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Tori Spelling talk show coming to the ABC Daytime line-up?

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The L.A. Times today says that ABC is developing a daytime talk show starring Tori Spelling and a yet to be named male co-host.  The article was clear that the show is in the development stages only, but it does raise some red flags for soap watchers of the ABC Daytime line-up.  Could the Spelling gabfest be a replacement for one of the soaps?  What time slot would this show potentially go in?   Read some excerpts from the item below:

“If ABC is going to launch another hour-long show, it will have to get that time from its affiliates. One possibility could be late afternoon, where many ABC stations will likely have a hole to fill next fall when Oprah Winfrey departs to cable. However, getting the ABC affiliates to give an hour back to the network may prove to be a challenge. Even the ABC-owned stations may resist such a request because many are planning to replace Winfrey with another hour of local news.

Another scenario is that one of its current daytime shows is, uh, going away. We’re pretty sure “The View” is staying put, so that leaves one of the soaps as potentially heading to the exit. But don’t panic yet, soap fans, there is no guarantee that the Spelling show will get off the ground. ABC could also try to sell it to a cable network or syndicate it to local television stations. ”

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Daytime is abt actors pretending to be homewreckers, not actual homewreckers hosting talk shows.

The only time Tori Spelling ever gave a decent performance in a movie is Trick, and that’s because she was portraying a bad actress! She’s so familiar w/ the material, she can just be herself.

Isn’t it bad enough that Randy Spelling polluted daytime w/ his acting on Sunset Beach? Now his homewrecking sister, who made money off of her homewrecking ways, could infiltrate daytime? Mind you, I actually liked the ripped from the headlines aspect of SuBe. I liked their zaniness and the references to popular culture, and even to other soaps. Olivia and Annie got into a verbal catfight that was a direct plagiarism from B&B. They had those Titanic/catastrophe episodes, they spoofed Jerry Springer and they had a Bill Clinton/intern affair arc. They actually had a lot of racial diversity. And I think the turkey baster storyline somehow made an imprint on popular culture. Was SuBe the first to come up w/ that? I think so. It spanned jokes and even a movie. What soap can lay claim to actually coming up w/ an original storyline that’s now copied and joked about? How great was Annie, w/ her arms outstretched like a boxer, running around a room to the tune of Rocky, when she was told abt her inheritance from Gregory? Sarah Buxton was its clear break out star, and she regularly mopped the floor with Leslie Anne Downe’s overstretched, stapled face!

Brad Bell was obviously obsessed w/ SuBe and went thru a SuBe hard on period. Adrienne Frantz, Dax Griffin, Sean Kanan, Leslie Anne Downe, Jack Wagner and Sarah Buxton were all SuBe actors he snapped up. And B&B even used SuBe’s opening musical score in 1 ep of B&B for their opening credits. What does that say abt Brad bell, that he thinks he’s on the same level as Aaron Spelling, the granddaddy of all that is unreal? Brad Bell is a hack.

OLTL is actually the new SuBe, especially since it borrows a lot from popular culture. Grey Gardens, Who wants to be a millionaire, etc. And they certainly are as loopy as SuBe. How can anyone top the craziness of the immortal “pervs on parade” line.

Anyway Tori Spelling should keep her homewrecking claws off daytime.


OMG, who gives a rat’s patootie about Tori Spelling? She is nothing more than a rich brat who had a rich mogel daddy that left her a ton of money. Why do these “offspring” automatically assume they have talent or that anybody even cares about them just because they had a famous father/mother.

I just saw my two favorite soap actors who are tremendously talented get axed from what was once my favorite soap so the show could accommodate a “less talented” duo (among others) and try to shove them down our throats when we couldn’t care less about them. These two no-talent faux “actors” (and I use the term “actors” loosly) currently have an 85% DISAPPROVAL rating among viewers, yet they were shoved to the forefront of the show and given major storylines while two extremely talented and dedicated actors in a very popular storyline were “sucker-punched in the gut” without warning and axed without notification to make room for this no-talent bimbo and her equally untalented bozo boyfriend.

Tori needs to go live off Daddy’s money and stay out of show business. She’s nothing more than a Paris Hilton, a Kardashian sister, or anyone else with no talent that comes from wealthy parents that are trying to make names for themselves in show business. Nobody cares about Tori Spelling or any of these other celebrity brats with no talent! Give us all a break and stay home and raise your kids.


How did these extremely talented actors get axed to make room for this untalented bimbo and her boyfriend who were on the show long before?…

Boy, some folks get blamed for stuff they have no control over..Wow, just wow…

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Cameron Mathison Reveals Cancer Diagnosis and Shares Heartfelt Message

One of our the best guys we know, Cameron Mathison (co-host, Home & Family and Ex-Ryan Lavery, All My Children), revealed over the last 24 hours that he has been diagnosed with Renal Cell Carcinoma – kidney cancer, but treatment for him will be underway and the prognosis is good.

Cameron first shared the news on Monday’s Home & Family in a special announcement enlightening viewers on his health condition (watch video below) and later took to his Instagram and social media to share more details.   Of note: Mathison’s healthy lifestyle has indeed helped, and shown, that his cancer has not spread.

In addition, Mathison wrote: “About a month ago, I had an MRI for some gut issues I’ve been having, and during that MRI they fd a tumor on my right kidney. It’s consistent with Renal Cell Carcinoma … or kidney cancer. The good news is that it hasn’t spread to any other organs🙏🏼 They say my healthy lifestyle and diet has no doubt helped keep it from growing and spreading to other areas, as doctors think it’s been growing in me for minimum 10 years🙏🏼. I am extremely lucky that we found it early.” He thanked his doctor and his family, saying, “[wife] Vanessa, [kids] Lucas and Leila have been absolutely amazing with their love and support… as have my mom, dad, brother, and everyone at Home and Family, Hallmark, and ET❤️ My surgery is scheduled on September 12th, I was hoping to receive positive thoughts, prayers, or whatever you feel comfortable with, on 9/12 (my surgery is at 1pm PST) 🙏🏼.” He concluded, “Feeling very grateful and optimistic!”

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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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