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TVGN Premiere's: Who Shot The Daytime Soap? Watch The Preview!

We watched so many of our favorite daytime soap operas be sent to soap opera heaven one after the other in the last five years! From Guiding Light, to As the World Turns, to All My Children, to One Life to Live, these iconic shows took their last breathes on network television (although AMC and OLTL were revived for a time this year online by Prospect Park). With those cancellations,  everyone said the fate of the soap opera genre was sealed.  But this year, we have seen the resilience of the genre with higher ratings for the four remaining soap operas!

Premiering this coming Monday, December 16th on TVGN,  the special Who Shot the Daytime Soap? from executive producer, Jim Romanovich president of worldwide media at Associated Television International,  along with the special’s producer, Rob Corsini,  gathered together quite the group of daytime personnel from in front of the camera, and behind the scenes!  They tell the story of the rise and fall, and rise, of what happened to our beloved stories and why they were snuffed out and more!  The show will premiere Monday at 8PMEST/7PMCST, with a sneak preview earlier the same day at 2PMEST/1CST!

Some of the soap favorites that appear in the special include:  Susan Lucci and Alicia Minshew (All My Children), Tristan Rogers, Jacklyn Zeman, William deVry, Sean Kanan and Robin Mattson (General Hospital), Linda Dano (Another World), Judi Evans and Wally Kurth (Days of Our Lives), Crystal Chappell (Venice), Kristoff St. John (The Young and the Restless) and Kathryn Leigh Scott (Dark Shadows), Colleen Zenk (As the World Turns) and Grant Alexsander (Guiding Light).  In addition,  former Daytime EP’s Wendy Riche (GH), Julie Carruthers (AMC) and Maria Arena Bell (Y&R) make appearances.

Romanovich spoke to TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan about why he chose to call the special, Who Shot the Daytime Soap? when the soaps are having a comeback: “To be honest, the title is sexy and sizzling and it will get people to gravitate to the show — plus it’s also reminiscent of  ‘Who Shot J.R.?’ which was the ultimate soap whodunit. But, as it turns out, this is also the very best timing, because I can now give this program a happy ending. You will see the full arc of the soaps — the rise, the fall, and now the rise again, not only with the four current network shows but all the great web serials that are being produced by people like Crystal Chappell and Gregori Martin and Sonia Blangiardo. This success allows us to put an exclamation mark on our documentary, but we also ask the question: Why would anyone want to kill such an incredible and popular and lucrative genre? It’s ludicrous! It was sad for me, as a fan of these shows, to not only watch them crumble but to watch them be annihilated from all angles, including from within.”

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Watch a preview clip of Who Shot the Daytime Soap? below!  Then, let us know your thoughts on the content, the subject matter, and if you will be tuning-in?

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Joanne
Joanne

I can’t wait to see this….I’m setting my DVR

David J.
David J.

I’m surprised by the decisions to include MAB, Julie Carruthers, and the actor that plays Fen.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Why not an appearance by Brian Frons? Where has he disappeared to…and does Anna and Robert have anything to do with it?…lol

ricardo
ricardo

sheila carter kidnapped brian frons, i told sheila too torture him. lol

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

That would still be too good for him…lol

Mary SF
Mary SF

Looks great, unfortunately I don’t have that channel to watch. I believe the death really started in 1999 when NBC cancelled Another World. Dano Plato said at the time, if they can cancel Another World they can cancel anything. Her words rang true. Again I don’t think daytime serial on network television is making a comeback, until I see networks invest in new ones— but soap fans are supporting the last four we got knowing, if we don’t watch, they can and will cancel them and none of us want that.

Mary SF
Mary SF

* that should have read Linda Dano, not Dano Plato– no more eggnog for me. LOL.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

At first i thought you meant the late Dana Plato from Different Strokes, and i was going to say i never knew she was a fan of the show!

