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REPORT: Labor Issue Between Prospect Park's All My Children and IATSE On Certain Episodes?

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Photo Credit: David Russell/TOLN

The Union that represents the crew of Prospect Park’s All My Children is trying to make it’s case that it’ s members may have been underpayed for working on several episodes of production of the soap, according to a report and an item in The Wrap!

According to The Wrap:  “The issue is between Prospect Park, the production company that gave the sudser a new life on the internet, and the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees – Local 52. Representatives from IATSE are going over the production’s books to see if  All My Children has gone over budget and violated a labor agreement in the process, according to an individual with knowledge of the union’s plans.

The Wrap continued by stating, “When Prospect Park revived the canceled ABC program for the web this year, it hammered out a deal with the union that allowed it to pay members less than the standard day rate as long as it did not spend more than $125,000 per episode. The union believes that on certain episodes, All My Children may have more than doubled that figure.  A spokeswoman for Prospect Park declined to comment on any discussions with IATSE but was adamant that the budget of each episode was well below $100,000.  IATSE-Local 52 did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

If the production is found to have gone over budget, that could trigger tens of thousands of dollars in back pay to union members.   It also may means that Prospect Park will have to shoulder additional costs, such as travel expenses for crew.

Moreover, the union believes that Prospect Park’s decision to broadcast episodes of  All My Children on FX Canada also violates its contractual agreement to only release episodes on the internet during the nine months after they are produced. As with any budget overages, crew members also will be compensated if Prospect Park did indeed run afoul of the contract. The company announced last month that it will no longer air episodes of the show in Canada.”

So soap fans, what do you think of the latest?  We know from reports, that AMC and OLTL are  trying to maintain a certain high level of quality in production within the framework of  their deal and contract for the online soaps with IATSE.

 

 

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boes
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boes

The union workers most definitely deserved to be adequately compensated – no argument there. And PP HAS to stay true to what they agreed to with them.
But I also don’t want to see a situation where the union stands on their rights and possibly causes job losses for their members.
BIG picture, people! – both PP AND IATSE.

Rodd
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Rodd

I agree.

Marc
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Marc

Now I understand why people hate unions . Do they not get by arguing over a tiny amount of money the whole project will be scrapped and there will be NO money ??

David
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David

There is nothing to hate here. Prospect Park made a legal agreement to stay within a certain budget. The networks are expected to follow rules so is Prospect Park. The only one at fault here would be Prospect Park

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I agree. This situation is little like having a roommate who tells you they can’t afford the full share of the rent for the month, so you cover them, but then they come home with a new iPhone- and you think, if they are so poor where did the money for the phone come from? The union gave PP a break on the union wage so they could afford to put on this show- then PP spent more than they said they could afford– the union has every right to cry foul.

emmie
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emmie

AGREED

su0000
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su0000

Unions regularly argue, it is part of their job, to make disputes ..
PP will have to put it with it ..

jimh
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jimh

Not all people hate unions…when i was a kid my father belonged to a union and they helped him save his job and home…otherwise we wouldve ended up on welfare.

David
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David

Mary SF is point on with her post. Prospect Park said look we cannot afford to pay the normal rate. The union made the deal with them saying ok you cannot afford to pay the normal rate then your production costs should also be at a certain place. PP agreed to that. I just feel really bad for the fans of AMC and OLTL. The revivals have already had issues with the shows being cut from 4 per week to 2 now this, what else wil happen. Hate to see the fans of these shows lose them again due to… Read more »

Edna Barefoot
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Edna Barefoot

As long as my OLTL is on I am happy. Why can’t they leave PP alone. They are the answer to millions of prayers. Now Canada fans are very unhappy. How is that justice? LEAVE OUR SOAPS ALONE.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I’m a life long OLTL fan, though I am enjoying this version of AMC as well, and agree with you. I am so happy to have OLTL back and yes, “they are the answer to millions of prayers.” Everyone should be grateful that the shows are on somewhere. LEAVE OUR SOAPS ALONE.

susan M.
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susan M.

I agree!

David
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David

I wonder if Prospect Park was going over budget and that is why they cut the episode count. Regardless this is just another piece of bad news and poor mismanagement by Prospect Park.

Sadly I don’t see the online revivals of these shows lasting that much longer which is sad for its fans

Enrique Buenrostro
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Enrique Buenrostro

I heard the spending has been $80,000 and $95,000 per episode

susan M.
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susan M.

