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Soap Vet Anthony Addabbo Dead At 56; Co-Stars Winsor Harmon, Kristoff St. John & Tracey E. Bregman Share Remembrances

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The soap world lost yet another colleague on Wednesday with the news of the passing of actor Anthony Addabbo at the age of 56.  Addabbo was a soap veteran who appeared on numerous daytime dramas and roles including: Generations (Jason), The Bold and the Beautiful (Rush), Guiding Light (Jim) and All My Children (Dimitri).

Winsor Harmon (Thorne) of The Bold and the Beautiful shared the news of Anthony’s passing relating via a facebook post: “Today we lost a damn good man a father and great actor .. We shared many glasses of Vino Rosso together brother.  I’ll never forget how excited you were to land B&B. By the way you still owe me that lobster dinner. I’ll collect next time I see ya.  We will miss you, my dear friend. RIP. I know you’re walking the streets of gold bringing joy to the angels as you did here on Earth. God bless you, man. Love and miss you, brother.”

Tracey E. Bregman posted on Instagram: “So saddened at the passing of my friend and coworker from @boldandbeautifulcbs #rush #turk Too soon #anthonyaddabbo Way too soon @winsor_harmon” 

Kristoff St. John shared via his Instagram:  “Anthony Addabbo was a wonderful man, friend, artist. I worked with him for 2 years on the NBC Generations. He was truly a professional, with a wild side that made you laugh. I remember doing a personal appearance with Tony and I just stood by watching all of the girls try to rip his clothes off. I was jealous until I realized I didn’t want to be naked in public. Tony was missing half of his T-shirt and hat. May you rest in heaven dear brother Tony. Save me a place. Love you.  Love U Brutha RIP”

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Abbabbo is survived by his wife Elli Pattino, and their 17-year-old son, Brandon.

Share your condolensces and remembrances of Anthony Abbabbo in the comment section below.

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Hansel
Hansel

I am very sorry to hear of the passing of this great actor and person. I remember him from the soap operas Generations and Guiding Light. Anthony Addabbo made a great contribution to daytime television and the world. He will be deeply missed. RIP Anthony Addabbo.

su0000
su0000

I have to mention;
I truly dislike the — RIP
to Rest In Peace means you will not move on that you are done, sleep well .

I wish him a peaceful journey ..

((too young to leave us.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Although death is the inevitable conclusion to all life, it is still so sad to hear of someone so young passing on at such a young age. To all his friends and family who might see this my deepest condolences, no words can prepare you to cope with the grief losing a loved one inflicts– it will be a journey with many valleys and few peaks, but if one embraces the sorrow as part of the love one felt for the one who is gone, it is easier than battling against it— RIP Anthony

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Too young…and thats my age…condolences to the family!!!

Rodd
Rodd

That’s terribly sad news. I always enjoyed watching him, especially as “Jim” on GL. Condolences to his loved ones.

Mo
Mo

What is his cause of death?

My condolences.

blake
blake

Oh man how sad! Lately I have been watching his scenes from Guiding Light when he and Beth were together. It was when jim, Beth, Phillip, Harley, cassie and Richard were in San Cristobel and Beth and Phillip were in the crashed plane and Jim went for help.

I always thought Anthony Addabbo was very good looking and hot! I didn’t know he was on these other soaps.

mark
mark

That was a great time on GL when he was on wasn’t it? I miss gl!!!!!

Celia
Celia

I am not familiar with this actor, but, is he related to Nick Stabile? What a striking resemblance!
Condolences and well-wishes to his family.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Oh yes, Celia, he was very good on GL back in the heyday. His character Jim was a genuinely nice guy that I wish the Beth character would have permanently dumped Philip for. He was strikingly handsome and it’s nice to read that he was a good guy in real life as well. It’s so sad when stars pass away, I hope they know a little of how much joy and entertainment they’ve given us over the years.

