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RATINGS: OLTL Finale Week Best Since 2007, # 2 in Key Demo, Final Episode nears 4 Million Viewers!

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One Life to Live  not only went out in style and class,  but with fantastic final ratings numbers!  The show many dubbed “The red-headed step-child of the ABC Daytime lineup” illustrated to the ABC network just how wrong they were to ax their most truly prized property as viewers responded not only in the final episode, but through the entire week!

For the ratings week of January 9-13th, One Life to Live had averaged 3,120,000 total viewers that is +407,000 from the previous week! It was also the highest week for the series since September of 2007.  As for One Life’s grand finale, they hit 3,848, 000 eyeballs last Friday, that is by far the highest of the last five canceled soaps including All My Children, As the World Turns, Guiding Light and Passions!

One Life also was number two in the key 18-49 female demo of all daytime programming just behind The Young and the Restless, but they were ahead of The View, The Bold and the Beautiful, The Price is Right and General Hospital!

You can view the entire soap opera ratings via Soap Opera Network here!

So what do you have to say about One Life’s showing in its final week of its historic 43-year-run?  We cant wait to read your comments on this one!

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Bozena
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Bozena

ABC made ​​a horrible mistake canceling,OLTL, it was the best soaps I watched.

Heather
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Heather

Indeed, ABC will never bring AMC and OLTL. However, it’s not to late to save to General Hospital. We need to send letters to ABC to show our support for General Hospital. Here’s what you can include on your letters. Please be polite in the letters you send to ABC. 1) Kindly remind ABC that they have already canceled two soaps that were important to many viewers, that the loss of these shows was difficult for many people and that out of respect to the viewers, they should at least leave us General Hospital. 2) Suggests ABC to air Katie’s… Read more »

Susan M.
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Susan M.

I’m telling you ABC made a BIG MISTAKE in cancelling OLTL !!!1 This soap had so much class & grat story line , great acting.. OLTL had the whole package!!! People still like to be ENTERTAINED!!!!!!!! Especially on daytime programming , we don’t want reality information shows!!!! We have enough of those on primetime T V. We don’t want people screaming at us and telling us what to do about this and that…. Ex. how to dress or cook!!!! We want to be ENTERTAINED!!! That will keep our interest.. OUR STORIES!!! I hope this Vicki Drummer who taking over for… Read more »

lipstickcat
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lipstickcat

It just shows how much they lied! They said the soaps were being cancelled because nobody was watching them anymore! They don’t care what the viewers want. They just want shows that are cheap! That’s why there are so many crappy reality shows! I want scripted shows with a good story like soaps!

Mary
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Mary

Well ABC/Disney needs to take a look at the big picture and the rating realize that the made an extemely huge mistake and fix it now! Bring back OLTL

Susan M.
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Susan M.

I AGREE BIG TIME WITH YOU!!!!!!!!!!

Karen
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Karen

Agree also. I”m no a GH fan…and I know those fans will be mad, but just have to put my 2 cents in. WHEN the Revulsion is cancelled, and GH continues to falter in the ratings….there just may be hope that OLTL can come back. After looking at the ratings for OLTL in the last week…well, it’s just phonominal. It proved to ABCD that OLTL is the show that most viewers want to watch. Also, if ABCD gives Agnes back the rites to these shows…maybe then, another network will pick them up…I’d love to see OLTL on any other network… Read more »

mosshane58
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mosshane58

Shows you abc didn’t take it off because of ratings only because they are just a lazy network.They wanted stuff faster to produce and less time consuming.AMC did it not end to well over 3 million.Just think this does not count soapnet,online and other countries.Hope ABc ‘s big stockholders take notice with the low ratings on the flop shows they need to clean house and get are soaps back even if they have to get on there hands and knees to get them.

Sharon
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Sharon

I TOTALLY AGREE!!!! ABC is a LAZY network!!!! They don’t care about LOYAL viewers—-they/Disney only want money in their pockets!!!

