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NY Post: Oprah's OWN Decision To Carry AMC & OLTL Is Low-Risk High-Yield!

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Since Oprah Winfrey’s OWN cable network announced their “Summer Fling with the Soaps”, which means, starting Monday July 15th fans can see the  first 40 episodes of All My Children and One Life to Live produced by Prospect Park and TOLN, there has been a lot of talk as to why now would Oprah take on the soaps, when she wouldn’t before.

As fans of AMC and OLTL know, the first 40 episodes will be rebroadcast over the summer by OWN starting from episode number one of both shows.

The New York Post weighed-in on this summer acquisition by OWN stating in their headline that the decision to air the soaps both are low-risk and high-yield for Oprah’s network who has struggled at times to find an identity and a hit.  Now with the success of Tyler Perry’s nighttime soap airing on OWN, The Haves and the Have Nots, AMC and OLTL are poised to be a hit as well.

New York Post’s Michael Starr said this about the move to bring AMC and OLTL on for the summer:  ” OWN cable network’s deal to air repeats of online-only soaps All My Children and One Life to Live is a savvy business decision.    Not only will it return both soaps to “mainstream” TV — albeit cable, and only for a limited run — but it will likely draw more eyeballs to OWN, which has made some viewership strides of late but is still struggling to forge an identity in the crowded cable landscape. “

Starr also noted the demise of SOAPnet being an opportunity for OWN to strike and bring other soaps over to the fold: “It’s also interesting to note that Disney/ABC-owned SoapNet, which aired reruns of both AMC and OLTL when they aired on the corporate mothership, is struggling — and has lost carriage on many cable and satellite providers who’ve opted instead for Disney Junior as the once-powerful daytime soap genre continues to shrink (only four soaps remain on NBC, ABC and CBS).   Now OWN can tap into that niche, as well.”

NOTE:  The NY Post article is not clear on one thing:  Disney/ABC decided to drop SOAPNet and replace it with Disney Junior.   So the cable providers were offered that.   Many cable providers did not want to drop SOAPnet in the first place, which is one of the reasons some cable providers still continued to air SOAPnet.

So what do you think AMC and OLTL fans? Savvy business move on OWN’s part to bring All My Children and One Life to Live into their programming block? Do you want OWN to also acquisition General Hospital and Days of our Lives from SOAPnet too?  Will you be tuning into watch AMC and OLTL so we can show OWN that soap fans will drive up their networks ratings? Share your thoughts below!

 

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Lisa M
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Lisa M

Well I am excited that Oprah is doing this even if it is the 1st 40 episodes. I am caught up on both soaps so I won’t re-watch but my hope that if it does well then I can continue to watch it on her network going forward. I currently have huluplus and it would be nice not to pay the $7.99 month to watch my revived soaps. I am thinking that if it does well maybe Oprah will pick them up. So we all need to support this. Forget about what she said in the past and let’s move… Read more »

JoAnn
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JoAnn

The only way these shows have any chance at all to get an extended run on OWN is if AMC & OLTL bring in really big numbers. That will NOT happen unless ALL fans tune in…whether or not you’ve seen it first run you really NEED to be watching when these shows air on OWN! This “Summer Fling” is probably a trial run and if they don’t get enough people watching you can rest assured that Ms. Winfrey will pull the plug and they will NEVER air permanently. PLEASE WATCH!

Tali
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Tali

I agree – PLEASE WATCH!!! Even tho’ I watch OLTL online I’m going to tune in to OWN to convey my hopes that she’ll carry them in the future. Hope this helps her and so glad Disney is feeling unloved-lol!!! ABC/D sucks!

Jules
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Jules

Agreed JoAnn. Just keep the TV on in the background on OWN at the right times, even if you don’t watch it.

AJ
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AJ

I’ll watch on OWN in hopes ANOTHER cable channel outbids OWN for the permanent rights to show the soap re-runs. If ABC had any sense they’d run the soaps on.. wait for it.. SOAPNET!!!! But they are so busy trying to prove to the world the soap genre is dead, they aren’t going to do that. TVGN seems like they want to be a player with the recent acquisition of YR re-runs.

