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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
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
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
Bina

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

Kim
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
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 name a few. They have taught their millions of viewers many valuable lessons, and it is a sad shame that this will come to an end. I am not ready to see this show go, so I hope everyone does everything in their powers to fight for our Soaps! If we can prove to ABC that we can get their ratings up then mayne they will reconsider. Call the comment lines, email, write letters, anything will help. Let’s fight to save our soaps!

Vikki
Vikki

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

Susan M.
Susan M.

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

jo reed
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 very sad viewer

Christina
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
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
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
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
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
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
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? Clearly abc does NOT know how to market their goldmine. I hear frons fancies his own show. Gagggg! Plus all this research he says he has done…I have asked many many many people from all over the world….no one they know was ever polled…what reserach…I want to see it and the sources! Thanks for listening!!!

Valerie
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 making it a weekly show. I will miss AMC so much. Please reconsider canceling it. I guess I won’t watch ABC anymore.

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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.

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,

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”

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.

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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