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Jill Larson Posts Message On All My Children Not Moving Forward "At This Time"!

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Jill Larson (Opal Gardner), who throughout the online revival of All My Children  has been a wonderful participant in social media to get the word out, and connect with enduring fans of the iconic soap, came forward today on her facebook page with a message confirming the show is not returning, but also that she got a call saying it was not moving forward “at this time” with a a slight crack left in the door to keep it open!  Larson also addresses why she feels Prospect Park chose to remain mum about the situation!

Larson posted: “Greetings all, well I finally got the official call, saying PP is not going forward with AMC “at this time”, left the door open a crack, hmmm! As disappointing as that news is, it was not a surprise. Just as they did the first time, PP chose to remain silent regarding their activities, and now that I’ve had some experience with them, I do believe that it was because Jeff just kept on beating the bushes trying to raise the money, never willing to cry uncle. I am sad for all of us, from Jeff to all of you, but gosh I’m grateful for the chance we had to make something new and wonderful from our beloved shows. Maybe when more fans are computer-savvy, and go online for content as a regular habit, investors will feel comfortable putting money into what was a grand experiment, perhaps ahead of its time, and only time will tell. Take care of yourselves, my lovelies, sending love to you all! Jill Larson.”

What do you think about what Jill was told by Prospect Park?   And, what do you think about Jill’s heartfelt statement?  Comment below!

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Joshua
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Joshua

She hit the nail right on the head with her mark about people still not being computer savvy. And that’s the problem: People THOUGHT they had to watch these shows on their computers. When all they had to do was go to Wal Mart and buy a Roku. Bring it home, install it and watch their soaps on their TV whenever they wanted. So many folks were complaining that they wanted to watch the shows on their TVs but they were too lazy to go that extra mile and purchase the good ol’ Roku (which is beyond addictive beyond getting… Read more »

Bryon
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Bryon

Thank you!! It’s nice to see computer literate people who understand the new wave of technology. Buy the Roku box and stream it to your TV, it looks the same and it was in HD so it looked very nice on my TV.

SUSAN M.
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SUSAN M.

What exactly is a Roku?

Joshua
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Joshua

It’s a little box that costs as low as $40 to $60. Hook it up to your TV and connect it through your PC using an ethernet cord and you can watch HuluPLUS content, NetFlix content and even YouTube videos on your TV. You are in charge of whatever you want to watch on your TV, whenever you want and for as how many times as you want. While most people are watching old soaps on YouTube on their tiny little computers, I am laying in bed watching them on YouTube on my TV. You use the remote control as… Read more »

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

I knew it was about the money…and they have found an investor…their lawsuit…lol. I watched online…Oltl wasnt well written and AMC was ok but neither of them was addictive enough to keep me a fan…i still would like to see them return…if possible!!!

SUSAN M.
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SUSAN M.

They were at their best when they were on the t.v. I would like to see them return also if possible but maybe on another cable channel on the television this time..

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

Susan M…i agree with you…online viewing may be the future but for now these shows would be better on a cable channel…one that gets more viewers than OWN and shown in daytime afternoon like 3 or 4 and repeated in the evening…

Matt
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Matt

My theory is that PP does not want to call either of the shows “cancelled” because it might somehow invalidate their crazy lawsuit.

Patrick
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Patrick

Great point Matt! I don’t kno all the legal terms but there is definetly something to your point! I am glad that PP tried however. Th lawsuit by the way was a great way to mk headlines!

Matt
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Matt

They could have spent all that time and effort on writing and acting lessons, but the whole exercise was to make the guys behind PP rich.

Diane Dunn
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Diane Dunn

I didn’t watch much programming online UNTIL I started watching AMC and OLTL on Hulu Plus. Now, I watch programming there, on Amazon Prime and online through the actual networks on both my laptop and Kindle Fire HD. (note these are things I PAY for). So … thanks to PP I (at age 55) became more internet savvy. I truly hope something can be put together showcasing our favorite actors. I mused the idea of “PIneview” , a compilation of AMC and OLTL – after Debbie Morgan posted. “if only” . I do hope the actors find new work to… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

That is true, not many fans know how to navigate the internet and huge numbers didn’t even know what HuLu was lol .. They know how to do e-mail and post lol (not all, but many have zero computer skills) I believe when this nasty lawsuit is over and hopefully PP comes out of it with more than enough money to bring our soaps back, they will.. Also, if they get 93 million I feel they will have the means to take the soaps to Cable TV (and still use internet, also) PP are NOT quitters and the soaps have… Read more »

Wendelyn Sullivan
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Wendelyn Sullivan

I feel bad for the cast and the crew and for us fans. They gave us hope that we got our beloved show back, watched them from Phil and Tara days…Was thrilled that it was online and although it was changed a little. I still kept tuning in, and watching it..When they said that they were cutting back the shows. That worried me, but fine, it was still on, so I was willing to take whatever I could get, and then when they said it was done for the season. That seemed weird to me, because Soaps don’t take breaks..… Read more »

AbbyS.
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AbbyS.

