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Prospect Park and TOLN Announce New All My Children & One Life to Live Viewing Schedule Starting Monday July 1st!

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Today the powers-that-be at Prospect Park and TOLN announced a switch in the viewing schedule and release of all episodes moving forward weekly of All My Children, One Life to Live, and MORE AMC & OLTL. effective on Monday, July 1st!

In the official statement with news of all episodes, all Mondays, TOLN related to its audience:  “Mondays are now soap days, with more choices, and more flexibility. Beginning next Monday, July 1, 2013, TOLN (The OnLine Network) will release ALL of the week’s highly-rated All My Children and One Life To Live episodes on Mondays via Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes. The new schedule means that TOLN will run all episodes on Mondays, and not stagger runs of  All My Children on Mondays/Wednesdays, One Life to Live on Tuesdays/Thursdays and MORE AMC/OLTL on Fridays.

Now viewers will be able to choose to watch one episode each day or binge view some or all of that week’s shows at once starting each Monday.  Together with the MORE shows, viewers can play or save up to six TOLN programs per week—all available on Mondays – providing even more flexibility to watch anytime, and anywhere.”

So soap fans what do you think of the new viewing schedule which will seem to allow for binge viewing, viewing-as-you-go, or the ability to sit-down and watch a full hour of All My Children and One Life to Live and the MORE show the week?  Weigh-in!

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Joliefan Forever
Joliefan Forever

Cool I like it!!!

jimh
jimh

ill take them anyway i can get them…especially now that oltl is becoming more interesting…not as good as its final year on abc but good enough to keep me watching. Even if not shown they still need to mention other characters once in awhile like Jessica…maybe she could be away taking care of Brody who is ill…anything. Also Blair could get on the phone and Call Starr at least once a week. Clint and Viki could mention their other children sometimes! Bo could learn Victor was held by Allison and order a search for her!!!

su0000
su0000

I like it..
It will be no different than watching a prime time soap..
I watch Revenge once a week and scandal once a week, as other serials are also shown once a week.

My plan will be to combine the 2 AMC half hour episodes which will give me an hour episode to watch on an evening not decided, yet..
The same will be for OLTL, combining the 2 half hour shows into an hour show..

Now, I will have 2 serial dramas ,one hour dramas, to watch on 2 dull nights 🙂

AJ
AJ

It gives viewers more control, but I’d rather have 4 episodes a week again than this.

John
John

Like this idea. That way fans can watch anytime.

DC
DC

I personally did not like when it was cut to 2 new shows each week, BUT I have actually loved it. So much easier squeezing 45 mins twice a week VS 2 hours twice a week. I understand this is a new medium and the kinks need to get worked out, but thought so go into it Vs making a decision on the fly. I will miss the heated arguments like in real life and the cursing going bye bye going forward.

Jennifer Miller
Jennifer Miller

I think we need 4 days a week for both soaps. I don’t like just 2 episodes each the shows are too good, we want more.

Barbara t loves One life to live
Barbara t loves One life to live

I agree with you, I think OLTL and AMC are great and I want to see more not less.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

Then I hope you keep watching ladies, and try to get your friends & family to watch too! Because if we want more episodes back, then we need to make sure these are successful now! 🙂

kelly irons
kelly irons

After reading blogs on TOLN facebook edition and the actual boards on TOLN after the news was announced, I got so frustrated. People complaining, they don’t even read so they understand what is happening. PPark has not gone back on anything. The shows are available to watch once released at anytime, they are not changing that now. People are adding to the inability to not adapt to the changes. I see that they are still expecting it like it used to be, well those days are gone. I wish people would have memories of how it felt when we lost them both. I sure do. I’m still so glad we have them back. I actually like the idea of not waiting from Thursday till Tuesday to watch a new episode. I just had to vent. Thanks.

Barbara t loves One life to live
Barbara t loves One life to live

KELLY, Yes I agree with you to, But I still want to see more not less, I miss seeing them 5 days a week and now we are going to one day a week, OLTL and AMC are very well written and I am enjoying them, But I want them to be on the way they were before ABC trashed them. I am very happy the soaps are back, So I guess I have to take what we can get. PP IS DOING A GOOD JOB IN KEEPING LlANVIEW AND PINE VALLEY THE PLACE TO BE, AND I THANK THEM FOR CARING ENOUGH TO BRING THEM BACK TO US.

lisa
lisa

Thumbs up. My friend and I always “binge view” because we watch together, making it an event. A single show isn’t enough. Thanks for bringing back our Children!

