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Susan Lucci reveals AMC's final airdate and more on doppelganger storyline!

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Susan Lucci was a guest on The View his past Wednesday and during the conversation with the ladies of The View, Lucci revealed that the final airdate of All My Children will be this coming, September 23rd.

In a behind the scenes bit for the show’s website, ViewTube, Lucci talked with The View’s EP, Bill Geddie, stating about AMC’s  cancellation, “I am processing this, it’s a loss.”  Then the two discuss her new storyline on AMC, “As far as the doppelganger storyline, it is not an evil twin at all. This is a very contemporary story of identify theft and what you can do in modern times. It’s like All About Eve. This woman does not just want Erica Kane’s credit cards, she wants those too. But she wants her life…the glamor, the glitz, the red carpet, and the men.”

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Henry L. Pollard
Henry L. Pollard

This is really going to be the end to an era, one that I have personally been a part of since early 1974. I remember, Susan Lucci’s beautiful and firey character, as “The Legendary Erica Kane, and her infamous marriges beginning with Chuck Martin throug Jackson Montgomery, her drive for fame and fortune and attaining all she set out to accomplish. I believe that Ms. Lucci so profected the character of Erica Kane; it almost feels like we’re, the viwers, are really losing our beloved Erica Knane and all her splenda. I loved you Susan as ERICA and will truly miss my #1 day time soap star. The very, very best to you Susan, and whatever your future golas are; I believe if you go after them with the same firey passion you profected as ERICA and her great capacity for loving life, you are sure to super suceed all your hopes for the future and more. I love you and await what you will bring to us in your next roles….. Sincerely, best wishes!!

Henry L. Pollard
Henry L. Pollard

This is really going to be the end to an era, one that I have personally been a part of since early 1974. I will always admire the character of Erica Kane, played and profected by the Legendary, Susan Lucci. From the character’s drive for fame and fortune, the infamous marriges; beginning with Chuck Martin through Jackson Montgomery, and ultimatley accomplishing all she set out to accomplish made her the DIVA of DIVAS of Day Time. I love you Susan and will truly miss my # 1 Soap Star. The very, very best to you and whatever your future goals, I believe if you go after them with the same firey passion you profected as ERICA, you are sure to super suceed all you hope for and more. I await to see what you will bring us in your next roles…Sincerely, best wishes!!

Henry L. Pollard
Henry L. Pollard

Susan Lucci, you really are the Diva of all Diva’s of all of Day Time. I have been and still am a fan since 1974. I will truly miss the infamous and notorious, Erica Kane. My very best to you and whatever your future goals; I believe if you go after them wiht the passion and determination you profected as Erica Kane, you are sure to super suceed all your hope and dreams. I await to see what you will bring to us, your fans, in your next roles. Sincerely, best wishes!!

Nikki Rains
Nikki Rains

I think that this is a real shame. AMC leaving the air. Soap operas have been around in the USA for over 75 years. I feel like if they would tape the soaps and air them @ night on the Soap Opera network channel, they could still tape them and air them at night. Instead of taping 4-5 days per week, they could record 3 days, he actors would still have there jobs and we the fans would still have our soaps. I grew up watching soaps with my grand mother & mom it has been a family tradition for us. I know that more women are in the work force and not staying home during the day, but soaps still have many, many fans that love them. I can’t believe that they are being replaced by silly cooking show. We have enough of them and reality shows on the air now. PLEASE, PLEASE DON’T TAKE AWAY OUR SOAPS!!!!!! IT ISN’T FAIR 2 THE FANS OR THE ACTORS WHO HAVE BEEN IN OUR HOMES & HEARTS 4 YEARS. I STARTED WATCHING AMC WHEN I WAS 2 YEARS OLD AND HAVE BEEN WATCHING 4 OVER 34 YEARS. SUSAN LUCCI, ERICA CANE IS LIKE A FAMILY MEMBER 2 ME. AMC ACTORS Y’ALL WILL ALWAYS BE LOVED AND REMEMBERED IN THE HEARTS OF YOUR SOAP FANS!!! WE WISH Y’ALL ONLY THE BEST OF LUCK IN YOUR FUTURE ENDEAVORS. MAY GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU.!!!!!!

SANDY
SANDY

ABC, I AM TOTALLY BOYCOTTING YOUR NETWORK FOR TAKING ALL MY CHILDREN OFF OF THE AIR. YOU WILL REGRET THIS STUPID MOVE. I HAVE WATCHED AMC FOR 40 YEARS. SO LOOKED FORWARD TO WATCHING IT DAILY IN MY RETIREMENT YEARS.

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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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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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