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NEW DETAILS emerging on AMC's move to the web! Will the show be seasonal?

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There have been reports surfacing on the internet today, and one of interest here from ABC Soaps In Depth which is now reporting that as All My Children prepares to wrap production next month, it seems like Prospect Park, the production company who purchased the rights to air the show online, along with OLTL, is not quite ready to pick up where the show leaves off.

All My Children will end its 40-year-run on network television on September 23rd, and it had been rumored that Prospect Park would launch its web version on the 26th.

SID is stating from their sources that Prospect Park still hasn’t reached out to the AMC actors to negotiate new contracts.  However, AMC executive producer Julie Hanan Carruthers and headwriter Lorraine Broderick have both lined up deals to continue on with the soap when it moves to the Prospect Park production model of the series.

In addition, if you recall in the ABC press release which stated from Prospect Park that they would continue to broadcast AMC and OLTL in the same format and same length,  it made no mention of how often the shows would air. There are now reports from insiders that AMC may become a seasonal series — not a daily one — which would allow the cast to do other projects.

We will continue to bring you the latest on this developing story in the days and weeks to come. Now,  we want to know from you… how would you feel if the saga of Pine Valley is seasonal, not on every day, and runs similar like a series like Venice does on the web?

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Jim
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Jim

The idea of making soaps seasonal just like the other TV shows is a good idea to keep the costs down and to make actors feel like they’re not tied down to playing a part forever. There are so many Soap Actors who might resent the year round commitment but feel they have no choice but to do it because it’s a steady gig.

That being said, the writing has to be good enough for people to watch each season and void of the filler dreck like Echo being immobilized by silly string.

Beth
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Beth

Ditto, I agree completely with Jim

Lynda
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Lynda

Oh how true! Echo being immobilized by silly string is the silliest thing I have ever seen on OLTL! I’m bedridden with a spinal injury and even I could have broken free from silly string! lol

Skyla
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Skyla

Hmm… I’m not so sure how I’d like a seasonal show. That’s part of what separates soaps is that they are weekday shows that continue to flow fluidly like life, which is why you become so invested in the storylines and the character’s lives. To take away that important aspect and make it just like any other seasonal show with 20-22 episodes a year and long breaks IMO would be detrimental to both AMC & OLTL, given the fact that although the move to internet is fantastic with no cable based right to PP there will already be some viewership… Read more »

Mary Ellen Shelton
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Mary Ellen Shelton

I definitely would not care for a seasonal show. I only hope there are not changes made, such as changing the storyline to where you don’t even recognize that it is the same show. Also, if they begin to lose the people who created the “character”, that also, would be devasting to ratings, which in turn could close the show permanently. The “Erika Kane” character could never have a replacement for Susan Lucci and, IF that happened, the show would go down the tubes for sure. If it stays JUST the way it is on TV, it will be okay… Read more »

benbryant-soappipe
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benbryant-soappipe

I can live with it dropping to 3 or 4x a week, but I think a lot of the soaps value and the loyalty it engenders from its passionate fanbase is the fact that it’s a regular presence in someone’s home. We forgive a lot in terms of acting, storyline, and quality because we get the intimate world in return. Seasonal may be necessary, but I recommend two 4-5 month series with no more than six week breaks in-between. Even if the writing is A-game and the acting is incredible and the stories tighter with less filler and more oomph,… Read more »

Barbara Mathiews
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Barbara Mathiews

I for one would not be happy if only on part of the year..want them on everyday like they have for 40 plus years….and want them on a network like soapnet so everyone can see them..not just the fans that have internet….Only about 5% of people have access to the internet…Older People in nursing homes and some parts of the country can’t even get high speed internet….so the soaps will be gone again..because not that many people will be able to see them.

Vikki Stahl
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Vikki Stahl

I think it is much more than 5% have the internet, at least 70%, my mom is 75 years old and has internet and uses a computer.

lenafreed
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lenafreed

I would rather have 15 minutes a day 5 days a week 52 weeks a year – like the soaps were back in the 1950s. The everyday format is one of the things that makes the soaps so special for me. They are always there – growing up seeing the same soap characters everyday made me feel like I knew them and could rely on them and as a latch key kid that was really important in my life. I will watch even if they become seasonal but they will lose some of their magic if that happens. It’s the… Read more »

Kim Goodwin
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Kim Goodwin

I think that people could become used to not watching them and they wouldn’t be as successful . I would be upset to see them go seasonal. People can handle cancellations of seasonal shows. We couldn’t handle the cancellations because they are part of our daily life of escaping. I think they should be on daily. Why would the cast want to stay in LA just for seasonal. I hope that the rumor is not true. Agnes statement did state they would remain the same as they are now, same length and no changes.

amber wright
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amber wright

i dont like it one bit i want to be able to watch my soap every day i also think that there needs to be a soap opera station so that evryone can watch them

bronze
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bronze

not liking the seasonal mess. if they can’t do everyday, maybe twice a week…..

Brian
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Brian

I would suggest filming the shows in their current hour long format, then cutting them in half and running them as 1/2 hour shows over the course of the year. It would be a win-win. Fans would have their shows year round and the actors would work for 6 months, then have 6 months to pursue other interests before returning to work for 6 more months.

C A Stephens
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C A Stephens

I hope that viewers like myself who have watched both these shows since the beginning, will be able to still be able to access them. Whoever is going to produce and present these need to remember that not everybody has access to a computer (they are older you know) and if it is something we will have to pay for, you may be limited those of us who have been loyal supporters a chance to continue enjoying our soaps!

