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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.”

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
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Joanne

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

David J.
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David J.

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

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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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
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ricardo

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

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

That would still be too good for him…lol

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

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

Happy Holidays to you too…

su0000
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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
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Sue

DVr set hoping they may pick up our reboots

Sue
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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
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Rodd

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

TVGN
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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
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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
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Rodd

Thank you.

Robert C
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Robert C

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

Robert C
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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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… Read more »

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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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
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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… Read more »

Eric Buchanan
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Eric Buchanan

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

betty
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betty

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

Sue
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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
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Ann

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

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AMC Alum Sarah Michelle Gellar Reflecting on Her Time on Soaps: “Anything I Can Do to Continue the Legacy I’m Very Proud Of”

Daytime fans knew of Sarah Michelle Gellar her way before her Buffy the Vampire Slayer days, when she stepped on to the small screen as Erica’s (Susan Lucci) troubled daughter Kendall Hart on ABC’s All My Children. 

Gellar played the role from 1993 to 1995, and made a brief return in 2011 as the show came to its conclusion on ABC. Additionally, Sarah won a Daytime Emmy for her performance in the Outstanding Younger Actress category in 1995.

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Sarah has partnered with Lysol for their brand’s Disinfecting Wipes “Buy One, Donate One” program. where now through September 26, whenever a pack of Lysol Disinfecting Wipes is purchased, another pack will automatically be donated to an under-resourced school through the Kids In Need Foundation.

The program is aimed to help curb the spread of illness-causing germs in schools this back-to-school season, a total of up to 16 million packs of Lysol Disinfecting Wipes will be donated to Title I schools across the country.

The program is the latest component of Lysol’s HERE for Healthy Schools initiative. Started in 2019 with the mission to help curb the spread of preventable illness and to help kids miss less school so they are able to learn, grow and thrive, HERE for Healthy Schools has provided educational materials for students and Lysol disinfecting supplies for educators and administrators to more than 49,000 schools across the country. This year, HERE for Healthy Schools is focused on helping to protect children, educators and parents as they make their big return to in-person learning in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking with TV Insider on the partnership, Gellar recalled her time on the soaps and how it changed her career and outlook, noting: “it was the training ground for the rest of my career.”

She went on to say: “I made incredible friends at that time and I learned incredible work habits, and soap operas are an intense amount of work, and I’m incredibly grateful for that time and the people that I met.  We live in a world now where my kids don’t even really know what a soap opera is, so anything I can do to continue the legacy I’m very proud of.”

So, do you remember Sarah’s time on AMC? What do you think of her thoughts on her time on the soaps? Comment below.

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‘Dynasty’ and ‘All My Children’ Co-Stars React to the Death of Michael Nader

UPDATED: Yesterday, Michael Fairman TV broke the news of the passing of Michael Nader (Ex-Dex, Dynasty and Dimitri, All My Children).  As reported, Michael died on Monday morning of an untreatable form of cancer at his home in Northern California with his wife, Jodi, and his beloved dog, Storm by his side.

Since then, several of Nader’s former Dynasty and All My Children co-stars have taken to social media with their reactions and remembrances after having learned that he has no longer with us.

From his leading ladies, Joan Collins and Susan Lucci, to Emma Samms and John James, Eva LaRue, Finola Hughes, Maxwell Caufield, Vincent Irizarry and more, so many are taking a moment to share their grief and outpouring of love for Michael.

Michael Fairman TV will continue to update this post throughout the day as more remembrances are posted.

Here are what several of Nader’s former co-stars and colleagues shared below:

Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica, All My Children):”MICHAEL NADER—so handsome, so talented—so wonderful and beloved as All My Children’s DIMITRI MARICK—and a great love of “Erica Kane”. I am so lucky to have played opposite Michael—playing some of the most romantic scenes ever—dancing in palaces in Budapest, our gorgeous Greek Orthodox wedding, complete with crowns. Michael was a doll to work with and to know.  RIP, Michael💙💙💙🙏🙏🙏”

Joan Collins (Ex-Alexis, Dynasty): “Very sad to hear of the death of my onscreen husband and lover #michaelnader aka #dexdexter – I loved working with him and his character was a wonderful mixture of tough and tender. #alexis was crazy to keep on rejecting him! #rip #ripmichaelnader”

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Emma Samms (Ex-Fallon, Dynasty): “Incredibly sad news about Michael Nader. What a blessing it was to have had his participation and support for our Dynasty Reunion fundraiser back in March. Thinking of his wife Jodi and sending condolences to all of his many fans.”

