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Thorsten Kaye cast on the new NBC musical dramatic series, SMASH!

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Great news for All My Children fans, you will get an opportunity to see one of soap operas favorite leading men in primetime!  Thorsten Kaye (Ex-Zach Slater) has been cast on the new NBC musical drama, SMASH! Kaye will begin appearing in the sixth episdode of the series!

According to ABC Soaps in Depth, “Kaye plays the recurring character of Nick, who’s Anjelica Huston’s love interest!”   There is an uncomfirmed but anticipated March airdate for Kaye”s first episode.

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While everyone misses Zendall and his work with Alicia Minshew (Kendall), he has a new leading lady and she is a bonafide Oscar winner to boot!  Will you check out SMASH now that Kaye is coming aboard?

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Sharon
Sharon

I’ve been hoping & waiting for a new gig for TK for a while & I can’t wait!! I just hope it leads to his own show – he so deserves it! I’ll be watching!

vik
vik

Only when he gets there. sooooo dont want to watch that show,
but would watch HIM wash dishes! LOL

barbara t
barbara t

ok ,I dont want to insult anyone ,however I could be wrong ,but isnt anjelica houston,alot older then thorsten kaye Im not into the boy toy thing.any way good for him ,even though he made a remark about how stupid he thought the todd 1 and 2 story was , I thought he was wrong, the todd story was brilliant, right till the very end, when we saw victor tied up in bed.back to our story when I hear that a actor went here and another went there ,its just sad that all my children and one life to live are gone.makes it more real that there not coming back, thanks to abc.

Iakovos
Iakovos

Was targeting SMASH even before this news. TK’s role is a bonus. I imagine we may see other daytime favorites as they also have been a storng part of the theatre community. How cool it would be to see many of our AS THE WORLD TURNS stars on screen. Many of them have theatre credits and can sing. Maybe Michael Park should be on the SMASH short list?

tkfanalways
tkfanalways

ABSOLUTELY!!!…..Thorsten is an amazing actor.

Jan
Jan

anjelica huston…cant see her with him at all…never like kendall either.

zachfan01
zachfan01

I’m not really one to watch prime time TV, but since hearing that the amazing Thorsten Kaye will be appearing in this show . . . I will watch with bells on. Actually, I can’t wait!! I miss seeing him on my screen so much.

My wish is that Mr. Spielberg takes notice of TK’s talent and his role gets bigger!!

tkfanalways
tkfanalways

DITTO!!

Jules
Jules

Playing opposite Anjelica Houston? That’s HUGE! What a great casting coup! Congrats to Kaye!

Chris
Chris

I will definitely be watching. I can’t wait to see Thorsten.

Anita
Anita

This is great news for a former AMCer. I hope that Mr. Kaye gets a chance to showcase his awesome talent and make needed connections with prime time decision makers. I also hope other AMC stars get an opportunity on this level. I know that Cameron Mathison, Debbie Morgan, Darnell Williams, and others are staying busy. Kudos!

KathyNYC
KathyNYC

I am so looking forward to the show..and looking forward to TK on it is only icing on the cake. Congrats to him..working for Spielberg, no less. : )

Brian Greene
Brian Greene

Go, Thorsten, Go–Yay! 😀

Judy
Judy

I’ve been looking to networks other than ABC and I will be sure to start watching Smash now that TK will be playing a recurring character. Really happy for him and Susan. I already changed to the Today show from GMA. Today is a much better, more informative morning show.

steve
steve

Good for you, Good for you!

Nancy M
Nancy M

That is why I am watching Smash, for him. The show is actually good. Love Thorsten. If other idiotic (ABC) people would recognize that the actors from OLTL and AMC are bringing viewers to watch whatever they are involved in maybe they would finally get a clue. Personally I think ABC is done. I won’t even watch the Oscars thanks ABC you came close to giving me a major depression. IDIOT ABC

Kathy N
Kathy N

Started watching Smash so I could support Thorsten Kaye… Liking what I see so far….

linda
linda

I LOVE Smash..it is one of my Top favorite shows…so I was watching it even before I knew that Thorsten was going to be on it. But I am So happy to see him acting again! I LOVE it that he will be Angelica’s Love interest…. Men have been having women a lot younger then them for love interest for years…it is WOMEN’S turn to do that now! Smash is the BEST!

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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.”

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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”

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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).

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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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