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Oprah's Soap Star Spectacular- What did you think of the show?

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Yesterday, soapers were ecstatic that the The Oprah Winfrey Show was designating a full episode devoted to Soap Opera Legends. And while many fans have written to us that many of their favorite soap legends were not included, and that as we saw certain segments seemed shorter than others, especially Tony Geary and Genie Francis’s reunion as soaps all-time power couple, GH’s Luke and Laura, there were some highlights that should be pointed out.

All My Children’s Susan Lucci (Erica Kane), who got the most time on the show, showed fans why she is the reigning soap icon.  Who didn’t love the surprise moment when Lucci got to reunite with all of her former TV husbands, or one of our favorites moments, when Lucci  let the Oprah Show get a glimpse of her New York estate, in which she shared and was brought to tears of what her then young daughter Liza (Liza Huber, former Passions star) had written for her after one of Lucci’s many Emmy losses! And then there was the famous clip of Shemar Moore pronouncing, “The streak is over” when Lucci won her long-awaited Emmy.

We could not also helped but be moved by The Young and the Restless Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor), who choked back the tears when explaining what playing Katherine has meant to her and to so many people.  We wish Jeanne would have had a much longer segment, because at 81, she is truly a legend, and has so much to say!

Earlier on the broadcast when seeing, Tony and Genie back together, didn’t Francis look beautiful? And how about the question of would she consider coming back to General Hospital, if she was asked. Francis stated, “There is nothing in me that is willing to play a victim anymore. I”m sort of done with the wounded in my life,  If I were to come back, I would like her to be funny and have a little bit of an agenda that might look a little bit vengeful, but it really isn’t. I think she’d have a plan.”  And also let’s not forget the moment when Geary admits he had a two-year relationship with Elizabeth Taylor!

AMC’s Darnell Williams, Debbi Morgan and Michael E. Knight rounded out the broadcast, who all seemed to seek praise and gush over being on the Oprah Show! Surely, an exciting moment for these soap stars, indeed.  Watch below the clip of when Lucci is reunited with her TV husbands and make sure to visit Oprah.com for more videos and moments from the broadcast.

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KelseyUSA
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KelseyUSA

Considering that my favorite soaps are Guiding Light and Days of Our Lives, I was pretty disappointed with Oprah’s show. Having Luke & Laura on there was nice but other than that I wasn’t really into it.

Sally
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Sally

I was not impressed at all. Oprah usually puts her all into a show. First of all, the show should have been in 2parts that included Robin Strasser, Victoria Wyndam and George Reinholt discussing the AW Steve ,Rachel, Alice storyline of the 70’s as well as discussing the late Jacqueline Courtney ,Alice. Erika Slezak & Robin Strasser Vicky & Dorian OLTL, Maggie, Marlena, Bo & Hope, Days. Reva and Josh GL. Cruz and Eden Santa Barbara. Stephanie, Ridge and Brooke B&B. It would have also been neat if she could have had a reunion of Helen Gallagher( I am not… Read more »

Sue
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Sue

I loved seeing Genie and Tony together again and wish ABC would get smart and bring the lovely and immensely popular Genie back to her signature role, Laura Spencer!!

Sally
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Sally

I also want to include Eileen Fulton & Bob Hastings Bob & Lisa ATWT discussing their roles on their show and paying tribute to the late great Helen Wagner (Nancy Hughes.)

mmc
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mmc

She should have had some of the ATWT actors.I watched that show for most of its 54 years and i don’t think at the end it ever got the respect it deserved.And it had some of the best storylines through the years.In all fairness this is Oprahs show and she had the right to have her favorites on.Still, i feel cheated and would have loved to see ATWT alumni! I’m still missing it and can’t find any soap to love.it truly had so much heart and soul!

Laurie
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Laurie

I loved it! Would have liked more of Tony & Genie but the entire show was great.

kay killgore
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kay killgore

I agree it should have been done in two shows! Genie Francis is too great of an actress to waste her time anymore on GH. Tony Geary and Maurice Bernard could not allow her to come back their and Guza’s egos could not stand it!

Chrissy
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Chrissy

It was AMAZING to see Genie and Tony together again!! They need to give Genie what she wants and get her back ASAP! Wasn’t she adorable? And she made Tony look ten years younger. Why haven’t they gotten her back yet? Seems to me a waste considering they need the ratings!

Jen
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Jen

HEY ABC /GH! BRING GENIE FRANCIS BACK!!!!

Dre
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Dre

I LOVED it! There are certainly additional actors that could have been included (like Crystal Chappell, Erika Slezak, Deidre Hall) but I appreciate Oprah using her worldwide forum to support the soaps! Having Susan Lucci (an icon) and Luke & Laura (most known soap couple of all time) was a great tribute to the genre.

