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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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Mary SF

* 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.

k/kay
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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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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
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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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Rebecca Budig in Cast of CBS Holiday Movie ‘Fit For Christmas’

Daytime favorite Rebecca Budig (ex-Greenlee, AMC, and ex-Hayden, GH) will be seen in the upcoming CBS holiday movie, Fit For Christmas.

The movie also stars The Talk’s Amanda Kloots and she also serves as one of the executive producers and also co-wrote the project.  Budig joins Kloots along with When Calls the Heart favorite, Paul Greene in the holiday charmer.

In story, Fit For Christmas tells “the tale of Audrey, an enthusiastic Christmas-obsessed fitness instructor at a beloved, financially beleaguered community center in quaint Mistletoe, Mont., who begins a holiday romance with a charming, mysterious businessman, complicating his plans to turn the center into a more financially profitable resort property.”

Fit for Christmas is slated to premiere on Sunday, December 4th (8:30 ET/8 PT).

So, will you be watching Rebecca, Amanda and Paul in the holiday film? Do you somehow wish GH could bring back Budig as Hayden? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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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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