James McDonald
James McDonald

What I like about All My Children on Hulu is that it always starts were I left off or on the next episode even if I miss any. I still get to see them all. Plus, I am allowed to skim over some scenes of characters I don’t really care for. It’s a time saver.

Tracey
Tracey

I will support AMC and OLTL as long as both shows are available regardless of the schedule, that will never change. With saying that, I believe I will watch each show on their schedule as it is now so everyday there would be a new episode to watch. My preference would be to resume the original schedule, ie. M-THUR both shows.

steven rosen
steven rosen

LOVE IT!

Lisa J.
Lisa J.

Fine by me! I usually binge watch anyway. Whatever keeps them on works for me!

Kate
Kate

What a great idea! I would still like more shows per week but I do like the 30 minute episodes instead of an hour. Off topic, am I the only person who would rather have Krystal running the coffee shop.?

Johnny
Johnny

No, you’re not the only one who feels that way, Kate. It seems to me that Krystal may have transitioned from the little restaurant bar that she ran to a modern day Coffee Shop. Unfortunately, with the actress who played Krystal not available, or not approached, they had to introduce new characters. I watch ALL MY CHILDREN faithfully, am glad to have it back, but to me, it needs work and I think it honestly needs to be on longer (not necessarily an hour, but certainly longer than 24 minutes) to maintain continuity. I too miss Krystal, Jackson, Tad, Jake, Kendall, and of course Miss Erica Kane. It would be nice if some of these characters could return, but really, to be honest, while re-casting is a part of the Soap world, I don’t think some really “key” characters would be accepted played by new Actors.

Annie
Annie

I love the pacing of OLTL, and the storylines certainly are heating up! I am thrilled TOLN is releasing both episodes on Monday, as I didn’t like the lag, especially Thursday to Tuesday. Prospect Park is showing they care about the viewers, while ensuring success of the soaps/serial drama. I, too, hope the amount of episodes per week increases…but I don’t mind the half hour format. It seems almost longer than the OLTL from the past. Here’s to the future!

jp
jp

I agree! I think it took OLTL a bit to get started, but it is becoming more interesting and exciting each day. I think PP is doing a great job keeping our soaps around and hopefully for a very long time. Keep up the good work OLTL and AMC.

BTripp
BTripp

Welcome back Michael! I think this is similar to what most of the online only shows are doing on Netflix and Hulu. My only wish is that they would start making just one episode a week and make it 1 hour long. This way they can do more with each episode like a primetime soap and have an actual cliffhanger with each episode.

jimh
jimh

Thats what i suggested too some time ago…i watch Dallas as an hour per week…so why not with the reboots…people will watch the two half hours together anyway…i did.

Glenn Beck
Glenn Beck

For all of us true fans out there, we just have to watch and keep supporting. Personally I have grown so tired of all the negative and complaining that I rarely comment anywhere anymore. I communicate directly with PP and the respected soaps sites. You are never going to please everyone, so just enjoy and ignore the negative!

clh
clh

Love it! Works for me as they will all be there whenever I am ready to watch. If Monday is the only time I have to watch, then I wouldn’t have to wait until the week after they air to watch them all.

Sandy
Sandy

I like the idea of watching these soaps whenever I can, my time, my way. I still want more episodes to watch per week. Thank you TOLN and PP.

AJ
AJ

I guess now TOLN can go back to 4 shows a week.. 7 days is plenty of time to watch 8 episodes… unless the excuse they gave us was….. a lie!!!!!

Nick
Nick

It seems like only a matter of time before these shows are cancelled for good. Prospect Park can spin everything any way they want to, but all of these changes this soon in are sending a clear message of desperation. It seems pretty clear that they’re almost certainly not getting enough views for the shows to at least break even financially, which if true, is not surprising at all. Hardly anyone I know is interested in watching these slow, watered-down reboots, and I personally know a ton of women who are soap fans. If everything was going well, there would not have been a need to cut the number of weekly episodes and rearrange the airing schedules this much. Anyone who thinks otherwise is naive. Call me cynical, but I just don’t think that Prospect Park is telling the whole story. Their track record doesn’t exactly inspire confidence.

