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Vincent Irizarry's touching message on Facebook to his fans on his final tape day at AMC!

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Vincent Irizarry posted a very special and emotional message last evening on his Facebook page, having to do with the fact that today is his final tape date at All My Children as Dr. David Hayward, as we know it.  The Daytime Award winning actor has been a fan favorite for years, even those his dastardly doc has certainly perpetrated some shenanigans on the folks in Pine Valley! Vincent’s post is titled: “All My Children’s Last Day with ABC…Exit Stage Left”

Here is Vincent’s touching message to his fans: “Tomorrow morning, I will wake up to go to work on All My Children for the last time under ABC.  It has been a wonderful, and even often times, seemingly magical ride all these years. As with all my fellow actors on the show, I don’t yet know where we’re going, but I certainly know where I’ve been. I couldn’t feel more priviledged to have traveled this journey with many of you throughout these years, nor more grateful to have had the opportunity to play such an entertaining and rewarding character such as Dr. David Hayward. The depth of my gratitude to all of you is beyond measure, therefore, I thank you all ad infinitum… Keep the faith : )”

Well soapers, it looks like the countdown has begun… just a few more weeks of AMC on network television! We best get out some hankies for it, as we can assume there will be some very emotional on-screen moments,  even though it will be moving online in the near future via Prospect Park.

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LUMI
LUMI

I hate our soaps are going off the air,we will never see most of the actors again,
they feel like family and now they gone,very sad.

kim
kim

yes we will see, ost of the actors… positive

DEB MOORE
DEB MOORE

when are they putting soaps on the internet,why can’t they leave it on the soap net . i guess i’m behind. i don’t understand why they have to be so greedy make them move and not ending the show, some is an over paid dummie.

theresa krypa
theresa krypa

hi vincent irizarry my comment is how come they can’t leave you alone when i think zach is betrail you again becouse you save zach live and other if you know
about it why not jake tammpering trevor’s medical record we all know is not the father or you how come you went to marassa you say was all the martin brother tammpering stay up what you believe in god will help you out how come erain just like ryan. breaking in your office your orphensproject be carefull if greenell to suedue you let me in your project your orphnsproject becouse i have webcam we can work together what i’m right about the show love theresa

todd
todd

I fell like I am the only one who is not sad. I think the shows will be better and thrive under the production of Prospect Park. I am eager to hear what actors, writers, and producers will be on board.

Mieka31
Mieka31

I agree. The networks have been deliberately trying to kill the soaps for years. I think the move will encourage new growth for the soaps if the fans stay loyal! I encourage fans to watch. If you don’t have PC access, maybe get together with frinds who do. And all of the soap saver groups on fb are trying to help Prospect park get a cable deal to air the shows on TV. I ask everyone to help us by showing your love to the actors and encouraging them to stay with the shows. PP is hammering out contracts right now. Remember, I’m sure that when the soaps moved to TV people thought they would tank. But they thrived. Let’s help them do it again! BTW, your screen name, Todd is very fitting! Love it! LOL!

Todd
Todd

Well put! Soon all tvs will have direct internet access. The online network is the face of the future. My name really is Todd…I just happen to share with one of the nost compelling characters ever created on all of television.

Torrey
Torrey

I’m eager to see what happens too, but I’m still not happy about the network cancellation, especially by the OLTL cancellation, because it doesn’t make sense to me. In my opinion, OLTL is the best soap opera on television. The stories and the acting are superb….and I will never understand ABC’s reasoning behind letting this crown jewel go. AMC, on the other hand, has been in decline for several years now. Even after they let go of these last two hack writers, after the Pratt reign of terror, it still really hasn’t improved in my opinion. The show still centers around Ryan & Greenlee, with everyone playing second fiddle to them…and the stories just don’t have any depth or richness to them. No family angles, no history, no believability….just a bunch of quick flash stories that don’t add up and don’t give the talent a chance to spread their wings and show their capability. AMC has just disappointed it’s fans for far too long, and it becomes really hard to bounce back from that. So, my hope is, once they make this move to Prospect Park, someone steps back and says, “We really need to get this show back on track and go back to the drawing board.”

reed
reed

The show is not centering around ryan and greenlee. There are many stroies going on, and no one plays second fiddle to them. Have you watched the last few months? They are actually being played as the crazy ones for a change.

Torrey
Torrey

I have watched AMC for years and years…. and in MY Personal Opinion….too much time is being given to both Ryan & Greenlee. Constantly butting into Kendall, Zach and anyone else’s life that they can butt into. They are the crazy ones, but not enough people put them in their place, like they should. I mean crazy Annie is a much better parent than Ryan these days. He never spends time with his child and he and Greenlee never work. Fusion must be in serious trouble. My whole point is, AMC needs to develop richer stories….I know they are short on time, but they should take a note from OLTL…..

kim
kim

we love AMC and the new company will treat it with passion as it should have been. On ABC it was doomed now it can live on. Last thing any of us should do is trash talk any charactor or story. We want more people to watch and watch it get better..

