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Prospect Park Proposed Plans For AMC & OLTL: 30 Minute Episodes, Shooting in Stamford, CT!

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As we head towards the New Year more details of Prospect Park’s plan to finally put All My Children and One Life to Live online are coming out or, shall we say, perhaps leaking out?

In the latest issue of Soap Opera Uncensored, Nelson Branco relates that through his inside sources and leaked documents it has revealed that Prospect Park intends on shooting AMC and OLTL in studio spaces in Stamford, Connecticut, and that sets are currently being designed!  In addition, the Prospect Park plan calls for there to be half hour episodes of both shows, with four new episodes a week and a recap show on Friday’s.

The licensing fees between Prospect Park and ABC have also been reportedly revealed by SOU which illustrates that All My Children was valued at half a million more dollars than One Life!  Even though, as we all know, One Life was performing better in the ratings than AMC in the last few years of both shows network TV existence.

Additionally, there is an executive summary of the outline of the plans from Prospect Park posted by Branco which apparently contain more details into what Prospect Park powers-that-be Jeff Kwatinetz, Rich Frank, and Mike Lang are thinking and how they are constructing bringing the beloved soaps to the web.   

Of note:  Prospect Park has yet to put out an statement to enlighten the media and the fans “officially” on what is going on.  At any rate with this report, do you think Prospect Park is going to succeed in getting All My Children and One Life to Live online?  Weigh-in!

 

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Maura
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Maura

Maybe our prayers will be answered!

Sheryl Postin
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Sheryl Postin

I certainly hope so, thank you Michael for keeping us posted. Have a great holiday.

Rachel Elisabeth
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Rachel Elisabeth

Still not getting my hopes up but I like the CT connection.

Alan
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Alan

I think it will be easier to get the cast back together for OLTL than for AMC, so if they are smart they will age all the kids in Pine Valley to high school and focus on them. This way they can use new talent as they hopefully get more veterans to return.

Heather
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Heather

Cautiously optimistic!

Michael
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Michael

Sounds like a good start. I am not sure why they are going to film in CT as everyone is in Los Angeles. However, I am joyed at the prospect of David Canary possibly being on AMC again as he lives in CT and he stated that he did not want to commute to CA.

Torrey
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Torrey

Sounds nice, but I wanna wait and see what Prospect Park has to say….and how long it takes them to say it.

Jeffrey Anderson
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Jeffrey Anderson

I agree

Troy Turner
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Troy Turner

Sorry, gang-not buying it until SOMEONE says something officially

lipstickcat
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lipstickcat

I don’t believe a word of it! If they come back, they will not be the same shows they were before.

James McDonald
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James McDonald

Stamford, Connecticut? Why there? Wouldn’t it be more profitable being shot in New York, not to mention easier travel for the actors?
I’m not knocking the return of All My Children, but I’m having my doubts if this is going to work.

caroldee
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caroldee

GOD BLESS US EVERYONE…MIRACLES CAN HAPPEN… Keep praying.. ONE LIFE will LIVE AGAIN!!!

Nesha
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Nesha

I’m with you let’s keep praying that it works out
I’m going crazy not seeing my All My Children Family &
One Life To Live family.

Marcia White
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Marcia White

Absolutely my prayers continue!!

Robert Coplin
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Robert Coplin

I also want to know who will be interested on being on both of the shows as some of the actors have gone on to other shows.

Ryan
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Ryan

My mom will be thrilled, but I am less so. I am happy with Cartini at GH and love the OLTL characters that have crossed over. I would hate to have McBain and the Mannings leave Port Charles.

Nesha
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Nesha

I agree with you also but the only two Cramer
women are on #GH & Blair doesn’t have alot
of show time. John McBain I doubt he would
Leave #GH because he’s under contract maybe
He can do both shows he wouldn’t need much air time
I just need them to show him reunited with his son.

