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PLANET 360 Topic: Brian Frons to Blame? Farah Fath States,"It Was Ludicrous For Him To Cancel OLTL!"

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On the upcoming Friday, May 10th edition of Planet 360’s Soap Dish (which now airs on TVGN on Fridays, time vary) segment, the topic is … who is really to blame for the cancellation of All My Children and One Life to Live on ABC Daytime?  To almost 99.9% of the viewing public, the person to blame is former ABC Daytime Chief, Brian Frons!

Frons defining move to cancel AMC and OLTL are discussed and bantered about with the three Soap Dish guests, The Bay’s Lilly Melgar and Martha Madison, and former OLTL star, Farah Fath!

Farah who played Gigi Morasco and was brought to One Life to work with John-Paul Lavoisier as Rex Balsom’s love interest had the most revealing and interesting things to say in the segment when she related on Frons’ decision to ax the soaps,  “It was absolutely ludicrous for him to cancel One Life to Live. I am not going to speak for All My Children, I wasn’t on that show. But One Life to Live was under budget every single year.  In fact, so much so that the remaining One Life to Live budget was given to the over-budgeted All My Children. “

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Fath went on to say about Frons, “From my personal experience, I liked him. personally.  He made a home for me at ABC.  I didn’t like his professional decisions, obviously.  I think the network has stated since his departure that it was a mistake.  I think if the shows were on life support, he pulled the plug.”

Lilly Melgar was wondering if, “It wasn’t fair to pin this all one one person.”   Martha Madison recounted how Frons chose to go with lifestyle/makeover show, The Revolution which tanked, and The Chew,  in favor of continuing efforts to secure One Life to Live’s and All My Children’s future.

Watch the Planet 360 Soap Dish segment below!  Then let us know, do you think Brian Frons is the sole reason All My Children and One Life to Live were gone from network television?  Do you think the powers-that-be above him played enforcers and wanted the shows gone, and Frons was the instrument the network used to rid them of the two soap operas?  What do you think about Farah Fath’s comments on OLTL’s budget being used to help AMC?  Share your comments!

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James
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James

The only person I dislike more than Brian Frons is Farah Fath.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

LOl.

Sheri
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Sheri

I totally ABSOLUTELY agree!!!

Jen
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Jen

My thoughts exactly. I wish in this article it was mentioned how she and John-Paul Lavosier (Rex) sucked up to Fronz, lauding his talent and dedication, blah, blah, blah. Probably in the hopes of securing a role somewhere else on ABC daytime. Boy did that backfire bigtime. I’m glad they are not included in the re-boot. They cooked their own goose.

Robert in Jersey City
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Robert in Jersey City

If these shows weren’t viable, they wouldn’t be back. However, I think the use of these two iconic shows are being used as a teaching tool to an older age group about the internet and it’s power. Viki had a line “to think I was going to hold this story for the print edition”…that’s a powerful teaching line. So, as much as I dislike that they were cancelled and gone for a long time, I like what they are now. More than just scripted entertainment, there’s a lesson and a message that’s being presented in such a caring subtle way,… Read more »

1love
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1love

Hey Rob, from Jersey City. Can’t wait to meet you around town. Yes, what Fron’s did was not brilliant thinking and as you said, Past is the Past, but the man took a big risk and had balls galore to cancel two iconic shows like that (over so many years). Unfortunately, it was a risk that was a wrong one, costing him HIS JOB, and landing him a host of lifetime enemies. What he should have done was lose his ego (because there was ego power in his decision to do cancel those iconic shows) and I just want to… Read more »

rebecca
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rebecca

I think it’s being used as a teaching tool how NOT TO write a soap…truly…the online versions suck. People keep saying give them time…LOL…the writers are writers…this isn’t rocket science. I was very much in Prospect Park’s corner. I’ve read the comments section on this and other forums where people have said it’s a “new” One LIfe To Live” and that they didn’t promise to bring the old show back. Well, to me…the fans fought to bring the “old” show back…not just the name One LIfe To Live with a few familiar faces. The show is boring, it’s childish, it… Read more »

rebecca
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rebecca

correction…I DON’T think I’d be scrambling to watch

susan M.
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susan M.

Not scrambling either! To watch anything else but OLTL! Frons is a TOAD!

Diana
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Diana

Rebecca I agree with some of your comments & disagree with others. I am supporting both reboots & believe they will make it back to television airwaves. Soaps have always brought in younger viewers. Young people may catch a show when they are off from school or during the summertime, when all the soaps traditionally run youth oriented story lines. Serial dramas, daytime or nighttime have a proven hook to draw in viewers that has worked since the genre began. Nothing is going to change that. Yes, the old fans are the ones who rallied to keep these soaps going… Read more »

TomCat
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TomCat

Grow up James. is it possible for you to participate in a grown up discussion without personal bias?