Brian T
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Brian T

They should have at least had Deidre Hall on or Peter Reckell & Kristian Alfonso. Someone to represent Days. I think Oprah really likes AMC which is fine.

sus
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sus

So not enough Tony Geary and Genie Francis to me. We knew the answers to the 3 whole questions and with the amount of work those two incredible actors have given their audience over the years, Oprah could have sustained a whole show just with them. Genie Francis looked beautiful, but even more than beautiful she is an incredible actress and I so do not understand why ABC doesn’t have her back. Dying to see her work with Jonathan Jackson again, if not TG. Mr. Geary looked dapper as usual and about a decade younger sitting next to Ms. Francis.… Read more »

Erik
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Erik

People are missing the point. Oprah did not have to do any sort of showcase for daytime soaps during her last season. But she did it anyway and devoted a entire hour to the soaps! Also Oprah is allowed to have whomever she wants to on her own show. The mere fact that Oprah shined a big spotlight on daytime soaps should be applauded especially since NO ONE else is willing to do so at this dire stage in the soap industry. I loved the show. I felt that Oprah’s love for the daytime soap genre and its actors shone… Read more »

Inez
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Inez

Thank you and TOTALLY agree! Even former soap stars like Martha Byrne, ex-Lily from ATWT, was excited for the show and ATWT wasn’t featured. She was even tweeting about how fun she thought the whole show was while watching and that she was happy that Oprah took time to dedicate her show to soaps at all. It didn’t matter who was featured. Not all my faves were on there, but in the end, I’m a SOAP fan. It’s not limited to one network, one show. Oprah’s taking the time to do anything for us fans, when she clearly doesn’t have… Read more »

Terry
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Terry

I loved the whole show. I do wish that Tony and Genie had been allotted more time. It was almost too rushed. I still have no idea why Genie isn’t asked back to GH or why the show doesn’t want to capitalize on it’s greatest super couple. That remains a mystery to me.

Inez
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Inez

Genie wants a strong Laura, as she said to Oprah and the audience that she is done playing a victim. It’s been clear for a long time that TPTB have no idea how to pen a script that doesn’t include women, much less beloved heroine’s, as victims.

gail
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gail

It’s too bad that Genie and Tony weren’t given more time. I think that Oprah wasted a question and time when she asked Tony about Elizabeth Taylor – who cares about an affair that happened 30 years ago? Not me!

ABC – Bring GENIE FRANCIS back to GH for the long haul even if it means she’s there w/o Tony Geary!

Lisa
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Lisa

It was wonderful seeing Tony and Genie together once more!!! Doesn’t GH understand that THIS is what the fans want?? My God, the reaction these two Icons received from the audience was unreal!!! I’m one of many life long fans who simply can’t bear to watch this once great soap anymore.. the reasons are clear enough so WHY does this soap continue ignoring the voices of longtime fans? This is the fix, the shot in the arm that GH needs so go figure??????

Cocoapuff
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Cocoapuff

I was so happy to see Genie and Tony together again.
I applaud Oprah for doing the show on Daytime Soap Legends, I too wish,
more time had been spent on Tony and Genie.
Genie looked more lovely than ever and I echo the sentiments of those who are at a loss as to why General Hospital refuses to bring Ms Francis back in her signature role.
Soaps are a dying breed, reuniting the popular pairing of Luke and Laura would a much needed balm to this wounded animal.

rb
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rb

Well, obviously Oprah was indulging her fascination with Erica and AMC. For me, the highlight was seeing Tony Geary and Genie Francis together on stage. I can’t help but wonder what really goes on between two individuals who’ve been connnected so closely through their LnL experience and yet manage NOT to be friends beyond that experience. I also wonder if Tony has any resentment toward Genie for her business decisions regarding GH and how they have affected his career, for example, the ill fated Bill Eckert character and his recent decent into drunken bufoonery as Luke with Tracy. I can’t… Read more »

Liz
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Liz

We need Genie on GH!! I was so glad to see her!! What on earth is the hold up?!?! They need to get to writing her return!!

Shelley
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Shelley

I loved seeing Genie and Tony together. The whole show was wonderful. I want Genie back too with or without Luke but they are too caught up with Sonny and Brenda. It is getting hard to watch and boring.

todd
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todd

Erika Slezak is a multi-emmy winning actress. She deserved to be there. She is celebrating 40 years on the show. She is not as high profile as Susan Lucci, but she is a fascinating interview. Susan Lucci is known as the actress who didn’t win Emmys. Erika is the actress who no-one knows, that actually won all those Emmys. Shouldn’t Oprah be celebrating that? It was a missed opportunity.

