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Would ABC be willing to entertain offers for AMC & OLTL from other outlets?

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In a revealing piece from TV Guide, regarding the One Life to Live replacement makeover show, The Revolution, Reality Producer, J.D. Roth, (who is spearheading the new series), said he was completely shocked that it was his concept/show that would come into being at the expense of two beloved soap operas!

Plus the item discusses if ABC would be willing to field offers from other outlets cable or network for both canceled soaps.  Here are some excerpts!

First, Roth stated,  “No one talked about replacing anything. It’s bittersweet for me. On the one hand, we’re bringing a new genre to daytime. But on the other hand, I grew up watching my mom watching these soap operas. I want to be respectful of it.”

ABC on if AMC and OLTL could be moved to new outlet: “Meanwhile, there may be a glimmer of hope for All My Children and One Life to Live fans: Insiders at the network say ABC would be willing to entertain offers from other outlets — either cable or online — that might be interested in picking up the shows or even taking over ownership.  But before you get your hopes up, ABC (which didn’t shop the shows before making the announcement) doesn’t think they’ll get any interest. And indeed, when TV Guide Magazine asked several cable networks whether they’d be interested, reps for those channels — including Oprah Winfrey Network and Hallmark Channel — said no.”

So looks like OWN may not be the place for the soaps, either!

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Vicki
Vicki

Roth better be prepared for lousy ratings when his “Revolution” show starts. NO ONE will be watching!

Tricia
Tricia

When NBC decided to give Jay Leno every day at 10pm I immediately knew it was a BIG mistake – just like this one. Brian Frons should be FIRED. THE ABC WEBSITE that features their announcement can only handle 40 pages of posts and I checked – the 40 pages (2000 posts) are only from approx 1 HOUR – in the past two days since the announcement there have been from my mathematical calculations 96,000 posts in a 48 hour period that are gone. That’s because their website is not able to keep all the posts because of the rapid rate at which people are posting. In my best guess this means they can’t handle the approximately ONE MILLION posts they will have received in ONE WEEK!!!! does that tell u something ABC? http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/keep-oltl-amc-on-air/ Go to this page and join. http://apps.facebook.com/abcboycott/ it is not a toll free number but you can call 1-818-460-7477 and leave a voicemail in regards to the soaps being canceled lets flood the phone lines!!!!!come one lets save our soaps pass on the number to everyone SEND BARS OF SOAP TO BRIAN FRONS PRESIDENT OF ABC ABC INC 500 BUENA VISTA ST BURBANK CA 91521-4551 ALL PETITIONS ARE GREAT ALSO OF COURSE AND HAND WRITTEN LETTERS BUT BARS AND BARS AND BARS OF SOAP WILL DEFINITELY MAKE A POINT I WILL BEING MAILING BARS OF SOAP EVERY DAY IT WORKED FOR TV SHOW JERICHO WITH NUTS AND THEY HAD NO FAN BASE LIKE US A BAR OF SOAP FOR A SOAP OPERA LOL THIS HAS TO WORK PLEASE EVERYONE SPREAD THE WORD SEND BARS OF SOAP TO BRIAN FRONS THANK YOU

Skyla
Skyla

Yeah well I’m not sorry to say this is one revolution I won’t be taking part in. I’ve had enough of these reality programs, they are practically interchagable at this point and you can bet I won’t be watching this or “The Chew” when they replace my beloved soaps. If ABC will remember NBC tried something similar when they took off Passions for 4 hours of The Today Show ad people who watched the first 2 hours continued to do so and then tuned out for the other two till they ended up going back to their morning show’s regular hours, only by that chance Passions was already gone. Just like the excess 2 hours of The Today Show that was trimmed, “The Revolution” and “The Chew” will be trimmed as well because there’s no way daytime viewers are going to be watching cheap crap in lieu of the beloved soaps we’ve watched for years.

leah
leah

own said no. does oprah not realize that housewives /soap fans start with amc and watch thru gh then watch oprah next… she owes these shows because she followed the masters its really sad.

