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TV Guide on Why ABC lost Hope for Its Soaps!

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Today TV Guide has an analysis and commentary on why ABC lost hope for its soaps and decided to pull the plug on One Life to Live and All My Children. And the cost analysis of putting on a daytime soap per week as opposed to the new reality shows, The Chew and The Revolution. Here are the key ‘takeaways’ from the news item below!

“Greater choice and audience fragmentation have meant lower ratings for all programs. The daytime soaps built their cost structure during a time when the networks had little competition. The ratings have reached a point where even after cutbacks, ABC was on a path to lose money on All My Children and One Life to Live if they stayed on the air next year. The cost of producing each ABC soap ran from $750,000 to $1 million a week.

The new shows that will replace them will each be $575,000 a week or less. There’s The Chew, a food-centric lifestyle show hosted by chefs Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Top Chef‘s Carla Hall and nutrition expert Daphne Oz, and The Revolution (working title), a health and lifestyle show with Tim Gunn. And unlike soaps, the episodes can be repeated.

CBS is already seeing higher profits for its new daytime chatfest The Talk, even though the ratings are slightly below those of As the World Turns, the soap it replaced. When CBS recently gave multiyear renewals to The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful, it was at significantly lower license fees.  Many viewers will miss the soaps, just as some miss the variety show, the big-budget miniseries and other TV fare of a bygone era. It’s the price viewers pay for living in a multi-channel world, where they can watch what the want when they want.”

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Chris
Chris

All I know is when AMC and OLTL goes off the air my TV will turned to NBC Days of Our Lives and CBS Young and The Restless. I have no interest in watching these replacements.

Brooke
Brooke

When AMC goes off, I will be watching Y&TR to see many of my GH faves who have or are on their way their. In fact, I have begun recording it already. I already only have ABC on during the hours that all three soaps air. I used to watch Dr. Oz and Oprah right after, but not since this decision was made.
Before and after, I tune to another channel.

EVERYONE should boycott ALL ABC programming EXCEPT for the three soaps!

GLORIA mULLEN
GLORIA mULLEN

We should all boycott abc Ireally looked forward to watching these shows I will chage to another channel so all other programs on after them will also loose their ratings Ill have to see what channel 5 has to offer!!!! Thumbs down abc

mike
mike

The ABC soaps downturn was due to Brian Frons. They could still be viable under the right leadership.

moneek
moneek

Absolutely!

Rob
Rob

I hope Brian Frons Chokes on the Chew.

lew
lew

HA! I like that!

Allie
Allie

That was beautiful.

GLORIA mULLEN
GLORIA mULLEN

This is what america really need another food show isnt america to fat now!!!!Down with abc

Brooke
Brooke

Michael, why do you bother directing us to yet another ABC apologist? Why give them the press?

david
david

Here’s another take on the TV Guide story that is worth reading:
http://daytimeconfidential.zap2it.com/2011/04/25/cheap-crap-abc-daytimes-replacement-shows-to-cost-under-575000

Quoting from the above link: “As for The Revolution, that show is having to be completely retooled, because it sucked donkey balls, according to my sources. Instead of telling Frank Valentini, “Look man, I need you get the budget under $600,000 a week. I know it will be tough, but it is what it is,” ABC is going to tear apart a show that is turning out stellar episodes and is Number 3 among women 18-49, for a show that wasn’t good enough for the fall? I’m sad about AMC’s fate, but what’s being done to One Life to Live is flat out criminal.

Let’s reflect again on the many, many failed reality/talk projects Brian Frons and Co.attempted to get off the ground at SOAPnet. . . .

I don’t care how many ways they try to spin it, I’ll never be convinced it makes good business sense to allow Brian Frons to oversee the transition of ABC Daytime away from soaps to programming women are allegedly clamoring for more of. This is the man who was surprised by Kathy Brier’s success on One Life to Live because she doesn’t look like a Playboy Bunny. Guess what, neither do most American women. Now Frons wants to micromanage a weight loss reality show? Really?