I agree too that ABC/Disney needs to “clean house” and get their ratings back by ADMITTING THAT THEY MADE A MISTAKE!!!!! Removing AMC & OLTL was a HUGE mistake!!!!

MJ
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MJ

I too will not give ABC on second of airtime during the hours AMC and OLTL ran. I do watch GH but that’s it.
Hey Oprah. Still convinced soaps are a dying breed that can’t make money for the network? What advertiser wouldn’t want 3 million daytime viewers tuned in? Your own programming hasnt pulled those numbers yet. Big mistake.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

Bring back the soap opera every one wants to watch everyday and that is “ONE LIFE TO LIVE!!!!!!!!!! HURRAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The ratings sky rocked those last few wks.. The whole shoe is AWESOME!!!!!!!!! The best soap opera OLTL!!!!!!! The cast is like a family!!!!It shows when you watch OLTL!!!

Robin Fletcher
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Robin Fletcher

ABC let Brian Frons annihilate their show, its cast and the viewers, and ABC’s reputation, with this cancellation. BC needs to rethink their profound mistake. Quickly, before all the actors are taken by the competition.

Paula Kate Prince-Meserole
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Paula Kate Prince-Meserole

The ratings speak for themselves. I hope to see the chew and the revolution cancelled within the month and One Life To Live back on the air where it belongs.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

I AGREE TOTALLY!!!!!!!!!

lipstickcat
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lipstickcat

Now they are saying The Chew had it’s best ratings ever on that friday! That’s because people had it on while waiting for the final episode of OLTL! Give credit where credit’s due: OLTL brought in the ratings not the crappy Chew!

barbara t
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barbara t

I dont believe it, abc lies,who is watching?the mouse house ,is full of shit,they want us to believe that everyone is in love with the chew ,and the soaps ,well people arent watching anymore and thats a load of crap,look how abc lied letting us believe that a few of the cast are going to port charles only to find out its for a few episodes ,and I still dont understand the katie couric thing she goes from one network to another ,just like a flea,you cant get rid of her.time will tell,but I dont like the way abc plays… Read more »

todd
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todd

Yay! I am so proud of how the show finished and how well it was received by it’s audience. There were college viewing parties in student unions……like the one I attended when Megan died in Jakes arms. There are so many more eyeballs tuned to this show than Neilsen can count. It is criminal that such an outdated and impractical method is used to such a degree that it can falsely cause the end of so many jobs and industries. As a New Yorker, I am so sad that the art form of soaps is no longer part of this… Read more »

Heather
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Heather

“Why not save OLTL in summer telenovela style in addition to the sinking ship General Hospital?”

Because ABC hates OLTL. AMC and GH have always been its darlings.

Karen
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Karen

That total idiot Frons hated OLTL. Why? Who knows. Once GH tanks, which it is…ABCD will be dead. NO soap fans will ever watch Couric. Her ratings will tank also, and ABCD will be a forgotten network…the way it should be. The made their rotten disgusting flea infested bed…now…the will pay the price! ABCD….Assinine-Bogus-Channel…and DEAD!!

Mary
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Mary

It was the best soap that has EVER aired. I still cannot believe that ABC cancelled and replaced this iconic soap with a cheap talk show that’s full of ideas that have already been done to death. I’ve been a loyal viewer of ABC since I was a child, which is why it’s so difficult to believe that they would betray their viewers this way. They never even asked our opinion about this move. What ever happened to “The customer is always right.”? ABC guru, Brian Frons, stated that their viewers wanted more “informational” and less scripted shows. Well, I… Read more »

Judith Sekscenski
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Judith Sekscenski

Well said. I too have stopped watching ABC with the exception of GH. I am tuning into the networks that still have a soap(s) in their daytime lineup.

lipstickcat
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lipstickcat

ABC had the best daytime lineup for years! They got greedy & changed it so now they lost all their viewers & they could care less! Is that the way to do business? Make the customers hate you? They usually smarten up, New Coke for example, but not this time.