Sue Cesark
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Sue Cesark

Don’t you think that Oprah would have a much better idea of how well soaps would do on her Own Network if she aired up to date soaps? All soap fans are caught up on soaps and will have no reason to watch the reruns. She will have no idea how powerful fans are.

susan M.
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susan M.

I don’t want to watch repeats.. If she aired the new and up to date episodes then
you would get a lot more viewers.. That’s what I think,

BR
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BR

She has no choice. PP is contractually obligated NOT to run them simultaeously on American TV until September (remember, they got all the unprecedented pay cuts and discounts with the actors and the crews based on the fact that they were a Web only series in America). This is likely a way to see if there is enough interest before Oprah decides if she wants to be first in the ring come September when PP has the ability to find a TV home in the U.S. That is, I assume, when their exclusive deal runs out with Hulu…who now has… Read more »

Terri
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Terri

There are still fans that don’t have computers and don’t get to see any of AMC N OLTL

Annie
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Annie

But all fans are NOT caught up. There are lots of people like my mom who do not have high speed internet access and some don’t have computers at all. My mother is thrilled at this opportunity to be able to watch OLTL on TV again.

Rich
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Rich

You don’t need to pay $7.99 for Hulu+ unless you watch by phone or tablet. Simply enter the name of the show in the search and save it.
When you’re ready to watch:click on “More” and then “Shows You Watch”.
A list of favorite shows will appear. Click on a show(AMC,for example)
An “Episodes” tab will appear with a number in parenthesis indicating number of eps available(number varies online or by phone/tablet.) Hope that helps.

Rich
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Rich

ETA:Those newest eps will be listed first.

susan M.
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susan M.

You don’t have to pay the $7.99 a month..You can watch them on regular Hulu for FREE! Huluplus is the one you have to pay but again not on the regular Hulu.. This is for Lisa M.

Janet Kiley
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Janet Kiley

ok

Brittany
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Brittany

I was excited to see Oprah is now carrying these shows. However, trying to watch them is very difficult. They are showing them out of sequence and also have back to back episodes of the exact same show. In order for this to work they need to be show in the correct order.

Conni
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Conni

I’m glad OWN is finally coming to their senses. I think that bringing on the soaps will be a good thing for them (like the fans said when they begged Oprah to take them on last year!) Not a fan of Oprah but I will watch while the shows are on even though I’ve already seen. I am in an area that has not had SoapNet in forever so if they brought other soaps on board I would watch too. Personally I think it can only help her network.

Andi
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Andi

Love the fact that OWN will be showing the first 40 episodes of AMC and OLTL…will we be able to see the shows in Canada. Currently there are a few shows on OWN that are not broadcast in Canada.

JUDITH
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JUDITH

As far as I have read Andi..OWN Canada will not be airing either soap..I am so disappointed..It’s not fair as so many Canadians have been watching these shows as long or longer than some Americans..I feel ripped off..

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

Own is not part of my cable package…but im glad that someone is carrying the shows…this could bring new viewers to the soaps as well as former viewers who might have the channel and not internet.

Debby Gan
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Debby Gan

I just could not get use to watching Soaps on a computer, watched part of the first episode and shut it off. I am so happy Oprah decided to air AMC & OLTL, a very smart move on her part. I know there will be lots of very happy Soap fans. Thanks Oprah!!

JEM
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JEM

I do not understand this reasoning at all. Not being rude here, but a tv and a computer monitor look exactly the same. They are a box with a screen. Your turn them on, pick your channel, sit back, and watch.

Annie
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Annie

Do you have a flat screen TV because all you would need is an HDMI cable hooked to your computer and there you are…soaps on your TV screen.

Sarah Blume
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Sarah Blume

Yes I will watch. Bring all the soaps on and I will watch it all day long and probably never change the channel.

Terri
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Terri

me too sarah

Rose C
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Rose C

I just want to know if they are going to continue to air new episodes on Hulu or if after the 40 we have to wait and see again, now that this has developed?

susan M.
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susan M.

