How WATCH ABC Changes Will Affect Viewing of 'GH,' 'The View' and 'The Chew'; Shows Also on Hulu Plus

How WATCH ABC Changes Will Affect Viewing of ‘GH,’ ‘The View’ and ‘The Chew’; Shows Also on Hulu Plus


Y&R Recap: Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Y&R Recap: Tuesday, April 19, 2011

( — "The Young and the Restless" Episode Recap – Tuesday, April 19, 2011.


Neil meets Leslie for lunch at the Athletic Club. They discuss the loss of Sharon and he shares with her how she and Drucilla were very close friends with one another. As they are talking, Adam shows up at the club. Neil and Leslie offer their condolences, but before he can say much, DA Walsh arrives and puts the cuffs on him for aiding and abetting.

In St. Barts, Malcolm and Sofia are enjoying their honeymoon when breakfast arrives. Malcolm, going in Sofia's purse to give tip money to the bell-boy, he discovers the pregnancy test. Over-excited, Malcolm pressures her to take the test that minute. Sofia is nervous to take it. After a five minute wait, Sofia comes back with the test. She's pregnant and nervous, while Malcolm, who is excited to be having a baby, wants to tell somebody. Sofia is dead set against it; thinking immediately about her night with Neil.

Nick is glad to see that Noah has returned home. He asks how he's holding up and tells him that he wish he could have gotten there sooner to be with him after learning about Sharon's death. Noah shares with his dad that he regrets saying the mean things he said to her. Nick explains that regardless of what was said, Sharon expressed to him how happy she was that Noah came to see her.

Lily, after spending time with the twins, calls Neil to ask him if he can come over to watch them. She wants to head to the cemetery to spend time at Cane's grave. When she arrives, she notices that the tombstone has been placed. Lily laments on how she'll never be able to touch him or sleep next to him. As she looks at the tombstone, she notices a handkerchief with several mementos that signifies her connection with Cane.

DA Walsh wants a confession from Adam about helping Sharon escape; Leslie instructs Adam not to say anything until they have talked. Instead of telling the truth Adam lies, telling Walsh that he left Genoa City in hopes of trying to get Sharon to contact him. He admits that when she did, he talked her into admitting where she was so he could meet her. Unfortunately for Adam, Walsh isn't buying his lies. Leslie tells Walsh either charge Adam or let him go. As Adam is getting ready to be released, an officer arrives with Sharon's belongings.

A startled Sharon pulls a pitchfork on the man who wakes her up. He tells her that he's the owner of the barn that she's in and all he wants to do is help her. She tells him that she was just passing through and wandered in his barn. He offers to take her to his home to feed her and help get her back to where she needs to be. Sharon tells him that she hasn't a place to go to. Sharon opts to take off but when one of the farm animals goes into labor, the stranger asks for her help. As she helps him, the stranger introduces himself as Sam Gibson; Sharon does the same, telling him her name is Sheri Coleman.

Walsh tells Leslie and Adam that the coroner cremated the body. He explains that the belongings are in fact hers, as well as the information stated in the medical examiner's report. Adam tells them that he was the one that identified her body and that it is her. When Adam asks if he can claim the belongings, Walsh tells him that true kin are the only ones that can have her belongings. An upset Adam doesn't think it's fair.

While Neil is babysitting, he has Leslie come over to spend time with him. He soon gets a call from Malcolm, who to Sofia's dismay, opens his mouth and tells Neil about her being pregnant. Neil nervously congratulates him, but also wonders if he's the father.

Still trying to figure out how the items got placed at Cane's tombstone, Lily is startled by a woman who appears. She tells her that she can sense her pain and that she thinks she'd be able to help in terms of the loss of her husband. A puzzled Lily listens as the psychic tells her that Cane is definitely around her. Lily tells Judi that since his death, she can sense his presence around her.

Nick and Noah go to visit Doris. She tells them about Sharon coming to see her before she took off. She also mentions Adam coming there to give her the news. While they are there, Noah gets a phone call from the coroner to come see him. As they arrive, they overhear Adam, who's still trying to get Sharon's remains, tell the officer that he was the only one that cared about her. As they are getting her belongings, Adam comments to Nick, that since he and Sharon were on the outs, he should be the one that handles everything. Nick tells him that her family and her loves ones will be taking care of everything. Adam tries the same tactic with Noah, who in return, slaps the engagement ring in his hand.

