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Soap Opera Showdown! Y&R Knocked Out In First Round! Vote Today In Best Soap Of All-Time Tournament!

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The Young and the Restless was voted out in the first round of Parade Magazine’s Soap Opera Showdown tournament, where fans vote for which soaps move through the tournament bracket to face-off for the finals.

Parade.com chose 16 of the greatest soaps of all-time to compete.  Each day the voting continues which kicked off yesterday! And in the opening round, As the World Turns bested Y&R and will continue on as voting continues today in the second round!

The next round of voting—which will select the semi-finalists—is now open and will run until 11:59 p.m. ET Monday night. The semi-finals and finals will run along the same timeline on Tuesday and Wednesday until the winner is revealed Thursday morning!

So today it’s General Hospital vs. All My Children, One Life to Live vs. As the World Turns, The Bold and the Beautiful vs. Days of our Lives and Guiding Light vs. Ryan’s Hope.   One of those 8 soaps will be crowned champion!

So, who do you think should win the tournament and be crowned Best Soap Opera of All-Time?  Let us know!

 

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Ann
Ann

My best soap of all time wasn’t even a choice but it should be – PORT CHARLES!

Christy
Christy

no, DARK SHADOWS! 😀

Logans mom
Logans mom

Y&R true fan forever.

Janet
Janet

No General Hospital… ..

Laura Coppola
Laura Coppola

ALL MY CHILDREN !!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

My favorite soaps of all time were no.1, Dark Shadows, no.2, The Edge of Night, no.3, Another World(1970s), no. 4, Days OF Our Lives, no. 5, ties with Santa Barbara and Passions, no.6, General Hospital, no. 7, ties with ATWT, AMC and OLTL, no. 8, Ryans Hope, no. 9, The Doctors, no.1O, ties with Guilding Light, Strange Paradise, and the British imports of Upstairs, Downstairs, Coranation Street, and now Downtown Abbey…i also like Somerset, Return To Peyton Place, Sunset Beach, Love of Life and Search For Tomorrow, Generations, Bright Promise, The Secret Storm and a few others…i always loved the soaps since the age of 4!!!

gloria
gloria

I loved most of these myself & have watched soaps my entire life! Do you remember the one called Where the Heart is? (late ’60s)

gloria
gloria

And what about Love is A Many Splendored Thing with Leslie Charleson & Donna Mills!

Lin
Lin

I loved that show back in the day.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I did briefly see Love Is A Many Splendored Thing but i never watched Where The Heart Is…back in those days i was always switching channels to watch soaps with so many opposite each other…no vcr or cable to record to watch later…but the 60s and 70s ill always consider the best era for soaps…the stories were far better and so many soaps to choose…i also watched the funniest soap of all that i forgot to put in my top ten list, Mary Hartman, that also should be at no.2 for me!!!

Bill
Bill

“Dark Shadows,” but it didn’t even make the bracket! Here’s hoping “Edge of Night” will pull an upset!

Shirley A Miller
Shirley A Miller

I personally believe that General Hospital should be voted Best Soap of All Time, with All My Children a close second!!!!!!

Janet
Janet

I agree with you

Shirley A Miller
Shirley A Miller

Thanks, Janet, glad you like GH and AMC also!!!!!

Casey
Casey

I would pick As The World Turns. ATWT always had something juicy for everyone to sink their teeth into. Whether it was Luke and Noah, funny lines from Henry, drama from Carly and Jack, or even the many back from the dead storylines that the character of James Steinbeck had. I only watched ATWT from 2008 to 2010. But I could see that this wonderful and powerful soap opera had something for everyone!

mmc
mmc

ATWT…..there will never be a soap that had everything…& some of the best actors around.& the first gay storyline with Lukes’story.A strong sense of family, friendships,love, heartache, villians, kpokie characters, etc.I still miss it .It will always be #1 with me

louisa
louisa

One Life to Live!

Debby Singer
Debby Singer

Yes !!

Debby Singer
Debby Singer

OLTL
AMC
GH
RH
Y&R

Phil
Phil

Guiding Light!!!!!