If you read the amended complaint, or any of the articles about the amended complaint, it’s pretty clear that Prospect Park doesn’t want out of the soap opera business. They want the license extended and they want the license fees to be cancelled, and they want alot of money to make up for all they claim ABC cost them, but it’s really to keep their operations going. So this comment from Jill Larson isn’t a surprise. Cady McClain also talked about how this version of AMC won’t be on anymore. I can’t guess as to whether they’re right or mostly… Read more »

angelo italian cute boy
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angelo italian cute boy

prospect park can kiss my cute hot ass. they are flakes liars and have no balls, to make a statement. rip oltl and amc.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Angelo…dude…I totally agree!!!!! Prospect Park BLOWS!!!!! Assholes.

Annie
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Annie

Team #ProspectPark!

Rodd
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Rodd

I guess what I don’t understand, when they talk about the money, is why are there other shows like “Venice” and “The Bay” that star many soap vets running on the net and are successful? What is the difference between the shows? Is it the production model or what? Can someone help me understand why AMC and OLTL couldn’t have been based on the successful models out there?

su0000
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su0000

Venice;
Each episode of Season is 6-10 minutes long,
while episodes from subsequent seasons run approximately 15 minutes
with only 12 episodes a season..
And requires a paid subscription.

PP was bring tv to the web, a whole different format etc ..

su0000
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su0000

ahh haa I was using voice to type (Dragon) and I have an accent, it doesn’t work well .. 🙂

Jim Grant
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Jim Grant

We do NOT know what the future holds for ALL MY CHILDREN. It may come back as a one hour a week show, It may come back as a half hour program, it may get picked up by another production company, we just don’t know. I’m deeply saddened, not to say that I thought the On-line versions of the show were the best but I think they showed promise overall and just needed to find their proper footing. Thank you to Jill Larson for her sincere comments and for hinting that there is every possibility that they can return. Cady… Read more »

Kate
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Kate

Love Jill Larson. She was so cute as Opal. I am 61 and never watched anything online. PP got me watching online. I got Hulu Plus and love it. My husband got Netflicks. It is PP that got us online and we each have an iPad. So you can teach an old dog new tricks….just not quickly! I hope PP wins.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Never say never, but God knows this seems like the end now. I am tiring of all the hype and snipe. Remaining positive though! I am grateful for the second chance we got, and cherish my AMC memories from the long-running original incarnation. It is a series that had hallmarks of solid entertainment, good storytelling, and social awareness. The handling of its end is a sad note in its history as are the doubts and questions regarding any comebacks. Is there anyone cooler than Jill Larson?!?!!? As an amateur actor, I look to her as an example of grace, class,… Read more »

jas
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jas

What do I think??? Well, I think Jill Larson was probably the very best of the best on AMC. She livened up every scene she was in, was totally believable (she really took me away and made me feel like I was standing right there in every scene she was in). She is a very classy lady and extremely articulate. I thought her comments were gracious and thoughtful. Typically, I do not watch network TV (and definitely NEVER ABC), and have no premium cable channels. But somehow, I do hope that my path crosses on TV with Ms. Larson in… Read more »

Jim Grant
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Jim Grant

Yes, I second that emotion, Jill Larson as Opal is one of the characters I will absolutely miss the most – I could care less who plays Petey (no offense to the most recent actor) but Jill’s Opal to me is irreplaceable.

Lew S
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Lew S

Classy lady

Matt
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Matt

Hoping that Debbi Morgan shows up on GH as TJ’s no-account mother, but she’s just booked a cable show so she may be on to bigger and better things.

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All My Children Alum Ben Jörgensen Reportedly Dead At 51

According to his former All My Children castmate, Brian Gaskill. there is sad news in the soap world today.  Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin on All My Children and Chris on As the World Turns passed away on Tuesday at the age of 51, apparently via suicide, although unconfirmed as to his cause of death.