Hulu will continue to air them. I have seen all the 40 episodes already … Waiting for the new episodes to air on Hulu in Aug…

Derek
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Derek

How could you have seen all 40 already? They have only shown 25 episodes so far.

mmc
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mmc

A good move on her part….i’ll watch …a lot of fans are upset that she didn’t take the failing soaps GL & ATWT too when she might have been able to save them. I was too, but, that was then & this is now…we can all benefit from this.

rebecca
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rebecca

won’t watch. I have no problem watching them on Hulu and I wouldn’t give her the satisfaction of adding to her billioin dollar plus empire. she could have aired these from the beginning and chose not to. The New York Post didn’t write anything that a lot of us already realized; she’s running them at low risk to her and with a potential of great risk to her ratings Therefore, she built the Oprah show on network TV because of her huge fan base…got incredibly rich off of it…abandoned the same fans when she wouldn’t revive the soaps…now is counting… Read more »

Nikki
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Nikki

AMEN, Rebecca!!! That’s what I’ve been saying. When the fans first pleaded with her she said if she thought there was a dime left to be made, she would do it. Like you said, now she wants US to help HER! Not a chance in hell.

cathy
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cathy

Who cares if she’s getting richer, support our shows

rebecca
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rebecca

I care! Not contributing to her empire…and I do support the shows. On Hulu. And anywhere else they may land.

Dez
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Dez

Yes but she has a LOT of EMPLOYEES at her “empire”. So it isn’t just her. Those are badly needed American jobs.

rebecca
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rebecca

correction: “low risk to her and with a potential of great BOOST to her ratings…

Nancy
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Nancy

Hopefully at some point if that is the case they will air the shows at night. That is when I was able to catch the soaps. I work all day and am only able to catch them at night. Right now I am only watching OLTL on Hulu early in the morning (4:30am) on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I know I can watch them anytime but those days worked well for me. I look forward to the day when I can again turn on my tv at night and catch my soaps.

Annie
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Annie

Nancy, ever heard of a DVR?

Nancy
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Nancy

Annie, all of us don’t have a DVR. Do you have a life.

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

This is an experiment. Oprah will have to see if AMC & OLTL do as well in the ratings like The Haves and the Have Nots. I think AMC & OLTL owe a debt of gratitude for the success of Tyler Perry on OWN. Also, let’s not forget that Oprah is a longtime AMC fan too! I am sure she was diappointed over the show’s cancellation on ABC. Her initial decision not to pick up AMC and OLTL was a business decision. Not that she see the possibility of success with it, she has remembered those shows and their respective… Read more »

Dez
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Dez

Yes! I suspect that the success of the prime time weekly SOAP Haves & Have Nots is what got her attention. Proves you cannot listen to the suits at one network and make judgements about would be good for another network.

I am VERY HAPPY and EXCITED about the return of OLTL and AMC to TV!

fms
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fms

I am glad this is happening on OWN. I life on a fixed income and can’t afford the miner per month for Hula and my computer is as old as a dinosaur so this will give me a chance to watch it. Thank you OWN.

Annie
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Annie

Hulu is a free service.

susan M.
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susan M.

It would have been nice if Oprah pick up the soaps from the beginning..Then we would have been seeing new episodes and not repeats(which is temporary thing)… After the 40 episodes run and done with ,I guess that’s it for seeing them on Oprah’s own channel.

Annie
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Annie

There are not 40 complete episodes yet. You are counting the MORE show on Fridays and Oprah is not airing those as far as I know.

Drew
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Drew

I love the idea of available online first and then on OWN. I also think that OWN should acquire the broadcasting rights for Crystal Chappells online only shows. Her new series, Beacon Hill has 3 time Emmy winner Sarah Brown leading the cast.

JEM
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JEM

I‘m sure there are many gay cable channels that would gladly acquire the rights to all of Crystal Chappell‘s gay-themed shows. I don‘t think that is a market Oprah is looking to tap into. Not exactly her core audience.