Paulette Patterson
Paulette Patterson

General Hospital and Days1

Yolanda Arenas
Yolanda Arenas

OLTL is and always will be #1

ALB
ALB

1. GH
2. GL
3. DAYS
4. ATWT
5. Port Charles

Ana
Ana

Y&R pay attention as a former fan ,you better start doing whats best for the soap opera ,if not you will go down the drain,and i was a hard core fan ,for many reaon! Am truly sad of the events of the past few weeks ,

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

Days of our Lives has honored the legacy of Bill Bell more than Y&R has!

Janet
Janet

Lately, DOOL puts me to sleeps… I love GH

Ana
Ana

To be voted out and being the # 1 for how many years ,you would of think wouldnt go in the first round… Pay attention executives of the show its the fans telling you something and to the writters for the love of God pick a flipping story line and stick with it ,how do i know since i stop watching it? Read the twitters and fans letters

su0000
su0000

weeeeellllllll

The Young & Restless has always had the most viewers but has never been the best soap ..

General Hospital #1 ….

Janet
Janet

Yes General Hospital # 1

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

That’s a very tough choice. Have loved, and lost, so many in my lifetime. Dark Shadows was my first soap love, but OLTL is the one I considered “my soap” for the longest and most consistently. Really tough, but makes me realize how lucky I have been to enjoy so much great entertainment over a lifetime. Daytime and primetime, soaps will ALWAYS be part of my experience.

Thanks for bringing back those memories, Mr. Fairman.

su0000
su0000

I have to say;
The Edge of Night
Ryans Hope
Guilding Light
Search For Tomorrow
The Secret Storm
and many others, HUH never seen any..
Think my great grandma had liked them or some such thing

good grief who would even recall watching them..
The newer viewers, past 20yrs, would have never even heard of 70% of those soaps to vote on them LOL 🙁

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I recall them but then again im an old geezer who has watched soaps since 1964!…lol, you really missed some of the best moments in daytime…glad i was there!!!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I recall all of those to some degree and I’m not an old geezer. I still fall in the 18-49 demo. Glad I was there too. Especially for The Edge of Night and Ryan’s Hope. I can still hear their opening themes in my head as I type their names. lol.

Jeff
Jeff

General Hospital, followed by Another World and Days.

SUSAN M.
SUSAN M.

One Life To Live (best soap), GH (second best), AMC(third best).. I started watching these three soaps with my Mom and never changed. And still watch GH and don’t watch any other soaps but this one now… I always preferred LLanview,PA…

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I miss our friends in Llanview.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Had to reply here to you about Edge Of Night…i dont know if you have gone on utube or not but someone has created some really interesting newer openings for E.O.N. of what it might be like had the show been on in 2006, 2008, and 2010…i dont know if i got those years right but they should be easy to find…if you havent seen them check it out…Edge is a soap id like to see one of the networks revive as a primetime series!!!(By the way ive long passed that 18 to 49 demo but i guess men never much count when it comes to soaps…its always female demo…lol)

Angela
Angela

General Hospital vs. The Bold and The Beautiful. With General Hospital crowned as the Best Soap

Jules
Jules

ATWT and DAYS!

Derek
Derek

As the world turns!

Karen
Karen

Guiding Light forever!

B.J.
B.J.

I can’t decide between GL and ATWT. I would be happy if either one of them was voted best soap. I watched them for more years than I want to say. 🙂

jonboy
jonboy

Bizarre that the two currently highest rated shows are doing the worst here.

Matthew
Matthew

Hands down General Hospital is the best Soap Opera of all-time! No question!

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

A timeless classic…Days of our Lives…The sands continue to trickle.

SteveS
SteveS

Hands down best was All My Children, followed by As the World Turns and Ryan’s Hope!

Cherie
Cherie

AMC. OLTL. B/B. RYAN’S HOPE.

Edna Barefoot
Edna Barefoot

THE #1 SOAP WAS & IS ONE LIFE TO LIVE

SUSAN M.
SUSAN M.

Ditto! Llanview, PA. !

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I agree!

gloria
gloria

This is so hard. Growing up I watched whatever whoever I was with watched, i.e. my great-grandmother loved Days, my grandmother loved ATWT, Mama watched OLTL, my great-aunt GL, you get the picture. I watched & loved all of them. In the 80s, I was ABC, switched to CBS in the 90s & damned if I didn’t watch everything from 2001 to date! Hard to juggle but I did it & I miss the ones that we’ve lost.

