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Richard Hatch, All My Children’s Original Phillip Brent, Dead At 71

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Another member of the All My Children family has been passed away.  Fans learned the news of the death of the original Phillip Brent, played by Richard Hatch on Tuesday.  The actor died at age 71 from his battle with pancreatic cancer.

Although remembered first in Pine Valley, Hatch went on to primetime TV and feature film success, most notably in the sci-fi series Battlestar Galatica where he played Captain Apollo.

On AMC one of the first love stories was that of Phil and Tara (Karen Lyn Gorney) and the interloper and troublemaker Erica Kane (Susan Lucci). In story, Phil was eventually drafted into the war in Vietnam and left the canvas in 1971.

When Phil was recast it was Nicholas Benedict who assumed the role.  As for Hatch, after leaving the soaps, some of this other credits included: Cannon, Hawaii-Five-O,  The Waltons, and The Streets of San Francisco.

Reports note that Richard died at home on February 7th, with his son Paul right by his side.

Share your remembrances of Richard Hatch in the comment section below.

 

 

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davlestev1
davlestev1

R. I. P. RICHARD HATCH. WOW brings back memories of Jeff and Mary Kenicott. Great story great actor.

Debbie Harris
Debbie Harris

So saddened to hear this news. He was one of the main reasons my older sister started watching AMC in the early 70’s. She thought he was the Cutest thing ever! Being a good little sister I started watching with her and thus began my love of ABC soaps.
RIP Richard Hatch

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

We were just discussing this elsewhere…i seen rare footage of him as Phil but i best remember him from Battlestar Galactica…R.I.P…in an hour i’ll be attending the funeral of my late great aunt who passed away at the age of 89 just 9 days after my father passed away at the same age of 89…she was my late father’s aunt!!!

Rose
Rose

Jimh…you know the more I think about things, life can be wonderful, but also unpredictable and strange. For instance, how can some people smoke or drink more than a little bit for much of their lives and live to be 100. Go figure. So keep looking at the bright side of things and appreciate them them when they come. 🙂

davlestev1
davlestev1

I feel your pain Jimh been there like that too. No one can say the right words because there aren’t any. Just do your best to get through.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Loved Phil and Tara–and his mother!

davlestev1
davlestev1

MOTHER’S you mean. Ruth and Amy. That was a hot mess and cemented Erica and her blabbering mouth on the canvas.

Marko
Marko

Are you guys kidding? He is best known recently for Battlestar Galactica.

Marko
Marko

Terrible loss

Margie Dalton
Margie Dalton

Shocking had a seriously crush on Richard the real Phillip. R.I.P . Prayers to your family & friends.

Gina
Gina

Me too and oddly wonderful man I married in 1977 looks much like Richard! Lucky me.

Mary SF
Mary SF

I didn’t know him on AMC, but on Battlestar I was soooo in lust with him– a lot of my friends like Dirk’s character better but I was on team Apollo all the way– he was one I spend my hard earned teenage money to get his poster to put on my wall— my condolences to his family, friends and fans—

Nicholas
Nicholas

richard hatch , i remember that he replaced michael douglas in the streets of san franscisco . he played dean caldwell , a man the character claudia carrington had an affair with while married to steven carrington on dynasty . i remember he also was briefly on santa barbara . we are loosing so many fine people these days !

Lin
Lin

I loved his portrayal of Phil Brent. The next one was okay, but Richard, IMHO was a much better Phil. I loved Phil and Tara.
I also loved him on Streets of San Francisco. I am deeply saddened to hear of his passing. Gone too soon.

mark
mark

I remember watching amc with my mom I remember Jeff and Mary and Ruth and phoebe lol. I loved ryans hope too

Max Daddee
Max Daddee

Blessings to Richard’s spirit and soul and all of his family and friends. He shared his talent beatifully through playing the role of Phil Brent. I miss those good old AMC days. The early days in particular were filled with wonderful storylines.