On the Next The Young and the Restless…

  • Kevin is determined to find his niece.
  • Victoria questions Abby's trust in Daniel.
  • Daniel admits to Lily it's hard to keep quiet.
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    AMC Recap: Tuesday, April 19, 2011

    ( — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Tuesday, April 19, 2011.


    Due to the fact the Miranda Center is receiving bad publicity as a result of what’s going on, Griffin decides he must resign. Cara’s upset Griffin’s going to lose his medical license. Griffin tells Jake that whoever is after him made it personal. Kendall almost tells Griffin her suspicions about Ricky but changes her mind. Cara tells Kendall to stay away from her brother and takes a shot at Ricky for being so possessive. Kendall is alerted by her description of Ricky. Ricky makes plans for the two of them to start off fresh in a new city.

    Jake is unhappy when Tad indirectly tells him to stay away from Cara, insisting he hasn’t done anything wrong.

    Jesse has trouble holding Lucy as he has flashes of his deceased baby. Tad questions him and thinks he’s pushing himself too far. David shows up at Angie’s to tell her about the extensive research regarding her blindness and she asks he stay and read it to her. Jesse kicks David out when he gets home and is upset Angie’s even listening to him.

    Bianca finds an emotional David in the park and reassures him that Marissa is doing well.

    On the Next All My Children…

    • Kendall discovers the original letter from Zach with the missing page.
    • Cara is ambushed and Tad comes to her rescue.
    • Emma gets into trouble.


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      OLTL Recap: Tuesday, April 19, 2011

      OLTL Recap: Tuesday, April 19, 2011

      ( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Tuesday, April 19, 2011.


      Blair and Téa discuss John’s suspicion of Tomas. Téa fiercely defends her brother while Blair remains uncertain about Tomas. Téa expresses relief that Blair isn’t dating Tomas. Taking this as a challenge, Blair makes a date with Tea’s brother, privately revealing she can use the opportunity to find out if he’s hiding something.Tomas confronts John about questioning Téa and Blair about him. John probes for information and later reveals he has covertly obtained Tomas’ fingerprints. When he runs the prints through the system, he finds a match, but discovers any information about their owner is classified.

      Starr admits to James she’s uncomfortable about his ex-girlfriend staying with him. She makes Deanna an offer she can’t refuse – her own room at La Boulaie.

      Tess’s haranguing has brought out Niki Smith. The two alters strike a deal to assure Tess custody of Ryder.

      Dorian finds Clint in the throes of a heart attack but refuses to help him unless he tells her the truth about whether or not Echo knew all along that he, and not Charlie, was Rex’s father.

      Believing her secret is safe, Echo enjoys time with Charlie.

      Gigi accepts Rex’s wedding proposal.

      On the Next One Life to Live…

      • Tess is forced to cover for Niki.
      • Dorian wonders what’s wrong with Viki.
      • Joey accompanies Clint to the hospital.
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        GH Recap: Tuesday, April 19, 2011

        ( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Tuesday, April 19, 2011.


        Jason warns Carly of Johnny may be recruiting Michael for the mob. Johnny visits Anthony in prison, who claims no involvement with Brandon’s murder. Carly confronts Johnny and we see Anthony knows more than he claims.

        Jason and Sam finally decide they should try to have a baby.

        Elizabeth realizes Nikolas has not yet looked at the results and dissembles.

        Siobhan plans to leave for Ireland without telling Lucky.

        Patrick and Robin have their first official marriage counseling session, leaving them both feeling gut-punched and daunted. A worried Robin confides in Maxie her fears that Patrick will evolve past her. Lisa masks a narcotic as an herbal supplement, giving it to Kristina.

        Kristina asks Ethan to the prom, but he turns her down.

        On the Next General Hospital…

        • Carly and Sonny try their own methods to keep Michael from joining the mob.
        • Sonny gets a birthday surprise.
        • Jax offers Shawn $10 million to leave Port Charles and never look back.