barbara t
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barbara t

thats true ,same with wal mart ,the fabrics and crafts are back,I hated going anywhere else to buy my things to make,I always had abc on the local news was my favorite to,since the day abc announced the cancellation of all my children and one life to live I stopped watching,missing the last year of desperate housewives,I want to watch once upon a time ,I cant ,I wont ,good thing lost is over,I also was pissed they canceled brothers and sisters and boston legal,abc is good at cancelling shows ,thats why I dont think general hospital will make it in… Read more »

Amy
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Amy

That is FANTASIC news…. Congratulations to the whole OLTL family, they deserve it. This just proves that the fans love them and appreciates all their hard work. ABC screwed up big time. I have watched for years and will miss OLTL terribly. Way to go out with a BANG LLANDVIEW 🙂

Karen
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Karen

That, OLTL surely did! WE all showed ABCD what show we want! I miss my OLTL family so much. Here’s hoping they are back somehow, somwhere other than ABCD. ABCD doesn’t deserve OLTL…someone else does!!

Susan M.
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Susan M.

We want OLTL back!!! If not on ABC , put on another channel!!!!!!!!!! I still miss OLTL !!!!! And wat OLTL back on the T. V. SOON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Reality crap shows on daytime should be cancelled right away…….. Tired of chew gum CRAP & The Revolution KIINDERGARTEN HOUR!!!!!! I will never watch these RETARTED SHOWS!!!!!!!!!!!! OLTL FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Carol Winogrocki
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Carol Winogrocki

The ratings show that TV viewers have enough REALITY in daily life alone, and want and need an escape from reality to the world of our story families. I believe the soap genre is not dead, just changed to DVR and internet viewing as most families are at work during the scheduled shows, so we have adjusted so as to be able to view our stories and still earn a living. The loss of these soaps hurts many people deeper than words can say. We have grown up with these extended families. Please return them to us.

Milly
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Milly

I have been saying the exact things for months!!! They don’t count US as viewers if we don’t watch live. Internet and dvr don’t count. They don’t even count soapnet!! I hate ABC and hope their entire network plunge!!! S.O.S GIVE THEM BACK TO AGNES OR SALE THEM!! DNT KEEP THEM HOSTAGE!!!!

Judith Sekscenski
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Judith Sekscenski

I agree. I grew up watching these characters and miss them already.

shari
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shari

OLTL hits alost 4 million viewers but yet ABC says no body’s watching
What are they Thinkin??? After 43 years and still gettin these ratings And its done under budget tooOLTL you are the bomb!!! I want my
OLTL back !!!

Denise
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Denise

Our boycott efforts are paying off! The ratings for The Revolution on 1-19-12 were 1.3/4. Keep up the good work viewers.

Rusty
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Rusty

ABC really should fix this. The new shows are just bad. REALLY BAD. Bring OLTL back!!!

Rusty
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Rusty

ABC really should fix this. The new shows are just bad. REALLY BAD. Bring OLTL back!!! It’s sad that The Screw and The Regurgitation .

ronnie
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ronnie

Still missing my favorite soap that I watched since I was 8! PLEASE FIND A WAY TO BRING IT BACK!

kerryg
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kerryg

abc have you gotten the message yet its only been a week and we have made ourselves very clear no amc/oltl no abvc adn no we are not dogs we cannot be trained but we do biter when you take our soaps if you thought the bark was bad just wait for the bit and belive me its coming we can do alot betwween eating our bon bon’s i dont think you want us as your enemy so do the rght think and bring back oltl/amc or give them back to their rightful owner agnes nixon asap

Deborah
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Deborah

The show was pure class all the way. ABC/Disney on the other hand has no class at all. Bad decision. Loved the way the writers handled the finale. Hoping someone has the brains to bring it back. I have blocked all ABC/Disney channels except SoapNet in the meantime. Thanks OLTL from a 40 + year viewer.

