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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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GH’s Carolyn Hennesy Addresses Why She Was Not a Part of Nancy Lee Grahn’s ‘Alexis-Centric’ 25th Anniversary Episode

For the past several weeks, savvy General Hospital fans were wondering why on earth was Alexis’ best friend, Diane Miller (Carolyn Hennesy), was not a part of Nancy Lee Grahn’s (Alexis) 25th anniversary episode of the ABC daytime drama series, which centered around Alexis saying goodbye to those near and dear before she goes to Pentonville to serve a prison sentence.

After all, Diane and Alexis have been through so much together, that it seemed like a glaring omission. Was Hennesy not asked back for the episode?  The answer came in the form of Hennesy herself via in a response to a fan’s tweet on her being MIA from the episode.

As it turns out, the ever-busy Hennesy was shooting a film in Atlanta and was not available at the time of the tape date of Grahn’s special episode.

 

Carolyn tweeted: “Not their fault, my dear. I was off filming on Atlanta!!! Cuz you know Diane wouldn’t have missed it!”  That came in response to this: “Watched the big @NancyLeeGrahn ep of #GH and I’m perplexed that there was no Diane! @carolynhennesy One of the most fun TV female friendships and she wasn’t there to send her off? Come on you guys @GeneralHospital”

Mystery solved! Carolyn would have gladly been at the GH set that day in a heartbeat, if she could have.

So, happy to know that GH did not forget about Diane for the Alexis-Centric episode, but had to work around it? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Now comes the waiting game and according to a report from Deadline on Wednesday, NBC and Sony are continuing to be in talks to bring the series back for its 57th season. While no one from any camp is officially commenting on the negotiations, their sources are reporting that things do look optimistic, as of now.

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The report indicates that in anticipation of a renewal, the producers have been making if-come deals with key cast members in the past few weeks and the writing team is said to be hard at work on potential scripts for the new season.

In the past, DAYS’ renewal had taken several months to pan out, because of how the show’s distributor Sony Pictures Television has to adjust its business model to continue the show without going in the red.

Even though over the years DAYS had declined in the linear ratings, there appears to be a commitment by the studio and NBC to find ways to keep it on the air.

So, are you hopeful that DAYS will survive yet another negotiation for renewal? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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According to Deadline, Barnes has landed the role of Ruby Okoro, a young woman with an old soul. She arrives on Fantasy Island with a terminal illness, but Roarke and the island give her a new lease on life.

The Fantasy Island reimagining from the original ABC series, delves into the “what if” questions that keep us awake at night. Each episode will tell emotional, provocative stories about people who walk in with a desire but end up reborn to themselves through the magical realism of Fantasy Island.

According to a show spokesperson as to Barnes’ exit on B&B, she will continue as Zoe in her current story arc until the first week of July.

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Kiara debuted as Zoe Buckingham back in 2018.  No word yet if the character will be recast, or somehow exit the canvas.

The actress tweeted on the news: ” Soooo…the cat is officially out of the bag! I’m so excited to be joining the cast for FANTASY ISLAND on FOX!!! I’m so grateful for everyone who made this possible. Dreams really do come true. Continue to believe, and you will receive.  Cheers to a new adventure!”

So, what do you think of Kiara’s new role on the Fantasy Island reboot? Comment below.

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