Jim
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Jim

Most of the OLTL actors are now West Coast Based, so there would be some recasting going on. By Erika’s holiday letter on her website, it seems as though she’s finally letting go of Viki and ready to move onto other things. One of the other things that worries me is that OLTL and AMC were basically 35 minutes and the rest of the hour were commercials. If we end up getting an 18 to 20 minute show, it’s really not worth it. One thing that could be helpful though is for PP to look at something I just experienced… Read more »

ethel
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ethel

bold & the beautiful is a half hour show & w/o commercials it is about 18.5 minuets & it’s been like that for years………..

MK
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MK

Both OLTL and AMC started out as 30 min. shows. It was in the mid 70’s when it was the trend to expand. The shows have suffered for a decade for lack of character driven and too many newbies. This should happen before they went off the air and went back to the basics to survive. Y and R started out as a 60 min. show so it would not make sense for them to cut back. Believe it or not. some shows in the 50’s and 60’s were 15 min and sometimes 45 min.

ethel
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ethel

i was watching when amc & oltl was 1/2 hour & then expanded to 45 mins & then an hour…………

Sue
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Sue

It’s ALL gossip until someone confirms from PP…. and the fact that NB makes you BUY his scoop is all the more reason to doubt… just beefing up his wallet at Christmas?
Isn’t this how the initial deal was mostly killed? Gossip started making the rounds… “leaks” and such… and then poof… gone!

Ann
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Ann

I am still very skeptical about the whole thing. I will not be watching a watered down version of either show, which if it happens that is what it will be. Actors have relocated and moved on, so there would be a lot of recasts. And it even sounds like Erika Slezak would not be back. Nope don’t want to watch either one.

Lin
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Lin

Prospect Park has always been awful at notifying the public. Never saw a worse company for that. But if they actually do this, it would be fabulous. I am very cautiously optimistic as well. However, we don’t know which actors would still be available, and if PP can afford them. I saw Walt Willey at a comedy performance in Tampa the day after the last AMC aired. He indicated not everyone had even been contacted- and that he’d be willing to go to the online show for a decent salary (I don’t remember his exact words). For a brand new… Read more »

d.w.
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d.w.

After reading over the plan, i’m very optimistic. There’s lots of stuff that makes sense and takes approaches that i’ve felt would be best and lo and behold they’re doing them. I had hoped that rather than just sitting on the shows all this time that they were still working quietly on things behind the scenes and it appears that’s precisely what’s been going on. Since before the soaps were actually cancelled, i’ve said that the 60 minute, 5 shows a week, 52 weeks a year format was killing soaps – both financially and creatively…turning them into television sausage factories… Read more »

d.w.
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d.w.

By the way, looking over to the right hand margins on my screen, i’m wondering if the “RIP” icons next to AMC and OLTL should perhaps me changed to “In a coma”

Brian Tripp
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Brian Tripp

Good point but remember these are soaps and just like soap characters come back from the dead, so can the shows themselves!

OLTLfan
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OLTLfan

I’m a believer in the saying “Fool me once, shame on you…fool me twice, shame on me”. That being said, I’ve already been fooled once. I’m optimistically doubtful, I guess you could say, especially since Erika Slezak has reported that she has not heard a word from PP (but luckily, she says she is ready and willing to work). Until an official announcement is made, and the actors confirm it, I can’t allow myself to believe it.

Maxmaven
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Maxmaven

Too late, pp. We’ve moved on. GH is too good to now bother with 30 minutes on a computer.

Lulu
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Lulu

I thought so at first. “Villains of Port Charles” has been less and less important to me. I wached GH since 1963, and while it can be entertaining, it’s not the “must watch” TV it always was.

Ellen
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Ellen

I am cautiously optimistic also! what a fantastic Christmas present this is!! I really miss my Pine Valley and Llanview families!! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

rob
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rob

I hope its true i miss One Life To Live And All My Children! Hope Jess/Tess come back

Tim
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Tim

Jess/Tess may return,but it will probably be a recast,since Bree Williamson is now on Haven.

su0000
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su0000

Being the format will be 4 half hour shows a week, I do believe that is more reasonable to start out with, that they will succeed , this time around..