Cheryl
Cheryl

That is so true! People who were loyal soap fans just kept the tv on and there she was. Also I wonder if she realizes that the boycott of all ABC shows by AMC and OLTL fans includes her final season shows because she is on ABC, at least in Philadelphia she is…

dominicsmythe
dominicsmythe

Michael, have you ever interviewed Claire Labine? Any chance of getting her back to GH, even as a consultant? As I see it, she is the last hope of ABC’s Last Remaining Soap…

brian cinelli
brian cinelli

i feel like half of me will be gone without one life to live. i am 35 yr. old male and i have been watching oltlsince i was 12yrs old with my mom. i record it every day and watch at night. this show is unique and i feel like i am losing part of my family. i will never watch any shows on abc ever again, i will not let my son watch shows on abc anymore either. you lost a viewer for life and i hope many more follow in mt fashion

Em
Em

I hope ABC fails completely with there new line up…There is enough reality TV and one to many food and health shows. I guess the only health about it that may work out for some people is getting them out of the house during soap hours once AMC and OLTL are no longer on.

jeffrey moree
jeffrey moree

THis is very sad like losing a family member.. I wouldn’t spit on The Chew and bleep the revolution i will be tuning out abc altogether

Sherry Grant
Sherry Grant

A big sucks!! I do not need anymore talk shows. From a woman who is a house wife. I love a little drama during the day! It is fun and i look foward to it every day. You are making a big mistake. I will just change the channel. A big hands down to you! I love oltl.

Lucy
Lucy

I wonder would GH entertain the ideal of some actors coming to the show..

My List:

Mr Easton
Mr.Goldin

Far as the cancellation iof OLTL and AMC, they didn’t pull in great #’s, Y&R crushed AMC in the ratings….But who knows maybe this is a publicity stunt to get people to watch both of the shows…

But I wouldn’t mind Michael Easton coming to GH as a Cassadine, or someone who falls in love with a Cassadine..LOL

But i still want my Jasam baby, Twins like Cain and Lily

Kristin
Kristin

I hope that a network does pick them up! I know I’ll watch. As for the callous comment about how OLTL & AMC did pull in great numbers…. Umm…. OK well I guess OLTL beating GH for the #3 spot last week was all in our imaginations. And I suppose the fact that OLTL pulls equal ratings numbers as GH for some time now is all made up too. Yeah…. sorry but OLTL helped keep GH on air & helped them to be able to do their big stunts over the years by the fact that they ALWAYS came in under budget. So excuse me but I’m tired of hearing all this smack talk about OLTL cause it’s not true! And GH needs to get their collective house in order cause if this network can hang SUSAN LUCCI (the face of ABC daytime) out to dry on every talk show, while she’s promoting her book, then the writing is on the wall. The mob & bad storytelling, isn’t going to cut it anymore. And I know that I will not be watching any of these new shows that replace AMC or OLTL. I’m disgusted by the shadiness & the lies the network told not only to us fans, but to both of the soaps. It’s a sad day when people are treated as collateral damage. Enough with reality TV & talk shows, give me a good scripted drama any day of the week.

Sad Soap Lover
Sad Soap Lover

I am done with ABC, soap viewers are loyal and I believe ABC will regret dismissing us daytime viewers. ABC can have their cheap reality/talk shows because I will no longer be watching that network after the last episode of OLTL airs.

Sad Soap Lover
Sad Soap Lover

If everyone starts sending letters, emails and campaigning for AMC and OLTL maybe Oprah’s OWN channel or another channel will change their mind and pick them up. Isn’t Oprah a big fan of AMC?

cameron davila
cameron davila

yes SAD SOAP LOVER she has had susan on her show countless times. she is about helping ppl and this idea would make a lot of ppl grateful if she wojld do this

cameron davila
cameron davila

i hope that the chew and the revaluate get chewed up by ratings for taking these two wonderful creations off the air the very thought of more talk shows makes me nauseated. ABC YOU BROKE OUR HEARTS SHAME ON YOU_

PAUL WILLIAMS
PAUL WILLIAMS

What about ABC’s sister cable channel, SoapNet???? I’m very surprised that NO ONE has mentioned the possiblity of these 2 shows contuinuing there, especially since they also show the same day episodes of all 3 ABC soaps!!!! I think that they would be the logical choice to keep them on! But if that’s not possible, what would happen to the channel itself?

Katelesley
Katelesley

It is my understanding that SoapNEt has been canceled also. Disney Kids show will be replacing it! Mores the pity!

kathy lummus
kathy lummus

SHAME ON YOU MICKEY MOUSE!!!! YOU A ARE A BAD RAT!!

Rose Marie
Rose Marie

That’s correct Katelesley! Just sit your kids down in front of the TV for a babysitter, so American kids can become obese! I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD SEE THE DAY WHEN MY CHILDREN HAD MORE BUYING POWER THAN I HAD! SHAME ON YOU ABC/DISNEY!!! YOU ARE AN AGEIST CORP. CARING ONLY ABOUT THE 18-49 DEMOGRAPHIC!!!!