Milly
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Milly

I’ve been watching since I was 6, now 26. This show has been passed down from generation to generation. My entire family loves oltl and lives to watch. It’s bad that you don’t count everyone as a viewer who doesn’t watch live!!! Many ppl work during the time its aired, including me!!! Most watch soapnet, u-tube and use dvrs!!! It’s not fair to not count every way oltl is viewed!!! BRING BACK OUR SOAPS!!!!! SCREW THE SPEW AND THE DEVASTATION!!!

lew
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lew

I want to hear about the cancellations of The Chew and The Revolution. I want ABC to realize their mistake in canceling our shows. I hope Frons has to go through what the many actors, writers and crew are going through now, trying to find employment. I am sick of informational programing, cooking shows and reality tv!! Sorry for the rant!

Jan
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Jan

Oh thats would be great. Jobless frons…you get what you deserve except he was the fall guy.

Kath
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Kath

Just curious… Does anyone know what the ratings for Another World and Santa Barbara were in their final weeks?

Carol
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Carol

I don’t know about Santa Barbara, but I read that AW had a 2.4 when they were cancelled.

el rizzo
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el rizzo

ABC SUCKS A$$…I havent watched anything abc since april of 2011 and dont plan on it unless its my soaps… Bring back our soaps!!!

YOu have nothing worth watching on your network anymore!!!
i cant take all this reality bull$#*!…I want scripted drama…
I WANT MY SOAPS BACK!!!!

BETH
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BETH

I really miss OLTL I am lost without my Soaps daily I have watched for over 40 years Bring them back PLEASE My neice Maureen is missing them too & feels the same way as I do Or even worse than I do. People that work all day like to come home to a release of a story line to follow
Please do what you can to bring it back
Beth K.

Torrey
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Torrey

We have to keep up the good fight, guys….I’m sure that ABC thinks that our fight will die down, the longer that we go without OLTL, but we need to show them that we won’t give up. Send bars of soap into ABC…continue to boycott The Chew & The Revolution….send email complaints…..let the sponsors of these shows know that we won’t use their products…..Do whatever we can, for however long it takes. The fight for AMC has died down, since its cancellation, but let’s stay strong with our fight for OLTL and let them know how big of a mistake… Read more »

Karen
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Karen

The fight will continue……until Anges gets her soaps back…and on TV on another network. Screw ABCD….they are dead in the water and will continue to be. Us fans have done a fantastic job…and we are not done yet!

MaryAnne Robertson
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MaryAnne Robertson

please bring my OLTL BACK !!! Missing it so much 🙁

heidi
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heidi

WooHoo!!! Way to go out…OLTL!!! It was a great finale… a great last week… a great last month… and a fabulous 43 years!!! I am happy to have watched sporadically and more than sporadically for all 43 years!!! Thank you to all who were ever a part of OLTL!!! Good luck to all involved and hope you find better roles and better gigs in 2012!

Cherie'
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Cherie'

This article just goes to show how wrong ABC was when they cancelled my beloved soap. Some groups to join on Facebook about our soaps. https://www.facebook.com/groups/115454981810555/ All my children & one life to live https://www.facebook.com/groups/BOYCOTTABCACROSSAMERICA/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/198139810275324/ SWAN–Standing with Agnes Nixon Please pass these links along and join us in the fight to regain our soaps. The ratings never counted me, and many others, who DVRd the show or watched the daily episode on SoapNet. I was counted in the final episode numbers as I watched as OLTL sadly aired for the last time??? Bring back our soaps ABC. I am… Read more »

Justin
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Justin

With any luck …Soap Classics will offer the ABC soaps on DVD, like they do ATWT and GL. Even though the soaps are gone…it doesn’t mean we have to stop remembering our favorite moments. With talks of ABC moving General Hospital to primetime as a summer series only, it’s just a matter of time before we will all hope for our favorite episodes on DVD. I love watching them on the weekend and thinking how lucky we were to have those stories. You have to admit, much like todays music…it is not as good now as it once was. I… Read more »

