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On-Air On-Soaps names Best Soap Moments of 2011!

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As we head towards New Year’s, On-Air On-Soaps looks back at this most tumultuous year in soaps with our annual year-end wrap-up celebrating the Best Moments of 2011.  We  honor those stand out moments and performances that were at the head of the pack.

This year-end review is presented to you with our top 25 photo gallery countdown which pays tribute to the moments and performances that made us cheer, weep, or perhaps, throw things at the TV, and in our opinion, showed soap opera at its best.

Now while we all agree to disagree, or in many cases disagree, from our vantage point in a pretty emotional year in front of the camera and behind the scenes, this is where our critical eye took us.

We hope you enjoy, and of course, welcome your thoughts on the Best Moments of 2011!

NOTE: To view the final eleven moments in the photo gallery, make sure to click on the “Next Group” button to the right of + symbol, or you can sit back and relax and just watch the slideshow presentation of our Best Soap Moments of the past year.

Best Moments of 2011 Photo Gallery Countdown

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Courtesy: ABC, CBS and NBC.

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Alexa
Alexa

There are some interesting choices here from OLTL. I definitely agree with David Canary and Florencia Lozano, but some of the rest? Best? Sure?

tasneem
tasneem

Oh my Gosh I love this page I’m gonna miss OLTL Michael can u believe it that the show OLTLl ends 2 days after our Birthdays . I hope for my Birthday Blair and Todd Manning end up together with their kids it will be my ultimate birthday wish come true Hope one day I can meet Roger howarth and Kassie and tell him I love him and her on the show

Doe
Doe

Michael, I enjoyed your picks for best moments. There are no better stars than Jonathan Jackson and Erica Slezak. You have done another review of the best of the soaps this year. I go along with your selection. But, at the same time while watching the photos, I am very sad that we may not see many of these actors again. Very sad….

Otalia69
Otalia69

thnx Michael, always great to see Crystal Chappell on the BEST list…this time for Days and Venice, doesn’t get much better! 2012 will most def be another year of more soap triumphs and tragedies…still holding out to see Crystal back on my Daytime screen, primetime would work as well… Happy New Year! ☮♡☺xo♥♀♀✩ツ♫

zachfan01
zachfan01

The return of Zach Slater should be on this lilst.

Jeffery
Jeffery

OLTL was the best show on this year and will be in 2012 (albeit briefly). Don’t tell that to the Emmys, which typically fails to recognize shows for their consistency throughout the year but rather based on selected episodes (and yes, OLTL often misfires on just what among its embarrassment of riches to pick in thar regard).

Fascinating but not surprising in the least how Y&R and B&B are conspicuously MIA in the mix.

How OLTL can get passed over for a WGA nom is beyond me. Even more mind boggling is the insipidly written Y&R’s nod. OLTL’s is the best ensemble writing team of this century – and not just in daytime. But as I think Colleen Zenk said this year, who needs fool’s gold when you already have the real thing in a loyal fan base.

Joe
Joe

I couldn’t agree with you more. ONE LIFE is the soap that SHOULD be showered with Emmy gold… but I’m not holding my breath for their last eligible year. There’s a CBS-loving conspiracy out there. I even WATCHED “Bold & Beautiful” for a time this year when AMC was gone… I don’t get its appeal.

Derrick
Derrick

No CBS……………………

sweetsherry30
sweetsherry30

Michael – with all due to respect I think that Alison Sweeney should have been mentioned in your comment regarding the grief sex scenes delivered by James Scott. That was a team effort, and both actors deserve merit for such stellar performances.

Tralala
Tralala

I totally agree with you.
Days was bad this year except with the Johnny missing story and the ultimate twist and ‘tour de force’ with the Ej/Sami grieving sex scenes and finally the Will coming out story (well if these writers continue with it, otherwise their stories are awfully boring). But yeah Ali Sweeney who is always overlooked was great and powerful in these scenes, it was a team work with James Scott and her scenes before with all her family when she freaked and waited for news of his missing boy were also great and riveting.
Despite all the backlash abuse she can be subjected this gal is a great actress and finally she deserves an emmy nom, like James Scott deserves it (well he already was nominated TWICE in scenes sharing with her these last years). These actors bring out the best in each others acting wise, it is for Sweeney to be notice.
Otherwise your choices are quite good Michael, OLTL was the best soap this last year, for sure and the team up Howarth/St John was brilliant.

sweetsherry30
sweetsherry30

Unfortunately I have to agree with you Days had a really bad year, and it was the nov sweeps that really were the highlight of the year in my honest opinion. Ali did such an amazing job on those scenes, and the way she portrayed Sami when Johnny went missing, it was the first time in over a year I actually cried for Sami!! She really moved me, and her scenes with James well what can I say it still leaves me speechless they were just phenomenal. Both actors are worthy of an emmy nom in my opinion.

