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OLTL's Robin Strasser – her hotline jammed…issues comments on cancellation!

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The incomparable Robin Strasser (Dorian) sent out late last evening an email to many constituents in the industry on her thoughts on the cancellation of her, and our, beloved One Life to Live. Her Robin’s Hotline has been jammed for days, if you tried to call and hear her emotional message on the subject, and the phone line had to be disconnected by the phone company, so they could serve 99 other customers as there was just so much traffic! Strasser says it will be up and running soon.  She informs,  “There is MUCH to regret in ABC’s decision to cancel All My Children AND One Life to Live. My fan/friends are calling in to hear what I think.”

Here are some excerpts below of what Strasser sent out in lieu of the hotline and as a adjunct piece:

Strasser: “I  am INCAPABLE of GRIEVING and LYING at the same time….and ya know as many things as I need to change about myself–that is NOT one of them. I’m part of team headed by Frank Valentini, the best Executive Producer EVER in this genre…and in a 43 year career, I worked with a lot of them! He pledges (with the positive affirmative intelligence that is his personal brand) that we will bring the show to a close with the BEST ending possible!Great! I am SO ON-board!!!!  And yet…I ask myself … why do I feel over-come with a mad-ass recklessness that compels me to tell the truth? (albeit the truth as I see it in this moment Surely you can’t send out a press release calling the two soon to be cancelled shows “Iconic” and then toss them out?… is it me? but I cannot make sense of this concept or how it works for any one?

I’m perched on that slippery slope of being judgmental…but too saddened to lie, I confess: my jury is in! This seems a cavalier and misconceived idea…excuse me, but possibly celebrating the loss of SO MANY jobs with the spin-maker use of the word “EVOLVING” is inappropriate?

I’ve got a healthy addiction to Classic Movies…here’s my current fave flashback montage: Peter Finch shouting out the window and getting others to join in: “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it any more” note: he died soon after after giving that performance… Amazing Susan Hayworth with her awesome sparky retort to her jailers in I Want to Live: “What are you goin’ to do? Kill me?” and just for some release of tension add Bette Davis nervously trying to light her own cigarette in Dark Victory: “I’m told I have a sense of humor”

It is NOT all about me…but as a human being, as one who has been BLESSED to be able to earn her living ALL her life doing work she LOVES…I just have to acknowledge that the pain is palpable. From my viewpoint: All the revisionist corporate spinning can NOT diminish or squelch the VALUE, the PASSIONATE LOYALTY, and the LOVE our audiences have for these shows.

A suggestion? In your way, be creative, and come up with ways to be as positive as you can muster but– I implore you: put “thought into action”… be pro-active.  If MY little Hotline can be CRASHED BY THE VOLUME OF CALLERS—-what MIGHT happen if the energies of our fans went in other effective directions? I’m just asking.

I THANK YOU…OUR ENTIRE CAST/CREW/PRODUCTION AND DESIGN TEAMS THANK YOU…AND THE FAMILIES AND FRIENDS OF THOSE AFFECTED BY THIS IMPENDING LOSS: THANK YOU…THANK YOU…THANK YOU!!!!!!! (yes, you are right…paraphrased shamelessly from James Cagney’s Oscar winning Yankee Doodle Dandy)

BIG SHOUT OUT:  Please…may I count on applause from MY fan/friends for  Michael Logan of TV Guide and his sagacious and courageous EARLY report that AMC and OLTL were going to be cancelled?  People give truth tellers a hard time…and I’m suggesting that his accurate prediction deserves some appropriate HONOR. It is because of that “leak” that the plan could not be hidden nor the reveal delayed…Six hundred of us about to lose our jobs, appreciate the advance notice in order to intelligently come up with Plan B.

LOVE, LIGHT, AND HOPE! Robin”

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MEG
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MEG

THANKYOU ROBIN ,I DID TRY TO HEAR YOUR MESSAGE BUT WASN’T ABLE TOO. I AM REALLY SAD AND ANGRY, I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST ,

jeffrey moree
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jeffrey moree

This is sad all these people will lose their job and us fans will lose two beloved shows. Looks like abc is following cbs in their programming i will not watch abc daytime after these shows go off the air and i’m sure alot of other people will follow suit. I wish all the best to all those talented people and hope they can find steady work again.

Just Saying'
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Just Saying'

As we put our thoughts into action don’t forget the advertisers. Any company that airs commericals during daytime programming should be addressed also.