I realize that this is new territory for what PP is trying to do, but they had well over a year to get all of their ducks in order. Other than the shrinking group of rabid die-hards, most mainstream people don’t have the patience to wait while PP works out the kinks with so much other competition for their time.

Annick
Annick

I like it so I am on board. Cool Beans:)

Emily
Emily

So happy. I just looke on FB. Mr. Fairman, AMC/OLTL will air on the Oprah Winfrey channel “OWN” over the summer. A 10 week stint starting mid July:)!!! The good news keeps coming. Check this scoop out Mr. Fairman.

Thanks for keeping us posted!!:)

sheshoe
sheshoe

Like most I wish for 5 days a week a hour each episode – BUT I love these shows and I will watch 1 hour a week or 25 – no complaints here I will just watch!! Love these shows getting better all the time!

Sheryl Postin
Sheryl Postin

I will watchAMC and OLTL any way they put them on, I am just happy that we have them back. Thanks Michael for all your updates. Have a great day.

Christy
Christy

I usually just wait until Thursday, Friday or even Saturday to watch the 2 episodes together. and if the “more” show (which I call “less”) is still splitting the time going back and forth between OLTL and AMC, I just skip that cuz it’s annoying trying to skip thru it to just get OLTL stuff.

I do like those little snippets of bonus material they’ve done at the end of the last few episodes… no wading thru AMC to get stuff I’m interested in.

su0000
su0000

The soaps are still like new born babies..
they’ll have a lot of growing in years to come..
I still believe that one day, we will have 5 days a week, again..

It takes time..
Our soaps have just learned how to walk and are potty trained , that is good..

Christy
Christy

and then there are the soap execs that never learn the potty training! (like frons!)

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

I have marathon viewed these shows for years because I would tape them and watch on the weekends. (I also prefer to call it a marathon versus a binge) So this doesn’t bother me at all.

I also have no problem staying loyal and watching while these shows go through growing pains and I believe like su0000 that one day we will have more of these shows again.

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‘The Masked Singer’ Runner-up, Ex- AMC’s Jesse McCartney, Recalls Working With David Canary

If you caught the finale of The Masked Singer this week, you know that “The Turtle” was revealed to be none other than former All My Children star and recording artist, Jesse McCartney.

While McCartney came in as the runner-up, losing out to Kandi Burress, he spoke to Digital Journal about his latest single, “Friends’ and recalled his time working with the one and only David Canary (Ex-Stuart/Adam) on the now defunct ABC daytime drama series.

As a young JR Chandler from 1998-2001, that put him sharing on-screen time with Canary, who played his father.  Jesse remembers all of the lines of dialogue thrown at him at a young age was not fun.

When speaking of his time with Canary, McCartney shared: “He was one of the sweetest guys on the planet and he was such a kind soul. He played my father, Adam Chandler, and not only was he the star of the show but he played his own twin brother, Stuart. He had double the lines of any character on the show, and in my three years on the show, he never messed up a line even once. There was a time when David helped me when I was having a moment and I struggled with remembering my lines, so as a result, the soap world for me is very sentimental.”

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Missing the best, the baddest, and the sexiest of Pine Valley? Well, they are all coming together in Entertainment Weekly’s #UnitedAtHome series beginning next week on May 26th.

The five-part series goes through Friday, May 29th, with new live episodes premiering at 10 a.m. ET and two on Friday. You can watch it here  on EW.com and PeopleTV.com.

The All My Children zoom series will feature the likes of :Kelly Ripa, Billy Miller, Mark Consuelos, Josh Duhamel, Susan Lucci and many, many more.

The weeklong event is also for a cause, with the AMC cast choosing to support Feeding America, which is putting food on the tables of those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic across the country.

Cast members that will be appearing throughout next week are: Jennifer Bassey, Tamara Braun, Justin Bruening, Rebecca Budig, Mark Consuelos, Josh Duhamel, Bobbie Eakes, Melissa Claire Egan, Ricky Paull Goldin, Alexa Havins, Michael E. Knight, Jill Larson, Eva LaRue, Susan Lucci, Cameron Mathison, Cady McClain, Billy Miller, Alicia Minshew, Sydney Penny, Kelly Ripa, Leven Rambin, Eden Riegel, Chrishell Stause, Walt Willey, Darnell Williams, and Jacob Young.