I disagree with your last comment… We have to keep a postive outlook and not be negative….

boes
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boes

I wouldn’t be burying a life body so fast were I you. If PP didn’t live up to their end of the bargain then the union has every right to go for what is in the contract. A deal IS a deal. But to go from this to the cancellation of the shows – and to assume that the other stories about bumps in the road is a map to destruction is……overreaction at the very least. PP has put it out there, unlike ABC which lied to us every which way possible. I respect that and appreciate it after all… Read more »

David
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David

Prospect may be upfront in some cases but they are still mismanaging things. There are no stories there have just been many bumps in the road. After a suposed great first week there has been nothing but negative They cut episodes from 4 to 2 per week. They lost the Canadian TV deal. Now this issue with the union. Things just seem to keep piling up. People can say I am being negative but there has just been a lot of stuff. That is a sign of mis management. Poor management can only go so far. I hope I am… Read more »

Deb
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Deb

Please don’t blame PP-Give this new venue a chance!!!

John Jack Royal
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John Jack Royal

All of these legal troubles with PP are making me nervous. I like the new versions of our shows, it’s just that PP seems to be lacking in professionalism and experience. It is worrying.

su0000
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su0000

ALL the legal problems, what are are you talking about, 1 ..
It is a union dispute.. very common..
PP could very well be in the right.. They said they are and until it is proven different, I suggest to shelf all the pessimistic doom, it is not necessary 🙂

You do know things like this are common with unions lol ..

c l h
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c l h

I doubt that it’s even true. Just because a union says it doesn’t make it so. More likely is the fact that because the shows are doing so well, the unions want to get a bigger piece of the pie, and with this being so new they figure they can get PP over a barrel and bully them into giving them whatever they want.

jimh
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jimh

What i meant about basics is character driven stories with the regular characters they have(how is that boring?) and i suggested cut out musical guests and location shooting to save pp some money!!!

emlons
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emlons

I wonder of this will affect OLTL, if they are going to be looked at I hope not – its a smaller cast so their costs shouldn’t be as much you would think

susan M.
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susan M.

DITTO!!!!!

jimh
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jimh

The more problems i hear about PP behind the scenes the more i feel they were the wrong people to do the reboots! If this keeps up i have a feeling these reboots might not see a second season unless they work these problems out or some other company takes over but i doubt the latter will happen. I dont watch AMC anymore and i only watch OLTL on occassion but id still hate to see either one cancelled. Both shows should stick to the basics for now, cut out location scenes and temporarily discontinue guest stars like the musical… Read more »

Margie
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Margie

It’s always nice when non-fans who are non-experts jump in with criticism. This will be settled before you know it.

emlons
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emlons

I agree, it is a learning curve row Prospect Park is doing everything possible to make this work there will be bumps in the road like any new thing. Also you get more content in the 2 episodes than you would if they cut it to the hour format it use to be.

c l h
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c l h

Yeah, armchair quarterbacks for sure. Some people are just negative on every single question. This is all new to everyone and a different company wouldn’t make a bit of difference. Things will get worked out just like they did when soaps went from radio to tv. It takes time.

Who would want to watch a show just doing the basics anyway….boring.

jimh
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jimh

Ive watched the show since the 1980s and have the entire final year on tape and i go on utube to watch vintage episodes ive missed…if that makes me a non fan then you need your head examined…im not entirely criticising the shows im trying to look for possible ways to save them…how do you know how soon this will be settled…you an expert too? Like it or not, i , just like you can express what we like or dislike about our soaps…this is what these message boards are for and a good way for these shows to see… Read more »

boes
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boes

Well said. Every time PP has the deceny to be honest with the viewers the crepe hangers come out ready to bury the shows. And then there’s the constant “advice” about how to make it work, or even worse, the ones who give us the “facts” about why it can’t possibly succeed.
And yet, as far as I’ve read, not one of them knows anything about launching a show, much less an online reboot in real time.
Chicken Little and “the Sky is Falling” must be their inspiration.

jimh
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jimh

My little Margie…get off mine first…and grow up while your at!!!

Margie
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Margie

And another thing that went right over your head….

jimh
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jimh

what i meant about sticking to basics is character driven storylines and to cut costs id drop location shootings and musical guest stars for now. more content in two episodes like what?…the fillers? I still feel one episode per week at one hour would work better since pp thinks new fans wont follow everyday.