Drew
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Drew

Love is Love. A well crafted show, by Uber talented cast & crew will be engaging … and something that I will enjoy.

susan M.
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susan M.

It is just purely good buisness deal on Oprah’s part…..To giver her channel a boost in the ratings. Her station has struggled a lot with low ratings…This again, just a good buisness deal to Oprah. I am glad there are soap fans that will be able to see these soaps now, that coudn’t before….

Rod
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Rod

Can’t wait. I stopped watching on HULU so I can watch on OWN!! I’m a few weeks behind. Evan if I had watched I’d watch again as I want them to STAY on TV

tony
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tony

I have watched them both on Hulu and will set the dvr and watch on OWN. Thankfully, in my market Soapnet still airs on Dishnetwork so I get reruns of AMC and OLTL daily.

Leticia
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Leticia

I am up to date with OLTL and AMC on Hulu Plus . Because I am a big fan of the soaps I will support watching them on the OWN network. If you are a fan and want to see these shows succeed I hope you will do the same. Thank you OWN!

Kate
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Kate

I use to like Oprah. I watched her show every day. As her success grew, so did her arrogance. I am not mad at her about the soaps because she just made a business decision. I do think she has been humbled by her channel not doing well. I am happy that those who don’t watch the soaps online will have a place on tv to watch. I will stick with Hulu Plus and my iPad.

JEM
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JEM

Whatever we say about Oprah, she is not stupid in business. Back when the shows were cancelled off ABC, people asked her to take them on. That would have been a HUGE, billion dollar investment to assume production of two entire shows that had just been cancelled. Her network was brand new then, and more than fledgling. It was too big of a risk. Now, when she has the chance to air pre-packaged, already produced shows that she has SEEN are getting high numbers elsewhere…she can swoop in and look like a soap saving hero. And she has….with her boisterous,… Read more »

mary
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mary

I agree completely. A lot for her to lose at that time; everything to gain at this time. And I hope the fans of these soaps will back her. “Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face” – WATCH & be happy!

ethel
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ethel

i so agree – best post i have read so far!

Regina Miraski
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Regina Miraski

I just skimmed through the above comments to see if anyone had the same idea as me. Did anyone think to look on their TV navigator to check when AMC & OLTL would be on? Some articles I read said AMC would be on @ 1 PM & OLTL would be on @ 3 so as not to interfere with GH. All well & good unless navigator is wrong. It said a marathon of AMC would be on starting @ noon for 2 hrs. & then OLTL for 2 hrs. on Mon. & Tues. Of course, Comcast has been known… Read more »

Annie
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Annie

This is correct. It’s four shows a day of each for two weeks. AMC 12-2 ET and OLTL 2-4 ET. Personally, I am mad at ABC and won’t DVR GH on the network but on SoapNet. And yes, I know the Mouse owns both.

Robert
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Robert

Hey, better late than never. Im really happy she is FINALLY doing this!!

Mark Omeric
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Mark Omeric

Oprah use to love her soaps… now she’s (or her corporate guiders) are trying to leach off some viewers via this limited summer run. Shame on the Op! Shame on ol’ Oprah!
Either break out the tanning oil or get in and swim… but don’t play footies with us, Oprah.
Don’t slash a little on my cheek then say it’s not pretend.
Don’t tantalize then deny.

susan M.
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susan M.

Don’t care much for Oprah!

Antone
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Antone

Sure..I think it’s a great idea.. Go for it!

R.K. MacDonald, Jr.(Mudcat)
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R.K. MacDonald, Jr.(Mudcat)

I wrote her 3 times concerning this. I said if you love these soaps as much as you claim, help em out. I wonder if she sees big ratings increases, she might pick em up. Folks, you all know what to do. WATCH.
Some of us are too damned old to sit in a desk chair and watch a computer.

Terri
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Terri

In my opinion it is the best move she can make! I would watch all the soaps on her OWN network especially OLTL and AMC. This is what we need. It is ok to watch online but they shouldn’t be limited when all the other soaps can be aired on network television as well as online. 🙂 Would make me a happy girl again.

