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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
Jason

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

Ceridwyn2
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
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
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
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
Lynne

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

CINDY
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
ethel

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

brian 56
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
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
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
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
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
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 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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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.

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,

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”

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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WATCH: All My Children Reunion On Strahan & Sara

On Monday’s episode of ABC’s Strahan & Sara, the show welcomed several stars of the beloved All My Children for a reunion, of sorts. Joining hosts Michael Strahan and Sara Haines were Susan Lucci (Erica), Walt Willey (Jack), Cady McClain (Dixie), Jacob Young (JR) and Jill Larson (Opal).

While it was wonderful to see the stars from Pine Valley again, it was also a painful reminder that this network, ABC, canceled the show, and had put in its place – The Chew, and now Strahan & Sara – since canning the series.   In fact, as you will see on the clips below, many of the crew who work on this talk show were once the crew for All My Children.

During the segment, Susan Lucci was tested to see if she remembered all of Erica Kane’s wedded names.  Later, Walt Willey and Susan re-created the final scene of the ABC version of All My Children between Erica and Jack, where Jack walks out on her.  However, this time, they have Jack changing his mind and coming back to Erica and sealing their relationship with a kiss – a moment of closure that never happened (since the show moved to online via Prospect Park).

In addition, Cady McClain and Jacob Young re-created the infamous Dixie “dying from eating poison pancakes” scene, as JR watches his mother die, only this time she lives.

It’s always great to see these veteran performers, but Strahan & Sara is trying to capture the soap viewers to put eyeballs on their show by bringing in talent from the show that sadly and wrongly went off the air.

Watch the clips below from the All My Children reunion below.  Then, let us know what you thought of it via the comment section below.

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