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The Ricky Paull Goldin Interview – All My Children

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All My Children’s Ricky Paull Goldin, has seen much change in the daytime landscape in the past several weeks. First, his current soap “AMC” is heading west, and that move as reported, sent shockwaves throughout the industry as recently as this week, where the ABC soap has cut more of its current cast. (Including, as had been reported, Goldin’s long time pal, Beth Ehlers).  Second, Guiding Light, Goldin’s previous soap was sent to soap heaven a week and half ago, a very sad day for the popular soap star.

A few weeks back, On-Air On-Soaps caught up with Ricky Paull at the Daytime Emmys here in Los Angeles for a “quickie” interview.  And while we h

ave delayed posting it till now, its relevance and Ricky’s take on the latest happenings in Pine Valley and the soap world is always insightful.  As for Goldin himself, he is one of my all-time favorite interviewees! And yes, we do discuss if he will be joining the cast of “AMC” when it heads to Los Angeles.

Here’s…. Ricky!

Listen to the audio:

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MICHAEL:

At the Daytime Emmys you were part of the fashion show segment with your on-screen acting partner, Chrishell Stause (Amanda, “AMC”).  She wore a bikini and showed off quite the body, and you wore a classic tux.  How was that up there? Was it odd doing the moves?

RICKY PAULL:

I don’t know what I got myself into.  There was no escape hatch because I made Chrishell Stause work out all month to look like that. (He laughs)

MICHAEL:

And what is your idea of working out?  I believe you and Beth Ehlers (Taylor) told me this on the red carpet at the 2008 Daytime Emmys, but I wanted to check if it is still the same?
(Laughs)

chrishellbkini_martinidanc21.jpgRICKY PAULL:

My idea of working out is going to the gym; hit the steams, have some espresso (as it gets your heart rate up) and there you have it.  That is the European work out.

MICHAEL:

So, All My Children is heading west in a few months.  What can you tell me about your moving with it and continuing with the show as Jake?

RICKY PAULL:

I can say that I love this show, and we have a few logistics to work out, and I hope they make it possible for me to stay.

ricky_and_beth.jpgMICHAEL:

When you heard the news that “AMC” was heading west, what was the reaction from you and your cast mates?

RICKY PAULL:

We were shocked!  I was more shocked for everyone else’s feelings around me.  I am used to change.  All of us in this business have a bit of the gypsy in us.
I mean honestly, what show can you get nowadays, in this life, and stay on one show anyway?  And by the way, if I were to quit the show I would have had to get on a plane to LA to get another job.  So really, c’mon!  I feel as long as you are shooting in New York you are getting away with something.  You are pulling
a fast one, because you get to be in Manhattan, one of the best and most expensive cities in the world, and doing a show. There are a lot of new shows coming to town.  Ugly Betty moved there last year, and I believe there happens to be ten shows that shoot in New York now.  It just happens that All My Children is not going to be one of them now.

MICHAEL:

Your storyline with Chrishell Stause, as Jake and Amanda, has really had some legs to it.  I kept thinking they would not keep this couple going.  And many in soap land thought they would re-team you with Beth Ehlers (Taylor) who along with you, were part of the super-couple, Gus and Harley on Guiding Light. What are your thoughts on how this turned out?

RICKY PAULL:

You know, I have to hand it to “AMC”; they did not just do that.  They toyed with it in the beginning and you never knew what could happen, but eventually, Beth has been great with Michael Knight (Tad) and Chrishell and I have something that is great, and she is terrific. As Liza Minnelli would say, “She is terrific, really terrific.” We do have chemistry, and she is one of my best friends now.  I lucked out and we will see what happens.  She is not going to stay on the show, not because of this move, but because her contract is up in January.  Now I don’t know if she will really leave, but if she does, I will really miss her.  It’s hard to have that lightning strike, but we have something really cooking.  It’s been great, and when you are thrust into the forefront you know you are lucky, and you know you have been blessed!

gl_gus1.jpgMICHAEL:

Ricky tweeted the following on September 18th the airdate of the last episode of Guiding Light; Good night GL. I will miss you. Today was a very strange day. Guiding light is gone.
I am proud to have been part of TV history & such a wonderfully talented cast.  I just watched the last episode of GUIDING LIGHT as I’m running
out the door to ALL MY KIDS.  I had to sit down and take a deep breath.”
How was it for you seeing the cast of Guiding Light and watching them have to say goodbye at the Daytime Emmys?  You were a treasured member of that cast for years!

RICKY PAULL:

It’s terribly sad seeing the whole cast on stage saying goodbye.  I just want my friends to work on one hand, and I am spiritual about it on the other.  Everything has a beginning, a middle and end, and when you have a symphony and there is no crescendo…. and if you are having sex and you don’t have a huge finish…. you have to have a beginning middle and an end.  It’s a stupid way to say it, but you know what I mean.

ricky_with_baby.jpgMICHAEL:

Gus Aituro was such a beloved character on Guiding Light, and you were Emmy- nominated for your performance as him.  Of all the soap characters you have played, is Gus closest to your heart?

RICKY PAULL:

Gus is one of my favorite characters of all time and I miss him a lot, and Jake Martin is definitely different.

MICHAEL:

Is “AMC’s” Jake Martin a little more like you in this soap?

RICKY PAULL:

ricky_and_chrishell_emmys.jpgI think so.  I got some things I pull out when you go as fast as we do to make things work. When you are shooting 80 pages a day, and you are shooting 30 pages yourself with your co-stars, of course it can be very challenging.  But, I am always up for the challenge. I think it’s that I have been growing up.  This may sound a bit funny, but I was a late bloomer with my own personality, and I have been doing this a really long time.  So, it’s really about my comfort in my own skin type of thing.  Maybe I am dreaming, but maybe part of that role is in me now, that you see on camera.  I don’t really know.  But I do feel a big difference.

MICHAEL:

Who were you rooting for to win the Outstanding Lead Actor?  Christian LeBlanc (Michael, Y&R) is a good friend of yours and Thorsten Kaye is your celebrated cast mate?

RICKY PAULL:

Here were my thoughts: Christian is my boy and he will probably take it again.  I would like to see Thorsten get a salute.  He really is a good actor and I really did not know this till I came over here, because I really don’t get to watch these other shows.  Thorsten is really good and Shakespearean trained, and a beautiful guy.  He is really deep and no nonsense. I would love to see him get some respect, but he does get some respect with the nomination, but Christian is hard to beat.  He is a wonderful and present actor… and I think it will go to Christian!

MICHAEL:

And in the end the award did go to Christian LeBlanc!  And I agreed he should have won.  So Ricky you have excellent taste in actors and excellent taste in espresso!

For more on All My Children’s move west and the Beth Ehlers situation with the series, check out On-Air On-Soaps coming soon!

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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.

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,

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”

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.

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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