Trish Raley
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Trish Raley

Simple put I love it WooHoo for O & AMC & OLTL!!!

brenda manley
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brenda manley

im gonna re watch the episodes. hopefully enough people will tune in and it will stay on tv also. thanks oprah

Rebecca
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Rebecca

Why just a Summer Fling? Most of us who are Fans of All My Children & One Life To Live have already seen the Episodes your going to Air on Hulu. Thanks to Prospect Park. Oprah if you really heard us you will take on these SOAPS Indefinately!

Annie
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Annie

Most have not. Rebecca, there are a lot of fans without computers or if they do have computers, they don’t have high speed access. Don’t paint the world with a broad brush.

Rebecca
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Rebecca

HELLO?! CAN YOU READ?! DID ABC GIVE A DAMN ABOUT ANYONE NOT HAVING COMPUTERS OR HIGH SPEED INTERNET ACCESS?…Don’t come back at me and say most have not and then accuse me of painting the world with a broad brush! Listen ABC Killed off our Families! WE DIDN’T WANT THEM TO GO ONLINE! WE NEEDED OPRAH THEN! Excuse me but don’t criticize me for my words when you don’t know what the hell your talking about!

Teresa Blue
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Teresa Blue

I absoluely will! Even though I currently am watching both episodes on Hulu plus, I totally look forward to OWN summertime soap fling. It’s great to be part of soap opera history!

Lisa M
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Lisa M

In regards to me paying $7.99 mo got huluplus, I do not like watching the soaps online. I prefer having the box to stream on the television as well as other programs. I think Oprah Is showing the first 40 episodes previously scene as a trial run. Now I am caught up but there are people who would love to watch. So lets support this guys by watching OWN. I think this is a trial run. Yes we all remember what Oprah said previously but let’s move on and support this.

Annie
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Annie

Why do people pay $7.99 a month for huluplus when hulu is free and both give you commercials? Personally, I get the multipass on iTunes which gives me 20 episodes and no commercials. Multipass if $9.99.

cathy
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cathy

I’m excited. I’ll watch them again, No problem. I have hopes that Oprah might pick them up permanently someday. If not I’m glad their back and will watch them on hulu as long as their around.

robin long
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robin long

great move… I will watch !!!

kathy searcy
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kathy searcy

OLTL and AMC on OWN will get my views and a lot of other family members every time they are aired! Thanks Oprah!! I will not watch online! EVER!

Bobbie C,
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Bobbie C,

i dont have cable so how can i watch it on own network? will it still be on hulu? i hope it will be on hulu

su0000
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su0000

The soaps will remain on HuLu//
OWN is showing re-runs of soaps, the first 40 shows..

mary
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mary

YAY Oprah! Thank-you! Thank-you! Thank-you!
However, if Soapnet is derailing, I do hope they continue airing the final repeat episodes of BOTH All My Children & One Life to Live. I have been watching them nightly since they went off the air, and it would be TORTURE to have them end before they conclude.
I am sure EVERYONE who watches the repeat episodes faithfully will agree.
Please keep them on at least until their conclusions.

Annie
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Annie

SoapNet isn’t going anywhere.

Tina Gray
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Tina Gray

I don’t know, Michael. The video she made announcing this is a smack in the face to us. We begged her when ABC/Disney first devastated us with the cancellation and she turned us down. I just can’t forget how she put $ before us. Now that her network is struggling – and they finally get that her fans were also soap fans that are boycotting her – which is why it is struggling – I’m still angry. Now she’s listened?!?!?! I just can’t forgive and forget. She owes us an apology. Having said that though……….like an idiot – I just… Read more »

Troy Turner
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Troy Turner

You are correct about this, Tina–I’m thrilled for the fans that haven’t been able to watch, but she owes us a VERY public opology

