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Soap Fans Protest at ABC's Upfront Presentation to Advertisers in NYC today!

Courtesy/EW.com

Courtesy/EW.com

UPDATE: On-Air On-Soaps has now confirmed that 50 plus fans were mobilized and attended the scheduled soap protest at ABC’s Upfront Presentation of their fall new line-up to elite advertisers this afternoon at Lincoln Center in New York City.  Mainstream coverage of their efforts appeared today at The Wrap, EW.com and the Hollywood Reporter. Daytime Emmy nominee and the former star of As the World Turns, Colleen Zenk joined the soap opera protesters.  In addition, so did One Life to Live’s, Ilene Kristen and renowned soap journalist, Mimi Torchin.

According to EW.com, “Armed with signs (“Screw The Chew” and “Save our soaps,” among them), a bullhorn, and an arsenal of quippy chants, the hardcore soap fans stood outside for the length of the two-hour presentation, hoping to bring attention to their cause. “We’re trying to make a point to the advertisers that we’re not going to be watching the new shows, and we want our soaps to stay on the air,” protestor Susan Hoffman of New York. “No one wants to watch The Chew. That’s the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard. What we’re trying to say is that us, as soap viewers, are not going to watch a cooking show or a weight loss show in the afternoon. That’s not something we’re going to DVR and watch in the evening.”

Shawn Brady, a former CBS News producer who just moved from Los Angeles to New York, helped organize the protest by forming the group Soap Fans United with people he met on Twitter.  Brady spoke with The Wrap. “If we don’t save these two, General Hospital may be next. An art form is being killed.”

Hollywood Reporter noted, “The demonstration was organized by SoapFansUnited.com. In a leaflet, the organization urged advertisers to “consider carefully whether ABC/Disney’s strategy will increase your company’s revenue or create consumer loyalty toward your products. Your consumers see ABC/Disney’s move to new daytime programming for what it is — glorified infomercials appropriate for late-night basic cable channels, not for a major broadcast network.”  An organizer with a bullhorn led the faithful in chants: “We want soaps. We want soaps. No more reality. No more talk” and “Don’t flush our soaps away.”

So, what are your thoughts on today’s turn out and this groups dedication to their fight to keep soaps alive?

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Susan Hoffman
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Susan Hoffman

There were actually closer to 50 total. And like someone just tweeted… Soap Rallies r like Nielson Ratings…every 1 person present represents a few 100,000 HHs. U believe them; believe us! ;o)

moneek
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moneek

Perfect!….Save the soaps! We don’t want the cheap Substitutes offered

Jason
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Jason

Frons and ABC need to see that we are ot going to back down. I love that people are doing this.

Marsha
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Marsha

I wish I could have traveled from Ohio to NY for the protest. Not because I wanted to be seen in the press, but rather, because I want ABC to see we are serious. ABC execs seem to think, our DVR’s are responsible for the decline in ratings. What they don’t understand is we will not DVR a cooking or make over show. But we DO DVR/VHS/DVD our soaps…because that’s what we want to see. Take our soaps off the air, the advertisers will be throwing money away because no one will be watching or recording those shows, nor will… Read more »

Brooke
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Brooke

My understanding from those who participated was that there were a total of 50 + protesters who attended and that came and went, but there were at least 30 protesters present at any given time.

Karen McHugh
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Karen McHugh

Like Susan said above, each one of the protestors present represents 100,000 viewers…we hate The Chew and we hate Revolution and will not watch, DVR or support ABC Disney or their sponsors. Sick of being disrespected by ABC!

sadie soaper
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sadie soaper

And don’t forget the thousands of fans (like me) working behind the scenes making phone calls, writing emails, snail mail, tweeting and facebooking.

Cole
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Cole

It is such a great thing to see us all standing United! ABC has truly opened Pandora’s Box with this round of cancellations. From soaps to sitcoms to prime time soaps, they have a whole lot of angry fans on their hands!

Mary Lou DeVriendt
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Mary Lou DeVriendt

“glorified infomercials appropriate for late-night basic cable channels, not for a major broadcast network.” That really says it. ABC and the sponsors need to wise up. No one is going to watch the shows replacing our beloved soaps, and sponsors will be throwing their money away.

Karen McClain
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Karen McClain

ABC has become cheap! Cancelled soaps, cancelled night-time dramas, and then 2 hours of nothingness on Dancing with the Stars tonight. I am SO disgusted by the decision makers at the ABC network. Thank goodness there are so many OTHER networks to watch.

realist
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realist

While I have been a soap opera fan, and believe GH should have been canceled before OLTL, at the end of the day its just business. If the network and sponsors and advetisers are losing money, that’s what’s going todrive their decisions. Because of the low ratings. Shows like DWTS because the ratings and publicity it gains is one of the best of all of ABC. 50 people is not going to convince people, deals have been made already but due to cheaper production costs of reality TV… If you are not bringing in the ratings, it is a waste… Read more »

Xanna Don't
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Xanna Don't

I sent a proposal to ABC Family asking them to acquire the shows as ABC’s sister network. The ratings–as they exist now–are more than viable for cable and ABC Family could use the original programming. But until Neilsen changes the way they tabulate viewers (they only take into account if you DVR’d and watched it THAT DAY, not two or more days later) the numbers will be off. ABC is actually selling advertising based on these untrue, lower numbers. That’s a poor business decision.