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          Robin Strasser Reacts to Cancellation of 'OLTL'

          ( — Never at a loss for words, the “One Life to Live” grand dame takes to Twitter to speak out against the cancellation of the long-running ABC soap.

          Strasser, who for years has been remembered for her rather outspoken telephone hotline messages to fans, finally joined the popular social networking site last Friday, one day after ABC canceled both “OLTL” and sister soap “All My Children,” in favor of new cooking and lifestyle programs “The Chew” and “The Revolution.” After just four days on Twitter, she currently has nearly 4,500 followers.

          The veteran actress wasted no time in weighing in on ABC’s decision, tweeting “Let’s trade two iconic dramas for two untried cooker/realities? kill off hundreds of jobs in the process? delete protests? Diss-aster brew. Hanging in or hanging myself? All due respect: There is NO honor giving into some one else’s bad program(ming). Respect/honor your AUDIENCE. KNOW I’ll never work for these peeps again. Ask Be-atch Chelsea Handler, I’m 2 OLD. Not 2 old 2 tell the truth. Don’t thank the foreclosers. SOAPS and their fans have too often been trivialized. Fight the good fight, get what you deserve: your soaps, their RESPECT.

          Earlier this month, Handler raked Strasser over the coals when she used ridiculed a clip from “OLTL” featuring Dorian and David (Tuc Watkins) on her late night talk show on E!, saying the soap had “gone to far” with the cougar storyline. Firing back, the soap vet tweeted “Note to Chelsea Handler: when u have my mileage, and don’t look like roadkill, I hope you get paid to kiss gorgeous guys 2. Jealous/ageist? 4 record: I esteem talents of…Chelsea Handler. Just amping for a ’cause.’ It is impossible to grieve and lie at same time.

          On Monday, Strasser also spoke out publicly about “One Life to Live’s” cancellation with Soap Opera Digest, saying “I’ve only been on Twitter for 32 hours and I’m nearing 3,000 followers so the service is now properly scared of what will happen! I was forced to make myself learn how to use Twitter. I just had blood in my eyes…. When Brian Frons makes this size decision, he shoots down thousands of New York City jobs…. If I were thanking anyone, I’d be sure to put Frank Valentini [Executive Producer] up there because he saved money, brought us in under budget and raised the standards of our production. If you’re gonna thank anyone, I would be thanking Frank Valentini. That is who deserves the credit. [Brian Frons] is bullying hundreds of employees and he’s destroying the lives and livelihood of families. Additionally, by dissing and disrespecting the audiences that love us, he puts himself in peril. I know the people who care about the audience. I know about people whose integrity is unquestioned — Erika Slezak [Viki] is chief among them and Frank Valentini…. You cannot proudly present a new endeavor when you have spit on the audience. You cannot. They will bite you back, and don’t you love it about them?”

          To read more of Strasser’s tweets, click here to visit her Twitter page.

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            My View of Llanview Special Edition: The End of 'Life' as We Know It

            ( — Thursday, April 14, 2011 is a day that will live in infamy for ABC soap fans as, in the blink of any eye, the network canceled long running serials “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.” By the time they air their final episodes in September and January, respectively, a combined 84 years of drama will become nothing more than a piece of television history. The news certainly gave viewers of both soaps a lot of “Chew” on, prompting many of them to start a “Revolution” and shun the very network that helped give them more than four decades of memories from Pine Valley and Llanview. In this special edition of My View of Llanview, I will take a sentimental look at “One Life to Live” as it nears its abrupt, but nonetheless bittersweet, ending.

            As I set here writing this column, the weather outside my window perfectly captures my mood as I try to come to terms that my reel ‘Life’ is nearing an end. On this cloudy, raw spring day, I think back to some of the key moments while growing up when I realized just how very much “One Life to Live” meant to me. And I recall how it all began rather innocently as a young child, watching the show during school breaks and snow days as my mom tended to her housework. That was nearly twenty-five years ago, at a time before the advent of the Internet when, aside from spoilers in certain magazines like Soap Opera Digest, you really didn’t know what was going to happen next on the show. Perhaps those where simpler times, before the arrival of the Digital Age. Soap operas, along with other television shows, just seemed to be so much better back then. But I digress.