Marconious
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Marconious

It’s not for me… I want to kick Brian Frons in the nuts

louisa
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louisa

Frons had a boss though, and she is still there. Anne Sweeney. He pulled the plug, but she approved it. Then she fired him when it failed. I like Farah!

Angela
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Angela

he has the blame but he didn’t make the decison to cancel them he didn’t have that kind of power cause he didn’t own the soaps. it was ABC and Sweeney’s decision.

susan M.
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susan M.

He had some part in this.

Angela
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Angela

I didn’t word that right he doesn’t have the SOLE blame

Darlene Ford
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Darlene Ford

Abso-friggin-lutely!!! The Officious Troll.

Avidreader72
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Avidreader72

Hard to see both shows cancelled. Brain Frons pulled the plug and prior to that did next to nothing to promote OLTL. It was a shame. ABC should have been more prudent and cancelled the lowest rated soap with the biggest budget first to try out ONE new talk show. IMO ordering two new talk shows at once was a gamble, and silly. Anybody remember the Revolution? How long did it last? The good news is that the fans now have OLTL and AMC back. We have to do our part to support the show and make sure this new… Read more »

1love
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1love

I don’t believe that he should have cancelled one show over the other. OLTL was definitely me beloved by the fans….. so had he kept OneLife over AMC, than what would of been said was, ” OneLife premiered/aired after AMC, why was OnelIfe saved over AMC. If AMC was saved, over OneLife, the Susan Lucci fonder and Agnes Nixon favorite show would in full circle and on the tongue’s of everyone. So I think that canceling them both was the best decision, oppose to one over the other. Now,…… what I believe he should have done was, cut both shows… Read more »

Brian
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Brian

Avidreader72, you hit it home. Yes, now have to watch and support our shows we fought to get back. And those who nitpick over how “this is different” or “why was this actor changed” just let it go and get on with watching our stories.

susan M.
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susan M.

I like watching OLTL even if it isn’t quite what it use to be… Still enjoy Erika Slesak!

jimh
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jimh

It no longer matters to me…im so over it. Both shows are back and doing fine so far. Im not into them how i used to be…im still giving oltl more time to grow on me again but i lost interest in amc. Wished they had stayed on abc as 30 minute soaps…know a few people who miss them but dont have internet!

jimh
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jimh

I meant to say there are people young and old i dont know personally but ive met who are mentally or physically disabled who watched these iconic shows when they were on the networks who cant afford cable or internet but who still get the just the three networks and a few other channels.

kim
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kim

maybe abc can cancel the chew and air edited repeats of amc and oltl…that would be a shock but i doubt they would!

Patrick
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Patrick

tha’ts an idea…. say a network re-airs these soaps… and that network and PP can…. split the profit margin…off of commercials?

saying if this is possible…. thereby PP making the most they can off of this endeavor…

i so want that PP is successful.

Rodd
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Rodd

Blame doesn’t help in this situation. We don’t know what all went on behind the scenes. But I will say this, I would never trust Brian Frons to do anything, not support it. I do think he’s largely responsible, but feel there had to be others at an equal level or higher up in the network. Don’t trust anything ABC has to say and won’t for a long time to come. The network never promoted their shows and now that GH’s 50th anniversary week is over, I don’t see very much advertising for it. If ABC wants my trust, they’ll… Read more »

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Brian Frons was responsible for cancelling AMC & OLTL. But, Anne Sweeney does not have clean hands either.

susan M.
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susan M.

I agree!

su0000
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su0000

There is one word to describe Frons.. Frons was an ”Idiot”…
He was attempting to impress and be a hero and actually he was an ”Idiot”..

(And there are variety of cuss words that would also describe Frons 😉

janet
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janet

I also like Farah. I do not like Frons he is just like Phelps a soap killer.

Sue
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Sue

Yes I blame Frons do not watch ABC at all

su0000
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su0000

Frons was only day time.. he nothing to with nighttime prime-time ..
and ABC prime time has some really great soaps/series and they are on top of great TV.

Nadine
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Nadine

Frons should have been gone YEARS ago, If indeed the sole decision was Anne Sweeney’s, then why not invite her to comment on this and lets see what she has to say. now THAT would be interesting, don’t you think?