Celia
Celia

What a presence this guy has….must have had. Sad. He is now with God for his eternal sleep.

jaybird369
jaybird369

Soaphound…oh, I agree. Oh…and, after a while, I got tired of (and even more bored with) Phillip and Beth (couple-wise). Also, when the character of Jim Lemay came onto the GL canvas (and eventually hooked-up with Beth), I liked the character right away. To me, Jim was down-to-earth, heroic, manly, sensitive and (in general) A REAL MAN!!!!! Unlike Phillip…who was nothing but arrogant, cocky, jerky, immature AND EVEN MORE SELF-CENTERED!!!!! Oh…and Jim was THE BEST THING that ever happened to Beth…UNLIKE Phillip!!!!! Then, one day, TPTB at GL acted like STUPID CLOWNS by cruelly and heartlessly killing Jim in that stupid fire!!!!! BEYOND DUMB AS HELL!!!!! DUMB PERIOD!!!!!

Have a good one, Soaphound.

Peace.

Jay Gates
Jay Gates

My heart breaks as 2016 has claimed another great talent. Tony was a great actor, a great artist and a great friend. We shared some wonderful times. He always put his family before his career and himself and I will always admire his heart. Rest in peace Tone Loc

mark
mark

He was so good on guiding light I wish he had stayed till the bitter end I wouldn’t have minded watching that mess as much.

Ces
Ces

I’m so sorry to hear Anthony has passed away. What a handsome & talented man. Gone too soon.

Mary
Mary

I’m very sorry to hear this.

L
L

Anthony Addabbo will be missed. Guiding Light and All my Children should have had him on long term contracts. A true gentleman in every role he played and handsome. Guiding Light made a mistake losing him in a fire. It doesn’t make sense why the show is gone. Good bye Anthony.

Jen
Jen

All my love and prayers. You will be missed. Tony was a kind hearted as he was handsome.

Tracy Leatherwood
Tracy Leatherwood

Wow! I knew Tony well and hung out with him a great deal @ VT! He looked me up just last year on Facebook and sent me a picture of us in my dorm room. Tony was soooo funny and smart and full of life! As his friend Winsor said, all . . . ALL of the most beautiful women at Va Tech were infatuated with him! I’ve told stories about him all day and am deeply saddened! His family are in my prayers and Tony will ALWAYS hold a very special place in my heart!!!

Rae Anne Tilden
Rae Anne Tilden

I was sad to hear of Anthony’s passing. I remember him from Y&R. Rest in peace

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TODAY: ‘Tainted Dreams’ Begins To Stream Episodes On PopStar! TV Platform

Beginning today on Monday, September 23rd, the series Tainted Dreams, which shows you the behind-the-scenes antics of a fictional hit TV soap opera, will stream its first two seasons for free on the on the Popstar! TV platforms.

To view: you can download the Popstar! TV’s mobile app or visit www.popstaronline.com to watch Tainted Dreams or for more info visit https://www.tainteddreams.com/#home-section.

For those who need a refresher: Tainted Dreams follows the cast and crew behind the scenes of a hit TV soap opera called “Painted Dreams”, and of course, it’s filled with lots of twists and turns

In addition, there is a bonus episode on Popstar! TV that gives some background on how all the characters came to be a part of “Painted Dreams”.

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Sonia Blangiardo, the executive producer and creator of Tainted Dreams shared in a statement: “We are thrilled that there is more life for the show and that the new exposure will attract new viewers for the series. We’re excited to be in great company with the other shows the platform will be streaming and couldn’t be happier to be working with Craig and Jim Romanovich who has always been a loyal soap supporter.”

Tainted Dreams features a cast that includes: All My Children veterans Alicia Minshew, Walt Willey, Michael Lowry, Bobbie Eakes, Terri Ivens and the late Larkin Malloy, General Hospital’s Natalia Livingston, As the World Turns‘ Colleen Zenk, Austin Peck, Marnie Schulenburg and Kelley Menighan, Guiding Light’s Grant Aleksander, One Life to Live’s Ilene Kristen, Tonja Walker, Nathan Purdee and James DePaiva, Big Brother’s Jessie Godderz, The Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Dina Manzo, and more.

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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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