The 25th Annual Broadway Fleamarket sponsored by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS took place today and several of daytime's biggest stars were on hand as celebrity guests including stars from "One Life to Live" such as Kristen Alderson (Starr Manning), Andrew Trischitta (Jack Manning), Gina Tognoni (ex-Kelly Cramer), Sean Ringgold (Shaun Evans), Ilene Kristen (Roxy Balsom) and even former cast member Judith Light (ex-Karen Wolek). Also in attendance was former "Guiding Light" actor Ron Raines (ex-Alan Spaulding), who is currently appearing in previews for the Broadway production of "Follies." Raines' former "Light" co-star Marj Dusay (ex-Alexandra Spaulding) was scheduled to appear but had to cancel due to illness. Also scheduled was "As The World Turns" actresses Eileen Fulton (ex-Lisa Grimaldi) and Ellen Dolan (Margo Hughes). Soap Opera Network spoke with a few of the stars and learned some interesting tidbits, one of which being that Ringgold received his offer from Prospect Park on Friday and he's since decided to continue with the show when it moves to the web in January along with "All My Children."
Susan Lucci has portrayed Erica Kane for 41-years - debuting during the shows 10 episode in January 1970 according to her book "All My Life," and along with millions of viewers across the country she watched the soap that launched her career end its run on ABC earlier this afternoon. Ever the relevant personality (despite what ABC says), Lucci shares her thoughts with her Facebook friends and followers on the final episode of "AMC" and gives some minor hope as to what lies ahead for the soap opera in the coming months.
After 41 years on television (41 on ABC and 11 on ABC and SOAPnet), "All My Children" has closed its final chapter in broadcast television history with an ending that may please many or anger a lot, but its ending did one thing that was impossible for a soap to accomplish just a few short years ago - tracking the reactions of viewers as it came to a close.
As previously reported, with "All My Children" wrapping production in less than a week, actress Debbi Morgan (Dr. Angela Hubbard) will be heading to CBS' "The Young and the Restless." Although her "Y&R" role has not been revealed, a CBS representative has confirmed to Soap Opera Network that Morgan will begin taping scenes beginning Thursday, September 1, which is just one day after her contract with the ABC Television Network is set to expire.
Last Friday, I had stated on my personal Twitter account that I had been hearing reports that "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" might be heading to Bravo as a part of a cable deal with Prospect Park, which is reportedly looking for a cable network to supplement costs for its online network debuting in January 2012. Although it's taken longer than expected to get an official response from Bravo, a spokesperson has stated that "these are all just rumors."
If you happened to be tuning into "One Life to Live" or "General Hospital" today and you lived in New York City or its surrounding areas, you may have noticed no shows! That's because both shows were preempted by WABC, the nations most watched station and ABC's flagship station in New York. If you don't have SOAPnet or access to the ABC.com Full Episode Player (if you are reading this you should), then you are out of luck when it comes to viewing today's episodes.
Susan Lucci has taken to Twitter by announcing that she is heading into her final week of taping at ABC's "All My Children," although she doesn't make it clear whether or not she will be moving on to the Prospect Park version of the soap when it debuts in January 2012.
TVLine.com is reporting that Tamara Tunie is returning to daytime television after a two year absence. The actress, who portrayed attorney Jessica Griffin on CBS' "As The World Turns" from 2000 through 2007 and again in 2009 is scheduled to appear on NBC's "Days of our Lives" in November as a judge.
If you're local ABC affiliate broke into "One Life to Live" and/or "General Hospital" today, you might have missed all or part of today's episodes due to a 5.9 magnitude Earthquake that hit the east coast just before 2:00 PM. Thankfully, SOAPnet and ABC.com are here to save the day for those markets affected by the quake.