Edna Barefoot
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Edna Barefoot

I believe ABC/D now knows it was one of their worst decision ever to cancel OLTL & AMC. If OLTL’s money was used to keep AMC above head then that was great. Mr. Frons went in with ABC/D in control & cancelled our soaps because that was what ABC/D wanted. We have been very angry with all the execs at ABC/D & some remain angry & I am one of them. I will say OLTL & AMC are doing great & I for am delighted. Michael thank you for the article. You have kept us abreast for so long now… Read more »

Karen
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Karen

He’s a scumbag. Not only did he cancel the shows – he lied straight in the faces of the entire AMC cast and crew – he made Susan Lucci look and sound like an ass to thousands of fans. He burned a lot of bridges. No, he wasn’t alone – but he was the one who looked those people in the eyes and told them AMC was moving to the West Coast and would be fine. He was the one who assure La Lucci that the show was fine and not being cancelled amid rumors or the opposite and it… Read more »

Derek
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Derek

Frons may not have made the decision to cancel but he is absolutely to blame for them being cancelled. He drove the shows into the ground. Especially AMC. Hiring writers that didn’t care about history, pushing Agnes Nixon out, not promoting the shows, the list goes on. He didn’t care about the shows or the fans. And he as much said so.

Lew S
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Lew S

Ya know what, screw Frons and Disney/ABC! We have our shows back and we should be quite pleased about that.

terri
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terri

i would love to see gig rex and (omg i forgot their son’s name – awkward!!) but i remember him – would love to see them back – oh yes and roxie

susan M.
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susan M.

ROXIE most definetely!

David
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David

I was shocked to discover recently ( in Wikipedia) that Fronz was once a co writer of One Life to Live with Frank Valenti. It is amazing he would desire the cancellation of a show he had creatively worked on. I hope ABC regrets the mistake they made. I hope Oprah regrets not finding a place for the shows, announcing their time had past. I hope Prospect Park leads the way with the revivals of these shows…they are not just daytime, but anytime and anywhere.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

I may be wrong, but I believe it was during the writer’s strike.

Tania
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Tania

Anne Sweeney has soap suds on her hands! She was Brian’s boss. She wanted out of the soap business. For goodness sakes Frons worked in soaps since the 80s. Sweeney never did. She wanted them gone and when it came back to bite her in the butt she had Frons take the fall.

susan M.
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susan M.

Anne who pulled the strings to her puppet Frons!

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

I agree. But he was in charge of daytime, so they are both guilty in my book.

Randy
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Randy

While Frons may not have cancelled the shows on his own, he certainly meddled enough with the creative aspects of the shows during his tenure, causing them to get to the cancellation point. OLTL lucked out with Cartini toward it’s end, but AMC was completely destroyed by his decisions for writers and characters. At one point the only characters that had anything to do were Kendall, Zach, Greenlee & Ryan. The rest of the actors showed up to talk about what were going on with those 4. While I liked those characters and actors, who wants to see that for… Read more »

Helen
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Helen

Unfortunately there’s more than enough blame to go around. Anne Sweeney upheld Frons decision and that tells me that the ok went up the chain! Glad Frons lost his job but I don’t think he was the only one who take their share of the blame!

Irene
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Irene

I like the two shows now. I like the pace, production and I like watching on huluplus when I want to. I keep up because it my habit. I am sure there will be times when I will the weekend marathon viewing. I do not watch the four shows on tv anymore. I was at point where I missed more than caught them so it was not too hard to let go. All my shows I watched for decades were gone awhile already. I don’t know what I will do if they also go on internet. Have to decide at… Read more »

rebecca
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rebecca

you could have always watched your soaps online. Hulu always ran ABC’s ONE LIFE TO LIVE as well as all the other sopas…I’ve watched OLTL and General Hospital online for a few years now.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

In my humble opinion, BF was the face of the cancellation decision. As much as I loathe him, I do not believe he acted in isolation. There were people above him. Anne Sweeney, President of ___ Television Group, and Robert Iger, CEO of the mouse company, are still employed. Their hands are covered with blood.

Thank goodness for the vision and commitment of PP. I am loving the online versions of OLTL and AMC.

su0000
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su0000

Goes to show the order of things in our world..
When one door closes anther opens..
Cancelling and having PP take them on, was a blessing..
Both soaps are now the better from it ..

Patrick
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Patrick

Farah Fath should go back to DAYS…

she could be either T or Brians’ sister…..

wishful thinking…

Troy Turner
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Troy Turner

Not that it matters much because AMC/OLTL are back, but Frons was NOT let go because of the Revolution, he was let go because the original PP deal didn’t go through, IMO. Had it gone through in 2012, he would have been regarded as a hero-because everyone would have gotten what they wanted. I’m not defending him, because there’s no logical reason that The Chew should still be on the air-but, there were MANY other ways this could have been handled. I blame the shortsightedness of ABC more than I blame Frons-although his hands aren’t clean. One last thought-does anyone… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

When Frons left ABC he was given a 3 million dollar bonus..
He is doing well..

heidi
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heidi

I am really tired of the BF discussions. He made a regrettablly unpopular business decision that will be out there for awhile and yet… the shows are back… be it in a very different way and they will be what they will be.

toscanti
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toscanti

Brian Frons is an arrogant prick, almost as arrogant as Jill Farren Phelps. BF did not care about soaps and in reality should have cancelled GH instead of OLTL. I only say this if he were looking at it from a budgeting aspect. OLTL had been way under budget and the ratings were climbing steadily. I despise Brian Frons.