            In the early 1980s, cable was still a few years away from reaching my hometown. Satellite dishes were rather large and not a good fit for a small backyard. So my family, as well as many of my neighbors, relied on outdoor antennas which, on a good day, meant you might be able to receive a half dozen or so channels. Aside from picking up the local KET (Kentucky Educational Television) transmitter station, there really wasn’t much else to watch. The nearest commercial station and, more times than not, the only one with a clear enough signal to actually watch, was an ABC affiliate. And thus, my soap opera addiction began. While I can vaguely remember watching the entire ABC soap line-up of the time (“Ryan’s Hope,” “All My Children,” “One Life to Live,” and “General Hospital”), it was “OLTL” that stood out the most in my mind…perhaps because it aired at 1:00 pm (in the Central Time Zone), when we usually ate lunch. In some ways, it is ironic that “OLTL” was the ABC soap that won me over instead of “GH,” which (much to my near constant dismay), was responsible for my parents deciding what to name me…both my first and middle names, as well as my nickname. Why I couldn’t have been named after someone from “One Life to Live” is beyond me.  Sigh…lol

            Anyway, during the nearly quarter of a century that I have been peeking into see what’s happening Llanview, there have been many storylines that have stood out in my mind. Among them have been the brutal gang rape of Marty Saybrooke, Viki’s epic battle with D.I.D., the rocky road that finally led Bo and Nora to the altar, Alex and Asa’s Egyptian-themed wedding, Billy Douglas coming out of the closet and the ensuing wave of homophobia that engulfed the entire town, and the hilarious “Trading Places” episode, just to name a few.

            But now, as the time is to says farewell to Llanview is fast approaching, I can’t help but wonder if these final months will produce any more memorable moments, such as those I just mentioned. And what about some of the “One Life to Live’s” most memorable characters and actors from the past?  Just who among them will be making a return as the show winds down?  For me, I would love to see Tina (Andrea Evans) and Dr. Larry Wolek (Michael Storm), along with several others, one last time. If ever there was a time for them to return, it is now.

            Fortunately the show will have one last birthday to celebrate — #43 on July 15th. What a depressing day that will be, however, knowing the show won’t live to see 44. It will be much the same on the holidays as well, since it will be the last time we will to welcome them into our homes (aside from reruns of course) and consider them part of the family during times like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. Ah the memories though….

            Lastly, the cancellation notice also brought about a time of reflection for me regarding my years of service as the “One Life to Live” news and previews reporter and columnist for Soap Opera Network. It was nearly six years ago when I first began my duties as an SON staffer. It has been a fun ride, writing articles about so many things “OLTL” related over the years such as both the show’s and Erika Slezak’s 40th anniversaries, the move to “All My Children’s” old studios next door to “The View,” the show’s 10,000th episode, and the infamous high school musical events. I have also had the opportunity to write a number of articles on subjects that I really didn’t know much about, like prom dresses, MMA fights, and HD camera equipment. Overall, it has certainly been a learning experience, that is for sure. It will be difficult not having a show to report on come January. But at least one good thing will come out of it, the loss of my “job” covering “OLTL,” will free up more time to focus on my “real” life and job. Even so, I will miss my “One Life” family and the many fans I have met and interacted with along the way. Despite all the ups and downs, it has certainly been one hell of a ride!

            January 2012 will mark not only the end of “One Life to Live,” but the end of my soap watching days as well.  I will not be watching or reporting on any of the remaining four soaps. No longer will I watch ABC Daytime, regardless of whatever piece of crap shows they may air over the coming years in the show’s old timeslot. ABC has officially lost me as a viewer the moment immediately after the final scene of the last episode of “OLTL” airs. And I’m certainly not alone….thousands of other fans will be doing the exact same thing. So congratulations ABC, you have officially murdered the soap opera genre.