PAUL WILLIAMS
PAUL WILLIAMS

Disney kids shows replacing SoapNet????? This has GOT to be a very bad joke!!!!
Mickey mouse, you’re not only a bad rat, you’re a FOOL!!!!!!! I mean, The Chew??? C’mon now!!!!! You know that the “mental geniuses” there at ABC must have laid awake nights thinking up that one!!!!

david
david

So other networks are not interested in OLTL or AMC? The Oprah Winfrey Network is top heavy with reality shows. Apparently, its executives are not any brighter or responsive than those at Disney/ABC. Does no one in network television understand there is a significant proportion of viewers who loathe reality shows, who actually want fictional entertainment? Or is it that since reality shows are cheaper to produce, the networks will not offer anything else because it fails to maximize their profits, regardless of viewer preference?

Disney/ABC and Brian Frons think viewers want a reality lifestyle show named The Chew hosted by an unattractive, obese man with a ponytail who walks around in baggy shorts. You have to be deaf, dumb, and blind to think anyone would prefer this to OLTL and six-time Emmy winner Erika Slezak.

Americans have to stop feeding from the trough of pig slop that is network reality television if we aspire to watch anything of quality, or network television might as well end now before it suffocates Western civilization in its own filth.

Rose Marie
Rose Marie

Agreed David!

Andrea Dawson
Andrea Dawson

I hate reality tv keep my soaps

Torrey
Torrey

Oprah would be so lucky to have AMC or OLTL on her network. I’ve watched the channel a few times, and I must say, I’m not impressed. Think of the millions of viewers you would gain to your new network, by putting the shows with strong fan bases among the lineup….I’m just saying, You might want to rethink this.

Katelesley
Katelesley

If you think Oprah is the place for the two soaps, people need to start writing to her and let her know what you want!

carol
carol

Can’t believe that they will be gone soon, after spending a life time with them. Stop and think what you are doing to soap fans….

Monique
Monique

Even if I’m from Canada , I’m still very disapointed in seeing that they will terminate , One Life To Live , I’m very sad and angry , For me I don’t watch reality shows , after awhile you get to many of those , Please change your mind and leave us our soaps , we don’t want to lose our family that we love so much , or ask Oprah to put it in hers .

kathy lummus
kathy lummus

SHAME ON YOU MICKEY MOUSE!! YOU HAVE BECOME A REAL RAT!!!

Glynn
Glynn

Enough of ABC, already. How in the he!! can you cancel 2 of the best soaps on modern t.v. and replace with some lame reality show? I am so sick of reality t.v.

1964Nickel
1964Nickel

This is an excellent idea IMO. The fans will follow the shows wherever they go. Just as we follow our favorite actors when they leave our favorite shows and take on bigger and brighter jobs. The key is tapping into the audience most likely to follow the shows. And today the best place to find that audience is online. People will watch Erica Kane and Viki Lord to wherever they can find them. How many followed Tristan to Y&R? How many began watching Y&R when Genie Francis joined the show? If I could have Robert and Laura I would prefer it. I will take what I can get, though, as the actors are who impress me most of all. We the fans aren’t ignorant of the facts – we just don’t want to be flushed down the toilet. Give us some respect and you’ll find us quite amenable. Being condescending ain’t gonna cut it. Thanks Michael for these articles. They give me the warm fuzzies. :-}

Lisa
Lisa

Big mistake for OWN not to consider picking up the soaps… I have no interest in her network but would have gladly tuned in for AMC?OLTL.

Jay
Jay

It’s very heart breaking for me to see AMC to be canceled, my mother was a big fan of the show and after she passed away in 2002 I started watching, I’m a fan of OLTL so I watch both shows and still feel my mother sitting with me everyday at 1pm while I watch her soap, so for me AMC and OLTL are very personal for me being canceled, I’m really hoping that another network picks up these 2 soaps but I don’t know…here we are, it’s May and AMC goes off the air in September, if a network is going to take over these 2 soaps they need to act now and not wait until the last minute, somebody, anybody, please save our soaps now.

Ronnie Traktman
Ronnie Traktman

Not only do I not watch “The Chew”, and have no intention of ever watching “The Revolution”, I will not watch much of Channel 7 at all. Once “Desperate Houswives”, “Body of Proof”, and “Once Upon a Time” are gone, so am I!

All My Children

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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