We’re talking about the guy who put amazing talents like Jackie Zeman, Leslie Charleson, Catherine Hickland and countless other veteran actresses out to pasture fo no other reason than they got older. I have a question for Frons: If actresses’ freshness expires at the age of 50, what about executives? What’s good for the goose oughta be good for the micromanager. I’d say Frons is well past his sell by date.”

GLORIA mULLEN
GLORIA mULLEN

I agreee totally!!!!!!!!!!@

Kristin
Kristin

While obesity is a major health problem in the U.S. and Canada, why would we want another tv show on FOOD. There are some of us out here that prefer to watch other shows. You waste our time on Reality shows which are getting more trashy per new show. Not everyone out here watches these types of tv shows either. I am in my mid- 50’s and I am not “old”. I have watched soaps forever. Several different ones in fact. I have watched AMC since forever. It has been the one steady soap that has been on forever. I watch soaps for entertainment purposes, to get away from the real world. Not to be brought down by people fighting, arguing and thinking they are better than the rest. I do not need to watch someone else’s personal life.

GLORIA mULLEN
GLORIA mULLEN

I cant begin to think I want be able to see my soaps. what a sorry decisionI’M 62 you will put a gap in a lot of peoples lives

Christina
Christina

I will NOT WATCH The Talk as it replaced my much loved soap As The World Turns and I will make sure NOT to watch these new shows either. Too bad we can’t get more people to tune out these low budget, low entertainment shows. TV is going to crap!

GLORIA mULLEN
GLORIA mULLEN

I agree abc is turning into crap!!!!!!

GLORIA mULLEN
GLORIA mULLEN

abc please reconsider saving our soaps or your rating in general will fall the so willyou losse big time with this horrible sorry disgusting stupid decision

Carole
Carole

The only daytime program that I watch on ANY network is All My Children, which I dvr daily. Boo hiss ABC, Disney, and the pathetic Brian Frons. CHEW on your respective derrieres.

Cathy
Cathy

I have Dish Network – over 100 channels but what do I watch during the day – All My Children and One Life to Live. Your brought garbage in (Brian Frons) and he is putting garbage out. To Brian Frons: when the cast of AMC took a pay cut – did you? I bet not. ABC/Disney, you had better look at the moron you have running the show. You are losing millions of viewers. I will never watch another ABC program – EVER. I am more than happy to give my viewership to NBC or CBS. At least they don’t have idiots at the helm.

moneek
moneek

With Cheaper substitutions…more money will be put in Fron’s pocket. ABC and Disney are cancelled ..Sorry Johnny Depp!

Karen Green
Karen Green

their stupid they don’t care about their ratings they already know they stink both programs are flushed down the toilet where these turds with feet walked up from the sewer. They won’t sell the rights to our soaps cause they know both shows will not be accepted and their not I don’t watch either of them and I never will. I have tuned in elsewhere to watch soaps in the daytime. We won’t quit abc we won’t quit that alone makes us the winners and your right your all the biggest losers!

Judi
Judi

I have not watched ABC sincw the cancellation of AMC and OLTL. I do not even watch disney channels or anything that is ABC related. I got to watching CBS and now I leave my TV on that Channel during the day. I read more with the noise in the background of the TV. The soaps were a release from the strains of everyday life. My viewership used to be with ABC but now their programming is not worth watching.

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All My Children Alum Christopher Lawford Dead At 63

Sad news to report this Wednesday.  Christopher Lawford, best known to soap fans as Charlie Brent on All My Children from 1992-95, as well in the role of Senator Jordan on General Hospital in 2004, passed away at age 63.

Lawford who is the son of the actor Peter Lawford, and Patricia Kennedy, and whose uncles were Ted, Robert and President John F. Kennedy apparently died at a Yoga Studio on Tuesday night during a health emergency according to a report from TMZ.

