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Thorsten Kaye Chats On All My Children Update & His Role In The Stafford Project!

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Photo Credit: Sue Coflin/Max Photo

Thorsten Kaye (Zach Slater, AMC)  spoke with soap columnist Carolyn Hinsey for her latest blog on the Tainted Dreams/NYC Brand Productions website about his upcoming role in Michelle Stafford’s hit web series, The Stafford Project and if he heard any news on the status of the second season of All My Children.

In regards to AMC, Kaye commented, “Nothing thing is in place. Eden [Riegel, Bianca] is about to have a baby and my love interest (Pilar Garces, Lea) is about to have a baby. We’re going to have to call it All My Children-en-en-en.

However,  a source close to Prospect Park told On-Air On-Soaps, “They are hard at work prepping the second season of All My Children.”

As for Kaye’s upcoming role in The Stafford Project, Thorsten will play a french guy who is on a date with “Michelle”, and as the actors explains,  “I play this French guy who is a little off – like most French people – but this guy is moreso. Michelle is having dinner with him and her producer comes over and says the guy is wanted for the disappearance of his girlfriend.”

Thorsten’s episode of The Stafford Project will debut this coming Monday, October 14th! Are you looking forward to seeing Michelle Stafford and Thorsten Kaye in scenes together?  Thoughts on the return of AMC?  Comment below!

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Tony Polar
Tony Polar

I would LIKE to be more positive regarding the return of AMC for the second season but Prospect Park once again has any possible detail shrouded in dark mystery.

Jimmy the Kid
Jimmy the Kid

Not one actor has tweeted about any new scripts, any new taping schedules, any production dates, nothing. It’s as though every actor has been asked to refrain from making any comment whatsoever. Usually, the AMC actors are very communicative with the fans but it’s not a good sign when mum’s the word.
If the show is due to go back into Production on October 21st (that’s one rumor) then
we should have heard something by now.
I don’t know how others feel, but I don’t have a great vibe going regarding the return for Season two of AMC but please believe me I hope that my feelings are wrong.

Keith
Keith

I Agree! At first it was mid-August, but PP originally said 5 one hour episodes a week too. So why no news from anybody, like here, about OLTL or AMC coming back or in production? I don’t really care about SP or GH, sorry.

IMHO PP should grow up and an get on with producing OLTL/AMC. Forget the lawsuit and just make the show. I don’t get why they can’t, or won’t. Seems lame.

Yes ABC screwed PP but now PP is screwing over the fans and themselves. I read the court papers and IMO I can’t see anyone taking this lawsuit seriously.

Soaps kill off characters and them bring back all the time. GH killed 2 very minor characters, so bring them back. PP agreed to let GH use OLTL characters, what did they think GH would do? PP is asking for a jury trial. We all know how long those take.

I love OLTL and the new AMC, I am a long time fan and have never much liked ABC or Disney, but if it were me, I’d throw the case out of court on grounds. $25 mil, for what? just an opinion. 😉

Tom Collins
Tom Collins

Honestly, I think it boils down to money. I think the shows are very expensive to produce — even the new “half hour” inceptions. Of course, that is truly conjecture on my part, I don’t really know what’s going on any more than anyone else seems to. Even though Season one of the new On-line ALL MY CHILDREN did very well, it may be a while before they can return to production. Fans are getting frustrated and aggravated (myself included) from not even having our questions dignified with an official response.

su0000
su0000

I had no doubt that AMC would return and have a great second season..
It was very obvious AMC was doing very well and and it was logical it would return..

As for OLTL hmmm time will tell.. however there is always another season for its return if not this season..

ABC was supporting 3 soaps.. and in this era of struggling daytime tv it was inevitable that 2 soaps would have to close..
ABC can handle 1 soap but ludicrous to hold 3 soaps..
Perhaps PP can handle 1 soap but not 2 at this time, it could be a finical challenge..

I do believe OLTL will have its second, also .. 🙂
PP has always conquered all the obstetricals to bring the soaps back; have faith 🙂

Melissa
Melissa

I am pretty sure you mean obstacles not obstetricals unless you are referring to labor and delivery!

Tom Collins
Tom Collins

Well in either case there’s been no “labor or delivery” on ALL MY CHILDREN regarding the “so called” second season.
The fact that the actress who plays Bianca is expecting a baby should have little impact on the Production resuming in a timely manner, Biance is always out of the country or visiting Kendall anyway and they could easily write around her temporary absense.

Shirley A Miller
Shirley A Miller

I am looking forward to AMC and Zach returning to the web soap ….hope PP will be presenting it very soon. Will The Stafford Project be on Hulu.com or some other web station? I sure want to see Thorsten when he appears on this show this coming Monday, October 14th. He is a wonderful actor and I wish him the best of luck in the future!!!!! Can’t wait for AMC and hope OLTL will get a chance to come back also!!!!! Thanks for keeping us up to date as always, Michael ….. as a big soap fan I really appreciate all you do to help keep our soaps alive!!!!!! Merci Beaucoup!!!!!!

Chris
Chris

The Stafford Project is on YouTube at thestaffordproject.com!

Shirley A Miller
Shirley A Miller

Thanks so much, Chris!!!!!

Nancy
Nancy

What Prospect Park has been doing to the fans is really disrespectful both to the cast of AMC and OLTL and fans. I hate to say this but for myself I am over those soaps. Thank God GH lived on otherwise I would not be watching soaps.

Tom Collins
Tom Collins

We should all cancel HULU PLUS, those of us who subscribed to it to get ALL MY CHILDREN. Let’s be realistic, Prospect Park has not had the decency to release even a statement, albeit they are great for issuing vague and misleading ones most of the time. If ALL MY CHILDREN were going back into production for October 21st, we would have heard something from one of the actors who are generally communicative with the fans, which is more than we can say for Prospect Park. Sorry to dwell on the negative here but let’s face it, things don’t appear too promising at this time.

June
June

I am worried sick about AMC, but I am beyond excited to see TK on The Stafford Project!! The small clip I’ve seen looks hysterical!! Love me some TK!!

valerie
valerie

WANT ALL MY CHILDREN BACK ASAP

Johnny
Johnny

Well, considering that he just accepted a new Role on another popular soap, I doubt that the future of ALL MY CHILDREN on line is very promising. I’m sad about it, but the silence from Prospect Park is deafening. No one seems to know anything but let’s be honest, it isn’t very encouraging News for fans of ALL MY CHILDREN.

Jack Grandeur
Jack Grandeur

Is the Michael Fairman Interactive Radio Program still going on? I only ask because I don’t see any announcements regarding interviews, updates, etc.

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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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