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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.

Days Of Our Lives

TONIGHT: Daytime Cares: A Live Event For The Restaurant Community Streams with Soap Stars, Musical Artists & More

Tune-in alert! Saturday night, December 5th, the daytime community once again leads the way with a special livestream presentation to help those affected deeply by the coronavirus pandemic.  This time, the event will shed light on the restaurant community, who have been hit hard during these trying times.

The real-life duo of Aianne Zucker (Nicole, DAYS) and Shawn Christian (ex-Daniel DAYS)) are set to host Daytime Cares: A Live Event for the Restaurant Community.   

The event will be streamed on The Locher Room  YouTube channel and Facebook page beginning at 8 p.m. EST / 5 PST.  The Locher Room’s Alan Locher, will also join them as a co-host.

 

Throughout the night, Daytime Cares will be showcasing the Restaurant Strong Fund, which supports restaurant industry employees who have been impacted by COVID19 closures.  Viewers can also make a donation now or throughout the evening via the livestream link.

Many of your favorite daytime soaps stars are in the line-up and are scheduled to appear including:

Lamon Archey (Eli, DAYS)
Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R)
Galen Gering (Rafe, DAYS)
Katelyn MacMullen (Willow, GH)
Martha Madison (Belle, DAYS)
Sofia Mattson (Sasha, GH)
Michael Mealor (Kyle, Y&R)
Marci Miller (Abigail, DAYS)
Wes Ramsey (Peter, GH)
Lawrence Saint-Victor (Carter, B&B)
Paolo Seganti (ex-Damian, ATWT)
Crishell Stause (Selling Sunset, ex-Jordan DAYS, ex-Amanda, AMC)
Sal Stowers (Lani, DAYS)
Jason Thompson (Billy, Y&R)
Cynthia Watros (Nina, GH)
Laura Wright (Carly, GH)

Other talent participating in the event are: Grammy Award-winning artists Gloria Gaynor and Lisa Loeb, the leading ladies of  Broadway’s Wicked and Phantom of the Opera, plus celebrity chef Katie Chin.

Founded by media executive Bob Wall, TV director Sonia Blangiardo and actress Arianne Zucker, Daytime Cares is a collective of Daytime TV talent who drive awareness and donations to non-profits, celebrate and highlight the heroes of the COVID 19 pandemic, encourage volunteerism and assist in very tangible ways for those who are most in nee

So, will you be checking out Daytime Cares tonight? Comment below.

 

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‘As The Curtain Rises’ – Broadway’s Podcast Soap Opera Featuring Michael Urie

Leave it to the stars of the Great White Way to come up with a clever digital podcast during these trying times we all face amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Enter Broadway’s podcast soap,  As the Curtain Rises, which premiered on October 22nd and is posting new episodes.

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On December 3rd, the latest installment dropped featuring former Ugly Betty star Michael Urie who is featured in the cast in the role of Bobby.

 

Here is the premise of the show: After the ‘Broadway Disher’ (Lesli Margherita) leaks news of a top secret, in-the-works, new mega musical, the Broadway community goes off-the-charts batty. Top-of-their-game Broadway Producers Cheryl Philips (Lillias White) and Steve Jones (James Monroe Iglehart), arch enemies, pounce. Who will get the rights? Will way-out-of-their-comfort-zone creators Kaye (Ashley Park) and Bobby (Michael Urie) manage to deliver a draft of the show before their marriage implodes? Will Director/Choreographer Zoey Taylor (Ariana DeBose) send the show’s budget into a free fall with her wildly ambitious vision?  Will Broadway Diva Emma-Olivia (Sarah Stiles) get a Schmackery’s cookie (with Sprinkles) named in her honor? Will newbie Agent Maxwell Fernsby (George Salazar) step into his new big shoes? And will Science Consultant Andrew Barth Feldman (Andrew Barth Feldman) protect the integrity and authenticity of the in-the-works mega musical, before he needs to leave this top secret show to star in a new Broadway musical?

As The Curtain Rises proudly supports The Actor’s Fund, the Broadway Podcast Network Frontline Initiative, and is a sponsored project of IFP (www.ifp.org).

Check out previous episodes of the podcast here.

You can watch Urie do his thing in the role of Bobby in this teaser released on social media below.

Then let us know, what do you think of the concept of the Broadway spoof on soaps? Comment below.

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ABC’s Vicki Dummer & William Burton Among Executive Exits In Disney TV Cuts; Both Oversaw Aspects Of General Hospital

In a major reshuffling of the executive infrastructure at Disney/ABC, several lay-offs were handed-down including to longtime ABC executive Vicki Dummer who most recently was Head of Current Series Programming, ABC Entertainment,

In her position, Dummer oversaw the creative aspects from the network level for General Hospital.  Vicki had been with the company for over 24 years and was a noted longtime fan of the show in interviews she had given during her tenure.

 

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Back in September of 2018, William Burton was given the position of SVP and Head Of Daytime, Sports and Syndicated Development/Production for ABC Entertainment.  He had been in charge of the the business operations for General Hospital at a network level, while Dummer continued to handle the creative.  However today, Burton was also let-go.

The exits come as ABC and Hulu have consolidated original content under Craig Erwich, and 20th Television and Touchstone TV under Karey Burke.

The layoffs are believed to have effected 12 staff members mostly at the executive level.

Deadline broke the news and then updated their story later today.

Just who and what department in the new structuring will take over General Hospital remains to be seen.  We will keep you posted once any additional news or announcements are made.

So, what do you think of the exits of Vicki Dummer and William Burton? Comment below.

 

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