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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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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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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”

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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.

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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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