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TONIGHT: TOLN SOAPS Live with Michael Fairman with Special Guest, Jeff Kwatinetz – 7PMPST/10PMEST!

Tonight June 20th on the Blog Talk Radio Network, TOLN launches their premiere episode of their new weekly Internet talk series TOLN SOAPS Live with Michael Fairman!  The first guest will be Prospect Park’s CEO Jeff Kwatinetz who will take listeners calls, and talk about the latest developments behind the scenes with All My Children and One Life to Live and much more!

The new weekly hour-long show will originate every Thursday at 10pm EST/7pm PST, and feature prominent guests involved with One Life to Live and All My Children, the fan-favorite serial dramas that were recently revived by Prospect Park via TOLN, and will be hosted by veteran soap journalist Michael Fairman, who will bring his brand of engaging chat, entertaining and lively interviews, humor, and soap knowledge to each broadcast.

Listeners can tune in by logging on to http://www.blogtalkradio.com/tolnsoaps. Each live episode is also available as a downloadable podcast, via blogtalkradio.com and iTunes.  To call in and ask a question tonight to Jeff Kwatinetz and Michael Fairman, you can dial in at 1-718 -664-9351!

TOLN SOAPS Live with Michael Fairman will give fans a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with the stars and creatives behind All My Children and One Life to Live, with exclusive interviews from the world of TOLN Soaps and will provide the opportunity for fans to call in and ask their burning questions, share their point of view and chat on a weekly basis with special guests about latest hot topics, controversy, and storylines out of Llanview and Pine Valley.

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On the launch of TOLN SOAPS first BlogTalkRadio show, and his upcoming appearance Kwatinetz related “I’m very much looking forward to chatting with Mr. Fairman and especially hearing directly from fans, without whom we wouldn’t have these shows. It’s a great forum to get a direct dialogue going and for me to hear and respond to all of the chatter that All My Children and One Life to Live inspires among our passionate viewers.”

In addition to exclusive interviews, special guests and interaction with fans, the weekly broadcast, which airs the same day as the TOLN Soaps final episode of the week, host Michael Fairman will identify and playback the standout moments and performances of the week from AMC and OLTL,  plus other special audio content throughout the show.

Will you be listening to tonight’s premiere?  Do you have a question you would like to pose to Jeff Kwatinetz that we could potentially pose on the air to him?  If so, let us know in the comment section below!

 

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Annie
Annie

I will definitely be listening, because TOLN/Prospect Park has been listening to the fans by bringing back OLTL! Now that even more people are late in joining the revival party, and viewers are getting caught up and learning to use Hulu or iTunes, will you eventually go to more weekly episodes, or making the shows longer?

Linda
Linda

It wont bother me if swearwords are eliminated. A couple of hell or damn words an episode are not too offensive. However, I feel that since PP is trying to get new younger viewers they can clean up some of the sex scenes such as Pete and Colby in bed. Also, some of the younger characters on OLTL like Matthew and Dani are becoming mouthy spoiled brats.

su0000
su0000

Perhaps you not ready for the internet media 🙂

jimh
jimh

Obviously people with good taste win here…cussing too much didnt make the shows real…soaps, like i said b4 were and never will be real…long lost children show up and their mommies dont remember they were ever pregnant, characters come back from the dead, no one really has finacial troubles…where are the poor people in these towns…everyone finds nice furnished apartments and wear the finest clothes, and are lucky to get great jobs without any training, people like Victor get reconstruction surgery without scars, no one dies from gunshot wounds years later like some people really do…teens dont get acne, they wear the best clothes and are rarely scene working…i could go on…soaps are far from real…want reality and cussing then why not hang in a bar! Like people who are stuck in the 1950s and should watch ‘Leave it to Beaver’ you dont have to watch the new and improved reboots of oltl and amc…im sure there are other gutter minded trash shows online for you to watch. Anyway, if this move attracts more viewers and brings these shows greater success wouldnt you want that? Im not trying to be mean here…im just believe this will get more people to watch and help keep them on the air. Dallas reboot on cable is popular without all that and these could be too.