Tim
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Tim

I’m not going to hold my breath waiting.

ethel
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ethel

if pp does somehow pull this off, amc nor oltl will be the soaps that we knew & loved……………for one thing too many actors have moved on to other projects & contracts……………

Sue
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Sue

yep… IF this actually happens, neither show will ever be the same… there will be so many re-casts we won’t even recognize it… the OLTL I loved for years is gone…

Robert Lee
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Robert Lee

Still not going to get too excited until I see and hear something offical. But going to be cautiously optimistic!

Nancy
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Nancy

Again they are being secretive and what about the characters? Many have moved on and many don’t trust Prospect Park and I can’t say I blame them.

Rodd
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Rodd

I’m a bit torn on this. I mourned OLTL for almost a year now and have really enjoyed the successful transition to GH that has kept a pulse beating in Llanview and Pine Valley in some small way. I’d hate to see that taken away from GH. On the other hand, I’d love to see OLTL revived, even if for thirty minutes at a time. (And AMC for its fans, too.) PP would really need to do a great job with the reboots because a sloppy job would just add insult to these already-disrepected-by-the-network-shows.

JoAnn
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JoAnn

Only time will tell. Unfortunately PP messed with my head last year with all their promises with NO payoff. Therefore, I will take an “I’ll believe it when I see it” stance. We shall see…

Jason Eldridge
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Jason Eldridge

Glad for this but still remaining on the skeptical side. One thing I do wish they aren’t doing is a recap show on Friday. That is one thing we do not need.

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

Soundz like Prospect Park is finding ways to make reboots of AMC/OLTL financially profitable. That is the only way these shows will have a chance of coming bac!

Mark
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Mark

Stamford, Ct is an interesting choice. Probably alot less expensive than renting studio space in NYC and it is close enough to New York for cast and crew in the city to get there. Also, Location shooting could be done easily-I’m sure Stamford could pass for Llanview or Pine Valley quite well.

Annie
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Annie

Fabulous news. Has anyone been to Stamford, CT? It is a mini-NYC. Gorgeous city, great neighboring towns. I would think actors in NYC would love the short commute to Stamford if they live in NYC. Shorter than getting from here to there IN NYC! Love how Prospect Park didn’t “give up the ship.” Bring back OLTL and AMC! Take the characters willing to return, and we will learn to love and cherish the new characters. Good luck to Prospect Park. Blair can start her new life with her kids, Vicki can return as matriarch, and new blood and new energy… Read more »

Maria
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Maria

I am hoping that this will become reality. 1/2 a hour a day would be good to start. My question is that many of the original actors of both shows has moved on to LA to do other projects and are they going to uproot to CT? I find it interesting that Stamford CT is the site location of filming. Do you guys realize that many daytime shows such as Maury and other talk shows are preduced in Stamford because it is inexpensive? I would also like to know if OLTL is coming back online, will Natalie and Michael McBain… Read more »

MK
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MK

They have had a chance to see what is out there, and would love to get a call of a longtime gig. Even JPL (Rex) regrets moving to LA.

Brian G.
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Brian G.

If this does happen, I wonder who will be the head writers and executive producers. Will they be able to organically have the stories pick up where they left off? Will they know the characters and the history? Will the production value be the same as it was before?

moshane58
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moshane58

Hard to believe it when noone has even mention they have been hired.Why build sets then?Walt Willy said he has only heared what we have heard.Seems to me he would know unless they are going to cast unknowns.Then I wouldn’t watch.If they can’t be the same don’t wanna see themJust hope its not another ploy by ABC and PP to finally killed them for good.One article mention PP would have 10 years rights.Good way for ABC to blame it on them if it don’t work out again.Timing is really strange to me.ABC need another excuse since time for rights is… Read more »

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

Like many others…I am cautiously optimistic.