Suri
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Suri

I want nothing to do with Oprah or her network. Her statement about “hearing” us is too little, too late. I didn’t like her before and I don’t like her now. I’m not going to contribute to ratings that will boost her channel. She’s just using us. Here’s another thing – all those people who were complaining about having to pay for Hulu (which they don’t) are now okay with having to increase their cable package each month? I’m more than happy with Hulu and will support them because they were willing to take a chance on us. They didn’t… Read more »

charlene
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charlene

i will defintly watch and hope they will do first runs soaps when new season starts

d.w. mckim (Mupp Freek)
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d.w. mckim (Mupp Freek)

First to Michael, as always i’m happy that you remain one of the most fair and accurate reporters covering soaps. I too caught that in the NY Post article that they didn’t quite get the relationship between Soapnet and Disney Jr. right and glad you noted that in the article. I do a lot of rolling my eyes sometimes seeing how soap fans respond to news – even when it’s good news they find stuff to moan and groan about; it often seems soap fans are their own worst enemy. Oprah simply did not have the resources two years ago… Read more »

Debra
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Debra

I think that this would be a great Idea. When Oprah left ABC for her own Company, I thought with ABC cancelling these two soap opera’s and that General Hospital was also on the chopping block that wouldn’t it be great that Oprah would pick them up and put them on her Network. I think that if she put these show back on the air it would boost her ratings so high that ABC would be crying. So here’s to Oprah for having the since to recognized a gold mine and doing something about.
Thank you Oprah.

j novak
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j novak

leave soaps on

Andrew
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Andrew

big soap fan but work a busy job and haven’t been watching them online. I went to a premiere party for the shows here in NYC and loved them, but just couldn’t get into the habit of going to the website. Thrilled when they cut down the number of new eps and thought I’d catch up, but never have. So this is really great news – can dvr them and watch when I have time. I hear OLTL is dragging but that AMC is on fire (glad that I’ll be able to pick up the Billy Clyde story, and to… Read more »

RobertC
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RobertC

I am of the opposite opion of you as I can catch up on both of the shows on HULU when I want to and don’t have to wait weeks for both shows to catch up on OWN to where HULU is now on showing the episodes.

Annie
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Annie

I think AMC is dragging with this Cassandra storyline and OLTL is hot.

RobertC
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RobertC

Let me say if Oprah was smart she would have picked up both All My Children and One Life To Live when ABC cancelled both shows as both shows have higher ratings then any show on OWN and would have brought a lot of new viewers to OWN which would have helped out every show on OWN.

Lisa w
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Lisa w

Great news! Love the idea! Will have to DVR is it on in the daytime. Everyone needs to watch so that AMC & OLTL will continue full time on OWN! Thank you Ophra!

JESSIE
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JESSIE

YOU SAID IT! THANK YOU!!!!

Di
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Di

I was so upset when they took of OLTL. I have been a fan since the early 80’s. I am so excited that they will return. It will not be the same if Starr Todd and john or not back from General Hospital. It needs to continue from the last episode. I have not watched it on HULA or whatever that is because I think that is nuts. Oprah I give you KUDO;S thank you so much for bringing them back. I pray it is the same.

rebecca
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rebecca

just to clarify….there are now two rebeccas on these posts. I am NOT the one who just “shouted” at Annie. Wondering if anyone knows how to edit or change your name on this site?

Liz B
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Liz B

Everyone in Canada is DESPERATE to see OLTL and AMC again, so Oprah, we LOVE you!!!
But I have just looked at the OWN listings for July 15th and I don’t see these shows in the line up.
What’s happening……???

Tabbs
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Tabbs

Just read with interest the above comments…If you like OPRAH or not, she can care less,she is a smart many faceted lady. Pairing up with Tyler Perry has brought us one of the best p.m. Soaps of our time. I am willing to allow her to make the programming decisions for her OWN , I can always change the channel if I don’t like what I see. As for AMC I will be watching these upcoming episodes and hope that she will continue in the fall…Oprah, you go girl!