Johnny
Johnny

I agree with Linda and with many others – listen, I’m a guy, when I’m driving my car and someone Cuts me off, trust me, I don’t say, “golly, that driver cut right in front of me”, no, I spew out some words that would make a Sailor blush. But the point is, and both Linda and jimh have already stated this, the soaps aren’t supposed to be “real life”, they’re supposed to be soaps. I don’t have kids, but if I did I would want them watching something that set “some” kind of an example to emulate. So, I am glad that they are cleaning up the language – points can be made without resorting to foul language and without scenes depicting oral sex – when it comes to sexiness, sometimes, less is more. If a character says “hell” or “damn” that doesn’t phase me, or I dare say, doesn’t phase most of us. It also depends on the type of character involved, and the tension of the scene. I think what most viewers object to is when the characters use foul language conversationally, for no reason at all except it is the Internet and “they can”. I think they need to concentrate on stronger storylines and better writing, and keep the bad language to a minimum – and groaning sex scenes do not a successful soap make.

su0000
su0000

I would like you to ask Jeff;
Why he bowed to the Bloomer Brigade who faint over a couple of cuss words, that in fact, made the revised soap touch reality, being true to the real world, and why he is bringing them back to boring unrealistic network tv restricted soaps..
I am not happy he caved in .. Shame on Jeff..

jimh
jimh

If they were so boring and unrealistic on the network, why did you even watch? ive read your past comments how good gh is with Franco ect. and they dont have all that extra cussing and sex…so why cant amc and oltl be just as good without it?

su0000
su0000

AMC and OL will always be good/great, but- because these are now internet soaps and have a change to make it into this era of media after 50 yrs of censoring, I liked the change of bringing them to reality, the real world not a pretending, not near reality, soap world…..
I like the internet soaps because PP was not censoring the internet soaps ..
The cussing was not all that much and it brought reality, real life, into the soaps..
I was happy the 2 soaps had evolved and were not like the restricted censored network tv soaps..
The soaps were so real to life, fresh, relating to our world, and now some puritans are forcing PP to take the soaps back to were they were since the 70’s (no wonder they soaps are dying, they do not move into the 21st century viewing and that is worrisome especially when on the internet those viewers expect more than daytime censored viewing..

the cussing and sex, sex? was near absent, and cussing was nothing much..
Nobody was yelling – f-you, f-that, what the f and could list some real profanity words that were never said.. the words that were said are not even censored words on night time tv, cable etc. only the f word, and we all know it when said anyways lol censoring only takes the k off ..
It was used twice and when Tea used it she was upset and mad as hell, and the F word fit in beautifully in her heated anger.
I think PP will revert back, they are new age in their other shows..
Anyways.. always love for AMC and OL 🙂

jimh
jimh

It may seem im 100% against you but im not…ive said in the past i didnt mind some cussing but ‘shit’ was used like 6 times in the first episode and i think its overuse then turned off a lot of people…twice they might of overlooked…ive used the f word myself out of anger but i dont like using it, and i dont swear like i once did…i didnt have a spiritual awakening and i dont go to church every sunday…its just hearing it so often…imo…was unneccasary and sounded trashy! When im in a public place, especially where there are people with children i want to show them respect and not say something offensive they dont want to hear. i feel the same about the soaps: they dont have to eliminate every curse word…just not use them as much not to offend some people! i feel a lot of it could be overlooked with better storylines like Tuesdays episode was the best so far…imo…there are times i disagree with you, and there are times i like your comments…the ones with no cursing…lol…but there are one thing that we do mutually agree on no matter what and thats keeping our soaps on the air and in the end that is all that really matters.(by the way i witnessed someone get in a fight over someone saying the fbomb and that person ended up in the hospital…sometimes its better to talk with a less pouty mouth!)

su0000
su0000

hi

”(by the way i witnessed someone get in a fight over someone saying the fbomb and that person ended up in the hospital…sometimes its better to talk with a less pouty mouth!)”