So, what do you think of this AMC upcoming series with the former stars of the beloved soap? Comment below.

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ABC and PEOPLE’s ‘The Story of Soaps’: What Was Your Review Of It?

Tuesday’s night airing of ABC and PEOPLE’s two-hour special The Story of Soaps featured many notable daytime and primetime soap stars, past and present, clips from backstage to classic memorable moments, and some participants who were providing commentary on the erosion of the daytime soaps in our culture.  Still others, maintained and realized that everything today is serialized from the news we watch, to some of Netflix’s most binge-watchable series, and of course, the birth of reality-programming.

Throughout the airing of the special, The Story of Soaps was trending on Twitter and social media either at the #2, #3 or #4 spots for the entire duration of the broadcast presentation, and the cancelled and beloved All My Children was also at one point trending.

However, known soap writers, journalists, ardent fans, and actors of the genre, were all on Twitter last night live-tweeting their thoughts as the special went down, and there was definitely mixed reactions and reviews, when all was said and done.

What the special did not shy away from, but tackled, was Luke’s rape of Laura at the campus disco on General Hospital. and how that moment now, as Genie Francis (Laura), so eloquently put, would be considered as ‘date rape’ in our culture.  The series even included a pivotal moment where Laura addresses Luke (Tony Geary) about the rape years later, after helping Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) through her rape ordeal.

John Stamos (Ex-Blackie Parrish, GH) got a bevy of “Right On’s!” for his comment that the soaps do not get the credit that they deserve and clearly came through as one of the soaps greatest supporters, as did former The Doctors and Knots Landing star, Alec Baldwin.

However, throughout the two-hours, Andy Cohen’s commentary was thread throughout; mostly citing soap’s demise and the creation of reality-programming and his “Real Housewives” franchise, that the special touted as the new soap operas.  It continued on the narrative that people preferred to see real-life drama then made-up drama on a fictional soap.  And while, that has been a trend in American culture for decades, the commentary came off as often out of place in a celebration of the soaps; and bringing in a lot of negativity to the special that soap fans were tired of hearing.

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In a lighting rod moment, Cohen stated: “I know Susan Lucci doesn’t agree with me, but I think that the Housewives have replaced soap operas because truth is stranger than fiction. Soaps became kind of unnecessary because you could do it with real people, and they’re writing the drama themselves.”

The special did also address the cancellations of All My Children and One Life to Live, (which many were not sure they were going to do – given this special was airing on ABC), where One Life’s leading lady and six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki) said what we all wanted to sa ywhen the ax fell on the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, “People were horrified”.

Clearly, OJ Simpson and his murder trial and reality-programming were also given a chunk of time to show where the once mighty landscape of daytime soaps which once had 13 shows on the air, dwindled town to 4.  But, it would have been nice to see more time spent on how in this day and age, the people in this current landscape of the genre work so hard to get episodes done at an unbelievable pace, and how in that climate the performers still deliver gut-wrenching performances.

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Former Loving, OLTL and Breaking Bad star, Bryan Cranston, did point out how the once powerful soaps, just don’t have the dollars they used to, and need to, to help with production costs and their taping schedule.

Viewers were reminded of soaps’ socially relevant storylines including hankie-inducing moments from: Robin (Kimberly McCullough) and Stone’s (Michael Sutton) HIV/AIDS storyline on General Hospital, to Billy Douglas being a gay teen coming out on One Life to Live, played by a young Ryan Phillippe.

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There also did not seem time spent on the contributions of William J. Bell; one of the most prominent writers of the soap genre of all-time.

For many commenting on social media last night, there seemed to be a feeling of some glaring omissions of participants who could speak on this genre, who have been in the trenches as soap producers, soap writers, pundits, actors, and more, who were not included in the special.

So, what was your review of The Story of Soaps? How would you grade it? Do you feel it accurately reflected the history of the genre?  Were you happily surprised,  or when it came to the end where you over it, or somewhere in between? Sound off in the comment section below.  Below are some tweets from notables who have worked as an actor, a writer, and a journalist in the soaps.  

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