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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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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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Chadwick Boseman, ‘Black Panther’ Star and the Original Reggie On AMC, Dies At 43

In just heartbreaking news in an already dismal 2020, one of the brightest motion picture stars, Chadwick Boseman has died at the age of 43.

Boseman was battling colon cancer for the last four years of his life.  According to his rep, Boseman was diagnosed in 2016 with stage 3 colon cancer and his battle continued as it progressed to stage 4

Chadwick passed away with his wife and family by his side in his home.   In a shocking revelation, all of the movie performances in the last four years he has filmed were done in between chemotherapy and countless surgery.

Boseman is best known for his groundbreaking role as King T’Challa  in Black Panther.   His performance was the first ever Marvel Studio movie headlined by a black actor.  The film was nominated for an Academy Award.   He first appeared as the character in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War.

Most recently, Chadwick appeared in the Spike Lee’s Vietnam War drama Da 5 Bloods, and this year he’s due to appear opposite Viola Davis Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” the film adaptation of the August Wilson play.  The actor starred in other films, including playing James Brown in Get On Up and Jackie Robinson in 42,  and the lead role in Marshall.

However, Boseman actually got his start on All My Children when he was the original actor cast in the role of Reggie Porter.  He appeared on the soap for only one week before the role was recast with none other than Michael B. Jordan, and their paths could eventually cross years later on multiple film projects.

In an interview in 2019, Boseman revealed what led him to be fired from All My Children stating:  “When I got it (the part), I was like, ‘This is not part of my manifesto. This is not part of what I want to do. How can I make it work?’ Because with a soap opera, you don’t know the full scope of what’s gonna happen — you don’t know where they’re gonna take the character, because they don’t always know where the character is going. And because of that, there’s possibly room for me to adjust this and change it and make it so it’s stereotypical on the page but not on the screen.”

For Boseman had issues with how Reggie was portrayed and how it was written with racial stereotypes.  In story, Reggie was a young gang member who was adopted by Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) and her husband, Jackson Montgomery (Walt Willey). “I remember going home and thinking, ‘Do I say something to them about this? Do I just do it?’ And I couldn’t just do it. “I had to voice my opinions and put my stamp on it. And the good thing about it was, it changed it a little bit for Michael B. Jordan.”  Apparently the producers told Boseman he was too much trouble but took some of his suggestions on the role moving forward.

Share your thoughts and condolences on the passing of Chadwick Boseman via the comment section below.

Watch below, when Chadwick speaks at the Howard University commencement in which he shared to the graduating students about losing his gig on All My Children(Thanks to Renee for this)

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