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OPRAH addresses fans on Why She Can't Save the Soaps – Watch the Video!

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Well, it finally happened, Oprah Winfrey has just come forward in this just released video, after all the requests for her new OWN cable network to pick up One Life to Live and All My Children, to let the fans know under no circumstances will she be moving the soaps to her channel or attempting to save them.

At the end of her clip Oprah informs the viewers and the soap fans that, “If there was a dime left to be made from them on broadcast television, it would still be happening. All things come to an end. All things have their time. I will not be taking on the responsibility to revive an institution that, for all intent and all purpose, indicates that time has come for it to be over. Thank for you for believing I can save them, but I really can’t.” Watch the Video after the jump, and let us know what you think of Oprah’s statement!

So what do you think of Oprah’s thoughts on the state of the genre? She makes some valid points, although hard to hear.  But perhaps the delivery could have been a little less terse!

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Dori
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Dori

I think she did say some hard truths. The fact of the matter is that Oprah is a businesswoman. She is looking to make good sound business decisions and taking on the soaps is not a good business choice for her. She knows the truth is in the numbers and she’s absolutely right when she says soaps don’t have the numbers anymore. Their desire for longevity has greatly diminished the ability of the soaps to evolve into worthwhile competitors in an ever expanding broadcast world. Many people have stopped watching soaps because there are so many more appealing choices out… Read more »

Avelina
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Avelina

SPOT ON!!!!!!!

Marsha
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Marsha

On the business side of things, Oprah has made some valid points, however, the way ratings are calculated for daytime audiences are not reflective of how many people actually watch their shows. They do not take into account the number of people who dvr their shows and watch in the evening or wait until the weekends when their time is free. They also do not take into account the number of folks who are watching via the internet. I personally kept up with my shows via Youtube, prior to ABC offering their shows for free online. How many more people… Read more »

CINDY
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CINDY

IOO PERCENT AGREE WITH YOU– I HAVE TAPE ALL MY DAYTIMES AND MOST NIGHTIME SHOWS DUE TO NIGHTSHIFT NURSING WORK!!!! THE NETWORKS MUST ACCOUNT FOR ALL TAPED SHOWS, ETC TOO !!!!!

SnapeGirl
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SnapeGirl

Ah, but one of her points is that “there just aren’t enough people who are at home in the daytime to watch them.” True. The current economy warrants many people to be working those hours. But the reality is, if she were to take on those soaps on OWN, she could air them at later hours in the day. I bet any serial on at 8pm, 9pm, 10pm would get double the ratings of an afternoon airing. Not to mention since it would be on basic cable, the story lines could be a bit more realistic instead desperately trying to… Read more »

NUSA
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NUSA

The rating system is unfair and all viewers are not taken into account. To prove my point, why put gadgets in VCR’s and DVD players if they are not going to be counted. Better to just deal with the TV sets. Viewing the shows on the Internet, are these counted at all when one may tune in on their lunch our at their computer or when convenient. Have you every called your cable company and learned that they knew exactly what you were watching? Let the cable companies take over the ratings; they certainly probably have the technology and if… Read more »

ric
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ric

I would like to remind Oprah that she would not be leaving broadcast tv as rich as she is if it were not for these 2 now cancelled soaps because her show follows these soaps on many abc stations & it is only because she has had such a huge lead in from them that has allowed her to remain on tv as long as she has!

NUSA
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NUSA

Regarding your comment above; one of the reasons I left the set tuned…her show followed AMC and OLTL.

Lynda
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Lynda

AMEN! She said that AMC & OLTL had very low ratings? I dont beleive that! Her show had huge ratings. If no one is home during the day until after 5:00, then why did her show have huge ratings? Because we “ARE” home watching the soaps, and then after we watch them, we stayed tuned in and watched OPRAH! I wished I had changed the damn station now and watched ELLEN or whomever else was on! If there was so low ratings, why are ABC & Disney being flooded with huge amounts of calls? Why are there websites set up… Read more »

Dawn
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Dawn

I respect that she has to do what she feels is good for her business, but the truth is that her feelings regarding the state of the genre is her opinion. It is nothing more than that. There are a lot of industry people that seem to feel that if there were better measures for ratings that the soaps are doing much better than what is being demonstrated. In addition, there is something to be said for having consistent, loyal viewers. Oprah is not going to support scripted television. She has made her living with talk show and reality television.… Read more »

mmc
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mmc

I still believe that some soaps could be saved….different time slot, evening, on a smaller scale.i loved my ATWT and still miss it…talk shows , reality shows, cooking shows etc. have their place, but so do soaps.And i don’t think there are fans more loyal than soap fans.I watch other types of shows but if I miss them i don’t care so much, but with my soap it was a different story and I think most soap fans feel the same way! Our world is certainly changing but not always in a good way!

