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

Another exclusive today from 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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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.

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!

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

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.

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!

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

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

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

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!!!!

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

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 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..

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.

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.

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

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!!!

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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Billy Miller Memorial Scholarship Endowment Created at His Alma Mater to Help Others ‘Realize Their Dreams’

Two months since three-time Daytime Emmy-winning actor, Billy Miller passed away, the beloved All My Children (ex-Richie), General Hospital (ex-Jason/Drew) and The Young and the Restless (ex-Billy) star, will now have a permanent scholarship endowment in his honor at the University of Texas at Austin which was Miller’s alma mater.

Through the scholarship, it will be able to help radio/television and film undergraduate students with financial need. Billy’s family and friends have established this permanent scholarship in his memory, naming it the William Jon Miller II “Billy Miller” Memorial Scholarship. They hope the endowment will be a legacy to his life and love of acting.

Before becoming soap-famous, Billy graduated from the the university’s department of Radio-Television-Film (RTF) at the Moody College of Communication. On its official website, they shared the news of this special memorial scholarship and how Miller died at the age of 43 after surrendering his life to bipolar depression, which he struggled with his whole life.

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Megan Hubbell, Billy’s sister, expressed, “We want something positive to be held in his name in perpetuity through the University he loved. He would be honored to know that even in death, he can help someone else realize their dreams.”

She added how she hoped her immensely talented brother will be remembered: “I hope BJ (as Billy was known by to his friends and family) is remembered for the kind-hearted, silly, funny, goofy, generous, beautiful soul that he was His megawatt smile, deep belly laugh and gorgeous mug were gifts on screen, but his true self was a bright light that will be carried with us forever.”

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According to Miller’s family, Billy had his picks of schools and UT was his first choice. When he first came to the university, Billy started in the zoology program before switching to radio-television-film, where he felt he belonged. Miller was one of just 20 students at the time accepted into the department’s prestigious production-sequence program.

“BJ was extremely proud to be a Texas Longhorn and always remembered his time there fondly,” Hubbell said. “The time he spent at UT allowed him the space to explore who he wanted to be and what he wanted to accomplish.”

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In honoring her brother’s work and strength to persevere in the often heartbreaking world of entertainment, Megan related: “I always admired the guts it took to go after a dream in Hollywood that so many people tried to discourage. He heard, ‘You’ll never make it’ more times than I care to count, but he used those comments as fuel and said, ‘Watch me.’”

Miller’s roles went far beyond those on daytime soap operas, as throughout his career he played major parts in primetime’s Suits, Ray Donovan and Castle to name but a few.

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In his death, Billy’s family is encouraging people to take stock of their own mental health. “BJ would want anyone struggling with intrusive thoughts to seek professional help,” Hubbell said. “Do not suffer in silence or try to muscle through on your own. Mental health is vitally important and shouldn’t be spoken about in silos behind closed doors but rather in open forums with open arms. Shame has no place in the discussion to seek help.”

To donate to the William John Miller II “Billy Miller” Memorial Scholarship click here.

Share your thoughts on Billy’s family and friends, along with his alma mater, setting up this memorial scholarship endowment to help other talented young people in financial need get a shot at realizing their dreams via the comment section below.

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‘Live with Kelly and Mark’ Scores Touchdown in Ratings with Taylor Swift-Inspired ‘Halloween: The Eras Show’ Delivering Largest Audience In Over A Year

More great numbers for Live with Kelly and Mark. The talk shows Live’s Halloween: The Eras Show scored an impressive 2.9M total viewers on October 31, making it the most-watched Halloween episode in four years, according to the Nielsen ratings.

The episode also delivered some of the highest ratings in seven months for the morning show, particularly among women 18-49 and 25-54. Live’s Halloween: The Eras Show also pulled in a 1.92 household rating, as well as a 0.47 among women in the key 18 to 49 demo and a 0.69 among women 25 to 54. Those are up over the last two years of Halloween episodes and since Consuelos first started in the co-host chair back in April.

According to Deadline, Live’s Halloween: The Eras Show, also pulled in the largest audience numbers for a single episode in more than a year and half.

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As is tradition with “Live’s Halloween” episodes, they are always filled with costume and pop culture moments and special guest surprises. Ripa and Consuelos were right in step with the biggest social media love story at the moment; that of Swift and her burgeoning romance with Kansas City Chiefs Tight End, Travis Kelce.

During Halloween week which started on Monday, October 30, Live was up up 11% versus the week prior in total viewers, and averaged 2.6 million viewers throughout the week.  Year-over-year, the talk show was up that week by 15% in terms of total viewers.  It looks like the former All My Children’s alum on-screen chemistry is just as palpable as it off-screen; as the two marrieds are making quite a successful run together on morning television.

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So, what do you think of the impressive numbers for the Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos on ‘Live’? Did you enjoy their recent Halloween episode? Share your comments below.

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‘All My Children’ Star Peter White Dead at 86

Peter White, best known to soap fans as All My Children’s Linc Tyler, passed away this week at the age of 86. The cause of death was revealed to be melanoma.

The late actor’s former AMC co-star Kathleen Noone (ex-Ellen Shepherd Dalton) confirmed the news to multiple outlets sharing that White died in his home in Los Angeles of melanoma on Wednesday, November 1st. His death was first reported by Soap Hub.

White’s first soap opera role was actually on The Secret Storm in 1965-66. Then in 1971, he joined CBS’ Love Is a Many Splendored Thing, where he took on the role of Dr. Sanford Hiller. However, he became soap-famous for his role as Linc on All My Children which he began in 1976 and it would be a role he would play on and off till 2005.

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In story, Linc was in love with Kitty Cole and later her sister Kelly (both played by Francesca James), despite his mother Phoebe’s constant interference and disapproval.

Peter later appeared in numerous primetime shows including: The Colbys, Knots Landing, Dallas, Sisters, Hill Street BluesThe JeffersonsThe Paper ChaseThe West WingStar Trek: Deep Space Nine, Sisters, and more.  His film roles included: Dave, Flubber, Armageddon, Thirteen Days and First Daughter.  

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However, White jumpstarted his entire acting career in 1968 with the starring role as Alan McCarthy in Matt Crowley’s original Off-Broadway production of The Boys in the Band.  Later, the drama was made into a landmark 1970 film, White and his original co-stars were all featured in it.

Share your condolences and remembrances of All My Children’s Peter White via the comment section below. But first, check out this clip when Linc was trying to help Kelly after the murder of Eddie Dorrance.

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