Scott
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Scott

Wow, Robin! You are a class act and a true lady. I can’t imagine a life without you on my television screen every day. Dorian is one of the greatest, most complex characters I’ve every seen on TV. I am devastated by this loss more than I have ever been, when it comes to network decisions and cancellations. Having said that, thank you for reminding us of the human toll these reckless, arrogant cancellations will cost. I am tired of greedy executives in this country making decisions that hurt other Americans while they fill their own wallets. Often times, and… Read more »

Kim
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Kim

Love you, Robin. We fans will not stand by quietly, I assure you! We will fight!

mike
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mike

Give Em Hell Robin. Your fans love you for your talent and your spunk.

TRACY
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TRACY

I will call ABC, write letters and do whatever I need to do to save AMC and OLTL. What ABC did to us is wrong. The MILLIONS of SOAP FANS will save our shows if we ALL come TOGETHER!!!!!!!!!!!!

Amy
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Amy

Robin truly is classy and ABC is most certainly NOT. You will never find a viewer as loyal as a soap fan. ABC is crazy if they think we will ever support these new shows.

THERESA
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THERESA

DEAR ROBIN…,I SENT THIS TO BRIAN FRONS ON ABC.ATTENTION BRAIN FRONS!!!!WHY CAN’T YOU, INSTEAD OF SHOWING DISNEY CARTOONS 24 HRS A DAY(WHAT KID IS UP AT 2AM?) ON SOAPNET LEAVE THE SOAPS ON SOAPNET.THIS WAY THE SUITS ARE HAPPY AND THE VIEWER’S ARE HAPPY OR IS THAT NOT MAKING YOU ENOUGH MONEY?? TAKE A LOOK AT FACEBOOK READ THE COMMENTS ON AMC AND OLTL.SEE HOW MANY VIEWER’S ARE MAD AS HELL.PLEASE TAKE A LOOK DO WE THE VIEWER’S MEAN ANYTHING AT ALL TO YOU OR ABC??

E.G.
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E.G.

Oh, how I will miss you Miss Stasser! We must put our grieving into action and tell ABC how we support OLTL and AMC now!

rb
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rb

Someone ought to tell the “suits” in charge there are real people out here and we have minds and voices and we won’t just keep turning on the tube for any cheap trash they choose to throw at us. I already know how to cook, thank you! I am fully capable of searching and finding any “lifestyle” advice I require, on my own in my own way and time. And I’m actuallly capable of living quite comfortably without Disney, ABC or their advertisers products!

pam rogers
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pam rogers

We will fight to the end for our soaps!!!! There are several sites on facebook with address and phone numbers.. We are boycotting abc, and all disney products. we are watching our soaps . Big mistake abc we do not want a new cooking show with a rude chef. we do not need to be told how to be healthly.. those shows will not last 6 months. pay attention abc we also will boycott your advertisers they are answering our letters. Soap lovers write letters send soap and call abc.. we must be heard.

Outspoken
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Outspoken

NY/LA PROTEST DATE… ABC-DISNEY TV BOYCOTT INFO RELEASED…. Go to:

http://community-2.webtv.net/dw_m/saveoltl/index.html

for more information.

Thanks Michael for sharing the love… thanks Robin for being you!

Belinda
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Belinda

I cried when I heard this news. I am so attached to One Life to Live, I can’t wait for Monday for it to come back on for the week….I hope and pray they save the show!

Mary Moran
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Mary Moran

I hope the facebook movement works, I can not imagine life without my soaps! You’re wonderful! Stay strong! I think of all of the people that will lose their jobs and all the future employment of under 5’s, dayplayers, new roles, etc. too. But, truth be told, I think of myself without the escape from stress everyday, after work, watching my favorite families. 🙁
I have been a loyal fan since “Dark Shadows” was on. They are not being loyal in return.

Maria
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Maria

If OLTL is not saved, just consider the Soap Opera officially dead. GH and DOOL will go next, undoubtedly. Then YR and BB will be the last to go – likely at the same time. Brian Frons will have single-handedly eradicated an American institution – for reasons NOT GOOD ENOUGH. How foolish? How sad? And as Robin Strasser describes his genius maneuver: “…a cavalier and utterly irresponsible decision.” SAVE OLTL !

