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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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Kelly Ripa Talks On Her New Memoir ‘Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories’

Talk show host and All My Children alum, Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley) is opening up about her life and times in her highly-anticipated memoir available now, Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories.

Ripa chatted exclusively with PEOPLE who got some of intel and dish on what’s included in the book.

Kelly told PEOPLE, when she landed the gig as the new co-host of Live with Regis and Kelly, with the late Regis Philbin back in 2001, she felt like she was “getting shot out of a cannon.”  Ripa was also appearing on All My Children at the same time.

She tells the story of when her agent called with the offer, Ripa was told: “They want you to know who your boss is. It was very ominous, and it did not feel good.”  Her agent also said the show didn’t want her, “bringing an entourage.” She brought two people. “I came with hair and makeup,” Kelly says. “It was not an unusual thing for people on a television show to show up with.”

She added that Regis greeted her with executive producer, Michael Gelman, saying: “Uh-oh, Gelman, it’s got an entourage.” It?!  Kelly expressed that she “felt horrible.  He was probably trying to be funny, but at the same time it felt like a pile-on.”

As for Philbin’s attitude at the time, Kelly shared, “I understand that probably he didn’t want a co-host, but the network wanted me to be the co-host and I didn’t think I should pass up that opportunity. I don’t think it was fair to him. But it was also not fair to me.”

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The actress-talk show host-producer also talked on her marriage to Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo), whom she met while both were on All My Children, sharing that they were, “too young to get married! On paper it should not have worked and when it didn’t work, we really worked at it. We fought for our marriage when it would have been easier to quit and throw in the towel.”

According to the book publisher, HarperCollins:  “In ‘Live Wire’, her first book, Kelly shows what really makes her tick. Whether recounting how she and Mark (Consuelos) really met, the level of chauvinism she experienced on set, how Jersey Pride follows her wherever she goes, and many, many moments of utter mortification (whence she proves that you cannot, in fact, die of embarrassment) Kelly always tells it like it is. Ms. Ripa takes no prisoners.”

So, will you be ordering your copy of Kelly’s memoir? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Eva LaRue’s Stalker Sentenced to 40 Months in Prison

In a harrowing situation spanning 12 years, a man who threatened former All My Children, Santa Barbara, and Y&R favorite, Eva LaRue (ex-Maria, ex- Margot, ex-Celeste) and her daughter, Kaya was sentenced to 40 months in prison.

James David Rogers, 58, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt for over a decade of threatening letters and phone calls about torture, rape and death to LaRue and her daughter.

Rogers had pleaded guilty in April to two counts of mailing threatening communications, one count of threats by interstate communications and two counts of stalking.  According to court documents, all of this began in March 2007 until Rogers eventually was arrested in November 2019.  At the beginning of his stalking spree, LaRue’s daughter, Kaya was only five-years-old.

According to Deadline, Eva gave a “tearful victim impact statement, telling the judge in L.A. federal court that she has undergone therapy since the harassment began in order to deal with feelings of fear and paranoia.”  She added, “We didn’t know if he would show up on our doorstep. We will think about him for a lifetime. The fear is with me forever.”

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The judge has ordered Rogers to self surrender on October 12th to begin his sentence at a federal prison in Ohio.

Eva won a Daytime Emmy back in 2020 for her guest star turn on The Young and the Restless, and is best-known to primetime viewers for her role in CSI: Miami.

Share your thoughts on Eva and Kaya’s heartbreaking real-life experience via the comment section below.

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Soap Vet, Broadway Star and Artistic Director, Robert Lupone Passes Away at 76

Bob Lupone, the brother of Broadway Icon, Patti Lupone, and who is best-known to soap opera fans as con artist Zach Grayson on All My Children (1984-1985) has died at the age of 76.

The actor, and artistic director of Off-Broadway’s acclaimed MCC Theatre for over 40 years, passed away Saturday, due to complications from his three year battle with pancreatic cancer.

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Ironically, Bob was best known on Broadway as Zach in A Chorus Line which landed him a Tony Award nomination in 1976, and he also received a Daytime Emmy nomination for his other role of Zach on All My Children in 1985.  The murder of Zach Grayson was quite the murder mystery and trial; bringing in many suspects to the story.

In addition to All My Children, throughout his soap career, Lupone held roles on: Search for Tomorrow as Tom Bergman, Ryan’s Hope as Chester Wallace, Another World as Neal Cory, Loving as Leonard Brill/Charley Nichols, and Guiding Light as Leo Flynn.  He also appeared in primetime TV roles including: The Sopranos, Sex and the City, and several roles in the Law and Order franchise.

Lupone made his feature film debut in the 1973 musical adaptation of Jesus Christ Superstar playing the Apostle James, and two years later got the Broadway role of his lifetime playing Zach in A Chorus Line after convincing creator and director Michael Bennett to let him play the part after the original actor departed the show.

A decade later, LuPone would co-found the Off-Broadway theatre company, MCC Theater, with Bernard Telsey and William Cantler.  MCC was founded as an artists collective designed to offer peer based classes and playwright development and has launched several successful shows that went on to great success.

LuPone is survived by his wife, Virginia; his son, Orlando; sister, Patti; and brother, William.

Below, take a look at the suspects in the Zach Grayson murder case on All My Children, followed by the 1976 performance by Robert and the cast of A Chorus Line on The Tony Awards, and last, a scene as AMC’s Zach around the 6 minute mark in the video.

Now, share your condolences to the Lupone family on Bob’s passing, and your remembrances in the comment section.

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