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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

Omar
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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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All My Children Alum Ben Jörgensen Reportedly Dead At 51

According to his former All My Children castmate, Brian Gaskill. there is sad news in the soap world today.  Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin on All My Children and Chris on As the World Turns passed away on Tuesday at the age of 51, apparently via suicide, although unconfirmed as to his cause of death.

Gaskill, who played Bobby Warner while in Pine Valley shared via his Instagram:  “Sad news to report. Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old.  My understanding is it was suicide.  I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. ”

Since the time of Brian’s posting, friends, colleagues and fans have been posting tributes and condolences on the actor’s Facebook page.  You can view that here.

 

In this heartbreaking photo below from Steven Bergman, during his time on As the World Turns, Ben is pictured with the late Nathaniel Marston, as well as Jaime Nicole Dudney and Terri Conn.

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On All My Children, Ben was part of the important social issue storyline brought into the ABC legacy soap opera by the iconic Agnes Nixon, who was always trying to move the needle forward in daytime, as the character of Kevin was a gay high school student facing bullying, ridicule and discrimination for his sexuality.

Share your thoughts on the passing of Ben via the comment section below.    

 

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Sad news to report. Ben Jorgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old. My understanding is it was suicide. I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. #Actor #Filmmaker #BenJorgensen #BenMonk #Life#Death#AllMyChildren #Suicide #sad #rest

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Hallmark Channel’s ‘Home & Family’ Returns to Production For Ninth Season; Premiere Date Revealed

Another daytime show is heading back to production amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Now comes word that Hallmark Channel’s flagship morning lifestyle series, Home & Family has returned to production at its Universal Studios set for its ninth season.

All My Children favorite Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan Lavery) and Debbie Matenopoulos will return as co-hosts .

Look for the new season to kick-off on Monday, September 14th at 10am EST.

In a statement, Home & Family executive producer, Tracy Verna Soiseth shared: “We are thrilled to be returning to our home for the new season. Home & Family is a daily destination of comfort television, and we are very happy to be returning with two hours of daily interviews, cooking segments, DIY crafts and our hugely popular animal adoptions.”

For the past several months. a daily series featuring the cast called At Home with Our Family has run across the show’s social media platforms during the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Deadline,premiere-week guests are to include: Jenna Bush Hager, Danica McKellar, celebrity chefs Jet Tila, Carla Hall, Buddy Valastro, Curtis Stone, Rashad Jennings and Dennis Quaid.

So, glad to know Home & Family is also back in production? Comment below.

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Michael B. Jordan Pays Tribute To Chadwick Boseman: “Since Nearly The Beginning Of My Career, Starting with All My Children When I was 16 Years Old You Paved The Way For Me”

Following the news of the tragic death of now motion picture icon, Chadwick Boseman late Friday, tributes and sentiments have poured in from celebrities, politicians and fans from all across the world.

Chadwick Boseman passed away late last week at the age of 43 from colon cancer – a battle he kept silent about for the last four years of life.

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No one could be more intertwined with Boseman’s career than that of his fellow Black Panther star, Michael B. Jordan.  For Jordan took over the role of Reggie Porter on All My Children from Boseman after the late actor lasted one week, following standing up to, and addressing concerns, of racial stereotypes in the way that the part was written.  Reggie was introduced to Pine Valley as a gang member in 2003.  As previously reported it was Boseman who helped the soap opera improve the role that Jordan took over with some recommendations.

Now Michael B. Jordan has written a heartfelt remembrance of Chadwick that he shared on his Instagram, and what he has meant to his life, including how he showed him how to be better, to honor purpose and create legacy.

Read below Michael’s post:

“I’ve been trying to find the words, but nothing comes close to how I feel. I’ve been reflecting on every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hug…everything.

I wish we had more time.

One of the last times we spoke, you said we were forever linked , and now the truth of that means more to me than ever. Since nearly the beginning of my career, starting with All My Children when I was 16 years old you paved the way for me. You showed me how to be better, honor purpose, and create legacy. And whether you’ve known it or not…I’ve been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness.

I wish we had more time.

Everything you’ve given the world … the legends and heroes that you’ve shown us we are … will live on forever. But the thing that hurts the most is that I now understand how much of a legend and hero YOU are. Through it all, you never lost sight of what you loved most. You cared about your family , your friends, your craft, your spirit. You cared about the kids, the community, our culture and humanity. You cared about me. You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to truly give you your flowers while you were here.

I wish we had more time.

I’m more aware now than ever that time is short with people we love and admire. I’m gonna miss your honesty, your generosity, your sense of humor, and incredible gifts. I’ll miss the gift of sharing space with you in scenes. I’m dedicating the rest of my days to live the way you did. With grace, courage, and no regrets. “Is this your king!?” Yes . he . is!  Rest In Power Brother.”

What do you think of Michael’s tribute to Chadwick and how they have been interconnected dating back to 2003 and All My Children? Comment below.

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