JMER
JMER

I loved him in both BSGs and saw him speak at a panel during a BSG exhibit at the Museum of Popular Culture a few years back. I remember him still having an abundance of energy and enthusiasm when it came to BSG unlike some of the other actors who participated in BSG 2 and their show was just ending. They were just sort of depressed. Ron Moore was there and had yet to start up his Outlander project and was down too but Richard was amazing.

PF
PF

He also had a brief run on Santa Barbara in ’90 as film director Stephen Slade. RIP.

xmascarol
xmascarol

I always like Richard,it is a terrible loss,May you rest in peace.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Sad news…beautiful actor.

Shay
Shay

Richard Hatch’s “Phillip Brent” was quite before my time, and I’ve never been into sci-fi, so my exposure to the actor was rather limited, but I do recall watching this very talented man in various primetime guest shots, and most especially, in an old tv bio-pic rerun about the late Jan Berry of “Jan and Dean” fame. Mr. Hatch was quite soulful and skillful in his portrayal of the early ’60’s popstar who had it all then nearly lost everything after a tragic car crash which robbed him of his charmed life, mobility, and to a great extent, singing career. Even though it has been many moons since I enjoyed that particular performance, it strongly remains ingrained in my memory due to the impressive, impassioned talents of Richard Hatch.

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8 Years To The Day Of All My Children & One Life to Live Being Canceled; Still Considered By Many Worst Move For Daytime

It’s hard to believe that 8 years ago today on April 14th, 2011, the soap world, its fans, and the cast members, learned of the heartbreaking news that ABC, in one swift move, decimated its daytime line-up when they announced the cancellations of long running series, All My Children (which would end at its 41st year), and One Life to Live (which would ends its run in its 43rd year).

At the time, ABC announced it would move to more lifestyle/entertainment series to replace these dramas.  In its place came The Chew and The Revolution, neither show is still on the air today.  Executives at that time pointed to research saying that times are changing and that their decision was “guided by extensive research into what today’s daytime viewers want,” and blame, in part, “the changing viewing patterns of the audience” for the axing of AMC and OLTL

Then ABC Daytime President, Brian Frons had joked to Deadline about the big announcement that he: “Pre-entered the witness protection program prior to today’s events.”  He added that “The demise of the two venerable soaps was actually a year in the making.  A year ago, we started to look at our projections where the ratings for the soaps would go.  When those projections came in pretty discouraging, the network began to aggressively develop replacement shows, 15 of them.  Four of the 15 were picked up to pilot: The Chew and The Revolution and two others, a talk show and a dating show. Originally, the idea was to cancel only one daytime drama.  The way the ratings developed and the pilots turned out, the ratings developed negatively and pilots developed positively, so we decided to make a bigger shift.”  Of note is that when it went off the air, One Life to Live was in third place among its competitors in the ratings.

The press release that came with the cancellations stated: “To honor the core, passionate audience and their rich history both shows will conclude in a manner that respects their legacies and the longstanding hopes of many of their viewers.”

Following the cancellations daytime reeled. The mainstream was sure it meant the endings of the soaps, period.  However, four shows illustrated that is not true at all.  For Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless all remain, and still whether they are up or down in their numbers/ratings, they remain relevant and important to the enduring daytime viewing audience.

Sadly, as with any shows, the end of ABC’s AMC and OLTL meant loss of jobs for so many working in front of the camera and behind the scenes. One Life was the last soap opera in production in New York at the time.  AMC was already being shot in LA to cut costs to save it.

Still in 2019, if you venture on to social media, especially Twitter, you see fans constantly missing its stars and the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, wanting this wrong rectified.  Although Prospect Park tried to revive the show with their online versions, eventually after legal battles that went on for a few years, ABC now retains the right to these properties,

The good news is that many favorites from AMC and OLTL have found success and been hired on other soap operas, bringing their followings with them, whether it be on-screen, or in the writing, producing, directing or crew departments.