lol i guess that the F word was personal and not just a ”where in F did my $2,000 go!!!
🙂

dave steele
dave steele

hula did a promo for next Tuesdays episode and everthing was for july 2 the spoilers for june 25 were completely diferent ask them whats happening its like they dumped the july 25 episode and replaced it with july 2 episode the preview scenes at the end of todays episode were for the june 25 spoilers whats going on

todd
todd

I was disappointed that the topic of the shows only airing for 1 hour a week didn’t come up. Having OLTL on only Tues and Thurs has taken all of the fun out of the show for me. Between Thursday and Tuesday there is no cliffhanger that keeps you caring about what happens next. The More episodes are now completely useless. Who can’t keep up with 1 hour a week. I pray that Prospect Park comes to their senses and airs both shows Mon, Wed, Fri…..then have the More episode on Sunday….to get viewers excited for the next day. The way it is now is not working. I actually forget to watch OLTL now…..and find myself not caring.

Johnny
Johnny

Todd you bring up a good point, why in the World do we need a “catch up” show called “More” when they only give us two episodes – these Friday shows are just useless “filler” really –

Tali (not Smith)
Tali (not Smith)

Really enjoyed last nights show. Fun and informative. Jeff Kwantinetz was candid, cool and communicated his great love for the shows that he sees as art. I have to agree, and also a big yes to trusting your creative team! He has every reason to feel proud of the effort, the shows are fantastic.

Annick
Annick

Man, too bad this show was done the same night as Game 7, NBA Finals cuz I was Miami bound. Will wait for the EP Jennifer Pepperman live talk to ask my questions. Did listen and it was very informative, good job.

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‘The Masked Singer’ Runner-up, Ex- AMC’s Jesse McCartney, Recalls Working With David Canary

If you caught the finale of The Masked Singer this week, you know that “The Turtle” was revealed to be none other than former All My Children star and recording artist, Jesse McCartney.

While McCartney came in as the runner-up, losing out to Kandi Burress, he spoke to Digital Journal about his latest single, “Friends’ and recalled his time working with the one and only David Canary (Ex-Stuart/Adam) on the now defunct ABC daytime drama series.

As a young JR Chandler from 1998-2001, that put him sharing on-screen time with Canary, who played his father.  Jesse remembers all of the lines of dialogue thrown at him at a young age was not fun.

When speaking of his time with Canary, McCartney shared: “He was one of the sweetest guys on the planet and he was such a kind soul. He played my father, Adam Chandler, and not only was he the star of the show but he played his own twin brother, Stuart. He had double the lines of any character on the show, and in my three years on the show, he never messed up a line even once. There was a time when David helped me when I was having a moment and I struggled with remembering my lines, so as a result, the soap world for me is very sentimental.”

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So, do you remember when Jesse and David were in Pine Valley together? Share your memories via the comment section below.

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Missing the best, the baddest, and the sexiest of Pine Valley? Well, they are all coming together in Entertainment Weekly’s #UnitedAtHome series beginning next week on May 26th.

The five-part series goes through Friday, May 29th, with new live episodes premiering at 10 a.m. ET and two on Friday. You can watch it here  on EW.com and PeopleTV.com.

The All My Children zoom series will feature the likes of :Kelly Ripa, Billy Miller, Mark Consuelos, Josh Duhamel, Susan Lucci and many, many more.

The weeklong event is also for a cause, with the AMC cast choosing to support Feeding America, which is putting food on the tables of those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic across the country.

Cast members that will be appearing throughout next week are: Jennifer Bassey, Tamara Braun, Justin Bruening, Rebecca Budig, Mark Consuelos, Josh Duhamel, Bobbie Eakes, Melissa Claire Egan, Ricky Paull Goldin, Alexa Havins, Michael E. Knight, Jill Larson, Eva LaRue, Susan Lucci, Cameron Mathison, Cady McClain, Billy Miller, Alicia Minshew, Sydney Penny, Kelly Ripa, Leven Rambin, Eden Riegel, Chrishell Stause, Walt Willey, Darnell Williams, and Jacob Young.