Ted
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Ted

While I seriously doubt ABC will ever bring back AMC or OLTL, I’m delighted to read about the high ratings for the finale on 1/13/12. Having watched my other beloved soaps’ finales (GL and ATWT), OLTL’s was indeed ahead of the pack so to speak. As a viewer, I was left really, really pleased, even dumbstruck with the ingenuity to bring closure yes, and yet leave us with such a twist. Brilliant is all I can say. I hope cast and crew of OLTL can take solace and good heart for a job well done. But as for Disney/ABC ?… Read more »

Jan
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Jan

I dont care whats on 7 ABC boycott it. It will feel it.

Jan
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Jan

The only thing GH needs support, but you see I’ll tape it. I’m going to start taping GH.

Doe
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Doe

Great ratings numbers! However, ABC doesn’t give a damn.But, they are two-faced in that they are putting soap operas on nightime:Grey’s Anatomy..Private Practice… etc..etc…. They copped out. There can be nothing more brain numbing than reality shows with so-called experts( HAH!) I cannot stomach them, What’s the matter with the Tv business. Well, it’s right on your screen…….

Jan
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Jan

ABC……I so try to not watch and i’ve been doing a good job…not even the news I will watch.

jp
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jp

Bravo to the entire cast and crew of ONE LIFE TO LIVE. What a fantastic week for this brillant show! I actually took a half day of work to say good-bye to this iconic show. To me, OLTL always stood far above the rest. I just wished ABC would realize what a gem of a show OLTL has always been. Why couldn’t OLTL be given the opportunity to have been a summer series like Im hearing about GH? At least it would be something to look forward to each summer and at least I could see my favorite characters from… Read more »

Jared
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Jared

I’m very proud of ONE LIFE TO LIVE for going out with such great quality, class and awesome ratings, too. Arrogant, self-righteous corporate America rarely admits how wrong it is, but we’ll show them. I don’t need need them to admit it, because they already look like the jacka**es they are. The sad thing is these empty corporate idiot suits always land on their feet while the rest of us suffer. My heart goes out to all of those who are jobless because of this misguided decision by the network. Long live our beloved ONE LIFE TO LIVE.

Jan
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Jan

YAY! 4 MILLON GEEZ!

linda otey
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linda otey

i hope with these ratings they will re-think what they have done and bring oltl back//can you imagine the ratings then?

nancy fields
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nancy fields

They need to bring OLTL back on tv. There was no reason to cancel it to begin with. They always had good ratings. We want our soaps back. I am so greatfull the Chew and Revolution is failing. What was ABC thinking? Heads were where?

cathy trinque
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cathy trinque

This is more of a case of greed. Soaps cost a lot of money and TPTB wanted more money for themselves. Saw something today on the new about “psycho CEOs” I guess they usually mess up and get caught. I so miss One Life to Live.

Brian Greene
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Brian Greene

OLTL Has The Last Laughs In Its Final Weeks–Yessss!!!! 😀 😀 😀 😀

angela
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angela

The ratings speak for themselves. What it says to abc is “see what happens when you have fantastic writers.” They lied to all of us, as we now know. They said the cancellation rumors for AMC were just that, rumors. They even went so far as to send Susan Lucci out to do her book tour assuring her that they were just “rumors”. While we half expected AMC”s cancellation. We were blindsided that OLTL was out as well. They threw the baby out with the bath water. This was planned for a long time before the official announcement was made.… Read more »

Barbara
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Barbara

RIP ABC/Disney!!!!!!!!!!!!! Enough Said……

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Poetry

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On Saturday night, Ron Cephas Jones took home his second Emmy for his guest-star turn on the hit NBC drama, This Is Us.   Jones, plays the biological father, William Hill to Sterling K. Brown’s Randall Pearson.  Jones took home the gold during the final night of the Creative Arts Emmys leading into Sunday’s night’s major ceremony on the 72nd annual Primetime Emmys on ABC. (8 p.m. EST/5 p. m. PST).