            Well that’s concludes this special edition of “My View of Llanview.” However, if I hadn’t been so determined to stay ahead with regards to my reporting duties at SON last week and wrote the last column the same evening it was to be posted, instead of the night before, this particular column wouldn’t have even been necessary. Guess that’s what I get for trying to stay caught up in my work. At least this gave me a chance to vent, however.

            Thank you for taking the time to read both this column, and all the ones I have written over the years. All of your thoughts and comments have really been appreciated. I have never really considered myself being a great writer. I simply think of myself as a typical “One Life” fan who just felt like periodically ranting and raving about the status of the show. And if my semi-incoherent ramblings made sense, then great, however, if not, then at least it made me feel better by unleashing all the feelings and frustrations I bottled up while watching the show.

            Well that wraps up another column. Sorry there was no juicy gossip or reports of behind-the-scenes cancellation drama included in the preceding paragraphs. I just wanted to take the opportunity to express my reaction to the news and how it has affected me personally. However, that doesn’t me I don’t want to hear from you as well.  So please take a few moments to share your thoughts on “OLTL’s” cancellation as well.  It is time to sound off!

            And until next time remember, we only have “One Life to Live”…

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              Insider: How ABC Justified Canceling Soaps and Why Hoover Pull Out Won't Change their Mind

              After news broke earlier this evening that Hoover was pulling all of its advertising from the ABC Television Network on the heels of the networks decision to cancel "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," Soap Opera Network got word from a high ranking Disney official, speaking on condition of anonymity, that Hoover's decision would not only not change the networks mind about the cancellations, but that it would only hurt, not help, the soaps in their final months on the air from a financial perspective. According to the insider, ABC Daytime has been producing both soaps at a financial loss and the decision to bring on "The Chew" and "The Revolution" will allow ABC to bring in approximately 80% more revenue from the demise of each soap as it cost ABC between 30-40% less to produce a talk show than it would a soap opera.

              As we all know, Women 18-49 is the demographic of choice that advertisers use to pay daytime programmers in order to better promote their products. According to our insider, "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" fell too much in that core demographic in season-to-date or year-over-year comparisons for the network to justify keeping the shows on the air any longer than it has already committed to. "General Hospital," meanwhile, remains a central focus at the network as the soap brings in significantly more revenue for the network, which is why the soap was not included in the press release issued by ABC on Thursday touting the networks new brand of programming.

              "All My Children," which was rumored to be the soap Brian Frons, President, Daytime, Disney/ABC Television Group, referred to in his interview, where he stated, "the way the ratings developed and the pilots turned out, the ratings developed negatively and the pilots developed positively, so we decided to make a bigger shift," was not expected to be canceled according to our insider. In fact, while ABC had been developing new programs to replace "One Life to Live" for more than a year now, they secretly kept giving positive news to the soaps head writer and executive producer while spending the little money the show brought in on programs set to replace it. Thanks to "All My Children's" huge decline in ratings in such a short period of time, the network was forced to include it in their decision to cancel "One Life to Live. " In hindsight, "One Life" has maintained a higher percentage of key women in ABC's core demographics (that being Women 18-49 and Women 18-34) than "All My Children," therefore clearly showing favoritism within the network on which soap was worth more to their bottom line.

              Season to Date (2009-2010 vs 2010-2011), "All My Children" is down a whopping 41% in Women 18-34 and another 22% in Women 18-49. "One Life to Live" is down 32% in Women 18-34 and a mere 13% in Women 18-49. Meanwhile, "All My Children" is down another 41% in Women 18-49 versus how it performed during the 2006-2007 television season or five year trend. "One Life to Live" was down 35% during the same five year period.

              So what have we learned? ABC is financially justified in canceling your soaps as "not enough viewers were tuning in," and Hoover pulling its advertising from ABC (with many more expected to follow) won't get ABC to change their minds on "All My Children" or "One Life to Live," as each bow out in September 2011 and January 2012, respectively. Our insider maintains that a decision on "General Hospital's" future remains off the table as it continues to perform above financial levels. As for "The Chew?" We hear that there was much debate over the name, but ultimately more positives came out of the focus group than the negatives. Of course, someone in the room had to think ABC should "Chew" on…

              What Do You Think?

