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Y&R's Peter Bergman On AMC & OLTL Revivals: "I'd Love To See It Be A Giant Success & ABC To Be Embarassed By It All!"

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Three-time Daytime Emmy winner, and a nominee again this year for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series, Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott) of The Young and the Restless spoke with Time.com about his 19th nomination, the latest developments in the rise and fall and rise of the soap opera genre, and more.

Bergman played Dr. Cliff Warner on All My Children in the 80’s where he became a household name, and so he is rooting for Prospect Park’s revivals of the series  relating, “You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone in daytime television who isn’t cheering them on. I hope it is a massive success and I’m one person who’s going to buy Hulu Plus and check it out.”

Bergman also touted the return of the soap genre noting the new online versions of AMC and OLTL have launched at good time, “The state of the soap opera is actually healthier than it was a year ago. his may be the perfect time for All My Children and One Life to Live to launch online. And I’d love to see it be a giant success and for ABC to be really embarrassed by it all.”

What do you think by Peter Bergman’s comments on ABC and AMC and OLTL? The state of the soap genre? Do you think it’s definitely on an upswing?  Let us know!

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Barbara Weaver
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Barbara Weaver

It would be great to see these soaps back on abc. It is wrong to keep these soaps from there abc channel. Some of the fans don’t have this channel. The hulu. I mean it would help the fans who lo es these soaps.

su0000
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su0000

It would be terrible for the 2 soaps to go back on ABC, there is a ton of other network channels that they would do much better on ..

((did I just read she wanted the soaps to go back to ABC? )

susan M.
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susan M.

I wouldn’t want them to go back on ABC. They treated this two soaps like garbage in the first place! I agree there are a lot of other cables stations avialiable..I am enjoy seeing OLTL &AMC On hulu!

clh
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clh

No one is keeping them from ABC, they cancelled them. They wouldn’t even be back if it weren’t for Prospect Park. Hulu is not a channel it is on the internet, if you have access to post here, then you have access to the free website to watch them.

AJ
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AJ

ME TOO, THANK YOU MR. BERGMAN!!!

Max
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Max

I hear you Peter, ABC – they may quite the blunder – what a short-sighted decision. I think these shows will do great online – maybe they’ll get picked up by a cable network online – would be neat if SoapNet picked them up. With the revival of our soaps, we now know anything’s possible!

Sharonb
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Sharonb

I very much hope he is correct about this. The good thing is there are alot of People that are very loyal to the 2 revived Soaps aka Daytime Dramas aka Scripted Dramas ‘OLTL” & “AMC” May they be very successful and go on for many decades like they did on Television. Actors and fans came together and made this all possible even though it took a lot of time and patience to do so. Now if we could just get more of the departed “Soaps” that were so beloved such as GL and ATWT that many of us still… Read more »

Jodee
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Jodee

Classy guy and I TOTALLY AGREE! I’ve loved him for years and cried when he left AMC.

susan M.
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susan M.

What was his name again on AMC years ago and he married Nina?

susan M.
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susan M.

Rememebered he was Dr. Cliff Warner!!!!

leah
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leah

If you go to t.v guide on line- you will see that the top 103 most popular shows are listed. OLTL is ranked at 46 AMC is 56. and GH is 103. I didnt see Katie courics show on the list. I didnt see the chew/spew either.. so I would just like to say i hope ABC is already embarrassed.

clh
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clh

They are too stupid to be embarrassed. They have nothing on I watch anymore except GH. When they cancel GH, and they will, I won’t be watching anything on ABC then.

susan M.
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susan M.

I hope that never happens!

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

And you won’t see the Spew or the K woman listed because both are garbage.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I’ll ditto that Peter. Not only do I want to see the alphabet network embarrassed. I’d like to see all the executives canned.

Phil
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Phil

The soaps are free at Hulu.com

Wendy
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Wendy

Barbara–somehow I don’t think you understand. ABC cancelled these soaps, that’s why they are not on network tv. We are soooo fortunate to have these back on Hulu. If you have a computer or other device to get on the internet you can have Hulu. It is free on a regular computer, $7.95 on a tablet or phone.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

I watch Hulu for FREE on my tablet. I love it!

susan M.
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susan M.

