ABC cancelled All My Children and One Life to Live on the same day, but Prospect Park was able to help them see a few more days online and on OWN. I say that in the past tense because it looks like both shows are once again dead for the time being.
All My Children’s Cady McClain posted this sad message on her Facebook page:
If you aren’t hearing anything about the ending of AMC as we know it, it’s really out of shock. I am also trying to allow PP to have the moment to contact all the actors and explain what is and has been going on with AMC, and then gather themselves to try and explain it all to you, the fans.
I can confirm what Debbie Morgan has shared already, that we were given assurances that we would be continuing with the series and then were very recently contacted and told that, with great regret, AMC won’t be going back online this year, or in this particular incarnation. Certainly hope springs eternal that we will yet again, spring from the dead.
I do feel confident in sharing my opinion that PP and all “the powers that be” involved in making AMC and OLTL truly loved the shows and did their utmost to make continuing them possible. The premiere in NYC was one of the most exciting moments I have had the privilege to be a part of in my career. I am not privy to the behind the scenes decisions, however. Like you, I can only experience those choices second hand and guess at the reasons why this is happening now.
Instead of going into the “What Went Wrong” question, I think I’d rather focus on the gratitude I feel for having been asked to continue with the show. If I am still wanted as an actor on daytime, it is all because of YOU, the FANS.
I am so very grateful for your support. To have had the opportunity to be a part of an innovative experience that strived to keep American soaps alive via a new medium, to be a part of the continuing fabric of your lives through daytime storytelling, and to be able to work with dear friends who I’ve known all my life was a very special experience for which I have you to thank.
So THANK YOU for all the cheering, love, and support, daytime family. You’ve been AWESOME.
How many times has Stefano DiMera come back to life on Days of our Lives, maybe the same will happen for these two daytime dramas. I hope by some miracle they can rise like the Phoenix again.
BTW I blame Susan Lucci for this because she should’ve appeared on the online version of the soap opera that made her a star and an Emmy winner. I am sure she could’ve fit it in her schedule between takes of Devious Maids.
Back in 2011, Oprah Winfrey said Soaps were done for and that she would not help save All My Children and One Life to Live. Well a lot has happened in two years and guess what OWN is airing starting on July 15th? That’s right All My Children and One Life to Live are coming to Oprah Winfrey’s Network. They struck a deal to air the first 40 episodes from Prospect Park. For 10 weeks at 1p you can watch AMC and then at 3p OLTL is on Mondays to Thursdays. These episodes will only be a half hour long, so mark your calendars because how much fun would it be if there were the biggest thing that OWN has. It would be like a big FU to Oprah for saying Daytime Dramas were dead! And c’mon who hasn’t wanted to tell her she has been wrong about something for years?
Long live Soap Operas!!!
Yesterday at the Daytime Emmy Awards Corbin Bersen paid tribute to his mom before the In Memoriam segment. He channeled Jeanne Cooper’s essence when he cursed not one but twice in that speech. The proud son said she was with them in the audience, “If you listen very carefully you know exactly what she is saying, ‘Oh sh!t! I’m on the Memoriam list, the Memoriam list, the dreaded Memoriam list?” Then he added, that someone would have to tell her, “‘Calm down, take a deep breath, they’re just trying to pay honor to you…’ That is when she would sort of retreat, step back and get small again, and in that little whisper she had, ‘I guess that’s OK, I mean there’s always the alternative. At least I made the f*cking list!” To which the audience responded with laughter and tears in their eyes because that is how they remember the woman that graced The Young and The Restless for 40 years.
Corbin apologized for his cursing, and explained that was his mother talking and not him. If that is not the f*cking perfect tribute, I don’t know what is?
Snoop Dogg is returning to One Life to Live on May 28th for the first time since he changed him name to Snoop Lion and what can I say after watching that preview. Well I could say that I am pretty sure he sent the cast and crew a little present from his green house before his appearance. I mean how else could you explain what they wrote for him for that scene And was Hillary B. Smith experiencing a contact high when she was standing next to him because she was laughing like someone who smoked some of the good shiznit! And I am sure him back on the soap opera next week will totally be the shiznit!