Torrey
Torrey

And it doesn’t do any good to turn a blind eye to the problems that exist with the storylines that are currently running. I love AMC….I have for years, but there are issues that PP are going to have to address, if they want to continue on with AMC. Because let’s not forget, PP is in the business of making money….they are not going to hold on to AMC if it doesn’t improve and losses them money. Granted, right now they are the white knights swooping in to save the day, and I’m glad for that, but let’s not forget they are running a business. The AMC writing team are going to ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY improve on the storytelling, or it won’t matter that PP came in and save the show.

Just today, I was watching AMC, and I noticed the major problem that is currently happening. All the characters are centered around this one storyline of Project Orpheus. Erica is off searching for Mike Roy, Ryan & Greenlee are obsessed with nailing David, Jake is constantly worrying about Cara being involved with David, Tad & Dixie are fighting over David, Kendall & Zach are deeply involved with David……I mean, that is not good. They are all talented actors and opportunity for great storytelling is being wasted. I don’t think I’m wrong about this. I want the best for AMC and I want them to be around for another 41 years….and I think the best way to do that is to improve on the problems. Let PP see this and address the issues immediately, that way AMC can grow and prosper…

Judy
Judy

I really do hope that Vincent moves on with Prospect Park, I just can’t imagine the show without him. I’d like to see him with Cara and really do some great things with his research, and finally find some happiness. Vincent is such a wonderful actor, he has made me laugh out loud, and cry. If you read this Vincent please stay on.

ethel
ethel

after watching this show since the beginning i am at a lost for words…..

richard
richard

Oh I entirely agree this show was ruined in the last 7 years because of Ryan Lavery and Greenlee. Moreso Ryan. All of the stories and their subsequent arcs had and still have Ryan headlining them. What exactly is his purpose of day in and day out repeating the same ole same ole of going after David Hayward and hellbent on being part of the Slater marriage once again? The writing for this finale has been horrendous–and once again the poor actors are pulling out all stops making it semi believable.

Torrey
Torrey

Not to mention this stupid storyline with Marissa, Bianca & JR. I’m so sick of writers throwing people together out of nowhere and making them gay. Since when did Marissa develop these feelings? It’s a slap in the face to people who are gay, and go through all kinds of struggles in their lives to be with whom they want to be with, and to live their lives the way they want. I hate when being gay becomes a trendy thing for shows to throw together. I will be so glad if and when Babe comes back and gets her son….cause quite frankly, I’m sick of this so-called strong motherly bond that Marissa supposedly has for AJ. I can’t even believe this character is still on the show. Haven’t the writers gotten it yet, Marissa was never well received by the audience. Get rid of her!! It doesn’t matter who is playing the character…..she just doesn’t make the cut.

Torrey
Torrey

I would love for Bianca’s first love, Sarah, to make a return to Pine Valley and rock Marissa & Bianca’s world up. Let’s see, she could have left the man that her mother forced her to marry, and made her way back to Pine Valley, and run into Bianca somewhere…..that would be amazing. And that is what we call writing, and following some history of the characters..lol

letecia shong
letecia shong

Dear Vincent thank you for your wonderful acting on amc we will not stop, we will continue until amc is back on you are the best actor and daytime. Thank. You for entertaining us. God bless.

Blake
Blake

OLTL getting cancelled is so stupid! It’s #3 in the ratings and #2 in key demos!!!! The stories are on fire! Tea killed me yesterday when she was begging Victor not to die! God, Frons and Sweeney are idiots who deserve to be fired ASAP!!!!!

Torrey
Torrey

Had tears in my eyes watching that scene. Still can’t believe they killed off TSJ. It’s only gonna get more intense on OLTL!! Can’t wait to see how this all unfolds.

KESM
KESM

I’m going to miss all my baby boomer actors that have been on daytime for over 25 years. I remember reading about Irizarry in tv guide when they still printed a full page about soaps-Lujack from Guiding Light! My 80’s guys1 He’s such a solid actor he’s had steady work on several shows for 28 years.

I still expect to see him somewhere….maybe even on line.

kim
kim

Vincent the show needs you and i hope you stay.. I will be watching wherever I have to.. internet streaming on tv is the new future and i think its going to be great..

Eleanor
Eleanor

I have always thought that Vincent would be another Cary Grant in some of those old romantic comedies. Does anyone else feel this way?

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‘The Masked Singer’ Runner-up, Ex- AMC’s Jesse McCartney, Recalls Working With David Canary

If you caught the finale of The Masked Singer this week, you know that “The Turtle” was revealed to be none other than former All My Children star and recording artist, Jesse McCartney.

While McCartney came in as the runner-up, losing out to Kandi Burress, he spoke to Digital Journal about his latest single, “Friends’ and recalled his time working with the one and only David Canary (Ex-Stuart/Adam) on the now defunct ABC daytime drama series.

As a young JR Chandler from 1998-2001, that put him sharing on-screen time with Canary, who played his father.  Jesse remembers all of the lines of dialogue thrown at him at a young age was not fun.

