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Soap Opera Digest & Weekly expected to slash their staff in half!

The New York Post this morning is signaling further proof that the end of soap operas as we have known it is coming to a close, with the cancellations yesterday of All My Children and One Life to Live, the seismic shift also produced some major upheavals in the publishing world.  For most of the 70 employees now on board at the New York-based titles of Soap Opera Digest and Soap Opera Weekly, it is expected to be pink slip time.

Source Interlink, which publishes both soap titles Soap Opera Digest and Soap Opera Weekly, is cutting staff and turning over the magazines’ operations to National Enquirer and Shape owner American Media Inc. on a licensing deal.   AMI is expected to offer jobs to less than half the current employees.

The two magazines now have combined circulation of around 650,000 — 500,000 for the now monthly Soap Opera Digest and 150,00 for Soap Opera Weekly. With the empty pockets at checkout counters, insiders said AMI is already working on a newsstand special on reality-TV shows, covering Kim Kardashian and shows such as Housewives of Orange County.

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Brian T
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Brian T

Wow, I have bought SOD since I was a teenager and used to collect all of them for the covers. I saw this coming too. How can you write a magazine about just a handfull of soaps?

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kmd8604

This is awful. Such a bad bad bad decision to cancel these shows. The repercussions is astounding!

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sondra

I have subscribed to SOD for several years now. However, before yesterdays announcement I had not planned on renewing my subscription this year. The reason is because the magazine is always available at the grocery before I received mine and sometimes I don’t even get it until the next week. Very poor customer service.

Meghan
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Meghan

So Soap opera Digest and Soap Opera Weekly won’t come out at all as of Janurary 2012. Is this what I take from this article?

lew
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lew

It continues to get worse!!! A great day for me will be when it is announced that there has been a major upheaval at the head of daytime programming at ABC (Disney)

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brothasoap

I read this story when first published by The Post and thought they made a mistake by noting that Soap Oprea Digest was now published monthly. I subscribe, and as far as I know, the magizine is published weekly. Did I miss an announcement about the change? Was the news story supposed to be it?

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Kelly Ripa’s First Book On the Way in 2022

Former All My Children star, now co-host of Live with Kelly and Ryan and a successful executive producer in her own right, Kelly Ripa, will add writer to her list of credits.

New this week is that Ripa is sharing a look at her real-life in a book, that will be released next spring in April of 2022.

According to the intel, the book entitled Live Wire will feature sharp, funny, and honest collection of real-life stories from Ripa, showing the many dimensions and crackling wit of the beloved daytime talk show host.

As soap fans know, Ripa has been married to Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo, AMC) and the two share three children together.

The loglines for the release share: “In Live Wire, Kelly shows what really makes her tick. As a professional, as a wife, as a daughter and as a mother, she brings a hard-earned wisdom and an eye for the absurdity of life to every minute of every day. It is her relatability in all of these roles that has earned her fans worldwide and millions of followers on social media. Whether recounting how she and Mark really met, the level of chauvinism she experienced on set, how Jersey Pride follows her wherever she goes, and many, many moments of utter mortification (whence she proves that you cannot, in fact, die of embarrassment) Kelly always tells it like it is. Ms. Ripa takes no prisoners.
Surprising, at times savage, a little shameless and always with humor… Live Wire shows Kelly as she really is offscreen—a very wise woman who has something to say.”

So intrigued to read Kelly’s book when it is released next year? Comment below.

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All My Children Stars and Eileen Davidson On New Episode of Virtual Game Show “Soap Opera Know-It-All”

Imagine being in the hot seat and having some of your soap opera favorites trying to stump you with trivia, while trying to best your competition.  Well, that’s what four contestants faced as they battled it out in the ultimate soap trivia game, Soap Opera Know-It-All.

The Michael Fairman Channel just released its fifth episode of its season, where in round one of the game play, stars from the beloved All My Children served up the questions including: Cady McClain (Ex-Dixie), Jill Larson (Ex-Opal), Lindsay Korman-Hartley (Ex-Cara), Vincent Irizarry (Ex-David) and Jacob Young (Ex-Y&R).  In addition, the former cast members from Pine Valley also try to stump viewers at home with some additional character-related questions.

Later in the episode, there is a very special appearance by Eileen Davidson (Y&R, Ex-Days, Santa Barbara and B&B).  It is Eileen who reveals and asks the final question of the game to determine the eventual winner.

For this edition, host Michael Fairman welcomed longtime soap fans: Michael Cochran, Sean McKinley, and Robert Davis along with returning champion, David Bursky for this soap deep-dive competition.

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Trivia questions from the following daytime and primetime soaps were put to the players during the game: All My Children, As the World Turns, Dark Shadows, General Hospital, Knots Landing, Sunset Beach, Days of our Lives, Dynasty, Edge of Night, One Life to Live, Port Charles and The Young and the Restless.

As the series moves through its now back-half of the season, the winning contestant must defeat the competition for the right to move on to the next episode to face three more challengers all in pursuit of the “Know-It-All” title with special soap-related prizes along the way.

Watch the episode below and make sure to subscribe to the Michael Fairman Channel for more interviews, music and more.

Now let us know, did you get most of the answers correct? Which question stumped you all the way? Comment below.

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Jacob Young, Brytni Sarpy and Jason Cook Working on New Film, ‘Four For Fun’

Check this out! Soap veteran and Daytime Emmy-winner Jacob Young (Ex-AMC, B&B and GH) is producing his first film, that movie is written by and being directed by former Days of our Lives and General Hospital star, Jason Cook.

Now comes word via Instagram that Y&R’s Brytni Sarpy (Elena) is also part of the cast in the indie film, Four For Fun.

Sarpy shared on Instagram “We had all the fun. Love you all. Can’t wait to see this baby fly… 🖤✨🎬 #FourForFun

Meanwhile, Young posted on IG “Producing a movie is no easy task. Films like this are only possible when everyone’s artistic passions are intact and on point. I have to say @brytni @annikafoster @probably_donovan_patton absolutely slayed it (no pun intended) Cast by the one and only @paulruddycasting ! So proud to act with such a talented cast. I’m also incredibly excited to call this the first full-length film I’ve produced on. We couldn’t have done it without the incredible writing, directing, and relentless vision of Jason Cook! Here’s to big things team! More to come!”

The new film also features Annika Foster (Lifetime’s Burning Little Lies) and former Blue’s Clues host Donovan Patton.

Check out the posts from Brytni and Jacob below!

So, are you intrigued to see this film when it makes its debut? Comment below.

 

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