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Ricky Paull Goldin Joins The Cast & Producing Team of Crystal Chappell's Beacon Hill!

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The casting of Crystal Chappell’s new web series Beacon Hill just keeps getting more intriguing and more intriguing! This afternoon, Chappell announced that daytime favorite, Ricky Paull Goldin (Jesse, B&B, Ex-Jake, AMC, EX-Gus, GL) has been added to the cast in the role of Andrew Miller …  and that’s not all! Ricky is also coming on board as one of the producers of the new web series!

So here is the lowdown on Ricky’s new role of Andrew Miller, according to the Beacon Hill website, “Katherine’s chief of staff is addicted to power. His ambition and underhanded actions may harm Katherine’s upcoming campaign and ruin any chance she may have to reconnect with Sara.”  And as previously reported, Katherine will be played by the one and only Sarah Brown!

Ricky received an onslaught of well-wishes from fans, followers, new and old castmates on Twitter when the news was released of his addition to Beacon Hill.   Goldin tweeted after the fervor, “Thanx 4 all the kind tweets. Made my day.xo Very excited about @BeaconHillWeb & working with amazing cast & crew. “

So what do you think of Ricky Paull joining Crystal Chappell, Louise Sorel, Sarah Brown and God knows who else is the political intrigue and romance of Beacon Hill?   Let us know!

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Utah
Utah

I think im going to like this new web series. Everyone who has been cast so far are ones’ that i have loved on the other soaps. They are terrific actors. This series reminds me of the soaps, Capitol and Loving. Plus with Crystal being on this show…well….you know it will be damn good. Cant wait for it to start!!! When is the launch anyway? Thanks

su0000
su0000

Good for Ricky!!!!!!
web series a Beacon Hill ..
The inter-web has become a very popular place for series/soaps ..
I will give it look-see 🙂

Robert Seganti
Robert Seganti

In my view,Sarah Brown is one of those inexplicably praised and highly over-rated actresses who reap undeserved acclaim from a few while turning the vast majority off.Yet,she keeps getting hired on one soap after another.

JEM
JEM

Hey Robert. I very much agree with you. However…it is not so much the fault of the actress as the fault of the writers and producers. With each soap she is hired on, people talk about what a revelation and how brilliant she was as Carly. But people are forgetting…that initial run for her was almost soap nirvana as ALL the elements aligned…a killer storyline rooted in history, spectacular slow=build writing that enveloped much of the cast, the use of core characters and favvourites, and sensational acting from everyone involved. Since then, however, soaps have repeatedly tried to hire her but they have ALL handed her poorly developed characters, with no ties to anyone on the canvas, and everyone of her other characters has petered out and disappeareed. When given good material, Brown is a good actress, but she is not a soàp saving star power or a one woman show by any means. Writers and producers who hire her have to do their part and stop thinking that just hiring her is going to result in the same magic that happened when she first joined GH in 1996.

Philip Chase
Philip Chase

I definitely want to see this series. When does it debut?

Kate
Kate

Not sure why PP has not signed him up. I liked him on AMC but he is what OLTL needs. OLTL has lost several male actors that could be recast with Ricky. Ricky has the look that the missing OLTL actors had. Just sayin’.

JEM
JEM

I am SO shocked!! A big daytime star who went to Bold and Beautiful had his talent wasted and squandered in a thankless throwaway role?????????? This must be a first!

JEM
JEM

I would like to see if Chappell is capable of producing a quality drama about straight people.

Utah
Utah

She can do anything in my book. I have watched her for years and she is one of the BEST!!!!!

kitty
kitty

Oh, JEM, that’s funny. Did you intend to be funny? Scripted media is more often than not geared towards straight people. And Chappell’s dramas have plenty of “straight” storylines.

Drew
Drew

Super happy that this very talented guy is joining this series. I am very excited to see this show.

P.S. Wow, there are some really negative people in this world 🙂 As my Mom always said, if you don’t have anything nice to say… don’t post it to the internet.

Lew S
Lew S

I agree!

Lew S
Lew S

Online is the way to go today. Bold and the Beautiful doesn’t know what to do with great actors, but hire them with great fanfare, then put them on the back burner. Brad Bell doesn’t have his father” s vision of seeing a great actor and building story around them.

Sandy
Sandy

Ricky played a great role on AMC with Amanda and I was hoping he would return but instead found himself on the B&B playing a miniscule part. Glad he is returning for this new web series as he is worth waiting for.

Deb
Deb

Couldn’t be happier RPG has signed on for this new web series. Especially interested that he’ll also be producing. Stroke of genius on Crystal Chapell’s part. Can’t wait for this and love the idea that RPG will not be playing a romantic hero this time round. Love his edgier side, as when how portrayed early era Gus.

Mo
Mo

Is he coming back to B&B????? Or was that cameo it? A WASTE if so!

shawnie
shawnie

Thank goodness Ricky is not some stuck up actor who thinks he’s above making cameo appearances. I enjoyed his little stint on the B&B and I hope he makes more cameo appearances on the B&B, his humbleness is very appealing.

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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.

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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,

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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”

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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.

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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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