Andrea Dawson
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Andrea Dawson

I do not want to see the soaps go. I will not watch abc at all after this. sos

leah
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leah

i heard that some of the advertiser where taking pictures of the protesters with their cell phones… i wonder what that means

Paul Desiderio
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Paul Desiderio

Please keep me posted on any upcoming protests. I was planning on going yesterday but i was I’n the hospital for 2 days. I will get involved and do whatever it takes.

Max
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Max

Everyone, please contact the advertisers to pull their ads, local stations, and owners of Disney stock to until ABC changes this. ABC is destroying an art form and industry. While ABC may be saving a few $ on an hour or two of tv, there are other costs. Soaps are a place that talent is developed. Look at how many money making shows ABC has with AMC/OLTL talent: DWTS, D Housewives, Castle are just a few. Advertisers will loose over 5 million fans + their families, friends, & coworkers who will economically punish anything associated with the new shows. Its… Read more »

todd
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todd

I, like so many here, have been devastated by the cancellation of OLTL. It has been my favorite show since 1987. I hardly miss an episode. I am a 42 year old gay male in NYC. I no longer can watch during the day, except on the rare occasion that I am off, so I watch on ABC.com, or any other way I can view it. When it was announced, my friends all got in contact with and were supportive of my loss. They knew how important it was to me. I have been able to get many people (men,… Read more »

Peggy
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Peggy

Many fans, not in NYC able to hit the streets, still supported the protest with phone calls. It’s more than just saving iconic shows that are beloved by millions of fans for over 40 years. It’s about having a voice in the programming that we watch. The media is becoming more and more Orwellian, they are dumbing down America with all this reality crap. Anyone over the age of 49 does not have a voice in programing, even though that age group is the largest percent of the population and has the most disposable income. It’s discriminatory! I urge anyone… Read more »

PaulaKate Prince-Meserole
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PaulaKate Prince-Meserole

“As We fight to keep One Life To Live and All my Children on the air, We are fighting with all our hearts to keep a unique American Tradition alive: The Drama, The Dance, The Music, The Art, of the American Soap Opera.”

PaulaKate Prince-Meserole
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PaulaKate Prince-Meserole

I urge you one and all to contact your local ABC Affiliates and tell them ” without our soaps there would be no reason at all to tune to ABC Daytime.” And in case you are wondering how this could work think back to the “Tonight Show” debacle…it was the Affiliates that got Jay Leno back on the Tonight Show because fans just tuned out. (No offense to Conan.) In the end it’s all about the bottom line….so lets hit them where it will make the only “impression” they will understand…..their pocketbook. Eschew “The Chew”… Ignore “The Revolution and Avoid… Read more »

Barbara
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Barbara

If I want to watch a cooking show then i will watch the cooking channel. I have not watched my soaps replacement nor do I ever intend to. What is ABC thinking? The only time I ever watched ABC was when my soaps were on and now I have no reason to watch ABC at all and I’m sure I am not the only one not watching. Stupid decision to cancel our soaps. A decision that ABC will regret!

Cathleen Bircher
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Cathleen Bircher

I totally agree we have tOo many reality shows all day long, too many cooking shows, too many talk shoes, its enough. Why can’t we have a sliver of entertainment in our lives during the afternoons. I love the way I can get cought up into the romance, danger, stupidity at times lol, drama, fantasy, action, and the comedy. It’s an escape from our own problems or bordom in our ordinary lives. I have been distracted by my own pain in my life at times by watching something so funny I find myself laughing instead of crying and I feel… Read more »

Cathleen Bircher
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Cathleen Bircher

I stoped watching ABC at noon because they took off All My Children and today I stoped watching ABC at 1pm because they took off One Life to Live. The only time I watch ABC during the day now is at 2pm when General Hospital is one and at 3pm when Dr. Oz is on. If they ever take off General Hosptial I will not be watching it in the afternoon at all. ABC is making a big mistake. I think if I want to watching a cooking show I will watch the cooking chanel and if I want to… Read more »

robin
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robin

I have not watched ABC since they removed All My Children. I will not watch any of their programing any longer. I tell everyone I know to boycott ABC. I was a loyal fan of the soaps for 35 years. I know my one little vote doesnt matter but I know that there are many people out there with the same opinion and maybe all our opinions combined can make a difference. I urge everyone to email and blog about it. ABC will not be watched at my home until the soaps are returned.

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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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