When speaking of his time with Canary, McCartney shared: “He was one of the sweetest guys on the planet and he was such a kind soul. He played my father, Adam Chandler, and not only was he the star of the show but he played his own twin brother, Stuart. He had double the lines of any character on the show, and in my three years on the show, he never messed up a line even once. There was a time when David helped me when I was having a moment and I struggled with remembering my lines, so as a result, the soap world for me is very sentimental.”

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So, do you remember when Jesse and David were in Pine Valley together? Share your memories via the comment section below.

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Missing the best, the baddest, and the sexiest of Pine Valley? Well, they are all coming together in Entertainment Weekly’s #UnitedAtHome series beginning next week on May 26th.

The five-part series goes through Friday, May 29th, with new live episodes premiering at 10 a.m. ET and two on Friday. You can watch it here  on EW.com and PeopleTV.com.

The All My Children zoom series will feature the likes of :Kelly Ripa, Billy Miller, Mark Consuelos, Josh Duhamel, Susan Lucci and many, many more.

The weeklong event is also for a cause, with the AMC cast choosing to support Feeding America, which is putting food on the tables of those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic across the country.

Cast members that will be appearing throughout next week are: Jennifer Bassey, Tamara Braun, Justin Bruening, Rebecca Budig, Mark Consuelos, Josh Duhamel, Bobbie Eakes, Melissa Claire Egan, Ricky Paull Goldin, Alexa Havins, Michael E. Knight, Jill Larson, Eva LaRue, Susan Lucci, Cameron Mathison, Cady McClain, Billy Miller, Alicia Minshew, Sydney Penny, Kelly Ripa, Leven Rambin, Eden Riegel, Chrishell Stause, Walt Willey, Darnell Williams, and Jacob Young.

So, what do you think of this AMC upcoming series with the former stars of the beloved soap? Comment below.

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ABC and PEOPLE’s ‘The Story of Soaps’: What Was Your Review Of It?

Tuesday’s night airing of ABC and PEOPLE’s two-hour special The Story of Soaps featured many notable daytime and primetime soap stars, past and present, clips from backstage to classic memorable moments, and some participants who were providing commentary on the erosion of the daytime soaps in our culture.  Still others, maintained and realized that everything today is serialized from the news we watch, to some of Netflix’s most binge-watchable series, and of course, the birth of reality-programming.

Throughout the airing of the special, The Story of Soaps was trending on Twitter and social media either at the #2, #3 or #4 spots for the entire duration of the broadcast presentation, and the cancelled and beloved All My Children was also at one point trending.

However, known soap writers, journalists, ardent fans, and actors of the genre, were all on Twitter last night live-tweeting their thoughts as the special went down, and there was definitely mixed reactions and reviews, when all was said and done.

What the special did not shy away from, but tackled, was Luke’s rape of Laura at the campus disco on General Hospital. and how that moment now, as Genie Francis (Laura), so eloquently put, would be considered as ‘date rape’ in our culture.  The series even included a pivotal moment where Laura addresses Luke (Tony Geary) about the rape years later, after helping Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) through her rape ordeal.

John Stamos (Ex-Blackie Parrish, GH) got a bevy of “Right On’s!” for his comment that the soaps do not get the credit that they deserve and clearly came through as one of the soaps greatest supporters, as did former The Doctors and Knots Landing star, Alec Baldwin.

However, throughout the two-hours, Andy Cohen’s commentary was thread throughout; mostly citing soap’s demise and the creation of reality-programming and his “Real Housewives” franchise, that the special touted as the new soap operas.  It continued on the narrative that people preferred to see real-life drama then made-up drama on a fictional soap.  And while, that has been a trend in American culture for decades, the commentary came off as often out of place in a celebration of the soaps; and bringing in a lot of negativity to the special that soap fans were tired of hearing.

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In a lighting rod moment, Cohen stated: “I know Susan Lucci doesn’t agree with me, but I think that the Housewives have replaced soap operas because truth is stranger than fiction. Soaps became kind of unnecessary because you could do it with real people, and they’re writing the drama themselves.”

The special did also address the cancellations of All My Children and One Life to Live, (which many were not sure they were going to do – given this special was airing on ABC), where One Life’s leading lady and six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki) said what we all wanted to sa ywhen the ax fell on the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, “People were horrified”.

Clearly, OJ Simpson and his murder trial and reality-programming were also given a chunk of time to show where the once mighty landscape of daytime soaps which once had 13 shows on the air, dwindled town to 4.  But, it would have been nice to see more time spent on how in this day and age, the people in this current landscape of the genre work so hard to get episodes done at an unbelievable pace, and how in that climate the performers still deliver gut-wrenching performances.

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There also did not seem time spent on the contributions of William J. Bell; one of the most prominent writers of the soap genre of all-time.

For many commenting on social media last night, there seemed to be a feeling of some glaring omissions of participants who could speak on this genre, who have been in the trenches as soap producers, soap writers, pundits, actors, and more, who were not included in the special.

So, what was your review of The Story of Soaps? How would you grade it? Do you feel it accurately reflected the history of the genre?  Were you happily surprised,  or when it came to the end where you over it, or somewhere in between? Sound off in the comment section below.  Below are some tweets from notables who have worked as an actor, a writer, and a journalist in the soaps.  

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