Jan
Jan

JJ always kills a scene….amazing.

Torrey
Torrey

The reason why you don’t see CBS on the list, is because it was not a good year for them… The only thing that I can think of as a Best is Niki’s return to Genoa City. I’m not a big CBS soap fan, but I will admit, I was happy to see her return…and her battle with alcohol is a blast to watch.

Patrick
Patrick

Nicki drunk….. again! She’s y & r… camp classic… her mascara smudged and running down her face… bemoaning again victor this victor that… just take a drink without hesitation… drink for everyone…

Barbara
Barbara

Very telling that nothing from Y&R made this list. That show really is slumming these days.

kalamaty
kalamaty

Well, this list is pretty unbelievable in their complete omission of CBS; only the two highest rated, most loved and watched shows in daytime in the U.S. and abroad. Y&R also took home the most recent Emmy for Writing in a Drama Series! No offense to anyone, but the omission was glaring and a real WTF moment.

Charlotte
Charlotte

I quite agree, Michael Muhney is quite awesome and charismatic in his Adam role and right now MTS as a Nikki drunk is golden..and yep stories are quite outrageous but finally make good tv, hey ratings went up these last weeks..

Joe
Joe

Again, I completely agree! Especially the top 2 picks… thanks for showcasing the ABC shows. Also, you hit the nail on the head with your analysis of the Daytime Emmys – Laura’s win WAS the only reason to watch. One question, what the heck is “Venice”? That didn’t make sense.

todd
todd

Shane’s suicide attempt on the roof from OLTL should have been much higher. I cried all day after seeing that. Then i watched it again. Farah Fath graduated to the big leagues with that episode. Austin Williams is a real talent. We will see hin in movies soon.

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8 Years To The Day Of All My Children & One Life to Live Being Canceled; Still Considered By Many Worst Move For Daytime

It’s hard to believe that 8 years ago today on April 14th, 2011, the soap world, its fans, and the cast members, learned of the heartbreaking news that ABC, in one swift move, decimated its daytime line-up when they announced the cancellations of long running series, All My Children (which would end at its 41st year), and One Life to Live (which would ends its run in its 43rd year).

At the time, ABC announced it would move to more lifestyle/entertainment series to replace these dramas.  In its place came The Chew and The Revolution, neither show is still on the air today.  Executives at that time pointed to research saying that times are changing and that their decision was “guided by extensive research into what today’s daytime viewers want,” and blame, in part, “the changing viewing patterns of the audience” for the axing of AMC and OLTL

Then ABC Daytime President, Brian Frons had joked to Deadline about the big announcement that he: “Pre-entered the witness protection program prior to today’s events.”  He added that “The demise of the two venerable soaps was actually a year in the making.  A year ago, we started to look at our projections where the ratings for the soaps would go.  When those projections came in pretty discouraging, the network began to aggressively develop replacement shows, 15 of them.  Four of the 15 were picked up to pilot: The Chew and The Revolution and two others, a talk show and a dating show. Originally, the idea was to cancel only one daytime drama.  The way the ratings developed and the pilots turned out, the ratings developed negatively and pilots developed positively, so we decided to make a bigger shift.”  Of note is that when it went off the air, One Life to Live was in third place among its competitors in the ratings.

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The press release that came with the cancellations stated: “To honor the core, passionate audience and their rich history both shows will conclude in a manner that respects their legacies and the longstanding hopes of many of their viewers.”

Following the cancellations daytime reeled. The mainstream was sure it meant the endings of the soaps, period.  However, four shows illustrated that is not true at all.  For Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless all remain, and still whether they are up or down in their numbers/ratings, they remain relevant and important to the enduring daytime viewing audience.

Sadly, as with any shows, the end of ABC’s AMC and OLTL meant loss of jobs for so many working in front of the camera and behind the scenes. One Life was the last soap opera in production in New York at the time.  AMC was already being shot in LA to cut costs to save it.

