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Z100 NYC Premiere Of AMC & OLTL: Slezak, Bleu, Archer, McClain & Kaye Talk Contracts, Racy Content & Being No Longer Daytime!

Courtesy/Z100

Courtesy/Z100

Last evening in New York City the promotional train continued for the upcoming online premiere of All My Children and One Life to Live when hit radio station Z100 presented it’s own first showing of the first episodes of AMC and OLTL and conducted a Q&A with five of the series stars: One Life’s Erika Slezak (Viki), Melissa Archer (Natalie) and Corbin Bleu (Jeffrey) and All My Children’s Cady McClain (Dixie) and Thorsten Kaye (Zach)!

During the Q&A, which was hosted by Danielle Monaro and Bethany Watson from “Elvis Duran and the z100 Morning Show”,  (Watson makes an appearance on next Thursday’s episode of One Life in scenes with Robin Strasser’s Dorian) the gals asked some very good questions to the soap star panel including the question of how long they are contracted with the show and if they do indeed have contracts to which six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Erika Slezak responded,  “I think they’re all for one year because the deal with the union is only for a year right now.  Our SAG-AFTRA union made a deal for one year and they said that in one year if this goes, then we will talk about it again. And, I’m sure they will renegotiate, but they wanted to make sure everything was on the up and up this year.”  Corbin Bleu seemed to quietly intimate that his contract may not be for as long, during the Q&A session.

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Racier content and having more leeway on shows on the Internet was also a hot topic posed to the actors who all seem to agree that the racy content in the new AMC and OLTL comes out of character and plot and is not feeling at this point, at all just thrown in or gratuitous.   Melissa Archer related a story how she grieved when One Life was cancelled by ABC, and still wanted to be called “Natalie”, and Erika Slezak ended the festivities by letting the audience and the hosts know the latest slogan of the reboot, “We’re no longer Daytime, We’re Anytime!”

Watch the z100 AMC and OLTL stars on the panel from last night’s event, after the jump! Then, let us know what you thought about the contract talks, the edgier content coming you way, and the two soaps moving into their new home online on Monday!

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Joliefan Forever
Joliefan Forever

I think that is awesome! I can not wait for Monday!!! Thanks Michael for all the articles!!

su0000
su0000

I feel they will make it sexy spicy and very modern/talk at first to hook in the younger generation, and then later it will even out and go more low-key..

heyyy its show business and they do use hookem in gimmicks 🙂

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I’m so excited. This is a wonderful video. Thank you for posting it. Everyone looks fantastic. I love their enthusiasm about the sets and scripts and direction of the shows. Kassie DePaiva said in one of the earlier promos the returns are just this side of a miracle. She is so right.

We’re Anytime!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

kim
kim

If the shows are a success will there be raises when its time to renew contracts? It just seems that some stars would want more money eventually…maybe not all but a few. What if some dont resign because they want more money? Sounds like Corbin might be a temp for now but they can always extend his contract…it feels like he could be a more important character to the show as David Vickers son? Hope to check it out at the library sometime next week with my husband and friend Jim.(we all use his computer but its browser doesnt support hulu but we r working together to get him a new one eventually…long story kept short.) Read on one of the links that a few actors on AMC did get carried away with the f bombs but PP said something like that they didnt want to give the wrong idea that it was being overused just because they could use it! A few wont bother us, even tho i dont like it, but i can let it pass as long as not too often. But ill wait and see…its the storylines that got to engage us the most…the OLTL previews look interesting enough especially Tucks John Travoltas SNF dance number…hes an amazingly gifted actor. Doesnt look like ABC/Dummies didnt do to much damage…seems they are countining Teas story from GH…or are they? Looking at that empty crib may mean several things! But what if they do continue Ghs story that baby Victor was born dead? Maybe in a way, ABCs cancelling the show was a good thing after all since several said they prefer to watch online anyway? But its ashame some arent so lucky to watch in their homes!

Joliefan Forever
Joliefan Forever

It could be that Tea is still pregnant and she was in the baby’s room missing Todd ((TSJ)) and just lost it?? I don’t remember them showing her belly in the clip….

Kim
Kim

Sounds possible…especially after i rewatched the preview.

heidi
heidi

Thanks Michael!!! Can’t wait!!!

Jimh
Jimh

It seems to me all the ad compaigns for these shows and word of mouth may prove abc didnt do any s

Lisa Postles
Lisa Postles

Great interviews! Yey!!!

Al
Al

“Corbin Bleu seemed to quietly intimate that his contract may not be for as long, during the Q&A session.”

Sounds like Corbin’s character is short-term. That’s too bad. But as a viewer, I suppose it’s better to know up front rather than getting too interested in a new character that the show has already decided not to keep.

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Cameron Mathison Reveals Cancer Diagnosis and Shares Heartfelt Message

One of our the best guys we know, Cameron Mathison (co-host, Home & Family and Ex-Ryan Lavery, All My Children), revealed over the last 24 hours that he has been diagnosed with Renal Cell Carcinoma – kidney cancer, but treatment for him will be underway and the prognosis is good.

Cameron first shared the news on Monday’s Home & Family in a special announcement enlightening viewers on his health condition (watch video below) and later took to his Instagram and social media to share more details.   Of note: Mathison’s healthy lifestyle has indeed helped, and shown, that his cancer has not spread.

In addition, Mathison wrote: “About a month ago, I had an MRI for some gut issues I’ve been having, and during that MRI they fd a tumor on my right kidney. It’s consistent with Renal Cell Carcinoma … or kidney cancer. The good news is that it hasn’t spread to any other organs🙏🏼 They say my healthy lifestyle and diet has no doubt helped keep it from growing and spreading to other areas, as doctors think it’s been growing in me for minimum 10 years🙏🏼. I am extremely lucky that we found it early.” He thanked his doctor and his family, saying, “[wife] Vanessa, [kids] Lucas and Leila have been absolutely amazing with their love and support… as have my mom, dad, brother, and everyone at Home and Family, Hallmark, and ET❤️ My surgery is scheduled on September 12th, I was hoping to receive positive thoughts, prayers, or whatever you feel comfortable with, on 9/12 (my surgery is at 1pm PST) 🙏🏼.” He concluded, “Feeling very grateful and optimistic!”

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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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