Lisa Klingler
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Lisa Klingler

If this happens I will never enjoy TV as I have again. I already don’t want to watch knowing such greedy people are behind it’s cancellation. These shows have been in my life for 40 years It will be impossible to just say oh-well and except it, I won’t allow it. Moving on will mean alot less TV viewing especially if It’s going to shove down my throat how to be healthier. I can’t even describe how physically snd emotionally sick I feel.

Frankie Hoornaert
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Frankie Hoornaert

I’m still appalled by ABC’s decision!!!! Me and thousands of other viewers look forward to seeing you each day…you make us laugh, lol. My husband never misses an episode. He gets right in there with you all like he’s a part of your family, lol. I’ve been watching OLTL , AMC and GH since the first day they aired. My soap family is like real members of my family. I do think ABC should listen to the viewers and give us what we like…..after all, we pay to watch TV now and our voices should be heard and acknowledged!!!! Ratings… Read more »

Melanie Harris
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Melanie Harris

I have already switched from GMA to the Today show and Early show. I will only be watching AMC, OLTL & GH during the day and my only primetime show will be DWTS. How can they cut the shows that have led to so many stars for their network? Would Tuc Watkins have been cast in Desperate Housewives if not for OLTL? Would Josh Duhmael have been cast in primetime if not for AMC? How about Judith Light from OLTL or Kelly Ripa from AMC? Finally, would Castle or DWTS be the hits they are without loyal soap fans tuning… Read more »

Anne
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Anne

I’ve been a fan of yours since Another World(another bad choice by the other network). Your thoughts were great. Let’s hope we can save OLTL and AMC. The women in my family have been watching their ‘stories’ for over 50 years.

dolores
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dolores

30 something years of watching OLTL, its not right to cancel this show. I am very sad.

Tara
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Tara

I been a fan of One Life To Live since I been a kid.I remember sitting down with my mom & grandmother and just relaxing and enjoying this show.I even missed some school just to see what was going to happen on the next epsoide.I hoping and praying that all the loyal fans can save One Life To Live

Karen
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Karen

To Robin Strasser, I first started watching you as a child on Another World and later in college started watching you on OLTL. You are a wonderful actress, as are the entire cast of the show. I kknow that I, along with many others, are fighting this terrible decision as hard as we can. I don’t know if we will be successful, but we will not stop fighting for this show we have loved for so long. I pray the powers that be would reconsider. They will be quite disappointed with the ratings of their “new” shows. We don’t need… Read more »

Robyn
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Robyn

Class act as always Robin. If Brian Frons was trying to get famous quick he was quite successful. Before the cancellations I had no idea who he was. Now every time I see his face I am repulsed. He will go down in history in my book as the one of the top idiots in TV history.

jennifer walker
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jennifer walker

Sad about the Soaps being canceled?
Want to do something about it?
Join us at http://www.fanssavesoaps.com
When we all work together, we can save the Soaps.
http://www.fanssavesoaps.com/
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Pat Moyer
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Pat Moyer

I am equally angered and sadden to loose my OLTL family

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Circle Thursday, December 1st! That’s when you can see General Hospital’s Josh Swickard (Chase) in yet another holiday film.  This time, Swickard stars alongside Jessika Van in A H0llywood Christmas streaming on HBO Max.

In story, A Hollywood Christmas follows Jessica, a successful Christmas movie director, who begins living her own real-life Christmas movie when a handsome television executive named Christopher (played by Swickard), shows up on the set.

Sent by the network to decide if producing Christmas movies are worth the expense, Christopher’s presence threatens to halt production on Jessica’s latest film. With Christopher looking over her shoulder on behalf of the network, Jessica now has to juggle: actors on the set falling in and out of love, an elf dog, and her own romantic feelings for the network exec!

As many are aware, Josh stars in many holiday films, so it’s a bit of send-up about a guy who is in Christmas movies starring in a movie about the making of one.

Warner Brothers posted tune-in info on their official Instagram a few days ago, sharing, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… #AHollywoodChristmas premieres in SIX Days! Spend the #HolidaysWithHBOMax.”

You can check out the trailer below.

Will you be checking out Josh in ‘A Hollywood Christmas’ starting this Thursday? Comment below.

 

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Jack McBrayer and JoJo Siwa Named Hosts For First Annual ‘Children’s & Family Emmy Awards’

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has announced that Emmy nominee and former 30 Rock star Jack McBrayer (ex-Kenneth), and Emmy nominee and music and social media sensation JoJo Siwa, will host the first annual Children’s & Family Emmy Awards.