So, what do you think of this AMC upcoming series with the former stars of the beloved soap? Comment below.

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ABC and PEOPLE’s ‘The Story of Soaps’: What Was Your Review Of It?

Tuesday’s night airing of ABC and PEOPLE’s two-hour special The Story of Soaps featured many notable daytime and primetime soap stars, past and present, clips from backstage to classic memorable moments, and some participants who were providing commentary on the erosion of the daytime soaps in our culture.  Still others, maintained and realized that everything today is serialized from the news we watch, to some of Netflix’s most binge-watchable series, and of course, the birth of reality-programming.

Throughout the airing of the special, The Story of Soaps was trending on Twitter and social media either at the #2, #3 or #4 spots for the entire duration of the broadcast presentation, and the cancelled and beloved All My Children was also at one point trending.

However, known soap writers, journalists, ardent fans, and actors of the genre, were all on Twitter last night live-tweeting their thoughts as the special went down, and there was definitely mixed reactions and reviews, when all was said and done.

What the special did not shy away from, but tackled, was Luke’s rape of Laura at the campus disco on General Hospital. and how that moment now, as Genie Francis (Laura), so eloquently put, would be considered as ‘date rape’ in our culture.  The series even included a pivotal moment where Laura addresses Luke (Tony Geary) about the rape years later, after helping Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) through her rape ordeal.

John Stamos (Ex-Blackie Parrish, GH) got a bevy of “Right On’s!” for his comment that the soaps do not get the credit that they deserve and clearly came through as one of the soaps greatest supporters, as did former The Doctors and Knots Landing star, Alec Baldwin.

However, throughout the two-hours, Andy Cohen’s commentary was thread throughout; mostly citing soap’s demise and the creation of reality-programming and his “Real Housewives” franchise, that the special touted as the new soap operas.  It continued on the narrative that people preferred to see real-life drama then made-up drama on a fictional soap.  And while, that has been a trend in American culture for decades, the commentary came off as often out of place in a celebration of the soaps; and bringing in a lot of negativity to the special that soap fans were tired of hearing.

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In a lighting rod moment, Cohen stated: “I know Susan Lucci doesn’t agree with me, but I think that the Housewives have replaced soap operas because truth is stranger than fiction. Soaps became kind of unnecessary because you could do it with real people, and they’re writing the drama themselves.”

The special did also address the cancellations of All My Children and One Life to Live, (which many were not sure they were going to do – given this special was airing on ABC), where One Life’s leading lady and six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki) said what we all wanted to sa ywhen the ax fell on the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, “People were horrified”.

Clearly, OJ Simpson and his murder trial and reality-programming were also given a chunk of time to show where the once mighty landscape of daytime soaps which once had 13 shows on the air, dwindled town to 4.  But, it would have been nice to see more time spent on how in this day and age, the people in this current landscape of the genre work so hard to get episodes done at an unbelievable pace, and how in that climate the performers still deliver gut-wrenching performances.

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Former Loving, OLTL and Breaking Bad star, Bryan Cranston, did point out how the once powerful soaps, just don’t have the dollars they used to, and need to, to help with production costs and their taping schedule.

Viewers were reminded of soaps’ socially relevant storylines including hankie-inducing moments from: Robin (Kimberly McCullough) and Stone’s (Michael Sutton) HIV/AIDS storyline on General Hospital, to Billy Douglas being a gay teen coming out on One Life to Live, played by a young Ryan Phillippe.

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There also did not seem time spent on the contributions of William J. Bell; one of the most prominent writers of the soap genre of all-time.

For many commenting on social media last night, there seemed to be a feeling of some glaring omissions of participants who could speak on this genre, who have been in the trenches as soap producers, soap writers, pundits, actors, and more, who were not included in the special.

So, what was your review of The Story of Soaps? How would you grade it? Do you feel it accurately reflected the history of the genre?  Were you happily surprised,  or when it came to the end where you over it, or somewhere in between? Sound off in the comment section below.  Below are some tweets from notables who have worked as an actor, a writer, and a journalist in the soaps.  

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