Barbara from Atlanta
Barbara from Atlanta

ATWT and I am NOT referring to the later years with Luke, Janet and the rest. I am thinking of the decades of the trials and tribulations of the Hughes, the Stewarts, and the Snyders with healthy doses of the scheming and selfish actions of Lisa and Lucinda.

Robert Seganti
Robert Seganti

As the World Turns was the top-rated soap opera for many,many years.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Why do media people always pit soaps against each other as if there has to be a competition? The best soap is whatever soap you most enjoy watching, plain and simple. I have watched many over the years, and I had my favorites, but I never thought one soap was better over the other– and this particular “contest” is pointless because you could get a totally different results if certain soaps were pitted against a different soap in the match ups. This will not determine the all time greatest soap just like dancing with stars doesn’t determine the best dancer–

Jack Evans
Jack Evans

Good point and well stated, Mary.
My all time favorite is ALL MY CHILDREN but that doesn’t mean just because I don’t have time to follow each show that I think one is better than another. I currently watch Days because at least it is dished out in true Soap fashion.

Truth Detective
Truth Detective

#1 is As The Wold Turns followed by General Hospital, then All My Children, and finally Guiding Light. Days of Our Lives comes in fifth.

Janet
Janet

General Hospital, without a doubt….. I love Dante

Robert Seganti
Robert Seganti

The Edge of Night.

Patrick
Patrick

#1. As the World Turns
#2. Days of OUR Lives
#3. All My Children
#4. Another World
5. Guiding Light

PatF
PatF

The poll is flawed. After Day 2, you can see the pattern of fans voting the other strongest shows out of their brackets. YR was taken out on Day 1, GH on Day 2. You’ll most likely see the disgruntled GH fans vote against Days today.

A lot of soaps didn’t even get put into the brackets.

The biggest system flaw is that you can vote several hundred times a day, again using those votes against other potential bracket winners.

Silly.

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

Y&R is flawed. Ask Eileen Davidson which soap is the all time best…Days of our Lives.

PatF
PatF

Oh 4evah girl, you back again…

Firstly congrats to Days for being picked up. You’ll be able to watch for another couple of years! Did you see YR will be on at least thru 2017? I bet that puts some bounce in your step!

And I’m sure ED is as thrilled as I am that she’s back on Days. Although we both know since she got her start on YR back in ’82, that she’ll always love her first home.

Enjoy 2014.

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

I am a man, a man I am. A man that loves to see Eileen flourish on a show worthy of her talent, a talent to big to be wasted on a show that is sinking. Y&R has high numbers and low values in front of and behind the camera. DAYS will showcase her talent in a few roles if need be. The fans will be mesmerized once again!!! DAYS scores again!!! Join us.

PatF
PatF

You am man, hear you roar! Follow The Path! Follow The Path! (Bad grammar intentional)

-Ian Ward

Rebecca Poertner
Rebecca Poertner

ALL MY CHILDREN

Barbara Wilson
Barbara Wilson

Y&R has always been my favourite & still is.

PatF
PatF

So as for my all time favorites I’ll go with YR, ATWT, BB, and Days (up until about 77/78)

Other great shows over the years are Somerset, The Doctors, Secret Storm, Another World, Love of Life, Edge of Night, Guiding Light, and Search For Tomorrow.

And since they strayed too far from the genre at times, I have to name Passions, General Hospital, Port Charles, Sunset Beach and sometimes Days as the worst. Sorry but soap opera (for me) is not talking dolls, Ice Princesses, and aliens and possessions. I guess throw Dark Shadows into that as well.

Katie
Katie

i think it’s hilarious that 3 of the final 4 are off the air….

PatF
PatF

Me too. And the last one that’s not has the lowest ratings of the four.

Fran
Fran

Oh my gosh was there ever a better soap than ” Another World” I was a loyal viewer until it went off the air. Once the wonderful Douglas Watson (Mac Cory) died in real life the show just didn’t have the same feeling.

abinthesky
abinthesky

Old as the world turns and guiding light— take your pick…

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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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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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