Margie
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Margie

Get off my lawn….jimh…..grumble grumble….back pedal…

Mo
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Mo

underpaid

Is that $100,000 for everything, including salaries? Doesn’t sound like much.

Dennis
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Dennis

These are merely the growing pains associated with moving broadcast shows to new media. Don’t panic and keep watching!

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I thought today’s episode of AMC was very exciting. The tension builds.

brian
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brian

Although I love having OLTL back… there is no tension building on it, sadly.

Billy Shakespeare
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Billy Shakespeare

Something is rotten in Denmark.

boes
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boes

It’s the cheese.

Beth
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Beth

I would really like for PP to get some good publicity for a change. There are too many problems and too many changes, all leading to the impression that they’re not doing well or not in control of things the way they should be. That may not be accurate, but with one public relations problem after another, it’s the way things look and that can be just as bad as if it were true.

Bryon B
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Bryon B

More bad news on behalf of Prospect Park. Over budget, now, this is making more sense why the episodes were cut per week. I have a feeling there’s more going on behind the scenes, that we’re not aware of. It doesn’t appear that this reboot will be successful. Too much have gone wrong for us to believe this will succeed. I’m grateful the shows are back, but when you hear news like this, you can’t feel optimistic about the future. Hope things improve with the management at Prospect Park, otherwise, we can see another cancellation in the works, and more… Read more »

boes
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boes

Wow. A little overreaction, much?
So every time you get a cold do you make an appointment with a funeral parlor?

Joilefan Forever
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Joilefan Forever

LMAO

Jan
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Jan

What’s going here? This a responsibility and NOT a toy Prospect Park!
I was just getting used to having OLTL back.

susan M.
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susan M.

I’ve noticed on OLTL Jessica is not even mentioned… What’s up with that? All these problems will be resolved. And everything will ce on the right track…I am going to have
a positive thoughts!!!!!!!!!!! I refuse to think gloom & doom!

Johnny
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Johnny

As a long-time (really long-time) fan of ALL MY CHILDREN I was really very happy that the shows would come back. I have watched religiously but have not been overly thrilled with the on-line episodes thus far – was hoping the new writers could breathe some life into the scripts – this reboot project has been heavy laden with problems unfortunately. Now, there are problems with the union, I don’t know, it doesn’t sound terribly encouraging.

Sue
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Sue

I really just want the shows to stay on please please please

Rapids
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Rapids

I am not a fan of unions but they rule the entertainment industry. Prospect park cut production in half, meaning employees could be seeing half paychecks. June taping was canceled probably due to money problems. Cannot imagine these shows will last the year. Scripted drama is incredibly expensive and these shows are not on TV.

Joilefan Forever
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Joilefan Forever

They went on Hiatus 10 days early OMG the sky is falling isn’t it Chicken Little???

su0000
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su0000

It is unions, they are always in a dispute..
With network tv, and movies, the unions are in disputes, we just head about PP’s, but it in common for unions..
I’m sure all will be fine.. PP most likely abides by the agreements, they said they did, so until proven other wise they have..

Now will start all the PANIC imagination stories– from doomgloom fans..

Nick
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Nick

This is yet another signal that Prospect Park is in way over their heads and these reboots won’t last.

boes
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boes

Well, how could the shows succeed when they didn’t put you at the helm?

Nikki
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Nikki

I couldn’t agree more, Nick. I think from the beginning Prospect Park knew they were getting themselves in too deep (hence, why the original reboot did not occur) and now more problems keep coming out day after day.

Linda
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Linda

Here we go again. PP should know better seeing that they produce Royal Pains for USA network. Ultimately the fault lies with ABC/D for canceling AMC & OLTL in the first place!

Nikki
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Nikki

I am very happy for people who have their soaps “back”, but this is one out of many conflicts that have come out regarding Prospect Park and I find it disturbing. Without these union members, you would NOT have your shows so for people complaining that these workers should “leave Prospect Park alone”, think about how you would react if you were not being paid properly for a service. I hope that these workers can get what is owed to them. If this is one of the things that shuts down production, it is not the workers’ faults, it is… Read more »

boes
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boes

If PP is in the wrong then it needs to be made right. A deal is a deal, and without the unions there would be no reboot to begin with.
BUT I don’t think it’s right to assume that PP is in the wrong until that is proved. And it’s certainly not right to assume that they don’t know “how to properly run a production” based on fragmentary information.

Nikki
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Nikki

Well, considering it is Prospect Park who are not adequetly meeting their contractual needs with these union workers, I would say there is no question as to if they are in the wrong or not.

