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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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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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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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