Me Too! I watch on my laptop computer!

aria
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aria

shouldn’t all the networks be embarrassed? after all they’ve all cancelled soaps. To blame on network is really silly. ABC big mistake was cancelling two soap the same year, but all the networks have killed off soaps so why is abc the most evil? wasn’t another world, santa barbara gems? or guiding light and as the work turns? cbs and nbc killed their soaps without blinking and eye yet everyoe treats abc as the most evil, its just silly.

Alicia
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Alicia

I used to watch Peter when he played Dr. Cliff Warner married to Nina, I’m with you Peter, all I wish ABC is to crash and burn ABC who? Down with mouse !!!

Brenda
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Brenda

You and me both Peter. ABC’s loss letting OLTL and AMC go. I watch both.

clh
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clh

I have always thought of him as a class act. I followed him to Y&R and have watched it ever since. I was recording everything and then watching it after work, but now I can watch AMC and OLTL anytime on my Kindle. I’ve also watched them on my phone at the DR office while I was waiting to be seen. It’s awesome to have that flexibility.

Jonathan
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Jonathan

We should all be thankful for if this soap revolution had not happened we would most likely be down to three or less now , eventually heading to elimination.

Torrey
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Torrey

Am I the only one to feel this way, but I don’t want OLTL of AMC back on ABC…..simply for the fact that I don’t trust that network anymore. If they were to go back to television, I would want them to go with another network, that is going to stand behind them 110%…..I don’t think that’s ABC. They would only do it for a year or two, then cancel them again and say, “Well, we gave them a second chance.” Find another network or cable channel and go that way…

Anne
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Anne

Now there is a stand up guy–said it like it is. AMC and OLTL should be a success and ABC embarrassed. I second that. Thanks, Peter!

Darlene Ford
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Darlene Ford

Loyalty … Nothing beats it! Thank you, Peter Bergman, for remembering and honoring your roots. 🙂

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Totally agree with Peter Bergman. Have loved him since he was Cliff on AMC. He deserves the Emmy for his portrayal as Jack on Y&R.

Still boycotting ABC except for GH.

Bruce
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Bruce

Love to hear it! We are all rooting. These shows are gonna soar, they re soaring, and ABC who??? I forgot ABC the day my shows came back on on April 29th 2013, to never look back. They are better than before, and I look forward to the future! Go Peter Bergman far standing with us and speaking how we all feel. ABC should be embarrassed, because these shows are number 1 on their charts.

Bruce
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Bruce

Cable network is where these shows belong at this point. We can’t flip and reverse now. Forward, and away from ABC. On to the future!!

jptp8903
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jptp8903

LOL !! I was 1 devastated fan having grown up watching cliff and nina. I make it a point to never watch ABC for anything. Now that we have hulu. I wish I could just block it from my channel line-up. I will always be angry with ABC for breaking up our Landview and pine valley families. I am over the moon with happiness and joy to have them back.

susan M.
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susan M.

He is TRUE BLUE!!!!!!!!

Diane
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Diane

I hope ABC is Left looking really stupid for canceling oltl and amc,and I hope they thrive in the online format,except for gh,abc has ruined themselves.

wholub
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wholub

All I know is that I love that AMC is back and I am enjoying it so much. In time I hope other cast members can and will want to return, but I have nothing to complain about. Thank you everyone who didn’t give up!

Rapids
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Rapids

I am a big fan of Peter and he was on all my children during the heyday of the show. On line programming is not in the same universe as network tv, it is apples and oranges. I understand why actors are praying for the reboots as soap jobs will continue to disappear. All networks have canceled soaps and the future is cloudy at best.

Ziggy
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Ziggy

If you dont want to buy hulu plus you can watch both shows on sharetv.com for free.