Mary SF
Mary SF

Thank you— I was searching my brain trying to figure out why I connecting Dano with Plato, sometimes our minds are worse than auto correct and things just get cross connected from the time we have a thought to the time we type— well that and the eggnog. Happy Holidays fellow soap fan.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Happy Holidays to you too…

su0000
su0000

I would love to see it, but my Comcast does not carry TVGN..
I spent 20 minutes on the phone with Comcast, nada.. 🙁

Sue
Sue

DVr set hoping they may pick up our reboots

Sue
Sue

I heard Oprah was interviewing actors from reboots any details as to air dates please I will watch that and only that on her network

Rodd
Rodd

Looking forward to seeing it. Now…if I can just locate TVGN on my cable provider…

TVGN
TVGN

Hi Rodd: To find your TVGN channel go to http://www.TVGN.tv and type in your zip code in the Channel Finder located on the top right corner of the page.

su0000
su0000

I put my zip code in, and Comcast does not carry it;
here is the two that did come up;
Dish Network
DirecTV

Rodd
Rodd

Thank you.

Robert C
Robert C

I have Comcast Cable here in Sacramento Ca and TVGN is on channel 111 here

Robert C
Robert C

su0000 don’t trust TVGN.tv as Dish Network and DirecTV were the only ones listed in my zip code but the truth is Comcast does carry TVGN so you may have to channel surf until you find the station in your area.

KM
KM

You are my new best friend, OP! I scanned thru all my 600 channels trying to spot TVGN with no luck but this did the trick. Thanks so much. Looking forward to watching.

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

I don’t have the TVGN in my cable package. I hope someone can post this special on that video site for fans that don’t have the channel.

Tom Welles
Tom Welles

Darn, I don’t get the TV Guide Channel, wish I did for I would enjoy watching this. Maybe Hulu Plus will show it, since I still pay for that and don’t even get to see ALL MY CHILDREN which is why I first got Hulu Plus.
Maybe this is off topic a bit but since I can’t stand what happened with AMC on line, being on again, off again, countless legal problems, unbelievable really and I wonder
if this will be mentioned at all on this TV Guide special.

k/kay
k/kay

Who killed daytime well how about OJ Simpson his trial went on forever and people lost interest a lot never came back! We have not had good stories in a long time it is ok to blame networks etc. but if you write crap sooner or later people turn out. Gh has had a great run but I for one am tired of the campy storytelling. And B&B teenyboppers who roll their eyes and pose for the camera throw up time. Y&R totally taken over by golden boy who never saw a cue card he did not love. Days can not comment have not watched in 15 years.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

imo…Days is really good right now, especially since it isnt as campy as it used to be for years! I dont mind a little campiness in soaps myself but several posts ago i did say camp can wear thin after awhile and some viewers will get tired of it…i miss the 70s era when most soaps were character driven and more down to earth! Y&R is more like the old soap days and perhaps thats the reason it stays in the no. 1 position?

Kate
Kate

The resurgence of the soaps is just the refugees of the cancelled soaps trying to get interested in another soap. I have tried but none of them can capture my interest like AMC. The fans are doing what the networks want. The networks want to increase the ratings of soaps by canceling other soaps and forcing the fans of the canceled soaps to watch the remaining soaps. I will occasionally watch Y&R. I really don’t watch daytime TV anymore. I come back to this site looking for updates concerning AMC. I hope the remaining soaps survive. I will never watch ABC. Sorry, just won’t.

Eric Buchanan
Eric Buchanan

I wish I could watch, but my Charter cable does not have TVGN, nor does my sister’s Cablevision n CT.

betty
betty

what happen to erica cain ,sunny,brenda,jason,and other soap will they return

Sue
Sue

very disappointed Canada left out of watching AMC after watching since inception. Perhaps with those viewers added the show would not have been cancelled!

Ann
Ann

I have ATT-UVERSE how can I get TVGN????????

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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.

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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,

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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”

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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.

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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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