As of now, it is being reported that Christopher’s death appears to be from “natural causes.” The coroner is performing an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Christopher had battled addiction in his life back in the 70’s and 80’s.  The actor was also a New York Times best selling author with his book, ‘Symptoms of Withdrawal.’

Being the nephew of John F. Kennedy, Lawford also spent time in the political arena with staff positions with The Democratic National Committee, and campaigns whether it be at the national, state, or local level

Lawford’s cousin Kerry Kennedy announced his death on social media.

Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica Kane), Lawford’s co-star on All My Children, shared her thoughts on Instagram at his passing: “Such very sad news that wonderful Chris Lawford has passed away. Chris was so great to work with—always prepared and always with a smile and an ease about him. He was warm and charming whether on set at AMC—or working hard for his charity. My deepest sympathy to his family. RIP, Chris”

Share your condolences and remember of Christopher via the comment section below.

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Morgan Fairchild And Soap Notables Filming New LGBTQ Series ‘Mélange’

Over the next several days in New York, some very familiar faces to daytime soap fans are busy filming episodes of a new series entitled Melange, which stars Morgan Fairchild (most recently ex-Angelica, DAYS).

The series is set against the backdrop of a historic New York City gay bar named “Melange”, and the fight for ownership over it, when it’s proprietor has suddenly and mysteriously died.  Melange will explore themes of sexuality, immigration, addiction, power, and inclusion.

Guiding Light’s Robert Newman, All My Children’s Darnell Williams, One Life to Live’s Scott Evans ,  Kristen Alderson, Ilene Kristen, and David A. Gregory are some of the daytime faves tapped for roles in the series, which is said to be a half-hour drama.

In story, Newman, plays Syd Winchester, the deceased owner of ‘Mélange’. Scott Evans stars as Ryann Parker, a young man who fights to keep Mélange away from Syd’s wife, Vivian played by

Melange was created and being executive produce by Tom D’Angora, with former OLTL director and Emmy Award-winner, Gary Donatelli, and Tony Award winning producer, Tim Kashani.

According to Variety, at this time no network is currently attached to the project.

So, what do you think of the show concept of Mélange?  Intrigued by the cast?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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One Life to Live & All My Children Reunion Event Photo Gallery

Over the weekend, actors who appeared on two beloved legacy soap operas: All My Children and One Life to Live took part in a reunion event held over GH Fan Club Weekend.  And while the fans in attendance were excited to see some of their favorites, it was the former cast members themselves getting to see their former co-stars for the first time in years which made the event all the more touching.

Then, in big surprise to the attendees, none other than former One Life to Live star, Nathan Fillion showed up to give hugs to his former castmates including: Erin Torpey (Ex-Jessica), and James (Ex-Max) and Kassie DePaiva (Ex-Blair), among others.  Fillion, who has gone on to primetime success with his show Castle, and his upcoming new series on ABC, The Rookie, has never forgotten his beginnings in show business as Joe Buchanan!  Who can forget his on-screen affair with Robin Strasser’s Dorian, which sent Viki (Erika Slezak) into orbit!

Kassie DePaiva (now Eve on DAYS) told Michael Fairman TV on Fillion’s appearance that she had reached out to him to let him know about the event: “I knew the fans would love it.  He is very proud of his roots.”

When asked about seeing the original Blair, Mia Korf, at the same event whom she had never met, Kassie said, “I went, ‘There’s the real Blair,” but it was really nice meeting her.  You know with One Life to Live actors, even if you didn’t work with somebody there is such a camaraderie, which makes this show so special.”

All My Children fans were thrilled to see appearances by Rebecca Budig (Ex-Greenlee), Vincent Irizarry (Ex-David), Jordi Vilasuso, who will soon be seen in his new role on Y&R, and played Dr, Griffin Castillo in Pine Valley, and many more.

Check out our photo gallery of some of the past cast from both AMC and OLTL who showed up to say “hello again” to each other and the fans below.  Then, let us know if it makes you miss Pine Valley and Llanview all the more in the comment section, and which photo you liked the most!

Photo Credits: JPI Studios

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