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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?

kmd8604
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kmd8604

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

sondra
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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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All My Children Alums to Appear in E!’s New Series, ‘Reunion Road Trip’

All My Children is having a bit of a renaissance of late. First with the previously announced primetime series in development, Pine Valley, and now a new series on E! Entertainment Television.

Coming up on the June 10th episode, which kicks-off the new show, Reunion Road Trip, several of your favorites from AMC are part of the first episode.

Look for Rebecca Budig (Ex-Greenlee), Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria), Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan), and Jacob Young (Ex-JR) along with Alicia Minshew (Ex- Debbi Morgan (Ex-Angie), Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley), and Darnell Williams (Ex-Jesse), to appear.

According to EW.com, who broke the news, viewers can look for Budig, LaRue, Mathison, Young, to come together at an exclusive Hollywood mansion to celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary where they get some surprise visitors in the form of Minshew, Morgan, Ripa, and Williams.

Reunion Road Trip airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT with other episodes to feature the former casts of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, A Different World and Scrubs.

So, looking forward to seeing the Pine Valley crew on Reunion Road Trip? Comment below.

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All My Children Alum Finn Wittrock To Headline ‘Green Lantern’

From Pine Valley to the DC Universe! Now comes word that former All My Children star, Finn Wittrock (Ex-Damon Miller) will take on the role of Guy Gardner/Green Latern on the upcoming HBO Max series, Green Lantern from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Brothers Television.

According to Deadline who dropped the casting news, Wittrock’s Guy Gardner/Green Lantern is “a hulking mass of masculinity, and, as rendered in the comics, an embodiment of 1980s hyper-patriotism. And yet, Guy is somehow likable.”

In the premise of the series, Green Lantern reinvents the classic DC property through a story spanning decades and galaxies, beginning on Earth in 1941 with the very first Green Lantern, secretly gay FBI agent Alan Scott, and 1984, with cocky alpha male Guy Gardner (Wittrock) and half-alien Bree Jarta. They’ll be joined by a multitude of other Lanterns — from comic book favorites to never-before-seen heroes.”

Previously, Finn received Emmy nominations for his work on American Horror Story: Freak Show and for Versace: American Crime Story.

So what do you think of Finn’s new role? Comment below.

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All My Children Alum Cornelius Smith Jr. Joins the Cast of Apple TV+ Limited Series, ‘Five Days At Memorial’

Daytime fans remember him fondly as the son of Jesse (Darnell Williams) and Angie Hubbard (Debbi Morgan), Frankie, on All My Children.  And now, actor Cornelius Smith Jr., is set to join a major limited series based on the acclaimed nonfiction book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sheri Fink, about the the first five days following Hurricane Katrina made landfall entitled Five Days at Memorial.

Written by John Ridley and Carlton Cruse, Smith will play a doctor, (something he is very familiar with playing since Frankie Hubbard was a doctor in Pine Valley!) named Dr. Bryant King, an internist and one of the few doctors of color at the hospital, who finds himself very much in the middle of the crisis.  He will headline the show alongside Vera Farmiga and Adepero Oduye.

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The series will stream on Apple TV+, and no word yet as to when it will have its debut following its filming.

 

Since his time on All My Children, Smith has appeared on ABC’s Scandal, and had recurring roles on God Friended MeSelf Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker and Manhunt.

Deadline broke the casting news.

So, looking forward to seeing Cornelius back on our screens? Do you remember his work as Dr. Frankie Hubbard on All My Children? Comment below.

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