McBrayer will preside over the Children’s & Family main ceremony on Sunday, December 11 and Siwa will lead the Children’s & Family Creative Arts Emmy ceremony on Saturday, December 10.  Both events will take place at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles.

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In addition, XOMG POP!, the all-girl pop group created by Jess and JoJo Siwa, will perform at during Creative Arts ceremony. Dancing with the Stars fans will also recall that JoJo Siwa along with pro dance partner, Jenna Johnson took 2nd place during season 30 of the ballroom dance competition series, becoming the first all-female team to compete.

Siwa is also a bestselling author, singer and film star with over over  60.5 million followers on social media and 3.6 billion views on YouTube.  Her first-ever tour, D.R.E.A.M. The Tour, sold out 100+ arenas as she became the youngest artist ever to headline and sell out the O2 Arena in London.  She was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2020.

McBrayer is nominated this year for a Children’s & Family Emmy for Outstanding Host for his work on Hello, Jack! The Kindness Show. Siwa has two nominations – one for Outstanding Choreography for her Peacock show Siwas Dance Pop Revolution, and one for Outstanding Music Direction and Composition for a Live Action Program.

In a statement, the actor shared: “I am thrilled to be hosting the first Emmys ceremony specifically created to recognize the important and influential Children’s & Family genre.  It is truly an honor to be celebrating all of the individuals whose wonderful contributions remind us that great television can entertain, educate and bring together people of all ages.”

Siwa added, “I am honored to be hosting the very first Children’s & Family Emmy Awards, and to be a nominee in both outstanding choreography and outstanding music direction and composition for a live action program. It’s sure to be a fun-filled evening with my girl group, XOMG POP! kicking off the night with what will be a great performance!”

Adam Sharp, President and CEO, NATAS shared on the host announcements: “We’re thrilled to recognize the fastest-growing genre in television by launching the Children’s & Family Emmys with such cultural powerhouses as Jack McBrayer and JoJo Siwa. Their undeniable energy and enthusiasm perfectly capture the tone which will set this ceremony and competition apart for years to come.”

The Children’s & Family awards are the first standalone expansion of the Emmy Award competition since 1979 and marks the successful culmination of the first full year of the realignment between NATAS and the Television Academy.  With nearly 3,000 submissions, the competition is now the largest that NATAS oversees.

You can view the nominations here.

So, what do you think of NATAS’ picks of JoJo Siwa and Jack McBrayer to host the inaugural Children’s & Family Emmy Awards? Comment below.

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Oscar and Grammy winner, Irene Cara has passed away.  The singer/songwriter/actress, known for her memorable vocal performances to the theme of the hit movie, Fame, and singing the title track to another 80’s blockbuster, Flashdance, apparently died in her Florida home yesterday. The cause of death is not yet known.

According to her publicist, Judith Moore on Twitter, the rep shared: “This is the absolute worst part of being a publicist. I can’t believe I’ve had to write this, let alone release the news.  It is with profound sadness that on behalf of her family I announce the passing of Irene Cara. The Academy Award-winning actress, singer, songwriter and producer passed away in her Florida home.  Irene’s family has requested privacy as they process their grief. She was a beautifully gifted soul whose legacy will live forever through her music and films.”

A little known fact is that Irene’s first acting gig was on the daytime drama, Love of Life from 1970-1971 in the role of Daisy Allen.   She later appeared in TV roles on: What’s Happening, Kojak, Roots: The Next Generations, and in the film, Sparkle and many more.

Later, Cara first rose to prominence when she was cast in the 1980’s musical film Fame, where she sang the title track and starred in as Coco Hernandez.  Her vocal performance in Fame earned her two Grammy Award nominations for Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Performance Female in 1981.

Two years later, Cara not only picked up two Grammy Awards for her performance, but also an Oscar for  co-writing, “Flashdance… What a Feeling” from another 80’s pop culture smash, Flashdance.  At the Grammys in 1984, Irene won for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female, and Best Album of an Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or a Television Special.  She took home the Oscar for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards in 1983.

Cara’s rep added, that at the time of Irene’s death they were working on new projects: “Working on amazing projects that would have made her  and her fans incredibly happy. Her manager and I will finish them. She’d want that.”

Share your thoughts and remembrances on the passing of Irene Cara via the comment section below.

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