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                Y&R Recap: Monday April 18, 2011

                Y&R Recap: Monday April 18, 2011

                ( — "The Young and the Restless" Episode Recap – Friday, April 15, 2011.

                IT HAPPENED TODAY…

                Abby, who is waiting for Daniel, runs into Jack at the Athletic Club. Seconds later, Neil and Ashley arrive to have a business meeting together. Moments later, Daniel arrives, followed by Billy and Victoria, who have baby Lucy. They are all talking when Jack drops a glass. Going over to see what's going on, Jack breaks the news to them that Sharon is dead.

                Diane and Victor are basking in their night together when Nikki arrives with Faith. Seeing that she's upset, Victor asks her what's going on. She breaks the news to him that Sharon is dead. Victor and Nikki embrace, while Diane can do nothing but watch on.

                Adam goes to the morgue to identify Sharon's body. When he walks in, the officer lets him know that the body has been badly burned. Once the sheet has been lifted, a devastated Adam tells the officer that it's Sharon. The officer wants to know if he's sure. Adam says that he is: she's wearing the engagement ring that he gave her.

                A devastated Jack blames himself for turning his back on Sharon. When Victoria tells them that Nikki wants them all to come to the ranch to mourn, Jack lashes out and says he wouldn't miss a chance to go off on Victor; after all it was his fault for getting Sharon in the middle of he and Adam's fight. Billy talks him down, telling him that it's not the time, since the children will most likely be there. Billy offers to stay with Jack to calm him down, but Jack tells him to go ahead.

                Nick and Phyllis, still in bed, basking in their second round of sex, talk about how bad they are. Phyllis says that they need to get going if they want to try to find where Adam could be meeting Sharon. As they are getting dressed, Phyllis gets a call from Jack, who tells her about Sharon's death. When she hangs up the phone, she breaks the news to Nick. Devastated, Nick can't believe that he let her down and failed to help her.

                Everyone has gathered at the ranch. Victor has the jet ready to take him to get Noah. Victoria tells him that she's glad that he wants them all there to be together. He tells her it's important for Nick and Noah to have family to support them. Neil tells him that they didn't just come for them but also for him. He privately tells Victor that when things fell apart in his friendship with Sharon, Victor was the one to be there to help prove her innocence and that it will never be forgotten.

                Jack arrives at the ranch and demands to see Victor. Nikki tells him that he's headed to New York to get Noah. Jack lashes out at her and Diane for standing by a man that has done nothing but caused misery to those around him. A frustrated Nikki ends the rant by walking away to go check on Faith. Minutes later, Jack reads aloud a report about an officer in New Mexico confirming that the body identified is definitely Sharon's. He's confused as to how Phyllis and Nick followed Adam to the Caribbean if Sharon and he were meeting up in New Mexico.

                Adam goes to Doris to give her the bad news. She breaks down and lashes out that it's his fault that Sharon is dead. She tells Adam that it's because of him that her family lost her. She says that he only used her to get at his family for not accepting him. He gives her the letters that Sharon wrote; a bitter Doris asks him how could he not see that her letters were those of a woman that was going to commit suicide.

                Victor picks Noah up in New York. The young man, not wanting to believe that the news is true, is devastated when Victor confirms that his mother has died. He feels guilty for the last words that he shared with her. Victor tells him that all families go through bitter times but the bonds of love are never broken. Noah asks how he's going to be able to deal with everything that has happened?

                Jack, still determined to cast blame solely on Victor and Adam, is shocked to hear Billy tell him that while it is true that Victor and Adam played a part in things going wrong for Sharon, they were no better. They watched it all and did nothing to help her. He says that they all had a part in letting her down.

                As her family and friends grieve her loss, Sharon, stumbles upon a barn. Deciding to make that her place of shelter, she grabs a couple of blankets and makes a bed to go to sleep. Shortly, as she is sleeping, a man walks into the barn and spots her. Nudging her foot, he startles her. Seeing that she is scared, the man tells her that he's not there to hurt her.