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John James (Ex-Jeff, Dynasty): “I’m so sad to hear, that my dear friend Michael Nader passed away. We shared some great laughs together and I will miss miss you buddy. Sending prayers to the family.”

Finola Hughes (Ex-Alex, All My Children): “Oh #michaelnader sweet man. I worked with him so briefly, but he cared about his craft and his fellow actors. Sending much love and condolences to his family ❤️”

Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria, All My Children): “So heartbreaking to hear about the passing of Michael Nader! The sweetest man, with the best stories and the funniest out takes! Thank you for the endless belly laughs around that Wildwind dining table at #AMC ! You will be remembered with so much Love!😢♥️ All my prayers and sympathy to his family🙏🏼♥️ Rest peacefully sweet man♥️”

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Cady McClain (Ex-Dixie, All My Children): “Michael was always a joy to work with, and one of the funniest human beings I ever met. I feel so blessed to have crossed his path and been able to watch him work his magic. I know he felt the love and appreciation of his colleagues and I’m grateful our discussions were always deep or kind. #RIP #michaelnader Photo by @stevenbergman29 💕 (note his book and bookmark! Only Michael would carry it on the res carpet. 😂)”

Maxwell Caufield (Ex-Miles, Dynasty): “That #MichaelNader in the arena many seasons with both @Joancollinsdbe and #SusanLucci – quel hombre.”

Dondre T. Whitfield (Ex-Terrence, All My Children), who commented on Eva LaRue’s post: “Wow. Haven’t seen him in years. So sad to see the Brother. He was very mice to me during my “Pine Valley” time. RIP Nader.”

Vincent Irizarry (Ex-David, All My Children), who commented on Eva LaRue’s post: “OMG, my heart is breaking!!! Loved dear Michael, working opposite him in both “Pine Valley” and in Jackie Collins’ ‘Lucky Chances’. So so sad to hear of his passing. Yes @evalarue, the sweetest man, and ABSOLUTELY the funniest outtakes…”

Sean Kanan: (Ex-AJ, GH, Deacon, B&B) “I was so sorry to hear that Michael Nader passed away. He and I played father and son in Perry Mason: The Case of the Maligned Mobster. We spent some time together and he was a very authentic person. My sincerest condolences to his family. RIP Michael.”

Share your thoughts and remembrances of these wonderful co-stars with Michael throughout his years on Dynasty and All My Children via the comment section below.

 

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‘Dynasty’ and ‘All My Children’ Star, Michael Nader Passes Away at 76

Heartbreaking news to report this Wednesday morning. Michael Fairman TV has learned exclusively that Michael Nader, best known for his role as “Dex” Dexter on ABC’s original version of Dynasty, and as Dimitri Marick on All My Children, has died at the age of 76.

Nader passed away on Monday, August 23rd at 11:30am from an untreatable form of cancer at his home in Northern California with his wife, Jodi by his side, and Michael’s rescue dog, Storm.

In an exclusive statement to MFTV, Michael’s wife, Jodi Lister expressed: “With heavy heart, I’m sharing the news of the passing of my beloved, Michael.  We had 18 wonderful years together with the many dogs we fostered and adopted. Recently, Michael was so thrilled to reconnect with his friends from the cast of Dynasty during Emma Samms virtual event to help raise funds for Long-Covid research. Michael was working on a book about his life and addiction at the time of his death.  He was a beautiful and fascinating man with many talents and skills.  I will miss him forever.”

 

Michael’s acting career spanned several decades. His first soap role was that of Kevin Thompson on As the World Turns (1975-1978, then the primetime soap, Bare Essence (1983) as Alexi Theopolous, before landing on Dynasty later that year as Alexis Colby’s (Joan Collins) third husband, “Dex”.  Nader remained with the series until its cancellation in 1989.

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When All My Children came calling, Michael took on the role of Erica Kane’s (Susan Lucci) magnetic husband, Dimitri Marick, a role he played from 1991-1999, then again in 2000-2001. Michael returned to AMC during Prospect Park’s online revival of the series in 2013.

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Throughout his TV and motion picture career Nader also appeared in: The Flash, Law and Order: SVU, Cold Case, Gidget, Beach Blanket Bingo, The Great Escape II: The Untold Story, Lady Mobster (with Susan Lucci) the miniseries, Lucky Charms, to name but a few.

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Michael is survived by his wife of 18-years, Jodi, stepmother Lillian, sister Stephanie, daughter Lindsay, ex-wife Robin, son-in-law Trevor, and granddaughter Juniper.

A Zoom memorial will be planned at a later date.

Share your thoughts and remembrances of Michael, and send condolences to his loved ones, in the comment section below.

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