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

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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.

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
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Joliefan Forever

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

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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 🙂

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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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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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… Read more »

Joliefan Forever
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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
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Kim

Sounds possible…especially after i rewatched the preview.

heidi
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heidi

Thanks Michael!!! Can’t wait!!!

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Jimh

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

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Lisa Postles

Great interviews! Yey!!!

Al
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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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All My Children Alum Ben Jörgensen Reportedly Dead At 51

According to his former All My Children castmate, Brian Gaskill. there is sad news in the soap world today.  Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin on All My Children and Chris on As the World Turns passed away on Tuesday at the age of 51, apparently via suicide, although unconfirmed as to his cause of death.

Gaskill, who played Bobby Warner while in Pine Valley shared via his Instagram:  “Sad news to report. Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old.  My understanding is it was suicide.  I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. ”

Since the time of Brian’s posting, friends, colleagues and fans have been posting tributes and condolences on the actor’s Facebook page.  You can view that here.

 

In this heartbreaking photo below from Steven Bergman, during his time on As the World Turns, Ben is pictured with the late Nathaniel Marston, as well as Jaime Nicole Dudney and Terri Conn.

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On All My Children, Ben was part of the important social issue storyline brought into the ABC legacy soap opera by the iconic Agnes Nixon, who was always trying to move the needle forward in daytime, as the character of Kevin was a gay high school student facing bullying, ridicule and discrimination for his sexuality.

Share your thoughts on the passing of Ben via the comment section below.    

 

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Sad news to report. Ben Jorgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old. My understanding is it was suicide. I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. #Actor #Filmmaker #BenJorgensen #BenMonk #Life#Death#AllMyChildren #Suicide #sad #rest

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Hallmark Channel’s ‘Home & Family’ Returns to Production For Ninth Season; Premiere Date Revealed

Another daytime show is heading back to production amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Now comes word that Hallmark Channel’s flagship morning lifestyle series, Home & Family has returned to production at its Universal Studios set for its ninth season.

All My Children favorite Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan Lavery) and Debbie Matenopoulos will return as co-hosts .

Look for the new season to kick-off on Monday, September 14th at 10am EST.

In a statement, Home & Family executive producer, Tracy Verna Soiseth shared: “We are thrilled to be returning to our home for the new season. Home & Family is a daily destination of comfort television, and we are very happy to be returning with two hours of daily interviews, cooking segments, DIY crafts and our hugely popular animal adoptions.”

For the past several months. a daily series featuring the cast called At Home with Our Family has run across the show’s social media platforms during the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Deadline,premiere-week guests are to include: Jenna Bush Hager, Danica McKellar, celebrity chefs Jet Tila, Carla Hall, Buddy Valastro, Curtis Stone, Rashad Jennings and Dennis Quaid.

So, glad to know Home & Family is also back in production? Comment below.

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Michael B. Jordan Pays Tribute To Chadwick Boseman: “Since Nearly The Beginning Of My Career, Starting with All My Children When I was 16 Years Old You Paved The Way For Me”

Following the news of the tragic death of now motion picture icon, Chadwick Boseman late Friday, tributes and sentiments have poured in from celebrities, politicians and fans from all across the world.

Chadwick Boseman passed away late last week at the age of 43 from colon cancer – a battle he kept silent about for the last four years of life.

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No one could be more intertwined with Boseman’s career than that of his fellow Black Panther star, Michael B. Jordan.  For Jordan took over the role of Reggie Porter on All My Children from Boseman after the late actor lasted one week, following standing up to, and addressing concerns, of racial stereotypes in the way that the part was written.  Reggie was introduced to Pine Valley as a gang member in 2003.  As previously reported it was Boseman who helped the soap opera improve the role that Jordan took over with some recommendations.

Now Michael B. Jordan has written a heartfelt remembrance of Chadwick that he shared on his Instagram, and what he has meant to his life, including how he showed him how to be better, to honor purpose and create legacy.

Read below Michael’s post:

“I’ve been trying to find the words, but nothing comes close to how I feel. I’ve been reflecting on every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hug…everything.

I wish we had more time.

One of the last times we spoke, you said we were forever linked , and now the truth of that means more to me than ever. Since nearly the beginning of my career, starting with All My Children when I was 16 years old you paved the way for me. You showed me how to be better, honor purpose, and create legacy. And whether you’ve known it or not…I’ve been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness.

I wish we had more time.

Everything you’ve given the world … the legends and heroes that you’ve shown us we are … will live on forever. But the thing that hurts the most is that I now understand how much of a legend and hero YOU are. Through it all, you never lost sight of what you loved most. You cared about your family , your friends, your craft, your spirit. You cared about the kids, the community, our culture and humanity. You cared about me. You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to truly give you your flowers while you were here.

I wish we had more time.

I’m more aware now than ever that time is short with people we love and admire. I’m gonna miss your honesty, your generosity, your sense of humor, and incredible gifts. I’ll miss the gift of sharing space with you in scenes. I’m dedicating the rest of my days to live the way you did. With grace, courage, and no regrets. “Is this your king!?” Yes . he . is!  Rest In Power Brother.”

What do you think of Michael’s tribute to Chadwick and how they have been interconnected dating back to 2003 and All My Children? Comment below.

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