Doe
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Doe

Okay, Oprah did a show on soaps, But really, did she? I don’t know waht all the fuss about Susan Lucci, except Oprah seems to love her. Yes, she has been around a long time, but was she ever that good an actress.And what tiny women was ever a fashion model? Please… And what about the morals of marrying eight men? She took up the longest part of the show and was she pushing exercise equipment? Certainly, the show did not allow the same amount of time and respect for Genie and Tony. Tony has won more Emmys than all… Read more »

mmc
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mmc

I was embarrassed by the small amount of time given to Jeanne Cooper.This 82 year old woman who has been at Y&R for so many years deserved better.

Lulu
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Lulu

Loved seeing Oprah salute the soaps! Would have enjoyed seeing less Erica and more of Luke and Laura and Mrs. Chancellor. Oprah did the Erica and her husbands thing years ago, and this seemed like a repeat. I wanted Oprah to ask Genie Francis and Anthony Geary more questions about their experiences on GH and what is keeping ABC from bringing Genie back. The show is not worth watching as it is, and Luke’s character on the present show is just embarrassing. He really needs Laura to bring back his humanity.

Allison
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Allison

I was really looking forward to this show- but I was more than a little disapointed. 🙁 I think that Oprah was EXTREMELY remiss- shall we say? by not telling Genie how absolutely GORGEOUS she looked…I actually found this quite odd, since almost every interview (at least the ones that I’ve seen) where the person has lost an amount of weight, Oprah has commented on how great the person looks, etc…I loved seeing them together- and proving that their chemistry, even after such a long time, is as strong and as spellbinding as ever. 🙂 I also thought that Oprah… Read more »

dale allen
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dale allen

I didn’t watch the show because I heard she was not putting Days of our lives cast in! And it won’t be a show that I will try to catch as a repeat especially if I have to sit and watch Erika being interviewed! I love Oprah though!

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‘ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway’ One-Night Only Streaming Concert With Favorites from AMC, GH and OLTL

Beloved stars from All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital will reunite for ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway, a one-night-only streaming concert benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.   The free streamed event can be viewed on the Broadway Cares website beginning at 8 pm Eastern on Thursday, February 11.

Additionally, the event can be seen on Broadway Cares’ YouTube Channel, ABC-owned television stations’ 32 connected TV apps on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku and each of the eight stations’ websites around the country, including abc7ny.com and Good Morning America’s Facebook page..

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The star-studded lineup will include performances by All My Children’s Bobbie Eakes, Melissa Claire Egan, Vincent Irizarry, Eva La Rue, Susan Lucci, Cameron Mathison, Eden Riegel, Chrishell Stause and Walt Willey, One Life to Live’s Kristen Alderson, BethAnn Fuenmayor, Kathy Brier, Kassie DePaiva, David Gregory, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Catherine Hickland, Mark Lawson, Hillary B. Smith, Jason Tam and Brittany Underwood; and General Hospital’s Bradford Anderson, Brandon Barash and Anthony Geary..

For the February 11 streaming special, viewers can expect to hear a bevy of Broadway classics and jazzy standards.  The streaming event will be directed by John Dietrich, who also directed each of the live stage performances.

Dedicated fans also will have the opportunity for one-on-one virtual meet-and-greets with their favorite soap stars on Saturday, February 13.  Further information on tickets and the lineup of special guests  will be announced later this month.

From 2005-2011, the stars of ABC Daytime took the stage at New York City’s Town Hall one night each year for ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares. The evening featured dynamic production numbers, heartfelt ballads and hilarious skitsNow, 10 years after that final performance, the iconic ABC Daytime actors revisit their performances as they help raise money for those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

When the event began in 2005. it was for a one-night benefit concert to celebrate All My Children’s 35th Anniversary. With overwhelming support from fans, the event continued for six more years and included cast members from One Life to Live, General Hospital and co-hosts of The View. Over its seven-year run, ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares raised an incredible $1.85 million.

“This event is truly one of a kind,” Broadway Cares Executive Director Tom Viola said. “We are so thankful to the stars from ABC Daytime for joining us again as we relive moments from this delightful tradition, while helping to provide lifesaving medication, healthy meals and emergency support to those struggling during this ongoing pandemic.”

“It was such an incredible privilege and joy to join my fellow co-stars to perform in the seven ABC Daytime Salutes concerts to benefit Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS,” said former All My Children star Susan Lucci. “There are no fans like ABC Daytime fans. Their love and support continue to astonish us.  We can’t wait to share these special performances with them and help raise money for so many in need during this difficult time.”

