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On-Air On-Soaps Worst Soap Moments of 2009 announced!

Nicholas Galbraith, Melinda Sullivan

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It’s that time of the year where we take hold and look back at the year in daytime soaps.  2009 certainly was the most seismic-shifting in the genre’s history. On-Air On-Soaps has chosen its Top 20 Worst Soap Moments of the Year.

The choices not only include soap plots, but characters, performers, and creators. But certainly the list is what it is intended to be, the Worst Moments! Take a look at our special  photo gallery and view our Top 20 counting down from 20 to 1.   To view final four hit the “Next ” button, +  symbol ( one symbol to the right) of the top 15 images. See if you agree with our choices,  or let us know what you would choose as 2009’s worst moment.

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Doe
Doe

Anything with Adam(Y&R) torturing Ashley, including covering up her miscarriage,etc. makes me want to barf…. the stealing of Sharon’s baby after he delivered it is the ugliest moment I have seen in a long time. Oh, yes ,there are many more..UGH…

PST
PST

That’s some list. Although I feel you could have used AMC’s entire year for that list, lol. Pratt’s writing definitely should have been higher, maybe even #1.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that 2010’s list is harder to write meaning 1) that soaps are much better next year and 2) that Agnes Nixon and co. can get AMC back on track.

Thanks and Happy New Year!

Melanie
Melanie

Ethan turning out to be Luke’s son (instead of Robert’s) was definitely the worst for GH. It spit on two supercouples (Luke & Laura and Robert & Holly) and a great friendship (Luke & Robert). No wonder GH is doing so poorly in the ratings. GH has no respect for history.

Tiffany
Tiffany

ITA Ethan being Luke’s son instead of Robert and Holly as he should had been was the absolute worst use of history.Whoever dumb idea it was to make him Luke’s by spitting all over the king and queen of all daytime couples history Luke and Laura,and GH most romantic couple and love story Robert/Holly Scorpio shouldn’t be allow to give anymore idea better yet keep that person away from any storylines idea that person is lclearly lacking in the creativity dept.

Isabel
Isabel

And to think the #1 worst got me back into soap land this year after being away since ’96. The twins sl on ATWT sounded intriguing since they’d be interacting with my fave characters (Luke and Noah). It wasn’t that bad but oh, well, I still must thank them for getting me hooked on ATWT, not to mention other soaps (Y&R, AMC, OLTL). Gosh, I’d missed soaps!

G
G

Ethan being Luke’s son was the worst moment on GH this year. It was completely unbelievable and a mess of a story. Luke cheated on Laura with Holly? and the time line was so fuzzy it’s impossible to even figure out when it was supposed to happen because it didn’t fit with GH’s history. It trampled over Luke and Laura and Robert and Holly and there was no payoff. Ethan as a Spencer is boring. As a Scorpio- there was so much more potential. No wonder cancelled soaps have higher ratings than GH.

Shelly
Shelly

Anything concerning the Jason & Sam reunion. Totally unbelievable and contrived…they’re chemistry-free birth control for the soul…

FormerGHFan
FormerGHFan

Couldn’t agree MORE. THAT was the absolute WORST Story line of the year and unbelievable that the crap is still going on. Nasty is what that is.

Annie
Annie

Leaving Jeffrey out chasing Edmund while grieving widow Reva turns to Josh at the Lighthouse, with Jeffrey’s little boy in tow, has Ellen Wheelers messy fingerprints all over it. What a totally disappointing and contrived ending to one of the gems in daytime, Guiding Light. I’m not surprised that Ellen nor Jeffrey’s fate made the worst list because THEY DESERVED TO BE THERE! Talk about out of touch with the fans.

Marilyn Cromer
Marilyn Cromer

My problem is with Ashley Jones on B&B. She is a no-talent wannabe actress that brings down every other character she is paired with. Just how many “Worst” categories can she be elected to before DumbBell gets it into his head to be rid of her? A totally unsavory character in every way.

Katie
Katie

While I like AJ, I find Bridget to be the most useless character on the BB. The Madame X line had to be the dumbest of last year. And to make it worse, in doing that SL to reunite the WORSE couple of 2005, 2006 and 2008, Nick and Bridget, they dumbed down the character of Nick to do it. I wish Bell would take Nick out of the kiddie pool and put him back with the grown-ups and put Bridget with a more age appropriate man like Owen, so they would not have to do these dumb SL’s in order to try and “put them across”.

Bonnie
Bonnie

James has Brooke and Taylor MUDWRESTLE, give each other massages–while he seemed to leer watching them. This was supposed to make them friends to make Ridge’s life easier. It was like some guy’s sick fantasy.

Monica
Monica

I whole-heartedly agree on all Bold misses of last year.I think you were too kind to Bells mess of a (once) good show.The biggest fiasco is that Nick Marone is still with Bridget Forrester.Jack Wagner is so underused and stuck in the kiddie pool with Ashley Jones,an actress who´s character Bridget belongs with the younger set,and at Forrester Creations,not Jackie M “designing”, it´s not even funny.Other embarassing “storylines” were the Donna&Pam frienship complete with having them make a fool of themselves on a game show and Jack Wagner was further humilitated at same game show in a “special” episode with a less than skilled actress at his side.My hopes for B&B in 2010 is that Nick Marone once again is front-and-center and in an adult storyline,prefrebly with powerhouse actress Sarah Brown and her Sandy character.Any adult character in Nicks storyline would be perfered acctually,so he no longer have to share screen with his former (immature)step daguhter,Bridget Forrester.Ever.

Mike
Mike

Ethan as Luke’s son was just a horrible, horrible decision. He was meant to be Robert and Holly’s and that would’ve been brilliant and it would’ve fit perfectly into the show’s already established history. Had they gone with Robert and Holly as the parents I have no doubt this would’ve been one of the best plot points of 2009. Instead they made the totally wrong choice and every magazine and website has voted it amongst the worst things of 2009. Guess what, GH—it’s never too late to fix your mistake ! Change Ethan’s paternity and make things right.

Anne
Anne

I actually loved the Zac and Zoe storyline! I don’t watch anything besides ATWT so I can’t really say anything about the other moments, but thw twins couldn’t have been the worse! I thought their interaction was great, also with Luke and Noah..Adam suddenly disappearing was much worse if you’re asking me..

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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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