Rose Marie
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Rose Marie

I think she flaked out! I have been a long time supporter of Oprah-never again!

NUSA
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NUSA

I wonder who is really behind this cancellation???? I hope the 700,000 people that I heard about keep working in their support concerning saving the SOAPS.

Brooke
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Brooke

Oprah’s lack of imagination is astounding.

I certainly will not be watching the new OWN network.

NUSA
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NUSA

Here is another person joining you on this and not just for the time we are going through now concerning saving the SOAPS; but for years and years to come.

gordo
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gordo

There was enough of us asking for help that she addressed it in a video. she wouldn’t do that for 5 fan responses, that alone shows theres a passionate audience. OLTL and AMC aren’t perfect as they are, they need work and she could have taken on a challenge of reworking the shows or one of them. I don’t understand people who say good drama is a thing of the past, look at primetime..its not. We need help not just keeping our shows on air but then making them better. I’m not saying she’s wrong to do whatever she wants… Read more »

gordo
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gordo

ok and also why even air anything during the day…why not just put on dead air since “no one” watches. If they counted DVR recordings I would bet that more people record soaps than game or talk shows.

Cris
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Cris

Frankly I think Oprah’s time has come. She’s made a big deal about the Oprah Show ending, but she’s not going anywhere. I don’t feel it’s up to her to save the soaps , but it sure gave her another un-needed ego boost, as if she needs anymore.

david
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david

Ratings are down for ALL shows in daytime because people are working and because viewers are divided among the many cable stations. By Oprah’s reasoning, there shouldn’t be broadcast television during the day, if the ratings are low. Ratings are not really the issue. The issue is whether or not a show can generate revenue. Soaps do generate revenue but less than reality programming because soaps cost more to produce. Apparently, it isn’t enough to break even or generate a small profit on a show. Network executives are looking to maximize profits. They will simply produce what generates the most… Read more »

Ellen
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Ellen

Well said David, and quite true, on all counts!

NUSA
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NUSA

Well said……….loved OLTL’s promo today for two of their Stars and the Monday promo. Way to go Frank Valentini, Exec. Producer OLTL.

mmc
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mmc

I totally agree!

Lynda
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Lynda

What a load of crap! If there aren’t enough people at home during the day to watch TV WHO is it she thinks has been watching HER show all these years, keeping HER ratings up? The SAME people who have been watching the soaps. So, is she saying the ratings for HER show have gone way down too? If she doesn’t want to get involved with it, just state that flat out but please don’t feed us that bull and play into the hands of ABC and Disney! Well, she’ll have her hands full keeping OWN going because I see… Read more »

david
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david

Good points. Her response seemed disingenuous and inaccurate. What’s really pathetic about OWN is that it has nothing but reality programming. The executives at OWN are being conservative by simply copying what already exists. They had a chance to expand their programming beyond reality shows and blew it. Few people are going to watch OWN anyway because it isn’t included in the basic Comcast package. Sponsoring these soaps would have encouraged existing Comcast subscribers to upgrade to the preferred package to get OWN. Oprah and OWN executives have no idea of the magnitude of their mistake.

NUSA
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NUSA

Disney has changed……..ABC is changing………..; just wonder if it is really all about money or is it just another way to make viewers feel down……; taking away the little escape we sometimes want to participate in? It would seem that the new VIP’s at Disney don’t care about fantasy and I will remind my Gifter the next time she decides to renew our Annual Passes at Disney World for 6 people. Universal Studios maybe getting more visitors. Sorry Walt, we know you would have found a better solution and improved on the already established SOAPS instead of drowning them.

mmc
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mmc

If there aren’t enough people to watch in in daytime then put some soaps on in the evening.Maybe not on a daily basis if they’re too expensive but I’m sure somebody could come up with something .It just seems that no one makes any effort!it’s not just ABC, CBS and Procter and Gamble did it to GL and more recently to ATWT.i still miss my ATWT and always will.I hope you OLTL and AMC viewers have better luck because it does leave a huge void even if you have a full life as so many of us do.And for those… Read more »