                On the Next The Young and the Restless…

                • DA Shaw locks the cuffs on Adam.
                • Malcolm urges Sofia to take a pregnancy test.
                • Sharon holds a weapon on her stranger.
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                  Hoover Becomes First Major Advertiser to Pull Ads from ABC in Wake of Soap Cancellations

                  People seem to think that boycotting ABC, sending soap to networks headquarters in New York and Los Angeles, etc will get ABC to change their minds about canceling the soaps. Unless you want the FBI on your butt, you will do no such thing. You watched enough soaps over the years to find a more constructive manner in dealing with this. Calling is a waste of time and energy as the network is deleting your messages and changing telephone #'s for their employees as fast as you hit a key stroke on your keyboard (for many, that isn't fast enough). Tuning out only gives you less time to tune in. If you find yourself seeking input from the 2-3 people that "boycotted" outside of "The Early Show" studios after "Guiding Light" and "As The World Turns" got canceled, you'll come across as much of a loon as you've been deemed to be for watching soap operas (apologies to those who did that boycott – no offense was intended).

                  So ask yourself, what can you do to save your soaps?

                  Today, on their Facebook page, the Hoover company announced plans to pull all advertising from the ABC Television Network in the wake of the networks plans of canceling "All My Children" and "One Life to Live." The company expects to have all of their ads pulled from the network by Friday, April 22. In addition, they have set up a form of communication for fans of the canceled programs to the network honchos that canceled them. If you are a soap fan, in order to show your support, go out and buy a Hoover vacuum.

                  To all the loyal ABC soap fans,

                  I want you to know from me personally that we hear you loud and clear. My wife and mother are both passionate viewers of All My Children and One Life to Live, as are many of my colleagues here at Hoover. We were and are as disappointed with this news as you are.

                  In fact, we will discontinue our advertising with ABC this Friday, 4/22. We're making every attempt to pull our spots from these programs sooner.

                  Because we feel that’s not enough, we also want to help get your voice heard with ABC. So, we’ve set up a special email address,, to help pull together the mass emotional outpouring of support for our beloved ABC soaps and get it to our contacts at ABC. Please, send your emails to us at, and we’ll get every, single last one of them to ABC.

                  We’re 150% committed to doing what matters most to you – so if there’s anything else we can do to help or you have any ideas, please email this address, and we will respond to you personally.

                  Thank you for standing up for what matters to you! We need more of that in this world.


                  Brian Kirkendall

                  Vice President of Marketing


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                    AMC Recap: Monday, April 18, 2011

                    ( — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Monday, April 18, 2011.

                    IT HAPPENED TODAY…

                    Things seem to be getting worse for Erica when a disembodied voice insists she tell Jackson that she doesn’t want to get married. Erica agrees to the demand after he/she makes it clear they have access to her family. After Jack gets the call from Erica he’s devastated while she’s shaken at having to break his heart. Caleb doesn’t believe what Erica’s told Jack particularly since in the call she claims she doesn’t want to get married due to her feelings for him. Opal admits the more she thinks about things the fishier they get. Krystal admits to Angie that she has feelings for Jack.

                    Ricky yells at the guard he paid for botching up Griffin’s murder. Kendall, meanwhile, talks with Griffin and tells him what’s happened with Erica. Realizing she thinks he could be responsible for her mother’s disappearance, Griffin is hurt. Ricky walks in to find Kendall upset and yells at Griffin, assuming he’s the cause. Jesse informs Griffin he is being charged with murder. After a telling moment, Kendall comes to a shocking realization about Ricky.

                    Angie calls Jesse out on acting differently lately and he blames it on the case against Griffin and now Erica’s disappearance. Angie confesses to Krystal that Jesse hasn’t been himself lately. Jesse confides in Brot that Angie can tell he’s not himself and decides he has to pull himself together to be a good father.

                    Marissa offers to help Bianca out with the Miranda situation since she is so stressed out over her mother. JR arrives with AJ and after he compliments her Marissa says she must deal with her feeling and isn’t going to freak out for AJ’s sake. JR thinks Marissa has been more open to him because of Bianca.

                    On the Next All My Children…

                    • Kendall almost tells Griffin her suspicions about Ricky.
                    • Bianca finds an emotional David in the park.
                    • Jesse has flashes of his deceased baby.


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