So, do you think the loss of AMC and OLTL consolidated daytime and made the remaining shows stronger so they would not be touched or canceled?  Do you think ABC should try to mount a resurrected AMC and OLTL or an amalgamation of the two?  Do you remember where you were when you learned the two soaps were cancelled? Was this the worst misstep of all-time for daytime? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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George R. R. Martin’s “Leak” Of New Hulu Series WILD CARDS Featuring Eden Riegel, Thorsten Kaye. and Greg Rikkart

April Fool’s Day started off with a bang today when Eden Riegel (Ex-Bianca, AMC) posted a photo of herself with Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, B&B) and Greg Rikaart (Ex-Leo, DAYS)  in a very intriguing image.  See above pic!  As it turns out, it’s said to be from behind the scenes from some leaked footage of the upcoming Hulu series, Wild Cards.

The premise of Wild Cards is based on the sci-fi anthology series edited by George R. R, Martin, best known for writing the “Song of Ice and Fire” novels, on which HBO’s Game of Thrones is based.  Riegel’s husband, Andrew Miller is the showrunner attached to the upcoming series.

On Martin’s website he teases the set-up of the “leaked” video clip:  “This was not supposed to go public.. Everybody (Well, everybody that has been paying attention knows that we are developing two Wild Cards as a series for Hulu  Andrew Miller has taken the reins as showrunner, a writing staff has been hired, and they have been hard at work for months.  What was NOT supposed to be known is how far they’ve come.  Not only have some scripts been finished, but the first show has gone into production and has been shooting.  That was supposed to be a deep dark secret, however.   We wanted to surprise the world. It’s hard to keep secrets in Hollyweird, however.  And now it appears that some of the rough footage has been leaked by person or persons unknown”

Meanwhile, Riegel sent out a series of tweets: “Hooo boy…cat’s out of the bag! Fans, please don’t judge our show based on these leaked videos!! The effects are going to knock your socks off. And my costars, and , are doing the best work of their lives!”  That was followed by, T”hank you for the chance to work with you on your first foray into soaps! I am humbled and honored. We won’t let you down.” And then, “I’m probably not allowed to share this with all the NDAs I signed, but damnit I’m just so proud of the team!  think we are breaking new ground for soaps. So proud to work with you!”

Now below, check out the Wild Cards “leaked footage” and let us know if you think of the …. um … drama! Comment below.  And one more thing … Happy April Fool’s!

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WATCH: All My Children Reunion On Strahan & Sara

On Monday’s episode of ABC’s Strahan & Sara, the show welcomed several stars of the beloved All My Children for a reunion, of sorts. Joining hosts Michael Strahan and Sara Haines were Susan Lucci (Erica), Walt Willey (Jack), Cady McClain (Dixie), Jacob Young (JR) and Jill Larson (Opal).

While it was wonderful to see the stars from Pine Valley again, it was also a painful reminder that this network, ABC, canceled the show, and had put in its place – The Chew, and now Strahan & Sara – since canning the series.   In fact, as you will see on the clips below, many of the crew who work on this talk show were once the crew for All My Children.

During the segment, Susan Lucci was tested to see if she remembered all of Erica Kane’s wedded names.  Later, Walt Willey and Susan re-created the final scene of the ABC version of All My Children between Erica and Jack, where Jack walks out on her.  However, this time, they have Jack changing his mind and coming back to Erica and sealing their relationship with a kiss – a moment of closure that never happened (since the show moved to online via Prospect Park).

In addition, Cady McClain and Jacob Young re-created the infamous Dixie “dying from eating poison pancakes” scene, as JR watches his mother die, only this time she lives.

It’s always great to see these veteran performers, but Strahan & Sara is trying to capture the soap viewers to put eyeballs on their show by bringing in talent from the show that sadly and wrongly went off the air.

Watch the clips below from the All My Children reunion below.  Then, let us know what you thought of it via the comment section below.

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