Margaret
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Margaret

Oprah has been in business with ABC Daytime for 25 years. Of course she’s going to say what’s necessary to protect ABC. ABC Chicago gave Oprah her own talk show. Look at OWN’s ratings: they’re pathetic. Not one show on OWN can approach the ratings and numbers of viewers that Y&R, GH, or OLTL deliver on a daily basis. I like Oprah but I would have preferred that she just said sorry I can’t help and left it like that instead of carrying water for pals at ABC. The reality is that ABC IS making money on GH just as… Read more »

ethel
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ethel

i can appreciate the fact that oprah can not help BUT i felt like she was also saying to us soap fans to accept the decision that abc made & just shut up about it – she really didn’t seem sympathetic at all towards our feelings for the devastating loss we are experiencing…..

Lauren
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Lauren

Being a stay at home mom of three, the youngest being 5 months old, with a husband in the Navy who is deployed right now, I have barely had time to sleep, let alone watch tv. But when I do? Its my soaps. And sometimes Oprah, which I will not watch anymore or her OWN network now that I know she is really just more about the bottom line and not actually about happiness and “living your best life”. With the way things are today with the world, it would be nice to tune into something familiar and comforting, even… Read more »

Scott
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Scott

Personally, I have never been a fan of Ms. Winfrey, one who follows her like sheep and reads the books she says you should read and votes for candidates for whom she says you should vote. I’ve always thought she is a self-important ego-maniac, and I’m not saying that just because she won’t save One Life to Live. I love One Life to Live, but I dislike Ms. Winfrey and her personal network equally, so I’m not sure I’d follow any programming to that network anyway. I’m not surprised that this woman refuses to save our shows, as they have… Read more »

Julie
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Julie

Oprah I admire you so much for what you have done. and I see where you are coming from but to sit there and defend them when you know they are wrong I know you got your show from them and you want to be loyal but come on I really thank one of the reasons you don’t to do it is your show you still have time on there and you don’t want to ruffle any feathers . If you look at your other shows on Own all I see is repeats of ABC and the others are not… Read more »

NUSA
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NUSA

It would have been better to say that “for personal reasons she chose not to get involved and that she could understand and respect our thoughts on the matter. Yes, everyone is entitled to speak their mind, but her statement didn’t seem real and that old familiar thought…..I owe you……don’t go up against the Power Players; bad for business clearly comes to mind.

lew
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lew

I am sure the ratings for her show have also dropped during the years. Her OWN network is not doing well. Does that mean her time has come and people are not interested in everything that Opie has to say? She can be another Frons; she believes that she can determine what people want. I respect her for what she has achieved over the years, but sometimes that ego can be TOO much!

Ellen
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Ellen

All that Oprah said made sense (as she sees it, which is the only way she can judge it, and that is perfectly fine), but the main probably I had with the video was that she seemed insincere, and probably did it just as a necessary evil so that her channel is hopefully no longer bombarded with the “save the soaps” requests. Again, I say, what a strong group of supporters we are, to warrant Oprah to address the issue and us. I think the slight glimmer of hope probably remains in addressing the advertisers. If more big names, like… Read more »

Susan
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Susan

Sorry, but I totally disagree with Oprah’s statement about soaps running their course. In today’s economy people can’t afford to remain at home during the day so they have to DVR or TIVO their soaps to watch at another time more suitable to their schedule. Producing soaps is still a viable commodity contrary to what TIIC say. I will no longer give talk, game or cooking shows the time of day anymore. It’s not worth my time or energy.

Maureen
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Maureen

Oprah is right, if the major networks can’t afford to keep the soaps going, then neither can a cable channel, especially one that is still trying establish itself and find its niche audience such as OWN. Reasons shows like Law and Order: CI made it successfully after being bought by USA, is that USA has credibility, a niche audience, enough programs to lead in, and the show is affordable. Soaps are not that affordable. If you want your soap to be bought by a cable channel, please do not complain later on that they are ruining the soap when the… Read more »