Lucci also shared her excitement on her Instagram account expressing: “We’re getting the fans and cast back together!!! Join us on Thursday, February 11 at 8pm for “ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway”—a fabulous online event revisiting seven years of singing, dancing and plot twists, featuring your favorite ABC Daytime stars. And it’s all to help Broadway Cares support our friends and neighbors who are struggling during this pandemic. Watch the stream at
broadway-cares.org, to join the fun! I hope to see you there!”

So excited to hear about the ABC Daytime Back to Broadway event? Let us know in the comment section, and check out the announcement from The View’s Whoopi Goldberg below.

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Eva LaRue Reveals COVID-19 Diagnosis

During former All My Children, B&B and GH star, Jacob Young’s podcast, Real Conversations with Jacob Young, he welcomed his good friend and former Pine Valley cast mate, Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria, AMC, and Celeste, Y&R).

At the very top of the episode, LaRue revealed she and her daughter Kaya tested positive for Covid-19.  She shared, “We thought we had dodged a bullet, but sure enough, on New Year’s Eve, we both tested positive.”

“Oddly enough,” she goes on to say, “I really feel like we’ve been so sick of being scared to death of the invisible monster underneath the bed all last year, always looking over our shoulders.”  Eva added, “Nobody knows which one they are. Are they someone who’s going to survive it or succumb to it? Or have residual effects? All we can do is pray for the best.”

 

However, LaRue has been trying alternative methods of helping her with Covid-19 via IV treatments.  “I’ve got this amazing integrative doctor who I’ve been working with for a long time, and I know a lot of people are like, ‘No, we only do Western medicine,’ and that’s fine, I love Western medicine… but integrated medicine and Western medicine have to go hand in hand, in my opinion. Because, I just feel like, we need to open our minds to what is new and what is out there.”   So because of that, Eva has chosen to receive these treatments to hopefully starve off any long term effects of Covid.

In addition, Eva told Young she has hopes for the new primetime All My Children reboot that is in the works:  “I have my fingers crossed that they’ll be doing something with this new Pine Valley show.”   Remember, the Santos family and the Kanes are said to be the epicenter of the revival, so perhaps LaRue will be a guest-star on it, since she is also close friends with two of the EP’s, Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley, AMC) and Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo, AMC)!

Send your well-wishes to Eva and her daughter, Kaya and let us know would you love to see LaRue on the ‘Pine Valley’ primetime reboot?  Comment below.

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All My Children Primetime Reboot “Pine Valley” in the Works at ABC from Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos and Andrew Stearn

Huge news that could bring back a new updated version of daytime’s All My Children to primetime!

ABC is eyeing a revival of Agnes Nixon’s long-running beloved series that ran for 41 years on the network and then saw an online reboot from Prospect Park that lasted only one season.

According to Deadline, former AMC stars Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley) and Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo) will executive produce along with Andrew Stearn and Agnes Nixon’s son, Robert Nixon.

 

The series is currently in the early stages of development, but what has been revealed is: the reboot will be written/executive produced by Leo Richardson (Katy Keene, Star), and it will center on a young journalist with a secret agenda who comes to expose the dark and murderous history of a town named Pine Valley only to become entangled in a feud between the Kane and Santos families. The series explores all the secrets that come with the Kane and Santos family names.

In the new incarnation, Pine Valley, will feature a new generation of characters and some old favorites.  As of this moment, no original cast members have deals, but the plan would be to have them make appearances, plus Ripa and Consuelos could also make a cameo.  Of course, many are already pondering if Susan Lucci (Erica Kane) might actually be a mainstay on the new primetime series; since the Kanes are one of the core families in the reboot.

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Pine Valley plans to continue the original series’ tradition of tackling difficult social issues of our time and being inclusive, which the show was known for under the iconic Agnes Nixon’s storytelling.

Of note is that Stearn is also a lifelong fan of AMC and has been the driving force behind the reboot.  In fact when he was deciding between ABC Signature and one other studio for an overall deal, he chose ABC Signature because it was going to allow him to pursue his dream of rebooting All My Children.  It was then he started tracking down the rights to the soap.  As soap fans know, the rights to AMC reverted back to ABC after Prospect Park’s online version fell apart.

Later, after meeting with a number of writers to helm Pine Valley, Stearn went with Richardson, who had worked on the British soap EastEnders in his native Britain. Stearn also got on board the estate of Agnes Nixon, with son Robert Nixon joining the project as an executive producer.

So what do you think of “Pine Valley”, the All My Children primetime reboot being in development?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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