Rapids
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Rapids

The network canceled the two shows because they want to get out of scripted daytime shows. Brian was the front man, the decision was approved at multiple levels above him. I kind of agree one life was cancelled a little prematurity but all my children had been hemorrhaging viewers for a long time and creatively it was out of gas. If the reboots succeed they are at a different universe from network tv, they are not on TV at all. Abc is batting fifty per cent plus as the chew does well rating wise at a fraction of the cost.… Read more »

Lisa Z.
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Lisa Z.

BF was the hatchet man. There must have been a lot of people at the top of ABC that wanted to cancel the soaps. If I remember correctly, FF and her boyfriend, JPL were the first cast members to speak out about OLTL’s cancellation saying it was a great opportunity for everyone and how it will lead to new opportunities. Some of the other more intelligent cast members of OLTL stated how bad they felt for all of the job losses especially all of the people behind the scenes. I don’t know how many opportunities have surfaced for these two… Read more »

Peter-Nicholas Fragasso
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Peter-Nicholas Fragasso

Me too, Lisa.

Peter-Nicholas Fragasso
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Peter-Nicholas Fragasso

It was canceled due to the greed of ABC executives. It’s much less expensive to put on some dumb ass cooking show where you watch people eat for an hour than to pay good actors for fun entertainment.

JoAnn
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JoAnn

Only idiots watch programs like the chew. Lasting 30, 40, 50 years with dedicated fans says it all.

Samantha
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Samantha

I completely agree….it was greed, pure and simple. TV execs are all about the money and how much they can cram into their own pockets. Reality/talk shows are cheap to make, and (in my opinion) utter garbage being shoved down our throats on EVERY channel. All I know is that, since the cancellation of AMC and OLTL, I have not watched any show on ABC, daytime or primetime. I’ve had it with the reality and talk show garbage being dished out by the major networks, so ABC can go to Hades along with the rest of the greedy networks.

Diana
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Diana

Robert Iger & Anne Sweeney remain at the helm of Disney/ABC. Frons headed ABC’s Daytime Division. Under the orders of the Big Mouse – Frons as the Big Cheese dismantled OLTL & AMC. The canceling of OLTL was the most vicious because its writers were producing the most well written program on daytime. The anihilation of AMC was well crafted under Frons orders. He put Chuck Pratt in as head hatchet…hmm writer & had him kill off beloved characters & leave the remaining stories to center around the endless whining of one particular character & her young children. The remaining… Read more »

Peter-Nicholas Fragasso
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Peter-Nicholas Fragasso

Well stated, Joann, Samantha and Diana. We’ve got these greedy SOBs’ numbers.

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All My Children Alum Ben Jörgensen Reportedly Dead At 51

According to his former All My Children castmate, Brian Gaskill. there is sad news in the soap world today.  Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin on All My Children and Chris on As the World Turns passed away on Tuesday at the age of 51, apparently via suicide, although unconfirmed as to his cause of death.

Gaskill, who played Bobby Warner while in Pine Valley shared via his Instagram:  “Sad news to report. Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old.  My understanding is it was suicide.  I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. ”

Since the time of Brian’s posting, friends, colleagues and fans have been posting tributes and condolences on the actor’s Facebook page.  You can view that here.

 

In this heartbreaking photo below from Steven Bergman, during his time on As the World Turns, Ben is pictured with the late Nathaniel Marston, as well as Jaime Nicole Dudney and Terri Conn.

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On All My Children, Ben was part of the important social issue storyline brought into the ABC legacy soap opera by the iconic Agnes Nixon, who was always trying to move the needle forward in daytime, as the character of Kevin was a gay high school student facing bullying, ridicule and discrimination for his sexuality.

Share your thoughts on the passing of Ben via the comment section below.    

 

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Sad news to report. Ben Jorgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old. My understanding is it was suicide. I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. #Actor #Filmmaker #BenJorgensen #BenMonk #Life#Death#AllMyChildren #Suicide #sad #rest

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Hallmark Channel’s ‘Home & Family’ Returns to Production For Ninth Season; Premiere Date Revealed

Another daytime show is heading back to production amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Now comes word that Hallmark Channel’s flagship morning lifestyle series, Home & Family has returned to production at its Universal Studios set for its ninth season.

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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Michael B. Jordan Pays Tribute To Chadwick Boseman: “Since Nearly The Beginning Of My Career, Starting with All My Children When I was 16 Years Old You Paved The Way For Me”

Following the news of the tragic death of now motion picture icon, Chadwick Boseman late Friday, tributes and sentiments have poured in from celebrities, politicians and fans from all across the world.

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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