Lynda
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Lynda

The ABC soaps are bringing in ratings! ABC is not telling the truth! Also, I will agree that writting can be better, but that was Brain Fron’s fault, head of ABC. It was his doing to purposely hire the bad writters. The fans complained to him regarding the writing constantly, but he refused to listen. Now we know why! He has been planning to destroy the soaps for some time! The acting is some of the best in the acting world, so I don’t know why you think that needs a change. We fans have all said, we have no… Read more »

Maureen
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Maureen

I am not going to be quick to lay all the blame on Frons. It takes more than one guy to ruin the soaps. I think the soaps biggest problem is that the way television in general is done today is very different than 20 years ago. Because it hasn’t changed with the times (not just in story lines but in format), it is falling behind. Every show has an audience, every single show. The problem isn’t that, its just how big of an audience it has. No network wants to go bankrupt and as a result, they have to… Read more »

mmc
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mmc

I wouldn’t have cared if ATWT had been shortened.Just to see it on a steady basis would have made me and so many other fans happy.I would rather have something than nothing and i can only bet that OLTL and AMC fans would say the same!

Maureen
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Maureen

Also, those of you upset that networks are looking at the bottom line, have you forgotten this country is in major financial straits? If they air a show that is not bringing in enough money to cover all the expenses of a show, then not only are you going to have to worry about your show being canceled, but you are also going to have to worry about the entire network disappearing because of bankruptcy.

Lynda
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Lynda

Maureen, apparently you are not on top of the information about this whole fiasco! Let me share some factual info with you. The blame does lie with Brian Frons. It has been disclosed by many individuals connected WITH the shows, that Brian Frons has been trying purposely to get rid of the soaps for awhile now. He purposely brought in BAD writers and had a huge hand in the story lines. Soap fans were writing in constantly regarding the poor writing, but Brian ignored it. This was acknowledged to us fans as true by many of the actors. There is… Read more »

Maureen
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Maureen

Keep denying all the real problems that are canceling your soaps. If you and your friends would prefer to blame Frons, Oprah and even lowly old working class me for why your soaps are dying then fine. But don’t you dare get upset when the last 4 soaps are canceled. You are not fixing the actual problems. You are only making scapegoats to avoid all the work that goes into really finding what is making the soaps die. I am not going to fight with someone bent on blaming whomever doesn’t agree with them for the death of their soaps.… Read more »

Carol
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Carol

I am saddened that she came out with this stand especially since these shows may have helped her build her audience. I never thought she would be afraid to try anything that could help so many people keep there jobs. Why not offer the shows 6 months to turn a profit?

lew
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lew

Hey Maureen, do you work for ABC/Disney or Oprah? Are you a soap watcher/fan? We are here trying to save what is left of our shows and to support each other. I am sensing such a negative vibe from you. I don’t think we really need that here. Do you have anything positive to add?

NUSA
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NUSA

Lew,

This saving our SOAPs have grown bigger than the VIP’s expected, so who really knows where the negative, cold words come from as we work together to save our SOAPs. If you notice, the comments seem contrived and unreal; forcing extreme negativity to get their point across. Don’t give up…keep up your support with the rest of us. Our comments are warm and friendly; not hateful. OLTL 4/22/11 was exceptional today (promo for two Stars and a Monday preview). I watch faithfully on my computer and that is apparently not counted.

Maureen
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Maureen

That is rather sad that you assume that anyone who is being pragmatic and realistic is some kind of ABC crony.

Saying the truth is not being negative. Denial isn’t going to save your soaps. If you want to save it, then you have to stop creating scapegoats and get to the real problems that are making soaps fail. Keep blaming people like Frons, ABC, Oprah and Rachel Ray and all you will end up doing is seeing ABC get out of the soap business altogether followed by NBC and CBS.

Krystal
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Krystal

We as soap fans are not in denial. People are not looking at the bigger picture and seeing how many people actually are watching these shows. If the views on soapnet were counted, or the views on the internet, many would find that the ratings are enormous. But the ratings systems are biased and do not count all the actual viewers.

Maureen
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Maureen

Can you please stop with the blame game? People have got to stop blaming the problem of soaps on everything else. If you want to save the soaps, stop making scapegoats out of everything else. Sure, there are faults with the ratings system but not enough to kill the soaps.

