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SOAP LIFE Documentary Feature Trailer Released – Watch The Video!

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Courtesy/SOAPLife

The documentary feature SOAP LIFE  tells the story of the passion of the soap opera genre from the actors, producer and writers, journalists and fans perspective in a very unique way that has never been seen before. For more on the film visit their website!

In the SOAP LIFE teaser promo press release it states, “Once a cornerstone of network television, the American soap opera has fallen on hard times and cancellations. In the feature-length documentary SOAP LIFE, producers John Grossman and Matthew D’Amato attempt to find out why, with millions of viewers, these icons of American culture are disappearing from the television landscape. SOAP LIFE features interviews with actors, directors, producers, writers, and fans to get their perspective on the changing face of daytime television.”

After the jump watch ATWT’s Eileen Fulton, AMC’s Julia Barr, Francesca James, Jill Larson, General Hospital’s Bradford Anderson and Derk Cheetwood, and many more, give their perspective of what has happened to the genre in the last several years and why.  Then, let us know what you think of the trailer? Does it pique your interest?  Would you like to see the entire documentary? 

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jimh
jimh

When i was growing up in the 1960s there were over a dozen soaps to choose from plus a nice There was a great variety in daytime…and none of the soaps felt the same. General Hospital and The Doctors were medical dramas…some of it was so real people wrote in for medical advice! Edge Of Night was daytimes answer to Perry Mason…courtroom drama with lots of crimes and mysteries! Dark Shadows was the late afternoon gothic horror soap about vampires, witches and werewolves! Strange Paradise was about a wealthy man who used black magic to bring his wife back from the dead with disasterous results…she had to kill to stay alive! And then there were the family oriented soaps of Days Of Our Lives with the Hortons, Another World with the Mathews, As The World Turns with the Hughes, Guilding Light with the Bauers and One Life To Live with different families of ethnic backgrounds! So many great writers and wonderful actors and storylines! This was the best decade for soaps ever and im glad i was part of it! Todays daytime is all talk, and not enough action!

jimh
jimh

Finally out of the hospital and catching up with my soaps! Thanks to my friends K.W. and J.T.W. for watching things for me!

jimh
jimh

plus a nice selection of game shows and there was only three networks and a few other stations, and it was all free! Primetime had comedy, variety shows, science fiction westerns, Peyton Place and so much more! Far less news and talk shows and i not much in the reality department except for documentaries but even those were entertaining!(some how this part of my comments ended up missing when i posted! Dang it!)

jimh
jimh

Plus we needed all this overuse of cussing, sex and nudity, or any gory violence to be entertained! It was all fun and entertaining that the whole family could sit together and watch, and for many hours a day we were able to escape the problems of the real world! TV,cable and online shows have some really good entertaining offerings but none are as great as the good old days of television…the 1960s!

jimh
jimh

didnt need i meant to say…

Rich
Rich

With these shows no longer bound by FCC/network content restrictions,they’re becoming more realistic. And that includes stronger language than we usually hear on daytime tv,without the bleeps.

It’s because it’s coming from mouths of people we’ve all grown up with on tv that’s shocking to long time viewers. The characters are finally getting the chance to say and do things they never got to on ABC.

I,for one,welcome these changes and will keep watching until it’s,god forbid,cancelled again.

kim
kim

Rich…i wasnt judging the new reboots…i was in the hospital and havent seen them yet…my comments was just mainly about 1960s tv including daytime! Daytime was so much better back then because we were lucky to have more choices on way fewer stations compared to whats offered today and it was free!

kim
kim

my friend jim was in the hospital i meant to say…hes recovering from a little stroke and has had some difficulty typing this out so im helping him. He hasnt seen the episodes yet but me and my husband told him about them…he’ll be watching the reboots later today!

heidi
heidi

YES!!! I would love to see the entire documentary!!! It looks great!

heidi
heidi

When is it going to be available?

Rodd
Rodd

This is extremely interesting. I hope that we will hear more about it and how we can see it. I’m sure any soap fan would be interested in seeing it. Thank you, Michael, for bring it to our attention.

su0000
su0000

Go to their Facebook the link was on their page..

su0000
su0000

The FaceBook is very inserting..
I wish that someday Dark Shadows, will be reanimated!!

With shows busting the chart with stories of ”
”Walking Dad” and ”Vampires”, I think Dark shadows would do well..

su0000
su0000

To be ”Walking Dead” not Dad .. Keyboard is sooo tiny..

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

Absolutely. I would love to see the entire documentary.

su0000
su0000

Spin/Bradford Anderson is sexy-handsome with his glasses on..
He should wear them all the time on GH ..
lookin very cool .

Christy
Christy

wow! this is more like the stuff I was hoping Friday’s OLTL “More” would be like. Are you listening PP?

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Cameron Mathison Reveals Cancer Diagnosis and Shares Heartfelt Message

One of our the best guys we know, Cameron Mathison (co-host, Home & Family and Ex-Ryan Lavery, All My Children), revealed over the last 24 hours that he has been diagnosed with Renal Cell Carcinoma – kidney cancer, but treatment for him will be underway and the prognosis is good.

Cameron first shared the news on Monday’s Home & Family in a special announcement enlightening viewers on his health condition (watch video below) and later took to his Instagram and social media to share more details.   Of note: Mathison’s healthy lifestyle has indeed helped, and shown, that his cancer has not spread.

In addition, Mathison wrote: “About a month ago, I had an MRI for some gut issues I’ve been having, and during that MRI they fd a tumor on my right kidney. It’s consistent with Renal Cell Carcinoma … or kidney cancer. The good news is that it hasn’t spread to any other organs🙏🏼 They say my healthy lifestyle and diet has no doubt helped keep it from growing and spreading to other areas, as doctors think it’s been growing in me for minimum 10 years🙏🏼. I am extremely lucky that we found it early.” He thanked his doctor and his family, saying, “[wife] Vanessa, [kids] Lucas and Leila have been absolutely amazing with their love and support… as have my mom, dad, brother, and everyone at Home and Family, Hallmark, and ET❤️ My surgery is scheduled on September 12th, I was hoping to receive positive thoughts, prayers, or whatever you feel comfortable with, on 9/12 (my surgery is at 1pm PST) 🙏🏼.” He concluded, “Feeling very grateful and optimistic!”

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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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