Gaskill, who played Bobby Warner while in Pine Valley shared via his Instagram:  “Sad news to report. Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old.  My understanding is it was suicide.  I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. ”

Since the time of Brian’s posting, friends, colleagues and fans have been posting tributes and condolences on the actor’s Facebook page.  You can view that here.

 

In this heartbreaking photo below from Steven Bergman, during his time on As the World Turns, Ben is pictured with the late Nathaniel Marston, as well as Jaime Nicole Dudney and Terri Conn.

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On All My Children, Ben was part of the important social issue storyline brought into the ABC legacy soap opera by the iconic Agnes Nixon, who was always trying to move the needle forward in daytime, as the character of Kevin was a gay high school student facing bullying, ridicule and discrimination for his sexuality.

Share your thoughts on the passing of Ben via the comment section below.    

 

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Sad news to report. Ben Jorgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old. My understanding is it was suicide. I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. #Actor #Filmmaker #BenJorgensen #BenMonk #Life#Death#AllMyChildren #Suicide #sad #rest

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Hallmark Channel’s ‘Home & Family’ Returns to Production For Ninth Season; Premiere Date Revealed

Another daytime show is heading back to production amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Now comes word that Hallmark Channel’s flagship morning lifestyle series, Home & Family has returned to production at its Universal Studios set for its ninth season.

All My Children favorite Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan Lavery) and Debbie Matenopoulos will return as co-hosts .

Look for the new season to kick-off on Monday, September 14th at 10am EST.

In a statement, Home & Family executive producer, Tracy Verna Soiseth shared: “We are thrilled to be returning to our home for the new season. Home & Family is a daily destination of comfort television, and we are very happy to be returning with two hours of daily interviews, cooking segments, DIY crafts and our hugely popular animal adoptions.”

For the past several months. a daily series featuring the cast called At Home with Our Family has run across the show’s social media platforms during the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Deadline,premiere-week guests are to include: Jenna Bush Hager, Danica McKellar, celebrity chefs Jet Tila, Carla Hall, Buddy Valastro, Curtis Stone, Rashad Jennings and Dennis Quaid.

So, glad to know Home & Family is also back in production? Comment below.

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Michael B. Jordan Pays Tribute To Chadwick Boseman: “Since Nearly The Beginning Of My Career, Starting with All My Children When I was 16 Years Old You Paved The Way For Me”

Following the news of the tragic death of now motion picture icon, Chadwick Boseman late Friday, tributes and sentiments have poured in from celebrities, politicians and fans from all across the world.

Chadwick Boseman passed away late last week at the age of 43 from colon cancer – a battle he kept silent about for the last four years of life.

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No one could be more intertwined with Boseman’s career than that of his fellow Black Panther star, Michael B. Jordan.  For Jordan took over the role of Reggie Porter on All My Children from Boseman after the late actor lasted one week, following standing up to, and addressing concerns, of racial stereotypes in the way that the part was written.  Reggie was introduced to Pine Valley as a gang member in 2003.  As previously reported it was Boseman who helped the soap opera improve the role that Jordan took over with some recommendations.

Now Michael B. Jordan has written a heartfelt remembrance of Chadwick that he shared on his Instagram, and what he has meant to his life, including how he showed him how to be better, to honor purpose and create legacy.

Read below Michael’s post:

“I’ve been trying to find the words, but nothing comes close to how I feel. I’ve been reflecting on every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hug…everything.

I wish we had more time.

One of the last times we spoke, you said we were forever linked , and now the truth of that means more to me than ever. Since nearly the beginning of my career, starting with All My Children when I was 16 years old you paved the way for me. You showed me how to be better, honor purpose, and create legacy. And whether you’ve known it or not…I’ve been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness.

I wish we had more time.

Everything you’ve given the world … the legends and heroes that you’ve shown us we are … will live on forever. But the thing that hurts the most is that I now understand how much of a legend and hero YOU are. Through it all, you never lost sight of what you loved most. You cared about your family , your friends, your craft, your spirit. You cared about the kids, the community, our culture and humanity. You cared about me. You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to truly give you your flowers while you were here.

I wish we had more time.

I’m more aware now than ever that time is short with people we love and admire. I’m gonna miss your honesty, your generosity, your sense of humor, and incredible gifts. I’ll miss the gift of sharing space with you in scenes. I’m dedicating the rest of my days to live the way you did. With grace, courage, and no regrets. “Is this your king!?” Yes . he . is!  Rest In Power Brother.”

What do you think of Michael’s tribute to Chadwick and how they have been interconnected dating back to 2003 and All My Children? Comment below.

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