But what made last night all the more special for Ron is that with this win, he, along with his daughter actress Jasmine Cephas Jones, became the first father-daughter duo in Academy history to win Emmys.  Jasmine won on Thursday night’s Creative Arts Awards for her work on Quibi’s #FreeRayshawn.   Ron won in the Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama series, while Jasmine took home the gold in the Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series category.

In the virtual press room following his win, Ron expressed: “As a parent that’s the most fulfilling that I could ever feel at the moment. Winning another Emmy is the icing on the cake, but to see my daughter progress and move into this place where she’s earned an Emmy is beyond words and I tear up every time I think about it to be honest with you. To see my daughter become healthy and happy, that’s a parent’s dream.  I’ve always focused on the work ever since she was a little girl, and coming from the theater it’s always been about trying to do good work…when you do what you want to do and you’re happy and you’re healthy that’s the win in itself… When we found out she was nominated, I was expressing to her that’s the win in itself when your work gets acknowledged and the win itself is the icing on the cake that keeps you humble and keeps you hungry.”

However, Ron’s win did not go off without hitch!  The broadcast announced The Outsider‘s Jason Bateman as the winner, and then suddenly cut to a commercial.  After the break, a title card acknowledged the mistake and confirmed that the This Is Us star was the actual winner.  In the virtual press room an announcement to all was made that: “They announced the right winner and the right slate, but the voiceover was incorrect.”

So what do you think about Ron Cephas Jones second Emmy win for This Is Us, and his daughter winning an Emmy the same Emmy season? Comment below.

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Holly’s Alive as Emma Samms Makes a Return to General Hospital

Friday’s cliffhanger ending of General Hospital revealed that Holly is indeed alive and being held captive, but by whom?  Who ever is behind this has her locked away and being watched on a surveillance system.

Viewers saw a hand of someone that is behind the kidnapping, and that Emma Samms made a return to GH in her signature role of Holly Sutton.

Samms, debuted on GH back in 1982, and has come and gone, and come back again to the ABC daytime drama series.  She last appeared back on it in 2015.

Nighttime soap fans remember her fondly as Fallon on ABC’s Dynasty and its spin-off, The Colbys.

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Once the secret was out on her appearance at the end of Friday’s episode,  Samms shared on Twitter: “She’s alive…!”

So what do you think of the twist? That Holly is alive and that Samms was on-screen? Who do you think has Holly? Share your theories below.

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Michael Easton and Rebecca Budig’s Short Film “About a Girl” Receives ‘Outstanding Achievement’ Honor

While you loved them together on-screen on General Hospital as Hayden and Finn, off-screen. Rebecca Budig and Michael Easton came together for a stirring collaboration that just won them accolades at this year’s Best Shorts competition.

Best Shorts is an avant-garde worldwide competition that strives to give talented directors, producers, actors, creative teams and new media creators the positive exposure they deserve. It discovers and honors the achievements of filmmakers who produce high quality shorts and new media.  This film festival receives thousands of submissions from around the world.

About a Girl is directed by Easton while Budig wrote and starred in the short film. lt was honored with the Outstanding Achievement award, which is one of the top two most prestigious given out in the competition.

The story features Budig as a woman struggling with post-partum depression.  The festival said in a review of About A Girl:Deft direction, beautiful craft, achingly authentic performance by Budig.”

Rebecca shared on Twitter after receiving the accolade: “I am so humbled and honored to be included and awarded by @bestshortsand thank everyone involved.”

Two of Easton’s former OLTL co-stars, who have appeared his other short films, Trevor St. John (Ex-Todd later Victor Lord Jr.) and Sherri Saum (Ex-Keri) also appear in About a Girl.

Congratulations to Michael and Rebecca on their winning short  film! Share your kudos via the comment below.

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