Still in 2019, if you venture on to social media, especially Twitter, you see fans constantly missing its stars and the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, wanting this wrong rectified.  Although Prospect Park tried to revive the show with their online versions, eventually after legal battles that went on for a few years, ABC now retains the right to these properties,

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The good news is that many favorites from AMC and OLTL have found success and been hired on other soap operas, bringing their followings with them, whether it be on-screen, or in the writing, producing, directing or crew departments.

So, do you think the loss of AMC and OLTL consolidated daytime and made the remaining shows stronger so they would not be touched or canceled?  Do you think ABC should try to mount a resurrected AMC and OLTL or an amalgamation of the two?  Do you remember where you were when you learned the two soaps were cancelled? Was this the worst misstep of all-time for daytime? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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George R. R. Martin’s “Leak” Of New Hulu Series WILD CARDS Featuring Eden Riegel, Thorsten Kaye. and Greg Rikkart

April Fool’s Day started off with a bang today when Eden Riegel (Ex-Bianca, AMC) posted a photo of herself with Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, B&B) and Greg Rikaart (Ex-Leo, DAYS)  in a very intriguing image.  See above pic!  As it turns out, it’s said to be from behind the scenes from some leaked footage of the upcoming Hulu series, Wild Cards.

The premise of Wild Cards is based on the sci-fi anthology series edited by George R. R, Martin, best known for writing the “Song of Ice and Fire” novels, on which HBO’s Game of Thrones is based.  Riegel’s husband, Andrew Miller is the showrunner attached to the upcoming series.

On Martin’s website he teases the set-up of the “leaked” video clip:  “This was not supposed to go public.. Everybody (Well, everybody that has been paying attention knows that we are developing two Wild Cards as a series for Hulu  Andrew Miller has taken the reins as showrunner, a writing staff has been hired, and they have been hard at work for months.  What was NOT supposed to be known is how far they’ve come.  Not only have some scripts been finished, but the first show has gone into production and has been shooting.  That was supposed to be a deep dark secret, however.   We wanted to surprise the world. It’s hard to keep secrets in Hollyweird, however.  And now it appears that some of the rough footage has been leaked by person or persons unknown”

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Meanwhile, Riegel sent out a series of tweets: “Hooo boy…cat’s out of the bag! Fans, please don’t judge our show based on these leaked videos!! The effects are going to knock your socks off. And my costars, and , are doing the best work of their lives!”  That was followed by, T”hank you for the chance to work with you on your first foray into soaps! I am humbled and honored. We won’t let you down.” And then, “I’m probably not allowed to share this with all the NDAs I signed, but damnit I’m just so proud of the team!  think we are breaking new ground for soaps. So proud to work with you!”

Now below, check out the Wild Cards “leaked footage” and let us know if you think of the …. um … drama! Comment below.  And one more thing … Happy April Fool’s!

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WATCH: All My Children Reunion On Strahan & Sara

On Monday’s episode of ABC’s Strahan & Sara, the show welcomed several stars of the beloved All My Children for a reunion, of sorts. Joining hosts Michael Strahan and Sara Haines were Susan Lucci (Erica), Walt Willey (Jack), Cady McClain (Dixie), Jacob Young (JR) and Jill Larson (Opal).

While it was wonderful to see the stars from Pine Valley again, it was also a painful reminder that this network, ABC, canceled the show, and had put in its place – The Chew, and now Strahan & Sara – since canning the series.   In fact, as you will see on the clips below, many of the crew who work on this talk show were once the crew for All My Children.

During the segment, Susan Lucci was tested to see if she remembered all of Erica Kane’s wedded names.  Later, Walt Willey and Susan re-created the final scene of the ABC version of All My Children between Erica and Jack, where Jack walks out on her.  However, this time, they have Jack changing his mind and coming back to Erica and sealing their relationship with a kiss – a moment of closure that never happened (since the show moved to online via Prospect Park).

In addition, Cady McClain and Jacob Young re-created the infamous Dixie “dying from eating poison pancakes” scene, as JR watches his mother die, only this time she lives.

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It’s always great to see these veteran performers, but Strahan & Sara is trying to capture the soap viewers to put eyeballs on their show by bringing in talent from the show that sadly and wrongly went off the air.

Watch the clips below from the All My Children reunion below.  Then, let us know what you thought of it via the comment section below.

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