Connect with us

All My Children

Susan Lucci on Jay Leno on AMC axing, "I found out five minutes before the rest of cast"- Watch the Video!

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

In a terrific interview last night on the Jay Leno Show, All My Children’s Susan Lucci discussed the cancellation of AMC and how she found out the terrible news.  In addition, Lucci chats on the persistent rumors that she may be joining Desperate Housewives, and ensures fans of AMC that the show will go out with a bang in the hands of Agnes Nixon come this September. Here is an excerpt below of what she said on how she got the news of AMC’s axing.

Lucci: “I was completely blindsided. I had just started the book tour. I had been to cities all over the country meeting thousands and thousands of people enthusiastic, so excited about the show. I had no idea. I was shocked.  I found out just like the rest of the company of actors. I found out five minutes before. I received a call from Brian Frons, the Vice President of Daytime television, asking me to come upstairs to the producer’s office.  He informed me our show had been canceled and we were going off the air in September. I kind of knew something was going on because when I went up the stairs there were a lot of very seriously dressed executives coming down. I was shocked.  I had asked Mr. Brian Frons what they were replacing us with. And he said a reality show that costs 40 percent less to produce.”

READ MORE
Michael E. Knight Makes His General Hospital Debut In Scenes Opposite Chloe Lanier

Watch the two part video clip of Susan’s interview with Jay Leno after the jump!

Click to comment
Advertisement

Leave a Reply

avatar
ANGEL
ANGEL

I truly like to see AMC and OLTL saved. There are thousands and thousands of disappointed soap fans. I think Brian Fronz if I spelt his name right, needs to reconsider the followers who have been so faithful over time. Very dedicated viewers who enjoyed both these shows. It is not about the ratings. The ratings are there. The fan voices speak the truth and say it all. I HOPE he decides to do the right thing by the writers, the actors themselves and the viewers who made the shows success over the years , Many of the viewers who watch the SOAPS there 2 favorites. Also watch other ABC shows. I think it’s important to think about the dominoe effect it could have on people not tuning in to ABC at all. :O(

Andrea Dawson
Andrea Dawson

How the heck can abc do this to the fans and the cast. I still can’t believe it.

Andrea Dawson
Andrea Dawson

How about putting the shows up for sale abc????

Lynne
Lynne

I just cannot beleive that they are cancelling the two best soaps!!!!! I am very very unhappy about this and always looked forward every single nite seening them come into my living room. They were like family.

Brooke
Brooke

The two best soaps are OLTL and GH.

Brooke
Brooke

you spelled All My Children wrong.

Ceridwyn2
Ceridwyn2

I’ll have to check to see if the clips are up on youtube because Hulu video clips can’t be viewed up here in Canada yet.

I’m still wavering from disbelief and being pissed off that ABC treated the casts and crews of both shows so cavelierly.

Darcy
Darcy

Poor Susan lied to and had to answer all the inquiries on her book tour…I liked how she said they would give a good performance. “This Mr. Brian Frons” is right Susan says a lot without saying. I like the Agnes Nixon tribute “the one the audience loves.” Great interview.

Brooke
Brooke

Susan looks fantastic, as does Rob! first & foremost, I am going to fight until the end for this show, but if it doesn’t pan out, I’d much rather see her on Hot In Cleveland permanently than on Desperate Housewives. maybe an appearance episode, but definitely a regular in Cleveland(;

All My Children

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”.

Courtesy: NYCBrandEnt

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.

READ MORE
Jeffrey Vincent Parise to Appear on The Young and the Restless

So, will you be checking out Tainted Dreams on its new platform? Comment below,

Continue Reading

All My Children

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!”

READ MORE
The Talk's Sheryl Underwood To Host Holiday Gift-Wrapping Competition, 'Wrap Battle'

Send positive vibes Cameron’s way as he goes through his medical procedure this week, share your comments below.

Continue Reading

All My Children

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.

READ MORE
Robin Strasser Talks Taking On The Role Of Vivian; Greg Vaughan and Linsey Godfrey Chat Behind the Scenes on 'Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast'

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,

READ MORE
'Grand Hotel' Canceled By ABC After One Season

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.

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Advertisement

Video du Jour

Y&&’s Eileen Davidson and her husband Vincent Van Patten chat with Michael Fairman about their new film “7 Days to Vegas”, her time on Y&R, DAYS, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and their relationship. Leave A Comment

The Michael Channel

Recent Comments

  • Momo: “How many talk shows do we need?
  • Pam: “She played the emotional moment very well. Wish the writers would have added more anger and outright hurt. She wears…
  • Dan: “Paolo always does such wonderful interviews and this was no exception. He's a real fan and it shows in his…
  • Dan: “I can't help but feel like I wish Michelle Stafford had gotten to play these scenes, but ABC dropped the…
  • Jason Petric: “Yes, ERASE viewers memory with the flash-gadget that the "Men in Black" have and redo the show from the beginning…
Advertisement

Power Performance

Cynthia Watroa as Nina Reeves

General Hospital

Airdates: 10-8 & 11, 2019

Advertisement

Popular