All My Children

Kelly Ripa & Ryan Seacrest Remember Regis Philbin on ‘Live’, while Kathie Lee Gifford Recalls Last Moments With Him On ‘Today’

On Monday, Regis Philbin, who passed away at 88-years-old over the weekend, was remembered on morning television where he spent most of his career, by his former co-hosts.  On Live with Kelly and Ryan, an emotional Ripa along with Seacrest honored the man they had come to know

Ryan shared: “It’s been a very difficult and emotional day for all of us at Live. Kelly, I know a tough weekend for you especially because you worked with our dear friend, a friend that passed away over the weekend, Regis Philbin. A legend on television. A best friend to so many of us who didn’t even know him, across the country.”

Ripa, co-hosted Live! with Philbin for 11 years, said mentioned that she and her husband Mark Consuelos were lucky to have their children surrounding them over the weekend when they learned of Philbin’s death.

Through her tears, Kelly expressed:  “As people get older, you always know that certain things are inevitable, and passing away is one of those things, but Regis is one of the people that we all believed, I think, would somehow figure out a way around the inevitable. It was not in the cards.”

Meanwhile over on NBC, Kathie Lee Gifford appeared on the Today Show remembering her enduring friendship and working relationship with Regis. Gifford co-hosted Live with Regis and Kathie Lee for many years.

Overcome with emotion, Kathie Lee recalled her final visit with Philbin and his wife Joy during a visit to the East Coast. Gifford now lives in Tennessee.

Gifford shared how she called The Philbins and said, “Can we get together, can we have some lunch?’ So they came over about two weeks ago,  We just had the best time.”’

However, Kathie Lee noted after they said their goodbyes:“I just thought to myself, ‘Lord’, is that the last time I’m going to see my friend?’ Cause he was failing, I could tell.  I was just so grateful the Lord gave me that final time.”  She also shared moments with her talk with Joy after Regis’ passing, where Joy said,”Kathie he hadn’t laughed in a long, long time.  I was so worried about him.  The day that we came to have lunch with you was the last time I heard him laugh.”

On their on-screen partnership, Kathie Lee said of her time with Regis: “We always respected each other’s opinions so highly. You know, in all the years we were together, we never had one cross word.”

Watch below the segments from Live with Kelly and Ryan and The Today Show with Kathie Lee below as they remember and honor Regis Philbin.

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TV Icon Regis Philbin Dead At 88; Kathie Lee Gifford, Kelly Ripa and Susan Lucci Pay Tribute

Sad news to report on Saturday.  Legendary TV host and personality, Regis Philbin has passed away at the age of 88.  The Daytime Emmy-winning host, was famous for is morning shows including Live with Regis and Kathie Lee for 15 years, and its later incarnation Live with Regis and Kelly,  hosting Who Wants To Be a Millionaire. beauty pageants, his night club shows with former All My Children star, Susan Lucci, and so much more.

In a statement his family shared: “We are deeply saddened to share that our beloved Regis Philbin passed away last night of natural causes, one month shy of his 89th birthday,His family and friends are forever grateful for the time we got to spend with him — for his warmth, his legendary sense of humor, and his singular ability to make every day into something worth talking about.. We thank his fans and admirers for their incredible support over his 60-year career and ask for privacy as we mourn his loss.'”

TMZ is reporting late Saturday afternoon that they confirmed with the Medical Examiner that Regis died from heart disease. He was pronounced dead Saturday at Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, CT

Philbin’s accolades included: Daytime Emmy Awards wins for Outstanding Talk Show Host for Live! in 2001 and 2011 as well as Outstanding Game Show Host for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.  Regis received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003 and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Daytime Emmy Awards in 2008.  He was nominated for 37 Daytime Emmy Awards throughout his career.  In addition, according to Guinness World Records, Regis holds the world record for most hours on US television with more than 16,700 hours clocked.

Three women who worked so closely with Regis each took to Instagram this afternoon to share their grief and memories of their dear friend, and in some cases mentor:

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Kathie Lee Gifford expressed on Philbin’s passing: “There are no words to fully express the love I have for my precious friend, Regis. I simply adored him and every day with him was a gift. We spent 15 years together bantering and bickering and laughing ourselves silly—a tradition and a friendship we shared up to this very day. I smile knowing somewhere in Heaven, at this very moment, he’s making someone laugh. It brings me great comfort knowing that he had a personal relationship with his Lord that brought him great peace. I send all the love in my heart to Joy, to his children, to the rest of his family and to the innumerable people he touched over his legendary life. There has never been anyone like him. And there never will be.”