Maureen
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Maureen

If you aren’t in denial then why are you playing the blame game? Soaps are dying for a myriad of reasons and no one on this board wants to admit that. Why? Why is it so hard to admit that there are alot more problems than just blaming Oprah, Nielson ratings, ABC and Frons?????

david
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david

I would easily pay $10/month or $120/year to watch OLTL. How many other viewers would be willing? With viewer subscriptions, advertisers, and syndication, the show could survive and make a profit, but right now it needs a genius of a sponsor who could act on and coordinate various possibilities.

Krystal
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Krystal

I would pay more than that to keep my soaps alive. I pay 14.99 for my premium movie channels and I would hapilly match that keep my soaps alive

david
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david

Why couldn’t OLTL be on PBS?

MJ
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MJ

Perhaps Oprah feels her network could not accomodate the cancelled soaps in their current form but her creative management, while surely pushed already to program a new network, could indeed have provided a new springboard for a better product and brought a built in audience and advertisers to her daytime schedule. Soaps need not be a five day a week program perhaps. Maybe two or three days a week would suffice. Dallas survived many a season with only one episode a week and that truely was a soap opera. It’s also too bad that ABC sees fit to constantly promote… Read more »

RJ
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RJ

I know that people will be angry with me for saying this, but I agree and understand what Oprah is saying. The soap operas are just too expensive to produce for the amount of money they are able to attract from sponsors because of the low ratings. There may be an audience (and perhaps, there could be more of an audience if the quality on soaps were better), but the reality is that the audience is not big enough anymore to be able to keep the soaps on the air.

giftofamber
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giftofamber

Soaps may be too expensive for a fledgeling network, but they are not so out of the ball park for any of the top three networks. OLTL especially was coming in under budget and has the ratings, not to mention all the critical acclaim it has received. The ratings for OLTL and AMC are higher than the ratings for many primetime programs, not to mention the fact that the viewers have been loyal for *decades*. Those are the types of viewers the networks and advertisers should be trying to cater to because those are the viewers who will be brand… Read more »

Krystal
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Krystal

First of all, there is nothing wrong with the quality of soaps, and if you don’t watch them you should keep your opinions to yourself. The audience is massive, the problem is soapnet and internet views, these should be counted in the ratings are they are not. This is the problem, not the quality of these shows

Lynda
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Lynda

This is why we soap fans are so upset. It is a lie that the ratings are low. They are not. They claim it’s only 3 million (which is still higher than some night time shows) but the fact is that it is wayyyyyyyy higher. They are not counting the ratings correctly at all. That is more than I want to get into right now, but there is an abundance of information about it currently all over the internet. Plus they are not counting people who DVR, or watch it on ABC.COM, etc. We have prooven how many fans are… Read more »

Amy
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Amy

This perpetuation of misinformation has got to stop. Oprah is wrong. ABC is wrong. The Nielson system is antiquated and needs to disappear or be updated. There are MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WATCHING ON DVR! Seriously, people, get with the times! The decision to pull the soaps was solely based on GREED! Sure, it costs some dough to operate ANY tv show. But it costs next to nothing to create more vapid reality tv shows and redundant cooking and talk shows. Networks make money on their advertisers. Some of the largest companies in the world advertise on soaps. And guess what?… Read more »

Amy
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Amy

Maureen, you want the truth? Bones recent ratings were 2.2 million viewers. OLTL recent ratings were 2.3 million. AND that’s using the CRAPPY Nielson ratings system. You really need to do some REAL research.

Maureen
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Maureen

Yes, sure lets blame everything on the Nielsen ratings as if there was no other reason for the problems with soaps. Only naive people think this is a simple problem with a simple solution.

Amy
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Amy

Maureen, i provided you with actual facts about the viewership, in direct response to your assumption that “no one is watching”. You ignored the facts and continued with some more drivel. And i wasn’t “blaming nielson” as you so vaguely put it. It is ABC itself that is blaming the ratings as the reason for cancelation. As i stated, i believe this to be a hollow reason without facts to back it up. If you wan to talk about possible solutions to making soaps cheaper to produce, I would be happy to chat about that. I have a lot of… Read more »

lew
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lew

Maureen, The best to you and your viewing habits.

Angela Lasher
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Angela Lasher

Oprah may have made some valid points but I had to watch this video twice. The first time I walked away and couldn’t get it off my mind. So I watched again. My take. She sounded too rehearsed, and too defensive of ABC’s decision. Could it be the network that broadcasts the Oprah show “asked” her to make this statement in their defense? I hear her network is not doing so well in the ratings. So if AMC pulls in a 1.9 and OLTL pulls a 2.0 she can’t use those added viewers to her network? For a cable network… Read more »

Lynda
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Lynda

DITTO! And AMEN!

lew
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lew

Hey guys, do you think Maureen is really Brian Frons checking in to find out what is being written about him on the websites? HA!

