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TV Week: "ABC blew an opportunity when it announced killing of OLTL & AMC!"

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TV Week has a commentary post out today from Arthur Sando in the Open Mic section of their website that speaks volumes for the importance of fans of the daytime genre, and how ABC handled the cancellations of One Life to Live and All My Children, now almost three weeks ago.  Here is an excerpt below!

TV Week: “Certainly, the writing has been on the wall for some time that this day would come, so I think ABC blew an opportunity to prepare its audience. Six months ago, they could have told viewers that if the numbers didn’t improve, the shows would be cancelled. That really could have motivated fans to take some action. Now, judging by activity on Facebook, it’s clear that many fans are up in arms, so while it may be too late to save All My Children and One Life To Live, the network should show that it cares and reach out to these fans, solicit their thoughts and engage them in a social media dialogue to let them know that their ideas are being heard, that their feelings are being considered and that they are, indeed, part of the process.

By making viewers feel shut out, ABC risks breaking a bond of trust with a significant and reliable core audience. And, in today’s fractured television universe, that’s the last thing a network should be doing.”

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Jason
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Jason

I still don’t think its too late to save these two great shows.

Ceridwyn2
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Ceridwyn2

Unfortunately, ABC really doesn’t seem to give a damn about it’s soap audience, as evidenced by the micromanaging and interfering in #AMC & #GH. For the fact that Frons has been pretty much avoided #OLTL, I can almost feel grateful. And despite the lack of promotion for the show, the show is on fire and ratings are increasing. 🙂

Webbie
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Webbie

IMHO, what all of this DID do is give GH fans a head start. The writing appears to be on the wall for this last ABC soap and GH fans are trying to show TPTB at both ABC and Disney that they won’t take it lying down.

Dani
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Dani

While there is an outcry the number of fans are not enough to merit any type of touchy feely outreach to fans. See that pitiful rally turnouts. TV shows are cancelled all the time and I have no idea why people are shocked by this. The only thing I agree with in the article is that the writing has been on the wall for some time. I have watched soaps off and on for 30 years but even I accept that things change and nothing lasts forever.

Susan
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Susan

ABC blew it with me, I will not be watching any of the upcoming replacements. ABC insulted the viewership of ABC soaps. I’m not really into reality shows where some people use the “whoa is me routine” to get their fifteen minutes of fame. I’d rather watch soaps to escape my reality. That’s just me. You know who this is really going to hurt is the local affiliates. That’s really a shame.

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Lynne
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Lynne

I will never give up and hope soon that another network will pick up our soaps. THis sucks!!!!!!!!!

CINDY
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CINDY

ABC it is going to come down to this no audience during day time or prime time from 8000 people!!!i won’t get over this i will pay up to 50 $$ a month for it to be on soapnet as a premium channel and watch the commercials.so is it the people;e who ABC what it is or Brian Frons decision.

ethel
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ethel

don’t forget that soapnet is also owned by disney & disney is taking that channel of in 2012…..

brian 56
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brian 56

how can abc be so insensitive as to cancel the shows.abc has alienated a good chunk of daytime viewers. how can abc wipe out 2 shows that have been a part of tv history.

Lynne
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Lynne

We will never give up on this and their has to be something done so that they will keep all my children and one life to live alive. No one cares about those other shows that are taking the place of the b est soaps on this planet. I am very upset about all of this, because they are like family, and after they are gone whats left. ?

ethel
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ethel

well i for one have stopped watching abc except for the soaps and it took a lot of will power in the beginning – good morning america & abc world news have been a apart of my life forever as well as some of the prime time shows but i have found other stations to watch

Lynda
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Lynda

Great article! And yes, ABC has indeed made it’s viewers feel shut out! Not to mention very disrespected! I have been a loyal viewer of ABC since I was little, and I’m now 45. But if ABC cancels all of the ABC soaps, I will sure be canceling them! No more ABC anything, not even the news that I have only watched. I have always watched ABC news only! Time to give Brian Williams a try!

Reed
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Reed

Please do not take All My Children off the air! I have watched this show since I was 12 yrs old. A total of 22 yrs. i know there are many out there like me. I can not imagine not having AMC in my life. What a letdown ABC.

Jan
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Jan

I think it would be nice to save these shows, allow to THEM get back to perhaps BETTER writing? I really DO NOT want theses people out of work. They’ve given me a lifetime of GRREAT story memories, I have admired their abilities to remember their lines and move me or just make me HATE them. I dont have that gift, always wondered how far I’d have gone IF I had had it. I DO NOT want these people to have to join what is already an abundance of actors out of work. Not to mention ALL others out of… Read more »

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WATCH: Kelly Ripa’s Walk Down Memory Lane with the Stars of All My Children & More On Her 30th Anniversary with Walt Disney Company

Today on Live with Kelly and Ryan, the morning show spotlighted Kelly Ripa’s 30-year career with ABC and the Walt Disney Company; which started back in 1990 when she took Pine Valley and All My Children by storm in the role of troubled teen, Hayley Vaughan.

On this special look-back episode of the syndicated talks show many guests from Kelly’s past and present career paid tribute to her accomplishments and remembered their time working with the talented actress and host.

From All My Children, Susan Lucci took part in the special anniversary and group virtual conversation with Ripa along with Eva LaRue, Walt Willey, Ripa’s husband, Mark Consuelos, Cameron Mathison, Finola Hughes and Dondre T Whitfield   Then, Ripa’s former Hope & Faith co-star Faith Ford was part of the festivities.

There were several special moments throughout the episode and you can watch some of them below.   Kelly made her ABC debut on this date, November 5th, 1990!

So, check out the anniversary celebration for Kelly below, and then share your well-wishes and congrats to her via the comment section.

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Kelly Ripa to Celebrate 30 Years at Walt Disney Company With Former Co-Stars of All My Children

Soap fans can say they knew her when, and tomorrow on the Thursday, November 5th episode of the syndicated talker Live with Kelly and Ryan, Kelly Ripa, celebrates her 30th anniversary with the Walt Disney Company and ABC.

Ripa started her journey as Hayley Vaughan on All My Children, a role she made her debut with back in 1990.

Joining Kelly for her anniversary with the company and network are former AMC castmates: Finola Hughes (ex-Alex/Anna), Eva La Rue (ex-Maria), Susan Lucci (ex-Erica), Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan), Dondré T. Whitfield (ex-Terrence) and Walt Willey (ex-Jackson).

Kelly stayed with All My Children until 2002, and along the way met her husband, Mark Consuelos who played Mateo on the show.

In 2001, Ripa replaced Kathie Lee Gifford as co-host of what then became Live with Regis and Kelly.  She also appeared on the sitcom Hope & Faith with Faith Ford from 2003-2006.  Ford will also participate in tomorrow’s special episode.

Check local listings in your area to watch Ripa’s anniversary celebration.

Share your favorite moment of Kelly as Pine Valley’s Hayley, or any other moment you loved in her television career via the comment section below.

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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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