Joilefan Forever
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Joilefan Forever

So funny Boes how the audit is not even done yet BUT PP is not meeting their contractual needs BLAH BLAH BLAH! OMG!!!!

Delainey
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Delainey

I think PP made bad business decisions on many levels. The first was pushing for a production deadline by the company that financed the venture. Second, was having AMC and OLTL share the same stage, forcing the workers to more than likely work on getting things finished in time for OLTL or AMC whoever went to production first to take over their filming while the other gets time off. I have to agree with most of you. You can’t blame the workers for wanting their fair share from PP, who has no idea what they’re doing. That’s why Pepperman’s recent… Read more »

Robbyrob
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Robbyrob

I love how some of you are calling crap on the unions. Unions are here for a reason. If Bangladesh had a union, maybe 1000 people wouldn’t be dead right now in that building collapse making clothing for you. Of course, I’m not saying PP is using such horrendous conditions, but they are responsible for what they have signed to get these shows going again. Also, if your knocking unions, you also knocking actors such as Jill Larson who worked on the original negotiations to get these shows on the internet. All actors belong to the actors union…so your knocking… Read more »

boes
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boes

Not everyone is demonizing the unions. PP made a contract and it has to be honored. Anti-union sentiment is mostly a bunch of b.s. IMO. But it is apparent that the PP naysayers can’t let a thing pass by – no matter how little information they actually have – to have both shows and PP dead and buried. There are so many pronouncements by so many doomsday types who know no more than anyone else but pontificate as if they do. The pleasure they seem to get isn’t all that mystifying, either. There’s always somebody who can’t bear not to… Read more »

Joilefan Forever
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Joilefan Forever

BRAVO BOES!!!!!!

Sandy
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Sandy

I wish PP would let us know the truth if the ratings have picked up since cutting back to 2 episodes a week for AMC and OLTL. I hope PP is being fair to the actors and behind-the-scene workers. I don’t want to see either soap dropped due to mismanagement or lack of viewers watching. PP- what is the status on ratings?

Thomas
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Thomas

this happens everyday people.give it a rest! The are Back Be Happy. People who are bashing PP need to wake up!! they were not born yesterday. this nothing new for them

Joilefan Forever
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Joilefan Forever

OMG THANK YOU THOMAS! SOMEONE ON THIS BOARD WITH A WORKING BRAIN!!! YAY!!!

thomas
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thomas

your welcome I just know how it works

Deb
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Deb

Canada can watch these shows on the internet just like we have to. I think USA or FX or Soapnet is a good idea for everyone. So for now I have my laptop & HDMI & my TV-what next? Thanks to PP for bringing our favorite shows back -GREAT SHOWS-LOVIN’ AMC & OLTL -Amazed to see our favorite actors again & missing some actors because ABC moved them to California and CANCELED them to put on stupid shows(Revolution,Chew). I hope my laptop will last a long time-it’s on for more hours now but for my favorite shows it’s worth it.… Read more »

Baffled
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Baffled

Canadians have to purchase the episodes through iTunes. You want that for US as well?

lois
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lois

while i am in agreement with keeping a contract on all parts, i think the issue here is going to be the Union. PP has tried to start something new with AMC & OLTL being available to us, their loyal viewers. I would have to say 99% of the time things look great on paper while sometimes it just doesn’t work right. i don’t want to see the crew of these 2 shows harmed in any way, nor do i want to see amc & oltl go away because the union will not bend and just make demands. in this… Read more »

lois
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lois

on the other side PP is not maintaining their part in airing the 2 soaps on hulu. originally it was a new show mon thru thurs for both shows…not it appears that amc is mon & wed and oltl is tues & thurs…..however there was no new show for oltl on tues….so PP may be having other issues along with the union stuff…. i joined hulu+ just for the soaps & now find my viewing of them to be not what was promised. do i continue on with my payment so i can continue to watch the shows or do… Read more »

Ava
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Ava

More bad PR for PP. Wonder what news is next?

avellina
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avellina

I hope they work it out. I am sure Prospect Park, if they went over budget, it was likely unintentional. I am loving the AMC reboot, and I want it to last!

Joilefan Forever
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Joilefan Forever

After reading all of these comments I have to say Do you ppl really think that the transition from Radio to TV was some Ultra Smooth process? It wasn’t give it time everything will work out! Quit with the word Mismanage OMG really!!!

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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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