Lynda
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Lynda

That thought crossed my mind as well. lol

Torrey
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Torrey

I agree with someone’s earlier post….if the ratings are so bad in daytime then why wouldn’t she pick the shows up and run them in the evening. I am a fan of Oprah, and have tuned into her network, and was not at all impressed. I mean hours and hours of watching “Season 25: Behind the Scenes” is not what I call great program entertainment. I mean right now, I turned on my program guide and she has: The Best of Trading Spaces, Mystery Diagnosis, Say Yes to The Dress, Dr. Phil, Prince William Special, The Judds and more of… Read more »

Cheryl a 4 decade soapfan
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Cheryl a 4 decade soapfan

This video was a big turn off for me, an Oprah “ultimate viewer” since day one of her show’s debut many years ago. The truth is no one can accurately measure the number of people still watching daytime soaps due to the internet, DVR, heck there are probably some VCR recording still going on. The Nielsen Ratings are a joke, using a “sampling of viewers” not even large enough to get a true sense of normal customers viewing. I have been an avid TV viewer since birth (over half a century ago) and lived east coast, west coast and have… Read more »

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All My Children favorite Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan Lavery) and Debbie Matenopoulos will return as co-hosts .

Look for the new season to kick-off on Monday, September 14th at 10am EST.

In a statement, Home & Family executive producer, Tracy Verna Soiseth shared: “We are thrilled to be returning to our home for the new season. Home & Family is a daily destination of comfort television, and we are very happy to be returning with two hours of daily interviews, cooking segments, DIY crafts and our hugely popular animal adoptions.”

For the past several months. a daily series featuring the cast called At Home with Our Family has run across the show’s social media platforms during the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Deadline,premiere-week guests are to include: Jenna Bush Hager, Danica McKellar, celebrity chefs Jet Tila, Carla Hall, Buddy Valastro, Curtis Stone, Rashad Jennings and Dennis Quaid.

So, glad to know Home & Family is also back in production? Comment below.

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Chadwick Boseman passed away late last week at the age of 43 from colon cancer – a battle he kept silent about for the last four years of life.

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No one could be more intertwined with Boseman’s career than that of his fellow Black Panther star, Michael B. Jordan.  For Jordan took over the role of Reggie Porter on All My Children from Boseman after the late actor lasted one week, following standing up to, and addressing concerns, of racial stereotypes in the way that the part was written.  Reggie was introduced to Pine Valley as a gang member in 2003.  As previously reported it was Boseman who helped the soap opera improve the role that Jordan took over with some recommendations.

Now Michael B. Jordan has written a heartfelt remembrance of Chadwick that he shared on his Instagram, and what he has meant to his life, including how he showed him how to be better, to honor purpose and create legacy.

Read below Michael’s post:

“I’ve been trying to find the words, but nothing comes close to how I feel. I’ve been reflecting on every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hug…everything.

I wish we had more time.

One of the last times we spoke, you said we were forever linked , and now the truth of that means more to me than ever. Since nearly the beginning of my career, starting with All My Children when I was 16 years old you paved the way for me. You showed me how to be better, honor purpose, and create legacy. And whether you’ve known it or not…I’ve been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness.

I wish we had more time.

Everything you’ve given the world … the legends and heroes that you’ve shown us we are … will live on forever. But the thing that hurts the most is that I now understand how much of a legend and hero YOU are. Through it all, you never lost sight of what you loved most. You cared about your family , your friends, your craft, your spirit. You cared about the kids, the community, our culture and humanity. You cared about me. You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to truly give you your flowers while you were here.

I wish we had more time.

I’m more aware now than ever that time is short with people we love and admire. I’m gonna miss your honesty, your generosity, your sense of humor, and incredible gifts. I’ll miss the gift of sharing space with you in scenes. I’m dedicating the rest of my days to live the way you did. With grace, courage, and no regrets. “Is this your king!?” Yes . he . is!  Rest In Power Brother.”

What do you think of Michael’s tribute to Chadwick and how they have been interconnected dating back to 2003 and All My Children? Comment below.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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