenhagen and continued his education at the Royal Theater in Copenhagen, where his mother had danced as a prima ballerina. He also studied at the Stratford Shakespearean Theater in Ontario, Canada, and at Stanford.

Most recently, Winther directed and produced the independent film Do It or Die!, about the 1979 kidnapping of socialite Elaine Chaddick. It screened at the 2017 Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Winther’s daughter, Lisa has been a stage manager on the soaps most recently working at The Bold and the Beautiful.

Share your thoughts on the passing of Jorn Winther as we offer our thoughts, condolences, and prayers to his family, via the comment section below.

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Kelly Ripa To Guest Star On CW’s Riverdale

Here’s a fun bit of casting news!  Live with Kelly and Ryan and former All My Children star, Kelly Ripa  (Ex-Hayley) is joining her real-life husband, Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo, AMC) on the hit CW soapy drama Riverdale.

Consuelos already plays the the role of Hiram Lodge, and now Ripa will plays his mistress, Mrs. Mulwray.

Kelly shared the inspired-casting choice on Instagram relating: “It’s a family affair …23 years of auditioning for a role i was born to play. Coming soon to the CW;s Riverdale.”’

The CW released a statement on the casting of Ripa, adding: “Kelly Ripa will guest star on Riverdale as Mrs. Mulwray. Confident and tough, she is Hiram Lodge’s alleged mistress. She’s a beautiful, icy, femme fatale who gets caught up in a conspiracy that’s much bigger than she initially realized.”

Film buffs take note!  Ripa’s character name is borrowed from Faye Dunaway’s Oscar-nominated role in Chinatown (1974), Evelyn Mulwray.   Those who saw Chinatown know that Evelyn was a femme fatale as well caught up in a conspiracy!

And there is more “All in the Consuleos Family” casting.  The couple’s son Michael is portraying the teen-aged version of Hiram on tonight’s all-new episode.

Riverdale airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT

So, will you be checking out Kelly on Riverdale? Comment below.

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Soap Stars Step Out For Halloween: Who’s Costume Was Tops?

On Wednesday night, many of your favorites from daytime past and present donned some pretty fabulous Halloween costumes and took to some trick or treating!

Michael Fairman TV selected a few for this oh-so-cute photo gallery of some our favorite looks from fright night that were posted by each actor on social media.

From Y&R’s Jason Thompson (Billy) and his family, to DAYS Greg Vaughan (Eric) and his three boys, and others, everyone got into the spirit, especially those with young kids, or even those adults who enjoy pretending they are someone or something else for just one night.

Check out our gallery of some of the looks below.

Then let us know, who do you think wore their costumes best in the comment section.

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