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Susan Lucci On Life Without All My Children: "It's Been A Year of Mourning!" – Watch the Video!

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We are sure All My Children fans feel the same as soap icon Susan Lucci in that they have gone through the grieving process of losing the town of Pine Valley and the characters they love from the soap opera map!

Earlier this week to promote her new series that debuts Saturday on Investigation Discovery, Deadly Affairs, Susan stopped by HLN’s Showbiz Tonight and chatted with host, A. J. Hammer.  During their chitchat, Susan went on to say that, “It’s been a year of mourning. It really has been a mourning period.”

Lucci continued to say how much she missed playing Erica Kane, but most importantly her cast mates and extended AMC family, who had become her friends and the laughter they all enjoyed every day on the set.

After the jump watch the segment with Susan, and let us know if you are still mourning the loss of AMC too!

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Mary
Mary

Really bother me that alot of us emailed AJ Hammer like he ask and never ask one question we summited.Same on The today Show today.Nothing said more then what was said here.She’s the one that said never say never and there are interest parties last spring and now she won’t say anyhing.Still not happy when she said less people where watching and Frons was the death of soaps.Well known he was the fall guy idiot and Anne Sweeney is the real person behind them being cancelled.

Bruce
Bruce

I will always miss what was and will always be a part of my life. I miss my entire ABC lineup AMC, an more so OLTL.

susan M.
susan M.

Me TOO !!!!!!!!!!!

Bruce
Bruce

I will always miss what was and will always be a part of my life. I miss my entire ABC lineup AMC, an more so OLTL. I want them back. I’ll never watch The Chew or Katie. NEVER.

susan M.
susan M.

I will never watch The Chew or Katie either…Katie is on the same time GH is on at 2:00p.m . My cable co. has Katie on at 2:00p.m. on (Wesh) which is NBC….So you know what I will be watching………Certainly not Katie….I miss the entire abc lineup also …More so OLTL for me TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Michele
Michele

I still miss AMC every day – it was a ritual to sit down at night and watch All My Children and General Hospital. I am now watching AMC classic episodes on Soap Net and they are still better than 90% of what’s on tv today.

ABC/Disney should be ashamed of themselves for cancelling such a classic irreplaceable show.

RobertC
RobertC

Are you telling me people are still getting SoapNet as Comcast Cable dropped SoapNet here in Sacramento last April.I wish AMC and OLTL were still on ABC as both shows were better then the Spew and Katie i bring down the ratings Curic

Max
Max

Yes, Soapnet lives on – I have DirecTV and I watch the classics (AMC and OLTL).

susan M.
susan M.

I still get soapNet with my cable co.(brighthouse)……I watch old episodes of OLTL….They are showing OLTL from 2008……………………

Scott
Scott

I truly feel like ABC pulled the plug on “All My Children” far too soon. Once Lorraine went back into power as the head writer, the storylines were consistent and true to the origins of the series. If Lorraine had taken over before Pratt could have come in and destroyed the series, I would bet $1M that it would still be on air.

What should have happened is FOX should have picked up “Guiding Light”, “As the World Turns” and “All My Children” and become the best network for daytime television.

Torrey
Torrey

Have never understood why Fox or The CW never took the opportunity to get into the daytime drama game. It’s such a waste to have all of those stupid court room tv shows on Fox during the day, and I have no idea what the CW shows during the day….but I think both networks lost out big on not getting involved. Not to mention, Oprah Winfrey not picking up AMC or OLTL on her now struggling network.

Scott
Scott

FOX/The CW probably didn’t have the funds to home GL/ATWT/AMC so they couldn’t pick them up. FOX has been battling becoming an official main network for a while, picking up GL/ATWT/AMC would’ve made them a solid daytime channel and have excellent success within Daytime.

And I get why Oprah didn’t pick them up. I don’t blame her for making a business decision that she felt she couldn’t make.

susan M.
susan M.

I have alway’s felt that oprah didn’t make a wise buisness decision…Look at her OWN channel it’s not doing well at all…..

Scott
Scott

OWN is failing because Oprah herself in incapable of programming a full network of variety instead of repeated old episodes of her friends’ series.

Iakovos
Iakovos

I do still miss ALL MY CHILDREN and likely always will. Thank goodness for Youtube and such which allow us to enjoy scenes and clips from this awesome daytime drama. Like a novel once read, we can “pull from the shelf” something from Pine Valley to relive the pleasure. Ms. Lucci is correct. It has been a year of mourning. And it is a crying shame the series did not get a pat close because of that misfire called Prospect Park. There is a song from the musical RAGTIME that goes “We can never go back to before…” It;s true, but I do allow myself that wish from time to time.

Mary Fergen
Mary Fergen

I will always, always miss AMC and OLTL! Still boycotting ABC/D!

susan M.
susan M.

Me Too !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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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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