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Who Shot The Daytime Soap? RAW: Daytime Favorites Featured In New Monthly Podcast Hosted By Jim Romanovich!

Back in December 2013, TVGN (now Pop) aired the special: Who Shot The Daytime Soap? The special featured over 40 daytime drama veterans including: performers in front of the camera, executives and behind the scene personnel, and journalists and historians, who discussed the rise and fall, and rise again, of the soap opera!  Produced by Associated Television International’s President Worldwide Media, Jim Romanovich, the program discussed what led to the genre’s decline, cancellations, and more.

However, because there were countless hours of interviews shot and culled that were never used for the one-hour television special, Romanovich is bringing something very unique to soap fans – the opportunity to hear from those in-the-know and what they experienced repackaged in a new podcast series, Who Shot The Daytime Soap? RAW debuting this Sunday, September 20th on the online platform Radio Retropolis!

Episode one which bows at 12 midnight eastern/9PMPST discusses the OJ Simpson Bronco chase and subsequent murder trial that forever changed the face of television programming-especially the daytime soap which suffered the most. Hosted by Romanovich with a a line-up that includes:  Matt Ashford, Susan Lucci, Alicia Minshew, Crystal Chappell, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Michael Bruno, Judi Evans, Linda Dano, Colleen Zenk, Tristan Rogers, Sean Kanan, Maria Arena Bell, Wendy Riche, Marc Berman, Sam Ford (author), Michael Logan, Michael Fairman, Stephanie Sloan, Michael Lowry, Frank Dicopoulos, Rick Hearst, Robin Mattson, Jacklyn Zeman,Lilly Melgar, Michael Muhney, William deVry, Bradford Anderson, Kristoff St. John, and Charles Shaughnessy.

Access is free to the site, and to be able to listen to the live stream or to download the podcasts via iTunes, Stitcher, or Podcast Republic.  Just fill in your name and email on the sign-up form below on the homepage, and you will be sent a password immediately to the premium area.   That is where the series of podcasts are located.  And, if you sign up right now, you have immediate access to the initial Who Shot The Daytime Soap? RAW podcast live stream even before Sunday night’s premiere.

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Romanovich has six more episodes already slated from October through February 2016 which include as topics: The 90s Aftermath- What now?, Black Thursday-Killing Two Birds with One Stone (the cancellations of All My Children an One Life to Live), Michael Muhney: Dark Knight (Recorded before the popular actor’s exit from Y&R), Michael Bruno:Acid Tongue Reflex, and Breaking Down Barriers (discussing groundbreaking stories, and character and social issues on the soaps).   In addition, Radio Retropolis features other pop culture podcasts hosted and produced by Romanovich, including some on the TV cult-classic Dark Shadows, and more!

So, what do you think of the concept? Are you interested to hear what some of your favorite daytime personalities had to say about some of the more difficult and challenging times the genre has ever faced?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

Can we see as well as hear the interviews? I want to see the live interviews instead of just listening to talk over a podcast.

Gmbenet
Gmbenet

It seems like “old news” at this point. Why go back there now? I would rather hear Soap Opera stars talk enthusiastically about the future!

Patricia Jaruszewski
Patricia Jaruszewski

Fabulous idea! Would love to see or hear the interviews! You had me at Lucci & Minshew! 🙂

Rodd
Rodd

I remember watching that special and seeing so many actors and actresses from my old shows. It was a great rip down memory lane. I’d be glad to see it again along with the new stuff.

Rapids
Rapids

I will try to listen. The demise of soaps has been quite a soap opera, better than most of the shows. I remember the commentator who scooped some of the cancelation news.

Jack Burke
Jack Burke

I don’t really think that “soaps” are dead, I think that the concept of an afternoon TV daytime drama may have had it’s hay day and peaked in the 90’s but I don’t think continuing dramas are dead and gone by a long shot.
It’s too bad that both “all my children” and “one life to live” didn’t work as on-line shows, I for one watched every episode on-line (via HULU Plus) – they had a rough start but they were finding their footing. I thought it would launch a whole new craze of on-line soap viewing, with other shows jumping on the bandwagon….alas, for now, that doesn’t really seem to be happening.

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TODAY: ‘Tainted Dreams’ Begins To Stream Episodes On PopStar! TV Platform

Beginning today on Monday, September 23rd, the series Tainted Dreams, which shows you the behind-the-scenes antics of a fictional hit TV soap opera, will stream its first two seasons for free on the on the Popstar! TV platforms.

To view: you can download the Popstar! TV’s mobile app or visit www.popstaronline.com to watch Tainted Dreams or for more info visit https://www.tainteddreams.com/#home-section.

For those who need a refresher: Tainted Dreams follows the cast and crew behind the scenes of a hit TV soap opera called “Painted Dreams”, and of course, it’s filled with lots of twists and turns

In addition, there is a bonus episode on Popstar! TV that gives some background on how all the characters came to be a part of “Painted Dreams”.

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Sonia Blangiardo, the executive producer and creator of Tainted Dreams shared in a statement: “We are thrilled that there is more life for the show and that the new exposure will attract new viewers for the series. We’re excited to be in great company with the other shows the platform will be streaming and couldn’t be happier to be working with Craig and Jim Romanovich who has always been a loyal soap supporter.”

Tainted Dreams features a cast that includes: All My Children veterans Alicia Minshew, Walt Willey, Michael Lowry, Bobbie Eakes, Terri Ivens and the late Larkin Malloy, General Hospital’s Natalia Livingston, As the World Turns‘ Colleen Zenk, Austin Peck, Marnie Schulenburg and Kelley Menighan, Guiding Light’s Grant Aleksander, One Life to Live’s Ilene Kristen, Tonja Walker, Nathan Purdee and James DePaiva, Big Brother’s Jessie Godderz, The Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Dina Manzo, and more.

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Cameron Mathison Reveals Cancer Diagnosis and Shares Heartfelt Message

One of our the best guys we know, Cameron Mathison (co-host, Home & Family and Ex-Ryan Lavery, All My Children), revealed over the last 24 hours that he has been diagnosed with Renal Cell Carcinoma – kidney cancer, but treatment for him will be underway and the prognosis is good.

Cameron first shared the news on Monday’s Home & Family in a special announcement enlightening viewers on his health condition (watch video below) and later took to his Instagram and social media to share more details.   Of note: Mathison’s healthy lifestyle has indeed helped, and shown, that his cancer has not spread.

In addition, Mathison wrote: “About a month ago, I had an MRI for some gut issues I’ve been having, and during that MRI they fd a tumor on my right kidney. It’s consistent with Renal Cell Carcinoma … or kidney cancer. The good news is that it hasn’t spread to any other organs🙏🏼 They say my healthy lifestyle and diet has no doubt helped keep it from growing and spreading to other areas, as doctors think it’s been growing in me for minimum 10 years🙏🏼. I am extremely lucky that we found it early.” He thanked his doctor and his family, saying, “[wife] Vanessa, [kids] Lucas and Leila have been absolutely amazing with their love and support… as have my mom, dad, brother, and everyone at Home and Family, Hallmark, and ET❤️ My surgery is scheduled on September 12th, I was hoping to receive positive thoughts, prayers, or whatever you feel comfortable with, on 9/12 (my surgery is at 1pm PST) 🙏🏼.” He concluded, “Feeling very grateful and optimistic!”

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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.

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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,

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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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