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Kelly Ripa who took over from Gifford and co-hosted with Regis for many years shared along with Ryan Seacrest: “We are beyond saddened to learn about the loss of Regis Philbin. He was the ultimate class act, bringing his laughter and joy into our homes everyday on Live for more than 23 years. We were beyond lucky to have him as a mentor in our careers and aspire everyday to fill his shoes on the show. We send our deepest love and condolences to his family and hope they can find some comfort in knowing he left the world a better place.”

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Susan Lucci, shared an emotional message: “Oh, Regis—I am so shocked and so incredibly sad to learn of your passing. Your warmth and charm and devilish sense of humor made the world fall in love with you—and all of us who had the privilege and joy to work with you adored you! Those five years we traveled the country appearing together on stage are full of some of my favorite memories. Helmut and I send our love and heartfelt sympathy to beautiful Joy and your entire family.  You were one of a kind, Rege—🎼There Will Never Ever Be Another You🎼 RIP, Regis—and thank you”

Philbin is survived by daughters J.J. Philbin and Joanna Philbin, whom he shared with his wife of 50 years, Joy Philbin. He was also father to daughter Amy Philbin, whom he shared with his first wife Catherine Faylen. Philbin and Faylen had another child, son Daniel Philbin, who passed away in 2014.

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There are no words to fully express the love I have for my precious friend, Regis. I simply adored him and every day with him was a gift. We spent 15 years together bantering and bickering and laughing ourselves silly—a tradition and a friendship we shared up to this very day. I smile knowing somewhere in Heaven, at this very moment, he’s making someone laugh. It brings me great comfort knowing that he had a personal relationship with his Lord that brought him great peace. I send all the love in my heart to Joy, to his children, to the rest of his family and to the innumerable people he touched over his legendary life. There has never been anyone like him. And there never will be.

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‘Strahan, Sara and Keke’ Canceled by ABC; Show Aired In Timeslot That Once Housed ‘All My Children’

No matter a network tries to do, replacing All My Children, which ran for 41 years on ABC has remained as everyone that follows the world of daytime drama knows, problematic.  Now come word via Page Six that Strahan, Sara and Keke has been canceled.

The show hosted by Michael Strahan, Sara Haines and Keke Palmer if you recall, replaced the foodie show, The Chew which ran for seven seasons and was the first show to air in the timeslot that belonged for over four decades to All My Children. 

Back in March of this year, Strahan, Sara and Keke took a break to make way for ABC’s News  Pandemic: What You Need to Know, a daily coronavirus report anchored by Amy Robach, Dr. Jen Ashton and sometimes TJ Holmes.

However, because the show did well in that two-week experimental run it morphed into GMA 3: What You Need to Know.  The new version of the show also talked about hot topics in the current news cycle, as well.

ABC’s Catherine McKenzie began producing the “GMA3” show four months ago and the network officially announced her as Executive Producer of the program on Thursday.

While ABC has yet to officially announce Strahan, Sara and Keke is over, a spokesperson told Page Six: “We’re proud of our teams at ‘SSK’ and ‘GMA3’ and how quickly they transitioned to producing a daily show to give people the news and information they need during an unprecedented pandemic, and conversations continue about how the show will evolve in the months ahead.”

It appears that Strahan, Sara and Keke won’t be returning; the future as many of their staff have transitioned over to ‘GMA 3’ with producers from ABC News Live, (the streaming division), helmed by McKenzie.

As for the futures of Strahan, Haines and Palmer; Strahan will continues to host Good Morning America, and they are all actively under contract with the network.

So, what do you think of  ‘Strahan, Sara and Kek’e being replaced by ‘GMA 3: What You  Need to Know’?  How long do you think that show will last in the timeslot once taken up by residents of Pine Valley? Comment below.

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