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WGA East issues statement to ABC to reconsider dropping OLTL & AMC

Another exclusive today from Deadline.com who has been on top of the cancellation today of One Life to Live and All My Children by ABC Daytime President, Brian Frons.  Now comes word from the Writers Guild of America East they want ABC to reconsider their position which renders many talented scribes out of a job!

WGAE stated, “The WGAE is deeply disappointed by ABC’s announcement that both All My Children and One Life to Live will cease production. These groundbreaking shows have provided entertainment and enlightenment to millions of viewers, and have provided good employment to dozens of talented, dedicated writers. We urge the company to reconsider.”

Yes!  OLTL and AMC have been groundbreaking for decades! Let’s never forget all the good these two shows have done to raise the social consciousness of the daytime viewing audience.

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George
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George

OLTL has at least one writer who has no talent, and even worse has no respect for loyal fans and viewers opinions and faithful following. She screwed up the LURE storyline in the worst possible manner on ATWT, She deserves to be out of job. That’s the price you pay for breaking the hearts of millions of fans with your stupid plots and story-telling. I hope such writers never find any work and their careers are doomed forever.

David
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David

Her LURE storyline was so underdeveloped, but the one thing that came from it was that Van had the best performances. Also too bad she focused on Janet and other medioacre characters which wasted away the remaining time ATWT had.

Hoepfully, OLTL can be saved. Very doubtful about such a resurrecton but let’s dare to dream the impossible! In the meantime, let’s write in demanding to keep our show and vent our dis/approval of any and all storylines!

Bina
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Bina

I totally agree, so very sad about the lost of 2 of the most watched shows on daytime.

Kim
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Kim

This cannot be real. These are 40+ year traditions, and they MUST NOT BE LET GO. It’s a travesty. Goodbye to ABC from cancellation on.

Lauren
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Lauren

I am 21 years old, I have watched all three ABC soaps since as far back as I can remember. Some of my fondest memories are watching these shows with my entire family. To this day all of my family calls each other up almost everyday to gossip about the drama on the soaps. I remember when Starr was 4 or 5 on the show and was able to watch her grow up into a wonderful actress on tv. OLTL is well known for getting their stories from real life situations like teens having babies, and bullying are just to… Read more »

Vikki
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Vikki

I think the fight is over, we just have to accept and appreciate that Prospect Park is taking them over

Susan M.
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Susan M.

KEEP FIGHTING !!!!!!!!!!NEVER GIVE UP. Brian Frons of daytime/disney for abc is stepping down in Jan. 2012……….

jo reed
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jo reed

why would take off two great show,s for cooking and talk show,s that every stsaion has.i,m 60 yeaer,s old and watch,ed these show,s since i was 13.i look,ed forward to these show,s everyday,but if you take these two show,s off i see no reason to watch your station any more you will lose many viewer,s because of this.brian fron, use to know what the people wants but he must lost his mind to do this these showe,s will be sorrly miss,ed not only by me but by many and many faithful vierers of wich i ,m no longer one a… Read more »

Christina
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Christina

This is soo depressing!!!! OLTL can be replace which is why i wont watch the show that’s in that time slot or even watch ABC for that matter. Once OLTL is off the air im finished with soaps..!!!=[ Brian Frons ruined daytime!! Congrats for being the worst president of daytime!!!!

elaine
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elaine

i hate this decision they are putting a lot of people out of work and we have enough home imprtovement/talk shows/weight loss shows on cable. if they want to boost there viewers theyshould get rid of crap like the view and put on a good game show

christina roby
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christina roby

I urge top executives responsible for their hasty dismissal of these two shows to reconsider.Such bad decissions will only back fire as people will not watch these new shows.or at least do not.cancel both of them.such a lack of wisdom and vision ..top executives should be ousted from their positions for doing this,inevitably mark my words this action will not gain them ratings with replacements.I won’t be watching ABC and neither will hundreds of others I know.some “enlightened person should see this and pick these shows up.they wouldn’t regret it..

Theresa Harris
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Theresa Harris

I’m in complet shoke. I grew up with these shows, and still watch them ever day. I fell as if I’m lossing a huge part of my family all at onr time.

Theresa Harris
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Theresa Harris

I’m in shock. I grew up with these shows. I fell like I’m lossing a huge part of my family all at one time. Is there any way to keep amc and oltl onair via soap net? anything to keep them on air should br considerd.

maria p
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maria p

I grew up with these soaps. I was devastated about the news. The characters are like extended family. please save our soaps!

P Pollard
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P Pollard

They are closing down soapnet in January and GH is set to go in September 2012 so frons is basically trying to kill the genre of soaps. He started with Port Charles. He killed it and if he wanted the younger viewers then he should have kept PC what with the vampire craze. What younger viewers? We baby boomers outnumber the younger generation plus soaps are multigenerational handed down from one generation to the next. I watched with my mother and now with my grown children. What about all the charity work that these stars do? And all the publications?… Read more »

Valerie
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Valerie

I have been watching AMC since it started. It became a part of me, watching it all this time. Fantasy plus reality is a great escape from all the issues we all deal with today. What do we need with another talk or food show. To me they are a dime a dozen, don’t watch any of them and will not watch them in AMC place. I just think about the day time soaps how they influenced the night time soaps, dallas etc. and now all of the shows on primetime continue just like a soap. mayee they should consider… Read more »

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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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Soap Vet, Broadway Star and Artistic Director, Robert Lupone Passes Away at 76

Bob Lupone, the brother of Broadway Icon, Patti Lupone, and who is best-known to soap opera fans as con artist Zach Grayson on All My Children (1984-1985) has died at the age of 76.

The actor, and artistic director of Off-Broadway’s acclaimed MCC Theatre for over 40 years, passed away Saturday, due to complications from his three year battle with pancreatic cancer.

Photo: MCC Theatre

Ironically, Bob was best known on Broadway as Zach in A Chorus Line which landed him a Tony Award nomination in 1976, and he also received a Daytime Emmy nomination for his other role of Zach on All My Children in 1985.  The murder of Zach Grayson was quite the murder mystery and trial; bringing in many suspects to the story.

In addition to All My Children, throughout his soap career, Lupone held roles on: Search for Tomorrow as Tom Bergman, Ryan’s Hope as Chester Wallace, Another World as Neal Cory, Loving as Leonard Brill/Charley Nichols, and Guiding Light as Leo Flynn.  He also appeared in primetime TV roles including: The Sopranos, Sex and the City, and several roles in the Law and Order franchise.

Lupone made his feature film debut in the 1973 musical adaptation of Jesus Christ Superstar playing the Apostle James, and two years later got the Broadway role of his lifetime playing Zach in A Chorus Line after convincing creator and director Michael Bennett to let him play the part after the original actor departed the show.

A decade later, LuPone would co-found the Off-Broadway theatre company, MCC Theater, with Bernard Telsey and William Cantler.  MCC was founded as an artists collective designed to offer peer based classes and playwright development and has launched several successful shows that went on to great success.

LuPone is survived by his wife, Virginia; his son, Orlando; sister, Patti; and brother, William.

Below, take a look at the suspects in the Zach Grayson murder case on All My Children, followed by the 1976 performance by Robert and the cast of A Chorus Line on The Tony Awards, and last, a scene as AMC’s Zach around the 6 minute mark in the video.

Now, share your condolences to the Lupone family on Bob’s passing, and your remembrances in the comment section.

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