AMCdaily
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AMCdaily

To sum it up: This would suck royally! Soap fans need at least several days a week fix not per season only!

Mona Prager
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Mona Prager

I don’t like the idea of AMC becoming seasonal and hope it does not come to fruition. I’m used to watching it everyday and I don’t think other dedicated faithful fans like myself will like the idea either. That would not be the same format that was promisied by Prospect Park. It’s very important for us fans to have trust in this company. I feel personally betrayed by ABC! They are money hungry greedy mongers. If it weren’t for Brian Frons, we wouldn’t be in this awful predictament now!

Jewell
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Jewell

They haven’t contacted actors because they are on summer break.
Prospect needs to get ready if they want to keep the actors, do they expect them to wait around? They have bills to pay just like the rest of us. I wouldn’t want to watch it once a week, but I have always said let them have the summer off and Christmas break like the prime time shows.

Brenda Hayes
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Brenda Hayes

I am beginning that after the intial joy of the soaps going online, that it may not be as great as we thought it would be. They keep coming out with teasers that don’t sound good, and the actors/actresses haven’t even been contacted. What do you all think?

Reddi
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Reddi

Prospect Park has the headwriter to make this work. I think moving to a seasonal show is a good idea. The family interactions, interesting characters, and character driven stories, are the reasons people watch soaps, not the daily/year round airing. Seasonal episodes also means the possibility of DVD sales (or whatever replaces that, such as deals with places like Netflix). I’d prefer two to three days a week, as I’m not sure the kind of character development and character driven storytelling soaps are known for will be possible on a weekly show, especially if it’s seasonal. Still.. same town, same… Read more »

Carrie Thompson
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Carrie Thompson

EVERYDAY PLEASE NOT SEASONAL

J Bernard Jones
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J Bernard Jones

So, I assume that everyone who wants AMC/OLTL to continue to air daily, though streamed, is willing to pay a modest subscription fee to make that happen?

david
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david

What’s so great about soaps is they are not seasonal. I hope that doesn’t change.

Tad
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Tad

I would hope it would be everyday so people can get their soap fix. Still strong storylines and intriguing characters keep the fans interested. I hope they set up AMC for the web series while giving some kind of closure for thetv show. I envision it focussing around a wedding for Jack and Erica. It can be a big fundraiser for the children in Africa. Erica wants to do some good and that is a passion of her’s after her trip. This allows all sorts of characters from the past to attend for the AMC finale. There can even be… Read more »

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All My Children Virtual Reunion On Tap With Jill Larson, James Kiberd, and More

Some more residents of Pine Valley are set for another virtual reunion.

This time circle your calendars for next week on Wednesday, December 2nd.

That is when Matt Borlenghi (Ex-Brian Bodine), William Christian (Ex-Derek Frye), James Kiberd (Ex-Trevor Dillon) and Jill Larson (Ex-Opal Cortlandt) will gather from their respective homes for this conversation with Alan Locher on The Locher Room You Tube channel.

To watch the livestream conversation click here next week beginning at 1:00 p.m. EST / 10 a.m. PST

What were your favorite storylines through the years involving AMC’s Opal, Ttevor, Derek or Brian?  Let us know via the comment section below.

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WATCH: Kelly Ripa’s Walk Down Memory Lane with the Stars of All My Children & More On Her 30th Anniversary with Walt Disney Company

Today on Live with Kelly and Ryan, the morning show spotlighted Kelly Ripa’s 30-year career with ABC and the Walt Disney Company; which started back in 1990 when she took Pine Valley and All My Children by storm in the role of troubled teen, Hayley Vaughan.

On this special look-back episode of the syndicated talks show many guests from Kelly’s past and present career paid tribute to her accomplishments and remembered their time working with the talented actress and host.

From All My Children, Susan Lucci took part in the special anniversary and group virtual conversation with Ripa along with Eva LaRue, Walt Willey, Ripa’s husband, Mark Consuelos, Cameron Mathison, Finola Hughes and Dondre T Whitfield   Then, Ripa’s former Hope & Faith co-star Faith Ford was part of the festivities.

There were several special moments throughout the episode and you can watch some of them below.   Kelly made her ABC debut on this date, November 5th, 1990!

So, check out the anniversary celebration for Kelly below, and then share your well-wishes and congrats to her via the comment section.

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Kelly Ripa to Celebrate 30 Years at Walt Disney Company With Former Co-Stars of All My Children

Soap fans can say they knew her when, and tomorrow on the Thursday, November 5th episode of the syndicated talker Live with Kelly and Ryan, Kelly Ripa, celebrates her 30th anniversary with the Walt Disney Company and ABC.

Ripa started her journey as Hayley Vaughan on All My Children, a role she made her debut with back in 1990.

Joining Kelly for her anniversary with the company and network are former AMC castmates: Finola Hughes (ex-Alex/Anna), Eva La Rue (ex-Maria), Susan Lucci (ex-Erica), Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan), Dondré T. Whitfield (ex-Terrence) and Walt Willey (ex-Jackson).

Kelly stayed with All My Children until 2002, and along the way met her husband, Mark Consuelos who played Mateo on the show.

In 2001, Ripa replaced Kathie Lee Gifford as co-host of what then became Live with Regis and Kelly.  She also appeared on the sitcom Hope & Faith with Faith Ford from 2003-2006.  Ford will also participate in tomorrow’s special episode.

Check local listings in your area to watch Ripa’s anniversary celebration.

Share your favorite moment of Kelly as Pine Valley’s Hayley, or any other moment you loved in her television career via the comment section below.

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