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The duo wed back in 2016, and now in a series of beautiful Instagram posts on Comparetto’s account, Billy and Gina shared the news publicly of their baby on the way with some photos to mark the occasion.

Gina expressed: “First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes 👶🏼…. Thank you to my dear, talented friend @jessieco_photo for taking these beautiful photos of us. We will cherish them forever and we love you! ❤️. Thank you @makeupmaryann for the gorgeous, 60s-inspired hair & makeup that you did! You’re truly the best! ❤️

Then, in a another set of photos it simply says: “Mom & Dad 💘” while Billy and Gina look over the book “What to Expect, When You’re Expecting.”

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While Abe revisits the past, he will meet up with his late wife and love of his life, Lexie, only according to Soap Opera Digest, Renee Jones was not available to be a part of the milestone episode. So, in a pivot another actress was brought in.

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UPDATED: Over the last 24 hours, the entertainment world has been stunned, by the horrific incident that took place on the set of the western drama Rust, while it was shooting scenes in New Mexico.

What is known is that Alec Baldwin (Ex-The Doctors, Knots Landing) discharged a prop gun that killed Director of Photography, Halyna Hutchins and injured director, Joel Souza.  The film also stars Frances Fisher (Ex-Edge of Night) and Jensen Ackles (Ex-Days of our Lives). Baldwin is also a producer on the film.

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According to Variety, the prop gun contained a “live single round,” according to an email sent by IATSE Local 44 to its membership.

On Friday, Alec Baldwin made a statement via Twitter on his Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation Twitter feed, expressing: “There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours. I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”

Yesterday, The Sante Fe Sheriff’s Departments originally shared that “Hutchins, 42, and Souza, 48 were shot when a prop firearm was discharged by Alec Baldwin.  Ms. Hutchins was transported, via helicopter, to University of New Mexico Hospital where she was pronounced dead by medical personnel. Mr. Souza was transported by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical center where he was undergoing treatment for his injuries. This investigation remains open and active. No charges have been filed in regard to this incident. Witnesses continue to be interviewed by detectives.”

This morning, Frances Fisher revealed in a twitter conversation with Patricia Arquette, that director Joel Souza had been released from the hospital.  Meanwhile, photographs of a distraught Baldwin emerged following the shooting.

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The news of the Baldwin prop gun incident, isn’t the first time something like this has happened. Jon-Erik Hexum was killed on October 18, 1984, on the set of the TV show Cover Up when he accidentally shot himself in the head with a gun loaded with blanks. Then, in 1993, Brandon Lee, the son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, died from a prop gun accident on the set of The Crow by a cast member.

As the news made its way through the entertainment community and mainstream news, several soap stars shared their reactions to the fatal shooting accident.

General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan) expressed: “Feeling so sad for everyone involved in the tragedy on the #RustMovie set. I do know the film was staffed with experienced, thoughtful professionals. Please, let’s wait until we have the facts. Nothing positive will come from passing judgement or casting aspersions before then.”

General Hospital and Dynasty’s Emma Samms (Holly, Fallon) shared on her friend Jon-Erik Hexum’s death: This AWFUL tragedy on #Rust is unfathomable to me. If all on-set protocols were being adhered to, how, on earth, could it have happened? After what happened to Brandon Lee and my dear friend Jon-Erik Hexam, the firearm protocols became incredibly strict. I was told (when I was with him at the hospital afterwards) that Jon-Erik had been working with a completely empty gun all morning. A blank (still very dangerous) was loaded and then immediately there was a delay. Exhausted, he was allowed to fall asleep – loaded gun in hand. hey woke him, but there was immediately another delay. Jon-Erik put the gun to his head, forgetting it now contained a blank, (because he had just woken up) and jokingly pulled the trigger. He was not the kind of person to play around with a loaded gun. #fortherecord”

We will continue to post reactions and update this story.

What are your thoughts on the fatal shooting on the set of Rust? Comment below.  How can this not happen again, so everyone is safe in this working environment when ‘dangerous’ props are called for or used to make a movie or a TV show?

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