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TONIGHT: TOLN SOAPS Live with Michael Fairman & Special Guest All My Children EP, Ginger Smith!

It’s your opportunity tonight to ask questions and pose your thoughts and comments to All My Children’s executive producer Ginger Smith on the latest edition of TOLN Soaps Live with Michael Fairman on the Blog Talk Radio network beginning at 7PMPST/10PMEST!

Many fans have been intrigued by the return of old favorites, the new characters, the moving of the story five years into the future from the ABC version, and what has been going down the scenes as the show ramps up to go back into production next month!   To call in and ask a question dial 1- 718- 664-9351

In addition, Michael will take your calls concerning the latest hot topics and storylines for both One Life to Live and All My Children and play his picks for The Power Moment of the Week on both soaps!  To log on to the show and listen live click here!

If you have any questions or comments for Ginger tonight, and cannot listen to the live show, leave then in the comment section and we will try to ask them on the live broadcast!

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Simone

Michael can you ask Ginger about the rationale for the headwriter change at AMC?

I have been so pleasantly surprised by Marlene McPherson’s work at AMC (and have been hearing some concerning things about Chip Hayes from some former AMC writers).

Sandy
Sandy

Michael: Please ask Ginger how the viewer ratings have changed since AMC and OLTL changed from 4 days to 2 days airings vs. all the weeks episodes being released each Monday. Has it been a positive effect for PP or are there still issues that need to be addressed and tried out to gain more viewers watching online?

Beth
Beth

I would love to know if we can expect more returns from veterans, and in particular, if the Kane women (Kendall and Bianca) will be back in the future. Those short two scenes with them where we learned that Kendall is very ill can’t be all there is!

Katherine
Katherine

I know the focus will (and should) be on the current show but if there is time I would love to hear Ginger talk a little bit about her history with AMC. She was there forever (until it moved to L.A) and has seen a lot of ups and downs.

What were her favorite and least favorite periods, regimes etc.

How did she feel when the show was moved to L.A. and away from her?

Thanks.

Eric Henwood-Greer
Eric Henwood-Greer

Could you ask Ginger about Agnes Nixon’s involvement? I know we’ve heard that she is working as story consultant (for both shows, I believe, but particularly All My Children,) but never any details on how active a role that actually is. There has been speculation among fans that some stories (like the almost gothic Celia and her “Guardian” story as well as the focus on young love triangles) seems in keeping with some of Nixon’s classic AMC.

Thanks so much!

Johnny
Johnny

Michael could you please ask Ginger does anyone in Pine Valley dine anywhere at
all other than Jane’s Coffee Shop where the town’s characters evidently go for Breakfast, lunch, a quick informal business meeting, a light dinner, a snack, or to meet for Coffee. In other words, any chance of a third set possibly being built in the future?

Eric Henwood-Greer
Eric Henwood-Greer

Johnny they also go, for more fancy meals, at The Pines (at least that’s what it’s called in the credits…) We’ve seen it a few times–no idea if it’s connected to the Pine Valley Inn, or not. 😛 Regardless, I get your point–I understand the use of less sets, but… Though for a while AMC on ABC was driving me crazy with everything being done at ConFusion or occasionally the odd yacht club.

Johnny
Johnny

Yes Eric you make a good point, for a while they were always at the Yact club and at ConFusion –
If you go to You Tube and watch the Tornado episodes from the late 90’s, the sets were so impressive and the show was so great. Now, on line, the show is a sad memory of what once was. The lack of sets to me, is apparent – I don’t wish to dwell on the negative but the glory days of AMC seem to be in the past. I sincerely wish that the show could bring back Higher production values. I don’t have a problem with the actors at all, they are doing their level best with not terribly compelling scripts nor sets to work with.

Omar
Omar

Would love to find out from Ms Smith, what is the biggest difference being involve in production in television broadcast and now with online broadcast. Are the expectations the same from the powers that be or do they differ? Is there more pressure online or in network tv for u to deliver?

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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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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.

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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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