We exactly a month a away from All My Children (and One Life to Live too) debuting on Hulu, but you don’t have to wait until April 29th to get a glimpse of the new Pine Valley. Hulu released a behind the scenes look on how the crew recreated the old sets from NY and LA for their new home in Connecticut and also gave them some new rooms to play in. Plus you will see cast members from the soap opera reunite and do their first scenes together.
Looking at this little teaser makes me even more excited to see what they have done with these two fan favorite shows!
Back on April 14, 2011 the Soap world was rocked when ABC announced that they were cancelling both All My Children and One Life to Live, and now just over 2 years later on April 29th they will live again. Prospect Park tried to save them immediately, but were unsuccessful until now. The two shows will be getting their reprieve on Hulu and iTunes at the end of April and Soap Opera fans around the world are rejoicing over the news. Their comeback is finally a reality and we can tune into their one of a kind reality whenever we want.
Let’s make these two shows a huge success online because if we do, then we might be able to save some more shows that met their demise way too early. If Arrested Development, AMC and OLTL have proven anything, it is that it’s never too late! So let’s pray for future episodes of Jericho, Everwood, Eli Stone and Work It!
For a list of announced cast members click here!
The soap opera world was rocked a few weeks ago when it was announced that Steve Burton was returning to daytime television, but not to General Hospital instead he was joining The Young & The Restless.
Since he is a big deal, they made sure he was given a tour of his new home before he starts airing on the show this Tuesday. Joshua Morrow was the person who was given the honor and I am not sure how welcoming he was to him. Watch the tour of the behind-the-scenes and judge for yourself.
If the other cast members treat him like that, I am sure he will be back in Port Charles before we know it. And that would be a good thing!
Days of our Lives is celebrating its 12,000th episode this week and to honor that NBC renewed the daytime drama for another year. So that means that NBC’s lone soap and one of the only 4 left won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.
I am so happy NBC is sticking with DOOL because it is the best of the bunch.
Less than 3 months after Steve Burton left General Hospital, there is some good news and some bad news today. The good news is that he is returning to Daytime Television, but the bad news it is not to Port Charles. TV Guide is hearing rumors that he is set to reunite with former GH show runner Jill Farren Phelps over at The Young and The Restless.
If this is true, it definitely will have a lot of people asking some very interesting questions. Like why did he claim he was leaving the show to move his family to Nashville, but only to wind up back on another soap a few months later. Why was GH so bad for him that he had to leave to the show after so many years? Who else will be leaving because of that? Were people let go because he left GH and others fired over at Y&R so they can afford to have him on the show.
It definitely is an interesting turn of events, a turn that benefits one soap and hurt another one.
Steve Burton has been playing Jason Morgan for 21 years on General Hospital and that run is old enough to drink. That is something fans of his will need because he told TV Guide that he is leaving the lone ABC soap. He told the mag, “I’ve been through 21 years of ups and downs with GH — regime changes, cast and crew changes, budget cuts, shakeups of one kind or another, and it’s been nothing but a huge positive in my life and for my family. I have no complaints, no negative feelings at all. But it’s time to go. I’m going to take some time off and do nothing but relax, just enjoy life a little bit with my wife and kids.” He added that he bought a house in Tennessee and finally sold his LA one, so the time is right to move his family there.
Even though the show tried to keep him, he is at that point in his life where is ready to move on. And he could be doing so as early as September 25th, but he said he offered to stay on a little while longer so they can wrap up his storyline. Now even though he last day of filming could be as early as a month from now, we will see him on the show until as late as November.
So besides the big move across the country, he is also working on a television show with James Franco (who is partially responsible for getting on GH) and former GH EP Jill Farren Phelps, but he is not supposed to be talking about it just yet.
What I will be talking about is that I think it is such a shame that he is leaving the show. He is the heart and soul of the daytime drama. I understand his wanting to leave because 21 years is a really long time, but I will sincerely miss my favorite character on General Hospital.
UPDATE: Maurice Bernard Tweeted about his Partner in Crime leaving him a lurch, he said “Steve leaving is like a family member leaving the house. I may cry like a little girl who just lost her puppy.” I already have!