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

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. 🙂

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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. ?

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

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!

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.

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 work in ths country.
I pray for them as I pray for other’s. GOD are YOU listening?
http://www.saveinstantstar. (please help?)

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EXCLUSIVE: Jacob Young, Joan Collins and Nadia Bjorlin to Prague to Film ‘Murder Between Friends’

On Thursday night during the Michael Fairman Channel’s livestream interview centering around Jason Cook’s (ex-Shawn, DAYS and ex-Matt, GH) latest movie Four For Fun which stars Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-JR, AMC, ex-Rick, B&B and ex-Lucky, GH), revealed another upcoming film project with some very familiar faces.

Jacob Young shared an exclusive that he is set to direct, produce and star in a Agatha Christie-like murder mystery feature film aptly tiled Murder Between Friends.

Speaking on the upcoming project, Jacob said, “I’m flying at the end of the March to Prague to direct, produce and star in a film with Joan Collins (ex-Dynasty). Nadia Bjorlin (ex-Chloe, Days of our Lives) is in it, and Toby Alexander Smith from Eastenders (ex-Gray Atkins). Plus, a couple of my Broadway friends and a very well known Czech actress (Hana Vagnerova).”

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According to Jacob, the production start date is April 1st. He added on the premise of the film, “It’s very Agatha Christie sort of ‘Knives Out’ without having a hundred million dollars to shoot it, but still will be a lovely film nonetheless.” Young said the plan is to finish all principal photography by April 17th.

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IMDb has more on the film. It shared that former All My Children star Trent Garrett (ex-Asher Pike) is listed as co-directing the feature. Mark Rozzano is listed as writer of Murder Between Friends.

So, what do you think about this upcoming feature from Jacob that will feature Joan Collins, Nadia Bjorlin et al? Share your thoughts in the comment section. 

Then below, check out the full livestream conversation with Jason Cook, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young on ‘Four For Fun’ and their notable soap roles.

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Maurice Benard Reveals All My Children’s Lee Meriweather and Daughter’s Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

At the beginning of the latest episode of General Hospital star, Maurice Benard’s (Sonny Corinthos) State of Mind series, he delivered some heartbreaking news with a purpose.

Kyle Oldham, the daughter of former All My Children star, Lee Meriwether (ex-Ruth Martin), who previously made a guest appearance on Benard’s show, returned for a new interview which will be coming soon.

During their conversation, Oldham shared that her beloved mother has Alzheimer’s. Sadly, according to Benard, Kyle also revealed she has been diagnosed with the disease as well.

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Maurice expressed, “We talked about her mother and having Alzheimer’s and it was an amazing interview. And then Kyle said, ‘I gotta tell you something. I have Alzheimer’s.’”

Apparently, Kyle has agreed to come on State of Mind, periodically as the effects of Alzheimer’s take a hold of her to help educate others. “We decided that she was gonna come in … she was gonna call me and tell me as she progresses,” Benard shared. “She was going to come in again so the audience could see with their eyes what Alzheimer’s does to someone.”

Benard’s guest for this current episode of State of Mind was Vernee Watson (Stella, GH), who along with Maurice, was part of the Alzheimer’s storyline on the ABC daytime drama series that saw Mike Corbin (Max Gail) eventually pass away.

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As for Lee Meriwether, not only is she known for her role on AMC, but also for her roles as Catwoman in Batman: The Movie, and The Courtship of Eddie’s Father, and for the television series, Barnaby Jones, the New Andy Griffith Show and The Munsters to name only a few.

In soap operas, Meriwether was cast in The Young Marrieds years prior to her time on All My Children where she replaced Mary Fickett in the matriarchal role in the Martin family. She played the role from 1996-99, 2002-03, and 2007-11.

Meriwether’s daughter, Kyle Oldham, has been an actress and spokesperson herself through the years. She appeared on The Price is Right for over 14 years until she couldn’t anymore after going through multiple surgeries in her adult life.

You can check out the full episode of State of Mind with Maurice an Vernee below.

Share your thoughts on the sad news of both Lee Meriwether and her daughter Kyle Oldham, battling the effects of Alzheimer’s disease in the comment section below.

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Soap Favorites Jason Cook, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young Visit the Michael Fairman Channel

On Wednesday night, February 28, Four for Fun, the movie written and directed by former Days of our Lives and General Hospital star, Jason Cook (ex-Shawn-Douglas; ex-Matt, respectively), which stars Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-JR, AMC, Lucky, GH, and Rick, B&B), will have its premiere as part of The Golden State Film Festival.

If you’re in the Southern California area, tickets for the festival and to see Four for Fun showing at 7:30pm PT can be found here.

In the premise of the film, a dinner party between two couples experiencing eleven different endings, all of which points to the same conclusion – the best possible life comes from the one lived the most in the present. Sarpy and Young play one of the couples and actors Donovan Patton and Annika Foster, play the other.

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After its premiere at the festival, on the next night, Jason, Brytni and Jacob will visit You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel for a livestream conversation about the making of the film, working with each other, and a discussion on their numerous soap opera roles and much more.

It all begins on Thursday night, February 29th beginning at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT. Make sure to join us in the live chat, so you can ask your questions and share your comments with this talented trio.

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Check out the trailer for Four for Fun below, followed by how to watch the livestream interview.

Then, drop any questions you would like us to pose to Jason, Brytni and Jacob in the comment section, and we just might ask it live on Thursday night.

 

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