Brian Tripp
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Brian Tripp

I hope this all works out. There’s no reason to take back Todd and Starr but maybe John will need to go home. Natalie will be with out her partner. Unless they have her single for now. If the shows are shorter they wont need a huge cast either. Obviously Rex & Gigi wont be back to OLTL. And Jessica will need to be recast since Bree Williamson is on a new show. Matthew might need to be recast too since Eddie Alderson moved to LA. Then over at AMC Darnell Williams is still on contract with YR. Debbie Morgan… Read more »

Emily
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Emily

Thank you Mr. Fairman for keeping us posted. Not sure about other soapers, but I’ve been ocding on info about it. I’m still being cautious and reserved about the whole thing. The sticking pt for me is as others, the location part of CT? A lot of the actors went and settled in LA. I’m thinking PP had to go big to jump start both soaps. Meaning bring a huge chunk (popular & veteran actors) of both soaps back on the air. W/alot of the actors elsewhere, I wonder who they hired to jump start the soaps again? Not trying… Read more »

Blake
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Blake

Now there’s news that former AMC writer and producer is set to be the show’s executive producer. More promising news!

Lisa Postles
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Lisa Postles

I hope oltl comes back! I will take it in any form. 30 min. is fine with me. It started out that way when I first started watching in the 70″s. I hope Erica and Robin come back. Robert, Kamar…and so many more. I hope it happens, and soon!!!

Chaz
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Chaz

A lot would depend on who PP manages to get as EP and writers. If they are recycled hacks that seem to always get a job regardless of the damage they have done on other shows, forget it. They either need tried & true writers that know the show and the history OR fresh talent that can revive the characters without making them unrecognizable.

Robert in Jersey City
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Robert in Jersey City

It’d be nice if they come back. I’d watch.

Let’s start with Trevor St. John tied to the bed…oh, wrong website. 🙂

lisa
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lisa

Great if it happens…I’m a bigger fan of OLTL though.
Just wondering how that would work with Roger Howarth and Kristen Alderson contracted to GH.

maryjolocke
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maryjolocke

please erika you can;t not let viki go oltl won,t be the same with out her

Michael
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Michael

All My Children and One Life to Live were not just titles or brand names. They were shows that were lovingly created and produced over a multitude of years. Both shows boasted veteran actors portraying cherished characters that fans grew to love over the years. If they are serious, truly serious about producing online episodes of One Life to Live and All My Children, then where is Agnes Nixon? How about the incredibly talented team of Frank and Carl- currently busy by breathing new life into GH? Also, do the new producers plan on including Susan Lucci, Erika Sleazack, and… Read more »

susan M.
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susan M.

It would be great to be in Llanview again! And see Viki especially! I’m curious how much it will cost to watch on-line. If it happens will it be a packaged deal for both soaps or if you just want to watch one soap & not the other? Or two separate prices I wonder. It would be nice if it were for free but I don’t think so…We have been watching our soaps for free all these years.We never had to pay to watch them on T.V.I guess being on-line is a whole different thhing…I hope they are not yanking… Read more »

cathy trinque
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cathy trinque

Thinking that Prospect Park will produce and ABC will air.

Dmitri
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Dmitri

Glad to see this! ABC’s talk shows are failing/have failed, while faithful fans still pull through and bring back their soaps! ABC should be ashamed of themselves, as they brought about their own failure!

mcbam
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mcbam

IS JOHN MCBAM GOING TO PROSPECT PARK?

WILL HE STAY WITH GH?

SAM+JOHN

Kathryn
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Kathryn

Why not tape in LA
Most actors are there anyways

Angela
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Angela

I can’t wait to see All My Children again! Thank you! When is production going to start?

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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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Chadwick Boseman, ‘Black Panther’ Star and the Original Reggie On AMC, Dies At 43

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.

Share your thoughts and condolences on the passing of Chadwick Boseman via the comment section below.

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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